Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!


To all, a safe, healthy, prosperous New Year in which you experience Peace Profound. Designate a driver tonight if you're out and about. We'll be in, barbecuing Harris Ranch filets and watching the ball drop.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

The image relates directly to my first New Year's resolution--to get rid of "mind poison." Anybody following the gist of my statements on Facebook the past several months knows how completely disillusioned I've become with government, and that in November I expressed my dissatisfaction with my vote by voting for neither of the two major (only viable) political parties. But here is where I've remained stuck, feeling helpless that nothing short of a revolution can bring about change. Well, I can't keep putting that thought out into the ether. Instead, I vow to focus on healing thoughts, thoughts of peaceful change, and to not fall victim to cynicism. I want my idealist back. There can be no change if I give up.

My second resolution is to listen to my intuition more, to pay closer attention to impressions and to gut feelings. My third resolution is to learn to trust them enough to actually act on them.

My fourth resolution has to do with my own physical health. I've already started doing some beginner's yoga and once I clear up some lower back issues, I want to start using my treadmill and Power Blocks (weight lifting) again. The goal is to drop some unneeded bodyfat and to lower my cholesterol. This also means making wiser food choices and controlling portion sizes. Healthy body/healthy mind.

Finally, my fifth resolution is to love more. To wonder more. To marvel more. To laugh more. To do my best to bring joy and light to others rather than getting into useless arguments. To always keep an open mind and to be less "I'm right and you're wrong" in my approach to those with whom I disagree. To invite meaningful dialogue but to not come off as a broken record, as I sometimes do. And to not take it so personally when someone misunderstands me. To remain positive. When there is an impasse, to love them anyway.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Symphony of Science: The Quantum World



Physicists are only now just finally beginning to get a handle on what the mystics have always known--there are natural laws that ultimately make sense of everything, and in understanding natural laws (start with the tiny things), you'll understand the bigger things. As above, so below. Look within; see the music, the symphony, within yourself, and that will bring you closer to what we term The One.

Hat tip to Frater Bobby.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Namaste Anyway

I've been trying lately to pin down what it is the mystics are doing, precisely, in their quest for union with the divine. It is often expressed as the relationship of the Lover and the Beloved, such as in the poems of Rumi. It is often expressed as a dance. It is often expressed as the absence of Ego (the "I") and the ecstatic feeling of being One with All. It is, in fact, impossible to describe. I suppose the mystics can only point to the way. Or, not even that. They point to a way.

Others describe psychedelics as providing the same experience, and some scientists say we are wired for religious experiences. It's just biology--DMT, for instance, made in the human brain giving you this feeling.  If we stimulate this area of the brain, the subject "sees" or at least senses a celestial being.

Does that make these experiences no less real, no less spiritual? Visions on vision quests, hallucinations during long periods of fasting, hearing that "still, small voice" when pushing the body to its limits, near-death experiences: are our minds playing tricks on us, or are there truly other dimensions, time/space are merely social constructs, and we're just stuck on a materialistic third-dimensional plane and don't even know the half of what "reality" actually is?

Well, I don't know. My mind is open to all possibilities, but I can say, like Jung, that the more you peer into this stuff, the more you stop believing in coincidences and start believing in synchronicity. Everything starts to become imbued with meaning and you start having dreams that answer your questions and you begin to wonder. Surely we creatures have purpose--we have consciousness. Then again, how do I know a tree or a rock doesn't have consciousness? Better yet, what is consciousness? If you've ever had a lucid dream--a dream in which you become conscious of the fact that you're dreaming, and, fascinated, you continue to watch or even start directing your own dream--consciousness starts to become a slippery concept.

At risk of sounding moronic, I guess I have created my own little cosmology. I realize it's not the truth: it's just a way of articulating the basic concept. It goes something like this. The universe is One; the Divine is One. We are all parts of the One, which is full consciousness--or an entity coming to full consciousness, evolving or self-realizing as if each of Its individual cells were becoming conscious, one by one. (See what I mean about it being impossible to explain?) Each human being is a part of this Cosmic Consciousness. We consist of physical body (a material body that holds your soul or divine spark); mind (which we all have, a thinking, rational brain that consists of conscious, unconscious, and collective unconscious); and then your Ego personality (the "you" of this incarnation). The purpose is to evolve through multiple incarnations as human being until you "get it"--remember Cosmic Consciousness, and all else drops away; you become a conscious cell of the Divine and there is no longer any need to incarnate as human. Then perhaps God will have another task for you--as helper or guide or who knows?

So this sounds like a lot of New Age gobbledygook. It is just possible that you live, you die, you rot away, and there is nothing else.

My intuition rejects that notion--and not because I need some sort of dogma or religion as if it were a life insurance policy. I'm not afraid of death or Hell. I just intuitively "know" we have purpose, and that the purpose is to return to God. We each carry inside the breath of God, the Divine flowing through us, if only we will see it. Knowing that, it is impossible to not love one another. Everyone is a flowering plant in various stages of development. If bad shit happens to you, worry not: even if you die, you'll be back, until you get it right.

When I look at the world this way, and I look at my credit cards and social security number, and I think about bills to be paid and how much we all worry about debt and how so many of us make ourselves sick working our asses off at jobs we don't care about just to get money to feed ourselves some non-nutritional crap brought to you by Monsanto or DuPont or Dow Chemical and how everything has been reduced to profit-making--water is for sale, for god's sake. Next they'll be charging us for clean air (don't laugh--walk through a casino in Las Vegas and you will find "oxygen bars"), you just know the modern era is absurd. If some company making an extra dollar is valued more than seeing to it every human being has the basic necessities for life without having to hock everything they have just to get those things, and if the same people owning the companies claim to love Jesus, you just know the modern era is absurd.

And so if I reject materialism, then you'll understand the appeal of spirituality. And you don't have to believe a word I say. Namaste. Namaste anyway.
    

Monday, December 17, 2012

Labradorite



I've always held an affinity for certain rocks or crystals and keep a few special ones on my altar. There are those who claim certain stones or crystals are good for activating particular chakras and the like. I don't believe they do in any sort of magical way (any more than I believe wearing, say,  a protective talisman will ward off evil spirits), but stones, crystals, minerals and such do exude certain energies. Some people are more sensitive to their energies than I am, but one that I own about five pieces of (three on my altar, one in my office, and one that I use as an occasional pocket stone) is labradorite. If you watch the video above, you'll see why.

It reminds me always of a metaphor to apply to people: they are not always as they seem. Someone can seem plain, average, or even ugly, but look at them from a different direction or viewpoint, and someone beautiful may actually be right there in front of you and you never took the time to pay attention.

Technically, labradorite is a feldspar mineral. New Age healers attribute all sorts of properties to it, among them relief of anxiety, increased focus and clarity, increased intuition and psychic ability, and improving the ability to have lucid dreams or astral project.

In a word, it's cool.

Friday, December 14, 2012

I Grieve



For all those affected by the horrible events in Connecticut today. There are no words. Hold your loved ones a little tighter today.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12



The only way to lead is by example, and the only thing you truly have any control over is yourself.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Here and the Now

We are twelve days away from the Winter Solstice (3:12am on the 21st here, to be precise) and entry into the Age of Aquarius. The Mayan calendar also ends on this date. What should we expect to happen?

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It is not the end of the world, although some may see it as such (those who believe we are already in End Times, for example). But it's merely a shift, leaving the Age of Pisces to the next age in the progression--you can think of it as a change in seasons. Shifts don't happen like a fingersnap every 26,000 years or so. We've been already shifting (some argue the current shift to Aquarius started with the Renaissance or Enlightenment, in fact). The New Age movement has been around for a while. In other words, our whole lives we've been on the cusp anyway.

The only thing to expect is continual change--and it's up to each one of us to decide whether our own personal changes will be positive and creative, or negative and destructive. Either way, you will evolve whether you like it or not. You'll either be aware of it, or you won't. You can be excited about this, or you can be afraid or merely apathetic.

Me, I see this as an exciting time to be alive. Maybe it's because I've been meditating more lately or connecting more with my spirituality, but my dreams are becoming more vivid and I'm becoming aware of guides or helpers sent my way. Certainly I've become--and this could also be a function of my age, fifty--I'm quite less concerned with material things and much more concerned with fulfilling my purpose for being here in this incarnation. In all things the answer is compassion. Forgiveness. Treating others well even if they spit on you. (Sometimes they spit on you and aren't even aware they're doing it.) My temper is really evening out. Whereas (especially when I was a drinker) I would occasionally go on a rant or a pitch a tiny fit over some injustice, now these things are more likely to fill me with sadness and I do what I can to appeal to the goodness in others. Very few people are actually hateful. It's just that most hateful people feel hated or misunderstood, and that is the problem.

I'm reading more, painting more, playing music more.

The Age of Aquarius is an invitation from the Cosmos to evolve past third dimension materialism. It's personal. It's inner alchemy, inner transformation. Find your Truth and follow it. The Kingdom of Heaven is already here--look into your heart and you will see. The time is here; the time is now.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012