How is history brought about? Our best account of the past is not one person’s idea of what happened but comes from many records and stories which are processed together. Historians do this work hoping to make a single record which reflects what actually happened, and sometimes they can’t resist putting a bias twist to it. It’s a common saying “The winners of war write the history books.”

Only truth actually happens no mater what the records and stories are. Records and stories are truth technically even if they are false because it’s true they exist. It’s the truth falsehoods are told and written.

As you can see, truth has another meaning other than 
its common every-day meaning.
Truth is reality.


the two parts

Is it that religion has become a ritual? If so, what should it be? True religion is not actions one can do. It is an inner consciousness, an inner awakening, say the sages.

We now exist in two parts. One is the ego which is our identity and is not a physical thing, and the second is our physical being, the human animal. Nonstop language use keeps the identity in place. Understanding this is the first step to an inner awakening.

The next step is to find a way to break the language spell.

To do this, the sages recommend one should develop a meditation practice. This is done by sitting relaxed in a quiet place and with eyes closed paying attention only to your breath or by repeating a mantra. (A mantra like Auummm for example.)

Morality are the rules we use for interacting with others and ourselves. Religion is the highest way to interact with ourselves. Authentic religion, say the sages, is concerned with what we are and not what we do.

Religion unites us with our source. Our source is nature. Nature is our root which we have forgotten. Religion brings us back to the source and makes us whole.

We don’t have to go about changing things. Of course changing things to obtain better health is always a good thing to do and has little to do with one’s religious urge. The fear of an eternity of suffering or bliss is not a religious urge. A religious urge may give us a sense of spiritual ripeness.

We are talking about ideas now which give us knowledge; however, we can go one step more to understanding. Understanding is how we prepare to use knowledge.

Understanding reveals religion as not something social. Religion is not concerned with others. Religion is personal. A seeker needs the capacity to be alone.

The fulfillment for which we search is already inside of us. Nothing needs to be added. Religion is not concerned with scriptures or words which includes these words.

Silence is the path.
Our nature is to be whole and we are not experiencing it.

So say the sages. I am only a paraphraser.

a mantra from the sages

Do not
search for the truth.
Only cease to have opinions.

Why? Truth is already the case.
It’s everywhere,
and how
can’t be
any other way.

How can the truth be everywhere?
Consider this:
It‘s the truth lies have been told, etc. etc.

Truth is what is happening.

We go around all day automatically judging.
We don’t choose to do it because it has become automatic
and is one of the mind’s ways of
staying in control.

Can we let things be?
Can we stop judging?
Does this mean we shouldn’t try to change
unfortunate situations? I don’t think so.

It does mean truth will
continue on its unstoppable
course no matter what we do.

The sages say accepting the previous sentence and having a
meditation practice will put us on a new and better path.

Should we start attempting to notice our constant judging and language use? Is there a HOW to do this?
Here’s a suggestion I’ve come across, and I’m sorry to say I’ve forgotten where I encountered it:

All of a sudden stop doing what you are doing and notice the space and sounds where you are without judging or thinking anything and wait for and notice your first thought. Feel the space and notice sounds, and notice the coming in and going out of breath while waiting for that first thought.

Remembering to do this several times a day is a good start, and it can be done almost anywhere and at any time. This exercise can be used as a type of meditation. We may begin to notice our thinking and be able to stop our thoughts for a while with a simple choice.

the ring

There was a great king. The story goes the king gave his wise men the task of making a special ring which, when he looked at it, would make him unhappy when he was happy, and the ring would also, when he looked at it, make him happy when he was unhappy.

This was very unusual so the wise men worked hard because they wanted to please the king and not be thrown out for being worthless servants. They worked day and night and finally presented to the king a ring which had the following inscription on it: This too will pass.

The tao says there are three responses to truth.

The lowest response is laughter when truth is asserted.
The second type is intellectual and the mind makes philosophy out of it.
The third type opens the mind and one steps through a mental door with a deep understanding and the body throbs with an unknown adventure and enters a new world.

more keys to better living

Healthy food can make us happier.
Healthy food makes us less sick 
which is key for having a better life.

The following foods are highly recommended by nutrition experts.

vegetables (kale, broccoli, etc. etc.)
onions and garlic

The fewer carbohydrates (bread, candy, etc.) we eat the better for 
our health.

The above listed foods have high-quality proteins.
However, we may need more proteins. I recommend
wild-caught pink salmon. (Double “Q” is a good brand.)

Processed foods will keep us alive but lack some of their nutrients.
Fresh food is best.

the afterlife

Do folks become religious because of the promise of living forever in bliss? Do they repeat the promises of a life eternal and happily sing religious phrases like “in the sweet by and by,” or do some convert because some religions promise converts come back after death and live another but better life because of lessons learned in past lives?

In religion, a heaven and hell or a life-after-life scenario and whatever else the leaders support are accepted as being true. And most of the leaders are sincere folks and believe and hope what they preach is truth, and this sincerity and surety is what sells their messages of life-after-life or an eternal life in a paradise.

As children we are taught what to do and what to believe. Of course this doesn’t work on some folks, but the rest of us join the parade and rarely wake up because life, even with its problems, is a wonder ride. So is good enough what we’re stuck in? Does labeling it good enough just rub it in?

Is having an afterlife a very very long shot because it requires not just magic, but real magic, like the magical power of actually turning real water into real wine in an instant or cause an entire galaxy to disappear out of existence with a single command from an all-powerful entity?

Life everlasting from a so called all-powerful entity only requires admitting you are a “bad person” (like everyone else) and then repenting and believing in the existence of this magical improbability. And one is saved from an eternity of torture. Who wouldn’t grasp this? Only those not believing in real magic?

The stories of many saviors and many miracles were written down a long time after these improbable events were said to have happened and so are hearsay.

Most of us believe because our families and other mature adults who have good educations and good intentions believe in these things too. And so it goes on from one generation to the next. Plus, we are told society needs the positive influence of religious beliefs and the promise of sure punishment for bad deeds.

Humanists practice being “Good Without God” as examples of not needing or fearing a punishing God in order to be a decent human being. No magic or fear is needed when one is raised by rational parents with love and care.

It has been said many times “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, but no one is entitled to one’s own facts.” Do heaven and hell have the strength of being facts?

If this world can only exist in the present, can the real only be found in this nowness we inhabit and are actually part of? What gets in our way of feeling truth, the reality, the nowness, the present?

Is it us, the identities? Is our “I” extra and hard to deal with because it can convince itself very easily of something when the something is believed to be to its advantage. This happens via the constant flow of language.

Is it reasonable to think our identity was the creation of our brain during toddlerhood and was and is influenced and made real by family, friends and society?

Early on, just after we could recognize our names and while the universe was still wide open to us, did we identities turn our backs on reality and took control of our beings and never looked back?

This is normal and our custom. It’s how we stay organized and function as humans. This is how society works. As tiny humans our total awareness was lost and given over to language and identity, and the search to find this original awareness again is the greatest adventure in life and is found through a search to find a way to commune with our being, our animal nature, the one with all the talents and awareness.

Are we useful software created by our bodies? If so, at my animal’s (my body’s) death, will the lack of blood being pumped into my brain erase my memories and me, my identity? If so, what are the odds of an afterlife? Is there nothing left to go anywhere?

What are the alternatives of an afterlife?

—Everyone goes to a good place (magic)
—Everyone goes to a bad place (magic)
—Some go to a good place and some to a bad place (magic)
—All identities exist in a nondescript place and can think even without a brain (magic).

Or do we all go…where?
—On adventures throughout the universe (fantasy)
—To a holding pen waiting for a new body (fantasy)
—To as many scenarios as the mind can conceive) (fantasy)

All of the above beliefs are based on each human body containing a soul which will live forever (a combination of magic and fantasy).

Or do we, the identities, just go…(as I have said before) ”poof”? (reason)

Place your bets…

I’m thinking the odds are best that our physical bodies are our actual souls and are products of matter, time, and chance all doing their things.

the far court

We, and only we, can make make the connection to the real world. Our human animal, our being, is the entity keeping us afloat and is already connected to reality and furnishing us with a brain and our various senses. And we use them sometimes for our benefit and for our detriment.

We are not independent entities; we are dependent on our animal, our being.

To receive a benefit, we have to decide in favor of our being, and usually we don’t pay it any attention. Does it hold grudges? No, it does its best to assist us without fail unless we abuse it, and even then, it still does its best. What’s best for our animal? Good rest, healthy food and a good deal of exercise.

Good rest put simply: we have to interrupt our constant barrage of words so we can relax. We have to for our sake and the being’s sake

Meditation as a habit: 
It brings a more relaxed human with a more positive outlook. Remembering our body also needs 
healthy food and plenty of exercise.

When we give we’ll receive.
Our only opponent is
in the far court;
it’s our old
only for us
to hit the ball back
so it can continue to survive.