comfort and hope

What are the classical religions? Are they very old and compelling traditions based on beliefs and promises passed on by the living to the next generation? Memes.

What is religion’s purpose? Is it to capture (save) large numbers of humans by giving them comfort and hope based on the promise of having a wonderful and never ending existence after death? Who can’t see the opportunity in that?

Organized religion is one of the greatest tools for herding humans. Nothing is wrong with this unless the power is abused by leaders. History is full of horrific examples of organized religion being used to abuse human beings.

Religion is the territory of belief and faith which makes for an interesting game of comfort and hope. But…

The odds are very high there is no afterlife, and if true, evildoers will not get their promised eternity of suffering, and the odds are exactly the same for believers to not receive their eternal rewards.

Is living not being able to know for sure what’s going to happen in the future the best way to live? Is it because the odds of an omnipotent, warlike, and vengeful god calling all the shots are so small, the god might as well be nonexistent.

Did the idea of a god existing come about to explain good and bad events as many have suggested and then did leaders pounce on the power of belief?

a cure-all

If there were
something coming
close to being a cure-all,
what would
it be?

Maybe meditation?

Why?
Because a
daily practice
drifts one toward
healthier foods and exercise.
There’s no compelling, this gradual
change comes with
the territory.

How does this work?

One becomes more and more
aware and takes note of the
true consequences
of bad habits
whether
it’s
arguing
too much or
drinking too much
or eating processed foods, etc.

One becomes relaxed with moderation
and situations. Meditation
is also about one’s trip
to find out about
the silence
sages
have
referred to.

Aren’t we always
moving
in
some
direction?

Meditation assists
folks who are curious
and adventurous and wanting
somehow find a way to merge with reality
(the nowness) and by
default are after
an answer
to the
question
Is this all there is?

Is it there’s always more?

wasting time

Does time have a cost?

Does time cost a lot because the normal use of time takes time away from more important things?

What are these more important things? Are they opportunities? And opportunities usually have a time limit.

Is wasting time a luxury most of us think we can’t afford, but we do it anyway? Why? Don’t we need to be able to waste time or have some sort of downtime?

Does it turn out that “wasting time” is good for us because quality insights are more likely to come about when others might say we were wasting time? It’s common during a period of relaxation when we aren’t straining to come up with our breakthrough idea for “the idea” to show up.

Having some type of recording equipment close by is a good idea. “You never know what the tide will bring in.” (A quote from what movie?)

We never know what

may pop out of

a prepared

brain.

desires

Does the possibility
of having
our
desires
come true the
theme of human life?

And without possibilities would make life how?

Skills are complete and all desires are fulfilled…
What happens is one long day after
another in a wilting
utopia?

Luckily ours is
an open system with
chance always having a role
however small.

Was it yes or no for a long time and
when maybe came along,
life was born?
If so,
was the
next big thing
the idea of why?

covered by words

Is everything real

or

are we dreaming it’s real?

Are we dreaming

and

missing the everything?

How

can we

enter the real?

Is there a conscious state we’re missing

because our pure awareness is

being covered by words?

Do we have to recognize our beings

by stopping our language

habit for a while

which shuts

down our

I ness.

Why

don’t we get

the bull by the horns?

Is it because we’re afraid?

Of what?

Loosing our position of captain?

Are we really

slaves to

fear?

Is 

good enough

enough?

If so why adventure?

resonate

Who wants to do things which

hit as a thud with no

after sound?

When

one strikes

a string on a guitar,

it resonates and the sound

eventually dies

out.

Is this a lesson it’s better to do things

which have ramifications?

It’s more economical?

Yet there are no exceptions?

Let’s see if I can come up with one…

Maybe

spitting not into

the wind but with the

wind would be of no consequence.

But there could be a drought going on,

and the spittle lands at

the entrance of

an ant hill

and the queen lives to

produce another generation of ants.

And maybe there’s no ant hill,

but the spittle hits

the ground

and

mixes

with the dirt, which

contains an unimaginable

number of life forms in one cubic

inch which would

benefit.

Well maybe

it’s just better to

do things which have

beneficial ramifications,

but don’t go around spitting?

Make a wave. Make another wave

and then another. We all

while living and

many even

after

dying

leave paths of

beneficial radiating waves.

there are only situations

Sometimes we think something is blocking our way or is hindering our way to a certain destination. We turn to look in a different direction and see a new way, but it too has a catch. When we look around we observe a circle of deterrents surrounding us.

What is wrong? We we have trained ourselves to come up with the worst case scenario about what can come from a particular situation. If we ignore it, our opinion of it stays the same? Or we can come up with a way to deal with it.

We can drop the deterrent because we judged it to be. We thought is was a barrier. We can start a new habit of coming up with ways a situation is not a deterrent. Practice make permanent. It’s why we see barriers because we have practiced and have become very good at it.

We all are creators. So, we can use that ability to change the way we imagine things to be. We can start to think and act as an observer of each situation. This will allow us to come up with new ways to think about what seemed to be a deterrent.

Eventually we will find out there are no actual deterrents and will stop believing in them. We can observe situations and think “Should I ignore it or wait and see if there is opportunity here?” Or we can wonder if we go around it, what will we find there? etc.

There are only situations, and each one is another opportunity to observe. We need to get in the habit of observing without making judgments.

It’s not easy but the results are astounding. We normally judge almost immediately. It’s a habit and a hard one to break because we’ve always done it.

Here’s a situation and everything which has happened since the Big Bang has caused it. So it’s perfect as it is and cannot be avoided. So, the next situation is our contribution to the situation’s lineage.

We should practice recognizing our judgments. When we do judge and realize it, repeat something like this…“There I go judging again.” Growth and change begin with that statement.