Does tomorrow come
disguised as the
Must we learn
how to be
Does tomorrow come
disguised as the
Must we learn
how to be
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
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.
Is language a beautiful cage? Knowledge is a very useful thing, but does it fall short of knowing?
If so, how does knowing come about?
The sages say there’s a time for both knowledge and knowing. Knowing comes from the deepest parts of our being and is felt by a deepening awareness.
If so, how does a deepening awareness happen?
Desiring it, then searching for it, finding a path to it, then practicing it by walking along the path. Why not give some time for the adventure of seeking out the deepest issues of life and living as a human being?
How will you experience knowing more deeply instead of experiencing the state of being full of knowledge?
When you venture into nature where you live (gardens, parks, shaded streets, a potted plant in your home, etc.) and give special attention to the life in the plants, insects, and animals, you start to notice in a different manner (having as few thoughts as possible helps), and you may begin to see and feel the connection with life by knowing (feeling) every bit of it contains DNA as you do and has evolved to its present state just as you have. Then you may begin to realize you are not separate. We already have the knowledge that all life on our planet is built from the most common elements in the universe. But how am I able to feel life?
Knowing is a feeling fed by awareness, not something recorded somewhere. I’m not an enlightened being, but I’ve searched and found a path which feels right according to my knowing. I’m still stuck in language like almost everyone, but I’m in a place where I have the tools to pick the lock if I dare to use them.
Getting out of the language cage by taking the time to experience silence without worrying about or desiring what may happen or not happen is what the sages say is the proven way to pick the lock of knowledge.
Does life use of all of its faculties to change? Might all of this sensing be the universe perceiving itself?
Our bodies give us powerful discrimination skills. Is the ability to discriminate our greatest tool? Do we take being human for granted? What is it to be a perceiver?
Is the word discrimination being discriminated against
smart not a
substitute for knowledge?
Is it that we can’t leave the
moment but we
live a normal life?
I remember my mother telling this story to her friends.
“When Marvin was very young, I didn’t cut his hair, and it got long, curly, and blond, and when we would ride the bus, many times we had to stand in the aisle.
“That put Marvin close to a sitting passenger, and occasionally, a person would smile at him and say ‘Little girl, where did you get such beautiful blue eyes?’ And Marvin would answer slowly ’God gave ‘um to me.’”
I didn’t know it at that time that I didn’t have a chance to choose what I thought was truth: I was already brainwashed. It seemed adults were right about everything.
Children believe what adults tell them as being true, specially when their care givers are faithful to what they believe is true.
I loved my dear mother and how she cared for me. I was lucky to be her child.
In the early 1990s, a good friend, who lived in Australia, out of the blue, recommended I read The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins.
I read it and relaxed because it gave me more than enough reasons to ignore the magical idea of original sin and gave me the reasons why there was no need for a creator-God.
Understanding why a God was not needed to create the earth and its inhabitants sets us free from magical characters full of magical ideas and happenings.
All that was needed was a Big Bang and a lot of time.
Richard Dawkins, thank you.
Also, The Blind Watchmaker makes it easy to conclude this life is the only life we’re going to have. It’s up to all of the plants and creatures to figure out ways to enjoy it.
Was there a God responsible for the Big Bang? Anyone has a fifty percent chance of being right when answering this yes or no question.
I feel the odds of a supreme God being real as depicted in the Bible wishful thinking. Yet, I can’t know for sure, so I’ll go with the odds real magic doesn’t exist and put my faith in nature and science.