it’s about seeing

The evidence of the past and thoughts of future events can not escape the present.

Is there no other place? It’s all we have and it’s a wonder.

Our language gives us the ideas of the past, the present and the future. The universe has only nowness.

What does this mean?

It means we are in a useful and automatic language trance. The best thing we can do is to work on waking up from this trance to see and feel whatever else is here in the present moment.

The ancient Hindu sages sages say the waking up from this trance is the greatest experience in life.

How can we do this? The formula the sages give us is to find a way to have periods of non-thinking and to stop judging by accepting everything as it is.

Why not judge? Every past happening causes things to be exactly the way they are. Nothing can change this. This makes things perfect as they are.

To fully understand, the ancients say the way is to start meditating and make it a habit. Meditation creates periods of non-thinking which is the counterpart of our constant language use.  

These periods of non-thinking eventually give us more awareness and later even more awareness and eventually can result in a new way of seeing the world. The sages say when this type of seeing happens, one is astounded and laughs at the obviousness of it all.

It’s not about thinking. It’s about seeing and meditation is the tool.

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finding the present

Our natural awake state is filled with language. Our language use can only take place in the present moment. This means we are not able to use the present moment to notice reality fully. Our language use is an automatic habit. We have trained ourselves to run our lives in a partially aware state. Only when something dramatic happens do we become fully aware and then only for a few seconds and then automatically fall back into language.

When we see a beautiful flower, instead of taking in its beauty for a while, right away we tend to judge it by comparing its beauty with other beautiful flowers we have seen or been given. Discrimination is one of our greatest powers and we automatically use it at every opportunity.

Our judging is just one of the ways we keep from being in the present moment. Thinking of past happenings or wondering or yearning about what may happen in the future are two more ways we keep ourselves from experiencing reality to the fullest.

Our awareness is nature’s greatest gift to us. Our powerful language habit gets in the way of our experiencing awareness fully. This is normal because we can’t remember things being any other way; so we don’t know what we’re missing. And what is that? The truth. The reality.

Experiencing the full depth of the sophisticated animal we ride is one of life’s greatest adventures and experiences say the sages. The path to experience our heritage as humans is via the practice of meditation because it’s the best way to drop our language habit for a while. Plus, meditation gives us high-quality mental rest.

There are health benefits which come from this high-quality mental rest, but full awareness only comes as a bonus; it’s the something extra we don’t expect or have to have.

 

the truth about the truth

The sages tell us the truth cannot be borrowed, as knowledge can. The truth encompasses everything, even the universe, and cannot be defined using words or be understood by thinking.

We can’t comprehend the truth in this its largest sense. So, how do we connect to this type of truth? The sages say it has to be seen. The truth being too big for language means whatever I say here leaves behind almost all of the essential. The essential is found in the doing: being able to look at something, maybe a blade of grass and feel the truth in it.

The sages keep reminding us: it’s easy to see the truth; it’s everywhere we look, the common, the interesting, literally everything. Things cannot be other than they are and so exist in the state of reality.

Things simply are as they are. When someone tells a lie, it’s the truth a lie was told. When a magician makes something disappear, we are tricked and that’s the truth. Things simply are as they are.

The sages say learning to fully accept things as they are is the challenge and is the way to see the reality: the truth.

Who or what does the accepting? We egos are working and useful creations of our beings. Said another way, we are powerful. We are the choosers and planners. Is it that we do not take up space? Are we connections or patterns in the brain?

Are we like clouds in that we can block the sun (treat our innocent beings badly), and we can rain on our parade (treat ourselves badly)? More importantly, like clouds, we can disappear; this is what we fear most. We egos have no atoms to comfort us. We have to keep talking or listening.

If we stopped, who knows what might happen. There’s no worry because an identity is an automatic habit. We know no other state. We are safe, but what if, by being safe, we will miss the greatest experience a human can have?

The way out of our predicament: the sages say intelligence is far superior to intellect. Intelligence is wisdom; intellect is the storage of information. Intellect is very useful but wisdom is the best user of information.

Our wisdom can prompt us to find a way to better know and commune with our own treasure: our human animal, the one with all the talents.

The sages say the way to do this is to build a meditation practice. There is no better way. We can use meditation as a means to lay down our borrowed information and problems for a while. Science agrees with the sages, and tells us again and again “meditation is good for you.”

Because language-use is a wall between us and our ability to see the way things are, meditation is a tool and allows us to rest our language habit. Wisdom loves tools.

The continuous comings and goings of language keep us egos from disappearing. This is why establishing a meditation practice is not easy but is doable.

The sages say meditators are explorers into the unknown. It boils down to how bad do we want to see the reality: the truth? What might happen then? A deep desire to see what is available to us is the starting point.

Knowing about opportunities, challenges, and adventures than the average person knows about makes one somewhat enlightened. Gaining knowledge is only intellect. What one does with it bakes the cake.

Above I mentioned the greatest experience a human can have. Full enlightenment is possible but not probable. The sages say it’s rare but possible for anyone. They say the best path is to create a meditation practice and make it habitual, and then expect nothing but physical and mental benefits.

By making meditation habitual, one will meditate every day with a miss once in a while because of circumstance. The effects of this type of practice keep becoming stronger and deeper because of its regularity. One gradually changes for the better.

An attitude of constantly looking and expecting one’s dream of enlightenment does not come up because in an established practice one is no longer desiring enlightenment. The case is always good enough.

Life is good and “having to have” is in the distant past. If enlightenment happens, it’s fine, if not it’s fine. There is no waiting for enlightenment. Only then can enlightenment happen say the enlightened.

 

the castle of magical tools

Many believe the idea of there being a supreme God may have helped humans survive and today helps to create better societies. There’s some truth in these conclusions. But there’s a down side.

History tells us of the millions who have been killed, murdered, and maimed by religious leaders and their followers in the name of their particular God. Even today people are suffering great pain and distress for religious reasons.

Yet…is it necessary for us to believe in a vengeful God (who promises eternal bliss for believers and eternal torture for nonbelievers) in order for us to be decent folks?

The ideas of a soul, a supreme God, a Devil, good spirits, bad spirits, and an afterlife were invented by humans. Where else could they have come?

All of these inventions reside in the castle of magical tools.

So where might a seeker find a warm and welcoming reality-based religious community?

Unitarianism is such a community. It gives prime importance on the potential for goodness in human beings and seeks only rational ways of solving the problems of humanity.

any other place

Is life a series of gettings and givings? And a series of decisions made up of refusals and grantings?  Can one give oneself the gift of more time by becoming more aware, by taking more notice on purpose? Why isn’t this normal. 

Is it that when I’m thinking, I’m distracted from what’s going on around me? To observe deeply must I be silent? 

How to spend time? Is now the only time to do what needs to be done? Does everything that is, have to be? Is it that the isness gives no choice because there’s not enough time for one to be made or does it? Is the moment the thinest and the broadest of things?

Where does time happen? Only in the now? Is there any other place? When does time happen? The present? Is there any other time? How does time happen? Is it that time doesn’t happen, it just is? Is it not linear but vertical only? 

Is my location in space very specific, but my location in time is not specific at all? If so, why?

Is the real, here and now and the not real, there and then? Is everything humming but we can’t hear it? Is time always an individual experience? 

Is the word always so powerful it should always be used carefully? Will the earth always be turning? Is the earth’s pathway always a perfectly straight one if the earth were judging?