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.
Is it that
when we wake
up in the morning,
do we keep on dreaming?
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?
Success is not having to have anything more.
When we are not in a gaining mode, not wishing for more, we fully have our minds and bodies right here with us, and they stay with us and can be used fully.
We do things just for the sake of doing them as a proper thing to do. If something good should come of it, all the better. Successful folks (using the definition above) don’t seek credit for their actions.
Whatever we do, we are expressing our true nature. We generally act for our own benefit which is natural. We work and intermingle in society. We feel good when we give and have regret when we are stingy.
We should honor and take care of our mind and body. Posture is important. When we slump, our minds wander.
We are in charge of ourselves and not others. So don’t try to change others, but don’t ignore them, observe them without judging. If others want our opinion, they will ask for it.
How we do is as important as what we do, as you already know.
Should today’s war machines be turned
into generators of usable
as a hoard of weapons
that cry out like ice cream in a freezer.
Of course, but who can and will lead the way?
The sages say meditation is not easy because it’s hard to keep thoughts from interrupting our meditation. This is normal and not a problem if we, while meditating, learn to dismiss thoughts in a gentle manner as we notice them.
The more we gently dismiss the thoughts, the more we have an empty and open mind. An empty mind is where meditation does its work. The absence of thoughts keeps us out of our normal dualistic mode.
We will then have an open mind, a ready mind for possibilities, not the closed mind we usually keep.
If we are wanting results from our meditation, our mind will not be self-sufficient. Wanting or having to have something creates a demanding mind which is not empty.
So, in our everyday lives, we can begin to notice our demanding mind and develop the practice of letting it gently go. Then we will begin to see reality in a different way. Attention and effort is needed.
Some have said “the empty mind idea” is dangerous. It is. But it’s dangerous only to one’s ego. An open or empty mind allows us to begin the adventure of finding out who we are. In addition, only an empty mind can receive something as large as the universe. A mind clouded with constant language use cannot.
We can find out first hand we are not separate. The universe created us. Everything is whole and this wholeness includes each of us, but we cannot know it or feel it while our minds are clouded with language.
Language is our greatest creation. We suffer because we allow thinking to take all of our waking hours. We need time away from this powerful habit to see and feel in a new way, and daily meditation is the tool able deliver the silence and rest needed.
This is not new information. It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s old hat. But it’s a beautiful hat and a hat of freedom and growth.