the isness

Is truth the isness of every moment?
Do the past and future
actually exist?

Only in our
thoughts which are
in a world of imagination?

Is there no physical
presence to
them?

Unless
we write
them down
or record them?

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i dream therefore i am

Below is my attempt to introduce some of the greatest insights ever dreamed, and they suggest there’s another mindset available to us, and as the mindset sets in, the sages say a person becomes harder and harder to offend.

Indian sages have described reality as having three parts:

The main reality is the world of truth. Truth is everything existing. Us too. All is truth. Only truth can exist. When a lie is told, it will always be true a lie was told. Situations cannot be any other way.

The next part of reality is non-truth. It is composed of nothingness: the total nonexistence of physical things, non-truth = non-being, non-existing

The last part of reality is dreaming and is called maya. The dictionary definition of maya is “the illusion or the appearance of the phenomenal world” which is to say dreaming is the illusion or the appearance of the world which comes about when we experience our surroundings via our senses.

Maya has no real existence because it’s not physical, but it’s also truth in a way because the dreaming actually happened. Maya is a combination of the first two parts of existence: the real and the not real together at the same time.

Why think about maya? We dwell on maya in order to realize we dream even when we are awake. The brain is full of maya and produces it automatically. Maya is the state between being and non-being developed by the brain.

Our minds interpret what we sense, so what we get is secondary and not primary. The primary is reality itself. And between the primary and the secondary the sages say a dream is formed. (The dream might be of having a better wife or wanting a more caring husband or thinking about a friend who’s a real friend or thinking of friend who might be an enemy or the dream of having a new car, etc., etc.) Dreams aren’t real but they have happened and are happening.

All of this means dreams don’t last but atoms do. The search for fulfillment could be called Let’s get to know the Atoms. Since dreaming keeps one’s identity in place, I dream therefore I am. By daily interrupting the unbroken dreaming habit, one can come to know truth.

What advice, if any, would you expect here? If you are searching for that something extra in life, start meditating

(classical meditation: relax by sitting comfortably with eyes closed and repeating a mantra and/or relax by sitting comfortably with eyes closed and paying attention to the breath)

and read what the sages have left for us. Do these things (daily is best) and you may experience being an actual part of the Universe knowing for sure you are not separate and knowing you belong.

Don’t rush because you are able to rush. The trip is the thing. Become constant with the philosophy “easy does it.” Life’s greatest adventure is not a dash for the finish line. Not having to complete life’s greatest adventure will bring it within reach. So be cool.

If you don’t know where to start, I recommend Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Informal talks on Zen meditation and practice) by Shunryu Suzuki. Also, the recorded conversations (in book form) of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh are excellent regardless of the mess he got into here in the U.S.

 

humming along

Could it be as simple as…Everything is as it is and that’s what truth is? Hollywood speak: “It is what it is” actually fits the definition of truth, but…

Is truth too easy to talk about? We have vague imaginings of everything humming along together in a constantly changing now, but is this reality slippery when we try to experience it via mindfulness or attempting to feel ourselves as safe in a very snug part of the mystery?

Why is it so hard to feel perfectly included? Is there something in the way? If so, what is it?

Is it the something which usually takes credit for all of the human animal’s talents? What would happen…if I, the identity, the ego, the entity my animal created to handle things were put in charge of my being’s immune system and its eyesight? I would be blind almost immediately and soon die from a small infection.

Am I hardly more than a chooser and companion? These are my talents, and I’m scared I’ll loose my seat of power if I ever give it up, but is this very unlikely because I’m needed by the animal to choose and get along in society.

But can I trust my own reasoning?

Why fear change when change is the the game everything is participating in? Is change humming along with or without our awareness of it?

truth doesn’t care

Why do we use our biases quickly, and without a lot of conscious thinking, and use only parts of the information which harmonize with our beliefs, and then use it to establish or decide what is right and wrong?

Once we have an opinion or belief, it’s our nature to want to hang on to it because it feels so good to be without a doubt, right, correct, in the know and on the way.

We add new information when it comes along if it compliments what we already think or believe. And it’s rejected if it conflicts with what we already think or believe. We are all guilty and can change this by becoming more aware.

Science calls this confirmation bias, and confirmation bias gives us reasons to form alliances with like minded folks.

Is it that truth doesn’t care
if it’s recognized
or not?

In the entire universe
can only life
care?

the projector of truth

Is it that truth cannot lie?
Is the answer
yes or
no?

Is it both? If so, does
language
make it
so?

Does truth
fall another way
in that it’s true a lie was told?

If so, is everything that’s
happening
truth?

Is truth
the isness of
everything, including us? 

So, is it that truth doesn’t lie but
is the stage for lies and
everything
else?

If so, truth encompasses all the good,
the bad, and the in-between
and every cubic
meter
of
our four
dimensions.
Is nowness the projector of truth?

booby prize

Is learning how to accept what already is the case, the foundation of the house of happiness? Knowing what is so is constantly changing so it’s hard to keep up with.

Does love communicate naturally? Is health where you take part or loose it? Is knowledge a booby prize but too useful to suspend? Is the first and last truth an experience rather than an idea?

Is truth an idea as well as a physical thing?

What’s the greatest truth? The isness of existence? Or is it finding out what’s for supper? Is the greatest truth the current one?

the really big clue

As a humanist, it’s normal for me to think everything happening in our universe is occurring naturally, even if it looks or seems like a miracle, and it’s normal for me to think there’s no such thing as an all-powerful overseer in charge with a plan for part of humanity to live in bliss forever with the overseer while the rest of humanity is tortured forever along with all other enemies of the overseer.

It seems the major vulnerability of humanity is it’s so easy for folks to believe in forms of supernaturalism: fairies, gods, spirits, etc. (We all want to be safe, and if possible, to exist and be safe forever. As kids, it’s easy to think “All these grownups believe in miracles, so miracles must be real.” etc.)

Almost all religions are saying their truth is the only truth and promise the rewards to the faithful will fulfill all of the heart’s desires. The catch to this apparently ideal situation is a follower usually has to die. So, the reason for the word FAITH, the workhorse of religion.

This is the really big clue. Ask, what are the odds? Are normal religions like lottery tickets and serve well as social clubs?

It’s reasonable to think the believers who die will never wake to see if their truth is the real truth or not among the thousands of others all claiming to have the only truth.

What are the odds of real magic existing?

And what are the odds of a person being brought up in a home in possession of the real spiritual truth? 

If I had been born in India by Indian parents, I might today be a Hindu or Sikh and believe just a sincerely in Hinduism or Sikhism as a follower of Christianity or a follower of Islam believes he or she is following the true path leading to eternal satisfaction and salvation. A Sikh might pity them both.

For me it’s reasonable to think all religions and their belief systems came from human minds. So, could there really exist an all-powerful overseer who has sicked a strict and harsh religion first on its own women and then on the rest of the world?