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Self Verification

One of my favorite lines from Jed McKenna’s Spiritual Enlightenment Trilogy is “think for yourself or not at all”.  It amazes me how many people don’t think for themselves.  It amazes me, even more, that most people don’t even think of thinking for themselves.  I don’t usually talk about my day-to-day life or tell stories such as this but today was too beautiful of an example to let pass by without mentioning.  The premise of this story?  “think for yourself or not at all” or equally accurate, if it’s not self-verifiable then it’s just a belief…and no belief is true.

I work for an employer that decided to make the flu shot mandatory for employment this year.  I err on the side of ‘no thanks’ when it comes to getting shot up with a curious mixture of ingredients so I sought and received an exemption.  In a meeting today the subject came up because so many physicians have not yet gotten the shot.  To make things interesting I mentioned how it just doesn’t seem very nice to make people shoot a toxic substance into their bodies in the name of “health”.  Vaccines should remain a choice, not a mandatory ultimatum.  I proceeded to be ransacked.  The 3 managers in the room immediately dove into the pre-scripted talking points released months before by Corporate Communications, the propaganda machine of the organization (very similar to the book 1984 I might add).  I let them go on about how I was going to kill our sickest patients by eating in the cafeteria or by using the restroom.  I listened to claims of clinical studies (of which no one in the room had ever looked up or even knew the names of).  I looked at open mouths and surprised faces that said, “how could you dare not follow us and get the shot?”.   We had a little back and forth on the subject.  I asked one of the ladies how she would explain that most of the whooping-cough cases last year in California occurred in the vaccinated child population.  She stammered and said that it was because most of the kids were vaccinated……dramatic pause…..  I waited for her to realize what she just said.  She didn’t.  She had no clue.  I was speechless.  I ended the conversation by asking one of the manager-nurses in the room if she had verified any of this “evidence” for vaccination herself or if she was just taking other people’s word for it.  The answer she gave me was something like, “aaaahhhhhh???” with a quick change of subject.

Exactly.  If you have not verified it (experienced it, seen it, smelled it…) for yourself it’s just a belief.  Think for yourself or not at all.  SIMPLE.  It didn’t occur to any of the managers in this room today to think for themselves.  They were being good little employees and were simply following directions from the “powers that be”.  None of them realized that there is NO other ‘power’ than yourself.

Bottom line, whether it’s a job, a flu shot, your religion, your belief in God, your thoughts about the tree in your backyard – everything – think for yourself or not at all.  Be your own authority.   If you cannot self-verify it then it’s a belief.  It’s a lie you are telling yourself.  Question it.  Question everything until you know.

Disclaimer – I really have no opinion on the flu shot one way or another.  To each his/her own.  There is “scientific evidence” pointing to both sides of the spectrum.  I’m drawn to refrain from such activities and really have no opinion on what others choose to do or not do so if you feel strongly about this subject, here is not the place to debate it.  The above was simply an example of people following the herd without questioning.  The flu shot just happened to be the subject.


Just actors

Waking up is getting off the stage. It’s like sitting in the audience knowing you are just watching a play but the actors in the play still believe it is real. Day to day life? 99% are still in the play.

In the Play


Boo!

If you are anything like me there are times you like to get scared.  Halloween is always one of those times in our house.  We fill our time with scary movies, haunted houses and lots of tricks and treats.  Fear in a setting where we ultimately know we are safe can be an enjoyable experience but what happens when we dive into our deepest fears?  Those fears that keep us awake at night and the ones that we don’t feel safe with?  These fears that feel real and that can control how we move in the world, such as fear of death, fear of losing a job or fear of living life can come from different places.  They can come from a difficult past event in the form of conditioning, such as someone who has been in a bad car accident being afraid to ride in a car.  They can come from the mind, such as someone who is afraid of death because they don’t know what will become of them when they die or they fear that the people they leave behind will not be okay.

Ultimately, fear is misunderstanding.  This isn’t to downplay what can be a very powerful and real emotion, it is to bring light to a false perception, which is a gift if you allow it to happen.  The misunderstanding is generally that everything is not okay.  We tend to want things to go a certain way in life.  We want to be happy, we want to be healthy, we want our friends and family to be happy and healthy, but as we all know, this isn’t always the case.  Something happens and we think that things have gone wrong because they are not going the way we want them to.  What happens if we let go of that?  What happens when we just let things happen without the thought of “that is good”, “that is bad”  or “this is right”, “this is wrong”?  When we stop arguing with reality there is a contentment that comes along with every situation, no matter what it is.  When you stop letting your thoughts dictate the rightness or wrongness of any situation there is peace, no matter what.  For example, a friend of mine’s son just broke his arm in an accident.  It was a pretty bad break and, of course, it is never fun to see your child hurt.  The boy, who is 5, is incredible to watch through all of this.  Never does he say something like “how could this have happened?” or “why did this have to happen to me?”.  He simply goes with it.  Yes, his arm bothers him at times and yes the cast gets in the way but he doesn’t look at it as if it should be any other way.  He accepts it as it is, like most 5 year olds will do with something like this.  On the other side, my friend, the boy’s dad, is suffering greatly because he is telling himself consistently that this event should not have happened.  He’s telling himself how terrible it is that this happened to his son.  Who is suffering more?  The son, who has the broken arm and has accepted the reality of it, or the dad, who is constantly telling himself that this is wrong?

Fear manifests itself in the same way.  If you stop and look intently at your fears you can start to see the misunderstanding.  Let’s say you are afraid of death.  Hold that fear of death right in front of you.  Then, even if for only five seconds, stop thinking about it.  What does that feel like?  Five seconds is all it takes to get a taste.  Five seconds is all it takes to find out what it would feel like to be free of that fear.  Five seconds of stopping your thoughts and/or stopping the commentary that tells you something is good, bad or something that you should fear, that’s enough to get a taste and one taste of how that feels is all it takes.  From there you can let that grow into freedom.  As you practice this expand the time,  make it ten seconds…then 20…and so on.  What happens?  Feel it, get a sense for it, make it your meditation.  Before you know it you will be free from it.  The more you do this, the more you let go of the thoughts that tell you something is wrong, the more free you will be.  The thoughts may still come but you begin to see that they are not the truth.  You begin to see that everything is okay exactly the way it is.  If you were to die, everything is okay.  If you were to lose your job, it’s okay.  If you simply have a bad day at work, it’s okay.  Everything is perfect, just the way it is, no matter what.  Once we stop trying to control everything around us, once we stop labeling everything as right, wrong, good and bad we see that YES! everything is fine just as it is.  Whatever happened yesterday, perfect.  Whatever is happening right now, perfect.  Whatever happens tomorrow, perfect.

Five seconds is all it takes to get a sense.  Just five seconds.  So this Halloween when you are done watching those scary movies and walking through those haunted houses, take a moment to investigate one of those fears that you don’t feel safe with.  Take those five seconds and realize that you are always safe, always fine, and that everything is just as it is and just as it should be.  Realize you can be free from fear.


Yes…

It is that simple and that beautiful…


God?

Every now and then I jump on the blog circuit to see what’s out there when it comes to ‘Spirituality’, “God” or “Enlightenment”.  Most of the time that look is quickly ended with me shaking my head and giving a side-lined grin and a tip of my hat to the strength and cunning of delusion.

Today my search ended with a blog post by a woman who was now certain that there was no God because her cat died.  I hear this type of thing often.  Now, to preface this, I’m not saying that there is a “God” out there either because the problem with the modern-day idea of “God” is that it’s been so misused and distorted.  What people, like this woman with the cat, think God is is what is getting in the way.  Any idea of what you think God is…is wrong.  It’s wrong.  It’s a belief and no belief is true.  What this woman with the cat is upset about is that her ‘idea’ of what she thinks God is was challenged.  Her thought-up God didn’t rise to the challenge so instead of questioning her thoughts, ideas and beliefs on the subject she just dumps the whole thing altogether.  My cat died.  It’s not what I wanted to have happen.  There is no God.

The lesson here?  If you are upset that something didn’t happen the way you thought it should happen, then it’s your misunderstanding and no one elses.  It’s up to you to question your beliefs behind it because it’s your beliefs, your thoughts and your ideas that are keeping you from knowing the truth.  You are standing in your own way.  It’s as simple as that.


Truth

Truth…is right in front of you.  There is nothing to search for and nowhere to go.

 


Leaves

The only thing that separates the death of a leaf in the fall and the death of you is your thoughts.  Do you weep in the fall when the leaves turn colors, wither and then fall to the ground?  No.  Instead most of us view this as a beautiful scene.  We are no different.  We too are seasons.  We live.  We pass away.  To live is to die.  To die is to make room for new life.  The only thing that separates the death of a leaf and the death of you is your thoughts.

 


Forget About It

Every once in a while I head to the internet with the sole purpose of checking out what information people are putting out there in regards to spiritual enlightenment and waking up.  I last did this about a week ago and the trend I found has stuck with me since then so I figured it was time to write about it so  I could be done with it and move on.

The trend basically included this: “If a person says they are enlightened then they are not enlightened.”, and/or ” If someone says that everyone is already enlightened but they just don’t realize it yet then that person is not enlightened”.  <sigh>

If you are traveling around the web and find these statements forget about them because once you get hung up on wording like this you’ve only hindered your own eyesight.  Words are incredibly insufficient in describing the truth, in fact, they can’t describe the truth.  It’s impossible.  Even the word enlightenment is a poor substitute for the real thing.

So don’t get hung up on how something is worded.  Forget about it.  Wake up yourself…then it’s incredibly easy to tell whose got their eyes open and whose still sleeping.


Death

It’s interesting to sit back and observe what goes on in this world when it comes to death.  So much of what happens centers around a fear of it, yet so much is done to facilitate it.  Many strive for more organic food, free of pesticides and GMO’s yet the companies who produce these continue to do so, without much protest.  Many work to lengthen life by taking toxic medications that only work to ultimately make them sicker.  The decision is usually to pop a pill instead of getting to the root of the problem.  People smoke, do drugs and drink, knowing it’s not good for them and could ultimately lead to death.  The list could go on and on.  There is this great fear of death yet so many of our individual and collective actions only bring it on more rapidly.  It’s a curious thing.

What is it about death that frightens us so much?  Many people I know claim to be Christians and believe there is heaven to look forward to in death.  So why the fear if heaven is such a wonderful place?  Other people I know are struggling and suffering greatly, whether it is from financial worry or from health issues etc..  Wouldn’t death then serve as a relief?  Freedom from that suffering?  For me, it used to be the fear of leaving my kids without a mother.  It was that attachment that kept me in fear, as I’m sure it does with others.  We don’t want to let go of this life we were given, for whatever reason.  After all, it is a blessing.

One of the things that waking up does is remove fear, not just fear of death, but all fear.  Once you step back from it and look in its amazing that anyone can truly live an authentic life while surrounded by it.  Fear holds us tightly caged.  Freedom comes when we move through the fear and come out on the other side.  Of all fear, the fear of death is a biggie; the most foreboding of all fears for most people.  When you awaken that fear slowly (or for some quickly) fades away.  It can be said that waking up is like a death, but not a physical death.  It’s the death of ego.  The death of all that is false, taken place by what is true and in truth there is no fear.

This doesn’t explain, however, why there is such a fear of death yet the human race does so much to perpetuate it.  When I look out from the perspective of the truth it would seem as if we all know, even before awakening, that truth exists.  The human desire for death (usually subconscious) could be that the truth is trying to tell us something.  Not that we should die a physical death, but that we should allow our “selves” to die, while living.  This is freedom.  This is freedom from fear.  But because we are so wrapped up with what is going on around us we don’t take enough time to stop and look at this and we should.  Not looking at this is what creates the confusion.  It’s not our physical death we are pushing toward, even though it seems that way, because that is the only death most understand, but instead it’s a desire for the truth to surface.  In order for that to happen there needs to be a death of self, a death of separation, a death of ego, a death of the false with a birth into the truth.

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly.  But here we have it.  The caterpillar makes its cocoon and when it re-emerges it is a butterfly.  The caterpillar didn’t die.  It’s life is still intact.  The only difference with its transformation is that now it has wings to fly.  And how beautiful is it that we were given this perfect example within nature to observe what death in life looks like.  All we need to do now is listen and learn from that example.  Let your ‘self’, your ego, be the one to die and you too will gain the wings to fly.


Fear

[tweetmeme]I’ve been hearing a lot of people lately say that you need to face your fears.  When I hear this it reminds me of a story I was once told.  Let’s say you are stuck down at the bottom of a well in the dark with a monster (your fears).  There is someone up above yelling down to you and telling you to face the monster, telling you to face your fears.  You face the monster time and time again.  You feel brave and courageous because you are facing the monster head on.  The problem with this is that you are still stuck in the well.  As long as you stay down in the well the monster will always come back in one form or another, always.  So why don’t you just climb out of the well?  Climbing out of the well into the light is where freedom is.

Fears are illusions.  They are created in your mind based on past experience and conditioning.  Instead of staying in the well, miring around with your fears and the monsters that haunt you, realize them for what they are and climb out.  If the person at the top of the well is someone who is telling you to face the monster instead of throwing you a rope to climb out I would highly question their expertise in the matter because, most likely, they are stuck in their own well.

I’ve talked about this before and a common response is usually something along the lines of, “fear can be beneficial” or “fear can be used to move us into action”.  Perhaps this is so, but when you realize your fears for what they are and climb out of the well you come to a place where action moves from a much more powerful and effective place.  You realize quite quickly that the benefits you thought you gained or the action you were moved toward was nothing compared the this new found fearless space.  It doesn’t compare.

Come and see for yourself.  Don’t believe me.  Try it.  Climb out of the well and be free.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised.  There is, quite literally, nothing to be afraid of.