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Nope

Nope.  Unless you’ve already seen it, you have no idea what enlightenment means or what it is.  Whatever you think it is, you are wrong, so let it go. 

See it for yourself.  BE it for yourself…then try and explain it and see if you know what it is. 

Perhaps we can laugh about it together while we swing.

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Summer Solstice

[tweetmeme]Season’s change. Spring turns into summer, summer to fall, fall to winter and the cycle continues. To look into what it is to be alive means to also see cycles within ourselves. Once we begin to recognize these cycles we can begin to see how the universe works and what life really is. Most human cycles come from our conditioning. Things like how we grew up, circumstances we’ve encountered and what we’ve been taught are some of what make us who we think we are. But what is all of this really? We grow up learning to label different things as good or bad, pretty or ugly, happy or sad. Those however, are just opinions, just beliefs. Opinions and beliefs that come from how we grew up, circumstances we’ve encountered and what we’ve been taught. It doesn’t mean we are right. However most people walk through life thinking that their opinion is the right one; that their opinion matters. But does it really? Just about everyone has an opinion. Who is right? If you look deeply into your opinions (or beliefs) you’ll find that most of your suffering comes from holding on to an opinion or a belief that you think is right. Something as simple as, “I hate it when it snows” can cause suffering. The opinion here is ‘snow is bad’. With that opinion comes suffering. Instead, realize the opinion for what it is, just a belief based on past circumstances or what you’ve been taught. Let it go and stop the cycle of belief and suffering.

On this day of the summer solstice try taking a moment to look at the cycles in your own life. Take a moment to see where suffering arises and what belief is behind it. Ask yourself, “is this opinion or belief really true?” or is it just something that is based on a past experience or what you’ve been taught and have never questioned? Recognize your opinions and your beliefs for what they are, let them go and open yourself to the universe. Open yourself to life.


Green-Sleep

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the whole “Green” movement.  The color green has always been my favorite color but lately the word itself has been leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

I look around and I see people getting excited over recycling, driving less, starting their own garden, taking shorter showers, setting up solar power, reusing old items, and changing their light bulbs.  While each holds its’ own value (and in no way am I saying we shouldn’t do these things) there is no way on God’s “green” Earth it’s going to save the planet.  It’s not going to save the extinction of the salamanders, the mountain lions, the polar bears or the salmon.  It’s not going to save the mountaintops from being removed or the polar ice caps from melting.  It’s not going to eliminate the dioxin from mother’s breast milk or the mercury from our Great Lakes.  It’s not enough, yet this is right where most of us stop.  Most of us put our cardboard and our plastics out on the curb on recycling day, spend a few minutes patching up the knee on a pair of ripped jeans and call it good.  We feel good about what we just did, so we stop there.  Everything is okay now that we set out our recycling so let’s go back to sleep.  We’ve done our part to help save the planet.  But have we?

No. Not really, in fact, not even close.

The problem with “feel good” actions like these is that they tend to put everyone back to sleep.  We change a light bulb, feel good about ourselves and that’s it.  We start snoring again.  But it’s not enough.  If we are ever going to move to something that is truly sustainable then industrial production and pollution needs to end, completely.  If we are ever going to stop the endangerment of species then over consumption needs to stop, completely.  If we want our oceans to remain clear and life giving then toxic dumping needs to be terminated, forever.  If we want to continue to be able to grow food then we need to build up our soil not kill it.  No amount of recycling, light bulbs or short showers will do this.  We need to stop sleeping and wake up!

The whole “green” movement is generally not much more than a big sleeping pill.  Its’ very nature has transformed into something we can easily fit into our lives and still maintain the status quo.  We don’t have to give anything up.  We can continue on with our lives as they are AND feel good about ourselves because we just recycled the box our WII came in.  We stay asleep to the actual truth.  Eyes closed instead of eyes open.  It’s very similar to what religion has become.  Just like the ‘green’ movement, religion has become a way for us to stay asleep, safe and away from the truth.  We can go to church and feel good about ourselves because we just sat in a place with God.  God will be happy with us now because we prayed to Him.  We don’t have to give anything up.  We can leave church and head out into the world the same person we were before.  Nothing lost, good feelings gained.  Except, why do we always assume (or hope) that the truth is something that will make us initially feel good?  Perhaps she, who says, “the truth hurts”, is actually speaking the truth and knew what she was talking about?  Waking up isn’t easy, whether you are looking at cultural awakening or spiritual awakening.  It takes work.  It takes honesty.  It takes courage.  We need to wake up.  If we don’t, we’ll soon find ourselves without a planet to sleep on.

So yes, take shorter showers.  Then use the time you saved not showering to make a positive change for your planet.  Take the next step.  Take a step beyond household improvements.  Take a step that is bigger than your self.  Take a step for all life on this planet.  You’ll realize that you never knew what it really meant to “feel good”.  You’ll realize that feeling good comes when we make a real difference.


Ignorance is Arrogance

It’s been a while since I’ve written here.  I’ve spent too many weeks entrenched in day-to-day life lately, just trying to get by.  Too many things to do, too many western holidays to contend with, usually with disgust.  But thanks to one of the few Facebook friends I have who doesn’t post superficial dribble I’ve become drawn to put down a few words tonight.  To set some context for this quote I should tell you that this friend of mine hosts a website based on spiritual non-dual teachings.  The quote is focused toward truth and truth realization.

His post was just three words, “Ignorance is Arrogance”.  This was a few days ago now and I’ve been pondering it since.  Is ignorance arrogance?  It’s an interesting question.  The basic definition of ignorance is “the lack of knowledge or education”.  The basic definition of arrogance is “overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors”.  I’ll agree that arrogance can be a side effect of ignorance, thus making the statement true.  Within truth, there is no arrogance, so if you are ignorant to the truth there may be arrogance present.  It takes an ego to be arrogant in the first place.  Truth realization includes the destruction of the ego.  No ego, no arrogance.  Realize truth, break out of ignorance, dismantle the ego, arrogance goes with it.  Interesting.

Another angle may be that it is arrogant to remain ignorant, but that would imply that there is a choice in the matter.  Human beings are wonderful at turning their backs on the truth.  Truth is always right there for everyone to see, but most choose not to see it.  Or is it not a choice at all, but just a side effect of the human condition?  We are so good at seeing what is not and not seeing the only thing that is.  That is more amazing than enlightenment itself.   It’s hard for me to understand sometimes why so many remain ignorant, whether it’s a choice or not.  I can’t imagine.  From the time I entered Jr. High School I knew there was something behind the acts everyone was putting on, something underneath the parts they were playing.  I knew the play was just a play and not reality.  I wouldn’t find out until 25 years later what it was exactly that I knew back then but at least I understood that there was ignorance present.   I don’t know that I can justify it being arrogant to remain ignorant in the realm of spirituality and truth.  Perhaps there are some out there that get a glimpse of truth and willfully turn their backs on it, but this I cannot imagine either.  Truth has a way of showing up right in front of your face over and over again, especially after you get your first glimpse of it.  What seems more common is just the ignorance.  Most people don’t even know their eyes are closed.  It never occurs to them that there is something more to this life.  Something more to existence.  They keep on their merry way, posting superficial babble on Facebook, shopping for Christmas presents, going to work, cooking dinner, on and on, never taking a moment to stop and think about what this life really is.  So, I suppose in this case if there was a conscious choice to remain ignorant then I could see arrogance playing it’s part.  Interesting.

Spiritual awakening is what initially brought me here to write but recently there has been a cultural awakening as well.   I myself letting go of ignorance in this arena as well.  This civilization is killing the planet and everything that is living on it.  I’m finding it interesting to apply the statement “Ignorance is Arrogance” to this as well.  When it comes to the environment I would have to agree that ignorance is arrogance.  Truth, as I spoke of above can be elusive.   What we as human beings are doing to the planet is obvious by just looking around with our own eyes.  Melting polar ice caps, air pollution, toxic dumping in our oceans, lakes, and rivers, 200 species going extinct every single day, cancer rates skyrocketing, abnormal weather patterns, it’s all there, right before our eyes.  Is it arrogant to remain ignorant in this case?   I’d have to say yes.  The future of this planet depends on us to stop being ignorant and arrogant. As one of my favorite spiritual teachers said in one of his talks, “Time is running out.  In the scope of Truth, is everything okay?  Yes.  Will Life continue without Earth?  Yes. But do we appreciate this life?  Yes.  Would we prefer for it to continue here?  Yes, of course.”  Spiritual enlightenment brings with it a knowing that everything is always okay.  But to realize this and still do nothing to help the planet would be nothing more than a spiritual cop-out.  We were given this wonderful opportunity to experience life on this planet.  It is arrogant of us to think that we can do whatever we like and remain ignorant of the consequences.  

Thank you, my friend, for these three thought-provoking words.