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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


Right Here

The path to enlightenment is right here, right where you are.  No need to go anywhere.  No need to figure out where to go next.  Let go and you will be led.  That is grace.


It’s Everywhere and It’s that Simple

When you are awake, you see the truth is everywhere, in everything.  Nothing was ever kept from you.  Nothing was ever hidden.  It’s that simple.

It’s in the pine cone you just walked past.

It’s your dog or your cat taking an afternoon nap.

It’s apple pie that just came out of the oven.

It’s there during family game night.

It’s there when you meditate (and even when you don’t).

It’s everywhere.  All of the time.  You just need to stop and look.  It’s that simple.


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.


Take a Step Back

So many times we get bogged down with the ‘stresses’ of life.  That’s the trouble with ego, it makes everything personal and makes even the little things seem huge.

One of the things that used to ‘catch‘ me, even before awakening began to happen, was looking up at the stars, gazing at the moon or looking at a picture of  Earth.  I found it completely impossible to look out at one of those amazing sites and take anything in “my” life seriously.  How could I?  While life itself is an amazing and wonderful gift, the daily struggles and conflicts our ego makes up are nothing but just that, made up.  The dream.  Your dream.  When I look out at the moon and stars or gaze at a picture of Earth and let go of myself the only thing there is eternity.