Ups and Downs

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Ups and downs

Happiness can only be achieved when one comes to the realization that life is an experience of ups and downs and the downs are as normal and to be expected as the ups.  Life is contrasts of infinite variations, long, short, good, evil, hot, cold, sick, well, birth, death, etc.  All are as common as breathing, digestion, heartbeat, growing hair, etc. and completely beyond our control. It is all simply the experience of physicality or life.

When we allow the downs to get us down and try to cling to the ups, we are failing to realize who and what we really are.  We are not physical beings.  We are not mortal beings, we are infinite spiritual beings having a limited physical experience and vastly beyond all physical or bodily sensations.

When one stops to think about it, it is rather simple.  Contentment consists of accepting “what is”.  We cannot change it in the slightest.  What is, IS.  We can kick and scream or whatever but it has absolutely no effect.  Contentment is accepting what is, knowing that some of the road we travel is smooth while just as much can be very rough, regardless our efforts to change it while realizing that this is the norm. When our happiness or pleasant attitude is dependent on things going well we are setting ourselves up for a downer.  When we can ride the waves of good and not so good, evenly, we are much closer to where we’re headed.

While it’s true that some seem to experience a smoother road than others, regardless religions, beliefs, etc., who knows what other factors, prior lives etc., may be involved.  It is simply what life is and what we are here to experience.

My turn to preach

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The belief is that all are judged by the freewill choices they make and it’s just that simple. But think about it. A much more powerful determinant to one’s character and choices than free will is conditioning or perhaps genetics. And conditioning or genetics have nothing to do with free will or choices. Our maturity is, by and large, a reflection of our childhood conditioning, over which we have no control. Most perverted offenders suffered some kind of mistreatment or abuse in their upbringing, which they did not freely choose. Most vile offenders come from ghettoes, broken homes or other depraved upbringings. Likewise religious views are largely determined by conditioning. If one is born in Israel, he/she will most likely be Jewish, the same with Muslims born in Islamic countries, Christians in the West, etc.

So, if our choices and beliefs are largely a result of our conditioning or genetics instead of freewill and we are not responsible for, or in control of such, what does that say about love, fairness and judgment? If judgment exists, there are endless and vastly different beliefs as to what is the standard.

The belief is that we are judged by our choices, but there are endless different views on just what constitutes that judgment with the differences largely based on each one’s acquired belief. Everyone is largely a product of their conditioning and, of course, most are quite sure and confident of their respective beliefs. If judgment exists, there are vastly different beliefs as to just what it is. As far as I’m concerned, if there are two people very sincere in wishing to serve God but cannot agree on what constitutes salvation, that in itself proves that if God is love, there is no judgment. Love would not leave something so crucial to ambiguity. Few are open enough to seriously question.

Who am I?

Suddenly I awaken from another night of sleep, I roll my head toward a pair of windows with blinds closed and notice light behind and surrounding them like it is trying to force it’s way through whatever may be interfering with its presence. I’m aware of the rumble and horn of a passing freight train not too many blocks away as it drowns out the more pleasant sounds of nature. The windows are open behind the blinds as a breeze gently moves them a bit and I catch a fragrance of the outside. The thought arises, it must be morning, maybe 5ish. I turn a bit more to see the hands on the small bedside clock as my mind and the hands on the clock confirm 5:23 AM. Other thoughts arise, how much longer shall I lie here, this position needs changing as I turn to the other side, more thoughts, what am I doing this morning, shall I have cereal or eggs, then where are these thoughts coming from, I’m obviously not choosing them. I have no idea what will be the next, they just flow but from where? The next thing I know I am again awakening, the light now is more profuse as the thought, now what time is it, arises and I again turn to the clock whose hands have relocated to the 7:42 position. Thoughts again immediately begin flowing, it’s time to get up, must take my shower, it’s Tuesday, gotta pay the utilities today, must not forget, etc. Again, the realization, I’m not creating or choosing these thoughts anymore than I’m beating my heart, breathing my lungs, digesting my food or fighting off the viruses attacking my body. It’s all just happening. Then the thought, is there actually an individual choosing to have cereal or eggs or does one or the other just happen and a mind thinks it is the doer?

I AM THAT

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I AM THAT
Dialogues of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being — I am that.
Amritbindu Upanishad

That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman — that thou art.
Sankaracharya

The seeker is he who is in search of himself.
Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality.
To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not. Discover all that you are not — body, feelings thoughts, time, space, this or that — nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.
The clearer you understand on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realize that you are the limitless being.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Two Phenomena

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As I see it, this existence presents us with two phenomena, the physical and the non-physical or Consciousness.  Consciousness being that which is unfathomable and vastly beyond human understanding.  The physical being that which is limited, quantifiable, constantly changing, comes and goes and is largely explainable.  It seems rather obvious to me that Consciousness evolved physicality, not the other way around as the atheists would have us believe.

Furthermore, it is apparent to me that we being awareness, are Consciousness and beyond physical bodies.  There exists abundant evidence that physical bodies expire to nonexistence but there is not a shred of evidence that Consciousness is limited or not eternal. And since Consciousness is apparently supreme it seems logical to me that Consciousness is the causal factor of physical reality.   I do not for one second believe that all we experience is the result of random happenstance or unguided activity.

I do not believe either the religions or the atheists take on it.  The religions because they believe in love while projecting a God of anything but, nor the atheists because they believe the physical evolved Consciousness. The billions of other religions are just as sincere in choosing to serve God as any Christian and it is not love that would condemn innocent sincerity. In fact, it is not love that would create even one for eternal destruction. To believe such is to horribly desecrate both God and love. And to believe that the purely physical could somehow evolve the unfathomable is ridiculous, it seems to me.

I tend to believe like Nikola Tesla, “My brain is only a receiver. In the universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the depth of this core, but I know that it exists.”

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” ~ Albert Einstein

The brain is a purely physical object. Consciousness is vastly beyond physicality. I do not believe the physical creates consciousness or that a brain ever created a thought. We have no idea what will be our next thought, nor can we control or cease the incessant flow. To me it is obvious that thoughts flow from beyond our physical bodies.

Since Consciousness is supreme and we are IT, I wonder about our ability to command certain results directing our physical experience.  For instance, for improved health, speaking to our cellular structure and suggesting health and normality. Or are we controlling anything?

 

 

Love is the Standard

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images If we accept that the Supreme Authority, God or whatever one wishes to call IT, is love, then such is the standard by which all teachings can be measured or evaluated. Brought to the level of individuals, love is embodied in the age old teaching, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”. That teaching sums up all others and is the one guide that cannot fail. If everyone lived this precept, the world and our existence in it would be gloriously transformed.

Consequently, love is the standard by which all teachings can be measured for truth. As humans we have those we dearly love which is far short of God’s love but the nearest a human can come. If a teaching is consistent with how we would treat those we love, it may well be truthful, if not, it can be rejected as false and inconsistent with love, recognizing the love of God as much greater.

Likewise with freedom, if the Creator says you are free to dabble with good and evil, do good and reap good or do harm and reap harm, such is freedom. However, should a Creator say, do this and reap bliss or fail to do so and be damned, such is not freedom but coercion, it is not love but manipulation. Thankfully, God really is love and the latter has never been the case.

Absurdity

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Not sure which I find the most absurd, the religious or the atheists.  The religious because they believe that a loving God created sentient beings incapable of meeting His standard and then condemned them for it or the atheists because they believe that somehow the purely physical evolved the unfathomable, consciousness.  Both, as far as I’m concerned are totally absurd!  For me, only non duality rings my bell! God is all and all is God.

What are you?

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Are you a victim of circumstances or a creator of circumstances?

Are you influenced by your own logic and intuition or the judgment of yourself and others by worldly standards?

Do you walk your own path or follow the blind leading the blind?

Do you do your own reasoning based on logic and intuition or just accept hand-me-down beliefs or religions?

Are you that which was incarnated as John or Mary with certain genetics, upbringing, conditioning, etc. or are you that which is vastly beyond the purely physical?

Are you the created or the creator?

How one answers these questions determines not what one is but what one experiences until greater understanding knocks on the door.

Either one remains a victim of circumstances of his/her own concepts or one awakens to what he/she really is.

If there is one thing that stands out in the scriptures and most all sacred writings, it is, “know thyself”.

Hell

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The religions tell us that hell is separation from God and they are absolutely correct but they don’t know half the story.  They believe that God is a separate being which can only mean

they have gone to hell.

We all have.  For reasons beyond our current understanding, we have all chosen hell.  Duality is hell.  It is only here that we have the opposite of love.  But we can only know the sweet by also knowing the bitter.  There is no definition of one without the other.  Opposites are a necessity of existence if we are to really know ecstasy or eternal bliss.

But the “real” good news is that there cannot possibly be separation from God.  There can only be that illusion for our benefit.  There is only ONE and we are it.  We ascend from hell by coming to the realization that all is one and saving ourselves.  As long as we look to a savior we remain in duality, separation and victimization.

We take charge of creating our own reality when we come to the realization that we are not the created but the creator.

I invite you to explore The Ascension Papers.

http://zingdad.com/books/thoughts-a-excerpts

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