Projections of the Mind

The mind could be considered a projector from which a filmstrip of our existence is produced. We have become conditioned and believe that these brain projections are a result of the minds interaction with events in our existence.

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However could it be that this mind projector is not actually responsible for the experiences that we encounter? A projector, after all, is used to display audio and video picture frames that have been place into it. We can accept this as a workable definition for mind behavior. It stores sensory perception input and this information is processed.

This being said, the mind is still just the storage device and projector of information. What we then experience is often based on conditioned patterns that offer us, at the best, a rerun of something that happened to us yesterday, last week or even years ago. The mind could be compared to a TV Guide magazine in regards to thoughts about the near or distant future. It insists that it has all the information about the future repeatedly tells you how everything should or will happen in each broadcasted show. […]

Forever: It is not a Dream!

I recently had an experience that I wish to share with you. This was a moment that could be described as pure conscious realization. I gazed toward the horizon as I stood in the middle of a forest. I was, however, actually standing on the edge of forever. This is, at least, the sensation that overwhelmed me as I sensed everything and nothing within that instance.

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It became very clear that I was observing the unfolding of that moment in its entirety. This, in itself, may at first not seem to be an event that warrants any further consideration. However that moment became universally significant. Why was my awareness to presence intensified and what had initiated this state of aware being? I was literally experiencing forever and could acknowledge that forever is now.

What does it mean to suggest that forever is now? Please allow me to first express what I witnessed. There I was on a forest path. I became oblivious to everything around me and yet I sensed that I am within it all. How can I share this to help you visualize what happened? It was as if I was standing there in the forest and beyond I saw myself doing the same thing I was doing in that moment. […]

Changes: You Change and the Universe Changes

This word, as far as words are concerned, may be as significant to conscious awakening as the word “now”. Changes are occurring continually throughout the universe. This is perhaps the one true constant in life. Changes can be defined as transformations or conversions. This can occur in variations, to numerous to count. A beneficial key to experiencing balance between, mind, object and universal consciousness lies in our ability to be aware of changes and what is really happening.

This does not mean that we should attempt to stop some changes and allow others. It would, however, suggest a complete acceptance of all changes as a response and then consider whether an action, if any, is needed. More so, spiritually speaking, it is a person’s state of awareness to the dimension of consciousness that is foremost significant. This is the one necessary change that will allow living consciously to flourish in our daily activities. Is the conditioned mind responsible for our unwillingness or inability to change? […]

Mortality: Will you Live Forever?

This one eternal moment appears to structure a framework of hours, days, months and years. This is, however, an illusion. We can only experience joy now and it is something that can not truly be given or taken, either it is or it isn’t. You decide. Mortality invokes fear because we seek immortality through the concept of time, matter and space.

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The mind conjures up many scenarios whereby each depicting a story of fantasy, drama and mystery relating to mortality. What if it were possible to go beyond the minds visions of mortality and observe the moment as a gateway to forever.

There are ailments that affect the body and it is also susceptible to injury or death. Furthermore this is the unfolding of a nature occurrence. This is what it means to be an object of life and it is your denial or acceptance that can and will alter the outcome. The key to immortality lies within the realization of this eternal moment. […]

Hopscotch: Be Enlightened or Not

I have reflected on the game hopscotch over the last few weeks. This game has fascinated me regarding similarities to human beings seeking emancipation from the confines of our existence through behavior and rituals. The game in itself seems to parallel our desire to reach salvation, furthermore it also reflects misconceptions about reaching enlightenment, at least when considered from a philosophical viewpoint.

hopscotchThe game is considered to have originated without any reference to religion or belief structures. However it was later assimilated into the conceptual understanding of Hell and Heaven as well as the path required in reaching a plateau of enlightenment.

Here is a website excerpt from ancestry.com that discusses the conceptual similarities between hopscotch, pre-Christian rituals and spiritual rebirth:

“The most obvious Christian ritual which might parallel hopscotch is that of baptism, particularly baptism by immersion. Baptism has been understood in two ways, as a ritual washing away of sin, or as a symbol of being born again. In the first interpretation, we may see Baptism as a continuation of the various Jewish rituals commanded in the Torah to attain or re-attain purity. But in the second, there is no equivalent in Judaism. If immersion and emergence is seen as a symbol of rebirth, then that which is entered into and emerged from is a symbolic grave, suggesting a far more pagan origin.”

The game is well known in Austria, Switzerland and Germany as “Himmel und Hölle”. This version of the game consisted of squares starting with earth and ending with Heaven. Additionally the second-to-last square is labeled “Hell” and must be avoided.

I realize that this is a lot of general information about hopscotch but I felt that it was necessary for this article. My reference to the game and enlightenment is meant to offer insight into daily behaviorism in regards to seeking enlightenment. Hopscotch involves hopping on one foot from our home to reach an intended destination which has many names; paradise, heaven, salvation or enlightenment. Thereby our relentless searching often causes us to forget the obvious. We are already home. […]

Crawling Anxieties: Why am I Afraid?

You become tense and fearful. Suddenly thoughts and emotions appear regarding something that has happened, could happen, or will happen. However the feeling of fear that you are experiencing is mostly an illusion. This results from the mind and its conditioned reactions to the vast array of memories and thought patterns. What has happened to you? A moment ago everything was wonderful. Somehow the crawling anxieties of the mind are overwhelming your state of conscious living.

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It feels similar to realizing a huge threatening spider is crawling toward you. There are two reactions that general occur in such a situation. You are unable to comprehend anything or you feel panic and want to do one thing…run!

Can you recall experiencing such a phenomenon? It, referring back to something ominous crawling toward you, can interrupt your state of presence. Whereby the ability to be consciously aware was manipulated or restricted. The mind’s behavior generally initiates a sequence of reactions that occur unconsciously within a person’s state of being present in the moment. […]

Living and Truly Being Alive

It would be proper to start this article with a quote that offers much more about living then the words that are written.

“People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

If it is possible for you then please do your best to always understand that in every moment of life everything is happening as it should be happening. We are living but often we are not aware of being alive. This may sound very silly but please stop listening to the mind for a moment and reflect on what can be experienced beyond these words.

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We experience large segments of this existence in a state of automation. Oh, it is correct to say that we laugh, we cry and often we are afraid but are we actually living? Your individual answer will naturally reflect whether the answer originates from within a state of unconsciousness or active consciousness. Every instance of your continuation as a person probably offers more than the mind can truly comprehend. This may be one reason why we have become so automated in aspects of living. […]

Energy of Life: How do we use it?

We refer to human beings as compassionate and altruistic but what lies beyond these traits. There is something else in the background of our existence. We feel, however faint, the influence of life energy in its purist nature. This is a conscious energy field without the need for interpretation or definition. We can contemplatively consider that everything has the purity of conscious nature within it. Everything “is” and then somehow it becomes scrutinized by mind behavior. We judge, interpret and define, this has always been our “human” nature. It becomes very difficult to maintain an honorable rapport with life on a conscious level.

Is it these conditioned behavioral tendencies that initiated friction and separation in our relationship to the purity of life and consciousness?

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It would be appropriate to say that all objects are within a field of life energy. This is the vibrating frequency of the universe. We, as well as all object release mind and conscious energy into this dimension of life. This space is consciousness in its essence. […]

Honorable Intentions Offer Noble Living

It is not always easy to be honorable in a world that seems so unfair. We encounter situations that often initiate memories, conditioned behavior and fear. We usually become lost and confused in a dense fog consisting of thoughts and emotions. The problem is that many times we do not realize how a given situation is affecting us, nonetheless why. The steady pulsating energy of life consciousness however can still be sensed in the background of our activities.

The mind is very dominating and reactions based solely on conditioning and unconsciousness usually are not pure and uncontaminated. A person can feel the nature flow of life manifesting through our body and all objects. We could say that this, in its essence, allows us to respond to life (nature) in an honorable manner. This should be the natural harmony established between an object and life.   […]

Impermanence: I am whatever will be!

Doris Day shared useful insight in her famous song “Que Sera, Sera Whatever Will Be Will Be”. She probably did not intend for the song text to be oriented on acceptance of the now; spiritually speaking. However the philosophical ramifications are very evident when we listen to the song. Whatever will be in our state of being indicates awareness to the space of impermanence.

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Impermanence (anicca) is the first of three Buddhism characteristics of existence and being. Dissatisfaction or suffering (dukkha) is the second. The third Basis Marks of Existence according to Buddhism is non-self (anattā). These three are focus points of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path.

Here are the Buddhists “Three Basic Marks of Existence”:

* The three marks are:

  1. sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā — “all saṅkhāras (conditioned things) are impermanent”
  2. sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā — “all saṅkhāras are unsatisfactory”
  3. sabbe dhammā anattā — “all dharmas (conditioned or unconditioned things) are not self”

The song from Doris Day reflects this frequency of impermanence. The song text reference also gives us insightful stepping stones into the teachings of Buddha. Whatever will be will be therefore could be considered a constant in a universe that always seems to be changing. […]

Spirit of Life: A Flowing Stream

We have truly forgotten what is needed to open the door to our true nature as spirit. This could imply that we have become relatively non-active in all aspects of the spirit; we have lost the ability to feel the spirit. We have disassociated from it. It has become very difficult to enjoy the gifts provided by the universal consciousness. It is quite simple to say that we are spirit. Saying it is quite simple; being aware of it proves to be much more difficult for most of us.

Unfortunately, humankind’s conditioning has caused us to behave in a manner that usually complicates everything in our human existence. A person cannot simply accept this truth and live it. It can be really confusing for us to grasp and it would seem that trying to understand the spirit only confuses us even more. Is the oneness of life really that complex? I prefer to say that it is not as complex as it appears. Mankind’s evolution has given us the opportunity to reach the next stage of object consciousness. […]

Equanimity: Moving Beyond Empathy and Sympathy

Equanimity can be considered as a state of balance between mind and spirit. Leonard Nimoy played the character Spock in “Star Trek”. Spock depicted a person that was capable of experiencing thoughts and emotions but (almost) never let these human attributes control his sense of being.

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Clarity is experienced when our existence is viewed from a field of indifference to any given thought, emotion, person or situation. It is useful for practical purposes to have empathy and even sympathy in our experiences as a human being. However a state of unawareness usually causes us to become lost or trapped within the structures of the unobserved mind. This is why practicing equanimity can change how we see ourselves and the world around us. […]

Conscious Energy Focus Point

Life is energy. Object consciousness can be considered an awakening of this dimension. Mind produced energy can either be a friend or foe regarding our relationship to life energy. A person will either be aware of thoughts and emotions or not. This has a significant role in the interactions with oneself, the world around us, life and conscious energy.

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It can be very empowering to realize that you have a direct influence on the unfolding of any given moment. The mind does not want to accept this acknowledgment but, with practice, it is possible. This can be done simply by being conscious of the field of energy beyond thoughts and emotions. However it does not mean that thoughts and emotions should nor can they be ignored or stopped. Hence it can be helpful to actually visualize a dimension of flowing energy. The frequency of this field can either be rerouted by your conscious state of being or “lack” of conscious being. […]

Magic Moment in Life: Become a Magician

There is magic within each moment but not because of its content. It is often easy to overlook the moment in itself due to a world of diversity. I was suddenly overcome by memories as I listening to music during a rainstorm. This triggered thoughts and emotional patterns relating to the rain. There were memories of a fireplace, reading a book, sharing time with someone and a candle.

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It first felt as if I was experiencing these memories in that instant. Thereby I realized that the magic of any particular memory was not then but now. The mind is a vast storeroom of memories and anticipations that have nothing to do with this moment. Therefore we often become perplexed due to a memory or memories and not because of the current situation.

The unfolding of any experience can initiate memories. These, in turn, will ignite a chain reaction of thoughts that are nurtured by emotions and conditioned behavior. This can cause a person to remain unconscious and oblivious to what is happening now.  We remain in a state of being that is more an illusion than a reality. […]

Striving for More: How will it End?

The desire to have more is interwoven in our behavior. There is no reason to think of this as being something bad. We, as a species, would probably not be where we are now without striving for more. This possibly started as a struggle just to survive in hostile surroundings as we evolved from prehistoric human to modern human.

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Humankind experienced this need to survive on a daily basis during our early years as a species. Striving for more would have been considered a manner of do or die as we fought to obtain a given level in the evolutionary tree structure of life-forms. This striving to overcome all odds has given our species an advantage over other known life forms. […]