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Understanding Impermanence

When impermanence is understood the need for fulfillment is replaced with a satisfaction that whatever happens doesn’t really matter because one day what happens will prove just how impermanent things are…

Think of the fuss that’s made of the death, it’s the one thing we all have in common and it’s inevitable it will occur. When death is faced for what it truly is one is free, not to die, but to live. Since nobody knows what the future holds what does the future matter if the present isn’t lived to the fullest. It’s often said we can’t really know what’s going to happen, but we all know this, death at least in this form will one day happen, it’s just not known when that will be.

Death is a part of life as much as life itself is and regardless of any belief, one day this body will cease to support life in the form that’s known today. We can make up a place spiritually that we are going to go to when we die, but the body is going to become void of life and it will either be cremated, decay in a box six feet underground or in a vault above ground. If this one truth can be understood than nothing else would truly matter because the impermanence of all things would be known. Once the truth of impermanence is known, life takes on an entirely different dynamic and a mundane view no longer exists.

Everything reached for in life is used as a temporary fix strictly to fulfill some inner craving; this is the reason why one is never truly satisfied. If there wasn’t a craving to be fulfilled, there wouldn’t be a need for a temporary fix. To me this is why impermanence has so much value because when it’s understood the craving for fulfillment is replaced with a satisfaction that whatever happens doesn’t matter much because one day whenever that day may be, what’s happens will prove just how impermanent life really is…

Never Ending Chase

The belief that the next thing attained will make you complete is what keeps you in the mode of the never ending chase, but it can stop if it’s realized there’s nothing to chase because you are already complete…

There will be completeness when this happens next, the next fix, the next satisfaction, or the next whatever is used as the chase. What’s next goes on to infinity, it never ends until it’s realized there is no end and one will always be chasing that which is already here; who is the chaser and why all this chasing. Either there’s completeness now with the way things are or there isn’t. You may think chasing the next whatever will bring utopia, but it never ends because there’s nothing to truly attain that ends the chasing. The Conditioned Mind will tell you different and that’s why there’s chasing, but what you really need to ask yourself is who is the one doing the chasing and why. The fictional character of this self that’s been made up to think things need to be a certain way for completeness is just that, fictional and this is why there’s the never ending chase.

The self that makes up this nonsense that you’re incomplete is just a story of incompleteness; this is what keeps you chasing. The dream of attaining a certain status, the next promotion, the trophy partner, the next book, the next, the next, the next whatever keeps you in the never ending mode of the chase, a chase that will either end because this is realized or because life in this forms ends. The chase will end one day, but how it ends will be determined by if you spend your entire life chasing that which is already here or if you stop the chasing because it’s realized there’s nothing to chase because you are already complete…

Non Labeled Essence

Made up ideas keep you in a conditioned prison, this blocks you from the stillness of non labeling which allows you to see the conditioned prison cell is open and there’s a beauty to life that only non labeling reveals…

The true essence of nature can only been seen when it’s viewed from a non labeling perspective. Labeling nature does nothing to enhance its beauty. It exist without a label, actually labels limit you from seeing natures beauty because by using labels it becomes an idea and made up ideas are limited. This is how it is with most things that exist naturally in life; they don’t need labels. In the case of a nature, it gets all it needs from the Universe, it doesn’t think about how it can enhance its own beauty, this is a natural process. It’s the same with humans, that is once the made up living begins to slow. No label enhances anything, they’re useful in categorizing things, but this doesn’t enhance the true essence of what’s being labeled.

In stillness all truth is revealed. This is because when the mind is free of made up ideas there’s an unlabeled understanding of things that’s very difficult to explain with words. It’s the reason I often write “it is seen as it is seen” in response to some people who post made up ideas on my articles. No matter how much I try to explain to someone to see what I see, it’s almost impossible, almost. Because of the conditioning in place people have a hard time with someone possibly knowing something that they don’t so they close down and miss the true essence of what’s really happening. As with nature you will know truth when it is seen that something exist without needing to label it. Made up ideas keep you in a conditioned prison, this blocks you from seeing that in the stillness of non labeling there’s no lock on the prison cell and there’s a beauty to life that only non labeling reveals…

Borders of Love

With an unlocked heart things going on around you may not change, but what does change is the view from looking at life through “I” to looking at it from within the borders of love…

I’m sure everyone has heard the expression “the circle of life” but here’s a little different spin on it as “the borders of love”. Think of it as though life is a circle, when you love you’re inside its borders and when you don’t it means you’re living mostly from “I” which automatically puts you beyond the borders. Outside the borders was how the first forty nine years of my life were lived. Occasionally I was within the borders, but not very often and this was because my “I” conditioning kept my heart locked. It’s nearly impossible to enter the borders of love from “I” because “I” is the lock that keeps that heart closed. When you see this, it gives you something tangible to work with which allows the heart to be unlocked, and with an unlocked heart you can be surrounded by the borders of love.

Life and love can be synonymous, but only when you’re within the borders of love and you can only be there when the heart is unlocked and opened. The locks of the world that keeps you outside the circles border are many, it’s as though you’re on the outside of a house looking in through a window. Love unlocks the heart to see things that were previously unseen, and this is what opens you to see as if you’re inside the house looking out. When you’re on the inside looking out it’s because the heart is unlocked. With the heart unlocked it may not change what’s going on around you, but it does change the view from looking at life through “I” to looking at it from within the borders of love…

Outward Majesty

It’s the selfish outward view that keeps you from the vision of seeing your own majesty. This vision of majesty only occurs when your vision comes from a view of looking inside out…

Although no one is more special than another in this existence, there are some who do see things differently than most. What makes this happen is looking inward. I wouldn’t label some as chosen, but I would say some are more inclined to not attach to a selfish view which allows for a clearer vision than if you are in the grip of a mind based view. The two existences I’ve experienced are vastly different, one was in the outward direction where there was much self created suffering. The other the one I’m living now is a view in the inward direction of non attachment. The differences in the two views is the outward view created suffering and was done in unconscious ignorance and the inward view is lived in awareness of the ignorance. Today my view is as it is because the selfish distractions don’t control me as much as they once did; there is still conditioning, I’m just not as controlled by it.

The vision of your own majesty that occurs is a by product of awareness, and as the selfish view is let go of it opens up space to allow wisdom and insight to occur. This opening is directly linked to the letting go of the outward view. It’s the outward view that attaches and it’s the cause of all suffering. Ever so slowing when one begins to look inward the distractions fall away. To me this is what was revealed to the great mystic’s that people considered special, but all they did was look inward. This looking inward is available to everyone, but you will have to overcome the selfish outward view that keeps you distracted from the vision of your own majesty and it will only be seen when you begin to look inward…

Spiritual Rubbish

If you sit you’ll develop discipline so you can watch your thoughts come and go. Eventually there will be more and more space between them. It’s in this space that you’ll see the spiritual rubbish held in the mind…

With the emergence of the social media, there’s so much information available on spirituality that it really needs to be investigated before you consider using it to assist in their development. Here is the definition of rubbish: garbage, trash, nonsense. To see if the information you are using to develop discipline is beneficial, there can’t be anything associated with it that forms attachment. Methods, programs, guru’s, life coaches, teachers, or any other form of rubbish that’s used to keep you attached just keeps you entrapped to the very thing you are trying to break free of. Just as there’s a lot of “fake news” out there today, there’s also a lot of fake information on spirituality. Attachment is not something that’s truly understood by many people and so most of the information out there is rubbish and keeps you in prison in some way. Those telling you to buy their book, pay for retreats run by paid speakers, or follow (instant attachment) a program are clever to a fault, with the fault being keeping you in prison.

The only thing one needs to do is look within so a millisecond of space is created between your thoughts. Once this occurs and there’s awareness of it, slowly there will be more and more space; it takes nothing but awareness to create this space. The rubbish out there that someone’s program, book, method or whatever has your answer will keep you in attached to what you are trying to break free from. I know people defend their so called guru or people they follow adamantly, but it’s only because there’s no awareness of the prison they’re in. Sit often and just watch the thoughts come and go. Eventually there will be more and more space between them. It’s in this space that you will see all the spiritual rubbish you are attached to and the prison you’re in…

Life Stages

The difference between learning from each stage of life and living it to its highest quality or being stuck in a stage where non-beneficial actions are in control, is breaking free from the lie of “I” or remaining its prisoner…

Life happens in stages, at least this has been my experience and you will have to go through these different stages if you’re not to get stuck in whatever stage is in place. Not everyone goes grows beyond a stage that’s in place, some remain stuck for years, even a life time. Although to a point, the stages themselves happen naturally, learning and going to the next stage does not; the quality of a life will be determined by what is learned in a previous or current stage. Life is something that happens on its own, but there is a certain responsibility one has in making it of the highest quality. A simple example of this would be when you were at the stage of your life when it was time to learn to read. If you didn’t take responsibility to learn this, to say that life would be difficult today would be an understatement so at this stage of your life, you did what was necessary to make it of a higher quality.

As I’ve aged over the years I’ve noticed there were many stages in my life, but not all provided the highest quality of living because of the things I did which didn’t allow it. The stages of life will come, but what’s being learned is where maturity comes from. To me the biggest lesson was learning to expose the lie of “I” because that’s what I found was the biggest hurdle in living the highest quality of life possible. It’s not that I’m now all about helping others, but what I learned was life isn’t all about me and what I think and therein lies the difference between learning from each stage, moving forward, and being able to live life to its highest quality or being stuck in a stage where the same non-beneficial actions are repeated again and again…

Nonsense or Presence

If the nonsense in the head is the pivot point of your life, it won’t stop because there’s a belief in some unforeseen power. Beliefs hinder the mind’s settling because they create the blocks to inner presence…

If you’re making the nonsense in the head the pivot point of life, it doesn’t matter much what’s going on, it’s going to be difficult to experience inner presence. It’s such a nonsense filled world and what makes it so is most people are looking for an answer outside themselves when the answer is within. What the nonsense actually is and how it’s created is by not being aware you already have your answers.?With a mind that’s conditioned to want answers you have to constantly look for them, hence the nonsense. This is how the agitation of a Conditioned Mind is formed and how it blocks awareness of inner presence. It’s the nonsense created because if it was known you had the answers the need to look for them would be non existent and so would the nonsense.

When you come to the place where you understand this, the nonsense will lessen and inner presence will be experienced. If this isn’t understood, the nonsense will never stop, this is why it’s so important to understand this now. Why wait for later when you can experience presence right now. It’s not like the nonsense is needed to live life, it’s only there because you are unconscious of it. A belief in some unforeseen power won’t make the nonsense go away, it’s up to the individual to do what’s necessary to stop the it. As one practices the nonsense subsides and what’s left is inner presence. If you’re waiting for anything else you’ll be waiting a long time, matter of fact it’ll probably not happen in this lifetime…

Truthful Heart

There’s existence through made up stories and there’s the bigger picture beyond the stories where one is guided and free because there’s the truthful heart of what is…

When the mind is settled existence becomes of truthful instead of reliance on your own limited ideas. There’s a deep truth to the settled mind and it’s in this settling that you see the true existence of life. When you’re in this settled mind state the truthful heart of the Universe quiets the mind agitations which are the cause of all doubt and distrust.

A mind that’s settled allows for you to live from the Universal truthful heart. This connects you with the Godliness of life, your own internal Godliness, and the Godliness of all beings. The connection is already there, it’s just not known what it will take to be aware of it. The only reason there isn’t awareness is because there are conditioned mind agitations blocking the truth from the quietness of the heart; these blocks allow for all kinds of made up stories.

When you learned to discipline an undisciplined mind the mind agitations slowly subside; what naturally remains is a deep unyielding truthful heart; this is what’s beyond the stories of the Conditioned Mind. In this space there’s truthful heart because with a settled mind it’s known who you truly are. See the Universal truth with all your heart and soul and allow the mind to settle so you’re not relying on your own made up stories to live. When there’s awareness of your truthful heart life is lived in the most beneficial of ways; as the beautiful being of truth that you are…

Peace Awareness

Don’t allow anyone to take you from your peace. Let them think they’ve won, their satisfaction will be short lived before needing to win again, but a solid foundation of peace awareness can last a lifetime…

We as humans are all created equal. It’s not that some have weaker minds than others, but some are more aware of themselves and this makes it seem that some have strengths that others don’t possess. The more unaware one is of themselves, the more you will be dragged around by the occurrences that happen in life; peace awareness is what one awakens to. It’s not an awakening to the great secrets of the Universe, but more so what pulls you from peace awareness. I would say in my own case one area where I’ve become more aware is in not allowing other people’s actions to pull me from peace awareness. At times my initial reaction is to get annoyed, but it’s usually realized very quickly that most people know not what they do so to allow their actions to control me is on me. Because all humans come into the world basically the same (unconditioned) it’s the level of conditioning that makes one appear weak or strong, but one is just more aware of their conditioning than another person.

Let the other person think they’ve won, that they’ve gotten the better of you, except to the ego it means nothing; this is how unconscious energy is squashed. This doesn’t change the other person, but it does change you. It stops all the stories associated with the situation which festers as unconsciousness; I’m going to say this to them, or they are wrong, or don’t they know who I am, this is all the nonsense of the Conditioned Mind (ego) and nothing good comes from this energy. So as I said, let the other person think they’ve won, but you will know in your heart what the truth is because by remaining in your place of peace and not giving in to the Conditioned Mind nonsense, form is not in control. After all one can only be taken from their place of peace when it’s allowed and it only occurs when the ego is in control…

Observing Not Judging

The more awareness you have of your own inner awakening determines the depth of observation you have of another’s behavior and the ability to separate the person from the conditioning…

Others can be observed without judgement. The other day I was at an ATM machine when another car pulled up behind me. I was there no more than a minute when the car swung around me so he could go to the walk up ATM. As he pulled in the parking spot for the walk up ATM I was finished and pulled out of the parking lot. As I was leaving, the person was on line for the walk up ATM. I just observed the person’s conditioned reaction, which didn’t accomplish anything. There was no direct judgement of the person, but there was the observation of how they were controlled by a Conditioned Mind which always tells you the grass is greener on the other side; even though we know that’s not true most of the time we are looking for some sort of short cut. Matter of fact we spend most of our life looking for the shortest line, or playing the lottery in hopes we can quit our job, or we wait to enjoy life when our time comes (retirement) or we talk about others, as long as they aren’t in the room. We are constantly looking for the easier softer way; using whatever we have been conditioned to believe that entails.

How aware you are of your own inner awakening will determine the observation of another person’s behavior and being able to separate the person from their conditioning. How a person acts is in direct relation to how they are conditioned so when you can observe the conditioning for what it truly is, you don’t have to take it personal and you don’t have to react to someones behavior. You can separate it from the person and you can continue on the path of emotional maturity: Observing others and the affect emotional immaturity has on people allows you to see a reflection of your own behavior so not to act in an immature manner. You can remain as the observer and not be controlled by your emotions. This observation is really one of looking in a mirror because when you are aware of your own conditioning, you will understand it in others, and when it’s understood in others most of your life will be lived by observing it instead of living in judgement…

Stillness Truth

When the mind is still there’s truth, not the truth of whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first, but the truth of how much people have in common and rely on each other to live…

When the mind made truth is exposed for the lie that it is and the truth that sets one free becomes known, you’ll want to keep expanding on it because the consequences of what will happen if you don’t will be understood; this is the truth of stillness not of the mind that sets you free. The truth of stillness provides neither answers nor question, but it does provide freedom from the made up stories of the Conditioned Mind.

We’re one species, the human one and we’re all the same in regards to how we’re created. Our differences manifest through the way we’re conditioned, but the core of all existence is the same. This conditioning is based in satisfying our ego, our I Self, without it all we would do is love, this is the true essence of every human being on the planet whether it’s known or not; when it’s known a dimension of life is exposed that wasn’t previously seen.

This is our awakening which allows for the understanding of existence, and in the process it opens the door to the understanding of others. It allows for greed, hate, and delusion to fall by the wayside and for compassion to be the minds default setting. If I don’t know me I can’t know you so there’s a need to learn to be still because in stillness truth is revealed. The truth is we as a species have much more in common than is known on the surface and when it’s understood why we do the things that we do and how much we truly rely on each other to live, it would be very difficult for me or anyone else to judge another and be the one to caste the first stone…

Delusional Awakening

Most people live in a made up story of what an awakening is, but for those truly awake what they are awakened to is the delusion the same mind that tells you to do something also questions why it’s done…

All delusions are created by your own mind and until there’s awareness of this the delusions remain. One of the most important things to realize when it comes to breaking free of your delusions is the mind that tells you to do something is the same mind that questions why it’s done. Think about how your mind questions itself so what you’re doing most of the time is arguing with yourself. The insanity of this is it’s almost like there are two entity’s with different perspectives. This goes on in most lives every single day without realizing it, but don’t be fooled by the questioning because even our judgements that aren’t questioned create just as much delusion. To be awake is to be aware of this nonsense.

An awakening isn’t a magical state, all it equates to is becoming aware of the thoughts that hold you in captivity, that’s basically it; awareness aware of awareness. It’s in this awareness that you’ll naturally stop attaching to conditioned captivating thoughts. Being awake doesn’t stop these thoughts from arising, but with awareness of them the nonsense of what happens when there’s attachment to them is seen. Until this is realized the mind that tells you do something will continue to question why it’s done and there will continue to be judgements of others as your own created delusions hold you captive…

Why History Repeats Itself

There’s a reason why one isn’t at peace all the time and it’s because of attaching to the familiarity of the past and allowing the fear of the unknown to keep allowing history to repeat itself…

What keeps the past in place is your fear of the unknown. It’s much easier although not more beneficial to stay in a familiar setting of the past than to venture out into the unknown; it’s your own Conditioned Mind that tells you the familiar is better. Understand this is not truth, it’s a lie, the Buddha called this lie Mara. He would say “I see you Mara” and just like that the lie would give way to truth, but to see the lie you must know the lie, for to not know the lie is to not know the truth. Only the truth can set you free and only if it’s truth based in love; not some story of what you think it is. You will know this truth when the mind is quiet enough and love is revealed; in this truth whatever it is you call evil cannot survive.

Our lack of truth is humanity’s greatest dilemma, not because it’s bad or good, but because it keeps you locked into Conditioned Mind Patterns that makes for the habit of history repeating itself; even if it’s the same mistakes made over and over. To overcome the lie your conditioning has to be overcome. If not the squirrel cage mind will remain in control, the love that can overcome fear will be blocked, you will continue living a lie, and you will continue to repeat the history that is harmful to you and our precious planet. There’s a reason why one isn’t at peace all the time and it’s because of attaching to the familiarity of the past and allowing the fear of the unknown to keep allowing history to repeat itself…

Past Determined Future

You can never have a better future if all you do is allow past Conditioned Mind Patterns to control your life; your predicted future is determined by your past filled thoughts…

Have you ever given much thought to the saying “History repeats itself.” If you look back over time you will see the truth in this statement. I have often said that I’ve only made five mistakes my entire life, but they were made over and over. Why do you think this is? It is because of one reason and one reason alone, a person can only do what they have been conditioned to do and regardless of how the actions are manifested, when it is based in fulfilling some inner self-serving desire the final results will be in the way our world is today. This has to be, it can only change when the past self-serving desire is changed. Don’t take my word for this, investigate this truth for yourself.

We are driven by so many forms of fear that are at the root of this conditioning. Fear of losing a love, fear of gaining a love, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of dying, and probably the most harmful, fear of living. To truly live is to be free of fear. To be controlled by fear is to be controlled by death, not in the physical sense, but by living a life absent of love which allows you to live a life that is free of fear. If you think fear is necessary in any situation that’s your choice, but understand fear will never add to life, it will only take away from it…

Our future can be predicted by looking at the past. If the reason we did what we did in the past isn’t changed, then what we will do in the future will continue to be driven by what we have done in the past. You cannot have a different future if you are living a life controlled by past Conditioned Mind Patterns. Living from the past will always result in history repeating itself; how can it not…