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Desires Bondage

Don’t let the different consequences of desires lull you into an unconsciousness sleep. All desire leads to bondage (attachment) in one form or another regardless of what it is that’s desired.

If there’s always something to desire it’s because you don’t think what you have is enough. And if you don’t think you have enough, there will always be something that’s desired. Desire isn’t something that’s inherently a bad thing, why one desires is where issues arise and this is only because where there is desire, one thinks something is missing. What is desired only matters to the degree in how the thing desired affects your life. A desire to drink alcohol in access and do drugs have consequences much different then desiring to go to a program to stop using those things, but the desires core is the same and that’s what needs to be examined. Don’t let the different consequences of desire lull you into the sleep of unconsciousness because all wanting leads to bondage in one form or another and as stated this includes all desires.

You might say that’s not true, a desire to better yourself is a good thing, but that would mean you need things to be different to accept yourself. Accepting life exactly how it is is the only place you will experience the peace of not desiring things different. I’m not saying don’t better yourself, but if it’s at the expense of your peace of mind, what is its benefit. I say go for the gold, just understand even if it’s attained you will find it’s not providing the benefits you thought it would; shortly afterwards another desire will arise. Investigate this and see how desires arises from needing, and needing causes bondage (attachment) which causes suffering. Break free from desiring things to be different and you will inevitably stop suffering.

One Container: Earth

Most people have an individual agenda that’s usually attached to satisfying themselves in some way and until this is seen even though we all exist in the same container (Earth) not much will change.

Earth can be looked as if it’s a container and everything in it are seeds from the same energy. Human form is different than most seeds because we have the ability to think, but we all have the same potential to love. Each seed is different in some way and this is how life becomes different for each thing. Even if you’re planted right next to another seed the results of how you grow will be different. Remember a name is only given to something for identification purposes, for the most part we don’t go around giving names to the animals, birds, fish or insects, a label is mostly applied; we are still from the same energy. There’s nothing individually that truly exist, we are in the same container. There’s nothing real in this existence, no real you or me, no Muslims of Christians or whatnot, nothing individually in the way that it’s seen. There’s conditioning which makes an individual thing seem real, but as far as existence is concerned, we are all just seeds in the same container.

Just as with any seed, there are many factors that determine the results of how they grow, some will produce fruit (love) and some will not, but all seeds exist in the same container. This needs to be realized if we are to grow and evolve. Humans haven’t really progressed much since existence began. We may have advanced intellectually, but spiritually not so much. There is still way to much thought on the individual level for unity (oneness) to be a reality. Most people have an individual agenda that’s usually attached to satisfying themselves in some way, and until this is seen even though we all exist in the same container, not much will change.

A Moments Peace

As you become more and more anchored in the moment, your created stories are needed less and less. Without a story, there’s a moments peace that the mind settles into because it’s the only thing that’s there.

There is nothing that exist outside the single purpose of one moment. Your whole life is a successions of these moments. If you fully understands the moment, there will be nothing else to do and nothing else to seek. Unfortunately for most the moment is missed so the past and future are constantly drawn on to satisfy your mind agitations. Many different stories are used as an alternative to this way and it’s not my place to label them as anything. I’ve found something that works for me and that’s what I share. It’s funny because it’s not a concern of mine if one agrees with what I share or not. I understand we all see things as they’re revealed to us, but people feel the need to tell me how their view is the right one. There is no right view, there’s living with a view that only benefits yourself and there’s living with a view that benefits all beings.

About all that I know is this, at one time my Conditioned Mind controlled me as if I was a puppet on a string and because of this I lived a self serving existence and my view of life didn’t result in much of a benefit to anyone. Eleven years ago this view became different and things that I did began to benefit others. I know I write a lot about the Conditioned Mind, but it’s what was revealed to me so it’s what I share; it’s the only thing I can share. As I become more and more anchored in the peace of the moment, the created stories are needed less and less. Without the attachment to my story, there’s a moments peace the mind settles into because it’s the only thing that’s there.

Lies Exposed

A quiet mind gains insight by allowing your lies to be exposed. This inner place of peace is the place where all truth awaits to be revealed, but only when quietness is the focus.

A true understanding of life cannot be revealed by doing. There are many highly intelligent people who will never understand this. This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with intelligence, but you only know what you can focus on. For me, insights came from the realization that the cause of why I struggled so much with life was because of a selfish view; now the focus is on this. This is what a quiet mind affords a person, it has nothing to do with intelligence.

Focused on quietness is where insight is revealed and when your lies are exposed; this is how insights arise. Use whatever gateway that works to get quiet and focus on that. The mind will settle more and more into a state of quietness that allows insights. Becoming truly insightful isn’t for a select few, it’s available to anyone. It takes an understanding that quietness has nothing to do with intellect, it’s something which occurs as a result of inward focus. The insight that leads to a greater understanding of life can only be realized in quietness so if the focus is on an intellectual understanding, don’t be surprised by the lack of insight. To me, you only gain insight by allowing your lies to be exposed, this has nothing to do with intelligence. It’s your conditioned lies that block you from love and this block will only be removed when your lies are exposed and the minds focus is on quietness.

Parameter of Love

To be inside a parameter of love the heart must be unlocked. Although this may not change what’s outside the parameter, it does change you from viewing life from “I” to viewing life from love…

Think of it as though life is a fenced in backyard, when you love you’re inside the fence and when you don’t it means you’re living mostly from “I” which automatically puts you outside the fence. Outside the fence was how the first forty nine years of my life were lived. Occasionally I was inside the parameter of the fence, but not very often and this was because my “I” conditioning kept my heart locked which didn’t allow me to access the fence. It’s nearly impossible to enter the fence from “I” because “I” is the lock that keeps that heart and thus the opening to the fence 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 one can be inside the parameter of love more often than not.

Life and love are synonymous, but only when inside the parameter of love, and you can only be inside when the heart is unlocked and opened. The locks of the world that keep you outside the fence are many. Think of it as though you are 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 were inside the house looking out. When you’re on the inside looking out it’s because the heart is unlocked, and with the heart unlocked it may not change what’s around you, but it does change your parameters from viewing life from “I” to viewing life from love…

Childlike Guidance

Before being conditioned by the world and going back to a time when you were a child, returns you to your natural state of innocence and allows love to be the guiding principle in your life…

You cannot truly love unless there’s awareness of love as your guiding principle and love can’t be your guiding principle unless the inner clock is turned back to undo the things that have been developed that doesn’t make this so. This isn’t to tell anyone how to live their life, but someone said that being loving is not natural for human beings and we have to work hard at it. My experience has not been this so I don’t agree. I understand this is someone’s experience and an experience isn’t right or wrong, but this hasn’t been mine. My experience is that love has always been in me and will always be in me naturally, it was just blocked out by the way my mind became conditioned.

Here is an example, just substitute the Conditioned Mind with a polluted body of water. When you take a body of water that’s been polluted and you want to return it to its natural state, all you need to do is remove the pollutants. If something is added to the water it no longer is natural.You only need to remove the pollutants to return it to its natural state. To me this is what was meant when it was written “Truly I tell you, unless you become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” so unless love becomes your guiding principle, heaven will never be experienced.

The practice of discipline and concentration are important because it allows the mind to settle so the mind pollutants can be removed and our natural state of love becomes our guiding principle. Love is already in our heart, but our polluted Conditioned Mind blocks many from seeing this. It does seem like it’s going to take hard work to return to our natural state, but only because its been a long time since we were little children. By practicing discipline and concentration all we are doing is removing our mind pollutants which allows the mind to settle so the principle of our natural state of love becomes guiding. We aren’t becoming something that we aren’t, we are returning to our natural state of love and are allowing the love that is already in us to become the guiding principle to live by…

Form Concepts

When one can only see and attach to form therein lies the root to all suffering. It’s in letting go of form concepts that you will see there are many parts to the whole, this reveals just how empty all things are.

When we stay attached to form as existence, life becomes conceptual and although we do experience life, it is why it’s seen differently by everyone except those who don’t see life through a conceptual idea; this state is of emptiness which needs no concept as existence still is. Everything is a part of the whole so nothing is truly what a concept makes it out to be. When you look at a tree and apply the concept “tree” the parts, the trunk, limbs, branches, and leaves separate it and the true nature of the tree is lost. If you can see this with the tree, you can see it with everything, including yourself. Without a concept of you where is the you, most don’t even think about the parts on the inside.

There is much freedom in seeing this because it allows for the emptiness of all things to be revealed, and when you see there’s nothing to hold onto no matter what, you are free. You give a form that keeps track of time a concept and call it a watch. There are so many parts to it, which part is truly the watch. Concepts will keep you in ignorance because they will block out seeing the true nature of emptiness in all things. With concepts you can only see and attach to form and therein lies the root to all suffering. It’s in letting go of the concepts of form that you will see there are just parts and this reveals the emptiness of it all.