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Present Moment Freedom

The energy of the past or future is so binding because of the way the Conditioned Mind uses them to process life; until there’s awareness of this the present moment will basically be out of reach…

Here’s the reason the present moment is invaluable and why it’s so difficult to be free. However old you may be, if you aren’t living in the present moment, you’re in bondage to your past experiences or you’re possibly using the future; where nothing truly exist. As far as my past is concerned, there’s sixty one years of past energy; it’s no wonder the mind has a difficult time settling. There’s just so much information for the mind to process and it’s added onto every moment of every day. There’s also future energy and although this is different than the past, things are still used from the past to process the future. Case in point is the way the mind uses its reaching mechanisms. Most of why something is reached for is to change the present and also the future; this is why when a person stops using one thing another thing is substituted for it.

People only gain weight when they stop smoking cigarettes because they turn their attention to reaching for food in response to a mind agitation. When the mind settles and more time is spent in the present moment, the reaching is lessened and so is the substitutions, hence there’s less weight gain. The older a person is, the more binding the conditioning. It’s a fact there’s less bondage to past energy for those who start a sitting practice at an early age; it makes sense because they don’t have all that past energy gnawing at them. Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. Live in the present moment where life truly exist, or use past and future energy where the only thing that exist is past and future bondage. It’s your choice and it’s also your bondage…

Lost in Ideas

When there’s the idea you need something to provide peace, you are lost in this idea, and until this is understood you will remain lost in the idea (thought) that you are not at peace…

There will never be peace in life if you’re lost in the idea of finding peace. Peace is something that’s already within everyone, but because of the way our minds are conditioning, we get lost in the idea that peace is something to find. Unfortunately your ideas are what make the very thing you are seeking (peace) elusive. Ideas are the reason one is constantly reaching for something from the outside and until these ideas are no more, you will remain lost in your thoughts that peace is in the next thing reached for. Reaching for anything is the proof that your ideas have you. This can’t be stressed enough as these lost ideas have to be seen if one is to ever experience true peace.

The idea of being at peace isn’t peace. What has to happen if you are to ever be at peace is there has to be an understanding of how your ideas block your peace. The reason why one is not at peace is the inability to not have the idea of peace. When the need to reach for something arises, the lost idea begins; this is a conditioned cycle that’s very difficult to break. Peace isn’t something that can be grabbed so it’s in doing less that peace arises. Many get lost in trying to find peace, but since it’s something that’s already within you, the idea associated with finding it needs to be discarded so you can see it’s there. This isn’t easy to see, but I will assist in any way I can. Understand though this isn’t offered to help you find peace, it’s offered so you may possibly uncover the reason why you’re lost in the idea you are not at peace…

Led by Quietness

There’s no suffering in the space of quietness because there’s no attachment. So it’s in being aware of your “I” attachment and not holding onto it that allows quietness to be the direction that leads your life…

The struggle one has with life is strictly of the mind and it’s because there’s no structure to the mind. Being led by the mind is equivalent to building a house on sand and we all know what happens when the first storm comes. Often mind based information is held onto which keeps you entrapped to the mind. I know how deeply ingrained the conditioning is and I may come on strong at times, but it’s only because the Conditioned Mind is diabolical and what I see simply can’t be ignored.

There are basically two directions that lead the mind. One is suffering, the other is love (non suffering) and these directions manifest in many way. The core of suffering is attachment to “I” (selfishness). This direction leads  to greed, envy, anger, pride, desire, doubt, restlessness, regret and so on. You can see how these will cause suffering, so if this is the direction that leads your mind, you will suffer. The other direction is love, which leads to kindness, generosity, compassion, empathy, understanding, stillness, and so on. I’m sure you can see how these don’t cause suffering. Make no mistake though, one will still encounter the possibility of suffering even with being led by love because of how ingrained the conditioning is, but if attachment to “I” isn’t in place the suffering direction won’t be in place. To me the key is being aware of your “I” attachment and not holding onto it. Without it the direction that leads your life will be of love and there’s no suffering in this space because love simply has no attachment…

Relief Chasing

For many relief is something that’s constantly sought and it’s a direct link to what keeps the mind in a state of agitation. When things are accepted as they are relief is no longer a necessity…

We live in a relief cultured society, when it’s cold we desire warmth and when it’s hot we desire to be cool. Chasing after this relief is how many people spend their entire lives, and if it’s not learned to be with the mind agitation of what happens and not constantly push it away, there will be very little peace and relief in your life. We life mostly in a place where we’re afraid of not pursuing relief because it means facing yourself. Although our true essence is the love of all creation, this isn’t seen because the Conditioned Mind makes you believe you need relief.

Once a practice is developed that allows some discipline to at least slow the mind down, it can be seen how chasing after relief occupies most of your waking hours. We’re in the mode mode of constantly needing relief by trying to have things the way we think they need to be; the issue with this is nothing stays the same so we have to constantly make adjustments. It’s truly exhausting to live in this way, but it’s the way many live. It doesn’t have to be this way, but the only way it won’t be is if you can be with what occurs and not want it any different than what it is. This doesn’t mean you can’t have relief, just understand relief isn’t what allows you to be at peace, only accepting things as they are will allow the relief that you seek…

Self Created Limits

You are only bound by what your own mind creates so you only reach the level of your limits because you yourself are the one that puts those limits in place…

I was watching a game on Sunday and I realized that even if the team on defense knew exactly what play was coming, if the play was executed properly it still couldn’t be stopped. So it’s not only in the preparation, it’s also a matter of execution that allows for a play to bring the desired result. To me it’s a lot like the way life is, at least in the way situations occur. You need a game plan along with a way to execute it to go beyond created limits. If there isn’t a game plan in place, when something happens you will respond to the level of your created limits.

When this happens, you don’t get the results you’re looking for, but you do get the limited results of not having a game plan in place. Lets say you do have a game plan, if it’s to stop the so called run and the other team comes out passing, the preparation is rendered useless. So you need to not only prepare properly, but the game plan will have to be executed properly as situations arise. If not, there’s not much chance of being truly happy because your results will be limited because of the lack of preparation. And without the proper preparation, there’s no way the execution to live a life of unlimited levels can occur. So you become limited by what your own mind creates and you only reach the level that you yourself put in place…

Surface Attachments

As long as there’s attachment in place, this will be the operating mechanism of your life. This operating mechanism arises as attaching to what’s on the surface and it doesn’t allow you to see what’s truly going on…

Often how the surface things are attached blocks you from truly seeing what’s going on. If you truly want to see what’s going on, getting beneath the surface attachments will have to happen. If two people are looking at same thing there are usually two different sets of attachments of what is reached for, and than there’s what’s beneath the surface attachments; this is the truth. It’s the old adage, there’s two ways to look at things, there’s my view, your side, and than there’s the truth. To stop attaching to what’s on the surface you only need to stop labeling what is seen. Stopping the labeling process allows the mind to slow to a point where attachment is let go of and space opens up. It’s imperative for this to happen if the conditioning that’s been formed over the years is to loosen its grip.

The conditioning is so misunderstood and how this is known is because of the attachments that are in place. I look to my own attachments to know this and in the process I can see it in others. This isn’t a judgement, it’s factual. Know your own mind and you’ll know the mind of others; this is because we are all of the same energy. Who among us is from somewhere else. Creation is creation anyway it’s looked at. When the conditioning is seen for what it is, its energy begins to let go of attachments which allows liberation. As long as there’s surface attachments its energy remains as the operating mechanism of your life. This operating mechanism arises as what’s on the surface and takes on many forms, but the bottom line is it’s the attachments in place that doesn’t allow you to see what’s truly going on…

Learned Disturbances

Although it seems what someone says or what happens in life is the cause of your arising disturbances, this is not the case. The disturbance that arises is already in place, if it wasn’t nothing would arise…

You can only react to life with what you have in place. Something like anger arises because it has been learned, this also goes for fear, greed, hate, and so on. I constantly reacted for many many years without any understanding whatsoever why and it kept me locked in my disturbances without an inkling that the only reason it was occurring was because it was what I learned. Simply put, when something occurred that I didn’t like, whether it was what someone said or did, or something that happened, my disturbance arose without my permission or knowledge as to why I reacted in the way that I did. What arose was whatever my conditioning thought was appropriate. The only reason this happened is because it was learned.

Understanding this is where knowledge and spirituality meet. If why your disturbances arise isn’t understood, there will be very little true periods where the disturbances aren’t in control. Through awareness of what’s arising, one has something tangible to use against the disturbances. Why most people remain as they are and repeat the same reactions over and over is because of the lack of awareness the disturbances are even there. To me this awareness has immense value because when it’s seen you can truly decipher whether what’s in place is beneficial or not. At that time a course of action can be developed to change whatever disturbance is in place that’s causing the non beneficial reaction to control you…