Monthly Archives of: January 2015

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Fragmented and distorted by drugs…

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Depending on recreational drugs means one left one’s inner integrity and happiness for others’ merchandise; doing so leaves one fragmented, twisted, and distorted (and not in the “good” way).  I just read about how Montana’s drug problem is skyrocketing out of control… causing devastating results for the state and acting to ruin the economy in many areas.  Needless to say, this is also occurring all across the U.S.  Life can be extremely tough for most everyone in this day and age, and drugs are an escape.  It takes great courage not to escape; it also takes intelligence.  Recreational drugs distort the mind… and a mind that is distorted easily makes excuses, easily allows itself to fall into deeper and deeper distortion.  Prescription drugs are being abused more and more; and, of course, it’s even easier to rationalize the over-usage of those.  In some states, marijuana is being issued as a prescription drug; no doubt many are using it who have no substantial ailment.  In India, there are people who take hashish frequently — which contains THC, just like pot does here — and when they die, autopsies reveal that their brains are shrunken, just like with the brains of alcoholics.

Multitudes are addicted to many things which become their drugs… junk foods, cigarettes, alcohol, video games, etc.  It’s so easy to depend on crutches, on habits… and on things that others sell to us, saying that it will alter our minds to be “happier.”  However, the mind can only be lastingly happy, joyous, and blissful without habitually depending on drugs and substances that allegedly “make” you happy (temporarily); temporary (and distorted) is always a fragmentary, darkly limited thing.  Lasting  joy must come from within, wherein one is a light to oneself.  Beyond dependency, that light is not of distortion.

Excerpts from the unrightfully rejected ancient Gospel of Thomas, which also occur in my  “Eternal Fountain of Youth” book (with permission from the Biblical scholar-translators):  

Jesus said:  “Show me the stone that the builders rejected:  That is the cornerstone.”

Jesus said: … “I found all of them all drunk; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent.”

“If one is (whole), one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness.”

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Distorted and fragmented -- but in a good, (whole), artistic way.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Distorted and fragmented — but in a good, (whole), artistic way. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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Well beyond the norm…

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When sensation occurs, the mind reacts according to memory and usually categorizes or “maps” that particular sensation.  It is all well and good to do that… but just don’t do it habitually, as most people, unfortunately, do.  One can often just be intensely aware — without merely categorizing and labeling (and looking through and from those labels) — so that the mind is not dependent on a mere process of reacting.  Merely reacting sets up the mind to be rather mechanical and robotic… and that tends to create a mental environment wherein it is much easier to get bored, get depressed, seek more, or feel in a rut.  Profound insight is a living phenomenon beyond the extension of sensation via categorizing or craving; it is something majestically beyond stale reaction.  In profound insight, something new occurs to you; it comes to you, not from you; it’s not merely a re-fabricated reaction… a rehashed exercise of the brain.

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Mr. I.M. Bubble-head, Esquire  --  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Mr. I.M. Bubble-head, Esquire — Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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There exists that immensity…

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There’s an indelible energy — beyond our fragmented world — that is boundless, whole, of a supreme order, and is what can be called sacred (though it’s beyond definition).  Can it visit one?  Yes… it can visit… but only if one’s mind is rather boundless, whole, and of a supreme order. 

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Dragon out of the cave.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Dragon out of the cave. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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(Multi-photo)*** Pull the Plug…

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The following, including the poem, is an excerpt from my book, “The Eternal Fountain of Youth.”  (The book is extremely strong medicine; no one should read it unless they are very stable.  eternalfountainofyouth.com):

When we think that the big can exist without the little, we are wrong.  When we think that left can exist without right, we are wrong.  When we think that the sailor is not the sails, we are wrong.  When we think that the mountain-climber is not the mountain that he conquers, we are wrong.  When we think that the figure skater is not very slick, we are wrong.  When we think that the magician is not an illusion, we are wrong.  When we think that the “perceiver” is truly separate from “the perceived,” we are wrong. 

from Walt Whitman:

 

When the script preaches instead of the preacher,

When the pulpit descends and goes instead of the carver that

      carved the supporting desk,

When I can touch the body of books by night or by day, and

      when they touch my body back again,

When a university course convinces like a slumbering woman and

      child convince,

When the minted gold in the vault smiles like the night-watchman’s

      daughter,

When warrantee deeds loafe in chairs opposite and are my friendly

      companions,

I intend to reach them my hand, and make as much of them as

      I do of men and women like you.

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Metamorphosis (2).  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Metamorphosis (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Metamorphosis (1).  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Metamorphosis (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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The dissolution of slavery…

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In profound wisdom, there’s only perceiving and observing… no separate observer.  Then, nature and the earth are not so separate from what you are.  When vast silence — beyond the observed that one learned to recognize — is not separate from what one is, then conflict and mental chattering come to an end.  Then, real compassion may be.  Then, false borders and artificial boundaries dissipate.  

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[Preserve Milkweed Plants… they are what rare Monarchs depend upon.]

One of the Milkweed's best customers.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

One of the Milkweed’s best customers. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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The action of true perception…

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Truly helping others — as well as nature — is an action that may not be separate from the order and movement of the divine and spiritual.  (One can’t know that one is spiritual… just like one can’t know that one is humble.  However — and this probably sounds a bit “out there,” but it’s not — there is a sacred immensity that can visit for a time; should that occur, one would be far beyond the ordinary field of “belief” or “not believing.”)  Many people — especially atheists — maintain the conceptual belief that there is no God… and point out that no real evidence exists that God manifests or is beneficent and helps those on this planet.  Then there are many who worship God; unfortunately, for many of them, God is a series of mental images and absorbed beliefs… which usually are limited symbols and concepts separate from the whole of life.  Beyond all this, real perception is action (beyond conclusions)… wherein the perceiving and the action are one.

Of course, when action is done to truly help others (and all life) — which may be a spiritual thing — that doesn’t mean that one becomes the actual sacred immensity.  As was suggested, God, or the conceptual belief that there is no God, for many, is largely merely a concept or series of concepts.  Go beyond concepts and actually inquire without pre-molded patterns from others.  Passionately inquiring, and (additionally) helping others, and life, may not be a mere concept; it may be an alive, majestic order beyond the cold ordinary.  Perception that is limited and incomplete does not act fully/flowingly… it reacts; reactions from (and “as”) what is limited often divide people via rigid beliefs or anti-beliefs.  Indifference is a lack of perception.  Real perception acts.  Care, compassion, and responsibility are at its very heart.  

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Beyond fragmentation.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Beyond fragmentation. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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And that’s why few ever do it…

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Real meditation does not involve going to an exotic mountain-top to meditate.  Real meditation does not involve getting the body in some statuesque, special, learned position.  Real meditation does not involve repeatedly chanting some so-called special (pre-programmed) saying.  Real meditation does not involve staring at or fixating upon some so-called special object or image.  Real meditation does involve breathing according to someone’s special technique or system.  Real meditation does not involve opening, concentrating upon, and mechanically traveling through fabricated chakras like some kind of zipper.  Real meditation does not involve learning some special process or methodology.  Real meditation does not involve living one’s life like most people do; yet, there is no “how” involving meditation.  To intelligently look without a blueprint, without separative symbols, systems, conflict, fragmentation, and procedures… does not depend upon others’ procedures.  No time is involved in it.  All methods take time.  Using time to get to the timeless is folly.

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Hanging from one's dinning table.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Hanging from one’s dinning table. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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Clearly seeing…

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Lucid, profound perception often sees directly without mere learned and accumulated patterns.  In such perception, there is no conception of an “observer” separate from (or independently doing) the “observing”; there is only the observing.  If observation occurs exclusively based on past reactions, past memories, past prejudices, and past images involving separation — as it does in so many — then one is looking as an “observer” and primarily with (and “as”) accumulated patterns.  Primitive notions that there is an observer that is separate are part of the old, traditional, learned, and accumulated patterns and are a waste of energy… and (directly or indirectly) involve friction, indifference, and conflict.

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Seeing deeply...  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Seeing deeply… Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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Beyond all the nonsense…

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Be suspect of those telling you to be detached or to stay in firm belief/attachment.  There’s only pristine, dynamic awareness… and not psychological separation (or subjugating oneself with second-hand ideas/images).

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[Eastern Amberwing Dragonflies, while perched, often flick their abdomen up and down in a wasplike manner.  Females lay their eggs in jellylike masses just above the waterline; when exposed to water, these masses burst open and the eggs disperse over a large area.]

Jewel of the pond.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Jewel of the pond. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

 

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Few ever go there… (and a hole in Swiss cheese… isn’t the cheese…)

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No matter how free they may think they are, all thoughts — as Albert Einstein also sagaciously pointed out — are conditioned reactions… and to go beyond conditioning is to intelligently go beyond thoughts/symbols/reactions.  However, the thoughts of the brain — including the conditioned thoughts of “I” or “me” — cannot merely decide to do this whenever and however they like.  Whatever is conditioned cannot (in any way, shape, method, or form) fabricate or bring about the true state of the unconditioned.  Fully understanding this is deep intelligence; and in that intelligence (if one is lucky) there may be, at times, an ending — though not, of course, a permanent ending — of thought/thinking.  If that ending comes about naturally, without any compulsion or methodology (which thought fabricates), then a profound silence may occur.  (A fabricated silence is something which is completely different and is just another limited concoction of the brain.)  In a truly profound silence is immense order and intelligence (beyond mere symbols, ideas, mental fabrications, and representations); in that silence is freedom, integrity, and wholeness; in that silence (if one is very fortunate) a profound, immeasurable, majestic, unnameable immensity may arrive.  (However, much more than even unconditioned silence is involved for that immensity to present itself.)   Profound silence is not conditioned, nor is it capable of being permanently held, manipulated, or retained by what is conditioned.  Such silence is beyond the realm of conditioning and mundane reaction.

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[A Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly visiting a Red Clover.]

What a dining spot!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

What a dining spot! Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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Not clinging to the apron-strings of experience…

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A truly aware and mindful human being often exists beyond petty details and, concomitantly, doesn’t need to depend on stimulus after stimulus to be attentive and content.  Though experience is often necessary, a deeply aware mind can sagaciously exist in (or, rather, “as”) a timeless domain beyond mundane experience (beyond the continuum of mere cause/effect relationships); or, though this may seem rather odd, it sometimes functions where experience is a minimal phenomenon that is sometimes secondary or “in the background.” If one is merely immersed in (and responding “as”) experience, one is merely part of cause and effect events (that are always partial, always conditioned).  A fluid mind that is not merely dependent on causal phenomena may be whole (and not merely dependent on what is fragmentary, conditioned, and partial).  Then, when such a mind is experiencing (which is often very necessary)… it does so with great sensitivity and care.  Its experiencing then involves a wholeness; experiencing involved with that wholeness has sensitivity which loves nature, the rivers, the people, and the land.  Then there isn’t a fragmentary, separate set of experiences that are only out for themselves.

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[Walking on clouds.]

Angelic stroll. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Angelic stroll. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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Looking through the glasses that they gave you…

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Don’t be a second-hand, hodgepodge mix of what others (in your life) programmed you to be; perceive directly, without mere conditioning and pre-programmed reaction.

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[Together for eternity…  A pair of 50 million year old spiders fossilized in Baltic Amber.  The male is on the left.]

Together forever... Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Together forever… Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Following their fiery disposition, many of the roses rejoiced, singing and smiling…

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When you look at beautiful roses and sing and smile… most assuredly, the flowers are happily singing and smiling!  

(Without the observed, what is the observer?)

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from E. E. Cummings:

somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Eternal perfection.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

Eternal perfection. Photo by Thomas Peace 2015

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Life’s meaning is deeper than merely that…

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The purpose of life is not merely to feel good, but to make a meaningful difference in this world that contains indifference.

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[This Royal Catchfly Plant — with red flowers — is a very rare plant and is an endangered species in Illinois.  The calyx is light green or purplish, longitudinally ridged, and covered with sticky hairs that trap climbing insects.]

True Royalty!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

True Royalty! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014