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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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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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