Monthly Archives of: July 2015

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Are You Experienced?…

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Experience is good oftentimes, especially when it is occurs with sensitivity and learning.  However, too many fall into experiences, exclusively,  just like moths into the flame.  A mind that does not habitually, robotically blast into experience… goes beyond it at times.  It might seem odd or strange that one suggests that going beyond the realm of experience is beneficial and healthy… (but it is).  Many of us seek new and “more exciting” experiences.  In doing this, one thinks that one will achieve happiness.  However, once something is experienced,  its supposed “newness” tends to quickly evaporate and when we experience similar things, they tend to lose their quality of being beyond the same old patterns; so we seek new and different patterns, different experiences.  However, different patterns are still mere patterns.  A mind that clings to various series and strings of patterns (to be stimulated) becomes dependent upon such patterns.  A brain dependent upon mere patterns, for its happiness, is a mind that is not at all independent and free; it is enslaved with dependency upon the patterns (as so many people, unfortunately, are).  Then boredom, frustration, and depression often easily slip in; for a mind that is based merely upon patterns (an their recognition) easily gets fixated in robotic cause and effect reactions (based largely on what the patterns may or may not provide).  Inevitably, they never provide enough.  The experience and the experiencer are not two separate things.

A mind beyond mere experience — and there are few such minds — is really independent and free.  It goes beyond mere patterns and the recognizing of patterns.  It doesn’t do so out of volition and will; it just happens; intelligence is a factor.  When it happens, the mind is still (though highly active and aware); however, it is not merely absorbing or rearranging patterns.  Being beyond sequential reactions and patterns of recognition, it is an explosion of the new and immeasurable.  Joy and insight, beyond dependency upon experiences, exists then.

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Moth Head Study. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Moth Head Study. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Ducking the issues…

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If you duck the issues and don’t pay full attention in life… then when thoughts and feelings occur in (and “as”) you, you will not attend to them completely and fully.  To attend to thoughts and feelings completely (as they occur) there is intense observation without separation, without the indifference of distance.  In looking fully and attentively, which is deep learning, there need not be mere judgment, condemnation, or control according a learned authority at some (supposed) distance (be it external or internal).  

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[Note: Paleontologists have been saying that birds are a branch of dinosaurs that survived the great extinction event.  A close-up of this duck shows what eerily looks like dinosaur raptor teeth.  The tooth-like structures are really lamellae… sieve-like projections that help to extract edible items, such as seeds or insects, away from mud or sand.  They also may be beneficial for defense.  Duckasaurus rex!]

Duck Teeth. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Duck Teeth. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Be Balm

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In an oscillating universe, if an entity does not get it together and transcend mediocrity psychologically, then the consequences remain infinitesimally dull, like a seed that never germinates.  If one flowers and grows, the winds of enlightenment may be truly endless. 

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Wild Beebalm. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Wild Beebalm. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Internal disorder is projected outwardly…

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Interesting, isn’t it, about how perfectly the universe works with orderly sequences creating the higher elements via nuclear fusion, with supernovas (creating rare elements) and the like, all with immense order and precision?  Yet isn’t it curious how we humans — many of us — live in tremendous disorder, with wars, violence, deceit, damage to the environment, manipulation via power, and all kinds of disorder that is willing to let others be harmed?  So amongst all of the order, there is the continuing disorder of man; and that needs to change.  

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Facing it.   Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Facing it. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Limitations….

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One of the fundamental problems — which was observed even when one was rather young (in college days) — was that people who were trying to transcend beyond the self (in order to meditate or merge with the whole) were still clinging (in various ways) to the notion of a central “I” or central “ego.”   Innumerable people would each say things like: “This is my form of meditation which I practice daily.”  Or:  “I am observing my behavior throughout the entire day.”   Or:  “I watch thoughts as they take place and vanish from consciousness.”   

Separating the “I”, psychologically, from the rest of thought/thinking and maintaining that it has control is a waste of time and energy, and it contributes to friction and separation within (and “as”) the mind.  A dog perpetually trying to catch its own tail wastes energy (though in such a case it may at least be getting some needed exercise).  As was stated before (in previous posts)… one can function quite easily without the ego (which is, in itself, inherently false anyway).  Thoughts are tools used by organisms in order to achieve certain ends.  Maintaining that there is a central agency that is “separate from and controls these thoughts” may not be at all accurate.  (See my previous posts about the corpus callosum.)  Thoughts are conditioned responses; the manifestation of the “I” or “me” is another conditioned response, another thought or projected symbol.   Ego projections overly utilizing the “I” or the “me” are manifestations of brains that have some transformation or evolving to do.  The ego, being a falsity, tends to create an erroneous psychological radius and circumference around itself… (which tends to involve separation, learned space, and indifference).  Nullification of the “I” or the ego does not destroy boundless intelligence nor the eternity and timelessness of dynamic wisdom.

Though one can still use the term “I” in conversations with people, one may not — if one is fully aware — use it as a reference to a central point.  When not talking or communicating with others,  this movement — while thinking internally — often uses “we” instead of “I.”  Or one can use the term: “this movement” (instead of “I”).  Of course, the “I” can represent all of one’s thoughts; but one is actually far more than conditioned mental reactions… and far more than some temporary, biological mass.   This isn’t some kind of mental game.  If we were educated wrongly and cling to primitive falsities, we will remain in what is a circumscribed circumference that perpetuates limitation and disorder.

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Ant on Lichen. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Ant on Lichen. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Beyond the mold…

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Top scientists have stated that it is likely that our universe functions in ways that are totally different than what we expect or think.   One couldn’t agree more.  So, one has to discard what one has been taught, and look and perceive freshly, without all that was poured into one to mold and shape the way that one perceives.  If one merely sees with the patterns that were implanted into one, then there is likely mostly jaded perception (that is looking through a fabricated psychological screen).  Only a dynamic mind can go beyond what was rigidly poured into it.  If we don’t see beyond the limitation that has been provided, then we will remain circumscribed by those who were also defined and shaped by others who, in the old past, delineated and fabricated them.  If we remain in the limited, we will never discover the new, the timeless, and the truth.

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At the County Fair... Rooster, Hen & Youngster.  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

At the County Fair… Rooster, Hen & Youngster. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Beyond ordinary…

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One must purge what all the pundits, leaders, and experts have taught.  Most of them are full of themselves. We (despite thinking otherwise) live in very primitive times psychologically… and if one doesn’t figure things out for oneself, one will remain within (and “as”) the quagmire of the false and crass.  If one’s very mode and manner of thinking (and, hence, perceiving) was constructed by them, then there must be a fundamental transformation of the mind if one is to see without past corruption and without merely looking with old patterns and standard modes.  To observe without distortion, one must look without a blueprint, methodology, system, or absorbed structure; that can only take place via pristine observation that is unsullied by past dictates or precepts.  Most are unwilling or unable to do this.  They are too mesmerized by what was poured into them, unfortunately.  When they try to guide others, psychologically and spiritually, they are often (even unknowingly) merely projecting what they were taught, (which is essentially second-hand).  Direct observation, without all the garbage and distortion, is possible; deep insight and profound understanding depend upon it.

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[Note:  If you are using the “Reader”/ “Blogs I Follow” method, note that they have recently revised it.  Personally, I am not too fond of  the revision (photograph-wise).  If you wish to see my photos much better than what happens after “one” or “no” clicks… please click on the “three dots” at the upper righthand corner of the initial presentation, then click on “Visit Site.”  Then you will see the photos the way that they were meant to be seen. (WordPress needs to explain the revision better to everyone.)  Of course, my site is primarily about philosophy, mindfulness, and true self-awareness… not merely about pictures/images.  The photos are an accompanying addition (about splendid nature), but are not the primary thing that I really want to share.]

 

Three's company. (There's a fourth, but it's hiding.)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Three’s company. (There’s a fourth, but it’s hiding.) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Effortlessness… (Multi-Photo)

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Effortlessness is essential in regard to being a mind that is open to real wisdom and harmony in (and “as”) the universe.  Effortlessness occurs when the mind is not merely regulating and performing things from what seems to be a center (i.e., central point) and as mere fragmentary reactions.   Effortlessness exists beyond measuring and copying (i.e., imitating what was learned).  The moment one knows or thinks that one is in a state of effortlessness, effortlessness is likely negated.  In effortlessness there is no imagery of an observer separate from the observed; and in deep effortlessness, the observed undergoes a transformation into what exists beyond mere categorization and rote recognition.  A wise individual in effortlessness is not merely lazy; on the contrary, true effortlessness is tremendous, majestic/intelligent action; one can do many things while effortlessness is taking place, wherein the acting and the actor are not two separate things.  One can be diligently watering and caring for some garden plants, for example, and be in a state of effortlessness.  There can also be effortlessness while sitting or sleeping.

Involved in all this is an effortless psychological dying from moment to moment.  Deep psychological creativity manifests as a measureless, unbridled dying from moment to moment.  Only a mind engaging in such psychological dying can be renewed from moment to moment, without merely carrying the burden of the past.  A mind that is not of such dying is likely stuck in the past, (which is stale, rehashed, and what is truly fundamentally dead).  A mind that clings to being a separate observer, that clings to merely being “known and accumulated patterns that react” (and project themselves from a supposed center that was learned), is not likely to be the joy of the measureless and the freedom of profound depth.  A mind of effortlessness, unlike innumerable other minds, does not often waste energy (with internal friction involving conflict, fields of separation, and mere fragmentary struggles).

Only a mind of effortlessness is what is immersed in profound grace.  Minds not of such grace are involved with friction, conflict, rigid images, separation, and psychological energy wastage.  A mind full of feelings of domination from a (supposed) central point is composed of patterns of subjugation and tyrannizing influences that eclipse pristine perception and waste time and energy.  

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Insect in Lily. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Insect in Lily. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Insect in Lily - crayon version. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Insect in Lily – crayon version. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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We are… (Multi-Photo)

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We are the mountains

We are the golden sun

We are the butterflies

We are the stirring spoon

We are the bird’s song

We are the turning key

We are the churning thoughts

We are the thunderstorms

We are the wars of lies

We are the poetry lines

We are the rocking chairs

We are the light through the forest down the lane

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We are the butterflies. (1)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

We are the butterflies. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

We are the butterflies. (2)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

We are the butterflies. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

 

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Prickly

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Protecting mysocalledself 

from all that’s ever bad

perhaps with wisdom’s razor-sharp points 

that innumerable many never had

 

In a world full of violence, destruction, 

dull ignorance and some joy

a coating of fine needles

is unblunted intelligence to employ

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A point here and there.  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

A point here and there. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015