Monthly Archives of: February 2016

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Caught within the Camera Eye

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In photography, we want our cameras to be in good condition, with clear lenses that are not sullied with any debris or greasy smears.  If the lens of the camera is opaque or grimy, we take care of it immediately.

What about consciousness?  To be of keen understanding and discerning, holistic perception, the mind must be clear and untainted.  Distortion doesn’t perceive things for what they truly are; therefore, it is prudent to care to observe without twisted or tainted patterns or values.  A clear lens is a simple thing, even with complex, digital photography.  A clear lens is not burdened with a lot of fabricated symbols, onerous images, or profuse patterns; it is simple and pure.  The mind can be like that if it is lucky; but not if it is contaminated with the parameters and limitations that society implanted upon it.  Indeed, our rote structures of rather mechanical and/or separative observation (that we have learned and blindly accepted), including our so-called separative countries, political groups, religions, hypnotic (mat-sitting) techniques erroneously called meditation, and that so-called separate “internal controller, called ‘I’,” are all, whether we like it or not, contributing factors toward limited and contaminated perception.  Most of our mind-lenses are more than cloudy, yet we think we see just fine. 

Only an inner lens untouched by man can be of the purity to transcend distortion.

Black and White. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Black and White. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Black and White. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Black and White. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

 

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Neither here nor there…

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“There” has
an element of di(stance) and
sep a ra tion to it.
“Here” has
an element of di(stance) and
sep a ra tion to it.

Neither “here” nor “there,”how(ever),
negates conflict,and
ends what was
taught to us 
(and reinforced for us)
to reabsorb.  

Bottoms up! (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Bottoms up! (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Bottoms up! (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Bottoms up! (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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Walking the Tightrope of Life…

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Life is very tough for most of us… and, on the tightrope of life, very few are truly balanced.  They lean on their leaders, their authorities, their gurus, their priests, politicians, and systems, and (through such leaning) they never are truly balanced in the true, deep sense (i.e., on their own).  Their dependence is their falling.  Only when one stands alone (with true independence) from the weight of all their symbols and systems, can one truly move in a balanced, light, and free way.  Most of us adamantly and desperately cling to and rely on (i.e., depend on) an image (which is really just another thought) of an “internal central regulator,” or “controller,” or “me.”  This image, however, is merely an “absorbed” thought (poured into us from others).  Though we habitually and tenaciously cling to it as being “central,” and our core,  there is — in reality — nothing truly central about it.  This learned image often nurtures illusory conflict, separation, indifference, and friction (both internally and externally); the mind can function vastly more efficiently without it; clinging to it is another primitive, fragmentary form of  unrefined dependence.  So, many of us have dependencies so ingrained within us we are even oblivious to their existence.  Most of us are heavily burdened with cumbersome dependencies, desires, separative viewpoints, and weighty symbols and labels (that they fabricated us as) which, inevitably, pull us down.  To be truly simple, light, unburdened, full of poise and stability is (these days, as in the past) a very rare thing.  There are those who talk and write a lot, pretending — to themselves and to others — that their systems and ways are balanced, while (in actuality) they are merely rehashing or quoting what was poured into them (furthering the mold that they emerged from and/or accepted).  Why is it that to be deeply, psychologically free and balanced is possible, but — for most humans — it occurs only very rarely?  Undoubtedly, miseducation has a lot to do with it; additionally, most of us were programmed to imitate.   We spend our days repeating what we absorbed from others; most of us are almost constantly mentally repeating absorbed symbols (and we also use these symbols to perceive).  People inevitably get bored with the same old thing — mentally repeating absorbed symbols is, indeed, old — and then (especially these days) drugs become involved.   Do drugs and alcohol (so popular in this day and age) help in regard to being truly balanced?  The answer (unless you are really inebriated and can’t walk the line) is rather obvious.  To be balanced is to exist as equilibrium and harmony.  To psychologically be in true equilibrium and harmony, the mind must understand and transcend ignorance and conflict… and that cannot take place if one merely lives as the absorbed frameworks of separation and symbolism that most people accept (and remain in) as normal.  

On the Tightrope of Life. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

On the Tightrope of Life. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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On Eternity…

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one danced with infinity just the other day
of course,the limited and superficial never met her
(except briefly)
one would be safe to say

she always had her hat on
she always wore that dateless dress
her enduring nails reflected(ever(y)thing)
she remained brighter than(the rest)

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[The book that I wrote (i.e., “The Eternal Fountain of Youth”) deals a lot with the existent, basal nature of eternity, consciousness, and time.  This book is not for the masses.  Only read the book, by the way, if you are very stable and have it together, so to speak; it is extremely strong medicine.  Even though the content of the book is extremely potent, it is not really dangerous; the real danger is for us to continue in our barbaric ways without changing.]

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”
― Emily Dickinson

life and death forever together. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

life and death forever together. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Impossible union

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impossible union
mixed in the mud
dimmer than never
brighter when always

transcending shadows
creeping so shyly
(finer than sand dunes
silence)everlasting

nowhere to be found
worshiped fallaciously
falling with snowflakes
rising in time

once upon ever
words were their reading
slowly as learning
fast as a crime

Mixed in the mud.  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Mixed in the mud. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Truth…

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Truth is one of the most important things in life — truth matters — because without it, falsity reigns supreme in the dead mind.  A mind of deception is in (and of) the cadaverous fallacious.  So many separate groups and tribes of this little globe (and of so many similar, numerous globes) claim to bestow the truth to their members.  Profound truth, however, does not belong to any tribe, or group, or leader, and cannot be told.  Truth is too profound to be possessed by the indifferent masses; and the masses are often (externally and internally) in conflict — via their separative countries, borders, religions, leaders of friction, fears and perceptions involving distance from others — which is not truth.  Profound truth exists beyond mere symbols, separations, tribes, and conflict.  It cannot merely be handed over to another like a secondhand pair of pants.  Truth is a beautiful blessing, a living dynamic which cannot be achieved by mere effort (like some kind of dead trophy).  There are no steps to profound truth, for profound truth is not a dead, stagnant thing (like some static point on an inert map).  It comes not to any unmoving (so-called) separate center or internal agency of manipulation.  Truth’s beauty transcends space and time and mere sequential experience as patterns.

 Anemone-like (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Anemone-like (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 Anemone-like (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Anemone-like (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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In terms of truth…

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In terms of truth
everyone thought the world was flat
except (of course) the
wise man
who saw the world was round

In terms of space
everyone thought from separation
except (of course) the
wise man
who perceived that he was sound

In terms of experience
everyone thought they had (and were not actually) the experiences
except (of course) the
wise man
who joyfully went beyond mere experience

In the backyard. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

In the backyard. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016