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Carrying too much psychological baggage…

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The following are alleged sayings of Jesus from the ancient Gospel of Thomas.  I do not know whether or not they were spoken by the historical Jesus; nor do i know whether or not the translation is accurate or if it has been distorted over time.  One thing i do know, however, is that the Gospel of Thomas is considered by many top biblical scholars to be closer to the historical Christ than are the four synoptic gospels.  Another thing is that it was high priests who arranged to have Jesus slaughtered; and, later, it was the hierarchy of priests who arranged to have everyone that cherished the Gospel of Thomas slaughtered. 

A [person said] to him, “Tell my brothers to divide my father’s possessions with me.”

He said to the person, “Mister, who made me a divider?”

He turned to his disciples and said to them, “I’m not a divider, am I?”

Jesus said, “Whoever has come to know the world has discovered a carcass, and whoever has discovered a carcass, of that person the world is not worthy.”

“Whoever does not hate [father] and mother as I do cannot be my [disciple], and whoever does [not] love [father and] mother as I do cannot be my [disciple]. For my mother […], but my true [mother] gave me life.”

Jesus said, “The [Father’s] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn’t know it; she hadn’t noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty.”

 

Truth may be at the top of a very high mountain.  Some of us would like to get a glimpse of it.  There are many who (all too willingly) would give you tools, systems, and methods to get to what they consider truth to be.  Many of us inherit these methods and systems from birth, in the form or various religious beliefs and/or doctrines, practices, methods, and images… or through long lasting familial structures, language structures, political structures, socio-economic outlooks, traditions, etcetera.  Many of us were taught, throughout our childhood years — by very caring parents and relatives — that certain beliefs and traditions are a means toward security and truth; we were taught that certain books or methods were to be accepted without question, because, otherwise, security and truth (for us) would vanish.  (In each country this takes place; they, in other regions, with their separate beliefs, have as much ardent zeal for their doctrines as do those here.) We continue, in life, associating past physical security from relatives, and we extend it to involve — and exist as — supposedly safe ideological securities and beliefs; yet these ideological securities may be what contributes to friction and conflict in the world (involving all kinds of opposing ideologies and beliefs)… which, in reality, is not security whatsoever. 

So… many of us would like to climb to the top of that mountain; yet we are carrying all kinds of baggage from (and “as”) the past.  Secondary thoughts — and all thoughts (all beliefs) are secondary, symbolic reactions — are an impediment regarding receiving direct insight, direct perception.  Baggage, between various groups worldwide, tends to involve inherited, residual reactions which often contribute to conflict and friction between groups.  (This directly or indirectly contributes to wars and world turmoil.)  Pure insight (that is not the contaminated result of others) is pure action; it is not a mere reaction or accumulated baggage encouraging reactions set by previous manipulators.  Reaction tends to dull the mind (with heavy “loaded” burdens) as inseminated procedures (that were largely designed by others to get pre-planned results).  Our perceptions are not separate from what we are… but most of us react as if they are; and we are those reactions, not something separate.  When our accumulated, learned reactions help to separate us (while we cling to them) we cannot communicate globally as one; real intelligence goes beyond the heavy burden of loads of accumulations that directly influences the reactions that cause friction in (and “as”) the world.  However, few really cherish that holistic intelligence thus far.

One will never make to a very high mountain if one is burdened with a lot of unnecessary baggage.  The whole world might be a summit of bliss if we could stop carrying (and clinging to) all of our accumulated baggage and just observe without any prearranged ideologies.  However, most of us do not wish to put aside our baggage.  Most of us are that baggage — not something separate from it carrying it — and we are inherited and absorbed reactions that we refuse to set aside.  Not carrying baggage is not another form of baggage.  Most of us are heavily burdened and so something will remain forever elusive for us.  However, more of us can fundamentally change in a truly light-oriented, profound way.  

Unburdened. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Unburdened. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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The Story of the Recurrent Fingerprints…

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T.P.:  Why are you always putting your fingerprints all over the outside sections of the windows of the house?  Every day I clean them up and every day more fingerprint markings recur.  It is a bit unsettling!  Why do you do that?

Thus spoke Zarathustra:  It occurs to help us to see more clearly, of course, Tom.

T.P.:  How can smudges as fingerprints all over the windows help regarding seeing more clearly?

Thus spoke Zarathustra:  You, of all people, should realize that.  When you were dragged out of the cave, you were not peering through any superficial windows.  It was the clarity of the mind and compassion (without separation) that was important.  

T.P.:  Yes.  I suspect that you used the word “was,” and not “were” in your last spoken sentence because you realize that clarity of mind and compassion are not two separate things.

Thus spoke Zarathustra:   Indeed.  God is dead, in one way or another, as far as most are concerned.  (And most are concerned in a far, or “distant,” symbolic, aloof kind of way.)  Who (or what) dragged you out of the cave?

T.P.:  Whoever, or whatever, it was, (whatever that indefinable energy was), it was a trillion times more alive than I ever was; its universal living and dynamic energy imbued one with immeasurable life while it visited.  It definitely had a most sacred element to it, far beyond what most people merely believe or claim is sacred.

Zarathustra spoke thus:  Did you think you were alive before being dragged out of the cave?

T.P.:  Yes, very much so.

Thus spoke Zarathustra:   What do you think and feel now about people who live in the cave as you did and (still somewhat) do?  Are they really alive?

T.P.:  They, of course, think that they are… but they (really) are not.  One is not, of course, speaking in terms of their outlook or perspectives regarding anything; they are literally not in tune or in contact with the pure, living, unadulterated, majestic energy that exists universally.  They, though they are sometimes quite caring and somewhat perceptive, are like cavernous shadows divorced from any real light.  (And seeing, through shadowlike symbols, with separation and distance, requires time.)

Thus spoke Zarathustra:  When you were visited by that immeasurable energy, you later soon realized the same thing or something similar to what I have been talking about time-wise, on your own, without ever having read anything about me; your reading of (partially evolved) F. Nietzsche and myself (i.e.,Zarathustra) — and those true (overmen) others (who confirmed your insights) — came later.  By the way, the cave dwellers are not really living, but their rather dead images and symbols (that they exist as) are what their God (additionally) consists of, unfortunately; they cling to what is rather unalive (as symbols), and their God is a further obtrusion of these dead (unalive) symbols; so their God is (for them, anyway), unfortunately, essentially dead too.  Ironically, what is really alive… eludes them.  Will you continue to point out significant things to others while in the cave?

T.P.:  Of course!

Thus spoke Zarathustra: That immeasurable energy is truly alive, but you and I (and many others) are only partially alive (and barely that).  It is ironic that many of these others say that God is dead!  Anyway, getting back to typical things, these fingerprints will recur whether they are welcomed or not.  Looking out and looking in (as most people seem to think, and mechanically do) all require distance and time.  There is, as has been said, however, a looking that is timeless.   Be perceptive beyond just trying to attain something all the time!  

T.P.: Of course!  You never hinted about going beyond time, like this, before.  It seems that you are realizing that there is a perceiving that is not merely dependent upon time.

 Zarathustra spoke thus:   Well, I (though N. is dead and has only progressed so far) have been reading your postings; they are a lot like annoying fingerprints that keep coming back again and again (if one is at all observant).

Window reflection flower with insect (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Window reflection flower with insect (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Window reflection flower with insect (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Window reflection flower with insect (2). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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Space, time, and conflict…

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As we said last week…those who are psychologically separated from others — and this goes far beyond merely the human species — are also, by the very intrinsic nature of things, separated in time… with the past being separate from the future for them.  Most of us, unfortunately, do not live in a true relationship with others and with phenomena, time included.  For most people, it is space that separates the past (or the present) from the future.  For most people, it is space that separates the ego, the so-called center, from others.  This space divorces one from true and accurate relationship; one cannot be engaged — or married — to truth and accuracy if one is so divorced.  

Space divides people in so many ways.  We are talking about limited space here.  There are separative notions caused by divisive countries, religions, political establishments, cultures, and groups; clinging to these, as so many rigidly do — because of old traditions or being second-hand — contributes directly or indirectly to the conflict, violence, and divisiveness in the world.  A global citizen, because of intelligence and sapient consideration — by not blindly belonging to any “provided ideologies or beliefs” — goes beyond all of these inculcated divisions and separations, and does so fully, not because of some learned and absorbed dogmas, but because he or she has wisely gone beyond mere ideation and reaction.  The absorbed space — taking many forms — that divides people is limiting, is very fragmentary.   Intelligently going beyond belief and dogma is not another belief, is not merely another dogma.  Going beyond primitive, ignorant conditioning is not another form of conditioning. 

Some might say, “Well, I live in the here and now, so I am not merely entrapped by time, conditioning, and cold ambition.”  However, for so many, this “here and now” still involves very limited, confined space.  Many, though they think they are in the here and now, still look at things from and with a concept of a learned center; there is space between this center and the perceptions that thought thinks “it has”.  That center, or supposedly separate “I,” is still a learned image; it remains of (and from) the old; it is still — like so many inherited or absorbed beliefs — an extension of the past (which is not, really, the here and now at all).  Direct, uncontaminated perception — not mere absorbed concepts and images — goes beyond all this; it is this direct perception that may be the only true religious mind.  Absorbed concepts and stuffy, learned images may feel that they are spiritual; but true spirituality is what goes beyond secondhandedness, the dead absorbed past, and absorbed beliefs and images that contribute to friction and conflict in the world (as well as to distorted perception).

To perceive very intelligently, the mind must look without bias, without preconceptions, without rigid, implanted patterns.  A truly intelligent mind perceives directly, without the screen and false power of outside authority, without beliefs, without implanted values.  Beliefs and implanted values warp perception and cause the mind to accept (and cling to) erroneous things.  When one says that one “has” beliefs, one’s consciousness consists of (and actually “is”) those beliefs; and when such beliefs look, they see what they were taught or programmed to see… which is biased and “loaded.”  True spirituality may be perceiving without mere distortion, without a (limit-causing) space between absorbed images (including the image of “me”) and the perceptions.  Most people do not care to operate as wise action far beyond the distortion that ingrained reactions manifest as.  There are better things to be than bias, distortion, contributing factors toward world conflict, blind acceptance, symbolic ideas, rigid reactions, and limited space.

Living in a rotten environment. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Living in a rotten environment. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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A Poetic Snapshot of ourselves…

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The steering wheel of the car turned to the left,
then to the right
Then various forms of scenery continued to stream by
Later, the brake pedal was depressed (not that
the mind was)
and slowing down ensued
The car door opened; the camera’s 
parameters were adjusted; the lens
cover came off and 
shots were taken
A little bit of the beauty was (in a 
superficial kind of way) captured; but
most of the majestic beauty was
left behind
The true beauty of Nature has not been, and never will be,
merely captured in a superficial photograph; it has not been,
nor will it ever be, captured in
a mere symbolic description consisting of words (which
merely are learned symbols)
The lens cap was put back in place;
the car door opened; then again, various forms
of scenery continued to stream by
The steering wheel turned to the right,
then to the left
The car door again opened
The front door of the house unlocked and
the computer turned on
We, who take photos with fancy,
modern inventions, need to be more humble
We don’t really capture Nature, though in a way, we
try to, (which is good and wonderful sharing in its own way;
but we can do better), and we shouldn’t take too much credit

for conveying Nature when 
so many of our fossil fuels and fancy machines are 
destroying Nature
We would do well to be more
environmentally active besides being 
photo-reactive
Nature is beautiful
Again, we don’t really ever capture Mother Nature
with our little metallic, glass, and plastic machines; nor do
we really capture Mother Nature with the symbolic thoughts that we are

We need to be better environmentalists
Then, just maybe, Mother Nature will truly capture
us

A close friend. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

A close friend. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

A close friend. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

A close friend. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Separation, experience, and time…

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We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again.  Those who are psychologically separated from others — and this goes far beyond merely the human species — are also, by the very intrinsic nature of things, separated in time… with the past being separate from the future for them.  Additionally, for example,  a mind that thinks that it is separate from the fears that it “has” is divorced from accurate relationship and is married to distortion.  A mind that accepts the distortion of society, with all of its inherited, primitive fragmentation, perceives (and exists “as”) that distortion and fragmentation.

A very wise mind, interestingly enough, by truly transgressing separation and going beyond it (though this sounds rather strange), is capable of going beyond time.  Time, and all of the parameters involved in it and with it, inherently depends upon various degrees of separation and friction.  An immature mind exclusively depends upon time and time’s modus operandi: experience.  Experience is, of course, very necessary and part of integral being.  However, merely being dependent on experience — and all experience is based on separation and movement from the past to the future — is (despite what the so-called normal establishment thinks) not the only way.  A mind that is not adulterated with mere knowledge, mere abstractions, mere piecemeal approaches (and all those standard ways and methods that man has clung to for millennia) may possibly be of the intelligence to go beyond the limitation of all this. 

Trying to deny experience, or employing various methods and practices to go beyond it, is not prudent.  Trying to go beyond mundane experience (by effort and various methods), in order to get some kind of supposed enlightenment or transcendental transformation, is likely the result of some superficial motives involving crude greed and acquisition.  Instead, simply effortlessly be the experiences as they occur; perceive them deeply without mere conflict, fragmentation, desires, judgments, and ulterior motivations interfering.  Then, perhaps, the mind will naturally flower without any selfish motivation, self-imposed direction, or contrived pattern; then, perhaps, it will not merely be molded by (and “as”) the belief systems of others.  (In this natural flowering, experience may evolve and change into something else; but not by merely practicing something to make it happen… not by forcing things to happen via calculation and manipulation.)

Heaven, to people who have been conditioned by others, can be some learned, rather dead, and absorbed abstraction about the future.  (But it is really just the old, rather dead, musty, learned past, as an image or images, projected into what the future may be.)  Symbols (existing exclusively as mental images) — and all thoughts are symbolic — cannot be (or run parallel to) profound living,  cannot be beyond what is caught in the net of time.  (Time and conditioning go hand in hand; time is, by its very nature, conditioned.) To really come upon the timeless, the sacred, the mind cannot merely be full of contaminated, symbolic images implanted by others; to really come upon that vast order, the mind itself must be clear and not tarnished by the hand of others.  Such a mind must be extremely orderly and perceptive beyond being shaped and molded (as so many countless are).  Very few are passionate enough regarding this.

Nectar hunting. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Nectar hunting. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Re: A better form of Spring…

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Pristine beauty there beyond everything
(unnoticed by thoughts and all of their symbols)
in awareness limitlessly wisdom does spring

Boundaries dissolve and so time truly ends
Here,not just patterns and learned separations
Living magically in flowing harmony,my friend

Impeccable movement with deep immovability
where there doesn’t exist and neither do I
Beyond conflict,separation,and inscrutability

Red Cardinal. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Cardinal. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Cardinal (2) Ditital Photo Art by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Cardinal (2) Ditital Photo Art by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

 

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Love is not of limitation…

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Love is not of limitation.  It is endless; as such, it goes beyond the rather false boundaries concocted by man.  In its vastness, love permeates (and includes) all apparent things.  Love dissolves and shatters all boundaries… and then — rather magically and profoundly — so-called separate things are no longer separate (and, hence, are no longer just things).  Being limitless, love goes beyond definitions.  Those who are stuck in (and who merely perceive by) definitions and labels… tend to be oblivious regarding profound love.  A mind that is intelligent enough to go beyond being immersed in (and “as”) mere abstractions, learned separations, and inherited perspectives, may luckily move parallel with that immense movement beyond cold boundaries. 

Up close and personal. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Up close and personal. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Up close and personal. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Up close and personal. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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If perception occurs without distortion…

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Love can be in the air,if perception occurs without distortion,
if looking takes place without a so-called central ego

A center apart can’t have profound love in the heart
if everything is seen via ruptured partition and cold separation

They are not thoughts from a true center;
“I” and “mine” are merely accumulated,learned thoughts

Though often cooperative (within “their own limited,little tribe”),
diminutive ants perceive with much friction and separation…(Must we?)

Not “these” are “my” thoughts,
but… “these thoughts”… “these perceptions”

You did not merely “have” jealous thoughts about something;
jealousy was what you were

Not just: “the beautiful bird flapping its wings”…
The wings are the beautiful bird

Not just: “my ideas”…
The ideas are the consciousness

Not just:  “I saw the tree”
…but: “The perception of the tree was what you were”

Not: “I see and feel the many branches”
…but:  “The many branches are not separate from what one is”

Not:  “I looked into the mirror and admired myself”
… but: 
“Due to some undistorted poetry,the truly intelligent mind can possibly reflect upon what transcends mediocre separation”

Not: “These lines of poetry are presently being read by me”
… but: 
“These words of poetry, as reading presently occurs, are not separate from from what one is”

Not just:  “Now I am going to meditate” (as if conditioning can choose to be the unconditioned… as if the smoke can choose to be the flames)
… but (the realization that):  All thoughts (the “I” included as another thought, which it is) cannot ever decide to become (and then actually become) the freedom and non-limitation that they are not

Not (if you are very wise): “I stopped for oncoming traffic”
… but: “The oncoming traffic stopped”

 Friction upon treeland. Photo by Thomas Peace c.2016

Friction upon treeland. Photo by Thomas Peace c.2016