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So I told myself I’d do something special when and if I reached 100 followers! It seems like monumental number somehow. My love and gratitude goes out to all of you who have taken an interest in my thought, opinions, and ideas. It is absolutely INCREDIBLE to me that I can communicate and interact with you all on such a meaningful level without even meeting face to face. 🙂
Lately I’ve been thinking and blogging about the difference between SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
Something I’ve noticed is that a one can mature physically, which encompasses mentally as well (as thoughts are created by the brain, a PHYSICAL organ), but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have any level of spiritual maturity.
So what is spiritual maturity? It’s VERY difficult to describe, and this ELUSIVENESS is intrinsically part of it’s nature. If you think about it you’ll realize that things to do with the spiritual are SUBTLE. God’s existence, for instance, is subtle. So is the soul, or else we’d have found a way to identify/measure it. Even spiritual wisdom is very subtle, and not easy to grasp like concrete knowledge (math, basic science, history, etc) is. It is not so black and white, right and wrong, and even when it seemingly is… it isn’t.
I think that the Tao Te Ching is a book primarily concerned with achieving the utmost in SPIRITUAL MATURITY. It stresses harmony with the nature of things, detachment (but not in the sense that you don’t care, you just don’t define yourself in terms of your relationship to things, people, and ideas), and knowing without thinking (the basis of psychic ability and spiritual wisdom).
I think that I’ll start going through the Tao Te Ching and my opinions and understanding of it in future posts. It’s a cryptic book, but contains great wisdom. It has benefited me greatly in my life, perhaps it shall do the same for you. I’ll leave you now with an excerpt from that text…
“The Sage is like Heaven and Earth
To him none are especially dear or is there anyone he disfavours
He gives and gives without condition offering his treasure to everyone
The universe is like a bellows
It stays empty yet is never exhausted
It gives out yet always brings forth more
Man is not like this
When he blows out air like a bellows he becomes exhausted
Man was not made to blow out air
He was made to sit quietly and find the truth within”
Here is something that is TRUE, but very strange if you consider its reality…
All that we know of the (physical) world is what we can interpret through out 5 senses… (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Touch, Taste)
(Physically) There is no way we can have ANY information about what’s going on outside of our bodies except by those 5 methods.
What is also important to consider is that these senses are based on things like how a molecule is vibrating (sight and hearing) and what shape a molecule is (smell and taste) or how the molecules fit together (touch). These are very STRANGE and FOREIGN concepts, yea? But the taste, color, and texture of a banana isn’t. is it? Yet they are the SAME thing…
When I first realized this I thought… THERE COULD BE ANYTHING OUT THERE outside of myself. Maybe it’s just a gray, non-colored mass, or perhaps everything is more like pure glowing energy. How can we be sure there is anything at all??
All that we can be sure of is that we THINK there is…
I hope you find this as interesting and enlightening as I did…
“Whenever something is said, the opposite of it is denied. Whenever something is said, something is simultaneously denied. If I say `God is within;, `God is without’ is denied. I have not mentioned it at all. But if I say `God is without’, then `God is within’ is denied. If I say, `To be silent you have to move inwards,’ it is implied that if you move outwards, you will never be silent. So whatsoever is said in language always negates something. This means that language can never cover the whole of life. Or, if you try to cover the whole of life, language becomes illogical, irrational. If I say, `God is within and God is without,’ it becomes meaningless. If I say, `Everything is God,’ it becomes meaningless. If I say, `Whether you go out or whether you go in, silence can be achieved,’ no meaning is carried then because I am saying both — both the opposites simultaneously. I am putting them together; they negate each other — and then nothing is said.
It has been tried. It has been tried many times that the whole of life be covered by linguistic expression.
It has never been successful, and it cannot be. You can do it, but then your assertions become mystic; they don’t carry any meaning. Logic has some requirements to be fulfilled — and language is logic.
If you ask me, `Are you here?’ and I say, `Yes, in a sense I am here, and in a sense I am not here,’ or I say, `Both yes and no,’ then if you love me you will call me a mystic; if you
don’t love me, you will call me a madman — because how can both be? Either I am here — then I must say yes; or I am not here — then I must say no. But if I say yes and no both together, I am taking a jump out of the logical structure of the language.
Language is always a choice. Because of this, all the cultures, all the societies, all the civilizations become one-sided. And no culture can exist without language. Really, language creates the culture. Man is the only language animal; no other animal creates any culture or society or civilization. Only man creates culture and civilization and society. And with language, choice enters; and with choice, imbalance. No animal is imbalanced, remember. Only man is imbalanced. All animals exist in deep balance: trees and rocks and everything. Everything is balanced; only man is imbalanced. What is the problem? — that man lives through language. Language creates choice.
If I say to someone that he is both beautiful and ugly, the sentence carries no meaning.
Ugly and beautiful both? — what do you mean? If I say, `You are beautiful,’ it is meaningful. If I say, `You are ugly,’ it is meaningful. But if I say, `You are both. You are wise and foolish both,’ it cannot carry any meaning. But reality is so. Really, no one is simply ugly and no one is simply beautiful. Wherever beauty exists, ugliness exists; wherever ugliness exists, beauty exists. They are part of one whole. And wherever wisdom exists, foolishness exists. You cannot find a wise man who is not also a fool, and you cannot find a fool who is not also a wise man.
It may be difficult for you to conceive, because whenever you say, `This man is a fool,’ you stop searching, you are closed, you have closed the door. You say, `This man is a fool.’ Now you are not going to search for his wisdom. And even if his wisdom is revealed to you, you will not listen to it. You will say, `This man is a fool. How can he be a wise man? It is impossible; something wrong has happened. He must have done it in a foolish way. This is something accidental. He cannot be wise.’ If you decide that this man is wise and then something foolish comes out of him, you cannot believe it, or you will have come explanations and you will rationalize it — that this must be wise.
Life is both together, but language divides. Language is a choice. Because of this, every culture creates its own choice-pattern.
In the east they developed technology, they developed scientific research; they developed all that is now developed in the west. Five thousand years ago they developed everything, and then they felt the meaninglessness of it — as it is now felt in the west. They felt that it was useless.
When they felt that it was useless, they turned to the opposite extreme. They said, `Now turn within. Whatsoever is without is illusory, it leads nowhere. Turn within.’ Then science stopped growing, then technology stopped. Not only stopped: when they turned within, they started condemning all that was without. `Just live the life which is in! Leave all that is without!’ They became against the world, life-negative, denying all that is material… only the spiritual, the pure spiritual.
Life is both. Really, to say life is both is not right. Life is one. That which we call material is just one expression of the spiritual, and that which we call spiritual is nothing but one expression of the material. Life is one. The within and without are not two opposite things, just two poles of one existence.
But whenever a society reaches to the extreme of one choice — because one choice is bound to be extremist — immediately you will miss the other, and that which you miss, you feel more. That which you have, you can forget, but that which you miss, you feel
more. So the east, at the peak of scientific and technological development, felt the absurdity of it: it is useless, you cannot attain silence through it, you cannot attain bliss through it, so throw it away, renounce it, move inward, move to the inner world.
And then this inner movement automatically became a denial of the outer.
In the west that is happening now. Now the west has attained to a technological height; now the meaninglessness is felt. Now India has gone to the depths of poverty. It was bound to happen, because the eastern mind started moving inwards. When you move inwards at the cost of all that is without, you are going to be poor, and you are going to be in bondage, and you are going to be in disease and suffering. That is bound to be so. Now India is not interested in meditation, India is not interested in the inner world, India is not interested in the nirvana. India is interested in the modern technology. The Indian student is interested in engineering, in medical science. The Indian genius is going to the west to learn the know-how, the atomic energy. And the western genius is interested in coming to the east to know what meditation is, to know how to move in the inner space. And they have achieved. For the first time in the history of man they have known how to move in the outer space. They have reached the moon. Now that they have reached the moon the thing has become absurd. Now they are asking, `What will come out of it? Even if we have gone to the moon, what has happened? — man remains in the same misery.’ The moon is not going to help, because you can transfer man to the moon, but he remains the same man.
So movement in the outer space seems to be of no use, a wastage of energy. How to move in the inner space?
Now they turn to the east, and the east is turning to the west — again the choice. If the west turns to the east completely, within two or three centuries the west will become poor. Look at the hippies — they are already doing that. And if the new western generation turns absolutely hippie, then who is going to work for the technology, and who is going to work for the industry, and who is going to work for the civilization that the west has achieved? It takes centuries and centuries to achieve something; you can lose it within a generation.
If the generation denies and says, `We are not going to the universities,’ what can you do? The old generation — how long can it prolong it? Twenty years and everything can disappear, just through the denial of the new generation — `I am not going to the university~’ And they are leaving, they are becoming dropouts. They say, `What is the use of big cars, of big houses, of a big technology, when there is no love? When there is no peace of mind, what is the use of all this wealth? What is the use of this high standard of living when there is no life? So leave this!’
Within two centuries the west can go to the very depths of poverty. It has happened in the east. In the days of the Mahabharat, almost the same technology was developed in the east.
Then it was found to be of no use. And if the Indian mind turns to technology, within two generations religion will disappear — it has already disappeared — and just the word `meditation’ will look out of date. If you talk about the inner, people will think you are not in your senses: `What do you mean by the inner? There is no inner.’
This happens because of the language — because language is a choice, and the mind moves to the extreme. And when it moves to one extreme, the other is lost. And with the
other, many qualities disappear, and when they disappear you feel the hunger for them. Then you again move to the other extreme. Then something else is lost.
So no total culture has been born yet, and it cannot be born unless man learns to remain silent, unless silence becomes the very core of human mind. Not language but silence — because in silence you are whole, in language you are always part. Unless humanity starts living through silence — not through language, not through mind, but through the totality of the being — no total culture is possible. Only total human beings can constitute a total culture.”
~The Book of Secrets
I’ve heard these statistics that you only use a certain (SMALL) percentage of your brain. I don’t how true that is, but I do know that THE BRAIN IS VERY POWERFUL and most people do not use it wisely.
What I’m going to offer and INVITE YOU TO READ is a book that pretty much gave me a whole NEW perspective on my mind/brain and the different ways that it can be put to good (and FUN!) uses. I’ll talk about one that I enjoy, though it’s not the most life-changing of the techniques described in this book. I’m sharing this one first because I want you guys to think of these exercises and techniques as being enjoyable, instead of another one of those things you keep telling yourself you SHOULD do, but never get around to to. (I know you know what I’m talking about!)
It is called the MENTAL VACATION technique.
What you should do is go to your “level” (which is explained in the book and I will touch upon in the next post on this topic) but if that doesn’t mean anything to you then just relax, close your eyes, breath deeply, and LET YOUR MIND MERGE INTO ITSELF, deeper and deeper until there is a steady feeling of peace and calm.
Now, with your eyes still closed both in real life and your imagination, feel yourself in the PERFECT vacation spot you could possibly imagine. The place where you feel most calm, relaxed, content, and at peace. This doesn’t have to be a real place (although it can be). It can be completely fictional, someplace impossible (such as in space or the bottom of the sea), or someplace very real (your favorite vacation spot). Now begin to feel the sensations of being there VIVIDLY.
What does it smell like?
Are there any sensations upon your skin?
What are you hearing?
Can you taste the quality of the air/atmosphere?
What you feel like it you can open your eyes and find yourself sitting there meditating, much like you were at home. Feel free to look around and explore your environment if you feel like it. Remember, you are free to have any experience you can imagine, so if you feel like FLYING AROUND or observing a detail microscopically closely you can. If you see anyone or anything there, feel free to speak with it. Don’t anticipate what it’s going to say, but accept the first words you hear popping into your head.
ENJOY the process.
And when you’re ready, sit back into your meditative state and prepare to come out of your MENTAL VACATION. I like to use the method below, that I got from the Silva Method book.
Count, seeing the number flashing in your mind as you do, and hear deeply:
1…. Every day in Every way, I am getting better, better, and better.
2…. Negative thoughts, negative emotions, cannot influence me at ANY level of the mind
3…. Preparing to open eyes
4…. Opening eyes
5…. Eyes open, feeling wide awake and better than before!
Trust me, you will feel great.
If you are interested in this stuff, I HIGHLY recommend The Silva Mind Control Method book. If you don’t believe in the power of the mind then I recommended it even more strongly, as it spends a few chapters explaining the SCIENCE and extensive RESEARCH behind it as well as interesting testimonials.
You can can also PREVIEW the first pages of the book at the above link as well. If you are familiar with this method, or get the book and read it, I would LOVE to hear about your experiences.
May God bless you all on your journey through this life and into the next!
Belief is an extremely powerful force. Perhaps the most powerful. GOD KNOWS THIS, which is why faith and belief are at the core of religion. God left clear signs in his books and creations, but they can easily be denied if you choose not to believe. This is intentional and is necessary as part of the free will that God has granted us. If there was indisputable proof and everyone knew they were DESTINED FOR ETERNAL HELL if they acted in certain ways, would we really have a choice to act in those ways (free will)? There is no indisputable proof, but SO IT IS WITH ALL THINGS IN LIFE. The thing is, God is real and this system is here by design.
The world we live in gives us free will to LIVE ANY LIFE WE BELIEVE WE LIVE. Our world is defined less by realities and more by our beliefs about those realities. If you have a child, your life experience will be completely different whether you believe it’s a BURDEN or it’s a BLESSING. This is true of everything. You believe you can stand up, so you do. If you sincerely didn’t believe you could stand up, then you wouldn’t. SCHIZOPHRENIA and such mental disorders are examples of a person’s beliefs allowing them to experience a TOTALLY DIFFERENT REALITY, but it would be ego-centric to assume that their realities are any less real than ours (in their minds, which define their reality).
I read a very long autobiographical account of a man who became a super-soldier for the government called “Project Superman” (google it). I believe it to be true because it is full of fascinating, vivid details, and a complex story, rich characters etc. But the grammar and syntax are terrible and it doesn’t appear to be created for any purpose except that expressed in the beginning of the report, so I don’t think the man’s am author. Either it was just an awesome creative writing project or it’s true (in which case the implications are staggering) or it was written with the intention of deception.
The point is, the way he was able to perform superhuman feats was by the POWER OF HIS BELIEF. For example, he could crush a metal pipe in his hand by believing it was a banana. He could shoot the bulls-eye of a distant target in the same exact location by believing it was only a few feet away. He could tread in icy waters from hours because he believed it was a warm bath. IT WAS THE POWER OF HIS BELIEF THAT ALLOWED HIM TO ACHIEVE SUPERHUMAN ABILITY.
So, if we were to assume that humans are capable of such incredible feats, then why do we appear so much more feeble? Considering the immense POWER of BELIEF it seems reasonable to conclude that it is because we don’t believe we can do these things. Human limitations have been ingrained in us since we first emerged from the womb. And to some degree there are limitations. We cannot fly because there are other laws like gravity that the law of belief cannot simply negate. (Or alternatively perhaps the law of belief, given enough power, can negate such fundamental laws!) There is a native tribe somewhere that requires that for a boy to become a man, he must be able to jump his own vertical height. (This is from a book called Manthropology) This seems nearly impossible, but everyone in the tribe does it, and so there is an inherit belief that it can be done. Therefore, it is done and it is considered normal to them. This is an example of the power of belief.
The difficulty is that for this power of belief to work, the belief must be sincere, not just consciously but all the way down into your subconscious. Your subconscious has experienced too much gravity to probably ever be convinced it’s not real, but perhaps this wasn’t always the case. Back in ancient Egyptian times could the priests have controlled the commoners (or their own) beliefs to convince them that they had attributes of super strength to move these giant stones? Could they possibly even have levitated through the combined power of collective belief? It might all just be CRAZY TALK, but we mustn’t be afraid to consider even the most outlandish possibilities!
OK, SO WHAT’S THE POINT OF ALL OF THIS!?
You can’t change your beliefs in an instant at first, but you can train belief. PRAYER IS AN ACT OF PRACTICING BELIEF. So is visualization and affirmations (which are proven to be highly effective in achieving your goals). PRACTICING ANYTHING really, is an act of belief. Each time you practice you believe that you’re getting better and better, and so you are. Try practicing without believing you’ll improve and you wont improve!
If you can believe something a little more unbelievable to you each day, you will work towards expanding your POSSIBILITY HORIZONS.
If you’ve ever been interested in meditation then you’ve undoubtedly tried sitting quietly and focusing on your breath. You may have experienced the calm sensations of deep breathing and the quieting of your mind. THAT’S GREAT, but it’s not the main reason for doing this exercise! The real reason is that (if you do it right) it begins to allow your conscious mind to be aware of your unconscious mind. Here’s why:
Breathing is an action that can be both voluntary and involuntary. Unlike the beating of your heart, which you cannot consciously stop from beating (it is a fully involuntary action), you can in fact hold your breath, or make yourself breath more or less deeply etc. The significance of this is that breathing is an action that can be controlled by both you conscious (voluntary) and subconscious (involuntary) mind. So when you’re breathing and not thinking about it, it is your subconscious mind at work, but as soon as you turn your attention to your breathing, it comes under the control of your conscious mind.
Here’s the trick. When you turn your conscious attention to your breathing, you want to allow it to REMAIN UNDER YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND’S CONTROL. This is not easy to do at first, as you shall see if you haven’t already experienced it.
Once you’re able to observe your involuntary breathing, without taking voluntary control over it, you will have developed the ability to observe your subconscious mind without influencing it. Observing the subconscious will teach you eye-opening things about yourself.
The bottom line is, THERE’S A HUGE PART OF YOU (your subconscious) THAT YOU HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF. You have no understanding and therefore no hope to influence, change, or control it, and it is DOMINATING YOUR LIFE. If your goal is to consciously decide what kind of life to live and person to be, then it is paramount that you become familiar with your subconscious mind.