… The problem is the sense of lack that often fuels the desire.
It is like a poison in the mind.
… The problem is the sense of lack that often fuels the desire.
It is like a poison in the mind.
Try this super simple but EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE trick…
Now I’m going to expand on what we talked about in the first lesson. But to recap briefly, the 5 elements describe the process of CHANGE, that ALL THINGS go through constantly. Each element transforms into another one in an endless cycle. Each element is associated with a certain quality. Here are some examples:
1. Life of a Tree
2. Learning to Draw
3. Falling on your Face (literally)
The five elements are WATER, WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, and METAL.
They represent characteristics that describe the process of change, to which all things are subject.
WATER is the spirit of beginnings and non-preference; it does not resist, it absorbs and envelops.
WOOD is the spirit of growth and expansion; it reaches for sky with vigor.
FIRE is the spirit of energy and industry; it works fiercely to achieve it’s goals.
EARTH is the spirit of stability and groundedness; a safe and solid foundation.
METAL is the spirit or perfection and invention; it seeks to improve and develop something new.
There are only 2 types of real “magic” in the world. Here is what they are:
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. 🙂
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!
If this topic makes you uncomfortable, then it is even more important that you heed its advice.
I began exploring this idea when I first started gaining a serious interest in the martial arts. I think I heard this quote from the Hagakure (“Book of the Samurai”) in the movie Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai:
“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.”
I began this type of meditation and it proved to be an interesting exercise…. Here are 3 reasons why I think it is a beneficial practice:
1) It fosters an appreciation of life and a sense of perspective. Consider for a moment if you were about to die in just a few seconds. Whatever thoughts went through your head, I doubt they were the frivolous worries that people commonly engage in all throughout the day. Suddenly, the school midterm you have due tomorrow or car payments you have to make become meaningless. Maybe they meaningless and maybe they’re not. But EITHER WAY they are much less important in that moment than they usually were. And the fact that they CAN be less important in your mind, can be a powerful revelation in and of itself. The things you do feel are important when meditating on a an imminent death are what is TRULY IMPORTANT in life. Don’t be on your ACTUAL death bed before you realize this! Also, meditating on a painful death can remind you how blessed you are to be in the state of health that you are.
2) It prepares you death. Death is inevitable and nothing to be afraid of. Check out religion if you don’t believe me :). Coping with your fear of death before you face it will allow you to be more accepting of it when the time comes.
3) It makes you a badass warrior. Maybe some people don’t care about this point, but if you are a martial artist it is important. You can never fight with your truest spirit if you go into battle with a fear of pain or death. And if you don’t fight with you utmost spirit not only will you be cut down, but you will be cut down knowing that you held back, that you did not use all the resources you could have to achieve victory.
May God have mercy on the souls of those no longer with us on this earth…
Have fun with this one guys, and if you’re hesitant to try this remember: it’s all in your head.