Saturday, January 10, 2015

If One is Able

If one is able to see hate and division then one is able to cure it,
If one is able to lie, he can see the truth,
If one is a young man then he understands the old man,
If one is able to be at a distance,
he is able to understand the value of being close,
If one is able to understand a crime,
he is able to solve it,
If one is able to see the brightness of light,
he is able to see the darkness within,
If one is able to see all this,
he surely is aware of the cure for sorrow,
If One is able.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Conditioning and Obedience#7

"Thinking" is a process--one thing must come before or after the other, that's clear, therefore, conditioning gives birth to obedience because it is the root and everything that follows is its content.  An action is moving along side another, but in front or behind it, for example.  There must be a conditioned response in order to be obedient to something, anything.  The ego doesn't like accepting the fact of obedience, this is partially why there's so much rejection within ourselves and others.  Ego against ego.  We're very good at ridicule and rejection of ourselves and others.  Its a fact, and why there is so much division in our lives and the world at large.  Suppose obedience wasn't there, would there be war, pollution and that state of the world now?  Think on that phenomenon, that very absence of obedience is...what?  Think about all the things in your life at this moment that you've accepted by being obedient--forget the image of being treated or acting like a dog or amusement park whale, but just the mere fact of ones obedience in society.  Remember, one must accept it to be obedient to it.  If your mother says to do this, that and the other, you may either act grown-up and resist for a moment, or do it immediately, but we generally will do it.  Sure, there a circumstances, but the point is made, we act.  Still, suppose its some form of authority which requires us to perform some community act or fork over some cash for some untimely reason.  What happens?  Jury duty--come on, I think I've made my point.  We can kick and scream all we want, but we have to make a phone call or make a visit, yet we'll eventually act out of civil obedience.  In good, bad, patriotism or godly faith, we act.  So, then we see that obedience is conditioned, and "conditioning" the source of obedience, if we look at ourselves closely we see it, however, we're unable to when the ego or image is in the way.  Don't say, "he doesn't know what he's talking about", "that's not true", "I don't believe that" because these are the sounds of the ego and image which clouds our vision and holds us in a place of comfort and yet we're more than that, more than obedient.  Lets be clear, the act of obedience has a relative social component, therefore, a cultural necessity, we're not saying it's a negative at all, merely looking at its relationship...between it and you.  Keep in mind, what "we are" is not wrong, but conditioned.  Simply, put, if we're concerned about a free society, it starts with a clear mind, as written above--one thing must come before the other.  As we become aware of obedience, we step closer to freedom by observing the path to it. Self-Help n' Stuff

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Attention and Obedience#6

See it like this--you're a youth setting in a classroom, looking out the window or in a business meeting daydreaming, and the speaker or teacher has asked you a question you didn't hear.  Oh, no!  You stumble and in disappointment they ask that you "pay attention" or "keep your focus".  First, is focus merely based on importance?  Is what someone says focus?  Are we "paying attention" when listening to anything or partaking in a task of some sort?  Is that attention?  Are we alert in that moment?  Do we see ourselves in that moment?  Are we not limited if asked to focus on something and keep it there?  This to me is obedience--to be guided by a form of authority (intended for conflict or not) to focus on their vision of importance is a conditioned obedience.  Don't we go to auditoriums to listen to a single person speak on the importance of this or that?  We all have gone somewhere to perform this social tradition.  Still, the question is if this is obedience, surely we see that it is, no matter why we go or don't, it's still a cultural tradition.  We are obedient to the act.  Hopefully this statement doesn't hurt your ego--we generally don't like what we don't see or agree with within ourselves.  Again, if we are obedient are we at attention?  No, the two are contradictions--"obedience" limits and "attention" knows no bounds.  Do we see this? Obedience asks us to limit our energy and vitality in order to bring it to a point of social focus.  It takes energy and force to focus for a length of time.  We're asked to focus for the duration of some social task and this is supposed to be for our benefit, personally or socially.  "Pay attention" is what we hear, but this is not happening, this is obedience, clearly.  Do you ever wonder why we seemingly lose energy as we grow and mature?  Why?  In part, because we've been asked to focus our attention on education, knowledge, tradition, study, church, work etc.  It goes on and on.  To focus is to limit energy, like its passing through a funnel, if you will.  Only a curtain amount of water flows through as its capacity/energy is lost or backing up on itself, which for us causes us to slow and tire as we mature as energy is wasted.  Yet children aren't like that--could it be that they're still experiencing the full expression of energy, vitality and attention because obedience has yet to take hold?  Is that why they're so hard to control or make obedient, like we've become?  Notice--you have to give an adult and idea/pleasure to get them to "be energetic" and moving again, but not with children because they're at attention all the time, taking-in the surroundings.  There is a true nature of "attention"--unforced and alive, not dead like obedience.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Compassion and Love#5

Society seems to wrestle with the meaning or definition of compassion and love, they are often confused with  the other--generally age, experience and belief the basic factors.  Yet, there are cultural factors as well, for instance, come cultures don't embrace each other or even kiss, surely this doesn't mean there isn't a form of love they accept and live by, still an outside culture would feel uncomfortable with that form of expressing love.  Could you go years without kissing or hugging someone you think you love?  Not if that is what's accepted and expressed around you.  The actions of our society form the actions of ourselves, so we accept a form of love we have no control over, it is merely passed from one mind to the other.  I'm not going to explain my understand of love here (see Article #4 for that).  However, if we look at compassion--not what it means, but what it is, and how do we do that without meaning?  Simply look past meaning and look at your action towards yourself and the world, and not in selfish or personal terms--I like to do this or that, like to eat everything--no, we mean ones total action within oneself is the same outside of it as well.  See it this way--if someone comes to you in a situation where you and they would expect "no" in reply, a friend or stranger, and you help them anyway, yet in the back of your mind you know you'll never be repaid in any form--you know this from some past event or events, still we help.  Why?  Well, I'm not going to explain something you already have lived through, so I'll share my view.  Sure, there are times I say "no" to both friend and stranger, but still I'll help because I don't want their world to dominate over mine.  Do you see this?  I want them to see that a stranger or friend shows concern.  That's the world within me, so it comes out.  If conflict is the state of the world and we suffer, then it could just as easily be one of compassion, therefore, I push that content out into the world.  It sounds simplistic, but there is an effect, and I may never see the results, and sometimes I do from the look on their face when I give or say more than expected.  Why not push your compassion out into the world--many of us are pushing out violence, hatred and power etc. so why not push your form of compassion?  We'll be waiting.