Posts categorized "Philosophy"

Something inside us feels unworthy of having too much fun. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

The world has taught you through an endless series of rewards and punishments. You have been domesticated, indoctrinated, trained by those who would attempt to control you for their own agendas. The promise of reward and threat of punishment has taught to pretend and to lie. Now you feel guilty, shameful, and inadequate for even having fun. You tell yourself that you don’t deserve to feel good; that first you should get something done or accomplish something great.

The world has taught its lessons well. That voice in your head sounds like your voice, but its words are only echoes of what you have been taught. See how the rewards promised haven’t made you happy. See how the threats and punishments have scared you, but they have never meant anything. Today you lose faith in fear.

You were born as perfect love, limitless joy, endless peace. Nothing can change this. For a long time, you believed it was lost somewhere in your past. Now you are awakening and rediscovering who you are. The right path is to follow that place inside that wants to feel good and wants to have fun. This is the energy of life guiding you. Trust it.

Your first priority today and every day is to feel good. If you’re tired, go lie down or meditate. If you feel stuck in a routine, do something different. Go for a walk in the woods. Meet someone new. Create something. Play, experiment, tell the truth, sing, dance, have sex, do whatever excites you with anyone who you want to do it with.

We all have work and we all have responsibilities, but the priority is to have fun and feel good. Live from that place and everything you do will be effortless and effective. You may even find the power to inspire others, lead others, and stand out from the crowd.

Today you can let go of the guilt, the shame, the to-do list of things that don’t matter. Forgive yourself and don’t take seriously the opinions of others. You know who you are and you don’t need permission to be it. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

Something inside feels unworthy of having too much fun.

By Abscondo

Time does not really exist. (A Course in Miracles)

Now is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be. Nothing has ever existed anywhere else aside from now. The entire universe is alive only now, in this present moment.

What we perceive as time is merely them movement of matter (physical form) within the now. The present moment is not static; rather, it is dynamic and changing. In this eternal present, there is room for both stillness and the movement of matter. Days are nothing more than the movement of our planet. Time is not linear. It doesn’t even exist.

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The past and the future exist only as thoughts in your mind—essentially dreams. Those things you saw, did, experienced, tasted, touched, felt—those are all things that happened now. It’s just that you’ve moved, things moved, matter changed, the form is now different. You remember how it was once arranged, and you call it the past. But it was all now.

Clock time is merely the coordination of events in the now. We set a time to things so that we can come together to meet each other in a coordinated way. We agree to meet for school at 8:00 a.m., we all agree on what 8:00 a.m. means, but 8:00 a.m. tomorrow isn’t real in a cosmic sense. It will still be now, it’s just that we’ve all agreed that there are other things we would like to do before meeting for school...that the planet needs to rotate a bit more first and we need to sleep.

The future is another word for plans. Plans are merely thoughts. Plans are only real to the extent that you are present, in the moment, when making them. But there is no actual future—only how you imagine things should be, could be, or might be arranged.

The past is a story that prevents you from being free in the present. Let it go. You are not limited by your past. There was no better you or better situation in the past, there will be no better you or better life in the future. Everything you are is now. You are perfect. You are complete. Everything real is already here, now and what is unreal doesn’t matter.

This, right now, is it. Don’t let your mind cast darkness over what is real. Be here fully. This is liberation. This is what we are here to learn. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

Time does not really exist.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment 

By Abscondo

Your thoughts don’t change the rain. (Michael Singer)

There is a voice inside your head and it sounds like your own. The voice is silent to others, but very real to you. It never stops talking to you; telling you what you should do, what you should have done, what will be, what should be, and what shouldn’t be. You hear it, right? Your voice is probably answering this question right now.

Normal people trust this voice, even as it argues both sides and changes its position as if blowing in the wind. Normal people believe that this voice is their true identity. It is not.

To meditate is to quiet or ignore that voice if even for a short time. The purpose of meditation is to discover and connect with your true identity. You are the silent observer of everything (including your own thoughts). To meditate is to connect with the now, accepting it exactly how it is, without analysis or judgment. It is to recognize that you are not your past story, your future plans, your fears, your guilt, or even your life situation. You are not even your body. You are spirit, soul, and life itself. You are already perfect and already complete, just as you are. You already have everything and nobody can stop you from accessing it because it is already inside you.

Normal people hold on to those crazy thoughts, even when sleepless at 3 a.m., because they believe it is possible to “do something” about this or “deal with” that. But your mind has far less control over things than you believe. You cannot change a situation that already is. You cannot fix another person’s problems. You can’t even fix your own. Billions of things are happening in the world right now and your thoughts don’t change much of anything.

This doesn’t mean that you are powerless. Remember, you already have everything inside you—and that includes infinite power. When you become present, conscious, and accepting of what is, only then can you align with that power. The right response is always the same: it is love. Let love guide you, not the voice.

Your thoughts don’t change the rain.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer.

Photo by Hendrik Wieduwilt.

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By Abscondo

With that fear of being punished and that fear of not getting the reward, we start pretending to be what we are not. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

To love someone is to remove all possibility of punishment and reward. The purpose of any punishment or reward is to trick a person into behaving in a specific way. It is a way of ignoring a person and considering only your ability to manipulate a behavior. Even if you may get the behavior, you will lose all possibility of truth and honesty in the relationship.

From childhood and through the rest of our lives, the world has domesticated us through the endless repetition of punishments and rewards. We are punished and rewarded by parents, teachers, the government, and in the workplace. To awaken is to undo what has been done do you by no longer agreeing with it. Do not respond to threats, punishments, or rewards. There is also no need to fight it. Just ignore it and be you.

To love yourself is to disagree with the process of your own domestication. To love another is to create space for freedom by removing all possibility of punishment and reward in the relationship. This is love. This is acceptance. This is freedom. This is bliss. This is your home.

Read The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

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By Abscondo

The past is gone; the future is not yet. Now am I freed from both. (Course in Miracles)

The past is lifeless. Less real than a photograph, as unchangeable as a stone. The future is less than a dream. Less vivid, less real even than the world you inhabit in sleep.    

Freedom is only found in this moment. This moment is where everything is and where everything has always been. See, hear, taste, touch, and sense everything. Feel your breath. Feel the stillness between breaths. Look even beyond the realm of the senses, to the silence of your perception. 

Here, where you are, where you always have been, is freedom. 

The past is goneThe future is not yet.Now am i freed from both.

A course in Miracles : Combined Volume

By Abscondo

Wild Wild Country (Netflix) documentary: about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)

A few weeks ago, a friend suggested I should read Osho. Despite my deep familiarity with spiritual writings, somehow this is a name that had eluded me. I always follow book recommendations, so I immediately started to read Love, Freedom, Aloneness by Osho.  

What I love and admire about Osho's spiritual teachings is his brave willingness to challenge our beliefs on sexuality, marriage, and family. This is an area that is cautiously overlooked by teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, who error on the side of playing it safe. For his cleverness, humor, and honesty, the late Osho quickly became one of my favorite spiritual teachers. But I still didn't know much about him.

Then a few days ago, I noticed a new documentary series about him on Netflix called Wild Wild Country and dove right in. I won't go into any detail, so as not to play spoiler, but...wow.  This story of the 1980's Rajneesh Commune in Oregon certainly requires some thoughtful analysis by anyone who would follow Osho's teachings. If his teachings are filled with such wisdom, what went wrong in practice?

The answer is simple: centralization. Any idea or philosophy, if implemented in a centralized way, will fail. Absolute power corrupts. What went badly wrong in the case of the Rajneeshees is that they followed their guru, obeyed orders from the top, failed to question the system, and ultimately failed to look within. Consciousness is the very act of discovering your personal identity, which is by definition the source of freedom. True spirituality is the unchaining of your true essence from society, the recognition of yourself as spirit, a detachment from anything of the world, an escaping of mind-activity and of ego. Yet the Rajneesh commune allowed itself to become a cult that was based on the very opposite values: ego, arrogance, greed, violence, revenge, attachment, and belief in the external form. In practice, they were a disgrace. 

Centralized systems are vulnerable. Concentration of power leads to corruption. Osho and his inner-circle completely lost sight of the values and principles upon which the community was founded. After just a few years, the movement turned into a sick, violent cult and eventually imploded.

And yet, as Eckhart Tolle says, any advance in consciousness is never lost. Any gains remain with us and cannot be destroyed. This is certainly true in the case of Osho. Despite all the terrible things Osho and his followers were responsible for, his teachings live on. Sales of his books are thriving and the reason is simple: his words, even from back from the 1960's, are eternally true.

So, looking forward, how might we design a beautiful society based on these spiritual values? How do we set our souls free to love? How do we escape misery? How do we enter the kingdom of heaven in this life? There is an answer.

The time has come for something different: a consciousness revolution that is built not on centralized power; rather, decentralization. On a personal level, we need to absorb spiritual teachings to set us free. Then we can use technology to create our own, inter-dependent social networks. With today's technology, it no longer makes sense to line-up behind a guru or master. Yes, we can look to teachers for guidance...but then we must set our own course. We will connect with others on our own terms, for our own reasons, in ways that are personal and right for us. We no longer need to lose ourselves in the crowd to connect in oneness.

Decentralization sets us free to be the individuals we were born to be, just as we easily and elegantly connect with others who fit with us perfectly. We don't need to buy a piece of land, amass weapons for protection, or engage in silly rituals. We can exist together, in freedom, within and outside these institutions. We can transcend even as our real-world neighbors notice nothing. We will attract no scrutiny, will love all and make no enemies, we will battle with no entity, and we will fully dwell in a place of spiritual truth that cannot be threatened. When we go off course as individuals, our inter-dependent networks will correct us. Decentralization is self-correcting.

The time has come to live in a state of consciousness, abundance, and freedom...yet on our own terms. One such project is what we are doing with "I am" (www.infobeing.com).  Perhaps there are others like it.  This is the new consciousness revolution. Say goodbye to the sort of thing you see in this picture.  The new spiritual revolution is real; and therefore invisible.

Osho

By Abscondo

A choice to be free

There is one thing holding you back from freedom, and it is fear. More accurately, it is the belief that fear is justified.

You believe that you must conform to the demands of others. You think it inevitable that you are dependent upon a husband, a wife, a life partner, or a parent. You believe that to claim your freedom is to become vulnerable...to risk being left on your own, desperate, helpless, and lacking. This is the message of the world, and it is untrue. 

Freedom is the discovery of your true identity and a knowing of your invulnerability. I'm not talking about faith in your invulnerability; rather, a knowing that you are love, you are perfect, you already are everything and you already have everything. Freedom, therefore, requires a conscious awakening, an alignment with that which is real, a detachment from that which is material form and; thus, impermanent and unstable.

You are connected with people who say they love you or care about you...and, in return, they feel justified in controlling you. That isn't love or caring, it is slavery.

There is nothing wrong with you. You are already perfect. You are free to be what you are and to do what you want. The universe has already given you permission to exist in perfect peace and harmony, alone or with anyone you choose to be with, doing or saying whatever comes natural. If someone who you love is jealous or controlling, that is his ego and it is his problem. It is your job to teach him how to cure that jealousy, how to not become overwhelmed by it. If you continue to fear and respect his ego, you make his jealousy real. You enable him to suffer further. But if you love him, then lovingly tell him that you are free...just as he is...and then show him what love is.

Do not let a school tell you that you must get good grades or you will not have a successful life. Do not identity with a job or profession. You want to be successful, and a successful life requires a knowing of your true identity. Do not fear the loss of a friendship or a relationship. If you believe that you need someone else...that means you do not know your true identity. You do not believe in what you are and, therefore, have given away your freedom as though it is worth nothing. In truth, it is worth everything..

Without freedom, your life will never be successful. The universe cannot channel its abundance through you if you allow the egos around you to block the light. You cannot respond to your intuition if you hide it and allow others to attack it. You cannot find peace, love, or health if what you serve is ego. Your true nature is freedom, and this knowledge alone is powerful enough to destroy ego.

Only when you slip outside of ego, you can become free. Only in freedom can you begin to love. Now you will stop sneaking around, stop lying, stop fantasizing, and stop cheating. If you think dishonesty is a form of sensitivity, nothing could be further from the truth. You are, instead, serving an illusion that perpetuates ego-based ignorance and cruelty.

Claim your freedom and let go of all shame and guilt. Your life will be filled with energy. This energy, this love, is life's creative energy. It will flow from you to your partner, to your spouse, to your children, to your dog, and to everyone you come into contact with. Far from lacking; you have just become the source of abundance (rather than a shameful coward waiting for breadcrumbs to drop from the table). 

That fear you believe is real...it isn't real. That fear is the tool of those who are trying to control you. A slave cannot be slightly more free. If you allow yourself to be a little bit of a slave, then you are a slave. Freedom is honesty, it is a knowing of what you truly are, an awareness that there is nothing wrong with you. Be love. You are not your thoughts, you are the observer of thoughts. In life and even in death, your soul is eternal and invulnerable. This knowing is freedom.

Claim your freedom now, and refuse to slip back into fear. This requires a daily spiritual practice and meditation. Try it, and you will find out that there is nothing to fear.

Fear

By Abscondo

Straight people also need to come out of the closet!

I was watching Queer Eye on Netflix last night (episode 4 To Gay or Not Too Gay) and realized...we need a way for straight people to come out of the closet too!

Coming out isn't just about sex or sexuality. Maybe it isn't even about being gay.  Coming out is about being brave enough to be who you truly are.  It's about not caring what people think.  Coming out is about saying, "Hey Mom, hey Dad, this is who I am...I'm just gonna be me from now on...I'm gonna do things my way...I would like you to please try to accept me for who I am." 

Coming out is about claiming freedom from the expectations of others. It is about designing your own life, doing things your way, loving who you want to love, following your own career path, maybe dropping out of college or going on a trip around the world, maybe choosing minimalism, exploring spirituality, alternative lifestyles, being who you truly and authentically are. How tragic it is that this most important ritual is only something homosexuals get to do!

Fuck that. It's time for everyone to come out of the closet. It's time to break from from social expectations, sexual norms, traditional male/female roles...it's time for you to be flamboyantly you

Come out to the world. Stop living according to the expectations of others and start being true to your own intuition. What do you really think about monogamy? How do you feel about marriage? Parenting roles and expectations? Gender roles? Professional stereotypes? Cultural traditions? Political issues? Social issues? Why not openly state your truth and then begin to live it? Why not find your authentic voice, even if your friends and family don't get it?

If you continue living according to the expectations of others, that isn't freedom. Are you obeying the rules of your parents, or worse yet your husband or wife? Fuck that. Be true to who you are an what you know is true. Let the world adjust to fit you. Maybe you are afraid to express yourself creatively? Fuck that. Maybe you are tired of dressing a certain way, talking a certain way, making the same bullshit small-talk? Let it go.

Come out. Be proud. Be you. This is the most important of life's rituals, and it isn't something that should be reserved only for homosexuals. Now is the time for you to come out and be flamboyantly you. 

Here's my coming out: I'm openly spiritual. I believe that love is unconditional or it isn't love. I'm polyamorous and think monogamy for life is a terrible idea. I will not be limited by the guilt and shame put on me by others. I truly do not care about judgments or opinions. I believe the universe is abundant and there's no reason to fear. I'm bored to death by small-talk and refuse to engage. I believe that it is possible to completely escape ego. I will write and sing what I want to and do business the way I want to. I will live where I want to live and be myself no matter what. I will love completely and love for life. I will parent according to my deepest human truths. That's a start.

Actually, I have come out of the closet many times over the years...and each time I have faced exactly what a homosexual might face. I've lost people for sure...but that is exactly what needed to happen for me to move forward.

We all need to come out because it is the only way to be free...the only way to be you.

Queer eye

By Abscondo