Friday, December 09, 2005

Free Will - Free Thinking - Freedom

We should encourage the free will of people, not squash it or say that it does not exis.

There is always choice, your experience here is not for naught and you are never really trapped.



If you had the keys and did not want anyone else to have them, what would you tell them?

Stripping the Gurus—Gurus and Prisoners

Stripping the Gurus—Gurus and Prisoners

Interesting Reading. Dont make the prison one you impose on yourself. You are meant to be getting free, not wrapping the chains tighter around yourself

Just Remember...

Just remember that a lot of "spiritual" people out there, just like corporations, governments and employers want to keep you under their spell, looking at their version of reality and part of their illusion.

They will tell you anything to achieve this.

Back to basics

There is nothing wrong with you, your ego, your personality or your place in the world.

Its how you apply the above that makes the difference.

Enlightenment is understanding your place as a part of the whole. Being able to open a door from time to time and get a glimpse, just a glimpse mind you, of the machinery that is working underneath. Realise that you are a small cog in that mighty engine.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Notice the cycles

Hi all,

I have noticed over the past few weeks that a lot people that are generally very frequent posters on spiritual topics have been posting less and less. Maybe its everybody getting busy for christmas and the end of year crazyness, or maybe it is something more.

If one looks there are always cycles and currents of thoughts swirling around the web. Ebbs and flows of thoughts, concepts and memes. An idea grabs everyone, posts are written, comments are recorded.

Perhaps a lot of us have talked ourselves into a bit of an intellectual dead end.

Lets get the conversation started, lets get the excitement and thrill of sharing ideas going once more. I promise that I will share more of what is exciting me.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Sorry for the loss of words - And this rant.

Hi All,

Sorry about the break in blogging from myself but it seems as If I have been at a loss for words over the last week.

I feel that I am walking the last steps of a very long road and walking towards.. well walking towards nothing. The whole idea of enlightenment seems to have dissapeared in a big puff of smoke. The wizard is just a little guy behind a curtain. Look at the Emporers fancy new clothes.

Not that I dont feel spiritual, or connected(disconnected), or even appreciative of the cosmic whole. I think the words of Jed Mckenna are finally starting to really sink in.
Enlightenment is this term that is thrown around, but no-one really knows what it is.
Is it a state of mind, is it a feeling, is it a place? Is it all of them? People go through dark nights of the soul searching for this thing that may or may not exist, or even if they attain it will they know that they are there?
(I dont think i have ever written a post with so many ? in it :) )

If you really have a think about it how can you tell that another person is enlightened? The main tennant of my life over the last 6 months has been to question almost everything. Why do we do things this way and not that? Should we not question people who believe they are enlightened and see what makes them different to everyman on the street.

Cool, now I have thought of a heap more posts for the site....

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Zen and the Art of my Blog

One of the central points of Zen is intuitive understanding. As a result, words and sentences have no fixed meaning, and logic is often irrelevant. Words have meaning only in relation to who is using them, who they are talking to, and what situation they are used in. Some postings are indeed nonsense; other postings appear to be nonsense at first but this is because the meaning is all between the lines. Zen and poetry have gone hand in hand for centuries

- From Alt.zen FAQ

Monday, November 21, 2005

Moments of Realization

Please feel free to comment on this one.

Have you had most of your moments of enlightenment from meditation, from reading or from life experiences?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I think there is a message here

A message from stacey got me thinking about messages in songs, synchronicity and how damn cool Neil Young is.

"I Believe In You"

Now that you found yourself losing your mind
Are you here again?
Finding that what you oncethought was real
Is gone, and changing?
Now that you made yourself love me
Do you thinkI can change it in a day?
How can I place you above me?
Am I lying to you when I say

That I believe in youI believe in you.

Coming to you at nightI see my questionsI feel my doubts
Wishing that maybein a year or two
We could laughand let it all out
Now that you madeyourself love me
Do you thinkI can change it in a day?
How can I place you above me?
Am I lying to you when I say
That I believe in you
I believe in you.


The message is in the context of how you take the above lyric.

The profound and the inane are all around, sometimes in the same sentance, sometimes within the same word. There is always a constant discourse with the Universe that you as co-creator participate in.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Castles in the Air

Time after time I have built the castle. I get excited when I see the walls go up, filled with energy when the roof goes on. Can barely contain myself when I put up the battlements and defences.

Time after time the walls have been smashed, broken, burned to the ground.

Time to send the construction workers home

Congratulations!

You are there !

Give yourself a pat on the back, a gold star sticker AND an elephant stamp.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Universe is not real

Interesting Article Here

Friday, November 11, 2005

Like Cardboard

If everyone was enlightened would your experience of the world be better , worse or like cardboard

If everyone killed their ego would there be any fun?

Like I mentioned in my post I like people, I also like diversity. With diversity comes the idea of accepting. Accepting the good and the bad. The universe is perfect so let it be.

This is one to think about

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Already There

Talk about Synchronicities.

Everywhere I turn today the message is "you are already there"

Ok Universe... I get it !

What the seeker believes - The same old story....

There once was a young person who realised that life was more then what they saw around them. They were lost, disillusioned and without purpose. Then they discovered spirituality. A whole new world opened up to them, and they saw a purpose behind the world. They searched for years and years, going from teacher to teacher, book to book. Then one day a master appeared that showed them the way. He spoke kind words of love and ever lasting happiness. The seeker studied with the master for years, slowly learning the secretes of this advanced, ancient wisdom.
Then one day the master comes to the seeker and says. You are now worthy of this knowledge, here it is. I give you the secret, they key. You are now enlightened.

And there were never any problems ever again.

Surrender

Maya grabs your mind
puts it in the hamsters wheel
makes it jump through hoops
forces it to run the marathon.
When you are exhausted, all the mind can do is fall down and surrender.
That where YOU step in.

Mind Games

People love an adventure, people love a puzzle, people love a quest, people love a problem.
People love a drama, people love mystery, people love suspense.
People love to get lost, people love to look for meaning.
People love to imagine, People love to dream.
People love to create.

Don't you know, talking 'bout a revolution ...

I have been silenty surfing the blogosphere over the past week looking at other enlightenment and spiritual blogs. There has been a vast proliferation of these sites starting at about June this year. Its as if there has been I huge "WAKE UP" message hurled from the cosmos at the searching, yearning minds of the true seekers.

Call it a new Aeon, the power of memes or just a coincidence.

Its happening

Monday, November 07, 2005

Happiness

What would make you more unhappy ....

Living your life not knowing what the future might hold, every day different. Letting experiences wash over you be they good or bad.

OR

Living 1 perfect day over and over again. Nothing going wrong but having to remember and control each experience so that the perfect day unfolds as planned

Go with the flow

There is no greater feeling of peace then when you find that your will is the same as the Universe, and that it is far easier to float down the river then swim against the current.

I have been away for the week - Now I'm Back

Hi All,

Went up to the country for the week with my wife and daughter to visit some relatives. Nothing like getting away from it all. While away I has a good chance to work over a lot of issues in my mind, so look forward to a lot of blog posts over the coming weeks.

Thanks everyone for all of your comments on the site.
If you want to chat with me via instant message I am on msn as nondualawareness@hotmail.com

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Intelligence

Just go with me on this one for a moment.

Suppose that there was an alien intelligence in space, and they saw the Earth. They saw that we were in dire need of help, and they had a device that would give us free, pure, clean energy forever which would help us immensly.
Would they give it to us?

Would the give it to civilized mankind, a species that when given near free energy(oil), has done nearly everything to destroy the planet and enslave nearly the whole global population as part of the civilizor machine. If everyone had free energy would the problems stop or would be just start consuming the rest of the universe?

I think they would think long and hard about even talking to us

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

People are cool

I really am a people person.... I like everything about people.
I like how everybody has a different point of view on nearly everything. I like how we all have hopes, dreams, fears, desires, fantasies, mysteries, quests.

I like the emotional side of people, the intellectual, the spiritual, even the physical.

People spend all of this time reading books, going to movies etc. to see these marvelous fantastical tales, numb there minds with the same drama's over and over again. But the best story you ever heard in your life might be sitting next to you at work, or on the train, or stuck in a que at the bank. Have you ever really wondered how absolutely amazing each and everyone of us is.

The more spiritual and centered I have become, the only thing that I hold as real and of value is my interaction with other souls.

Thats why I love blogging so much. Its a little window into others lives, and allows them with a window into mine.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Solitary Buddhist

Solitary Buddhist
Just found this great site. This guy makes a number of great points. Well worth checking out

Seekers - Disillusionment

All over the world there are people searching for the answer to THE MYSTERY. What is the mystery? For some it is enlightenment, for some it is nirvana, for some it is a feeling of un-ending ultimate bliss. For others it is UFO's, or ghosts or Bigfoot. For some it is even fame and fortune.

All are seekers after that which they percieve as hidden, as other and seperate from themselves. If this is you, if you are an earnest seeker then ask yourself, When you find what you are looking for will you be happy? Is your happiness and identity tied to the search itself.
Do you want to know the truth no matter what the answer is?
Or have you already decided what the truth is, and are just looking for things to reinforce and strengthen your current worldview / illusion?

When you find what you were looking for, will you be more complete or more lost then ever.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Welcome to the new address

I have changed to my spiffy new Blogger URL.
Hope you can all find me here at the new address

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sound a bit like the modern world?

When the great Tao is forgotten,
goodness and piety appear.
When the body’s intelligence declines,
cleverness and knowledge step forth.
When there is no peace in the family,
filial piety begins.
When the country falls into chaos,
patriotism is born.

The Tao Te Ching by Lau Tzu

The Nature of Mystery

A lot of spiritual traditions state that the absolute is unknowable, and that every word written about it only conveys a very vauge understanding of the actual concept. Basicly the thought that you cant express with words that which is beyond words (or you can express with thought that which is beyond thought).
This is a perfectly understandable and true concept.

However this idea of spiritual mystery has been used as another method of control by those in charge over the masses.

Ideas like :

* There needs to be a conduit between yourself and the absolute because "you just wouldn't understand it, this is special knowledge, this is a sacred mystery"

*That those who express a diffenet idea about the absolute are wrong. (how can anyones conception about an unknowable subject be correct). This includes that from other "religions" and within their own.

* Burying simple truths under a pile of dogma, ritual and confusing texts. I site occultism as the obvious here (every tried to read crowley? some good stuff heaped in with a lot of garbage. Most major religions are only 1 step better.

Why do people project seperateness while preaching unity?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Star Wars Wisdom

When you start looking you see that pop culture is full of wisdom. Some times its subtle, sometimes it just whacks you in the forehead and says "Listen".

Yoda: Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.

Anakin Skywalker: I won't let these visions come true, Master Yoda.

Yoda: Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.

Anakin Skywalker: What must I do, Master Yoda?

Yoda: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.


Its time to ask yourself. Why must wisdom be found in some dusty old book, or yogi in a far off cave. The truth is the truth no matter where you find it. Remove your preconceptions and you have given yourself the key to the lock.

M.A.Y.A

The illusion is not static.

It is co-created with conciousness in the every moment.
The illusionist creates the illusion that he believes is the truth.
Is he then really an illusionist?
What/Who is he then?

Wisdom is expressed everywhere

Ahhh Synchronicity.... dont you just love it.

I have been contemplating lately how a lot of populer songs contain quite profound spiritual wisdom and keys concepts of enlightenment. I was about to write this post when I decided to surf over to Dr. George Breeds blog and read some of it this morning.
Contained in a comment for his latest post were the lyrics to the song that a user had added.
It was the song I was going to post. the exact one.

Here it is.

LET IT BE

When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
there will be an answer. let it be.

Let it be, let it be, .....

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,
shine until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, .....

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Permanent Enlightenment - Link to Dave Oshana Site

Permanent Enlightenment

This is a wonderfull article that lays it out for you in plain english.

Words Words Words Words Words

Why do people put so many words around simple concepts!

There is truth all around you - Wisdom to be had

A lot of people on the spiritual path get confused with the notion of truth. Before, during and after my enlightenment I had almost done away with the concept of truth.
The only concept I could grasp after going through it all is "there is no truth"

Before my enlightenment I studied every major (and minor) spiritual, philosophical and mystical tradition I could find. For about 6 years I studied every book I could get my hands on, tried to contact as many other people as I could who were on the path and meditated.

During my enlightenment, as i broke down each concept searching for the core truth I came to the realization that there was nothing to hold on to. I am not my body, i am not my mind. It is all an illusion. Everyhing part of the connected whole.The only truth is the realization that all is one. There is no begining and there certainly is no end. Enlightenment is not a state of divine bliss, it is a divine state of bliss. (I just love throwing out those contradictory statements, the more you look into spirituality the more truth you will see within them)

Now after my enlightenment I come to see that although the truth that most people seek is in essence unknowable, there is a lot to be said for spiritual wisdom.

Now going back and starting to read over the texts that before enlightenment where a confusing mismash, each one conflicting with the other, each one leading me further from the truth, I now see that a majority of spiritual writing, and that goes from your proto magick pagan stuff, to the bible, to some guys blog who likes to meditate a bit all contain elements of "truth", elements that ring true within this reality. Truths within the illusion.

So all I can say is dont limit yourself to just buddhism, or just studying the bhagvad gita, or just doing yoga, or just meditating twice per day. Get out there, look for the truth contained in it all and put the puzzle together for yourself (or more truthfully to say, PULL IT APART).
Dont get caught in the dogma, the ritual. Be a keen observer and mine for the peices that ring true to you from within.

From time to time in the future of this blog i will put forward these tidbits of wisdom (as I see them) and my comment why i think it is so.

Interesting Online Book - Non Dualism Student

Hi All,

Here is an interesting online book I read a few months back which details a students time with the spiritual teacher Richard Rose. Although I dont really agree with all of his methods I do think that it is an interesting read for any one interested in non dual spirituality and cutting through spiritual conceptions to find the truth.

http://www.onzen.com/atatoc.htm

Keep it with me always

In my wallet I carry a card, the size of a standard business card.

One one side it says "Am I Afraid?"

On the other it says "Its all an Adventure"

Two reminders that enable me to remain mindfull and aware at all times.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

You talk the talk...

Those that speak the toughest talk, that take the analogy or message to its most extreme aren't always correct. Just becuase they impress you with strength or finality of message does not mean that you have to accept it as truth.

Always ask the question, dont be a lemming

Wise Words


Belief Systems

Each person has a belief system.

A belief system can possess a person.

A person can believe that one belief system is RIGHT.

If a person believes that a belief system is RIGHT,
s/he (whether subtly or directly) attempts to persuade others
to adopt that belief system.

Those persuaded are thought to be wise.

Those not persuaded are thought to be foolish.

Each person has the ability to stand aside
and witness their own belief system.

This ability can be a conscious practice.

All of this is part of my belief system.

-- George Breed

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Its All around us and within us - Just Be

The true nature of reality is expressed all around you. It is expressed, quite eloquently sometimes in the words of popular songs, themes of popular movies, the way that people interact with you and live their lives. People cant help BUT express it. ] Your job, your family, your social group, your car, your mortgage even are all expressions of the true nature or reality. You just dont realise it.
Everything is a lesson, everything is an adventure. And everything is as it should be.
All it takes is the ability to slow down, to change your perspective and see the events of your life in a new light.
You are already enlightened, you are already free. You just have to realise it.

For all of the average persons idealistic strivings and anxious worrying there is only one thing to hold on to.. that what is. How could it be any other way. There is no other spiritual dimension or perfected shangri la. This is what we have, and for the normal person when confronted with this they are either extremely frightened or extremely liberated. They spend 98% of their time trying to avoid this very notion. They live in idealised fantasy's and self made prisons chasing things that they assume will make them happy. They cling to what they know, what they have, what the possess and they will do anything to get more.
They condemn what is different from themselves and they identify and place labels on everyting. This is better then that, that belief is more right then the other.

But everything is just the way it is, it can not be any other way

Friday, October 14, 2005

Spiritual Enlightenment Truth Realization Non-Duality Blog By Edward Traversa

Spiritual Enlightenment Truth Realization Non-Duality Blog By Edward Traversa

I can definitely recommend Eddie Traversa's site for anybody seeking enlightenment. Great thoughts and discussion on what abiding non dual realization is.
Eddie is someone who is also deeply into the ideas presented in Jed Mckena's books and has an interesting perspective and what enlightenment is. He is also writing a book that I can't wait to check out

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Whats going on - Starting to write a book

For a long time I have wanted to write a novel and see it published. I have just decided to dedicate some time to pursue this dream and see it realised. The only problem.. what to write.

This has been my major stumbling block in the past, I have a lot of different things to say but I want to say them in a way that other people will be receptive to them.. should I write an action/thriller or a horror. When I was younger I used to like these sort of books, and they seem to sell.
But the whole thing of working with violence and fear really turns me off. Perhaps I will just write a rambling philosophical text about spiritual insights and the road to enlightenment.. hmm that doesnt sound to bad. Even if it only gets published on the web it will be enough for me

Friday, October 07, 2005

books that you should read

Human civilization is in quite a sorry state. Peak oil is approaching, the environment is in dire trouble and society is full of depressed people going through the motions.
When all this is happening you need to emancipate your thinking from the constant bombardment of lies that is designed to keep you sleepwalking with your shoulder to the grindstone.

Here are a couple of books to read to get you started.

The first is called Ishmael, by Author Daniel Quinn. I recommed you read this to get an overview of what civilized man is all about and break you free of some of the illusion that we are making "progess"

The second recommended read is Jed Mckenna : Spiritualy Incorrect Enlightement.
There is another way that civilized man is put under control. Read this book to find out what it is. Start the begining of the end in your search for fullfilment and start to see the truth for yourself.

All I can say of these two books is that they are mind blowingly thought provoking and I think aproach the same problem from different angles.

Cheers,
Steve

My Blog got Spammoged

Well that is a first... Someone posted spam on my comments page.. I dont want to place censorship on my comments but crass commercialism just has to go..

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What I've Been Up To - Peak Oil

Hi All,

Been a week since i posted so thought I should get back to it. I have been busy for the last week intently reading about the coming peak oil crisis and what it will mean for civilization.
I won't send you to a particular site but go to google and search for "peak oil" and read some of the articles and sites that you find. This will give you a good overview of this problem that will affect each and every person on the planet. Now this may sound a bit alarmist or overly dramatic, but the entire economy of all first world and even third world nations runs on oil, and when the supply of oil begins to hit a peak and decline in relation to demand, then prices will skyrocket and we will see a multitude of problems, most probably leading to life as we know it now changing for everyone. There will be a return to small centralised communities and the requirement for greater self reliance.

I will start throwing more links up, and if anyone is reading this please drop me a mail

Cheers

Monday, September 26, 2005

Meditation - some of the best things are free.

Hi All,

Monday yet again and the cycle of the working week begins once more. One of the most beneficial things that I have found that to get myself through the grind of IT work is meditation. The ability to look inside onself, to still the crazy machine that is your mind and sit in silence has to be experienced to be believed. Only when you turn the mind in on itself can do you begin to see how out of control your "mind" is, how much noisy chatter it endlessly goes on with. You also begin to see how much tension you carry around in your body for no apparent reason.

I have been meditating seriously again for the past couple of months after a 5 month period where I stopped. The benefits have been felt straight away. I am able to concentrate a lot better and don't stress about much at all. In 5 minutes have myself centered, have everything in its true perspective and have a feeling of deep relaxation.. Not bad for something that is a) free and b) easy to do. I have meditated on and off for periods over the last 8 or 9 years going for months at a time of good practice, then getting drawn back into the world of work and school and bills etc. and making excuses of "not having enough time." Gradually at first and then I find that I havn't meditated in a week. Oh well I suppose it all has its purpose in the larger scheme of things.

If you want to get into meditating I can definately recommend the course at www.meditation.org.au as a wonderfull introduction to the practice of mediation.

Until Tommorow

Steve

Friday, September 23, 2005

Its all about the TRUTH

Hi all,

What a great day I'm having.. car broke down on the way to work, pile of stuff on my desk when I got here... oh well whats a man to do but get on with it. Im still looking at making the transition from wage slave to entreperenuer in the near future but the dream is still a way off.

What I would like to talk to you about today is the truth. There is an old saying that the truth will set you free, and this one of the things that I truly believe. That when you get to the truth of a matter, behind the bullshit, and the spin abd the agendas of all parties concerned, you begin to see the picture as it really is.

This sounds simple and commonsense, but a vast majority of what see and do everyday is pointing us away from truth and towards illusion.

If you open your eyes and look for yourself you will see that things dont have to be the way they are just becuase "Thats the way that things have always been done" or even " that the bible says that this is the way".

Cast a skeptical eye over all around you becuase nearly everything your told on the street, everything you see on the TV, everything you read in the newspaper or even saw in a movie is designed to work for somebody else's agenda. Theres always something in it for someone if you follow the line that they are trying to sell you.

What I want to do with this blog is start pointing to some of these truths

Cya

Steve

Thursday, September 22, 2005

great resource for grassroots media

Just found this great site today for the hosting of grassroots media.
Its called Ourmedia and it can be found http://www.ourmedia.org/

Its linked in with the creative commons organisation, which is promoting a more flexible form of copyright that is more flexible for both artists and consumers alike. I will write a lot more about the creative commons in the near future.

Ourmedia is offering free hosting for people to put their creative commons material on the web.
This can be videos, audio files, photos, text or software. It is forever and there are no catches.

Check the site out and you can register from this link Register now.

Its great to see things like this start to take off. This is the begining of the future you know, the personel media revolution. Participatory culture

The lines between producer and consumer are blurring everyday.
There all of these incredibly talented people out there trying ot get their message across, and it is great to see somewhere that will act as an open central repository for ths material
There is a great interview with one of the founders of Ourmedia here

And this is what the creative commons license is helping to promote.

It is different between different levels of creative commons license (you can check them out here)but they give power to the consumer and the creator of content. Here is a link to a presentation that details creative commons rights

If you like a peice of music and it was givern to you under creative commons, pass it on. If you like it even more use it in your next remix, or as the soundtrack in your new movie.
The only catch is that the derivitive peice is also then tied to the creative commons license, so that people can then perform the same kinds of operations from your derived media.
Sounds like media Utopia to me :)

Welcome to the great adventure

Hi All,

Welcome to the my new blog and hopefully the start of a permanent pressence in the blogosphere.
I want to share with you my thoughts, impressions and theories on the wide range of topics that I find interesting and important. These range from the environment, globalisation, the state of society, metaphysics, philosophy, music and the arts. There is a lot of fresh new exciting stuff going on out there in the big wide world everyday, and sometimes its good to sit back and look at that great new book that was released, or that important event in the news that the media only gleamed over, or the important social theory that was only given 10cm of column space at the back of the tabloid newspaper.

I feel that life is a great adventure, and that although society and civilization has made(and is making) some grand mistakes, the future of humanity is bright as long as people are free to think and experiment with new modes and models of doing things.

Thanks for now.. heaps more to come soon.

You can contact me via nondualawareness@hotmail.com