Thursday, July 13, 2006

Shine On

Sad news learning yestoday about the passing of Syd Barrett.
One of the founding member of one of the greatest bands of all time, Pink Floyd.

I think that there are tidbits of spiritual wisdom in most Pink Floyd songs ( in fact a lot of songs by a lot of artists if you listen, I believe that music comes from the Tao/Spirit/Logos within.)

The one below is about Syd, written by the other members reflecting on their old friend.

SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND - by Pink Floyd
Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.Shine on you crazy diamond.Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.Shine on you crazy diamond.You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom, blown on the steel breeze.Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.Shine on you crazy diamond.Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.Shine on you crazy diamond.Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,rode on the steel breeze.Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!


Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far.Shine on you crazy diamond.Pile on many more layers and I’ll be joining you there.Shine on you crazy diamond.And we’ll bask in the shadow of yesterday’s triumph, and sail on the steel breeze.
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!

Acceptence of YOUR path

What is the need for dogma, what is the need for following in the footsteps of another. I am sure that you spent most of your formative years and adult years following the directions and instructions of those that you thought wiser or in a place of authority. There is no truth other then the one that you live, the one that you create for yourself. Trying to follow the way of another is the path to more suffering, to entrapment, to walking away from the path. You are the path, the only moment is now, so you are the creator of the path. All truths are personal at best.

Do not follow another blindly, do not perform an activity for the sake of spirituality unless it rings true to your heart, and you have criticaly examined the intentions of what you wish to get out of it. Otherwise it is just like going to church on sunday out of habit. You learn nothing, you resent it.

Which brings me to one of the dogmatic teaching styles that you might encounter as you continue your spiritual journey. You may hear or read someone say "You must learn to love the 6am, sitting in the snow drinking your own urine practice as if it were a joy, then you are trully hapy" and you think to yourself. Okay, well this guy has found this to a joy, and he says that he is enlightened so therefore I must try this. So you do, you get up everymorning and sit in the snow in the nude, and do the whole thing. And somedays its okay, and somedays you hate it. And then you begin to stress about it... how can i everbecome enlightenee if I dont love this. I have to follow everything the guru has done to reach enlightenment, so surely i must do this... oh yeah and he also told me that I have to love it as well.. And a negative feedback loop is created. The more you do it the more you are supposed to like, but in reality you hate and resent it more and more. This will continue for a time until something in you cracks, and you abandon this practice for the next thing, the teaching of the next guru. So you have thrown out the entire teachings of the guru (which may be a good or a bad thing) and moved onto the next set of dogma.

Do not put yourself into a worry/guilt/sin cycle over your spiritual practice. You do what works well for you, if it does not work well for you then it is not for you. Society is great at trying to put us square, star shaped and oval shapes into round holes. Dont do it to yourself as well.. As I am fond to say, you are you, and thank the universe for that. The last thing we need is one more clone going around expounding other peoples words and blindly following their actions.

Friday, July 07, 2006

statement of intent

Look at the emptyness around you. Look at the consumerism, look at the materialism. Look at the apathy of those around you.
Look at the empty hole that it leaves in those around you, look at the empty hole and the nagging feeling in you.
You know better then this don't you, you can see how crazy these modern ideas of infinite economic growth, wars for oil to maintain or consumerist lifestyles and disconnection from our communities really are. Pure crazy.

If these issues really strike at your core, like they do at mine, then hold your head up high , becuase you know better.
You know better that there must be a better way for the world. You can make the changes within youself. You can stop playing other peoples games, like a pawn on a chessboard and start playing your own, start dancing your own dance to your own song.
Feel the spirit within yourself.

These are not empty words. I am currently writng a book about a number of spiritual exercises and truths that will enable people to start to become authentic spiritual warriors, healers, teachers and participants in the great dance of life. I am also going to post heaps of this info on the site. I too will share my experiences with these exercises and ideas, to show how they can personally be intergrated into your life.

Lets see if we can reconnect with the real you, on your own terms. To be able to consistantly tell the truth to yourself and feel good about it, to feel empowered. Not in some macho, bullshit, Tony Robbins style "I can do anything" sales seminar kind of way. I mean the empowerment that those who have become free of the illusions and know themselves and the spirit fully.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

All I can write is the truth

Hi All,

I know that after two months break there probably arent many truth seekers left out there that are checking this page, so lets start building this crazy thing up one more time.

I have pondered such things over the last two month as the real nature of spiritual truth, the future of man, peak oil, purpose, the way people live, the nature of divinity, morality, the "other", spiritual writing, spiritual truth, teachers, learnings and generally what I am doing with my life.

These are all illusions on one level, on the other level they are as true a concept as you will ever find, especially when they come up and tap you on the shoulder and start to crawl around in your mind day after day, night after sleepless night.

I also note that a couple of other good spiritual blogs have stopped putting content out there in the last few months, a whole group of people that were really cranking out some great work. These things come in cycles, I hope that my new words will find open ears and open hearts.

nonDual

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Moment

Every moment in eternity has culminated in now. This moment is the apex of forever.

The now is all that there ever is.

What has passed has built reality to this point, there is no changing it.


Do not dwell on it, take the lessons but release any feeling at all of control over past events.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

True Teacher

Spirituality is all about the search for happiness and meaning. Everyone wants to be happy, and everyone wants to know that what we are doing here serves some purpose.

Religion uses the spiritual longing as the carrot. Then places you under its control structure.
Why would a religion want you to be enlightened? Then you would not need them anymore.
Better to keep you in the dark, wandering around, searching for a light.

The mark of a true spiritual teacher is one that gives the student clear directions to the exit whenever they ask for them, and the tools to accomplish their goals without expecting anything in return. A true spiritual teacher is a true friend, an unconditional relationship.

Once it becomes in anyway about power or authoritarian dynamics, or money for that matter then you know that you are being had.

Intelligent Connected Conversation

The most valuable thing in the world is the ability to have an intelligent conversation with another person where some kind of real connection is made.

Nothing replenishes the human spirit quite like it.

Too bad it is one of the rarest things to find.

Simple Truths

- You are a work in progress. The thought of ever reaching the end of the journey and arriving should be given great thought.

- Even though many people try to escape it, accept the fact that this is the reality we live in.

- There is no truth that cant be told to you in one minute. That being said most truths sound better when placed in the form of stories.

- Everything is a fractal. Time, matter, history, society, nature. Fractals are everywhere. As above so below.

- Dont allow yourself to be too caught up in the idea of mystery. Sure the mind needs it for stimulation and excitement, but don't let the mystery holder enslave a part of you to reveal the secret. Beware the price that you have to pay.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Are you an approval addict

Interesting reading here tom campbell: Recovering from my addiction to approval

I think culture instills a bit of this in all of us. Some are effected more then others. In any authoritarian relationship, be it governmental, spiritual, employment etc it is this kind of false motivation to get an approval fix that causes a lot of internal dissonance and stress.

I know, ive done it. Im sure im a recovering approval addict myself.

Language

The greatest lies can be found in the most beautiful pose. The most blatant of untruths in the most clever turn of phrase.
Truth does not always equal beauty when it comes to language.

Language is magick, or one of the closest things that we have to it. Language can alter peoples thoughts, can stir emotions. It can cause people to rise up and attack, or to be lulled into peace. It can propogate itself in new forms, it can twist reality by the mean of definition into neat little categories or broad generalisations. It can lay dormant in some old text book, like a seed in the soil, waiting for someone to pick it up and read it, the ideas contained within springing alive and flowering.

Always place the filter of objectivity between yourself and what you read and hear.

My Email was not working - Now it is

Hi All,

Just to let everyone know my hotmail account that I had linked to this page has been inoperational for some time. I just forgot to check it ... doh!

It is now operational, so if you want to send my anything via email please do so at nondualawareness@hotmail.com

Sorry to anyone trying to contact me who thinks that I was ignoring them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Its all about YOU today : )

Do not repress the you in all of this. You are the unique spark of creation, a one off, the work of some mad genius.
You are the reason that conciousness exists. Do not fear yourself, do not fear your personality. Do not fear at all. Fear is the cause of your suffering. Not Ego, Not something that is wrong with you. Fear. That is all.

Do not homogenise yourself with the masses. I can say with 100% conviction that 99.9% of the population are enslaved within prisons of their own design. Enlightenment is not you losing the spark of you. It is losing all of the other stuff that is not you.
The conditioning, the fear, the pavlovian responses, the self inflicted pains, the worries about the future, the regrets about the past.
Question it all, get rid of it. You dont need it. No one has ever needed any of this. These are control structures instilled in you by those in authority. I repeat, you do not need them.

Enlightenment isn't about reaching some esoteric reality, and leaving your earthly body behind. Not at all. It is about waking up to the here and now, vibrant and buzzing and writhing and living all around you.

The enlightenment I speak of is not just spiritual. It is of the material plane, it is phylosophical, metaphysical, primal, real,metaphorical, allegorical, everlasting.
It is love, it is eternal bliss, it is a million other good things that people have been trying to sell you since you started your own search for the light. You dont need permission to take it, you dont need me to say that you have it. You will know it when you have it.

Heres a question for you?

If anyone reading this blog would like to answer it.

Why do you consider yourself not to be enlightened?

You and your Operating System

(And nondual reality let his inner nerd out for a short run around )

You are a combination of hardware and software. Hardware is your body and your brain, even your rudimentary animal behaviors. Software is cultural and learnt behavoirs, beliefs and knowledge that sits in the hardware and tells it what to do.

Pretty straight forward, everyone reading this would have thought of this analogy before I am sure.

So why do we allow our software to be corrupted so easily? Why do we let a 1000 hackers work on our core operating system, installing virus's (marketing, advertising, conditioning, responsibilites, government), recoding large portions (schools, jobs, society) or just causing mayhem.

Think of enlightenment as your own personel firewall. Think of it as the reboot button. Think of it as a defrag and a format.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Dont Just look at the "Spiritual"

There is a wealth of information from the philosophical, political and psychological realms that
make great food for enlightening thought. Just look out for the kinds of ideas that wrap you up in more headgames and tailchasing.

For example, have a good look at this site called Anxiety Culture . It puts the state of the modern world and society in a way that you may not have thought of before.

Also ive said this before but I will say it again, read Ismael by Daniel Quinn, or go over to the fantastic site Anthropik and read the Thirty Theses. All mind expanding stuff.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Shared Reality

A great post from George Breeds site.
I only check out his work once in a while but sometimes something that he writes just clicks.

Trance-endental

When a person thinks something to be so,
a trance state is formed.

When two or more people think something to be so,
a mutual trance is formed.

This mutual trance is called society or the world.

* * * *

Anyone who speaks from outside my trance
is a danger to my trance.

Anyone who speaks from outside our trance
is a danger to our trance.

Laws are formed and enforced to protect a trance.

The trance must not be blasphemed.

Those who blaspheme a trance are dealt with harshly.

This is so within families and organizations,
and among governments and religions.

* * * *

A more enlightened trance ( a light trance) is one
whose members know they and we are in a trance.

A light trance is more apt to produce tolerance, even Love.
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The About Section

I just had a look over at the ABOUT section to the right of this post, and it reminded me of the original intention of this blog, what I wanted it to say. I think my time away from the blog for the past few months has concentrated on getting the right answers to the right questions. The questions that matter.

I have been hit with an absolute avalanch of ideas, a thunderstorm of concepts, a desert morning of clarity. The past 3 months, no dare i say it, the last 12 years of intense spiritual and philosophical search have come to some sort of creshendo of understanding. Some kind of post enlightenment reckoning, the big A-ha! Now my only problem is to try to get these concepts down to paper (or blog as it may be) in some sort of readible coherent format.

There are no new ideas under the sun, all of this has been around forever. Its how that we put the peices together and creat a working map (or have it created for us as the majority of people do) that is the real interesting part.

Its always right in front of your eyes

I was reading Staceys excellent blog today and came across an excellent post on Mudane life

It struck a synchronistic chord with me, as for the last few months I have been stuck in a bit of an rut, wanting to break out of my "everyday boring life" and "experience something more." I came to realise that I could not really define that something more, and meditating on this thought I came to the following conclusion

Every waking moment is part of a continuos dialogue with the universe. You talk to it through your thoughts and actions, and it talks to your through the events in your life, the words and actions of others. Everything is a wake up call, a question, an answer in front of your eyes.

It is this exact thought that has brought me back to blogging from this long period of introspection.

The greater truths are shown to us in the mundane events of the everyday.

BUT - be also aware that 99% of what we see are lies and falsehoods. Its all an illusion (and in quite a real sense i have discovered)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Im back and better then ever!

Hi All,

Just a note to let anyone who stumbles accross this site that I am back into the blogosphere and ready to post