Agenda

Agenda

agenda noun

1: a list of things to be considered or done

2: a plan or goal that guides someone’s behavior and that is often kept secret; an underlying often ideological plan or program

The first item is a legitimate usage of an agenda.

The second item can be a legitimate or an illegitimate usage of an agenda. The one part that turns it into illegitimacy is the state of secrecy of the agenda.

Now there are two facets to this secrecy: 1. Conscious secrecy 2. Subconscious secrecy

With conscious secrecy you hide your agenda from others on purpose. This is a conscious effort to deceive others.  If I were to define evil this behavior would be a part of the definition.

With subconscious secrecy you are either partially or totally unaware of your agenda. It is the part of your agenda that you are unaware of or that you have deluded yourself about that you need to uncover; the part I call your totally secret or shadow agenda. The uncovering causes you to come to a Realization of your shadow agenda.

Now you might ask yourself “How do I come to have this shadow agenda?

You make the mistake of believing your own thoughts.

After uncovering parts of your shadow agenda you might say to yourself my parents, school, or religion trained me this way; here is the thing, you can only believe your own thought.

Let me say it again “You can only believe your own thought.”

Your parents, school, or religion might have said or done things that served as a catalyst for thoughts to arise in you; but they are your own thoughts.

Here is another thing; when you were a young child and your parents, school, or religion have said or done things that served as a catalyst for thoughts to arise in you; as a young child, you believed every one of your own thoughts. As you grew older you learned to question your own thoughts and you started to not believe every one.

Think about this; your parents, school, or religion all knew they were programming you as a young child and the program was “You WILL think the way we do!” They never knew they were developing your shadow agenda.

Now you go through life as if you have headphones on listening to your shadow agenda. Wondering why you feel the way that you feel and do the things that you do. The problem is that your reactions to events happening around you are not your reactions but your parent’s, school’s, or religion’s reactions. When you don’t consciously choose your actions you default to the program that others knew they trained into you.

As a young child you were like a dry sponge for learning, you were driven by your developing mind to process everything happening around you with your senses and store the thoughts as data in your subconscious mind with all the filters of perception that your parents, school, or religion trained into you. With these cultural filters every piece of data had a value assigned to it: good or bad, beautiful or ugly, thin or fat, smart or dumb… you get the idea.

Now you developed a very large data base at a very young age, but the values applied to the data were not your values. As an adult all of these data values became your subconscious data base to which everything, that you observe now, is compared and evaluated.

As an adult you would now like all the values to the data in your subconscious data base to be values that you can believe in, but this is a vast project and if you try to change all of the data one piece at a time you do not have enough life span to finish the task. So what is one to do?

Luckily you can change large amounts of the values of data at the same time, by changing your paradigm – your way of perceiving reality. The first question to ask yourself “Is my mind open or closed?” If you want to change, your mind has to be OPEN.

If your everyday practice is OPEN to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that – then that will take you are far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught. – Pema Chodron

Being OPEN is paying attention to awareness of what is happening inside of you moment by moment; simple but not easy. This is how to discover or not create agendas that escape your conscious detection.

Another way of looking at agendas is that they are lists of file folders set up in the subconscious mind that are short cuts for the conscious mind. The conscious mind only has to open the file folder to get the subconscious mind to execute the complex agenda. Another part of this file system is that the file folders reside in a folder in the root directory of the mind, this file folder is labeled paradigm.

Your paradigm is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind – your way of perceiving reality. Your subconscious mind merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires (belief system).

BUT if you do not give the subconscious mind commands from your conscious mind it will make algorithms using your belief system to evaluate and store the data as it sees fit.

So what you will be changing is the whole file folder system set up in the subconscious mind. By changing the way you perceive reality you change the file folder names which include a value tag for the data stored.

Being OPEN should be a high level practice in your paradigm folder in the root directory of the mind.

 

 

The Three Nots

The Three Nots

The first NOT is a subconscious choice; an automatic internal program.

Luke_12:32 FEAR NOT, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the KINGDOM.

FEAR   φοβέω   phobeō   (From Φόβος  phobos ) fob-eh’-o  to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere: – be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence.

Φόβος  phobos  fob’-os  From a primary φέβομαι phebomai (to be put in fear); alarm or fright: – be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror.

This is the source of the English word phobia; for example fear exceedingly.

Fear is a primitive emotion that we humans have and it’s used to tell us about the danger that might be around us. In the past, it was used by ancestors to keep them alive. This is accomplished because of two different types of reactions: a biochemical and an emotional response.

We have two types of fears. They are: 1. Natural fears 2. Conditioned fears

The natural ones are the ones that we are born with. If you end up going toe-to-toe with a massive lion that could potentially injure you, that’s a natural fear. Then, there are the conditioned fears, which are formed when something negative happens in the past and we become fearful of it happening again. Why does this happen? Well, it’s an irrational response to something because our brain kind of deludes us into thinking that similar circumstances will lead to the same outcome.

NOT   μή   mē   may   A primary particle of qualified negation  (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer); whether: – any, but, (that), X forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, [can-] not, nothing, that not, un [-taken], without.

FEAR NOT could be stated as FEAR NEVER, FEAR NOTHING, or BE WITHOUT FEAR.

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the KINGDOM of God is within you.

KINGDOM   βασιλεία   basileia   bas-il-i’-ah  (From Βασιλεύς   basileus); properly royalty, that is, (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively): – kingdom, + reign.

Βασιλεύς   basileus   bas-il-yooce’   (through the notion of a foundation of power); a sovereign (abstractly, relatively or figuratively): – king.

This KINGDOM of God within is what I like to call Complete Collective Consciousness; this is the order that runs the universe.

When You Don’t Choose Love You Choose Fear

–Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler from “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living”

If we could literally reach into you and remove all your fears – every one of them – how different would your life be? Think about it. If nothing stopped you from following your dreams, your life would probably be very different. This is what the dying learn. Dying makes our worst fears come forward to be faced directly. It helps us see the different life that is possible, and in that vision, takes the rest of our fears away.

Unfortunately, by the time the fear is gone most of us are too sick or too old to do those things we would have done before, had we not been afraid. […] Thus, one lesson becomes clear: we must transcend our fears while we can still do those things we dream of.

To transcend fear though, we must move somewhere else emotionally; we must move into love.

Happiness, anxiety, joy, resentment — we have many words for the many emotions we experience in our lifetimes. But deep down, at our cores, there are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt.

It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re opposites. If we’re in fear, we are not in a place of love. When we’re in a place of love, we cannot be in a place of fear. Can you think of a time when you’ve been in both love and fear? It’s impossible.

We have to make a decision to be in one place or the other. There is no neutrality in this. If you don’t actively choose love, you will find yourself in a place of either fear or one of its component feelings. Every moment offers the choice to choose one or the other. And we must continually make these choices, especially in difficult circumstances when our commitment to love, instead of fear, is challenged.

Having chosen love, doesn’t mean you will never fear again. In fact it means that many of your fears will come up to finally be healed. This is an ongoing process. Remember that you will become fearful after you’ve chosen love, just as we become hungry after we eat. We must continually choose love in order to nourish our souls and drive away fear, just as we eat to nourish our bodies and drive away hunger.

–Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler from “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living”

I hope you are realizing that love (the antidote for fear) is a conscious choice; while fear is a natural or conditioned subconscious choice; an automatic internal program.

If you don’t consciously choose love you will automatically choose fear; it is in your program. You can decide to love but you cannot decide to fear. Every moment in your life is a reflection point; requiring a decision. You can be aware of your fear, with your heart pounding and breathing heavy, but consciously choose a response.

The second and third NOTS are conscious choices creating external behaviors. They might have their roots in fear but you choose how to express them through your behaviors.

Luke 6:37-38  JUDGE NOT, and ye shall not be judged: CONDEMN NOT, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

JUDGE   κρίνω   krinō   kree’-no   Properly to distinguish, that is, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication to try, condemn, punish: – avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.

CONDEMN  καταδικάζω   katadikazō   kat-ad-ik-ad’-zo (from Κατά   kata   kat-ah’ and a derivative of Δίκη   dikē)  to adjudge against, that is, pronounce guilty: – condemn.

Κατά   kata   kat-ah’   A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined): – about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to, touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, [charita-] bly, concerning, + covered, [dai-] ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from . . . to, godly, in (-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), . . . by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-) on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through (-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-) to (-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where (-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution or intensity.

Δίκη   dikē   dee’-kay   right (as self-evident), that is, justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution): – judgment, punish, vengeance.

Where does the judging and condemning occur? I believe if you condense the judging and condemning to their lowest states they only occur inside you; in your KINGDOM. If judging and condemning are not a part of your KINGDOM you will not perceive them.

This is the real power of NOT! NOT means to be without. JUDGE NOT and CONDEMN NOT mean to be without the states of judging and condemning in your mind; in your KINGDOM. What you need to understand is that another person’s judging and condemning is not a reflection of you; but a reflection of the other person’s states of mind.

Judging, condemning, forgiving, and giving are all states of mind; you can always choose to change your mind and your KINGDOM.

Remember

Remember

 

mem·ber

noun

  1. A person, animal, or plant belonging to a particular group.

Similar: constituent, element, component, part, portion, piece,

, unit, factor, feature, or attribute

  1. A constituent piece of a complex structure.

 

re-

a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion:

regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.

 

 

re·mem·ber

verb

have in or be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past).

Similar: recall, call to mind, recollect, think of, put a name to, place, reminisce about, think back to, look back on, hark back to, cast one’s mind back to, summon up, muse on, take a trip down memory lane, mind, bethink oneself of, bear in mind, keep in mind, not lose sight of the fact, not forget, be mindful of , he fact, take into account, or take into consideration

  • do something that one has undertaken to do or that is necessary or advisable.

Similar: don’t forget, be sure, be certain, mind that you, or make sure that you

  • used to emphasize the importance of what is asserted.

 

The word remember is a very interesting and complex word. The word member means a constituent piece of a complex structure. So remember could literally mean to perceive a member again. The question is a member of what?

 

We start with the first two words in Genesis 1:1:

ראשׁית rê’shîyth ray-sheeth’ the first principal thing

אלהים ‘ĕlôhîym el-o-heem’ the Supreme One

Eloheem is a plural masculine noun used with singular masculine verbs. This is contrary to rules of Hebrew grammar, but done on purpose…The plural is used to show majesty, honor, or fullness.

One not as a separate entity; but as Complete Collective Consciousness (BEING).

 

So my definition of member is a constituent piece of Complete Collective Consciousness (BEING).

 

John 14:26  However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will help you remember everything that I have ever told you.

 

 

Eloheem has already perceived everything through Complete Collective Consciousness (BEING).

 

So anything I remember is something that I perceive that Eloheem has already perceived.

 

 

Learning is what is left over, after I’ve forgotten everything: I’ve heard, read, said, or seen.

Events that unfold around me are only happenings; they become experiences when I add value to them inside myself. I am careful because the value can be positive or negative.

It is what goes on inside of me; these are the most important things in my life; where my value comes from.

 

Deliberate action turns knowledge into practical wisdom. © 2016 Russel Steffy

 

So any learning that happens inside of me is remembering what is already in Complete Collective Consciousness (BEING).

 

 

I Don’t Mind What Happens

I Don’t Mind What Happens

 

Eckhart Tolle in his book, “A New Earth.” –

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and traveled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years attempting to convey through words – which are content – that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by saying, “Do you want to know my secret?” Everyone became very alert. Many people in the audience had been coming to listen to him for twenty or thirty years and still failed to grasp the essence of his teaching. Finally, after all these years, the master would give them the key to understanding. “This is my secret,” he said. “I don’t mind what happens.”

He did not elaborate, and so I suspect most of his audience were even more perplexed than before. The implications of this simple statement, however, are profound.

When I don’t mind what happens, what does that imply? It implies that internally I am in alignment with what happens. “What happens,” of course, refers to the suchness of this moment, which always already is as it is. It refers to content, the form that this moment – the only moment there ever is – takes. To be in alignment with what is means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens. It means not to label it mentally as good or bad, but to let it be. Does this mean you can no longer take action to bring about change in your life? On the contrary. When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of Life itself.

– Eckhart Tolle in his book, “A New Earth.”

 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – William Shakespeare. Is this really true? Well in my opinion yes it is because REALITY ITSELF IS NEUTRAL and we give it meaning through our mind/perception. For example, the weather isn’t good or bad, our thinking makes it so.

 

Neutrality is “not minding what happens.” This can be a great walking around meditation – noticing what happens and releasing the “minding” or resistance. Through this process we can realize the wisdom of the words of Byron Katie “Loving what is”.

 

When something happens let it pass. If we don’t let what happens in the present moment pass we are not ready for what happens in the next present moment.

 

This Too Shall Pass  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

“This too shall pass” (Persian: این نیز بگذرد‎, romanized: īn nīz bogzarad) is a Persian adage translated and used in several languages. It reflects on the temporary nature, or ephemerality, of the human condition. The general sentiment is often expressed in wisdom literature throughout history and across cultures, but the specific phrase seems to have originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets.

It is known in the Western world primarily due to a 19th-century retelling of Persian fable by the English poet Edward FitzGerald. It was also notably employed in a speech by Abraham Lincoln before he became the sixteenth President of the United States.

On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln recounted a similar story: It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

–  This Too Shall Pass  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS LET IT PASS.

Relationship

Relationship NOUN

  1. The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
  2. The state of being connected by blood or marriage.
  3. The way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.
  4. An emotional and sexual association between two people.

Relationship is the state of being connected that I experience inside of myself. I believe that any relationship that I can imagine totally resides in me. A relationship I have with another is not 50% mine and 50% other; it is 100% mine.

To me the lowest common denominator of relationship is to be aware of my ONENESS with all life; this is the prime purpose of my life. This is my paradigm, my way of viewing reality.

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/paradigm-shift/

Excerpt from Paradigm Shift-

I believe the only thing that we can truly control with our conscious will is our behavior (actions and reactions). We can influence our feelings, thoughts, and emotions but not control them.

If you want to make small changes in your life change one behavior at a time.

If you want to make large changes in your life change your PARADIGM (YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY).

But how do you view things correctly? You have heard the saying “seeing is believing”; I think we have it backwards “believing is seeing”. When you first enter this world “seeing is believing”, but after you have built up your own set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices then “believing is seeing”.

First you build your beliefs, and then you filter what you see through them. You have programmed the way you view reality and have allowed others to program the way you view reality.

In order to view things correctly you need to change your paradigm, your way of viewing reality.

Let’s say you view reality from the ego’s point of view. You will view everything as separate from you and conflict improves your standing. It’s a small fearful world.

Now let’s say you view reality from a more holistic point of view. You will view everything as interconnected and cooperation improves your standing. It’s a large loving world.

Your paradigm is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind.

-Excerpt from Paradigm Shift

 

Let us see what Albert Einstein had to say about our way of viewing reality:

Albert Einstein- “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.

For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.

If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.

But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.

God does not play dice with the universe…” –Albert Einstein

So…how do you view reality?

She Thinks I’m Real

 

She Thinks I’m Real

Excerpt from “Radical Acceptance – Tara Brach Ph.D.” –

In their book Stories of the Spirit, Jack Kornfield and Christina Feldman tell this story:   A family went out to a restaurant for dinner. When the waitress arrived, the parents gave their orders. Immediately, their five-year-old daughter piped up with her own: “I’ll have a hot dog, french fries, and a Coke.” “Oh no you won’t,” interjected the dad, and turning to the waitress he said, “She’ll have meatloaf, mashed potatoes, milk.” Looking at the child with a smile, the waitress said, “So, hon, what do you want on that hot dog?” When she left, the family sat stunned and silent. A few moments later the little girl, eyes shining, said, “She Thinks I’m Real.”

My own mother was visiting when I told this story at me weekly meditation group in Washington, D.C. As we drove home from the class together, she turned to me and in a teary voice said, “That little girl in the restaurant was me.” She had never felt real in the eyes of her parents, she went on. Being an only child, she felt as if she was on the planet to be the person that her parents wanted her to be. Her value rested solely on how well she represented them, and whether or not she made them proud. She was their object to manage and control, to show off or reprimand. Her opinions and feelings didn’t matter because, as she said, they didn’t see her as “her own person.” Her identity was based on pleasing others and the fear of not being liked if she didn’t. In her experience, she was not a real person who deserved respect and who, without any fabrication or effort, was lovable.

– Excerpt from “Radical Acceptance – Tara Brach Ph.D.”

OWN

One With No-Thing-Ness

There are two types of egos, one ‘ripe’ and the other ‘unripe’. “Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. “This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

 

Ripe Ego is content to be “One With No-Thing-Ness”

 

Unripe Ego IS (exists) through:

Identification With Things

Separation From Things

Now let the awareness of the tension that this “Identification With Things-Separation From Things” causes in the subconscious mind come into your consciousness.

The IS-ness of Unripe Ego is created by:

Indoctrination – The humans around me have a tremendous drive to train me to believe as they believe; religion, culture, education, …etc. are created to indoctrinate me with things to believe.

Separateness – One of the first lessons that everyone tries to teach me is that I am separate from all the other things with physical existence.

Image – I am taught that my body is fat or thin, my hair is straight or curly; basically I am different. So I need things like haircuts, clothes, cars, houses, …etc. to enhance my image.

Superiority – If I am fortunate to be born strong, intelligent, or rich I feel that I am better than those who have less.

Inferiority – If I am not born strong, intelligent, or rich I feel that I am less than those who have more.

Sameness – Even though I believe that I am separate I have a great need to be a part of a community and this requires a level of sameness with others. Talk about internal conflict.

Inimicalness – The community that I choose to share some sameness with will have a tendency to be unfriendly or even hostile to members of other communities.

Self-concept – a collection of beliefs about oneself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?” This came from a search for Ego From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I think that you are starting to get the theme of this essay.

Unripe Ego always needs to be right.

How do I stop expressing Unripe Ego?

The answer is contained in understanding: Self-concept – a collection of beliefs about oneself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”

Belief From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

A belief is an attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about the world is true. In epistemology, philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to attitudes about the world which can be either true or false. To believe something is to take it to be true; for instance, to believe that snow is white is comparable to accepting the truth of the proposition “snow is white”. However, holding a belief does not require active introspection. For example, few carefully consider whether or not the sun will rise tomorrow, simply assuming that it will. Moreover, beliefs need not be occurrent (e.g. a person actively thinking “snow is white”), but can instead be dispositional (e.g. a person who if asked about the color of snow would assert “snow is white”).

– Belief From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

attitude
a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.
“she took a tough attitude toward other people’s indulgences”

proposition
1. a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion.
“the proposition that all men are created equal”
Similar: theory hypothesis thesis argument premise postulation theorem concept idea statement
2. a suggested scheme or plan of action, especially in a business context.
“a detailed investment proposition”

So am I a collection of beliefs about myself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”

Let this sink in –

A belief is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something that is the case; or a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion about the world that is true.

– Let this sink in

After reading that statement does this statement take on more meaning “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.”

So, I ask again, am I a collection of beliefs about myself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”

If this is the best advice that the physical world can give to help me answer the question “Who am I?” I am totally underwhelmed!

Sounds like a major trash collection of the mind is required!

Quote –

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/the-ins-and-outs-of-awareness/
Emptying the mind is removing all the beliefs that tend to try to fix time and space (permanence) in our process of life; to release what’s taking precious space in your mind and heart that’s not serving you or limiting your growth.

– Quote

I am the process of LIFE that is living me. I am a wonderful physical instrument that LIFE uses to record what I see, hear, feel, smell, and taste in the world around me. In addition I have an amazing mind that processes all the sensory input coming in from the world around me and adds feelings, emotions, and values to the memory files that are stored away.

So with this wonderful physical instrument of LIFE that is living me; Ego is only my way of expressing my individual physical existence; I can nevertheless express it in “ripe” or “unripe” ways.

“Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Ripe Ego is content to be “One With No-Thing-Ness”

“This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Unripe Ego is always craving things; an addiction that can never be satisfied.

So how do I want to express my individual physical existence?

Ripe Ego or Unripe Ego?

 

OWL

One With Life

One of the biggest lies I tell myself is “I live my life”.

When I examined the lie “I” realized “LIFE lives me”.

“I” do not breathe; “I” do not circulate blood, “I” do not digest; LIFE does these for “me”.

“I” can only be aware of the processes of LIFE when “I” pay attention to them.

The “I” referenced is the ego.

There are two types of egos, one ‘ripe’ and the other ‘unripe’. “Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. “This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Ego is only my way of expressing my individual physical existence; I can nevertheless express it in “ripe” or “unripe” ways.

Ego is only a pattern of energy that I create to express my individual physical existence.

Alter-egos are negative patterns of energy that I create to express specific negative energy. The largest alter-ego I have examined in me is the PAIN pattern. The purpose of the PAIN pattern is to give and receive PAIN; even the law of compensation (give-receive) can be distorted to negative purposes.

Other negative patterns of energy that I create: resentment, inferiority, superiority, guilt, shame, …etc.; the purpose of each negative energy pattern is to give and receive that negative energy.

I am finding that practicing “being in the present moment” encourages “ripe” expressions and discourages “unripe” expressions. The opposite is also true.

There is one word that best describes “being in the present moment” and that is awareness.

I practice placing my awareness in my breath, in my hands, in my feet, …etc. After I can “sense” a tingling of presence in an area of my body I then imagine light, heat, heaviness, …etc. immerse the area; this makes a wonderful meditative practice. I can also use my imagination to envision PAIN I am experiencing as a dark entity that I move outside of myself and return it to the earth; the final destination of my physical form.

A sure way of “being in the present moment” is by placing my awareness in any part of my body. The Life that lives me only resides in the present moment; so I come back to the present moment; so I bring my awareness back to the body.

Three modalities of awakened action while “being in the present moment” :

1. Acceptance – of those things that cause negative emotions and unhappiness to arise in me. The things I cannot do with Enjoyment or Enthusiasm I must learn to Accept.

Matthew 5:25-26  Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him on the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Agree comes from two Greek words meaning:
First – give thyself wholly to; I exist (used only when emphatic)
Second – to be well minded, that is, reconcile

Adversary comes from a Greek word meaning:
An opponent (in a lawsuit)- adversary; which is a compound of two other Greek words meaning opposite and right or justice.

Remember an adversarial emotion or feeling is always inside the person doing the experiencing.
Jesus wasn’t just talking about how to handle myself in a court proceeding; but how to live an abundant life. This is a lesson about what I experience within.
My definition of Acceptance – to give myself wholly to; I exist with so that I might be well minded or reconciled toward.

2. Enjoyment – doing those things that bring joy while consciously performed.

When I am in this modality I find that the ego can only appear momentarily and if I do not let it interrupt my action the joy drives it away.

3. Enthusiasm – doing those things that bring intense and eager enjoyment while consciously performed. The word was originally used to refer to a person possessed by God; inspired.

When I am in this modality I find that the more intensity and eagerness with which I enjoy the action the less any small fragments of the ego can even flash across my awareness.

Being “One With Life” goes deeper than you can ever think.

The Ins And Outs Of Awareness

Pay attention to awareness

Definition of pay
1. to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting – pay attention – pay your respects
2. to slacken (something, such as a rope) and allow to run out —used with out
paid out the rope as it jerked taut
– All the other definitions have to do with the exchange of money in various ways

Definition of attention
1a: the act or state of applying the mind to something
Our attention was on the game.
You should pay attention to what she says.
b: a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity
Students, do I have your attention?
2: OBSERVATION, NOTICE especially : consideration with a view to action
a problem requiring prompt attention

We can not learn without paying attention.
We can not teach someone else without paying attention to him/her.

I believe that I am always dreaming; waking or sleeping.

Waking dreaming has a frame of perception that forces it to be limited; my subconscious mind is ravenously devouring the input from my five sense and creating a virtual reality based on my paradigm and sensual input. I can affect my waking dreaming with conscious directions.

Sleeping dreaming has no frame and is limitless; my subconscious mind with very limited input from my five senses is ravenously and randomly replaying a virtual reality based on my paradigm and past experiences. I can affect my sleeping dreaming to a limited degree if I hold a thought in mind while falling asleep.

First, I want to look at my normal (chaotic) awareness of the outside world.

The frame is my paradigm, my way of viewing reality; but this can also be over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind.

For an understanding of paradigm as a way to view reality see:
http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/paradigm-shift/

My Subconscious Mind: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second.

I also believe my subconscious mind is able to contact Complete Collective Consciousness; the Unifed Field (Quantum Physics Theory) or Akashic Records (Theory) science or religion if you will.

In normal awareness I am not paying attention and so my subconscious mind is monitoring all the random input that is coming in through my five senses; thousands of events at a time at an average rate of 4 BILLION bits of information per second. Just think all of this happening and I am barely cognizant of most of it.

As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious mind plays an important part in my life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.

Just to give you an idea of what it is processing from just one sense, light enters my two eyes and projects an image upside down on the retina of each eye. Now these images are a pattern of dots, like the pictures in a newspaper. My subconscious mind takes these two images combines them together, fills in the spaces between the dots, and creates a movie (virtual reality) right side up of what I have seen. At the same time it is scanning the image for things it has experienced before and files the information based on; attitudes – values -beliefs (my paradigm) , or over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind, interfacing with past experiences.

If a movie or film displays at least 30 frames per second my subconscious mind will convert it to a continuous display.

What a marvelous instrument I am!

Most people are stunned to learn that most of our behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, As much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious. The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.

Second, I want to look at meditative; considered thought (ordered) awareness of the inside world.

From the dictionary: meditative of, involving, or absorbed in meditation or considered thought. Who would have thought that the dictionary was a scriptural text?

Below is the Japanese pictogram meaning consider.

For a complete post of just the word consider see:
http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/consider/

Calming the mind vs emptying the mind.

Calming the mind is considered thought.

Emptying the mind is removing all the beliefs that tend to try to fix time and space (permanence) in our process of life; to release what’s taking precious space in your mind and heart that’s not serving you or limiting your growth.

There is a great fable told by Tom Brown Jr. in his book Awakening Spirits.
Here is a shortened version:

A long time ago… a man captured a sorceror and made him grant a wish. He wished a for a demon that would do as he asked. The sorceror said that the man would have to keep the demon busy or it would grow and consume him. The man said “no problem!” and the sorceror vanished. Then the demon appeared, about the size of a football. The man tried to keep the demon busy with tasks. He asked the demon to clean up his house. A minute later the demon returned and said “it is done” and grew to the size of the man. He asked the demon to prepare a feast for his friends. The demon returned a few seconds later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of grizzly bear. He asked the demon to build a new house on the mountain. The demon returned a second later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of his living room. As the tasks got more elaborate the demon simply returned sooner and said “it is done” and each time he returned he got larger and larger. The man went running out of his house, managed to outsmart the demon and finally came upon a shaman and told him of his predicament. The shaman said, “Give the demon this hair.” and he handed the man a piece of curly hair. “Ask him to straighten it.” The shaman disappeared and the demon appeared, larger and more fierce than ever. “What is your bidding?” The man cringed and handed him the hair and asked him to straighten it. The demon laughed. But as the demon found out, he couldn’t straighten it. As he tried, he got smaller and smaller. Any time the man wanted the demon to do something, he asked for the hair back and asked the demon to do what he wanted. Then he handed the hair back to the demon.

The hair (considered thought) is a tool that can be used to calm the conscious mind (demon) so that it can bring order to the subconscious mind. Hairs include chants, prayers, songs, visualizations, meditations, songs and religious rituals. Hairs can help you enter meditation. A true master will transcend all hairs as Jesus (or Buddha or Lao Tzu, etc…) were able to do.

My Conscious Mind: Volitional, Sets Goals~Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second.

When I compared this processing to the subconscious mind it looked really weak except for the fact that my conscious mind can direct my subconscious mind. I hope you are seeing just how important the conscious mind really is. It can be the director of the movie (virtual reality) of my life!

With meditative (considered thought) awareness I am viewing what I am experiencing within me rather than just what is happening outside of me.
Review the Japanese pictogram meaning consider above. With considered thought I can choose to review the movie of my life as it is happening. I can choose what scenes and scripts are the ones I want to emphasize. With a moving meditation my movie becomes a living dynamic thing done on the fly. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.

Unfortunately each one of us has our own perceptions of oneself, the world around us, and of “Spirit”; so I can not give any specific advice about how to direct the movie of your life. What is most important in my life is what I experience within; each one of us has a unique path that only oneself can traverse.

Reflect on this:
It is possible for me to be the director of the movie of my life. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.

How Can I Keep From Singing

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” (also known by its incipit “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”) is an American folksong originally composed as a Christian hymn by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry. The song is frequently, though erroneously, cited as a traditional Quaker or Shaker hymn. The original composition has now entered into the public domain, and appears in several hymnals and song collections, both in its original form and with a revised text that omits most of the explicitly Christian content and adds a verse about solidarity in the face of oppression.

Leave it to the Irish to make a good inspiring song from it.

Celtic Woman “How Can I Keep From Singing”

Lyrics

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentations
I hear the trumpets sounding strong
That hails a new creation

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it’s music ringing
It ever echoes in my life
How can I keep from singing?

And though the shadows gather round
The endless song it giveth
My strength within and joy unbound
The world of truth it liveth

Though dark the night and long the road
I hear the music ringing
And with such power and grace bestowed
How can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to this rock I’m clinging
How can I ever come to harm?
How can I keep from singing?

Then sings my soul with love profound
A fountain ever springing
Deep from the earth, how sweet the sound
How can I keep from singing?

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: R. Lowry / Wayland Rodgers
How Can I Keep From Singing lyrics © Figs D Music, Rathmines Music Limited

How Can I Keep From Singing
The song received new prominence in 1991 when Irish musician Enya released a recording of the hymn on her album Shepherd Moons. Enya’s version follows Pete Seeger’s replacement of some more overtly Christian lines, for example: “What tho’ my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Saviour liveth” became “What tho’ the tempest ’round me roars, I hear the truth it liveth.”

How Can I Keep From Singing Enya – Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin

Lyrics

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth´s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness ’round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I´m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble in their fear
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging,
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Eithne Ni Bhraonain / Nicky Ryan / Roma Ryan
How Can I Keep From Singing lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC