Category Archives: Life

Reality Check (5th)

Our Minds—Crazy Monkeys On Speed

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

If our thoughts impact the field, does that explain why what’s called “prayer” works/doesn’t work?

If the field reacts to our thoughts, judgements, and beliefs, it would seem obvious that an undisciplined mind, roaming at random here, there, anywhere, is producing a hodge podge of brief reactions that are repeatedly changing because our minds are always changing.

We hold no thought in mind long enough to see it manifest in our lives.

A one-time prayer followed by literally thousands of contrary thoughts produces. . . ?

A person decides to hold in mind only thoughts of good health, but then through the day obsesses fearfully about covid19.

Another one sets mental sights firmly on financial security, but through the day worries about overdue bills.

“The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”

            —Ramana Maharshi

“. . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, and if anything  (is) worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”

—New Testament; Philippians 4:8

More on this later.

 

Reality Check (4th)

Quantum Physics – What’s In It For Us?

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

This “new discovery” seems to be ancient intuitive wisdom empirically reconfirmed.

Consider the following citations from modern metaphysics and ancient intuitive wisdom.

“The All (God? The Field?) is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”

            —The Kybalion

“As you think in your heart (deepest mind), so you become.”

            —Hinduism

“As you think in your heart, (deepest mind), so are you.”

            —Christianity

“With God, (The Field?), all things are possible”

            —Christianity

“Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.”

            —Unity Institute

“Attention is fertilizer.  What you give your attention to, grows.”

            —Various Sources

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

            —Peace Pilgrim

“Set a guard on your mind.  Discipline your imagination.”

            —Hinduism

“The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”

            —Ramana Maharshi

“Moment by moment The Almighty, (The Field?), is taking shape in your life according to the exact pattern of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.”

            —Various Sources

So it would seem that what’s in it for us may be expressed thus: thought control is life control.

More on this later.

 

Reality Check (3rd)

“The Field Is The Only Reality.”

            —Albert Einstein

Field?  What field?

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

Per quantum physics, what do we know about this field?

          ♦ There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.

          ♦  (We) impact the field and draw from it according to (our) beliefs and expectations.

          ♦  (Our) connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.

          ♦  The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating. ¹

“…we now know that the universe is made of nothing but waves and particles of energy that conform to our expectations, judgements and beliefs.”¹


¹  E² — Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout.

“All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.”

            —Ralph Waldo Emerson

More on this later.

 

Reality Check (2nd)

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

                   —Mark Twain, American author

Sanity, defined as perception of things as they really are, is the theme of this series titled Reality Check. 

It seems that we humans are in the midst of a paradigm shift.

A paradigm is the totality of how a person, a group, or an entire culture views reality.

A paradigm shift occurs when previously unnoticed truth is recognized.  This truth isn’t new.  It always existed but was unrecognized because purpose and attention were focused elsewhere.

I nominate Newtonian philosophy as our “about-to-be-replaced” paradigm, and quantum physics as the “previously unnoticed truth”, the discoveries of which are working their way into the mass consciousness at an ever-accelerating rate.

“Anyone who is not shocked by (quantum) physics has not understood it.”

                   —Niels Bohr, Danish Physicist

“The Western scientific community, and actually all of us are in a difficult spot, because in order to maintain our current mode of being, we must ignore a tremendous amount of information.”

                   —Cleve Backster, plant researcher and former CIA agent

“To be a true explorer in science—to follow the unprejudiced lead of pure scientific inquiry—is to be unafraid to propose the unthinkable, and to prove friends, colleagues, and scientific paradigms wrong.”

                   —Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field

“Everything you know about the universe and its laws is more than likely to be 99.99 percent wrong.”

                   —Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., American quantum physicist

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

                   —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

More on this later.

 

Reality Check (1st)

So Who’s Crazy?

We have minds full of beliefs our greatest saints and sages rejected on their march to perfection.

We see the world as separate from us, functioning outside us, and capable of working us great help or harm, and that unpredictably.

We see ourselves as pathetically vulnerable, and obliged to compete for scarce means to live.

Pressured by our need to survive, we pass our lives in “quiet desperation,” believing that “life’s a bitch and then you die.”

To us, this is a sane view.

To our greatest saints and sages, we are having a horrendous nightmare from which we can eventually awaken.

Their advice seems patently impractical, even ludicrous, but we human beings are far too opportunistic a species to throw out something useful.

And it’s the fact that we have carefully preserved the advice of our greatest saints and sages that should lead us to be suspicious of that mindset that we label “common sense”, or “sanity.”

More on this later.

America

Land Of The Free—Home of the Brainwashed?

While researching a post I chanced upon comment posted by a reader responding to an editorial published in a British newspaper.

Despite its sarcastic conclusion, this comment is, in my view, worthy of sober consideration:

The average American is subject to endless brainwashing from many self-serving and contradictory sources, through their local newspapers, local TV and radio.

Their use of social media simply confirms their beliefs and prejudices.

They hear endless extreme religious propaganda from profit driven “churches”, advertising from companies desperate to make them addicted to fast food and the latest pointless products, political propaganda that’s way more extreme then anything experienced in the UK. This unregulated onslaught leaves them divorced from reality.

If  the “American way of life” were a coin, this comment might well describe the tail.

Siblings

Young people, note well…

Your relationships with your brothers and sisters are among the most durable you’ll ever have.

They will outlast your relationship with your parents.

You may never marry, or your marriage may end early by divorce, disease, or other calamity.

In old age, your relationships with siblings may be all you have left of relationships.

Therefore, don’t neglect these relationships.

Now, in the days of youth, “while life flows fresh and free”, cultivate good relationships with brothers and sisters.

Skillful Living

What’s That?

At a minimum it means staying out of prison and the morgue.

But what else is involved?  Becoming rich?  Perhaps.  A British prime minister once said that while there was no shame in poverty it certainly was “damned inconvenient.”  Most of us would agree.  But some of us human beings deliberately embrace narrow economic circumstances.  These people aren’t stupid or insane.  They give practical reasons for choosing a simple or even spartan style of life.

Frequently, contentment is mentioned as a primary result of this choice.

Contentment is as good a goal as any.

If you are genuinely content, what else do you need?

Deed Registration – Doggie Style

Are We Much Different From Our Pets?

Dad was typical of thousands of men:  He worked hard at his job, brought home the bacon, and made regular mortgage payments to keep his house and the land on which it stood.  As commonly understood, he was “getting somewhere.”  He was “successful.”

One summer afternoon I realized that Punky, the family dog, was, by the same criteria, even more successful than Dad.  Now, we all lived in the same comfortable house, ate good food regularly, and so forth.

But the dog, employing a different method of deed registration, owned a good deal more land than Dad.  She owned all of our yard, big pieces of our neighbors’ yards to the left and the right, about 2/3 of a block of public roadway, and generous slices of the yards of our neighbors who lived across the street.

How did she do it?  Having no problem with the humanity who lived in the houses on these various lots, she simply beat the hell out of other animals who trespassed on her domain.  (We might call this the “fang-and-claw” method of deed registration.)

The point is that much of what we humans do with our lives, is, barring the complexity of our activities, not so different from what animals do.  Yet we feel, no—we’re sure we’re better than the animals.   Are we?  Is life hierarchical, with human beings at the top of the pyramid and the Almighty above that?  Or is life a great circle, with the Almighty, however you understand Him/Her, at the center, and every creature on the same level?  Can you find anything in history, sacred literature, or tradition(s), to support the latter idea?

What is implied by the idea of a Great Circle of Life, with no creature any “further away” from the Almighty than any other?  Would this “equality” increase or decrease our peace, or power?  Would seeing life this way change our behavior?  How?

What do you think?

We All Save String.

A Partial List of Strings, With Commentary.

Authorities, the facts of life, duties, obligations, common sense, the powers that be, scientific truth, tradition, loyalty, allegiance, oaths, superstitions, nationality, political party, race, religion, tribe, our status as human beings, our sexual polarity, our family, social rank, job, system of etiquette, environment, ancestors—-we all acknowledge some combination of these things every day of our lives, mostly by paying our respects, doing our duty, discharging our obligations, and, unthinkingly, by accepting the limitations imposed on our freedom of thought, word, and deed by the same.

So, from one point of view, we live life with many such “strings attached”.  Lots of us wouldn’t feel comfortable if all the strings were suddenly cut away.  We literally wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves.  Is it only because we have come to define ourselves as being merely the sum total of our strings?

Is it realistic to want to live life with “no strings attached?”  Is it sane or insane to ask that question?  Aren’t some strings at least somewhat beneficial some of the time?

What are we without our strings?

What were we before we had strings attached?  What were our capabilities?

Have you ever thought about yourself in this way?

Playing Chess With No Kings

How do we win the  “game of life”?

                                                                                         

Is it by dying with the most toys?  If we can’t take it with us, why waste time in frantic acquisition?

Is it by serving some deity who, usually described as omnipotent, is therefore not in need of our service or anything else we might offer?  Why bother?

Is life a sort of school?  If so, why must we attend?  Who’s teaching what?  Do we “win” by graduating?  Then what?

Is the game of life unwinnable because life is no game, but merely a meaningless succession of sunrises and sunsets in which we find ourselves trapped, with no idea how we got here, how we are to use our time, or what will become of us when our days end?

Does it sometimes seem that nothing in life makes any sense, and that we’re all doing something ultimately purposeless, like playing chess with the kings removed from the board?

We all like to feel that we’re “in control” of life and that we’re “getting somewhere”, but is that ever true?

If the answer to that question is “no”, then what?  Do we relax and enjoy life, or do we freak out and redouble our efforts to assert control and to “get somewhere”?

What do you think?