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A Man of Integrity

Michelle and I have many heroes. Perhaps the most notable of those heroes we share is the man Mahatma Gandhi. Hopefully my readers already know his story. Gandhi led a spirited, non-violent, nationwide resistance to the tyranny of Great Britain in India, fighting for the rights of his people. Gandhi stood for the truth, freedom, faith, and self-government. He held many high ideals that many of his contemporaries, and certainly British officials could not understand. They attacked him, imprisoned him, beat him, and then eventually, let him become the change he envisioned for India.

There is one quote that sticks out in our minds when we think of Gandhi:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Being two people of principle, we are idealists who strive to make our world a better place. We are sick of the lies and deception all around us in our world, those lies that hold us captive to a broken system, that steal our lives and give nothing back. As activists, it is important for us to embody Gandhi’s message of being the change we want to see.

One of my old bosses, Mr. Medearis, once gave me a little advice. This man spoke very little, but his advice is something I will never forget. He told me to set high expectations of others and of myself and to never give in to the resistance of others or of my own self to settle for lowered expectations instead. To this day, I attempt to live by this advice, in my personal relationships, in my business dealings, in my activist work and in my spiritual endeavors. Not settling for lowered expectations is a difficult task full of lots of internal and external resistance. It is certainly an easier path to settle for less.

My dad always told me to never do anything “half-assed”. He told me that life is difficult and especially more so if you’re doing things the right way. There is no quick rise to real success. That path is littered with the debris of others’ resistance, obstacles, and small trivialities that offer to appease the mind and keep it from reaching greatness. I refuse to settle for anything less than greatness. To some, that seems ridiculous, to some it seems obsessive and to others it seems downright insane. To the few, it seems the only worthwhile thing to stand for.

If people stood up for what was right, if they stood up for honesty, integrity, transparency and truth in all of their endeavors, can you imagine what the world would look like? Can you imagine all of the people, living life in peace?

Resistance comes from those who would sacrifice ideals for pettiness, honesty for deceit, integrity for manipulation, not from those who stand up against those resisting forces. And the resistance is far greater than the support, in almost all walks of life.

The final quote we’d like to leave you with is this:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ Gandhi

Ignore us, laugh at us, fight with us all you want, but the principle of truth remains undeterred in our hearts. In this, we will prevail no matter the outcome, because we stand for what is right. Are we elevating our cause to that of Gandhi’s? No. Do we think our cause is of any less importance n our personal life? No. Because it’s the little things that make a man/woman, those small choices we make that bring to our lives success or failures. What does a man profit if he gains the world and loses his soul? We choose not to be liars, deceivers, manipulators. We choose to tell the truth no matter if people hate us, spit at us, ridicule us, trample us, or expect us to fall in line with the rest of the scoundrels. In the end, you’ll see, we’re the best thing that ever happened your way.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2010 in Philosophical Ponderings, Spiritual, thoughts

 

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What everyone seeks

Alex Grey's "Seraphic Transport Docking on the Third Eye"

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People are searching for something sacred.  Every day, each and every one of us yearns for something to fill our souls.   We seek out any number of things to quiet our hearts and occupy our minds, but the Sacred constantly evades us.  As much as we consume to feel better or perform good works to alleviate the angst of this world, we are left with a feeling of emptiness and desperation.

The Sacred cannot be found in things or causes.   It cannot be found in relationships.  It cannot be found in abstractions of love, beauty or truth.  And it cannot be found in the world of nature or in a life of abstention.  The moment we make anything “sacred” in this world, time reveals it to be a farce.  Sacred oaths are broken, sacred rights are infringed, sacred places are desecrated, and sacred things are stolen from us or discarded when their apparent sacredness wears off.

Some would say that the Sacred can only be found in God, and they will be very quick to tell you Who and What God is.  Yet religious ideals, dogma and orthodoxy ebb and flow with the current of time and no religious system of belief is sacred in and of itself.  They attempt to point the mind and heart in a general direction, but it is doubtful that any one person has walked the Path of the Sacred.

No one in this world has a clear understanding of the Sacred and no one ever has, not Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Socrates, Joseph Smith, Ron Hubbard or any one of the Popes.    Sacredness is not created or maintained by attaching labels, directions and warnings to one particular understanding.   In fact, it can be argued that the very essence of the Sacred precludes any one thing from being sacred.  As soon as one says, “this is sacred”, you might as well move on.  It is not.

The Sacred will never be found.  It is the Mystery we seek to uncover but cannot discover, the Riddle we seek to solve but cannot compute, the Goal we aim to achieve but never will reach.  The search keeps the entire Universe moving forward and drives the actions of men.  This search is itself the reason for the machinations of time.  The Sacred is life unfolding.  We are inextricably caught up in that unfolding, and although we may point to “this” and “that” as sacred, we fail to recognize the Sacred.

The Sacred is nowhere and everywhere.  It is the breath we breathe, and the life we claim to draw that breath.  The Sacred is what we are all seeking but fail to see with every beat of our hearts.

The Sacred has always been ours and we have always been a part of the Sacred.  There is no search to undertake, no obstacle to overcome, no new experience to reveal it to you.   It is always and forever the fulfillment we deny in our own hearts – not by some divine act of punishment or cruelty, but by our own assertions.

We have a list of assertions we make every day that are sacred to us.  We protect those assertions, build upon them, accumulate more of them and attempt to create more sacredness.  We fail, time and time again.  And we will continue to fail until we lay down our assertions.

The Sacred reveals itself to the mind that is free of assertions.  Therefore, seek not to find the Sacred.  Seek to illuminate your own assertions, challenge them, and remove their sacredness from your mind.  Perhaps then the Sacred will impress Itself upon your heart and mind and you will know that the search is over – itself a construct to keep the Sacred away from our mind.

Perhaps then you will realize how sacred you are.   This is the supreme realization we all must make eventually.   We won’t until we are unwilling to NOT see the sacredness in everything.

 

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The Controlling Frequency of Fear

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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(This post is a rework and repost of a blog of the same title from October 2008)

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Energy is a vibration, and the Universe has an unlimited supply.

One of the fundamental laws of physics is the conservation of energy: energy is neither created or destroyed. It does change forms all of the time, however.

Energy is something that each and every one of us has, and our bodies carry out some of the most complex changes of energy observable anywhere in the world.   While we may consciously observe some of these changes – as in digestion, respiration and exercise – most are relatively unaware of the vibrations and complex changes that thoughts and beliefs make.  The vibrations of our thoughts ripple through the universe  in all directions, like a stone tossed in the middle of a lake,  and the magnetism of our beliefs draws upon the unlimited reserves of energy that the Universe has at its disposal.    This is the process of creation, and every one of us is here to learn the lesson of responsible co-creation.

Our thoughts and beliefs can generate and attract certain frequencies, some of which are beneficial for our body and state of mind, while others are damaging, limiting, restricting and poisonous.   Thoughts and beliefs are energy.   Our bodies are an extension of thought and maintain a vibration all their own,  and yet  are in constant relation to the whole universe.  Like a single instrument in an orchestra,  our thoughts and actions are small movements within a larger body of vibrations.

In an ideal state of optimum health, the body’s overall frequency (understood as a personal energy or vibration) is clear and more “in tune” or in harmony with the Universe of energy, or Spirit.  This resonant harmony operates like a magnetic field, and until something comes along to disrupt that magnetic field, the frequency remains clear and unwavering.   In this state, one experiences health, vitality, energy, happiness, and openness.

On the contrary, a chaotic or diseased mind is one that is not in harmony with the Universe, and the body is suffering from a dissonance. Like a sour note stands out in a choir singing in perfect harmony, the mind that is not in tune with the Universe suffers the clashing vibration. This vibration, like an energy field surrounding the body, resonates through every cell, which begin to vibrate at that frequency as well.   The higher, clear frequency is overcome by the lumbering waves of discord – the cells vibrating with negative belief.  Over time, this can lead to physical ailments, mental disorders, mood swings and disease.

The only way that human beings direct energy is through thought, and through the underlying beliefs and belief-structures formed from those thoughts.   Thoughts occur in our minds, not as apparitions that appear from nowhere and disappear again the next moment in to the ether, but as real, rock-solid choices.   Thoughts are chosen – accepted as true or untrue by our minds.

The thoughts we accept lead to larger structures of thought called belief.  These larger structures of belief are more rigid representations of the original thought and, in turn, give rise to future thoughts, which most often seek to validate the belief and the original thought.  In this way, our thoughts reveal a lot about the mental structures we have created in our mind.  Every thought that we do not challenge becomes an accepted belief.  These may clash with other thoughts we have, or they may compliment and enhance them.

Thought directs emotion, not the other way around; and emotion, like thought, is a vibration.

Each emotion has its own corresponding frequency, which is beyond the scope of this article.   For now, let us consider the frequency of love vs. the frequency of fear.  I choose these because they are mutually exclusive.   Imagine thoughts of love as a single, high-pitched and unwaveringly clear sound.  This is the sound of creation – Being Itself.   Our thoughts of love, acceptance, openness, empathy, unity, forgiveness – all harmonic variations of the one clear sound of Life – keep our body and our mind “in tune” with the universe.

On the other hand, emotions such as fear are like deep, long, lumbering and wavering sounds, which clash with dissonance with every falter.  These vibrations do not meld with the vibration of Life.  This dissonance causes disruptions at many levels and the body and mind suffer the consequences.    A mind in this state may think this dissonance is desirable or unavoidable and create belief structures based upon this thought.  In this way, the mind conditions itself to vibrate with the dissonance and reinforces the “reality” of chaos and fear.

Expectations are formed from reinforced thoughts and beliefs. Our thoughts have a “magnetic propensity” to attract events, persons and situations that fit with those thoughts. Thoughts of fear and death always attract fearful experiences to validate the thoughts that called for them. That is the nature of creation – a fundamental precept that most of us have been taught to ignore or be fearful of. The vibration of fear is both instinctual for the preservation of one’s life and a source of limitation. It has been used against us to enslave our minds.  This is because fear represents uncertainty and discord.

Our thoughts create our perception and experience.

I take certain biblical passages to mean just that: “Ask and you shall receive.” and “As you sow, so shall you reap.” and “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

Our thoughts direct energy to create a frequency and that frequency, like a magnet, attracts universal frequencies that resonate with that frequency. Thoughts always seek to be self-validating. Watch your mind to see how this works. “I’m sick of x” or “I’m tired of y” can eventually manifest in sickness and fatigue. It is what you are telling your body to react to – frequencies to seek out and resonate with -what your mind wants.  It is the reality your mind seeks.

As my father told me, “Your mind is attracted to what you think, and what you expect to see you draw out of the universe.” He told me of an instance when he wanted to put a walkway in his yard and thought that distressed bricks would be a good material to use. As he was driving with my sister along a stretch of road they have driven down a thousand times before, they started talking about the walkway and where they might find distressed bricks.

He went on to explain that, along that drive, she and he were suddenly inundated by all sorts of distressed bricks that appeared in certain spots next to the road. “THAT would be a perfect brick to use,” each exclaimed as another one “stuck out” in their perceptions. The bricks were there all of the time, no doubt, but it wasn’t until they were thinking about a need for those bricks that their minds were open to the perception of those bricks.   At the level of their experience, the bricks were not there until they were called forth from the universe.  This is the true of all thoughts we choose and the experiences we have.

Our thoughts create our perception and experience. We have been taught to be distrustful of the mind, however, and of our thoughts. This has been by design and has been perpetuated through society by the elite of this world who understand the power of thought and the nature of the mind. In fact, most of us have been through a long period of mind-programming since we were born to separate our mind from itself so that it does not know or experience this truth.

We are taught what to think, how to think, what to do, who to go with, what to expect, what not to expect, what to dream for, what to avoid, how to be “good” Christians or patriots or children, how to be law-abiding citizens, and not to be critical of things going on in the world. In effect, our own creative abilities have been short-circuited by society, religion, schools, media, government, parents – you name it.   Yet when we realize that our thoughts go out like feelers to pull out of the universe what we expect, then we are suddenly empowered and our thoughts are seen as alive.   We then realize that our fears were mistaken and mis-given.  They serve to short-circuit experience, creativity and thought.

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Part Two

Fear is increasing in the world.  The preceding statement is both a thought I have and a thought that mankind shares.   Much of the fear in the world lives under the shadow of deceit, ignorance and guilt.  There are a lot of things to be fearful of: cancer, the economy, war, terrorism – you name it. All of these are being manipulated, controlled and amplified to produce a global, mass reaction and a global frequency of fear. Our pastors, our teachers, our politicians, the talking heads of corporate media, and Hollywood all teach us to be fearful and reinforce the global frequency of fear, which effectively locks the planet up like a prison.

The frequency of fear keeps us fixated upon the most basic, fundamental levels of survival and unable to understand deeper areas of ourselves, our psyches and the influences of this world, as well as our own creative source and the inextinguishable part of ourselves that exists quite apart from the perceptions we choose.

Politics and world news are full of things to be fearful of, and those things that cause the most fear generate the reaction those in power want. According to the Hegelian dialectic of problem-reaction-solution, they manipulate events to create a problem, which generates fear and a need from the public for a solution. So they step forward with the solution they had in mind from the beginning and the fearful masses are willing to accept the solution to get rid of the fear.  This happens everyday in our society, and more and more, our society is becoming closed.

In my opinion, September 11th, 2001 is one such psychological attack on the minds of the world. Look at the media coverage, the references to the event from politicians, the ensuing Global War on Terror, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the curtailing of liberties … all of this – problem-reaction-solution – and a huge stage for a performance of shock and awe, fear and death. And all of this amplified by the little box nearly every American has in their living room.

It has been proven that television is a great mind-control mechanism. While the person is watching in a trance, they are actually using less energy than when sitting doing nothing at all. Likewise, their brainwaves are slowed down to the level of hypnotic suggestion, combined with the flashing lights and images to keep you “tuned in.” That is why Time Warner Cable’s logo is the hypnotic eye.  You are being manipulated – your thoughts and beliefs hijacked – for the sake of control and capitalism.

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Brainwashing Made Easy

Brainwashing Made Easy

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No one wants to feel fear, yet it is there to keep each of us safe from danger. The elite, however, have learned to manipulate that to their advantage. With global media corporations in place, controlled and operated BY the elite, they can amplify that fear quite easily. Turn on the news, open a newspaper and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Fear sells! Think of how much fear has done to our country over the past several decades, beginning with the Federal Reserve’s engineered depression in the 1930’s. Then Pearl Harbor, then the Korean War, then the Vietnam War and the Cold War, then the war on drugs, OKC bombing, September 11th and global terrorism. It’s a big business, controlling your mind.

If you are caught in a frequency of fear, you can be easily led towards whatever solution is offered up to end that fear. Your innate power as Spirit is turned into an instrument of power for them, as you give away your power to feel safe – with their protection. In fact, they’ve got all sorts of solutions:

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Afraid of crime? Hire more police and build more prisons.

Afraid of unemployment? Work harder.

Afraid of AIDS? Don’t have sex.

Afraid of immigrants? Keep them out.

Afraid of foreigners? Bomb the hell out of them.

Afraid of terrorism? Restrict civil liberties.

Afraid of chaos? Support the status quo.

Afraid of failure? Don’t take chances.

Afraid of being alone? Conform.

Afraid of going to hell? Obey the Church.
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Obey. That is the name of the game of control. And controlled you are if you do not recognize how innately powerful, creative and safe you really are. This life is not all you are, but it is everything you’ve been taught to believe. Who taught you? What is the source of this “knowledge”?  Under all of our thoughts and beliefs is the Source of thinking itself.

Ultimately, all fear is fear of death – and death is the ultimate form of control. Images of death abound in today’s society, glorified by Hollywood and taken to extreme and grotesque levels, saturating our news and intruding upon our lives through measures of control to prevent our untimely death. Think about it.

The Politics of Fear utilized by the White House and certain members of Congress is an attempt to control you, plain and simple. Real and engineered events will occur to validate that fear and keep its frequency strong. Buildings collapse, bombs explode and “terrorists” are being watched for everywhere you go. In fact, you may be held in suspect. You should be fearful of your neighbors, too – they might be the next militant jihadist. Terrorism, political and economic, is the name of the game for the elite right now, as they can use it to instill fear, get the masses to conform, and exercise an increasing amount of control, coercion and restrictions upon freedom.

Fear is maintained through lies and deceit and I’ve had all I can take, especially from our government. There are few among us who do not believe that politicians are liars, yet we believe them when fear is involved. That is why, on the path for the search for Truth, we must, of necessity, come face to face with our thoughts, beliefs and fears. Before we can resonate with the Truth, all of the dissonant beliefs must be seen for what they are in the light of day and discarded. The illusions must be exchanged for the truth.  Our fears must be dispelled before we see how ultimately safe we are.

That is the process of waking up.

Are you “awake”?

 

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To Coin a New Term: Thought-Charade

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During the course of my brainstorming for a book I am working on, I had a phrase come to mind that seems to sum up a lot of what I see occuring in the world. I looked it up on Google and wasn’t successful finding any pre-existence of the word, so I’ll be happy to coin the word myself:

Thought-charade: 1. noun, empty or deceptive thoughts (The consciousness of humanity suffers from continual, compounded thought-charades.); 2. noun, plural, the game of defending known empty or deceptive thoughts to make them seem plausible, real, accepted by others (I switched on the television to find the talking heads playing thought-charades, attempting to make the case that the country is not in a recession.); 3. noun, the process of supporting empty or deceptive thoughts (George W. Bush’s thought-charade seemed to fool the attendees of the reception, but Alice and I knew his assertions were baseless.)

One of my arguments regarding perception is that it is always limited and provides only a very small window into reality. For example, the sense of smell in bloodhounds is far more developed than in humans. As humans, our perception of the “universe of odors” is only a small portion of reality, in terms of available sense data, yet we act and respond to our limited perception of sound as if it is all that is real. We take for granted that perception seeks to limit and define reality based upon selective data.

To take this idea further, humans build huge structures of belief based upon thoughts they form through the auspices of the physical senses. For example, the entire discipline of science, in general, is one such set of belief structures, which orders thoughts and experience (perception) based upon empirical data. The scientific method has been a long-standing measure of reality and functions in each and every one of our lives through our belief in its ability to provide an accurate understanding of observable phenomena (perception). Usually, if a thing cannot be observed or perceived in one way or another, then it is not known to be real.

We are beings who construct a picture of “reality” through the medium of perception, and yet on the other hand, we form beliefs about reality based upon the perceptions we experience. This is the definition of providing a circular definition.

When my daughter was small, she used to play make-believe a lot. She would play with her dolls and her doll house in very realistic ways. Understanding psychology, I recognized that she projected her own beliefs and experiences onto the imagined experiences of her dolls and she played out many of the same scenarios she had learned (through perception) through her dolls. She constructed a picture of reality for those dolls, generated through her own experiences and beliefs. While she asserted this reality in play, she was also asserting a lot more. She was reinforcing her perceptions as reality.

If we take for granted that our perception gives us access to reality, then this process seems self-fulfilling and is, no doubt, true unto itself. If we question whether or not perception gives us access to reality, however, then basing beliefs and claims to reality upon perception is just plain silly – especially when accompanied by the fervency with which so many people hold beliefs.

Think about it – people live by, die by, kill by and love according to beliefs they hold. If our thoughts are based upon only a small sliver of reality, how can we believe so blindly in what may be our own private illusions? How can we know that what we perceive is true, without pointing to perception itself?

This brings me to the point of the word: thought-charade. While many have asserted through the ages that life is a dream or an illusion (as in Hinduism, maya), the term thought-charade seems more appropriate. An illusion or dream suggests passivity on the part of the person who suffers them. Like a motion picture, the images appear as one merely sits by and observes. In my view, however, thoughts shape and mold “reality” and form experience. This is hardly a passive process!

Although, as a species, we are not very evolved in controlling our thoughts and directing belief in a conscious way, our thoughts and beliefs constantly and continually create our individual realities. We may not recognize the seemingly magical process by which our beliefs pull out of the universe that which we believe; nevertheless, it is still a process of consciousness that occurs all of the time, in every one of our lives by our active imagination and participation, whether we recognize it or not.

These thoughts and beliefs are chosen repeatedly through our lives. These choices generate experience. In turn, we form beliefs based upon these perceptions. Furthermore, beliefs shape perception so that experiences, viewed through the filter of belief, tend to validate the beliefs we hold. The person who goes around proclaiming, “People are assholes!” will, no doubt, find innumerable experiences that justify this position, thereby solidifying the person’s perception and “reality.” In this circularly-defined construction of “reality”, we find ourselves utterly lost and cut off from the Source – Ultimate Reality, asserting that all we are and All That Is is the world served upon the platter of perception. How wrong we have been.

In this way, each of our lives is a thought-charade. Until human beings recognize the importance of thoughts and beliefs in determining experience, they will continue to search for reality in perception – in experience itself, which is a product of thoughts and beliefs that are assertions of reality. Your reality is not found in sense experience. Take comfort in that because the picture of yourself which your physical senses tell you IS you, is not and never will be the fullness of what YOU are.

Reality exists and can be recalled when the thought-charade is seen for what it is, and the game is no longer played.

Collectively, the human race still has a long way to go to this realization. The game is “real”, it is the only game being played. And we’ve got a whole bunch of people with a whole lot of money being spent on manipulating your perceptions into believing their thought-charade.

They’re exceedingly good at it. If you do not recognize this fact, then I’m sorry to say, you’re living a thought-charade.

It’s a good thing there is one reality of our existence that we cannot change, which will bring an end to the thought-charade eventually … I only hope that each of us doesn’t choose to wait until then to begin the process of unraveling our tangled perception of reality.

 

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The Inner Landscape of Thoughts

Outer Reality is a reflection of the Inner Reality

Outer Reality is a reflection of the Inner Reality

Your body is a representation of your thoughts, beliefs and expectations, just as the world is a representation of the thoughts, beliefs and expectations of the collective consciousness of the world.

Your thoughts are alive and seek expression. Choose them carefully. Your body responds to your mental direction, whether chosen consciously by you or not.

Thoughts of anger, depression and attack can express themselves internally in the form of sickness, fatigue and disease. Your body responds to the internal mental environment you create.

Likewise, thoughts of joy, cooperation and love also express themselves, but do so far easier because of the natural creative aspect of the mind is one of unity and extension not isolation and destruction. Their fruits are happiness, harmony and health.

Creative expression is the source of all things and the mind is the activating agent of Spirit for such expression. As humans, we are learning how to direct that creativity.

Those that dwell on thoughts of anger and attack create to destroy, which goes against the natural order of the universe. For those, life can be difficult indeed, and every obstacle arises to fit with the expected perception.

Release yourself from your creations if they have not served you well. Your thoughts are under your direction. Your perception is largely a matter of choice.

 

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