If you stop to examine the automatic reactions of your mind to the constant stream of incoming information from the world around you, as well as the constant stream of internal dialogue going on about it all in your forebrain, you’ll notice some or most of the time, your reaction is to resist with an almost imperceptible, yet nonetheless potent, ‘oh no’.
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Go around on a weekend night and see all the people dressed up, off to parties, bars, clubs, dance halls or wherever and you realise it’s all a big fancy dress party, everyone playing together, colluding in co-generating a wonderful illusion, a fabulous pretence of being temporarily earthbound gods and goddesses with nothing better to do than revel in the flirtatious, flouncing, inebriated, expensive joy of our own existence, as opposed to being beings more or less enslaved to the pursuit of earning a crust or turning a profit.
We create a fantasy in which we are essentially party-going and glamorous, as opposed to intrinsically ordinary, as if this might lift us above the mundane and even above death itself, as if dressed to kill, we are immortal.
And if all the elements fall into place just so to make for a good night out, it works – for a moment. And then we come back down to earth and the realm of the ordinary with a thump and probably a bit of a hangover.
However, to revel instead in being ordinary: an ordinary part of the ineffable mystery of existence, with the ordinary miracle of being conscious and having the will to do things and all at once, you know yourself as divine, you know yourself as an expression and manifestation of nothing less than the Tao itself. So seeing, you instantly see past the disguises of those around, whether dressed for the hunt or merely dressed down for Friday, to the Tao informing each of them likewise. Seeing this, you are naturally flooded with compassion – for them, for you and for the entirety of existence.
This is another way of saying, look beyond the frou frou and you find the Tao, or be not distracted by the world of the ten thousand things and you will know yourself as the Tao.
Knowing yourself as the Tao, you have the power to change reality. In moments of managing this feat, spare a thought for visualising the world settling into a new phase of peace and plenty for everyone and let’s have the party go on. Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving and may every moment feel like the ultimate party for you today, tonight and throughout the weekend.
Verspil geen tijd met jezelf zielig te vinden, als je jezelf terugvindt in een volgens jou minder geslaagde vorm van de werkelijkheid, want dat tast je persoonlijke kracht aan en houdt je gevangen in de gedachte dat je slachtoffer bent van de omstandigheden. Erken in plaats daarvan dat je je situatie zelf gemanifesteerd hebt en dat de omstandigheden precies zijn zoals je ze voor jezelf gewenst hebt. Gun jezelf daarbij het voordeel van de twijfel, want hoe fout en onaantrekkelijk de dingen nu ook lijken, dit is precies wat je nodig hebt om de volgende stap te zetten op weg naar de voor jou perfecte situatie. De onderliggende spirituele kracht die druk bezig is de dingen in de buitenwereld zo te rangschikken dat dit het voor jou optimale resultaat oplevert, werkt op een geheimzinnige en ondoorgrondelijke manier. En je doet er goed aan om erop te vertrouwen dat die kracht weet wat ze doet, anders maak je jezelf zonder enige noodzaak helemaal gek.
Je kan er ook voor kiezen jezelf zonder enige noodzaak helemaal gek te maken.
Dat is helemaal je eigen keuze.
Maar als het je bedoeling is om zoveel mogelijk momenten van inzicht en verlichting te ervaren, blijf jezelf er dan aan herinneren dat je je hele situatie met opzet zo gemanifesteerd hebt omdat je deze uitkomst graag wilde. En zodra je toegeeft dat je deze situatie gewenst hebt - zelfs al je rationele mind zich ertegen verzet - transformeert alles in positieve zin. Zo werkt het nu eenmaal als je je op dit niveau met magie bezighoudt.
Kijk eens goed naar de werkelijkheid zoals jij die waarneemt (het is uiterst subjectief hoe je je waarneming en je gedachten daarover vorm geeft en vervolgens benoemt als jouw werkelijkheid) en voor ieder aspect dat je onder ogen komt, zeg je tegen jezelf ‘ik heb dat gemanifesteerd omdat ik dat prettig vind.’ Doe het bij wijze van experiment en probeer het niet verstandelijk te analyseren of te onderzoeken. Als het je lukt om je rationele mind lang genoeg buiten spel te zetten om -desnoods maar heel even- te begrijpen dat je wat je waarneemt inderdaad zelf manifesteert, ervaar je direct een moment van verlichting. Hoe vaker je dit doet, vooral op momenten van twijfel, angst, bezorgdheid, stress, schuldgevoel, spijt of waar je dan ook maar last van hebt, hoe krachtiger je wordt en hoe minder je het nodig hebt om de pijn van het leven te verdoven met afleiding buiten jezelf.
Integendeel. Je verwelkomt die pijn als een teken dat je hier op deze planeet leeft en je gebruikt hem om sterk te worden, zelfstandig, veerkrachtig en zeker van jezelf.
Of niet natuurlijk. Dat beslis je helemaal zelf.
Maar een ding staat vast.
Jezelf vertellen dat jij alles gemanifesteerd hebt zoals het nu is omdat jij dat prettig vindt en jij dus ook in staat bent om het te veranderen als jij dat zou willen, levert je een veel interessantere dag op dan jezelf vertellen dat je een machteloos slachtoffer bent van een wrede, onvoorspelbare wereld. Het is alleen maar een kwestie van je kijk op het leven veranderen. (In de Members' Wisdom Drop lees je een mooie techniek om dit te doen. Je moet dan wel lid worden, maar het is de moeite waard. (Alleen in het Engels.)
Ik wens je dat je geniet van een heerlijke dag waarin je zoveel momenten van spontane verlichting meemaakt dat je ze niet meer kunt tellen
Vertaling Peter Veen - www.qitalks.nl
Panning your focus at will comprises one of the master’s crucial tricks for seeing what’s what in perspective, thus avoiding unnecessary tension and stress arising from being overly narrow-focused on the details and forgetting your privileged place in the miracle of existence and thus wasting your time feeling miserable for no good reason.
As you wend your way through the busy day, much of the time, your mind will necessarily be narrow-focused exclusively on the task at hand. In between tasks are moments of respite. In honour of the mind’s natural tendency to be governed by the universal yin-yang dynamic (contraction or narrow focus and expansion or broad focus), it behoves you to notice these intervals when they arise and to take full advantage of them by inviting your mind to broaden its focus as wide as it will stretch, in the same way you’d treat a muscle or muscle group that was being strenuously used. After contraction must come expansion, after a flex, a stretch, otherwise comes a seize-up.
This applies to the dynamic of narrow-focusing on the picture of what you’re doing in the moment versus broad-focusing on the bigger picture of your life, as much as it does to the physical process of visually focusing on a point or small area directly in front of you versus allowing your visual span to expand to include the periphery.
Indeed, by dropping whatever’s in your mind and simply allowing your eyes to take in the periphery, your mind naturally lights upon the broad spectrum of your existence.
Allow this to go all the way and you find yourself gazing out at your universe with the eyes of the Tao itself and all mundane concerns, no matter their scale, hitherto causing you varying degrees of anguish or grief and hence stress, fall instantly into perspective and their sting is attenuated.
May all your stings be attenuated so much today and tonight, you feel like a newborn baby.
PS if you've not yet seen the Psycho-Energetics Mechanics of Enlightenment webinar replay - go here; I'm in Bath, UK, Sunday 8th December doing a live day on how to do Taoist tricks – come if you're around the area then, it's going to be a beautiful day - details here
One problem with the eternal debate over fatalism versus free-will, is the very premise for it is invalid. The immature mind seeks to resolve reality by choosing one option or another. The evolved mind understands reality to be more complex than that.
While there is a place for the either-or model, our universe operates at the deepest level, on the principle of yin and yang, not yin or yang. Yin, in this instance represents the acquiescent state associated with fatalism: the ability to welcome and accept everything life brings your way, whether painful or pleasant, as an expression of absolute universal love and as the inevitable result of the near-infinite chain of cause and effect originally instigated at the inception of existence itself, as something already ‘written’ and therefore not to be struggled with. Yang represents the active principle in respect of focusing one’s will towards achieving a specific goal or set of goals, thereby instigating a new strand in the chain of cause and effect. (Ascertaining whether the choices involved in the latter are also predetermined or not falls within the realm of mental masturbation).
Both the acquiescent and proactive modes, working in harmony, are required for you to function effectively and gain the most value from being alive. This implies being willing to accommodate the paradox and the necessary wisdom to do so requires desisting from seeking to draw conclusions. So you let go and stop struggling with what is, or what to perceive the is to be, you stop feeling sorry for yourself, you stop resisting life and all the new information reaching you in each and every second and instead accept everything with good grace and as much cheerfulness as you can in any one moment. You breathe freely and rejoice in being alive. However, simultaneously, you continually work on refining your goals and directing your will towards achieving them.
These two urges: the yin and yang respectively, must be relatively balanced, so they can sit together comfortably. Too much acquiescing and not enough striving and you congeal into a blob. Too much striving and not enough acquiescence and you overheat and evaporate.
And the key to this intricate crucial balance lies in something incredibly simple.
Each time you breathe in, you are nourishing the yin, the accepting.
Each time you breathe out, you are stimulating the yang, the proactive.
Consciously equalise the duration of the inhalation and exhalation and be mindful of continuing to do so all the time, as you work, rest and play and by and by, the yin and yang of your entire life will fall into a state of perpetual and only mildly fluctuating balance.
From balance, comes peace. From peace comes happiness. From happiness comes success.
May you feel supremely balanced, peaceful and happy today and tonight and may it bring you surprising success in all your endeavours.
With respect to charting your course on the waters of life, there are different levels of internal dialogue occurring simultaneously.
There's the familiar, more superficial conversation, in which you discuss life with yourself, appraise your success levels, analyze your weaknesses, assess your strengths, debate your stratagems, variously berate or applaud yourself, and using what seems like logic, choose your direction thence.
This goes on in the front of the brain.
And there's the deeper conversation that goes on, whenever you relax your amygdala, those two testicle-like sacks hanging down behind the pineal gland just posterior to the midbrain, in which, whenever you're inwardly quiet enough to hear it, you receive guidance on the way to go via the subconscious from the Big Self (your Tao).
Though this guidance is often at first glance seemingly counter intuitive and irrational, following it, your affairs have a way of resolving into outcomes of surprising elegance and colorfulness far surpassing, in terms of the satisfaction-factor, the sort of results that could be contrived by following the dictates of the so-called rational mind.
Working on the project I'm part of at the mental health center, I assure the people I”m helping that this phenomenon of hearing voices is not the exclusive province of people diagnosed with mental health issues. Everyone hears voices.
The trick to enjoying a rich, beautiful life is listening to the right one.
This is mostly down, as inferred above, to which part of the brain you take notice of.
All the negative patterns that hold you back from the full adventure are associated with the noise of the front-brain conversation. There are numerous ways to intervene and transform these. However one of the more efficacious and effective is to simply draw your mind backwards into the rear part of the brain, where those patterns no longer hold jurisdiction, and whence all becomes silent within, and ask your subconscious to reveal the moves your need to make.
I'm calling all this work 'Psycho-Energetics' – the mechanics of enlightenment.
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Start of a week – though weeks are an illusion – at the generative root of reality, there are no weeks, no days, no hours – everything is happening now – all at the same time. As we step down our consciousness from divine to human level, in order to take form and partake of the grand dream occurring on this planet, we deftly collectively construct and uphold a communal illusion of linear time. Nonetheless, it’s a powerful illusion and it’s the start of the week, so presumably there’s much for you to do and much to get done, as if the universe depended on it, against a backdrop of a world in turmoil on all fronts and part of you – that part only stepped down an increment or two from the Undifferentiated Absolute itself, is probably wondering why you chose this particular planet to incarnate on, why not somewhere with less friction, strife and downright stupidity. But you know why. Assuming you could even find a planet that supported life as magnificently as this one does – like looking for a needle in a haystack – you’d be bored. So you chose to enter this particular madhouse at a time all the inmates were growing even more restless than usual and were making idiotic mistakes on an unprecedented global scale and here you are enjoying it.
If you think you’re not enjoying it, that’s just a trick you play on yourself, a game of self-obfuscation. Being alive is enjoyable. That’s why people generally cling to life for all it’s worth, even against all the odds, for no matter how painful at times, being alive is enjoyable. That’s why we each went through the cranium-crunching constriction of being born in the first place. Our respective souls knew instinctively that being alive here is enjoyable come what may. So inhale, exhale, free yourself of the unnecessary shackles of false non-enjoyment and acknowledge that, no matter what else is or isn’t going on in your life at the moment, being alive here right now is enjoyable.
As soon as you stop resisting and acknowledge that, you are flooded with all the joy you’ve been suppressing since you started playing that non-enjoyment trick on yourself.
Enjoy being alive here in the moment and all else will be added to you. Enjoy being alive here and now and the grace naturally generated in your personal field as a result will magnetise undreamed of opportunities to you.
May you be so radiant with grace today and tonight, even gods and spirits come to you bearing great gifts, let alone mere mortals.
Enjoying being alive from moment to moment, which is the main reason for continuing to be here, is difficult when you’re in physical or emotional pain. It’s meant to be. If it was easy, the game would be no fun, no challenge to your immeasurable innate existential skills.