I walk past two lovers (I suppose it'd be rare to walk past more), sequestered in the garden of an early Georgian house deep in the heart of old England, canoodling, murmuring and whispering sweet nothings under the rays of an outdoor heater, intoxicated on wine, lust and childhood fantasies mutually projected, both semi-ecstatic and apparently subsumed by the notion this is the very first time such a thing has happened to people.
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Imagine if, like the magician of all magicians you had sufficient personal power to effectively ordain a miraculous outcome to all situations for all people. Imagine you could attune to the Buddha, the enlightened one within each person on the planet and by so doing,
Sitting at the café knocking back an Americano, watching the world go by and indulging the fantasy for a moment that I’m living a leisurely Mediterranean style life, it occurs to me that each of us is walking or driving around in our own universe, comprised of our individual perception of reality and of our place in it, defined by our hopes, aspirations, fears, doubts, complexes, daring and so on, often reaching out for confirmation from others through SMS or voice contact on our mobiles, or drowning our ears in the musical ideas of others piped in from our MP3 players and how if you combine approximately 7 billion human universes like that and have them happening contemporaneously and co-spatially on one relatively small planet, there’s bound to be the odd collision of wills, the occasional contretemps to add friction to the action and the fact that these are the exception rather than the rule for most of the people in most places, most of the time, constitutes a miracle of epic proportions but because we are generally unaware of the obvious and are in any case bombarded by the media’s insistence on reporting and emphasising the bad news rather than the good, we tend to view the world as a dangerous, tense place, whereas in fact, it’s more peaceful than not.
It’s all in how you choose to view it – through which prism you care to look.
I say this in respect of the proposition I’ve been making this week of instigating a collective experiment, based on the ancient Taoist principles of wu wei, for effortlessly manifesting shifts in external reality simply by visualisation, in this instance encouraging as large and increasingly expanding group of us as possible, once a day for a few seconds, to each visualise, using each our own unique imagery, the entire human population of approximately 7 billion people, relaxing at least 9% more and in that state of deepened relaxation, being able to more easily eschew the destructive impulse and so tune into the positive life-force (love) running through us all, and thus informed, miraculously, mysteriously, collectively discover the way through whatever global conundrums lay ahead during this deepening transitional phase of declining resources, rising prices, unstable conditions on all fronts and accompanying unrest.
So for today, tonight and through the weekend ahead, if countless numbers of us, say the 20,000 or so from all around the world, who read this page each day, were to visualise that peaceful force growing stronger via the agency of an imaginary healing vapour enveloping the entire planet and touching the inner peaceful, loving Buddha within each individual with its soothing essence, the chances are good that within but a few days, remarkable things will start happening in the world – unexpected incidents of mutual cooperation, breakthroughs in technological progress in respect of future life-sustenance and surprise examples of wise negotiations on the world stage. And if we visualise the world a few years hence, having been subject to the benign effects of this healing vapour all that time, settled into a space of mutual cooperation directed at sustaining life on the planet rather than plundering it for all it’s worth as is evidently happening at the moment, in spite of all talk to the contrary, the chances are good that will happen, in spite of its implausibility.
Alternatively you can either bury your head in the sand or become glum, however, as viewed from the café, the world tends to be far more an enjoyable place to hang out from moment to moment, when you train your mind to see the positive outlook instead.
In this Weekend Special Members' Wisdom Drop, I go in depth into a process for modestly engendering miraculous outcomes to all situations for everyone everywhere.
Meantime, may you be blessed with unshakable peace and confidence in the Tao today, tonight and right through the weekend ahead.
PS if you’re around this weekend join me for the first of the Sunday Session live meditations
The idea that collectively as a group of however many, we might be able to effect a shift in the external appearance of reality simply by engaging together loosely in generating a shared vision, each in our own unique style, of the world we’re co-creating continuing to support and sustain us through the present transitional period as resources rapidly dwindle, is fairly radical. However if you’ve
Yesterday, I proposed/announced instigating a collective experiment, based on the ancient Taoist principles of wu wei, for effortlessly manifesting shifts in external reality simply by visualisation, in this instance encouraging as large and increasingly expanding group of us as possible, once a day for a few seconds, to each visualise, using each our own unique imagery, the entire human population of approximately 7+ billion people, relaxing at least 9% more and in that state of deepened relaxation, being able to more easily eschew the destructive impulse and so tune into the positive life-force (love) running through us all, and thus informed, miraculously, mysteriously, collectively discover the way through whatever global conundrums lie ahead during this deepening transitional phase of declining resources, rising prices and accompanying unrest.
Today I’d like to suggest shining the focus on how we each perceive the human race, for according to the immutable laws of metaphysics, whatever we focus on grows. Hence if you view your fellow planet-riders as 7 billion individual nuisances, that’s how they’ll show up to you and the real-time result will be turgid for all concerned. If, alternatively, you were to view each as a Buddha in disguise – if you were able to look beyond the surface guise to the enlightened Buddha within each, for there is always one, no matter how well obscured that Buddha self in each may be (to them as well as you) – that’s precisely how they’d show up to you, that’s how they’d act towards you and the result would be as you’d expect whenever dealing with a Buddha: sublime.
To do so constitutes a discipline – a warrior’s discipline – as it’s too easy to forget and sink back into the self-deluded, superior, judgemental state and thereby elicit a negative response from the world around you.
The key to this discipline is vigilance and breathing: vigilance to note whenever you’re slipping into negative default mode and exhaling/relaxing to release it, both from the mind and the muscles.
In today’s Members' Wisdom Drop, I’m focusing on how, in terms of the collective experiment, to employ this tactic in respect of engendering world peace, or more precisely, a preponderance of peace over violence.
Meantime, may you be blessed by a thousand meetings with the Buddha today and tonight as you wend your way.
In respect of the experiment outlined in today’s Wisdom Drop, I’d like to focus on specific aspects of everyday life, in order to effect shifts in them and by doing so on a collective level, assuming the experiment has validity, which I have no reason to expect it doesn’t, simultaneously enjoying the additional benefit of those shifts in our individual realities. In other words,
Assuming you’ve been trying out the old Taoist methods of manifesting what you want, I’ve been sharing here recently, have been meeting with some success and are hence open to possibilities, I’m interested in instigating an experiment based on the idea that the synergy produced by a multitude of people broadly focusing and visualising the same outcome could prove to be a crucial factor in bringing about a relatively smooth transition for human society through what is evidently shaping up to be a rocky passage on all fronts over the next few years, as turbulence develops in the ecological, biological, economic, geopolitical and social spheres.
If you look back to times you’ve been faced with apparently insurmountable challenges, conundrums or obstacles, you’ll recall that moment, when by relaxing into the situation and accessing a shred of faith in your ability to unravel whatever knots lay in your path, you somehow, mysteriously managed to find the way through and came out smiling.
My experiment is simple and is confined merely to encouraging as large and increasingly expanding group of us as possible, once a day for a few seconds, to each visualise, using our own imagery, the entire human population of approximately 7+ billion people, relaxing at least 9% more and in that state of deepened relaxation, being able to more easily eschew the destructive impulse and so tune into the positive life-force (love) running through us all, and thus informed, miraculously, mysteriously, collectively discover the way through whatever global conundrums lay ahead during this deepening transitional phase of declining resources, rising prices and accompanying unrest.
I suggest, momentarily suspending fearful thoughts, no matter how seemingly rational and conjuring up an image, each in our own style, of the human population 9 years or so hence, having successfully negotiated its way through the coming challenges via a predominance of wisdom and love rather than force and fear.
I believe if enough of us do that on a daily basis, it will lend actual force to the unlikely but possible enterprise of producing a future we can thrive in, rather than the alternative.
If the idea of that experiment holds appeal, tune in to the Members' Wisdom Drop each day, where I’ll somehow be finding a way to expand on the theme and detail specific aspects of human, experience, activity and behaviour to focus on, in a similar way to accessing specific acupuncture points to needle during a treatment, that will cause the entire system to right itself, something I did fairly successfully for a living for 20 years, so have a bit of a feel for.
Have a top Tuesday,
Don’t waste a second feeling sorry for yourself or dismayed should you find yourself experiencing what you consider to be a substandard passage of reality, as this merely takes your personal power away and holds you stuck in the delusion of being a victim of external circumstances. Instead acknowledge that you have manifested things exactly as they are and then be fully willing to trust yourself enough to give yourself the benefit of the doubt for having done so. For no matter how askew things may seem, they are precisely as they’re meant to be in order for you to attain to your perfect happiness. The spiritual force within that moves things around in the external world to produce the desired eventual result for you, works in mysterious ways. Always trust it knows what it’s doing, otherwise you risk driving yourself mad for no reason.
Or drive yourself mad for no reason. It’s entirely your choice.
However if wishing to experience many magical moments of sartori (enlightenment/awakeness), simply keep reminding yourself you’ve manifested things exactly as they are and have done so because you actually like them this way. As soon as you acknowledge you actually like things the way they are even if your rational mind baulks at the notion, everything instantaneously transmutes into something way better, as that’s the way reality works when you engage with it on a magical level like this.
Look around at what you perceive to be your reality (it’s all merely subjective: the way you organise your perceptions and thoughts about them into a shape you recognise as your reality) and for each aspect that comes into view, tell yourself, ‘I have manifested this because I like it.’ Avoid analysing or investigating this rationally. Simply treat it as an experiment. If you do manage to bypass your rational mind long enough to glimpse how you do indeed manifest everything as you perceive it to be, you’ll experience sartori. The more often you do so, especially when beset by doubts, fears, anxiety, stress, guilt, regret or what-have-you, the more empowered you’ll become and hence the less dependent on external distractions to numb the pain of being alive. Instead, you’ll welcome the pain as a sure sign you’re here on the planet and will use it to grow stronger, more self-reliant, more self-contained and more resilient through.
Or maybe you won’t. It’s up to you.
One thing’s certain though.
Telling yourself it’s you who has manifested everything as it is because you like it this way and are therefore free to change it at will, you’ll have a far more enjoyable and merry Monday, than were you to tell yourself you’re a powerless victim of a cruel and capricious world. It’s just a simple matter of shifting your existential stance, a neat technique for affecting which, I go into in today’s Members' Wisdom Drop (for which you'll need to be or become a member - and it's worth it).
May you enjoy the merriest of Mondays, meanwhile, in which you are blessed so many times with moments of spontaneous enlightenment, you lose count.
The true nature of all phenomena can be discerned by paying attention to what gives each its duration – the Tao. With that as your central focus, this is a week to immerse yourself in daily life as if you were a man and daily life was a woman and you were making love to her. This is a week to