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HAVE OR ARE?

BUDDHA IN THE MUD. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions.

Have Or Are?
Complexity or simplicity?

Thinking we have consciousness,
we will never realise what we are.
Our collection of ideas is our reality.

Realising we are consciousness,
consciousness is our reality.
Nothing other.

Arisings are now within consciousness and are not separate,
as with the moon reflected in a pool.

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The Imaginary ‘Mental Health’ of The I-Concept

NegativeTherapy.com

Almost all of our mental activity, all of the stuff that goes on in our heads, is happening as a result of our identification with what Wei Wu Wei calls the ‘I- concept’. All of this constant agitation, this constant busyness, this constant yearning and striving, is happening in relation to the concept that we have of ourselves, and the crucial point here is that this concept doesn’t actually refer to anything existing in reality.

The undeniable fact that we are always being unsettled, agitated or disturbed by this ‘background mental activity’, the fact that we are forever being pulled ‘this way and that’ shows that we don’t realise that the I-concept has no correspondence with actual reality. We don’t see that at all and this is why we never have any peace of mind. If we ever do have peace of mind (which can still happen every now and…

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QUESTIONS OF OUR TIME – IS NOW THE TIME FOR A NEW HUMAN CONTRACT?

Is Now The Time For A New Human Contract?

‘No sign will enlighten those whose eyes remain closed. But for those whose look is clear, darkness itself becomes a sign. For do they not know that the night grows darker as dawn approaches?’ – The Mother.

In a previous essay[1] I noted that for the first time in our known human history, civilization in most of its forms has come to a halt. We have been stopped in mid-posture – a state of arrested movement – and have been placed in a space we are totally unaccustomed to. I suggested that this moment is also an opportune time to ‘arrest the flow of thoughts’ – i.e., to step out of our regular, day-to-day thinking habits – in order to enter a period of reflection. When the external world goes into a phase of increased uncertainty and disruption, it is all the more important to create our own personal refuges, or sanctuaries, of quiet consideration.

We are now beginning that gradual climb out of our quarantined cocoons and seeing the world anew. What now faces us is the question of how we accept, or allow, our collective future to unfold. The ‘covid consciousness’ that has infected us globally, through the entire human species, can have the effect of awakening us into a stimulated frame of mind, with new perceptions triggered – or it can force us into accepting a new consensus reality (the ‘new normal’) for the foreseeable future. Do we come out of our cocoons with a butterfly consciousness, or do we retain the caterpillar’s mind?

We are presently not all out of our ‘cocooned lockdown’ – not fully yet. And this, I feel, is a good thing as many of us still have time for a reconsideration of where we are, what we are doing, and where we wish to go. This is not a story about viruses, or dead infectious parasites – this is a tale of contagious sentient life. What I see is that human life has been radically halted – the brakes applied – as if being placed under a microscope of our own viewing. We have been compelled to view and to see ourselves in a way that has never been done before. We have entered into humanity’s largest experiment, and we are the test cases. Before we can take further steps into what will become the most significant era for humanity’s future – into a phase of rapid evolutionary acceleration – we first need to take a ‘stop’ and to examine ourselves.

Similarly, we may consider this as an act of ‘force majeure,’[2] whereby humanity is now free from its prior commitments to a way of life it had contracted itself into. If we are free from our past contract, then whilst the world’s politicians are speaking of a ‘Second Wave’ of the virus, perhaps we should be considering this as allowing a ‘Second Wave’ for our human-focused transition – to begin a new trajectory, a new timeline for a human-planetary future. The past contract that humanity got itself involved in has now come to represent dysfunctional systems, damaging ideals and beliefs, and a ruinous path to a destructive future. If there was ever a time to break with this contract and to agree upon a new manner of collaboration and reciprocal maintenance, then this force majeure offers us a unique opportunity. This term of law also refers to an ‘event described by the legal term act of God.’ Something that hits us ‘out of the blue’ is able to annul an existing, binding contract.
Is this not an ideal opportunity for humanity to free itself from the chains of its bondage to a contract of rife consumerism, widespread corruption in our social systems, endemic fraud, rampant exploitation, and pervasive lies? Is it not time for a new social contract to be negotiated? Yet first, we need to start from a place closer to home.

As long as the majority of people expect all problems to be solved outside of themselves then our societies will continue to be dominated by these unruly forces. The question of liberation from these forces depends upon people willing to assume the responsibility of their own personal power – the power to perceive what needs to be done, and how things should be done. The faculties of personal perception need to be awakened further. Instead of running headlong into the external world with passion and the energy to make great change, perhaps first we should be directing this passionate energy into perceiving our own internal states and the necessity for clarity of vision. Only then will we have an aligned focused intent to manifest the change we wish to see in the world.

We cannot go back to where we have been – the ‘new normal’ is a fallacy. It is a slick marketing trick to lull the mind into the trap of familiarity. There is so much shifting now occurring in the world that, for some people, it is making them feel dizzy. For others, it is creating a feeling of nausea. Not only is it the sudden shift in the rhythm of our lives that has happened, it is the abrupt halt to familiar patterns – of thinking, feeling, and acting. We have been caught off-guard; a species that was slumbering when the tsunami arrived. Now we are gasping for air.

The compelling forces around us are rushing to re-make the old order along revised lines. It is the same old contract but updated without our knowledge and binding us into the contract indefinitely – with no ‘get out’ clause. Next time, the ‘force majeure’ may not be allowed and we’ll find the ‘act of God’ wiped from the small print. The contract now being written-up on our behalf appears to be for the next phase of humanity’s foreseeable technologically managed future. And if you cannot see it coming now, then you soon will – when it’s all around you. The movement we are in – our current slipstream – is irreversible. It is up to us, then, to participate in its forward direction.

The irreversible slipstream is also a perilous current to get swept along in. As well as physical events, this rushing flow is also emotional, psychological, and energetic. It easily pulls a person in so that the observer gets caught up in the action. We are seeing this irreversible momentum now sweeping through many parts of the world, and people from all backgrounds and classes are getting caught in its riptide. These riptides are unpredictable currents that are especially hazardous to inexperienced swimmers. Their increased perilous nature is that they often occur near to the shore where people consider themselves safest. They believe they can always get out easily. Yet it is often not the case. There is a great swell of repressed and angry energy erupting along our near shorelines, and this energy is infectious. Some of this energy may be necessary at this time, as a burning of the fields may help the new seeds to be planted.
The issue here is that such erratic energies also need to be detached from – for attaching to them is likely to serve an already existing predisposed agenda. Be warned, it is such emotional-passionate energies that are more likely to be funneled into fueling the way for an increased solidifying of the status quo – only in a more dominant way. When we identify with an event, we fuel it. When we identify with a surrounding energy, we attract more of the same energy into our sphere. In order to consider creating a new human contract between ourselves and the world, we first need to individually and collectively shift into a different space.

You cannot develop a new way, or paradigm, by occupying the same space as the old. It is like wearing your parent’s clothes to go to your wedding. A new way of doing things requires the allowance of a new energy, which first requires a letting go of the old, incumbent – and now dysfunctional – energy. If we do not take this opportunity that has been given to us, there is the looming possibility that old forces will retain their grip onto the ‘old contract’ and only amend this outdated document with further clauses of centralized control, social management, and a new technological ordering of human society. The new human being is currently in the state of a human becoming.

The great perennial task of humanity has always been the same: to become what we have always been, and to show others the way by our own individual presence and behavior. When we are finally able to heal ourselves from within then, and only then, can we heal others and the world without. The power for change begins and ends with us, the individual – not from the hand of a minority elite. The question of a new human contract is to resist the forces of dehumanization. If we do not awaken to our potentials during the space of this ‘covid consciousness,’ then we are vulnerable to the encroaching forces of dehumanizing social-technological control. The real question of our time is how to retain our humanity in the face of a diverse array of energetic and emotional disturbances. And if we overcome the rushing forces of this slipstream, then a magnificent ocean awaits us for future sailing.

We are now in the moment of our own choosing. We are being asked to consider, with care, what type of a future we wish to move into – both individually and collectively. And most importantly, how to make this future one that embraces the full human being.

About the Author
Kingsley L. Dennis is the author of Bardo Times: hyperreality, high-velocity, simulation, automation, mutation – a hoax?, The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness, and The Sacred Revival: Magic, Mind & Meaning in a Technological Age, available at Amazon. Visit him on the web at http://www.kingsleydennis.com/.

Endnotes

[1] To Fear or Not to Fear? – https://kingsleydennis.com/to-fear-or-not-to-fear/

[2] A term of law. Definition: ‘Force majeure is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, epidemic or an event described by the legal term act of God prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.’

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https://kingsleydennis.com/a-new-human-contract/

THEY KNEW THE TRUTH THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO

Oops! Wrong turning!

BUDDHA IN THE MUD. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions.

They Knew The Truth Thousands Of Years Ago

So what has happened?
Only you can decide.

The truth was – and is – that we are beings of consciousness. We are the very essence of consciousness, pure and simple. Consciousness has no needs but, due to confused understanding, it took on an embodiment which has requirements in order to survive. Some realise this and some do not. For those who do realise their true nature, they understand that they are here to bring an end to negative propensities.

We are more than just human beings trying to compete with one another. Our reality has been downgraded into trivial pursuits, as we are confused about what life is actually about, which is mutual support in humanity’s endeavour to realise our truth.

It isn’t easy finding information about the nature of consciousness. It’s described as just a state of awareness that responds…

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My experience with “Dharma”

Sushmita Das

Art of Lord Krishna made by my friend Nikita Samantaray

Dharma/Righteousness …this word has always perplexed me. I had a perception that righteousness means “doing right to others. Being Just and fair with everyone”.

My father always says “walk on the path of Dharma” I was unable to perceive his words, what exactly does he mean by “dharma”! Although, I have grown up seeing him doing the Just things no matter who did what wrong to him be it in terms of words or action, he always stood up for the Right and taught me to take a stand for the RIGHT! Yet I had a vague definition of “Dharma”. I wanted to know the meaning of righteousness beyond being just Right and doing Right!

Lately, after the onset of lockdown due the arrival of this dreadful pandemic at the doorstep of every nation, made me move towards watching the…

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In Hollywood

IN HOLLYWOOD

In Hollywood miserable rich people who are bad at living teach the public how to live.

In Hollywood people who have lost touch with their humanity teach the public how to be human.

In Hollywood the most fake people in the world teach the public about reality.

In Hollywood they make ninety-minute commercials about how America is perfectly sane and how neoliberalism is totally working.

In Hollywood people pretend to be other people saying words that other people wrote telling stories about things which never happened and we base our entire culture on this.

In Hollywood they make horror movies about a murderous psychopath running around slashing people, instead of making horror movies about the fact that murderous psychopaths rule our entire world right this very moment.

In Hollywood they make movies about good guys fighting bad guys, but it’s never the real kind of good guys and it’s never the real kind of bad guys.

In Hollywood they make movies about heroes fighting powerful villains with ambitions of global domination, but it’s always imaginary villains in an imaginary world and not the real-life villains who are doing exactly that in this world.

In Hollywood they make movies about cops and soldiers fighting on the side of justice to rescue good people from bad people, instead of about the real kind who do the very opposite.

In Hollywood they make movies about a band of protagonists fighting to save the world from disaster, but it’s always some far-fetched imaginary disaster and not the actual disasters our world is hurtling toward right this very minute.

In Hollywood they make movies about superheroes punching supervillains into buildings and supervillains punching superheroes into buildings, never about superheroes using their powers to to do the things real heroes do like leak evidence of corporate and government malfeasance, defy unjust laws, free the unjustly imprisoned, or conduct investigative journalism.

In Hollywood they make movies about imaginary billionaires who use their wealth to fight crime and injustice, instead of about real billionaires who do literally the exact opposite.

In Hollywood they make movies about protagonists who start off happy and then something bad happens so they have to get things back to normal, but it’s a fictional normal that normal people have never experienced in their lives because our society is gravely dysfunctional.

In Hollywood they teach us to expect clear linear stories with easily recognizable good guys and bad guys, and then in Washington and Langley they exploit these expectations by telling fake linear stories about targeted governments with easily recognizable good guys and bad guys.

In Hollywood they train you to think in terms of hard linear narrative and then propagandists exploit that training, when real life follows no hard linear narratives and awakening from this delusion exposes the whole deceitful puppet show.

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The Operation

“Clearly, 2020 has been unlike any previous year in the last century or so. The world is currently battling against an infodemic of propaganda spewing from the corporate media and official health authorities. Yes, people are sick and dying. However, the statistics make it clear that COVID-19 simply does not warrant a total lockdown of the planet and further destruction of the economy.

Regardless, nations around the world are using COVID-19 as an opportunity to grab more surveillance and police state powers, institute mask and vaccine mandates, accelerate the push towards a completely digital world, enact more corporate bailouts, and generally, extreme control and involvement in citizens lives. The sheer magnitude of the COVID-19 operation is unparalleled, with the most recent similar event being the attacks of September 11, 2001. As with the 9/11 attacks, the predator class is using COVID-19 as the excuse to push plans and agendas which predate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Even so, the COVID-19 operation is unlike any other event to take place in modern history because the results of this event are affecting people in every single nation on the planet and will continue to for years to come. Also, unlike 9/11 – which took place over the course of one morning – the COVID-19 operation is taking place daily for months on end. The effects of this constant bombardment with fear and panic are taking a toll on the hearts and minds of free people all around the world. Quite simply, the people are ready for this to end and they will do almost anything to achieve this goal. It is within this space of fear and uncertainty which the predator class has now begun to insert themselves, ready to present the “solution” to our ills.

The Great Reset
As every student of power and deception knows, the easiest way to achieve victory over your opponent is to guide them to a predetermined destination which benefits your agenda. If you can do this while convincing your opponent that they are consciously making their own choices and the path is for their own good – well, you are all but guaranteed success. I believe the evidence indicates this is the strategy we are seeing unfold during the COVID-19 operation.

The predetermined path we are being led down is known as “The Great Reset” and was announced in early June by the World Economic Forum. Regular readers will remember that on October 18, 2019, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the WEF on a high-level pandemic exercise known as Event 201. Event 201 simulated how the world would respond to a coronavirus pandemic which swept around the planet. The simulation imagined 65 million people dying, mass lock downs, quarantines, censorship of alternative viewpoints under the guise of fighting “disinformation,” and even floated the idea of arresting people who question the pandemic narrative.

The launch of The Great Reset was supported by Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum; England’s Prince Charles; Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN; and Kristalina Georgieva of the International Monetary Fund. The kick-off was truly an international event with the participation of Ma Jun, the chairman of the Green Finance Committee at the China Society for Finance and Banking and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China. The event was also supported by Bernard Looney, CEO of BP; Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard; and Bradford Smith, president of Microsoft.

Read On …..

A PERFECT STORM

Light in a time of darkness.

Bits of things that pop into this mind.

Maestro please. 

A masterpiece. 

Lightning that strikes the core perfectly.

A thunderous clap.

Clouds stream in quickly.

Raindrops race down, cooling everything.

Such a perfect melody.

Natures symphony,

conducted perfectly. 

All while the world continues to gravitate harmoniously.

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Attacked: A Poem on Anxiety

Look out
Look down
Look up
Look in
One step
Eternity
Breath in
Breath out
Relax

PhoebeMD: Medicine + Poetry

By Riya Bhatia | Featured Contributor


Note from Author: This was written when I was experiencing one of my worst anxiety attacks. Instead of running away from it, I decided to embrace it and use my words as a means of understanding myself better.

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My breath trembles
as the room seems to be
consuming my soul,
The walls are closing in
and my thoughts are
consuming me whole,
Sweat and tears
dim the shine
and rosiness of my face,
And all they can say
is keep picturing yourself
in a better place,
I’m crippled with fear
and can’t think
beyond this second,
How do I move on
and when will this ever end,

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Hold it for a few seconds.

Keep breathing.

It’ll be alright,
The day will get better
and the sun will shine bright.
My heart starts to race
as tears stream down…

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doerless doing part 6b, editor’s notes

Homage.

dhamma footsteps

POSTCARD#378: Bangkok: This is the last part in the series of posts created from source material in “Heartwood from the Bo Tree” by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. It is a conclusion of sorts, although how this slim volume came to be with me and the events that go with it, is worthy of including.

I found the book again after 20 years of it being lost in a deep cupboard. Such a precious thing to have it leap into my hands again as if by magic. Maybe it got picked up along with the Nokia Phone Manual (that’s how long ago it was!) and got lost in the cupboard for two decades. Finding the book came with all the memories of how things were then, discovering Buddhism for the first time – although there was something déjà vu about it – and how it opened up an understanding in my world that…

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