Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin
Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin
With thanks to MindMindful
Imagine this scene: a layman sits in front of his house, eating a fish from the pond behind the house, holding his son in his lap. The dog is eating the fishbones and the man kicks the dog. Not an extraordinary scene one would think, but Venerable Shariputra commented:
He eats his father’s flesh and kicks his mother away, the enemy he killed he dandles on his lap, the wife is gnawing at her husband’s bones, samsara can be such a farce.
What had happened? The man’s father died and was reborn as a fish in the pool, the layman caught his father, the fish, killed it, and was now eating it. The layman’s mother was very attached to the house so she was reborn as the man’s dog. The man’s enemy had been killed for raping the man’s wife; and because the enemy was so attached to her, he was reborn as her son. While he ate his father’s meat, the dog — his mother — ate the fish bones, and so was beaten by her son. His own little son, his enemy, was sitting on his knee.
Samsara: literally meaning “continuous flow”, is the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth or reincarnation within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bön, Jainism, Sikhism, and other Indian religions. In modern parlance, samsara refers to a place, set of objects and possessions, but originally, the word referred to a process of continuous pursuit or flow of life. In accordance with the literal meaning, the word should either refer to a continuous stream of consciousness, or the continuous but arbitrary drift of passions, desires, emotions, and experiences. (Wiki)
A lord asked Takuan, a Zen teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others.
Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man:
Is it possible to sort of “rewire” your brain so you can better control imposing symptoms of depression and angst? The short answer, according to recent new research, is yes, and it all it takes in large part is some “mindfulness meditation.”
According to a study which appeared more than a year-and-a-half ago, in the January 2011 journal of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported that an eight-week program called mindfulness meditation was able to make measurable changes in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
The study is the first to document meditation-created changes to the brain.
“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” said the study’s senior author, Sara Lazar, PhD, of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program.
“This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing,” she said.
Documented physical changes in the brain
In previous studies, Lazar’s group and others discovered structural differences between brains of experienced practitioners of meditation and those who had no history of it. In particular, researchers observed a thickening of the cerebral cortex in regions associated with attention and emotional integration, says a summary of the study at Science Daily. Those earlier studies, however, were unable to discover a link between the physical cortex changes and meditation.
That all changed with Lazar’s latest study. In it, she and her team took MRIs of the brain structure of 16 participants in the study two weeks before and two weeks after they took part in the eight-week program at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
Besides weekly meetings which included practicing mindful medication – a practice that focuses on nonjudgmental awareness of feelings, sensations and state of mind – participants also were exposed to audio recordings of guided meditation practice and were asked to keep track of how much time they spent meditating each day. For comparison, MRIs were taken of a control group of non-meditators over a similar period of time.
Those who meditated did so for an average of 27 minutes each day, according to the research team, practicing mindfulness exercises. Their subsequent responses to a mindfulness questionnaire as the study progressed indicated strong improvements compared to pre-study responses.
An analysis of MRIs that focused on regions where meditation-associated differences were found in earlier studies showed increased brain densities in the hippocampus, which is known to be important for learning and memory, as well as structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.
None of the changes, however, were seen in the control group.
“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” Britta Holzel, PhD, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany, said.
“Other studies in different patient populations have shown that meditation can make significant improvements in a variety of symptoms, and we are now investigating the underlying mechanisms in the brain that facilitate this change,” she added.
Mindful meditation’s increased brain benefits becoming better known
Other researchers were equally enthusiastic.
“These results shed light on the mechanisms of action of mindfulness-based training,” said Amishi Jha, PhD, a University of Miami neuroscientist who investigates mindfulness-training’s effects on individuals in high-stress situations, who was not involved in the study.”
They demonstrate that the first-person experience of stress can not only be reduced with an eight-week mindfulness training program but that this experiential change corresponds with structural changes in the amygdala, a finding that opens doors to many possibilities for further research on MBSR’s potential to protect against stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said.
This research appears to be similar to a separate body of work that has shown that with as few as 11 hours of mindful meditation, the white matter of the brain that aspartame destroys, can begin to grow back.
Albert Einstein, 1931
Einstein at his home in Princeton, New Jersey
“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…
“I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.
“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…”
“My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. It is an irony of fate that I myself have been the recipient of excessive admiration and reverence from my fellow-beings, through no fault, and no merit, of my own. The cause of this may well be the desire, unattainable for many, to understand the few ideas to which I have with my feeble powers attained through ceaseless struggle. I am quite aware that for any organization to reach its goals, one man must do the thinking and directing and generally bear the responsibility. But the led must not be coerced, they must be able to choose their leader. In my opinion, an autocratic system of coercion soon degenerates; force attracts men of low morality… The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.
“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor… This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”
Albert Einstein (signature)
The text of Albert Einstein’s copyrighted essay, “The World As I See It,” was shortened for our Web exhibit. The essay was originally published in “Forum and Century,” vol. 84, pp. 193-194, the thirteenth in the Forum series, Living Philosophies. It is also included in Living Philosophies (pp. 3-7) New York: Simon Schuster, 1931. For a more recent source, you can also find a copy of it in A. Einstein, Ideas and Opinions, based on Mein Weltbild, edited by Carl Seelig, New York: Bonzana Books, 1954 (pp. 8-11).
Castaneda, Don Juan, Tibetan Master Norbu, Parmenides, Liars, Infinity and Ayahuasca
Tibetan Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, world authority on Dzogchen Buddhism, about 3 decades ago, in the early 80′s, reportedly said – during a retreat in the very first community that he founded in Italy (Arcidoss, Tuscany) in 1982 – that “the way of Castaneda is the closest possible to Dzogchen Buddhism” (Cosimo Di Maggio, personal communication). Ten years later, in 1992, Norbu wrote “Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light”, and in 1993 appeared Castaneda’s “The Art of Dreaming”. An interesting coincidence.
“Whatever is profound, loves masks [...] every profound spirit needs a mask.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Scholars, journalists, academics and detractors alike all love the tale of Castaneda’s – and his main teacher, the Yaqui sorcerer Don Juan – being a fraud. It’s far too easy to stop to the first three books of Castaneda, and then think it’s all made up. There is much more than those three books and Don Juan – whomever he may have been – in Castaneda. There is a wealth of knowledge going through the very end of his work, through his last books, public seminars, all the way through “The Way of the Warrior: A Journey of Applied Hermeneutics” which non-specialist detractors might not be overly familiar with, not to count the previous (unauthorized yet intriguing) spontaneous “Nagualist Newsletter” platform.
What is fake? Saying that we live in a world where death is the hunter? That we are surrounded by infinity and yet do not have time? Or that we live in an unfathomable universe and in a very mysterious world? That sorcerers discovered the existence of the ‘flyers’, predatory creatures and energetic parasites? That our earth is a gigantic living sentient being? That a warrior should use death as an adviser and choose to walk a path with a heart? That we ought to be fluid, unpredictable, free from routines, practice ‘not doing’ and prepare ourselves for the final journey to infinity? Or else, more, that we should recapitulate our lives to free old, trapped energy? Or even that we ought to practice Chinese martial arts? This list could go on forever, and I will just add we were told of ‘Mescalito’ as being a teacher and a protector, then to loose personal importance, erasing our personal history, and the solidity of our world being, merely, an illusion. It’s the destiny of all profound spirits to be misunderstood and not be welcomed by their time. Our society, our world, our trapped consciousness and awareness is too immature and too unprepared to accept the full blow of the Nagualist teachings of Don Carlos and Don Juan to our consolidated sense of reality.
Sure, Carlos indulged with lots of women, and this might not have been really part of the Toltec teachings…but that was his predilection. So did ancient Chinese emperors, Taoist alchemists, masters and sages pursuing their path to immortality. True, he may have gone a bit too far in dismantling the sense of personal importance of his female “favourites”, often queuing up for the privilege of being the chosen ones, and have an intimate encounter with their enlightened master. At times it all looked much a power game. And may be – at times – it was. He exercised his personal power (of which, at some point, he had a lot). And – in the process – also manifested with them another attribute of the Toltec Nagualist teachings of Don Juan: ruthlessness.
There is a disturbing element out there – namely, the presumed disappearance and suicide of his female cohort-s, after his death (?) – an element this, which might not necessarily have been part of the original teachings of Don Juan, as they were passed on to Carlos at least.
We may choose to see this event in a few different ways. Either as a failed attempt to reach the Nagual and abruptly resulting in the physical (& energetic) death of all of his cohorts. Or else, as a partially successful attempt to reach the Nagual, however, resulting in the physical (& energetic) death of his adopted daughter, yet, accompanied by the ultimate flight to freedom of the rest of his female clan (their bodies, remember, have never been found and might have accomplished the supreme feat of turning into conscious energy and join the realm of inorganic beings). Or else more, we may choose to see this cult suicide-s as an act of blind loyalty of people – Castaneda’s female cohorts – who have been misguided by a sorcerer who indulged in dark practices and was warned several times by Don Juan not to mingle too much with the realm of inorganic beings.
But then, what do we know? Warriors burning with a fire from within and turning themselves into conscious energy (at the magical time of death) imply that their bodies will physically disappear? Or will their bodies and bones remain on this earth and decay, whilst their consciousness is transformed, maintained and transported on to other energetic levels and continues to exist in infinity, maintaining its individuality? That is, the final journey to freedom?
Aside from the bones shown in the BBC documentary made in 2008 no much is known about the final destiny of the ‘witches’. Did they reach Freedom?? It may take a Nagual to answer these questions, or perhaps some good, revelatory Ayahuasca sessions may do it. I just recollect the words of Don Juan: “Some men of knowledge deliberately choose death”. To live or to die made no difference to those people. He personally chose to live as he liked laughing, but not because this was better on an absolute scale of values. Yet, this is not to be taken as a universal truth for everybody either, as this is related to the ‘man of knowledge’, only. And at some point Don Juan also tells us that “to look for death is to look for nothing”. So, as in all great traditions of knowledge, there is ambiguity.
Even the ancient oracles, including the famous Greek one at Delphi, were intrinsically and dangerously ambiguous. This ambiguity is not Castaneda’s own trademark, is the ambiguity of teachings that come from other, non-human, worlds and realities. Parmenides was an initiate in the cult of Apollo Oulios (‘Apollo the Healer’, as well as ‘Apollo the Destroyer’) at Velia and also his priest. He was a healer, a scientist, a sage, a philosopher and expert in the ancient practice of incubation. He is more famous for being considered by modern scholarship as the “father of logic”, that is, for being with his rational thought and teachings, at the very fabric of our Western world. Yet Parmenides is the same man who received by an unnamed goddess, during his magical, ecstatic, shamanic journey of descent in the underworld, the revelation that the earth was a sphere. It was the fifth century B.C. For two thousand years this revelation was attacked as false, negated and ridiculed. Truth’s tragic destiny. Socrates, ‘the wisest and most just of all men’, was put to death simply for not recognizing the gods of Athens and introducing new ones. Castaneda – though he lived to tell the tale – shares his fate with that of many great men of antiquity, misunderstood and charged with falsehood, illegitimacy, untruthfulness, impiety.
Few years ago I received in dreaming a vivid vision of spiralling galaxies spinning at different speeds in the universe. Then I saw large glossy pictures of these colourful galaxies bond in an Album. This Album was essentially a book from Castaneda with lots of photos of galaxies inside it (nothing of the sort still exists, btw). Then I had a revelation: “Castaneda’s books come from the stars”, meaning, the Nagualist teachings brought to light and passed on to us by Carlos do come from infinity. Verify this with Ayahuasca, if you can. Not by chance, the kind of Nagualist Toltec teaching practiced by Don Juan, Castaneda and their cohorts was called “sorcery of infinity” (rather than simply “shamanism”).
As for the “authenticity” of Don Juan, it’s an old issue, and he may have certainly used a fictional name to protect a necessary the bond of confidentiality of his mentor, informant and teacher. There is, however, a big difference from using a fictional name to using a fictional character. Claudio Naranjo, interviewed by Massimo De Feo, when asked whether Don Juan Matus really existed or not, replied:
“I cannot doubt that Don Juan ever existed, because Castaneda, when he did not write yet any book, made me a proposal to go to see Don Juan, who – according to him – made an invitation for me to come to see him. Castaneda told me: ‘Enter in my car, we will reach Sonora in nine hours’, but I had a problem with the passport, with the visa for the United States, it was an entry-only visa, and if I would have gone to Mexico, I wouldn’t have been able to come back”. I did not know Don Juan but it would have made no sense for Castaneda – when he still wasn’t famous – to invent it, and then I was his confident, and was used to say: “You are the only person that I perceive as a journey companion; it’s not like in the world of anthropology, there they don’t believe me.”
Just before Ninakawa passed away the Zen master Ikkyu visited him. “Shall I lead you on?” Ikkyu asked.
Ninakawa replied: “I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?”
Ikkyu answered: “If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going.”
With his words, Ikkyu had revealed the path so clearly that Ninakawa smiled and passed away.
Found this on my draft folder. Don’t even know how it got there. But I really enjoy Grant’s take on the issue. Unfortunately, his blog is accessible by subscription only so I cannot ask him for permission. So I’ll use this paragraph as the request.
The time when the Buddha was born, along with Zoroaster, Confucius, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Also during that time was Lao Tse. A few hundred years later, Jesus.
Hungry ghosts: full with everything yet still yearning for something else.
Five truths: Do not kill, lie, steal, consume intoxicants, or engage in sexual misconduct.
The Buddha and extra-terrestrials
By Grant Lawrence
Buddhist temporal cosmology describes how the universe comes into being and is dissolved. Like other Indian cosmologies, it assumes an infinite span of time and is cyclical. This does not mean that the same events occur in identical form with each cycle, but merely that, as with the cycles of day and night or summer and winter, certain natural events occur over and over to give some structure to time.
The Buddha would not have been bothered by the presence of Alien life in my estimation. He would have understood that the universe is teaming with life and that under certain conditions certain types of life forms would develop. He would also have known that their will be some more technologically advanced civilizations and some less technologically advanced civilizations.
The Buddha wouldn’t have condemned Aliens as necessarily demonic, although there are certain types of demonic entities. The Buddha would have known that beings exist with certain types of consciousness and they display their level of compassion and understanding by the choices they make.
The Buddha of 2500 years ago was clearly a progressive thinker and a humane person. He preached against the trade of human beings. He allowed woman to become ordained. He was a severe critic of the Indian caste system. The Buddha also spoke out against treating people as untouchables, although this is still an accepted notion among many Indians. The Buddha advocated the humane treatment of animals.
He was not God and didn’t claim to be. Rather he said that the human life offered a great opportunity to reach enlightenment. He said he was awakened and we could be too.
The Buddha would have embraced ETs as another being in an infinite number of beings.
But he also understood that although beings are infinite there is still only one consciousness. The Buddha understood that their our many levels of consciousness, but that we all shared in consciousness.
The ET, like the rest of life, would be embraced as part of the infinite. All of life, the Buddha taught should be respected and cared for. ET would be no different.
Even today most of humanity is constricted in their view that human life is only that which has value. Some even believe human life has little value. The Buddha understood all life has value.
Once we come to that conclusion as a society, we will have made great strides in living in health and in happiness.
Re-Blogged from The Sacred Art of Language
With thanks to Ben
Have you ever stood beneath the stars
In silence, in solitude
Drinking in the mystery
And the loneliness of existence?
Have you ever been humbled
By the endless vastness of the universe
And keenly felt
Have you ever been face to face
Do you know in your bones
That the grave awaits?
That one day your name
And even your greatest deeds
Will be washed away without a trace?
Warrior – tomorrow is not guaranteed
Oblivion is all that’s sure
This moment just may be your last.
Waste not another second
Remembering the failures of your past!
Seize this day
And don’t ask why
This life was never yours to keep.
Embrace your fate
With head held high!
Stand at the edge of the great unknown…
The Buddha was sitting under a tree talking to his disciples when a man came and spit on his face. He wiped it off, and he asked the man, “What next? What do you want to say next?” The man was a little puzzled because he himself never expected that when you spit on somebody’s face, he will ask, “What next?” He had no such experience in his past. He had insulted people and they had become angry and they had reacted. Or if they were cowards and weaklings, they had smiled, trying to bribe the man. But Buddha was like neither, he was not angry nor in any way offended, nor in any way cowardly. But just matter-of-factly he said, “What next?” There was no reaction on his part.
Buddha’s disciples became angry, they reacted. His closest disciple, Ananda, said, “This is too much, and we cannot tolerate it. He has to be punished for it. Otherwise everybody will start doing things like this.”
Buddha said, “You keep silent. He has not offended me, but you are offending me. He is new, a stranger. He must have heard from people something about me, that this man is an atheist, a dangerous man who is throwing people off their track, a revolutionary, a corrupter. And he may have formed some idea, a notion of me. He has not spit on me, he has spit on his notion. He has spit on his idea of me because he does not know me at all, so how can he spit on me?
“If you think on it deeply,” Buddha said, “he has spit on his own mind. I am not part of it, and I can see that this poor man must have something else to say because this is a way of saying something. Spitting is a way of saying something. There are moments when you feel that language is impotent: in deep love, in intense anger, in hate, in prayer. There are intense moments when language is impotent. Then you have to do something. When you are angry, intensely angry, you hit the person, you spit on him, you are saying something. I can understand him. He must have something more to say, that’s why I’m asking, “What next?”
The man was even more puzzled! And Buddha said to his disciples, “I am more offended by you because you know me, and you have lived for years with me, and still you react.”
Puzzled, confused, the man returned home. He could not sleep the whole night. When you see a Buddha, it is difficult, impossible to sleep again the way you used to sleep before. Again and again he was haunted by the experience. He could not explain it to himself, what had happened. He was trembling all over and perspiring. He had never come across such a man; he shattered his whole mind and his whole pattern, his whole past.
The next morning he was back there. He threw himself at Buddha’s feet. Buddha asked him again, “What next? This, too, is a way of saying something that cannot be said in language. When you come and touch my feet, you are saying something that cannot be said ordinarily, for which all words are a little narrow; it cannot be contained in them.” Buddha said, “Look, Ananda, this man is again here, he is saying something. This man is a man of deep emotions.”
The man looked at Buddha and said, “Forgive me for what I did yesterday.”
Buddha said, “Forgive? But I am not the same man to whom you did it. The Ganges goes on flowing, it is never the same Ganges again. Every man is a river. The man you spit upon is no longer here. I look just like him, but I am not the same, much has happened in these twenty-four hours! The river has flowed so much. So I cannot forgive you because I have no grudge against you.”
“And you also are new. I can see you are not the same man who came yesterday because that man was angry and he spit, whereas you are bowing at my feet, touching my feet. How can you be the same man? You are not the same man, so let us forget about it. Those two people, the man who spit and the man on whom he spit, both are no more. Come closer. Let us talk of something else.”
This article originally appeared at YouAreTrulyLoved.com, an interesting source of inspiring ideas.
From BMC :
Life is harmony and requires harmony and balance to be fulfilled. Harmony means that (like in the video) when you put a stone into the current of water, the water will flow around it. It will find a new way again and again and will stay a fluent current. The stones are the problems in our life, the mental and physical stress we are subjected to. Usually we manage them like the fluent water manages the stones – all remains in balance. But there is a point when the water cannot find another way out and begins to rise if there are too many stones in the way. It’s the point of mutation and sliding into ways which are not natural any more. The life balance is disturbed.
This is the point the elites of the world want us to get to. I think, if we reach that unnatural point of being (and we are going to if we won’t take care of ourselves and our health, right?), our feelings, our faith and our strength become blocked and the elite can manipulate us like zombies.
No one knows any more what is right and what is wrong. We accept any path that is shown to us and told to be the right one. They are separating us from our nature, from flowing, deprive us of the natural life balance.
But I also believe that we are very strong. They cannot take it all, and if we unite, we will become a huge and powerful current.
No stone will be able to stop us. We must believe it and stay aware of what is happening.
Citing “a variety of threats” to the spiritual leader’s life, the KASHAG or cabinet of the government in exile accused China of “making concrete plans to harm His Holiness by employing well-trained agents, particularly females”.
“Chinese intelligence agencies have stepped up their clandestine efforts to collect intelligence on the status of His Holiness’s health, as well as collecting physical samples of his blood, urine and hair,” it said in a statement.
“It is also learnt that they are exploring the possibility of harming him by using ultra-modern and highly sophisticated drugs and poisonous chemicals.” Dongchung Ngodup, minister of security in the cabinet told AFP the government was informed about these threats by sources inside Tibet.
“We have our own intelligence network in Tibet and we received these reports from our sources there,” he said.
He added that officials met with Indian agencies a few days ago to review the Dalai Lama’s security and upgrade safety measures at his temple complex in the north Indian hill town of Dharamshala.
Earlier this month the Dalai Lama told The Sunday Telegraph that he had been informed of a plot to assassinate him, using Tibetan women posing as devotees seeking his blessing.
In the interview, the Dalai Lama said he was told the Tibetan women would be wearing poisonous scarves and have poisonous hair.
“They were supposed to seek blessing from me, and my hand touch,” he said. But he added that there was “no possibility to cross-check, so I don’t know”.
China reacted angrily, with a foreign ministry spokesperson accusing him of “spreading false information, deceiving the world and confusing the public”.
Beijing routinely accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to split Tibet from the rest of China – a claim the Nobel Peace Prize laureate denies, saying he only seeks greater autonomy for the Himalayan region.
Many Tibetans in China complain of political and religious persecution under Chinese rule – which Beijing denies – and this resentment has been blamed for a spate of self-immolations in Tibetan-inhabited areas since last year.
Chris Bourne, Contributing Writer
A great deal is spoken of in spiritual texts and musings about the Chakras and exactly what their purpose is. Here at Openhand, we view them as ‘consciousness exchange points’ where Unity Consciousness as the soul infuses with Separation Consciousness as the bodymind. Our lives are greatly affected and influenced by our relative level of vibration within these crucial consciousness centres. Understanding and exploring them will have a profoundly beneficial impact. Here is an extract from Five Gateways offering a perspective on their functions and purpose…
Extract from Five Gateways concerning the chakras
“As we step into the corridor leading to Gateway 3, we are likely to experience times of great unrest and turmoil as upheaval begins to take place internally, which is often reflected externally through the circumstances of our lives. We are prone to roller coaster mood swings, one day feeling energised, invigorated and deeply spiritual and the next, perhaps tired, heavy, sombre and disconnected.
This seesaw effect is caused by internal shifts in the balance of consciousness principally through the chakras. These are etheric consciousness centres where the soul infuses into the bodymind. Put simply, it may be considered that each cell in our bodies has two different vibrations present in it. One is the heaviness and denseness of the bodymind (which we may call “Separation Consciousness”), the other is the lightness and expansiveness of the soul (which we may call “Unity Consciousness”). The chakras provide the energetic bridge – the connecting interface between the soul and bodymind.
When they are open and vibrating as designed, we experience ourselves authentically as the soul expressed through the bodymind. However, when they are closed down for some reason and their energy is convoluted, incongruent and dense, then there is a greater tendency to identify with the bodymind. It is here where we get stuck, because consciousness is not flowing freely through the chakras as it was designed to.
Due to their etheric nature, the chakra system has not yet been generally accepted within society and has been confined to the world of mysticism and spirituality. However, there is now growing acceptance – although still much disagreement – as to their exact locations and purpose. It is best therefore to use any frame of reference we may encounter, more as a guide and locate the centres through our own experience by bringing continual awareness to them. By working with them and closely monitoring the corresponding effect in our external lives, we can gauge the influence they have. I have used this approach to yield the following overview…
Through transmutation of the denser energies in the chakras, we are in effect becoming inner alchemists, changing the very nature of our being from lower levels of dense consciousness to higher vibrational frequencies. Allegiance is switching to the soul’s lightness through each of our cells and we begin the Ascension process in earnest. We can still feel the heaviness and denseness of the physical body, but growing internal realisation consolidates that it no longer defines us. All the while, we are opening and expanding new channels, bringing in the higher energies. Ripples and waves of energy begin to flow throughout the bodymind and our consciousness expands into new dimensions of experience.”
This article originally appeared at Openhandweb.org, a project started by Chris Bourne to elevate the consciousness of man and provide healing those in need.
From Zen Gardner
With kind permission from Zen
photo by Blackobull
[Wondrous, profound yet simple truths to still the mind and cultivate consciousness. Enjoy. - Zen]
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
He who is contented is rich.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
To lead people walk behind them.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When the best leader’s work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves.”
Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.
A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.
Great acts are made up of small deeds.
Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
Silence is a source of great strength.
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Be the chief but never the lord.
Because of a great love, one is courageous.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Born to be wild – live to outgrow it.
By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
From caring comes courage.
From wonder into wonder existence opens.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
A cool spin on the Illuminati. Lou
Who really runs the world… at the end of Kali Yuga?
Before we can answer that question, it’s important to first establish the “ground rules of the age” that have existed since time immemorial on planet Earth.
For those uninitiated into this realm of inquiry, consider this a baptism by fire. For those who have deeply contemplated this weighty matter, we ask that you suspend all that you think you know … just for this short read. If you do, you might be very surprised, yet satisfied, with the conclusion of this essay.
The Laws of the Land
These laws are applicable during the current era of humanity known as the Kali Yuga (Age of Conflict) or Iron Age. They are not only the product of observations by many astute observers over millennia, but also the distillation of many a profound contemplation. Deep reflection on this question, which has bedeviled so many inhabitants of this earth plane, has produced the following laws of the land.
True worldly power never, ever reveals itself. It always stays hidden from view. If you think you see it, hear it, feel it, then it is not real power. This abiding modus operandi is what allows true worldly power to stay in the ascendant position, as well as to continue to accrue even more power unto itself.
Secrecy is the very essence of its grip on mundane power. With exposure comes vulnerability, and true worldly power will never risk such a disclosure. Its superior position is forever maintained and solidified because it is a secret that none knows except the power itself. Even those who reside close to the peak of world power never know from whom the orders and dictates originate.
During the Kali Yuga, true worldly power never changes hands. It may appear to, but never really does. Just as the locus of geo-political power and military might appeared to shift over the millennia and centuries from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans … to the French to the Spanish to the British, etc. the true power behind these various thrones and armies was the very same.
The deeper we plunge into the Kali Yuga, the darker and denser things get, the more layers and levels of deception are employed by those who exercise true worldly power. It employs an unlimited capacity for deceit and deception in order to maintain its secrecy, and accomplishes this by stealthy buffering. Therefore, it does become ever so more difficult to trace true mundane power back to its actual source. Hence, it becomes an exercise in futility in which many are engaged. The many layers/levels are interposed as buffers for protection and concealment, out of necessity. It is often this same form of expedient necessity that drives the countless misguided agendas issuing from the pinnacle of worldly power.
At the end of the day – every day – whoever it is that runs the world answers to the very same Highest Power that you and I do. In fact, it is only through the Will of the Highest Power that those who operate at the pinnacle of earthly power even exist, much less control what happens here in the world of men.
Regardless of how we feel about it, those who run the world are simply doing their job. They are doing exactly what they were, and are, tasked to do. They have their own destiny, as we have ours. They are completely subject to the outworking of their personal and collective karmas, as we have ours. In this darkest of ages, they represent the shadow sides of ourselves, which we must come to understand if we are ever to break free of their control matrix.
At its very core, life on planet Earth is nothing more than a test. The Global Control Matrix (GCM), which is directed by those at the peak of worldly power, assists in maintaining a system of planetary control whereby no one can ever get away with anything. This highly controlled system has its own rules and regulations, some of which seem to be totally unreasonable, irrational, and downright crazy. Others seem purposefully destructive, divisive and self-defeating. Still others appear to be completely unjust, discriminatory and unfair.
Now let’s consider some other very significant aspects of the Global Control Matrix (GCM), and especially some of the nuance and subtlety associated with the practical running of the world.
We trust that everyone comprehends exactly why those at the very pinnacle of worldly power always comply with the top two “laws of the land”. (i) They never, ever reveal themselves for who they really are or how they wield control. (ii) They always operate in total secrecy adhering to the policy of strict non-disclosure whenever necessary.
Should it be any other way, they would have lost their control as soon as another ambitious competitor outmaneuvered them for the peak position. This dynamic is one that is typical of any ego-driven hierarchy where everyone is always jockeying for a higher rung on the ladder of power. It is also unique to power structures which thrive on base energies, primal emotions and negative thoughts.
The same divide and conquer tactics that are utilized with awesome precision in maintaining control of the world are also used to keep in place the pecking order of the Global Control Matrix (GCM) leadership. Top-Down is how it works 24/7; fear is its primary tool of enforcement. Whoever leaves the reservation NEVER comes back, and usually doesn’t make it off, the higher one has ascended up the ladder. If one happens to make it off the reservation, surely you understand what lies ahead in their not-to-distant destiny. Can it be any other way for those who sit at the very top of the GCM, acting from a place of perceived absolute power? Which is why they do always fear exposure of their identity or the revelation of their plans … because it is in fact perceived power which allows them to keep their superior position.
The GCM has become so large and complex in this modern age that one can only conjecture about its structure, process and procedure, and leadership hierarchy. The true modus operandi (MO) with which the GCM operates is as inscrutable to the outside observer as it is misunderstood by the long term insider. In fact, both fail to perceive and apprehend the true MO that is always at work, because every member – from the top on down – has an increasingly limited perspective. This narrow perspective necessarily blinds everyone to the true intentions of the ultimate decision-makers, as well as to the purposes of their best laid plans.
Even to those on the inside, who are right next to the top decision-makers, the agendas, flow of information, organizational structure, outworking of the overlapping implementation plans, etc. may seem to fit an order and logic which ‘apparently’ becomes more discernible over time. However, those who truly control at the top are much too protective of their goals/objectives to allow for the inadvertent revelation of any of the vital points of information which might reveal their ultra-secret agendas. And the higher one climbs up the ladder, the more strictly applicable and uncompromising this standard operating principle (SOP) becomes.
Simply put, the GCM top leadership plans, coordinates and executes their respective implementation plans in such a way that each and every operation (op) occurs on a strictly need-to-know basis, as well as in a highly compartmentalized fashion. How many times have we heard that this is how the CIA conducts most of its business? Well, this is how it must be done if secrecy is to be maintained throughout such an organization. Especially if all of their various plots and schemes are to be perpetrated with any degree of success.
Because of the very nature of the age that we live in, there exists numerous circumstances which require certain types of control. Humankind is not sufficiently evolved spiritually to behave in a manner that would render government or law or other controls unnecessary. Due to the myriad challenges of life on earth, the human experience is fraught with obstacles and adversities which cause individuals and organizations to react inappropriately more frequently. Those who have been given control of the planet fear this unpredictable behavior, since it is uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium which they fear the most.
Yes, ORDO AB CHAO (order out of chaos) is the bedrock of their rule, but this usually occurs on their terms. Even when Mother Earth rocks and rolls unexpectedly, any period of subsequent mayhem can be capitalized on, as it often is, to exert even more oppressive controls. These are some of the defining qualities of the Kali Yuga: the age when the fourth leg of the symbolic bull has been broken after losing the other three legs during the three previous yugas. The 4th leg represents Truth which is replaced by falsehood. Have you watched the evening news (MSM propaganda) with all the intermittent pharmaceutical commercials (corporate mind control drugs) lately?! We haven’t.
You see, we are in the very depths of the Age of Iron, also know as the Kali Yuga. This age is literally defined by its extraordinary density. Compared to the Golden Age or Silver Age, you can imagine how much more dense is iron. Put some gold or silver side-by-side with a piece of iron and it quickly becomes obvious how much more gross and unrefined it is. Even the human body, its design and functioning, are operating on a vastly different level than it was during the previous three ages, to include the Bronze Age.
When this is the case, you can imagine that the human intellect and mind and ego are likewise functioning at a lower vibration. During the Kali Yuga, the grossness of the age is determined by the relentless “densification” of individual human conduct and collective human behavior. Therefore, where it concerns the accumulation of power and wealth and influence, the survival of the fittest reigns supreme in the upper echelons of the GCM. In other words, those who are willing to shed their humanity in the interest of gaining at the expense of others will rule the roost, as they currently do all around the world.
That’s not to say that truly benevolent dictators cannot emerge, because they certainly have from time to time. That’s also not to say that truly benevolent rulers will not ascend to the height of power in their respective kingdoms, nations or corporations, since there are ample instances of this occurring down through history. However, these are rather isolated events, as well as the fruit of the very good aggregate karma of those who share the common destiny to have good leaders.
The People Always Receive The Leadership They Deserve
We know, this is a tough one for most to grasp, but it’s entirely true. So try your best to understand and relate to this new and revolutionary program. If you do, you will be saved from much angst and anxiety.
The GCM was put into place by a power far superior to those who populate the matrix leadership, yes? If you have any disagreement here, then you might take some time out and contemplate the following story linked below. We have chosen this biblical story only because of how illustrative it is of this exceedingly critical point. For those outside of the Christian tradition, we are referring to the story of a biblical character by the name of Job.
When you understand the story of Job, you can truly apprehend the story of humankind in the context of 2012 on Planet Earth. All you have to do is substitute your name for Job in the actual bible story. That’s right, if you haven’t already become a “Job” at least once in your lifetime, then you’re probably about to. The circumstances shaping up around the globe have never been so conducive for this to take place 7 billion times. Not to worry, however, especially when you can successfully answer the following question.
Who was the ultimate power making the decisions to harass and harry Job with each adversity and affliction, with every trial and tribulation? It certainly wasn’t Satan, was it? He was simply used as an instrument to carry out a much higher will. Even though the original idea to make Job’s life miserable appeared to spring from the mind of Satan, it was actually the result of the sprouting of Job’s karma. As well as the will of the Almighty.
What’s the point? Fast forward to 2012 and all of us are continually pointing the finger at the forces outside of us (read GCM) for causing much of our pain and suffering. Just like Satan, those forces who appear to be running the show – all the way up to the very peak of worldly power – are simply doing the bidding of the very Highest Power. Not only is their very existence of divine origin and maintained through divine grace, but the outworking of their earthly power plays can only occur through the power of the Almighty.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah — we know, this just makes no sense … that God, Himself, would will such a chaotic and crazy world scenario into existence as we see it unfold on the TV screen!
All we’re saying is that each individual originally created their own script. Each person is responsible for creating their own world exactly as it is. Actions beget their corresponding karmas. The more that thoughts and emotions are charged with energy, the deeper they will cut a karmic groove. Then, the predominant karmas will dig a deeper groove and aggregate in such a way so as to dictate destiny.
This is the story of life on planet Earth. Everyone with similar destinies then assembles in the same locations* in order to receive the fruit of their actions collectively. Just as each nation or city or family has its own destiny – good, bad or indifferent. We are talking about cause and effect here … for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction … what goes around comes around. This is especially the story at the end of the Kali Yuga when a LOT is “going and coming around” … … … fast and furiously.
In case we’ve lost anyone, the distillation of this essay can be found in the following answer to the question in the title: “Who really runs the world?”
ANSWER: Just as the Highest Power created and maintains the multiverse, it’s probably safe to say that He/She/It runs our little neck of the woods called planet Earth as well.
However, as co-creators don’t we all run our own little world, too?
* Location. Location! Location ! ! !
Look around the world today and see how everyone’s location — more and more — dictates so much that happens to them and around them. None of us can change this, because it is determined by our destiny which was imprinted before our birth. We can, however, choose how we will respond to what occurs in our life or elsewhere on the planet. The attitude that we hold toward any life situation or challenging predicament is always ours to control. Massage it with light and love and joy, and life will reflect it back.
So let’s get busy! The sooner we understand how our attitude will shape our future, the sooner the Global Control Matrix will dissolve for lack of support. Wethinks that may be happening at this very moment.
Cosmic Convergence Research Group
From 101 Zen Stories
When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.
At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free!
In commemoration, she wrote a poem:
In this way and that I tried to save the old pail
Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break
Until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!