Every time I open up my laptop I am confronted with the Universal Brain (the Internet). In order to not become a victim of this amazing new power of humanity I find it necessary to be very clear about my relationship to “information” and knowledge in general.
My experience with “knowledge” and “information” is maybe a central thread throughout my life, so I’ll try to keep it concise:
“If YOU don’t know it, you don’t KNOW it” (Bertolt Brecht) This one kind of sums it up for me after much trial and error throughout the decades (has it been that long? OMG!) It illustrates my present understanding that what I call “I know” must be something rooted in my own direct experience. This leads to the unity of the lessons that Life presents me with and what I know, because what I know and what I “need” to know has to do with living my life – there must be a connection to my “here and now”.
So I now have a program installed in my inner software that always asks:
Is this information something that will affect and change the way I live? the way I meet people? the way I see myself?
If there are changes, for example, to the physical environment I live in, is there some way for me to change the way I live in order to be better aligned with those changes?
Does this information call me to become active in some way in order affect change in that environment, in the world?
Does that information “form” me in some way here and now in what I think, feel and do?
Let’s take the following scenario: if a huge meteor is bearing down on this planet headed right for my town and total destruction is certain (according to that information), how will that change me here and now? Will I suddenly be more appreciative of all that is my life right now? Will I do all I can do to help those around me in this situation? Does that alarming information move me to live with a heightened awareness and appreciation for this one moment of life right now?Those are the questions I ask myself, and they are questions I ask myself also when I read about increased solar activity, global warming, increased toxicity in our food etc.
They have led me to the understanding that I am a particle of this one Life and as that I am destined to serve Life in whatever way is possible for me. That is where I, personally, put a lot of my inner focus: what is possible for me? This includes all that you and I and the others here know: “put on your own oxygen mask before you try to help others” and all that that entails in our individual lives so that we are all that we can be in order to be able to give all that we can give using our full potential.
My basic attitude in this time of engineered “over-information”, which I see as being designed to make people fearful and insecure, is LESS IS MORE. The less details I take in about pending disasters, terrorists and rapists behind every door, scams and tricksters wanting my money etc. the more I will be able to center myself on what is important in the above sense. I stay informed by reading the main headlines on a couple of Internet news site and only (really ONLY) reading the whole report if my software filter (see above) recommends it (NO TV – NO NEWSPAPERS – except occasionally our small town local sheet). I highly recommend training yourself to NOT REACT to the “curiosity trigger” as it is one of the main ways that we are influenced to adhere to the consensus mass consciousness.
Behind all of the above statements, however, is the fact that only since I have devoted myself to the inquiry as to who or what I really am and a realization of that has started to settle in to my nervous system, am I more settled in general and less susceptible to the various “emergencies” that supposedly loom on the ever closer coming horizon. This realization centers around the statement that all I can really know is “I am”. All else is basically conjecture. Is death the end of it all or is there reincarnation? Is karma an absolute fact or is it dependent on my belief in it? Is our reality “out there” or all “in my mind”? Can I effect change by manipulating circumstances in my environment or only through inner shifts in consciousness, or in a measured combination of both?
Following the only real fact that I know through my direct experience (I am) has led me to discoveries as to how the inner and the outer dance together and as to how I can best hear the Dance Master’s cues as to how I am to perform in this magnificent, miraculous, sometimes seemingly horrific scenario we call Life.
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A very delightful piece of writing on “just being”!
I do not remember her name now, but I can feel her presence in my memory still, as if I had met her for the first time just today. That I can recall this feeling so clearly in my minds eye all these years later, I believe is because I have now remembered how to access some of the very same magic this woman had in the feelings I now have about myself.
The feeling of which I speak is the authentic presence of just being that naturally just emanated from this woman back then. It infused into the space around her as she moved in the world. It felt delicious to me to be alive when I was in her presence. This woman was so comfortable in her own skin, and she clearly loved who she was so much, that this feeling of acceptance radiated out to anyone who…
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“It is well to note that while Zen Keys often presents weighty aspects of Buddhist philosophy, Nhat Hanh begins his book with the concrete, practical aspects of life in a Zen monastery, where the emphasis is not on the learning of philosophic concepts but on simple labor and a life of awareness. For in Zen, intellectual learning is nothing but the studying of the menu, while actual practice is the eating of the meal.
Out of nothing a spark
Its light ricocheting infinitely
In the breaking waves and in the coffee foam,
In the child’s eyes and jumping legs
Spinning a pirouette in the sand – the spark.