From “black or white” into Oneness

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The starting point of our inner search for meaning in life, could be located into the “black or white” mentality.

Our consciousness may be able to see a “straight” line separating “good” and “bad.” :-)
At that point the dichotomy of God and the Devil (Maya, illusion) will be needed to reinforce that consciousness.

As our consciousness changes its location, we may be able to see “more” than before or just plain “different.”

It is in that “new” location, when appreciation of differences on ways of doing things or understanding coming from “others,” appears.
That is the consciousness of acceptance or openness.

This blog illustrates that journey through many articles in it.

Once the baby is ready to walk with his own 2 feet, the crib of protection, which at one time was very helpful, becomes an obstacle in learning how to walk.
The need of the baby to walk around may be suppressed, it may be postponed; but eventually it becomes a matter of living or dying…and when life palpitates in our hearts with a tremendous force, the crib is no more.

When that change, that force to walk is coming out of a different consciousness, there is no pain, anger or feeling of guilt when leaving “the crib.” It is so obvious, as when we go from high school into college…

A friend of mine likes to send emails with thoughts and quotes that could elevate someone’s consciousness. One day, I read a quote from one of his emails that resonated tremendously with me. I couldn’t help but to search more about the author of that quote.

It was signed: “Hua Hu Ching.”
It was a book not an author.

The book is called the “unknown teachings of Lao Tzu.” However, I could see that this style of conveying depth is not Lao Tzu’s as in the “Tao Te Ching.”

We could go into details as to how the writings got there, but it is not necessary. The writings are there and Avyakt7 felt almost as if he was the writer of that book.

Some readers have expressed to me that this blog: “puts their own thoughts into words.”
That is how I felt with the “Hua Hu Ching.”

It was not only how succinct and deep the Hua Hu Ching is, but I have experienced as well those things in my own life.
Depth is the thing that entices Avyakt7 every time.

This book may not be understood intellectually by going literally into the words. It is a translation, and I would recommend to “feel it” first. If the words align with our consciousness and we could find experiences in our own life to give meaning to the words in that book, then we may feel that this book could allow us to “see” different things by being a reflection of our state of consciousness.

The book uses the term “Tao.” That word is not a religion (Although some may make it as a dogmatic religion.) It is Universal consciousness which binds all of us together. It is the “way of things” also known as Life, the Totality…

The book is not for everyone as everybody enjoys a different consciousness, but I thought about sharing this copy (while supplies last :-) )I found on the Internet; with those who have been following this blog for the last 2 years now.
You may appreciate this book, as I have done. (Spanish Version here)

Brain Walker is the translator of this book. He has done a great job in my view.

Avyakt7 feels ready to dissolve his role as every “life walker” must dissolve theirs and go on in his or her journey; by leaving the prints of their own steps in the trails of life.
Life is the journey. Enjoy the journey! :-)

My “own” religion

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What would be the main “beliefs to believe in” if these sharings were turned into a religious dogma?

Something “easy” to believe in must be offered, right?
Perhaps the following beliefs could be enough:

1) “We” believe in the self. It is a creation of the mind/brain, etc. However, we believe in “no-self” as well for the “self” is a non-material entity, there is nothing concrete in it. Thus, self and no-self are logically illogical.

2) “We” believe in the individual even though the individual is “nothing” without everything else. That is why, we believe in the Totality for that gives the individual “reason to be something.” Thus, we truly believe in “nothing,” for the individual and the Totality are words to make separations when there is none.

3) “We” believe in one personal God when we believe in the individual. We believe in the Totality as being God when we believe in the Totality rather than the individual. To make things easier for believers, we will believe in one personal God on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will be believe in Omnipresence on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
What about Sunday?
We rest on that day. No beliefs allowed.

4) “We” believe in reality. In reality, reality is a perception of reality… but Science is the “real thing” even though is just a perception. We perceive according to what we ARE, since we don’t know what we are, what do we perceive?
“Reality.”

5) “We” believe that the truth is a paradox. The answer is not “black” or “white.” It is both, but none of them at the same time. A belief is a perception of reality, but when many believe in the same belief, then that could be called “truth.” Thus, in truth, the truth is a belief.

Well… I better stop now… too much “non-sense” isn’t it? :-)

What about something easier non-paradoxical for followers to believe such as: “We believe only in light. Light is the truth.”
In that way believers will have something to feel good about. Something to fight for and to debate with others.

If a heathen says: “If you believe in light, you must believe in darkness as well for one gives the other,” then we could label such individuals as “bad, devilish, unfit, pagans,” etc. In that way, we are the “good” guys and they are … the “bad” ones…

What could be added in this belief for those who had a Godly, Divine experience in a religious path?

Just ask them if that experience came together with a belief to believe in, or if they learned those beliefs from other followers…. ;-)

Perhaps these sharings cannot be put into a religion? Is that “good or bad”? :-) :-)

Wag more, bark less

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That was the bumper sticker that I saw today while parking my vehicle before entering totally into the “world at the office.”

That line has the essence of all teachings ever taught: From the Guru at the gas station to God himself. :-)

Anyone who has observed a dog could understand that line because we could observe that behavior in ourselves.
That is called to learn by experience and to see the reflection in ourselves. That exercise has the capacity to open our awareness.

Any dog whether “Wilson,” “Fluffy” or “Spike” has no knowledge of the “world at the office” thus, if we observe them without preconceptions, (that may be the hard part) we could learn a lot from our forgotten “true” nature.

The “world at the office” is a colorful ego driven fast paced world of duality, comparison, analysis, marketing, certifications, book learning, achievement, and lots of generalized psychosis. We use that world as a prototype to understand and perceive life itself.

The “world at the office” is not “bad.” It is an experience and has a lot of value in our awareness and self-observation.
That world is a great teacher in itself.

To label the “world at the office” as “bad” and to advice anyone to stay away from it, is not only impractical but it shows fear and rejection of “what is.” To negate something out of fear is for little children. A grown up, has a different perception of life.

When aware, we will be able to understand that we may need to reconnect with the “reality” of Nature again to recover our sanity.
I have never seen “Spike” with psychosis nor “Fluffy.”
“Wilson’s” behavior has been always in the “now.” :-)

How do we connect again to life as it is in Nature, the Universe?

Avyakt7 has created an easy but yet infallible “3 step program” that is guaranteed to bring you back that zest for life, that happiness… that we know “you” are looking for!

This amazing, fabulous program that will change your life completely, could be yours TODAY by clicking on this link now… :-)

1) Make sure that you are outside in Nature every day for at least 1 hour. No matter what the weather is, no matter what the conditions may be… sit someplace at any time and just observe….
2) When you are there forget about everything else. Forget about your cellphone, your God, your job, your belongings and attachments. Just be there with your entire mind and your heart open, without any expectations.
3) Allow for any experience in that time to drive you. Learn to listen to the language of Nature by using your intuition rather than words and thoughts.
That’s all folks!
Enjoy… wag more and bark less.

A friend from India sent me this link to a video by Sadhguru (Some Guru from somewhere), which is appropriate to complement this little writing.
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0MNViPAhZPE]

Dissolving the “good words.”

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As individuals discover that their minds are engaged with lots of “negativity,” then the “logical” step is to embrace “positivity” and reject and remove everything that is “negative.”

Isn’t that Pavlov’s training going on at “the Office”? That training is so easy to understand for mainstream, so “good” that someone could even package it with a nice paper wrapper… and voila! A new religion/ self-help/ philosophy is born…

In the business world, mainstream also known as the “masses” or with a nice pretty word, the “collective consciousness” is very important, for profit is there.

If the “collective consciousness” can embrace a “concept” then my book/CD/ training/ talk, etc. will sell after my advertising campaign is focused on the needs of “my target” audience, then “my services” will be on demand. That is the “bottom line” of “spirituality” at this time.

What are those “positive” selling words for the masses?
How about, “positive thinking”? That is the deliberate use of duality. The “bad guy” vs. the “good guy” syndrome. Why not teach instead the value of not thinking? Probably because there is “nothing” to offer. :-)

Martha says: “ The truth is in you. I like to pick bits of truth from every group I meet.”

The idea is to collect “truth” as if “truth” was a paragraph or a nice quote from Mr. Somebody. That is the beginning of a dogmatic view. Words can only point to something and our interpretation of that which is being pointed out will change according to where our consciousness is located. An intellectual exercise of “researching and gathering data” is not the experience of living life with awareness.

How about “ You are the ones who will change the collective mentality”?
Many religious groups/self-help groups are into the belief of being the “chosen” ones to change the world.

If we understand that we perceive the world as we ARE, then we could see the “positive” idea of manipulation according to a belief. We cannot help mankind for “We are” it. That is why, “help yourself” is the beginning of further insight.

Someone says: “You divine self.” I ask, Is there something which is not “divine”? Someone says: “We need to develop patience in life.” If we grasp that life “is” but paradoxically changes all the time, what is the meaning of “patience”? What do we need to wait for? Why is our enjoyment of life being delayed?

The “positive” mentality of the “achiever” may need to be explored a bit further.
No doubt, we have been trained already with that mentality which impregnates even religious teachings… Avyakt7 is not saying “not to achieve something,” Avyakt7 is merely pointing out: Is our quest for achievement not allowing us to “take the time to smell the roses” and to let things manifest at their right time without our expectation?

How is it possible to enjoy the present, the now; when our minds are busy in the quest of the belief of achievement?

Avyakt7 does not recall achieving anything in life.
On the other hand, if we consider the “world at the office” as the “real world” then perhaps Avyakt7 has been an “achiever.” :-) Is Avyakt7 an achiever or not? :-)

Let us put words in perspective. Let us experience that Life is not the world at the office but yet the world at the office is part of life.

Last but no least, all marketing tools selling “change and self transformation” are geared toward the existence of the “I.”
That is just one side of the coin. The other side is its “non-existence.”
There is no marketing tool that could make up something to transform the self into no-self, for then there will not be an ego around to applaud for that “transformation.” :-)

The belief of predestination and free-will

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Any “serious” religious system or philosophy about life will pretend to answer the question: Are we predestined? Or we have free will?

Whenever a concept is developed, its opposite is in place as well.
If we create darkness, we have created light as well.

If we are able to grasp this, we cannot be caught up in the duality of beliefs.

Let me explain:
For example Christianity and his philosophers (as well as many other monotheistic beliefs) believed in “free will.”
What was the consequence of that belief?
Predestination was born. Calvinism appeared with that “idea.”
Many religions and philosophies are caught up with believing one side of the coin to be the truth, and negating or labeling the other side as “false.”

“God has given us free will” they say, “that is why we will be judged at the end.”
Then, another set of believers will find that “God chooses his people.” They are destined to be the “ones.”
Obviously, a contradiction is born.

That is the “problem” that arises from thinking minds, when only logic and analysis are involved to perceive the world.

Then out of the 2 opposite extremes, consensus arrives… Another religion “marries” Mr. Free-will (groom) with Ms. Predestination (bride.)

Something like: “You are predestined, but you choose first.” :-) “If what you wanted did not happen, then that was predestined.”
Or in other religious words: “Everyone will attain Buddhahood at the end” and until that doesn’t happen, you will be (“doomed”) experiencing rebirth again… :-)

Choice/Free-will, has to be in that sort of belief, so “punishment” could be given if the “laws of God are not strictly followed.”

That keeps fear as “input” in followers and obedience as the logical “output.”

When the drop of water separates itself from the flowing river of life, the scenarios explained above will be experienced.

In another consciousness, none of the above exists as “reality,” for the river flows where it should go and the drop of water is not something separated from it, but the river itself.

Is the “right reality” to see things as the metaphor of the river and the drop?
No. If we understand that as the “only reality” or the “right reality” and label everything else as “illusion” we are in duality again, we have created darkness and thus, light.

That has been the “problem” of most religions and philosophies.

A mind that is beyond duality is not concerned in labels, which bring duality… it goes beyond thinking to grasp “what is.”

Ananda was observing how the picturesque river was flowing aimlessly heading west into nowhere. That park had a wooden sidewalk where many animals dwelled. Squirrels, alligators, ducks, birds, insects, as well as many types of flowers… All of them brought a particular perspective of life. The wind was blowing west and the Sun was sharing its warm space with voluble clouds who were about to speak “fluently rain” to the visitors of that park.

Analysis and descriptions separate the whole into parts, creating a perfect duality for mankind to choose from: Right or wrong, good and bad, free-will or predestination… Trapped in those concepts we are unable to see “what is” beyond beliefs…and when we “escape” the mental prison, in that second of illumination; we could understand that enjoyment of “what is” goes well beyond our mental indoctrination.

Birds, Alligators, Bees.. How can they be together, One… if they are different?

That is a human perspective. That could be the perspective of the majority, but that does not make it the “reality.”
Birds, Alligators, Bees… bring togetherness, they bring their own beings to make “what is.”
When we learn to see from different perspectives we cannot help it but to be amazed at the beauty of different shades of the same color.

What I think is no longer what is right, nor what you think.
No one is “right” because there is no one “wrong.”

Duality is out of the mind and with that, our beliefs.

It is “what is.” Enjoy it.

In that consciousness is when freedom “to be” arises. The box of sacred beliefs is thrown away and thus in that moment, we could be who we are meant to be.

Question: Who is God?

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One reader asked this question.

God is a being, someone… but at the same time everything including you and me. Therefore, if you want to know God truly, you must know yourself first.
:-) Do you like that straight “logical” answer?

Most would like to hear something like: God is this or that. Then, they would like to have his picture along with the latest copy of his holy book to learn about his teachings…

Isn’t that a human expectation based on our ways of understanding things (the world at the office)?

On the other hand, others will be looking for “proof.”
“If I cannot speak with him and ask questions to him so he can demonstrate that he is God, then I will not believe.”
Question: What are you going to ask? :-)

Do black holes exist? How everything started? Did dinosaurs exist? Do we go to heaven/hell or do we take rebirth?

If God answers you, how could you obtain “proof” that in fact, that is so.

How about this “tricky” question: What am I going to do tomorrow… or in the future? God must know that… Right?
So… I don’t do it… and don’t believe in him :-)
But, if the prediction happens…Lucy the ”fortune teller” across the street, could do the same… so he is an impostor…

We perceive things as we ARE.
If that hasn’t been realized, we will be looking for “logical answers.”
An intellectual could look for ways to demonstrate that the above statement is not logical and if it is not logical nor reasonable, it is not true.
That is one benefit of living in the “world at the office.” ;-)

What is the belief there?
That logic is a way to discover truth. Does logic reflects Nature? Yes or No… :-)
If “No,” then what is the use of it?
Answer: To be able to live in the “world at the office.”

If “Yes,” if logic reflects Nature, then it must change. Isn’t that logical? :-)

The world is a huge mirror. We perceive things according to what we ARE, which goes according to our consciousness, thus the necessity to know who we ARE. The answer of the question: Who is God? goes according to that perception.

Please be aware that what we ARE is not related with “hand-me-down” knowledge or information.

Who Am I? That is the question to ask, paradoxically without asking a question or using words. :-)

Some “spiritual gurus” have answered:
“I Am.”
Without insight, that answer is only a game of words for followers to repeat and sound “knowledgeable;” that is to build their ego.

Avyakt7’s response to who am I? is:
What I am not?

In the “world” of consciousness there is no difference between the object and the observer. Our senses make that perception of difference. Consciousness is manifested through “our” sense organs, thus the world of individuality appears.

The drop is not different from the Ocean… but at the same time they are… depending on the consciousness that you look at it.

A drop is a drop and the Ocean is not the drop. That is called logic.

A drop is the Ocean and the Ocean is the drop. That is called a Paradox.

Some will deny one side as an “illusion” and embrace the other. Both are 2 sides of the same coin.
That coin is called Oneness. In a different consciousness, we could see the coin as a whole and at the same time its 2 sides.

Therefore: as you ARE, as your consciousness IS, that is how your perception will BE.

Santa Claus exists.
I have a picture of him and I, when I was a little kid. That is the proof.

Someone may say: That wasn’t Santa. That was a guy dressing like him.

“No way. Santa gave me a gift. Santa smiled with a big “Ho, Ho, Ho” to me. That is proof. “

Little Avyakt7’s consciousness at that time had an experience with Santa Claus, an unforgettable experience when he was able to feel love and happiness of being with the one who everyone talks about at Christmas… Avyakt7 received a gift from him…

But…Avyakt7’s consciousness changed, all by itself without any help from anyone; then, Avyakt7 could say at that time that “Santa truly exists… but he doesn’t.”

One day Avyakt7 had to BE Santa for his little cousin.
At that time, there was no difference between Santa and Avyakt7.

God is logically…a coin with 3 sides. :-)

Paradox: All paths will lead to our destiny

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Living life is about experiencing life to gain valuable insight, thus any path that someone takes to search for answers about their own life will eventually lead that person to realize the self. It all goes back to the self, but that needs to be realized and not conceptualized.

It all depends on our state of consciousness. That consciousness is not modified by “following teachings,” but by gaining insight.

In this way, there is no repression in the self.
We could do something out of compulsion. That is not honest. We could behave in ways that we truly do not feel.

Heckle and Jeckle went to a “spiritual/meditation” class.
Jeckle wanted to help himself to gain “peace of mind” as he was going through “problems” in life. Jeckle started his search for meaning at that point. Before that “problem,” Jeckle had no desire to listen to anything “spiritual” as that was “boring stuff” for him. :-)

Heckle on the other hand, was very experienced. He had experienced different religious groups, spiritual groups, self-help groups, new age groups, metaphysical groups, psychic groups, etc. Read many things, realized others and so on. In every experience Heckle gained valuable insight to continue in his personal path.

Jeckle was listening attentively to the teacher in that “spiritual” class. The teacher was wearing a particular robe which gave him an air of importance.

The teacher spoke about the mind in that class.

“What is the mind? What is its origin? What is its function?” He went on to explain his beliefs as if they were “facts.” Those beliefs were backed up by a book that he was reading to the audience. The book was written by his masters.
“The mind leaves the body. So if you are sleeping and then you think about India and then you die during your sleep… Guess where you are going to live in your next life?”
The teacher went on: “ Life is not just this experience that we have here, but there will be plenty of other lives in the future and the time to be engaged in making those future lives happy, is now; through pure spiritual practices. All problems are just thoughts created by the mind. A feeling of love for someone is just another thought.”

The teacher finished his class with a meditation in which he repeated the same concepts for the audience to repeat in their minds and thus, “realize” those concepts for “themselves.” :-)

Heckle observed that what this teacher called the “mind,” that was called the “soul” in other religious views. He also realized that this teacher was giving importance to the future rather than the “now” and that this teacher wasn’t aware of feelings but only about emotions.
Finally, Heckle concluded that the teacher’s set of beliefs and concepts were not useful for him.

What is the purpose of having a concept about the mind or to play with concepts or beliefs about its origin and function, if Heckle had an experience of it…of what this “thing” is without further labels?

That first hand experience is what is useful to realize the self as an experience, not to have a concept about it or theoretical knowledge.

Heckle was waiting anxiously for the teacher to end his talk, to ask questions and to debunk that “teacher” who was talking “useless stuff” from his viewpoint.
After all Heckle was in favor of the “truth” and not in beliefs and stories based on “hand-me down” teachings. :-)

When the teacher finished his talk, he asked everyone to speak with their seating neighbor about their own realizations in the class.

Heckle heard Jeckle’s viewpoint first.
Jeckle said: “Wasn’t that a great explanation about the mind? I never thought that the mind was so important. I ought to watch my mind from now on…”

When Heckle heard that from his friend; Heckle did not have the courage to debunk the teacher.

Heckle learned through that experience that life teaches everyone in different ways. From that moment, Heckle learned the importance to respect everyone’s path.

When we hear about “Tolerance” of faiths, that is just a concept. We could learn to tolerate someone who thinks and feel different from us, without ever listening to what that person is conveying.

That is “conceptual tolerance” that stuff we can learn from a nice book or a “teacher.”

However, when we experience the need to respect someone’s path in his search for meaning in life, then at that moment; tolerance becomes an unnecessary word. :-)

Jeckle learned about his mind.
Heckle learned from that teacher something about himself which was very important in his self-realization.
Thus, everyone learned something new.

Jeckle is just beginning his journey for meaning in life. Jeckle is acquiring information to feed his mind with “new things” to think about.
Heckle has already gone through that and now Heckle is learning to free himself from that information and letting life itself be the teacher. Heckle is learning to trust and not to think too much.

Different paths. All going to the same place but with different timings.

The flowers in a garden will blossom at different times. The gardener’s job is to respect their personal timing.