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Daily Meditation Focus 12NOV2009

Humility

In an age of materialism images-1 and supercharged egos, the notion of humility may be quickly discarded or dismissed. While it is true that most continue to learn, evolve and expand throughout life, many attribute acquired knowledge and experience to conquest or equate material possession as power and discard humility in the face of their fellow humanity.

I must admit, I struggle daily with the internalization of humility. For those on the path, certain truths are imparted and states of mind expand to reveal higher principles and orders at work in the space we inhabit. There are times when I quite frankly want to grab the people around me by their consciousness and say “can’t you see that?”, but of course the typical response is for them to nod their heads aloofly and stare into the closest advertisement or television and comment on the latest artificial intelligence enabled smoothie maker or $1200 Christian Louboutin shoes.

Humility comes into play heavily when we begin to see the relationships of consciousness to the hierarchies of existence. We all exist as extensions of each other and to the higher realms of consciousness. In seeing others as reflections of ourselves we begin to see how the ‘inner’ profoundly effects the ‘outer’, which is largely illusory. To be the consummate student, to learn and ‘see’ how service to others reflects certain higher compassions and assists the higher nature of our ‘selves’ is to internalize humility. The way ‘out’ or ‘up’, is to embrace the illusion, learn from it and love it.

Just as we can not see radio waves or gamma rays, there are conscious realms that do exist which we can not, in this current state, access. They exist above and below and for the most part, are ascended aspects of our evolved consciousness in, for lack of a better term, our futures. To believe we are completed or ‘finished’ in this fallen realm of matter is to place ourselves above what have been called the ‘better angels of our nature’. In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, what is the relationship of humility to meditation and how do we assist ourselves and those around us by internalizing humility?

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The Reconciliation of Religion

The esoteric and inner tradition has been carried and protected by countless people and groups through the ages. Many gave their lives and many sacrificed all they had to keep the lamp burning when it flickered and dimly glowed during the darkest corners of human history. In preserving the wisdom, we have brought forward from the recesses of time, a remnant and a technology of sorts which surely floated with the Ark on the waters and passed down with the Ark of gold and wood. The wisdom belongs to all faiths, to all races and to all in need. It was protected by the Egyptians, by Islam, by Templars, by Tibetans, by Initiatic Orders long forgotten, by every color of man and woman and by those with no conscripted religion. It is in fact, a kind of quality of ‘being’ and thought, an awareness and conscious state that transcends all boundaries and separation and is the great uniter of all things. It is timeless, impossible to speak out loud and is both a tangible and intangible thing beyond all value.

There is an aspect of all beings that ascends to its higher nature and dissolves all realized boundaries at times of need. As we move into a new age of Earth, the troubles and problems appear to be unsolvable and surely headed towards cataclysmic end, but this is not the case. It is within the esoteric traditions that humanity carries its pinnacles of being. That light exists on behalf of all things and with it, our solutions to the ‘unsolvable’ become elegantly solved.

I see the televised broadcasts of the Middle East…Israel and Palestine, the gnashing, constant turmoil and suffering being perpetuated. The reconciliation of both religion and illusory separation can be obtained though only one mean. This is a Work to be done by a few and achieved by many. The time is at hand to begin actualizing peace in the Middle East and throughout the world. Through the Inner work it will be accomplished and through the wisdom of unified minds it shall begin to propagate throughout the collective mind of humanity. This is one of the secrets of the Invisible College. This conflict is not about land nor religion nor is it about retribution. It is about the lie of ‘self’. The time is now at hand to look inside not only our selves, but our fellow man; to experience the reflection of ourselves in others. Gone will be the days when common ground is found and then ‘lost’ by a few who withdraw within their own illusions of separation. We are beginning to see this now and no human will truly able to hide their inner lies no more than a small child attempting to take visible refuge behind a chair or blanket is seen by its parents. We all are becoming able to see it and it is through this all penetrating and all seeing ‘light’, that the illusory kingdoms of those who have ‘fallen’ completely into the material world shall be exposed and through this compassionate and unifying work, all shall be accomplished. As one becomes aware of their illusions and constructed gilded cages, through the gaze of this inner light, a change begins. You most certainly know exactly what I am referring to and have for some time.

This is our future and our Work. Everything exists on many levels and it is through the reconciliation of the seemingly disparate that we find our union and our peace.

Exile and Exodus

It wasn’t until just today that I really meditated on this concept and now here it is, gathered around me like a weird shadowy cloud, spinning slowly within the large space I sit in, confronting me with ghosts of past battles, urging me on to send these words to the ether.

When a person of clarity, or sound judgement, strength of being or just plain will of mind threatens the status quo or the cushy and tranquil lies of illusion of those around them, something happens. A quiet, assuredly not spoken consensus to quietly close doors, harden hearts once glowing with friendship or approval and the slow extension of imaginary arms begin to silently keep the beast at bay.

For a person it is exile… Exit..I Leave… or better yet, go and be gone. For a mass of people with garnered and conjoined aims, it become Exodus… the Exit of Us…screw it, we’re out of here and best of luck.

I was watching this documentary recently about the Holy Grail bloodline or something along those seemingly occulted lines, I don’t seriously pay attention to the mash of shit they call documentaries today, but I remember this guy talking about the temporal line of esoteric knowledge passed down…that Underground Stream of wisdom and how at any given point, in any geographical place, a person can see and comprehend the truths, flowing like a weird X-ray that worms its way through everything in its path and that person can make a stand in their place on the Path and reach upwards. This vertical, blinding column of awareness can occur at any time, at any place and as can be expected…it pisses everyone off around them. The transcendence of a person or group causes everyone and everything around them to stop and ultimately, look inside of themselves. It need not be spiritual, although I can see how phenomenal talent, or the will to do the right thing could be the onset of loftier attainment, far down that lonely, lightning ridden desert of minds and experiences future.

To have to face your inner world, with all of its sick and shattered patchworks of the foundation of ego, can be unforgiving. Worse yet, it causes the ripples in the waters of quaint, formal and adolescent cultural contrivances that people grip exhaustively to sustain some remnant of an experienced pinnacle of acceptance, that has long since evaporated. Enough of these ripples eventually become monstrous, twisted and fanged looming waves that seem to stack up in the cold and violent seas of the uninitiated mind.

It is not hard to see why people exile a peer or why a group can commit to exodus from the populace they inhabit. People and groups build inner monuments to their spectacular glory and ‘awesomeness’ and need, not just want, but need to be reinforced by other hand raised salutes of illusory victory of those around them. Ironically, the ones typically exiled were never competing or challenged by them in the first place. They simply wanted to be ‘there’, co-creating and sharing experiences along side them in the great adventure we call life.

It must suck to be afraid of ones own shadow and not have the awareness of its source.

Daily Meditation Focus 18SEP2009

The Role of Thought – “Thinking for Yourself”  thought1

I have no idea how many times I’ve heard that saying, “Think for Yourself”. We all have. It actually wasn’t until much later in life, that I began to understand that adage.

Just this morning, I got a call from a good friend of mine in California. He wanted some advice on handling a somewhat political issue, as a result of dealing with some interesting people problems. We spoke for a while and it became clear that the issues he was discussing are all too common in business and corporations, even families and churches, any assembled group of humans really. When the normal daily routine is disturbed for a continuing amount of time, people will create drama, they will go to the point of actually creating conflict where there is none (in some cases, people do this when everything is fine as well). Rumor get manufactured, cliques get established and mob mentality settles in. At this point, people are not thinking for themselves.

We go through life, dependent on others for information. We have limited senses and our bodies can not function very well in modern society without guidance. When we are very young, we are quite literally dependent on those around us for everything. As we get older, we learn to do things for ourselves, but amazingly, many continue to rely on others for thought. I am astonished by the volume of quotes, rehashed newspaper or television commentary I hear daily by those around me. In many cases, the people regurgitating the information to me think they have the thought that they are conveying to me, even though I know, it came from someone else.

There are certain truths on this plane which need to be experienced to be thoroughly understood. They are important ones too, and in order to get to the point where one starts to become aware of them , it is necessary for one to think for themself. Jed McKenna has a great quote which is very apropos here: “Think for yourself and figure out what’s true. That’s it. Ask yourself what’s true, until you know”.

The esoteric orders, the Mystery Schools, to some point, even some of the mainstream religions, have at their core, great teachings which help one to move forward with tools and knowledge to allow themselves to functionally think for themselves. This is about our own journey, our personal adventure here and now. When we take someone else’s adventure and internalize it and try to make it our own, we experience conflict, we get the schizophrenic state that so many succumb to in this age. Our own stories are what are important and our own experience is what we learn from best.

By accepting another persons truth we limit our selves. By accepting dogmatic teachings and authoritative notions from government, or religion, a boss, a person of status or someone you admire, you degrade our own worth and devalue the experiences in your life. Be yourself and think for yourself and the world will reward you with riches and wonder and you will experience an amazing life. I usually end these with some text in blue and a thought for the day.. today, I’d just like you to think..for yourself. =)

Your experience is the truth.

Daily Meditation Focus 17SEP2009

Balance and Harmony balance

We live in a world of excess and increasing demand for our personal resources. There is no doubt that our present cultural environment in the West gives rise to illness, neurological disorders and emotional strife.

Many seek to find solace and well being through the collecting of material possessions, a partner in a relationship, a pet or job title, but these additions to ones external life neither balance, nor give lasting results within. Our well-being and inner peace are not determined by exterior forces..we know this by now (man, I hope so). While there are many aspects to inner peace and a healthy life, we will focus on a few simple aspects in this short piece today.

Sometimes the smallest actions can bring about large gains in ones life, if a person just stops to think. Getting proper rest once in a while, or eating a balanced diet can have  significant results in a short period of time. If we move to bring the needs of the body into balance, the reflection in the mind will be impacting. I know..the body exists in the mind, but not everyone has expanded to the point of “knowing” that, and until they do, there is no need to make the journey more difficult for oneself.

Taking time to breathe properly or spending time outside in a natural environment will provide great benefit to the mind and the body. As one begins to see the connection between body and mind, the concept of “harmony” becomes internalized and understood. Balance and Harmony are key principles in Universal laws..the underlying stuff of the world around us.. the operation of the physical world. Not surprisingly, they are key principles in the operation of ourselves too. I find that more times than not, others will take notice when someone around them breaks from the norm and internalizes some aspect of their life that brings balance or harmony to them in some way. We see the value intuitively, even though we may not be following the principle ourselves. In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, what is the relationship of balance and harmony to meditation and how do we assist others with these principles of life?

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Daily Meditation Focus 16SEP2009

Unity and Separation unity

We all have our relationships in life that play out in various ways. Our bankers handle our funds, dentists clean and repair our teeth, family members and friends support our well being etc. In the western world we live in a mode of separation.. church and state, employer and employee, science and spirituality. As the scientific method and industry evolved into what they are today, the notions of compartmentalization and reductionism began to infiltrate our way of thought. In a sense, these divisionary concepts are our models of how we view the world around us, when the fundamental truth is quite opposite.

While our social structure has been hierarchical for some time, our mode of thought has not. When we see ourselves as separate from everything and everyone around us, we limit ourselves greatly and perpetuate a constant internal state of conflict. Although there are times when we want to reach out, to express ourselves and really connect with others, we often times don’t because of these constructed divisions. We create excuses (illusions)…that person is too ______ or I am not _______ enough. Where exactly do you think these thoughts are coming from?

As one begins to see the similarities, the patterns, principles and universal laws that exist in the world around us, it starts to become clear that everything is related. Shared existence is intrinsic to the entire fabric of reality..not separation. As Above, so Below.. or as Within, so Without. Things in the world are not separate.. we perceive them to be, so it appears to us as that they are. This is a very simple concept yet is causes a life of anguish and suffering for so very many people. Separation is the child of ego and while you and I seem worlds apart, we are not. We are limited and separated by our egos, not by our true selves. In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, what is the relationship of unity to meditation and how do we overcome separation at all levels?

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In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, what roles do the standing temples and pyramids, left by the ancients, play in our present day Mystery Schools and what lessons are to be learned from them?
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Daily Meditation Focus 15SEP2009

Temples and Pyramids 461199-Egyptian-temple-0-1

Throughout the world, remnants and ruins of previous cultures and epochs have become destinations for travelers and sight-seerers since they were constructed. In modern times, these architectural structures are seen in more of a historical light and few who gaze upon these temples and structures see the care or thought, the underlying meaning or teaching left by that earlier man. They see instead, a photo-op or a physical representation of a picture they have kept in their head. People move about these living monuments, waiting for the tour to be over, so they can buy a shirt or book and then stop off at some welcoming establishment for their next Mai-Tai or beer.

Going back to a piece I wrote in this blog a few days ago, I referenced a trip to Washington D.C., taken by a Freemason (Symbol – Part III). In that experience, the prepared Mason can see the wondrous imagery in his mind, brought to life by the symbols carved, graved and sculpted by other Masons from the past. Even though it may be decades, centuries or even millennia later, the message is clear to those who can see.

The Great Pyramid stands now as it has stood for thousands of years. People visit it, climb it and photograph it without giving much thought to the work except how it was built. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead (Book of the Coming Forth of Day; Book of What is in the Duat), the Great Pyramid was known as the Temple of Amun/Amen which means the Secret House of the Hidden One. The word Pyramid comes from the Greek “pyra”, meaning Fire or Light and “midos”, meaning Measure…purimmiddoh, or “Light-Measures” (Fire in the Middle). The length of each side of the Great Pyramid is 9,131 Pyramid inches or Polar inches in length. If you add the sides’ lengths, you get 36,524 Polar Inches. Adding the standard 2/10 of an inch for measurement error, you have 36,524.2, or 100 times the length of each year: 365.242 days. As we look further we find that the height of the Great Pyramid is equal to radius of the circle of solar cycle. The deeper aspect to this geometrical construct, is that in order to properly calculate the verified Pyramid Inch, the Pyramid builders would have had to have known the exact diameter of the Earth.  As you can see, there is often more thought put into these ancient works, than is usually seen with the eye.

It may be that time has erased our references to those builders and the messages they left in the great temples and pyramids, or it may be that we, in our present state, may be too absorbed in self, in the material world, to see those things left to us from the past, in spirit and in mind. The notion that previous cultures translate as ‘primitive’ or unenlightened, may be incorrect. The fact may be that the ability to transcend; to comprehend and internalize the outer world, may have not only been present in previous cultures, but that previous epochs of man may have been well beyond the current range of comprehension as we know it now. As Obi-Wan (or maybe George Lucas) said, “Your focus determines your reality’. If one were to focus outwards just a bit and open their minds to new possibilities, instead of relying on what they “know”, they may find reality to be something much different than they knew it to be. In regards to our journey on the path and seeing the physical experience as a mystical adventure, what roles do the standing temples and pyramids, left by the ancients, play in our present day Mystery Schools and what lessons are to be learned from them?

Please feel free to post any comments or feedback regarding this topic or share your meditation experience with our community in the Comments section below.