Why is being aware of concepts so vital to spiritual awakening?

Image2by Brian Thompson.

I often talk about being aware of the “concepts” and “conceptual” ideas that you believe and create your sense of self around. In fact, it’s one of the most important spiritual teachings there is.

But, what exactly is a concept?

A concept is any thought that attempts to make something out of nothing.

Did you notice what slipped between those words? That was one right there. A concept—a thought-object made from ethereal, non-existent mind-stuff—an illusion created out of thin air. Sure, it appears to exist, but it remains a formless thought-form that can only float within the mind that thinks it. It is illusory, holding no truth beyond one’s belief.

When you look for something, you miss nothing—and by nothing, I mean, you miss all that is, which is the totality of the present moment you are now experiencing. Nothingness is the absolute truth of reality when it is undivided by the conceptual mind. All of the “somethings” that we label our world with only limit it. They project a meaning, a purpose and a definition onto that which otherwise has none.

Outside of mind there are no concepts, and outside of consciousness there is no mind. We are a presence of consciousness, but we are not anything that appears within it. Therefore, since concepts can only exist within consciousness itself, we know that they are not the truth that they suggest. Only consciousness is the absolute, and we are that.

We are pure presence, empty of anything that happens to appear within mind.

Consciousness is naturally unlimited and unconditioned, but we limit it and condition it through our concepts, shrinking ourselves into ideas of somethings we are not.




Pristine Consciousness: The Canvas Upon Which Life Expresses Itself

Pristine-Consciousness-The-Canvas-Upon-Which-Life-Expresses-ItselfBy Harry Krueger | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The bonding of the pristine whole (energy) with Intelligence (the mysterious expression of all that exists) is the only environment in which human beings can flower, and come to completeness. That fruition (as wholeness) is love. There is no other love. And that whole-y state is one of apperception — a perception that is beyond the aberrations of the memory-senses complex called, Mind.

Our thoughts are not self-generated, rather, our present responses to life’s daily challenges are a cacophony of sounds given to us by the prevailing culture. Except for some slight variations in content, we are the psychological clones of past generations. The accumulation of that misinformation (indoctrination) is what we call ‘culture’, and all culture is Mind: a myth given by others. The over-whelming false content of the Mind is what is preventing pristine awareness (Consciousness) from receiving its “daily bread” — the food that is indispensable to life’s daily responses.

Empathy, Sympathy, Compassion, Love, Compatibility and Relationship

Relationship is compatibility. Used here, compatibility is the bonding of Intelligence with Pristine Awareness and the expressions that come from that state. That state is always the first responder to all of life’s challenges.

Intelligence is the only supplier of energy in all life forms, both moving and stationary. In that wholeness — in the bond of Intelligence and Consciousness — there is a diversity as to how the energy is expressed. The totality of those expressions is what is meant by Acting as a harmonious whole. When we are not expressing that Action, we are reacting from a view point that is empathetic to the human psychological suffering that has its roots in the indoctrinated, misinformation given by the culture. That same culture cannot end this sorrowful never-ending cycle. Showing empathy, sympathy and compassion changes nothing.




The Science Of Lucid Dreaming

Image1A lot of what our brain does is synthesize a hallucination, a model of the world that we proceed to live in. This is a model reality; the real reality is completely unknowable. – Dennis McKenna

The earliest known descriptions of lucid dreaming come to us from Hindu scriptures dating back over 3,000 years ago, in the Upanishads and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, where there are instructions for how to direct one’s consciousness within a dream and during sleep. Other ancient descriptions of lucid-dreaming meditations, from the Tibetan Bön and Vajrayāna Buddhist traditions, are over 1,200 years old.

In the West, the earliest mention of lucid dreaming comes from Aristotle, some 2,000 years ago. In his treatise On Sleep and Dreams, Aristotle says that when we are asleep there is often something in our minds telling us that what we are experiencing is only a dream. However, as we learned in the introduction, the first attempt at a systematic scientific study of lucid dreaming began with the French sinologist Marquis d’Hervey de Saint-Denys, in the mid-1800s.

In 1867, Saint-Denys’ book Les rêves et les moyens de les diriger (Dreams and How to Guide Them) was published, and this landmark book is the first known record of a systematic exploration of lucid dreaming.

Originally published anonymously, Saint-Denys’ detailed personal reports span a period of thirty-two years. In this remarkable book, the author describes how he became interested in dreams as a young teenager, and how he learned to become lucid in his dreams and partially direct what happened. Saint-Denys coined the term rêve lucide, “lucid dream,” and he performed many experiments in his lucid dreams.

The first scientist in the West to explore lucid dreaming was Dutch physician Frederik van Eeden, a contemporary of Freud’s who corresponded with the psychoanalyst about dreams. Van Eeden’s famous first scientific paper on lucid dreaming, “A Study of Dreams,” was published in 1913. This landmark paper contains the first mention of the term “lucid dream” in the English language.

D. Ouspensky’s essay “On the Study of Dreams and Hypnotism” was published in 1931. Much of it is based on detailed observations of the author’s own accounts of lucid dreaming, which he calls “half-dream states.” Ouspensky, a mathematician, made a number of fascinating observations as well as perhaps generalized assertions based on his own experiences, which may not be as fixed as he believed, but they were an important part of the growing body of knowledge on lucid dreaming that eventually would lead to legitimate scientific study.




Tom Campbell: Marseilles Workshop

The Marseilles workshop delivers the most current collective information of Tom Campbell’s MBT theory

The Marseilles workshop delivers the most current collective information of Tom Campbell’s MBT theory. The workshop has two introductory parts and is followed by the Friday (5 parts), Saturday (4 parts), and Sunday (4 parts) presentations.

Thank you to Franck and his team in Marseilles for bringing us this superbly edited workshop of Tom Campbell’s presentation of Physics, Metaphysics, and the Fundamentals of Reality in Marseilles, France, in May 2015.

http://www.mybigTOE.com Tom’s website
http://www.mbtevents.com Tom’s future events site



Objective Reality vs. Perceived Reality

perceived-realityby John Perkins, Evonomics | Waking Times

My success as chief economist at a major international consulting firm was not due to the lessons I learned in business school. It was not due to the competence of my staff of brilliant econometricians and financial wizards.

Those things may have helped at times. But there was something else that made it all happen. That something else was the same something else that elevated George Washington, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr, Steve Jobs, and other successful people to the heights of their success.

That something else is available to everyone of us.

It is the ability to alter objective reality by changing perceived reality, what we might think of as the Perception Bridge.

Economic HitmanAs described in my book The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, my job was to convince heads of state of countries with resources our corporations covet, like oil, to accept huge loans from the World Bank and its sister organizations. The stipulation was that these loans would be used to hire our engineering and construction companies, such as Bechtel, Halliburton, and Stone and Webster, to build electric power systems, ports, airports, highways and other infrastructure projects that would bring large profits to those companies and also benefit a few wealthy families in the country, the ones that owned the industries and commercial establishments. Everyone else in the country would suffer because funds were diverted from education, healthcare and other social services to pay interest on the debt. In the end, when the country could not buy down the principal, we would go back and, with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), “restructure” the loans. This included demands that the country sell its resources cheap to our corporations with minimal environmental and social regulations and that it privatize its utility companies and other public service businesses and offer them to our companies at cut-rate prices.

It was a strategy of using perceived reality to change objective reality. In these cases, Objective Reality 1 was that the countries had resources. The Perceived Reality was that using those resources as collateral on loans to finance the building of infrastructure projects would create economic growth and prosperity for all the citizens. Objective Reality 2, however, was that economic growth occurred only among the very wealthy. Since economic statistics (GDP) in such countries are skewed in favor of the wealthy, the fact was that only our companies and the wealthy families benefited. The rest of the population suffered. In many cases this has led to political unrest, resentment, and the rise of various forms of radicalism and terrorism.

“Reality is merely an illusion.” Albert Einstein




It’s Right to Speak up When the Crowd Is Wrong

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A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority. – Rick Warren

Are you afraid to express yourself when your thoughts and opinions differ from those of your family, friends, and colleagues?

Do you conform (or pretend to) with the beliefs of others in your circles in order to keep the peace and not ruffle any feathers?

Sure, sometimes it is easier to go with the flow rather than share a dissenting opinion.

But, often the right thing to do and the hard thing to do are the same thing.

What conformity is and how it can be detrimental

Conformity is a process by which your attitudes and beliefs become influenced by other people. It can be obvious (as in peer pressure), or it can be a more subtle influence that develops over many years…or even a lifetime.

The result is that you end up thinking and behaving like everyone else.

While that might feel comfortable for you, it can have negative effects on your health and happiness. In extreme cases, confirming with the crowd (herd mentality) can be damaging to society.

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. – Bertrand Russell

A new study from the University at Buffalo found that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions, and demonstrating your core values can be a positive psychological experience.




The Nine Sacred Herbs of the Saxons

mugwortby Patrice Green

If you could only pick nine herbs to rely on for the rest of your life, which would they be?

It’s a tough question for most of us to answer, but the Saxons held nine herbs as the most sacred. They even had a poem or charm — called Lacnunga (Remedies) — written about them, which dates from the 10-century. The herbs of the Lacnunga manuscript were highly valued, and used as treatment against poison and infection. These same herbs are still highly regarded, widely used today, and worthy of a closer look:

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris): Mugwort is well known as the premier herb for dreamwork. The silver on the underside of the leaves shows an affinity for the moon and the female reproductive system. Mugwort tea and essential oil help ease PMS symptoms. The essential oil also helps to relax the brain, improve circulation and aids in delivering nutrients to brain cells.  It is a stimulant which helps keep the female hormones functioning properly.  Mugwort itself gets its name “mug weed” because it used to be used to flavor ale/beer before the use of hops became popular.  Moxa, which is used in acupuncture, is made from dried Mugwort. In the nine herbs charm Mugwort was named “Una,” the oldest herb.




The Philosophy of Reincarnation and the Now Moment

Reincarnationby Donna Quesada | Spirit Voyage

Presence and Reincarnation; A Contradiction in Terms?

We talked in class, about the importance of presence, and the role of meditation in bringing us back to the only moment that has ever, and that will ever, exist—Now. And then a student asked a question:

“But Hindus believe in reincarnation—isn’t that a future-worry?”

At the heart of meditation, in Hinduism, and in all the Dharmic traditions, including Buddha Dharma and Sikh Dharma, is the importance placed on nurturing our power of focused awareness. It strengthens the mind’s ability to consciously choose, anew in each moment, where to focus its attention. As it happens, the best thing to focus on is now, and although there are countless reasons why, these are the three most important ones:

1. Now is it the most incredible and momentous event of our lives.

2. Now is the only time and place joy lives.

3. Now is the only time and place we can discover how the mind really works, and thus, get it to work better.

Now starts with the simple sensation of our own breath flowing in through our noses, and down into our lungs. Watching this is where presence begins and where true meditation begins.

I can appreciate my student’s concern about reincarnation, and the idea that if it happens at a future time, then thinking about it would seem to constitute future thinking—a direct contradiction to the enterprise of staying present.

However—and this is at the heart of my response—Just because you know the rest of the staircase is there, doesn’t mean you ever walk more than one step at a time!

The subtler nuances of my response concern the idea of reincarnation itself, which may be conceived of in myriad ways.

Ask a Zen Buddhist what she thinks of reincarnation and get one answer. Ask 10 others and get 10 more. Ask a Hindu, get another one still. Life and death happens every moment. It happens because you change every moment. In each and every moment, the forces of creation, preservation and destruction happen within you and without you, on every level of your physical, spiritual and mental existence. On the cellular level there is a war going on, and in the world of our minds, as meditation clearly shows us, we are forever duking it out.