Stuff to NOT Think About Too Much... :-)

Six Levels of Consciousness

A lovely article about Mary O'Malley's perspective of our human journey...

http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/the-six-levels-of-higher-consciousness-how-to-make-the-shift/

Thoughts Are Just Thoughts

A practical description of the illusory nature of thought by Jeff Foster...

https://youtu.be/kmnI3TJpoTU

Human Senses

An interesting TED Talk by David Eagleman pointing to the limited reality created by our limited senses...

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_eagleman_can_we_create_new_senses_for_humans

Being Nothing

I think that my own insight into the illusion of all thought and the realization of the spiritual nature of life came after finally "giving up" the 23+ year search for how to change, and in hopelessness, just accepting myself as I was, all messed up and unchangeable. Funnily enought, in the space of "no longer trying", I was suddenly able to see something profound, that I had likely heard and read in many ways before, but just never realized as true. I suddently "woke up".

 

Following is a lovely blog post by John McIntosh, pointing to how his own access to wisdom and understanding was gained through insight (how he finally "got" something he's read a hundred times before, when he finally somehow allowed himself to be open to hearing it)...

http://johnhmcintosh.tumblr.com/post/161387717216/being-nothing

 

Nine Life Lessons

The idea of living life in the moment, with whatever it presents (from comedian Tim Minchin)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoEezZD71sc

How Not to Be Offended

This isn't 100% inside out, but at least it's pointing in a helpful direction...

 http://theunboundedspirit.com/how-not-to-be-offended/

So Little Can Mean So Much

A lovely story from a passionate nurse who obviously loves her patients. She shares her perspective about how some of the "little" things we do each day, and often take for granted, and sometimes minimize in our moment to moment made up thinking, can sometimes instead, be very "big" things in the minds of others.

https://youtu.be/ex54lkG5afw

The Gospel of Doubt

Gaining insight from the Three Principles understanding, can include seeing the illusion of all thought, and realizing how solutions come from the space of not knowing. Here's a lovely TED Talk by Casey Gerald that points to the wisdom in being doubtful of what we think we know.

https://youtu.be/DsrxbqFo41k 

To Anyone Who Thinks They're Falling Behind in Life

One day, in early 2013 (after 20+ years of self help), I got really tired, and I just gave up. I gave up trying to "be better", I gave up trying to "do better", and I somehow just decided to accept myself exactly as I am, just deciding to live life, exactly as it was, and exactly as I was, all messed up and imperfect.

 

Not long after that "decision", I came across a wise teacher and realized something incredibly profound... that I had always been perfectly fine all along, and that it was only the belief in my made up insecure thinking that had me experiencing or believing otherwise. And then I saw how everyone else was innocently and unknowingly doing the same with their own made up thinking. And all of a sudden, everything in life made complete sense.

 

And, more importantly, I got a glimpse of what lies beneath all the ridiculousness of our crazy made up thinking... the perfection of the unconditional, impersonal energy of life that we are all a part of, whether we realize it or not. This blog post by Jamie Varon has an amusing way of pointing in this direction.....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-varon/to-anyone-who-thinks-theyre-falling-behind_b_9190758.html

Stagger Onward Rejoicing

A lovely message written by Steve Roberts, pointing to the InsideOut understanding, and reminding us in the face of adversity to be peaceful warriors...

http://www.coolmindwarmheart.com/2017/02/stagger-onward-rejoicing.html

 

Wise Words

A lovely video of wise thoughts...

https://www.facebook.com/TaoZen2012/videos/1531155010245519/

 

 

The Two Weapons of Compassion and Wisdom

Whether this prophecy is for the times we are in right now, or whether for some time in the future, or even if it's not true at all, this story holds a great deal of wisdom about the creative power of the human mind, and how to live our lives...

https://vimeo.com/191169785

(Joanna Macy on the Shambhala Warrior)

 

Gratitude

Stunningly beautiful video and message...

https://youtu.be/4115qFsdWKQ

 

Suffering Created from the Illusion that We Are Separate

When I came across the Principles, I was suffering in the belief in my own depressive thinking, and was "suffering" from the behaviours of our next door neighbours, who were heavily affected by drugs, alcohol, and violent and destructive behaviours.

 

When I had my insight into the Principles, I immediately went from chronic fear of my neighbours to love of them. I saw that we were exactly the same in our common humanity, innocently creating our suffering from our thinking. I realized no one human being on the planet was any worse or any better than anyone else and that we were all connected in ways that we couldn't see. I saw that I was everyone and everything, and they were me.

 

And so what Thich says in this video clip makes sense to me... When we think we are seperate, we have a need to protect ourselves, and so we judge, we discriminate, and we make significance out of the differences, which leads to all manner of suffering for ourselves and others.

 

When we see and feel the deeper connection and common humanity, we realize we have nothing to fear, and so there is no need to give significance to the differences. There is only love and appreciation for the wonder of the system and the wonder (and innocence) of everything in it.

 

I don't happen to live in the awareness of that most of the time, but when I do occasionally remember that I am as much the hate-spewing politician as I am the compassionate carer for the suffering, I get to get over myself for a moment, and appreciate the state of grace of being nothing and everything.

 

https://youtu.be/XAw74kZYpCI

 

And if you'd like to hear what Thich Nhat Hanh has to say about consciousness and quantum mechanics, here's another little gem... https://youtu.be/CPvqDmNlTrE 

Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times

A conversation with Sadhguru and Deepak Chopra pointing to the universal...

https://youtu.be/QHd6yPcNXOI

 

What Is Addiction?

When I had my period of initial insight into the Principles, I realized that no one is really addicted to anything... that instead the primary driver toward any addiction (drugs, gambling, shopping, eating, sleeping, TV, video games, relationships, achievement, success, etc.), is simply to get relief or some level of distraction from the pain and suffering of thinking in the moment (not realizing that pain is from the feeling of thinking). Gabor Mate shares his perspective in this video...

https://youtu.be/T5sOh4gKPIg

 

Gratitude

A lovely essay on gratitude by Michael Perry...

https://sneezingcow.com/2016/06/22/the-gratitude-essay/

 

The Cosmic Joke Behind Enlightenment

When I had my period of enlightenment over three days, I thought it was completely hilarious that we're all walking around believing in the illusions of our thinking. To this day it continues to strike me as funny that we could all probably be certified as insane because a thought appears in our head, we believe it just because we thought it, and we go around acting as if OUR thought is "reality" or is "right" or is the "only truth", and we continue to do that with every single thought in every single moment of our existence, me included.

 

And yet the only truth is that we are alive, we think, we're aware of our thinking, and because of that, we're creating our moment to moment experience of complete craziness.

 

Fortunately, in those brief moments when our craziness quietens down, for just a bit, we get to see and experience something beautifully profound... the love, the peace, the wellbeing, and the greater reality that we're all connected to, and we're all made up of, but for our crazy made up moment-to-moment thinking otherwise.

 

http://upliftconnect.com/cosmic-joke/

It's a Beautiful Glass

A lovely perspective of life from the Human movie...

http://youtu.be/RWKNwzGL8C0

 

HUMAN movie YouTube channel... https://www.youtube.com/user/HUMANthemovie2015

 

Redefining Happiness

A reminder that happiness is an inside job...

http://youtu.be/pxCKjo8YIXo

 

No Need to Fear Our Fearful Thinking

A Hearfelt Experience of Insight/Epiphany

Shared by Tommy Kraus... "Gratitude Beyond Words"

https://www.facebook.com/rtkul8/videos/1208982295795978/

What is Reality

A great 1-hour BBC documentary on what is reality...

http://youtu.be/3MSw2irv0-A

A Very Happy Brain

A bit prescriptive, but a cute little video. After all, if we ever feel we have to "do" anything to feel happy and successful, it's probably more hepful to stop looking outside ourselves, and instead to look within for compassion and gratitude, which by coincidence, is the same direction where happiness and success can be found in.

http://youtu.be/GZZ0zpUQhBQ

 

5 Things Julie Walter Would Tell Her Younger Self

Cute short video of "words of wisdom" that Julie Walters (from Educating Rita movie) would tell her younger self... (kind of prescriptive but pointing to the truth)

http://www.womanandhome.com/news-and-entertainment/539153/video-5-things-julie-walters-would-tell-her-younger-self

 

The Day I Stopped Saying "Hurry Up"

A lovely story about getting an insight into the beauty of slowing down to enjoy life...

http://brightside.me/article/the-day-i-stopped-saying-hurry-up-20655/

The Myth of Normal

Lovely perspective from Dr. Gabor Mate...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i146j5SA9o

 

 

Is There a Path to Awakening?

Adyashanti has a simple and clear way of talking about the path to enlightenment and what it all means...

http://youtu.be/cwi913OgBVY

The Ladder of Inference

Although we have personal free will, and ultimately are the instrument through which every choice in our lives is made (through 60,000+ thoughts per day), most of our moment to moment choices are habitual and unconscious. However, when we wake up to the illusion of thought, and notice that our negative feelings are just an indicator of our thinking, not of the situation, we tend to get less caught up in the current craziness in our heads, and are less likely to jump into reactive behaviour.

This video is a great demonstration of how our thinking becomes so convincing.

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/rethinking-thinking-trevor-maber

 

Want to Be Spiritual? Change a Bed Pan

We All Have Addictions

Jeff Foster shares how we get caught up in our addictions, forgetting who we really are...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZT7hZZ1Jdc

Another Piece of Wisdom from Prince Ea

Thoughts are made of nothing...

https://youtu.be/diRQiarlWJc

Happiness Within...

One of the many lovely short films by Nic Askew... 

http://nicaskew.com/collection/the-riddle-of-here/

I Am Not a Label

Prince Ea points to our common humanity, instead of the limiting labels we create through our thinking.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q0qD2K2RWkc

The Secret to Productivity

Completely prescriptive, but some lovely points to consider...

http://bemorewithless.com/productivitysecret/

 

 

A Talk on Mindfulness

A great, practical, common sense and "non-Three Principles" description of how the systems of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought work, as shared by Michael A Singer... 

https://youtu.be/2_6ad9URawc

Hard-wired Happiness

Srikumar Rao... TED Talk loaded with lots of wisdom...

http://www.ted.com/talks/srikumar_rao_plug_into_your_hard_wired_happiness

 

Lessons on Being Human

Syd Banks said “If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world.” Here's a TED Talk from Glennon Melton who has discovered the truth of that, along with the beautiful truth of being perfectly imperfectly human, no matter what craziness may be going on in our head or in our life...

http://youtu.be/NHHPNMIK-fY

Do We See Reality As It Is?

Donald Hoffman's TED Talk questions our view of reality...

http://youtu.be/oYp5XuGYqqY

I Am That Which I Seek

Dying to Be Me

This TED Talk shares just a brief description of Anita Moorjani's near death experience, and her understanding of the truth of our human existence. If this piques your interest, it would be worth reading her book of the same name.

http://youtu.be/rhcJNJbRJ6U

Life as a Roller Coaster

A great analogy for how our state of mind works, from sports psychologist and 3P practitioner, Garret Kramer...

http://youtu.be/tTruojMEviw

Radical Use of Wisdom? I Think Not!

Enlightening TED Talk by Ricardo Semler on following wisdom, instead of convention, to guide work, school, and life...

http://www.ted.com/talks/ricardo_semler_radical_wisdom_for_a_company_a_school_a_life?language=en

 

To Live or To Play?

This jelly bean video gives an interesting perspective of how we spend our time on Earth, and how  little time we have left for "play". However, with an understanding of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought, we can spend less time caught up in the craziness of our thinking, so that any moment, no matter what we're doing, could be filled with love or peace or gratitude, or even play.

http://youtu.be/BOksW_NabEk

Simple Gratefulness

A reminder of the simple things we can be grateful for, with a few little truths about life thrown in...

http://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2015/02/20-signs-youre-doing-better-than-you-think-you-are/

Between the Human and the Spiritual

Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk explaining her experience of her stroke, moving between the worlds of the human and the spiritual, the individual ego and connected humanity, the functioning of the right and left hemispheres of the brain...

 http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight#t-1132557

The Overview Effect

19-minute short film presenting how astronauts are emotionally affected by their experience of seeing the Earth...

http://vimeo.com/55073825

Simple Principles of Spiritual Awakening

An articulate description of what the Three Principles ultimately point to, as written by Jeff Foster... And what he refers to as the 10 Principles of Spiritual Awakening.

http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com/essays-transcripts/shockingly-simple-principles-of-spiritual-awakening/

An Inventory of the Invisible

An amusing TED Talk by John Lloyd, pointing out the amazing number of important things in our lives that we cannot see and do not know... A view of the miraculous...

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_lloyd_inventories_the_invisible?language=en#t-605789

I'm Invisible

Mission Statement: Peace of Mind and Quality of Life

Richard Hoover of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company... A Business Focused on the Simple Truths of Life...

http://youtu.be/SX0RYR_laeo

 

Why Aren't We Awesomer?

Michael Neill's awesome TedX Talk

http://youtu.be/xr6VawX2nr4

An Awakening Story

A clip from Jim Carrey's speech at the June 2009 Event for the Global Alliance of Transformational Entertainment...

http://youtu.be/uIaY0l5qV0c

And the following part of his speech... another interesting and funny clip...

http://youtu.be/8qSTHPABoHc

 

The Benefits of a Quiet Mind

A lovely article on what we can experience and tap into, when we have the opportunity to calm our thinking...

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/20-ways-sitting-silence-can-completely-transform-your-life/

 

What Are Glimpses?

Video and transcript of an interesting RSA Talk by Guy Claxton titled "Science and Spirituality: Effing the Ineffable"...

http://www.rsablogs.org.uk/2014/socialbrain/touched-moved-spirituality-essentially-embodied/

Science and Spirituality

Jeff Lieberman's TEDx Talk points toward the illusory experience of life...

http://youtu.be/N0--_R6xThs

How Do You Explain Consciousness?

At the end of this TED Talk, David Chalmers says that it will take the right crazy idea to explain consciousness. Perhaps the right crazy idea is that the three fundamental principles of Mind + Consciousness + Thought = Reality? I think that would fit on a t-shirt. But perhaps I'll let you decide... Cool

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_chalmers_how_do_you_explain_consciousness#t-869322

The Art of Living Now

A bit "prescriptive", but pointing in a helpful direction...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200810/the-art-now-six-steps-living-in-the-moment

Gotta Love Alan Watts!

The Real You...

http://youtu.be/mMRrCYPxD0I

Compulsive Thinking...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=emHAoQGoQic

Live Fully Now...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HdqVF7-8wng

Choices and Decisions...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D7CH9cRN8Rg

The Secret of Life...

http://youtu.be/iZ8so-ld-l0

You're It...

http://youtu.be/fcPWU59Luoc

The Greatest Skill of All...

http://youtu.be/LgZ73Lc5VS8

Choices and Decisions

http://youtu.be/D7CH9cRN8Rg

Having Fun...

http://youtu.be/xn85vztvtmo

When Death Happens...

http://youtu.be/BLKb-G18K00

Kensho - short movie of Alan Watts narration of the dream of life...

https://vimeo.com/133547455

The Real You is the Universe

https://www.facebook.com/TaoZen2012/videos/1135810076446683/

Why Your Life is Not a Journey

https://vimeo.com/176370337

You've Already Arrived! (Life, Music, and School)

http://youtu.be/FfYZ8ThmkYA

Money!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiNODsOnvYA 

How to Make Yourself a Better Person

https://youtu.be/yj4Yfdg4Nfw

We Can Love

Powerful rap by Prince EA...

http://youtu.be/itvnQ2QB4yc

Where is Home?

The joy of travel, the serenity of standing still, and the meaning of home (TED Talk by Pico Iyer)...

http://www.ted.com/talks/pico_iyer_where_is_home?language=en 

Love or Fear

A funny and enlightening commencement speech by Jim Carrey...

http://youtu.be/V80-gPkpH6M

This is Water

Waking up to Awareness (commencement speech by David Foster Wallace)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcAhZ5JzYJY (9 minutes)

It's also worth listening to the full version without graphics or editing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CrOL-ydFMI&t=35s (22 minutes)

 

We're All Connected

Neils Degrasse Tyson shares our connection to the universe...

http://youtu.be/9D05ej8u-gU

It's Just A Ride...

When we see through the illusion of thought, we become aware of something much bigger than ourselves that we are all connected to and all a part of. This word-art-scripted video of Bill Hicks, touches on that.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-wJ-js_NLV8

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10.06 | 11:27

You're so welcome Karen! My first 3P insight was that because we're all living in the illusion of our made up thinking, we're all crazy and don't know it!

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10.06 | 11:11

You are so darn funny!!! I was pointed to this site when I googled 3P school and it addressed if you should wear a 3P's suit! Thanks for sharing so much humour!

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12.04 | 22:44

Catch up... sounds good. Would love to hear how things are going. 😊

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12.04 | 22:34

Hey there, welcome back! Let's touch base soon. I had a virtual ticket to the conference. Have only just been able to start watching the clips. Way, way cool! Reminds me of our walk over to the chicken place. LOL

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