Stuff to NOT Think About Too Much... :-)
An Exploration of Consciousness
Six Levels of Consciousness
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)...
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.
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.
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.....
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...
(Joanna Macy on the Shambhala Warrior)
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.
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
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...
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.
No Need to Fear Our Fearful Thinking
A Hearfelt Experience of Insight/Epiphany
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.
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...
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.
video is a great demonstration of how our thinking becomes so convincing.
Want to Be Spiritual? Change a Bed Pan
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...
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...
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.
Life as a Roller Coaster
A great analogy for how our state of mind works, from sports psychologist and 3P practitioner, Garret Kramer...
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.
The Overview Effect
19-minute short film presenting how astronauts are emotionally affected by their experience of seeing the Earth...
Three Quotes Pointing to the Principles
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...
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...
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.