The Universe has taken more than 14 billion years to come where it is now, and still we Humans (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) do not catch the message: we are here to live nicely and happily, help each other, care for each other. But in practice we more often than not succeed to make each others lives difficult or miserable. Why on earth should we want to do that? Is it because we were brought up like this? Or is it just because we don’t know how NOT to make it difficult for each other? Let’s respect each other, give each other ‘room’ to live, to learn, to experience, and last but not least: to really improve our broken-down scarcity-driven “control” systems. Happy Next Phase!
Archive for September, 2012
When reading this article about dependent origination (which is core teaching of all Buddhism schools), the statement nothing is permanent got me thinking. If we humans (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) would collectively make this “nothing is permanent” viewpoint part of our lifestyle, then we would probably be better able to conquer the crises we created ourselves. For instance by willingly and massively saying goodbye to our scarcity-driven economic system and replacing it with a new, abundance-driven system. So we can let go of the illusion we call scarcity. And consider it a learning experience for society. Part of humanity’s Karma if you like. And then welcoming abundance driven society thinking. Think about the beautiful things that could happen if we had an abundance-driven system! Happy Karma hunting!
The Buddha said: “All descriptions of reality are temporary hypothesis“. How true! So if descriptions of reality are hypothesis, so must be descriptions in the form of models, plans, strategies, views, viewpoints, etc. of reality. But we humans (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) often love to model reality. And by making a model, we create an illusion of how and what we think reality is, was, or should become. And we often use these models to govern. Now that might be a little naive. Perhaps a little “Zen” can help here: model often, but also throw away often. Don’t model to gain the ‘truth’ of reality. Model only to gain understanding. Don’t model to govern, but model to understand. Happy Buddha modeling!
I was reading an article about Bacharach’s theory and stumbled upon the term vacillation. The explanation and this article inspired me to write this short blog. Looking at the crises we all know, then I think vacillation is in fact a form of hidden fear. Fear of not knowing exactly what a new ´order´ might mean for society. For example a new economic system. We (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) often tend to mitigate fear for vacillation by choosing a certain direction, in the hope that it gives stability. There is in principle nothing wrong with that. But our modern world is often so complex that events from the outside interfere, even if we don´t want them to. The net effect is that it might lead to vacillation, just like in a tropical thunderstorm where this also happens. It´s like in chaos, you never know exactly what the outcome will be. But often from chaos, a new, better world is derived. Old structures vanish, and are replaced by new, better structures. The path to such a new, better world, often is accompanied by vacillation strategies (or should I say tactics?). But if we know that the outcome in the end is better for all, then there is nothing to fear. Now is there a cure for vacillation? What might help alleviating the fear: just go with the flow a bit more, let go of too much control, practice more wait and see behavior and trust that a new better world is waiting for us, out there in the chaos, to be created. Perhaps even a new golden age, and who wouldn’t want that? Happy vacillation hunting!
What’s on your mind? Is your mind full or are you mindful? Is being busy (as in business?) driving your lifestyle or are you taking the time for a mindfulness style of living? We humans (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) tend to act with our conscious mind. Prefere to do things that are rational and can be explained analytically. Forget to use our heart also. And our unconsious and super-conscious minds are far too vague to use in day-to-day life.
But we might try mindfulness lifestyle for a while. It certainly won’t hurt. Try it: be in the moment, be in the here and now; experience your unconscious mind; experience your higher self; experience your superconscious mind; relax and enjoy it. It will open up a whole new world for you! Anyhow, it’s allways good if you don’t let others influence what’s on your mind, because what’s on your mind is private to you and to nobody else. So mind your mind and happy free mind hunting!
When reading the Myth of the Better some text fragments resonated: “There’s always someone who thinks the exact opposite of what you think.” and “What you think is better or worse is always changing.” The fact that there is always someone who thinks the exact opposite of what you think might be explained using Keylontic Science, related to the ancient Freedom Teachings. For example reading the explanation for the keyword perception it says “every organism will have a variation of perception” which we (not you and me but all the others ofcourse) know is very true.
So it is perception which gives us context of what is better or worse and perception is in fact nothing more than an illusion. This means that what others think is “better” is their perception of better, not ours. In fact there exists no “better” (or “worse”), therefore the Myth of Better. Add to that the following: if what you think is better or worse is always changing, why would you then put so much effort in chasing the better? This leads me to question if “Better” is necessary as a placeholder to motivate people? After all, we tend to motivate ourselves by creating illusionary “better” goals. Or could we also motivate ourselves by focusing more on the quality of the journey than on the reaching of the goal? After all, we have all come on this earth to have experience, so why not focus on quality of experience instead of quality of goals? If there were no experience, there would be no learning and everything would become fully predictable. So now you see that perception is really what’s in the eye of the beholder. Happy beholder hunting!