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Fri, Nov 16th - 3:32PM

Musings

I thought it would be nice to share some quotes from my friends and some of the authors whose books I've read. All of these folks have contributed to my growth. My own musings are at the end. 
From Fred:
"In an infinite existence there are infinite causes and infinite effects, none of which you will ever be able to figure out since they are always changing. Align with that which does not change and your worries are over."
 
From Phil:
"What is the need for separation? Ask this if you don't understand where the need comes from. If you do, question the assumptions on which it's based and see if they are true."
 
From Dr. Hawkins:
" The term 'miraculous' stems from the Newtonian paradigm, which is limited to the confines of logic in material form and the assumption of causality. Miracles are only comprehensible from the nonlinear domain. When spiritual power becomes focused on faulty perception, it is replaced by vision of the underlying reality which is not within the realm of logic.
In mankind's experience, forgiveness is probably the most frequent trigger of this phenomenon because it brings about healing and the return of positive spiritual attributes such as love. WE see this demonstrated widely by the veterans of World War II and subsequent wars where former fierce enemies have long since forgiven each other and their hatred has been replaced by respect and brotherhood."
 
From Gangajii:
"The truth of who you are is consciousness: not your name, not your body, not your emotions, and not your thoughts. These are just coverings that come and go. They have a birth, an existence in time, and a death. Consciousness does not come and go. It is here now. It knows no other time."
 
From Eckhart Tolle:
"Unhappiness or negativity is a disease on our planet. What pollution is on the outer level is negativity on the inner. It is everywhere, not just in places where people don't have enough, but even more so where they have more than enough. Is that surprising? No. The affluent world is even more deeply identified with form, more lost in content, more trapped in ego.
People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness, that is to say, dependent on form. They don't realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly."
 
From Charlie,
"Ego feels challenged. How can that which is not real be challenged?"
 
From me,
"Look at the patterns in your life. These are clues as to how you identify yourself. Once these patterns are noticed as your own creation, the energy becomes diffused and you open up to so much more in your experience."
 
Waking up from the dream takes passion, courage and commitment. It means looking at things that maybe make you uncomfortable. But, the rewards are so far beyond what can be imagined, that it's well worth it.
 
It's a process of unlearning and unraveling. Everything must be questioned. We don't know where we're going. We can only notice what is in front of us and the rest takes care of itself. What a journey!!!!
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Thu, Oct 18th - 2:25PM

Racial Pain
      
 
 
In this excerpt of Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth, we learn about the collective pain of races.   
 
 
 
                   NATIONAL AND RACIAL PAIN-BODIES
 
 
Certain countries in which many acts of collective violence were suffered or perpetrated have a heavier collective pain-body than others. This is why older nations tend to have stronger pain-bodies. It is also why younger countries, such as Canada or Australia, and those that have remained more sheltered from the surrounding madness, such as Switzerland, tend to have lighter collective pain-bodies. Of course, in those countries, people still have their personal pain-body to deal with. If you are sensitive enough, you can feel a heaviness in the energy field of certain countries as soon as you step off the plane. In other countries, one can sense an energy field of latent violence just underneath the surface of everyday life. In some nations, for example, in the Middle East, the collective pain-body is so acute that a significant part of the population finds itself forced to act it out in an endless and insane cycle of perpetration and retribution through which the pain-body renews itself continuously.
 
In countries where the pain-body is heavy but no longer acute, there has been a tendency for people to try and desensitize themselves to the collective emotional pain: in German and Japan through work, in some other countries through widespread indulgence in alcohol (which, however, can also have the opposite effect of stimulating the pain-body, particularly if consumed in excess). China's heavy pain-body is to some extent mitigated by the wide-spread practice of t'ai chi, which amazingly was not declared illegal by the Communist government that otherwise feels threatened by anything it cannot control. Every day in the streets and city parks, millions practice this movement meditation that stills the mind. This makes a considerable difference to the collective energy field and goes some way toward diminishing the pain-body by reducing thinking and generating Presence.
 
Spiritual practices that involve the physical body, such as T'ai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga, are also increasingly being embraced in the Western world. These practices do not create a separation between body and spirit and are helpful in weakening the pain-body. They will play an important role in the global awakening.
 
The collective racial pain-body is pronounced in Jewish people, who have suffered persecution over many centuries. Not surprisingly, it is strong as well in Native American, whose numbers were decimated and whose culture all but destroyed by the European settlers. In Black Americans too the collective pain-body is pronounced. Their ancestors were violently uprooted, beaten into submission, and sold into slavery. The foundation of American economic prosperity rested on the labor of four to five million black slaves. In fact, the suffering inflicted on Native and Black Americans has not remained confined to those two races, but has become part of the collective American pain-body. It is always the case that both victim and perpetrator suffer the consequences of any acts of violence, oppression, or brutality. For what you do to others, you do to yourself.
 
It doesn't really matter what proportion of your pain-body belongs to your nation or race and what proportion is personal. In either case, you can only go beyond it by taking responsibility for your inner state now. Even if blame seems more justified, as long as you blame others, you keep feeding the pain-body with your thoughts and remain trapped in your ego. There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness. That realization is true forgiveness. With forgiveness, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges---the power of Presence. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light.
 
 
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Sat, Oct 6th - 4:57PM

Women and Pain
 
 
 
This is a very interesting passage from Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth. I'm still thinking about it. It does answer some questions as to why men seem to rule the world. They are heads of state, corporations and many families.
 
 
 
 
                  THE COLLECTIVE FEMALE PAIN-BODY
 
The collective dimension of the pain-body has different strands in it. Tribes, nations, races, all have their own collective pain-body, some heavier than others, and most members of that tribe, nation, or race have a share in it to a greater or lesser degree.
 
Almost every woman has her share in the collective female pain-body, which tends to become activated particularly just prior to the time of menstruation. At that time many women become overwhelmed by intense negative emotion.
 
The suppression of the feminine principle especially over the past two thousand years has enabled the ego to gain absolute supremacy in the collective human psyche. Although women have egos, of course, the ego can take root and grow more easily in the male form than in the female. This is because women are less mind-identified than men. They are more in touch with the inner body and the intelligence of the organism where the intuitive faculties originate. The female form is less rigidly encapsulated than the male, has greater openness and sensitivity toward other life-forms, and is more attuned to the natural world..
 
If the balance between male and female energies had not been destroyed on our planet, the ego's growth would have been greatly curtailed. We would not have declared war on nature, and we would not be so completely alienated from our Being.
 
Nobody knows the exact figure because records were not kept, but it seems certain that during a three-hundred year period between three and five million women were tortured and killed by the "Holy Inquisition," an institution founded by the Roman Catholic Church to suppress heresy. This surely ranks together with the Holocaust as one of the darkest chapters in human history. It was enough for a woman to show a love for animals, walk alone in the fields or woods, or gather medicinal plants to be branded a witch, then tortured and burned at the stake. The sacred feminine was declared demonic, and an entire dimension largely disappeared from human experience. Other cultures and religions, such as Judaism, Islam, and even Buddhism, also suppressed the female dimension, although in a less violent way. Women's status was reduced to being child bearers and men's property. Males who denied the feminine even within themselves were now running the world, a world that was totally out of balance. The rest is history or rather a case history of insanity. 
 
Who was responsible for this fear of the feminine that could only be described as acute collective paranoia? We could say: Of course, men were responsible. But then why in many ancient pre-Christian civilizations such as the Sumerian, Egyptian, and Celtic were women respected and the feminine principle not feared but revered? What is it that suddenly made men feel threatened by the female? The evolving ego in them. It knew it could gain full control of our planet only through the male form, and to do so, it had to render the female powerless.
 
In time, the ego also took over most women, although it could never become as deeply entrenched in them as in men.
 
We now have a situation in which the suppression of the feminine has become internalized, even in most women. The sacred feminine, because it is suppressed, is felt by many women as emotional pain. In fact, it has become part of their pain-body, together with the accumulated pain suffered by women over millennia through childbirth, rape, slavery, torture, and violent death.
 
But things are changing rapidly now. With many people becoming more conscious, the ego is losing its hold on the human mind. Because the ego was never as deeply rooted in woman, it is losing its hold on women more quickly than on men.
 
 
 
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Fri, Oct 5th - 9:48AM

Feeding the Addiction to Pain
 
 
 
More insights about feeding an addiction to pain by the movies we watch and the articles we read in the newspapers.........here is another excerpt from Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth.
      
 
 
 
           ENTERTAINMENT, THE MEDIA, AND THE PAIN-BODY
 
If you were not familiar with our contemporary civilization, if you had come from another age or another planet, one of the things that would amaze you is that millions of people love and pay money to watch humans kill and inflict pain on each other and call it "entertainment."
 
Why do violent films attract such large audiences? There is an entire industry, a large part of which fuels the human addiction to unhappiness. People obviously watch those films because they want to feel bad. What is it in humans that loves to feel bad and calls it good? The pain-body, of course. A large part of the entertainment industry caters to it. So, in addition to reactivity, negative thinking, and personal drama, the pain-body also renews itself vicariously through the cinema and television screen. Pain-bodies write and produce these films, and pain-bodies pay to watch them.
 
Is it always "wrong" to show and watch violence on television and the cinema screen? Does all such violence cater to the pain-body? At the current evolutionary stage of humanity, violence is still not only all-pervasive but even on the increase, as the old egoic consciousness, amplified by the collective pain-body, intensifies prior to its inevitable demise. If films show violence in its wider context, if they show its origin and its consequences, show what it does to the victim as well as the perpetrator, show the collective unconsciousness that lies behind it and is passed on from generation to generation (the anger and hatred that lives in humans as the pain-body), then those films can fulfill a vital function in the awakening of humanity. They can act as a mirror in which humanity sees its own insanity. That in you which recognizes madness as madness (even if it is your own) is sanity, is the arising awareness, is the end of insanity.
 
Such films do exist and they do not fuel the pain-body. Some of the best antiwar films are films that show the reality of war rather than a glamorized version of it. The pain-body can only feed on films in which violence is portrayed as normal or even desirable human behavior, or that glorify violence with the sole purpose of generating negative emotion in the viewer and so become a "fix" for the pain-addicted pain-body.
 
The popular tabloid press does not primarily sell news but negative emotion---food for the pain-body. "Outrage" screams the three---inch headline, or "Bastards." The British tabloid press excels at this. They know that negative emotion sells far more papers than news does.
 
There is a tendency in the news media in general, including television, to thrive on negative news. The worse things get, the more excited the presenters become, and often the negative excitement is generated by the media itself. Pain-bodies just love it. 
 
 
 
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Thu, Oct 4th - 2:14PM

More About Drama
 
 
 
I'm sure we have all met someone whose need for drama was felt before anything ever even happened. Sometimes you can feel their pull for it. Here's another excerpt from Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth about it.........
 
 
 
                       DENSE PAIN-BODIES
 
Some people carry dense pain-bodies that are never completely dormant. They may be smiling and making polite conversation, but you do not need to be psychic to sense that seething ball of unhappy emotion in them just underneath the surface, waiting for the next event to react to, the next person to blame or confront, the next thing to be unhappy about. Their pain-bodies can never get enough, are always hungry. They magnify the ego's need for enemies.
 
Through their reactivity, relatively insignificant matters are blown up out of all proportion as they try to pull other people into their drama by getting them to react. Some get involved in protracted and ultimately pointless battles or court cases with organizations or individuals. Others are consumed by obsessive hatred toward an ex-spouse or partner. Unaware of the pain they carry inside, by their reaction, they project the pain into events and situations. Due to a complete lack of self-awareness, they cannot tell the difference between an event and their reaction to the event. To them, the unhappiness and even the pain itself is out there in the event or situation. Being unconscious of their inner state, they don't even know that they are deeply unhappy, that they are suffering.
 
Sometimes people with such dense pain-bodies become activists fighting for a cause. The cause may indeed be worthy, and they are sometimes successful at first in getting things done; however, the negative energy that flows into what they say and do and their unconscious need for enemies and conflict need to generate increasing opposition to their cause. Usually they also end up creating enemies within their own organization, because wherever they go, they find reason for feeling bad, and so their pain-body continues to find exactly what it is looking for.
 
 
 
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