Where do universes come from?
“. . . know thyself and you shall know universes and gods.”
–Oracle of Apollo at Delphi
Running the Universe quickly backward in time.
Stringing together senseless words trying to rhyme,
Extending myself back to the Beginning,
Infinite mass and energy in no-space imploding, crushing.
Action-reaction, electrons pressing, neutrons squeezing
Reaching ever outwards stretching, sensing, yearning
Beyond the event horizon extending everywhere, forever
Infinitely curved space searching for somewhere to go.
Surrounded by Void–limitless potential, wheel of becoming,
Infinite space and potential mingling, genesis of dark energy,
Dark matter condensing, erupting out of the Abyss,
Holding All that IS and is NOT together, pushing All things apart.
Pure potential yielding to pure energy, super force breaking down,
Matter building up–mass upon mass, proto-galaxies spinning, gravity winning,
Stars forming in Cosmos nursing, feeding on stellar remnants,
Cosmic web holding on to the swirling of matter and energy,
Transformation after transformation, energy conserved, all recycled.
Limitless Light illuminating, flooding into forever darkness,
We see by the Light set free from Abyssal sea,
What can be seen is not Origin, source of All That Is.
Seeing we must close our eyes, and open our Eye,
Looking not without but observing, analyzing all that is within,
Seeing ourselves for what we are, rising above what we have become,
Our origin in the stars–of star stuff we are made,
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, descendants of stars, children of the Sun.
Striving and struggling against all odds, we fail life after life,
Deluded by Maya, not seeing, knowing Origin, only that which is dense,
There is a way to find our Way back home, Path of Return,
All we must do, that which is so hard to do, stop mind, stop the world,
Just sitting still, listening, observing, breathing breath after breath,
Prana in, life out, controlling, forgetting breathing.
Opening doors of perception, letting go of all that’s holding us back, keeping us down
Choosing, allowing the Universe to fill our emptiness,
Children and heirs of the Stars!
In honor of the Buddha’s birthday today, I am writing this little piece on enlightenment, or at least my interpretation of it. The Zen master Shunryu Suzuki once said (paraphrased) that there are no enlightened people, just enlightened activity. This statement creates quite a paradox in my mind (as Zen koans tend to do).
Does this statement apply to the Buddha, Jesus the Christ and Krishna, the man (to name only a few)? Were these beings not Enlightened? If they weren’t, just what were (are) they? If they were Enlightened, were they not people, or were they something much, much more?
These three Beings form the basis of my faith system. I struggle for gnosis of what they lived and taught, but I know it is the struggle which defeats me. I battle against my nefarious ego, and I know it is the battle which conquers me. To be still and just listen to the sound of silence that carries all frequencies and all messages from the Void and to experience multiplicity, duality and singularity. To be still and just reach out and touch and feel the Unity of all things and understand not-multiplicity, not-duality and not-singularity.
Master Suzuki also said that the beginners mind (Zen mind) is open to many possibilities, but the expert’s mind is limited to only a few. Which of these is better? Are most of the possibilities available to beginners incorrect, or are they all correct? If one is a so-called (self-called) expert, does that mean that one has explored, eliminated and narrowed the range of possibilities?
For me personally, I strive for the Zen mind and to be open, empty and ready to receive any messages from the Void. I do not now, nor will I ever claim to any kind of expert. It is difficult enough to just be still and Listen and Feel and Know!
So what of this blog I have been writing these past few years? Is it enlightened activity, or is it just an exercise in delusional vanity and ultimate futility. Is it a carefully crafted manifestation of my insidious ego, or is it a sign of dawning Gnosis from my higher Self? I don’t know the answer, but I know which one I prefer!
I will reiterate something I have said many times in this blog. I truly wish people would reach out and share themselves! I feel so isolated and separated from those of like mind, and I really need to see something from the world that will give me hope. I know this is selfish, but I also know that I am pouring out my mind, heart and soul into the empty vessel of my writing. What I am getting back is more people attacking (attempted hacking) my website and nobody making comments–good or bad. This by default is a sad commentary on what I am trying/hoping to accomplish!
My (hopefully) right thoughts, feelings and actions and the words that try to express them are merely the products of a lost, fitfully sleeping and searching pilgrim on a “long and winding road” of becoming. I will keep doing/not-doing what I’m not-doing/doing, come what may or may not. I Will you all peace, love and joy on your paths!
Shalom and namaste,
In the journey of life there are basically two paths one can walk. Both routes lead to the same ultimate destination, but they are very different in what happens along the way.
One path, the path of selfishness, is the one that most people take and strive for success on. People on this path seek to serve themselves at the expense of others. A few people on this path acquire the knowledge of psychological manipulation and use it to control others to further their own agendas. The majority of people have very little knowledge or understanding of their own psyches so they easily fall into step with the plans of their controllers. Even if they live in so-called free societies, they are far from free because entire social/cultural systems are designed for control on the deepest, most foundational levels.
These “puppet masters” can be found in all walks of life, doing their best to control the people around them, but the most dangerous ones are those who cannot be found, easily. They occupy places of power and cloak themselves with multiple, redundant diversions and distractions. They can even appear to be making contributions to the public welfare while their ultimate goal is human enslavement.
These “controllers” utilize all social, scientific, political, media and cultural institutions to propagate their message and extend influence over people who willingly (and not so knowingly) are led to accept the status quo which is self-serviant. People on this path are either “leading” or following each other into wholesale self-enslavement to the ego. They encourage this de-evolution through their mutual support and laud accomplishments which are inexorably driving the system towards total spiritual collapse.
Modern applications of divination (sorcery) incorporate contemporary thought forms into practices with roots in ancient rites and mysteries. Superstitions and beliefs are re-tooled with modern ideas and serve to comfort the (opiate of the) masses who choose not to search for and experience inner truth directly. They willingly consume the fabricated truth fed to them by their “keepers,” like so many animals in a zoo.
True it is that we are animals, however, as humanoids we have the unique potential to become more than animals. With much effort (non-effort) as the case may be, we can realize our “oneness” with all that is (or is not) and eliminate the multiplicity of thought forms and resolve the illusory duality into singularity. We cannot think our way to this realization because it “exists” (does not exist) beyond the realm of thought.
The so-called path to enlightenment is not so much a path as it a change of perspective. This change can be quick or it can take many lifetimes depending on how willing we are to move beyond our limitations of knowledge and thought. If we can but for a split-second just be still, we can experience what we cannot hope to logically understand or explain. Truth cannot be explained with words which originate in thought. We must evolve from being observers of phenomena to observers of ourselves, the observers. We must see the seer and doer of things and not the things themselves.
The world around is but a shadow cast by that which truly IS, and the Light which is “blocked” by our misconceptions and misunderstandings is the clear, limitless Light of pure potential which gives “rise” to all “things.” These things that we observe arise from the inherent limitations of thought which impose false and illusory form onto formlessness. We create the world around and within ourselves by applying the template of thought to that which is beyond thought. Our thinking serves as the obstacle which “blocks” the Light resulting in shadows that we mistake to be reality. Another way of looking at this is to think of our thinking as a filter through which only a very small amount (at the very best) of useful information gets through, though very much distorted.
If you want to get an idea of what this Light is like, just look at a very dim, physical expression of it, the sun! This light is the very foundation of all energy systems and life on this planet. Without it, there could be no life. The sun is the origin and sustainer of life, but it can also destroy. No wonder the sun has been worshiped by so many cultures since the dawn of humanoid existence!
All these words are but a pile of dung, but there is a pearl somewhere in the pile. This pile may be the waste of some organism, but it is also the nourishment of other organisms in the intricate web of life.
On the greatest scales of observing the Universe, there is another web, the cosmic web, which is built within a framework of so-called dark matter and expanded outward by dark energy. Countless pearls are scattered throughout the remains of countless stars recycled over countless eons of time. What are the words that constitute this pile of dung?
Before I stray too far away from whatever topic I am trying express, I should just say that there is another path through life which is Self-centered but leads to selflessness! This road that is traveled by very few requires abandoning thought and transcending our self(ego)-imposed limitations. This is a journey of discovery of our true humanity!
P. S. Please do not equate magicians with sorcerers! Thanks!
The inner journey of discovery continues.