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The Real Revolution.

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

There is much upset in the world. No one trusts anyone else. This is true individually and collectively. Mossad spy on the CIA, the CIA spy on Mossad, both Spy on MI6 and MI6 on them. And we’re all supposed to be friends. The basic problems are that people can lie and people can be selfish.

People are not born to be selfish. This is a cultural artefact of our societies. Other societies are less selfish, more caring and in the past whole cultures were this way.

“Conspiracy theorist” is such a misnomer. The whole history of human politicking is conspiracy.It’s not theory – that is just fact. One side playing off two others or more, each faction hiding it’s hand, secret collaborations between supposed enemies. The history books are full of it.

Now we live in a highly fragmented world. The things we have in common are often suspicion of the other, fear of the other and an unwillingness to be open.

Things have to change. There has too long been an elite that rules and the rest who are ruled. And this is killing our planet, for those who rule can not make decisions that are in the best interests of all – as some of them truly believe they must, and often do not do so as they wish to maintain their class status as rulers.

The real revolution will not come from shouting on sandboxes, joining in rallies or “fighting for freedom and justice”. The real revolution will come from millions of people waking up to reality: to the fact that the elites are merely in place because we believe the lies and shroud of secrecy they pull around themselves as a cloak. Yet this realisation alone is not enough.

The heart of the real revolution lays in many individuals taking a hold of their own lives, looking deeply inside and dealing with the anger in their hearts and hatred. The real revolution is about peace. Inner peace developed through self knowledge leads to wisdom and it leads to manifesting peace around you in your immediate environment.

“We have to fight the elites”, some would say, to remove their power. We don’t have to do this. We have to be aware of  our own perceptual filters and limitations and go beyond them. We have to see they are only in the position they are in because the great mass of humanity has been trained to be stupid and accept the status quo.

Individually, and collectively, as millions wake up and choose not to accept the status quo but quietly go about their business being beacons of inner peace and manifesting that as outer peace and wisdom, then life on this planet will change. Then social conditions will improve.

But you can not fight for your rights, your rights are yours – they come from natures law, not man’s laws. The only thing standing between them and their realisation is a lack of inner peace and wisdom in enough people. For any other solution to this problem leads to division and fighting. Divide and rule is one of the keystones of the way things are. The revolutionary transition to a peaceful world can not come from a game of “them and us” – that is the game the elites like to play.

We have to put down the bat and walk away, and do something useful and wise with our precious time on this earth.

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Summertime Is Coming Again.

June 22nd, 2007 No comments

Bees are dying. We may not have enough food in rich countries in five years. We may know hunger. We still do not act. The powerful do not lead us because they have everything to lose from peace prevailing and everything to gain from strife and famine. They will have enough food. The meek shall inheret the earth? Not unless they decide to inherit it and do something about it.

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Stop Being Right And Start Being

November 15th, 2006 No comments

One of the most harmful habits and one of the hardest habits to break is the habit of being right all the time. By being right one sets the other up to be wrong, one instigates conflict from the outset. This way one is always at loggerheads with someone about something. Others who like to be right all the time will spot the challenge you pose and will rise to it time and time again.

It it a good place to start meditation practice “in action”. Spot the moments when “being right” arises. Spot the ensuing thought patterns as they manifest and solidify into the sure knowledge you are right. Spot what follows: there is a rise of tension and even anger as you prepare for battle. Your body runs on stress when you are right all the time.

Using a meditation like this one slowly becomes more and more aware of these patterns, or habits of thinking that lead to negative emotions, actions and words. By becoming more aware or awake one recognises earlier the signs of trouble and stands guard against the mistaken attitude and then by chipping away at the habit with this awareness, you one day find you no longer need to be right. Instead being is itself a pleasure and a joy.

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The Unobserved Mind

August 31st, 2006 No comments

Western psychology makes much of the conscious and unconscious. The nature of the entities that make them up and the balance twixt the two is forever debated, not least because the solidification of concepts inherent in having the debate creates ficticious walls in the subject.

Buddhist psychology, with its fundamental doctrine of “Anatman” – a sanskrit word that literally means no-soul but would better be read as ‘in reality no solid self-existing ego’ – denies the validity of the discussion.

Buddhist Psychology says neither the unconscious or conscious mind are self-existing or inherently “real”. They are both mind. There is observed mind and unobserved mind. Unobserved mind is troublesome in that it presents to observed mind its desires as overwhelming and fully formed desires. It is inherently troublesome as a category of ignorance. It leads to suffering.

In her excellent book “Working With Anger” Thubten Chodron writes “The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life”.

The unconscious mind is screaming for your attention. You are so busy being your conscious mind, most of which is habitual, you just don’t notice. That is the point of “Shamatha”, Tibetain for basic sitting-calming mediitation, which teaches you to allow identification with thoughts to drop slowly away revealing the sea of impulses which bubble up as “Me”.

This calms eventually achieving peace and then the mind becomes more flexible and stronger and can be applied to conscious thinking meditation to comprehend or see truth. Then the meditator is achieving a dual fruition of peace and understanding. With discipline and effort, patience and generosity comes the natural development of wisdom mind which can then be compassionately applied to all one encounters.

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