Consciousness Speaks Podcast Episode 4 – What is Consciousness?

If we knew we were not body, but the Consciousness that is sensed As the body, we would release ourselves from all the lacks from which we suffer; lacks such as disease, poverty, insecurity and conflict. Listen how we can release ourselves from the self-defeating cycle of human consciousness.

Is a blessing a disguised curse?

all-hallows-eve-moon-223x223Halloween or “All Hallows Eve”, in some countries, is a day dedicated to remembering the dead, particularly saints (hallows). Saints would be horrified at what has become a commercial side-show to glorify our fear of the dead and death. Or would they?

Would the things people think and do, good or bad, worry a saint? If a connection to Truth is a pre-requisite of a saint, probably not. Truth doesn’t come out of its orbit and judge the fearful imaginings of humanity.

Why, then, should we remember the saints? Perhaps to remember that we are blessed, like the saints, through our remembering of Truth. Instead, we entertain the horrors of this world as if we are cursed. And we are, because we, unlike the saints, give dominion of our mind to the idea that we can be hurt and die.

For we who believe in curses, a blessing can work if we want it to. More often, though, our desire for a blessing is undermined by a more powerful belief that we are powerless and vulnerable to outside forces. Why else would we ask for a blessing? It is we who accept the idea that we can be blessed. But by accepting that we can be blessed, don’t we also accept that we can be cursed? The desire for a blessing, then, feeds our fear of death as much as our belief that we can be cursed.

Think how curses are often more effective than blessings. Ancient human cultures have used the curse to manipulate people for thousands of years. Sometimes material substances or objects are used as an intermediary, but these are used only to amplify the effect of the curse. It is the mind of the recipient that must be secretly coerced to accept the manipulation. The Voodoo practice of West Africa uses effigies. The Kahunas of Hawaii use rituals, chants and poisons. The Australian indigenous people use a curse called “pointing the bone”. In no instance, however, does the device or substance, the act, or even the intent behind the action affect the victim. It is the conviction in the power of the technique believed by the “victim”.

So let us take back the power of the mind by remembering this Halloween how we are blessed by our natural ability to know the Truth. Otherwise blessings will be disguised curses.

Do Flowers fear Life?

Fear not Life

Fear is faith in your antagonist, otherwise why respond?

You cry; “my loss proves fear was justified”

Does fear need justification?

Suspicious eyes, shoulders turned, fear shuns the Life that would dispel it.

Life breathes even while your contrived smiles hide the dread.

Life’s Heart beats in spite of threats; Flowers bloom, Sun shines, Earth rotates.

Fear hopes you won’t find out.

Your response is everything.

Smoke fear out of its hole and Live!

 

 

Awakening. What is it?

Consciousness“People are constantly crossing over the threshold of Eternity. The door is open if you can stay Awake.” [1]

What does Rumi mean by “Awake”?

Surely not the first and most familiar dictionary definition; “to cease to sleep; to come out of sleep.”

No, it’s too obvious. There’s another; “to be roused from a state of inaction; to become active.”

If the “rouser” is us, it seems feasible that this inaction could mean sleep or lethargy. That’s normal. We also know what it is like to “awaken” from these states and, by comparison we become active. However, since Rumi wasn’t talking about our normal awake state, could this definition hint at something deeper? If so, who could this rouser be? And what is this state of inaction from which we are to be roused? And into what activity are we to be roused? Maybe we should look deeper.

Actually, there is a further definition; “to be invigorated with new life; as, the mind awakes from its stupidity; he Awoke to life’s higher significance.”

Ah, with this deeper definition, could the implication be that the active wakefulness, of which we are normally aware, is merely an idiotic stupor from which it is not only possible to be roused, but to be invigorated into new life? In the Greek language, the word for “Truth” is alethia, meaning “out of lethargy” suggesting there is no Truth to the stupor at all. If so, it certainly suggests that this new life has nothing to do with our normal “awake” state whatsoever.

It turns out that simply by Recognizing the stupor, We Awaken from it, because We, the Eternal Awakened Self, Is the only One who can Recognize it.

The door to Eternity is open, if you can stay Awake!


[1]  Rumi

You can’t be Grateful if you are hateful

Last weekend, all over Australia, people took to the streets to “March in March”. It seemed they were furious with a relatively new prime minister for reasons that displayed a clear lack of Gratitude for a political system that works very well compared to many in the world, and was marked by hateful angry attacks on the man himself.

Of course, in a democracy, it is everyone’s right to voice their opinion. But, i wondered about the benefit of such a vitriolic display on the protesters themselves. There’s a Zen proverb that says “Hate injures the hater, not the hated.” The hate-mongering represents a symptom of a growing trend, the refusal to take responsibility for our woes and to blame government. In fact, social ills are not the government’s fault. Government is a handy scape-goat until you really See what is responsible; the collective human mind that believes its Good is separate from its Self.

We, not Knowing this Truth, fall under the unconscious veil of blame for the apparent lacks we suffer. What is the remedy? Not venomous protests. Gratitude dissolves hate because it dissolves the forms of hate, but you can’t be hateful and Grateful at the same time. Can you be Truly Grateful for your job and simultaneously hate corporate profits? Can you be Grateful for your spouse while you hate your in-laws? Can you be Grateful that you live in a democracy and hate the incumbent leader? No. It’s contradictory and hypocritical. Gratefulness and hatefulness are mutually exclusive, so while we hate, we cut ourselves off from our own Good. While we hate, forms of hate will keep surfacing for us to hate.

Hate turns our efforts to be grateful into ineffective and disingenuous lip-service. The venomous emotion that we hold under the surface actually feeds the collective human psyche and creates discord. Gratitude dispels it. But the way forward is not to create a new subject for blame by hating the protesters. They are only doing what they believe to be right. Forgiveness is the sister of Gratitude because both emanate from Love.

Be Grateful for whatever you receive, Forgive those who you believe are withholding. That way, we open Consciousness for the Infinite Gifts of Love to fulfil every need.

Let’s not march to complain, let’s march to be Grateful.

Bad isn’t bad in the right order of things

Good vs. BadIn our ignorance, we assume the order of things is this;

  1. Bad physical appearance happens outside our control. (eg. we “catch” a cold.)
  2. followed by our opinion; “That situation is bad”.
  3. As much as possible, we try to change bad to good. (eg. with pills or rest.)

But, before the bad situation appeared, this is what happened;

  1. Humans believe their Good is not Permanent. (eg. we believe our health can fail by succumbing to a cold virus.)
  2. Therefore, desire for good and fear of bad develop into opinions about “good” and “bad”. (eg. well and sick.)
  3. Mind projects the opinions “outwardly” as forms of “bad”. (eg. the threatening cold virus.)
  4. Not knowing we “created” the “bad” situation, we feel that we can only respond to it. (eg. by “catching” a cold.)
  5. This reinforces our belief that the bad physical appearance is outside our control,
  6. followed by our opinion; “That situation is bad”.
  7. As much as possible, we try to change bad to good. (eg. with pills or rest.)

However, once We are Aware that We are in charge of the Mind, We suddenly Realize the right order of things;

  1. I Am Conscious that I Am the Infinite Source of My Life and My World,
  2. Mind Reveals the Knowing that Me and My Good are One – Peace, Joy and Harmony appear as Form.
  3. No opinions or discord required. (eg. cold virus has no power over us)

Consciousness Is All Good.

How our reactions keep duality alive.

Calligraphy of Bodhidharma, “Zen points direct...The Zen Master Hakuin lived a quiet life in a small village. He was praised by his neighbours as one living a Pure life.

Nearby lived a family who ran the local food store. They had a beautiful daughter. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was pregnant. She would not confess who the father was, but after much harassment at last she named Hakuin.

Furious, the parents confronted the Master demanding a confession. “Is that so?” was all he would say. The scandal spread around the village. Nobody spoke to him. They gossiped about him and condemned him behind his back. Far and wide, Hakuin lost his Pure reputation. However, he was unperturbed.

After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. Without complaint, he took very good care of the child.

A year later the mother of the child could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth; the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket.

The parents went immediately to Hakuin to apologize, ask forgiveness, and to get the child back.

“Is that so?” said Hakuin as he yielded the child.

Why didn’t Hakuin defend himself against the injustice of slander and condemnation if he was innocent?

Because there is no injustice in Oneness. To defend himself would be to admit the reality of the injustice. Purity cannot be tarnished, and, as such is indifferent to the concept of reputation. He didn’t need defend a good reputation or restore a defiled reputation. Furthermore, in the end, he didn’t seek forgiveness because there was nothing to forgive if no injustice was done in the first place.

Only those of us steeped in duality feel the need to defend ourselves.

How we manifest problems by thinking we are “in” our body.

English: Homeless man, Tokyo. Français : Un sa...
English: Homeless man, Tokyo. Français : Un sans abri à Tokyo. Español: Persona sin hogar, en las calles de Tokio. Türkçe: Evsiz adam, Tokyo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing bad can happen to you without your permission!

But, i don’t give permission for my problems to manifest.

Actually, you think you only give permission for the good things that happen to you, but, that is because you don’t really know who you have allowed to do your thinking.

The thinker (the one you think you are) believes it is “in” your body. But by persisting with this belief, we have inadvertently handed over our “consciousness” to a limited problematic “self”.

Don’t believe Me?

Our definition of “conscious” is to be “aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.” (dictionary.com) This would suggest that our body must be awake for us to be “conscious”. That makes us dependent on our body for our “consciousness”. But, during sleep, our bladder holds, our body rolls over a few times, our stomach digests, our heart pumps, and our lungs breathe. Obviously, there is “something” else that is Awake or Conscious, functioning our body to our benefit while we sleep. But, by our own definition, it can’t be our “conscious” self.

Despite our unconsciousness, we trust this “something” to provide rest and rejuvenation and to wake us (and our body) up in the morning. Why do we trust it? Because, deep down, We Intuitively Know that this “something” is Our Consciousness in its fullness. It is not an alien Life-force or Universal energy that our intellect would like us to believe exists, or, some outside “God” of religion. Our Body functions while we sleep because it is being Activated by the same Consciousness that functions our Body while we are awake. That Consciousness Is Us, You and Me; Infinite, Immortal and Eternal. Can Infinite Consciousness be confined to a body that sleeps?

In fact, if the intellect didn’t “wake up” and interrupt proceedings, We, Our Consciousness, would Provide everything we “need” for our existence, like It does for every other creature in the Universe. Do birds worry about their health; are there any homeless fish; do bees fight over a flower; are there poor elephants? Yes, Our Consciousness is the same Consciousness that Provides, Maintains and Sustains the Universe.

Then, why is it that we humans are the only ones that suffer with a vast number of problems?

We suffer because we identify with the intellect that believes it is “in” a body, and, therefore, we think the only way to be “conscious” is to be not-sleeping.

The Truth Is that Consciousness is All that We can be Conscious of, and, that must be Infinite. Therefore, there is nothing outside Our Consciousness. That means, even though we seem to be “in” a body separate from everything we need for our existence; food, clothing, a home, money, work, friends, health, peace, happiness, etc, all those things, (just like the rest we expect when we sleep), are really “within” Our Consciousness.

When we lack Consciousness of this Truth, that’s when we open ourselves to problems.

How?

Well, when you are ignorant that you are Infinite Consciousness, you, the thinker, doesn’t Trust this Source to Provide for all your “needs”. Instead, the “conscious” you interrupts the Intuition and takes over your mind with its doubts and fears about its life-in-a-body. As a result, you start to depend on this “separate” body for your existence.

    • When your body needs food, you are hungry,
    • When your body needs rest, you are tired,
    • When your body loses the roof over its head, you are homeless,
    • When your body contracts a disease, you get sick,
    • When your body has an accident, you are injured,
    • When your body ages, you get old,
    • When your body fades away, you die

But, you are not “in” your body. It is the other way around. Your Body is “within” You, Your Consciousness.

And, if you Know that Your Body is the expression of Your Infinite Consciousness, You would also Know that nothing could happen to Your Body without You. Can Infinite Consciousness be hungry, tired, homeless, sick, unhappy, lonely, old and dead?

If not, where does that leave the “conscious” self-in-a-body and its problems? Nowhere! They were only a thought conjured up by the thinker pretending to be you. Problems cannot manifest with Consciousness.

What is Mind for?

Mind is an instrument of Consciousness or Awareness, an avenue to tell Us something “we” do not already know.

Do you know the meaning of Infinity? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with space going on and on forever.

Do you know the meaning of Eternality? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with time going on and on forever.

Do you know the meaning of Immortality? we have a word for it but it has nothing to do with not dying.

If we don’t understand Infinity, Eternality and Immortality, how will we understand Peace, Justice, Abundance, Love and Life?

Yet we go around purporting to know about these things despite our failure to demonstrate them.

Be quiet.

Let’s admit we don’t know the meaning of Peace, Justice, Abundance, Love and Life because actually, they have something to do with Infinity, Eternality and Immortality.

Let Consciousness Reveal these Secrets. How? Through Your Mind because that is what the Mind is for.

The Mind is not meant to be used for something “you” thought of, or that is all you will get!

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