“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven
unless its roots reach down to hell.”

Trust the Flame

Life feels easier if we pass down responsibility of choice to something other than our own mind: Authority. We are socially conditioned to remain in a child-like state of mind and therefore, sadly, most of us do not realise self-awareness which is adamant to truly assume responsibility for our own thoughts, beliefs, feelings and choices: the entirety of our Being. That's what freedom is. And so we sleep and remain as children for ever searching for safety under our protectors' shadow blindly and happily followings its dictates. 

Children come to this world as a bright Spark. This fragile Flame get's squashed by not being allowed self-cultivation and growth. That blockage of the natural growth towards self-awareness is brought about through a traumatising process which artificially diverts the natural flow of the Will from realising self-awareness, to a path of obedience and dependency. 

After the fragile Flame fades, later in life, if we dare to listen to its whispering calls for attention and search for its source, we will be confronted with the pain of the trauma. This is one of the hardest things a person can do and most of us don't want to walk that path. We are weak, afraid and under a very strong spell. 

The world is going bananas. Everywhere we turn we're being confronted with the most insane levels of irrationality, lies, propaganda and injustice that we've ever seen. This current situation has a positive side however: whenever we are confronted with information that has potential to make us question Authority or our internal reality tunnel, it is an opportunity for us to defy an unconscious father-like mental construct running on the back of our minds that was put there as a replacement for our True Voice. This mental form is the gate keeper which needs to be confronted and seen through before we can embrace our pain. It's not easy and once we see through it we become very vulnerable because now we have no guidance, no reality map, nothing is true anymore: the Dark Night of the Soul inssues. And after that dark night, a Star rises.

This present system looks like it is undergoing transformation and I suspect it carries the seed of it's own collapse. As this present paradigm becomes more and more irrational and destructive more and more we are being confronted with our own darkness. It's not going to be an easy ride for any of us that's for sure. Let us not be afraid of being afraid because we will be. Amidst the chaos we'll need to find the Courage to do, think, speak and bring about into the world that fragile Flame within. 

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One Buddhist teacher that I respect once said:
"If it shouldn't be it wouldn't be."

The Fountain

“Asia, Europe are mere nooks of the universe. Every ocean is a drop in the universe: Mount Athos a spadeful of earth in the universe. The whole of present time is a pin-prick of eternity. All things are tiny, quickly changed, evanescent.
All things come from that other world, taking their start from that universal governing reason, or in consequence of it. So even the lion’s gaping jaws, poison, every kind of mischief are, like thorns or bogs, consequential products of that which is noble and lovely.
So do not think them alien to what you worship, but reflect rather on the fountain of things.”
Marcus Aurelius
Meditations, Book Six, 36

Value

Happiness is measured by the unconscious through the experience and presence of Love, friendship, humour, gratitude, hope and Truth.

These elements are cultivated and paid for with sacrifice, resilience, loyalty, courage, Honor.

This is the true value of our lives and it follows us onto our next journey.

The rest stays.

On religion, mindfulness and the Cosmos



Humans identify with certain religious beliefs out of a deep need for purpose and connection. I've had contact with Buddhists for a couple years and I could see that most of them got relief form delivering themselves to a group of people sharing the same set of beliefs and practices. And also by giving their hearts a honorable path to walk upon throughout their lives brought them purpose, guidance, safety and peace.

Buddhism is still a religion or set of beliefs yes but out of all those that our species as come up with, it's one that I can respect.

I believe that it would be beneficial to understand that ending with religion, criticising it, pointing it's flaws and so on won't solve the problem. Because those deep needs are still there no matter how much we fight religion.

Instead we could shift our focus and try to better understand those deep needs that drive human beings in identifying themselves with religion, cults or even political groups... This way we could present better alternatives to religion.


I for one feel in myself a very deep need in believing, pay respect and gratitude to some kind of higher power: the Cosmos itself feels to me like a very good alternative. I don't really know what the Cosmos is. No one really does. It's a mystery. But you can see it, taste it, feel it. It's all around us and within us.

Mindfullness is actually a very good tool in that it provides us a way to connect to this mystery and achieve some balance within ourselves.