Monthly Archives: September 2011
By Dick Sutphen
Dick teaches hypnosis certification training for the International Metaphysical University.
In conducting seminars, I often ask people what they want in life. The most common response is, “I just want to be happy.”
Here’s what British Philosopher A. C. Grayling has to say on the subject in his book, “The Meaning of Things”: “It has wisely been said that the search for happiness is one of the main sources of unhappiness in the world. Yet most people, if asked, would claim that happiness is the goal of life, and many would also claim that it justifies whatever choices bring it about. Is this really so? The questions ‘Is happiness the appropriate goal of life?’ and ‘Is it true that happiness justifies the means to its attainment?’ are connected, for if the answer to the first is ‘Yes,’ then so is the answer to the second. Yet it is clear that the answer to the second is ‘No’: the fact that a serial killer is made happy by murdering people is not justification for his doing it.”
Grayling goes on to suggest that if happiness could result from pouring a happiness-inducing chemical into the world’s water supplies, we would not notice when things stopped working efficiently. We would not care about disasters or anything else. We would simply smile our way through life.
This idea does not work. Happiness by itself would be a passive condition that would undermine things we value more. Constant happiness would undermine advancement, striving, improving, growing, inventing and discovering … although happiness will likely result from such endeavors.
Happiness appears to be a side-effect of pursuing our goals. And according to Grayling, “… the attendant happiness, when it comes, is a sign that they are being reached.” He finishes his short discourse on happiness by saying, “The question of happiness is sometimes dramatized in the form of a question: ‘Which would you rather be; an unhappy Socrates, or a happy pig?’ Of course one would rather be a happy Socrates; but the point is that to have one’s autonomy of mind, to be aware of the world, and to make one’s own choices, is better by far than being passively happy at the expense of these things. This is why we — or most of us anyway — object to easy routes to happiness, such as taking it in chemical form; for in that guise it is little different from oblivion.”
Before signing off, I’ll share what Osho has to say on the subject, in the book “The ABC of Enlightenment”: “Always find something to be happy about. Life is short and happiness is very difficult, so don’t miss an opportunity to be happy. Ordinarily we go on doing the opposite; we don’t miss an opportunity to be unhappy.
“To be happy is a great talent. Great intelligence, great awareness, almost genius is needed to be happy. To be unhappy is nothing. Even stupid people are unhappy.
“It is very easy to be unhappy because the whole mind lives through unhappiness. If you remain happy for a long time, the mind starts disappearing, because there is no connection between happiness and the mind. Happiness is of the beyond.”
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BE FREE OF SUFFERING IN 60 DAYS
Author: Søren TwoCrows
What is pain and suffering? How can I be set free from the anguish of emotional suffering?
While pondering these questions during a recent meditation, I became more strongly aware of the role I had recently played in the creation of suffering in my own life. The inner dialogue that ensued, lead to these thoughts.
Life begins with pain and life ends with pain. A rock can fall on my head and cause pain. I can starve and feel pain. I can get sunburn and feel pain. I can smash my finger and feel pain. Pain is unavoidable. Pain however can be transformative, or merely just an experience in the now.
Since consciousness pervades all and is all, the earth, the trees, and even the rocks can experience pain. Strange as it may sound, science today is beginning to demonstrate the truth of this. Yet, the earth, trees, and rocks do not suffer.
Like humans, animals can be wounded and feel lasting pain. It is an accepted scientific fact among animal behaviorist that animals do not self reflect, project themselves into the future, or hold expectations outside of instinctual behavioral responses. Animals do not think about how other animals will perceived them. If a dog gets hit by a car and one of its legs remain lame for the remainder of its life, it may avoid cars, but it will not say to itself, “Oh woe is me, because of this lame leg, I will never catch a ball again and my master will think less of me”. Therefore, even though animals can be in pain, they do not ponder the future, lament the past, or have a self image. They are simply and most wonderfully in the present moment.
So, if nothing on this planet is suffering, then why do we, the highest form of life on this planet choose to?
In answering this question, consider this. If I smash my finger with a hammer, it will be in real pain and really hurt. Therefore, pain is a real and objective experience. However, suffering is subjective. If I smash my finger with a hammer and it heals, but I can never bend it again, I am faced with a choice. I can become the observer, remain in the now, and simply have a finger that does not bend. Or, I may remind myself of the expectations that I am holding onto and come to believe that because of my lame finger I will never achieve my imagined potential. Or worse yet, I might even become self-absorbed in my ego and believe that the lame finger makes me less valuable. The first option, after the pain heals, brings peace. The second and third options, after the pain heals, bring suffering. Pain is temporary, suffering endures. In these last two options, God or some external power did not create the suffering, I did. I created it by holding thoughts that are incongruent with my truth.
So, how do you know what truth is? It’s simple, truth is that which sets you free. If a thought enslaves you then it is a falsehood. If a thought sets you free then it is truth. If the thoughts you think enslave you and cause you to suffer then adopt new thoughts.
To be set free from suffering you must be must be willing to:
(1) Change your thoughts and decide to believe and live as if you were connected and part of each and everything.
(2) Think of yourself as divine and indestructible living energy. You are not an organic machine. According quantum mechanics, everything is composed of energy and that means you!
(3) There is NO power in bitterness, judgment, or being right. If you think otherwise, you have been duped. These things actually make you weak and enslave you to your ego. So, tell the ego to take a vacation. Next, stop pretending that you can’t let go of all those labels, judgments, and expectations that you hold concerning yourself and others. Say to yourself, “Today, I relinquish all judgments and expectations. I forgive and fully accept myself and others (name names) for who they are. I now let go of my need to be right and I will practice compassion with myself and everyone else I meet.” Say this twice a day, practice it and pretend that you believe it. In time, you will and it will change you.
(4) Practice patience, compassion, and forgiveness every time you can. Perform random acts of kindness for at least one person a day. Maybe it is as simple as commenting on someones clothing, buying anonymous flowers, leaving a thank-you card, or getting someone you normally would not interact with a cup of coffee. Remember, we are all connected, so every time you practice love and forgiveness towards someone, guess what, you are getting love and forgiveness back (hence the golden rule).
(5) Finally, stop letting your ego convince you that you should live in the past and worry about the future. Honestly, it makes no sense. You cannot have a better past so why spend so much time thinking about it. You are the one choosing to hang on to it. If it causes you pain, stop choosing pain. There is no one else running your brain but you. Also remember, that the future, by definition, never gets here. So, why worry about the future since it can never show up? This is not logical.
To end suffering you must be willing to do these five simple things. Be forewarned, your ego will complain and tell you that this is impossible. So, when you hear this complaint, know that it is nothing but a smokescreen thrown up by the ego. If you don’t think you can do these five things, just pretend that you can and do them any way. Watch what happens.
There is only one way you are going to know if what I am telling you the truth. Commit yourself to doing these five simple things for 60 days. Go ahead and try to prove me wrong. All have got to loose is your suffering.
The counterfeit culture – useful observations for understanding why collapse is inevitable
Anything that does not serve the Light will collapse. Anything that serves the Light will rise. Thanks to Barbara.
Mike Adams, Natural News, Sept. 2, 2011
(NaturalNews) Through a devolving web of greed, self-serving power and a departure from fundamental ethics, Western culture has, over the last hundred years, become the counterfeit culture.
Nothing is real anymore — not the food, not the money, and certainly not the evening news. And because it’s not real, it’s not sustainable. That’s why it’s headed for collapse, which is all too real, as many people are about to find out.
In the mean time, here are some observations about the counterfeit culture in which we all frustratingly find ourselves. It’s all about corporations, governments and institutions being “in the business of” counterfeiting something — faking something or pretending to create something of value when they really aren’t. Ring a bell?
The Counterfeit Culture
The Federal Reserve is in the business of counterfeiting money.
The mainstream media is in the business of counterfeiting news.
The pharmaceutical industry is in the business of counterfeiting medicine (Biopracy! They are stealing molecules from nature then counterfeiting their own patented variations.)
The medical schools are in the business of counterfeiting medical degrees. (When a doctor graduates from medical school, he still knows virtually nothing about nutrition.)
Doctors are in the business of counterfeiting false medical authority.
The mega-sized food corporations are in the business of counterfeiting food. (Processed cheese food product, anyone?)
The global consumer product companies are in the business of manufacturing counterfeit consumer products such a “baby oil” (which is really a petroleum product).
Social networks like Facebook are in the business of counterfeiting friends. (Please LIKE this article, okay?)
Cookie-cutter home builders are in the business of constructing counterfeit homes out of plywood, styrofoam and sheetrock… many these homes will not be standing in just 20 years.
Local city councils are in the business of counterfeiting power. (Obey or be punished!)
Public schools are in the business of counterfeiting school diplomas. (Huh? What? Who needs to learn how to write, anyway?)
The Pentagon is in the business of counterfeiting war. (Don’t have a war to fight? Bomb the World Trade Center and blame it on someone!)
Mainstream historians are in the business of counterfeiting history. (Everything you were taught about history in public school is a lie…)
The globalist banksters are in the business of counterfeiting debt. (You thought it was money, didn’t ya? But it’s really just debt.)
And yet, things that are REAL are called fake
A man who recently stamped his own gold coins — out of real gold — was raided and arrested by the U.S. Treasury Department which announced that his GOLD coins were “counterfeit!” (http://thewarningsigns.blogspot.com…)
After the drug companies stole the lovastatin molecule from red yeast rice to create their own statin drugs, the FDA tried to ban all red yeast rice as a dietary supplement, claiming it contained “counterfeit statin drugs.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/030010_d…)
When the alternative media like NaturalNews and Infowars publishes real news that nobody else will publish, it’s called “fake” by the corrupt, openly bought-and-paid-for mainstream media (the OLD media).
Real is fake, fake is real
That’s how the world works today, folks: Things that are REAL — herbal medicine, gold coins, truthful journalism — are all called FAKE.
Meanwhile, things that are FAKE — the money supply, pharmaceutical medicine, myths of U.S. history and justification for war — are all called REAL.
No wonder most people feel like their world has been turned upside down. But there’s an easy way out: When you see someone from the government moving their lips, and words are coming out, there’s no need trying to figure out whether what they’re saying is REAL or FAKE.
It’s all simpler than you think: If their lips are moving, then what they’re saying is REALLY FAKE, and you can leave it at that.
An Ancient Perspective on the Idea of “Waking Up”
by Cameron Day
The tone and character of a person’s experiences as we navigate the journey out of total amnesia, and back into full self-awareness, is unique to each individual. Still, some general patterns can be observed, as well as specific guidelines on how to make the ride go more smoothly for you.
First, we have to talk about the more common reaction to the rapidly increasing energetic frequencies of transformation: Freaking out.
People are freaking out more than ever lately without knowing exactly why. One can blame a thousand “external” reasons for why they are freaking out, but the truth is that this is simply the purging of unconscious guilt that has been carried over many long-forgotten millennia.
A person’s biggest obstacle to self-forgiveness and releasing this massive repository of guilt is taking the physical world too seriously. In other words, thinking that the physical world is the most important thing ever.
It is not.
Far more important is our true identity as a fully aware, divine being. How can we simultaneously exist as a being with infinite awareness, infinite Oneness with the One Creator, yet still find ourselves mired in all this worldly mess?
If that divine state is our true identity (and it is…) then how can this world possibly be real? Well, as solid and real as all this seems, it is actually more accurately described a dream. This concept has been espoused in many ancient spiritual traditions, but very few people spend much time contemplating the full importance of what “this world is a dream” means.
The truth is that when you fully awaken from this dream, you will return to the infinite awareness that you never actually “left” behind. Here is an easy analogy: Let’s imagine that last night you had a bad dream. When you woke up safe and sound in your bed, you breathed a sigh of relief that it was just a dream, and went about your day, quickly forgetting whatever occurred in your mind while you were asleep.
From your Higher Self’s perspective, everything that occurs in the physical world is also a dream. Nothing in this dream can harm your true identity, just like nothing that you dream at night can harm you as a person.
The big difference between dreams at night and the waking, physical dream is that the physical dream has longer lasting consequences, which makes it seem much more real.
Compounding this sense of realism is the voice of the ego-mind at work in all of our spheres of consciousness. The ego will tell you that everything in the dream is real, that it all matters, and that it can harm you, so you should fight and resist whatever looks “bad” and “wrong” and seek out safety and protection in a myriad of forms.
The voice of your higher self will tell you instead, “You are dreaming, and none of the forms in this dream can harm you.” These are two VERY different voices, and it is up to us to re-program our minds so that we are thinking the thoughts of the Higher Divine Self, instead of the same old habitual ego thoughts that have literally dominated over 90% of the thoughts in our minds for eons of incarnations.
So the choice is a simple one, but NOT an easy one, because it isn’t a single moment of choice, but rather a thousand choices made all throughout your day. Further complicating the issue is that the ego has a mind of its own, and it NEEDS to impose that mind onto you in order to preserve its illusory existence.
Yes, the ego is just another illusion…one of many illusions, and the most deceptive of them all.
How do you know when you are thinking within the ego’s thought system? Just look at 90% of the thoughts you’ve thought for your whole life, especially after puberty, and you’ll begin to see a pattern.
The ego’s thought system consists of believing in illusions, especially these: Guilt, sin, fear, separation, judgment, punishment, obfuscation, lies, anger, hate, death, destruction, pain, sorrow, loss, revenge, dominance, victimization and especially minor annoyance.
Minor annoyance? Uh oh…those thoughts are around a lot, aren’t they? You bet they are! “Minor” annoyance is one of the foundations of the ego’s thought system. If it can get you mildly annoyed now, it can convince you to get REALLY angry later.
The good news is that the thought system of your True Divine Higher Self is always waiting for you to align your mind with its thoughts. Your higher mind will tell you first of all, “This is a dream of your own making. If you don’t like what you have made, forgive yourself for projecting it into your dream and choose a different thought about what you see.”
The thought system of your Holy Spirit Self is based on: Forgiveness, innocence, love, compassion, giving, clarity, truth and Oneness. It is actually a very simple, yet incredibly powerful thought system that gradually undoes the complexity and lies of the ego’s thought system in your mind.
Self Esteem Meditations
by Serge Kahili King
You can read about increasing your self esteem and you can practice a mind-boggling variety of techniques from many sources to increase your self esteem, but nothing is going to work until you begin to feel better about yourself.
Based on our natural human ability to mimic – and eventually grok – whatever we keep our attention on, here are some meditations designed to bypass all the intellectual stuff and work directly with your Ku.
Because these meditations require a lot of sustained attention in order to produce the desired effect, please do not do them while reading a novel, watching television, playing a video game, driving a car, flying an airplane, or operating heavy equipment.
Each meditation involves imagination and reflection, so prepare yourself for that. Choose a comfortable posture – standing, sitting, or lying down – that will help you maintain conscious awareness, keep your eyes open or closed as you prefer, and take two or three slow deep breaths (or use pikopiko if you know it). Although the descriptions are short, take the time to experience each part as fully as you can.
Be a tree
Think of a tree, one you know well and feel good about. Imagine what it might be like to be a tree, with roots growing down into the ground, with a trunk and branches and leaves or needles. Imagine what it feels like to draw nourishment from the soil, to have sap moving upward through your trunk around your core and protected by your bark. Feel the sensations of new branches growing, of leaves or needles forming, and perhaps flowers budding and blooming, of generating seeds that eventually fall away. Be aware of the wind as it moves you, of the sunlight that empowers you, of the slight weight of birds or animals moving upon you. And reflect on the fact that you simply are what you are. There are no rules in Nature that tell you how you should grow or how you should look. There is no hierarchy of trees that tells you how to behave. You are simply a tree, complete, and yet always becoming more than you are.
Be an island
Think of an island that you know, or know of. It might be tropical, desert-like, or arctic; mountainous, hilly, or flat; forested, jungled, or barren; inhabited or not. Imagine what it would be like to be such an island. There may be a lot of things to consider, so take your time and explore yourself. Pay attention to the water that surrounds you and how it feels as the waves touch your shores. At first it might seem like the water separates you from the rest of the world, but if you reflect on it a bit you’ll realize that it actually connects you to distant shores of other islands and continents. In the same way, the wind that blows over you, perhaps bringing clouds and rain, also connects you to all the places that the wind has been and that the clouds have drawn their water from. And be sure to shift your awareness to that part of your island self that lies below the water, the part that actually, physically, does connect you to the whole of the earth.
Be a river
Think of a river that you know, or know of. It can be the part of the river that tumbles down a mountainside, the part that emerges from a waterfall, the part that moves like rapids through gorges or canyons, the part that flows slowly and broadly through forests or farmlands, or the part that is close to the sea where it can taste the salt of the ocean. Be aware of the feel of your banks and your bed as you brush past or over them; be aware of the life of other creatures that live on you or in you; and be very aware of the irresistable urge that keeps you moving downward, toward a place that is as close to the center of the earth that is possible for you to reach. Reflect on the fact that this is your primary focus, your main motivation, to reach the center. And reflect also on the fact that even when you are not directly moving toward the center as rapidly as you can, there are some parts of you that continue to seep downward as far as they can go, and other parts that evaporate upward to form clouds that release rain that helps you continue your life as a river.
Be a butterfly
Think of a butterfly, the type of your choice. Imagine what it would be like to find yourself trapped in a prison of your own making, triumphantly breaking free of the cocoon, and sun-drying your wings in the open air. How would it be to lift off and fly for the first time, moving and adjusting four wings as you adapt to the wind and change direction rapidly when you need to or want to? Be aware of how your antennae test the scent of flowers, and how your eyes see colors that range beyond human vision. Notice how wonderous it is to be able to sense the taste of leaves and flowers through your feet when you gently land upon them. Reflect on how quickly your memory of being imprisoned fades away and how easy it becomes to let go of the past without worrying about the future, not caring where you came from, letting the future take care of itself, and spending all your time just flying around, sipping nectar, and making love.
Be the Earth
Think of the Earth as a planet in space, all mostly blue and white with touches of green and brown; abundantly, joyfully alive and beautiful. Imagine what it would be like to be a planet that is consciously aware of itself, aware of being alive, and aware that there is no difference between its life and the life of everything in it, on it, and around it. As the planet, be aware of your molten core and the great mass of matter that forms your body, moving around yourself, around the moon, and around the sun. Be aware, too, of the short-lived creatures that burrow, crawl, swim, walk, run, and fly all over your wrinkled surface and be glad that the wrinkles don’t even show from a few miles away. Feel the constant movement of water and wind across that surface, notice your magnetic and ionized aura, and welcome the energy granted you by your parent sun. Take pleasure in your own unconditional granting of air, water, food, and shelter to those parts of yourself that need such things, doing it out of caring, enjoying appreciation, but not requiring it. You are the Provider, that is what you do, and within you there is neither anger, nor fear, nor doubt. You are the living embodiment of love.
Be the sun
Think of the sun, a fiery ball of light, pulling planets along with it as it slowly circles the galaxy. Imagine what it must feel like to be such a gigantic source of endless energy, using your powerful gravity to keep your family of planets together, while at the same time radiating enormous amounts of light to help produce warmth, visibility, and life itself. You and you alone are the primary source of every kind of power in your entire solar system. On Earth, yours is the power that moves the winds to mix the elements needed by plants and animals, that heats the oceans to allow rain to fall that causes rivers to flow, that gives plants and animals the power to grow and multiply. You are also the source of great beauty, of sunrises and sunsets, of the auroras, and of colors of every kind. From within yourself, you empower life elsewhere, and you have enough and to spare for everything and everyone everywhere in your domain.
Be a wave
This may be a stretch, but think of a wave. Most people will probably find it easiest to think of an ocean wave, so we’ll start with that. Imagine what it would be like to be a wave moving through the deep ocean, like a swell. Imagine yourself big or small, broad or narrow, moving steadily forward, and do your best to imagine yourself as a pure wave of energy. You are moving through the ocean. You are not made of water, you are not made of anything. Something started you moving, but that doesn’t matter right now. What does matter is where you go and what you become. Imagine moving toward a landmass of some kind. As you move closer and the water that you are moving through becomes more shallow, you feel yourself rising higher and higher until the water impacts against a cliff. You are suddenly aware, perhaps with surprise and delight, that although the water has stopped, you have not. Now, however, you are moving forward as a different kind of wave, a vibration in the rock. You move in all directions, but for the moment you pay attention to a part of yourself that moves upward towards the roots of a tree, and then you become a vibration wave in the tree that stirs you into becoming part of a wave in the wind that carries the scent of blossoms to a young couple sitting on a hill with hands entwined and you, as the wave, touch their skin and you turn into a wave of pure pleasure that turns into smiles on both of their faces.