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Spiritual Approach to Working Life

Work, Service & Selflessness From a Spiritual POV

Trying to sum up everything:

Work starts with your entry point in life.  What social class/location you were born into.  From there you need to do some inner work to discover your nature, personality, characteristics, knowledge, ability and capacity. These things will give you some direction. Then, just start with the work that is in front of you at that particular time. Once working, strive to be present and wisely fulfill your duty with your entire being. Knowing that every position is equally important. And with a sense of connection and selflessness for all of the Universe with no attachments to the results. Acting cheerfully out of love.  As you grow and expand in your work/worship to help others and the world, the specific jobs can shift and you can take on new ones.

Various nuggets of wisdom:

Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal; the cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in your own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion, which sets you to study your own mind, but the object of your study is always your own mind. 

Like fire in a piece of flint, knowledge exists in the mind; suggestion is the friction which brings it out. So with all our feelings and actions—our tears and our smiles, our joys and our griefs, our weeping and our laughter, our curses and our blessings, our praises and our blames—every one of these we may find, if we calmly study our own selves, to have been brought out from within ourselves by so many blows. The result is what we are; all these blows taken together are called Karma,—work, action. Every mental and physical blow that is given to the soul, by which, as it were, fire is struck from it, and by which its own power and knowledge are discovered, is Karma, this word being used in its widest sense; thus we are all doing Karma all the time. I am talking to you: that is Karma. You are listening: that is Karma. We breathe: that is Karma. We walk: Karma. Everything we do, physical or mental, is Karma, and it leaves its marks on us.

We are responsible for what we are; and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act

The Gita says that it is doing work with cleverness and as a science: by knowing how to work,. one can obtain the greatest results. You must remember that all work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. The power is inside every man, so is knowledge; the different works are like blows to bring them out, to cause these giants to wake up.

Man works with various motives; there cannot be work without motive. Some people want to get fame,and they work for fame. Others want money, and they work for money. Others want to have power, and they work for power. Others want to get to heaven, and they work for the same. Others want to leave a name when they die, as they do in China, where no man gets a title until he is dead; and that is a better way, after all, than with us.

Even the lowest forms of work are not to be despised. Let the man who knows no better, work for selfish ends, for name and fame; but everyone should always try to get towards higher and higher motives and to understand them. "To work we have the right, but not to the fruits thereof." Leave the fruits alone. Why care for results? If you wish to help a man, never think what that man's attitude should be towards you. If you want to do a great or a good work, do not trouble to think what the result will be.

The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. He has learned the secret of restraint; he has controlled himself. He goes through the streets of a big city with all its traffic, and his mind is as calm as if he were in a cave, where not a sound could reach him; and he is intensely working all the time. That is the ideal of Karma-Yoga, and if you have attained to that you have really learned the secret of work.

But we have to begin from the beginning, to take up the works as they come to us and slowly make ourselves, more unselfish every day.

Our first duty is not to hate ourselves; because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest ideal, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.

The great duty of the householder is to earn a living, but he must take care that he does not do it by telling lies, or by cheating, or by robbing others; and he must remember that his life is for the service of God, and the poor.

Our duty to others means helping others; doing good to the world. Why should we do good to the world? Apparently to help the world, but really to help ourselves. We should always try to help the world, that should be the highest motive in us; but if we consider well, we find that the world does not require our help at all. This world was not made that you or I should come and help it. I once read a sermon in which was said:—"All this beautiful world is very good, because it gives us time and opportunity to help others." Apparently, this is a very beautiful sentiment, but is it not a blasphemy to say that the world needs our help? We cannot deny that there is much misery in it; to go out and help others is, therefore, the best thing we can do, although, in the long run, we shall find that helping others is only helping ourselves.

Work, but let not the action or the thought produce a deep impression on the mind; let the ripples come and go; let huge actions proceed from the muscles and the brain, but let them not make any deep impression on the soul.

Karma-Yoga means; even at the point of death to help any one, without asking questions. Be cheated millions of times and never ask a question, and never think of what you are doing. Never vaunt of your gifts to the poor or expect their gratitude, but rather be grateful to them for giving you the occasion of practising charity to them. Thus it is plain that to be an ideal householder is a much more difficult task than to be an ideal Sannyasin; the true life of work is indeed as hard as, if not harder than, the equally true life of renunciation.

Therefore, be "unattached;" let things work; let brain centres work; work incessantly, but let not a ripple conquer the mind. Work as if you were a stranger in this land, a sojourner; work incessantly, but do not bind yourselves; bondage is terrible. This world is not our habitation, it is only one of the many stages through which we are passing.

Krishna says: Look at Me, Arjuna! If I stop from work for one moment the whole universe will die. I have nothing to gain from work; I am the one Lord, but why do I work? Because I love the world. God is unattached because He loves; that real love makes us unattached. Wherever there is attachment, the clinging to the things of the world, you must know that it is all physical, attraction between sets of particles of matter; something that attracts two bodies nearer and nearer all the time, and if they cannot get near enough produces pain; but where there is real love it does not rest on physical attachment at all. Such lovers may be a thousand miles away from one another, but their love will be all the same; it does not die; and will never produce any painful reaction.

To attain this unattachment is almost a life-work, but as soon as we have reached this point we have attained the goal of love and become free; the bondage of nature falls from us, and we see nature as she is; she forges no more chains for us; we stand entirely free and take not the results of work into consideration; who then cares for what the results may be?

In whatever you do for a particular person, a city, or a state, assume the same attitude towards it as you have towards your children—expect nothing in return. If you can invariably take the position of a giver, in which everything given by you is a free offering to the world, without any thought of return, then will your work bring you no attachment. Attachment comes only where we expect a return.

The whole gist of this teaching is that you should work like a master and not as a slave;work incessantly, but do not do slave's work. Do you not see how everybody works? Nobody can be altogether at rest; ninety-nine per cent. of mankind work like slaves, and the result is misery; it is all selfish work. Work through freedom! Work through love! The word 'love' is very difficult to understand; love never comes until there is freedom. There is no true love possible in the slave. If you buy a slave and tie him down in chains and make him work for you, he will work like a drudge, but there will be no love in him. So when we ourselves work for the things of the world as slaves, there can be no love in us, and our work is not true work. This is true of work done for relatives and friends, and is true of work done for our own selves. Selfish work is slave's work; and here is a test. Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction.

Therefore the one point we ought to remember is that we should always try to see the duty of others through their own eyes, and never judge the customs of other peoples by our own standard. I am not the standard of the universe. I have to accommodate myself to the world, and not the world to me. So we see that environments change the nature of our duties, and doing the duty which is ours at any particular time is the best thing we can do in this world.

 He told me once the secret of work, "Let the end and the means be joined into one." When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being. Thus, in the story, the Vyadha and the woman did their duty with cheerfulness and whole-heartedness; and the result was that they became illuminated; clearly showing that the right performance of the duties of any station in life, without attachment to results, leads us to the highest realization of the perfection of the soul.

It is the worker who is attached to results that grumbles about the nature of the duty which has fallen to his lot; to the unattached worker all duties are equally good, and form efficient instruments with which selfishness and sensuality may be killed, and the freedom of the soul secured. 

All good acts tend to make us pure and perfect. What can we do at best? Build a hospital, make roads, or erect charity asylums! We may organise a charity and collect two or three millions of dollars, build a hospital with one million, with the second give balls and drink champagne, and of the third let the officers steal half, and leave the rest finally to reach the poor; but what are all these? One mighty wind in five minutes can break all your buildings up. What shall we do then? One volcanic eruption may sweep away all our roads and hospitals and cities and buildings. Let us give up all this foolish talk of doing good to the world. It is not waiting for your or my help; yet we must work and constantly do good, because it is a blessing to ourselves. That is the only way we can become perfect.

So, always remember the instance of the curly tail of the dog whenever you have a tendency to become a fanatic. You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you. When you have avoided fanaticism then alone will you work well. It is the level-headed man, the calm man, of good judgment and cool nerves, of great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself. The fanatic is foolish and has no sympathy; he can never straighten the world, nor himself become pure and perfect.

Firstly, we have to bear in mind that we are all debtors to the world and the world does not owe us anything. It is a great privilege for all of us to be allowed to do anything for the world. In helping the world we really help ourselves. The second point is that there is a God in this universe. It is not true that this universe is drifting and stands in need of help from you and me. God is ever present therein, He is undying and eternally active and infinitely watchful. When the whole universe sleeps He sleeps not; He is working incessantly; all the changes and manifestations of the world are His. Thirdly, we ought not to hate any one. This world will always continue to be a mixture of good and evil. Our duty is to sympathise with the weak and to love even the wrongdoer. The world is a grand moral gymnasium wherein we have all to take exercise so as to become stronger and stronger spiritually. Fourthly, we ought not to be fanatics of any kind because fanaticism is opposed to love. You hear fanatics glibly saying, "I do not hate the sinner, I hate the sin;" but I am prepared to go any distance to see the face of that man who can really make a distinction between the sin and the sinner. It is easy to say so. If we can distinguish well between quality and substance we may become perfect men. It is not easy to do this. And further, the calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love and the better will our work be.

Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

 He works best who works without any motive, neither for money, nor for fame, nor for anything else; and when a man can do that, he will be a Buddha, and out of him will come the power to work in such a manner as will transform the world. This man represents the very highest ideal of Karma-Yoga.

Just as the universe is always in motion we should always be as well.  We should not avoid work. Just as the body would wither away and die if you never moved.  Perform your duties without concern for the results and for the higher good of all. You reap what you sow.

We must be careful not to engage in work in a selfish manner.  It must be done in a spiritual fashion.  Which evolves in the following way (gunas):

  1. tamas - darkeness, ignorance, inertia
  2. rajas - passion, activity, energy
  3. sattva - goodness, light, purity

In every man there are these three forces. Sometimes Tamas prevails; we become lazy; we cannot move; we are inactive, bound down by certain ideas or by mere dullness. At other times activity prevails and at still other times that calm balancing of both. Again, in different men, one of these forces is generally predominant. The characteristic of one man is inactivity, dullness and laziness; that of another, activity, power, manifestation of energy; and in still another we find the sweetness, calmness and gentleness, which are due to the balancing of both action and inaction. So in all creation—in animals, plants and men—we find the more or less typical manifestation of all these different forces.

These three properties of Prakriti’s gunas, which are distributed disproportionately in everyone and are never in equilibrium, decide the difference in one’s call of duty. If you are predominantly sattvic in nature, you will be fitted for one kind of work in this world; one type of participation will be expected from you in the scheme of things. If you are predominantly rajasic for some reason or the other, then you will be assigned some job, some work, some duty according to your particular temperament. But suppose you are basically unfit for other physical reasons, such as the preponderance of tamas, etc.; then, you will have to be taken care of in a different way altogether.

It's important to be detached and work from a sense of duty.  Not for personal gain or enjoyment.

Every work is equally good. We should not say, “Why should I do this kind of menial work? That person is doing better work.” There is no such thing as menial work and better work in this world. It is all a contribution from one’s own point of view for the total welfare of humanity. Every work is equally divine; every work is equally contributory to the welfare of one’s own benefit as well as others’. Work should not be compared

the concept of dignity of work, and the divinity that one can see in the performance of duty, is to be the guiding factor in one’s daily life; and there should be no complaint either in regard to placing oneself in a so-called inferior position or imagining that somebody else is in a higher position. There is no higher position or inferior position. Each one is fitted for something, and that must be done; and what we are not fitted for, that of course we cannot do. So, we should not complain.

All work is important.  There is no one thing that is better than another.  It is all apart of a larger system that is dependent on each smaller component.  If you take a wheel off a car the end result is that you cannot drive it.  The same goes for if you take the steering wheel off.  A steering wheel, or tire is equally important in the end goal of driving the car.   Our work is the same in the sense that all work is apart of the system of God .  Whether you're a doctor, or a construction worker building the hospital.. each is dependent on one another for the betterment of humanity.

Where are you starting from?

The Gita calls this your duty.  Just like in the game of cards.  If you get dealt a good hand of cards and play wisely; you have a good chance of winning the game.  If you get dealt a bad hand of cards you have to play the best you can and you can only hope for a small win.  Play either hand foolishly and your odds of losing go up.

The same goes for life.  The hand of cards we are initially handed is our birth into society.

In essence what this is trying to say is you have to accept the life you were given.  If you were born in a very low place it would be very hard for you to say become president.  Or, a smaller person trying to be in the NBA, or NFL.  It's just not in the your dharma.

The broad four conditions/circumstances of human society people are born into:

  1. Power
  2. Intelligence
  3. Wealth
  4. Labour

The four classes of society are blended together and suppose to support one another.

As time goes by your abilities can change your conditions/circumstances.  But each person should perform their duty to where they where they were placed in society.  Then, it's possible for someone to go higher.   

Here is what my path looks like:

  1. Not happy with current labor job and would like to jump into one of the other classes (power, intelligence, wealth)
  2. Accept that it is my duty to accept the place I was born into - labour
  3. Evolve into a higher place as my abilities and capacity grow

Where I feel I have struggled with is not accepting reality and wanting to jump from step 1, to step 3.   You may ask.. what's wrong with jumping to step 3?  Well I think you need to be in the correct place to move into a higher placement.  Part of that involves just loving what is your current reality.  Then, letting go of any expectations or attachments.  And doing your work in a spirit of selfless service.

"Our worship of God should be through the work that we do according to our ability and our concept of duty, performed in a totally unselfish manner"

I kinda think of accepting your duty as a foundation for future work to be built upon.  So as a construction worker.. maybe I would develop into building sustainable homes (wealth class) using the skills and abilities developed from construction work.  Relating it to relationships.  If someone is seeking happiness from their partner because they are unhappy.  They will never truly evolve even if that other person does fill that role.  They first need to become happy with themselves.  Then they will be 100% happy with that other person.

There is also something about letting go of something.  Have you ever wanted something really bad.  Then, when it didn't come let it go.  Only to find a little later after it was let go it comes into your life?  Maybe this is detachment at work?

If I tried to be the president (power class).  My knowledge and capacity would not be enough and would cause me great stress.  I need to stay out of trying to do other peoples work/duty.

You need to do some inner work, and be brutally honest with yourself of your current knowledge and capacity.  Which will give you your starting point in society.

Many people I read about today are unhappy with their current station in life.  Then try and jump to step 3, but have a hard time as well.  What most do at that point is then sell jumping to step 3 to others.  Without having really accomplished anything for themselves.  This is made very clear in the follow the passion crowd.  A person was an unhappy lawyer.  Then, he is writing books on following your passion and giving talks.  He is selling the dream but he is not living it.

"According to our nature, according to the predilection of our psyche, the inborn characteristic of our own personality will decide what kind of work we have to do and what duty is expected of us. Then we shall not have any kind of fear of sin because we are doing the best that we can—kurvan nāpnoti kilbiṣam." - swami-krishnananda

Now, the duty that you are expected to perform in the world is not something imposed upon you by a government, or a social mandate from outside. It is the law of your own nature expecting you to do what is necessary, under the very structure of your own individuality, or jivatva – your personality.

The way to live:

Viviktasevī laghvāśī (18.52): Always wanting to be alone to oneself, and not feeling happy in the midst of people. The more we are alone, the more we feel free and happy. That is the characteristic of a spiritual seeker in an advanced stage. Laghvāśī: Eating only as much as is necessary, and not eating like a glutton. Yatavākkāyamānasaḥ: Working only to the extent it is necessary to work. He does not work beyond his limit and become fatigued. He speaks only when it is necessary to speak, and does not speak unnecessarily. He also restrains the mind, and thinks only when it is necessary to think in a particular line. Otherwise, he does not think anything at all because of his inward spiritual approach. Dhyānayogaparo nityaṁ: Always intent on the supreme meditative mood on the ultimate goal of life. Vairāgyaṁ samupāśritaḥ: Totally renouncing all attachment to worldly involvements, all perishable objects—anything that is external, spatial and temporal—renouncing all these things by vairagya dharma.

The gift of knowledge is a far higher gift than that of food and clothes; it is even higher than giving life to a man, because the real life of man consists of knowledge; ignorance is death, knowledge is life.

The misery that I feel when I am hungry is satisfied by eating, but hunger returns; my misery can cease only when I am satisfied beyond all want. Then hunger will not make me miserable; no distress, no sorrow will be able to move me. So that help which tends to make us strong spiritually is the highest, next to it comes intellectual help, and after that physical help.

We may convert every house in the country into a charity asylum; we may fill the land with hospitals, but the misery of man will still continue to exist until man's character changes.

It is not actually the work that is the source of your satisfaction; it is the connection of this work with the consciousness of your identity with the whole cosmos. 

Yoga is harmony, and it is also expertness in action. Expertness means the ability to see unity in everything that you do, and in every position in which you are placed.

If you don't heed this advice that is offered:

If you insist on your own ahamkara and say, ‘I shall do this, and I shall not do that’—then you will be responsible for what follows.” You shall actually perish if you insist on your egoism and say “I shall do this, and I shall not do that” as Arjuna said in the beginning of the First Chapter. Atha cet tvam ahaṁkārān na śroṣyasi vinaṅkṣyasi: “If you do not listen to this good advice and insist on your egoism again and again—well, you will reach nothing finally.”

You have to be vigilant to see that your behaviour and action at any given moment of time is not out of context with the unity of purpose that is to be at the back of it. Otherwise, it will be a drab, desultory work which will please nobody – neither you, nor anyone else.

Even if people inwardly decide not to do anything, not to work at all, and maintain silence, it is not possible. As long as the body and mind—which are the properties of prakriti—are there, and because prakriti is always in a state of motion, it is not possible for any person to be inactive.

"fearlessness"—fear nothing. Fear is a sign of weakness. A man must go about his duties without taking notice of the sneers and the ridicule of the world.

we need not have to engage ourselves in any work later on. Just as rivers move, but they need not move after they reach the ocean, so too one has to work hard until the Universal Being is reached

Resources

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/kyog/index.htm The Secret of Work

http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/bgita/bgita_50.html

http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/gita1/bhagavadgita_05.html

Balance Point – Joseph Jenkins

Balance Point - Searching for a Spiritual Missing Link; Book Notes

Balance Point - Joseph Jenkins Book

Book Notes for: Balance Point (Amazon Page)

Wicca - witchcraft, craft of the wise.  They were the wise ones in villages that knew about natural healing, legal matters, and spiritual ones.  They were doctors, lawyers, and priests.

They believe in a spirituality that is completely connected nature.

Links:

https://www.wicca.com - "one of the oldest and largest Wicca, Witchcraft and Pagan sites on the Internet!  "

http://www.wicca.org/courses/library.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca

 

Honeybee "Robbing Frenzy" 

Humans are herd animals in small groups and hive animals in large groups.

When a hole is discovered in a hive that isn't guarded by resident bee's they start to steal all the honey from it.  It's kinda like people looting a store during a riot.  They become crazy.  Their natural thinking of sustainability is thrown out the window.

The bees will steal until there is nothing left, or the hole is patched.

 

Humans are in the middle of a robbing frenzy with the earths resources.  Someone who digs an oil well and finds oil is like finding a back door in the bee hive.

Like alcoholics we cannot control this illness.  We're taught from a young age that excessive material wealth is what we should strive for.

Our population is growing exponentially.  And is dependent on oil for food production.

Our stealing and burring fossil fuels is causing the earth to be sick and heating it up.  The natural cycles can not overcome the excess heat/waste.

The ego acts as a barrier between humans and nature. It blinds us to the destruction we are doing to the planet.  The ego allows us to think we are more important than the earth.  It's pumped up by material wealth and social status.

Just like addicts.. we are addicted to consumption and afraid to admit and fix the problem.

Global collapse at around 2040 if we don't change.

Population growth, resource consumption, waste production are all growing at an exponential rate.

 

1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity

Scientist Statement
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity (1992)

Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. The World Scientists' Warning to Humanity was written and spearheaded by the late Henry Kendall, former chair of UCS's board of directors.

INTRODUCTION

Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.

THE ENVIRONMENT

The environment is suffering critical stress:

The Atmosphere
Stratospheric ozone depletion threatens us with enhanced ultraviolet radiation at the earth's surface, which can be damaging or lethal to many life forms. Air pollution near ground level, and acid precipitation, are already causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops.

Water Resources
Heedless exploitation of depletable ground water supplies endangers food production and other essential human systems. Heavy demands on the world's surface waters have resulted in serious shortages in some 80 countries, containing 40 percent of the world's population. Pollution of rivers, lakes, and ground water further limits the supply.

Oceans
Destructive pressure on the oceans is severe, particularly in the coastal regions which produce most of the world's food fish. The total marine catch is now at or above the estimated maximum sustainable yield. Some fisheries have already shown signs of collapse. Rivers carrying heavy burdens of eroded soil into the seas also carry industrial, municipal, agricultural, and livestock waste -- some of it toxic.

Soil
Loss of soil productivity, which is causing extensive land abandonment, is a widespread by-product of current practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. Since 1945, 11 percent of the earth's vegetated surface has been degraded -- an area larger than India and China combined -- and per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing.

Forests
Tropical rain forests, as well as tropical and temperate dry forests, are being destroyed rapidly. At present rates, some critical forest types will be gone in a few years, and most of the tropical rain forest will be gone before the end of the next century. With them will go large numbers of plant and animal species.

Living Species
The irreversible loss of species, which by 2100 may reach one-third of all species now living, is especially serious. We are losing the potential they hold for providing medicinal and other benefits, and the contribution that genetic diversity of life forms gives to the robustness of the world's biological systems and to the astonishing beauty of the earth itself. Much of this damage is irreversible on a scale of centuries, or permanent. Other processes appear to pose additional threats. Increasing levels of gases in the atmosphere from human activities, including carbon dioxide released from fossil fuel burning and from deforestation, may alter climate on a global scale. Predictions of global warming are still uncertain -- with projected effects ranging from tolerable to very severe -- but the potential risks
are very great.

Our massive tampering with the world's interdependent web of life -- coupled with the environmental damage inflicted by deforestation, species loss, and climate change -- could trigger widespread adverse effects, including unpredictable collapses of critical biological systems whose interactions and dynamics we only imperfectly understand.

Uncertainty over the extent of these effects cannot excuse complacency or delay in facing the threats.
POPULATION

The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits. Current economic practices which damage the environment, in both developed and underdeveloped nations, cannot be continued without the risk that vital global systems will be damaged beyond repair.

Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth. A World Bank estimate indicates that world population will not stabilize at less than 12.4 billion, while the United Nations concludes that the eventual total could reach 14 billion, a near tripling of today's 5.4 billion. But, even at this moment, one person in five lives in absolute poverty without enough to eat, and one in ten suffers serious malnutrition.

No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.
WARNING

We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.
WHAT WE MUST DO

Five inextricably linked areas must be addressed simultaneously:

We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth's systems we depend on.
We must, for example, move away from fossil fuels to more benign, inexhaustible energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of our air and water. Priority must be given to the development of energy sources matched to Third World needs -- small-scale and relatively easy to implement.
We must halt deforestation, injury to and loss of agricultural land, and the loss of terrestrial and marine plant and animal species.

We must manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively.

We must give high priority to efficient use of energy, water, and other materials, including expansion of conservation and recycling.

We must stabilize population.

This will be possible only if all nations recognize that it requires improved social and economic conditions, and the adoption of effective, voluntary family planning.

We must reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.

We must ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women control over their own reproductive decisions.
DEVELOPED NATIONS MUST ACT NOW

The developed nations are the largest polluters in the world today. They must greatly reduce their overconsumption, if we are to reduce pressures on resources and the global environment. The developed nations have the obligation to provide aid and support to developing nations, because only the developed nations have the financial resources and the technical skills for these tasks.

Acting on this recognition is not altruism, but enlightened self-interest: whether industrialized or not, we all have but one lifeboat. No nation can escape from injury when global biological systems are damaged. No nation can escape from conflicts over increasingly scarce resources. In addition, environmental and economic instabilities will cause mass migrations with incalculable consequences for developed and undeveloped nations alike. Developing nations must realize that environmental damage is one of the gravest threats they face, and that attempts to blunt it will be overwhelmed if their populations go unchecked. The greatest peril is to become trapped in spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic, and environmental collapse.

Success in this global endeavor will require a great reduction in violence and war. Resources now devoted to the preparation and conduct of war -- amounting to over $1 trillion annually -- will be badly needed in the new tasks and should be diverted to the new challenges.

A new ethic is required -- a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth's limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.
The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere. We need the help of many.

We require the help of the world community of scientists -- natural, social, economic, and political.
We require the help of the world's business and industrial leaders.
We require the help of the world's religious leaders.
We require the help of the world's peoples.
We call on all to join us in this task.

A shaman is a healer.

Cacao is a seed that gives great strength and stamina.

We're all the same.  We are all connected.  When someone harms the earth they harm all life.  Our spirit is what connects our human mind to a higher mind. The more we develop the more we realize how connected we are to nature and the great mystery.

Our awareness of the true extent of life is very limited. So we have created myths to explain it all.  Or religions.

We don't have the answers.  We are just one life form in a vast universal, continuum of life.

The more spiritually evolved be become the more we notice that we are also a part of  everything outside and beyond ourselves.  We are just a tiny piece of a greater whole.

The key is reaching a balance of selflessness and self awareness.  The people who harm the earth are out of balance.

The world around us is the only part of the unknown mystery that is known to us.

We are balanced when we live in harmony with the larger whole. With all of life and the earth.

A true spiritual relationship can only exist between you and something that actually exists. 

Spiritual - We are all apart of a Greater Being.  We are linked to it.  Everything is connected.  Awareness of that connection is spirituality.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Our spirit becomes ill when we think we are apart from the rest.

We need to see that we are apart of an unlimited consciousness.

Oneness is the essence of spirituality.

Religion separates and is based on belief. Spirituality is based on awareness.

Being balanced leads to leading a healthy, productive, rewarding life that is without pollution, waste, greed that is common in our culture.

This point is different for everyone on one person may lean on one side or the other.

A spiritual person can participate in religion without actually believing the myths.  Myths are dogma.

Churches provide charity, social connection, inspiration for many. But they need to get more into spirituality and based more on reality. People need to feel a connection to what they are actually apart of.  You can't have a connection to some mythical human figure. We are apart of a living universe.

The life that continues after you die is the life on Earth.

The first step is to admit the problems exist and not feed our egos and deny it.  Then use our brains to solve the problems.

GDP is measured by money spent.  But we are not admitted we are losing wealth because the natural resources are not being replenished.

If we change our consumption habits it will cause huge shifts if it hits a tipping point and forces bad businesses out of the market.

As a business owner I can no longer pursue a simple goal of just profit.  I have to think about the rest of the world and posterity when I have any interaction with the economy.  As a consumer I can refuse to buy things that doesn't support this mission.

When you get in touch with this balance point you will know that you are in the right mix of selflessness and selfishness. You will feel it.

We who are alive today.. right now will determine the future of humanity.

Pain Versus Pleasure

When you put pain first in your life over short term pleasure.  Positive change explodes forward.

We are faced with the pain versus pleasure decisions daily;

  • Go to the gym (pain) or watch a movie (pleasure)
  • Eat a snickers bar (pleasure) or eat a whole food meal (pain for most)
  • Watch TV (pleasure) or work on a part time job / business (pain)
  • Train for a marathon (pain) or go to a party (pleasure)
  • Read a non-fiction book (pain) or browse Facebook (pleasure)

It's what you do in those little choices that all add up to make the big change that you desire.  Looking at most worthy achievements in life, they require you to go through pain first.  But its backend has a long term pleasure that you can be proud of for the rest of your life. Where if you pick the short term pleasure first you will have the backend of pain.  Pain that you didn't give it your all.  You gave up on yourself.  Always wondering.. what if?  What could you have done in your life if you put in 100% effort to your goals?

Thats a life you don't want to lead.

Pick the path of pain.  Fall in love with pain, because pain means you're growing.  Physically and mentally. And if you're not growing you're dying.  

Think of a muscle.  If you put it in a cast and don't use it... what happens?  It withers away.  You always want to be growing, learning, and moving forward.

What helps to stay on the path of progress?  I think if you put in the work daily you will start to deny the short term satisfactions in life automatically because they wipe away the hard work you're doing.

Example:

When you go to the gym and put sweat equity into it.  You're pumped up about yourself and feeling good.  But, that snickers bar is still in your car when you're done. If you eat it.. there goes that hour long sweat session you just put yourself through.  Its all for nothing if you eat junk food. The pain of erasing that hour long effort you just put in outweighs the short 2 minutes of bliss in your mouth.

When you pick pain over pleasure in diet and exercise you will see results.  Its a non subjective environment with clear cause and effects.   It will prime you to take on challenges in life outside of the gym.  Because that same struggle is required, but it's even harder because in most situations you cannot control the results.  If you start a business it't not 100% that customers will buy your product no matter how much pain and effort you go through to launch it.

Find success in transforming your body and it will make it easier to take on challenges in the rest of your life.

 

A Poets Advice – E.E. Cummings

I came across this while reading Critical Path by Buckminster Fuller.  It is by E.E. Cummings.

The poem motivated Buckminster to throw away everything that he had ever been taught to believe. And to only reason and act on the basis of direct personal experience.  Explaining why acting on his own initiative he sought to discover what could be accomplished by a penniless unknown individual operating strictly on behalf of all humanity.  In attempt to produce sustainable favorable physical and metaphysical advancement in the integrity of all human life on our planet.

A Poets Advice - E. E. Cummings

A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feeling through words.

This may sound easy. It isn't.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel-but that's thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling-not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you're a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

As for expressing nobody-but-yourself in words, that means working just a little harder than anybody who isn't a poet can possibly imagine. Why? Because nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else. We all of us do exactly this nearly all of the time-and whenever we do it, we're not poets.

If, at the end of your first ten or fifteen years of fighting and working and feeling, you find you've written one line of one poem, you'll be very lucky indeed.

And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world-unless you're not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.

Does this sound dismal? It isn't.
It's the most wonderful life on earth.
Or so I feel.

The Artists Way

Creativity is an experience - a spiritual one.  It leads to spirituality, or spirituality leads to creativity.. it does not matter.

These principles are what creativity can be recovered and discovered;

  • Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy, and is pure
  • There is underlying creativity in all forces of life, including ourselves
  • When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creators creativity within us and our lives
  • We are creations, and are meant to continue being creative
  • Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  • Not being creative is counter to our true nature
  • When we open up, we open ourselves to God.
  • As we develop a creative channel to the creator, many gently changes begin to take place
  • It is safe to open ourselves up to greater creativity
  • Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.  As we move towards our dreams we move toward divinity

Morning Pages

Every morning when you wake up write out 3 pages long hand.  Whatever comes into your mind.

Find what environment leads to your best thinking.  Steven Spielberg claims his best thinking was on the freeway. Do this once a week as an artists date.

Affirmations

  1. I am a channel for God's creativity, and my work comes to good.
  2. My dreams come from God, and God has the power to accomplish them.
  3. As I create and listen I will be led.
  4. Creativity is the creators will for me
  5. My creativity heals myself and others
  6. I am allowed to nurture my artist
  7. Through the use of a few simple tools my creativity will flourish
  8. Through the use of my creativity I serve God
  9. My creativity always leads me to truth and love, forgiveness, and self-forgivness
  10. There is a divine plan of goodness for me, and my work
  11. I am willing to create, and allow God to create through me
  12. I am willing to be of service through my creativity
  13. I am willing to use my creative talents

Set small and gentle goals and meet them.

Pray for guidance, courage, and humility.

It is harder to be a blocked artist than to do the work.

Remember your job is to work, not judge the work. Say, "ok creative force, you take care of the quality, I will take care of the quantity ".

Be careful not to let food, work, and sex block your creativity.  Admit them, and give them up.  Trust where the creator is taking you with your talent, intuition, skill, and desire.

Exercise often is the going that moves us from stagnation to inspiration, from problem to solution, from self pity to self respect.  We can solve our own problems by tapping into our own inner resources and listening for inspiration.  The answers will come as we bike, run, swim, or any other exercise.

"Adventures don't begin until you get into the forest.  That first step in an act of faith" - Mickey Hart

Depression is resistance (see War of Art).  It creates disease and manifests itself as " I don't know...".  But we do know our own inner dream that can unfold if we admit what it is.  And have the faith to trust our own admission.

Using an affirmation can help you channel what you know inside, "I trust my own inner guidance". " Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before." - Joseph Campbell.  It is the inner commitment to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams that triggers the support of the universe.

When we are on the right path we know the right next step.  Although we won't necessarily know what is just around the bend.  By trusting, we learn to trust. 

The creative process is the process of surrender, and not control. Mystery is at the heart of creativity, along with surprise.   Allow your ideas time to develop and don't push them too much.  Or like bread if you poke it too much when its rising it will not rise. Let your ideas grow in dark and mystery.  Trust the slow and seemingly random drip.  You will be startled one day by the flash of "oh man this is it!".

We must work at learning to play and not take ourselves so serious.  Life is meant to be an artists date. That's why we were created. We often feel like we need to be doing something important. But, we are what is important.

You must hold your intention within yourself, stoking it with power.  Only then will you be able to manifest what you desire.

The miracle is one artist sharing with another artist.  Trust God, and trust yourself.

Give your fears up to God.  Write them down and put them into a God jar.  When worried about it remind yourself that God has it.

Above all God is the source. Which we are all equally connected to.

 

A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

Fear, greed and desire for power are the cause of conflict in all relationships. Created by the dysfunction and deep seated delusion that lies in the mind of every human being (the ego).

To get rid of these you need to shift your consciousness.  The more you make your beliefs into your identity the more you are cut off from spiritual side of things.

How spiritual you are has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.  This determines how you act in the world and with others.

If the human mind remains unchanged, we will always end up re-creating fundamentally the same world with all its problems and evils.

The energy field of the old, that is still alive emotionally and lives in almost every human is the pain-body.  There is also a collective pain-body with the history of the human race.

 

 

Earth is a reflection of out inner world.

Underneath the surface of everything whether its a bird, tree, rock, etc.. it is connected with everything else and the sources of life out of which it came (God).

When you don't cover up the world with words and labels things will reflect your own essence back to you (source).

The more and quicker you attach labels the more shallow you become to reality and the miracle of life happening around you.

Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp.  Which isn't that much.

"I" equals the ego and when you associate "I" with objects you are getting your identity from them.  When a childs toy breaks they cry and suffer because that toy was "mine" and became apart of them and their identity.

When you grow up you attach "I"  to gender, possessions, sense percieved body, nationality, race, religion, profession, parental role, likes, dislikes, past, and invest in to gain your identity.

The voice in your mind is the ego.  You want to distance yourself from the voice/ego and focus on awareness in the background.  Thinking without awareness is the main dilemma for human existence.

The ego mind is shaped by your past Content and structure.  Content is like the childs toy and is conditioned by your environment, upbringing, and surrounding culture.  The compulsion to enhance one's identity through association with an object is built into the very structure of the ego mind.

You try and find yourself through things.  The toy, car, house, clothes, end up loving yourself in them and that is the fate of the ego.

Advertising - In order to sell things people don't need they must convince them that those things will add something to how they see themselves, or are seen by others, to add something to their sense of self.

Stand out from the crowd by using this product, or be more fully yourself.

Try to create a associtation in your mind between the product and a famous person, youthful, attractive, or a happy looking person.  And by buying this product you will become like them, or a surface image of them.  You are buying something to enhance your identity.

Designer labels are "exclusive" collective identities people buy into.  If everyone could buy them they would lose their value and you would be left paying for the material of the item and it would not be worth it.

This keeps the consumer society going, because it doesn't work.

Ego satisfaction is short lived and so you have to keep looking for more, keep buying, keep consuming.  But, things are apart of our world and inescapable.  We may value a objects beauty or quality though.

We need to honor the world of things, and not despise it.  Each object in our world has a beingness and is a temporary form that has its origin in one formless life which is the source of all things, bodies, and forms.

But if you are trying to find yourself through objects you are not honoring them.

The ego it always searching for more, and growth.  Same with cancer.. always growing and killing cells but doesn't realize its killing to thing its living in and itself.

Is your sense of self worth tied to the things you possess?

If you lost some possession would you as a person become diminshed after the loss?

Whatever the ego seeks and gets attached to are substitutes for the being that it cannot feel.  You can value and care for things but if you get attached to them, you will know its the ego.  And you are never really attached to a thing but to a thought that has I or me or mine in it.

"Now I understand something Jesus said that never made much sense to me before: "If someone takes your shirt, let him have your coat as well.""  Which means sometimes letting go is an act of far greater power than defending of hanging on.

Is it wrong to have a sense of pride, or feel resentment of people who have more than you..no.  Its just the ego.  The ego isn't wrong, its just unconscious.  And when you observe the ego in yourself you begin to go beyond it.  Dont take it too seriously.  When you see it in yourself smile, and laugh.  Know that the ego isnt personal and it isnt who you are.  If you consider the ego a problem, that just more ego.

The mental concept of ownership is merging an item.. like say a building to "i".   And most people dont realize until they are on their death bed that no item ever had anything to do with who they are.  In the face of death the concept of ownership becomes meaningless.

Most people before death realize that what they were searching for through material, was actually their being and was there all along but got blurred by the id with things.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit" Jesus said.  Which means no inner baggage and no identifications.  "Kingdom of heaven"  is the simple joy of Being that is there when you let go of identifications and then become "poor in spirit".

Just getting rid of all your possessions won't free you of ego. It will then attach itself to a mental image of someone who has stopped all intrest in possessions and is superior and spiritual than others.  Which causes some people who have given all their things away to have a bigger ego than some wealthy people.

If you take one id of the ego away it will find another.  It wants an identity.

The ego tends to think of having with Being.  I have therefore I am.  And the more I have the more I am.  The ego lives through comparison.  How you are seen by others turns into how you see yourself.  How you are seen by others becomes a mirror and tells you what you are like and who you are.

If you cant look through this collective delusion you will be condemned to chasing after things for the rest of your life in the vain hope of finding your worth and self there.

Its impossible to let go of things though.  But, it will drop away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.  So just be aware and as soon as you find yourself being attached to something... that is the start of the shift.  Just the knowing.

When we are seeking for more we are saying.. I dont have enough yet, and really saying I am not enough yet.

Having creates a false sense of solidity and permanance to make the ego stand out, be special.  No ego can last long without the need for more.  Which is an addictive need and not an authentic one.

Unease, restlessness, boredom, anxiety, dissatisfaction, are the result of unfulfilled wanting.

When you have the thoughts in the form of, me mine, more than, i want, i must have, not enough.. they relate to the structure of the ego while the content is interchangeable.  You have to recognize these thoughts because when those thoughts are happening no possession, place, person, or condition will ever satisfy you.  No material will satisfy the ego, and you wont be happy no matter what.  You will always be looking for something else to fill that sense of lack you feel within.

The body can also be a form of id.  For some people their self worth is tied to how they look, fitness, external apperance.  Many feel inferior because they perceive their body as ugly.

People often see the mental concept of their body and not the physical body.  Equating the body with "I" when the body will grow old, wither and die leads to suffering now or later.  That doesnt mean to neglect it and you can appreciate the good times while they last and improve the body through nutrition and exercise.  But dont equate your body with who you are and when it fades it wont phase you.

Shift your mind for focusing on the outside and focus instead on the inside and the aliveness inside it.  Because no matter what shape it is in.. its alive energy field on the inside.

Make it a habit to feel the inner body as much as you can.  See if you can feel it when listening to someone.  You are shifting your attention to life energy and formless Being.  It is the way our of the ego of the body and will actually strengthen your immune system and help it heal.

Ego id's with form.  And along with things and bodies form can be thoughts.  When you id yourself with the voice going on in your head and the emotions that come with those thoughts you are bonding with the ego.

When you are aware that you are thinking that awareness if not apart of the thinking.  It is in a different dimension.  It is the awareness that says "I am" in the "I think, therefore I am" statement.  if there was nothing but thought you wouldnt even be aware that you were thinking.

Consciousness itself is your true identity and not what the ego has identified itself with.  That is the peace of God.  The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this, or I am that, but I am.

Whatever action you take in a state of inner resistance will create more outer resistance, and the universe will not be on your side.  Life will not be helpful to you.

When you surrender internally a new dimension of consciousness opens up and if action is possible or necessary your action will be in alignment with the whole and supported by God and in a state of inner openness you become one with source.  People and situations then become helpful and things fall into place.  If not action is possible, you rest in the peace and inner stillness that come with surrender.  You rest in God.

The central core of all your mind activity is made up of certain repetitive and persistent thoughts, emotions, and reactive patterns that you identify with strongly.  This entity is the ego speaking not you.

You identify with thoughts, emotions and a bundle of memories you identify with as "me" and my story, all ego things.

Ego's only differ on the surface level, but deep down they are all the same, they live on identification and separation.

Every ego is struggling to survive.

You have the "I's" and the others/enemies with a compulsive habit of faultfinding and complaining about others.  Jesus said "Why do you see the speck that is in your brothers eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"  ... because you criticize another and it makes you feel bigger/superior.

Complaining is one of the ego's favorite strategies for strengthening itself whether in thought or spoken.

Labeling people with negative labels is bad.

Resentment (feel bitter, offended by others dishonesty, lack of integrity, what they are doing, did in the past, said, failed to do, should have done) the ego loves this.  Instead of overlooking it in others you make it into their identity.  Focusing on others faults amplify them, and what you react to in another you strengthen in yourself.  

Nonreaction to the ego in others is one of the most effective ways of going beyond the ego in yourself and also dissovling collective human ego.  But you can only do this if you recognize one's behavior as coming from the ego and a collective human dysfunction.

When you realize it's not personal there is no longer a compulsion to react as if it were.

Another word for non-reaction is forgiveness.  To forgive is to overlook.

Stick to the fact's and it's not complaining if you stick to the facts.

Sometimes the ego does not want to change so it can keep complaining.  When you notice the voice in your head notice how its not you.. its the ego.. you are just not aware of it.

Ego implies unawareness.  Awareness and the ego cannot exist together.  Every time it is recognized it is weakened.

A grievance is something connected in the past and kept alive by compulsive thinking and re-telling the story in the head or out loud and thinking this way can cause negative energy in the present.

One strong grievance is enough to damage large area's of your life and keep you in the grip of the ego.

You have to be honest with yourself to see if you still have grievance inside yourself for an enemy in your life.  If you do be aware of the thoughts that keep it alive and feel the body's emotional response to those thoughts.

Don't try to let go of the grievance.. just trying to let go of the grievance doesn't work.  Forgiveness happens naturally when you see grievance has no purpose other than to strengthen a false sense of self and keep the ego stoked.

Seeing is freeing as Jesus said.  "Forgive your enemies" he wanted us to undo the main egoic structures in the human mind.

The past has no power to stop you from being present now.  Only a grievance from the past can do that and old thoughts and emotions.

Complaining, grievance, faultfinding, all build the ego by letting it feel superior.

The ego takes everything personal.  Don't confuse opinion and viewpoints with facts.  Facts are not the ego.

You can separate facts with viewpoints and opinions with awareness.  Only through awareness can you see the total situation or person instead of adopting one limited perspective with ego.

Christianity

The belief that you are in sole possession of the truth can corrupt your actions and behaviors.  Think of the people in the early days who were burned at the stake for the sake of the "truth".  Because, people were right and they were wrong.  What was true was a story you had to believe in, or a bundle of thoughts.

Absolute truth cannot be found in doctrines, ideologies, sets of rules, or stories.  They are all made up with thought.   That can point to the truth, but it never is truth.  All religions are equally false and equally true.  Depending on how you use them.  You can use in service of the ego, or in service of the truth.

If you believe only your religion is true, you are using it for your ego and superiority.

Truth - Religious teachings left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual awakening and become free of identification with form.

Human action can reflect the truth, or it can reflect an illusion.

The truth can be put into words, but the words only point to it.  YOU are the truth.  If you look elsewhere for it you will be deceived every time.  The very being that you are is truth.  Jesus said "I am the way and the truth of life".  Jesus speaks of the innermost "I am"  the essence of identity of every man and woman and every life form.

Whey you are in touch with the inner Christ within yourself (which is your natural state) all your actions and relationships will reflect oneness with all life that you sense deep within.  This is love.

Laws, commandments, rules, etc..are made for those who are cut off from who they are "the truth within".  The rules prevent people with huge ego's and other people can get around them.

"Love and do what you will."  - St. Augustine

Different people think that they are right, both sides of the conflict are equally identifying with their own perspective, their own "story" id with thought.   Both don't see that another story may exist and be true.  WHich creates a collective ego of "us" vs "them" and is worse that a personal ego.

Look to people who are perceived as your enemies.  What do you find most upsetting in them.. power, greed, dishonesty, violence, etc.. Anything you resent and react strongly to in another is also in you in the form of ego.

It has nothing to do who that person is, or anything to do with who I am.  Only if you mistake it for who you are can seeing it within you be threatening to you sense of self.

Don't try and eradicate evil as you are likely to become the very thing you are fighting.  Egoic behavior can never be defeated by attacking it.  Whatever you fight stregthens.

According to the Journal of American Med Assoc. medical treatment is the 3rd leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States. Homeopathy and Chinese Medicine are 2 examples that don't treat illness as an enemy and create new disease.

Once you see the ego as a collective dysfunction of the human mind you will no longer perceive  it as someone's identity and it will be easier to be non reactive to it.  No one is wrong its just the ego in someone thats all.  We all suffer from the same ego/sickness and its just worse in some people than others.

We all want peace, but there is also apart of you that wants conflict/drama to be right rather than peace.  Can you feel it?

All that is required to become free of ego is to be aware of it.  Awareness is the power that is concealed within the most present moment.

The ultimate purpose of human existence (your purpose) is to bring that power of awareness into this world.  You can only be present now, not yesterday, or tomorrow.  Only awareness can undo the past in you and transform your state of consciousness.

Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, and I can't find myself in all those things that continuously pass away.

Jesus - "Deny thyself"  Undo the illusion of self. Be aware of the perceptions, experiences, thoughts, and feelings and honor them, but they only have relative importance.

What ultimately matters - Can I sense my essential beingness, the I am in the background of life at all times?  Can I sense the I am at this moment? Can I sense my essential identity as consciousness itself?  Or, am I losing myself in what happens, in the mind, in the world?

Ego - Stand out, be special, in control, need for power, for attention, for more, the need to feel the sense of separation from my enemies.

The ego always wants something from other people with a hidden agenda.  Is uses people and situations to get what it wants.  But, is never satisfied for long.  The gap between I "want" and "what is"  becomes a constant source of upset and anguish.

Underlying emotion that governs all activity of the ego is fear.  Fear of being a nobody, fear of nonexistence, fear of death, but you can only temporarily cover it up with a relationship, possession, winning, but they will never satisfy you.  Only the truth of who you are if realized will set you free, if realized.

Why fear? Because ego arises out of form and it knows all forms are fleeting.  So there is always a sense of insecurity around the ego.

Once you realize all forms are unstable a peace will arise out of you.  Recognizing the impermanence of form makes you aware of the formless within yourself, that which beyond death Jesus called it "eternal life".

Many people are addicted to gossiping because it allows them to know "more" than another and makes them feel superior.  If someone has more, knows more, does more, the ego feels threatened and tries to resolve itself by somehow diminishing, or belittling the value of other people, their possessions, knowledge, or abilities.

Or, the ego may shift its strategy and instead of competing with that person it will enhance it by having been associated with them "name dropping".

The ego doesn't know that the source of all energy with within you.  So it seeks it outside.

A shy person has an ego that wants, but fears attention from others.  Fear = disapproval or criticism that diminishes self rather than enhancing it.

Shy is just the fear of attention is greater than the need for attention.  usually will have a negative self concept with a a hidden desire to by greater or better than others.

Outgoing people also has a need for superiority and the unconscious fear of inferior.

Whenever you feel superior or inferior to someone that is the ego in you.

If people dont get positive attention they will seek negative attention.

Some play the role of a victim to get attention.

Relationships

Most people play roles in the beginning  to fill each others ego's.  After awhile the roles slip and anger is directed to the partner for failing to remove underlying fear and sense of lack that is apart of the ego.

Let go of the belief that you should or need to know who you are.  Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.

What really matters is not what function you fulfill in this world, but whether you identity with it to such an extent that it takes you over and becomes a role you play.

Authentic human interactions become impossible when you lose yourself in a role.   Treat every person the same and don't get sucked into playing roles.

The primary cause of unhappiness isn't the actual situation.. its the thoughts of it.  What you think creates the emotions you feel.  Rather than being your thoughts or emotions be the awareness behind them.

Suffering is good and caused by the ego, and when you accept suffering you get over it.

To do what is required of you in any situation without it becoming a role you identify with is an essential lesson in the art of living that we all have to learn.

You are the most powerful if you do an action for its own sake than as a means to protect, enhance, or conform to your role identity.

But don't try and be yourself.. because thats another role.  "just be yourself" can be misleading with the mind.  The mind will start saying.. how can I be myself.. which implies you have to do something to be yourself.  If you can be completely comfortable with no knowing who you are.. then all that is left is who you are.  The being behind the person with a field of pure potentiality rather than something that is already defined.

Give up trying to label yourself wether its to yourself or to others.  When you do this instead of a negative effect you will actually come to life.

When others define you they are not defining you.. they are only limiting themselves... so really its their problem not yours.

Int truth self esteem and humility are one in the same.

The ego creates negative states such as unhappiness, anger, anxiety, hatred, resentment, envy, jealousy, and so on.. but its hard to see and we think its really the situation we are in.

So pay attention to your reaction to things.. in the words of Shakespeare, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.".

Finding Peace

We are always searching for more.. I can never be at peace until... once I get this.. or become that.. then I will be at peace.  But, the truth is the only way to be at peace is to be at peace right now in the present moment where the game of life happens.

The secret to all success and happiness:  One with life.  Being one with life is being one with NOW.  You then realize that you dont live life, but that life lives you.  Life is a dancer, and you are the dance.

When someone is operating with the ego it is not seen by them.   When it is pointed out be another they often times get mad and angry.  Jesus - "Forgive them for they know not what they do."

You have to start with yourself and your inner state at any given moment.  Always be asking yourself - "Is there negativity in me at this moment?".  Watch out for thoughts that seem to justify anything negative.  If you find something negative you have succeeded.  Because, once you are aware of something you can let it go.

The ego needs other people, but deep down it hates and fears them.  The stronger the ego in you, the more you probably have a perception of others that is the main source of problems in your life.

In Zen - "Don't seek the truth.  Just cease to cherish opinions.".  In other words let go of id with your mind, and who you are beyond the mind will then awaken by itself.

Work

People sabotage themselves with work when they don't help or give info to someone else, because they don't want them to get more credit or be more successful than them.  The ego doesn't like cooperation except when there is a secondary motive.  The more you include others the better things go and the more easily things come to you.

 The Pain Body

The voice in your head has a life of its own.  While most people are unaware of this and at the mercy of it.. which is conditioned of the past.  The past then keeps repeating itself.  This is how the ego came to be.. for thousands of years people have id with their minds false sense of self and failed to recognize it as "not self'.

Most people are so wrapped up in a egoic state that they don't even see, or hear you.  They are not present.. their minds are on the past or future which don't exist.  Or, they will relate to you by some kind of role that they play and are not themselves.  But, most people don't know who they really are and it comes across as phony to everyone they interact with.

Emotion is another dimension of the ego.  Emotion is your bodies reaction to your mind.  And also emotion could be a response to an actual situation or event, but keep in mind it is still a response to an event through a mental filter which says good, bd, like, dislike, me, and mine.

So the ego is not only that false voice in your head.. but it is also the emotions created by what that voice is saying.  For example.. if your mind is saying your in danger your body will tense up and breath faster etc.. even though you may be lying in bed.

These unconscious assumptions create emotions in the body which in turn generate mind activity and it becomes your reality.  The voice of the mind is always interrupting the natural state of well being of the body.

Almost everyone is under stress and strain not because of an external factor.. but most likely just from the minds thoughts.

Fear, anxiety, anger, holding a grudge, sadness, hatred, dislike, jealousy, envy, these things all mess up the energy flow of the body.  The cool thing is that positive emotions help the body and healing.  But they cannot be ego driven and must be from your natural state of connectedness with Being.

Thoughts have their own frequencies.. with negative on the lower scale and positive on the higher scale.

Spiritual practices that involve the physical body, such as yoga are being embraced in the western world.  They don't create a separation between body and spirit are are helpful in weakening the pain-body.  Which is going to help in a global awakening.

There is only one doer of evil in the world and that is human unconsciousness.  When you realize that you get true forgiveness.  With forgiveness the victim id in your head goes away, and your true power emerges and that is the power of presence.

Breaking Free

To get rid of the pain body and ego which work together practice complete awareness.

Finding Out Who You Truly Are

Gnothi Seauton - Which means "Know Thyself" is inscribed at the entrance of the sacred Oracle. It basically means.. that before you ask any other question, first ask the most fundemental question of your life; Who am I?

Unconscious people will tell you things they identify with, job, name, physical shape, etc.

Knowing yourself is to be planted in Being, and not lost in your mind.

Your sense of who you are determines what you perceive as your needs and what matters to you in life.  With what matters to you has the power to upset and disturb you.

What matters to you isnt really what you believe or say.. its more about your actions and how you react to things.

Start asking yourself.. What things upset me?

If peace is what your going after.. and you think of yourself as spirit and not as little things that don't matter, then you would stay non reactive and alert when confronted with challenging people or situations.  You would accept the situation and become one with it rather than being separate from it.  Out of that alertness you would become conscious and who you really are would be responding.

No one can tell you who you are.  Who you are requires no belief.

The thought of lack whether in money, attention, or love in your mind will bring more of that experience into your life, because all you see is lack.  Acknowledging the positive things already in your life is the foundation of all abundance.

Whatever you think someone is withholding from you give it to them.  When you start giving you will start getting, because you cant receive without first giving.  Jesus - "Give and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap."

The source for abundance is inside you.  But, you have to start seeing and recognizing abundance without. View the fullness of life all around you all the time.  The sun, flowers, water, mountains, etc.. the fullness of life is always there.

Ask yourself this always - What can I give here;  how can I be of service to this person and in this situation?

If you feel abundant things will come to you.  Abundance flows to those who have it / feel it.  Jesus said "For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

Knowing yourself is being yourself, and being yourself is stopping the identification with content.  Whatever you perceive, experience, do, think, or feel is what is called content.   The inner and outer sides of your life, along with your past and future are also content.

What we should strive to be is conscious participants in the unfolding of the higher purpose of the universe.

The formless realm seems like chaos. but everything has a place and purpose with universal intelligence.

The mind will be more at home in a landscaped yard because it is formed with thought, and when in a real forest it will be in disorder.  New and old life all around in no order, but if we slow down and quiet the noise in your mind you will see a hidden harmony, where everything has a place and it couldnt be any other way.

When you realize that hidden harmony you will realize that you are apart of it.  This is how nature helps you become realigned with the wholeness of life.

Good and Bad

During life we become aware of good things and bad.  The good are usually identified as;

  • birth
  • growth
  • success
  • good health
  • pleasure
  • winning

And the bad;

  • loss
  • failure
  • sickness
  • old age
  • decay
  • pain
  • death

People usually associate the meaning of their lives with the good list, but the good list is always threatened by meaningless, or doesnt make sense.  And at some point the bad things are going to come into someones life.

But, this labels of things good and bad are just illusions that hold a limited perspective and are only true relatively and short lived.

Accepting what is and refusing to judge anything allows it to enter into conscious alignment with higher order.  Because it is often impossible for the mind to know what place and purpose a random event or thing has in the big picture of the whole.

There are no random events.  No events or things exist for themselves.  The universe has an order to it that the human mind can never grasp, but it can sometimes catch a glimpse of it.

J. Krishnamurti - Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher for years tried to teach people through words (content) what is beyond content.  He told them his secret, "I don't mind what happens."

This means that when you dont care about what happens you are in alignment with what actually does happen.  Not labeling anything that happens good or bad, and to let it be.

What about taking action?  When your basis for your action is inner alignment with the present moment then your actions become empowered by the intelligence of life itself.

Allow the form of the moment, good or bad, to be as it is and dont become involved with human drama.  There is only this moment that you are in and it is as it is.  Whatever happens has no power over you.  ONLY if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens.. and then the world will determine your happiness or unhappiness.

Always respond to what the present moment requires.  Think of the Zen master who looked after a baby that wasn't his by always responding with "is that so?"

The most important relationship is with the now, and if your relationship with the now is messed up, then that will reflect into every relationship and situation you come into contact with.

If fact the ego could be described as a messed up relationship with the present moment.  And when you have awareness you can decide what kind of relationship you want with the present moment.  If you decide to have the present moment be your friend its up to you to make the first move and become friendly toward it.  Just welcome it no matter what and whatever disguise it comes in and you will see results.  Life will become friendly to you, people, circumstances, etc..  That one decision can change your reality.  But, you have to make that decision over, and over, and over again until it becomes a natural way of living.

And when you make that decision your ego can no longer survive.  Because the ego lives on identity from the past, and fulfillment from the future.. not in the now.

The ego makes you never fully here because it is always busy trying to get elsewhere.

When your ego see's the present as an obstacle there is a never ending flow of problems.

So always be asking yourself; What is my relationship with the present moment?

The present moment is all you really have in life.  What if you see your present moment as dysfunctional?  You want to see it in yourself, thoughts, and actions and when you see it you are present.  And when you become present it fades away and you have the choice to change it and make the now a friend.

Time is in essence a series of present moments, some good and some bad, but if you dig deeper you will see that there are not many moments at all.  There is only this moment.  Life is now.  When you think of many moments your mind is confused with content.

Everything is subjective to time, but it all happens in the now.  Like when you see someone you havent seen for years.. you see what time did to them.  But all you ever really see it the present.  And if you go by direct evidence then there is no time, and the now is all there ever is.

Eliminating time from your consciousness is the elimination of the ego.  That is psycho time not real time which is the minds past and future and its not wanting to be one with the moment.

The ego survives by making time (past and future) more important than the present moment.

When you bring a inner yes to the form the now takes, that form then becomes a doorway into the formless.  The separation between the world and God dissolves.