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The Guiding Light of Wisdom

‘That which fills the gap between what we believe is time, and the living of our everyday lives is simply Thought’. D R-E

Have you ever caught yourself saying something to the effect of: “Wow, the day sure did go quickly today.” Or “Life seems to speed up the older I get”, and no doubt most of you will have heard the phrase: “Time flies when you’re having fun”. Of course, if that is true then the opposite would be true too, i.e., time can really seem to drag when you are doing something that you don’t really enjoy, and I am certain most of us have had that experience at some point in our lives.

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The Alchemy of Consciousness

“If you can concentrate always on the present, […] Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”  

Paulo Coelho

The true art of alchemy is not as history would have us believe, to turn base metal into gold, but moreover, to transform the ignoble and mundane experiences of our lives into the pure luminescent moments of brilliant and golden neutrality of the most beautiful kind.

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Tranquility versus Tranquilization

‘The secret to happiness is not to go out there and try and find it, because happiness is not out there. Happiness is within the consciousness of every human being.’ 
Sydney Banks

Since time began, or so it would seem, people have made every effort to move way from pain and suffering and transition as swiftly as possible back towards peace of mind. This is a natural and logical response: we have bad feelings; we want to be rid of them! We have a head full of thoughts we wish we could simply switch it off.

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A Dream within a Dream

“Life is a dream suspended in the bounds of time space and matter”

Life as we know it is experienced through the senses. It is thought turned into action; it is a dream within a dream. When we open our eyes in this world of form and become seduced by its beauty, we innocently and momentarily close our minds to the spiritual source of life. It is not that we purposefully ignore it; we simply become distracted by life.

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The Matrix of Illusion III: No Way Back

Trinity: “But you’re out, Cypher. You can’t go back”.

Cypher: “Oh no. That’s what you think. They’re going to reinsert my body. I go back to sleep and when I wake up I won’t remember a goddamn thing …”.

From the movie The Matrix

There is an old saying from western culture that tells us a great lie: ‘Ignorance is bliss’. The truth of the matter is more like: ‘an understanding of the Three Principles is bliss’, but there is a curious thing that can sometimes happen. I have seen this phenomenon occurring many times over the past ten years. People get an exposure of how we create our own reality via the Power of MindConsciousness and Thought, they make some progress in their lives but they still go back and do things that they would rather not do. There is one simple answer to this; there is hearing, then there is Hearing. As Sydney Banks always reminded us, the first of these two is simply an intellectual understanding, which really takes us nowhere. The second is a deep and meaningful Hearing from beyond the words of this world, and bypasses the intellect altogether because it has nothing to do with the intellect. It is a feeling deep within our soul. Once this deeper Hearing occurs there is no going back. 

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The Matrix of Illusion II: Human Resilience

Neo: “What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?”

 Morpheus: “No, Neo. I’m trying to tell you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to”.

From the movie The Matrix

What if I was to suggest that there is no such thing as a ‘negative person’, or a ‘positive person’, an ‘optimistic person’, or a ‘pessimistic person’, a ‘happy person’, or a ‘sad person’, an ‘anxious person’ or a ‘super confident person’. That they are all simply ways to describe a state of being, created via the Power of Thought in any given moment or situation, in any given person. We can never be only one particular kind of person; we are simply a being that has the capacity to think a multitude of thoughts creating any combination of follow-on feelings, making us in a way, an in-the-moment person. What we think becomes what we feel and who we are in that moment alone. Of course we may continue to run a mindset of cyclical thinking that gives the impression to us, and to the world, that we are fixed in some way, but this is not possible, we are constantly in a state transformation moving as we do from one thought to the next.

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The Magical Land of Home

‘I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself’. 
Maya Angelou

For an eternity it seemed like I had no place I really felt at home (sound familiar?). A friend’s mother once commented that she had more entries in her address book for me than anyone else in her life. I have moved more times than I can actually remember now and at each place of residence, I have made myself as comfortable as I could. Having not actually enjoyed my early years, nor living in the cramped conditions of my teenage years, I was glad to fly the nest at nineteen. As I moved from one place to the next, I suppose I was unconsciously looking for that hangout we call home; a place to feel comforted, a place of nurturing and peace.

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The Doctor Doolittle Phenomenon: The Universal Language of All Things

MindConsciousness and Thought are the complete Trinity of all psychological functioning … [a]ll living creatures, great and small, interpret what they think of life via these divine gifts’.

Sydney Banks

Being the 80th birthday year of Dr. Jane Goodall and the fact that I was going to see her in Sydney, as she conducted her tour of Australia, got me thinking about the curious fact of language beyond words. When we are born and for the first couple of years we have what is known as non-verbal thinking. Yet, they are still thoughts all the same. Of course, if asked what ‘Thought’ really is, most of us are at a loss to say exactly what it is. We all know we ‘think’, but pinning it down into words and concepts we trip over ourselves because it is like a slippery fish, ever evading our capture.

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The Eternal Search for Stillness

‘Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself’.

 Hermann Hesse

Stillness is something that most of us yearn for, and very few experience regularly in adulthood. Yet it is quite the opposite in childhood. Most children can occupy themselves for hours with very few or no resources at all and seem in a perfect state of tranquility. When those moments of quiet stillness arise later in life, it is often a reminder of those delicate days of innocence accompanied with a desire to return once again to that state. Thus, it is through a gentle understanding of the Three Principles that we may return more frequently to a sense of inner peace and stillness, without the need for any external stimuli at all.

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