Monthly Archives: March 2013

Becoming the Teaching

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Today I am going to discuss a teaching that is attributed to Buddha. He once said, “One day both the teacher and student pass away and only the teaching remains.” The truth is all things that have birth will experience death or dissolution back to its original state. This goes for all the people you idolize and love, including yourself. This is not pessimistic thinking, it is the way of things (the Tao). Being okay with the natural order and process of life is one of the first steps to reclaiming your peace. Embracing the “real” amidst the transient will help you with this process.

So, if both the student and teacher pass away leaving only the teaching, then what is the teaching? Lets first look at the two primary motivating factors of human behavior and thinking. Everything a human being does is to avoid pain and suffering or experience happiness, joy, and love. The alcoholic is trying to avoid the pain of a past experience or find happiness through drinking. The banker thinks happiness lies in acquiring wealth. Some people believe happiness lies in creating children and a family. The despot thinks happiness lies in ruling other people and gets drunk on power. Others think happiness lies in hobbies like surfing, sky diving, and skiing. These things do provide a temporary experience that most would call happiness or joy, but we are in the rarified air of absolutes. The reality is that happiness lies within each one of us and it is dependent on nothing. When you are absolutely still within you will experience joy that exists just because it is. This happiness comes up when we engage in activities or experiences we enjoy, but it is not dependent on these external transient phenomenon. It is always there within us. Joy is a byproduct of love, and love is your natural state of being. Therefore, love is the teaching. Think about it, is there any good reason not to be loving? With all the human emotions, why is love the strongest and most natural? Love transmutes all of your lower emotions. Love is truly your saving grace. Love is there within. It is given freely and will save you from such untold suffering if you surrender to it. Love is eternal. It is the only part of “you” that lasts, so why not embrace it?

The teaching of any great teacher will be the sermon of love. I am not talking about love tainted with attachment, the love of self, or the love of romantics. I am speaking of love in its natural, unfettered state. I am speaking of the love that gives without expecting, embraces unconditionally, and gives out of abundance. The love I speak of is truly free. It has no attachment nor desire. When you align yourself with such love you will experience freedom and you will begin to experience what is beyond birth and death. When you begin drinking directly from the inner well, words will not suffice. You have the power to do this here and now, just be still and look within without fear or attachment.

As the teaching states, “one day both the teacher and student will pass away”…but this is not a problem when you begin to understand the teaching. The essence of your being is love so why not be love? No one can do this for you. When you become fed up with your mind, your habits, your excuses, and your own bullshit you will decide to make the transformation. The greek word for butterfly and soul are the same. It is psyche. This is because the transformation of the caterpillar into the butterfly is the same as the human soul. The inner process of transformation is hidden and only the individual experiences it. 

So why not become immortal today by surrendering to love? What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain? Is there any other way out of the process of life and death? Is there any other way to mitigate the fear of death that arises from the ego?

Love will save you. I promise.

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Meditations on the Ego

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The most profound question a human being can ask them self is “Who am I?”. What lies between You (the one posing the question) and the experiential answer to this question is the ego. You cannot truly know yourself until you have become free of your ego. So, lets take some time to understand just what the ego is, how it manifests, how it communicates, and what it is not. Your ego is something you created. It is your self-centeredness. It is that voice within that feels defective, tells you your worth is based on your past actions or your possessions or the opinions of others. Your ego is the source of all of your suffering. Your ego blames, it judges, it pines for attention, it tells you that you have been victimized by life and its circumstances, and it pats you on the back when your self-righteous anger steals your inner peace. Your ego is heavily invested in your attachments, your possessions, and what you get versus what you give. If you give, it is your ego that expects recognition as payment for your good deed thereby squandering your good karma. Greed, jealousy, anger, self hatred, anxiety, fear, and desire all find their source in the ego. Your ego is invested in your belief system and will fight tirelessly to maintain this temporary “house” that it has build with spiritual power that it has usurped from your true Self. The ego fears change, the unknown, and anything that it perceives as a threat to it. This is because the ego is deluded into thinking that it is separate from everything else. The good news is that it has been mortally wounded by Love. Your ego will not survive this phenomenon you call “my life”. The ego recoils at the prospect of death because its’ existence is on the line, but death means nothing to your true Self which is beyond both birth, death, and identification to anything outside of reality. 

The language of the ego consists of attack, defense, and blame. It is the ego that feels slighted by another person’s words or actions and in return holds onto resentment. The ego knows nothing of grace, forgiveness, love, and acceptance. These four Spiritual attributes become poisoned by a cunning ego. Have you ever found yourself mentally rebutting everything someone is saying when you should be listening? That is the ego defending its perspective or belief and preventing you from listening. True communication and healing cannot happen when neither person is being heard.

The ego cannot change but through the love that comes from within when you surrender to your higher Self. You are responsible for how your ego behaves, no one else. You are responsible for propping up and then defending your belief systems, no one else. You are responsible for transmuting your own ego into the “servant” of your house instead of letting it run amuck like it owns the place. The best way to deal with your ego is to meet all of its habits, behaviors, tantrums, and rants with love. Love is your true nature. Love is the inner philosopher’s stone that changes base metals into gold. 

If you truly long to be free, you will surrender everything you think is “yours” because everything you place before the Truth will keep you from the Truth. The idea of “yours” is derived from the ego. The ego makes statements of possession, not Spirit. Find out what you have brought with you into this life and the only thing you take when you leave the body. Then you will begin to experience peace and see the ego for what it truly is. No one can do this work for you. You must drink directly from the well.

The Myth of Control

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The idea of control is a human creation. It pervades our belief system and many of the individuals who make up our society. When we begin to explore the idea of control in our own lives we begin to see how futile it actually is. Control represents a static state, continual activity or vigilance, and an erroneous idea that we are the true masters of our fate. Control epitomizes both mental and physical action. This is in direct opposition to Being. Being allows you to open up to all possibilities. Even the act of trying to control things closes us off to Being and life. Being allows you to breathe and let go. Being is freedom. Control is a self imposed prison. No one has ever attained peace through control. Everyone who has ever attained lasting peace accomplished it through Being.

Control is especially prevalent in so called ‘spiritual’ communities and people. It is expressed through ideas like ‘controlling the mind’ and ‘controlling the breath’. Controlling your anger and eating a ‘perfect’ diet and the idea of perfecting yoga are all expressions of control. People frequently use an amalgamation of control and ‘spirituality’ in an effort to find peace. If any glimpse of peace is found through this process it will be fleeting because control requires action as well as a ‘doer’ bound to their action. These things must be given up in absolute Being. The belief in control can only be used as a stepping stone to the realization that you don’t have control. If you doubt this then ask yourself how you plan on controlling any aspect of your own death? Pondering and reflecting on one’s own mortality is one of the best was to realize the futility of control. When you realize this you will begin to experience true peace. Abandon control, action, beliefs, attachments, and desires and be free in Being.