Monday, September 28, 2015

Deciding vs reacting

If you are making a choice mainly to be different from others, you are still letting the others make the decisions for you.

From this post

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thoughts from Charlie

As I Began to Love Myself… 
Author: Charlie Chaplin

 As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “Authenticity”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “Respect”.

 As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “Maturity”.

 As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “Self-Confidence”.

 As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “Simplicity”.

 As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “Love Of Oneself”.

 As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “Modesty”.

 As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “Fulfillment”.

 As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “Wisdom Of The Heart”.

 We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is “Life”!

 – Charlie Chaplin

Monday, July 27, 2015

Judaism, Heaven, and Oneness

I was told that Judaism does not believe in Heaven, that we are gone after death. I thought, that's a funny kind of religion, not spiritual?

But I looked it up and found this very interesting bit:

At death the soul and body separate. King Solomon said, “The dust will return to the ground as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:17). This means the soul returns to heaven, back to God, where it is enveloped in the Oneness of the Divine.
(From Jews for Judaism site.)

There is probably a lot of disagreements and ignorance about these things, as about everything, but it shows us that at least a sizable part of Jewish intelligentsia not only believes in Heaven, but sees it as a Oneness, which I find highly interesting since it approaches non-dualism.


This is just a throw-in comment. I know very little about religions, and I dont have too much interest in them since it seems to me they are more concerned with regulating behavior than with education, much less with how to get to Heaven or Oneness. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Carol's podcast

My friend Carol Howe, who is an exceptional teacher of A Course In Miracles, has started a podcast with so far short episodes, which explains the basics.

The podcast is complementary to her new video series which goes deeper.

Friday, July 10, 2015

A flight poem

We will go where only madmen go
to fly in God's light forever

And when the principles of flight and humanity
are all disappeared from sight

there is only heaven
and God's wings

Friday, June 26, 2015

The painful beauty

I've long had an inner pain associated with especially poignant beauty.
I've not heard anybody else talk or write about it, I think, so it's interesting to find this in L.M. Montgomery's book Anne's House Of Dreams:

Silence and twilight fell over the garden. Far away the sea was lapping gently and monotonously on the bar. The wind of evening in the poplars sounded like some sad, weird, old rune— some broken dream of old memories. A slender shapely young aspen rose up before them against the fine maize and emerald and paling rose of the western sky, which brought out every leaf and twig in dark, tremulous, elfin loveliness. "Isn't that beautiful?" said Owen, pointing to it ... "It's so beautiful that it hurts me," said Anne softly. "Perfect things like that always did hurt me— I remember I called it 'the queer ache' when I was a child. What is the reason that pain like this seems inseparable from perfection? Is it the pain of finality— when we realise that there can be nothing beyond but retrogression?" "Perhaps," said Owen dreamily, "it is the prisoned infinite in us calling out to its kindred infinite as expressed in that visible perfection."

Apart from my belief that the separation is an illusion (and it fits: how can you possibly separate two parts of infinity? If they are both infinite, they'll both be the same. A limited Infinity is of course no infinity.), I think this is just as it is. Beauty connects us to the Infinite, God, Source, but because it's just a tiny connection and we long with all our soul for the full connection which we believe we don't have, it hurts.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The art mind

I always felt that art had a strong spiritual aspect. (To me it's almost obvious: we have a strong attraction to it, but it's not connected to the survival of the body. What's left? Spiritual communion.)
So I was happy to read this quote in Gary Renard's third book Love has forgotten No one.

PURSAH: That’s right. The people who get spirituality the most have always been the poets and other artists. Rumi, Goethe, people who are capable of grasping these grand, abstract ideas. The Course speaks on a much bigger level than most people realize at first. Yes, the application is done by a seeming individual, but the men and women who get it have to realize that there’s no such thing as an individual, except in a dream. That’s why artists, musicians, writers, or those who would like to be often do well with the Course. Then, as always, there are exceptions. Einstein was a scientist and could think like one. But he also had the mind of an artist. He loved music, and he could think in abstract terms like no other, understanding and communicating them to people who were ready to expand their awareness.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Perfection is the enemy of Good

There is much wisdom in the saying "Perfect is the enemy of Good".

Just for one thing, only God/Source is perfect. You can't even made a perfect sphere here in the physical universe, because the moment you look at it with a microscope, you see that the "perfect" surface is indeed as uneven as a patch of barren land.

The strong and continual drive for perfection is an addiction. It's a distraction. Trying to distract yourself from the mistaken idea that we are lost to God. And also surely trying to recover a bit of God by creating something perfect.

It also has very little to do with how good something is. The thing or the person which we love the most is never perfect. Sometimes we think they are, but that is only driven by the faulty belief that the very "best Good" is "Perfect", so regard the imperfections as part of the Perfection, or we manage to not see them at all. Hence, "love makes blind". True love of God, The Universe, and Everything, of course does not, but exclusive love has to.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dreaming and waking and films

A funny thing happened in the nineties; after Jurassic Park and Toy Story and other computer-graphic films had me got thinking about composing paintings in three dimensions on a computer instead of in two dimensions on paper, my dreams changed. Normally I don't think super-clearly visually, and certainly not three-D-wise. But I started having some dreams which were very film-like and *very* three-dimensional. I remember one of them, flying up and down in the air with other creatures, one of them similar to Batman, only in a brown suit. This was also a dream where I knew I could never have imagined that being awake.

I think art has a purpose of coaxing us to create the dream (the World) intentionally, to help us realize it's all dreamed up. And I think 3D films do the same.
Similarly, take violent movies. I think they help us to face the group guilt by putting control and aesthetics and thought into imagery we would normally never look at if we could avoid it.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Living in living fear

I found this on Yahoo answers. I find it amazing, extreme, funny, sad, and a bit enlightening (about how mad we are). (I've not edited spelling, I feel it's indicative of a person and education.)

I got my kevlar american body armor vest on but im still worried i feel more unsecure than befor? i be sleeping and going to the bathroom with my vest on i constantly got my hand on the bible , but in the back of my mind i know they comming,
i dont even know who they are anymore please tell me whats wrong, how can i overcome these feelings?

Best Answer (Asker's Choice):
 I suggest you get kevlar pants too. I had some specially made. I feel a whole lot better wearing them.

There were also several answers that he should seek help for his mind. I would have thought that the admission "i dont even know who they are anymore" would mean that he could see how irrational it was, but apparently not, for he chose kevlar pants as solution to his problems! Poor fella.

It is interesting that the more he protects himself, the more fearful he feels. Mentally and emotionally, defense causes attack, not vice versa.

Monday, February 9, 2015


"We wish, not to be understood, but to be misunderstood exactly as we misunderstand ourselves." 
- Aaron Haspel

Monday, January 12, 2015

Carl Young quote

I gotta look into Carl Jung, I keep seeing some dang insightful quotes by him.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Being warm and fed...

I have thought about this sometimes: just the simple fact of having a reliable heated home and getting reliably fed is a blessing that we can hardly even begin to appreciate. Seriously, it is such a huge blessing. 
And it pretty much underlies every other human joy and human progress.
Spiritual progress too. For a human who is cold all the time and who has to worry 24/7 about where his next meal will come from, any "spirituality" will pretty much amount to desperate prayers that things will get better. 
The next time you are very cold and hungry, try to concentrate on such abstract concept such as Forgiveness, spirit, and the real origin of the universe... it just can't be done. 
In other words, a civilization has to be created before much spiritual progress can be made. 
I am of the belief that this universe/world, rather than being a trap, was made as a means to get home again, after the mistaken belief of Separation From Source had happened. Communication (in the broadest sense) has to happen for knowledge and forgiveness to happen. And this universe is a big Communication Machine. It puts people together in the same space whether they can stand each other or not, and it forces them to cooperate to beat the hostile forces in the environment to survive. That is the beginnings of Forgiveness, and thus the beginnings of togetherness and ultimately Oneness. 
- Eolake

Think of this: all countries I know has laws against murder. But no country I know of has laws against war. A man who kills his neighbor is the most despised man. But a man who kills dozens of foreigners in a war (even an undeclared one), no matter how many of them children or innocent, is a hero.

On the plus side, historically violence is downtrending! There is a book documenting this, called The Better Angels Of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker.

By the way, also think of this: morality is a completely human construct. Once you get outside what agreements humans have managed to cook up between themselves, it's completely non-existent. I guess we've been blinded to this obvious fact by almost all religions giving out moral codes "coming from God". 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Proof of Heaven"

I don't even have to look it up to know that Eben Alexander's book "Proof of Heaven" has created a lot of Joy, and a lot of controversy. That just happens whenever you make statements in the area, or near, religion.

It's a tale about what a top neurosurgeon experienced during week his body was in deep coma and his brain complete non-functional.

I'm about 60% through, and I find it's an excellent book. And the first half is actually a real thriller story. (Though I'm actually a bit queasy about stories about illness.) And the parts about his experiences in the spiritual realms are dazzling. I don't think one has to believe they are true, or the only truth, to enjoy them.

I was thinking a couple days about, in A Course In Miracles:
"There is no world. This is the central message of the Course."

... I realized that this is possibly the most important and profound sentence anywhere. The single most important thing about *anything*, much less a universe, must be "does it exist?"

This book does not go there, it assumes the reality of the world. ... But ACIM is, hah, "terminal". It has the End message. And on the way, many, many other messages and beliefs are helpful. And Proof of Heaven has a lot of them, very good ones.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The white feather jacket

Today as I was waking up, I had a vision dream.
A friend/helper and I was making a jacket. I asked why, I thought it was too much work. He say “feel it”. I did. At that point it seemed like leather, but soft.
And then: it was feathers. The whole jacket was made out of white, soft, beautiful feathers.
The connection to angels’ wings was obvious.

When I wear the jacket I can be anywhere. And: I can *see the truth behind anything*.
I have long thought that such an ability, or something in that direction, is probably the most valuable ability a person can have.
I can’t have that/wear it all the time, it’s too powerful for a half human. But I do believe that every time it’s used is an important step.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"YOLO" scrutinized

"Yolo", or "You Only Live Once" was taken up in the usual fine style by the Simpsons recently. Marge had a good point: "'You only live once' also means that when you die, you die!"

Indeed. I have long thought that 'you only live once' is an odd argument for living fast and taking risks. If I really believed I only lived once, I would be living as safely as possible, I'd want the one lifetime to last!
And corrolarily, if you live as many lifetimes as you need, then risks matter less, because you always get another chance, and another, and another...

And for me it's also a good argument for a very thoughtful lifetime, and developing your spirit, because you need not fear that you'd miss anything.

Monday, January 27, 2014

No bodies around

A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone. 
- Jonathan Swift

You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death. You really think you are alone unless another body is with you.
It is insanity that thinks these things.
- A Course In Miracles, lesson 76

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beauty and Source

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I find this great. Especially the last half, those three statements are extremely deep.

... "which stands related to all things"... You will notice this says that beauty is holistic. Beauty gives a hint of The All. Of Source. of Truth.

I've always felt this myself, and although I have tried for 40 years, I have yet to explain it: that when we experience beauty, it is on some level an experience of the light of Source.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The glamour of mega-violence

Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a  million and you're a conqueror. 
--  Jean Rostand

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. 
-- Eric Hoffer