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song recording: “real ideals”

October 27, 2012
Cover of "Heaven"

Cover of Heaven


Once Upon A Time - Paleyfest - March 4, 2012

Once Upon A Time – Paleyfest – March 4, 2012 (Photo credit: starbright31)


Once Upon A Time - Paleyfest - March 4, 2012

Once Upon A Time – Paleyfest – March 4, 2012 (Photo credit: starbright31)



June 10th, 2012


Once upon a time we believed that love was the greatest of all ideals
Then came a time when we all learned that real ideals are flawed
So now I wonder of them all is love just the last one to dissolve

Once upon a time I perceived that life was not how it should be
Then came a time when I could see that life was all of me
So now I wonder all the time is life fundamentally just fine

Once upon a time I conceived that I was who I really should not be
Then came a time when I deceived many others but not me
So now I wonder about our most sacred truths. Are lies what we’re real anxious to prove?


English: "King Arthur", one of the N...

English: “King Arthur”, one of the Nine Worthies believed to personify the ideals of chivalry

2012, June 10-15, Sedona 020
2012, June 10-15, Sedona 020 (Photo credit: caltexian)

, fresco in the Corridor, Trinci Palace, Foligno, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Woman with bound feet reclining on chaise loun...

Woman with bound feet reclining on chaise lounge, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see the world as just one world I see each word as just one word
I know each chord is just one chord I know all words are just real ideals
I lost all hope of reaching heaven then I realized where I’d already been






a branch of the life of God is just the Living God branching

May 6, 2012

Intellect is not intelligence as J. Krishnamurti said.It is very difficult to come out of this trap and come to

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

its ownself. Life unfolds its secrets only to those who comes to its ownself.” – Subhash Chander

What is “this trap?” If one recognizes the nature of the trap, one may find that the trap requires ongoing energizing and nourishing in order to persist.

In the absence of the activity of creating “a difficult trap that traps me,” the momentum of “trapping me” dissolves like the heat of a stove when one turns off the heat. The burner may still be red hot, but when there is no additional energy flowing to heat the burner, soon the burner cools a little and then eventually has no extra heat.

This fire heats the kitchen, and the magic cal...

This fire heats the kitchen, and the magic caldron heats the hot water and two radiators : Ce feu chauffe la cuisine et le chaudron chauffe l’eau et deux radiateurs à l’étage (Photo credit: hardworkinghippy)

So, what is the nature of “trapping me?” Is it related to defining myself and identifying an image and labeling how I am and how I am not? What if I am not any certain way? What if I do not reject any particular way?

Tree - leaf canopy

Tree – leaf canopy (Photo credit: blmiers2)

A branch of God can declare “I am just a single isolated branch- this one but not that one.” However, what if that branching is all the activity of the tree from the beginning? When there is the identifying of “I am only this branch,” that is the isolating of a particular branch. When there is no isolating of a particular branch, does the branch “become” the entire tree? Does the branch “achieve” inner tree-dom?

What if the branch never did anything of its own and all activity of branching was also the activity of treeing? What if “the trapping of the branch” was just one activity of the tree? What does the tree need to do in order to stop the trapping of the branching? The tree just branches. When the tree just branches, “the trapping of the branch” does not trap the tree.

“The trapping of the branch” is always just an activity of the tree. Can the branch of the Living of God come to the secret of the tree of the Living of God? No, but the tree of the Living of God can make up that there is a trap and there is a secret to get out of the trap.

If one recognizes the nature of “the trap,” who is it that could recognize the trap? Are you the “secret trap” of “I am just an isolated branch” or are you the one who recognizes and creates such isolating in language?

Nexus Tree

Nexus Tree (Photo credit: Kokotron)

“How did the branch get trapped in the tree? How did the tree trap the branch?”

When it is clear that those questions are nonsense from the beginning, then intelligence has recognized intelligence. The dreaming of the intellect (the mind, the ego) never trapped intelligence. The intelligence is the source of the intellect and the poetic dreams of neuro-linguistic “Maya” (delusion, ignorance, misperception, sin, Mara). This is the ancient teaching that in various languages has been called Advaita, Holiness, Wholeness, Catholicism, Salvation,  Enlightenment, Taoism, The Middle Way, The Good News, The Dharma, the Truth of Spiritual Liberation, The Revelation of Divine Unity, The Rebirth of the Eternal, Knowledge of the Tree of Life, Jnana Yoga, Zen Buddhism, and so on.

“I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That’s all I teach.” – Buddha 

(The Four Noble Truths of Dukkha, Samudāya, Nirodha, and Magga)

Pholiota squarrosa growing on a fallen tree br...

Pholiota squarrosa growing on a fallen tree branch. This specimen is rare, as most grow together in clusters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the spirit of grace: welcoming the richness available

March 23, 2012

Welcoming the richness available

“Only if you are  innocent, humble, and curious- like a child-  can you receive the fullness of the kingdom.” (But please, wear a bib! The food is for your mouth, not your clothing.)

If you have been  resisting the available richness of life, just stop resisting it! Stop any worrying, condemning, resenting, and the shaming that underlies them. After all, has agonizing ever brought anyone relief? (Does it stop struggling to struggle to stop struggling- or does that just perpetuate struggling?)

Remember, especially if you notice any judging or condemning or accusing going on, God forgives those who forgive. Further, God blesses those who bless any that curse them. Have you received this message yet: “I did not come to judge the world?”

Either you are grateful, receiving in fullness the abundance available, or you are something other than grateful. But isn’t it natural to be grateful only after a fortunate development?

Actually, to God, developments are neither fortunate nor unfortunate inherently. What is fortunate for one person may be unfortunate for another person. In fact, even for the same person, what is fortunate from one perspective may be unfortunate from another perspective. (Have you received this message yet:  “hindsight is 20/20?”)

Of course, with some developments, people may initially resist those developments. They may deny the developments, then ignore them, and then judge, complain, worry, condemn, resent, blame, and even shame. Some may even curse God for allowing such a development.

Note that “Oh, God damn it, not THAT!” is another way of saying “God damn me.” That is another way of saying “Damn you, God! You have betrayed my preferences… AGAIN. I hate this and I hate you and I hate my life. WAAA!”

News flash: life is your life and your life is you. Be grateful for your life, not as an effect of some temporary recent development, but as a consistent way of relating to life. Do not judge against your world, your life, your self, or your God. Commit to faithfully finding the blessing available, then receive it by giving it.

Fountain of Wealth

Fountain of Wealth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are in the midst of an immense transfer of material wealth. Of course, ownership and valuations of material wealth are always shifting. However, if you did not already know that an unprecedented transfer is underway, the developments of the last few years may have alerted you. If you have been resisting those developments- whether neglecting them or condemning them (then campaigning for someone else to fix them and so on) – consider that an unprecedented transfer of wealth is underway and, in any moment now, you are either resisting it or receiving it, but perhaps only one of the two. Choose to receive the blessings of the developments emerging.

You are already participating in the shifting of values. But how open could you be to partnering with the developments emerging?

Like a child, be humble rather than judgmental. Be innocent. Be curious. This way, you receive the fullness of the blessings available. And please, wear a bib. 😉

February 17, 2010

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“what happened to me” and the responsibility of “I did it”

March 23, 2012
What Just Happened
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Life is something I do whenever I do anything in the very moment of me doing it. Life is not something that happened to me in the past. Life is now.

For me, life used to be something that happened to me in the past. Now, life is something that I do.

Here are some examples. I have had exactly the childhood that I have had. All those developments are something I did.

I have had exactly the past relationships that I have had so far. All those developments are something I did.

I have had exactly the health issues I have had, like I lost the ability to walk (and then recovered). All those developments are something I did.

I have worked at a certain job and that produced certain results. How I did that job and the results of how I did it are… something I did.

I made some investments that as of now have produced certain results. Those investments and all the results are something I did.

I was part of a certain court case that produced certain results. That process and those results are something I did.

I have had exactly the past that I have had. Any experience, including of emotion, that I may have of any possible past is something I am doing now whenever I do it.

Once, perhaps I had a disagreement with someone. Any disagreement I may have had is something I did.

I have witnessed exactly the historical developments I have witnessed, such as a certain unusual political development. Any language I have ever used to reference anything is something I just did whenever I do. The language  I am using to relate to anything or anyone is something I am doing.

Once, perhaps I blamed someone, possibly even myself. Any blame I ever have done is something I did.

So, me blaming someone can no longer be something that I casually presume or pretend “just happened to me” (and it may have never been). How is that? Simply because I say so.

Now, I might have said other things in the past, but that was also just something that I did. Any language I may have used did not happen to me. I did it. Any disagreement I may have had did not happen to me. I did it. Any experience- even emotional- that I may have had did not happen to me. I did it. Anything at any job or in my childhood or in my investments or with my health or in any court case or in any past relationships did not just happen to me. I did it. Whenever I do anything, then suddenly, right after I have just done it, I did it.

As for you, any response or reaction you may ever have to anything about me, like some words I just used, is also something that I did. How is it that I did it? Again, simply because I say so!

If ever may have I said “that is just something that happened to me,” that statement is not something that just happened to me, but is something I just did, unless of course I didn’t. For the rest of my life, life is not something that may have happened to me. For the rest of my life, life is something that I do whenever I did it.

If in the future something somehow happens to me, which is entirely possible, I did it. How is that? Simply because… I say so.

Did I or didn’t I just say so? Yes, I did it.

Published on: Jun 23, 2009

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. Its what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir

Virgina Satir

Virgina Satir (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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A life without problems & the language of relating to life as a problem

February 29, 2012
Published on Aug 14, 2009. Re-published as a page on February 28, 2012.

Experience (Photo credit: djniks)

I have been having very serious problems with reality. Isn’t that awesome?
A problem is a belief that God (i.e. you, I) has failed definitively and is incapable of miraculously resolving some allegedly unresolved and perhaps unresolvable situation. At root, a problem is a way of relating with reality that identifies some situation as wrong ( as a problem, as what should not be). Along with that often goes this: relating to some other situation as the cause of the problem- an excuse for one’s own results, experiences, actions or inactions. Making a problem out of life  basically identifies the one with the problem as the victim isolated from an all-powerful, evil, villainous reality (AKA “the victim mentality“). At least, that is one way of making a problem out of life. There are other ways that are not so dramatic, but making life in to a problem in this particular way is, frankly, quite an interesting way to draw attention to one’s self.
The big problem was a reflection (or projection) of my belief in what is wrong with my life (i.e. with me) and of my worshipping of my own insistence that something is wrong. The experience of “problem” is the resulting evidence- which I present as obvious, incontrovertible proof that reality should not be how it is and then I make friends with anyone who agrees with me and deem everyone else as obviously “part of the problem.” The problem thus justifies my worship of the belief that something is wrong with my life (i.e. with me): “see, here is the proof: just look at this problem!”
By the way, problems are always presumed to be more important than the rest of reality. Did I mention that people who agree with me on how important my problems are (on how important I am through them) may be who I identify as my friends (oh, and did I also mention how insightful they are)? People who erroneously think that other things are “the problem” are wrong… obviously. 😉
So, in cooperation with our alleged enemies, we may come together like magnets, each arguing for how we are repulsed by each other. We join together, facing each other with angry tears and surging adrenalin- and chant this mantra in harmony like the sopranos and tenors of a choir: “you are so wrong. You are so wrong. You are so wrong. How can you be so wrong? I can’t believe that you could actually be so wrong. How much wronger could anyone be? You may be the wrongest person to ever live! God really must be ashamed of creating someone as wrong as you.”
However, at least we can still agree with them that any people who question the existence of problems must be insane. Here’s proof: none of any of our friends (none of the friends of my enemies and none of my own friends- you remember- the insightful ones) question the existence of problems, do they?
Religion overthrowing Heresy and Hatred II

Religion overthrowing Heresy and Hatred II (Photo credit: Nick in exsilio)

At root, problems are hatred. “You are so wrong” (or even “this is so wrong”) is a mantra of hatred, and when I say “you are so wrong,” who hears it most? Who hears me say “you?” Which “you” hears it every single time I say (or even think) it?

Religion overthrowing Heresy and Hatred I

Religion overthrowing Heresy and Hatred I (Photo credit: Nick in exsilio)

I hear it everytime I say it. I hear it every time one of my friends say it. When the people that I call my enemies say it, I probably don’t bother listening to them really because they are obviously wrong anyway. So, if my distant enemies have only been listening to me as little as I have been listening to them (if at all), then to whom are they really saying their mantras (whether in Russian or Arabic or Hebrew or English): to themselves (and perhaps also to their friends- and even their children- who will listen to my latest hypnotic mantras of hatred)?
“But stop trying to change the subject, buddy. Let’s get back to the specifics of my very special and important problem. You know the one. Don’t act like I need to tell you what the real problem is here…. You KNOW the one!”
So, if I have been attached to a certain specific method or specific outcome which does not fit present reality, could the source of the problem be not reality but my insistence on a method or outcome which may not fit with reality? Insisting that reality adhere to my presumptions is rebellion against reality. That could be a problem, huh?
Insisting that my life (I) should not be how it is (how I am) is not partnering with reality. Rebelling against reality first isolates me from reality (implicitly denying that I am real) and then implies that reality is the source of my rebellion- you know- because something obviously is fundamentally wrong with reality, you know- the distant reality way over there, so far away from me, the innocent victim, who is so unlike all-powerful reality. On the other hand, I may have been attributing a lot of power to reality. What if at least some of the power that any alleged reality may have is actually power that came from me and my attention? That would have been ironic, wasn’t it?
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The experience of problem was my insisting that something is fundamentally wrong with reality. The experience of problem was the insistence that reality is fundamentally wrong. By the way, people who did not agree with me not just on exactly how reality is wrong but even on the basic premise that reality is wrong… are people that I deemed to be insane. Again: ironic, wasn’t it?
“By the way, do you know what your problem is? You do, huh? Well, in that case, let me tell you what your problem is….”
Consider that in order to partner with reality, first we might question what reality actually is. We might even question how reality comes to be and even the seemingly absurd question of whether reality even exists.
Who would I be if I questioned the existence of reality? That would imply that I stop separating myself from any particular something. Hating is rooted in the belief that I am not the object of the hatred. Fearing, hoping, and even loving may be rooted in the belief that I am not the object of the experience. Or, perhaps loving is the direct experiencing of life as living- without separating life into you and me, good and eve, villain and victim, subject and object, cause and effect, alive and dead, into two.
What if what I have been calling reality was only a specific, limited way of experiencing living? What if I relax my objectifying of reality as “the way it is” and experience living curiously as “what could be?”
Reality is just something that could be. Insist, then suffering may result.
Insist on how reality should be, and am I not the one who suffers? Insist on how I should be, and am I the one who suffers- or, by focusing on my own way of being, isn’t my experience of life by which I mean my experience of my life by which I mean my experience of me living my life… responding precisely to my evolving attention? What if that has always been all that has ever been?
Does reality mechanically produce an experience which I then call me? Does life live me living my life? Is my life the dead product of a remote God-reality- an impersonal, all-powerful and yet possibly judgmental, insecure, jealous, and vengeful God-reality- or am I this very God-realizing attention which gives form to experience?
On the seventh day, God said to herself: “Hey, do you know what your problem is? You are so wrong! By the way, stop trying to change the object!”
And so God, who had been having a very bad hair day, removed her comb from the surface of the obviously uncooperative mirror- where she had been trying so earnestly to get the mother-flipping reflection to part right there- no, not here (AAAARRRGH). Instead, she then, perhaps by a divinely accidental coincidence of synchronicitous grace, casually placed the comb on her head all the way over here and indeed relaxed her hand, sliding this comb gently through her hair just like that. Suddenly, just as she felt the comb gently moving across her scalp, something truly miraculous happened….
God just woke up from the dream that there was ever a mirror out there at all. A mirror that did not ever exist could not have always been a problem, shouldn’t you?


We do not have to sail in the direction of the wind, but if we ever sail off course, is it easier to change the direction of the wind or the direction of the sail?

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order, natural consequences, & justice

July 30, 2010

All of life is orderly. The orderliness may be perceived correctly or it may not be correctly perceived, but there is no actual randomness or chaos inherent in any aspect of life.

There is simply either the presence or absence of correct perceptions of order. The absence of the correct perception of order does not constitute the presence of a chaos or a randomness.

Similarly, a week with seven days does not have an absence of more days than seven, but simply has exactly seven days. So, there are only variations in the presence of hair, but no such thing as the presence of a baldness; there are only variations in the presence of saltiness, but no such thing as the presence of a saltlessness; there are only variations in wetness, but no such tangible thing as the presence of a dryness; there are only variations of heat, but no such thing as a coldness; there are only variations of sound, but no such tangible thing as a silence; there are only variations of light, but no such thing as a darkness, there are only variations in sight, but no such thing as the presence of a blindness; there are only variations in hearing, but no such thing as the presence of a deafness.

In other words, the absence of a particular thing does not constitute the presence of something else. The absence of a certain process is not the presence of a nonprocess. The absence of certain standard of development is not the presence of an underdevelopment. The absence of a certain orderliness is not the presence of a disorder. The absence of a certain functionality is not the presence of a dysfunction.

Thus, there are even only variations of health, and no such thing as an illness. Either the immune system and overall organism is functional and sufficiently nourished, relative to whatever waste is present, or else the functionality is inadequate. However, the absence of a sufficiently functional immune system or organism does not equate to the presence of an illness. Likewise, inadequate nourishment is not the presence of a starvation or of an undernourishment, while inadequate hydration is not the presence of a depletion or of an underhydration.

Further, just because humans do not hear the same range of sound as a typical dog, is the variation in the capacity to perceive sound the presence of a deafness? Dogs typically can hear very high-pitched whistles which we humans might, for our convenience, call “silent” (meaning that the sounds of the whistle are imperceptible to unaided human hearing), but still we do not say that all humans have an ultrasonic deafness or a deficiency for hearing ultrasonic pitches. We simply have exactly the range of hearing that we have.

The fact that human eyes do not perceive infrared light does not mean that humans have the presence of a blindness for the infrared spectrum. Similarly, dogs may not be able to perceive color, but that is not the presence of a color-blindness. That is just the presence of a certain capacity for vision.

Going even further into a sillier example, a black-and-white television mechanism does not have “a color impairment.” A sentence with 8 words does not have ”an absence of 9 words,” but simply the presence of only 8. A monophonic audio recording does not have a deficiency of stereo sound.

A deficiency is not the presence of something, but the relative absence of something. In other words, there is no such thing as having a deficiency, nor of having a disability, nor of having an absentness. Rather, we simply have the presence of the exact ability that we have. We only have the precise range of perception that we have- whether of sounds or sights or orderliness. There is no such thing as the presence of an absence of something.

Again, all of life is orderly. The orderliness may be perceived correctly or it may not be correctly perceived, but there is no actual randomness or chaos, but only the presence or absence of correct perceptions of order.

Therefore, all consequences are natural. Some developments may be recognized as the consequences of particular causes and other developments may have unrecognized causes.

An awareness that does not currently include a recognition of causality is not the absence of causality, but the relative absence of awareness or recognition. For instance, just because human hearing might not hear the vibration of a dig whistle, that does not mean that there is no reason that the dogs reliably start barking when they hear what humans may not hear.

Any one organism’s ability to predict natural consequences in any particular case never constitutes the absence of natural consequences. There is no such thing as the absence of natural consequences. There are no other kinds of consequences except natural and orderly consequences. Humans are part of nature, so consequences imposed by humans are not unnatural.

There will always be variations in the capacity to accurately recognize and predict patterns of cause and effect. For instance, dogs will never be intellectually equal to humans and humans will never be perceptively equal to dogs, even if using hearing enhancement technology!

No two things are literally equal. If two things are distinguishable from each other in any way, they are not absolutely equal, even if they may be generally equal in some quality, such as being very equal in weight or in height or in age.

All developments are just. In fact, all developments are just what they are, and none of them is anything else. There is no such thing as the presence of an injustice.

There is no such thing as the absence of anything. There is no such tangible thing as the absence of order, nor the absence of natural consequences, nor the absence of justice, nor the absence of awareness, nor the absence of infrared sight, nor the absence of health, nor the absence of equality, nor the absence of a deafness. There are only variations in presence, in order, in perception, in functionality, in intelligence, in health, in consequences, in curiosity, in clarity, in language patterns of conversation, and so on.

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