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Pure Experience of Sublime Reality

“Buddhist philosophy, therefore is the philosophy of Suchness, or philosophy of Emptiness, or philosophy of Self-identity. It starts from the absolute presence in which there is no differentiation of subject and object, and yet which is not a state of sheer nothingness. … This Suchness defies all characterization or denotation. No words can express what it is, but as words are the only instrument given to humna beings to communicate our thought, we have to use words, with this caution: Nothing is available for our purpose to say ‘not available, (anupalabda in Sanskrit and pu k’u te in Chinese) is not to the point either. Nothing is acceptable. To say it is already negating itself. Suchness transcends everything. It has mo moorings. No concepts can reach it, no understanding can grasp it. Therefore, it is called pure experience.

“ In pure experience there is no division between ‘ought’ and ‘is,” between form and matter or content, and therefore there is no judgment in it. …

“The Buddhist philosophy of Suchness thus starts with what is most primarily given to our consciousness which I have called pure experience. But, in point of fact, to say ‘pure experience’ is to commit oneself to something already posited somewhere, and thus it ceases to be pure. The Dhammapada reflects this thought when it designates the starting point of Buddhist philosophy as trackless, unboundable, … formless.” ~Daisetz Teitaro Suziki

Pure Experience is Truth

Here is something that a lot of people have not yet grasped, even spiritual ones: you can never be sure that what you read in a book, or what you are told, or see on YouTube, is absolute truth. You have to accept that it is almost certainly someone’s opinion. Worse yet, it is often the understanding of one person reading the opinions of another person, who studied the writings of someone like Buddha who had actual spiritual pure experience.

I hear people in various spiritual groups on social media say that spirituality is about having your own experience. Yet when one of them posts a meme, one hundred others will re-post it as if it is a known and absolute truth. As the above quote says, anything put into words can never be absolute truth. At best, it can only hint at the truth. In any case, reading what someone else wrote is not having your own experience.

Every day I see someone in one of these spiritual groups asking other members to recommend books or movies that will help them awaken. These things can only point you in the right direction. Only experience of your own can truly awaken and enlighten. Once you have awakened your spiritual faculties, they can connect with higher dimensions of reality. The experience of those dimensions, the knowledge found within them, is the pure experience Buddha was talking about. It’s a spiritual thing, not a mental one. Continue reading “Pure Experience of Sublime Reality”

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Cosmos of Wisdom, Universe of Light

“When after an interval of rest, our Earth system appears as the successor of this Cosmos of Wisdom, all the beings newly emerging on the earth, developed out of their moon-germs, prove to be filed with wisdom. And this is the reason why earthly man when contemplating the things around him , is able to discover the wisdom concealed in their inner nature. The wisdom in each leaf of a plant, in every bone in animal and man, in the marvelous structure of the brain and heart, fills us with admiration. If man requires wisdom to understand things, and therefore gathers wisdom from them, this shows that there is wisdom in the things themselves. For however much man might have striven to understand things by by means of wise perceptions, he could not draw wisdom from them if it had not been put into them. He who tries by means of wisdom to understand things, assuming at the same time that wisdom had not been concealed within them, may just as reasonable believe that he can empty water out of a glass into which it had not first been poured.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Cosmos of Wisdom

To say that the cosmos is one of wisdom is to say that it has hidden meaning and knowledge within it. That is true, and fairly obvious, at many levels. Even the most materialistic scientists who believe nothing exists beyond matter do not claim that we already know everything. Even on that level, there remains much to be learned. There is also much which can’t be learned if trapped in that philosophy since there will always be things that can never be understood as part of a universe of only matter and no spirit.

Those who have awakened to some degree are aware that wisdom is not found in books or anything else of matter. It is found in spirit. It is broadcast throughout the realms of spirit and received by the soul. Only the soul can understand. But as Steiner says, there is wisdom in everything and every being. And if we start looking for that wisdom within them, we will start seeing the world in a whole new way. Continue reading “Cosmos of Wisdom, Universe of Light”

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Beliefs That Hold Us Back

“Questioning one’s beliefs requires courage. As the late, great Christian singer/songwriter Rich Mullins stated so beautifully in his song “Creed,” “…I believe what I believe/Is what makes me what I am.” If his assertion is a universal truth, the simple act of questioning your beliefs has the potential to strip away your very essence. The process may entail discarding some or all of your beliefs and spiritual constructs, such as God, saints, angels, Heaven and Hell, as well as adopting new ones that are completely alien to you. Moreover, the Seeker’s path can be agonizingly lonely. Leaving the religion in which you were raised can eliminate a support system that you may have taken for granted, including clergy and congregants, family and friends. It may even lead to being ostracized by those same people, including loved ones who believe that abandoning your faith will condemn your soul to eternal damnation.

In light of all this, why would anyone choose to embark on such a spiritual journey? While everyone has a different answer to that question, some common reasons include:

● Rejection of the premise that the Bible or other religious texts were divinely inspired or are the “literal Word of God”

● Repudiation of doctrines that you find personally objectionable or abhorrent, such as the inequality of women in many religions, condemnation of homosexuality and gay marriage or the assertion that anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their specific theology will be damned

● A sense that your current religion’s theology doesn’t resonate with your innate belief system. For example: The concept of being “saved” would be meaningless to someone who doesn’t believe that mankind requires salvation.

● Aversion to organized religion

● Exposure to other faiths and belief systems through education, social contacts, travel, the media and the internet Every spiritual journey is unique and intensely personal.” ~Judie Sigdel and Shu-Hsien Lee

Question beliefs

In many cases, it is a realization that we need to question our beliefs that is the first step in our spiritual awakening process. But when that isn’t the first thing that sends us on a path of enlightenment, it is an important step in awakening. Some will say that the only things they believe are those which are true. Both spiritual and psychological studies say otherwise.

Even if we are not aware of them, we have far more beliefs than we realize. It is not just beliefs about religion and politics. We have many beliefs that we don’t even think of as such.

Everyday Beliefs

Our everyday beliefs are just as much a part of the problem of being limited by beliefs as major ones. We loved to sing when we were small children. At some point, however, we may have been told that our singing was bad. Maybe more than one person said that. It is now recorded in our subconscious mind and we believe it completely, even if it isn’t true. So you now avoid singing in front of others.

You may have been told in art class in grade school that your art left much to be desired. With good art lessons, you could have become a good artist. But you accepted the teacher’s opinion and it became a belief. So you didn’t study art even though it was something you enjoyed.

Some other things we might hear that become everyday beliefs include: “Your not pretty enough to be a cheerleader,” “Your not strong enough to be on the football team,” “You dress like a homeless person,” or “Your too lazy to ever make anything of yourself”. The people who say these things don’t realize they are programming beliefs into your subconscious mind, but they are. These beliefs, as with the major ones, need to be reevaluated if we wish to become spiritual. We may not have to get rid of all such limiting beliefs, but the more we remove, the fewer obstacles we have to jump over.

Changing Beliefs

It is commonly taught in psychology that in order to change our limiting beliefs, we must first dig down into the subconscious and find them all. But there is some strong evidence that this is not truly necessary.

As a retired software engineer, I can assure you that it isn’t always necessary to know why a computer program is not doing what you want it too. Sometimes, the best way to fix it is to simply replace it with a new program. There is evidence that the same idea works with the subconscious mind. This method is usually a lot faster than digging into the existing beliefs/programs and fixing them.

Suppose you believe that you are a poor singer. Using visualization, you could practice seeing yourself singing in front of others, and they think you are a good singing. If you can do this convincingly, this program will eventually replace the false belief.

Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking. This may be because of some incident that happened when you were just a child and you don’t remember it. You don’t have to know why you have the belief if you can simply replace it through visualization. This has been scientifically proven to work. But sometimes, we can’t get rid of these long-held beliefs by ourselves. We may have to get assistance from a hypnotist or a form of applied Kinesiology. I have personally found the programs of Psych-K to work well. I took one of their basic seminars to rid myself of a fear of heights and it worked well.

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World of Illusion and the Dazzling Truth

“The Buddhists talk about samsara, the world of illusion. It is the place that most of us live. Mistaking illusion for reality is said to be the root cause of our suffering. Yet in some immensely elegant way suffering itself can release us from illusion. Often in times of crisis when we reach for what we have considered our strength we stumble on our wholeness and our real power. How we were before we fixed ourselves to win approval . What has been fixed is always less strong than what is whole. In a time of real need we may remember and free ourselves.

“Integrity usually comes to people slowly and takes them unawares, as part of a natural process of maturing or through the need to be there for someone else who is counting on them. But it can appear full blown in times of crisis or loss.” ~Rachel Naomi Remen

World of Illusion

The first mistake that most people make when told that the realm of matter is a world of illusion is assuming that this means that the material world doesn’t exist at all. They start believing that matter, space, and time does not exist. Of course, none are willing to prove their theory by holding their breath for three hours.

The fact that what you see a stage magician do in his act is illusion doesn’t mean he isn’t doing anything. It means that he is hiding what is really happening from the audience so as to present a pleasant and mysterious fantasy. Likewise, the world of matter is an illusion staged by the Demiurge. It is very real. Yet it is not what it appears to be. Nonetheless, when you are trapped inside the illusion, you must follow its rules or you will be injured or even killed.

Dreamscape

In the movie, “Dreamscape,” the scientists learn that when a person dies in his dreams, they will die in real life as well. Because of that, a villain plans to kill the president by using an evil psychic to attack him in his dreams. The hero, another psychic played by Dennis Quade, has to stop the bad guy. Similarly, the world of illusion can cause death, even if we know it is an illusion. It is true, though, that if we do understand that it is illusion, we are able to break some of the rules of the illusion. Continue reading “World of Illusion and the Dazzling Truth”

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