Living with Opposites

“Presence has no requirements. When we’re rooted in Presence, we’re no longer swayed by the changing circumstances of our lives” – Eckhart Tolle

Here is a statement made by Eckhart that I’ve picked up on Twitter. One must be careful on picking Eckhart’s brain especially when inserting own thoughts. What I am about to write in reference to Eckhart’s quote is based solely on my personal observation as well as opinions that are not intended to influence anyone who thought otherwise. “Presence” described by Eckhart is not referring to any kind of physical domain, or place rather a specific quality in awareness. “Presence” is a “point of return” where thoughts of the future, and past are retracted to a vantage point making emotional afflictions easy to pass off as an “observation”. On this plane, we don’t intervene with our thoughts.

Managing thoughts to validate a personal conviction will involve a flurry of exchange in duality. A single thought cannot serve its meaning without another to question it, as ego cannot realise itself without its opposing alter ego. Duality has long been studied since its postulation by the mythical Greek god of Hermes Trismegistus over 3,000 years ago, revealing life’s feature as a confluence of various opposing forms, qualities and opinions.

Duality is a feature of our existence, but an attribute to our lives. Our individuality is built either on battles of opinions with others, or ourselves (voices in our head) in order to fulfil a conviction. This is evident from my observation positing the assumption that our existence is fabricated from an incidental clash of conscience. Much like the theory of “Big Bang” conceived by Professor Stephen Hawking, or the making of Eve a complete opposite in attribute to Adam so both could bask themselves in each other’s glory. Was there a break up in the cosmic singularity? Did God wake up with a headache, or a nightmare?

So, we stand witness to our own existence with the inherited quality spawned from the effect of a dichotomous reality, but meant to be forged in union. We are in every sense a reflection of the character that creation took in making itself, a mirror image of our creator’s disruptive disposition. Disruptive doesn’t necessarily mean destructive although it can be. Disruptive paves the way for new, or untested ideas to keep the principle of “being” relevant by preserving its continuity. “Being” is a “state of preference” which is always in the flow contrary to “existence” that has already taken form. “…we’re no longer swayed by the changing circumstances of our lives” is recognising the dichotomy that we battle with in which without it we won’t know the difference not to be swayed. “Presence” is the continuum where life is orchestrated at will as the subject precedes over object. So, here I state;

“The presence is a flow of continuity which has no outcome that you can imagine”

“Outcome” in “Presence” is meant to be a process without punctuation. You are correct to think that your current representation in the physical state, and affairs is the product of past choices. Life has a way of giving out that impression especially with the first. In “Presence”, product, or life’s circumstance is transforming in every heartbeat initiating the measurement of time.

Continuity is simply a flow. Whether your contradictions are motivated outwardly, or a personal one, the experience resembles the game of “tug of war” where two opposing teams locked on a pulling match tugging on a rope to force either side to cross over the centre line to garner a win. “Tugging” back, and forth is a process of self-reflection that braces our spiritual confidence. In actuality, we are tugging onto hope. The game sets you up nicely into a cycle of start, stop, start, stop. In every interval, you’d pause to reflect on the outcome. To be in “Presence” the rope must be dropped only because a handshake is due.

If duality holds true to our existential feature and functionality, then awareness traverses between the “point of arrival” and a “point of departure”. If awareness can find its way to the seat of a vantage point it also can unsit itself from it which brings the opposing notion of the “Big Crunch” to attention. Conceived by Professor Hawking himself, “Big Crunch” is a possibility in countering the “Big Bang”. But, I doubt the “Big Crunch” would happen in the fashion thought by Hawking. The reason that draws me away from the “Crunch” notion is in the timing. Not time, but timing. “Big Bang” is a synchronised phenomena in contrast to the Biblical story where God made a man first then came a woman, was not synchronicity much less made the world in seven days. Then, Man conveniently named each day Monday to Sunday. Did God know about numbers before Man? I am beginning to suspect that the Bible isn’t a collation of holy scripts written in the “word of God’. It was written by men who thought they knew God. No matter, words are secondary to the spirit of God, the essence in which the Bible cradles.

I am guessing that the “Crunch” is already happening as it did by simultaneous response to the “Bang”. The synchronicity sets time in motion timing every expression of life into existence. The Devil exists to recognise God, and evil to define His goodness. Without duality, we can’t possibly know our place. All this time we are the eyes of creation. It’s about time we look back by being in “Presence” to watch God at rest.

The Contract

“God is created by humans for the practice of devotion”, commented Sadhguru. 

“In India, there were 300 million Gods when the population was 300 million. When invaders arrived, the Indians became shy of creating new gods”

“When everyone is allowed to have their own gods, there is no war. When everyone is behind only one or two gods, people do silly things in the name of their gods” – Sadhguru

Worshipping one God, or many of any gods, the faiths share the same principle in embracing divinity. God has little to do with the construct of our faith which we take to question attempting to find reasons to defend our actions. Huh? Don’t worry, further clarification will surface in the round up of this write up. Onwardly, I am addressing humanity’s psychological construct with its self-afflicting nature. 

Sadhguru alluded to the culture of multiple gods worshipping that encouraged a positive state of affairs. Men who fought in wars to defend religious beliefs laid down their righteous virtues to contest (ie. the holier-than-thou approach). It’s not the objects of god that stood between men and war, it was the contract that they upheld with their virtual protector. The underlying cause for bloodshed was men on both sides of the divide cheated, and broke their own covenant of faith in which they believed was divine. The irony of pledging their faith to God, then backtracked to challenge  its legitimacy is the wavering stance of human feature. Grievance befalls upon men for their misdeeds to which most part of evil treads in the hypocrisy.

We could be forgiven for letting God go from one hand, but the other which held onto the contract would not be as forgiving. Dishonoring the contract of faith has wrath poised on attacking our fragile being. When we choose to think God is not watching, we violate the bond by cheating on our faith that we value with our trust. By a curious twist of fate, our contradictions are a detriment to the conscience which witnessed the desecration of the contract of faith.

Sadhguru reveals mens’ fascination with religious rituals as a profession of faith is in fact a recognition of love’s existence which some equate to God. Devotion is to be mindful of love’s existence, and by existing alone is self-serving. Love needs to be engaged into process to ignite the spirit of the living god within. Whether, or not you believe in God, or His existence is of no consequence because you who questioned it have spoken.

Wrestling with God

There have been laboratory experiments conducted on human subjects to determine their abilities to demonstrate the state of happiness without technological assistance, or drugs. A monk with developed meditative skill can easily drift into a state of bliss showing a brain wave pattern on the EEG similar to a married couple reminiscing on the time when they first felt love for each other.

Question: What is the difference should there be a technology made possible to wire up the brain where brain waves can be manipulated to deliver the mind, and body the feeling of blissfulness? “Hedonism” is a study, and belief of man’s proclivity in pursuing happiness is a natural calling. Will technology being the natural progress in the evolution of mankind be favorable under the “Hedonism” doctrine of utilitarianism?

Employing technology will involve the separating of the brain function from its uniform mind (ie. mind is the entire framework of the human body including the brain), and the result will likely be the same EEG pattern as the monk who is not provided with technological assistance. While the methodology differs, the results are the same. If the results are the same, is there a matter in choosing the easier path to redemption?

Leaving one part of your mind resting at home while the other goes out to play is invalidating creation’s invitation for a correlated dance between our virtual, and physical minds. This prompts the analogy of car racing in which the driver, and machine must cross the finish line to win. Indulging in technology, or even drugs is to deceive the nerve cells and brain receptors with misinformation intervened by an external force. Distilling the sense of ecstasy by way of disrupting the synchronicity of the body function is an act of iniquity. A cheap thrill liking to the idea of visiting Disneyland to forget our troubles for a day, but a thrill no less. Man has the gift of command to spawn love’s attributes into existence, and expresses it through the body language. Exploiting the body to subject the mind into a hallucination is a disconnect of our reality that spoils that gift.

Talking about the pursuit of happiness  takes me back about 3 years when my mental state was severely challenged. I was experiencing intense intimidation like a little mouse about to be devoured by a predator. The doctor thought I was having an anxiety attack, or depression. It was neither. The encounter was precise, and coordinated as if “someone” had a hand in it. Evidently, my state of mind was floating on anxiety as I wasn’t feeling the presence of people around me. I was cut off from reality, and it was very lonely. My mind went on overdrive in the fight to change the circumstance by attempting to create a finite model of life hoping to explain my way out of the recurring cyclical mind trap. Failing badly to conceptualise life into a model with predictability, intellect and logic, I surrendered to letting go of the thought by not allowing life’s happenings to get ahead of me.

The opposite effect of the ordeal did come a few days after. Love invites itself, and I was bathing in its radiance. As I was immersed in love’s realm, I felt everyone and everything equate to me. I’ve learned of the term “unity consciousness”, and I think it describes love best. I share this so you know that there is something in being human more than you think you know.

Love is not a figment of the imagination even though it’s infamous for hiding in its opacity. Where is it? Happiness is not love, but a representation of it along with sadness. Love carries both grains of happiness, and sadness as both are emotional cousins. The seesaw effect of neutralising the opposing emotions is our way to come of age. The assessment of happiness over sadness, and vice versa culminates until both emotions diminished to reach a climax where love lands to reveal itself. Here is when the seesaw stops contending, and balances up. Like a stream with another flowing along on its opposite side, both converging into a river bound to meet the sea. In our quest for peace we constantly take the task to wrestle with God, not that to offer our best to Him, but all that we are.

Prisoners of Love

I’d like to think of philosophy as a conscientious observation on life’s events. After all, our physical representation is a manifestation of our conscience bringing its philosophy to life. Much like how Jesus used parables to express his views as lucid as possible for his disciples to get their heads around. Here is a quote I’ve extracted from a fellow blogger who loves philosophy.

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Within the given minute overwhelmed by despair, there are constant moments of desperate cry for happiness to take the pain away. Moments of happiness are precious as it has a lesser outcome in comparison to anger. The fact that we yearn for relief from despair despite the imbalance is proof that our inner being is made of love, and its mechanism of restitution shows that happiness is our natural state of mind.

QUESTIONS:-

If happiness or love is our natural state of mind, then why do the stats favor more to the negatives?

Why is happiness made rare to the extent that we have to yearn for it as described by Ralph W. Emerson?

Why do we need Jesus to reveal love, then embracing the institution of religion to constantly remind ourselves of it?

Why do we need to be consistently reminded even if love is innate?

Is it probable that we are “prisoners” hopelessly caught in a cycle dwelling on guilt, blinded by the self imprisonment that we can’t see even the lighter shade of truth? 

Something tells me finding love is not meant to be easy particularly for people greatly indebted to ego. Love is not meant to be obvious either, because it’s woven into the fabric of our ego. The suture of ego needs to be undone to set love free. Freeing love is a challenge worth taking for its rare, and precious qualities to be realised. This challenge is an integral part of life’s design to reward the effort in finding love with a deep sense of appreciation. By that gratitude is the knowing that gives us as “prisoners of guilt” hope.

For example, I wanted to grow an avocado tree in my garden. I’ve learned that I needed to germinate the seed first to give it “hope” for the tree to have a better chance of survival. It would take a month-process of nurturing in germinating the avocado seed to finally see the roots, and shoot to appear strong, and healthy. Hope is when the seedling is planted into the ground that one day it will blossom into a fully grown avocado tree that will bear fruits of joy. Where is the love in all this? Love rides on the desire, and participation in bringing life from a lifeless seed to reveal beauty that will be a new addition to my garden.

Similarly, Jesus used the parable of the mustard seed to describe the kingdom of God. Here, there are many degrees to understanding. Some would simply imagine a physical place called heaven where it’s filled with mustard trees. Some would resonate right away with the description which doesn’t require other kinds of seed like an avocado for further explanation. Nothing is accomplishable from love unilaterally. Love needs to put to work in order to harness its reward in hope for the “kingdom of God”. I can assure you, mustard trees are not likely the reward. Based on my conscientious observation, it’s best said you are what you make your “kingdom of God” to be. 

Jesus was gifted to see into every soul like an hourglass. He understood the seed in every soul needed hope in order to blossom as intended by creation to be one with it. Even in our physical state, we are living the kingdom of God by regularly “tuning” our conscience just as we make the effort to harness the attributes of love. Day by day we tune in, for the kingdom of God will one day be the quality of your conscience that is promised.

So it seems, our fate rests in the effort that must be made for love to fulfill itself with gratitude where hope will be our guide to be with God we choose to believe. It’s a process that is not exactly free for we are prisoners of love.

“The peace that heaven promises mirror the clarity of your conscience”

Compromising Truth

Compromising ‘truth’ will deconstruct the ethos to concoct measurable facts to contest its foundation. The act of compromising carries with it the notion of temptation that we are well aware of its consequences should we choose to exercise it. This is our human challenge which we consistently face in making daunting decisions to appease the pride of the many. As it’s never an easy task, we needed to grow in appreciating, and understanding the depth in the value of ‘trust’ that must be defended should ‘trust’ be that human quality to guide us into salvation.

We often take “shortcuts” to resolve issues that can only be short lived. Political scenes today reveal opposing parties that have never been so desperate in their attempts to wrestle for power. When in power, promises would fall prey to compromise where deals are negotiated behind doors. Compromising is not entirely a bad thing. It can deliver a fair agreement for all, if not the majority. However, there are inescapable consequences when morality is violated.

Lawmakers/politicians are skillful in twisting the truth that makes them infamous for wearing many faces. It’s in man’s manipulative sway where I am certain when the act of compromise is on the cards for the taking, guilt will tarry in the conscience. And, the guilt builds up layer by layer over time.

A recently released movie called, “The Two Popes” is worth the watch. The underlying message resonates with the topic of discussion written here. Featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins as the incumbent Pope Benedict, and Jonathan Price as Cardinal Bergoglio as the next Pope to take the helm. Their confessions delineated the circumstances of the decisions they made as stewards of God that affected many innocent lives. The Pope thought the Cardinal compromised his faith by keeping his silence during the political upheaval in his country (ie. Argentina) some thirty years ago. But, the Cardinal defended his actions indicating it was not compromise, but improvise whilst his faith in God remained unchanged. Nonetheless, in desperation the Cardinal did appease the pride of his aggressors in order to hold back their murderous rampage. Even then, the thought of it was disturbing. In silence, the emotional strain took its toll on the Cardinal. Is it a case when trust was compromised?

Comparatively, Pope Benedict suffered from a certain kind of guilt too for his action of inaction which saw clerical sex abuse persisted in his Church. Pope Benedict was known to be steadfast in the faith, and unwavering devotion to the rules. On that basis, he chose not to take further action against the transgressors believing his trust in God would prevail over the predicament. In contrast to the Cardinal’s taking matters into his own hands, the Pope opted to clasp his hands in prayer to resolve imminent troubles, and threats. Ironically enough, the Pope’s uncompromising stand compromised him. The undoing was his inaction. All the same, guilt weighed heavily on him too. Is it possible to allow trust to compromise us as it did with the Pope?

Assessing the two minds, it’s worth mentioning the different views they have on God. As I see it, the Pope believed in God. The Cardinal believed in God in him which could easily suggest the God that the Pope held true to his belief is next to non-existent. That is a matter of personal interpretation. However, shouldn’t one stay resolute in God, or the idea of it just as the Pope did? No questioning, no judgement, and no doubt. Or, is blind faith a mistake? If there is such a thing as a ‘mistake’.

You may have heard of the saying, “life is an illusion”. It’s a cliche thrown into general conversations without much thought. Life is an illusion because we live in the lies that we made for ourselves. Somehow, man draws comfort from that. Realising the dishonesty is getting out hand, faith steps in to defend truth. This is an insult to humanity by introducing a third party called “God” to defend our lack in faith, or commonsense. Why do we need to create the fear in God to keep the faith in order to defend truth? Why do we often struggle to stay close to the truth? It is because we can’t handle the truth (recalling Jack Nicholson making that statement in the movie ‘A Few Good Men’, 1992).

Spiritual masters like Buddha, Jesus and Prophet Muhammad had open dialogues with their disciples to unravel the mysteries of life. We should continue to do the same today to serve soul searchers of this era. We need to intellectualise life’s mysteries to bring better meaning that is acceptable to help us reach peace of mind.

Example, the term “enlightenment” regularly crops up in spiritual talks. It’s to supposedly describe something great. So great, and powerful that only our imagination can take us to its meaning. In other words, we don’t know what it means. I certainly can’t say that I do. “Enlightenment” is  the ability to analyse life’s events, and circumstances from a lighter stand, hence the name. If it’s in any other way, the opposing will weigh heavily on the emotions. Seeing life’s issues as lightly as the weightless ray of light will pave the way to a peaceful mind. Here’s another, what is the secret of life? The secret is to have none. For each secret that you hide, you lose a part of your innocence. Do you see how the answers point back to  the questions? It’s because the questions were articulated to suit the answers that already existed, but yet to be known in a measurable definition. It’s with this reason that we find ourselves falling short in our admission to the truth even though the question that is engineered is the answer.

Truth is where love resides. They share the same quality. Truth, or love is not tangible. Man in his egoistic nature has given into temptation to tangibilize the intangible in order to create definitions of right and wrong, black and white, or stupid and clever, etc. We differentiate our existence to create conflict, and argue about it.

Here is another conundrum which I made up, “To understand love is to let go of it”. 

My Soul in Transit

My soul takes flight from a rest,

To seek out the noise that draws me to existence,

To take the stage play,

I take pleasure in transit.

 

My soul lands on existence plain,

To study that noise of deception,

To witness the tantrums that it plays,

I take my number with a motive in transit.

 

My soul searches on existence plain, 

To take no joy from the fantasy, 

To gain nothing from its fallacy,

I am inadequate in unraveling the complexity of the play in transit. 

 

My soul rides the swing, seesaw, slide and merry-go-round in existence plain,

To enjoy a scriptless play,

To bow before the “hand behind it all”, 

I discard the motive, and all its secrets in transit.

 

My soul walks with existence plain,

To realise originality is to be embraced,

To love the subtle beauty that transpires from it,

I take nothing, but understanding and acceptance in transit.

 

My soul lifts from existence plain,

To leave as light as I come, 

To take only the noise acquainted by privilege,

I pass it on to souls who wait in transit.

 

My soul tires from the cycles of scripted plays,

To find the noise repeating, slowly reducing into silence,

To accept the invitation from the “hand behind it all”,

I return to my place of rest.

 

My soul closes its eyes, 

To see the colors of existence fade, 

To reveal only shades without the guises,

I take comfort in the “hand behind it all” with its radiating warmth caresses me back to sleep.

In the Shadow of Time

Yet again, time has allowed us to wake up to another inviting day. This is my tribute to the everlasting time.

Long ago, man needed to establish a connection with the changing pattern of the environment. It required a definitive measure to tell the ageing process of reality, notably life and the engineering aspects of it. Obviously, the measurement of time did not begin with hours, minutes, or seconds. Time’s circular movement was probably realised by the daily repeated appearances of the Sun. After millions of sunrises and sunsets, finally made man smart enough to construct the clock system with the idea of imitating nature’s revolving patterns.

As I am writing about time, let’s challenge yourself with time. Put yourself on the clock with 5 minutes to finish reading this article. Thoughts imparted, formed into words, written by me, and read by you will show a measurement to the intellectual change for which you are about to receive working within the time available. We shall see in 5 minutes that the sacrifice you’ve made by giving your time to read this article will make you a participant to the measurement of time. Change is coming your way.

What is time?

Simply look at your watch, and the contraption will show time revolving. Seconds translate to minutes to hours to days to weeks, months and years. Time is a key attribute to the architect of life as it assisted in providing the necessary space required to the materialisation of life’s grand design. Humanity took many cycles of evolution before waking up to it, along with its attributes that are meant to serve the cause of man’s existence.

I wish to share with you a short bedtime story about time. It would be incomplete if time is spoken without going behind the scene. Before its conception, time has no name. Nevertheless, it has a destiny of sure certainty. Like a human fetus, the unborn ‘time’ rest in a state of absolute potential, waiting for an intervention to free it from its coincidental dream state. Once time comes to mind, it has fulfilled its destiny by shadowing its masters, namely you and me. Our mind, and time shadow each other like mother, and child where thoughts tarry in synchrony with nature’s process, and cycles. Engineering time not only bonded us to it, but also bound us to its unwavering law.

The law of time stands resolutely neutral. It has no conscience, knows not of right or wrong, and itself is without direct value. Uncannily, it has validity to help create value. In that sense its precious. Time doesn’t cheat, but as masters we can choose to cheat ourselves out from it. Time is constantly fair, and repetitive to allow us to take chances that we’d missed again, and again. However, we couldn’t regain the youth that we once had, even if there is a possibility to the suggestion of the Relativity Theory on travelling back in time at the speed of light.

If you needed a favour from time, you will need to go get it. Time is like an obedient servant waiting to please its master. Procrastination will miss opportunities of creating something of value at the expense of time. As “Time, and tide wait for no man”, it’s sensible to make improvements in managing priorities with provision of time available to you whilst mitigating any form of possible regrets that may come your way.

What entails in the management of time?

I quote,

“Walk, don’t run as our destiny lies in the journey, not at the finish line”

Take all matters in our stride with time. Work with time, not against it. Don’t fight time. We will never win, because time never intended a fight with us. It was never our enemy. Amid our hectic schedule, we should occasionally slow our pace down. Take time to smell the roses as the saying goes, not that we owe our time to the presence of beauty, because it simply feels good.

Our past share the same notion as time was, a name no longer has validation whilst the future has many possibilities. No point looking back, and forth. The magic is to put priority on current issues, manage the priorities well, and leave the rest to fate. If we execute this process successfully, time becomes a friend. In synchronising our efforts with time will bring the effect of slowing time down to give our mind the necessary space to organise something important, or even accomplishing something great. In some instances, a sense of space widens to liberate you as if making your escape from the shadow of time. The general consensus of the population prefers the God formulation to approbate spiritual freedom. But, this is an experience that can be cultivated through the power of observation by searching for clues in the behavioral patterns of our environment that are already available to us.

At this point, you are probably running on seconds within the minutes given, and so with a bit of Shakespeare I will bring this to an appropriate conclusion.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea. My love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite”

This is hope to mankind. In the midst of engineering time which we bound ourselves to, the essence that it once known is missed. The bond with the shadow will be eventually broken, and tears will be shed. Love is our fail-safe to our efforts in the engineering. With love, perhaps time not only slow to reveal the space between frames of our thought, it will stand momentarily still to allow us the experience of what time used to be. Love will be the bridge to get us there at a pace beyond the speed of light – in no time. That’s freedom.

The “Cloak-and-Dagger” of Fallacy

Knowing my interest in life’s subjects on explaining the unexplainable, my daughter recently shared with me there are as many as 20 classifications of fallacy in her study of critical thinking. She referred Ad Hominem Fallacy, Strawman Argument, Appeal to Ignorance, Red Herring Fallacy, to name a few. The Ad Hominem Fallacy vilifies, Strawman Argument put words into the mouth of others, Appeal to Ignorance employs “can be because it’s maybe”, and Red Herring Fallacy is insidious. It’s a subject preferably conducted in a classroom condition, and best that I leave the details to the pursuit of academia. There are many tactics used in fallacy, but they share a common desire of deception with the purpose to gain admiration, and support. Some fallacies obfuscate the truth with the intention of alluding to a supposition.

I am not sure how the thought on this will unfold. So, I am winging it.

Fallacy is employed by almost all politicians to overshadow their opponents, and to draw out a crowd, garnering the support they needed to stay relevant. The arena of politics adopts competition by opposing to establish the superior view. Objecting supposedly says there is an alternative view. Naturally, this invites audiences that are waiting for a reason to give their approval. If the fallacy is convincing enough then the candidates will get to keep their jobs which pays them a living.

Humanity are sentient beings with the power of conscience to conjure anything to keep the perspective of life interesting. The mind is immensely influential in its art in rendering life as a fallacy. This “proclamation” is not entirely false. It has validation from the spiritual, and scientific standpoint. Zen speaks of our physical appearances, and experiences perceived by our 5 basic senses (ie. sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch) are merely illusions with the understanding that our conscience is orchestrating them. Science claims that the perception of life’s solidity, and continuity are only limited by the cognitive frequency indicating that there is more to our appearance than meets the eye.

Fallacy is typical of life. It’s in our nature to use fallacy on any circumstances to cover the many representations of life. Disguising love, hate, bravery, fear, forgiving, unforgiving, success and failure are circumstantial acts of deception. Dressing up, or down our image on how we wish to portray ourselves following the different roles we choose to epitomise, be they celebrities in entertainment, political leaders, military, religious leaders, a highly respected family member, and any successful working civilians are archetypal deceptions. We create a paradox of fallacy to hypothesize life to give it context, meaning and hope.

In that, God, religion, karma, and “feng Shui” are highly subjective topics. Some would say, winning a lottery is luck, but it’s a blessing too because God moves in mysterious ways. If God is such a mystery then coincidence, luck and miracles are all the same. Can anyone claim on having experienced the presence of God, or divinity be a fallacy? Sure, it’s their reality against yours, and their words against yours. Is spring possible without going through the cycle of winter first? Can we see the significance of 3 if 2 is skipped? Is virgin birth possible? Did Jesus walk on water? It’s difficult to process miracles, let alone circumstances that don’t follow the natural order that existence which is designed to do. If cheese was squeezed straight out of a cow, people would still doubt. If more trust is needed, and less doubt, perhaps we go back to basics, and deconstruct the thinking to the way once innocence play when anything, and everything are possible. Realistically, that may not be such a good thing from a grown up perspective.

Fallacy, lies, half lies, and half truth. Where is the truth? Is there an absolute truth? Can we handle the truth?

Fallacy creates a world of fantasy seized by pride that will never allow the truth to prevail. Truth lies in the firm hold of pride which confined beliefs, and fantasies to its lair. Having pride in God and religion, or money and power, or success and failure or being gay or vegan is about disguising fear. Truth diminishes when pride tightens its grip on principles, and beliefs. When the grip is loosen, truth releases. Ego has its way with pride to over turn love into lust. We need to constantly pull pride back to be close with the spirit of creation. Only then, God, religion, money, power, success, failure, being gay, or vegan will no longer carry the burden pride, and losing the love for their recognition will make our existence meaningfully real.

So, truth is a matter of pride. With fallacy plays its cards well, truth will have many faces. This is the reason for the growing presence in strife which sets humanity apart. It’s not because of our differences in ethnicity, culture or beliefs, but inflated pride. If pride is managed with humility, our existence will become unquestionably agreeable, and acceptable. Not by lots of noise and arguments, but with silence where fallacy submits.

Truth  ∝ 1/Pride

Truth is inversely proportional to pride. As pride increases in its intensity, truth diminishes. If this mathematical equation has anything to go by, to achieve absolute truth suggests pride equals zero. Is it possible for love to completely replace pride? This means humanity will be completely cured from ignorance. Historically, life doesn’t seem to suggest that because more often than not, it takes pride to love, and forgive. If this attitude persists, mankind cannot go the distance. Perhaps, we can only draw ourselves closer to the infinite, but never arriving at ground zero.

The equation also suggest with lesser pride in God, the greater meaning in God will become. I’ve just realised that I’ve correlated the domain of science, and spiritual with a mathematical equation where the 2 realities are famously known for their incompatibilities. The virtual will invariably remain a fallacy as any attempt to measure them within the purview of our physical laws are inadequate. Unless, we accept to believe, fallacy stands triumphant.

Ghandi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. I understand that he didn’t coin the phrase, nonetheless he spoke it from a place of wisdom. It suggests a shift in perception to have existence be compatible with our expectations. But, we still seek satisfaction that must be full. This is a fallacy. We must see our existence is an invitation to serve by fitting in with the world that we are born into. This is acceptance with a full stop.

Much of what we do dwells in the process of self-assessment to determine whether our decisions, and actions justify the direction that we are taking in which serves us best. Most of us would rather choose the easy way out, and live beneath the guise of lies to escape persecution. Few would have the guts to live by the truth.  The reality is we are characters of pride with many faces of truth, and absolute truth remains a point too far to see, too close to find.

Flawless Flak – Episode 2: The Pebble Awakens

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without” – Confucius (孔子, Kǒngzǐ)

…I have not quite finished writing the last article yet. Oddly, I find myself in need to regurgitate more. Not doing any justice to the pebble, I am compelled to give a more balanced view between the diamond, and pebble as neither can deny the other. What can I say, Confucius had more in mind than it seemed. The single keyword in his short phrase is “flaw” which subsequently differentiates the ordinary from the extraordinary by which points the way to guide mankind to better prepare them self. To state “flaw”, is to recognise that everyone has one. To know it, is the awareness playing. To recognise flaw, and the desire to make amend is proof to the requisite of awareness as a gift to mankind.

Awareness by itself is not enough if there is anything to gain from. You need to exploit awareness by coupling with the desire, and action to effect change. The change will expose the flaw to see the ‘diamond’ in you. Or, would you rather choose to turn a blind eye, and not act, and remain ordinary like a ‘pebble’ amongst the infinitely many? To be aware of flaw is the first step in realizing that your worth is more than the ordinary, and that stupidity of the pebble is your motivator.

If you believe fundamentally that we are an entity of two (2) halves (ie. spirit, and physical), then it can only be true that destiny cannot be fulfilled by spiritual will alone. The physical part of you must act on the will to effect the change intended. “It takes two to tango”, taking awareness by the hand, and dance to the tune of your desire to realise it. No action means no life experience. No experience means no relationship with existence. No relationship means no life story. No story means no validation of your existence. Thus, like a pebble lying on the bottom of the river bed amongst the infinitely many with no future, no destiny.

Neale Donald Walsch said in his recent tweet, “You will return to Heaven whether you have loved God in the right way or not. There is no place else to go”. And I tweeted, “We better not return empty handed”.

Character flaws are deceptions. They are not the primary target to the cause of our “crusade”. Deceptions are undefeatable as they will survive under the perpetual protection of pride. Pride is the main target, and enemy within that we must defeat. Confucius saw that by mentioning the flawless pebble which makes the reference to man who sees himself too perfect to realise that he is only a “pebble”. Blinded by the shroud of pride. Infact, the pebble, and diamond are the same entity wherein the quality they each hold is separated only by ego.

The diamond is the wake of a convergence that unveils the expanse of awareness when existence looks back upon you as you are doing the same to have a better view of it from lowering the pride window. How little Confucius had say about something that has so much lingering meaning. He must have woken up from an epiphany. Yet, not devoid from a subtle conundrum hidden between the words is the inevitable role of pride. The unsaid is for man to contemplate in his search for answers. After two (2) long, and a rather exhausting write-up, I’ve come to this;

“Do the bidding of your spirit without pride protecting the deception of your flaw”

“Don’t allow emotion to stray. Nurture it with love to prevent build up, and invasion of character flaw. Without flaw to deceive you, cyclical mistakes will end, and heaven’s gate will open unto you”

“The distance between you, and God is a separation measured only by ego”

Flawless Flak

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without” – Confucius (孔子, Kǒngzǐ)

Knowing a character flaw is in realising the afflictive nature thus causing us to hobble our way with the pain to progress. The emotional injury slows the process of a healthy engagement with existence in which we naturally desire. Indicative to the fact by acknowledging a trait that is flawed is a positive response to move closer to finding a way that will take us forward to embracing our existence with opened arms.

Equally important is that we stay consistent with our character, and remain true to ourselves. We can’t make the changes we desire to ourselves when we are not ready for it. When we are not prepared, and be ready for change, we are bound to face a head wind of resistance. In contradicting self is a form of deception which deceives not only ourselves, but others as well. Standing by who we are not, makes us a selfish hypocrite. Isn’t it better to freely coexist with the worthy flaw, rather to hide it as a lie to be unworthy instead? Flaw is a package deal. With, or without it is a matter of acceptance that makes it unique. After all, who can claim perfection, and free of any wrong doings.

The approach by teaching alone to alter a character habit is unlikely to be effective. “Brain washing” invites doubt. Like all organic forms, sustainable transformation is a process which involves nurturing. It needs the stewardship of meticulous guidance to sow the desired values into the mind. Like students need a guru, and children need parents. A positive transformation takes place with voluntary exchanges where understanding meets acceptance through witnessing the revelation in life’s events. We often asked about the purpose of life. Well, there it is. To seek the revelation, to raise awareness, to draw closer to oneness.

Today, we bear witness to the pillar of integrity of the Catholic Church shaken by sex scandals involving nuns, alter boys and paedophilic cardinals. I hope it stops there. Trouble was coming when scandals of children sexually abused by parishioners appeared on the news. Double trouble arrived when the Vatican knew, but covered them up. Realising the cover up is an act of transgression as well as an unfolding revelation, the Church finds itself reaching out for wisdom in the Lord’s prayer.

Despite the self inflicted predicament, and mounting pressure from the media in spreading the ‘dark’ unspoken secrets within the walls of the Vatican, the Church will survive the tumult. Trust will be restored, as well as the integrity that was once the institution’s center of excellence. Through the stewardship, the pontiff is mending the past errors. Standing by his loyalty to all Christians providing security, and confidence is the quality of stewardship. Unlike leadership which emphasizes rigidly on image. As the Church opens up to reveal their “perfect imperfection” (even John wrote a love song to appreciate life flaws), it will be mending their ways to draw the institution closer to the devotion that was once noble. Lest forget, the virtue of the Catholic Church cradles in the effort of an emperor uniting his people without a bible in hand, but by capturing the spirit in the stewardship of Christ. Unity is the acceptance of differences inspired by the pervading spirit to return into the common fold.

Fundamentally, lies keep people apart, and truth will bring them closer. Lies are toxic particularly when there is an engagement to deceive. To avoid exposure of the poison, do not engage others into the deception. Secrets kept in relationships have insidious feature. Keeping them by choice is meant to betray the engagement of trust to cause hurt. However, a secret without the engagement is not a lie simply because there is no invitation to participate. Therefore, it’s not a deception. This secret is classified as, “NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS”. But, I am afraid there is no exemption of “NYOB” for the Catholic Church, because as we are aware Christians are devotees in common to the church’s cause. Hence, there is confirmation of engagement, and deception is at play.

Undeniably, the Catholic Church is a force with great influence. Establishing parishes across the globe in the movement to bring all peoples to unite in one belief. And in each parish designates a priest to deliver the traits of stewardship that the Church has in mind. In my reckoning, the outcome in exhibiting stewardship has been a poor success. The Vatican should address its subjects in all its churches to emphasize more on the man in the robe, rather the man of it to realise more of God, and not the Church.

So, the journey of healing begins where the Church has placed itself in an unaccustomed position, yet not that unfamiliar only that the table has turned. The teacher is now the student. In realising the administrative flaw in covering up the shame will draw the Church towards humble acceptance in the principle to serve as a subject in God, and not to abuse God’s power by being the subject of it. And, for the many who remained steadfast to the faith, and covenant with the Church and despite the shambles, will be rewarded with the recognition of a diamond with a flaw.