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One Love...Duane Townsend
“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.” ~ Vera Nazarian
“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.” ~ Meister Eckhart
January 1, 2015 will be no different than December 31, 2014...or August 10, 2013 or April 18, 2011; unless, we do something different. There is nothing magical that will happen when the clock turns to midnight. The zeitgeist of our times is not on a schedule. As a very wise supervisor once told us in a meeting: "we are not time oriented around here, we are task oriented."
I believe such is the state of human conscious evolution. There are no set dates, deadlines, or timelines that determine human events. The trajectory of humankind modifies as a result of conscious acts , fueled by passionate intent.
We all know the insecure state that we exist in now. Too many people are one paycheck, or illness, or pink slip, from destitution.
We all know that we are one disastrous weather event from homelessness. Environmental calamity is imminent anywhere, or everywhere, economic collapse is closer than anyone, including myself, is willing to admit. Racial conflict, hate mongers impiously spit venom, corporations own governments, and the people are voiceless, the rich and celebrities are worshiped like gods of the Greek pantheon.
On the surface, humanity looks to be in a sad state, teetering on the brink.
But bubbling up from the sub-conscious of collective humanity is a remembering. We are not barreling down rickety tracks on a run-away train, it just looks like that. Each one of us, personally, individually can contribute to slowing the train down enough to jump off. We're remembering that the engine is fueled by our consent, our co-operation...the more we blindly accept, co-operate against our own conscience, compassion, dignity, and our own best interests, the more the train is fueled and accelerates.
For the coming new year, I would like to offer three simple, yet transformative acts that will get into the collective consciousness of humanity. Acts that will switch the train to a sturdier track, away from the hairpin curves at harrowing speed.
Even small, personal, singular actions have a butterfly effect on the whole of human consciousness.
1.) Help someone this year coming, in a way that puts you out, in a way that takes you out of your comfort zone. I'm not talking about a family member or friend, that's too commonly easy. I mean help a complete stranger that could never return the favor. Don't go the extra mile, go the whole distance with them. Don't worry about finding the opportunity, that will present itself when you decide to do this; I assure you. You've been unconsciously walking or driving by the opportunity to do this all the time.
One of the major benefits of something like this is the re-emergence of trust.
2.) You'll be buying gifts this year. Birthdays, anniversaries, husband or wife 'just because' gifts. Find a local crafts-person or artist and buy something to gift from them. This takes money out of the corporate machine and puts it directly into the pocket of a real person.
Make a concerted effort to donate whenever possible to your favorite blogger, or someone working diligently to raise the consciousness of humanity. Not someone espousing a political cause or ideology, our solutions are past politics now. I mean someone simply doing the thankless job of helping humanity be reminded of it's better nature.
Your support of them (us) is invaluable.
On the left side of this page are some links to sites that would appreciate your reading, viewing and supporting if at all possible.
3.) Consciously let go of EVERYTHING that you think you know. That is the only way to learn something new, to see things in a new way. Nothing transformational ever happened with the same beliefs we always held. New things happen when we start thinking and seeing in new ways. So relax your grip on your knowledge, knowledge changes all the time, what was true one day will not be true on another day. Be intellectually fluid...use your gut feelings more, let your heart decide some things.
There is nothing wrong with 'logic', unless you use logic in a narrow, unyielding manner.
Walk around with these suggestions. If one, or all, sits comfortably with you, please act.
Talking about it time is over, the time of talk was necessary...now is the walking it out time.
Have a happy, passionate, unprecedented 2015.
Be the Love,
“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.” ~ Buckminster Fuller
Please join me in imagining origins and endings for a while.
Was there ever a time when the universe did not exist?
Is there a coming time when all physical existence ends, for everything?
Let us creatively imagine. Creative imagination is like wandering into virgin forest, or sailing uncharted waters. Let us work our imaginative visionary muscles for a while. Let us look over the walls of accepted knowledge and conventional doctrines, let our minds off the leash to run in the park. Our jumping off point will be what we presume to know, what science had told us, and what religion has hinted at. We will color the blank spots in those beliefs with creative perception. So, please join me as I wander into the most fundamental mystery mankind has ever known.
The possibility that the universe has always existed, that there was never a time when the cosmos was not physically manifest. Let us ponder outside the boxed in polarities of science and the 'big bang', and religion and the 'let there be light' assertions. Suppose it's neither? Suppose it's both?
The individual human mind is a finite quantity, it seems to be hard wired for limited experiences; birth-death, beginnings-endings, comings-goings. The individual mind operates on duality, polarities, and seems to see its own existence as an event, a circumstance, a temporary experience, and even at that, humans will never use our whole personal mental capacity.
Some of us can envision and experience the universe as an infinite process that flourishes in time, and outside of the constraints of time.. As an eternal, timeless space of experience. The earth formed and will one day be gone. The sun formed and one day it will explode into a cinder and take our solar system with it. But what about the space those celestial bodies inhabit?
Space is not empty
Here in time, and three dimensions that which is called 'space' is experienced as an emptiness, a vast nothingness. It is erroneously called 'a vacuum'.
The physical universe, even if we could see all of it, is only about five percent of what we could call 'normal matter'. Seventy percent is called 'dark energy' and about twenty five percent is 'dark matter'.
Nasa.gov says about dark energy - "More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the Universe's expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery."
About dark matter Nasa states - "We are much more certain what dark matter is not than we are what it is. . ."
Perhaps the five percent of the 'normal' physical universe that we experience through our limited human senses and various instruments is the product of eternal, infinite dark energy. What if there were no actual 'big bang'?
What if physical, common matter simply emerges, or precipitates, or evolves out of dark energy and matter?
What if it is our limited intellectual, and sense capacity that hinders our experience of the whole universe?
What if this 'expansion of the universe' is reflective of our expansion of consciousness?
Can you hold a vision of a time when there was literally nothing, no-thing?
If you're a theist (god created all), then isn't god something?
If you're a big banger (purely science based), if there was a 'big bang', then what was it that went boom?
Science speaks of 'the singularity', isn't that singularity a thing, something?
Was there ever a time when 'consciousness' did not exist?
Did the emergence of matter birth consciousness, or was it the other way around?
I'm simply asking...remember we're imagining here.
Time is a polarized concept. Past and future, with the present totally dependent on a point in time and place in space. All perceptions of the human mind that experiences itself as separate can only be seen through the prism of the limited time and space context. When one endeavors to see past their individual mind, to make the effort to imagine what universal vision feels like, then one begins to experience their self, and the universe as an infinitely evolving organism. A magnificent, living, breathing consciousness that experiences itself as galaxies, stars, comets, planets and US. Time and place in space becomes little more than a narrowly defined experience, albeit a meaningful experience, but nevertheless, a miniscule peek-hole look into the wonder of the whole.
There is a universal conscious mind that was never 'created', and always existed. It is known by many names: God to theists, 'the singularity' by materialists, and the nature of its being is literally incomprehensible. It is what the ancient mystics call - 'the ground of Being'. Everything that 'is', grows from the fertile soil of this ground of Being. So as you ponder the delicate flower that is your life; gaze down (inward) occasionally and behold the ground your stalk emerges from...ponder the roots buried in that ground of Being. Appreciate the eternal, ethereal nutrients that feed your Beingness. You didn't just happen...You always were; I AM.
Thank you for imagining with me.
“Everything is dual; Everything has poles; Everything has its pair of opposites; Like and unlike are the same: Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; Extremes meet; All truths, are but half-truths; All paradoxes may be reconciled.” Hermes-Thoth
Alchemy is reconciling polarities, melding seeming dualistic elements into higher expressions of their former selves. Alchemy uses the non-physical to infuse the physical, and vice-versa. It is a melding of the unseen energetic elements of nature with the observable, tangible, material experience of our lives.
The esoteric science/art of Alchemy is referred to as divine chemistry.
Much of life is learning from, and embracing the inherent contradictions, turning the seeming contradictory base elements, into the proverbial precious metal (gold) of understanding. Yes...Alchemy is the practice of the trans- formative experience, the transformation is inward. This is the 'transmutation of the soul'. Applying the vitality of the soul to the daily experience of living.
Most people erroneously think Alchemy solely refers to the transmutation of material base metals into gold. That is the lesser work. This is not to diminish the significance of the material expression in relation to its energetic mirror reflection. One is not possible without the other. To see a reflection in a mirror, there needs to be a physical presence. The arbiter of object and reflected image, is the soul.
For example, the beautiful woman that avoids mirrors because she is dissatisfied with the reflected image of herself, and conversely, the awkward appearing woman that emotes a conscious presence of grace and beauty. The former woman is only seeing herself with the critical eye of others, while the latter woman is experiencing herself from inside out...her soul is her beauty.
The great work is of the soul, applying the soul to transmute ones life experience from the metaphorical base metal like lead, into gold. To be re-minded of the eternal nature of life, past the temporary nature of the physical, material body. That living through this human body is a temporary experience of an eternal conscious Presence..."As Above, So Below"
When applying alchemical practices to ones life; one must be mindful of the 'Seven Hermetic Principles', which are as follows...
None of the Hermetic principles are more essential than any other. Each is a portal to understanding the whole. All must be mindfully considered when engaging in the greater work of soul transmutation. The patriarchal version of Judeo-Christian cosmology, including Islam; pre-empted the nature and character of humanity's relationship to the unknowable divine source, these patriarchal beliefs diminished the feminine, material aspect of nature in favor of a masculine, authoritative 'creator God'.
Alchemy is attributed to the Egyptian deity Thoth. Thoth's feminine consort was Ma-at. They were equal in every sense. When the Greeks assimilated Egyptian culture into their own, they adopted Thoth, changing his name to Hermes, but they left out the feminine aspect of Ma-at.
Thus patriarchal European religion and in turn government and culture became male dominated. Greece being the progenitor to Rome, and the European dominated culture and religion that the world has experienced for over six hundred years.
The feminine principle was relegated to servitude and obedience.
Hence the Judeo-Christian hierarchy became 'God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit.
The Alchemical trinity was -
"Man, in their eyes, is a trinity, which they divide into Sol [salt], water of mercury, and sulphur, which is the secret fire, or to speak plain, into body, soul, and spirit....Man is the philosopher's stone spiritually—"a triune or trinity in unity," as Philalethes expresses it. (Isis Unveiled, I, 309)
"Thus Salt refers to the physical form or body, Mercury symbolizes the soul, while Sulphur represents the Spirit."
*Mercury here refers to the astrological, not the metallurgical.
*Note - When the term 'Man' is capitalized it is not gender specific. Man means 'mankind', man in the lower-case man means male.
Alchemy is a spiritual art, a divine secret science. While the literal transmutation of base metals into gold is possible; that is not the purpose of Alchemy. Manley Hall states - " . . . one of the great early alchemists says that one of the great tragedies in the concept of alchemy was the transmutation of metals. . .Paracelsus points out that the transmutation of metals is impossible unless the alchemist himself was in the process of transformation".
Transmutation of the soul denotes the soul transmuting the material experience of this life. Part of the conscious, paradigm shift on this planet is humanity moving past left brained, materialist, commercially based science. Humanity is remembering the esoteric aspect of living...the divine conscious assimilation of the masculine and feminine, which is alchemically referred to as generation and polarity...the correspondence, vibrational and rhymthic principles, and the aspects of cause and effect that is all tied to together by mind, not the singular individual mind; but the Universal mind...the conscious mind that permeates everything seen and unseen in the universe. Tangible matter, and the unseen, non-tangible 'dark' matter.
One outstanding alchemical practice that I have discovered is cooking and eating. Ponder the alchemical properties of the food you're preparing, and make the preparation a meditation, do it with Presence...seek to smell new scents in foods you thought you knew, feel it, touch for new experience in the texture...make it a sensual experience, really feel it. Let your soul transmute the cooking and eating experience.
In subsequent writings I want to explore medicinal alchemy. For now I will let this introduction suffice. I thank you for exploring this life science with me.
Faith is an intellectual aid for not knowing, an accepted belief that lacks the deeper illumination of the direct experience. Knowing only comes from experience.
Any true Love you've ever experienced is a knowing of 'God', not just romantic love, anything, or situation, or person that you've accepted unconditionally, seeing their imperfections but not focusing on those. Expand on that to loving all things and everyone, whether you 'like' them or not. The journey to that transcended way of being requires radical forgiveness; what? you thought this was easy?
Start by forgiving yourself, not excusing yourself; not transferring responsibility to another person or circumstance, but really forgiving yourself. Chalk up your transgressions against yourself and others to simply not knowing any better. Now work outward; forgiving your family and friends and then the world. The forgiveness journey can be cathartic, emotionally draining (a good thing), and personally irritating as hell, but it's also liberating in a way you've never experienced before.
Don't think this journey is something you can get done on a weekend. This journey will literally take years according to what you've done to yourself and others, but don't worry, it's a Love journey and Love will be with you every step of the way. Now you're really knowing Love...Love is much more than surface affections, butterflies and rainbows. Love is sometimes a day by day sledge hammer rock busting to reveal your true self buried in the stone. We are self created human beings...but some of us have let regrets, grudges and injuries do the sculpting, actually we all have. Do not even think of trying to forgive another person if you haven't begun your self forgiveness journey...Scan your memory...that recollection of yourself that makes you cringe? That's a good place to start. Don't worry about how to do this...when the student is ready the teacher will appear, a teacher who has always been there waiting for you to show up. Most times the teacher is found in the silence of your being, check there first.
Note how your life experience changes, you'll see things you've never seen before because you're looking with integrity from your heart, not just your mind.
I wrote this to myself
"It is tragic how few people ever ‘possess their souls’ before they die… Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation..." ~ Oscar Wilde
Maybe the most persistent tragedy of this age is the unfortunate human habit of seeking our validation, our identity...the resolution of our characters from outside of ourselves. Looking to authority figures, religion or ideologies, the passed down beliefs of others and accepting those as definitions of ourselves. This reality has made humans easily manageable as a whole.
There is a definite reason that ancient mystics, shamans, artists, genuine free thinkers and devoted seekers of the Spirit have for the most part existed on the outside of society. Society and the culture that rules it operates in a rigid conformist mindset. A carrot and stick consumerist system that rewards laboring for your external 'needs' which are never really satisfied, because for the most part you get a bill for them every month, that creates a type of insecurity. A religious system that further feeds that insecurity in a more personal manner with the fundamental idea that you are guilty for being born, and you need salvation. That salvation entails dutifully working 'for your living' and obeying restrictive religious doctrine that over time pilfers your creative soul, robs you of imagination and sense of wonder. You lose your Presence, you forget who you are. Your core identity becomes as a consumer (you are what you own), a citizen...a job title, a political, racial, or religious label and you relate to others in the same manner. They aren't seen as human reflections of yourself. Your ego labels them either friend of foe according to their stated beliefs and adopted labels.
"The real you is not a puppet which life pushes around, the real you is the whole universe" ~ Alan Watts
This realization is more a remembrance, although it can feel like an epiphany. When one realizes that their occupation or religious/political affiliation, their family status or any other culturally imposed label is not the whole of their self-hood. Yes, many people live their lives and die without realizing the true depth of their being-ness. But we're starting to get reflections from others, mystics ancient and mystics present now, of the deeper reality of human being-ness. Some call it 'Universal Consciousness', some call it 'God within', some call it 'enlightenment' or 'Spiritual awakening'. No matter what it's called, the experience of that remembrance is comparable and profound.
The remembrance that we are the conscious presence of the whole universe experiencing itself as us, we as individuated conscious beings are focal points of universal experience. The surface level of this experience are the five physical senses. There are deeper sensual perceptions commonly known as our 'intuitive' senses, the 'gut feeling', the knowing without knowing how you know. This is called by the mystics -The Presence. Ancient mystic traditions term this Samādhi, the unification of the knower and the known, the deep merging of the experience and the One that experiences. This is what spiritual seekers call - Oneness. You are everything and no-thing. You are everywhere and no-where. One with the conscious Presence of creation, the conscious presence of creation that always existed, has no beginning or end, it is always I AM, there was never 'a time' that this Presence was not; I AM. This is the eternal, this Presence exists in this time and outside of time, and it exists in YOU, as you.
Your name is simply something you answer to. Your job or profession is simply something you do for a living. Your religion is simply a story you believe. Your politics are simply imposed values that you adopted. None of the above are your identity. Those and other labels are adopted masks we use the play the game of life here in four dimensions on earth.
Take some time out, drop your adopted identities for a while...get silent...close your eyes and feel your breathing process. You may even get still enough to feel your heart beat, the rhythm of the heartbeat...observe it with a sense of wonder. Let the eternal I AM Presence be known in you. It's okay to drop all your masks for a while and simply be. You won't think yourself into Presence, you feel your way there. It is not an emotion...it is a subtle sublimity that is unmistakable and unforgettable.
This link is a guide to meditative practice and silent stillness.
Be the Love,
By now most people are aware that news we receive by television and newspapers is slanted, biased and deliberately deceptive. Many times this is accomplished to favor the 'official story' of any event, the political/economic system in place or to protect the person(s) in power. Not so much any 'elected official', but to deflect criticism of the office the person holds.
However, many people are not aware of another robust disinformation system in place. - The Internet. This is the dark side of the internet. As much as access to all types of knowledge and information has exposed many people to deeper truths and understanding; the internet has also facilitated a deeper darkness for the willfully ignorant among us. For the unthinking among us, the internet can be used to poison the well. There are websites maintained by think tanks of all political persuasions, government alphabet agencies and corporate propagandists whose very purpose is poisoning the information well with untruths.
Over the last several generations the collective plurality of the American intellect has been constricted, narrowed down to a myopic perspective. Many, maybe most Americans have been cognitively captured into narrowed thinking ideological prisons. Many of these intellectual penitentiaries exist on the world-wide web. Black and white thinking, cognitive dissonance, false dichotomies and logical fallacies are all majorly fueled on the internet. All or nothing, black and white polarized extremes is a potent intellectual/psychological control tool for those in power. The people are herded into extreme ideological gulags, divided and distracted to the point that their power is neutralized.
We are at war with each other. False psychological propaganda is the first act of war. This conflict has been facilitated by the 'owners' (nsfw).
“Political and economic power in the United States is concentrated in the hands of a “ruling elite” that controls most of U.S.-based multinational corporations, major communication media, the most influential foundations, major private universities and most public utilities. Founded in 1921, the Council of Foreign Relations is the key link between the large corporations and the federal government. It has been called a “school for statesmen” and “comes close to being an organ of what C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite – a group of men, similar in interest and outlook shaping events from invulnerable positions behind the scenes. The creation of the United Nations was a Council project, as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.”
- Steve Jacobson, Mind Control in the United States
Make no mistake, there is a clearing house of converging interests for the owners of this world. These owners are exceedingly proficient at controlling and manipulating public perception. The most effective way to disable the mass mind is to severely limit it's thought process, by polarizing almost every issue. A polarized public cannot inhabit common ground on any issue. Another way is for the corporate owned media to manufacture issues of polarization; like, gun control that generate all heat but shed no light, but I digress....
Noam Chomsky says - “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”
The major portions of all of our lives are lived in the infinite gray. Yet culturally, politically and our social interaction is becoming perceived as more and more black and white. That is not an organic development. There is a reason that the radical right wing gets a lot of undue attention. Their message is polarizing. The owners of this world aren't radically right wing, or liberal or socialist or even conservative...they're just in power and control of the resources and will use any strategy to stay in power and control the resources of the world. Give one group of unconscious people (right wingers) an 'enemy' to hate, be it liberals, socialists, Muslims, gays etc, then that will be their focus, tell them that members of those groups are threatening their very way of life, and watch that group become useful idiots for the status quo. The owners then manage the heat generated by their manufactured life or death conflict and merrily count their proceeds and consolidate their control in a safe and secure (for them) atmosphere.
Tai Carmen eloquently states - "Social systems reinforce this kind of polarized thinking. For example, if you want to identify with a political party of any influence in the United States you have two choices: either you can identify as pro-peace, pro-gay, pro-tax, pro-regulation, pro-choice and anti-gun or pro-military, anti-gay, anti-tax, pro-free market, pro-life and pro-gun.
What if you are pro-gay, pro-free market, anti-tax, pro-life, pro-peace and pro-gun? Too bad. Pick a side or your vote yields no power. Cultural splitting such as this encourages people to think in unnecessarily polarized terms."
The public's inability to discern where the common ground is and become able to work from there is definitely an artificially constructed paradigm. The concrete foundation of this fabricated model of mass control is fear, fear of each other. The main pillar of this imposed fear is mistrust. Public fear and mistrust of each other germinate fascism. Citizens of a fascist society are not thinkers, they're reactors to stimulus...likened to zombies.
Frankly I have come to the point where I have no idea of how we as a people step back from the fascist abyss. Those of us that are paying attention know that we're right on the precipice, that this country has willingly rushed to the cliff and most are awaiting the cue to take the plunge into the dark depths of civil unrest and possibly civil war...we've unconsciously allowed our bigotry, fears and juvenile insecurities to be plucked like bass fiddles. Maybe this country has to be psychologically torn asunder as to become able to resurrect it's innate natural human connectedness.
I do know that 'freedom' and 'liberty' are not things that are granted from something or someone outside of ourselves. A human being decides, discovers...nurtures an inner freedom, a responsible, compassionate, internally maintained freedom that is invulnerable.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.”
- Edward Bernays, Propaganda