Tuesday, October 31, 2017

the world is a feeling


 



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There are infinite numbers of lines that join us to things. They are real lines. You can feel them. The most difficult part about the warrior’s way is to realize that the world is a feeling. When one is not-doing, one is feeling the world, and one feels the world through its lines.

–Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

the potency of emptiness






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Subhuti was Buddha’s disciple.
He was able to understand the potency of emptiness,
the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of
subjectivity and objectivity.

One day Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness,
was sitting under a tree. Flowers began to fall about him.

“We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness,”
the gods whispered to him.

“But I have not spoken of emptiness,” said Subhuti.

“You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness,”
responded the gods.

“This is true emptiness.” 

And blossoms showered upon Subhuto as rain.


from Zen Flesh, Zen Bones:
Zen and Pre-Zen Writings
collected by Paul Reps, Nyogen Senzaki



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conditions





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By itself nothing has existence.
Everything needs its own absence.

To be is to be distinguishable, to be here and not there,
to be now and not then, to be thus and not otherwise.

Like water is shaped by the container, so is everything
determined by conditions (gunas).


–Nisargadatta Maharaj



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Who is this ego arrogating ‘I’?






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It is the hand that lifts, but you say “I lift”.
The eyes see but you say, “I see”.
The nose smells, but you say, “I smell”.
All this is the power of the Self and yet you say, “I did it”.
That power belongs to God.

Who is this ego arrogating ‘I’?
He has no place in the palace, but once admitted inside, he
overrules the king and affirms his own existence.
After some enquiry, this ego’s existence is easily disproved.
Then the king once again affirms, “I am Reality.”

There is one thing about this condition – there is bliss.
If there are two, then there is pain.
Where there is One, there is bliss.



–Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj



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read from right to left





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Like modern string theorists, the Dogon say that, conceptually, prior to existing as particles, matter exists as primordial threads being woven into matter, each thread passing through a series of 7 vibrations inside a tiny egg, The Po Pilu and it’s likely counterpart, the tiny, wrapped up bundles of seven dimensions in Torsion theory called Calabi-Yau Space. It is this component of matter that the Dogon Priests call the egg of the world and describe as a pivotal component of matter to be found in the world just 'below' ours. The vibrations inside this egg are conceived of a star of increasing length and are read from right to left, just like Egyptian glyphs.


–Laird Scranton
The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol



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Saturday, October 28, 2017

wakey, wakey





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Theoretically there is no absolute proof that one's awakening in the morning (the finding oneself again in the saddle of one's personality) is not really a quite unprecedented event, a perfectly original birth.

–Vladimir Nabokov


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yep





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We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.

–Kalu Rinpoche


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Friday, October 27, 2017

i divide, in the sky, in the the seams, between the beams






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all my relations





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The coincidence of the menstrual cycle with that of the moon is a physical actuality structuring human life and a curiosity that has been observed with wonder. It is in fact likely that the fundamental notion of a life-structuring relationship between the heavenly world and that of man was derived from the realization, both in experience and in thought, of the force of the lunar cycle.

The mystery, also, of the death and resurrection of the moon, as well as of its influence on dogs, wolves and foxes, jackals and coyotes, which try to sing to it: this immortal silver dish of wonder, cruising among the beautiful stars and racing through the clouds, turning waking life itself into a sort of dream, has been a force and a presence even more powerful in the shaping of mythology than the sun, by which its light and its world of stars, night sounds, erotic moods, and the magic of dream, are daily quenched.


—Joseph Campbell
Primitive Mythology



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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

the soul of the universe






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You are the soul of the soul of the universe,
and your name is Love.


—Rumi



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

re(pair






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not two





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The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.

–Hippocrates


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self-identity





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Each cell of a multicellular body has a self-identity; consciousness identifies with each of them as it carries out its individual conditioned functions. Any conglomerate of cells such as an organ that involves self-referential quantum measurement at the conglomerate level of functioning also has self-identity.

–Amit Goswami
Quantum Doctor

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every(thing





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Everything is natural. The light on your fingertips is starlight. Life begins with coiling — molecules and nebulae. Cruelty, selfishness, and vanity are boring. Each self is many selves. Reason is beauty. Light and darkness are arbitrary divisions.
Cleanliness is as undefinable and as natural as filth. The physiological body is pure spirit. Monotony is madness. The frontier is both outside and inside. The universe is the messiah. The senses are gods and goddesses. Where the body is — there are all things.

–Michael McClure



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Saturday, October 21, 2017

questions





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Consciousness is not mind; it is the ground of being, the ground of both matter and mind. Matter and mind are both possibilities of consciousness. When consciousness converts theses possibilities in a (quantum) collapse event of actual experience, some of the possibilities are collapsed as physical and some as mental.
In this way, consciousness clearly is seen as the mediator of the interaction between mind and body, and there is no dualism (Goswami 2000).
... What mediates the interaction of  mind and matter? Consciousness does. What maintains the parallel functioning of mind and brain? Consciousness does.

–Amit Goswami
Quantum Doctor


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that, this





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You cannot see That which is the Seer of seeing;
you cannot hear That which is the Hearer of hearing;

you cannot think of That which is the Thinker of thought;
you cannot know That which is the Knower of knowledge. 

This is your Self, that is within all;
everything else but This is perishable.

–The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad



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needful things





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Be suspicious of what you want.

Rumi


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cutie





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Friday, October 20, 2017

we are all just walking each other home –Ram Das





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Strange and beautiful
Are the stars tonight
That dance around your head
In your eyes I see that perfect world
I hope that doesn't sound too weird

And I want all the world to know
That your love's all I need
All that I need
And if we're lost
Then we are lost together
Yea if we're lost
Then we are lost together

I stand before this faceless crowd
And I wonder why I bother
So much controlled by so few
Stumbling from one disaster to another

I've heard it all so many times before
It's all a dream to me now
A dream to me now
And if we're lost
Then we are lost together
Yea if we're lost
Then we are lost together

In the silence of this whispered night
I listen only to your breath
And that second of a shooting star
Somehow it all makes sense

And I want all the world to know
That your love's all I need
All that I need
And if we're lost
Then we are lost together
Yea if we're lost
Then we are lost together 


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Ahead By A Century

First thing we'd climb a tree and maybe then we'd talk
Or sit silently and listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday casting a golden light
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

And that's where the hornet stung me
And I had a feverish dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century (this is our life)
You are ahead by a century (this is our life)
You are ahead by a century

Stare in the morning shroud and then the day began
I tilted your cloud, you tilted my hand
Rain falls in real time and rain fell through the night
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

But that's when the hornet stung me
And I had a serious dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century (this is our life)
You are ahead by a century (this is our life)
You are ahead by a century

You are ahead by a century (this is our life)
You are ahead by a century (this is our life)
You are ahead by a century

And disappointing you is getting me down 




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Thursday, October 19, 2017

co-inherence





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The chooser's happiness lies in his congruence with the chosen,
The peace of iron filings, obedient to the forces of the magnetic field.
Calm is the soul that is emptied of all self,
In the eternal moment of co-inherence.
A happiness within you - but not yours.


–Dag Hammarskjöld
from Markings

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the thing felt





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In that high place in the darkness the two oddly sensitive human atoms held each other tightly and waited.

In the mind of each was the same thought.

‘I have come to this lonely place and here is this other,’ was the substance of the thing felt.


—Sherwood Anderson


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Atoms are not things. –Werner Heisenberg



 







–Neil deGrasse Tyson




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odd discoveries


 



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We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go, on whatever we touch. 

One of the odd discoveries made by small boys is that when two pebbles are struck sharply against each other they emit, briefly, a curious smoky odor. 

The phenomenon fades when the stones are immaculately cleaned, vanishes when they are heated to furnace temperature, and reappears when they are simply touched by the hand again, before being struck.


–Lewis Thomas
The Lives of a Cell



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

question





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do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you.

Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.


—Rumi

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you are that





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Discover yourself.

There is in the body a current of energy, affection and intelligence, which guides, maintains and energizes the body.

Discover that current and stay with it.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj



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Quantum Physics & Consciousness














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One of the surprising things in the event of quantum collapse is that when you look, not only does an object appear in consciousness but also a subject appears looking at the object. Quantum collapse produces the awareness of a subject-object split –the experience of a subject looking at an object.


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In the event of a quantum measurement, the collapsing subject and collapsed objects, including the brain, arise simultaneously, codependently. The experiencing subject and the experienced objects cocreate one another.


–Amit Goswami

Quantum Doctor

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

fishing with a straight hook






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river run





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You cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it. Indeed, you cannot grasp it, just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket. 

If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run. 

To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run.


–Alan Watts


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verb, not noun





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It’s not so much that we don’t have a self, rather it’s that the self we do have is not a thing. It is an impermanent, fluctuating activity, a process not a particle, a verb not a noun.

—Shinzen Young
The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works


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know all things to be like this






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Know all things to be like this:
A mirage, a cloud castle,
A dream, an apparition,
Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen.
 

Know all things to be like this:
As the moon in a bright sky
In some clear lake reflected,
Though to that lake the moon has never moved.
 

Know all things to be like this:
As an echo that derives
From music, sounds, and weeping,
Yet in that echo is no melody.
 

Know all things to be like this:
As a magician makes illusions
Of horses, oxen, carts and other things,
Nothing is as it appears.



–Samadhiraja (Moon Lamp) Sutra



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Saturday, October 14, 2017

location




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We are all made of bits moving in complicated quantum motions, but when we look closely at those bits, we find that they are located out at the farthest boundaries of space
I don’t know anything less intuitive about the world than this.

Getting our collective head around the Holographic Principle is probably the biggest challenge that we physicists have had since the discovery of Quantum Mechanics.


–Leonard Susskind
The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to
Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics



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note to (self





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I don't know exactly what it would be like to have the full-on not-self experience, but I've got a feeling that my sense of specialness, of unique privilege, would approach the vanishing point. And if that sense of specialness is indeed false–an illusion implanted in us by natural selection–then, exactly to the extent that it did approach the vanishing point, I would be approaching the truth.


–Robert Wright
Why Buddhism is True


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

this truth





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As I have searched the entire scientific records in more than a half dozen languages for a long time without finding the least anticipation, I consider myself the original discoverer of this truth, which can be expressed by the statement: There is no energy in matter other than that received from the environment.

–Nikola Tesla


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We should face up to something that’s rarely if ever voiced in modern cosmology: the possibility that the true nature of the universe as a whole has nothing to do with the way its parts work, that it indeed lies outside the very characteristics of its components.

–Robert Lanza
Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness and the Illusion of Death


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y(our body is a divine stream






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Your body is a divine stream,
as is your spirit.

When your two great rivers merge, one voice is found
and the earth applauds
in excitement.
 

Shrines are erected to those songs
the hand and heart have sung
as they serve
the world
with a love, a love
we cherish.


–St. John of the Cross



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

consciousness is a coherent whole





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… consciousness is a coherent whole, which is never static or complete, but which is in an unending process of movement and unfoldment.
–David Bohm


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Be a good animal, true to your instincts. –D. H. Lawrence, The White Peacock





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You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.


—Rumi



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listen






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Out of a great need
we are all holding hands
and climbing.

Not loving is a letting go.

Listen,
the terrain around here
is
far too
dangerous
for
that.


–Hafiz


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