The Dream of Life

 

Alan Watts lecture, Tragedy and Hope Productions video

 

“If you awaken from this illusion and you understand that

black implies white,

self implies other,

life implies death, or shall I say, death implies life,

you can feel yourself not as a stranger in the world, not as something here on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.

I’m not trying to sell you on this idea, in the sense of converting you to it. I want you to play with it. I want you to think of its possibilities, I’m not trying to prove it. I’m just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about.

So then, let’s suppose that you were able, every night, to dream any dream you wanted to dream. And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time, or any length of time you wanted to have.

And you would, naturally, as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure, you see.

And after several nights, of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say, “Well, that was pretty great. But now let’s have a surprise. Let’s have a dream which isn’t under control. Well, something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be.”

And you would dig that and come out of that and say, “Wow that was a close shave, wasn’t it?”

Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further and further out-gambles as to what you would dream.

Finally you would dream where you are now.

You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.

That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have: of playing that you weren’t God.

Because the whole nature of the Godhead, according to this idea, is to play that he’s not.

So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality, not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self. The deep down basic, whatever there is.

And you’re all that.

Only you’re pretending you’re not.”

 

Compassion

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Dalai Lama

Lecture. HH Main Temple, Mcleod Ganj, Northern India. April 16th, 2018. 

 

“Remind yourself daily of all our brothers and sisters.

All seven billion of your family.

Basic human nature, like children show, is compassion.

Constant anger, or hatred, is eating our human system.

Constantly purify yourself and come back to your compassion.”

 

“It is extremely important that we introduce compassion and interdependence into our education.”

 

“In the education of our current system, children learn to find the differences in each other.

Today we are in a period of a crisis of our emotions.

India’s understanding of respecting all religions, including non-believers, is one that can help internationally: secular beliefs. “

“Focus on interdependence and one-ness. Us vs. Them mentality is causing our problems. Remove the barriers.

Focusing on the self too much causes loneliness. Just remember we are all human beings otherwise the differences will cause us anxiety.”

 

“Inner peace needs self confidence.

Self confidence needs honesty. Self confidence brings will power.”

 

“Peace does not come from prayer.

Humans create violence, it is up to us to create peace.

We must not think of making change from force. 

Dialogue is what is needed.

Force is from the feudal system. War and force are from this old system.

What use is anger? It will only increase our problems.”

 

“Take care of oneself. Be wise-selfish. “

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Nature

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The Secret Life of Plants  Peter Tomkins and Christopher Bird, 1973.

Luther Burbank (1848-1946); lecture: “How to Produce New Fruits and Flowers“, American Pomological Society Gathering

“In pursuing the study of any of the universal and everlasting laws of nature,

whether relating to the life, growth, structure and movements of a giant planet, the tiniest plant, or the psychological movements of the human brain,

some conditions are necessary before we can become one of nature’s interpreters or of the creator of any valuable work for the world.

Preconceived notions, dogmas, and all personal prejudice and bias must be laid aside.

 

Listen patiently, quietly, and reverently to the lessons, and one by one, which Mother Nature has to teach, shedding light on that which was before a mystery,

so that all who will, may see and know.

 

She conveys her truths only to those who are passive and receptive.

Accepting these truths as suggested, wherever they may lead, then we have the whole universe in harmony with us.

At last man has found a solid foundation for science, having discovered that he is part of a universe which is eternally unstable in form, eternally immutable in substance.”

 

 

 

Fearlessness

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Shambala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior Chögyam Trungpa, 1984. Ω

“The mind of fearlessness should be put in the cradle of loving-kindness

and suckled with the profound and brilliant milk of eternal doubtlessness.

In the cool shade of fearlessness,

fan it with the fan of joy and happiness.

When it grows older,

with various displays of phenomena,

lead it to the self-existing playground.

When it grows older still,

in order to promote the primordial confidence,

lead it to the archery range of the warriors.

When it grows older still,

to awaken the primordial self-nature,

let it see the society of men which posses beauty and dignity.

Then the fearful mind can change into the warrior’s mind,

and that eternally youthful confidence can expand into space without beginning or end.

At that point it sees the Great Eastern Sun.”

Assumptions

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The Power of Awareness Neville Goddard, 1952.

“Since your life is determined by your assumptions, you are forced to recognize the fact that you are either a slave to your assumptions or their master.

Becoming the master of your assumptions is the key to undreamed of freedom and happiness.

You can attain this mastery by deliberate conscious control of your imagination. Form a mental image, a picture of the state desired, of the person you want to be. Concentrate your attention upon the feeling that you already are that person.

First visualize the person in your consciousness. Then feel yourself to be in that state as though it actually formed your surrounding world.

The great secret is a controlled imagination and a well sustained attention, firmly and repeatedly focused on the object to be accomplished.

Every state is already there as mere possibilities as long as we think of them, but as overpoweringly real when we think from them.

.. You become according to your resigned will and your resigned will is your concept of yourself and all that you consent to and accept as true.

.. Every phase of your life is made by the exercise of your imagination.

Determined imagination alone is the means of your progress, of the fulfilling of your dreams.

It is the beginning and end of all creating.

The great secret is a controlled imagination and a well-sustained attention firmly and repeatedly focused on the feeling of the wish fulfilled until it fills the mind and crowds all other ideas out of consciousness.

.. The Truth that sets you free is that you can experience in imagination what you desire to experience in reality, and by maintaining this experience in imagination, your desire will become an actuality.

.. You must stop spending your thoughts, time, and money. Everything in life must be an investment.

To spend is to waste without a return. To invest is to lay out for a purpose from which a profit is expected.

It is about the transformation of the moment. It is only what is done now that counts. Whenever we assume the feeling of being what we want to be, we are investing.” (p.19)

 

“Your imagination is you, yourself, and the world as your imaginations sees it is the real world.” (p. 25)

 

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

..Be still and know that you are that which you desire to be, and you will never have to search for it.” (p.38)

 

“The whole of creation exists in you, and it is your destiny to become increasingly aware of its infinite wonders and to experience ever greater and grander portions of it.” (p.42)

Nature

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“What law prevails in this nearly infinite journey that governs all entities

and their precise interrelationships,

and prevents any disorder in their development and evolutionary motion

as presented in the manifestation of nature?”

-Molana Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha

Innocence and Innovation

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Gene Keys Richard Rudd, UK, 2009.

“We are all really children.

Children of the cosmos, and our only real job is to let go of our seriousness and find the delight in every exquisite jewel that life places before us.” (p. 21)

“Our deep seated fear that life is based on chance leads to fear, and shallow breath. It manifests through our need to maintain control over our lives. It is only when we begin to touch the core of the primal fear within us that our system begins to let go of this deep seated tensing of our being.

“The more we allow and feel the fear, the more we let go into the embrace of the cosmos, and the more we realize how deeply we are held and protected by it.” (p. 17)

“The path of innovation broadly means to improve something by introducing a new element or elements.

The gift of innovation requires adults to allow themselves to be shaped by their environment and be as open-hearted and open-minded as a child. All preconceived notions, dogmas, or beliefs, must be discarded when they no longer serve the developing synthesis.

Innovation also requires a deep sense of inner trust.” (p.19)

“Just as the cell’s true brain is in its membrane rather than its nucleus, so our true brain in in our emotional system. Like the cellular membrane, the solar plexus system determines what frequencies are allowed in and out of the body.

“This is the sacred secret: Life is designed to keep on innovating and the old human with its single-celled island mentality has had its day.”

“The certainty of order within the universe is a feeling that can only be captured by a more advanced system of awareness.

Above all, it is equated with the human heart and the feeling of love and unity that links between all creatures.

“Your true home is not located within your body, not is there somewhere in the universe a single center through which everything is orchestrated. The center you are looking for is the feeling of love itself, which is the omnicentric manifestation of your eternal state of innocence.”