August 17

Being Human

What do we mean by “being human”?

To be a human being is to exist in three alternating states. The first state I’ll call the Contentless state, because there is nothing there, nothing that can be observed. In common parlance, this is non-REM or deep sleep.

The second I call the Unself Conscious state. In it, images appear and are observed. We refer to it as dreaming.

The third state, not unlike the second, is the Self Conscious state. Here again images appear. However, now there is interpretation of them and involvement in them by a pseudo-entity: me.

The human brain creates this internal image or representation of itself as a whole, as a distinct entity. Environmental information is then referred to as other or non-self. This allows the system to consciously experience itself as being a part of the world. Too, the model presents the organism as being fully immersed in the world via a network of causal, perceptual, cognitive, attentional, and agentive relationships.

While in the Self Conscious state, most of us are actively engaged in the Pursuit of Becoming.

What is this? Its three components are:

  1. Ignoring what you innately are
  2. Erroneously believing what you are not
  3. Chasing some future attainment to correct #2

This is ignorance. When I speak of ignorance, I don’t refer to an absence of knowledge or to stupidity. I refer to a condition of ignoring. As such, when we ignore what is closer to us than our next thought, we are ignorant.

All efforts toward becoming are movements away from what already is present. In which direction must you walk to get to Here? What is the distance? How much time is required to get to Now?

As one begins to see that one is constantly reinforcing the image of being something in particular, a movement away from the reinforcing is initiated. You begin to understand that you cannot live in full presence while planning for some future arrival. How can we talk about your arrival when, in fact, you are the destination?

Movement then begins back from the periphery, with its particular point of view, towards the center and clarity.

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August 12

Words

I make no claim of authority. I have no formula, no blueprint for any of this.

I am frequently told that the style of my words is such that it forces the cessation of thinking for a split second. If this is so, it is a beneficial outcome, but is not any intended design.

My speaking and writing style is one of brevity (usually, but not today). I have found that fewer words can convey as much or more than many words when there is listening and  undiluted presence. In the absence of listening and undiluted presence, the number of words is irrelevant.
In that regard, it’s about quality not quantity.

If I tell you I drink three cups of coffee in the morning, I haven’t given you much information because you don’t  know the size of the cups. You receive a lot more information when I say that I consume one liter of coffee in the morning.

However, words have limitations. Words cannot alter That Which Is. A father does not lose his fatherhood if his son addresses him as “Uncle”. When you  take my words and filter them through the mesh of your concepts, their value is lost.

So I say “kill the words”. Don’t cling to words. Go behind them, before them, prior to them, to that which the words point. Go there and experience It.

All words are only directions to an address. When you arrive at the address, the directions are of no further use.

Similarly, don’t become enamored with your point of view; it’s yours only. Others may see matters differently.

When I walk the streets of Manhattan, I see things one way. When I fly over the city, the view is quite different.

Here’s another example: did you know that there are cultures on this planet that use a different numbering system than our own. Whereas we speak in terms of  ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, millions, etc., their system expresses quantities solely by 1, 2, 3, many.

Do you think that they see things differently than you?

You project the world and color it as you see fit. When you first meet a woman, she is a stranger.
When you marry her, she is your love. If you divorce, she often becomes your enemy.

Your attitude determines how you relate to everything. Attitudes, points of view, are infinite in number.

That-Which-Is is one.

But the brain has no interest in this pursuit. Our brain is only interested in what’s interesting. It ignores the wall and sees only the painting, It ignores the floor and sees only the rug. It struggles with  emptiness, with space.

It misses the space between two thoughts and the space between musical notes. Yet without that space, the music would be mere noise.

When the background is ignored, our perception is little more than a fragment. Yet we march onward, engaging with objects and ignoring the subjectivity  supporting them.

Where is this subjectivity to be found?

Since objects cannot have subjectivity, something other than the object must be the subjective.

As such, you are not anything perceivable; you are perception itself. Or look at it this way: phenomena appear and disappear. So much is discontinuous. What is continuous that must be present to observe all the discontinuity is the subjectivity.

Yet, the paradox is that this subjectivity is not an object to be found. The only way, therefore, to know it is to be it.

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August 8

Evolution in Consciousness

Any expansion of, or evolution in, consciousness simply can’t occur until the energy that is used to maintain the identification with this brain-in-a-­body is re-directed toward that higher purpose.

The more immediate problem is that the evolution of our brain simply hasn’t kept up with the evolution of our society. We are still using hunter-gatherer algorithms to deal with today’s complexities……..and we’re failing.
When you look back at Katrina, or Haiti, the Gulf or Fukushima, that must be clear.
Too, we must not lose sight of the scale of things. From an evolutionary point of view, 5000 years is a short time. Yet, we speak of this evolution as if we expect it in our lifetimes. I’m not saying it’s impossible; nothing is impossible. 
But it’s not likely.
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August 5

Snippets

Here are some snippets from a recent talk:

It is important that you bring openness to our talks. Have no expectations. There is nothing to obtain, nothing to attain, nothing to retain.

All the worldly knowledge one may possess cannot answer the question “What am I really?” That’s what we look at here. So, set all your knowledge aside.

Don’t take notes. You can’t truly listen and take notes at the same time.

Most people come here and if what I say fits into their belief system, they agree with me. Maybe they even call me wise. If it doesn’t fit, then they reject it and maybe go so far as to tell others I’m a waste of time. It’s inconsequential to me.

I’m not here to affirm your beliefs nor am I here to provide you with new ones. I’m here to suggest that you ruthlessly examine each one. In so doing, you produce a subtle shift from what you believe to what you know.

Can you help me gain a sense of purpose?

If you are looking for something to define the lifestream called Sita, then I cannot.

Your purpose is to be without purpose. In the absence of purpose, you can be, you are authentic because there’s no having to be this or that.

How do I know that I’ll get what I need from you?

The fisherman cannot control either the fish or the water. He understands that his role is to show up, cast his line, and then watch and wait.

Have no concern for acquiring anything additional. Instead, trust that what you need to know you’ll come to know. Lose all of your habitual certainties and you find yourself frequently saying “So what” to the world.
*****
I’m 35 years old and life feels like shit. I find that I just don’t care about much.

Even a life of only a few decades will have taught that conquering fears and satisfying desires will not remove this sense of emptiness you are trying to escape from. Don’t minimize the importance of this realization.

The end of unhappiness, seeking and doubt is obtained with a clear understanding of one’s essence, one’s real nature. How can you expect to see what is essential and innate in you when you’re completely engaged every moment in the stuff of the world?

At present, you’re like the silk worm that builds a house around itself, its cocoon, becomes imprisoned and then dies in it. Where is the wisdom in that?

Can you see that you have set up a similar fate for yourself, living in this incarcerating cocoon called “me”?

You make it sound easy, but there’s this incessant voice in my head that won’t leave me alone.

There is a man standing outside of your home, loudly singing country music. It just so happens that you hate country music. Is there anything that needs to be done other than to ignore him? When he is ignored, the disturbance is no longer. A thing without energy ceases to exist. Don’t provide the energy of attention.

It is the same with thoughts.
*****
What you say about imagination is so true. Yet, it’s quite captivating.

Dreaming that you’ve been labeled a pedophile does not make you one outside of the dream. You don’t wake up and seek counseling for it. You see it for what it is and for what it isn’t and you move on. That’s not a bad strategy. Shackled to our imaginations, we can never be free.

Whatever appears, whenever it appears, is only a guest. It will stay a while and then it will go. You remain as the host to all guests.

My only counsel to you is this: there is nothing objective to what you are. You have invented a totality to contain you as a part. Refuse to believe that you are perceivable. You are that onto which all perceptions come and go.

Seeing this clearly, what’s left for you to do?
*****
What’s wrong about having a specific point of view?

I’m not assigning right or wrong. When we observe something with a particular point of view, it appears a certain way. When we use a different point of view, it appears in a different way. As such, our point of view determines how things appear, how they seem to us. A point of view only presents a fraction of what is there in the same way as looking through a keyhole limits what can be seen.

Now consider how things would be if they were viewed without a point of view. This would be the way to see them as they really are.

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