Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What Is is Perfect

I know it's hard to imagine, sometimes, but all that is, whatever is, is perfect. In honor of my good friend and former student, Jnanacharya, I'd like to point out, as he did, that perfect does NOT mean 'double good'. Perfect means that there is nothing wrong; things are exactly as they are meant to be. Whatever is happening in the Uni-verse is happening just as it is meant to happen.

So, why don't you believe this? Because your 'mind' is telling you differently. The mind says"No, it should be like this or that or the other." But if your mind wasn't speaking, would it not be perfect? It's very much like the question, "If a tree falls in the woods and there's nobody there to hear it, would it make a sound?" So, rephrasing this - "If a situation arose, but no mind to say it is a problem, would there be a problem?" Obviously not.

Does that mean you do nothing? Yes and No. You do nothing. The universe does everything. But for practical purposes, you probably haven't recognized this yet. It feels like you are doing something. All in all it looks something like this.

Universe is happening
You appear to be a separate thing happening within the universe.
A 'problem' arises to you (i.e. a situation that mind says is wrong)
A desire to 'fix' it arises.
Possible ways to fix it arise in the mind.
You appear to choose one and 'do' it.
On to next thing.

Simple right. And yet we complicate it in so many ways - first considering that nothing 'wrong' should arise, that this is horrible, that it shouldn't have happened to you, how will you ever make it 'right', what will others say/think about you, and on and on and on.

From a different perspective

There is a universe.
It manifests as billions of things/pieces/entities/galaxies, etc.
Stuff happens - all of it being the universe in its manifesting,
It goes through processes of change/balance evolve/balance expand/balance but never not being Perfect
The pieces of the universe that are called 'mind' analyze and evaluate those things that are happening, often calling them 'good' or 'bad'.
It all continues effortlessly with or without the mind,

EXCEPT that when there is resistance to what is...
There is apparent SUFFERING.

Even the suffering and the resistance is Perfect. Two things rubbing together create friction (resistance). It's not good or bad, simply friction. We only exacerbate it by contemplating what it means, the ramifications of it, and so forth. It's just happening. It will happen for some time and then change. It always does. Trying to hold on to the way it is or was is a form of resistance. Not bad, just impractical. Flow, be free of wanting anything to be a particular way. Be free of being right or wrong. Be free of future desire or past regrets. Recognize the Infinite Perfection that is happening in every moment and just BE FREE! Then there's not even a 'you' to be free...there's just PERFECTION HAPPENING.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

More Be who you Are

I broke my phone. It's okay, I think it's getting fixed, so don't worry for me. (By the way, if you didn't know, I'm kind of a closet geek, or geek wannabe, or something. I love hanging out with geeks, cuz how many of them can say "I use to give 'noogies' to Bill Gates, which I did. But I tarry...

In the process of seeking a replacement or repair for my phone, I started emailing someone who had what I was looking for, and several email tags back and forth later I noticed a wonderful simple sentence. Now many of you may laugh that I didn't know this quote, but I was living in temples when this guy was around.

Anyway, the quote goes,

"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not."

The speaker of this quote is none other than the late (i.e. dead for you non-sophisticates) Kurt Cobain - alleged suicider grunge musician.

So what do you think? Now, the interesting thing is many people would agree with this in principle but not practice. They proclaim, "Yes, I'm going to be who I am no matter what," but then the conditioning jumps in and in effect, makes them worry way to much about being loved than being who they are. When do you adjust your nature because it's "right" to do so. And then the cognitive dissonances start to set in. "This isn't really who I am, yet I'm acting this way."

"Be who you are and say what you want. Those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter." Probably one of the best quotes on the subject, that one by the late GREAT Dr. Seuss!

Every moment is an opportunity to allow that Absolute to express through you and as you. It will do it anyway, but part of the learning curve is to get the hell out of the way. The personality, the mask, is formed by the thoughts of others - parents, teachers, society, spiritual leaders, et. al., and only occludes Truth. Express, dance, delight in who you are, which includes the complete expression of your love OR your assholeness. Love your Blessedness. It's all the same thing.