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IWOW - Part 4 - Beyond Thinking

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    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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    We live our lives pursuing happiness "out
    there"
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    as if it is a commodity.
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    We have become slaves to our own desires and
    craving.
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    Happiness isn't something that can be pursued
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    or purchased like a cheap suit.
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    This is Maya,
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    illusion,
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    the endless play of form.
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    In the Buddhist tradition,
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    Samsara, or the endless cycle of suffering
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    is perpetuated by the craving of pleasure
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    and aversion to pain.
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    Freud referred to this as the "pleasure principle."
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    Everything we do is an attempt to create pleasure,
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    to gain something that we want,
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    or to push away something that is undesirable
    that we don't want.
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    Even a simple organism like the paramecium
    does this.
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    It is called response to stimulus.
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    Unlike a paramecium, humans have more choice.
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    We are free to think, and that is the heart
    of the problem.
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    It is the thinking about what we want that
    has gotten out of control.
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    The
    dilemma of modern society is that we seek
    to understand the world,
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    not in terms of archaic inner consciousness,
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    but by quantifying and qualifying what we
    perceive
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    to be the external world by using scientific
    means and thought.
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    Thinking has only led to more thinking and
    more questions.
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    We seek to know the innermost forces which
    create the world
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    and guide its course.
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    But we conceive of this essence as outside
    of ourselves,
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    not as a living thing, intrinsic to our own
    nature.
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    It was the famous psychiatrist Carl Jung who
    said,
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    "one who looks outside dreams, one who looks
    inside awakes."
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    It is not wrong to desire to be awake, to
    be happy.
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    What is wrong is to look for happiness outside
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    when it can only be found inside.
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    On August 4th, 2010 at the Techonomy conference
    in Lake Tahoe, California,
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    Eric Schmidt-CEO of Google, mentioned an astounding
    statistic.
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    Every two days now we create as much information
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    as we did from the dawn of civilization up
    until 2003,
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    according to Schmidt.
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    That's something like 5 exabytes of data.
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    Never in human history has there been so much
    thinking
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    and never has there been so much turmoil on
    the planet.
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    Could it be that every time we think of a
    solution to one problem,
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    we create two more problems?
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    What good is all this thinking
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    if it doesn't lead to greater happiness?
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    Are we happier?
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    More equanimous?
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    More joyful as a result of all this thinking?
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    Or does it isolate us,
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    disconnect us from a deeper and more meaningful
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    experience of life?
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    Thinking, acting and doing,
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    must be brought into balance with being.
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    After all, we are human beings, not human
    doings.
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    We want change and we want stability at the
    same time.
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    Our hearts have become disconnected from the
    spiral of life,
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    the law of change,
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    as our thinking minds drive us towards stability,
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    security and pacification of the senses.
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    With a morbid facination we watch killings,
    tsunamis,
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    earthquakes and wars.
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    We constantly try to occupy our mind, fill
    it with information.
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    TV shows streaming from every conceivable
    device.
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    Games and puzzles.
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    Text messaging.
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    And every possible trivial thing.
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    We let ourselves become mesmerized with
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    the endless stream of new images, new information,
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    new ways to tantalize and pacify the senses.
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    At times of quiet inner reflection our hearts
    may tell us
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    that there is more to life than our present
    reality,
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    that we live in a world of hungry ghosts.
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    Endlessly craving and never satisfied.
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    We have created a maelstrom of data
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    flying around the planet to facilitate more
    thinking,
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    more ideas about how to fix the world,
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    to fix the problems that only exist because
    the mind has created them.
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    Thinking has created the whole big mess we're
    in right now.
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    We wage wars against diseases, enemies and
    problems.
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    The paradox is that whatever you resist persists.
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    The more you resist something, the stronger
    it gets.
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    Like exercising a muscle, you are actually
    strengthening
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    the very thing you want to rid yourself of.
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    So then, what is the alternative to thinking?
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    What other mechanism can humans use to exist
    on this planet?
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    While Western culture in recent centuries
    has focused on exploring
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    the physical by using thought and analysis,
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    other ancient cultures have developed equally
    sophisticated
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    technologies for exploring inner space.
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    It is the loss of our connection to our inner
    worlds
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    that has created imbalance on our planet.
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    The ancient tenant "know thyself" has been
    replaced
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    by a desire to experience the outer world
    of form.
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    Answering the question "who am I?" is not
    simply a matter
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    of describing what is on your business card.
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    In Buddhism, you are not the content of your
    consciousness.
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    You are not merely a collection of thoughts
    or ideas
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    because behind the thoughts is the one who
    is witnessing the thoughts.
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    The imperative "know thyself" is a Zen koan,
    an unanswerable riddle.
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    Eventually the mind will become exhausted
    in trying to find an answer.
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    Like a dog chasing its tail, it is only the
    ego identity
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    that wants to find an answer, a purpose.
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    The truth of who you are does not need an
    answer
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    because all questions are created by the egoic
    mind.
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    You are not your mind.
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    The truth lies not in more answers, but in
    less questions.
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    As Joseph Campbell said,
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    "I don't believe people are looking for the
    meaning of life,
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    as much as they are looking for the experience
    of being alive."
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    When the Buddha was asked, "what are you?"
    he said simply,
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    "I am awake."
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    What does this mean, to be awake?
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    The Buddha does not say exactly, because of
    the flowering of
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    each individual life is different.
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    But he does say one thing; it is the end of
    suffering.
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    Every major religious tradition has a name
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    for the state of being awake.
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    Heaven,
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    Nirvana,
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    or Moksha.
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    A quiet mind is all you need to realize the
    nature of the stream
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    All else will happen once your mind is quiet.
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    In that stillness, inner energies wake up
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    and work without effort on your part.
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    As the Taoists say, "Chi follows consciousness."
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    By being still one begins to hear the wisdom
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    of the plants and animals.
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    The quiet whispers in dreams,
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    and one learns the subtle mechanism by which
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    those dreams come into material form.
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    In the Tao te Ching, this kind of living is
    called "wei wu wei"
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    - "Doing, not doing."
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    The Buddha spoke of the "middle way" as the
    path
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    that leads to enlightenment.
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    Aristotle described the Golden Mean - the
    middle
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    between two extremes, as the path of beauty.
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    Not too much effort, but not too little either.
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    Yin and yang in perfect balance.
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    Vedanta's notion of Maya or illusion,
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    is that we do not experience the environment
    itself,
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    but rather a projection of it created by thoughts.
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    Of course your thoughts let you experience
    the vibratory world
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    in a certain way, but our inner equanimity
    need not be contingent
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    on external happenings.
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    The belief in an external world independent
    of the perceiving subject
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    is fundamental to science.
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    But our senses only give us indirect information.
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    Our notions about this mind-made physical
    world
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    are always filtered through the senses and
    therefore always incomplete.
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    There is one field of vibration underlying
    all of the senses.
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    People with a condition called "synesthesia"
    sometimes experience
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    this vibratory field in different ways.
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    Synesthetes can see sounds as colors or shapes
    or associate
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    qualities of one sense with another.
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    Synesthesia refers to a synthesis or intermingling
    of the senses.
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    The chakras and the senses are like a prism
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    filtering a continuum of vibration.
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    All things in the universe are vibrating
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    but at different rates and frequencies.
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    The Eye of Horus is made up of six symbols,
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    each representing one of the senses.
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    Like the ancient Vedic system,
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    thought is considered to be a sense.
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    Thoughts are received simultaneously
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    as sensations are experienced on the body.
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    They arise from the same vibratory source.
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    Thinking is simply a tool.
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    One of six senses.
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    But we have elevated it to such a high status
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    that we identify ourselves with out thoughts.
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    The fact that we do not identify thinking
    as one of the six senses
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    is very significant.
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    We are so immersed in thought that trying
    to explain thought as a sense
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    is like telling a fish about water.
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    Water, what water?
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    In the Upanishads it is said:
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    Not that which the eye can see, but that whereby
    the eye can see.
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    Know that to be Brahma the eternal and not
    what people here adore.
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    Not that which the ear can hear, but that
    whereby the ear can hear.
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    Know that to be Brahma the eternal and not
    what people here adore.
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    Not that which speech can illuminate, but
    that by which speech can be illuminated.
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    Know that to be Brahma the eternal and not
    what people here adore.
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    Not that which the mind can think, but that
    whereby the mind can think.
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    Know that to be Brahma the eternal and not
    what people here adore.
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    In the last decade, great advances have taken
    place
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    in the area of brain research.
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    Scientists have discovered neuroplasticity
    - a term
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    which conveys the idea that the physical wiring
    of the brain
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    changes according to the thoughts moving through
    it.
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    As Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb put it,
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    "neurons that fire together, wire together."
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    Neurons wire together most when a person is
    in a state of sustained attention.
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    What this means is that it is possible to
    direct your own
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    subjective experience of reality.
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    Literally, if your thoughts are ones of fear,
    worry, anxiety
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    and negativity then you grow the wiring for
    more of those thoughts to flourish.
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    If you direct your thoughts to be ones of
    love,
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    compassion, gratitude and joy,
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    you create the wiring for repeating those
    experiences.
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    But how do we do that if we are surrounded
    by violence and suffering?
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    Isn't this some kind of delusion or wishful
    thinking?
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    Neuroplasticity isn't the same as the new
    age notion
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    that you create your reality by positive thinking.
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    It is actually the same thing that the Buddha
    taught
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    2500 years ago.
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    Vipassana Meditation or insight meditation
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    could be described as self-directed neuroplasticity.
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    You accept your reality exactly as it is - as
    it ACTUALLY is.
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    But you experience it at the root level of
    sensation,
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    at the vibratory or energetic level without
    the prejudice or
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    influence of thought.
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    Through sustained attention at the root level
    of consciousness,
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    the wiring for an entirely different perception
    of reality is created.
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    We have got it backwards most of the time.
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    We constantly let ideas about the outer world
    shape our neural networks,
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    but our inner equanimity need not be contingent
    on external happenings.
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    Circumstances don't matter.
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    Only my state of consciousness matters.
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    Meditation in Sanskrit means to be free of
    measurement.
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    Free of all comparison.
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    To be free of all becoming.
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    You are not trying to become something else.
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    You are okay with what is.
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    The way to rise above the suffering of the
    physical realm
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    is to totally embrace it.
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    To say yes to it.
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    So it becomes something within you,
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    rather than you being something within it.
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    How does one live in such a way that consciousness
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    is no longer in conflict with its content?
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    How does one empty the heart of petty ambitions?
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    There must be a total revolution in consciousness.
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    A radical shift in orientation from the outer
    world to the inner.
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    It is not a revolution brought about by will
    or effort alone.
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    But also by surrender.
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    Acceptance of reality as it is.
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    The image of Christ's open heart powerfully
    conveys the idea
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    that one must open to all pain.
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    One must accept ALL if one is to remain open
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    to the evolutionary source.
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    This doesn't mean you become a masochist,
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    you don't look for pain,
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    but when pain comes, which it inevitably does,
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    you simply accept reality AS IT IS,
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    instead of craving some other reality.
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    The Hawaiians have long believed
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    that it is through the heart that we learn
    truth.
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    The heart has its own intelligence as distinctly
    as the brain does.
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    The Egyptians believed that the heart, not
    the brain,
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    was the source of human wisdom.
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    The heart was considered to be the center
    of the
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    soul and the personality.
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    It was through the heart that the divine spoke,
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    giving ancient Egyptians knowledge of their
    true path.
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    This papyrus depicts the "weighing of the
    heart".
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    It was considered a good thing to go into
    the
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    afterlife with a light heart.
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    It meant that you had lived well.
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    One universal or archetypal stage that people
    experience
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    in the process of awakening the heart center
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    is the experience of one's own energy as the
    energy of the universe.
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    When you allow yourself to feel this love,
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    to be this love,
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    when you connect your inner world with the
    outer world,
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    then all is one.
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    How does one experience the music of the spheres?
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    How does a heart open?
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    Sri Ramana Maharshi said,
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    "God dwells in you, as you,
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    and you don't have to do anything
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    to be God-realized or self-realized.
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    It is already your true and natural state.
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    Just drop all seeking,
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    turn your attention inward
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    and sacrifice your mind to the one self,
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    radiating in the heart of your very being.
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    For this to be your own presently lived experience,
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    self inquiry is the one direct and immediate
    way."
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    When you meditate and observe sensations within,
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    your inner aliveness, you are actually observing
    change.
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    This force of change is the arising and passing
    away
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    as energy changes form.
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    The degree to which a person has evolved or
    become enlightened,
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    is the degree to which one has gained the
    ability
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    to adapt to each moment,
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    or to transmute the constantly changing human
    stream
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    of circumstances, pain and pleasure
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    into bliss.
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    Leo Tolstoy, author of "War and Peace", said
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    "everyone thinks of changing the world,
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    but nobody thinks of changing him or herself."
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    Darwin said the most important characteristic
    for the
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    survival of the species is not strength or
    intelligence,
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    but adaptability to change.
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    One must become adept at adapting.
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    This is the Buddhist teaching of "annica"
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    - everything is arising and passing away,
    changing.
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    Constantly changing.
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    Suffering exists only because we become attached
    to a particular form.
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    When you connect to the witnessing part of
    yourself,
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    with the understanding of annica, bliss arises
    in the heart.
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    Saints, sages and yogis throughout history
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    unanimously describe one sacred union that
    occurs in the heart.
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    Whether is the writings of St. John of the
    Cross,
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    Rumi's poetry,
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    or the tantric teachings of India,
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    all of these different teachings try to express
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    the subtle mystery of the heart.
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    In the heart is the union of Shiva and Shakti.
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    Masculine penetration into the spiral of life
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    and feminine surrender to change.
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    Witnessing
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    and unconditional acceptance of all that is.
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    In order to open your heart,
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    you must open yourself to change.
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    To live in the seemingly solid world,
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    dance with it,
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    engage with it,
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    live fully,
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    love fully,
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    but yet know that it is impermanent
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    and that ultimately all forms dissolve and
    change.
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    Bliss is the energy that responds to stillness.
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    It comes from emptying consciousness of all
    content.
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    The content of this bliss energy born of stillness
    IS consciousness.
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    A new consciousness of the heart.
  • 26:45 - 26:49
    A consciousness that is connected to ALL that
    IS.
Title:
IWOW - Part 4 - Beyond Thinking
Description:

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Video Language:
English
Team:
Awaken the World
Project:
02 - Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
Duration:
31:56

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