A Story of Shoes

Once upon a time, there was a Queen who ruled over an ancient kingdom. One day, she walked about her kingdom barefoot (as was common in those days) and stubbed her toe on a stone. In pain and frustration, the Queen called her noblemen and wise advisors together and made her declaration:

Take a sheet of soft leather and carpet the whole of my kingdom with it, that all may be protected henceforth from stubbing their toes against the stones of the ground.

One of her wise advisors ventured to speak, however, and offered an alternative solution:

Let us rather take sheets of leather and carpet the soles of everyone’s feet with it.

And thus was the birth of Shoes.

The moral of the story…

Where our feet come in contact with this earth is the Point of Contact whereby we meet our existence.

It is far more challenging, indeed impossible!, to protect ourselves from harm and hurt and distress by way of forcing this entire planet, universe, and everyone’s existence in it to conform to the way in which we walk through it.

Especially, when one considers that to attempt to do so will most assuredly violate the boundaries of another’s free will and individuality! Such are the seeds of power games and the resultant struggle of two power chakras over life energy; or, we can say, the tug-of-war between egos. (Read this wonderful article on the Power Chakra!) It is certainly a breeding ground for karma — fear-based intentions of the ego…

Instead, if we pay heed to the way in which our “feet” touch this existence in our own experience of it — if we adjust our own relationship with our experience and thereby change the experience of our Point of Contact with it — then not only are we “protected” and able to respond rightly to our world, but the world will also respond rightly to us. This is at the heart of conscious awareness, of existing in the Now and simply opening our eyes to what is already there.

So, put on your shoes today and be mindful of your steps. You’ll soon find your relationship with your existence transforming, and existence, too, will transform in its relationship to you in response.

A Word of Wisdom

Where I live, I am surrounded very closely by a large, beautiful mountain range. The mountains, of course, are looming and plainly visible every day, even in adverse weather. However, isn’t it interesting?– How easily my mind can run in daily distractions to the point where I don’t even perceive the grandiose shape of the mountains in front and all around me!

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In the same manner Truth (in all it’s multifaceted beauty and complexity) is looming all around us; indeed it is inside me. Truth is in my heart; it is my Heart Voice; it is me, ever near me, in front of my nose at all times!

“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27

The heart chakra–the Heart Voice; God or Goddess or Spirit–is connected (woven into the very fabric) of The All. The Truth and all it speaks, is inside of us.

20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
–John 17:20-21

But, like the grandiose and clearly evident truth of the visible mountains, we must quiet our minds from the everyday distractions that run it around that we might take notice. Too, one cannot force the truth to appear. We cannot through extreme study and effort on our part force to appear what is already there “in front of our noses.” Rather, we simply clear our own vision to see clearly what is there, and only then can we be in a position to look and study and get to know it better.

Listen deeply, listen inward, and your eyes will be opened to what you seek. It is already there; quiet your mind, live in the Now, and you’ll see it.

What is up with The All?

The Father is singular while being many. For he is first and he is unique, though without being solitary. How else could he be a father?…That singular one who is the only Father is in fact like a tree that has a trunk, branches, and fruit…The only Father and God in the true sense, therefore, is the one who has been born by no one, but who, on the contrary, has given birth to the All and has brought it into being. (from The Tripartate Tractate, Part One; The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg.62.)

According to one angle of my multifaceted and ever-growing understanding of the Gnostic myths of creation and the nature of our universe, the Father is the All; all is the Father.

…the aeons existed eternally in the Father’s Thought, and he was like a thought and a place for them…he is a spring that is not diminished by the water flowing from it. (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg.65.)

The Aeons, being “like a drop from a spring, like a blossom from a vine” (Ibid. pg 66) are, in this sense, parts of the Father. Another gnostic text reads that the Father procreated with Forethought (Pronoia) to give birth to the aeons. Likewise, does it not state in the book of Proverbs chapter 8:22-31, Wisdom says:

Adonai made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works. 23 I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth’s beginnings… 27 When he established the heavens, I was there. When he drew the horizon’s circle on the deep, 28 when he set the skies above in place… 30 I was with him as someone he could trust. For me, every day was pure delight, as I played in his presence all the time, 31 playing everywhere on his earth, and delighting to be with humankind.

The Aeons are, in this sense then, as if they are fragments of the entirety of the Father. Alone, they are only a portion of the whole being; but, together, they are Entire. And, in all this, the Father is not diminished in himself, and always has more of himself to give.

The Aeons, therefore, are also able to procreate and, in a sense, “fragment” themselves — the Tripartate Tractate (The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, pg. 67) describes it thusly: “…just as the marvels of silence are eternal births–births of mind–so also the faculties of the word are spiritual emissions…in the same manner that the Father exists, so do those who have issued from him also bring forth all that they wish…by mutual help, for they have been helping one another in the same way as those unborn.”

Now, without going into too much further detail (for the Nag Hammadi texts seem to explore the events of creation in increasing complexity as they unfold), essentially, it is by the “youngest aeon’s” attempt to procreate while in deficiency in regard to her knowledge of the existence and fullness of the Father that gave birth to an aeon or being without soul — as an “aborted fetus” (as texts such as On the Origin of the World, Ibid pg. 199, describe this being). This deficient aeon, then, presumed that none existed before him — that he alone simply popped into being! — and proceeded to procreate (as was ingrained in his very nature) and create a material system or universe after the nature of his own deficiency. And thereby darkness, jealousy, fear, and the like were woven into the very fabric of what we see.

This all can seem very mystical and magical!

But, what can one take from these concepts? If the nature of Myth as Allegory is to paint the greater picture of what we are and where we belong (and so forth), then what do these notions passed down to us from our ancient forefathers tell us about ourselves?

For me:

  • The Universe (whether physically or metaphorically speaking, it doesn’t really matter), is of a nature that procreates according to its very fabric of being.
  • The Aeons are all reflections of the Father, and we (being offspring of the Aeons’ thought) are also reflections of the Father.
  • We are all a part of The All.
  • We are all a part of each other.
  • We are all different, see the world differently from each other, yet we are all facets and parts and fragments of the All.
  • Therefore, we are all important to each other, and interconnected one to another.
  • Spiritually, psychologically, we can derive strength from this view. The All is in us, and we are in it. When we meditate and ground ourselves, we connect with this All-Consciousness. We are not alone, and we are not lost or blind when we are connected.

Let us walk with mutual respect, open-mindedness, and trust in this All-Consciousness to guide and brighten our paths!

Encountering Human Nature

As you move through your day today, you will undoubtedly encounter fellow human beings. And how will you feel, respond, react… when fellow humans interact with you, especially if the encounter is negative?

Remember:
Responsible = Able to Respond.
React = Re – Acting (acting out, mimicking) what you see and/or hear from the other person.

You alone are responsible for your feelings and how you choose to act upon them. But don’t fret– this is, in fact, good news! Because, through practice, observance, patience, and meditation, you can decide and shape your inner conditions, to make way for peace in your life!

So, today, will you simply mimic and blindly throw back what the other person is confronting you with? Or will you pause, get grounded, and take Responsibility?

Make it a beautiful day! You have all the resources and power you need within you to make it so.

Get Grounded

One of the most important and most enjoyable experiences I’ve encountered (and have been practicing regularly now for nearly the past week) is that of the Grounding Meditation as described and taught by the wonderfully in-depth and knowledgeable author at Kundalini-teacher.com.

The challenge set forth is to practice this meditation eight times a day for 45 days, as this will build the process and constant awareness of grounding into a habit. I have taken an immense interest and joy in maintaining this challenge successfully now for almost the past week. I have found a beautiful sense of balance, awareness, peace, well-being, acceptance, and more dwelling and arising within me.

Some notions I have become conscious of during the course of my meditation-experience:

  • that I am connected and intertwined intricately with the forces of this planet and universe (it puts Carl Sagan’s statement that “We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself” in a very real light!)
  • therefore, we have “all that it takes” within us, as we exist as a part of the All (more on these thoughts to come, promise…)
  • I feed the energy of the All as it also feeds my energy
  • I am never alone and I am always loved unconditionally
  • I have learned to discern and hear my Heart Voice
  • I have begun to just scratch the surface of understanding the beautiful complexity that is me (and by nature, all of us); that my Heart Voice is in actuality, Me; but it is the true me, my spirit, my unconscious…and who else would know me better than, well, me?
  • I’ve begun to note and take a curiosity in how the myths and religions of so many cultures seem to speak of this very thing, this Heart Voice, this Unconscious Self that is connected to All… giving it names we can relate to, such as God, Inner Guru, Allah, Ra, etc…. but in terms and parables relevant to its ability to comprehend such intimate complexity (plenty more on this to come in the future, too…Lots more details and examples I can think of…)

And this is all only after a week of getting to know myself a little better. 😉

Will you take the challenge? Read through the article, give grounding a chance and see what it can do to improve your perception of the world and your place in it!

Myth as Allegory

What if…

…the cultures of the past and their ancient myths — stories of G/god(s), Goddesses, man, creation, spirit… some familiar, others not as familiar to some of us — are all saying essentially the same thing? Speaking to us from afar, as it were?

What if the ancients were far wiser than that for which we modern-folk tend to give them credit; what if, by way of painting the grander picture of things unseen yet intimately known — through the vehicle of Myth — our ancient forefathers explained to the best of their ability the nature of Us, our duality of body/mind vs. spirit, the non-duality of our consciousness, and the workings of the Universe? And what if we were not meant to take these stories as literal truths, but to ponder them and learn from them as analogous to our deeper nature?

As John Lennon states very effectively in his beloved song, Imagine there’s no heaven… no hell below us…

Our Optical Delusion

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest: a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

–Albert Einstein

very wise words…

Imagine

This has been resonating in my head all day… Sing along! 🙂

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one