Category Archives: Self
Here’s a simple but powerful exercise in perception that will shift your sense of identity.
- Pick a point on your index finger. You may circle an area of 3-5 mm or just remember where it is.
- Look at the area for 3 minutes and notice all that arises within the feeling of this area.
- Notice the static or changing physical sensations.
- Now close your eyes and focus your attention on the physical sensations in this area for an additional 3 minutes.
- Open your eyes and let go of your focus on this area.
- Now notice the feelings that are arising in the rest of your finger and the remainder of your body.
- Look at your left knee for 1 minute, then stare at something in the distance for 1 minute.
- Suddenly go back to your index finger and see if you can remember something of what you felt.
- Let go of everything you’ve been doing.
- 2 hours later close your eyes and see if you can remember something of what you felt.
Here are some critical questions to help you understand what you just experienced :
- What did you feel in that small area where you focused your attention ?
- Was it static or in flux i.e. did it remain the same or did it change ?
- Why did the feeling remain static or change ?
- Which part(s) of you experienced these feelings – your cells, your tissue, your bone, your skin, your finger or something else ?
- Who and what experienced these feelings ?
- What happened to your conscious awareness while you focused your attention on this area ?
- Where are these feelings now ?
- Is it possible to remember the experience as it was or approximately as it was ?
- If so, why can you remember it ?
- Which part of you is perceiving ?
- Is it objective (physical) perception and/or subjective (mental) perception ?
See where that takes you !
Have a wicked day of human life !
In today’s bloated (O man I feel full !) walkalogue, I explore the idea of the inner self / the inner life / the inner world or the internal self / internal life / internal world. I speculate on the nature of this strange separation between inner and outer, how inner and outer influence one another and some possible distinctions between the inner world of the body and the inner world of the mind. I ask how the conscious and unconscious aspects of our mind might exist and interact with one another and what the changing nature of the inner self means for our identity and our overall sense of self in life and death.
Enjoy ! 😉
A few poems from 2013 about trusting our true nature.
The Flux Itself
You are and are not –
Constantly in flux,
You mistake yourself for a fixed entity
Or a fixed set of processes.
But you are neither.
You are the flux itself –
the entity and the process,
the creator and the creation,
the destroyer and the destroyed,
the blue and the sky,
the black and the stars.
Your youness is beyond the reach of words –
You are a gathering of selves becoming I,
A sense of I becoming I am.
Your Iamness is beyond the realm of feelings –
You are a cloud made of senses,
A body of senses charging I am.
Nothing remains as was, is or will be –
The flux is the carrier of all impressions,
The flux is the holder of all memory.
Letting go of all structure,
Letting go of all aspects of self,
Letting go of all like and dislike,
Letting go of all desire for time past, present and future.
You encounter the flux
Of all being and non being
And thus encounter the True Self.
In Mirrors We Are Made
It always happens this way –
Once I was his hero,
For a time I really mattered.
I was the bringer of all wisdom,
A maker of stories and kingdoms come,
A giver of dreams and rainbows to anywhere.
But now my power has weakened
And the world out there has overcome.
It began when no one was watching –
Once I helped him to take his first steps,
Towards the great destiny of his being.
The movement was set in motion,
From the first days in school to the last day on Earth,
From the first kiss of love to the final heart break.
But that is how it was
And the world in here has blossomed.
I have learned to let go –
While still holding onto love,
Letting it fill the space between us.
He has made me proud,
In his journey of becoming,
In his presence of being.
I will not hold anything against him,
For his path is his own
And I can only bless all who follow.
For each of us along the way,
Power comes and power goes.
But what really matters,
Is the way that we love them
And the way that we give of our love.
For love is not ours to keep –
Only by giving love can we free ourselves
Of the great forgetting that binds us.
I am you am us.
In mirrors we are made.
In mirrors we must trust.
What is It ?
What is it that rides inside of you ?
What is it that sees beyond limitation ?
What is it that penetrates emptiness ?
What is it that needs no meaning ?
You cannot find it by seeking.
You cannot find it through glory or adventure.
You cannot find it by becoming or believing.
You cannot find it by leaving the body or taming nature.
What is it that gives birth to life and death ?
What is it that creates mind and body ?
What is it that desires everything and nothing ?
What is it that serves and is enslaved ?
You cannot find it through the body.
You cannot find it by clinging or grasping.
You cannot find it in attachments of aversions.
You cannot find it in the reflections of yesterday or tomorrow.
It’s face is faceless !
It’s path is pathless !
It’s body is bodiless !
It’s self is self less !
Copyright © 2013 Bright Garlick.
For those of you who are struggling to find your purpose, this is what Dude said when I asked him one of your questions a few years ago. You can read the remainder of his answer here : https://app.box.com/s/4a727tfoppz1ti6efrbzaf9pqbof6u9d
Does every one, every living being, whether that be a person, plant, animal, thing with asoul, have a purpose in the life that they’re currently in ?
The purpose of any living thing is to live and to experience the life force in any way that it chooses to manifest itself. These ideas that humans have that there is some sort of divine purpose, they are mere fictions created by you, to help make sense of life. There is no need for a purpose. You did not come into life to full fill any kind of purpose and yet all your major religions talk of some sort of purpose. It isn’t true that there is a purpose that drives your existence – whether it is your life in your physical form or your life outside of the physical form. Everyone who speaks of purpose is speaking of something else, other than what your life is. You are what you are. Your life is what it is. It doesn’t need to fulfil any kind of becoming, any kind of unstated or known or unconscious purpose. These things that you say are purpose, they are things that help you to feel better about all the uncertainties that life throws up to you. When you have a sense of some grand purpose for your life, it is much easier to endure the hardship and the meaningless of existence. Once again, expectation ! You see life as something that should have an outcome. Your outcomes drive your desires and what you desire more than anything is to believe that this life that you are living is driven by some ultimate goal, some other thing, other than merely existing. You cannot grasp, that life isn’t a thing that is driven by an outcome, it is the outcome – whatever arises. And so it needs no purpose. If you say it has purpose, this is merely a projection of your own weaknesses because you don’t like to see that life is what you make it, regardless of whatever the driving force for your existence in the body. There is no grand purpose to your existing in this life or in any other, other than your one and true aim – which is to experience being what you are. You may not see that but it is true.
Two questions :
What is it that makes you uniquely you ?
What is the you, that takes you to be you ?
Please don’t be afraid ! Let the world hear you !
In today’s walk and talk I explore the self through the Buddhist concept of the 5 Aggregates and Process Fields (my own idea, which is simlar to Alfred White Northhead’s Process Philosophy) and ask how we are to live when we can embrace a wider concept of self.
During the early part of this walk, I examine two dead sheep – who provide a real life example of the nature of the self. Don’t look if images of death frighten you. These things are a part of my day to day reality and reguarly remind me of the nature of the self.
More on the 5 Aggregates here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skandha and Process Philosophy here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_philosophy / https://archive.org/details/AlfredNorthWhiteheadProcessAndReality.
May your contemplations be grand and illuminating ! 😉
In today’s walk in the big paddock, I introduce the core ideas behind the mystical Buddha’s teachings and talk a little about how my ET friend Dude changed my view of Buddhism and my own efforts to eliminate desire from my life.
Don’t be offended if you are a Buddhist. This monologue is an effort to simply Buddhism and make it easy to understand. It isn’t a critical treatise on significant doctrines but a gentle overview of what the Buddha may have been trying to get at.
Happy trails ! 😉
Unvenerable Bright Garlick.
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