Category Archives: Spirituality
Brexit was a significant challenge for the UK and I think despite many of the valid concerns that Brits had with the European Union (mostly due to immigration, trade and population pressures), it was a major step backwards. At some point Europe needs to overcome it’s differences while maintaining individual sovereignty and autonomy of it’s nation states. There are no easy answers but this is something that will continue to cause problems for Europe. A lack of unification lends itself to war and too much control over autonomy also lends itself to war. If we humans wish to become truly space faring, we must embrace our difference and find common ground. Otherwise the likes of an Earth as portrayed in Star Trek and Starr Trek’s Federation will remain nothing more than a flight of fancy of the imagination !
Read these posts by Patrick Stewart on Brexit and watch the great skit in the final link :
- https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/culture/video/2016/apr/25/patrick-stewart-sketch-what-has-the-echr-ever-done-for-us-video .
And here’s some of Jeaan-Luc Picard’s most inspirational speeches.
Be warned – there is a lunatic at large in this monologue !
Today’s slightly psychotic talky, is an experiential exploration of the speed of thought and how to generate an awareness of stillness and its symptom – silence. This monologue was made at night outside, just before bed. Unfortunately my lunacy had to be contained because it was a perfectly still quiet night and I didn’t want to upset any animals or my son. So what you will hear is a muffled version, which was not nearly as fun to record as a full throated cookie monster yodel may have been ! But despite this, I think you’ll get my point.
For those of you who seek a calmer mind, this monologue may provide a little help.
Long live Cookie Monster !
Please note BEING – this post is especially relevant to you and your conditioning through Falun Gong. It is also relevant to ALL SEEKERS, who have forgotten to trust their own instincts.
Some of you may recall that there was a point some years ago when I thought and felt very strongly that I ought to relinquish all my desires, attachments and aversions. Now, as a human being, this is a very hard thing to do. And in fact I don’t know any living human beings who have ever been able to do this. It’s almost impossible ! I know that there are people who have said they’ve done it but upon closer examination it’s clear they haven’t. But I was very, very serious. My tumours had returned and I felt that I might not survive my illness. The main motivator for this desire that I had, was that I wanted this life to be my last and I felt I needed to take action sooner, rather than later. The Buddhists among you may see this as a desire for liberation or nirvana. But I wasn’t motivated by that. I was motivated by an aversion. An aversion of the suffering of life. Some of you may recognise that attachment and aversion are the very things that the mythical Buddha identified as some of the root causes of suffering. So here was I, driven by a great aversion to cut off desire, attachment and aversion, so that I could be free of the suffering of living again.
Some of you may also recognise the paradox of seeking to end desire, attachment or aversion. In order to do so, you must hold at least one of those states. For example, you cannot be free of desire without the desire to do so. The Buddha identified this as one of the last things that must be let go. So desire remains a core ingredient in human experience, even up to so called liberation.
So what the hell has happened since ? I realised, quite unexpectedly but also I think I had always known at some level, that my conceptions were completely wrong and the ideas that I had ‘thought to be true’ from my studies of Buddhism, Neo Advaita, Dadaji, Ram Thakur and Ramana Maharshi, and my own practices, were a form of conditioning that had I had failed to see for what they are.
At one point I took the issue up with several of my ET friends, including Dude. The following extract from a conversation with Dude, highlights the flaw in my ideation and inheriting what others believe is true. This conversation took place well before I had learned from Dude that time does not exists and that there is only space and well before I had learned about Conjoined Space and the other lives that arise in them. I encourage you to examine whether you think and feel that Dude’s claims are true or false and whether the spiritual beliefs you have inherited have tainted the truth !
“Bright : I’m not sure how to articulate this, so I’ll try my best. I’ve been reading Dadaji as you know and Ram Thakur, who was a precursor to Dadaji and Ramana Maharshi and they all talk about doing away with the individual I, to know liberation – the true self. And they talk about being free from attachments, desires, aversions, this sort of thing. So it sort of echoes Buddhism. They talk about this and everything is God’s will – get out of the way, so God can let things happen. They say God isn’t the ego’s actions and I have a problem with that because I believe that God is everything. And we’ve talked before about desire and so on. And they talk about these ideas in the sense that it drives Samsara – the wheel of life and death and perpetual reincarnation. So I wanna ask you a question first of all about other lives. And I wanna ask you a question about this whole concept of God, the true self and all this sort of stuff because I know you’ll put it into context and I also know you’ll see it different to the Teal’hia. So I’m very interested in your perspective because it doesn’t feel right to me. So are you happy to go with that ? I don’t know how much time we’ll have.
Dude : Yes Bright, I’ll do my best. OK Bright, so you’ve asked something interesting. You turn to these other people for ideas about life, about who you are, about how to live, about the meaning of life and God. And they’re telling you forget life, forget your identity, forget your self, forget your I. Get out of the way and let God come through. Because it’s all false. It’s all illusion. Is that correct ?
B : Yep, that’s probably a good way to put it !
D : OK Bright, I wanna say something that might surprise you. It’s all crap ! It’s all rubbish, complete rubbish ! Human rubbish ! Another one of your (meaning human races’), wonderful ideas. You think that by killing off this sense of I that you can know something greater, that you can know God. And that God isn’t everything. Including your own ego expressing itself, through the body in separateness. But it is everything else. That’s hypocrisy and its rubbish ! So let me explain things to you as best as I can.
B : Can I just say something Dude ? The big issue for me, is like, what’s the point of coming to life ? Even for these people – they came to life, into life. What’s the point of it, if its just to get out of the way ? And not to have attachment, or desire, aversions and experience separateness as well ?
D : Yes Bright, that’s a good point. Let me explain it to you this way. [I stop and connect with a large tor].
B : Please continue Dude.
D : So these people have this idea and you’re wondering if it’s true. You’re wondering if you should live that way. And if you don’t, if you’re going to suffer and come back to another life. And that bothers you right ?
B : Yeah. I don’t like the idea, the traditional idea of you know, linear sort of reincarnation. That’s why I’m asking you to explain things differently.
D : OK Bright, let me simplify it for you. You don’t experience reincarnation in the way that you’ve been taught. All these lives that you experience are happening simultaneously, are happening at the same time – as you would perceive it. That’s the key Bright – perception ! As you understand perception. They appear to be happening all at once. All of them following their own linear sequence of time. So do you understand that ?
B : Yes I don’t have a problem with that. That I already know or believe, anyway. But I want to hear it from you. Please continue.
D : OK Bright, now the second part. These lives that you are experiencing all at once, they’re a part of a greater life. A larger life – if you will, that is timeless. That doesn’t exist in time. It unfolds itself through these other lives.
B : Is this what we call the soul Dude or the spirit ?
D : Yes and no Bright. Well, it depends on your definitions. But lets just stick with soul for now.
Each of your individual lives experiences what you would call the soul and has a conscious experience of being. And sometimes it is unconscious but it is still being. There is something moving through this perception of time. You can call that the soul if you like. But it itself is part of something greater. This greater life, if you will. So this greater life experiences itself unfolding through linear time. At least perceived linear time.
B : Is it…is there just one greater, um, greater life ?
D : Yes Bright. There is only one. One for each of you. And that greater life itself is part of the whole. What you would say is God. As is each of the individual lives that you experience. So Bright, when I say that there’s no such thing as reincarnation, what I mean to say is that there’s no such thing as a linear sequence of one life following another life and following another life and so on ad infinitum, until such time that you’re liberated from Samsara. That’s rubbish, complete rubbish ! It doesn’t work like that ! Instead Bright, each life – each individual life, is an expression of that greater life. Each person has their own life unfold within the life of the greater life. Each unfoldment is happening all the time. To the greater life there is no linear sequence ! It is perpetual, it is eternal ! It is always unfolding ! Your own perception defines what is occurring. Which life is experiencing what. But to the greater life everything is happening all at once. That’s why for me Bright, time doesn’t exist ! I see that it’s a creation of the mind. A creation of the greater life, if you will. It doesn’t plague me the way that it plagues you !
So you have all these stupid ideas about attachment, about desire, about getting out of the way, about not living life fully cause if you do, you’ll be blocking God. And they’re rubbish Bright ! Let me tell you why. When each life unfolds, it is here to unfold any way it wants, any way it wishes ! With whatever desires it has, whatever attachments it has. The idea that if you’re attached to something, it’s going to effect your final karma, it will shape what happens to you when you die, what will happen to you next life, is rubbish ! It doesn’t work like that ! Each life is an individual expression of it’s own ! Part of the greater life. There is no dependence on each individual life. No dependence on the karma. No dependence on how your desires have shaped you. You don’t carry this mental baggage into each life. They’re all expressions of their own Bright. So you don’t have to worry how you live your life in that way.“
You can read more ET conversations or extracts from the Dude book here :
Well I lied. I couldn’t help making one more TSM before I head off for a month. Today I’m housebound, resting up after toe surgery.
In this windless monologue 😉 I push further into the idea of causality (without going into the various definitions and philosophical interpretations), by looking at how causes and effects create causal chains and eventually causal trees and how we can create and explore life using this principle !
For those of you interested in the idea of karma (V pay attention here !), Causal Trees offer us the opportunity to choose the best possible karma, while accepting how things are and making healthier choices.
I think of the use of Causal Trees as a much better alternative to goal setting, using The Law of Attraction or any of the other waffle over emphasised by this or that channeler, The Secret or What the Bleep and their ilk.
I’ve tried to keep this discussion simple and I’ve used examples from my own life to illustrate how a Causal Tree can unfold within the possible future. I haven’t however discussed the impact of Causal Trees on the development of Conjoined Spaces. I’ll save that for another monologue.
Your thoughts are as usual, always welcome !
Enjoy ! 😉
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Despite everything that every teacher, every guru, every sage, every wanna be somebody ever says, there is only one solution to all of life’s problems…To breathe and keep on breathing. Because right now you live and when you stop breathing you die. Breath is all that separates us from death. So breathe and let yourself be. Slowly, feeling everything that is breath and everything that arises because of it. Don’t ever, ever, take your breath for granted, while others are fighting for it to stay alive !
Hey folks, how’s life ?
Some of you have read my comments about the difficulties of sharing ET contact a little while ago (https://etandi.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/the-hardest-things-about-sharing-et-contact/) and some of my long-term readers will have heard me complain about these things on several occasions.
On September 6th, 2017 I received a series of comments from one Dave Gross, who seems to feel that I am a fraud and that ET contact is impossible. I did not publish Dave’s initial comments and then published a few of them and some of you were kind enough to leap to my defence. I then marked the last few comments from Dave as spam and they and any comments since have automatically been deleted, such that I can’t see them even if I want to.
I’d like say something about Dave’s comments because I think they are worth addressing but perhaps not in the way that you might think. Dave is not the first person to express such comments to me and he won’t be the last. I am now at the point in my life (and I should have been a decade ago !) where I must choose carefully whether it’s worth my effort to respond to any given person. I know instantly if connecting to a certain person is bad for my well-being and yet, as stubborn and as stupid as I am, I have chosen on occasion to engage with such people. But it isn’t always the Dave’s of the world who are a problem. It’s often the people who express high levels of dependence. So please read carefully what I am about to say and think over my words, if you are one of these people. Most of my readers are not but a small number are.
Here are most of Dave’s messages but not all of them (I have edited the paragraphs into neat lines but not changed the content) :
I’m willing to give you $5000 in cash. The catch is that 1 of your ET friends has to come & take the cash from my house or any other location desired by the ET, and bring it to you. Of course I don’t have to see the ET & there will be no cameras or any other recording devices. This is strictly for my confirmation of ET’s existence. Should be very simple IF the ET’s exist. Are you up for the challenge Sir?
My real e-mail is xxx if you want to keep this between us.
I’m offering you $5000. One of your ET friends have to come & fetch it for you. I don’t need to see him. No recording, video or similar. I can even leave them outside somewhere. Without any proof that ET’s exist, I can’t just send them to you. If you don’t want to do it then we both know you’re either lying or imagining everything. You’ve got my mail.
I don’t want you to show me contact with ET’s, because u can’t. Not even Mr Bright can, because there is none here who had contact! If I’m saying I have contact with giants & trolls on earth, but I won’t show you any proof, just my words, will you believe me?
You’re literately begging people for money without providing any proof of ET existence! I gave you an opportunity & you didn’t take it because you know it’s impossible. You’re telling ferry-tales, It’s really that simple. You None of your readers have made ET contact. And they are all here to find comfort from the harsh reality that they can’t handle, the reality of every day life. They fall for your words, but they are words only & nothing else. What you see is what you get, not what you believe! You can’t proof shit!
For all I know Dave is a stooge who is employed to discredit me but I think he’s an ordinary guy with nothing better to do than spend his life criticising people. I’ve met plenty of people like him and they’re a burden on everyone around them – constantly whingeing and escaping into criticism.
I am not going to defend myself against Dave’s criticism anymore. I already done a little of that over the course of a week when I was really sick with tumour pain, hypoclyemia and struggling to sleep. I just wasn’t in the mood and I regret letting Dave bother me as he did for those few days while I was sick.
There will always be critics for whom seeing is believing. And nothing that any of us say or do can change that. And besides, do we need to bother justifying and prooving our experiences ? Neither I nor my ET friends need Dave’s money or to prove anything to him.
But Dave is right about a couple of things. We should all be sceptical about extraordinary claims because there are many people who are deluded and there are many charlatans. I can tell you that I am not a charlatan and that I am not deluded but I can never prove either one to you. You must determine that for yourself ! I cannot prove anything to anyone and nor do I want to. All I can do is tell you about my experiences and teach you what I’ve learned, so that when you’re ready, you can have your own experiences. AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW AND THERE WILL BE NO MORE DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER ETS EXIST BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE YOUR OWN PROOF. As to anything that I share with you regarding my experiences with any phenomenon, you must be your own judge. Take or leave anything that I say. Test what you can, if you need to ! I’m not here to deceive anyone. That would be a complete waste of my life !
In one of Dave’s comments he said : You None of your readers have made ET contact. And they are all here to find comfort from the harsh reality that they can’t handle, the reality of every day life. They fall for your words, but they are words only & nothing else. What you see is what you get, not what you believe! None of us can know if another person has made or had ET contact. It may have happened without your knowledge or you may have initiated contact. We weren’t there. How can we know what you experienced, let alone if how you interpret it is correct ? Contact is both an objective and a subjective experience. I would never say that a person who seemed of sound mind did not have contact but I may question their understanding of the experience.
It is also true what you see is what you get AND what you believe. Belief shapes physical and psychological perception. It’s a kind of filter that influences how we see things. And just because leprechaun’s or trolls or giants may not exist, doesn’t mean that ETs don’t ! Belief is all-powerful and we have to hold it with respect and with caution. Belief causes war but belief also heals the planet ! I believe ETs exist but that doesn’t mean I believe that Reptilians exist ! In a reductionist materialist world what you see is what you get (and here Dave is implying we see nothing) and seeing is believing. There is nothing that can be said to a reductionist materialist because in their view everything can be reduced to logical phenomenon and everything can be known. Well, I don’t always function that way. I remain open to mystery and the unknowable that exists as part of a greater reality. I think openness in the heart and in the head, is a sign of maturity and an acceptance of reality. Of how things really are ! Why close your heart and your mind, if you only experience a small part of the greater reality ?
Now to what I feel is Dave’s one redeeming comment : And they are all here to find comfort from the harsh reality that they can’t handle, the reality of every day life. They fall for your words, but they are words only & nothing else. Yes Dave, they are here to find comfort from the harsh reality that they can’t handle, the reality of everyday life. Because life is hard and life is struggle and life is uncertain and all life ends in the death of our bodies ! Why shouldn’t a person find or seek comfort ? Isn’t that what we’re here for Dave – to share, to learn, to love, to make life a little easier for others – be they our loved ones or strangers ? Why do you live Dave ? I live to enjoy my life and to experience everything fully. And part of my experience involves caring and sharing my time, my energy and the things I’ve learned – so that at the end of my days I can look back and KNOW, I left the world a little better than when I came in and I gave of the things that were given to me. I don’t want to go out a miser Dave ! How about you ? I want to live fully ! So if others come here looking for something I have to offer, so be it. I’d like to think they’ll find some small kernel of truth that they can apply to their own lives or something of interest that sparks a curiosity about the greater reality that connects us all.
Yes Dave, maybe some people fall for my words. Whatever that means ! But words build civilisations, words change lives, words reshape the planet, words heal the biosphere, words set a path for our collective future, words bring suffering and freedom, sadness and joy. Words are everything to the small self ! This post would not exist if words did not have greater power than the sword !
So perhaps Dave, in your view my words are shallow, are empty. I tell fairy tales and nothing else. Nothing I can do will educate people like you to open you heart and your mind ! So perhaps I ought to tell sweet fairy tales that liberate us all from the suffering created by the harsh words that hurt all of humanity !
People have always looked for answers. We as a species have always been seekers. And some of my readers will know that I have spoken about the need for us to move beyond seeking. That seeking is in itself an obstacle to true freedom. Seeking is just part of our game, part of our adventure, part of our discovery of the self, part of our growth as human beings. So what if some people seek something through my words or if some people seek connection with ETs ? Fuck I read heaps. Many of my heroes are poets and song writers and great teachers in whom I found some small thing that turned my life around. We’re all riding on the backs of turtles riding on turtles (yes I bastardised that old adage !) going God knows where ! Sometimes, it’s difficult to trust ourselves, so we trust the turtle underneath us or the one 222 turtles down !
It is my wish that some of my readers begin to trust themselves and stop seeking answers from me or from anyone else. There are a couple of you who really need to think about this and feel that it’s true ! In this sense Dave is spot on ! There is a kind of dependence or co-dependence that has developed between you and I. And it’s critical to your own development that you START TRUSTING YOURSELF and PUT ASIDE YOUR FEARS ! There is nothing and no one in control of the choices made by your mind, your heart or your soul. YOU ARE IN FULL CONTROL OF YOUR CHOICES, WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO SEE IT OR NOT ! So please, by all means enjoy reading this blog and interacting with us but GET A LIFE and start living fearlessly ! ARISE AND LIVE BECAUSE YOU ARE ALREADY FREE !
So, in a sense Dave has done a real service to myself and to this blog. He’s thickened my skin a little more and honed in on something very important ! It’s important that all of us connect with other human beings. But we must use our own discernment to figure out what we truly believe for ourselves. No one can do that for us !
When it comes to our place on this Earth, all we have is our bodies, our words and our actions. I trust that my words mean something of value to some of you and that my words and my actions bring a little good into the world. You must do the same. Use your words and your actions and your time wisely ! So that you too can look back from death’s door and say ‘I lived well and left this world a little better than when I came in !’.
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In this walky talky, I explore the notion that we can actually walk without distraction or the desire to label. I’ve been an avid walker for 37 years and it’s my desire to encourage you to share in the joy of walking.
WARNING : Sony Walkman, Michael Jackson and Motley Crue make an appearance in this monologue ! 😉
In this late night talk, I explore the idea of how our stories shape our identity. One of the great mistakes we humans make, is to mistake ourselves or misidentify ourselves with who we think we are. And who we think we are is either our stories or some transcendent jewel ! On the one hand you are not your story but on the other hand you are. More than each, you are both.
I was very tired when I made this monologue and unfortunately my battery died, while I talked for another 20 minutes unaware and got up close and personal with 3 possums who were having a fight ! So the monologue ends abruptly. But I think you’ll understand where I was going.
This monologue is also related to : https://thesomethingmonologues.podbean.com/category/stories/.
This monologue gets off to a bit of a rambling start with my venting about killer feral cats etc. but 13 mins in, things begin proper.
The issue of aloneness & loneliness is an issue that is close to my heart. In today’s walk and talk I approach the issue of aloneness & loneliness by talking about my son’s life (with his permission) and my own adolescence. I’m often amazed at how sometimes, our children mirror our own lives. What is aloneness & what is loneliness and how does our authentic self relate to the experience of loneliness ? Does loneliness only happen to introverts or are extroverts equally vulnerable, to this most painful symptom of the human condition ?
Loneliness is a universal experience. Today I ponder some potential solutions to loneliness and speculate as to whether whether or not loneliness plays a significant role in our lives.
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