Sitting by a small cave the other day and humming, I noticed that I doubled my humming effort with the help of the echo.
And realized: “we have to empty ourselves so as to resonate (with What Is).”
We can be full of ourselves or we can be full of reality.
Mindfulness is not about fullness of mind: a mind full of itself is closed off to input.
Mindfulness is about being full of Reality: to make that happen, empty yourself out (to resonate with What Is).
Savoring (which is a form of mindfulness) doesn’t just detect taste – it creates taste. Up to a point, taste is up to you.
[adapted from Eating the Moment (Somov, 2008)]
Truth is moment-specific (reality updates itself non-stop).
Truth is mind-specific (mind is fundamentally subjective and so are its proclamations of truth).
Let go of truth (and open up to what so inexpressibly is).
Fearlessness and Compassion are the existential accomplishments with lifelong learning curve. Let us all have enough time to embody these two nondual ideals.
Ever heard of Panetics?
“Sitting atop the evolutionary pinnacle, [Homo sapience] is now the most vulnerable of all organisms when it comes to suffering. […] [We] would do almost anything to preclude, reduce, or cease [our] own suffering. Yet [we] remain woefully gross about the actual kinds and amounts of suffering [we ourselves are] actually causing in others… A new discipline, called Panetics, was therefore proposed in 1988… Panetics is defined as the integrated study of the infliction of suffering in all of its ramifications and of the reduction of infliction. At the same time, a quantitative unit of suffering, called the dukkha, was advanced to facilitate… panetic accountability… [The word “panetics”] is derived from the Pali word, paneti, meaning “to inflict.” We believe it fitting to look to the Pali language for the root. For this is the dialect of the only surviving complete canon of the teachings of the compassionate Buddha in India in the 5th century BC about suffering and its palliation. We may go as far as to suggest that paretics is in part a modern extension of some of his expositions and that Buddha himself might well have been the world’s first paneticist.”
Now you have. Panetic accountability ensues.
Panetics and Dukkha: an Integrated Study of the Infliction of Suffering and the Reduction of Infliction | Panetics Trilogy, Volume II. R. G. H. Siu, 1993
Nothing of significance happened yesterday: just Universe stepping on its own toes all over the place.
Same forecast for today.
And for the day after tomorrow.
It’s possible that each of us is not just born but is given an entire life all at once – not just a first page of existence but an entire book of it. But, for perceptual reasons, we approach this life in a temporally sequential manner – that is, reading the pages of time in sequence (1, 2, 3… this moment, then the next moment…), thus creating a sense of time and creating a sense of an unknown (i.e. future, i.e. yet-to-be-read pages of existence). This kind of temporally linear approach is what Kant believed to be an apriori of perception, i.e. an invariable.
But what if it’s not invariable? What if you could read this book of existence any way you wish? What if you could experience this given life-time of experience in reverse? I am not suggesting that we fantasize about what it would be like.
I am suggesting that perhaps that is already possible. Just consider your premonitions and hunches of foreboding that eventually do materialize… We tend to look at such instances as coincidences or self-fullfilling prophesies. But what if they are just instances of reading the book of life out of order…
One of the implications of this possibility is that your life is fully predetermined – not by some outside agency, but by your own prior self, who already once lived it and, having once collapsed the probability wave to a particular crystallization of a life-script, “doomed” oneself to that Nietzcshean “eternal return.” And it feels new every time only because we keep re-enacting this script in sequence. The upside here is that “the cup is already broken,” that we have already survived everything that we fear to survive. And with that comes a kind of fearlessness and acceptance.
Ponder this or not. If this premise is correct, it doesn’t really matter if you ponder it or not.
What’s the deal with “pattern breaks?” A pattern break wakes you up – compels you to take another look at your life, from a different vantage point. And that too is …
“Human skin is porous; the world flows through you. Your senses are large pores that let the world in. By being attuned to the wisdom of your senses, you will never become an exile in your own life, an outsider lost in an external spiritual place that your will and intellect, have constructed.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Close your eyes: there you think you are – wherever that is. And there you think is the outside.
Nonsense: the outside isn’t there, it’s right here wherever you are.
You are seamlessly embedded in this reality. You are not apart from this reality. You are this reality.
Your skin is porous, right? You already know that. So, pause to appreciate what that means: like a living lego block you are plugged right into everything that is!
You and Reality (Cosmos) interface through this skin. What this means is that your face is inside this reality and the face of reality is inside you. What this adds up to is that you and this reality have the same “original face.”
Tat tvam asi – you are not just This, you are also That.
Dare to be no deeper than a mirror.
A few pattern-interruption points from Talking Heads (from 1984):
“There is a finite number of jokes in the universe.”
“There is no music in space.”
“Cats like houses better than people.”
“Schools are for training people how to listen to other people.”
“Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities.”
“Table manners are for people who have nothing to do.”
“Civilization is a religion.”
“People will remember you better if always wear the same outfit.”
“In the future we will all drive standing up.”
“Adults think with their mouths open.”
“Passport pictures are what people really look like.”
“In the future it will be a relief to find a place without a culture.”
“When everything is worth money then money is worth nothing.”
“In the future love will be taught on television and by listening to pop songs.”
The future is, of course, always now. And the pattern-interruption advice from Talking Heads reveals the path to the present moment: “Stop making sense.”
Take yourself to the river of the now and drop your mind into the water of whatever is.
Break the pattern to resume your flow.