Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Have you ever noticed how lots of things have three parts? Like a top, a bottom, and a middle. Or The Three Musketeers. Or Goldilocks? I mean The Three Bears...Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear.
Spiritually, we see "The Trinity" all over the place, with [the Christian] Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; or The Buddha (Unified Consciousness), The Dharma (the way, or path),and The Sangha (the community). In Hinduism, there are several versions of it, in one example as deities: Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Shiva (destroyer); or in the examples that put our personal self in the order: Brahmin (the All), Atman (the personal All, or soul), Asmita (the ego, or "I am this"); also called The Transcendent, The Universal, and The Individual (by Sri Aurobindo); which also fairly closely correlates as Sat (Being), Chit (Awareness), and Ananda (Bliss). That last little ol' part is always you, or me, and our selves, the "separate" gross, material aspect; and the experience through our human senses, including our bodies, our minds, and especially, our Egos.
In a purely agnostic, more scientific sense these three aspects of our relationship to everything can be related to Consciousness (the sensory universe), the Right Brain (parallel processing, or Quantum Reality), and the Left Brain (serial processing, empirical or egoic reality).
I also like to think of it in terms of The Marx Brothers: Groucho (the mind of The Divine), Chico (the link to The Divine), and Harpo (the unconscious expression of the Divine).
"The common name for God used by the sages is HaMakom, "the place." God is the place of the world, the field in which all things arise and return."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, on The Pirke Avot
When we talk about that top billing, with "The Father," of course we're talking about God, The Creator, Omniscience, the Source of Everything, all being. Personified, this can be The Big Guy With the Beard; The Divine Mother; Brahma, etc. Conceptually, it's The Source, The Transcendent Unified Consciousness, The Universe, or Brahmin. It's That which we know is the power responsible for all being, That we want to get to know better (but often have a hard time doing it); under whose protection and care it would always be nice to live. What's really in charge, like it or not. Einstein has a great quote about it:
"The most important decision we have to make is whether we believe in a friendly universe, or in a hostile universe."
Is God friendly? Since Life is quite plastic, and it's really up to you and the attitude you bring to your experience of Life, then why not? Have a friendly attitude. It's especially easy if we see The Father, Brahma, The Transcendent, The Universe, as the divine, over-arching power and expression of Love.
The biggest problem often comes in finding a comfortable, practical connection to that omniscient source, a two-way street that helps us experience the loving, supportive nature of The Universe. That's where the second of our three parts comes in. With the Christian trinity, it's maybe a little out of order, or a combination, because while the path to God, the dharma for Christians is often through Jesus, we also are Jesus, as he was (as far as we really know) just a person like us. So we too are all "The Son of Man." The physical manifestation of God on Earth. Our intermediary might be better described by "The Holy Ghost," that Angel on our shoulder; our Spirit Guide; the Atman (in Hinduism); the way, or dharma (in Buddhism), that we receive in meditation or contemplation. That buffering medium through which we find a real attachment to, and inclusion in "The Almighty."
The Quakers refer to it as: "The still,small voice," also known as our "voice of reason." It's intuition. Thinking without the intellect. Thinking from the heart. It comes from the place that's accessible to everyone, the place Yeshua talked about when he said:
"The Kingdom is inside you, and it is outside you."
Logion 3, The Gospel of Thomas
That universal awareness comes when we forget about who we're "supposed" to be in this world of matter that doesn't really matter; when we quietly and humbly ask for the answer to a hard question, and then quietly get the answer. In short, it's Love, again and always.
This information could actually be coming to us directly, by way of our personal intermediaries, our Guardian Angels, or Spirit Guides, whispering in our ear from another dimension, and if you don't believe in that, but you still hear them... what difference does it make? It's almost always through the process of prayer, meditation, and reflection that we can find this guiding voice, The Holy Spirit, that affirms the Love and the natural benevolence that Life and the Universe really holds for us.
When we consider it from an agnostic's point of view, in terms of brain science, we could correlate the activity of our Right Brain to the actions of our angels. It's in the right side of our brains, where what might be called parallel processing takes place, where we realize "holistic thought," that is, an understanding of "one-ness" and being. It's our connection to Source, our link to God Consciousness, Buddha Mind, The Transcendent. This short talk by Jill Bolte Taylor, author of A Stroke of Insight describes it very well. Our Left Brain is us - the day-to-day serial processing that encompasses and dictates our standard egoic consciousness. Demanding, organizing, judging and comparing. It's definitely the hardest part of "being me."
But what if I'm not just me, but the "Son of Man" too! Then here, in this body is where I can try to experience bliss, where I can learn, intuitively, to be myself, and know what it's like to be an expression of Source, an antenna for sensory collection, and a blossoming flower. You've really got to be a human being to experience Christ-ing, moksha, nirvana, or Unified Consciousness.
It just requires a little effort to work on a better connection...
.........................................................................does this look familiar?
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Months passed, there in the cold old pier building the Army had just opened up. The fabrication went slowly, just Sven and Koko and a boozy helper or two. Sometimes crazy Roger, the ex-navy engineer, would come in and fix things, but Albert was always out, chasing tail and trying to talk the upper crust out of it's money. Between whatever curious antics he was mixed up in, and Roger's model building, he somehow kept enough money coming in to keep the whole iffy undertaking afloat. It was supposed to culminate in an unveiling out on the bay, spectacularly employing a weather balloon flotilla to gently lift panels from Christo's Running Fence up and off the thirty foot tall sculpture. You had to hand it to Nelligan, he always succeeded in thinking on a grand scale.
The book, "How To Survive Life (and Death)," is available from Conari Press, or at all major booksellers––but ask for it from your local bookshop.