Because you can not eat it, wear it, buy it, sell it, or have sex with it; wisdom has little value to the North American mind.
We forget, that all the highest experiences are feelings, invisible, non-material. Hope, Love, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Compassion, Empathy, Confidence, Self Worth. None of these can be held in our hand, weighed on a scale, packed in a box, or saved in a drawer for later.
We must remember that every time our ego wins, our soul loses.
I know it is Monday. In this weeks Manic Monday…But on Sunday(Reflecting on Self Reflection), I discuss the importants of examining ourselves, our intentions and why our mind is so hard wired to resist quieting down. Ram Dass was the saving grace in my own self reflection. I would not be the me of today if it were not for the 1000’s of hours I spent learn and listen to this man.
To accompany you on your Self Reflection journey, Ram Dass is an amazing source of wisdom, instruction and hope.
Ram Dass, was born Richard Alpert. He was a Harvard professor of Psychology. He, along with Timothy Leary and Ralph Metzger, were fired from Harvard university for using Psychedelics in research and Personal Exploration. This led Richard Alpert to travel to India, where he met his guru Neem Karoli Baba. He then came back to North America, where he has lectured for the last 50 years.
Below are three clips meaningful to me, but are an introduction for anyone, into the depths of our inner life.
Dark Night of the Soul – a short (8min) explaination of the part of the spiritual path known as the phony holy(thinking we are more enlightened than we are) and the pendulum swing to the phony unholy(trying to be less enlightened than we actually are. The valley where we have lost the world but aren’t tasting deeply enough of the spirit.
Purification and the evolution of consciousness part 1(30 min) is 1 of a 4 part lecture. Ram Dass discusses how the temporary rushes of the material world and ego, at first pull us in and make us happy. But slowly become empty rituals. This emptiness is what begins the search for meaning, truth, and a peace that isn’t fleeting.
This is a must listen for anyone interested in learning a deep mthod of self reflection.🤔🤔🤔💮💮💮😂
The clip below is very special to me. In last weeks Wisdom Wednesday we took a look at Terence McKenna. I found Ram Dass because of this conversation between Ram Dass and Terence McKenna. Terence helped my intellect and imagination. However it is Ram Dass who helped me work on my heart.
This conversation, about how to create social change through peaceful action, is a reminescing of the 60’s mixed with wisdom for the future, from to people who were at the centre of it.
In next weeks episode we will take a look at Rupert Sheldrake. Like, subscribe and listen. Each time you work on yourself, the collective Karma is lessed. Think about the power of that.😍😍😍😍😍😇😇😇😇🌍🌎🌏
Terence Mckenna is a counter culture icon. Known for blend academic intelligence with psychedelic exploration and questioning cultural values. He has recorded hundreds of hours of lectures and is the father of making psychedelic plants part of the mainstream of today. I urge you to give these three clips a listen. It will change your life.
Going it Alone (short Listen)
This clip describes the universal human fear of being alone against nature and truth. Why we are afraid to face ourselves and the infantilism of our relationship to institutions.
Shamanic or Schizophrenic (Short Listen)
This clip describes how the eastern world and western world treat spiritual experience and mental illness differently. It talks also about how the western mind is built on assumptions that we are all afraid to question.
This clip is a longer clip. Recorded at the Esalen Institute it is a lecture with audience participation. Terence begins speaking at 9 mins, but the guy who intro’s the topic, and everything after, describes te last 15 years of my life. And gives you a view into your own weirdness or judgements about human Behaviour.
What does it mean to be crazy. (Long Listen)
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There is a fundamental law of nature; the creation of something necessitates the simultaneous creation of its opposite. When human beings begain using deception as a social strategy, it neccessitated the creation of the opposite. A cognitive mechanism to ‘detect’ deception, is required both for physical safety.But it is also for understanding, keeping ones place within a society. Paranoia is a defense mechanism against “whatever is hidden”.
The problem is, paranoia works on a zero sum rule. Its like a long division formula for truth. If everything adds up, then we get 0=trust,safety. But if something doesn’t add up we get a remainder or discrepency. This remainder expressed psychologically becomes suspicion or distrust.
There are two ways we can get a discrepency: Something is hidden, or the assumptions we have about reality are wrong. The reason paranoia becomes pathological, is the cognitive structure doesn’t know which one is causing the error. This causes the mind to search for hidden truths in everything and anything.
This is how a paranoid delusion is woven. It starts with a real life trigger, a real situation that is not as it appears to be. This generates the ideational stage (delusions of reference) which in turn become the plot points of a narrative.
I could write an entire paper on this subject(in fact I intend to) but for now I will stop here.
Tell the truth, or at least don’t lie – Jordan Peterson.
Your Authentic Self; is the best gift you can give this year.
Welcome to friends and family friday. Think of this as your weekly guide to healing at home. Life is complicated and so are we. So why do we expect we ourselves, to know how to keep it together?
Keeping it together; is not just something we do, it is a set of skills that we have to learn and develop. So with that in mind, lets all take a minute to cut both, ourselves, and everybody, everywhere, in all times and places, a lot…..and I mean a lot of slack.
Okay, enough of the slack cutting for now. There is a lot more forgiveness to come. But for now, lets focus on how we can create real change in ourselves this Christmas.
In my article, “We Have to Lose our Mind to Find our Soul”, I mention that we need to bring the sacred elements back into our lives. I aso put forward the idea, that only in the letting go of the old Self, can we make way for the new Self.
In my blog post “It Takes a Village”, I put forward the idea that our reliance of institutions, and media, to manage our inner and outer lives, has resulted in a lost connection with our own human nature. This effect has extended to the family unit as well. We as a culture, and as individual people, don’t know how to be a family or friend anymore. We have lost our sense of community, integrity, loyality, love, and honesty.
We have turned “people” into a commodity we can trade, own, and sell. The damage of this can be most obviously felt and seen in the family home.
There is a saying ” tend to the part of the garden you can touch”. Well the smallest social problem we can fix is our family. We need to make that an important goal and honoured space in our life.
The video “Honest Liars” (below), is a guide to confronting the ways that we decieve ourselves and others about our true feelings. It also describes how this destroys both us and the people we love. It is a great video to kick start self reflection. The first step to self transformation, is the confrontation with illusion.
When we live life wearing a social mask, our lives become dull and lose the sense of meaning. We get less out of and put less into our relationships. When we do this long enough, we literally forget who the authentic version of ourself is. This is perfect to kick start forgiveness, honesty and the aliveness of facing yourself.
The last video is a long listen at 1 hr 27 minutes. It is a conversation about the nonphysical energy field surrounding fthe family unit. They discuss how missing our unacknowledged family members/dynamics cause disruption, even generational. Its a soul/science explaination of family history. Speakers: Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, & Terence McKenna.
Forgiveness is the key, we must forgive ourselves for making mistakes in the complicated game called life. We also have to forgive others(who hurt us) for their mistakes, because we are all playing the same game, and we are all confused by the rules. Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s.🌲🌨🌨♥♥♥♥♥🎆🎁🎁🎆🎉🎉🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅