Believing is Seeing

You choose your belief

I’d love to be wrong, I really would – but unfortunately this is all there is. That means belief in spirits, other realms, and even escaping the cycle of death and rebirth is all in your head. Their only real reality lies in the psychological impact those notions have upon you and your emotions.

To put it another way, it’s as if you had a red sweater but you imagine it’s blue – you do this because it makes you feel happier and you wear it more often that way.

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Wisdom for others

Why is it easier to advise others than to apply our wisdom to our own lives? And at the same time why is it that other people’s advice always falls on the deaf ears of our own soul?

By that I mean I’ve been told the same advice by countless people in countless different ways and yet it only ever ‘sank in’ when I actually sat down and figured it out for myself – at which point all their words came flooding back in one huge “Ooooh, so that’s what they were trying to tell me!”

Why is that dynamic so out of whack?

And yet all that advice, I’m certain, is still what allowed me to get it – had I never had any guidance, I don’t think I would have figured it out for myself.

Definitely a broken system…

Someone Else’s Symbols

Magic is a mental practice – where you exercise and selectively focus your intent, your ‘motivation’ or ‘will’, behind an action in order to be more effective and increase the odds of success/achieving a goal or desire. In that way, it’s really not very magical at all and sometimes that can be a disappointment to many who come to any of the ‘magical’ practices (Wicca, any Pagan variety, Chaos Magic(k, depending on your tastes) and even Jediism and Satanism), because they come to it expecting something extra-ordinary and are shown something very ordinary and ‘boring’.

But if you stick around long enough (or come back to it afterwards, like I did) then you’ll find the ordinary is un-believably extra-ordinary!

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Suffering is Difference, Bliss is Sameness.

That sounds like a platitude. Indeed it might be.

It’s just an expression of my latest understanding and once again my ‘obsession’ with the way Reality keeps consistently ‘boiling down to’ Sameness and Difference.  I’m quite astounded that what I had until now thought applied metaphysically and physically, also applies emotionally/spiritually.
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A Fireside Chat with Meru

Come, come in, welcome! Here, sit down by the fire. I prepared it just before you showed up, and the space has just begun to warm. Let me take that heavy cloak off your shoulders; I’ll just put it over here. There. My poor child! You’re frightened, I can see that. Yes, and hurt by what you’ve seen in the world… I can see the bruises, cuts and scrapes that the hard edges of the world have inflicted upon you. I believe you!

Well, you’re safe in here. This is your place in here. Now, tell me, why have you come here? What can I do for you?

You heard that I know things did you? Well, I am a person, yes, and people speak words. Yes, that’s true too. But you see, I only ‘know things’ if you don’t already. If everything I know, you already knew, then you would feel that I don’t know ‘that much’, that I can’t teach you ‘that much’. So let’s have a chat and find out, shall we?

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Responding to Hate

Just three hours ago I received a reply to a comment that I’d left on a YouTube video which was titled “Enlightened Beings Share Their Awakening, Mystical Experience”. I can’t even remember the video, and in fact I feel quite certain it was a different video to which I’d left my response (just goes to show you have to be extra careful that it is indeed that video on which you are commenting – what with the ‘autoplay’ feature, it can be that the comment you’ve spent time composing will be posted to the following video if you aren’t paying attention), but no matter – my comment and the reply are below:

Me: “This is EXACTLY right – the experience of enlightenement is awe-inspiring and it costs nothing (just time thinking/experiencing). Enlightenment is also INSIGHT – a deep understanding of the nature of reality as a whole because the dual/non-dual reverbereates in every level (scale) of existence.”

User saroi: “Thomas White you guys are monkey’s breed you guys should fuck and porn…not talk these meditation. I wonder people who eat cows talks about meditation
which guided by shiva.. go do your sick shits.. for all white people. you guys
will be resposible for the destruction of this world before time..”

Now, after I reported his comment for racism and hate-speech, I took the time to write him this:

Me: “Dear saroi, while I understand your anger at the video for ‘simplifying’ something which you feel is sacred, my response did not merit such hateful and racist words. It has been reported for that reason. Your concern, however poorly worded, does deserve a worthy and respectful response which I would very much like to give you, but I do not think the comments section of a YouTube video is the right place for it. For that reason I will compose a reply and will wait for a private message from you so that we can further discuss this via email if you so choose. In the meantime I wish you peace and tolerance for all human minds seeking enlightenment in whatever way suits them best. Kind regard and sincere compassion, Thomas.”

Here are the thoughts which his comment have provoked:

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Druidry

Just me thinking out loud again:

To be honest modern Druidry feels a bit all-over-the-place. You have your formal Druid Colleges and formal Orders on one hand, and on the other you have the very personal amorphous informal solitary path of Druidy where anything is allowed and no previous experience is required since it’s just you. There is however the tacit rule that, much like for Hackerdom, one cannot call one’s self a Druid. The title is given when recognised by others.

So what makes that any different from anything else? Just look again at hackerdom – there are ‘formal colleges’ (MIT, CalTech, etc.) and ‘orders’ (IEEE or W3C), but then there are those who are starting-out, learning to program on their own – with a possibility to contribute more widely through the Open Source movement. But again unanimously, you can’t call yourself a hacker.

In fact, come to think of it – that rule of not being able to ‘self-proclaim’ seems to be at the heart of the concept of a diploma – you’re not conferring upon yourself the title of ‘Bachelor of XYZ’ or ‘Master of XYZ’ – it is the institution you attended which confers it upon you if it deems you to have successfully followed and assimilated its teachings.

Sure, that makes sense. Anyone going around telling others “I’m an expert in ______” will probably be ignored or rejected.  Why? Because it’s too easy to call ourselves anything we like.  It’s absurd – I can call myself the Grand Poobah of the Order of Ziggleburf – or I can go for something a little more ‘common’ and therefore misleading, like Pastor, Minister, or Father.

So in the end, you gotta ask yourself what the hell does it matter what you call yourself or are called by others?  What counts is what you do, and where you pour your time and attention.  If someone comes to you because they feel you’re knowledgeable in an area they find interesting and would like you to teach them, the best you can do is teach them to do the same thing you did: figure it out for themselves.  But can you confer a title upon them once you feel they’ve gone far enough to walk on their own path?  Again, what does it matter?

Who came up with the name Druid? Not the druids. “Druid” comes from ‘Dru-‘ which is a cognate of the English word ‘true’ and also means oak/tree and ‘wid’ which means seer – so a druid is a true seer, or one who knows the truth.  How does this tie-in to the Oak? Oak trees are an excellent source of wood – used to make ships and buildings. The Dru-wid might have been ‘that guy who knows which oak will be good for cutting’ – with that kind of mystic reverence others might have had for the druid’s knowledge of such details. A successful dru-wid might be particularly good at choosing the optimal oak trees which were built into legendary long ships? That seems plausible but has absolutely no supporting evidence – I’m just speculating.  But it is interesting that ‘dru’ meant in Anglo Saxon, both ‘truth’ and ‘tree’ I can’t really see why other than some kind of idea that a sturdy tree stands in the face of howling winds just as truth stands up to scrutiny?

So perhaps druids today should (they already do don’t they?) keep to Truth – as a point of honour, and especially True sight.  That, after all, is what we all seek on our spiritual paths. Everything else feels kind of superfluous to me. But what do I know? Nothing much and Much of Nothing.

 

Real Faith is No Faith

Real Faith

Many people (atheist and theist alike) see ‘having real faith in God’ as the complete and utter surrender to [its] omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence – to know in your deepest core that [it] exists and works its work in the world for you and through you.  The epitome of this ‘real’ faith should allow us to leap off a cliff and if we have ‘enough’ faith, God will find a way to intervene – be it by bringing a gust of wind that will press us against the cliff face and slow our fall (we may break many bones in our body as we bounce off rocks etc. but at least we didn’t reach terminal velocity and splat on the ground.  We’re still in a state where doctors can helps us recover), or cushion our landing (we may hit a very tall tree, and every branch on the way down, but again, at least we’re alive and can recover), or if we’re really faithful, even make us fly!

That’s not what faith should be. That’s not how it works. Jumping off a cliff and ‘having faith that it will all work out’ is stupid, and irresponsible.  God will let you fall to your death – after all, you’re the one who jumped off a cliff ya dumbass!

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