- Summary: The world seems embroiled in chaos and discord, yet in every age there are seers who claim to have experienced Reality as a transcendent state of present bliss.
- I began writing this post with an outline, thinking to add detail later, but if all the detail were added it would be book length, so here is the outline. (The book I wrote on Amazon earlier, is titled “How Do I Find Inner Peace.”)
- People tend to be gullible, driven by emotion to the exclusion of logic. Reason and revelation are not antagonistic.
- There is a wonderful aspect to Mind that is sometimes entirely unrealized. Meditation is very simple. It simply means finding the “off” switch for thought, so you don’t follow every random thought, but allow the mind to be still and present. The Bible states: “Be still and know that I am God.” Having the mind be quiet opens the understanding to ideas that are not finite.
- In Alduous Huxley’s book The Perennial Philosophy, Paul Tillich’s phrase defines God as the “ultimate Ground of all being.” I like that.
- Rather than “Do you believe in God?” the question should be “What do you believe God to be?” One might say “An opiate of the masses” as did Karl Marx, still the question provides a more open possibility to explore the nature of the Infinite. God is the unifying and organizing Principle of the universe. God is One.
- The Yogis have a branch of inquiry called “Gnani Yoga” and I read Yogi Ramacharaka’s books while still a youth. In it he describes that the materialist believes all that exists is matter, yet upon closer observation matter is resolved into energy. I usually think about Albert Einsteins’s famous equation linking mass to the celestial speed of light that made it possible to convert small amounts of hydrogen into very large amounts of energy in regard to matter being resolved into energy. And finally Yogi Ramacharaka describes that upon closer examination, energy is resolved into Mind. It took me about fifty years to understand and actualize that one.
- Belief is fallible. You may be mistaken. We believed the sun rises and sets over a flat earth. Sensory evidence supports this, too.
- There is such a thing as Truth irrespective of belief, beyond opinion.
- Understanding Truth is very powerful. The Master said it will make you free.
- The world seems embroiled in chaos and discord, yet in every age there are seers who claim to have experienced Reality as a transcendent state of present bliss. Zen terms it “Satori.” Yoga calls it “Samadhi.” Christianity calls it “The Kingdom of Heaven” – “Lo, not here or there” “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Buddhism calls it “Nirvana.” Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D., experienced it while nearly freezing to death crossing the Rocky Mountains around 1902, and wrote a book about “Cosmic Consciousness.” He maintained that the human race is evolving from simple consciousness, to self consciousness, to cosmic consciousness, and gave numerous examples. Psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a short book called “Religions, Values and Peak Experiences” where he described “Self Actualization” and said often children experience it spontaneously. Mary Baker Eddy wrote several books and in the preface to one, dedicated it to “Sincere Seekers for Truth.”
- photo by Pablo García Saldaña
Here’s how I got Apps to load when stuck after transferring to a new iPhone, and certainly I felt much more peaceful after getting everything installed and working perfectly again.
Apple has a wonderfully simple method for moving data to a new phone with Bluetooth just by pointing the new phone’s camera at the old phone and capturing a cluster of dots displayed. Everything then appears exactly as on the old phone. In my case the system software had to update first, then all files transferred.
My problem was that for well over an hour all my Apps displayed text saying “loading…” beneath, with a pie shaped progress image superimposed that never moved or advanced. Tapping over the App icon only caused the loading process to “pause.”
For an iPhone 12 running iOS 14.3, the following step solved it. Press and hold an App that is “loading,” and select the choice to “prioritize” downloading. On the first try, I held too long and every icon began moving, so I repeated the “press and hold” a bit more quickly to select “prioritize this App.” After this everything began to pop into position fully installed, one App at a time. Interestingly, the App I “prioritized” was not the first to install, but one by one, starting from the top of that screen the full App icon popped into view. The I went to the next screen to the right, and they began to load properly, and so on until all were complete in a matter of perhaps five to seven minutes.
Just prior, I had gone to the App Store and downloaded a random App of possible interest, just to be certain I was properly logged in and the downloading process was working. I had also logged out and re-entered my password in “Settings” just to be sure.
If you are experiencing this problems, hope this works for you as well.
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from “My Friend Flicka” 1943:
“Don’t you understand, Ken?
If a person or an animal finds love it’s the same as finding safety.
It’s comfort and friendliness and help.
Everyone longs for it.
And if Flicka’s found it, and yet doesn’t have sense enough to know she’s found it, and goes around being crazy and silly with fear, then … she’d be loco.”
Certainly contributes to inner peace to get Mail working again, so here’s how.
I’m using El Capitan, hope this is helpful to others.
Occasionally, when opening Mail, the Notifications work, and the Mail icon shows the number of messages, but the screen is blank.
Open System Preferences and select “Internet Accounts”
Go through the Account names one by one and uncheck or deselect Mail. Then close System Preferences and open Mail. You should see a new blank window which did not appear before.
Now just go back to System Preferences and Internet Accounts to check the box next to Mail for each account you wish to enable.
Close System Preferences and all should be back to normal.
One of the fundamental distinctions, is the difference between outer and inner knowing.
This is the difference between knowing and perceiving.
This is an attitude of Mind, not a collection of years.
Even if you did not experience the fresh seeing of childhood as a child, the experience is open to you now.
Light is a fundamental basis for our world of sense.
Living in the world of appearance, virtually everything is perceived at the speed of light.
But it is a representational reality.
Beneath and beyond it all, is the Truth of Being, known directly.
I wonder if this is why video games hold such appeal as participants transcend themselves in becoming immersed. Like Star Wars’ first film where Luke Skywalker in attacking the Death Star had to push aside electronic targeting assistance and perceive directly to overcome blindingly fast opposition.
If you’re a musician you can find an analogy in the difference between practicing technique and playing for sound and perfection of the piece.
In business, setting aside preconceptions of thought, and moving directly into the moment, being whole and present expands your possibilities exponentially and transforms the mundane into an experience of joy.
The intent of this entry was to share a magnificent realization that unfolded this morning, not to promote my book. Still, the Inner Peace book is a compilation of the practices that lead to these insights, so feel free to investigate further there.
The feeling of inner peace grows as a conflicted sense of self wanes. So there is a paradox. You need to get your “self” out of the way to admit a larger sense of being, a greater sense of peace and wholeness.
Here are some ways of describing the dichotomy: outer-inner, matter-spirit, seen-unseen, finite-infinite, unreal or temporal-real or eternal. Mary Baker Eddy suggested that Mind cannot be compressed beneath a skull bone.
Our belief in a limited sense of self has been described as illusion, hypnotism, dream. The paradox of transformation is that identity shifts. An expanded “you” emerges only as the “you” that limits awareness fades.
Ever notice how butterflies flutter? They jump around almost as if to say their joy cannot be contained. Could it be they’re just so happy to no longer be a worm?
Scripture describes one Saturday when Jesus in the Temple got up to read a passage from Elijah about setting the captives free and opening the eyes of the blind. Enlightenment is about releasing bonds and discovering a new way of seeing beyond outward appearance.
Here is a personal story about the beauty of holiness and rotten apples. The weather has been very hot recently – around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I had been doing yard work as sunset approached, cutting up tree branches while wearing leather gloves and a breathing filter tending to make things even warmer. The next task was picking up many apples that had fallen from the tree, were turning brown, rotting and attracting little fruit flies. You pick them up one by one and place them in a plastic bucket for disposal.
I realized my attitude could have been human and bitter. “This job sucks! It’s too hot! I’m uncomfortable, sweating! This is a thankless task! Woe is me,” but having learned to live with a quiet mind, none of these thoughts were present. Instead, I began to notice how tiny almost invisible flies circled the apples and seemed to represent the idea that Life is infinite and even the fallen apple is cared for. The sun was setting and the twilight gave an almost other worldly glow. It was a setting of great tranquility and peace and wholeness as I picked up the little apples one by one. It was a scene of such transcendence, beauty and stillness that I was just transported and transformed into great inner joy and peace just to be in it.
You will find my book review covers the revised paperback edition with a new foreword by Lynne McTaggart. Reading the front cover you see: The Holographic Universe, The revolutionary theory of reality that explains the latest frontiers of physics, the paranormal abilities of the mind, the unsolved riddles of brain and body. Author: Michael Talbot, and a review by Jean Houston, Ph.D.: “A subtle but thrilling remaking of the mind. One comes to the end of it living in a larger universe, gifted with talents one never knew one had.”
In my review, I make reference to the first paragraph of the foreword which seems like a good introduction. Here it is: “Like any good science fiction writer with a taste for journalism, Michael Talbot liked to trawl through frontier science for ideas. In the 1980s, Talbot chanced upon an obscure French experiment carried out by a junior lecturer for his doctoral dissertation. It had been an audacious project; Alain Aspect, a Ph.D. candidate at the Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan outside of Paris, set out to demonstrate that, in at least one regard, Albert Einstein had been wrong.”
My complete review is found here.
Infinite life is more than an abstraction.
The word of another may be mistaken, incomplete or misquoted.
When you learn direct perception, spiritual understanding, in silence and Truth within your own being, you discover how to discern and rightly divide truth from fiction or interpretation.
Spiritual Structure of the Universe
To understand the spiritual structure of the universe, you need to begin with an inquiring and unprejudiced perspective. This is the basis of the scientific method where investigation overcomes belief held for centuries.
Consider this example. The other day, carrying Arrowhead 2.5 gallon distilled water bottles from the car during rainy weather I wondered how water is held up in the sky. It is clearly heavier than air, and the two and one half gallon containers are a lot heavier than air, yet considerably more than a couple of gallons falls during rains.
The next morning my question was answered. I drove through a tranquil valley where the mountain tops on the far side were hidden in clouds. Rain clouds are like fog with moisture sufficiently fine to hover in the atmosphere like dust. The phenomenon is subtle. When water in liquid form evaporates it is as much a gas in the form of water vapor, as is nitrogen or oxygen. Nitrogen and oxygen also liquify under the right conditions of temperature and pressure, but it is far easier for us to observe water condensing under common circumstances, and this gradual migration from liquid to gas and back to liquid again is a subtle dance which becomes mysterious only when we miss the subtlety.
Ever wonder how oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange in the lungs? How can you inhale oxygen and at the very same time be exhaling carbon dioxide? There must be an overlap, right? In other words, both are happening together, but how can that be? How can you be taking in oxygen while at the exact same time releasing carbon dioxide? What is the mechanism of this exchange? It’s got to be one or the other but not both, right? Not so. Continue reading