Paradox





The more
it changes

the more it's
the same thing




Control

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"So it's very simple therefore,
You only have to understand
That you can't do anything about it"





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Wandjina Painting Documented 1839

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The cave was twenty feet deep and at the entrance seven feet high and about forty feet wide.

The principal painting in it was the figure of a man, ten feet six inches in length, clothed from the chin downwards in a red garment which reached to the wrists and ankles; beyond this red dress the feet and hands protruded and were badly executed.
The face and head of the figure were enveloped in a succession of circular bandages or rollers, or what appeared to be painted to represent such. These were coloured red, yellow, and white; and the eyes were the only features represented on the face. Upon the highest bandage or roller a series of lines were painted in red, but, although so regularly done as to indicate that they have some meaning, it was impossible to tell whether they were intended to depict written characters or some ornament for the head. This figure was so drawn on the roof that its feet were just in front of the natural seat, whilst its head and face looked directly down on anyone who stood in the entrance of the cave, but it was totally invisible from the outside. The painting was more injured by the damp and atmosphere, and had the appearance of being much more defaced and ancient than any of the others which we had seen.


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Relaxation is an art form
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“What we are looking for is what is looking.”

-
Francesco, Assisi, Italy, 13th Century.



Watts All The Trouble About?


"So long as we can be made to think that death is a bad thing, we can be ruled. That is why no government likes mystics, because if we define the mystic as the person who is no longer scared of death, because the mystic is in the simplest possible language the person who understands that you have to have nothing to have something.
So you can't fundamentally scare the mystic with death. Say: What end can it all come to, what's all the trouble about? The most it can come to is nothing."

- Alan Watts





The Bufo alvarius
toad says
"High!"


Dreams


The crossing of two dreams
Creates many more dreams

- From Paprika



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Clarity


Thinking is thinking.
Feeling is feeling.
Thinking is not feeling.
Feeling is not thinking.



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Wake Up

;)

Look at your hands in a dream.






Synergy



;P
The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities
with the infinite possibilities of your dreams.
Because if you can do that, you can do anything.

-
From Waking Life







Recognise


You can tell the true yogi by the laugh.

- Tibetan saying





Thinking


A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. By thoughts I mean specifically chatter in the skull. Perpetual and compulsive repetition of words, of reckoning and calculating. I´m not saying that thinking is bad. Like everything else it´s useful in moderation. A good servant but a bad master.

- Alan Watts





Null Line



A null-line is the path of a light ray or other massless object through space-time.
The consequences of this statement are both fascinating and frightening.
To understand why, we must first consider what happens to a particle at light speed.
Albert Einstein said in his theory of relativity that an object travelling at the speed of light is not affected by time, that is to say it does not experience time. Something that does not experience time takes no time to travel any distance.
Although we may observe a particle of light, called a photon, travelling a set distance in a measured time, the particle itself has not aged. This is a fact.
If a particle of light does not experience time then distance has no meaning as it travels any distance in no time. If distance has no meaning, then neither does size or shape. A photon can therefore be thought of as a dimensionless point.
If the path taken by a photon has zero length and is traversed in zero time this is the same as saying that when you look along a null-line the universe has no size or shape, therefore it doesn't exist.

- A. Banks




Non-Dual



I seek that which has no opposite
Formless, boundless, it can not be named
Within everything, it hides itself from view
It can not be perceived
But can be felt with inner perception
Looking for it yields no result
As it is the very thing that is looking





Formless


The Tao gives rise to all forms
yet it has no form of its own

If you attempt to fix a picture of it in your mind
you will lose it

This is like pinning a butterfly-
The husk is captured, but the flying is lost

Why not be content with simply experiencing it?


- From the Hua Hu Ching




Tridimensional



The world of daily life consists of two points of reference. We have for example, here and there, in and out, up and down, good and evil, and so on and so forth. So, properly speaking, our perception of our lives is two-dimensional. None of what we perceive ourselves doing has depth.
A sorcerer perceives his actions with depth. His actions are tridimensional for him. They have a third point of reference.
Our points of reference are obtained primarily from our sense perception. Our senses perceive and differentiate what is immediate to us from what is not. Using that basic distinction we derive the rest.

- From
The Power Of Silence




Nothing



"Nothing is what brings something into focus."


- Alan Watts





The Main Thing



"The main thing is to keep the

main thing the main thing"

- Stephen R. Covey






Not Doing


The key is not in what you do
The key is what you don´t do





Shaman


"A shaman is someone who has seen the end, and therefore is a trickster, because you don't worry if you've seen the end. If you know how it comes out you go back and you take your place in the play, and you let it all roll on without anxiety."

- Terence Mckenna



Zen

=)
When the old master Hyakujo was asked what Zen is,
he said -
"When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep."

His questioner countered -
"Well isn't that what everybody does? Aren't you just like ordinary people?"

"Oh no," he said, "they don't do anything of the kind. When they are hungry they don't just eat, they think of all sorts of things. When they're tired they don't just sleep, but dream all sorts of dreams."





Ease

=)
I never joined the army because "at ease" never seemed that easy to me. It seemed rather uptight, still. I do not relax by putting my arms behind my back and parting my legs slightly, that does not equal ease to me. At ease is not being in the military. I'm eased bro, because I'm not in the military.

- Mitch Hedberg




Comfort


"Comfort will never be comfortable for those who are looking for what's not on the market."

- From Waking Life



Someone Special



Mary: Tell me, Edmund, do you have someone special in your life?

Blackadder: Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do.

Mary: Who?

Blackadder: Me.

Mary: No, I mean someone you love, cherish and want to keep safe from all the horror and the hurt.

Blackadder: Erm... Still me, really.





Knowledge

=)

"Nothing shocks me, I'm a scientist."

- Indiana Jones





Dust In The Wind

; )


"All we are is dust in the wind, dude.
"

(Socrates looks confused)

"
Dust .."

(he picks up some sand)

"
Wind .."

(he blows the sand away)

"
Dude .."

(he points at Socrates)

Ted Logan philosophising with Socrates
in
Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure


Relax

:)

"Life sometimes happy, life sometimes sad.
But life always relax..
You, tension?"

- Sherap Gurung, Nepal, 2006




Path With Heart


Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.
This question is one that only a very old man asks.
Does this path have a heart?
All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere.
Does this path have a heart?
If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.
Before you embark on any path ask the question:
Does this path have a heart?
If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realises that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.
For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length.
And there I travel - looking, looking, breathlessly.

- from The Teachings Of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda




8th Man

timespirits




- From TimeSpirits #7



Unavoidable Appointment

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Have you ever noticed how you can think about the past and the future,
but you can't think about the present?

Have you ever noticed how you can't be in the past or the future,
but you can only ever be in the present?

If we'll only ever be in the present moment,
then everything that happens to us happens in the present moment.

Therefore we will not die in the future. We will die in the present moment.
We may be able to think  about our dying in the future,
but when it actually happens it will be the present moment.

So why put off your unavoidable appointment?

Why hang on to things which don't exist?
Objects, ideas, memories, concepts...


Be.

Be in the present moment.

Then you may see that it's not a case of us
living living living, and then one day dying.

Actually we are constantly dying. Constantly arising and passing away.
Arising, passing away.


Knowing this, how can you hang on?




The Tao

:)

When? Now.

How? Tao.

Oh. Wow!





Two Parts


I had, for the first time in my life, a clear knowledge of a dualism in me. Two obviously separate parts were within my being. One was extremely old, at ease, indifferent. It was heavy, dark, and connected to everything else. It was the part of me that did not care, because it was equal to anything. It enjoyed things with no expectation. The other part was light, new, fluffy, agitated. It was nervous, fast. It cared about itself because it was insecure and did not enjoy anything, simply because it lacked the capacity to connect itself to anything. It was alone, on the surface, vulnerable.
That was the part of me with which I looked at the world
.

- From The Power Of Silence by Carlos Castaneda




Luke Hurley Song


You are not a machine
You are not mechanical
You are not some kind of robot
You're a human being
You're not a machine
Human being
Not a machine
You were never meant to be a slave
To the things that we've made
You were never meant to be trapped
Like a rat by a machine
You've got a heart
You've got a soul
Not a machine now
You're a human being
You were never meant to be a slave
Don't be a slave
To the things you have made
Not a machine now
You've got a heart
You've got a soul






Inner Silence


Inner silence is a peculiar state of being in which thoughts are cancelled out and one can function from a level other than that of daily awareness. Inner silence means the suspension of the internal dialogue, the perennial companion of thought, and is therefore a state of profound quietude.
The old seers called it inner silence because it is a state in which perception doesn't depend on the senses. What is at work during inner silence is another faculty that humans have, the faculty that makes them magical beings.
Inner silence is accrued, accumulated. Inner silence works from the moment you begin to accrue it.
Inner silence is the avenue that leads to a true suspension of judgment; to a moment when sensory data emanation from the universe at large ceases to be interpreted by the senses; a moment when cognition ceases to be the force which, through usage and repetition, decides the nature of the world.

- from The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda





Eye



Eye in the sky ..



Third eye ..



Eye'll be back ..






Wandjina




Wandjina etching by Sandra Mungulu of Mowanjum Community, The Kimberley, Australia.


Wandjina etching by Warren Barunga of Mowanjum Community, The Kimberley, Australia.



Choice



Age
nt Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?

Neo: Because I choose to.

- From The Matrix Revolutions







Serious Play



"A good fight should be like a small play
.... but played seriously."

- Bruce Lee






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How much 'nothingness' can a person's mind handle?
An equanimous attitude could take one as far as it is possible to go.
With the mindset - I'm just going to see what happens and not commit myself to any one variable - nothing can essentially pull one down.
Choosing 1 automatically precludes 0.
Choosing 0 automatically precludes 1.
If the chance of a coin being heads or tails after one throws it were 50/50 then wouldn't the coin land on it's edge every time?
Fortunately, the fool who persists in his folly will become wise.


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