No distance between
Whatever the things..
There is no
Understanding of this
In the search is
Said to be alone..
Together is found
To also be alone...
“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer,
Road to nowhere..
There is no road
Nowhere is already
But appearances abound
Appearances of seekers
Pilgrims and travelers
On a road or not...
(Perhaps a variation of Henry Miller's thought..)
I have a theory that the moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. I have tried this experiment a thousand times and I have never been disappointed. The more I look at a thing, the more I see in it, and the more I see in it, the more I want to see. It is like peeling an onion. There is always another layer, and another, and another. And each layer is more beautiful than the last.
This is the way I look at the world. I don't see it as a collection of objects, but as a vast and mysterious organism. I see the beauty in the smallest things, and I find wonder in the most ordinary events. I am always looking for the hidden meaning, the secret message. I am always trying to understand the mystery of life.
I know that I will never understand everything, but that doesn't stop me from trying. I am content to live in the mystery, to be surrounded by the unknown. I am content to be a seeker, a pilgrim, a traveler on the road to nowhere. ~Henry Miller
(Book: Black Spring https://amzn.to/3q66B1C)
You'll never be good enough because what we're talking about has nothing to do with you. This comes out of compassion; but that doesn't mean there's somebody here who's compassionate. It's that anytime you throw anything at this, it will go on destroying it. And that is compassion.
News of no-choice...
Neuroscience experiment on freedom of choice? (Bard)
There have been a number of neuroscience experiments that have been conducted to investigate the nature of free will. One of the most famous experiments was conducted by Benjamin Libet in the 1980s. In this experiment, Libet asked participants to focus on a clock and to note the time when they became aware of the intention to move their wrist. He then measured the participants' brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Libet found that there was a brief increase in electrical activity in the brain, called the readiness potential, that occurred about 500 milliseconds before the participants reported becoming aware of the intention to move. This suggests that the brain may be making decisions about our actions before we are consciously aware of them.
Other experiments have found similar results. For example, one study found that participants' brain activity could predict their choices up to 10 seconds in advance. These findings have led some scientists to conclude that free will is an illusion and that our choices are predetermined by our brains.
However, other scientists argue that these findings do not necessarily mean that free will does not exist. They point out that the brain is a complex organ and that we may not yet fully understand how it makes decisions. They also argue that our conscious awareness of our choices may be delayed, even though the choices themselves are made freely.
The debate over free will is likely to continue for many years to come. However, the neuroscience experiments that have been conducted so far have certainly challenged our traditional understanding of this fundamental human ability.
Here are some of the limitations of neuroscience experiments on free will:
The experiments are often conducted in artificial settings. This can make it difficult to generalize the findings to real-world situations.
The experiments are often difficult to replicate. This makes it difficult to be sure of the findings.
The experiments do not measure all aspects of free will. For example, they do not measure the ability to make choices between multiple options or the ability to resist temptation.
Despite these limitations, neuroscience experiments on free will have provided valuable insights into this complex topic. They have shown that our brains are involved in making decisions before we are consciously aware of them. This suggests that free will may not be as free as we once thought. However, it is important to remember that these experiments are still in their early stages and that more research is needed to fully understand the nature of free will.
this grief feels beautiful and there is no desire to get rid of it, as it is me...
I cannot imagine life without this broken heart
it is my beauty....
I suppose it is the lethargy which sometimes hits...
meanwhile fillagree of light dances in the garden
doves perch on the telephone wires looking at the feeders
cat wants to play
my husband holds me as tears fall...
it is time for breakfast...
the tea is hot
and the steam enchanting
.... life pulls me into its arms... and the dance continues...
Some words of praise of Tony’s message written by Richard Harris. A worthwhile repeat! 😉
“Throughout history of mankind’s search for the eternal truth there has emerged, every so often, a revolutionary and radical message that has transformed our whole perception of what it means to be alive.
Just such an event is happening in our midst at this time, and again it will only be heard by a few.
This living, vital communication is readily available. Its brilliant simplicity illuminates all that went before. Its essence is interwoven through the finer threads of every scripture but is overlaid with the dogma of the mind…and yet the boundlessness and vibrancy of its dynamic sweeps away all attachment to tradition, lineage and hierarchy.
Everything else today that purports to being a ‘spiritual teaching’ is absolutely not what is being communicated out of this perception. Even the recent abundance of so-called Advaita and ‘non-dual’ teachings are almost all still making a compromise with the seeker. They teeter on the edge of infinity looking for a way in. This message stands inevitably alone and apart, whenever and wherever it is communicated, and when it is really heard the fundamental and uncompromising difference is inherently recognized!
So here is a treasure in our midst, ready to be rediscovered. Here is the cup ready to be drunk. But, in the rediscovery we lose the seeking, we lose the dream, we lose all hope which is ourselves and what is left is priceless freedom!” (FB posting by Eve Reece.)
The prickly self
Prickles at the
Suggestion of no-self..
This it seems
A scary suggestion..
Quills are ready
With sharpened barbs..
Finds separation safe..
All well and good
A prickly story
Porcupines are medium-sized rodents with a distinctive coat of sharp quills. They are found in North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Porcupines are herbivores and eat a variety of plants, including leaves, twigs, fruits, and nuts. They are solitary animals and spend most of their time in trees or on the ground. Porcupines are nocturnal and are most active at night.
Here are some of the main features of porcupines:
They have a thick coat of sharp quills that they use for defense.
They are herbivores and eat a variety of plants.
They are solitary animals and spend most of their time in trees or on the ground.
They are nocturnal and are most active at night.
They are found in North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.
Porcupines are fascinating creatures and play an important role in the ecosystem. They help to control the populations of plants and insects, and they are a food source for other animals, such as coyotes, foxes, and bears.
The story of
A story of
So, there I am in the mountains of Colorado, two days into fasting and silence and trying to pray. But my mind was busy. Even after two full days of it, I was not filled with a warm feeling of good will toward humanity or union with the divine. I was filled with regret and self-incrimination. I sat on that mountain perseverating on my mistakes and sins and misdemeanors – sure that those things outweighed all else about me. All the ill spoken words and secretly selfish motives, all the friendships lost and betrayals large and small.
And that’s when I heard it.
11 words came to me from – would it be a form of spiritual self-flattery if I said – from God?
11 words, because I’m pretty sure I could not be trusted with more…
The 11 words I heard on that mountain were these “but what if you have already been forgiven of all that?”