Friday, April 18, 2014

My responses to the "40 Plus Project"

Emerging, exploring, gathering

Experimenting, exhausting, expanding

WHAT 3 WORDS DESCRIBE YOU NOW? Learning, listening, integrating

In my 20s, I learned the concept of network. In my 30s, I learned about the wealth of networks and how to navigate them.

I learned about resilience, trusting my heart. That pain is a teacher. To be myself. To be human. To be trusting. To keep breathing. To have a beginner’s mind.

I’m learning that integration breeds success.

It has been a challenging, yet liberating, experience to learn that most adults, including myself, have been or are still living like children when it comes to their emotional development and not taking full responsibility for themselves or their lives. Once realized, however I have discovered that intimate, present, courageous living, from the place of self love, and authentic loving connection with others becomes the basis of a truly fulfilled life.

To realize that intimate, empathic connection with myself and others is the path of living with joy, and it’s a life-long learning journey.

Living with more joy and manifesting from joy the gifts I have to give to the world. Sharing, receiving, life-long learning and trusting the perfection of my heart. I believe that awareness is the key to loving life more.

Here's a link to the original post: The 40+ Project: Gregory, 49

Monday, April 14, 2014

An amazing adventure

This is not a face that lies.

"When Abu Bakr met Muhammad, he said
"This is not a face that lies."

Abu Bakr was one whose bowl
has fallen from the roof.

There's no hiding the fragrance that comes from an ecstatic.
A polished mirror cannot help reflecting.

Muhammad once was talking to a crowd of chieftains, princes with great influence,
when a poor blind man interrupted him.

Muhammad frowned and said to the man, "Let me attend to these visitors,
This is a rare chance,
whereas you are already my friend.
We'll have ample time."

Then someone nearby said, "That blind man may be
worth a hundred kings. Remember the proverb,
Human beings are mines."

World-power means nothing. Only the unsayable,
jeweled inner life matters.

Muhammad replied, "Do not think that I'm concerned with being acknowledged by these authorities.

If a beetle moves toward rosewater, it proves that the solution is diluted.
Beetles love dung, not rose essence.

If a coin is eager to be tested by the touchstone,
that coin itself may be a touchstone.

A thief loves the night.
I am day. I reveal essences.

A calf thinks God is a cow.
A donkey's theology changes
when someone new pets it
and gives it what it wants.

I am not a cow, or thistles for camels
to browse on. People who insult me
are only polishing the mirror."

- Rumi

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A fulfilled life.

It has been a challenging, yet liberating, experience to learn that most adults, including myself, have been, or are still living like children when it comes to their emotional development and not taking full responsibility for themselves or their lives. Once realized, however I have discovered that intimate, present, courageous living, from the place of self love, and authentic loving connection with others becomes the basis of a truly fulfilled life.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pleasure Evolution?

Rob Breszny posted on FB today the following.

"Dear Beauty and Truth Lab: Though I respect what you're trying to do to boost the endorphin levels of the masses, I must insist that you begin taking into account a factor you have apparently thus far ignored: Pronoia must recognize and account for the fact that up to 70 percent of womankind never get their full orgasm experience."

"It's bad enough in the Western world, where many men don't even seem to know about the existence of the clitoris, let alone realize that sexual intercourse cannot induce a clitoral orgasm in a majority of women." "But even worse: the millions of girls who are brutalized with clitoridectomies in the Moslem world, and other hundreds of millions of Third World women who haven't reaped the benefits of Western culture's mild gender revolution."

"Here's what I say: Ecstatic female pleasure is a radical pronoiac solution to the global epidemic of male violence and ecological terrorism. I mean this literally. Sex is as much an elemental force as the winds and tides and thunderstorms. The muzzling of the female libido on a global level is the equivalent of trying to suppress the weather. And the consequences are just as weird. The tender, poignant penis has turned into the doomsday machine. Mother Earth gets wasted by the lurid hot dry 'sexy' violence of the berserk cosmodemonic phallus."

"But when I talk about ecstatic female pleasure, I don't mean simply some quantitative increase in clinically measurable orgasms. I'm talking about the kind of passion that generates compassion. Eros that lights up our political and ecological chakras. Sex beyond sex. The kind of reverent lust that enlightens you to how you're partly responsible for every other life on this planet, and gives you the power to feel the pain of people in distant locations with the same intensity you would feel an intimate companion's pain."

"Please consider filling in this gap in your otherwise enlightened program for world liberation." 

—Future Author of "The Clitoral Monologues" [Rob wrote] Dear Future Author: I agree with you. I have actually written a great deal on related subjects in one of my previous books, "The Televisionary Oracle." It's a basic text informing the Beauty and Truth Lab's ongoing experiments.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Don't go back to sleep...

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep. From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

Monday, February 17, 2014

Jyoti - WisdomFilm Preview

How Wolves Change Rivers

An eye to maintaining ecosystem health is essential to successful society...

Friday, January 31, 2014

The heavens within my body

Heavens open
Like a heart full of joy
To all of the voices
Holding hands of light
Singing the one sound
Which is created 
By the well being of all beings
In all realms
In all time

Resonating silence
Effulgent fragrant choir
Fills every star cell
Of the galaxy 

Of my body

Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Evolutionism" vs "Creationism"

At the core of the debate between scientism and religion is the disagreement as to the nature of matter, life and consciousness.

For example – as you know–  each would have an entirely different way of answering the question which is emblematic of the debate: "What is the nature of the force that governs and drives 'natural selection'?"

Were we to take a more integrated and multidisciplinary approach to understanding life we may have a more comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying, explanation of the questions of how we got here, and how we solve the world's greatest challenges.

One of my favorite ideas is consilience – the convergence of many disciplines into a more comprehensive understanding of reality. Here's a link to a book named "Consilience" which is a favorite of mine.

For those curious about these ideas, there's a number of items which are not usually brought to mind in the conversation between "Creationism" and "Evolution" 

Amit Goswami – Physicist who was first brought to my attention through the movie "What the Bleep DoWe Know?"  

Henry Bergson who's anti-Darwin theories won a nobel prize.

Alternatively - Wendell Berry is an outspoken critic of E.O. Wilson's book  – in his book "Life is a Miracle" 

Similarly, rational philosopher, Thomas Nagel wrote an extremely thought provoking book “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,”   

Here's an article which sums up his book.

I offer these in the spirit of open inquiry with no conclusive result.

One thing is for certain for me – neither of the belief systems provided by Evolutionism nor Creationism offer a sound explanation which effectively explains the the origins of intelligent life and consciousness, which really inspires me to continue to learn more every day.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

Big mind, small mind, same.

"That everything is included within your mind is the essence of mind. To experience this is to have religious feeling. Even though waves just arise, the essence of your mind is pure; it is just like clear water with a few waves. Actually water always has waves. Waves are the practice of water. To speak of waves apart from water or water apart from waves is a delusion. Water and waves are one. Big mind and small mind are one. When you understand your mind in this way, you have some security in your feeling. As your mind does not expect anything from the outside, it is always filled. A mind with waves in it is not a disturbed mind, but actually an amplified one. Whatever you experience is an experience of big mind." - Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"  

Or - I'm a wave in the big mind.

Friday, December 27, 2013

some tea thoughts....

Tea embraces the embodied paradox that we live moment by moment.

There's no struggle, only calm joy arising from the recognition of the simple practice which frees the mind into the heart, the expanse of being in the interior of our embodied experience. Apparent limitation, density, contraction and matter are seen as a continuum from tea cup to our lips to our being.  We flow from the finite to the infinite and back again, spiraling into presence through a simple act of bridging nature into humanity, through the meeting of all time and space into a simple cup of tea.

Tea, the moment of the dance, the bridge, the nexus, the crucible of calm joy, living souls experiencing immortality through the most limited experience unlocking the expanse of cosmic awareness.

As the poetry in motion, flowing through the cup, each drop separate or connected? Each leaf in your cup, separate or united? Or both? These are the insights which arise from the joy of the leaf meeting water meeting human meeting nature.

Here we are – all in our "separate" times and spaces, yet the paradox of tea connecting us all together – joins us in the day to day living – with technophiles – and technophobes – alike – all joining in unison with the merging of the interior of space as we watch the tea fall into the abyss of being through the portal of our lips.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Taking responsibility is essential to overcome challenging parts of our personalities and achieving authentic power.

From Spiritual Partnership

"Taking responsibility for your experiences means reminding yourself, whatever is happening, 'This is happening for a reason. I may not be able to see the reason now. My intention is to learn all that I can about myself. How can this experience help me heal the fear-based parts of my personality?' Taking responsibility for your experiences is the fundamental challenge to every frightened part of your personality, because none of those parts feel responsible for what they do. The angry parts, for example, are convinced that their anger is caused by others and justified. The jealous parts are convinced that their jealousy is caused by others and justified. The overwhelmed parts are convinced that their overwhelm is caused by circumstances and justified, and so on."

"When you take responsibility for all of your experiences, you put yourself in the very powerful position for being able to discover which of your choices created which of your experiences and therefore capable of re-creating them or not. Instead of assuming that others or circumstances create your experiences (this is how a victim sees the world), you assume that your choices create them (this is how a creator sees the world.)"

"Some frightened parts of your personality are so familiar that they seem to be 'who you are,' and the idea of changing them appears impossible because that would require changing your very essence. This is not accurate. Your essence would surprise you and fill you with joy and wonder without the distorted perception of the frightened parts of your personality. Taking responsibility for your experiences enables you to find and heal all of them."

Friday, November 29, 2013

Inspiration from Jesus to address the inequality of our time....

"The Gospels record that Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies of the Jewish nation to preach a new understanding of God's continuous presence with the community - the poor, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised. The radical content of this message was illustrated when Jesus overturned the moneychangers' tables in the Temple, upsetting the status quo of the elite cult of corrupt priests - 'the shepherds who pasture themselves instead of the sheep.' (Ezek. 34, Jer. 23). The Jesus described in the Gospel stories is an antiestablishment hero, an incarnation of the spirit of wisdom, gentle and compassionate toward the poor and a champion of justice. It is this Jesus who is the role model for the life of the true Christian." - Margaret Starbird from her book "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar"

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TIme to reflect on ourselves and our paradigm for true evolution to occur....

Here's an excerpt from Hazel Henderson's 1978 book "Creating Alternative Futures" which points to the need to evaluate our perspective as a core mechanism of progress....

"The dreams of technology-based hedonism, where machines would work and people would be trained for leisure, were, I believe, premature and based on inadequate ecological models. They will remain beyond our reach until we learn to control our population, reduce the impacts of our technology, and share our resources more equitably. It is time for the science and technology of industrialism to realize it's conceptual limitations. The stakes have never been higher for human survival. We need a new scientific paradigm, more suitable for a science that stands at the brink of nuclear disaster and genetic manipulation, a science that has the potential of enhancing human evolutionary possibilities or turning us into a race of what John Leonard calls, 'bionic junkies.' This new scientific approach must be self-reflective. The old, innocent view - 'scientist observing phenomenon' - will no longer suffice. Today we must pull back one 'photo frame' and include a new composite view: 'scientist observing her or himself observing phenomenon.' This reflective paradigm exists in psychology, where those seeking to practice psychoanalysis on their fellow creatures must themselves submit to a prior psychoanalysis."

"Now, perhaps we should urge all scientists to undergo psychoanalysis to understand their own deeper motivations, impulses, and ego needs....

.... Perhaps William Irwin Thompson is right when he notes that we need to rediscover the Pythagorean tradition in science rather than to continue to pursue today's Archimedean science with its seeking to control nature through prediction and experimentation. Thompson notes that he Pythagorean approach embraced a mystical view of science that was integrated with art and religion. Fritjof Capra, in "Tao of Physics" draws the same conclusions and shows how physics has progressed in this century to an ever more metaphysical world view, more consistent with the direct, experiential insights of Eastern religious traditions than with the atomistic, mechanistic view characteristic of the now receding industrial age. Dr. John Todd of the New Alchemy Institute typifies the new reverence which now must inform our scientific enterprise. He sees evolution not as pre-programmed, but as a continual sacred dialogue with our planet.  Radical horticulturalists Alan Chadwick and John Jeavons of California share this view of their methods of producing astonishing yields. Such augmenting of natural productivity and reintegrating our activities into biospheric processes is already leading to a design revolution and a rethinking of many problems of production and of energy and materials management.....

... Our own capabilities and imaginations will be stretched by our current crisis. Millions of us are transcending our old fragmented viewpoints and rising to anew levels of human awareness and many academic fields are undergoing creative ferment. Time is short; but we can all do no less than play our part in this human evolutionary struggle."

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Longing for a true soul mate? Spiritual partnership is a path for true intimacy, true fulfillment....

"There is no security in spiritual partnership. Spiritual partners are together to grow spiritually, not sooth one another's fears. On the contrary, they support one another in experiencing their fears and healing the sources of them. Spritual partners are patient and caring, but patience and caring are not enough to keep them together. They appreciate one another, but appreciation is not enough either. They love one another, but even love is not enough. Only commitment to creating authentic power can keep spiritual partners together through the challenges of unearthing, experiencing, and healing frightened parts of their personalities. Five-sensory individuals in old type relationships commit to one another, their relationships, and their five-sensory goals. Spritual partners commit to growing spiritually into supporting one another in growing spiritually." From the book "Spiritual Partnership" by
Gary Zukav photo source Ren on pinterest.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Core of groundbreaking book: "Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False"

Here's the full text of the New York Times Article by Thomas Nagel

"This is a brief statement of positions defended more fully in my book “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,” which was published by Oxford University Press last year. Since then the book has attracted a good deal of critical attention, which is not surprising, given the entrenchment of the world view that it attacks. It seemed useful to offer a short summary of the central argument."

"The scientific revolution of the 17th century, which has given rise to such extraordinary progress in the understanding of nature, depended on a crucial limiting step at the start: It depended on subtracting from the physical world as an object of study everything mental – consciousness, meaning, intention or purpose. The physical sciences as they have developed since then describe, with the aid of mathematics, the elements of which the material universe is composed, and the laws governing their behavior in space and time."

"We ourselves, as physical organisms, are part of that universe, composed of the same basic elements as everything else, and recent advances in molecular biology have greatly increased our understanding of the physical and chemical basis of life. Since our mental lives evidently depend on our existence as physical organisms, especially on the functioning of our central nervous systems, it seems natural to think that the physical sciences can in principle provide the basis for an explanation of the mental aspects of reality as well — that physics can aspire finally to be a theory of everything."

"However, I believe this possibility is ruled out by the conditions that have defined the physical sciences from the beginning. The physical sciences can describe organisms like ourselves as parts of the objective spatio-temporal order – our structure and behavior in space and time – but they cannot describe the subjective experiences of such organisms or how the world appears to their different particular points of view. There can be a purely physical description of the neurophysiological processes that give rise to an experience, and also of the physical behavior that is typically associated with it, but such a description, however complete, will leave out the subjective essence of the experience – how it is from the point of view of its subject — without which it would not be a conscious experience at all."

"So the physical sciences, in spite of their extraordinary success in their own domain, necessarily leave an important aspect of nature unexplained. Further, since the mental arises through the development of animal organisms, the nature of those organisms cannot be fully understood through the physical sciences alone. Finally, since the long process of biological evolution is responsible for the existence of conscious organisms, and since a purely physical process cannot explain their existence, it follows that biological evolution must be more than just a physical process, and the theory of evolution, if it is to explain the existence of conscious life, must become more than just a physical theory."

"This means that the scientific outlook, if it aspires to a more complete understanding of nature, must expand to include theories capable of explaining the appearance in the universe of mental phenomena and the subjective points of view in which they occur – theories of a different type from any we have seen so far."

"There are two ways of resisting this conclusion, each of which has two versions. The first way is to deny that the mental is an irreducible aspect of reality, either (a) by holding that the mental can be identified with some aspect of the physical, such as patterns of behavior or patterns of neural activity, or (b) by denying that the mental is part of reality at all, being some kind of illusion (but then, illusion to whom?). The second way is to deny that the mental requires a scientific explanation through some new conception of the natural order, because either (c) we can regard it as a mere fluke or accident, an unexplained extra property of certain physical organisms – or else (d) we can believe that it has an explanation, but one that belongs not to science but to theology, in other words that mind has been added to the physical world in the course of evolution by divine intervention."

"All four of these positions have their adherents. I believe the wide popularity among philosophers and scientists of (a), the outlook of psychophysical reductionism, is due not only to the great prestige of the physical sciences but to the feeling that this is the best defense against the dreaded (d), the theistic interventionist outlook. But someone who finds (a) and (b) self-evidently false and (c) completely implausible need not accept (d), because a scientific understanding of nature need not be limited to a physical theory of the objective spatio-temporal order. It makes sense to seek an expanded form of understanding that includes the mental but that is still scientific — i.e. still a theory of the immanent order of nature."

"That seems to me the most likely solution. Even though the theistic outlook, in some versions, is consistent with the available scientific evidence, I don’t believe it, and am drawn instead to a naturalistic, though non-materialist, alternative. Mind, I suspect, is not an inexplicable accident or a divine and anomalous gift but a basic aspect of nature that we will not understand until we transcend the built-in limits of contemporary scientific orthodoxy. I would add that even some theists might find this acceptable; since they could maintain that God is ultimately responsible for such an expanded natural order, as they believe he is for the laws of physics."

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Barbarians and Blockheads - a meditation from my friend Lorin Roche

This is a great little piece of medicine by my friend Lorin Roche from LA Yoga Magazine 

It's always the same.
Barbarians and Blockheads,
Rival queens and rival kings,
The drama rolls on and on.
When people honor you,
You are supposed to be glad.

When they disrespect you,
You are supposed to sulk in indignation.
One minute you are cruising on a throne in the sky,
The next you are standing on some bleak patch of dirt.

I say, the Sun regards all with a steady eye.
The force sustaining Earth and Sky
Calls everyone to awaken from this trance.
The whole world revolves around an axis, and I am that.

When you are friends with the Friend to All Beings
Nothing is the same.
Rich beyond measure, abundant beyond counting.
You can move through this life laughing.
Opinions of others have no rulership over you."

Translated from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Loving service heals and nourishes all of us...

Loving service to uplifting those around us is deeply nourishing to the movement of "Evolutionary Changemakers" 

Service to others feeds the soul with meaning, and addresses core existential crisis outlined below which many of us feel in response to our society's challenges.

Through service we discover the world is alive with meaning and intelligence. Many of us have been caught, according to Richard Tarnas,
"between the inner craving for a life of meaning and the relentless attrition of existence in a cosmos that our rational scientific world view has assured us is empty, dead, devoid of all purpose."
"The great irony suggested here of course is that it is just when the modern mind believes it has most fully purified itself from any anthropomorphic projections, when it actively construes the world as unconscious, mechanistic, and impersonal, it is just then that the world is most completely a selective construct of the human mind. The human mind has abstracted from the whole all conscious intelligence and purpose and meaning, and claimed these exclusively for itself, and then projected onto the world a machine. As Rupert Sheldrake has pointed out, this is the ultimate anthropomorphic projection: a man-made machine, something not in fact ever found in nature. From this perspective, it is the modern mind's own impersonal soullessness that has been projected from within onto the world--or, to be more precise, that has been projectively elicited from the world." from "The Passion of the Western Mind"
Serve others with love and free your heart to evolve!

Monday, July 08, 2013

"Peer mutualism" - a new framework and language for the common good in response to PRISM?

There's much to be done to reboot our systems, as the world's protests are recognizing the flaws. Going back does not appear to be the way, yet what is the way forward?

Yochai Benkler, author of "Wealth of Networks"  articulates a path forward "peer mutualism." as described in this article published about him:

"Based on several examples of working anarchies in the networked environment Benkler argued that peer mutualism works in certain contexts. Even though it is not perfect, it provides people with a new degree of freedom."
"As individuals inhabiting a world of interlocked imperfect systems, we are susceptible to power shaping our perceptions, preferences, policies and principles as well as our actions, outcomes and configurations. Peer mutualism offers us a new way to bob and weave between those systems."
"The core questions are how much of what people care about can be done in non-market, non-proprietary, non-governmental models? Do peer mutualism models offer enough of a solution space? And how corruptible are these nonhierarchical and noncoercive models?"

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The question of the nature of consciousness in world process is not properly addressed by either science or religion....

Our modern mainstream culture has yet to arrive at a teleological understanding and cohesive way to incorporate the nature of mind and consciousness into a clear worldview.

Thomas Nagle in his book "Mind and Cosmos" addresses the topic head on:

"To sum up: the respective inadequacies of materialism and theism as transcendent conceptions, and the impossibility of abandoning the search for a transcendent view of our place in the universe, lead to the hope for an expanded buy still naturalistic understanding that avoids psychophysical reductionism. The essential character of such an understanding would be to explain the appearance of life, consciousness, reason, and knowledge neither as accidental side effects of the physical laws of nature nor as the result of intentional intervention in nature from without but as an unsurprising if not inevitable consequence of the order that governs the natural world from within.  That order would have to include physical law, but if life is not just a physical phenomenon, the origin and evolution of life and mind will not be explainable by physics and chemistry alone. An expanded, but still unified, form of explanation will be needed, and I suspect it will have to include teleological elements."

"All that can be done at this stage in the history of science is argue for the recognition of the problem, not to offer solutions."

Who's willing to recognize the question and recognize the problem with me?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wonder if there are UFO's or ET's???

Here's some information about the man in the video:
"Dr. Edgar Mitchell is a man of many experiences. For one, he was the 6th man to walk on the moon. He is a former Navy Captain, author and lecturer. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University, a Postgraduate Science degree from the U.S. Naval School and  Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He has received honorary doctorates in engineering from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, and and ScD from Embry-Riddle University as well as many other honours and awards."
"He is the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the co-founder of the Association of Space Explorers.  Clearly, a man who has been around, and had contact with a number of people at NASA, the military, and within academic field."
"Dr. Mitchell is seen here giving an interview for the new Sirius Documentary. A documentary created by Dr Steven Greer  from the Disclosure Project and filmmaker Amardeep Kaleka that highlights the reality of the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon and the technological implications of it. Keep in mind, change doesn’t come from technology alone, it comes from us as well.
In this this interview, Dr. Mitchell testifies to the reality of of UFOs and an extraterrestrial presence behind the phenomenon. For more information about this subject, please browse through our alternative news, multimedia and science/technology sections. Or simply use the search bar with key words like “extraterrestrial” or “UFOs.”"