Friday, December 28, 2018

Compassion Is the Key

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
--Confucius

Imagine this:
  1. Someone buys alcohol for minors, they get busted and pay the thousands of dollars in fines, but later on they buy alcohol for minors again under peer pressure.

  2. Someone rapes another, they get arrested and do the prison time, but once out their stress of sexual frustration reaches “overload” and they again commit rape.

  3. Someone beats up others on the schoolyard, they get caught and sit through a week of detentions, but in fear of having their “tough guy” image tarnished, they go beat up someone else.
In all three cases, the offenders get caught once again. Everyone who hears of these incidents immediately call for revenge, for punishment.

“They did it once, they suffered the punishment, and now they’ve done it again. You’d think they’d learn,” people might say. “What idiots.”

I ask: How reasonable is this reaction?

A New Practice

Folks… I’d like you to start doing something.

When you hear of someone who offends others, commits crimes, or whatever way their negative actions might be described—especially when the offenses are repeated and grave—I’d like you to make the immediate assumption that the offender’s actions are driven by deep-seated trauma that has been repressed rather than healed.

The fact is, people have been guilty of all assortments of amazingly foolish and harmful things. But looking a bit further and seeing that someone has hurt another due to repressed trauma—rather than merely seeing idiots worthy of punishment—makes a tremendous difference.

Would the trauma not exist, no such offences would take place. It doesn’t happen that way because someone without the pain of internal trauma inherently and immediately recognizes how badly it hurts them to hurt others and how wrong it is, as well as how badly their negative actions hurt others.

Now more than ever, we need to see others through the lens of compassion.

Compassion is a developed trait, yes. But simply acknowledging the fundamental truth that unhealed trauma results in difficult-to-control and heavily distorted behavior means so much in dealing with adverse situations in a healthy manner.

Learning by Example

Currently, compassion and healing are hardly the first things on the minds of most people, but instead, revenge and punishment.

This is evident in the means by which society has been punishing people, whether with parents punishing their children or the federal justice system punishing criminals. The whole deal is rooted heavily in trauma-based programming.

The only reason a father (or mother) slaps his child is because he’d suffered the same trauma when he had been a child. Now empathically numb, slapping his kid is the only way the father knows to deal with misbehavior because that’s exactly what he’d been taught: “Violence is the answer.”

The only reason police beat the shit out of (if not kill) criminals (or suspected criminals, or even innocent people) and then send them to a for-profit prison system that, well, let’s just say, isn’t exactly a healing experience is because these “authorities” carry resonant traumas within them. They’d been bullied and abused as children, so they unconsciously seek jobs where they can legally express the violent urges roiling within them.

Responding Compassionately

What if we could see offensive activity as caused by repressed trauma rather than mere isolated acts of violence and perversity and the like? How different might our approach be?

A father could gently ask, “Hey, son, can we talk about what happened at school today? What thoughts and feelings made you kick your classmate’s science project across the room?” And then he could help his son dig deeper and resolve the cause of his pain without his son feeling like a complete sissy for expressing his emotions or speaking his truth. Healers could work with inmates to resolve their internal issues in order to lower prison violence and reduce the number of repeat offenders.

What if this could be applied to all aspects of life? Might not the stigma of “being imperfect” (in any of its countless meanings) be greatly lessened if we’d collectively stop judging the hell out of wrong-doers, mistake-makers, etc. and see them through the eyes of compassion? If we’d see offenders as traumatized rather than inherently and irreversibly damaged people? If we’d reach out with an open hand rather than turn away with a closed heart?

Judgment’s Implication

An individual’s capacity for compassion can be determined by how frequently and to what degree he or she is in judgment of others.

And what, really, does judging another say about one’s self?

Aside from, “I lack compassion,” judgment speaks of lack of self-awareness and wisdom. People judge because either
  1. they have never been in a position like the person they’re judging and therefore don’t understand it, or
  2. they have been in a position like the person they are judging and shame them in attempt deny the resonant repressed pain within themselves.
So in either case, people have no right to judge, to say anything at all, and would be better off keeping their mouths shut.

It’s impossible to judge without implicating one’s self in one way or another.

Best then to seek healing in order to live compassionately; in order to become like the father and the healers who don’t—who simply can’t—teach violence as an answer.

Healing

Regarding things great and small alike, we all judge. We do it so often, it is so normal, that most of us aren’t even aware how much we do it or that we are doing it at all in many cases.

But judgment is judgment is judgment, and judgment indicates a lack of compassion—something we could all use more of.

We would therefore all do well to heal.

I thus hope that in reading this you will inquire within as to how these statements apply to you and then make an effort toward healing.

At the level of the individual is where each of our life experiences begin and end, after all, is it not?

So why not give ourselves the best, so that we can give others the best, so that they can give us the best in return?

Compassion is the key.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Enemy Within

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



Whether by physical, mental, or emotional might,
no fight can ever truly be won.

You may “win” momentarily,
but only by appearances.

Perceived enemies will continue to arise,
ever seeking to usurp your position.

You must realize:
your seeming “wins” are pointless,
for there is no outward fight.

There never has been.

Your fight is with a distorted external reflection of who you’ve become within.

You must therefore see your enemy as yourself,
and yourself as your enemy.

Disengage from the fight within,
and the fight you’ve imagined without will cease.

You have more allies than you can possibly imagine.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Prophecy and the Power of Consciousness

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



A seer tells a crowd: “In three thousand years from now, a momentous event will occur. It will be unlike anything the people of this planet have ever known. All things will change; all people will be changed.”

Three thousand years later, the appointed time arrives… and passes… and passes further.

Business as usual.

“What a dud!” some cry. “He’s a charlatan!”

Truth is, this seer might really have been like a meat factory: He’d made a living off of feeding people baloney.

Contrarily, this seer might have been a totally honest visionary who’d meant only the best.

Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to decide (if we so choose) whether any prophecy is true or false or any prophet is authentic or quack.

Before deciding, however, there are a few key points to be aware of that will offer us a better perspective on the accuracy or error of foretold events.

Change Is the Rule, Not the Exception

Prophecy is often given years, if not ages, in advance.

This foresight offers potential or probable future events based both on
  1. the overall state of the seer, and
  2. whatever "higher data" is available that resonates with the state of the collective consciousness at the time the information is received.
As regards the seer’s overall state, think of people such as televangelists and preachers of doom and gloom. These so-called "prophets" may have followers who believe that they’re gifted, but they're usually just misguided dopes who’re abusing their power. Even of the few who truly do have a gift, their distorted psyches utilize filters of fear and lies and they attract only negative entities with false information. This does more harm than good every time.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are spiritually-awakened beings who are physically healthy, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. These individuals are open conduits to Spirit and can more accurately channel both their own higher knowing and positive entities.

Naturally, seers may take up positions anywhere between these two poles.

Collectively speaking, just as an individual’s consciousness determines what manifests in his or her personal experience, so does our collective consciousness define what is born into our collective experience.

Should the future arrive but a foretelling appear to be a dud, this seeming error is not necessarily reason to shout, “False prophet!” It could simply be that the then-resonant timeline viewed by the seer is no longer resonant with the collective consciousness.

The Power of Consciousness

To help explain how consciousness plays a role in the alteration of prophecy, we can consider the role that group meditation has in creating peace.

The results of a group meditation study done in 1993 show that the HRA (homicide, rape, and aggravated assault) crime rate in Washington, D.C., was, at its peak, reduced by a whole 23.3% from the predicted rate during the test period. When the study and meditations ceased, the crime rate went back up.

The idea is that whatever we place our attention on as individuals gets funneled into the collective consciousness. That is to say—good, bad, right, wrong, sweet, or sour—whatever it is that lives within us takes up residence in the field of collective consciousness, or that on which our shared outer experience is based.

In general, people carry a significant amount of internal garbage. This drives excessive, erratic, and negative thinking.

We can imagine each of these people as individual points with hundreds of different streams—each a random thought—emanating from them. We will assume that these hundreds of streams/thoughts all occur within one hour’s time.

Now let’s consider individuals who choose to meditate for peace for one hour.

Meditation highly focalizes a meditator’s attention. Therefore, there is (ideally, because the average meditator’s mind will still wander) only one solitary energy stream being emanated. This means all of their attentive energy is directed toward one area rather than being dispersed into hundreds.

When viewing this in a group sense, the difference is clear.

Where those with uncontrolled minds gather, each individual contributes their hundreds of thoughts per hour to the collective mind field. In such a scenario we’d see many thousands of arbitrary streams (mostly of fear, worry, desire, etc.) flying off into the collective ethers.

Conversely, the picture for the group meditators is one of unity. We'd not see countless tiny streams, but a single, powerful river.

As Jesus states in Matthew 18:20: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst.” The “I” Jesus is referring to is not himself as a person but the awareness, the higher state of consciousness, he embodies.

In meditation, no longer does each individual remain a point but they become as one with all other meditators. By placing their attention and intention on a specific thing, individual mind power becomes cooperative mind power which allows the dedicated energy to be amplified exponentially.

Seeing how this concept works, it becomes evident that our collective consciousness (internal) is correlated with our collective experience (external).

Here is our evidence as to how any given prophecy can potentially be altered (physically, time-wise, or both) or bypassed altogether. As we change individually and collectively, so do potentials and probabilities, and so does our world.

“Did [This Prophecy] Truly Come To Pass?”

The passing of prophecy is more or less dependent upon one’s perspective.

If someone foretells of modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah (i.e.: California) falling into the ocean, it’s going to be rather obvious to everyone whether this happens or not. A person would have to be living in the middle of nowhere within the middle of nowhere to be and remain unaware of such an event.

Or as with someone such as Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet,” information is provided that is sometimes so relevant and provable that only someone as stubborn as a brick would bother refuting the validity. (My apologies if I've offended any bricks.)

But otherwise, while
  1. automatically discounting the claimed “prophetic” words of idiots, and
  2. using strong discernment when singular “authorities” are willing to validate only the prophecies that support their own agenda,
awareness of the validity of a prophecy is fairly dependent upon any given individual’s ability to perceive beyond the most basic of the five physical senses and to interpret events intuitively and metaphorically rather than intellectually.

This can be described in 5 ways:

One: If someone is studying the Book of Revelation, for example, they’re never going to literally see, to paraphrase Revelation 12:3-4: a huge red dragon with seven crowned heads and ten horns that uses its tail to wipe a third of the stars from the sky and fling them to Earth.

These are highly metaphorical passages. If someone is literally waiting for such specific events, they’ll never believe the prophecy has come to pass. Yet, someone of intuitive perception or outside-the-box thinking may recognize the passing due to an ability to understand symbolism.

Two: If, for instance, a seer of ancient days didn’t know what lightship UFOs are, he might have had a vision of them coming to Earth in mass and then said of this event: “Fireflies fill the heavens.”

Modern day people might think he was speaking of an insect plague or that maybe he was an acid-tripping loon. Maybe. Or he might have used such descriptions because he didn't have a more accurate way.

Three: Sometimes error is perceived due to selective ignorance.

Things are currently turning up in ways most people have only dreamed of (e.g.: no World War 3, North Korea speaking peace, etc.), as are there major happenings going on (e.g.: elite crime exposure, Earth changes, etc.). Although this evidence suggests that something majorly positive is afoot (i.e.: “the fall of Babylon the Great”), many people still play the Authority-is-mum-on-the-changes-and-hasn’t-provided-an-official-word-that-we’re-in-the-“end-times”-so-I’m-gonna-play-dumb card. Prophetic fulfillment will be rejected by these people.

Four: For many people, their intellectual/logical minds cause perceptual interference and they experience cognitive dissonance between experiential fact and their limiting mental concepts of “what is real.”

The average Joe could have a dream about something happening to him or someone he knows only to find out a few days later that the dream had come true. Even though the dream had mirrored waking life circumstances and could be seen as prophetic in hindsight, to the unawakened and intellectually-oriented dreamer, the whole circumstance could be labeled “mere coincidence” and forgotten.

Five: As noted parenthetically a minute ago while speaking of consciousness, there are the issues of physical and/or time-based alterations.

Physically, although a prophecy might claim, say, that a meteorite would wipe out a certain landmass, it could be that only a portion of that landmass would end up being destroyed, or nothing at all. Time-wise, if an event had been foretold as happening in a certain year, it could end up either happening years earlier or later or playing out as a series of smaller events over the course of multiple years.

The more one’s focus is on finding literal, detail-by-detail matches, the more a given prophecy, and therefore the prophet, is potentially going to seem bogus.

“Manual Not Included.”

As you can see, validating prophecy isn’t usually a textbook procedure.

Sometimes it is. But more commonly what has been foretold (or supposedly so) has to be considered using metaphorical and/or metaphysical lenses. A variety of perspectives are often required, not only those of a singular “authority”—or maybe to the exclusion of such “authorities.”

Most importantly, though, is the factor of a holistically-developed state of consciousness. This is going to provide the highest level of clarity and balance to both the individual and the collective—regardless of whether any given prophecy is valid or not.



What Makes a Legitimate Prophet So Special?

While talking of prophecy and prophets, now seems a good time to discuss the question:

What makes a legitimate prophet so special?

Are you ready for the answer?

Are you sure?

Okay. Get ready…!

It’s…

Nothing.

Literally… Nothing.

What makes a good prophet a good prophet is the fact that he (or she) doesn’t have a body in distress, doesn’t have a mind like a bouncy house for thoughts, and doesn’t have all sorts of repressed emotional garbage that makes for countless energetic blockages.

Plus, a good prophet is spiritually awakened, meaning that he acquires his information from Spirit within himself.

But other than that (all of which is a huge deal), there’s nothing else. Believe it or not, a prophet is just an average person.

Although few in quantity in the past, as is stated in Acts 2:17-18:
“‘And in the last days it shall be,’ God declares,
‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.’”
We’re in the “last days.”

We’re in a period of a mass spiritual awakening, and there are now a small (and increasing) yet significant number of otherwise everyday people who are receiving what could be considered prophecy.

In other words, our general sense that prophets are special people is flawed. To use the word prophet serves reasonably enough to convey a certain idea. (Thus why I've done so here.) But to use the word as we’ve been in the sense of a “this is who he is”-identity, as though the one who prophesies is somehow “better than” or “different than,” is false.

In John 14:12, Jesus states: “Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. And they will do greater things even than these because I am going to my Father.”

However seeing may come to a given person—profound visions that speak to all of humanity, nightly dreams that offer personal guidance regarding the upcoming day, or something else—each one of us is a prophet in the making.

It really comes down to actively developing our consciousness and becoming full of enough nothing to allow such awareness to come forth and prosper.