Thursday, May 30, 2019

Of Truth and Belief, Perception and Reality

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness




There is something in us that inherently recognizes truth.

Relativity

Granted, truth is relative.

Firstly, truth is whatever we imagine it to be.

Life provides us with experience, we create beliefs of “what is true” about this experience, and then, because belief acts as a filter of perception, life appears to us to continually validate our beliefs as correct.

Each one of us carries a different set of ideas as to “what is true,” and so each one of us perceives life differently.

We carry these beliefs of perceived truth until we choose to let go of them.

Secondly, there are always higher truths.

For instance, at the urging of Big Advertising, Big Meat, and a few other Big Idiots, the majority of people in the US (and I’m sure elsewhere) eat copious amounts of meat and ingest high levels of protein-laden snacks and supplements. These people are enchanted by the belief—i.e.: the imagined truth—that, “I need a lot of protein to support my well-being.”

Sadly, we’ve been seriously misinformed and brainwashed. There’s no research to support the beneficial claims of high-protein (especially animal protein) diets. Would people actually do the research and pay closer attention to their bodies, they would see how high-protein diets are dramatically raising their risk of numerous diseases and adversely affecting their mental and emotional states. With a little effort, people would see the higher truth that, “A lot of protein does not support my well-being.”

Life is an onward and upward evolution. We need the truths of today to serve us today, for better or for worse, yet we must let go of these truths in order to reach an improved tomorrow.

All the While...

Despite the fact that our beliefs filter from our conscious awareness what is contrary to them, we still have some level of awareness of when something is more true or less true than what we already believe.

I don’t mean that if someone came to us and poured out all the secrets of the universe that we’d suddenly see all our contrary beliefs as false and the new concepts as the higher truths they are. This would be way too much, way too fast.

But we do recognize these 3 types of truths:
  1. truths that we’re ready for,
  2. truths that are one level up from the truths we currently hold, and
  3. truths that any of our senses make “obvious.”

Truths We Recognize, Type 1

We recognize truths that we’re ready for.

We’re ready for what we’re ready for, and when it arrives we accept it. We have nothing internal that causes resistance upon contact with it, so we quickly make it our own.

Imagine a work manager who treats his employees like slime but always becomes Mr. Friendly when customers are around.

The workers believe the guy deserves to be shot and, due to this belief, have made themselves particularly aware of all the nasty things he does. On the other hand, the customers who don’t know any better, who don’t have any beliefs saying that Mr. Friendly is a dickbrain, see Mr. Friendly’s amiability and create a belief to say that he’s a nice guy.

Easy-peasy is it for the customers to create a positive belief about the manager since they’ve nothing to resist such a belief, but very difficult would it be to change any of the workers’ minds that Mr. Friendly is naught but a sack of maggots.

Truths We Recognize, Type 2

We recognize truths that are one level up from the truths we currently hold.

Humans are slow-to-change, often stubborn creatures that when pushed too quickly to change, even when willing, tend to get overwhelmed easily. Sometimes significant changes happen very quickly and unexpectedly and everything works out fine, but most of the time quick shifts hurt us.

Life is well aware of this and so our movement onward and upward is usually made quite gradual.

Any next-level truth is relative to where we, as individuals, are in the present and where we’re meant to go next.

Some time ago I’d heard about a girl who was grossly overweight and had a terrible diet. She’d gone on a hiking trip and she got so sick of her condition that she flipped like an on/off light switch and decided to become a high-carb, low-fat (HCLF) vegan. She lost tons of weight, felt a thousand times better, and began helping others to do the same.

This girl’s next level truth (at least one of them) might have been something like, “There’s a better life for me right now, and HCLF veganism is the way to go.”

All the while, someone else in a similar condition could be more like a dimmable light switch, and maybe they would lean instead toward a high fat, low-carb (HFLC) diet. For this person, it might be over the course of months that they gradually learn about and change their diet and improve their well-being proportionally.

(To note, I mention HCLF and HFLC diets because mid-carb, mid-fat diets, especially with gobs of protein, more or less always lead to disease.)

We recognize and only need to recognize our individually unique next-level truths.

Truths We Recognize, Type 3

We recognize truths that any of our senses make “obvious.”

This one is touchy because what our senses pick up objectively is interpreted (i.e.: perceived) very subjectively due to our beliefs.

Yet there are things that happen in which, although the witnesses do very clearly see the truth, the internal distortions of the witnesses inhibit their ability to consciously, acceptingly see what is obviously right in front of them.

For example, consider the Pentagon attack on 9/11. The official story is that it was hit by a Boeing 757.

But tell me please, of what could be seen of the wreckage…
  • Where was the plane? Any piece of shrapnel whatsoever? It’s simply not possible for the whole plane to have absolutely “vaporized” as claimed.
  • Where were the wings? A distant edge of them? An accordioned, pancaked strip of them? Should they not have sheared off as the body of the plane supposedly went straight in through the building’s various layers, especially through the "heavily fortified" outer wall?
  • Why weren’t there any lengthy indentations in the outer wall of the building as though wings had hit it?
  • At the horizontal angle as shown in the Pentagon’s one, super grainy security camera video and also at the horizontal angle of the round hole through the layers of the building, how is it possible that the supposed plane didn’t disrupt any traffic whatsoever on the nearby freeway nor rip down any utility poles or lines as it arrived at such a direct, horizontal angle while moving 350 miles per hour and necessarily nearly touching the ground immediately prior to impact?

There are soooo many discrepancies in the official story, but I’m only noting a few things that are a given based on US mainstream media footage. These are things that we had all seen on the news that day and can still see in recordings exactly as they had been. No one needs to be an aeronautical engineer or architect or conspiracy theorist, and no deeper research has to be done to realize that the official story is bogus.

Everyone had seen the obvious on 9/11: a building that showed zero evidence of a humungous plane having hit it at an incredibly high rate of speed and a very low angle. But due to contrary beliefs and our trust of the “authoritative” media’s and government’s narrative, few of us have ever allowed the obvious truth to became conscious.

The truth has been right before us. The intense reactivity and defensiveness that a great many people put up when this is suggested to them is the telltale sign: there is knowing, but the belief-fortifications against it are very, very strong.

It’s a Choice

The subconscious picks up astronomically high numbers of sensory inputs every moment of our lives. Yet we only consciously perceive a minute fraction of these.

Much of this data is filtered out simply because it’s largely irrelevant to us and we’d die due to stimuli overload in a matter of .0002 seconds were we suddenly aware of it all.

Still, what we’re capable of being consciously aware of is fantastically greater than what we’re all consciously aware of currently. What filters out most of this data from our conscious awareness is our beliefs: our imagined truths about “what is” and “what is not,” about “what can and cannot be.”

For they who don’t wish to know the reality of life in all its wonders and horrors (they’re inseparable, by the way), lots of limiting beliefs are the perfect medication.

For we who want to know ever higher truths, we must make the choice to release our beliefs about “how life is.” Beliefs are, after all, little more than a self-security mechanism for the ego: “If I believe [this], it will appear true to me, and then I can then say, ‘I know [this],’ and feel protected from the infinite uncertainty of life.”

Reality just is, so we don’t need to create any beliefs about it. We simply have to release our imagined truths, the very ideas which cause us to perceive “what isn’t,” in order for us to see “what is.”

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Spiritual and the Religious; the Active and the Awake

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



Are being spiritually active and spiritually awake the same?

Are spiritual activity and religious activity the same?

If they’re different, why?

Spiritual Activity

Attending a religious service, praying, reading a holy book, and chanting a Sanskrit mantra might be considered spiritual activities.

What may come as a surprise is that activities such as gardening, making music, and cooking can also be spiritually-oriented.

While we don’t generally think of the latter group as pertaining to spirituality, truth is, the former group isn’t necessarily spiritual either. It’s dependent upon the mentality of the doer.

Stated in uncommon terms, what would make an activity spiritual is the removal of one’s attention from the left-mind-based, dualistic illusion we think of as “reality” and a placement of focus instead on one’s beingness. Whether praying or painting, if the doer is focused in-the-moment and without egoic attachment, the activity becomes a spiritual activity. One does not have to be aware of one’s self as being spiritually active in order to reap the benefits.

It should be said, however, that some spiritual activities offer greater benefits than others. Meditation is a prime example due to its intense inward focus.

Spiritual activity will advance one along the spiritual path (whatever that means for a given person), but it’s neither a prerequisite for nor an assurer of a spiritual awakening in a given lifetime.

Spiritual Wakefulness

It can be said that a spiritual awakening is “the soul realizing itself in human form.”

Awakening is a radical shift in an individual’s perception of “who I am” and “how life is.”

Awakening begins the divinely guided process of seeing and releasing all that isn’t true to one’s inherent, pure-spirited nature. This is to say, karma must be balanced: fears and false beliefs must be removed, traumas must be healed, repressed emotions must be felt, forgiveness must be given, and so on. With intuitive awareness, all these things become clear, they cannot be unseen, and avoidance of them quickly makes them worse.

Contrast this to unawakened experience: life externally reflects internal troubles to everyone for healing but runs on more of a go-at-your-own-pace timetable and allows for a great deal of avoidance (think: coping mechanisms such as alcoholism and complaining).

As to how awakening comes about perceptually, this can’t be said specifically. Even though all souls, as individual beings, will ultimately come to the same spiritual realizations about self, God, and existence, in the beginning awakening hits everyone in a more or less different way: one person might suddenly recall memories from past lives, another person might unexpectedly fall into a state of profound mental silence and peace, another person might receive intuitive awareness of alternate dimensions, another person (as happened with me) might simply realize that something has changed dramatically, though the “what” may be uncertain, and they’re now strongly drawn to and intuitively aware of the finer, lighter, and more natural things of life.

Absent previous spiritual activity, a person will be drawn toward it upon having a spiritual awakening. If they’d been spiritually active prior to awakening, their activity will be enhanced and they will see an intensification of benefits. They will also have a better sense of which activities are best suited to them as an individual. If a person had been religiously active, any religious falsities will become clear and change will become a necessity.

A Glimpse of Beyond

When yet unawakened and whether someone is spiritually active or not, it is possible for a person to be graced with a momentary glimpse beyond the veil This could be described as receiving a taste of any variation of awakened perception.

For example, a person might be out in the woods and suddenly feel a deep inner peace and a strong sense of connection with all the life around them. Or while intensely training their bodies for a sporting competition they might experience a “runner’s high.” Using certain drugs or having a Near Death Experience can bring about the most profound of these glimpses beyond.

Whatever the case, the glimpse-type of experience could be called a “spiritual opening,” for while it may be intense in its spiritual/metaphysical/mystical implications, once it passes—and it will—an experiencer can and will often choose to go right back to doing whatever they’d been doing prior as if nothing had ever happened.

Timing of Awakening

A spiritual awakening is bestowed by Divine Grace. It comes in its own Divine Timing and cannot be forced to happen. It is not an intellectual or scientific discovery, and you don’t find it, it finds you—within.

A person can do all sorts of religious and/or spiritual practices everyday of their life, but there is a fundamental, soul-triggered shift that’s required for an awakening.

This is not to discourage spiritual practice. By all means, do it! Spiritual activity can still bring great positive change to one’s self and the world. It’s just to say that there is a difference—a huge difference—between being spiritually active and having had a spiritual awakening, the timing of which is anyone’s guess.

We’re all created from the same Source and will all return to the same Source. The difference is in the paths we take, these paths being set by our souls. When one’s soul says it’s time to awaken, it’s time to awaken, regardless of how spiritually active a given person had been beforehand.

Spiritual Activity Versus Religious Activity

In pointing out differences between spiritual activity and spiritual wakefulness, there’s a kind of challenge that may arise, and this is to avoid equating being spiritually active—and especially spiritually awake—with being religiously active.

I’ve gone over this topic a number of times before and don’t wish to repeat it here. I only wish to point out that because religions (mostly Western) have so often distorted spiritual truth, a great many people who have been following their religion religiously have been religiously active, not spiritually active.

To those for whom this applies, I realize this may be profoundly upsetting and very difficult to accept—or liberating if you allow it. It is true nevertheless and can be recognized due to its support of the limited mindset of “who I am” and “how life is” that we’ve been collectively carrying for eons—the mindset of lack, unworthiness, guilt, victimhood, shame, innate sinfulness, separation from God, etc.

Spiritual truth states that all of existence—be it mineral, plant, animal, human, cell, water, star—everything!—is on a level playing field; All That Is is unconditionally loved by and in oneness with God; abundance, perfection, and wholeness are everywhere. (This not to suggest the endorsement of wearing rose-colored glasses.)

Also, religion (again, Western) often has a heavy focus on spirituality as being rooted in intellectual knowledge. This idea is propagated and perpetuated by false religious teachings and a world culture that focuses on the need to “know” and get “out there” while completely denying what is “in here.”

True spiritual activity and spiritual wakefulness drive a process of unlearning. This is not to say that the intellect is thrown out like moldy bread—there’s nothing wrong with learning. It’s simply understood both that much of what we learn is contrary to spiritual truth and that the sheer conceptualization and endlessly gathering and studying of data from “out there” does not help us to know who or what we and God truly are.

“How Do I Know If I’m Spiritually Active?”

Now that we’ve looked at the difference between spiritual activity and spiritual wakefulness and have pointed out that religious activity doesn’t necessarily equate with spiritual activity or spiritual wakefulness, it’s worth gaining more clarity as to what spiritual activity is and how we would know it.

Generally, a consequence of the spiritual path is that the one practicing feels good.

Ideally, when we meditate or chant “Shri Ram Jai Ram” or sing “Ave Maria” or help the homeless, it makes us feel good in a non-egoic way. Such an activity is a spiritual activity because lifts our spirits and helps to lift the spirits of others.

What are not spiritual activities, for example, are reading scripture because we feel forced to, or meditating on a street corner for the sake of being seen as “spiritual people,” or dumping our paths on others because we’ve been told that our way is “The One Right Way.”

These activities may please us very momentarily as we feel the relief of having satisfied our or someone else’s selfish desires, but they will not inherently feel good to us, we will continue craving/needing more, and they will not help to lift our spirits or anyone else’s.

Worse is when there’s a religious activity that’s claimed to be “spiritual” such as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I can’t speak for everyone, perhaps for a few people it really does help, but on consideration of my own life experience and between my observations and my intuitive “get” of the lives of others, confessing (purported) sins to a priest (who is himself a sinner) under the false and insensible belief that the confessor is too unworthy to directly request forgiveness from God is replete with unnecessary guilt, shame, and self-rejection.

Yes, the confessor may feel a shred better afterward thinking that their sins had actually been forgiven. But guilt, which is often bogus, had obviously driven them to the confessional, and should they slip up just once afterward—and they will—the guilt will settle right back in. But really, as I've seen with myself and far too many others, the guilt simply never leaves; nothing ever actually heals because the base, subconscious programming never changes.

This is not spiritual—it’s torture.

Keep the following in mind, too, for it is no small thing:

As much as the spiritual path generally leaves a person feeling good in consequence—this for the reason that it usually feels good to be free, to be kind, to be loving, to be in integrity, and so on—the path is not about feeling good; it’s not about going out and trying to feel good; it’s not about getting a spiritual high.

Spirituality is far removed from our conventional way of thinking and feeling because the spiritual path is about feeling everything that arises, which includes healing old, repressed hurts and being able to witness others who hurt without needing to avoid it or change it.

Our world culture, and many times even religion, has told us to avoid pain or “fix” it; it’s told us that if something discomforts us, stuff the emotion down, go drink a beer or get a few dopamine hits through new Facebook likes, and then resentfully complain about what offends us to our neighbor.

On the spiritual path, rather than running away when pain—more specifically: suffering—arises, the feeling is felt into and self-inquired about as to why it’s arising. The issue can then be resolved. Painful though this can be upfront, the result is some smaller or greater degree of freedom, peace, love, and so forth within. Naturally, these same qualities reflect themselves without.

Non-judgment

With these distinctions being given between the spiritual and the religious, between the active and the awake, bear in mind that this is not meant to be any kind of judgment of “who is better than” and “who is less than.”

We all wake up in whatever lifetime we wake up in: it’s a matter of soul choice, not, say, a measure of God’s love for a particular individual or God’s rejection of another. We’ve all come from the same place and we’re all going back to the same place, but we’re all on different paths with different timings.

The best any of us can do is be true to ourselves and live for the soul purposes we’ve come here to live. This is where non-judgmental self-security is found.

If we’re not feeling secure in our beliefs and choices, if we become angry and feel jealousy when others appear more spiritually aware than us, then we’re not being true to ourselves or to the purposes we’ve come here to live.

I mean, sort of, we may be. If we’d come here to experience what it’s like to get entangled in false religio-spiritual ideas (and we all get entangled in something), then fine. But there’s no path designed to go in without coming back out. Distortion is used to reveal “what is not” in order for us, should we choose healing, to more deeply realize what we are. In this realization is self-truth and self-security.

Follow the Flow

As water and electricity follow the path of least resistance, so do those who walk a spiritual path. (We do our best, anyway!)

This does not mean that they avoid pain, per se, for pain is a guidepost. But they do make a continuous effort to understand their pain as well as pain’s close friend, suffering, as not to keep repeating them. To avoid is to resist, and to resist is to create more pain and suffering.

It would thus do us well to examine our religious and/or spiritual practice if we have one. Are we being religiously active and, as commonly happens, perpetuating pain and suffering? Are we truly spiritually active, religiously or not?

If we don’t have a spiritual practice, I’m not so sure we can simply start one. Maybe, but I think it’s more of an internal thing: either the interest is there or it’s not; we can’t make it be there. And there’s nothing wrong with this, for it’s the soul’s desire or it wouldn’t be happening.

Although, we might begin a meditation practice. Because, really, there’s actually nothing particularly spiritual about basic meditation—it’s simply a focus on the “space between.”

Whatever happens, happens; whatever doesn’t, doesn’t. Either way, since we’re innately spiritual beings and meditation reconnects us with this beingness, we must see improvements both spiritual and otherwise reflected in everyday life. These could show up as peace, as more intent focus, greater happiness, or whatever like that…

You know, the things we all wish for but haven't yet found by any external means.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

You're Human, Joe. So Be Human!

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



This one goes out to the overly identified, average Joe (and Jane, but Jane must at times read between the lines; the “why” will be quite evident soon enough…).

Dear Joe,

God put you here as a human. So stop trying to be not-human.

We’re all unique and we’re all at least a little bit screwed up, you included, and we don’t help ourselves by rejecting what we are.

While some aspects of ourselves are distorted to one degree or another and must be healed, other aspects only appear distorted because we believe and thus perceive them to be so. Were the false beliefs resolved, we might continue on with these things in joy and gratitude for their existence in our lives.

That Man “Thing”

For example, Joe, you as a man (or so we’ll assume with the name of “Joe”) have a thing between your legs called a penis.

Many men pretend that this thing is not there. They’re afraid to touch it like it’s going to bite them, they’ll grow hair on their palms, they’ll go blind, or God will send them straight to hell if it happens to become erect.

Lots of men grow big ol’ tummies as not to scar their eyesight should they catch even a peripheral glance of it. This increase in body fat serves to deepen the repression further because it causes issues which effect as a decrease in libido and impotence.

That people accept this is unsettling. A General would not be okay if there were a Private in his presence that refused to stand at attention. You shouldn’t be okay with it either.

You might yet disagree, Joe, but a penis is actually a pretty happenin’ thing; it’s a very human (and otherwise mammalian) thing. What makes it unhappenin’ and “unhuman” is a bunch of stupid ideas that you’ve been taught by the wacky religio-cultural traditions of our world.

They’d gotten people to believe their lies many long years ago, they’d enforced the lies in many traumatic ways, and the collective has carried the lies and trauma forward through the ages. But they’re just that: lies.

If you would take some time to look within, you would see this. You would see that you’ve been taught to shun your humanism for the selfish desires of others, at a major cost to you and to no benefit whatsoever.

Keep in mind that God did put that thing there, after all. So rather than seeing it as an inherent evil, try seeing it as part of a tool-based lesson.

Suppose you have an overeating eating disorder. Physically speaking, your tools are food, digestion, hunger, etc., and your lesson might be to substitute the fast-food and doughnuts for real food, to get off the sofa and go to the gym, and to stop working for your parents’ approval and do something that nourishes your soul. No lesson would be learned by going to an extreme such as having gastric bypass surgery or deciding that food is evil and then becoming anorexic.

The situation with your man-business is more or less the same. Learn to see it as a tool rather than an inherent curse. Stop repressing it’s needs, get in touch with yourself (inside, I mean, but outside is good, too), and use it how it was meant to be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

Your Spiritual Essence

Joe, you may have heard the saying that we’re not human beings who have spiritual experiences but spiritual beings who have human experiences.

We must then assume, if we don’t know, that there is some greater significance to being spirits embodied as humans than merely “getting through” and then, hopefully, going to heaven.

But many people don’t assume this, and so, for fear of going to hell for eternity while simultaneously feeling terrible guilt and believing themselves unworthy of heaven, they take on a “spiritual” identity. This can operate in different guises, but I’d like to tell you about a particular circumstance from my own life in which I had experienced this…

Just after having a spiritual awakening around ten years ago, I felt strongly compelled to get rid of most of my belongings. In this were my video games and consoles and about 200 CDs.

There were certainly other reasons this has happened that I won’t touch on right now, but it seem to me that it was partly due to a need to purge out discordant internal programs such as, “I am a spiritual person,” and, “I have to act like a spiritual person.”

I think I had detach from my earthly identity and act out enough of the “spiritual” identity to see that “being spiritual” is nonsense.

For, now, ten years hence, after having done a great deal of healing, I’m finding myself attracted to similar games and music again. This attraction is not in quite the same way, but it I’m unmistakably interested, nonetheless.

What I’ve come to see, Joe, is that I’m meant to be in touch with my spiritual nature, to deepen my connection with my true, spiritual Self and to learn Life’s spiritual lessons that only come in physical form—but I’m also here to honor those physically-oriented things that “click” with me.

Even if you’re not in the midst of a spiritual awakening, you’re still in the same boat because you are also a spiritual being having a human experience. If you truly have an issue that’s causing you to harm yourself or others, then you would do well to heal it. But if something you’re doing isn’t exactly “productive” or “divine” or whatever, so what?

Enjoy being a human being while being a human being. God’s not sending anyone to hell just because they enjoy playing Mario Kart or listening to The Offspring or kicking a soccer ball around or driving an expensive sports car. It’s far less about what you do than how you do it; than the perspective from which you do it.

Such Is How It Is Until It Isn’t

Misguided and prodded on by a messed up world culture, you, Joe, like everyone else, have bought into all sorts of silly ideas.

One example of this would be if you were to act as though it’s your personal responsibility to single-handedly save the environment by recycling everything, using less gas by shifting your car into neutral every time you drive down a hill, and so on.

While recycling and lessening your usage of gas and other similar behaviors are in their essence helpful, what’s not helpful at all is carrying the guilt that compels false responsibility and unhealthy behaviors.

It serves no one to be wasteful or destructive, but let’s be realistic: We’re human beings doing human things, and we will do things as we do them until we do them differently.

Be a human being, Joe. Drive a car if you need to drive a car. If a bike or a bus or a carpool with the neighbors truly works, fine. But trying to “save” is often the hard way, not because, say, our means aren't yet efficient enough, but because of the faulty internal programming it’s based on.

Do what feels right, not what your ego forces down your throat because government “authorities” have continued to guilt-trip you into believing that you are solely responsible for climate change.

And get this… It is only in being human—in accepting ourselves and Life as it is—that Life will gift us with the awareness of Real Solutions to the problems that actually exist.

For example, were you not totally fixated on the imaginary “problem” that ,Oil is a scarce commodity, and I have to be super careful how much I use, and blah, blah, blah, Life would begin to show you how The System is really designed and present you with alternate ways to more easefully work within The System while lessening your support of it.

Would enough people detach, The System would fail and alternate, more ideal means would proliferate.

Being human can be amazingly difficult. Sadly, most of this difficulty is completely unnecessary and occurs only because people are unable to accept their own humanity.

Freedom Is Your Birthright

We’ve all been taught to see with tunnel vision, Joe. We’ve all been taught limitation of personality, like Person A has to have traits 1, 2, and 3, and Person B has to have traits 4, 5, and 6, and Person C has to have traits 7, 8, and 9, and none can overlap or become the other, nor can any take on traits $, @, or }. God save he who dares to become Person V^ with traits 3, 16d, and %.

This is what we’ve been calling “normal,” and our society worships it only because everyone is so caught up in the lies. They fear accepting that everything they’ve learned and become is false, so they repress themselves and condemn and punish those who act with any degree of deviancy.

In reality, in truth behind all the facades, we’re all far more like Person V^ than Person A, B, or C. By “civilized” standards truly healthy people are anything but “normal,” yet “normal” in a society as distorted as ours is fantastically unhealthy.

We live in a society, Joe, where we’ve been taught things like drinking alcohol to in-toxic-ation is just dandy, and where it’s totally honorable for hundreds of thousands of teenagers to sign up to go off to foreign lands and murder, or be murdered by, “enemies” in the name of “freedom,” “peace,” and “God.”

But, for example, if someone dyes their hair bright green and then goes to church, people freak out about how awful the person is. “That is so disrespectful to God! She should be ashamed of herself!”

Is it? Should she? Or is it “so disrespectful to God” that most people are wallowing endlessly in a state of repression and fear of being true to themselves; of being the unique, creative, and free human beings God has intended each of us to be? (1)

Think about it: You don’t have to force a child to play or draw or sing or dance. The child does these things automatically and spontaneously.

What the child doesn’t do—what no child does—automatically and spontaneously is wake up at 7:00 am sharp Monday through Friday, eat the same breakfast, put on the same uniform, spend eight hours sitting at a desk while rehearsing his emotionally stifling standardization etiquette, and so on.

All such behaviors are forced and must be constantly reinforced lest they be lost and a reversion to freedom result.

Adults are nothing more than System-zombified children… Except those who we remember because they’d done something significant to improve the world: these being the same people who refused to let repression and standardization consume them.

Choose Humanism

We’re not human beings who have spiritual experiences but spiritual beings who have human experiences.

By all means, Joe, if you truly feel compelled to lead a path of abstinence that drives full-bore toward the spiritual, I’m not suggesting that be avoided—assuming you do it in a non-repressive manner.

This is probably not the case for you, however, because it’s not the case for most people. So have a human experience. Live your life at the level of consciousness you exist in, not fourteen levels higher. Welcome the spiritual into your life, but welcome in the human, too.

The latter is, after all, why you’re having a human experience: Not to run away from your humanness into what you imagine is “spirituality,” but to open to and integrate your true spiritual nature into your human form as you explore the unending diversity of physical existence.

You're human, Joe, so be human!

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(1) It’s only natural that people might argue of this point, “But bright green hair in church is so distracting.” Is it really? Or is the distraction the mental-emotional state from which people are viewing the situation that causes them to refuse acceptance of what is, to divert their attention, and to blame it judgmentally on “other”? If bright green hair were common, no one would think anything of it… Maybe when babies cry their mothers should put duct tape over their mouths or lock them in the car with closed windows until the service is over… A bit over-the-top, no? But increasingly unhealthy reactivity is what happens when we focus on solving effects rather than causes: “Let me try to control others, because I'm unable to control my own thoughts.”