Archive for August, 2011
The Power Within You, the Infinite Explorer

How does anything ever change on this planet? Through individuals empowering themselves with the conviction that one person can make an impressionable difference in something. This internal belief has the power to do everything from disempowering corrupt systems to nurturing consciously evolved social ideas. Yet, with the awareness of this power should come the awareness that we cannot force sleepers to become awakened. A sleeper is someone who has not yet realized that every single aspect within this vast and infinite matrix of consciousness that observably can be called the Universe/Multiverse is interconnected. Let the sleeper enjoy his rest…his or her slumber will end soon enough, when the time is right.

This realization can be explosive, and in the negative sense if forced onto someone who is not ready to become awakened. Those minds which are unprepared for this expanded level of awareness should be left alone for the time being. They feel that all their needs, wants, and desires are satisfied by the hallucination of culture and therefore should be left alone for now. Hope however that one day, following their own pace and on their own time, they will feel the pull to take an inner path to self-realization. With the power that you hold within yourself, do not try to convert; do not try to take off the rose-colored glasses people may have on. As Terrence McKenna said many times, find the others. Find those that have the will, courage, and determination to travel down the path towards self-realization and consciousness expansion. These are the people you should focus on, as they have taken the most difficult step…they have awakened.

Nobody has expressed this undertaking more beautifully than perhaps Pierre Teilhard de Chardin when he said that “there is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe.” Remember that everything is energy and if we try to work with individuals who are radiating an energy that is diametrically opposite of ours, serenity and rapport cannot be reached. Theoretically it may be possible to grab someone by the hand and get them on the inner path (this most often occurs through the use of entheogens). However, the end result is unpredictable and may cost of us more time, energy, and effort than it is worth. Share, support, and learn from other awakened souls who share the same passion, vision, and quest as you do. You will notice very quickly that the more you converge with such people, the faster you will feel that you yourself will rise into the highest echelons of consciousness. Feeding off each others’ energy, you will climb, you will fly, you will transcend.

By realizing that the power you need in order to become consciously evolved and eventually enlightened is within you, no more will you be fooled by others into believing that there is any single belief system or school of thought that has all the answers. It’s like the Buddha said, “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” By empowering the infinite explorer that is your Self, you cease living a shadow of what you are and start living as a liberated soul on a quest to experiencing happiness and bliss as a perpetual state of consciousness that helps shift the collective consciousness of humanity to that very same level.

You are the catalyst for change. You are the awakened that will help transform humanity into something greater. You will be an example of what a consciously evolved human race looks like. Be mindful that everyone is growing at their own pace in their own time. There is no need to prove anything to anyone that is not ready for blunt and perception-shifting realizations. All good things come in due time. Seek out the others who have already embarked on the inner path and who no longer wish to be a part of a hallucinatory reality. They are out there, and their numbers grow every day. Seek them out in any way you are able to. With today’s technology, this is easier than it has ever been in history, period. So go on and find the others who also realize that the power is within them. Together, we can live a future that is based on unity rather than separateness…a future where love is more expansive than hate. Say it can’t happen and it won’t. Turn this dream into a reality.

Experiencing A Golden Age of Humanity Through Zenarchy

Look around you and you will see society is living but a shadow of what it could be right now. The struggles we face today do not have to be. There is a facade in place that hides us from a more idyllic way of life and all the various boundaries put in place within culture and society further promote this veil between our current way of life and the consciously aware and positively creative force that we are able to be. Most of the issues, if not all, can be attributed to the empowered egos of the ‘elites’ who, after amassing great amounts of wealth and power, experience a disconnect from the rest of humanity to the point that they begin experiencing sociopathic traits. The lack of love and the lack of empathy have done incredible damage to the prospect of a golden age in humanity coming about.

Because of twisted and warped perceptions as to how to get to such a harmonious age, there is resistance to attaining such a model society. However, the power we have lies within our numbers and in the reality that positive states of consciousness hold within them more power than negative ones. We have the power within us to bring about a better world for ourselves. One thing that will hinder this is apathy that arises because of the state of things as we see them. We may feel powerless to change things for the better because we may think that there is simply too much resistance to such a reality, yet this is just a state of mind and does not reflect the truth, which is that we have the power right now to usher in an age where society and culture are healthy, vibrant, and positively-oriented. Remember that our thoughts shape our reality.

How can we create a positively-oriented and sustainable future for ourselves? There is always more than one path up a mountain to reach its summit. The path that I will put forward today is the path of Zenarchy. To make clear-headed decisions that will affect millions and billions of souls on this planet we call home, positive results cannot come about with emotionally-charged decisions. We can see today what that leads to, and doing the same thing over and over expecting to see a different result is the very definition of insanity. A path to such clarity of thought can be found through the application of zenarchy. Zenarchy is a way of Zen applied to everyday social life. By breaking zenarchy down to its two components, zen is meditation and archy is social order, therefore zenarchy is the social order which springs from meditation.

Even though zenarchy may be new in its name, it’s a concept that has permeated various societies and philosophies (Zen Buddhism being one example) for thousands of years. The combination of Anarchy and Zen creates a social order that when put into practice can give us the clarity and liberty necessary for a mentally, emotionally, and spiritually advanced society…a consciously evolved humanity.  Anarchism on its own has shown time and time again to always breaks down when it is applied, yet when combined with the zen philosophy (which incorporates meditation as an integral factor in decision-making on all fronts) an elegantly pragmatic system comes to fruition that can be applied to the totality of our socio-political system.

The monumental benefits of meditation are so profound and widespread that it is highly irrational (and dare I say destructive) to not incorporate it into every aspect of life. Imagine if world leaders meditated before every decision they made that affected the lives of millions…our world and our human society would look far different than they do today…and for the better. The deeper fruits of the merging of Zen and Anarchy are yet to be realized to their full potential, as no technologically advanced modern society is implementing them today. What Zen has most to offer Anarchism is freedom in the present moment…a moment that is the only one that exists and will ever exist. Ram Dass said it so simply and beautifully when he said that we should be here now. With the incorporation of Zenarchy into every aspect of society, the anarchist dream of a completely liberated utopia will be transcended once and for all. The anarchist of the past will seek to know his or herself (as the ancient hermetic adage says, “Man, know thyself.”) and internalize the knowledge that freedom and liberty are everywhere for those who wish to become a part of the infinite conscious creative force of Reality.

The future is yet to be determined. We are the key holders of the future. This is our future so why not empower ourselves with the ability to create something as close to a human utopia as is possible with our current collective consciousness? There is no reason why we should continue down the path that leads to a dystopian darkness. There is no need to live in a world were the dark side of transhumanism exists instead of the bright side as a result of corporate greed and sociopathic desires. There is no reason why we should continue to treat the symptoms of societal problems instead of curing the causes. There is no reason why we should continue to have inequality amongst each other when we all are born into the world in the same state…naked, vulnerable, and new to everything. People can see the bars to their cage, yet they can’t see the key to unlock it is in their own hands. Stop being third eye-blind. Light a fire of passion within your heart and soul to bring forth a different version of the future. Co-create a society which unites rather than separates. If we continue to follow the same modus operandi as we have in the past, we will meet up with a future so dark and so dreadful that it is not worth even dedicating energy towards envisioning such a reality within our imaginations. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives…let’s not put this off any longer. Let’s live and create this future golden age today.

Living Free Through Simplicity

In an increasingly-complex world, it’s becoming harder and harder to experience the relative simplicity of ages past. Thanks to the discovery of electricity we have become both liberated and enslaved by our technological prowess. Thanks to virtually everyone being able to find out anything about everything via tools such as the internet, truth is drowning in a sea of irrelevance. Our greatest accomplishments as a collective can become our greatest downfalls. Are we willingly giving up our ability to think for ourselves and have a liberated mind? Are we using technology or is technology using us? These are questions we have to ask ourselves as the post-modern transhumanist world is unveiling itself right before our eyes.

We can still live free while living in this high-tech society of ours by simplifying our lives. By both physical and mental decluttering, we can enjoy a liberated life where there are little worries and concerns. After having the realization that material possessions do not bring us the happiness that immaterial experiences do, we can feel more comfortable with the thought of getting rid of those things that we rationalize as coming in handy as some point in the future that in reality will lay around and collect dust forevermore. By getting rid of these unnecessary things, we allow room for new things to come into our lives. Taking part in regular “spring cleaning” can help us in living every day as if it was a fresh start. Once it becomes a part of our habitual processes, it will begin feeling natural to get rid of the old energies and usher in the new. No longer will you be held back by your past.

As part of your mental decluttering process, learn to let go of relationships that have served their purpose in your life. Admittedly, this is not an easy thing to do sometimes, yet you will ask yourself why you didn’t do it sooner once you see the positive benefits resulting from that action. Declutter your life from negative people, dishonest people, people who don’t respect you, people are overly critical and who prevent you from becoming a liberated self-realized human being. Don’t let the life vampires drain you from all your hopes and dreams.

Learn to live in the moment…life doesn’t get any more simple than that. Nevermind the past, since it no longer exists. Don’t spend all your time in the future either, as it does not yet exist. Focus on the perpetually present moment as the only moment that will ever exist and live as a human be-ing. If your mind is too preoccupied with things that have happened or things that have not yet happened, calm your mind down. Be present, presently. Embrace meditation as a way to remove all that mental clutter and help realign you with the one moment that will ever be in existence…this one.

Life is precious, life is short. Don’t do things simply for the sake of doing them. Take a look at what you’re doing and only do it if you feel there is something meaningful to it for you specifically. If you can’t find any usefulness in it, drop it and move onto the next thing. If you do so early enough, you have the potential to avoid an enormous amount of pain and suffering. Dwell in positivity by doing the things you love since life is too short to spend it doing anything else. If you don’t enjoy something, then don’t do it…it’s as simple as the will to stop. Spend your time and energy on things that bring fulfillment and happiness into your life.

Yes, the world is becoming increasingly complex. Yes, technology seems to be taking hold in every facet of life. However, we are still the key-holders to our life’s destiny and our free will allows us to make the choice to either be enslaved by these novelties of life and existence or be liberated by them. We can live free through simplicity while still utilizing the latest advances in human invention and discovery to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle that will lead us to the splendor of self-actualized joy. You are alive right now, this you know for sure, so why not become liberated from complexity? The power is within you, use it to create your most desirable reality.