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… insights and inspirations from Dan van Wylich


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Here and Now

Every now is unique
Staying with this ever changing moment means an ever changing approach
The Way is the constant inner revolution, the continuous adaptation to the evolving reality

Awakening doesn’t reach a perfect goal
Awakening is a process

Paying attention is key, both to the process of the inner and the outer world, until they merge into one unified reality

Experience is not needed
Experience is conclusions drawn from a perceived past

Nothing can prepare you for this moment
All you can do is let go of any opinion and arrive in the present

Allow the moment to define itself

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Truth vs Opinion

A donkey laden with books is neither an intellectual nor a wise being.

Saadi of Shiraz. Sufi teacher. 13th century.

Most of what we as humans consider true is in fact our personal opinion.

There is no good or bad about that. It simply is.  This can be observed in our own life.

Consider an object (any object). Look at it. How do you know what this object is?  Most likely you will call it a name, a description that, to you, closest resemble what the object is (in your opinion).

 Can you see that the terms ‘call it a name’, ‘description’ and ‘resemble’ are not the actual object?

Or as Zen Buddhism puts it: The finger that points to the moon, is not the moon.

 What actually happens is: An object, according to modern science, is a collection of electromagnetic fields called atoms. In other words, what we perceive as ‘stuff’ is in reality fields of energy that reflect light.

A very small amount of this reflected light shines through our eyes. Inside the eyes the light hits some receptors. The receptors create an electrical signal which is sent to the brain. The brain sorts these electrical signals and if (and only if!) the brain can ‘make sense’ of the signal it will translate them into an imagined image and a recognition. Ahhh… I see!

 From this it is fairly easy to understand that the connection between what the object really is and what we perceive it to be, is a bit like the connection between a cow eating grain… and a cheese sandwich.

 So we as humans do not actually perceive the world as it is.

We only use enough of our senses to get by. For the rest… we make it up!

 An example of how this has been used is in the production of film. A film is a collection of still pictures shown at such a speed that the brain stops seeing them as still pictures, but instead imagines that the objects on the screen are moving. What happens is that the brain has to make sense of the signals that it perceives. If there are gaps in the understanding, then the brain fills out the gaps using imagination so that the separate bits are seen as hanging together.

 If we start looking, really looking at the details of our lives we end up with a disconcerting realisation. The world as we understand it is not ‘real’. It is continuously made up by the brain. Or as some would put it. The world is an illusion.

 Realising that the world is an illusion doesn’t seem to make it go away though. In fact, the world appears to be quite persistent. But, the problem does not lie in the illusion. The problem lies in the believer of the illusion. Now who is that then? That is ‘me’ of course you silly. All right then… the problem lies with the ‘me’.

 Who is ‘me’?

Me is the identification of ourselves as an individual, separate from all the other stuff and beings. And even though we believe that this ‘me’ is real, I am sorry to say that it is not. ‘Me’ only exist as an interaction between the self and other. And if the ‘other’ is an illusion, then there is no real interaction and no real ‘me’.

But, you would probably say, I am having this experience, I have to exist… and you are right (to a point). The ‘me’ which is involved in the world is part of the world. The ‘I’ which experiences the world is not of the world. So, in order to be able to say “I Am the Truth….” you have to be in the world, but not of the world. (Sounds familiar?)

 So, if ‘I’ is real, or at least ‘more real’ than the me and the world, why don’t we study the ‘I’?

Bingo!!!

The persistent focus on ‘I’ which is Universal Consciousness, brings about Truth. That does not mean that the thinker (part of the me) should start making up theories about this Consciousness. It means that I can be allowed to be aware of everything and no-thing.

And as ‘I’ allows itself to be the centre from which we are aware, reality starts to unfold itself as truth … and not as opinion.

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Spiritual Development and Awakening

This video is from a talk I did in February 2013 in Nelson, New Zealand.   You are welcome to share this and comment as well.  It is my hope that this talk will inspire us all to look at what is really going on, rather than what we believe is going on.

Religions were all started by individuals who suddenly realised themselves.  Their followers tried with their minds to understand and implement the techniques that their teacher used to awaken.  This particular way of ‘doing it’ was then written down and has therefore survived in its various forms until present time.

Awakening is the return to ourselves.  The realisation that we are consciousness itself.

Enjoy

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Get Real

This blog is meant as an open exploration into spiritual reality and the many pitfalls that appear so real and feel so powerful.

When we look at the spiritual market place today, we see a huge variety of beliefs and religions. This is quite confusing because most of these belief systems claim that there is only one true belief (normally their own). How do we as seekers avoid being taken for a ride in this overwhelming jungle of spiritual diversity?

Unfortunately/fortunately the best way to develop discrimination is to make mistakes (and realise that they were mistakes!)

The first question to ask oneself is: What is my aim? Where am I going with this seeking?

Dependent on your answer you have various options:

You could join the local church if you answer is:  I believe that I am a sinner and I want God or his son to sort out my inner turmoil. I believe that Jesus came here to save me, and if I believe in him and follow the Bible, then I will go to Heaven when I die.

You could join the local mosque if you answer is:  I believe that I am a sinner and I want Allah to sort out my inner turmoil. I believe that the prophet Muhammad received direct instructions from Allah which were then written down in the Koran. If I follow these guidelines I will enter Jannah (muslim paradise) when I die.

You could join the local satanists (believe me, there are some) if your answer is:  F*** off! God is a nasty piece of s***. I want to rule my own destiny and hopefully others’ as well. I want to learn how to use the power of the universe for my own ends.

You could join a New Age group if your answer is: I want to be loving like the Masters. I will learn to communicate with the inner guides and together we will develop through increasing levels of light. I will learn to work with crystals and colour meditations and Oming.

You could follow a guru if your answer is: I believe in the divine through another more enlightened human. If I can find a fully awakened person, then I can give my personal will away and the guru will help me attain the enlightened state for myself.

You could join the Hara Krishnas if your answer is: Krishna consciousness is the divine state of a human being. By following the instructions in the Baghava Gita, by becoming vegetarian and abstaining from sex I will be able to shed my desire nature and learn to live in bliss and joy.

You could become a Buddhist if your answer is: The Enlightened One showed us that it is possible to gain full enlightenment in a human body. If I learn to visualize the 16 visualizations of the Shakyamuni Buddha then I can reach full enlightenment under my own steam and in this lifetime.

You could become a Hindu or a Wikkan if your answer is: All forces in nature are aspects of the divine. If I pray to these aspects and do certain rituals I will be in good standing with the gods/godesses and they will assist me on the spiritual path.

And so on …

Even if you think that all belief systems are rubbish and you only accept what is proven by science … that is still a belief system, a religion if you will.

This ‘believing in’ also covers our political view point and most of the norms of the society we live in. These views are personal and created by us. They are not absolutes or even at times logical or desirable.

If, on the other hand we look at the process of believing, then we discover that believing in … (no matter what) is our own private interpretation of reality.

If we accept the above statement, then it becomes clear that it is not possible for the person to know the truth about reality … ever!

It is however possible to experience reality and therefore truth… as long as we don’t interpret it.

In order not to interpret what we experience we have to approach our experience of reality with an open heart and an empty mind, so we can fully feel and experience ‘it’, but we abstain from having thoughts about ‘it’. Another way of putting this is that we ‘allow everything to be as it is’.

It does not mean that we have to stop thinking, but rather that we recognise that the ‘thinker’ continuously makes up beliefs, and they are just that … made up.

This is a completely different way to live and to be, but it is not a belief system because it does not involve interpretation of that which is experienced.

This approach to life does not mean that we stop being involved in life. It just means that judgement and justification falls away. It means that anything can happen (it does anyway) and we accept that this is what reality is, right now. This too will change (as it always does) so there is no need to attach meaning to the event.

A rock breaks, a flower dries out, a cat gets squashed, a person dies… has it got meaning? Does it matter how and why? It matters to our opinion/belief (made up), but it doesn’t matter to reality.

To live like this does not mean that we detach from reality and become complete space cadets. It means that we practise non-attachment so we are not desperately trying to make time slow down or speed up in order to fulfil our desire for a particular version of reality. It means that we do not waste time and energy fighting ourselves and our surroundings trying to ‘make it better’.

We have always got the option to act, or not, in any given situation.

Some people would argue that living like this would make us cold and unfeeling. But that could just be our self created sentimentalism not wanting to give up it’s stronghold as the dictator of reality.

If someone I knew died I would probably cry. If my wife kissed me I would probably laugh. These are spontaneous reactions from the emotions. I didn’t make them up, they just appeared.

But if I cried or laughed because I believed that I should, or because it would affect other people in a certain way… that is a different story.

As long as we try to manipulate reality to fit into our personal belief system, then we are living in an illusion.

So we can either keep on deceiving ourselves… or we can get real.


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Meditation

30 years ago when you mentioned meditation people thought that you took drugs and were part of a cult. Of course that was often the case. 🙂

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These days when you mention meditation everybody seems to have an opinion about it.

In our society meditation (along with Yoga and Tai Chi – both highly respected spiritual development methods if applied correctly) is unfortunately often turned into an exercise.

Most people wrongly assume that meditating longer and developing a meditation schedule/habit will ‘get you there’ faster.
Meditation using willpower will only strengthen the personality’s view that it is doing something ‘spiritual’. It will build a stronger spiritual pride that will get in the way of opening.

So, what actually is meditation?

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Often it takes years of ‘meditating’ before you realise that what you are doing is not IT. That is because our ego keeps on believing that it can do meditation.

Mostly what the ego is really doing is ‘tripping out’. By that I mean that the ego focuses strongly in a way that makes the brain create dopamine which makes us feel good. This in turn makes us do positive action which leads to a better life.

Of course there is nothing wrong with feeling good or having a better life, but it should be called energy manipulation or ‘magic’ instead of meditation.

If you focus strongly enough in this way you will get visions and sensations of light. This can often include incredibly strong and beautiful energies. Whether these experiences are real or fantasy depends on your belief system. But they are still happening in the form world. They have certain limitations. There are still beings of Light and beings of Darkness.

Most importantly, there is still a ‘me’ which feels that it has ‘got’ an experience.

It is still duality. It is part of Maya, the illusion.
The purpose of meditation is to allow the “me”, the self identification, to dissolve so consciousness can be experienced without an ego claiming that it ‘has’ an experience.
Meditation takes place when the ego/me is observed and realised not to be the centre of consciousness.
Merely sitting for days on end does not necessarily achieve this.
It is more a matter of discovering/knowing what Not to look for.

Or to quote a couple of the great teachers:

“Don’t try to understand! It’s enough if you do not misunderstand.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Meditation is allowing everything to be as it is” Adyashanti

The realisation that can happen during meditation cannot happen as long as we try hard. Because the mind, trying hard, is in the way.

Instead, allowing the field of consciousness, the sense of awareness itself, to be present will melt away the illusion and re-assemble reality as it is (not as we want it or wish it would be).

Because meditation is about going beyond the mind it is a matter of developing ‘not knowing’ or ‘beginners mind’.

This can practiced by focusing on a candle, a dot on the wall, your breath, your heartbeat or a colour or a mantra. By focusing on something that doesn’t allow the mind to make a story, a dimension shift can happen spontaneously. Suddenly you become aware of the mind starting to do something else, but you the observer are free from the mind. You don’t have to pay attention to whatever the mind is doing. You can allow the mind to think, the ears to hear, the feelings to feel, the body to breathe and the heart to beat. All while you observe it happening. Meditation is taking place.

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Opening

It is not easy to describe the human experience without running into our preconceived belief systems.

Even though I have read descriptions by Enlightened beings of what is real and what is illusion, it was still a total surprise for me to experience life outside the human square.

I have spent many years meditating, channeling energy and communicating with non-physical beings, but this has always taken place with ‘me’, the person, as the experiencer.

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Recently changes have happened to the placement of this ‘experiencer’.

It began with an encounter with a group of gifted people at the Body Mind Spirit festival in Christchurch.

Margaret and I had gone to advertise our Soul Necklaces as we do every year.  As I interacted with these people I knew that this was different to anything I had ever encountered.

The first sign of change was that I forgot to drink coffee the entire weekend. As a hardcore coffee addict I have never forgotten my daily shot without getting severe headache and dizziness. Anyway, I haven’t had coffee since (3 weeks and counting) or the desire to indulge.

After the weekend I started having very intense encounters with what some of you would probably say are human archetypes. I had discussions (sometimes very heated) with Jesus/Sananda, Ashtar, Archangel Michael, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Azrael and several other beings at the forefront of the struggle between Light and Dark.

I know, I know… if anybody had told me a similar story I would probably had written them off as borderline crazy.

As these meetings took place, with me as the mediator between the beings of Light and the beings of Individuality (as they prefer to be known) I noticed that my focus became more and more like a field/space rather than a person.

At some stage this consciousness field turned the world inside out and from then on I was not inside the Universe. Rather the Universe was inside the field of consciousness.

The whole issue of good and bad disappeared and I now see how both the Light and the Darkness act out of ignorance. Nature takes care of itself. Our nature takes care of itself.

Building and breaking down are two sides of the same coin. Without one, the other couldn’t exist. It is so simple that it is impossible to explain.

You ‘experience’ right now.

Allow that to be enough.

When we strive we fight. When we strive there is good and bad.

If we allow being to express itself; then and only then can wholeness take place.


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Thoughts on being

Cogito, ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am)

This is a typical intellectual statement that takes several things for granted.

It was first coined by René Descartes, a French philosopher.

It has got some major loop holes:

  1. If you stop thinking, then you aren’t.
  2. Thinking comes before being.
  3. Thinking validates being.
  4. It takes for granted that there actually is an ‘I’ which is.

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If you stop thinking, then you aren’t:

If a person is brought back from coma (brain activity, but no cognitive thinking) then they have been non existing for a while. This is obviously not how it works.

What about deep sleep when dreaming stops?

It is also possible to train your thoughts to stop in deep meditation.

Thinking comes before being:

If you have an experience, then you perceive a sensation. This is then translated (thought about) by your thinker. So being, as well as sensation comes before thinking.

Thinking validates being:

The thinker would like to be the validator, the regulator of reality. But, and this is a very big but, thinking makes things up! If the mind does not know what it is perceiving, then it makes it into something that makes sense to itself. (Consider optical illusions)

It takes for granted that there actually is an ‘I’ which is:

The thinker does not understand beingness. It therefore makes up a story because it cannot allow itself not to understand. But the story about ‘I’ is just that… a story, a made up fantasy about something the mind knows nothing about.

Whether or not there actually is an I is a different story (that we will tackle later), but it has nothing to do with the mind’s opinion about it.

Notice how we can talk about the mind. We can detach from it and look at it.