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… insights and inspirations from Dan van Wylich


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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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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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Free Will

On this planet we have been granted free will.

It is an experiment that started several million years ago in other places, but on this planet it is quite a new concept.

Free will has to some degree always been available to the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, but they have had limited free will inside the pattern of their life streams.

It was only when a self reflecting being appeared that the concept of free will took an interesting turn.

Most of us would probably agree that free will is a good thing… but..!!!

It is this ‘but’ that creates our suffering.

Free will is either there or it is not. Anyone who restricts another being’s free will is still expressing free will. Whether the restricted being decides to bow to the pressure, to revolt, to leave the confines of the restriction or even to self destruct, it is still an expression of free will.

It has to be ok!

What I mean is that if I believe that people cannot and should not handle all their free will themselves, then I would invent rules and somehow enforce these rules.

These rules could be: ethical rules, religious rules, social rules, political rules or economic rules.

What we have to understand is that rules are made up!

Everything that is ‘made up’ is not real.

Realise that you, as a being, have been granted free will. It is yours to do with as you want.

Nobody else can remove the fact that you have got total and absolute free will.

You can choose, right now, to wake up and take your life into your own hands.

You can choose to follow the little voice inside without considering any of the voices that continuously sound from the outside.

You can choose to set yourself free.

If you accept that everybody on this planet has got a right to free will, then you understand that you cannot consciously enforce your way of being onto anybody else. And no-one else has got the right to infringe on your ‘free will zone’.

If we allow ourselves to become whole beings then we will discover that we have got a heart.

To some people this may come as a surprise 🙂

We will discover that we actually feel good and gain more self-worth when we do something good for somebody else.

In this state free will becomes an altruistic society of individuals who allow each other to express themselves without rules or norms. Troubled, wounded or handicapped individuals will receive support from caring individuals who understand that they are suffering.

You too can choose to wake up now and allow yourself more and more freedom until you, the being that is looking through your eyes, can stand upright, smiling… knowing that you are choosing… really choosing to be and to do what you do… right now.

Freedom is yours.


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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.


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Belief systems

If we look at a few belief systems then we can begin to have some fun, because if we believe in a particular way, then it clearly starts shaping and defining the reality we find ourselves in.

Here are a few versions of a well known theme: CREATION

Traditional version

Once upon a time the One (God) decided to create the World.

This creation included galaxies, solar systems, planets, rocks and minerals, plants, animals & humans.

Humans were created as souls in the image of God.

Humans were at first inside Eden/Kingdom of God, but managed by their own actions to become excluded.

We have since called ourselves sinners and have struggled to find ways to re-enter Heaven. Most of these ways include belief in a religion. In most religions some people are more holy than others all the way to ‘incarnations’ or ‘sons of God’. If we believe in this and pray to these holy beings we too can get access to heaven, though mostly not until we are dead!

Conspiracy version

Once upon a time some very powerful aliens seeded life on planet Earth.

After millions of years of evolution some different aliens took some DNA from a humanoid creature and mixed it with their own. They then turned off most of the DNA that had to do with insight and supernatural powers. The result was Homo sapiens, a being made in their image but consciousness-wise ‘thick as a brick’. This human could then be manipulated by the aliens for their own means. This manipulation is still taking place and this is the basis for various conspiracy theories that states that some people know what is really going on while most of us don’t.

Esoteric version

The Prime Creator (God) continuously creates and continuously guides the various creations towards higher states of being. We are created in the (trinity) image of God (I Am Presence, Soul and body). This means that we are special and more precious that all the other creations. And because we are special it is our job/destiny to develop higher and higher levels of consciousness until one day we are co-creators of the universe (or maybe we will get a universe of our own).

The understanding of the Cosmic Laws and the practise of opening our consciousness through whatever means necessary (meditation, singing, mantras, dancing, drugs, sex etc) will gradually open us up to the wonders of the universe and we will step through the different levels of the Hierarchy until we reach cosmic consciousness. There are different thoughts as to whether this can be obtained by Will (occultism) or it can only be obtained by Love/Devotion (sainthood).

Advaita version

Advaita means One (non-duality) which indicates that there cannot be two, never mind three or more. Our sense of being separate entities is based on a misunderstanding. We live in a dream state where we, like when asleep, act as if we have real bodies in a real world. If we wake up from the dream we will clearly see that we are consciousness itself and as consciousness we will recognise that there is only One and I Am That. That will not change anything but it will clearly change our perspective. The terms Enlightenment and Awakening are often used to point towards the awareness of non duality. In the non duality view everything is perfect as it is. Things appear and disappear. Happiness and sadness are two sides of the same coin. But there is only one coin. So even though life seems to have opposites, these opposites could not exist without each other and as such they are part of the same unit. The only obstacle to this awakening is the belief that we are not awakened and that there is therefore somewhere to go, something to strive towards or something to develop into. The second we understand that we have always been consciousness itself, at that moment the illusion of being separate falls away and we are left simply as consciousness.