Archive for January 2012

Just_Saying_Tue01/31/2012

January 31, 2012

Who am I? I am. The only answer I have.–me

Here are some things I believe/know:

  1. I am not what I have.
  2. I am not what I do.
  3. I am not what others say about me.
  4. I am not the voice inside my head.
  5. I am not my body.
  6. There is no real separation between me and the rest of creation.

That said, there is little remaining to say except: I am.

Just_Saying_Mon01/30/2012

January 30, 2012

From Oprah’s Lifeclass: Forgiveness means letting go of past hopes that didn’t happen. I believe the alternative is the bitterness of longing for a past that never was.–me

Forgiveness does not involve saying that what happened (or didn’t happen) was okay when it wasn’t okay. Saying “I forgive them” in the useal way usually carries with an implied “even though they don’t deserve it.” It creates a personal myth of moral superiority. Putting ourselves above others in that way has nothing to do with forgiveness, It’s actually a way of getting even, a way of holding on to the offense. There is no healing in that.

Forgiveness actually means letting go of the hurt. It involves recognizing that ongoing resentment hurts us more than the original offense. Most of all it means taking responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings.

Just_Saying_Sun01/29/2012

January 29, 2012

A camera is the ego’s perfect tool, it carefully captures events into memory, while neatly allowing the ego to avoid being fully present for those events.–me

The ego is all about stories, stories about what has happened and sotries about what will happen. What the ego is not about is the present moment. It’s amost as thoug the entire purpose of the ego is to move ust from the pas to the future without ever experiencing the present. That’s an exaggeration of course. But it’s not much of an exaggeration. The probem is that happiness, joy and even salvation only happen in the present moment.

Just_Saying_Sat01/28/2012

January 28, 2012

A disease is a microscopic organism that wants to have us for dinner.–me

While we are inclined to see disease as an evil, it’s entirely a matter of perspective. From the perspective of the disease we are dinner. Microorganisms are living things just as we are. They are struggling to survive just as we are. They compete with us for survival and nobody likes competiton particularly serious competition. Of course competition makes us stronger in much the same way that wolves keep deer strong. From that perspective disease is good for us not individually but as a species.

To reiterate, from the perspective of a sick individual the microorganizms causing the illness are bad (evil). From the perspective of the microorganism, the sick person is dinner. From the perspective of the human species, the microorganisms that make us sick also make us stronger. The point is that perspective is important. It is important in all value judgments, most particularly in judgments involving good and evil.

Just_Saying_Fri01/27/2012

January 27, 2012

We are not meant to be perfect, we are meant to be whole.–Jane Fonda

Another way to say this would be that we are meant to be perfectly ourselves rather than perfect in any absolute sense. We are to be whole, wholly ourselves. We are not to bury our imperfections any more than we are to bury our talents.

Ego is the biggest impediment to wholeness. It takes us from the present moment which is the only place we can actually be whole. It buriee talents that do not suite it’s goals. It buries our imperfections lest others think less of it.

Just_Saying_Thu01/26/2012

January 26, 2012

Pythagoras said, “Reason is immortal, all else is mortal.” Interesting but is it true? Sort of depends on what “true” means in this context.–me

Reason is a system, that is a formal set of rules, for manipulating symbols. Pythagoras is implying that that system and those rules exist independent of the universe (creation?). He is asserting that reason would exist in essentially the same form independent of the mind containing them. I’m not at all sure that’s realistic. To me the the set of rules, as well as the symbols, can be said to exist only in the context of the human mind. To me Pythagoras’ statement is a myth, presented in the language of logos.

Just_Saying_Wed01/25/2012

January 25, 2012

Stop telling yourself who you are, who God is, whatever mental pictures you create they are most certainly wrong.–“Jesus” (from EdenDialogs.wordpress.com)

This is a very odd saying, it’s mythos speaking from the perspective of logos. It’s mythos talking about the limitations of mythos. It’s a warning that the stories the ego creates for us are most certainly wrong. That is, they are not reality and should not be treated as such. Like any myths, they can be used, to the extent that they work for us. But we must remain vigilant for stories that do not and ore for stories that we have outgrown.

Just_Saying_Tue01/24/2012

January 24, 2012

Rationalization comes in many flavors from the syrupy sweet reasons I use to justify why something is okay when I know perfectly well it’s not, to the bitterly intoxicating belief that God wants what I want, loves what I love and hates what I hate. Regardless of the flavor, they are all pure poison to the soul.–me

We all rationalize, we hear the still small voice of God and make up reasons not to listen. We tell ourselves we have valid reasons for actions that we know to be indefensible. Or we tell ourselves we don’t know what to do when in fact we are afraid to do what we know. And this is the wide gate that leads to our destruction.

Elsewhere I have said that God will not judge us, but we will judge ourselves. And these rationalizations, large and small, will be the facts of the case. Who among us will judge ourselves guiltless. On what possible basis, forgiveness is our only hope, forgiveness for ourselves and for all those we used to rationalize our actions. This is our only hope.

Just_Saying_Mon01/23/2012

January 23, 2012

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity.–Konrad Adenauer

The fact is, it’s often much easier to make a bad decision that it is to make a good one. Good decisions often require personal change, courage, work, sacrifice or some combination of the four.

Just_Saying_Sun01/22/2012

January 22, 2012

It takes a rare person to want to hear what they don’t want to hear.–Dick Cavett

Okay it’s an oxymoron but let’s go with it anyway. The things we have the hardest time hearing are those things that conflict with our deeply held beliefs about who we are and how the world works. Together these beliefs constitute our personal mythos. Of course we believe that our personal mythos is true, that it is real. Therefore anything that contradicts our personal mythos is nonsense. But as I’ve said elsewhere, the basis for judging a myth is whether it is effective not whether it is realistic.

The best myths help us to become the person we were meant to be, to grow to our full potential as human beings. And if our myths don’t help us do that they need to go whether they are true or not. And one of the best ways to identify myths that aren’t working for us is by listening closely to nonsense ideas. The ones that are inconsistent with our fundamental beliefs.