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Just a few realisations I’ve been storing…

A person should do that which pleases the heart,
not that which pleases the mind.

I realize now, that I have seen both the moment of creation of a learned fear, and the moment of realization of a primal fear. Sometimes these are rational and true. Sometimes they are irrational and simply believed to be real.
The pattern seems to revolve around the learned fears being mostly irrational, and the primal fears being real and rational.

Men and Women are equal, but that’s not to say that they are the same.
They are opposing sides of a duality.

A ha! Of course!
As a species we have never had to think about what we eat in terms of health, quite simply because unhealthy food didn’t exist until the last few decades when companies started pumping unnatural chemicals into their products.
What we are suffering from today is something that is brand new to evolution, and as much as, as an organism we are capable of quick adaptation to changes in our diet, that capability will have developed from millions of years of changes in the natural food supply of the local environment throughout the lifetimes of our genetic ancestors.
This, along with all the other things we’re doing to our environment, is another lit fuse in the ticking timebomb of the mass extinction event we are unwittingly creating.
I suppose that this little revelation means that I should no longer buy or consume unnatural food stuffs as I will then be guilty of perpetuating the impending disaster.

A person cannot rightfully place blame on another for their actions, if their actions are due to a lack of knowledge.
However, once made aware of said lack of knowledge, it then becomes the responsibility of that person to lift themselves to a higher place, or rightfully face blame the next time their actions fall short of expectations.

One cannot plan a journey of discovery,
just as one cannot plan a sculpture.
Sculptures, paintings, dance, music and other arts come from a process of creativity,
each step revealing its own self,
ready for the discovery of what the next step will become.
It is the same with the discovery of the self, each new step of awakening revealing the start of the next.
If you are working to a plan, you are unlikely to discover anything of worth.
Let go of plans, and choose goals instead, for they provide direction, but without a planned journey.

The Universe is made of existence and non-existence,
interaction and change.
It cares not for the aspirations of man,
nor of his vanities or love of money.
The rules of the Universe provide the potential
for utterly limitless creation.
The Universe expresses itself through form, and radiation, and life,
and in one form of life it even looks back on itself and once said:
– “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

So many are so interested in how they look, they forget to pay attention to how they are.

An artist can be so intent on capturing the moment on canvas, on film, in a poem… that they forget that the one chance to enjoy that moment is ‘now’!
(Realised when trying to capture a sunset in a photo – I was so busy trying to capture the moment, I nearly missed the moment itself!)

I now know that cancer is not like a virus;
…something to be endured and overcome,
but is a battle to be fought and won.

Before a certain age, children don’t see ‘do not pass’ barriers, they only see an obstacle in the way of what they want to get.
So the concept of ‘no go’ areas is a learned skill, or a conditioned skill.

Try acting as the person that you want to become.
If you truly want to be that person, then act as if your life depends upon it… which is probably more true than you realise!

I think my greatest fear is not that there isn’t or is an afterlife, but that I get to the end of this life and find that I missed out on the chances that were available.

Like gravity is a universal force that is only noticed when two objects with mass react with each other (think of the cause of craters), and magnetism is a universal force that shows itself through reacting with ferrous materials (patterns in iron filings), is life a universal force that reveals itself through the collation of atoms and molecules to create organisms?

I wonder… do animals feel ill when they are ill, or do they just feel different to their usual?
When we feel ill, do we feel ill because we’ve defined it as illness… and does that then make it worse through the psychosomatic phenomenon…?

Ref something out of your control… if you keep banging your head against a brick wall, you’ll keep getting a sore head.
Work around it, not through it.
…or walk away from it!

Another property of the universe: the more energy you store or apply to something, the faster it degrades.
Stress in the mind,
Stress in a piece of metal or plastic (perhaps stored in a stressed position…),
Stress of life on a wild animal as opposed to a domesticated one,
Stress of constant and repeated sunlight on dyed fabrics, plastic toys, skin…

It’s interesting to note that those who are most interesting, are often quiet and ‘boring’ on the surface, but often those who are most interesting and fun on the surface, are often boring, with little to talk about underneath.
It’s as if all the bells and whistles are there to hide the fact that they have nothing else to offer. But those who have more, have no need to offer the bells and whistles.



Lying supine,
the notes drifting gently into my ears,
eyes closed,
my soul caressed, lifted, freed unnoticed from earthly encumbrance.
Wings expanding, flexing, testing,
catching the breeze of floating notes,
turning skyward…
Upwards, outwards, everywherewards,
expanding, speeding, soaring, accelerating, twisting, turning,
pure expression of being glowing intensely,
trailing a wingtip through Jupiter’s gas clouds,
speeding a hairsbreadth above Saturn’s rings,
teardrops of blissful ecstasy falling onto the sun,
then out and up past the stars, eons flying by, in a second’s passing,
flying alongside icy comets on their way to fiery deaths,
their icy glittering trailing plumes, a witness to their brief existence.
The notes of musical magic resonating in perfect harmony with the tuning fork of my soul,
finally reaching pitch in the glass of my being,
shattering, exploding firework-like into a thousand million pieces of glittering stardust,
falling, returning, drifting down through a peppermint sky,
completely and utterly untied.

It is the stuff in between things that is important; the stuff that truly matters.
Not the things in the middle, bounded and described by the space around them.
Like the substance that Dark Matter is made of; the stuff that strings the galaxies of the universe together, and keeps the stars circling forever,
…the essence of which the scientists are searching for.
Like the way that the walls of a building define and contain useful space. The walls themselves, having less useful properties.
Like the lines on a football field, and the rules of the game, they are in themselves useless, but it is what they describe that matters.
Like the timing between the notes in a piece of music, rather than the notes themselves.
Like the intangibility of love, and hate, and the other emotions; the stuff that holds people together, or pushes them apart.

It is the understanding of the relationship between things that holds more value than the things themselves.
It is here that the supporting framework is found; the framework that places things and events in the right places, and creates the illusion of the importance of material things.
But it is our relationship to those things that we really need see and perceive… the gap between us and it.

To become truly wise, one should seek this understanding, as all things are linked by the space between them, not the things themselves.
This is what is meant by ‘all things are one’.

The Universe is made of existence and non-existence,
interaction and change.
It cares not for the aspirations of man,
nor of his vanities, nor love of money.

The rules of the Universe provide the potential for utterly limitless creation…
this is the limitless potential of possibility!

The Universe expresses itself through form, radiation, life and constant change,
…and in one form of life, it even has the ability to look back on itself,
and that form once said:
Life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” – Brian Cox

I was lucky enough on Saturday to take part in a Karate course that actually formed the final part of our most senior student, Sempei Goran Powell’s, 5th Dan grading… so he’s already pretty good…!
The course was entitled ‘Yin’… i.e. the complementary part of ‘Yang’ in the Yin Yang duality that most have heard of.
For those who are not familiar with it, or perhaps with what it means; the idea of Yin Yang is to describe the interrelationship of dualities that can be found in nature; where one only exists because of the existence of the other (this is not the same as opposites).
Examples are:
Light and Dark, Hot and Cold, Male and Female, Up and Down, Hard and Soft, Pull and Push…etc.

From this weekend’s course I gained a new perspective on the practical applications of Yin Yang, or dualities.
The emphasis of the course was to draw attention to the other side of training, i.e. within our Karate system we work hard on the tough physical side of things, but what many individuals are missing is the softer, gentler side that includes the aspects between training sessions.
In order to train hard often (the Yang), one must also pay attention to the soft, less obvious side of training (the Yin) such as rest and recovery, diet, technique (incidentally, I just read on Twitter today “Good technique fatigues you before you could cause an injury or a breakdown.” @ChrisRowat… but I guess that also means that you need to learn when it’s time to stop!).
In terms of Karate training in Kata, one should look to training the parts of the movements in-between the strikes, block, kicks, holds, etc. The transitions between one technique and another are just as important as the end result of the technique itself!

Similarly, the aspects of movement where the opposing parts of say, a punch, where the non-striking arm is pulling back, adds to the rotational power driven down the striking arm and into the punch. We all know this, but how many of us practice these opposing aspects of the same movement…?

To extend this idea further, all aspects of life have an end point. If a person is focussed towards a particular goal, then they must undergo the journey to that goal.
However, if only the goal is in focus, then the method of reaching it may not be all that it could be, and in reaching the goal, it may be found to be less fulfilling than it might otherwise have been.

Life’s a journey, not a destination.” – Aerosmith

If you’re interested, the course was given by Goran Powell, now 5th Dan of Goju Ryu within Daigaku Karate Kai that practices in the UK in London, Bristol, Torquay and Braunton – Devon.
He is also the author of the books Waking Dragons, A Sudden Dawn, and Chojun that can each be found on http://www.liondogbooks.com

It just recently occurred to me, as a result of the visual combination of a christmas card wishing peace for me, and a violent action film in front of my eyes, that within the human realm of experience, peace is not the opposite of war, but the product, or end result.
You see, if peace is desired, a conflict must first be tackled in order to produce peace.

As we live within a universe that is in constant flux, change occurs on many levels all around us at every moment of every day, therefore peace is not something that can be maintained. A change WILL occur in a supporting pillar of peace that will cause a conflict somewhere down the line.
Within modern society, we exist within an illusion of peace, but there are daily conflicts occurring all the time, and they are dealt with by the relevent authorities to maintain the illusion of peace – out of sight, out of mind.
Peace can only exist in a static universe, but a static universe cannot be experienced as it is change that is noticed and experienced. Therefore peace cannot exist in our universe!

Many times have we seen demonstrators outside of places like Parliment carrying boards that say, in various ways, ‘PEACE NOT WAR’, yet I would argue that they are, at that point in time, at war with the establishment. Their conflict, not yet violent, is demanding that a different action should be carried out to that which they are protesting about.
What these protestors are doing is to be warriors to a cause. They are fighting against actions that they do not agree with.
They are FIGHTING. (…do they realise…?)
They are creating a new ‘war’ which, paradoxically, is trying to put an end to a war.

Wars are the result of change.
Change is driven by another force, or forces. Politics, beliefs, basic survival needs.

The forces within politics are driven by aspirations of power, and / or the accumuation of money, and the need to ensure the support of it’s public come the next election. (This is not to say that it isn’t done in the best interests of Joe Public… although history has shown that it can go out of control.)
To gain power (no government wants to lose power), money is required, therefore the accumulation of money must be the prime driver in all things political.
I don’t wish to get too political in this post, but by following this path of logic, it now becomes more obvious if there is any change in the world that means a reduction to the financial means of a government, then a further self-defensive change driven by the government is required.
Sometimes this means violence is needed.

We all have beliefs in things, and at times these beliefs can be in direct conflict with the beliefs of another.
Depending upon the nature of the individual, one can either simply agree to disagree, be persuaded that this other belief is the correct one, or conversely, be determined to show the other person / group that they are wrong.
As we can see in today’s media, there is an apparent rise in terrorist acts around the world (although, any religious act that is extreme is a terrorist act, and this method of religious conversion has been around for a very long time – the Christian crusades anyone…?) and the wars that they create are justified as Holy Wars (Jihad) that are in the interest of their God.

So back to the point of this post; it seems to me that the idea of peace is not something that can be obtained within the modern world. It is merely an idea, an illusion that can be pursued… an invention of the human mind.

Perhaps the closest we could ever get to true peace is for mankind to work towards living in harmony with the natural world.
An analogy might be the balance of nature on the Serengeti. There is an illusion of peace. But you ask the mother Zebra who had just had her baby taken by lions if she thinks there is peace in the world… she may agree that there is balance… but peace?

It seems to me that war and conflict is in our nature… not humans’ nature, but the nature of life on Earth.
The struggle of life creates death. The struggle to avoid death generates the need to fight.

True peace cannot exist on Earth quite simply because life cannot exist in that way!

Relationships #2

In ‘Relationships #1’ I spoke of the way in which a relationship could be viewed  as a living creature between two people, one that needs feeding, attention and TLC by both parties, or it dies a death.
I have also realised that there is another type of relationship that we have with all other things in our universes – sometimes one sided, and at other times two sided and more like the other I’ve preivously described.

This other kind of relationship is one that  many of us, perhaps most, are unaware of, but to become aware of it is to become more intertwined in your local universe, and more in harmony with those things that you willingly, or unknowingly invite into your life.

For example, lets imagine a hot summer’s day. You’re at work in an office, but are yearning to get outside to enjoy the weather. At dinnertime you take a walk to a shady glade in a nearby park and sit down in the shade of a tree.
How many one-sided relationships are happening all at once?
1)   You have a relationship with a hot summer’s day – it makes you feel good, but asks for nothing in return except for appreciation.
2)   You have a relationship with park / glade  – you go there because on a day like this being within it brings a sense of peace, or holiday, or a return to nature.
3)   You have a relationship with a tree – the tree means nothing to you except on a day like this when you can enjoy it’s ability to shade you from the harshness of the sun’s rays, and only adds to the experience.
4)   Perhaps you also have a relationship with the comings and goings of the people in that park, but one that they are unaware of. You find it relaxing to sit and simply observe the mothers with their children in the play area, the dogs chasing the stick thrown by their owner, the lunchtime runners, etc.

Now, you could just sit there waiting for the time to go back to the office, or you could sit there and truely enjoy the experience of quiet observation of all those things above, or the Ladybird that lands on your arm, or the Sparrows that chirp at each other trying to get the bread that you’ve thrown.

At all times it is possible to become one with the moment, to allow yourself to forget yourself, to harmonise with the immediate world around you, and to refresh your spirit ready for the next onslaught of ‘civilisation’.

All things are one!

Following on from my observation of  ‘All things have their own oneness, but all things are one.’  on July 16th 2012, I had a recent experience and mini epiphany,  which led to a deeper understanding of this observation. Read on…

Every experience is based upon feedback from the ‘things’ related to the experience in question (and perhaps to experiences that occurred in the past through the connectiveness of memories to the present.)
For example:

  • A musician couldn’t make music sound right if he couldn’t hear it.
  • An artist couldn’t paint a good picture if he could not see.
  • A Olympic Javelin thrower couldn’t throw effectively if he could not feel the weight and balance of the Javelin.
  • A Formula One driver couldn’t drive fast if he could not feel the way the car responds to his steering and its reaction to the road surface.

If one thinks of themselves as an individual entity, separate to the world, reaching out to his surroundings in order to interact with them, then he is deluding himself, as he would not have reached out if those things were not there.

This belief in individuality is rife in the modern world, as our western culture leads us to believe that we are each a piece of the universe that is separate to all other pieces.

To awaken ourselves to this illusion, what is needed is to discover and learn that we are each a single cog in the infinite machine of the universal effect. Like a pebble dropped in a pond, we each cause ripples. Most of these ripples have little or no effect on other things as the properties of their own existence (what we generally think of as individuality when we apply this to us) has enough self-sustaining power to overcome the effect of your ripples (influence). But on occaision, the ripple can be like the beat of a butterfly’s wings; it can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world!

The existence of all things is inter-related, whether directly, or though a ‘knock-on’ effect.

All things are one!

Find that place inside of you

Find that place inside of you
that exists aside from words and facts,
that has no alliance with letters and numbers.
It sees only shapes and colours,
sounds and smells, rough and smooth, heat and cold, old and new.

When walking through the cities,
divert your eyes from the neon signs and the billboards,
all designed to take advantage of a life’s habit
of searching for information offered all around.

Look instead to the shapes of the clouds, and the paths of the flights of the pigeons,
the way that raindrops gather on the canopies of the burger vans,
and the rivulets that run downhill to the drains in the road’s gutters.
Look instead to the creeping ice crystals on the cold bus windows,
or to the spiders in the morning weaving a new web, or the mist rising from the river’s surface.

All these things and so much more,
point to an awareness that offers far more
than the ‘in your face’ information that is pushed in your way.
When your soul harmonises with the real world,
that place inside of you will blend seamlessly with the world.

Relationships #1

I’ve been pondering for some time on the nature of relationships and have come to the following conclusion:

A relationship can be thought of a as living breathing ‘thing’ that is brought into being at the germination of the bond between two people. It is like a child of the pair. In order to grow, both must feed it with love and compassion.
The growth will not happen if only one person is feeding it, for it takes acknowledgment of the joint responsibility for it to stay alive.
It can only live for so long if only fed by one, for it will eventually wither and die if it is not a conduit for mutual love.

The strongest relationships can be seen in those whose bond is strong. They both feed the relationship either knowingly, actively trying to help it grow, or simply feeding it instinctively.

When one talks, the other listens… intently.
When one tells a joke, the other laughs.
When one cries, the other offers their shoulder.
When one is feeling down, the other helps to lift them.
When one is flying high, the other lifts them higher still.
When one is lost, the other helps gently point the way.
When one is ill, the other tends to their every need.
When one needs comfort, the other is always there.
When one needs time alone, the other lets them go… but is always within reach.
When one glances over, the other smiles gently back.
Whatever one does, the other acts as the mirror of achivement, and of unconditional acceptance,
no matter how great the success, or how deep the failure.
The lovechild of any couple is their relationship.
The depth of their love, apparent through the health of their relationship… their bond.