Being here, now.

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The thing about knowledge is that first we have to want it. Of course, even if you don’t want it, every now and then life will hit you with the need to get some.  But that is a hard, painful, potentially debilitating way to go through life.  At some point in a person’s evolution, we all realize there are truths about how our lives work, about how things work in the world, which can serve to optimize both the quality and the quantity of our lives. We no longer have to drive our car into a tree to understand what the consequences would be.

One of the biggest errors many make (all?) is believing that the apparent construct of our material world is our ultimate reality. The sequence of realization that commonly occurs at some point begins with a feeling of emptiness that material objects can’t fill. We have the thought that we need to “get in touch with ourselves”.  At that point we see ourselves as unique material beings in search of a spiritual reality.

As we learn more about the true nature of our world, of our lives, we begin to understand that we ourselves and everything in the universe is ultimately composed of energy. We are energy beings in an energy universe. The next step is realizing the energy which fills the universe, which is the basis for all that is, demonstrates an intelligence of it’s own. We begin to understand we are sentient beings within a sentient universe. That is when we truly begin to understand that, in regard to our lives and the universe, it is not just a universally present energy that pervades our lives, there is also a universally present spirit. That they are one. At some point we realize; we are firstly spiritual beings, and that we are spiritual beings desirous of a material existence. Not the other way around.  All the while we were looking to get in touch with our spiritual reality; it is the only thing there is, or ever has been.

When we understand that and devote ourselves to understanding the nature of our spiritual reality, we can begin to understand how to harmoniously work with it, within it.  How to harmoniously live with each other.  To do so is to put ourselves on the path toward experiencing the satisfaction, the fulfillment which is our birthright.  It is our birthright as children of the universal creative spirit, God.

One of the first aspects of our spiritual reality we must realize and accept is our interconnectedness. This may be the aspect of our reality which we are most taught, by our worldly education, to be ignorant of. Not only ignorant of, but taught to believe quite the opposite; that our lives are all unique and separate lives. This is part of the illusion that commonly afflicts us when we are born into the material world.

Taking a break.

Oliver and the fish

 

I realize I need to take a break, refresh and reorient myself.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I appreciate the interest it has received.  Love one another and keep a positive attitude!

Sincerely,

Ken Dunning

Don’t Play The Victim To Circumstances You Created

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

“Don’t play the victim to circumstances you created.”  I saw that statement on Facebook and it hit me like cold shower.  Wow.  So simple yet so profound.  I would alter it some to read;  “Don’t play the victim to circumstances that you helped to create.”  The latter statement sums up what is going on with the issue of illegal immigration to the U.S.  The U.S., as a nation, is experiencing the consequences of decades of supporting tyrants and greed in Mexico, Central and South America and elsewhere.  Everyone who believes it is too much trouble to  pay attention to politics needs to wake up, politics can and will affect your life!

What do we expect when the U.S. government, and U.S. corporations, have spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting leaders and methods which render countries unlivable for vast numbers of the populations of those countries?  

We cannot as a people continue to ignore a simple reality;  we need to be working to build a culture which is supportive and nurturing of whole and healthful human life.  And we need to support such efforts elsewhere.  What we are doing now, as a matter of national policy and culture is worshiping the “bottom line”.  It’s all about the money.  We have become a species in which too much of what we, as a species, are engaged in seems hellbent in destroying our environment…and ourselves.  Often or always in the name of corporate and/or personal “profit”.  It seems too many in positions of political and industrial power have narrowly defined “profit” to include only monetary or material gain.  This is proving to be a very costly error in reasoning.

In order to correct things one thing is certain, there needs to be balance brought back into our economic reality.  There is an absolute need for us, as a species, to recognize our mutuality and keep each other’s well-being in mind.

Why focus on something so mundane as money rather than lofty sentiments about love and/or spirituality?  Because what is happening with the material wealth we possess is a visible measure of what is happening with our spiritual reality.  I don’t think that we’re all greedy, or callous to the well-being of our neighbors, however, look at what’s happening in so many places around the world.  No matter all the high platitudes being written and spoken, platitudes about love and beauty, the truth is how we treat each other speaks much louder than the words in book or magazine or the music on the radio.

We usually think of external/worldly change happening as a result of an internal change, however, the reverse can also be true.  Sometimes when we realize the absolute need for an external/worldly change, and act upon that realization, the dynamics precipitate a fulfillment of the change within our psycho-emotional make-up.

So, as we look around at the increasing poverty and suffering of the many on one side of the scale and the extravagant, inordinate wealth of the few on the other, isn’t it obvious what needs to be done?   The only question is how is it going to happen?  Because when things get too far out of balance, the natural tendency toward a viable balance will assert itself, that’s as inherent a reality as gravity.  (As above so below, as below so above.) Will it happen in a caring, thoughtful manner or in a chaotic, traumatic series of events?  Like so much else that happens in this world, it’s all up to us.

July 2017: I need to add that the predatory exploitation of developing and/or “third-world” countries has not been limited to individuals and/or corporations headquartered in the U.S.  Nor is the government of the U.S. the only government which has a history of supporting, even subsidizing such exploitative activity.  And finally, the problem of refugees and immigrants from countries which are suffering in significant part as a result of such exploitative activity is not limited to the United States.