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meaning | ˈmēni ng |
noun
what is meant by a word, text, concept, or action
adjective
intended to communicate something that is not directly expressed

meaningful
| ˈmēni ng fəl |
adjective
having meaning
• having a serious, important, or useful quality or purpose


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Are you afraid of the Dark?

As I read various books, blogs and speakers on Spirituality I'm dumbstruck as to how close they are all circling around the same concept. Like bees buzzing around a flowerbed, extolling the benefits of honey and describing sweet nectar but never quite landing on a flower. I'm really not trying to be critical here but rather I'm honestly amazed at the synergistic knowledge that is brewing between these seemingly disconnected Spiritual gurus.

As we take stock of our human existence, we need to take a new look at our role to play. You are here for a purpose and the sooner you wake up the the responsibility of being here for a purpose the better. The better for you, but more importantly, the better for all of Humanity. The cosmic joke that is being played out on Humanity is that we are merely passive observers of the Universe rather than active participants. When we humble ourselves to the point of being ineffective, we absolve ourselves of all responsibility to make a difference in the world.

In this we believe that being Socially, Environmentally and Spiritually conscious is an option. We fool ourselves into believing that we are good because we care, rather than understanding that this call to care for each other and the planet is actually a responsibility that we all collectively have been assigned. Woven into this paradigm shift is a calling to wake up to the purpose you play in relation to the Universe itself.

The Universe is vast beyond comprehension. Do you know that our Universe was born some 13.7 billion years ago? Our collective human history goes back a few thousand years. We differ and argue about what happened 2000 years ago but in the grand picture of the Universe itself our understanding of just about anything is so incredibly small.

And despite this vast chasm that exists between our experiential knowledge and the immense history of time, we are experiencing an emergence of like minded wisdom that is bubbling up in all walks of life. The threads of commonality that are woven into the postings of awakened souls are just beginning to unfold the true wisdom that awaits us.

So how does one boil this down to an understanding of purpose? I'll tell you that the answer is not simple and yet it is elemental. And in order to understand your purpose you must first understand Humanity's purpose. To that, you need to first explore the dark:



The "dark" that I'm referring to is both Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Together they comprise 96% of the Universe in which we live. Our 13.7 billion year old Universe is comprised of 96% of something that mankind is only beginning to understand. And we as intelligent life forms living on planet earth are directly related to Dark Energy and Dark Matter in a way that is purposeful and causal in the Universe.

What we human beings are awakening to is our purpose in the Universe and our relationship to God. The two are more connected than we've ever understood but in this new understanding we are beginning to uncover our role in both the sustainability of life and the role we have been called to fulfill.

In 2009, all will be revealed. For now, explore your relationship to those around you and seek to understand the cause and effect relationship you have to everything.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Dimension of Sound

As we go through the path of understanding who we are and why we're here, there are simple answers that can help us make sense of the world, or Universe, in which we live. For most of us, the existence of the Universe is something we take for granted and not something that we give a lot of thought to. That is the stuff of theoretical physicists and not something that we have much more than a scientific interest in understanding.

However it turns out that the fabric of our Universe is not all that different than the reality that we experience each and every day. And through this understanding of the big picture being similar to our little picture, we can find understanding and meaning in our own lives. Through this understanding we can discover how to find true happiness, achieve our dreams and understand ourselves.

So while you've probably never cracked a book on string theory or the physics of our Universe, take a quick peak at M-Theory as beautifully described on PBS:












Now that we understand how vibration plays a role in the Universe itself (e.g. the vibrating strings) take a closer look at the vibrational aspects of the sense of smell:



Connecting the dots brings us to a theory of our Universe which explains our purpose. The senses that we take for granted are actually dimensional planes which enable us to communicate. Each and everyday we communicate through sound in the form of talking. Vibrations that begin in your vocal cords emanate out and become sound waves of energy traveling through space and time. When they reach the recipients ears these vibrations are decoded (inside your brain) to make words. However it is the vibration itself which is the communication.

By thinking of our Universe as a slice of bread that is parallel to other Universes, we begin to peel back the onion of everything. The eleven dimensions of M-Theory are much more than sign posts of our Universe. They're the means by which we interact in our world and contain the keys to unlock the secrets of life.

But that is the subject of another day.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Interesting Week

This is one of those "sharing" posts that probably won't have the polished result of a focused blog post. What I mean to say is that I'm expressing a stream of consciousness because I believe the information that I'm sharing to be of value but I'm not sure what is of value. Does that make sense? So if you're looking for insightful teachings you may want to check back in a week.

So the week that I'm referring to started with a physics lecture in San Francisco. As many of you know I follow some rather interesting folks on Twitter and occasionally tweet my thoughts as well. A while back Arial Waldman tweeted about an upcoming talk about Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Now you may think that sounds rather exotic or boring but, in reality, these two elements comprise most of our Universe. In fact, the matter that we understand (e.g. you, me, planets, the sun, etc.) only comprise 4% of the entire Universe. The rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Thus if you think we understand quite a bit about the Universe or physics you might want to reconsider when you realize that much of the Universe we don't have a clue about.

I, however, have been given a clue. Through my afflatus I know what creates Dark Energy, how Dark Energy is created and our relationship to Dark Energy. Thus to sit down and listen to the Chair of Stanford's Physics Department talk about the world's understanding of Dark Energy is quite a treat for me. I have to admit, prior to this lecture I understood Dark Matter too but couldn't put it to words. It is as if I knew the answer but not the question. And, in this lecture, the question connected with the answer. The thought completed without my logical application of deductive reasoning.

You'll note that I'm not simply blurting out the facts, figures and descriptions of Dark Energy and Dark Matter in this post. Mostly that is because they're not able to be understood out of context. I'm working on a body of work which puts these "answers" into context. The purpose of this body of work isn't to reveal the source of Dark Energy but rather our relationship to Dark Energy. Thus to post it here would benefit a handful of physicists but the rest of you would largely not be interested. Especially if you find yourself saying, "Dark what?"

The relevance of this post exists in the search for the source of Dark Energy, its relationship to Dark Matter and their symbiotic relationship in the Universe. Despite the world's top minds searching for these answers they fail to recognize that the answers are simple, right in front of them and Universally relevant. I don't say this to fault them but rather to make the point that the answers we seek are all around us. We just fail to see them.

The week ended by dropping in on an Ashram. I'm refraining posting which Ashram because I believe that they are on a path and do not want to influence their progress. This particular Ashram is rather close to me but it requires a bit of driving to reach so I had yet to visit it. However I had a business meeting on Saturday which resulted in me driving by the Ashram on the same day they were having a retreat for their members. I was invited to stop by and, even though I couldn't get there until it was almost finished, I paid them visit.

As I walked in a group of about twenty-five members were sitting in the meditation room in a circle. They were discussing how to create a gnostic community and I sat down precisely when people were offering suggestions on how to achieve this goal. And while I do not believe that gnosticism is the answer, I sat quietly and listened to them offer advice to one another on how to connect to God, quiet the Mind and pursue a Spiritual existance.

What was intesting is how many truths and mis-truths flowed from their mouths. In combination, the truths revealed themselves as overlapping agreements. However, as the Mind was driving each of their expressions, the group seemed to be missing the truths that were revealed. Part of this is because mankind fails to realize that the Mind is biased and gets in the way. Thus when we think, speak and communicate we express truths and mis-truths. Only in comparing and contrasting the messages can one find the overlapping truth.

I say this not to criticize or judge the members of this Ashram. They surely are on the path and in speaking many truths will find it. I bring this up in sharp contrast to the pursuit to understand Dark Energy. The sign posts are all around us in both situations. However they both also illustrate how the mis-truths hide the answer.

I too share this shortcoming as my Mind is as biased as yours. Only when the Mind becomes complete can it be trusted. And since we are incomplete, we can't always trust the Mind. But in the pursuit of understanding overlapping truths we can distinguish the answers that are all around us. And this, in itself, is an awakening.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

No Coincidences

coincidence |kōˈinsədəns|
noun
  1. a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection
  2. correspondence in nature or in time of occurrence
  3. Physics the presence of ionizing particles or other objects in two or more detectors simultaneously, or of two or more signals simultaneously in a circuit.
I'm going to start sharing a bit more about what I've been taught and my intent is to help you deepen your understanding of your relationship to the Universe, God and Humanity. To date, I've put my energy into writing this in the offline world but it is now time to bring forth what I've been taught and share it with Humanity.

In this you'll find links and postings to other authors, theorists and philosophers. My reason for sharing is not only to make a point but also to share with you what I'm learning as I'm learning. There are those that believe they are omnipotent in their knowledge, but I surely am not. I am a student just like you. Together we bring forth a knowledge that we were destined to understand collectively.


Let's Begin
For the moment, try and forgo the belief that you know what is going on. Since you were young, you have been collecting knowledge about what is true and what is not. From those early years you learned that those that have the truth have power. And that is when your ego began its quest to be correct.

Your ego's aspirations to be correct coincided with your early learning years. In collecting knowledge, you began to store information that you believed to be correct. Teachers, parent and friends aided in your determination of what was true and what was not. You assumed that the bodies of knowledge you were accumulating were absolute in their truth even though you recognized that there were variances. No matter where you grew up, you undoubtedly began to spend more time with those that shared your beliefs than those that differed.

For example, Christians don't spend much time with Hindus. Similarly there aren't a lot of Buddhist and Muslim mixers on a regular basis. This isn't to say that any two groups can't get along (many don't) but rather I'm attempting to distinguish that we gravitate towards people that share our beliefs, values and socio-economic class.

In our pairing, we found less instances were we were wrong. Sure, we get things wrong all the time but underlying our understanding of the world is a foundation in which we do not waiver. Christians are absolutely sure that Jesus is the Messiah. Jews and Muslims are absolutely sure He was not.

And thus we began the process of dividing Humanity. Our group is right and the others are wrong. We respect their right to be wrong but we hold out that we are right. And we really don't want to even consider that we might be wrong. Not only in our religious convictions but in many other areas of our life as well.

This brings us to a cross-roads in our life where we come face to face with the reality that we are comfortable. Furthermore, we don't seek to be uncomfortable, so we avoid that we don't agree with. But, in recognizing this, we can start to accept that our ego has brought us to this place but that we don't require this existence. We're actually much more comfortable being uncomfortable than we give ourselves credit. We know this because we would rather be uncomfortable than untrue.

In this, we area all seekers. We seek the truth. Not necessarily the truth of our companions but rather the absolute truth.

Shaky ground? You bet it is. In seeking the truth one must be mindful of untruths. But how to know the difference? We surely don't trust ourselves to know the difference. Obviously we came to this current position in life by trusting in others to know the truth and to recognize that there are other paths brings us to a place where we must admit that we may not be...true.


Lesson #1
Today's lesson is about accepting ourselves. We fail to realize that we are perfect and that we know this is true because this is how God designed us. God is omnipotent and thus would not create anything that isn't true. This is not to say that we cannot improve nor does it mean that we aren't incapable of imperfect acts. For surely, falling from grace is central to being human.

It is hard to accept ourselves as being perfect. Judgment is rampant in our lives and we constantly compare ourselves to our image of perfection. Against this unattainable standard, we never meet the mark. However the cosmic joke in all of this is that both are perfect and, in this, we can accept ourselves.

Instead of judging yourself against perfection, try allowing yourself to not be wrong. This is all together different than being right or even allowing yourself to be wrong. Allowing yourself to not be wrong means accepting that there is no wrong.

When you find yourself comparing yourself, stop and take a breath. Accept that you are human and that you were designed to exist in a reality which contains free will. In a free will environment, human beings encounter all kinds of situations. Some of these situations will be easy and some will be hard. With every situation comes a decision. And in this decision you have a choice.

Choose correctly and you're true?
Choose incorrectly and you're wrong?

Or possibly, just choose. And learn.

I've omitted the judgment from this thought process because it provides no value. Instead, just choose and learn. And after you learn, share. Share so that others can benefit from your experience. Share because that is part of being human.

Learning does not necessitate judgment. Learning only requires input, choice and action. Do each with the awareness that you are a perfect being and you were designed to operate in an environment which tolerates more than one result. For there are many paths.

Coincidences
As we move through life we tend to cruise along on autopilot. We've had a long time to accept the world for how it is and one thing we've learned is that life just happens. What I mean by this is that we can sometimes cause change but we can also be passive observers of life. Even if just for a moment, we can pause and life continues. When we do this we can assume that life "just is" and that we, as passive observers, are only as relevant as our actions are causal in the results of life. Said another way, we only matter when we are in action.

In seeing life passively, we tune out the subtle connections that we have to one another. Many people believe that there is no God and many others believe that God is causal in the world. For the latter, they believe that God "sometimes" intervenes and orchestrates our lives. Regardless of where you weigh in on this debate, recognize that there are no coincidences in life. Rather there is a relationship between everything (e.g. gravitational attraction) in the Universe and life forms are no different. We are relevant regardless of our actions and the reality of our situation is not random.

When life gets out of control we find this hard to believe. The reason is that we desire to feel safe in our environment. It is natural to seek safety for life depends on survival. However one must be careful to not become deluded by connecting our elemental relationships to one another with an ability to control our reality. Our reality is founded on a free will environment and our ability to survive in this environment is not entirely in our control.

And thus we come to our lesson on coincidences. If you look at the root of this word (coincide) it reveals a meeting, alignment or connection. In this, coincidences are moments where our relationship to the Universe, God and Humanity cannot be denied. We come face to face with a reality which makes us stop in our tracks. Amazing coincidences are only amazing because we are unaware of how many times our lives coincide with others.

When we become present to our connections to the Universe, God and Humanity, we begin to understand how connected we really are in this reality. Coincidences are really awakenings to the truth of our reality and how utterly relevant we are.

There are no coincidences and you are relevant. More relevant than you can imagine. But we shall get to that.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Connections

I recently was standing in line in the Southwest que waiting to board when a woman walked up next to me talking to her Mother on the phone. There were lots of people milling around and I didn't notice her anymore than anyone else in line. However she saw the book I was reading and asked, "Is that a biography?"

I was reading a 1,200 page book published in the 1930's that was written by a relatively unknown (outside of India) philosophical writer. "No, actually it is a series of articles that he published in 1914 that was culminated in this book."

She smiled as if I were telling her something that she already knew. "Do you know who he is?" I asked.

"Oh, yes."

"Why..." I stammered. "How did you come across this author?"

"I'm a student of that body of work," she replied. "I know many authors on that topic."

We proceeded to sit together on our short flight and discussed many philosophical teachings. She was very educated on this area of study and, in particular, was able to give me a great deal of insight that could only come from someone that has studied this genre for many years.

We later looked at our boarding passes and shared stories about how we normally check-in much earlier but due to other circumstances we both checked in late. This chance encounter was driven by both of us being placed in a line for a flight with sequential boarding numbers.

In this crazy and deceptively chaotic world, it is hard for us to contemplate that there are no coincidences. Our logical Mind desires to make order out of this chaos by artificially creating intelligent design as if the only way these chance encounters are possible is if God Himself were pulling strings to make these things happen.

However there is order in the chaos and God Himself does not need to pull strings. We pull them ourselves and this is what brings us chance encounters, unknown run-ins and random collisions (not just the bad kind). There is order in chaos and this is by divine intent. However we simply lack the perspective to see such order.

It is important to recognize that of the 11 dimensions necessitated by quantum physicists that "time" is not necessarily persistent. Looking back over our lives we see order amid the chaos that was present while the events were unfolding. We assume that fate guided us through these random events blossoming around us because it is easier (and a bit more comforting) to believe that we were guided through these events rather than to assume the responsibility that we're, in fact, driving through the quagmire with our eyes closed.

One can surmise that we know what is best and somehow are able (when we're in balance) to communicate with others to pull these coincidences together. Our conscious Mind is not in charge of such gravitational forces (for good reason) and thus we have a hard time grappling with such a reality.

However in looking back on our lives we can't help but rationalize the order in which people came into our lives. It seems like things occur as divinely intended and, in a sense, that is true. The difference between our version of divine intervention and the actual intervention is closer at hand than we want to admit. To do so, opens us up to a world where we have an opportunity and responsibility to make things happen. And this might be a bit much for us to comprehend when someone interrupts you in line at Starbucks to ask you a question.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

What is meaning?

Beyond the definition I have specific reasons for including "meaning" in my site. In part, this is an awakening to not being alone in my seeking meaning. As noted in A Whole New Mind, "According to a recent survey 58 percent of Americans say they think often about the meaning and purpose of life."

Actually this shocked me quite a bit. I know that some people think about such things but it was surprising for me to learn that the number that do was so high. So I did some research and dug up the article that revealed these results:

58 percent of Americans say that they often think about the meaning and purpose of life, compared with 25 percent of the British, 26 percent of the Japanese, and 31 percent of the West Germans. These findings come from the World Values Surveys, conducted in 80 nations between 1981 and 2001, which collected data from nearly 250,000 respondents around the world.

Ronald F. Inglehart, a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) and director of the ISR World Values Surveys, and Pippa Norris, a political scientist at Harvard, put American spirituality into a global context in their forthcoming book, Sacred and Secular (Cambridge University Press).

If you're not part of the 58% don't fret. Most of the world doesn't spend much time on this topic either (as noted in the survey results). I don't mean to imply that those that think about the meaning of life are part of an elite class of power thinkers. In fact, by "meaning" I am including both the "meaning of life" as well as personal meaning in terms of "my contribution."

By "my contribution" I'm not talking about how I'll save X (e.g. humanity, the world, the whales, etc.) but rather what I contribute while I'm alive. For the most part this is largely what I'm interested in from a career point of view. Much of our lives is spent working and thus much of what we derive meaning from comes from the contribution we make.

In this it will be easy for others to poke at my contribution. "You're not saving the world" is akin to "that isn't rocket science." But it is what inspires me and that is how I make a difference.

Or at least how I spend my time on the planet while I'm trying to figure out why I'm here.