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Contamination

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There are people around us who are adept at projecting negative attitudes through their words. They do this to help preserve their status-quo and to bring those who are positive to their senses, snatching them into their dark reality.

This is a form of toxic pollution because once words are uttered they can never be taken back. Their trace lingers in the environment as a potential self-fulfilling prophesy. 

 

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The perpetrators of such contamination are weak and easily overwhelmed. They profess to be realistic, but actually they are locked in the grip of depression and delusion, and unable to deal with an escalation in their own stress levels.

They live on the surface of a dark pond infested with the abuse and cruelty they have lived through; a stark darkness, which they bitterly resent and yet are impotent to change. They are unconsciously envious of the bright naturalness of others, so skilfully utilize words to darken them, to make them the same so they do not feel so alone.

 

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Words are ten-a-penny explosives tossed into the open by the damaged to damage others.

Walk far away from them to shelter in the bright light of the positive truth.

 

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our Earth garden

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I am not a scholar lost in and fascinated by the Land of my narrow mind;

neither am I a vacant believer hypnotized and indoctrinated by its features and weather.

And I am not asking you to read this and as you do so check to see if I am telling the truth or not, if my facts are straight or not, if my motive is any other than to swank about my knowledge and compete with yours.

For I am not like you.  I am a different flower in the human graden we share.

 

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I am not easily fixated on images: they pass me by like bubbles in a stream.

I could never spend millions and years on researching a likeness of Jesus Christ, speculating about medieval forgeries or clandestine Catholic actions or undetected motives.

I cannot make glorified hyped images of fictional gods and deities a priority because I am mesmerised by the living breathing beings who surround me. 

I am always in our garden wearing my coat of unconditional Love and tender gloves. There, I cherish living blooms and make the conditions right for flower deaths and the successful release of their true spirits.

 

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I do not live trapped inside mind-time and man-space. Instead, I live eternal, my petals and shiny leaves splendid as intended.

There is no time to kill with pointless speculation and accumulations of word books, and in my form I can travel anywhere in this Eartly paradise.

Our garden is the ultimate for me before I move off to the next magnificent stage of the process of becoming, so I am not looking to drop to my knees and worship anyone except the magnetic members of my race.

 

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180 degree turn

Priestess Pamela

Retreat with Relics

Any ordinary family house in the city suburbs that it is presided over by a Spiritual Master takes on a new quietness, a holy stillness, a synthetic sacredness. It must become an exclusive and open channel for Her or His Holiness.

It is no longer a domestic niche for family and status: door lentils for measuring growth, carpets for wearing out, furniture for rearranging, beds to replace cots or wallpaper to be replaced to match recent trends. And it is not for her or his disciples to put down roots there as was intended, for their roots are already set in the Beloved who resides in paradise. They are pilgrims you see, and their residence, wherever it is, is a tent. They barely graze its structure.

It is not safe now for precious Masters to be outside the crowded tower blocks and urban sprawl. Gone are the days when they could retreat for years into dark caves or dusty desert palaces with their exquisite mosaics and cool inner courtyards. In fact, recently the drought has been so severe that they might combust at any time if they did! It is the Beloved’s will that we respond to his anger expressed in the world with only a deepening of our prayers and a cherishing of our Master here in the broken city.

Sunrise among the cement and glass towers and the spaces between them takes some getting used to after such baked palaces and gädam, shrines.  The Beloved One is testing us more and more radically so that the severity of our environment becomes irrelevant to our devotion to Him.  The storms and hurricanes, the torrential rain and flooding, the fierce forest fires and earthquakes, the drought and air pollution are staged exactly to make us stronger in our trust in Him.

We must retreat from this daily declining world in order to purify and to climb higher and higher to make the perfect union with Him possible.  But after our morning prayers and drawing of the first water before dawn, we cannot resist running to peep round the lace at his His exquisite light pouring between the tower blocks so that it may shine on us and He will notice us.

It was sad when the present cataclysmic conditions of this human world forced us to leave our own desert shrine built around all Almu’s, our Master’s, ancestors’ graves for the last timeThe pilgrim caravan at the height of Ramadan was the perfect test! Ah, how wise our Almu is and how wide open is her channel to The Beloved One.

I must continue forever to vividly see the white minarets and flat roofs of that small community shimmering on the swaying horizon. It was like a beautiful date confectionary carefully wrapped in trembling palm arms above the oasis. This vision is and should always be an important part of my devotions: going back again and again to such miraculous luminous moments in my mind which surely can only be brought about by the King, the absolute perfection of the Beloved One. Such a paradise could only be made possible from His goodness!

The complex procedures and rituals for de-enshrining the relics and ancient treasures took time and the entire dedication of all our small isolated community there.  Then packing them on the camel troop needed expert and ancient desert techniques. But when we were all ready, swathed in our black hijab revealing only our eyes to the sky, then came the real test.  How could we equally swathe our tiny Master, Almu, extract her and lift her inside the tented seat available only to those who are already in a paradise capsule here in this low existence? But she was so strong, bidding a prophet’s farewell to her family and devotees.

‘arak fi aljana!    See you in paradise!’

It would be the last time in this suffering life to see them because of His anger at the proliferation of evil in the world.

Then thanks be to God, we completed the 3-day crossing to the city boundary, eating little except figs and palm nuts and sipping at perfumed leather water flasks after sunset.  We dared not stop, the swaying creatures below us somehow knowing the great significance of their mission.  And we……..well, we moved between the slit-mirages of heaven and earth with a longing to be held in Your strong arms again and again, O Beloved.

Now, there is no more time to spare for these devotions of a lowly mortal! The Master must be fed and I must go on typing her sacred words into letters and scriptures to leave behind to guide all remaining beings to paradise.

Today, I have given instructions for everyone to cover their noses and mouths with white masks even inside our rooms because of the dust driven into the city by violent sandstorms from the east. But this is no real hardship as our mouths are covered anyway, covered for You Beloved. And in these troubled days, the monastic rules are bent exceptionally to allow us to use a little money to buy cheap sunglasses to shield our eyes.  So, we must work even harder to keep His Divine light bright!  Ingenious tests, if we pass them, are surely leading us closer and closer to Heaven.

 

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This is an expert from my latest novel ‘180 Degree Turn’ (working version). 

The story concerns the plight of developed peoples as the Earth rapidly approaches death.  In order to survive, there is no option but to accept the advice of tribal peoples, the original custodians of the Earth. This requires that all inhabitants make a choice to undergo training as custodians of the Earth or to follow their own reality and beliefs in gods and buddhas, in substances and other fictional deities. The whole of humanity must be turned to look inwards instead of outwards, where they will find their True Nature. 180 Degree Turn

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consider the millions of human souls who have been distracted from their own True Nature by the beautiful words of philosophers and spiritual leaders

 

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imagine the myriad unique spirits which have been hypnotized to follow others instead of following themselves

 

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wonder what today’s world would be like if we had gathered enough courage to idolize ourselves as agents for human good and the acceleration of our evolution 

 

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bring to mind all the energy we old humans lavish on relatively young imaginary beings when our own DNA as mammals is two hundred million years old and authentic

 

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realize how you have allowed yourself to be so deeply hypnotized by the words of other ‘gods’ that you have entirely given up your chance of completing your own evolution and remain a complaining retarded child 

 

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     But it’s never too late to pick up where you left off before the pendulum was swung! 

 

Start today to water your own seed with anything but words so that you can become the radiant playful new human so desperately needed in this time of synthetic tragedy!

 

 

 

                   Images courtesy of Linden Thorp
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‘Alien’ words

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In the waking hours ahead of you today, there will be words which touch you and those which do not.  Some words touch your inner being but most do not because they are superficial, predictable.  This ‘feeling’ which grows when something touches you deeply is significant!  It is a tingling in your vast unconscious, the bulk of the iceberg beneath the mundane surface. The surface is inhabited by the burdensome ‘small’ man.

These alien words will give you both wings to soar through sky heights and strong feet to stand firmly in the very bottom of the gravitational field to find water for your roots.  

However, this may disrupt and distract you from the shallows of the mundane, but this ‘rocking of the boat’ will herald in homo novus, the new human.

 

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Such words are seeds.  Let them settle in your heart when you are alone, without seeking anyone’s approval or support. Such seeds cannot be compared with words which have been surgically implanted through the centuries of sameness and conformity without your knowledge or approval.

So-called ‘great’ men have spoken to you in your language using words that were too understandable, shallow, facile.  So, stay with those words which are in a foreign tongue so that you can hear what you have never heard before.

 

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‘Alien’ words are all about transformation into the new human, about moving to the next stage of the process of becoming fully human, in line with your True Nature. So listen out for the mysterious and mystical and embrace it!

 

Images courtesy of Linden Thorp

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Outside the Box

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We are heavily socially conditioned beings, but if we stay aware,

we can think outside the box without rocking the boat.

The notion of time and the linear way we calculate it is an artificial man-

made idea. Chronological order according to this theory makes us old

after we are young, puts undeveloped before developed, makes being

late punishable and being early admirable.

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Native peoples, on the other hand, see time as a dreaming circle in

which stars and seasons show us how we and the natural world approach

death. Death is a glorious moment of recognition not something to

shudder about.

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We can become obsessed with clocktime one step after another,

convinced about its irreversibility, living in its tyranny, but if we step

outside the mind, beyond the visual field into the invisible, it is no

longer important.

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Awareness out in the field requires no ideas or theories. It is reality and

magic thrives there. So, please go beyond all this visual paraphernalia

for a little time each day and learn to long for the beginning that

physical death will bring to your personal energy.

It is release. It is moving on to the next stage of the process of spiritual

evolution.

 

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Images courtesy of Mariko Kinoshita and Linden Thorp

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Believe: to hold dear, to esteem, to trust!

 

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Why do you choose to believe in others while you do not believe in yourself?

Is it because you do not trust yourself, that you think you are ridiculous, weak, intolerant, incapable, unproductive,……? Or can you only put your entire trust in someone or something outside you in faith that you will get something in return, something you need or desire?

 

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What if I was to tell you that belief is a by-product of thought and thought is dead the moment its light is switched on – a mere flash?

It is simply a vibration that extinguishes quickly like tapping a bell. And what if there were no rewards at any time or in any place? Why do humans make so many conditions, and why oh why do you want to be saved? Saved from what and why? The phantoms of your mind hold you for ransom, infecting you with fear and the canker of speculation.  

 

There are 3 truths necessary to awaken you from this complete delusion of reward and yourself.

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Truth 1:  You do not know yourself.  

Your True Nature is carefully hidden behind a million masks and cardboard-cutout thoughts and beliefs.  You have forgotten how to reach yourself inside because you are always turned outwards yearning for then and there, a puppet controlled by the delusions of past and future. There is no-one or nothing that you should trust or believe in except yourself. Everything else is a clever distraction created by the conspiracy of the material! As you are the sole controller of the world you perceive, how can you not hold yourself dear, esteem yourself, trust yourself? Who can trust the simulacrum you have manufactured except other simulacra? 

 

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Truth 2:  There are no rewards ever or anywhere.

No trading. Only sincere actions that move quickly and directly from the heart like a beautiful dragonfly. Giving is our greatest testament to happiness and balance in the material world. We are our own reward if we live from the heart in every moment.

Truth 3:  There is no-one to save you and nothing to be saved from.

Human life on this Emerald planet is paradise here and now. There may be suffering but we bring it on ourselves then dwell on it complaining constantly.  There would be no suffering if we really stayed here and now and embodied our divine spark. We are the gods and buddhas to believe in not figments and lures of the imagination. 

 

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It is not too late to realise that each human is the way forward for our species and our planet. Not too late to understand that if we do not change nothing will change! Your unique mission is ready for your to take up if you turn away all the external distractions!

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Linden Thorp, OER Commons and megapixyl

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Can we love Imperfection?

Love of what is perfect holds no challenge. And so God, Buddha, Allah, and other magnetic spiritual leaders are always presented as perfect, inscrutable, flawless, and they are imaginary.  Therefore, it is easy to love God, Buddhas, Allah because they are remote to us, etched into our imaginations as paragons.

But we humans are flawed, imperfect, badly wanting and mercilessly judged/judging.  It is difficult to love humans of flesh and faults and yet we are placed where we cannot escape others unless we retreat from the world. Thus, it is the human who is to be overcome, nothing more. 

Humans needs no paragon for they are a process moving towards perfection.

True Love needs the other to be alive, awake, living fully. But we have forgotten how to live fully because we are asleep, turning away from our faults and flaws.

True love is love for love’s sake.  No reward either in hell or paradise.No other motive. Nothing to be gained.

That’s exactly why we have been dropped into this world of suffering where we cheat and lie, maim and kill, envy and covet so contaminated are we by the self-seeking world of form.

It is clear that all political, religious and philosophical leaders are poisoners.  They have brought this world to global suicide.

So, starting now and here, do not say ‘I.’

Instead perform ‘I,’ living fully in your True Nature.

                     Images courtesy of Linden Thorp and Creative Commons

 

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Homo Novus: the New Human

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We can each create a new human deeply rooted in meditation, breathing in the still silence of the deepest recesses of the heart. A human who has moved out of the limited intellect wholesale and who uses the head simply as one fine tool of many. 

 

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A human whose priority is no longer logic, but the embodiment of love.

A human who does not care to be rich on the outside but is fascinated by the inner treasures of being.

A human who is fully awake and lit.

A human who is filled with a divine existence and is so overflowing with joy at its appearance that he wants to share it unstintingly with every other being.

 

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A human who has come back home from pointless questing outside.

A human who is definitively here and now.

The revolution is happening deep inside today!

 

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Images courtesy of Linden Thorp and megapixyl

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