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Re-fine-ment…

April 3, 2011

Greetings,

Of all the feelings I encounter when i take my brand of truth-speak into the real world, the thing that I find most frustrating is the refrain “No-one can ever change”. Over and over. There is this strange, obstinate, deep-rooted belief that we are not capable of true change. What a dead-end life this would be if that were the case, eh?

On the other hand, people will gladly parrot ‘Change is the only constant”! Huh? So change is the only constant, applies to everything else in the world but somehow, this human body, imbued with the qualities of cognition, mentation and memory, is somehow incapable of effecting change?

Really though, look at us. We are changing every second, every millisecond. Definitely with every breath.

Inspire, expire. It’s really that simple. We die with EVERY BREATH, to live anew with the following one. Every breath can be our last. We inspire and expire, thousands of times a day. is death not the ultimate change? Then why this dogged belief that we cannot change? We can change. We ARE change. In fact, it’s not even a choice.

The choice is what we do to our inner and outer environments, so the change that is marching on, effects a re-fine-ment, instead of a re-gross-ment.

Think of a sword made of the finest steel and carbon. First off, it’s not pure. Absolute purity is the stuff of en-lightenment, of one-ness. Anything less is far far away. The last step is the hardest. Getting from 99 to 100 is like getting from 0 to 99 a hundred times over.

So we have this mixture of carbon and iron. Heated in the crucible, fired. Then plunged in water, drowned. Then beaten. Soft and hard, soft and hard.

Fire, quench, beat, fire, quench, beat….. repeated in the hands of a master, in the end you have a blade that is such an awesome analogy for our mind. A double-edged sword of near-perfection. Cuts both ways and going in and coming out. Miyamoto Musashi cut his own mind in the realization that it was the pinnacle of swordsmanship.

Look at the much-maligned Brahmin. Called the twice born (I am one by the way). Twice born because once you die to born into this world. And then, to drop this world, you die again by your own effort. And let me tell you, this second death is as daunting as any. It is as literal as it is figurative.

And you say change is impossible? How little we value the tools in our hands if we imagine we cannot take ourselves through the crucible and the water, fire and ice, fire and ice.

As G. said, Conscious labour and intentional suffering. It’s the stuff that re-birth is made of. The fable of Christ’s ressurection is as much truth as fable.

What are we but an evolving mix of matter and spirit. The subtle and the gross?

Change your external environment as a step to see how change is not only feasible, it’s automatic. Give up a habit, embrace a discipline and watch the change un-fold. We are fractally wound creatures, with all possibilities lying in the being body. As per our environment, we are expressed. How long, after all, will an ice-cube last in a furnace?

Environment, culture….. the external womb of our existence moulds us. Our food and awareness of our physical intermediary (body) moulds the inner womb.

And the rabbit hole keeps going deeper and deeper and deeper. And it can take us to the point where it all began.

Having taken that dive, you think for a moment you will be unchanged? A book, a line, a word, a note…. well struck and timed can shatter beliefs, notions, self-hoods…..

Really, knowing change is not only feasible but automatic and constant is the first step.

Modulating our-selves and our environments to direct that change is the next.

Conscious effort begins only when the mechanical-ness is dropped. Intentional suffering is a way to drop the mechanical-ness. Suffering is not painful. it is not pain-less either. Pain though, is a construct. A flexible one at that. Eat minute amounts of poison long enough and you are immune to it’s effects.

Go on then, fire up that furnace and bring out the hammer.

Let the process of re-fine-ment begin. It’s iterative. Re-fine. Finer and finer with every successive step.

it’s a journey worth every bit of the effort required of it.

..

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. leo permalink
    April 3, 2011 1:18 pm

    as G said

    “The man who works 10% is a hero,tha man who works 20% is a fool”

  2. mlbs permalink
    April 3, 2011 1:43 pm

    I often have discussions with acquaintances of mine about the failure of the fiat monetary system and where that is going to lead us. I seem to be one of the few people that I know that thinks it is possible for our civilization to continue without the use of money. The argument I hear most is that money motivates people to improve the world, and without that motivation we would all be lazy and progress would stop. They also like the say that greed is a part of human nature, and that you can’t stop people from being greedy.

    This brings me to a question. Are we defined by our human nature, or is it the other way around?

    To me, it only makes sense that a child who grows up in a society that teaches them to accumulate wealth and out-compete the competition on the free market would inherently become greedy. That same child then lives in a culture that encourages the passive absorption of spoon fed entertainment in the form of TV after spending 8 or more hours a day at a job they only slightly enjoy.

    So maybe we are both the product and the producers of our own “nature.” On one hand we are shaped by the people we live around and we gain the values of the people that influence us. But that influence travels both ways, and while we are being shaped by those around us, we are also shaping them.

    I think this “human nature” has constantly been changing throughout our history. The author Robert Pirsig discussed the idea of static and dynamic qualities, and how the allowed for human change to occur almost like a ratchet. The static parts of our society holds us steadily to one idea, and this creates somewhat of a launching pad for the dynamic parts, which then either fail or raise us up to the next ratchet level, where new static ideas can be formed. Neither of these parts could exist on their own. A completely static world would lock us in to one idea of quality and a completely dynamic world would be incredibly unstable.

    So it seems to me that parts of us are changing constantly while other parts are remaining the same. It is a very delicate balancing act.

    • April 3, 2011 2:52 pm

      Good points all mlbs. For my thoughts on natrue vs. nurture in a slightly deeper context, please see:
      Mother Culture, Siren Singer… https://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/70/

      Thanks for sharing.

    • dublinmick permalink
      April 4, 2011 6:17 am

      http://dublinmick.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/hau-de-no-sau-nee-six-nations-the-shamanic-view/

      You can’t fool mother nature.

      • April 4, 2011 6:22 am

        That is a great article Dub, had read it some time back and could not locate it for reference.
        It’s time, I feel that more and more every day. More and more and more. The spiral is tightening.

  3. Vee Wong permalink
    April 3, 2011 4:30 pm

    Vivek,

    “bitterly” needed…
    well struck and well timed piece.
    Finer, and finer we go, until balanced.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. April 4, 2011 3:02 am

    The only thing that is absolutely necessary, “a change of mind” . Thanks for reminding us.

    I agree Habits are a very difficult “automatica” to break.

    Eso

  5. Stephen Baze permalink
    April 4, 2011 5:28 am

    Perceptions are everything and always changing it seems even if slowly. What is absolute and what is a perception? A few things………….

  6. Ray Hilchey permalink
    April 4, 2011 12:20 pm

    Actually that should be iron and carbon. Carbon combined with iron make steel. Iron is an element, steel is a crystal structure.

    • April 4, 2011 12:28 pm

      Right you are. iron and carbon make steel.
      Thanks for pointing that out.

  7. Straykitty permalink
    April 4, 2011 1:42 pm

    Oh, I’m really going to stick my neck out on this one, anadianant. I’m going to put a Label on the changes — refinement — going on inside me. Labeling a thing makes it a Target, I know. And I’m a fragile old woman. Bravery doesn’t come easily for me.

    But there comes a time when one must stand up and say, “This is where I am, and this is where I come from.”

    I come from a Fundamentalist background, so I have “believed” what was taught to me. I was taught that the Old Testament bound in with the New formed a universal history — beginning to end.

    As I was reading “Controversy of Zion,” I had a new comprehension. I was amazed at the mind-boggling scope of it. I perceived how many millenniums the plans for world dominion have been at work, how Zionism as a principle has used the kings of world empires to further their Plan. So I had to conclude: “No human beings are capable of this. Not creating this group of people and keeping them from assimilating into history for thousands of years and using them to drive forward an agenda. The historical scope is too big. Unseen Forces are behind this.”

    That was the beginning of my perception that several things are going on at once. We — the human beings on this particular planet — have been told only once side of things. What we have been told is what has been written down and passed on as truth for thousands of years.

    My next question to myself was this: Why gather the Habiru clans wandering around Mesopatamia, a group of marauders, so to speak, and have them compile a group of manuscripts telling about how man was created, write some laws, force their people to accept them, murder a Christ, influence religious authorities to include these manuscripts in a canon with texts about Christ, pass the torch to a group of Khazarians who willingly accepted the mantle…why do all that? Why create modern-day organizations to enforce the holiness of that record and actually prosecute anyone who would dare voice an opposition?

    As I began reading the ancient texts about what had originally been written down, before the New Testament records were even composed, a certain logic began to emerge. One need only observe an American election to see the time-honored method of furthering an agenda. Or read the “Protocols of the Leaned Elders of Zion.”

    Why? The answer has to be — There are two sides. There is a conflict, and much of it is hidden from view. One side wants very badly to be believed and be in control. (“I the Lord thy God am a jealous god.” Jealousy is extremely powerful.)

    So, now I have fixed a point of reference in my learning process: The first fact is that this world exists. It’s a mess. The second fact is that the Plan for world dominion is proceeding apace. The Plan is the same one that the ancient Habiru wrote down, edited, redacted, etc. It is as pertinent today as it ever was. The third fact is that new/old facts have come onto the world stage in the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts.

    I have to view the evidence. There is much I don’t know. But I am growing to truly believe that an honest accounting does exist. True, my senses do wrestle with Christ coming to this world to reveal the truth about the real Creator Father, and that He was killed for challenging the ancient account. (His daring at taking on the best minds in the then-known world are breath-taking.)

    But history does offer an accounting that He was here, however frail. Since I know that history can be re-written, I don’t have a problem with that. I can be a believer.

    • Vee Wong permalink
      April 4, 2011 2:38 pm

      Straykitty,
      Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.
      I believe the plan, the conflict, the account actually went back a lot further…
      Oh yes JC was here. And he will be back. Some believe he’s nearby.
      So is Buddah, and Vishnu, and Gaia, and the Lady of Avalon (with the Excalibur)…

      These are more than mythical dieties. They are teachers for humans. Each has showed us a piece of the puzzle. Their worlds are with-in them/us.

      As Vivek has repeatedly reminded us, we must go with-in to seek and see truth. Be aware (and you are…we are). Be balanced. And its time that we begin to learn (re-learn) what they have taught and are teaching us.

      Fear not the dark force. We are beings of light. We are one.

      Some say monk’s tapping, camomille tea, lavendar oil can keep them away. And of course,

      Unconditional Love, as you have demonstrated here,

      vee

  8. Straykitty permalink
    April 4, 2011 3:05 pm

    Yes, vee…

    You’re right.

    Truth is not static. As soon as the Vessel was there to receive, Truth was. One has to look no farther than a human cell, or an egg, to view the perfection of the Perfect Mind. I’m certain that the vast waves of humanity that came and went had their Searchers and their Voices speaking truth.

    For me, the Journey proceeds…

  9. dublinmick permalink
    April 4, 2011 3:15 pm

    http://www.thenazareneway.com/essene_gospel_of_peace_book1.htm

    This is definitely mother culture. What Jesus said is very different from established religion.

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