I know these are all questions you have all wondered about but might have been afraid to ask, and the exercises are some you never thought about but can’t wait to try! So go ahead, read and explore!
How am I doing lately?
I am grateful, joyful and loving to be, even when nothing makes sense and still makes sense at the same time. It’s crazy.
Are you multi-lingual? What languages do you know?
Yes I am! Assuming identification with a body and linear directional time I first learnt Swedish, followed by English, French, German, Japanese, Basque and Spanish. After dabbling in Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Greek over the last two years, I decided to focus on one at a time, starting with Arabic until I feel I am proficient enough to move on to another one. I also have a soft spot for different scripts, which has led me to attempt to learn things like Futhark, the runic alphabet used in northern Europe by Germanic tribes until around 800 years ago when it was marginalized by latin characters. What languages do you know, which ones would you like learn and why?
Why do you study Arabic, and all those other ones for that matter?
I figure, what’s the point of having the ability to learn anything (yes, we are all that gifted) if I am not learning? I think it will be awesome at some or even many points in the future to know as many languages as I can, and why not start with one of the most spoken on Earth? I especially enjoy pushing myself to learn languages with prejudices around it, maintained not only by those ‘outside’ but also native speakers of it. By prejudice I mean, picking sides and identity, assuming it to be permanent and to have or know absolute truth from what is a relative perspective.
Now who knows (hint: nobody really knows), in a few hundred years, everyone in the world may switch to Arabic, English, Chinese, some other language or perhaps a universal juxtaposition of all of them for convenience. Before enough people agrees it is the sensible thing to do (imagine how much time and resources we could save by not having to translate things back and forth) I have all those years to study and practice. I think being able to understand and being understood in as many situations as possible is an awesome goal!
Should I throw all my past away?
No and yes.
No. The ‘light’ version. Just throw away all ideas of yourself not being worthy of happiness and love. Include everything not you as worthy of happiness and love too, or be prepared for a rough time! Sometimes gems are hidden in past ‘shit’. Just as we can use fertilizer to grow plants better, we can use the past to grow ourselves.
Yes. You are really determined to know the ultimate truth and ready to completely throw you past. This means, your whole life, from the moment you were born until now. Then you have to accept and surrender to death and actually die. You will have an enlightenment experience, which means you will actually become God or existence itself. There won’t be any you left. ‘You’ will see that who you think is you are were never there to begin with.
The same experience was had by, but not limited to many mystics, saints and prophets. Some are well-known, some less so. We can guess they were had in various forms by Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and Lao-Zi. Nowadays more and more ‘ordinary people’ (there is really no such thing!), myself included, have had these, thanks to the knowledge becoming more and more available online.
Most thankfully seem wise enough to not start new religions, though a few become ‘gurus’, leading to the slightly awkward situation of people continuously looking for what they already are perfectly capable of knowing by themselves in another place, person or idea. Many people around the world use the aid of psychoactive substances to experience enlightenment, although you can definitely pursue and reach enlightenment without any external aid. You can even become so highly conscious that substances are ‘digested’ syntactically, thus surpassing the need to acquire the actual material. By syntactical digestion I mean by being told or reading about the effect, either in person or through a media such as the internet. I can write more about enlightenment if there appears to be an interest, but you will never know and fully understand what it is until you find out for yourself. Hopefully one day it will be so clear that anybody can write a book about it and thus nobody no longer needs to do it or even talk about it.
What is good and evil?
Let’s explore this by working with an example often deemed as either, depending on who you ask, the swastika. A configuration of lines which for some represents the most evil. For some it is the most good.
Here it is, in it’s two configurations: 卐 or 卍
See if you have a connotation to is, consciously or unconsciously. Try to observe it without the meaning attached. Can you do it? Can you just observe the lines arranged in a pattern, like one way of arranging eight sticks?
If its still hard, notice that the pattern can be found in any regular arrangement of squares. Like in a chessboard. In kitchen floor tiles. In grids in a math notebook.
When do these lines or symbols become good or evil? Do they ever? Does good and evil actually exist, or are they just temporary ideas? Could it be that we do the same when we frame certain people, ideas and even actions as good or evil?
This might seem radical, and I understand that we might instinctively have many objections, especially we might tend to want to say that something killing or hurting something else is evil.
Notice how objections comes with a separation of identity between ‘us’, as the one not committing evil, and the ‘something else’, as the thing doing evil… how can we be sure we are not doing very the same things?
The meat industry being compared to the Holocaust (or a Holocaust) doesn’t sit well with me. What do you think about that?
The meat industry fits the notion of a holocaust in the sense of a near or complete annihilation of a group of beings, simply by being defined to .
When it doesn’t sit well it is because the mind being programmed clings to the arbitrary line between human/non-human with human unconsciously set as ‘more valued’. It comes from fear, selfishness and ego. All of it is a clinging to the past. There we have the limiting belief of something being ‘more intelligent’ being equivalent to ‘more worth’, as in, since what we identify ourselves with (in this case humans) can do things others can’t, ‘we’ are somehow ‘apart’ and ‘superior’, while we conveniently forget all the things others (in this case ‘other animals’) can do but ‘we’ can’t. It is a limiting lens, or filter, distorting reality and preventing us from seeing reality as it actually is.
Now, if you are still on the fence, consider for example the possibility of other beings such as extra-terrestrials having developed technology for millions of years, far beyond our comprehension. What would we seem to them? In the scope of current scientific understanding of historical time and evolution, we are sophisticated apes, just having explored some of the first possibilities of language and technology, with so much baggage still weighing us down. One of these we might call speciecism, deeply ingrained in most cultures. If we are ever to evolve beyond, these ideas have to go.
I recommend doing these three exercises, even though they might freak you out. 5-10 minutes should be enough for each of them, just make sure you have the time to do them without distractions:
• Observe any sounds… If there are no sounds, experiment by making some of your own. Notice that sounds are not particular to anything, and can be reproduced in any material, even voices.. If you let go of all preconceived notions, can you certainly say when a sound is human or not?
• Look at your a part of your body, for example your hand, as if you saw it for the very first time? Can you see how alien it is if you remove the names you have for any part of it and just see the sensory experience? What is the experience of it without any labels of language?
• Can you find where ‘you’ are? As in, try to find a point within your sensory experience that is exactly ‘you’? Is this sense of you actually you? If so, who is observing and experiencing that sensation?
Hope this helps seeing things more clearly!
Thanks for reading and taking your time. Much fruitless debate can be avoided with just a little focused attention to the present moment.