The Limits of Thinking and the Vision Beyond
Can thinking ever be the means to healing the dire state of the World?
A matter of profound urgency – for everyone.
A while ago I became aware of the need to more deeply explore ‘thinking’, in order to find basic resolution to the urgent multiple problems of current daily living, and the dire state of the world. I have already touched on this in my articles on Relaxation and Meditation.
As I started to write it became apparent just what a vast and immensely important subject had been put before me – by Life.
I use the term ‘Life’ rather than ‘God’ because, to me, it feels more representative of the energy that is at the core of everything manifest, literally throughout the seeming vastness of the universe. And maybe a term more initially acceptable to people who have lost touch with the sacredness of the life force within themselves.
But, I am realising, these writings, as with my own personal life, will require updating unceasingly, such is the infinitely expansive, realm of Life into which, it would appear, we are moving (real-ising) – into which we must expand before we totally destroy both ourselves and the planet we depend on for our existence !! That is, if Life would ever allow us to stray that far?
Complexity, Diversity, Indivisibility, and how Wholeness enfolds all …….…. Is all.
Thinking – the root of the problem.
We live in a world fast being torn apart, solely as the result of thinking. Thinking, and the un-alive, all-consuming images/structures, egos, it creates, is the one and only source of the utter and increasing chaos rife in the world today. Thinking can only ever conceive in terms of separateness, fragmentation, isolationism, narrow view, stagnant set-ness, out of which is born the all too familiar and consuming fear for oneself, which in turn appears to justify self-interest, competition, exploitation, corruption, control, aggression, conflict, desolation, and everlasting deep pain and sadness.
The kind of thinking I’m referring to is that which is indoctrinated, and ungrounded, unrooted, unconscious, obsessive, sterile. There was a time when thinking was simply an instrument, used when necessary, not that which now constantly, obsessively controls, limits and distorts our perceptions of life.
Virtually every person alive will be subject to thoughts, and scenarios created by thoughts, that possess/obsess, to varying degrees, every moment of every day. Thoughts give one a sense of identity upon which we’ve been taught to depend ( I am this, I am that, I am good, I am a failure, she should, ‘he shouldn’t speak to me like that ). Most images are generally so very subtle that we are not conscious we are composed of them – until one (of them) is questioned and therefore exposed. Even then, the temptation is to justify, deny, defend or ignore, unaware of the limiting, long term damaging effects of so doing – on ourselves, our relationships, and the world we are a part of.
It is of the utmost importance to see that anything that is set, in outlook, opinion, belief, custom, doctrine, and which is adhered to for the sense of security it falsely represents, is disconnected from the actual ever flowing energy of Life.
It has become very clear to me that every one of the thousands of thoughts thought in a day involves the creation of images (out of which we make judgments and comparisons), every one of which is fragmentary. Thinking is trapped, and us with it – at least until we realise this as fact. It cannot expand beyond its own limits – other than thinking it can !!!!
Consider the constant torrents of thoughts and words and their discordant, fragmentary images and energies, constantly being projected into Earth’s atmosphere by millions of people, all pulling in different directions – no sign of cohesion here. Additional to our own created images, which are no more real than Mickey Mouse projected on a cinema screen, we are subject to a never ending flood of images projected by the media, politics and advertising – all of which would have you believe they represent reality/actuality.
The soul destroying, mechanistic, industrialised world most are currently enslaved to – profit and power before all else – is the direct product of fragmentary thinking which if you give it sufficient focus you will see is pulling things ever farther apart – including the rich getting richer and the poor, poorer. And the poor are not just people, but the environment too – our environment. An insane, ludicrous, unenlightened approach to living life. How could there possibly be quality of life under such a regime?
A prime example is competitive, divisive politics, one of the biggest exploitive con-tricks in the world, perpetrated upon and holding back a still as yet largely unquestioning, but increasingly dissatisfied public, with incompetent politicians, who are entirely unqualified for the job, trying desperately to keep up a façade of organisation and control, yet evidently many are more obsessed with their own views and desires than the wellbeing of the whole nation, or union, they are supposed to be serving.
Serving the whole requires a subtle, all-encompassing awareness, way beyond the capabilities of the average mind.
It is of the greatest importance that we, each one of us, learn to question everything served up to us, from our own innate perspectives, rather than be led like a flock of sheep, this way and that way, back and forth.
Imagine the parts of your body having the same ego-based, divisive, opinionated attitudes as currently prevails in the world – how could it possibly survive?? It wouldn’t, it couldn’t.
Carefully observe ……… all of Nature, other than mankind, works in a cohesive, sustainable way, and because of the rhythmic nature of Life, it involves perfect efficiency, in the recycling of everything – another name for which is ‘organics’!!
But see how, currently, the bigger the man-made structures, the product of staid thinking, images, and more to the point, self-gain and manipulation of power, always born out of fear and insecurity, yet the more vulnerable they are becoming – and much less able to achieve their devious ambitions. And today we see many such structures, institutions, increasingly unviable, crumbling into oblivion, or propped up for a time by governments, armaments, or other such self-interests not yet able to recognise and accept the inevitable global transformative energies we are experiencing. Because, yes, the planet too is a sacred living being, for which we should have the highest care and respect!!!
So, do you see, there is nothing in creation that is not subject to rhythmic flow, or process, which makes it impossible to maintain any set structure (including structured belief) for more than a relatively short while. Whilst much of mankind might appear still to be steeped in materialism, dismissing any importance of conscious connection with inner being, with increasing momentum things are changing (transforming), regardless. I will keep repeating this!
Due to the increasing fluidity of things, there is now so much more uncertainty. Trying to project into the future, trying to create safe new structures based on old ways of doing, old concepts, simply cannot and will not work, anymore – in our personal lives, that of politics (anywhere in the world), commercialism, finance, medicine based on alien, synthetic (fragmented) drugs, etc., etc.
The wise see this and are already making appropriate adjustments in their lives, in their outlook and involvement, concerning wholeness in life. Remember the gigantic tsunami of a few years ago!
In reality, time now is for their true leadership, that which humbly, subtly unites, not divides. Humility has no need for ‘authority’ and conventional rules and regulations to maintain superiority and control over masses of people. True leadership is flowing, self-less – humble – yet not intimidated.
Humility, by its very nature, stems from the stillness within, therefore is consciously in touch with its spiritual roots – is about sensitive all-encompassing vision, wholeness – is complete, yet ever changing – profoundly inspiring.
Inspiring more and more people to recognise their own capacity and responsibility for quietly, humbly allowing themselves into the cohesive process of Life, literally, the only means to regeneration on this planet. By its very nature, an immensely powerful step forward!
And there is a parallel here, with the nature and function of living herbs that we have long worked with. Blends, designed to serve the whole as well as the parts, very subtly orchestrate the sick, dismembered parts of the individual towards one of greater harmony. However, it should be noted, there are many so-called natural supplements, not naturally cohesive herbs, which do support one’s health to some extent but cannot directly contribute to the actual healing process. But taken together with a herbal formulation, which contains those all essential, activating rhythmic essences, there is a powerful mutual enhancement of effect contributing towards symbiosis.
Maybe difficult to understand at first, but the current transformative times are working in the same way as the herbs, towards new levels of cohesion by first breaking down all that is no longer sustainable, within and around us, just as in a compost heap – the reliably, eternal function of Nature/Life!!
Be very clear, disruption, breakdown, chaos, is a necessary part of natural order, part of the rhythmic process of Life. Breakdown precedes regeneration, in all departments of life, including the current political scene. If there was no disturbance and breakdown there could be no regeneration – do you see this?
Yet observe – in the autumn the leaves fall from the tree – to reveal the buds, already (all ready) in waiting for the promptings of the inevitable rhythmic regeneration of Life, come the Spring.
Rest assured therefore – in parallel, at the same time, as the degeneration, is quietly re-emerging – into our consciousness – the subtle, the un-quantifiable, the un-analysable, the un-controllable – the flowing – qualities of which we are – in the stillness, deep within – ourselves.
Inevitably, in the process of the constant updating of this article I have come to see, ever more clearly, that it is right from birth, we are, very subtly, programmed into submitting to the way of thinking and image making, just like computers, that suits the culture we are born into – stemming the capacity for spontaneous, conscious connection with Life, numbing any original realisation and individuality – so as to conform, to given expectations. And thereby, we are controlled, unreal, un-alive – until ??
Actually the pressure to conform to given expectations of society, for many, is the means to feelings of failure, demoralisation, insecurity and resentment, and likely one of the main reasons for self-doubt, even self-harming and in the extreme, suicide. It suffocates and sterilises society, homogenising, maintaining daily life at the mundane level – hence a multitude of problems such as depression and crime.
This gives further perspective to just how hugely challenging it is, what utter commitment is required, to perceive beyond what is a world of total illusion and delusion, where currently, most as yet are alien/outsiders to the cohesive involvement with the rest of Life.
(A while ago I sat in a café drinking my morning cappuccino, watching people come in and line up for their coffee and cake. I looked around the café at all the other people, sitting, eating, drinking. I watched people outside passing by. All the time I observed my mind, wanting to make judgments, comparisons, comments on these people – as if I had the right so to do! It took all my attention to remain still in mind.)
Let’s be very clear, to move forward demands our willingness to progressively release our dependence on anything, other than Life itself – anything else is a diversion from the wholeness of being, which if we persist in pursuing wastes a whole lifetime.
Transformation simply occurs as we are prepared to flow with this vital process, consciously in the present moment – and, I can see, there are now increasing numbers who are humbly, quietly submitting themselves to this ongoing, deeply revolutionary process – leaving the ‘old stuff’ behind – returning home ………… THIS IS REGENERATIVE LEADERSHIP!
…….. where there is – emerging PRESENCE ………………………………..
(I was in session with a client – she said she was not happy living in the house she and her husband occupy at this time. She said I don’t want to move too far from the kind of situation we presently live in though. I had a very direct response to this – ‘ah, I said, don’t project into the future, otherwise you limit what might be possible. When the time comes for you to find where next to move to, you may very well have a totally different feeling for what kind of environment you want to move to’. Thank you she said, yes I do see that very clearly.)
Do you see – this is all about letting go of fixated thinking and the imprisoning scenarios they create. THEN, YOUR LIFE IS INCREDIBLY ENRICHED AND FLOWING, free of the former limitations created by thought and consequent fear, and quite literally, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Solutions – Indivisibility (un-disconnectedness!)
A few months after starting this article I awoke with a word, seemingly being thrust into my consciousness. That word was ‘indivisibility’. After a time of pondering I came to see indivisibility as representative of the actual, ceaseless flowing, intimate interwoven-ness of everything in manifestation – across all creation – such that nothing (no thing) in reality can be identified in separateness and even therefore, so-called exactness.
And ‘exactness’ cannot exist because that is DEATH – an end ….. and nothing (other than form) dies, it only transforms – which simply confirms there is no such thing as beginnings and endings, even from so-called ‘Big Bangs’, the phrase coined by some scientists, derived from the mechanistic view of things. But, all is continuous flow, without beginning, without end. How utterly breathtaking is that. Doesn’t that utterly thrill you!!
Everything is so much an intimate part of everything else – that even this statement fails to fully represent the actuality. As previously mentioned, everything is not ‘a part of’ – all IS ONE WHOLE, which so robs us of any separation or objective identification that, furthermore, in REALITY, (which is not what we THINK it is), in extension of the realisation there is no beginning and no end, neither can there be any separate north and south pole, no separate right from wrong, no black from white, no male from female, etc., etc., etc. And, we are realising, duality in actuality, is yet another figment of our thinking, image making function – and is, without any shadow of doubt, an illusion. How does that all feel?
So then ………. judgement, criticism, blame, opposition, attack of any thing, or anyone – is judgement, criticism, blame, opposition, attack of oneself. How does THAT feel?
To further explore things – years ago a friend fell in love with the gentle voice of a receptionist he regularly spoke to on the phone. Eventually he plucked up the courage to ask her out, but upon meeting her was so disappointed to find that she didn’t anywhere nearly measure up to the romantic IMAGE he had unconsciously created of her.
Can you see how every function of the senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, etc., is never free of thought, having reactions, creating images, ungrounded expectations, making objective judgements, having opinions – rather than simply registering the actuality? Just observe yourself! Can you see how the reactions and subsequent images must inevitably violently clash with each other, and actuality – and what utter chaos constantly ensues.
Exploring yet a little deeper – in actuality ….. ‘What is’…… is the only reality. Ponder that too – could you live with that – through the senses only – in the moment – without attempt at analysis, or trying to judge, justify or change it. When the mind is STILL – the senses present only ‘what is’, without judgement, without translation. That is reality.
THEN, in the stillness, there is the opportunity to receive living communication, as never before – to be filled – enthralled – vibrating – with the dynamic, living energy of ‘what is’ – through whatever the senses bring to you (so-called positive or negative) – as in the visionary state, breathing in the wonderful perfume of a flower, taking in the magnificence of a natural landscape, surrendering to the waves of a beautiful piece of music – sensing, feeling the atmosphere of a given location – becoming ALL of that – realising within the widest, all-embracing context!
So, resist/fight, criticise, glorify (objectify), through thinking, anything and you enhance and energise it, into separation – a statement that signified for me, would you believe it, in watching a ‘Dr Who’ episode, whilst sitting with my then little son, one Saturday afternoon several decades ago.
Now for the most challenging, that which you may so deeply want to reject!!
Therefore – SEE that ‘the fight against any disease’, amounts to civil war – one part of you against another. SEE what investment (especially in terms of financial and political gain – but also FEAR) is put into propagating the idea of having to ‘fight against’. Disease is NOT an intruder from outside, can’t be – is simply a part of you, in NEED of trans-forming, re-integrating, into wholeness – and this is incidentally an exact parallel to the bible story of the lost sheep which was searched for, found and returned to, reintegrated within the fold. NO-THING, NO ONE is ever rejected, nothing can exist apart, and nothing can fail to have a responsible role to play, surpluses do not exist – other than in the imagination – the unreal.
It is a fact, therefore, that diseases like cancer are healable – I know because I personally, amongst many others, have participated in the natural healing of cancer – within my body!
Also I have helped many people since first being involved with the co-creation of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre way back in 1979. I have also been involved with the natural healing of cancer in animals, particularly hundreds of dogs, which is infinitely easier, in view of the fact they don’t have the tendency to negativity and fear of the human mind to battle with.
What is so important to see, if ever oneness is to be realised on this planet, is that the urgent need for re-integration relates not only to you, and the health of your body and mind, but of all members of our society, AND in international relationships, one nation with another, AND, all of mankind with Nature.
So – repeating yet again – we are in the process of being robbed of the fragmented world we thought was normality!!! Robbed of the consuming idea/thought, out of fear, that to survive we need to be in control – instead being, ever so subtly, enticed into the stillness, recognising the wisdom of simply trusting in the flowing, interwoven process – of Life – which, in reality (the REAL reality), WE ARE.
And trust in Life is of the essence, in these increasingly, seemingly uncertain times.
In reality we are Life, we are ‘the flowing’ – regularly ponder this, become aware, in the stillness of your being – beyond thinking. Only here is actual involvement in Life, in its entirety – only here, is the potential for powerful healing, a dissolving of all the discords – via the un-judgemental senses.
Then, without projection, being consciously present in the moment, one can realise, that which is seen as ‘global warming’, is actually of a rhythmic movement – flowing throughout the cosmos, which if given serious consideration, makes the whole matter infinitely more urgent, more deadly serious. It cannot be a separate event, ‘to be changed’ …………….. rather, find the humility in the stillness of your being, to let that rhythmic energy subtly inform and change you . Re-member, you, and all else, are essential, indivisible and therefore responsible aspects of the whole! You are no more, and no less.
Only in the stillness of being, can another way of living, sourcing actual solutions eventually be perceived, to the colossal problems mankind has brought about on this planet, including almost insurmountable global pollution. Piecemeal solutions, though positive and well meaning, are just that, piecemeal, they are not of the greater consciousness, wholeness, indivisibility.
And Diversity ?
Incredibly, Life is a constantly flowing, ever unfolding, rhythmic process, containing seemingly limitless diversity and potential, countless systems within systems, most of which is yet to be realised by mankind – but not via thinking!!
Nevertheless, although most are unconscious of it, fundamentally we too are a wide and diverse complex of interrelated and interdependent functions, physically, and more subtly, psychologically and spiritually. To be whole and truly, actually alive it is necessary for us to consciously function in all spheres, in wholeness, the greater picture – yet for centuries mankind has failed to realise this.
Again, further consider herbs and their inestimable value as a vital aspect of truest healing nourishment. Like your body, wild herbs comprise many interrelated and interdependent functions, within the greater eco-system, in service to the function and well-being of the whole, and involved with or as the result of these functions, are a complex of nutrients, all in perfect, yet ongoing natural harmony, one with another, and which, if consumed on a daily basis, nourish us in the most perfectly comprehensive and balanced of ways, far beyond anything man could ever create. Wholeness nourishing potential wholeness.
In these hugely discordant, polluted times, it is of the utmost value to recognise that appropriate compounds of herbs do not only serve the healing process but taken daily, help to protect and maintain health, and, where possible, support the transformational process. Probably the most valuable insurance available on this planet!
Personally I see a herb as a vast, vibrant, conscious, living universe of synergised movement, vibrant with (healing) potential, whilst I would see the constituents of any drug product, as a child robbed of most of its former component, essential natural family relationships, crippled, in need, sick and sad, and lost in a desert of disconnectedness and loneliness. What toxic, discordant, disruptive effect do these alien substances have on your body, your mind, your life, especially if taken long term?
This brings me back to what is the one source of all things manifest – LIFE. Our little minds have been conditioned for centuries, to identify in separation, with good and bad – white and black – followers of one religion versus another, sadly, etc., etc. Yet we are coming to real-ise there is nothing that is not of the one source. Everything has a vital role to play. Would that that recognition came more swiftly to humanity – to save so much suffering.
The more we are able to let go of the consuming energy of fear and anxiety and ‘holding on for dear life’ the more swiftly and easily – and perfectly – things will unfold and proceed (and still, in these so testing times there are occasions when I too have to be reminded of this)!!
How can the mind accept and embrace all of this?………. It can’t ……… unless it has been brought to the place of such profound humility, where, in the stillness, fear of the unknown and the unknowable begins to dissolve – enabling the establishment of a new, subtle awareness – in the moment – via the senses; atmosphere – hearing the sounds of Nature – flowing water, wind, bird song, insects, children’s voices; smell – of perfumed flowers – the soil after rain, and taste, touch, sight. And in-sight – a life with infinitely more meaning.
Some two thousand five hundred years ago, in ancient Greece, meditation had another name – ‘incubation’. Meanings of words change over time, but to me, just like an incubating egg, the word ‘incubation’ speaks of the burgeoning, transforming Life essence within – in the core stillness. Confusing maybe to the mechanical mind, nevertheless stillness is flowing process.
In committing to daily incubation, progressively one comes to see things from a fundamentally different perspective, becoming more aware, more complete, more aware of a selfless responsibility to the greater whole.
Gradually the old fragmentary thinking life is being replaced by a new sense perceived world of, a new indivisible wholeness of being – wholeness, oneness, which is everything – and is total security.
It is of the greatest urgency that we recognise our actions all energetically influence our world, creatively or destructively. The world will move on as we each are prepared to humbly open ourselves to the process of deep change. We are the door through which we must pass ………….
What kind of life will we realise, as we flow with the unfolding consciousness within? Limitless rich diversity, of systems, movements – the being of the universe ………………… within the stillness ………….
Emerging Presence ………………………………..
Having read this article, some may find it interesting but not yet inspired to take the matter any further. For others this may be so moving, so confirming that they are now prepared to calmly commit into more conscious participation, ‘letting Life guide them into ever deeper involvement’ in the transformational process.
For anyone earnestly interested in the foregoing I would suggest you read and re-read it when feeling the need. It took me some years to be able to understand all that has been written – and, to be living it – as much as I am able.
Such is the profoundly healing influence on all levels, bodily, mentally and emotionally, of regular relaxation/incubation/meditation, and which involves the process of deepening consciousness/awareness, I am now prepared to offer regular exploration classes locally. If interested, and for more details please contact me – Tel: 01364 644 684, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. I’m not writing a blog as such but am most happy to receive correspondence via emails, to which I will endeavour to respond and be of help where requested.