Destiny in Eden
It was destined for Eve to eat the apple and inevitable that the fall happened.
There is a deeply ingrained big investment in not acknowledging that the natural flow of life will inevitably be sometimes pleasurable and sometimes painful.
But yet, ironically the best returns come when things are objectively seen as they really are.
It follows that maybe to Know thyself there must be clarity around the simple and basic aspects of life.
Life will always be a mix of pleasure and pain, so don't be too surprised when in practice this happens - it's quite normal. And besides pleasure and pain only have the power to effect our peace of mind when it's assumed that who we are is defined by circumstance.
Stop and Be, and you'll find, you are complete right now, regardless of circumstance. Peace for now.
Try being uncomfortable with yourself or another person without first having a conceptual image of yourself, the other and what the situation means about you and them.
In order to test this out you'll need to know that there is a place of Being inside you where you still exist prior to thinking.
Peace for now.
It feels like you are free to agree or disagree with the notion of free will.
How to live
"In each moment do exactly what you think or feel to do."
So often we really dislike being told how we should or shouldn't be.
Automatically there could well be a reaction to the above on that basis.
In fact, it really should be very hard to resist this statement because when you look at it closely.
It extends complete freedom to be as you are - really not dictating anything to you.
Nonetheless, objections may still arise at first, take note of them and contemplate why they come up.
On deeper reflection it can be seen that this statement is not so much telling you what to "do" or "not do" but rather it describes how decisions and choices have always and will continue to happen.
Recognise this dynamic as the basis of how life unfolds and come to see that on some level you are always doing what you want.
Peace for now.
Slow Down!! Prioritise a conscious connection to yourself over outcomes.
Life will reward this change in unexpected ways.
The notion of non-doership does not suggest that you stop functioning, it doesn't suggest that you stop being productive or an active member of society, it doesn't suggest that effort towards an outcome won't happen. Rather it highlights that on investigation it can be seen that was taken as 'my doing' is much more a 'happening' and that outcomes are never in our control.
A deep and thorough recognition of this principle is the basis of surrender and peace of mind/heart in daily living.
Life is a 'happening'. Seeing the non-doershipness will not change WHAT happens in life, it will just allow it to be seen in a different light.
Peace for now
Easter and happiness
The Easter story is about happiness.
Quite obviously not the happiness of circumstance but rather a metaphor that demonstrates the undying aspect of the human being. A self-confirming awareness of this everpresent component of the human is where the happiness through peace of mind & the absence of hate stems from.
Know yourself exclusively as a physical entity and death will be seen as the ultimate assault on what you think yourself as. Pain in the moment is then interpretted as a mini death.
Know yourself also at the non-physical core of your being and death will be known to be 'a going home'.
Peace be with you, Happy Easter.
Attachment to love
It is the deeply ingrained beLIEf that what I am is defined by outcomes which leads to a life of uncomfortableness, resistance and fear.
Judgement vs. discernment
It's worth discerning the difference between 'judgement' and 'discernment'
A field of Being
Even enquiry, contemplation and teachings at a point become mental obstacles that need to be seen as blah blah blah.
If contemplating and thinking about happiness, peace and freedom becomes habitual without the insight which informs "what's being pointed at, peace of mind/heart, is actually a field which lies outside of the spectrum of thought, just STOP and Be", if this insight doesn't happen then we remain trapped in the realm of thought.
This field is what we are at our core, our true nature, what we are right now, but maybe obscured by a thinking obsession.
It's a field of Being that needs to be grounded in, the thinking mind transcended often and regularly - that means just STOP and Be.
It's a field of Being right now, which is obscured by a conceptualisation of what I am or what I want.
Look out in front of you, and the peripheries too, have a soft open gaze, allow all of what's in the field of awareness to just be as it is, notice the body is also an object in that awareness, you are even prior to that, that in which everything arises and falls.
Peace for now
What do you really want?
Put all beliefs and concepts to one side for a moment and ask yourself honestly, keeping it real and most importantly in practical terms - "what am I really looking for?"
All fancy answers aside and remember, keeping it real, you'll find that all you really want if you're honest is to be happy.
If after asking this question you still think what you really want is to save the world, a global awakening, a soul mate, or union with God, then OK, but ask yourself this - "Why do I want this?"
And hopefully you'll concede, not to me but to yourself, that actually you want this because in simple terms you believe it will make you happy.
So what we really want in practical terms is simply to be happy.
Remember this, always keep it as your 'come-back-to-point' when seeking, don't get lost in too much theory.
Ask yourself from time to time, "Is what I'm doing right now, still aligned with my only real goal of happiness?"
To keep our seeking focussed in this way we will need to become much clearer on the subject of happiness - this will come once you have your primary answer firmly in mind.
So start from this point of seeing from your own simple admission that what you really want is to be happy, and only then work upwards. This working upwards means: finding out what happiness really is; is it available? Especially find out what happiness isn't; where happiness is not to be found; what gets in the way; why, and so on and so on.
This however is not step one, the first step is to keep it real and become really sure of what it is you are truly seeking, then focus on that exclusively, become an expert in that which is most important.
Happiness through peace of mind to you.
Commit yourself to truly understanding
Guilt, blame, judgement and pride are all forms of human suffering and are attitudinal. They are an attitude to what happens in the flow of life and not a result of the event itself. The event itself produces only pleasure or pain; the guilt, blame, judgement and pride are additional to, and on top of, the pleasure or pain in the flow of life.
This attitudinal response makes up all human suffering. What we are truly seeking is the end of suffering.
All of these forms of suffering arise from the false belief in personal doership.
Isn't this a great reason to commit yourself to truly understanding, no matter what, what the teachings of non-doership are really pointing at.
Dedicate yourself to truly understand them, at first intellectually, without stopping until you really get the point.
This notion of non-doership has been paramount in the Vedas and Scriptures and almost all wisdom teachings for thousands of years.
The belief in personal doership can't stand to entertain it. But for some the time has come where the heart is open and receptive to what lies beyond the arguments and resistance.
Dedicate yourself today.
Peace for now.
A cosmic joke
Even the belief in personal doership is not your doing.
That's the cosmic joke.
The inseparable two
'Love' and 'Peace of Mind/Heart' are synonymous with each other.
This because peace of mind is the end of the capacity to blame&hate, feel guilt&shame, or be proud&arrogant.
Focussing on improve your capacity to love without first improving your capacity to be at peace is like building a sandcastle on the waters edge.
Love is not something we receive from others, it's that inside, which when free, responds only one way to others.
Peace for now
Life puts the misunderstanding in place...
...and life undoes it.
Three weeks ago a brave, ambitious group of life trekkers embarked on a 21 day live-in retreat with me in the Perth Hills.
Today we all leave different people.
15 participants from around the globe gathered to further what could easily be seen as the most valuable project a person could undertake - a project of better understanding inter-human relationships and the nature of life and Self, with a focus on peace and happiness in daily living.
We had a great time; dived deep, changed our minds, changed them again, made friends and trod where few dare to go.
It was an honour. Namaste
Thinking slows down only after the topic of thinking has been given much thought.
Handle with care
self images are very fragile
Your essence on the other hand, is the most robust thing in the universe.
The implication of the notion of non-doership is that life is truly magical.
Let's not forget that this quest in the end is about peace of mind in daily living.
Invitation into a vast, timeless dimension
Close your eyes, sit silently for a few minutes, then focus attention onto what you call the back of your eyelids.
Notice that attention here opens the door into a vast timeless, boundary free dimension that engulfs you peacefully. Enter anytime.
Feel free to leave your thoughts at the door, only you are invited. And if any follow you in, you don't need to talk back to them.
The floating apple
When seen for what LIFE essentially is, even the floating past of an apple, should it happen, would be fathomable - surprising yet fathomable.
Fathomable, would be the presence of extreme pleasure, the presence of extreme pain, and everything in-between.
Fathomable, would be the presence of suffering (surprising yet fathomable), its absence, and everything inbetween.
Fathomable, would be the floating past of an apple - surprising yet fathomable.
Dinosaurs and Consciousness
At some point, a dinosaur body was the most complex vehicle through which the single Consciousness of Source was functioning - Consciousness experiencing life from the perspective of a dinosaur.
Today, the most complex vehicle through which Consciousness functions is your body.
God becoming you.
Don't just think about it, BE IT.
A truly penetrating concept
'Your happiness is not to be found in pleasure and isn't lost because of pain'
When the above concept truly truly penetrates, you'll laugh (or maybe cry) at how long it's been since you thought you'd understood this, and yet, in practice, believed the complete opposite.
You'll marvel at how this could possibly happen given the countless times this point has been hammered home in so many different wisdom teachings; and each time you nodding in agreement with it.
Hint: love, appreciation, acceptance, recognition, approval, validation, success, winning, consideration, politeness are all forms of pleasure and their opposites are pain.
Judgement is a form of guilt or blame.
This is only relevant information because when it arises within us it is in itself our own human unhappiness - suffering. Happiness is the end of suffering.
In essence judgement is blaming oneself or the other for not being good enough, not being the way you think one should be.
This thinking is completely dependant on the belief that in this moment we or the other could be different from how we are right now.
When we look at this dynamic closely, without investment in seeing it a particular way, we can't help but see that how we are in each moment is dependent on a very impersonal process of life which has shaped the current biological and psychological aspects to be exactly the way they are.
If you are not impressed with how you are in this moment then don't waste energy feeling guilty, it's not your doing. Having said this feel free to do the very best you can to make a positive change for the next moment. Be sure to do this without an attachment to the outcome knowing that you're never in control of that.
And if you find judgement arising, judging yourself for that is just intensifying the problem.
Peace for now.
The purpose of life
When unwavering peace of mind in daily living sets in, seeking stops. This tells a lot about what we are really truly searching for, not theoretically but practically.
So what is the purpose of life?
It makes sense that until the illusive purpose of life is fulfilled there will be a sense of dissatisfaction and an intuitive seeking will continue. It follows that when the purpose of life is fulfilled that the intuitive seeking will cease.
The only time seeking completely ceases in daily life is when there is unwavering peace of mind. Unwavering peace of mind stems from the recognition of our unbroken connection to Source.
You can now draw your own conclusion about the purpose of life.
Peace for now.
Are you sure that the objects in life such as a tree or rock have an independent existence apart from the experience of them?
Your body for that matter?
Great news. Suffering stems from a deeply ingrained error.
Life is not what it seems!
Castillo Peace Prize
The prize is awarded not for winning a mental battle but for not having one.
~ Roger Castillo