The Fourth Way

I have come to believe that our relationships and the time we spend honoring others defines our spirit and consciousness in ways most do not understand. All Asian religions specifically Buddhism, and Taoism, and emphasize the importance of relationships in spiritual salvation and mental health. Christianity, Judaism, and Islamism have the foundations for the same, but you rarely see it practiced as you do in Asia. Being connected, belonging, and being embraced are all second nature to an Asian, but we struggle with the concept in the west. For instance many groups try to impart it with we are all one… there is only one… Truth is all there is… (Which is so but can go beyond logical appearance). Where in the west we think of disease as not being Truth, but a misperception, the Chinese (Buddhist and Taos) know it is Truth or natural and treat it accordingly, thus dealing with the universal principle present. As the psychiatrist said, (when I told him the disease that killed my daughter was not principled and was chaos) “ but it is principle and in order doing as it was created to do.”

I have learned that not until we embrace the chaos, the disease, and pain as Truth can we move forward. To fight something and deny its existence gives it silent power and locks us into a spiral of internal conflict searching relentless for a cure to our loneliness and vagueness of missing something or being empty.

While Aristotle’s teaching resides in our consciousness and forms the syllogistic process of how the mind works it also produces a kind of duality that keeps us from totally embracing life as whole and complete. Aristotle’s thinking basically teaches (as does the Truth Syllogism unless it is taught appropriately) that there is Truth and non-Truth (a duality). While the reality is there is only ONE no matter how we have been taught to think of it. And that ONE can appear in multiple ways at the same time. Embracing infinite realities at the same time produces a third wave of consciousness that mutates thought pushing it into a Fourth Way, which goes beyond space and time. In Fourth Way thinking you don’t go anywhere, seek anything, know anything, or experience anything other than infinite realities playing out at the same time. This place is often called the Great Silence, the Face of God, Nirvana, and heaven.

This Fourth Way of thinking is often seen as a confusion that can be easier understood when we think of math. It is impossible to perform an equation as we practice them without zero and yet if we divide 1 by one-half, and then continue the division of the quotient it is impossible to reach zero an infinite process that is without end. On another plan of math zero may not exist or 2 + 2=5 rather than 4 and again 2 + 2= can have infinite answers or realities within one state of existence. The practitioner of Sacred Math and Geometry sees infinite possibilities of different processes, which can only be understood by letting go of all previous understanding and experiences of reality. In this Thunder of Silence, the creative source of all life is made known. To achieve this state of being one must disentangle from all previous lives, understandings, and errors of thought, sorrows, and joys. It is only when we are truly untethered can we know we know not in infinite manifestation.

My wish for you in this New Year is that you stand on the cliff of Chaos allowing yourself to fall untethered and unbound into the infinite reality of love.

Anyway this is a digression as my point is simply we are appearing in multiple realities, perhaps infinite realities, and only through a relationship to life can we comprehend this. When fathom these ideas our soul is filled with love and joy.

Happy New Year 

A Day of Hope

Many years ago watching a Twilight Zone episode, I came across the importance of the concept of hope.  People in a desperate situation with illness gave up hope. The ill joined hands with those who were healthy so all of them would be sick. I laid in bed for many nights pondering what would make people give up hope for a cure. The only answer I had then and now is there was a lack of understanding of the very nature of humanity represented by the people portrayed in the episode.

The concept of hope is not about fantasizing winning a lottery or finding a soulmate. It is about understanding the very nature of reality. Of all of the attributes of humanity is the ability to change our beliefs and consciousness is perhaps the most notable.  There are many circumstances in life that cannot be changed.  It is the wise person who accepts what can be changed and surrenders to a higher power that which seems unchangeable.

Hope is something different than change. Hope is about trust.  The symbolic birth of a child is about bringing to light a kind of trust in the future of humanity. A hope that something more than the long cold nights will be available to us, the joy of the return of the birds song, the peace of existence, and absolute love a knowing we are a part of something greater than ourselves.  There is a kind of trust that humanity can over come dire circumstances to reach higher.  Higher in a sense of  understanding the nature of humanity.  To see clearly, without eyes filled with images of sugarplum fairies and fantasized perfection of existence, is to have hope.

This holiday is not about the perfect gifts or perfect anything it is about trust that the axiomatic presence of a higher source of consciousness will remain present no matter what the appearance. To trust the principle of light will return is to have hope.

The idea of gift giving is not about giving and receiving but rather sharing within our community.  When even the poor give to those with less we have a true community.  We are a species of sharing. Without sharing we loose our sense of community, trust, and belonging. The need to belong drives our humanity to extremes. We need to be a part of something greater than our individual existence. We seek to know there is life throughout the universe. We seek to join and belong because within community we find ourselves be it in reflection or cause. We belong by sharing.

My desire for you and all of us this season is, we will know we have the power, within our vessel of consciousness, to come up higher.  Reach out and take your neighbors hand in an act of sharing and hope.  In this you will join the great chorus of humanity singing the hallelujah chorus.  Only in sharing do you understand the five candles of the Advent. In this our fifth candle the nature of reality is fulfilled, the return of the light.

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