The Rise of Humanity

tumblr_nuafd022SQ1unheyoo1_1280The cry goes up – ‘Love will save the world!’ A cliche no doubt but indeed no truer words were spoken. What though does it mean to love?

Love is sadly the forgotten art of humanity.

Who do you love? Do you love your husband, your wife, your significant other, your extended family? But is it actually love? Can you really love anybody without loving everybody?

I know on the face of it they sound like antagonistic questions but do we ever explore what it is that drives us or what it is that holds our relationships together?

Can love exist in varying degrees? Or is that the same as trying to define something pure by measuring the level of impurities?

When our man-made fragile mind holds sovereignty over our consciousness, can real Love even exist? What we think is Love in our closest relationships is often closer to fear.

Do insecurities drive the demands of our relationships? How important is the physical? Is it addictive? Lustful? Conditional? Has the person been chosen because they antagonise the least of our insecurities? Or maybe they give us a sense of power and control. Do they have qualities that we desire and do we drain them for our own benefit? Are we more esteemed socially because of our relationship? Are we just happy not to be alone? Are we getting married because that is the expectation and who we actually marry is secondary? Have we become a slave to the relationship, addicted to the pain, to the pleasure, or maybe both?

Has the word Love become the substitute for attachment, companionship, obligation, dependence, loyalty, devotion, addiction, control, craving, lust or fear?

If that is the case in the relationships we value most it can’t get much better as we move outward in our social interactions. As an individual we have immense influence in our environment with our thoughts and deeds and the intention that lies within them. With every human interaction we have the opportunity to effect the world. Like dropping a pebble in the pond, we can send ripples of Love or we can continue the propagation of fear and judgement. We all play a part, the choice of what that part will be always remains. The world and all that happens within it is a direct result of our collective consciousness, we need to take personal responsibility for our part in that creation.

Who would we be if we peeled back all the insecurities, the expectations, the fears, the prejudices, the pride, the jealousy, the regrets, the feelings of resentment and hate? Who would we be if we dismantled the neural-net, the man-made mind…who would be left? Who would we be without all that garbage and how would that affect our relationships, our communities and the world?

We would be who we have always been underneath, who we were intended to be; our true self, all loving, pure love.

If love is and can only be truly called as such when it is pure, free from fear, what would it look like?

Love is unconditional. Love asks for nothing in return. Love is an entirely outward force given with no ulterior motive, no agenda, and not because of any future benefit.

Love accepts and forgives. Love is compassionate.

Love is ever patient. Love knows no rejection for it requires no reciprocation. Love gives, Love empowers and Love heals.

Love knows no judgment, no prejudice, and no exclusion. Love is all encompassing and without favour.

Love is joyful. Love is bliss. Love is from that which we came and to that which we will return.

Love is our natural state of being.

Love is the binding agent of all things, it is the wave upon which the creative force of the universe rolls forward.

Love is the grace with which the eagle soars. Love is the ease with which the river flows. Love is the sun’s glisten on an ocean still. Love is the spirited laughter of a young babe and it is the fresh gleam from new snow. Love is the perfectly harmonious unfolding of life.

The creative force of the universe simply is. Love, is that force in motion. When we are at one with the creative force, seeing only through our God-made mind we direct that flow. As co-creators with the God force we are destined to live through the language of love, every relationship and every human interaction fused with innocence and purity.

Humanity will eventually find redemption for it is the very destiny of our consciousness to once again become the lord of light and the perfect channel of love. The question is how long? The answer is self evident – as long as it takes for each of us to take responsibility for our own minds.

What are we doing to our children?

I have two amazing little boys to whom I am immensely proud and any perceived behaviour of theirs that from time to time I don’t feel is optimal I see as my deficiency as their parent and teacher, not theirs.

Raising children is a pretty tough gig, we don’t really know what we’re doing, the tendency is to do what everyone else is doing, or maybe we do the opposite to our parents because we still resent how they raised us, or maybe we learn a few things from watching ‘The Nanny’, however we raise our children we’re just doing the best we can given what we know.

spoilt-childMost of us don’t want spoilt children but at the same time we want our children to have a great life. How do we walk that fine line? What is it to be spoilt? To me it’s not how much you have but the attitude held toward that which you have. Are you grateful for it? Is the attitude still of sharing and charity, or is it of selfishness and greed? Do you feel blessed with abundance or resentful of lack? Can you still enjoy the beauty of life without any of it?

What are we teaching our children to value? What do we value? Do these values really serve us at a core level? Are we accidentally perpetuating the cycle that has so enslaved us, the cycle of social consciousness – materialism, greed and competition?

I’ve noticed recently that our children really live in a mini mirror of adult society, I personally don’t want my children to grow into the limitations that society convinces them they should live by, nor do I want them to be enslaved by the hamster wheel of social expectation which always has true fulfillment and happiness slightly out of reach, conditional on the next this or that but never quite materialising…

_82024630_spoiltbirthdaychildWhen our kids have a bunch of toys, maybe they have an xbox or playstation, bikes, scooters, and they spend their days competing against other kids at school to be branded better-than or less-than, worthy or unworthy, successes or failures…isn’t it just a mirror of what we do as adults? At what point are we fostering in them values that won’t serve them, values of the man-made mind – Me/mine, separateness, greed, attachment, judgement, fear.

Are we gradually turning them from their inherent state as creators, rich with imagination and overflowing with natural joy to that which we have become, fierce consumers, entangled by socially induced limitation? I think we are.

Jesse who is my oldest boy (6 years) has ever since he could walk been the most generous, selfless, caring and considerate little boy I have ever been in contact with (parental bias noted and disregarded). His character was and I believe fundamentally still is glowing with the virtues of unity, compassion and charity.

children-laughinI have however started to notice recently, just now and then very little things, which on the surface may seem insignificant and are so often dismissed by protective parents as ‘it’s just a phase’ or ‘they all go through that’, and unfortunately to the great detriment of our children I believe this is true.

Little things like when being offered a bowl of treats where other children are present being over-eager to be the first to grab one. Being more worried about who’s going to get the next piece of pizza and therefore scoffing his down at pace to ensure it is he, rather than simply enjoying and savouring that which he is eating. The protest launched forward if someone else has the last of something for it must mean he has been deprived.

In fairness these in balance are far outweighed by the display of amazing virtues for a six year old however they still feel to me like the undertone of socialisation starting to take hold. Without even realising it our children are converted into the social attitude of lack, greed, competition and judgement.

Do toys lose their appeal quickly? Great consumers they are becoming. Is their identity as an individual slowly but surely being made conditional on the accumulation of more and more stuff? The mighty trinkets of insignificance! Is great importance placed on whether they have the same or greater as the next child-consumer-to-be? If they don’t then do they consider themselves ‘less-than’?

Oh what a web we weave. Eons of genetic predisposition and cultural momentum. How do we stop it when we suffer from the same condition? I’m not sure I know other than attempting to correct myself and then trying to be a magnetic light to them, to try and keep them on a path that will serve to realise their true and beautiful potential.

What is it that by way of society we tell our children they must become in order to meet expectations? Be rich, famous, powerful, thin, pretty, have the latest gadgets, the shiniest car, be better than the next person, compete! If they come to us and say they want to become a poet or a musician, maybe a painter or a writer, how do we react? These passions are the expressions of the soul, means to create. We are creators in our essence. We are the very embodiment of creation. There is an expression gaining momentum – ‘follow your bliss’. I want this for my boys. I want their life to burn bright in the fires of passion, I want them to create and contribute, I want them to dream lofty dreams and rejoice in each moment toward their manifestation. This is the sure path to inner discovery.

Smack a child and a criminal you could be, but a far greater crime it is to rob our children of the purity from which they came. Yet we know not what we do. Can ignorance really be an excuse? I want it to be different for our kids.

HOPE3The world craves passionate beings, let our children send ripples of joy through the world as they carve up new frontiers and show us what it is to really live. Gold will follow the pure expressions of the soul there is no doubt, but even if it was not so, none should be concerned as the fabric of joy is not woven from gold and passionate joyful expression will be eternally with it’s creator.

I am immensely grateful to have an amazing woman as the mother of my children and we very much share the same vision for how we wish to raise our children. We want to allow their full potential to gracefully bloom upon this earth, for them to enjoy their natural state of being and from it to shine forth a joyous celebration of the finest of gifts, that of life itself.

May it be so.

Nuclear Farts

Farts_bbd083_4721385” Daddy why does it stink?” Jesse asked.

I had been reading my two boys a story on the bed and let a cheeky one go mid story. This had been becoming increasingly potent so what had been a jovial past time between father and sons had now gone a step further, I was for the first time reluctant to claim responsibility and bask in the glory of said stenchfest.

I jokingly replied to Jesse “maybe it was Jett”. Jett looked at me and smiled backing it up with a little chuckle… I took it as a signal he was willing to take the fall for the old man, claim responsibility for what was all out chemical warfare. I felt bad that Jett had jumped on the grenade, I felt like maybe I had pushed him towards it. I picked Jett up and we left Jesse’s room still chuckling but both glad to be vacating the room for fresher air streams. I put Jett into his bed and kissed him good night telling him how much I loved him. Maybe our bond had been strengthened that night, strengthened in a way that only taking responsibility for someone else’s fart can do.

I walked back down the stairs and into Jesse’s room, damn it was like being slapped around the face by a giant poo. The short amount of time taken to put Jett to bed had only served to realign my senses back to normality just in time for the second assault on re-entry.

I sat next to Jesse, he didn’t look very happy.

“Jesse, it wasn’t Jett who did that fart, it was Daddy” I said. It felt good to come clean.

“Are you OK?” I asked as Jesse still seemed upset.

“I don’t want to sleep in the stinky bed Daddy” Jesse said bordering on tears.

Farts had once been a point of hilarity between us but it seemed things were getting out of control.

“Oh Jesse, it’s OK” I said comforting him. “It’ll be gone in a few minutes. Don’t forget you’ve done lots of farts on Daddy’s bed.”

I changed the subject and managed to divert attention long enough to complete the night time routine and slowly exit the room clouded in guilt and the reminisce of the crime.

I was reminded of only a day earlier when I had been in the bathroom and confident of my own seclusion bombed a mighty fart that rattled the glass. Turtle (my cat) came strolling into the bathroom blissfully unaware, I saw him freeze and his little tail dropped to the ground. He looked up at me as if to say ” Fuck bro.” And then turned immediately around and walked out. I had disgusted an animal that licks his own arse.

Children and pets had once been great allies to the proud farter, always a willing audience. Pet’s unfazed and children captivated. It seemed now both were lost.

I felt it was time to seek help. I was sure Google could save me, save us.

“Holy shit I can’t handle the smell of my farts anymore. Any suggestions for death farts?I’ve been taking protein for about 7 months now and at first the farts weren’t that bad. Now I can barely stay in the same room after I fart. I fart and the room smells like stale ass for the next 30 minutes. For the time being my wife thinks the dogs have been having the farts but I don’t know how much longer I can keep the charade going.”

 …it seemed I wasn’t alone, maybe there was a support group… I continued the search…

 I’ve noticed the same thing, I can make flies gag. I find it gives me privacy at work. Also it gets my children back for all the stench they’ve unleashed on me. Plus, I have a coworker with notoriously bad breath. I consider it my counter offensive.”

It seemed a real problem was out there and one that was rarely discussed. I searched again determined to find answers.

…and then almost as soon as my search had begun it was over, I had found the answer I was seeking, thank you google.

“This is natural. It’s weakness leaving the body. Bask in the glory.”


Part 3 – I Love You.

22-Love_412Beautiful people you can read Part One here and Part Two here

Let us briefly circle back to where we began this discussion. The egoic framework, our psyche, our identity, who we think we are…So what is it?

I can tell you it’s not who we really are.

What is it then?

It’s the man-made mind.

It’s the vulnerable, insecure, terrified little voice in our head that gives a running commentary and judgement on the accumulation of man-made expectations and fears.

The egoic framework is built with pillars of separateness, me and mine, competition, comparison, greed, power, judgement and fear. It’s floors are paved with the premise of lack.

No my brothers, this is not who we are but what we have made. This is our man-made mind.

It has been built by us on top of who we really are and now in many of us it is so thick with limitation that we can’t even remember who we are. We are lost and scared. The feeling you are getting right now when reading these words is recognition from your subconscious mind, deep within yourself you know this to be true and your body is speaking to you with that knowingness.

It is the man-made mind that is the cause of all suffering. How did it begin?


The binding agent which holds the man-made mind together is judgement.

So who are we then if not that little voice in our head that commentates the man-made mind?

We are the observer. We are awareness. We are the ones who are hearing that little voice in our head. Make sense?

Right now in your mind, please say to yourself “Who am I?”, please say it again “Who am I?” Scream it in your mind “WHO AM I?!!”

You my brother are the self who hears that voice, you are the great observer.

Our true mind, our pure consciousness, the great observer, is our God-made mind. It is built on oneness, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, peace, isness.

Our God-made mind is built with, and energised by, the same mind stuff that holds the entire universe together, love.

What is Love?

Love is the absence of judgement. Love is the isness of the universe. Love is the universal all knowing intelligence; the mind of God.

To become fully free we need to let the man-made mind fall away and allow our divine greatness to once again take full residence. How trivial our man-made insecurities if for just a moment we were to glimpse the enormity of who we are as divine entities of unlimited wonder.

We of course have free will, the choice will always be ours.

So how do we do it?

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” ~ Lau Tzu

We need to decide which mind we want to align with, where will our thoughts, deeds and ideals reside? The man-made mind built of separateness, me and mine, competition, comparison, greed, power, judgement and fear? Or our God-made mind made with oneness, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, peace, isness and love?

By outwardly projecting thoughts and deeds aligned to our God-made mind we will literally begin to remap our neural network, we physically re-wire our brain. We will begin to make that mind our natural state.

When we communicate with someone without judgement what we are doing is making a conscious decision to look straight past their egoic framework, their man-made mind. We accept that it is merely a result of their experiences and conditioning. We are understanding to the fact that we have no real reference for judgement against their experiences and conditioning and therefore we show compassion toward them. If there behavior differs from that which would be deemed acceptable within our own man-made mind we forgive their actions and remove our need to react to them in defence of our own ego. Essentially we treat people with love, where love is the absence of judgement.

By releasing our brothers from judgment and expectation, so to do we release ourselves; in freeing them, we become free.

When we treat people with genuine love and non-judgement, something quite amazing happens. When we choose to acknowledge the equality of their divine innocence, the same quality that exists in ourselves, when we choose not to even acknowledge the man-made mind, the other person feels that connection, they no longer feel a need to respond in a way that defends their man-made mind. They respond to us in kind, on the base level of love, of non-judgement, with their God-made mind.

We have the opportunity to send a ripple of love through the world with every human interaction.

When I was taught this by a great Teacher I didn’t really understand what he meant. With all knowledge it only really becomes of value when applied and can be translated from knowledge into understanding. Knowledge with experiential understanding then becomes our wisdom.

So I thought I would just try it in life and see what happened. It wasn’t too long before I had an opportunity to experiment. It was actually twitter that provided the opportunity. We had come across someone tweeting about setting goals so I tweeted them to tell them about



I was then sent a response which was well and truly courtesy of the man-made mind.


I decided to initiate the newly acquired knowledge of my great Teacher and respond with my true mind.


And admittedly to my somewhat surprise, his great teaching was indeed validated.



Let us open our hearts. The only vulnerability we perceive in doing this is attached to the defence of our meek man-made mind.

Dismantling the egoic mind is not easy because it is the result of your entire life’s culturalisation and constant social forces, it has been cultivated through the ages but it is a worthwhile end, indeed it is our destiny. Let us break away from the social mediocracy which has enslaved humanity. For in the purity of our consciousness lies not only the end of suffering and the ability to create without limitation, but therein lies our ability to truly live. It is our rightful inheritance and our one true freedom.


Part 2 – Letting Shit Go

shutterstock_119794141Beautiful people if you haven’t read part one of this blog post I would recommend reading that prior to the below…

So our mind is polluted, how do we fix it? We need to treat our polluted mind like anything else that is polluted if we want to return it to its pure state. We need to remove the current pollutants and stop putting new pollutants in there, makes sense.

I think it’s important we understand how the cycle of experience works in our body if we are going to regain control of our mind. When we experience something, anything at all, a very specific chemical signature is released into our body, this is the blueprint for our memory of that experience and is stored. We call it emotion. This is an amazing process and provides us with a rich catalogue of remembered experiences and can become fertile ground for us to create new and better experiences based on the evolution of those feelings.

The problem arises when we have an experience which is in conflict to our egoic framework, it goes against our expectations of how the world should be, someone effectively has broken one of our rules. It could be something as small as looking at us the wrong way or bumping into us at the supermarket.

Because we think we are our identity or the psyche we feel me must defend it at all costs, so we do what the ego does best, we attack. We start analysing in our head
“why is he looking at me like that, who does he think he is? His type is always so disrespectful”… we could express our judgement of their failure to meet our expectations in a myriad of potential ways depending of how our egoic framework has been constructed. Maybe we get physical, maybe we feel even more insecure, maybe we feel judged… whatever our reaction is, it doesn’t really matter. The critical point here is because of our egoic opposition to the experience, because of our judgement of the experience, we actually prevent the biochemical aspect of the experience from completing its process, it is simply left hanging mid cycle and it is at that point it is repressed within us and forms a polluting toxin in your consciousness and a link then remains between our present moment awareness, your ever unfolding ‘now’ and that partially completed experience. More baggage baby.

This is incredibly important in our ability to free ourselves emotionally from the past and indeed it’s negative effect on our present and future. The implications of these repressed partially completed experiences stretch beyond the realms of what we will discuss here but I only hope we can all master this for so much rests upon it. Suffice to say that no greater importance could be placed on this for the evolution of our consciousness and the quality of our lives.

OK, so the key to getting rid of these existing pollutants is a technique called ‘letting go’, we need to allow that partially processed experience to be completed. In doing so you will break the connection which remains with it and you will allow it to gently rest in the past where it was always intended to remain.

How do we do this? It’s a cliché but we have to literally face those fears as they arise.

When a situation happens in our life that doesn’t meet our expectations, if it doesn’t fit within our rules, our fears will be stimulated, our identity is being questioned and an emotional response will start bubbling up in our body. I’m sure we all know exactly what that feels like. The amount of time we’ll have to get in-between the experience and our reaction will depend on how much of a threat we deem that particular experience to be to our ego.

Ideally we need to stop ourselves from reacting. What we need to do when that emotion begins to rise up is to allow it to rise up, we need to feel all of that feeling. You don’t have to get on the roller coaster of emotion, just observe it, say to yourself “oh look that’s an out of it feeling, not overly pleasant but it’s just a feeling and won’t kill me” then it will exhaust itself in a few moments and be gone. You just faced that fear. You owned it and by doing so completed the emotional circuit of that experience. Your link to it is then released and you are freed from it. If it’s a heavily reinforced connection and a similar feeling begins to rise up in the future on account of a similar experience simply repeat the process.

Every time you face a fear and allow it to play out and run its course you are removing a toxin from your consciousness and purifying your mind. Buddha said ‘Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die’ never were truer words spoken.

Much fertile ground for repressed emotions exist with people and relationships where we feel we have been wronged. Take stock of the relationships in your life where you have drank the poison Buddha speak of.

Oh how we love to be wronged, we can be significant if someone has wronged us, we hold the resentment in us as rightful title of victim and therefore we are in our mind superior to the other person and we have significance. That is the ultimate fuel for the starved egoic mind which thrives on comparison, competition, the need to be right and superior. That resentment and anger we keep poisons us daily. We have to let that shit go, release the people in our lives that we feel have wronged us and in doing so you complete those experiences and purify your own mind as the poison drains away. Lay your past to rest. Let it remain in its rightful place. Stain your present no more with its pain and suffering.

As you continue to ‘let go’ you will see great change in your life, with every emotional experience you own and complete, your bandwidth for creativity and joy will be opened, you will literally begin to rewire the neural connections in your brain, the way you see the world will change and so the world changes. Your mind will open to the joy and beauty that is everywhere.

If we continue to clean out our mental closet the most important and challenging undertaking in our life will become the overhaul of our egoic framework. This ensures that we don’t continue to pollute our mind with fear and impossible expectations…this is the key to our ultimate freedom.

We’ll take a look at that next…

The Truth About Depression

DepressionOur ego, our psyche, our identity, who we think we are, it’s made up of a whole bunch of value and belief systems which have been formed by the totality of our life experiences and culturalisation. It makes up a framework through which we see the world. It is what we believe the world is and should be. It is represented in our brains as an intricate web of neural connections called a neural network.

What that framework really is, is a whole bunch of expectations that we place on ourselves and everyone else we interact with. It’s lots of rules that we think people and the world as a whole should adhere to in order to meet our expectations and to fit within our framework of how we think the world should be and how it should act.

We effectively go through life trying to control everything possible, people, places, times and events in order to bend them and force them into our framework and to meet our expectations. We judge everyone according to their performance against our unique criteria and expectations. We don’t look the other way when it comes to ourselves either, we judge ourselves in the same light.

Now because everyone has a unique set of life experiences and culturalisation, everyone has a different framework upon which they see the world. Can you already see what a disaster this set up is? A world filled with people all playing by different sets of rules trying to force everyone else to play by theirs.

We have created an absolute plethora of fears attached to our framework of expectations. As an example let’s look at a few things that might be included within our egoic framework:

  • In order to be of value you must be successful.
  • Successful means being rich.
  • Being popular is a sign of individual value.
  • Being beautiful and a size 8 makes me valuable.

So then based on these example expectations we then attach fears to the failure of meeting those expectations, for example:

  • Fear of not being good enough because of poverty
  • Fear of not being liked and approved of by everyone
  • Fear of being rejected as a result of being overweight or ugly

Obviously the list of expectations we place on ourselves and others is very long, as is the list of fears which spawn from it.

So as a result of our egoic expectations we assign our ego the impossible task – control all people, places, times and events so as to avoid these fears being stimulated; that becomes our life; we are slaves to fear.

Most of us live life in variable degrees of neurosis as a result of internally analysing by way of the little voice in our head all of these fears. It’s ultimately ‘the human condition’, suffering. Most of us tolerate it because we feel there is no alternative, we don’t talk about it and we just get on with the impossible task of trying to avoid the fears and meet the expectations.

When we find ourselves falling further and further short of our own rules and expectations, being ever more engrossed in our fears, they accumulate to a certain level and reach a critical mass, we reach a point of overwhelm or what’s now been given the label ‘depression’.

Depression is the realisation we’re playing a game we can’t win.

Now a key part of the human condition is the fact that we live in the past. We re-live past suffering as well as anticipate the future to surely be more of the same which leads to anxiety which is simply suffering in advance. Therefore we don’t spend any time living freely in the only point of existence there ever is and that’s now, this very moment.

The reason we live in the past is because we don’t let it go. If we have an experience, let’s say a partner betrays our trust. We then form a new neural connection in our brain that says, ‘people aren’t trust worthy’, and as we look through that framework we will make it so. That neural network then gets reinforced and becomes harder to break, what it also does is keep us connected to that past experience, it is literally a mental pollutant that we subconsciously drag around with us and re-live that pain constantly as we look to reinforce that neural pathway, otherwise known as emotional baggage. As we believe the world to be, so it shall be.

We accumulate many of these painful links to the past and become addicted to their reinforcement. Everyday repeats the past because that is what we are determined to see and create. Our mind becomes a polluted cesspool of all our fears and past emotions. This is a self-induced limited state called ‘social consciousness’.

Depression is but the highlighting of the human condition to which we are all suffering. It is that human condition that needs correction.

So while the accepted treatment of depression, things like drinking more water, talking to your friends and exercising are without doubt genuinely intended, they are by themselves for the most part frivolous. It is like giving your house some new carpet and paint when the entire house is built on sand. While you may enjoy some added moments of pleasure sitting in your newly painted room, as soon as the next storm comes and of course it will, the entire house is washed away. Don’t settle for what is simply socially acceptable levels of suffering.

Now if you are suffering from ‘depression’, take a moment and rejoice, because therein lies the birthplace of greatness. Rejoice in the fact that from depression you will hopefully be, as I was, forced to ask the big questions, you will look at life and say ‘what the fuck?! There must be a better way.’ And indeed my brothers, there is.

Let us awaken to the truth that we are a boundless, limitless enigma of divine radiance and beauty, we have the power within us to create literally anything our mind could possibly conjure. Our bandwidth to the infinite intelligence that so effortless binds this universe together is limited only by the pollution that you know as your egoic mind.

Happiness and joy are not emotions, they are the absence of emotion, they are your God given natural state of being. We’ve just got lost in our own drama.

Take from a man all his jealousy, regret, judgement, anxiety, hatred, fear, and all the rest of it and what are you left with? Joy.

If you are interested, I would like to humbly share with you what I have found to be real steps towards correcting the human condition and an end to suffering…

Wu wei

I want to master the art of Wu wei. It is a key concept of Taoism and means effortless action, to be in sync with our natural order, the way of the universe, or God’s will if you prefer. It doesn’t mean you progress less, you just don’t fight against life, you don’t try and control the uncontrollable. Allow life to flow through you, allow it to guide you, accept what is as it is. Soak into the divine perfection that is all around you and within you, let them communicate. ‘Be’ more, rather than ‘try’ more. Float with the current of life and you need never be exhausted.


**Evolution must find balance and harmony.

Are we proud of the human race to which we are part?

Of what accomplishment does man stand in pride? Nuclear fusion? Going to the moon? Tall buildings? Yet we continue to destroy all that is infinitely beautiful around us. Splurging the true wealth we inherited like a spoilt child of his father’s riches…showing off to all and sundry our self-centered shiney glory at the cost of our collective soul.

We have existed for but a drop in the ocean of time; yet our planet burns with the ache of our presence. As a species we just aren’t getting the hint. Nature screams for our attention yet we lie numb; deafened by the sound of industry.

Must we wait for nature to correct our ill? Animals evolve with anti-predator capabilities, need we convincing that mother nature herself can’t evolve in self preservation? Maybe not in a hundred years or a thousand; but balance and harmony will be restored, either by our hand or another, it is universal law.

**Global culture must find balance and harmony.

Cultures of indigenous peoples focused on the land; respect of mother earth; spiritual connection to harmony a vein through ritual and custom. Nature was respected and her gifts celebrated. Too high is the price of ‘progress’; the devil counts his souls. Now what do we stand for; what culture do we call our own?

Our children are born to the world with a consciousness principled on pure joy and wonder. Judgement, hate and fear have no place with a child. For a brief moment we protect their fragile perfection, their entertainment is rich with moral fibre and virtue. Cometh of age and their mind deemed ready for pollution; media gives only what we crave; culture now corrupts; we poison our adolescent minds; our own hand in its making. Anger, violence, despair, disappointment and greed become the dominant diet of consciousness. We feast on the fear.

Adulthood arrives and slaves we have become; our dreams but memories. Fear holds the majority in the culture of influence. We become more sheep than the very herds we muster. The slaves that dragged the Egyptian queens were more free than we. Our chains are harder to see but exist no less. Money, power and celebrity take their place at the throne; all gather for worship.

If a man speaks from atop his riches his words are coated in the same gold upon which he stands. Those who seek an awakened culture where man shines from within are ignored, because they stand detached from all that society worships. The masses dismiss the value of a man’s words if he speaks them from a shack draped in cheap robes.

This need not be our destiny.

Faith in mankind remains when our potential is served. Discovering our inner genius and brilliance delivers natures purification of consciousness; salvation’s key. A mankind driven by a consciousness immersed in the expressions of the soul is a mankind to which we can all be proud. Let love, compassion, understanding, joy, hope and wonder deliver us back from the valley of power and greed.

Technological and industrial development no doubt has it’s place; there must though be balance. Within the indigenous cultures the counterweights exist. Let us find a culture of balance and harmony. For a culture to evolve to a place of harmony, those of the culture must evolve to the same..

**Individuals must find balance and harmony.

We must take back personal responsibility.

Man’s evolution must include that of his consciousness; his path to enlightenment; the awakening of his potential. The living of a life full and rich of all natures emotional gifts his reward.

Without the evolution of consciousness, the wheels of industry drive us toward our own demise.  Life is becoming ever easier; yet without the evolution of consciousness our meaning in life dissolves and our happiness with it.

A sunset is most enjoyed after the longest darkness; we perform at our best when our backs are against the wall; our hearts open widest to spirituality when facing our mortality. Struggle and deprivation the commonalities to the best in us. Outside can not exist without inside. We know not beauty without knowing ugliness. Equally all life’s emotional joys, profound happiness and fulfilment can not exist in full potency without struggle, obstacle and deprivation.

Striving justly in the face of obstacle in service of a greater good is what our soul longs for.

The wealthier we become; the less struggle and deprivation we experience; the less contrast exists; the less appreciation there is; We are inadvertently destroying ourselves, choking off that which we really are.

Inner courage our course to correction.

The battlefield is no longer the Roman front or the beaches of Gallipoli. Our mind, our consciousness the battleground in this age; our enemy all things that stand between us and our natural state of harmony. We must find the same courage on our battlefield as our forefathers found on theirs; more than ever at stake. Victory and all of nature’s gifts remain; happiness, love, joy; abundance, for all of life’s warriors . Enough warriors and the future is bright and assured of the same.

It’s time to take responsibility for who we are and who we are capable of becoming; what we are capable of contributing. The battle rages with or without us; dare not look on from behind the trees. Regret; anxiety; sadness; guilt; all shadows cast by the trees of cowardice.

What will become of your mind? The greatest of servants or the most wretched master; the proponent of fear and paralysis or the gatekeeper graciously giving way to your inner genius and greatness?

What of a world filled with realised potential; da Vinci, Plato, Muhammad Ali, Beethoven, Bruce lee, Mother Teresa, Ghandi?

There are no great men; only men who are prepared to discover their greatness.

What of a world where we were all awakened to the purity of our inner ideals? All the gold of a nation could not buy. Buddha, Laozi, Jesus, all men who lived in that place. Why do we insist to elevate them to unreachable heights; build around them an institution and claim religion for all to worship. We drop quickly to our knees rather than stand tall knowing that no greater men were they than we. Let them stand as they were; men as you and I; example of our potential. Look close to their message and to this thought I am sure they give blessing.

Gods too need no idle audience. True homage is not paid on our knees. Let us honour our Gods on our feet; honour them with each virtuous step. Honour them with the respect of responsibility. Know that our Gods need no interpreter for they already have our ear, we need only listen. In selfless virtue we never walk alone; for the man in harmony sea’s will part and the mountain’s move; the universal law conspires to his will.

The time for the many to be lead by the few has past. Too often we have looked to the few for their answers; taken refuge in their vision; allowed their spirit to sustain our own. We have given our gaze outward in reverence and worship when our own guidance and wisdom will always be inward. No fault can lie with a man whom draws assurance and inspiration from another; though quickly we must outgrow that external reliance in favor of an inner trust.

It’s time for each man to lead his own actions; to take responsibility for his own potential; give fully of his own gifts. The future of mankind is directed by our collective culture; our collective culture directed by us. We must listen to that inner voice that pleads for our courage and yearns to be manifested in all our deeds.

Martin Luther King had a dream; it’s time to dream again. The vision of the few it cannot be. We all dream; yet few stand guard of those dreams; fewer still fight for their survival. We must now rise up against the formless oppressor of all men. The light within us grows dim if we allow; let us not stand in the shadows of the courageous; let the only shadow cast upon us be that of our skyward sword. Let our lives become our message, let all we are and all we might be shine brightly through every breath. Let our children look upon us and behold man’s true greatest.

For all men the wolf of apathy and fear stands confronting the wolf of hope and courage; to which will you cast your final meal?

Harmonic Living – The Holy Grail

69de25b715c2a5fd812fcebca8068439So a quick recap…

We’ve talked about the ultimate currency of life being happiness and fulfilment and looked at twelve specific techniques that can increase our base level of happiness, all of which have been scientifically proven.

We’ve also talked about the meaning of life being man’s need to live in harmony with all things. If man lives in harmony with the universal order he will enjoy all of life’s abundant gifts as well as a deep connection to all that is. He will achieve the highest level of happiness and fulfilment. These beliefs are my own truth and intertwine with both scientifically proven aspects as well as ancient wisdom.

We now move into what is more of a personal philosophy, evolving as I attempt to live it. It’s influenced by my personal beliefs, external wisdom and my own experiences.

Ok let’s crack in…

I concluded the last post referring to a key ideal that when exhibited by any man would lead him to his natural state of harmony with all things. This ideal is the ‘how’. How do we live in harmony with ourselves and all that is?

I believe all other techniques to increase happiness and fulfilment act as support to or are embodied by this way of living; our natural state of being.

Ok, so what is this way of living?

I believe there are two sides to the practical act harmonic living:

One – Selfless Meaning & Purpose
Two – Virtuously pursuing one’s potential.

Let’s take a closer look at each side because it doesn’t get any more important than this.

One – Selfless Meaning & Purpose

In the book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, Viktor Frankl details his first hand account of living as a prisoner of war in a Nazi concentration camp. As would be later determined the chances of survival were one in twenty eight. Viktor speaks of the horror that was witnessed on a daily basis, men watching their families being taken from them and killed by the thousands in the gas chambers. Treated like dogs they starved their way from one day to the next. Exploited in work camps which operated in sub freezing conditions, many of them no longer had shoes and dragged their frostbitten feet with haste, knowing that if for a single moment they appeared no longer fit for work they would be killed. There was no end in sight for their degraded existence.

In his time of imprisonment Frankl spoke of the one thing that he could never be deprived, man’s final freedom; the ability to choose how he responded to a given situation. No matter what the hardship he always retained the freedom to create his own meaning and purpose.

Frankl wrote, “In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning…life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

Frankl’s account is important because it gives us clarity. In extreme situations the cause and effect of life quickly materialises. Man’s hand is forced, he must decide. Find meaning and be empowered or become a victim, accept one’s life as meaningless and suffer.

At the age of twenty one, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with an incurable and irreversible motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he was given two years to live. Progressively he lost the use of his limbs as they became completely paralysed. He eventually only had the use of a single cheek muscle. His cheek was and remains connected to a voice generation device enabling him to communicate at the speed of one word per minute.

Almost defying belief, Hawking is currently one of the most revered scientists of our day. He has carried on where Einstein left off developing his own theories of unifying general relativity with quantum theory. He has amassed twelve honorary doctorate degrees. He has been married twice, has three children (don’t ask) and three grandchildren. He travels extensively delivering lectures and yes he is still alive, aged 73.

Hawking sheds light on his amazing life when he advises, “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

The human spirit can not only survive, but thrive in even the darkest corners of human hardship, it need only find a compelling meaning and purpose to do so.

Ok let’s move now to the other side of a harmonic life.

Two – Virtuously pursuing one’s potential.

In ancient Greece, to pursue one’s potential with virtue was considered the highest ideal. This way of life was called Arete.

The direct translation of Arete is ‘virtue’ although the Greeks held it to a wider meaning; to be the pursuit of excellence in all endeavours; the notion of living to one’s full potential. Arete was achieved through virtuous habits; living consistently in the pursuit of excellence.

Arete embodied the notion of never ending personal growth. It wasn’t a term reserved for the elite, it was relative to each man and the personal talents and gifts he possessed. Arete is about striving to act as the highest version of yourself from moment to moment.

Whether the output of a life of Arete is becoming an amazing parent or the president of the united states, societies measure of success is not the measure of Arete.

Martin Luther King once said “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures… sweep streets like shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and Earth have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” That is Arete.

In modern times one of America’s most famous psychologists Abraham Maslow professed in his acclaimed hierarchy of human needs that the highest need man could aspire to meet was ‘Self-Actualization’. It was the act of becoming all he could become, living out his full potential.

To illustrate the virtuous aspects of Arete a story was told in the 5th century BC of Hero Heracles (Think Hercules) who faced a crossroads in his life – Arete appeared before him in the form of a young woman. She offered Heracles glory and a life of hardship and struggle against evil. Her counterpart Kakia (who symbolised all that was bad and wrong) offered him wealth and pleasure. Heracles chose to follow the path or Arete.

To better understand the relationship between the two sides of ‘flow’ we can again look to ancient China.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the yin yang symbol? The circle with black and white sections which resemble water drops together forming the whole. Each part is in flow with each other. The ancient Chinese symbol which is called ‘‎Taijitu’ has been used since 1000BC to illustrate a number of philosophical concepts pertaining to the duality of things. How things can be separate yet interdependent; the whole being greater than the sum of the parts; one part flowing into the other.

Symbolically yin yang does an exceptional job of illustrating the relationship between the two sides of harmonic living.

Just as in Yin Yang, in ‘harmonic living’ there is separation. Selfless Meaning & Purpose can exist in a man without him virtuously pursuing his potential. Likewise, one can virtuously pursue his potential without any selfless meaning or purpose.

However as black flows to white so too are the characteristics of harmony. If we live with truly compelling meaning & purpose, then it is the order of things that soon we will be drawn to pursue our potential in complete service to that purpose.

And so too, as white flows to black; If we virtuously pursue our potential, it will also be the order of things that soon our meaning and purpose will become clear.

Once combined, as is with Taijitu, the whole is more powerful than the sum of it’s parts. We are in harmony.

The state of harmony is the all powerful means to the happiest and most fulfilling life man can achieve. He has found his true self; his connection to all things. It is the holy grail.

In nature’s way of perfect harmony, the only way we receive all of life’s gifts… is to give fully all of ours.