Category Archives: Mind

Deep Simplicity

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Over the three decades or so that I have been exploring life through the lens of spiritual practices, one of the most touching aspects of this exploration is how the simplest of observations come back to visit, again and again, over the years. Rather like old friends they appear, time and time again, to share their wisdom.

Sometimes, these insights have a remarkable knack of appearing so simple and obvious. So that my mind looks at them and immediately reacts with ‘ah yes’ I get that. And yet each time that they revisit they reveal a deeper truth, as if this exploration is a spiral journey that repeats itself, over and over again.

Let me share a couple of these old friends with you.

One of these insights is that we create, or at least co-create, the world that we live in. In the parlance of the Christian faith, we reap what we sow. It has been my observation of late that this is one of the most profound and penetrating truths of our existence. Right here, right now we are creating, with our thoughts, our words, our deeds and our non-deeds, the world we live in and experience each day.

Often, we may seek to avoid what is right in front of us, right under our noses, and seek to escape into other realties, other parts of the Earth, other philosophies or high-sounding spiritual paths. Yet, here in this simple truth of creation is the beginning, the middle and the end of our human experience and of our spiritual search.

A second example, is the truth that our bodies are the embodiment of enlightenment itself. An observation most eloquently expressed in the teaching of Gautama Buddha. But, isn’t enlightenment some magical state alternate consciousness, the ultimate bliss of someplace else, other than here?

Again, it’s one of those insights which seem easy to grasp intellectually, nodding our heads knowingly before moving onto the next truth. Yet here, in this humble human body, at the visceral, gut, cellular level is enlightenment, the very essence of our awakened being.

Perhaps, you too have your favourite old friends, who revisit you from time to time and share the light of their wisdom?

With Best Wishes,

© David R. Durham
The Poet Photographer

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The World As Hologram

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This week’s Friday YouTube video link features a lecture by Leonard Susskind, who is the Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics.

(Copyright belongs to the video producer)

 

In this lecture he discusses the indestructibility of information and the nature of black holes in a lecture entitled The World As Hologram.

David R. Durham
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Judgement and Choices

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There is sometimes a very subtle way in which judgement and making choices impedes our living being and compromises the whole of who we are.

I’m not talking about the necessary choices, e.g. which way to turn or car, when to stop eating etc.

These are the judgments and choices which separate ‘me’ from every thing and every one else. In the bigger picture an example is the man vs nature concept, which is about as skewed and daft as it gets. On a smaller scale we do this judging business on an unconscious level almost all of the time, as if it is completely natural and normal.

I think this is one of the reasons why we might ‘get’ intellectually the spiritual concept of oneness, but at a living breathing level of our being, it is not what we’re experiencing.

And getting to the point where we can be still enough to let go of our judging and choosing mental machine, so we can re-experience our oneness, takes an enormous amount of practice. And, it is as if, having chosen the be separate in order to experience this being human thing, we find it incredibly difficult to do the simplest of tasks, which is to let go of that decision. Until we can let go of letting go itself.

But then again, being is not a doing.

© David R. Durham
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Where Evil Is

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We seem to have a certain fascination with evil acts and the people who commit them. They murdering psychopath character has become a staple diet of several TV detective programs and movies. And there is an almost cult-like following for the more famous evil ones from our history, such as Stalin or Hitler.

These modern ways of portraying evil people neatly compartmentalizes them, it wraps them up in psycho-jargon and stereotypes, it sorts them out from the rest of us good folk. So we can sleep safe at night and by day we can use a handy ‘how to spot a psychopath’ guide to weed out those who have crossed over to the dark-side in our midst.

However, as the Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reminds us:

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
Quote source: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

© David R. Durham
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Origins of Yoga

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This week’s Friday YouTube video link is about the Origins of Yoga.

(Copyright belongs to the video producer)

This series of four videos are by the author Georg Feuerstein PhD., who has extensively studied and written about Yoga, offers an invaluable insight into the true nature of Yoga as a spiritual discipline.

David R. Durham
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Freedom For Now

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Enjoy this freedom while you can, the internet has become a serious problem for the ruling elite,
Many people are openly sharing previously suppressed information and ideas,
Your elitist slave master’s agent provocateurs can’t cope with the volume,
Their agent provocateurs can’t spread lies fast enough to counter the daily exposure of the damaging truths about their corporate cults of greed, sham democracies and militarist agendas,
Your slave masters are cornered and wounded, hemorrhaging money, in danger of becoming, well dare I use the word; poor,
Equity dividends down to near zero, crashed real estate markets, treasury bond markets are in disarray, toxic derivatives are sinking them into a financial black hole,
And the rich ruling elite are running out of grateful third world countries to exploit,
The rich ruling elite have bought all of the important politicians, and still their corrupt systems are failing.

Enjoy this freedom while you can,
Before your ruling rich elite push the panic button of war,
Ah yes, there is always war, thank the Gods for war,
It has served them well in the past, why not now?
Seven billion people and counting, who would miss the odd billion or two or three?
They can make tons of money funding these wars and make even more money clearing up after it,
Of course you will have to choose a side and hope that yours’ wins,
The rich elite don’t care, they play on both sides, wars are a win-win scenario for them.

© David R. Durham
Spiritual Healing & Counselling
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The Darkness

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The Darkness grips me with its’ loving smile,
Whispering, you think you can ignore me? I am the blessed one you know,
Are you sure it’s not me you have sought for all along?
Down all the half-lit alleyways of your fractured mind,
Is my way not the true road less travelled?
Not your fashioned life-story, not your unfolding mythical self of selective life-moments;
Broken!

The Darkness holds me with its’ numbing embrace,
Whispering, know me and be free forever. I am the keeper of all Knowledge you know,
Worship with me and all you have dreamed of will be yours,
I ripple through your half-remembered dreams in day-breaks’ waking moments,
Are your delicious dreams not your true revelation?
Your denied life-story, played out in full view of your unconstrained eyes;
Damaged!

The Darkness shadows me, is me,
Whispering, for all time, for all time, for all time call me friend. I am the Dark side of your Light, the Tree of Death and Life,
Sing songs of praise with me and resonate within this divine truth,
I am the Guide on your darkest of soul-journeys,
Exploring the softest scents of death too soon, the fondest joys of inflicted torture, the ear-cracking cries of ruptured psyches,
Aghast at your unknown life, now revealed, joyously celebrated;
Whole!

© David R. Durham
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A Poem: Spiritual Paradox

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There is something hidden;
That is in plain sight.

There is something which moves;
Yet it is always still.

There are many mysterious teachings;
Who’s literal meaning is the truth.

There is someone who is sleeping;
Who is always awake.

There are many who are searching;
For who they already are.

© David R. Durham
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Unending Flow

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You make your love conditional;
If you loved me, you would do what I want.

But love was made of giving;
If you loved me, you wouldn’t say that.

So be brave and open your heart and give your love regardless;
If God loved us, he would stop this war, this famine, this injustice.

And after days or months or maybe even years of allowing your love to flow unconditionally;
If I loved you, would you love me?

The penny will finally drop;
If my children loved me, they would visit me.

We create the world that we live in;
So rest in your heart and let your love flow, and flow and flow, and create the world that you really want to live in.

© David R. Durham
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