Matisyahu

If you like white guy reggae like I do, you’ve probably come across this guy.  He’s a Jewish rapper/reggae rock artist who has such a unique sound (at least for a white guy).  Ever since Sublime came out in the early ’90s, there has been a barrage of copycat artists, or artists who tried to be as good as Sublime was, but none of them were even close.  This guy comes close.  This guy and whatever band he has with him, he totally entertains beyond expectations.  And he’s not just a gimmick anymore.  This guy is the real deal after his last live album, Live at Stubb’s Vol. II.  This live album, as epic as it is inspiring, surpasses his first in so many ways, and that is a huge compliment.  Believe me.  I’ll have to admit that, like Sublime and a few others, his music didn’t immediately grow on me, save for a few popular songs.  But after a few years of listening to this guy and all of his songs multiple times, he deserves much respect.  He is at the top of his game and he is definitely going places, not that he already hasn’t.  He is just becoming more mainstream, which isn’t all bad.

He’s been a true inspiration to me and even though I’m not Jewish, I feel his soulful vibes go through me.  His new single, “One Day,” was pretty much the Winter Olympics theme song, and he has developed a cult following of sorts.  Sure, he’s not as edgy as some of the other bands like him when it comes to bad language or taboo topics, but he is above all of that.  He is certainly marketable, and I have tremendous respect for him as an artist  and as a person.  Props to you Matis for keeping the white boy reggae alive in such an authentic way.

Here’s some links to some of his videos on Youtube:

I’d put more songs, but you can just look him up on Wikipedia and Youtube.  He’s got a ton more studio and live songs that are excellent, and I’ll direct you to his website at Matisyahu World.  Much respect, man.

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Enlightenment

What is enlightenment?  It is when you recognize the world for what it is: an illusion.  Everything in this so called universe is an illusion, a dream.  It truly does not exist.  All that exists is God, or consciousness, or whatever it is you wish to call it.  What you are is a divine being, a part of God or consciousness, having a dream of separation, when there is no such thing as separation.  Your ego is a part of this dream.  It is a very persistent dream and there is little room for spectacle.  We think that it is real, just as if we are dreaming while sleeping and feel that the dream is real, but when we wake up, we realize just how absurd the dream was and how it is in no way real, but a projection of the mind or consciousness.  The key to enlightenment is that you become lucid in this dream that we call reality and realize that true reality is Source or God and nothing else.  It is often referred to as Heaven.

For those people who have become enlightened, such as the Buddha and Jesus Christ, they lived in such a way that inspired others to write about them.  Once you become enlightened, there is no more need for additional reincarnations.  It may take many lifetimes to get where it is you need to be to reach enlightenment, but realizing that this reality is indeed a dream, an illusion, is the first step to getting there.  We all are one in reality, but in the dream, we have the illusion of separation, due to the ego’s influence on our consciousness.  The ego is very defensive, and will do almost anything to ensure its survival.  If you ever try to transcend your ego, you will notice that it will fight you to the bitter end.  It will try and trick you.  But what most people don’t realize is that the ego, along with what we think of as the real world, is an illusion and the only true reality is of Source.  The universe was created by the ego, but only in a dream form.  But we don’t realize that until after we die as a physical being or become enlightened in our last incarnation on this planet.

If we were to all “wake up” instantaneously, it would be very traumatic emotionally.  This is why most people don’t truly wake up until they have achieved enlightenment.  It is a noble goal, and could take many lifetimes to achieve.  But you can accelerate the process by becoming a student of A Course in Miracles, or other texts that are designed to get you to the point where you can forgive unconditionally.  Forgiveness is the key to salvation.  And since what you are forgiving isn’t even truly real, but a dream, it’s not so hard to do.  That is, once you get the big picture about the true nature of reality.  I find this to be a fascinating belief system, which comes partially from Jesus Christ’s real teachings, not the stuff you’ll find in the Bible, but the stuff that Jesus and other enlightened beings actually said or did.  Not what people wrote about him centuries later in an attempt to control the masses through guilt and shame.  Christ never advocated such nonsense.  He loved everyone equally, and never judged anyone.  A true humanitarian.

I have to say, reading The Disappearance of the Universe has truly opened my eyes to what many of those enlightened beings were trying to convey.  All of it makes perfect sense from a subjective viewpoint, because they realized that the world is indeed subjective, not objective, and that objectivity was simply an illusion that people regarded as true, simply because that is how they had been conditioned.  The religions we have today have barely any resemblance to what these prophets actually taught, and it has become more about money and converting people to your way of thinking than anything else.  But when you look at what these people actually said, you realize that it has no denomination, as it is the simple truth and nothing else.  The universe is an illusion and the true reality is God consciousness.  Total and complete oneness.

I figure this stuff may be way out there for some people, but it makes sense intuitively to me and many others who have heard of such ideas as subjective reality and God consciousness.  To become enlightened is to truly know who you really are, not your ego, and not your mind, but pure God consciousness.  You are the same as God, as he created you in his image.  Not your physical body, but your spirit or soul.  And when your physical body dies off, you will return home to whence you came, and then come back to the illusion until you reach the peak of enlightenment.  At that point, you will no longer have any need to go back into the illusion, other than to help other illusory bodies pass over to the enlightenment side.  It’s a journey to say the least, and getting there will not be easy.  Most people need help from some spiritual source, but it will happen for everyone eventually, as there is no time limit, as the time in this illusory reality is also illusory.  So, no need to worry if you’re not there yet.  You will be, your path is already pre-determined, but you can always choose to accelerate or delay the process of returning Home.  The choice is up to you.  I definitely recommend reading The Disappearance of the Universe, and then A Course in Miracles.  I haven’t read the latter yet, but the former has tons of references from that book, so it has a similar structure.

Good luck on your path towards ultimate bliss and enlightenment.  It may take lifetimes, but it will be well worth it in the end.

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Who Really Has All the Answers?

I still don’t know how or why the sun is so bright and how or why anything happens.  You can give scientific explanations, but that doesn’t cover the why.  You can give pseudo-spiritual answers in vague terms, but that just doesn’t do it for me.  You can make your reality whatever it is you want it to be, but there will still be so many unanswered questions.  Even if you think you have all the answers, you are wrong.  How can you truly know anything for sure?  You can believe you are certain about something, but how certain are you that you are actually certain?  You can say something like, “I am certain that if I do this, this will happen.”  And you could be right.  You also could be wrong.  But right and wrong are human terms.  They were invented, like everything else.  Even these words I type here were invented for my use.  If I were to give this blog entry to a dog, he would probably eat it.  There would be no thought to what it means or the ideas presented.

We want to know, though, don’t we?  We want to know what is out there.  We want to know how this reality works.  But the simple fact is that we don’t know the majority of how and why this world and this universe works the way it does.  And we’ll never know everything.  It is impossible to know everything.  Well, not impossible, but it will take billions and billions of years and a time machine to truly know everything.  But everything is everything that ever happened, is happening now, is happening elsewhere, at every time and every place in the known universe.  That could take awhile to gain knowledge of and even then, we would have more and more information to add to the pile every nanosecond that goes by.  Wouldn’t that be an exhausting task?  And wouldn’t it be a complete time sink?

What we are truly searching for is the core of our existence.  Why are we here?  What is the purpose of all of this?  But how are we to discover that purpose?  Even if we think we have discovered it, we could be dead wrong.  It is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  We find the answers we want to find and disregard the rest.  We become whatever it is we truly are.  Where we seek, we find.  And it’s not a complete picture, but it is certainly more settling than complete and utter uncertainty.  It is better to believe in something than it is to just spend your life believing nothing.  It is a bit of a shortcut to easing our pain of unraveling the existence conundrum.  We choose to believe in whatever we most feel is close to our experiences.  We try to have our beliefs be congruent with what it is that we see, hear, smell, etc.

I don’t truly think there is an omniscient god out there.  There is just way too much information to take in and it would be impossible to know everything.  Although, on different levels, other than our own, I’m sure that the spiritual world has a better grasp on reality than we do as a small planet in the corner of the universe.  I can’t say for sure what happens in that other world, but they seem to have much more wisdom due to extraordinarily more experience than us lowly humans.  They have seen whole galaxies crash and burn, entire solar systems wiped out.  It is a more holistic perspective.  Even if they do not have all the answers, they certainly have more than we do.  Much, much more.  We are just here for a short time and we go away, either to the spirit world or we rot in the ground, or both.

But believing we do nothing more than rot in the ground is a dead end, literally.  There is nothing more to experience after death.  It is a pointless perspective, and a very fear-creating one.  To think that this is the only life we have, ever, would place importance on survival and staying away from anything potentially dangerous.  But to believe that we will “return” to the spirit world after we die is a bit more comforting and exciting than rotting in the ground.  Sure, our bodies will rot regardless, but a part of us, our spirit or soul, will go to a place where we are around other spirits, or to a place where we are all one.  Although we won’t know the exact nature of this place until we are actually dead, we tend to have some idea of what it will be like.  And we will remember why we were here on Earth and gain some insight into what the hell is going on here and what it all means.

Will we have all the answers then?  Who knows?  It could even be a complete fallacy.  We could just rot in the ground.  But that would make our lives pretty much meaningless up against the test of time.  What would be the point of living and then dying for no purpose whatsoever after the world or solar system or galaxy is burnt out and destroyed?  It is hardly inspiring material.  And it doesn’t cover the why of anything either.  There would be no reason for all of this here, it is simply dead particles floating around.  As Descartes put it, “The scream of an animal being tortured is no different than the ringing of a bell.”  Nothing would truly matter in the long, long run.

So, I believe it helps to think that we are here for a reason, even if we do not have all the answers we seek.  And it is entirely possible we will never get all the answers or even a fraction of them.  But the main thing is that we are still growing.  We are opening our minds and our souls to new and interesting ideas that may or may not prove to be true.  Perhaps one day the veil will come off and the truth will be revealed to us.  It definitely helps to lean in that direction than to just proclaim, “There is no God, no afterlife, no anything other than what is here right now.”  It is extremely rigid and disempowering to just say that things like life after death in a spiritual form is impossible and not going to happen.  How much would that trivialize your own existence?

But as I said before, seek and you shall find.  If you are looking for evidence for no life after death, you will find it.  If you are looking for evidence of a spirit world, you will find it as well.  A self-fulfilling prophecy.  What you should truly see is what makes the most sense to you deep down in your soul, consciousness, or whatever you want to call it.  Being is another word for it.  Do you truly feel that you are something more than just a human being, or do you have low self-esteem and think that all you’ll ever be is a body and a mind?  The choice is up to you.  The answers are yours to find.  Whether through this life or in the spirit life, there are answers waiting for you.

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Who Cares Who We Are?

This is a question I’m asking honestly.  We can go on and on about who we are, what we are, but who among us cares to delve into these subjects?  I know I certainly do.  But who among us really wants to know?  Who wants the truth?  From an objective lens, we are the rapists of the Earth, destroying our planet ever more rapidly, just to extend our power and control over the environment in which we live.  From a subjective lens, we are whatever we think we are, or believe we are.  The subjective lens is a more empowering view of humans, but is that really what we need as a species?  Because it seems like, from an objective lens, that all we’ve done with this expanded power is cause more death, destruction, and control.  Sure, life is great for a select few in this world, but it is at the expense of others, humans and nonhumans.  From what I have seen, most of the world lives in poverty, which is not right, but that’s how it is.  We are not living with the great spirit within us as a whole.  But that can’t stop you from doing so.

We can tap into another reality at any time we want to.  We just have to know how.  We have to have the consciousness for it.  But what is the true nature of reality?  What is the real truth?  Which lens is most accurate?  The question is unanswerable, because for one there are too many lenses to look through.  Another problem is that different lens are more accurate for different people.  It’s hard to really know which lens is the most accurate, but we can explore different lenses to see which one works better than the one we are using.  Or we can use the multi-lens approach, tailoring each situation to the best lens for the job.  But I’m sure this takes years of practice to calibrate which lens is best for each individual situation.  I believe that subjective reality is one of the primary steps to getting your reality in better order, simply because it allows for what you believe to be true.

It is a creative belief system, with potentially unlimited possibilities, but the major limit being our own minds.  We can explore our inner space indefinitely, and this is a way to truly flourish, independent of the objective universe, although the objective universe is contained within the subjective framework.  But the objective universe is only there because we believe in it to be so.  But our belief is truly rooted there as of now because that is where our consciousness is wrapped up.  Sure, it has led to unbelievable understanding and advances in technology, so it is useful in the framework in which it works, so it cannot be completely dumped.  But relying solely on the objective lens creates fear and uncertainty.  It creates a feeling of lack of control.  But when the subjective lens is placed before the objective one, it can make the objective world a creation of consciousness, and therefore more flexible and less pronounced.  The subjective lens accounts for much more than just the objective world.  It brings that all experiences are possible and that if we wish to create them, we can by intending it to be created.

It reminds me of the mantra, “If you believe it, it is so.”  Very true.  But not always.  You’ve seen cult suicides, and other indoctrinated people who believed what they believed only because their consciousness was controlled.  You can believe whatever you want to believe, but it has to actually work for you.  It has to encourage growth, not stagnation.  It has to empower you, not disempower you.  It has to open your mind, not close it.  A closed mind is one of rigidity and clinginess.  People cling to their beliefs, even in the most contradictory experiences.  When you see something that contradicts your beliefs, you need to open your mind and find something that will explain it,  otherwise you are perceiving reality inaccurately.  And that would be a damn shame because it would hinder your ability to function in the real world.  The more removed from reality your beliefs are, the worse off you are.

A few years ago, I tried out the subjective lens, and intended money to come into my life.  I had absolute strangers giving me $5 where I worked.  At the time, I was a bagger at a grocery store and when I went outside to retrieve the shopping carts, I was finding money everywhere.  I was getting large tips from people I helped out, and this one incident threw me over the edge.  A man called for my attention when i was in the parking lot and said, “Come over here for a moment.”  So I did.  ”I just wanted to thank you for what you did yesterday.  You helped my mother bring her groceries to her car and I just wanted you to have this.”  He gave me a $10 bill.  I had never even imagined something like this would happen unless it had to do with my intention for it to happen.  I thought to myself, “Wow!  This is really true!  It made my life better in every way possible!”  Of course, we forget and go back to old habits, so I did, and lost parts of that belief system.

I’m going from personal experience when I say that intention-manifestation does work, but it only works to the extent you believe in it.  If you have doubts, those doubts will appear in your manifestations.  If you don’t actually believe you can manifest $50,000 dollars just by intending it, you won’t.  If you think these things are impossible, stop reading now.  Your beliefs will stop you from experiencing anything beyond your realm of possibility.  In a subjective framework, anything is possible.  Your only limitation is if you don’t truly believe this.  I’m not quite there yet, but using reference experiences and other people’s supposed experiences, I figure that it can only enhance reality, not degrade it, so it is empowering by its very nature, to say that you (consciousness) are the very creator of this reality and are everything you experience, not just your physical body.  It is the dream scenario in my previous post.  You are all that exists, all that you are aware of, all your thoughts and the thoughts that you perceive to the in the global consciousness.  It’s all you.  Other people are you.  The planet is you.  The universe is you.  Everyone and everything is connected.  There is no you and I.  It is all I.  Or we.  We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively.  Life is nothing but a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.  Einstein proved that, so why haven’t we taken it seriously yet?  Because we (I) am not ready yet.  But I’m getting there.

And when we believe that we are all one, all part of the same whole, in this together, we start to have compassion.  Compassion for all that is.  We realize that to hurt another is to hurt oneself.  To hate someone is truly to hate a part of yourself.  Non-duality.  A belief in this can create quite an interesting life I bet.  It is a very empowering way to view reality and no matter what happens, you know you are safe, even beyond the death of your physical avatar.  If you die in a dream, you don’t die for real.  Your physical body is but a manifestation of consciousness and is just another one of your creations.

I’ll expand on this later when I have more time.  I just manifested a lunch with my grandparents.  But I hope I have convinced you that you should care about who we are and that we should get to the roots of reality to perceive it accurately.  Remember, an accurate belief enhances your life and the lives of those around you, while an inaccurate belief causes problems, especially if it closes your mind to other schools of thought.  This is why subjective reality is the most empowering belief I’ve found so far.  It encompasses everything and anything, as long as you are open to it.  A jack of all trades.  It is how we all live our lives, but with many belief systems tacked onto it, some that even negate the subjective paradigm.  A God making himself powerless.  Anyway, happy existence to you!

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Who am I?, Part 4

I figured, what the hell, I’ll post another blog entry.  Since I’m not working tonight, it makes sense since I’ll have no time constraints other than my will to go to sleep.  This reality is certainly interesting.  We can only take so much of it, then we have to sleep.  We finally get to take a break, but sometimes we even have to work during our sleep, like when we are dreaming.  Mitch Hedberg had a great line when he was still alive about dreams and sleep, “I go to sleep so I can rest, but then suddenly I have to build a go-cart with my ex-landlord.”  Or take the quote from Steven Wright, “I have to be in bed by 1 AM, because my dreams start then whether I’m asleep or not.”  Of course, these are paraphrased, but they relate to what I am going to talk about today (or tonight for those of you keeping score).  I want to talk about how dreams and reality have  a close relationship and how it could be entirely possible that we are living in a dream world of our own imagination.

Since this idea cannot be proven wrong objectively or subjectively, you have to assume it could be true.  How would you know otherwise?  If you knew your entire reality is nothing but a dream that “something” is having, with you being the first-person view, what would that mean for you?  Would you live this “dream” any differently than you life your current life?  Would certain pressing issues cease to matter at this point?  Would fear even be a problem?  Would you change your outlook on life to one of wonder and curiosity?  Or would it be the same old thing?

It’s interesting that when we are dreaming, it is very real to us.  We feel emotions that correspond with the dream events.  No matter how ludicrous the situation, it is plausible in the dream, as long as we don’t realize that we are dreaming.  Once we realize we are dreaming, one of two things happen.  We either wake up or become lucid within the dream.  I have had a couple of lucid dreams, maybe 5 total in my lifetime.  I could fly, and do crazy unimaginable things just because I knew it was a dream.  The excitement of that caused me to wake up.  Back to reality.  Or was it?  I have had a dream within a dream before and woken up out of the second dream and was still sleeping, but awake in the first dream.  Waking up within the dream felt really real to me, so for me it is entirely possible that this reality is nothing more than a really, really long dream.  Whether or not I know this to be true is not confirmed, but it is certainly in the realm of possibility.  And it is certainly something worth trying, at least for awhile, to see if it empowers or disempowers me.

The very truth is that we do not know for sure what the nature of our existence is, so we get to fill in the gaps with different beliefs and thoughts.  Keeping an open mind and adopting a belief like this is yet another experiment that could yield much better results than you are getting now.  It’s not like I’m going to go buy 50 puppies and just let them live in my house, or even build a go-cart with my ex-landlord, but being in this dream mental state, it makes reality that much more interesting and creates more and more curiosity.  I believe it was the Buddha who came up with the idea that life could be a dream and that it was a powerful way to transcend fear.  If everything is a dream anyway, what’s the harm in trying something new and failing at it?  There is truly nothing to fear, not even fear itself, once you’ve transcended it.  So if that is the only thing holding you back, it may be wise to try this way of living for awhile.  Just out of curiosity, if nothing else.  It will certainly make your normal days that much more interesting.  Imagine trying to interpret your life as you would a dream.  Talk about mind-bending…

I’m just trying to get to the core of who we all are and whether or not we can decode this reality to its very nature.  There are so many stories you can tell about reality and why we are here, but it makes more sense, at least to me, to come up with an answer that fits me and my understanding, while at the same time remaining open to any thoughts and ideas that may enhance what I already believe to be true.  Lao Tzu once said, “I had a dream I was a butterfly and now I do not know if I am a human who dreamed I was a butterfly or if I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a human.”  Food for thought.  Because we don’t really know for sure what is real.  Sure, things feel real and look real, but even that can be manipulated by stimulating the brain in certain ways.  We are the imagination of ourselves.  That’s what Einstein proved.  ”Matter is reduced to nothing but a slow moving vibration.  There is no such thing as death.  We are the imagination of ourselves.”  Bill Hicks does a great joke on that.

I’m just trying to open doors and not close any windows.  For example, recently the numbers 9:11 have appeared in my reality almost every day.  Some call 11 a wink from the universe.  Others call it a nod.  Some people deny what they are seeing and pass it off as coincidence.  But when these things keep showing up, what are you to do?  Cling to your objective framework and deny that there may be something more?  Or ask questions why these things are happening?  Perhaps there is a deeper meaning to all of this.  Perhaps this is a dream, but that doesn’t make it meaningless.  Perhaps this reality is manufactured.  We don’t know.  But that doesn’t change what we experience.  To us, it’s real.  We cannot deny what is right in front of us.  Our experiences are what make us who we are.  Also, how we perceive our experiences, which is what I am working on now.  I encourage you all to do the same.  Whether you want to experiment with a dream-based belief or some other belief about reality, try it out, see how it fits.  It may just be your size.

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