Empty Mind?

Now that the elections, “the games“, are over we can settle down to our “zen -in- flesh”.  Be here now.  We all seem to be looking outside for some kind of peace.  We all want more and we are not really sure what that means.  Empty the mind?  Let’s explore.

Nov, 14 2016

The end of another year is fast approaching.  Or one might see it as another beginning.  It is blustery and the leaves are almost off all the trees.  The gardens are put to bed and the only weeding will be in my mind.

I find myself often in my mind creating or thinking about all that has been or is or is about to be.  Perhaps a bit of what could be is an impossibility and yet our existence has unlimited possibilities.

Although I sometimes see myself as alone with no one relating to the perspective of which I have come to live by, I also realize it is also my own doing.  People do show up who are searching for answers and they are wanting peace in this world of angst.  I share with them the Four Noble Truths.

“We’ll see that it’s because we are clinging to our various likes and dislikes.  We come to know that we are suffering because of our own actions.  We suffer because we ascribe to things.  So we say, know suffering, know the cause of suffering, know the freedom from suffering and know the way to this freedom.”   -Ajahn Chah

dukka, samudaya, nirodha, magga – four noble truths

The Path

The path is Magga: the way      KNOW FREEDOM from SUFFERING and KNOW THE WAY

Right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

The path to the CESSATION of SUFFERING & STRESS

One path – Four levels of refinement:

  1. STREAM ENTRY
  2. THE PATH TO ONCE RETURNING
  3. NON-RETURNING
  4. ARAHANTSHIP

Stay with the breath until you are aware of in-breath and out-breath.

“If the mind is at ease, if it’s at peace, it will be naturally aware.”   – Ajahn Chah

Do Not Take Up Anything at all, or think about gaining things.  Worldlings take up everything, every little experience is processed in their brains, through their senses, stimulating emotions, creating mental phenomenon. Use right mindfulness to watch the drama dhamma.  Each individual has a unique mental experience seeing what is there by relating from memories (incomplete experiences), grasping at emotional ownership.

To watch with an empty mind one will have a clearer understanding.

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“SEEING TWEET”

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“What Child is This”

Christmas time again.  Arise and cease.  What child is this who lay to rest in the garbage bin?  What child is this who lay to rest on the street?

The only gift I hope to receive is love, compassion and understanding.  We are not separate and yet we have become incredibly so.  A friend recently told me about Adam in the garden naming everything.  Separating and differentiating.  And yet there is just this and only one light and its particles and waves.

What child is this?  I am the child

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In the song I say Ted Cruz is a “bro- friend”.  Guess that’s not true or it is simply part of the show.

Reminds me of junior high school when we had a different boyfriend every week.  Unfortunately the United States is hardly “united”.  I sense a comraderie of con artists, liars and biggots who guard their group even while in competition.  Somewhat like a fraternity these so called leaders are not concerned with all of humanity but of those only in the group.

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Opposition

In a world where media is wide spread and often pointing out opposition, we become confused and greatly opinionated.

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Opposition

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As long as we think that opposition exists we are blocking the way for a clearer vision. – Ernest Holmes

How can we change our minds when FEAR is the food we receive as those around us battle in opposition? Terrorists, liars, media, all feeding the FEAR.

Stephan Batchelor writes:

“Buddha awoke from the sleep of existential confusion.  So shocking and unexpected was this experience that he initially assumed that were he to speak of it no one would understand him.  A person who is asleep is either lost in deep unconsciousness or absorbed in a dream.  Metaphorically, this is how the Buddha must have seen both his previous self as well as everyone else he had known:  they either were blind to the questions of existence or sought consolation from them in metaphysical or religious fantasies.  His awakening, however, brought both the questions and their resolutions into vivid and unanticipated focus.”

-http://alexox.com/sangha/StephenBatchelor-BuddhismwithoutBeliefs.pdf

In a world where media is wide spread and often pointing out opposition, we become confused and greatly opinionated.  We are often afraid that if we were to speak of something from an awakened point of view not only would others not understand us, we may lose ourselves as we are constantly reminding ourselves who we are through our attachment to the opinions, the group, the gang. We are blinded.  We seek consolation from the fantasies, the delusions.

In your awakening, you also are able to see through a clearer vision.  It is not outside that the FEAR exists, but within the memory banks of our brains that evaluate every situation, every vision, every piece of reality and how the media has transformed it to manipulate you.

A good example is the evolution of Thanksgiving day.  When I was a young kid we all went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  The streets were empty of vehicles and the stores were all closed.  Now, it has gone from the day after, “Black Friday”, to shopping on Thanksgiving.  What are we giving thanks for?  Better deals?

If you are like me you already have too much stuff and not enough money. Fortunately, I am not a shopper but a creator and being this I can clearly see the misfortune of the majority who sees things in a blur.  We have become more concerned with what we wear than what we do for each other.  We have more gadgets that take us out of consciousness like a drug addiction and it moves so fast that we never see it all or understand it or get anything substantial from it. Our children are growing up with no understanding of the Present Moment as they have a natural ability to copy everything we do with expertise.  Many believe what the media tells us even if it is Donald Trump blowing it again with some crazy remark, no facts or mockery.  People believe in him.

The Buddhists call it the Dark Ages for a very good reason.  Everyone is in the dark, like a dream, absorbed in the word of the media.  Like this. Zoom Zoom

I am not in opposition with the delusions I see in our electronic devices or the devices themselves.  I see too clearly and it is this I am grateful for and strive to keep in tune with.  Seeing the opposition is the first step to clarity. Continue reading

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Let the Game Begin

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Like a Buddhist sand mandala, first you create beauty and then it is destroyed. Impermence

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Ready, Aim, Fire.

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I must be a bad shot…..missed Donald J Trumps beautiful face.008w 009w

What a great way to get your picture with one of the Richest men in America.

Whooo hoo!!

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Presidential Election As Reality TV Show

TRUMP1 We have become more ignorant.  Our minds are so mushy that we actually believe in a Presidential Candidate because of his media popularity.  Oh WOW !! Yes he’s rich, whatever that means.  So he thinks he can buy the Presidency and say whatever he wants.  Ha Ha Ha.  Isn’t he funny.

One of my favorite clips is when Donald Trump was telling Jeb Bush to speak English….that all people who live in America should speak English…..Really??  We are the single country that has limited lingual abilities… Maybe Donny can’t sing.

So after hearing several things out of the mouth of Trump, I simply wanted to throw darts at him.  Then the idea came to me….ah ha!!  I will paint his portrait on a dart board and get people to throw darts at him and make a YouTube video of People throwing darts at him.  A few days passed and I thought….what the heck?  I may be outspoken, but I’m not an ass.  Donald Trump may actually have it but he lacks Wisdom.  Wisdom is Witnessing the words that come out of your mouth and if he wants the votes he needs to get the intellectuals on board, not just the brain injured people who watch Reality Shows…and Vote for their favorite by pushing buttons on a media device like my 2 year old grandson.

What has the Country come to?  Now we vote for our President like we vote for “theVoice”?   Now that’s Bliss if Ignorance is Bliss.  And, it is very scary.  We have some serious issues in America, which like Rome, reflects in all the other countries.

Art is supposed to SAY something.  Salvador Dali says to spread confusion, not eliminate it.  “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” We are letting the Reality Media limit our True Vision.  This is why I made a dart board portrait.  Ahh, Sal would be proud.       http://thedali.org/timeline/

You may be wondering why then did you make the dart board.  To throw darts because you hate Donald Trump right….nah.  I don’t hate.  After painting the man I actually love him more.  There is a realness, a beauty that he possesses.  People are so infiltrated with FAKE and REALITY bullshit, not to mention the falseness of our society and greatness as a country, that they welcome REAL.  Even with his ‘great hair’ he is the most real…..well maybe Bernie Sanders has a bit of it.

The most common thing people say as a response to the Donny Dart game is “paint one with Hillary on it.”  Well, this is not about that. I am not against or for anyone through the dart game.   Actually I am sick of the “gottcha”  junior high prepubescent attitude and bullying going on in politics.  It has been around for a while and it is extremely disturbing. When I see these adults debating and saying the most ridiculous stuff I fear for this country.  Obviously, it’s about ratings and Donald Trump gets a lot of ratings.  This is what I am trying to bring to the awareness of people.   When I see the candidates behaving in a more mature manner in discussion and debate….did any of them take a debate class???……I may take this election seriously.

As far as I can We are in trouble so, let’s play darts!!

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copyright pamela van kirk 2015

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