I believe in a kind of magic. Jung called it synchronicity, the confluence between your mind and the world. I used to spin big theories about what it meant and how it works but it’s a simple magic. It is learning to recognize the quiet voice inside of you. It is learning to recognize symbols from your own mind when you encounter them in the world.
That shock of recognition when you encounter certain kinds of coincidence, that’s your mind and the world conspiring to communicate with you. Metaphor and symbol are the language of your deep self. We all have these experiences, the key is to notice them.
When a coincidence strikes a chord within you, try to stay with that sense of resonance. Does it seem somehow symbolic or mythic? Note that, remember the symbol. Don’t look for reasons, look for patterns. Cultivate a poetic appreciation for the experiences. Expect them, be waiting for them to irrupt into your awareness.
Ultimately, what you are doing is establishing a communication channel with a part of your self that is normally outside of your conscious awareness. But the knowledge coming to you via this channel isn’t solely about you. That part also watches the world and it has seen many things that you have missed, things you’ve disregarded. Learning to trust these other parts of yourself, letting these signals influence you, is the magic. It is a way to more fully be yourself.
I just found this through Free Illuminism mailing list and I watched the part one on youtube. This is a very interesting series on neuroscientific research into mindfulness meditation and role of compassion in life.
The rest of the series is available here. It’s free to sign up.:
I’ve had this image for a few months now, enjoying it as my wallpaper at work for the past month. It sums up how I feel about the world ending again in a few days. I’ve been meaning to share it here for a while now and what finally prompted me to actually post was my reading of an article from a local paper called Green Fire Times. I could elaborate (and likely will), but for now I just want to share one of my favourite quotes from the article and see if you have any thoughts, ideas, or reaction to the quote, the article, or the image.
The way we perceive is important to think about precisely because we almost never do. Our habitual way of perceiving dismisses the vital energy of nature, leading us to think that we are somehow separate from the pulse of energies that govern the universe. But of course we are not separate; we are completely one with the energy of nature. Our very existence, our vibrational essence, is connected with the planet’s vibration, beginning with the Sun. ~ Glenn Aparicio Parry via: Wisdom from the Origins: The Mayan Calendar and the Future of Humanity
Aw! To **** with it!! So if it’s BS, it’s BS! .. I know I have the best folks to tell me if it is..
It may be that it’s not just me that’s experiencing a bit of a weird ‘spiritual’ wandering at present. (for the want of an even half-way coherent description of it!) I was saying somewhere else on the site, that I have realised that it’s actually a lot of fun, and I would be enjoying it immensely, if I wasn’t fretting a bit as it was causing me problems. only because of other folks reactions to it. The whole experience is pretty indescribable, (as they are… however, although I know that there is at least one other here that feels very similar… I wondered if there are any more of us that are feeling the same sort of effects?
is it just me, being a daft ol’ dragon again… or has something really started to happen? I also know that we have to go through these things alone, but it would be interesting (and reassuring)
To know if I am not alone in going through it alone! (fnord!)
@ Trace (and everyone else) “Could it be that all minds are one?”
I am almost sure of that now. Since couple of years I’ve been occasionally experiencing strange changes of perception when it seemed to me that i was a part of a powerful “cosmic” consciousness living in all living beings. The world was like a dance of cosmic energy, circling and changing into different forms. Even so called solid matter was part of this movement, matter was just the “thickened” energy. This perception was especially strong during LSD journeys and when tripping I always felt that the “everyday reality” is just a “simplified” version of what I saw during these trances. Since couple of months these trances became more frequent and I believe that eventually this will lead to the permanent change of my perception. It is a very wonderful and blissful feeling of connection with the Whole Universe and it makes me feel as though I found the “way back home”, just like many mystical traditions describe it.
It also manifest itself in the physical realm, mostly be my meeting more an more like minded people, including you guys on Kia. Until couple of years ago I was desperately trying to find someone who shared similar experiences or views but it just wasn’t working. Even people interested in magic or mysticism whom I met where somewhat “closed-minded” and we often ended up arguing about some small unimportant details without reaching an understanding. It seems to me that my situation changed because I changed. So if we are all parts of One Mind, I could say that I reached the “higher circuit” which enables me to find connections with other parts of this particular circuit…
I recently started reading “The Tao of Physics” by F. Capra and I find it absolutely fascinating! In many places it relates to the recent topics on Kia including the “oneness” of all things and different perceptions of reality. The first edition of the book was published in 1970s, so again I feel like it took me ages to find something that would have given me many answers I was looking for in the past…
One of the main messages I got from the book so far is that any sort of “Ultimate Truth” about the world can not be expressed by human language. It can be experienced but it can not be expressed by words. This relates also to the modern knowledge of physics, which uses maths to describe the observed phenomenon. So anything we read about either modern science or mysticism are only simplifications of the experienced reality and as such are always inadequate. I wonder how often when we argue about some theory, we actually argue about words rather than facts!
Coming back to the “oneness” of all things; this perception also results in my understanding that the feeling of separation of things is an illusion (F. Capra mentions that as well). Therefore the concept of an “ownership” of anything, including our minds and bodies, is a fallacy. Any “negative” feelings we have towards the world are the negative feelings towards ourselves. I guess that’s why most religions emphasized the needs for love and compassion towards others.