Life is like a 'Movie'. A movie that most people's ego's simply wont allow them to sit still long enough to enjoy. Sufferers of this 'dormant mindset' live in a prison of perpetual movement within the limited walls of their conceptual minds. As life unfolds they are always mentally some where else, and as a result they completely overlook the value of the current moment. Their bodies may be counted amongst the living but their minds aimlessly wander from one scattered thought to the next. They roam the earth lost and blind to the underlying eternal stillness that is their true nature. For the sufferers of this self inflicted mental state, the present moment is perceived to be more as a boring burden that separates them from their desired futures. Futures which they believe to be vastly superior and far more exciting than the current moments manifestation. They wait in angst, suspended in limbo, never shaking the constant itch to be somewhere else, anywhere else but here. Try as they may to get to their imagined future, the inherent conflict lies in the fact that the 'future' can only be experienced as but another manifestation of this eternally enduring and singular 'moment', the hinge on which both time and space are affixed to. You. Essentially, in the 'moment' they seek the future, but since the 'future' can only ever be experienced as another 'right now', and not being able to deal with the 'moment' is the root of the original dilemma, they are continually pursuing a problem that has no solution. Knowing only this way of thinking, they continue to pursue their knee jerk response of dreaming ahead in time. They continue to move through life placing no value what so ever on the moment at hand. The moment continues to only be used as the staging ground for reminiscing about the past and lusting after what they believe should take place or be acquired in their whimsical idea of a perfect future. This day dreaming is a mental refuge of sorts from the moments reality, of witch they detest so much. They cling tight to the idea of salvation in a future place and time. It is disheartening to see our brothers ensnared in such a manner, yet it is they who actively choose to live in this never ending prison of thought.
The underlying folly of this whole disposition can be summed as follows... If you spend every waking moment dreaming up and romanticizing desirable future scenarios, you build up preferences and expectations of what you would prefer to happen. You impose your expectations on the moment and life can't unfold organically. This resistance to life is the source of suffering. So inevitably in the course of time as life occurs in a sharp contradiction to the preferred 'script' your ego has crafted, you end up spending the whole movie or 'life' frustrated at what the screen is displaying. Comparing your mental movie to the reality of what is truly at hand. Mentally vacant, the subscribers to this mode of thinking lack an accurate and untainted account of the movie or 'life' as it truly is. It's as if they are simultaneously trying to watch 'Romeo and Juliet' for the first time while writing their own version. This inevitably sets one up for perpetual disappointment. It is tantamount to driving somewhere while deep in thought, and upon arrival to the destination having absolutely no recollection of driving there. The ego despises the moment, and with its promise of a better future convinces them to live there lives in an 'auto pilot' like daze, so as to give the ego a space to fetter away in its endless thought loops. It knows its window of time is short lived so it seeks to hijack every remaining moment. This mental dysfunction is a hollow disposition that will inevitably reach its conclusion in the death of a physical form that never truly 'lived', never stopped to rise above the perpetual mental noise 'within' to see the 'external' world as it truly is. The endless string of petty worries within their minds never allowed them to ever fully accept things as they were. They never saw the inherent beauty and splendor of this world in its multitude of ever changing forms. Never letting go, always resisting, straining and struggling to exert every exhausted muscle to gain but a single inch swimming upstream. They never surrendered and learned to accept the natural flow of the universe. This is surely no way to live. By the very definition of repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result it is nothing short of insanity. Don't be this person. You have the power to tame your mind, the power to turn it into the useful servant it was intended to be. Transcend the mind. Don't allow it to indoctrinate you with its unceasing belief that it is in opposition to everyone and everything, for it only exists within the illusion of duality and separation and can only see in terms of this falsehood. The absolute truth of the matter is that all is 'One', forever entangled. The ego knows its time on the throne is short and entirely dependent on the King's slumber. Be aware of the egos craftiness, watch for it, and know that its stealthy possession will creep in unnoticed the very instant you drop your guard. Remain awake and vigilant. The ego is the complainer, it will insist that peace and stillness are useless and boring, and that drama and motion are far more exciting. Remember the source of suffering is the minds resistance to what is, no mind, no problem.
Time rhythmically moves through us in waves of highs and lows. But there is a way to narrow the gap between these highs and lows of life. Instead of perpetually trying to escape the moment, learn to silence the mind and to accept each and every moment for what it is, as it is. Nothing more, nothing less. If you can never escape the moment, why persist in the madness of trying to escape it? Stop inflicting useless torture and suffering upon yourself.
It is important to know and never forget that both happiness and sadness are fleeting commodities, they both will come and go. However, it is entirely possible for inner peace to remain constant in spite of the ever shifting external parameters of life. For the world is neither a happy place, nor a sad place. It is both. As they are but the two poles of the same singular phenomenon. True inner peace is not dependent on a positional degree upon that pole, or trying to get closer to a favorable side. For true inner peace and nirvana arise internally from the eternal. Life is that eternity. Time and Space are the illusion, life is the reality. So just take a deep breath, silence the mind, and try to relax and enjoy the movie!
Stop trying to 'Become' and just 'Be'... Start by learning to truly accept the moment, no longer allowing your mind to wander from it. Don't be 'mastered', be the 'master'. Then realize that it is by no means an accident that you are different from the 'others', you are a unique child of the universe for a reason, even if the reason is not yet apparent to you. If you embrace your true self by realizing that you are truly whole, lacking in nothing, and you perpetually strive to live within the moment, the 'bliss' will pour fourth effortlessly. This is the true nature of your eternal spirit, 'bliss'. What was forgotten can be remembered o' child of God...
The 'Criminalization' of Existence
Man is freely born, and man will freely die. No man could stop these truths anymore than he could prevent that of his own creation. It is only the series of moments in between birth and death, that forces far beyond his control will infringe upon his natural freedom and that of his inalienable and self apparent right to free will. From the moment man draws his first breath, he breaths the air of lands ruled by organized groupings of men which we have come to know and collectively call 'government'. Governments issue their edicts, rules, and laws that by their very nature impinge upon mans natural freedom and negate his liberty. These laws are enacted at the detriment or benefit of the ruled populace. This is the underlying nature of any government, which can only ever be but a collection of recorded laws, that outside of the ink they are written in, are nothing more then commonly held ideas and notions shared amongst men. When these laws and edicts are rendered and enacted upon the mass's of men that would dwell within the government drawn lines in the sand, these governments will inevitably be met with the reactionary tides of men who use their free will and freedom to do what has been determined as 'that' that shall not be done according to written law. When man is confronted with these laws, the truth always remains that 'that' which 'can't' be done, in truth 'can' be done, only now carrying government imposed consequences. For we are truly now in this moment and every here after free to choose our own actions. Governments do not, and can not take away this free will, they can only punish the actions of this free will.
With the nature of free will in mind, would it not constitute an open act of tyranny for a governing body to issue laws prohibiting involuntary acts of the human body? Involuntary acts that no amount of free will could ever stop. A sane man would declare it a fools errand to create and believe that any body of men could realistically and effectively enforce such laws that would declare involuntary behaviors such as blinking, breathing, sneezing or coughing illegal. This expanding list of functions man has no control over would no doubt continue to bring ones awareness to the absurdity of enacting such misguided laws against them. However, this list of involuntary function’s would inevitably bring us to a behavior that some governments have attempted to make completely illegal. This involuntary behavior is called sleeping, and if it takes place in 'public' it is known as homelessness, at least in the west. It should also be emphasized that in the west a man who is awake and walking on public property would not be bothered, it is only when he stops to rest or sleep in that exact same public spot that governments will label him as a homeless nuisance.
Mind you that words and concepts like 'public' are in the vernacular of the common westerner because of the inherent dual nature it shares with the western concept of 'private property'. While the idea that land can be owned is currently the dominating belief being held in North America, this was not always the case or the dominate belief of its native inhabitants who had in their social models no concepts of private property. Their beliefs held no possibility for a man to ever realistically entertain 'owning' any portion of this earth, the home we all share. Unlike today, in Native American social models owning property was not the prerequisite of 'lawful' sleep.
For in all reality how can a man ever truly be in a state of legitimate homelessness if he still feels the gravity of the one home (or place of dwelling) that refuses to let him go, Earth. All the children of the Earth have been embraced and reside upon her vast and expansive surface, our shared home. For this planet in which we could truly not live without, has provided all with humbled eyes to see it, the essential elements we need to survive. For not only has it given us a home to dwell upon it has provided us with luscious gardens that can feed ones body, she has given us mighty rivers to rehydrate our earthly vessels. She is truly a home that when seen in the proper perspective is an amazing self sustaining machine that has a balance and equilibrium that will be the victor every time it is challenged. The laws of nature are eternal, the motions set fourth are ever present. We will have everything we will ever need so long as our ways are found within the harmony of her rhythms. Every effect is proceeded by its cause, and destructive causes to our earth will only reap disastrous effects upon the future and the environment that we all must share. Such misguided methods do not share the eternal nature of universal law.
A worldly system based on compassion and logic must be the never ending goal of society. For if we are too rigid to embrace change then the passage of time will surely snap the brittle nature of our complacency without hesitation or pause. Man has the inherent right to exist, despite the attempts of governments to criminalize the basic human prerequisites of existence. Existence has its needs, and those who seek to negate these inherent needs ultimately render punishment upon those whose only crime has been existing. An existence outside of what governments have planned for your role and function to be in their ideas of what society should entail and exclude.
One must logically evaluate the heart of this issue. Is mankind permitted to exist on his own home planet, and if so what does this existence entail? Does not his mere presence on the earths surface constitute the creators will for him to exist? Is not his every breath a living demonstration of the creators will for him to be but another note in the expansive symphony of existence we have called the universe?
If you were told you must pay a man to breathe the air most would laugh at such a notion, yet we live in a time where men believe that a man could own the ground beneath his feet.
Life has been freely given to all the conscious beings of the earth, and what would that life be without the free will it operates upon. If a man wishes to entertain external endeavors, he is endowed with the free will to choose so. However, some baseline must be established for the foundational rights of any living entity who wishes nothing other then to freely exercise his inherent right to exist. For if man is denied his basic right 'to be' he is a slave beyond measure ensnared in an unjust bondage.
In a system set up to address only a 'potential' of society in the form of monetary gain there is no safety net to adequately serve and provide for the ever present 'realities' of society. Every population will have the handicapped, injured, elderly, and those seeking a simpler life, be it spiritual in nature or principled in nature. Short sighted civil services refuse to address the most fundamental of human needs, food, water and shelter. In today's world, man is denied places to live, they are denied food by their peers, and must work in servitude to gain water.
What we build today is what will be handed down to our children, should we not strive to create a world that will take care of them in our inevitable absence?
The civilizations of the world have risen and fallen like the passage of the tides. The point of this text is to impart the overwhelming necessity for the basic foundational needs of humans to remain ascertainable by the populace of any peoples. Crimes against brothers are committed in higher frequency in countries that do not provide what their populations need. Governments exist to serve the people, not the reversal. If a civilization simply cannot provide these basic needs, the very least they can do is not prevent or stand in the way of their populations from procuring essential needs, by requiring paid permits for camping, fishing, hunting, starting a fire, building a shelter and so on. These require money, and money requires mandatory participation in the systems they have created. This is a veiled form of forced slavery. No man can tell another man that he does not have the right to exist, and governments are nothing other then the representations of men. No one man owns the earth, for it is the possession of all men. A civilization that can not provide for or prevents its populace from freely ascertaining these basic needs from nature commits an act of hypocrisy every time they describe themselves as a civilization, for civilizations embody the principles of civilized men. Barbarically passive social models rendered from the complacent hands of men dressed in fine cloths and seated in lavish palaces do not constitute a civilization just because material luxury is experienced by the few. You are free to exist. Never forget this eternal truth or let anyone tell you otherwise. Fearlessly stand up for those in need and never cease efforts to create a better tomorrow that includes all of mankind as true equals.
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -Albert Einstein-
The real 'Revolution' is 'within' the Mind. You can't evict an idea. Never be afraid to stand up to the tyranny of our misguided brothers. Be fearless of death, and a true ambassador of peace, for love is the only remedy of hatred.
"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule." -The Buddha-
Quit expecting something from the 'external' dream to make you happy. This will only cause anxiety, sadness, and suffering. All the happiness you have ever experienced in your life has always arisen from within, even when you were deceived into believing that it had arisen from material objects and external scenarios... All comes from within... When this is fully 'realized' you allow yourself to experience the infinite bliss of your true divine and eternal nature... :)