Enlightenment

The leap of faith

The Tao te Ching says:
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened

Everyone,on one level or another, is searching for enlightenment; the state of mind and ‘beingness’ that transcends the apparent ugliness of the world we perceive. Enlightenment has been described as a journey; a journey of self examination in which we have to change everything we know and understand about ourselves; and possibly you may think that it is reserved for a select few. You can be forgiven if it sounds like a lot of hard work!

The truth is it isn’t a lot of hard work and it is not for a select few; you don’t have to suck on yoghurt, nor do you have to become a toothless yogi and renounce all your possessions and sit in an uncomfortable position for hours on end gazing at your navel to become enlightened; but by gaining enlightenment you will certainly experience a completely new perspective of life but most importantly your self. The only things you will need to sacrifice and renounce is your current beliefs; that which you have been taught is true and correct; or that which you think is keeping you safe. None of them exist but may have been working for you up until now. Change is the only constant in this world.

Enlightenment is a state of mind in which you begin to live a life from a completely different understanding and intellect; it changes your old thoughts (those ones that tell you what you think is true and probably unconscious of) into new and self empowering thoughts. If you knew how close you are to enlightenment right now, would you jump at the chance?

I get asked the obvious question “If enlightenment was that easy why isn’t everybody enlightened? “. The truth is this: You are already enlightened but you may not be conscious or aware of it. Enlightenment is such a personal thing; all you need to do is understand your present condition; stop fighting it (yourself). If you sat still long enough to create a bit of silence within your mind you’d discover that the silence itself is enlightened.

The biggest challenge is to silence the mind. And this is the fundamental error. You don’t have to silence the mind; it is already silent. Your brain is the one that makes all the noise; your mind is the one that observes it all; your powerful mind is the one you’ve been searching for all this time and maybe didn’t know it. I’ll repeat it: enlightenment is a state of mind. Discover your mind again and you discover enlightenment; be the enlightenment (live it) and you live your life as an ‘enlightened one’.

Your brain, your heart and your body is a technology that far out-reaches anything mankind (or humans if you’re wanting to be a bit PC) could possibly create. The mind is that part within you that is unconditioned and unseen. If it is focused upon the yelling and screaming of the brain then that is all it will be able to create in your external world. If it is focused upon the heart, it then begins to create “your hearts desires”. Attitudes change and with the change of attitude comes a change of the perception of your life; your thoughts will become things that you can work with and easier to focus upon . The path to enlightenment involves understanding the technology of the heart and brain and how it can either work for you or against you. This is probably the most difficult part of the journey because we have been taught a lot of stuff about the brain and the mind that is completely error ridden. But we believe it without question; therein lies the problem. We have forgotten to question the truth of some of the education we have received; to question and investigate a belief or our education is a right we seem to have forgotten; we, for the most part, have taken someone else’s ideas as fact without the process of investigation, we’ve become lazy and solely reliant on those who think they know, when maybe they don’t! Religion is a fine example! Cross the barrier of belief and question those teachings and you find you self being branded as a sinner; an outcast at least; our right to question our education has received the same treatment; how dare we question those that know! Maybe they only know in part and its all a theory? The inherent freedom of your mind is the beginning to your own enlightenment. There’s nothing wrong with education but it is your choice to question it or not; to accept without question is also your right but maybe doing you a lot of harm in the long run. And yes I’ve just had a rant; I’m not apologising for it!

Your enlightenment depends on your own ability to question every belief you have taught yourself (via experiences in life whether good or bad) or have been taught by others. This is the only mental exercise you need to follow at this stage. It takes time but as you begin to accept that there’s a flaw within those beliefs and values you hold so dear, you begin to open up the possibility that none of them matter anyway; in essence you are beginning to give your unconditioned mind a chance to show you something incredibly different and so much more enlightening; the more often you question the quicker the expansion. The ‘light bulb’ moments become more frequent.

The mind doesn’t think; that’s the job of the brain, and it doesn’t feel; that’s the hearts job. The mind is quite steady and impersonal as it observes everything; it is the energy that creates that which it is focused upon.

And here’s the thing; I don’t want you to take my word for it; if you’ve read this with an open mind or a closed one, it doesn’t concern me at all, I’d rather you experience it for your self; become your own mental scientist; allow your own inner discoveries, it’s a lot of fun! Your ‘self ‘ (that which you are) depends upon it. Know and Enjoy yourself!

If you feel you require help with any of this please do not hesitate to call or email me.

Tony Kane 0474 570 063

Email: tonykanecounselling@gmail.com

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The Oneness of Self, Nature and Humanity

Introduction

Public opinion does not endure a theory that does not work in practice. Probably more now than ever before, humanity demands proof of even its highest ideals; for ultimate satisfaction, each person on this planet must find a principle that provides a way of life, whether it be agreeable or not but it must be a principle that can experience as true and real.

Religion, in most forms, has denied a sense of reality to mankind and in many ways so has the broad spectrum of the New Age spiritual movement. In so many of their forms, each one has swung from extreme to extreme and from the sublime to the ridiculous, leaving many who had been involved and hoping for a better life, less inspired and angrier than they had previously experienced. Freedom to think and express one’s self and experience life as a person desires has been stripped from so many individuals who have been told “You must live life this way or face the penalty”. Society has been dumbed down and therefore come under the rule of those who appear to have much and lose much. The basic ideal of oneness has been replaced with a conditioned belief of separateness and power over another. Humanity struggles with itself to find a place of pure freedom; it is at war with itself in its effort to create peace.

The collective focus of humanity is on what it thinks is real in the world today; it is conscious of the possibility of war, conscious of poverty, conscious of everything that is harming the earth and everything on it. And this is the bottom line; most of humanity believes that whatever it experiences via its natural senses must be real and therefore continues to play itself out to an end it doesn’t desire; it’s almost as if humanity has lost its ability to change what it thinks and make itself conscious of a completely different reality. And then there are others who dare to dream of a different reality; one of peace, harmony, oneness and love; each one not taken seriously by main stream society because “these people are crazy to even think of such a thing”. These people are often isolated by society or they isolate themselves; driven into deep states of depression ending in suicide or locked up in institutes because they cannot live in such a hostile world created by those who have no understanding of peace, love and oneness; and yet they are the ones we should be listening to; they have either been beaten into submission and no longer feel their purpose in life or have given up and desire to leave humanity to its destructive ways. The destruction created by humanity is its lack of understanding of its self; it has forgotten what it is and it now follows ideals it can hardly believe in or continue to create; it wants peace and prosperity while creating war and poverty at the same time.

Perception and Belief

Mankind, it seems, is very quickly, coming to a point of implosion; but we have understood this for many years without taking heed. It believes it is bigger than life and nature itself; it has forgotten it is life itself and therefore all of nature. It is all a matter of perception and belief. It has forgotten the truths of the mind and body; in doing so it has forgotten the truth of its own creation.

Perception in ones brain is created by the 5 senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch) which only notice what is happening outside of the body; these send messages to the brain which then creates a perception of the outside world based upon what the brain already knows (knowledge of past experiences); if the brain has no past knowledge to help make sense of the current experience (or partial knowledge) it will seek elsewhere for a rational answer whether it is correct or not; it will become open for interpretation by the one perceiving the experience.

Because of the supposed reality of the perceived experience, the brain then forms a belief (a pattern of thinking) of the reality which the mind then can be focused upon whether it is a healthy belief or not. And this is the cause of many of the issues facing humanity. It really has no idea of the truth it perceives and the mind that creates it. If we had no senses to rely upon; no sight, no hearing, no taste, no smell and no touch then what would perception be? The brain would have nothing to rely upon for any information and therefore perception would either not exist or it would be completely different; the most important part of this is that the perception of self would be ‘no-thing’. To explain this better, with any type of perception, the brain always desires to create a ‘form’ of some thing; it has to have something solid to base its opinions and perceptions upon; if it has no perception of itself it then has no choice but to seek information from within because it has no perception of anything outside itself.

Consciousness and the Mind

Because of its perceptions, created purely from an external source (the 5 senses), mankind has become conscious only of its surroundings and the experiences it creates. In a very real way it has lost consciousness; it has become trapped within an illusion of its own making; although with that being said, mankind is beginning to reconnect with its own consciousness; moving away from what has been deemed as normal; it is beginning to break free from its phobias of the past.

It seems that, generally speaking, mankind has forgotten it has a mind of its own and that this mind is the most powerful part of its being. The mind is not what we think; it is the observer of what we think; as it observes and becomes focused upon what it observes, it creates. If it is focused upon the past, the past experience is all it will create; if it is focused upon the perception of the world the brain has received, that perception of the world is all it will create. There needs to be a conscious change of perception; not so much on what we think we already know but upon what we truly desire. This will take a shift of consciousness; off the world and into self. Each one of us can achieve this state of consciousness just by acknowledging desire, where desires come from and knowing that the focused mind can and will change all that we perceive.

Aristotle was quoted as saying “The energy of the mind is the essence of life” and Tesla was quoted “The Gift of Mental Power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we focus our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great Power”. Both great minds, one ancient and the other very recent but the message is the same; our minds are the energy of life and the power of it comes with the ability to focus upon it and to focus it upon desire. This can only be found within self; within you! For centuries, Christian teachers of the Bible have extolled the virtues and teachings of Jesus and I’m wondering what they didn’t get when he said “The kingdom of heaven is within you”, and again “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” This message is repeated so many times throughout the whole Bible but seemed to have been completely misunderstood. Yes, the Bible holds many secrets to the Truth but Religion has taken its power away from mankind for whatever reason that seemed necessary at the time; mainly to control the freedom and power of the masses. When it comes to the Bible, all I’m saying is don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

But to get back to the power of the mind, you need to understand that the mind doesn’t think; it observes thought and is the power behind creating life for you based upon whatever your brain habitually thinks. The mind is silent; it is the brain that makes all the noise. To learn to become your own mind instead of someone else’s is your prime target in life; the mind is akin to “The Spirit of God” (Genesis) and the power or energy of the mind is God, the creator. That’s right; both are the same but with different jobs to do. The Spirit of God (mind without thought) provides God (the energy of the mind) with the motivation and direction to carry out exactly what Spirit of God desires; the kingdom of heaven in action. As and when you cease taking any notice of your current worldly perceptions and the thoughts you entertain because of those perceptions, you will begin to become aware of a different type of thinking; thoughts that have a creative but positive power of their own, coming from within; your perceptions will change.

Mankind is at the beginning of such an important stage of change or evolution; it is the beginning of expanded consciousness. Yes, some would say that this has been happening now for decades and I fully agree. But as we progress further in time, there seems to be an urgency that is shortening our perspective of the time we have left; things are moving along faster more now than ever to some sort of explosive culmination; this is the transition. This transition will take on many forms; some will appear good and some not so great; but it is up to each individual to become aware of their patterned behaviours, beliefs and values, and discard them to discover an expanded consciousness throughout this transition. Those old patterned beliefs and ancient prejudices will not work in this world anymore; sexism of any sort, homophobia, racism, abuse of any type, all those beliefs that cause separation are slowly being brought out into the light of day and we are being forced to deal with them. The choice is to accept them, the wrong they have caused and create a change within, or we can deny it all and die in our own shame; although the temptation is to become so extreme in our decisions to do the correct thing, we become ‘politically correct’ which is just another form of denial favouring looking good rather than discovering the truth and actually living it.

On Facebook we can consciously connect to other peoples dramas and unconsciously bring them into our experience of life; the very same thing happens while watching the news or any type of media; it is bringing drama into our consciousness that we really don’t need, although if you have the ability to disconnect from the drama and come back to self then you’re doing okay. But for many people, the ability to disconnect is almost impossible and therefore the drama begins to play out in their own lives from their own perception of life. This may sound crazy to some, but just like the internet which can only exist in ether; it’s not physical to start with but takes a form of reality on phones and computers but still doesn’t exist until it is consciously focused upon by the one viewing it; at that time it becomes real. Life is much the same; as soon as we begin to focus on anything outside of ourselves it will begin to take a form based upon the perception of it. Such is the power of the focused mind. The process needs to be one of being able to release your mind from the perceived drama and come back to self or your own mind. Let others create their own world without you being consciously involved in it so that you can create yours the way you like.

Again, just like the internet, TV, and other forms of media, it is all energy taking a form of one type or another; our minds are the same type of energy but it is the ‘thing’ that transforms that particular energy into a solid form; it transforms no’ thing’ into some ‘thing’. We can control it or not; we can make a perception real and solid or we can let it go and focus our transformative energy of the mind on something far better. It’s all a psychological drama created by the pre-programmed brain which is unconsciously focused upon by the conscious and creative energy of the mind.

Mankind has taken more notice of the world around it than it has of itself; this has been the problem all along and somehow we need to get back to the reality of ourselves and the ability to create a better world through the use of a very intelligent but silent and powerful mind. Everyone can do this, even you! At the beginning of this narrative I suggested that mankind cannot endure a theory that does not work in practice; it needs solid proof! The practice of meditational mindfulness is the proof the theory works; the experience of being your mind rather than being your thoughts is the only proof you require.

Oneness and the Mind

Humanity sees and creates a perception after it receives the relevant information through its 5 senses, which in essence creates a perception of ‘different’ or a perception of ‘separateness; “I am different to them because I am white/black etc” or “They are bad/ugly/poor/rich etc” or “I am not as good as them” are good examples of creating difference or separateness and it obviously gets worse than this. It takes a lot of judgment about others and self to come up with these perceptions; but they are only perceptions based upon what the brain has been taught. The mind on the other hand makes no differentiation and knows it is not separate from anything because it is the same energy that created everything in the first place; so as one connects to the mind and consciously becomes it, this person will not perceive any separateness at all; in fact the person who applies him/herself in the understanding and operation of their mind will discover that the same mind that they observe with is the exact same energy and mind that all others are operating under. To know and understand the mind, where it comes from and how it works is the first and foremost task of all human beings; without this basic knowledge all humanity is in darkness or unconsciousness; all hell reigns and all hell is created; everything becomes separated and disjointed with no cohesion of unified thought or peace.

John Lennon hinted at the ability to ‘imagine’ all that humanity is seeking and desiring; everyone thought the song was great but not many were able to see the truth in the ability to create what he saw and sung about. Imagination is a power of the brain that the heart and mind takes notice of more than thought.

Imagination and the Mind

The imagination is extremely vivid given the chance. Have you ever stopped thinking long enough to observe what each thought is creating in your imagination? Try it; you may be surprised to ‘see’ each thought creating a picture or video that your mind is focusing upon. Now have a look at the outer manifestation of your lives; do your lives and the way you live it match your imaginations or the imagined scenarios in your head? Your imagination is one of the most powerful gifts of the brain you possess; between the feelings of your heart and your imagination lays the secret to becoming one with self, nature and humanity. The imagination can be used to produce a subjective picture that will assist the heart to feel whatever it is you want to feel; once the mind continuously focuses on the feelings and picture, you will begin to sense that you are already that which you desire to be; the mind will set about creating the subjective picture and feelings into reality; it becomes an objectified truth; you will live it in reality.

The Technology of thought, feeling and mind.

Thoughts and feelings go hand in hand; one creates the other. There is a certain quality hidden inside of all men, women and children that remains silent but extremely understanding and powerful; to acquire this silent being you don’t have to struggle stopping the thinking brain; all you need to do is observe the brain and its goings on; you don’t need to stop any feelings; just observe them. The observer is this quiet, understanding powerful being; it is wanting to know what it is you desire; this being is the invisible you (your spirit if you like). The technology of the brain, heart and body is at your ‘beings’ command.

Many people have the greatest difficulty trying to access their Inner Being; their True Self. If you are interested in being your True and Authentic Powerful Self please contact Tony on 0474570063 or email tonykanecounselling@gmail.com.

Man versus God.

Life takes some interesting turns and twists while we journey through it. I know from my own experience that life is pretty damned exciting…even if I dislike whats going on at the time. But you see, that’s the point of living this life. Discovery and excitement.

Discovering what, you may ask? For me, its been about discovering a sense of Truth. From a very young age I was always interested in this thing we have to come know as “God”!!! Being bought up as a Catholic and later on, investigating and trying out other facets of the Christian belief (Baptists, AOG, and other “Happy/Clappy”, “tongues speaking”, “faith healing” types), I must admit to being fairly lost in it all. And all the promises of freedom, love and happiness were cut short because of the way I expressed the freedom I thought I had. I’m not blaming anyone, but it was bloody hard work and emotionally draining at the time. But I think many of us have been there when the chips are down and we are looking for some sort of answer.

But my interest in the Bible and the “so-called” Truth of it never left me. So much so, I’ve studied it for years. From a holistic counsellors point of view it became even more important to me because I was and still am working with people who are seeking answers to their particular issues…and some of them (the issues) are quite dangerous.

Over the last few years, I have been challenged by many clients. Such wonderful people they are as well. I have also been challenged by my partner, which has never been an easy thing to accept. I think we all know what this is like…at least at sometime in our lives. But the challenge kept coming through over and over again. The challenge was “Be more Authentic”! And here I was thinking and believing that I was being authentic and just being me. I had been fairly relaxed up until this point.

Anyway, one thing has led to another and I have gone digging in different books and reading things that again were challenging me in the same way. In one book I read this quote, “Man is man and God is man”. To say that it jolted me is an understatement. So I personalised it. I wrote in my journal “Tony is Tony and God is Tony”. I stared at it and began to understand the “authenticity” of that statement. Clarity rang through like a piercing bell. You see I’ve never believed that we are God as such but I’ve always wanted to now what Jesus talked about when he said. “Father and I are One”. There are many trains of thought that say and assert that we are God. I find that hard to believe…but Ive known that our thoughts but more importantly our feelings are the very things that we create life with. Everything starts with a thought and if it is coupled together with a passionate feeling…we have the ingredients for creation. So in a way we are gods (small “g”) but not God (big “G”).

Still, I go back to what I wrote in the journal, “Tony is Tony and God is Tony”. Try it if you like. _____________ (insert your name) is ______________ (insert your name) and God is _______________ (insert your name). I don’t know about you, but it meant a lot to me. So, true to form I went back to the Bible, but with a different way of reading it. I was amazed at what I found. The 10 Commandments for instance were not the same. Instead of reading them with a “Thou shalt not….” I found that they actually mean “Thou cant…”!!! That was different, but it meant that those commandments were something else again and not commandments as we know them from an “egoic” or logical point of view. Then…I read the Sermon on the Mount, The Lords Prayer, and a few other scriptures and the meanings were totally different. I began to see that the way to authenticity was understanding that within the Bible are certain texts that show 100% how to be “God is Tony”. God is God and Man is definitely Man…but God is Man. The biggest paradox of them all…and it all makes total sense. But it also means that we can very easily set ourselves up against God. We make war within ourselves about different things and war against God. The odds are stacked against man I’m afraid…but thats a good thing. Look at the mess we have created so far.

In reading books on meditation (and practicing it daily) and a practitioner of Consciousness and Awareness, I have discovered that I can become “One” with the “God is Tony”. And in many ways I have discovered an authenticity I was never aware of. I have also discovered a peace and love that I most definitely wasnt aware of.

Well, I’m going to leave this here and do some more work. I just wanted to share this with you and hope that you get something out of it. Thanks for reading!