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9/11: Trouble with you is The trouble with me Got two good eyes But we still don't see...

Let's follow this wise diagnosis by doctors J Garcia and R Hunter to SEE where it leads us...

[Verse 1]

People hand in hand

Have I lived to see the milk and honey land?

Where hate's a dream and love forever stands

Or is this a vision in my mind?

[Verse 2]

The law was never passed

But somehow all men feel they are truly free at last

Have we really gone this far through space and time

Or is this a vision in my mind?

Two for Keith Crocker...

Wisdom teachers in many traditions alert us to the critical importance of seeing...

HOW we see determines WHAT we see...and can't see.

Recognizing our Biases

CAC faculty member Brian McLaren has done thoughtful and helpful research about what makes us see things so differently from one another. He identified thirteen biases that we outline today. Being a former pastor and an excellent communicator, Brian found a waanaisy to make these complex ways of seeing simple and memorable. He writes:

People can’t see what they can’t see. Their biases get in the way, surrounding them like a high wall, trapping them in ignorance, deception, and illusion. No amount of reasoning and argument will get through to them, unless we first learn how to break down the walls of bias. . . .

Clicking the "NEXT" link at the lower right will bring you to the next meditation in this series.

The Role of Consciousness

This paradigm is part our our family's current explorations and centers around the pioneering work of Dr. David Hawkins. Among this evening's search results was a website that greeted my arrival with this pop up:

And my Alice decided to stay and see where I was led...

[Article begins with] In the book Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, there’s a hierarchy of levels of human consciousness. It’s an interesting paradigm. If you read the book, it’s also fairly easy to figure out where you fall on this hierarchy based on your current life situation.

From low to high, the levels of consciousness are: shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, reason, love, joy, peace, enlightenment.

While we can pop in and out of different levels at various times, usually there’s a predominant “normal” state for us. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re at least at the level of courage because if you were at a lower level, you’d likely have no conscious interest in personal growth.

The Dualistic Mind

[From the meditation] Dualistic thinking, or the “egoic operating system,” as my friend and colleague Cynthia Bourgeault calls it, is our way of reading reality from the position of our private and small self. “What’s in it for me?” “How will I look if I do this?” This is the ego’s preferred way of seeing reality. It is the ordinary “hardware” of almost all Western people, even those who think of themselves as Christians. The church has neglected its central work of teaching prayer and contemplation, allowing the language of institutional religion itself to remain dualistic and largely argumentative. We ended up confusing information with enlightenment, mind with soul, and thinking with experiencing—yet these are very different paths.

Clicking the "NEXT" link at the lower right will bring you to the next meditation in this series.

Third Eye Seeing

Why is the pineal gland called the “third eye?”

Since the pineal gland was the last of the endocrine glands to be discovered — and scientists still aren’t fully sure of all of its functions — the pineal gland has long been a “mysterious” organ. The pineal gland was commonly called the “third eye” for many reasons, including its location deep in the center of the brain and its connection to light via the circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion. Many spiritual traditions believe it serves as a connection between the physical and spiritual worlds.

Chakras are prominent in certain forms of Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism. The third eye chakra is considered to be the sixth chakra in your body. It’s believed to be linked to perception, awareness and spiritual communication and linked to the pineal gland. While there’s no scientific evidence to support these claims, many forms of spirituality and cultures emphasize the importance of the third eye chakra and the pineal gland.

Rasta Vision: Eye and Eye...are ONE...

One love...One heart...

ONE...more time...Around our common home...

MYopia...Try to see it MY way...

Two good eyes is a starting point...

Need to bring the L and R together to focus better...

"Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world"


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