Satori Publishing in association with Inspirational Storytellers presents…
Eyesight To The Blind launches; a journey from darkness into light. Here for the first time on my blog is the cover in all its glory. Also, to whet your appetite, I have posted the introduction that precedes Chapter One. I hope you find it of interest.
“I’m going to take you on a journey. It’s going to be a bit of a bumpy ride and quite painful at times, but it will be worth it. You will stumble and fall with me, but you will also laugh and soar too, as I let you into the beautifully dysfunctional world that is my life. I’m going to take your hand and lead you every step of the way, enabling you to experience every grimace, every moment of madness and every belly laugh, as I fumble my way from a place of complete unconsciousness and darkness to a place of Love. “How is he going to do that”? I can hear you screaming! Well, I’ll tell you.
I have written every story, every phase, every chapter of my life in accordance with the mind-set and understanding that I had at the time. I have refrained from using bad language, but I have written in a language that is “me”. After all, you can take the boy out of North London, but you can never take North London out of the boy. The idea is that you evolve and grow with me through mutual experience; reader and writer together, hand in hand. We won’t quite be skipping along golden sands together, but it will be a lot of fun; trust me.
You will meet many characters along the way, which brings me to quite an important bit. If you are one of these characters and I have mentioned you by name; you are either dead or I think you are a legend. If I have changed your name, you are either not dead, I don’t think you are a legend, or I do think you are a legend but I’ve written about something that might embarrass you.
Even though I started to awaken in 2001, life remained, by and large, a comedy of errors until Zen found me in 2016; you don’t find Zen, it finds you. Life is still a bit of a comedy show, but I now have more clarity and understanding than at any other stage. I will take you through the darkness, I will give you an insight into what life on the road is like for a medium; I will also give you a glimpse into the world of astral travelling. However, the main message I want to get across to the reader is that you do not have to be one of life’s victims. So, I suggest plenty of fluids and a big bag of popcorn; enjoy the ride!
It has occurred to me that we humans are a very strange species indeed; as if we didn’t already know that. We are very quick to judge and be suspicious of people who have lived a bit, and maybe committed what society deems to be “crimes”. But, it has been said many times before; the world is paradoxical and we also have a thing called relativity. We only know things that we judge to be “good”, because we have also judged other things as being “bad”. This is the nature of relativity and judgement.
Hypothetically, if you lived on a council estate in South London and you had a couple of kids in their early teens, who would you want guiding them at the local youth club? Would you want someone who can describe what a cream tea tastes like and who may be able to describe what the inside of a church looks like? Or, would you want someone who has been down the rocky road of life, experienced dark times; maybe even gotten on the wrong side of the law, but who has come out the other side? Someone who can apply their life experience to the lives of others and help them in the process. Someone who recognises that look on the face of a youngster that says, “help me”.
The thing with life is that it is meant to be the way it is; our world couldn’t function any other way. The Divine play of life is a complete process; we cannot filter out the things we judge to be bad or wrong. All is experience and all experience has relevance regardless of the way things may seem to be on the surface.
In the above-mentioned hypothetical situation, I know who I would want guiding my kids; but then again, that’s just my judgement.
What’s the difference between a lunatic playing the piano and a concert pianist playing the piano? After all, they are both playing the same notes. The difference is the same as between Zen and organised religion. Like the concert pianist, the Zen person is in flow; everything is in order; there is acceptance of “what is”. When a madman plays the piano, the notes may be the same, but they are bashed out at random; he is just playing fragments. This is the same with organised religion; it is a fragmented series of stories that are someone else’s experience. These stories have been packaged and pedaled to the masses in the hope that the masses will believe blindly.
To practise organised religion, you need the three Ds; doctrine, dogma and deity. All are creations of the mind and are therefore of the ego. The only purpose they serve is to keep the individual in ignorance. The religious person is constantly seeking the unseekable; something that is in the future, whereas the Zen person knows there is nothing to seek. The Zen person knows that spiritual awakening is the understanding that you are already awake.
Listen to the music of silence, it will tell you everything you need to know.
Fancy a bit of blasphemy? Well, you’re out of luck because it doesn’t exist.
Oh, go on then, it does… but only in people’s heads. How can you insult a deity that is apparently above and beyond anything we can imagine? Being “insulted” is something that us humans feel because of the presence of our egos. It’s the relative opposite of feeling smug due to being praised. In fact, there isn’t even a deity to blaspheme against. There is however, Infinite Consciousness; which transcends the human condition, is therefore without ego and cannot be disrespected. Even if we try we cannot insult consciousness.
The only deity that’s of any relevance is the one you can see when you look in the mirror. Don’t be fooled by religious dogma!
Here’s a picture of a rainbow for you; completely random! Wishing you sunshine and happiness!
Here, for your enjoyment are a few pics from my recent visit to Westonbirt Arboretum, which is just four miles down the road from me. Incredibly, even though I’ve been there a couple of times before, it was when I … Continue reading →
Wow! What a statement, “out of my mind”. There was a time when that was all I wanted to be; but it usually involved engaging the help of some really good drugs or a rather cheeky red. These days being out of my mind has a whole new meaning. I’ll rewind a bit first.
I remember when my true self was in the early stages of emerging. I was quite involved with Spiritualism, and meditations were wonderous experiences with crystals, colours, angels, animals and spirit guides etc. I remember thinking that I had really arrived somewhere; not realising that the experiences I was having, although very pleasant, were of the mind. The universe soon blew away any delusions of grandeur that I had about having “arrived”. I believe it’s fashionable to refer to these kind of meditations as “visualisations” these days.
It was some years before I was to learn the true meaning of being out of my mind. But eventually, Zen found me, introduced me to a state of “no-mind”, and took me in a whole new direction. These days I very rarely meditate in the traditional sense, but quite often experience myself being nothing more than an observer as the shenanigans of life play out before my eyes.
However, I also find myself as confused as ever, as the universe (or whatever you want to call it) constantly highlights all the things that are still holding me back. I am incessantly reminded of all my personal prejudices (as much as I try to deny them); they are constantly there, glaring at me, almost tormenting me and daring me to give them up. They say that awareness, where there once wasn’t any, is half the battle. But the universe is truly relentless in its efforts to completely send me out of my mind.
The humble potato. As you can see, this one is in mid-peel…
I recently found a cyber-friend of mine on another well-known social media site (you know who you are!), and on viewing her page, I came across the most wonderful post. I liked it so much, and it provoked so much thought within me, that I wanted to share it with you here. I am not quoting word for word, but I think you will get the gist; it concerns peeling potatoes; or as I like to call them, “spuds”. It goes something like this..
Religion based spirituality – Peeling potatoes, thinking about God.
Zen spirituality – Peeling potatoes.
At first glance you would think that the religious person is a goody-two-shoes; thinking about God whilst engaged in a fairly mundane task. However, unless you have an understanding of Zen and are able to look deeper into what is being said, there is a good chance that this is the only conclusion you will draw.
In the first example, the person’s mind is active; and is therefore giving life to the non-existent ego, or false self.
In the second example, the person is simply Being and is therefore at one with “All That Is”.
It has occurred to me that Zen is the direct experience of our own Divinity.