Impulse and Asceticism

Your very consciousness is actually object free. The path of yoga is any and all means by which you discover the ambiance of your primacy and then learn to trust it absolutely.

Consciousness, consciousness of a world, and awareness of experience, have come about quite involuntarily. At the risk of offending a handful of New Age authors and a few billion reincarnationists, you had nothing to do with the primacy of felt experience being foisted upon you.

Though it may be an unusual perspective, one could say that all humans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome (feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor).

You’re the unwitting victim of conscious awareness and have quite surreptitiously and without express permission adapted to this nefarious heist with sufficient agreeability that you think you are actually enjoying all this.

But lo and behold you will likely find more than a few reasons to begin to mistrust experience, or suffer the many indignities of being a creature in a world, and wisely seek somehow to suffer less. This effort will fail of course, but you don’t know that yet, you still have a lot of living to do so you can keep on trying.

Obviously, one consumes one’s experiential allotment with each passing moment, but we hope there is sufficient time remaining to get somewhere where we might suffer less, downward dog anyone?

In a nutshell (best place to be for us nuts), whatever this is, implicate, explicate, convergent, divergent, fated or novel, it is doing itself down to the quark which suggests that you have no role to play in being who and how you are.

Such is the nature of impulse. If you ignore the presence, the arising, the hypnotism that is impulse, you are fated to respond to it in habitual ways which necessarily limits the flux and wobble of what you perceive and intuit to be true about you.

So, from the perspective of applied yoga, first learn to attend to the streaming and quite nuanced presence of impulse before you go off all half-cocked with your clever ideas and opinions about everything.

Get to know impulse (despite the distance) as intimately as you can, we’ll explore applied asceticism in our next post.

Night Sky Sangha

A Pesar de la Distancia: Cami Galofre

Edith Ubuntu Chan

In this interview by Charles Eisenstein, they talk of cabbages and kings.

  • Edith’s son remembers life between lives, before he was in the womb, including watching over his future mother

  • They talk about a 10-day retreat in total darkness, during which Edith entered an altered state and developed convictions for her future calling

  • Does water carry more information than standard chemistry tells us?

Do we have the Big Bang all wrong?

The Big Bang crossed the line from being a way of looking at he world to a scientific theory when Penzias and Wilson discovered the 3 degree microwave background in 1965. The temperature of the radiation supported a calculation of how much of the matter in the first 3 minutes of the Big Bang would end up as hydrogen and how much as helium. The calculation correctly predicted proportions in the sun and especially in old stars which were presumed to have arisen before much of the hydrogen could have gone over into helium within stars.

Since then, that calculation has had to be amended, and new factors added, some of them having no observational support. I’m talking about dark matter and dark energy. It’s now fair to ask whether there are alternatives to the Big Bang. Hans-Jörg Fahr has one, in which the 3 degree microwaves are “thermalized starlight”, supported by photons that interact directly with other photons.

Read more from Nautilus

Cosmic Microwave Background: Remnant of the Big Bang | Space

Grace = 貢

The dancer moves with effortless finesse
Her gestures don’t depend on conscious thought,
But like a free, untethered astronaut,
Require no exertion, cause no stress.

In awe of her achievement, we assume
Such talent as came with her from the womb
Required ten thousand hours for her to groom,
Until she glides with exquisite aplomb.

To act with grace, please put your thoughts aside.
You’ve practiced what you’ve practiced, day by day—
This exigency is what all was for;
Your cultured habits will sustain you, or
They won’t; but should you try to override
Your impulse, your mind will lead you astray.

— JJM = #22 in the I Ching Sonnet Project

Homo sapiens ≠ Homo economicus

At the foundation of economic theory is the assumption that individual humans are genetically programmed to take as much as they can get, everyone else be damned. This is the classical justification for governments policing economic activity. It’s even used to justify the very idea of private property, since resources held in common would inevitably be over-exploited by competing individuals.

So it’s a radical thing that Elinor Ostrom has done with her career, documenting communities around the world where people have self-organized to share resources in ways that work well for everyone. Fishermen agreeing to conserve lobsters. Farmers cooperating to create irrigation projects. Indigenous hunters sharing each catch with the village.

Sure there are examples of resource wars, but there are at least as many examples of outcomes that work for everyone. Corporations, on the other hand, behave typically like Homo economicus.

Elinor Ostrom won the (ersatz) Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009

Everyone is a World

Everyone is a world, peopled
by blind beings in dark commotion
against the self the king who rules them.
In every soul thousands of souls are trapped,
in every world thousands of worlds are hidden
and these blind, these underworlds
are real and living, though incomplete,
as true as I am real. And we kings
and princes of the thousand possibilities in us
are ourselves servants, trapped
in some greater creature, whose self and being
we grasp as little as our own superior
his superior. Our own feelings have taken
the color of their love and death.

As when a mighty steamship passes
far out, under the horizon, lying
in the evening glitter— And we don’t know about it
until the swell reaches us on the shore,
first one, then another, and then many
which strike and boom until everything has become
as before. — Yet everything is different.

So we shades are troubled by a strange unease
When something tells us that others have gone ahead,
That some of the possibilities have been released.

— Gunnar Ekelöf was born this day in 1907

How deep is an ocean wave? - BBC Science Focus Magazine

Anarchist’s Love Song

the slander-mongering-propagandist-prophet scrolls
bold words
with hooligan-colored crayons
and calls it scripture

the media-stained-icon-self-proclaimed-virgin-saints
preach a gospel of blind submission
as we cry tears of blood
and bear the marks of crucifixion

i receive their sacraments
but they do not sit well in my stomach
i am uneasy as i attempt to worship in their temple
forcing myself to recite their liturgy

but silently

Joseph Crow Riley

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
— H. L. Mencken

Experience being pure consciousness

The goal of this meditation is to disengage from viewing yourself in terms of physical, material qualities, in order that you can experience yourself as existing in the form of pure consciousness. Start by closing your eyes and observing whatever thoughts and feelings you experience. Rather than thinking you are the one thinking these thoughts or having these feelings, realize that you are the one observing a human who is having such thoughts and feelings. Recognize that you are not your thoughts, and you are not your feelings. Say to yourself, “I am the one who observes a human having thoughts and feelings.” Imagine in this state of awareness that all possible realities are now accessible to you, and you can see where the results of each choice and each decision lead. Realize that in this state of being pure consciousness, the most enjoyable and best realities present themselves to you easily and effortlessly.
— Cynthia Sue Larson Quantum Jump