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July 25, 2020
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin 1844 - 1917 French Sculpturer
Do we think too much and feel too little? Where do thoughts come from and how do we manage what enters our consciousness without our permission?
What's the difference between the ego-mind and the 'higher' divine mind? How much do our thoughts, wanted and unwanted, control us and how much do we control them?
The following is an excellent article by Marie-Ève Bonneau, CENTEREDWITHIN.ORG, (used with permission) that speaks to the distractions of the ego-mind that can lead us astray.
UNWINDING THE MIND
It’s not our deepest being that is afflicted, confused, lost, or fragmented. It is our minds.
Mind is looping, spun out, hung up, locked down. Mind is keeping us anywhere but here, attached to our stories, leading us astray, weaving fallacies, taking us away from the beauty of beingness that is continually shining through us as us.
Mind has stories of every kind, every colour, stories of what’s working, stories of what’s broken, stories about stories, even stories about how we are awakening, how we’re ascending.
Mind running rampant is hooked, invested, transfixed, bewildered, obsessed, distracted... Even our noblest of journeys at its mercy can get distilled into repetitive, canned stories.
The treasure in the centre of the room is obstructed by thousands of stories spinning, never-ending, never truly progressing. Stories of self, stories of past, stories of the future. Never arriving, always sidestepping, clinging, grasping, controlling...and all the while the shining beauty of the One is trampled like a precious flower on the roadway of mind.
Never arriving, always striving, perpetually missing the quench of the Holy, mind bypasses the present for an ever-elusive ‘something better’ that never comes.
A sign of an awakening mind is one that is less transfixed by the stories, less consumed by the thoughts and thinking, more in touch with the felt simplicity and realness of this present moment.
Entranced beings lose touch with beingness and then run to’ and fro’ trying to find that which they are that they’ve lost touch with.
Stories are mistaken for reality. Mind is mistaken for the source of life. A false god is being worshipped.
Overfed but undernourished: There is no amount of thinking or contrivance of mind that can connect us to the true essence of our beings.
We don’t need more mental constructs or ideas, or formulas. We need tastes of what’s real. We need to step back from thought—many are not even our own. We must release our fixation with thinking and bring devoted attention to any other touchstone of reality.
Too much thinking obstructs the senses, dulls the ears, the eyes, taste, and touch. We become disembodied mental chatterboxes caught in old tracks that aren’t even true, and these untruths can hijack months, years, lifetimes.
The wind in the leaves. When is the last time you watched and truly saw the wind flutter leaves?
Bare feet on earth. This sensation can stir your heart and your whole body awake if you let it.
Breath. Connect to this sacred simple thread of life that chooses you again and again. It is choosing you now.
Please come back to what is real. Allow your mind to unwind.
Presence awaits you with the most exquisite tenderness. She will make you whole, dissolve your imagined woes, and return you to the peace that is encoded in your innermost being.
What you need is what is here now. Not what thinking tells you that you need. What is truly needed—unconditional sustenance for your body, heart, and soul.
As long as your cup is overfilled, there is no room for the Holy. It is the Holy that will give you what all your mind stories will not.
The grace of God is never not here. Give your self back to your Self.
Copyright 2020 Marie-Ève Bonneau
Throughout the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series, there are several passages on the topic of thoughts of the mind. I will include just one excerpt.
Excerpt from ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE ASCENT
As I rose to my feet, I stood there, noticing how expansive the views had become here and how clear everything seemed compared to the Lowlands. I wondered if the dark clouds that constantly covered the Lowlands were actually projections of their brooding thoughts, casting a veil over the land. Having lived there for so long, I wasn’t sure. I began to suspect the Lowlanders had consciously, or unconsciously, drawn the dark clouds of their collective consciousness, dimming and obscuring the vision of whatever may exist beyond.
This time, however, I knew something profound had happened in the subliminal spheres of my mind. Rather than fading away, it continued to become more pronounced, to the point the impressions intruded into my consciousness throughout the day.
Even common experiences of my daily life took on an intriguing, mystical hue, as though my mind was drifting into some rarified domain. Life felt more purposeful, my thoughts more profound and meaningful, as though there was someplace I was destined, and yet not knowing where.
The mind is necessary but not sufficient. In fact, the mind when acting alone, rather than from a higher synthesis, of union with the heart (Tertium Organum). For more posts on this theme go to
Which is it: Plato or Aristotle?
Union of Heart and Mind
July 18, 2020
Before passing away in a car accident at the age of twenty-four in 1955, James Dean, legendary Hollywood actor, made a series of prescient statements about mortality and immortality. What's important in his statement is not so much what he said as to why he might have spoken of this just before his accident.
On this topic, another James, the one in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series is involved in a discussion with two immortals who he exists with on an alternate state of consciousness.
From Chapter 6 of Book 1, THE ASCENT.
‘The longer you’re here,’ Mo said, ‘the more you will come to realize what seems literal is never just literal but inextricably linked to what’s inwardly figurative. Whether Logos or mythos, life is a dynamic expression of both. As you often hear us say, as within, so without. Whatever you outwardly manifest derives from the thoughts you have created within. That’s why your outward ascent is only as difficult or rewarding as your inward ascent.
‘Unlike Sisyphus, who struggled to roll his heavy boulder up the Mountain, there will be less toil the higher you ascend until only your lightness of being remains. Have you ever noticed how the word light, refers to both illumination and weight?’ Eli asked. ‘When illuminated by the Light of the Spirit, the weight of your burdens becomes so lightened that they eventually cease to exist.’
‘I suppose,’ I said, ‘it’s always easier to lighten up when you see some light at the end of the tunnel. Or on top of a mountain… especially if it happens to be an orb,’ I chuckled at my wit.
‘It is easier, indeed,’ Mo said. ‘That’s why you will come to find that this Summit is only a base camp for even more spectacular Summits to come, should you wish to ascend further up. While you are with us, you will experience Summits you would never have known of in a million years while occupying your dense earth body!
‘Though you may feel you are in an unfamiliar dimension of reality, you aren’t. It’s a higher octave that has always remained ensconced within your being, as one with your soul. Sometimes it surfaces as intuition or, as with you at times, a vision of the Mountain.
‘Whenever a person sheds their physical body, the immortal body can manifest in the higher vibratory form of the soul. As it is written, this mortal shall have put on immortality. The immortal body you now see is an outward expression of the soul’s immortal spiritual essence. But the version of your body in London is far from immortal; in fact, it’s barely hanging on to its mortality. What you’re experiencing now is for keeps, formed and sustained by divine light. It’s always there with or without the mortal shell.’
‘Do we appear as ghosts to you?’ Eli asked. 'Rather, what you’re experiencing now is your glorious body sheath. That’s why you don’t seem disembodied, because you’re not, no more than when you occupy your biological body. It’s more a case of your supposed physical body being dispirited when vacated by your soul. This is what happens when it dies.
‘As for you, it’s impossible to die since the soul knows no such thing as death, except for how it may seem for some who chose darkness rather than light, but we’ll talk about that later. Time and space are not the same limiting factors in this dimension; there is no obstruction to your spirit body’s agility when teleporting or engaging in other modes of spiritual experience.’
As I made my way back to the cabin, I thought of how much I wanted to go beyond the old beliefs of the Flatlands where I was so cavalier in dismissing the existence of the soul and its immortality. It had now become apparent how much there is to dismiss when you’re an agnostic. It’s easier that way; you don’t have to work through the questions, just deny what you don’t understand and then feel superior for being able to see through the ignorance of believers who need a crutch.
That was my attitude as a sceptic during those days. But now, I was wondering if I was the one who had the crutch...the crutch of denial.
July 11, 2020
OUR ENTANGLED UNIVERSE
I am the one who comes from what is whole… if one is whole,
one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness.
From the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas (Unearthed near Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1948)
Physicist David Bohm might have been before his time when speaking of the nature of unity in all reality. He worked with Dr Karl Pribram on advancing the idea of the holographic nature of the mind and conferred with Krishnamurti and the Dali Lama regarding various Eastern philosophical presuppositions. He believed these supported his understanding of what cutting-edge science is now confirming (albeit with some dissent).
Not too surprisingly, his ideas were often resisted and shunned by many of the old guard scientific establishment. From what I can tell, many of his wholistic concepts are gaining more credence from quantum physicists, especially those who favour the 'Superstring' theorems.
Ideas of the 'implicate,' enfolded universe opposed the fragmentation implicit in much of Western philosophy and science where parts and effects are assumed to be everything, while an understanding of the whole and causation are largely ignored. Perhaps is why his views seem to have an appreciation for the mystical interpretation of reality.
I tend to agree with many of his views (and don’t know what to do with the rest), along with the concepts of Ken Wilbur’s integration theories became major themes in ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES. See the post WHAT'S A HOLON.
As with Bohm, the novel takes a critical view of western hardcore science, referring to it and much of Western culture as being unimaginative and flat (hence The Flatlands), resistant and often hostile to spiritual transcendence and mysticism.
The following excerpts from ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES, Book Four of the novel series are discussions that address the meaning of wholeness in contradistinction to separation and parts.
‘I’m sure you’ve heard of Lao-Tzu, a very astute man who lived on earth a long time ago. He once said: Wise men hear and see as little children do.’
‘I’m familiar with a number of these ancient Taoist writings, but I wasn’t aware of that quote.’
‘In the future,’ Rhom said, ‘you would do well to study what he had to say. It might help you realize why the Flatlanders have so much difficulty understanding the nature of the universe. For whatever reason, they don’t seem to have the capacity to inwardly discern and understand what their outward eyes see. They see parts, but not the whole.'
‘I’m not sure about that’ I said. ‘Obviously, everyone is aware there is a whole where there are parts.’
‘Yes, but do they ever see beyond the parts? It’s tough to understand the purpose of what things are when everything is understood as being parts and parts of parts, ad infinitum. What is the ultimate purpose of anything without reference to the whole?’
‘For example, the Flatlanders study the brain and the heart but fail to understand the holographic nature of how these and other body parts function and flow as one. For them, the sum of the parts is nothing more than just the sum of the parts. How can they accept the mystery of life when they perceive the whole universe as being nothing more than an aggregation of parts?
‘Since their awareness is limited to tangible objects, and whatever is at hand, they can only see, believe and understand the lowest possible level, being the materialist bedrock of their flat linear perspective.’
As Mo would sometimes say, we must allow ourselves to be apprehended by the divine, rather than attempt to apprehend what remains beyond the soul’s apprehension. I finally grasped that, in essence, all reality is spiritual, and so must be discerned accordingly.
This understanding should have been apparent, but with my years of conditioning, it didn’t come easily. But when it did, it changed everything, making the universe much simpler for me to comprehend. Contrary to material appearances, there is nothing left to reconcile: no dualism of mind and matter, soul and body or even separation of objects. There’s only God’s Spirit from which all emanates, and all remains entangled in this one divine relationship.
Berkeley had it more right than wrong, Descartes had it more wrong than right. And the materialists had, and still have it all wrong. That’s something I would never have said or dared to think before my fall into this domain, but my very existence in this spirit form proved how wrong I had been.
‘That sounds a lot like the holon concept Mo and Eli often talked about. That’s what holons are about; fields within fields, octaves within octaves.’
‘Indeed, they are,’ he said, ‘just another word for the same thing, which is why nothing in the universe remains separate. In this sense, transcending holograms might be understood as what enfolded less inclusive holons. Ultimately, all remain united within the Source, stretching and expanding into the infinity of all that is created and all that might be created… to eternity.
‘Once you understand this, nothing could be more evident. However, those who become mesmerized by separate parts lose their ability to perceive the whole. Such has been the fate of those who dwell in the Flatlands since their beliefs derive in fragmented fields of consciousness. That’s why there seem to be such different interpretations of reality.
‘The larger the holon, however, the greater is the clarity for understanding. And yet, even the most inclusive holon, that holds the earth’s fields of collective consciousness, is but a shadow of the Consciousness of the divine Source.
 Lao Tzu (604 -532 BC) was a Chinese philosopher who became the founder of Taoism.
 While writing this portion of the narrative, I coincidentally found a supportive statement made by Werner Heisenberg (Nobel Prize in Physics 1932): I assert the nature of all reality is spiritual, not material or a dualism of matter and spirit. The hypothesis that its nature can be, to any degree, material, does not enter into my reckoning, because we understand now that matter, the putting together of the adjective material and the noun nature does not make any sense.
In sum, it might be helpful (or confusing) to consider the phrase in the last sentence above regarding the relation of Spirit and matter: "union is the one in the many and the many in the one." In any case, the ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE novel series deals with this further over the course of the seven novels, yet to be released.
July 5 2020
SPIRIT AND MATTER
This astute observation by Sri Aurobindo over a century ago might inspire us to think about what the relationship between Spirit and matter may be. Many materialists in the West say only matter exists, and some in the Eastern tradition says only Spirit exists.
In any case, materialists must acknowledge they sense ‘a something more’ when communicating to others, especially those they love. Those who say there is only Spirit must find it hard to deny what they are seeing.
So, is Spirit any less real than the body we visually see and tangibly feel and audibly communicate with? Is it matter we love, or the Spirit that seems to be contained within the body? Why not both, matter revealing the Spirit within, as Sri Aurobindo stated in this quote a century ago?
These questions could possibly lead to a profound and protracted discussion. For simplicity purposes, I’ve included a couple of excerpts from ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE ASCENT that touches on the metaphysical relationship of Mind/Spirit and Matter. To what degree are they distinct and to what degree are they different manifestations of the one?
From CHAPTER EIGHT
‘As I’m sure you know,' Eli said, 'Aristotelian metaphysics was called First Philosophy or the Principles of Being, which addressed the question of being qua being and the integration of all knowledge, both within and without.
‘For millennia, it was a respectable academic discipline, but now the concept of metaphysics is mostly dismissed by both science and religion. Perhaps they fear their separate orthodoxies will be compromised by becoming admixed with the other’s dogma.
‘They have very different and disparate containers for their separate and mutually exclusive cosmologies which often causes them to war against each other. Rather than determining who’s right, they would be better off and more whole by discovering how their perspectives may inclusively fit and balance each other.
‘Metaphysics, being interdisciplinary by nature, could facilitate this integration. That’s what the prefix meta does when conjoined with the word physics. But unfortunately, in this era of separation and alienation, neither camp wants to have any of this.’
‘That’s another fascinating subject for discussion,’ I said. ‘But let’s first go back and clarify things: my body, my clothing and this unlit cigar – are you saying they’re nothing more than spiritual substance? How can spirit have substance? I’m not so sure many scientists would agree with that.’
‘I’m sure many wouldn’t,’ Mo said. ‘But most of the really smart ones do. They understand the word substance means much more than what is considered material. So, let’s briefly go over this again to help you understand.
‘As we’ve said, all that is experienced, whether in heaven, earth or somewhere else, originates as a conscious thought. Only spirit knows itself because that’s all there is even when manifested as crystallized perception in unlimited ways. Professor Bohm referred to this as frozen light enfolded within the hidden, implicate domain that expresses itself in the explicate order we understand and experience as reality.
‘A rather interesting description don’t you think, James? Now consider where Genesis states, let there be light, in as much as it is understood to give form to the void, we could, with Bohm, call all form frozen light. Could we not then refer to your spirit body as a light form, rather than just biological adaptation for the earth plane.
‘An interesting mix of metaphysics, religion and science,’ I said. ‘Which reminds me of something I read while working on my thesis; I think it was Berkeley saying something about a choir and furniture in heaven. These objects, he suggested are examples of thoughts existing in the mind of God.’
‘In a roundabout way, that’s the point we’ve been trying to make,’ Eli said. 'Anything considered to be physically solid, be it choirs or furniture, or anything else with discernible qualities, is but a temporal, electromagnetic pattern. The problem with objects is that their patterns don’t hold, be it a chocolate bar, an iceberg, the scent of perfume, your planet, or your body. The perceived doesn’t last. But Mind, as the universal perceiver… that’s another matter.’
Attempting to inject some wit into the conversation, I said: ‘You mean to say, Mind… now that’s a different matter.’
‘Provided it is understood, Mo said, ‘that mind is not matter but what makes matter seem real, or what might be regarded as matter manifesting through the interpretation of quantum wave patterns. Mind is of Source, and therefore, unlike matter, is non-substantial, unconditional, ineffable, and undefinable. We experience it as consciousness. It is through the mind’s thoughts that we become aware of our existence.’
‘No matter what,’ I said, attempting another clever play on words.
‘That’s correct, no matter what,’ Mo said with a smirk. ‘There’s nothing more real than that which gives form to all outward existence, or should I say, what creates outward appearances.'
‘In fact, many physicists from the last century expressed the idea of the Logos-Word-Mind in much the same way.
A few pages later on in the dialogue, the of discussion of matter and Spirit carries on as follows:
‘Considering, all this, are you telling me what most of the world believes about physical existence is wrong?’
‘It depends on what you mean by physical,’ he said. ‘Most seem to believe that physicality is limited to various material expressions, which explains why the world’s understanding of reality remains so upside down, inside out and backwards. The illusion sees matter, not Spirit; it sees effects, not causes; it sees the temporal, never the eternal; it sees the plain, never the Mountain; it sees with the eyes, but never with vision.
‘The perception Mo speaks of is not divine,' Eli said, 'but a phantom of the distorted ego-mind. You will soon come to understand everything all comes back to Mind/Consciousness, which is not separate from Source/God, the One of all that is.
‘When you come to understand that union is the one in the many and the many in the one, you will come to understand your hidden reality.'
 Meta might be defined as the abstraction between the thing and the event, or the physical (thing) with the spirit (event). When used as a prefix from its Greek origins, it has the meaning of beside, among, with or after.
 Perhaps Mo was referring to the Gospel of John 1:1. In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (NIV)
 Sir James Jeans, (1877-1946), English quantum physicist, knighted in 1924 and author of The Mysterious Universe (1930).
 The word ego is the Latin word for I, popularized by Freud, first written about in Germany in 1787. See Appendix ‘D’ for further discussion on this
In sum, it might be helpful (or confusing) to consider the last sentence when further contemplating the relation of Spirit and matter. ‘When you come to understand that union is the one in the many and the many in the one.’
In any case, the ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE novel series deals with this further over the course of the seven novels, yet to be released.