Thursday, August 22, 2013

Let Me In

My new painting, just finished, called "Let Me In". 

What do you think?


Chopping At The Tree of Opposites


This morning I'm thinking about the remnants of the lizard brain, the amygdala, located above our brain stem, deep within the center of our brain, and how sometimes it can get us into trouble. As you may know, the amygdala is the core of the human brain, the part that initiates the "fight or flight" response. It's the oldest part of our evolutionary chain of progress. It ignites our fears, impulses and our desire for sustenance, shelter, sex and survival. That area of the brain is also where addiction is seated.

Our brains have most certainly evolved since we first crawled out onto a beach somewhere.  But the challenge, as I see it, is to reach a much higher level of conscious awareness than what we now commonly attain in our everyday lives.

Metaphorically speaking, Adam and Eve did not eat of the so-called "Tree of Knowledge". They ate of the Tree of Polarity, or the "Tree of Opposites", one might say. You see, they were created in a state of completeness, of total perfection - a state of God-being in which they had need of nothing. In this state, they were therefore not aware of any opposites. In such an Edenic state, there can be no such thing as "good", because there is no such thing as "evil"; no bounty, because there is no lack; no health, because there is no sickness, etc., etc. There is only God-being, perfection, harmony and wholeness.

Once desire creeps in (symbolically speaking, eating the apple), there is polarity. Once polarity exists, we have a false world of opposites, an illusion, which Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha realized (though it took him over 20 years to gain this epiphany). He overcame his lizard brain, in effect, by realizing that all appearances - that which we see, hear, taste, touch and smell - are just electrochemical brain impulses, and that the real world is spiritual: All form is God substance and can therefore be manipulated by divine will.

Every prophet who has ever walked this earth has been shown this same realization - Moses, Isaiah, Elisha, Jesus, Paul, Lao Tsu, Buddha, and countless yogis. And through their fully actuated, higher consciousness, "miracles" were performed. Indeed, these were not miracles; they were simply reality appearing through unreality: Perfection manifesting.

With respect to disease, we can consider the aspects of health and sickness as two opposing ends of the same stick, so to speak. They are ONE and the same stick. How can two different things be the same thing?  Answer: Polarity.  No sooner do we wish for one, we also get the other, because it is the same stick. Thus the world swings violently back and forth on a daily basis between sickness and health, good and evil, poverty and wealth, war and peace, in a constant struggle to change one end of the stick to the other.

What did Rumi say about this struggle? He said, "Desire is the bait; death is the hook".

And what did Jesus say?

"Resist not evil". (Matt 5:39)

Why?

Because evil is not real.

Is "good" real?

Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? There is none good, but one, that is, God." (Mark 10:18)

What is real?

Lao-Tsu said, "Only that which never changes". Therefore,  we know that only the good that is of God is real, and it is permanent.
 

Now, we know that only God can create life. Humans can screw around with life. Humans can be the vessels for life. But we cannot create life. Even scientists do not yet fully understand the mystery of how, or why, life begins. Only God creates life. Is God an under-achiever? No, that which God creates is perfect, permanent and cannot be uncreated by any force.

Keeping this in mind then, it may appear that we are capable of being addicted to a substance, but the spiritual Truth is, we are whole, we are complete, pure and untouchable. We are the divine off-spring of God, divinely endowed with every aspect of His infinite capacity and power. Can God be addicted? Inconceivable. Then why do we allow such a fallacy to run rampant in our little lizard brains?

This morning, I'm meditating with only one desire:  To know God aright, thence to realize and empower my true Godself.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I haven't picked up a brush in over a year. But today I finished a fun little painting that makes me smile. He wandered off my imaginary farm and posed for me...


Hope he makes you smile too.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thanksgiving

Rejoice in the Lord always: And again I say, Rejoice. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Paul -Philippians 4

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Living In Two Worlds

Jesus spoke of living in two worlds. He referred to one as "This World", and to the other as "My Kingdom". They are not so much physical localities, as they are references to states of consciousness, or, put another way, states of awareness.

Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within each you. To connect with that inner Kingdom, you must reach a state of inner peace by quieting your thought process. Once you have attained this peaceful state of no-thought, the voice of God can be heard. And when God speaks to you,

everything about your life gets better. Harmony is established and every need is met.

These are the "added things" to which Jesus referred.

This World is the everyday world that most of humanity lives in. We are born into it, live and strive, struggle and die in it. Buddha called This World "the world of opposites", because for every good thing in This World, there is its opposite: sick, healthy; rich, poor; happy, sad, and so on.

We are in a state of constant fluctuation between these opposites, swinging wildly between them on a daily basis, seemingly with little or no control. This is also living on the karmic level of life, where we "reap what we sow", or as Jesus said: "You have heard it said of old, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'. This is the Old Testament way of life, a life lived under the Mosaic Laws.

But whereas Moses had brought us the Laws, Jesus brought us a new way of life, a life lived by Grace. In this new life, we are taught to seek the Kingdom of God, which means, as Jesus taught, not to live by bread alone, nor to seek after the things of This World, but to live by "Every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God".

During our times of prayer, when we go into a quiet contemplation or meditation, we empty our mind of worldly thoughts and cares, and we practice a new way to pray. This is a wordless form of prayer. A prayer in which we simply listen for God's "still, small voice", because it is through that God voice that we receive our entrance into My Kingdom. Every human being on earth has access to this inner God voice. It's a part of who we are!

Keeping the remembrance of the word of God with us throughout our day, as well as listening for new insights of divine love means that we are living in My Kingdom, and therefore we have overcome This World.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tree Branch

This painting has a very Zen-like feel....

Watercolor Journaling Class - 2nd Semester

I’m having a love affair with the color gray. I cannot wait to explore grays in all their mysterious tones and blends. I will coax them from their "chromatic blacks", tease them from seaweeds and roses, saps and quins, umbers and raws and ultras. And I promise not to over-mix, so playmates can share paper threads together, each having a voice on the page of my journal. Bring me the ocean's fogginess. Bring me the gloomy, doomy, downiness of moonlit snow on the curve of a gravestone’s shoulder. Bring me the grays in a pheasant’s quill, or a distant mountain, or a bicycle tire, or a twig of dried sage, or an oyster shell in the low tide muck. Bring me some Earl Grey Tea …LOL!

Today is day one of part 2 of our journal painting class, and our assignment is: Exploring positive/negative spaces. For my homework, I’ve painted a street corner scene, with high noon shadows on the pavement. Two sidewalks are visible in the upper right- and left-hand corners, with some vague shrubbery in the upper right. I kept the greenery featureless, to keep it "negative". My experiment was to see if I could make an entire painting with no "positives". Did I succeed, or is this fundamentally not possible?


Answer: Teacher says, "Not possible".

Here's the reference photo (from Google street view):