life is not dependent upon our classifications and our categories, our science. But we are. We find it interesting and helpful.
One function of the intellect is to catalog. But cataloging doesn't change anything. If we call it a rose, or by any other name, it still smells as sweet. The name doesn't really matter. It is convenient for us.
A categorization implies a hierarchical way of seeing things. Life is really relational, not hierarchical. Hierarchical is a human way of looking at things. Relational is much more the way things are. Everything is connected.
In reality, as any physicist will tell you, the physical world is made up of moving energy. All matter is energy.
The world glows all the time. All of the things that you have come to understand aren't. The greatest thinkers in the world see very little compared to the enlightened.
There's no way we can possibly understand anything. But we can see things, we can perceive things, and we can wonder. We can just be in a world of awe and wonder. That's the best we can do.
What are the beliefs today? To think that this is the only universe, that the physical creation is all there is – these are the dogmas of our times.
Things are not necessarily logical. Logic is a secondary source reference. Everything is what it is. We have decided to apply rationale to things. It makes us feel better.
Mind is not simply the collection of aggregate cells inside your brain. If you are only the grey matter, then when that dies, you won't exist any more. It's not that easy. You exist forever.
To think the universe is only composed of the physical universe is to be rather shortsighted.
Everybody goes into different dimensional planes. You do it every night when you dream. You are journeying into other dimensional planes. Dreams are not just functions of the cerebral cortex.
All of the physical universes put together, stretching out endlessly, are only a fraction of the totality of reality. In other words, all of the physical universes are only part of the physical dimensional plane, and there are thousands of dimensional planes.
The stars in the sky last for billions of years. That's nothing to the mind, nothing. It's an instant, a millisecond. The mind doesn't even know time because it is deathless and birthless. It shines radiantly forever. We don't see the shine because of the clutter.
The shortest distance between two points is your mind. It's not a straight line.
There is no continuity at all. The universe isn't any particular way. It strictly depends upon perception.
Everything around us is shifting all the time. Energy is moving in all things. What gives energy a continuity, what creates a pattern, is you.
Molecules don't have patterns. You create a pattern by the perception of something. The continuity of awareness is your perceptual field. Existence only occurs through the act of perception -- there is no body.
The world is the way the world is because we think that it is so.
There is only eternity. That's our real body. The stars are our blanket. Time doesn't even exist, except in our own minds.
There is no time. There is no space. There is no condition. There is only awareness, awareness of these ideas.
Time is a convenient filing system human beings have devised to segregate their experiences.
A surfer is poised on a wave on his board, cutting quickly to the left. He'll always be there, in that moment. He's never left it. He had no birth, he didn't go to school, he didn't purchase the board; none of those things ever were.
You create time by joining events together. But they don't join together; there's no separativity.
Time is change. It's the separation of eternity from itself. When eternity is separated from itself, we see it appear in different forms.
Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time.
Time does not really exist as we know it; rather it's a transfiguration of a concept in which mortality, mutability, is conditioned.
I would suggest to you that at this moment you are the only self that you have ever had; you've never had a childhood; there wasn't a five-minute-ago time.
There is no future. There is only now, a continuous now. We have become so wrapped up in the past and the future that we don't see the continuous now. There is no future. It is an idea that you have.
This moment there is all that will ever be or has ever been. All the events of all of our lives are going-on simultaneously. There is no beginning and there is no ending. There's only this moment.
There is no deterioration and there is no creation. These are projections, moments of existence. Each moment is perfect.
Perception defines everything.
Nothing is distinct and separate.
When you think about something, you separate yourself from it.
Everything happens all at once forever. All incarnations are lived at once, and yet there does seem to be a linear sense of time when you're in the vortex of time and space when your consciousness is fixated in a body.
How do you know you're even here right now? Perhaps you're not. Perhaps you're far, far away and this is just a dream. Life is a series of dreams, a series of interlocking awarenesses.
Our awareness creates life. Life does not exist independently of perception.
Chaos theory simply suggests that what appears to most people as chaos is not really chaotic, but a series of different types of orders with which the human mind has not yet become familiar.
Words are inaccurate pointers to reality and should by no means be trusted.
Thoughts can increase our understanding of a subject, or they can just as easily constrict or block our understanding of a subject. It very much depends upon the language we are thinking in.
Language is the medium of our thoughts.
Grammar has qualities, shapes and forms.
As a former English professor, I can assure you that grammar is the qualitative interpolation of language. Adjectives, pronouns, predicates, past pluperfect indicative - ridiculous. It has qualities, shadings, differentiations, rhythmic structures of symbolic meaning.
We are all carrying the imprints of our most ancient ancestors. Not simply in the genetic code, but in the imprints of attention that are passed on.
Intelligence is something that is not just thinking, it's feeling. Ultimately, the highest reflection of intelligent life is cooperative life in which all benefit.
The mind is like a computer. It runs programs. Most of the software has been poorly written. It is written in the language of fear.
We are intelligent atoms. We are intelligent organic structures. We can change who we are. We can heal ourselves. With genetic engineering, we are considering changing the physiological structure of the body.
The universe is holding congress with itself.
Our past affects us, our present affects us, and even our future can affect us. We live in the relative world of time and space.
Many aspects of life cannot be explained through logic or reason. The reasoning part of the mind simply doesn't have the capacity to understand the many whys and how's of being and non-being.
Psychic perception is a much more efficient and accurate method of seeing and knowing reality.
Metaphysics is the study of how to shift the self. How to get outside the self-reflection and to just gaze with awe and wonder at the countless universes, the countless celestial radiances of mind, of life, of enlightenment, nirvana, or God, whatever you want to call it.
C. S. Lewis, Plato, Aristotle and many more names that I could add, including Einstein's, were individuals who were able to see the innate order in life, which others perceive as chaos.
Take chaotic mathematics, for instance. The universe is chaos. But chaos is whimping out. There is no chaos. There are just different levels of order in the universe.
Chaotic mathematics is essentially the study of chaos. It can't be chaos, if you can study it and it has an order.
Is there Chance? No. There is karma. Karma causes all things to happen. There is only one thing karma cannot decide, and that is how far you will evolve in this lifetime.