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Owership and Intent

From: The Three Dynamic of Meditation. By Michael Byrn

At an early age we build strong bonds to things around us, our mother father, food and drink, before we learn language these things brought us comfort, after we learn to speak we are given many things, we are told we are responsible for taking good care of these things, and that these things are ours to keep. And so we start learn the idea of ownership, now ownership to me means always being mindful of something outside yourself that you may or may not have paid for, your responsible for and if you don't keep your eye on these things they may slip out of your grasp.
Sounds like ownership or at least the whole idea can bring about a lot of worry and stress if you take it to seriously. Now intent is the part of us where we do worry about the things we own, intent is the amount of mental and physical energy a person has put into something to maintain its ownership, now if a persons Ego is driven to maintain many possessions this can cause extreme stress.
Now I am not telling anybody to go out and sell everything they have use of and are blessed with, I am just saying that it can be good to alter the way we think about the concept of ownership, and not be so extreme about it, doing so may draw the energy of intent back within the self where it belongs. Intent is the quality of the mental state of mind ones beliefs desires what they direct towards objects or affairs of every day life, what I am talking about is keeping the power of intent more reserved and using its energy in meditation.
The concept of ownership is based in the Egos desire and fear thinking, as I have written it is taught early in life so it is hard faith to let go of, over the many years of time there have been millions who have gained great riches and kingdoms from this faith, they may have had or have the world and all that is in it, but if ones intent is in all that they think they own their souls may be running on empty.

Let us look at what the author of the Tao Te Ching had to say about the subject in verse 53.

When Temptation arises to leave the Tao, banish temptation, stay with the Tao.

When the court has adornments in profusion, the fields are full of weeds, and granaries are bare. It is not the way of nature to carry a sword nor to over-adorn oneself, nor to have more than a sufficiency of fine food and drink.

He who has more possessions then he can use, deprives someone who could use them well.

Here Lao-tuz writes simply about balance that when leaders lose their way and only see great opportunity for riches the people suffer, wars arise, the poor are deprived of the basic needs in life. Ownership and its concept, in its extreme form is the cause of war, slavery; and over its thousands of years of history the deaths of countless millions, many innocent people who were just in the way. The wealthy man asked Jesus what must I do to follow you, Jesus answered the rich man saying you must sell all that you have then give the money to the poor, the wealthy man then turned away from Jesus and walked away. The concept of ownership and how it controls intent is desire and fear based thinking these concepts block the path to the spirit and soul, they drain both spirit and soul like a succubus until nothing is left. The intent that the wealthy man had put into his possessions, most likely years of hard work, he could not let go of, Jesus knew the mind of the man that's why he said it is easer for a ass to go through the eye of a needle, than a rich man to enter Heaven. Most people will never change the way they feel about ownership it is so ingrained in their thought process being part of a stern parental training, it would be ingrained to deep in the Ego to unlearn or deprogram this dogmatic faith would be very hard, to introduce meditation to such a person they would not look at it as a useful, it would be a disturbance to their Ego. It is in the quiet stillness of meditation that the Egos preconceived ideas about ownership begin to be objectively examined. Meditation is a inside job, at first it is a simple matter of focusing on the breath closing the eyes and attempting to clear the mind, to let things pass without attaching to them emotionally.
It is suggested one should go easy and slow do not force or overdo this practice at first, five or ten minutes a day is a good start, long term day by day practice brings effective result's. Remember that the Ego strongly objects and rejects meditation this is why so few go on to any kind of long term practice, people are use to the mind being full of repeating thoughts that come from the Ego. Ownership of things is one or the most powerful repetitive thoughts generated by the Ego. The Ego tells us that without material objects we cannot obtain happiness, this sets up that belief that happiness is something outside of the self, as I have written its a inside job. It does not matter what you have or what others think of you peace, joy and happiness is buried deep within the heart. Through meditation we learn to look past and diminish the character defects that hold us back and block our view of our built in happiness. The most compelling compulsion we have is the way we view our position in society we are very concerned about what others think of us. In the west we become involved in the life styles of how others live, the Ego is always involved in one-upmanship we are taught to have the best, we see others and how great their lives are in the media, and advertisements all around us, we are told and driven to be better at all cost. Must we have what others have must we run at break neck speed to keep up with things and debt? Must we have the latest things because in our minds we think someone else will think less of us if we don't? How ridiculous is this kind of thinking. This is the western mindset and it keeps hundreds of millions of people in debt, with no hope of ever seeing a way out, or that there is any other way to think. In discussions about spiritual matters I have meant oppression when it comes to meditation and in some cases outright negation of my point of view. Meditation is a spiritual practice Whatever God you believe in this practice will make your contact point easy to get to. Organized religion demonizes meditation because it is a concept of eastern thought, they tell you must buy your forgiveness as you must buy everything else. Now I am not trying to offend anyone or telling people to go out and sell everything they own and go out and walk the earth. Nor am I saying to leave your church that you enjoy and have been going to for years if you look at the words I write with a open mind the truth always is seeded. In the everyday world change is a slow and can be a painful process, one hast to be a role model of peace and non-violence. Once in a great passing change comes, life rises and falls, then the great source brings us back to life and again we rise. The circle of life and death goes on be wise ignite the fire of intent and transcend.

No great civilization can last with a war like nature history proves this over and over, wars begin when people have nothing to lose their basic human rights have been taken away, then someone gives them a gun and tells them they can fight back. Wars are waged for many reasons the big excuses are religious reasons but behind this mask hides the next mask Democracy or Communism with the promise of freedom and equality for all, but first we have to kill a lot of people to get there. These are the Masks that the capitalist imperialist impose on the country's around the world, not to free them or to give them a better life, but to control the land "ownership", and the assets of the land. The industrial war machine goes on, it is taught to our children it is all based in the Egos desire and fear based thinking. It creates the concept of ownership of things, this concept is like a religion to many people, dare I say a dark faith.

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There is no past, there is no future, there is only the truth that dwells in the present tense. Time is as a waterfall the future falling from on high and the past crashing below, the real action of life takes place in the falling, or what I call the present tense. So much of our mental energy is spent thinking about past events, or planning whats to come, all our lives this is the way we have been trained to think, the past and the future are part of the human imagination the only truth we do have is the present tense.
From The Three Dynamics of Meditation
Peace be with you and yours
Michael
God swims in the present tense in the silents of that moment desire fades in that fire one finds the art of not doing, by not doing one see the true self. By not doing one becomes detached from worldly events desire fades a great and hidden world of the spirit comes into view. Unlearn empty the soul let the Ten thousand things pass you by without acting on them, close your eyes take a good look inside breath in breath out ride the moment of the present tense. When nothing is done, everything will be gained.
From The Three Dynamics of Meditation
Reach through the darkness and find the light of the true self.
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The Three Dynamics of Meditation Words
Language is a tool that we learn at an early age, in order to get what we need in life we must make good use of this tool. Words spoken in a correct manner at times can be very powerful one who speaks the truth will know the truth, even the truth of all things. Listen to the many conversations going on around you are they about the here and now, most times they are not. Mostly they are retellings of what has already past I have to ask myself can any retelling of the past be retold as it actually happened. Trying to construct the past from a foggy memory is not a truthful way of getting your point across. Talking about the past is not being truthful period. There just Fish story's the more there told the bigger they get. Same thing with future talk, we sell tickets we cant cash. So where can we talk about the truth, in the great here and now in the mindfulness of the present tense we see what is without imagination corrupting our vision. Nothing wrong with imagination but mind you it is a work of fiction, and it built the industrial age that is killing Mother Earth. I think everyone knows what happens when words are used improperly wars can come from words spoken from the hateful heart. It is here that I am to make my point between the Two extremes, words can go Two ways it all depends on what ones actions are. My meaning here is for one to find balance in the present tense I have written about detachment in meditation from the world, but not about clarity of the mind in meditation. At an early age we learn names for everything as we grow older are table of perception grows greater and greater, how many things with names are attached to the human mind Tens of Thousands or more. In meditation one learns the art of detachment from words finding clarity of the mind, by letting words simply pass with practice the mind becomes still peace ensues words have little effect on the emotions. It is here where the balance is found where we tune our instrument into our higher self a world hidden from the great majority, the world of the spirit. It is a place of great relief of stress, a place of peace and of great healing, meditation is the path and the way to the higher power within you, and the higher power that surrounds you. This is the path to the Spirit and soul the journey within few will break the spell this world has over them I pray that more will join this movement of spirit.
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Yourself as Your Power

Without going outside, you may know the whole world
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know

Thus the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.

Verse47 of The Tao Te Ching
source thebigview.com

From The Three Dynamics of Meditation
by Micheal E. Byrn
Yourself as Your Power
Believe in what you see have faith in who you are and what you do, take ownership of the karma and the resuilts of those actions. Within yourself there is a higher mind if you can get past the thousands of lies wispered in your ears in the distant past. Billions of people believe their power comes from outside their self this may be true, or not. It is my opinion that all of us have a built in power but we have a hard time seeing it because we dont have a clear view of it. What blocks the view of this power? A great deal of things seperate us from it, not practicing self examination or meditation, I could make a list but I think we all know what they are. What is our priority's in life is it the pursuit of money, or is it fame maybe things, I have heard it said that he who dies with the most toys wins, in the endless pursuit of desire there is only suffering and disappointment. We must slowly unlearn what we have learned we are running on empty with no peace, no contentment, billions of people believe they have no power, that power is given from outside from some hidden place. The power really never comes, after a time they give up hope if something bad happens anger insues. There is no seeing peace in a state of anger here in lays the state of the western mindset we are very mad at each other. Men see anger and fear as a power and a tool, they make war to make gain and control. This is the way of the world there is another way.
Michael
Some of you may get the impression that I have no belief in God, this is not so, I have witnessed many supernatural events that have given me an unshakable knowing. I wrote this piece for those who dont believe to give them a sense of power and hope in themselfs. Believe in what you see have faith in the human spirit, there is a power greater than yourself, it is yourself.
Before you reach any level of power in the spirit world you must believe in your own self and the power of your spirit.
Find the stillness.
God gave me all of you, and all of you gave me God.
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A word or Two about the Ego the ego is made up from an early age it is usally ideas from others, these ideas may be true or not true. If someone tells you at an early age that you are not very smart and you believe this, it will become part of your Ego your true self may be very smart, but you will act according to what your training is telling you. Now later in my life I learned that could do wonderful things, things that I was told were not worth doing, when I was very young. At a very young age I was under the will of some very unwise people, I could go on with this but just let me say that these things made me shed my ego. Some people are fine with the Ego that they have, my true self was hidden behind the shadow of many false faces. My Ego was made up of what others wanted me to be, from an early age they have been telling me do this do that. I have been programed to learn to read to obey to buy this and not that. Who are we the shadows of those who came before us, think about who you are, I mean take a good look close your eyes look inside. This is why meditation is perfect it gives you a chance to slow things down to step away from the world for a short time to see whats going on with yourself. The good thing is the more you do it the more you see, taking time to know the real self is worth the work. Freeing ones self from the Egos restraints it is like being born again to a new person, as one practices meditation more and more one finds themself not using the false tricks the Ego will use on others to get what it wants. We find peace and balance something most folks have never known.
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Set yourself in a comfy chair one starts by breathing slowly try to breath from the center of your body easy and slow, it is good to think that the inward breath is a spirit of life, the outward is negative energy. It is important to consentrate on your breathing, by doing this one enters the alpha state of mind this is a state of mind between sleep and the waking state of mind. It is very easy here for one to fall asleep, and in this relaxed state many do, the key is to stay conscious in the alpha state great things happen if one stays in the alpha state for long periods of time without drifting into sleep. It takes practice but it can be done. It is good to close your eyes I do I also dim the lights the reason one do'es this is this remove the sight from the things of the world. By removing the sight from the outer world one starts looking inward, this is the how one starts the art of detachment, the way of not doing. This is where one builds a core of peace, not responding emotionally to events beyond their control. It is best to do this early upon waking that is when the energy is very high, this also takes practice every day, but there are no rules I go into the present tense or the alpha state at least three times a day. A word about the present tense this is where the future and the past are meaningless one is in the singular moment where God swims, a transcendental state of mind where I feel the balance and oneness of the Present Tense. The goal of this form of meditation is to rid the mind of desire based thinking, in the mind set of desire based thinking one is looking in the dark for the unreachable, this brings only suffering and pain. We have more than we need, if you have not you only need to ask.
From The Three Dynamics of Meditation
By Zero2525
Small steps most folks cant handle the whole ball of wax at once,

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Over the years of my life I have pondered over what the meaning of true power really is, before I had any command of language, as I recall, it was the power of love. As I grew older and learned how to speak I learned the awful truth of what I thought power really was, the darkness of an unstoppable impending death. This knowledge that I learned of at a very early age was a horrible blow to my conscious mind, in my mind, before I learned this; I thought everything went on forever. Note to the reader I can recall events as far back as two years old, most folks can't remember learning about death, search your thoughts can you remember. This knowledge ripped through my emotions, and darkened my outlook about everything. After learning of this the peace of my true love with the eternal earth, and my family were lost in the increments of time; learning about this grim Specter as time dragged on brought dark nightmares to my sleep. After six years of life I became a child of torment, haunted by nightmares by night; and lucid dreams by day. What was hidden to me at that time was one of the true powers that brought me to the knowledge of death, and that power is the power of language. Once language is learned the mind starts to memorize and categorize everything it sees, in the form of labeling the endless objects it encounters. We are in the primal state until we begin to use language, like an animal we experience hunger, cold thirst; as a baby we live completely in the eternal moment with no concept of the limitations of time. Until we begin to communicate in complex variables of language enough to form concepts of belief, we will not be lifted out of the primal state, and into the darkness. The goal of every sage, sorcerer or seer is to reenter the primal mind; this is called the silent knowledge, intuition will be developed if one can manage to stay in this state of wellbeing long enough. Let us look at knowledge, they say it is power; first there is language, than there is belief in preconceived ideas or traditional beliefs handed down over eons of time. These traditional beliefs change like shifting sands as information is added or taken away from them. After belief comes the concept of faith, this is where action is applied to belief; this brings the unshakable knowledge that ones beliefs are real. After this comes the manifestations of knowledge, this is where the belief takes tangible shape in the real world. So language is a higher form of power, when used in the dynamic group consciousness it can build civilizations, it can cause wars; and build weapons that can destroy most of the human life on this planet. This is the power of the spoken word. After all is said and done language is the art of explanation, we lose the silent knowledge when we begin to speak; in the end it is language that points the way back to the primal state of silent knowledge. By the time we begin to speak our conceptualization of how we see our immediate surroundings is influenced by our handlers, family members; teachers, friends anyone who has a greater command of language. This is the point where we learn the concepts of ownership, traditional beliefs are formed; and the core personality takes shape. It is also where intent is born, now intent is very important because this is the energy of our consciousness on a very deep level, focusing on our deepest desire. In the Tao we read that if the one takes focus on the manifestations of the ten thousand things, the one may become forever lost. It also reads that all things are one within the Tao, we are but tiny pieces in the infinite puzzle; all things are born from it, and all things return to it, this is the mystery; and the Tao is where the fire of our intent needs to be placed. Think about it this way the source of all things Tao, or God or whatever you wish to label or name this great mystery is the power that is generating all manifestations of creation. The ones who handled us from an early age teach us to place our intent on the manifestations, and abandon our focus or intention on the mystery within us; and the mystery that surrounds us, the unseen creative force of the Tao. So now we see a new power coming into view the power of intention, intent is just another example of what is called the will. Intention is the motivation and design behind everything we are and do. Intent has great power. At a very early age we are taught to desire things, such as toys food, friends anything that we want this is where the concept of ownership is formed. At the same time we are taught that if we do not protect or take good care of the things we own, we will be failures in everything we do. So our intent becomes based in fear and desire early in childhood. So the majority of modern civilization in this day and age have their intent focused on the manifestations of the materialistic side of human affairs. The old adage is true, what does it profit a man if he gains the entire world but lose his soul; if ones intent is drawn out into the materialistic, than one does not own the things; no the things will own the one. The intent is poured out willingly by the owner, and the owner by possessing greater amounts of things believes he is becoming increasingly more powerful. What he does not realize is that he is on the treadmill of the ever increasing merry-go-round of the stress of ownership. By placing ones energies on inanimate objects to gain an imaginary power that only exist in the mind, the one begins to weaken the life force within themselves. The things they own become vampires, these objects will ever demand our attention they will be a source of haunting concerns that follow us even into our dreams. The concerns over obtaining, and maintaining the illusion of material wealth causes mental illness, massive debt, high blood pressure heart disease; and early death. So why do we do it, because we are trained to, like the generations that came before us, we mimic those who handed our table of perception down to us. The Buddha called this, the circle of life and Death; he believed that the circle could be undone. This plain of existence is the realm of eternal suffering, it is this way because we are trained and practice the knowledge of fear and desire; adding intent just adds fuel to the fire. We live than die we come back and start over again, we don't remember the past life those memories are absorbed by the Tao. We begin again as a being with silent knowledge from birth, than we start once again to mimic those who handle us, and once again we are taught the way of fear and desire. The silent knowledge fades from us, and again we become anchored in the false power of our intentions flowing into ownership of the ten thousand things. Language separates us from the silent knowledge, it is the preoccupation with language that diverts our attention away from the natural world, and sets the mind on tasking the concerns of the management of material objects. From birth the knowledge of silence is our inheritance, from the magnificence of the Tao; the source of all we know and see. This inherent knowledge is experienced in the form of emotional state's of body and mind, for example when one feels love for someone for just a brief moments time the mind will be overwhelmed by clarity. This is the silence I am writing about, if one can maintain this state of happiness; the one has found the silent knowledge. The feeling seems to always expire in a short time, I will tell you why this happens; the intellectual mind overrides the feeling, setting the one back to tasking the world of inanimate objects. One must practice love and happiness to overcome the fear and desire thinking of the intellectual mind, it can be just that simple. What separates us from the power of love, the first answer that comes to mind is feelings of hurt and loss, usually when something or someone is taken from us, than anger is born, there can be no love in the consistent state of anger. By living out the teachings of fear and desire one will be exposed to experiences that will develop loss and disappointment, the results can be anger and depending on the amount of loss and hurt: rage than can enter the emotional state. I myself lived in a perpetual state of low anger that would ignite into rage at any signs of disrespect. As I became older and I became plagued with heart conditions I noticed that I could not fly into a rage anymore, if I did I would have severe chest pains. When I was young I was exposed to the peace movement in the sixties, in those times I learned some basis techniques of meditation, so I began an on and off practice of meditation to calm down my emotions. Later in life I was in my mid fifty's, and at that time I still had ongoing problems with substance abuse, in the past I would self medicate to kill the emotional pain that never ceased. Meditation as I have written has been off and on with me, in the not to distant past I would become easily discouraged and give up, than in two thousand and twelve I moved into a sober house and started up again; this time keeping a journal. Of course I over complicated things being the intellectual that I imagined myself to be, I read all the right books completed an anger management course, even did the assertive behavioral course. Still after meditation I would lose my state of peace and go back to my low dark state of anger. I noticed that I was finding it hard to make room in my day to day activities for a half hour of meditation, I had plenty of time a private room in the house so what was my problem. So I began to meditate and observe my behavior, what I noticed was I would feel anxiety when I would think about meditation, it was as if my mind was sending me fear signals. This caused me to believe that the mind and body became set in their routines just like repetitive muscle memory, after years of conditioning I kept pointing my intention in the opposite direction I wished it to go; away from the noisy mind to the silent knowledge. Unless the Tao reaches down and gives one this gift in one permanent blow, the conditioned mind of fear and desire will put up some form of resistance to change. When I was younger I wanted peace in my life, I experienced a profound state of peace during meditation, it only was once and lasted but a moment I could never forget the intensity of it. I was meditating on an oak tree right outside an open window, out of nowhere came a powerful peace centralized in my heart; it pumped like blood to every part of my being, than it was gone, as quickly as it came. After I had experienced that I made efforts to regain that feeling, it was to no avail, I felt as though something was buried deep inside me, something wonderful; than suddenly lost and forgotten. Nirvana is short lived at least the joy of it, the secret of nirvana is this, it plants a seed that flowers over many years. I was not twenty years of age in those days, and felt a great sense of loss over a great many things at that time, so I was not in a tip top state of mind. It is a fact that in the service I had grand illusions about my identity after taking something made from a cactus, and other powerful potions that causes one to peer beyond the veil of this plain of existence. So I was sent and spent quite a bit of time in VA hospitals, because apparently I was having issues being caught in two plains of existence at once, of course this looked very much like mental illness. Now because I was not really mentally ill the medicines of the early seventies had horrible effects on me, so after a few years of this nonsense I gave up taking all medications. About this time in my life, I felt there were dark entity's, in people, and in the form of spirits struggling to take me over, there was just one problem I would not let them, sounds crazy right. In my minds eye I keep going back to the meditation that night at the oak tree, after that night the torment from the darkness became horrible. At the same time from deep inside me of me were emerging profound truths, they would flash then the feeling faded; I did not journal anything, I could barely write a paragraph in those days. So in retrospect this silent knowledge was not given any attention, and my conscious mind could not seem remember it. Later in life I abandon my belief in demonology I began looking at the events of my life from a psychological point of view. Was my mind playing tricks on me, my experiences that lasted about three years could have all been an illusion of my subconscious mind. I looked back and reexamined what was the root causes of the events that had troubled me so much. Before these events occurred for about a year I was using hallucinogenic drugs, some of these were experimental and made to enhance the powers of telepathy. I was also socializing with people who were interested in telepathy, and the application of telepathy in the form of memory retrieval, they were also interested in a great many more psychic abilities. I remember at this time I was staying awake for long periods of time, and that the lucid dreaming started up again, I had experienced this before when I was very young. So if I thought I was making something happen, for example stopping time; it would actually happen, not in real time, but within the sleep walking lucid dream it was perfectly real to me and my companions. This is an unbelievable scenario for the ordinary mind to comprehend, so I would ask the reader to look at what I am describing as a person in a high state of awareness, at the same time sleep walking. Example in Tempe AZ. in the early seventies me and a few companions were in a mystical state of mind, I lead the three of us into a Spanish street bar; just inside the entrance I felt a surge of power rising up from my stomach. I felt as though I was frozen, the people in the bar were also perfectly frozen almost as if time had stopped, than a voice directly behind me, who happened to be my spiritual teacher; said in a whisper, release them. The trance dropped away everyone in the bar came back to life, the noise and music returned, it was as if something turned on the power grid of time, no one but us had any idea of what had just occurred. But did it really happen? Our overblown ego would like us to believe that one has the power to stop the wheels of the universe from turning, in order to be one with power one must submit to the rules of power. Rule number one there is only absolute power in the in the time of absolute need. Any imaginary power outside of this rule is hollow trickery. Imaginary power is based in the early formation of fear and desire thinking. If the core personality; or Ego, in a young person is groomed to believe that power is based in material objects, depending on the excesses of the personality, and the extremes of their teachings. Anyone who is taught in such a way could end up on the never ending quest for imaginary power by proxy of material objects. The root fear of man is death, the mindset desire of humanity is immortality, whether we remember the first time we fully understood these concepts does not matter. What does matter is the power these two taught concepts have over the early shaping of our personalities, or egos. Our fear of death is picked up early in childhood we begin to learn of the thousands of ways one can fall prey to the Grimm Reaper, the great fear of death. The personality, or Ego will produce behaviors that point to more or less, the taught concepts of procreation; sex and the gathering of material objects, this diverts the attention temporarily away from the fear of death. In other words in the western mind set subconsciously people are involved in trying to buy immortality, desire. There are not many of us who embrace death. Most of these behaviors are learned at a very early age we are not aware that they even exist because we don't remember learning about them. Being aware of these subroutines at work in us can awaken dynamic change, we can look at life and death from a different point of view. Sadly these behaviors will rule vast numbers until death. This fear and desire thinking commonly wares a mask in our western mindset, it is called the knowledge of good and evil, it is called yin and yang in the Chinese culture, I tend to ally closer to the yin and yang point of view. In Taoism it is the circle of life and Death everything comes from the Tao and all things return to it, so life and Death does not matter it is the actions we take in the journey between life and Death. These concepts are reinforced by observations we experience in our table of perception, duality is everywhere; it seems opposites spark our creative minds. Which came first the Chicken or the egg, both come from something unseen; the invisible silent world of power. Power comes from two opposing forces coming together as one, when cold dry air meets warm moist air we see thunderstorms, this form of power is not so silent; still it is not language. If one becomes a keen observer of the natural world the one will start to understand the massive power of the ever turning universe. Most cannot find thirty minutes out of their busy day too consider such things even exist, for all of us, including myself; are on the road to bigger and better things. I don't believe there are many people in the world that have completely cut themselves free from language, I am sure there are a few that are hidden among us that have entered the world of power. I myself over the years have only seen briefly into the mysterious world of power, it is from those experiences; and my present relationship with the spirit that I write from. Yes the spirit still reminds me of my writing duties, and calls me to silent meditation, and there are times I fail at my devotional duties, I am human. I have had periods of time when the Tao was helping me with maintaining silence, this was only for purpose; as I have written power is given only in the time of need. In the world of language power is not based on need, power is based on want of the immediate desire of the ego and body. Language is the categorization and memorization of what we see and do it is the art of explanation so that we can translate our experiences to. Eons ago this is how language began, as art on the walls of caves, the Cro Mangnons categorized their hunting practices in this manner. Than something happened there was a massive evolution of something in our DNA, in the stead of grunting and drawing stick figures on the walls of cave walls. Our ancestors suddenly began speaking one too another in the form of complex languages, not only that they were writing in different forms of hieroglyphics. The power of speaking, and writing brought us out of the stone age, setting us on the pathways of civilization. Great empires suddenly arose only because we could communicate effectively with each other, man learned to barter and trade; and effectively record everything they were doing. Petroglyphs became hieroglyphics, than alphabetical forms emerged to become the primary form of the translation of language. Yes one can see that language holds a great and mysterious power over the affairs of humanity, but does this power divert our attention away from the hidden silent knowledge, a knowledge based on how we feel; not on how we think. One of the primal instincts realizations we are born with is hunger, when we are comforted by our handlers, in the form of food; as a baby we bond to them, a sense of wellbeing is formed here, this develops into love. Where things go wrong is when a child is not cared for properly, the child does not have a bonding experience with the parents, therefore developing little sense of comfort or loving feelings. Understand fear desire, and love are all primal state's of emotions, even before a child learns language, those children who have been given proper attention from birth will experience a more balanced life. Note to the reader, there are exceptions to this, any behavior can drastically change in a very short period of time; due to traumatic events. Fear love, even desire, are all primal feelings; all animals are motivated by them, but in the case of the imagination of the human mind; we see a painted desert of the shifting sands of traditional beliefs clouded in language. The imagination of the human mind thinks in terms overcome consumption.
In life we wait, it seems for everything; and the waiting is very difficult to manage, but if people could manage their wait time their stress level would go down, and the small world would grow larger. It could be as simple as bringing a good book to a Doctors office, for me I use meditation; I also read books during down times. What is most important is to practice every opportunity to exercise the art of patience. There is an old adage that my mother, and her mother would repeat to me many times, the adage is patience is a virtue. It took me fifty eighth years to shut my mouth and pay attention to what the art of patience, could do for me. In my stumbling along through life I came upon the Tao, and from this great teaching I learned that patience was one of the three treasures, I learned that patience could lead me to the silent knowledge. Look at it this way, most of us do not like waiting for long periods of time, I know I don't; not long ago I would get very upset at even the thought of having to wait for the outcome of anything. A few years ago I was forced to change my emotional response to events because of a worsening heart condition. I was studying the Tao at that time and came across the verse about the three treasures, the first was simplicity; the second was patience, and the third was compassion. I remembered and old bible verse at that time, the first shall become the last, and the last shall become the first. I knew the spirit was showing me that patience was the pivot point of the three treasures, and the other two developed out of patience. We may live countless lifetimes to reach a form of mastery of this magnificent virtue, so see every event good or bad as another opportunity to exercise the art of patience.
Once we as children become proficient in the art of language as children we start to see the world around us grow larger in leaps and bounds, now I will add the element of what I will call the handlers from the time we are born they hold great power over our lives. These are those who would be our teachers, in the beginning these teachers consist of our mothers and fathers; or anyone in the family who is older and more proficient in dialectics, until we learn the art of the false use of language we view these handlers as God like; we begin to love, than fear them. These handlers teach us the preconceived ideas that were taught to them by those who handled them, their mothers and fathers; teachers friends, and so on. These preconceived ideas or concepts have been handed down over eons of time, these concepts change and shift as things are added or taken from these theories of living; again these are preconceived ideas that the handlers call traditional beliefs. Questioning these traditional beliefs is not encouraged, and many times if these traditions are questioned they are meant with harsh punishment; by the handlers. This is the point in life where love and fear of our handlers is formed. Language is the naming of everything, as we stand in the moonlight we look up and point at it; we tell ourselves this is the moon. This is our conceptualization of the experience, naming within itself is not the fullness of the experience. Spiritual conceptualization of experience does not work very well through language this is because the profile of the spirit or Tao is that of silence, to experience spirit one needs to develop the silent mind. It is very difficult to focus on silence with so much noise bombarding our minds we also are overly involved in the use of dialectics. When we speak our spirit is escaping especially if the one who is speaking is involved in useless speech. In order to be one in the spirit the one must practice non use of language for long periods of time, words hold great power; to live in the world of this present day and time we must use language. It is important to know the proper way to use language, we must view the world as it is in the present tense then we can speak of events in the present tense. This can be difficult to do because everyone likes to speak in terms of the past or future tense, past and future tenses are grey areas when we speak in these terms we cannot be fully honest; we do not have a clear view of these concepts. We must also come to the realization that what I'm writing about are concepts ingrained in the imagination of the human mind. Concepts are formulated ideas created in the imagination of the human mind, these concepts become theories that in the passing of time a great many people will view as an absolute truth; such as the big bang theory. This idea came from one person now in this present day over a billion people believe this is how the universe was formed, personally I don't know how the universe was formed; and it's okay not to know, better not to know than to pretend to know. It is the pretense of knowledge that is the causation of confusion in the world, concepts warring against concepts. it is only in the silent realm of the Tao where one finds freedom from pretense. The Secret of stalking the spirit of silence is to find the time when the world of man is most inactive, for myself l find this alignment with silence to be from three thirty to five thirty in the morning. Before the world wakes up it is most silent and a large number of people are deeply asleep, I retire early so that I can rise at this hour, for it is at this hour that my mind has a powerful link to my subconscious, there are other deeper dynamics of my experience that occur during these hours I can't go into. It is my suggestion that at these hours meditation can be a much deeper experience, there is of course no set way; this is how I like to meditate, others may find a different path. The other Secret of stalking the spirit or Tao is to witness how this magnificent force of creation changes things constantly in the present moment. This calls for a form of observation of the natural world, when one shifts the attention to the natural world; in time the one will develop a sense of awe and wonder, even in the smallest of creatures. We begin to notice that we are beginning to see everything ever changing on the subatomic level, our bodies may be limited, on the other hand the spirit is linked directly to infinite power of the Tao. It is the will of the Tao that we as human beings live in accordance within its natural rhythms. if a critical mass of humanity becomes prevalent in our world, who are in alignment with the way, things will change. This is how it will happen a small and powerful group of practitioners will grow like wild fire, because their alignment with the silent realm of the Tao will be so unshakable; their presence of peace will be undeniable. In time this will happen, we as human beings will grow sick of the sickness known as war; than humanity will reach its potential we as human beings will share all things without the burden of greed. How do I know this to be I look inside my silence and see.
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I am an old soul a buddhist but not bound to any faith.
The most brillant light is encircled in darkness.
From The Three Dynamics of Meditation
By Micheal E. Byrn
Some information about the Mandalas that I Draw they are hand drawn without the help of any type of computers or measuring instruments. There is a trick that I invented to measure the circles, it is made out of paper but I dont consider this a instrument. They are drawn with acid free ink and color pencels on acid free heavy stock paper. I do some work on the computer on my paint program, but my love is my free hand work that is my Mandalas.
Zero2525 One do'es not have to change the world, one must change the mind to see peace within, one heart at a time this is how peace is won. :)

The Balance and the War

One cannot serve Two Masters
But Two Masters will serve the one
From The Three Dynamics of Meditation
By Zero2525
When the dynamics of meditation are practiced daily for some time one developes a sense of balance of the emotions. When this happens the war between love and hate starts to dissipate, we discover how peaceful life can be in the balance. I myself notice that I am very protective of this core of peace, it is very disturbing for me to go outside of the balance. The light and the dark of the emotional state is out of control within myself when I step out of the balance this creates a war with the self, and a war with behavior. Through the art of meditation one learns the balance calming the emotions, one becomes the master over the powers of love and hate, and the out of control behaviors they have cause myself and others around me.
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Love and Hate cause out of control behaviors there is a grey area between the two this is what I call the Eye of the Storm in this Eye the war within stops. The goal of Meditation is to hold a core of peace within yourself this will never be done without balancing the emotions. This is Key to stopping the War between the emotions and finding peace. The war within causes many great conflicts in life in meditation we find the true nature of peace escaping these extreme emotional states, that fill are life's with stress. People say oh I wish there were peace in my life, or where can I find peace, it is within take a little time and look for it.

The Art of Not Doing, From: The Three Dynamics of Meditation

A word or Two about not doing or the art there of I learned this Art from the Tao Te Ching simply put it is detachment from things that dont matter. The more you dont act on the things that dont matter, the more the things that do matter get done. Getting emotionally distracted happens all the time in life, if an emotional distraction spills over into negative behaviors and stress then takes it's course it was something out of a persons control range. Meditation teaches us our control range, and not to get involved in useless emotional battles that end up causing small wars in are lifes. Peace is maintained through behavior understanding and forgiveness, understanding that a person who may be shouting at everybody even though he or she may have not had a very meaningful life up to the point of the shouting match. When one has developed a core of peace through meditation one is less likely to lash out at others in anger, because one becomes free from this character defect. Not wanting to add to the shouting person stress level I would not respond with any kind of negative behaviors or hateful words, forgiveness go'es a long way calming the emotions brings the greatest gift of all peace. :)
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Poetry Corner

Say can you hear that certain sound beyond the drown
of all those other voices
Do we dare pick it from the air for the
moments changing choices

Respect it not the empty plot said indifference
to blind ambition
Then weath's strong weld did say he held
the key to mans condition

But who can say said power to play what is real
or what is fiction
Then the floor was cleared for more to hear
the politics of perfect diction

On and on the empty song roared their ocean
voices never ending
So I steped aside to turn the tide for the currents
were not blending

But wait just then I heard my friend
that sound above the madness
And it was great without debate relating
me to gladness

Then disappeared all those things unclear
that roared in all their sorrows
Then truth and man walked hand in hand through
a thousand new tomorrows

A poem By Michael E. Byrn
Published in 1984
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Lao Tzu's: Tao Te Ching

Translated By: James Legge
Chapter 1
Keep in mind that there are 81 verses to the Tao this is going to take some time.

1. The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao.
The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.

2. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of Heaven and
earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.

3. Always without desire we must be found,
If it's deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
It's outer fringe is all we shall see.

4. Under these two aspects it is really the same; but as development takes place, it receives the different names. Together we call them the Mystery. Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.


Chapter 2

1. All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this
they have (the idea of) what ugliness is; all know the skill of the skilful,
and in doing this they have (the idea of) what the want of skill is.

2. So it is that existence and non existence give birth the one to (the idea of)
the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one (the idea of) the other;
That lenght and shortness fashion out of the one the figure of the other:
that (the idea of) height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one
with the other; that the musical notes and tones become harmonious through
the relation of one with the another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following the other.

3. Therefore the sage manages affairs without doing anything, and conveys
his instructions without the use of speech.

4. All things spring up, and there is not one which declines to show it's self;
they grow, and there is no claim made for their ownership; they go through
their porcesses, and there is no expectation (of a reward for the results).
The work is done, but how no one can see:
Tis this that makes the power not cease to be.

Chapter 3.

1. Not to value and employ men of superior ability is the way to keep the people from rivalry among themselves; not to prize articles which are difficult to procure is the way to keep them from becoming thieves; not to show them what is likely to excite their desires is the way to keep their minds from disorder.

2. Therefore the sage, in the exercise of his goverment, empties their minds, fills their bellies, weakens their wills, and strengthens their bones.

3. He constantly (tries to) keep them without knowledge and without desire, and where there are those who have knowledge, to keep them from presuming to act (on it). When there is this abstinence from action, good order is universal.

Chapter 4.

1. The Tao is (like) the emptiness of a vessel; and in our employment of it we must be on our guard against all fullness. How deep and unfathomable it is, as if it were the Honoured Ancestor of all things.

2. We should blunt our sharp points, and unravel the complications of things; we should cover our brightness, and bring ourselves into agreement with the abscurity of others. How pure and still the Tao is, as if it would ever so continue!

3. I do not know whose son it is. It might appear to have been before God.

Chapter 5.

1. Heaven and Earth do not act from (the impulse of) any wish to be benevolent; they deal with all things as dogs of grass are dealt with. The sages do not act from (any wish to be) benevolent; they deal with the people as dogs of grass are dealt with.

2. May not the space between Heaven and Earth be compared to a bellows?

3. `Tis emptied, yet loses not its power; `Tis moved again, yet sends out air the more. Much speech to swift exhaustion lead we see; Your inner being guard, and keep it free.

Chapter 6.

1. The valley spirit dies not, aye the same; The female mystery thus do we name. Its gate, from which at first they issued forth, Is called the root which grew Heaven and Earth. Long and unbroken do'es its power remain, Used gently, and without the touch of pain.

Chapter 7. 1. Heaven is long-enduring and Earth continues long. The reason why Heaven and Earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves. This is how they are able to continue and endure.

2. Therefore the sage puts his own person last, and yet it is found in the foremost place; he treats his person as if it was foreign to him, and yet that person is perserved. It is not because he has no personal and private ends, that therefore such ends are realized?

I will continue on with the translation from A. S. Kline His is a less poetic more strait forward translation than James legge's, although I may go back and forth at times if I feel one or the other is more clear. Keep in mind that I follow the Tao and have been reading it for three years, it has changed my life.

Chapter 8.

The highest virtue is like water. Since water helps the myriad of creatures, and settles, without contention, where no one wishes to live, it is near the Way. In a house position matters. In mental quality depth matters. In friends kindness matters. In speaking honesty matters. In goverment order matters. In transaction abiltiy matters. In actions promptness matters. By not contending it never errs.

Chapter 9.

Rather than filling it over full better to stop in time. Sharpen to a point the egde won't last forever. Gold and Jade may fill the house but no one can retain them. Boasting of wealth and virtue, brings trouble on oneself. Silence when the job is done, is the way of Heaven.

Chapter 10.

1. Carrying your spiritual body on your head can you embrace the One and not let go? Concentrating the breath can you become supple as a child? Can you polish the mysterious mirror and not leave a mark? Can you love the people and rule the state without indulging in action? When the gates of Heaven open and close can you keep to the female role? When the mind penetrates the four directions are you able to know nothing? It gives them life and nurtures. It gives them life without possessions. It benefits them but ask no thanks. It holds but imposes no authority. Such is the mysterious virtue.

Chapter 11.

1. Thirty spokes round one hub. Employ the nothing inside and you can use a cart. Knead the clay to make a pot. Employ the nothing inside and you can use a pot. Cut out doors and windows. Employ the nothing inside and you can use a room. What is achieved is something, by employing nothing it can be used.

Chapter 12.

1. The five colours blind us. The five notes deafen us. The five taste deaden us. Pursuing and catching disturb the mind. Wanting scarce things delays our progress. So the wise are: For the stomach and not the eye. Taking the one, they leave the other.

Chapter 13. We will go forward with a translation of Legges version By Steve Thomas.

1. Favour and disgrace are equally to be feared; life and death are conditions of the same kind. What is meant by speaking thus of favour and disgrace? Disgrace is being in a low position after the enjoyment of favour. The getting of favour leads to the fear of its loss. Therefore favour and disgrace are equally to be feared. And what is meant by saying that life and death are conditions of the same kind? Having a body makes me liable to die; if I had not this body, what calamity would befall me. He who would administer the kindom, honouring it as he honours his own person, and would love it with the same love that he has for his own person, he may be entrusted with the empire.

Chapter 14.

1. We look at it, and do not see it, and so name it the Equable. We listen to it, and do not hear it, and so name it Inaudible. We try to grasp it, and cannot get hold of it, and so name it Subtle. With these qualites, it cannot be described, and so we call it the One.

2. The upper part is not bright, its lower part is not obscure. Ceaseless in its action, and yet it cannot be named, and than it again returns to nothingness.

3. This is called the Form of the Formless, and the Semblance of the Invisible; this is called the Fleeting and Indeterminable.

4. We meet it and do not see its front; we follow it and and do not see its back.

5. When we lay hold of the Tao of old to direct the things of the present, and are able to know it as it was in the beginning, this is called unwinding the thread of the Tao.

15.

1. The skillful Masters in old times, with a subtle an exquisite penetration, comprehened its mysteries, and were deep so as to elude men's knowledge. As they were thus beyond men's knowledge, I will make an effort to describe of what sort they appeared to be; cautious as if wading through a stream in winter; irresolute as if afraid of all around them; grave, like a guest; evanescent, like melting ice; unpretentious, like a piece of uncarved wood; vacant like a valley, dull like muddy water.

2. Who can make the muddy water clear? Let it be still, and it gradually becomes clear. Who can secure the condition of rest? Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise.

3. They who preserve this method of the Tao do not wish to be full of themselves. It is through not being full of themselves that they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete.

Chapter 16. 1. Bring vacancy to the utmost degree; guard stillness with unwearying vigour.

2. All things alike go through their processes of activity, and then return to their original state. When plants have displayed their luxuriant growth, we see each of them return to its root. This returning to the root is what we call the state of stillness; and that stillness indicates that they have filfilled their purpose. Process and fulfilment is the regular, unchanging rule. To know that unchanging rule is to be intelligent; not to know it leads to wild movements and evil issues

3. The knowledge of the unchanging rule produces forbearance; Forbearance lead to a community of feeling with all things; Community of feeling leads to* the Tao.

4. Possessed of the Tao, he endures long, and to the end of his bodily life is exempt from all danger of decay.

Chapter 17.

1. The best leaders go unnoticed by the people. The next best are loved and praised by the people. Then there are those who are feared by the people. Lastly there are those who are despised.

2. When the leader lack faith, then the people lack faith in them.

3. The best leaders make their words valuable and precious. Their work is done, and their undertakings successfull, while the people say, "We are as we are, of ourselves!"

Chapter 18.

1. When the Great Tao has ceased to be observed, benevolence and righteousness come into vogue. When wisdom and shrewdness appear, there will be great hypocrisy. When family harmony no longer prevails, then filial piety is advocated. When the state falls into disorder, than loyal ministers are praised

We will continue with Stephen Mitchells interpretation.

Chapter 19.

Throw away holiness and wisdom, and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice, and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit, and there won't be any thieves.

If these three aren't enough, just stay at the center of the circle and let all thing take their course.

Dwight Goddard Translation of verse 19 gives a better explanation for the intellectual mind.

Verse 19. When people abandon the idea of becoming a sage and give up ambition for worldly knowledge and learning, then their innate goodness will have a chance to manifest itself and will develop a hundredfold.
When there is no activity of thinking to interfere, there is nothing that the mind can not accomplish in the way of good self-development.
If ideas of benevolence and righteousness are abandoned, then people will return naturally to the primal virtues of filial piety and parental affection.
If craftiness and acquisitiveness are abandoned then theft and robbery will naturally disappear.
The reason I refer to this is because of the deficiency of these primal virtues in our present culture.
Let us restrain our sensual desires and egoism and return to simplicity and naturalness.

For verse 20 I will give Stephen Mitchell and then Dwight Goddard interpretation.

Chapter 20. Stop thinking and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure? Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous!
Other people are excited as though they are at a parade. I alone don't care, I alone am expressionless, like an infant before it can smile.
Other people have what they need: I alone possess nothing. I alone drift about, like someone without a home. I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.
Other people are bright; I alone am dark. Other people are sharp; I alone am dull.
Other people have purpose; I alone don't know. I drift like a wave on the ocean, I blow as aimless as the wind.
I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother's breasts.

Verse 20. Abandon your acquired learning and do not regret the loss. There is little difference between yes and no, but what a vast difference between a good man and a wicked man. There are some things (like suffering and death) which are universally feared and which it is natural to fear, but woe to those ignorant people who desire and grasp after amusements and defilements (the very things that cause suffering and death) . People are busy with enjoyments as if they were celebrating a feast day, or as if they were flocking to the games. I, alone, am as fresh as the morning air, as pure as a babe in its mother's arms, as free as a homeless wanderer. Other people are admired and envied because of their cleverness; I, alone, am neglected. Am I (because of this) foolish at heart? No! Let them be as smart and aggressive as ever; I am content to remain retiring and obscure. Let them continue to be as sensible and as prudent as ever; let me remain as neglected as a deaf-mute.
Nevertheless, I am as pure as the water in the ocean and as free as the driftwood upon its bosom.
Let others have their means for acquiring wealth, I am content to be counted foolish and inefficient. I seem to stand in contrast to common people, empty and foolish, but I am nourished by food from Mother TAO.

We will continue with Stephen Mitchells Translation.

Chapter 21. The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao; that is what give her her radiance.
The Tao is ungraspable. How can her mind be at one with it? Because she does not cling to ideas.
The Tao is dark and unfathomable. How can it make her radiant? Because she lets it.
Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see.

We will go on with interpretation by John Braun Jr.

Verse 22. Submit and transcend; Divergence becomes patterned, Empty becomes potential, Used becomes renewed, Basic becomes foundation, Complexity becomes confusion.

The sage embraces what is rather than what should be. We would do well to mimic this.

We see their wisdom though they do not display it. We respect them without them having to tell us why. They suffer no grand failures because they make no grand claims. They are not defeated because they do not fight.

The ancients say " submit and transcend." These are no empty words.

To be whole is to be what you are, and nothing more. Only from the whole can understanding begin.

Verse 23.

To speak constantly is unnatural.

Rain fall and sun shine, but neither can last forever.

Let us learn from this.

To be whole is to: Be at one with the movements Of Tao. Be at one with gain. Be at one with loss.

Accept and be accepted.

We will go on with A. S. Kline's translation. This is his version of the 23rd verse it is a little different.

To speak infrequently is natural.
So a strong wind won't last all morning, a downpour won't last all day.
What causes these? Heaven and earth. if even heaven and earth must rest.
How much more so human beings?
Therefore align yourself to the way.
Aligned with the way you are one with the way.
Aligned with virtue you are one with virtue.
Aligned with the heavens you are one with the heavens.
The way accepts this alignment gladly.
Virtue accepts this alignment gladly.
The heavens accept this alignment gladly.
When there is a lack of faith
There is a lack of respect.

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