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On the Edge – Part 6 – the purposeful control of your Information.

April 25, 2016 Leave a comment

 

When the internet was launched and Social Media was born I immediately thought here is a way for everyone to be equal, for all to be heard, but mainly for everyone point of view to have a forum.

It promised the free flow of information … the availability of different perspectives!

Social Media, like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and others for instance become a self affirming bubble of our beliefs … which instead of the wonderful optimism at the beginning seems to have the opposite effect .. which widens the gap between different and sometimes opposing points of view .. basically because the views we receive ar not balanced, we do not hear the other side perspective taken into account …. at least this was the good part of Old media from once credible broadcasters .. Mass Media … you all got the same information, albeit through the sometime political perspectives of the provider … then we interpreted that information through our beliefs.

Politics and the Internet – once the internet was a place where one could achieve clarity – now we are back to the wild west as Trolls, Government surveillance operating and participating within social media for goodness knows what reason .. but knowing Government agencies and their machiavellian thought processes .. it can’t be good,

We have news in its various forms around since the beginning, from the Town Cryers of old England to the printing press …. but in a way there was always someone determining what news we would have access to … in Old Media … which includes newspapers, magazines, Film, Politicians … someone, usually the editor made the assessment then for the whole community, society of country … this is News and this is not. This was usually a person.

Current mass media still continues the editing role, deciding what news is relevant … (I mean sensational .. that brings ratings) and therefore money … I have spoken about the ownership and advertising impact of the neutrality of media previously.

The difference between serious responsible journalism and infotainment … is that every mean, stupid, vicious act now gets a light shone on it … is that why we think the world is a darker place?

The media has become a vehicle for manipulation, vested interests, propaganda as well as religious extremism and terrorism, as what Terrorists seek is exposure … to push their own ideology … a terrorist act without sensational publicity has little impact of making people afraid.

All religions and purveyors of ideologies have used the name of God to inflict maximum harm against innocent people to promote their own political ideals – the media just focuses us … sensationalises it … remember the occasion where the media walked through a alleged terrorists house .. before the Police arrived is total irresponsibility and would have harmed the hunt for clues irrevocably … but the media was after a story … they are after the ratings, the exposure .. the acclaim … money …that is the problem

There are many negatives of algorithmic tailored news #NotBalancedNews

Guidance for Transitions

October 29, 2015 Leave a comment

This is a message to those I love ….

Morality is how we relate to the people we know, our family, our friends, our neighbours … in a wider sense ethics on the other hand is the true foundation of how we create a society … when someone projects their subjective personal beliefs on to a society, especially about something they know little or nothing about, it is about their ego, to make them selves feel superior, essentially it is self-aggrandisement … in doing so little by little we destroy society itself .. for the whole act of blame is about separation … about separating one person from another – for we must remember that condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

True love does not judge, nor does it have any expectations, it does not to say to someone, become this person and I will love you … or the corollary, if you change from this person; I won’t love you – that is more of a Cathexis, an expression of surface or perhaps simply conditional love.

How do we find a conscious love without distortions in it? Through self knowledge and acceptance of self, and solitude … meditation. Without these, love gets mutated and distorted by the surface of life. With self knowledge, acceptance and meditation, love evolves into devotion; it remains pure and then evolves into bliss, joy.

Disrespecting someone, judgement and ascribing fault, is used by the ego to separate us, like control, judgement, anger, competing, worry, guilt, conformity are all other non-present emotional ‘ego’ driven thoughts – like all fears when faced show their illusion and in doing so we find ourselves and our strengths. Most of us don’t truly know & understand ourselves let alone another, so when we judge another, we can only project what we know of ourselves onto others!

Everyone has their gifts, everyone, and each one is an equally valid gift from the Universe.

Everything that happens is essentially without expression, it is only in our beliefs where we ascribe a meaning, a duality to it, a right or wrong, good or bad etc., when beliefs become primary, it manifests through its own brand of particularism into a cult, there are cults everywhere from the private to even Public companies say Apple Inc and Tesla … all within are true believers, their lives are defined through the duality of their ideology, for instance Capitalism is the quintessential expression of duality (I.e profit / loss is good / bad) – within families, all experiences are seen as either good or bad, right or wrong, family or not – under pressure, this evolves into a fear based “them and us mentality” a dismissal and disrespect for all that appears on the surface to be different.

There are really good and wonderful people in the world, the thing that separates us is awareness that they exist and our beliefs – but no one has the right to define themselves as right and others wrong … for the majority of humanity, it is easier to judge than to think – to judge is to label and negate others and so dismiss (often without revisiting that first judgement) – true humanity and strengths is to feel with empathy, compassion and equanimity.

We rarely re-visit judgements of people (or ideas) that we made in the past, for people we must give each other a break by remembering that people are constantly changing and growing. I would suggest that we not cling to any limited, disconnected, possibly negative images of a person that we formed in the past, I would instead suggest that we just let go and move on, letting us all just get on with our lives. Also forgiveness (including yourself) really is liberating, because it means that an event in your past no longer controls you in the present.

I cannot ascribe fault anymore for it leads to separation, in the higher self there are no certainties, things can only be viewed through probabilities … for instance it is highly probable that the sun will rise tomorrow – the reality is that nothing is certain, change is continuous and everything ends, well not so much ends, for we are always in transition to ?

Happiness comes only in true Freedom, it comes from within, not from people things or circumstances – follow your personal bliss, challenges that will come are how we grow and we use them to break through the shells that encompass our understanding.

We see everything through the present moment, the past, is our personal perspective of our experiences (filtered through our beliefs, emotions and values) … The future is our expectations, our wishes … but this present moment is our only personal reality … these are the Buddha’s words, along with many spiritual leaders (including Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Bodhidharma, Eckhart Tolle, Marcus Aurelius and others)

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help” – Thích Nhất Hanh

With union with the light, a spiritual realisation occurs – then it is the individual’s choice to integrate with the Higher self or not – for me it was easy … once you decide to integrate, The Grace of “God, the Universe, Brahmin, the Source – the higher self (call her what you will) starts to descend to us (over time) you gradually detach from the physical world, much of what you once valued in duality seems empty and an illusion because it is, your love becomes abundant, unconditional and conscious, you can feel life, every form of life within you from the greatest to the least – there is now only one choice, which is to love, to understand, to have compassion for all life, whatever its form.

There is a book, the Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma that helped me understand my personal journey to the light – perhaps it might help others on their journey!

A difficult revelation of conditional “love” is the judgement, perhaps dis-respect , contempt or worse. Perhaps no one at home wrote in a simple act of compassion or empathy to think beyond themselves and their attachments and ask how you were … for me, I guess that is the true expression of the experience – their own brand of particularism.

It’s a given, that no one has the right in being purposefully cruel for any reason.

If you have many obstacles in your path … consider, perhaps the Universe is trying to tell you something –

“As a man himself sows, so he himself reaps; no man inherits the good or evil act of another man. The fruit is of the same quality as the action” – Mahabharata, xii.291.22

We are all accountable for our choices, as I have learnt personally – do not blame those you who hurt you, for they are only instruments of Karma – Karma holds us all accountable for our behaviour in particular our actions towards others – how she will choose to balance the scales for their actions towards you and other life forms, is not for others to speculate how.

I can feel only love and compassion for you all, if any truly wish non-judgmental spiritual help, then come find me … and we will work towards the light together, if you’re not up for that, no problem, find another, for when it is your turn you will journey to the light in this life or another, it is a journey we will all make. By staying attached to the illusions of this world, once can never be truly happy, or free, because in being attached we are never truly free – and true happiness comes in freedom.

After a four-year journey I am done – I am on to other things enriched, you are each on your own, except of course for the infinite love and power of the Universe that is within each of you, but I am going to project my beliefs and say – your perception was that I was the problem however I believe I was a solution – fear itself is the problem.

I am thinking of you all as I write these words … face your fears … they are paper tigers … empty illusions. Judgment and blame separates us … the desire to control others comes from ego and fear – controlling others controls you – instead stay present, be mindful and accept and flow … there is no way around pain or fear, the only way out is through.

Open your heart to those in need, do not make assumptions. You are not a judge, you are a coach, and in the future you may just be the guide that makes all the difference to someone else’s life.

There are only two main motivators in life, love and fear. Choose wisely!

October, 2015

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