Clay fired and painted wall plaque by Dakan
The Highway Shaman Wisdom for August 7, 2020
Today is my 100th blog in this series
From the moment of my caul birth, my mother knew, I knew, that I was to be a “Spiritual” person. She believed I was destined to be her family priest. It ended up that I was a sensitive child who grew into a sensitive adult man. In retrospect my major life decisions were always more spiritual than pragmatic. I moved my whole life, quit jobs and ended relationships as soon as my “spirit” felt trapped. As early as age twenty I began my conscious journey of Self-Realization. My “Spirit” would never allow me to get trapped in religions, spiritual or political beliefs. I studied all the religions, dabbled in them and all the political dogma from democracy to communism – the socialist, libertarians, democrats and republicans, but I was never a joiner – not even a voter. I am and have always been a “spiritual observer.” When I stated writing historical fiction in 2002, I became an investigative reporter, always seeking the truth. In the past year I have observed what I consider bad 3D political drama – a battle of ignorance – people taking sides on a dung pile throwing shit at each other. To me, right or left, it’s sad to witness.
I wrote my first Zen book five years ago. The teachings are to live in the moment, in the here and now. To calmly sit on the bank and watch the river flow, knowing the flow is always perfect. MOMENT TO MOMENT. Zen practice is also about living life in the highest levels of Integrity possible. Engagement in the political arena is filled with antagonism, hostility, anger, resentment, blame, condemnation and arrogance – all forms of low and “out of Integrity.” That’s not an arena I wish to play in – an arena I refuse to play in. Life is indeed a struggle of maintaining a high level of Self-Realization and Integrity, but daily I pray to be a Messenger of Love, to be empowered with goodness, curiosity, wonder, innocence and as much happiness as I’m able to bring into my life. The enemy of all that is biased news like CNN, which instills all those low integrity notions in a person’s consciousness. The 5D enlightenment message is to turn off the damn TV and go smell the flowers, pet the animals, feed the fish, and send love to all those in need. The world can go to shit all around us, but that doesn’t mean we have to go to shit with it. I refuse to as I send my prayers of peace, love and happiness to everyone in the world.
The Osho Zen Card for today
2 of Rainbows – MOMENT TO MOMENT
The past is no more and the future is not yet – both are unnecessarily moving in directions which don’t exist. One used to exist, but no longer exists, and one has not even started to exist. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now – wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now. That’s the only right direction. Only such a man can enter into the golden gate. The present is the golden gate. Here now is the golden gate, And you can be in the present only if you are not ambitious – no accomplishment, no desire to achieve power, money, prestige, even enlightenment, because all ambition leads you into the future. Only a non-ambitious man can remain in the present. A man who wants to be in the present has not to think, has just to see and enter the gate. Experience will come, but experience has not to be premeditated.
“This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. Life is a great ocean in which you can play if you drop all your judgments, your preferences and the attachment to the details of your long-term plans. Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And don’t worry if you stumble or fall – just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh, and carry on.”