Self-improvement vs. Self-awareness

The freedom from something is not true freedom. The freedom to do anything you want to do is also not the freedom I am talking about. My vision of freedom is to be yourself. ~ Osho

The 1980’s and 90’s put a lot of focus on self-improvement. Go to the book department of any thrift store and you will find one self-help book after another encompassing everything on what it means to be a fully-functioning human being in the world. These books are still being published though they are losing ground. They were offered as tools to help seekers become better, healthier, richer, creative, kinder, compassionate, spiritual, successful, forgiving, etc.

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Words, Words and More Words

Words are tremendously powerful and important and are the magical property of whoever has them. Sorcerers have a rule of thumb: they say that the deeper the assemblage point moves, the greater the feeling that one has knowledge and no words to explain it. ~ Don Juan, The Power of Silence

It’s a funny thing, these words. Any words. One of my predilections is communications. I am a communicator. My major was communications; international communications, multi-cultural communications, bi-lingual communications, interpersonal communications. And, I love to write as a means of communicating.

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Radical Separation

Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about. ~ Osho

We have entered a time of radical separation for so many people. I would like to include a piece from the Ralph Blum book of runes for the Rune Othila.

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You are the Sea of Eternal Awareness

You are the sea of eternal awareness lapping on the shores of time. You are the way universal energies interface with a geographical world. You are the being of life touching a temporal domain, interpreting a matter world through a filter of humanity. As a human being you objectify the relationship between local spirit and local matter, projecting a body to assist you in becoming a lens through which universal consciousness can view localities of ever-unfolding dimension. You are a wave of eternity splashing upon this temporal shore, the Star Maker awakening beneath a sensuous film of water and biologically textured clay. You are a single field of awareness containing multitudes of constituent beings, each of whom individualizes certain of your qualities, aspects and interests.

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The Sorcerer’s Revolution

When a warrior has put an end to his routines, when he doesn’t care anymore whether he has company or is alone, because he has heard the silent whisper of the spirit; then you can say that, truly, he has died. From that point on, even the simplest things in life become extraordinary for him. For this, a sorcerer learns how to live again. He tastes each moment as if it were the last one. He doesn’t waste any effort on feeling dissatisfied, nor does he throw away his energy. He doesn’t wait until he becomes old to ponder the mysteries of the world. He is ahead, he explores, he knows and marvels. ~ Carlos Castaneda, Encounters with the Nagual

The Gulf oil spill that has turned out to be much more than a spill and instead a catastrophic disaster of monumental proportion threatening to wipe out ecosystems and oceans and marine life and livelihoods. A recent “discovery” of nearly $1 trillion of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan will create new opportunity for the earth to be mined, blown up and destroyed further and has the potential to ultimately lead to war as each country vies for control somehow with the US claiming finder’s rights; the horrific stories of the world as it is, as it is becoming combined with the continual push to save the earth, raise consciousness, take responsibility, do what’s right…like a jack-hammer constantly threatening to tear the thin and fragile fabric of existence.

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Love For No Reason at All

Almost two years ago I wrote a blog called The Love of a Sorcerer. The post begins with one of my favorite quotes by don Juan from Tales of Power; “A warrior’s love is the world. He embraces this enormous earth. The earth knows that he loves it and it bestows on him its care. That’s why his life is filled to the brim and his state, wherever he’ll be, will be plentiful. He roams on the paths of his love and, wherever he is, he is complete.”

It has always been a belief of mine that when we embrace this earth, when we are in love with her and honor her with gratitude and respect we will come to know love in a way that surpasses any all definitions that we have known love to be. A warrior’s love is so strong, so encompassing and so unique in that it is grounded and founded in total freedom. It is free of expectations, free of gratifying emotions, free of conditions and of conditioning. Most people don’t understand unconditional love. If they do something “wrong”, their conditioning is so enmeshed in the fear of having the love withdrawn that they immediately believe that they are unworthy and therefore, unlovable.

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Self-Importance Continued

In response to the post on Transcending Self Importance, here is a great quote that someone sent in from The Power of Silence:

“Self-importance is a monster that has three thousand heads. And one can face up to it and destroy it in any of three ways. The first way is to sever each head one at a time; the second is to reach that mysterious state of being called the place of no pity, which destroys self-importance by slowly starving it; and the third is to pay for the instantaneous annihilation of the three-thousand-headed monster with one’s symbolic death. Consider yourself fortunate if you get the chance to choose. For it is the spirit that usually determines which way the sorcerer is to go, and it is the duty of the sorcerer to follow.”

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Transcending Self-Importance

Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it – what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. ~ The Fire from Within

Humility is a virtue that is rapidly slipping away. Self-importance is prevalent in this day and age and humility barely exists. This is unfortunate and the cause of much unrest in the world. Every spiritual belief system talks about releasing the ego yet so few people actually do it.

It is frustrating and sad to live in a world where everyone constantly needs to be right or worse yet, one-up somebody. The level of competition for existence is maddening and proof of just how many petty tyrants there are constantly surrounding us. The trick to overcoming self-importance is to ignore the petty tyrants! As long as you continue to allow a petty tyrant to push your buttons then you are still swimming in the arena of self-importance.

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