Interesting Times

"May you live in interesting times." That was a Chinese
curse, wasn't it? Well, at least we know now who to blame it
on. All the economic stuff is interesting enough, but the
real show is happening right in my own atmosphere. Just
watching what kind of vibration I allow myself to have,
whether I succumb to fear or get mad as hell (I have GOT to
stop listening to NPR!) or whether I'm just gonna breathe.
It's up to me. 

You know, we've all been through this before. Many of us
were probably alive during the Great Depression, died there,
and then came back for these interesting times. We were
probably around for the fall of Rome. During our time on
earth, we've had to have seen many of the great
civilizations come and go. Not that any of it was fun, but
it sure was interesting! Now, we might live to see the
collapse of the entire ecosystem. That would make the fallen
civilization thing look not so bad by comparison. But much
worse than any of these things would be to lose ourselves in
fear and anger. That would be tragic. To keep things in
perspective, I tell myself that none of this is new. I've
been here before and this is pretty much the same. 

Now more than ever I feel it's important to watch what I
think. I can almost see my thoughts gather around me like a
mist; sometimes the mist glows and sometimes it doesn't. I
like it better when it glows. But best of all is when there
is no mist, when there aren't any thoughts, just that
wide-awake, silent awareness - watching, waiting, letting
go, lifting up, receiving - in other words, consciousness. I
can either be scared and angry, or I can be conscious. I can
either control my thoughts, or I can let them blow in the
wind. Negative thoughts can either stick to me, or I can
peel them off and expel them from my mindspace. This I can
do. Or not. It's up to me.

Today, I choose to be conscious.
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3 Responses to Interesting Times

  1. mvalentinus says:

    I like your choice. Not to be picky, but I prefer “aware” to “conscious”.

    • I know what you mean. To me, the word “conscious” seems able to stand on its own, whereas the word “aware” seems to do better with a subject, as in “I am aware.” The “I” is the conscious part that is being aware, sort of like “directed consciousness.” Awareness, to me, requires an object of awareness much more than consciousness does. Consciousness can be empty and yet still conscious, perhaps even more so. Awareness doesn’t capture that for me. But this might just be my semantical bias.

  2. patrick rainford says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen! When started reading ‘Interesting Times’ , had an uncanny feeling had written it myself!
    If we loss sight of The Path and get caught in the horrifying web of the Mass Mind, our lives would become a living nightmare.

    “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of Peace; (the Word of the Logos)
    Above all, taking the shield of Faith (the Shield of the Holy Spirit)
    where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
    – Eph. 6 : 15- 16

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