Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sunny, beautiful, crisp island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on a glorious Saturday morning here at the Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront(s)–the 12th day of September, 2015–and a good day to you and yours! Here’s hoping the day is yours and yours alone; filled with all those things you wanted to do all week long…
When choosing a candidate to become a leader of a democracy, one must look to the human ego, or rather the size of ‘it’, so as to determine just how much this ‘presidency’ is about him or her personally, and how much is about the VAST majority of real, live, breathing fellow human beings that make up a so called Civilization (especially in a democracy with that little letter ‘d’, one that is supposed to care for ALL her peoples), he or she is about to lead into this tumultuous 21st century…
“Whatever form it takes, the unconscious drive behind behind ego is to strengthen the image of who I think I am, the phantom self that came into existence when thought–a great blessing as well as a great curse–began to take over and obscured the simple yet profound joy of connectedness with Being, the Source, God. Whatever behavior the ego manifests, the hidden motivating force is always the same: the need to stand out, be special, be in control; the need for power, for attention, for more. And, or course, the need to feel a sense of separation, that is to say, the need for opposition, enemies. The ego always wants something from other people or situations. There is always a hidden agenda, always a sense of “not enough yet”, of insufficiency and lack that needs to be filled. It uses people and situations to get what it wants, and even when it succeeds, it is never satisfied for long. Often it is thwarted in its aims, and for the most part the gap between “I want” and “what is” becomes a constant source of upset and anguish. The famous and now classic pop song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction“–per “The Rolling Stones”–is the song of the ego. The underlying emotion that governs all the activity of the ego is fear. The fear of being nobody, the fear of nonexistence, the fear of death. All its activities are ultimately designed to eliminate fear, but the most the ego can ever do is cover it up temporarily with an intimate relationship, a new possession, or winning at this or that. Illusion will never satisfy you. Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free. Why fear? Because the ego arises by identification with form, and deep down it knows that no forms are permanent, and they are all fleeting. So there is always a sense of insecurity around the ego even if on the outside it appears confident. As I was walking with a friend through a beautiful nature reserve near Malibu in California, we came upon the ruins of what had been once a country home, destroyed by fire several decades ago. AS we approached the property, long overgrown with trees and all kinds of magnificent plants, there was a sign by the side of the trail put there by the park authorities. It read: DANGER. ALL STRUCTURES ARE UNSTABLE. I said to my friend, “That’s a profound sutra [sacred scripture].” And we stood there in awe. Once you realize and accept that all structures (forms) are unstable, even the seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you. This is because the recognition of the impermanence of all forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within yourself, that which is beyond death. Jesus called it “eternal life”.
“A New Earth”
Have a nice week end folks!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M