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Spiritual Google

May 8, 2012 1 comment

Wow! I can’t believe I stumbled upon this. What’s “this“, you ask? It’s a video of a talk given by Eckhart Tolle at Google. Yes, Google.

I know that religion is a deeply personal issue, but if you’ve never seen Eckhart Tolle in action, please indulge BD00 by at least watching a few minutes of the video with an open mind. Lemme know if it tickles something inside of you. If you get a “meh” feeling, then that’s OK too. Do you think he’s the real deal or just another Swaggart/Bakker clone?

Thinking Styles

April 16, 2012 4 comments

I used to think: “DAMN IT! IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS WAY!” for just about every observation that I judged to be a “problem“. Now I think, It shouldn’t be this way – but it is – lol for most observations that I judge to be problems. Of course, there are still far too many things that cause me to red-line, but it’s an incremental, iterative, and continuous learning experience.

If I’m lucky enough, I might even gravitate up to this fully, non-judgmental, thought-style: “It is this way, because it got this way“. However, I don’t think I’ll ever make it into the effortless thinking realm of Buddha/Lao Tzu/Eckhart Tolle/Byron Katy:It is this way because it’s exactly the way it should be“.

How about you, dear reader? What’s your predominant thinking style? Has it been changing with age? Are you happy with it?

Dramatic Difference

I’ve been an investor in Whole Foods Markets for about 10 years because I like CEO John Mackey‘s “Conscious Business” approach to capitalism. In this Fast Company post, “How Whole Foods Became The Luxury Brand Of Millennials”, Michael Pavone dramatically illustrates the difference between today’s winners and yesterday’s winners with this chart:

Maybe Eckhart Tolle is right when he says that a transformation to a “New Earth” is slowly but surely taking place. But then again, since Mackey-like approaches and businesses like Whole Foods Markets are still extreme outliers, maybe he’s wrong.

What do you think? Putting your company’s BS press clippings and self proclamations of greatness aside for a brief moment, how is your business really different from your moo-herd peers?

Structure, Not Content

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The problem is not the content, it’s the conditioned structure of the human mind – Eckhart Tolle

If the structure of one’s mind has been conditioned and molded into a crystallized pyramid from birth (and whose mind hasn’t?), then its time-varying content will be heavily distorted by pyramidal thoughts. You know, those thoughts that put you at the top of the pyramid so that everyone will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re smarter and more important than they are.

Renunciation

August 7, 2011 1 comment

I was listening to an Eckhart Tolle talk the other day (via an mp3 file deposited on a USB stick plugged into my new Subaru WRX audio system). He started talking about the key to inner peace.  In order to prepare his audience for the bombshell he was about to launch, he asked them to “please don’t be shocked“. Eckhart then said, in his characteristically slow, deliberate, and relaxed tone, that the key to awakening and inner peace is….. the renunciation of thought. D’oh, and WTF?

Years ago, when I was more lost than I am today, I would have thought that Mr. Tolle was a charlatan on the level of Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker. Today, knowing what I know, but can’t express in words, I think he is wise. How about you? What do you think?

Note: I usually use Microsft Visio to generate the dorky diagrams on this blog. The pic in this post is my first one using the freely downloadable Inkscape package.

Coffee And Ice Cream

I was listening to an Eckhart Tolle mp3 audio the other day and he started talking about the innate tendency of people to auto-label “others” with a concept and then to expect 100% behavior compliance with that label. In his case, he was told that “you’re a spiritual teacher – you shouldn’t be drinking coffee!“. Jokingly, he said that he now wears sunglasses and a baseball cap whenever he goes to Starbucks. D’oh!

Similarly, spiritual guru “poonjaji” said that he was scolded for liking and eating ice cream. I can’t remember exactly how he handled the situation, but I’m positive that he disarmed the fault-finder with grace and wisdom.

How about you, how do you handle being labeled by someone or, more ominously, by some group(s)? I used to, and still often do, get defensive and fire a retaliatory label right back at the source. In those wonderful moments where I serendipitously catch myself fuming up, I say “thanks for your opinion“.

The Last Remaining Method Of Simplification

April 27, 2010 1 comment

In this blog post, “The Collapse of Complex Business Models”, uber-thinker Clay Shirky predicts the impending instantaneous implosion of many (all?) unfathomably complex business models that are currently thought by many to be unassailable. The cruxt of Clay’s compelling argument is based on eerily similar collapses of past complex cultures as told by Joseph Tainter in his aptly named book, The Collapse of Complex Societies.

Tainter’s thesis is that when society’s elite members add one layer of bureaucracy or demand one tribute too many, they end up extracting all the value from their environment it is possible to extract and then some. – Clay Shirky

Adding layer upon layer of bureaucracy (to disconnect themselves from the commoners, of course) and demanding “tributes” in the form of exotic titles, awards, astronomical salaries, and perks (to satisfy their egomania and bolster the false image that they “know what’s best for all“) pushes their elite system over the precipice.

In such systems, there is no way to make things a little bit simpler – the whole edifice becomes a huge, interlocking system not readily amenable to change. When the value of complexity turns negative, a society plagued by an inability to react remains as complex as ever, right up to the moment where it becomes suddenly and dramatically simpler, which is to say right up to the moment of collapse. Collapse is simply the last remaining method of simplification. – Clay Shirky

In this 5 minute video talk, “the current economy“, my favorite spiritual guru, Eckhart Tolle, trumps Clay by rising up one level of abstraction. Eckhart predicts the impending collapse of many of the societal structures that are ego based. Ego loves complexity. And how many large, man-made, socio-technical structures (a.k.a institutions) do you think are not ego based?

The problem is not the content, it’s the conditioned structure of the human mind – Eckhart Tolle


Make Vs Create

February 8, 2010 1 comment

After overcoming the religious specificity in which “A Course In Miracles” is written, I’m finding that it is a deeply moving piece of spiritual work. One of the profound and simple (being a simpleton, I love profound and simple) insights communicated to me is the difference ‘tween making and creating. According to the ACIM authors, human beings “make” out of necessity (to get paid, to solve a problem, etc) but “create” out of love (art, music, children, etc). Before this discovery, I thought that “making” and “creating” were cut from the same cloth.

The story behind the making of ACIM is remarkable:

A Course in Miracles began with the sudden decision of two people to join in a common goal. Their names were Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. They were anything but spiritual. Their relationship with each other was difficult and often strained, and they were concerned with personal and professional acceptance and status. In general, they had considerable investment in the values of the world. Their lives were hardly in accord with anything that the Course advocates.

Schucman writes:

The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that, ‘there must be another way.’ As if on cue I agreed to help him find it. Apparently this Course is the other way.

I was still very surprised when I wrote, “This is a course in miracles.” That was my introduction to the Voice. It made no sound, but seemed to be giving me a kind of rapid, inner dictation which I took down in a shorthand notebook. The writing was never automatic. It could be interrupted at any time and later picked up again. It made me very uncomfortable, but it never seriously occurred to me to stop. It seemed to be a special assignment I had somehow, somewhere agreed to complete.

I remember hearing Eckhart Tolle elaborate on how “The Power Of Now” came into existence. A former PhD student himself, Eckhart described the content as “coming through” him and not “from” him. Michael Jackson, when asked in an interview how he created his best work, stated that the music “came through” him.

I’d love for some creation that’s beneficial to mankind to “come through” me. How about you?

Doing And Being

November 1, 2009 2 comments

Echkart Tolle has stated that every human being has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. According to Mr. Tolle, our inner purpose is “being” and our outer purpose is “doing”. Along similar lines, Mother Theresa once said something to the effect that “the west is materially rich (from doing) but spiritually poor (from not being)”. I’m on-board with these related insights because I’ve realized them through personal experience. How about you?

A problem that I see with western cultures is that most people have their self worth totally fused with “doing”, while “being” is often disdained, looked down upon, and interpreted as sloth/laziness. There is no balance, and I’m one of those unabalanced (lol!) people. Do I have “factual evidence” to back this up? Of course not. I’m not a world renowned expert and I only speak from personal experience. Plus, I like to make stuff up.

Doing Being

Battle Of The Blahs

May 8, 2009 4 comments

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Awareness, pure consciousness, egoless, no self, spirit, god, the peace that passeth all understanding, universal energy, eternal essence, eternal bliss, universal intelligence, mind, formless energy….. (add your own favorite word or phrase here).

All these words and phrases point to the same thing (or no-thing?) and attempt to describe what’s indescribable via words or thoughts. People argue endlessly over which is “right” or “correct” and miss the whole purpose of using them to communicate. It reminds me of the famous spiritual (Buddhist?) saying that goes something like this: “I’m pointing at the moon but you’re looking at my finger.”

As E. Tolle has said: “The analysis of pointers is pointless.”

What’s your favorite word or phrase that describes the indescribable?

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