Feb 012017

Acceleration! We can feel it.
Not only the elderly and the adult – kids are feeling it as well.
The rate in which everything changes, is accelerating. Just like in a whirlpool, getting closer to the center faster and faster.

There seems to be a constant stream of bad news wherever we look. News, speculations, fear mongering, threats and the likes. It seems as if this stream too, is accelerating. Reactions in the form of confusion, anger, fear, panic, depression, hope, caution and the like, are so natural in the reality in which we live, and they often go in cycles of confusion changing into anger, changing into depression, changing into hope, in this order or any other.

Our need for security, stability and comfort has been continuously and increasingly challenged for many years now. And yet now it feels different – as if everything has moved up to a higher gear.
Of course we are free to act, each one according to our individual capabilities and available resources, and at the same time there’s a powerful nagging feeling that the real picture is much bigger than this. Which means that even when we succeed in righting a wrong, the number of wrongs as well as their degree seems to multiply. One can easily become ironic, feeling that for every wrong that they have righted, five more wrongs appeared, perhaps even (and strangely so due to) using their power to act. This is of course debatable but unimportant as it can be neither proved nor disproved.

Of course, some of us have much more power than others. Just like leaves on a tree in the fall, a mild wind will tear-off some of the leaves but not others. A strong enough gust will tear-off every single leaf, perhaps even the entire tree.

To me, this reality that we are part of, is trying to teach us something. It may be that there’s a different lesson meant for different individuals. I personally hear a calm voice saying: “Do not resist“. It’s tone is knowing and loving. It doesn’t say that I will not be adversely affected in the unfolding of the coming torrent of events, but it suggests that the more I will resist, the more I will be suffering.

I know that my own life is going to change. And in accordance with this ongoing acceleration, these changes could become more and more extreme. Yet, at the same time I feel as if we are in the process of shifting from a reality that we are familiar with, to a new reality which we do not know and don’t even have the capability to imagine. It feels like being in a narrow tunnel, being pushed through it by some great invisible force. It is frightening and uncomfortable. There’s no way to know how long it will last and it may well be that some of us may not survive this transition. But it is leading us into a new reality.
I’m not a prophet, and I cannot prove anything, but this understanding is somehow given to me and I’m sharing it.

Those of us who are fully entrenched in the physical three-dimensional reality, are likely to be affected the most by what’s happening, and worse, by their own speculations on what is coming next. Please remember – our ideas and thoughts about what’s happening are incapable of knowing the truth. Everything that we know, and everything that we are capable of speculating, is based on a reality that has passed. Also, being able to see one single tree, can easily be made into a conclusion that the world is a forrest. Being able to get our information from the media, can easily become a conclusion that the world is going towards self destruction. There’s much that we cannot see and what we CAN see may be insignificant in its scope compared with the true magnitude of our reality.

We are each here for a reason. Perhaps the reason is to win, or to lose, or to experience, or to observe, or to learn. But it may be very different from what we BELIEVE that it is. I find great solace in accepting my own insignificance. In moments of sudden clarity, a voice says to me, amused: “You are taking yourself too seriously”. And then I see it and become amused myself. Every time that my mind becomes set in a new picture of what reality is, I lose my inner peace, forgetting that reality is NOT that. I am blessed to receive these ongoing reminders. They are very humbling and soothing.

One thing that I can put my finger on, as something concrete that helped me get to “that special place”, is the practice of Qigong, which I began ten years ago and realized it was saving me. On the outside it looks too benign to completely change a person’s life in a most profound way, but perhaps that is its special power. It is said that the best kept secrets lie out in the open. Qigong is my anchor, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and for good health. That’s why I have not skipped a single day of Qigong practice in the past ten years. It’s precious.

I will be giving a four-class Qigong workshop at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center. Here’s a link with all the information for anyone wishing to participate.

For closing words, please consider the following:
1) The mainstream media serves as a tool in the hands of the powers that are in control.

2) It’s obvious that the news are mostly bad, upsetting and elicit anxiety and fear.

3) It’s also obvious – if one stops to think clearly for a moment – that most of what’s actually happening is being filtered out, because it’s impossible and further – improbable – that what’s actually happening is what’s portrayed by the media.

The point that I wish to make is that the masses (that’s you and I) can only be kept under control via the use of fear. Once the masses have no fear from the powers in control, there’s loss of control. The media is a tool to keep the masses in fear (under the guise of both entertainment and education).
It may be better for our own wellbeing, to unplug and live life with much less fear and anxiety. If something’s going to hit us, it will. Of that I’m sure.

The wonderful Mark Twain said:
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed.
If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

Be well.
Have fun.
Know peace.

~ Oded

Apr 202014

Did you ever find yourself being in the midst of a dream, totally absorbed in everything that was happening. Then suddenly, the following understanding came to you:
“This is just a dream!” ?
What if this exact same understanding came to you while you are wide awake?

Imagine sitting behind the steering wheel of a car. You have been behind this steering wheel for as long as you can remember yourself. Driving.
One day, you get the shock of your life; this car that you were driving all these years is mounted on top of a flatbed tow truck to which you were completely oblivious. All of the sudden you understand why sometimes, when you wish to go in a certain direction, you end up elsewhere.

Our life is just like that. We live with the illusion that we are behind the wheel and in control of our ride. We expect certain things to happen based on our actions, and many times experience a whole variety of painful emotions, when our expectations are not met.

Until we wake up.

Waking up, is the thought (or idea or understanding or knowing) that what we thought was reality, has actually been our own creation.
It is no wonder then, that so many of us would rather not wake up at all. The shock might just be too great for us to endure.

But here too, we are not behind the wheel; we don’t have a say on whether or not to awaken, just as we have no say on how, where, when and under what circumstances such an awakening is to occur.

Is life going the way you want it to?
Do you get unpleasant surprises along the way?
Is it possible that living your life is similar to driving a car that’s mounted on a flatbed?
Only once we realize that in fact, we have far less control than we may believe – and not before that – that we’ll be able to begin living differently – more connected to reality. Only then will we be able to get out of our car, sit behind the wheel of the tow truck, and perhaps for the first time in our life feel that life responds to us in a way that makes so much more sense.

But it doesn’t end here.

An awakening may not necessarily be a single, one-time-only event. Of course, some people don’t even experience a single awakening in their lifetime. But others could experience several awakenings.

How could that be? Isn’t an awakening simply the end of an unconscious state of living?

Not exactly.

An awakening is an opening up of our field of vision or understanding – of our bubble. Suddenly we can see (or realize or understand or know), that what we used to think was everything – the world, life, reality – was in fact just a fraction of something much larger. And yet our new view – our new reality – as much as it is larger than we may have previously known – is again, not truly “all that there is”. It is not complete. We can in fact, awaken again and again, to experience a continuously larger view and understanding of reality, both that which is inside as well as outside of us. Using the previous example, this would be akin to the flatbed being mounted on top of a freight train, the train being on top of a ship, and so on. Indefinitely. Which really means that we are never in full control, we never perceive reality for what it truly is and that there’s always more. ALWAYS.

Our limitation – that is, being a human being – will never allow us to see, perceive and understand reality for what it truly is. That’s because our senses, which are the tools that we are given for connecting with and understanding reality, are filters. These filters allow some information in, but leave much information out of our reach. Our vision allows us to see, but only in a limited range. The same is true for hearing, smelling, tasting and sensing. Even if our senses had the ability to detect the entire range (of vision, sound etc’), does that mean that there is nothing else in the universe? Just five channels?
I find it very hard to believe. Reality is infinite, and I believe that although we can detect five “channels”, that there is in fact an infinite number of channels.

But there’s more.

The way in which our bodies are built, we have separate receptors to detect sound, vision, smell etc’. Reality however, may not have separation of any kind. It may well be that smell, taste, vision, hearing and the tactile sense, are all part of a single unified expression of reality, along with an infinite number of other means of expression of which we have no reception capabilities.

From my own personal experience with two very different awakenings, I can say that there was no similarity at all between the two, and yet both were so powerful, that everything that I knew to be reality, changed completely afterwards. Both transformations were wonderful and I was left with awe and infinite gratitude and appreciation.

Being open to the idea that an awakening is truly possible, opens the door to its actual unfolding in ones own life. Expectations to have an awakening, stand in its way. An attitude of simplicity, gratitude, humility, acceptance and allowing, open an invisible door which bring us closer to the possibility of such an experience.