And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
A field guide to “Mindful Consciousness” in the 21st century
We live in a strange world... getting stranger by the nanosecond. Life in the information age requires modern earthlings to make increasingly complex decisions with an increasing sense of urgency. Given the immediacy in which we must respond, the potential for miscalculation increases exponentially. The consequence of this quickening necessitates the need for strategic adaptation on the part of modern earthlings.
The Tek-Gnostic Electronic Mystery School does not presume to possess a solution to the dilemmas surrounding the current human condition, but we think ways exist to improve upon our strategic decision making process. Our aspiration is to infuse “mindful consciousness” into the process. Being awake and in the moment. A combination of mindfulness, acceptance of the moment, and creativity will integrate the essential component of compassion into the decision making process.
Another indispensable aspect of our strategic decision making process incorporates the much needed tactic of using humor to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. Humor is a prime indicator of intelligence among humans. Injecting humor into a given situation has a residual benefit of intelligence increase for the human smart enough to employ it.
The first step in our journey toward a heart-centered decision making strategy is an issuance of the following Tek-Gnostic eight-fold path. It is a deceptively simple doctrine that illuminates the otherwise dimly lit experience of the human condition…
1.) Wake up! Think for yourself! The single most important factor in this campaign is to be cognizant. Being mentally agile will allow that light bulb that appears over your head to blink on more often. Be smart... Incorporate the concept of Intelligence-Increase into your daily life. How can you drive down the highway of right action if you're asleep at the wheel?
2.) Turn on your lovelight! Of equal importance as item #1. In everything we think, say or do, we must come from the heart. Temper your thoughts with feeling so as to balance your perceptions. Your heart is the mechanism by which you apply intuitive discernment. Trust your heart to guide you through life's ambiguities. When making decisions, do you listen to that calm, quiet voice within?
3.) Leave it on! Consistency in heart-felt action is key. Once you get there, the idea is to stay there as much as possible. Once you feel the groove, use your head and stay with it! Remember, the heart isn't wishy washy... And it is always right! A balance of head and heart will allow you to be in the "eternal now" more frequently. How often during the day are you in the eternal now?
4.) Do unto others. The Bhudda claimed that compassion is the highest form of human emotion. Compassion here is defined as a marriage of concepts #1 & #2… using your intellect and feeling with your heart to formulate a "Right Thinking" and "Right Action". Think for yourself in order to discern all the options, and trust your heart in order to make compassionate choices. The golden rule applies here... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you... When interacting with others, do you see a separate being, or a mirror?
5.) Nothing is so sacred that it cannot be made fun of. A well developed sense of humor is indicative of a well developed intellect. Have fun with this. If you are having fun in your endeavors, then chances are you are learning. If you quit having fun, you quit learning. If you quit learning, then you will be left with only boredom. Every school child knows how intolerable boredom is. Are we having fun yet?
6.) The circumstances are necessarily perfect. All is chaos under Heaven and the situation is excellent! Be mindful of the situation. Events in life arise. The myriad of variables associated with specific events are not always easily discernable. Be open to the possibility that events, whether good or ill, may come about in some measure independent of your trajectory. Often, when confronted with a situation, how we perceive and react to the situation will dramatically alter the outcome. Is the cup half full?
7.) Dare to be naïve! This famous quote from R. Buckminster Fuller is apropos. Our outlook toward life and the inevitable emergent situations we confront is the determining factor in how we proceed. Cynicism can be a cruel master. If we fall into the bad mental habits of gloom, doom & disdain, we will surely bring those attitudes about. Beware negative vibrations! Be like two fried eggs and keep your sunny side up! Is it disquieting to be perceived as naïve?
8.) We're all Bozos on this Bus. We're all in this together. There is no "them", it's only us. No one is really any cooler or smarter or holier than any one else. The best and easiest way for us all to make it (wherever that is) is to help each other. Lend a hand. If you see someone struggling with partial awareness, help them if you can. Wit and humor are our ammunition in this enterprise. A good delivery is our weapon. Can you launch a humor bomb without hurting anybody's feelings?
If, in the course of our travels, we keep the eight concepts in mind, they may help to illuminate the otherwise dimly lit path that traverses our experience of the human condition…
In case you didn't notice, the preceding eight-fold path is also a pop quiz. Each individual item poses at least one question. The way in which we answer each question points to how we will conduct our journey along the Tek-Gnostic path. It also indicates how our travels will fare. We need to contemplate our strategies and carry them out with "panache". Style and grace will be our fun-d'-mental mode of operation. Compassion and humility will be our roadmap. This is just a minute beginning. The ideas that are presented here are simple ones. So simple as to be overlooked most of the time (refer to #'s 1, 2 & 3). But being mindful is the essential point, isn't it?
“In the third turning of the Dharma wheel, Buddha made the distinction between the ultimate meaning of the Dharma and the commonly held, interpretive meaning”
This concept is illuminated most eloquently in the core teachings found in the tek-gnostic papers. In the first passage, manifest universe (matrix) is described as the fundamental model of duality inherent in physical universe. The interface between human and universe is illustrated (and can be achieved!) in this passage. Note the use of the word “desire”…
Rid yourself of desire in order to realize Universal mystery. Allow yourself to have desire in order to experience Universal manifestation. These two are essentially the same, but diverge in the naming. Mystery upon Mystery... The gateway to Tek-Gnosis.
By ridding one’s self of desire, or quieting the mind, one can realize definitive meaning of the wheel of dharma. That is, to become one with that which shall remain un-named. By allowing desire, one can experience provisional meaning of existence, or “being of the world” as it is sometimes referred. This is lovingly demonstrated as “chopping wood and carrying water” by the Tek-Gnostic traveler…
It is desirable to bear in mind that life is a process… an adventure... Wisdom, insight and fun are gained in the journey, not in the destination. Every time that wheel turn round… bound to cover just a little more ground!
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down You can't let go and you can't hold on You can't go back and you can't stand still If the thunder don't get ya… then the lightning will! - R Hunter
Tek-Gnostic teachings arise from the premise that the best way to understand universe and our place in it, is through direct experience. Tek-Gnostics utilizes a variety of systems and artifacts (ie: Tek) needed to assist the traveler in her/his direct experience (ie: gnosis) of the unbroken thread of human knowledge and wisdom. One of the pursuits of Tek-Gnostics is to identify potential purpose in individual existence.
A basic Tek-Gnostic premise is that each human, while traveling on Earth, has a job to do. This job’s function is to in some way contribute to the benefit and betterment of humanity and the world. That is, to be part of the solution rather than being part of the problem. In illuminating this premise, Tek-Gnostics selects from the rich history of teaching from many schools of thought. In this instance, we incorporate the ancient Hindu/Buddhist tradition of “The Wheel of Dharma” to illustrate our teaching.
Simply put, Dharma may be defined as “The way things are”. That is, the law of nature, or that which sustains universe. For the Tek-Gnostic, Dharma is the compassionate work to be done while traveling through life on Earth. It is the path that each human follows in the performance of his/her work. The wheel of Dharma is defined by the Tek-Gnostic school as the vehicle/teaching which advances or promotes the work of the individual.
Small wheel turn by the fire and rod Big wheel turn by the grace of God Every time that wheel turn round… bound to cover just a little more ground! - R Hunter
At this point, it would be helpful to provide a little theological (if not historical) perspective. The following is taken from the Kyegu Buddhist Institute …
Brahma, the great sovereign of the universe, and Indra, the lord of the gods and angels, knew that the great enlightened wisdom of a Buddha was now manifest in this world. Brahma appeared and offered to the Buddha a thousand-spoked golden wheel and Indra offered the most rare clockwise spiraling conch shell. These supremely auspicious tokens of veneration they offered to the Buddha, beseeching him to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings. In response to this majestic supplication made by the lord of the universe, Brahma, and Indra, king of the gods, Buddha consented to turn the wheel of the teachings.
Over the course of the rest of his life, Buddha set in motion what are known as the three great turnings of the wheel of Dharma, the wheel of the teachings.
In the third turning of the Dharma wheel, Buddha made the distinction between the ultimate meaning of the Dharma and the commonly held, interpretive meaning. He pondered how people would interpret the teachings, and tailored his message to suit the minds of his listeners. In this way, there came to be what are known as the commonly understood teachings that follow the provisional meaning, and then also what are known as the teachings that reveal the definitive or ultimate meaning.
It is in the third turning of the wheel that the concept of Dharma becomes a tool or artifact to be used by humanity, and more importantly, a concept to be interpreted by humanity. We will explore more of this concept and consider the difference between provisional versus definitive meaning, in part two of this monograph.
There has been a lot of conversation of late concerning politics in general, and a certain political contest underway in the United States of America in particular. I find it useful to contemplate the words of some of the great thinkers from Earthling history…
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato
“Once a man enters politics, he isn’t fit for any honest work” - Will Rogers
”All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent” - Thomas Jefferson
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
It would seem prudent to exercise one’s civic duty, in order to maintain one’s liberty. Benefit from the opportunity. A democracy is only as good as the culminating energies of those willing to participate.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
The following is one of the many selections from the essential teachings of Tek-Gnostics. Though modernized, they are ancient in origin. They consist of a number of concise, lucid passages that cut to the bone of earthling existence. The core transmission is one of wisdom in action through non-action.
Are you capable of being like the empty vessel? The un-carved Block? Then Read on...
When traveling, the Tek-Gnostic leaves no traces;
When speaking, makes no slips;
When reckoning, uses no calculator. The Tek-Gnostic interacts, yet abandons no one...
Utilizes, yet abandons nothing.This is known as being insightful.
The Tek-Gnostic is the teacher of the student.
The student is the material the Tek-Gnostic works with. Not to value the teacher & the material is foolish indeed.