Monthly Archives: December 2011

Grateful for Nada, Compassion for “All”

Now friends, mobiused is hereby grateful for nada. In this dizzying world of things, events, phenomena of all kinds, what could be more overlooked, less appreciated & more worthy of celebration than Nothin’?

By their very nature, words are funny, funny “things”. And of course they aren’t “things” at all, but gradient differentials – pointers to the difference between one pointer and another. This, not that. Purple rather than indigo, caution rather than reckless abandon.  Word rather than “thing”. Where were we?

Ah, yes, “nada.” And by “nothing” we usually mean to point at some yawning lack of a thing, some aching scarcity at the bottom of a bowl or on the end of a hook.  Boy to a fisherman, whose back is turned: “Whatcha catch today?” Fisherman: “Nothin”!”

But the Fisherdude turns about, and we recognize heem. He is that One whose birth, behind all of the solsticing and festive egg nogging, we pretend to celebrate in an annual holiday. And from whence does he come?

Friends, ponder this during your holiday season: What if the  “immaculate conception” is of thought? This “nada” is the achievement of no thought: the narrative mind is silenced, and we awaken to reality, the “sun” that so dazzled the prisoners emerging from Plato’s cave. And what is glimpsed through these awakening and now grateful eyes?

What had appeared separate – such as Fall and Winter – are seen to be undivided. So too are “Me” and “You”  “words” that point to differentials with meaning only to the chattering monkey mind. Gratitude becomes continuous with compassion: Out of the immaculate space of nada, a silent night births the experiential unity of all. No longer are we in a world of events, things & phenomena, and compassion emerges from the experience of “our” unity with the One.

Whoever “you” are, give thanks to this Uni-verse, get silent, and you just might hear a response: “De Nada!”

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“When the Student is Ready, The Teacher Appears”: Compassion, Gratitude & The Non Dual

Now mobiused has been paying close enough loving attention to the ever evolvin’ noösphere to realize that each and every day, more and more of us are performing extraordinary acts of introception.  Choose your yoga: We’re dusting off our cephscopes, getting still, and surrendering to the enormity of the Within and spelunking around, even for just a few (eternal) moments. While the great physicist and bongo player Richard Feynman launched the discourse if not the practice of nanotechnology with his 1959 text, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, your humble blogger wishes merely to remind us that “There’s Plenty of Room in Your Noggin”, if only we will practice observing it.

And once you – whoever that is, you’ll have to look for yourself – decide to observe your  thoughts, there is no shortage of techniques and teachers, past and present, ready and willing to help. Thus far this blog has focused just a bit on Franklin Merrell Wolff and Philip Kindred Dick, because they have been two aspects of mobiused’s path for which he is utterly and profoundly grateful. PKD’s zany, profound and brilliant writings addressed mobisued right where he was: a bit paranoid, with a passion for the comically absurd, a love of reality distortion, and a sense of enormous technological change. So when a copy of Radio Free Albemuth fell off of a shelf next to mobiused at the UC Irvine library in 1991 ( shortly after moving there from UC Berkeley) at the very opening of the First Gulf War, he was ready to read about a guy who moved from Berkeley to Orange County and began to hear alien messages from a radio….”When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

So too was mobiused ready for a goodly dose of radical lucidity when first reading about FMW in the works of John Lilly. FMW brings a mathematical clarity and precision to the states that mobiused had heretofore found only in ecstatic delirum in the breakdown of the ordinary self (whatever that is!), so phew was he delighted to Realize that FMW had somehow carved out a concise conceptual map for reminding us how to remember that, well, Consciousness-Without-An-Object-Is. We are all on slightly different paths, it would seem, and the paths are different at different moments of our, ahem, introceptual education. While FMW would have seemed somehow too lucid back in 1991, FMW now helps mobiused translate his path into pointers for others on the introceptual tip, and is ever so valuable for remembering how to stay focused on the within and wither those ongoing narrative thoughts that serve only to propagate themselves, as in the narrative thought “But FMW is too lucid for my path, too rational, makes too much sense, I (whoever that is) prefer the ecstasy….”

And so when mobiused was lucky enough to come across yet another ever so helpful friend on this quest, Gary Weber, he immediately felt grateful that right here in the 814 area code, with great practicality, and no pretense or claims to guru status, mobiused found yet more insights into his introceptual realizations, literally right where he was. There is a clarity as well as a joy to Weber’s book and discussions, and so between gulps of tea, mobiused  observed immense gratitude that, yet again, to paraphrase Mick Jagger, mobiused got not what he wants but what he needs for the next realization of spelunking the inner/outer path. But Weber, with his ongoing experience of no thought, counsels here that gratitude is as “dualistic” as it is perhaps unavoidable, and it is here that mobiused – whoever that is – promises  to take up a friendly analysis of gratitude and compassion and its possible dualism. Stay tuned for that introception, and in the meantime Keep The Cephscope Knobs Tuned toward Infinity and Narrative Knobs  Twisted Toward Zero!


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