Hello every one,
After traveling six months in Asia (India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam) I rested in Finland for a couple of months. Then another almost three months of traveling, started by a breeze of moneylessness, took me first from Finland by hitch-hiking across the Baltic Sea, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to Berlin.
After one smoky wind which took me from Berlin all the way to Netherlands and back, it was time for another circle further down to Portugal and even briefly to Spain and back to Finland through Milan, Berlin, and Hamburg.
During traveling these eleven months, once in a while, I have come to realize some things that have helped me to cope with everything that I’ve come across. I have written a blog in Finnish at oravanpyora.info, but on this special day, 11th of November 2011, which is full of funny ones, I decided to start this blog, traveleven, in English and to share my views on this topic for starters.
According to my reality tunnel, in my current belief system (b.s.), there is one God, or in other words: God is oneness.
If you disagree with this, it is more than okay. That means your belief system differs from mine. Nevertheless, in my understanding, we are both perceiving the same reality. We just abstract a different one.
In case you got interested in looking deeper into my reality tunnel, I can keep playing with words. But be warned: Do not take anything what I say as a truth for yourself. I would advise you to never fully believe in other people’s belief systems, including your own.
As Robert Anton Wilson would put it, don’t take b.s. from anyone. You have been warned.
Just recently we officially became over seven billion people on this small and harmless yet quite remarkable planet of ours. That is one big achievement, although a huge challenge at the same time. Now it is a world with over seven billion different reality tunnels and differing belief systems.
And everything is okay. The world is already perfect. We just have got to realize that we all share the same origins, one foundation. We are all human-beings. We are the people. We are all brothers and sisters. We just have become quite a big and diverse family. But that is such a richness. Our cultural conditioning has shaped our belief systems so that it is hard to see this simple yet beautiful truth.
Based on observations through my reality tunnel, separateness can never be a true solution for any challenge we are facing as humanity, because all suffering boils down to the struggle between oneness and separateness. We people are meant to be together and as long as we feel separate from each other, the world will see no peace. Same applies to all living beings, nature, our planet, the whole universe.
What we need is understanding. What brings understanding? Awareness.
We are like fish that are not aware of the water we swim in.
We have to realize that the truth we are seeking is already in us. Like Nasruddin, we are riding with a donkey aimlessly and seemingly lost, and when asked what we are looking for, we answer: “I have lost my donkey.”
From my experience, in a way, to understand all is to forgive all. First realize that there is something you have not forgiven. Then forgive. Just drop it. Forgive everything and everyone. Everything that happened in the past and everything that happens every moment, now. Even everything that might happen in the future. As long as you have something you haven’t been able to forgive, you are attached to it and cannot be free. To understand all is to forgive all.
I would like to remind you not take my or anyone else’s b.s. as the truth. Find the truth yourself. I am also looking.
Anyway, to understand nature, understand oneness of all living beings. There is one life that we all live together. There is no “my life”, even though we want to see it that way in our selfishness, separateness. But when I die, life does not cease to exist. There is life as long as there is love. If you remove a handful of water from the sea, the water is still there. Both in the sea and in your palm. You can’t separate water from water. There is only one water.
To understand time, understand that only one time (or no-time) exists, which is the Now. Yes, there is clock time as a tool for practical living, but past and future only exist in your mind, they are not here and now. When you understand that time is an illusion, you can understand that money is an illusion as well, because time is money, isn’t it?
Then, when you say that you do not have the time or the money, you can realize that you are living a lie.
To understand your spouse, husband, wife, partner, a woman or a man: understand the oneness that goes beyond sexes, beyond labels that we put on everyone and everything. In reality we are all one. One foundation. Don’t focus on the differences, focus on the similarities and you will see the oneness there.
It is very difficult to be angry at anyone when you can see the being beyond a human mind, and that people never really do evil deeds being fully conscious of what they are doing. Forgive them. Forgive yourself.
We do mistakes and that is great. That makes us human and our lives worthwhile! “I would like to do more mistakes”, said many an old guy on his death bed, when he was asked how he would do otherwise if he had a chance to live his life again.
Furthermore, to understand the Universe, understand that everything that exists is one. In the Universe you can travel so deep into the rabbit hole as you want, and it can be very exciting. It just depends how much energy you put into it. You can travel and discover the macroscopic cosmos which is outside of you or you can travel or experiment in the microscopic cosmos which is inside of you. But they also seem to be one.
From my perspective, there are only different perspectives. Practically you can realize this for example by gazing at the beautiful starry sky in the darkness of a night. You see all those stars? They are pretty far away from each other, and from the observer, aren’t they? So, have you ever wondered about all that enormous space that is between them and you?
Now, consider the microscopic cosmos that is inside of you. Firstly, on the level of human body cells. Can you imagine, all the trillions of cells in your body are different from each other. No one cell is identical to another. Isn’t that remarkable? Neither are the stars or other objects in the sky for that matter.
Secondly, we can say that we all consist of particles like atoms. But what are atoms? Current scientific understanding states that they mostly consist of emptiness. Just protons and electrons going around in a dance of energetic vibration. And where is this vibration happening? In emptiness, nothingness.
The rabbit hole goes even deeper. As we know now, and as we have labelled them, protons and electrons consist of smaller particles called quarks. And possibly quarks can be seen as consisting of other even smaller particles. But, guess what, they are also mostly emptiness like the macroscopic cosmos, the starry sky and all the galaxies out there.
And what is this emptiness, you might ask. It is a good question. Why not ask then instead, what is this thing called I, because we are mostly emptiness as well.
Yes, that is a very important question for everyone to consider: What am I?
We can consider any object form and honestly say that we do not know all about this object. In fact, what is the thing that we know or ever can know everything about? And some of us seriously think that we know who we are. No, in my reality tunnel, even though my mind might disagree, we can never know everything about anything.
What is maybe achievable though, is to know nothing. The so called not-knowing that Zen Buddhists are so crazy about. To accept that you do not really know anything, might be close to knowing nothing. And it isn’t so bad after all because most of us, most of the Universe, is just pure nothingness.
Knowledge and wisdom are not the same. Knowledge comes from the world of knowing, whereas wisdom arises from the nothingness. Maybe.
To understand life, understand that there is only one life that we all beings experience together. Now is a perfect moment to connect to your being and be more human! As the Ubuntu philosophy goes: “I am because we are.”
Anyway, no matter who you think you are or what you think you are or where you think you are, have a good one!