Notes to Self
Curated by Michael Dickes
“There is no remainder in the mathematics of infinity. All life is one; therefore, there cannot be God and man, nor a universe and God. A god not in the world is a false god, and a world not in God is unreal. All things return to one, and one operates in all.” –Nyogen Senzaki
Mark no day for celebration of the past or ceremony for the future. Observe only this moment, in gratitude for the clarity and calm that arises.
“I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so.” –David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change from one form to another.
NO form of matter or energy is ever created or destroyed. The total amount of energy in the universe always remains the same. Energy can only change form. This is true with everything – Grosser forms of energy such as light and sound, as well as subtler forms of energy such as mental ideas and the life force inhabiting a human body.
The essence behind one's existence is subject to this fundamental law. The death of the physical body does not signify a destruction of that essence. Rather, death initiates a change in form.
A person's essence does not contain memories. Memory is tied to the body as a function of the brain. Chemicals stored within the brain correspond to the memories we have. It is these stored, chemical, vibratory patterns that make up our memories.
While a person's essence may be affected by the memories, the essence does not contain the memories. Memory is accumulated in the brain. When the body dies and deteriorates, the chemical patterns dissolve and the memory is gone.
The essence does not carry on memory of a previous lifetime. What it carries on is you. The essence accumulates residual vibrations and familiarities that come from experiences. For example, You may find yourself familiar with this or attracted to that, although you do not know why.
* Some have held the belief that when you re-incarnate, you wake up in your next lifetime having a memory of your prior life. But this cannot happen unless certain things take place and those particular things do not typically occur.
To reach clear understanding, do not use the common or conventional terms. Better to avoid words all together. But, if you must, use your own.
An atom only appears in a particular place when witnessed by a conscious observer. Without this witness, nothing specific or tangible ever happens. There is only a constant super-positioned whir of possibilities. No object exists outside of a relationship with a conscious observer. There is nothing to be seen without a watcher.
When any number of sub-atomic particles become physically joined together, an energetic bond is created; a connective relationship that continues unbroken forever. remains permanently bound forevermore. Even when separated by hundreds, thousands, millions of miles, this energetic bond connection remains intact so that if you do something to one, you affect the other in the same way, no matter how far apart they are.
When our universe was born, it exploded out of one, tiny particle approximately the size of a pea, from which came all of the bits of matter that make up the universe. What this tells us is that we are connected to the entire universe, and to each other. Human individuality does not, cannot exist. It is a delusion within our thinking, fabricated by our brain. The only thing that could ever be identified as individual is the entirety of all matter in one, the Universe as a whole. We are comprised of this matter. The original joining relationship bonded us all together forever the instant when that tiny little pea-sized particle exploded with the Big Bang.
This is the best we can do with the information our limited sense receptors are able to perceive and that our little human mind is able to comprehend. We simply don’t know what we can’t know.
In the same way that a sculptor reveals an image by removing stone, you must discard all concepts to reveal your pure self.
Notes to Self
Believe nothing you cannot verify for yourself.