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Lecture 14 RETURN TO THE STREAM

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This lecture is all about adaptation, or the capacity to constantly realign our purpose with life, that is always changing. Misery, from this perspective, amounts to clinging to things that have become impossible or impractical, versus letting go and moving on, toward things that are both desirable and feasible.

Meditation Time, Lecture Fourteen, return to the Stream. Among the concepts that we use while thinking, talking or writing about our life, the concept of self, verses the cells of other people and the different entities around us that we can hardly identify with, is clearly pivotal. How faithful is this concept to our pure experience of living, unmediated by intellectual constructs? This question is definitely worth asking in the spirit of the scientific method, which requires that any hypothesis be empirically and repeatedly tested. We can easily be lulled into an erroneous belief without a second thought. If it has a vague semblance of believability, it then resembles a mirage that looks real yet blinds as to the sober facts.

So let us return to the str dream of life, away from the dry stillness of our limited abstractions. These abstractions are also obstructions to the natural flow of things that forever escapes are grasped like running water. No amount of mental clutching will ever stop this flow, which can quench our thirst for life without a bitter aftertaste, provided we are in step with it by learning to let go and move on. The underlying wisdom. Here is a plea for awareness and adaptability. Change is not an imperfection that we should fight stubbornly, like the Great Gatsby in the novel of the same name, who tragically failed to repeat the past and died trying. It is merely a challenge calling for an appropriate mindset to meet it squarely, with a vibrant and pliant resourcefulness that...

...matches the changeful course of the divine creative force within and without us. To be more precise, how can we faithfully describe our fluid reality, devoid of intelections? Perhaps the following description will suffice. It is a medley of transient perceptions, sensations and emotions that does not constitute an isolated existential path, but our cross roads were all aspects of our complex relationship with the world intersect. This medley offers a unique perspective that is very much our own and therefore justifies the concept of self in proportion to this uniqueness. Furthermore, it is an unstable mental expression of our stable genetic information, which is also very much our own, adding weight to the concept of self. What about our unique perspective with regard to our personal memories? Imaginings and thoughts, depending on how forgetful...

...and artful we are in remembering the past or envisioning the future, and how conservative or progressive we are in devising our views. This facet of our nature changes with time, significantly or not. In the case of our views, the inveterate resistance to change made to know, to high bound reluctance to learn, in spite of inconsistencies between these views and reality, we are then partly or largely diluted. Having said this, is there no room for immutability in the pursuit of truth that is embedded in the inescapable transience of things? Is there not some permanent core, like a motionless axel at the center of a rotating wheel? Arguably there is, and the notion of an ultimate and timeless power that adheres in every worldly manifestation is truly warranted. And since we logically...

...include this power as a higher self, we are both mortal in terms of our human form and eternal in terms of our divine foundation. Likewise, a wave apparently rises and falls, but essentially remains as the watery matrix from which it emerges, before merging back into this matrix, open to an infinity of rises and falls that punctuate the endless passage of time.

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