While reflecting upon my last post, “Rediscovering Our True Nature,” getting the final touch-up on my head tattoo, and receiving the first professional mix of “Our Love Will Find A Way” from Hollywood last Friday; I thought it might be fun to discuss how things in life can either strengthen or weaken our efforts toward discovering and developing who we really are (our spirit). If we consider this potential from the perspective of head trips, then we can get a sense of which direction to take our passion, energy, and motivation! According to Siri, head trip means “an intellectually stimulating experience.” So which of the intellectually stimulating experiences in your life contribute to the realization of your true nature?
Truth of Spirit Vs. Illusion of Human World
So this is a matter of philosophy, and to some degree a function of language. We might share the same general orientations to life, or concepts like spirit; yet be unable to realize this. The words we use to describe these concepts may make it seem like we are talking about totally different things, when we may be conceptualizing the same things. And if we don’t take enough time to really get inside each others’ views to understand them descriptively, then we may miss out on opportunities to connect with harmonizing energies. For me, spirit is synonymous with true nature, true self, and authentic self. It is that part of us that exists beyond the human mind, with its ego, obsessions, and distortions; and beyond the interaction of the human senses and the mind, with their biases, indulgences, judgements, and attachments. Our world is essentially built around the mind, the senses, and the mind’s interpretation of sensory information; and none of this relates directly to spirit.
For example, how much of our personal or professional lives are based, entirely or in part, upon our appearance, age, race, gender, religion, sexual preference, intelligence, or socio-economic status? And we could break most of these categories down into sub-sections. If we consider appearance, so much is based on how pretty or handsome someone is, how sexy they are, how they dress, what color their hair is, their height, the shape of their body, whether or not they have visible tattoos, the cars they drive, where they live, etc. And then there’s age. It seems like as much emphasis is placed on age as it is on appearance. Everything is organized and categorized around how long our body has lived on this planet. When considering a dating partner or lifetime companion, this is one of the first things we look at. We approach such things with the superficial and idealistic view that we will spend the next 50-75 years with someone, when we could die in the next moment, month, or year. I believe we need to focus on the strength of our bond with someone, our spiritual connection, and cherish every moment we are blessed to share with someone who harmonizes our spirit. And if we are graced to share the supernatural love of a soulmate connection, then nothing else could ever compare to it. Spending one month with them, in the depth, power, and completeness of this love, would mean more than spending 50 years with someone we shared a roommate relationship with, were essentially business partners with, stayed with out of convenience, or because we wanted to look good in the community. Of course, spending the rest of our lives within the joy and fulfillment of a spiritually-based, open-hearted love relationship is the ultimate human experience! In my opinion, to over-simplify it, focusing on our spirit would elevate quality above quantity, whether considering age or length of time spent with someone. Besides, to spirit, time is an illusion. Life and love are so precious! Let’s live them in the truth of who we are, and treasure every moment! Each moment is a lifetime, and we only have right now!
Do you ever stop and think about how much importance you place upon such relatively spiritless things (age, appearance, race, etc.)? And however much of our attention we are allowing to be focused on these things, is how much of it we are not devoting to matters of spirit.
As an externally blind person, I think it is a little easier for me not to focus on these things so much. Whenever people ask me questions about myself or others related to such egoic things, I say “I don’t do age, appearance, or race.” I say this because of how much importance is placed on such things, and because I am trying to emphasize the fact that they do not matter to me, and I believe they are unimportant. I like getting to know people from the inside out. It is their spirit, or true nature, that matters to me. Obviously, if we are straight, and considering a relationship, we will pay attention to whether or not a prospective dating partner is gay or straight; but does it matter for any other reason (e.g. friendships, business relationships, etc.)? Should it matter if we get our haircut, tattoo, vehicle maintenance, or lawn mowed by a Christian, octogenarian, or vegetarian?
Our Real Motivation: Higher and Lower Vibrational Head Trips
If our real motivation is to grow personally and develop spiritually, and factors like those mentioned above (age, appearance, race, etc.) come into play; then they could be a natural outgrowth of pursuing our true nature, For example, if we invest time and energy in cardio, weight training, and yoga to improve our health, and to be a good example for others; and if we gain or maintain an attractive body as a result; then this is a beautiful thing. We are focusing on our true nature, and are gaining benefits in all areas, including the physical world. However, if our motivation for working out is solely to impress others, or to look hot or sexy; then this takes us away from our true nature, and puts us back in the material world mind. We are doing it in the service of the human ego, its biases and judgements, its indulgences, and its perceptions of sensory information. Our motivations, priorities, and focus would be totally different. They would be lower vibrational, and would be moving us away from spirit. Do you “see” what I mean? So I guess there are higher and lower vibrational head trips.
My Head Tattoo
As a symbolic representation of natural healing, and stunning work of art, my head tattoo, for me, reflects the truth of my spirit. I have been imagining it for about 16 years, as a manifestation of my true nature, shamanic beliefs, creative expression, and artistic interest. It reflects my natural healing philosophies and love of art. As an instant conversation piece, it creates the opportunity for me to share these things with others. One of the material world benefits of it is that it, according to many, also beautifies my head and makes me look more interesting. This is not why I did it, but this is a nice bonus!
First Hollywood Mix of “Our Love Will Find A Way”
My song is almost there! Over there in the music player, or at the following link (for those of you receiving subscription emails), “Our Love Will Find A Way” is now available in its first professionally mixed version. Music, in general, and this song in particular, are meaningful manifestations of my true nature. For me, music is one of the primary languages of my spirit. It can sometimes express my meaning in ways that words alone cannot. My first professional license was as a music therapist, and I have long known the healing and other spiritual properties of music. So for me, writing and recording music, as well as just enjoying listening to it; is part of my true nature. So if other material world benefits arise out of it, they are the icing on the cake (like the nice body when we are working out for health and to inspire others). For me, music is a higher vibrational head trip. What about you? Are your head trips higher or lower vibrational? Are you willing to make radical changes in your life if they will elevate your spirit, and help you become more aware of, and develop your true nature?