The Vanilla World View is, in a way, a religion that's not a religion, a belief system that does not depend on jargon. The book, or manifesto, also entitled The Vanilla World View, spells out this belief system and unravels some of the "unanswerable questions" that befuddle so many of us .

Friday, August 29, 2003

Practical Immortality

Since the mid-20th century, we Westerners have been fascinated by meditation. I've seen so many meditation books and manuals that emphasize controlled breathing, total relaxation, and/or a focusing on the Inner Light. But many of these books and manuals leave out an important component, and that is Positive Personal Energy.

Sure, you can close your eyes and visualize a Light, but that doesn't mean you can use it in a dark closet.

A light won't shine without electricity, and the same applies to your Inner Light. You have to "manifest" a Joyous Energy within before that Inner Light will do any shining.

And when it shines, this Light will do more than simply Heal. It will Renew......

And renewal is what true Practical Immortality depends on, more than any other factor.

Medicines are useful, yes. But if you fix your parts only after they've broken down, you won't last all that much longer. For this reason, I respectfully disagree with Longevity Enthusiasts who continually rely on doctors for their sole source of inspiration, for their progress.

The Immortality coin has two sides, after all. Attending to merely the physical, while neglecting the spiritual, adds nothing more than a few years to your life, whereas attending to both can add decades......or even more.

Friday, August 15, 2003

The Greatest Power Outage In History

You'll soon see the headlines, and they won't be reassuring.

I've been predicting this kind of chaos since last summer, when I published The Vanilla World View and started up its supporting Website, but the reality is still unsettling.

Massive incompetence, a neglected craptacular power grid, the threat of terror, and a highly disruptive computer worm all have a role to play, though the authorities will try and simplify matters to prevent a nationwide panic. But when you read one conflicting report after another, you really won't be so sure of anything. Even as I write now, people are sleeping in the streets, many cities are power-dark, and millions have just experienced the feeling of homelessness...

What's so unsettling is that when a house of cards comes down, it doesn't come down just part-way -- that means that more is coming, more chaos, more uncertainty, more upheaval. It's time to slow down, plant both feet on the ground, and think more about what you can do to plan for the rocky road ahead...

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Rock The Meditation: Lesson 37

LESSON GOAL: The goal of this session is to clarify your relationship energies, to tap into your subconscious, and to retrieve either a soul-level message concerning a current relationship, or to retrieve a symbolic event that may have to be interpreted -- as if it were a dream -- in order to generate a meaning, an application, a clear reading. Some have reported being given prophetic messages, even omens of the future, but such occurrences cannot always be relied upon. Let me know what your experience is at sassure@hotmail.com.

For this exercise you'll need three songs:
1. Feeder - "The Child In You"
2. Folk Implosion - "Easy"
3. CPR - "Time Is The Final Currency"

As the first song begins, close your eyes and imagine yourself on a hillside, a place with a sweeping view of the ocean, with an island situated just offshore. You are not alone...there are two others with you, one a good friend, the other a good friend of the opposite sex. All three of you are heading down the side of the hill, down towards the ocean's edge. There is someone waiting for you at the bottom of the hill, but you can't make out his face quite yet.

When the second song starts, you finally begin to make out the face of the individual who has been waiting for you at the bottom of the hill. He will attempt to communicate with you -- note well what he's trying to tell you. You will now notice that it's beginning to get dark, that clouds are beginning to appear in the sky. Now you and this mystery figure must go back up to the top of the hill.

As the final song begins, both of you have arrived at the top of the hill, and it is at this point that the mystery person tells you something about that member of the opposite sex who is now waiting for you at the bottom of the hill. When you have been given this message, then it's time to go back down to the ocean's edge and talk to this person of the opposite sex. When you get to the ocean's edge, he/she will approach you, and will then tell you something about a relationship you are currrently having, and what needs to be done to improve that relationship.

Now the sky will clear...the moon will come out...and both of you will walk into the ocean, getting yourselves wet...

(It helps if you like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young...but not essential)

Monday, August 11, 2003

Soul Cleansing At Moss Glen Falls

I just returned from a week in the Green Mountains of Vermont, especially the Stowe area, where a group of us hiked to Moss Glen Falls for a bit of "open door" meditation.

Coming up over a rise after a twenty-minute mild climb, one is surprised by the size and power of these Falls, but at the same time one is instantly buoyed inside by the waves of sound, and the rush of fresh air against one's face.

Without jargon, without preconceived rules and instructions, we simply allowed our mind valves to open and "drink in" the energy emanating from these Falls. Asked whether there should be any special mantra, chant, or visual cues, I replied that the only focus should be the Falling Water, the sound of the Falling Water, the energy of the Falling Water.

We also tried a bit of meditative triangulation: one closes one's eyes, then visualizes three points -- the mind, the body, and the Falls. These three points are then activated as a sort of triangular energy conduit, flushing away what is negative, ponderous, bitter, and bringing in what is light, buoyant, positive, power-generating.

We explored areas around Ripton, Morrisville, and Waterbury, but we found the Stowe area to be where we achieved the most desirable results.
Rock The Meditation

In an effort to bring meditation into the 21st century, I've been creating a series of lessons, entitled Rock The Meditation, that use contemporary music as a background for meditation exercises. Sure, Sanskrit chanting is fine...even Gregorian Chant is fine. But there should be no limits to what can be used as music when one is opening the spirit or cleansing the soul.

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