We are all individual cells in one human body; nerve cells, heart cells, fat cells, skin cells, blood cells, etc. Each type of cell lives in a cluster of identical cells that function, behave and think alike. The most unusual cells are the blood cells. Red blood cells don't have a nucleus, can't reproduce and have the flexibility to easily change their shape. Without a nucleus or mind, they are essentially selfless and embody compassion; their sole purpose is to serve other cells. They travel through the body, visiting all types of cells, bringing cells oxygen for sustenance and removing carbon dioxide which would otherwise kill them. Through their travels, red blood cells recognize that there are many different types of cells, each having a different perspective of the body. While the nerve cells might be the smartest, the white blood cells the most combative, the stomach cells the toughest, the bone cells the hardest, etc.; the red blood cells, having the perspectives of other cells, are the wisest. With wisdom and compassion, red blood cells are the enlightened cells. Maybe that's what makes them the most colorful....

No know now Now know no Know now no No know now. I don't know the now, the present. Now know no. I now know nothing. Know now no. The present is nothingness. When we realize the now (what we experience with our senses) is not the true-present, we also realize that everything, the universe's manifestations, is nothing before we experience it. Knowing nothingness is knowing that the universe is one eternal timeless thing and its infinite manifestations are temporary, ever-changing and indescribable beyond that it is what it is whatever it is. As the universe is essentially nothingness, there is nothing to know but that we are here to enjoy it as it becomes now. This mantra is a useful aid in meditation to focus the mind from distracting us with random thoughts. Breathing has three phases, inhale, exhale and the pause until the next inhale. We recite "no know now" on each inhale and remain silent on the exhale and pause. After many rounds, we recite "now know no" on each exhale and remain silent otherwise. Then again after many rounds, we recite "know now no" during the pause between exhale and inhale. This cycle is repeated and repeated and repeated until we and the sound become one. No know now Now know no Know now no Yes Yes Yes...

What do we see everywhere but rarely notice? Light. Every-thing we see is not a thing itself but light reflecting off some thing. Yet we think we are seeing the thing. We rarely notice light except as glare from a shiny surface, a car's headlights or the sun. Then, we immediately turn away as the light is blinding; choosing instead to see muted light, reflections. Actually, objects themselves are light. Mass (M) is Energy (E) slowed down by the speed of light (C) squared (M=E/C*C). As everything is light, including ourselves, we rarely notice it. When we realize everything is light, we realize that every-thing that appears to us as not light is an illusion....

When our essential bodily needs (food, shelter, security and health) are met and our mind is calm and doesn't distract or imprison us, we are free to experience it as it is, through our senses and soul. The experience through our senses is, well, sensuous; the experience of being alive in the now as the universe is unfolding; heightened physical awareness; the uniqueness of each breath; the rhythm of our pulse; the waves of sound, light and air coming upon us; no duality between us and the experience; we're connected with everything as all there is is is (the plural I, we). There is only one soul which is the essence of everything. The soul is every-thing before it is something. The soul is nothingness; the space between exhale and inhale. In the space of nothingness we are one with everything....

Meditation is a practice that puts us at twilight, the space between the states sleep and awake. It’s purpose is to bring us to a calm and restful place by disengaging us from the stimulation which our sensory organs and mind use to claim our attention. In this space we simply exist. Sometimes called "mindfulness meditation," it is perhaps better termed "mindlessness meditation" as we are now free of identities and attachments of our mind's construction. While there are countless meditation techniques, one approach is three short daily meditations. In these meditations we sit still in a quiet place with our eyes closed, uninterrupted by our senses. We focus on our breathing for maybe 20 breaths without our mind disrupting us with thoughts. If interrupted, we start again until we reach 20. Breathing-in is energizing. Breathing-out is relaxing. The space between exhaling and inhaling is completely dark and silent, a void that our mind would prefer we avoid. This is the present. The present is the "pre-sent," the space before the universe expresses itself as manifestations that are sent out and received by our senses. In the present there is nothing and we are now one with nothing. Moreover, we realize that all our life experiences are not in the present but in the now. The now is when we initially experience the manifestations of an inherently nothingless universe. Hence, the now is not the present but the past as it is initially. As the past has no independent existence outside our mind, the past is an illusion. Hence, our life experiences as we know them are an illusion. While meditating, as we are calm and restful, we can easily drift off to sleep. But to complete the meditation we need open our eyes and awaken. We are now reborn. Everything is new to us, as we’ve never seen it before (which we hadn't as everything is unique from one moment to the next). Now, everything is unadulterated by our mind's meanings, categories and generalizations and fresh to our senses which heretofore had been numbed by memories of past stimulations. In our rebirth, we slowly and gently separate from being one with nothingness (which is ultimately one with everything) and assume our finite bodily being. Soon after we engage with the new yet familiar world in which we find ourselves until our next meditation which is like all others and unique. It is through mindlessness meditations we come to realize the universe has no beginning and no end; that it has infinite manifestations; that it is ever-changing, in constant transitions; that it cannot be described beyond that it is what it is whatever it is. Upon knowing this, we know we are the universe and as such we never die as death, like all else we experience, is an illusion....

It Is What It Is Whatever It Is   Whoever shall come to know the circle these words form will not suffer death.   For the universe is a glass of sparkling water. Each of us a bubble that seems to come out of nowhere, uniquely traveling its way to the top of the glass and then seems to disappear. We don’t disappear. We become one with everything as we are from before we appear as bubbles....

I AM WHO I AM IA-WIA Acronym: I Y Mantra: I why? A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Mantras calm our mind to free us of random distracting thoughts as well as stories, meanings, explanations and justifications that accompany much of what we do in daily life. When calm and free, we have only a child's answer to "I why?" or "why am I doing what I'm doing?:" "Because that's what I am doing." In other words, it is what it is whatever it is. Koan: I why? Who am I? A koan is riddle whose answer awakens us from the illusory nature of conventional thinking to realize the nature of reality. Who am I? The answer is not my name or other identifying characteristics. The true answer is that I am who I am; I can't describe myself otherwise because I'm not the same person now as I was when I started describing myself. This answer acknowledges the ever-changing nature of the everything. Thus, when we truly know something, we know that it ultimately can only be described as it is what it is whatever it is. All other descriptions are approximations or illusionary. Divine riddle: When Moses asks God who God is, God says: "I am who I am." Why is God not more specific with a name or description? God has no name and cannot be described as doing so would mean that God is one thing and not another. God is everything, as everything is a manifestation of God. The Tao: I am who I am as "the Tao is ever nameless." "Though simple and subtle...

“Terrific.” The play of life in three Acts The word "terrific" in the 19th century meant terrible and has since transitioned into meaning wonderful. Likewise, the play “Terrific” begins as a tragedy and ends as a farce. Act 1 Birth and Socialization Act 1 begins at birth; a happy time, a sad time. While the most joyous moment in a parent’s life, birth starts a tragedy for newborns as they enter the stage crying. Newborns feel the tragedy of it all; that before birth they were one with everything and upon their birth they they are finite in space; from oneness with everything to duality, the finite self and everything which is not the self. This is animal consciousness which is the basis for much of the conflict in the play of life. After birth, we learn the ways of human life on Earth. We are socialized to perceive, think and behave in the ways of the socialization circles (family, religion, nationality, education, special interests, etc.) in which we are members. Thus ends Act 1, the transition from otherworldly, the time before birth and after death, to the human experience. Act 2 Human Experience In Act 2, each of us assumes various roles in the play. Roles include career, family, religion, personal relationships, social group identities, passtime interests, etc. Most of us take these roles seriously, take ourselves seriously and forget that these roles are simply roles in a play and not who we truly are. We are oblivious of who we are before birth and after death: one with the nameless infinite, God. As we make our way in the play, our mind creates memories and stories that are the foundation of our identities and roles. The stories frame our experiences. We don't experience things as they are but as our mind has defined them. This is karma. Karma often leads to live unhappy lives and precludes us from realizing our potential, divine consciousness. While our lives are often difficult dramas, they are an entertaining farce to those in the audience viewing the play. The audience are the gods like those from Mount Olympus who Homer tells us in the "Odyssey" effuse the air with a deafening sound of laughter. Act 3 The Transition In Act 3, each actor is written out of the play's script with their bodily death. However, Act 3 is the transition of our essential self, God, to a seat among the gods in the audience where we can enjoy the farce, the play "Terrific." The transition is the realization that life is a play; that we are not finite but one with everything; temporary, ever-changing and interdependent expressions of God. As we let go of our finite bodily form, we embody wisdom and compassion and realize life is terrific. Epilogue Most of us never come to realize during the play of life that we are just actors. We take ourselves and our roles seriously. We are oblivious as to whom we were before birth, one with everything, and that we will again be one with everything after bodily death. This makes our lives great dramas, but at the cost of much suffering. Those of us who are enlightened actors know that life is a play and that we are gods with temporary human roles. For these enlightened actors, regardless of their various roles, life is terrific as they have a good laugh making their way through the play of life....

IT IS WHAT IT IS WHATEVER IT IS II-WII-WII Acronym: I Y Y Mantra: I why why! I why why? Koan: I why (who am I)? The Universe is the uni-verse (one verse): IT IS WHAT IT IS WHATEVER IT IS. "W" is "double U." II-WII-WII = II-UU-II-UU-II. Double Helix of the Universe: II-UU-II-UU-II. I am I, U are U, I and U are one. II-UU. The initial "I" is I as a finite and temporary being, finite in time (birth to death) and space (body); temporary, as I am not now who I was before now. The finite "I" is our self-identity; a duality, "I" and all that is not "I." It is our finite consciousness as created by our senses and defined by descriptions and stories our mind creates. The second "I" is the infinite "I" that has no birth and no death; eternal, before the beginning of time. The "I" that is the Universe and its infinite unique and ever-changing manifestations of itself. I am who I am, both the finite and the infinite "I." The "U" is "U" as in "Universe." The initial "U" is the finite, temporary and that which is not "I."  The second "U" is the Universe and its infinite unique and ever-changing manifestations. The finite "I" and finite "U" are discrete manifestations of the one infinite "I" which is also the infinite "U." The finite and infinite are interdependent as one cannot exist without the other. The Universe is a timeless void and it's manifestations ever-changing in time. Finite consciousness experiences time as a duality, the present and the past. However, what we experience as the present is an illusion; that which is happening now is actually the present-passed. The present-passed is not different from the past. The true-present is the pre-sent, the universe before it is sent out as expressions of itself that we experience as now. The true-present is nothingness, empty and timeless. It is the time before time begins. Presence is the Universe's present to us: divine consciousness, the experience of the true-present. Presence is awakening to the realization that we are both finite and infinite; one with the Universe before the Universe expresses itself as finite manifestations of which we are one. It is a calm and peaceful space, like the empty space between when we exhale and inhale. It cannot be compared to anything or described, for IT IS WHAT IT IS WHATEVER IT IS....

Humans are a transitional species. We are born and socialized with animal consciousness and with the potential of realizing divine consciousness. Animal consciousness is viewing ourselves as finite in time (birth to death) and space (bodily form). It is essentially dualistic as we perceive ourselves as apart and separate from all that is not ourselves. Implicitly, it is Darwinian, stressful, as each of us competes within our environment for our survival. Divine consciousness is the realization that everything is one of infinite temporary manifestations of the universe; ever-changing, interdependent (hence, essentially one thing) and with no beginning or end. Divine consciousness is the realization of our harmonious connection to all there is. Animal consciousness perceives life as imperfect with relative flaws in one thing or another. Divine consciousness realizes the universe is perfect and as we are one with the universe we realize our perfection and having nothing about which to complain. This is an essential element of happiness. The Golden Rule applies to both animal and divine consciousness. In animal consciousness, those with the gold rule. In divine consciousness, we do unto others as we would have others do unto us. In animal consciousness we experience our world with descriptions and stories, making "every thing" seem different from every other thing. The experience of divine consciousness is beyond words; it is what it is whatever it is. With animal consciousness we view ourselves as the center of the universe. With divine consciousness light is the center which in effect means the center is everywhere. Divine consciousness is enlightenment. Animal consciousness is about living, divine consciousness is about loving. The difference between living and loving is the difference between “I” and “O.” “I” is the self. The letter's form implies hierarchy. With each of us a point on a vertical line, we perceive others as above or below us (the Great Chain of Being). It implies duality and competition. “O” is continuous, each of us a point connected together to form a circle. This is love, the connecting of independent points creating a whole; a circle with no beginning and no end. Though the circle may appear as a duality with spaces within and without, the duality is an illusion as the spaces are not in conflict; they are mutually dependent, one cannot exist without the other. That is, love is the realization that what seems like a duality is just an illusion. Beyond happiness, realizing our individual divine consciousness is the penultimate, second to last,  purpose of life. Life's ultimate purpose is the collective realization of divine consciousness....