The mediums such as ADSL and traditional television seems to be tailored to a passive consumer state, which is not healthy for the human being. We all carry deep within us the desire to improve ourselves and help others improve in order to live together as happy as possible. To do that we need to be able to openly and freely create, interact and share with each other. An internet connection where uploading information is as easy as downloading harmonizes best with that desire. Symmetric internet is already valued a lot by independent entrepreneurs and creators. This is the future of informatics and vital to the progress of humanity as a whole. Genuine options for a fast symmetric internet connection should be available to everyone, everywhere and the asymmetric options gradually phased out
I would like to share with you some of my latest experiences.
I have for quite a while lived with the insight that a being with a determined enough mind can actually change ALL rules of its experienced existence. Some weeks ago I went along with applying it in a practical experiment on myself. I decided to set the rule that my functional capacities would stay constant with neither sleep nor food. It worked well, with applying regular meditation ‘resets’. I felt neither tiredness nor hunger. But in the end, it felt a bit too alienating, so I didn’t pursue these possibilities further. I feel both our inner work and the work we can do for others in our surroundings take precedence over pursuing too extreme game changes. An appropriate comparison from fiction might be how in the Lord of the Rings, both Galadriel and Gandalf refuses to take on the ring, afraid of what they would become with almost limitless power. Too extreme changes also make for a lot of experiential ‘bouncing’, that is, different places and circumstances become extremely contrasting. Although, it has also been a time of some amazing and interesting new discoveries.
Just going between the home I live in now, and the home I lived in until the beginning of March has been a bit like stepping through portals between different worlds. It has taken quite a bit of time for me to calibrate or balance my state of being in this process. Looking back, I see that this is of course how life has always been, only I was not aware of my part in it. The unconscious mind was left to set the rules, and I had not yet the knowledge, insights and experiences to be able to observe, understand and change it consciously.
Another separate episodic and very positive experience I had recently was a completely new sense of effortless flow. The boundary between my thoughts and the rest of the world had in a sense dissolved and I was united with a more universal intelligence. All hesitation and doubt was completely absent from the tasks I performed and also absent when switching between them. Any item, idea and even person showed up exactly when needed. Everything was completely unplanned in the typical sense of using a calendar or clock, but it still followed a great marvelous rhythm. It was as if I was just going for a nice long walk without any purpose, except I actually was working on many different things. This lasted perhaps two days. I don’t remember now what exactly got me out of it, but I am sure it was me coming back into doubting myself in some way.
Now, from my experience of (at least temporarily) being an ‘enlightened’ person, without a very firm path to follow, is that a kind of reality-wave can form. Knowing that reality shapes and reflects every belief you hold, you get to freely choose what reality you want to experience. But how do you choose it? Is there any right or wrong? Here is a simple binary example to illustrate:
- Believing in the lack of enlightenment in others. Now if you believe yourself to be enlightened, you become responsible for helping everything you perceive as not you to know the same truth. You will see and encounter everything you believe to be ‘wrong’ in the world.
- Believing in everything else being already enlightened, perfect in itself. Accepting everything as it is. You will see your own loving reflection and the experience becomes quite paradisiacal, but it seems to not change or challenge you much. If you and everything else is Buddha, could it be that Buddha becomes bored?
I will continue my efforts to try to better ‘surf’ this reality-wave. Being part of an infinite reality, one thing is certain: there are infinite ways to create, learn and improve upon oneself within the experience.
From my current observational point after a few years of vegetarianism, some months of veganism, increased spiritual and self-awareness leading to several enlightenment experiences, my take on the majority of the western civilization is that it is and has been for a long time suffering from a perpetual mass-psychosis, one in which I myself participated in for most of the years of my life. This mass-psychosis could be categorized in terms of a secondary type of self-delusion of what it is possible to be and become as a human being. It is a mass-induced and self-perpetuated paranoia and fear of the unknown, be it of religion, culture, spirituality, drugs, sexuality or other phenomena or belief which does not fit well with the current paradigm. This includes an over-identification of the importance of maintaining the own personality/ego-structure together with its cultural circumstances, and a victimizing/dis-empowering mindset when looking at one’s own capacity to change it. An over-reliance on seeking external solutions to self-created problems, instead of looking inwards and finding true purpose.
I want to share this perhaps seemingly negative observation as a kind gift in the hopes that it can greatly benefit and open the eyes for anyone who would like to accept it. I believe it is up to each and everyone to find out their own truth and discover what extraordinary beings they truly are and deeply desire to become. We are all on the path together. Take back your power, become a creator, heal yourself and heal the world! And don’t forget to have fun too!
A simple way to get started is to set up a meditation practice if you do not already have one. Find one which appeals to you. For example, set off twenty minutes at a time when you can be undisturbed, at a place you enjoy being in. Do it every day. It is free, everyone can do it. It gives tremendous results, in a very short time.
If you have read my previous blog post on consciousness (You are infinite infinities) you already know what I think about beliefs and their malleable form, being interconnected energy patterns that shape all of reality, ultimately being just as exchangeable as your underwear, t-shirt or facial expression.
Starting from there, let us examine some relationships between enlightenment, a common world religion (Christianity in this case) and veganism. I want to warn you in advance that I might seem to stray a bit off-topic. This is just how my mind wanders. I do at least mention fish again in the last sentence.
The “typical” believer – when religion, spirituality and self-development becomes static
An friend recently reflected on the views which her mother held on fish. Her mother tried to follow the Bible to the letter in regards to what choices to make in diet. She proposed that Jesus put fish on the earth for us to eat, and that this was so proven by the writings in the Bible.
Let us assume for a moment that it is true that Jesus put the fish for us to eat. Now this is perfectly fine (remember that any individual truth is perfectly true in the subjective reality for as long as it is fully held by that individual being. If this is hard to understand, I advice to go back and read this post). So this belief is just as valid as any other. By accepting it, the typical human will live out life believing fish is for eating and thus directly or indirectly killing, preparing and eating fish, until dying of old age, perhaps around reaching a hundred years of age. I don’t have much more to say about it.
But a problem with cherry-picking a statement from the Bible to use as a rule for leading life is that it can lead to any course of action. Murder, rape, genocide and so forth. So we are back to the fact that we have responsibility for all our actions. This also means taking responsibility of how we choose to select and shape our living and beliefs.
Reading between the lines – altering the point of view
Now, instead of just assuming a random sentence to be what to adhere to for the rest of a lifetime, I find it much more interesting to dive a bit deeper into other things Jesus and the Bible has to say.
Actually Jesus is involved a lots of talk about fish as well as fishing . This is not surprising considering the location and culture he was partake in. Jesus had to talk the same language and use the customs of the people around him to be understood. But he spoke a lot of the time in parables, what he wanted to convey was the way of thinking, speaking and acting leading to a person’s realization of being God just as he had. In the Bible this is what might be referred to as the “reaching the Kingdom of Heaven”.
Jesus also goes on for quite a bit in encouraging his listeners to remember the words of God that they supposedly should adhere to, but are not. There one may especially take note of the commandment of not killing.
If a person would be really interested in using the Bible as their guide, they should read and study it, with an open mind and also skeptically. And when doing so, try to ask themselves deep questions. For example: What does the Bible actually say? Does it relate to my life experiences somehow? What am I feeling while reading this? Where does those feelings come from? Why am actually reading this?
But let us for now continue with some more Bible references in regards to veganism.
A point of origin – a point to return to
In the book of genesis the first statement from God about food is
[1:29] God said. “See I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food“.
Taken literally, it seems quite vegan. Note that only after the fall from grace with the murder of Abel by Cain and the following Flood comes the kind of dejected statement from God that all animals are up for the taking by humans:
[9:2] “The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered.”
[9:3] “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”
Now I don’t see the bible as much as a chronological history as it is an allegory to explain how a state of mind/consciousness relates to the experience of the world around. So take special note on the mention of fear and dread!
So, let us elaborate a bit on this allegory. When consciousness forgets its god-hood, it gets scared of its own manifestations, and that profound sense of separation is what the murder between brothers ultimately represents. The separate self thinks it can lack, that people, things and even ideas can be good or evil, and belong to it or not. All negative feelings, thoughts, actions and experiences stem from the lack of realization of the fact that there is no real separation, and that creator-ship comes from and even is consciousness itself. It encompasses all that exists and there is nothing else. Falling from grace or heaven is nothing else than succumbing to the belief of separation between self and other. In my eyes, God giving up on humans is equivalent to a person giving up on their own creative power to shape a more positive reality.
An end is a beginning. A beginning is an end
The goal at the end of the reversed separation process is what is called Illumination in Christianity, Tahwid in Islam, Rigpa in Dzogchen, Moksha in Hinduism, Nirvana in Buddhism, Ushta in Zoroastrianism, Da’at in Judaism. There are so many names for this experience to be found in different religions, and even inside the same religion.
The religions often starts with a being who after becoming enlightened seeks to give the same gift to all other life. Thus, a measure for if a religion has been properly practiced or not could be said to be that the practitioner receives the actual experience that the creator of the religion had. And a being thus enlightened, really does not need to eat fish anymore, because the fish IS not apart from the enlightened being. Both human and fish enlightened, just marvel at each others presence.
I will end this blog post here, but might come back to it later to expand on certain ideas. I welcome questions, criticism and any other feedback if you have read this far. I would very much like to hear from you!
I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to learn how to read at a very early age in life. During this time, I read many books written from different animals points of view. I loved the plush animal toy figures my mother sewed for me, and I used to play pretending to be different animals. The environment I grew up in however expressed dislike for vegetarians and similar thinkers, and with these prejudices I was not strong enough to realize the connection between what I ate and what was going on behind that. I justified my food habits by identifying with my name Björn, which has the meaning of bear in Swedish, and the image it might bring of an omnivorous animal. But something felt wrong in the far far back of my mind.
A life with diseases
My life until the last few years was plagued by many various health problems. During my childhood I had allergies, colds, nausea and stomach sickness, in my teenage years I got appendicitis, acne, depression, pneumonia, salmonella infection, ulcerative colitis and psychosis. In my twenties I suffered from colds, addictions of different kinds, depressions, and moodiness.
I will tell you about two events having a great impact on my journey:
- I met two very friendly and generous vegans (if you are reading this, I hope you know who you are, and thank you so much!) who cooked the most delicious vegan food! Experiencing this helped me appreciate vegan food as something positive and possible.
- At the age of 34, I visited a pig/sheep farm. I remember the contrast between being on a relaxed summer vacation on the Mediterranean coast to entering a concrete paved dark hall with a thousand eyes watching me in fear. All their bodies were moving as one, like a school of fish, because in such a place there is no other reference than the prisoners standing next to you.
A few months later I decided to go vegetarian. On New Year’s Eve, 2013, the decision to become a vegetarian popped up from my subconscious and struck me as so true and right as nothing ever had before in my life. And over time I realized that I had to be vegan as well, anything else was would just be hypocrisy and turning a blind eye to the impact of my choices.
Where I am now
Looking back on my life, I can see how much has changed since becoming vegetarian/vegan. Now I am never sick, I don’t even get the common cold, even when people around me have it. I am connecting with more people than ever before, both around the world and locally. When I talk to people I meet I am much less concerned about their social status, origin, gender or age than before. I am stronger, more fit and more active than ever before in my life. I am working simultaneously on a wide range of projects while also taking many actions and courses to improve my skills. I am constantly realizing and working towards my highest goals and dreams, while also creating a life and lifestyle I never thought was possible for me, while also trying as much as possible to help others. I have never been more at peace with myself as I am today!
We are all born without labels or names. Calling myself vegan only describes a tiny part of who or what I really am, think and do. But for me, and for this period of my life, it is a useful label to help me guide the choices I make in life, and I think it can do and does the same for many others.
If one stays for long enough time in a focused awareness on any one perception of the present, there arises a perception of the absence of everything else. That else we can call the accumulated experience, or the assumed past and the expected future. What does this accumulated experience of an individual being encompass, what has been stored in it? Experiences comes through perceptions.
Examples of perceptions of our outer world as humans are:
- Other body senses
Examples of perception of our inner world are:
All these perceptions can be collectively denominated by different words such as patterns, waves, energies, events to name a few. I will stick to the word pattern for the remainder of this text. They are interconnected and accumulated by an individual being since its birth. Something which is discovered, after searching deeply, is
There are no actual borders in reality!
This can be found in many ways, for example through persistently seeking the most accurate information, or by persistently trying to discover what is the unifying connection between different concepts, by meditation with the goal of experiencing non-duality, or by stumbling upon it. We can see in science that any measurement of anything ultimately comes from an agreement of a model of reality. Equally so in religion. Any faith comes from accepting a original statement. In this, we understand that there is actually no conflict between religion and science, since both has to start with a statement/belief that then is taken as truth. Now before you might say that science is the method of drawing conclusion based on facts, ask yourself, where did those facts come from?
Some interesting conclusions can be drawn from the lack of actual borders in reality is that many things taken for granted, does not exist in the reality outside of the limited experience.
So there is no time in reality.
And there are no separate three dimensions in reality
The concepts of time and space only exist as a reoccurring and thus reinforcing experience. This might seem mind-boggling, but please stay with me.
The personal experience of the universe in each moment can be seen as a function of an enormous structure of interconnected partial structures, where the core stays seemingly fixed. That core part contains among other things the separation between time, space in inner and outer perceptions. But these are also interconnected without any actual border. The experience of there being borders were formed during the earliest parts of our existence. And these borders and the patterns they delimit are mutually arising, they cannot exist without each other in the form they are perceived. Remember however, that this is of course, another model, and therefor not REALLY the truth either.
What deep regular meditation over a longer time can do is to make raise the awareness of the interrelation between all these structures that seem to be subdivided into distinct categories, but actually must, by nature of it being impossible to actually grasp and define any actual border in reality, be at some point, at some level, the same thing. Meditation slows down the intake of perceptions/experiences enough such that some reoccurring patterns and their connectivity to other patterns come up to the surface. They go from being subconscious to being conscious, and thereby can be modified, rethought and restructured. Being in the state of higher consciousness reconnects, reorders and restructures all these perceived substructures, for example by changing or questioning beliefs, seeking new information and accepting new experiences.
Another realization in meditation is that there is no self apart from everything else that is experienced. And so, there is actually nothing left to be afraid, worry about, it is all generated by the same consciousness in the present moment.
There can also not be any limits to what the consciousness is capable of redefining in terms of the experience of reality, and the potential of changes and possibilities for any individual being is therefore infinite. Not infinity as the unreachable end of only a line, because that is infinity in only one dimension and direction. But infinitely infinite, as infinite in infinite dimensions.
One of the fastest ways of changing the experience of reality, apart from meditation, is to accept other viewpoints which one has been resisting a long time as valid, to be possible to hold for oneself. It will then be shown very soon by direct new experience that there is no thing such as true or false about any other beings perception and beliefs about reality, it is only perceived as such in relation to one’s own beliefs. If it really seems incompatible, it might be a belief that has been held for a long time. Examples of such beliefs for a human can be both seen as positive or negative. Beliefs about oneself, one’s parents, different religions, science, childhood, politics, prejudice about a certain groups of people, and many other ideas that maintains one’s sense of separate identity and personality. A drawback of keeping these beliefs it that it will limit the personal development and possibility to learn, improve and expand.
I will end this blog post here, but might come back to it later to expand on certain ideas. I welcome questions, criticism and any other feedback if you have read this far. I would very much like to hear from you!
Can you imagine just a few decades or so forward, living in a world where there are no longer any borders between countries, because there are no countries. No laws needing to be enforced, no forms to fill in, no need to prove who you are to anyone? Can you imagine a world where there is no need to own or pay for anything, because there is no perceived lack of anything, a world were not only humans but all other animals are recognized as equally treasured beings on this planet, on the same level consciously, and allowed to move and do whatever they want without any fear of anyone and anything? And can you imagine being completely free to move around this world, participating in any activity you would like to, freely expressing and creating together with others?
A change towards this world is possible. By just allowing oneself to imagine it, it starts coming into existence. By starting from oneself, questioning the usefulness of abiding by old concepts, beliefs and structures, both concerning our own personalities and external circumstances. By seeking truth but not stopping and settling anywhere.
The other day I got the opportunity to ponder some great questions from a friend who just started her vegan journey. I would like to share these questions and the answers I gave with you:
Question: A lot of vegans have pets, which i find strange because of participating in the breeding industry and i often feel they humanize animals (dress them up for example). How do you see that?
Answer: I do agree that the way some vegans keep pets might not be they way I feel I would like to. On the other hand some vegans seems to have an amazing capacity to heal and help animals which has been hurt or traumatized. So it is perhaps more important to think over what the purpose of the relationship with the animal is, and if it is loving and trusting, in comparison to needy and restricting? Then the dressing up is secondary, it can be just as when you help dress anyone in a loving and caring way.
It can be useful to remember that vegan is a word, a label and only that. There can be a danger in identifying to closely with word or even a certain set of beliefs. Especially if one loses track of deeper positive values such as compassion, love, patience and so on. When a person says the are vegan, THEY as a whole are not the word vegan and the beliefs they or others put in it. They are much more. And the same goes of course for the people that are not vegan. As humans, we need to seek a common ground in order to have a dialogue, which then can lead to understanding and improvement of ourselves and others.
Q: When you’re on a travel, and you don’t know if something is vegan, how do you deal with that?
A: When travelling, I think it is good to do research beforehand to know the culinary traditions, what the most common dishes are called, and what they usually contain. Many places around the world DO have a lot of vegetarian or vegan food, and it is often possible to get a non-vegan ingredient removed or replaced before the dish is prepared when asking at a restaurant. If you have friends in the area you travel to, ask them for advice!
Here in the north of Spain, vegetarians are quite uncommon and vegans even more rare, although I feel that might be starting to change. I have often asked to not have tuna fish added to the salad when eating out, and it has never been a problem. If you explain that you are vegan or vegetarian and ask nicely, restaurant staff often go out of their way to prepare you something special outside of the usual menu. It can be a treat!
If you buy and prepare the food yourself it should be easier. You can buy fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, tubers, vegetables, cereals, algae, mushrooms, herbs from local markets and stores or even directly from cultivators.
Q: How do you react to this common reaction of “do you really know if your salad
doesn’t have feelings?”
A: I think plants feel, but in a completely different way from humans. I think plants are conscious, but not self-conscious. They feel and are intelligent in the way of reacting to temperature, sunlight, nutrients in the ground and so on. But perhaps the question is more often given in context of the moral issue of causing suffering to plants by harvesting and eating them? I do not think plants fear or suffer when dying. Instead I think they just feel a sense of fading away from existence.
I have a personal anecdote to share with you. While picking tomatoes and peppers, I noticed how my own state of mind and intention while picking them makes the process either hard or easy. With an attentive mind, benevolent, cautious, relaxed and gentle in its movements, the plants ‘give’ their fruits to you, they fall into your hand with the slightest touch. It is a beautiful experience!
It was an ordinary evening a few years ago, I was playing the immensely popular computer game Minecraft, digging for treasures and building materials and avoiding or fighting monsters. A game I had played for countless hours, beaten and then coming back to again for more. Then suddenly it dawned upon me. My emotional state controlled what I was encountering in the game. If I let go completely of my preconceived notion of the monsters in the game as hostile, they changed behavior and became passive and didn’t attack my player character. I tried this concept with another computer game, the real-time-strategy game Starcraft II. The opponent would never attack until my first hostile thought or frightened emotion occurred, and by being conscious of it, I could control it. It felt surreal for me at the time, as well as it might seem for some of you reading this, but I encourage you to explore this. This is part of the real power of thought, mind and consciousness! For me it was a beginning of a journey where I realized that I wanted to use my energy to be more creative and contribute to the world I live in, instead of being a passive and unconscious consumer. Do you have any similar experience to share?
Set your game mode from survival to peaceful, and we can begin exploring this universe together!
It all begins with you. Right where you are. Right now.
This website will be dedicated as a hub in the center of some of the activities that I see as most central for the personal evolution in the life of a human, a being with unlimited untapped potential.
Some areas I have thought of covering are:
- Body movement
- Exploration of the unknown
- Health and nutrition
- Higher consciousness
- Letting go, detachment
- Music and sounds
- Quantum physics
- Unconditional love
Let me know in the comments if you would like me to write about something in particular.