Sustainable Moab Project Synchronicity
Meanwhile, back at the camp, I slept cozy in the new bag. A couple nights it was really windy, and my tarps and plastic coverings were whipping around like crazy, tearing the plastic. Rainclouds were blowing in with a few showers. I've always preferred tarps or plastic to a tent, because they're simpler, but this time I thought, "I think I now need a tent - this is getting a bit out of hand." Then next day I rode back to that storage unit and decided to peak in the dumpster and saw what I thought was a rolled up tarp. I took it, thinking it would be good reinforcement. I unrolled it back at the camp and discovered it was a pup tent, in perfect condition, with stakes! So now I'm all bourgeoisie at my townhouse with a sleek sleeping bag and tent.
Nothing or Nobody is Special:
All the Universe is in Synchronicity
Yeah, this is stuff that keeps happening to me outwardly. And it's not because I'm special. Rain falls on everybody, good and bad, alike. Miracles happen to everybody, but most people don't notice them because too much stuff and thought accumulation closes their eyes to it. How else would life have evolved so miraculously and synchronistically million years after million years? For me, it astonishes me that I forget these continual synchronicities so easily, and it scares me a bit that I can relate to the Pharaoh in the Torah legend, hardening his heart even after getting miracle after miracle thrown in front of him. Rationality is a good and natural thing, but when it gets out of balance, it becomes a bully and rationalizes away intuition, blinds us to miracles continually before our eyes.
No Such Thing as Supernatural:
Everything is Miracle
But we must be clear what miracle really is. When we become superstitious, we think miracles are super-natural, because our minds are strayed from the present, unable to see that every moment is total miracle. What we think is "supernatural" is nothing more than natural that is somewhere else, that we can't explain. If we saw "supernatural" occurrences here and now, we would get bored with them as natural. Nature is miracle, and the mind removed from nature, discontent with nature, is searching for super-natural. It's our
"adulterous" mind, our mind that cheats on the Present, that seeks after signs, seeks miracles other than what's before our face. It's the marketing mind, which thinks imported products are better because they are from "exotic" places. But to the pure, all things are pure. To the miraculous, all things are miraculous.
The very first chapter of the Bible says that everything in the universe is Good (Genesis 1:31). According to the Gospels, Jesus says there is none Good but One God (Luke 18:19) If you believe Genesis and Jesus don't contradict, you can draw only one conclusion.
Death and Resurrection Ever Now
To the true Christian, a seed sprouting from the ground and a baby being born is exactly as miraculous as Jesus rising from the dead or Adam being formed from the dust of the ground, because they are all One Thing, all happening ever Now, and the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Quran constantly states that the Death and Resurrection is ever happening before our eyes, and that the Day of Resurrection is the Eternal Today, and we all resurrect as One Soul (Quran 31:28). The superstitious mind might think I am devaluing Jesus by saying his resurrection is no more significant than a fungus spore sprouting. On the contrary, our superstitious mind is devaluing the Omnipresence of Christ by not recognizing that Jesus and the fungus spore resurrecting are one thing, Christ come in the flesh, right before our eyes, that Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11), Ever Here. The Bhagavad Gita emphasizes this, that the enlightened mind sees the Holy in everything and everybody and regards dirt, stone, and gold as all equal (Gita 14:24). The marketing mind sees one object more valuable than another, one person better than another, one thing, place, or person as sacred and another as profane, one event more favorable than another, one religion superior to others, unlike the Holy mind, which is no respecter of persons, as the Bible keeps saying . The Tao of Heaven is impartial, Tao Te Ching 79 says. The Infant Mind is the Zen mind, and sees all things in perfect equanimity, the Buddhist sutras keep telling us.
Persecuting the Holy
Is Persecuting Nature
Is Persecuting Our Own Natures
People crucify the Holy before their very eyes because they only see insignificance, common-ness. They do not see that the way, the truth, and the life is Omnipresent, everywhere and right here, I am who I am. They think the Holy always comes as a crowned King in glorious robes and splendor in the sky, or in some miraculous time in past history, but never present (which is the only reality). But the Holy is always right here, equally now as ever. The only thing that changes is how we choose to perceive it. In the Quran, the Holy says,
We are nearer to a person than his jugular vein.
and the Torah says
Because our minds are not present, separate from nature, we think the Holy is also somewhere else, separate from nature, and we think the Holy in front of our eyes is insignificant and silly, so we continually condemn and trample the Holy. We mistreat and reject each other, we mistreat and reject nature, not realizing we are mistreating and rejecting the Holy:
In the Tao Te Ching, the Holy speaks:
Because people do not understand,
they have no knowledge of me.
Those who know me are few;
Those who abuse me are honored.
Therefore the Sage wears rough clothing
And holds the jewel in his heart.
(Tao Te Ching 70)
Repeated in the Tao Te Ching:
He who takes upon himself the humiliation of the people
is fit to rule them.
He who takes upon himself the country's disasters
deserves to be King of the Universe.
(Tao Te Ching 78)
In the Christian Gospels, the Holy says:
I was a stranger and you did not take me in, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. (Matthew 25:43)
The world did not know him.
He came unto his own,
and his own did not receive him.
The Jewish Tanach says the same about the Holy:
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22)
The Divine says in the Bhagavad Gita:
Not knowing my transcendent nature as the sovereign Lord of all beings, fools condemn me incarnated as a human. (Bhagavad Gita 9:11)
And the Dhammapada of Buddha says of this same Holy:
The world may hate him
but good people love him. (Dhammapada 6)
The master endures insults and ill treatment
without reacting. (Dhammapada 26)