August 15, 2022
Where do we come from
A human is the infinite consciousness of the great mystery of God expressed as a point of awareness. The transcendent spirit of us existed before this body, and will exist after our body expires. That spirit is timeless and is the essence of what we are. We are one species of creature in the vastness of creation and that the interdependence of all of life is critical to the healthy existence of this living breathing entity, ecosystem and home called planet Earth.
Why don’t we know this?
We all carry beliefs that come from family of origin, culture, media, superstition, and trauma to name a few sources. This knowledge has been villainized and virtually wiped out by colonization and is precisely why we suffer here on Earth. Our human Ego has been fed a host of stories as if they are facts about the nature of creation, creator, and our purpose.
It is up to us to restore the relationship that our ancestors had to the great web of life before we humans destroy ourselves and countless other life forms through ignorance and ignore-ance driven by greed and fear.
We are born into this world knowing precisely what we are and why we are here.
Unfortunately we cannot use language, and must learn to use our body, and communicate. That self knowing is over-layed by all of the influences in our early development. We grow up taking on beliefs that are in direct conflict with truth. What we are at the core is not lost but buried under all the masks of the false self we created. We created these masks in order to hide our unacceptable nature. We believe ourselves to be unacceptable by how we were trained to be in the world. In fact, even if we had the best parenting in the world, we are being trained how to be in this world by people who are teaching us the tools, skills, and beliefs that they learned in the world they grew up in. That world in fact does not exist. My pain is my parents pain is my grandparents pain going back so many generations that we can’t even point a finger and say “they started it”. What is that pain you might ask? The very belief that we are anything other than an emanation of the great mystery born of the great Mother Earth. We are not a creation of the sky god out there waiting to judge us. This left us as wounded children forever inadequate except by something outside of ourselves.
Since our parents were raised by wounded children, they could not teach us a full set of adult coping mechanisms. We appear to be wounded children throwing sand in each other’s faces. We set out into the world to try and make our way with an internal conflict between what we know to be true, and what we think in our minds. Our education trained us to believe our thinking mind is us rather than a tool for our awareness to use. We believe every thought we have and we believe the thinker is us. So we identify with our beliefs and take a mental position, as if they are fact. Ultimately we came to believe that we are consciousness trapped in a bag of skin put there by the God we are supposed to serve who will judge us for the life we lived. This being will keep a count of every deed. It is no wonder we are lost and suffering, seeking any sensory experience to quell the feeling of inadequacy. Our mind is our identity, our wounding makes that mind our personal torture chamber and we are trapped. We have been trained into an almost schizophrenic mindset believing that our mind is us and that the quiet voice or essence of awareness is somehow separate from us. That quiet voice is awareness, essence, source, us. That is what we are. Ever say “if such and such happened I could not live with myself” Sounds as if there are two entities in there.
We do this work to learn that our mind is not our identity; I have a mind not I am my mind. I learn to be present with what is, without judging it or needing it to be other than it is. We have been so trained to believe that this thing or that thing that we will do next week or next month or next year will complete us. The belief that something outside of us that will come in the imaginary future is another part of our delusion and suffering. When I come into the present moment I become aware and present to what is happening in this moment, what this body is feeling, seeing, learning, without needing to judge it, or create a story about it, or a problem with it. Then I can come to the transcendent place of spaciousness.
August 12, 2022
Keala Rafana Temple of Sound and Source – What Is Our Struggle
Our struggle comes from our addiction to intellectualizing life, god, culture …et-al. There is nothing intellectual to pursue here. While it may not be comforting; know that the great mystery of God is. We continue to judge, fight, kill, and die over our different understanding of this great mystery. We draw imaginary divisions between us and divide this great living breathing organism that supports all of life, while poisoning the entire ecosystem believing we have no responsibility to all of life. All of life is sacred and necessary. Earth and all of life suffers when any one life form gets out of balance. We are out of balance.
We have created tremendous innovations with technology while completely destroying the ecosystem that supports us. We have no authentic connection to each other except where our national identity binds us to some extent, our racial identities on another level, our cultural identities, and probably most lastingly our religious connections bind us by belief. We have no connection to our food or where it comes from or how it’s grown. We have disappeared into our screens and minds, away from an authentic connection to the source of all life and to the nature of our existence and to each other.
We have been trained to believe that religion has the answer to where we come from and where we are going but in effect has created a problem where none existed and named itself as the solution to that problem. We have been told we have been given responsibility for this world, while simultaneously disconnecting from life. We pray to an invisible God while completely ignoring the evidence of God in nature as we destroy it.
August 10, 2022
Keala Rafana Temple of Sound and Source – What Is the Source
The source is the consciousness or energy that science has found underneath everything in existence. Science has afforded us the ability to see what is really underneath everything in existence. All that science has found is energy. We see that and experience that energy as the one consciousness, the great mystery called God. By observing nature you can know something about the source. If you watch nature you see a completely balanced, interconnected, and interdependent system that births everything out of this earth from the sunlight streaming down. This source is the energy underlying everything. It is an abundant wellspring of giving. The source is the force of nature driving nature. Its true nature is hidden in this world but visible through the presence of life, and the existence of consciousness. Through observing nature it is easy to see this simple truth. The human is one species to become self aware. We know that the evolution of humankind is that the one consciousness underneath it all becomes self aware through human awakening.
Western religion has always tried to tell us that God was somehow outside and separate from us. God is up there, out there somewhere always watching, always judging. You live your life under this heaviness of what comes after. Living today for tomorrow, yet it never is tomorrow. The search for a God you can connect to, was only in a book through some intermediary, secret code, society or group. Only a few had the secret access code to connect to God to hear the great mystery. That has never been the truth around the world. At least half the world believes in a much more ancient knowledge that Kabbalah and many eastern philosophies and theologies knew “We are the essence of the great mystery as expressed through a point of awareness. We are thoughtless awareness – consciousness.” The universe is conscious. We are an emanation of that consciousness, that divinity.
Science has helped us in the pursuit of knowing the great mystery by figuring out how things work. Our science in its unstoppable pursuit of knowledge through the “scientific method” of experimentation and observation has caused us as humans to release old beliefs. However science has also caused us to see that underneath it all, there are simple rules by which all of this physical existence is here. And yet when we look deeply we can only find energy.
Before the big bang, what was there? Underneath the subatomic world into the quantum world, what is all of this? Energy…somehow condensed into solid matter that allows us to experience physical reality. Many different traditions have served up a host of fantastic, complicated, and mythological explanations, but no facts and nothing provable. Yet we all cling to our creation stories like survivors of a shipwreck holding onto the metal parts of a sinking ship and allowing ourselves to drown rather than let go and float in the ocean. We continue to fall prey to addictions, especially addiction to our thinking to feel better when the rules we were given about life fail to make us happy. We pursue enormous amounts of stuff to give us some relief from the tortures of a mind which is trying to make sense of this world while doing so with the wrong map for getting there. We are dying every day a little bit, living for tomorrow while skipping straight past this moment waiting to experience the next thing and the next thing. We look for some experience that will somehow heal us without ever knowing the truth that we were whole and complete when we arrived.
We come to know that we are conscious thoughtless awareness having a human experience.
The stillness that comes from this knowing brings a peace that passes all understanding.
August 8, 2022
Everything is source and source is everything. We see all of creation as our family. We connect as humanity. It is through open and honest communication and action with respect to and for all of our family of life, that we gain our greatest understanding and recreate the world in a manner where all of our family is supported to thrive.
All the ways in which we have been taught that a human being can be measured and valued based on things like race, ethnicity, money, property, prestige, fame, achievement, education, religion, and so many others are not real and true measures of what a human is. All divisions and separations of people and life are in fact artificial and hazardous. We see that the greatest harm ever perpetrated on the human experience is the belief that we are separate from the creator, nature, or each other.
August 5, 2022
The Current Challenges
We could do a lot to improve things on Earth. We are at odds with nature, destroying the natural world and ourselves through consumption and use of technology and resources that harm the planet, and all of life. We are divided by invisible walls that we defend to the death. While society continues to suffer from seeming insanity at times, the truth is simple. It is unconsciousness. We are addicted to our thinking and we do not question beliefs. We need to get outside our normal way of thinking in order to find solutions to our greatest challenges as people. Presence is the foundation of our work and unwinding our misguided beliefs is our practice to become fully present in the moment…NOW, to connect to the great mystery of God. We see that culture, trauma, education, family of origin, beliefs, superstitions, rumors, and many other outside influences created our false understanding and separated us from the truth of our authentic nature. We recognize that we do not need to be afraid to question everything we believe is true. We can stop assuming everything we think is true just because we thought it, someone else said it, heard it, or wrote it. Our race, religion, nationality, education, income, assets, children, looks, significant other, and fame, are some of the ways we have separated ourselves into little tribes of belief.
It has divided us.
- These divisions are our creation.
- These divisions are not based on provable, incontrovertible, verifiable evidence or facts and therefore are not true. This makes them beliefs.
- These divisions are hurting all of us and all of life.
August 3, 2022
Mission, Purpose, and Vision
Our Mission is to awaken to our authentic self and remember who we were when we arrived on this planet as whole and complete emanations of the great mystery of God and to support our tribe to connect to their authentic self. Connection to the truth of what we are is the foundation for true fulfillment.
Our Purpose as the Keala Rafana Temple of Sound and Source is to rekindle the connection that we all have at birth to source, to our authentic self, and all of life and release the stories of our culture, trauma, education, family of origin, beliefs, superstitions, rumors, and many other outside influences that hold us back from being our authentic self.
Our Vision is that we can grow beyond our beliefs, superstitions, and cultural separations we have created that divide us. If we learn to release these false divisions and welcome and celebrate each other, we might disagree without needing to create an enemy for disagreeing; see each other as allies. We could re-envision technology so that it supports all of life and the environment. We would bring balance back to Earth if we recognize the sovereign right of all creatures to live on this planet and see all of life as sacred, precious, related, interdependent, and necessary for this incredible eco-system called planet Earth to flourish. We can create a high standard of living for all while honoring the ecosystem and all life. We can be guided by the essence of the all that is by becoming truly aware. The answers we seek lie within.
August 1, 2022
Keala Rafana Temple of Sound and Source
Our true identity is simply this-
We are an emanation of the infinite consciousness of the great mystery of God expressed as a point of awareness operating a human form.
- We acknowledge that everything in essence is an emanation of the one divine consciousness we speak of as the great mystery of God.
- We acknowledge that all of life is sacred, divine, interconnected, interdependent and necessary for the healthy balanced function of this living Earth and all life on it.
- We acknowledge that we are disconnected from our essence, from nature, and from each other and this disconnection is the cause of our suffering.
- We acknowledge that we humans are all equal as one race with one common ancestry.
- We recognize that all of life thrives when we are in balance with nature.
- We recognize that we are responsible for and capable of solving our human social and ecological problems.
- We recognize the free will of all humans to make their own choices that do not adversely affect another’s free will.
- We recognize that wholeness comes through connecting to our authentic self to grow beyond our limiting beliefs, awaken, and be whole.
- We recognize human awakening and the evolution of human consciousness are the way to transcend our suffering.