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The Cosmic Joke behind Enlightenment

By Chad Foreman on Thursday March 17th, 2016

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Is seeing the Humour in Enlightenment the key to finding it?

The great cosmic joke is that you are what you are seeking. All the religious and spiritual seeking on this planet and you end up back where you started. If that’s not a fantastic joke worth a good belly laugh I don’t know what is. We all look for happiness, peace and fulfilment in the things of the world, yet all along these things are our very nature – our very own centre of being. Meditation masters and mystics throughout history have seen the joke of it as Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains:

I laugh when I think how I once sought paradise as a realm outside of the world of birth. It is right in the world of birth and death that the miraculous truth is revealed. But this is not the laughter of someone who suddenly acquires a great fortune; neither is it the laughter of one who has won a victory. It is, rather, the laughter of one who; after having painfully searched for something for a long time, finds it one morning in the pocket of his coat.

Alt text hereThich Nhat Hanh

Have we been taking enlightenment too seriously?

The Buddhists have been onto the joke for a while, their main training is to not take things seriously. What else is being unattached than a great sense of humour? Buddha realised that all conditions of the world are temporary and taking any of it too seriously creates suffering.

I’m not sure how humans made such a big a deal out of this simple truth but it’s because everyone else was taking things seriously and causing a lot of problems for themselves they held up Buddha to be all enlightened, worshipped him, created another religion and over the years have mostly missed the basic point. Another Buddhist meditator, Longchenpa, realised this simple truth again some two thousand years later and said:

Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.

Alt text hereThe Buddhists have been onto the joke for a while

What about the warning from spiritual teachers that every single thing you imagine yourself to be is a clever lie constructed by a psychological defence mechanism against the existential truth of transiency.  In other words you are not who you think you are. That’s pretty funny isn’t it? However laughing about it, not taking yourself seriously, is another wonderful coping mechanism to be able to digest such seemingly harsh truths. As Longchenpa says, you may as well burst out laughing,  or as a modern Zen master Adyashanti explains:

We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no centre.

I have watched hundreds of spiritual teachers and the best ones have a common trait – they giggle a lot. Even my main Buddhist teacher, an intellectual giant in the Gelug-pa Tibetan Buddhist tradition, would consistently forecast his arrival into the temple with bouts of laughter. Another favourite teacher of mine is Alan Watts whom you can’t watch for 5 minutes without getting to hear his infectious cackling and the current Dalai Lama is almost famous for his warm giggle. Alan Watts once remarked:

People suffer only because they take seriously what the gods made for fun.

Alt text hereThe humour of Alan Watts

Laughter and humour are not just frivolous. They can be a sharp tools to cut through the bullshit. Sometimes in society it’s the comedians who are the only ones telling the truth. Not the politicians, not the priests and not even the school teachers but the people who can step back and see the ridiculousness of current affairs. In fact more and more people are getting their truthful political information from The Late Show and from comedians like the late Bill Hicks and George Carlin, who would deliver sobering doses of reality which was actually very true and therefore very funny. Comedians often point to the discrepancy between how we think things are and how they actually are, fortunately that evokes laughter, unfortunately people tend go back to living a lie after the laughter subsides.

The enlightened fool is the one who sees the ego trips of society and can still find joy and laughter in its midst. The fool is often the enlightened one, the one with crazy wisdom, with laughter and jokes as their weapon, they cut through the mundane conformity and bring to light the latent child like bliss bubbling just beneath the surface of all seriousness. The fool possesses a wisdom that is out of reach of the conformist. A playful attitude in touch with enormous amounts of creativity.

Alt text hereA young George Carlin

Humour is also extremely healing, they say laughter is the greatest medicine and it’s true. It can also ease the stress and tension of daily life, reduce boredom at work and unite people of different backgrounds. Everybody takes themselves and others too seriously.

So if humour can heal, relax, unite people, undo the ego and entertain all at the same time that sounds enlightening enough for me.

Which brings me to the laughable way most people understand enlightenment, that is an enlightened person is a perfect person. Perfect virtue, perfect love, perfect knowledge and as a meditation teacher jokes even perfectly smelling sandalwood farts. This ideal of the perfect person is a joke and does not exist in reality. It creates cults of worship around people who are seen as perfect and just stresses the rest of us out with guilt for not living up to these idealistic fantasies.

Alt text hereHumour is so healing many are turning to Laughter Yoga classes

If Nietzsche declared ‘God is dead’ and Zen Buddhists urge us to ‘kill Buddha in the street’ I would like to add if you believe in a perfect Guru – slap yourself across your face, and see if it doesn’t hurt. That’s reality. Reality is perfect because it can deliver all range of human emotions from sadness and despair to elation and joy. Trying to just have perfect emotions and a perfect life only invites a massive come down of disappointment. As Alan Watts says, you cannot have up with down or even right without wrong.

All you have to do is be yourself

So all that’s left is to just be your natural self. As someone once said if you can laugh at yourself you will never be short of material. Or as one of my favourite Zen teachers Brad Warner says:

The state of ambiguity – that messy, greasy, mixed-up, confused, and awful situation you’re living through right now – is enlightenment itself.

Alt text hereHow enlightening it is to be yourself

Another cosmic joke is that we will all die. This is not scary it is reality. Of course religions have made a business out of promising you that there is life after death and there are consequences to all your actions after death, the fear of fire and brimstone or the desire for virgins in heaven are potent motivators to act responsibly in our lives and also a powerful invocation to take the priests, churches and traditional lineages seriously. It’s the oldest trick in the ‘book’. But it’s time to grow up and be able to act responsibly without the need for fairy tales. We live, we love, we grow, we die. That’s absolutely beautiful and enchanting enough. As Osho says:

Life as it is should be enough of a reason to laugh. It is so absurd, it is so ridiculous. It is so beautiful, it is so wonderful. It is all sorts of things together. It is a great cosmic joke.

So where does the cosmic joke lead us? Back to where we started; to the unadulterated pure joy of just being alive – laughing for no reason and grinning like a mad hatter. Life becomes play instead of a chore, a cosmic dance on the needle head of eternity.

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Words By Chad Foreman

Originally posted on The Way of Meditation

 

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  • I live my life like this. I look for the joy in each moment and that means I mainly find joy and don’t dwell on the negative. My mantra is that i see life as a series of lessons about life. That way I don’t take anything personally. Things happen, it is how we deal with it that matters. I have unconditional love and joy, I share it all the time because love and Joy is something we can never deplete, the more we give it away the more we have.

  • simplysimon2

    The end of all our exploring will be to arrive at where we started and know that place for the 1st time! TS Eliot

  • Dayanand B Saxena

    Cricketer Mr Gayle born in a poor ffamily says that his mother taught him to laugh thro adversity

  • Ben Tousey

    I tried being serious once… but everybody laughed.

  • Baldeep Singh

    Those that say they know do not. “I don’t know” is a statement of truth. “I don’t know shit” is even better!

    • friendlyprogrammer

      Speak for yourself please.

      • Baldeep Singh

        I did, my friend. Ego is limited, by definition. Truth is very quiet, I think. I like your cloud visalization. It seems quiet and peaceful.

        • friendlyprogrammer

          The cloud thing was not meant as a visualization. You are meant to try this on real clouds floating above your house. I just wrote a long comment for someone else.. let me re-edit it and try to explain magik in easier terms… THIS COMMENT WILL TEACH YOU REAL MAGIK…

          Judeo-Christianity is nonsense. Science has proven we live in a simulation and that our past can be altered (Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser experiment).

          The Buddhist and Hindus and ancient Egyptians all say we live in a perfect and high definition imagination in which we are all a portion of..

          This is easy to prove.

          Simply walk outside and pick two fluffy white clouds.. Then paint one of them blue with your mind..

          The cloud will vanish completely and the control cloud will remain completely intact.

          This works because nobody has any notions about the solidity of a cloud… try to dissolve a brick using the same method and you will be up against the minds of everyone who has ever seen, heard of, or touched a brick.

          If you invite a friend to watch your new magik then they could pollute and/or cancel your magik.

          You may think this is too silly to even try… no skin off my nose… but it will work every single time … just make sure you do it alone to avoid skeptic pollution..

          If you do this 20 times in a row then you have performed 20 miracles/magik… How many miracles do you need to perform to convince you my words are true? Do that many…

          We do live in a giant imagination…

          Even our time is not constant… If you are drowning in the ocean and are skeptic … you will drown… If you are drowning and believe in your own magik or a deity then your FAITH,EXPECTATION,BELIEF can cause a rescue…

          Suddenly three days ago (IN THE PAST)(IN THE PAST) a cruise ship and 3000 passengers get a “newer” weather report and alter course to rescue you… You could still be at home packing for your sailing trip the following day… and yet a cruise ship has already altered course to save you..

          Effect can and often does precede cause…. This is the basis for Hermetic magik (Which I teach).

          My book “The Savvy Sorcerer” has many lessons like these… try to do them and still doubt religion…

          Feel free to diss Judeo-Christianity because that is hard hosewallop for anyone to swallow, but when the Buddhists and Hindus (you know the blokes who brought us meditation, Yoga, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, etc.) tell us we live inside a giant imagination for the past 9000 years… they were right..

          If you do the cloud busting experiment alone… then you will a) perform an authentic miracle/magik… and b) you prove that you are living inside an imagination where your imagination has influence.

          I was raised by freemasons and taught magik my entire life. I have seen more authentic miracles than most anyone.

          I have offered you proof… It is up to you to try or not try.

          If anyone says they tried it and failed while alone I will not believe it. It is so easy to melt a cloud, and even the worst novice should be able.

          I teach REAL magik… and you have just learned enough to alter your religion forever (unless you are Buddhist, Hindu, Hermetic, Wiccan already…)

          So… when you say people are ‘full of [poop]’… I have shown real proof. Just try it. The cloud thing is not ‘peaceful’… it is novice magik meant to demonstrate our powers over this ‘mental’ universe.

          If I give spiritual advise it is not because I am full of poop. It is because I understand the mechanisms of the universe… If you meditate on this comment you will learn much.

          Wayne Hilborn (author of “The Savvy Sorcerer”)

  • Mark

    I enjoyed the overall article, but when the author states that “. . .it’s time to grow up and be able to act responsibly without the need for fairy tales. We live, we love, we grow, we die… death is death and to believe otherwise is fantasy is just silly.” This statement silly. You don’t ‘know’ there is nothing after death any more than I ‘know’ there is.

  • Hawk620

    ‘Enlightemment’ is a fraud and taking it at the fork in the road will lead to misery. ‘Enlightening’, ‘awakening’, ‘evolving’, ad infinitum is what is really ‘happening’…and the human collective experiment is a microcosm of the macrocosm…eternally ‘spiraling’…

    • Frank Burton

      I can relate to this also, taking our cues from nature there is never an “enlightenment” but a continuous journey of evolving and growing. After all, we are a part of this wonderful creation, all is ONE.

    • friendlyprogrammer

      Many describe enlightenment as some kind of knowledge. It is an aspect of spirituality that everyone should try to surpass. Astral projection is close to enlightenment, but maybe you think that is also fraudulent. I do not grasp how enlightenment can be fraudulent when it is the pinnacle of spirituality among humans.

      • Hawk620

        You believe the state of cosmic consciousness is a noun, that it is static. Hardly.

        • friendlyprogrammer

          How can you argue a negative with a straight face? Science does not preclude the notion of a god-consciousness. The atomic model still in use to this day was postulated by a man (Niels Bohr) who went to his grave believing wholeheartedly that when you close the refrigerator door everything inside literally ceases to exist.

          I will go farther and tell you that I presume to have had enlightening out of body experiences. The kind you say is a fraud. I also teach meditation, lucid dreaming, remote viewing, etc.

          If you want to understand the science behind religion then try “The Simulation Hypothesis – Documentary 2015” (I’m not affiliated).

          I teach real magik… You may find that hard to believe. In fact; I would say that you would argue against this being possible… So I shall prove it.

          You seem like a worthy skeptic so I will now turn you into a pseudo-scientist full of woo… WARNING: reading below might make you religious…

          Judeo-Christianity is nonsense. Science has proven we live in a simulation and that our past can be altered (Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser experiment).

          The Buddhist and Hindus and ancient Egyptians all say we live in a perfect and high definition imagination in which we are all a portion of..

          This is easy to prove.

          Simply walk outside and pick two fluffy white clouds.. Then paint one of them blue with your mind..

          The cloud will vanish completely and the control cloud will remain completely intact.

          This works because nobody has any notions about the solidity of a cloud… try to dissolve a brick using the same method and you will be up against the minds of everyone who has ever seen, heard of, or touched a brick.

          If you invite a friend to watch your new magik then they could pollute and/or cancel your magik.

          You may think this is too silly to even try… no skin off my nose… but it will work every single time … just make sure you do it alone to avoid skeptic pollution..

          If you do this 20 times in a row then you have performed 20 miracles/magik… How many miracles do you need to perform to convince you my words are true? Do that many…

          We do live in a giant imagination…

          Even our time is not constant… If you are drowning in the ocean and are skeptic … you will drown… If you are drowning and believe in your own magik or a deity then your FAITH,EXPECTATION,BELIEF can cause a rescue…

          Suddenly three days ago (IN THE PAST)(IN THE PAST) a cruise ship and 3000 passengers get a “newer” weather report and alter course to rescue you… You could still be at home packing for your sailing trip the following day… and yet a cruise ship has already altered course to save you..

          Effect can and often does precede cause…. This is the basis for Hermetic magik (Which I teach).

          My book “The Savvy Sorcerer” has many lessons like these… try to do them and still doubt religion…

          Feel free to diss Judeo-Christianity because that is hard hosewallop for anyone to swallow, but when the Buddhists and Hindus (you know the blokes who brought us meditation, Yoga, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, etc.) tell us we live inside a giant imagination for the past 9000 years… they were right..

          If you do the cloud busting experiment alone… then you will a) perform an authentic miracle/magik… and b) you prove that you are living inside an imagination where your imagination has influence.

          I was raised by freemasons and taught magik my entire life. I have seen more authentic miracles than most anyone.

          I have offered you proof… It is up to you to do or do not.

          It is so easy to melt a cloud, and even the worst novice should be able.

          I teach REAL magik… and you have just learned enough to alter your religion forever (unless you are Buddhist, Hindu, Hermetic, Wiccan already…)

          You can leave this comment wanting to “prove me wrong” or denying enlightenment is possible… Maybe you want to prescribe me crazy pills. The truth is that I gave you easy proof that you are living in one giant imagination of sorts. This only takes 10 minutes to try…. 10 minutes to convince yourself that you will live forever and that enlightenment is merely a small step.

          If I have not convinced you then your skepticism is strong, as I am one of the better teachers of these topics.

          Being a part of god is not that bad… You say grace a lot more…

          Wayne Hilborn (author of “The Savvy Sorcerer”)

          • nhr215

            These are all games. With true enlightenment there is no need for interest in tricks and games. Reality is what it is and you are completely at peace with that so don’t spend your time trying to convince people to imagine clouds turning blue.

          • friendlyprogrammer

            My job description seems to be “Spiritual Leader”. I teach these “tricks and games” to a planet that currently has fear based religions ruling over 50% of the global population…

            I am not at peace with reality as it is. I aim to convert as many people towards Hermetic Buddhism as I can in my lifetime. Reality as it is is constantly being poluted by Christian mentalities which are evil.. Christians do not realize their every thought has power and a christian mother fearing her daughter is living in a dangerous neighborhood could cause her daughters attack or murder….. SO I AIM TO TEACH OTHERS….

            I have a full Quantum Understanding of our world… If you want to read my work on this then here….

            https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mechanics-God-chapter-Sorcerer-ebook/dp/B01A3G30HA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468605304&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3AWayne+Hilborn#nav-subnav

            If you want to read on how to use real magik safely and with full understanding of the mechanic the here… https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Sorcerer-Wayne-Hilborn-ebook/dp/B0195P6KS6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468605304&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27%3AWayne+Hilborn#nav-subnav

            So it is my JOB to try to convert people to Hermeticism…. It is my life purpose.

            What I teach is not what I practice. I cannot tell you the last time I did cloud bursting but it is a good exercise to teach anyone that this world is imaginary (in essence) and even your past is not carved in stone.

            Reality will improve the more people that steer clear of fear based religions….

            Christianity is the largest evil of our time. They do not realize they are powerful gods each and every one. As are you.

            My job is a spirit leader… I do not know how else to do my job except to teach… If you know how I can teach without using examples or “games” then feel free to teach others with your techniques of choice… I convert people away from Christianity daily… I teach real magik… I understand the full mechanics of our universe… It is really quite simple… We are essentially all separate portions of the same divine consciousness

          • nhr215

            Almost every word you have written is loaded with the energy of aversion, attachment, and judgement. Seems like if you are interested in spreading buddhism you might want to look at yourself first before seeking to teach others.

            Personally, I don’t seek out people to teach. They come to me asking for help. That is the doorway to open their minds. Pushing your beliefs about the universe on others without invitation isn’t much different than what the Christian evangelicals do.

          • friendlyprogrammer

            First. I am Hermetic. It is similar to Buddhism and Hinduism at the core but it is not the same. You are trying to push your beliefs upon me at this moment and you seem to think it is good for the goose and not the gander.

            I have not invited your opinion… and yet I will respond.

            So what do you think I should do? (rhetorical) … Work at Starbucks and hope that in my lifetime I am able to steer a single person away from the evils of Christianity. Then I could accomplish my lifes purpose in a few billion lifetimes…

            I have unique experiences and knowledge that many thank me for. I have students in many countries including Buddhist Monks.

            I do judge. That is a part of teaching.

            I am unconcerned with your opinions however they do seem childish. How can you teach without knowing the understanding those around you have…

            If you want to understand reality then read one of my books…

            or write a few of your own and then I will tell you if you are on the right track…

            https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Sorcerer-Wayne-Hilborn-ebook/dp/B0195P6KS6#nav-subnav

            https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Mechanics-God-chapter-Sorcerer-ebook/dp/B01A3G30HA/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468724342&sr=1-2&keywords=quantum+mechanics+of+god#nav-subnav

            I have a FULL understanding of how the universe works on both on a scientific and spiritual level…. Maybe I’ll try your Starbucks approach in another life. I have many students come to me because of my books and writing and even comments you may not agree with bring me students.

            My students learn how reality works from the top down.

          • nhr215

            You did invite my opinion. You asked me directly. This was my response.

          • friendlyprogrammer

            I cannot recall seeking your opinion directly or indirectly unless rhetorical as your opinion does not seem to be of value to me and I found your comments made little or no sense. You speak as if a teacher should not judge which makes me think you have never taught a willing person… (see I judge)… I try not to judge evil or too negatively but no teacher can see where their student lies without some insights. You speak of Buddhist concepts such as detachment which is fine for pursuits such as Astral Travel or attempting Enlightenment but there is a global movement of consciousness away from Christianity and it appears needed during this era.

            You can try to enlighten fellow buddhists with your rudimentary understanding of life or simply work in a restaurant if that is your lifes purpose, but you have been full of judgement towards me since post # 1 despite your preaching how I should not do the same.

            Here is your first line from a previous posting…

            “Almost every word you have written is loaded with the energy of aversion, attachment, and judgement.”

            A clever person could look at that sentence and see you have judged me throughout that sentence and then condemn judging people…

            Does that sound clever (or sane) to you?

            How about you teach your students (if you get one) your way… and I will teach the truth.

            Namaste

  • Jaret Blidook

    Cool article! 😄

  • Sudhir Desai

    Even though that is where you might end up at the journey – realizing that it is silly and not to be taken seriously, something has changed. You are now a much more conscious and aware person, and that cannot be achieved by laughing. In that sense this article is a joke. The journey is an important part of arriving at laughter.

    • Brokenprototype

      The main joke here is the concept “journey”. If one considers that we’re consciousness, one will be able to notice intuitively that there’s no such thing as “a journey”. This so called “journey”, is made by the ego, or false personality or whatever you wanna call it.

      • nhr215

        Journey implies a purpose. Unless you are omniscient, you cannot possibly know if there is a purpose to existence or not so you cannot definitively claim that there is no such thing “is a journey” without speaking delusion.

  • DetroitBertha

    great article ~ HA HA HA HA HA HA

    • irv

      And one more HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA too !

  • Lev Lafayette
    • friendlyprogrammer

      A simple way to describe the Buddhist, Hindu, Hermetic (ancient Egyptian), and Wiccan faith is to imagine the entire universe is a giant imagination and we are inside a dream. Every thought from every person contributes to our group reality. An atheist or Christian could happily flip-off a fellow driver on the way to work not realizing that hate is polluting our collective shared imagination. If you THINK your mother has moved into a bad neighborhood then she could be attacked just to satisfy that belief. Our world can be cruel, and it will continue to be as long as people continue to have cruel thoughts. Namaste (means I know you are god so wisen up)… actually it means “I bow to the divine [god] in you”… which is the same thing really. I will quickly prove this is true since I wrote this much… Walk outside and paint a cloud sky-blue with your mind and it will soon vanish… this works because your imagination can control the group imagination to a degree.. It must fit belief. Do this alone or risk skeptic pollution. That is 100% proof that a) you are imaginary and b) that you can control our group imagination with your imagination (we call it magik). Good luck though… 10 minutes to prove you are a powerful god is pretty fair..

      • levlafayette

        You’re saying that if starving kids imagine that they’re not starving that everything will be OK?

        Look I’m all for an agnostic approach to metaphysics and maybe life really is a dream, but for some people within it it’s a nightmare. Your lack of moral engagement with such experiences is less than helpful.

        • compsult

          Here’s my philosophy. I do my best, I try to be kind, I try to help every one I can. I would suggest that it is wise to be slow in judging because judgment is the first step in breaking up the world into ‘us’ vs ‘them.’ It can lead to the dehumanization of others you deem “wrong.”
          Yes, it is obviously painful to live like those children but internalizing their pain doesn’t feed them. So, by all means, do what you can. And when tempted to judge and cast dispersions onto others, ask yourself – do I want to engage in spiritual pride and judge others as lesser?

          • friendlyprogrammer

            I want to comment on you Christian use of the word “Judgement”. I am not saying you are Christian… but it is a common mistake to think judging is a private thing.

            Imagine you judge that your daughter lives in a dangerous neighborhood. That opinion/judgement/belief/knowing/intent/focus is enough to cause her to be in danger.

            A Christian parent judging that their own daughter is living in a dangerous neighborhood could cause her to be attacked or even killed to satisfy that belief. That is how a Christian could kill their own child…. without ill will or knowing intent.

            We live in a mass-consciousness collective where our every thought contributes to reality and every thought is a prayer…

            You cannot pray for a happy love life for 5 minutes and then sing heartache songs for the next 4 hours…. That is insane to me. However; that sums up Christian mental training (they have none).

            Your every expectation factors into the lives of everyone you know…. If you think about having dinner with your family on the way home then that helps manifest that reality even if your teenage son was already planning a dinner elsewhere it revamps the timeline… um… im getting in too deep for this comment….

            Here is a simple test…

            Simply walk outside and paint a small cloud sky blue with your mind and it will vanish in about ten minutes….

            This works because nobody has opinions about the solidity of a cloud. IF you tried to dissolve a brick in the same manner then you would be up against the minds of everyone who has ever seen, heard of, or touched a brick.

            This is an authentic miracle (Buddhist Magik) I am showing you. This is easy to do and should work every time.

            We are ALL god. This is a collective dream that we all share and now you have proof that you can alter this reality with your mind.

            The Buddhist, Hindu and ancient Egyptians (Hermetics) NOTE: Jesus Christ lived over 80% of his life in Egypt according to the new testament… so he was teaching Hermeticism… and not whatever convoluted crap the church has made up… Jesus said we are reincarnated and they turn it into being born again by being dunked in a vat of water…. Jesus says we are created in gods image and Christians assume god must be a man… in truth all men are god….

            Do NOT do your cloud busting miracle/magik in front of another… If you invite a friend to watch your new found magik skills then their skepticism could pollute your own intent and reverse your magik as quickly as you do it…. In other words you can negate your magik by allowing others to view or videotaping…

            It will work every time by yourself and with practice you should be able to dissolve most any cloud within 10 minutes…

            I could also tell you that science agrees now with Biddhism but they call it “The Simulation Hypothesis”… and even our past can change has been proven with The Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser……

            This is how a prayer works….. We do live in a giant imagination… NOW ABOUT PRAYER/TIME

            Even our time is not constant… If you are drowning in the ocean and are skeptic … you will drown… If you are drowning and believe in your own magik or a deity then your FAITH,EXPECTATION,BELIEF can cause a rescue…

            Suddenly three days ago (IN THE PAST) (IN THE PAST) (THE PAST CHANGED TO FIT THE PRESENT) a cruise ship and 3000 passengers get a “newer” weather report and alter course to rescue you… You could still be at home packing for your sailing trip the following day… and yet a cruise ship has already altered course to save you..

            Effect can and often does precede cause…. This is the basis for the mechanisms behind Hermetic magik (Which I teach). The delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment also shows science now understands effect can precede cause.

            My book “The Savvy Sorcerer” has many lessons like these… try to do them and still doubt religion…

            Feel free to diss Judeo-Christianity because that is hard hosewallop for anyone to swallow, but when the Buddhists and Hindus (you know the blokes who brought us meditation, Yoga, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, etc.) tell us we live inside a giant imagination for the past 9000 years… they were right..

            If you do the cloud busting experiment alone… then you will a) perform an authentic miracle/magik… and b) you prove that you are living inside an imagination where your imagination has influence.

            I was raised by freemasons and taught magik my entire life. I have seen more authentic miracles than most anyone.

            I have offered you proof… It is up to you to do or do not.

            It is so easy to melt a cloud, and even the worst novice should be able.

            I teach REAL magik… and you have just learned enough to alter your religion forever (unless you are Buddhist, Hindu, Hermetic, Wiccan already…)

            Wayne Hilborn (aka “The Savvy Sorcerer”)

        • friendlyprogrammer

          So if I make my mind focus on pain and suffering that will help our combined group consciousness how? My moral engagement comes from teaching Christian idiots about the suffering they cause with their everyday thinking. I am the author of “The Savvy Sorcerer” and other books upon creating reality. You can think that suffering is a part of life… that will only serve to create more suffering… You manifest it… That is why fear is the worst thing a Buddhist could do…. Even the fear of death can lower your vibration enough to bind you to this plane… Yet over half the planet still belongs to fear based Christianity… Fear of hell, having every kitten, puppy, and baby drowned in another flood out of vengeance (The christian gods (father and son as apparently god is some sort of man) are all about fear, hate, and vengeance apparently)…. Maybe he will only turn you into a pillar of salt… Beats Hell… I mean think of a long bank line up and then add FOREVER TO IT….. for revenge on the way you lived your life…

          TRUE OR FALSE…

          If this world is a collective imagination then believing in poverty creates poverty… By teaching you to think correctly I am helping the world. By authoring books that teach everyone interested I am helping the world.

          You can feed a starving child every day of your life and yet if you always expect to find a starving child the following day then you will certainly help create that reality… So I must question your own morality and moral engagement… You are part of the problem… You are just too blind to see.

    • Percy Anun Ra

      This is VERY, VERY OLD. Always witht he same african starving kids.

      Do you want to make a diference? Sell all your stuff and go to Africa to help the hungry kids. Otherwise, you are being completely cynic. Is very old to always use these photos as a weapon… sell your iphone, or whatever decide you uploaded this photo and fly yourself there and become a missionaire.

      • levlafayette

        Already spent a year working in the poorest country on the planet.

        I guess that’s part of the reason why I find the entire “don’t take things too seriously” cosmic joke approach to be only for those with a full belly who know where their next meal is coming from.

        • Percy Anun Ra

          I assume you mean you volunteer, as “working” means getting paid.

          A kid does not melt my heart more than an adult, who could me in the same misserable conditions. I care the same for kids in poverty that adults, and the whole “look at this poor kids” it is just a way to receive more donations, as main stream teaches that is sadder when a kid suffers… both the kid and the adult, do have a soul, and many adults (like kids) probably have the same resources. The kid is an innocent sufferer, hoping for the best, the adult, it is a realist suffered, who believes he is screwed for life, hence no hope.

          Both do have a soul as well.

          Sorry, usings kids is cynism. Show the country as a whole, with ALL living beings, not just human kids.

    • friendlyprogrammer

      If you focus on the bad you create bad. That is the evils of Christianity… they simply do not realize their every thought carries powers beyond their understanding…. If you think your daughter has moved into a dangerous neighborhood then that one thought (belief/focus/FAITH) can cause your daughter to be attacked or murdered…. You do not comprehend this.. that is sad… Everybody is a portion of the same god and we all live in the same collective mass consciousness…. Except Christians pollute our shared fishbowl imagination with hate. …..

      Tell me… When you see these childs do you imagine them growing up well educated and well fed? Chances are you do not and that is your folly. You do not realize our combined thoughts create reality…..

      If one of these children knew enough (or their parents… or YOU) chanted repeatedly “I have too much food”.. then they can create that reality….. You on the other hand are helping to create their impoverished reality based upon your own expectation/magik.

      Buddhism and Hinduism are now supported by science although they call it “The Simulation Hypothesis”

      You live many lifetimes… This is a group imagination and you are an idea or portion of that with your own identity and ego and as such will live forever…

      You choose your lifestyle prior to birth and some karma is satisfied by being born in unfortunate circumstances…. They can many obstacles with thought as magik does exist…

      PROOF: To prove what I just said walk outside and paint a cloud sky blue with your mind and watch as it slowly vanishes… it takes about 10 minutes with practice…

      This works because nothing is real and nobody holds expectations of a cloud..

      Try to dissolve a brick in the same manner and you will be up against the minds of everyone who has ever seen, heard of, or touched a brick….

      If you do that then you have performed a genuine miracle according to many… I’d call it simple magik… but you now know how to perform a miracle every day if you like… When you want to start moving past clouds… Then stop with the negative imagery and negativity….

  • Maia

    I would say that Enlightenment is not a ‘joke’ at all. It is a serious change in a human’s Being and it is a renewed connection to Source which may cause someone to take one’s own life. And I for one have not been taught by any religion or human being on this subject but have been guided by an inner knowing from birth and connection to Self. And life as a ‘consciousness’ is ongoing.

    So if not to be taken seriously why to monks and others take their Selves into a ‘life of solitude’ instead of being in a family environment having a good laugh????

    • nhr215

      You missed the point. This article was meant exactly for people like you.

  • friendlyprogrammer

    Dang! This article is pretty bad. You think there is no life after death… I WILL PROVE TO YOU THAT YOU ARE IMMORTAL IN THIS TINY COMMENT….. YOU NEED TO STUDY THIS COMMENT AND LEARN FROM IT. Judeo-Christianity is nonsense. Science has proven we live in a simulation and that our past can be altered (Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser experiment).

    The Buddhist and Hindus and ancient Egyptians all say we live in a perfect and high definition imagination in which we are all a portion of..

    This is easy to prove.

    Simply walk outside and pick two fluffy white clouds.. Then paint one of them blue with your mind..

    The cloud will vanish completely and the control cloud will remain completely intact.

    This works because nobody has any notions about the solidity of a cloud… try to dissolve a brick using the same method and you will be up against the minds of everyone who has ever seen, heard of, or touched a brick.

    If you invite a friend to watch your new magik then they could pollute and/or cancel your magik.

    You may think this is too silly to even try… no skin off my nose… but it will work every single time … just make sure you do it alone to avoid skeptic pollution..

    If you do this 20 times in a row then you have performed 20 miracles/magik… How many miracles do you need to perform to convince you my words are true? Do that many… 100% PROOF YOU ARE IMMORTAL… from a single comment.

    We do live in a giant imagination…

    Even our time is not constant… If you are drowning in the ocean and are skeptic … you will drown… If you are drowning and believe in your own magik or a deity then your FAITH,EXPECTATION,BELIEF can cause a rescue…

    Suddenly three days ago (IN THE PAST)(IN THE PAST) a cruise ship and 3000 passengers get a “newer” weather report and alter course to rescue you… You could still be at home packing for your sailing trip the following day… and yet a cruise ship has already altered course to save you..

    Effect can and often does precede cause…. This is the basis for Hermetic magik (Which I teach).

    My book “The Savvy Sorcerer” has many lessons like these… try to do them and still doubt religion… You will live forever.

    Feel free to diss Judeo-Christianity because that is hard hosewallop for anyone to swallow, but when the Buddhists and Hindus (you know the blokes who brought us meditation, Yoga, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, etc.) tell us we live inside a giant imagination for the past 9000 years… they were right..

    If you do the cloud busting experiment alone… then you will a) perform an authentic miracle/magik… and b) you prove that you are living inside an imagination where your imagination has influence.

    I was raised by freemasons and taught magik my entire life. I have seen more authentic miracles than most anyone.

    I have offered you proof… It is up to you to try or not try.
    It is so easy to melt a cloud, and even the worst novice should be able.

    I teach REAL magik… and you have just learned enough to alter your religion forever (unless you are Buddhist, Hindu, Hermetic, Wiccan already…)…. Please consider this comment well. I have given proof that you are a god which is not so bad once you get used to it. You can consciously create your reality.

    Wayne Hilborn (author of “The Savvy Sorcerer”)

    • PopaTheDudeAlex

      ehm, dude.. you might be right, but we are immortal simply because we are not meant to die. all that religion is, is the fear of something that does not exist, making it real and reaching out to it. this “God” is our greatest enemy, the only concept that can ruin our species. also, the fear of dying projects your mind into a pre defined future at the end of which you (you guessed it) DIE. =)) lmao

    • Brokenprototype

      We do not live in a simulated world,
      We are the simulator! Hence, we are the simulation and the simulator, simultaneously.

      Let’s imagine that consciousness is a child -which represents all of us- and energy is the child’s toy. In practice – not theoretically- both are inseparable.

      – Joystick

  • DemonSeedius

    A few years ago, I took 2C-T-2, a psychedelic drug, with a friend. It was the first time for my friend and I told him he would laugh a lot because he would realise about “the cosmic joke”. We laughed, laughed and laughed. That cosmic joke is so much fun!

  • RonInToronto

    I’m 60+ and people around me tell me that I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do when I grow up. They say that I can’t keep treating the world as an ongoing joke, and I’ve got to start taking it seriously.
    Oh, I don’t know. I see no rush. Maybe in another 20 years I’ll be closer to having to start thinking about being a grown up… but until then, I bask in the fun & ridiculousness of this planet/universe with childish joy.

    Maybe I learned a while back that the sound of Om is the universe laughing at me behind my back….

  • Brokenprototype

    All things and situations in the world are subject to change and transformation,
    and so are their images.

    It is only change that is at work here!

    ~ The Cyborg Cat

  • irv

    Fucken Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nhr215

    Laughter is great, but this article is not. The blogger stresses repeatedly that “all traditions” and “all teachers” share this viewpoint and exclusively cites buddhist teachings. This is truly on article on buddhist philosophy. As a result its a simplistic and trite.

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