|19 Sep 2014 @ 12:47, by Gerald Vest|
Awakening Our Consciousness with Awareness of Nature and Nurture are our Number One Priority as a Human Being and Citizen of our World
Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Professor Emeritus
Organization Team Leader, Southern New Mexico Injured Warrior Alliance
“The real nature of mind is free from concepts. Even though we talk about a space ‘between’, this ‘between’ does not actually exist. There is no specific hole, but in order to point to this experience we use words like ‘space’ and ‘between.’ On the surface level, there may be many manifestations, but on a deeper, more subtle level, the mind is totally open and silent.
To contact this silent place, do not put your meditation or your mind in some ‘place’. Just be open, with no holding and no center. Once you learn to directly contact this higher level of awareness, then, without needing to oppose them, you will be able to control your thoughts and emotions quite naturally, for they will become completely infused by this awareness. When you are able to surrender your concept-bound mind and enter this open, natural space between thoughts, your higher awareness will function without interruption, and your whole world may be transformed.” (Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind,, p.110)
This is September 16, 2014…received my new Dell Laptop that went “out” just over a week ago. Discovered how dependent I’ve become on using the computer, but, then, I must remember, I had a dozen discussion groups and a National Field Directors Forum with the Bulletin Board System (BBS) (1979-1982). Mike Connealy, me and our student interns had a great time using this technology for networking, exchanging, engaging, learning and exploring ways to get resources to those in need.
So, we went around the State and introduced our technology and left modems and computers with Shelters, Food Banks, Health and Aging Programs and with field faculty members. I did feel a loss of contact with our wider world as I love leaving my opinion around the world about social issues and support for Humanity One.
Humans, perhaps they were put on our Planet to do whatever they wish with our Mother Nature. She is alive and has been taking care of us for as long as we know. Yet, these tough guys and undeveloped beings on our Planet ‘believe’ all is created for them to do whatever they wish to our Mother.
Should be no surprise to anyone that Earth and our inhabitants are being endangered—with almost total disregard, prevention and promotion of a Health Environment by our Representatives in Congress, States and Local gov’t…accepting and appreciating the fact that we, All that Is, is in Total Interaction and Relationship….what affects-effects One affects-effects the Whole….everything and everyone is in Total Interaction without our Awareness!!!
It is time to recognize that our Leadership has failed us as has our schools, mental and behavioral health, justice-police, representative government, academics, military, corporations, religions and the very wealthy are all manifesting an unconscious ego, with a “Buyer and Citizen Beware” and fear based business model. These systems are totally Reactive, not Cooperative, Sharing or Caring and responding to the basic human-social-physical need requirements for our Living Planet and All of our inhabitants.
Dr. Tolle in his great book "A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose," nails it, “Awareness implies that you are not only conscious of things (objects), but you are also conscious of being conscious.” (p228) When we get over our fear and preoccupation with spreading and expanding our military force, secret service, drug war, homeland security, CIA, FBI, state, county and local police networks and other protective services, we can begin to examine and prioritize our real life, health, and basic need requirements for all of our inhabitants and our relationships. We are totally inter-dependent upon everyone and everything in our physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual environments while awakening, preserving and securing our Planet and our lives, health and relationships.
Come on, every sick care physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, including conventional support, venting groups like social work, counseling, rehab and others in the mental health system, often offer or accept their patients with drug cocktails and psychic labels (disorders for life). Many teens I work with are learning how to blank out and suppress the pain and suffering of going to school and being forced to learn what others think is best for them. Teachers are going to have to find their courage to develop and design a teaching-learning experience with their students so that everyone is brought along together—“No One Left Behind…” Sound familiar…..Awaken the Consciousness of our leaders, parents, representatives and educators.
Our Natural Environment must be one of our Nation’s First Priority! We are only getting sicker by not accepting our True Nature—We Are One-All is One!
NOTE: Pic by Robin Woolley, LISW, SNM Alliance Health Promotion Team and Photographer