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The Sorcerer's Explanation

"A person is made up of awarenesses. These awarenesses all exist in the unknown -- now we're moving into what don Juan calls "the sorcerer's explanation". It's the explanation of life. All of the awarenesses that have ever been or will ever be, exist, he says, like barges floating in the ocean. It's a nice analogy. They're all just floating out there, the only difference is they're not solid barges, and as they're floating in that ocean out there they can actually pass through each other. So you can have 20 barges and they're floating along, but they're so light and so fluid that they can actually go through each other. They are all the time, but they're not in any fixed order. There is no order, it just is, and that's what reality is. It's just infinite awareness, infinite consciousness." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Neutral Density

"The universe is actually alive. It is intelligence -- an intelligence that far surpasses anything that has yet been seen or dreamed or imagined. And you enter into that intelligence. You are it. You're a reflection of it. But to see it all, to be it, to be that totality -- that's what attracts a few of us to perpetually go forward into it. And it's neither moral nor amoral, good nor bad. It's not an achievement. It's just what you're drawn to. We're drawn back to the sea of eternity ... and along the way there are places you can get stuck." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Magic

“In order to practice magic, you need only one thing -- awareness. We have other selves that are not of this world, of this time, of this cycle. We are ancient beings, evolving forward and backwards simultaneously; we are not structured in time. We are eternal travelers, eternal voyagers -- appearing to be here when in fact we are somewhere else. And when you can contact yourself in that other place, when you can open up a kind of an inter-dimensional phone line between yourself and your various selves, when you become aware of that, that’s when magic begins. You enter another world -- a world of dreams." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Developing Willpower

“In Zen we study the will. We learn how to cultivate it and we learn to use it in specific ways -- to accumulate will. It is something that you can accumulate, just like money... "Will is assertion and you begin by learning to will small things. The first thing to will is meditation. Each day practice zazen -- will yourself -- whether you like it or not -- to sit down, to meditate. That will do more for developing your will than anything else. From there you will be able to take that will and bring it into your outer life and will outer changes. You can reshuffle yourself. You can make yourself into anybody you want to be." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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The Bhagavad Gita

The message of the Bhagavad Gita is to fight, to act, to play our part in life. If we work well then we discipline our mind and body and the strength that results stays with us and leaves the body with us. The Bhagavad Gita also urges us to seek enlightenment to go beyond the wheel of birth, death and rebirth.

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Path of Negation

In the path of affirmation (religion) we improve our lives. But after many lifetimes of religious practices, what's next? The path of negation (Tantra) is a path where we go back through all the experiences we avoided in our religious lifetimes and in the process we negate the self. We come to see and experience that God is in everything.

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Transience

Everything is transient - meaning it does not last. We are transient in this life. Everything and everyone we know will change their current form. This knowledge gives us the freedom to go and do what we truly want.

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Wisdom

"Wisdom is the ability to do two things at once -- to be in the world and of it, to enjoy it, to participate in it fully and successfully, and at the same time, to not be here at all -- to be in realms of light, to be in samadhi, beyond all this. That’s true wisdom." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz