Archive for October, 2009

Wei Wu Wei's Message

October 29th, 2009

A close friend, who enjoyed a work shop I gave, asked me one afternoon if I had ever heard of Wei Wu Wei, aka Terence Gray? He handed me the book, Open Secret,” and I asked him, “what’s it all about.” He replied, “I have no idea. Read it and let me know what you think it’s all about.” I took it home, opened it after dinner, and the next thing I knew it was dawn. I sat there stunned, with some vague awareness that his message not only resonated at some deep unconscious level, but this book was ‘the game changer’ in my life.’ In one full swoop, he made it clear why nothing is what we insist it is. There is reality, and then then there is our rendition of reality which is unreal and defended as real. In a cold sweat, I saw what worked and didn’t work about psychotherapy. I was too stunned to experience the humor inherent in reality, as he defined it. Years passed before I realized that the disparity of his view of reality, and the version of reality we argue for, is what humor is.

Wei Wu Wei devoted the later part of his life to the deconstruction of Buddhist philosophy. He made what appeared to be a very abstract topic relatively simple. His synthesis of Buddhist ideas illuminated what passes for polarization between West and East. On the surface, they appear to defend the notion of duality, but on closer inspection, what came into focus is that they are two aspects of a single process. East focused more on the origin of reality, while West focuses on defending the assumption that reality is

really real. The input (East) manifests as the output (West), and the two work as

one. East views West with humor, while West views East with periodic alarm.

The Root of Consciousness

October 16th, 2009

First off, I want to thank everyone for showing interest in TRP. Between Face Book, Twitter (@gregorytucker), and this web site, the response has been very exciting. Many of you are interested in the concept of ‘waking up,’ or reconnecting with “The Big Picture.’ This is what there is to recover. Truth exists and what stands between it and you is amnesia. There is nothing to resist

but truth, and the job of amnesia is to reject it as if it is gone, or doesn’t exist, so we can defend our rendition of what we want truth to be.

TRP starts with what the truth could be in order to identify how you create duality to defend the fiction defection from truth is possible. Truth reveals that the option to defect from truth is zero, which means duality is a fiction we rely on to pretend defection from truth is possible. TRP makes it possible to identify that suffering goes with the sum of what we do to defend the fiction defection from truth is possible. We suffer because all attempts to defect from truth are doomed to failure. TRP makes it possible for you to see why this is so. Your emotions already indicate that you know, at some pre-conscious level, that because truth is unitary, the option to defect from truth is a parody. No one can defect from truth, and life is the context that displays the sum of all the ways we create duality to defend the fiction defection from truth is possible. Defending the fiction defection from truth is possible underscores the origin of all suffering.

Why So Much of Life Includes Suffering?

October 6th, 2009

If you scan reality, sooner or later you will wonder

why so much of life includes suffering? The ratio of suffering to not suffering seems disproportionately high. Intelligent beings should be able, for example, to end poverty, war, and standard examples of “man's inhumanity to man.” Such is not the case: the magnitude of suffering waxes and wanes, but the explanation for suffering continues to escape us. Sooner or later you begin to wonder why so many people are so unhappy, and why we lack a clear understanding about the function of suffering in life in general.

One explanation is that suffering is an inevitable part of life, which we take for granted. It is a given we get to work with as part of life. We accept the fact that life includes trauma, disappointments, loss, and unwanted outcomes, and we either flow with the vicissitudes of life, or we get stuck in a pattern of negative rumination that makes life unbearable. The level of suffering is proportionate to the amount of medication we require to tamp down our suffering. We deal with it by trying to get rid of it, possibly to avoid finding out how it serves us. Medication helps, and that's good, but it also steers us away from exploring the possibility that it exists because it serves us in some mysterious way. Suffering is viewed as “the enemy,” to the degree that it sounds heretical to speculate that it serves the purposes of the unconscious mind.

It is unthinkable to consider that the level of suffering remains high because at some unconscious level we have no intention of parting with it. If you even allude to this idea, resistance is immediate. Clients give you a look that says, don't go there. Clients say they want to eliminate their suffering, as if that is the whole truth, but what is missing from the equation is the rest of the story, that suffering is part of a much bigger, far more mysterious agenda. Whatever that is, it fades into nothingness, leaving little evidence behind it.