Master Chen (Yun Xiang Tseng) of Wudang Mountain helped me get over Beti Monk’s “cosmic vacation.”
Driving him from Katy to Austin, I remarked, “Beti would have loved to meet you.”
Chen matter-of-factly replied, “I’ve met her.”
He continued, “Let her go, and don’t try to hold her back. She’s on vacation. She’s saying, ‘Hey, what’s taking you so long? I beat you here, you slowpoke!”
He added, picking up on my desire to join her, “No, I’m kidding. It’s not your time yet. You have people to see and people to heal, so you’ll be around for a while.”
Master Chen added something I’d heard him talk about before: “You have all the memories you shared with her, and you can go back and change anything you want. You can’t go forward into the future, but you can CHANGE the past.”
Paramahansa Yogananda called this life a DREAM – maybe that’s why I love movies exploring the theme of matter being subordinate to consciousness, e.g., Groundhog Day (1993), Dark City (1998), The Matrix (1999), The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Butterfly Effect (2004), etc.
In the movie Grey Owl (1999), The Sioux chief recognizes Grey Owl is an Englishman posing as a Native American, laughs out loud without revealing the “truth,” saying, “Men are made up of their dreams, and you have dreamt well.”
Dark City (1998) explores the Omphalos hypothesis.
Bertrand Russell was aware of it when he wrote, in The Analysis of Mind, 1921, “There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that ‘remembered’ a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.”
Critics of the Omphalos hypothesis (omphalism) and Russell’s “Five Minute Hypothesis” call it “Last Thursdayism.”
When my friend Dolph was repairing my mobile home’s roof, Swami Nitty-Gritty (Adano Ley) told me, “Because Dolph knows the word ‘roof,’ he’s standing on it. If he didn’t know the word ‘roof,’ he’d fall through it and be down here talking with us.”Similar Podcasts You Might Like:
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