There's a meme going around that "discipline is freedom." Let's take a moment to examine this proposition. Indeed, when you are disciplined, when you do what you choose to do your life acquires a quality of predictability. Before you too long you begin to experience yourself as psychologically sovereign, as somewhat invulnerable to external influences. You begin to experience yourself as self-determined. As your discipline continues to crystallize and consolidate, you become an unwavering monolith of integrity, following your own guidance, minding your own business, referencing your own standards. So it would seem that you are on the right track...

Except that with time this self-determination, this discipline becomes an un-freedom of its own kind. You grow inflexible. After all, what is integrity if not an inflexibility?! With time, your discipline acquires a compulsive aspect to it. You get set in your ways, you get stuck, you become a closed system that resists external input, feedback or direction. So, now you need to un-discipline yourself in order to free yourself. Now you need to throw a monkey wrench into the compulsive machinery of your integrity. You need a pattern-break, a kick in the butt from some rascal sage to awaken you to your self-imposed automaticity. The Mobius weave of the feedback loop twists with paradox again and again.

Life isn't simple. Truths are but moment- and mind-specific. And confusion is an essential prerequisite to enlightenment.

Formlessness can birth Form (can give rise to Firm) but Form cannot birth Formlessness (cannot give rise to Formlessness). Formlessness is freedom.

Form is a limitation of freedom. Freedom is free to indefinitely restrict itself into a Form.

Restriction (Formlessness-restricted-into-Form) cannot free itself. Restriction can only continue to restrict itself indefinitely.

Consciousness (awareness) is formlessness.
Mind (intellect) is form.

Consciousness (the Field) can be aware of this or that mind-form that it birth (like a given Gestalt background brackets a figure).

But a mind-form (a moment-specific instant of intellect) cannot (is not free to) grasp/understand the formless consciousness that birthed it in the first place.

It is not entirely obvious that we generate thoughts. It very well be that we receive thoughts, akin to an antenna. If so, thought is food. And thinking - mulling over, chewing on it, info-processing - is just digestion.

It is not entirely obvious that we generate thoughts. It very well be that we receive thoughts, akin to an antenna. If so, thought is food. And thinking - mulling over, chewing on it, info-processing - is just digestion.

Stimulus - a hand of reality strumming the guitar of consciousness. Each neuron - a chord. Mind (form) - the music, the moment-specific melody (as the stimulus-hand strums millions of neural chords at a time). Sometimes - cacophony. Sometimes - euphony. But always - music.

This morning, for no apparent reason, I decided to compile a list of dumb-ass stuff I have done in my life. I stopped at 50 items. I am not talking little things, I am talking big ticket items that might have led to serious, even devastating consequences. I showed it to my wife. She wasn't surprised - after 25 years with me she had heard of most of these and witnessed some of them first hand. I then did another dumb thing - tore up the list, put it into a frying pan and set it on fire on the back porch. No, I didn't burn down the house. But just now my wife came into the room with "Did you burn something?" Oh, well ... The age of wisdom is hopefully ahead.

A reasonable, beautiful, thought-out worldview that is grounded in Vedic premises (with Alexander's Space-Time being conceptually akin to Brahman). There's a comprehensive, turnkey quality to this perspective. A wonderful, and, in some ways, very pragmatic extension of Spinoza-style pantheism. Of particular note (to me and hopefully you) is the graded/scaled notion of deity/divinity. In sum, a great example of Western nondual tradition.

https://www.amazon.com/Space-Time-Deity-Lectures-1916-1918/dp/1290122644/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&qid=1475744071&sr=8-2&keywords=samuel+alexander

We think of ourselves as things. That's a mistake. We are processes. Events. We expect constancy from things, stability, predictability. We can't expect that from us: we are not things, we are turbulence, change, an unfolding of unpredictability.

We think of ourselves as things. That's a mistake. We are processes. Events. We expect constancy from things, stability, predictability. We can't expect that from us: we are not things, we are turbulence, change, an unfolding of unpredictability.

What awaits us as a species? Seamless merger of organic consciousness with neuromorphic computing?