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The great ecologist and meditation teacher John P. Milton, after decades of studying and immersing himself in many of the world’s great traditions, formed the following opinion that he believes to be the fundamental truth: “All perceived forms are interconnected, constantly change, arise from, manifest within and return to primordial source.” 


WTF? So what does this possibly mean? Well, I’m not sure I can tell you exactly, but I’ve contemplated this statement almost daily for about three years now, and I have a few potentially life changing ideas to share. Life changing, wow, that’s a grand phrase. Yes, it is. So here we go…




All perceived form is interconnected. Everything we perceive arrives through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. We also perceive information through thoughts and feelings, movement and balance, and the experience of life itself. There is much that can be said about perception, but for our purposes here, the above is enough. Onward to the interconnected part of the sentence. 




On this wonderful planet in which we live, all forms of life are interconnected. Here’s a few examples: If someone we love dearly suffers, we suffer. The old adage “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” rings true. We may take water for granted but remove it, and all life ends. We may complain about the day being too hot or cold, but remove the sun, same outcome. All systems require their component parts to function. When we forget this rule of nature, we suffer. That’s one reason why it’s so important to know how to deal with our own pain so that we don’t inflict our negative mood, false beliefs, and other problems onto the rest of life. We are simply not isolated and alone, we just wrongly, at times, “perceive” that we are. The truth of the matter is that we already have a multitude of interconnected systems that support us and our sense of well being. We just need to get in touch with them. We can practice like this: Hello sun. Thank you so much for warming us and allowing us to grow. Thank you for not taking a break or moving from your place in the universe so that we either ignite or freeze. The relationship of the sun to the Earth is a true miracle. Are you in touch with this miracle, which you certainly can be through committed practices like the one I just described. The same is true of our eyes, ears, nose, and all other perceptions. We can recognize them as miracles, appreciate them and smile to them. “Hello liver. Thank you so much for working tirelessly day and night to convert toxins in my body so that I can feel good. And please forgive me for eating a triple serving of that chocolate cake after my six layer lasagne and three red wines :) 


Constant Change


We truly cannot hold onto anything. We are born. We age. We die. We leave behind everyone we love and everything we own. Facts. What was important at age seven is not even remembered by age 20. Our feelings change. Our thoughts change. Our friends change. Our jobs change. Change is constant. Sounds dire. On the other hand, we grow, improve, mature. And we can learn how to thrive, go with the flow, relax, be present, increase our compassion and relax. Awesome news, friends. 


Arising, Manifesting Within, and Returning to Primordial Source


When conditions are right, something appears. An infinite set of conditions made you possible, a mother and father to name two. All forms follow this pattern. Emotions arise, stay for some time and evaporate. Thoughts do the same. What we see, hear, taste, touch, and feel, all manifest, appear before us and return to where they came, even mountains, stars and likely galaxies. All of these perceived forms occur in this great mystery we can call Source. Source is the infinite. And this brings us to the greatest question of all as posed by Albert Einstein: “Is the Universe (Source) kind? Through decades of practice, I’m beginning to think the answer is yes for me. I hope the answer is yes for you as well. Until next time.

-Rick Breden, CEO
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