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I like to meditate, and I’ve done it daily for years, so I enjoy reading about meditation and Buddhism. Not too long ago I read an excellent tome by a Buddhist master (whose name I can’t recall) which pointed out some of the pitfalls one should avoid in meditation. I don’t remember them all, but one of them I found quite interesting. He stressed that one should avoid “oblivion”—which would be, as I understood it, complete lack of consciousness. I was surprised to read this because “oblivion,” I realized, was what I had always strived for—to be “zoned out” communing with the One. I still wonder if a being could experience enlightenment without at least passing through this stage. I’ve thought a great deal about it since, and this morning I realized something: in our society today, we are often seeking oblivion.
Once, when I was a bartender, I ran into a regular customer at the park, and he was talking about his favorite brand of beer, “after a six-pack I am GONE.” Apparently his goal wasn’t to relax and have fun, but to reach oblivion. I would guess that most drug users are also seeking oblivion, but there are various acceptable ways we seek it every day. People can “zone out” in front of the TV and not remember what they just watched, or they can get so into a video game that reality melts away. Just last week a blogger was advising to eat what you want as long as you remain “there.” She explained that the big problem with overeating is losing your self while eating. Virtually any activity or non-activity can lead to oblivion.
I have heard that the main argument for humans dominating all other species is that we alone are conscious. If that is true, then we should strive to maintain our consciousness as much as possible. So I must ask—are you conscious? Ever thought about how often you are conscious? Its much more than just being awake. Let us seek consciousness.
Dear God, God bless you, OMG, gosh darn it—the word is ubiquitous, and yet people rarely speak of the subject itself anymore, mostly because one is so easily misunderstood. Touchy subject, lots of beliefs and interpretations. They say that religion is on the decline, maybe so, but I don’t think that necessarily means that people are atheists, or even agnostics. It’s just that everyone has a different view of who or what God is, and don’t feel comfortable having someone tell them they will be eternally damned for disagreeing with them. One doesn’t choose what to believe, honestly, one believes what one believes. If you can find a religion that conforms completely with your personal beliefs, well, you are blessed. Also, there is that phenomenon known as blind faith.
Lately I’ve heard the term “personal God” used, as in “…don’t believe in a…” I think I know what they mean, but that term doesn’t work for me. I would rather say I don’t believe in an anthropomorphic God. That is to say that, to me, God is so much bigger and more complicated than a human that it is extremely vain to assume God could be encapsulated in our form. I could say that God is the Universe—that’s pretty big. Lately, however, I’ve heard that quantum physicists are considering the possibility that there are more than one—a Multiverse if you will.
I enjoy contemplating Infinity, something rather difficult for our little human minds to comprehend. If you look at our galaxy, there are more stars than we could possibly count. Then, if you look at the Universe, there are countless galaxies! Looking inward is just as daunting. No matter how small a particle the physicists find, there appears to be something smaller, and with more empty space in between. Infinity means there is no end—to anything. Consider this: it is mathematically possible for anything we can imagine to exist, somewhere out there in Infinity. Then, if you consider the possibility of other dimensions, ones that may not conform to our “laws” of physics, well, there is an infinite number of possibilities. This is God’s realm of existence.
I invented the alias “Luis Sabor” after talking to a professional artist and gallery owner about my different painting styles. He recommended I distance myself from the matrix pointelist works, as it would drive me insane if it became popular ( it is very meticulous work and takes months to finish one painting, years usually) So what I did was invent Luis Sabor to represent my matrix pointelist works (I copy the dot matrix from black/white newsprint photos.)
Later I started using Luis as my travel name in Latin America, as Lowell was difficult for most Spanish speakers to remember or even pronounce. Then, when I started performing my solo acoustic act, I decided Luis Sabor was a much flashier persona, and I enjoy being Luis now.
Here is a painting in the matrix pointelist style from a photo of Tatum O’Neal.
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