Does Michael Jackson Get To Go To Heaven?

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Well as many of you have probably already heard Michael Jackson died today. I’m a little ashamed to admit the first thing that popped in my head when I heard he had dies was… is Michael Jackson going to heaven or hell? This is such a random and silly question to pose to ones self especially when I don’t particularly believe in heaven or hell. The funny thing is my belief in heaven or hell has nothing to do with the thoughts arising in my mind.

And that’s how the mind works, one minute your working on a powerpoint presentation on photosynthesis and the next you’re pondering the purpose of all mankind. I’ve learned to just observe and go with the flow.

So in the spirit of going with the flow I think the question I posed myself deserves examination. Does Michael Jackson get to go to heaven?

When I ask myself this question immediately another question comes to mind and that is, does it really matter? To answer the second question I’ll firmly say no it doesn’t matter but for the purposes of intellectual stimulation and semantic banter why not say yes it does matter.

I’m going to cast my vote now and say Michael Jackson does get to go to heaven! Let us assume the worst that all the rumors about him are true with regard to his indiscretions with underage boys, Jesus juice and the whole 9 yards… I say he still goes to heaven.

The reason I say this and let me clarify again (I don’t believe in a actual heaven) but Michael Jackson from what I have gathered lived his life in hell.

I would dare say that with Michael Jackson’s death today in his last breath it would have been a sigh of relief. Just think about it, that poor man (boy) never got the chance at a normal childhood. Think about it every time you’ve seen him on television in an interview he seemed like a child trapped in a mans body. Painfully shy and reclusive for me it was almost painful to watch him interviewed or questioned in front of a live audience, and do you remember the staged kiss between him and Lisa Marie Presley?

The only time we got to see the real Michael Jackson was when he was on stage doing his thing, singing and dancing… that’s when he let his guard down and that’s when you could see who Michael really was.

For lack of a better phrase… “God bless Michael Jackson” and amen he’s finally free!

I’m sure the next 2 weeks will be nothing but sensationalized news coverage and all kind of celebrities coming out of the wood works to say how much they loved Michael Jackson. But after these next few weeks, week by week, year by year and on to the next generation perhaps all the rumors and silver tongued news reporters will fade into the past and all that will be left is his music and legacy as a great entertainer.

None of us got to know who Michael Jackson truly was because that poor man didn’t even know who he was. So I’ll shy away from the canned response Michael Jackson R.I.P. that I’m sure everyone and their mom’s will be posting and twittering over the next couple of days.

Michael Jackson… don’t rest in peace, Michael Jackson spread your wings and fly, dance on clouds and show the angels how to moon walk. Today is not a day for mourning but a day for celebration, Michael Jackson is finally free and gone from this hellish life of under a microscope.

Peace and love to the king of pop!



Memorial Day Is Anything But Memerorble

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Hello to you all, I’ve been gone for over a month now and haven’t been writing but I can assure you… I’m back, with purpose!

Today I’d like to talk about what most of the country has forgotten, ironically on this very day “Memorial Day”. The topic of today’s discussion is none other than purpose.

What is your purpose?

Today, Memorial Day we’re supposed to be remembering those who have fallen in the many wars and battles securing our liberties and freedom. Please excuse me if you are offended by me saying so but it seems to me that Memorial Day is everything but remembrance.

Living here in southern California I can assure you that Memorial Day is nothing more then a sign that Summer is here and reason to go to the beach. I would like to note that before heading to the beach you would be hard pressed not to stop at Macy’s to pick up some new attire as they are always having their annual Memorial Day sale!

Let us assume for a moment that in a perfect world, Memorial Day wasn’t a big beach party and people actually did stop to remember our fallen soldiers. In this perfect world where we all stop pay our respects, watch the parades and television specials… at the end of the day what good would have come of it?

Basically I’m trying to figure out (1) what is the point of remembering that people have died in wars most of us know nothing about and (2) if we actually did pay our respects in remembrance and not party… would our simple “remembering” contribute any progress or advancement to mankind? After all these soldiers were fighting for our progress and advancement correct?

So back to the perfect world envisioned where we all actually do pay our respects. Simply paying our respects in my opinion isn’t good enough.

I would think that anyone who has actually died in a previous war wouldn’t want anyone to romanticize over that fact but rather take advantage of the opportunities secured for them. Some might argue that having a party, going to the beach and cracking open a Bud Light is taking advantage of the opportunities secured for them but I’m assuming anyone reading this post is educated, articulate and at the least a “C” average student… so let’s not go there.

On Memorial Day we remember those who have fought so bravely or those who were all but forced to fight, but what exactly were they fighting for? This is a loaded question I know but it is a question worth examining because after all it is Memorial Day.

On this Memorial Day do we remember those Native Americans who fought against those who came to this land uninvited? On this Memorial Day do we remember the southern confederate soldier who fought to keep slavery alive?

As you can see we are in deep waters here or a slippery slope whatever you prefer, my point being that this day deserves more than high fives, sun tan lotion, barbecues and drunk driving. Memorial Day should actually be the one day out of the year were we all collectively try to remember how this came to be, the United States and what is our purpose.

When I stop to ask myself this question, what is my purpose it is abundantly clear to me that it has nothing to do with a 9-5 job, a new car, designer clothes or putting a ring on anyone’s finger in a facade most of us continue to perpetuate. My life’s purpose or your lifes purpose for that matter has nothing to do with anyone else but rather everything to do with you.

Do you want to share your life with someone else? How about figuring out what your life is about first?

We all want to be a part of something bigger but don’t know the first thing about ourselves. I’m married to this person, or I’m from this state, or I’m an American… how can you be ANYTHING when you don’t know who you are?

Again I ask, what is your purpose?

If you think it is your purpose to have children, start a family or hold a high ranking job with a six figure income then it is time to do some serious soul searching. All of those things are secondary and cannot be truly enjoyed or realized unless you know what your purpose is.

I cannot tell you what your purpose is but only remind you that you have one. In a world full of distractions it is all to easy to forget or for that matter to have never even put the question to ones self.

So on this Memorial Day, let us forget what we previously celebrated and let us remember who we truly are. On this Memorial Day let us find our purpose in life and from there manifest a life and world worth remembering.

What is your purpose?



Krishnamurti – What Love Is Not, Complete Series 12 Videos 13+ Hours

A’hoy there!

I just completed uploading the entire Krishnamurti series, “What Love Is Not”. I haven’t even had the opportunity to watch all the videos myself yet but as I do I’ll be posting separate post on each individual video to give you my thoughts and perspective.

There are plenty of other videos in the fold so stay tuned. Also if anyone reading this would like to donate videos of other teachers please contact me. This blog is to be diverse and varied so the more the better.

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KRISHNAMURTI VIDEO “Chrisis In Ourselves”

This is the second of a 6 part series of videos originally shot in 1982 at the Oak Grove in Ojai, California. This video is just over an hour long shot in full color with great audio.

This video is entitled “A Crisis In Ourselves”, it would seem that Krishnamurti addressed an issue back in 1982 that we are all still dealing with today. Actually are we dealing with the crisis in ourselves at all? Do we even see the crisis within or are we too stupefied to notice what is actually happening?

Krishnamurti makes it clear that there is something wrong with the state of affairs in the world only we are not dealing with the problem in the right way. We can all see that for thousands of years mankind has lived in terrible suffering and pain.

Century after century we continue to fight, create war, conflict and kill one another. Looking back we can see that we’ve tried several different means to bring peace. We’ve formed nations and armies to protect and give us a sense of security but to no avail, only a false sense of security. We’ve created governments to bring order to our societies and yet to this very day there hasn’t been a successful government to bring peace and cessation of fear.

In this video Krishnamurti ask us to look at this fact deeply. If we are at all serious, are we willing to bring about a complete change in the physiological mind that created all the past wars and wars of today?

If we are truly serious about this we must recognize that nothing we’ve done in the past has worked so obviously we need to make a complete and total change. We must first take care as to how we approach the problems of the world because if we try to FIX the problems coming from our conditioned minds and our approach comes from fear then our solution will be based on fear.

If we take great care to approach this very serious issue that the entire lot of mankind faces then perhaps we might make progress and see where to begin. If one does approach these issues very carefully one will find that the problems of the world today are not out there somewhere but rather within us all.

Please do feel free to post your comments about the video, I’d like to know what you think. You participation is encouraged, lets talk it up!

Namaste,



Krishnamurti Video “Holistic Observation”

This is the first of a 6 part series of videos originally shot in 1982 at the Oak Grove Ojai, California. This first video is just over an hour long shot in full color with great audio.

Krishnamurti speaks to a larger group of eager listeners, the title for this first segment is “Holistic Observation”. The theme of this first video is Krishnamurti asking rhetorical questions to the group prepping them for this very serious dialog. A lot of the questions that Krishnamurti asks the listeners beckon them to really dig deep perhaps so that they can realize just how serious this inquiry really is.

The talk is very enjoyable, you’ll notice especially if you have headphone on that there are birds singing in the background and an occasional horse. Although this dialog is a very serious one indeed there are a couple of moments of laughter but your wouldn’t know it by the look on Krishnamurti’s face.

Like I said this is just the first video of six so stay tuned for the rest as I’ll be uploading them in the next couple of days. Please do feel free to post your comments about the video, I’d like to know what you think. You participation is encouraged, lets talk it up!



Eckhart Tolle’s – A New Earth Audio, Listen Streaming

Some might argue Eckhart Tolle’s, A New Earth is one of the most influential books written this century.  The book has received rave reviews from all corners of the globe and isn’t slowing down. As I’m sure you’re already aware the book was picked for Oprah’s book club and Eckhart has been on her show several times.

In reading the book myself I am happy to say that it is caulk full of sage advise and observations. The book is written in a way that is easier to comprehend then some other books you might find in the new age section at your local Barnes & Noble.

The good news for you however is that you don’t have to read it because I just uploaded all the mp3 files! Click through and you can listen to all 8 CD’s one mp3 at a time. I’ve found that reading the book does ad another level of comprehension so I’d still suggest picking up the book also.

Please do leave comments or questions so that we can begin a discussion about the content of the book, your participation is welcome and appreciated.



A Life Transformed Video with Christopher Titmuss

Christopher Titmuss speaks to a group in Sarnath, India about several topics the theme of the talk is “a life transformed”. To begin the discussion with the group Christopher give a little of his background and tells of his travels many years prior in Sarnath, India where he came upon a small book not to far from where he and the group were currently sitting. He tells of 2 references from the book that gave him great insight. The first reference dealt with the fact that everything changes, family friends, you, everything. The second reference in the book suggest that if one can recognizing that everything without exception changes one might realize that clinging to anything will bring misery, conflict and troubles.

Christopher then departs from his personal story to give a brief lesson on the history of the belief systems in India. He goes back about 2500 years ago where there were 2 influential figures in spiritual life. The first were the Brahmans who are still very influential in India to this day. The Brahmans were the priest, they were the facilitators and guardians of ritual and ceremony. This goes back to the Vedas, the earliest sacred texts of India. From the Vedas came the Vedānta and out of that extraordinary tradition came what we still see in India today, the Yogis.

He then goes on to explain that if we look back to those times one can now see that from the priest, rituals, astrology, sacrifice and other ceremonies this all gave rise to the conditions that manifest what we still see today in India with the cast systems and privilege by birth.

Aside from the Brahmans and priest there were the Yogis that lived on the outskirts of society. Over time you start to see this is when Ashrams began to be built on the outskirts of society as well. With the building of Ashrams then came the teachers Gurus and Swamis. Looking back you can see that this is how spirituality in India began, this was the beginning of of all the stories, gods and goddesses, etc.

When the Buddha finally came around he made a drastic departure from the systems of the Brahmans and the Yogis. In his teachings he attempted to shift the social life in society as a whole and the individual. The Buddha attempted to ignite a movement of complete transformation in the consciousness of mankind. The teachings and this movement of complete transformation were relevant for society 2500 years ago and are even more so today.

After Christoper catches the group up with the brief history lesson he then ask the group to bring their attention back to the current world in which we live. If we look closely at society today we will notice that there is a conditioning of society as a whole and the individual. This conditioning and the structure of society that we all contribute to, we have a very strong sense of connection with it and we all identify with it.

This conditioning that we are all cause and a part of, if we look at it closer and examine ourselves we will find that we are identified with it and we internalize.

There are 3 parts of our conditioning that we internalize, these 3 things we’ve been told are extremely important and we believe it completely.

  • The pursuit of security through ownership.
  • The maximization and pursuit of pleasure.
  • Developing a sense of self-worth through what we do, e.g. career and accomplishments.

Christopher then goes on to explain that these 3 things have become the overall pursuit of all mankind. If we’re honest with ourselves and look at our lives as individuals you will see the the majority of your life’s attention and priorities are devoted to these 3 things.

He then goes on to point out how the link between all 3 of these pursuits or conditions is money. We all have the same conditioning and are perusing the same things. Out of all this conditioning arises a society of individuals with a common consciousness of anxiety and fear. Christopher points out that nobody ever talks about money, only in the most general ways. For one to talk about ones finances is very taboo in today’s society.

After making this point about our common conditioning and anxieties he then references how the Buddhas endeavor over 2500 years ago was to make a total shift in the in the consciousness of mankind who was at the time dealing with the same conditioned mind.

How do we make the transformation from this conditioned mind? Watch the video to find out what Christopher Titmuss has to say. I think you’ll find that he is very insightful and if you listen closely something might awaken within you that will have you questioning your pursuits and your conditioning.

After watching the video please feel free to leave general comments about the video or ask a question to start a dialog. The purpose of this blog is to talk with one another and investigate truth.

Namaste,

~ Echo