Programming

Unity in Naperville, 3 June 2018

SONG (Bob Sima): Something Amazing, from A Thousand Cups of Tea

This song describes the path of awakening something amazing that comes from within. The first verse starts in a state of feeling depleted (I have given so much of me). It moves into self-care as critical to refueling the tank (I am open to receive). And ends with the liberation that comes from nurturing ourselves (I am ready to be free). 

The second verse starts in a state of denial or shame (I have hidden so much of me). It moves into a place of vulnerability (I am open to see). And ends with the liberation that comes from removing the barriers between the human programming and the sacred awakening (I am ready to be free).

Freedom: (1) the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint, (2) the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved

Do any of us really know what it is like to act, speak, or think as our true divine nature? That means that we would have absolutely no influences that would make us experience anything but pure love. That means that we would lack that little voice who reminds us of past experiences which hinder us from choosing love over fear. That means that we would have no news stories or nightmares that create fears and worries and anxiety that restrain our ability to express as love in every moment of every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every year of every decade of every millennium.

Do any of us really know what it is like to be free? To truly be free of the imprisonment that we – more often than not – choose to shackle to our own consciousness whether imprinted by ancestral energies, current life events, or future visions that have yet to become our reality?

Do any of us really know what it is like to be free?

This is the deliberation that I found bouncing around in my consciousness after I stumbled upon a question, “What morals should we program into intelligent machines?”

The article referenced robots that are programmed to make decisions with some moral standard guiding the branches of their decision tree. In theory, that sounds highly technical with an attempt at generating feelings without emotional energies of past or future threads. Some may find that concept brilliant. Some may find it ludicrous. Some may find it interesting. Some may find it threatening. Whatever your reaction might be is less important than the next question you might ask yourself, “Who would choose the morals?”

Whether we like to admit it or not, much of our own programming is beyond our control. We do not always have the ability to avoid expectations or beliefs or understandings or teachings of someone who had dominion over our time and spatial experiences. We cannot always delete the effects of abuse or neglect or criticism. We often insert affection or appreciation or encouragement into our programming language, which may or may not have a harmonious effect.

Whether you have experienced all of those descriptors or some of those descriptors throughout your life will determine what morals you carry in the foundation of your beliefs and, if you were the programmer, how you would write the code to input the morals for the next generation of intelligent machines. 

Knowing your own set of unique programming that you have acquired, created, or crashed, how many of us would unwaveringly wish to be the lead programmer for that task? Knowing how many variables – from physical details to emotional issues to mental factors to spiritual matters – we would have to consider in any given moment of any given second of any given minute of any given hour of any given day of any given week of any given year of any given decade of any given millennium, would you want that task? And if we cannot jump up and down screaming “pick me, pick me”, then I repeat the question again, “Who would choose the morals?”

If you were forced to scan your entire rolodex of characters who have entered your life through direct or indirect (radio, reality TV, music, literature) contact, do you know anyone who you believe is remotely qualified to take on the task of programming morals into an intelligent machine?

This is what my brain pondered. And it circled back to the first question I asked, “Do I know anyone who demonstrates what it is like to truly be free?” And the answer is, “No”. If you have an opinion about anything, there has to be a personalized view or judgment in order to sway your decision making one way or another. I looked beyond anyone walking the Earth right now and even considered historical figures. Still “no”. I looked beyond human form and to the mythical gods and goddesses of cultural folklore. Still “no”.

Programming. We all have it. If we are on any self-realization path, we are all working on deprogramming and reprogramming to reach those moments of something amazing changing in us, of something sacred awakening in us.

Do any of us really know what it is like to be free?
What morals should we program into intelligent machines?
Who would choose the morals?

To enter into meditation, I invite you to consider what beliefs have been programmed in your heart that have hindered or still hinder your path to freedom, to sacred awakening, to feeling that shift of something amazing. Had you never met the various programmers of your own consciousness, can you imagine operating with and from a heart brimming with unconditional love? Imagine someone who appears unencumbered in any particular program loop that challenged or still challenges your consciousness. Sink into your heart. See your heart. See the heart of potential mentors. See the heart of the collective. See what piece of the sacred you is waiting to be awakened. See the something amazing changing within you.

SONG (Bob Sima): If You Could See Our Heart, from The Movers The Shakers and The Peacemakers

We must be able to uncover our own heart to see the full potential it can bring to all situations. We must acknowledge the hearts of those around us to see the full potential they can bring to the collective.

In the journey down this path of self-realization, I believe our responsibility to each other is to recognize the peaceful warriors however, wherever, and whenever we possibly can. Those warriors who are ready and willing to join hands, to serve, to open, to release, to grow, to inspire, to motivate, to activate. Not just recognize them, but identify one quality in that peaceful warrior you believe is developed to a stage that you wish to emulate and go through a discernment process:

What freedom is this warrior showing that I wish to find?
What moral does that freedom anchor in order to express as love?
How can I program that moral into my own life’s expression?

We have all experienced some dark days in our lives, through private, shared, and collective situations. Moments where something amazing might appear a foreign concept. But when we dig in and look at the darkness, we begin to shed light on its consciousness and, inevitably, that darkness shrinks until we are standing in the light. When we can stand with head held high and heart ready to expand, we are that peaceful warrior. Open to receive. Open to see. Ready to be free.

If you dare to dream, you will keep the love alive.

SONG (Bob Sima): Be Humble Be Hungry Be Love, from The Movers The Shakers and The Peacemakers