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SOCIETY ENLIGHTENED

In search of a higher consciousness

WALTER L.

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SOCIETY ENLIGHTENED
In search of a higher consciousness

WALTER L.

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Copyright © 2009 by Walter L.
Searching for Wisdom Publications
www.searchingforwisdom.org
All rights reserved
ISBN 978-0-557-12354-4

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DEDICATED
To the Force of Evolution
May she guide me and develop me
on my way towards eternity

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CONTENTS
PRAYER

A morning meditation on the meaning
of auspiciousness

Page 1

SENSE OF PURPOSE

Imagine the world as a large family

Page 3

SOCIETY ENLIGHTENED

A meditation on the qualities of
an enlightened society

Page 7

CHANCE AND CHAOS

Chance allows for the most unlikely
events to happen. Seeming Chaos brings
about most higher orders in nature. Both are necessary
for an evolution towards higher consciousness

Page 9

THE ROAD TO PEACE

Stages of peace and evolution

Page 11

A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT

About hope in the darkest of times

Page 13

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THE WOLF

When power and humility combine

Page 15

THE SHADOW

Through darkness and through light
the eternal never leaves

Page 17

THE CRIME

Forgiveness as way to destroy evil
and heal suffering

Page 21
FEAR

When the mind becomes silent,
fear loses all its power

Page 25

MIRACLE OF LIFE

Inspired by seeing the newborn
baby of a dear sister

Page 29

RESPECT FOR THE KNOWLEDGE
AND EXPERIENCE OF MY TEACHERS

A meditation on how the love for my teachers manifests itself
as respect for their knowledge and experience

Page 31

THE DREAM LIVES ON

In memory of Ted Kennedy
A dreamer who fought to make his dreams reality

Page 33

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LOVE AND HATE

How hate is really just perverted love
Some things are simply not worth it

Page 35

THE COMMUNICATION
CHANNEL OF LOVE

About an art of communication
that leads to understanding

Page 37

RELIGION VERSUS
THE GREAT SPIRIT

Religions are human concepts
The great spirit is beyond them and yet so close

Page 39

A LOVE FOR LIFE

For the wedding of a dear friend

Page 43

INNER SYSTEM OF MORALITY

The inner system of morality was given to us
by evolution but it needs to be trained
by reward, guidance by example,
and little nudges of punishment

Page 45

GRATEFULNESS

A feeling to wake up with
every morning

Page 49

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VII

PRAYER
A morning meditation on the meaning
of auspiciousness

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May my thoughts be pure
My attention steady
May I see the need of others
May I see the need for growth of me
May my actions be in proper time
Beneficial for humanity
Pleasing to the Divine

2

SENSE OF PURPOSE
Imagine the world as a large family

3

Sometimes I imagine
a novel world for humanity
I imagine a world where we all
are guided by a sense of purpose
I imagine humanity
as part of a common being
A being where each and every cell
lives with freedom and with love for others
A being where each and every cell
is looking out for the wellbeing of the whole
I imagine a world
in which we live as a universal family
Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters,
husband, wife, aunts and uncles
all acting with a common purpose
as well as with a purpose of their own
My imagined world
is not a world at perfect peace
My sense of purpose
might not always harmonize with yours
They could be driving us to a road of competition
Even confrontation
...

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My imagined world, though,
is a world of respect for others
It is a world
where the elders teach the younger ones
It is a world
where love acts as a guiding principle
The young do not do everything
that they are told
They just listen and develop
a sense of purpose of their own
A purpose is hiding in all of us
A purpose for you – A purpose for me
Let’s use love as a light to find it
Let’s look out for it
Within

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SOCIETY ENLIGHTENED
A meditation on the qualities of
an enlightened society

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Love Understanding Knowledge
Compassion Subtlety Morality
Guiding Evolving Gratefulness

We become a mother, when we teach
We become a child, when we listen
A father, when we sit back
and watch with pride
Eternally ourselves

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CHANCE AND CHAOS
Chance allows for the most unlikely
events to happen. Seeming chaos brings
about most higher orders in nature. Both are necessary
for an evolution towards a higher consciousness

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Some people think
that chance and chaos
are the enemies of structure and of order
They are not!
Chance and chaos are the forces
that bring about transitions
They are the agents
of new structures and of higher orders
Some people think
that chance and chaos
are working against the laws of nature
How wrong they are!
Chance and chaos
are the basics of the law
The law of constant evolution
The law of constant change
Until the final stage of peace is reached
when, in billions of years,
the universe,
like a used up body, dissolves into ashes
The consciousness though
will move on to new beginnings
How, is beyond my scope to say
Let’s enjoy it while it lasts

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THE ROAD TO PEACE
Stages of peace and evolution

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A step in evolution
nearly always starts with chaos
Evolution is a force not easily contained
Peace is the desired stage
to which the force should lead
In between, though, there is a lot of sorting out
Challenges, temptations, mistakes,
and the ability to change
all work together towards a higher state
Love, compassion, knowledge, understanding
are some of the helpers towards a state of peace
Hate, aggression, frustration, desperation
are some of the helpers for the sorting out
Evolution does not only happen over generations
Evolution happens inside of me and you
May the force of evolution guide us
as the world is moving
towards a stage of newfound peace

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A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT
About hope in the darkest of times

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The sun has hidden beyond the horizon
Darkness envelops man and nature
The stars give light from far
Twinkling with joy but not enough to see
the path in front of me
The sun, though, has not left completely
While warming man and nature on the other side
the moon gives witness to its presence
Reflecting light enough to see
the path in front of me
Reminds me of the spirit inside
Reflecting the eternal in the darkest times
With light enough
to see the path for growth
Until the sun dissolves the darkness yet again
and man and nature can revel in its glow

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THE WOLF
When power and humility combine

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A loner who enjoys the pack
Playful and gentle with his peers and young
Vicious, determined and persistent
when pursuing his prey
Longing for the eternal in the moon
reflecting the sun
His spirit is strong
reflecting eternity in itself
You will never break him with force
But he will cuddle to the master’s feet
when conquered with love

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THE SHADOW
Through darkness and through light
the eternal never leaves

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A new day is born
as the sun touches the horizon
It’s a beautiful springtime morning
Starting full of innocence
Full of hope and full of desires
No clouds in sight
As the sun moves up
Suddenly, without a warning
a formation of clouds moves in
Brought on by a burst of wind
The wind gets stronger
The clouds start covering the sun
Within moments, the sunny day turns darker
The wind brings anxiety as it turns into a storm
The clouds are now covering the sky
The sky turns even darker, as, unseen to the eye,
the shadow of the moon violates the sphere of the sun
Night falls in, in the middle of the day
There is no rain but the clouds are covering
the doings of the shadow
...

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The birds and other animals
are anxious and confused
The hopes and desires of the morning
seem completely shuttered
Though
The shadow cannot violate the sun for long
The sun just keeps moving along its usual path
sending out its rays consistently
As slowly a little light
starts to brighten up the sky
Even the clouds
As if realizing the futility of covering the sun
are dispersing quickly
And the storm calms down as swiftly as it came
Giving way to the gentle flow of light
As the day moves on and the afternoon arrives
nearly all the clouds have disappeared
Hope and desires are alive again
The sun, though briefly covered, never left
Could be smiling, could be saying:
“I am always here for you”

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THE CRIME
Forgiveness as way to destroy evil
and heal suffering

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How can we forgive a crime
so heinous that it might affect
our lives for generations?
So atrocious that it might never
leave our minds at peace?
Maybe if we realize that the purpose of it was
that it should haunt us
Maybe if we realize that the evil that caused it
is working now through us
The same way it worked through the ones
who have committed it
The evil is not interested in a person or a crime
It is just interested in the effect it has
It only wants to destroy, to disrupt,
and to maximize the length of suffering
By forgiving we destroy the evil
By healing we overcome the suffering
By slowly opening our heart for new experiences
We are creating new memories
that override the past
New emotions are finding ways
to fill the void
...
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Love creates a creek,
then a river, and then a stream
Washing away the pain
and filling an ocean of compassion
We are strong beyond measure
when we defeat the evil
by forgiving the ones who committed it
And by forgiving ourselves

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FEAR
When the mind becomes silent,
fear loses all its power

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Where is my fear originating
if not inside of me?
How can it be that my fear is dominating me?
What does it want to tell me? Is it justified?
I want to conquer my fear
and replace it with wisdom
I want to silence the anger
and replace it with love
I want to know the danger
but be able to dissolve it with compassion
My mind is playing tricks with me
But so is my heart
My emotions are getting in the way
of me being myself
But so is my brain
My memories spell insecurity
And my plans are too ambitious
But
...

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When I go to the silent lotus
wisdom, love and compassion start to flow
penetrating my heart, making sense of memories
When I go to the silent lotus
my fears seem so silly
that laughter replaces the anger
I feel secure within myself
And allow intuition to guide me to the future
Love and silence fill my heart and mind

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MIRACLE OF LIFE
Inspired by seeing the newborn
baby of a dear sister

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A newborn child
So fragile and so beautiful
So loving and yet so powerful
It can make me move a mountain
to protect and nurture it
Evolution happens right here in front of me
I can see my better self
I can see the future of humanity
Love, compassion were just words
Innocence was just a feeling
briefly glimpsed inside of me
Now it’s taken form
Manifested in the child
before my eyes
How could humanity
ever fight within itself
when such a miracle of life
exists in every culture?
Let’s move mountains of change
Let’s nurture every fragile peace
to protect the miracle of life
Innocently placed in front of our eyes

30

RESPECT FOR THE KNOWLEDGE
AND EXPERIENCE OF MY TEACHERS
A meditation on how the love for my teachers manifests itself
as respect for their knowledge and experience

31

The love in my heart can express itself in many forms
Lately, I was wondering about
the love for my teachers
It is a deep kind of love
Full of gratefulness, full of humility
And full of the sweetest joy, when I can learn
Its expression is
of respect for knowledge and experience
Its expression is
of trust in the goodness of their teachings
Its expression is
in finding a way to apply their teachings to my life
My trust in them is not with blindness
Blindness would disrespect their knowledge
My trust in them is not without knowing of their defects
It’s because their knowledge and experience far
outshine their weaknesses
that my love for them is strong
It’s because of their imperfections
that I have hope to overcome my own
My love for the light in them
makes me want to strengthen the light in me
For that I can become a teacher too

32

THE DREAM LIVES ON
In memory of Senator Ted Kennedy
A dreamer who fought to make his dreams reality

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The Dream Lives On
As the lion roars one more time
With kindness and for justice
For rights and righteousness
and not just laws
The dream lives on
As the banner,
carried high for so long
handed to a new generation
flies proudly in the wind
The dream lives on
As we fight
not with swords and guns
not with words and dirty tricks
but with the love and strength of doing good
The dream lives on
As our hearts are full of hope
As our minds are full of confidence
that the future is ours, and it’s a better one
The dream lives on
As the lion roars one more time

34

LOVE AND HATE
How hate is really just perverted love,
some things are simply not worth it

35

Recently I had a realization:
If I know and care about something
then I love it
Some might say that
if I know and care about something
then I might also hate it
But I had another realization:
I realized that hate is just the same as love
projected through an ugly screen of thoughts
I realized that
there are only two solutions
if I think I hate something
Either I stop caring about it
or I remove the ugly screen of thoughts
Now my love is much more free
It cares for beauty
and dissolves its grip from ugliness

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THE COMMUNICATION
CHANNEL OF LOVE
About an art of communication
that leads to understanding

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The communication channel of love
is a fascinating piece of art
It has threads of respect,
threads of care and threads of playful banter
Vibrating in wondrous harmony
If used with honesty and with patience
friend and enemy can respond alike
Lover or stranger, brother or rival,
ally or competitor
All can have an open ear for it
Once such a channel is open
it doesn’t easily shut close again
Harmony holds all sides in sync
Leading to a mode of understanding
This communcation channel of love
is such an astounding thing
Creating miracles in configurations
in which no one thought it possible

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RELIGION VERSUS
THE GREAT SPIRIT
Religions are human concepts
The Great Spirit is beyond them and yet so close

39

Human beings
have divided up the world
into large numbers of religions
Not only into those who profess
to know the Gods Divine
Also into those who profess to know
the Gods of Science
the Gods of Evolution
They know that they are right
It is the others who are wrong
They could not possibly believe
what the others do makes any sense
They would betray their kind
if they would allow themselves
to consider any of the others methods
The Great Spirit
the all-pervading power
does not know of such divisions
...

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Even the Spirit within
a reflection of the Great in us
does not know of these divisions either
Placed inside each and every heart
Love is the only method that it knows
Desires for unity and recognition are
the only desires that can awaken it
Seeing the different reflections of the Great
in oneself and others
Eventually leads us to understanding
Eventually allows us to love
ourselves and others

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A LOVE FOR LIFE
For the wedding of a dear friend

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A love for life
Nurture the joy in the heart
Keep your minds on each other
Caring leads to understanding
Understanding leads to
knowledge of your needs
Love will grow stronger every day
A love for life
Keep the creator in your heart
Nurture the joy of the light within
By Seeking the eternal
Love leads to understanding
Understanding leads to knowledge
And faith will grow stronger every day
A love for life
May the heart guide you on your way
May the eternal be your goal

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INNER SYSTEM OF MORALITY
The inner system of morality was given to us
by evolution but it needs to be trained
by reward, guidance by example,
and little nudges of punishment

45

Morality requires subtlety
Righteous conduct needs awareness
from inside oneself
Outside rules can help with guidance
Fear of outside punishment
might provide incentive
Both, though,
have most people thinking
of how they could escape from them
Simple rules
could give people guidance
of how to respect themselves and others
Rare punishment could provide incentive
of finding a constructive way of conduct
Morality, though
was built inside of us by evolution
as soon as human societies did form
A system of reward and punishment
for social conduct and relations
is already wired into our brain
...

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The system though needs training
Temptation may cause confusion
When lesser things are more rewarded
When higher things are punished by neglect
The system will respond to harmony
To guidance by example
To actions that make sense
Harmony
Leading to feeling good for actions
which bring rewards for ourselves and all
Harmony
Causing little nudges of feeling bad
when we don’t behave so well

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GRATEFULNESS
A feeling to wake up with every morning

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Love is a feeling and a power
directed to my fellow human beings
Love is a feeling and response
to the greater one
But more than love
it’s gratefulness
that I wake up with every morning
Gratefulness
for how far I’ve come
Gratefulness
for how much I’ve learned
Gratefulness
to be alive and see
evolution happening inside of you and me

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A subtle poetic expression
of a desire for an evolved society. A
critique of humanity without being
critical. A plea for compassion and
for love without the request of
giving up individuality. A dream
with a call for action.
The poet takes us
on a path for evolution of the
collective human consciousness.
Come along for the journey and you
might experience a transformation
of your own.