Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Blame Game

As all is one (meaning completely relativistic) “things” are illusions. This also means agents are an illusion and that all action originates from the whole. Yet, we firmly hold on to the illusion that we ourselves are things, agents from which action originates. If we did not, how could we ever hand out blame?
Once you truly realize who you are, you will see that what you do is what is happening to you and what is happening to you is what you do and that blame has no meaning; that the flow of action and change is perfect, that it is the universe being of itself so.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stop Thinging!

As all is one, cutting it up in things is only needed for verbal or written communication. A thing is a “think” or a thought. In creating a thing in that way, we detach it from the whole, invalidating both the thing and the whole it is separated from.
In science, of course, this allows us to model behavior of the thing and communicate these properties. This lures us to see a thing as a unit of reality.
We live in a society that has forgotten that the only true atom is the whole universe, that a thing is only a thought, a reduction or symbol of what really is. We truly believe reality is all these reduced and incomplete thoughts put back together.
And so, in believing that reality is the collection of all things, it is no wonder we see our selves just as poor lonely things.
- Peter Friebel

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Frosty Eye

I flow with the great force in eternal now
Knowing me to be all of me, all of you all and all
Yet, during my last few blinks
I saw a blur of deep despair
All things normally resonate
With all the which than which there is no whicher
But the noise wanted it not
And although this noise can not be sustained
Never be what it wills
Never become not me and all
It contains all the love and all the evil of the whole
Which knows only not two
In missing this it despairs and only was
Hoping to be
Never is
And yet it is
Always was
And always will be
For ever in my frosty eye

- Peter Friebel

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When Walking Truly Walk!

The eyes watery
Feet chilly
The feel
All real
Sensations in the joints
Like starry points
Past and future tried in vain
To maintain
The illusion of pain
The crunch of the snow
Out of silence
Into the past did flow
Breathing in
Breathing out
Just being kin
To the world about
No internal row
No past towing
No future pushing
For all is now
And without thought
This walk is happening

- Peter Friebel

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Beauty Way for Organizations

Living the Beauty Way is all about first disentangling from “The Game” and reorienting the sensation of the “I” or ego self. Only then will you be able to re-enter any game of your choice and purpose, knowing your are both the actions and the events, that, in fact, you are the process of existence itself.
Transforming organizations towards the Beauty Way requires every single member of the organization to first realize their own self like that. Only then can people be brought together in a non-forcing, flowing way to make things happen without conflict and realize the synergy of the organization as a whole.
The Beauty Way is an attitude towards life and existence that was the natural lifeway for humans up to about 8000 years ago. It still is the lifeway of native people all over the world. This does not mean the Beauty Way is tied to any type of culture or social structure. It can be realized in what we call modern life just as seamlessly. The Beauty Way has, through later history, partly manifested itself in the form of Taoism and Zen. Those philosophies are also the easiest way back in to the Beauty Way from the context of our current culture and lifeways. Together with experience and understanding of Natural Awareness they enable us to free the mind and give direction of nature back to nature of which we are an indivisble part.
Due to the very nature of the Beauty Way for Organizations (BW4O) it is a very suitable approach for:
- New visionary start-ups.
- Organizations or departments that are heavily dependent on the output of highly creative and visionary people.
- Educational/Mentoring organizations.
- Organizations dealing with environmental issues and attitudes.
- Charity organizations.
But truly all organizations that want to thrive and provide through natural simplicity, based on a vision of oneness, respect, responsibility and true purpose for all.
Contact me if you are interested in designing a program for your organization!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

An Essential Realization of The Phenomenal

What is the Beauty Way really? I use the term often to describe the Old Way lifeways, philosophies, world views and attitudes towards self discovery. Yet, in the end it is just a term, some words that may or may not have meaning for you.

I chose to use that term as it resonates with me. It is originally a Native American term for what in Zen is called the experiential essence of life. In all fairness we should turn that around and say that the experiential essence is a Zen term for what some Native American people originally call(ed) The Beauty Way, long before Zen even existed.

This shuffling of the words demonstrates a very important point: For you to understand what the Beauty Way is I provided some concepts you can compare with each other, hoping that the Zen version of the concepts make some sort of sense you can apply to the unknown ones. The reality of things is that you can not describe The Beauty Way using concepts. The Beauty Way can only be experienced.

The only thing I can hope for is that the words that will follow will provoke in you an experience that will give meaning to your experience of The Beauty Way. I know it is paradoxical but there simply is no other way: I need to use words (i.e. concepts) to describe something that isn't.

First I will use some words from (what I think I know of) Zen Philosophy:

Reality has two sides: the phenomenal side and the essential side. The phenomenal side of reality is the one we are most familiar with. It is made up of all the things we can see, hear, smell, touch and taste and all the thoughts, the concepts and beliefs, we hold about the world. This makes it fundamentally a world of dualities. The original duality being the distinction between "self" and "other". Because of this we experience the world as something different and separate from the "I". We experience the "I" or ego.

The essential reality is our recognition of the oneness and complete interconnectedness with everything. It transcends all dualities, even the "self" and "other" duality. This makes the essential reality  a reality beyond concepts that can only be realized through direct experience.

To experience this essential reality is the ultimate goal in Zen. The challenge lies in learning to destroy the barrier of conceptual and dualistic thinking that stands between the phenomenal and the essential.

Before I go on to describe The Beauty Way from an Old Way perspective I need to make very clear that Zen is a product of the Civilized Way. Please read the About on my web site for an explanation of Old Way and Civilized Way.

I will use a very well known and old story to describe the Beauty Way. In this story the term "The Gifting Way" is used. This is the aboriginal lifeway of seeing that life is given, that the deer hunter gifts the Deer Spirit health to the deer and the deer in turn gift their flesh and hides to human. The underlying concept is deep ecological balance. (My words and interpretation of this story were once inspired by the same story written down by Tamarack Song.)

Two Hungry Bears

A young girl entered the shelter of her Grandfather to ask him a question that was troubling her.
"Grandfather," she said, "I am older than my Brother but he wins in everything we compete in. I was always the better archer but now he seems better even in that. I love my Brother and I am proud of him when I see he grows in all things. Yet when he beats me in something it is like two angry hungry Bears awake in my gut and start fighting."
"Dear Child, I know these Bears well. They live in all People and we all feel them fighting sometimes. One Bear is the Bear of Balance and comes when we trust in the Gifting Way, the other is the Bear out of Balance and he comes when we trust in ourselves."
After a short silence the girl asked: "Grandfather, can you tell me which Bear will win?"
"The bear you feed my Child."
"How would I feed the Bear of Balance? I would like him to become strong."
"With your heart," was the simple answer her Grandfather gave.
They sat for a while in silence. Then the girl said: "But Grandfather, they are both me. If I do not feed one I do not feed myself."
"Yes, my Child, you are wise beyond your years. There really is only one Bear. Just as Cloud and Sun come together to make the day, the two fighting Bears come together to help us see both the dark and the light. Now go back and rest with your family so that your two Bears can find their place of rest within you. Together they will guide you through this Journey of Life and together they will help you find vision in blindness."

In this story the bears can be interpreted as representing the phenomenal and essential realities. The Bear of Balance who comes out when we trust the Gifting Way represents Oneness, Balance, interconnectedness and the realm beyond concepts and dualities. The Bear out of Balance represents the "self" and "other" duality, the "I" or ego and on the whole the phenomenal reality. Their distinction is simply: Balance vs out of Balance.

Interestingly, the story recognizes that they are both one and the same. That their interaction is what creates our reality. We can not ignore the "I" as it creates our means of survival. The Beauty Way, for me, is the lifeway of balancing the influence of the Bear of Balance and that of the Bear out of Balance.

This now gives a very simple definition of Old Way and Civilized Way: This balance is achieved in Old Way cultures and lost in Civilized Way cultures.

We are part of a Civilized Way culture. We almost exclusively experience the phenomenal reality. Our egos dominate completely and our mode of thought is completely conceptual. In fact we are prisoners of the Bear out of Balance as it became the single victor. And, of course this happened because we only fed that particular bear. We lost our hearts.

As a consequence we lost half of our true selves.

Wouldn't you like to meet your other half?  

Well, a good start is to learn how to destroy the barrier of conceptual and dualistic thinking that stands between the phenomenal and the essential. To give room to the intuitive mind and your heart.

Before you know it, a new and unknown Bear will start to stir deep within you, hungry for more ...

Peter Friebel 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Go outside
And sit
Feel the Soil
The Air
And Time beyond your grasp

Her gift is all she is
For all to share
For all to care
As in giving we are living

She shares her bounty
Through the Circle of all our Lives
No need is ever missed
Yet we fell to wanting
Yet we left our Hearts

Go outside
And sit
Feel the Soil
The Air
And Time beyond your grasp

Her gift is all she had
For all disrupted
For all corrupted
As in taking we now believe lies living

Yet in these days of so called giving
The gifts that are but loot and greed
We may find our Hearts once more

And go outside
And sit
Feeling the Soil
The Air
And Time beyond our grasp

As again Her Circle embraces
Our gift of love
And life

For all to share
For all to care
As only in giving we ALL are living

Peter Friebel