Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Ever-Changing Truth Can’t Be Explained

The whole notion of truth, which naturally and without reflexion, we assume to mean the simple duplication by the mind of a ready-made and given reality, proves hard to understand clearly. There is no simple test available for adjudicating offhand between the diverse types of thought that claim to possess it. Common sense, or corpuscular philosophy, ultra-critical science, or energetics, and critical or idealistic philosophy, all seem insufficiently true in some regard and leave some dissatisfaction.

It is evident that the conflict of these widely differing systems obliges us to overhaul the very idea of truth, for at present we have no definite notion of what the word may mean.

William James in his 1907 essay, Pragmatism and Common Sense gives truth a run for its money. Are the truths we learn really true? Or are those facts and fables loaded with the partial convictions, the prompt associations and the past influences of the people that express them? Our beliefs are filled with these altered truths, and they become pliable in our box of beliefs as that box expands to accept other perceptual truths. We don’t usually dissect the truths in our belief box. We massage them with imaginary confirmations and exalt them with vocal acceptance. They are the foundation for our perceptions and the walls of our reality. These truths we call true cause happiness, pain and uncertainty, and the nature of our physical image changes as they change.

We experience truth in dreams, but we don’t acknowledge that truth. We dream in fables and change experiences in order to rearrange truth in our dreams. We are closer to the truth in dreams, yet we move away from it because it seems foreign and uncomfortable. Our wakeful box of beliefs trumps truth in dreams, and we thank God for that ability. But God is the truth in dreams. We try to disconnect from our dreams because the vision and the feel of God is only available in death, and death, according to our box of beliefs, is the end of life.

In some dreams, we try to empty our box of beliefs, but truth helps us keep those fabricated truths. We keep them because we know our box of beliefs can’t be emptied completely, and the ever-changing truth can’t be explained.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dabbling In The Expected Unexpected

Our age yields no great and perfect persons. We want men and women who shall renovate life and our social state, but we see that most natures are insolvent, cannot satisfy their own wants, have an ambition out of all proportions to their practical force, and do lean and beg day and night continually.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay, Self-Reliance tells us that there is no perfect leader. There is no magnificent deed that will solve our self-created misery. Humans are wired to experience their own creations and the creations of others. Many of those creations are self-serving, ambitious attempts to control the practical force that is within us. We lean and beg for relief from men that serve no one except themselves or men that expect their lineage to be honored regardless of the consequences. We worship the isolationists that yearn to separate rather than discern. We kneel down in front of self-righteous lawmakers that speak of God as if that entity needed to express convictions and confirmations. We follow these basket-weaving charlatans away from the truth and find ourselves deeper in the mud of fear.

We do all these things to feel them with our emotions and our soul. We want to stand on the cliff of fear and then ask for a shared parachute that opens in an array of choices. As we float freely through the contemptuous air, we rearrange our mind’s vacillating baggage that we so desperately want to call real. There is no comfort in our beliefs, no vindication in our methods, but we push them into a consolidated box of perceptions. Our illustrious perceptions renovate our life and expand our soul while we continue dabbling in the expected, unexpected.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Free-Floating Desire

Ineffable is the union of man and God in every act of the soul. The simplest person, who in his integrity worships God, becomes God; yet for ever and ever the influx of this better and universal self is new and unsearchable. It inspires awe and astonishment. How dear, how soothing to man, arises the idea of God, peopling the lonely place, effacing the scars of our mistakes and disappointments! When we have broken our god of tradition and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may god fire the heart with his presence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay, The Over-soul addresses the mystery of God in a way that most of us can’t accept because we are tied to the beliefs that restrict our awareness. The God we worship is the God of controlling fables and misinformation. In dreams, we sense the actual creative action, but since God is not an object and doesn't just display one form, we don’t know how to process the behavior of this source of all energy. There are multitudinous levels of consciousness that move freely in the value climate of our psychological reality especially in dreams.

In dreams, we move from region to region in a vast oasis of energy. The oasis is filled with diverse as well as esoteric energy. Dreams move us through one oasis after another in the action of our consciousness. As part of that action, we cross the boundaries of limits and push the throttle of our mind to the sub-floor of all existences, and intermingle with the source of our soul. Our soul expands from what we contribute to it in the vastness of the dream reality. That expansion gives the soul a free-floating desire to continue to expand in the presence of all its counterparts of which we are one.

The expansion is the voice of what we could call God expanding along with the soul. There are no physical emotions, influences or associations attached to that expansion. The only ingredient is the influx of energy freshly brewed from our fire of value fulfillment and desire. That fire is the fueled by the presence of being, and the absence of religious rhetoric and traditional brain-washing.

Friday, August 28, 2015

History Of The Soul

The world exists for the education of each man. There is no age or state of society or mode of action in history to which there is not somewhat corresponding in his life. Everything tends in a wonderful manner to abbreviate itself and yield its own virtue to him. He should see that he can live all history in his own person. He must sit solidly at home, and not suffer himself to be bullied by kings or empires, but know that he is greater than all geography and all the government of the world: He must transfer the point of view from which history is commonly read, from Rome and Athens and London to himself and not deny his conviction that he is the court, and if England or Egypt have anything to say to him, he will try the case; if not, let them forever be silent.

He must attain and maintain that lofty sight where facts yield their secret sense, and poetry and annals are alike. The instinct of the mind, the purpose of nature, betrays itself in the use we make of the signal narrations of history. Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts. No anchor, no cable, no fences avail to keep a fact a fact. Babylon, Troy, Tyre, Palestine and even early Rome are passing already into fiction. The Garden of Eden, the sun standing still in Gibeon, is poetry thence forward to all nations. Who cares what the fact was, when we have made a constellation of it to hang in heaven an immortal sign? London, Paris and New York must go the same way. “What is History,” said Napoleon, “but a fable agreed upon.” This life of ours is stuck round with Egypt, Greece, Gaul, England, War, Colonization, Church, Court and Commerce, as with so many flowers and wild ornaments grave and gay. I will not make more account of them. I believe in Eternity. I can find Greece, Asia, Italy, Spain and the Islands; the genius and creative principle of each and of all eras in my own mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words in his 1842 essay, History. If Emerson was physically alive today what would he think of the world we created in our minds? The world is a melting pot of distorted principles and self-absorbed convictions, and they are growing in the septic tank of monetary self-indulgence. We turn the history of our soul over to the money lords, and praise their selfishness. We hail our political kings and Knight the bureaucratic fanatics that snidely slash our freedom with swords of incompetence. We grant them God-speed. But we forget that God has no speed in a fabricated legal system organized by a hierarchy of fools.

Churches push the boundaries of truth as the judgmental cries of evangelical hypocrites try to separate the inseparable. We have lost our will to choice for ourselves and our minds are drowning in the bilge of uncertainty. Our minds sit on the shoulders of a choking planet that cries for a few clean breathes of air, but our organized self-destruction is bringing the planet and us to our knees. Our minds are starving, and our will is bending under the forceful claims of the wealthy corporations that serve the stone and forget the air. We are in hell, and we keep stoking the flames.

As Emerson points out, we live a fable and then relive it. We push the envelope of sanity and then lick the stamps of insanity. The taste of peace wallows in the powder-keg of vengeance and we kill what can’t be killed in order to appease our history.

We are nothing if we are not together in mind and spirit. The genius and the creative spirit that is the history of the soul is crying for justice. The justice of knowing all of this is a dream we choose to live. But dreams change when we are not servants to distorted images and when we take back our rightful place in this dream the history of the soul changes with us.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Body Less Journeys

Do we ever understand what we think? We understand only such thinking as is a mere equation and from which nothing comes out but what we have put in. That is the manner of the intellect. But beyond that there is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols that are older than historical man; which have been ingrained in him from earliest times, and, eternally living, outlasting all generations, still make up the groundwork of the human psyche.

It is possible to live the fullest life only when we are in harmony with these symbols; wisdom is a return to them. It is a question neither of belief nor knowledge, but of the agreement of our thinking with the primordial images of the unconscious.

Carl Jung the 20th-century Swiss psychiatrist, and founder of analytical psychology wrote those thoughts in his 1936 book, Modern Man in Search of a Soul. We only understand the data we perceive. Perceptions are rooted in social and religious data, as well as a plethora of other beliefs, but there are other primordial images that exist within the psyche, and we experience some of them in dreams. Those images may not be in harmony with the ego’s perceptions, but they are in harmony with the various realities we experience in dreams.

We don’t understand what we think in dreams. Dreams are a mishmash of thoughts and experiences that don’t seem real, but they are as real as the experiences we have when awake. When we enter dreams, we have a mission, albeit, a hidden mission. Our mission in dreams is to have experiences while the body consciousness is realigning its energy. These body less experiences give us a chance to “feel” what it is like to function without a body.

We take many journeys without our body. We condition the self to use our physical experiences without being physical, and the result of these journeys is nothing short of amazing. Dreams help us enter realities after we leave the body permanently. Without dreams, we would only know what it’s like to be physical. Dreams remind us what it “feels” like to be eternal.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

In Dreams Consciousness Is The Actor And The Observer

In the beginning, which is really no beginning. The will wants to know itself and consciousness is awakened and with the awakening of consciousness the will is split in two. The one will, whole and complete in itself, is now at once actor and observer. Conflict is inevitable, for the actor now wants to be free from limitations under which he has been obliged to put himself in his desire for consciousness. He has in one sense been enabled to see, but at the same time there is something which he, as observer, cannot see.

D.T. Suzuki the most respected 20th century expert on Far Eastern philosophy wrote those words. Suzuki is talking about the entrance of consciousness into a specific reality. Whenever a reality is entered by consciousness, there are other aspects of consciousness that continue to function in other realities. Dreams are an example of that compound and complex existence. We are all actors in our dreams, and we are also observers. Our consciousness splits into aspects of itself at will. One aspect is free of limitations and another, the observer, wonders why there are no limitations. Both of those aspects of consciousness are aware of every experience as actor and observer, and consciousness absorbs each one. One aspect absorbs the acting role, and the other absorbs the observing role.

If we look at dreams as a reality that has no beginning, we find clues about consciousness itself. We begin to understand that consciousness is not a thing. It is the energy behind all things, and in all things. It is able to form physical elements, and transform the irony within those elements. Consciousness enters dreams and becomes the subject, verb and object as well as the dangling participle that makes no sense but captures all sense. Consciousness forms the physical world and becomes what we want it to be. It is the producer, director, cameraman, writer, actor and audience within that world. It is the main attraction that introduces all other attractions, and we form experiences about it, and within it.

Our consciousness in dreams sets the tone for our physical consciousness. The actor and actors in our dreams give our observing physical consciousness the chance to become an actor that knows that the art of observing is just one role in a series of value-fulfillment achievements in that reality.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Diverse Psychic Enzymes

From the conception the increase, From the increase the thought, From the thought the remembrance, From the remembrance the consciousness, From the consciousness the desire.

From the nothing the begetting, From the nothing the increase, From the nothing the abundance, The power of increasing, The living breath. It dwells with the empty space, and produced The atmosphere which is above us.

Those thoughts are part of the Māori, a New Zealand culture that dates back at least 3,200 years. The Māori sensed the power of their subjective consciousness. They developed a story of creation from that sense, and it became a belief. The belief was an expression of their dreaming subjective consciousness. Māori beliefs were expressed through rituals and acts of worship. Acts of worship turned into a religion that could be experienced.

The Māori of New Zealand used their dreams to create their religion. Most religions worship a non-physical entity that originated in the mass subjective consciousness within dreams. The impulse to physically create is formed in dreams. When we look at the various beliefs around the world, we realize they are similar because the basic premise comes from the consciousness that exists in the dream world. The basic premise being there is something more to us than our physical being.

Like the atmosphere above us, dream consciousness saturates our perceptions. We don’t recognize that saturation, even though our dreams continues to reinforce our choices. Our choices become the experiences that expand our soul as it meanders through our dream reality. Creative action, which is the soul, expresses itself through our beliefs. All beliefs are rooted in the diverse psychic enzymes that exist in the action of consciousness.