Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Footprints Of Fools

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness.

It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is, that it scatters your force. It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character. If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers─ under all these screens I have difficulty to detect the precise man you are.

And, of course, so much force is withdrawn from your proper life. But do your work and I shall know you. Do your work and you shall reinforce yourself.


Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 essay Self-Reliance explains self-responsibility and how easy it is to put it in the hands of others. When we allow the crowd mentality to rule our decision making, our creative expression is lost in the footprints of fools. We become fragments of sensibility in the wind of confusion. Life becomes a tug of war that nobody wins. Our energy waits for approval and as it does it stagnates in the fluids of mass confusion. We float from promise to promise like a leaf that has left the tree of life for a place in the dirt of censored traditions.

Our institutions have become cults that worship greed and irresponsibility. Religions fight each other to gain the favor of a God that has no favorites. Our political system rots in the bowels of lawyers that corrupt the will of the people with the stench of half-truths and fictitious fears. We sit in the pews of terror and see ourselves looking into the mirror of justification and revenge.

The solitude of self-responsibility waits for us to cross the threshold of creativity, and be the housekeeper that is no longer sweeping up the distorted rituals of life. Our solitude brings us in line with our subjectivity where the footprints of fools vanish in the vastness of the art.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Infinite Mind

There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.

Ralph Waldo Emerson opened his 1841 essay, History with that statement. The mind is a hidden treasure. We know we have one, but we don’t know where it is. Emerson thought the individual mind is connected to an infinite mind. He said the infinite mind is filled with wisdom, and we tap into that wisdom to produce the knowledge that serves us in our particular time sequence. The infinite mind straddles time sequences and disperses its wisdom as needed. The need for wisdom is created by the sum of its parts. As the knowledge flows through times so does the awareness it brings with it. We capture that awareness in our individual mind and the infinite mind expands in the process.

We could call the infinite mind God, but we don’t, because it has no face, or characteristics that are familiar to us. We could say that mind is inside of God, and that would sound right since that association gives us the comfort of familiarity. So, if that is the case, then Emerson’s thoughts make sense. Everyone has a connection to the mind of God. We all have the ability to tap into the mind of a saint, the genius of an Einstein or the madness that exists from the distorted associations produced by others.

We use our mind to experience the knowledge that has been used in other time sequences by other minds. We just tweak it to conform to our beliefs. We are a whole part of a gestalt that continues to offer us what we want to know, but the issue is, we don’t know what we want to know. Immersed in that paradox, we create experiences, and from them we add more knowledge to the gestalt. But in that process we also add the gestalt to our mind.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Time Void

The void is what I call the space where everything exists before it is formed. It is as if you had an image in your mind of a figure, and then you carved the figure out of wood. Before the wooden figure emerged, the idea of it was in your thoughts. It is the same with everything that exists; an image of everything exists in the void before it was created. An image is fully formed, including all of its states of change, from its birth to its seeming death, all at the same time.

Fu Hsi, the mythical emperor of China, lived over seven thousand years ago. He created a mathematical model of the universe with all its conditions and changes using 64 six-line figures which he called Kua. We now can these figures hexagrams. His knowledge was put in a Chinese book known as the I Ching

Two hundred years ago, German mathematician Joseph Leibnitz created a numerical system containing zeros and ones. That system is known as the binary system. The binary system is the language of computers. At some point, Leibnitz read a copy of the I Ching, and he started to compare Fu His lines with his binary system. When he substituted his zeros and ones for the broken and unbroken lines of the ancient Chinese system, they were identical. The language that computers use today was around over seven thousand years ago, but it was in a different form.

The point of the story is; nothing is new. Wisdom has a way of re-inventing itself into knowledge that fits the energy expressing it in a particular moment in time. If Fu Hsi came up with his version of computer language at his moment in time, it also was used before his time in a different way. The stories of primitive man may be only one story of human evolution. Other stories of man’s incredible creations existed thousands upon thousands of years ago if we measure them using time.

As Fu Hsi points out, all those creations existed in a non-physical form before they were physical. Creation is a simultaneous act of energy that expresses more than the sum of its parts. Other parts exist in a reality where time has no meaning. Those parts are the action of an infinite consciousness that moves through the time void and expresses awareness.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Noble Lie

God fills everyone’s soul with gold, silver, and iron, but the working man and the farmer’s soul has less of those elements, so the ruler’s soul was the guardian.

Plato described the concept of the Noble Lie that way. Plato, the illustrious Greek philosopher, wrote about the Nobel Lie in his work The Republic. He developed the theory of the Noble Lie to bring awareness to the separatism that existed between the rulers and the common people. The rulers controlled the beliefs of the people, and they used that perceived truth to get what they wanted at the expense of the people they served.

The Noble Lie has gone through a metamorphosis through the years; political and religious leaders don’t use gold, silver and iron as the ingredients to control the masses these days. They use money, half-truths and bigotry to get what they want, when they want. Nothing is more sacred to them than the reincarnated Noble Lie.

The world is divided. Fragments of the Noble Lie seep through every political system in the world. The moral compass of confused nations point toward religious tyranny, which is a form of political bunkum that is arranged and tucked neatly in the arms of a perceived creator.

In every lie, there is a hidden truth. A nugget of awareness that opens the door of choices. We can change the Noble Lie, to the Noble Truth, but we have to understand it first. We must see that we are a part of it. A big part of it. Because we are a big part of it, we have the ability to identify the half-truths and transform them. We can direct the money toward the Noble Good, and make it work for the will of the people. We can accept the bigotry and switch it to informed discernment, which is the right of acceptance within the freedom of diversity.

Our political and religious rulers are our creations. We can mold them into a unified, just and forward thinking group if we bury the Noble Lie in the sand of complete awareness. The complete awareness of who we are and how we are connected.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Wise Silence

We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the Eternal One.

And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in any hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those thoughts in his 1841 essay The Over-Soul. Emerson believed that the soul spreads itself into this time-space reality and then experiences life in a variety of human forms. He understood that everything is related, and we are part of the whole that connects all consciousness. The wise silence that injects us with the energy we project into this reality has limitless boundaries and infinite ways to express those boundaries. The nature of the force we call God is whole in every part of consciousness, and part of every whole of consciousness. We do see our world in pieces, but each piece represents a whole part of the wise silence within it.

Emerson started the 19th century Transcendental Movement to bring that message to the religious righteous of his era. He believed the consciousness within the consciousness of Christ was the catalyst within all of us. All consciousness has wise silence and the impetus to express it. But we express our inner silence in different ways in order to feel the different values within it. Value Fulfillment is a path of knowing. We learn how to listen to our wise silence as we add value to our life. Within that value is the chatter of other parts of our soul.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Infinite Point Of Now

The conventional self is composed mainly of a history consisting of selected memories, and beginning from the moment of parturition. According to convention, I am not simply what I’m doing now.

I am also what I have done and my conventionally edited version of my past is made to seem almost the more real “me” than what I am at this moment. For what I am seems so fleeting and intangible, but what I was is fixed and final. It is the firm basis for predictions of what I will be in the future and so it comes about that I am more closely identified with what no longer exists than with what actually is.


Alan Watts, the British philosopher, wrote that those thoughts in his 1957 book The Way of Zen. We find ourselves in a conundrum when it comes to knowing who we are. We are the past and we do celebrate parts of it, but we also vilify other parts based on our selective memory of our experiences. We are the present as we piece together perceptions that define our now, but those perceivable pieces vacillate through several experiences. The pieces don’t stop moving until we look back at them.

We are the future. Our future is the unexplainable now that waits for us to move through the duration of objects until we reach the pinnacle of our projections. When we reach that pinnacle, it changes to the present, but the present becomes the past, as we stand in the now. We are part of an elastic reality that jets us through the energy of consciousness. This energy deposits us in the infinite point of now. We never leave the now or the memory of our memory of it in the future.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Perceptions

For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never catch myself at any time without a perception and never can observe anything but the perception.

David Hume, the 18th-century Scottish philosopher, wrote those thoughts in his 1741 work Treatise of Human Nature. Hume is explaining an acute action of the mind when he talks about perceptions. Perceptions can be truths as well as untruths, but we accept them all as facts. They become a piece of our knowing. We use perceptions to dissect our experiences. In that regard, they become influences that direct our emotional and physical behavior. Perceptions rule our actions, and we wait for confirmation from others to continue those actions.

Actions are our direct response to perceptions. Action is energy, so our perceptions are filled with the power of energy. We can build, destroy and complicate situations using a single perception. That perception will linger in our brains until another one enhances it or replaces it. Changing perceptions is not easy. We guard our knowledge even if it has been tainted by faulty associations and influences. We have been taught to be right, and think right, so we rely on our perceptions to confirm our conformity. We even mold our perceptions, so they conform to the perception of others. Their vision of right influences our vision, even when their vision is colored with emotions and fear.

We don’t travel inside of our perceptions and see the infinite field of choices within the mind. We usually pick one or two choices and live them. But this infinite field inside the mind is where realities are molded. It is where the self projects the self into every physical scenario. When we begin to observe the self within our perceptions, the perceptions change. We sense more of who we are. Our cognate sense begins the action that guides our perceptions and the choices within them.