Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Force Of Imagination

The concepts that connect and separates people is the power of an idea and the force of imagination.

We find ourselves using the power of our ideas when we discuss patriotism, political affiliations, and family loyalty. We instantly color our world with the force of our imagination and as we do we realize how different our ideas and imagination are. Those aspects of consciousness are highly individualized, but they can be influenced. We fail to see the importance of imagination even though it forms the world we experience as well as the mass world we experience. Imagination changes how we perceive ourselves. The combination of imagination and beliefs structure our subjective experience as well as our objective circumstances.

Thanks to imagination we feel we are part of a plan, but that plan is based on the ideas we have about that plan. Our history and our ideas about our history are formed by the ideas we have in our imagination and we then project them into the physical world. The battle we are experiencing with radical terrorists is a product of their efforts to squeeze their ideas of truth into a framework of beliefs that is too small, and this distorts and bends their beliefs into uncompromising dogmas.

We could say the rapid rise of radical fundamentalism is an over compensation for ideas that have existed in the Western world for centuries. The laws and standards set by the imagination of Westerners are unacceptable within the framework of the distorted beliefs of terrorists. Terrorists believe in an authoritarian religion that must rebel against scientific and religious intellectualism. Terrorist see the world in black and white, good and evil and those associations give the elastic world of Western ideas a foothold in their imagination as they attempt to accept literal interpretations of intuitive realities.

By accepting literal interpretations, the terrorists further limit the channels where their psychic abilities flow. The imagination is creative, so it is always seeking expression. Terrorists would rather believe in man’s sinful nature rather than the fact that every person is inherently good, and an individualized portion of the divine.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Cause Of Right

The Global crises we face today are unique in many ways, not only in their scope, complexity, and urgency, but also in that for the first time in human history each and every one of them is caused by humans. They are creations of our individual and collective behavior and can therefore be traced, in significant part to psychological origins: to our individual and collective beliefs, greed fear, fantasies, defenses and misperceptions. Our global problems are global symptoms, and the state of the world reflects the state of our minds.

Roger Walsh wrote those thoughts in his 1984 book, The Psychology of Human Survival. We live in a world filled with greed, fantasies, misperceptions and fear. We watch those thoughts become real, and we own them. We bring them into our mental laboratory and mix them with our beliefs. The mixture that results from brewing this concoction of thoughts creates perceptions that are hybrids of the truth. But we call them truths, nonetheless.

We like to mix fear with our religious beliefs as well as our political beliefs. We challenge God to take sides while we fantasize and defend how God will act. Collective religious beliefs seasoned with fear and greed are hybrids that are designed to promote power, not faith. Faith is buried under the umbrella of violence and hatred, and “in the name of God” becomes the victory cry. We tear the fabric of faith from God, and attach it to our human misperceptions then we kill to honor those misperceptions.

We like to say we live in a world of hatred and fear. A world where one religion tries to eradicate another in order to worship a just and noble God. Whatever we call that God becomes our war badge, and we use it show our allegiance to the cause of right. But our cause of right has no right. Our cause of right reflects our belief in the religion of fear, not the religion that knows that the cause of right is really self-inflicted torture.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Caring Game

It is by caring about things that we infused the world with importance. This provides us with stable ambitions and concerns; it marks our interests and our goals. The importance that our caring creates for us defines the framework of standards and aims in terms of which we endeavor to conduct our lives.

A person who cares about something is guided, as his attitudes and his actions are shaped, by his continuing interest in it. Insofar as he does care about certain things, this determines how he thinks it important for him to conduct his life. The totality of the various things that a person cares about, together with his ordering of how important to him they are, effectively specifies his answer to the question of how we live.

Harry G. Frankfurt, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton, wrote those thoughts in his 2004 book, The Reasons of Love. We all infuse the world with elements of importance. But we don’t consider some of the things we care about important because what we care about is overshadowed by the mass cares that are projected into our fragmented reality. We try to conduct our lives caring about what others care about, and, for the most part, we accept our position within that framework as one of the main goals in life.

When we allow the mass cares of our society to trump our own cares, we become pawns in a treacherous game. In that game, our emotions override our insight. We give up a portion of the self, and we allow others to tell what we care about.

We play this caring game in politics, in religion, in social circles, and we even play it within the self. We find the importance of others more appealing than our own importance, and we become desensitized by our lack of self-caring. We live to express the false cares that influence our decision making. We find ourselves electing politicians with hidden or ridiculous agendas, and religious leaders that prey on the fear and the unknown within the psyche.

We play this caring game to learn something about the self. We learn that we are more than one. We live to care and to recognize the duplicity that exists in that one.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Dreams: Another Valid Reality

Theologians have by this time stretched their minds so as to embrace the Darwinian fact’s and yet to interpret them as still showing divine purpose. It used to be a question of purpose against mechanism, of one or the other. It was as if one should say “My shoes are evidently designed to fit my feet, hence it is impossible that they should have been produced by machinery.” We know that they are both: they are made by machinery itself designed to fit the feet with shoes.

Theology need only stretch similarly the design of God. As the aim of a football-team is not merely to get the ball to a certain goal (if that were so, they would simply get up some dark night and place it there), but to get it there by a fixed machinery of conditions: the game’s rules and the opposing players; so the aim of God is not merely, let us say, to make men and to save them, but rather to get this done through the sole agency of nature’s vast machinery. Without nature’s stupendous laws and counterforces, man’s creation and perfection, we might suppose, would be too insipid achievements for God to have designed them.

William James wrote those thoughts in his 1906 essay, Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered. The God word, as James points out, has been used to confirm a vast number of facts and truths. As space exploration continues, the reality of this entity or collections of entities continues to expand in our awareness because of its multiplicity. Awareness is the rudimentary force of being that continues to flow in an endless stream of energy. We physically experience that flow in the boundaries of time and space.

Our mental enzymes function in a focused environment, but they also function in other states of consciousness. There are complex grids and connections in which consciousness finds itself, and in those energy streams awareness expands. One of those energy streams is very active in our dreams.

In dreams, we are absorbed by what we call God. We are also encapsulated by our soul in order to sense the distinct aspects of God. But we don’t believe that we can actually experience God in dreams. Our belief system is distorted by doctrines that serve physical time. Our belief system functions on misinformation in order to make sense of our inability to focus on more than one reality at a time.

But in our dreams we are able to move freely through the stream of energy that touches every aspect of us and some of the aspects of the entity we call God. When we begin to treat dreams as a valid reality, some of the mysteries we take on faith will be revealed for what they are. They are just brief stops on the bank of the stream of energy.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Universal Library Of Knowledge And Wisdom

Of the universal mind each individual man is one more incarnation. All properties consist in him. Each new fact in his private experience flashes a light on what great bodies of men have done, and the crises of his life refer to national crises. Each revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era. Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.

The fact narrated must correspond to something in me to be credible or intelligible. We as we read must become Greeks, Romans, Turks, priest and king, martyr and executioner, or we shall learn nothing rightly. What befell Hasdrubal or Caesar Borgia is as much an illustration of the mind’s power and depravation as what has befallen us.

Emerson wrote those words in his 1841 essay, History. But those words are more than words. They are perceptions that arise from the world of dreams and innate experiences. Emerson believed that everything physical starts as a thought, and he believed those thoughts are rooted in the universal library of knowledge and wisdom.

Most of us don’t believe we are connected to such a place. We like to believe the hall of wisdom is a separate place that we have to earn to enjoy. But both of those beliefs are shaded by the perceptions of men with hidden agendas. Those agendas also originate in the universal library. The universal library is not a place, and we are never separated from it. This sanctuary of thought is a key part of the energy that exists within us. It is one of the actions of consciousness. Consciousness is not a place or one person. It is a characteristic of energy manifesting as thoughts, life forms and things.

We say this conscious wisdom center is universal and it is, but it is constructed individually. Each form of consciousness uses knowledge and wisdom differently in order to expand in awareness. We use Earth as our individual expansion field, and we assume different roles to increase our awareness of our complete self. The self that never left the library of knowledge and wisdom. So nothing is new in our expansion field. All we experience has been experienced before. The only element that is new is our awareness of knowing what we already know, and the wisdom to accept that knowing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dream Perceptions Only Become Real When We Remember Them

It is the growing conscious of a new power in the mind, which enabled it to judge things from a new point of view. Ever since the unfoldment of consciousness we have been led to respond to the inner and outer conditions in a certain conceptual and analytical manner. The discipline of Zen consists in upsetting this artificially constructed framework once and for all and in remodeling it on an entirely new basis. The old framework is called Ignorance and the new one Enlightenment.

D.T. Suzuki wrote those perceptions in his 1927 essay, Satori. The word satori means awakening, and it’s safe to say that human consciousness is awakening to the fact that our physical life is divided into two distinct realities. The first reality is our wakeful reality. We experience our perceptions in that reality, and we create an individual sense of worth because of those perceptions.

Everyone sees and feels their reality differently, but we try to blend our individual realities into one big one, and in the process all hell breaks loose. That hell is a combination of perceptions that conflict with each other. The result is a mass reality filled with the aftershocks of our quest to merge perceptions. Perceptions are the fuel that keep the fire of hell burning in our wakeful world.

The second reality that we live physically is the dream reality. In that reality, we don’t merge individual realities and create the fire of hell in our consciousness. We do the opposite in dreams. We experience what some religions call heaven. We travel through different regions of consciousness and absorb the knowledge that floats through all of them.

In dreams, we prepare our wakeful reality for what can come from our perceptions, but we ignore that preparation most of the time. We live the life of the soul in our dreams and celebrate the union that exists within all consciousness. Perceptions in dreams form a different world, and that world is uniquely individualistic. The dream reality is rooted in our individualism, and our physical reality is rooted in our mass perceptions. And the odd thing is, individual dream perceptions only become real to us when we remember them.

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.