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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cornucopias Filled With All Realities

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe, the American writer, poet, editor and literary critic wrote that thought. Our physical life is divided into two very distinct realities. One of them we call real life, and the other we call dreams. We put a lot of effort into our wakeful reality, but our dream reality requires no effort. In order to experience dreams we move our consciousness to another functioning reality. In our dream reality, we experience a world filled with mental enzymes that are not contained in time. We sense the self as it is or will be, but it always remains the same. The self in dreams never dies it just wakes up.

Our awareness in dreams is not governed by rules and structure. Awareness is alive without boundaries, and it expands without regret. Our physical awareness expands as we experience each tick of the clock. We focus on the clock instead of our awareness, and that creates the means to the end we expect but try to avoid. In dreams, there is no end, no clock and no expectations. There is only awareness of other realities that do not conform to our physical expectations.

We enter different dreams each night. Each one a life. Each one filled with awareness. We give ourselves a taste of our world after death and wonder why. Then, we wonder why not. Dreams, like death, is much more than one reality. Dreams and death are cornucopias filled with all realities.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hidden Difference

I don't take your words merely as words. Far from it. I listen to what makes you talk; whatever that is; and me listen.

Shinkichi Takahashi, one of Japan's most prolific poets, was born in 1901 in the fishing village of Shikoku. His book Triumph of the Sparrows is Dadaism and surrealism poetry at its finest. The self-educated poet knew a lot about words. Words are filled with beliefs, perceptions and emotions. Words are not merely words as Takahashi points out. Words deceive us, relieve us and transform us. They sit in our minds and wait for the opportunity to give us something we need to express or need to know. What makes us use words to talk is the hidden difference that Takahashi called Zen.

Western minds don’t understand the word, Zen. The meaning of Zen is lost in the word. The word, Zen creates conflict, peace and mystery depending on our belief about it. Zen doesn’t exist in the word, but it transforms itself into the word. Zen becomes physical when we think about whatever it is. The word becomes part of us like all words do.

The hidden difference that makes us talk can be blocked by the words we believe to be true. Truth is a word that expresses an association with a belief. That energy is enough to block what we listen to. We only hear the word not what makes it talk.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Game Board

Rules Activity governed by a specific set of rules is a game. This is no to imply that all of our activities are just trivial and frivolous; rather, the word is used with its widest possible connotation: our social activities are games in the sense that they depend upon rules which in turn always rest upon certain distinctions. Draw a distinction between the all-saving God and the all-sin-full man, and this will lead to a rule that man can be saved only by getting in touch with God; this is the Religion Game. Draw a distinction between valuable success and humiliating failure, and this will lead to a rule that to be valuable one must avoid failure; this is the Competition Game. In a word distinctions lead to rules which in turn form games.

The point of all of this will be glaringly obvious if we now ask a simple question: what happens if we draw inappropriate distinctions? Straightforwardly, an inappropriate distinction can lead to contradictory or paradoxical rules which in turn can lead to self-defeating and frustrating games. And a society built on such self-defeating games is an ideal breeding ground for neuroses and psychoses. That is, the distinction, rules, and games of a society can themselves be concealed contradictions and paradoxes, so that trying to act upon them places the double-bind on us all, for this type of game has rules that insure that we will never win the game!

Ken Wilbur in his 1977 book, Spectrum of Consciousness is explaining that our beliefs create the game board of life. The distinctions we form within our beliefs create the rules we live by. If our distinctions are inappropriate, the rules can be distorted, but we still believe them to be true. Our distinctions and the perceptions that form from our beliefs dominate our reality. We would not follow a certain religion if we perceived it to be fake, but the distinction of it being a religion might convince us it is not fake. We get caught in the paradox of conflicting associations that fill our belief structure.

In the game of life, we expand from each distinction and learn from each perception. We tune into our core beliefs and understand the paradox of not understanding. Our beliefs are compounded by objective influences as well as subjective suggestions. We move through the game board and pass through each moment to feel the value of physical distinctions, and the rules that create a game we always win even when we don’t realize we are winning.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Creases Of The Soul

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 thoughts in his 1842 essay History. Facts turn into fiction as time moves through our minds. It’s hard to distinguish between fact and fiction because we like to turn fiction into facts. Writers write facts, but those facts are covered in the unique flavor of fiction. Fiction is an assortment of facts turned inside out to express possibilities. Experiences are composed of endless facts. Some of those facts become beliefs; some become lies. We judge facts and label them.

Our beliefs create a snapshot of the reality we call factual, but within our beliefs there are kernels of fictitious growth. Our reality is a mindful experience as well as a physical one. The mindful experience is registered in the creases of the soul. In those creases, fact and fiction are the same. In our physical experience facts rule until they fade into the fiction we call history.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Slavery To An Unknown Mind

The Chinese world-view depended upon a totally different line of thought than the Western view of a mechanical universe externally ruled by a political Monarch and Creator. The harmonious cooperation of all beings arose, not from the orders of a superior authority external to themselves, but from the fact that they were all parts in a hierarchy of wholes forming a cosmic pattern and what they obeyed were the internal dictates of their own natures. Modern science and the philosophy of organism, with its integrative levels, have come back to this wisdom, fortified by new understanding of cosmic, biological and social evolution.

Joseph Needham, the British academic, was known for his research on Chinese culture. “Needham Grand Question” was why China was overtaken by the West in technology and science despite its early successes. He believed that Taoism and Confucianism played a role in slowing the pace of Chinese scientific discoveries. Chinese philosophical concepts focused on self-responsibility and unity within the self. The Western world immersed itself in inventive separatism. Western cultures are united in the diversity that exists in fragmented beliefs of others, not in the internal dictates of their own nature.

From our fragmented beliefs, our Western culture developed a system of knowing that was controlled by a force outside of us. This force evolved into a political and judgmental monarch that ruled with a firm external voice of a church. The slightest misstep can cause eternal damnation, but complete compliance means future rewards. These rewards are not specific in nature. They are promises filled with esoteric thought. The rewards and the punishment are self-inflicted, but we believe they are the work of this multi-purpose being that supports approval and vindictiveness.

The Chinese never adopted this philosophy. Hence, their political system is different. Their family structure is different, and the way they perceive their reality and the universe is different. The Chinese system is not better or worse than the Western system. It is a system that allows restricted freedom of mindful self-expression. In Western culture our system promotes slavery to an unknown mind. In China, they recognize the mind.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Bond Of True Friendship

Our account of truth is an account of truths in the plural of processes of leading, realized in rebus( actuality) and having only this quality in common that they pay. They pay by guiding us into or toward some part of a system that dips at numerous points into sense-precepts, which we may copy mentally or not, but with which at any rate we are now in the kind of commerce vaguely designated as verification.

Truth for us is simply a collective name for verification-processes, just as health, wealth, strength etc., are names for other processes connected with life and also pursued because it pays to pursue them. Truth is made, just as health, wealth and strength are made, in the course of experience.

Our belief that yon thing on the wall is a clock is true already, although no one in the history of the world should verify it. The bare quality of standing in that transcendent relation is what makes any thought true that possesses it, whether or not there be verification.

You pragmatists put the cart before the horse in making truth’s being reside in verification-process. These are merely signs of being, merely our lame way of ascertaining after the fact, which of our ideas already has possessed the wondrous quality. The quality itself is timeless, like all essences and natures. Thoughts partake of it directly, as they partake of falsity or of irrelevancy. It can’t be analyzed away into pragmatic consequences.

William James, in his 1907 essay Pragmatism’s Concept of Truth explains how truth is a vacillating concept that forms an energetic response from us. We protect our truths. But what we protect most is the verification of truth. That fact is obvious in the struggle to accept same-sex marriages. Church leaders say there’s no truth in gay and lesbian unions, and they verify their position by quoting the Bible or man-made laws of the church.

The church faithful believe the truth that exists in the Bible. They believe in church laws that claim marriage is for a man and a woman and beliefs become truths. But those truths are verifications of constructed truths, not truths that are innately rooted in consciousness.

We base our lives on truths that are designed by the perceptions of others. We don’t search inside of us and feel the truth of being one with all that exists in this particular time sequence. We are truth advocates, but we allow half-truths to rule our decision making, and we allow them control our choices.

Real truths are innate truths. They are subjective verifications of what we already know to be true. We already know that marriage is not part of a government license. Marriage is a contract between two people that want to share life’s challenges together. Friends of the same sex form similar contracts every day. The contract of marriage takes that bond of true friendship to another level. Marriage is an innate truth, not a religious or political one