Thursday, October 21, 2021

Yesterday's Thoughts

Information (the stuff of the imagination) not only transforms the material world, it becomes it. The adage “you are what you eat” has changed into “you are what you know” and since your knowledge depends on what information you accept as “fact,” you are what you believe!

Fred Alan Wolf, the quantum physics guru, wrote those thoughts in his book, Quantum’s Little Book Of Big Ideas. Fred is able to put esoteric thought into simple terms. We are what we believe. But the issue is we don’t know the scope of all our beliefs.

We all have obvious beliefs passed down through the generations. Those beliefs are our truths. We don’t question them. But as we know, most of those truths are under scrutiny at this point in physical time. We forget that our belief structure is not solid. It can change as we change. Associations and influences influence our beliefs, so that mental structure is in a state of knowledge remix almost every day.

Most of us believe certain truths can never change. We take those solid truths to the next life with us. What we don’t realize is those solid truths rearranged, reorganized, and reassessed at some point.

Truths are our perception of real. The truth in one person’s mind is not the truth in another mind. That mind has a perceived truth, and that brings our duplicity to a boil. We then begin the right and wrong, good and bad game, and we put conflicting truths on the stand of morality and righteousness to decide what the real truth is.

But truths are real to the all believers until those truths move to the valley of yesterday’s thoughts.

Just An Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man

H.T. Manogue

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A Quick Guide to Spiritual Wisdom

Another Just An Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man Amazon Review Written By Deb Hart Yemm.

Deb is a gifted American author who travels a similar writing road. Plus, she's a great friend.

Amazon Review September 2021

Deborah H. Yemm

5.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Guide to Spiritual Wisdom

Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2021

It is a huge challenge to present a long study of spiritual philosophy in short bursts of understanding but Manogue does just that with this book. Such a diverse array of thoughtful contemplations as Ken Wilber to Thomas Merton to Rumi and Rilke and like those last two poets, the poet in Manogue is allowed to come out and play alongside them. I found the short essays most useful, especially the summary of Wilber's Eight Awareness Waves encountered early in the book because I knew of him but not what his perspective was. Every essay illuminates the thoughts in the poem that precedes it at a soul understood level.

I also appreciated meeting some thinkers in Manogue's book who were totally new to me, even though I've studied such thinking for 3 decades now. Anyone who is just dipping their awareness into spiritual philosophy will come away from reading this book with a foundation that would have taken them a long time to acquire and from there they can go off on their own path to their own new discoveries.

*You Know You Want To Read It!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

When The Wind Blows The Grass Bends

If your desire is for good, the people will be good. The moral character of the ruler is the wind; the moral character of those beneath him is the grass. When the wind blows, the grass bends.

Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, wrote those thoughts over 2,300 years ago. He believed self-responsibility should rule people’s behavior. Most of us think we lost that connection through the years, and our government’s debacle demonstrates that fact. Our ego ignores the inner self, and we cling to the fear of separatism.

Plato, the Greek philosopher, lived about a hundred years after Confucius. He wrote about separatism in his work, The Republic. Plato’s theory of the Noble Lie is in that book. The Noble Lie was Plato’s way of bringing the behavior and the beliefs of the rulers to the surface of public opinion.

Plato described the concept of the Noble Lie this way: God filled everyone’s soul with gold, silver, and iron. But the working man and the farmer’s soul had less of those elements, so the ruler’s soul was the guardian. Rulers controlled the people using that perceived truth.

Our current religious and political leaders immerse themselves in a new version of the Noble Lie. These religious and political leaders consider themselves a special breed. They believe they must control the thoughts of their peers, not listen to them. This new version of the Noble Lie infiltrated our belief structure, and the message within it is now a perceived truth.

The form and delivery of the Noble Lie changed over the years. But the message is the same― political and religious leaders believe they control the people. Confucius said: Do not do to others what you do not want done to you. We elect political leaders that do unto others what they don’t do to themselves. Some religious leaders do the same thing.

The thought of using moral character, self-responsibility, and a united consciousness in politics, as well as religion, might take us to a place where when the wind blows and the grass bends in informed agreement. That thought is a prime ingredient of change in this age of self-direction and self-transformation.

Just An Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man