Monday, 29 September 2014

Power - Delusions we cherish.

According to Baruch Spinoza to define God is to deny God. He’s right, of course. We all suffer from delusions. We think God is good and Satan is bad. Not so. We are good or bad. God is neutral. Yet, as Lao Tzu said, Tao is always on the side of the just man.
There’s a problem.
We must decide what defines ‘just’.
We can start by observing the functioning of the Universe, duly noting that the physical universe is illusory, what our friends in the East call Maya. We must dig deeper. So who/what created the reality we live in?
We are the god-creators.
Each one of us is a state of consciousness, which is immovable and unchangeable. The individualized consciousness is inseparable from the Omnipresent Consciousness, which is the Creative Source. Its power is required to covert the potential into the manifested reality. 
We have that power. This singular power is what makes us gods. Nothing else.
Hence, “Ye are gods.”

This creative power is what defines gods. Plural—as Elohim in the Bible.
Once we become aware of this power, we begin our conscious evolutionary climb. We learn that power can be used for both good and evil ends.
Essentially, all that enhances the totality (even through diversity) is good. All that detracts from it is bad. Omnipresent Benevolence, equips us with immortality then… leaves us on our own. Bombardment of meteorites, volcanic eruptions, tornados, tsunamis and other global cataclysms that lately we see in great abundance are ample proof of this.
We experiment, we learn. We live (a short while) with the consequences of our decisions.

Reality functions according to Universal Laws. Some call these Laws Science, some God, some Nature. The name is immaterial.  It is important to note that Omnipresent Benevolence is characterized by the tendency to restore and sustain a state of balance.

As we acquire more power and learn how to use it, we become ‘good’ or ‘bad’, according to our will (or latent ignorance). Hence gods can be both, good and bad, though the Source, the Infinite Potential, remains eternally neutral. The Laws (including Karma) take care of restoring and maintaining the balance. Hence, the Single Source must remain neutral to afford us free will. The Power lies within us. Good or bad.

The truth is within us. It is up to us to rediscover it, accept it, and then do the best we can with it. In time we become more powerful gods. We acquire the power to kill millions—or to save them. No matter what power we wield, eventually we ALWAYS bear the consequences of our thoughts, which result in actions. The ignorance of law is no excuse for breaking it.
Hence, divinity is neither good nor bad, but It is what the opposites have in common, thus sustaining a state of balance. Only such balance assures Immortality. Therein lies Infinite Power, and we are the only gods that exercise it.
There are many other delusions we cherish.




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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Homo Sapiens - Embodiment of Intelligence?

I wonder why most people find the concept of Oneness so difficult to accept. Latest reports from scientists claim that there are 8.7 million species. We need more accountants as, apparently, “cataloguing them all could take more than 1,000 years”. Though I’m neither an accountant nor a statistician, by my reckoning, probably double that number still hides in the depth of the oceans.

In 1935 Alexis Carrel wrote that “L’Homme, cet inconnu”. For me, man remains an unknown entity to this day. And yet, no matter how much we enjoy murdering each other out of greed, in wars, or just dropping bombs from 30,000 feet up in the air, nobody disputes that we, Homo sapiens, are a single species. Though we kill an astounding number of men and women, with the exception of some quasi-religious zealots, almost no one denies that we kill our own kind. Of course, when we exterminate other species that’s perfectly all right, because none of the others have been created “unto the image and likeness of god”. They don’t matter at all…
But we are different. We are “Wise Men”. That’s what Homo sapiens means in Latin. We, supreme species, above all others. Yea! Über Alles?

Imagine how different the world would be if we were to recognize that not our bodies are part of a single species, but our consciousness. That a single intelligence is trying, so desperately, to manifest through our bodies. That our consciousness, not our bodies is One. A Single Intelligence manifesting through near-infinite diversity of forms.
We’d probably have to include at least some of the 8.7 million other species in this equation, of course. Or we might become 8,700,001. All One, single intelligence manifesting, as best IT can, through all means available to IT. And then we would add all the, as yet unknown, extraterrestrial species to this Singularity of Consciousness. All different, all striving to comprehend this elusive, intangible, yet strangely euphoric Oneness.
Just imagine…
I firmly believe that in time, perhaps a few trillion years or so, we shall begin to feel this Oneness. Instead of killing each other we might cooperate to reach greater understanding of the infinite diversity of creation. Our thoughts will create universes beyond our wildest imagination. Worlds of near-infinite beauty. Of singularity of Mind, or Love…
We would all become ONE.

And there is more. Having achieved this evolutionary level we would know without the slightest shadow of doubt that this creative zeal of ours would never end. That ever-new ideas would flow from the Source of Infinite Potential (the Unconscious), waiting to be manifested in equally as infinite number of transient realities. After all, only the creative act is the manifestation of Life. The rest is just a consequence.
There’s no hurry.  
After all, as gods, we are all immortal. We must prepare to accept our heritage. It is waiting within us to be discovered. Within you and me—within every single one of us. 




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Friday, 19 September 2014

Image and Likeness? Morons marry Morons…


For one of my novels, I studied mental retardation. I looked up my Webster’s Dictionary. It offered synonyms for moron:

“…airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowder head, chucklehead, clodpoll or clodpole, clot, cluck clunk, cretin, cuddy or cuddie, deadhead, dimbulb, dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey doofus, dope, dork dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, knownothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead, loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome, idiot, mug, mutt, natural, nimrod, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit, nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull or numbskull, oaf, pinhead, jprat, ratbag, saphead, schlub or shlub, schnook, simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo…”

The antonyms were two: “brain” and “genius”.
The next day I looked up the King James Bible. There I read the following verse.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.” Genesis 1:27
I was also assured that, “male and female created he them”. That us, boys and girls, we’re in this together.
Now, according to Mr. Noah Webster’s listing, the ratio of morons to geniuses is 87 to 2. He doesn’t say which of these are created unto the image of God, with or without a capital ‘G’. All of them? That wouldn’t say much for God.
Or could it be that, in spite of Leonardo da Vinci’s visions, the Bible was talking about something quite different from the assurances we get from religious preachers?
I suggest that the characteristics that we inherit from ‘gods’ (biblical Elohim is plural) have nothing to do with the teaching of any religion. What the Bible intends to convey is that the creative process is dependant on, and is the result of, our thoughts. We, humans, like gods, are granted the privilege of creating our own, private, subjective reality, which we are free to regard as real. No matter how idiotic, no matter if it consists of almost exclusively empty space, we are free to consider it true. We are the creators.
The reality, of course, is our state of consciousness.

Unfortunately Webster’s Dictionary doesn’t explain why the world is in such a mess. If we were to take Mr. Webster seriously, we’d conclude that:
“Morons marry morons to create more morons…”
The Dictionary doesn’t explain that our thoughts, including thoughts we direct at other people, create the reality we live in. For as long as we assign 87 negative traits to every 2 positive ones regarding our neighbours, regarding people everywhere, this world will reflect our thoughts. It cannot be otherwise. Once our thoughts get anchored in our subconscious, they determine the precise nature of our world. We are the sole creators of our reality. We have the power to create the world in the image and likeness of our thoughts. After all, we are gods. Remember?

From that day on I decided that the protagonists in my novels would live up to the Human Potential. They would be geniuses. Find out for yourself. 




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Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Centripetal Force

Darwinian evolution is little more than the effect of centrifugal force. There is also ‘real’ evolution, but such remains the province of mystics and saints, although it has absolutely nothing to do with any religion.
A paradox?
Apparently.

The centrifugal force sets us apart—centripetal draws us together. This applies to physical, emotional and mental realms. The physical is obvious—it stops our planet from smashing into the sun.
By contrast, in purely physical sense, the centripetal force stops us from flying off into the cold void of space.  The same holds true of the emotional and mental realities. It holds us together. Emotionally, we know this force as love. On mental plane the key is philosophy. After all, philosophy means the love of wisdom, and wisdom is a perfect blend of love and knowledge.
Yet, on all planes, balance must be maintained.
Hence, all that separates, or tends to separate us, is part of the centrifugal force. Without it, taking all into consideration, we would collapse into a black hole that swallows all the light. And light is knowledge.
Yet these forces exist on every plane of becoming, with the centripetal being more powerful than the centrifugal. It accounts for both the rotation and the holding together of solar systems and galaxies rather than having various clamps of matter scattered haphazardly all over otherwise empty space. Likewise, whatever we do, ultimately the centripetal force, being the most powerful force in the universes, will restore our Oneness.
In essence, love is an expression of centripetal force.
Hence, we begin to understand the real meaning of love. It is that which restores Oneness on all planes of perception. The Singularity of Consciousness.

There is one other matter that ensues from this premise. The farther we move away from the centre, the more we lose touch with the concept of Oneness. In the physical sense, evolution is due to increased complexity necessary for survival as we drift away from the source of life. But as physical survival is, by definition, transient or even illusory, it follows that primitive animals are much closer to the Edenic state of consciousness from which humans have departed so long ago.
However, once we become fully aware of this separation, we can enjoy the complexities of physical evolution while retaining awareness of our true nature. ‘Real’ evolution leads to increased awareness of the individualized consciousness being inseparable from the Omnipresent Oneness. Of being all ONE.

If not….
Since each one of us, at the level of our consciousness, is immortal, sooner or later we shall all accept this maxim. Consequently, our creativity will increase beyond our wildest imagination. However, for as long we evolve in dualistic reality, we must never forget that divinity hovers in the perfect balance between the two opposing forces. It is our job to maintain this balance in our lives.
Good luck.


PS. Women, being motivated by their subconscious more so than men, have greater creative potential than men. However, they use up their ‘advantage’ on physical plane through procreation.




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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Free Will


Our ego demands that we, and we alone, should control our destiny. Never mind our heritage, circumstances, genetic, economic, political and sociological predispositions, and a thousand other factors—we lay claim to be free citizens, masters of our domain.
It is hard to believe that some of us continue to delude ourselves. And yet, there is a grain of truth in the assumption of our freedom although, as Einstein would say, all is relative, and Feynman would add, “in all probability”.

Actually it all depends.
If you consider yourself born without any Karma, i.e. without any genetic traits, which give bias to your behaviour, shape, facial features (such a good looks or lack of them), or other factors that influence your predispositions; if you are born without the inherent need to procreate, to amass riches: wealth, gold, diamonds, yachts, works of art or country cottages—let alone power…
…but this could never happen, could it?
We delude ourselves that it is our transient personality and not the Immortal I AM that converts potential into manifestation. Hence, the illusion of free will.

Various religions have usurped and twisted the interpretation of ancient knowledge as it applies to our everyday affairs. Yet all scriptures, of whatever origin, always apply NOT to our physical bodies and/or wellbeing, but to the consciousness that resides within them. Hence, if we refer to ‘free will’, as mentioned in any of those writings, we do not mean that our ego is free to do whatever he or she wants, but our immovable, indestructible, irrepressible I AM alone is endowed with this quality. If we, however, identify with our physical bodies as ‘ourselves’, we can but temporarily deny the dictates of the physical, illusory, reality.
 Temporarily.
Even as the conductor of an orchestra can wield his baton with great determination—he can allow the music to rise and fall, to swell or diminish in a gentle rallentando—but he cannot change a single note.
If we introduce discord into the music of the spheres sooner or later we, the transient personality, shall suffer. In the past they called such discord a ‘sin’. The music must remain pure. Perfect. As always, it is a question of cause and effect. Nothing more, nothing else. The harmony will be maintained, or restored.

On the other hand we are free to cooperate with universal laws and add to the harmony and beauty of even the illusory reality in which we spend but a few years. By doing so we enhance and enrich our more permanent abode in which we shall reap the consequences of our stints here, on Earth. And contrary to the twisters of truth, there is no such thing as a permanent state of hell. All things that we create are transient. And we, and only we, create our realities, be they heaven or hell.  And we shall continue to do so forever. That’s the glory of immortality.
Good luck.  



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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Panacea—An eye for too many eyes.

There is an incredibly simple solution to counter the widespread need amongst the youth of many countries to join the ranks of what their governments call “terrorists”. If we cannot create an equal but opposite ideology to that which drives our youth to kill in anger, and to do so at complete disregard of their own lives, then at least we must remove the motivation, which enables others to drive them such desperate actions. What they seem to want is to take at least some eyes for great many eyes.
They seem to attempt to balance the homicidal actions of their governments by sacrificing their own lives. We must never forget that our reality is sustained only by a state of balance, in all aspects of our lives.

For as long as a few plutocrats impel our governments to murder men, women and children by the use of heavy artillery and supersonic aircraft, the ranks of terrorists will continue to swell as will their anger born of desperation. This has been proven throughout history. Yet, the “duly elected democratic governments” remain blind to this overt fact. The truth is staring them in the face, but they refuse to accept it. Their reaction towards the deeply troubled youths is not love and compassion but strong-arms tactics, teargas, police batons and, if that doesn’t work, artillery and bombardment from above.
They forgot the Universal Law: action results in an equal but opposite reaction. All uprisings, revolutions, or underground “armies” of World War II, offer ample proof of that. Who is right remains a moot point. But the quality of innocence (no matter how misdirected) of the Few, will always seek to balance the brutal killing by large armies— the henchmen of a few oligarchs. Both, the armies and the self-immolating youths are exploited by the few on both sides of the equation.
The masses will remain lackadaisical.
We must wake up to the reality that it is not a question of right or wrong, but of restoring the balance: political, religious, economic, and in every other aspect of life.

Most of us imagine that this is a war between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ forces. Not so. There are but few oligarchs on both sides of the equation. A Few oligarchs manipulate weak-willed governments with money—a Few other oligarchs manipulate weak-willed youths with distorted ideology.
Bombs are action—terrorism: reaction.
To repeat, unbeknownst to all governments, it is not a question of who is right and who’s wrong, but of restoring the balance. When the Few oligarchs stop using armies to amass more riches, the other manipulators will lose the means to motivate and incense the minds of their sacrificial lambs.
It’s that simple.
We cannot control the masses, but a Few of us can control some to fight and die for us. Yet, only their bodies are murdered. Their consciousness lives on. It’s immortal, whoever they are. And it never forgets, hence history will continue to repeat itself. Until we learn.  



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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Review of DELUSIONS by Philippa Rees

“Deciding to review a book is like being a hotel receptionist in Monaco. Your recommendations are expected to be impartial but with the dullness of uniform options you steer your guests towards the hidden restaurant you fortuitously discovered. You hope they will unfold their napkins and enjoy it as much as you did. This book, the chef claims, was inspired by Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion'. He may well have observed the famous atheist in the polished steel kitchens of the Royal Society, cooking up traditional fare, steak and kidney pudding, shepherds pie, boiled mutton with gene caper sauce, knowing the palates of his readers will be satisfied with what they had expected, solid and kind to the digestion. Honestly presented certainly, but then the chef has become famous for that, no dressing things up with persuasive parsley. No foreign muck.

In contrast, the author of Delusions, Stanislaw Kapuściński, improvising in a beach shack, has produced a smorgasbord of samples, surrounded by heaps of bright chillies, unusual spotted gourds, sparkling sea salt, freshly slaughtered cows…

His narrative follows the traditional three courses; Man in the Nursery, in High School, in University to tease out the growth and fossilization of Delusions (of both religious and scientific kinds) and also to show the creation of time (past, present and future) cementing and itself created by this division. It is impossible to identify all the flavours that waft from this multidimensional dish, except to urge a reader to order it. It gives a broad education across both centuries and disciplines, and obscure and classical sources. As importantly, it is enormous fun, spiced and aromatic. Unlike his posturing 'mentor' the author's irreverence and wit make his views the more compelling.

Kapuscinski's intentions are early implied, to match Dawkins bite for bite and (as honestly) to demonstrate the irreconcilable gulf between intellectual reductionism and emotional religious dogmatism, each flailing towards fundamentalism in trying to flatten one another. In that he takes on Dawkins full square and very gently gradually knocks him over. Not by a deft left hook, but by tugging at his shirt. He admires his opponent's skill and breadth of culture but laments it is not sensitive to the deeper inspiration which might modify his intellectual stridency.

This reader bit into each dish with relish, savouring the fresh flavours of things turned inside out, the familiar used uniquely, the telling argument nailed with just enough illustration, but never too much.  (A few infant prodigies to question the central tenets of Darwinian gradual progress or the non-survival of memory) Kapuściński's erudition is worn as lightly as a tee shirt pulled over well exercised pectorals of Jesuitical education, Gnostic doctrine, Sanskrit sources, mythological and symbolic familiarity of the Bible and Koran which reduces both fossilised religious distortions and scientific certainties (knowing more and more about less and less) over a bright flame, until both cry for mercy. He remains fairly merciless and for that I celebrated.

In the end it is the primacy of mind preceding brain, idea determining creation, and responsibility in the moment of NOW that lies at the foundation of his appeal to 'pragmatic realism'. The name sounds philosophically chilly, deliberately eschewing inflation, but it belies the passion, and anger, and incipient despair underpinning this very profound work. He gives you himself, grated raw, and dipped into sauces, both sharp and honeyed. The appetite was self-renewing, and consuming pages effortless.

What remains is a deeply humane appeal to reap the best of human inspiration, devoid of dogma, restoring, indeed pleading for, worshipful sanity derived from self-knowledge and true identity. The essence of the individual, one with god, was derived from the only sources that were left standing; the ancient mythical, the repeated mystical and the personal experiential, now indivisible, simultaneously being and becoming in a universe hopefully emptied of delusion (and scientifically proved pretty empty of anything- the two are not unconnected) but waiting for a better use of imagination and light, with little time remaining. For all the chutzpah of this broad-brush annihilation of false stanchions, the ornate pier has collapsed, the crisis he uncovers is urgent. I thought it brilliant.” 


Philippa Rees

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