Rods and Koans

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Each cause is the effect of its own effect – Ibn Arabi

OK Soul Rebels,

I started writing today with something like “implicit in the concept of Western free market democracy is the notion that resources belonging to the 3rd World and indigenous populations be commandeered and appropriated for use” but figured ah what the heck, it’s Friday, we could all use a dross cleanser. Besides, the Tarot Nook advised patient penance this week and I’m sure that many an esteemed scholar has already tackled the issue in a more meaningful fashion. Maybe the following might be more impactful.

When this journey of mine began, the Artful Dodger gave me a koan and the instruction that it be used as a rod to gauge my progress.  If this is a case of first impression, koans are paradoxical statements or questions to be meditated upon to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to steer the mind towards intuitive knowing. It is said that when you can answer this question satisfactorily to yourself, and you’ll know when this occurs since you cannot deceive yourself, well then you’ll have confirmation that you’re heading in the right direction.

The simple yet perplexing question is a mere “Who are you?”

But there’s a catch. You must try to answer this question without referencing a relationship to another person, place, thing or active pursuit, and without referring to the physical (race, gender, height, etc) in any fashion.

I think this should be a great first hand illustration of the inherent limitations of language. I will give you this much however, if you can’t reference an external coordinate or a pursuit, then responses like I’m a father, sister, Parisian, boxer, farmer etc. are automatically eliminated from consideration.

Amputees don’t decrease in “I-ness” because the body has decreased in mass, thus you can’t be the body. And, there have also been many near death, and out-of-body experiences where consciousness has been preserved outside the body. This therefore eliminates “me” being an epi-phenomenon of matter. Describing yourself as the body or brain would also violate the “no reference to the physical” clause.

So amigos, who is conducting this inquiry?

Think this one thru while you vibe on the Dub Side of the Moon.

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: The Tao of Physics

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“Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science but man needs both.”- Fritjof Capra

Greetings Argonauts,

Lemme first say that I am sorry about the delay but I’m hoping for a “better late than never” absolution today. I also offer my apologies for not keeping up with your blogs regularly, but I’ve been on info detox again. I wish I could really convey the refreshing feeling experienced mentally when you enjoy the silence from time to time. But to make amends however, you’ll get another double feature today.

When you awaken to the infinite and eternal essence from which all things proceed you eventually develop the ability to contextualize rationality. This is not an easy process and poses unique challenges as upending the particular world view by which you’ve defined your very existence causes an existential crises of sorts.  It can no longer be as you’ve thought because your experience now dictates otherwise.  While exploring various avenues of science and spirituality in search of clarity, I happened across Fritjof Capra and the Tao of Physics a little while back. Capras’ ideas were rather helpful in allowing for a new perspective to blossom.

This perspective allows one to wield rationality as the magnificent tool that it is but with an awareness that it’s only a tool. Rational thinking is a great vehicle to facilitate discrimination and comprehension of the material world. But there exists a superior knowing that goes beyond thinking. An essence that eludes empirical validation. And no words or equations can codify the awareness of this essence. I think Gibran said something like- the bird of Truth may unfurl its wings in a cage of words but will never fly. Or as masterfully captured in the Tao, “The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.” For ye of a more skeptical orientation that would argue that rational analysis is the pinnacle of understanding, I offer this:- The rational construct of self places self-preservation as the highest aspiration of man. Pose that question to a lover or mother and see if that assertion remains valid. Love cannot be comprehended rationally brethren. And I assume that none would argue against the reality of the experience of love.

Fritjof Capra is a theoretical physicist who wrote the Tao of Physics in 1975, exploring the connection between quantum physics and Eastern mysticism and philosophy. This video does a great job of expressing Capras’ ideas and I hope it’s beneficial to those who are struggling with a similar stage of internal evolution. When you expand the concept of the self, you can move towards an intuitive understanding of the subject-object flaw in perception. The Big Bang is a process and not an event amigos, and you are part of that process. I hope this whets your appetite for more as you can get a used copy of Capra’s book for under 10 bucks at Amazon. (Unfortunately I couldn’t include it as part of the Share the Wealth series as it’s not in the public domain.)

The Tao of Physics

**Bonus Feature – DeVine**

While some may be fortunate to experience an organic shift in conscious evolution, others may not have had this awareness. Here’s a little something for those who might desire some further information and guidance with “awakening” within their own lives. :)

One love,

HJ

P.S. I would love to hear any thoughts on the connection that underpins these vids folks. So please don’t hesitate to chime in.

 

Sunday Matinee: Alchemy – Sacred Secrets Revealed

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If you enjoyed the previous post of Solve Et Coagula, then you’ll definitely find this interesting. In this film, the creators explore the spiritual aspects of Alchemy and Hermeticism and the relationship to human consciousness. Enough rambling from me however, enjoy!

One love,

HJ

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Well Said

Whaddup compadres?

Someone shared this with me recently and it captured my muse’s attention. The media purposefully uses imagery to create monolithic mental constructions which contradict our value systems and lull us into a tacit acceptance of atrocity. Compare this image with the images usually used to portray women in Islamic countries. Over-generalization is a function of nuanceless thinking and this has become normalized in corporate media. Take the media stance on Warren Buffett for example. He’s usually portrayed as el padrino of Western imperialism. A benevolent, charitable man whose civic mindedness knows no restraint.

But here’s another example of this nuanceless presentation. Buffetts’ companies have secured mineral land rights in India and exert pressure on government officials to drive the indigenous people of their lands. Gov’t officials exert the pressure downwards and pretty soon the “terrorist” label is brandished when the people defend themselves from police harassment.  Enter government forces and we know how this turns out. Now this is neither benevolent nor charitable. This is just the 21st Century version of colonial atrocities perpetrated by Cecil Rhodes and John Barclay.  But you would never suspect that the darling of Forbes was a neo-colonialist given the press fawning over every word as if uttered by Hermes himself.

Ah well, I can’t influence the present but I think an old Kuan Tsu quote points in the right direction:

“If you are thinking one year ahead, plant seeds,

If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree

If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.”

I’ll leave you with this to consider. When is the ethical chain severed? Or to put it another way, does the wearer of the diamond bear any responsibility for the missing limb of the tribal child? Here are a few thoughts on that specific issue. But imo, a man who advertises for a food company that tortures animals is governed by the same moral principle as the farmhands perpetrating the tortuous act. And throwing a football well doesn’t absolve you of responsibility. I guess the billionaire boys club feels differently. It’s okay to buy the bullets if the liability is washed in the corporate machine.

Enjoy these vibez while you think about the world that you wanna leave for your children. After all, you and I are only privileged a peek at the show.

One love,

HJ

 

Principles of the Abraxian Dialectic

 

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Kalachakra thangka painted in Sera Monastery, Tibet

Seekers of Shambhala,

I thought this was rather interesting and felt that some of you folks would also appreciate reading.

Primary Principles To Illuminism – The (r >= 0) – The World of Becoming

1) Energy (dimensionless and dimensional) is the fundamental substance of the universe.

2) Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, only transformed.

3) Energy was, is and always will be.

4) Energy is uncaused.

5) The universe of energy has no beginning and no end: it is not created.

6) There is an infinite amount of energy.

7) The dimensional r > 0 universe is infinitely large.

8) The dimensionless r = 0 domain has infinite capacity to store information.

9) The energy of the r > 0 universe is the energy studied by science.

10) The energy of the r = 0 domain is the energy of the Mind (Aether).

11) The r > 0 domain is “dead”, without “Mind”.

12) The r = 0 domain is “alive”, with “Mind”.

13) The r = 0 and r > 0 domains form a continuum r >= 0.

14) The r = 0 and r > 0 domains interact dialectically.

15) This cosmic dialectic drives the universe inexorably towards the Whole, the Absolute, Total Synthesis, the maximum expression of the potential of the universe, its maximum actualization.

16) This dialectical end-point, the Omega Point, is Abraxas, the True God, the Supreme Being: the Conscious Universe, the Cosmic Soul, Absolute Mind, Absolute Spirit, Absolute Idea, Absolute Form, Absolute Knowledge, Absolute Freedom.

17) The scientific paradigm that excludes the r = 0 domain is incapable of accounting for how lifeless atoms can be assembled into life, how they can generate mind and consciousness.

18) The r = 0 domain, being outside space and time, is everywhere and nowhere. All r > 0 entities originate in r = 0 dimensionless points. All r > 0 entities, although technically lifeless and mindless, are therefore linked to an r = 0 component which imbues them with the potential for life and mind.

19) Life and mind will manifest themselves meaningfully in the r > 0 universe only where the “brute force” of physical energy can be controlled by mental energy.

20) There will be a continuum extending from apparent lifelessness and mindlessness to rudimentary life and mind (plants) to primitive life and mind (animals) to sophisticated life and mind (humans) to, ultimately, maximum life and mind (God).

21) The r = 0 domain will ultimately fully control the r > 0 universe.

How would the universe know it was getting closer to actualization? It feels it, exactly as we do when we feel we are achieving our purpose, when we feel fulfilled, when we are with those we want to be with and accomplishing what we wish to accomplish. It knows it is not getting closer when it feels distress, pain, discomfort, when it feels bad and negative. “Feeling” is how we judge success. Everything “feels”, although what a rock “feels” is not of particular interest since it is so primitive.

Source:  http://www.ufosdisclosed.com/community/threads/primary-principles-to-illuminism-the-r-0-the-world-of-becoming.1100/

I think feeling is the measure by which Mind evaluates the experience of matter. Generally positive feelings are derived when we seek unity while we feel negative when we strive for separateness or to define ourselves solely by excelling others.

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: The Power of Consciousness with Bruce Lipton

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See if you can use this info to empower yourselves further and rearrange your reality tunnels in a manner more conducive to wellness.

Old thinking – Genetic determinism – genes are the only arbiter of your health profile.

New thinking (well relatively new anyways, been experimentally verified for a few decades now) – Epigenetics – the environment in which a cell develops plays an equally critical role in the development and proper functioning of the cell. Genes do NOT control life.

Bruce Lipton is one of the pioneers in this field of research.  He also touches on the mind-body connection to well-being and the effect of negative conditioning on the subconscious. If you find Bruce interesting, you might also like Dr. Gabor Mate.  Mate’s a bit less colloquial and requires some digestion, but you can check him out on YouTube. Bruce reminds of a friendly fella who you might bump into while waiting at the paint section of a Home Depot. Similar premises underlie the work of both men however.

Seems like eating meat fed on crap and food processed with even more crap, an inundation with violence and a disconnection from the sources of love and support might have a bit more of an impact on your physical and mental well-being than you were initially led to believe.

One love,

HJ

 

 

Paraprosdokians

Thought you might get a kick outta these amigos.

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A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. 

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don’t need it.

I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with “Guess” on it…so I said “Implants?”

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.

I wonder if this qualifies: The rule of law works, until our masters say it doesn’t.

HJ

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