Clean Hands

Let me talk about mean acts. This isn’t a technical term but it is a phenomenon well-known to us all: behaving badly, with or without justification or excuse, which hurts others, causes damage or compromises integrity.

Truth is, it’s not so much the hurting others angle that bothers us, apparently, so much as the being ashamed of admitting what we did. The reluctance to tell, the embarrassment, the guilt or the shame is what singles out these acts. These are the moments of low self-esteem and marked discomfort.

Consider for a moment the definition of mean. I scooped these particular definitions together from several online dictionaries:

Mean: Adj. unkind, spiteful, or unfair. synonyms: unkind, nasty, unpleasant, spiteful, malicious, unfair, cruel, shabby, foul, despicable, contemptible, obnoxious, vile, odious, loathsome, base, low.

Yikes, that’s pretty unpleasant stuff! Trouble is we know, despite trying to kid ourselves, that these acts could be all of those things.

But now look at a related word (not a derivative though): Continue reading

The Knowledge Revolution

I see myself as spearheading a new direction in thought. I was at a conference recently; quite admirable but where the spiritual seekers all seemed to have got it into their heads that the coming ideal scenario was a socialist paradise, where the rich are blamed for all that’s wrong with our planet and they seemed to believe that if wealthy people were eliminated or, at least, brought down to poverty, it would all come out OK.

To me, that’s bunk. It’s a pretense that “others” are the problem. These people are looking in the wrong direction. It’s revolutionaries who usually want to kill others as the “solution”. I prefer a quieter approach, without the bloodshed.

I call it the knowledge revolution.

The truth is, we are living in times of a staggering explosion in our knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. Almost all the old paradigms are breaking down, in favor of a living, conscious reality, of which are not just a part but participants. It’s exciting, breathtaking, awesome and wonderful.

In fact it has real architecture and beauty…

But with progress comes responsibility. It’s not enough to be like the people of the Enlightenment, or the romantic movement of art and poetry, writing and commenting. Like it or not, we have become custodians of a fragile paradise that is now in peril—physical guardians, not just intellectual observers, labeling and classifying what we see.

Old aggressive solutions won’t work. We have to become supremely rational and constructive. Temper tantrums, stamping about and screaming, irrational rage, at the international political level, can cost millions of lives and irretrievably damage our world.

We need to indulge ourselves in the pleasures of wisdom and rationality, not in the pursuit of conquest and “winning”.

The Code Of Living Delight

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We have many codes of behavior. Mostly interdicts (things that are restricted or forbidden). We have lists of priorities. But what about a code of delight? Should we not subscribe to a ritual code of happiness, meaning and sheer indulgence of joy? Aristotle, no less, said the highest duty of an individual was the pursuit of happiness.

The thing is, he recognized that joy does not walk along with bad behavior; to find true happiness we must live well and behave gently towards others. Hence delight has an implicit code…

Such a code could never be enforced but then, at the highest level, it would be self-enforcing—because pleasure is the motivator or reward! Delight is telling you that you are walking a goodness path.

Pleasure and happiness seem to get a bad rap. That’s because of religions, which seek to enforce lack, need, suffering and boundaries, in order to keep their members enslaved and malleable.

They thrive on poverty, fear, self-effacement and tragedy.

But this is stupid teaching: God—whatever you conceive that to mean—has wrapped happiness into the world for a reason. It is put there, not to be scoffed at, derided and avoided, but to be indulged, honestly, openly, freely, without guilt and without let or hindrance.

In fact delight (as opposed to religious smugness) is the surest sign you are close to the state of God. Serene radiance, the full ecstasy of Being, is our most valid pursuit in Supernoetics®. It has been attained by many individuals, many times in history. Abram Maslow studied it, when and where it surfaced. It is not a theoretical abstraction.

Neither is it an entitlement. It is a reward for those who achieve greatness at the highest level of Being.

So what would such a code look like? Let’s take a shot at it… Continue reading

Self Determinism and Sanity

 

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism, the way you play it is free will.” ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Determinism: noun PHILOSOPHY… Determinism is the philosophical idea that every event or state of affairs, including every human decision and action, is the inevitable and necessary consequence of antecedent states of affairs.

In this doctrine (for so it is) all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. Some philosophers have taken determinism to imply that individual human beings have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions.

There are many varieties of determinism described, not including the ones we use in Supernoetics™. There is pre-determinism, theological determinism (it’s God’s fault!) and causal determinism. The latter states that all effects have causes and these causes have preceding causes, and there is a whole chain of causal events, stretching right back to the origin of Creation.

A list of a dozen varieties of determinism is provided in Bob Doyle (2011). Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy. I-Phi Press. pp. 145–146 ff. ISBN 0983580200.

Fatalism is normally distinguished from “determinism”. Fatalism is the idea that everything is fated to happen, so that humans have no control over their future. Fate has arbitrary power, and need not follow any causal or otherwise deterministic laws. It “just happens” but there was nothing you could have done.

Some determinists argue that materialism does not present a complete understanding of the universe, because while it can describe determinate interactions among material things, it ignores the minds or souls of conscious beings.

A number of positions can be delineated:

Immaterial souls are all that exist (Idealism).

Immaterial souls exist and exert a non-deterministic causal influence on bodies (traditional free-will).

Immaterial souls exist, but are part of deterministic framework.

Immaterial souls exist, but exert no causal influence, free or determined, we’re just “attached” to material events and are pulled along for the ride only (so-called epiphenomenalism). We’re the “ghost in the machine”.

Immaterial souls do not exist — there is no mind-body dichotomy—and there is a materialistic explanation for all beliefs to the contrary (it’s all “stuff” doing its thing and this is also the origin of thought; there are no spirit beings).

We in Supernoetics™ are closer to the idealists, meaning that everything is here because we think it’s here and reality is NOT here when we don’t work with it. Quantum physics has gradually forced on us the view that physical events only take place because they are observed to do so; the so-called “observer effect”. The tree falling in the forest is a non-event, unless humans or other sentient entities perceive that it happens (or perceive it has already happened, in the case of a fallen trunk).

So we are able to influence physical events with psychic powers (ESP). It’s a given. Unfortunately, most of us are not very good at it and cannot manifest easily. That changes as you proceed along our Golden Path. But I constantly need to point out that the “laws” of attraction and manifesting are not laws; they are abilities and need to be learned (or re-learned). Continue reading