Monday, February 28, 2011

Escaping the 'Material' World

When one is discontented with his or her life and stumbles into or finds 'spiritual' philosophies and teachings it is an uplifting experience.  This seems to be the light in darkness that you sensed was there all along but never could locate.  It is a boon and a ticket out of hell.  'Having been mired in a crass, rigid, harsh, unforgiving and unfair 'material' world it is time to make our way out.  The light is beautiful and sweet, I've had enough of this world.  I'm punching my ticket to heaven'.

The "call to journey" in the context of the journey of the hero is a pivotal moment.  A chance has presented itself it would seem and one can choose to take it or deny or disregard the event as meaningless, "oh just a coincidence."  In other words, "I'm scared."  'Being dead in this cocoon is dreadful but the world outside is even scarier and better yet unpredictable'.

Anyhow lets say one decides to follow this path and see where it takes him/her.  Having lived one's whole life in 'materialism', the pole shift has occurred.  We have now shifted into 'spiritualism'.  We will now deny the material world and seek the spiritual world.

On this journey, the seeker is going to get lost, he might not know that he is lost but he will get lost.  For being conditioned into duality from birth, there is no instant retreat into "the Absolute."  There is always trial and error and that's what makes the journey worthwhile and even fun.  Yes, those mistakes and turns into dead ends, falling off of cliffs, getting lost in the ocean and whatever other metaphor you would like to employ are what make the journey meaningful.  The point is to never give up and eventually we will work our way towards the middle, into the Silence.

Vitvan will often say that metaphysicians are in fact the objective ones, even though they will ride the backs of those who love to function in the senses, the "materialists."  Why are metaphysicians considered objective?  I shall attempt to explain.  A metaphysician otherwise known as a metafizzler seeks to escape this world and enter the spiritual realms, way out there away from this gross 'material world'.  The problem is that it is not true to the structure/function of the natural order (Cosmos).  This is the only world, right here.  The world you are conscious of is IT.  You might only be conscious of a slither of IT in your current state but that does not deny the reality.  You've heard the phrase, "you are the All in All," there is none else.  As above, so below.  Every part, represents the whole.  And so when you deny this world, you are in fact denying reality.  And this is a good way to bring about schizophrenia.  When you deny the negative pole, the substance, matter or mater, your psyche will begin to create images/sounds to replace what you have denied.  This comes from Vitvan's Natural Order Process Volumes.

So as we know, there is no material or spiritual world, these are only abstractions belonging to a consciousness identified in dualistic functioning.  When you take away the material, the spiritual has nothing to contrast it, just falls away.  This is the case with dual concepts.

The key is, as is written throughout Vitvan's teachings and as I have said before, the world  we observe of which we  have our being in is not static, it is not a creation - it is dynamic, it is forever in the process of BECOMING.  We have always been on the journey, only at some point we just might become conscious (dual throng word) that we are on the journey and then are able to speed up the process and work with it.  So, anyways the wave and frequencies are too fast for our neural system to register and so we make a crude picture of dynamic energy systems.  Instead of escaping this world, we must work to see it as it truly IS.  We must condition ourselves not to see these energy systems as objects and then we must make sure we do not identify labels as the object.  "This is chair" - We should say, this is a dynamic energy system that we LABEL a chair.  If we make this our habit, the psyche will pick up on what we are doing and we will be able to observe the dynamism according to Vitvan.

There is no escaping this world.  We created it, now we must transmute it.  Turn it into something beautiful.  Stop blaming the ugliness of the world on the people around us, governments, corporations, whoever.  Because we cannot separate ourselves from anything and anyone.  We individually had just as much a hand in creating this world as anyone else.  And at sometime we function on the relatively lower levels that we chastise others for functioning in.  Bend yourself.

One thing I have learned recently, is that you are not going to enter the Kingdom, come into the Light because you have exalted spiritual knowledge or accomplishment.  It is about how much strength and will you have.  It is likely that most people get into the wisdom teachings because they are trying to escape a cold, harsh world and that in the spiritual world you are promised light and sweetness.  This is how many teachers and "gurus" represent it.  It is easy, just take a walk on the yellow brick road down on into enlightenment.  I personally fell pray to this.

It's just not the case.  It's the complete opposite.  As Vitvan says, it is a real He-Man's job.  "Timid one's stay out."  And so what one finds is that the more information you acquire and the better you are able to function in regard to reality, the more the responsibility is. They call it "the dark night of the soul."  To paraphrase the scriptures, 'an axe must be laid at the root of every tree not planted by my Father (the natural order process)'.  One must expurgate and get rid of all of the lower qualities.  One must create a new habit track.  He must individualize and cease functioning in the race psyche wave and frequencies.  This means all of the emotional outbursts and fitting in with "the culture" must end.  It's a lonely road.  But who cares, if one finds out the true purpose of being, how can he not go for it?  In my mind it seems impossible, seems like relegating one's self to oblivion.  What are you going to say, well I'll try next time?? - read the books if it resonates with you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

More random quotes

"From ev'ry power that holds the world in chains.  Man free himself when self-control he gains." - Goethe

'The treasure you desire lies in the cave you fear' - paraphrase from Joseph Campbell

"I am a free agent of the world, short of the shackles of the laws of nature.  I am also bound by my previous acts which are currently and continually unfolding as my destiny.  But I see clearly and thus I am free"  - Unknown

"Philosophy, law, and ethics, to be effective in a dynamic world must be dynamic; they must be made vital enough to keep pace with the progress of life and science.  In recent civilization, ethics, because controlled by theology and law, which are static, could not duly influence the dynamic, revolutionary progress of technic [technology] and the steadily changing conditions of life; and so we witness a tremendous downfall of morals in politics and business.  Life progresses faster than our ideas and so medieval ideas, methods and judgments are constantly applied to the conditions and problems of modern life.  This discrepancy between facts and ideas is greatly responsible for the dividing of modern society into different warring classes, which do not understand each other."  - Alfred Korzybski from "Manhood of Humanity"

"Time is not money, but money is time.  It is a symbol of wealth, accumulated through time and toil." - Korzybski

"Adult characteristics are potential and not actual in the germ, and their actual appearance depends upon many complicated reactions of the germinal units with one another and with the environment.  In short, our actual personalities are not predetermined in the germ cells, but our possible personalities are...The influence of environment upon the minds and morals of men is especially great.  To a large extent our habits, words, though; our aspirations, ideals, satisfactions; our responsibility, morality, religion are the results of the environment and education of our early years." - Korzybski

"Hope is as hollow as fear; success is as shaky as failure" - Not sure where this came from

"The real Self is in the state of becoming, it is not some highly developed god in the sky." - Vitvan

"Now lets step back 'down' from the Light Mother to the World Mother, the world of the genetrix, in which generative force or power, the psychic nature functions; in other words, in which consciousness, the Power-to-be-Conscious, functions.  The psychic nature functions in the world of generation, neither 'above' nor 'below'.  When you can impersonalize the world of generation, it is a universal power motivated, operated, by reason of polarity.  Wherever there is polarity, positive and negative, sperm and ovum, there is generatioin.  This is where we have the constant play of opposites sustained by the power of equilibrium which unifies and develops order in generation.  If it were not for that power of equilibrium there would be chaos in generation, because the opposites would destroy each other.  Man would destroy his woman and woman would destroy her man if it were not for the third factor, the power of equilibrium that unifies them.  The neutron in the atom is a unifying power, because the electrons and protons would be all over the place, unordered, without the power of equilibrium that unifies them.  It is in everything, and on every 'level'.  The power of equilibrium, the power of balance, is a cosmic force." - Vitvan

"There is only one thing that is immortal, that ha continuity between death and birth, that operates in a here-now ('here' meaning space, 'now' meaning time), a space-time continuum.  It is the individualizing process that operates in the here-now, space-time continuum, and relative to the objective manifold of values it operates between birth and death (or what we call birth and death), and we say it is immortal.  But that is a relative term and has no other validity.  The only thing that is immortal i the individualizing process, which operates in the continuum.  And that continuum can be reduced to the Aristotelian level and we can say it is immortal.  The psychic nature is not immortal because for every cycle in the helix, the spiraling process of differentiating or individualizing process, every time around you must create a new psychic nature." - Vitvan

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Transforming the Mind - Transpersonal Psychology

I think it is essential that one study different philosophies, teachings, religions, methods of self improvement, etc.  I have heard it said that what makes someone a genius is being able to put one's self in another person's shoes.  One seems to need to be able to have a 360 degree perspective, not play the this or that, hot or cold, good or bad games.  Being able to cross reference teachings and apply something you learn studying psychology to something you read while studying astronomy I think is invaluable.  It gives you the confidence to keep going on because a particular teaching continues to stick every time you throw it up against the wall.  I'm not saying just because you can cross reference two teaching or even more that they are correct.  What makes something stick is when you can dig and dig and eventually you arrive at the natural order as the foundation.  But if we aren't sure, we can just put a concept on the shelf and hold it there until we are able to prove it through direct experience, correlating it to the natural process.  If we find other theories that disprove well then we can easily dispose of it.  If we dogmatize and deem it as truth before we get understanding well then its going to be a battle to get back to square one.  We don't want to identify with abstractions and get too far out on the limb where it is hard to get back to solid ground if we don't have to.  I guess it's all about having an "open mind."  Even the "evil" teachers who are working to keep us separate and divided have their ideas rooted in the natural order and I personally learned a ton of information from djhives that is not available elsewhere.  But the catch is, if one goes down into hell, he could have a hell of a time getting out.  If one is not good at discerning natural order from non natural order then the mud might stick and your quest for truth might lead you into darkness.  Either way you will learn something so I say SHUT UP AND LEAP!

With all that being said the purpose of this post is to post an e-book titled "Transforming the Mind", it is a very detailed book on transpersonal psychology.  You will get many concepts and functional concepts that you can apply to yourself.  Not just ideas but steps to take to improve yourself and your psyche.  So if you're in the phase where you're trying to purify your psyche and you still have identifications and maybe you're not able to observe yourself 'objectively' then this book could be of service.  Hope you enjoy!

Thanks to Peter for allowing me to publish and quote from the book.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Various Quotes/Thoughts

I was reading through my journals where I have taken notes and recorded quotes from different books I have read over the past couple of years.  I figured this would be a good forum to record this stuff.  It will be quite random but should be beneficial.  Some of it may be quotes that I may have not given the correct source too, if I do I apologize.

"A worldview that negates the Self is already based on false pretenses" - Emerson I believe?

"I am defeated all the time; yet to Victory I am born" - Emerson

"Intellect annuls Fate.  So far as man thinks, he is free" - Emerson

"God loveth men not less than He loveth Himself.  If thou really lovest thyself, thou lovest all men as thyself; as long a thou loves anyone less than thyself, thou dost not really love thyself.  That man is right who loves all men as himself" - Meister Eckhart

"Perception carves out its conventional units, and final causes insinuate themselves into the survey of facts, when their patient genesis is ignored or untraceable.  Life on the whole is a proof of possibility of life' each sort of life is a proof of circumstances made that sort of life inevitable" - George Santayama

"Spiritual life is not the worship of values.  It is the disintoxification from their influence." - Santayama

"What we see in the history of the world is objectification of spirit.  But the objectification of spirit is the diminution of it.  Objectification is the opposite of transcendence, that is to say, of movement towards God" - Nicholas Berdyaev

"Only he who goes down into hell knows heaven, and he who is the farther from God, may be nearer to God" - Berdyaev

"People preach freedom, but in regard to dangerous opponents of freedom, they are obliged to resort to force to deny them their freedom.  People strive against evil in the name of good, and then begin to create evil by their attitude towards the representatives of evil." - Berdyaev

""Acquaintance" and "friendship" cannot be expected to lower aggression because they represent a superficial knowledge about another person, a knowledge of an "object" which I look at from the outside.  This is quite different from the penetrating, emphatic knowledge in which I understand the other's experiences by mobilizing those within myself which, if not the same, are similar to his.  Knowledge of this kind requires that most repression within oneself are lowered in intensity to a point where there is little resistance to becoming aware of new aspects of one's unconscious.  The attainment of a non-judgmental understanding can lower aggressiveness or do away with it altogether; it depends on the degree to which a person has overcome his own insecurity, greed, and narcissism, and not on the amount of information he has about others." - Erich Fromm from "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness"

"Grief is selfish.  It is indulged in for self-gratification." - Walter Russell

"The last fifty years have witnessed a great retreat from monotheism towards idolatry.  The worship of one God has abandoned in favor of the worship of such local divinities as the nation, the class and even the deified individual.  Such is the world in which we find ourselves - a world which, judged by the only acceptable criterion of progress, is manifestly in retrogression.  Technological advance is rapid.  But without progress of charity, technological advance is useless.  Indeed it is worse than useless.  Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards." - Aldous Huxley from "Ends and Means"

"The world is inhabited by ordinary, nice, unregenerate people is mainly dull (so dull that they have to distract their minds from being aware of it by all sorts of artificial "amusements").  Sometimes briefly and intensely pleasurable, occasionally or quite often agonizing.  For those who have deserved the world by making themselves fit to see God within it as well as their own souls, it wears a very different aspect." - Huxley from "The Perennial Philosophy"

"The doctrine that God is in the world has an important practical corollary - the sacredness of Nature, and the sinfulness and folly of man's overweening efforts to be her master rather than her intelligently docile collaborator.  Sub-human lives and even 'things'[we know there are no things in nature] are to be treated with respect and understanding, not brutally oppressed to serve our human ends." - Huxley (Brackets are my writing)

"The Third Patriarch of Sin" from Huxley's "Perennial Philosophy"

-To set up what you like against what you dislike - This is the disease of mind

-Pursue not the outer entanglements
Dwell not in the inner void;
Be serene in the oneness of things
And dualism vanishes of itself

-If an eye never falls asleep
All dreams will cease of themselves;
If the mind retains its absoluteness,
Then ten thousand things are of one substance

-When the deep mystery of one Suchness is fathomed,
All of a sudden we forget the external entanglements;
When the ten thousand things are viewed in their oneness,
We return to the origin and remain where we have always been

-When Mind and each believing mind are not divided,
And undivided are each believing mind and Mind,
This is where words fail,
For it is not of the past, present or future

From Vernon Howard:
'When is a horse wretched?  Not when he cannot fly, but only when he cannot run.  When is a man unhappy?  Not when he fails to achieve fame and fortune, but when he fails to be himself.  You are not in this world to perform tasks which are opposed to your nature.  You are here to merge your particular nature with all of nature'

"Both domination and submission are false steps taken by people in frantic attempts to feel secure.  Domination, whether in the family or politics, is accompanied by the fear of losing power.  Submission, whether to another's personality or to a religion's doctrine is accompanied by the sad sensing that one has somehow traded his inner integrity for shiny beads of so called security.  You are not made for either domination or submission; you are made for yourself."

"You learn how to steer a boat in a storm by enter the storm."

"If one remembers all that one was told, one learns to discriminate." - PD Ouspensky

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." - Carl Jung

"What I've done in the past is the history, and what I'm going to do in the future is a mystery." - Mike Tyson