Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Intelligent Design

I see intelligent design everywhere. When my friends say well that means evolution is wrong. I say  evolution is intelligent design. All the principles of evolution are intelligent design. My intuition thinks up stuff that then becomes physical. That is intelligent design. Thoughts come to me from out of nowhere. For me this is all a holographic picture that is evolving all the time. I am an image in this big picture that is conscious. And Consciousness is the creator of the picture. I don't really need to know more than this.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Resonance

The path for me was following my intuition, and the path was marked by resonance. The big picture was unknown, but paying attention to resonance was a path.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Meaning

What is more in line with truth, a scientific proof or a meaningful experience? A scientific proof may have practical value and make life easier, but without meaningful experiences, all that ease is rather useless

Consciousness Is Fundamental

At the basic level we know we exist. We cannot deny it. Is this a form of knowledge? I think so, even though it is not conceptual. How do we know we exist? Because there is sense of Being that is aware. We can forget our name, status, and everything else, but that sense of awareness remains. 

This is certainly a form of knowledge, but it is not conceptual. It does not require thought. It does not require proof. It is our primary knowledge, and it is aware. We might say that this awareness is limited to my body. But all living beings seem to have this sense. So existence for living beings is a form of awareness. Those of us who have experienced bliss, know that it seems related to loosing all sense of a personal self, resulting in a vast sense of pure subjectivity. 

Since those ecstatic experiences are so meaningful, they impart a deep sense of truth. If my personal self is ultimately a limited form of this universal self, I infer that all other living beings are ultimately this universal self. It really does make sat, chit, ananda (existence, consciousness, bliss) real for me. 

This is my argument as to why I believe consciousness is fundamental. It is certainly a bigger step to conclude that the universe as a whole is a projection in consciousness. But I think Advaita has made that pretty clear. Bernardo Kastrup is making the case from the scientific and philosophical areas of knowledge. 

Beautiful Surrender

If you take consciousness to be fundamental, consciousness becomes the God or spirit of everything. In this sense everything is a spiritual manifestation and physicality is an image on the screen of awareness. This makes the physical world a subset with its own parameters. Some of us are saying this subset is not adequate to prove or disprove the subjective, as it is the prime mover. Thinking this deeply and trying to put it into words, pretty much drops me into a feeling of awe. The mystery of this inability feels like the truth of our condition. This pretty much puts me in agreement Jidu Krishnamurti. The only adequate response is surrender to trusting the unknown.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Sometimes I think back to the time when I was reading heavily J. Krishnamurti. He is perhaps the best proponent of dropping all conditioning. He was nonstop for 60 years teaching that until all conditioning was dropped one could not know truth at all. And, he didn't replace it with anything. He took his stance in unknowing. 

There is a glitch perhaps, even in his teaching, for in the end, he did talk about a presence that becomes available. I don't think he ever named it. Certainly, he didn't call it God. 

During my J.K. time I recall looking into a sheep's eyes, or a cow's eyes and acknowledging that the basic awareness they had was no different than mine, just filtered through a different lens. 

If you have to take internal states as ontological proof, you do have a problem, because you would also have to acknowledge that a schizophrenic's reality has the same value as your own. Generally speaking, we could say if your internal state does not allow you to function in the outside world, perhaps a reexamination is in order. Of course, this is where science comes in. And, this is why science is so valuable as a bulwark against living in fantasy land. 

I'm pretty much in line with believing that bringing science and religion into a coherent relationship is necessary for the flowering of both. A relationship between the two would bring honesty back to both. One without the other seems to leave us subject to fantasy on one side and the atomic bomb on the other.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Authority

Most authority is earned, but discernment is required. Just because someone is an authority does not make them right. It is also stupid to discard all those with authority in their field. To be logical and rational is extremely important. It is also important to listen to your inner voice and intuition. In the end we have to become our own authority with humility towards others.

Good and Bad

The sage may say there is no distinction between good and bad. That's certainly the position from the Absolute. I get it. But, while in form in the relative creation, good and bad exist, and one who doesn't observe the distinction, joins the Absolute rather quickly.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Automatic Value Judgments

Feelings are one of our most common experiences. Therefore, we must keep in mind that feelings are "automatic value judgments." Since they are automatic judgments, it is necessary to stand back and consider feelings and determine whether they are beneficial or not, ethically sound or not. Emotional intelligence says that one must consider one's feelings before reacting. If all you do is react, you are acting as a robot. Justifying all you do because you feel a certain way is a prison.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Divine Principles

Principles existed before the creation of the universe. The universe is created with these non material principles. 

Geometry is discovered underlying the material structures we see. We didn't invent it. If we travel to Mars or the end of the universe, those principles are still there. Where could they not be? They are not destroyed even if the universe disappeared.

We can discover these principles because they are in divine consciousness, and we are an expression of that eternal awareness.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Foibles

Humanity's foibles penetrate all groups no matter how spiritual they may be. The search for truth is genuine and it takes effort and surrender. But we must always remember that the surrender is to truth, not a human being. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Not The Only Game In Town

The ego is a conceptual entity that identifies with the body. It's like the operating system of a computer. As long as the ego thinks it is the one and only, it is top dog.

When presence, or pure awareness makes itself known, the ego most often resists. However, at some point the ego may realize that it is futile to resist. It realizes that it is not the only one in town. Eventually it realizes that it is a fiction, and that pure awareness, God, source, whatever you call it, is the real master. Then there is a surrender. The ego remains, but it is no longer the top dog. Spirit or intuition takes on the greater role.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Gee Whiz

Scientists often forget that most science starts as a hunch or an intuition. One open minded person has an intuition and decides to investigate. Gee whiz, he discovers something. Others get excited and a whole new area to explore evolves. Soon it is forgotten that the original investigation was on a hunch, an intuition. 

First the guy is crazy. Then he is condemned. Then, because the discovery works, or is undeniable, he is accepted. A few years down the road it is completely forgotten that some brave soul followed a hunch, an intuition. 

Thirst tells us there is water. Hunger tells us there is food. The search for meaning tells us there is a God. 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Meaning and Pleasure

Meaning and pleasure do not necessarily coincide. Often meaning is hard won, stressful and difficult. Yet, meaning, purpose, and wisdom are the result. 

Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  ― Man's Search for Meaning

Having children may not always be pleasant. It can be excruciating if your child is sick, or is in an accident. But caring for the child can be more meaningful than many personal pursuits. 

Joy and pleasure may bring meaning. There is often great meaning in the ecstasy of a spiritual experience. Contact with the source of life often carries joy beyond expression. When this happens we are blessed. But, when we are suffering, there is also meaning. Look for it. It may bring you freedom and wisdom.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Morphogenic Field

 The Morphogenic Field

Just as we have principles of geometry, the forms life takes in nature have principles underlying their manifestation. Prior to the manifestation of living form, the pattern on which it is based must exist. If this is so, it is not much of a conjecture to suppose that living creatures have an etheric body (a morphogenic field). 

Since the etheric principles exist before the manifestation of form, the etheric body likely persists after the death of the form. Being that the universe is an information system, the etheric body likely contains the conscious experience of that form. The preservation of those experiences would imply a personal self after death. Near death experiences are the anecdotal evidence of this.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Consciousness Is Fundamental

So when the scientist does his experiment, taking in all the observations and measurements, all of that is an experience. Seeing, measuring, and organizing data is an experience. The scientist experiences seeing changes, hearing changes, feeling changes. The analytical understanding of the experiment is in consciousness. 

I get it that science repeats experiments to get a proof of a concept. But it is all experience, and it is all in consciousness. Even the scientist's body is an experience in consciousness. Not a big step for me that consciousness is fundamental.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

The Gift of Eternal Life

If you take into account all the various religious traditions and strip away all the trappings, you get a simple recognition that there is a higher power and eternal life. Traditions suggest that there is a purpose to life and that we are to love one another. 

Simpler yet is the recognition that the the primary experience of life is awareness. From the Hebrew "I am" to the Hindu "You are That," it's all the same awareness. 

Everything that is aware is living. What we are aware of may be different, but the fact of awareness is the ground of experience. The question is whether this awareness is the same in all living beings. The answer is yes. I recall Nisargadatta saying that the awareness in him and the awareness in a donkey were the same. The fact that the awareness is filtered through a different lens does not change the ground of awareness. 

Enlightenment is simply the knowing that we are ultimately that awareness and not the particular form that is aware. This experience gives us the sense of eternal life. There may be an ongoing individual soul, or not. It doesn't matter. We are that eternal awareness. I can do nothing but trust that because I am That, and that is all there is. This is so fundamental for me that all religion is just the wrapping on a gift. The gift is inside, always and forever. 

Friday, December 10, 2021

Tribalism

I see us all as tribal. It's a natural human trait. We all have tendencies to love our group and hate the others. It just depends which side we identify with. If we could all own our tribalism we might be able to override it to some degree. Look how tribal the US has gotten. We've lost our religious faith and now we have turned politics into religion. I am disgusted by the wokeness groupthink of left, and the Trump cultism on the right. When group identity takes over our divine sovereignty we all go straight to hell. I see the tribalism in me and try to put a check on it. None of us are innocent, or we are all innocent.

Monday, December 6, 2021

The Image of the World

Think "no thingness." Existence implies something. If the universe is mental, and God is the creator, the material world is an image. It's an image in God's mind, and since we are created in God's image, we can see the images as well.

Nothingness is just unmanifest. What is unmanifest is just pure potential. Existence manifest or not always was, is, and will be. Mind without end.

2+ 2= 4 is a mental equation. Two oranges placed with two more oranges is the image of the equation in the world. As above, so below. 

Friday, December 3, 2021

The Universe Is Mental

If you think deeply about it, Consciousness and existence cannot be separate. To me that is obvious. Existence remains even if there is no manifest universe. Call it awareness or Being. 

Materialistic logic will not see this point. The new science coming out of quantum physics, however, will put science back on Solid Ground. The great QM physicists stated "The universe is mental." Time for humanity to catch up to reality. It's a return to what the ancients knew. Humbling, isn't it?