Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Disease Model of Evil

In order to support the idea of innate evil we would have to accept the existence of evil babies. Now, horror movies aside, I have have yet to come across an evil baby and I don't know anyone else who has either. This being the case, evil must arise due to environmental factors. The damage occurs mainly in childhood. No sane person would hold the child responsible for this. But at some point, our tolerance for the victimized child gives way to moral condemnation, yet the line between these is never defined except in law, where it is unarguably arbitrary. Some would object that since all "evil" people are victims of other "evil" people, this cannot be used as an excuse since no one could ever be judged or punished. Of course this assumes that judging and punishing have moral legitimacy. I don't consider this a reasonable assumption. I am not saying we should do nothing about it. However, our focus should be on harm reduction, not punishment. This is where the disease model of evil becomes appropriate. Evil is an acquired dysfunction of awareness, and an acquired dysfunction is, by definition, disease. We also know that it spreads by contagion. Let's say two people are exposed to a virus and one gets sick while the other does not. We would consider it unhelpful and silly to condemn and punish the ill one, (actually, when bubonic plague was ravaging Europe, many did respond in this way and it made things much worse). We would instead treat the illness and, if necessary, impose a quarantine to prevent the spread of infection. We would study it's causes and take steps to reduce them. One of these causes is the idea that we are unworthy, that we must earn the right to exist. Our economic systems and most religions promote and rely for their existence on this poisonous fallacy. It is so pervasive that it is rarely questioned. It is the source of racism, elitism, slavery, eugenics, poverty, sexism, etc. In truth, all are infinitely worthy of existence. No person is more valuable than another. How can it be otherwise if we are ultimately One?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Is It I?

Several months ago, I woke up with a word in my mind. The word was "Archon". I had no idea what it meant but I sensed that it was important. So I did an internet search on the word. After a bit of looking around I found this: . It seems that Archon is a Gnostic term for non-human entities that attach themselves to humans. They fear discovery and avoid detection by disguising their thoughts as our own. The author of the above article, John Lash, points to similarities between Archons and entities descibed to Carlos Castaneda by his teacher, a Yaqui sorceror called Don Juan. In Castaneda's book, "The Active Side of Infinity", Don Juan called them "flyers" and he had this to say,
You have arrived, by your effort alone, to what the shamans of ancient Mexico called the topic of topics. I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico.

There is an explanation which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops. Therefore, their food is always available to them.

Well, you haven’t heart it all yet. Wait a bit longer and see how you feel. I’m going to subject you to a blitz. That is, I’m going to subject your mind to tremendous onslaughts, and you cannot get up and leave because you’re caught. Not because I’m holding you prisoner, but because something in you will prevent you from leaving, while another part of you is going to go truthfully berserk. So brace yourself!

I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal.

In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver; stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now.

I know that even though you have never suffered hunger you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its maneuver is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear.

Sorcerers see infant human beings as strange, luminous balls of energy, covered from the top to the bottom with a glowing coat, something like a plastic cover that is adjusted tightly over their cocoon of energy. That glowing coat of awareness is what the predators consume, and when a human being reaches adulthood, all that is left of that glowing coat of awareness is a narrow fringe that goes from the ground to the top of the toes. That fringe permits mankind to continue living, but only barely.

To my knowledge, man is the only species that has the glowing coat of awareness outside that luminous cocoon. Therefore, he became easy prey for an awareness of a different order, such as the heavy awareness of the predator.

This narrow fringe of awareness is the epicenter of self-reflection, where man is irremediably caught. By playing on our self-reflection, which is the only point of awareness left to us, the predators create flares of awareness that they proceed to consume in a ruthless, predatory fashion. They give us inane problems that force those flares of awareness to rise, and in this manner they keep us alive in order to them to be fed with the energetic flare of our pseudoconcerns.

There’s nothing that you and I can do about it. All we can do is discipline ourselves to the point where they will not touch us. How can you ask your fellow men to go through those rigors of discipline? They’ll laugh and make fun of you, and the more aggressive ones will beat the crap out of you. And not so much because they don’t believe it. Down in the depths of every human being, there’s an ancestral, visceral knowledge about the predators’ existence.

Whenever doubts plague you to a dangerous point, do something pragmatic about it. Turn off the light. Pierce the darkness; find out what you can see.

You saw the fleeting shadows against the trees, that’s pretty good. I’d like you to see them inside this room. You’re not seeing anything. You’re just merely catching fleeting images. You have enough energy for that.

The sorcerers of ancient Mexico saw the predator. They called it the flyer because it leaps through the air. It is not a pretty sight. It is a big shadow, impenetrably dark, a black shadow that jumps through the air. Then, it lands flat on the ground. The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when it made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man.

What I’m saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless. Man, the magical being that he is destined to be, is no longer magical. He’s an average piece of meat. There are no more dreams for man but the dreams of an animal who is being raised to become a piece of meat: trite, conventional, imbecilic.

This predator, which, of course, is an inorganic being, is not altogether invisible to us, as other inorganic beings are, I think as children we do see it and decide it’s so horrific that we don’t want to think about it. Children, of course, could insist on focusing on the sight, but everybody else around them dissuades them from doing so.

I agree with Mr. Lash's suggestion that the Archons and flyers are two descriptions of the same thing but not with his proposal that they are the Grey and Reptilian aliens. I think what is being described is the ego. This would fit with the doctrine of world ages, an idea represented in many different times and places. We are told that the cycle begins with a golden age and proceeds through ages of decreasing duration and increasing corruption. When the last age is complete, the golden age returns. This had always seemed strange to me, that maximum corruption should suddenly turn to enlightened awareness. But it does make sense if the Archons/flyers come and go from this planet. It would be in their nature to eventually destroy their host so, in order to survive, they would need to be migratory. If so, the golden age would be the period between departure and return. After the return, it would take a long time to start to see their effects, since the belief systems and social structures that support them would not exist, and would have to be built anew. I am not saying this is the way things are, but it is a model that merits serious consideration since it does agree with the available data. Both the Gnostics and Don Juan insist that the entities can be repelled, although not easily. According to Don Juan,
Discipline is the only deterrent. But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations. For them, discipline is an art: the art of facing infinity without flinching, not because they are strong and tough but because they are filled with awe.

Sorcerers say that discipline makes the glowing coat of awareness unpalatable to the flyer. The result is that the predators become bewildered. An inedible glowing coat of awareness is not part of their cognition, I suppose. After being bewildered, they don’t have any recourse other than refraining from continuing their nefarious task.

If the predators don’t eat our glowing coat of awareness for a while, it’ll keep on glowing. Simplifying this matter to the extreme, I can say that sorcerers, by means of their discipline, push the predators away long enough to allow their glowing coat of awareness to grow beyond the level of the toes. Once it goes beyond the level of the toes, it grows back to its natural size. The sorcerers of ancient Mexico used to say that the glowing coat of awareness is like a tree. If it is not pruned, it grows to its natural size and volume. As awareness reaches levels higher than the toes, tremendous maneuvers of perception become a matter of course.

The grand trick of those sorcerers of ancient times was to burden the flyers’ mind with discipline. They found out that if they taxed the flyers’ mind with inner silence, the foreign installation would flee, giving to any one of the practitioners involved in this maneuver the total certainty of the mind’s foreign origin. The foreign installation comes back, I assure you, but not as strong, and a process begins in which the fleeing of the flyers’ mind becomes routine, until one day it flees permanently.
The Gnostics recommended recognition and disidentification. This is also the widely prescribed cure for ego. I don't want to give the impression that I am questioning the right of these beings to exist. Our relationship with them may well be symbiotic, as they allow us to experience things that we would not otherwise experience. It may be that we will one day develop immunity so they will cease to come here. In closing, I want to include a youtube link that seems to support the above. It consists of an analysis of the movie "Revolver". There are three parts. "Releasing the Ego" I'd love to hear what readers have to say about this. I've noticed that when I or others try to comment, an error message appears. If I just try again, it always works.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mirror, Mirror

What is the ego? What are it's characteristics? What does it do? Let's have a look. The ego's most obvious trait is probably it's isolation. It always considers itself apart from it's natural context. It defines itself through comparison with some "other". The ego tries to empower itself by undermining others. If the ego had a choice between abundance for all, or of abundance for itself accompanied by scarcity for others, it would choose the latter. It is always afraid. It tries to assuage it's fear by controlling as much as possible. The ego creates beliefs about itself, which it will cling to and defend (to the death if necessary). It seeks confirmation of it's beliefs by insisting on their universality. Any challenge to it's self-image is attacked or ridiculed or suppressed. It's own desires, no matter how extravagant, take precedence over the greater good. If it acts with apparent generosity, this is only to enhance it's image and it expects applause as well as indebtedness. The ego is extremely cunning and tricky but too infantile to be really intelligent. If it could look at itself honestly, it would see that it carries the seeds of it's own destruction. This is what lies at the root of it's fear. The ego is incapable of love. When we see the ego for what it is, we can begin to question it's pronouncements and demands. We start to realise that the ego cannot be reformed but must be overthrown. At first we try to fight it, but it only grows stronger. This is because the ego thrives on our resistance. The only thing that seems to work is to refuse to take it seriously and stop feeding it. When we learn not to identify with it or its beliefs we can instead experience our unity with all that is.
Now for the punchline. Reread the above, and for each instance of "the ego", substitute any of the following: the corporation, organised religion, the Illuminati conspiracy, the government. The outer world is a reflexion of our inner state. When we recognise the ego for what it is and overcome it's domination, it's external reflexions must also fall.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

What Time is It?

Words are only symbols of ideas. If ideas were people, words would be their names. Someone might know your name, but that doesn't mean they know you. It is easy to assume that if we know a word, we understand the idea it refers to. Often, we assume too much. Case in point: Time. Time and space exist as a continuum. Together, they are the warp and woof of third dimensional experience. Our culture recognises space as having various aspects. It is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative terms. We can think of space as distance to be measured. We also see it as having variety. A mountain is different to a valley or an ocean or outer space. If we have developed the ability to perceive energy directly, we can also speak of a "spirit of place". Feng shui deals with this aspect of space. For some reason, time is widely considered to be quantitative only. We think of it as uniform and featureless. But, if time and space are complimentary, each should find reflection in the other. Ancient civilisations, who left us great monuments and proofs of their advanced knowledge, had a fuller understanding of time. The ancient Greeks honoured two gods of time. Chronos represented quantitative time, duration and sequence. Kairos embodied time's quality, the spirit of the moment. Their ancestors had analysed and mapped time's landscapes. This knowledge was passed on in the form of astrology. The ancient Maya developed a science of Kairos also. We know this is so since the sacred Tzolkin calendar of 260 days pertained specifically to human time. These people were not primitive or ignorant. Some of their technologies were well in advance of our own. Those who dismiss astrology out of hand, and even some astrologers, imagine that the stars and planets have some direct effect on earthly events. Those who are more informed understand the relationship to be synchronous rather than causative. Synchronicity is the calling card of Kairos. The experience of synchronicity indicates attunement to Kairos. The facination with the 2012 end date of the Mayan long count is at least partly due to a subconscious awareness of Kairos. Many are sensing that this is the time of our tranformation. It should be not be seen as something that will happen to us, but as an auspicious window of opportunity to be grasped. Pardoxically, our tranformation is inevitable in the same sense that Neo, in "The Matrix" was never going to choose the blue pill.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Human Nature

I keep coming across this idea that human nature is the source of our destuctive behavior. Could this be false? The evidence usually offered is the assertion that animals don't behave the way we do, that they are free of "evil". I don't buy this. If you take an animal and you cage, torture and humiliate it for years on end, it will turn bad every time. Our "civilisation" does this to every one of us. Our failure to notice this is understandable. A young child who is abused assumes at first that all children live this way. It is only when the child aquires wider knowledge of other families that she sees her situation as it is. Our human family has yet to reach this point so we take the abuse for granted and blame ourselves. We invent mythologies to justify it. The fact that humans turn bad only some of the time should tell us what "human nature" truly is.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A thought on morality

All morality can be reduced to just this: remember who you are, and act accordingly. This is also a good definition of sanity.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Spiriuality of Unbelief

I reject the idea that spiritual development has any necessary connection with belief. I would even assert that belief interferes with both spiritual awareness and intelligence. Theories and working hypotheses are preferable because they are open to revision or rejection. Beliefs are not. This is important because of the nature of reality and the way the mind works. Our minds create the world we experience. No one (that I know of) has seen reality as it is. There is no "real world" as we normally experience it. There is only vibration. Our senses are vibrational receivers. These receivers pick up the vibration (eg. sound, light, etc.) and pass it on to the subconscious mind for interpretation. A great deal of editing takes place during interpretation. Many things get left out, to avoid information overload and also to maintain the integrity of our belief systems. This can cause serious problems if our foundational beliefs are wrong, because all new information must agree with what we already believe. If not, it will be ignored by the subconscious or create cognitive dissonance. For example, if our reality paradigm would be threatened by reason, then reason will not be available to us. This explains the intense, obstinate stupidity of religious fundamentalists. Believers in materialistic scientism do the same thing when faced with evidence of psi phenomena. There is very solid scientific evidence that psi phenomena, such as telepathy, exist. The brave souls who carried out these experiments expected their results to be resisted by established "science". As a precaution, they made sure that their protocols met a higher standard than is normally required. It didn't help. The scientific establishment ignored and ostracised them in order to preserve their beliefs. Why is it so hard for us to say those three little words; "I DON'T KNOW"? I allow myself the freedom to learn when I admit that I don't know. So much for the devastating effect of belief on intellect. What about spirituality? I would have to be blind to my own lived experience to accept that I am only a fluky result of materiality and chance. Meaning would have no place in such a reality and yet I experience meaning. So, if I am not an accident of matter, what am I? The only answer that makes sense is that I am pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is beyond space/time, so there can be only one. This is how I conceive of God. I can picture God as like a diamond of infinite size and my personal existence as one of an infinite number of facets. Although the facets are unique and distinguishable from one another, they are ultimately aspects of the diamond and cannot be separated from it. This conception and it's implications lead to a far more fulfilling way of being and relating. No belief is required for this.