What is the meaning of spirituality? Does it have a value? Can it be measured? What makes someone more or less spiritual? I think we too often confuse spirituality with religion and therefore, an identity of some kind. And so, for many whom take on the word “spiritual” to describe themselves may often be characterized by devoting the larger of their efforts to growing or spreading their ideas to others and believing themselves to be spiritual for doing so. But given that spirituality is a universal phenomena, it can’t be this. After all, if a Muslim believes themselves to be spiritual when practicing their faith and a Chrisitan when remaining faithful to their own, how could either of them truly claim to know what spirituality really is? Continue reading “The Nature of Spirituality”
The game that life is playing is largely one of interwoven parasitism. A being that fools another into servicing its needs instead of its own; yet, and albeit, letting itself to be used by its host in the process.
For us living organisms this began Continue reading “The Nature of Ethics”
If someone breaks something of yours, be it intentional or accidental, any ethically minded individual will immediately extend his or her apologies and offer to repair the damage or attempt to replace the item or its value at their own expense.
If however, the individual only says they are sorry and then Continue reading “The Nature of Forgiveness and Restitution”
When our consciousness is being limited by a malady, a drug or any external affliction, one is still, under those circumstances, able to be aware of one’s condition. This is because our consciousness in its unaltered state is present in us still, regardless of the incapacity our body has to channel it or manifest it at any given time. How can i be aware that my awareness is being inhibited if my awareness was actually being inhibited? In other words how can one be conscious of one’s unconsciousness? This indicates that there is a greater consciousness present in us that we can only manifest in degrees. Some might argue that in such a circumstance we are merely drawing from memories to compare our present condition with one from the past. But this can only be partially true given a variety of other examples we can draw from.
Dreams are one such example as they prove that our consciousness is Continue reading “The Nature of Consciousness – Part 3”
As described in The Nature of Consciousness Part 1, consciousness itself becomes manifest in degrees (from sober to intoxicated) and simultaneously in levels or planes (from subconscious to super consciousness). This brief treatise described the consciousness we are all familiar with and that we use to form an identity of self and other. We can call this our mind/body consciousness or our self consciousness. This consciousness is not unique to humans as it manifests itself in degrees among all living things.
Outside of all this abides the master consciousness which informs all living things. To understand the relationship between the two we could view the nature between the master consciousness and our self consciousness as being much like the relationship between Continue reading “The Nature of Consciousness Part 2”
When humans lived as nomads, or in tribes and even in clans, the pressures for survival came largely from the environment and other neighboring rivals. Most perfections that currently inhabit the human frame emerged out of these pressures. But ever since humans transitioned into feudalistic and more limiting societal structures, the pressures of rivals and environment were largely diminished. Instead, the pressures for survival came mostly from artificially constructed social structures defined by politicians and clergymen. Consequently, now, many thousands of years later, humans have been selected out for optimal use by such leaders.
Now, in the 21st century, a large contingency of humans exists that have been selected out by a system of laws under the oversight of rulers. These laws have multiplied and have been scattered among the populace as tools by which to protect themselves but often to be used as weapons with aggressive intent to destroy a neighbor, a family member or a business rival. This system has put in place rewards and punishments that have given incentive to use these laws. This system has taken center stage in nations that derived their legal system from British-common-law.
Through these environmental pressures, some races (in particular the white-Caucasian race and all those mixed with them) have exposed a genetic predisposition to feeling oppressed. A hypersensitivity to wrong-doing for themselves and on behalf of others. While the tendency may have had a proper use in early stages of development for the Nation-State, now that most threats have been abated, the ludicrousness of this new human feature (the victim-gene) has never been so nakedly exposed. These humans, now, spend much mental energy seeking out reason to feel oppressed or to champion others. If only they knew, this tendency was genetically selected by their newest rulers, like a bloodhound bread for its keen sense of smell.
The more you persist on enduring and living through your tests and trials rather than overcoming them, the more they will persist in your life and bring suffering to you and those around you. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the numbness you’ve developed over that time is any sign of strength. Quite the opposite, in fact! It is your demise. So long as individual humans fail to learn this lesson, so too will continue to be the fate of humanity. One cycle of pain and suffering after another. We will either solve the puzzle or lose our humanity by avoiding to do so. Such is how life tends to teach us with its fractal order of things.
Just as nature shows itself to be predisposed to an infinite variety of variations, the human frame can express an equal if not greater amount of spiritual, cultural and intellectual variation. In fact, were it not for cultural norms that have emerged through the pressures of time, humans would continue to diverge even further from each other, each with their own individual Gods, garments and gifts. Maybe even each with their own language. Because at the root of nature is division and multiplicity and humans are a phenomenal microcosmic expression of the universe.
Eliminate culture and social norms and behold how man will be bent in any direction his or her whims can exert on her soul, or worse yet by the whims of another. Social norms, therefore, are put in place to serve and preserve the integrity of the group, because absent these, humans would be predisposed to adopting divergent behaviors.
Therefore it is plain that chaos is the inevitable result of abject individualism while stifling and suffocating order on the opposite extreme is the result of abject totalitarianism. It is conclusive then that the most we can strive for is a system of ordered chaos that permits the freedom for each to pursue the dictates of their own conscience without the threat of being forcibly stifled by a neighbor wishing to impose their preference on others.
We are as oblivious of the sentience of our soul as a video game character is of the user that plays it. You are the avatar and as long as negative patterns continue to re-emerge in your life, you will continue to fight them until you learn what you’re supposed to in order to pass to the next level.
Cycles of pain are your own doing and cycles of fulfillment those you surrender to. If a cycle of suffering keeps manifesting itself to you then it is because you have something yet to be learned. Once it comes again be sure not to be stubborn! Pass the test, instead, and you will not need to repeat it.
Cycles of fulfillment are derived by surrendering to the cycles of nature. The more you depart from nature’s cycles the less fulfillment there will be in your life. A healthy person will sleep according to the earth’s rotation (every 1 day). A healthy woman will offer the opportunity for life according to the moon’s orbit (every 28 days). The raising of a healthy child and any long term venture must be in accordance with the sun (12 year increments). Let your will flow within the timescale of nature and you will manifest anything your heart desires. And if you continue to desire suffering, then it is because there is something you are trying to learn or overcome about yourself.