Friday, March 21, 2008
A blog by Bruce Kodish: "I'm currently writing the first full-length biography of Alfred Korzybski, author of Manhood of Humanity and Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics."
Barack Obama's pastor Wright's Sermon in Context
Too bad Obama doesn't listen to his freaking awesome pastor and became a political puppet who will change as much as Clinton or McCain will: nothing.
Read the rest here
Of all the crazy shit going on in the world, this is one of the easiest to explain to people calmly (don't go all religious on their hiney). I mean, does anyone think it's normal to pay money... to take money out the bank? Seriously. Today someone I know who's very blue pill said Bankers are the biggest gangsters on the planet. That was only one of the few bright points of my crappy day, but it counts!
Spirituality says that god is within us and that we don't need anyone else to make that divine connection for us
Religion says that we are separated from god and that we need "them" to make that divine connection
Spirituality says that we are free to make choices on our own and that we must take personal responsibility for our actions
Religion says we must make their choices and act their way
The theme of spirituality is unconditional love
The theme of religion is fear and guilt
Spirituality does not require us to make donations
Religion has become big business
Spirituality says there is no hell, no judgement, no angry god... That we are loved unconditionally
Religion says there is a hell, god gets angry and judges us... Therefore, we are not loved unconditionally
Spirituality says we are free to choose our own path to god
Religion commands us to do it their way
Spirituality says we go to god to lighten our burden
Religion has taught us to fear their god
Spirituality says we should not be ashamed of our sexuality... That it should be a sacred celebration of love
Religion has taught us to feel ashamed, guilty and dirty about our sexuality
Spirituality teaches us to honor and respect mother earth
Religion has told us to "be thou fruitful, multiply and subdue the earth" i repeat... "Subdue the earth
Spirituality reminds us that we are one with god and one with each other
Religion teaches disunity and separation which is the opposite of god
Spirituality says god is within
Religion says he is in heaven and that "they" are the only intermediaries for u
Spirituality says we are born in innocence and purity
Religion says we are born with sin
Spirituality teaches that we are on a long spiritual adventure and journey which will ultimately end by reuniting with our source
Religion says we've got one life to get it all right and there is nothing but heaven or hell after that
Spirituality says we are free to expres
Religion gave us the dreaded inquisition
Spirituality teaches unconditional love for all
Religion gave us the crusades in which many were killed and slaughtered in the name of god
Spirituality teaches that we should love one another unconditionally and always honor the rights and choices of others
Religion treated native americans, the mayans and other indigenous cultures as savage primitives who "must be saved"
Spirituality teaches peace and harmony
Religion has caused more wars and more killing than any other reason
Spirituality says respect all living things
I never once heard any religion say stop slaughtering millions of trees every year for christ's birthday
Spirituality teaches us to have faith in ourselves
Religion teaches us to have faith in them
Spirituality says we have all the answers... That we can find them by "going within"
Religion teaches us that it has all the answers and only its answers are the right ones
Spirituality teaches us to search for the universal truths and our hearts will tell us when we have found them
Religion teaches we have no choice but to accept their version of the truth
Which one feels better to you? Spirituality or religion?
Go to your heart for the answer. It will never lie to you
Religion is a dogmatic belief system.
Spirituality to me is a catma way of life (of which aspects can be dogmatically interpreted too by the less intelligent). (PS: Spirituality is NOT equal to the New Age Belief System)
Dogma: absolute belief or doctrine held by a religion, ideology or any kind of organization, thought to be authoritative and not to be disputed, doubted or diverged from.
Catma: relative meta-beliefs or flexible opinions held by a person, thought to be interesting, likely or profound at most, hopefully only one of many views in that area, to be investigated and questioned continually, laughed at and perhaps even re-modelled, just for fun. (You get the idea ;p)
"He who looks outside dreams,
he who looks inside awakes."
Carl Gustav Jung
"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." Hans Margolius
Meditation, the most powerful mind tool ever developed.
# Activates the 5th Neurosomatic Circuit (See 8 Circuits of Consciousness Model)
# Which means we let go of our Physical, Emotional, Logical and Social circuits and become the witness of our bodily sensations, emotions and our thoughts instead of identifying with them.
# Leads to a blissful witnessing zen state of mind (comparable to Marijuana)
# A better connection between mind and body (Hypnosis & NLP also work on the 5th Circuit).
# Multidimensional thinking as patterns, habits, programming and conditioning lessen.
# Meditation has been proven to improve creativity, intelligence, memory, alertness.
# It has been shown to improve physical, mental, and emotional health.
# By looking within we can really know and experience reality, instead of being limited to our beliefs or intellectual conceptions of it.
# We gain the freedom to choose whether or not to act on our thoughts and emotions.
# We learn to distinguish between objective reality and our mental and emotional dramas.
# Increase synchronicities, as the objective outside and the subjective inside worlds merge in a wonderful dance of meaningful coincidences.
# Integrates left and right brain functioning. Increases intuitive capabilities.
# Purifies the Nervous System (What a positive name btw :p)
# Align to the Quantum source energy vibration, a Quantum Symphony.
# Awaken the dormant Kundalini at the base of the spine to energize & evolve us.
# Brain functioning shapes the content of daily experience, in turn each experience shapes the brain.
Meditating twice daily, in the morning right after waking up and in the evening before dinner, is optimal for becoming a more integrated, healthy, conscious being on the road to conscious evolution and enlightenment.
As within, so without.
Some meditations to try:
Yogani mantra meditation, instructions are in my own words: assume your preferred meditative position, first rest for a little while to get centered, just let your breathing be as it is, keep the mind clear, then introduce the mantra "I am", repeat in your mind as you like, the rhythm that feels right for you, you can change it anytime you want, just repeat it. If thoughts arise, let them pass by as clouds and return your focus to the mantra. You'll find with these instructions that include no breathing-exercises and such a free mantra method to be relatively easy for the beginner. (20 minutes)
Vipassana, instead of repeating a mantra, focus on the silence or on your breath, do not intervene in the breath if you choose breath. Choose one and stick with it. Let everything be, thoughts are not an interruption, they are part of the meditation, let them pass by as clouds and return to the silence or your breath. (30 minutes)
Samuel Sagan's Awakening your third eye with meditation audiobook is a great guided meditation for focusing on your Anja/Ajna chakra, it introduces it with two great general talks and has one lying down and a sitting up meditation. Remarkable effects can be expected soon.
Brain Sync: Awakening Kundalini is a highly recommended audio program for meditation practice, (warning: do not use it daily if you are a beginner or even an advanced meditator) it features a short explanation of kundalini, a short instructional track and then the guided meditation with several different forms or pranayama breathing. It's very powerful compared to other brainwave programs or guided meditations
Master: That's nice, next time concentrate on your breathing and it will go away. :p
Two Types of Meditation by Josh Davis
Basically, meditation can be divided into two main categories:
Apophatic, the "way of negation," and cataphatic, the "way of affirmation." In both practices, the ultimate aim is to reach a state of supreme awareness and bliss. The way one goes about doing such, though, is very different. In apophatic meditation one empties the mind, while in cataphatic one fills it with a visualization, an object, a mantra, or a feeling. The object of focus expands by virtue of one's attention until it fills one's entire universe. Both practices are essential for a healthy approach to mysticism, and to life itself (which are really one and the same--at least for me).
In apophatic and cataphatic meditation alike, the primary issue one must deal with is the useless noise of the mind. Concentrating on something, or concentrating on nothing, quieting extraneous internal chatter may sometimes seem an impossible task. In fact, people have far more control over this than they give themselves credit--the real "you" is the one that witnesses, the experiencer. You are not your thoughts--you are the thinker of your thoughts. If you give them your attention, they will continue. But if you fully remove your attention from your thoughts even for a moment, they will stop.
As a witness of thoughts, understand that you will not stop thoughts by reacting to them--it is precisely reaction that is holding you back, as reaction requires attention. Simply be aware of your thoughts as they appear and disappear, always returning to your point of focus, be it some thing, or nothing at all.
Apophatic meditation is very difficult to grasp at first, because there is so little that one actually "does." Simply witnessing thoughts without pursuing them may seem like a waste of time to the restless and impatient, who want quick results. For this reason it may be easier for beginners to concentrate on nothing by way of something--that is, make something such as your breathing the point of focus, but once you have eliminated all extraneous thoughts, stop focusing on breathing also, much like a scaffolding that is discarded once the building is constructed.
Another approach to the apophatic way is focusing on being the observer. That is, as thoughts appear in your mind, ask yourself who is thinking them. Observe each thought and let it pass, gradually becoming aware of the unmoving center around which they revolve. Thoughts pass you by. What and where are you? You are the stillness hidden within motion. See for yourself...