Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wilson's 'Reality Tunnels'

by David R. Weissbard from the Unitarian Universalist Church. (Link down now) Seriously! That is really great and hopeful btw! The article handles the movie Shine along with Reality Tunnels, as I haven't seen that movie, I'm just gonna post the general stuff here and you can check out the Shining part at the link.

Wilson's 'Reality Tunnels'
I made reference to "reality tunnels" in a sermon several years ago after I discovered Robert Anton Wilson's book, The New Inquisition. Some of you may recall the term "Sumbunall" he proposed as a corrective to what I termed our "illiberal liberalism." Rather than saying "All conservatives believe..." or "all popular music is..." or "all men are..." he suggests that we say "Some, but not all..."

Central to Wilson's understanding of the world is his belief that all of us construct realities with which we live - except that we assume that they are given - that they are "real" - rather than constructed. And so we make judgements about how the world works, and who other people are, and about who we are. The problem is that we live in what he calls "reality tunnels" which are focused in such a way as to exclude inputs and experiences that may challenge what we believe, that may help us see the errors in our limited or erroneous constructions of reality.

Wilson maintains that many people who claim to faithfully follow the scientific method do so unfaithfully - continually excluding evidence that does not fit within the parameters of their expectations.

Wilson says:
"We make facts by organizing appearances into reality-tunnels that suit our present needs, our problems-to-be-solved, our fears and fantasies, and our prejudices.

And just as the Fundamentalist Materialist classifies as "fact" that which fits its model, and dismisses as "mere appearance" that which does not fit, so, too, the Fundamentalist Thomist mechanically accepts that which fits the Thomist model... - and similar mechanisms perpetuate the Fundamentalist Samoan tiki-worship reality tunnel, and the Fundamentalist racist reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist male chauvinist reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist Ohio Presbyterian Republican reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist Iranian Islamic reality-tunnel..."
And we should add, the Fundamentalist Unitarian Universalist Liberal reality tunnel.

Our culture has been based on the belief that the basic reality tunnel created by White European males over the past 300 years is the only "real" way to look at the world - what could Asians, Africans, women, Native Americans, possibly have to offer us? Including them in a course of study wastes time and dilutes our knowledge. "Our culture succeeded and theirs failed! What could we gain from them?"



Aho's View
I am fascinated by a book that Jim Spelman called to my attention: This Thing of Darkness : A Sociology of the Enemy by James Aho. Listen to Aho's orientation to reality:
"...even a moment's reflection reveals that what I see as trash some other person might well see as food, what I experience as pleasure someone else may see as pain, what I call a duty may in reality be a choice; and thus the social institutions we commonly hold to be inexorable, necessary and unavoidable are in fact our own collective creations, hence not inevitable at all. In other words, human beings reside in worlds they themselves have fashioned. Our worlds are cultural "art-facts," not natural affairs. However we tend to forget this truth, attributing responsibility for our world to some other thing, event or Person independent of us: our genes, Fate, the Will of God, "the way I was raised," and so forth."
What Aho is talking about, in other words, is the reality tunnels we create and live in.

I thought for a while Aho was going to be poignantly relevant today because one of the examples he uses of our creation of enemies is Saddam Hussein. Consider this:
"As difficult it is for us to hear them, Iraqi ravings about Western "imperialism," American "duplicity," and the "violations" of Muslim women and sanctuaries are in a pragmatic sense probably as realistic to Iraqis as is the following creed expressed so baldly by American officials and repeated like cant by the American public: Saddam is the "greatest peril" today to freedom, security, and the American way of life, a "ruthless tyrant" who has committed "outrageous acts of genocidal barbarism" that "surpass" even those of Hitler in their brutality."
That, friends, is a propaganda reality tunnel which is being used on us to unite us against a common foe, to distract us from our own problems. If you think about it outside of the popular reality tunnel, Saddam is right in saying that the American led sanctions are killing his people and there is no end to them in sight. To acknowledge this is not to say that Saddam is a "good guy," but as I suggested last year, we created him, we armed him, we backed him when he served our purposes. If you want to see reality tunnels, look at the headline of this morning's paper.

Levenson and 'Understanding'
Beyond those grand socially created reality tunnels are the individual ones we create to make sense of our own lives. Every individual has individual reality tunnels that are unique from every one else's. They are constructed from our own experiences.

One of the books I have found most influential on my thought over the years is one recommended to me by a therapist 25 years ago called The Fallacy of Understanding. In it, Edgar Levenson, with a perspective not unlike Wilson and Aho, maintains that we can never really understand another person - we try to fit their experience into our perception of what is real, but it is a Procrustean bed - we chop off parts that don't fit our perceptions and experiences. To say to someone else, "I understand you" is really a lie or a delusion. We can know what we know only in terms of our own experience and that is never universal.

What Wilson and Aho and Levenson are stressing, is something that I consider a central theme of my ministry, namely: seeking to make us more aware of the limits of our understanding, the limits imposed by our reality tunnels, the awareness that what we think we see objectively is always subjective at its core. It is only when we can see the greater truth beyond our limited versions of it, that we can be open to wisdom and relationship.

Political Reality Tunnels
Monday morning I sat in front of my TV watching on C-Span the testimony of constitutional scholars - liberal and conservative, debating the merits of impeachment of President Clinton. Their conclusions had so little in common that it was easy to label those with whom I disagreed as ideologues. It was obvious that they were trapped by a reality tunnel that muddled their minds. The problem was that some of what they said made sense. They were not fools - none of them. Their reality tunnels were no more confining than were the reality tunnels of those with whom I found myself agreeing. The difference was that I shared the reality tunnel of some and not of others. Where was the middle ground? None of the Representatives appeared able to go beyond their own partisan perspectives, any more than did the speakers. They did not disagree on facts, only on their interpretation, but what a gap, what a conflict that left. It was easier to divide them into good and bad than to wrestle with the conflict.

Personal Reality Tunnels
In a congregation I previously served, there was a woman whom I believe I have mentioned before. She had nine children. There was one who was giving her trouble and she told me she took him to twenty-some child psychiatrists until she found one who was willing to tell her what she wanted to hear - that her kid was mentally ill. That was before I got there.

After I became minister, there was another problem. She had an affair with another member of the church and decided that her husband no longer met her needs. She kicked him out of the house, and he was willing to go. Her affair fell through and she was alone. Her ex-husband ended up moving in with a divorced woman in the church. The ex-wife was furious. According to her reality tunnel, the divorcee, who had been a friend of hers, was betraying her, as was her ex-husband. He had no right to live with someone else and be happy while she was alone. She was indignant and wanted me to tell him how wrong he was. Her reality tunnel told her that it was not fair that she was lonely and he was not. The "victim" had become the perpetrator. I did not share her tunnel, even though I believed she was sincere in her belief. I declined to play the role in which she sought to cast me. She left the church because people were too accepting of what showed up in her reality tunnel as her husband's immorality.

Closer to Home
One of the things that Aho said particularly rang a bell for me personally. "My violation of you grows from my yearning to rectify the wrong I sense you have done me. Violence emerges from my quest for good and my experience of you as the opponent of good."

There are some good people whose reality tunnels see me as the "opponent of good" for this church. I continue to be cast by some as "the enemy," and I get mail and receive reports of rumors about how I am destroying this church. Everything I say and do is subject to interpretation by some people in the worst possible light in order to maintain their reality tunnel. It is also true that there are those who have constructed equally inaccurate reality tunnels in which my screw-ups are interpreted in the best possible light. It is not easy to live as either an enemy or a hero when you know neither shoe fits. And it takes considerable effort not to reciprocate by defining those who vilify me, as evil enemies.

Tool: Vicarious


Tool: Vicarious

Official vid! Hadn't seen this yet until now :) here are the Lyrics

Terence McKenna on Freaks, Hackers and Humanity


Terence McKenna on Freaks, Hackers and Humanity

2012 David Wilcock megapost

art. 1: What is ascension? Is it Real? If So, Am I Gonna Make It?
By David Wilcock

I don't really like the full article (all the images link to the 2nd article I link later on), I don't support psychic readings (you can find out what you need to by meditating too) at ridiculous prices but I like David Wilcock's work (and definitely respect his business ethics compared to others) and wanted to share this piece from it:

In the Law of One series (one of the most famous channeling series), this forthcoming Ascension event is said to propel the earth into a state that will be considered one hundred times more harmonious than life on Earth is at present, which would be a definite improvement… a world where, as the Master Jesus once said, “As I do these things, so shall ye do them, and greater things…” (Holy Bible, John 14:12)

The next question is this: Do we just sit back and wait for the “cosmic magic carpet ride,” or does personal ambition and participation have something to do with what we will experience as this interplanetary evolution completes itself?

The Law of One series and many other sources, including my own, tell us that we DO have to prepare for this event. Though some might groan as if hearing a bad punchline, the secret is that “it’s all about spiritual growth in the end.” In order to “make the Ascension”, we have to achieve an above 50-percent motivation towards “service to others,” (I prefer calling it Service to All, which I find has a much better ring to it) or the positive path, as opposed to “service to self,” or the negative path.

Providing that we accept the validity of the Law of One information, we are then led to a crucial question: What IS Service to Others, exactly? How does one practice it to the best of one’s own ability, especially if you are trying to do more than just meet the minimum requirements?

At times, the Service to Others path is said to be the path of unity, seeing all others as the self, whereas the Service to Self path is said to be the path of separation, seeing the self as above all others. Here is the exact quote that emerged in the Law of One series when the questioner asked Ra for more detail as to the best way to follow the service to others path:

The best way to be of service to others is the constant attempt to seek to share the love of the Creator as it is known to the inner self.

This involves self-knowledge and the ability to open the self to the other-self without hesitation. This involves, shall we say, radiating that which is the essence or the heart of the mind/body/spirit complex.

Speaking to the intention of your question, the best way for each seeker in third density to be of service to others is unique to that mind/body/spirit complex.

This means that the mind/body/spirit complex must then seek within itself the intelligence of its own discernment as to the way it may best serve other-selves.

This will be different for each. There is no best. There is no generalization. Nothing is known.

The above description has often been criticized for its vagueness. “OK, so I need to share love, but there is no best way to do it? Then what the heck do I do, and how do I do it?” (As Robert Anton Wilson would probably laugh: "Please, tell me what to do master!" :p) Naturally, it seems obvious that we would want to know what we should be doing to be ready for this change, in order that we may stay with the Earth as it moves into the “fourth density.” The words of Ra, as expressed above, essentially say that one pursues self-acceptance and integration on the inside first and foremost, and then “radiates that realization of Oneness with the Creator” to others. No real generalizations can be made…

THE BELIEF SYSTEM CANNOT BE DOGMATIC FOR ASCENSION
We do want the entity to be aware of the degree to which this fluidity of thought affects all other areas of inquiry. The fluidity of thought comes about through the meditative peace that is gained inside. The entity has indicated that there was a bout of alcoholism surrounding your year 2000, as time is measured. This, of course, is a statement of the sense of defiance and rebellion against the uptight and stuffy, constricted atmosphere that society has presented in many forms.

The entity is one who was content with the behaviors that were predefined by the conservative Judeo-Christian, Protestant mindset. Thus, one was to be the hive worker and perform a series of maneuvers along a predefined set of criteria.

The system of rules itself is worshiped as God, though on the subconscious plane.

It is not truly the thirst for the One Infinite Creator that sustains entities who follow such paths, but rather the thirst for structure, the thirst for a very clear definition of right and wrong, seen and unseen, known and unknown, good and evil, so as to remove the opportunity for internal seeking, deliberation and analysis.

If one has a rather immature concept of the universal cosmology which includes such things as implicit forgiveness once one is saved by the Blood of the Lamb, so to speak, then there is not the need to pulverize the questions that have required such pulverization. Rather, they can remain as rocks that tumble about in the mind, and can temporarily be sealed over with platitudes that state that as long as one continues to pay tithes to the church or to otherwise repent for one’s sins, as they have been called, then a balance of sorts is created.

The relative balance/imbalance of one’s personal vibrations is never questioned in such a format, but only the extent to which the predefined set of criteria are then being met.

May we state a very important point, which is that the extent to which an entity is harvestable for fourth density has everything to do with making a choice? This, by its very nature, implies that one must break away from consensus thinking in order to make sufficient choices to be harvestable.

To put it more bluntly, an entity cannot simply be content with a given system of spiritual teaching, follow that system without ever questioning it, and truly be fourth density harvestable, even if that system of thought is one in which service to others is defined as being an essential cornerstone of belief.

May we state quite clearly that true Service to Others is that which comes about through internal deliberation and analysis.

True Service to Others does not mean that you [are required to] go to a soup kitchen and begin spooning out that which is sought after by those who are homeless. True Service to Others does not mean joining the Peace Corps and moving off to some third-world country that is in desperate need of assistance, or otherwise giving of oneself in this externalized form.

Granted, these are expressions of service to others in a certain capacity, but when we state the term Service to Others, we are attempting to use three words to define something which is altogether more nebulous.

The true essence of Service To Others cannot be contained within the overt semantic description that the words provide. It is, rather, a statement of a status of being that is arrived at once one has achieved some degree of unveiling of the conscious motivations that underlie the self.

The extent to which these motivations become conscious is the extent to which the soul has evolved. So when we speak of conscious motivations, we speak of the more complete form of consciousness, which does include that which your peoples would normally define as sub-conscious.

To become conscious of that which motivates the self is to become aware of the choices that have been made [in life], and of the extent to which most entities have declared martial law over their own free will in their minds. So when we state Service to Others as being the desirable path, that path has greater complexity than simply attending church or appeasing those around you and making them happy.

The Service to Others path is a path of integration of self, and through that integration of self, becoming aware to some degree that there is no separation between self and others. This is decidedly different than one only looking as far as to see it as being a function of volunteering one’s time in such things as a soup kitchen or otherwise.

Therefore, this path is, in one sense, rather difficult to define, and any attempt to use one concept or one set of words is flawed by its very nature. The reason why we decided upon the term Service to Others is to hone in on that which approaches the greatest degree of truth as a system of meditation for an awakening soul.

art 2. Law of One and 2012: The Facts!
Well the facts based on the Law of One readings! But still very interesting stuff.

THE BASIC ENERGY OF PHYSICAL REALITY MAKES A SHIFT
...So, if this core photon vibration INCREASES by an entire density level, then ALL atomic particles must make a density change as well- a TOTAL change in the physics of matter and energy. Elsewhere as this post goes on, you'll see that this core shift completes when? 2012.

TIME HAS SPED UP — POSSIBLY 100 TIMES FASTER
This strongly implies that time as we know it has DRAMATICALLY sped up between second and third-density. We already know that in third-density the average animal's life is probably 9 years at best. Ra secretly has slipped in the fact that time started going at least 100 times faster in 3D than it was in 2D! This means that the actual RATE at which a creature lives out its life increased by 100 times. This is consistent with other reports I've seen of the variability of time. Therefore, such a speeding-up should happen again when we go into 4D — but if our time is going faster now than it was before, the time period should be a lot less than 1350 years.

WHAT ABOUT MEGA-EARTH CHANGES?
The Cayce Readings said that the mega-Earth Changes were more of a metaphor of upheaval in people's lives — NOT an event that people would literally go through. And my own readings, for what it's worth, have repeatedly said that (paraphrased): "You are already experiencing the big earth changes that the ancient prophecies spoke about. If you're waiting for something even bigger to happen, you've missed the point."

RA WARNED OF A 'CONTROLLED FASCISM' SPREADING TOWARDS THE END

Questioner: Would the coming changes as we progress into fourth-density such as changes in the physical third-density planet due to the heating effect and changes such as the ability of people to perform what we term paranormal activities act as catalyst to create a greater seeking?
Ra: I am Ra. This is partially correct. The paranormal events occurring are not designed to increase seeking but are manifestations of those whose vibratory configuration enables [them] to contact the gateway to intelligent infinity…

The correct portion of your statements is the greater opportunity for service due to the many changes which will offer many challenges, difficulties, and seeming distresses within your illusion to many who then will seek to understand, if we may use this misnomer, the reason for the malfunctioning of the physical rhythms of their planet.

Ra: Moreover, there exists probability/possibility vortices which spiral towards your bellicose actions. Many of these vortices are not of the nuclear war but of the less annihilatory but more lengthy so-called “conventional” war. This situation, if formed in your illusion, would offer many opportunities for seeking and for service.

Questioner: How would conventional warfare offer the opportunities for seeking and service?

Ra: I am Ra. The possibility/probabilities exist for situations in which great portions of your continent and the globe in general might be involved in the type of warfare which you might liken to guerrilla warfare.

Ra: The ideal of freedom from the so-called invading force of either the controlled fascism or the equally controlled social common ownership of all things would stimulate great quantities of contemplation upon the great polarization implicit in the contrast between freedom and control.

NO 'HELL PHASE'
I think it's easy to see that the 4D shift is an energetic process… not a slow, labored trip through earth-change hell. The earth changes are the CATALYST that stimulates people to grow inside, but the 2012 window is a SPONTANEOUS shift… not something that you fight your way through à la Mad Max.

NOBODY LEFT BEHIND
All are harvested regardless of their progress, for during that time the planet itself has moved through the useful part of that dimension and begins to cease being useful for the lower levels of vibration within that density. That means that EVERYONE is an "Ascendee." The question is WHERE YOU GO once you pop through the worldwide "quantum leap." Do you hang out in the astral planes for 100-150 years and holographically recreate what you already had, or do you start climbing the staircase of Ascension? At that point you have a choice.

'INCONVENIENCES' AS WE MOVE INTO FOURTH-DIMENSION VIBRATION
DW: Again, "all are harvested REGARDLESS OF PROGRESS" when the Earth moves out of 3D vibrations at the end of the cycle. A discontinuous event. Ra's answer is VERY IMPORTANT, because once we know WHEN the planet "has moved through the useful part" of the third "dimension", then we also know when "all are harvested regardless of progress" Keep reading Session 6 to find out how close we are to moving through the "useful part" of 3D:

Questioner: What is the position of this planet with respect to the progression of cycles at this time?

Ra: I am Ra. This sphere is at this time in fourth-dimension vibration. Its material is quite confused due to the society memory complexes embedded in its consciousness. It has not made an easy transition to the vibrations which beckon. Therefore, it will be fetched with some inconvenience.

Questioner: Is this inconvenience imminent within a few years?
Ra: I am Ra. This inconvenience, or disharmonious vibratory complex, has begun several of your years in the past. It shall continue unabated for a period of approximately three oh — thirty — of your years. [1981+30= 2011]
Questioner: After this period of thirty years I am assuming that this will be a fourth-density planet. Is this correct?
Ra: I am Ra. This is so.
Questioner: Is it possible to estimate what percent of the present population will inhabit the fourth-density planet?
Ra: The harvesting is not yet, thus, estimation is meaningless.

IS IT A GRADUAL OR 'DISCRETE' (SEPARATE AND DISTINCT) CHANGE?
So is this a gradual shift, or does something distinct happen at some point — a discrete (i.e. separate) change — the so-called "quantum leap"? Let's keep reading right along: Ra: However, the nature of quanta is such that the movement over the boundary is that of discrete placement of vibratory level.
DISCRETE PLACEMENT. Discrete means "separate and distinct." A quantum leap. They also say that there is a "boundary" that we move over. When is the boundary? 2011-2013.

David also mentioned that
1 dimensional life, minerals was red (root chakra, survival)
2nd dimensional life, microbes, plants, insects and animals, orange (sacral chakra, reproduction & emotion)
3rd dimensional life, humans, yellow (solar plexus chakra, power)
So this reality, was about POWER. [additional to the Spiral Dynamics model stages of StriveDrive (orange) and Truthforce (blue) which will have to evolve to Humanbond (green as well)]. Well that sure explains a lot, kinda even puts the illuminati in a whole other light, wtf :p. I don't see 'em evolving along though as there's a total lack of the next phase:
4th dimensional life, whatever, green (hearth chakra, love).

Guess who never have to worry about the economy and other bullshit

On average Belgian government ministers make on average 13.526 EUR a month, that's more than the average of the common Belgian 12.104 EUR a YEAR (year 2003 figure).

That's how just the Cyst-em is kids!

More bullshit:
Border agents can search laptops without cause, appeal court rules
"In the meantime, travelers should be aware that anything on their mobile devices can be searched by government agents, who may also seize the devices and keep them for weeks or months. When in doubt, think about whether online storage or encryption might be tools you should use to prevent the feds from rummaging through your journal, your company's confidential business plans or naked pictures of you and your-of-age partner in adult fun."

Just stfu and be a good consumer, obey, comply, hand over your laptop, buy a new one and stfu. Or else. You have no privacy. Oh remember, we're doing this for freedom. Our means are classified, but you have no privacy. Stfu, remember your place. Have a nice fucking day.


Implosion imminent

Daily Dedroidify: Revenge

Daily Dedroidify: Revenge

"Let me tell you something, you humans, most of you, subscribe to this policy of an eye for an eye, a life for a life which is known throughout the universe for its stupidity.

Even your Buddha and your Christ have quite a different vision but nobody's paid much attention to them, not even the Buddhists or the Christians. You humans... sometimes it's hard to imagine how you've made it this far." Prot

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Gandhi

to err is human, to forgive divine

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." from the Sufi

"Intolerance is evidence of impotence." Aleister Crowley

"Live well. It is the greatest revenge." The Talmud

"An unbridled passion for the total elimination of this or that evil can be as dangerous as any delusions of our time." Richard Hofstadter

"If you are looking for vengeance, be sure to dig two graves." Chinese saying

"To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine."
Alan Watts

"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it." Confucius

"When anger rises, think of the consequences." Confucius

"Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge." Scott Adams

"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." John Billings

"Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you." Austin O'Malley

"How about how good it feels to finally forgive you." Alanis Morissette

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." Buddha

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." Tenzin Gyatso

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." JFK

Vergiffenis rules, I vergif you all :)
(dutch inside joke :p)