Humankind Progress

Humankind progress

Humankind’s progress against human nature is mainly a progress on paper. Individual humans have documented tremendous progress and discouraging regress. Humankind has most assuredly left an impressive paper trail, a huge library, which I take good advantage of by the way!  I do not disparage this impressive paper trail, but I do not take pride in our impressive paper trail either.

What is most important is that which is happening in the individual in the moment. I believe that it is possible to make changes in collective human nature, but it will take a “critical mass” of individuals changing their paradigm (their way of viewing reality). This is documented as happening in the instinctual behavior in animals that is spontaneously springing up in physically separated communities of the same species. I believe that this can happen in humans also, but it will take a “critical mass” of individuals just like it does in animals.

In the last twenty years it has become apparent to me that the purpose of true religion should be to transcend our ego and our lower human nature desires. But how do we make progress permanent? If it is possible to change collective human nature as I believe it is, this is the only place permanent collective progress can be made in humans.

I believe this concept first appears in Confucianism. Human beings are teachable, improvable and perfectible through personal and communal endeavor especially including self-cultivation and self-creation. A main idea of Confucianism is the cultivation of virtue and the development of moral perfection. Confucius promoted Chun-Tzu, the idea of the true gentleman. It is the man who lives by the highest ethical standards. The gentleman displays five virtues: self-respect, generosity, sincerity, persistence, and benevolence. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

In the words of Jesus:

(Mat 4:17)  From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent(change your frame of mind, mode of thought, perceptions and understanding), for the kingdom of heaven is coming near(close enough to touch).

(Mat 13:47)  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net, which was thrown into the sea, and it gathered fish of every kind.

(Mat 13:48)  When it was filled, they drew it to the shore, and sat down and sorted them; the good ones they put into bags, and the bad they threw away.

(Luk 17:21)  Neither will they say, Behold, it is here! or, behold, it is there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus was not teaching us how to fish, but was telling us to go within (heart, collective unconscious) cast your net in the sea where everybody fishes. Save what is good and discard what is bad.

What is good and what is bad? How does one discern? I say use the filter of collectivity.

The golden rule:

Christianity: 30 AD, from Matthew 7:12 “Whatever you wish men to do for you, do likewise also for them for this is the law and the prophets.”

Confucianism:  557 BC, from the Analects  15:23-  “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

Buddhism:  560 BC, from the Udanavarga 5:18-   “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.”

Zoroastrianism:  600 BC, from the Shast-na-shayast 13:29-  “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others.”

Judaism:  1300 BC, from the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18-  “Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Hinduism:  3200 BC, from the Hitopadesa-  “One should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated.”

Each of us human beings enters life at the same place, with a blank conscious mind and over ten thousand years of human nature experiences (we label good or bad) in our collective unconscious.

Each of us human beings leaves life at the same place, with a blank conscious mind and over ten thousand years of human nature experiences (we label good or bad) in our collective unconscious.

Each must choose the individual path by experiencing culture, oral traditions, spiritual/imagination, and our impressive paper trail. In my opinion the spiritual/imagination path holds the greatest potential for making permanent human progress.

Every event in your life is just a happening, until you choose to add value to it and create an experience. You are so wonderfully made that if you are not happy with an experience you can just with your imagination alone change the experience. That’s right just by envisioning an experience it is just as valid as an experience made with your five senses. Just ask the Buddha! The most important tool you have for adding value is your paradigm (your way of viewing reality). Just think of the experiences that you could have if you had a rich and luxuriant paradigm

Let’s say you view reality from the ego’s point of view. You will view everything as separate from you and conflict improves your standing. It’s a small fearful world.

Now let’s say you view reality from a more holistic point of view. You will view everything as interconnected and cooperation improves your standing. It’s a large loving world.

Your purpose in life is to view things rightly, not to set things right. You will experience things rightly if you view things rightly. This viewing is a spiritual/imagination process.

The beauty of this way of viewing reality is that there is no one correct way.

The fear of this way of viewing reality is that there is no one correct way.

You build your paradigm and you can make it as luxuriant as you would like it to be. You do not have to follow science, religion, or any other rules. Let your imagination run wild.

(Mat 6:33)  But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.

The Greek words translated as righteousness:

dikaiosune  dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay   From dikaios; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: – righteousness.

dikaios  dik’-ah-yos  From dike; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): – just, meet, right (-eous).

dikaioo  dik-ah-yo’-o  From dikaios; to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent: – free, justify (-ier), be righteous.

dike  dee’-kay  Probably from deiknuo; right (as self evident), that is, justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution): – judgment, punish, vengeance.

deiknuo  dike-noo’-o  A prolonged form of an obsolete primary of the same meaning; to show (literally or figuratively): – shew.

It is often translated “righteousness” or “justification”, but really means, “to make innocent“. In English there are two kinds of being innocent: not being guilty, and being pure inside. The Greek word dikaiosune can also refer to either aspect of innocence. The Gospel writers use it to mean “to make innocent/prove not guilty” (see Matthew 11:19, Matthew 12:37, and Luke 18:14). Paul normally uses it to mean, “to make pure” (see Acts 13:39, Romans 3:20, Romans 4:13, and Romans 6:7).

This distinction is really important, because you can not really love others or yourself until you believe you are guiltless, innocent, pure, and holy. Then you need to believe others are also guiltless, innocent, pure, and holy. Just think about the rich experiences you can have with others that you truly view as guiltless, innocent, pure, and holy.

But how do you view things rightly? You have heard the saying “seeing is believing”; I think we have it backward “believing is seeing”. When you first enter this world “seeing is believing”, but after you have built up your own set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices then “believing is seeing”. First you build your beliefs, then you filter what you see through them. You have programmed the way you view reality and have allowed others to program the way you view reality. In order to view things rightly you need to change your paradigm, your way of viewing reality.

Your paradigm is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind.

Let’s take a quick look at some opposing filters of your perception:

interconnected…………separate

objective…………………..subjective

tolerance………………….dominance

acceptance………………..judgment

cosmic-centered……….self-centered

love…………………………fear

The more conviction behind the filter the more it changes what you perceive you see. These filters can also affect how you react to events that spring up in your life.

Choice (in every event in our lives there is a moment for choice to determine the direction that you will grow toward or that the event will shape you toward) simply put; choice is practice. If you do not consciously choose for yourself then you are allowing others to make the choice for you.

I believe our paradigm is built by the habituation of our choices.

Ancient Mystics believed that habituation should occur for at least 1 Lunar Cycle to make the paradigm shift permanent in the subconscious mind.

Can you see how changing your paradigm: your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices would be more effective in changing your life than changing behaviors one at a time?

Can you see how changing your paradigm: your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices can make life experiences more rewarding?

This is why we read good books, listen to good talks, discuss our discoveries with other free thinkers, and choose to practice good things that we discover.

 

Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism, the radicalization and polarization of America

I am a voter registered as an Independent.

I grew up in a Fundamental Evangelical Protestant Faith and can no longer accept the contention that I am right and someone else is wrong because of a difference of opinion.

Since I am not privy to Absolute Truth, every belief that I hold is just an opinion and I accept the same premise for everyone else.

 

fundamentalism

noun

1: a : often capitalized :  a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted               Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching

b :  the beliefs of this movement

c :  adherence to such beliefs

2:  a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles <Islamic fundamentalism> <political fundamentalism>

 

radicalize

verb (used with object), radicalized, radicalizing.

  1. to make radical or more radical, especially in politics.

verb (used without object), radicalized, radicalizing.

  1. to become radical or more radical, especially in politics.

 

polarize

verb (used with object), polarized, polarizing.

  1. to cause polarization in.
  2. to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.:

The controversy has polarized voters into pro-abortion and anti-abortion groups.

  1. to give polarity to.

 

opinion

noun

  1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
  2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.
  3. the formal expression of a professional judgment:

to ask for a second medical opinion.

  1. Law. the formal statement by a judge or court of the reasoning and the principles of law used in reaching a decision of a case.
  2. a judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.:

to forfeit someone’s good opinion.

  1. a favorable estimate; esteem:

I haven’t much of an opinion of him.

 

Different opinions….

There have always been, and will always be, opinions which appear to some as right, while the same opinions appear to others as wrong. That is human nature. We must accept that simple fact or be forever condemned to cycles of war.

The mystic Joseph Campbell said:     “everything that you do is evil for somebody”.

In every country, in every religion, we find those who view an opinion as right, while others find that same opinion to be wrong.  Within every country and within every religion there is great diversity of opinion. Throughout history we have had war, conflict and violence in the name of nationalism and in the name of religion, each side ready to fight to the death for their opinion.

We are all different…each and every one of us. We have always been different, we will always be different. We must learn to accept our differences with patience, tolerance, understanding and love or else we will be in continuing strife forever.

Our diversity must be accepted, not denied or attacked. There can never be peace without acceptance of “what is”. All war, all battle, all human conflict is our refusal to accept the way things actually are.

The diversity of mankind will never be overcome by national governments or by religious leaders. Our diversity is the very reason that we exist. We exist to be individuals, we exist to be different. We must accept this simple fact if we want to find the heart of peace. We must simply accept “what is”.

Yet within the tapestry of all of this diversity, with all of our individual opinions, and with all of our individual needs, there is a common center that we all share, regardless of nationality, or race or religion… and that is the center of love.

For those who see through the eyes of love, there is only love, nothing else really matters. Let us move past all the pointing out of differences through tolerance, understanding, patience and love. Nothing else will ever bring peace.

Mankind has tried to overcome his diversity with war, violence, hatred and persecution for thousands of years and yet he never seems to learn the lesson…it has all been a complete failure.

When people don’t like someone else’s opinion, the general reaction is to try to get the other person to change. But that is not the call to action which Life gives to us. The call to action is not about changing the world outside of us, but changing the world within us.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  Albert Einstein

We need a new way of thinking!

 

 

Heartbreak

My first heartbreak came at 3 months of age lasted from October to March and reoccurred every year until 13 years of age. During that period every year I had severe infantile eczema, interminable itching, and chronic sleep deprivation. I still bear a horseshoe shaped scar on the inside of my left arm, near the armpit, that was caused by a scissors slip when my mother was removing a bandage. The bandages were to keep me from scratching my skin with my fingernails.

Along with this series of heartbreaks I developed a deep-seated fear of being abandoned.

Of course, I’ve had other heartbreaks…

As I grew up I was driven to try and find some answers to the following question.

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO BEFORE THE HEARTBREAK COMES TO LESSEN THE SYMPTOMS?

Regarding the sadness of loss and heartbreak, the Buddha said I should always consider that all things I love would one day go away from me.

Loneliness was a contributing factor in my heartbreak.

Loneliness and Your Blood Pressure – Dr. Andrew Weil

I quote- If you’re over 50 – and lonely – you may need to watch your blood pressure. New research from the University of Chicago shows that, over time, a sense of loneliness can raise blood pressure, regardless of other risk factors including body mass index (BMI), smoking, alcohol use, race and income levelà the loneliest people in the study registered blood pressure increases 14.4 millimeters of mercury higher than the blood pressure of the most socially contented participants. The study was published in the March, 2010, issue of Psychology and Aging.

There is ample medical evidence that people who fail to establish meaningful connections have more illness. As a social species, we are not well equipped to live as isolated, separate beings. Health is wholeness, and wholeness implies connectedness – to family, friends, tribe, nation, humanity, the Earth, and whatever higher power you conceive of. -End of quote

My path to making myself better prepared to handle heartbreak has five steps. They are symbolized by the acronym R-I-G-H-T.

Righteousness

(Mat 6:33)  But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.

The Greek word translated as righteousness really means, “to make innocent/prove not guilty “.

This distinction is really important, because I can not really love others or myself until I believe I am guiltless, innocent, and holy. Then I need to believe others are also guiltless, innocent, and holy.

One purpose in my life is to see things rightly, not to set things right.

But how do I see things rightly? I accepted the saying ‘seeing is believing’; I had it backwards ‘believing is seeing’. First I built my beliefs, and then I filtered what I saw through them. I have programmed the way I view reality and have allowed others to program the way I view reality. In order to see things rightly I needed to change my paradigm, my way of viewing reality.

This is why I read good books, listen to good talks, discuss my discoveries with other free thinkers, and choose to practice good things that I discover.

Interdependence

I started out life as dependent on my parents. As I grew I learned to become independent. Interdependence is a choice that I can make as an independent person. Interdependence means that I trust in what you can do for me.

Interdependence also means that I don’t take things personally. This is what I call the ‘fishhook’ in relationships. When someone takes an action that includes me I might be tempted to feel or say ‘Now why did they do or say that ‘to me’. The ‘to me’ is the fishhook. I get caught up in what I think the action means to me. I can never understand and help other people until I get past myself.

Giving

(Luk 6:38)  Give, and it will be given to you; good measure shaken up and running over, they will pour into your robe.* For with the measure that you measure, it will be measured to you.

This is the Law of Compensation; give-get. I learned the order, give first and get second.

(Mat 25:40)  The king then will answer and say to them, Truly I tell you, Inasmuch as you have given it to one of these least brethren, you gave it to me.

It isn’t what I’ve heard, read, said, or seen; it is what I’ve GIVEN.

It is the gift out of the fullness of my heart, with no thought of receiving, which is truly divine.

Heart

(Pro 4:23)  Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.

To learn to live from my heart, first I had to get rid of fear, sorrow, and anger. Living from my heart is putting love into action, putting love behind my actions.

I went to the traditions of India to look at living from my heart.

  1. Base or Root Chakra Imbalance FEAR NO BREATH
  2. Sacral Chakra Imbalance SORROW STRONG INHALATION
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra Imbalance ANGER STRONG EXHALATION
  4. Heart Chakra LOVE EQUAL BREATH -THE HEART CHAKRA IS THE LEVEL BETWEEN THE MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL WORLDS.

Imbalance LACK OF COMPASSION and I will fall to the lower chakras.

Whenever I am feeling out of balance I try to remember to check my breathing.

 

FEAR  NO BREATH

SORROW  STRONG INHALATION

ANGER  STRONG EXHALATION

LOVE  EQUAL BREATH

Trust

Trust to me is the ultimate recognition and respect of another.

I like the slogan of Hallmark Cards ‘when you care enough to send the very best’.

Trust is caring enough to do for and give to another the very best, what is for their highest good. I try to ask, ‘what is for their highest good?’ when I am planning to take action.

Consider

Thoughts for all ages:

Today the adults will hear and talk about how to CONSIDER or Observe Fully.

Japanese pictogram meaning Consider (Observe Fully)

Consider

With which part of your body do you feel most deeply? Heart.

The best way I can think of to describe this is to talk about my relationship with my cat “Lil Kitty”.

The first step is to see her or hear her. Sight and hearing are my facilities to observe from a distance. Sight is the radar and hearing is the sonar of my awareness.

Do any of you know what radar is? Radar is an object-detection system that uses radio waves to determine the range, altitude, direction, or speed of objects.

What is radar used for? It is used to track airplanes, rain, and snow.

Do any of you know what sonar is? Sonar uses sound waves in water or air to listen for things moving or making noise.

What is sonar used for? It is used to track underwater objects moving or making noise. Bats also use this at night instead of sight.

With my mind I can then choose undivided attention, to notice things that I would normally miss if I wasn’t paying attention. The undivided attention opens up a channel to my heart so I can feel what I am noticing.

I can do the same thing with any of my other senses. Taste, touch, and smell are our facilities to observe closely. The undivided attention makes it possible to open up a channel to my heart so I can feel. Like petting my cat and sensing her enjoyment.

With my mind now let me add imagination to this process and consider the ant. The ant could probably split up the other creatures in her world into two categories the peaceful creatures and the ferocious creatures.

The peaceful creatures could be the lion, tiger, and rattlesnake.

The ferocious creatures could be the aardvark, chicken, and duck.

On the surface it seems silly to us, but it’s her world. The lion, tiger, and rattlesnake are safe to be around. The aardvark, chicken, and duck are dangerous for her to be around because they will eat her.

Can any of you tell me things you have observed about ants?

 Chinese pictogram meaning to listen

  Listen

 Sermon:

 CONSIDER

I believe the greatest need of a human being is not to be loved, not to be understood, but to feel I have been considered. To consider something is to get outside of myself and spend a considerable (there’s that word again) amount of time observing, beholding, discovering, and perceiving; in an attempt at understanding. First I must consider myself then I can consider others.

We start out life as dependent on our parents. Hopefully as we grow we learn to become independent. Interdependence is a choice that an independent person can make. Interdependence means that I have trust in what you can do for me.

But interdependence is not just a relationship of Creator to man or man to man read on…

(Luke 12:24) Consider (Observe Fully) the ravens; for they do not sow nor reap, and they have no storerooms and barns; and yet God feeds them; how much more important are you than the fowls?

(Luke 12:27) Consider (Observe Fully) the flowers, how they grow; for they do not toil nor do they spin; but I say to you, that not even Solomon with all his glory was covered like one of these.

The Greek words translated as consider or observe: to observe fully:behold, consider, discover, perceive, to “know” (absolutely), – allow, be aware of, feel, have knowledge, perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, and understand.

How much more should we consider the human beings around us?

Righteousness

(Mat 6:33)  But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.

The Greek word is often translated “righteousness” or “justification”, but really means, ” to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent “. In English there are two kinds of being innocent: not being guilty, and being pure inside. The Greek word can also refer to either aspect of innocence. The Gospel writers use it to mean “to make innocent/prove not guilty”. Paul normally uses it to mean, “to make pure.

This distinction is really important, because I cannot really love others or myself until I believe I am guiltless, innocent, pure, and holy. Then I need to believe others are also guiltless, innocent, pure, and holy. This improves my ability to consider.

The observer and the detached witness:

An observer is usually seen as standing apart and independent of what is observed. The observer tries to have minimal influence on what is observed.

A witness, as defined, is one who can attest to the truth of what occurred. As such, a witness is often called upon to verify legal actions such as signatures, exchange of marriage vows and the like. They can attest to the fact that events really did happen as reported. The witness is about seeing objectively. As detached witness I stand apart from any filter of perception I may have about what is occurring.

The concept of the detached witness recognizes the fact that in the creative process the observer and the observed are intimately connected. It is much like the phenomenon in physics where the observer affects what is observed. It is to recognize that minimum influence is caused by simply the observer being present in observation and to realize the more profound influence is caused by how I choose to observe. The detached witness intentionally chooses this interconnection. But once I choose my method of observation, that is, how I am influencing the situation, I detach myself from what is happening and hold myself seemingly apart to observe the flow.  I am aware that my own observation is giving rise to what I see and experience.

Both the detached witness and the observer are about becoming detached and seeing the events that I am experiencing more as a movie rather than the events happening to me. As observer I just observe, as detached witness I choose to be intimately involved in the movie I am watching. First I realize I am watching life events like a movie much like becoming an unnamed camera person observing from behind the camera recording the movie rather than being the performer. The script can be changed.

As detached witness I know I can change the script to whatever I wish if I so choose. That is, I go back and deal with the past issues in my life that I believed created the movie, my life, as I now witness and experience it.

In becoming the detached witness, I will begin to see the events themselves from a different perspective and I will begin to see “stories” behind “stories,” or layers upon layers that each has a story that can be told on that layer of reality.

The detached witness is the initial step one needs to take to step out of mind see the true nature of reality. The detached witness is to step out of the thinking and judging mind and become witness. It is not something that can really be just mentally understood – it ultimately must be experienced.

One of my methods to be an observer is Wide-Angle Vision (meditation on awareness)

This can be done sitting or moving; start with sitting and gradually progress to moving. The purpose of this exercise is to de-focus my eyesight to be aware of my whole visual field. The important thing is to concentrate on awareness. When a specific object draws my attention I will then automatically focus on it.

The first benefit of this is that the awareness of movement and sound is greatly increased.

Another benefit of this is that my awareness is set free to seek out different things in my whole visual field. In the outdoors, my awareness might be attracted to a plant, tree, or animal; I might gain a new insight about the object. In a crowd of people, my awareness might be attracted to a certain person; I might gain a new insight about that person or be lead to a need that person has.

One of my methods to be a detached witness is Sacred Silence (meditation to set aside conscious mind)

The first nine steps program step ten as a trigger to set aside the conscious mind. The first nine steps must be practiced regularly to keep step ten effective.

Also this technique starts to open you up for dynamic body control. That is the possibility of controlling involuntary body functions with intentional imagination.

(1) Lie down, get comfortable, relax (goal-meditate actively)

(2) Concentrate fully on breathing (feel inhale-rise exhale-fall)

(3) Command breaths – inhale, hold-collect tension, exhale-release breath and tension

(4) Complete body relaxation – inhale-tense body area -exhale-relax body area

(5) White light sequence – imagine light moving from feet to head (soothing, relaxing, warming, and healing)

(6) Body positions sequence – direct full attention to body areas

(7) Gravity sequence – imagine body areas heavy (pulled to earth)

(8) Pain sequence – shape pain (negativity) and force out of the body and into earth

(9) Soaring, flying, floating sequence – imagine soaring, etc.

(10) Trigger sequence – breath to heart:  (emergency only short cut)

deep gentle inhalation,

hold & collect the rest of tension (pain builds in chest),

steady gentle exhaling until you feel heart beating in chest

Repeat 2 or 3 more times until I can feel pulses in wrists, thighs, neck, even the scalp tingling.

Then I am ready to review past experiences to change the script of my life.

I am also free to project future possible experiences.

I can also imagine experiences in the present moment that are just as real as any physical experience.

 Let’s go back to the Japanese pictogram meaning Consider (Observe Fully)

If you condense this fully I believe it is “unconditional acceptance”. This is the state of mind that makes “Active Listening” possible. Take notice of the order of the process: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.

What is “Active Listening”?  It is a moment of being there to consider someone:

  1. Without any strings attached to an outcome
  2. Without any thought of what I must think or say (no advice or suggestions)
  3. Without any of the “cares of life” to distract
  4. With a total commitment to unconditionally serve the other
  5. Using as many of my senses as I can (hearing, seeing, feeling, etc.)
  6. Soliciting feedback to make sure I have complete understanding

At this point I would like to open up the service for multilogue.

Three Selves

First, human consciousness does not break conveniently into three pieces. This is not the Dogma of the Three Selves.

Second, do not believe a word I tell you but consciously choose what these things mean to you internally.

Here are some verses from the Bible that were puzzling to me and for which I sought answers.

Psa 91:1  He who is dwelling In the secret place of the Most High, In the shade of the Mighty lodgeth habitually,

Mat 6:5  “And when you are praying, you will not be like the hypocrites, because they affectionately love standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the open streets to be praying, in order that they shall be seen by the people. Positively, I say to you*, they have their reward in full.

Mat 6:6  “But when you* are praying, enter into your private room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father, the [One] in secret, and your Father, the [One] seeing in secret, will reward you in the open.

your private room

a dispensary or magazine, that is, a chamber on the ground floor or interior of an Oriental house (generally used for storage or privacy, a spot for retirement): – secret chamber, closet, storehouse.

secret

concealed, that is, private: – hid (-den), inward [-ly], secret.

Mat 18:1  In that hour [or, At that time] the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?”

Mat 18:2  And Jesus having summoned a young child, He set him in the middle of them

Mat 18:3  and said, “Positively, I say to you*, unless you* are turned around [fig., changed inwardly] and become like such young children, by no means shall you* enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Mat 18:4  “Therefore, whoever will humble himself like this young child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

Unless you reverse your thinking; have a whole new way of thinking you cannot enter into the kingdom of the heavens. To me access to this Kindom of the Heavens is through the subconscious self (Inner Child).

Luk 17:20  Now having been questioned by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God is coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;

Luk 17:21  neither will they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ For listen! The kingdom of God is within [or, among] you*.”

It was in trying to understand these teachings that I was drawn to the three selves…Russ

THREE SELVES

The most complete pattern that I have found for this concept comes from the Huna and Kahuna traditions of Hawaii, but these concepts are intertwined with all religions.

The Three Selves for purposes of this essay will be called Conscious Self, Subconscious Self, and Spiritual Self.

Conscious Self

It serves as the seat of logic, reason, and discrimination but is not the seat of memory in the Huna View. It instructs the Subconscious Self through imagination and will.  It is also the only part that can do wrong (sin). The only wrong Huna acknowledges is to willfully cause pain or hurt to a person, being, or one’s self.

It only exists as long as the physical body exists; therefore it fears dying unless it experiences spirit directly, through the Subconscious Self.

It tries to live in the past or future. When we think ôaboutö something; we can only think in terms of past (remembering) or future (hoping or wishing). You can not think ôaboutö something in the present; you can only exist with it.

It has a dual nature. It can be friend or foe.

Friend                              Foe

interconnected                 separate

objective                          subjective

tolerance                          dominance

acceptance                       judgement

cosmic-centered              self-centered

love                                 fear

Our purpose in the Conscious Self is not to set things right, but to see them rightly. Stress occurs when the conscious mind resists what is. We should not make subjective evaluations about events that unfold around us, but see cosmic objective in all things around us.

The best pictures I can think of to explain this are:

1  You have scheduled an outdoor picnic and it rains that day. You get angry at the rain for messing up your picnic. See how self-centered that subjective reaction is?

Objectively, the rain is part of the cycle of life on this planet. It provides water for plants and animals to share.

2  Student to Sri Ramakrishna: Sir, if one gave up the I, nothing whatsoever would remain.

Sri Ramakrishna to Student: I am not asking you to give up all of the I. You should give up only the “unripe I.” the “unripe I” makes one feel: “I am the doer. These are my wife and children. I am a teacher.” Renounce this “unripe I” and keep the “ripe I” which will make you feel that you are God’s servant, his devotee, and that God is the doer and you are His instrument.

The logical mind is like a lake or pond with a stiff breeze blowing. The surface is full of waves and we cannot see a reflection. These are our self-centered thoughts. We cannot see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface while our self-centered thoughts clamor for our attention.

The spiritual mind is like the same lake or pond at a still, calm moment. We have set our self-centered thoughts aside and we can now see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface and commune with it. This is the kingdom of heaven within you.

Most importantly the Conscious Self is where we make our choices, develop our beliefs, and begin our imagination (visualization) by choosing to set our Subconscious Self free to dream.

We choose what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with our conscious mind, but we perceive what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with our subconscious mind.

What we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with our conscious mind are only happenings; they become experiences to the Subconscious Self when our Conscious Self assigns a value (objective or subjective) to them. These experiences become filters to our perception. Just because modern man spends most of his time in the Conscious Self doesnÆt mean that the Subconscious Self isnÆt active. On the contrary, it is always looking for input. If we do not make a conscious choice to control the input, it will go into automatic mode and accept input from outside as valid.

We free our past (especially guilt) by forgiving it and habituate the Subconscious Self to receive a new experience in place of the old experience.

You keep your future free by not letting your present self put your future self into binding or limiting restrictions. Do not make choices in the present moment for how you will be in the future, but leave your future choice making free. I am not talking about the give and take of our normal lives, but the internalizing of binding or limiting restrictions. Such as ôI am not good at mathö ôI am clumsyö, etc. Especially beware of using the term I AM to habitually place binding or limiting restrictions on your Subconscious Self.

Albert Einstein quotes :

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

 

Subconscious Self

This is the shadow and is the part that gathers the sacred Mana the power that is used to create. It is where the emotions and memory are. It forms literal deductive conclusions.  It depends on the 5 physical senses and is able to use telepathy.

It gives you your basic energy for physical life. It stores and accesses all physical knowledge– our instinct, intuition, gut feelings, latent drives, abilities, and memory.

It lives only in the present moment.

It is motivated like a 4 to 7 year old child; with adventure, fun, excitement, new things, etc. and is highly open to suggestion.

It provides automatic body function control. Through this mechanism you can control automatic body functions with your Conscious Self (dynamic body control).

Either the Conscious Self or the Spiritual Self can direct it.  It is the link between the Conscious Self and the Spiritual Self. It communicates with us through emotions, feelings, dreams, signs, symbols, and visions. The Spiritual Self can only communicate with us through the Subconscious Self.

It does not differentiate between actual experiences or imagined (visualized) experiences. This is important, in visualization you do not have to be technically correct with your imaging. Use all of your senses and emotions to make the image as real as possible.

By becoming more conscious of how our subconscious works, we can access energy and courage to improve our health and sense of well-being.

Lucid dreaming (awake and purposeful dreaming)

While the world is what you think it is. HUNA goes a step deeper. You are always dreaming. Everything in your awareness is a reflection of you and your beliefs. Memories, nightmares, today’s lunch, tomorrow’s meeting- all are dreams. You, through your beliefs, literally dream your life into being. But aren’t they real? Of course! To the HUNA dreams are real and reality is a dream. I like to think of it more as a movie with you being the writer, director and star of the show. This life is your movie, so if it is not as you like it, stand back, rewrite, and perform the new script in harmony with the other actors.

Spiritual Self

It brings all desired things into reality.  It is trustworthy and wise.  It has intuitive Knowing of the past, present and the fixed part of the future and future possibilities. The Spiritual Self is your direct connection to all sentient beings.

It communicates with us using emotions, feelings, dreams, signs, symbols, and visions through the Subconscious Self.

The higher self-awareness manifests qualities of selfless courage, love, compassion, wisdom, altruism, and joy. It serves as a “cheerleader to the soul,” reminding the conscious self of the spiritual possibilities beyond the material world and the limits of the conscious mind. This is where we experience Wonder, Awe, and Rapture.

The higher self has deep empathy for the conscious self and subconscious self but exists in a state of loving detachment; it gently guides without interfering, allowing the conscious self to make its own choices and learn whatever lessons it needs.

By mastering the powers of the subconscious and conscious selves, we can enjoy great success in the world, but staying in touch with our higher self adds the dimensions of joy, love, and an experience of the higher possibilities of life.

Conscious vs. Subconscious

Each of us is a powerful creative being.

We each create our own reality.

If this is true, then why do so many of us we create a reality we donÆt really want at all?

Most people are stunned to learn that most of our behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, ôAs much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious.ö The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.

There are two parts of your mind and they are quite different. Both are necessary for you to be fully functional. However, both are specialized in their capabilities as well as the way in which they process life’s experiences.

 

 

Conscious Self: Volitional, Sets Goals~Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second

Subconscious Self: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second

As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious self plays an important part in your life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.

It is almost impossible for us to achieve a goal if we hold subconscious beliefs that are in conflict with that goal, no matter what it is.

When the conscious mind gets distracted: when something catches the full attention of your conscious mind you become highly receptive to suggestions. That’s the same idea advertisers use when they put their commercials in the middle of your favorite TV series. In this case, your conscious mind will be thinking of what will happen to the hero of the series while at the same time your subconscious mind will be receiving suggestions by the commercial.

If we want to experience change in our external world, we have to change from the inside/out. This can be done by changing the root programming at the level of our subconscious self, thereby changing the printout of our reality in the conscious mind.

I believe the only thing that we can truly control with our conscious will is our behavior (actions and reactions). We can influence our feelings, thoughts, and emotions but not control them. If you want to make small changes in your life change one behavior at a time. If you want to make large changes in your life change your PARADIGM:  A SET OF ASSUMPTIONS, CONCEPTS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES that constitutes A WAY OF VIEWING REALITY for the community that shares them.

Choice (in every event in our lives there is a moment to determine the direction that we will grow toward or that the event will shape us toward) simply put; choice is practice.

I believe our PARADIGM is built by the habituation of our choices.

Habituate:  To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure (choosing to practice).

Ancient Mystics believed that habituation should occur for at least 1 Lunar Cycle to make the paradigm shift permanent in the subconscious mind.

Can you see how changing your PARADIGM: YOUR SET OF ASSUMPTIONS, CONCEPTS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES, YOUR WAY OF VIEWING REALITY would be more effective in changing your life than changing behaviors one at a time?