Category Archives: Practice and Practicality

Sure, It’s Easier To Run

i-am-02I just watched a documentary last night called I AM. This groundbreaking work follows director Tom Shadyac around the globe as he sits down with renown poets, business executives, psychologists, and biologists to ask two questions:

18iam-span-articleLargeWhat is wrong with the world?
and
What can we do to fix it?

The root to which it all boils down to is encompassed in a response given by English writer, G.K. Chesterton, to the initial question, posed to him by the London Times.
Q: What is wrong with the world?
A: I am.

Science today, as explored in this film, is rounding up more and more applicable and indisputable evidence to suggest that the totality of existence is in fact an energetic projection of The Individual Observer, that each of you reading this Now, whether aware of it or not, are in fact 100% responsible for the entirety of your every experience. Some have expressed this to be a daunting concept to accept, though I personally find this to be a most empowering paradigm. That we have the power to create worlds. That with personal mastery of our emotional and mental states, so too comes mastery of creating whatever reality we desire.

Running-awayOften times, we encounter struggles or set backs in life, and it’s as if it’s almost become natural for us to point the finger to a person or situation or group of persons for having caused the problem. Many times we have even chosen to walk away from a particular job or project, dissolve a personal relationship, or any other number of “move-away” tactics, as if separating ourself from “the thing” is going to solve the issue. The reality is, as the mystics have echoed through the ages, that the issue is within us, not “out there” and we have actual, measurable, repeatable evidence of this concept today! How exciting!

Thanks to institutions like Heart Math and Biocybernaut Institute, just to name a couple, Western culture is beginning to wake up to The Reality of what is true about ourselves and how we work, our natural design to exist in harmony with all that surrounds us, and step into authority of our lives by accepting fully the responsibility of our every experience.

change-your-thoughts-and-you-change-your-world18Instead of running from our problems, we now begin to see that there is no problem. There is only a manifestation of some personality trait that we desire other than to exhibit, and so we now become grateful for the encounter with these parts of ourselves, that they have been brought to our attention as an opportunity for personal growth through identifying those parts of our personality and shifting to what we truly desire to be.

 

Enlightenment: “State of Being”

A picture of an elder Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti was a very eclectic and wise man, his book “This Light in Oneself” was very exposing.

 

When we think of enlightenment, Hollywood has projected something along the lines of an all-knowing, long-bearded, mystical sage or strict monk who could do near anything from this mythical enlightenment power.

It’s not as we would invision it in reality.

When talking of enlightenment, the Quaballa describes it as the “One thousand and one doors”. It is many things to many people, and there are numerous parts of enlightenment to be discussed.

For state of being, I’d like to show Jiddu Krishnamurti as an example.

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A small update: I’m back, and I have quite a few things to discuss.

Many topics, little time.

First and for most, I’d like to mention that I am honored to still be apart of the community.

This is going to be the most scatterbrained, difficult, monotonous spiritual journey of your life: Enlightenment.

Lucky for you, I’m a half-way decent writer with a sense of humor.

Ignoring all possible theory which would make this article look more like a thesis prospecta, Here’s short and low for my long inactivity and the subject of this article.  I’ve been doing a laundry-list of spiritual studies, and working days on end, trying to create a palpable blend of everything I know,  have learned, and can base future learnings off of. Continue reading

Practice and Practicality: Altered states!

Why is this important?

Altered states of mind allow you, not only to see the world from an alternate perspective, they allow you to tap into a formerly unused aspect of yourself. This is a very useful, as projection, visualization, and sometimes the aspect  on it’s own helps unravel life’s mysteries. I could also venture to say, through experience, that an altered state can easily give you knowledge just from it’s activation.

There are many ways to achieve an altered state of mind.

Ritualization (to make a ritual, or to make into a ritual) is the most effective way. It involves a long set of tasks and a good amount of time. Usually, a group is involved. Most people just down have a coven waiting around, making this option very nonviable for the majority. We all know what a ritual is, I’m assuming.

A ritual is a set of tasks or steps to draw power to, to draw power from, or to honor an idea, idol, symbol, or spirit.

This ambiguity means, that from a singular standpoint you can revere your own idol, and to create sanctity for your own experience. Making it effective in mass. Also, there is a uniting effect of a ritual. When the same people perform the same ritual, there is a spiritual and psychological unity. This unity can be felt, it is tangible within your mind. You can observe this within ministries and orders the world over. Once one person is united within the group, in mind and spirit, there is no separation, from the person’s own will. It is truly an awesome experience.

However, there are very viable alternatives.

For the most obvious, there is meditation. It is a mental exercise, to rid the mind and charge it for use. It does not contain the benefits of a ritual, but it can be ritualized to be more effective than it’s brethren. Within meditation, there are certain practices which allow for many different altered states to be achieved.

There is sensory altered states. These include the uses of: excitation, stressors (a stressor is any outward influence that causes stress), sensory deprivation and sensory overload. These are just fancy words for pain, stress, emotion, pleasure, and lack of sense. These are quite easy to obtain and materials to activate these means are free, or nearly free. In terms of two-factor theory, low arousal, high arousal, no arousal, all things in between and all stress; low, high, or no stress.

Now, there are nearly infinite ways to go about this.

But, the goal is self-actualization with the attainment a state of being attuned with gnosis, or a natural and clear frame of mind with pure knowledge unaffected by the human condition. By being unaffected, I mean a state of sentience above that of a normal human.

Now, I know this all is a little heady, and maybe even a tad bit condescending, but it’s true. I am not going to profess to be a full master at entering gnosis, but, when you have entered it, you will know. It feels like you know anything and everything at a sudden moment, and it is. It is a moment of total insight.

Thank you so much for your time, and good journeys, maybe we’ll meet along the path some day.

And, as a final foot note, I leave you a quote of Gnosis:

Plato The Statesman 258e  —
“Stranger: ‘In this way, then, divide all science into two arts, calling the one practical, and the other purely intellectual .’
Younger Socrates: ‘Let us assume that all science is one and that these are its two forms.’”

 

Quick Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritualization

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_trance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_dance

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosis#Etymology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_state_of_consciousness

Anonymous is a collective identity, synonymous with and Altered states of consciousness (ASC).

Anonymous is a collective identity, synonymous with an altered state of consciousness (ASC).

Practice and Practicality: Physicality and Spirituality

I’d first like to thank you for reading my first post, and welcome you to my view point.

You don’t have seven chakras.

There are not a mere seven gates in your body. The Chinese understood this more so than any other archival culture (Celts may have known, and Tribal peoples definitely know). They use the term “Meridian”. Defined, A meridian: is any point where body and spirit meet. You will read many occult texts using your body as a gateway to any number of planes. Witches called it “taking flight”, Ásatrú named it “climbing the world tree”, and so forth. Christianity even says, in two separate phrases “Your body is the temple of the holy spirit” and “The kingdom of heaven lies withing man”, albeit you can interpret them a number of ways, this is ominously befitting a gateway between a higher power and yourself. Even the Kabbalah  says “there are a thousand ways to enlightenment”. Back  to identifing a single spiritual gate, say the idea, intention, or emotion linked with it. Such as “Chakra of Grounding” or “Meridian of Contention”. Terms can be easily used in place of each other, but remember, there are innumerable branches of spirituality, and, therefore, numerous names.

Some simple moonphases.

A tantric worship calendar.

A Mudra is a physical movement with a chant for a metaphysical benefit. Hindis most understood this with their hand-signs for intentions. These intentions focus on unity, strength, empowerment, not a single negative aspect. Most people don’t like to feel enraged. This is why mudras, an spiritual opening to the world through the body, is such a great way to empower yourself. (I think a common mudra most people have done is to kneel and put your hands together for prayer.) The phrase “Just dance” lingers for a reason.

However, they revered gods, such as Shiva the Destroyer. They used mantras, which are ideas and chants, to revere the god. Or, to take on an aspect of the god, in religions such as voudoun or in shamanism. This is the grasp of a negative aspect. You cannot let severe negativity within yourself without a severe negative effect. (I think a common mantra most people have done is a blessing for food, or in a mass.) This leads us into both mudras and mantras in action.

Tantras are ideas, or intentions with motions. It is very ritualized. Mudras and Mantras occur before or during Tantras. Tantras will be repeated as necessary, until an idea is brought through, an effect. Think of Tantras as rites, Mantras as prayers, and Mudras as significant signs. (Think of a tantra as a mass, sermon, or otherwise religious gathering for spiritual gifts.)

However,
You will never be able to discern a tantra, mudra, mantra, unless you can identify the gods or godesses (or even yourself aspects) associated with the ritual.

Quick Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meridian_(Chinese_medicine)