December 27, 2010
A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Reality tunnel (aka belief system, world view, world model, reference frame, intentionality etc) is a term coined by Timothy Leary and popularised by Robert Anton Wilson. It refers to the concept that with a subconscious set of filters formed from their beliefs and experiences, everyone interprets this same world differently, hence "Truth is in the eye of the beholder". This is not necessarily meant to imply that there is no objective truth; just that our access to it is mediated through our senses, experience, conditioning, prior beliefs, and other non-objective factors. The individual world each person occupies is said to be their reality tunnel. The term can also apply to groups of people united by beliefs: we can speak of the fundamentalist Christian reality tunnel, the scientific materialist reality tunnel, the libertarian reality tunnel, etc
The concept of reality tunnels fits in nicely with the scientific concept of confirmation bias by which we tend to notice and assign significance to observations that confirm our prior beliefs, while filtering out or rationalizing away observations that do not fit with what we believe. This helps to explain why reality tunnels are usually transparent to their inhabitants. While it seems most people take their beliefs to correspond to the "one true objective reality," Robert Anton Wilson emphasizes that each person's reality tunnel is their own artistic creation, whether they realize it or not.
Through various techniques one can break down old reality tunnels and impose new reality tunnels by removing old filters and replacing them with new ones, new perspectives on reality - at will. This is achieved through various processess of deprogramming using meditation, controlled use of hallucinogens, neuro-linguistic programming, cybernetics, hypnosis, bio-feedback devices, and forcibly acting out other Reality Tunnels. Thus, it is believed one's Reality Tunnel can be widened to take full advantage of human potential and experience reality on more positive levels! Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising is (among other things) a guidebook to the exploration of various reality tunnels, breaking through the current one and opening our minds to a whole new world.
The most ideal Reality Tunnel would be the most open one. 'Question Everything; Exlore Everything; Believe Nothing 'is the main philosophy, so instead of travelling between Reality Tunnels you create one that encompasses everything. Beliefs are considered dogma, they filter out much of reality. Catmas are relative metabeliefs, or flexible temporary opinions of which many, even contradictory, can be held in one's consciousness. This way we have a larger map of reality and thus a wider perspective. We could achieve a lot more progress if we could evolve beyond belief systems, which are defended emotionally, not rationally. Wether religious, ideological and political, as this study of political bias shows. When you are able to open your mind to many differing and conflicting views, there will be much less or no confirmation bias on your part as you are able to make many new connections. Consider ideas, ideologies, viewpoints, etc as toys like I do. You know you can't play with one toy all the time or it gets boring, so you switch toys often. Believe nothing, it is the highest form of intelligence! (and absolutely necessary in conspiracy research or conscious evolution.)
Your Ego is a fallacy and your Belief System is your enemy. And the other way around.
"Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently.
Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability
to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals;
censorship blocks transmission."
Robert Anton Wilson
"Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet,
it is because they have accepted a religious Faith or a secular Ideology
(Ideologies are the modern form of Faiths) and just stopped thinking."
Robert Anton Wilson
"We can all see how other people's BS (belief system) makes them blind and "stupid" at times, but we find it very hard to notice how our own BS is doing the same to us. This is what anthropologists call 'acculturalization.' Following Gurdjieff, I prefer to call it hypnosis... Every politician knows how to induce hypnosis, and very damned few people on the whole planet know how to de-hypnotize themselves. The world is not governed by facts or logic. It is governed by BS (belief systems)."
Robert Anton Wilson
1. Never believe totally in anybody else's BS.
2. Never believe totally in your own BS.
Robert Anton Wilson
"I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion."
"A sense of humor results from perspective. The wider the perspective, the more humor you will perceive."
Robert Anton Wilson
"I don't believe anything anybody says, even when I know what they are talking about." Colonel Jack O'Neill
"If all people learned to think in the non-aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call 'stupidity' and even a great deal of what we consider 'insanity' might disappear, and the 'intractable' problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution."
"The map is not the territory."
"All models are wrong but some are useful."
"We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are."
"We have always sought explanations when it was only representations that we could seek to invent."
"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind. There are no limits."
John C. Lilly
"An optimistic mindset finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable."
Robert Anton Wilson
"Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes: you cannot see the truth. The very desire to find the truth disappears. But if all your belief systems are taken away from you, in the beginning certainly, it is bitter. I know the fear, the anxiety, that will surface immediately which you have been suppressing for millenia. But it is there, very alive, no God can destroy it. Only the search for truth and the experience of truth, NOT a belief is capable to heal all your wounds. To make you a whole being, and the whole person is the holy person to me."
"The universe is change, life is opinion."
"I don't believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence,
the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)."
Robert Anton Wilson
"People have murdered each other, in massive wars and guerilla actions, for many centuries, and still murder each other in the present,
over Ideologies and Religions which, stated as propositions, appear neither true nor false to modern logicians - meaningless propositions
that look meaningful to the linguistically naive."
Robert Anton Wilson
"All around one the True Believers trudge by, mouths grim, brows furrowed, ulcers and worse eating at their innards. This desperate company of oddfellows (Thoreau) live in what psychologists call 'cognitive dissonance.' Because their reality-maps are, one and all, too small to cover the vast, eerie, amusing world in which we live, they are perpetually frustrated: the world does not live up to their fixed beliefs. They are all convinced that there is something radically wrong with the universe itself, or with the rest of humanity, and they never suspect that the real trouble is in their own rigid and robotic nervous systems."
Robert Anton Wilson
"Only the madman is absolutely sure."
Robert Anton Wilson
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination."
"Ideology makes it unnecessary for people to confront individual issues on their individual merits. One simply turns to the ideological vending machine, and out comes the prepared formulae. When these beliefs are fused with apocalyptic fervor, ideas become weapons, and with dreadful results."
"Any reality... is an opinion. You create your own reality... WOW!"
"We are still general purpose computers who can program any conceivable model of the universe inside our own structure, reduce the single self-metaprogrammer to a micro size, and program him to travel through his own model as if real."
John C. Lilly
"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces."
"(!Achtung!!! - Is Reality Distorting Your Ideals?)"
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
symbols get mistaken for reality - symbols can be manipulated
hence 'reality' can be manipulated - messy situation develops
"Reality is the new fiction they say, true is truer these days, truth is man-made."
"All seeing is essentially perspective, and so is all knowing."
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented, it's as simple as that.
The Truman Show
"There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation
of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already."
Robert Anton Wilson
"'Seeing' is not a function of the eyes alone, but of the eyes-and-brain working together. A popular proverb says, 'Seeing is believing,' but as the philosopher Santayana once pointed out, humans are much better at believing than at seeing."
Robert Anton Wilson
"Perception is real even when it is not reality."
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"DO NOT ADJUST YOUR MIND: IT IS REALITY THAT IS MALFUNCTIONING!"
Robert Anton Wilson
"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world."
"You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it, better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which you must see the world."
George Bernard Shaw
"Your head's like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune's all we are."
"Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying."
"All that is, is metaphor."
Noramn O. Brown, Closing Time
"I never aimed at reality; I aimed at truth. Look at Cagney. Nothing he ever did on screen was realistic, but it was all true."
"There is nothing permanent or compulsive in your system except what you believe to be so."
"A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion."
"Think about this. The people exposing the illuminati agenda are either christians, jews, other religious zealots, ex-CIA sex slaves, New Age technological spiritists, scientists and the like. I have yet to read information from any source exposing the agenda that points a finger directly at the real culprit in all this The luciferian mindset. They don't point a finger because they dont realize the direct involvement by this entity in manipulating this whole agenda. If they did realize this, and did their research into the deep dark mysteries of Babylon, they would soon realize theyd be pointing a finger at themselves and would have to give up their lunatic belief systems."
Bryan Kemila (though confirmation bias could have led Bryan to his conclusions as well)
"Your beliefs can be like fences that surround you. You must first see them or you will not even realize that you are not free, simply because you will not see beyond the fences. They will represent the boundaries of your experience."
SETH / Jane Roberts
Both we and our words are over produced by influence
I'm only asking:
If you remember, remember
I've been trying to get back to the center.
I'm sure it's not like it was before.
Circa Survive - Act Apalled
December 25, 2010
✿ "Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge."
✿ “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within."
✿ “The past has no power over the present moment."
✿ "The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life."
✿ "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."
✿ "Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction."
✿ "To love is to recognize yourself in another."
✿ "Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. … The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world."
✿ "Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment."
✿ "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life." "Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is."
✿ "You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are."
✿ "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it."
✿ "Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."
✿ "Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it."
✿ "You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level."
✿ "Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."
✿ "Awareness is the greatest agent for change."
✿ "Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness."
✿ "Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists."
✿ "Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness."
✿ "All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness."
✿ "Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you."
✿ "Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" --- and find that there is no death."
✿ "When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought."
✿ "All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind."
December 10, 2010
November 29, 2010
I think the lyrics of the famous song by R.E.M. put it the best way possible: "it's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine..."
Because the world is not ending, it is only waking up.
November 19, 2010
November 9, 2010
Sometimes we feel bad, without a particular reason...often we feel that this dark feeling will utterly devour us.
What could be wrong? Why so many people around us seem cranky, nervous, filled with negativity which causes emotional stress and pain?
The answer is lack of awareness.
This accumulated pain is a negative energy field that occupies your body and mind. If you look on it as an invisible entity in its own right, you are getting quite close to the truth. It's the emotional pain body. It has two modes of being: dormant and active.
The pain body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you to unconsciously identify with it. It can then rise up, take you over, "become you," and live through you. It needs to get its "food" through you. It will feed on any experience that resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further pain in whatever form: anger, destructiveness, hatred, grief, emotional drama, violence, and even illness.
So the pain body, when it has taken you over, will create a situation in your life that reflects back its own energy frequency for it to feed on. Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.
Once the pain body has taken you over, you want more pain. You become a victim or a perpetrator. You want to inflict pain, or you want to suffer pain, or both. There isn't really much difference between the two. You are not conscious of this, of course, and will vehemently claim that you do not want pain. But look closely and you will that your thinking and behavior are designed to keep the pain going, for yourself and others.
If you were truly conscious of it, the pattern would dissolve, for to want more pain is insanity, and nobody is consciously insane.
The pain body, which is the dark shadow cast by the ego, is actually afraid of the light of your consciousness. It is afraid of being found out. Its survival depends on your unconscious identification with it, as well as on your unconscious fear of facing the pain that lives in you. But if you don't face it, if you don't bring the light of your consciousness into the pain, you will be forced to relive it again and again. The pain body may seem to you like a dangerous monster that you cannot bear to look at, but I assure you that it is an insubstantial phantom that cannot prevail against the power of your presence.
So the pain body doesn't want you to observe it directly and see it for what it is. The moment you observe, feel its energy field within you, and take your attention into it, the identification is broken. A higher dimension of consciousness has come in. I call it presence.
You are now the witness or the watcher of the pain body. This means that it cannot use you anymore by pretending to be you, and it can no longer replenish itself through you. You have found your own inner strength. You have accessed the power of Now.
Unconsciousness creates it; consciousness transmutes it into itself.
The pain body consists of trapped life-energy that has split off from your total energy field and has temporarily become autonomous through the unnatural process of mind identification (the process of labeling : I am this, I am that, I have such a career, I own this and that thus I am somebody, I am successful-hurt-aknowledged etc). It has turned in on itself and become anti-life, like an animal trying to devour its own tail. Why do you think our civilisation has become so life-destructive?
But even the life-destructive forces are still life-energy.
Let me summarize the process. Focus attention on the feeling inside you. Know that it is the pain body. Accept that it is there. Don't think about it - don't let the feeling turn into thinking. Don't judge or analyze. Don't make an identity for yourself out of it. Stay present, and continue to be the observer of what is happening inside you. Become aware not only of the emotional pain but also of "the one who observes," the silent watcher.
This is the power of the Now, the power of your own conscious presence. Then see what happens.
For many women, the pain body awakens particularly at the time preceding the menstrual flow.If you are able to stay alert and present at that time and watch whatever you feel within, rather then be taken over by it, it affords an opportunity for the most powerful spiritual practice, and a rapid transmutation of all past pain becomes possible.
(taken from Eckhart's Teachings : )
“It goes deeper then that and we are not running away from the fact that in you there lives a field of residue of past Human pain.
On a personal level, pain from childhood that leaves residues, Energetic residues….different things, painful things have happened to you in your childhood and of course far beyond that in time. But lets just talk from the level of your present existence in this form.
The pain that is carried over from your childhood and beyond and leaves residues …doesn’t go away completely, it leaves residues of pain, Energy fields: everything is Energy. And then those Energy Fields get together, because they feel, they vibrate at the same frequency. So emotional pain gathers into one mass of pain, contracted Energy, that isn’t flowing freely. An Energy of (E.T. make a sound ahhhh, ahhhhh) that I call the “Painbody” that humans carry inside. An Energy Field of Pain.
And if you don’t recognize that, no matter how much Spiritual Practice you do and even what we are doing here if you do not see, if you do not recognize how the Painbody operates, it will trick every time and you will lose consciousness through it.
First we realize “there is an Energy Field of pain in me”, that may manifest either as turbulence, anger, heaviness, depression, tightness, fear …whatever way it manifests its not pleasant its painful its past pain but very much alive still.
You carry it inside. But you are not always conscious of it and I talk about it briefly in one Chapter of the book, so we go a little bit more deeply now, and now that the added Energy of Presence that we take into the Painbody.
The Painbody is sometimes dormant and sometimes active. It becomes active when you suddenly feel it very strongly, when it needs to feed on further experience of pain. As it always has to do regularly like, it’s a little entity almost, it needs Feeding, temporarily on the experience of further pain, and you will know this has happened when a relatively insignificant trigger produces an Incredible out burst, reaction of Pain. A minor thing goes wrong or somebody say something, or your partner says something or does something and there is suddenly a deep or even a thought come in, and suddenly it serves as a trigger for an immense, the arising of deep emotional pain.
At that moment the Pain body, this Energy Field, has come up out of its dormant state, it is ready to feed on more Pain. It produces..first...in two ways …I haven’t put it that clearly in the First Book I will explain it in the next Book…(Laughter) …there are two ways in which it feeds…because that is all it can feed on ..Pain body consists of that, energy of pain its needs (ET says) “please where can I get more Pain”.
It feed on your thoughts, when its ready to rise up, it will control your thinking, it rises into the mind and your mind …which is your thought activity …because with the Pain Body every thought you think is destructive and painful.
And the Pain Body loves it!!! It gobbles up the Energy of every thought that you think, every destructive and deeply negative thought, it eats it up, so to speak, (ET makes chomping sounds while all laugh) And it’s having a Good Time! It’s feeding and, at that moment, one way of putting it is, one could say “the addictive quality of Human Pain". Addictive because it loves it’s pain.
When the Painbody has taken you over and has succeeded in pretending that that’s 'Who you are', all your thinking is completely aligned with it. And it’s feeding on it. At that very moment the last thing you want is to be free of pain. At that moment pain IS what you want because at that moment, You are the Painbody.
And if I came into your life at that moment and gave you this message, “that Life free from Pain IS possible” You would hit me over the Head!!! (Laughter). Because the Painbody would be there and I would be talking to the Painbody and the Painbody would be talking back at me. So the pain body needs to come in periodically and we all have experienced it with partners………………… …….now the pain body will use you thinking, it will feed on you negative and destructive thinking.
How long the feeding time lasts of any particular pain body varies greatly from person to person, I could be a brief one, it could be an hour or two; some pain bodies have a feeding time of several weeks, even months. That is the extreme and in very extreme cases there are some pain bodies that have virtually no dormant stage that are continuously feeding and active. But that’s more rare but………….you sometimes meet people and the pain body is looking at you through their eyes and they are waiting for an excuse to have more…they want you to give them a painful reaction. They want you to be angry with them; they want you to attack them. That’s people totally possessed by the painbody.
So Level One: the pain body feed on your thinking.
Level Two: The pain body feeds on the feed back of the emotional pain from other people
So it might not only use your own thinking it might even predominately use somebody else’s reactions.,,……….
So the Painbody feeding on thinking, Painbody feeding on others reactions. Now I mentioned last night the “unhappy me” a mind pattern that people are identified with an unhappy sense of self. This mind pattern, when the pain is active it becomes amplified, the Energy of the Unhappy me when the Painbody moves into that mind pattern that already is telling you “your life hasn’t been good enough” and so on and you may not make it, “life has passed me by”, and so on.
Now the Painbody moves into that mind pattern and its Energy gets amplified, 10 times, 20 times, 50 times, 100 times in other words the “unhappy me”; the Painbody arises, it flows into that mind structure, the emotion flows into that mind structure, the Unhappy sense of me becomes dreadfully Unhappy and Loves it’s Unhappiness because that’s what it consists of.
…Now it is not a foreign body, which lives in you. There is nothing that is not Life Energy.
Even your pain body is life Energy except it isn’t flowing freely …it’s got stuck somewhere.
And when Energy gets stuck and cannot low freely pain arise like a river. If a river cannot flow the water accumulates and pressure accumulates. But really it's beautiful Life Energy.
The water is still beautiful there is pressure accumulating, inside …that’s what the pain body is. Now, as we bright Presence, this consciousness in to the Painbody, it can no longer fool you into completely identifying with it.
are already practicing that. The Pain body comes up and at that moment you will recognize it as the Painbody. That is the Beginning of Freedom from it. The recognition, when it comes, slight trigger, provocation, even a thought, deep Pain arises, in whatever form, in some people it is a very active pain, active aggressive pain, in other persons it is a Passive form of Pain, “poor little me” victim pain, doesn’t matter which, pain bodies have different qualities in different people.”
November 8, 2010
November 6, 2010
November 4, 2010
The cells of the epiphysis have a strong resemblance to the photoreceptor cells of the actual eye and it is believed to be a "living fossil" that represents evolution’s earlier approach to photoreception. That is why is really called the third eye.
According to Rene Descartes who dedicated a lot of time in the study of the pineal gland :
“My view is that this gland is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all our thoughts are formed. The reason I believe this is that I cannot find any part of the brain, except this, which is not double. Since we see only one thing with two eyes, and hear only one voice with two ears, and in short have never more than one thought at a time, it must necessarily be the case that the impressions which enter by the two eyes or by the two ears, and so on, unite with each other in some part of the body before being considered by the soul. Now it is impossible to find any such place in the whole head except this gland; moreover it is situated in the most suitable possible place for this purpose, in the middle of all the concavities; and it is supported and surrounded by the little branches of the carotid arteries which bring the spirits into the brain.” (29 January 1640, AT III:19-20, CSMK 143)
It is now believed that the pineal gland, plays a major role in the way we perceive the world around us. Moreover, research has shown that a number of chemicals damage the epiphysis such as fluoride, sweeteners, food coloring and taste enhancers."For he [Descartes] maintained, that the soul or mind is specially united to a particular part of the brain, namely, to that part called the pineal gland, by the aid of which the mind is enabled to feel all the movements which are set going in the body, and also external objects, and which the mind by a simple act of volition can put in motion in various ways...Such is the doctrine of this illustrious philosopher (in so far as I gather it from his own words) ; it is one which, had it been less ingenious, I could hardly believe to have proceeded from so great a man. Indeed, I am lost in wonder, that a philosopher, who had stoutly asserted, that he would draw no conclusions which do not follow from self-evident premisses, and would affirm nothing which he did not clearly and distinctly perceive, and who had so often taken to task the scholastics for wishing to explain obscurities through occult qualities, could maintain a hypothesis, beside which occult qualities are commonplace. What does he understand, I ask, by the union of the mind and the body?" (Baruch de Spinoza, Ethics; part 5)
This tiny organ has without a question great secrets to reveal.