Saturday, November 30, 2013

THE NEXT LEVEL OF FREEDOM: Freedom from the False Perceptions Rooted in Lingering Samskaras and in Learned Ignorance based in Historical Fiction (i.e., in Fabricated, Implanted Non-Memories That Form Beliefs), Part Three

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A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Salvador Dalí was a Spanish painter who had an interest in (1) Eastern philosophy and (2) science and (3) revelations from the scientific community that supported the non-dual teachings (à la Maharaj). 

One painting in the body of his artwork is entitled "The Persistence of Memory" in which he addressed the non-dual understanding regarding "time" and "memories": 

                      
 
 Both this work and a later companion piece provide a review (or possibly an even deeper grasp) of the pointers regarding "memory" and "time" which non-dualists offer: 

1. There is no reality to "memory," and "memories" are not based in reality. All memory - and all things perceived / misperceived via the mythical concept of "time" - are distortions. 


2. All things misperceived originally are also misperceptions when supposedly "recalled." 


3. There is a bizarre duality to all things associated with memory, including 


a. the fact that conceptualized time must seem to be at play; and 


b. the fact that neither time nor impressions can be deterministic. 


4. What Dalí illustrated - and what any Realized non-dualist understands - is that memory involves images which are the stuff of dreams and which are not associated at all with the waking consciousness state. 


5. He showed that the "persistence" of the concepts of "time" and of "memories" (which are "clocked" in "time") actually persists only in dreams or in the eyes / mind of a dreamer ... that is, one not awake. 


In his paintings that dealt at least in part with exposing the bogus nature of duality, Dalí mocked dualistic concepts through his use of such juxtapositions as the duality of "hardness" vs. "softness."


The melting watches - symbolizing a rejection of the concept of "time" - serve as non-duality pointers which illustrate the fact that there is nothing solid about time as well as the fact that time can have no deterministic power or sway or influence on anyone or anything because it is - like the memories that persist in "time" - a dreamed up concept, a distortion, a misperception (all of which is alluded to via Dalí's surrealistic style). 


[Note: The surrealistic style uses fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions to offer images that are dreamlike or that have an unreal quality in order to provide an opportunity for viewers / witnesses to see what is unreal in order to differentiate between that which is Real and that which is unreal.] 


He shows that space and time and memories are all "relative" concepts (further emphasized by the fact that the creature appearing in the center of the painting is obviously in a dream state, suggesting that memories are tantamount to dreams ... not reality at all). 


The ants on the orange clock suggest decay, pointing not only to the scientific fact but also to the non-dual understanding which are both expressed in the Second Law of Thermodynamics, namely, that nothing "visible" or "see-able" in what persons take to be "this world" can last, can "stay together." 


      The message was expanded in his companion piece entitled  
           "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory":

                      
 

In that work, he reinforces other non-dual pointers: 

A. All things relative disintegrate. So, how could the "memory" of something relative be integrated into Reality? It cannot. 


B. Nothing that was directly or indirectly "bound before" will be "bound now" or "bound later." Non-dualists - as did Dalí - understand the Second Law of Thermodynamics: 


(1) all that comes together will come apart; 


(2) nothing relative lasts; 


(3) if nothing relative lasts, then whatever relative things or events were perceived to have been a certain way could not have been that way at all; 


(4) therefore, whatever relative things or events can supposedly be recalled again via "a permanent memory" could not have been the way they are presently being perceived via "memory" either; 


(4) nothing that was totally transient could have been real; and 


(5) nothing that was totally transient - and therefore not real - could have provided what is taken now to be a valid "lasting memory;" so


(6) the "memory" cannot now be real, either. 


C. Because all that comes together will come apart, and since nothing relative lasts, nothing that was perceived to be the way it was during the relative and in "the past" can be real / true (i.e., nothing is the way it was perceived to be "in the past"). 


Note in the second painting that the olive tree is breaking apart, things are dissolving, and things are disintegrating. Note too that Dalí included a series of launched missiles as a reminder that humankind has reached a point which it can even disintegrate itself with nuclear arms. 


Dalí's understanding is the same as that of the non-dualist: both are aware of the fact that 


(a) nothing in the relative is as it appears to be at the surface level and that 


(b) it was at the misperceived surface level where inaccurate memories (based in inaccurate perceptions that were erroneous in the first place) were formed. 


Dalí also understood, as does the non-dualist, that the atoms which make up matter do not touch. (Note the hands of the watch in the second painting. They are now floating above the face of the watch ... not touching ... "separated from.")


With that, Dalí offered the final pointer discussed today: the condition of believing in separation, in memories, and in time are just some of the many perceptions (i.e., misperceptions and beliefs) that most among the masses will cling to throughout the relative existence. 

Next, "Implanted Non-Memories" 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


29 November 2013 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: [Offered yesterday]: So how do memories drive emotional intoxication in the present? Maharaj taught: "The main point to grasp is that you have projected onto yourself a world of your own imagination, based on memories, on desires and fears, and that you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free." 

Take for example a cousin of mine who watched his mother lie in bed and suffer the excruciating pain of bone cancer for years. As an adult now, each time his wife has become ill, he overreacts in the most drastic manner. (While some of her illnesses - such as antibiotic-requiring infections - are based in fact, she is a Personality Type Two who suffers the Factitious Disorder. For her, the attention-on-her-alone visits to a doctor are a highlight of her day. For people to come swarming and focus on her alone reinforces her behavior, creating a "payoff" for sickness.) 


What that cousin does not see is that his reactions are not rooted in the present experiences of his spouse but are rooted in the memory-based beliefs of a child. His conclusion at that time was that her eventual death was the most tragic event that had ever occurred. 


The fact: she begged for death; when the visiting physician suggested that her remaining days could probably be numbered with two digits or less, she relished the possibility that an end to her misery and suffering was imminent. 


Yet the child had a far different perception that would engender far different perspectives around illness and "death" for the remainder of his relative existence, and those mental impressions formed early on still drive his thoughts and words and actions and fears around such concepts as "loss," "death" and what is "good" and what is "bad." 


F.: [To continue] In consciousness, all is duality. Consciousness permits being conscious of, and conscious-of-ness involves something being conscious of something else - that is, subject-object witnessing. 


(In Awareness, by contrast, the unicity is Realized because it is Awareness that is aware of ItSelf, not of a separate object, and Awareness knows that all is That Awareness and that there can be no separation or duality or "other object"; thus, the True Self is not "The Witness" but is merely the Pure Witnessing that happens beyond the baser level of subject-object witnessing which is practiced among the non-Realized.) 


That cousin's relative experience was subsumed with duality, so the perception - which became a lasting, mental impression - was that his mother's death was "bad" and that her continuing to live in pain and misery would have been "good" and certainly far better than her dying. 


(Do you see the ego and egotism and "self"-ish-ness at play in that scenario? The implication is that he would have preferred that she live and suffer rather than die and cause him to lose his identity of "The Good and Caring and Concerned and Loving Son.") 

That twisted, duality-based impression - like all impressions - is still driving his thoughts and words and actions decades later but on a subconscious level that he is totally unaware of. 


So his current experience is a combination of reactions to "past" and "present" experiences whereby the way he feels is still being controlled by the way that someone else feels (a.k.a., "co-dependency"). 


Moreover, he does not have a clue about the way an old, duality-based-and-therefore-false impression is determining his present condition and "state of mind" and trapping him in a perpetual state of emotional intoxication around a second woman's illnesses ... be they actual or perceived.  


[In fact, it may well be that a repetition compulsion attracted him to a sickly type whom he could eventually marry so that he can be "The Rescuer" and can bring about a different, "good" outcome in the second scenario involving a sick woman in his life and whose sickness can help give him an identity which can - this time - "succeed".]

Today, the misperception, that what his mom accepted as "good" but what he determined was "bad," is adumbrated in even the slightest hint of sickness in his wife. He is walking on eggshells, abiding with a constant cloud of anxiety hanging over his beingness and a never-ending sense of "waiting for the next shoe to drop" (that is, anticipating her next call saying, "You must come immediately! I am sick!"


Regarding his taxing relative existence, consider these points from Maharaj: 


"Experience leaves only memories behind and adds to the burden which is heavy enough" 


and 


"If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos." 


See the peace-bringing shift in perspective that can come when a distorted memory is discarded as "the way it really was"? That which freed a cousin's mother of misery and pain and suffering was not a "tragic event" (as he saw it) but was instead a "beautiful event" to be welcomed by all as much as it was welcomed by her.


Yet it is the totality of his delusion-based memories, which are all rooted in misperception, which seemingly supports his false sense of continuity ... a sense that he - personally - was and is  ... a sense that who he thinks is really has existed as that person for nearly sixty-five years. 

The contrary fact is this, as Maharaj explained: 


"The person is a very small thing. Actually it is a composite; it cannot be said to exist by itself. Unperceived, it is just not there. It is but the shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories."


For the sake of their false concepts about personhood and continuity, however, persons cling to their memories in order to give credibility to their belief that there was a past and that their past was exactly as it had been perceived to be in the past. They desperately want that false sense of "somethingness" as opposed to accepting the peace-filled understanding of the Void: 


Q: "What will remain with me if I let go my memories?" 

M: "Nothing will remain." 

That is the fear of even the not-yet-Realized seeker (that becoming the identity-less "nothing" is a "negative") yet that is also the solution to fear, for it is memories that distort the present with veils of obscurity and a shroud of darkness. 


Maharaj's solution to this dilemma? Understand this: 


"Having seen that you are a bundle of memories held together by attachment, step out and look from the outside. You may perceive for the first time something which is not memory. You cease to be a Mr-so-and-so, busy about his own affairs. You are at last at peace. You realize that nothing was ever wrong with the world — you alone were wrong and now it is all over. Never again will you be caught in the meshes of desire born of ignorance" 


and 


"The experience of being empty, uncluttered by memories and expectations; it is like the happiness of open spaces, of being young, of having all the time and energy for doing things, for discovery, for adventure" 


and 


"Accept no guidance but from within, and even then, sift out all memories for they will mislead you." 


28 November 2013 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: "Samskaras" are mental impressions, memories (a.k.a., "vasana": "residual impressions"). All mental impressions are bogus for they are perceived via the warped consciousness that cannot see clearly as a result of blockages; moreover, all memories are bogus for that reason and for this one as well: 

The Realized abide in the Now, in the moment, freed of the delusions of the concepts of "past" and "present." Because all memories have nothing to do with NOW, they must have been formed in the pre-Realization days, and in the pre-Realization days, nothing was seen clearly, nothing was perceived accurately, and nothing was understood totally. 


Therefore, any memory of anything in the past (in pre-Realization periods) must - by default - be a memory that is unclear, that is a misperception, that is rooted in misunderstanding, and that is a false impression. 


Maharaj has this to say on the subject: "Onto the screen of the mind destiny forever projects its pictures, memories of former projections and thus illusion constantly renews itself. The pictures come and go — light intercepted by ignorance. See the light and disregard the picture." 


Any memory registered by a fiction-filled mind and by things perceived erroneously must also be fiction and must also be erroneous. Some claim, "But I am experiencing the memory now!" 


First, there is no "one" to experience anything. Secondly, what did Maharaj say in that regard? 


M.: "We consider memories only when they come into the present. The forgotten is not counted until one is reminded which implies bringing into the now."

 
Yet can a bogus belief or idea or notion or impression from that past that is brought into the now suddenly and miraculously be not-bogus? No, for the memories were based in imaginings. 

M.: "Imagination based on memories is unreal."

See, all of that is about things subjective, not objective. Objective information follows analysis. Objective information is fact-based, measurable and observable. Subjective information, on the other hand, is based on personal opinions, interpretations, points of view, emotions and judgment. 


Maharaj explained it most accurately in this exchange: 


M.: "Everything is subjective, but the real is objective."

Questioner: "In what sense?" 
M: "It does not depend on memories and expectations, desires and fears, likes and dislikes. All is seen as it is." 

I have been told: "You are as involved with memory as anyone. You remember the teachings; you remember how you came to understanding and tell others about that." 


Maharaj would clarified that erroneous conclusion this way: "In realization there is nothing to hold on to and nothing to forget. Everything is known, nothing is remembered" 


and 


"I am free of memories and anticipations, unconcerned with what I am and what I am not." 


Next, it is the handicap called "the mind" that sets the stage for its content (including bogus nonsense and learned ignorance) to serve as the habitat of personalities; they, in turn, determine all thoughts and words and actions according to their divergent - and usually contradictory and conflicting - agendas. 


The mind is filled with beliefs, and it is only via the abandonment of all beliefs that clarity and stability and freedom and peace can come (a.k.a., a state of "zero concepts" and no-minded-ness). When memories of past events (which are always based in misperceptions) are stored therein, they shall curse the present. 


So how do memories drive emotional intoxication in the present? Maharaj taught: "The main point to grasp is that you have projected onto yourself a world of your own imagination, based on memories, on desires and fears, and that you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free." 


Take for example a cousin of mine who at a young age watched his mother lie in bed and suffer the excruciating pain and misery of bone cancer for years. As an adult now, each time his wife has become even slightly ill, he overreacts in the most drastic manner. 


(While some of her illnesses - such as antibiotic-requiring infections - are based in fact, she is a Personality Type Two who suffers the Factitious Disorder. For her, the attention-on-her-alone visits to a doctor are a highlight of her day. For people to come swarming and focus on only her reinforces her behavior, creating a "payoff" for sickness.) 

What that cousin does not see is that his reactions are not rooted in the present experiences of his spouse but are rooted in the memory-based beliefs of a child. His conclusion drawn during a childhood involving a truly ill mother was that her eventual death was the most tragic event that had ever occurred. 


The fact: she begged for death; when the visiting physician suggested that her remaining days could probably be numbered with two digits or less, she relished the possibility that an end to her misery and suffering was imminent. 


Yet the child had a far different perception that would engender far different perspectives around illness and "death" for the remainder of his relative existence, and those mental impressions formed early on still drive his thoughts and words and actions and fears around such concepts as "loss," "death" and what is "good" and what is "bad."

To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


27 November 2013 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Most persons nowadays divide the various types of maladies that people can suffer from as "physical," "mental," and "emotional" (as well as what some even call the "spiritual malady").


Because that which is in "the mind" can affect the body - and that which is in the body can affect how persons feel mentally and emotionally - most will never find the cause of their uncomfortable or painful or miserable symptoms.

At this very moment, billions of humans on the planet are extremely ill - both mentally and emotionally - and they do not even know it; in fact, they do not have the slightest clue that they have a major problem, much less what (in most cases) their real problem is.

Some might seek out a diagnosis from doctors regarding their pain, their dis-ease, their anxiety, etc., and they will be given prescriptions for drugs that only address their symptoms (and simultaneously generate dozens more ill side effects).

Some might seek out a diagnosis from psychologists (who will typically only talk about the symptoms of their problems, though advancements are allowing some to offer effective treatment for causes) or from psychiatrists (who will typically prescribe psychotropic drugs to address their patients' symptoms but that do nothing about cause).

Some might seek help from religious leaders who will misdiagnosis their problems and offer a totally-ineffective dogma-based "remedy."

Some might seek help from "spiritual" guides or sponsors or gurus or untrained members of self-help groups or recovery programs, most of whom will misdiagnose their Sickness as "a spiritual malady" that can be addressed with "spiritual exercises."

But the fact remains that today, the lives of over 150,000 humans around the globe will end, and over fifty-four million lives will have ended during the past year. The question to ask about those millions is: "How many of those persons ever even heard of 'the Ultimate Sickness' which rendered them insane, destructive, self-destruction, and self-defeating, much less were offered the Ultimate Medicine?"

Furthermore, how many who went to doctors or psychologists or psychiatrists or religious leaders or "spiritual" guides or sponsors or gurus or untrained members of self-help groups or recovery programs were ever provided with a diagnosis of the CAUSES of their issues rather than having their SYMPTOMS focused upon?

If you are a seeker - be that a seeker of Realization, of physical health, of mental health, of emotional health, of freedom from anger or stress or anxiety or whatever you think might be ailing you - you are invited to change the focus of your search for answers.

The invitation: seek among those that can treat CAUSE, not among those who only deal with SYMPTOMS. Regards. 

Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


UPCOMING SERIES: 


1. "THE VISION" and "The Seven-Step Path," "The Three-Leg 'Journey'," "Reaching the Borderline," "The Gross, Subtle, and Causal Bodies," "Manifesting and Unmanifesting," and More 


2. THE NEXT LEVEL OF FREEDOM: Freedom from the False Perceptions Rooted in Lingering Samskaras and in Learned Ignorance based in Historical Fiction (i.e., in Fabricated, Implanted Non-Memories That Form Beliefs) 


3. THE PREREQUISITES FOR UNDERSTANDING NON-DUALITY: First Experiencing the Dualities of Hopelessness vs. Perceived Hope, Powerlessness vs. Perceived Power, Insanity vs. Perceived Sanity 


26 November 2013 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


EXAMPLES of MISDIAGNOSES OF MENTAL AILMENTS AND THUS INCORRECT TREATMENTS (Continued)

F.: Whether the people who are offering an opinion about what another's sickness is - or about what their own sickness is - (be they doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, twelve-steppers, friends, spouses, relatives, people self-diagnosing themselves, people diagnosing others, etc.), the fact is that the conclusions being drawn most often result in a misdiagnosis;

therefore, most persons are never receiving the treatment required to address their real issues, including personality disorders, neuroses, psychoses, etc. All that is being discussed in most cases are the symptoms, not the causes. The most prevalent problem globally is the Ultimate Sickness, and the treatment required is the Ultimate Medicine. Yet for most, the Ultimate Sickness is being misdiagnosed as the "Ultimate Symptom," so most will never get well. 


To stop the symptoms, one must stop the illness / Sickness at its source. 


Some say, "You are so wrong about that. I have a guru (or I have a sponsor) who promises me that - if I become spiritual and remain spiritual by doing my spiritual exercises on a daily basis - then I shall be happy and joyous and free." The man mentioned earlier, the one in a twelve-step group, said, "I'm doing the work I'm doing to get the promise of being happy and joyous and free." The order of their promised benefits is significant. Consider: 


Two men are in a desert, staggering through the sand and dying of thirst. They have been disappointed each time they thought they saw an oasis, only to find out it was a mirage. Finally, they see an actual oasis. At that point in the story, I asked one man, "So are they happy or joyous or free?" 


The reply: "All three." The answer shows an erroneous conclusion drawn as a result of his misdiagnosis of their problem and the required solution (along with his conditioning to repeat everything he has heard in his group as if he were a member of Parrots Anonymous). 


The facts are these: 


1. The sense of joy at seeing the oasis is a "pink cloud" state of emotional intoxication. Their condition is not one bit improved as a result of what they are seeing and what they are feeling (or emoting over). 


2. Only if they drink the water are they then free ... free of thirst ... free of that which was going to lead to an end of that which had come together to form two elemental plant food bodies. 


3. Only then is their thirst satisfied; only then are they happy. 


(When discussing "what bliss is and what bliss is not," the point in offered via this example that "being satisfied" is far more suitable for those that would abide in a stable manner than "being joyous.")


"Being satisfied" is a condition that can be sustained and that will allow for the manifestation of stability. "Being joyous" can be likened to "being high," and "being high" will always manifest alongside its dualistic, counterpart condition, namely, "being low"; thus, no stability.


"Being joyous" or "being high" is a condition rooted in emotional intoxication, and emotional intoxication is a condition that can only happen when identified with an ego-state. 


The Realized feel, but they do not emote. 


So, even seekers are not exempt from misdiagnosing their condition and trying to determine what "the proper condition" should be - and what it "should be like." 


Some have written here to explain that the benefit of drug use should be shared with site visitors so they understand what is required to move them to a "higher plane of consciousness" and "mind expansion." 


Consciousness is energy, and just like the types of energy that are called "lightning" or "electricity," there are no higher or lower differentiations in those two; similarly, there is but one type of consciousness - one level of consciousness - and it is either blocked or not. 


Next, the mind does not need "expanding." It needs contracting. It needs continuous shrinking until the point of "zero concepts" and zero beliefs is reached (which are the markers of the point at which one is mindless - freed from the bogus content of "the mind" that has been accumulated for years and that has been unconsciously driving every thought and word and action for decades). 


For the seeker that would be conscious, awake, and (ultimately) fully aware, many drugs can prevent the reaching of those conditions, but no drug will advance one's efforts to reach those conditions (users' "beliefs" to the contrary notwithstanding.) 


In the situations described above, both mental and emotional sicknesses / Sicknesses and misdiagnoses are involved, resulting - as always - in (a) incorrect treatments that (b) the prevention of restoration to physical wellness, emotional stability, mental health and sanity. 


To be continued. 


Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 


25 November 2013 




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: EXAMPLES of MISDIAGNOSES OF MENTAL AILMENTS AND THUS INCORRECT TREATMENTS (Continued)

[Again, the relevance? There is not likely anyone on the planet who has not been addicted to something or who is not currently addicted to something; however, there are many more who are behaving as addicts behave without having the Addictive Personality Disorder; hence, their misery and suffering will continue as a result of misdiagnosis and the subsequent ineffective treatment, all of which ignores the pre-existing condition called "the Ultimate Sickness" which the non-dual teachings could possibly address.] 


F.: (Continuing with the exchange during a recent visit with a young man who has joined NA and is focused on addiction and alcohol and drug abuse


All moves in this order among humans: from MIND to WORD to ACTIONS / BEHAVIORS. 


Crazy behavior, therefore, will always be preceded by crazy talk, and crazy talk will always be preceded by a crazy mind. 


Next, understand that a crazy mind is rooted in PERSONALITY, so the typical scenario around the globe is: 


1. there is first a no-knowing child with no assumed identity, no learned knowledge, and no beliefs (a.k.a., no "learned ignorance"); no judging; no sense of separation; of different-from-ment; of better-than-ment 


2. then comes exposure to insanity via programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination 


3. next comes the formation of PERSONALITY in response to the ignorance and insanity that all children are exposed to 


4. a MIND comes about as "learned ignorance" is stored in the brain 


5. there is the acquisition of the ability to speak, followed by MIND-inspired TALK 


6. then come ACTIONS / BEHAVIORS that are rooted in the learned ignorance stored in the MIND.


The reason, therefore, that the sages of all ages have encouraged the recognition of - and discarding of - all of the personalities that are one's driving thoughts and words and actions is because the ultimate movement among humans involves this: 


MIND and PERSONALITY to WORDS to ACTIONS / BEHAVIORS. 


With all personality adoption comes the possibility for personality disorders to form, and with the formation of personality comes the setup to disintegrate to the lowest levels of an unhealthy psyche; to develop grave mental and emotional disorders; for grave personality disorders to develop into psychoses; and for full-blown mental illness / insanity to manifest. 


All of that is perpetuated by dual-mindedness. Recall that one non-duality teacher reportedly pointed to that fact with this statement: "A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways." 


So consider the nine basic personality types and note than many humans are driven early on by three and four and five and six different personalities; note also that eventually persons can assume 80 or more personas as identities, and then note the disorders that often manifest with each: 


TYPE 1 


OCD, Depressive PD, Narcissism 


TYPE 2 


Histrionic PD (Emotional Intoxication), the Factitious P.D., Narcissism P.D., Somatization P.D. 


TYPE 3 


Narcissistic P.D., Histrionic P.D. 


TYPE 4 


Avoidant P.D., Depressive P.D., Narcissistic P. D., Histrionic P.D., Masochistic P.D. and Borderline P.D. 


TYPE 5 


Schizoid Avoidance P.D., Schizotypal P.D. 


TYPE 6 


Passive-Aggressive P.D., Paranoid P.D., Dependent P.D., some Avoidance P.D.


TYPE 7 


Addictive P.D., Bipolar P.D., Histrionic P.D., Hypomanic Episodes, Narcissistic P.D. 


TYPE 8 


Antisocial / Sociopathic P. D., Pathological P.D., Sadistic P.D. 


TYPE 9 


Schizoid P.D., Dependent P.D., Passive-Aggressive P.D., Dissociative P.D. 


Now, back to those who believe that their problem is drugs and / or alcohol: 


It should now be clear that the real issue of those behaving in a manner driven by their Addictive Personality Disorder has nothing to do with drugs or alcohol or power or sex or love or shopping or nicotine or food or money or work, ad infinitum


The problem has to do with the pre-existing Ultimate Sickness which is, in turn, rooted in the programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination to which they have been subjected. 


Now, to return to the common misdiagnosis that happens to many who enter 12-step groups or other "programs" (i.e., places that program and re-program rather than de-program) or "self-help groups" (which help form more false selves) in an effort to address their problems which are thought to be rooted in their Addictive Personality Disorder. 


Recall the belief referenced earlier: "If you walked through our doors, you're an addict." [So, there's another persona to adopt, one that will also drive thoughts and words and deeds in a nonsensical manner, as all personas do.] 


Note that the Personality Type 7 is the type most likely to form the Addictive P.D., but many other personality types have personality disorders that drive persons to exhibit the same thoughts and words and actions of an addict though the Addictive Personality Disorder is not present. The disorders that they can all share in common can include: 


OCD, the Depressive PD, Narcissism, the Histrionic PD, the Avoidant P.D., the Masochistic P.D. and the Borderline P.D., the Schizoid-Avoidance P.D., the Schizotypal P.D., the Paranoid P.D., the Bipolar P.D., the Antisocial / Sociopathic P. D., the Pathological P.D., and the Sadistic P.D. 


[Note in that short and incomplete list alone that the odds in favor of being misdiagnosed as "An Addict" can be 14 to 1.] 


In many cases, personality testing has revealed that persons who are seeking help in a group that has told them they are "An Addict" (or that they are "addicted to alcohol") have actually been shown to have a low Personality Type 7 score but a high 5 and 9 and 4. 


The 7 has the addictive personality disorder while the 4 is into escapism, the 5 suffers the schizoid-avoidance personality disorder, and the 9 suffers from the avoidance personality disorder. 


The 4 and 5 and 9 combination can result in persons appearing to be addictive, but they all actually require a totally different treatment plan from what the person with an Addictive Personality Disorder needs. 


(Of course, the members of NA or any other such groups have no training to address the real issue; hence, the 97% failure rate of 12-step groups around the globe, which is the same rate of failure of most therapists, religious leaders, authors, guides, sponsors, life coaches, etc. who claim that they can treat issues that have not even been properly identified.) 


To accept the results of the totally delusional diagnostic tool of "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it is a duck" is to be blind and ignorant. The Realized know how appreance is never reality or Reality.


And the use of delusion-based and ineffective diagnostic tools set persons up for disaster, subjecting them to the greatest calamity facing humankind, namely, misdiagnosis of the real cause of their sickness which leads, in turn, to incorrect treatments that prevent restoration to physical wellness, emotional stability, mental health, and sanity. 

To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


24 November 2013 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: This particular universe that people speak of has been around for nearly 14 billion years. For millions of years, trillions upon trillions and quadrillions upon quadrillions of composite unities (i.e., elemental plant bodies that circulate air and that temporarily house conscious-energy ... identified as "humans" according to the masses) - have come together and come apart (i.e., have been "born" and have "died" according to the masses).

In those millions of years, not a single one of those trillions upon trillions and quadrillions upon quadrillions have existed without some illness or injury or physical or mental or emotional disturbance.*

*As a side note: Recent evidence suggests that even among the earliest, if the body survived the challenges of the first months and years, the average life span of humans lasted far longer than previously thought and the condition of even the elderly was actually fairly healthy ... far healthier than most of the elderly nowadays.

At any rate, "humans" today - no matter the age - are guaranteed to be sick ... physically and mentally and emotionally. And of the sick, the odds are greater than average that their physical ailments will often be misdiagnosed; that there mental illnesses will be misidentified and misdiagnosed; and that their emotional issues will be erroneously characterized and misdiagnosed.

Moreover, the most prevalent illness on the planet today - the Ultimate Sickness - is the least diagnosed sickness of all. (And it is also the least accepted diagnosis, for who that is trapped in the effects of that Sickness want to hear someone such as Maharaj explaining that their Sickness involves "ignorance, stupidity and insanity.")

In instance after instance (including doctors, psychologists, therapists, religious leaders, spiritual leaders, sponsors, guides, coaches, parents, life partners, spouses, and the ill themselves), all will make mistakes in terms of figuring out what is wrong with others or themselves. Almost all - save the Realized - will mess up, will guess wrong, will blunder, will err, and will foul up in trying to determine what is the actual problem (or problems) with others or with themselves.

EXAMPLES of MISDIAGNOSES OF PHYSICAL AILMENTS AND THUS INCORRECT TREATMENTS

Sherry Brescia in "Why To Never Have Your Gall Bladder Removed," said: "Sadly, there are too many people without gallbladders now because of doctors that either don't know or don't care about the consequences of telling patients that 'their gallbladder doesn't do anything,' as well as a medical community so addicted to the billions of dollars that drugs and surgeries bring in."

The naturopathic doctor that I have used for medical advice for a decade has, in the last two months alone, dealt with four people (three under the age of thirty) who have had their gall bladders removed but who are still dealing with digestive problems that are now worse than they were when they went to a doctor with their initial complaints.

On one "Wellness Website," this fact is offered: "Did you know that gallbladder surgery is now the most common surgery in the United States? This means that the gallbladder organ is taken out. Some people have a lot of challenges without their gallbladder, others do not."

In other cases, patients are admitted to the hospital to undergo lithotripsy, a procedure in which untrasound waves are used to break up gallstones. In many cases, what is described as a routine day or two in the hospital turns into weeks when adjacent organs are damaged by exploding stones.

Twelve years ago, a physician wanted to remove my gallbladder. I declined. Ten years ago, a physician wanted to admit me to the hospital to undergo lithotripsy. Both bullets were dogged because a naturopathic doctor had introduced sane and natural alternatives. (As a Nisargan, natural alternatives are always the first consideration in every instance.)

Traditional medicine in the U.S. ignores the fact that various natural methods are available to eliminate gallstones. Over the last decade or more, a gallbladder flush has been used here on three occasions to cleanse the bladder and to end pain and gallbladder under-performance associated with gallstone accumulation. Using a method that was provided by my naturopathic doctor - but that can be found by all via an internet search - some 150 stones were painlessly eliminated the first time, some 100 the second times, and most recently some 70 stones were removed via the same painless method just last month.

No hospital stays, no copays, no bills, no exploding stones, no adjacent-organ damage, no internal hemorrhaging, and no gallbladder removal.

On another occasion many years ago, the actual cause of the most-unpleasant side effects of colon polyps was misdiagnosed, so a doctor treated me for food poisoning; when a second opinion was sought after experiencing no relief, a second doctor treated symptoms only, advising me that I'd "have to ride out the storm because I has viral gastroenteritis"; the third physician eventually consulted began treating me with what would become three rounds of a very strong antibiotic for "a bacterial infection in the GI tract."

After six months of misery which continued because of their misdiagnosis of the actual cause of sickness, as well as a half-year of incorrect treatments, a friend explained that he had suffered the same symptoms as a result of colon polyps. 


An out-patient procedure revealed the presence of - and led to the removal of - cancerous, pre-cancerous, and non-cancerous polyps.

[And what of those among the masses who hate, fear, or reject a proper and truthful diagnosis and instead deny (in their ostrich-with-its-head-in-the-sand manner) their own condition? One such said, "Oh my gosh, Floyd. Cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps! That's horrible!" The reply: "No it's wonderful. Finally, after a half-year of misery and pain, the actual cause has been identified so an actually-effective treatment can finally begin." The same perspective is offered nowadays to any who come this way complaining about an accurate diagnosis.]

That doctor's game plan was to repeat the procedure every four months and, thereafter, "biannually for as long as I live." 


The game was played three more times but was abandoned as a search for a natural treatment was sought. That led to my being treated by a naturopathic doctor who healed the colon naturally. There has been no formation of cancerous polyps for the last ten years, confirmed during a hospitalization last summer which verified that her methods have indeed been successful in eliminating all cancerous growths.

Thirdly, when I met the head of an emergency room unit many months ago, I asked if there was any truth to what I had read recently, namely, that 180,000 patients die annually in U.S. hospitals as a result of doctor error. He said quietly, "Double that to 360,000 per year, and I'll deny I said that if you quote me by name." 


So much for examples of the millions of instances annually of misdiagnosis of physical ailments and the subsequent incorrect treatments that persons are subjected to. 


EXAMPLES of MISDIAGNOSES OF MENTAL AILMENTS AND THUS INCORRECT TREATMENTS

I spoke to a young man recently man who went to an NA meeting because a friend diagnosed him as "An Addict." In the meeting, those in attendance agreed that he was an addict because "people who are not addicts don't walk through those doors." 


Based in a diagnosis from "a friend" who has no professional training in identifying the mental and emotional issues that drive substance abuse - and as a result of the diagnoses by dozens more who are not trained professionally in identifying the mental and emotional issues behind substance abuse - he has assumed that new identity and is playing the role with vigor (along with playing all of the roles such as Spiritual Giantism that are played at the third of seven-steps on the seven-step "journey" offered here. The third-step roles must be played for a time of the "journey"; so it is). 


He is also engaged in all of the talk, talk, talk, along with all of the other nonsense that comes with his newly-assigned and accepted but false identity ... all based in hearsay and speculation and conjecture and assumptions and theories and guesswork and thoughts and beliefs and suppositions by untrained, non-professionals.

Add to that the fact the many so-called "trained professions" are no more accurate than those non-professionals and "The Greatest Calamity Facing Humankind" becomes unmistakable: people are being made more ill - physically and mentally and emotionally - as a result of misdiagnosis. The science of diagnosis has progressed little beyond the ancient "Dark Ages" level. 


In an effort to plant a seed, he was asked: "Have you yet heard in your group the common debate in recovery programs, namely, the debate about whether addiction is a disease or an illness"?

He answered, "Oh yes. Often."

The rest of the conversation unfolded thusly: 


F.: "And your conclusion is?"


He: "I'm sure it's a disease." 


F.: "Are you?" 


He: "So what are you saying? You think it's an illness?" 


F.: "I do not think, and I most assuredly do not think that addiction is either a disease or an illness." 


He: "So what is it?" 


F.: "It is a symptom." 


He: "A symptom?" 


F.: "Yes, a symptom." 


[Questioning look.] 


F.: "If you would be fully free, you must turn your focus from addiction and drug use to cause. There was a pre-existing condition prior to the use of drugs and your subsequent addiction, an Ultimate Sickness that lead to your eventual symptoms: addiction and drug abuse. They are not the problem. You said you were told the first night with those people that the problem centers in your mind, but that have never been discussed again as the focus has been on your alcohol and drug abuse. But if drugs - or alcohol - were the problem, then what's to be done with those in Overeaters Anonymous? Is food their problem? Must eating end the same way you have been told that drugging and drinking must end? Hardly a viable alternative, is it? See, your problem now is neither addiction nor alcohol nor drug use. Your problem now is misdiagnosed, and an incorrect treatment plan that is guaranteed to be ineffective, long-term, is being suggested. The cause behind your addiction and alcohol and drug abuse is the Ultimate Sickness, and it is that which must be addressed at some point." 


[The relevancy? At the present age of 66, I have yet to meet anyone who is not - or was not at some point - addicted to something, be it power, control, chaos (used to fight boredom), drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, work, sex, "love," money, accumulation, sugar, war, escapism, avoidance, ad infinitum. In every one of those cases, the actual pre-existing condition is the Ultimate Sickness.] 


To be continued. 


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SHIFTING THE FOCUS FROM THAT WHICH DOES NOT WORK TO THAT WHICH DOES, Part One


A "movement" or "shift" happened here that added another parallel to the many parallels in terms of the phenomenal "experiences" and the noumenal revelations that "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj" and "Floyd" share in common. (Many visitors over the years have said that they also shared the same parallels with "Maharaj" and "Floyd" as well.) In the case of "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj" and "Floyd": 

1. both grew up in very poor families 2. both moved to populated areas to seek employment opportunities 3. both exhibited business skills that led to their opening and operating many businesses and to their having a large number of employees working for them 4. both succeeded financially 5. both became attached to accumulating; 6. both married and had a family 7. both were initially religious 8. both moved away from organized religion and became interested in "spiritual" matters, finding and following the teachings of a big name teacher (or, in "Floyd's" case, many big name teachers) 9. both had highly religious wives who were quite displeased with the shift away from religion and toward "spirituality" 10. both began to feel empty in spite of all of their "spiritual seeking" and in spite of all of their accumulated "spiritual knowledge"; 
 

11. both began to de-accumulate after both saw that they could survive quite well on a fraction of the income they had been making 12. both had wives who were unhappy when the de-accumulation stage was entered and both had wives who became unhappy about their husbands' focus on non-duality and who blamed their unhappiness on no longer having a religious husband (The facts be known, in both cases the unhappiness involved the fact that their husbands were no longer interested in - or willing - to work 80+ hours per week and that their husbands were no longer interested in accumulating wealth and possessions and providing the rich lifestyle to which their wives had grown accustomed) 

13. both eventually came to see that the religious and spiritual states were also ego-states, and both saw that there are far more steps on the "path" to complete after reaching the religious and spiritual steps and after playing those roles which are the third of seven steps on the entire "path" 14. both "lost" their wives (one via "death," the other through divorce); 15. both accelerated their seeking; 16. both entered into the "forest dweller stage" 17. both Realized 18. both began to de-accumulate even more 

19. both began sharing the teachings 20. for years, both answered questions in whatever order those questions were received, though both said that the movement from identification with the false "I" / "I's" involved an exact, step-wise manner of moving along a "path" that involved "going back" in the same (but reverse order) of the way they "came in" - that is, the way that the manifestation happened and the way that the consciousness was blocked through seven stages that resulted in their becoming identified solely with their false personas, with the content of the "mind," and eventually, with the body. But the most significant awareness that finally came to both after years of offering satsang and after having answered thousands and thousands of questions was this: After years of "Maharaj" offering satsang in his loft, and after years of "Floyd" offering satsang in meeting halls and in his home and via what one site visitor called "Floyd's electronic loft," this fact became obvious to both: "Maharaj" came to see in the 1970's and into 1980 and 1981 that his approach was not working and "Floyd" finally came to see the same.


21. Both saw that many who heard the teachings are not going to understand (Maharaj reporting that "only 1 in 100,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding) 22. both soon saw that even more than expected of those who heard the teachings were not going to understand (Maharaj modifying his "guesstimate" and reporting that "only 1 in 1,000,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding) 23. eventually both saw that even far more than expected of those who heard the teachings were not going to understand (Maharaj eventually concluding that "only 1 in 10,000,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding). And the failings were not the fault of seekers. A "one -in-ten-million" estimate is proof that satsang was not working for most seekers, and the evidence here lately is proof of the same.


Both "Maharaj" and "Floyd" invited seekers to focus on the exact, step-wise "path." Yes, during satsang, "Maharaj" sometimes alluded to the steps while discussing them in no particular order - but he never once laid out the steps in the exact order in which they had to be completed. That was not his teachings style or approach.

Therefore, another movement or shift is happening here spontaneously after reflecting on the more than two decades since the teachings were first offered here and looking at the results of Maharaj sharing pointers in his loft and looking at the results of "Floyd" sharing pointers in this electronic loft: Looking objectively at his results, Maharaj's satsang method of sharing - in the end and by his own admission (only "one out of 10,000,000") - did not produce the intended outcome.


Looking objectively at the results here when using an "electronic loft" satsang method of sharing has not produced the intended outcome nearly as often as any of the three "face-to-face" methods used with seekers by which they have been led through the seven steps in order. Here, the body is growing older, of course. Mahasamadhi could be taken today, or it could be taken in twenty years.


Obviously, that cannot be known. But the decision here has been made that whatever amount of the relative existence remains shall be spent in sharing the teachings in the ways that have been seen over the last 20+ years to be the most effective methods.

Looking back over the list of those that have truly received the understanding, it is seen that Robert R. read all of the books, then took the online Advaita course and then completed some face-to-face Skype sessions to receive the final clarifications required. It was seen that Mac read all of the books, completed the online course, and then attended a retreat where he was guided through the seven steps. Mac said that the online course work inspired him to attend the retreat in order to be able to receive the final "pieces." It was seen that Andy Gugar, Jr. read all of the books, then came here for a retreat and was taken through the seven steps in order, and then returned once more for the final clarifications required. After reviewing the shifts that happened with him after attending two retreats, he reaffirmed this past week his commitment to helping spread the non-duality, nisarga understanding as presented here. As a result of seeing what has "worked" during the last 20+ years of sharing the non-duality understanding - and seeing what had not "worked" as well - changes will be made. 


SHIFTING THE FOCUS FROM THAT WHICH DOES NOT WORK TO THAT WHICH DOES, Part Two


In "Part One," examples were given of seekers that were led to Realization not by satsang but by following the various protocols outlined farther down this page which provide the understanding in the step-wise, orderly, required fashion which moves seekers along a "path" that is as prescribed by Maharaj ... "going back" in the "reverse order" by which the consciousness manifested and became blocked.

However, conversations with some that just read the majority of the books have revealed that they certainly seem to have grasped the understanding and Realized as well. As a result of seeing what has "worked" during the last 20+ years of sharing the non-duality understanding - and seeing what has "not worked" as well - changes are being made. There are seven specific steps that happen when awareness-energy is "pulled" into a cycle of manifestation. When that energy manifests as conscious-energy, that formerly pure and unadulterated energy becomes "corrupted" (or "blocked" from seeing clearly) via programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, and brainwashing. Soon, there is a belief in the not-Real as a result of seven degrees of separation from an understanding of the Real. Using the method that was also employed by his contemporaries - a method which focused on offering non-duality pointers via satsang - Maharaj addressed questions in the order in which they were received. He might receive a question from a seeker at the third step and his reply would include what amounted to an invitation to move to the fourth step. The next question might come from a seeker at the first step, and the reply would include an invitation to move to the second step. The information offered to the second seeker would seemingly contradict what was offered to the first seeker, so visitors who have come here for decades have asked questions which showed how confused they were by the fact that Maharaj's statements to each visitor in his loft were "level-appropriate" yet were provided in no precise order, resulting in what seemed to be an inconsistent message. So the process overall was confusing in that seekers were told to follow the "path back" in the same way that they "came in," except in reverse order, but pointers were not given in a specific, step-wise order at all. Maharaj did recognize the seven steps that are taught here, but by offering the teachings in an order that was dictated by the order in which questions were received from seekers who were at different steps on the "path," the result was this: a pointer about moving beyond the fourth step might be followed by a pointer about moving beyond the first step, and that pointer might be followed by a pointer about how to move beyond the sixth step. The same was done on this site for seven years. The result is a collection of 1,800 or so essays discussing almost every non-duality topic that can be discussed, and the search button on the top right side of this page will now allow seekers with a question about a specific topic to find an explanation. That method, however, will never provide the manner in which the seven steps on the "path" must be transmitted and received in order to Realize Fully. An objective study of the history here of more than twenty years of offering non-duality pointers reveals this: seekers that were given pointers in the exact order in which they needed to receive them were the ones that Realized.

They read the books, then they completed the online course and / or completed seven Skype or telephone sessions or came here for a retreat (or watched the downloadable DVD version of an actual retreat, available below).

Some found that which they were seeking by reading the author's book that deal with non-duality subject matter. Via all of those venues, the steps are taught in their proper order. The essays available on this site will remain for those interested in searching for a discussion of a particular non-duality topic without charge, but the focus here until mahasamadhi is taken is going to be on offering the teachings in the step-wise fashion that has been seen to work.


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