Saturday, May 24, 2014

Actual (Relative) “Needs” vs. “Phony, Dreamed-Up Needs” Which Are Personality-Generated and Based in Delusion and Illusions, Part Thirty-Six

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F.: [Continued from yesterday] To review the way it works on this site: 


First, the “hypotheses” behind non-dual topics are set forth (currently, the ramifications of personality and the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness).


Next, specific examples of the propositions that were set forth are then shared, showing how the “theories” behind personality and duality translate when actually at play during the relative existence.
 

Yesterday, the case of “Mark” was used to illustrate the relative ramifications of personality and the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness. His case can illustrate another key point as well: when any personality / ego-state is assumed as an identity, that will soon trigger the subconscious use of ego-defense mechanisms to support the false identity. Among other mechanisms, the ego-defense mechanism of egotism is always at play, so each assumed personality is soon upgraded: 

“The Husband” soon becomes “The Super Husband”; “The Lover” soon becomes “The Super Lover”; etc. In Mark’s case, prior to the upgrading, he was “The Husband”; the only thing “The Husband” needed to believe that it was real was someone willing to play the co-dependent counterpart role of “The Wife.” But once egotism upgraded him to the role of “The Super Husband,” then he had to have “A Super Wife” to support his elevated false identity. 


Because she refused to play the supporting role in his play on the stage of “The Theater of the Lie,” she was expendable. In his twisted mind, she had written herself out of the script and out of his play. As “The Director” and “The One in Charge and in Control,” he had the “right” to fire her (or, to fire at her, literally, with a gun). 


Next, it was noted that today, the case of a high school who shall be referred to as “Ms. S.” will be shared to show the way that her entrapment in personality and duality and the Ultimate Sickness had ramifications for her and for hundreds of students annually. 


Ms. S. had been Mrs. S. for a time, but Mr. S. was not playing the role of “The Super Husband” properly, but being a devout Catholic, she acquiesced when her priest would not give her permission to divorce. She visited several other members of the clergy and with each telling, her tale grew worse until finally one minister did suggest that she did had grounds for “an annulment.” 


After the church-sanctioned procedure that followed, she was declared not only to be “not married” but was determined “to have never been married at all.” There’s a handy piece of “spin,” yes? 


Over the next year or so, she dated occasionally, but none of the men met her criteria; none were “good enough.” One date was over in the first two minutes because he did not open the car door for her. Finally, she recalled that, at the age of fifteen, her grandmother had advised: “You will most please God if you become a nun. That is what you should do.” 


Having gone to college for four years and having several years experience as a teacher, she determined that she would continue to work and bring in the money she was earning from teaching but would incorporate that with her on version of nun-ness: she would marry God. (Actually, she entered into a four-way, claiming at times that she was “married to God”; that, at other times, she was “The Bride of Jesus,” and, at other times still, that she had “merged with the Holy Spirit”). 


At that point, her Personality Type One Perfectionist, and its accompanying OCD, took full control. “The Teacher” became “The Super Teacher” and “The Perfect Teacher” and “The Catholic” became “The Super Catholic” and “The Perfect Catholic.” That blend resulted in her using her podium as a podium at times but using her podium as a pulpit at other times. 


Now, all that “The Teacher” had needed to continue to believe in its “real-ness” was “Students,” but “The Super Teacher” and “The Perfect Teacher” needed “Super Students” and “Perfect Students” to sustain her illusory identities. Moreover, the proselytizing “Super Catholic” and “Perfect Catholic” needed an audience that behaved as “Super Catholics” and “Perfect Catholics.” 


The problem: the school district where she worked was smack in the middle of a community of Germans, and they were all Lutherans; too, there was a large Mormon community as well, and none of the students who took themselves to be Lutherans or Mormons were buying into the not-too-subtle delivery of lessons that always had a not-too-subtle bit of Catholic dogma injected into them. 


As with most who have attended any public school, her students began witnessing more and more rants and tantrums, driven partly by the fact that they were not behaving in the way that “Super Students” should behave, thus threatening the perceived existence of “The Super Teacher” and “The Perfect Teacher.”


Too, their rebelling against having her dogma inserted into lessons (because it differed from their dogma) only inspired them to misbehave even more. And that led to more and more ranting. Eventually, the tirades reached such a high level of volume that teachers and students in nearby rooms were hearing the rants as well.


After one particularly loud and long and near-violent rage, she approached some teachers in the hall during the break for class-change and said, “I am going to stay on them until they behave the way they should. I’m not going to give up. Today, I caught two passing a note during my lecture, and I went off on them and I guarantee you, they are going to be better students from now on.” 


Little did she know what the teachers heard from her high-school-age students who had preceded her into the hall. Those teachers did not hear anyone saying, “You know, she’s right. We can be much better students than we are. I am going to change my ways and become the best student in all of her classes.” 


Instead, what they heard was this: 


One female student said to another, “My parents have an appointment to see the principal and they are going to tell him they do not want me to hear another word of her Catholic propaganda”; 


another female said, “I’m going to my counselor and ask to be removed from her class”; 


and one male student said to another: “Man, that frustrated, miserable b**** needs to get laid!” 


But, again, not one student was heard to say, “You know, she’s right. We can be much better students than we are. I am going to change my ways and become the best student in all of her classes.” 


Note the distortion that comes when ego-states self-upgrade: while she was convinced that she was the best teacher in the school, she was likely the most ineffective of all; and while she thought she was doing a super job of proselytizing for her religion, she was actually driving people away from it in droves. 


And as for a priest saying over and over during Mass, “peace be with you,” and as for her responding over and over “And also with you” or some such, the evidence was clear: the benefits that she claimed she was getting from Mass and from her church and from her the four-ways she was having in her marriage to God and Jesus and a Holy Ghost, there was no peace and no happiness at all. 


What there was was a woman trapped in her assigned and assumed personas and trapped in the depths of the Ultimate Sickness. 


Consider some of the symptoms she was exhibiting: 


She had no ability to distinguish true from false (“I’m really helping them”); she displayed the propensity to believe lies; to distort perceptions; to believe that images are real; to have no clue who she is, really; to talk in one's sleep;


to accept as true, without questioning to even the slightest degree, the concepts and beliefs that are taught by authority figures and to believe the most unbelievable tales that those figures dream up; to accumulate the various forms of the Sickness and then to pass them along to students with pride in having done so; to accept, with blind faith, beliefs that had no basis in fact and that could not possibly be proved;


to allow subconscious motivators (a.k.a., personality / personalities) to determine every thought and word and action while believing that she was consciously choosing to think what she thought, to say what she said, and to do what she did; to be asleep but to believe that she was awake; 


to be self-destructive; to exhibit impaired judgment; to be unreasonable and illogical; to display unstable and inappropriate emotions (that is, to be emotionally-intoxicated); to be religiously or spiritually intoxicated; 


to believe that absolutes can be applied to things relative; to develop extreme dependencies on people and groups and leaders and on powers that are supposedly living in unseen worlds; to be unable to cope; 


to behave like a six-year-old, tantrum-throwing child for an entire manifestation, even during "the adult years"; to be preoccupied with "self" (with the false selves or false identities that are assumed and thought to be real); to play a role on a stage and believe the character is real; 


to live a life of “quiet desperation” that eventually became a noisy life of desperation; and to be driven by phony, dreamed-up “needs” which are personality-generated and which are based in delusion and illusions because those infirmed with the Ultimate Sickness do not understand that they are actually nothing more than a composite unity. 


The results of Mark and Ms. S.’s dualistic beliefs and personality identifications and their Ultimate Sickness illustrate the consequences that manifested through them and that always manifest through all who are trapped in their dualistic beliefs and personality identifications and their Ultimate Sickness, namely, 


fighting, separation, chaos, conflict, disorder, turmoil and instability (as in “Dual-minded persons are unstable in all ways”). Yes, in all ways. Three of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness that Maharaj identified, “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity,” cannot be compartmentalized. They show up in all ways and at all times: 


“I killed my wife but I loved my wife.” (The reply from here: “In that case, please don’t ever love me.”) 


“My faith gives me what we call ‘a peace that surpasses all understanding,’ but bad students can push my buttons and set me off.” 


"I was married, but I was never really married." 


"I am now married to the members of the Holy Trinity." 


Parent to child: “I whip you not because I want to. I whip you because I love you. Someday you’ll understand that.” (“One, please stop offering your version and love; and two, I’ll never ‘understand’ a supposedly all-loving parent who is willing to dispense such seemingly-endless punishment . . . which is actually just like what happens with the God you talk about, isn’t it?”) 


“We are the greatest nation on earth; but we do have more citizens in prison than any other nation; we recently caused a worldwide economic collapse; we start wars at the drop of a hat; we have a medical system that is ranked 38th by the World Health Organization; our citizens kill more of their fellow citizens annually than in any other nation; 


we rank lowest among all industrialized nations in educational standing; we rank highest in instances of childhood obesity; we rank fifth in the rate of alcoholism among the citizens in all industrialized nations; we have more people living in poverty than any other industrialized nation; and we have more wealth in fewer hands that in any other ‘developed’ nation. So, except for a few ‘blips on the screen,’ we’re #1.” 


See? Totally dual-minded, totally insane thinking . . . in all ways. 


Again, such are the relative results when the Ultimate Sickness goes untreated. Here, the gratitude is for the non-dual understanding that brought to an end, once and for, all of that insanity and nonsense. So now, how about you? Can you relate at all to any of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness? 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


23 May 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Here’s the way it works on this site: 


First, the “hypotheses” behind a non-dual topic is set forth. Recently, the ramifications of personality have been discussed and yesterday some of the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness were shared.


Next, specific examples of the propositions that were set forth are then shared, showing how the “theories” behind personality and duality translate into "reality" when actually at play during the relative existence. 


Today, the case of a man named “Mark” will be used to show exactly how personality and duality played out with him, and then tomorrow the case of a high school who shall be referred to as “Ms. S.” will be shared to show the way that her entrapment in personality and duality are having ramifications for her and for hundreds of students annually. To Mark:


I spoke with Mark a few days before he would be flying to California to appear on “The Dr. Phil Show.” He had been in treatment for an addiction to alcohol and drugs and had been clean for a few months. As part of the process, he wanted to try to reestablish a relationship with his daughters; Dr. Phil agreed to arbitrate the face-to-face with one daughter, their first sit-down since Mark had killed his wife and their mother. 


The day he was to leave for the taping of the show, Mark’s enthusiasm had dampened. We sat in a room together to discuss the shift. He said something to the effect that, “He’s really going to tear me up big time.” The reply was something to effect of, “Maybe, but you know something about tearing people up big time yourself, don’t you? Go face the music and tell your daughter how sorry you are and know that, whatever she says, you must accept his decision.” 


The back story: Mark’s wife determined that the toll being taken on their marriage and on their children as a result of alcohol and drug abuse was too great and that their marriage had to end. 


They separated, and Mark played the “I’m Going To Be A Changed, Better Man” role to try to work his way back into the house and the marriage. That role-playing and its short shelf-life had been seen before, so it was rejected this time. 


But several of Mark’s personalities continued to fight the wife’s decision every step of the way. Especially threatened were these: “The Husband”; “The Father”; “The Homeowner”; "The Lover"; "The Man Concerned about Finances”; and a plethora of others. 


Those were roles / personas / personalities, but they were taken to be real and taken to define ”self,” so Mark actually came to believe, delusionally, that HE was under attack. As those personalities began to die out, he felt as if HE were dying. 


After a bout of heavy drinking and drugging, Mark was driven by the agendas of those personalities – and by their fears and the desires – to actually believe that HE was being attacked personally (persona-ly), so he shifted from the defensive to the offensive. 


He loaded his gun, drove to his former house, barged in, and barricaded him there while holding the wife and daughters hostage. (Any personality that feels its agenda is being interfered with and threatened can often take such actions. As noted here previously, 59% of all women killed in the U.S. annually are killed during a breakup.)


The wife went into the bathroom, opened a window, and tried to escape by running across the front yard. At that point, Mark shot her. And THAT is how twisted one can become when personalities and dualistic beliefs distort reality and allow one to feel as if he is under attack and is defending himself when someone smaller is moving away from him, which is the most non-threatening posture in nature. 


Recall a similar reaction from “floyd,” illustrated by this contrast shared here in the past: a female brown bear with two cubs in tow charged me when our paths crossed in an open field in Arizona. The level of fear experienced went “through the roof.” After she turned and continued away with her cubs, it took me fifteen minutes to cross the field and to check into a nearby hotel, fifteen minutes to shower and change clothes, and thirty minutes to go to a nearby café, eat my first decent, hot meal after two weeks in the forest, and then finally relax. By contrast, when the one called “The Wife” said she was leaving, got into the car, and was watched until she drove out of sight, the level of fear experienced also went “through the roof.” And it took far longer than an hour to process the fear and dashed desires and insanity generated by the agendas of many false identities. A much larger, female brown bear charges, one of the most threatening postures in nature, but that is processed away in sixty minutes. When a much smaller human female walks away, which is the most non-threatening posture in nature, it can take some persons year to process, if at all. 


AFRAID when a bear charged me and stood over me, front legs raised toward the sky, approximately fourteen feet from the tip of the claws raised in the air to her feet? Sane. 


AFRAID when a woman six inches shorter and fifty pounds lighter was watched as she walked away from me? Insane. 


Thinking a wife running across her front yard, away from you, is actually attacking you? Insane. 


Taking years to process anger or hatred around a spouse who "did not show proper respect" and who "took from you whatever you desired"? Insane. 


Never processing completely the anger or hatred around a spouse who "did not show proper respect" and "who took from you whatever you desired"? Completely insane. 


Finally, look back at some of the symptoms offered yesterday and see how they can play out during the relative existence: 


While “mark” killed his “wife” and “floyd” did not, both were in really sick relationships but both thought the relationships “were pretty good, overall”; both thought they really were “The Husband,” “The Father,” “The Homeowner,” "The Lover," etc.; both thought they were awake when they were totally asleep;


both allowed subconscious motivators (a.k.a., personality / personalities) to determine every thought and word and action while believing that they were consciously choosing to think what was thought, to say what was said, and to do what was done; 


both were asleep but believed they were awake; both displayed unstable and inappropriate emotions (that is, both were emotionally-intoxicated); both believed that the not-special was special; 

the personality-driven “thinking” of both was believed to be organized and clear though the opposite was true; both developed extreme dependencies; both entered into a state of unwarranted fear; both desired more and more of what was already contributing to their sickness; 


both played many roles on a stage and both believed their many characters were real; both had accepted that their years of suffering were acceptable and should continue; both were living “lives of quiet desperation” (which eventually disintegrated into noisy lives of desperation); 


both formed and then stayed in unbelievably unhealthy relationships while denying that their relationships were unbelievably unhealthy; and both were driven by phony, dreamed-up “needs” which were personality-generated and which were based in delusion and illusions. 


Such are the relative results when the Ultimate Sickness goes untreated. Here, the gratitude is for the non-dual understanding that brought to an end, once and for, all of that insanity and nonsense. So now, how about you? Can you relate at all to any of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness and their consequences? 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


22 May 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: So, the state of humanity is this: 


During the multi-million-year history that human-like life forms have walked the planet (which even precedes the periods charted below) and during the millions of years of human life forms walking the planet, archaeologists and anthropologists have found no evidence of those life forms being concerned with self-image and body modification and physical appearances until the most recent times after “modern humans” evolved: 




Those "modern humans" who have been concerned with image have existed for fewer than 200,000 of the millions of years under discussion. 

Also, only in the most recent "modern" times have plagues, diseases, incurable diseases, and a variety of illnesses manifested. 

Of those, none have generated more distortion, anxiety, chaos, fighting, wars, and on-going instances of mass genocide than that referred to by non-dualists as “the Ultimate Sickness.” 

A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads throughout human populations across large regions or continents or even worldwide. The peoples of the planet have witnessed many pandemics, including smallpox and tuberculosis pandemics, the HIV pandemic, and (more recently) the H1N1 pandemic. All of those impacted millions. 

But one pandemic that has now spread globally is the pandemic of the Ultimate Sickness, and it is not impacting millions. It is impacting billions. No pandemic has had more widespread and catastrophic effects, relatively speaking. 

What are the observable symptoms? They are discussed in detail in the eBook below: "THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS, THE ULTIMATE MEDICINE: The Four Stages and the Seven Steps to Realization," but a sampling is offered in the following excerpt: 

The Ultimate Sickness, like most sickness, is passed on when persons interact; it is contracted when a previously-well person is exposed to another person or persons who have the sickness, and the exposure always begins at an early age. 

The Sickness is passed on via the "germ" of programming and the "virus" of conditioning and the "contaminate" of acculturation and the "bacteria" of domestication. 

The Ultimate Sickness is primarily a mental and emotional sickness that is contracted when exposed to what Maharaj called the Sickness’s symptoms of “ignorance and stupidity and insanity” which have spread throughout every culture on the planet. Exposure to the carriers also results in personality disorders that can only be addressed by the casting aside of all personality in order to continue to move along the four-stage, seven-step "path" to wellness. 

Treatment for the Ultimate Sickness is complicated by the fact that most persons who contract the illness actually normalize the condition and its symptoms and, therefore, (a) seldom have a clue that they are as sick as they truly are and thus (b) seldom seek the Ultimate Medicine that can address the Sickness and its symptoms. 

How, then, is one to know if he or she has contracted the Ultimate Sickness? One must cross the path of a "healer" who suffered the illness, of one who found someone to administer the treatment in the proper stages and steps, of one that was eventually freed of the Sickness and its symptoms, and of one that is now willing to administer the Ultimate Medicine to seekers who are suffering the same symptoms and effects and who are wanting relief. 

Therefore, consider some of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness which include an inability to distinguish true from false and, therefore, the propensity to believe lies; to distort perceptions; to believe that images are real; to have no clue who they are; to talk in one's sleep; to work and drive and walk while asleep; 

to accept as true, without questioning to even the slightest degree, the concepts and beliefs that are taught by authority figures and to believe the most unbelievable tales that those figures dream up; to accumulate the various forms of the Sickness and then to pass them along to family members and friends and associates with pride in having done so; to accept, with blind faith, beliefs that have no basis in fact and that cannot possibly be proved; to be so delusional that “one” is believed to be “two”; 

to believe that learned ignorance is wisdom; to suffer willingly and repeatedly the consequences of what Maharaj called "learned ignorance"; to lose all ability to detect nonsense when it is heard; 

to allow subconscious motivators (a.k.a., personality / personalities) to determine every thought and word and action while believing that one is consciously choosing to think what is thought, to say what is said, and to do what is done; to be asleep but to believe that one is awake; 

to be self-destructive; to exhibit impaired judgment; to be unreasonable and illogical; to display unstable and inappropriate emotions (that is, being emotionally-intoxicated); to be religiously or spiritually intoxicated; to have hallucinations (such as believing that you can hear a supernatural being from another world and to believe that such a being is actually talking to you); 

to believe that the not-special is special; to believe that absolutes can be applied to things relative; to be disorganized and confused while thinking that you are organized and thinking clearly; to develop extreme dependencies on people and groups and leaders and on powers that are supposedly living in unseen worlds; to be unable to cope; to be in a state of unwarranted fear; to constantly desire more and more of what is already making one sick; 

to feel guilt and self-blame that have no basis in fact; to behave like a six-year old child for an entire manifestation, even during "the adult years"; to be preoccupied with "self" (with the false selves or false identities that are assumed and thought to be real); to play a role on a stage and believe the character is real; 

to believe that a physical, plant food body can disintegrate, re-integrate, and last for eternity and can feel pain or ecstasy for eternity; to suffer and then still believe that suffering is good; to believe that things that are unnatural and things that are mistakenly called “supernatural” are actually natural; 

who live “lives of quiet desperation” or, more often nowadays, noisy lives of desperation; who form and then stay in unbelievably unhealthy relationships while denying that their relationships are unbelievably unhealthy; who are driven by phony, dreamed-up “needs” which are personality-generated and which are based in delusion and illusions because those stricken with the Ultimate Sickness do not understand that they are actually nothing more than a composite unity; ad infinitum. 

Imagine if persons knew of an Ultimate Medicine that could cure all of the above; they would call that a "miracle drug." Know that not only does such a medicine exist, and not only does it address all of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness that are catalogued above, but it is available at a fraction of the cost that any sane and sound person would estimate its true value to be. 

Yet few will ever know it even exists because few will ever know that they are suffering from the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness and because few will ever understand they need to be cured from the Sickness that has been passed on to them. 

Robert Powell said that Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj provided "powerful antidotes to unawarenesses," that is, to the Sickness that marks and mars the relative existence. 

Those antidotes, when accepted, have allowed some to abide in an all-natural, all-sane, no-delusion, non-dual, ignorance-free, and insanity-free fashion. 

And that is what one referred to as a “Realized, Non-Dual, Nisargan” offers to those who would be well and totally free. 

To be continued. 

Please enter the silence of contemplation. 

21 May 2014 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: So, this illustration


shows that, in terms of the entire human experience, the Ultimate Sickness is a fairly recent condition and that the non-dual understanding is a fairly-recent treatment option as well as a fairly-recent necessity for the entire human species on planet earth. 

The fact that humans existed for millions of years without experiencing certain present day issues / problems / illnesses / mental illnesses / emotional issues (much less an Ultimate Sickness) is nothing new: 

1. Have you noticed that million-year-old human or human-like skulls are found with teeth in near-perfect shape with no evidence at all of tooth decay? 

Why do people in the U.S. visit dentists over a half-billion times per year for treatment of one type or another? Why is it that by the age of thirty-nine, 86.7% of the United States population has had at least one tooth affected by decay? 
The cause is clear: self-destructive, ignorance-based human behavior. 

2. Humans for millions of years never developed polio. Eventually, it was wiped out almost completely, but now a new polio-like illness has surfaced. The cause: self-destructive human behavior.

3. During the past twenty years, at least thirty new, significant diseases have emerged, and for many of those, there is no treatment, no cure or vaccine, and no possibility of effective prevention or control. The cause: self-destructive human behavior.

4. In addition, the uncontrolled and inappropriate use of antibiotics has resulted in increased antimicrobial resistance and is seriously threatening drug control strategies against such common diseases as tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, dysentery and pneumonia. The cause: self-destructive human behavior. 

That is the trend regarding physical issues, so there should be no surprise that the same is happening in regards to mental / emotional issues. More than ever before in the multi-million-year history of human-like and human life forms, the contagions that mark the Ultimate Sickness, identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity” are reaching alarming rates, driven by self-destructive human behavior. 

The behavior at the root of the problem: a failure to seek treatment for a Sickness that the masses do not even know they are suffering from, that they do not know they are carrying, and that they do not know that they are passing on. 

How could a proper treatment for an illness (or Sickness) be initiated if there have not first been a proper diagnosis of that illness (or Sickness)? 

Regarding the “journey” from captivity to freedom, from believing the false to understanding the Truth, Maharaj advised: 

“…You should go back, reverse, to the source” 

and 

“Follow the same path by which you came.” 

How could persons know that they need to “go back” and “reverse” out of the mess they are in if they are in denial about being in a mess? 

The challenge is that insanity cannot recognize itself; that ignorance cannot usually recognize ignorance; and that - when ignorance is admitted to - often there is now widespread pride of ignorance (which is a near-impossible obstacle to overcome). 

After hearing more and more evidence of the kind of nonsense that some in the U.S. can come up with, President Barack Obama observed: “It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant." 

And many do. How can that pride be overcome? It likely cannot. 

So what the masses are facing is this: 

There is an undetected Sickness that only a few on the planet are aware of but that all on the planet experience at one time or another; 

the vast majority will never know they are infected with the Sickness; 

thus, the vast majority will never seek treatment; 

the vast majority will continue to spread the contagion; 

the mast majority will contract the Sickness from parents and teachers and religious leaders and cultures without even knowing that they have been infected and made Sick . . . really Sick; 

the vast majority will never understand that they need to “go back” . . . to “reverse” to the pre-programmed, pre-conditioned, pre-acculturated, pre-domesticated, pre-indoctrinated, pre-brainwashed condition. 

The vast majority will continue to unconsciously normalize the abnormal simply because, with them, the abnormal has become that with which they are familiar. As a result, the vast majority have developed and now experience what seems to be a "comfort level" around that which is painful; a high level of tolerance for misery and suffering; and a high propensity for the use of the ego-defense mechanism of denial (which, in turn, blocks them from recognizing their actual condition and their Sickness). 

And even among the few who will wake up enough to realize that they need to seek, the vast majority will typically end up seeking to know more and more and trying to learn more and more when what is actually called for is the “going back” (via un-learning) to the condition that existed prior to the development of a mind and the filling up of that mind with nonsense and falsehoods. 

All of the above, when combined, reveals why Maharaj estimated / guesstimated in the end that only 1 out of 10,000,000 will “get it,” that is, will ever find the full understanding that sets them free of being driven by the hidden agendas of their personalities and free of the effects of the associated personality disorders and neuroses and psychoses. 
So it is, but so it need not be.

To be continued. 

Please enter the silence of contemplation. 

20 May 2014 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: When one realizes while moving through the forest that she or he has become lost, the best plan is usually to stop, to go back the way you came. 


Of the “journey” from captivity to freedom, from believing the false to understanding the Truth, Maharaj advised: 


“…You should go back, reverse, to the source” 


and 


“Follow the same path by which you came.” 


That has been the approach in this series: 


First, to be free of a mess, one must understand that one is in a mess. 


To see how to be totally free of every aspect of a mess, one must understand what all of the aspects of the mess are. 


To understand how to be extracted from the mess one is in, one must see how one got into the mess. 


One must “go back, reverse, to the source” and to that condition that existed prior to being in the mess. 


Thus, one must also understand the pre-mess condition, the Original Nature that existed prior to manifestation and then the natural condition that first existed in the early stages after the manifestation happened.


That natural condition was a pre-programming, pre-conditioning, pre-domestication, pre-acculturation, pre-brainwashing, and pre-indoctrination condition. 


It was a “no-mind” condition. It was a non-dual condition. It was an all-natural condition and not at all an unnatural condition or a supernatural (that is, spiritual, magical-thinking) condition. 

So, to review: 




The archaeological and anthropological evidence shows that for millions and millions of years, see [1] above 

human-like and human life forms have existed on planet earth, focused on the business of survival, finding places of shelter that offered more protection and less exposure (such as, caves vs. the open veldt), 

learning from observing weather patterns that they could wander and find more food for foraging in different areas at different times, learning to use fire, developing tools and agricultural methods that allowed them to settle into certain areas, and developing ways of living that made life, if not necessarily simpler, at least somewhat easier. See [2] above. 
As a result, a change occurred, and as a result of that change, humans were required to focus less on survival, allowing them to focus more on self and on self-modification and self-enhancement, but that dealt only with appearance and image and physical looks.
Humans had reached a “fork in the road” in their evolution and in their focus – see [3] above. What eventually came to an end was the old, former route that humans followed, a route that involved a multi-million-year focus on “reality” and an inner sense of Reality (again, confirmed by the archaeological and anthropological evidence they left behind). 

And the results of following that different route? A focusing on being different, on being different from “others.” See [4] above. With the new focus on the false self, duality was born and so was narcissism. But again, the “being different” involved only looking different, only looking “better than others.” 

Thus, body image came to be used to send social messages such as, “Note our differences: I look far better than you, so that makes me different from you and that means I am above you and that I am better than you.” So the social message being sent also came to involve the conceptualization of hierarchies in which some rose to the top based on looks and physical abilities and all others were scattered along the spectrum below. 

Whereas the earlier focus was on establishment of community, on a sense of Oneness, the new focus was on using community for self advancement. The notion of “What can we accomplish together as one?” gave way to the new focus, namely, “How can I bend the will of community to my will to fulfill my own desires and use others for self-advancement?” 

The sense of Oneness gave way to a sense of the personal; the sense of the personal, combined with the sense of being at the top of a contrived hierarchy, led to the conceptualization of power; and the desire for power and control allowed for the reinforcement of narcissism and laid the groundwork for the development of sociopathic behaviors and the willingness to exert any and all power over “others” to get whatever one desired. 

Once certain persons in the community saw what power was doing for some, they came up with the concept of an external nexus of Power (or Powers). They found they could gain personal power and influence and could use the fear of punishment and the hope for reward - both now and later - to bend the will of the community to their will in order to fulfill their own desires and in order to use others for self-advancement. 

Once they convinced persons that the crop which was dying from a lack of rain was being caused by the fact that an angry Rain God needed to be appeased, then the community went for the rest of the story: 

“I am God’s representative on earth, so I shall have sex with a virgin and then cut out her beating heart and take a bite of it and drink her blood and them pass it throughout the community so that everyone can eat the body and drink the blood and that will allow us to commune directly with the external nexus of Power that resides unseen in another world."

And the community in unison said, “Amen” (meaning “So be it”). 

The hook was set, and humans were misdirected onto an entirely different path that promised to bring not only earthly power but also access to the infinite power of Heavenly, Personal Beings that could also be used to one’s benefit in controlling all things relative. 

Thus developed the primary and secondary addictions of modern humanity: first, the addiction to control, and secondly, the addiction to power (and Power / Powers) in order to control. 

Simultaneously, natural events were assigned supernatural causes, and the human addictions for control and power took on a positive connotation as a result of a divine aspect being assigned to them. 
Things “personal” (personality-based), such as desires, gained a noble connotation, and things earthly were believed to be earthly-spiritual in nature as external nexuses of Power were supposedly controlling all on earth and offering an external source of power that could be tapped into in order to get what persons wanted: 

“Dear God, please change the course of the hurricane that is predicted to hit our city”; 

“Dear God, the Governor here, calling on You for help. Please send rain to the Great State of Texas”; 

“Dear God, the Texas winemakers here, calling on You for help. Please do not send rain to the Great State of Texas because our grapes do better when it’s dry”; 

“Dear God, please send someone to love me and care for me”; 
"Dear God, the one You sent to love me and care for me is not good enough, so please strike my spouse dead";

“Dear God, please let there be peace on earth”; 

“Dear God, please heal so-and-so”; 

“Dear God, please strike our enemies dead”; 

“Dear God, we hear you telling us to kill those who refuse to join our religion. Bless us as we go forth, armed to the teeth, to do your will”; 

“Dear God, please let the Christian woman win the dancing contest on television”; 

“Dear God, please let my team win throughout the playoffs and then win in the finals”; 

“Dear God, please help our soldiers kill their soldiers.” 

"Dear God, in other words, make me God-like; better yet, make me God so that I can then control weather and people and so that I can decide who lives and who dies, and when; and if that does not sit well with You, at least make me Chairman of the Board of the Universe, in Charge of Space and Time, Master of All People and Places and Things. Amen." 

That which had been natural came to be seen as something supernatural, and that which had been natural was abandoned for things most unnatural. 

The non-dual message contains – among other things - an invitation to reverse, an invitation to "go back," and an invitation to shift from focusing on the phony, from focusing on appearance, from being driven by the hidden agendas of false personas, from selfishness and self-centeredness, from a desire to use others, from a desire to abuse others, from a sense of duality, and to return to the original sense of unicity and Oneness. 

To be continued. 

Please enter the silence of contemplation. 

19 May 2014 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: There is a link between the presently-popular concept of “modification” (especially body modification) and the emergence a few hundred thousand years ago among modern humans of “self-decoration,” “sending social signals to other people,” “precocious kinds of behaviors,” rampart narcissism, and the way that all of those contribute to the spread of duality. 


The issue now that non-dualists address - and that is aimed at the vast majority among the planet’s present population, who are never likely to hear the message or "get it" - is not about “modern humans” using makeup or jewelry or about “self-decoration” or about “sending social signals to other people” or about behaving in a “precocious” manner, though all of those are pointing at the presently-high level of ignorance and insanity that mark the relative existence of almost all humans. 


The need for the non-dual understanding actually began with the formation of the “mind” and the “mindset” that have come along with the evolution of “modern humans” during the last 150,000 to 200,000 years. 


It is about the results that followed the development of a “human mind” which, by the way, was not a part of the human brain in the case of over 99% of all human-like or human life forms that have ever lived prior to the emergence of what is called “modern humans.” 


That which began when modern humans came onto the scene and which began when they started the practice of “self-decoration” and the “sending of social signals to other people” and “precocious kinds of behaviors” has now evolved (or devolved) into the rampart narcissism of self-obsession and into insanely destructive and self-destructive behaviors (relatively speaking). Consider “modding.” 


“Modding” is a slang expression that is derived from the verb “modify.” Modding originally referred to the tech industry act of modifying hardware, software, or virtually anything else, but now the term has been adopted by the body modification industry to identify what they do. 


Yes, among today’s “modern human” life forms, there is an entire industry that has sprung up around body modification, or the intentional altering of one's physical appearance. While the non-dual message encourages modification of one’s “self” concept and body-mind-personality identification, modding is focused on body and appearance and image alone. 


Body modification (or body alteration or body mutilation) refers to the deliberate altering of the human anatomy or phenotype (referring to “the outward look” of human beings). 


While all sorts of other related industries that are involved with modifying the body and its appearance have evolved as well – bringing in billions of dollars in annual profits for their body modification services - modding refers primarily to a broad practice that includes everything from piercings to tattoos to plastic surgery to branding to body-part stretching. 


Modding is often done for aesthetics, sexual enhancement, rites of passage, and religious beliefs or to display group membership or affiliation, to create body art or for shock value (including scarification) and as “self-expression” (that is, “expression of the false sense of self or of an enhanced sense of self that is being fabricated”), among other reasons. 


It can include a range of procedures from the more common examples of 


body piercing, body-part stretching, breast implants, silicone or Botox injections, subdermal implants, dental art, foot binding, neck rings (to stretch the length of the neck) or lip plates / lip disks (to stretch the length of a lip) to the (formerly) less common examples that include 


eyeball tattooing, extraocular implants, surface piercing, microdermal implanting, transdermal implanting, nullification (involving the voluntary removal of body parts) and other practices that will not be listed out of deference to the visitors who have reported that they read this blog before they eat breakfast and for the others who report that they read it on their lunch break at work. 


It has been noted by some that many of the more popular modification procedures that are undertaken voluntarily nowadays were deemed during the Dark Ages and the Catholic Inquisition to be forms of torture, and the voluntary acceptance of torture is, to the non-dualist, a “mind issue.” 


The original one-cup-sized brain of human-like and human life forms had no “mind” component, and that "no-mind condition" was the case for millions of years. That is to say, the human brain for most of humanity’s entire existence on planet earth had no section dedicated to storing and recalling information. That came about as the brain evolved into its present three-and-one-half-cup size. 


The evolutionary expansion of the brain and the development of what is now called “the mind” initially set the stage for humans to store and retrieve information that could contribute to the survival of the species. Earlier, the human species was focused on survival (a natural function of the manifested consciousness) and has survived, so obviously the development worked well (naturally) for a time. 


Now, though - as a result of a variety of factors which include humanity’s widespread insanity - the mind has been trained to operate supernaturally and unnaturally and is, therefore, often bent on the destruction of the species and on the destruction of self.


The result? The “mind” of modern humans has become the seat of several of the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness, identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity,” the acceptance of body and mind and personalities as identifications, and an inability to answer the simple question, “Who (or What) are you, really?” 


The more recent state of the human brain with a mind has been modified from originally being a tool for survival into an instrument of destruction and self-destructive behavior, relatively speaking. 


One example offered here involves humanity’s ability to produce and distribute and consume alcohol in large quantities and to experience alcohol poisoning repeatedly. That results in the following scenario, which illustrates the difference in the way that the constructive brain operates in contrast to the way the destructive mind now functions: 


Staggering into work at 8 A.M. with a hangover and feeling as if one might not live until lunch time, the brain inspires the drawing of this conclusion: “Whoa, I feel like I might die. I’ll NEVER do that again.” But by 5 P.M., the body has processed out some of the alcohol and feels as if it might survive; then, in response to the invitation of co-workers to “Join us for a drink at the local pub,” it is the mind that comes up with the thought: “You know, one drink might help. Okay, I’ll come along for one drink” (which triggers the same reaction as the previous night and the same results the next morning). 


The mind that was originally intended to enhance survival and well-being has turned from being a friend of humanity to being an enemy of humanity. The non-dualist understands that and knows that the main problem of modern humans does, indeed, center in the mind. 


Another key part of the non-dual message is about a mind that now can be driven by the belief that “I will tolerate the pain of body modification and mutilation to feel better about myself, but I will not tolerate the pain of finding the false beliefs that are driving me in order to give those up and then be free of pain and suffering once and for all”; and about a mind that believes, “I am not enough, so I must add more and more to my body”; and about the various desires of egos that drive the “Look-At-Me-Mommy Syndrome.” 


(That manifests after a child was ready to jump into a swimming pool and wanted a parent to watch and then offer up approval but after the parent continued to ignore the child. The child is set up for a narcissistic desire to do whatever is required to be noticed as an adult: “Hey, all of you – look at me, notice me, pay attention to me, do what I want you to do.”


The non-dual message is about the only modification that is truly indicated as the proper way to address the Ultimate Sickness, which is a mental and emotional Sickness that is rooted in the modern mind and in personality identification. 


Yet rather than modifying the mind, and eventually eliminating it by rejecting all beliefs, attention is paid by more and more persons to modifying the body instead. That, in turn, is rooted in body identification, which is the state one enters when one is as far removed from Reality as can be. 


And that might get you some voluntary body mutilation, but it will allow for neither the addressing of the key symptoms (nor the addressing of the subsequent, now-widespread consequences) of the Ultimate Sickness. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


19 May 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Yesterday, some of the findings as a result of the South African Mossel Bay Archaeology Project (headed by Dr. Curtis Merean and others) were shared. He said of the skin coloring materials he found that they . . . 


“ . . . would be used for self-decoration and sending social signals to other people, much the way makeup is used now.” 


Kathy Schick, an Indiana University anthropologist and co-director of the Stone Age Institute, noted that similar "blips of rather precocious kinds of behaviors seem to be emerging at certain sites." 


Thus, humans focused on meeting the actual (relative) “needs” of a composite unity for millions and millions of years. Only recently, in terms of the entire human experience, has there been this shift to a “precocious,” egotistical, self-centered, arrogant, and even narcissistic focus on image and on phony, dreamed-up needs which are personality-generated and based in delusion and illusions. 


It was shown that there came with the evolution of "modern humans" . . .


(1) a preoccupation with image and (2) an obsession with “precociousness,” egotism, self-centeredness, arrogance, and narcissism and (3) a shift from focusing on meeting the basic needs of the composite unity to focusing on image and on phony, dreamed-up needs which are personality-generated and based in delusion and illusions.


Those are all recent phenomena that coincide with the evolution and emergence of what archaeologists and anthropologists call “modern humans.” 


Maharaj understood that humans – throughout most of their entire existence on planet earth – were focused on the basic tasks of all composite unities (be they birds or fish or deer or humans). But he and those sages in his lineage came to understand that, among the millions of species of life forms on the planet, one (namely, humans) had undergone a most unnatural shift from the real to the personal . . . from the true to the false.


That shift was marked by modern humans’ individualized and personalized desire to be different, evidenced by the practice of “self-decoration and sending social signals to other people” and by the manifesting of subsequent “precocious kinds of behaviors.” 


Narcissism was "born." The effect? 


Non-duality is about authenticity and about "Self," if you will. Narcissism is about "self," image, appearance, form over substance, phoniness. With the "birth" of narcissism, the entire course of human development was altered: 


rather than the inner guru or the inner resource sensing the unicity and the Oneness that had prevailed before “modern humans” came onto the scene, social rankings and hierarchies among modern humans began to be defined and defining. Social signals were sent by narcissists to “others” to make clear, “I am above you. I am the leader. I shall not be opposed. I am different. Check out my body and its decorations. I look better than you, so I am better than you. Because I look better than you, I am better than you.” 


The concept of duality took hold. 

That contagion of duality led to some being stricken with the Ultimate Sickness, and the more who contracted the illness, the more there were to spread the illness. Through programming and conditioning, the disease spread like a California wildfire following a multi-year drought. 


Like the Santa Ana winds that fan the flames that spring up along the southern regions along the Western U.S. coastlines, it is modeling, acculturation, domestication, brainwashing and indoctrination that fan the flames of the Ultimate Sickness. 


And the symptoms that mark that Sickness – arrogance, ego / personality and their supporting egotism, phony images, narcissism, etc. – generate a “Catch-22” scenario where the symptoms actually feed and sustain the Sickness. The more attention that the symptoms garner, the more the Sickness takes hold and the more the Sickness is spread. 


During my sophomore year in college in 1966, a study showed that the students in English classes who were deemed to be the best looking – male or female – were consistently given higher scores on essays and on tests that were graded subjectively. On objective tests (true-false, multiple choices, etc.) those students usually scored lower than their peers. 


The study further showed that the students who “looked good” were more often than not assumed by teachers to be “more intelligent.” Recall that Personality Type Threes who are usually the better-looking people in any culture are also the most likely to become full-blown narcissists. Having been coddled by parents and teachers and their culture in general and having been treated differently and better than their peers, Threes develop a huge sense of entitlement which further reinforces their narcissism. 


Recall also that those with a primary Type Eight Personality (who use guile or intimidation in order to be treated differently and to get their way) develop what is called here “malignant narcissism.” They take narcissism and entitlement to a level beyond that of Type Threes. 


Note that this is all about personality, false self-concepts, false images. Then note the toll those take on persons all around the planet. And note too that when the Narcissism Genie was released from the bottle during the historically-recent reign on the planet of “modern humans,” that there came a simultaneous opening of the bottle holding the “Arrogance and Illusion and Delusion Genie That Unleashes Chaos and War and that fosters Ignorance and Stupidity and Insanity.” 


Today, the Narcissistic Personality Disorder” is one that has been shown by research to be spreading like the wildfires mentioned above. Dr. Peter Gray illustrates the illness this way: 




He wrote: 

"Narcissism is a serious social and psychological problem. The term refers to an inflated view of the self, coupled with relative indifference to others. People who are high in this trait fail to help others unless there is immediate gain or recognition to themselves for doing so; often think they are above the law and therefore violate it; and readily trample over others in their efforts to rise to the “top,” which is where they think they belong. 

"People high on this trait are often unhappy, angry at the world because of the world’s failure to recognize their superiority. They are generally incapable of forming deep, meaningful, lasting relationships with others. 

"The characteristic that perhaps most distinguishes non-narcissists from narcissists is empathy. Empathy refers to a capacity and tendency to experience life not just from one’s own point of view but also from that of others, to feel others’ joy and sorrow, and to care about others’ well-being. 

"For the past three decades or a little more, researchers have been assessing both narcissism and empathy. Those who score high in narcissism have been found to overrate their own abilities, to lash out angrily in response to criticism, and to commit white-collar crimes at higher rates than the general population. 

"The research results during the last thirty years reveal that the average narcissism score has been steadily increasing and the average empathy score has been steadily decreasing. The changes are highly significant statistically. Approximately 70% of students today score higher on narcissism and lower on empathy than did the average student thirty years ago."

Consider the prevalence of articles nowadays that are appearing in professional journals with such titles as, “The Narcissism Epidemic,” “Narcissism Everywhere,” “Narcissism Unleashed,” “How Being Rich Increases Narcissism,” “Why There Are So Many Narcissists,” “Wealth and the Inflated Self,” “Rising Rates of Narcissism,” “Narcissism and Social Media,” “Why Narcissism Thrives in Modern Cultures,” and “Narcissism and ‘Selfies’.” 

So here is what happened:

There was (a) a multi-million-year focus on the “reality” of a composite unity’s needs as it moves through the relative existence along with (b) an inner sense of Reality. 

A shift happened when what is now called “modern humans” arrived on the scene, setting the stage for rampant ego-identification, for rampant use of ego-defense mechanisms, for rampant narcissism and even malignant narcissism (a.k.a., “sociopathy”); and for the prevalence of dualistic beliefs and the rampant spread of the Ultimate Sickness. 

Now, in the most recent years of the last 200,000 years or so since the emergence of “modern humans,” the warping process of the psyche has begun to advance at warp speed, engendering among many the greatest sense ever of “different-from-ment,” “better-than-ment,” narcissism, entitlement, malignant narcissism, a false sense of separation, and a “them-against-us” and “them-against-me” mentality. 

In the most recent phase of the evolution of “modern humans,” just in the last 5,000 years or so of a multi-million-year evolutionary process, the most influential source of dualistic, delusional thinking has emerged to foster the greatest sense yet of being “different-from” and “better-than,” namely, the phenomenon known as “the world’s organized religions.” 

Now, some 97% on the planet claim an affiliation with one of the key sources of narcissism and malignant narcissism, convincing persons that they are so right and that others are so wrong that many among them feel they have the right to kill to protect and preserve their beliefs and their ideologies. 

In the U.S., a huge percentage of the population is convinced that Muslims are the greatest threat in that regard, ignoring the far larger threat presented by the huge numbers of militiamen (most of whom are not Islamic but who instead are self-identified as “Christian,” “white,” “white supremacist,” “gun-lover,” “true patriot,” “far-right conservative,” and “very, very angry” person). 

They have been behind what are called “The Ten Worst Examples Of Non-Islamic Terrorism That Have Occurred In The United States In The Last Thirty Years,” a list that could begin with the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, orchestrated by one who was self-identified as a highly-decorated U.S. military soldier, a war veteran, a white, a Christian Catholic, a militiaman, a gun enthusiast, a gun-ownership rights activist, a gun show enthusiast, and an anti-U.S. government patriot, along with many other assumed personas / identities. 

The shift from a multi-million-year focus on "the real” along with a sense of Reality came with the shift to a focus on “self,” on image, on modification and self-enhancement of one's appearance, on “self-decorating,” on “sending social signals to other people,” and on "precocious kinds of behaviors."

Is it any wonder that Maharaj in the end predicted that only 1 in 10,000,000 will ever Realize and then be truly free . . . truly independent? 

Is it any wonder that the Ultimate Sickness is now so pervasive and that there is a greater-than-ever indication of the need for the clarity and self-less-ness that manifests spontaneously when the non-dual understanding comes? 

Next: The link between the concept of “modification” and the emergence among modern humans of “self-decoration," “sending social signals to other people,” “precocious kinds of behaviors,” rampart narcissism, and the way that all of those contribute to the spread of duality and, in turn, planet-wide chaos and disharmony.

To be continued. 

Please enter the silence of contemplation. 

18 May 2014 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU



HOMININS, HUMAN-LIKE BEINGS, HUMANS, and MODERN HUMANS: 
How Humans Shifted from Focusing on Meeting the Basic Needs of the Composite Unity to Being Concerned with Image and Driven by the Delusions and Illusions and Egotism and Arrogance That Came with the Shift 

F.: Here’s the way humans transitioned from focusing on the actual (relative) needs of the composite unity to focusing on phony, dreamed-up needs which are personality-generated and based in delusion and illusions and egotism and arrogance: 


1. Having no identity early on, the focus of human-like and human life forms was on survival, meeting the needs of a composite unity through foraging and hunting and, later on, settling near oceans and rivers and water sources where seafood could help provide the composite unity with its basic needs. Consider how many of the major cities on the planet developed along rivers: 


Hong Kong was built on the Pearl; Moscow along the Moskva; Damascus along the Barada; Prague along the Moldau; Budapest and Belgrade and Vienna were built along the Danube; Rome on the Tiber; Brussels along the Senne and Paris along the Seine; Melbourne along the Yarra; Cairo and Alexandria were built along the Nile; Calcutta along the Hugli; London on the Thames; Amsterdam was built around the Amstel; Baghdad along the Tigris; and Berlin along the Spree / Havel. Look at the earliest cities in the region where you live and see the same pattern. 


2. It is estimated that the first members of the human family (hominins) lived in Africa about 6 or 7 million years ago. They are believed to have been forest-dwelling, perhaps walking upright both in the trees and on the ground. Fossils showing a combination of ape-like and human-like features date to that early period. 


3. Over millions of years, distinct species and lineages emerged and radiated across Africa. Among them were the earliest members of the genus Homo, to which modern humans belong. The earliest fossil evidence of these humans dates to between 1.9 and 2.4 million years ago and comes from East Africa. A human-like form of the species (“Australopithecus sediba”) is 1.98 million-years-old and is the most human-like yet discovered with its increased frontal brain cavity and its smaller teeth. 


4. The Grotte du Vallonnet, a cave along the French Riviera, was used by people approximately one million years ago. (Although stone tools and the remains of eaten animals have been found in the cave, there is no indication that people dwelt in it.) 


5. Since about 750,000 years ago, the Zhouhoudian cave system in China has been inhabited by various species of human beings, including Peking Man and modern humans. 


6. "Modern human" fossils more than 150,000 years old have been found in Ethiopia and Kenya, and other fossil evidence suggests that “modern humans” evolved in East Africa around 200,000 years ago. 


7. Early humans lived in jungles and, obviously, had no houses to live in; they spent their time in the trees or hid themselves behind foliage to try to avoid dangerous, predatory animals. The jungles and the trees provided some partial security from wild animals, rain, winter and sun heat, but later, some humans would begin living in or near caves. 


The basic needs of the composite unity were being met as efficiently as possible at the time. 


8. Approximately 100,000 years ago, some Neanderthal humans dwelt in caves in Europe and Asia, and caves there were also inhabited by Cro-Magnons from about 8000 B.C. to 35,000 years ago. Both species built shelters, including tents at the mouths of caves, and both used the caves’ dark interiors for ceremonies. The Cro-Magnon people also made representational painting on cave walls.


EARLY CONSCIOUSNESS OF IMAGES AND REPRESENTATIONS 


NOTE: Such representational paintings on cave walls provide evidence regarding when, approximately, humans began to be conscious of the concept of “images” and “representations” (of creating physical likenesses or representations of persons, animals, or things), setting the stage for creating images of self; for adorning self (with paint, makeup, etc.); for offering representations of “self”; and for offering modified or enhanced representations of “self.” 


9. In the past, trips to the South of France in the spring and fall took me to the small villages in the Dordogne region, including picturesque little towns such as Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Castelnaud, Limmeuil, Sarlat-la-Canéda, and Beynac-et-Cazenac. (With Beynac, picture the opening scene of the Johnny Depp movie “Chocolat”). It is in that village where Chef Bruno serves up specialties that patrons of the top restaurants in Paris would envy. 



 (Beynac)



(La Roque-Gageac)

Inspired by the way Bruno spoiled us time and again, we used the hotel in Beynac, where he prepares meals for guests and visitors, as a home base from which we would visit the other nearby villages as well as the caves in the region.

That included a visit to the cave at Lascaux where, in 1940, four teenagers discovered the now-world-famous grotto drawings on the cave walls, images that date back to a time some 17,000 years ago when an artist or artists painted those early representations. 



10. Seth Bornstein discussed the results of archaeological studies that can provide insight into when some of the shifts began to take place that moved humans from focusing on the physical needs of a composite unity to developing (a) “an elevated lifestyle,” and to developing (b) a sense of personhood, and to being (c) concerned with image: 

“In one of the earliest hints of ‘modern’ living, humans 164,000 years ago put on primitive makeup and hit the seashore for steaming mussels, new archaeological finds show. Call it a beach party for early man. But it's a beach party thrown by people who weren't supposed to be advanced. What was found in a cave in South Africa may change how scientists believe Homo sapiens marched into modernity. 

“Researchers found three hallmarks of modern life at Pinnacle Point overlooking the Indian Ocean near South Africa's Mossel Bay: harvested and cooked seafood, reddish pigment from ground rocks, and early tiny blade technology. Scientific optical dating techniques show that these hallmarks were from 164,000 years ago, plus or minus 12,000 years. 

“This means humans were eating seafood about 40,000 years earlier than previously thought. And this is the earliest record of humans eating something other than what they caught or gathered on the land, one researcher named Marean said. Most of what Marean found were the remnants of brown mussels, but he also found black mussels, small saltwater clams, sea snails and even a barnacle that indicates whale blubber or skin was brought into the cave. 

“Marean figured the early people had to trudge two to three miles to where the mussels, clams and snails were harvested and to bring them back to the cave. Then they put them over hot rocks to cook. When the food was done, the shells popped open in a process similar to modern-day mussel-steaming, but without the pot.” 

CONCERN WITH IMAGE 

11. Now, back to the caves at Lascaux: the paintings there were damaged by the change in conditions brought about by opening the cave to humans; as a result, it was closed to the public in 1963. The drawings I saw were replicas that are now shown at a location a few hundred meters from the entrance of the original cave. 

As noted, the Lascaux drawings provide evidence of the fact that it was at least 17,000 years ago that humans became conscious of the concepts of “images” and “representations” (of physical likenesses or representations of persons, animals, or things), setting the stage for adorning self (with paint, makeup, etc.), for offering representations of “self”, and for offering modified or enhanced representations of “self.” That shift is fairly recent in terms of the total human experience. 

12. Now, back to the cave in South Africa and Marean’s finds: 

“Marean also found fifty-seven pieces of ground-up rock that would have been reddish or pinkish-brown. That would be used for self-decoration and sending social signals to other people, much the way makeup is used now, he said. 

“There have been reports of earlier but sporadic pigment use in Africa. But having all three together shows a grouping of people that is almost modern, Marean said. Seafood harvesting, unlike other hunter-gatherer activities, encourages people to stay put, and that leads to more social interactions, he said.” 

Similar "blips of rather precocious kinds of behaviors seem to be emerging at certain sites," said Kathy Schick, an Indiana University anthropologist and co-director of the Stone Age Institute. 

Thus, humans focused on meeting the actual (relative) “needs” of a composite unity for millions and millions of years. Only recently, in terms of the entire human experience, has there been this shift to a “precocious,” egotistical, self-centered, arrogant, and even narcissistic focus on image and on phony, dreamed-up needs which are personality-generated and based in delusion and illusions. 

That means that for only about .00002% of the time that human-like or human life forms have walked planet earth has there been a preoccupation with image. 

That means that for only about .00002% of the time that human-like or human life forms have walked planet earth has there been an obsession with “precociousness,” egotism, self-centeredness, arrogance, and narcissism. 

And that means that for only about .00002% of the time that human-like or human life forms have walked planet earth has there been among them a shift from focusing on meeting the basic needs of the composite unity to focusing on image and on phony, dreamed-up needs which are personality-generated and based in delusion and illusions. 

To be continued. 

Please enter the silence of contemplation. 

16 May 2014 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: [Continued from yesterday] 


FROM A SITE VISITOR: I have been dabbling around with the enneagram over the last several months and have a question about the Pistorius analysis yesterday. Just for the fun of it and maybe to better understand the system. I had wondered if he might be a fearful 6 with a 7 addictive wing. 6’s can go to the 9 or 3 and show the traits of those two types like you mentioned. Or might he be a 9 with a perfectionistic 1 wing and then have a mean ass 8 wing? THX for the time. 


Certainly. Either of those scenarios is possible. As noted, nothing in the discussion yesterday was “written in concrete” without actual test results. The relevant point is that, when one is “living in the triangle,” the 3 or 6 or 9 can show up at any given time. Such persons will bounce about like a ball in a pinball machine. Instability is guaranteed and you never know which type is going to “show up” at any given time. 


The more relevant point for non-dualists is that the multiple personality disorder is evidenced in him, just as is the case among the masses in general. The evidence shows that many personalities are driving him. He could be a 6 who is using the 3’s well-honed performance skills in the courtroom. Look at the histrionics being displayed in his effort to try to manipulate the judge and public opinion. 


Note that the scenario set forth yesterday and your two scenarios today amount to the same thing: the central dynamics are the same, the main personality types at play are the same, and all of the elements that those personality types bring with them are the same. 


Moreover, the message is the same: accept a relative existence wherein one is being driven by the hidden agendas of personalities and that relative existence will be plagued by the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness that mark and mar that relative existence. Thx for writing. 


To continue: 


The focus of the discussion now is on the way that personality assumption brings a false sense of feeling pressure; brings the near-certainty of the development of personality disorders and psychic disintegration when supposedly "under pressure" or "stressed"; and brings the possibility – if personality identification is not addressed - for the development of neuroses and psychoses and the insanity that Maharaj referenced. Types One through Six were studied yesterday. Today, consider what Types Seven, Eight, and Nine can bring: 


A high Personality Type 7 influence means one should be vigilant in watching for these traits and turning from them: 


escapism; the potential for addiction; being impulsive; undisciplined; self-destructive; restless; opposed to commitment; overly-emotional and histrionic; having a tendency to avoid facing personal problems; using denial; avoiding being in touch with feelings; tending to be distracted; sometimes failing to finish all projects; being excessively action-oriented and adventurous and risk-taking; drumming up excitement; preferring company and hating being alone, thus blocking the chance to enjoy the solitude on occasion; finesse way around adults, bosses, mates, etc.; always dreaming of having more freedom. 


A high Personality Type 8 influence means one should be vigilant in watching for these traits and turning from them: 


extreme bossiness; being overly-assertive; seeking to take charge or take control; having a potential for socially-inappropriate behavior and a potential for being kind but then exploding; prone to excessive emoting but too little feeling; unavailable; domineering; like to play the parent role, even with other adults, mates, etc.; overly-sensitive to self, under-sensitive to the feelings of others; have a higher than usual degree of anger; do not hesitate to express anger or even rage; tend to be authoritarian and confrontational; lack compassion; excessively-independent; have a fighting spirit; sometimes a loner; control to prevent being controlled or to gain power; can figure out others’ weaknesses and use that to you own benefit; attack others verbally or physically; took charge of the family at times and rule in a near-dictatorial manner; may have been in difficult or abusive surroundings as a child (the abused before abusers); felt ignored or unimportant; tune out; a totally impatient, “bottomline” kind of person (as in, “Stop wasting my time. Say it in one sentence and then get lost”). 


A high Personality Type 9 influence means one should be vigilant in watching for these traits and turning from them: 


dependent; avoidant; can feel entitled; passive-aggressive; potential to avoid work; unable to stand up for self at times; apathetic; spaced-out at times; sometimes exhibits a childish sense of entitlement; tendency not to be in touch with how truly angry you really are at times; tendency to be neglectful and passive; feel you should be taken care of; tendency to put up with BS rather than take actions that are in your best interests. 


Remember that every one of the nine basic personality types that are exerting influence over your thoughts and words and actions will generate phony, dreamed-up “needs” and will generate a false sense of feeling “pressure” to fulfill those “needs.” Add in the scores of other roles being assumed and one can understand how overwhelming the relative existence can seem to be when all of those illusions and delusions are in charge. 


If one were to truly understand the total impact of personality that is being shared in this series, it would be difficult to imagine that anything could be a priority over taking every step required to be free of personality. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


15 May, 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: [Continued from yesterday


The focus is on the way that personality assumption 


brings a false sense of feeling pressure; 


brings the near-certainty of the development of personality disorders and psychic disintegration under pressure / stress; and 


brings the possibility – if personality identification is not addressed - for the development of neuroses and psychoses and the insanity that Maharaj referenced. Types One, Two and Three were studied yesterday. Today, consider what Types Four, Five and Six can bring: 


A high Personality Type 4 influence means one should be vigilant in watching for these traits and turning from them: 


detachment from reality; tendency to isolate; tendency to rebel vs. any authority, often to one’s own detriment; lives in a fantasy world; escapes mentally; can be depressed; withdrawn; stubborn; moody; self-absorbed; can have a need to be seen as original and / or different; can be erratic; imaginative; during childhood, likely played creatively alone or organized original games; sensitive; can feel he or she is missing something that others have; have idealized people and attached and later de-valued them; rebellious if criticized; felt lonely or abandoned for most of one’s life; and often during the early years asked, “What the hell is wrong with all these people?” and felt, “I don’t even belong on this planet.” 


A high Personality Type 5 influence means one should be vigilant in watching for these traits and turning from them: 


overly-analytical; potential to be obsessed with death; experience emotional paralysis at times; distant; negative; intellectually-arrogant; fearful of looking foolish; tendency to show off knowledge or “intelligence”; tendency to be non-communicative; avoid involvement; spend time alone, reading, collecting, etc.; had, early on, a few special friends, not a mass of friends; later, isolates as much as possible; bright and curious; uses poker face to prevent looking afraid; early on, felt ignored, controlled, put upon, and neglected. 


A high Personality Type 6 influence means one should be vigilant in watching for these traits and turning from them: 


fearful and anxious; self-defeating at times; have a tendency-to-bring-about-what-is-feared; self-defeating; paranoid; defensive; insecure; tendency (caused by fear) to hero worship or to seek out authority figures or caretakers (either people or institutions or corporations or government); dependent; co-dependent; will often blame others for failures or mistakes; can be prone to procrastinate; can be friendly, dependable; can be hypervigilant, often anticipating danger; set up “us vs. them” mentality; look to others for protection; can feel neglected; abused; had alcoholic or fearful parent(s); have a higher-than-usual chance of being borderline; can show some of the Type 8’s sociopathic tendencies when stressed or angry. 


How can all of this play out during the relative existence? Look at the behaviors of persons in the news, understand their types, and then their behaviors are more easily understood. The following will provide an example of what the relative existence will be like when one is abiding under the influence of multiple personalities or living with someone driven by the agendas of his or her mutiple personalities: 


On trial in South Africa is Oscar Pistorius. Without his taking the ennneagram test, no "conclusions that can be drawn in concrete" can be determined, but those familiar with the enneagram and the textbook manner in which the basic personality types manifest can usually listen to a person talk or can witness a person's actions and - with a high percentage of accuracy - determine what personality types are at play. 


Pistorius may well be a Type 3 with a 4 wing. He may also have an internalized Type 7 as well, setting the stage for addictive and unpredictable and unstable behavior and extreme risk-taking and poor decision-making skills. (Know any alcoholics that are difficult to deal with? Think Type 7 at play in there somewhere.) 


As a 3, he will be unbelievably narcissistic and driven by a sense of entitlement. The rules of society will be given lip service, but they apply to everyone else, not to the 3 (so the 3 believes). Threes are often spoiled from early on by their parents, schools, cultures, etc. They will do anything to create and maintain a positive public image, to be popular, and to receive applause; but what is seen behind closed doors is never even close to the image shown to the public. That makes 3's the best actors of all nine types. They are always on stage, always performing, but always lacking depth and sincerity and authenticity. A 3 develops a very sharp tongue and can be extremely cruel. 


Believing themselves to be among the "best-looking people" in their culture, they are driven to be seen with partners who are also deemed to be the best-looking in their culture. It's all about image enhancement. They will be possessive and controlling and demanding in relationships, believing that their word is law and that they better not ever be challenged. When a 3 says to a mate "You are a frog," the 3 expects the partner to say nothing except, "In that case, how high would you have me jump, Master?" 


Type 3's "live in the triangle" of the 3-6-9. At any given moment, they can be charming like a 3 (or mean like a 3 that finds his charm is not getting him the control he wants over people); can be aggressive like a 6 (which can bring the potential to be as violent as an 8 can be at times); or can seem peaceful (actually avoidant or schizoid-avoidant) like a 9. 


When shifting to the 6, fear and paranoia can be activated, but once anger at not getting what the narcissistic 3 wants and what he believes he is entitled to, there can be a counter-phobic shift to the 3's wing (the Type 4) and full-blown Borderline Personality Disorder traits can show up. (Then, "I love you," in an instant, becomes "I hate you." Expect to see "The Hug-Slug Syndrome at play. It is almost guaranteed that Oscar's girlfriend Reeva never had a clue "who" - which Oscar or Oscars - was actually going to show up when he arrived. Yet she, too, had a high 3 influence with a great deal of 9 at play, so she would be prone for awhile to be somewhat more tolerant of his traits that were also her traits.) 


And that is what the relative existence can be like when living with someone who is driven by personality / personalities. Is it clear why the sages have long urged seekers to take any and all necessary steps to end the pattern of being driven by the hidden agendas of multiple personalities? 


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.

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