Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Belief



What is a belief? according to the dictionary belief is: a principle or idea, etc. accepted as true, especially without proof (Harrap's Chamber 2005). As for the verb to believe: to accept (something) as true.

The belief is bound to a frame of mind that generates a certain reality. This state of mind was (and still is) built by education (from parents, teachers, surrounding people, and so on), and bad or good personal experiences we underwent  during our life. Those two process are the major contributors to our beliefs.

We tend to associate belief with spirituality and therefor the religions whichever they are (monotheism, polytheism, or animism, etc.). The main reason being that because spirituality cannot be quantified, it cannot be proved. 
Spirituality is essentially the belief in the afterlife. Generally you find a paradise and a hell managed one or many gods and demons with the possibility to be reincarnated there or not (according to some religions). And if it is only the imagination's results of our naive ancestors, then it's quite elaborated, as there are many structured heavens and hells. The one or many gods ruling them are followed by a complex hierarchy. But spirituality also talk about magic and it's succession of magicians and sorcerers, jinns, fairies, parallel worlds, the different types that it's (magic) made of, chakras, etc. Legends and tales are stories about spirituality.
There are also methods of learning sorcery which are kept secret for most of them. However few have been revealed: Carlos Castaneda, for example,  has told about some methods in his books. Yoga (practiced in India under the strict supervision of a guru) is another one.
Finally, esotericism is a hidden face of spirituality given to few selected initiated people.
But, spirituality not being material, it is impossible to prove what it says. We don't doubt god (or the gods). He exists, that's it. We must have faith in him, not to think about him, but to feel him into our heart. Then he reveal himself into us. Others can keep their doubts. God doesn't have to justify himself to men. We're the ones who have to go to him. God is only our own divinity and if we reject him we will lose faith in ourself. Here is some logic of spirituality. The danger of that logic is to confuse god's will with our own desires and interests.

Those who claims that they believe in nothing are not being very honest. Because, in the absolute, it's difficult to believe in nothing: there is always something we connect to.  The majority of 'non-believers' believes in evolution or in science (one going hand to hand (but not always) with the other).
There are, of course, the clues that we all know: skeletons, tools, ruins of villages (or camps) that have been found across the world that fuel the evolution theory. Having said that, there are still many missing links to give it its continuity and therefor providing the proof that it is the true history of the world.
On top of that, there are many anomalies such as the ruins of cities that contradict the theory (remnants of cities have been found coming from a time where there was supposedly only villages ruled by brutes), strange objects, or skeletons of giants and other strange creatures which are many small rocks blocking that beautiful machinery of evolution.
To counter them, they are being ridiculed as hoax (by panels of 'experts'), and if they cannot be, they are simply ignored.
"I only believe what my own eyes show me" is often the rhetoric asserted by the 'non-believers'. what would they say, if they saw a ghost, for example? Well, they would not even believe their own eyes (contradicting their first assertion), claiming to be victim of an hallucination. Hallucination being a good excuse they hide behind, when they cannot explain something they don't understand. Paradoxically, they make fun of those who say "it's god's will" when they cannot explain what they don't understand.
Finally, the two main theories of materialism (the cradle of evolutionism), the Quantum and the General Relativity theories seems to be in conflict (link for those who can read French) with each other to see which one is correct. Also, another article (I cannot find but, you can on the site of the link above, if you look for it (remember it's in French)) claim that neither of the two theories actually can define what truly mater is, even after they tried to connect them together.
The good side of science is this perpetual readiness for changes and this open mindedness of those who chose this path. Because, it is not the researchers, generally speaking, that claim that their discoveries are the truth, but the mass media that relays them and are so ready to repeat what they hear without seldom questioning what they're repeating.

Okay, I am deviating from my subject. I want to come back to what I was mentioning at the beginning of this article: the state of mind. Science, more than just a process, is a frame of mind resulting from rationalism, itself emerging from materialism. Its key word is the doubt that we use until we find the proof that will put an end to it. It is the antithesis of faith: trust or confidence, strong belief (according the dictionary).
However, science needs some sort of conviction (such as strong belief) to prevail, because, by maintaining doubt permanently, it might enter a dead-end.
Therefor, science sails between doubt and a strong belief of the superiority of the elements over men, creating dogmas and burning on a bonfire of ridicules all deviants.
When the conviction has deeply anchored itself in the person adopting that state of mind, then, through his perception of the world, everything he will see and that will happen to him will feed his conviction, because the explanation he will find by his reasoning, forged by his belief, will convince him of its veracity. The experiences that he will make to prove a theory, will be conducted in such a manner (distant from nature's ways) that will maximize its chances of success. From what he will observe, he will be able to say: "I saw it from my own eyes, therefor it can only be objective". Except, it will be the conclusion, he will reach, influenced by his own convictions, that will be subjective. Because, before being scientists, they are human beings. And man is known to make mistakes, influenced by a distorted judgment (from beliefs).
Every body knows, when an event occurs (an accident for example), each witness will give his own version of what he saw. So the testimonies will differ from one witness to the other.
what distorts our objectivity are our personal moral values, which we cannot dissociate from our observations.

I tend to criticize a lot the scientist, knowing that the spiritual is as much subjected to those influences. But if everyone knows that spirituality is a matter of belief, no one seems to be aware that it"s the same with materialism (as well as rationalism which emanates from it and from which the scientific mind result). I just wanted to point that out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Intuition




Intuition cannot be controlled, it slips into our mind. However, it can be expanded, not for long term period, but for a near future.

For those who have some, intuition rises up anytime. I am walking in the street, lost in my thoughts, suddenly a thought slips into my mind telling me that there will be no one home when I get there. Indeed, it's the case when I get home. This kind of intuition is called premonition. It changes according to our frame of mind. If we're confused and plagued with dark passions (such as greed, pride, and so on) it will seldom come into our mind and it signal will be weak. But, when the spirit sharpens, it comes more often in a more vivid way. Here is another example: I drive my car in town, then a thought tells me that, at the next intersection, a car will merge from the right. When I reach that crossroad, effectively a car merges from the right. These are small things, but if you let them come, they can lead to bigger ones.

The inner voice that speaks to our mind is another form of intuition. It tells us thing that will become true. It can reveal an occurrence in a near future, tells a hidden truth on a present event or shows a side of someone we hardly know (there is also the 'first impression' when you meet someone, that, if you dismiss it at first, will turn out to be true later on).
For those who study, the voice can be of great help. It will explain in a more synthetic way what being studied.
Sometime you have an insight emanating from the heart, so the voice helps to clarify it.

There is, however, a danger with the inner voice: our own desires or our own fears. If they are strong, they will submit the voice that will start lying to us and make us do stupid things... For the one who keeps a critical mind (toward himself/herself) the voice becomes a precious asset.
Because, you have to work on intuition and that takes time (sometime a lifetime) to make a prediction reading 100% accurate.
How to work on it? By working on you: stop lying to yourself and making up stories. Be ready to question yourself, to accept that you might be wrong, and have doubt (doubt is a double edged sword it's good in certain cases, but not in others).

Premonitory dreams are an expression of intuition. First, there is the pure premonitory dream: This is what will happen to you, if you keep going under that state of mind (in a good or bad ending).
Some dreams show us the way to follow: "This is where you are, and your path ends here. Here is where you must go, if you want to keep on going". 
premonitory dream generally shows a far away future that can be few years even sometime few decades away. It express itself in an indirect manner, using the second degree. It indicates what is to be changed in our life and what is to be worked on ourself (one working hand to hand with the other). 
How to recognize them from ordinary dreams? They are often (but not always) dreams that shows a trip (in a vehicle, a train, by foot, etc.). 

At last, when intuition become an integral part of ourself, it become our guide and shows us the way to follow, the things to do in order to achieve our objectives (short, medium or long range) that we set up in our life.

Intuition is a door to 'the other side', it can help us to develop other kind of powers (even thought, I don't think it's the best option to take). It can also help us in our quest of who we are, to better found ourself and then to let go so we can attain enlightenment. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Love



What is love? It's a feeling that comes from the heart. Of course, we all know that.The most well-known is the love that two people express to one another. Now, since it's a feeling that fuels all other good feelings, it can be expressed in other fashions, love in a couple being the ultimate kind.
As it is easier to express for ordinary people like us, when we are in love, our whole body is vibrating with this feeling. Obviously, it is concentrated on a single person, the one we love. We then have to beware of the negative feeling such as possessiveness and jealousy that may result. After all, they are its indissociable byproduct : when two people are in love toward each other, they don't want to share themselves with others (for most people).
But the feeling is within us and then it become easier to use for other type of love.
So, what kind of love is there? First you have compassion which sometime can be expressed with pity (pity is often considered by many as a negative feeling). Conviviality, sympathy, and friendship are also expression shaded love different from couple's love. Tolerance (not indifference) a kind of detached love, affection (or love by touch, other than sexual) , impartiality (when you throw the arrow of truth, dip its head into honey), trust (in ourself, to others), being relaxed, because someone full of love is more relaxed than someone full of hatred. Generosity is also a kind of love. Joice and happiness are also expression of love (but not always). Respect is also an expression of love.

And for those who argue that you have to earn respect, I will ask them, if themselves are worth being respected. And for those who impose themselves by force and terror, well they are not respected, they are just feared. respect should not be imposed on anybody. Instead it should be given freely to everybody, to animals and even to things.

There is an infinity of expression of love and it would take a dictionary sized book to write them all. You can use your imagination to figure them out.

To whom do you give this love? Ideally to everybody. But realistically, it is hardly feasible. So you narrow your circle and start with those you know : wife (or husband), family, neighbors (a harder task), people you daily meet (shop's, bank's, government office's employees) and all the people you will stumble upon during your lifetime. So, by starting from a small circle you will expand it toward the bigger world. As you may guess, the easiest kind of love to use is conviviality.

How to develop love in ourself? There are many methods most preached by a different religions or philosophies which I will not discuss as most of you probably are aware of them. We all have love in ourselves.Those who are in love have a little more than others. I will talk about two methods among many others.

First is to be humble. Humility is a good deterrent against judging other and, therefor, to reject them. The most effective method is to question ourself: who am I to think that my beliefs are better than someone else's beliefs? It takes a lot of assiduity and persevering to fully know ourself. And it takes also a lot of courage: when we discover something wrong in ourself, we tend to freak out about it. The courage helps to accept what we are and to move on. It's the work of a lifetime (and it's never late to begin) that demand an intensive research, but that progressively teach us a lot about what we are.   

The second method is detachment (also a long process that can be started any time). This help avoiding envy, covetousness and jealousy that may result. It also help to lose the competitive mentality: No one is better than anybody else. Each of us follow his/her own path, his/her own destiny. Then, you discover that everybody is interesting and has something to teach you, so it become easier to respect them. It's the same for animals, plants and our Earth. we should look at them for what they are instead of looking at them as hunting games, livestock or natural resources to be exploited for the greatest benefit of our greed. 

As everybody knows love is the most powerful force in the universe. It is quite easy to get it, but it's hard to keep. To be able to, it has to be grown and developed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mr Yang and Mr Yin



Mr Yang is white. Mr Yin is black.
Mr Yang come from the sky and goes toward earth. Mr Yin come from earth, heading toward the sky.
Mr Yang come from everywhere to go to a point. Mr Yin come from a corner and goes everywhere.
Mr Yang is introverted while Mr Yin is open to the world.
Mr Yang always knows where he goes. When he leaves from point A, he always find his way to point B. Mr Yin, often get lost. When he leaves point A, he never knows if he will ever get to point B.
Mr Yang is a determined man who can sometime become stubborn. Mr Yin is an open minded man, full of uncertainties. 
Mr Yang rushes right to the goal. Mr Yin is often distracted by what surrounds him.
Mr Yang swims upstream. Mr Yin goes downstream. 
Mr Yang is orderly. Mr yin is not.
Mr Yang is often ahead with the winners, while Mr Yin is often left behind.
Mr Yang knows what is important. Mr Yin doesn't care about what is important.
Mr Yang would love to dominate the world. Mr Yin would prefer to embrace the world. 
Mr Yang will only rely upon himself, while Mr Yin will often ask for help.
Mr Yang goes to the point. Mr Yin is quite absorbed by details.
Mr Yang can be quite obtuse. Mr Yin is quite aware of his surrounding.
Mr Yang is aware of himself, while Mr Yin is not.
Mr Yang tend to become angry quite easily. Mr Yin will slip into fear a bit to often.
Anything else?
I like them both.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Purity



What is purity? On the concrete side, the dictionary gives this definition: Consisted of itself only, unmixed (Harrap's Chamber 2005). It gives several other definitions which I won't mention all, but this one : freedom from contamination, pollution or unwholesome or intrusive elements.

If we take the first definition, there isn't any pure element in wilderness. It's all mixed up matters. Even precious metal or gemstones need to be treated artificially to become pure. Which mean that we only find purity  in treated things. 

Paradoxically, nature itself is considered a pure beauty when untouched by man, hence we see the second definition. A nature free from pollution, contamination and so on. 

what about the spiritual purity? Still according to the dictionary, it is chasteness or innocence (same dictionary as above). The French dictionary add : devoid of all darkness. 
Besides small children you will hardly find a pure human being. Jesus was, some will argue. But the bible, who attest it, is and was throughout history (by the Gnostic, the Orthodox, the Catharses, the protestants, etc.) contested for its validity, some accusing it to be just a bunch of propaganda. Jesus as been reduced to be a married man with children (why not? I like this idea, makes him more human to me, more accessible). 
Buddha, another pure man actually preached the middle way, between good and evil. There are many others and I cannot discuss about them all.
 We simply cannot be pure, because we are all made of light and shadow, whether we like it or not.

That being said, I think there is actually a way of becoming pure. First we have to acknowledge our dark side and once we do, we don't need to freak out about it. We also look at our positive side. Then, we merge them together to create a spiritual unity. This is a stage that will lead us to enlightenment. Once there, we can say, we are pure. The dark side cannot reach us, not because we resist it, but because we don't care about it. When it strikes us, we let it soak us, then we let it go. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Against G.M.Os

I think there is a simple way of ridding the world from g.m.o. Their should be a law saying that all those who support genetically modified organisms, in a direct or even in indirect manner, should prove their faith into it by eating g.m.o every day, during breakfast, lunch and dinner for at least a year. They would be medically checked to see the effect on their body.
And if they refuse, then they should be prosecuted for crime against humanity. Because that means, they know how harmful g.m.o can be, yet they still promote it, slowly poisoning the people to death.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Perfection



What is perfection? According to the dictionary (and there are few of them): the process of making or being made perfect complete, etc. (Harraps Chamber 2005). 

But is there someone who knows what is perfection? No! Everybody sees perfection according to its own set of value. So we can say that there is as much perfection as there are human beings. 

There are, indeed, people who share similar ideals. But those ideals change according to each culture, and therefor, I can say that the absolute perfection is only a chimera.

Perfectionists should remember that what they are seeking for is only tied to their own set of value, and, for the most tyrannical of them, wanting to impose their perfection to others is only an expression of their pride.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Illusion



I believe this world to be an illusion. I mean in the empirical and even in the Buddhist ways.
Empiricism is a theory saying that knowledge can only be gained through experience and observation, rather than by scientific facts. Buddhism is about to live the middle way, between good and evil. But there was also a speech given by the Buddha to his closest followers saying that not only this world, but also ourselves are illusory.
The movie Matrix talk about it too. When Morpheus talk to Neo, the hero, he tells him that what they touch, see, taste, hear and feel are not real as they are the result of the super computer Matrix that make them think that man live free in this world but, in reality, lies in a small alcove being used as batteries for the machines. Then, he presents him a blue pill saying that if Neo chooses it, he will forget about everything and return to his old self living his illusory life in the Matrix. Then he shows him a red pill telling him that if he chooses it, it will free him from the Matrix.
In life, we are the Matrix, we create this this world with our own will and beliefs, through our five senses, our mind, our memories and for few of us our intuition. And there is no red pill to take ourself out of the illusion. in order to achieve that, there are religion, prophet, Buddhas, enlighten peoples that will show us the way out through various types of practices, with yoga and meditation being the most well known.
Here is for the within part of the illusion.
What contribute externally to the illusion? I would say that it's the ephemeral passage of beings and things in this impermanent world where everyone ans everything is born, live then die at own pace, to disappear forever without leaving any traces. Because, even if they leave a trace, it ends up disappearing with time.
Imagine a thick soup where people try to take shape, shaping their direct environment and then melting back to the liquid, their working melting at slower pace.
Who remembers Peter the blacksmith forging blades and plates, during the middle-age? Nobody! Indeed, this anonymous man left some traces drowned in millions of other traces left by other anonymous people like him. And when he died, only those who were close to him remembered him until they, in turn, died throwing the memory of him in the big abyss of forgetfulness. Can we affirm he even existed, if no traces is left to prove he actually existed ? 
How about famous people then ? Here it's undeniable. will say some. There are traces and witnesses that will attest they indeed existed. 
Yet, Socrates existence was doubted until recently and Jesus is still doubted by many (There is a recent theory doubting his existence). But who knows Egbert of Wessex, a king that ruled England in the 9th century, and his lineage apart from the history specialists, professionals, and few erudite ? Not many people. Little by little, them too will disappear in the maelstrom of forgetfulness.
Countries and empire then ? They last long, right ? 
I watched on Arte (a French-German cultural channel) a while ago that there was, in the 4th or 5th millennium BC in Iran, a great empire that flourished. It acted as junction between the state-cities of Sumer and the Harappan Civilization on the Indus River. They named it (and I forgot the name), but they did not know its real name, which people lived in it, and who where its kings. 
Finally, those empires and kingdoms which are born, live, and then crumble to death become skeletons, their remaining ruins acting as bones, having been eaten by scavengers such as pillagers, looters or plunderer. Or their remain getting salvaged by following civilizations that built themselves on their ashes.
They end up swallowed in the abyss of forgetfulness, and are only remembered in tales and legends, themselves being taken for fantasies coming from our naive ancestors imagination. 

Everything is being erased and disappearing. And it's the world ephemeral and impermanent nature that contribute to the illusion.       
 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Addiction

According to the dictionary, addiction is : a habit that has become impossible to break, especially one involving physical and psychological dependence on the intake of harmful substance such as drugs or alcohol (Harrap's Chambers).

We all know about alcohol and drug's addictions and so I will not bother talking about it. I will just say that those addictions are the result of former stealth addictions that our society offers in a wide variety. 

We are addicted to our television on which we spend a fair amount of time watching, of our smart phone that we take everywhere and on which we don't take our eyes off, ignoring our direct surrounding. For those of us who own a car, they will use it more than necessary. Addiction extend also to material possession to which we have hard time to part with (often because we need them, but also for sentimental or social status reasons). And as Tyler Durden was saying in 'Fight Club' : things that we own end up owning us. He was himself using that adage from ancient wisdoms. 

But material possessions isn't the sole responsible for our addiction. Our lifestyle can be a source of addiction, for example our endless desire of intense sensations, or, on another hand, this quest for stability that generates all those habits, and which I believe to be stagnation.

What creates this addiction ? many things, but one that is particularly important, I believe : attachment or affection, even though it does not systematically lead to addiction. 

I will say then, that addiction is an attachment to a thing or a situation that provide a great pleasure combined to a refusal of seeing it end.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Man and the machine


We all know about this picture that shows all the evolutionary stages of man. A big part of this evolution is our skill to create and to produce. Our capacity to build is staggering and our technical progresses spectacular. No need to detail our technological feats as everybody knows about them.

The problem is that if our creations and more specifically our machines are evolving, but we are not. We reached our level of evolution a few dozen of thousand of years ago and since then we have been stagnating to that stage. Actually we even regressed. Once, I heard on the radio that there was a scientific study telling that in the middle age, people had more memory than today's people.

paradoxically, our machines are diminishing us. Because they have replaced us in many different tasks in the house, in the factory and in the office. They can also drive us (some subways or modern airliners) so gradually they take away our skills. They take us everywhere, further away and at faster pace. They first calculated for us and now they are thinking for us.
Some would love to give them life (with robot and artificial intelligence) so they could pretend to be that god that created us and whom they stopped believing in.

We love machines and we are so fond of them. Originally, they were meant to help us, but now, we cannot live without them they took over us.

And I can see, that spending that much time with them, we are turning a bit in to machines ourselves and that our society is functioning more and more like it.
We cross when it's green, and stop at red signal. We applaud at a show (even a bad one) because this is what is expected from us. We sleep at night, live at day, eat three meals a day, and we have all these habits and develop these mechanisms that run our daily mechanical life. We talk a more and more computerized language.
Our eduction prepare us to live in the automated wold by conditioning us to become good parts (of the machine). Even as children, we are categorized : in kinder garden and primary school, they grade us for our knowledge and for our behavior. A good grade means a fit child for the machine and a bad grade a lost case, to be worked on or trashed. This evolving system goes until school, then a first selection will determine the rough pieces from the more subtle ones of the mechanical society. The rough pieces will be increasing the machine's moving parts by being a cog in its structure. The subtle pieces will start a more in depth formatting, first in high schools, then in colleges or universities (those formatting factories) from where they'll exit labeled in conformity for what they've been formated for. 
They will then become experts which are fundamental pieces of machinery or they will go to reinforce the leading parts of the machine and participate to its development and well being : to devour our planet for an everlasting growth, shitting garbage back, pissing liquids that pollute our waters, farting greenhouse effect gases, and burping some radioactive clouds that will enduringly pollute the world.
That being said, the machine (that is not so stupid) try to last (the death of our planet will mean its own death) by recycling its wastes (organic, mechanical or useful).

What future ? Well I can see man gradually becoming more and more mechanical (it already started) to become bionic and ending up as a cyborg, living with robots. Welcome to the paradise of the materialistic mind.

And what about nature ?  A long time ago, we were just a bunch of savages very close and living in harmony with it. The gods and our ancestors would tell us how to take care of it. But we stated to dwell into villages and cities, busy building machines. Nature became a vast reservoir of resources in a planet for sale. 
And we lost touch with our spirituality to become materialistic. 
Now, how would you like to die ? With your gods or with your machines ?   

Monday, July 20, 2015

Religion



 what is religion? I believe religion is a system of belief motivated by faith, and ruled by dogmas. The whole thing being managed by religious organizations who take care of the believers.

The dictionary (Harrap's Chamber, 2005) gives 3 short definitions of it:

1) a belief in, of the worship of a god, or gods.
2) a particular system of belief or worship, such as Christianity or Judaism.
3) The monastic way of life.

There is an infinity of religious beliefs, but 3 major tendencies can be underlined :
Animism or shamanism or the belief in the spirit of nature as well as the worship of the ancestors.
Polytheism, the belief in many gods. There is a variation where we choose to worship one specific god among many others (such as in Hinduism).
Monotheism where one almighty god rules the universe and the people.
Buddhism is a particular case. It started as an atheist philosophy (being able to reach the Nirvana (or paradise) by obtaining enlightenment individually rather than through a god), but it degenerated into a religion where Buddha became God.

I will not discuss about animism which I don't know much about, as well as polytheism which has mostly vanished (except for Hinduism) and  which I don't fully understand.

I will then talk about monotheism. Monotheist religions originate with a prophet having received  revelations through the form of visions sent by God. Then he orally transmitted them (most of the time) to close disciples who, in turn, transmitted them to other disciples and so on (it eventually got on written form), from generation to generation in an exponential manner.

I think that prophets are people having a such high level of consciousness than when they received their revelation from God, they not only understood it with their intellect, but also felt it with their heart and even their whole being. It gave them an understanding nearing the Absolute and allowed them to reach God when they died.

The disciples, being close to the prophet and having a very high level of consciousness, but less than the prophet himself, reached an understanding proportionally lower than their messiah (and then a bit  further from the Absolute), even though the majority of them were able to feel it with their heart.
Them in turn, passed on their knowledge to others with a lesser level of consciousness and so on. It automatically became a sort of "bush telephone" system, which everyone knows about. To avoid a too big gap from the original revelations it was put by written : so the dogmas were born and the revelations were understood in an intellectual manner (by the vast majority, except for saints, maybe). Religion then became a matter of organization with a hierarchical structure for the propagation of faith.

There is, however, an important issue of how religion evolutes. Personally, I think it does not evolute but rather it regresses. Prophets are rare and their understanding of this world is different from the understanding of an ordinary man (having a much smaller level of consciousness). What falsify this knowledge is how each individual understands the knowledge and how he/she shares it (the inability to tell what we understand because of a deficiency in our grammatical knowledge combined with a lack of proper vocabulary).  But there is another problem : veneration.

Basically what is the message a prophet try to tell ? This is where you are now, and this is where I invite you to go. In an other word, you are in a decrepit frame of mind (full of bad passions) and if you want to get out of it to be close to God (or to reach enlightenment for a Buddhist), then these are the steps you must follow. 
I can say that those religious text are roughly like touristic guidebooks: this is where you are and to go there here is the path to follow. You can look at this, watch out for those, be sure to have a suitable comportment and so forth. And what are we doing ? Instead of following the indicated path, we decide to deify the author and worship him. We are like the foul who, when someone is pointing a finger, we look at that finger instead of the direction it shows.
Finally we tend to confuse religion with religious organizations (official or officious). If religion is the communion of one with God, then they are often useless intermediaries. And if they possess a certain knowledge that we don't, they more use it for their own benefit instead of helping their followers. 



 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The beast


Our consumer society is like a beast of seven heads (as in the Revelation Book). Each head represents a nation that influenced humanity so it would get to where it is today. 
I believe that those seven kingdoms were : Egypt, Akkad, Babylon, Persia, the Greek world, Rome and the United Kingdom. 
And it eats all the natural resources of our planet. And it shits garbages back to it, piss liquids polluting our streams, lacs and oceans, farts greenhouse gases, and burps radioactive clouds polluting the world durably.  
Yet, someone told me that in reality the beast was something that is found within man himself: the seven great sins. 
But it's not incompatible. After all, this society is only the result of our doing. And our actions are the result of our passions : mainly greed and pride.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Single ideology


It is said that single ideology is the appanage of dictatorship and totalitarian regimes. When was it born? Was it born with Communism ? With Nazism ? Or was it born, way before ? With Christianity for example.   

Single ideology is the shrinking of many trends of beliefs into one. It's a bit what Christianity had done. It first reduced different faiths into one. Then it tried to merge many different ways of perceiving the world into one, as well as many tolerances into one. 

It was soon caught up with, by another single ideology : Islam. Together, they almost shared the world. But they both are issued from a much older single ideology : Judaism, where all the gods were merged into a single one. 

Today, single ideology is all directed into Consumerism.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Reality


What is reality ? I believe there are as many realities as there are living beings around the world. 
Here is an example, I would like to introduce. I was reading a book telling a story about a woman who was being possessed by an evil spirit. She, her father and an exorcist were convinced about it. But a female doctor had a different view: she believed that the woman made up herself that spirit possessing her, in short that she was schizophrenic.

Who do you believe is right ? It's a difficult problem. One has a spiritual approach with the introduction of spirit, gods and demons, heavens and hells and so on. The other offer some materialistic explanation (and therefor rational) saying that the mind is tricking itself. 

Two different views to to perceive then understand the world in order to conceive and explain its reality. We forge this reality according to the perception and understanding of ourself (our capacities and our limits) in regard of the universe that surrounds us as well as our aspirations that result. This understanding is built on our senses, our education and our level of consciousness (the amount of intelligence combined with our hearth and our emotions which makes our state of mind) and the strength (or weakness) of our personality (that result in part from our reactivity, our creativity, our determination and so on). We could say that reality is what we make it of.

What about objective reality ? There is first a worldwide reality perceived by the vast majority of us and run by a more of less homogeneous collective level of consciousness. 
There are national divergent realities run by education and various propagandas (can the Russians see the same reality as the westerners or the Chinese ? for example).  Finally there are regional realities run by ancestral traditions. 

But for a total objective reality it would require a being with a total objective mind (if such being exist) so it could show us what this reality is.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

To be civilized


What is to be civilized? According to the dictionary : to civilize is to lead out of a state of barbarity to a more advanced stage of social development (Harrap's Chambers, 2005).  Quite interesting, but it talk about a nation and not to an individual level.

Few dictionary on internet qualify civilized as being morale, ethical, courteous, well mannered, having good taste and being cultured. 
I would also add to have a certain sens of responsibility, and being truthful and respectful to ourself and others.

Are we truly civilized as we claim to be? Well to have an answer is to see what would happen if suddenly the law and those who enforce it would disappear. 

Two thing among many others could result (the two extremes). 
1) Nothing happens. We just carry on our daily life and still are respectful to one another. If (unlikely)  so, then, what was the usefulness of law and police then? 
2) We collapse in total anarchy. There is war ans murder everywhere and we all go back to the stone age. Does that mean, that we were not truly civilized, but jut pretended to be, like a bunch of hypocrites? 

Well, I think it is quite impossible to be completely civilized, as we all have an intrinsic cruel nature that we share with our kindness. 

We would probably begin to let our rage out and slaughter each other, but in the end, the survivor, would tend to regroup and start a new peaceful society all over again. 

I think to be civilized is to be able to find the right balance between our bestiality and our humanity.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pyramid



Everybody knows about the pyramid on the one dollar bill. Some  say that this pyramid is a Masonic symbol and that the eye represent the almighty Great Architect, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient : in another word, God. But there are plenty other explanations and I don't know them all.

As for me, I see it another way: that pyramid represent Humanity. The elites stand on the top and the base is the people. The elites can see everything, know everything and command. they are composed, in part, of people with superior intelligence and a heart made of steel. For them, the end justify the means and the ideal they want to reach is worth sacrificing the great majority of the plebe, the cowardly herd, enslaved, stupid and so easy to manipulate. 

The people don't see anything, don't know anything and  are obedient. But the people have kept their heart and some wisdom. therefor, we can say that people are closer to the light than the elites despite all the imageries they display to affirm the opposite. 

The big tragedy of this pyramid is the gap between the top and the base. That shows the gap between the elites from their people. When the summit will reunite (if it ever does) with its base, then humanity will be whole again and enter a new Golden Age. 

Finally, I think the pyramid is wrong sided. The way I see it truly is, is this way:

 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Good, Evil and Nature

What is man made of? Meat and bones, but everybody knows that. Its spirit comprises the intelligence: the capacity to understand the world that surrounds us and to learn what we don't know yet. Its heart includes the emotions such as our defects and our qualities.
What are defects? Well, among many others, there are greed, jealousy, hatred or pride. As for qualities: tenderness, impartiality, love or compassion are some among many.  
A man is not entirely evil, nor completely good but is a combination of all his qualities and his defects: their distribution is distinguished in each individual (according to their karma?).
What define an evil man is that the sum of all his defects dominates the sum of all his qualities and inversely for a good man. 
Now, instead of applying this to only a man, do it for the whole human race and check which is the most dominant as a whole. I will say then, that God is the result of all human qualities and the Devil is the source of all defects. Then you can see which of evil or good predominate.
In the light of this, I can understand in the book of revelation the claim that, in the end, Satan will rule the world. 
But don't believe I am religious. I believe in Man and by defending God, I become a bit the Devil's advocate.
I decided to apply that to what man is doing to nature. I believe that destroying nature is the most evil thing man can do, because when nature will be wiped out, then so will be humanity. There are no other worlds to dwell. We are devouring it to satisfy our insatiable voracities. And if there are many people who try to protect our environment, I don't think there are enough of them to make the difference. Their numbers might be increasing, but will it be fast enough to protect nature in the face of destruction?



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What is life?

I believe that life is a big leap toward the best of ourself, followed by long regression toward old age, and then death.
Its goal? Maybe it could be to die a little less stupid than when we were at the beginning, or at least to be a bit wiser. But who knows, there are so many meanings of life.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Karma

We all know that karma is pictured by a wheel. We call it the wheel of destiny or the wheel of karma. Even though Karma and destiny are understood in a different way.
But what is the meaning of this wheel  ? Well, it rotates. When we are at its bottom, we feel bad, we perceive this world in a negative way. Everything is pitch black, so full of despair. On the other hand, when we're on top of it, everything is so bright, so good and so enjoyable. A wold full of hope.
But our frame of mind never remain in the same place. We switch from one place to another, alternating endlessly. For some these moment of happiness or sadness seem to take forever as for other they go across as if they rode a roller-coaster. Why ?
Maybe it's the distance they are from the wheel's center. The heavier our karma is, the furthest we are from it. Consequently it take a longer time to travel back and forth. But what we feel is so intense that it can sometime become unbearable. Inversely, when we are close to the center, our karma is light as a feather, we then travel much faster from haven to hell, but the feeling is light and we barely notice it. 
Finally, I believe, the goal is to stand in the center of the wheel, where the sensational disappears and serenity, peacefulness and stability take over, a precondition that lead to freedom and Buddhahood.
  

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happiness


Money does not give us happiness, but is a big help to reach it. Does it? No. It only create the illusion of happiness.
Then, what makes us happy? Probably the love that we give to one another.

Don't you think, that a family, with no much money but whose members share love toward one another, will live a more happy life, than a wealthy family whose members are tearing each other apart. 

Of course, there might be wealthy family that love each other. But do you think it's money or love aspect that bring them happiness? Maybe you can imagine what would make them more sad: losing their money, or losing their love?

And what is love? We all know the love that a man and a woman feel to each other. But there are many way of expressing love. 

Friendship, trust, friendliness, fondness, compassion, impartiality (spare the rod and spoil the child), detachment (but not indifferent), relaxing, responsibility, being helpful, being supportive, and so on, are all ways of expressing love.

On the other hand, enmity, distrust, greed, meanness, pride, jealousy, attachment, stress,  irresponsible selfishness, not caring, etc. are all ways of expressing hatred.

Love and hatred, the two sides of the same coin which are fueling all the respective passions.

I believe that happiness as well as sadness are generated only by ourselves, and that a person full of love is certainly more happy that one full of hatred. 

Of course man is a bit more subtle than a mere full hatred or full love and houses both feelings. Then it becomes a matter to feel what predominate in ourself: our love or our hatred.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

In what world are we living?

We are in the Iron Age. We think, we are evolving, but I believe we are regressing. Actually, we have a tendency to confuse technological evolution with human evolution. We can see how great our technology is, but what about us? We pretend to be civilized, but are we really? And what is to be civilized? I believe that to be civilized is to have a sens of responsibilities and respect to others of course, but also to ourself. It's also to be aware of our actions and to understand who we are. To be aware of what we're doing, the best way is to think of the consequences of our acts, whether they end up with a good or bad outcome. 
We are not civilized, we just pretend to be. The laws and the police force us to be civilized. Do you think, we would still be civilized if law and order were to disappear? 
We are living in the dictatorship of a mercantile society where a man has to pay to pretend to be free. We are living in the tyranny of moderation, politically correctness and softness generated by our surrounding paranoia and exacerbated by the susceptibilities of every body.
Mother nature is dying, eaten by our cupidity for always more wealth. Finally our masters are just a bunch of merchants and usurers who believe they are princes. They want to rule nations as they  rule a company.
Four million years of evolution to become like that ? I feel way more comfortable to believe that we have degenerated into that sorry state.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A strange vision

In November 1994, I became very ill: malaria. (for more detail see here). As I was dying, I had a strange vision, a vision of Paradise. It was a combination of white thick clouds on a blue background. I felt in my body a warm wellbeing. Then, I turned around and saw Hell. It was all black, mixed with red thick clouds (smoke maybe?). In front red, orange or yellow bubbles were floating. I felt a physical pain associated with stress, caused by sensual desire. I could hear a voice in my head explaining to me this vision. Then I was back in my room.
Being that sick, got me into this hallucinogenic state. But, as the doctor, who treated me, told me, I got really close to death. Maybe then, did I have a glimpse of what was Paradise and Hell?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tsunami 5

In the three pictures above, each has two photos. The top photos shows the areas BEFORE the tsunami and the below photos, after. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the tsunami didn't just submerged the coast, the land collapsed as well.
In the last days of my journey, I participated to a festival. It happened in Ofunato, a small coastal town south of the area, I normally operated. As people were struggling in trying to rebuilt their shattered life, a festival was a nice change for them.

This is the place where the festival occurred. There and around
A bunch of us volunteered to help for the development of the festival. We first came to the town, to see what we were supposed to do. They asked us to play one of those puppet characters, as you can see in some big amusement parks.
Finally it was canceled, because the day of the festival was pissing rain, and they didn't want to spoil the outfits.
The next day we came early to help for building tents that would be used as stands, to make podiums and install tables.
All the materials. The green square packs are the tents
When we came the next day, it rained a lot. We did various tasks and one of them was to stand guard in the parking area to help the visitors to park their cars.
But with the rain, the visitors were scarce
Feeling wonderful...
I was cold, wet, and doing nothing did not help to get things better. My chief came and let me go inside to get warm. It was in the place were I tried these funny cartoons characters outfits. I had a nice hot drink. In next room, were a band of shamisen  (a kind of zither) and drum players. They came for a performance and were waiting for their turn. They offered me some drink.