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.