Words Sufficient for the Wise

Adamant resistance involves stiffening, rigidity -- not just mental stiffening or rigidity, but also, via states of physical tension, stiffness of movement and pain.

It accumulates, instance by instance, occasion by occasion.

Only the movement of cooperation undoes that tension in fluid interplay. Then, as a person relaxes (beyond what he's used to), he loses his stiffness and recovers his freedom of movement and comfort. No manipulation from outside is needed.

Adamant resistance is anti-freedom -- not just anti-freedom of others, but also anti-freedom of self.

Inclusive cooperation is felt as greater freedom than adamant resistance.

Some people are afraid of it.


The bacteria in grape juice ferment the sugars in juice into alcohol, an inhospitable environment for the bacteria -- and so, they die.

The "alcohol" of human technology  is carbon dioxide. The build-up of carbon dioxide leads to an inhospitable environment for humans and other lifeforms -- and so, they die from changes of their living environment.

A word, to the wise, is sufficient.



The REAL Republican Plan | reprint | Why Anything Goes -- Without Scruples

Democrats need to understand the REAL Republican plan of why this is happening and have a plan of our own beyond just voting.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. ―  Sun Tzu,  The Art of War

Karl Rove Told Us the Plan

Karl Rove brazenly told us in W's admin that there would be a permanent Republican Party in charge.  That's not democracy.  That's a plot - decades old even then - to overthrow democracy.  If we are to restore our democracy and make it work for ALL of us, we can't be complacent.

Koch Brothers’ & Friends’ Plot: Dysfunction IS the Point

The Koch brothers (radical libertarians) and their network of self-serving non-profits and friends have for 40+ years bought government and the courts to work for them, not us.  Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money details their anti-government plot to destroy just about all government institutions as part of laissez-faire capitalism — unfettered, no regulations, privatization of most everything.  Mayer also explains why even modest attempts to address climate change, for example, have been defeated again and again.
In the article “Misinforming the Majority: A Deliberate Strategy of Right-Wing Libertarians,” Nancy MacLean author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America states,
It was [James McGill] Buchanan who taught Koch that for capitalism to thrive, democracy must be enchained.
“Enchaining” democracy is a euphemism for “overthrow.”
Democracy means power of the people.  When the rich’s power exceeds that of the people, democracy can’t survive.  It becomes the illusion of democracy.
The modern plot, however, didn’t start with the Koch brothers.  Republicans have been trying to undo the New Deal and the Great Society since the 1930s and the 1960s, respectively.  This great article “The Architect of the Radical Right” details how far back we can take this modern plot.
Not only that, but what these radicals want may surprise most people.  For example,
What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort.
and
To see all this as simple obstructionism, perversity for its own sake, is a mistake.  A cause lies behind it: upholding the sanctity of an ideology against the sins of the majority.  This is what drives House Republicans to scale back social programs.
This architect article mentions a blank slate and Chile.  Naomi Klein details this and how Republicans have been using what she calls "The Shock Doctrine" in her book by the same name.  Using crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic, Republicans push pro-corporate, unpopular policies, undoing the safety net, while people are shocked, overwhelmed, confused, exhausted, etc.  Sound familiar?

Rorty & Trump

In 1998, Richard Rorty wrote a must-read book Achieving Our Country and predicted we'd get a Trump because we'd be spectators to democracy — no vision for ALL and no will to fight for it.  He explained how it would happen & he was right.
By fighting for this vision, he envisioned marches and protests similar to that of the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam.  Without a critical mass of people making an outcry in this manner, democracy won’t survive.  Sufficient numbers of people must be engaged and working toward the betterment of ALL because greedy people wanting everyone else’s share of the pie will always exist.  Democracy must be protected.
As for the Republican plan of dysfunction and obstruction, it worked great for them, as Rorty warned in 1998:
[M]embers of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers — themselves desperately afraid of being downsized — are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.
At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for — someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. …
Rorty was right, too, about the possibility that all the gains made by people of color and homosexuals would be wiped out.  Also, he said “jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion.”
How could Rorty have predicted this?   There are patterns in history and human behavior, including with the decline and fall of democracies, for example.  Based on the conditions that bring about the fall, we’ve been headed for authoritarianism for decades before Rorty wrote his prediction.  We should be teaching the warning signs and patterns of history to avoid this.
These conditions are why Mitch McConnell and the Republicans blocked Obama at every turn and wanted to slow economic recovery, intentionally hurting Americans.  Republicans would have done it to any Democrat.  However, of course, they were super motived due to their racist fears and hatred, wanting to maintain white supremacy.  Republicans knew if enough people didn't see positive changes, they'd vote for change one way or another.  As of March 2020, many counties across the US still hadn't recovered from the 2008 recession

Obscene Wealth Inequality Destabilizes Democracy

Therefore, Trump is just a symptom of decades of problems, and systemic racism is at the heart of this.  Massive inequality destabilizes democracies and so does a propaganda machine, like we see on the right.  Because they create an alternate reality.  This is what Hitler did, folks.  It’s a classic Authoritarian 101 requirement.  Democracy can’t survive with mass inequality or the propaganda machine.  We are seeing the hidden costs of all of this and paying dearly, especially communities of color.
Check out this CBS morning video, using a real pumpkin pie, how many slices of the 10 the top bracket gets.  Take a guess...
According to this second video, 2/3 of wealth is owned by the top 5% and 38+ million Americans live in poverty.  In the first 3 months of the pandemic, net worth of 600 billionaires rose 20%.  This isn't sustainable for a democracy.  (Note the one guy is from American Enterprise Institute = Koch funded)
While getting rid of Trump is just a first step, it won't solve these other problems.  Without massive reforms (big structural changes ASAP), we are kicking the can down the road — democracy will die.

How Someone Like Hitler Rises

Have you ever wondered how the German people and media could allow Hitler to rise to power?  We are watching it here.  We, like Nazi Germany, have extreme white nationalism (“Make America Great Again”), aggrieved population, polarization, concentration camps, genocide (pandemic), mass sterilizations, a state-sponsored propaganda machine (spewing bigotry and an alternate reality), death cult, leader viewed by Christians as the “Chosen One” who is also a malignant narcissist.  Both Trump and Hitler are malignant narcissists = sadistic, paranoid, vindictive, aggressive, narcissistic psychopaths.  These are all conditions from Nazi Germany.
Trump, who studied Hitler’s speeches, has been using Hitler's playbook since before 2016.  This was my response to a psychologist, who obviously hadn't studied authoritarians & Hitler, saying Trump was unique.  No, he's not unique. He's part of a pattern in history.

Fascism Is Here

We have one other thing that parallels the rise of Hitler.
These libertarian and many other oligarchs are anti-government, except for themselves. They have massive wealth = power.  The rest of us have to fend for ourselves.  These oligarchs, heads of big businesses, are tightly married with government.  Just look where most of the pandemic bailout money is going.
Coupled with Trump’s nationalism, this is fascism.
While fascism takes different forms in different countries because it is coupled with that country’s nationalistic rhetoric, fascism — according to Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America and other experts — boils down to:
Fascism = Government + Big Business (where government and big business are tightly coupled)
Another way to put this is documented in the book Fascism in Action, which is a study and analysis of fascism in Europe during WWII.  It concluded that fascism was a political system that combined extreme nationalism and monopolistic power — a “dictatorship of big business.”
Fascism = extreme nationalism + “dictatorship of big business”

Warning from Supreme Court Bar Judge: Loss of Rights

This Supreme Court Bar judge resigned in protest earlier this year and issued this warning in his resignation letter to Chief Justice John Roberts of what is coming. 
Just to put this in context, Trump is catering to the white Christian fundamentalists (evangelicals) + far-right Catholics.  I spoke to an expert last year about them.  His term: “Christian ISIS.”  They want to turn this country and world into a Christian theocracy with THEIR brand of Christianity.  Their goal is to take over ALL world institutions and await for the rapture.  (I’ve been watching them for about 15+ years with growing alarm.)  Check out “Rick Perry’s Army of God.”
Therefore, based on listening to them wanting to take the country back to before the New Deal and earlier, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
It is clear to me that your Court is willfully hurtling back to the cruel days of Lochner and even Plessy. The only constitutional freedoms ultimately recognized may soon be limited to those useful to wealthy, Republican, White, straight, Christian, and armed males— and the corporations they control. This is wrong. Period. This is not America.
We are actually back at the founding of the country in some apparent ways.  Folks, because we haven’t stood up for everyone, just about everyone may lose freedom and worse.  And because we haven’t come to terms with America’s original sins of genocide and slavery (MORAL FAILURE), this (as a pattern of history) sets us up for MORE genocide.  We are well on the way to genocide on a massive scale.

Trump’s REAL Plan Via Steve Bannon

Here’s a great article from authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior telling us in November 2016 that we were heading into dark times.  She talked about Trump's REAL plan, which is echoed by Steve Bannon.
“I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly proclaimed... “Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”
Bannon, by the way, is a far-right Catholic, just like several other zealots (like Barr) at the top of the government.  Who’s behind this?
The Mercer/Koch/DeVos billionaire government coup has stuck these raving lunatics everywhere... People keep looking to these operatives to instil order and sanity, but that’s like entrusting the chickens to the foxes.

This Is How a Society Dies & Authoritarians Take Over

Umair Haque has written many great articles, having experienced the horrors, himself, of authoritarianism.  As his article ”This is How a Society Dies” says, we are on the brink of collapse.  “America and Britain are Textbook Examples of a New, Gruesome Phenomeon: Rich Nations Self-Destructing Into Poor Failed States.”
The U.S. has stagnated for 50 years because the ruling class has been concerned more about money and power than uplifting ALL.
Anglo-American societies aren’t really democracies in any sensible meaning of the word anymore. They’re run by and for a class of elites, who could care less, literally, whether the average person lives or dies. In America, that class is a bizarre coterie of Ivy Leaguers pretending to be aw-shucks-good-ole-boys on the one side, like Ted Cruz, and Ivy Leaguers pretending to be do-gooders on the other, like Zuck and Silicon Valley.
Again we see how the people’s needs are ignored, like Rorty predicted would be the case, resulting in the takeover by an authoritarian.  It’s classic Authoritarianism 101.
Haque talked about other factors such as arrogance, selfishness (many Republicans follow Ayn Rand’s selfishness philosophy), stupidity, and ignorance of the elites.  That’s in addition to the naked power-grab by the Republicans to install a dictatorship.  Couple this with Rorty’s concern that most Democrats would be spectators to democracy, leaving people behind, and it’s not hard to see how we got here.
Anyway, without a major intervention of big, structural changes, we are watching how a failed state collapses.  When that happens, many people die.  It's the overthrow of democracy Republicans wanted.
Here’s a great article detailing how authoritarians seize control.  It’s not just happening here.  Alfons López Tena details how and why this is happening, especially in Catalonia.  Notice the similarities to Trump and his base.

Voting Is NOT Enough

Many people are waiting for a "savior" to swoop in, not realizing the "savior" is us.  Since democracy only works when a critical mass of people are engaged and working toward the betterment of ALL, we ALL need to vote.  (In 2016 over 100 million people stayed home.)  However, the election, itself, will not be the "savior.”  Voting is NOT enough.
Part of the Republican plot is to keep people mired in debt, overwhelmed, confused, ignorant, exhausted.  In survival mode.  And there are many millions of people who are barely surviving and without healthcare.  The Republicans love this because people trying to survive can't fight the system easily, can’t pay attention to politics, can’t vote if they don’t have an address, etc. 
Therefore, those who can fight MUST do so.  We MUST fight for everyone’s rights and the betterment of ALL.  This is a righteous fight.  It’s our last chance for a democracy, and that’s not hyperbole.  Hitler imprisoned and murdered people who opposed Nazi ideology or who weren’t useful to them.  And the Nazis had slaves.  Does anyone really think Barr (who is a Christian zealot wanting a Holy War against us) is going to be kind to the opposition?
If Trump wins the election, he will complete his consolidation of power, like Hitler did in 1933.  If Biden doesn’t win by a landslide, expect this to get VERY ugly.

Before, During & After Election

Therefore, don’t wait for the election.  We must ALL do what we can, if we are able both BEFORE and AFTER the election.  Democracy requires that we:
Spread the word about what is truly happening with the Republicans.  We can’t fix what we don’t know about or understand.
*** Everyone has a role ***

Republican & Christian Right Had Long-Term Plans — Democrats Need Them

And as for voting in EVERY election and why it is not enough either?  Check out what Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, said this week:
The modern Christian Right--without which there would be no Trumpism--began not in national politics but on school boards. Those elections matters. The Right knows that. Those dismissing "patriotic education" as 2020 tactic are themselves ignoring history... 11/ https://twitter.com/JeffSharlet/status/1306947643298508804
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) Sep 18, 2020
His whole thread, by the way, is an important read.  He’s explaining Trump’s “pro-America” education, which is fascism + fundamentalism, folks.  This is akin to indoctrination into the Hitler Youth but as Christian ISIS.
This has been a 50+ year plan by the Republicans and far-right Christians to take over everything.  The Christian Right, as you can see above, didn’t start at the national level.  They started at the school boards.  Democrats have to get involved in running for ALL levels of offices and care about candidates running for school board, judges, and other seemingly mundane positions to take back our government.
Education is the foundation of democracy.  Is it a wonder then that Republicans have been destroying education?
Democrats have to have a long-term, big, bold vision for ALL with plans to get there.  Richard Rorty said Democrats needed them or democracy would fall.
People come out en masse to vote when they are excited to vote FOR something.  Research shows that people are not as motivated to vote against something.  Hitler and Trump both offered generational changes to their bases.  Yes, this is what people excitedly vote for.

Numerous Existential Crises — All Hands on Deck

We have many existential crises: economic, pandemic, healthcare, climate, religious zealots, narcissistic psychopath, etc.
Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine, expert on violence, and editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.”  She states (bolding is my emphasis),
A president’s mental incapacity, at this level of severity, is not an issue that non-experts can grasp or handle. Whether it is impeachment, the 25th Amendment, or an ultimatum on resignation is for the politicians to decide, but our prescription is removal. It is a prescription for survival.
Trump is a scorched-earth person and will take plenty of us down with him.  He’s already destroyed plenty of lives.  He’s a pattern in history.  Like Hitler, Jim Jones, Ted Bundy, etc.
I’m a long-time progressive, and I’m volunteering before the election for some Democratic and progressive races and organizations locally and across the country, as well as doing GOTV.  Republicans are an existential threat and have to go.
Then, after the election, I’ll be volunteering with organizations, as well as working on strategy to get more progressives (and Democrats) elected (especially women and people of color) and strategy to get rid of the racist Electoral College.  I’ll also be working to primary Democrats who are not for big, structural change in key races.  I’ve already helped successfully do so, like Cori Bush, who is in a safe Democratic district.
We need to look at how candidates are being funded and who is funding them.  Research shows that it changes how they vote, how they tweet, how they report things, etc.  Here’s a great analysis, which is similar to others I’ve seen.
After the election, we can’t just vote and expect to get what is needed to fix all of this.  We have to apply pressure to the Democrats to overcome the big donors and numerous Republicans who have supported them and Biden.  If you haven’t seen the MSNBC special “American Swamp,” I highly recommend it.
One of the things that I keep seeing and hearing from people I talk to is that people do want big, structural changes, like the New Deal (some older folks don’t use the term “Green New Deal”), which is exactly what we need.  However, they also want a moderate.  That’s not what moderates represent.  They represent the status quo with few big, structural changes because big donors don’t typically don’t want the changes needed.
Dr. King said of white moderates:
I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice [...]
This also applies to any moderate because they are beholding to big donors.  Corporate Democrats.
I’m not happy voting for Biden.  BUT I’m closing my nose and voting for him.
Not voting or voting 3rd party is a vote for Trump and Christian zealots, Christian ISIS, and a coming holocaust.
Voting for other than the Democrat or staying home has helped get us here, too.  Whether I’ve liked it or not, I’ve always voted for the Democrat.  Why?  Because the US isn’t set up for a 3rd party yet.  Right now, the only way to change things is from the inside — the way the Christian Right has co-opted the Republican Party.
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Why do you guess I might have posted this? (confirmed to me by four synchronicities)

(Easier to answer after you have viewed it (all).)

It's labelled as a comedy. Not. It's an allegory.


al·le·go·ry

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The Culprits of Calamity

 In case it hasn't occurred, to you, in these terms ...


We're being ripped off by predatory Capitalists (such as Monsanto-Bayer, the oil companies, the "1% Billionaires" -- and others in the power-structure) -- as well as by common "Right-wingers" (e.g., Putin, Kim, Bonsonaro, Trump-"wanna-be"s). Ripped off.

We're being ripped off and the general population (which includes we) is sitting still, for it (with disproportionately minor exceptions).

These "rip-offs" are the "staves in the spokes" of whom Adi Da wrote, in Not-two IS Peace.

It is to stop their influence and activities, so that the world can self-correct, that The Global Cooperative Forum is being developed.

If the general population continues in their "passive observer TV mind", they deserve the starvation, calamity and death looming around and before us.

It cannot be done by any of us; it can be done only by all of us. This is not something that we can pay others to do, for us. I do not wait, for others. I take initiative, in my own way, as I call others to do.

Self-correction starts here, where we are in our "hereness", immediately.




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Denial vs. Dissolution

Denial keeps us involved.
Dissolution is release.


To deny something and to dissolve the experience of something are two categorically different things.

To deny is to contradict, an effirt. To maintain denial is to maintain an effort, if only to put it out of ones own mind. 

To deny leaves a residue of ongoing effort, which goes "on automatic" as a remembered state. That effort remains as an attitude toward what is being denied that must be maintained to prevent the thing being denied.

To dissolve something involves the recognition of an ongoing stress-condition (or "an on-automatic remembered state") as an effort that one is making from seeming "time-immemorial" (or, perhaps, some event in memory) -- and to allow its attractive or binding force to dissolve, leaving you free.

You don't get to the "allow it to dissolve" stage until you have a full perception of that "something" and of your own attitude toward it. Only then are you in touch with the sense of effort, as it is.

In other words, the stress of a stressful situation has to do with not knowing how to respond toward it or with making off-target responses because you don't have a clear or sufficiently complete perception of the situation.

To dissolve involves ceasing to make that ongoing effort, as a movement out of effort into decreasing effort based on recognizing effort as effort.

Upon recognizing effort as effort, it's easy to let go.  It's an easing, relaxing ..... the effort ..... of contradicting ..... the stress pattern ..... forgetfulness of it .....

It's the opposite to denying. It's dissolution.

"Denial" denies while seeking for a solution, an answer, a way.

"Dissolution" has forgotten the need for a solution because the need is no longer felt to exist. 

DENIAL is BASED UPON the NOTION of a PHYSICAL UNIVERSE

The notion of a physical universe holds that things continue to exist (and continue to be able to bite us) whether we have a sense of them, or not. This view is upheld by humans' tendency to deny and to become oblivious of things, so that, when they "bite" us, we go, "See?"

But as I have written, denial is different from dissolution.

DISSOLUTION is BASED UPON the NOTION that the UNIVERSE is PSYCHO-PHYSICAL

In a psycho-physical universe, the dissolution of any trace of an experience from memory (or imagination) removes the substantiality of that experience. It no longer shows up in our experience at all unless we make an effort to call it back (and even then, it's difficult to recover).

Dissolution is not denial.  Though it no longer seeks a solution, it no longer feels it needs a solution. The intelligence that remains after dissolution remains intelligently present to experience and can still operate creatively, with intelligence. You perceive something, you function.

Dissolution isn't a "maybe" thing or a hopeful thing. When something is dissolved from your experience (as with The Gold Key Release or other means), there is no doubt; there is a distinct sensation of the loss of density, the loss of form (a sensation that doesn't lend itself to word-description). You know it when you feel it.

The Gold Key Release gives that experience. This must be tested for the assertion of this section to be recognized as valid.

THE SUPERIORITY of DISSOLUTION over DENIAL

Denial introduces stupidity into our intelligence, introduces drag into our responsiveness. 

Dissolution removes drag and opens the mind for intelligent perception and creative inspiration.

When the density of denial (and of the thing denied) has been dissolved,  there is minimal internal friction between creative inspiration and action, there is the timely participation, flow.

One can synchronize with events and thereby participate in them (whether in a personal conversation or in a large-scale geophysical event) -- or -- to de-synchronize from them to eliminate (or bypass, or at the very least, reduce) their effects. 

A natural creative flow emanates out of spontaneity and into existence -- a kind of creative, "in-the-groove" "grooving with the moment" responsiveness (rather than automatic, pre-formed responses dictated by knowledge and memory).

Dissolution allows easy stability in the midst of the tumult of change because it flows better and releases the accumulated effects (memories) of experience

Denial immobilizes.

Dissolution moves and then rests.



Desire is Not the Problem

Desirelessness is not the solution.

Ultimately, all one can do with that idea is resist desire and seek desirelessness, which is an oxymoron (not even a paradox).

It's that we get too glommed in on a desire.

So, the other translation of the relevant Noble Truth
is that Attachment is the problem.

Closer,
but still no cigar.

It's that we get too glommed in, too attached.

We get sucked in to the gravity of the situation.

Non-attachment, as an ideal, can only be approached via desire,
and then we're supposed to be attached to non-attachment.

Otherwise, we'd allow attachment
and we'd be back where we started before we started learning about the Four Noble Truths.

SO.

The problem is, "too glommed in."

How do we regulate how glommed in we are?

The problem is the "launch platform" for getting glommed in,
which is our "starting state",
which may not be a "blank slate," but a loaded situation,
a situation loaded with our memories,
memories with charges.

Those charges are what make "gloomed in"
too glommed in.

Attention is stuck in the situation more than the situation warrants,
the rest being furnished by the charges of memory
of similar or related things and persons.

The throttle is already open
the engine is revving,
and as soon as we put it in gear,
we start with a jerk and end up going too fast, too quickly
and may have to suddenly
put on the brakes.

That's similar, in energy flow
to being too glommed in.

It's too much, too fast, too suddenly.

Nothing wrong with being involved
nothing wrong with desiring
nothing wrong with being attached.

It's a matter of
how much involved
how much desiring
how much attachment.

Preferably regulated by the present "energy dynamic"
of the present moment,
and so in keeping with it.

The Mission of Reality

The "mission" of reality is to create forms of increasingly complex experiences and then to recover from them -- while remaining completely able to handle the complexity.

Humans, in general, have yet to become capable of recovering, and so life seems to be a torment of complexity (with occasional, brief periods of ease and pleasure).

This piece talks about, recovering.

"To be ... or not to be -- that is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

or to take arms against the sea of troubles

and by opposing, end them ..."

~~ from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare


DOES "LIFE" APPEAR TO BE "SOMETHING",  TO YOU?
Do you awaken from sleep -- and then awaken into your memory of your life situation? Is awakening from sleep into the circumstances of your life a let-down, for you?

Do you carry the memory of your life situation as a mood from day to day and from hour to hour?

Does the mood of your life taint your sense of the moment, degrade your feeling of your life? Do you feel that life involves a necessary struggle to remain positive and enthusiastic?

Do you feel that your only option is to struggle with the circumstances of life to relieve yourself of distress about life, only to find that your struggle is overwhelmed by the sheer weight of life's conditions?

Are you drowning in the circumstances of life?

What if you could relieve yourself of the sense of being dragged down? if you could refresh yourself by relieving yourself of the weight of circumstance without having to struggle with life's conditions? if you could "get your nose above the water line" by changing, not life-at-large, but something about yourself -- and feel better, for it?

Such a change has to do not just with mastering life by learning something new (accumulating memories), but mastering also the dissolution of memories (awakening beyond memory).

We're going to go into a part of the picture that you may not have considered -- that objective experience and your subjective state are two aspects of the same thing.

We start with The Big Picture.

THE SCENARIO in which ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING

As the Universe has evolved, it has generated, within and from itself, conditions of increasing complexity -- starting with an undifferentiated field of light, then developing particular points-of-location everywhere (of varying density): sub-atomic "particles", then atomic nuclei without electrons (plasma), then atoms, molecules, and at last, lifeforms. This process involved condensation, or consolidation, of a continuum from the least-dense forms (light) to the most solid forms of matter.

Lifeforms are the most complex output of Universal Integration -- and lifeforms exist in a range of complexity from minute prions and viruses to beings with complex organ systems and complex minds. (Whether or not science has concluded that prions and viruses are "lifeforms", those demonstrate the behaviors of lifeforms -- self-initiated movement and self-reproduction, and so I presume to classify them as lifeforms.)

I've just stated the evolution of Universal manifestation from the perspective of scientific objectivity -- observable, measurable things.

There exists another perspective, the perspective of "subjectivity". 

"Subjectivity" is the perspective of self, your sense of yourself, your sense of things other than yourself, rather than reference to things as you suppose they exist apart from yourself; it is the experience of most-intimate "hereness", (rather than "thereness").

You may be accustomed to regarding objectivity and subjectivity as distinctly and categorically different. But it ain't so. Your existence is proof that "it ain't so" -- to others you appear as an objective "someone out there"; to yourself, you appear as the one experiencing experience -- a "subject in-here". 

There exists both an objective perspective and a subjective perspective for every experience in existence -- but they are differing perspectives of the same thing, perspectives that exist only in mind, not in actuality.

WHY PEOPLE MAKE OBJECTIVE CONDITIONS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE

We have been indoctrinated by scientific culture to regard objectivity as the "gold" standard of reality and subjectivity as the "lead" standard -- objectivity being trustworthy and subjectivity being untrustworthy -- hence the division of science into the "hard" sciences (e.g., physics) and the "soft" sciences (psychology or sociology). The term, "scientific objectivity", indicates exactly that distinction.

Scientific objectivity emerged as a counter-action to religious subjectivity -- science being based upon repeatable, verifiable measurement (preserved as knowledge or memory) and religion being based upon repeatable, but unverifiable experiences emerging in the mind of humanity (preserved as doctrine or myth). Both science and religion transmit their perspectives through indoctrination.

This is how you inherited your sense of reality.

Science (and knowledge, in general) is based upon memory of consistent, objectively observable events. Religion (and myth, in general) is based upon imagination and willing belief.

This foray into the difference between objectivity and subjectivity is central to my point in this entry; the mission of conditional reality has to do with a peculiar cycle of experience: (1) the emergence of conditional reality as increasingly different forms of objective experience (objective reality) and (2) the awakening to the subjective perspective we have toward objective reality.  

"THE FOUR"
Both objective reality and subjective experience are founded on four kinds of events that they have in common, but which we describe with different terms.

I started by relating how the emergence of the physical universe involved the appearance of particular points ("particles") at particular locations virtually everywhere: "particularity" and "location".

Location is inherent in physical reality, as is particularity. Every particle has to have a particular location (even if more than one location at a time, as in "superposition", a term used by particle physicists to refer to particles measured to be in two places at once). Every location is defined (or located) in by its relation to other particular locations. No particularity, no location. No location, no particularity and no particle.

One necessary requirement for anything particular to exist is persistence. No persistence, no particularity. No particularity, no persistence.

So now, we have the four fundamentals:

  • emergence
  • location
  • particularity
  • persistence
Those four terms are objective terms, things that can be observed from the external viewpoint. Combine them together in your mind and you have the sense of substantiality that characterizes physical reality.

Do this, now: combine those four terms in your mind.

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I've identified the four terms that apply to objective experience, but I haven't yet identified how they appear, subjectively, so I'll do that, now.

THE FOUR ASPECTS OF OBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE,
SUBJECTIVELY EXPERIENCED
Every objective experience has a corresponding subjective experience. Here are the correspondences:

  • emergence: imagination
  • location: attention
  • particularity: intention
  • persistence: memory

IMAGINATION

Imagination always involves the emergence of something new. If it isn't new, it's something remembered. Even if it's something remembered by somebody else, if it's new, to you, you have to imagine it before you can remember it.

Imagination is the "incoming channel" of all experience. It is the emergence, in the moment, of unknown experience (not knowing what's coming, next) into memory -- first, short-term memory and then, long-term memory.

Imagination is originating an unknown, existing "otherness".

ATTENTION
Attention locates things. It distinguishes things from other things and from yourself. That's what happens when you pay attention to something: you locate it in your experience and distinguish it from everything else. You relate to it from your sense of "being here" (subjective hereness) in a subject-object manner: "your" sense of hereness (subjective) relating to what is located distinctly,  "there" (objective).

INTENTION
To move your attention to something requires intention. 

Intention is the word for the impulse of movement, in living beings, whether the movement of attention or the movement of an organism;  in non-living systems, tendency is the word for automatic impulses that cause movement. 

The difference between the intention (living) and tendency (non-living) is that the movements of living beings (intentional movements) are self-initiated, whereas the movements of non-living systems (tendencies) happen automatically.

Both intentions and tendencies continue until the movement is fulfilled or altered by external forces.

Intention is the intensity of a tendency happening and refusing difference.

Continuation of movement is what I mean by, "persistence" -- and persistence is the central attribute of memory.


MEMORY
Memory is persistence -- persistence is the essence of memory. 

Memory is a subjective form of persistence. Materiality is the objective form of persistence.

Much of human behavior is intended to cause things to remain the way they were for the sake of security -- by means of contracts, vows, and quality control standards.

Contracts, vows, and quality control standards are instruments of memory.

In the inanimate realm, memory is mere persistence. In electronics, the persistence of a pattern of electrical charges is what is meant by, "memory". In a Universe, persistence is continuation of patterns of activity.

In living beings, memory is persistence of a definite activity pattern that involves attention (location), imagination (emergence or the "origination" of newness), and intention (movement). Memory is mental knowledge, but also genetic patterning and physiological equilibrium states.

In the evolution of living beings, what has been evolving are THE FOUR: the capacity to pay attention to the distinct locations of events, to act (move) intentionally, to remember (and cause to persist), and to imagine (to generate new experiences).

An unexpected and interesting thing happens when THE FOUR awaken more and come to a higher state of balance and integration within an individual: Experience loses its apparent solidity and binding force, revealing the transparent, formless, free, conscious depth in which experience continually arises as the person's own, natural presence and condition.

I didn't mean to spring that, only, but that's what happens.

DEVELOPMENT of THE FOUR
It is an inherent drive of conditional reality for those four faculties to develop both subjectively and objectively. 

Conditional reality demands that development for the survival and thriving of living beings. You've got to pay attention, exercise intention, learn (remember), and imagine (create and/or problem-solve).

In that sense, life functions as "training wheels" (as in learning to ride a bicycle) for the development of those faculties of intelligence. It makes you pay attention and demands that you act, demands that you remember, and demands that you exercise foresight (future-imagining) about the results of your actions.

That's all fine, as far as it goes, but there occurs a point when the complexities of life have so accumulated in memory that life seems to be a log-jam of problems and solutions -- and in that log-jam, intelligence "seizes up". It's too complicated.

The "training wheels" have become an impediment; the training wheels must "come off".

The sign that that point has arrived is that accumulated memory starts to clog the incoming channel of imagination and overcomplicates everything, making life seem unworkable -- a kind of turbulent state: "stress craziness", if you will -- and at its extreme, "stress psychosis", a variety of denial seen commonly among conspiracy enthusiasts and Republicans.

This is the stage at which the next great leap of the cycle of evolution must occur, for people to right themselves and be able to steer through occasions of turbulence with a degree of intelligence and grace -- a leap of development in which we operate from a kind of baseline intelligence based upon integration of the FOUR faculties, so that the confusing density of memory gets clear, despite the ongoing triggering-power of experience. 

THE NEXT LEAP of DEVELOPMENT
Life continually conspires to leave its effects in us, in memory, in subjectivity.

To stay open, sane, and clear, we must eliminate those effects, just as we must eliminate the waste of the food we take in. Otherwise, we get psychically toxic, just as we would get physically toxic, if we did not eliminate.

To manage the pile-up of experience that overwhelms intelligence, we need something new: the ability to manage our memory.

Where, before, the accumulation of memory had "survive-and-thrive" value, now, the deliberate dissolution of specific memories has "survive-and-thrive" value.

The dissolution of the binding force of memory is not what you might expect. It makes room for something new while leaving your intelligence in that area intact. It allows our learned capabilities to remain, but brings activated intention to rest. Memory "noise" quiets and our "engine" moves from "revving" (being "ready for anything") to "idling" (restful unreadiness for anything) -- a state most people have lost in the "fast pace" of life -- a state most people fear in the misguided notion that being ready for anything is the same as safety.

This return to the baseline "idling" state opens space for mental clarity and for new intelligence, until then clogged by the noise of accumulated memory patterning excessively triggered by pile-ups of memory. The return to "idling" increases the "signal-to-noise" ratio (more signal, less noise) of intelligence.

This new capability has emerged from imagination into existence as something that can be taught and learned. It has been developed, tested, and found to be consistently effective and useful for recovering clarity and poise in the midst of difficulties. 

There's a "relief valve" for the pressures of an overcomplicated life. It frees us by degrees from the felt burden of life that ordinarily we carry from day to day, from hour to hour, so that we can function intelligently.

This new capability restores emotional balance and clarity in the face of life experience without having to change anything about your experience of the moment. You feel better and function better; you get relief even though nothing has improved in your circumstances.

This new capability is the part of the creative cycle of the Universe in which capacities to function appear first and then they disappear from view as the four faculties come on-line and into balance.  Then, experiences as they arise, coincide with (or appear within) the intuition of balanced integration, which moves freely and is not bound to the influential implications of experience (compulsory action signals).

The mission of reality is to manifest diversity and complexity and then to recover from entanglement in it all. It's an awakening.

Instruction for the intelligent use of THE FOUR is in line with the mission of reality.

That may sound high-falutin'. Test my words!

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