Notes on life, art, photography and technology, by a Danish dropout bohemian.
When you drink the water, remember the river.
the author of this site had a profound awakening in his early 20's, during which time he had problems adjusting to society as it was. His family had him committed to a mental health institution, where his experience of "awakening" continued. He experienced a whole shift in how he was seeing the world. He was laying hands on people in the hospital and healing them, and even this was interpreted as illness. He was confused and in a sense tramuatized by others views of him, but in himself he knew he was not sick. He extricated himself entirely from the mental health industry, and began educating himself on what had happened to him via. spiritual teachings. He is now in his 40's, and has dedicated his life to helping others wake up to the dream-like nature of their ego existence, to understand the non-pathological essence of the chaotic breaking up of the old, and helping others like himself learn how to adjust to living in this world with a whole new way of being. I just heard a fantastic interview with him where he talks about his early experiences. I'll try to get the link.Laurie
He is also a student of A Course In Miracles. (I suspected so and asked him.)
This is either flamboyant madness or insane brilliance. But I'm having a bit of a hard time deciding which. :-)What reassures me is that it seems impossible to be an evil person today and ever attain such consciousness, if it exists. I've long ago understood that being evil is by essence lacking intelligence; perhaps only in one of the many facets of intelligence, but a fundamental one. Being selfish and destructive is short-sighted, stupid, and eventually dangerous for oneself.In fact, solidarity is what allowed our relatively vulnerable species to survive and dominate this uncooperative (even hostile) planet. Cavemen were smarter than many "civilized" people of today...
I heard the interview with Paul Levy (Awaken in the Dream) from a great site that has all kinds of interesting interviews. It's called Red Ice Productions, from the west coast of Sweden.that's cool that he's a student of A Course In Miracles. This mortal dream gets more and more interesting.
I must look into this! With the inclusion of "The madness of Bush" this has got to be a VERY TRUTHFUL and insightful Book!People are crying out in the streets as I speak now in California agaisn't the war! At least over 70 percent now are agaisn't the oil war in Iraq! Great post Stobblehouse! I tip my tophat to ya mate!
I've long ago understood that being evil is by essence lacking intelligence; perhaps only in one of the many facets of intelligence, but a fundamental one. Hardly. Evil comes highly regarded in intelligence actually at times dipped in the cesspool of brillance.Evil comes from the Dark Alliance of the demonic world of The Prince of the power of the Air Satan himself (forging contracts and spiritual agreements between the conscious and illusion.) He uses his own wisdom to seduce many intelectials and prominent world leaders on a daily basis.Beware not the man who stands before you but the cloak and dangger he conceals wrapped in "innocent" light.
Mystic Three "6" said: "Evil comes from the Dark Alliance ..."Sorry to rebut your carefully constructed theories, but the concept known as evil is nothing but a belief. Very real, sure, like all beliefs, but only to those who choose to align with the idea. Mind you, it is not a very interesting idea, nor a useful tool in understanding reality.
Sorry to rebut your carefully constructed theories, but the concept known as evil is nothing but a belief......sorry to rebut your theory as well because evil exists period.it has since the dawn of time. it's not an illusion either but reality.good day.
Perhaps you would like to tell us what you find so appealing in the concept to be so attached to it?
Signalroom, you mean "red ice creations"?
Eolake, yes, REd Ice Creations. Sorry.ttl, agree. A belief cherished by many.
Mystic 666,Are you trying to tell me that being a selfish and emotionally immature sociopath is being "evil and intelligent"? Man, have you ever studied psychiatry or psychology?...The devious Devil seducing poor humans into acting evil is a double naiveness. First, because it assumes that humans need to be tricked to act wrong. And second, because these conned evildoers are clearly not so bright if they get duped.There may, or may not (depending on your religious/philosophical beliefs), exist a Satan. In any case, evil people are seriously lacking in one important component of intelligence. Namely, the aptitude for empathy, which is a major form of social understanding.Even if we cast aside the moral side, being selfish is dumb, and dangerous. Solidarity and selflessness are the best, wisest and most mature choice on the long term. Just look at dictators, living in constant fear, distrusting even those closest to them (often with good reason!).As for Satan, considering him as a rebel angel that "fell", he may very well be renowned over the milleniae for his sneakiness and cunning, but that doesn't mean he's all-smart. Living in hate is dumb, whatever your IQ or the size of your demonic kingdom. Fundamentally, it brings nothing but unhappiness. Its pleasures are hollow shells.I'll give only one very simple proof : when you realize what it truly means, the glowing smile of limitless trust of a baby who loves you is absolute bliss. Better than the drunkenness of any power, of the "fix" of any drug. "This is the genuine stuff, baby!"I rest my case. If this doesen't convince you, no words can. Only -maybe!- the hard lessons of a life wasted in loneliness.
I disagree with the philosophy of evil. It implies that our shadow is to be shunned, condemned for wrongs we believe it has committed without proof of these supposed wrongdoings. I believe it is more accurate to say that what we call evil is merely the unconscious part of ourselves we've yet to illuminate. It is void which has yet to be given form. Darkness possesses a great power, not because there is strength to be found in selfish ambition and total disregard for your fellow life forms, but because a portion of our divinity remains asleep and it is possible to tap into it when indulging in light's opposite. (Keep in mind, the same elements are to be found on the side of good as well.) The reason evil will ultimately fail is because we only embrace the darkness for the sake of destroying it. Whatever your alignment, the object is the same: destruction of the apparent opposite in the name of righteousness, or moral superiority. Essentially the great battle between wrong and right boils down to pride. "Not only am I God's chosen, I am his tool to slay the heathens!" We punish the other and, due to our refusal to look within, we fail to realize that we are in denial and those we harm often have nothing to do with the suffering we've experienced. So we tear down the symbol of our discontent, sure that it is vanquished once and for all, yet the shadow remains and for our own sanity it projects again, thus continuing the cycle.This, however, is necessary if we're to advance. Projection provides enough relief for us to achieve moments of clarity and freedom. It is during these times we must aim to realize ultimate truth, without regard for the safety nets we've hailed as our gods all these years. This never ending struggle is the golden calf of all humanity and it must be melted if we're to see ourselves as we really are.This does not mean we are to simply sit back and brush it off when others act violently towards us, but we must take care to respond in love rather than malice. (The first step towards any lasting change is choosing healthier motivations.) So long as we shun the dark it can never be illuminated and we will remain a species divided against itself, powerful but unable to live up to its true potential. Before the prodigal son can come home he must first forgive himself, otherwise his guilt will haunt his heart and cause his destruction despite the acts of kindness and priceless gifts bestowed upon him by the truth.If our shadows were to speak, I think we'd hear two voices: the ramblings of a mad-man and a plea for a cease fire. I believe this is what we would say as well. The madness I speak of is our own unconscious desire to punish ourselves through division and the voice of peace is the element of the dream that has not forgotten reality and seeks to remind us through brotherhood.We cannot be redeemed by destroying our shadow because our shadow is no different than we are. Differences arise due to our own blindness, not because they actually exist. Communication is essential to bridge this gap, for it is through open sharing that we will see the other as he is, without condemnation, so we may finally embrace our brother as ourselves and light the paths once thought to be forever lost beneath a veil of shadow.
"I believe it is more accurate to say that what we call evil is merely the unconscious part of ourselves we've yet to illuminate. It is void which has yet to be given form."Somebody's been reading Albert Einstein again... "Darkness is nothing but the absence of light. Cold is only the absence of any heat. Evil is just the absence of Good."Essentially the great battle between wrong and right boils down to pride. "Not only am I God's chosen, I am his tool to slay the heathens!"Oh no you're not! I am! For I am Spartacus!Lucid, to know what impression your comment made on me, please scroll up this page and read the first paragraph of my first post. :-)I wish we could have been colleagues under the guidance of Dr Ghossein, he would've loved to affectionately nickname our duo "Philosopher A" and "Philosopher B".
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