“The biblical expression for such existence is “eternal life.” We can be easily misled by this term into thinking that what is being offered is an unchanging status of some sort, a blissful terminus to all our journeying in which nothing new can ever happen again; indeed, in which nothing at all can happen. It is useful to recall that the great medieval mystic Meister Eckhart preferred the term “eternal birth” as a way of indicating the dynamic element in the life of prayer. Eternal birth is something of a contradiction, of course, for it is difficult to imagine being born over and over again through an eternity. One often suspects, however, that persons who enthusiastically claim to be “born again” mean to be born into a state in which they will hold out against all further change, as though to be born again is a specifiable condition in which one may remain forever. To be born again under these terms is more like dying than living. Eckhart instructs us that we are not to be born again, but to be born again, and again, and again, and…”—James P. Carse (via azspot)
When you feel bad, you will have the tendency to come up with a theory as to why you feel the way you do. Without knowing the actual cause, it makes sense to create a reason. As long as you can create reasons for your depression – your marital status, your job, your children, your genes, your…
“In Jungian theory, it is ONLY those who are able to INTEGRATE the opposite-sex psychology into their own self-identity, who can then proceed into the higher (Self and God-Self) phases of self-development; all the rest of the ‘gender-polarized’ populace are left behind to marry, divorce and remarry their own potential indefinitely until they finally learn that what they are looking for is essentially WITHIN THEMSELVES.”—http://www.spirit-alembic.com/ishvara.html (via sex-death-rebirth) (via sex-death-rebirth)
Have you ever cried in the face of temptation? If you have you will have no problem with the sentiment as it is expressed by the popular group Crowded House, in their hauntingly beautiful 1988 hit song, Into Temptation. Or perhaps you are one of those lucky people like popular sex kitten and movie star Megan Fox, that can boast to being the object of every man’s desire, yet never giving in to it herself.
Actually, she recently announced that she had two, and only two sexual partners her entire life. Hard (and painful) as that may be to believe, two lifetime sexual partners is more than enough to warrant a trip to confession, according to some religious creed I know.
With mounting scientific evidence that there is nothing wrong with sex, and considering the fact that we enjoy it much less than we should, perhaps it is time to look at sex from a different point of view, as something we are intricately designed to do. Perhaps it is time to see that sex is meant to be, in all it’s cardinal ways.
Sex should be the most pleasure to be had between two consenting, sharing sexual beings, and by scrapping lust from the cardinal list we could instantly lift an enormous burden of sin from the guilt we collectively share. Life is nothing but a discovery of self, and in understanding the divine nature of who we are, we find the reason for life, the universe and everything.
According to all sources, cardiovascular diseases remain the biggest cause of death globally, which fit well with our 21st century lifestyle that leave us with hardly any time for fun and games, and push our stress level to breakpoint.
It is with exactly this in mind that happiness is becoming more and more important in all aspects of our life. We have always suspected that being happy is good for your health, but with the latest research providing conclusive proof of the benefits it holds, and recent scientific evidence that happiness is no more than a choice, I’d say there is nothing to do but to smile!
Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say.
Not for lack of want I hasten to add, but waiting for technology to catch up. In his article Peter Russel takes a look at some of the mainstream theories that informs our reality on the subject of our mind and consciousness, and he does so with a lot of sense and sensibility. My own thoughts on the matter of our brain and awareness strongly support the idea of consciousness as “inherent to life”.
It gives plausable reason that explain the reality of the life we observe, and provide us with simple answers to some highly complex questions we have been asking since se started our quest.
Considering the fact that I am Self aware, Self arousing, Self amusing, Self duplicating, Self regulating, Self expressive, Self rewarding, Self inspiring, Self terminating, Self serving, and Self deceiving individual by providence, nature, design or all three, the conspicuous absence of Self nourishing and Self sufficient is sufficient grounds to believe that we are so much more
Considering that it should come as no surprise that pleasure is so much better shared.
Ever since viewing Michel Gondry’s (wonderful) film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I have been fascinated by the concept of lacunar amnesia and have been longing to analyse this phenomenon from both a neurological and psychological viewpoint. Although the following Wikipedia…
I guess it would be spurious the reflect on my recent experience as a quirky discovery in light of the fact that it illustrates a basic universal principle, but then such is the nature of understanding itself.
Who would have guessed that the principle of need is nothing more than a need unto itself, and nothing less than the minimum requirement met, to beget our self esteem.
I am generally not a big fan of any attempt that denegrates the wonder of diversity by trying to fit everything into neat categories or types, but I was reminded of this particuar vignette straight from the annals of my life that I decided to share it.
INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed don’t really care whether or not they’re right. They don’t want to feel badly.
We live in a world where purpose and sense has been denigrated to a rare commodity, where irrefutable evidence and scientific proof has absconded knowledge and understanding, and the value of truth has been discounted to cold hard cash. To all intents and purposes our lives is devoid of meaning, struggle and strife has become the bane of our existence, and the very foundation of our society is crumbling under the pressure of modern day living.
“Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness? Where is eternal happiness? It’s not in the sky or in the jungle; you won’t find it in the air or under the ground. Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind. That’s why it’s important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.”—Lama Thubten Yeshe (via thelittlesea)
I trust that once we find happiness within we remember to enjoy it in deed, and know how much better to share with abundant intention.
The brain can only process 200 bits of the 11 million pieces of information it receives at any given moment.
Given such a massive processing deficit the only way that we can make sense of the information our senses provide is by recognising the patterns we have experienced before.
Patterns that we think will maintain with or without intention, intervention or choice we consider as safe. Patterns we choose.
It is by choice that I am who you find me to be, and by choice that I live to be me. Choice is the limit to who we become.
“It’s something we have to look to the science on. The weight of the evidence is that most of it, maybe all of it, is because of natural causes… There’s lots of layers to it. But at least as to any potential man-made contribution to it, it’s fair to say the science is in dispute.”—
Tim Pawlenty, talking about climate change science
Not one, but two lies here: Destructive climate change is almost certainly due to man-made causes, and the science is not, in fact, in dispute.
Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts.
“At its core, addiction isn’t just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It’s a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas,” said Dr. Michael Miller, past president of ASAM who oversaw the development of the new definition. “Many behaviors driven by addiction are real problems and sometimes criminal acts. But the disease is about brains, not drugs. It’s about underlying neurology, not outward actions.”
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) published in Lancet, mental health disorders account for nearly half of the disease burden in the world’s adolescents and young adults.
Here are some of the highlights:
Young people aged 10 to 24 years equal 27% of the world’s population. This age group is important in public health interventions because health problems and risk factors for future disease often appear in these years.
Overall, mental health disorders were the most prevalent source of disability for young people worldwide, accounting for 45% of total morbidity. Disorders included major depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The next most prevalent causes of disability were injuries (12%) and infectious and parasitic diseases (10%).
Approximately one-third of young people in the US meet the criteria for at least one mental health disorder, with anxiety being the most common condition. Comorbidity among mental health disorders is high, and four out of ten young people with one mental health disorder meet the criteria for an additional disorder. Overall, more than one in five young people experience severe impairment or stress due to mental health disorders.
Love is a natural state of being. A bond that define life, incline nurture, relate intention, inspire passion, imbue emotion, and engender meaning to the mutual expression of nothing but living itself.
To believe it as special, or somehow reserved for some future in time, pristine at the ready of hitherto unknown events to occur is to adore in plain sight of desire.
If you expect something to happen after filling some future condition, or having the luck of some cosmical draw of legend, chance or lore is blatantly false, indubitably wrong and utterly devoid of sense. The sense we beget through common will, that’s inherent to nature and informed by mutual choice.
“A perfect partnership between man and woman can occur when not only are our physical forms compatible but also the anima and animus. Thus you might find your soul-mate. Finding our matching other half is a lifetime of search for many of us, and few of us succeed in this quest. Love of another indicates an actual, perceived or hoped-for close match.”—Walter King (via sex-death-rebirth)
Love is a natural state of being. A bond that define life, incline nurture, relate intention, inspire passion, and engender meaning to the mutual expression of nothing but living itself.
To believe it as special, or reserved for some future in time at the ready of hitherto unknown events to occur is to adore in plain sight of desire.
If you expect to happen after filling some future condition, or having the luck of some cosmical draw of legend, chance and lore is not only blatantly wrong, its indubitably false and devoid of the sense we beget in the nature of mutually agreed choice.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”—Helen Keller (via 15natives)
Consider the possibility that happiness is more of a constant state than a specific occurrence, more presumed than reward, less anticipated, more enjoyed, more shared than sought, less an opportunity and more of a choice…
It stands to reason that there are things that we know. Then there are things that we think we do but we don’t. Then there are things we believe to depend on the things we think we know, and last but not least there is the knowledge we know to be true because of everything else.
It is neither my place nor my position to ask, but I beg to suggest you decide for yourself, ‘cause the effect is either devastating or liberating. Though the choice is yours to make the change is quintessential and profound, the certainty engender elation. You share in the spirit of accoumplishment, care in the wonder to know, and grow with a lifetime of reason for comprehension.
According to some of the latest studies on cognition, the main challenge of lying is not to inhibit a tendency to state the truth. Rather, the challenge is to handle the cognitive conflict resulting from the need to keep others’ mental states in mind while deceiving them.
So since lying with deceptive intent require that we keep the mental state of those we decieve aware, our own awareness is compromised.
Ek is bly, en meer nog as die son so saggies tower met lankmoedig lower.
Die somer wag met kleur en prag te blom.
Wel te rus, goeie nag, slaap sag, droom laf.
Waak tot wonder van ‘n nuwe dag, geluk gedeel in liefdes waan betrag.
If I think back I cannot imagine that Jimmy would ever hurt a fly. Besides, he changed my life when he insisted that I hug a tree. A choice that I never thought I would share.
I remember well the balmy day in May we went to play at the Botanical Garden. We were high and drunk on joy and happiness. I remember well how stupid it felt to hug the massive oak.
I remember four of us amazed when down the glade, along the path, and out the blue a white horse passed unbridled by into a woody shade.
I remember more the wonderous awe we shared that morrow when the fog revealed the apparition trotting by, and the silence we shared driving past the ghostly mare. It was the day we laid to rest the ashes of our lover, brother and friend.
Like the day that Jimmy left this life to join my brother in the eternal embrace of a love that we still share, the three of us left. Like the three muscateers we share a bond of joy in care and trust, whenever we give it a chance.
Its choices like this that we share without need, intention or want. Choices that bond. Choices to care, choices to trust, choices to laugh. Choices we share in the wonder of love.
…as evolved social creatures, we have brains that are attuned to trying to discern the intentions of others—and we look for patterns, there, too, and then try to infuse them with human intention and meaning, or what Mr. Shermer calls “agenticity.” Patterns in life are variously ascribed to the work of ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens, intelligent designers and federal conspirators. “Even belief that the government can impose top-down measures to rescue the economy is a form of agenticity,” the author says.
Mr. Shermer also delves into the neuroscience of “the believing brain.” For example, he cites research suggesting that people with high levels of the feel-good neurochemical dopamine “are more likely to find significance in coincidences and pick out meaning and patterns where there are none.” Even for folks with normal chemical levels, there’s a neurological upside to pattern-finding: When we come across information that confirms what we already believe, we get a rewarding jolt of dopamine.
- WSJ review by RONALD BAILEY: “The Believing Brain” by Michael Shermer (via psydoct
And it’s not why you think. From my neurolaw archives, in a lab related abstract-
Human social cognition critically relies on the ability to deceive others. However, the cognitive and neural underpinnings of deception are still poorly understood. Why does lying place increased demands on cognitive control?
Common guesses were because we need to develop and keep our story straight or maybe because we have to stop ourselves from telling to the truth and stick to the story. Using ERPs, Carrión, Keenan and Sebanz found that:
…the challenge is to handle the cognitive conflict resulting from the need to keep others’ mental states in mind while deceiving them. via