Jane Roberts’ Seth Speaks was a blockbuster of a book, written by a housewife without a literary reputation or academic credentials. See below for a fascinating video interview with the housewife whose work fascinated both mainstream psychologists and hippie mystics.Here are some quotes from it: Continue reading
Astrology …What Is It?
Astrology…what is it? There is an underlying benefit of every serious astrology reading whether the focus of same is to tell you where to live or whom to marry or if /when to quit your job. Continue reading
Mistakes smart people don’t make…
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee
Smart People Never Make These Mistakes Twice Continue reading
Rudolph Steiner on the Unity of Consciousness
Rudolph Steiner on the Unity of Consciousness is excerpted from
“Spiritual Aspects in History,” a lecture given by Rudolph Steiner
at Dornach, Switzerland on the 23rd of July, 1922
Writing about the consciousness of medieval European man in the first four centuries A.D., Steiner’s point is that the people of this time and place lived in a unity that has been since lost in the West – the unity of the spiritual and physical worlds. Continue reading
What is Spiritual Science?
When asking the question “what is spiritual science,” Rudolf Steiner often comes to mind. His life and work were, to a great extent, based on the belief that the two realms embodied in this term were not only reconcilable, but indeed must be reconciled if we are to realize our potential as human beings.
Spirituality is based on belief while science is based on knowledge. Any rapprochement of the two, which may not be mutually exclusive ipso facto but may well appear to be so when one looks at the history of animosity between them, ought to first of all based on a careful analysis of the phenomenological basis of each psychic function. In other words, what exactly is going on when we believe something and what is going on when we know something? In order to do this, the peculiarities of each mode of consciousness – believing and knowing – should be considered as well as the two institutions through which these two states are manifested and their content projected – namely religion and science.
Re belief, the projected content includes all the religions of the world and any/all constructs whereby we represent to ourselves vis a vis the nature of ultimate reality – a reality which is actually ideal in that it constitutes a state of perfect being.
Much of what Steiner has to say about spiritual science goes a long way towards illuminating this question. Belief, however, is characterized by one thing above all: it – unlike the components of a molecule or the force propelling a moving object – is not subject to measurement. It is, in other words, not subject to empirical definition.
The sine qua non of science, to the contrary, is precisely this: it is empirical and depends essentially on measurement.
The eminent psychologist William James shed light on the act of believing with his stipulation about its requiring a willing suspension of disbelief. In saying that he highlighted its voluntary aspect. In other words, we have to want to believe something in order to make it part of our lives. The faculty of will, then, is instrumental in this act. The faculty of will, too, is a mighty source of motivation. “what the mind can conceive the mind can Will alone, however, is not sufficient. The imagination also has to be enlisted. The imagination may be the most powerful faculty that we have. Einstein’s well-known quote about its role in our lives underscored that attribute of imagination with its insistence on its being “stronger then knowledge.” To get someone to change his image or images of a negative situation is the first step – and an effective step – in preparing him to overcome that situation. When one fortifies an image with the power of the will, and by doing so gives this or that take on reality – or at least a portion of it – he or she has invested a portion of him or herself in a certain way of seeing things.
This investment, once accomplished, because of the primal psychic force that lies behind it, can be very difficult to undo. That is why the true believer is so useful to those in power as a reliable source of cannon fodder. Once convinced, he will often give up his life in support of his beliefs. Belief, then, is the proverbial two-edged sword. achieve.” The facilitator in this process, is, to be sure, the application of willpower towards the attainment of a goal.
Belief, however, can not contradict the4 evidence of our senses? Yes, it can. The proverbial mental patient who thinks he is Napolean is not deemed insane just because he associates himself so closely with the world-famous soldier and ruler. He is deemed so because he has given up his autonomy; an act predicated in turn on his abdication of his o identity. A great military figure may, on the other hand, be so completely inspired by the life and accomplishments of Napoleon that his whole life and career would be unthinkable without his belief in the greatness of the man who ruled France and much of Europe for so many years. The difference between the man who is locked up in a mental asylum and the one who is carrying out great feats on the battlefield is that the latter knows he is – after all is said and done – General John Smith and not General Napolean Bonaparte.
The bone of contention between the two psychic worlds centers around two things, the place of doubt and the possibility of learning.
…to be continued
End of Part I…to be continued.
How are Mathematics and Reality related?
“Are mathematics the universe’s “Mother Tongue?” from phys.org
“Of course, when we talk about reality we are also talking about consciousness, or the human window on reality.
Mathematics has been called the language of the universe. Scientists and engineers often speak of the elegance of mathematics when describing physical reality, citing examples such as π, E=mc2, and even something as simple as using abstract integers to count real-world objects. Yet while these examples demonstrate how useful math can be for us, does it mean that the physical world naturally follows the rules of mathematics as its “mother tongue,” and that this mathematics has its own existence that is out there waiting to be discovered? This point of view on the nature of the relationship between mathematics and the physical world is called Platonism, but not everyone agrees with it.
Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at The University of Adelaide in Australia, has written a perspective piece to be published in the Proceedings of the IEEE in which he argues that mathematical Platonism is an inaccurate view of reality. Instead, he argues for the opposing viewpoint, the non-Platonist notion that mathematics is a product of the human imagination that we tailor to describe reality.
This argument is not new. In fact, Abbott estimates (through his own experiences, in an admittedly non-scientific survey) that while 80% of mathematicians lean toward a Platonist view, engineers by and large are non-Platonist. Physicists tend to be “closeted non-Platonists,” he says, meaning they often appear Platonist in public. But when pressed in private, he says he can “often extract a non-Platonist confession.”
“An abstract object is an object that exists outside of spacetime, or, being more careful, a non-spatiotemporal object, that is, an object that exists but not in spacetime. In any event, such objects are non-physical,non-mental and acausal. The belief in such objects is called Platonism, and the disbelief anti-Platonism. A mathematical object is just an abstract object that would ordinarily be thought of as falling in the domain of mathematics, for example a number, a function or set. Finally, mathematical Platonism is the view that there exists mathematical objects, and mathematical anti-Platonism is the view that there do not exist such objects…”
– read more about mathematical Platonism/non-Platonism
Mechanical age versus digital age consciousness
Much of the planet’s present adjustment crisis comes down to this: mechanical age versus digital age consciousness. Following is a synopsis of the differences between these two modes of consciousness. Continue reading
What are the universe and consciousness; how do they relate to each other?
This video explores the relationship between the universe and consciousness.
“We are consciousness inside a biological computer.”
From the Universe is an Illusion, but Consciousness isn’t.
At one point in history one of our evolutionary algorithms led us to a believe in one God. What are the nodal points of human/historical consciousness? War? Random advances in technology? Politics? Is it just an ongoing and uninterrupted process that consists of actions both large and small?
If you are an Hegelian, then you will believe that there is an historical imperative that is based on the growth of reason in human affairs; that succeeding generations – despite the awful events that comprise what Hegel called “the slaughter bench of history” – just keep on evolving. In a way, that is true, as we become more adept at physical survival and – especially in the modern era – more and more dependent on the ever-purer application of intelligence to practical problems. There is a corresponding set of metaphysics at work as well, as the growth of the consciousness of freedom on an individual basis has taken hold of just about every people and every area on earth.
History of consciousness of freedom according to Hegel
As Hegel pointed out in his description of the three historical epochs: in the earliest period of human history only one person was allowed to be completely free in a political sense. In the next period (as in ancient Greece) only a few enjoyed this status. The present or modern era is characterized by a belief in universal freedom, wherein everyone is aware of the fact that he or she is the ground of his/her own being.