Christopher Hitchens’ Prescription For An Ailing Planet

 

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens’ prescription for an ailing planet

When discussing Christopher Hitchens’ prescription – or more accurately, prescriptions – for an ailing planet – the uniqueness of the thinker and author is almost impossible to ignore.  Christopher Hitchens was one of a kind. Continue reading

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Sayings of the Mystical Thinker and Occultist Manly Palmer Hall

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Sayings of the mystical thinker and occultist Manley Palmer Hall

It is a thousand times easier to be rich than it is to be wise, for shrewdness will accumulate money, but only inner illumination, resulting from hundreds of lives devoted to truth and integrity can result in perfect wisdom.

Men who think much do little, and with much action is usually small thought.

The universe always has work for those who are qualified to perform it.

Remember that you are an eternal self; that before the world existed you were, and after the world ends you will still be.

It takes many laws to keep a foolish man on the path of purpose, but the wise man needs no law at all… he is law.

It is impossible to escape fact, and it is impossible to make any unreality permanent.

“… you will discover that you are an inevitable Fact and must inevitably accomplish certain things, must inevitably pass through certain experiences, and must inevitably be yourself forever.”

“… incarnating souls are drawn into families in order to receive types of experience which they have earned in previous lives.”

Children are usually attracted to parents whose level of consciousness is similar to their own, or who offer the opportunities for the payment of certain specific type of Karma.

Each human being is his own priest, and only the obligations he makes to himself are real.

Under our present social psychology, mismating is the general order of things. Successful marriages are the exception.

If the home fails within itself, it is the worst form of stupidity to force uncongenial people to remain under the same roof for the sake of conventions.

For two people to live together, under such conditions, is more dangerous to the spiritual life than an amicable and intelligent termination of the whole affair.

The purpose of philosophy is to bring not arguments but fuller understanding, deeper appreciation, and fuller, more perfect tolerance.

Do not try to convert people… just convert yourself… and things are liable to turn out well in the end.

Developing more and more inward consciousness, the aspirant to spiritual things lives less and less in the material world, demands little from it, and is not deceived by appearances. A man can live spiritually in this generation if he will make spirituality the purpose of his living and will sacrifice to that purpose less worthy aims. Materiality is necessary to spiritual accomplishment. The physical world is the ante-chamber to the Temple of the Mysteries. Those who cannot pass the tests of living can not expect to enter the House of Mysteries.

Life itself is an initiation into the sanctuary of the Divine Mystery.

An individual who cannot achieve where he is cannot achieve anywhere else.

It is not the world we live in that counts; it is the way we live in the world that is important.

As long as accumulation dominates the purpose for living men will remain oppressed by their environment and limited by their times.

Great thinkers seldom arise from the moneyed classes.

It has been well said, if you have a good reputation and wish to keep it, stay out of politics.

Placidity is power, relaxation is length of years, detachment is health.

The Taoists of China , among whom are to be found a host of centenarians, gave us the first key to extensive living; the formula: Do Not Worry

The body is the prison of the Spirit and it is a foolish man who would choose to spend eternity in prison.

The pineal gland controls the flow of mental energy from the Ego to the physical brain.

The law of compensation or Karma, which is simply the principle of cause and effect applied to the individual destinies of men, decrees that as we sew, so shall we reap.

Those who are ready for knowledge need no encouragement, and all the encouragement in the world is useless for those who are not ready.

“… the man does not live who can save ignorant human beings from the rewards of their own stupidity.”

“… each individual must live his own life and must find truth his own way.”

“… even the gods grow.”

“… knowing is the product of thinking.”

Illumination should never be regarded as a solution to personal problems in the sense that it brings with it any improvement in the temporal state.

For more sayings of Manly Palmer Hall go to:
http://gnosticwarrior.com/manly-p-hall-quote-only-wisdom-can-take-the-world-out-of-the-man.html

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The Mind and Everything Else

“Is the World an Idea?”

Marcelo Gleiser is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophyand a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He has authored over 80 refereed articles, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and the National Science Foundation.

He is the author of The Dancing Universe, The Prophet and the Astronomer and the forthcoming A Tear at the Edge of Creation (Free Press, April 2010).

This article was reposted from NPR/http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2010/05/21/127029133/about-13-7-cosmos-and-culture#marcelo

by Marcelo Gleiser

“The human mind is more amazing than the universe,” said my teenage daughter the other day. “How come?” I asked. “Well, it all really starts in our heads, doesn’t it? Like, without our minds there wouldn’t be a universe.”

It got me thinking. The rift between what is and what is perceived is at least as old as philosophy itself. Yes, it has something to do with the popular “if a tree falls in a forest and no one sees it, did it fall?” or “if you are not looking at the moon is it really there?” But things are a bit more complex than that. (By the way, the answer is unequivocally “yes” to both of those questions, at least to this blogger.)

 

Plato was one that made the divide between the world of ideas and the world of the senses explicit. In his famous Allegory of the Cave, he imagined a group of prisoners who had been chained to a cave all their lives; all they could see were shadows projected on a wall, which they conceived as their reality. Unbeknownst to them, a fire behind them illuminated objects and created the shadows they saw, which could be manipulated to deceive them. In contrast, the philosopher could see reality as it truly is, a manifestation of ideas freed from the deception of the senses. In other words, if we want to understand the true nature of reality, we shouldn’t rely on our senses; only ideas are truly pure, freed from the distortions caused by our limited perception of reality.

Plato thus elevated the human mind to a god-like status, given that it can find truth through reason, in particular through the rational construction of ideal “Forms,” which are the essence of all objects we see in reality. For example, all tables share the Form of “tableness,” even if every table is different. The Form is an ideal and, thus, a blueprint of perfection. If I ask you to imagine a circle, the image of a circle you hold in your head is the only perfect circle: any representation of that circle, on paper or on a blackboard, will be imperfect. To Plato, intelligence was the ability to grasp the world of Forms and thus come closer to truth.

Due to its connection with the search for truth, it’s no surprise that Plato’s ideas influenced both scientists and theologians. If the world is made out of Forms, say geometrical forms, reality may be described mathematically, combining the essential forms and their relations to describe the change we see in the world. Thus, by focusing on the essential elements of reality as mathematical objects and their relations we could, perhaps, grasp the ultimate nature of reality and so come closer to timeless truths.

The notion that mathematics is a portal to final truths holds tremendous intellectual appeal and has influenced some of the greatest names in the history of science, from Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to many present-day physicists searching for a final theory of nature based upon a geometrical scaffolding, such as superstring theories.

For Platonist theologians, the notion that the ultimate reality is built from timeless Forms, mathematical and otherwise, supported the view that the world is the opus of an intelligent creator. Nicholas of Cusa, the brilliant 15th century papal legate in Germany, used such arguments in his “On Learned Ignorance” to claim that the Earth couldn’t be the center of the universe, an idea that later inspired Copernicus and Giordano Bruno. Cusa wrote:

“Since the center is a point equidistant from the circumference, and since it is impossible to have a sphere or a circle so perfect that a more perfect one could not be given, it clearly follows that a center could always be found that is truer and more exact than any given center. Only in God are we able to find a center which is with perfect precision equidistant from all points, for He alone is infinite equality.”

Cusa goes as step beyond, acknowledging that, even though the only way to grasp for the truth is through our minds, a final truth is unachievable. We cannot know the mind of God.

Taken in context, we can see where modern scientific ideas that relate the ultimate nature of reality to geometry come from. If it’s not God the Geometer anymore, Man the Geometer persists. That this vision offers a major drive to human creativity is undeniable.

We do imagine the universe in our minds, with our minds, and many scientific successes are a byproduct of this vision. Perhaps we should take Cusa’s advice to heart and remember that whatever we achieve with our minds will be an expression of our own creativity, having little or nothing to do with ultimate truths.


 

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On God and Consciousness

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On God and Consciousness

Many of us try with all our might to believe that there is a single will, an entity, that has the last word on everything and that by supplicating or cracking the secret code of this entity…just as knowing the correct password will give us access to a computer’s hard drive we can have some insurance against the Unknown and can thereby avoid the aches and pains of uncertainty and give our lives that much more control,

What if we consider the contrary idea that it’s really all chance…that this whole thing that we call the Universe could be wiped out or changed just like that/  this kind of infinite randomness good or bad, and does it not really give us our ability to awake from our unregenerate sleep and come up into eternal life? In this case our God-image would be the fact that we can reason and love in spite of this whimsical nature of things. “Nothing is but that thought (faith, thought, whatever) makes it so!”

Maybe it’s our self-consciousness; our relative nature that is our ticket out of sleep and mortality! And maybe the last step in that process has everything to do with math and ratio, as Lord Kelvin indicated when he assured us that when you really know something you’ll be able to express it in numbers (except maybe for art, God and all that other good stuff. But then again maybe even these entities/issues/constructs have a rational side!).

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On the Philosophy of Hegel

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Some quotations from Hegel:
“The forms of thought are, in the first instance, displayed and stored as human language…That one learns from logic how to think (the usefulness of logic and hence its purpose, were held to consist in this Continue reading

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On Gerald O’Donnell’s View of the One Universal Mind

The One Universal Mind

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Life beyond life…

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 Life beyond life…

Is there a life beyond life?

…a force and an energy; a “something” that waits in the shadows and beyond our wildest imaginings for us; permeates our everyday reality and is as far from or as close to us as we feel and know it to be. This force is like an electrical current that when accessed can energize an organism to an unforeseeable degree.
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Fear and Sensitivity

Sensitivity

And the Effects of Fear

      Discover-Your-Mind.co.uk offers compellingly original views on metaphysics and  psychology. Read on for some interesting viewpoints on becoming an individual vs. being social; how parents should respect their child’s need to daydream and what is special about relationships.

Central Importance of Relationships
There are many realms to existence, not just the ordinary world of material creation (that is, material solar systems and universes) that is familiar to mankind. Within my metaphysical outlook on life, I accept the existence of heaven, nirvana, hell, purgatory, and other realms.What is it that makes an Earth life so distinctive from other realms ? It is not a question of spirituality, either the presence of it or an apparent lack of it. Continue reading
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Change your Thoughts and Change your Life

8 Destructive thinking patterns and how to change them

By Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the creator of Change Your Thoughts (CYT) blog and loves writing and speaking about personal development. His books can be purchased on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
In this article he does a great job of explaining the practice

of life-change through mind-change with profound and use-
ful insights that will help you leave negativity behind by
embracing new ways of thinking about yourself, your rela-
tionships with others and what life has to offer.

“As a man thinketh so is he.”
The Book of Proverbs

It can be extremely difficult to focus on the good when, seemingly, bad things are happening in your life. However you can train your mind to focus on the good things in your life rather than dwelling on the bad. Continue reading

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