Eros is the Open/Close Valve of Experience

"The open-close valve of experience exists at the eros end of things."


Imagining =:= EROS
Remembering =:= AGAPE
Attending =:= COMMUNION
Intending =:= AGENCY


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The Rape of the Standing Rock Sioux "Water Protectors"

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The occurrences at Standing Rock are a kind of "watershed" or turning point of history. Lethal force is being directed at non-violent/peaceful protesters who are protecting their rightful land, their water supply, and their health. I think the significance of these events is underestimated -- so let me provide an estimation more in proportion to its significance.

We are at a crisis, which is to say, a turning point. As we slide into what appears to be a Trump Administration, we are in the midst of a confrontation of two great cultural forces:

  1. predatory, totalitarian power: the fascist "Capitalist:Government Complex" warned of by President Eisenhower as, "The Military:Industrial Complex"
  2. prey: just, sustainable democracy
The "predatory totalitarian power" participants are the police at Standing Rock and the economic interests whom they serve. The "predatory totalitarian power" participants are the .1% who own as much of the country as the lower 90% (numbers according to Bernie Sanders), who use every legality to sequester (acquire and hide) wealth in what amounts to "diabetes of the economy", who control the conventional mass-communications news media. They are a sickness of world culture, which includes economics and communication.

Historically, predatory totalitarian interests employ all means, moral and immoral, to obtain their end goals, which are the total control of the minds and resources of the general population for their own outdated power interests. They connive. They speak one way and act another. They lie. Watch for that. Wake up and observe the developments.

The "sustainable democracy" participants are the Sioux "Water Protectors, whom the police have been assaulting -- and also participants in the "political revolution" being fostered by Bernie Sanders, Wikileaks, Anonymous, other political progressives, and those of the "99% who are intelligent enough to recognize going on and to take effective measures to remove control from the hands of totalitarian power" interests.

The police are in the wrong on three counts.
  1. Control of the land in question belongs to the Sioux, by treaty.
  2. The pipeline is an extension of obsolescent and ecologically dangerous fossil fuel technology that endangers the purity of the water supply and the biosphere.
  3. The police are engaging in unjustifiable, inhumane, I would say, "humanoid" behavior.
The Sioux "Water Protectors", on the other hand, are in the right on all three counts.

The conflict is between the predatory interests of profit, which the police serve, and the Preamble to the Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, itself, which support the rights of the Sioux Water Protectors to viable life and human health.

The police exhibit the signs of deficiencies of morality and of intelligence. So do the mass media, and so do those who make up the U.S. Government and remain silent. They apparently lack the intelligence or courage to question their own actions and to disobey orders. "I vas only following orderss," was the excuse given by Adolf Eichmann at Nuremberg, at the Nazi war crime trial, at which he was convicted and given the death sentence. The police are also following orders and feel that they are in the right because they are following orders, and not questioning or refusing the orders of their authorities.

The situation we are hearing about and seeing constitutes the rape of the Sioux tribe "Water Protectors".

And in that situation do we slide into a Presidential administration marked by the same deficiencies of morality and of intelligence. Where are the Presidential statements condemning the actions of the police? Where are the National Guard, who might be sent to surround and protect the Sioux "Water Protectors"? Where are the cries of political progressives who are in a position to mobilize public opinion and voices of the populace?

This is a turning point and it may turn either of two ways:
  1. toward redress of wrongs perpetrated and failures to act by the U.S. Government and totalitarian Capitalist interests
  2. toward a trend of more of the same wrong behavior
Which way it turns depends largely upon the American populace. If we don't turn upon the wrongdoers and our own Governmental "authorities" with a mighty, concerted, sustained roar that exceeds the impact of rubber bullets, water cannon, tear gas, and concussion grenades, it seems to me that the trend in the wrong direction may continue. What do you think?

The American People will get what they deserve. Consider the events at Standing Rock to be precedent-setting actions. If we let them get away with it, if we don't act now to set boundaries as to what is acceptable behavior, if we fail to reform the attitudes toward government authority and profit-seeking behavior, economically and politically. some very unpleasant, sustained lessons may follow during the next Presidential Administration and beyond. I say, "may". You know what I mean.


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Spiral Dynamics: The Structure of the Blue (Amber) Stage

The "amber-stage" type is always under the thumb of authority -- and also wants to be the thumb of authority. Being the chronic adolescent, (s)he seeks to escape being under the thumb of authority by taking the position of that authority with others. Thus, (s)he becomes an oppressive influence over others equivalent to the oppressive influence over him or her.

Because that type of person cherishes the position of being in authority over others, he or she also clings to the values of the authority that hangs over him or her, from which he or she derives justification for acting like an authority. He or she cherishes authority because of two things:

  1. His or her own spirit has been involuntarily shaped or even crushed by external authority.
  2. He or she has an inherent need for his/her spirit to feel full and whole.

Since his ("his", for the sake of brevity, includes "her") authority derives from external authority and not from his or her own sense of wholesomeness, discerning intelligence or fitness (or rather, because that sense of wholesomeness or fitness is distorted by external authority), his authority is inauthentic. He is a pipsqueak wearing the garb of authority. He is not a true authority, but an authoritarian -- one who consumes authority the way a vegetarian consumes vegetables.

The ersatz/phony authority, the puffed up, self-important facade of authority exercised by the "amber-stage" authoritarian is partial but really unsatisfactory compensation for the involuntary crushing of spirit he or she experiences. Thus, he endlessly seeks more power.

Thus, as Thomas Hanna wrote in his charged work, The End of Tyranny, the authoritarians are "the great unweaned of the world". They perpetually suck the teat of authority above them and derive their authority from that "teat of authority".

We see them as fundamentalist religious leaders and fundamentalists of all types, political herd-followers, bureaucrats and government operatives, law enforcement and military personnel; corporate executives and managers, and "political Conservatives". All have in common two things:


  1. They place limits on thinking for themselves or exercising original intelligence and confine their thinking to the "herd" thinking of their peer group and its authorities, while looking for approval from their superiors. 
  2. Their sense of self-worth depends on telling people what to do and what not to do.


Religious fundamentalists are particularly interesting in this regard. They don't exercise their intelligence about the teachings of The Bible or other religious texts, but rather, follow the interpretations of those texts given to them by their religious authorities as to what those texts say, what they mean and what is important to pay attention to. They consider that kind of conformity, "religious values" or "family values", and consider themselves, "children of God" -- and then seek to bully others to conform to their views.

More than that, because their spirit has been repressed and they want to feel on top of things, they oppose and oppress all those who do exercise discerning intelligence, "critical thinking", original intelligence, and progressive values, repressing them as they, themselves, have been repressed, sometimes calling them, "enemy", or "liberal".

The "amber" authoritarian is taught and trained by his superior authorities that his intelligence is untrustworthy and unworthy ("... rely not upon your own understanding ...), that he is intelligent and worthy only if he reinforces the views of those who think for him. He imagines it is so -- because he has been trained to imagine it is so -- and he believes it. Thus, he diminishes his own intelligence while assuming the greater intelligence of his authorities, who, themselves, practice diminishing their own intelligence. Thus, the chain of stupidity goes -- authoritarians all the way up and authoritarians all the way down the chain of command. "Chain" is an appropriate word.

Such "amber-stage" authoritarians are, "the great unweaned of the world", perpetually adolescent. The applicable term is, "arrested development".

The pursuit of "the almighty dollar", "The American Dream", by those already wealthy is a case in point. They were taught by their Daddy that wealth brings status and power and that to pursue wealth (sometimes by whatever means -- moral or amoral) is itself an honorable occupation. To place that pursuit as First Priority is properly the concern of young adults starting out, poor immigrants, and the poverty-stricken; those already economically stable should be concentrating on developing their unique gifts and abilities, their contributions to society, with increasing their wealth being a secondary resultant of their personal developmental efforts.

The problem is that such individuals don't know they are in a state of arrested development. They know nothing different. In their state of arrested development, they impose themselves upon the world by force, legal or violent.

What do you do about someone in authority who exists in a state of oblivious arrested development, who believes that he is mature and competent? What do you do about it, in yourself?

Can you recognize it, in yourself? How?


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Comforting Your S-I Joints | U1.2.1 Gentle Spine Waves, Part 2

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This is the second of two Gentle Spine Waves exercises that frees and elongates the spine.

You use it at the end of every practice session of exercises from Comforting Your S-I Joints, a regimen to eliminate sacro-iliac joint pain and attendant symptoms. The exercise helps integrate the changes produced by other exercises of the regimen.

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You may also use this exercise to relieve lower back pain, when preceded by Gentle Spine Waves, part 1. See the regimen for that exercise, as well.

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Failing to Recognize, and/or Tolerating Bullshit

What the U.S. election was about was recognizing and tolerating bullshit. Both sides failed to recognize or tolerated bullshit -- the bullshit of their own side.

The American public has revealed how stupid and/or conditioned it is. Both sides are weenie, spineless authoritarians (the opposite of authentic, legitimately authoritative, competent authorities), trained to fail to recognize bullshit or to tolerate, condone it, 
and even enforce it (the way authoritarians do, excused because their authorities excuse it).

Hillary's supporters failed to recognize or did tolerate her bullshit: her alliance with Wall Street, her unethical complicity with the unethical behavior of the Democratic Party and the mass media sabotaging Bernie Sanders' campaign, her malfeasance as Secretary of State, and her unwise ideas about warfare.

Donald's supporters failed to recognize and tolerated his counterproductive reactionaryism, his abuse of Capitalism (by stiffing his vendors and claiming it was justified by legalities), his bigotry, and his incendiary speech when what the crises of these times demand is integrity and cooperation.

Neither side deserves the respect of the other until they admit their mistakes and repudiate their previous choices.This election, like the Brexit election, should be dumped and both political parties involved reprimanded and repudiated for the two bullshit options they offered the American Public.

Very often, the people who speak, supposedly as a neutral third party, of "healing and reconciliation" of the two sides are of equally dulled intelligence, equally prone to fail to recognize bullshit and equally prone to tolerate it. "Healing and reconciliation" with any integrity is impossible until the errors of both sides are acknowledged by themselves and to each other -- and they take action to nullify this stupid election and start, again.

Anyone who has observed the content of email spam has observed the predominance of so much bullshit, in it. It's the same strategy as employed by the political parties: profit from bullshit. They know how stupid the American public has become and they see the potential for profit, in it. So, the problem goes far beyond the election and the political parties; it's endemic to American culture.

And the rest of the world knows it.

Two clips from the film, Network.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS4aiA17YsM

You might view the entire film.
Full film: ($2.99)
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Is The World Dream Opposed to Awakening?


Why are actions to the good so often undermined, delayed or frustrated? (You have noticed that, haven't you?)

Spiritual teachers fall in scandal (even petty scandal); potent and worthy teachers remain relatively obscure. Potent teachings fail to be recognized. Teachings degrade in the hands of followers; the Chinese persecute the Tibetans; the Nazis persecute the Jews, the Romans persecuted the Christians, white supremacists persecute Afros. Technological advances are suppressed. People work for their enrichment by acts that lead to the detriment of many.

These scenarios may be said to arise from the acts of individuals, but the acts of individuals are the acts of the World Dream.

I think there's good reason to suspect that The World Dream is opposed to awakening. One of its strategies (or knee-jerk actions) is to employ "inconvenient happenstance" to distract the attention of those who would awaken, and often, increasingly inconvenient happenstance as people awaken from or overcome previous interferences.

It seems to me that the closer I get to issuing a new element of the somatic teaching I have been developing over the years (as a certified practitioner), the more breakdowns, faults, distractions and interferences have occurred. It's what's been called, "the longest yard" effect (football metaphor for the touchdown attempt at the one yard line). Software crashes, software misbehavior, unexpected computer behaviours, crashes, difficulties with on-line services I use to publish the work; itches, bleariness of the eyes that interferes with the clear seeing I need to edit video, the inopportune need to cough in the midst of moments of precision work, onset of periods of illness that delay the work by days, previously accomplished work seeming to disappear. I even noticed the phenomenon when in conversation with one of my teachers -- noisy distractions in the environment occurring at certain moments -- and he commented on it.

So I'm not talking speculatively or hypothetically.

I think the World Dream doesn't want to awaken or to host awakening and seeks to neutralize new developments with various forms of detriment. Look at what happened with Bernie Sanders. Look at the nutcase behavior of so-called (but misnamed), "political Conservatives".

Living beings are "space-time warps" in the fabric of universal consciousness. The warping comes from the delay between events, our cognition of events, memory formation or recognition -- and our responsive actions. Memory makes events last longer than their mere occurrence. We are space-time warps, "bubbles" released into the environment at birth and that "pop" at death, leaving effects echoing behind.

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Because we, as living beings, are time-warps, we can and do operate more or less at variance from the tendencies of the World Dream, in various ways. 
Carlos Castaneda wrote of the "luminous egg" of embodied self, of the "bundles of aware luminous fibers" within and outside of the "luminous egg", and of how the alignment of those inner and outer luminous fiber bundles of awareness at the "bubble boundary" of the "luminous egg" conducts attention into the experience of a world.

I think that misalignments may produce the phenomena I have been describing. That much is speculation. But the events themselves, not.

The TetraSeed Transformation Procedures are Psycho-Active Memes

The TetraSeed is an intelligence-virus, a "meme" that gives rise to all forms of experience and the consciousness of them. Its two sets of four parts (inner and outer aspects of the same thing) are:

INTENTION | MEMORY | ATTENTION | IMAGINATION
 EXISTENCE | PERSISTENCE | LOCATION | DIRECTION 

The top row facets are subjective faculties (1st person).
The bottom row points are objective aspects (3d person).





(Second person results from combining 1st and 3d person perspectives:
  • 3d person = the sound of words or body-language
  • 1st person = the internal meanings of words or body-language 


The combination and coordination of inner and outer gives rise to the totality of all possible experiences, both subjective and objective.

The TetraSeed Transformation procedures have psychoactive properties that allow self-resequencing of our programming by using the four facets of the TetraSeed in particular ways. The "programming" in question is all of the belief systems and conceptual structures by which we recognize the world -- inherited from family, social scene, education, and the mass media, as well as by somatic contagion (what makes yawning contagious).

Psychoactive means just what it seems to mean.

As a virus (or meme), the effects of working with the TetraSeed are communicable from person to person at both verbal and non-verbal levels.

The verbal form of communicability is teaching TetraSeed Transformation procedures in which one is proficient to others.

The non-verbal form of communicability is a kind of contagion: the awakening of higher intelligence merely from being in the company of -- or better, interacting with -- someone who has been activating his or her own intelligence by means of the TetraSeed Transformation Procedures.

Without doing the work, oneself, I think the non-verbally-caused boost of intelligence diminishes with time, though never completely; on the other hand, there may be non-local effects of working with the TetraSeed by means of The TetraSeed Transformation procedures.

Time will tell.


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Recovering Your Faculties of Sanity in an Insane Time and in a Largely Insane World


Well, by now it's obvious that some major public institutions in The United States of America are in a major state of imbalance -- meaning that the individuals who populate them are mentally unbalanced -- in politics, commerce, interpersonal relations, gender relations, international relations, the entertainment business -- you get my drift. You may find more.
  1. The Congress of the United States . . . well, need more be said?
  2. the stolen Presidential nomination . . .
  3. the new cabinet of the Trump administration
  4. the mass shootings by lone individuals . . .
  5. the police shootings of unarmed African-Americans . . .
  6. the tendency of higher authorities close ranks with their police departments, rather than to discipline errant personnel involved in those shooting (including senior police authorities) . . .
  7. illicit government spying and data gathering on citizens . . .
  8. the blatant attempt of the U.S. Government to place multinational corporate power above that of sovereign governments through The Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  9. the failure of the federal government to fund renovation of the Flint, Michigan water facilities . . .
  10. the general state of repair of the commonwealth's infrastructure -- roads, bridges, water service, electric grid, energy sources . . .
  11. the lies and deceit that are accepted as the norm in politics . . .
  12. the placing of money in the position of top priority over the health of the planet and the many of humanity, as with Bayer and Monsanto . . .
  13. the money-grubbing profiteering of the pharmaceutical industry . . .
  14. the "take as much as I can and give as little as possible" attitude of Big Businesses
  15. the movements to support a third-party Presidential candidate who might possibly win in a universe of unexpected miracles, but otherwise draws votes from the more progressive of the two dominant candidates . . .
  16. the idea that anything is acceptable in the name of Business, as long as it's not technically against the law, regardless of its effects upon others or even the health of the biosphere . . .
  17. the low regard with which the process of education is held in government, to the point of defunding the means by which civilization passes from generation to generation . . .
  18. the vulgar degeneration of the quality of movies and video entertainment into dark views and violence . . .
  19. the dispirited emptiness of contemporary music, in which what it lacks in harmonious musicality it makes up for in loudness, and what it lacks in rhythm, in makes up for in heaviness of beat . . .
The stupidity is everywhere. How do we account for it?

I suggest that it isn't stupidity. It's insanity. It's the product of being mentally unbalanced -- so unbalanced that the notion of being "mentally imbalanced" doesn't even make a dent in people's attention.

Now, the thing about insanity is that the insane person doesn't question his own sanity. He believes he is sane. He believes everyone else is insane, if he believes anything about them, at all.

He is intent upon doing things his own way and getting everyone else to do things his way. He is pushy.

Here is the gist of his insanity: The world he perceives and relates to is actually the content of his own psyche, his memory pattern of the world as he sees it (and this goes for women, too, of course). He is relating to the world according to his idea of the world and of what it is, as if that were so.  He reacts to circumstances according to his own idea of the world. The problem is that he is so dense that an accurate perception of the world can't penetrate his stupidity, which paints the world with a broad brush. 

He, himself, is a blunt instrument. His narrow mind takes a very limited number of things into account; he is insufficiently attentive to things unlike what he believes in and dominated by the certainty that he knows what he knows, while his exercise of intention is excessive and poorly directed. He operates from knowledge of the past, resistant to modification by the changing conditions of the present. His imagination is largely shaped by what has gone before and so his vision of the future is blunted and uninspired. He is no visionary, but a reactionary and his highest hope is fulfillment of "status quo" goals, his greatest fear is not to know and to lose power. As I said, he is a blunt instrument.

And as that, he goes out to enforce his way upon the world.

The problem is the way in which he enforces it. As I said, he is a blunt instrument.

So, he brutalizes the world while misunderstanding it -- and he doesn't really take in the consequences of his actions.

Thus, he is insane -- even criminally insane -- while being LEGAL!

We are seeing an epidemic of insanity in world-culture. In the United States of America, the news media both report that insanity on a daily basis and contribute to it when it serves their monetary interests.

In short, the centralized mass-communications media are also insane. And they are intent upon doing things the way they see fit.

In my field, clinical somatic education, I say something somewhat frequently:

"When crooked feels straight, straight feels crooked."

My clients alway arrive in a state of tense distortion that they cannot control. Generally, they underestimate the degree of their distortion and sometimes are not aware of certain distortions of theirs, at all. After a session, when they are substantially more free of those distorting tensions, I must teach them a way to repeatedly show themselves the difference between being distorted and being straight. Otherwise, they tend to revert to the familiar crooked distortions, because "When crooked feels straight, straight feels crooked." (Fortunately, this tendency to revert is short-lived -- a few days.)

The word, "crooked," has customarily been applied to politicians. However, to the politicians, themselves, they seem acceptably straight, and everyone else is "off". To be crooked is normal and acceptable to them, and, it appears, to a large percentage of the voting population. People are used to "the crooked," to the point where "straight" seems wrong.

As I said, mass insanity.

So now, the point of all this:

Observe the news. Recognize the news reports (or "stories", as they fancifully call them) as reports of insanity as it pervades our society.

Awaken from the insanity, yourself.

How do you do that?

Recover and develop your basic faculties of intelligence:

ATTENTION | INTENTION | MEMORY | IMAGINATION

If you wonder what those words mean, you really need to recover your faculties.

If you wonder how to recover your faculties, there are specific mental tools (procedures) by which you awaken them in yourself to balance and integrate them with each other.

In the process, the distorting influences of social conditioning and inherited memory will become evident in you -- on their way out. In other words, by time you see them, they're already leaving, leaving you with mental clarity. Mental clarity, by the way, has nothing to do with decisiveness; it has to do with open attention and open intelligence. They only way to understand that is to experience it.

In my professional work, I have another saying:

"Ya gotta wanna."

and I will teach you the mental tools, starting with The Gold Key Release. 


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Conservatism, Progressivism, and the Convergence of Crises


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For civilizations
as for individuals
there are periods of crisis and transformation.

A crisis is a turning point, a crossing or fork in the road. It involves a movement into the as-yet unknown. Everybody knows this.

Every transformation involves an ordeal, to one degree or another. It depends upon the depth and scope of the transformation the individual is undergoing. Everybody knows this, also.

It also depends upon the willingness of the individual to go through that ordeal -- meaning, the individual may adapt by "rising to the occasion" -- or -- the individual may make effort to put the transformation off, until later, or indefinitely. Everybody knows this, also.

It has to do with two things:

  1. The Individual's Willingness and Ability to Learn
  2. The Individual's Willingness and Ability to Un-Learn

The Ability to Learn depends upon the Willingness to Un-Learn. Unlearning makes room.

To learn, we must loosen our grip on the feeling that we already know. That's the willingness to unlearn. This is a description of the process of education.

So it goes with individuals and so it goes with civilizations. It happens to be true of all civilizations, regardless of their differences. A consensus willingness to unlearn and to learn must prevail.

IN POLITICS
Individuals who are willing and able to learn are called, Progressives.
Individuals who are unwilling or unable to learn are called, Conservatives.

Conservatives put the brakes on education through various means, including limiting what may be taught as a strategy for enforcing the status quo.
Progressives push to accelerate education.

Conservatives prefer to limit the practice of education in a civilization.
Conservatives work against the human potential.

The problem of a civilization in crisis is a problem of education. Education is ever the means of human response to emerging, new needs.

Education calls upon and into action the creative and intelligent faculties of the individual, so each individual's faculties (including unique faculties) may emerge as new competencies, new creative contributions, to bring into the world.

Education is about emergence.

To the degree that a civilization is in crisis, to that degree it has failed to activate its people's faculties; to that degree, education has failed civilization -- or civilization has failed to educate itself adequately to catch and handle the crisis sooner, when it was smaller.

That's what Conservatism brings us.

In actuality, Conservatism conserves little and leads to the loss of much, as conditions change and we do not.

It is as with the unemployed person, laid off in a downsizing, who fails to educate himself during his compulsory off-time for fitness for employment in a new capacity. He is unprepared.

So it is with civilizations.

Education is Another Word for Maturation
Maturation is the appearance, development, and flowering of the unique faculties of every individual. It is fruition. Skills, abilities and character traits come to the fore to make an appearance in the world.

What else, is that, but education?

Thus, we may fairly say that education and maturation are two ways of seeing and talking about the same thing.

What does that say about Progressives (to speak in general)?

It suggests that Progressives who really are progressive have themselves progressed, which is to say, matured, been educated in the crucible of life to the better use of their faculties.

It also suggests that Conservatives who are anti-Progressive are less educated, which is also to say, less mature, than Progressives (in general) are. Again, we are speaking of people who are actually progressive, maturing and evolving -- not of people who are Progressive only in name or by some affiliation. We're talking The Real Thing, here.

Here's a mark of mental capacity, and therefore, of degree of education, and therefore, of maturity:

The Ability to Entertain More Than One Viewpoint at a Time

The problem and fault so common in these times is to make one criterion the basis of a choice or decision -- "It's Cheaper," for example -- without taking other factors into consideration. Small (uneducated and immature) minds tend to zero in on one criterion. A name for that is, "Fundamentalism". Another form of fundamentalism is "bottom line profit Corporatism". Economic fundamentalism. Donald Trump. In politics, it's "Win at Any Cost" -- a principle much akin to the dog who goes after the steak on the cutting board. Political fundamentalism. Hillary Clinton.

Yes, folks, the problem is fundamentalism -- otherwise known as uneducated immaturity.

Remember: "Education Broadens Minds." Ever wonder what that meant?

It doesn't mean that the amount of space inside or around your head increases. It means that you're capable of putting your intelligent attention into practice in a variety of ways and to switch among them.

That leads to the ability to take (try on) a viewpoint other than ones own and then to switch among viewpoints. That's called, "Getting Perspective" on something. It's also known as "depth perception" -- which comes from the merging of two views from two eyes.

Maturation leads to the ability to consider multiple factors, to weight them comparably and to integrate them to arrive at a new perspective or a new direction to go.

Conservatives lack that ability. They stop short and fail to try on the viewpoint of Progressives. The gravitational pull of their habitual viewpoint is too great; they can't achieve "escape velocity", and so they fall back upon themselves. And so falling, they become convinced in spirit that their retrogressive feelings are RIGHT, perhaps decreed by The Most High God, and so must be enforced at all costs. They fail to distinguish their incapacity to integrate disparate viewpoints, which is the mark of their immaturity, from the Word of the Highest God. Even without involving God, they may instead conform to the political attitude prevailing in the moment among their peers, their differences being more of surface appearance than of substance. They are surface beings, and if they don't conform to one authority, they conform to another -- except for the authority against which they rebel.

Yes, rebellion against authority: adolescent behavior -- arrested development.

Conservatives are adolescent. That's their level of maturity, of mental capacity.

Adolescents are conformist with each other and tend to have stripes of certain features broadly through the adolescent population. One thing they have in common: they make themselves different from their parents. And in politics, the parents are The Constitution of the United States of America and The Bill of Rights. The Godfather is The Declaration of Independence and The GodMother is the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

And the Conservatives are rebelling.

Thomas Jefferson wrote (and it is engraved in a plaque over a doorway in the Congressional Building) that a sound democracy depends upon an educated populace. He wasn't no dummy.

And Conservatives are against education and maturation past a certain point -- that point being adolescence and conformity. Simple Mindedness. Controllability. Their view.

Some may see them just as greedy and stupid. However, they may be pitied: they are mentally deficient, immature, and incapable of balancing disparate and variously opposing criteria to find a balance. They can't do it. They are simple-minded. Example: Donald Trump, who seems to think that everything can be reduced down to money and power, which he has referred to as, "Business".

Conservatives don't want anyone else to consider multiple viewpoints, either. They call that, Liberalism. Conservatives don't want to lose control, and what Conservatives are conserving, primarily, is control. Ain't it the truth?

So, "Keep the populace at least dumber than we are."

And the Conservative-controlled (Business-Minded-for-Profit) Mass-Entertainment and News Media are helping -- helping to dumb down the populace, keeping the populace distracted with trivialities -- smart phones, television and news and sports -- training the populace into short attention span with choppy video editing, blunting intelligence with plots based upon stupidity, sex, and emergency situations, working to sublimate social waves of anger, frustration, slow burn and the funk of boredom with violent entertainment, convincing the populace of their intelligence and good taste with numerous shows that involve characters or participants who are dumber than they, the viewers, are -- and controlling the minds of a distracted populace with filtered news and news coverage. Feel familiar?

Meanwhile, like a gathering tide, the crises of transformation are converging upon us.

Every transformation, passage through every crisis, involves an ordeal. Even in the most progressive of us, the wave of transformation may sometimes feel like more than we can ride and we may feel like we are drowning, emotionally, in a tide of change.

What about the poor nincompoops (Conservatives) who resist unlearning what they are so sure they already know, to face the onslaught of the unknown indisposed to prepare for it, and certain to resist it to the last moment? Would you want someone like that as the captain of your ship? Well??

Do we never learn?

ENTERTAINING MORE THAN ONE VIEWPOINT AT THE SAME TIME
Now, this matter of "entertaining more than one viewpoint at the same time":

It isn't a matter of trying to think two thoughts at the same time. True, people can think and chew gum at the same time, but cannot hold two thoughts at the same time. What people can do is more-or-less rapidly alternate between thoughts (sound familiar?).

Every thought sets up a pattern of tension in the body, the state of readiness that the thought entails. The longer you rest with a specific thought, the more vivid it becomes and the more a memory forms of it and its state of readiness. It's the memory of a feeling, the feeling of that thought.

Memory endures and then fades.

Faint memories fade faster. Better-formed memories endure longer, even if recently formed.

You can alternate between thoughts (or viewpoints) quickly enough and repeatedly, so that the after-image feeling-memory of the one thought still resonates as you think and feel the next thought.

That's how we entertain more than one viewpoint at the same time.

The two feelings overlap. If they are of close to equal and adequate intensity, they set up a new resonance in us, merge and transform into a new feeling; physical posture and breathing change in a brief moment. A new mental integration has occurred, something that was not there, before. We experience that integration as, learning, or the emergence of a new idea.

That's what happens when we entertain two thoughts at the same time.

This kind of mental transformation requires us to let go of our current viewpoint to explore something new.

There are numerous ways of using that principle to arrive at a balanced perspective on questions and matters of consequence, in which we don't know what to do; there also exists a way to direct, concentrate, and consolidate attention on something we want to create; and to illuminate and dissolve deep, pre-verbal feelings of stress, and other things.

Now, try that with two perspectives:
  • Conservative
  • Progressive
Alternate between them to get a taste of what those in these "camps" need to do.

Bring intelligence to the convergence of crises, we come through faster and with a more satisfactory outcome than if we only rebel against it.

Rebel against the convergence of crises by denial-without-intelligence, and be overtaken.

Power must be stripped from the hands of the Conservative political faction and placed in more competent hands.

Exercise your intelligence.

Of The Beloved Isabelle Rudolphi


Beware the woman who will not heed thee, for she is impetuous, boundless like the wind, and may ever leave thee and never return.

She who is boundless leaves an imprint in her trail, the imprint of a mirror world where, and as which, things live on, even after they are past, as in an echo more vivid than the original moment. She lives on in dreams.

She who is impetuous may put a tear in your soul, a tear that stands as an ever-reminder of the echo of a life that scarcely saw life, except as the glimmer of a dream more vivid than day and more eternal than time.

She who leaves does not leave completely. She leaves behind a tenuous hold, a streamway of connected attention over which haunting dreams pass, subtle glimmerings and reminders.

If she never returns, the world will traverse a path that will be different than had she remained and allowed the resonance to build,
the flowering of a magnificent harmonic,
mutual magnification and transformation,
an evolutionary upsurge of the creative flow
and the creation of artifacts of life
that live on
to guide attention to free and formless consciousness
and from such, emerge in creative service to the world
enhanced and enhancing
emerging and creating as we went.




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This is one of two exercises in Unit 2 Section A of Comfort Your S-I Joints, exercises that progressively straighten the sacrum and square the pelvis. The exercises should be done, together, as a pair.
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The Ultimate Patent

FICTION

Well, it happened, it finally happened.

The U.S. Government Patent Office awarded a patent to a major pharmaceutical company for breathing, breathing being a function of health, and therefore subject to the field of medicine, and therefore the business of their company, Wheezing and Gasping Division.

This company now owns breathing and licenses it worldwide. If you breathe, you pay royalties or they revoke your license to breathe. It's in the contract and it's the law, thanks to The Supreme Court of the United States, Profit Division.



This was the culmination of a long trend beginning with owning certain strains of plants in a proprietary way, seed-selling and also ownership of breeds of animals.

Then, followed the ownership of land.

Then, of artworks.

Then, ownership of information. Secret information. Intellectual Property.

Then, followed ownership of the genome, of gene segments, alleles, traits, mad scientist experiments in the name of Free Enterprise.

It was a natural next step for a society bred to believe that everything has a price, that everything -- absolutely everything -- could be owned including including water, air, and the functions of the human organism.

Naturally, in service to the health of "the economy" (the interests of business and profit), The Supreme Court (Profit Division) ruled that the right of the individual to breathe is subordinate to the right of Free Enterprise and Business to take over the world and make a profit -- if they can do so within the law that business profiteers helped write.

The time to make breathing a profit-center had come and the attorneys knew how -- with a little help from their friends.

The ship is moving fast, the Captain is mad, and unknown shoals lie ahead.

Are Democracy's last gasps in the hands of demented monomaniacs?

Friends stay tuned.


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Awaken in an unexpected way and direction, simultaneously, to both the Ground of Being and to your unique, in-the-moment existence as personal self.

“Unique-Self” is a term coined by Mark Gafni and presented in his book, “Your Unique Self”, with forward by Ken Wilber.

While Unique-Self realization is a non-mental, intuitive event, the obstructions to its obvious realization are all memory-based, misdirected habits of attention, mostly subconscious.

The procedure offered here, in this instructional recording, makes conscious any sub-conscious, memory-based obstructions, clears the way for Unique-Self realization and directs attention past the mind into direct, intuitive apperception.

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The Face, the Tribe, and the Chickens


This is, I feel, a biased but fair summation of the supporters of the three major candidates in the theater of the 2016 presidential election.

It seems to me that Hillary supporters satisfy themselves with the surfaces of things and with looking good, asserting things as they would prefer them to be, disregarding things inconsistent with their preferred view. For the sake of a consoling ideal -- a woman in power at the White House -- they disregard the long pattern of value inconsistencies in the behavior of this woman, in particular. Thus, her candidacy is considered, "HISTORY being MADE" despite well-documented evidence of the kinds of behavior her supporters would not want done to them, or want to be seen being that way, themselves -- excused because she is a woman -- as if all women were of the same character. It is the politics of privileged interest, disregarded ideals, and superficiality masked in the appearance of manifesting an ideal, at last -- a Woman President" (perhaps to set all the wrongs of men, aright? You may be disillusioned, I fear.).

Bernie supporters seem to me to feel things more compassionately, to be more idealistic and to value the value of integrity more than the supporters of the other two candidates named in this writing. A very diverse bunch, they band together in spirit in a kind of tribal fashion or "Bernie Culture" sharing certain general values, however different they may be in other ways. For them, the failure to live up to professed ideals is a betrayal of those ideals -- an issue framed in terms of the conflict between (a) selfish/egocentric interests of a privileged few acting unfairly -- to the detriment of a great many and (b) the greatest good for the greatest number, carried forth in a spirit of fairness for all involved. However, the tendency of some of Bernie's supporters to "boo the villain" during his speeches shows a certain, shall we say, level of maturity of some of his supporters -- even if it shows the tolerance and grace of the elder statesman.

Donald supporters are possibly beset by movie star fantasy-hallucinations -- the glamour of a familiar television face -- and so excuse many faults and verbal behavior that, had their neighbors behaved that way, they would consider them crazy, very rude, or crass, at best. There couldn't be that many crazy, rude, crass people in America who consider Trump's behavior and arrogance normal. Could there? There has to be another reason.

There is another population who support Donald: business people. Now, understand that Donald's business dealings have a reputation of his stiffing vendors for payment, underpaying, late paying, and that he has a reputation as a bully. What this says about his supporters in this group is that they disregard these behaviors -- which indicates that they find it acceptable: As long as you get the property built, the product to market, that's all that counts; never mind how many people you step on. It's the profits. Business is business; it's not personal. Unless, of course, it's happening to them.

Possibly, going along with, "TV familiarity", goes a kind of consumer behavior. They buy the familiar, especially if it appears on TV -- a familiar person who expresses feelings that are familiar to them: I speak of outrage and frustration in life. They don't know who really is on their side and are foolish enough to blame the wrong persons and situations. They may simply be too simple-minded to think through what they hear him saying, and simply rise with the tides of emotion at his rallies and TV appearances. They are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

Bruck Bruck

The following article is written about Donald Trump -- but test its assertions in terms of Hillary Clinton.
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