About ssnehan

Hi, I’m a fellow human who was given the name :Snehan. I’m 17 and this blog, as the name suggests, reflects my thoughts on subjects that I would like to call important. There is a global agenda at play to suppress every man, woman and child. It has been designed by the system. The system isn't broken, it was designed to be this way. I hope my blogs rouse you from your slumber. Good luck and Happy Reading ! :)

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I think the ongoing evolution of human consciousness is the ongoing ability of the brain to process greater amounts of information. With our relationship with technology, we are literally stretching the amount of information that our brains can process at any given time. We are in the age of multitasking:watching TV while we text, tweeting while we post on Facebook. In fact, I’d like to say that if you don’t have ADD you’re not paying attention.

We are overextending our attention faculties and causing a kind of bandwidth anxiety. We just don’t have enough RAM for the apps that we have open! We need to come up with techniques and ways to engage with this multiplicity of options while still retaining our intentional focus that allows us to function. The evolutionary goal our species is to transcend boundaries.We didn’t stay put in the caves, didn’t stay put on this planet and are now not staying withing the limits of our biology. I think we’ve dovetailed our minds to our tools. When those tools start dovetailing back, the line between the user and tool become flimsy.
The brain is an energy saving system that decides what information is useful and deletes everything else. The brain has an internal map–an internal model–of the world that it has to interface with. So if I take the same route to school or work everyday, I could go there with my eyes closed(neglecting the traffic). Therefore I’m not noticing anything new. But when you change something in the world, your brain notices. The brain is programmed to notice something different and biologically selected to notice the new. If we know that, we know that our brain is awakened by something new. Then we want to play with our focus. Focus on what you don’t focus and don’t focus on what you usually focus. We can then take active steps to perform a ‘meta-cognitive hack’! 

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The Simplicity of Perception

Perceiving is probably the most important condition of being alive. It provides an awareness of  the world and defines what we call reality by organizing and interpreting information gathered from the limited bend of perception from our senses.

The purpose of our senses has been evolutionary. Their goal has been to establish reality as something that happens to us. But what you perceive is not what is out there. There is no inherent value in the incredible complex patterns of light that fall into our eyes and yet we see coherent forms and motion that enable us to survive by distinguishing between a flower in a garden and a truck running towards us at full speed. If we realize that our sensory perceptions are all evolutionary tools and not the ultimate reality, then we can start seeing life as a whole and undivided totality of which we are an active part.

The ancient scriptures described the world as an illusion or maya because of the difference between what we perceive as real and what is real. Our Newtonian and Darwinian world views hinder us from perceiving a different paradigm. In the meantime, the implications of modern science discoveries are creeping into our mindset and our understanding of reality evolves.

Science has been trying to answer some of the questions raised by humans since time immemorial. As the Theoretical Physicist David Bohm said,”The attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today.”

Perhaps the mystics are right in stating that there is no inside Self separate from the outside world, but rather a seamless, intimate totality, always changing when viewed from the object perspective and never changing when viewed from the perspective of the totality. There is no outside world. There are no others. We are complex living systems that are a part of each other and a larger world we inhabit. The world is in me as much as I am in the world.

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Beauty is transcendental

“Beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.” -Imaginary Foundation

The philosopher Joseph Campbell used to say that when we are transfixed by beauty, we are beheld in an aesthetic arrest. We are so transfixed that we stop breathing. We well up inside and experience life lived to the point of tears. Why do we love these experiences so much? We love them because they arrest time and force us to marvel. They allow us to become contemplative beings and enter those head-spaces outside of euclidean space and time. They provide a kind of respite for the human condition.

We temporarily step off the ‘people mover’ that’s carrying everyone else towards death and we become Gods outside of time. We are reveling in an ecstatic illumination, staring into the Sun and being moved by its magnificent opulence. The Universe is singing in rapture and we are just drowning in it! It’s like the last scene in the movie ‘The Fountain’, where Thomas becomes a bubble that explodes in space. There is a kind of mythic death, rebirth and resurrection happening. We smash our sense of separateness in these moments. I think we do it because it is therapy. Awe is therapy.

Freeman Dyson talks about a new age of wonder in which literally a new generation of artists will be writing genomes with the fluency that Blake and Byron wrote verses. We try to dissolve our sense of separateness in temples that morph into electronic Buddhism, with throbbing beats temporarily allowing us to merge with the other. It mirrors Richard Holmes’s book ‘The Age of Wonder’, where he talks about the 17th century artists and the scientists being friends and the astronomers being poets.
The relationship-dynamics that Richard refers to can be though of as the right-brained approach. A more creative side of the same coin. This paradoxical attitude is the key to perceiving a higher sense sense of beauty and hence transcending into an expanded consciousness. I urge you to shift your vision slightly out of focus and see the world for what it really is.

My very first nomination !

While checking on my site stats I came across a comment that surprised me. I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by http://momentsthrulens.wordpress.com/ ; which is great even if it means I have less than 500 followers. Many thanks to you! 🙂

The purpose of it is to encourage writers of new blogs and explore more of this world of blogging.

So here are the questions from momentsthrulens:

1. What does your name mean and does it have any similarity to your personality?

2.What was the reason you started to blog?

3. Are you a writer or a photographer?

4. Name one quality that you like about yourself?

5. What was/is the happiest moment of your life and why?

6. What is the best place that you have visited as a tourist?

7. Name a destination that you would like to visit.

8. Which mobile phone do you currently own?

9. What does the word ‘Love’ mean to you?

10. If God were to grant you one wish what would it be?

Here are my answers:

1. My name means : Affectionate and Loving. I not sure if has any similarity to my personality. I haven’t asked anyone yet.

2. I started to blog because I wanted my thoughts to reach other people and escape the straight jacket that it was trapped in.

3. I am primarily a writer.

4. I like the way that I try to look at situations from a silent observer’s perspective.

5. The happiest that I’ve ever felt was when I scored a goal in the ‘Hand of God’ style way back in 2012 for my school football team.

6. Goa.

7. I would love to visit the Amazonian jungles because I’ve heard that the tribes there are amazing at preparing Ayahuasca.

8. I do not a mobile phone.

9. I cannot explain what ‘Love’ means because I haven’t understood it yet.

10. I would ask God to provide enough proof of his existence to mankind so that all the ‘Godly’ could be resolved.

Here are the rules for Liebster Award :

1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 7-10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Here are my nominations:

http://beccajoyce.com/

http://sabethville.wordpress.com/

http://meanderedwanderings.wordpress.com/

http://moonstonemaiden.wordpress.com/

http://seekingsomepeace.wordpress.com/

http://zonbipurinsesu.wordpress.com/

http://myblogexactly.wordpress.com/

http://amateurxpress.wordpress.com/

And these are my questions:

  • How did you pick your blog’s name?
  • Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-​​year-​​old self?
  • What’s your favorite TV show?
  • What are three things you cannot live without?
  • Who is your favorite fictional character?
  • What is your most prized possession?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • What is your guiltiest pleasure?
  • What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
  • What’s your favorite post that you’ve written? (Link, please!)

The Neurotic Artist

We might say that both the artist and the neurotic bite off more than they can chew, but the artist spews it back out again and chews it over in an objectified way, as an external, active, work project.” — Ernest Becker

I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between creativity and madness. Timothy Leary famously said,” In order to use your head you’ve got to go out of your mind.” Now this of course implies a willingness to go to unknown places, to visit mental landscapes that are alien. A willingness to sort of leave one’s comfort zone, to recondition one’s thinking, one’s reflexive responses to stimuli and to got to other realms of the mind.

Catalyzing the imagination is like diving head first into the unknown. There’s always a potential of getting hurt.I feel that the mystic and the madman are swimming in the same waters. But the mystic, like an artist –surfing up and down– is bringing back visions and souvenirs from these ecstatic spaces and places.

But at the end of the day the artist does become depleted. The artist is sacrificing a part of himself to bring back those visions that create a phase change in the consciousness of society. He leaves the consensus trance. He leaves our cultural operating systems. He shows us different reality tunnels that gives us a sense of perspective.

We, as consumers of art, pay money for them to take us to spaces that we cannot go by ourselves. They are heroes. They are cultural luminaries! They are madmen that have somehow been able to coax and domesticate their madness towards useful ends! They bring forth ideas that have only functional output and go to awes. They see through the looking glass, tumble down the rabbit hole and somehow return to tell the tale.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/daily-prompt-sixteen/

System Failure

 

Is going to war human nature? Is this our natural state? There is no REAL human nature. Just a figure of speech to examine our current state. It’s kind of self-evident. Think about it. If all of this stuff, if all of the effort that is put in daily through the media, through everything we see in the news, everything we see through sports, constantly in advertising and everything that is pushed into our faces over and over again. If all of that wasn’t there would we be operating in the same way? Would be be stricken with fear? Would we constantly be seeing separation between everybody, judging people based on what they’re doing, wearing and how they’re acting?

All of this stuff is constantly needing to be there because if it wasn’t, we would go back into our natural state. We naturally would fall back to who we truly are. That’s why we see this happen so much. That’s why there is a huge level of effort to put in to keep all of this stuff sustained. If you look at the economy, if you look at the way the world functions, you will realize that it needs so much to stay sustained because it is completely against how we are and how we would function as ‘natural’ human beings.That’s why we’re seeing  :

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If it was gone, the world would be a completely different place. And that’s why there is so much fear ‘created’ around : “If the system drops what’s going to happen? They know that when  it drops, the moment people aren’t affected by the system anymore is the moment that they will go back to their natural state and begin operating in a way that is cooperative, in a way that is community-based, where everybody is helping  each-other out in moving forward.

The Holy Grail

There’s a fascinating TED talk by the brilliant Esther Perel–the author of ‘Mating in captivity’– where she explores the secret to desire in long term relationships. This of course is the holy grail.

Falling in love is the easy part : “The honeymoon period” — anybody would take that ride. But what happens upon the moment that routine becomes part of your reality? How do you retain that passion, that fire? This is again the mystery of long term desire. Esther Perel went around the world asking couples,”When are you most drawn to your partner?”.  And what she found across the board was that everyone said the same thing. They found their partner most attractive when they were able to see their partner as a self-sustaining entity. It’s this idea that they were able to perceive their partner the way that other other people perceive them: A complete individual, a complete self-sustaining person. Not the ‘other half ‘ of you. But as a solid whole.

It’s an idea that attraction requires a kind of distance. Even desire requires a crossing over. I thought that was absolutely brilliant. How can we incorporate that into our own relationships? How can we create space between us and the ones we love so that we can retain that crossing over?How can we can see them as a self sustaining entity and fully appreciate them as the fully rounded, complete being  that they are?

I think that she’s onto something. For that reason I think she’s brilliant and everybody should watch that TED talk because if we can hack into the secret of long term desire we could solve all of our problems.