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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.

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.

An Open Letter to All Mankind

Please Help Me

I am Thommo and I am a human being. I write this open request for help to all other human beings on this beautiful planet we share. The world that I am currently living in appears to be broken. It’s not irreparable, but it is not far off. That’s why I need every one to help me.

In my world, all the resources are used for the financial gain of big corporations and a greedy few that control them. They hold power over the governments in my world and none of them are interested in the needs of their people, in fact, many of them are actively trying to get rid of us. Also in my world, the people are very sick. Unfortunately all our scientists are trained by and have their research paid for by the big corporations. They no longer strive to make life better for us all, merely to make more money. They create cures and then invent the illness. They no longer look to prevent disease, they look to ‘treat’ it, prolonging the suffering and maximising the revenue stream. They tamper with the genetics of our crops ‘for the good of mankind’ as if mankind and nature didn’t have it pretty well sorted already! Soon all our food will be genetically modified and so will we.

Our scientists keep quiet when harmful chemicals and drugs are added to our food and water because if they spoke out they would lose their funding. Our power needs are based on dangerous nuclear power and resource wasting fossil fuels. We have the technology in my world to produce all our power through renewable resources such as solar and geothermal. There is little money in free energy so the corporations block the scientists from finding ways to utilise it for the good of us all. I need your help to set the scientists in my world free so that they can do what they are supposed to.

Many of the people in my world are controlled by belief systems that they have been brainwashed into believing. Deep down in their hearts they know they are controlled, but they are unable to escape. They are bombarded day in and day out by rules and regulations that they must follow. Their religions indoctrinate them with one set of rules they must follow, the corporations indoctrinate them with another which often causes conflict. Television programmes are exactly that, programmes subconsciously altering our state of mind and entering new beliefs without our knowledge. Our music now indoctrinates our children with perverse messages designed to corrupt and entrap them in a sub human existence. The people have been divided and view each other by the colour of their skin, their wealth and social standing and the part of the planet they were born on. They are divided by the politics that is forced on them by the corrupt governments and corporations. They no longer see each as equal human beings, and I need your help to wake them up.

Fear is the emotion most people in my world feel every day. Fear of what they will ‘lose’ if they don’t keep up their mortgage payments or pay the loans and credit cards bills. Fear that they won’t earn enough money to pay for their children’s state controlled education. Fear that they will ‘lose’ their jobs if they don’t perform better and put the company before their own families. They are the lucky ones! People in my world also experience hunger, not knowing if they will eat from day to day. They fear that their children will die of preventable diseases, caught from contaminated dirty water. They fear that in times of drought there will be no help that reaches them from their brother human beings no matter how much we give to charity. Fear that they will be killed in a war against an imaginary enemy, that could ‘appear’ anywhere in the world. Fear that soldiers from another land that don’t speak the same language will see them as an enemy because they have been programmed to believe that they are. Fear that their whole families will be instantly destroyed by an unseen attacker as they sleep in their beds, whilst a teenage soldier thinks he is playing a video game as he pulls the trigger that creates the fear. There is also the fear of dying. The way the governments and corporations treat the human beings in my world, for many that will be the end of their working life. Fear is a very negative emotion when it used as a control mechanism and it stops the people in my world from making positive change. Can you help the people in my world dispel the fear?

In my world the people have been lead to believe that money is the most important thing in their lives. That without it we could not function. This is an illusion that has been created by the wealthy corporations and the governments they control. If the people in my world knew that it was all a massive deception to keep them operating as slaves for the benefit of their masters, they would break free and restore the world back to its natural balance of peace and harmony. They would very quickly learn that we can all work together for the benefit of all mankind without the need for money and the slavery it creates. They would soon learn that money is the barrier to progress, not the result of it and would so learn to cooperate to maintain society the way it should be. The money control mechanism is rooted so deeply into the subconscious that people in my world say they would not bother working if there was no money in it. But there is still hope! I need your help to make the people of my world understand that they are better than that. To understand that they can achieve amazing outcomes just by the power of thought.

As I mentioned previously, my world is currently ravaged by wars. In the last 60 years in my world roughly 20 million people have died as a result of war, however, no politicians or ‘rulers’ have died in these wars. Only the poor that join up as a last resort die, not to mention the poor people that are invaded. Please help me to end the wars in my world. Violence is not the route to peace and love, it is the route to anger, hate and mistrust.

All I ask from you is that you imagine my world the way it should be. Imagine that it is peaceful, no wars at all. Imagine that it is balanced and only what is really needed is taken from nature as we learn to live in harmony with the world. Please imagine my world with no hunger. Imagine that no human being goes without the love that they need. Imagine that money does not exist and that the wealthy have no mechanism to divide and rule my world. Imagine that all human beings in my world work together to create paradise for all to enjoy. Please spend a few minutes a day imagining what I ask and my world will surely change for the better. You may even notice that there are things in your world that are not right and need changing. If you change what is wrong in your world, my world will also be changed for the better. There are nearly 7 billion people in my world and we are all equal. I believe that my world will change for the better, and I thank those of you that chose to help me change my world. All it takes is a little bit of empathy and compassion. Maybe that will be the reason that you pass my letter on to all the human beings that you know, so that they may decide whether or not to help me change my world and yours in the process.

Thank you,

Peace Love & Respect.

thommo