Month: November 2015

Why You Believe in Unicorns and Trolls

In an earlier blog, I introduced the most direct reality experienced by higher mammals, including, primates and human beings.  As you will recall, the sensory organs transmit information from the external physical world to the sensory and associated cortices of the brain.  The brain processes such information, compares it to information stored in semantic and procedural memory, creates a virtual image mirroring the pertinent physical world, and back-projects such image so the virtual overlays the actual physical.

The validity of such neurally generated virtual images is amply proven by near perfect interobserver agreement between individually-generated overlays; speaking to the existence of a species-dependent ‘mental image operator’ (when illusion, delusion, and hallucination is absent). Moreover, science, as a discipline, would be an impossible endeavor without such concurrence, as to the actuality of the physical world.

As an infant develops, the parents actively encourage the child’s manual exploration of his or her surroundings.  Such exploration being of paramount importance for crystallizing within the child the unshakeable conviction that he or she can operate and touch the physical.  For the creation of such all-controlling conviction is needed for physical survival and eventual reproduction.

In mathematical terms, the conviction of the actuality of the physical world is similar to a prime axiom in arithmetic.  Even more interesting, as in mathematical systems, one discovers that certain rules (theorems and corollaries) follow from the prime axions of the system.  Some seemingly true until disproved.  In our individual cases, the false conviction that our virtual image worlds are self-existent.

For instance, between the waking hours of the developmental period for solidifying a child’s conviction of the actual existence of the physical; the child  is experiencing a developing dreamtime. During dreaming, the child learns about the relationships between itself and its imaged dream world, as an actor and a recipient of actions.  As the child continues to interact with this internal virtual copy of the physical world (which is hallucinated within), the child is unknowingly developing a strong conviction of the reality of the dreamworld as shown by their reactions to nightmares and such.

For during the early years, the child lacks the ability to clearly separate waking from dreaming experiences; and, as he or she unconsciously solidifies the connection between the actuality of the physical world and the  pseudo-physical, he or she comes to believe that the entities and objects present in dreams are inherently arising from another ‘actual’ world.

In  psychological terms, the child’s reasonable conviction in the actuality of the physical world is impressed upon, or contaminates, the virtual dream world and its ego states (Jung’s archetypes); so strongly that the child is absolutely conditioned to assign the same ‘conviction of actuality’ to its personal beliefs, prejudices, deities, and desires (without any verifiable foundation) as to the actual physical world.

The contamination of our common virtual image worlds with abstractions (thoughts, feelings, prejudice, hopes, and beliefs), coupled with the ‘difficult to shake’ inner feeling that our abstractions are actually true, is the source of all compatibility problems between individuals.

The only practical escape for an individual is via the development of type III reality; for type III reality erases the falseness of type II reality.  But, escape requires finding an ‘escapee’ and convincing he or she to help you!

So give the Institute a call!  Baal Eyt

 

 

 

Type III Reality (caveat)

In my last blog, I stressed that legitimate enlightenment only occurs in persons having succeeded in experiencing Actuality via an unadorned ergoegotic center.  Normally, the ergoegotic center unknowingly clothes itself with one persona after another; each persona reigning as sovereign for the moment, many oblivious of its mates.  Some of these personas are quite clever. associating with others of like mind and desire, and will utilize the ergoegotic center so to allow brief moments of pure consciousness to  be experienced so to fed their egoism.

Remember, the ergoegotic center is not an ego state; it is simply an apparatus for connecting type II reality with pure consciousness in service of conscious evolution. As this center operates unconsciously, operating as a conduit for pure conscious, it feeds into type II reality whenever its ‘control value’ is jarred opened slightly by an ego state(s).  A most dangerous situation.

Subsequently, if such ego states are dominant, that is, occupying the ergoegotic center for long durations of time, an individual’s type II reality will become inflated and grandiose.  The individual will perceive itself as an enlightened being, creating a philosophy or theology so to explain Actuality (which is basically incorrect and ego-centered).  Look around at the assortment of gurus coming to America, opening vast centers, and corrupting foolish seekers.

Inflated type II reality is the most common explanation as to why the state of enlightenment seems inconsistent between groups.

The only competent way to avoid inflating ones egoism and crystallizing a deviant type II reality is to learn to observe what is happening within the body, the emotions, and the thinking on a minute to minute basis.  What events stimulate particular clusters of ego states to capture the ergoegotic center; how long do they persist; what do they want; what makes them leave and so on? Each possesses a myriad of ego states, egoistic and altruistic, self-aggrandizing or potentially conscious, all desiring to adorn the ergoegotic center.

For until an aspirant has seen the enemy and come to know the friend, he or she is incapable of finding personal methods so to diminish the effects of detrimental ego states and enhance those of more beneficial ones.

To learn how to keep the ergoegotic center unadorned, seekers must work diligently, applying super effort so to prevent recalcitrant ego states and self-aggrandizing personas from occupying the ergoegotic center.  Rather like cleaning soot off a lantern glass.

Furthermore, an uninformed stream-enterer will fail to fully integrate his or her ‘moments of enlightening’ as the experience is contaminated by imposing his or her cultural-specific world views. Enlightenment is not a single final state of being and knowledge–but, a vast expanse which can never be fully realized in a single incarnation.

So dear Friends, be careful about the people you associate with during your search; for most teachers are false.  If you are lucky and careful, you might actually find an opportunity with a real Initiate.  Presuming such Initiate deems you capable of making a permanent soul!

Blessings, the Good Doctor

 

 

 

 

Type III Reality

First, I would like to sincerely extend my best wishes for peace profound to each of my readers.  Every writer hopes that his or her prose will be of use to at least one sincere seeker of Life, Light, and Love!

Having briefly introduced type I and type II realities, particularly as to the ever-vacillating facets of personal awareness, we have sufficient information to initialize discussion of type III, or conscious reality.

The human experience of pure conscious reality (the 5Q+1), by necessity, can only be expressed when delivered through the unadorned ergoegotic center of the brain-mind unit.  The term, unadorned, signifying observing of ones environment (inner or outer) directly and without overlaying an existing ego state or persona.  One needs to understand that the ergoegotic center is not the individual self or true personality, but simply the doorway or apparatus allowing the mind-brain to choose to experience pure conscious reality so to function in type III reality.

In persons living solely in type I and II realities, the ergoegotic center is rarely experienced unadorned; for socialization assures each child of the existence of an individual (and presumed immortal) self, an inner owner and doer, who has introjected a large number of social roles, personas, useful for social life.  Subsequently, conscious reality is prevented access to the adult.

Legitimately, the reader might query, “If the ergoegotic center is not the true or actual  self, not the soul personality, and no more than an apparatus for merging pure consciousness with type II reality; then, I am honestly confused as to spiritual effort.”

The simplest answer is that the true self or soul personality is not ‘something’ given to us by God or by Grace; rather, it is a state of being consciously birthed and developed by an individual’s thoughtful utilization of the unadorned ergoegotic center (allowing social roles to be seen for what they are, in truth, no more than personas useful for the mundane).  In other words, the true self is born in type III reality.

It is a fair doctrine, for each man and woman is permitted to choose to remain in type II reality or Work to develop type III reality.  Pure consciousness never forces!

Though, but, one hypothesis, the simplest formulation to cast, as to the intrinsic nature of the true self, is to imagine that it is a unique pattern born and strengthened via hard Work using type III reality.  A pattern held in pure consciousness.

There is much more to say, but, such must wait for a latter blog.  However, Work Exercises exist to introduce and stabilize you to type III reality.

 

 

 

Dreamtime (part III)

In the last blog, I promised to discuss the multiple manifestations of ‘bare observing’ during our dreamtime and their importance for personal inner growth.

After a person begins studying dreams, he or she will notice that the focal point from which each dream is experienced is variable.  For example,

[1]  Most often, the actors and events comprising a dream are observed from the ergoegotic center without residing in any particular dream character.  Observing is disassociated from participating, somewhat like watching a movie.

[2] In some dreams, the experience unfolds as if the dreamer is operating (as an agent and receiver of actions) from one of his or her normal waking personas; though, the physical appearance may differ.  Usually the recognized ‘feeling of Me-ness’ is present.

[3]  In other dreams, our observing ergoegotic center resides in other dream characters–oftentimes changing during the dream.  That is, ‘Me-ness’ shifts from one dream persona to another. I imagine this is related to the fact that humans understand that other humans have their own minds–called ‘theory of minds’ in psychology.

[4] During  dreams organized around threat, some dreamers will experience ‘waking-up,’ while still immersed in REM sleep, most often so to escape the perceived dream threat.   When this occurs, the dream ego is experiencing the ever-present continuity between waking and dreaming reality; i.e., the two states of Type II reality are simultaneously realized.

People are often surprised when they leave REM and fully awaken since they truly believed that they were awake within the dream.  Sometimes, being unable to tell if they were dreaming or such dream events actually happened.

[5]  Lastly, there is ‘lucid dreaming’ or Jung’s ‘active imaging’ in which the dreamer has gained partial control over portions of the dream being constructed by the brain-mind so to guide his or her experience.   This could be called a ‘waking dream.’

Each of these different dreamtime experiences are normally of little importance for mundane life or in success in the Work exercises. What is of primary importance is the realization that: [a] ‘observing‘ is a function and not a thing, [b] each act of ‘observing‘ stems from a non-observable focal point, [c] such focal point unassociated with the artifactual self, and [d] Type II reality is a unified state and works equally during wakefulness and dreaming.

For it an esoteric truism, that none may reliably enter into Type III reality until he or she verifies the distinction between Type I and II realities and the continuity of the ergoegotic center functioning awake or asleep.

In the next blog, I shall move onto Type III Reality.

 

 

 

Dreamtime (part II)

Happy Thanksgiving to every seeker, new or old:

Today, we continue our investigation into the operation of the ergoegotic center during wakefulness, meditation, and REM (and likely in NREM) sleep.  As you recall, the ergoegotic center,  or working ego, is the central point of our personal psychological space; that is, the point through which certain Eternal Qualia enter into our mind-brain for expression in the physical world.  Rosicrucians would equate this psychological center to the operational center of the Soul Personality.

Deep introspective investigation into the elemental construction and functioning of our individual ergoegotic centers (and by deep I am referring to stretching ones awareness so to ‘hit’ the noetic limit of human experiencing–I call it the ‘Wall’) will demonstrate that only six eternal and unique Qualia support our aphysical Universe. One might say that the 6Q are the arm and five fingers of God reaching into our hearts and minds.  I use the acronyms, ‘Koptic’ and ‘5Q+1’ to signify such Eternal Qualia.  The first 5Q are direct Knowing, Observing, Presence, Intending, and Compassion (Caring).  The last Quale is Transcendence, that is, that quality of the divine which allows us to begin and complete conscious evolution (nonmechanical and effort-driven).

These Qualia are experienced in their fullness when an aspirant has succeeded in deconstructing his socially-derived psyche by removing from immediate awareness all beliefs, all needs, all fears, and all labels defining the artifact called self.  For the artifactual self is the vehicle utilized so to function effectively in the psychosocial world.  Unfortunately, our education leaves us with the false belief that such self is our Soul Personality; rather than realizing that this vehicle was built around the ergoegotic center so to exist in the physical world.  In truth, the ergoegotic center being no more than the manifestation of  the 5Q +1 at the deepest center of the human psyche.

Keeping the above in mind, clearly, each of us possesses a single and individual ergoegotic center, clothed in many different memories and beliefs, so to form or many personas, or ego-states.  What we experience as ‘self’ during all phases of Type II reality are no more than such ego-states arising automatically from interaction with our social environs.

Often, the personas appearing during our dreamtime are seemingly unrelated to our daytime personas–at home, at work, at the Lodge.  Such difference separating wakefulness from dreaming. But, in truth, such personas are secondary to the fact that the ergoegotic center is a singularity and remains the same always.

Tomorrow, we discuss the Quale of direct Observing and how to use it to prove the above.  Blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type II-Dreamtime(part 1)

As discussed earlier, enlightenment cannot be fully appreciated, understood, nor appropriately applied in mundane life until an aspirant has first tasted the peach of immortality and the bitter pear of the human condition.  The Buddhists often refer to this event as “entering into the stream.”

None enter the stream without partial purifying of the heart and mind, gaining a modicum of control over the instinctual desires, and learning how to apply super-effort to the Work. Such work, including, long and dedicated efforts aimed at “arriving at a psychobiological state of mind,” named by the Initiates of the Institute, Type III Reality.

Entering into Type III Reality, if only for a few seconds, cannot occur until the aspirant understands (sometimes expressed as having ‘tasted’ or ‘smelled’) that his or her waking state Type II Reality is essentially the same reality operating during dreaming (in REM, NREM), fantasizing, and meditative states.

Many psychological and metaphysical schools mistakenly teach that waking and dreaming are distinct and separate mental states.  Such understanding arising from observations that: [1] dream content appears very different from the events of waking life, [2] the ‘experiential’ laws of dreaming are at odds with the ‘natural laws’ governing physical existence, and [3] the apparent location of the observing function differs.

While, the above observations are correct, in truth, they are of no significant relevance to an aspirant. Their sole relevance being that the laws of the dreamtime experience cannot be applied to physical action-on the pain of morbidity and mortality.

Studies at the Institute have shown that the one relevant factor is that the operational capacity of the ergoegotic center,or working ego-state cluster, is much more extensive during dreaming than wakefulness.

I will continue with this subject in the next blog.  Best wishes for making a soul.  Baal Eyt

 

 

 

 

Type II Reality

Today, we continue our discussion of the several types of mental realities (or realizations) found in human beings.  Yesterday, we dealt with pseudo-physical or type I reality. i.e., the virtual ‘physical’ world experienced by each of us.  This virtual world is created by the central nervous system via sensory data processing so to generate a virtual copy of the external physical which is accurately overlaid onto the proper physical object.  Such outward projection being a suitable explanation to explain the competence of our motor skills.

Moreover, similar phylogenetic, pseudo-physical worlds are reconstructed by members of each species; though, they differ between species in one way or another.

Type II or personal realities differ significantly from type I realites. Personal realities are formulated individually from information gained primarily from socialization during the process of postnatal ontogeny or development.  The building blocks supporting personal reality are: our likes and dislikes, what is and is not pleasant, our mores, our religious beliefs, our traumatic experiences, our hopes and aspirations, our temperaments, our characters, our habits, our personal myths, and almost anything nonphysical you can imagine.  Personal reality is the home of our psychological ego state complexes.

The pseudo-physical reality is quite straightforward and exists for survival of the physical individual and his or her eventual procreation.  Personal reality is exceeding complex and variable between persons and is the source of group identity, prejudice, violence and the demonic and the angelic.

Clearly, each one of us is not responsible for type I reality–it is provided by natural evolution.  However, each is responsible (as well argued by the existentialist philosophers) for the actions arising from his or her physical vehicle in response to the motivators and drivers residing within type II reality.  Such personal responsibility being absolute for each of us, regardless of any prior events (presuming normal brain function remains).

Tomorrow, we will discuss type II dream reality in relation to waking type II reality.