Working With The Mind.

Materialism, in its many forms, is closely associated with logic as developed within the Western tradition.  In many ways its manipulation of the material world has been perceived as superior to religious thinking, and the advancements in science and medicine appears very much to prove this point.  Materialism (and its associative logic) is very useful for humanity’s development.  Although very much presented as ‘anti-religious’, this stance is simply a matter of philosophical bias re-enforced through a very narrow view of the world.  Materialism is not, and should not be the enemy of the spiritual world.  The dichotomy between material and spiritual existence is simply the product of mind play.  Indeed, when freed from the shackles of this partial view, materialism becomes very much a useful tool in the spiritual arsenal.  Materialism, that is a logic that manipulates matter in the service of humanity, is the hard-edge of spiritual endeavour.  This type of materialism should not be confused with the strictures of pure greed, as this (grasping at matter) is the enemy of both a clear logic and an effective spirituality.  The immediacy of the present moment is most apparent through the senses and the mind itself, which may also be considered a distinct sensory organ – in as much as it senses thoughts, but more than this, this organ or attribute creates the very essence of perception itself and a lack of this ability would render the other senses inoperable.  Perception is not merely an individual exercise, but is rather an attribute of the entire human species, and any life form that thinks, feels, understands and reacts to its environment in any imaginable manner.  Perception is a universal activity.  Ordinary consciousness perceives a world that everyone more or less agrees is there in principle, even if the definition of what is perceived is open to debate.  Perception and interpretative diversity occur hand in hand.  This being the case, an agreed universality is not equate with a lack of choice or freedom, on the contrary, it ensures both because the perceiving mind contains no real boundaries that would prevent the scope of its imaginations, brilliance and achievements.  Reality is more than it appears to the bare senses – although this kind of reality is functional and remains the reality understood by science and transcended by conventional religions.  True reality is beyond this ordinary reality, but it also includes ordinary reality.  In the ordinary mind a thin veil separates the perception of what lays ‘other there’.  When this flimsy veil is pushed apart, many worlds unite and integrate into a giant, functioning whole free of ignorance and limiting understanding.  The material world can be reasonably understood because it is limited by the senses to the perception.  Material logic, itself very clever and creative is nevertheless only one-side of the universe.  It understands what is in front of it, and does this with a great accuracy (or ignorance) depending upon circumstance.  The material world offers many great treasures and is something to be cherished and cultivated.  However, it can be immeasurable enhance by seeing clearly the worlds that lay just beyond its manifestation.  It is only through the mind that these other present worlds are perceived.  Many worlds exist ‘here and now’, but are filtered out by a limited the intellect operating in conjunction with the usual five senses.  It does its job – nothing more.  When the mind is ‘opened’ through receiving the correct or requisite stimulus, an entire multiplicity becomes apparent.  It is as real as an object on the material plane.  The other planes are not limited to this plane – the plane that is most often the most evident to the senses, but represent a broadness of vision that sees more than what is directly in front of it at any one time.  Although religion is often viewed as a collection of imaginations, this judgement should be encouraged and embraced, as it states a blatant truth.  Imagination is a real world that enters this world – reflecting a certain truth that lies just beyond the horizon.  Imagination demonstrates to a humanity that is perceptually ‘stuck’ within the material plane that the worlds that lies beyond the trap are free, malleable and are able to enter into this world to modify and transform it for the better.  Nothing is certain because reality in its absolute scope outgrows the words used to describe it.  Each plane – and there are many – can interact with one another without hindrance or friction.  The rules of the material plane are torn asunder to reveal a three dimensional web that links everything together in a highly communal and yet completely private manner.  Perception of the obvious, material realm grounds the perceiver and serves to focus energy in the correct direction.  Material form is not an error, it is the springboard from which all human spiritual work progresses.  Humanity can not exist without the material world from which it manifests.  Indeed, the word ‘material’ derives from the Latin ‘mater’, which literally translates as ‘mother’.  Humanity is comprised of matter which originates from the world it inhabits.  The world of matter has to be spiritualised away from its most limited interpretation, and expanded into other dimensions and planes.  Technology in the present can explore outer space, and look into micro space – revealing surprising visions as it does so, but as of yet, this kind of travel is spiritually limited.  Space travel is in its infancy, although electron-microscopes can see a world of quite wonderful import.  One day this kind of space travel may well develop into the external exploration of other dimensions, including travelling in time.  However, every human being possesses the ability to travel unhindered in space and time using the mind as the conduit.  This is not the rather limited space and time travel very much en vogue through the medium of science fiction – which oddly remains very one-dimensional in scope, but rather the travel associated with non-linear space and time.  The mind consciousness permeates all of space, through all of time, but does not just exist through these attributes – the mind exists beyond space and time.  From the world of matter the mind can be developed to see this reality, but it takes time and discipline.  The mind must be gathered together and its collected energy – i.e. concentration – needs to be used in the breaking through of the obscuring veil.  The ancient Indians (and others) knew this very well.  Yoga of the mind, whatever the method, is designed to dissolve the barrier that isolates this material plane from the other planes that exist all around.  Great works of art, literature, philosophy and science often reach into another realm and bring something back from the observation experience.  Great work of this type allow the observer to see something of the ‘transcendent’ in the work itself, and the human creator as a kind of transmitter of heightened awareness.  Such work need not exist in these established forms, but exist in any activity within the human world including such apparent mundane interactions as smiling or waving at others, as well as reacting with silence, when silence is the best response.  Human greatness is not the domain of the rich or socially powerful, but the property of any person who decides to exercise it.  This immediacy of greatness is accessible through the power of the human mind.  Negative emotion keeps humanity anchored on this plane.  This suffering however, can be used as a positive force to move beyond the trap of painful materialism.  Being trapped in the material world is to be trapped in a world of limited perception.  The suffering can be immense; this is true, and the pain unbearable.  It is also true that this intense experience has often led to the greatest of spiritual breakthroughs.  Whilst immersed in the most terrible of human suffering, simply let go of this plane.  Do not hold on to that which causes so much suffering, transform its perception and change its existence.  Despair is a matter of the mind thinking that what it thinks and feels in relation to the material plane, is independently ‘real’.  If the physical or emotional pain becomes so intense, the attachment to the physical world will break quite naturally.  The point is not to allow distress and suffering to dictate the spacious capacity of the mind.  Suffering is very important – it will set the mind free into a universe of unlimited possibilities.  The material plane allows for an exploration of existence (through the mind) that contemporary science is only beginning to tentatively comprehend.  Everything is interconnected and nothing is excluded.  Even within the most densest of matter perception, the mind contains the imperative to move toward that which is higher.  In reality, the higher and lower are not mutually exclusive, but instead representative of an integrative whole.  Existence continues because it can not be limited to starting and finishing.  The universe (or multiverse) functions beyond its own definition, which is limited to the measurement of the material world.  This kind of measurement, although useful to build a technologically sophisticated world, is unable to be applied to an existent reality that does not conform to such a specific criterion.  For the mind to see into the other realms and experience the essence of multiplicity, the surface thoughts and feelings must first be ‘stilled’.  Yogic knowledge can be used to achieve this result.  This is a science peculiar to the mind and the product of thousands of years of ‘looking within’.  Yoga consists of pathways derived from the internal mapping of the mind’s terrain.  From this knowledge the right direction of travel is ascertained and applied.  Understanding the physical world is achieved through the mind – it too is a kind of siddhi – or yogic power.  It is very powerful attribute.  Inner yoga, although often lacking obvious power on the physical plane, particularly in its initial stages, nevertheless has the potential to develop into siddhis that go beyond the simple measuring and manipulation of physical matter.  Universal awareness can be quantified, but it can be experienced.  All that can be realistically claimed about this experience Is that it is not limited to the observation of the physical plane, but all yoga begins with the physical plane and then diversifies into various distinct pathways.  In this sense, even transcendental yogic pathways begin by measuring matter, working out how the body should be situated and the kind of existence it should need.  This is physical measurement in the service of inner yoga; it sets the outer world in order so that the inner journey can be undertaken.  In this model the outer world is left behind as the inner journey begins.  With conventional science, however, the outer world is the subject of measurement and observation, with the attention remaining solely upon external phenomena.  This is the yoga of the external world and is limited in explorational scope.  For the yogic method to be successful the outer world must be brought into a natural order and the attention diverted from externals toward the inner terrain that is to be travelled.  The ordinary mind is the access point to untold worlds.  More than this, however, but this kind of exploration does require a rocket-type landing on a new planet.  Rather the fabric of existence – which is beyond conventional time and space – is entwined with conscious awareness itself, free from self-limitation and imbued with an expansive perception that is objectless because it includes all things simultaneously.   The paranormal and the supernatural is the ordinary human mind trapped on the material plane that is receiving inklings of what lies beyond its confinement.  Unusual phenomena on this plane, tends to be an echo from another dimension.  In reality all planes contain the content of one another – even the human material plane, but materialist philosophy and education tends to serve as a filter that blinds the perceiver from seeing the interconnectedness and over-lapping nature of existence.  Occasionally the forces of interaction build to such an extent that the filter is momentarily lifted and an unusual experience is had.  This includes all kinds of phenomena such as ghosts, UFO’s, strange creatures, fairies and every other odd manifestation that can be imagined.  The multiplicity of creation, however, is not set on rigid form.  Forms can be created and changed through the mind itself with the correct training.  This is not to say that this is an obvious power within the material plane as the group manifestation on this plane solidly coalesces around the immovable and the changeless.  Although things do change on the material plane, the change itself is slow in nature, giving the existential impression of permanency – the point of this permanency is that it can be measured and its change predicted and therefore controlled.  The emphasis upon the material plane is to not go beyond the apparent realism of the world as conveyed through the senses.  All religions are correct and equally incorrect.  There is no right or wrong, only that which is appropriate according to the context of need.  Although categories of preferred behaviour, opinions and thought can be devised, their nature remains purely arbitrary even though many spend their lives adhering to their strictures.  Moving in all directions at once renders all categories obsolete.   Creativity is awareness without the constraint of arbitrary barriers either generated within the mind itself, or existent within the environment.  One way or another, it always comes back to the mind and its ability to create and manipulate conscious and physical matter.  Magic, in its most ordinary manifestation, is a distant memory of a plane where the magical is quite real and by and large not that extraordinary – that which is common loses its appeal to that part of the mind that revels in the extraordinary.  On the human material plane, the intellect has created a world obsessed with matter.  When viewed from another plane, this obsession with matter is seen as quite astounding, as is the science created from it.  Being attached to matter is the defining aspect of this plane, and is viewed as being of an extraordinary nature – the ordinary here is perceived as the extraordinary, over there.  The multiverse of existence is both relative and absolute with no contradiction existing in any place.  This does not make logical sense in a material world, although the cutting edge of science, such as quantum physics for instance, is beginning to reveal a different world to that directly perceived by the senses, and Mandlebrot’s Set reveals that within this diversity without end, there exists an ever replicating pattern.  This pattern is stationary and yet continuously moving.  It holds its shape eternally, but is continuously changing.  The human mind is a doorway that is able to create and destroy what it connects together.  This is not a violent act, but rather indicative of a process of a continuous movement that is still, or a stillness that never stops moving.  Even this material plane with its apparent solidity and predictable behaviour is a manifestation of the mind itself.  It is not an illusion, nor is it real.  Language and concept break down when the mind reaches beyond its innate conditioning.  What is seen (or perceived) is reported through the limitation of human language, which is itself the product of living within a material world.  It is not designed to formulate concepts that lay beyond its normal cognitive reach.  This explains why advanced science, insightful philosophy and transcendental religion appear to be expressing truth in a nonsense language that appears incomplete and often irrational.  To explain that which lies just beyond the senses stretches conventional language to its limit.  Logic dictates that such descriptions can not be soundly provided and that to stay true to the originating perception, the descriptions provided must be open ended – as if the open end in the logic is in fact a map pointing the way toward the truth.  The material plane assumes a completeness and totality for itself that is blatantly not true.  The logic based upon the observation and measurement of matter, likewise also assumes a completeness that is incorrect from the position of the multiverse.  Of course, closed systems of logic are complete within their respective operational boundaries, but this completeness is highly localised and not indicative in any way of a possession of higher knowledge or wisdom.  The use of enclosed (local) logic systems to explain the entirety of what exists outside of itself – is itself an error in philosophical speculation.  Rigid thought patterns are reflective of the rigid material forms that they measure.  The multiverse is neither rigid nor flexible and it can not be assessed or limited to a set of binary opposites, or conceptual dichotomies.  Patterns spread outward and inward beyond cycles of prediction and understanding based upon specific intellectual markers.  If the mind is made ‘blank’ through meditation, it simply reflects the neutral nature of banal matter.  This is becoming the matter of the material world as held in the materialist vision of reality.  It is a vision that has no expansion and which has made non-perception its ultimate aim only to realise that to perceive ‘blankness’ is still an act of perception.  This is not enlightenment but rather endarkenment.  The mind is placed in an isolating stupor and can not see beyond even this closed world.  In a very real sense this is a form nihilism, but even this is really real.  The yogic method, if it is to be effective has to take the mind beyond the limitation of its imprisoning conditioning.  The error is to conform so totally to the limitations of the material world that even the latitude usually inherent within its condition is abandoned as delusion.  Matter stares at itself for no reason, performing no function.  This is the betrayal of spirituality.  Ordinary human freedom is the ability to stare at matter in an unquestioning manner, and presume a certain freedom in doing so.  The so-called free mind within this context moves its attention from one superficial material form to another, but never sees the essence of total matter itself.  Limiting the mind’s attention to the essence of matter is to face a blank wall of unexpression.  This is an illusion within an illusion.  Matter reduced to its varying appearance, or its unvarying essence, is the act of compounding error upon error.  Although the mind can be used in this manner it is not true yoga, if yoga is defined as a system or method for breaking free of perceptual limitation.  Staring at the essence of matter is to fall into a tiger trap, only realise that there is no tiger, or trap.  The notion of ‘god’ within this context is simply the product a vague perception that there may be something beyond the material world.  God becomes the apparent immensity of matter – as if matter were all pervasive – whilst at the same time exiting upon the brink of transcendence without ever making the transition to some thing different and more obviously and directly fulfilling.  God and matter become identical through a promise of transcendence that can never be achieved.  Matter, on the material human plane is conceived in such away – by the unenlightened mind – so as to make it appear as if it is a broad expanse of solidness, without end or any other property.  Modern physics has demonstrated that matter does not really exist in this manner, but only appears to exist as it does due to the limitation of human perception in general, which is facilitated through the senses and support a priori by the intellect.  It is true that the intellect has developed insight into the nature of matter beyond that of ordinary awareness, but this is not, as yet considered common knowledge, or a mode of vision readily accessible to the masses.  The general human consensus is that the physical world is solid – possibly for the needs of survival – but this viewpoint actually creates the situation where survival is required.  This is not to say that danger does not exist, but rather that whatever danger there is, is invariably the result of conditions created in the mind, acted out through the body and manifest in the environment.  The inability to perceive this reality leads to a situation whereby physical occurrences appear to be happening ‘outside’ of the mind and body that is actually experiencing them.  Often the response to being trapped in a material world is a religious contrivance based upon the perception of the totality of matter as being the manifestation of a superior, all-embracing being that possesses power beyond that of the ordinary human, and as a consequence is able to perform actions of an uncommon nature.  The point here is not that this is not possible, but rather that an attachment to the entirety of matter is not the true representation of the spiritual.  Spiritual power of all kinds does exist – but it exists beyond the material boundary that is created by the human mind and solidified through human thinking patterns and cultural practice.  This can best be summed-up by the concept of ‘ritual’.  This is the practice of rites that is believed to contain an inherent power over the physical world, but in reality is the actual codified act of the worship of physical matter.  The divine is promised through the repetition of exact and correct procedure, but the fact that transcendence is never actualised is used as a ‘proof’ that the ritual itself is powerful.  It is so powerful, that the benefits acquired through its practice become too subtle for the ordinary perception to behold.  Only the keepers of the ritual – the priests – are able to truly ‘see’ the positive effects of the ritual, even though no proof exists to prove their assertions.  Human beings lock their minds into generational habits of limitation and oppression.  No one single being can perceive the multiverse on the behalf of others.  Those with true vision can inspire and point the way, but are unable to transfer their personal expansive vision to another as an act of blind faith.  Yogic pathways can be devised to bring human beings into ‘vision’, but each individual must make the effort themselves so that might become free from years of conditioning.  As the inner existence and the outer existence is essentially the same thing, it is true that conditions on the outer plane can make the inner journey either easier or harder.  Although easier is preferable for humanity, the reality is that the trap of matter – regardless of its hue – has to be transcended regardless of the condition of the outer world.  Some times a severe or despicable outer climate can serve as the stimulus for the practice of the most effective inner yoga; after all, many yogic practitioners voluntarily take on an austere physical life style full of pain and suffering.  It is the nature of a contrivance that it will change – this instability is linked to suffering as situations that are liked eventually disappear, and situations that would rather not be experienced, manifest.  Breaking through the barrier of material imprisonment is to break through the barrier of suffering.  The multiverse is wondrous by default.  Everything takes it proper place within human perception, free from bias and misunderstanding.  Things are not what they seem because they are more than what they seem.  The world of matter is more or less misrepresented by a limited mind-set shared by all.  Material limitation is the lowest common denominator.  The human plane may appear to be a closed off environment but this is merely a product of a distorted perception.  This conspires to create the separation between this plane that weighs down existence and prevents expansive awareness, and the multiverse of continuous and ongoing multiplicity of three dimensional perceptions.  What is out there is ‘here’ in the present, clean and pure.  It is a matter of psychological and spiritual maturity – which is in reality an adjustment of frequency.  Energy through perception and awareness dictates the world as it presents itself to the senses – change the frequency and the perception changes accordingly.  Humanity is in complete control of the world it inhabits, regardless of the nature of that world or the circumstance the individual happens to exist within.  All can be transformed by an act of will.  Wealth is not the possession of material objects, it is the possession of expansive insight, and this is why it is referred to as ‘noble’ (or ‘ariyan’ in Sanskrit)   The entity that is the human will, mediates the frequency of the mind’s perception and effects how the world is perceived and conceived.  The mind does not create out of nothing, the multitude of physical objects existent within the physical multiverse.  The physical objects themselves are not objects existing externally to the mind that perceives them, but are rather psychological or mental constructs.  The multitude of objects existing in the multiverse are actually ideas of psychic substance misinterpreted as physical objects comprised of independent matter and existing on a plane separate from the mind that is aware of their presence.  This concretised vision of a separate and distinct world existing independently from the mind that perceives it is the basis of the materialist vision of the world, and the root cause dissatisfaction amongst human beings who may sense that things are not really what they are made to appear to be.  The material world is in fact half of the human psyche alienated from itself; cut off completely to such an extent that the other half  of the psyche believes itself to be separate and distinct from the half it has lost direct implicit contact with, and views what it perceives from the other (alienated) half as appearing some where else, but not within the conscious fabric.  The conscious mind knows no bounds and exists and non-exists equally, and in all directions without limit.  Time and space are products of the alienated psyche that appears as the material world.  Whole conscious existence is often judged in principle from the alienated half of the psyche.  It is this limited viewpoint – that weighs and measures phenomena – that can not fully appreciate its own predicament as this would be the equivalent of admitting that the material world, and the logic predicated upon it, is in perpetual error irrespective of how clever this kind of logic appears to be.  The alienated half of the psyche that forms the material human plane assumes its own existential superiority – here and now.  It does not assume that it is methodologically inadequate, but rather is of the opinion that any direct knowledge it lacks can be acquired over time through experimentation – or the manipulation of matter.  Awareness of reality being mind produced is reduced to an incomplete assessment based upon the material imperative and dismissed as illogical or inadequate.  Limited material knowledge, regardless of how clever it can be is designed to retain humanity in a one-sided existence that favours the idea that the material plane is all there is or all that is ‘knowable’.  Transcendence of the barrier re-instates the total awareness of the complete mind.  This is a multiversal mind able to manifest anything any where.  By way of contrast, the intellectual mind in its normal (limited) state is only able to build ideas around sensory input – that is to say that without sensing an apparently ‘real’ external world existing separate to its self, it can not create structures or situations other than those of ‘interpretation’ more commonly called ‘ideas’ about things.  The intellect reflects disparate facts and is able to organise these facts into a pattern that appears ‘correct’ and ‘logical’.  This is the practice of reshuffling sensory data into patterns or categorisations of acknowledged order.  This can be a powerful method but it falls short of the total mind experience which expansive and beyond objectification.  The alienated mind can not know its true essence without first being developed beyond its limited base through yoga and direct experience.  When total consciousness is achieved and the full scope of existence comprehended and integrated within, the intellect, as a very small but powerful part of the entire psyche can still be used to assess and categorise, but this time it does not conspire to limit the human awareness merely to the parameters of its own awareness.  The link between the illusions of a permanent, external world is broken so as to allow the consciousness to fully deploy.  In reality consciousness has always been expansive but it is human awareness in relation to it, that has made it appear as if it is limited in scope.  When the limitation is dissolved and made redundant, the false barrier preventing consciousness from being experienced as whole is removed.  Expansive awareness is the normal condition of existence, whilst the human delusion of a material plane is merely an aberration, a temporary obscuration that in its delusiveness appear to be eternal and for all time.  Yoga – whatever method this may allude to – is a means not of creating a state in the present that did not originally exist in the past, but rather is a method of medicine that removes the disease.  This process removes the surface defilement within perception and in so doing creates the condition whereby total consciousness can be directly perceived beyond the old dichotomy of subject – object.  Words are of course, a purely arbitrary representation of the multiverse.  Letters are strung together to make words – already a pattern is forming.  Sentences are comprised of strings of words, and depending upon the placement of those words within the sentence, meaning is created within the sentence that is dependent upon the existence of a decoding ability existing within the mind of those who encounter these sentences.  An assumed meaning may not be transferable within a sentence if those encountering the particular string of words are unable to decode or interpret them accordingly.  Many meanings may be present within the mind of the creator of the sentence, as well as within the mind of the perceiver, reality is often a moveable standard perceived as permanent and a product of an agreed definition of what reality could be.  This definition is often the product of those who possess social power, and is inflicted upon those who do not possess the social power to prevent such a definition.  Although reality can be honestly expressed through human language, its experience has nothing to do with the language used to express it.  Language is a reflection of experience, and a person does not have to be literate to experience the totality of the multiverse.  Intellectualism is a formula written on paper – it has nothing to do with what lies beyond itself.  The important point is that absolutely any one is able to directly access their true nature regardless of their physical or psychological state.  Conventional notions of respectability are of no spiritual use whatsoever.  Looking within and looking without end eventually in the same place, but this place is not, and can not be defined by time, space or circumstance.  Humanity exists primarily within prism of perspective that enhances the trap in one way (science), and diminishes perspective in another (multiversism).  There is a way through the middle of this quandary with the answer of complete awareness enveloping all that it underlies.   Mysticism is the term the intellect uses to describe the aspect of it that is alienated.   In reality, the multiverse is a mystery but only in the sense that its true nature is knowable here and now – not by the ignoring of the intellect (by some how bypassing it with theological constructs), but rather by fully activating and engaging the intellect beyond the limitation of the personality and hindrances implicit in cultural milieus.  Personal identity must not be allowed to interfere in the dynamic process of conscious expansion – personality disorders are crinkles in the psychic substance that need ironing by whichever method is the most appropriate.  Personality, although interesting, does not ultimately matter.  Personal psychology can be the product of innate tendencies or a product of the environment (i.e. the world of matter).  This kind of psychology is an inner imprint of an outer limitation that is philosophically incorrect in as much as it does not represent the highest position of truth.  Although others can assist in the ironing out process, the personal mind should also be took control of by the owner.  The personality must be carefully led through the mine field of material constructs and patterns of behaviour and thought.  It must be gently disentangled beyond its own limitation so that its very nature is re-defined and its old self correctly dissolved into a greater entity.  The inherent power of the intellect can assist or hinder this most crucial of enterprises.

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