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August 21, 2021

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INTUITION AND INSPIRATION

WHAT ARE THEY, AND WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

 

What is intuition, and what is inspiration? And, what are the differences? It might seem we know, but how well do we understand and appreciate what these words mean in our daily lives?

Interestingly, both words begin with the prefix ‘in,’ meaning they relate to the inward ‘soul’ qualities of what we experience as expressions of human consciousness. It seems that the greater our conscious awareness, the more they find expression in our lives. An enlightened person will likely live a highly intuitive and inspired life, allowing for a more meaningful, purposeful life. 

Intuition and inspiration don’t exist in different silos but emanate out of the substratum of shared consciousness. Here they dwell together in the highest recesses of our divinity. Often, in our experiences, they remain entwined. Meaning, an inspired person will generally be intuitive, just as an intuitive person will often be inspired, but not always. 

From what I’ve observed, it seems that those who are never inspired or pay attention to their intuition are dull people that lack character, not knowing who they are or what they’re here for. This unfortunate state of existence has consequences since, as Socrates stated: “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Also, the ancient dictum, Know Thyself, predates Greek philosophy back to the earliest days in Egyptian civilization affirms that knowing ourselves is foundational to life. Not exercising our most rarified human qualities of inspiration and intuition means we are less soulful than we could be and even less intuitive than many animals. 

Let’s take a closer look at what these words mean. Intuition has to do with inner knowingness, that is, knowing beyond what could rationally be understood or analyzed. We just know that we know we know. This sensing can sometimes be felt as a prompt to do something we don’t know about to avoid danger. Or it might be a nudge to do something less reactive, yet a call to take action. The Latin root word of intuition is tuition, meaning not education fees, but the idea of looking after, caring for, watching over, protection, guardianship," Indeed, our intuition does all this for us when we are open to its instruction.

Einstein once said: The only real valuable thing is intuition. I would agree that intuition is valuable; however, it’s not the only thing. Vision, inspiration and service are also crucial for life.  

Related to Einstein's view of intuition, physicist Max Planck stated: Science…means unresting endeavour and continually progressing development toward an aim which poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp… new scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.

Sometimes we experience intuition and inspiration at the same time, complementing and encouraging the features of the other. Yet, they are not the same thing. Generally, the experience of intuition is a lot quieter, deeper, more mysterious and perhaps at times, even a bit miraculous. 

Intuition might come in times of reflection or meditation when all the chatter in our minds doesn’t interfere with its inward prompt. Generally, we can hear what our intuition has to say when we are most aware and not overridden by the distractions of our ego-minds, which remain confused and fearful about most everything. (See previous posts on the ego: The Ego Mask https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/the-ego-mask 

However, intuition can also come to us when we are in the flow of being busy and productive. That's when we go with our gut instinct without reflecting on what to do. We do it not because we have figured things out but because we know what’s right.

Let’s now look at what inspiration means and then compare the qualities of intuition and inspiration.

Inspiration means to be ‘in-spirited’ with what might be or could be but is not yet. It could be like a revelation of something we failed to appreciate in the past but now causes our spirit to soar. Often music will do this. In any case, it means to live in the spirit, at least for the moment. That which is highest in us, that being our godhood. (By the way, did you know that both New and Old Testaments, i.e. Jewish and Christian, suggest we are ‘gods,’ in Psalms 82:6 and John 10:34.) 

As with intuition, inspiration works best when we calibrate at a high frequency/vibe of consciousness. In fact, that’s probably the only time we can be either. Only when we put our fears aside is it possible to live truly. See the previous post: Raise your Vibe https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe 

Inspiration is seldom just passive but calls us to creativity. We are inspired to do something… write a poem, redecorate the house, create a new business. In this sense, inspiration motivates us to bring something new into our lives and that of the world, whether through scientific or artistic endeavour. Most inventions or innovations are a result of first being inspired to create what wasn’t there before. 

Generally, inspiration has to do with what we first envision in our mind’s eye; that which we wish to manifest. It’s a call to bring the vision into being from what is within our imagination to the outer world of material manifestation. This call might be to create a new relationship, a family, a new business, art, music, crafts, a trip somewhere, a project, further education, a relocation, etc. See the post on Creativity. https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/creating-creativity  

What, then, causes us to be inspired? That is, what underlies our vision that evokes what we wish to bring into form? I suppose it could be any number of things such as love, joy, courage, religion, service, sharing, abundance, victory, humanitarian ideals. It might include all those things presented to us at various times in life. What is common to all is that they all uplift us, causing us to go beyond our old norms of mediocrity and limited expectations. Like intuition, inspiration has nothing to do with disempowerment, victimhood, entitlement or feeling sorry for ourselves. Both are empowering, quickening and enlivening.

To provide some examples of inspiration and intuition used in the context of dialogues, I have selected various quotes from my six, yet unpublished, books in the Elysium’s Passage novel series.

The following excerpts are not organized, except for being in the chronological order of the chapters of the six books.  

Book One, The Ascent 

Chapter 9

‘The mind gives form to the thoughts that are first inspired by the heart… that’s why when you finally listened to your heart, you booked your flight and ascended here so your mind may conjoin with your heart. The mind could never have done that on its own in the Lowlands. To inwardly ascend, you needed to be inspired by the vision in your heart; otherwise, you would still be mindlessly wandering about in the Lowland’s ruts.

Chapter 12

 Ultimately, it will be your choice; the mind won’t surrender its power until it realises it requires the services of the heart. This is why the mind needs to listen to the heart’s inner knowing, which, in turn, serves the mind with its inspired guidance.

Book Two, The Summit

Chapter 1 

Only advanced physicists who move beyond the limitations of the brain’s intellect into intuitive realms of enlightenment with a broad understanding of the cosmos will be prepared to challenge the imposed strictures of materialist doctrine.’ 

 Chapter 3

‘In fact, anyone can intuit higher dimensions of orphic time since knowingness is implicit in the soul’s greater awareness. It’s only a question of accessing what is already there.

…. the numinous can sometimes inspire knowingness, or what has been referred to as the gnosis.[1] This knowingness depends on the ability to perceive the divine Presence. That’s the only way the numinous can be intuited. No words can speak for it; what is says, it says without words.’ 

‘I’m a philosopher, Mo, and even I don’t get what you’re saying.’

‘Don’t you remember what Pascal said about this in his Pensées?’[2] 

‘I only read selections as a weapon to quote against my thesis advisor.’ 

‘Then let me put it this way. The numinous can only be intuited by the heart since there are no cognitive words to describe what can only be inwardly discerned. That’s why mystics remain silent. Their minds have nothing to say. While they cannot apprehend the numinous, they can be apprehended by it. After that, they are able to speak, but only with their hearts.

‘Although finite man can never comprehend the infinite Source, still he can access its Presence through the portals of his heart, from which essence-being is derived. What comparison can the finite have with the infinite?[3] There is none, and yet union remains since the finite dwells within the Infinite Source from which it exists. 

Chapter 4

‘The terms belief and faith,’ he said, ‘are often assumed to mean the same thing when in actuality, they’re not. Belief is a passive mental construct often related to the ego-mind, while faith is more orientated to the promptings of the heart. That’s why beliefs are so often wrong; they trust the mind yet seldom rely on the heart’s intuitive wisdom. 

‘Unfortunately, there remains a bias among many philosophers and scientists who assume only the mind knows anything worth knowing. And yet, that too is a belief, not a truth, even if they don’t recognize this. If they did, the world would be a much different place.’  

‘It’s never a case of being just the heart or just the mind, rather, the union of both. That’s wholeheartedness, and therefore, wisdom. Union of the mind with the heart makes the mind more rational, not less, and the heart more intuitive, not less. That’s why the best bridges are often the most beautiful, just as the best poems often have the best structure.’

‘By listening to the inner prompt of your heart,’ Mo said, ‘you will intuitively recognize what you’re looking for, rather than just relying on your mind’s analysis.’

‘How can I know what I’m looking for? After years of keeping my heart closed and my zipper open, I still hadn’t figured that out. I’m still not sure what to look for in a relationship.’

Chapter 5

Whenever I tried to systematize the universe, they insisted these were mere constructs of linear thought that makes things seem separate when they’re not. At a deeper level, they suggested everything remains entangled in a whole. In as much as this Oneness is intuited, it is possible to be enlightened.

‘Unfortunately, the mind keeps getting in the way of inward knowing because it can only outwardly examine itself. That’s why schools of analytical psychology invariably fail, and ashrams of inward contemplation succeed.’

 ‘There are no words to describe what’s indescribable,’ Eli said. ‘Knowing yourself can only be intuited from the inside out. Only the heart knows since it’s one with its divine essence. When you know your heart, you will know you. 

Chapter 7

‘As you’ve heard us say many times, this must be discovered, not learned. There is no work involved. When it happens, be it in an epiphany or any other circumstance, it will come effortlessly. As with enlightenment, you need only become aware of what your hidden knowingness has always known and intuited.

Chapter 9

‘If that sound too abstract,’ Mo said, ‘it’s because you’re mind is still too dominant to allow the intuitive intelligence of your heart. You need to be aware of the limitations of your mind since there’s still much it can’t understand. As we keep saying, the mind remains confused when it has no spiritual connection to the heart’s divine Source, just as Pascal so clearly stated.’

Chapter 10

 ‘Disoriented or not,’ Mo said, ‘that’s understandable since all experiences of space and time are from what’s beyond the limitations of linear sequences. That’s why intuition is always your best bet rather than trying to intellectually grasp space and time as separate and independent phenomena from within the conscious octave they are perceived.

… this is why time, though it may be quantitatively measured, can no longer be qualitatively intuited other than as an experience in relation to something or someone else. 

Book 3, Quantum Leaps

Chapter 2

You just need to have a clear, unambiguous vision of what you plan to manifest since imagination, with willingness, is the creative god-force that inspires the creation of new worlds.

‘Unfortunately, this is very hard for sceptics to understand, even after they pass over to the spirit side. Their mentality is I’ll believe it when I see it. But creativity works in the opposite direction of I’ll see it when I believe it. Do you realise how different the world would be if humanity could come to understand what the sages taught?’

‘Analysing what is, doesn’t inspire what isn’t into existence, and is never sufficient to take the world beyond the old forms. Every great scientist in history who discovered outside the limited parameters of old assumptions was inspired to do so; otherwise, they would have given up long before bringing into existence what they believed they could manifest.’ 

Chapter 9 

In the past, my worldview had been more informed by my intellect rather than my heart’s intuition. After years of being immersed in the world of books and papers, I gave no thought to cultivating the pure affections of my heart.

Chapter 10 

In a sense, the sun is something like an effusion of Elysium’s warmth, which is why we can feel its proton rays in our spirit form. 

‘I’m not sure contemporary science has figured that out yet. As I’ve said countless times, it still gets a lot of things wrong. The problem with science today is not science but the scientists whose minds are not well informed by their heart’s intuition. When scientific enquiry is based solely on the presuppositions of the separated ego-mind, there is no possibility of discovering what’s of ultimate concern. 

Chapter 12

You wouldn’t believe how many eureka moments on earth have come through times of divine inspiration, often in dreams or, as in Einstein’s case, during bubble baths. 

‘Most scientists that are new to Elysium find they need to align their heart and mind before they can understand anything beyond the earth plane. It’s the only way they, or anyone else, can step out of the shadows to exist in Elysium’s light. Until then, they will remain in the dark, so to speak, because they resist the light. Those who stubbornly prefer to remain in the dense clouds of beliefs won’t find a way out of their cellar until they are prepared to release their ego minds to their soul’s heart. For now, their intellects will continue to obstruct views of more rarified planes.  

‘Unfortunately,’ Mo said, ‘many intellectuals who have willingly dwelt in the Flatlands for a long time, have difficulty listening to their hearts. That’s what happens once they get stuck in their mind’s intellect

Book Three, Surreal Adventures.  

Chapter 1

Rather than being subservient to the ego imposter that had undermined me for so long with its contrived fears, my divine Self, the real me, would inspire my thoughts. Yet, I realized this might still be a long transition once I returned home. Somehow, I’d have to find a way to gain control of my ego-mind by discovering who I was. But how?

Book Four, Surreal Adventures 

Chapter 4

‘Well,’ he said, have you noticed how there’s a quality to the whole that transcends the sum of the parts? Mathematics can’t account for this. The sum is the sum, and that’s all there is to it. And yet there is a something more to the sum of parts. But since it can’t be seen or measured, it must be intuited beyond the realms of cognition.’ 

Chapter 5

 ‘Perhaps he was only stating what happens to Flatlanders when they lose their vision of the Mountain. Though Einstein wasn’t really in quantum camp of scientists, he understood that when the Flatlanders split everything into parts, they no longer would be able to grasp the mystery the whole inspires. Now, as this trend continues, it’s no wonder much of your scientific world has lost its way by atomizing itself.’[4]

‘This fostered a much greater interpenetration of knowledge among the disciplines, where none remained isolated and fragmented from the whole. They informed the other, and in turn, each received the broadest perspective possible as a result of their intuitive understanding. The understood knowledge was all related in some way, since, as we know, knowledge is never fragmented but entwined in various ways. Back in those days, the thinkers understood the universe was united in the Source of one common Cause.’[5]

Book Five, Mystical Romance

Chapter 1

Eli said that as we surrender to see with the eyes of divine Vision, our soul intuits the implicit harmonious beauty in the Oneness of all that is.[6] At the time, I thought he was as crazy as Mo, and perhaps he was, but now, so was I. If only I could remain in this state of insane bliss if that’s what this is.

…. in the case of mysticism, it’s more like a different octave, forever unapproachable and unknowable by linear scientific methodology. Mysticism is a higher Holon which is capable of including science within its sphere, but science, cannot include mysticism.[7] Yet great scientists can be mystics, and often are. Not because they are great scientists and intellects, but because they are great intuitive souls with expansive mystic understanding with which to understand and contextualize science.

Book Six, The Elixir

Chapter 2

They also wanted me to assure you James, that if your heart remains open when you return you would be led by various inner intuitions of divine messages that come to you from various sources that may surprise you. It could be from a priest, a pimp, a psychic, a bum on the street or, who knows, an investment banker, you just never know. 

But as with everything else that lies between heaven and earth, the divine will not only inspires and leads, but respects the free will decisions of man. In fact, ultimately, nothing can thwart the will of God, but we sure can delay its implementation if we refuse to cooperate with ‘what’s highest and best’. 

Chapter 5

I think the best thoughts we have are not from thinking, but from receiving. Thinking processes information that is already there, but these ‘out of the blue’ thoughts suddenly emerge from a field beyond. They are the surprising intuitions, discoveries and flashes of ‘eureka’.

Chapter 9

And since harmony is always an infinite expression of beauty, it is of the latent divine essence that, once inspired, will unfold in accordance with, as Einstein says: “a living spirit” behind it. 

‘Inspired’, that’s an interesting word, said Maria, I know it means to enliven and to animate. But I think it must come from the root word ‘spirit’, hence to in-spirit. Through the years I spent in Greece, I would often sit in our garden to mediate and always became inspired, as I was in-spirited by the Spirit’s Presence. So, from what I understand, you must be saying is that the equation needs to be in-spirited.

‘That’s a great point, Maria,’ Jan said; ‘from what I understand, there is no limit to how in-spirited humanity can become, even on earth, as there is no limit to God. They are only bound in their creative expressions by whatever limits to divine inspiration they allow into their lives. Each level of consciousness, or ‘living spirit,’ represents an octave within which exists a range of possibilities capable of appropriating beauty according to its capacity. At some point a new octave dimension may open up for the recipient when he’s ready to assimilate and actualization it’s higher vibration within his being. This you experienced James, shortly after arriving here on the mountain. 

Chapter 14

Interestingly, said Jan, the great Deist philosopher, Thomas Paine in his 19th Century Classic, Age of Reason made a good point when he argued rather cogently that the word ‘prophet’ really means ‘poet’. 

I think he had a point; when a poet is spiritually aligned with the heart’s truth, they can inspire the world to see with ‘prophetic’ vision. By awakening the inner wisdom hidden in each soul, the world may enter into the fullness of all it was intended to be. 

[1] Gnosis is a feminine Greek noun that means knowing and awareness. Gnostic writings and movements were often considered esoteric and mystical in nature.

[2] Perhaps Mo was alluding to the quote in Pensées: The heart has its reason which reason knows nothing.

[3] As a philosopher, I was most intrigued with this subject, and so it was with great interest I came across a book called The Supreme Identity (1950) by Allan Watts. For anyone interested, it contains a very profound chapter about the infinite and the finite, which draws from various sources such as the ancient Upanishads.  

[4] For more commentary on this, refer to physicist David Bohm’s quotes in Appendix ‘A’ 

[5] An excerpt from A Course of Miracles, states: When vision is denied, confusion of cause and effect becomes inevitable. The purpose now becomes to keep obscure the cause of the effect and make the effect appear as the cause. This seeming independence of effect enables it to stand of itself, and capable of serving as a cause of the events and feeling its maker thinks it causes. (Chapter 21; Reason and Perception, the Responsibility for Sight)

[6] It was some later back home I read an apt description of this experience: True light that makes vision possible is not the light the body’s eyes behold. ACIM

[7] Science is one thing, wisdom is another: Sir Arthur Eddington, British Physicist

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August 12, 2021 

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THE EGO-FEAR PHANTOM
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The ego is the false self – born out of fear and defensiveness.  John O’Donohue, Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher.

It’s said that fear is the shadow side of your ego. Yes, it might also be said that the ego is the shadow side of fear. Either way, fear and ego seem to collude to undermine our happiness and well-being. In this post, I refer to this unfortunate symbiosis as our phantom’s persona. Unless we become conscious of its mischief, we can’t rise above it or the consequences of its deeds.

Since the phantom calibrates at the lowest stratus or human consciousness, it rots the soul by opposing love, peace and harmony. I have written this post so we might become more aware of its pernicious presence. It seems to me, very few are conscious of the phantom, within and without and so remain mesmerized by mainstream fear-mongering media and social media toxicity.

We see this phantom’s presence everywhere in life. Even when we see the ego manifesting as pride and narcissism, we witness these as qualities of insecurity giving expression to the phantom’s fears. Since fear is the opposite of love, as darkness is the opposite of light, or the absence thereof. We see this phantom attacking all who refuse to participate in its gloom.

Now, more than ever, we see the phantom imposing its fears everywhere in our world. If one doesn’t social distance, wear a mask, isolate, or get vaccinated, it raises its ugly head to shame, ostracize, control and bully others into compliance with its fears. It’s disappointing when friends and family members feel threatened, becoming hostile when we don’t join in their narrative of fear.

What is being threatened, however, are the aberrant disorders of the isolated ego-mind. Conscious awareness and strength of character are easily paralyzed by the fear of death. Eckhard Tolle states: All fear is the ego’s fear of death… but ultimately death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life.

Of course, the ego has an essential and legitimate role in our human experience, but only when it serves us. However, when we identify with it as who we are, it then becomes our master and tyrant. That’s when we fall into the psychosis of fear.

The ego must be subordinated and placed under the direction of who we are, what we might be called our soul essence, our beingness, our divine Self or the Captain of our ship. In any case, we are either in control or are controlled… controlled by the phantom we have surrendered to who will all too willingly surrender to every ‘authority.’ Only when our confused minds unite with our heart’s divine portal will we discern truth over falsehood and have the courage to stand firm. See the post Union of Heart and Mind; https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/union-of-heart-and-mind 

In the words of Carl Jung, the phantom (as I call it) ‘dooms itself’ because it … is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing the right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.

The easiest way to keep the phantom compliant is to threaten it with death. Because the phantom is impressionable, it can easily be made to feel weak and disempowered in the face of adversity. Not only does it lack courage, it inevitably becomes susceptible to mass hysteria towards all that it perceives as a threat to its survival. For more discussion on  this dysfunction, see the post ‘Fear of Death.’ https://digitalbloggers.com/preview/fear-of-death 

As Jung also pointed out, the ego-fear phantom is obsessed with itself so can’t be reasoned with. Facts don’t matter once the negative narrative has been embraced. If we try to tell the phantom it is being misinformed by special interests; it will react in anger and self-righteous indignation. As Jung says, ‘it is incapable of drawing right conclusions.’

As for those who wish to gain power and control over the masses, nothing works better than fear. Philosopher Sidney Hook (1902-1986) stated this well: Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present.

Remember this whenever you sense you are being manipulated by governments, media, medical/corporate collusions. And yes, I would include medical-pharmaceutical establishments in this unholy alliance that engages government agencies to help indoctrinate the public to comply with its dictates and restrictions through mass propaganda.

Another trigger for the ego/fear phantom is the threat of being perceived as weak and cowardly. This is why it often reacts so vociferously towards others who refuse to be afraid. The phantom is nowhere to be found when courage and bravery are called upon. It fears that if it is found to be weak, which it is, it will be humiliated for lacking strength and character. This would devastate its hapless illusions of virtue.

Consequently, the phantom will lash out in righteous indignation at all those who don’t remain ‘safely’ fearful like it. When the phantom aggregates enough like-minded souls, it will retaliate en-mass with even greater vehemence and arrogance to force the world to conform to its frightful weltanschauung. This has constantly been in ‘our face’ over the last year. What does this say about the world’s current state of consciousness when it can recognize lies from truth.

For example, not one peer-review study in the world has shown masks to work in keeping out viruses. However, they cause us to rebreathe our germs and carbon dioxide. Yet few question the non-existence of science, especially politicians and all those who benefit from the hysteria.

Or, how about the PCR tests? They cannot tell the difference between a virus or flu bug, even though it should have been obvious we were being manipulated when the seasonal flu basically disappeared last year and all ‘cases’ were attributed to the virus. Why did so few twig on to this obvious fraud, and why did the media remain silent? See the post TRUTH ABOUT PCR TESTS http://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/pcr-test-scam 

These are but two examples of how easy it is to use fear on the masses to extract compliance without questioning ‘authority.’ It’s very disappointing how little critical thinking humans possess when up against popular fear-based opinion. But then, that’s what the ego-fear phantom does.  

Of course, the phantom’s fragility needs to be right about its fears since its very existence is threatened if shown to be wrong. Therefore, those of contrary opinions need to be marginalized and deprecated because they threaten its beliefs. The phantom needs to believe in its fears since that’s what it identifies while expressing who and what it has become. As GI Gurdjieff, the Russian philosopher stated: It’s very difficult to sacrifice one’s suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like, but he will not give up his suffering. 

In sum, the phantom would rather be ‘right,’ at least in its mind, than be happy since the ego has no interest in being happy. That’s because it derives its illusory existence in misery. Consequently, it remains inherently divisive and destructive.

So, my question is, are we going to surrender by complying with the demands of those who would control us like sheep, or are we going to stand strong, brave and free?

Our choice! Our fate! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3PnBEWc6xs 

 

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Below is are a couple of excerpts that discuss some of the points above.

Elysium’s Passage: The Summit, Chapter 1

‘Observe, James, the legions of ideological movements based on fear and deceit. Then watch how their zealots demand everyone think and believe as they do as they become increasingly strident, especially when they suspect what they say and believe isn’t true. Should anyone disregard their fears, they become particularly strident. Since fear is of the ego, illusory fears demand they be taken seriously lest they’re exposed for what they are.

‘That’s why fear and anger often go together. For the ego-mind, there’s nothing more enraging than having its contrived fears dismissed. Talk to any doomsayer, and this becomes apparent; they’re never content until everyone is wringing their hands with them.’

I was beginning to grow weary of the topic and wanted to change it since I didn’t care to discuss politics; however, Mo wasn’t about to stop until he got it all out.[1] 

‘All human conflict,’ he said, ‘is only symptomatic of a much deeper problem than most realize. It’s the conflict within. As I’m sure you must understand, relationships are most strained when souls become alienated from each other. Humanity was created in the union of Oneness, not in separation, as all too often happens between neighbours.

‘Conflict between nations, tribes and families inevitably occurs when heart and mind remain separated. That’s where the truth of the fall myth becomes most evident. No one has a clue who or what they are when they remain divided within. The mind acting on its own is confused and unhinged, resulting in a perpetual state of alienation within and without.’

In the below discussion, James is told what he must do to become a conqueror to overcome his egoic fears

Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent, Chapter 8

Through our dialogues, I came to understand that consciousness was not just about the acuity of my mind, but the heart’s discernment of what’s real and what’s false, what is of light and what is of darkness. Some of these led to painful questions that prodded me past my egoic confinement.

At times I would revert to some of my old agitations, prejudices and defences. Perhaps this was inevitable at this early stage since old thought patterns seldom go away of their own accord, much less their ego source. This might be why they often challenged me to clear the intellectual clutter in my mind.

After a few weeks, Mo said, ‘you’re a living paradox, James, capable of not only ascending some of the highest mountains in the world but also capable of plunging into some of the most profound books in the world. An urbane professor, a vulgar sailor; at once wise, yet foolish; a probable saint, but more probably a sinner. You’ve learned to charm; you’ve learned to brawl… though not that well when gone blotto.

‘Now, after being held hostage to the mortal fears of the Lowlands, you will soon find yourself standing tall on your Summit as an immortal conqueror. But to truly conquer, you still have a formidable foe to face. Always remember Vincit Qui Se Vincit; He Conquers Who Conquers Himself. Yet it is not you, only the fears of your ego-mind. So, I say; don’t just conquer these… slay them!

‘There’s only one way to do that. You need only allow love, not fear, to conquer the fears in your life. In the words of Virgil, Omnia Vincit Amor, Love Conquers All![2]Allow the light within to dispel the illusory fears of your ego. As you love, they become the nothingness they are.

‘Fear cannot exist in love any more than darkness can exist in the light. When these words become engraved in your soul, then shall they be engraved on the stone wall. This will be a sign to you. Only then shall you know in truth, you have conquered.’

[1] As it turned out, Mo had good reasons for having strong feelings on this topic that will be later be revealed in a subsequent narrative.
[2] From Eclogue X. Virgil, Roman poet (70 BC – 19 BC)

 

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For more posts on the topic of dealing with fear and the ego, go to:

The Ego Mask
https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/the-ego-mask   

No Fear
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/nothing-to-fear-but-fear  

The Cave You Fear
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/the-cave  

What's to Fear?
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/fear-not  

Fear of Death
https://digitalbloggers.com/preview/fear-of-death  

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August 5, 2021

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SCIENCE AND THE 'EXPERTS'

It is often said, ‘follow the science.’

The question is, whose science? The experts? And whose agenda do they advance? Is there a whiff of ideology, money or power that we should be aware of before offering our obeisance and deference? How tolerant are the protagonists? What is the response to dissent? How ‘settled’ is the scientific hypothesis alleged to be.

Never before, on a global scale has there been such a concerted effort to silence those who question the objectivity and integrity of ‘preferred’ scientific positions.’ Though science, qua science, doesn’t do that, some scientists do, particularly those beholden to special interests. 

Science is only as good as those scientists who remain open to the fact that things might not be as settled as was presumed.

When discourse is denied, cancelled or ridiculed, you know we are in trouble. And yes, we are in trouble. After five minutes of watching television or reading Twitter, you know the fix is in. Facts, information and opinions that contradict the narrative are censored. That should be the first clue that there is a bogus agenda.

The quote I’ve featured by physicist Richard Feynman in this post is a warning to us to be skeptical of the message of those presenting themselves as ‘experts.’ When we allow ourselves to be silenced by some elite class because they know, and we don’t... or so they say, then we give our power to them and are at their mercy.

Have we entrusted our lives to the medical-pharmaceutical establishment? Or, are we going to educate ourselves and take responsibility for our health? Are we prepared to declare the emperor has no clothes when the emperor has no clothes? If not, why… fear of the masses, fear of ‘the experts,’ fear of the truth? 

As it becomes increasingly apparent something has gone terribly wrong in the world, I would urge everyone to take back their power and to question authority. If not, we default to totalitarianism. There is no question about this, over the centuries, history proves that’s what happens.  

I stated some of these concerns in a previous post: Science, Scientists and Scientism http://digitalbloggers.com/reference-and-education/science-scientists-and-scientism but wish to restate these from another angle taken from my third, yet unpublished novel, Quantum Leaps, from the Elysium’s Passage series.


From Chapter 3, A Brief Debriefing

‘I suspect long before he sees your journal,’ Mo said as he placed the lasagne in the stove’s oven, ‘you will have reverted to being the same sceptic you were before. All your former materialist prejudices will dismiss everything that your heart tells you happened on this side. That’s just what the ego-mind does, shuts down the heart’s inner knowingness because it doesn’t like to be wrong.

‘Most beliefs are based on the ego’s obsession to be right about its delusions rather than considering what might be true. Of course, you’ve heard me say this several times before, just as you’ve often heard me say, the greater the smugness, the greater the ignorance. That’s the big hurdle you will have to overcome.

‘The dark side of human nature will avoid, deny and even attack whatever dares to oppose its cherished beliefs. It will even forgo what’s in its best interests since the ego has no abiding investment in love, union or happiness. Its illusory hell depends on sustaining fear and conflict in any way it can.’

‘As much as I wish to disagree with you on this,’ I said, ‘I have witnessed this arrogance in myself and at times among many esteemed philosophers and scientists who can’t bear to admit they might be wrong.’

‘Regrettably,’ Mo said, ‘computer models make it easier than ever to configure data to support desired outcomes. Those who are most driven to compromise science are hardly aware they’re rigging their systems to support whatever beliefs they can’t let go of.

‘Any evidence that’s contrary to what supports their assumptions is readily discounted and dismissed. Such prejudices, however, are nothing more than elaborately packaged presuppositions. Often these are passionately held to, providing a ruse of intellectual respectability. In the end, it all comes back to providing a means to justify those prior beliefs embraced by their ideological communities.’

‘That may be a bit cynical, Mo. I prefer to think most scientists and philosophers are more rational and objective, rather than just being passionate about their beliefs.’

‘What do you think David Hume was getting at,’ Mo asked, ‘when he wrote: Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions?’[1]

‘I’m not familiar with that statement,’ I said. ‘But if Hume said this, I’m not certain what he might have meant by that. To me, it hardly seems possible one can be reasonable when in service to their passions’

‘As with you, this statement has astonished philosophers for centuries,’ he said, ‘considering Hume’s sceptical, hardnose approach to philosophical discourse. Yet, he was just acknowledging what should be blatantly obvious. All too often, reason advances the prejudices of beliefs rather than the pursuit of objective truth.

‘Perhaps that’s why science can become so easily politicized.  Increasingly, over the last century, too few are willing to acknowledge what evidence doesn’t conform to ideological preferences, university grants and questionable peer reviews.

‘Even your highly acclaimed physicist Richard Feynman once said, Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts. He was right, and never has this been truer in your world than now. That’s why I continue to say your world is upside down, inside out and backwards, compromised beyond recognition.’

‘I see you and Eli haven’t changed your opinions about my world since we spoke on this last. I must say, however, it is interesting how you so adroitly draw Hume into the fray. Most philosophers, I’m sure, might find Hume’s statement curious, especially coming from such a revered empirical philosopher, but not without a rational explanation.’

‘It is only curious,’ he said, ‘because it doesn’t fit into the mind’s narrative and how the intellectual crowd chooses to understand reality these days. But then, they never have been that interested in seeing what lies beyond the flat plains.

‘That’s why it will be interesting how you might view reality after you return. Will you still listen to the crowd and your mind when your heart tells you it’s all wrong?’

‘I guess we’ll have to wait to find out,’ I said. ‘Still, I hope I will see things as they are here, rather than how they are perceived there.’

‘Even when you come to realise you had an out-of-body experience,’ Eli said, ‘I expect you will try to rationalize any evidence for it. That’s what the separated ego-mind often does in defending itself from inward knowingness.

‘At first, you might convince yourself that your brain was merely dreaming a dream without being aware of it. But then, that’s what much of the world does, and why everyone sleeps so much in the Flatlands. It’s the normative state of consciousness in this, the lowest regions of the Lowlands.’

‘I’m sure,’ I said, ‘most of these Flatlanders, as you call them, would be greatly offended by what you say.’

‘No doubt they would,’ Mo said, ‘since they have convinced themselves that they, being the most educated, are the most awake. However, it’s waking that understands sleeping, not sleeping that understands waking. That’s why Flatlanders dream the most when they think they are awake, just as they are often the most irrational when being clever.’

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In sum, a few takeaways from this excerpt:

‘Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts. He was right, and never has this been truer in your world than now. That’s why I continue to say your world is upside down, inside out and backwards, compromised beyond recognition.’

‘Any evidence that’s contrary to what supports their assumptions is readily discounted and dismissed. Such prejudices, however, are nothing more than elaborately packaged presuppositions. Often these are passionately held to, providing a ruse of intellectual respectability. In the end, it all comes back to providing a means to justify those prior beliefs embraced by their ideological communities.’

‘Its illusory hell depends on sustaining fear and conflict in any way it can.’

‘… because it doesn’t fit into their mind’s narrative and how the intellectual crowd chooses to understand reality these days. But then, they never have been that interested in seeing what lies beyond the flat plains.’

‘However, it’s waking that understands sleeping, not sleeping that understands waking.'

‘… ego’s obsession to be right about its delusions rather than considering what might be true. Of course, you’ve heard me say this several times before, just as you’ve often heard me say, the greater the smugness, the greater the ignorance.'

 

Below are links related to this post
 

SCIENCE, SCIENTISTS AND SCIENTISM
http://digitalbloggers.com/reference-and-education/science-scientists-and-scientism   

ARE YOU A SKEPTIC?
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/are-you-a-skeptic    

REALITY: WHAT A CONCEPT
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reality-what-a-concept  

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES

 

This is the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometimes surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of adventures.

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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES

 
 
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE ASCENT fall 2021

THE SUMMIT fall 2021

QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2022

SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2022 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2022

HE ELIXIR fall 2022

THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24

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