Transforming the Mind: De-Programming Mental Conditioning

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There are times in our day-to-day life when we experience ourselves acting or thinking in ways we wish could be different. Sometimes, it can seem like our thoughts are running on auto-pilot, and whoever is doing the driving is not the most qualified person for the job. These thoughts then lead to actions which we regret later. The reason for this is that we often have un-conscious mental and emotional programs running our lives. Maybe these programs are fine for going about our daily interactions with the world, but what happens when they are no longer helping us to live our lives to the fullest?

The First Step: Uncovering That Which is Hidden

Since they are subconscious, these programs do a good job of staying hidden. Consciousness is not something which can be seen or touched, so it can be difficult to pinpoint disharmonious patterns within it. What are the signs that a subconscious mental program is affecting us? Fortunately, these programs leave traces that they are indeed there. These traces come in the form of negative thoughts, or that nagging little voice in the head. Knowing this, we can follow the breadcrumbs of thought to the root of what is running them.

Thoughts can be likened to bubbles in a lake. We can observe the bubbles on the surface, but where they come from is deep down at the bottom. Likewise, thoughts appear at the surface of our mind, but where they come from is deep down, in the realm of emotions. Thoughts are the surface signs of emotions.

We can begin by examining the inner voice we hear in our head, as well as the outer voice coming out of our mouths, and just observe them.

It can quickly be seen that thoughts occur all on their own, spontaneously, like a radio station continually broadcasting into space. If we tune into the mental stream, they become the central focal point; however, try shifting the dial of focus to the space in which these thoughts are occurring. As you do this, you will discover that the thoughts become blended into the background of awareness.

Now, from this space outside of thought, try observing the content of the mind, just don’t get pulled into it. What do you hear? What is the common theme around which the mental chatter is arranged? Is the voice angry? afraid? guilty? Take this chance to be radically honest with yourself – this is not a time to be squeamish!

Step Two: Removing Identification With the Mind

Understand that these thoughts are not even yours, so you do not need to identify with them. Just like a radio tower, the mind is continually broadcasting thoughts. It is what the mind does, continuously and automatically.

To prove that the mind is not even yours, try this: tell the mind to stop thinking and see what happens. The mind will probably just go right on thinking, against your will. If the mind was really yours, you could tell it what to do and it would listen, right? On the contrary, the mind is an impersonal aspect of our human nature.

Bringing humility into our understanding of this is very helpful. It can be very frustrating when one first comes to meditation and realizes how strong the monkey-mind chatter is, but remember: there is nothing wrong with it. It is only doing what it knows how to do. Just because you have negative thoughts does not make you a bad person. You are not your thoughts! This is part of the collective (un)consciousness of humankind. Everyone else has these same kinds of thoughts too; they truly are impersonal.

Step Three: Surrendering the Temporary Emotional ‘Payoff’

Dis-identifying with the mind makes it easier to go further inward to the source of thinking itself: emotions. Subconscious programs are fueled by our emotions, so addressing them from the emotional level is the key to canceling them.

The reason that these dysfunctional programs are running in our consciousness, despite our desire to be free of them, is because they offer us a hidden payoff. They create the illusion that we are getting something beneficial from them, a ‘juice’ if you will. This may not be apparent at first, as one might think, “How is there a payoff from being angry?”

The ‘juicy payoff’ is the emotional reaction; the feeling that moves through us. There is a part of us that finds a temporary pleasure, or satisfaction, in the feeling of anger, guilt, pride, etc. The part of us which feeds off of this juice is commonly called the ego.

The ego easily becomes addicted to the emotional payoff of negative emotions, and in turn feeds off of the juice. Since the juice is only a temporary satisfaction, the ego must seek more of it, thus perpetuating an endless feedback loop. With each infusion of ‘juice’ into the loop, the addiction becomes stronger and thus harder to break free of.

With this realization, it becomes clear that in order to undo negative programming, we must let go of the temporary payoff gained from negative thoughts and emotions. When this payoff is continually let go of, the unconscious program loses its power and influence. The juice becomes less and less interesting to us.

The next time a negative thought or emotion arises, ask yourself, “What is the juice I’m getting from this?” and “Is it worth the price?” If the juice is found to make you feel anything other than peace and tranquility, it is a sign that it needs to be let go of.

In this light, there is no need to fight or suppress anything, even fear and hatred itself. In fact, we can begin to let these emotions just be as they are and run themselves out. We no longer need to be afraid of emotions because we are no longer controlled by the temporary ‘pleasure’ of them.

With this practice of continually surrendering the juicy payoff of the negative emotions, a peaceful state naturally emerges. Peace is what prevails when all of our negative programs have been let go of. In this sense, it can be seen that Peace is actually a choice. When we choose Peace instead of the juice of the ego, our emotional dependence on negativity diminishes. When done continually, this Peace stabilizes and becomes our natural state, undisturbed by the passing temptations of negativity.

About the Author

Ryan Brown is a meditation teacher, energetic healer and writer. He has studied shamanic traditions of the Amazonian Basin and strives to integrate the ancient wisdom teachings of both the East and West in a way that is applicable to modern living. You can learn more about his pursuits at www.wayruna.org

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The Beginning Is Near

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By Zen Gardner

Reprinted with permission from Zen Gardner

We have free will, a majestic gift of choice coupled with conscious awareness at a level that seems to be unique to creation. All of creation has its own vibrational attributes, but humanity has been gifted in a very special way. Whether we utilize this gift consciously or not appears to be the dilemma we’re faced with.

Yet we seek an escape from this life, a place of refuge. Ironic. Or is it a sense of knowing that something more real and wonderful exists?

There’s much talk about portals, energy vortices, jump locations and wormholes. Where we’re trying to go to is a fundamental issue. The point is, how and where do we find a place of transition to other circumstances? Is it activism? Is it our personal way of perceiving reality?

Or both?

Do we already have access to this other reality? Has escape always been the default position in this accosted world resulting in religion and sequestered lives driven by survival and an engineered sense of scarcity? Is this what has happened to the stand and fight mentality?

Does Humanity Get What It “Deserves”?

This is a huge question. Not just the karma issue, but the even deeper innate mechanics of the Universe. If Universe is perfect in every way, everything we’re experiencing is “justified”. Has humanity allowed itself, yes allowed itself, to be so degraded that its very decrepit condition invites and encourages predators?

To continue the analogy, are the parasites and viruses “going for the whole enchalada”?

Pretty serious stuff to consider, especially in the light of society being a reflection or reinforcement of anything imposed upon it. The question remains; does a dying body politic invite the very influences it eschews?

The Universe is Reflective

What we impose comes back. What we are willing to receive is another factor. But just imagine we’re abutted with a huge energetic field, ready to do our bidding. An extremely empowering notion. No matter what is living in this force field is considered fair game for such a Universal force. As an independent resource we should revel in such an idea.

Most profoundly, this “field” reflects our intentions and desires.

Now picture a human race that is enthralled with its own survival, under similarly subjected conditions. But they’re under attack. Where will they place themselves in the scheme of things? Will they realize their condition, or relinquish their autonomy for something that seems to save them?

Taking It Lying Down Is a Choice

A dead or dying organism invites parasites of all kinds. This is the current state of our world. As perverted, drugged down and immune deficient humanity glides into their brave new world of somatazation, we see the growth of the totalitarian police state.

We’re inviting it. By our acquiesced degradation.

A dead animal, or human, decays at an accelerating pace. Parasitic organisms move swiftly to devour and do away with the dead corpse. It’s natural. So the degradation of ethical and spiritual aspects of human culture. As we lay down, we accept the seemingly inevitable. A terrible vortex to find our collective selves, but we are there apparently, circling the drain.

This discourse may seem to meander, but it has its purpose.

Our Aliveness is the Key

An alive, resilient body is not a target for disease. The dead and dying are. The overall diseased “body politic”  today is  a sitting duck for control and manipulation. Ours is to keep alive and activating.

As synchronicity has it, as I was pondering these thoughts, I walked past a dead animal under a tree by the roadside. It was infested with hungry insects devouring the food. The next day all that was there was the fur. They work fast once the subject has succumbed.

Will humanity succumb? It doesn’t look good from a macro perspective. But I know individually the awakening is creating health and wellness at an enormous rate. Will it be in time?

It’s up to us.

Be alive. Be active.

You are in charge. Use your majesty of free will.

Love, Zen

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About the author:

I have questions. Life is wonderful – full of amazing wonders that continue to unfold. My quest for truth has given me new perspectives which lead to well springs of information that continue to inspire awe and wonder at the world we live in. Dare to explore and see what leaves you…. just wondering. Love Zen.

Connect with Zen at zengardner.com

Ten Methods of Modern Mind Control

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Nicholas West – Activist Post

The more one researches mind control, the more one will come to the conclusion that there is a coordinated script that has been in place for a very long time with the goal to turn the human race into non-thinking automatons.

For as long as man has pursued power over the masses, mind control has been orchestrated by those who study human behavior in order to bend large populations to the will of a small “elite” group.

Today, we have entered a phase where mind control has taken on a physical, scientific dimension that threatens to become a permanent state if we do not become aware of the tools at the disposal of the technocratic dictatorship unfolding on a worldwide scale.

Modern mind control is both technological and psychological. Tests show that simply by exposing the methods of mind control, the effects can be reduced or eliminated, at least for mind control advertising and propaganda. More difficult to counter are the physical intrusions, which the military-industrial complex continues to develop and improve upon.

1. Education – This is the most obvious, yet still remains the most insidious. It has always been a would-be dictator’s ultimate fantasy to “educate” naturally impressionable children, thus it has been a central component to Communist and Fascist tyrannies throughout history. No one has been more instrumental in exposing the agenda of modern education than Charlotte Iserbyt — one can begin research into this area by downloading a free PDF of her book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, which lays bare the role of Globalist foundations in shaping a future intended to produce servile drones lorded over by a fully educated, aware elite class.

2. Advertising and Propaganda – Edward Bernays has been cited as the inventor of the consumerist culture that was designed primarily to target people’s self-image (or lack thereof) in order to turn a want into a need. This was initially envisioned for products such as cigarettes, for example. However, Bernays also noted in his 1928 book, Propaganda, that “propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.” This can be seen most clearly in the modern police state and the growing citizen snitch culture, wrapped up in the pseudo-patriotic War on Terror. The increasing consolidation of media has enabled the entire corporate structure to merge with government, which now utilizes the concept of propaganda placement.  Media; print, movies, television, and cable news can now work seamlessly to integrate an overall message which seems to have the ring of truth because it comes from so many sources, simultaneously. When one becomes attuned to identifying the main “message,” one will see this imprinting everywhere. And this is not even to mention subliminal messaging.

3. Predictive Programming – Many still deny that predictive programming is real.  I would invite anyone to examine the range of documentation put together by Alan Watt and come to any other conclusion. Predictive programming has its origins in predominately elitist Hollywood, where the big screen can offer a big vision of where society is headed. Just look back at the books and movies which you thought were far-fetched, or “science fiction” and take a close look around at society today. For a detailed breakdown of specific examples, Vigilant Citizen is a great resource that will probably make you look at “entertainment” in a completely different light.

4. Sports, Politics, Religion – Some might take offense at seeing religion, or even politics, put alongside sports as a method of mind control. The central theme is the same throughout: divide and conquer. The techniques are quite simple: short circuit the natural tendency of people to cooperate for their survival, and teach them to form teams bent on domination and winning. Sports has always had a role as a key distraction that corrals tribal tendencies into a non-important event, which in modern America has reached ridiculous proportions where protests will break out over a sport celebrity leaving their city, but essential human issues such as liberty are giggled away as inconsequential. Political discourse is strictly in a left-right paradigm of easily controlled opposition, while religion is the backdrop of nearly every war throughout history.

5. Food, Water, and Air – Additives, toxins, and other food poisons literally alter brain chemistry to create docility and apathy. Fluoride in drinking water has been proven to lower IQ; Aspartame and MSG are excitotoxins which excite brain cells until they die; and easy access to the fast food that contains these poisons generally has created a population that lacks focus and motivation for any type of active lifestyle. Most of the modern world is perfectly groomed for passive receptiveness — and acceptance — of the dictatorial elite.  And if you choose to diligently watch your diet, they are fully prepared to spray the population from the above.

6. Drugs – This can be any addictive substance, but the mission of mind controllers is to be sure you are addicted to something. One major arm of the modern mind control agenda is psychiatry, which aims to define all people by their disorders, as opposed to their human potential. This was foreshadowed in books such as Brave New World. Today, it has been taken to even further extremes as a medical tyranny has taken hold where nearly everyone has some sort of disorder — particularly those who question authority. The use of nerve drugs in the military has led to record numbers of suicides. Worst of all, the modern drug state now has over 25% of U.S. children on mind-numbing medication.

7. Military testing – The military has a long history as the testing ground for mind control. The military mind is perhaps the most malleable, as those who pursue life in the military generally resonate to the structures of hierarchy, control, and the need for unchallenged obedience to a mission. For the increasing number of military personal questioning their indoctrination, a recent story highlighted DARPA’s plans for transcranial mind control helmets that will keep them focused.

8. Electromagnetic spectrum  – An electromagnetic soup envelops us all, charged by modern devices of convenience which have been shown to have a direct impact on brain function.  In a tacit admission of what is possible, one researcher has been working with a “god helmet” to induce visions by altering the electromagnetic field of the brain. Our modern soup has us passively bathed by potentially mind-altering waves, while a wide range of possibilities such as cell phone towers is now available to the would-be mind controller for more direct intervention.

9. Television, Computer, and “flicker rate”– It’s bad enough that what is “programmed” on your TV (accessed via remote “control”) is engineered; it is all made easier by literally lulling you to sleep, making it a psycho-social weapon.  Flicker rate tests show that alpha brain waves are altered, producing a type of hypnosis — which doesn’t portend well for the latest revelation that lights can transmit coded Internet data by “flickering faster than the eye can see.” The computer’s flicker rate is less, but through video games, social networks, and a basic structure which overloads the brain with information, the rapid pace of modern communication induces an ADHD state. A study of video games revealed that extended play can result in lower blood flow to the brain, sapping emotional control. Furthermore, role-playing games of lifelike war and police state scenarios serve to desensitize a connection to reality. One look at the WikiLeaks video Collateral Murder should be familiar to anyone who has seen a game like Call of Duty.

10. Nanobots – From science fiction horror, directly to the modern brain; the nanobots are on the way. Direct brain modification already has been packaged as “neuroengineering.” A  Wired article from early 2009 highlighted that direct brain manipulation via fiber optics is a bit messy, but once installed “it could make someone happy with the press of a button.”  Nanobots take the process to an automated level, rewiring the brain molecule by molecule.  Worse, these mini droids can self-replicate, forcing one to wonder how this genie would ever get back in the bottle once unleashed. Expected date of arrival?  Early 2020s.

A concerted effort is underway to manage and predict human behavior so that the social scientists and the dictatorial elite can control the masses and protect themselves from the fallout of a fully awake free humanity. Only by waking up to their attempts to put us to sleep do we stand a chance of preserving our free will.

Article Source – Activist Post

False Freedom and Free Will

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Am I as free as I am told?

False Freedom

Napoleon talked about freedom in the following way:

Stupid people, cowardly people, since the continuation of oppression does not give you the necessary energy, since you content yourselves with useless complaints when you could be roaring, since you are millions and you let a dozen children armed with little sticks control you as they wish, obey! Walk and do not worry about your wails and, at least, try to be unhappy if you cannot be free.”

 

During the French Revolution, millions of people died in the name of freedom. They vainly believed that the master was the enemy and that, if they killed him, they would become their own masters. What an illusion! Nowadays, the French must follow more laws than ever before. The country does not even exist anymore; it has become an integral part of the European Union. Amazingly, France is still considered as a free and democratic country. Isn’t it strange.

Two lies are constantly conveyed about freedom. First, it is said that my freedom stops where another person’s freedom starts. That is false, because when another decides to have a bigger freedom than mine, there is no more left for me. Secondly, it is assumed that being free means doing what one wants. That is also false, because the one who wants is the emotional body of desire governed by ego. In both cases, we are talking about false freedom.

In reality, I live in a cage named ego, where, unconsciously, I act either as a subservient white sheep or a rebellious black sheep. The walls of my cell are built out of a stone called survival; the bars at my window are made of a metal named fear. Only I can create my prison; only I can open its door. The key has the shape of two words: free will. I am ready to believe any lie from the authorities in order to keep my rights and privileges – that don’t even exist.

In fact, the State can kill me, put me in prison, seize my property, and even my children. As Étienne de la Boétie once said: “They are tall because we are kneeling down.” Why do I become a prostitute, and perform shameful duties and revolting obligations? Because I am afraid of losing what I have or not having what I want.

Free Will

Free will represents the faculty to make a choice without any other authority beside individual will, outside any influence by solicitation or external constraint. Inside any human being resides this capacity to decide what to do and what not to do. Freedom of will implies freedom of choice. It is only possible in thinking and conscious living beings. The principle of freedom rests on free will and the power of decision, two aspects that are specific to human beings and none other.

Free will is not a right imparted by a constitution or a State, neither is it an attribute given by God or nature. It is inherent to a human being and belongs to her. As its owner, she cannot lose it and nobody can steal it away from her. The DECISION is the corner stone on which rests the transformation from slavery to liberty.

It is at the crossroads of its two fundamental vectors: the choice that can (mind) and the will that wants (emotional/vital). Why do we so often hear “I would like to, but I can’t”, or “yes, baaat…”, or again “I have no choice”? When I pretend that I have no choice, I lower myself to the level of an animal. I choose to behave like one by refusing to take the necessary decision. In fact, I always have a choice! The question to ask is: “Do I want to?” When it is asked, the true answer will come out: “I don’t want to decide because I am afraid of…”

Free will is manifested when the emotional/vital body puts itself in the service of the mind. Only fear can destroy will and stop me from exercising my power of decision. Either I transcend my fear and express my free will, or I let my fear take control of my body, and I submit to the will of another. I have the power to choose. To do so, I must take the decision to use my free will.

Here is a concrete example. When Mado says that she owns no driver’s license, many people tell her: “So, you cannot drive anymore?” She then explains that she uses the car regularly. “How do you do it?” She answers: “I use a very simple, three-step procedure. I put the key in the ignition, I push on the gas pedal, and I turn the wheel.” When I decide to live as a Personocratia*, everything becomes possible.

True Freedom

When Ghis was brought to prison in 2008, she had to wear handcuffs and shackles. She was placed in a locked cage inside a prison truck. Through the window, she could see people outside driving their cars. That is when she realized that they were slaves while she was free. This awareness is what brought her to say what has become one of her favorite quotes: “True freedom is inside!” Yet, she was being treated like an animal going to the slaughterhouse. [read the full account of her story in her book Madame Ghis, Escape in Prison]

How could she say that she was free? Simply, true freedom is an internal state of being that is both durable and without reason. It cannot be affected by external conditions. Ghis was conscious of being the creatrix* of her experience and she remained in peace with her creation.

When I say that I have no choice, I lower myself to the level of animality. In fact, I always have the choice between behaving as an intelligent, unconscious animal, the victim of the State, God, or Nature, or to remember who I am, an unlimited creatrix*, owner of the following attributes: liberty, invincibility, omniscience, pure joy, peace, and love. My prison is internal and the key for the door lies in my hands.

The Solution: The Transfer of Power

True freedom is accessible to me when I make the transfer of power from ego to soul, when I stop to behave out of fear and to be attached to results. I do what my soul tells me, even if I am afraid. I concentrate on the means instead of the end. The internal process that I go through during an experience allows me to grow in consciousness. This accelerates the permeation of spirit inside my body and allows me to dissolve the wall of death covering my cells.

There is a direct relationship between consciousness and action. As soon as I listen to my ego and his unquenchable thirst for security, I remain imprisoned, the slave of needs, habits, desires, beliefs. True freedom and invincibility are the direct result of my listening to my internal authority. This is a new, mysterious path that is deadly for the ego, but it is the only one that does not lead to a dead end. True freedom is not something I can buy; it is an internal state. No law can guarantee it. Nobody can remove it from me. It is already in my possession. All I need to do is “dis-cover” it.

Before a man can become free, he must choose freedom.” – Jeff Knaebel

Authors: Ghis and Mado

Personocratia: word that means “individual governance”. It designates any human being (living and terrestrial) who remembers who she is, Idessa, unlimited creatrix, and who behave as such in daily life.

Creatrix: feminine word for ‘creator’.

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Free Will in the Ancient Sanskrit Texts

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V. Susan Ferguson
The question of Free Will has challenged the best minds throughout human history. In the ancient Sanskrit texts Free Will is an enigma, a veiled mystery bewildering to most westerners. The Bhagavad Gita is the brilliant essence of the earlier texts, and even directly quotes various Upanishads. The final Chapter XVIII in the Bhagavad Gita is a summation of the others and verse 61 contains the Sanskrit term yantrarudhana, which is often translated as ‘mounted on a machine’.

The Lord of all beings abides in the Heart,
Causing all beings to wander, to move (to revolve),
[As if] fixed, attached to, mounted on a machine,
By the power of Illusion (maya).

The graphic, apparently holographic image of the yantrarudhana has always fascinated me. Over the years again and again I find myself reflecting on this metaphysical construct, the invisible cosmic machine-mechanism, which enfolds us in this temporal illusory holographic universe. In my mind I have often connected the yantrarudhana with the famous elusive Sri Yantra, that one can meditate on and never quite grasp.

The Sanskrit scholar J.A.B. van Buitenen translates the yantrarudhana as ‘water wheel’ and I have thought there is value in this because water symbolizes consciousness and a water wheel is a sort of perpetual motion machine that only requires a constant flow.

The metaphysical idea is that Life, what we believe we are experiencing as life, is only the temporal illusory meeting, a marriage of sorts between our sense apparatus and the objects they are engaged in — perhaps even creating as the five-senses send data back to our brain, which we interpret as solidity, sound, sight, etc. And it’s all somehow on automatic. The yantrarudhana is comparable to a matrix that has us in its endlessly whirling cycles of birth and death, desire and disappointment, pleasure and pain, sukha-duhkha in Sanskrit.

We Are Not the ‘Doer’

The Bhagavad Gita [III.27] teaches that we are not the Doer. It is only our confused and deluded sense of ego, ahamkara, literally ‘I-making’ that makes us think ‘I am the Doer’ – kartaham meaning ‘doer I’— when in the Real, it is the material nature Prakriti performing the acts. A wonderful teacher and scholar in Kerala India, Swami Muni Narayana Prasad, refers to the yantrarudhana as Prakriti-wheel rolling on. Prakriti is the Matrix, Nature’s womb of endless creativity and shakti-power. Thus we understand that we are mounted on a holographic water-wheel machine which is rolling on and on, in yuga after yuga throughout the cycles of time.

Prakriti operates through the three qualities, the gunas (sattva, rajas, and tamas). We are compelled by these three qualities, our modes of being, the gunas we ourselves have contributed to over multiple lifetimes. Their effects are the result of our acts, karma, and accumulate nested in our DNA. There is no being free of Prakriti’s gunas [BhG XVIII.40] either on earth or in any other world, even the heavenly realms. In ignorance of our Real nature and thus deluded, we are continually tossed around by our compulsions, while the Lord of our Being, the God-within sits observing, not attached, loving, patiently waiting, watching us manifest Its infinite creative potency and glory.

Thou art That

We are that One, and simultaneously mirrors for the Oneness. Yet we prefer our adventures and self-created distractions in the external hologram, pursuing our temporal desires that never bring us lasting fulfillment.

The Sanskrit texts teach that our only freedom is to Realize we never do or did anything. This wisdom-knowledge is arduous to acquire and is described as walking on a Razor’s Edge, however it is invaluable. The Recognition of the Divine Lila, the ‘Play’ — Liberates our consciousness (Moksha). We begin to understand the mechanics of bondage, the rules of the ‘game’ so to speak. The concentrated pulling back into the ubiquitous Oneness within thereby lifts the Veils of Ignorance.

So, in the Real sense — Free Will in the temporal illusory hologram is useless! Mildly amusing, isn’t it. This perplexing, often infuriating term Lila ‘play’ is ambiguous, loaded because we are more the all pervading One, God-consciousness, doing the ‘playing’ than the incarnated data-collecting vehicles being played. Subtle! In all respects we are that divine player, but we just don’t know it. . . yet. My way of understanding this switching back-and-forth between the temporal appearance of Free Will and the teaching that we are not the Doer at all is this:

When we think we have Free Will, we are not in the Oneness. When we are in the One, we realize there is only the One and the question is useless – it doesn’t matter. No sense of separateness can exist. As the Kashmir Shaivite Swami Lakshmanjoo says, “All questions disappear.” Can it be that the One enjoys the temporal illusory appearance of a limited Free Will in Its various manifested selves, you & me, as part of the entire spectrum of Its infinite possible expressions.

Siren Servers

The gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas) are the three qualities or modes that rule us and compel our acts. They are Borg-like — and surely there has never been a better material world symbol for the ‘mounted on a machine’ yantrarudhana than the massive cloud-data-collector computers that have been named Siren Servers by the very insightful programmer and computer scientist, Jaron Lanier.

“A Siren Server…is an elite computer, or coordinated collection of computers, on a network. It is characterized by narcissism, hyper-amplified risk aversion, and extreme information asymmetry. It is the winner of an all-or-nothing contest and it inflicts smaller all-or-nothing contests on those who interact with it.”

According to Lanier, Siren Servers take information without having to pay for it (Facebook, Google, etc.), secretly analyse that information, much of it personal including personal financial data, and use it to manipulate the rest of the world to the advantage of those who own and control these elite machines. Thus technology that was meant to liberate the mass of humankind has become, in the hands of tyrants, the perfect tool of our enslavement – or should I say in the pockets of tyrants.

Surely our own state of near complete disconnect with our Source has brought on the creation of machines, which reflect our current state of consciousness and are being misused to subjugate the many to the few. The clever conceit of those who care only for self-interest and profit at the expense of others and the environment is destroying the earth, her oceans, air and soil. Lightning quick, shallow thinking, using however brilliant algorithms to amass information in massive servers that only benefit the few is leading us to inevitable collapse.

Escape from the Labyrinth

Perhaps living in human form remains exciting to us only as long as the secret of life remains a mystery and an experience of the unknown. A life that has been logically calculated and predicted offers no challenge to us. Life without surprise is mechanical and dreary, ungodly, not fun. Are we appalled and bored by a life that is totally predictable?

The Siren Servers intend, it seems to corral all of us into predictable repetitive clone-like behaviour and patterns of consumption that benefit the ruling tyrants, the rich and the technocrats who serve them. When our highly complicated thought processes are entrapped in only specific areas of the brain, where will individual creativity come from?

The over use of computers and addiction to surfing the Net has been shown to actually alter the human brain physically. From ‘The Shallows’ by Nicholas Carr:

“The Net’s cacophony of stimuli short circuits both conscious and unconscious thought, preventing our mind from thinking deeply or creatively. …Heavy use has neurological consequences. …as the time we spend hopping across links crowds out the time we devote to quiet reflection and contemplation, the [brain] circuits that support those old intellectual functions and pursuits weaken and begin to break apart. The brain recycles the disused neurons and synapses…”

One wonders how this kind of entrainment by the machine will damage our capacity to meditate. Surely the rapid-fire experience of zooming around the Internet, reading dozens of articles in the most superficial way, perhaps only the first paragraph if that, is the extreme antithesis of the state of consciousness one hopes to achieve in meditation. This ‘redirection of our mental resources’ and ‘making judgements that are imperceptible to us’ as Nicholas Carr says, have been shown to ‘impede comprehension and retention’.

Carr quotes the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger, who back in the 1950s said: “…the looming tide of [the] technological could so captivate, bewitch, dazzle and beguile man that calculative [quantitative] thinking may someday come to be accepted and practiced as the only way of thinking.” The frenzy of quantity over quality, jumping from one focus to the next, using only a small part of the brain may destroy our capacity for quiet contemplation and meditation. The state of a calm and attentive mind cultivated in silence is not only the source of all genuine creativity and innovation, but also the only Door out of the temporal illusory holographic webs we have bound ourselves within.

Tyrants & Algorithms

How much of what we surf on the Net do we actually learn and absorb – and how much is mere titillation, escape and addiction? Where is our Free Will in formats generated by software? Are these new masters of the universe, who we are in fact allowing to transform the very way our brains operate — are they true masters of their own consciousness? Generic formats that gather our personal information exist and are used not for our benefit, but to manipulate us without our knowledge.

As Jaron Lanier says, yes it’s free – as long as we allow them to spy on us. What kind of freedom is that? Perhaps in this phase of our current Kali Yuga, the yantrarudhana has been projected externally into the hologram as these Siren Servers by our own lost and confused consciousness. The Kali Yuga is the Age of Conflict and Confusion. Rene Guenon’s description of the “Reign of Quantity” has descended into new depths. Have we created a new sort of Labyrinth to escape from, one literally and physically in our own brain?

Jason Lanier from his book ‘You Are Not a Gadget’: “It’s crazy not to worry that, with millions of people connected through a medium that sometimes brings out their worst tendencies, massive fascist-style mobs could rise up suddenly.” Will the next generation be more likely to “succumb to pack dynamics” because they have grown up with “crowd aggregation, as is the current fad.” The Siren Servers make it easier than ever for tyrants to herd the crowd, manipulating masses, shoals of people who never met, on paths leading to an abyss.

We cannot abide in harmony with eternal metaphysical Truth when we are in Ignorance of what that Truth (Satya) is — and it appears obvious to me looking at the condition of human consciousness and the environment of the entire ravaged planet, that we are ever more disconnected from our Source, whirling madly towards imbalance, tilting, tipping, skewed into deeper darker chaos. Those who choose to do so, to set Right the misalignments of our era will be served by first aligning their being with the God-within, the ubiquitous One that dwells within all.

The choice is clear. We can continue to run madly, rapid-fire around the labyrinth, blind mice in ever more complex artificial fake and self-created mirage-like mazes — or we can turn within to the Source of All that has been patiently waiting throughout non-existent time for our Return. The only authentic Free Will lies within.

About the Author

V. Susan Ferguson is the author of Inanna Returns, Inanna Hyper-Luminal; her own commentary on the Bhagavad Gita and the Shiva Sutras; and Colony Earth & the Rig Veda. Her website is Metaphysical Musing.

From a series on the final Chapter XVIII in the Bhagavad Gita:
http://www.metaphysicalmusing.com/gita%20XVIII/gitaxviii-index.htm

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