i've heard that 60% number also. You shouold check out "loose change" or better yet Alex Jones, Alex jones went on his radio show in July 2001 and said the white house was planning to hit the WTC and blame it on ossama a cia asset. You can see the video of the broadcast on google films dated 2 months before the attack.
If you realy believe the bible you will stone football players to death because they have touched the skin of a pig and are unclean.
So far in this journal there have been many entries regarding interface with the physical world. It has mostly been an offering in service of valuable insights that have helped me get futher down the road of being a "spiritual person in the marketplace". The problem I had, and still do have but to a lesser extent, is carrying that bliss I feel after meditating or after prolonged retreat out into day to day life without it diminishing.
To sum up what I found is that, for me, the desires of self, hidden or not, act like anchors or attachments. And when one tries to maintain that spiritual bliss, these are the chains that pull one down out of it. I found that if one were to remain in retreat, up in the cave per se, those attachments remain largely inactive because of the absense of the things that stimulate them. Once out of retreat and walking down the street...hey there's a good looking woman...and for some reason, by turning toward that sexual impulse, the spiritual bliss would diminish. Just saying this for my case mind you. So the mission again was to maintain that bliss without having to live in a cave. The examination of what I call the "interface" point is largely what the previous posts have been about. Ways I found to be in the world yet not of the world. It is important to note that it is not a method of escape but rather of facing those things you want to get away from head on in order to heal, excel, and move on to deeper things.
I pointed out some ways I found to pinpoint those desires and break them. I wrote also about where I found both roads to lead. Turning to the desires of the self begetting getting cut off from the higher lights to a degree. Cutting off the desires begetting deeper experiences of the higher realms. I pointed out that fasting is a great way to easily diminish the desires and experience more of the higher aspects. Much easier than "seek and destroy" healing methods or excess methods. Excess methods, known to the Tantra Path in particular, encourage a person to over endulge in the desires so they burn that desire out. It is important to note that the Tantra Path is far more than just sex, sex, sex, or a sexual thing alone.
But for this entry I would like to focus not on the "interface" point but rather on plunging into those higher realms. Whether able to maintain contact and awareness on these worlds while going out in day to day life or not, I feel it necessary to comment on them at this point.
For this post I would like to focus on what the Sufis and Muslims call the "malakut". In short the malakut is the world of the heart. It is the world of existance just higher than this physical world. It is a world of existance more subtle than the physical and it has many levels. Contained in it is the place new agers call "the astral plane". It is the world where subtle beings live for example: faeries, angels, demons, elfs, etc. There are many, many, many places to go and see in the Malakut. Like this physical world it has many beautiful places and many not so beautiful places. Some would be satisfied spending all of their days exploring this place but it is important to know that, even though it can be incredible and enough for anyone to enjoy for a whole lifetime, there are higher places to seek and attain to.
When a person is seeing energy, they are peering into the malakut. Some psychics have their mind or awareness without sight on the malakut. Since this physical world is rendered out from the more subtle malakut, often times things happen in the malakut before they happen in the physical. Hence the, "I knew that was going to happen" phenomenon. An energy worker could be able to look at a seemingly healthy person and see that something not so desirable needs to be diminished before rendering disease.
The world of the malakut is more subtle than the physical. If one has awareness of the malakut of things they see things with less illusion covering it over. Kind of like peering behind a mask. It is useful for instance if someone isn't truthful with you. Their dishonesty would be plainly visable in the malakut by whatever means you perceive the malakut. Perceiving being; seeing, smelling, feeling, intuiting, etc. When one's senses are heightened, normally this is the first place they become aware of.
When one has engaged in breaking their attachments to the physical world via breaking the self oriented desires, they become more aware of their existance in the malakut. Many people have not formally engaged in breaking any attachments but have done so, naturally, on their own. Following that natural impulse of the heart to seek higher ground per se. Musicians and artists have an advantage with their trade in becoming more aware of the malakut. By focusing on subtlties of feeling, hearing, seeing, etc. people like artists and musicians can and do become very aware at times that there is this other world going on all the time. Many musicians and artists get a glimpse by taking substances that run large amounts of electromagnetic force through their systems. This flood of electromagnetic force prys open the perceptions, giving one a temporary time of hightened awareness. Normally they arrive at perceiving the phenomenon happening in the world of the malakut. This was my case for sure.
On taking perception raising substances: I can only speak for myself here. I think there are many things to weigh out when doing this. It is a very, very easy way to get a taste of realities alternate than the physical. I think it can knock people out of having sole awareness on the physical world and cause them to hunger for deeper experiences in general. I think alternate ways of being and thinking are good, for sure, BUT if you go out into the forest without a compass, you may get lost. The compass I am speaking of is the heart, love and it's derivatives in partucular.
God knows the gateways He lays for people to go through and the timing they are gone through. In my case, taking perception heightening substances was on the books, opened doors for me, caused me to question things that needed to be questioned, and gave me a deeper insight into the spiritual nature. I do think in hindsight that there are many dangers in going this route and it is by no means the highest route one can ultimately take.
I can now equate even my most profound experiences using perception raising substances to the experiences of a tourist. There for a while, on a "trip", seeing and experiencing lots of neat things, getting to know some places well, but ultimately, right back to the physical. Maybe with a few T-shirts. I think it is safe to say now, I know what it takes to live there, how much rent costs, where the good places to eat are, what places to avoid, and who owns which properties. I also found that, hey, there is another place down the road that is even better. I speak for myself alone here.
There are many things one can say about the malakut but again it is important to know that no matter how fascinating the malakut can be, there are higher places to attain to.
"It's the end of religion as we know it, and I feel very, very fine"
San Francisco is having it's annual Green Festival right now. Nothing like spending the day feeding great organic food to a great group of people. If you are in the Bay Area, be sure to check it out. It's the cutting edge of the Green Economy in one place. Great food, great music, great speakers, check it out. Just web search green festival to find out details.
I had an interesting conversation with one individual today. Fueled by single origin, organic, and sustainable espresso, our topic of conversation had a caffine courage to be reckoned with. The guy I was talking to had been raised strict Roman Catholic. He spent a lot of his time after moving away from his home getting out of what seemed to be, "a limited outlook on life and spirituality". He kept on repeating over and over to me that he thought the time in the world for the end of religion was long past due.
Interesting I thought. But for what reason?
He went on to explain indirectly just what he thought organized religion stood for. After hearing I could agree as well that the time in the world for the end of what he called religion was long past due. But it also brought an interesting topic to mind.
Just what does "organized religion" mean to us. Also, when a person says "I am religious" or "I am not religious", just what does that mean to us provided they don't explain anything?
Don't get me wrong, it is a huge and hot topic. It can be a scary word, religion. I don't claim to know what it means to the next guy but to the guy I was talking to it meant something along the lines of controlling, cold, hard, limiting, etc.
He was a beautiful guy and he was obviously deeply in touch with the love, the peace, and the freedom this existance has to offer. So I said to him, "my experience of religion isn't limiting, isn't compulsive, and isn't anything contrary to those things that people generally find to be sincerely good".
It made him pause and think for a very long time. You could see a tiny light bulb going on in his head. But when he continued to ask me about what I personally practice, he kept on asking me about what I would call "outer" things.
"Who do you learn from" "Well I do have a spiritual teacher"
Ding, ding, ding! Wrong answer. Back to his image of what it means to have someone teach spirituality to you. Again, I explained that it was not anything contrary to what people would sincerely consider to be good.
Bottom line to this whole topic is that people often times tend to stick to their images of what they think something is rather than look to see and experience what is right in front of their faces. I do it myself with certain things as do most people but their is a name for this sort of thing. Prejudice.
Prejudice defined means to pre-judge something before direct experience. It is historically a very dangerous thing. It is also historically a negative thing.
I told him a short story about my direct experience of religion. It was continuing to frame things in the light of direct experience that really made things work. It was just this word, religion, that was getting in the way. Before full explaination, the word, along with my support for the word, was even making this spiritual and deep individual visibly heated.
There is something very liberating about tasting things for oneself that I would like to speak about. There are many secrets in doing this. When thinking about why people are prejudice I often land on the aspect of prejudice that can serve to protect a person in certain cases. But I think that ultimately, directly experiencing something, especially if we do really want to know their true natures, is the highest road one can take for the most part.
There is something called "mass consciousness". Ever hear of the 100th monkey theory? It is a phenomenon where beliefs and behaviors spread instantly through a species. Albiet once a critical number of individuals hold the behavior or belief has been reached. It is believed that this occurs with the human race as well as with animals.
If this theory is true we then have to look at what is being fed to this mass consciousness. Where do people get their information from? What are some of those broad reaching, widely held beliefs? You don't have to look to far to see how nature responds to living within mass consciousness rather than with direct experience. What is the reward of living by following the group? Sure it is easy and safe. A lot of people just want that out of life. It is, after all, an animal instinct to seek safety.
It's not easy living by direct experience but it is a very, very rewarding way to go in my opinion. I strongly believe that therein lies some, if not all, of true freedom.
Every true innovator in history has had the guts to consider things "outside of the box". It has been those who have ventured out at their own risk, and stood stong by what they found, that have been the true reapers of freedom. Nature, for some reason, seems to reward this.
So, for the sake of that good ol' higher aspiration, for the seekers of real knowledge, for those who wish to enrich their life experience, and for those who wish to continue to grow, learn, and expand, experience life directly. Not through the band leader's eye, not through your parent's eye, not through your TV's eye, not through the group that you hang out with's eye. Through your own.
"If you act on what you know, you will be met with what you don't know"
You may shake up the cage a bit but it's really worth it. Look to see what opponents arise both within and without you as you do this. Chances are, they are things that wish to control things.
It is important to note that in doing this you put yourself on the line. You really have to keep tabs when you do this. Keep in mind that pretty much all of us aren't enlightened masters and we may have some impulses that don't lead to the best places. Watch the signs when you do this. You'll know when you are headed in the right direction.
The basic guide to follow to avoid trouble is don't do the things that are contrary to peace, love, mercy, freedom, and justice. But, again, if you want to learn what happens to your quality of life if you go against these things, taste for yourself.
A Taliban suicide bomber killed up to 12 people at the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in an attack the rebels said was aimed at Dick Cheney, but the visiting U.S. vice president was not hurt.