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If a person places material values above spiritual values, that person is of physical mind-set (paradigm): If a person places spiritual values above material values, that person is of spiritual mind-set (paradigm).
Most of the newcomers to spiritual mind-set will be 1-2 lifers ... that is, young animal souls, to whom religious belief and fervour come naturally: They will tend to join fundamentalist religions.
As Islamic theocracies will not compromise on religious matters and as many western nations are unable to sympathise with Islamic viewpoints, a number of Islamic nations will withdraw from the United Nations (probably by 1995).
The switch from a material to a spiritual paradigm is the recognition that in so far as we are spiritual we are richer and, in so far as we are material, we are poorer. It is the feeling of inward strength that is our spirituality ... it is our feeling of well-being ... it is our feeling of worth and self-esteem ... it is our feelings of love, compassion, faith and hope ... it is our feelings of creativity and sheer joy of living ... and, above all, our personal love of God and our experience of God's love for us. Along with all this, is the wonderful feeling that one has entered upon an eternal life which will grow constantly in richness and rewards.
Modern spirituality is the recognition that we are standalone spiritual beings ... all-powerful sovereign spirits which have no props and have no need for props ... for we are the children of God.
When a monad becomes part of a host, it takes on certain characteristics of its host. Behaviourly, specialisation and role-playing are involved ... and, spiritually, mutual responsibilities are involved. The bonds, between a monad and its host may vary from loose association to absolute integrality: In the latter case, profound personality changes may ensue.
A monad is always free to join, or not to join, a host ... and a monad is always free to leave a host. But a host is analagous to a family, and a monad tends to remain with the host which it has freely chosen.
The function of the egg-womb system is to release the quality charge of food-energy to the baby and to the mother. The function of the procreative act is to create a bridge, flow and union, whereby positive and negative are joined and stored quality is released, in a cathartic event which is at once spiritual, chemical, electrical, biological and psychological: The resultant, the fertilised egg, is very highly qualitative. The prospective mother hungers for the child-quality and quality also for herself ... as one desire and one reward. The procreative act itself releases quality and both partners gain from the release.
The male and female complementarity equates the proton and electron complementarity. The resolution of opposite polarities is accompanied by a randomisation of energy and quality ... that is, by increased entropy. All natural processes involve the release of quality from mass and its absorption by monads.
Compassion arises from our intuitive knowledge that when another suffers we also suffer: Intuitively we know that we are one and Absolute and, though our primary concern is for 'number one', we also feel for our absolute self which is in others.
In Absolute and transfinite terms, prediction loses its temporality and becomes insight. As remainder-time collapses and concertinas exponentially, insight gains exponentially, in function and importance.
In so far as we concentrate on the future we tend to decrease our concentration on the present. Insight comes from concentration on the here-now. The Absolute is wholly in each moment and nothing is excluded from the here-now. By fully understanding the present, we fully understand the future.
Modern man is the acme of negentropic reaction (issuing from the big-bang cold-shock, when absolute heat hit the absolute cold of void) ... and now, from 1945, we have explosive release of cold-shock tension. The 1945 advent heralds the arrival of the 180mya core thermo-nuclear explosion heat at the Earth's surface.
As we teeter on the brink of full-knowledge, our timespace system teeters on the brink of singularity. The system is as sensitive and vulnerable and collapsible as a bubble: Indeed, that is what it is ... a bubble, blown at the instant of the big-bang and cold-set by the absolute cold of void.
All things and events are qualitative and transfinite. When we live a memorised happening now, it is not a fake or copy ... it is the real thing: We are actually living it now. Time affects mass and energy but it has no influence over mind. Our mental experiences of times past are just as qualitative and just as real in times present as in times past.
The negentropic process is the means by which the Absolute develops and augments itself. By creating negentropic obstacles of itself, the Absolute proceeds to its objectives by a mechanism of contraction, succeeded by expansive quantum leaps.
The traumatic function is an entropic queueing function. When a mass hits a black-hole horizon, it explodes and the constituent parts of the exploding body are repelled but retained within the black-hole's gravitational field. The black-hole thus queues its incoming mass-energy for later phases of entropic processing.
An implicit question is why a perfect and complete Absolute needs to replicate and expand. The answer is that an Absolute has no limitations: Its completeness is unlimited ... it is a dynamic and ever-developing completeness.
Self-realisation may be likened to a white-hole conversion of quality from a negentropic condition to singularity. Incoming negentropic quality is traumatised into engrams while it queues for release and conversion to fully realised singularity.
Each quality may be perceived as a godded personality, in that each is a particular manifestation of the Absolute. When, in the first commandment, we are commanded to have no other god before the Lord our God, we are warned against worshipping any particular quality. When we love, we must guard against worshipping love; when we make war, we must guard against worshipping war; when we seek wealth, we must guard against worshipping wealth ... and so on. To concentrate upon any one quality, detracts from concentration on the Absolute, which is all qualities. Only by empathising completely with the Absolute may we enter upon our inheritance as children of God.
When one focuses on the past, one feels emprisoned in unalterable events ... and there is no feeling of freedom. By contrast, when one focuses on the future, one does have a feeling of freedom ... and a feeling of willing and doing. One may participate in making the future, but one may not unmake the past.
Entropy is the universal trend to disintegration and chaos ... and it manifests in innumerable ways. The incidence of crime, civil wars, drug addiction, AIDS, unemployment, inflation, earthquakes, volcanism, climatic changes, hurricanes, droughts, floods and other natural disasters, varies from country to country, but the entropic cause is common to all these phenomena.
All qualities, including energy, are absolute and essentially homogeneous and unpolarised. The traumatic shock, of heat meeting cold at the 'big bang' episode, was the cause of polarisation. Traumas and polarities abate over time: At the stage of absolute awareness, they cease to exist.
Detached from the conventional wisdoms, and living as much in the future as the present, the predictor's timeview tends to isolate him. In a way, he is closer to reality and more of a realist than contemporaries, who see him as a visionary.
If the predictor is able to sustain himself in his reality, he is in a stronger position than most. If he can remain calm and self-possessed, he will gain further in strength. He must shield himself against uninformed and ill-willed criticism ... and he must, to some extent, be prepared to stand alone ... but, if he remains calm, he will be very strong ... and he will be like a high-rock island, standing solidly among restless seas.
The members of a language group share a mediative symbology, peculiar to their group: The symbols of a particular language have meanings and interpretations which are different from those of other languages. A language is a very important component of every person's notational network (to which stimuli are referred, prior to response), and it follows that behavioural responses (to like stimuli) will vary from language group to language group.
Each occupational group develops a sub-language, associated with insights and viewpoints peculiar to its members. These sub-languages, with their meanings, become part of the role-playing behaviour of group members. The thousand plus record of established legal maxims gives us an insight into the sub-language of the legal profession. The management group is programmed with concepts such as group dynamics, strategic stance and payback periods and great pre-occupation with the bottom-line. Each occupational group develops its own jargon and, with the jargon, goes viewpoints and attitudes. Medical practitioners eye people in terms of blood pressure and propensity for this or that illness. Insurance people eye us all in terms of life expectancy or accident proneness: They have a well developed special jargon too. We have a great propensity to develop special codes and symbols ... and to adopt associated behavioural patterns: We are natural role-players, natural mimics and natural actors. The languages we adopt are central to the roles we play.
It is important for us to be aware of the nature of our mediative networks (personal programming), whether such networks be of ethnic language, occupational language, religion, cultural group, special education, or propositional collections of a general character, such as this present work.
It is a peculiarity of human mediative networks that they tend to become generative. They tend to take on a life of their own and, being themselves notational and propositional, they produce new additional notations and propositions.
Our perceived universe is our mediative network ... our programming. We may readily posit that each generation builds upon its genetically inherited programmes, but are they self-sustaining and self-activating? our species may be of singularity and it may create its own environment, as it develops ... and its environment may be of itself and one with itself. Our species may be completely self-sustaining and self-activating.
Instead of conceiving of notational networks as being mediative between stimulus and response, we should conceive of notational networks as a total reality which initiates its own stimuli and responses.
As the Absolute is wholly in each of its parts, each part is Absolute, and we humans are Absolute beings. As the Absolute's notational networks are self-sustaining and self-initiating, our human notational networks are likewise Absolute, self-sustaining and self-initiating.
If we can rationalise anything as truth, are we not left in a state of confusion and indecision? No! The final determinant is always our will. By will, we select our truths and proceed with our actions.
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