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#1522 - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - Editor: Joyce (Know_Mystery)
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Music: Within_You from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Panhala/
Joe Riley ~ HolyGeek & Alan Larus, photo
Robert Cooper ~ DailyDharma
This meditation is by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Every school of meditation offers a way to still the mind, because spiritual experiences take place beyond the level of the mind. The mind is known as "the slayer of the real"; its thoughts keep us isolated in a world of illusion. The mind keeps us identified with the ego, and the mind's continual chatter separates us from the deeper levels of our being.
Watching our thoughts, we can see how often the mind thinks us, and not the other way around. We are prisoners of our mind and ego, but meditation can help set us free.Different spiritual traditions use different techniques to still the mind. Sufism is a path with love. Love is the greatest power in creation and in Sufism's deep prayers and meditations, it takes us beyond the mind and beyond the self: the lover is taken into the presence of the Beloved.
In these states we may experience the intimacies of divine love: a tender caress, words whispered into our heart. We may feel the wonder of being loved, or taste the peace of our soul. But for the mystic, the journey goes even deeper, into the infinite emptiness that lies beyond the mind: "The dark silence in which all lovers lose themselves."
For the Sufi, the mystical journey is from form to formlessness, from the presence of our own self to the presence of the Beloved for whom our heart longs. On this journey, love leads us back to love. God, our Beloved, comes into or heart and calls us, seducing us with the sweetness of touch, with an intoxicating taste of union. The work of the lover is to surrender to this mystery of loving, to allow the heart to be opened. And although most of this work happens secretly within us, in the very core of our being, there are ancient techniques to open us to the beyond, to the wonder that is within our own heart.
The Sufi meditation of the heart is a method of lifting the veils of separation and awakening us to what is real. It is a simple but effective way to use the energy of love to still the mind and go beyond the ego.
It is best practiced for at least half an hour every morning.
In This Meditation We Imagine Three Things
1) We must suppose that we go deep within ourselves, deeper and deeper into our most hidden self. There in our inmost being, in the very core of ourselves, we will find a place where there is peace, stillness, and above all, love.
2) After having found this place, we must imagine that we are seated there, immersed into, surrounded by, the Love of God. We are in deepest peace. We are loved; we are sheltered; we are secure. All of us is there, physical body and all; nothing is outside, not even a fingertip, not even the tinniest hair. Our whole being is contained within the Love of God.
3) As we sit there, happy, serene in God's presence, thoughts will intrude into our mind- what we did the day before, what we have to do tomorrow. Memories float by, images appear before the mind's eye.
We have to imagine that we are getting hold of every thought, every image and feeling, and drowning it, merging it into the feeling of love.
Every feeling, especially the feeling of love, is much more dynamic than the thinking process, so if one does this practice well, with the utmost concentration, all thoughts will disappear. Nothing will remain, The mind will be empty.When we become familiar with this meditation, we no longer use the imagination. We just fill the heart with the feeling of love and then drown any thoughts in the heart.
Emptying the mind, we create an inner space where we can become aware of the presence of our Beloved. God is always with us, but our mind, emotions, and the outer world are veils which separate us. God is silent emptiness, and in order to experience God we need to become silent. In meditation we give ourselves back to God, our Beloved, returning from the world of forms to the formless Truth within the heart.
Freyja ~ AdvaitaToZen
Scott Reeves ~ AwarenessTheWayToLove
The Haji who lived at the outskirts of the town was said to perform
miracles, so his home was a center of pilgrimage for large crowds of sick
The Master, who was known to be quite uninterested in the miraculous, would
never reply to questions on the Haji.
When asked point-blank why he was opposed to miracles, he replied, "How can
one be opposed to what is taking place before one's eyes each moment of the
Anthony de Mello, SJ
Look! Here am I right within you.
Not in temple, nor in mosque,
Not in Kaaba nor Kailas,
But here right within you am I.
~ Kabir ~
Joyce Short ~ AdvaitaToZen
"You'll gather that..."
"You'll gather that I'm NOT one of those spiritual teachers who give their
pupils the option: 'Either see Who you are, or else surrender to me. If you
aren't ready to find the true Guru in yourself, at least find Him
provisionally in me, as a first step. The second step, from me as your
authority to yourself as your real Authority, may then follow.' Those
teachers include some great souls, and I'm not saying they are wrong. It's
not that this roundabout road to enlightenment via devotion to a guru is
closed, but that it's a long a difficult diversion, and few they are that
emerge from it on to the main highway. I still have to meet a devotee who
has come through and will tell you so. Accordingly my message, day in and
day out, to anyone who has half an ear, is: What, for heaven's sake is
wrong with the direct approach to Yourself? It couldn't be better paved and
easier going and safer -and shorter. In fact, all you have to do is face in
the right direction, and, like a shot - you've arrived at the Place you
never left! That 180 degree turn-about of attention is enough to see you
right Home instantly. But you are responsible for making it. Your
attention is not something I can get hold of like a wrong pointing signpost,
and twist it around to point in the right way. It's you who have to do
From: The Trial of The man Who Said He Was God
Pete ~ DirectApproach
Identities give us a false sense of security, of familiarity.
We think we know when we give things names. We
wallpaper the mystery with these name tags and believe
we have explained it away.
To live with the mystery that we are, and that surrounds
us. To rest in it without false explanations. What delightful
insecurity that is!
language stunts creativity
In general, the left hemisphere of the brain controls language, memory and emotional control, while the right side is dominant in visual and musical ability. Damage to the left hemisphere may liberate the right side to express itself.
Dr. Miller began to think of the left side of healthy brains as a bully, suppressing the creative instincts of the other side.
"I've wondered whether this dominant hemisphere which shapes our linguistic perceptions of the world may in some ways dampen our visual ways of thinking, which is, I think, at the core of great art," he says.
Joyce ~ SpiritualFriends & Alan Larus ~ TrueVision
Space, and the twelve clean winds
feet the foot-hills nestle, brown with flecks of green;
the twelve clean winds are here;
Confucius came, a half a thousand years before the
~ Eunice Tietjens ~
Joe Riley ~ NDS
Lobster ~ insightpractice
In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful computer error
messages with Haiku poetry messages. They're used to communicate a
timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight
through extreme brevity. Here are 13 actual error messages from Japan:
1. The web site you seek cannot be located, but countless more exist.
2. Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent and reboot. Order shall return.
3. Program aborting: Close all that you have worked on. You ask far too
4. Windows crashed. I am the Blue Screen of Death. No one hears your
5. Yesterday it worked. Today it is not working. Windows is like that.
6. Your file was so big. It might be very useful, but now it is gone.
7. Stay the patient course. Of little worth is your ire. The network is
8. A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone.
9. Three things are certain: Death, taxes and lost data. Guess which has
10. You step in the stream, but the water has moved on. This page is not
11. Out of memory. We wish to hold the whole sky, but we never will.
12. Having been erased, the document you're seeking must now be retyped.
13. Serious error. All shortcuts have disappeared. Screen ... mind - both
Web Address : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HolyGeek
or send a blank email to: [email protected]
"I really love what you've started over at HolyGeek, Lobster!
It's really useful and lively and has good people participating."
"so do i, so do i!
thanks, my ocean friend"
Computer advice shared, shorn and shone . . .
PS. Attention Attention Attention
In my efforts to serve the web footed
Buddhas of the future and under the
direction of the 'Astral Dolphins'
I have been learning to program.
My first tentative efforts
can be seen taking shape here :-)
One of the inspiration scripts that
will be used will be devoted to
What words would you find
useful/inspiring in such a program?
from the evolutionary-psychology home on yahoogroups
'I wanted to show how niceness evolves' David Sloan Wilson says plankton can tell us a lot about God and human morality. By Andrew Brown Thursday July 24, 2003
The Guardian David Sloan Wilson's career as a biologist started with zooplankton in the depths of the ocean and has ascended to God. He is convinced the same theoretical tools can be used to analyse the patterns of animal behaviour and human belief; and that the kinds of equations that tell you whether fish will be brightly or dully coloured, depending on the part of a river they live in, will also tell you why Calvinism thrived in 16th-century Geneva but the church of England is in decline today.
This ambition may smack of standard sociobiological imperialism - the belief that the other ways of looking at the world should defer to evolutionary biology. But Wilson's version has two twists. First, he does not believe biological understandings could or should replace the methods of the social sciences. He wants a commonwealth of knowledge, not an empire. Secondly, he believes an essential tool for understanding social life is group selection. Anyone who has read the Selfish Gene will know the canonical history of modern biology starts with the rejection of group selection. Organisms are not selected for the good of their groups, but for the good they can do their genes. That seems to be the insight from which everything else springs; and it looks theoretically rock solid. If organisms appear to be acting altruistically, they must really be acting for the good of their genes . The basis on which this argument rests is almost as simple as natural selection itself, says Wilson: "The fundamental problem of social life is that selfishness beats altruism within a group. But altruistic groups trump selfish groups. It's amazing that you can take such a controversial theory and describe it in two sentences." http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/interview/story/0,12982,1004403,00.html From the Archive of News in Brain and Behavioural Sciences
Joyce ~ DeepWell
It Is An Elevation
ABSTRACT "The previously unstudied emotion of elevation is described. Elevation appears to be the opposite of social disgust. It is triggered by witnessing acts of human moral beauty or virtue. Elevation involves a warm or glowing feeling in the chest, and it makes people want to become morally better themselves. Because elevation increases ones desire to affiliate with and help others, it provides a clear illustration of Fredricksons (2000) broaden-and-build model of the positive emotions... "This brief essay applies Fredrickson's model to a new positive emotion that has not been described thus far by academic psychologists: elevation. Elevation is a warm, uplifting feeling that people experience when they see unexpected acts of human goodness, kindness, and compassion (Haidt, Algoe, Meijer, Tam, & Chandler, 2000). It makes a person want to help others and to become a better person himself or herself. Elevation makes sense when viewed through Fredrickson's broaden-and-build model..."
SEEING HOW THE SPIRIT MOVES US By Gareth Cook The Boston Globe
Show people scenes from the life of Mother Teresa, laboring in the filth of Calcutta, and they will get a feeling often described by prophets and poets, but not recognized by science.
Even a glimpse of human kindness - a hand placed on a leper's forehead, or a newborn, once fragile and abandoned, being lifted from its crib - can be enough to evoke what University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls "elevation." A branch of the vagus nerve is activated, he said, giving the chest a "sensation of expansion," provoking chills, causing the tear ducts to well up, and, in some cases, clenching the throat.
Haidt has embarked on a quest to prove that elevation deserves recognition as a distinct emotion, like anger, with its own constellation of physical symptoms. "People of many cultures imagine a ladder with God above and the devil below. When we see someone move down, we feel disgust," said Haidt. "But what if we see someone move up?"
Modern psychology has been rediscovering emotion, as brain imaging improves dramatically and researchers share a sense of embarrassment that, to date, they have agreed on only six emotions - happiness, sadness, surprise, fear, disgust, and anger - and that most of them are downers. Amusement and relief are now in their sights, but the greatest feeling, love, is still too elusive to be defined by sudden physiological changes.
Haidt's initial research is especially interesting, researchers say, because there are hints that elevation functions as a kind of moral inspiration, motivating people to be more social and more giving. And if scientists can identify the emotional roots of charity, and the conditions that foster them, that would bring closer the dream of religious visionaries like Mother Teresa: a society in which the season of giving lasts all year.
"In the last 30 years, we've come to see emotions as important for survival, for making good decisions. What Haidt is doing is showing that they also have these moral functions," said Dacher Keltner, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley who is studying the feeling of awe. "To the extent that you can find a state that makes people adhere to moral principles, that suggests you can improve things."
From the beginning, the inspiring behavior of some people has posed what evolutionary theorists call "the problem of altruism" - that is, why does charity exist at all? In the Darwinian crucible where only the fittest survive, one would expect that creatures who give away food would quickly go extinct. Any altruistic tendencies should have disappeared, washed away in the acid bath of competition.
Yet, this theory can be difficult to reconcile with the fact that, for example, Americans gave $190 billion to charity last year, according to Giving USA, an annual philanthropy report.
The solution, scientists think, lies in the insight that humans, like chimpanzees or dolphins, are social animals that communicate and cooperate to survive in a hostile environment. Even the simple innovation of having someone keep watch for threats while others sleep would bring huge evolutionary advantages. Thus, they theorize, a system of "reciprocal altruism," in which members of a group trade favors over time, could take hold. In a seminal paper nearly three decades ago, Robert Trivers explained how this system would create the foundations of morality, in which creatures commit acts that will bolster the group's survival, and even punish those who break the rules and threaten stability. As animals adapted to function in the complex new social order, they would develop a capacity for sympathy and trust.
"We have built up our morality on a firm foundation that you can see in the animal world," said Frans de Waal, author of "Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals." He has shown that chimpanzees share, mediate, console, and reconcile after conflict. "We have a lot of psychological continuity with chimpanzees," he said. Still, de Waal said, humans are unique in that they will help strangers. Israeli biologist Amotz Zahavi argues that charity is just a form of "showing off," of gaining social status, or impressing potential mates. Even anonymous donors, he said, could be trying to impress their spouses, or secretly hoping that their identity gets out. Others theorize that as humans have developed the ability to reason abstractly, they have also broadened their notion of who belongs to their tribe, so that they can feel kinship with, and thus sympathy for, someone they have never met.
The answer has not been settled, but, still, biologists are increasingly convinced that the roots of goodness run deep. Morality, they say, is not solely a human creation, invented by philosophers and religious leaders to tame a sinning beast, but part of our core being, driven by instinct and emotion. To study elevation, Haidt and University of Virginia student Anita Tam divided subjects into two groups. One was shown a television documentary on Mother Teresa, and, to distinguish elevation from happiness, the other group was shown "America's Funniest Home Videos."
The results, which have not yet been published, showed that viewers reported different physical responses, and that the comedy viewers were more likely to be focused on themselves, while the Teresa viewers were more likely to feel like doing "prosocial" activities such as volunteering.
The next step, which Haidt has begun, will be to describe more precisely what the physical elevation response is, in the laboratory, and then demonstrate that it is distinctive and reproducible.
Also crucial will be showing that the results hold in different cultures, said Paul Ekman, who established the list of six basic emotions that have been widely accepted as benchmarks. Ekman is a professor of psychology at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco.
For a response to qualify as an emotion, researchers will need to show that it is an immediate reaction to a change in the environment - not a broader "sentiment," like love - and that, while activated, it causes a person to think differently.
Ekman and others speculated that elevation might be a kind of awe, which has become a favored topic of research among emotion specialists. Just as the dizzying, rough-hewn walls of the Grand Canyon can inspire a transforming feeling of being in the presence of something greater, so can acts of what Haidt calls "moral beauty."
Haidt said that he became interested in elevation after he studied what he considers its opposite - the kind of "social disgust" one feels at hearing that someone has, for example, sold a child. Just as that feeling is nature's warning of someone to avoid, Haidt reasons, elevation could be a signal that you are near someone that would be good to cooperate with.
And if these feelings are, as Haidt thinks, an essential part of us, then the theory would help explain how moral leaders such as Jesus or Buddha or Mohammed could have such a foundation-shaking influence on so many. I
t could also explain why nonviolent protest, of the kind championed by Gandhi or Martin Luther King, can have such power. Righteousness, they argue, would by its example go straight to a person's heart, literally changing it.
zohshow. com/News/Newsbytes/tidbits1212411.htm - link no longer working.
More on Elevation
"November 18, 2002 Positive emotions (78)
"From Jon Haidt's paper on positive emotion, "Elevation and the positive psychology of morality" "If disgust is the emotional reaction that we feel when we see people move down... then is there a corresponding emotion we feel when we see people move up? ... I have called this emotion elevation" "To begin, my students and I did a simple recall study, asking college students to recall and write about times when they had been in one of four positive emotion-arousing situations. The prompt for elevation was to "think of a specific time when you saw a manifestation of humanity's 'higher' or 'better' nature." Control conditions included instructions to "think of a specific time when you were making good progress towards a goal," which is the appraisal condition described by Lazarus (1991) as the elicitor of happiness. In a second study we induced elevation in the lab by showing participants 10 minute video clips, one of which was about the life of Mother Teresa. (Control conditions included an emotionally neutral but interesting documentary, and a comedy sequence from the television show "America's Funniest Home Videos"). In both studies we found that participants in the elevation conditions reported different patterns of physical feelings and motivations, when compared to participants in the happiness and other control conditions. Elevated participants were more likely to report physical feelings in their chests, especially warm, pleasant, or "tingling" feelings, and they were more likely to report wanting to help others, to become better people themselves, and to affiliate with others. In both studies happiness energized people to engage in private or self-interested pursuits, while elevation seemed to open people up and turn their attention outwards, towards other people. Elevation therefore fits well with Fredrickson's (1998) "broaden and build" model of the positive emotions, in which positive emotions are said to motivate people to cultivate skills and relationships that will help them in the long run." The question is, how do we figure out a way of connecting the notion of elevation to the dynamics of the network effect?"
From Tom Munnecke' blog: http://munnecke.com/blog/archives/2002_11.html More: http://www.psychologytoday.com/htdocs/prod/PTOArticle/PTO-20000501-000015.ASP
Earl ~ josephcampbellmythologygroup
Artificial Intelligence and Other Such Mythologies and Magic
|An interesting thread this HAL
Intelligence (an affliction of the masses also) has this
fuzzy logic thing (which happens to be like an aging
affliction of mine) where computers learn and respond in
accordance with some input sensory consistency process
not unlike humans. Even now, chips have simple to complex
learning processes in them. We will likely, one day, end
up with computers "in our own image" (we have
joined the gods) and that will be more of a reproductive
ego error than programming. Ego will/has caused us to
think we have the ability to do some "ultimate"
programming but within the newer "living
tissue" computers that will evolve, evolutions could
take some interesting turns. Not being a futurist particularly,
but trying to keep up a bit with AI and molecular
machines and tissue modeling, the coupling of AI and
molecular biology (cloning) presents some interesting
possibilities. If one started with stem cells, one might
be able to program them with some limitations but if
regular run of the mill human tissue is used it is
already likely encoded with information that, if awakened
could provide some civilization hiccups. (I can feel the
military drooling) Imagine a programmable human tissue
clone that could look and respond as you may choose. Talk
about a new mythology. There in our creative role as god,
we can and will, really create and I can assure you that
pieces of these projects
|are well underway
all over the "civilized world" as we speak
(IMO). From just a few stem cells, we may be able to make
not only parts for the body but designer bodies to
satisfy our every whim. Evolution is an unstoppable
process where once an idea is hatched, it will likely
come to pass, in some or another form. HAL was futuristic
at the time but exists now in disconnected pieces. I watched Bill
Gates talk about the future and voice active stuff. He is
not working on learning programs for nothing, as a top
priority. Then, we need only to find the links to begin
the process and a tissue supercomputer will do the job
nicely. Gates has committed 95% of his wealth to programs
of health and "education" and through his and
wife's foundation which his father runs in Washington the
future will change dramatically in the next few years. . When we learn to do
a "brain dump" into living computer tissue and
have many such dumps into one storage model, integrated
within a living super computer we will see evolution
crank off the lid of a gigantic Pandora's box into the
literal world of infinite possibilities, at blinding
speed. It is an exciting brave new world and has funding
to make it go. I plan to be around for the exciting
(momentary) "conclusion" Any comments? peace earl
Researchers Use Lab Cultures to Create Robotic 'Semi-Living Artist'
Atlanta (July 8,2003)'Working from their university labs in two different corners of the world, U.S. and Australian researchers have created what they call a new class of creative beings, 'the semi-living artist' ' a picture-drawing robot in Perth, Australia whose movements are controlled by the brain signals of cultured rat cells in Atlanta.
The robotic drawing arm operates based on the neural activity of a few thousand rat neurons placed in a special petri dish that keeps the cells alive.
Gripping three colored markers positioned above a white canvas, the robotic drawing arm operates based on the neural activity of a few thousand rat neurons placed in a special petri dish that keeps the cells alive. The dish, a Multi-Electrode Array (MEA), is instrumented with 60 two-way electrodes for communication between the neurons and external electronics. The neural signals are recorded and sent to a computer that translates neural activity into robotic movement.
The network of brain cells, located in Professor Steve Potter's lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and the mechanical arm, located in the lab of Guy Ben-Ary at the University of Western Australia in Perth, interact in real-time through a data exchange system via an Internet connection between the robot and the brain cells.
And while the robot's drawings won't put any artists out of business (picture the imaginative scribbling of a three-year-old), the semi-living artist's work has a deeper significance. The team hopes to bridge the gap between biological and artificial systems to produce a machine capable of matching the intelligence of even the simplest organism.
'We're attempting to create an entity that over time will evolve, learn, and express itself through art,' said Potter, a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Lisbeth ~ Monks_Mystics & Alan Larus ~ TrueVision
Even in sleep, write a poem.
~ Joe Riley
who sings to us in silence,
who teaches us through each other.
Guide my steps with strength and wisdom.
May I see the lessons as I walk,
honor the Purpose of all things.
Help me touch with respect,
always speak from behind my eyes.
Let me observe, not judge.
May I cause no harm,
and leave music and beauty after my visit.
When I return to forever
may the circle be closed
and the spiral be broader.
~ Bee Lake ~
(an aboriginal woman)
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Joe Maurone ~ josephcampbellmythologygroup
| Music of Campbell and Jung:
Hi, my name is Joe. I am a musician
heavily influenced by Jung and
project is called Spaceplayer. The first CD is called
Reaches of Outer Space
you to listen for free at
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest brings the ideas of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg's "Invention" cartoons to life. Named after, and inspired by the cartoonist Reuben Lucius Goldberg, this Olympics of Complexity is designed to pull students away from conventional problem-solving and push them into the endless chaos of imagination and intuitive thought. To be specific, groups are given an elementary challenge: something as simple as peeling an apple, sharpening a pencil, or putting toothpaste on a toothbrush. But instead of just "solving" the problem, students have to make the solution as complicated and as convoluted as possible..."
Jonathan ~ The Other Syntax
"Freedom requires spontaneous
acts. You have no idea what it is to
abandon yourself spontaneously..."
"A real spontaneous act is an act in which you abandon yourself
completely but only after profound deliberation," she went on. "An act
where all the pros and cons have been taken into consideration and
duly discarded, for you expect nothing, you regret nothing. With acts of that nature, sorcerers beckon freedom." Esperanza to Florinda Donner-Grau: Being In Dreaming
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