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#2704 - Friday, January 19, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz


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The theme uniting these three articles could be called "surrender." To what? To whatever you recognize as greater, vast, infinite, or real.





One of our stingers covering part of Nonduality Street (north of Liquorman Ave., south of West Advaita Blvd.), sends the following:


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discover magazine has a write up too, think it's worthwhile reading both takes:


Complex decisions are best left to your unconscious mind to work out, according to a new study, and over-thinking a problem could lead to expensive mistakes.


The research suggests the conscious mind should be trusted only with simple decisions, such as selecting a brand of oven glove. Sleeping on a big decision, such as buying a car or house, is more likely to produce a result people remain happy with than consciously weighing up the pros and cons of the problem, the researchers say.


Thinking hard about a complex decision that rests on multiple factors appears to bamboozle the conscious mind so that people only consider a subset of information, which they weight inappropriately, resulting in an unsatisfactory choice. In contrast, the unconscious mind appears able to ponder over all the information and produce a decision that most people remain satisfied with Ap Dijksterhuis at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and colleagues recruited 80 people for a series of lab-based and “real-world” tests. The participants were provided with information and asked to make decisions about simple and complex purchases, ranging from shampoos to furniture to cars.


Snap decisions


In one of the tests, half of the participants were asked to ponder on the information they were given and then decide which among similar products to buy. The other half were shown the information but then made to perform a series of puzzles including anagrams and simple arithmetic. At the end of the puzzle session, the participants were asked to make a snap decision about the products.


“We found that when the choice was for something simple, such as purchasing oven gloves or shampoo, people made better decisions – ones that they remained happy with – if they consciously deliberated over the information,” says Dijksterhuis.


“But once the decision was more complex such as for a house, too much thinking about it led people to make the wrong choice. Whereas, if their conscious mind was fully occupied on solving puzzles, their unconscious could freely consider all the information and they reached better decisions.”


Expectation counts


However, the unconscious mind appears to need some instruction. “It was only when people were told before the puzzles that they would need to reach a decision that they were able to come up with the right one,” Dijksterhuis told New Scientist.


If they were told that none of what they had been shown was important before being given the puzzles, they failed to make satisfactory choices. “At some point in our evolution, we started to make decisions consciously, and we’re not very good at it. We should learn to let our unconscious handle the complicated things,” Dijksterhuis says.





Petros, who reports nondual news from around the world, or some place like that, sends this:


1. "The internal sensory world of the human organism is as actively transduced as is the external sensory environment. The number of neurons acting as receptor cells for the transduction of internal stimulus events far exceeds the number of receptor cells devoted exclusively to external energy source transduction."

-- from Consciousness in Four Dimensions: Biological Relativity and the Origins of Thought by Richard M. Pico, Ph.D., M.D.

2. "While many nerve cells link us to the outside world by mediating sensation and movement, the majority of neurons communicate only with other neurons. Indeed, the brain is much more in touch with itself than with anything else."

-- from Brainscapes: An Introduction to What Neuroscience has Learned about the Structure, Function, and Abilities of the Brain by Richard Restak M.D.

In short, what these scientists seem to be saying is that we (via our brains) spend most of our time talking to ourselves!




A new book, Nothing I See Means Anything, by David Parrish, M.D., has this to say:


The ego has maintained the illusion that we have created ourselves by way of our bodies and the projected the mental images out onto the world screen, where they can be perceived. This process leaves us in a position where we regard ourselves as separated from the process we effected in the first place, and we now believe we are acted upon by a world beyond our control. Reframing this, we believe we are split off from ourselves and split off from our divine source. The ability of the ego to perpetuate itself by diverting us from mindfulness to mindlessness should never be underestimated. We did not create ourselves; we are apt to forget this. David Hawkins, in this book, I: Reality and Subjectivity, states,


"the ego is the victim of itself. With rigorous inspection, it will be discovered that the ego is really just 'running a racket' for its own fun and games and survival. The real 'you' is actually the loser. The ego has an endless store house of prizes on which to feed. It greedily pounces on sentimentality, on the virtue of being right, on the prize of being the victim, or on the martyrdom of loss and sadness. It also offers the excitement of winning or gain as well as the pain of frustration. It offers the ego inflation of getting attention or sympathy. One can see that each emotion is, in and of itself, its own pay off. The ego clings to emotionality, which is intimately connected with its positionalities; it pretends to think it has no choices. To 'surrender to God' means to stop looking to the ego for solance and thrills and to discover the endless, serene joy of peace. To look within is to find the underlying, ever present Source of the illumination of the mind itself."


There is a choice: One can forsake the ego's forced forgetfulness, denial, arrogance, and deception and intend to leave the world not be death but by truth.


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