Viveka chudamani part II

End of our excerpts from the Viveka chudamani. Same translator and same edition.

 

152.     To remove his bondage the wise man should discriminate between the Self and non-Self. By that alone he comes to know his own Self as Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, and becomes happy.

154.     This body of ours is the product of food and comprises the material sheath; it lives on food, and dies without it; it is a mass of skin, flesh, blood, bones and lots of other filthy things, and can never be the eternally pure, self-existent Atman.

225.     Brahman is Existence, Knowledge, the Absolute, pure, supreme, self-existent, eternal and indivisilble Bliss, not different (in reality) from the individual soul, and devoid of interior and exterior, – there It reigns triumphant.

255.     That Supreme Brahman which is beyond the range of all speech, but accessible to the eye of pure illumination; which is pure, the Embodiment of Knowledge, the beginningless entity;- that Brahman art thou, meditate on this in thy mind.

313.     Through the increase of desires selfish work increases, and when there is an increase of selfish work there is always an increase of desire also. And man’s transmigration is never at an end.

408.     The wise one realises in his heart, through Samadhi, the Infinite Brahman which is something of the nature of eternal Knowledge and absolute  Bliss, which has no exemplar, which transcends all limitations, is ever free and without activity,- which is like the limitless sky, indivisible and absolute.

527.     To the man who has realised his own nature, and drinks the undiluted Bliss of the Self, there is nothing more exhilarating than the quietude that comes of a state of desirelessness.

528.     The illumined sage whose only pleasure is in the Self, ever lives at ease, whether going or staying, sitting or lying, or in any other condition.

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Viveka chudamani part I

The “Viveka chudamani” is an introductory treatise written in Sanskrit within the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Hinduism. The Hindu tradition attributes it to Adi Shankara of the  eighth century CE, but this attribution is controversial. Its likely author maybe one of the other Shankaracharyas of the Advaita tradition. “Viveka chudamani” literally means the “crest-jewel of discrimination”. This book was recommended by Shri Ramana Maharshi.

Translation by swami Madhavananda. Edition : The Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, 1921.

 

3.   There are three things which are rare indeed and are due to the grace of God – namely, a human birth, the longing for Liberation and the protecting care of a perfected sage.

22.   The resting of the mind steadfastly on its Goal (viz. Brahman) after having detached itself from the manifold of sense-objects by continually observing their defects, is called Sama or calmness.

31.   Among things conducive to Liberation, Devotion (Bhakti) alone holds the supreme place. The seeking after one’s real nature is designated as Devotion.

37.   There are good souls, calm and magnanimous, who do good to others as does the spring, and who having themselves crossed this dreadful ocean of birth and death, help others also to cross the same, without any motive whatsoever.

54.   The true nature of things is to be known personally, through the eye of clear illumination, and not through a sage : what the moon exactly is, is to be known with one’s own eyes; can others make him know it ?

60.   The Scriptures consisting of many words are a dense forest which causes the mind to ramble merely. Hence the man of wisdom should earnestly set about knowing the true nature of the Self.

82. If indeed thou hast a craving for liberation shun sense-objects from a good distance as thou wouldst do poison and always cultivate carefully the nectar-like virtues of contentment, compassion, forgiveness, straight-forwardness, calmness and self-control.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

Second century CE. Translation from the Sanskrit by Shyam Ranganathan (Penguin classics)

Y.S II.30 : The rules of moral conduct are abstaining from harm, truthfulness, abstinence from theft, sexual restraint and unacquisitiveness.

Y.S II. 31 : This Great Duty (adherence to the yama rules) is to be followed throughout the world, irrespective of station at birth, country or place, time or custom.

Y.S II.34 : Hypothetical arguments promoting harm and the like, that cause actions to be done in accordance with euphoria, greed, anger or infatuation, are preceded by mild, moderate and extreme suffering. Without penetrating knowledge, such fruit (of suffering) is endless. Thus, one must become an opponent to such influences by living in a contrary manner.

Y.S II.36 : Those whose word is grounded in truthfulness are able to produce results for those who depend upon them.

Y.S II. 37 : Those who live by avoiding theft have all wealth materialize for them.

Y.S II.38 : Those who are grounded in sexual restraint acquire vitality.

Y.S II.39 : Those who live by non-acquisitiveness have the perfect knowledge of, and are able to relate to, (the meaning of) life.

Zen poems

 

 

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I wrote some sort of zen poems after a nice spiritual experience when a part of my mind identified itself with what could be plain or pure consciousness, something peaceful and still, luminous and incredibly fulfilling. It did not last long but it was really nice.

My eyes were opened and a part of myself was still seeing clearly things, but another part was immersed in this deep spiritual peace. A deep sense of existence, of reality, not something illusory or impermanent. I had the feeling during this short period that it would not be a state permanent for me, at this moment, but that it would always be there and that I just had to open my mind to it to reach the same pure experience.

Here is the little “poem” that came to my mind shortly after the experience :

What is the use of going very high if after you go very low ? Stabilize yourself in consciousness and you will reach happiness.

 

One or two days after, finding it a little bit too short, I wrote an “extended version” on the same basis :

What is the use of going very high if after you go very low ? What is the use of all these external and short-lived experiences ? Pacify your mind, stabilize yourself in consciousness, and you will reach happiness, peace, clarity of mind, progressive extinction of doubts and disorientation. Be patient, it may be hard, it may be long, but you will succeed.

 

The main point about these poems is the idea (coming mainly from Shri Ramana Maharshi) that the excessive focus on external (or internal) experiences makes us forget that the solution is maybe to identify with this “mysterious” consciousness which is at the basis of our beings. To be centered in this pure and light consciousness and not projected nearly unconsciously in “external” sensations and experiences. These external sensations progressively form layers on our being but do not give the exhilarating feeling of being, being ourselves, consciousness. Even astral experiences, if you are not centered, can be disappointing, precisely because the identification is not there, because they are like dreams. Looking at a pile of garbage, or whatever, if you are stabilized in consciousness, is wonderful.

Many different paths have been conceived throughout history to reach these kind of stable and pure spiritual experiences, and sometimes some of these paths are contradictory. Some say “you should do that” and others will say the contrary. This can be a little bit confusing. Each individual or spiritual seeker should find the way that corresponds the most to his or her abilities and aspirations, and respect the other paths, knowing that what is important is the “experience” or the “thing” at the center of the different paths (provided, of course, that a few simple and intelligent moral rules are applied).

I don’t think that there is one universal path that could be appropriate for all. Nevertheless I am quite impressed by the power and easiness of the path proposed by Shri Ramana Maharshi. You just have to find the answer to this simple question : “Who am I ?”. By doing so, during meditation or daily life, you become an observer of yourself and notably the thoughts lose their force and appeal. You begin to disengage from the wrong self-identification with the thoughts and reach a state of identification with something which is, according to many sages, eternal and unconditioned, the Self or Consciousness, the basis, the substratum of what we really are, beyond the thoughts, these impermanent and limited features that we usually and wrongly call “us”.

Sometimes it is only after a long and arduous metaphysical quest that we arrive to simplicity and light, as if we had to find a way out of all these words, descriptions and mental confusions. For sure many problems, doubts and misconceptions (we will maybe talk about this in future posts) can arise during the self-investigation technique, vichara in Sanskrit, proposed by Shri Ramana Maharshi (essentially because words are sometimes inadequate to fully describe the path and the goal). Nevertheless the indications and dialogues coming from Shri Ramana Maharshi while answering to the questions of various spiritual seekers can be considered as a lamp guiding us out of obscurity and confusion.

The Teachings of Shri Ramana Maharshi , David Godman, page 56 :

Q : the yogis say that one must renounce this world and go off into secluded jungles if one wishes to find the truth.

A : The life of action need not be renounced. If you meditate for an hour or two every day you can then carry on with your duties. If you meditate in the right manner then the current of mind induced will continue to flow even in the midst of your work. It is as though there were two ways of expressing the same idea; the same line which you take in meditation will be expressed in your activities.

Q : What will be the result of doing that ?

A : As you go on you will find that your attitude towards people, events and objects gradually changes. Your actions will tend to follow your meditations of their own accord.

Q : Then you do not agree with the yogis ?

A : A man should surrender the personal selfishness which binds him to this world. Giving up the false self is the true renunciation.

Q : How is it possible to become selfless while leading a life of worldly activity ?

A : There is no conflict between work and wisdom.

Q : Do you mean that one can continue all the old activities in one’s profession, for instance, and at the same time get enlightment ?

A : Why not ? But in that case one will not think that it is the old personality which is doing the work, because one’s consciousness will gradually become transferred until it is centred in that which is beyond the little self.

Q : If a person is engaged in work, there will be little time left for him to meditate.

A : Setting apart time for meditation is only for the merest spiritual novices. A man who is advancing will begin to enjoy the deeper beatitude whether he is at work or not.”

Hypothesis about the atomic structure of the universe

 

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The Teachings of Shri Ramana Maharshi. David Godman. page 173 :

“All metaphysical discussion is profitless unless it causes us to seek within the Self for the true reality.

All controversies about creation, the nature of the universe, evolution, the purpose of God, etc. , are useless. They are not conducive to our true happiness. People try to find out about things which are outside of them before they try to find out “Who am I ?”. Only by the latter means can happiness be gained.”

In Shri Ramana Maharshi’s philosophy all speculations about the nature of the universe or the purpose of God are just chattering of the mind about external objects and cannot give us true knowledge nor true happiness, in fact what we are really looking for. Real knowledge and happiness according to him come from inner experiences linked to a pacification of the mind. By this way we experience and identify with our real spiritual nature, what we are, and go beyond confusion, despair, loss of meaning and superficial useless verbal and mental chattering.

Nevertheless, it is a fact that our civilizations are excessively focused on attempts to give mental and theoretical descriptions of our universe and material realities. Sciences and scientists are in the forefront of these attempts but it seems that scientific equations and theories can only imperfectly describe the universe and its organization (see for example the post “The ultimate metaphysical theory” part 1 and 2 in the June 2011 posts). We will try to give an explanation to that fact in this post.

All the following comments and theories come from a kind of intuitive vision, like a flash, that I had a few weeks ago. I will try to describe what I saw in this short vision and how it can help us figure out how our universe is organized. It will be maybe useful for someone somewhere in space or time…

The main part of the vision was about the atomic structure of the universe. According to the vision, the space of the entire material universe is made of points. Between two points is an infinity of points (this is similar to the geometrical description or construction of a line). The whole and each of its parts have a similar structure and this gives a fractal dimension to the universe. As in fractal sets (example : Mandelbrot set) you will see in each part of the set a structure similar to the whole set provided that you focus the scale of observation to a correct level.

Each point can be described or perceived as a point but is in fact a sphere. At the center of this sphere is the material part of the point. The more you go away from the material center, the more you enter into spiritual dimensions.

The material part of the point obeys certain laws (that sciences discover and translate into equations and theories), the spiritual parts obey other laws. The material part is fundamentally black and density, but is also a form of energy like the spiritual parts. The union of the material parts of all the points of the universe constitutes what we call our material reality.

The spiritual parts obey a law of diminution of divisions and separations, they go progressively beyond the dualities and multiplicities inherent in space and time.

The more you go away from the material center of the points, the more you arrive to dimensions where everything is linked. Differences decrease, unification increases, there is a fusion going towards more and more consciousness and light. In a way you arrive to another center, a center of light.

So, to facilitate the description of these points/spheres, we could separate them in three parts :

  1. A dark material center in each point. The union of these material centers forms the material universe.
  2. A spiritual center made of light and consciousness which is a the periphery of the material dimensions (and therefore cannot be perceived), but is also at the same time the link between everything, something out of the differences inherent in our material reality. In a way all the spiritual dimensions of each point of space join progressively together to form a center of light. This center has no physical location but a spiritual one, location which is beyond space and time.
  3. Between these two poles are multiple transitions and mixes between matter and consciousness : from material aspects of the universe to spiritual/subtle/imperceptible aspects of it.

Scientists explore the material aspects of the universe with their scientific instruments and can sometimes perceive, by a way or the other, subtle dimensions of matter (electro-magnetic phenomena, vibrations, waves, energies…) but they cannot perceive anything as the dimensions become more spiritual and subtle. These spiritual dimensions can only be perceived by human consciousness, directly, without any instruments.

This subtle faculty of perception can be attained by meditation, an inner process that allows the individual consciousness to go progressively beyond the material dimensions and enter (usually hidden) spiritual dimensions. Once you understand the goal of meditation, relaxation and concentration are two important and helpful tools on the path and are linked : the more you relax, the more you are able to concentrate. Moreover, relaxation opens possibilities inside the mind which can be used with the help of concentration to reach spiritual experiences, visions and understandings.

Potentially, all points of the universe as described earlier could be an entrance to the spiritual spheres and dimensions. Conversely, some beings, entities, forms of consciousness or energies coming from the spiritual spheres could enter the material dimensions and influence them in a way or the other and this could explain the whole range of unexplained “irrational” phenomena occurring in our material dimensions alongside the “universal laws” that scientists discover.

The material scientific instruments can perceive only imperfectly and with much difficulty the spiritual dimensions of matter. The invisibility or non-detection of these spiritual dimensions potentially found in each point of the material universe do not imply that they are non-existent or non-acting.

Our individual consciousness can live in the material dimension, but can also “live” or exist in the spiritual dimensions. Human beings are made of matter and consciousness and our goal as human beings is maybe to be a bridge between matter and consciousness, these two poles that we described earlier. The black center of matter would be repulsive for us : darkness, ignorance, violence, suffering, agitation, pain, resistance, dissatisfaction, weight. The spiritual center would be attractive for us : light, colors, lightness, freedom, happiness, love, peace, non-tension, warmth.

Fundamentally what we really are, our consciousness, wants to go higher into self-consciousness and identification with what we could describe as love/light/existence/consciousness, the center of the spiritual dimension. Nevertheless we have a work, a mission to do : to work towards a pacification/stabilization of our material realities, that is to say towards the peaceful and stable integration of human individuals and societies inside the multiple environments and ecosystems.

We can also add that exactly as in the atomic scientific theories, around the nucleus of the atom different layers or levels of energy are present with various rules of organization between the electrons of these different levels, we could imagine that in the points/spheres exist different layers, levels, frontiers and barriers (for example frontier between conscious and unconscious, between dream and waking state ; tunnel leading to spiritual worlds in NDE ; frontier between life and death in NDE…). There would also be “doors” within these frontiers where the individual consciousness can go from one level to the other according to certain conditions. It would be possible that the transitions between these layers could obey not physical laws but moral or spiritual laws or conditions.

Here is more or less correctly translated the content of the knowledge related to the intuitive vision that I had recently. All this is hypothetical but maybe true.

Solution to the problems of the world

 

An excerpt coming from the post “Mini satori” :  “Don’t look for extra-terrestrials outside. They may exist but some other extra-terrestrials are really much easier to find : you and the other humans, and the animals. We are extra-terrestrials in the sense that our consciousness, in fact what we really are, do not belong to planet Earth. Between two lives we live in extra-terrestrial worlds. ”

 

When you unlock the knots tying your chakras, you arrive to Sahasrara, and then your mind expands itself to new dimensions that open the gate to “extra-terrestrials” consciousnesses and powers.

 

The concept of multiverse (the word “multiverse” formed by contrast with “universe”) : you read these lines or you could do some other things. The same is also true for all the persons, beings and things on our planet. Billions of possibilities exist in our human worlds. We don’t live in a universe but in a multiverse. Each second is what we could call the approximate absolute freedom. In this set of possibilities, each of us has the capacity to go toward the good or the bad, Dharma or adharma. Wars, violence, illnesses or diseases destroy us. Love, compassion, happiness, satisfaction, spiritual quest, freedom, guide us towards a better life. This seems quite a simple way of looking at things, far from all the equations of our nuclear scientists, but maybe true.

 

 

The eye, the pyramid, old symbols of knowledge

 

An interesting book about Western occult tradition’s magicians and magic practices : Franz Bardon, Le chemin de la véritable initiation magique (translation in English : Initiation into Hermetics). But, be careful with this book, it is quite a powerful book, containing 10 chapters with true progressive magical exercices. I would not recommend this book for a beginner because the first chapter for the exercices begins with what we call in Yoga, dharana, that is to say, “concentration”. To prepare yourself with concentration, you can read before the very good book written by swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Dharana darshan, edition “Yoga Publications Trust”. But remember also that in Yoga the most commonly used progression (in Raja Yoga coming from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra) is 1) Yama  2) Niyama  3)  Asana  4) Pranayama  5)  Pratyahara  6)  Dharana  7)  Dhyana  8)  Samadhi. Yama and Niyama are very essential at the beginning and even during all Yoga practices because they represent the work on morals. Asana (postures) and Pranayama (exercices for breath control) are the speciality of Hatha Yoga and are not essential in all Yoga progressions. They are good exercices but some Yoga school do not study them fully and prefer to focus on other parts of Yoga. Pratyahara can be translated by “sensory withdrawal” and is mainly a consequence of Asana and Pranayama, but some special exercices can develop Pratyahara without having to focus on Asana and Pranayama. Pratyahara can be felt when you begin to forget everything around you when you meditate or do Hatha Yoga, when the senses do not take into account what is going on outside but are concentrated on the exercice. Dharana is techniques for concentration. Dhyana is meditation and Samadhi represents the highest stages in meditation when you begin to go towards enlightment, until full enlightment. Therefore the book written about magic practices by Franz Bardon should not be studied right from the beginning and a work on at least morals (Yama and Niyama), a little bit of Hatha Yoga, and some soft concentration exercices (coming from the book Dharana darshan above mentioned) should be made before. You can nevertheless have a look at all the techniques described by Franz Bardon without practising them, it can be interesting if you are curious. If some problems occur during your magic practices, discontinue the practices, get some rest and go back to softer exercices. As for other subjects of study, practice according to the Buddhist Middle Path logic, that is to say with progression, discrimination and intelligence.

For more information in this blog about Yoga, you can look in the  September 2015 files : “Ecological democracies part 2”, point 2 and point 11 ; “The pink energetic sphere part 3”, point 8 ; “Fragments part 1” , point 12 ; “Santosh”, second point and eighth point.

 

 

 

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Notes : first, all the posts found in this blog are organizations of my inner and outer knowledge and are often what is called in the New Age field “channeling”, that is to say connection with superior or inferior entities.

I tried to organize all this knowledge in a rational or logical way, even when it was not originally so. The last three posts are more like the kind of information that I receive in English or French, a little bit wild and unorganized bits of knowledge, but there is a logical progression in all the other posts. I therefore advise you to read from the beginning all these posts : you can even create a little “book” or file with the 70 posts, you will get a better insight about what I want to talk about.

Some interesting posts, for those who don’t have the time to read everything : “Legalization of psycho-active substances part 1 and 2” ; “The ultimate metaphysical theory part 1” ; “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth ” ; “Basic income” ; “Vegetarianism” ; “Please let the oceans, the seas and the rivers survive” ; “Save the primitive forests “, but in a way all the posts are equally important.

An idea that came to me yesterday : Green strike (a little bit like the end of the movie “The day the Earth stood still”). That is to say, to more and more refuse the consumptions and activities that are not “green” in the ecological sense of the word. This will force all the people who get money from anti-ecological logics and activities to adapt themselves to the new ecological imperatives and constraints.

 

Cows are considered as sacred in Hindu philosophy. We should do the same.

 

Telle est l’éternelle révélation

Australian aboriginal artwork representing the dreamtime

 

 

 

 

France and England are closely tied by history. Hence the fact that many English words are related to or originate from French. Maybe a good solution for the new international language that could give us a link, would be to more and more link English and French languages to have more flexibility in the articulations of words and sentences.

 

A very beautiful book about India and all the forms of devotion present in this country. Essentially photos (recent ones) but also some very interesting short Hindu texts or comments. Why not a present for Christmas ? Unfortunately it is in French but the photos are really the most beautiful parts because texts can be found in other books also : Roland et Sabrina Michaud : Des dieux et des hommes, la danse cosmique de l’Inde. (65 Euros).

I liked especially the pages: 6, 9, 13, 19, 23, 36, 51, 53, 56, 65, 78, 80, 81, 88, 92, 97, 103, 119, 141, 160, 162, 170, 176, 178, 226, 244, 251, 263, 276, 279, 280, 283, 284, 299.

A small translation, coming from the same book, of a Sanskrit text, the Mahabharata, in French, and this gives a beautiful poem :

Page 262 :

“Le yogi parfaitement unifié, les sages le comparent

à la flamme d’une lampe remplie d’huile,

placée dans un endroit sans vent et qui s’élève

droite et immobile.

Semblable à une pierre que frappent en vain

les gouttes de pluie échappée d’un nuage,

le yogi parfaitement unifié ne se laisse pas distraire.

On le compare encore à l’amateur de musique

que n’effraie en rien le fracas des conques

et des tambours qui résonnent dans un concert.

On peut se le représenter à l’image

d’un homme pourchassé par des bandits

brandissant des épées et pourtant capable de prendre

dans ses mains un récipient plein d’huile

et de gravir un escalier sans en répandre une goutte,

pour peu qu’il ait l’esprit concentré.

Parce que son esprit est stable et imperturbable,

cet adepte du yoga peut alors contempler le suprême

et impérissable Brahman. Plus tard, quittant son corps,

il le rejoindra ; telle est l’éternelle révélation.

Mahabharata XII,304.”

 

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Ma Anandamayee ma

 

Mini Satori

 

Buddha Amithaba in his Western Pure Land

 

 

 

” Dès que je t’ai vue, j’ai senti que quelque chose n’allait pas bien.

Ce bar, cette tension palpable entre les gens, cette attente anxieuse d’un lendemain qui ne viendra probablement jamais.

Alors je me suis assis tout proche de toi. Et j’ai demandé à tes amis si vous étiez de cette ville improbable aux confins infinis.

Ils m’ont dit oui. Je ne t’avais toujours pas vue. Et tu étais pourtant déjà là, belle, tranquille, majestueuse.

Je n’avais pas encore vu tes yeux. Bleus et verts dans leurs scintillements essentiels.

Cette idée m’a traversé l’esprit l’espace d’un instant : mais que font ces deux fleurs précieuses et sublimes dans cet océan de chaos ?

Parfois le lotus pousse sur le lac boueux, et vient l’illumination.

À cette inconnue aux yeux bleus et au visage si fin. Es-tu brune ou blonde, je ne saurais le dire tellement mes yeux se sont perdus dans tes yeux. ”

 

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The problem is simple : at a chakra level the western world is in the head. Hence our knowledge and our technology, fruit of concentration. The only problem is that the next step is collectively difficult : our Sahasrara chakras are blocked, locked. Due to a problem of moral. We have to go down deep into materiality, work back on the lower chakras, make the kundalini go down. In order to work on the knots that tie us and block our ascent towards love, light and happiness, these beautiful feelings that others call God. Our desires for the spiritual worlds get drowned, like if we were trapped in our collective bodies, unable to find the way out and this water which is still rising.

Our problems come from two things mainly : morals (lower chakras) and heart chakra. If we don’t understand that globally the individual happiness, full, stable, real, cannot be realized (except very exceptional cases) when the external conditions are full of sufferings, destruction and violence, then we will be doomed to get drowned. Did not I tell you that the problem was simple ?

 

More seriously, if you are fed up to use gas, wood or electricity to cook your food : take a wood box or a cardboard box, cover the inside with aluminium foil, put your pan with a cover, put a glass panel on top, put it in full sun and let it slowly cook during 2 or 3 hours according to the need. A very slow cooking that reduces the need for oil during the cooking process to avoid sticking.

 

Some thistle to replace plastic bag : Milano, a big city in Italy, uses only bio-degradable plastic bags coming from thistle. Some special garbage cans are used to collect these bio-plastic bags with all kind of bio-degradable wastes which are after recycled and used to fertilize. Big, big up.

 

Moringa Oleifera, Moringaceae : a nice tree coming from India. 100 grams of fresh leaves : as much proteins as an egg ; as much iron as a steak ; as much vitamin C as an orange ; as much calcium as a glass of milk  ; 3 times more potassium than 100 grams banana ; 4 times more vitamine A than 100 grams carrot.

Plus chrome, fluor, magnesium, zinc, vitamine B, B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B12 and E, and vital amino-acids. Many medical properties used in ayurveda since long time.

Can give edible oil. Seeds in powder can purify water. Easy to grow (1 meter every month, up to 10 meters) even in tropical and dry conditions. Possible to grow in Africa and South America.

And I see all the scientists with their syringes and the businessmen with their shining long teeth : money, money, money ! Let’s put it all over the planet, profit, profit, profit…. Of course, if you do intensive culture of it, the minerals in the soil will be depleted, and the land will be burnt as always. Don’t worry we will make some real nice GMO with it…

 

We already talked about “Eole Water”, these wind turbines that can produce water from the water present in the air. To produce safe water from sea water or contamined water we can also add “Eliodomestico”, “Drink Pure” and “Solvatten”.

 

Don’t look for extra-terrestrials outside. They may exist but some other extra-terrestrials are really much easier to find : you and the other humans, and the animals. We are extra-terrestrials in the sense that our consciousness, in fact what we really are, do not belong to planet Earth. Between two lives we live in extra-terrestrial worlds.

 

I wonder myself if in a way, in our modern-day societies and cultures, we are not witnessing the war of useless stupidity against useful intelligence : when for example you analyze the game of Go, some positions are called “eyes that cannot be separated”, meaning that some pallets cannot be taken out anymore, and this can allow you to progressively reconquer some spaces of the board. These are usually positions that are difficult to conquer because the opponent knows the possibility of this tactic, and will do whatever is possible to avoid it because it really gives an advantage on the board by materially creating a kind of small “castle” that cannot be “uprooted”. So in a way, in the gigantic Go board constituing our modern worldwide societies and their internal and external confrontations, some persons or organizations, or groups have “enkysted” themselves, like amibiae in their vegetative forms. This is quite problematic because these amibiae forms, like all animal life forms on this planet, want to survive. Chemical or spiritual treatments against them does not work, and as a natural reflex defence they begin to create noxious toxins. The example of the illuminati is quite symptomatic of this kind of logic : pushed against the wall by popular contestation linked to the accumulated bad karma linked to the idea of superiority that triggered historically the colonial logics and all the subsequent fascisms of the planet, the illuminati, the last sorcerers and magicians of the White skin tradition, began to devise plans to survive spiritually and physically in order to protect the Knowledge, the most important part of their tradition. I am not at all an anarchist who believes that hierarchies should be totally wiped out, because I read history, and traditionnaly, in most tribes, there are always “hierarchies” in a way or the other, directed to the survival of the group, and warriors to protect them.

 

 

Recently I tried to find ways to create a karate school. My idea was first to focus on moral ideals. For example “éviter les problèmes pour mieux les résoudre”, “non-violence”, “faire le bien”, “compassion”… And then progressively, after integration of these martial art moral ideals, martial art techniques would be taught. First to defend oneself (self-defence, traditional karate and notions of tai-jitsu and ju-jitsu, see for example the books in French : Frédérick Bourgoin and Van Boi Nguyen : l’essentiel du Karaté-Jitsu ; G.Bagnulo, Cours de Ju-Jitsu ; Imi Sde-Or and Eyal Yanilov, Krav-Maga, Comment se défendre contre un assaillant armé) and then to progressively learn to attack for exemple through small kumite and boxing with protections, of course only for those who want to train to master these kind of techniques.

Katas would be improvised, small free improvisations simulating a fight with one or several opponents. For more details about techniques for self-defence, see the post “The pink energetic sphere, part 2, point 6”.

 

The vibratory rate in western countries is too high. We have to reduce (reduce does not mean destroy) it in order to raise the vibratory rates of the other parts of Earth.

 

 

 

zen representation of daruma (boddhidharma)

 

 

Fragments part 3

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Point 31 :

I am very critical against the economic and ecological aspects of the western model, but perhaps my main reproach would be that globally huge amounts of energy and efforts are used to generate very little quantities of happiness, stability or security.

Despite their focus, and quasi obsession, on cents, small numbers and tiny percentages to be economically more efficient, our western model economies have a very low energy/satisfaction output.

 

Point 32 :

When we see, historically, what the first “smart” drugs (heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, ecstasy…) created at a social and individual level, we should be more than careful with the new “smart drug program” waiting in the office of some obscure scientists or business men to get an official authorization.

They may create the most beautiful mental experiences, but what will happen next, physically, psychically, individually, collectively, if these substances are distributed to the general public ? Heroin and cocaine also trigger beautiful mental and physical experiences. Too much beautiful, and this is maybe precisely the problem.

 

Point 33 :

Suits and ties appear to me as the new nazi swastikas, the symbols of the hidden fascism and oppression inherent in our totalitarian neo-liberal societies.

 

Point 34 :

Hypothesis : as soon as the western power forms feel, internally or externally, threatened or criticized in their foundations, then they assume violent forms : wars, fascism, scientific intransigence…

 

Point 35 :

Pyramidal power’s logic has perfection at the center of its fundamental values. Its strength and superiority come from this. The focus on perfection. Is perfection an interesting moral value ? The notion of perfection can be interesting but it can also leave a lot of persons (the “non-perfects”) behind. Moreover perfection can also justify negative goals (see for example the western technological and theoretical “superiority” triggering deep ecological damages).

 

Point 36 :

We should become like gardeners of Nature, and not its intransigent and undisputed masters.

 

Point 37 :

Diabolism, or devil’s cult, is a very ancient, powerful and hidden spiritual school. It has tried to infiltrate the power apparatus and is not something we should make light of (it is in fact maybe one of the worst problem affecting modern humanity, see for example the diabolism and black magic dimensions found in nazism).

Diabolism and the devil’s idea or notion are often a way to satisfy desires (sex, power, domination, money, violence, drugs…) that cannot be satisfied by other religions, spiritualities or intellectual systems. These kind of desires seem to be a powerful element profoundly established inside human psyche. Honestly, who never had strange or unwanted ideas about domination or being the strongest or the most admired ?

The devil’s cult is like an extreme version of these unconscious desires that all spiritual seekers encounter at a time or the other during their quest. The real problem does not come from these desires but from the way to satisfy them or deal with them. Generally speaking traditional spiritualities try to work on these desires in order to reduce their strength (to ease the spiritual development) or direct them towards something more positive. On the contrary diabolism tries to satisfy these desires and even to intensify them. And this can lead to some problems : human sacrifices, pedophilia, sadism, black magic, power games…

Nevertheless the main problem is when the devil’s cult mixes with black magic and becomes very extreme. This then leads to dangerous ideas : for example kill or make suffer other beings (and even, in its most extreme forms, to sacrifice the whole human collectivity or parts of it) to please the devil and access to spiritual benefits. This is maybe among the worst ideas that humanity has ever invented.

But in all these there are in my opinion several fundamental mistakes : 1) to think that evil can lead to good  2) to think that the satisfaction of negative desires can give happiness  3) to think that the devil is the guard of hell (it seems to be more some kind of positive spiritual and moral entities)  4) to think that hell is something pleasant or desirable.

In my opinion all kind of rituals which imply killing or harming other beings cannot give what the actors of the rituals are waiting for : satisfaction of desires. To harm voluntarily, consciously, physically or mentally, can only lead, according to the seriousness of the deeds, now or later, here or there, to negative sensations or phenomena. Hell is a place of extreme, subtle and varied sufferings, resembling a perpetual nightmare, but a nightmare with a quality of existence much stronger than our material realities.

This is the fundamental mistake of diabolism : to offer evil and suffering to a spiritual entity with the hope that it will lead to happiness (happiness being here conceived as satisfaction of desires). But this kind of logic can only lead to even deeper and longer sufferings and dissatisfaction.

We also have to notice that positive (strong or moderate) spiritual experiences give a deep, strong and stable sense of fulfillment and after this you don’t really need a lot of material things to be happy. The excessive focus on satisfaction of (mental or physical) desires (especially gross, vulgar or harmful ones) to reach happiness appears to me as the signs of a deficient spirituality (probably due to the lack of strong moral ideals at the basis and center of the “spiritual” path).

Finally, a last remark about the gap between two things :

1) Persons in power perfectly know about devil’s cult, telepathy, paranormal phenomena, spiritual powers… that is obvious. Persons in power are very much interested by free-masonry, immortality quest, Egyptian magics… They also are very often in touch with sorcerers, spiritual masters… to get protection or achieve certain goals. All these systems have at their center the concept of parallel realities and how to manipulate these parallel realities in order to get some material or spiritual results. Therefore all the persons in power just have to ask two or three questions and they will be perfectly in touch with this kind of parallel alternative knowledge.

2) What the general public receives from the top of the hierarchy (from early school to university) is very materialistic (and only very slightly spiritual) systems, teachings, knowledge, morals…

 

Point 38 :

Hinduism, K.M. Sen, chapter 4 : the caste system : ” The best argument against treating caste-divisions as anything more than a particular social compromise at a particular period in history was put forward by the age-old Bhavishya Purana : ” Since members of all the four castes are children of God, they all belong to the same caste. All human beings have the same Father, and children of the same Father cannot have different castes” (Bhavishya Purana, Brahma Parva, 41,45).”

 

Point 39 :

In our understanding of societies, we have to find balances : between groups, between ages, between sexes, between life and death, between effort and rest…

 

Point 40 :

When I say that the political and social form of our western world is pyramidal, it is at a symbolic level. The symbolic form is just here to represent or simplify a sum of data which would be difficult to describe by other means. In reality this simple symbolic idea assumes many different forms, a little bit like in mathematics when a simple iteration of short equations can give birth to highly complex Mandelbrot fractal forms. Change small data at the beginning of the iterations and you will get different results. Therefore I think that it would be good to slightly give precisions about this pyramidal symbolic form in order to get better approximations of it.

We already talked about the inverted sucking pyramid described in the film Oblivion (see the post “Fragments part 1”, point 4). So beneath the main traditional pyramidal form, we can imagine that there is a smaller inverted pyramid sucking the riches of the world and nourishing the upper pyramid, it would be maybe a better representation.

 

Point 41 :

We should progressively transform the modern intelligence instruments and technological protection systems (on internet, phones…) into instruments to : 1) find positive ideas to go out of foreseeable destructions  2) take into account the grievances of all human beings (in order to perpetually better ourselves if it is possible).

 

Point 42 :

The chakra system is very complex. Minor chakras exist (for example knees, hands, eyes, feet, three or four minor chakras near to the main heart chakra…) and are part of the complex and subtle nadi system, small energetic connexions all over the body and the aura. There are above and under the 7 main chakras other chakras. Above the sahasrara chakra there are spiritual chakras linked to the gods and paradise worlds. And under, beneath the feet at approximately 1 or 1,5 meter there is a chakra, and also a chakra in the exact center of the Earth. Between the central chakra and the feet there are two or three main chakras.

Chakra system organization can be understood by inner mental experiences (yours or some of other persons). See for example Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (III,30) : ultimate discipline or concentration directed “(upon the) navel, it provides comprehension of the arrangement of the cakras in the body” (translation : Shyam Ranganathan).

 

Point 43 :

OM SRI RAMANA MAHARSI“. I received this very simple mantra while peacefully meditating after some energetic mental inner work (mainly based on reiki and psychic healing) about healing planet Earth and all its delicate balances (cosmic, planetary, human, animal, vegetal, subtle, terrestrial…).

According to some mantra practitioners, mantra should not be repeated too slowly, because it can create a sort of spiritual intoxication or torpor. It would be better to repeat them energetically, not too fast (especially at the beginning), but a little bit dynamically. It brings more awareness in the process and is therefore more beneficial (especially mentally). But some may be repeated slowly for relaxation effects.

Mantra come originally from the Vedic scriptures (beginning around 2500 BC) but many mantra have been created during the Hinduist and Buddhist historical developments, mainly to connect to some specific Guru, deity or school of thought.

For example (because there are many) :

Om namah Shivaya (connected to Shiva) ; Om sri Ram jai Ram jai jai Ram (connected to Ram. Used by swami Ramdas to obtain enlightment) ; Om shanti shanti shanti (mantra for peace and connexion with the heart chakra) ; Namo tassa Bhagavato, Arahato, samma-sambuddhassa (connected to Buddha Sakyamuni) ; Namo Amitabhaya Buddhaya or Namo Amida Butsu (Sanskrit and Japanese mantra connected to Buddha Amitabh. But you can also imagine mantra in modern-day languages like : “I bow with great respect at the feet of the Buddha Amitabh”) ; Om mani padme hum (Tibetan mantra connected to the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who is linked to the Buddha Amitabh) ; Om koro koro sendari matogi sowaka (connected to Japanese medicine Buddha)…

However some Sanskrit mantra may be difficult to pronounce correctly because the English letter “a” represents two distinct sounds in Sanskrit. Therefore if you want to practice them correctly it is better to hear them before, by a way or the other.

 

Point 44 :

Usually vegetarian food can be very tasty but, when vegetarian, it is better when preparing meals to focus on the nutritional benefits of the food rather than its taste.

I wonder sometimes if the idea “meat or flesh gives strength” is not a remembrance of the time when we thought that eating an animal or a human being was a way to appropriate its soul.

 

Point 45 :

Decentralization of production : for example small individual electric unit powered by wind or sun ; individual gardening to produce vegetables and fruits (this will reduce the need for pesticides that inevitably comes with big centralized mono-cultural types of farming).

 

Point 46 :

In the beginning of yoga, the practitioner needs intellectual bases for morals and knowledge, bases which will act as a stake for the development. But very often individual experiences will complete, confirm or deny the initial external knowledge, giving it more precision.

 

Point 47 :

When you practice yoga, you begin to be more sensitive to all kind of physical sensations and blockages. Shoulders are often a place where a lot of tensions accumulate. They are tense and go upward, giving a general (unconscious) physical feeling of tension.

It can be interesting during asana or normal day-time activities to learn to recognize these tensions (or others) and relax them easily. Muscular contractions and mental tensions are linked. By working on the shoulders, other minor tensions become clearer : chest, neck, jaws, face…

 

Point 48 :

In survival situations always try to be as much as possible in good spirits, it is essential to prevent mental and physical exhaustion linked to depression.

 

Point 49 :

A general spiritual advice : try to embody the best of what all the religions and spiritual paths of the world (or only one particular path) are looking for, and you will be in (one of) the good path.

 

Point 50 :

Synthesis and fusion of the best of all kind of musics in order to attain euphonia.

 

Point 51 :

1) Misstress Barbara : Effect karma  2) Ben Simms : Remanipulated  3) Tomas Andersson : Numb  4) Tony Thomas : Beginnings  5) Cricco Castelli : Buena vista  6) James Holden : One for you  7) Aleem : Filtri organi  8) Dj Disciple : Treble and bass.

Some good old techno/house tracks (by order of personal preference, the best ones at the beginning), maybe difficult to find in full version. Selection coming (except number 3 and 7), from Carl Cox’s double mix album Global, which is better than the little bit strange double album Fact made of, in my opinion, kind of “cheap” techno music, but it is a fact that there are always some ideas to learn in all kind of musics (even if you don’t like so much at first glance).

 

Point 52 :

Maybe 5 or 6 years ago, I began to read the Koran, but after a few weeks I had to stop because I had to do other things. I recently found a good and easy translation (The Qur’an. Translation : M.A.S. Abdel Haleem. Edition : Oxford University Press). I am really not a specialist but it seems to be a powerful book even if some parts are rather enigmatic. It is certainly due to the gap between a message delivered in poetic, symbolic and religious arabic language 1500 years ago according to very specific social and spiritual conditions and our modern-day predominantly materialistic languages and philosophies.

Here is one excerpt (sura 53) that I found interesting in my first readings because it reminds me of the experience described in the post : “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”.

“The Star

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

By the star when it sets ! Your companion has not strayed ; he is not deluded ; he does not speak from his own desire. The Qur’an is nothing less than a revelation that is sent to him. It was taught to him by [an angel] with mighty powers and great strength, who stood on the highest horizon and then approached – coming down until he was two bow-lengths away or even closer – and revealed to God’s servant what He revealed. [The Prophet’s] own heart did not distort what he saw. Are you going to dispute with him what he saw with his own eyes ?”.

One day, maybe 8 years ago, during a meditation I mentally met a very beautiful angel. He was a warrior angel (similar in appearance to Archangel Michael). He did not give me messages but told me his name : ” Nathanael “. One or two days after, I looked on internet and ” Nathanael ” means “gift of God” in Hebrew.

 

Point 53 :

The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharsi. David Godman. Page 142 :

“If one concentrates on the sahasrara there is no doubt that the ecstasy of samadhi ensues. The vasanas, that is the latent mental tendencies, are not however destroyed. The yogi is therefore bound to wake up from the samadhi because release from bondage has not yet been accomplished. He must still try to eradicate the vasanas inherent in him so that they cease to disturb the peace of his samadhi.”

 

Psycho-active substances’ legalization part 2

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We will try in this post to focus on the possible social applications of the analysis described in the previous post. We will begin again with cannabis.

 

1) Cannabis

In my opinion the access to cannabis should be made under medical advice like for tobacco (see the post : ” Ecological democracies part 2″, point 3). Each person of more than 16 or 18 years, according to countries and legislations, would be allowed, after having been clearly advised by specialized doctors about the possible risks of the substance if wrongly used, to have access to high quality cannabis coming from various species (cannabis has a wide range of psycho-active substances and some species have different levels of concentration of these active molecules) at reasonable price (with of course taxes like for tobacco or alcohol).

Good quantities of high quality cannabis are easy to make, for example in open air State cultivation in some remote mountain valley, or individually. Apart from Holland, Switzerland allows since many years the production of cannabis for private or public medical use. Each adult citizen is allowed to grow a few plants for personal use. Some states in the US (California for example) allow patients suffering from various diseases (glaucoma, post operation or chemical treatment problems, insomnia, some stress, anxiety or nervousness related problems…) after medical certification to have access to high-grade medical cannabis with different levels of concentration in active molecules. I think that it is a very interesting and useful initiative because the medical properties of these complex substances are really multiple and should be well-studied, especially if there is a demand from the general public.

We could also imagine that during medical advice, a small leaflet or book of maybe 20 or 30 pages, a summary of the general precautions and advice concerning the use of cannabis, could be given to each new user. A special care should be given to psychotic phenomena. These kind of phenomena can arise quickly especially if strong doses are used frequently in the beginning. If such phenomena do occur, be careful because according to your own physical and mental constitution, cannabis abuse may lead to permanent psychotic phenomena, and even if it does not happen often, it can be really annoying at the individual level. So medical advice should be sought on these cases, it is better to be careful if any troublesome effects appear.

Cannabis and driving seems (according to me and the dose) less dangerous than alcohol and driving. You are more prudent and less violent or aggressive than with alcohol. Nevertheless reflexes and attention can be, according to cases, greatly reduced. Therefore, legally, like abuse of alcohol, abuse of cannabis (according to the dose) while driving should be fined.

More generally, all works with responsibilities (like machine driver, drivers for collective means of transport…) should avoid the use of cannabis while working. It is possible to work with cannabis, for sure, there is no question about it, but the work should not be too strenuous, dangerous or delicate. The best is not to use cannabis while working, it gives in my opinion more enjoyment during “free” time.

According to Rastas, cannabis is “the healing of the nations”. Its legalization could be a way to globally slow down the social and economic pace of our crazy societies (see the post : “We are going too fast”). It could alleviate the maybe difficult social conditions coming from possible future economic crisis. It would also ease the maybe painful changes towards more ecological models, changes that will become more and more necessary. A last positive effect would be maybe a reduction in the global (over)-use of tobacco, alcohol, artificial anti-depressant molecules and other “smart” (but not fully understood) drugs.

We can also say that we should find ways to make State agencies and so-called “mafia” organizations work together (for example by allowing small-size plantations in under-developed areas, or peaceful transit of cannabis coming from various origins).

 

2) Heroin

Heroin epidemic is a real social issue. Heroin more or less quickly destroy completely the user and its capacity to enjoy life without its substance. Highly addicted heroin users very rarely (example : John Coltrane) have the strength to fight their addiction, especially when they can easily find heroin.

Therefore I think that it would be a good solution to give the opportunity for heroin users who want to, to “cut” from their habit and the “normal” society. Special centers in country-side locations would give optimum conditions of comfort, tranquillity and occupations to these persons in order to slowly go out of the addiction and heal themselves.

Addiction to intravenous injections being the worst, we could imagine for these addicted persons to begin with using heroin by other means. After a while heroin would be replaced by opium (and maybe cannabis for those who want) until a personal and social healing transformation can take place.

All this work on physical addiction must be helped by all kind of medical, spiritual, meditative, artistic, sport… practices to ease the process. To have the head busy is essential : work, education, reading, pastimes… We could imagine that the works would be directed towards the functioning of these centers (cooking, farming, gardening, cleaning, administrative tasks…), which would become like independent communities (this would reduce the costs linked to such initiatives).

After some time, when the addiction is reduced and the physical, psychological or social problems are settled, two solutions would be offered : or to continue the work in a similar center to completely go out of all addictions, or to go back to normal life (with maybe the possibility to have access to opium with medical advice).

Of course the access to these centers should be voluntary and not something forced. No heroin should be found in the black market. The States would grow poppy or buy it from traditional circuits (example : Afghanistan…) but there is nothing new, historically or politically, about it (see the opium wars in China fought by Great Britain or the “regie marocaine des kifs et tabacs” created by the French State during the 19th century).

In a way persons addicted to heroin would have the choice to go into special centers or stop by themselves. However some people use heroin, work and have a normal social life. It will be maybe difficult for them to find time to go into special centers, so these kind of special cases should be dealt with doctors who could on special occasions deliver heroin to these persons and maybe help them to go out of the addiction by other means. We have to be flexible and open towards all these kind of particular cases, the global objective being to control in the best way possible the heroin epidemic.  

Opium is a psycho-active substance often used in traditional tribes for old people (because the problem of addiction is less important than with young persons) to alleviate all kind of troubles and pains. We could imagine that opium could be authorized for persons over 70 years old, as a social possibility, but since medical researches have made progress on the opium-derived drugs, it is maybe not so much essential. 

 

3) Other substances.

One problem frequently found among the persons opposed to cannabis legalization is the fact that the black market problem might transfer to other drugs, maybe more dangerous than cannabis : if cannabis is socially accepted, then people will maybe be tempted to go for stronger prohibited substances.

First we said earlier that good quality cannabis gives a sense of contentment and really do not push the users, in most cases, towards stronger substances. Secondly, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD or psychedelic mushroom users really did not wait for cannabis legalization to use their substances, they are widely spread (and in my opinion are a result of the deadly mix alcohol+tobacco, more than cannabis).

Nevertheless I think that we should not be shy in the psycho-active substances’ field, because it is a fact that the negative effects linked to the prohibition of cannabis can be found in the prohibition of all other psycho-active substances. So, in my opinion, to really tackle the prohibition problems we should extend, with care, intelligence and adaptation, the legalization logic to other commonly used substances also.

For cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and psychedelic mushrooms (plus maybe other minor psycho-active substances), two main solutions could be found :

a) De-penalization (de-criminalization) of these substances when possessed in small quantities. In Holland for example, if police catch you with less than one gram of cocaine, they confiscate the drug but do not start any legal action.

b) Like for cannabis or heroin, the States could invent systems to safely distribute these substances to persons who want them. We would therefore have two kind of “medical advice” centers : one for tobacco and cannabis, as previously described. And one for other more “serious” psycho-active substances.

Persons addicted to heroin could be orientated towards “healing country-side centers”. Cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and psychedelic mushrooms should not be authorized before 18 years old, and weekly or monthly doses could be distributed after medical advice and prescription (6 months or 1 year ?). The amounts may be difficult to judge, for cocaine I don’t know, but for LSD or ecstasy, 2 pills every week is more than enough, and one dose of psychedelic mushroom every week also. Psychedelic mushrooms were allowed to be sold in the open market in Holland but are now forbidden because many problems with foreign tourists happened (now you can find in Dutch “smart shops” some “psychedelic truffles” which according to some reports are much more dangerous that the normal psychedelic mushroom which were previously sold).

After these major substances, the whole range of other psycho-active substances should be studied (old or new, like “smart drugs”) and maybe some particular substances could be allowed under special conditions.

 

Obviously all these proposals are very general and theoretical and it seems at present that many countries will have difficulties to accept them (Muslim countries, China, Japan, Bhutan… ???). Maybe we could imagine that in such countries opposed to psycho-active substances’ legalization (and especially cannabis), special areas with legalization logics could be created, without the country being fully legalized, allowing the persons interested by these kind of policies to move to such “free” areas. By allowing such small experiments in their countries, opposed States could see how the general public react to the idea, gather social data, and see how it could be intelligently and softly implemented according to each specific condition, hope and need.