Ecological democracies part 2

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To follow the post “Ecological democracies part 1”, I will present some scattered ideas that I tried to organize by themes. I have for the moment difficulties to organize rationally all this, because the problem is complex, multi-dimensional, full of interconnections, so I found that the best way would be to maybe present different ideas and hints in a more intuitive and relaxed approach.

Point 1 : The A4 concept.

Search, practice, organize your knowledge, propose some new ideas, find some internet links or references of books. Do this alone or with some friends. And then synthesize all your most profound thoughts and ideas in a short text or symbolic form that can fit in a A4 page, on both sides. You can after give or send this to whoever you like. A kind of way to express one’s own ideas in a peaceful and democratic way and to share this with others without having to rely on traditional edition circuits.

A4 concepts can deal with many different subjects : ecology of course but also morals, knowledge, history, arts, new inventions, personal intuitions… There is no limit to the power of such concepts (if of course humanity survives during its transition towards a more ecological, non-violent and sustainable way of life).

This would be an interesting use of paper. When you think that every day billions of ads newspapers and other commercial leaflets enter our letter boxes, are quickly read and thrown, just to be recycled and printed again…

We could also propose the idea of A4 concept sets : gather the 150 or 200 A4 concepts that you appreciate most, organize them the way you like and then print them in the most ecological and environmental-friendly way (especially recycled paper and environmental-friendly inks). You can after give them to some of your friends, who will maybe create new A4 concepts or analysis on the previous A4 concept sets.

Each A4 concept should clearly state that all the content is free from all copyrights and can be used in totality or parts for whatever purpose. The only condition being that each excerpts or full A4 concept used by other persons should be kept without the slightest modification from the original. Each one will be free to use such excerpts in whatever way possible (critical or positive) but great care should be taken to respect in the best way possible the exact ideas, writings and word orders of the original authors. 

 

Point 2 : Hatha yoga practices.

Hatha yoga practices should be approached with great care and respect. The best is to learn with a recognized and respected hatha yoga teacher, whatever may be his age, race, sex, appearance… during at least two to three years to learn the basics of yoga techniques and avoid mistakes. Yoga practised improperly (for example without teacher, or with books only) can be dangerous at a physical and mental level. Yoga in its purest form is based on the very ancient traditional “Guru-disciple” type of learning. Roughly speaking, each disciple aim at reaching, by various means, the level of his Guru in order to eventually himself teach other disciples.

Generally speaking, try to stay cool and relaxed during the practices. Don’t overwork or overstrain muscles, joints, respiratory or nervous systems… Ideally the aim of the practices (asana, pranayama, dharana, dhyana…) should be to reach a state of peacefulness, quietness, increased awareness and mental clarity, warm physical feelings, “luminosity”, experiences of joy, love, unity or understanding… while practising.

Slow, steady progress (more than erratic ups and downs) is a very general and essential advice found in most hatha yoga practices.

Special attention should be given to inverted postures (sirshasana being maybe the worst. See, for example, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, chapter : inverted postures, page 258-289). They may bring too much blood to the brain and have a negative effect on the delicate cerebral blood vessels. Having the head upside down is a very unusual posture for human beings, mainly found during intra-uterine life.

Have you ever noticed that to sleep comfortably we usually have to keep the head slightly over the rest of the body, with a pillow for example. This is in my opinion only because it would already bring too much blood to the brain during sleep, and create discomfort. So just imagine yourself standing half an hour in sirshasana as some “advanced” yogi advise some students in order to open their crown chakra (sahasrara chakra) ! According to other yogi such practices only lead to a kind of stupor of the mind. Brain damage (in my opinion) and the spiritual benefits coming from extreme inverted postures seem limited compared to other simple positions like classical meditation postures, vajrasana, shavasana, or just sitting comfortably on a chair (with the back straight).

Therefore, according to me, all postures having the head below the hips should be practised very mildly and gradually, especially for persons engaged in intellectual activities. Such practices should only be initiated on very special occasions and according to each capacities (for example training for army staff, special training for sports or things like that). 

 

Point 3 : Tobacco, drug of the devil.

Tobacco is one of the worst poison affecting humanity as a whole. It creates hundreds of thousands of painful deaths every year especially when absorbed through the lungs (attacks on lungs, blood and brain system). It creates destruction in delicate pleasure centers in the brain and after that only the regular input of nicotine can level the mood. The slightest reduction in the nicotine input generates strong physical and mental/emotional disturbances. According to some scientific studies made in the 1990’s, 2000’s, tobacco was after heroin and other strong opium-derived products, the worst addictive substance. Moreover, apart from brain connection destructions, the mental effects are quasi nil (the only positive mental effect is maybe that smoking gives strength and courage to persons addicted when they face stressful conditions, for example during wars).

So try your best to fight nicotine addiction especially when used through the lungs. The best advice would be : by all means, never begin to inject this most devilish and addictive substance by any means into your body.

If you are already addicted, try to avoid smoking. Use nicotine gums or nicotine patches and slowly heal the lungs. According to the level or degree of addiction, 2 to 6 months might be necessary to reconstruct brain connections, to find positive ways to reach happiness, to slowly quit the habit of using nicotine to reach stable states of mind. Hypnosis, meditation, relaxation, aqua – therapy, acupuncture or homeopathy can ease the transition process.

Try to redirect all the energy and money you saved by quitting smoking towards more interesting activities : sports, social, cultural or artistic activities… But go slowly, take time to change and adapt (especially at the energetic level), don’t rush, find the correct moment to quit and be ready to face the worst. Like in yoga, slow and steady progress is essential.

Generally speaking, access to tobacco should not come from private production and distribution sectors and circuits, but be dependent on a medical advice given by special doctors specialized in tobacco addiction. Young persons (of 16 or 18 years old minimum) who would like to try just for the experience, would be strongly advised not to do so but let free to choose. The persons already addicted would be given sufficient amounts on regular basis of unadulterated organic tobacco of different kinds according to taste and processed in the most ecological and healthy way possible (without too much harmful chemicals).

At a global macro-economic level, a reduction in the use of tobacco would diminish health costs linked to long, painful and costly diseases, reduce the need for fertile lands, pesticides, fertilizers…

 

Point 4 : Floating ashrams.

Let’s imagine that we could slightly transform commercial cargo freight ships in order to accommodate a few hundred persons with basic levels of comfort (enough to spend a pleasant journey). These ships would slowly go from ports to ports, generally near the coasts, to avoid being caught in bad weather conditions, towards the pre-defined destination.

The persons on these boats would be special groups, or individuals randomly chosen, but general themes, especially connected with learning (because there is a lot of time to spend on ships), would be at the center of the journeys. It could be environmental, spiritual or artistic specific researches, or whatever, relaxation, enjoyment, fasting…

This would maybe reduce the need for planes and reduce the costs of travelling and learning. To participate in works (cooking, cleaning…) for the functioning of these kind of floating ashram ship projects would further reduce the costs.

 

Point 5 : Protein assimilation.

We should really focus researches about dietetics on protein assimilation. It seems that a few vital amino acid structures are necessary for the humans because our bodies cannot synthesise them. Furthermore it seems that their absorption obey certain “minimum amount” logics, so protein consumptions must be balanced and combined through the intake of various food sources (we already talked about that in the post “Vegetarianism” with the food associations traditionally used since long time by ancient cultures : rice+dahls in India, corn+red beans in South America…). Seeds and nuts are also good protein providers (especially almonds and white sesame seeds). But some questions remain unclear : is it necessary to combine these foods on the same meal or can it be realized during a few hours or days, due to a vital amino acid stocking process within the body ?

Once the basic needs for proteins are satisfied, I think that the other basic nutritional elements are easy to get with vegetal sources : carbohydrates, lipids, sugars, fibers, minerals, vitamins… 

Another problem frequently found in vegetarian diets and that can be an obstacle for some persons is intestinal gases. Of course they can be found in nearly all type of diets but some spices traditionally used in Indian cooking can, if used properly, alleviate the problem : black pepper, turmeric, black mustard seeds, hing… It may also be possible to find old recipes coming from old grand-mothers and passed on from generations to generations about this problem (for example methods used worldwide to cook pulses properly).

Some of these intestinal gases problems found in vegetarian diets might come, paradoxically, from an over-consumption of proteins. We are so much engrossed in this vision that animal proteins are the best and only valuable source of protein that it is difficult to understand that two glasses of almond or sesame milk each day might be enough to fulfill most of protein requirements for an average adult.

Another idea : is it safe or interesting in a dietetics point of view to eat old farm animals, idea that could allow us to extend the life span of farm animals while going towards a more vegetarian or semi-vegetarian way of life. The question of taste and texture of the meat coming from old animals is not really fundamental because the art of cooking is precisely to give good taste to apparently tasteless foods. Many cooking processes could help : different types of heating processes, marinades, spices…

 

Point 6 : Do not stress the mothers.

The idea (see the post “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”) of a maximum of 3 children by woman all over the planet (going over this limit would imply financial penalties) should in my opinion be reduced to 2 children in very densely populated areas. Moreover in these cases strong financial incentives should be given to persons who voluntarily abstain from having children or who have only one child.

 

Point 7 : The right to die.

We should allow each citizen to have the right to die with medical aid in case of illnesses in their terminal stage, extremely painful conditions or other difficult situations. All efforts should be made to reduce sufferings, physical or mental, in these difficult cases.

This would at the same time, without being cynical, a little bit reduce the population levels, diminish the expenses linked to end-of-life’s excessive over-medicalisation and allow some people in deep ultimate suffering to alleviate their suffering and anguish. It would, in my opinion, be a humane point of view and could integrate the possibility of existence of after-life dimensions (and not merely consider death as a black veil, an annihilation of consciousness, see the posts about NDE in this blog).

Of course freedom of choice is essential and strong ethical laws and controls should protect us from various possible social “skids” (forced euthanasia for handicapped people, criminals, unproductive persons, inferiors…).

 

Point 8 : Collective abstract social programs.

Our political, economic and social lives are full of what we could call “collective abstract social programs”. Some examples :

1) The strong, intransigent and politically oriented pyramidal structures found in sport and music businesses.

2) The smart drug program : after solving some problems in some stress/tension/anxiety/depression aspects of life, chemical substances try to solve problems related to schizophrenia, psychosis, degenerative diseases… Obviously during all their cerebral researches the scientists discover molecules with special targeted brain effects that can be used as drugs, “smart drugs”. I would recommend to everyone to be careful with these cerebral chemical manipulations because our brains are highly complex and interconnected systems. Any action, even a subtle one, in the brain triggers a chain of actions/reactions that we will never obviously fully understand. As with other drugs, a better solution would be to clearly define what we are looking for with the use of smart drugs and work on spiritual and inner practices to attain such states of mind naturally and in a stable manner.

3) the GMO program : dozens of lobbies have for only goal to promote and spread GMO all around the planet, for evident business reasons. If you put aside the inevitable risks of transmission of scientifically modified genes to the natural environment, programs like “GMO combined with specific pesticides” (like Monsanto and their GMO adapted to their pesticide, “round-up”) do not work : they create highly resistant super-weeds and super-bugs.

Fundamentally, the problem of hunger in the world is not due to a lack of production but to inequalities in the distribution of food production. GMO obviously don’t deal with this problem and are therefore unable to solve it.

4) An old social program, “cars for all” should be totally put aside. Production of new cars should be highly reduced and limited to small series and will keep car technology alive. Many industrial workers would therefore be freed from their obligations. Cars should be more and more used for professional purposes.

Efforts should be made towards repair, maintenance, preservation of present-day car stock to avoid energetic losses due to the costly production/recycling process.

 

Point 9 : Technical and intellectual cross-overs.

All efforts and energies should be directed towards cross-overs in all intellectual, technical or artistic researches in order to avoid new costly research/development projects. We should focus on integration/assimilation of knowledge and experiences. Beautiful simplicity more than obscure complexity.

Examples : in experimental sciences to avoid costly new (and sometimes useless) projects; in medical sciences to take time to analyse and organize the huge amounts of data gathered in animal scientific experiments; in technological researches; in computer and new technology fields…

 

Point 10 : Free the captive animals’ souls.

We should try to free animals who have greatly suffered (laboratory animals or certain farm animals) and try to give them the best care. According to cases, mild doses of cannabis could be used to alleviate sadness, depression or stress in animals, especially those who have suffered bad treatments.

Love and compassion are necessary to better our relation to the animal world. 

 

Point 11 : Color visualizations in yoga practices.

The visualization of soft pastel colors during yoga exercises (postures, breathing exercises, meditations…) is maybe a way to enhance their positive effects.

Each color has different physical and mental effects. It is a little bit complex but we could say that soft colors are soothing, and bright colors are energizing. Pink is linked to universal love and peace of mind. Red is energizing. Blue is soothing especially for the nerves and the brain. Green is regenerating but should mainly be used on the aura and subtle layers. Yellow, orange and red colors are linked to Earth, material reality, and are at the same time energizing and grounding.

Obviously these are very general characteristics and different tones and shades will give special effects. Colors can also be mixed. Dark colors are generally considered in energetic work as negative colors especially in the black, grey, brown, red, orange, green shades. Dark blue is not so much negative.

During yoga exercises, colors could be visualized more or less densely according to needs. Soft, immaterial, subtle colors will have effects on the subtle layers of the body/mind complex. Bright, dense, nearly physical visualizations will more have effect on the physical body. You can also add golden shades, for example immaterial gold dust, to enhance the therapeutic virtues of any chosen color.

But all in all the most powerful is maybe the white light, because it is the conjunction, the synthesis of all the other colors. You can use it when you don’t know what color to use in some specific conditions, it will give a little bit of the benefits of all the other colors.

Violet is a special color, with a high frequency which is mainly used to purify, clean, get rid of toxins or other harmful things…

In all cases, these kind of visualizations, like for all other hatha yoga practices, should bring peace, quietness, positive physical sensations, feelings of love, unity, union with oneself and with the environment.

 

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About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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