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.”

 

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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.

Psycho-active substances’ legalization part 1

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The legalization of psycho-active substances is a very delicate problem because many different substances with different effects are involved (see the post : “Psychic healing, shamanism and other spiritual practices part 2”, point 5). We will try first to focus on cannabis which is considered to be the softer prohibited substance and after we will see what can be imagined to solve or reduce the problems linked to a full prohibition policy directed to other prohibited and commonly used psycho-active substances.

Let’s try first to find answers to this simple question : “Alcohol and tobacco are legal. Why cannabis is not legal ?”.

We already talked about tobacco (see the post “Ecological democracies part 2”, point 3), maybe one of the worst drug possible because it gives no obvious mental effects, is highly addictive and creates maximum physical damages.

On the contrary alcohol can give quick and strong physical and mental effects. When used too much during long periods, it can create mild or strong addictions, tremors and even in the worst cases what is called delirium tremens. But the problem of over-consumption is not specifically linked to alcohol, you can find it in nearly all psycho-active substances (the prohibition policies do not really solve that problem and add the issue of adulterated substances, see for example the prohibition of alcohol in the US at the beginning of the 20th century).

Generally speaking, in my opinion, all over-consumption is a problem, a symptom, and the underlying causes should be analysed in order to bring a more peaceful relation to the various substances used. There is of course the degree of addiction inherent in the substance (heroin being maybe the worst), but also a lot of psychological (stress, anxiety, social difficulties…), physical or even genetic reasons (for instance Japanese people are genetically much more sensitive to alcohol than, for example, western people. But you can also find different levels of receptivity/sensitivity/tolerance/acceptance concerning certain type of substances for each individual).

Therefore, the legalization of cannabis may cause some addiction problems and some physical/psychological problems (for example cases of psychotic phenomena resulting from an over-consumption mixed with a weak physical or psychological condition) but will, in my opinion, really not be socially and individually worst than the global dangers linked to thunder, violent car accidents or “smart drugs” (let’s remember that cannabis is used since long time by various people on Earth, so we know more or less all the possible effects of such substance. This is not the case for “smart drugs”).

Cannabis is mildly addictive, essentially psychologically but really not less than alcohol (and is nothing compared to the strong addiction linked to tobacco). Cannabis can be addictive when mixed with tobacco (it softens the depressive effects on the body and the mind linked to tobacco addiction. More than cannabis, tobacco often creates the first series of powerful negative blows on the body and the mind, which will ultimately lead to the use of more powerful, aggressive, violent prohibited drugs. These more powerful drugs are maybe sometimes used only to unconsciously “repair” the negative spiral of physical and psychological consequences linked to the use of tobacco).

So, fundamentally, why all the persons in power prohibit globally and internationally the use of cannabis since years ?

First we have to say that the opposition towards cannabis is very strong : persons in power, politically and socially, the biggest international organizations and the main religions (Islam, Christianity…) are all more or less against this substance.

Maybe one of the effects that the persons in power do not like about cannabis is that it allows the individual to take a little bit of distance from the sometimes heavy or useless social obligations (a kind of philosophical attitude and reflexion towards life which replace dissatisfaction by a more relaxed understanding and acceptance of the world). It tends to give less energy for action and work, and more energy towards inner life. It also reduces the will to go beyond one’s limits, because it gives a sense of satisfaction, contentment (and on this point is very different from tobacco). Generally speaking for the persons used to have easy access to good quality cannabis there is little will to look for other (stronger) psycho-active substances, or only maybe natural ones.

The fact that such a natural and easy to produce substance gives peaceful and contentment feelings may threaten the global plans for technological and addictive “smart drugs” (a little bit like the possibility of a healthy organic or natural farming contradicts the modern propaganda linked to the GMO program). It also contradicts the need (frequently advocated by the main religions) for arduous spiritual practices as the only path to reach states of peaceful religious consciousness.

Some other “spiritual” problems and questions could also be found :

1) For example in Buddhism, psycho-active substances are criticized mainly because they disrupt the natural clarity of the mind, give mental states devoid of lucidity and can make the user break other important moral rules.

Except when used at strong doses, cannabis gives, in my opinion, much clearer mental effects than alcohol. Alcohol can trigger violent comportment, cannabis very rarely. It is more a peaceful substance, inducing feelings of fraternity and interiority.

Despite these general spiritual remarks, socially Buddhism took a rather pragmatic stand about psycho-active substances. Contrary to Muslim religion which strongly forbids the use of psycho-active substances (in some Muslim countries, the simple possession of only very small amounts of cannabis can lead to several years in jail), Buddhist influenced countries for example never prohibited the sale of alcohol and moderate consumption of alcohol was really not considered as a crime for “normal” persons.

In Buddhism therefore the use of such substances is socially accepted but the general advice given to the Buddhist followers is either not to use these substances, or to use them in accordance with the Middle Path logic, that is to say with moderation and discrimination.

2) Another problem frequently found is the idea that if psycho-active substances are legalized or nationalized, many persons, who normally would not have access to these substances, might be tempted to use them, creating social problems. Well, it is indeed a risk. Especially at the beginning, if such psycho-active substances are authorized, we will maybe see a (normal) increase in consumption compared to a prohibition system. But maybe this increase in (for example) cannabis consumption will reduce the use of anti-depressant or other artificial molecules, and even of tobacco and alcohol. It is also possible that after an initial normal increase, the situation will tend to better itself, to be socially more integrated.

In the rare experiences on Earth where cannabis was allowed (for example in Holland), a big increase in the consumption or a social frenzy were not noticed. France for example, with strong prohibition laws, has the worst cannabis consumption in Europe, much higher than Holland. The majority of Dutch people will only consider cannabis legalization and coffee-shops as a social possibility and freedom available to all citizens, but will not at all necessarily go everyday in a coffee-shop, far from it (precisely maybe because it is always available, so there is no tension about this).

Anyway cannabis is a little bit strange and complex substance that may not please all persons. Furthermore you have usually to try this substance several times before getting the first “positive” effects. It is not like alcohol, cocaine or heroin, something highly addictive and that goes quickly and directly towards mental effects. In a way you need practice to reach positive effects with cannabis. You can also (contrary to tobacco) relatively easily stop, temporarily or permanently, cannabis consumption if you want to, especially at the beginning, but also even after several years of consumption.

Therefore persons who by birth or education (for example in some religious communities) are very pure and “naturally” not inclined to use this kind of substance will be most of the time disappointed by the effects of cannabis and not attracted (except special cases) towards a frequent use of such substance (and it is better, in a fundamental point of view, not to use these substances if one can easily do without it, the spiritual development will be (maybe) eased. Nevertheless we have to remember that spirituality without psycho-active substances can also be painful and even dangerous, see the numerous accounts of mystics across the ages and the religions about depressions, feelings to be abandoned, loss of spiritual direction, blockages in the spiritual development, attacks from evil forces, social de-connexions… happening during the spiritual quest).

Therefore, I totally accept the idea that within a religion or a spiritual path some rules prohibit the use of certain psycho-active substances, and each one should have the right to follow the path that he thinks is the best according to his own needs. Nevertheless we have to remember that since ages many religious practices and spiritual paths use or tolerate psycho-active substances (shamanism, animism, some secret initiation schools, humanism…), and that can give a relative freedom of choice.

Moreover a lot of persons on Earth will really feel no attraction towards religion or spiritual paths and will prefer materialism, atheism, artistic, social or intellectual paths and don’t want for a reason or the other to obey religious rules. This does not make of these persons some bad persons (provided they respect the basic commonly accepted moral and social rules).

Therefore, I personally think that freedom of choice is a fundamental value and that is why I profoundly respect the religious freedom found in democratic systems. Religions should be a possibility, a precious choice, and not something forced or obliged from the outside. Democratic powers and persons engaged in religious path without psycho-active substances should understand that these substances can be used as leisure or pastime (like many other things) and also as a mean for spiritual evolution. Therefore we have to find ways to socially authorize persons willing for a reason or the other to use such substances to do it in a peaceful manner, avoiding violent black markets, adulterated substances, jails… It should be left to the judgement/appreciation/responsibility of all adult citizens and obviously supervised by strong fundamental moral values to avoid possible social problems.

Finally we should acknowledge the fact that psycho-active substances can bring interesting physical, mental and spiritual effects, if correctly used (education on these subjects is important). Nevertheless the effects of such external substances is not stable, it is most of the time temporary and therefore the user who wants to develop the spiritual side will very often feel limited by the substances in themselves.

A natural way to go out of addictions will be maybe to connect with spiritual or artistic researches and find ways to reach the states of happiness or spiritual experiences found in psycho-active substances without them. Many different techniques, in yoga, meditation and relaxation, but not only (hypnosis…) can be found to easily reach these kind of states with a little bit of practice. However my general opinion on this subject is that it will take time (maybe centuries under normal social conditions) for the majority of human beings to reach collectively sufficient states of spiritual stability, clarity and happiness in order to make all the psycho-active substances socially useless.

In conclusion, my opinion is that in modern-day conditions psycho-active substances should be legalized and/or nationalized according to each particular effect triggered by such substances.

Fragments part 2

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Point 18 :

A new green technology : an air-conditioner creates energy, heat and that heat can be used to warm water (for showers, for cooking…). This process reduces the heat of the liquid in the air-conditioner system and also the heat going out in the atmosphere, and this is important, especially in urban spaces.

 

Point 19 :

I think that it is important not to focus one’s devotion towards one God or one deity only. It is, in my opinion, better to have several objects for devotion, because it can reduce some kind of unwanted emotional phenomena that can happen when devotion is focused towards a single object only.

 

Point 20 :

Our repetitive lives : to wake up with the alarm clock ; to take one’s car to go to work ; to work on one’s assembly line ; to go to the supermarket to buy products that other human beings produced in other assembly lines ; to eat pieces of flesh with canned or frozen food ; to look at the TV ; to turn the alarm clock on ; to close eyes…

 

Point 21 :

If you really want to become vegetarian and still feel attracted by flesh and its taste, try to gut yourself chicken, fishes… It will be less appetizing. You can also try to go to a slaughterhouse or an intensive breeding farm.

 

Point 22 :

Rather than trying to find the truth in pure theoretical abstract ideas, it would be interesting to develop a kind of intuitive sense of truth coming from an extension of the sense of touch and smell to the mental plane. It could be interesting for example to “feel” the positive or negative possible effects of some yoga practices. But it could also be used to go out of indecision when several different ideas or theories propose conflicting views or opinions on a given subject.

 

Point 23 :

The concept of “germ-thought” : try to find in you and around you these tiny bits of idea that can explain so much things.

 

Point 24 :

An attitude of non-judgement is a good thing in my opinion because it gives a better understanding of what is and allows precisely to have or make better judgements.

 

Point 25 :

Let’s kill in ourselves the idea of superiority.

 

Point 26 :

Sunbathing is very beneficial for the skin (synthesis of some vitamins) and the mood. Not too much, half an hour, one hour, is enough. Let’s pray that the Sun gives its beneficial rays to all peaceful and natural consciousness on Earth during generations and generations.

 

Point 27 :

A religion or a spiritual path without the idea of God seems possible to me, but difficult without moral ideals.

 

Point 28 :

In the delicate balances regulating Earth’s natural ecosystems, carnivores are essential. It is strange that our material reality obeys a law of eating and being eaten, but it is like this, we have to accept this fact.

For example sharks are very important for the ecosystems. Generally speaking carnivores choose the easiest victims, often weak or ill animals, and this can avoid epidemics. In the Yellowstone park, there was in some parts a problem of deforestation. By introducing wolves (since long time gone from the park) they realized that the herbivores were less prone to stay too long in a same area, preventing over-grazing. The general health of the global ecosystem has greatly improved.

I saw on TV that other experiments in African cattle farms showed that paradoxically it was better to put a lot of herbivores in some desert fields, they tend naturally to gather in group (a natural defence reflex against predators), to stamp the ground, working it gently, to give dung and urine, and allow a better germination process. But maybe they gave them extra food because it seemed to be very dry landscapes.

So I think that we have to really respect all these delicate, subtle and complex balances and interactions that we don’t fully understand for the moment (like the complex workings of our brains) and slowly study and understand them. I think that it is really vital (more than the study of our brains).

 

Point 29 :

I extracted some more electronic tracks (6 exactly, a little more than 30 minutes). The albums where they come from are maybe not the best albums you can find but these tracks are OK. It will give you a sense of classical soft “Parisian” house music :

1) Etienne de Crecy : Tempovision  2) Malko : Amazed  3) Obersoundz : Stormy birthday  4) Etienne de Crecy : 3 days Week-End  5) Stephane Pompougnac : Petit pompoupou  6) Stephane Pompougnac : One soul rising.

You can also try after this : Juan Atkins, The Berlin sessions. Laurent Garnier made also some interesting mixes which are a little bit difficult to catch at first but after further listening reveal good old techno tracks. You can also check the French label “Wagram” for all kind of compilations of international new soft electronic music.

Otherwise, if you want to specialize a little bit on these musical subjects, try YouTube with “Mix”+ mental/minimal techno ; tribal/minimal/progressive house ; drum and bass/jungle/two steps ; trance ; acid-house ; chill-out Ibiza ; meditation/relaxation music ; ambiant ; reggae/dub/ragga/dancehall ; Boiler room ; Dancetrippin’ TV… All the mixes will maybe not be perfect but you can still find good ideas in most of them.

In a more relaxed world music fashion, you can try : Manu Chao : Clandestino ; Suwa Devi Kalbelya : Kaman song ; Goran Bregovic : Ederlezi ; Tito Puente/ Chico Buarque/ Tom Jobim/ Astrud Gilberto (Latino and Brazil music) ; Robert Johnson/ Muddy Waters (Blues) ; Rokia Traore, Congotronics and traditional Pygmy songs and music (Africa) ; didgeridoo from Australian aborigines…  

In Jazz, you can try : John Coltrane ; Miles Davis ; Charles Mingus ; Wayne Shorter ; Horace Silver ; Herbie Hancock ; Chick Corea ; Wes Montgomery ; Charlie Christian ; Django Reinhardt ; Jackie Mc Lean ; Max Roach…

In modern French Jazz : Benoit Delbecq Unit : Phonetics ; Eric Legnini Trio : Big boogaloo ; Laurent de Wilde…

 

Point 30 :

“Some day, some night, yellow daisies taste the moonlight, while the other flowers sleep and dream of love” (Fertile grounds : Yellow daisies).

Poetry is the art of expressing and communicating emotions.

Fragments part 1

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Some fragments of ideas that were scattered in some notebooks :

 

Point 1 :

After wars, I think that the notion/concept/idea of profit is the worst possible energetic loss in our modern-day societies. Until the problem of profit has not been solved or transformed in a better way, ecologically and socially (see for example the post “Basic income”), then I personally think that there will be no hope for improvement, and total or partial violent destruction might follow.

 

Point 2 :

More than religion, the causes of the wars at present come from physical/material problems (water, food, shelter…). Hence the necessity to find solutions to material problems. “Eole water”, this wind turbine creating water (see the post “Some inventions that could save the world”) is for example one of the most innovative idea that I found recently and, if effective, strong and distributed on a large-scale, could solve many problems on Earth.

 

Point 3 :

We really have to discriminate between what is good and what is bad in the western modern model in order to avoid accepting everything without discrimination. All of us should do this work but it seems really of the utmost importance for the so-called economically “under-developed” countries. They have to preserve all the original and traditional cultures and ways of living that still have not been completely destroyed by the western model. The western model and way of living cannot work for all of us on this planet and is costly, ecologically and socially.

 

Point 4 :

The western powers use their small (compared to human history) and closely guarded advance in new technology (knowledge that should be shared equally and intelligently between all human beings) to suck up like an insane inverted pyramid (see the film “Oblivion”) all the riches of the world, and especially of all the so-called “under-developed” countries, creating ecological and social disasters.

 

Point 5 :

In some countries, frontiers create conditions close to an open-air concentration camp (example : starvation in Africa).

 

Point 6 :

After the three sets of questions for our religious and spiritual leaders (see the post “The pink energetic sphere part 1” point 3), my question to our political leaders would be :

According to each generally accepted possible future evolutions and predictions about mankind and planet Earth’s ecosystems, could you describe to us your (real) plans to avoid possible problems ?

 

Point 7 :

The common idea that consumption is in general unconditionally good for economics is really something that we have to re-examine closely.

 

Point 8 :

The States and international organizations should work together with all the environmental and social organizations rather than fight against them or block them. We could also imagine small or big companies or organizations that could be a link between private investors and the huge amount of ecological micro-projects (organic farming ; purchase of forest land for protection ; clean energies…).

 

Point 9 :

Just imagine the social costs linked to the non-respect of these three fundamental values : no theft ; no useless violence ; no deceit. And the savings the respect of these three values would bring. If theft disappears then maybe generosity will appear. The end of deceit would mean the beginning of trust.

 

Point 10 :

To begin strong ecological changes with all the economic productive sectors (States, private companies…). Besides the obvious direct ecological gains coming from such policies, the States and the companies would have a role of model and the rest of the society would follow, giving a quick relief to all environmental problems.

 

Point 11 :

Stop doing and making. Focus on what is essential, keep a technological watch on what is not essential. This will save energies and efforts.

Let Nature re-colonize our unoccupied fields and urban spaces (like in Angkor). For example in Amazonia, stop the cattle production, use the empty fields to build some ecological communities in coordination with the local tribes. Make some good roads or links between these communities, and let the forest reconquer its sacred space, heal its wounds.

 

Point 12 :

I can truly understand that some persons give a great value to the notion of marriage. Nevertheless these persons must understand that marriage is not necessarily adapted to everyone. Some persons prefer to have a free sexual and social life. Why not ? Diversity is good.

In my opinion adultery should be approached with care because morally it more or less always implies a notion of deceit. Nevertheless free relationships between consenting adults who are not bound by obligations linked to marriage, during a few days, a few months or a few years, does not seem a moral problem for me.

The only big problem in these free sexuality relationships is sexual diseases and they can be multiple, hidden and sometimes very annoying, painful and dangerous. Condoms are a good protection against most sexual diseases, but not against all (example : herpes), and should be used in all sexual practices to avoid major problems. The best would be maybe to make a thorough physical check-up with a doctor specialized in these problems before beginning a free relationship with a new partner.

The notion of brahmacarya (sexual restraint) found in yoga cannot be fully applied to all because it would be socially difficult. We could separate brahmacarya in three different levels : the first one would be basic, a simple sexual responsibility, which would include “no theft ; no useless violence ; no deceit”. The second level would imply sexual control and moderation for the persons involved in a spiritual quest. The last level would be temporary or permanent sexual abstinence according to special needs during the spiritual quest.

 

Point 13 :

To reconquer urban spaces from cars and make from these urban spaces some places for meetings and positive interactions. Bicycle revolution. Let the cars go to the periphery of the cities and use only really big roads inside the cities in a slow motion to avoid pollutions. In some cities the life expectancy of the inhabitants can be statistically reduced by several years due to polluted air. Let the cars also reconquer all the country-side spaces which deeply need cars for social regeneration.

 

Point 14 :

The pyramidal sport business is sucking so much money and energy (football, tennis, golf, mechanical sports…) through selection. The idea that motor sports are good for technological progress is a boring idea. Car technology, especially fuelled by petrol, is more than sufficiently developed. See the idea of cars running on compressed air in the post : “Some inventions that could change the world”.

 

Point 15 :

I think that nobody denies the need for a change towards something more positive. The problem is : with what power, when and how is it possible ?

 

Point 16 :

Does the scientific and harmless dissociation of water molecules (see the post “Some inventions that could save the world”), to create fuel (oxygen+hydrogen), exist ? If so, and if the democratic political and economic powers know this, why this does not already work ?

 

Point 17 :

Forgiveness is in my opinion an important value. It cleans the mind from negativity and resentment. Nevertheless, as we already noticed (see the post : “God has no religion”) : “Forgive does not mean forget. History, knowledge of the past, is important if we want to improve our future”.

I am not far from a quote made by Donald Trump, one of my great philosophical master : “In life you have to rely on the past, and that’s called history “. I also like some of his views on US foreign policy : ” I’m only interested in Libia if we keep the oil. If we don’t keep the oil I’m not interested”.

According to Mr Trump, Mexican illegal immigrants are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists” (a classic racist and nationalist scape-goat reflex to gain some votes). His solution : ” He wants to build a wall on the Mexican border and somehow make Mexico pay for it. He would deport all 11m immigrants currently thought to be in America illegally. Apart from the misery this would cause, it would also cost $285 billion” (a classic solution : financial incentives directed towards the business world and the “good health” of our energy-consuming economic systems).

But don’t worry, says Donald : “I went to the Wharton School of Business. I’m, like, a really smart person” (excerpts from the Economist : “Trump’s America”). I really don’t say thank you Donald, you and your political family, for this because we really are more tense now and we feel that we can fully not trust you at all without any hesitation.

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.

 

Santosh

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Sometimes during the day some ideas come to me and I note them when I have time. Here are some examples of these ideas that happened recently and that I found interesting.

 

FIRST POINT

First, I tried to make another meditative contact (25.08.15, more or less 5 minutes) with the “entity” that I call “Earth’s soul” (met in the experience described in the post “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”) to see if I could help in a way or the other and to see if there were other things to be said. I did get a contact but the interaction was really less dense than the last two times. I did not really get new information except the fact that the message had been understood and that it was enough. Nevertheless two important things were stressed :

  1. time for analysis is over, we have enough information and knowledge for the purpose (to alleviate Earth’s sufferings and to better, ecologically and socially, our human societies and actions), now it is time to act. We have to stop this huge energies and resources’ burning, each seconds counts. Shortly after, I received this idea that obviously, according to circumstances, action could mean non-action, protection, savings, understanding or inner work. Furthermore we have to divide our works and actions into three categories : positive, neutral and negative (for the purpose). Positive actions should be intensified and organized, neutral actions should be used as means for improvement, and negative actions should be more and more discarded.
  2. the second important point was that the root cause of many problems (and maybe most of them) is that humans have their mind agitated, restless, unstable, unclear, murky (ex : global hyperactivity, fear of death…). We have to calm our minds in order to reduce our negative (social and ecological) impacts.

 

SECOND POINT

I understand morals, ethics, as the intellectual bases for right, correct actions. It is very surprising that our western world that are so much focused towards action, effort, initiative, work… have so little morals in their intellectual systems. This can maybe explain the huge amounts of our destructive actions.

Moral systems are often complex and propose different conflicting values. Some moral values or principles are present in some systems and not in others : how can we make a correct choice ? Is it possible to find a simple and basic moral system that could be shared by all of us ?

We already began to give answers to these questions (see for example the post “The moral issue”) and we will try to give more details about them later, but for the moment we will accept this idea (see the end of the post “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”) that in the present-day situation, we should first focus our actions and moral systems towards the realization of the highest ecological objectives possible (the survival of the planet and its natural balances, and the harmonious integration of mankind in its natural environment) and the highest social moral principles will follow (naturally).

At a social level we should in my opinion first focus on three fundamental values (see the end of the post “Please, let the oceans, the seas and the rivers survive”) : no theft; no useless violence; no deceit. If already these three very simple moral (social) demands were integrated and applied at all levels of society without exception, a huge, huge improvement in the totality of our human societies would appear.

Work is an absolute necessity, for the human collectivity and for the planet, there is no doubt about this. The clarification of the moral bases for action will reduce our negative impacts, improve our global vibration and help to build a strong base for the development of future generations (to go from a logic of total destruction/annihilation to the progressive elevation of humanity and its values to their highest degree, see the post “transformation part 3”).

We have to note that the gap between moral ideals and the present-day (individual or collective) situation can be stressful, exhausting. We have to go swiftly towards moral ideals (especially ecological ones) but we have to keep in mind that changes take time (and possibly energy). We should not wait anxiously for the results of our actions but continue our efforts until the situation slowly betters itself. We should stay calm and stable with the minds focused on the (individual and collective) objectives, despite the difficulties.

In the yoga philosophy, one very important value that the spiritual seeker has to develop, nearly from the beginning, is “santosh”, contentment, satisfaction. Santosh is not the joy or the happiness experienced during meditation. Santosh is more a light, positive, serene mood or state of mind, coming mainly from the idea (obtained by faith or personal experience) that efforts in the good direction, in the path of yoga, will give good, interesting fruits one day or the other.

Santosh is a foretaste of stable states of happiness, created a little bit artificially in order to : 1) avoid possible depression, sadness or de-motivation coming the spiritual quest 2) reduce the anxious expectations directed towards spiritual liberation.

Obviously santosh, contentment, does not imply the negation of effort and of the will to go beyond one’s limits.

The “smile practice” can be an application of santosh. Sit (or stand) quietly, close the eyes, relax the whole body as best as you can, take three deep breaths and smile. When it is enough for you, take three deep breaths, open the eyes and go back to your normal activities.

This smile can be big or small according to the needs and feelings of the moment. It can be a few seconds or a few minutes. Try to focus on two things : 1) the physical movements on the face connected with the smile  2) the states of quietness, contentment and mild joy coming from the practice.

This technique can be interesting for depressive phases happening during the self-transformation work or during an external positive (ecological or social) work. With practice you will be able to go into a positive state of mind in only a few seconds, and after a while, the only gesture of smiling (in normal life, without the practice of the technique in itself) will trigger nearly automatically these positive states of mind.

You will also notice that maybe at the beginning, especially if you are in an unhappy state of mind, the smiles will be large and even exaggerated (to counteract the negative mood), but with practice the smile will be lighter, subtler (and even quasi invisible), more stable and will nevertheless trigger the same (or better) states of contentment or happiness.

 

THIRD POINT

To have a quiet mind is not to have an empty mind (the necessity or objective of an “empty mind”, that you often find in spiritual writings, comes only with the highest stages of meditation). On the contrary when the mind is quiet, harmonious, peaceful, relaxed, then it is possible to reach qualities of thoughts, perceptions, knowledge, intuitions much better and clearer than what you can find in a natural “undisciplined” mind. You can for example focus much more easily with a quiet mind than with an agitated mind.

When the mind is jumping continuously, chaotically and unconsciously from one thought to the other like a monkey jumping from branch to branch, then the individual can with only great difficulties be at rest, because he is engrossed in this perpetual flow of thoughts, perceptions and unconscious connections. In a way he is this perpetual mental flow. We have to remember that we mainly identify ourselves with two things : body and mind. On the contrary when the mind is peaceful, harmonious, quiet and efficient, then the individual identifies himself with these qualities.

Therefore to have a quiet or peaceful mind means efficiency, clarification, concentration and sublimation more than annihilation of inner life.

Two directions in order to achieve this goal can be put forward :

  1. if the mind does not have any coherent knowledge organization then the mind is searching, generates a lot of thoughts and does not have a correct basis for action. Morals stems from knowledge. Therefore it can be interesting to find or create small (and easy to remember and apply) knowledge organizations in order to give answers to (or condensate) the huge number of conscious and unconscious metaphysical questions. We have to remember however that verbal knowledge can only be an approximation of what reality really is. Therefore each of us should find the most sensible knowledge organization possible (with personal intuitions or elements coming from outside theories, see for example the post “The ultimate metaphysical theory part 1”).
  2. the satisfaction of desires and the protection from fears also ask a lot of energy and thoughts (hence a work on these two mental phenomena in a lot of spiritual traditions in order to redirect these energies towards more positive or spiritual goals).

 

FOURTH POINT

Human beings direct a lot of will, energy, intelligence and technology into the medical field to : increase life expectancy; reduce sufferings and repair the defects of human bodies.

Why couldn’t we direct the same amounts of efforts and energies towards the healing of our planet ? It would be close to an holistic vision of medicine, and not only an individualistic, human, vision of medicine. Indeed, what is the use of healing human bodies and minds when the base, the substratum where they grow (planet Earth and its balances) completely deteriorates and cannot work properly ?

We give immense privilege to human mind and its powers, and we have a kind of disgust, contempt and/or indifference for our bodies and the planet Earth, for Nature. The vision of yoga is interesting because it considers our bodies as possibilities of transformation, elevation, sublimation and not as enemies, hindrances or something sinful. The body must be understood, purified and controlled in order to reach a real development of the mind. Yoga does not put the emphasis on a contempt of the body but on the knowledge of its physical and subtle workings, notably the interactions between the body and the mind. We have to note that Buddhism in its spiritual form focuses mostly on the last stages of yogic meditation and does not perform a thorough work on the body before meditation as it is taught in traditional hatha yoga.

Therefore we have to work on a pacification/acceptance/integration of our relation to our bodies and to the planet. To go against the idea that Nature is morally or fundamentally bad and in opposition to the essential desires and objectives of human beings, we could say that this is maybe just a postulate. Some Indian philosophical systems (yoga for example) affirm that Reality or Nature (prakrti) is fundamentally good and that its goal is to help the souls to be liberated. These kind of apparently strange ideas or theories, coming with high probabilities from inner visions or experiences, should not be discarded outright, because our realities are not made up of only the material world (see the post “Everything exists” and  “The ultimate metaphysical theory part 2”).

 

FIFTH POINT

We have to put all the researches and manipulations in genetics, chemistry, nuclear energy, weapons of mass-destruction… under a strict moral and democratic control.

We should also inject state democratic moral control into the productive and financial sectors, especially for ecologically and socially sensitive activities. This would correspond to the vision of a fusion between communism/socialism and capitalism/liberalism (rather than an opposition between these theories, see the previous posts). Without nationalizing everything, like in the communist systems, states, in my opinion, should become stronger (on a moral level) and more protective, not only at the national level but also, most importantly, at the international level. Persons in power should be at the service of moral ideals (and not the contrary). The tendency inherent in neo-liberalism to denigrate states and their potential and actual protective dimensions, triggers deep sadness in me.

 

SIXTH POINT

Even if, in my opinion, the idea of Basic Income (see the previous posts) is really great and could be a solution to many problems, I think that we should not focus on this objective right now. It would create too much debates, adaptations, modifications, superficially and fundamentally. What we need now is positive and intelligent actions to deal with the present-day problems affecting Earth and human societies. We have to deal with the present-day problems to avoid being completely submerged by future more important and maybe unpredictable problems.

The beginning of the destruction process began a long time ago already. We have to stop it before it’s too late, do the best we can to alleviate the present-day problems, and maybe we will be in a better position to face the (in my opinion) inevitable, and maybe unpredictable, future problems that will emerge.

We could for example use the future huge amounts of expected population movements across the planet as a way to globally question our traditional views and systems (philosophical, legal, administrative, social…) and invent profoundly and for a long period something better, new and adapted to modern-day conditions.

 

SEVENTH POINT

Try to find a viewing point on a ring road or a beltway. Stay as long as you can, one, two or three hours, watching the perpetual movement. Hear the noises, smell the fumes. Try to forget all these individuals in their cars, and feel this movement, these metallic boxes going round at full speed on the asphalt, the physical heat and the emotional coldness they generate.

When you cannot anymore, when you fell disgusted by all this, stop and multiply the movements that you saw by all the cities and countries that you know or saw on TV. Each second, each minute, each hour. Going round and round. Try to feel the energies burnt and lost. And now try to find if there are good reasons for all this (except our pitiful egos, our agitated minds and hundreds of superficial and unimportant problems).

I read somewhere that each second on this planet more than 500.000 persons are flying in commercial planes (I think it was 800.000 but I am not sure). All this for profit reasons.

Don’t ask me what I think about this : I am disgusted. The main question is : what to do ?

 

EIGHTH POINT

We could try to create a new form of yoga, the ecological yoga. In this form of yoga, all efforts, energies, moral ideals, knowledge, physical and spiritual practices would be directed towards the understanding of ecology and the preservation of planet Earth’s natural balances (and not only towards self-liberation). To direct one’s efforts towards the resolution of humanity and Earth’s problems.

Many different things can be practiced very easily and quickly without having to move to distant locations : we already talked about the psychological and spiritual analysis of our taste habits to overcome our overconsumption of animal products (see the post “Please, let the oceans, the seas and the rivers survive”). To be detached from our taste habits can ease the transition towards vegetarianism and semi-vegetarianism. Learn to be patient and to wait. Try to take cold or lukewarm showers rather than hot ones, it is more energetic. Learn to withstand hunger. Learn to withstand cold or hot weather without modern technological devices. Try to use less harmful chemicals in your house or at work. Weed manually instead of using weed-killer. Try to understand animal and vegetal forms around you…

Correction of a mistake

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I forgot to tell you that some time ago, I received some news from a member of the MIPB, the small association behind the political program presented in one of the first posts “Presentation of the political program of a small association run by some friends”.

In the post “Some inventions that could change the world” I said that one of the member of the MIPB had invented a system to stock electric energy with the help of gravitational energy. I also used this idea in the post “transformation part.1”. He told me that unfortunately this idea, despite all efforts and attempts, cannot solve the problem of electric energy stocking because the amounts of energy stocked cannot be huge. Only some small electronic and electric devices like computers or some LED lights could work with this kind of system. But a “normal” house (with washing machine, oven, fridge, television, electric heater…) cannot be backed-up by such gravitational devices because the amounts of energy needed are too big. So I would like to apologize on my behalf and on their behalf for these mistakes.

The most deadly nuclear energy gave to mankind really huge amounts of electricity. It was like a dream for our political and economic leaders : vast amounts of nearly free energy, an energy directly coming from our scientific knowledge, from our technological progress ! Since electricity cannot be stored (or only with great difficulties) with modern available technologies, the solution was simple : let’s use all this power. So billions of energy consuming devices and gadgets were created in order to use this huge amount of energy. All these electric devices were directed towards one goal : to satisfy all the possible needs and desires a human being can dream of, even the most useless ones. In this way, the citizens were happy, a maximum amount of profit and business was made, and the emotional and social structures of the pyramidal power were strengthened.

Many big problems were left aside :

  1. Without talking about the dangers of accidents coming from nuclear plants themselves, nuclear energy creates deadly nuclear wastes which remain highly toxic during literally millions of years. For the moment, unless unexpected good news, nothing has been found to solve this problem. Our huge and nearly pathological over-use of energy results in this fact : since 150 years we steal from future generations all the petrol, coal and natural gas available on planet Earth, and now we offer them tons of nuclear wastes. (Maybe, consciously or unconsciously, we hope that “scientific progress” will go on and that future generations will find a solution to nuclear wastes. But what if there is no fundamental or technological solution to these deadly wastes ? From a natural substance (natural radioactive ores) and many processes, we extract huge amounts of energy and create a totally new artificial substance with the most deadly vibrations. This shows at the same time the power of our intelligences and their danger, especially when guided by irrational or useless desires and poor philosophical and metaphysical knowledge. Intelligence is a tool which can create or destroy. See for example the destructive effects of human intelligence on the natural ecosystems’ balances).
  2. Since power, watts and energy consumption were not the problem, researches were not focused on energy savings (but on satisfaction of human desires). As a result, we fulfill our needs and desires with a full range of electric devices which consume a lot of energy. If we want to replace nuclear energy with natural renewable and ecological energies (without working on a reduction of our needs), then we will have to make further researches to really harness the power inherent in the natural cycles (of course in the most ecologically sustainable way, if we want to survive). For the moment we are very far from this goal.
  3. All these sometimes useless electric and electronic devices require a lot of chemicals and rare minerals and are hard to recycle. They fuel a cycle of perpetually new desires for new sophisticated (and vain) needs. We should, at least, stock all these electric devices and take time to fully restore or recycle them rather than destroying them quickly and without any care.
  4. As we already noticed it, nuclear energy comes from natural radioactive ores which are also non-renewable and will be depleted one day. Nuclear energy is therefore (at least in the present-day available technologies) not something infinite and cannot guarantee energetic supplies in the long run.
  5. Last, but not least, a huge majority of the western world became highly dependent on these electric devices and gadgets to the point that nowadays most western people cannot imagine living without them and would be ready to destroy anything or anyone that could take them away from these electric devices, exactly as a fully-dependent drug addict would do if separated from his substance. Satisfaction of desires has made us weak and dependent on the emotional and material levels. We have difficulties imagining happiness (or normal life) without all the devices which constitute our modern lives. In one hundred years, electricity, petrol and chemistry have come between us and the world. We are so much engrossed in our vision of “progress” as satisfaction of desires that we cannot understand today that this so-called “beneficial material progress” leads us at full speed and with high probability towards a dangerous wall (the end of natural non-renewable resources and energies).

So, what to do ?

First, and we already talked about this in previous posts (see the posts “Transformation part.1” and “Free energy and perpetual motion”), it would be interesting to blend the researches coming from three distinct fields :

  1. Extraction of energy coming from natural cycles (sun, wind, water, tides, geothermic…) in the best ecological way possible. Some new experiments have, for example, tried to use old mines to inject cold water underground : this cold water gets hot, goes up, generates electricity at the surface level, gets cold and goes down…
  2. Stabilization and stocking of electric energy in the best ecological way possible in order to stabilize the variations in the amounts of energy coming from natural cycles.
  3. Perpetual motion, diminution of resistances, free energy.

The researches should aim at producing ecological, efficient and long-lasting devices (see the post “The worst marketing strategy”) that each citizen could use to generate energy for himself and the society (if there is too much for individual needs). These devices could also be used by governments on a larger scale.

If sufficient money and efforts are invested in this direction then we will perhaps have the possibility to free ourselves from the law of entropy and its constraints. Indeed, if we create efficient devices to produce energy from natural cycles and stock it in ecological ways, then we will have a quasi perpetual motion, because the natural powers on Earth are huge and nearly infinite (because Earth’s life expectancy is higher than humanity’s life expectancy).

Why these devices have to be ecological ? We already stressed the fact that, in the present-day situation, if we really want to settle on planet Earth (not only a few decades, but much, much more time, millions of years), we have to put the ecological imperatives at the center of all economic and social decisions. Nowadays the new mainstream technological trends are : nuclear energy and chemical batteries (for example to power all our useless cars). Chemical batteries are full of chemicals and, even if I am not a specialist, will one day or the other trigger two problems : exhaustion of the chemicals and minerals used to produce these batteries and difficulties to recycle (and/or destructive pollutions).

So these examples of not ecological devices will not fix the problem in the long run and will create still more pollutions and destructions. In my opinion, these kinds of quick and unreliable fixes have for only goal the preservation of the unsustainable western way of living. One day or the other we, or future generations (if they exist), will have to really solve the problem if we want to survive. So why not do this work now and create really sustainable ways of living from the beginning ? Even if the really ecological devices cannot give us full power right now, still we will slowly go out of nuclear energy in a sustainable way. We will then be in a good direction.

So you may think : if this problem is, as you say, so serious, why all the political and economic leaders, the ones who are here to protect us and organize everything in the best possible way, do not act firmly in the direction of a, socially and ecologically, sustainable way of life ?

Let’s try to develop some aspects of this question :

  1. First, I have to say that I am not the only one to say this. This is not a fantasy or a way to scare people without any reason. The problem is real, dangerous. Many (and maybe most of them) eminent scientists, experts and thinkers of many different fields also warn us that if we continue in this direction (the western way of living) then we will succeed in destroying, not only superficially, but deeply, internally, our world, our societies and all the delicate interactions and balances (natural, cultural, geographic, atmospheric, climatic…) which constitute our realities.
  2. I don’t see, at present times, any significant breakthrough in clean energies that could change the situation. So human societies continue their well-known destructive movement since decades without anything really being done. Worst, in a nearly suicidal logic, it seems that this movement of destruction gather momentum. Since there is no real (moral) power able to protect the last resources of the planet, all nations, companies and individuals run after the last drops of available energy in a frenzy of irrational actions, increasing once more our lethal impact on Earth’s ecosystems. Let’s not be fooled by the credits directed towards alternative clean energies. They are just a sham, especially when you compare them with the credits directed towards chemical batteries to power our cars, or military budgets.
  3. Our leaders know that our social and economic systems are highly complex and that they cannot, at present time, change a single thing without destroying the unstable equilibrium we depend on (an unstable equilibrium is, in physics, a state of equilibrium which demands, small or huge, amounts of energy to stay in this state of unstable equilibrium).

Therefore they found a (easy) solution : let’s do nothing and see what will happen.

This politics of non-action towards the immensity of our destructive actions is frightening. August 2015, for the moment humanity finishes the last drops of non-renewable energy and will be more and more dependent on nuclear energy. We already saw what kind of consequences this politics will have. Our world, especially the western world, will implode without energy. Add to this the end of other important resources (phosphorus, trees, fishes, drinking water, clean air, fertile lands…), plus social, cultural, ideological, religious and territorial tensions, and this potent mixture of hot gases will only need a small, and possibly unrelated, spark to explode violently.

The modern-day conflicts in the hot and dry areas of Middle East are not religious wars, they are dead end resources’ wars. Maybe they will become ideological wars (like capitalism against communism), for example morality and religion against liberalism and materialism, especially if the Muslim world stop fighting internally and start searching for the responsible of the world dramatic situation. The accused is easy to find and already found : the western world and its way of living.

But, in my opinion, it would be  a mistake to wage war. As the opposition communism/capitalism was a mistake (a better thing would have been a fusion between these two conflicting theories, for example with stronger welfare states, or stronger moral states that could regulate the economic jungle), the opposition between religious/moral world and freedom/neo-liberalism/materialism world would be a mistake. Let’s remember that wars are the worst possible energetic losses, and that’s really what we don’t need now (anyway, how are we going to fight without energy ? By going back to knives, swords, horses and crossbows ?). Better is fusion, harmony, mutual enrichment and respect.

Anyway the top of the pyramid does not care about wars, because they don’t fight themselves (the base of the pyramid does it for them) and because force, power, weapons, riches and intelligences are with them. They will be victorious and remain in their position despite the huge collective sufferings generated by their frightening non-action policies.

Some try to poetically describe wars as fires destroying a forest and allowing a regeneration of this forest. The human world does not obey the same laws as the natural world. In my opinion, our (human) goal is to go towards, individually, the happiness unrelated to external objects that you can find in the meditative researches and, collectively, the material and spiritual creation of Paradise, Pure Lands, on planet Earth (see the former posts). The burning furnace of a global third world war is, in my opinion, (like the first and second ones) not the goal of human beings, just an accumulation of very bad karma.

Moral values are not the (primary) objective of the top of the hierarchy. Their objective is their ego and their egoistical values : the survival of the privileges of the top of the pyramid.

We should all remember that the western pyramidal political form is made of a top making decisions, and a base following. Beyond all the beautiful freedom ideologies of our materialistic and neo-liberal totalitarian organizations, most of us are slaves of the system. It is not possible to destroy everything and the top of the hierarchy is hidden and well-protected. Present-day democratic systems are just a façade, remnants of political ideas issued two or three hundred years ago. Real power is now concentrated in obscure hands belonging to the hidden economic and political field.

So let’s not attack the pyramidal form, at least not directly or physically (this would create too much useless sufferings and fundamentally the pyramidal form is not the real problem, it is more the rotten values and individuals behind this strong present-day pyramidal form that are the problem), but we should all protect us, by all possible means, against its toxic consequences. For example, to become aware, fully conscious, of all these power games and desires, in their elaborate details, is already a way to become detached from their influence. Manipulation stems from ignorance.

A French philosopher (Clement Rosset, L’anti-nature) said : “Le pouvoir de l’ideologie repose sur le non-dit” which can be translated by : ” The power of ideology comes from non-saying”. The power of ideology comes from non-saying more than from lying. Lies are easy to discover and refute. By not fully developing the logical and intellectual basis of their theories, ideologies create a powerful void where (negative) emotions can enter and find an outlet for their destructive dimensions. Ideologies know, but hide from the general population this knowledge in order to gain power.

We could take for example the strong emotional basis of the intellectual constructions of racism. Huge amounts of anger, dissatisfaction and desires are focused towards an accused external group (Jews, Muslims, blacks, whites, yellows, red, browns, “underdeveloped” peoples…) being described as negative, dangerous, inferior or useless with little (or no) real intellectual, logical or rational justification (the underlying cause is, mostly and with high probabilities, more internal than external, our own internal violence which needs outer target and realization to avoid inner, social or individual, anguish and explosion). This creates great amounts of force and can possibly give political power. See for instance the present-day rise of right-wing extremist parties in western countries focusing on Arabs, Blacks, Indians, Chinese or whatever and fuelling a cycle of (racist and violent, physical and mental) actions and reactions, a little bit like nazism and the Jews.

You can also find these kind of ideological constructions in the opposition between humanity and animals/nature (justification of man’s domination over other species, too much meat eating and farm animal’s slavery); material world and values against inner/spiritual world (opposition between freedom/amorality and spiritual advancement and intelligent moral values); workers against non-workers (excessive moral value given to work, even the most useless and destructive ones, to support the pyramidal form and the privileges of the top of the hierarchy)…

We should therefore try to dissect and nearly psycho-analyze all the (hidden) logics, bias, choices, methods, tools, analysis, desires, objectives… of the world masters and in a way we will progressively be free from all these most immoral power games and propaganda. We could (see for example the French site SYTI. NET) talk about researches on cybernetics, androids and robots; fusion between cybernetics/electronics and biology/cells/living matter; electronic implants under the skin to replace credit cards and identity papers (“digital angel”); use of waves and vibrations as weapons and tools for social control; Haarp project; destruction of welfare states and social security systems; ideology of chaos and devil cult; genetic manipulations; generalized social manipulations and control; development of psychological, emotional and cerebral researches to create psychological or mental weapons; plus all the possible future scientific and technological gadgets that you can imagine to once again fully satisfy artificial dreams and desires at the base of the pyramid…

According to a leak coming from illuminati themselves, the goal of all this would be to reduce the world population from 6 billions to 50 millions ! It seems very little and I fear that this movement might not be, in the illuminati’s plans, peaceful and harmonious. How else than with wars, global destructions, hunger, thirst or diseases could they go from 6 billions to 50 millions ? Human pathological mind at its highest and most worrying degree. Frightening, dreadful.

I agree that the total world population should decrease. But I think that this movement should be peaceful (with contraception for example). What we need now is ecological education, not crazy and indomitable conflicts. Transition is better than revolution (especially if they are violent revolutions, like wars).

Let’s take time to change, but let’s (quickly) direct our steps in the good direction. In my opinion, we have collectively a maximum of 5 to 10 years to make changes (immediate announcement by Popes and Imams that contraception is a good thing in the present-day situation; significant breakthrough in clean energy; preservation of oceans and ecosystems; strong and reliable wind turbines to produce water (Eole water); diminution by (at least) half of the total farm animal’s massacre to increase global vegetal food supply; resolution of religious tensions and movement towards meditation, relaxation and inner researches; policies to reduce birth rates in India, China and other overcrowded regions; resolution of all conflicts, progressive reduction of all military budgets and programs and redirection of these energies and efforts towards more positive goals… see previous posts), if we want to avoid profound or total destruction (“point of no-return” in the destruction process).

May humanity be filled with courage, peace, love, compassion, harmony, stability, clarity, mutual understanding and happiness in order to overcome these huge difficulties and create a peaceful transition towards a more sustainable way of life.

Please, let the oceans, the seas and the rivers survive

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After the post “Phosphorus”, I would like to say that with or without phosphorus, we have to protect the oceans, the seas and the rivers.

Modern men in their sheer madness have forgotten the absolute necessity to protect the delicate ecosystems which constitute the totality of Earth’s reality. We shamelessly pollute soils, rivers and oceans as all these were dustbins. Millions of years of evolution and biodiversity are wiped out or severely damaged. We have to change quickly before it’s too late because once destroyed these delicate interactions cannot regenerate themselves (or only with great difficulties).

Here are some solutions :

  1. First, let’s reduce our use of chemicals and petrol-derived products because they are, like plastic bags, highly polluting substances and difficult to recycle materials. This will slowly reduce our pressure on natural balances, be they terrestrial or aquatic.
  2. Secondly, we have to reduce our endless appetite for fish and other sea-products. Let’s all stop the whole fishing process, let’s go out of the useless need to fish to survive (with basic income for example, see the post “Universal basic income”) and of the useless over-consumption of fish products ( see the post “Vegetarianism”). Let’s spend some time slowly rebuilding fishes communities, let the stocks slowly rise, maybe ten or twenty years without overfishing. We have to stop, make a break, or the oceans will not live long.
  3. Commercial fishing should be made under the strict guidance of experts and scientists to avoid overfishing. Small catches on particular places and times could be made and could allow a little fish and sea-products market for the persons who are still not totally vegetarians. Without any doubt it will be a less abundant market, and a more expensive one also (because the fishermen will have to earn their living with less fishes). But is it not the price to pay to allow the oceans and the rivers to slowly regenerate ? 10 years of fish fasting and then after 10 years the stocks will be more abundant and slowly, slowly, the catches could increase. The fish market will then be better. After a period of 50 years of slow catches increase then the oceans and the rivers will be full of life and bio-diversity, especially if we solve the problem of all the highly polluting chemicals present on the planet.

Very often among fish and meat eaters there is this idea that anyway animals endlessly eat each others since ages, so why not eat animals ? The problem is that the delicate interactions between hunter and hunted, killer and prey, which last since millions of years, bear fruits : see the huge diversity and quantity of vegetal and animal forms all across the planet.

We, as human beings, are special animals with special mind powers (intelligence for example). These very powers can allow us to completely destroy the natural ecosystems’ balances. We are too much on the planet, and this is because we have only a poor knowledge of all the delicate interactions which constitute Earth’s reality. We pollute too much and we eat too much animals and therefore we are too much humans because we put a huge weight on natural balances.

Present-day reality is an ecological and social disaster, a nightmare fuelled by hundreds of years of wrong theories and actions, collectively, individually.

After having fully understood that, we will try, by all available means, to reduce our weight on reality, physically, mentally. Vegetarianism and green activities and ways of living are without any doubt great steps on this way. We have to consider vegetarianism and ecological education as moral ideals that could guide us towards better tomorrows and that we can slowly (at each one’s pace) reach (see the post “The moral issue”).

Intelligent moral ideals should be considered as guides, distant goals that can help us in this period of deep moral and metaphysical disorientation. All of us make mistakes, have addictions or follow deep-ingrained bad habits, but we should all direct our steps towards the moral ideals, whether we are close to these moral ideals or not. What is important is the process of (slow or quick) moral improvement. This process takes time and patience but it can give a strong foundation for long-lasting happiness. Then we will understand the difference with the exhausting and energy consuming ups and downs of the “pleasure quest” (perpetual cycle of satisfaction/dissatisfaction).

It seems nowadays that sea-food that we can easily produce (oysters and mussels for instance) should be preferred to wild species during the “fish fasting period” that we talked about earlier. Similarly, sea-weeds and even non-refined marine salt contain lots of very good marine nutrients (like rare metallic materials) that can easily replace the same nutrients coming from fishes. The strong propaganda concerning the value of fish proteins must not make us forget that some vegetal products are also high sources of proteins ( see for example the amounts of excellent raw proteins found in almonds and sesame seeds, see the post “Vegetarianism”).

Most people in rich countries eat fish and sea-products for two reasons : taste reason or health reason. We already talked about health reasons. For sure sea-products are good nutritional sources but equivalents can be found in the vegetal kingdom and can easily replace parts or totality of the nutritional benefits of sea-products.

As for the taste reason, please free yourselves from the taste tyranny. Lots of vegetal foods are also delicious. What are you looking for with your “taste quest” ? Moments of happiness and pleasure. So to satisfy your pitiful need for taste, these short-lived moments of happiness, you profoundly endanger the very survival of the planet and future generations. To satisfy egoistically your need for taste, you jeopardize the lives of millions and even billions of future humans (and, of course, of other beings too). This could be considered as a deep negative karma (as the over-use of non-renewable resources, of highly polluting chemicals and of electricity coming from nuclear energy).

If we had no other solution than killing everything alive and destroying the planet for our survival then this would maybe not be such a bad karma. What makes all this a very big collective and individual bad karma is that we have the possibility to live without killing and destroying everything (see the former posts). So, please, slowly go towards a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet (see the post “Vegetarianism”). Take time to go out of this most immoral and lethal race (this race that we call “normal human life”) fuelled by fears, desires, competitions, economic wars, oppressive hierarchies and profit logic.

The small, sophisticated and short-lived pleasures that we extract from our desire for taste are really pale in comparison with the strong and long-lasting feelings of calm, joy, happiness and stability that we can find for free in meditation and relaxation techniques.

We have to understand that happiness is not something linked to the outside (satisfaction of impulses and desires), or only imperfectly ( see for example the huge amount of education, practice, energy and bias necessary to artificially bind the highest possible form of sexual pleasure, orgasm, with the actual difficulties of sexual activity. Even this high sexual pleasure is pale in comparison with the happiness experienced during meditation and relaxation, essentially because it does not last long and creates a depressive effect on the whole body and mind, especially if you put aside the feeling of exhilaration caused by the realization of the desire).

True happiness does not come from outside but is a result of inner work. Many techniques can help this inner work (we already talked in this blog about moral ideals, knowledge, love, equanimity, work on the link between the individual and the reality he lives in…). Generally speaking these inner work techniques aim at cleaning the internal perceptive and cognitive structures so that our relation to external reality (our individual bodies can be considered as parts of this external reality) can be peaceful, clear and conscious. From this peaceful conscious quietness comes real happiness : happiness in its pure form, unrelated to external events.

Meditation and relaxation are part of this movement towards self-improvement. Without talking about high experiences in meditation, which can require practice, training, energy, will-power and time, it exists hundreds of simple relaxation techniques which can give a glimpse of the states of quietness, clarity and happiness experienced by advanced spiritual seekers.

Small individual changes, such as a more accurate knowledge or the decision to follow some simple and intelligent moral values, can result in huge improvements in the quality of our lives. Do not think that freedom is living away from moral values. True freedom will only come when we will integrate these moral values in our everyday lives until they become natural, part of ourselves, exactly as the breathing process or the heartbeats.

Can you imagine how beautiful our world would be if all of us, without exception, were to follow moral ideals and discard theft, useless violence and deceit ? Going against moral values, for instance by killing, without any vital necessity, billions of animals for taste and irrational health reasons (do you think that obesity is the goal of human beings or is the result of an increase western education in useful dietetics ?) can, without any surprise, give us only small amounts of short-lived pleasures. The same remarks are valid for the short-lived pleasures coming from repeated adulteries and other sexual misbehaviors ; competitions, struggles and wars (if you are lucky to win); speed and energy burning; theft; exploitation of other beings…

A macro-economic way to solve the national debt crisis ?

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This post is just a draft .

Problem : to whom the national debts are due ? To banks, to individuals, to other states… ?

For the individuals, the same bank account that we could use for the Universal Basic Income, could be used to receive money coming from the money individuals gave to the State.

Some of this money would be slightly (from 1% to 10%) taxed according to the amount received : the more money you receive, the more you will be taxed.

If a part of the national debts is due to other countries, then the States would have to imagine ways to solve these debts with exchange : exchange of land, of national resources, of buildings… Can you imagine the price of a few streets in one district of Paris, London, Roma or Porto ?

For the banks, if the State must give money to them, we could use the same “fictive” money as described in the previous post : “Universal basic income : a macro-economic solution…”

After this, only a few special cases would have to be carefully analysed.

My advice to humanity : please stop the logic of money and items speculation on transnational markets, this is very bad for the karma of humanity.

12 billion people could be fed with our modern day agriculture.

Please do your best to stop the economic globalization and mondialization, this is also very bad for our collective karma. All trading (commercial) movement that do not have any logic and economic justification is very bad in our modern-day world. Energy is a problem. We have to connect the researches made in the new renewable energies with the researches made in the ways to stock electrical energy in a safe and environmental friendly way (see the previous posts in this blog).