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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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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.

The pink energetic sphere part 3

 

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Point 7 : Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King : “The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold”.  

Point 8 : Ahimsa.

After killing an animal, even the tiniest and most (apparently) insignificant one, try to make some prayers for the soul of the animal : you can for example pray that its soul goes to the paradise-world linked to the species of the particular animal you have just killed. I do this for example with annoying flies or mosquitoes.

Yoga follows the very ancient rule of Ahimsa (non-harming, non-violence) but stress the fact that we have to protect from excessive insects or pests in order to live comfortably and meditate peacefully. The only thing is to do this in the most Ahimsa-orientated way. We have to remember that the only fact of walking or breathing kills many life forms. The animal and vegetal worlds are also full of killing, eating and sufferings. Nevertheless, we should as human beings do our best to follow the Ahimsa vow.

 

Point 9 : Lakes’ ecosystems and artificial pool projects.

In order to protect the delicate aquatic ecosystems of inland lakes and small rivers (from excessive fishing, motor aquatic activities, sunscreen and other body creams…) we should try to create some urban and natural pool projects which would use urban and natural particular locations to create small or big artificial swimming pools (covered or not) in a clean and ecological way.

Bathing is a very important thing. Water is a purifying mineral.

 

Point 10 : Cement and metallic structures for the fishes.

Why not use all cement, metallic (or other ecologically non-harmful materials) structures, unused or out of order, and put them intelligently into places in oceans and seas which need to regenerate ? Fishes and other aquatic life forms really like these kind of artificial structures because they can find shelters in them. Small ecosystems could slowly build up and maybe help the regeneration process in some areas. Such experiments have already been made in some damaged coral reefs with small metallic structures.

 

Point 11 : Researches on isotherapy.

New researches (in Germany ?) have been made about isotherapy (see the post “Isotherapy”) on aquatic plants.

Some aquatic plants coming from polluted ponds have been placed with their polluted water under laboratory conditions and some of the samples were given an isotherapy remedy made from the polluted waters they were living in. Scientists have found that these samples were in much better health (better growth, less diseases) after a few weeks than the samples with no isotherapy added.

Point 12 : Peace Nobel Prize for Greenpeace.

Why Greenpeace still does not have the Peace Nobel Prize ?  

The pink energetic sphere part 2

 

 

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Point 4 : Games and artistic activities.

We did not talk much about this, because in a way I consider it as evident, but I would like to insist on the fact that games and artistic activities are essential for human psyche.

I am critical towards the pyramidal and intransigent music business system. I, of course, respect all forms of self-expression but the fact is that what the general public receives is quite stereotyped (and in my opinion music should be freedom and diversity). For example, being a fan of electronic repetitive music, I know that since the beginning of the 1990’s hundreds of very beautiful electronic tracks have been created.

Electronic generated music is an intelligent use of electronics and electricity provided that all the electronic musical instruments, computers, hardware, software are very resistant (20 years minimum), compatible, easy to use…

For persons interested in what could be a good basic electronic music progression, my mix selection for 14 old and recent (commercial and easy to find) tracks (75 minutes roughly) would be :

1) Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts : Palden rang jung  2) Vispanassana : Stars of beauty  3) Royksopp : So easy  4) Murcof : Mir  5) Isolee : Beau mot plage  6) Shazz : El camino part 2  7) Sten : Lash out  8) Jeff Mills : Condor to Mallorca  9) Two cowboys : Two cowboys  10) Bugge Wesseltoft : Try  11) Rim Banna : Ya jammal  12 ) Oi va voi : A csitari  13) Plastikman : Psyk  14) Kaleni Shelby : My medusa.

When I see what the market offers us 25 years after the beginning of the 1990’s, it is quite basic and underdeveloped electronic music. Honestly, disappointing, childish, mediocre. Even me with only a little electronic music software (Reason 4.0), I can create in a few hours a 6 minutes track that can easily surpass  most of modern-day commercial songs without any problem. So just imagine a group of highly specialized electronic musicians with all the necessary instruments and the will to create really high quality electronic music…

But I don’t know why, the present-day market is blocked and focused on what could be described in my opinion as second-grade electronic dance music. We have to open our minds, collectively, individually. All together as one, as Bob Marley would have said, as if we were all brothers and sisters, sharing our knowledge.

Like in the scientific field with the thousands of not yet analyzed experiments, we should focus in the musical field on all that have already been created, in all the musical specialities possible. And then organize all this, select, synthesize.

Why not create basic USB keys or downloadable mixes full of selected sounds, according to the most accepted usual trends, and sell them at a correct price to the general public ? Savings of material, condensation of musical knowledge, increased diversity. Of course, we would have to find ways to efficiently give money to the authors of all these tracks.

 

Point 5 : World War II French Resistance.

Some time ago, I read a very interesting post in one of the WordPress blog (unfortunately I did not write the name of that blog) about French Resistance during World War II and especially about Camus and some letters exchanged with a German philosopher that he knew.

A great part of the letters were about the philosophical difficulty to accept the immense violence generated by the nazi system. And the author of the blog stressed the fact that during the Resistance the French people had problems to cope with all this violence. The fundamental question inside French Resistance at that time was : is it correct to kill human beings that are just the hands, the tools of a violent system, in order to stop this violence ?

These questions are very close to the moral question : under what conditions is it possible to go beyond the Ahimsa vow ?

 

Point 6 : Basic knowledge about self-defence for freedom fighters.

I studied during four years self-defence and martial arts : 1 year Tai-jitsu; 2 years Shotokan Karate and 1 year American boxing. I also read a lot of books about martial art philosophy, Budo, Aikido, Zen, close-combat…

During a period of my life I was frequently travelling and sometimes was exposed, as a social and peace activist, to violent street situations or fights. I decided then to progressively train myself during more than 15 years to self-defence mainly by performing improvised katas (or “tao forms”) with empty hands, sticks and wooden knives, based on the trainings that I had previously received. I also practised combat techniques linked to animal forms coming from Kung-fu.

In self-defence, there is a very general but important rule, coming I think from the Chinese Kung-fu philosophy : never attack first. The first one to attack is in a way already the loser of the fight. To attack first can only be a way to break a tense situation before a violent escalation takes place and degenerates into a negative position for you. For example in Aikido atemi (direct blows, frequently used in Karate) are just used to create imbalances, small energetic voids, that are then used to project or destabilize the opponent.

In self-defence, when you face a danger or some kind of violence or menace, the martial answer should legally be proportional and gradual. Moreover, generally speaking, it is better to immobilize a dangerous opponent rather than hurt or destroy him (see fo example Judo; Jujitsu; grappling; wrestling…).

It is always interesting to focus the training (don’t use chewing-gum while training, it can be dangerous) on a few simple but efficient blows (atemi). You should always remain centered and protected while defending yourself from an attack. Two or three quick and efficient blows must be enough to disable a dangerous opponent. To face such difficult situation, some trainings in close-combat try to mix actual physical blows, or other martial techniques, with strong inner visualizations that the technique has been successful. For example a blow in the head with the visualization of blood or broken nose in the opponent. On special cases, for example if you feel physically weak compared to your opponent, it can increase determination and remove inner psychological barriers that could diminish the physical efficiency of the blows or other techniques. Nevertheless these kind of visualizations should only be used on special occasions when you need extra physical or psychological forces to give powerful blows. In normal combat conditions it is better to have the mind empty, alert, receptive, like a sheet of paper, or a hight-tech receptor, where all external and internal impressions will be easily gathered and analyzed without the conscious or rational mind interfering in a way or the other. In this case, I feel that the martial answers are quicker, more intuitive and more efficient than when the mind is continuously tense or focused on some objective.

When you feel that a situation is escalating and becomes dangerous, try to adopt gestures and defence positions that show that you are alert, motivated and trained. That will already impress much of the opponents and put an end to many conflicts. A few simple and quick moves made at a distance can be enough to warn the opponent of possible serious consequences if he continues his dangerous comportment.

Try to learn to look at the opponent without gazing at any particular point. Try to adopt a kind of precise, but in a way general, vision, intuitive, that gives you a knowledge of all the dimensions of the opponent and of the surroundings.

I generally prefer to fight or train with open hands, you are less tense and more receptive than with the fists closed. Open hand fighting is often used in Kung fu and in fact fist closed is just one of the many possibilities of the hands techniques. Sometimes a simple or strong slap with the open hand by various means, or even a single finger, can be as efficient as a blow given with full power with fist closed.

An exercise frequently found in Tai chi is to learn to feel with the hands. With practice the hands become very sensitive to every vibration, physical or subtle. In combat condition, the space between the hands and the opponent becomes like water transmitting all vibrations and information even before the opponent begins to think about it. With practice, every intention, mental state, feeling or subtle move is clearly perceived.

However if, despite all these protective measures, the fight do start, try to quickly localize the weak points of the opponent. It can be the eyes, the ears, the genitals, the throat, the nose, the liver, some muscles or articulations, the solar plexus, the feet, the temples… according to each circumstance. Try to learn and master the techniques to hit these sensitive points, to project and immobilize.

You should also try to take time to learn basic medical, healing and resuscitation emergency techniques linked to martial arts, be they traditional or modern.

Meditation, relaxation, reading of great martial experts (for example Master Ueshiba, founder of Aikido : ” Budo is the loving protection of all beings”. Budo is the physical and spiritual path linked to martial arts) are also important and can be approached progressively (for this, before reading directly the great martial experts, in Zen, Budo… there is for example a very interesting book that gives a general insight about martial art and Budo philosophy (in French) : Florence Braunstein : Penser les arts martiaux. PUF Editions. Ms. Braunstein does not seem to be a practionner of martial arts, but it does not prevent her to give good “outside”, “detached” analysis about martial arts and their underlying philosophy. Anyway, most of today’s martial arts originate from Boddhidharma who was supposedly, and according to many traditions, a Buddhist monk coming from India and who helped founding the Shaolin monasteries and martial arts’ philosophies. Beyond that, some of the most ancient forms of ritualized martial art practices can be found in the South of India. Non-violence and violence are inextricably linked in the way that non-violence is an answer to violence, but all intelligent observer of nature quickly realize that what we call “violence” (to fight, to harm, to be harmed, to die, to suffer…) are an integral part of nature and life. Anyway, the philosophical reflexion about violence, fighting, martial art techniques, can be found in all kind of cultures and traditions all around the world, even in Yoga, see for example, swami Satyananda Saraswati, Sure ways to Self-Realization : “The practice of karate were very useful to the monks of both China and Japan, who were continuously robbed and harassed by numerous warlords and samurai. Karate and its various forms, allowed them to resist and evade attackers using only their bare hands and skill. Karate followed the Buddhist doctrine of non-violence for it enabled the monks to resist the violence by receiving and altering an attacker’s energy, and it was performed in an effortless way free from fear and the desire to harm or take life.

Mudras and mantras were employed to direct the flow of energy in the body and mind. When an attack was imminent, the monk would take up a praying position, intone a mantra and block the attack using mudras called semmui (fearlessness). Only a minimum of force was used to divert the assaillant’s blow and this usually left him in a confused state on the ground. ”

By practising alone and non-violently during long time, I personally think that a great deal of teachings and strength can be gained through a connection with the inner Master. External masters are only here to bring into light this gigantic source of knowledge and energy that each individual has deep in himself.

I obviously don’t say that I am the best fighter in the world, really far from it, but I tried to specialize in defence techniques. All good fighters know that in street situations you can easily be surprised, destabilized in a way or the other, outnumbered… I was sometimes slightly hurt during confrontations and I also saw a lot of such difficult situations happening to other persons, either on TV or in real situations.

If you are hurt in a way or the other, that pain or blood is coming, that you are momentarily unconscious, always try to quickly regain consciousness, to protect from danger, to remain stable and cool and to assess your physical damages. When this is done quickly assess the range of techniques that you can use to defend yourself according to the situation.

Then use the pain or the vision of the blood to let a normal hormonal (adrenaline, endorphins…) and energetic build-up to take place. Let it grow and when you feel that it becomes really hot within you (it may take a few seconds), repeat mentally a small mantra previously practiced, like for example “self-defence, self-defence, self-defence”, that will allow you to be quickly in a mental and physical combat mode. You can also try to learn during practice to create mad, psychotic or emotionally violent expressions on your face and attitude. This will frighten your opponent and gives you a kind of crazy, ready for everything, mood (Maori warriors for example used to stick out their tongue and fully open their eyes before attacking, it can be emotionally quite impressive). Then throw your anger : shout, menace, throw stones or sand, take a stick, a chair, a pen, whatever, and do aggressive and bold moves while going quickly towards the source of the attack with the firm intention to uproot the opponent. If the opponent does not run or flee in front of these emotional and physical threats, use your last drops of energy and physical abilities to give powerful blows in an increasing manner (in strength and precision) until the opponent is physically out-of-order.

Last remarks : first, always try to have the eyes really well (not full but well) open while fighting or training, it is essential to go against this natural tendency to close eyes during frightening or tense situations. It will give you a better awareness and consciousness of what is going on (to be fully and clearly conscious you also have to work on fears : fears to be killed, to be harmed, to harm, of emotional violence, of blood…).

Second, to run, to escape, to hide are sometimes the best ways to defend oneself from a very dangerous situation. For example if you are outnumbered or if the combat is unequal. But remember that running can be dangerous : the opponents might run faster than you and take advantage of your physical weakness after the run. These are very difficult situations and the answer to the problem should vary according to each circumstance. For example, if you begin to run and that after a while you feel that the opponents are still after you, it is better to stop or hide before being completely exhausted, breathe while looking for improvised weapons, and face or avoid the danger.

Submission can also be a way in very particular conditions to stop a violent situation, but it can obviously be dangerous, according to the madness of the person who attacks. Many different postures and gestures for submission can be easily and universally practiced and understood, but while submitting always try to keep a visual contact with the opponent in order to protect vital parts of your body if there are some attacks. In some desperate situations, these kind of submission techniques can also be used to ease the tensions, have the opponents reduce their distance and attention, and then use this to attack quickly and violently some vital points in a close-combat style, and then run. These kind of techniques can be interesting when there are several opponents.

If several opponents begin to encircle you and try to get close to you in order to block your movements by various means, this can be a very dangerous situation. In this case, when you begin to feel that such a technique starts to develop, quickly find the easiest target (if it can give you an opportunity to run) or the strongest target (if you think that it is better to begin with the strongest to avoid having to fight at the end with the strongest opponent)  among the opponents and focus powerful blows on this target. Disconnect, forget everything, for example other blows coming from other opponents, and focus more and more the blows (and even maybe follow on the ground) until you feel that your targeted opponent is totally out-of-order for combat. When this is done, quickly go back in a defence position, choose the next easiest target and shoot again in the same way. Do this until everything is cleared. Difficult, but when you don’t have the choice, you sometimes have to really release the last crazy energies that you have hidden deep within you in order to survive.

Dogs can be very dangerous because they are very clever, sensitive, swift and some don’t release their bite (trained dogs, pit bulls…). Hit the head : violent slaps on the ears, fingers in the eyes, blows on the nose. If this does not work, try the throat (fingers deep inside the throat, strangulation), the testicles or improvised weapons if you can find some.

Various techniques of combat and defence with knives, sticks and other weapons (guns, broken glass bottle…) are really a full special part of martial arts and many good books, for example in close-combat, can be found on these subjects. Nevertheless if you train for this, always try to find harmless weapons, like wooden knives, it is safer. Other good books presenting simple and easy self-defence techniques for special cases (women, elderly persons, youngsters, untrained persons…) are also available.

Finally, in some countries you are legally obliged to do your best to protect persons in your physical surroundings who may face a danger and whom you can easily help (without endanger your own life or the life of other persons). These are very delicate legal issues.

Obviously you can easily show your martial art level with a few moves triggering fear feelings in the mind of the opponent. However, the problem is that an opponent can also easily see if you are not sufficiently trained and take advantage of the situation. If you see that you don’t feel secure, that you cannot help persons in danger without seriously endanger your own life, let the karma be, run and protect yourself. I think that no judge will blame you for these kind of difficult violent situations, especially if you tried your best to reduce it. Generally speaking, if you are focused towards peace and self-defence, it is better not to begin a fight or to attack unless you are very well-trained, it can sometimes be really dangerous. You can also try tear gas or even a whistle to seek help.

If you want to be a good street fighter, learn with Bruce Lee and his martial school, Jeet kun do. The teachers are specialized in these kind of problems. Learn to fight like Bruce Lee, to be like a cat. Or a puma, mentally, physically.

Last tactic when facing a dangerous or violent situation : pure non-violence. To talk, to appease, to protect, to look for alternative solutions to the violence, to beg for a stop of the violence, to seek help… According to situations, it can be a very good solution or a dangerous one. In all cases, be ready, mentally and physically, to face the possible violent consequences resulting from your praiseworthy philosophical attitude of non-violence.

Good luck. May all the divinities linked to the beautiful path of Budo, martial path aiming at the loving protection of all beings, protect and guide you.

The pink energetic sphere part 1

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I don’t know what’s happening, a kind of subtle spherical ball of pink light and energy has emerged from the ceiling of my study room and gives me teachings. I’d like to share some of them with you :

 

Point 1 : Religious unification.

When you see the amounts of money spent on military budgets mainly due to religious or ideological tensions, why could not it be possible that some high level international organizations give 10 millions US dollars for a group of maybe 20 or 40 specialists in meditation and relaxation techniques all over the planet and all across the spiritual traditions to define, over a period of one year, a clear core of spiritual practices in a few books ? These books would allow many spiritual seekers from all traditions to get in touch with other sacred teachings or practices and a kind of religious unification based on mutual understanding will follow, bringing an end to all material and physical wars.

 

Point 2 : Savings.

I think that the main political change that we should put forward in our hearts and minds is “savings”. We should repeat this like a mantra in our everyday lives : ” savings, savings, savings…”.

Savings not to reduce the States’ financial debts or for whatever other macro-economic action, but to save planet Earth and especially its non-renewable resources. It seems at present to be the main issue. Many other problems are here of course but in modern days we have to stop all this crazy fossil fuel burning, because we stressed many times in this blog that petrol was for example a very precious material with great chemical and even maybe medical properties like many other minerals. Our denial of animality, vegetal kingdoms and ecosystems is even worst for the delicate mineral ecosystems.

The mining, drilling, sucking and scraping processes used during the extraction of minerals essential to the survival of our crazy profit logic driven systems create deadly substances and can possibly disrupt fragile balances in other ecosystems (see for example the polluting mining processes of petrol and phosphorus).

We have therefore to stop or greatly reduce all this mining processes and focus on the recycling of the mineral materials already extracted. The problem is that we have so much focused on petrol consumption during years and years that if we close or strongly reduce the petrol exploitation on planet Earth it would trigger wars. Pure sheer undiluted madness. 

Plastics coming from petrol are also problematic substances with a very low bio-degradibility. We should really focus on plastic alternatives coming from the vegetal world (corn for example), to avoid pollutions.

To globally reduce our need for cars would also reduce the future huge and predictable global needs for “green fuels” and save precious fertile lands for human and cattle food production.

Many different types of economies could be proposed :

1) Integration of all ecological costs (pollution, cleaning, recycling…) in all economic activities.

2) Increase in the price of non-ecological, “dirty”, means of transports, like individual cars, planes, high-speed trains… for example. The rise of prices (maybe double or more according to cases) and the reduction of the number of available seats will trigger a better understanding of the ecological emergencies to the users.

3) Used vegetable oils (coming from frying processes) that you can find in restaurants or other kitchens can be used as a fuel to power cars : you need only to add a few simple mechanical devices in your car engine to be able to use filtered second-hand vegetable oils. Millions of liters of fossil fuel could be saved very easily. The fumes are a little bit smelly, but in my opinion not worst than petrol fumes.

4) “Consume action”, that is to say to direct all the purchases for oneself or one’s family towards ecologically orientated objects and activities.

5) Savings on paper.

6) To accept fruits and vegetables that are not totally perfect. A small knife can heal in a few seconds such imperfections. This will globally reduce our need for pesticides and ease the transition towards organic farming.

7) Colors in homes and other collective living spaces are very important for the mood, but we should really find ways to create colors in our urban environments in a strong ecological and environmental friendly way.

8) To replace exotic ornamental flowers (which demand a lot of energy, fertilizers and pesticides to grow) by cultivated natural and local plants, herbs and flowers that can be easily grown.

9) Many old (and new) recipes and techniques all over the world can be tried to avoid using harmful chemicals. Talc powder (perfumed or not, with active medical herbs or not) can be for example easily used against all kinds of body odours, for example coming from the feet, or other perspiration problems. More and more books are dealing with these kind of natural techniques.

An example : to brush one’s teeth with a mix of unrefined grey natural salt and water, resembling sea water, plus possibly some essential oils like mint to refresh all this, can avoid the use of polluting (for our bodies and the environment) chemical toothpaste. Many different techniques have been used worldwide, across the cultures, to wash teeth with plants and minerals (for example branches of neem tree and other ayurvedic recipes in India) . We have to make researches in these natural directions, it will be better for the environment and our mouths.

10) To take showers a little bit less hot (or heated in ecologically friendly ways).

11) To find ways to cook cereals and pulses with less energy (example : wooden boxes filled with old blankets where a steaming hot big pot full of pulses can be left during two or three hours, it greatly reduces the cooking time).

12) According to some news coming from Aljazeera English (a very interesting and dynamic channel not only about the Muslim world but also about all what is happening in the world), some experiments were made to give light to underprivileged shacks in slums (in Indonesia maybe) just with a plastic water bottle and some water. This is very simple : you fill a big two liters water bottle with water. You make a hole in the metallic roof of the small house. You seal the bottle full of water inside this hole with half the bottle outside and half inside the room. The sun rays go through the water upper and gives an equal reflection to all the water in the bottle. This gives light to the room. Very clever.

13) Intelligent and non-violent use of animal energy, as in the past : horses, cows, bulls, oxen, mules… For example it seems that horses, when intelligently trained, are very beneficial to vineyards works in organic farming in France.

14) To reduce the number of our pets (mainly dogs, cats, birds…). While keeping alive all the races and genetic diversity of cats and dogs, let’s try to focus on the care directed to all the abandoned and laboratory animals. Cats and dogs can easily become nearly pure vegetarians. I know a friend who had a cat and was in special conditions where he could not give meat to his cat. He was feeding him with a mixture of fresh eggs and soft white bread. It seemed in good health.

You can find some interesting internet sites about vegetarianism for pets. Pets can be replaced by live plants (in pot) if you feel connections with the vegetal forms. Live plants can greatly improve the global vibrations of a house. Plants seem to like music, reiki and other loving energies. Some persons say that talking to plants is beneficial to them (maybe are they sensitive to love or positive thoughts…).

 

Point 3 : Three fundamental sets of questions for our spiritual and religious leaders.

As a disciple of the highest spiritual teachings, as a spiritual seeker, as a human being, my questions to the religious and spiritual leaders of the world would be :

Birth rates and overpopulation :

Don’t you think that we are enough on Earth to be totally happy and satisfied ? Don’t you think that God, planet Earth, all the most beautiful human moral values, and all the individuals of the planet want to survive, live happily and peacefully in order to obtain a true understanding of the nature of God ? Don’t you think that planet Earth faces a huge overpopulation problem and that humanity needs to reduce its growth to avoid possible disasters ? So why don’t you say to all the persons who have deep faith and trust in you to use contraceptive methods ?

Hajj pilgrimage :

 Approximately two millions pilgrims go to Mecca every year for Hajj. I know that Hajj is a very important thing for all Muslims, but is it not a kind of devotion to a gross material symbol ? In Islam, an important point is the formless, indescribable nature of God, hence the fact that we should not describe or represent God or the Prophet.

Since we are in a deep ecological crisis and that moving several millions pilgrims every year demands a lot of energy, would not it be better, like some Sufi saints explained, to accept the fact that God is in its best form in our hearts and souls ? Here, now, each second, each minute, everywhere, full of love and compassion for all the creatures, and not something dependent on some mandatory pilgrimage ?

Sin and psycho-active drugs :

Have you ever sinned, physically or mentally ? Can you imagine that some persons may do so ? Don’t you think that all the sinful persons can slowly better themselves and become true beings full of love, clarity, compassion and understanding ? Don’t you think that this change will or can take time, through an evolution, a transition ? Therefore why don’t you allow all the persons addicted to what we usually call drugs, “psycho-active” substances, from cannabis to the worst possible drugs like heroin, to have access to their substance in a peaceful, socially accepted, legalized, nationalized, clarified way in order to heal  themselves, consciously, quietly, progressively until they don’t need any more these kind of substances to reach states of religious peaceful consciousness ?

Why don’t you fight against the so-called “democratic moral” powers and organizations which prohibit the use of these substances used since ages by all people on Earth to reach experiences of modified or religious states of mind (see for example the incredible amount of healing techniques linked to psycho-active substances in shamanism, corpus of knowledge that should in my opinion be classified in the immaterial heritage of humanity), creating ecological damages, violent black markets, judges, jails, adulterated substances… ?

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.

 

Ecological democracies part 1

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In the post “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”, we talked about some possible future evolutions (if humanity continues its predominant western way of living). They all seem rather gloomy and we will talk about the first possibility, namely “ecological dictatorship”. We will begin by very general remarks.

I already said in the post “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth” that I don’t like the concept of dictatorship because this kind of political form has been used for ideological reasons that I personally don’t appreciate. All the historical left or right dictatorships (Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot…) are more or less at the opposite of my political vision of things.

I think that more than a dictatorship we need political forms (locally, nationally, internationally) with a strong moral dimension. We already stressed the fact that in the present-day conditions we have to focus mostly on ecological moral ideals and socially on three basic moral demands (no theft; no useless violence; no deceit. See the post “Santosh”, second point). In my opinion we don’t necessarily need strong changes in the political forms and structures, nor revolutions, but an increased awareness of the ecological issue and the will to apply simple and intelligent moral principles, at all levels of the societies, and most importantly at the top of the decisional apparatus.

Obviously, such changes in the global direction, movement, of our societies might appear as a kind of dictatorship for some persons, especially those who don’t have a really strong connection with the ecological issues. Nevertheless, we have to remember that :

  1. Freedom is not absence of constraints. Freedom seems to flourish when a few basic moral demands are accepted and applied (the basic social rules for an harmonious and healthy society). For the moment we face ecological problems and non-renewable resources and energies exhaustion. If we forget this, we may face huge problems in a near future (compared with a normal human’s life expectancy), loss of freedom being precisely one of these problems, see the end of the post “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”.
  2. It is a fact that our economic and social systems are full of rules and constraints, sometimes very heavy ones. The goal would not be to increase once more all these constraints but to re-direct efforts, energies and constraints towards ecological necessities while maintaining in the best way possible a global social cohesion. When these ecological necessities are integrated and applied, we will have to wait until the global ecological situation betters itself and then we will be able to work on a simplification/harmonization/sublimation of moral and social values.
  3. In democratic systems, each general election leaves roughly 45% of the total population dissatisfied with the result. It is difficult to please everybody and there will always be dissatisfied people. So let’s put these feelings in the background and let’s focus on the urgent ecological necessities, while we still have freedom for action.

We can also add that :

  1. Globally, most citizens are like children who follow the example of their parents (the persons in power). Citizens act accordingly to good or bad examples given by their leaders.
  2. Education is a great tool for transformation/improvement. Each citizen should understand the multiple dimensions of the ecological emergency. This work has more or less been done by all the persons interested by ecology, but we should extend this awareness to all levels of societies, without exception, because the ecological problems come from a sum of individual and collective actions. All of us are responsible of and concerned by all this.

It would be interesting for example to create an interactive internet site that could present basic knowledge about ecology and problems affecting Earth’s ecosystems, ways to solve them, practical environmental friendly activities and comportments, problems that don’t have any solution yet, links to other internet sites, references to develop the studies… This internet site would not only present information but also gather data, ideas, critics… coming from the users (this would speed up the researches). This site (or these sites) should be understandable by most of Earth’s citizens, regardless of their country or culture and it should be made, not by some kind of alternative, unofficial association or political movement (such internet sites do already exist. But it does not work ; the world is still burning at high speed non-renewable energies and resources) but by (it is important) the top of the hierarchy and the most recognized experts on the subject. Something official, clear, at the same time definite and adapted to each circumstances. Despite their role in the modern-day difficult situation, the top of the hierarchy should not be afraid to face criticism coming from the base of the pyramid, because if they don’t do anything about necessary ecological actions, then they will be more and more accused and responsible (in this life or in after-life) for future gloomy events.

So let’s imagine that at the highest international levels, all the highest ecological (and social) moral ideals are (finally) accepted as essential for the very survival of the planet, its ecosystems and human societies, and that all economic, political and social decisions would be centered around these necessities and ideals. This would already be a great step (and maybe the biggest) towards improvement. Next, the problem would be : how could we spread these changes to all levels of all societies in the most harmonious, healthy and efficient way possible ?

Many problems (rational or not) could come from different levels of human societies. We could sum-up a part of these problems under the term “resistance to changes”, that is to say, unwillingness to change despite the fact that changes are necessary.

A great part of these resistances may come from (physical and/or mental) habits. To change means to go out of one’s usual habits. For example when you begin a self-transformation work on negative habits then you realize that we are individually and collectively deeply attached to many good or bad, conscious or unconscious, habits.

Habits themselves are not really the problem : they reduce the necessity for thoughts and decisions and free the mind for other things. The problem comes from the consequences of the habits. We already stressed the fact that our (mental and physical) habits (the western way of living) have deep negative ecological and social consequences.

We have to change all this (if we want to avoid total destruction) but in my opinion the changes must be global and international to avoid splitting up the human societies into two groups : the ones who want to change and act accordingly and the ones who don’t want to change and just want to continue their social/ecological/physical/mental bad habits. This would only lead to fractures within the societies, dictatorships, revolutions… These changes in the habits must come not from the individuals (how can an individual or a sum of individuals change alone years of collective wrong actions ?), but from the top of the hierarchy, the decisional apparatus, the mind.

Resistances can come from many different factors : physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, ideological… An example of such resistances is what we could call “the idea of superiority”. This idea was at the center of the colonial logics during more than three centuries. It is still highly present in the western neo-liberal logics and has been applied to nationalistic logics : “our (western) nations are the best”. These logics have been adopted by nearly all nations on Earth (in order to imitate and/or protect from the western model). As a result each nation thinks that it is the best. It is a good logic to fuel the global economic competitions and wars, but unfortunately gives little room for the emergence of a collective ecological awareness.

Another consequence is this one : “since we are the best, why should we change ? Let the others change, work, transform, this is not our job”. Behind the logic “we are the best” or “we want to be the best” is often hidden the fact that this very superiority will exempt us from the moral demands and other constraints applied to the base of the pyramid (the classic “two morals” system : a moral for the base of the pyramid and a different moral for the top of the hierarchy. Personally I think that this “two morals” system is a deep fundamental and costly mistake). The base of the pyramid has the role of solving dirty, annoying or difficult problems, the ecological problem being one of these dirty problems.

If knowledge, education and increased awareness are not enough to initiate positive changes and if humanity continues its excessive use of non-renewable (social and material) energies and resources, then constraints, obligations and other restricting initiatives might be necessary to overcome résistances.

We will have to recognize and analyze these resistances, wherever they come from, and find ways to alleviate them, get round or break them directly or indirectly. This will be our collective work during the next 20 to 50 years. This will imply possible risks of splits, fractures within the societies. We also have to keep in mind that the forces underlying the resistances may transfer to other problems, take other forms, and we will have to find solutions to these other resistances until the problem is solved at a global level (this kind of logic can be found in psycho-analysis). We will therefore have to improvise, be alert, use delicate measures and rely on will and determination, because the process of improvement might be long.

Therefore it seems that the solution of inner changes and collective/individual ecological awareness is better. We have to improve collectively and individually our actions, and after this accept the other constraints (if they are rational, justified) that may be imposed by the top of the hierarchy (and which will depend on the extent of the ecological damages to heal). Moreover, in my opinion, the more we resist to necessary changes (at the top or bottom of the pyramid), the more these changes and problems will become important and difficult to solve or implement.

We can add two remarks :

  1. The solution is not necessarily to impose a unique ecological model on everyone (it would be close to a dictatorship’s logic), but to adapt the ecological logics and necessities to each condition, circumstance, individual or collective capacity, culture or theoretical system. For example, while at a global level the general directions are clearly defined, at a specific level each individual or collectivity will be attracted or feel close to particular practices or researches and will be more efficient at a global level than if they were forced to do the same things as everybody. It is therefore possible that beyond a basic universal core of ecological and social practices and obligations, many different possibilities for positive actions could allow a great deal of freedom and choices (exactly as it is the case in our modern-day systems : if you don’t kill, steal or destroy private properties, then you are free to do many things).
  2. We should not deny the notions of pleasure or happiness. The point is to attain pleasure or happiness by the most positive ways possible (ecologically and socially). We already talked about this in previous posts but we must stress the fact that to think that spiritual, ecological or moral activities are boring, annoying, difficult or heavy, is a mistake. Just check the amounts of energies and efforts necessary to enjoy a few seconds or minutes of material happiness and then compare them with the efforts to attain stable states of happiness with spiritual means. We have to change our habits. Meditation, relaxation or intelligent moral values are also habits, but habits which can free the individuals and the societies.

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…

A spiritual experience with Sister Earth

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Let me present you a text that I wrote a few hours after having a strong spiritual experience :

(Note : this text is only one of many possible translation or transcription of this experience. I tried to describe it as accurately as possible but still it is only one of the possible translations.)

“A few hours ago I was washing up dishes, thinking to Earth and humanity’s problems (as often since a few years), when suddenly I entered in contact with Earth’s soul or consciousness. A series of visions, words, sentences and discussions ensued. I will try to describe in the best way possible all these words and visions.

First, at the beginning, once I recognized that I was in presence of Earth’s soul, vocal messages came : “I need help”, “Please help me” with a very sad and helpless voice and tone. The general idea coming from this was “I ask for help, I am in deep trouble, I don’t know what to do, please help me if you can”.

She (it was a feminine voice) added in a very quiet, nearly childlike, but still very sad voice : “I like all beings. I don’t make difference between them. I am just here to organize and regulate all the balances. I am in so much pain. You are too much humans.”

After this I began to talk and ask questions. The main idea was “what to do ?”. The answer was still “help me” repeated many times. I asked her if the Buddhameditation blog was a good thing in her opinion. She told me to continue in this direction, to continue my work and efforts.

Planet Earth was in trouble, needed help and did not know what to do. As if relations between predator and prey, struggles, invasions, wars, diseases, starvations… all these usual natural ways of regulation and equilibrium had failed to solve the problem, that humanity had become overcrowded, with unhealthy ways of living, and was spreading destruction all over the planet. Progressive asphyxiation, a little bit as if humanity in its modern form had become a black parasite spreading its tentacles all over the planet. Earth’s soul had no apparent positive solution against this parasite : slow or quick destruction was expected.

After this I asked her to explain more things about all these problems.

In order to solve the problem of the “you are too much on Earth”, she showed me images of belts compressing kind of inform red jelly-like bulks and this was creating congestions, inflammations at the energetic level. She then showed me little walls of white and grey bricks encircling territories in small islands between Thailand and Australia and creating these red energetic congestions at the population level. I understood that these were symbolic representations of frontiers and that we had to loosen the knots in order to avoid these red colors until they become of a soothing, and slightly dark, blue color, the red particles evaporating themselves in direction of other (less red) areas. She told me that it would not solve the problems, but it will ease them and give us some time.

She told me that we had to use more intelligently the Earth’s ecosystems and live in remote areas to create small human/natural ecosystems. This will give relief to the urban and agricultural crowded areas. She told me that huge territories all over the planet were available for this kind of idea, if only we had positive and ecologically orientated minds. All this had to be created with intelligence, finesse, and the most “naturally” possible, according to resources and capacities.

After all this had been settled, we would have to slowly reduce the total world population by the means of birth control and reduction of birth rates. She told me that wars were not the good solution. To inject a virus neither. By this I think that she wanted to say that to inject a new and powerful virus, or whatever other poisonous thing, in humanity in order to destroy it or reduce its size was not a good solution.

At one moment, I don’t know exactly when, I had this idea that for me, she, this voice, was like a manifestation of Mother Earth. I told her that. And she told me that maybe it would be better to consider her like a sister, a friend, or a child to be protected.

She also showed me by ways of visual images and symbolic representations how the power of a few highly destructive ideas concentrated in a few human minds could create so huge destructions in humanity and Earth’s ecosystems. She showed me symbolically and quickly all the sufferings and destructions during the last century as an example of these destructive ideas. I immediately connected with diabolism, the ideology of desires, force, destruction and chaos. These forces are still highly present in our modern days.

After a few moments, I also had ideas about a choice : or to reduce the population or to reduce our desires and the weight we put upon ecosystems.

The planet is slowly dying. If Earth dies, how humanity will survive ? That seemed difficult or impossible for her that humanity could survive long without Earth’s ecosystems. She was unable to understand such a situation, helpless.

She proposed the idea of strictly limiting the amount of children by woman to a maximum of 3 children. This proposition could apply all over the world and persons going beyond this imperative would have to pay taxes on regular basis to compensate. 3 children was more than enough and we had to consider the sufferings inflicted to the mothers during birth and the difficulties to raise children in big families, especially in modern-days conditions.

We could say that the general meaning of the message, or interaction, was : “Human beings are part of the ecosystem but are now a danger to the global ecosystem. What can I do about this ? How can I help ? Can you help me ?”.

I then disconnected because I was a little bit disturbed at the physical level and could not focus and be receptive any more. But I told the Earth’s soul that I will try to contact her later to make this clearer, if possible.

After half an hour or one hour approximately, I went into a meditative state and looked if I could contact the Earth’s soul. It came quickly and easily. We began exactly in the same way as we left. I asked her to show me more details about Earth’s problems.

She first showed me the atmosphere and its subtle layers, as if we were flying over and into it. She showed me holes, dark patches all over it, like a tired and drained aura would look like.

She then showed me with symbolic images that humanity had too much scratched Earth’s surface, too much displaced things, too much burnt. Humanity with all its intelligence had created by means of concentration, transformation and scattering highly dangerous and new artificial substances. Not only atmosphere was in danger, but also waters, lands and beings.

I then had the vision of parts of the oceans from a distance, which were like , empty, desert, and the absolute necessity to let them regenerate. Oceans and atmosphere were two huge things which suffered from a lot of negative substances and actions during the last 150-200 years. It was like they could not accumulate any more. They both need to regenerate, to go into an healing process. I had the idea at the end of this vision that we had to take our hands off the oceans, that the solution was maybe to redirect all the huge amounts of energy focused on external matters towards a more internal dimension in order to reach spiritual positive states and begin to help the healing process of planet Earth in the best way possible. To slowly, slowly, slow the pace down.

Finally, she also gave me the vision, almost like an intuitive flash, of humanity, sure and proud of itself, full of ego (chests bulged out), rights and powers and which degenerates into a vision of a burnt land. She told me that the problem was that humanity was thinking that Earth belonged to them. Humanity, for her, is just a part of this huge interconnected reality. The last vision was the Earth completely dark and burnt, with some smokes coming from the last burnt trees, flying ashes and nauseating smells, a vision of ultimate destruction.”

This account of the experience that I had is a little bit long because I tried to give as much details as possible. But it was sometimes difficult to translate because most of the time they were symbolic visions or mind to mind contacts (beyond words. I don’t even remember if all this was in French or English). Nevertheless it was relatively easy to translate into words, since images intended to convey simple messages, with no or little possible ambiguity. I want also to add that strong emotional phenomena happened during this experience, mainly tears linked to the extent of the damages and anger to the impossibility or difficulty to change these things.

The authenticity of this experience is undeniable. Satya, truth, is an important value for me and I try to apply to it as much as I can. I swear that it really happened to me, 20 August 2015 AD, in the afternoon, and was not the result of the use of any psychedelic substances. It is not a fantasy or a distorted story, I tried to describe as precisely and accurately as possible the different messages (note : it was, globally, more an interaction, a kind of spiritual discussion, than a message) and impressions that I received.

Most of the experience did not last more than 3 or 4 minutes and after I had strong memory flashes of the experience, with organizations and clarifications of the knowledge related to it, during maybe half an hour before going back into a meditative state to make the second contact. After this it took me more or less 3 hours to write all the details possible. I want also to say that in the past I had a few very similar strong spiritual experiences with messages and intuitive flashes, so during the experience I was rather open to it, not afraid or surprised by it.

Another interesting question, besides the issue of the authenticity, is this one : where can such an experience come from ? Three main explanations came to my mind just little time after the experience :

  1. I had a spiritual conversation, interaction, with a spiritual, superior or transcendental, consciousness which would be the soul of the Earth. This spiritual, non-material, consciousness needed help, showed me the (or some) problems and asked me to do  my best to solve them.
  2. Second hypothesis : I had a kind of spiritual dissociation. My conscious mind separated from a more powerful and unconscious part of my being which then gave instructions, symbolic visions and knowledge organizations to my conscious mind. I would therefore had been in contact with a kind of powerful superior (but maybe also archaic or symbolic) part of myself and not with an external spiritual entity or being.
  3. The third hypothesis that came to my mind after the experience is this one : a group of black magicians, not happy for a reason or the other by what I am saying in the Buddhameditation blog, gather, dematerialize and approach my energetic body. They could insert unconscious implants in it with special programming with the intent to give me “fake” spiritual experiences and direct the way I am thinking in special directions in order to influence my writings and their content. Such tactics, mental devices and tools are highly present in modern-day black magic practices. They represent a way to manipulate people’s minds at distance without being clearly recognized (for money, for power, for generalized manipulation…). We have to protect from this, by a way or the other.

We could also think that I had been in contact with another spiritual consciousness that would not be Earth’s soul. So, please, be careful with all this, do not accept unconditionally this account as the result of an interaction with a positive and real consciousness. Maybe all this is just a sublimation/organization of my own knowledge, or, even worst, the result of a mental manipulation. The best thing to do with these conflicting theories is to consider this account as an ordinary Buddhameditation post with good and maybe bad ideas. So use your discrimination and do not accept that, directly and without any criticism, as (for example) a divine revelation. Anyway the general feeling was more to be in contact with a deep, strong, archaic or symbolic form of consciousness.

This period of intense reception and transcription of visual and hearing symbolic forms lasted approximately 4 hours. Shortly after this, a second wave of experiences happened, that did not seem to come from outside (“Earth’s soul” was communicating from a point approximately one meter in front and above the top of my head, and had no material or spiritual form), but more from inside. They had the usual form of thoughts, words, knowledge organizations and sometimes visions. They were like consequences, results, of the former strong spiritual visions and messages.

It began with these words “ecological dictatorship”, repeated strongly many times in a form mixing visual and hearing sensations. These words sounded new, strange and kind of frightening to me. The conjunction of these two opposite notions was a kind of nonsense for me because in my mind “ecological” was close to moral values and dictatorship was the political form that I hated most, maybe because of its amorality. So I tried to forget this and even reject this thought but it nevertheless came back to me many times and slowly a whole range of future possibilities emerged in my mind.

First, we all know that a huge and terrifying karmic wall, the end of non-renewable resources and energies, is coming quickly in our direction (see the previous posts). The first solution would be that humanity globally wakes up from its torpor, understands the immensity of the problem and acts wisely and swiftly towards a more ecological and moral sustainable way of living. Total ecological or social destruction would be avoided and planet Earth could begin its healing process. 50 to 100 years will be at least necessary to see the first real improvements but some things will take much longer time (and maybe will not be completely solved). For example whales which have been severely massacred are still on the brink of extinction despite the policies designed to help them survive. They, for instance, have difficulties to find mates in the immensity of their empty ocean world.

The second solution would be quite problematic : humanity continues at full speed its polluting activities and its energies and resources burning logics. The symbolic karmic wall that we mentioned earlier can take many forms : material, ideological, mental, psychological, social… We have to be very, very careful because when this wall will be here with us, it will not be for five minutes only, it is going to be long, very long, especially for the persons used to a special degree of comfort. We will slowly lose one of our most precious value, freedom, and very few options will be left. Here are the ones that I saw :

  1. An “ecological dictatorship” (whose intensity will depend on the extent of the damages to heal) emerges and imposes on everybody strict ecological rules and codes of conduct to repair natural balances and heal the planet.
  2. A natural selection appears through wars, starvations, diseases… and only small pockets of people (maybe indigenous peoples or persons used to live in the wild) will survive and progressively reconquer the planet (in ecological ways I hope).
  3. A religious dictatorship appears and kills all the persons who do not share its belief.
  4. A nazi-type dictatorship appears, kills a huge percentage of the population and let survive only a small part.
  5. Satanists take control, and satisfy their last gloomy dreams and desires in the funeral bed of humanity.
  6. We continue like this without nothing happening, and the last human will disappear with the last smokes of the last burnt tree.
  7. Total destruction : for example a global nuclear war. Worst than a comet!

Obviously many different possibilities of evolution could happen (see for example the movies “mad max” or “waterworld”) but here are the images that I saw. All this (except maybe the first solution) seem rather gloomy, a victory of the devil, the dream of diabolism. In all cases the negation and destruction of all most precious, profound, values of humanity. We must note that the third and fourth options are not really a solution to the problem : the diminution of population will ease momentarily the problem but if nothing is done to solve the deadly impact of all destructive actions, then, sooner or later, the problem will come again.

I also had this strong intuition that the root cause of all these problems came from the fear of physical death. We, like animals, instinctively fear death. But human intelligences have succeeded in going over the natural laws of balance. We have to go out of our collective dream of immortality (see for example the huge amounts of money and energy spent towards this goal in medical researches) and accept death as part of a natural (and maybe spiritual also, see the posts about NDE in this blog) cycle.

As a conclusion, I would say that we have to be careful :

  1. First, I cannot guarantee the origin or the cause of this spiritual experience.
  2. This kind of logics and messages could be used as a justification for ecological (or else) dictatorship. I think that the concept of ecological dictatorship is not something new (especially for the persons in power) and, even if I am not sure about this, you may perhaps find these kind of ideas in deep ecology’s theories and analysis.
  3. Beyond the questions of origin and possible negative consequences, we should however not neglect this experience. We should try to find the underlying meaning of it. This understanding will maybe give us ideas and energy to change by ourselves, voluntarily, swiftly, willingly, when there is still time and freedom for positive actions, towards positive ecological goals. This will at least preserve freedom and avoid to fall into dangerous and maybe chaotic violent dictatorships. Agony of humanity this would be.

Finally my last advices on this post would be : try to find in this blog or elsewhere, positive ideas to change our actions towards a good future. Let’s all become vegetarians or semi-vegetarians (see the post “vegetarianism”). We should all focus our minds and souls on the highest ecological moral ideals, as if we were stuck to them, and the other important (social) moral ideals will follow (naturally).

More than death, the problem of humanity is, like for all beings, suffering. So let’s direct quickly, before it’s too late, our efforts and energies towards a reduction of our needs and impacts in order to solve future huge and foreseeable collective sufferings.

We will try in the next post to analyze the possible policies, logics and consequences of an hypothetic (soft or hard) ecological dictatorship.