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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharsi, David Godman, page 56 :

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

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

Q : What will be the result of doing that ?

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

Q : Then you do not agree with the yogis ?

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

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

A : There is no conflict between work and wisdom.

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

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

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

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

Hypothesis about the atomic structure of the universe

 

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The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharsi. David Godman. page 173 :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fragments part 3

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Point 31 :

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

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

 

Point 32 :

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

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

 

Point 33 :

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

 

Point 34 :

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

 

Point 35 :

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

 

Point 36 :

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

 

Point 37 :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Point 38 :

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

 

Point 39 :

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

 

Point 40 :

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

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

 

Point 41 :

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

 

Point 42 :

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

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

 

Point 43 :

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

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

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

For example (because there are many) :

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

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

 

Point 44 :

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

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

 

Point 45 :

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

 

Point 46 :

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

 

Point 47 :

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

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

 

Point 48 :

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

 

Point 49 :

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

 

Point 50 :

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

 

Point 51 :

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

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

 

Point 52 :

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

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

“The Star

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

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

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

 

Point 53 :

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

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

 

Psycho-active substances’ legalization part 2

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

 

1) Cannabis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2) Heroin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

3) Other substances.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Psycho-active substances’ legalization part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fragments part 2

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Point 18 :

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

 

Point 19 :

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

 

Point 20 :

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

 

Point 21 :

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

 

Point 22 :

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

 

Point 23 :

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

 

Point 24 :

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

 

Point 25 :

Let’s kill in ourselves the idea of superiority.

 

Point 26 :

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

 

Point 27 :

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

 

Point 28 :

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

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

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

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

 

Point 29 :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Point 30 :

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

Poetry is the art of expressing and communicating emotions.

Fragments part 1

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Some fragments of ideas that were scattered in some notebooks :

 

Point 1 :

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

 

Point 2 :

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

 

Point 3 :

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

 

Point 4 :

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

 

Point 5 :

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

 

Point 6 :

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

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

 

Point 7 :

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

 

Point 8 :

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

 

Point 9 :

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

 

Point 10 :

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

 

Point 11 :

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

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

 

Point 12 :

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

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

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

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

 

Point 13 :

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

 

Point 14 :

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

 

Point 15 :

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

 

Point 16 :

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

 

Point 17 :

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

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

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

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

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… ?