a reply to: Baddogma
Sometimes i don't really care what system a person uses, as you can really
use any "inner mind map" you wish, so long as you are faithful to it, and
generally achieve the exact same results.
I think that a lot of practictioners are very aware of this, especially
If I wished, I could have come up with a system for myself, which used
my little ponies to map to various parts of the inner mind and body
and it would work splendidly, again, so long as I was faithful to
the "inner mind map". I could call upon Rainbow dash for this
function, and some other cranky Pony for another function.
There are metaphors and there is "infrastructure". Metaphors map to
infrastructure, which none of us may ever truly understand.. and
The rub can come, when someone takes their metaphor/mind maps
too seriously then feelings get hurt.
For example I might easily worship "Kundalini". Millions of people
do actually, so if i "run down" "Kundalini" and say, "well what's
really happening is that dark plasma is interacting with various
nerve clusters in the human body and this is the basis of the
bundle of symptoms called "Kundalini"; well then I might get
a "Kundalini Yoga Master" up in arms that I'm disrespecting
Shiva and Shakta say (divine male and female properties).
I myself do not care what mind map someone uses, so long
as it works for them.
Until such a time as one of these "metaphors" lands on the
planet Earth with their attack vessels on the White House
Lawn, we won't know whose metaphor is REALLY
I don't talk about this, as it's intensely personal, but when
I first came to ATS, I fond myself almost immediately
in the most intimate "psychic connection" with a female
member from Canada. To use new age lingo, we found
ourselves thoroughly joined, seemingly permanently
at the '1st and second chakras'. (I don't use chakras
in my system, but she does).
We both had quite different systems/mind maps
that we used, and we've never really agreed.
And it didn't matter. The infrastructure did it's
thing, and we knew each others thoughts, feelings
and such quite strongly.
I find that I often grossly intimidate/annoy
other people, as if you have a good system,
you can explain every body else's "system"
in terms of your own system, and this can
make some folks quite insecure.
That doesn't mean that my system is
"the right one", this is all about psychology.
I do use "pseudoscience" as part of my
system, which really annoys some people
too.. but it's just my mind map.. and
hopefully someday my "pseudoscience"
can be either verified or falsified. I
personally believe it's closer to
"infrastructure" than mind map.. but
it's no doubt both.
We may be hundreds of years away
or more from verifying all this stuff
I talk about so blithely, I'm just
hoping that my introductory theories
can help advance the discussion in
the direction of science. That's really
all I am attempting at this juncture.