Didn't mean it that way, simply saying, don't let what your fiends tell you about your abilities, make you see yourself in any different light.
Cocky was the wrong word to use,I appologize.
Lets start from the beginning, kind of...
The basis of most religions comes from an ancient religion/belief known as animism. If you listen to any Tool you have heard about animism. Animism
is the belief that every living thing has a soul wihtin it. From animims began hinduism and buddhism. To borrow a quote from Albert Pike:
"In the Ancient Orient, all religion was more or less a mystery and there was no divorce from it of philosophy."
In this time the earth was the scripture, and they believed that there is a phenmoena that can only be explained as a universal vibration. It
represents a single consciousness. What they are trying to say that all living creatures have god (soul, spirit, diety) in them. You are the trees
the animals, the clouds the rain, etc. All matter orignated at the center of a star, and when it explodes outward, spreading matter across the solar
system all of this matter is related, it came from the same place. This brings me to the next point.
These cultures as well as the freemaons believe in a universal balnce. A true harmony, these are some of the symbols you look for in nature. Look at
water, it flows because it wants to reach the lowest point, so it can be balanced and the sum of the forces on the molecule are zero, it has no
potential energy. Look at the solar system, orbits are circular, a cycle. Everything is balanced, everything in nature is a cycle when it really
comes down to it. This is the unversal harmony, the balance. Another interesting thing is that there is a physics equation based on gravity and mass
that determines the radii of the orbits of the planets, it predicts them perfectly. It even accounts for the asteroid belts. The ancients used their
OBSERVATION of nature to actively listen to their souls. They eventually trained themselves to see the part of themselves that exists within, in
things that exist ouside of the body. These are the symbols. Th earth represents the female, the ability to concieve, the sun represents the male,
sowing the seeds that came from the tree, which is a representation of the union of male and female. The combined energy of the sun and the nutirents
of the earth, the full gorwn see-bearing tree is a symbol of perfection.
I'm drawing a blank, what movie this came from (maybe Hero-tarentino) but i remember it quite vividly. A master, in asian philosophy he looked at
the lotus blossoms on a tree, looking, searching for the "prefect blossom" long sotry short he never found it, never satified with the flaws he
found. At the time of his death, He said with his dying breath (looking at the same tree) "They are all perfect!" A great example of their
philosophy, that if you look for flaws you will find them, but once you can put the pieces together, everything is divine and perfect.
In the movie "what the &*#% do we know," they prove that what you see and what you imagine (with eyes closed), trigger the same exact brainwaves.
So technically there is no way to prove if what you are seeing exists outside of your body, or if it originates within you! Pretty trippy right?
These philosophers would contend that that object exists because you made it so, you used your will to put it there.
Thoureau's "transparent eyball" idea, is very closely related (Iwould suggest reading this). And there is a special connection with the ability to
see these things, and a prolonged exposure to nature. This is the one unversal thing that holds true with many natural philosopers, it is also a part
of the road to enlightenment for buddhists. The road starts at the doorstep, leads away from the computer, the TV, and straight out into the unknown.
Jim Morrison once said "I believe in a prolonged derangement of the senses."
This is what the shaman did, they wandered the desert until the vision came to them. The shaman were known for their ability to read nature. In the
past, hieroglyphics were the only text. Another pike quote, coming your way:
Thus the knowledge now imparted by books and letters, was of old conveyed by symbols; and the preists invented or perpetuated a display of
rites and exhibitions, which were not only more attractive to the eye than words, bit often more suggestive and more pregnant with meaning to the
See that which is balanced, perfect, blissful, and sublime and you have found godliness.
Think of yin and yang this way: When light projects from a star, it is impossible, to physically see the light eminated from the star in space, becuse
there is no medium for its energy to be transfered. When it hits earth the energy is manifest in the form of heat and illumination. between the
earth and the sun is a cone of "perfect light" behind, a cone of darkness, a shadow of perfect darkness. In the middle half of the sphere (earth)
is illuminated, the other half is not. There is a perfect balance of the two however. This is the combination of perfect light and perfect dark.
[edit on 4-5-2005 by Eyeofhorus]
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