Originally posted by princeguy
reply to post by ErgoTheConfusion
What do you read? or have you studied? I would like to read about your philosophy, where you have found your knowledge?
I must preface this with my path and understanding is not necessarily your own.
I don't put any particular limits on what I read or study. I find I can in general get something from virtually everything, even if it's not what the
original intent of the author or work was. Not always on a first read... and sometimes not for a long time. Then one day I'll come across something
that will remind me of something I read or experienced long ago and when I go back to it I gain a completely new understanding that adds another piece
to the puzzle.
There are so many threads through my life that have lead to where I am now, that at the time were seemingly unrelated but I can now look back on and
clearly see I was going through that experience for a reason... though whether that reason would benefit me or not was always still up to me paying
attention and being open to thinking about it rather than ignoring the potential understanding to be gained.
The first time I read the Tao Te Ching it didn't make much sense to me. I was at the peak of my hardcore atheism... when Richard Dawkins, Daniel
Dennet, etc were the peak of my teachers, and I was feeling very superior going around proving the irrationality of religious people. I don't even
know why I read it... or at that time tried to read it.
Eventually I came across Tao Te Ching Decoded
and his way of digging into the teachings in the
Tao made a ton of sense with me. I was coming to the understanding of the universe being a hologram from science readings, as well as the ultimate
illusion nature of time. He was combining what I was coming to understand in science... to a philosophy that made a lot of sense in this context...
and didn't rely on what I still feel are the childish hand wavings of organized religion.
Before all of this though, I had broken through the veil of seeing how money and government are ultimately control mechanisms based on a ton of
reading of history. I got interested in trying to understand periods from the past in ways that seemed to have been glossed over in my formal teaching
in school. This led to an understanding that the world is *not* what it seems, but the depth of this I was completely unaware of at the time.
Eventually this lead into things like The Underground History of American Education
The Creature from Jekyll Isle (about the Federal Reserve... I actually read this almost a decade ago and was one of the initial true wake up calls for
myself), and a whole host of others I can't remember off the top of my head.
Once I had finally reached a "Ok... just *WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?*" point... I was open to a great deal more. I have always been good at just trusting
my gut, so often most of my discoveries for helpful things to read come about by just following my interests to their fullest expressions. The biggest
challenge was overcoming the fear of reading something "forbidden". Either socially (Mein Kampf, or Communist Manifesto)... or within my own biases...
such as the writings of theologians who had thought deeply on religion in a way that is unheard of in modern American protestantism.
So to come back to the Tao... it was when I read the stuff by Matsumoto and started to think there is something substantial here, that the world of
mythology, ancient teachings from all around the world (especially the esoteric Christian teachings and eastern/hindu and native American teachings),
and things like the Hidden Hand Interview
combined with the Law of One I linked earlier started
to take a real color and vibrancy for me. From there I can't possibly keep track of all the threads I am able to pull from to gain understandings. My
girlfriend actually rolls her eyes at me because I can take virtually any TV show or movie and come up with a metaphysical teaching from it, haha.
I should also add that early in my self-education (when I started learning about Roman history, etc) I also started stumbling across things about the
Illuminati... and went through *multiple* stages of being enthralled with the idea that it might be real, to terrified I might get in trouble, to
losing interest and going back to the hum drum day to day life, to stumbling across something that triggered a memory of something I had read again
and starting the cycle all over again.
All of these threads (along with life things like relationships, a severe car wreck, troubles and successes in health and career) are almost mind
boggling for me to see in hindsight... it looks like such a beautifully written orchestra leading to today and the opportunity to have a conversation
with you (which will lead to the next note in the song of my... and your... and our... lives).
I hope some of this is of interest to you. Also others in this thread have offered a lot of great perspectives as well.
Thank you again for the opportunity to share our experiences together. I wish you the best.