There's been a trend on this forum (I also see it tending in the 2012 and Gray Area forums)
to reiterate the same, simple dogma that "your
individuality is an illusion, or worse, a failure of spiritual mindfulness" and to tie it directly to the "impending" transition that this 2012 year
has been marketed as being all about. I don't have to convince anyone who spends any time at all here of this, and if you've just dropped out of a
cloud onto this forum and haven't been badgered relentlessly with threads to this effect, then I'm not concerned about whether you accept the premise
of this assertion. This thread is for the regulars, and the regular lurker/readers. The fact is that a significant percentage of the threads on this
forum aggressively promote the notion that "separateness" - or awareness of one's unique identity relative to all else that exists as physical and/or
perceived - is the root of human failure. And it's this notion that I want to challenge with this thread. I want to make the following points, so that
I won't have to feel as if I have to correct anyone's poor reading comprehension as this thread develops.
- I don't want to rehash the same old quantum theoretical mash-ups that finally drown each of these debates in useless claims that have no
objective verification criteria that is possible. I want to examine the net impact of the universal acceptance of such a broadly serviceable
assertion, and who might ultimately gain from such universal acceptance.
- I seriously doubt that true acceptance of "oneness" actually eliminates "separateness" in any actual sense of what "separateness" is and how it
factually manifests, but that's a debate for another thread.
- I appreciate the nature of existential holon structure, and how ultimately every separate thing is a holon within the larger, inclusive holon that
is true reality, but again, this is not what the claims and assertions and demands for transcendence focus on for the initiate and what he/she is
supposed to be striving to achieve.
So, lets' not waste anyone's time with ignorant (willful or otherwise) misstatements or misinterpretations of what is being challenged here. My
challenge is the utility of successfully eliminating any sense of individual-ness by any person, for any reason whatsoever. And I am suggesting that
the "ego death" of any person, especially under the tutelage of a de facto authority figure (one who has made the claim that he/she has the truth
concerning "oneness" and how to achieve it)
is tantamount to surrendering one's freedom of self to that person and whatever agenda that person
We are experiencing a very important shift in human consciousness, and yet, it's much more mundane and clearly definable than the "oneness" crowd
would like us to believe. That shift is toward individuality, freedom of self expression, and freedom to self-actualize, and yes, this makes the
traditional thinkers terrified. Not just the traditional leaders, but also the traditional followers. Without lockstep traditions - including the
established "spiritual" teachings that have been repackaged and given new terminology in recent decades - these frightened people lose their visceral
center, since these ancient dogmas have been the source of that center over millennia for literally the entire human race. And the war to protect and
preserve these often destructive controls is being waged on many fronts - not just the jack-booted NWO cartoon front that many on this board have
become obsessed with.
When the intellectually adventurous become diverted with bizarre shadings of mysticism and quantum theory, they lose their capacity for true discovery
of what the human mind is truly free to discover. They become - yet again - channeled into very defined and finite areas of investigation. Even the
investigation of non-investigation - which is what much of "ego death" is all about. The intellect is slandered, and yet it is the intellect of the
individual that sets that individual free of all that presses in to confine it. It's the raw power of self that releases the human being from the
restraints of lockstep authoritarian rule, and this has always been the case.
Putting the tyrant in a flowing robe, and sitting him cross-legged on a pillow doesn't transform the tyrant into a godly teacher. It just transforms
the marketing presentation of that tyrant, as well as the tyrant that sits just up and behind that lesser tyrant, instructing him/her on what the
Frankly, the "oneness" agenda creeps me out. I just thought it might be good to take a look at a very plausible net impact of surrendering any of
yourself (and certainly all of yourself)
to anyone or any philosophy. You each are epitome expressions of physical existence. Celebrate it, and
discover yourselves as the unique, inimitable and indivisible miracles that you have always been.
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