Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

Ken Wilber’s Subtle Energies and Spiritual Information Theory

Figure: AQAL - All Quadrants All Levels

In recent writings on Ken Wilber’s site Ken deals with some issues that have been vexing my mind for several years. When we start to talk about the higher level of spiritual realization, attainment, states and structures known in Ken’s writings as the subtle and the causal, practitioners such as advanced yoga teachers, mystics and philosophers like Ken speak of subtle and/or causal matter and energy. This has been for years a source of profound semantic confusion and source of scientific disdain for spiritual matters. I believe information science has some equally important concepts to add to our understanding of spirit. . . . → Read More: Ken Wilber’s Subtle Energies and Spiritual Information Theory

Great Secret of Mind

As usual I have been reading extensively on consciousness – with a particular interest in spiritual development. I was reading Tulku Pema Rigstal’s The Great Secret of Mind, and was severely disappointed in his holding onto outmoded patterns of thought, for a youthful teacher teaching non-duality in the 21st century several of his images were dated and culturally biased. Granting that his translator, . . . → Read More: Great Secret of Mind

How Governance became Unethical

Today I received a talk on “How Governance Became Unethical” (the link will download the slides for you) by my friend Prabhu Guptara. This is excepted from my email conversation with him.

I read the slides and I have to admit that I have lots of problems with them. He seems to posit the problem as a generalized, cultural-moral evolution without a driving . . . → Read More: How Governance became Unethical

Shark or Mackerel

What would you rather be the shark or the mackerel? But, what if we are swimming in the wrong ocean?

A bare mind

Accept everything, wherever it comes from, in slience and peace, and with an equal mind, render your imagination bare of the images of all physical things as is appropriate to your state and profession, so that you can cling to him with a bare and undivided mind… . . . → Read More: A bare mind

A prayer late at night

Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge; Let me know by love what I know by understanding. I owe you more than my whole self, But I have no more, And by myself I cannot render the whole of it to You.

Draw me to you, Lord, In the fullness of Love. I am wholly yours by creation; Make . . . → Read More: A prayer late at night

Endless War

My rainy day Saturday got a little sadder today. Glenn Greenwald:

…US policy planners have adopted an explicit doctrine of “endless war”. Obama officials, despite repeatedly boasting that they have delivered permanently crippling blows to al-Qaida, are now, as clearly as the English language permits, openly declaring this to be so.It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose . . . → Read More: Endless War

Mnemnos

Once extinguished

The light of the candle is

Forgotten by the walls of my room.

My cup overturned; empty on my desk

Journal open to the last page.

A moon rises through the trees;

I am gone.

Power to prevent people from having grievances

See larger image Power: A Radical View (Paperback) By (author): Steven Lukes Steven Lukes’ Power: A Radical View is a seminal work still widely used some 30 years after publication. The second edition includes the complete original text alongside two major new essays. One assesses the main debates about how to conceptualize and study power, including the influential contributions of Michel Foucault. . . . → Read More: Power to prevent people from having grievances

Somnabulism

We are faced by an oligarchy that is tending to steer the ship toward the rocks; we should expect it to hit the rocks. When that happens the people will rise up, and will be confronted by the power system violently. I believe that when confronting the real power in the system, the aroused people will face violence both privately from the oligarchs and publicly from the state. . . . → Read More: Somnabulism