In the light of the previous chapters, this all-gathering chapter explores different facts related to consciousness, without any attempt to classify them. But we can sort...
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Scientistists, and often also the scientists, regularly make fools of themselves, claiming that there is no «observable» or «measurable» spiritual energy. This is purely playing on words, to denigrate a field that they do not like, because the concept of physical energy is a perfectly relevant analogy to describe some important behaviours of consciousness.
In physics, energy is what makes material objects to act: speed, heat, potential, etc. force the objects to move or transform in certain ways, and it prohibits other ways. There are different kinds of physical energy, which can change from the one to the other, but which are all measured with the same units.
In the field of consciousness, we similarly call «energies» some emotions, desires, etc. which push consciousness toward performing certain actions. For example, in a positive group, people feel the desire to make useful things. In a negative (or assaulted) group, people feel the desire to fight. This is called energy, and nothing else, by pure analogy with the energy of the physicists. It is just a very vivid way of describing things. There is no magic in there, no «irrational thinking», no anti-science conspiracy.
And if it is the New Age which popularized the idea, it is not because they would be especially pseudo-scientific, it is only because the concept of energy is recent! The best evidence is that spiritual energy was discovered several times, millennia before the physicists (Ki, Kundalini, etc.). However these spiritual movements do not use the metaphor of the physical energy, as it was unknown when they were created.
Of course, these spiritual energies have nothing in common with the physical energy, and scientists showing up in a Stonehenge ritual with a Wattmeter to measure the ambient enthusiasm will only make ridiculous of themselves - or rather odious. On the other hand, even the neighbouring farmers can feel this enthusiasm (as long as they connect to the ritual), which is conveniently called energy, because it makes us want to do certain things.
Some theories of the New Age, or «free energy», claim to be able to convert spiritual energy into physical energy, or vice versa. Others cite various forms of speculative energy such as «telluric energy». As always in this kind of things, I am open minded... but I wait for a working demo before sending a cheque, OK?
To be honest, I tried thirty years ago to check one of these claims, the «N machine» from Bruce Depalma, only to find a trite electromagnetic effect responsible of the «free energy» electric output: a voltage induced in the immobile slider by the rotating magnetic field. Of course, if we look on the Internet today, we still find the claims for «free energy». So we understand why I am not really enthusiast for testing anything like that on my own time or expense!
(Permalink) An individual cannot live normally without the energy that others offer him, in the form of encouragement, appreciation, recognition, or even simply of presence. Children need to be recognized and encouraged by their parents, their peers, their teachers, the administrations, under penalty of quickly fail in school, or even to be severely disabled. Adults also need social recognition: that governments, employers, authorities, recognize them as individuals, and encourage them in their aspirations. A person who does not receive this energy is unhappy, depressed, and does not take initiatives. Therefore, before asking individuals to give (i.e. work or taxes), they need to receive (social recognition). And the countries or unions where individuals are left on the sidelines, economically or socially, are ultimately doomed.
However it is in the couple that the most energy is exchanged. In a loving couple, each partner encourages and helps the other, allowing him to be happy while deploying his activities and aspirations. This works very well and gives extraordinary results, even with very simple people. A couple who does not do this is not a couple, it is just legal prostitution. In a spiritual couple, the exchange of the yoga energies allow for the two spiritual bodies to mature much faster, and to reach a state of grace where unbelievable things become possible. Such a partner is then called paredre or shakti. We can also get there alone, by visualisation, but it is more difficult. To be noted, sex is just one of the ways for exchanging this energy, but it is not essential: it works also very well with chaste or Platonic couples, between friends, or between parent and child.
On the other hand, many people are energy thieves: by placing themselves at the centre of the situation, posing themselves as leaders, or as victims, problem denouncers, false lovers, etc. they capture the energy of the group, or of a targeted person. Sociopaths (chapter V-13) are of course the masters of this «art», but many others also do it. Indeed, unlike money, energy is not regulated by law! So all kinds of scams and lies are then possible, and only our understanding of this domain can protect us. Beware to anyone who «does not feel» the energies: he can be exploited like a packsaddle donkey! And he will be!
This is the true reason why the materialists deny the energy: it is to be able to steal it unnoticed and unpunished! And they don't restrain themselves, they are even very good at this. Try to speak them of a poetical meaning of life, in one of their «modern» tech temples, and you will see how bad they make you feel. This is energy theft!
Others give energy by calculation, which is even more dangerous. We realize it by a sensation of being «pulled» towards something, like the slight tension of a pickpocket on our purse, while he talks nicely to us. Of course if we frustrate them of what they try to steal, the nice talk stops abruptly.
Others take or give at random, according to the vagaries of their inner chatter. We recognizes these people when the relationship brings hiccups: after a good relationship was started, a «problem» stops it abruptly, a bit like when the chain of a bike gets suddenly stuck. And after all goes well again, without any apparent reason. If we try to speak of this to the person, he may reply yes I understand, or not, but any case he will not change, as he has no control over the chaining of his thoughts.
Others finally let themselves be milked, finding their tranquillity within a slavery where they do not need to ask questions. They are the most dangerous, because they give force to the manipulators or dictators, by multiplying their action.
In any cases, it is cautious never to place oneself in dependency, nor of energy thieves, neither of submissive people. The connection with Transcendence (chapter V-6) allows to survive despite loneliness or adversity, but without however replacing the happiness of an honest and healthy relationship with other psychologically balanced people.
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The Samaya is an important concept of the tantric practices, which proves to be very useful in everyday life.
Basically, the Samaya is the quality of the relationship between a master and a disciple: enthusiasm and confidence. In order for such a quality to develop, the master must of course demonstrate the qualities or achievements expected from him. The disciple can then generate enthusiasm for the study and the practice, without fear of being misled. The results then appear quickly, in any case much faster than practising without enthusiasm with a tedious master. It is therefore understandable that it is vital, in the interest of the disciple, that nothing must breach the confidence of the disciple in the master. The latter must therefore behave in an irreproachable way, under risk of discrediting his whole current of thought. But we also understand that quarrels, insinuations and calumnies are extremely harmful, as they break the confidence of the disciples. The people who propagate them are then called Samaya breakers, and are considered the worst enemies of the human mind. This point is so important that it is recommended not to mention even the real problems, as long as they do not threaten the disciples.
The daily application is then obvious: we all experience enthusiastically entering a group, a movement, a place, a country, etc. This group or place then appears «magical» to us, in the sense of marvellous, haven of peace, realization of our dreams, etc. When this happens, everything attracts and appeals to us: style, sounds, people, their voices, the food, and so on. Let us call this sensation the Samaya. Then, one day, someone brings accusations, or creates a quarrel. It does not have to be serious, to destroy all these sensations: the magic is then lost, and the group appears dull, commonplace, or worse. The Samaya is broken. And those who did that move away, satisfied with themselves, in search of another group to destroy.
There are many examples:
-The hippie movement, broken by drugs and tramps («zonards» in French, note 89).
-Second Life, broken by the denigration of the media and the aberrant behaviour of its managers. I know the story well, for having invested in this wonderful virtual community. The Samaya was broken in 2008 when the managing company Linden Lab chased the poorest with incredible price increases. But these poorest were the ones who animated the community! Second Life never recovered of it. I remember, at first, everything seemed magical and wonderful in this virtual world: the people, their constructions, their music, their festivals, their ideals, and even all these strange computer gears making a world appear to us! But after incredible abuses by Linden Lab, even leading to suicides, «SL» was felt as hostile and dangerous. Curiously, it is the companies which were the first to leave, from 2007. Maybe they also need the Samaya to run...
-Even sects have a factitious Samaya, which holds back the disciples. But of course this false Samaya is necessarily broken when the disciple realizes the problem. Often when this happens the disciple abandons spirituality. This is why the sects, far from being «friends» or even «close to us», are in fact the most dangerous enemies of the human mind.
(Permalink) The ancient Chinese Taoist tradition developed for long the notion of spiritual energy, which it calls «Chi». We can easily observe the Chi with Taoist meditations like Tai Chi, or in martial arts such as Kong Fu. But not with a Wattmeter...
Chi or Tai Chi are excellent spiritual disciplines, which make us discover a world of peace and harmony. We can assume that they have a beneficial effect on health, through their action on the mind, or their physical action. However I do not know any scientific confirmation of the medicine by the five elements. These elements have no place either in the theory of the logical self-generation. However we can admit that some people can produce effects by parapsychological means, or a placebo effect (chapter II-9), using either a belief in these five elements, or a visualization using these five elements.
Feng Shui is a traditional Taoist art of arranging buildings in a landscape. The resulting harmony gives the residents a sense of being well integrated in the landscape, and it can therefore significantly contribute to their well-being. This gives a great value to Feng Shui, as an art of arranging places, among other similar arts. However I am not sure that a Feng Shui arrangement can for instance make us become rich...
Ok, I know people who did it... and it worked! Then...
So it seems that everything depends in facts of our ability to meditation, no matter what ritual we use, or which visualization is done.
Things like «form waves», Ley lines, «telluric energies», «orgone» etc. seem much speculative.
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Virtually all the traditions of the world consider various «nature spirits», linked to a peculiar place, able of influencing the quality of life in this place. Only the Christian world ignores them, and its heir the scientistism. The West however rediscovered them recently under the Hindu name of «Devas», unfortunately unsuitable, since in India this name is for the angels. The spirits of nature are known as the «Nagas», which literally means: snakes, which are positive and keepers of wisdom in the Hindu world. Let us call them the spirits of places, as others began to do.
Question we are already used to: we explained both the concrete reality and consciousness, by logical self-generation systems; thus how do the spirits of place come in? We can assume that, just as the appearance of a material brain is the root cause of a consciousness which continues to self-generate after, while remaining linked to a brain, then the complex exchanges in ecosystems could also be the cause of a consciousness, or at least of an energy (see above) giving a spiritual life to some places.
The massive and anarchic destruction of nature committed by our civilization certainly caused the death of thousands of such entities; this is very detrimental to us, because it is highly likely that a symbiosis united us with them. The loss of this organic and spiritual bond with nature probably contributed to some mental and physical degeneration easily observable in the artificial world of the cities.
It seems that it is possible to communicate with the spirits of the places. How to do so? Simply by going on a place, while focusing on the various sensations (presence, vibration, poetry...) of the place, and then by exposing our wishes for the place: life project, a kind of harmony or poetry, spiritual foundations, protection against aggressions... in any case for benevolent purposes, of course. A small symbolic offering is not unwelcome. Of course, do not expect any concrete reply, on behalf of abstract entities. But little by little you will feel better in the place... The next visitors too.
An example of devas «cult» is the act of hugging trees. Besides the very observable reload in energy (see above), the fact of performing such gestures («absurd» for a Muggle), just as of any ritual gestures, helps to connect us to the spiritual world, as seen in chapter V-6 (the divine paradox). Of course do not do that in the presence of Muggles, because it puts their system bum above head, and some may even have dangerous reactions.
It is difficult to scientifically state that the spirits of the places really exist as autonomous consciousness (without mentioning the thousands of mythological representations). However to consider them as real has fantastic advantages. Indeed, we all have a vital need of communion with nature. Our sensory system (our sensuality) weakens without it, leading to all these grey and indifferent people that we see in the streets of the towns. Even a simple daily contact with earth and elements is indispensable for our health. Then, to adore nature, and to see here the work of fairies, or to hug trees, has at least an effect: on ourselves, on our own construction, our own happiness. And this can be checked immediately!
(Permalink) Many people think that we can receive information of God, Angels, disembodied persons, ancestors, etc. in the form of signs. For example we see a beautiful rainbow the day where we meet someone: it is interpreted as a sign that the person is positive. There even is a recent spiritual path, the Celestine Prophecy, which gives a great importance to such signs and coincidences.
I'm a little sceptical, because such coincidences happen often... but we give them a meaning only if we wait for a sign!
In addition to this statistical argument, comes a consideration of «practical spirituality»: if entities, of any kind there may be, have the power to send us such signs, then it would be much more efficient for them to send less power hungry messages, and above all clearer messages, from both their origin, and especially their exact meaning. A signed email, in plain language, rather than a advert spotted randomly on youtube. I once followed the «signs», and it was a disaster.
Real messages operating in this «practical» way are moments of superconsciousness, which inform us of dangers. I think that it is possible to reproduce this state with advanced meditation. But we are not going to receive a message every time!
It happened to me several times to be notified of a problem by premonitory dreams or by superconsciousness instants.
Another type of real messages are repetitive dreams. However they are encoded according to psychological symbolisms which makes their interpretation difficult, and even dangerous. I was trapped once, taking a warning for an encouragement... it was more my fault than of the dream, I admit, because it was clear, direct and textually explicit. But I had not the courage to accept it... The problem against which it warned me arrived a few days after.
I had some very useful repetitive dreams, and others that I am still wondering what they mean. Also see chapter V-8.
I would however not discard signs occurring from animals (who are conscious beings, and thus more receptive than objects to spiritual urges. At least more receptive than our encumbered minds and frantic egos). For instance, owls entering home are a sign of impeding death (I have seen this). On the contrary, nice birds are good omen, probably of spiritual advance. Non-aggression by dangerous animals (I have seen this with vipers) or ravens coming close may be a sign that we are accepted by the local spirits of nature (see above in this chapter). The easiest case to reproduce is the «pact with the snakes» of North American Indians, a reciprocal non-aggression pact that I also saw working in France.
This kind of things smell a lot the ancient alchemy grimoire, Kaballah or African sorcery, but they may be an evidence that precisely tens of thousands of years of prayers contributed to the building of a spiritual fabric around us. An admittedly very pragmatic form of spirituality, but of which future mankind may have a vital need.
(Permalink) The disciples of Helena Blavatsky (Theosophist movement, fictionalized Buddhism from the beginning of the 20th century) argue that it is her who coined this word, used after by some abstract painters like Kandinsky, and finally popularized by the Hippies. There again, it is an element of the experience of consciousness, linking the raw sensation (colour, odour) with the attraction or disgust it generates, and which would describe the immediate effect a sensation has on the mind. For example, pure and harmonized colours give a good vibration (we also hear the expression of «high vibratory rate»), while dirty colours give a bad one. Good vibrations make us feel good and happy, while bad ones make us feel uncomfortable or disgusted.
One thing which makes me laugh out loud is that some people say that we cannot perceive vibrations, and therefore that they would not exist. It is a bit as if a colour-blind person would say that colours do not exist, everyone would laugh. Or worse, as if we were in a society where the colour-blind majority would say that the ones who see colours are mad. Nobody would like the joke, in this case. To perceive vibration is very easy, very well known, and even so commonplace that many people do not realize that they do it daily. This word was certainly horribly overused, but its basic meaning was not changed. Any good painter knows to make a portrait without changing its vibration, and the comics masters (Hergé and many others) have the genius to express it on a face with three strokes of their pen: so, even if you see a character for the first time in a Tintin album, you know right away if he is a nice, a villain, an honest, a traitor, a smart, a stupid... and the «experimental verification» always awaits you a few pages later! Alternatively, in life, we can be instantly informed on hidden aspects of the personality of an unknown person, simply by looking at his face a few seconds. But we must have seriously mastered our own psychological bias to correctly interpret the vibrations that we perceive. Otherwise we only «perceive» what we project on the person!
Especially, we must note that this perception has nothing to do with things like physiognomonia, an «official pseudo-science» of the 19th century, claiming to deduce psychological traits from the proportions of the face. Indeed, this physiognomonia was based on an arbitrary «analytical» interpretation grid (it worked like astrology), based on various racial and genetic prejudices of this epoch. What I am talking about here is completely different: a spontaneous feeling, non-analytical, and independent of the race or the proportions of the face. There is nothing extraordinary or unexplained here: just as a face easily tells that the person is happy, sad, angry, etc, it can also tell deeper and permanent personality traits.
That this sense can work is probably because a state of mind can have an effect on the shape of the face (with maintaining constant postures, which become permanent), the walk, the tone of the voice, etc. This would provide subtle clues (not seen consciously) but sufficient for our sense of expressions to give us an usable information. Personality traits such as vulgarity, violence, pride, are especially visible, to the point that most people see them.
I think that this sense is reliable in its principle, but that our sentiment towards a person is strongly conditioned by our own experiences. It can therefore be quite difficult to get a neutral judgement in this way, without psychoeducation.
It is worth noting that, in virtual worlds, this sense keeps some efficiency. In this case however, facial expressions are of no help, since faces are purchased ready-made, and always flattering. But other indices can be used to guess the personality, for example the choice of clothes, or the text chat.
An important part of the perception of vibration is the effect of smells. In our sanitized modern world, where our animal roots are an object of shame and silence, we scarcely speak of body odours (or we hide them with bizarre «perfumes»). Yet the smells in general are much more effective to carry vibrations, good or bad, to the point of conditioning our attraction or disgust much more efficiently than colours or sounds. We shall see in chapter VI-9 how this affects our relations with the body, and in chapter VI-16 how this affects the future of Mankind.
(Permalink) The previous concept of vibration developed in the same epoch than the first radio links. An important concept in radio is that the transmitter and the receiver must be tuned on the same frequency. This was an obvious analogy with a common fact of the spiritual world: people are attracted together, if they are on the same «vibration rate» (if they have the same tastes). Similarly, disembodied consciousness may be attracted by incarnations, depending on their vibration. This is nothing other than what tradition calls karma!
Thus each spiritual universe would have its own vibration, which would result from the aesthetic choices applied here (or their absence in a physical universe, where all kinds of vibrations can then be met, according to the place or to the people)
In the theory of the logical self-generation, these spiritual universes exist each independently of the other, and especially they are not «classified» by vibration. (although it is conceivable that some are created in several versions). Thus the «vibration» results only from the content (although some spiritual universe may impose or prohibit certain vibrations).
So the idea is widespread in the New Age, that each universe has a «vibration rate». This seems relevant enough if this word is well used in its original meaning. Although I abstain myself of using this kind of vocabulary, which associates us with questionable sources and ideas.
Among the possible vibrations, some are obviously «coarse» (violent, dirty, pornographic) while others are «higher» (peaceful, beautiful, generous, etc.) However we hear the same adjectives used in a very different meaning: the material world would be made of «coarse vibrations», and the spiritual worlds of «subtle vibrations», this meaning invisible to the material senses. In this view, the vibration is no longer a feeling, but a substance!
So the Venusians or the Atlantis we never found in the material world would exist in the «subtle vibrations», that only a person with specific spiritual powers would perceive. As in the Lord of the Rings, where the Elves can perceive the spiritual world, parallel to the physical world. Problem, we are not in the world of the Lord of the Rings, and the folks pretending to see Venusians or Atlantis are not really Elves... But they have books to sell, or followers to suck energy from.
What we observe in reality in the NDE or sleep paralysis, are perceptions of our physical world, complemented by various characters, dreamlike or real. However this seems insufficient to constitute a «parallel universe» to ours, which would have its own determinants. Just we cannot exclude that disincarnated entities may involve in some spiritual activity in physical locations. This would also be the case of the «devas» above. A whole world of consciousness and meanings revolving around our physical world, but not strictly speaking another universe. It is closer to the vision of the Lord of the rings, in facts.
These parallel spaces postulated by the followers of the New Age or the «contactees» (chapter VII-2) are often called «dimensions». The origin of this expression is a misunderstanding of the mathematical concept of dimensions: the fourth dimension was understood as another place with still three dimensions, instead of a generalization of our three-dimensional space, as can be for example the spacetime. Notwithstanding, the followers of the New Age or contactees regularly visit «dimensions», which seems very interesting. Just pity that they do not tell us how to visit these places ourself. This is not by lack of asking, but each time I asked one of them, there always was something preventing him from replying me...
Finally the privileged way for these people to visit their «dimensions» is the «interdimensional vortex», which allows to pass from one universe to the other. Okay, I do not know what it looks like, and we do not see any exposed in New Age festivals. Even on Youtube, we never see any: they are always hidden behind clouds, or behind known images like the «Norwegian spiral» chapitre VII-5.
It will be understood that in this subchapter we gradually slipped down to the summits of high hogwash. However after quantum mechanics, alternate spaces do exist, and after the logical self-generation theory, spiritual universes exist too. And, from their very spiritual nature, their «vibration» (ambient, style) may play an important role in their definition and functionning.
We shall also see in chapter VIII-8 that things akin to «interdimensional vortexes» might really exist too.
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Auras probably are the area of spirituality where we hear the most tall stories. They are cultivated in several breeds, each adapted to defraud people with different belief systems:
😲 That auras would not exist.
😩 That only «greaaat maaasters» can see them, suggesting that we are too stupid.
😫 That auras can be perceived with different eye vision techniques. These techniques actually produce sensory illusions, which are well known and listed by specialists. Guess what, it was expectable that physical techniques would not produce any spiritual results.
In fact, the impression a person makes on us, the vibration we feel, can be translated into colours, since each colour has a vibration. The aura of people would be just that. And everyone can perceive them, even without being spiritual, and especially without any special gift inaccessible to us lame ordinary people.
However it is not a reliable perception, because we are much more influenced by the colour of clothes, hair, or accessories like tattoos, symbols. Our own neuroses can also easily mislead us, with prejudices on race, gender, hair, clothes, etc.
It is therefore better to ignore auras as long as our instrument of perception is so polluted. Personally, I sometimes feel colours when I see people. As this is not intrinsically a parapsychological phenomenon, I consider that I am not bound by the vow not to state about parapsychological gifts.
(Permalink) Before the modern «vibratory planes», 19th century spiritualists postulated the existence of «the astral» (in reference to astrology) or «the aetheric» (in reference to the scientific theory of the aether, the one which has been refuted by Relativity at the beginning of the 20th century. But the «aether» was invoked earlier by scientists to explain the spread of sensations in the body, an idea they took to the alchemists, in a time where science was still prattling in Latin into mouldy smelling leather books. So that we cannot deny the spiritualists of the 19th century that they were in phase with science...).
The «astral» is assumed to be made of «planes», each with their vibration, and inhabited by corresponding entities. These «planes» are in fact what is called an universe, like the notion of the multiple spiritual universes predicted by the theory of the logical self-generation. However the spiritualist «mediums» (just like the modern «channels» and «contactees») seemed to enjoy a strange privilege of being the only ones to «see» these worlds... Many scientists at the time, such as Flamarion, became interested in spiritism, which logically had to become a field of scientific study among others. But the abundance of cheating quickly disgusted them, and this failure remains the root of the today rejection of parapsychology by mainstream science (chapter II-9) (and is not the mass of New Age swindlers or so-called contactees which will mend things). I therefore conclude that we can effectively postulate the existence of spiritual worlds, but that the case of authentic communication with such worlds are rare. The only examples to my knowledge are the advanced NDE with visions of other worlds.
The «etheric» is supposed to be much closer to the physical world: according to the authors, it is a «plane» closely parallel to ours, or a «substance» existing in our physical space, responsible for things such as emotions, life, etc. For instance, Rudolph Steiner explained that the «chemical aether» would be responsible for the chemical composition of living bodies, while another variety would be responsible for their formation. In this, he just followed early scientists, who invoked an «aether» which would transmit sensations from the limbs to the brain. However, all these things were explained since, by the nerves, the genes, etc. So that today neither scientific nor spiritual justification of aether remains, which is not either soluble in the logical self-generation theory.
Steiner was a practical mind, and he based his assertions on various experiments (His educational system remains today one of the most advanced and original). However his experiments on the aether do not resist a closer examination. For instance, he claimed that we can see our «aetheric body» (aetheric double of the physical body). It was enough to place our hand before us, on a clear background, and watch it with a certain detachment. I made this experiment in the 1970s, and only few minutes were enough for me to see kinds of blue flames around my fingers, which, according to Steiner, were my «aetheric body». I was somewhat surprised to be so easily able of such a capacity of extrasensory perception, that my anthroposophist friends then considered extraordinary, a privilege of exception beings. Then I ended up finding the explanation: these blue flames are just a visual illusion, when we focus on a contrasted image, known as Troxler's fading. This produces a kind of adaptation of the retina, or afterimage, similar to a phosphene. If we continue to focus on this image, while following its contours as explained by Steiner, then this afterimage spreads on the clear background, taking the appearance of moving flames. Usually we do not realise this, because the visual cortex filters out this kind of defects in the retina. But meditation, by removing any prejudice on that we «must» see, allows us to be aware of this kind of mechanisms.
What I do not understand then, is why I was still the only one to see this... Oh, well, I understood after all: spirituality is not just having «spiritual opinions», dudes.
Denouncers of pseudosciences will love the previous paragraph. However people practising advanced meditations are perfectly able of being deeply moved by something so simple than a flower, this desperate attempt for beauty to exist in this material world. The feeling is then so strong that it becomes literally visual... like an aura. He he he...
(Permalink) The «astral body» postulated by the spiritualists is nothing else than our appearance in the spiritual worlds, such as we can perceive it in the NDE, the sleep paralysis or the OBE. There is nothing surprising in this: the image of our body is deeply implemented in our minds, and even in the most basic circuits of our brain. Then our disembodied consciousness, which uses to imitate our brain, offers us a precise image of our body, complete with the kinesthetic sense, exactly as our neurological consciousness does every night when we dream.
It is not sure however that this image is preserved when we reincarnate in another universe. For a physical universe, it is our birth which determines our physical appearance, which can be anything. For an unpleasant psychical universe, it could be something that we will not like, but that we built with our faults...
However paradise universes could function like the virtual worlds today: we may be able to change or choose our body appearance, and even have several of them. Under these conditions, we can be as beautiful as we want!
The various Tantric traditions offer us to work on this image as soon as today, by the meditation of the Yidam (spiritual model). However they add a specific item: visualization of channels (nadis) and organs (chakras), where «energies» circulate (see earlier in this chapter). Hence the name of «energy body» in the Western culture. But Eastern traditions rather speak of «Light body», «Rainbow body», or even «illusory body» to emphasize its intangible nature (in addition to its extreme beauty). These are ancient, deep and very effective practices.
In contrast, cults and scientistists work hand in hand to make them each as ridiculous as the other. The cults with «demonstrating» the existence of the chakras with finding them «material counterpart», the scientistists by «showing» their inexistence by finding them no material counterpart! They are both as unlikely to find, since the chakras are just visualised objects!!! Illusory body, you were told. It is as if they were trying to catch a character on a cinema screen: even a dog quickly realises the error.
However we should not infer that these visualizations are arbitrary: All the persons feeling their chakras feel them in the same places. It is therefore an objective fact, within the meaning of General Epistemology. The origin is probably the neurological map of the sensitivity of the body, which itself could date back to the division in rings of the body of our worm ancestors, where each ring has a nervous ganglion, aligned along a central chord. We still have today three «worm rings»: the perineal cavity, the abdominal cavity, and the chest cavity. The fact is that they each have a chakra. The root chakra is also explained in the same schema, if we pass over the euphemism about its exact location. Our head and neck changed too much to keep the «rings», but we still have three centres aligned on the central column. Well, when we realize our spiritual body, it will complete itself with other channels and centres, including the two lateral channels and various sensitive areas of the body, which complement the basic vision and give a more human general look. And it is wonderful to feel coloured joys circulating along them!
As to an expression such as «opening a chakra», its explanation now appears obvious: this is when the practitioner feels the chakra, instead of only visualising it. As various obstacles can prevent this sensation, one speaks then of blocked chakra, and obstacles to purify. A mechanics who meditates in his garage sitting on a tyre can understand these things, as soon as they are explained properly, without fake mysteries.
The various Tantric systems give each a different list of the chakras and their properties. Some even do not mention the lower chakras, in order not to have to deal with the sexual desire (a very appropriate advice for children, but that some adults badly need to follow too). There even is some arbitrariness in the allocation of colours, symbols, functions, or even of astrological correspondences. However the traditional «reference» system remains the seven chakras of the Hatha Yoga. Personally, I meditate a sensual version of this system, without the symbols but with the functions.
In such practices, it is of great interest to visualize a body that we like, complete, mobile, functional, and as beautiful as possible: the spirit flourishes only in the good vibes. In addition, the kinaesthetic sense and the sensuality must be complete: to feel the movements, the grass, the wind, the perfumes, etc. I would warn against a too symbolic visualisation, static or abstract: consciousness feeds on sensations. If, in the afterlife, there is no need to eat, it is highly likely that there still is a need for a constant supply of sensations, experiences, emotions, and that any lack of them has unpleasant or dangerous consequences.
We shall speak again of the future evolved human body in chapter VI-16.
(Permalink) Almost all the civilizations consider incubus and succubus as entities who exist by themselves, often evil. The modern belief as what they are evil extraterrestrials does just continue this archimillenary old scheme (see abduction in Chapter VII-2).
However modern research only grants them the status of dream visions, that is without any explanatory power. (See chapter V-8 on sleep paralysis). However they can, much more easily than dreams, be influenced by real entities, or be used in visualization techniques like the dream yoga.
(Permalink) Similarly, the Prana is a sensation. And nothing else. Trying to measure it with a Wattmeter is totally ridiculous, even a dog will not try.
As taught in Pranayama, one of the disciplines of the Hindu Yoga (ask for the nearest yoga lessons at your grocery store), the Prana is the feeling of well-being or stamina that we have when the body works well. The easiest way, taught in traditional Yoga classes, is breathing heavily: the slight suroxygenation brings a feeling of euphoria. Prana is this feeling, and nothing else. Physical activity does the same thing: adepts of sport call it «to be warmed» or «to be fit», and they are seeking this pleasant sensation. These sensations are objective facts, within the meaning of the General Epistemology, because everyone can feel them, depending only on specific and reproducible conditions.
I think that techniques like Pranayana are very useful for developing our sensuality and better inhabit our body. For this reason they should be proposed as soon as childhood. Later they are a good basis for spiritual development.
When our sense of Prana is developed, we can make of it a very powerful tool. Indeed, it responds to the food we ingest. Over the years, trying various diets and food sources, we can manage to develop a detailed sense of hunger: not only the quantity, but also the quality. What the body needs. My first experience was to replace meat with plant proteins, instead of simply «stopping the meat». While I was a great lover of sausages of all kinds, it only took me a few months to entirely reprogram the whole system and eliminate any desire for meat, without effort, at a time where I had yet no idea of what meditation is. So there is nothing difficult here, and those who speak of «sacrifice» just make me laugh! We can even find if fruits contain Prana or not. (Healthy and ripe fruits have, chemical or badly ripened fruits don't).
Misconceptions about prana
(Modified on June 28, 2020) Some people think that Prana can be converted into physical energy, by confusion with the latter. This supposes that Prana would be an «energy» or a substance existing in the world. But Prana is not something external to us, which would be difficult to obtain. On the contrary, being a creation of our own mind, we can enjoy it at will.
Another «interpretation» is the one of negative ions. Not only my tests gave nothing, but it is in fact anti-spiritual: a doomed to fail attempt of a material explanation of a feature of consciousness.
Apart from these mistakes, there also are many intoxication schemes denigrating the Prana. The most elaborate is the one about pranism, or inedia, or respirianism. Several French media, wikipedia and the French miviludes (the ones who accredited the extraterrestrial base in Bugarach) describe the movement as important... when in fact there are no known followers, and as they state themselves, only one or two people promoting it. And no Internet sources! In fact, since prana is only a sensation, and not a substance existing in the world, it is just physically impossible to feed with it. Only people with great parapsychological powers could live without eating. Letting oneself die in this way would be totally stupid: the weight loss would show us precisely that we do not have this parapsychological power, long before being in danger.
So we have a classic case of boosting disinformation, aiming at discrediting the authentic spiritual teaching of Pranayama, by confusing it with nonsense. And it is not by ignorance, but really from a will to harm: honest sources would start with giving the correct definition of Prana, as I do here. (The reference being Patanjali's Hatha Yoga, but there are many other valid sources, using other concepts). None of the quoted sources do so, signalling a conscious and deliberate will to manipulate. Even the Wikipedia page confuses things with many misinterpretations and divergent concepts, leaving it up to the reader to find the right definition in this jumble. When you just have to ask your grocer... the Hatha Yoga class in your town. (being sure it really is Patanjali's Hatha Yoga, not some «modern interpretation» or «new spirituality»)
(Permalink) Some though they could demonstrate the truth of these «sciences» by invoking the above assumptions such as the astral or the etheric. Especially, in the 1970s, an astrologist such as André Barbault published a fascinating correlation between the eccentricity of the Sun and world crisis. We were not far from a scientific demonstration of astrology! However he himself recognized that this correlation did not continued since. Complex and random events often show spectacular correlations, which are however the fact of mere chance, and do not continue after.
Spiritual influences are possible, we saw the moments of superconsciousness, and there will be others in chapitre VII-3 and chapitre VII-4. However these influences are urgent answers to vital stakes, with no connection to the position of the planets or our date of birth... and we do not see why they should have one.
Biorythms similarly lack any theory, and failed all checks. In more, such an accuracy is hard to explain in a biological organism.
And then, if astrology was a science based on exact facts, western astrology and Chinese astrology should give the same results... and they should have noticed the precession of the equinoxes!
Thus the General Epistemology brings a denial of astrology or numerology, which I think is much more solid than the one of materialism. Indeed materialism bases itself on a dogma to refuse to see certain things, while the General Epistemology must demonstrate its assertions.
Okay, I find annoying that environmentalists and organic farmers are still using astrology to predict the weather, instead of watching the forecast on the Internet like everybody else. But what to do?
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