Monday, January 25, 2010

Format brain, kick in the heart...

Format brain kick in the heart...

It is the self within ourselves that we have to sacrifice. It is our own heart that has to be torn out of the false being and offered to the light.
--Pyramid of Fire:The Lost Aztec Codex

"See, [the Pueblo man] Ochiway Biano said, "how cruel the whites look. Their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think that they are mad."

"I [Carl Jung] asked him why he thought the whites were all mad....
"They say that they think with their heard," he replied.
"Why, of course. What do you think with?" I asked him in surprise.
"We think here," he said, indicating his heart.
---Carl Jung, Welcome To The Machine, Ch Fear, p78

"All this had a peculiar effect upon Bunny. Just as dad kept a safe-deposit box at the bank, into which nobody ever looked but himself, so Bunny kept a secret place in his own mind. Outwardly, he was a cheerful and frank little fellow, If somewhat too mature for his years; but sll the time he was leading a dual life- picking up ideas here and there, and carrying them off and hiding them, as a squirrel does nuts, so that he may come back at a later season and crack them open and nibble them. Some nuts were bad, and Bunny learned to judge them, and to throw away the bad ones."
---Oil! p79 Upton Sinclair

"The heart and brain maintains a continuous two-way dialogue, each influencing the others functioning. Although it is not well known , the heart sends far more information to the brain than the brain send to the heart and the signals the heart sends to the brain can influence perception, emotional processing and higher cognitive functions. The heart also generates the strongest rhythmic electromagnetic field in the body and this actually can be measured in the brain waves of people around us."

"...the hearts field is a carrier of emotional information and mediator of bio-electric magnetic communication, within and outside the body. Research shows our hearts field change distinctly as we experience different emotions. It is registered in people's brains around us and apparently is capable of affecting cells, water and DNA studied in vitro."

--Heartmath Institute

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. --Dalai Lama

The heart’s electromagnetic field--by far the most powerful rhythmic field produced by the human body--not only envelops every cell of the body but also extends out in all directions into the space around us. The cardiac field can be measured several feet away from the body by sensitive devices. Research conducted at IHM suggests that the heart’s field is an important carrier of information....

The heart holds answers the brain refuses to see.

And of course, the brain is not responsible for any of the sensations at all. The correct view is that the seat and source of sensation is the region of the heart. ---Aristotle

"If you can find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." Maya Angelou.

"In the church of my heart , the choir is on fire." --Mayakovsky

Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.
--p24 The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
“The Egyptians reached the nadir of concern for the brain. Compulsively punctilious in care for the immortal soul and its future accoutrement, their godkings (12), bejeweled and entombed in
gold, withered phallus erect, viscera embalmed with careful prayer, set off for the journey to the Nile of the sky with their brains discarded heedlessly like a shameful vomit on the sand.”

“We know that the Egyptians thought that the heart was the most important organ in the body, the seat of the mind, and the center of intellectual activities.”

How could it occur that members of a scientific discipline can so readily accept such an idea, that these ancient thinkers, whose writings and works have occupied intelligent, inquisitive people, literally, for thousands of years, could err so egregiously about the location of their own mental activities? Has not every adult thought the mind to be “in” the head and that in some way the brain is associated with it?

Interestingly, the direct, uncomplicated answer to the first question makes clear the constriction in mental operations that initially led to the misconceptions: the AE teachings state clearly that human nature consists of two intelligences, not one. The one, commonly used and presumed by most to be the only one, they termed the “cerebral intelligence.”

(CI) The other one, caused to wither and recede by improper education, disuse, indoctrination and social paradigm-transmittal, they called the Intelligence of the Heart. (IH) Associated with each intelligence is a consciousness that, we may say, emerges from it. These two consciousnesses oppose one another. According to AE teachings, CI manifests clearly identifiable attributes, as it performs its role in the life of “its” organism, that influence the character of its own consciousness. Firstly, CI consists of the brain and spinal cord, both encased in bone, and called the central nervous system (CNS).

Additionally, there is situated alongside the spinal column and inside the body cavity a linear array of nerve fibers that go to (innervate) the organs and glands of the body and regulate its every activity. It’s called the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Completing the CI are the peripheral nerves that innervate the body musculature, the joints and the skin. Where precision is necessary, nerve endings are more numerous.

Every aspect of body physiology can be modulated. The CNS may aptly be described as three, rather than one brain. The term, “reptilian” brain, used by some writers to name the lowest brain, results in a confusing as well as incorrect emphasis. The AEs referred to it as the “automatic” brain and G. I. Gurdjieff labeled it the “moving instinctive” brain, which is apt and accurate. In it, the lowest part of the brain and the entire spinal cord, genetically transmitted, are all the basic body movements native to a species, the intrinsic reactions to internal and external stimuli of every kind. There are hundreds of reflexes in humans, many involving only the spinal cord. Instinctive behavior patterns are built up from them and, as reflexes, are automatic. The goal of this lowest brain is to produce and maintain a feeling of “physical well-being,” which is generated by structures in the feeling brain.

That feeling we’ve all seen manifested in the comfortable, satisfied face of a warm infant, puppy or kitten. This feeling is of a lesser nature than, for instance, what one may feel when one’s close friend succeeds at a difficult task. The organism’s needs, not merely for food, water, warmth and so on, but also for activity, satisfactory stimulation, play, and interaction are made known to the brain by its peripheral nervous system.

That system conveys deficits and surfeits to the brain which acts according to the natural appetites that motivate the organism. The third and uppermost brain consists of the cerebral cortex, the gray matter (neuron cell bodies) that cover all the rest of the brain. It may properly be called the “thinking” brain.

However, it is this brain that acquires and maintains all the restrictions, indoctrinations, attitudes and psychological limits that, in toto, comprise the societal paradigm as well as the individual barriers to the higher consciousness the AEs said was available and proper to humans. The entire CNS and especially this portion of it is dedicated to maintaining a status quo, established in the daily process of growing up. That is, it is a habit-forming machine of exceptional breadth, effectiveness and durability.

This is the consciousness that emerges from CI. According to AE thought, we all have this individual “prison,” comprised of the particular influences in our own lives plus the societal ones, from which we must escape as an early step toward full human-hood. This, by the way, is a prodigious task, not free of pain: CI does not relinquish control willingly. The thinking brain is also the manifesting agent of a person’s many egos. We have a different ego for each of the roles we play: the husband, father, worker, sportsman, worshiper, friend, writer, hobbyist and so on.

So many egos, say the AEs, that they do not know one another and will behave quite differently. Our egos and the ego-based consciousness of CI, do not experience reality directly and cannot reproduce it correctly. This state of ordinary humanity is, again, inimical to complete human consciousness and we must strive to transcend it in ourselves, the AEs taught. The AEs symbolized the final result of this effort, i.e. one who had perfected oneself to the point that his or her ego had been placed in abeyance, subservient to the Intelligence of the Heart. The symbol is the diadem (as, e.g. ,Tutankhamun’s) that visually “cuts off” the crown of the wearer’s skull. Early Christian statues and paintings exist depicting this state. One of these is Nicodemus, his bent arms extended forward from the elbow, holding the crown of his skull in his hands. According to AE thought, the body with its brain constitute “animal man” or the “automaton.” Gurdjieff used the term “machine.”

This automaton has its uniqueness, its personality, just as does a pet cat or even a gerbil. The automaton thinks (although it doesn’t properly reason), is affected by a broad range of emotional states, enjoys or dislikes things. It behaves by producing reactions to stimuli arising from without or within and is generally powerless to resist these. Its currency is these sensations that automatically produce a reaction.
Some may find the thought offensive, but humans as automatons are, really, inferior to animals, which are as they ought to be. Neither is aware of itself, neither “reflects on things” and both are controlled by their respective CIs, which is inappropriate for humanity. Few of us would accept the term automaton as descriptive of ourselves. It is of interest to point out and important to realize so as to appreciate the AE teachings, that nothing of man-as-automaton survives bodily death. No rising of the body from the grave occurs, nor a reunion of it with anything. This is not to say that some aspect of a person may not survive this death: it may.

On the other hand, that which may survive and that which does survive bodily death are not what in Christianity and other religions of this era referred to as the “soul.” But that subject cannot now be discussed. The AEs ascribed many attributes to CI. However, because we think by means of it and our egos are offended when we hear (or read) them, we may dispute these characteristics or reject them as untrue. That this would occur is foretold within the AE framework: true knowledge, they said, can be gained only individually and comes at a price that few are willing to pay.

Consider. The automaton is unaware of its indoctrination and conditioning. Indoctrinated into a “consume beyond your means” attitude, Americans owe an average of $8000/household in credit card debt; many take 30-yr. mortgages for 95% of a house’s value and thousands buy cars on six-year loans. These are not practices followed in countries worldwide and are anathema in countries such as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and others where prudence is a societal value. Exposed to a negative emotional atmosphere in childhood, an individual’s CI becomes used to it. Despite the unpleasant consequences, such a person can easily live the rest of his or her life in this negative emotional cloud: unconscious, i.e., conditioned suffering is a resistant habit acquired by one’s CI.
After all, if therapeutic progress were easily made, the many thousands of therapists would have no work. Most people think they are normal and “choose” not to confront their automaton. Raised in a society where insects are feared and loathed, a person will not ordinarily eat one. But offer some money (as in the Fear Factor program) and some people will voluntarily overcome their disgust. Most prohibitions in a societal paradigm are more important but no more rational than that one. A great many people are highly sentimental, even maudlin about some (but not all) animals.

But the AEs taught that this apprehension is misplaced: nature has no concern for any individual living creature. Isha Schwaller de Lubicz stated it thusly: “Sentimentality is the result of a spurious relationship with nature.” The CI of people who grow up in an atmosphere of haste, continual background sound or noise, excess stimulation, ubiquitous anxiety, meaningless jabber on endlessly ringing cell phones requires that in adulthood. In fact, ever-increasing degrees of it will be required to satisfy the CI’s insatiable appetite and they’ll become increasingly anxious without it.

This is the age of anxiety, and anxiety is produced by CI, both directly and indirectly. To see unadulterated anxiety, watch a chipmunk or a squirrel. Another CI attribute is its inertia and fundamental indigence. This leads to mediocrity and a relentless deterioration of individual competence and societal values. The AEs, the Schwaller de Lubicz’s and Gurdjieff, too, used the term “involution” to describe this phenomenon which Michael Cremo recently has called “devolution.” This explains why people today are less literate than they were 50 years ago, why children aren’t taught to write (vs. print), why fewer and fewer can calculate in their “heads” and why students at every level learn less than in earlier generations, and come to think that education is simply the accumulation of information. It clarifies the “materialization” of our language, where everything is considered to be an “amount” and ideas and processes increasingly referred to as “things.” The rise of mundane and merely utilitarian speech and the growing ignorance by the entire populace of the rules of grammar of our own language is such that grammatically correct speech and the subtleties it makes possible has become a rarity.
And this lethargy of the CI makes understandable the rampant loss of descriptive vocabulary in which many words (e.g., “graph, bargraph, figure, table”) are all replaced by one inaccurate term (e.g. “chart”) or the increasing misuse of words, some with especially important meanings (e.g., “myth,” now used as incorrect idea, lie or misconstrued statement.) This brief enumeration of CI attributes and examples demonstrates that the AEs understood the lower nature of humanity. But a final characteristic and worldwide example justifies mention.
CI lacks an appreciation of the complexity, the interrelatedness and the subtlety of the natural world in which we live. We do not realize the impact of our activities upon it. It may be demonstrated, easily, that modern humanity has despoiled the earth to an incomprehensible degree, making it less hospitable to all forms of life. The ecological damage has become so pervasive, that in our own belated estimation, we now threaten our own survival. In truth, if the AE teachings are valid (and the evidence supports that they are), then we need to gain an understanding of the problem. (As Dr. Phil correctly often opines, “You can’t fix a problem you don’t admit.”) We need to work to understand the automaton in ourselves and begin to modify its behavior. Each of us is empowered to engage in the struggle to become aware of the automaton within us by the presence in ourselves of the other human intelligence, the Intelligence of the Heart.

Once the automaton is known, we can begin to become humans in a fuller sense by reducing reliance on acquired habits that do not serve our long-term best interest. This is a process that requires time, diligence, courage, resolve and some luck. Courage, resolve and diligence are spiritual qualities, not of the automaton. Where they are manifest, assistance will come. This, too, is an AE teaching.

From: Atlantis Rising Magazine #50, March/April 2005, Ancient Egyptian Thoughts & the Brain What Did They Know That We Don’t about the Human Capacity to Think? By DR. Joseph Ray

"The root of most people's mistakes is somehow, through they're enviroment or the people around them, trying to get that person to do something that in their heart they don't want to do and that's where all mistakes start, each and everytime, going against what is in your own heart." --Mark Borchardt, Slamdance Film Festival 1999.

“A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.” --Pietro Aretino

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." --Carl Jung

"You must seek knowledge. You must seek a deeper knowing!
Thy mortal life sets thee apart from the gods, just as thy godliness set thee apart from mortals--open your eyes! Who do you see before you? Stop thinking...."

"...just tell me who I am."

"Reach into thine heart and find the truth!"

"Use thine heart, not thy eyes. Yes! You seek answers, a deeper knowing. You seek the knowledge of a god!"
--Avengers Disassembled: Thor--Ragnarok

"Play from your fucking heart!" --Bill Hicks.

"There is nothing more dangerous to life than not living..." --Walter Heartwell White (Breaking Bad, Some advice/Walter's Blog)

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

The Sun is in your heart.

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." --Carl Jung

Your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
Be on the watch.
There are ways out.
There is a light somewhere.
... It may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
Be on the watch.
The gods will offer you chances.
Know them.
Take them.
You can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
And the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
Your life is your life.
Know it while you have it.
You are marvelous,
the gods wait to delight
in you.

~Charles Bukowski

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