- Chapter #0:penness (< you are here)
- Chapter 1: reflection, contemplation, meditation
- Chapter 2: left, up, down, right
- Chapter 3: hidden breathing techniques
- Chapter 4: the right posture
- Chapter 5: dedication to the higher consciousness
- Chapter 6: Vivekanda’s outline of enlightenment
0pennes to different world views
This introductory chapter is numbered 0 and openness is written with a zero for an O, because if one has zero preconceptions (like a child, as Jesus said), the more open one is for different concepts and the more tools someone has to understand the mysteries of the universe.
We all have partial tunnel-visions which usually result in anger when being confronted with non-fitting views, but seen from a mere strategical angle it would be beneficial to utilise as many different concepts as possible in order to understand those aspects which are not covered or seen in one view.
Examples of tunnel-visions are
- Nationalism, because if you look at a changing world-map it is clear that borders changed all the time.
Clinging onto a status quo from last time ones realm was biggest is holding onto a stage which by now is obsolete and very likely not to return again. This creates a stagnated freeze which in turn does not allow for a free-flow of changes in time.
- Racism falls in the same category and only creates a fear or aversion against the unknown which then inhibits ones in-sight into different ways to handle life.
- Materialism initially seems to be the clearest way to look at things as they are,
but the inherent dismissal of spiritual concepts (which the following series is all about) deprives one from accessing principles, which can give one a simple way to work out many issues without having to resort to contemporary researches (which often try to reinvent the wheel),
plus one has to remember much less facts, because one can work things out by oneself. One of such principles is the yin and yang symbol for example with which one can understand the seasons, the menstrual cycle, and much more, without the need to learn tons of facts
- Whilst a dismissal of superstitious concepts is important not to fall for any kind of fear-mongering,
a rigid aversion could deprive one from accessing lateral thinking by seeing things from a total new (lateral) angle.
A good example is the often laughed upon astrology due to the many simplistic short-time predictions which can be found in superficial magazines.
But when understanding that astrology is not all about that one sun-starsign, but about a general display of the quality in time (in opposition to our chronological measurement of quantity),
one has a less fatalistic access by being able to put ones actions into a larger context.
So if for example someone has an interaction between (the highly energetic) Mars and (strongly blocking) Saturn energy,
one can not exactly predict the future, but see that at a certain time one could have a car-accident if not careful,
or also turn it around to ones advantage by doing martial arts where one has to (saturnically) block ones (marsian) punches voluntarily,
so one could even win a tournament around that time.
- Upholding ones own religion as the only one in my view is a result of a mere childhood-conditioning (which if born into another family would turn out totally different).
Thereafter people reinforce own believes, because believe-systems are nourished and reinforced by the size of their community.
Often this is due to the humanised concept of the divine, because our inability to grasp the aspect of the higher self.
This lead to exclusion of other personified gods, but when viewing religions as a “welcome mat to ourselves” as Adyashanti said, then agnostics (who leave religious concepts aside) very often are as geared towards their higher self when following their ethics.
Vice versa – due to their lack of being able to relax into a parental care of a god, they often are much more concerned with their own authenticity than orthodox believers are.
Another aspect of misunderstanding is the fact that gearing towards the divine (or higher self) is propagated by total focus on that one god which then was often misunderstood by that god being the only real one, whilst the original agendas usually were to get people focussed on the path of their higher selves.
This is what did create the many hypocritical atrocities of religious wars, whilst preaching love.