Lying to Save Others

What is the lie to save others?

Have you ever received a phone call and just let it ring and sometime later said “Sorry I missed your call,” and perhaps even offered, “My ringer was turned off,” or “I was in a meeting?”

What is a lie but the opposite of honesty? What are half truths but lies?

Justifying a lie due to our assumption that we are saving another from suffering does not disqualify an untruth. The opportunity to tell the truth in every situation is an opportunity to develop the skill of gentleness. The truth does not have to hurt. It is pride that makes it seem so.

Words are triggers that activate unresolved emotions. When we lie, our repressed emotions become associated with assumptions. They swim together, like schools of fish. The more these repressed emotions (complexes) are pushed deeper into the personal unconscious, the greater the anxiety we consciously experience.

To make sense out of the conditions of life, ruminating mind is constantly drop a fishing line into our personal unconscious in an attempt to discover value and meaning. Inevitably a complex is going to bite, and we will be forced to deal, not only with unresolved emotions, but with the assumptions they cling to.

Only the active seeker/seer will recognize that reactions to present conditions in life are rooted in past memories or assumptions/desires regarding the future; fear of not attaining our desires, or fear of losing them.

Complexes may take on the appearance of an archetype to help the ego identify a theme. Archetypes are like the alphabet of experience. They provide us with a blueprint for recognizing experience and the options available to navigate experience, as a result of freewill.

Have you ever watched a televised talent show and wondered how contestants without talent could have ever thought they had a chance of qualifying? The audience and judges laugh and the shattered performer ends up saying something in their defense, like,

“all my friends think I’m great!”

When we lie we assume that withholding truth is a greater service to another, rather than allowing them to confront how their behavior affects others. This could be the most tragic thing about lying to save others: by trying to spare another hurt we are preventing them from acquiring information that could make a big difference in their future. We assume we know this.

So why do we lie to save others? Is it really to spare another from suffering or is it our preoccupation with needing approval?

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Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland

Complexes, Ego Identity, & Love

He who perceives all beings in his self, and his self in all beings, never criticizes. ~ Isha Upanishad (6)

At the core of our existence is authentic being/Supreme Self (SSElf). SSElf is insulated by clusters/complexes of repressed/un-confronted emotional residue which limit our ability to give expression to authentic being/SSElf. We acquire our complexes as a result of entanglement with ego identity. Ego identity is created by concepts, emotions, judgements and perceptions we make–as a result of becoming attached to our sensory experience–that are not in harmony with Natural Law.

Love is the highest expression of Natural Law/Universal/God/SSElf. Everything else is Ego. All life is a creative expression of the Universal, hence, creative expression is love.

How we treat and speak and think of others reflects the degree of harmony between ego and the Universal/SSElf. The greater the harmony, the greater the expression of love.

We may eliminate complexes by increasing the amount of love we possess.

“Anything you cling to is ego. Ego gets a boost by clinging onto things. Anytime you are able to let go, you are in love.” ~Om Swami

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Attention Directing

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is a misleading phrase. For starters, the concept of “Others” is Maya; illusion. Each one of us is a vessel for the same fundamental essence; Brahma/SSElf/God. Division/Seperateness is a concept created by an ego identity who is attached to projected experience.

Fundamentally, adage is saying, “Don’t treat others poorly because they will treat poorly. Don’t do something because there will be consequences.” While this may be true in most cases, all actions are passing/temporal, so how others treat us is really not our concern. All action begins with thought. Action is a physical manifestation of our thoughts. Instead of focusing on action and it’s consequences, we should be concerned with thoughts and their consequences. Especially given that all thought is spiritual in nature and, thus, eternal, while actions are physical and, thus, temporary.

Thought frames our perception of reality. When we think about others in a negative way–in a way that would lead to treating them poorly–we become a victim of our own thought, even if no action is performed. Our thoughts create emotional complexes/karma that may reside in the unconscious and will eventually find a way to resurface, usually without our conscious knowledge.

Allow your attention to be drawn to this passage from the Srimad Bhagavatam: There is no safety to be found in the complicated webs of our actions.

The reaction or response of others regarding our thoughts and words and actions pales in comparison to the effect our thoughts and words and actions have upon our ability to become Self-realized. This is our true concern.

We are in absolute control of our attitude. Regardless of how another may react to you, the only power they have to affect you (your being/predominant mental attitude, not necessarily your physical body) is the power you surrender to them. Thus, your thoughts and your words are attention you are directing and if this attention is anything but love, you are disempowering yourself.

(7.4) “Seeing” (thought) creates “feeling”, “feeling” creates “being.” First the mental, then the emotional, then the unlimited possibilities of achievement.

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National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik

The Origin of the “Devil”

Dogma is born out of the belief that our model of the world is absolute truth.

“One must never forget that the devil enters psychology through reification – the process by which we are beguiled into treating a concept as if it were the real thing.”

On Jung, Anthony Stevens, PG 27,28

The Personal Unconscious / Subconscious is the sum total of all emotions, dreams, memories experienced or developed by an individual to which they are not consciously aware of yet have access to.

Complexes are a series of emotional triggers that develop from within the Personal Unconscious/Subconscious and, as such, may be understood as Patriarchal 2nd Pantheon of various mythical traditions: ie, Olympians (Greece), Æsir (Northern European). These triggers are related in content/qualities of behavior identified with emotional residue from thoughts and/or experiences. When one trigger is activated, all triggers within a given complex may become activated.

The Chhandogya Upanishad speaks to an early understanding of complexes: “The subtle impressions of the past are stored in the unconscious mind and lie dormant there. Unless something awakens them, they have no power to affect either your determination or your conscious mind.” 

The Collective Unconscious / Universal is the is the sum total of all emotions, dreams, memories experienced or developed by our species to which the individual may not be consciously aware of, yet have access to.

Archetypes are a series of (64) universal behavior blueprints that have developed in the biological evolution of Consciousness. They have developed from within the Collective Unconscious/Universal, and as such, may be understood as Matriarchal 1st Pantheon of various mythical traditions: ie, Titans (Greece), Vanir (Northern European)

Archetypes are not responsible for the creation of complexes–which are a result of conscious experience–though an archetype may become a symbol for the complex to represent itself.

Ego interprets experience for Self. Self creates experience for ego to interpret. In this way, nature has developed consciousness to experience itself.

“Contemplation prevents the unconscious mind from controlling the conscious mind, but it is your sankalpa shakti (the power of determination) that makes contemplation effective. It is more powerful than the unconscious mind.” ~ Chhandogya Upanisha, The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition, Pandit Tigunait, (Location 387, Kindle)

Becoming “conscious” of your experience of consciousness is enlightenment/self realization. To achieve this, we must detach ourselves from having identity reactions to experience, as identity reinforces our commitment to superficial reality, ie. that which will pass away/has been created.

Because all we experience has been created, it is temporal. The enlightened person dwells on that which will not pass away. And realizing that each individual possess a Self–which is an individualization of that which will never pass away/Brahman–any attachments we have towards the vessel (physical form) of the essence (spirit/soul)are redundant. Instead, the enlightened focus on the essence within the vessel.

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Standing Stones, Viðey Island, Iceland

Enlightenment and Identity

(2.21) Individuals are measured by the degree of Self awareness they manifest.

(2.22) We may influence others by a recognition of Self as an indiviualization of the Universal (un/conconciousness)

Enlightenment is suspension of the urge to experience the present through a filter of the past or the future.

Identity is a personification of ego.

Enlightenment is a recognition of our ability to transcend attatchments to ego identity and the willingness to do so.

Identity is the material by which we judge ourselves against others.

Enlightenment is a realization of our ability to reimagine existence absent of ego identity.

All psychic structures (ego, shadow, etc) develop and are guided by Self, the archetype of archetypes, as Jung called it. Self possess a teleological function, meaning that it implies the goal of attaining completeness. Thus, enlightenment, is as much a psychological function as it is a metaphysical and/or spiritual one.

Enlightenment is individuation.

Individuation is “the fullest possible Self-realization in the psyche and in the world.”*

*On Jung, Anthony Stevens, PG. 41

 

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Self Realization

(2.3) Creative Power originates in The Universal.

(2.4) The Universal manifests form by means of the individual.

(2.5) Thought is the connecting link between the individual and the Universal.

Creative Power manifests in form by thought. This principle is relevant to every dogma and tradition, from New Thought to Stoicism, from Jungian psychology to modern religion. Whether you diefy “Creative Power” or not, whether you call it prayer or positive thinking, ultimately, when our ability to imagine conditions is greater than the default condition of mind to worry about (fear) an undesirable condition, we can transform our experience.

Realizing this truth is the essence of every form of spirituality; the crux of every journey toward Self Realization.

Subconscious/God/Personal Unconsciousness/Patriarchal (Animus)

Universal/Goddess/Collective Unconscious/Matriarchal (Anima)

Self (Kali/Durga) resides in the Universal.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Looking for a Lesson

Our greatest opportunity to feel good and maintain happiness is to constantly seek to uncover a lesson in every condition we encounter in life.

If you’re not learning something, life will teach you a lesson.

Looking for a lesson is the equivalent of instigating change. Just as it feels better to resign than be fired, or to break up rather than be dumped, the one who finds a lesson finds a reason, which removes the sense of helpless that often accompanies unanticipated conditions.

We will not be able to control everything that we encounter, so we must take responsibility for what freewill we do have.

Mindfulness is a tool for helping us recognize our relationship with time. If you are reading and it takes 30 minutes to get through one page, it becomes obvious that your mind is wandering. This is mindfulness.

(1.25) Thought is transmuted into character and character is the magnet that creates the environment of the individual.

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A Beautiful Resolution

There once was an old coal miner who faithfully meditated three times a day. Each afternoon, while his co-workers had lunch, the old miner would spend 30 mins in concentrated meditation, which seemed very pointless to many others.

After working together for months, a young co-worker approached the old miner and asked why he sat around doing nothing so much.

The old miner told the younger that he would answer the question, but first had a request. He asked that the younger fetch him some water to drink and gave him a specific container to fill. The container happed to be a kind of strainer used in the mines.

The younger took the container, tho seriously doubted how much water it could hold. Nevertheless, the younger went down to the river and by the time he returned to the older, the container was empty.

“Do me a favor and try one more time?” asked the older. A second time, the younger returned with an empty container.

“Can you try again, for an old man’s sake?” asked the older.

A third, and fourth, and fifth time the younger came back with an empty container.

When the younger returned a sixth time, he was determined to have no more of this redundant behavior. Before he could speak, though, the older began:

You asked me why I meditate all the time. You think nothing is accomplished but look how clean the container is now that you’ve filled it many times! Meditation accomplishes the same thing with the mind. It washes away all the obstructions that dilute the purity of thought, restoring its potential and creative functionality.”

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Everything Else

(1.5) The Universal Mind is the life principle of every atom in existence.

Universal Mind/God/The Force/Love

(1.6) Our ability to think is our ability to act upon the universal and bring it into existence.

Our ablility to think/prayer/Using the force/Love

(1.7) The result of this action and interaction is cause and effect; every thought is a cause, every condition an effect.

Cause and effect/YinYang/polarity/duality

Love is the creative power of life. This is natural law. Everything else is commentary.

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Q&A: Is their a heaven?

Community Question:

Is there a heaven?

Answer:

Energy transforms. It’s impossible to know for certain what form our energy takes when the physical body dies. Anything we can imagine only highlights our inability to imagine anything beyond the current limitations of mind. That said, consciousness may be a result of the interaction of different components, which may include aspects of our physical body. The science is still out on this so there is no way of knowing if consciousness exists in the same form after physical death. It may exist in a greater or less significant matter, or not at all.

Experiences in the physical body accumulate energy, ranging from very dense to very translucent. Therefore, it logically seems possible that the destination of our energy after death would be drawn to “like” energy. Symbolically, it seems reasonable to assume this is the principle underlying the concept of heaven.

Ultimately, all we humans have is concepts, and concepts are metaphors for what is beyond our understanding.

Faith is the consolation prize of being unable to verify solutions to our existential questions.

Society has trained us to “need” answers to existential questions, and this “need” is what keeps religion/dogma in business. It can be very unnerving to live contentedly without existential answers, and a crutch is a welcome alternative to immobility. Any belief in service to our ideal state (or an “idealer” state) is beneficial, as long as we consistently evaluate the relevance of our beliefs.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things unseen,” just remember that “hope” was one of Pandora’s gifts.

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Iceland