There is a basic lie around which the great illusion has been formed. We have been conned,
and the con has been constructed like every con is. All impressions and events are there
to support and make the con appear plausible. The key for the con to work is to construct
it around a simple assumption. This basic assumption is a lie, but it is not an explicit
lie. It is rather an unstated condition that unites all the complexity of impressions and
events. [Give an example from a popular con movie]
Each of the circuits that coordinate the functions of the neural network has fallen prey
to a big con. Take the circuit coordinated by the lizard brain. The lizard brain is,
evolutionary speaking, the oldest part of our brain. It is the central stem that controls
basic functions of the body and it is concerned with movement, defending, fleeing, and
attacking. It is in charge of basic, physical survival. Its function is to coordinate
functions of the body, most of which are beyond our conscious control (i.e., heartbeat,
breathing, etc.). Now, the part of our brain in charge of creating maps, theories, higher
thoughts, et cetera, is the last brain to be formed in evolutionary time. It creates
complex theories and images about the world in order to allow us to navigate complex
spaces and to evaluate what we do and have done. It gives us a better chance. It is called
the brain cortex. Most of the third circuit functions are located here.
Well, get this: the map making ability of the third circuit creates an image of the
body as a whole. It does this as a simulation of what the lizard brain does. The lizard
brain coordinates the basic survival functions of the body and it does it undercover, away
from the meddling of conscious thought. The third circuit, however, creates a simulation
of this function. This simulation it calls me, and when it says me
the third brain is talking about the image of our body as a whole. It then leads us to
talk and act as if the image of the body we have is indeed the whole body. What happens
then is we begin to take threats to that image of our bodies as actual threats to the
body, and this causes our first circuit to react as if a real threat is happening. [Give
an example from a social situation that is interpreted as a survival threat and makes us
react in the way we would react to a physical survival threat].
This is the lie that makes the con possible: that our image of the body as a whole
entity is the body itself. It is a lie when we begin to assume it is real. It is a
con when the rest of the system assumes this image is real.
This me, however, is not confined to the physical image. The me
can be transferred to the other circuits as well. In each case, the circuit assumes that
the image corresponding to it is me. It assumes me is the
coordinator of that circuit. It also assumes the different instances of me are
a continuous entity that makes up the real person.
We become dependent on the word
I and me, a purely linguistic necessity. Its just the way we
learn to use language to interact with others. However, we also learn by association and
by general consensus to associate that word with social characters we learn to play.
Finally, we also associate emotional displays to these particular social characters. In
the end, we enter a messy web formed around the assumption that the me is a
In short, a map or theoretical construct is
assumed to be the real coordinator and mover of the body and thus suffers the fears and
attractions that would correspond to the body. We walk into a meeting with the boss, the
school principal, the priest, the parent, or any other authority figure we have come to
associate with our survival, and we suddenly feel the same physical effects we would
experience if we found a poisonous snake in front of us. We feel a rush of adrenalin, our
limbs go cold, our perceptions sharpen while our thoughts cloud and become fuzzy.
The perceptual systems we have to be able to navigate the external world allows us to take
in data and process it in a way designed to increase our chances of survival, enjoyment,
and to measure our mental maps against that feedback mechanism of the senses in order to
improve our maps and interactions with the environment. However, the basic con, the lie
that tells us the construct is real, interferes with our perceptual system too. Our highly
sensitive nervous system detects light, sound, heat, smells, flavors, texture, and much
more. The brain collects information from different areas and puts it all together with
projections of time-space to create the ambiance and the environment in which
we find ourselves in a given moment. Now, the con we are talking about leads us to believe
that the sense impressions that the system perceives and coordinates must be perceived by
a central entity. In other words, we assume that the impressions are separate from the
perceiver. In a sense this is true, when you think that the system that perceives is
separate from the perceived. The problem comes when you also assume that the perception
itself (the sense impression already in the nervous system) is separate from the observer.
The system is both the observer and the sense impression being observed. One and the same.
The instrument of observation is the
observer. Decartes cogito ergo sum leads us into buying into the logical
conclusion that, if there is thought, then there must be a thinker. That would be like
saying that if a computer calculates, there must be inside a separate entity that
calculates. If our nervous system perceives, it doesnt follow that there is a
perceiver separate from the nervous system.
Lets look at the other circuits.
The instinctive center has an organizing
center that keeps different elements of the body organized and collaborating in order to
maintain the system itself; pretty much the same way the chess master organizes the
games pieces to protect the integrity of the formation or the strategy. The
instinctive center seeks to protect. It protects the organism, that is the organization,
first and the parts second. Now, a short circuit takes place when a different
organizational center is confused with the instinctive. If, for instance, the center of
our social structure (or the ego, the social mask) is confused with the organism then we
send the signal to the instinctive center that it has to protect that social structure.
Consequently, if the ego feels threatened, we will see the organism react as if a
life-threatening menace is at hand. We talk to our boss or someone embarrasses us and we
get the impulse of running away or to fight. We stand up to talk in public and adrenaline
begins to pump or we begin to perspire as if preparing the body for fighting.
Emotions and intellect often play disparate
games. They get together in front of a board, and while one plays chess the other plays
checkers. Thought follows its own rules, and tries to follow its connections to a
conclusion. Once a conclusion is reached, it serves as a resting point but not a stopping
point. Then, thought continues with yet another association. A thought mostly changes
course when another thought appears, but does not stop. Emotions, on the other hand,
follow a different path. Perhaps it is more accurate to say they do not follow a path but
One important thing to remember is that each
center has as its first priority its own survival. I can put up with many changes as
long as they dont threaten the center itself. A thought or system of thoughts is
more likely to be accepted and incorporated into ones world view if it doesnt
directly threaten the survival of the organizing mental center. If threatened by accepting
contradictory ideas, the center would simply file them into different reality programs and
set up a buffer between them. This buffer will keep the contradictory views away from each
other, so that when one is active the other is not even seen.
There are mental buffers, emotional buffers
and even physiological buffers. An example of a mental buffer are memory gaps. You smell
something and there is a rush of memories from childhood; memories that had not been
recalled in years. What you dont notice is that at that moment there are other
memories that are not available to you but were available right before the smell awoke the
older memories. Another example of a mental buffer: you havent done any math in
years. You couldnt do certain problems but you know you knew this material before.
You put yourself in a similar environment as when you were proficient with the material
and suddenly you are doing math again.
An emotional buffer functions in a similar
way. So it feels like youll be in love forever when you are in love, and when you
are pissed and hating the one you loved yesterday all the emotions and memories that seem
available to you are those that fuel what you are feeling at the moment. In fact, the
story of your life seems different depending on when you remember it. The mood of the
moment determines the emotions and memories you can bring from your past. You create a
chain of events that seem to be tied, one following the next until they all culminate into
the present. In a different mood, there will be different events and emotions that will
create a completely different story.
- Definition of
- An open space where something can happen
- An open and empty container where something can be placed
- The quality of being unobstructed--applied to a path,
causeway, road, rod, or channel.
- An atmosphere offering a clean, unobstructed view of what is
beyond the immediate surrounding.
- The quality of being transparent, allowing the light to pass
through without distortion.
- An inner state where doubts, contradictions or other
distracting factors do not operate, allowing for clear action and right thought.
- Blocks, obstructions, dirt, etc
- Anything that causes unintended blockage, deviation, or
obscuration of energy serves as a block. Same with those elements that obstruct a clear
view and transparency. Possible manifestations of a block are:
- Repetitious activity, thought, emotion, or mood.
- Self damaging or self defeating habits
- Permanent identification with ideas, opinions, tastes,
attractions and repulsions
- Electrical resistance when evoking a memory
- What can cause a block of the energy?
- The learning of habits
- Trauma or shock
- Physical Manifestations
- How can a block be removed?
- Physiological processes (massage,rolfing,etc.)
- Psychological processes
- Psychoactive drugs
- Clearing the Centers
- Clearing the instinctive
- Clearing the moving center
- Work with movements
- Clearing the mental center
- Working with paradox
- Intellectual magic Experiments
- Focusing attention
- Clearing the emotional center
- Acting Experiments
- Adoration of the machine
- Adoration of the Other
- Working with the Tattwas