Monday, January 25, 2016

Emotional stability: the prerequisite to mental progress



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Emotional stability gives rise to healthy relationships and overall well-being, and brings about long-term personal, professional advancement. In an earlier post I detailed the important role of mental stability in long term health. Negative emotional states corresponds to detail oriented processing that fractures perception. Behind negative emotional states is an energetic imbalance of chronic enhanced brain frequencies, leading to mental control grabbing, in a process analogue to gravity. A type of mental contraction, negative emotional state is conserved over time, so can be called temporal (or emotional) gravity. Just like gravity is necessary for material existence, temporal gravity is essential for healthy social life. However, as excessive gravity impedes movement, excessive temporal gravity slows progress. As a boat, which is rocking side-to-side cannot travel with fast speed, a wavering, negative mind is incapable of mental progress. A turbulent mind is plagued by its undigested, non-distilled negative past experiences, which cause back and forth emotional swings, canceling progress. Fortunately there are two trusted, although diametrically opposing ways toward mental stability. The first, meditation was discovered and perfected by Eastern religious practitioners and sages, the second is a practical goal oriented stance, which is although common to all cultures, it has gained special emphasis in the monotheistic traditions of the Middle East. Whereas meditation starts out from a change in thinking, goal getting changes behavior first. Let's look at them in turn.

Meditation trains the mind for concentration, compassion, correct understanding, patience, humility, and perseverance. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent and turns inward to achieve peace and tranquility. The regular practice of meditation stabilizes the mind to increase self-satisfaction, happiness and joy. Meditation guides attention toward the experience of the present moment. Focusing on past problems is discouraged, so is the future goals and dreams of the personal universe. Denying the past and the future squeezes the mind into the bliss of the moment, from which the future can naturally unfold. By emphasizing independence from the world it creates emotional neutrality, equanimity. Going back to the boat example, meditation stops the boat from rocking, allowing it to gracefully move on.

The great monotheist religions of the world (Jewish, Islam and Christianity) emphasize morality and produce an engaging, practical world view by permitting and even encouraging an active stance to life, a participation in worldly affairs. They also acknowledge a connection to others and even to things by a selfless, altruistic love. For example humbleness, which is a central theme of Christianity, is the accepting, open mind. But humbleness is not weakness, but an active, albeit a non-aggressive approach to life. Indeed, in western culture, the greatest scientific, artistic and religious achievements are manifestations of love, inner confidence, and intellectual fluidity. Importantly, like meditation, goal orientation also results in happiness and joy. Einstein was famous for his humbleness, and childish curiosity. His writings unequivocally demonstrate his enormous love for all things and people. Orienting toward a goal means living slightly ahead of the present, an inherent ignorance of present problems. The size of goals is an automatic perspective; the bigger goals, the smaller momentary problem appear. Looking at our boat example, a goal oriented mind's focus on the future leaves little energy for rocking side-to-side by negative emotions.

Fortunately we do not have to choose between the above forms of mental transformation, for long term success we should practice both. Although meditation is a natural generator of mental stability, it does not naturally lends itself for an inner drive toward earthly goals, which is the essential ingredient of productive social life, a contribution toward the betterment of the larger community. On the other hand a goal oriented path, which is effective for professional and personal success, can lead to an egoistic drive that involves cheating and other dishonest means toward success. However, the twenty first century changes our way of life dramatically and in a fast pace. The democratization of access to information will transform the way we shop, work and think. Cheating will be short circuited. Success by dishonest means will be the thing of the past. Do you have a personal experience, insight? Please share your feedback, or comment below.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Structural unity in the cosmos

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Massive stellar system, Eta Carinae

Ancient intuition assumed an inherent, and organic unity to cosmos and to existence. However, almost all scientific disciplines show our world as mechanical and highly disconnected. Now, Eva Deli’s book, ‘The Science of Consciousness’ details a hypothesis, which connects all parts of existence into a coherent, intuitive universe: particles of matter, the mind and the whole cosmos fit together as Russian dolls, thus they form a fractal structure. This supports ancient religions and ancient traditions. The mind evolves and operates as a symmetric system to the physical world, it uses produces the energy of emotions, rather than photons. According to its size and energy level the mind can be placed at about half way between matter particles and the universe.

Among the constituents, the smallest energy structure is the most deterministic, whereas the degrees of freedom increases with the size of the structural elements, from matter, to mind and to the universe. The energy level changes in the opposite way, matter's high frequencies ensures the greatest energy. The universe immense size corresponds to extremely small energy levels of a gentle, pervasive, infinite, and eternal universe. This is the reason that in many ancient traditions the universe is called God. Since the mind, particles of matter or the universe together forms an indivisible, and self-regulating unity; they are perfect mirrors of each other. Since the mind originates from the universe's creative energy, it shows a structural and regulatory identity with the universe and like material particles, it is governed by physical laws. To understand particles, is to understand the mind, and it is to understand the universe. In the mind stimulus generates emotions, which triggers  actions that restores the neutral state. Therefore emotional states are finite (have an expiration) and the negative attitude mind is controlled by the environment. This way, negative attitude mind is just as powerless, as matter particles, such as an electron. Only the positive attitude mind has free will. However, the positive attitude mind has no incentive, or motivation to change. The hypothesis verifies the ancient wisdom about the self-defeating consequences of negative emotions and explains why positive emotions are the success generators of the mental universe. Read the details of the hypothesis.

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