Zen Biology Lesson for Enlightenment by Jarett

A higher spiritual awareness of the biology of the brain & mind can significantly advance one towards Enlightenment and Zen. The science of biology says that the brain’s thoughts are just the result of cells doing work, and teachings on spirituality talk about having a silent mind of Zen. Biology + Buddhism = Enlightenment.

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The heart pumps blood all by itself without you doing it.
The lungs breathe air all by themselves without you doing it.
The brain associates concepts with other concepts all by itself.

The mind is thinking (randomly babbling) completely on its own.

Let’s look inside for just a brief minute…
How long can you keep the mind completely silent?
If you try to stop thinking, it just starts right back up again.
Words, verbalization, thoughts, thinking, and emotionalism are completely automatic.
You can’t stop it by controlling it, but you can (eventually) stop it by non-judgmentally watching it.
The brain works completely by itself.
It has nothing to do with “you” doing it.
This means that you are not the doer of deeds, nor the thinker of thoughts.
The mind/body is an “it”, not a “me”.

The brain’s thoughts and body’s actions are just the result of cells doing work.

We are not the physical body/mind and its senses.
We are not the mind and its automatic rambling thoughts.

We are the still, conceptless, silent Awareness that is aware of them.
We are the Awareness that is watching the body/mind’s automatic functioning.
We are the Silent Formless Observer.
We are the Life/Consciousness/Awareness that is simply aware of Itself as existing.

We have mistakenly identified ourselves as being the physical mind/body.
We have mistakenly identified ourselves with form.
It was an erroneous belief all along.

The real “you”, the Silent Aware Mind, is not confined to a brain, or anything else.
It’s Infinitely Everything beyond physicality.
It’s the (formless) Allness of Existence.
It’s No-Thing, yet Infinitely Everything.

But thinking about that won’t help you realize/experience that.
You have to stop identifying with thoughts altogether to realize that.

Human Race Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More by David Icke

David Icke marks his 20th year of uncovering astounding secrets and suppressed information with the publication of his most amazing book yet. He takes the manipulation of the human race and the nature of reality to still new levels of understanding and the calls for humanity to rise from its knees and take back the world from the sinister network of families and non-human entities that covertly control us from cradle to grave.

David has moved the global cutting edge so many times since his incredible `awakening’ in 1990 and here he does it again – and then some.

His most staggering revelation is that the Earth and the collective human mind is manipulated from the Moon, which, he says, in not a `heavenly body’, but an artificial construct – a gigantic `spacecraft’ – which is home to the extraterrestrial group that has been manipulating humanity for aeons.

He describes what he calls the `Moon Matrix’. a fake reality broadcast from the Moon which is decoded by the human body/mind in much the same way as portrayed in the Matrix movie trilogy. The Moon Matrix has `hacked’ into the human `body-computer’ system, he says, and it is feeding us a manipulated sense of self and the world 24/7.

We live in extraordinary times. On one side we are seeing the imposition of a global Orwellian State of total surveillance and control by those who serve the Moon Matrix, and on the other a fantastic energetic transformation is taking place – what David calls the `Truth Vibrations’, a phenomenon he first predicted in 1990 and used as the title of his first book after his `eyes opened’. The Truth Vibrations are awakening vast numbers of people to remember who they really are – infinite, eternal Consciousness.

Humanity is at a fork in the road and it is time to make a choice. Are we going to awaken to our true genius and potential as infinite Consciousness? Or are we going to remain entrapped in body/mind and the manufactured illusions of the Moon Matrix?

One choice will give us freedom and potential on a scale we could not have thought possible, while the other will condemn us and our children to a global fascist/communist dictatorship on a scale that would make George Orwell wince.

You cannot read Human Race Get Off Your Knees and be the same person you were when you picked it up. It is life-changing, reality-changing and its information, if acted upon, will set us free.

`David’s unflinching and remarkable commitment to his cause has made life far easier for many who have come after him – including ourselves. We owe him our own vote of thanks … we pay tribute to his life’s work, and to the man who is still standing after all these years, still marching on that road less travelled, determined to present what he suspects is the truth, whatever it is.’ Project Camelot

David Icke: Americans Founded Al-Qaeda Themselves

David Icke, famous for his conspiracy theories, gave us an interview at http://www.javno.com

Hawking and the Multiverse ~ Vic Stenger

I still have not received my review copy of Stephen Hawking’s newest attempt at popularizing cosmology, The Grand Design, written with Leonard Mlodinow. But I thought I’d better say something about it since everyone else is. What I have to say is based on the reviews I have read, so let me first quote from these.

The Economist:

In their “The Grand Design”, the authors discuss “M-theory”, a composite of various versions of cosmological “string” theory that was developed in the mid-1990s, and announce that, if it is confirmed by observation, “we will have found the grand design.” Yet this is another tease. Despite much talk of the universe appearing to be “fine-tuned” for human existence, the authors do not in fact think that it was in any sense designed. And once more we are told that we are on the brink of understanding everything.”

Philosopher Craig Callender:

This multiplicity of distinct theories prompts the authors to declare that the only way to understand reality is to employ a philosophy called “model-dependent realism.” Having declared, “Philosophy is dead,” the authors unwittingly develop a theory familiar to philosophers since the 1980s, namely “perspectivalism.” This radical theory holds that there doesn’t exist, even in principle, a single comprehensive theory of the universe. Instead, science offers many incomplete windows onto a common reality, one no more “true” than another. In the authors’ hands this position bleeds into an alarming anti-realism: not only does science fail to provide a single description of reality, they say, there is no theory-independent reality at all. If either stance is correct, one shouldn’t expect to find a final unifying theory like M-theory – only a bunch of separate and sometimes overlapping windows.

Physicist Peter Woit:

One thing that is sure to generate sales for a book of this kind is to somehow drag in religion. The book’s rather conventional claim that “God is unnecessary” for explaining physics and early universe cosmology has provided a lot of publicity for the book. I’m in favor of naturalism and leaving God out of physics as much as the next person, but if you’re the sort who wants to go to battle in the science/religion wars, why you would choose to take up such a dubious weapon as M-theory mystifies me.

Cosmologist Larry Krauss:

As a scientist, I have never quite understood the conviction, at the basis of essentially all the world’s religions, that creation requires a creator. Every day beautiful and miraculous objects suddenly appear, from snowflakes on a cold winter morning to rainbows after a late afternoon summer shower.

Yet no one but the most ardent fundamentalists would suggest that every such object is painstakingly and purposefully created by divine intelligence. In fact, we revel in our ability to explain how snowflakes and rainbows can spontaneously appear based on the simple, elegant laws of physics.

So if we can explain a raindrop, why can’t we explain a universe? Mr. Hawking based his argument on the possible existence of extra dimensions–and perhaps an infinite number of universes, which would indeed make the spontaneous appearance of a universe like ours seem almost trivial.

Yet there are remarkable, testable arguments that provide firmer empirical evidence of the possibility that our universe arose from nothing.

Cosmologist Paul Davies:

Our universe is just one infinitesimal component amid this vast – probably infinite – multiverse, that itself had no origin in time. So according to this new cosmological theory, there was something before the big bang after all – a region of the multiverse pregnant with universe-sprouting potential.

A refinement of the multiverse scenario is that each new universe comes complete with its very own laws – or bylaws, to use the apt description of the cosmologist Martin Rees. Go to another universe, and you would find different bylaws applying. An appealing feature of variegated bylaws is that they explain why our particular universe is uncannily bio-friendly; change our bylaws just a little bit and life would probably be impossible. The fact that we observe a universe “fine-tuned” for life is then no surprise: the more numerous bio-hostile universes are sterile and so go unseen.

So is that the end of the story? Can the multiverse provide a complete and closed account of all physical existence? Not quite. The multiverse comes with a lot of baggage, such as an overarching space and time to host all those bangs, a universe-generating mechanism to trigger them, physical fields to populate the universes with material stuff, and a selection of forces to make things happen. Cosmologists embrace these features by envisaging sweeping “meta-laws” that pervade the multiverse and spawn specific bylaws on a universe-by-universe basis. The meta-laws themselves remain unexplained – eternal, immutable transcendent entities that just happen to exist and must simply be accepted as given. In that respect the meta-laws have a similar status to an unexplained transcendent god.

When Krauss says, “there are remarkable, testable arguments that provide firmer empirical evidence of the possibility that our universe arose from nothing ” he means better arguments than M-theory. He goes on to tell how the total energy of the universe is zero, with the positive energy of matter balanced by the negative energy of gravity. This means no energy was required to create the universe, making it easy to come into being spontaneously. This was a point Hawking himself made in his 1988 bestseller A Brief History of Time. He should have stuck with his original story.

Krauss’s colleague on the Origins Project at Arizona State University, Paul Davies, who won the 1995 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, is more willing than most cosmologists to cut religion a little slack. He refers to the meta-laws obeyed by all universes as unexplained and so having the same status as a “transcendent God.”

In fact, the meta-laws have a plausible explanation. In the twentieth century physicists realized that there was a direct connection between the most important laws of physics and the basic symmetries of space, time, and the abstract space of quantum state vectors. These symmetries are required for any physical model to be independent of the special point of view of any observer. Any objective universe, therefore, must be governed by these meta-laws. Furthermore, the “bylaws” that are different from universe to universe result from the spontaneous breaking of some of the symmetries when the universe cools.

So, at least according to the reviews, Hawking and Mlodinow haven’t said much that physicists and cosmologists haven’t already heard before. However, thanks to Hawking’s notoriety, at least more people will now have heard that science has plausible answers to how the universe came about naturally without the need for a creator. Hopefully this will include those theologians and apologists who continue to wrongfully insist that modern science has demonstrated a need for God.

Refer to Evolutionary_mystic Archives/Tags on Book Review:
God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist [Hardcover]
Victor J. Stenger

Recovering the Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Search ~ Dr. Larry Dossey

What is the soul? Can the soul be scientifically explained? In this thought-provoking book, Dr. Dossey provides an alternative view of human consciousness, one which asserts that an aspect of the human mind–the soul–exists independently of time, space, and matter.

“Why speak of the soul in an age of science?” asks Dr. Dossey. “Why suggest that there is some aspect of the psyche that is not subject to the limitations of space and time, and which might precede the birth of the body and survive its death? The main reason is that something vital has been left out of almost all the modern efforts to understand our mental life– something that accounts as a first principle, without which everything is bound to be incomplete and off base. This missing element is the mind’s nonlocal nature: the soul.” In Recovering the Soul, Dr. Dossey interweaves the wisdom of ancient texts with quantum physics, mysticism with scientific research, religion with Western medicine and triumphantly affirms our interconnectedness with the universe, and each other.

For 300 years, Western science has assigned the soul and the mind to oblivion. The soul has been considered a fantasy, and the mind has been identified as a byproduct of the brain’s chemistry. Thus, when the brain and body die, the mind dies right along with them. Dr. Dossey explores evidence that this is not the case, that some aspect of the human psyche is nonlocal, not confined to points in space (such as a body) or in time (such as the present moment).

This evidence further suggests that there is something about us that is omnipresent, infinite, and eternal, something related in Western thinking to the concept of a soul and to the idea of the Absolute. Dr. Dossey addresses the concept of a Universal Mind, for if our minds are, at some level, unbounded in space and time, they must in some sense be connected to one another as well. Dr. Dossey’s conclusions, not merely philosophical speculations or mystical insights but supportable truths, offer a true bridge between scientific and spiritual thought.

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