A Radical Theory of Consciousness


Consciousness from a Scientific Perspective

What is consciousness and from whence does it arise and can we as human even write about this without becoming befuddled? We, as humans, have a modicum of consciousness, so to write about consciousness is problematic much the same as defining a word using the word we are defining in its definition.

Most neuroscientists seek to find the arising of consciousness in a brain, mainly the human brain, although others admit consciousness could arise from a bee’s brain amongst many others, for example.

Wikipedia defines consciousness:

Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.[1][2] It has been defined variously in terms of sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feelwakefulness, having a sense of selfhood or soul, the fact that there is something “that it is like” to “have” or “be” it, and the executive control system of the mind,[3] or the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.[1][2] In contemporary philosophy its definition is often hinted at via the logical possibility of its absence, the philosophical zombie, which is defined as a being whose behavior and function are identical to one’s own yet there is “no-one in there” experiencing it.

Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is.[4] As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.”[5]

Neuroscience is reductionistic in the sense of “looking for” a seat of consciousness. Problems continue to arise with the neuroscientist as observer of consciousness. Or what is outside of consciousness? This subject object relationship becomes increasing difficult and problematic in the reductionistic nature of science.

Most theories of consciousness divide it into levels while neuroscience looks to the “seat” of consciousness. All the theories are generated from reductionistic principles.

Cosmic or transcendental consciousness as in enlightenment is consciousness and may be the least reductionistic. Though explaining Comic Consciousness and the functions of its expression requires some reductionistic thinking / writing.


Thoughts about Consciousness as Cosmic and its Meaning

Even to write that consciousness is Cosmic is to reduce the experience of said consciousness into a reductionistic concept based on the technology of written language and that is a problem. And even though the problem can be overcome it cannot be done within this context.

Cosmic Consciousness fits nicely with Buddhist philosophy especially when one considers that human beings or any being with a brain or neurons or complex life is a receptor or expression of consciousness.

Let’s assume:

  • All consciousness is Cosmic and pervades all.
  • Consciousness is. Consciousness is everywhere and permeates every being (elements such as rock, Earth, air and water are beings as well as all animal and plant life are beings and are receptors of Cosmic Consciousness.
  • Consciousness expresses it self through a variety of beings – human beings have a technology to assist in expressing how Cosmic Consciousness manifests in humans.
  • Enlightenment is the actionable part of Consciousness. Buddhist philosophy states that human beings are enlightened and that only illusion stands in our way of this experience.
  • Death is death of the body not the death of consciousness. Consciousness never dies.
  • Reincarnation is the journey / expression of consciousness through a variety of expressions or points of view
  • Cognitive recognition of the view of the Is-ness of consciousness expressed through a series of individuals to a state of transcendental enlightenment represents the expression of one consciousness across many lives.
  • The expression of Cosmic Consciousness in an individual human is limited by the perceptual faculties of said human
  • Illusion is created at conception when consciousness is conscripted into a set of cells and when the child learns language and delineates oneself from the unity of Cosmic Consciousness through the expression of self and the other.
  • Illusion and the creation of identity are necessary in the play of consciousness.
  • Identity allows for an illusion of separateness to exist. This is necessary to allow a human identity to create energy (light) in its journey into Oneness, the Oneness of Consciousness. The journey itself is also an illusion.
  • A human’s urge is a play between separation from Oneness to create identity and definitions of the self and the urge to be One with All That Is. This can be characterized as a struggle.
  • Struggle is the battle between “Yes” and “No”. Struggle can only be effective when a compassionate neutral witness sees the struggle. The neutral part acts as a valve to store the energy created in the struggle. Struggle without the neutral witness stays in the worlds of illusion.
  • The struggle when recognized as raising one’s consciousness can generate much energy in the form of light. This struggle is capable of overcoming illusion while acknowledging illusion as a motivator of spirit’s contact with matter to create energy to constantly surmount the small self or ego by way of the divinity within.
  • Death may be analogous to sleep, a forgetting…
  • When a singular consciousness has journeyed through many lives they are called old souls. These old souls begin to remember former lives in increasing detail.
  • The oldest of souls remember the life (or lives) after the death of the body.


Take a rest and come back to the material later.


Buddhist, Mayan and Gurdjieffian philosophies are reflected in this piece

Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution


The four planks to the ESRA can be found through the following link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-michael-lerner/the-environmental-and-soc_b_7115984.html

The four planks are:

The ESRA (Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution) has the following planks:

  1. It bans all private money from state and federal elections and permits only public funding, thereby eliminating the huge advantage that the super-rich have to shape the Congress, the presidency, and the various state legislatures. This is a far more powerful step than allowing the Congress to set limits on money donations by overturning “Citizens’ United” decision of the Supreme Court. ESRA also does make clear that corporations are not “persons” with rights that are granted to human beings in the Constitution and that money is not a form of speech protected by the Constitution.
  2. It requires the wealthier corporations (those with incomes of over $50 million/yr—but excluding all the small businesses) get a new corporate charter once every five years which will only be granted to corporations that can prove a satisfactory history of environmental behavior and social responsibility—to a panel of ordinary citizens who will also hear the testimony of people from around the world who have had their lives impacted by the behavior of the corporation being reviewed. The system of “regulatory agencies” doesn’t work—the regulated corporations have succeeded in getting their own leaders, lobbyists or other loyalists, appointed to these agencies by presidents of both major parties—so the ESRA extends to ordinary citizens (with environmental experts as consultants) the ability to decide the fate of corporations just as our legal system now gives those citizens the right to decide the fate of fellow citizens facing crimes that might even lead to a death sentence. The ESRA specifies a set of areas that the panel must consider, but it can also bring in other environmentally relevant considerations. This part of the ESRA applies to all corporations selling goods or services in the US (whether based here or not) as well as US corporations operating only outside the US, and it provides a massive incentive to corporations to change their corporate behavior (because with the ESRA, the environmentally sensitive people within corporations will be able to insist to their corporate leadership and to investors that they risk losing their license to function and hence the investments of their stock holders totally unless they dramatically change their practices to be dramatically and demonstrably less destructive to the environment).
  3. It requires every school from k-to graduate or professional levels to teach environmental practices, latest information, skills both in working with and protecting Nature but also in empathic communication, caring for everyone on the planet, and learning how to organize and use democratic and nonviolent methods for protecting the earth and humanity’s future.
  4. It overturns any treaty or trade agreement (including the currently secretly negotiated TPP that Obama and the Republicans in Congress have sought to give “fast track” approval) which can be shown to be destructive to the wellbeing of the environment or to working people or is judged by a court to stand in conflict with the intent or specifics of the ESRA. It also requires corporations which seek to move assets or operations out of the US to provide reparations and compensation to the people of the area in which it previously had been operating. And all terms of the ESRA apply equally to any firms to which these larger firms subcontract.


Below are some ideas I have put forth:

Criminal Justice System

  1. Overturn the three strikes law. Reduce the reliance on mandatory minimum sentencing until it is a last resort. De-criminalize all elicit drugs. Shed For-Profit Prisons. If “We the People” are to allow private sector prisons let them be non-profit prisons based on true rehabilitation when possible.
  2. When someone is arrested for possession and /or use send then to a mandatory drug treatment or dual diagnosis program. If possession is over a certain about then criminalization may be appropriate.
  3. Make Marijuana legal (as it is in California) nationwide and tax it to help with more addictive substances and the rehabilitation of their users – as in healing.


Tax reform

  1. Lower tax burden on the middle class by raising taxes on the top one percent.
  2. Institute a National Business Based Renewable Sales Tax – Businesses that manufacture products that use parts not made from recyclable materials or use fuels (as in automobiles) that are not from renewable resources. The more recycled or renewable materials that they use the less sales tax. Could a Nationally Based Renewable Sales Tax replace the Federal Income Tax for both businesses and individuals alike? Remember Human Beings are one the top of the Renewable list.
  3. Offer tax credits to businesses that use Renewable Resources and Materials in the products they sell as well as in the manufacturing of the products.
  4. Expand tax credits for individuals that buy products and services that utilize at 50 to 100 percent of the products / services that are renewable or use renewable resources



  1. Utilize emotions / intuitive principles in learning as ways to dream and envision creativity in Grades K through 12 as well as compassion for oneself, community and those that are different. Education based on diversity not division.
  2. Include emotional tolerance – diversity education in elementary and high school education.
  3. Increase funding and infrastructure for specialized technical education as an alternative to college

An Intuitive Look at Thoughtforms

In Tibetan Buddhism a thoughtform or tulpa arises from the mind which creates illusory states often referred to as realities.EssenceFlameEternalSri Aurobindo reports that Modern Humans do not have the ability to think in complete thoughtforms. As a result of incomplete thought forms negative thinking manifests in lower vibrational environments as violence, war, murder and death. If a random negative thought occurs in us and we don’t take responsibility to stop if from entering into the stream of the world then it seeks out a lower vibrational reality to manifest itself.

 Most thoughts do not originate with us. It is extremely rare for an original thought to arise in us.

The question remains then if an original thought is rare where do all these thoughts originate?

Most of the thoughts we think are recycled passed on to us from our parents (and previous generations et. al.) and born from dysfunctional behavioral patterns based on fear instead of love. Lower vibrational thinking based on fears are easier to accept due to our neurological hard wiring and biological survival instincts. This kind of thinking and the emotional correlates make it easier for it to bond with the body’s thoughts and habits. Fear based thought is held by the body for the purpose of survival and harks back to human’s pre-language survival behaviors. Fear is a useful emotion when it alerts us to an immediate danger. Fears in modern civilization are often separated from immediate dangers and produce a neurotic impulses from which arrives anxiety and increasing stress.

“New Age” thinking though useful is predicated on the illusion that we are capable of original though and free will or free choice. Examples of this paradigm of logic can be found: https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/a-conversation-about-ego-and-unconditional-love/

The Dali Lama and others who meditate report that the best time of day for the practice of meditation is at 3:00 am. The reason – when the mind is quieted it is increasingly receptive to the noise of the thinking of others. Most people who sleep at night – the cycles of sleeping are deepest at 3 am, and the noises of others thinking is quieter at that hour. Quieting of the mind for meditation can occur more readily at that time. Meditation allows for a quieter mind allowing the nature of peace and expanded consciousness to be perceived by us. Meditation is the beginning of making space for the practice towards mastery and generating complete thoughtforms.

The neurological basis of thought is an electrical firing of energy across a synapse connecting with another synapse. The electrical nature of thinking fills our aura or electromagnetic field with the residue of our thoughts each with distinctive charges. Our biology creates an electromagnetic atmosphere around us that varies in size anywhere from 6 to 12 feet in terms the most personally charged field. Other more subtle fields can range from 25 to 100 feet in diameter and “sit” outside the personal field.

When we interact with many others we come in contact with the matrices of thought and shared thinking with others. This could be referred to being “psychic”, but it is not. It is not psychic because we have been sharing this chaos for so long it is difficult to tease out individual thoughts for two or more reasons: 1. There are too many thoughts to differentiate one from another. An automatic screener has developed in us and manifests unconsciously; 2. Receiving one thought of many thoughts triggers an association based on our ego’s constellation of previous thoughts and received thoughts are then mistaken for original thoughts. When we live in a sea of thoughts that are invisible absorbing the matrix of thinking that has existed since the technologies of language were first put to use then we create an illusion that we are original thinkers and continue to make assumptions that are built on the platform of language and ego.

The chief purpose of spiritual practices and disciplines are to assist individuals in developing essence and unifying the fragmented and wounded voices within (that make up ego) while bringing essence to a level of mastery. It is only then during the process of unification towards mastery that the field of thoughts and so-called original thoughts can be seen as recycled materials. Once the student begins to see this then the beginnings of accountability can take hold around thoughtforms.

When we begin to see evidence the ego as illusion and feel an insatiable thirst for wholeness of our Being then essence work can start and grow towards mastery. It is only then can incomplete thoughtforms be stopped through a process of taking responsibility for thoughts, emotions and somatic reactions. This is a monumental task and not everyone is up for the extent of work that the quest for mastery requires.



















Ego Life versus Eternal Life


Ego life is something we all know and have been inculcated with since birth. Ego life is built upon the invention of time and language. We have concluded that we are free from within ego because ego creates illusions that we are free. Once one has a taste of a being life perspective a transcendence of time begins to reveal an essential truth – eternity.

Ego is dependent on the finite and yet pretends the finite is infinite. Being is founded on consciousness and is sublimely infinite and devoid of the context of content. Eternity from an ego perspective is thought of in a linear time matrix. Eternity from the ego point of view may be thought of as living forever. Children equate eternity with life after death in perpetuity in heaven. Eternity and Being spring from the Now in which past and future dissolve as the convenient illusions into an expanded present now. Describing this Being / Now is extremely difficult because we are bound by language, words and concepts all of which belong to a world of the finite and things or content

Moving beyond content is letting go of attachment. Since the nature of our human experience is about becoming attached to the content of life. For example – I identify as having a gender, a sexual orientation, a son, having parents, a nephew, a grandson, a position in society and culture, a race, job status, yearly income, mortgage payments, husband, father, grandfather and the accumulation of other possessions – things etc. and so on… Moving beyond attachment or letting go attachment is no easy endeavor.

In the 1960s early LSD experiments approached from the sacredness of life were the beginnings of the transcendence beyond ego and self to a larger view of reality. People like Ram Dass left the LSD movement behind embracing his Guru the Maharishi and realizing the “Be Here Now” dynamic. Many others took up practices of meditation as a way of transcending ego and feeding essence instead of merely ego.

One of the many times I experienced Eternity of the Now was on the Plaza in downtown Sonoma, California during the early 1980s. It was twilight during a Peace Vigil where I stood with others for peace. It was windy and cool in October of 1983. Someone lit a candle I was holding. The wildly flickering flame became still. I stared near the blue of the flame and the radiance of heat between the wick and the blue of the flame. I felt the core of my being or essence. As in all epiphanies I felt the eternity of the now in that moment and I felt my being aligned with the eternity. It wasn’t a linear eternity as in the-life-after-death of living forever in heaven it felt much bigger than that intersecting many realities. Even now as I write these words, they scarcely describe the awe and immensity of the experience. It was so simple, boundless and simultaneously ego shattering. [There is a vortex on the Sonoma Plaza and like all vortexes – it moves somewhat.]

The spiritual practices that I had begun in 1975 had laid the foundations for a rich understanding of being and /or essence. In 1980 the group I trained with at a spiritual school practiced an exercise called the Expanded Present Moment Exercise. We “went back 10 years” to the linear present of Spring of 1980 and experienced this as an expanded present moment. Then we “went forward 10 years” the spring of 1990. On the day of the exercise 10 years earlier that day passed in linear time in 1990 – I said: “I get it”. It was the experience of Being.

In the future we cannot know content in the same way as we know the memories of our past. We can know our Being. Knowing Being we have an opportunity to work on and develop being. Being work is the foundation of all inner or spiritual practices.

Struggle – its not what you think


If this is something that you don’t like to do

or think is difficult,

think again.

95 to 99% of your struggles today

have been occurred successfully

and therefore have been effective.

Getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, eating breakfast, brushing your teeth, showering and grooming. Getting in your car to go to work.   Making eye contact. Listening. Talking. Smiling. Working, having lunch, driving home, making and eating dinner, are effective struggles that you may have completed today.

But you may not think of these activities

as struggles because they may have been easy!

The 5% of your struggles are one’s you dislike doing so you may avoid, postpone or minimize them.  When forced into doing something you have to do you may tense up your body and not struggle very successful to complete your task. You may be struggling against yourself to avoid the activity and impair your performance without realizing your handicap. Then struggle becomes something odious.


All struggles are the battle between

“Yes I am doing something.”


“No I am not doing something.”

When we challenge ourselves to face struggles we don’t like we can use the battle between Yes and No to create energy for inner work.

First we need to know what are the struggles we dislike.

This can be done through Autogenic Training.

This is a form of observing oneself and marks the beginning of cultivating the Witness Self.

More to come on Autogenic Training…

A Conversation about Ego and Unconditional Love

Originally published July 17, 2013,  with an addendum in March 2016


“If people are sending out negative energy and not meeting your expectations, it is important to send them unconditional love. They are simply being themselves, doing the best they know how. You will find great inner peace when you do not need others to act in a certain way to be happy yourself. When you send someone unconditional love, it is no longer possible for you to be harmed by his or her negative energy.” ~ Orin


Ontario: Some questions – do people consciously “send out” negative energy – probably some do. Is there intent to harm? Sometimes. The majority of people that have negative energy are unaware that they have it. Are our expectations part of an automatic response to negative energy that accidentally sets up a negative response in us that we are unaware of? Do we not become part of the equation of negative energy?


Cynthia Seymour: I believe that people sometimes try to alleviate their pain by trying to create pain for others. Is that “sending out negative energy”? I’d say yes, and, as you say, energy is often unconscious, so it may be just that their own energy is full of fear and/or pain and it impacts those around them. Certainly the best choice is to be a vessel of LOVE, compassion, and humanity, but that takes practice. Until then, it’s important to create as much LOVE for yourself and for them as possible, in the moment. It’s a wave, after all. ; )


Ontario: Let’s assume that we can send out unconditional love for a minute. [Unconditional love has no conditions, but since we have bodies and egos – are these not conditions that prevent unconditional love from being sent out from us?] Would you want unconditional love being sent to you under the conditions of ego without your permission? Even if could send unconditional love would it be okay to give it to someone without their permission?


Ontario: It seems that its a huge assumption to be making from a place of ego perhaps that we could give unconditional love to some we think needs it. Are we playing God? Doesn’t this act of sending unconditional love to prevent purposeful or accidental negativity without the permission of those receiving it create a negative reaction of superiority in us and thus create what we are trying to avoid – mainly – negativity?

Cynthia Seymour: Well, the intent is to LOVE without involving ego, yes? In fact, the intent is to obliterate our ego altogether. I cannot imagine anyone resisting receiving unconditional LOVE, but perhaps I’m missing what you’re saying? I guess if ego were involved, then it would feel patronizing, but, again as you say, unconditional LOVE implies the absence of ego, yes?


Ontario: Its seem that the best way to cope with the negativity in others might be this and this is what I sometimes do – 1. forgive that person for creating attachment in me and forgive myself. 2. forgive that person, 3. Send love (as if it were a substance) near to that person and then they can have a choice to access it or not.


Cynthia Seymour: Hmm, well, I believe each of us are extensions of God, therefore, if our intention is authentic — LOVE — then it is usually received as such. If our intention is purely ego driven, then it’s just delusion. EGO = Edging God Out — by definition that cannot be LOVE!


Ontario: Ego and language cannot be separated. Language and the written word are the invisible technologies of ego. Ego is not a bad thing and egos can be pure and send love. That may be delusional but I’m not the only one.


Cynthia Seymour: Do you believe it’s possible to release the ego?


Ontario: For moments here and there ego can be released and this takes practice. Ego comes rushing back in. There is an ingrained belief in our culture that ego is bad. But we need ego as a way to define our sense of self so we can work at letting it go. Without a strong ego it becomes more difficult to release ego. Ego is an integral part to all spiritual / inner work.


Addendum to the conversation 2016:


Let’s look at Orin’s proclamation:

“If people are sending out negative energy and not meeting your expectations, it is important to send them unconditional love.”



“They are simply being themselves, doing the best they know how.”



“You will find great inner peace when you do not need others to act in a certain way to be happy yourself.”


“When you send someone unconditional love, it is no longer possible for you to be harmed by his or her negative energy.”


~ Orin – for all statements in quiotes/



“If people are sending out negative energy and not meeting your expectations, it is important to send them unconditional love.”


 No one need meet my expectations necessarily.

The mere fact that we are sending love that is unconditional gives it the condition of having been sent thus negating unconditional love.

By sending out unconditional love one sets forth the condition that people exhibiting negative energy are in need of it, nullifying the unconditional love by setting for a condition.

If people are intentionally sending out negative energy or are spewing negative energy everywhere and not caring about where it goes and we send our unconditional love are we not setting up a power struggle?

If a person is sending out negative energy it seems important to let go of my expectations that a person act or be in a certain way.

Most of the time I live in my ego that defines who I am and who I am not. On occasion I have transcended ego to dwell in my essence and this has lasted only minutes at best. To assume I can send out unconditional love from my ego places conditions on this love and makes it ordinary love. Even if I were able to send unconditional love to a person who I think needs it a few processes begin to unfold. I create a separation between myself and the other person where I know better for the person and perhaps deny that person their process of feeling. Forcing love on someone is not an act of love as the sending of love implies.

The times I have experienced unconditional love when ego fell away there was no need to send it anywhere because it is everywhere and in me connecting and being in and with every being everywhere. My ego keeps me from unconditional love because I expect to see it in a certain way. Ego is an illusion and ego helps me navigate the world. I need ego. Ego claims my experiences of unconditional love and makes it shiny like an apple for the teacher – there is a sense of pride and self-aggrandizement in ego’s claim on my experiences of unconditional love.

Its easy for Ego to assume it can send unconditional love because Ego’s job is the control everything. Ego can fool itself into thinking that there is no ego and is a God-self or a Higher Self.


When you send someone unconditional love, it is no longer possible for you to be harmed by his or her negative energy.”



Let’s say it is possible to send unconditional love. If as person has negative energy and I am in contact with said person I can:

Only be harmed if I take what they say or do personally.

Can be triggered by what they say.

Have my feelings get hurt.

Be injured if they stab me with a knife.


If I can’t be harmed does this mean:

I am safe?

I no longer see their negativity?

I have healed their negativity?

Is there something terribly wrong with being harmed? If I am harmed I can recover and flourish. If I am able to heal another person without their permission of their negative energy am I God-like? Have I robbed this person of experiencing growth?



Fields of Perception: Belief and Attention


We make assumptions that belief is something we create based on what our family passes on to us and what we create on our own.  Belief encompasses a wider scope that we ordinarily don’t consider due to how our perceptions are shaped and their histories.

Belief is how we are trained through our biological and genetic heritage to perceive the world and truths. Culture itself is a belief. The meta-rules of social interactions in a variety of nations and ethic groups are beliefs. Belief springs from the technology of language, which is a symbol of reality.  The interface between humans and a direct perception of reality are the word and concepts that words represent.  Language is hard-wired into our brains and inescapable, just as ego is a point of view that is fixed in us. Reality is 99.999 percent belief and the 0.001 percent are some basic laws of physics. Conquer all beliefs and bend the laws of physics.


Most of the ways in which we perceive our consensual reality are based on belief.  I learned this when I became aware of a teaching. (See link at the end of the text/bottom of the page)

Perception |pərˈsepSHən| noun

the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses: the normal limits to human perception.

  • the state of being or process of becoming aware of something in such a way: the perception of pain.
  • a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression: Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public | we need to challenge many popular perceptions of old age.
  • intuitive understanding and insight: “He wouldn’t have accepted,” said my mother with unusual perception.
  • Psychology & Zoology the neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli.

From the New Oxford American dictionary

Once we include beliefs as a structure from which perception operates we can begin to learn how to leave ordinary reality for alternate realities. The key to operating from a wider perspective and opening up news ways to perceive alternate realities is through attention. Attention when practiced can lead to greater or wider states of awareness. It could be said that attention is a building block or tool for consciousness and with greater states of consciousness comes enlightenment.

We are often trained to focus our attention along the lines of associative thinking, focusing on item A then item B and so… Divided attention is misunderstood and is, therefore discarded as a waste product of an undisciplined mind. Focused attention allows for a deep connection between observed and what is being observed fostering identification or attachment. Attachment blurs the boundary between self and object and sets up a pattern for addictive behaviors to develop. The demands for undivided attention begins in a Prussian Militaristic model of education and continues throughout life to keep citizens / consumers in a linear caste system.

Training in dividing one’s attention creates three or more possibilities for wider more diverse perspectives. Identification or attachment is part of how we learn and grow, however divided attention allows a space within us for the neutral to flourish. It creates a way of thinking that allows for choice and creativity between three points that is more accessible that undivided attention portends.

In dividing attention one cannot put 100% of our attention on either one or two points. Divided attention requires variable attention one a major a minor point. A good exercise in dividing one’s attention is the following:

Sit.  —— Stare at a fixed point opposite you. Continue to stare at it and shift your attention into your periphery. Pay attention to what is in your periphery without looking at it directly. This is an example of active divided attention that is outwardly focused. Receptive divided attention in a visual field requires a neutral inner point or observer to receive the incoming information that becomes more obvious than active divided attention. While staring at the fixed point and paying attention to the periphery while softening attention at the two points.

We can then receive information from the field between the periphery and the center point.

Belief partially constrains our flexible creativity to expand beyond our primary perceptual ability or abilities. If you are a visual or picture thinker it’s likely that you incorporate other fields of perception other than the visual through learning ordinary cognitive and associative thought processes. Cognitive thought through the technology of words is the common denominator for primary communications of all humans on the planet. Emotive and empathic perceptions is another way many people navigate the world, which may include hunches or intuitive perceptions. Still language and cognitive thinking is needed to interpret emotional perceptions. Kinesthetic perceptions that come in the form of movement through a space often involves an intuitive sense akin to emotional perceptions and linked to sensations of the body (combinations of perceptions) and cellular memories. Kinesthetic perceptions may also be called “a learn-by-doing approach ” or “hands-on” methodology.

Once we can cognitively identify each of the kinds of perceptual fields and observe the differences we can see which type or combination of types predominates our lives. By knowing and exploring what we have we can begin to experiment with techniques that open us to other fields of perception.

One reason why autism may be so daunting to those diagnosed with the disorder may be due to the amounts of information flooding the system. If autistic and dyslexic individuals are visual thinkers then the information contained within a picture is at once amorphous and ambiguous at best, loaded with emotional elements, cognitive data, kinesthetic, tactile and perhaps olfactory sensual information to name a few. The first experience of data from a visual/picture – time / spatial orientation is most likely incredibly overwhelming, akin to having an atomic bomb of visual, mental, emotional, tactile and olfactory data exploding simultaneously. The individual response for control of this data stream might be to narrow the focus as to screen out that which cannot be processed in favor of a very narrow bandwidth of data, much smaller than that that is experienced. Perhaps this is one reason why the time-visual / spatial perceptual field is over-looked as something incomprehensible to cognitive perceptions. Cognitive perceptions limit the amount of data that can be received and as a result is a reductive and highly symbolic mode of perception.

Worship of rational cognitive perceptions are often rigid and exclude all other modes of perceiving as irrelevant or nonsense. The rubrics of Science and Technology are organized in predictable ways that allow us to feel safe within its logic. The reductionistic nature of rational-cognitive thinking that excludes other fields of perceptions can provide surety in an uncertain world, but like the autistic or dyslexic it is a codified way of keeping reality in a narrow and controlled bandwidth encouraging addiction and slavery.


Further resources:


The Other (Invisible) Beliefs

Often when we think of beliefs we think of our conscious beliefs – these stories we make up about our lives.  While many conscious and unconscious beliefs color the scripts we run about ourselves there are other beliefs that underpin the very nature of our existence of which there is very little or no control. Awareness of these kinds of behind the scenes beliefs is the first step to mastering beliefs and overcoming the realities they create.

We believe that our perceptions are real and therefore are basis of all that is real and true.  These perceptions have been built up over centuries based on cultural beliefs constructed by language and ego. Underneath the stories (beliefs) constructed by civilization are the biological stories or beliefs that we tell ourselves and of which the human genome (DNA – genetics) is a part. In other words we can see that we have a body and we perceive visual stimuli, sensory orientations in time and space, auditory, gustatory, olfactory stimuli and so on that shapes our perspectives and beliefs in the human experience. These beliefs shape how and what we perceive from the point of view of human consciousness.

We agree on what is a table, a chair, house, clothing, parent, child, husband, wife, partner, friend, city etc. These agreements are beliefs that hold together an agreed perspective on reality which in turn becomes a belief and is absorbed in the seamlessness of reality or the background.

Skipping ahead but placed on the platform of the human belief are other systems of belief that are part of spirituality, religion, social and political intercourse of daily life. On top of these beliefs are intergenerational family beliefs that taken for granted become part of our unconscious programming.  For example if most of the women on one side of a family system have children at a certain age – say 33 – then there is a strong unconscious program that may run across the mindset, emotional, hormonal and body beliefs that instruct a woman to get pregnant at age 33. Or another example of inter-generational belief may have to do with the age we die.  If all the males died at age 89 then its possible that all the males may decide this is the age of death and succumb to passage at that time.  If it’s not time one sometimes sees a person giving up and waiting for death.

Mercury Retrograde: Is it Victim-Think?



As an practioner I used to think that astrology was a correlative system developed by the ancients to match astronomical phenomena to current Mythos. According to an article by a physicist astrology is the study of the relationships of electromagnetic fields around planets, stars, solar systems and galaxies. It feels that both are true. However since astrology is a tool, I don’t want to be thought of as just an Astrologer. I work as a Shaman with the tool of astrology in my bag.

An astrology teacher once advised me not to go backpacking into Desolation Wilderness in the High Sierra of Northern California because of a Saturn transit which indicated a possible fall and broken bones. I told her: “I’ll be careful.” I didn’t fall nor did I break any bones.

I know people that use astrology to justify their fears and stop them selves from doing this or that because of what planet is this way or that way. I call this Victim-Astrology, the use of astrology as a way to curb behaviors as if there were a giant code in the sky that could tell us the right or wrong way to do something.  This could be an example of becoming a tool of astrology rather than using astrology as a tool.

 Retrogrades and Mercury Retrograde

The term retrograde is applied to all planetary bodies in our solar system except Earth, the Moon and the Sun.  Retrograde is the apparent motion of a planet that appears to go backwards against the zodiac from the point of view of being on planet Earth.  A retrograding planet is an optical illusion. The planet is not going backwards in the sky (see the link at the end of this report for a visual demonstration and a second link for more information on retrograde motion). During a retrograde motion the planet is as close to the Earth as it will get during its orbit.

(Mercury is retrograde until May 3, 2017)

Western Astrologers claim that during Mercury retrograding communications become more difficult as if they weren’t already difficult enough. In addition to that thinking, contracts, machinery breakdowns (especially computers and automobiles), and travel snafus are more common during this time. Often times clients will call me to ask if Mercury is in retrograde because communications are off in their lives and more often than not the retrograde is not happening.

The complexity of our culture, the speed in which technology and change occur and the institutions that we once relied on for stability have been for many years have been destabilizing. Climate-change, growth of the power of Corporations, failures of governments are examples of the destabilizing factors. Looking to a phenomena beyond our control is a good way to – at the very least – explain what is happening and at worst is a way to abdicate our sense of responsibility and put the blame on Mercury retrograde.

Are we making a self-fulfilling prophecy when we blame Mercury Retrograde for our problems?  Probably.  If so this is an error in judgment when we blame Mercury retrograde for problems that could happen at any time.  What about all the events that go right during the Mercury retrograde period?  When you look for problems through the filter of Mercury retrograding are you not more likely to find them? This is deductive logic at work. Communications are difficult as I look for all the examples that make my case.  But logic is does not always reveal truth, for example – if all cops wear blue than if I am wear blue I must be a cop. When we fall victim to astrology, mainly Mercury Retrograde we may unwittingly fall into victim-think. Is it not better to rise to a challenge by meeting it when we feel able to do so, than running away because we are afraid?

Since Mercury is the closest planet to Earth and it is closer still during a retrograde period (usually 3 weeks 3 times per year) it follows that the electromagnetic influences may be more intense than when Mercury appears in direct motion (going forward against the background planets and stars). There seem to be three choices that could be made with regard to Mercury retrograding.

  1. Engage in the intensity
  2. Remain neutral, observing oneself and acting from a neutral base
  3. Retreat, and meditate

I have come to see this as an empowering choice for clients and myself instead of a way to limit our actions due to a certain point of view. And in fact Vedic or Jyotish Astrology interprets retrogrades in the much the same way.


An animation for retrograding Mars:


Wikipedia article on apparent retrograde motion:


Forget New Year’s Resolutions


Actually forget resolutions all together. Who needs a resolution when you have a solution?

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determined, purposeful, resolved, adamant, single-minded, firm, unswerving, unwavering, steadfast, staunch, stalwart, unfaltering, unhesitating, persistent, indefatigable, tenacious, strong-willed, unshakable

And used in a sentence: He had been an early and resolute opponent of fascism. – from a dictionary.

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But to be a slave of a linear time based reality – example – the Gregorian Calendar. Let’s face it – time as we know it is an invention and language too. We are bound by the constructs of linear time. Grammar, sentences and words are symbols of reality and time is a convenient construct used to manage our daily lives. All sentences have a beginning, a middle and an end. Linear time is this way too.

We could choose another calendar system to base our resolutions on. The Gregorian Calendar isn’t particularly connected to a natural cycle as is a lunar calendar or the Mayan or Toltec calendars appear to be.

But why do we need resolutions anyway and who in us makes them and then breaks them later? Where does our resolve go?

  1. We resolve to make a change based on a calendar that was a course correction on a flawed Julian Calendar (inventing leap year every 4 years to make the correction) Also when the Gregorian Calendar started Pope Gregory XIII and his commission suspended the calendar and had 15 non-days or dates before restarting the dates. Maybe the anniversary of our birth may be a better day to make a resolution or a promise to ourselves.
  2. Before making restarting “a promise” to ourselves on January 1st we could look to see if we are living up to the philosophy of our own life. A friend of mine in a college doctoral program did a study on 6th graders – those children about 11 years old, asking them about their philosophy of life – the rules they aspired to and were they living up to those rules? Most were not. When I first outlined my philosophy of life in 1979 at the suggestion of What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. It spurred me to get work and transform the path of my life. The three principles of my philosophy at that time were:

– To be a student and teacher everyday

– To live from my heart

– To live as if each moment were my last

The first two I aspire to realizing that learning is a part of life and one cannot always be in one’s heart with the amount of suffering that is all around. I dropped the last one.

  1. I have come to see that the part in me that makes a promise (or a resolution) is not the same part in me that breaks the promise. The “I” that makes the promise may or may not be aware of the part that breaks the promise. The “I” the breaks the promise is often not aware of the promise-maker because that “I” is child-like and acting on whim. Better to understand our entire “Beingness” before making and breaking promises and then another part, another “I” feels guilty and gets into blaming and shaming ourselves.