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What Is Your Summum Bonum?

Originally posted April 7, 2015latest Great Being post

As a philosophy major I learned to say “The Highest Good” in Latin: Summum Bonum, but long before, even as a toddler, I had begun thinking about the same subject, vaguely noting that my inarticulate intuition could not accept anything I was told as an absolute, even from those two beloved gods Ned and Sandy (my parents). Without innate acceptance of authority as absolute, I was required to develop my own ideas.

Live in line with your higher good.

Before receiving my degree I had developed my own “philosophy”, ideas that had jumbled natively in my mind before formal study. When I contemplated Summum Bonum, I decided to choose aesthetics as my touchstone to determine what for me would be The Highest Good. “With or without God, what did I intuit/feel/decide to be the most beautiful way to handle each moment? And which would be a more beautiful universe — the one with or without God?”  That’s how I decided which hypotheses I would base my life upon.

This was my rational mind at work, yet my intuition was really leading my thought process. My definition of intuition is the ability to sense what is going on, to make connections and put things together, sometimes leaping wildly across intervening logical steps. Sometimes someone asks me why I did something and it takes a while to provide an adequate answer because I was driven by my intuition more than pure rational reasoning. In Jung’s four functions of consciousness (thinking, feeling, sensation and intuition), I’m an intuitionist, among other “-ists”.

Being a pragmatist at heart, The Highest Good to me is the best conscious approach to any situation, which I see as love — omnidirectional, unconditional, and nonattached love*. Such love creates the greatest long-term happiness for the greatest number, which I find to be the most philosophically beautiful approach.

What is The Highest Good to you?

Best to all,

Bill

*Nonattached love means accepting the losability of the things one is fond of, and thus being free from addictive dependence upon the objects of our affection.

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Originally posted 2015-04-07 12:59:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Win/Win Principle

Originally posted March 3, 2015latest Great Being post

So many writers have impressed me with at least one thing, if not everything, they have written. Aleister Crowley for example in Liber Aleph makes the point that there are no rules, just principles to balance in every given situation. Yet just a few principles come closest to being rules that they should probably be applied in virtually every circumstance. Pondering this, it occurs to me that Win/Win is such an important principle it comes near the top of the list if not at the very top.

Your View of Reality shapes your motivation.

The intention and actuality of only making agreements that will benefit all parties is the essence of the Win/Win principle. It ideally permeates to the minutest level of each almost invisible tacit agreement going on every second of our social interactions. In my cosmology we are all holograms of the One Consciousness or more precisely facets of the one Conscious Hologram, so it follows logically that we would do unto others as we would do unto a reflection of our very own self. This is truly enlightened self-interest. It is then the most palpable form of omnidirectional unconditional love. Even in a humanistic materialistic worldview such as some of my best friends have, the Win/Win principle follows logically from their chosen noble stance. My lifetime favorite writer F. Scott Fitzgerald notes in The Beautiful and Damned that such a stance is even more meaningful if it is taken with no moral imperative to do so. Continue reading

Originally posted 2015-03-03 11:31:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Rediscovering that Ancient Territory: Your Own Mind — Revisited

Originally posted February 10, 2015latest Great Being post

All of us are naturally curious about our own selves. When someone who knew us when, someone older, tells us a story about something we did when we were too young to remember it, we are raptly attentive.

Looking inward at oneself is the first step toward clarity.

If it were not for the culturally ubiquitous time pressure, we would have the same curiosity if offered a searchlight method to see more deeply into our own mind than ever before. Here we offer just such a searchlight.

This posting is a brief exploration into the architecture of inner experience and offers tools to look into your inner Self, through observation and experience. Why bother? Because in order to get into the two higher, most effective states of consciousness — the Observer state, where we can really see what is going on inside ourselves rather than being puppeteered by software in our heads, and the Flow state (Zone), where we are spontaneously doing everything just right — we need to become experts in the empirical study of our own minds and inner life.

What Is the Architecture of Our Inner Life?

Carl Jung defined the four functions of consciousness as perception, feelings, intellect and intuition — the latter referred to in day-to-day life as “hunches”. These are four kinds of events that can go on in consciousness.

Within consciousness, what we experience first is something inside that motivates us and moves us toward or away from something. Those are feelings. Instincts — hardwired genetic carryovers inherited before birth — are partly responsible for some or all of our feelings. The rest arise from motivations we accumulated during our lives, stuff we learned or decided to want or not want as a result of our experiences since birth.

So what are these things you call your thoughts, your feelings, your hunches, your perceptions? Consider, or reconsider, all of the experiences you have had of your own mind, your own inner life. Continue reading

Originally posted 2015-02-10 12:51:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Glory Day

Current Classic Bill postVolume 6, Issue 1

Part 72 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and have been discovering Africa.

Blu and Ska revelling in their true identities of Melchizedek and Layla are spending a lot more time together. Stari-ki also fully recalled his original identity as Templegard and they begin to once again carry out their mission as Agents of Cosmic Intelligence. Along with Neva they begin instructing the tribe members in the knowledge of Universal Consciousness. And high command above is in favor of this so they are removed from combat duty to continue teaching the tribe until the arrival of Glory Day.

The day’s pair of emissaries had providentially made it over the far-off mountains when the energy weapons were fired, vaporizing the remaining army and tribe. The four had rehearsed but the violent dissolution of subatomic particles seriously jarred the soul bodies of the four agents. Melchizedek, who was the oldest, recovered first. STAY TOGETHER was all he said.

The fireworks display went on for some time around four wraithlike color-filled illuminated bubbles. Many other colorful bubbles shot past, heading in all directions.

Sure is beautiful, Templegard said.

Do you have a place you like to go? Neva asked Melchizedek and Layla, who looked at each other.

Island Resort

The four of them shot off together and found themselves at the fabulous island resort Melchizedek and Layla had imagined long ago. Oh this is too much! Neva said with delight. Continue reading

The Celebration

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 51

Part 70 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa.

In our last episode, Stari-ki was contacted by the Shaitan, who reported to Lucifer himself. When asked how he was getting on with Nastassia (Queen Neva), Stari-ki by answering positively also made a marriage proposal to her. At Stari-ki’s unspoken request, Neva left him alone with the Shaitan, who then told Stari-ki that Neva is an Agent. He explained further that Neva is under Rebel surveillance, and encouraged Stari-ki to play along with the game. Feigning agreement, Stari-ki doesn’t let on that he knows his own true identity is an Agent too.

I didn’t hear your answer, the Shaitan pressed.

Sir you know you can always count on my loyalty, Stari-ki professed, and yet also still felt deeply.

As soon as they cut off the call, Templar-ji took off after Neva, following his instincts, and caught up with her just outside camp. She studied him as an animal would, unsure as to friend or foe. He took her hand and then into his arms and kissed her.

They know you’re an Agent, he said.

I’m a what? Neva asked.

You and I received final training together in that classroom you saw. I can see it now too. We were Agents.

What are Agents? Neva asked.

I’m not sure, but they represent one side and Rebels the other side, Templar-ji explained. Agents say everybody is one person. Rebels say the person we think of as God and our own self is actually one of many gods who stole the Universe from the others, who are now called the Rebels.

Sure I’m an Agent! Neva concluded. Then the implications set in. People in a position to destroy us at whim know I am a sworn enemy. What are we going to do? she thought to herself. Continue reading

The Investigation into General Stari-Ki

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 50

Part 69 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa.

Blu and Ska were relaxing with their wives, enjoying watching the children play, and thinking how wonderful it would be if life was always like this. Blu pondered what their duty was, asking “What does the Universe want us to do, and why?” Unaware of Stari-ki’s transformation, Ska warned Blu that he might be mentally spying on them. Meanwhile, still in Neva’s tent, Stari-ki is asking the same questions. Neva tells him, “We’re all parts of the One consciousness,” and Stari-ki again wonders if this is an enemy thought. Except he no longer believes that Agents and the backstabber are his enemies. Suddenly, the phone rang in his mind: he was being contacted by high command. What now?

The Shaitan the planetary military governor

The Shaitan

It was the Shaitan himself — the planetary military governor — who reported to Lucifer Himself. Templar-ji made sure to think of himself as Stari-ki. The Shaitan seemed jovial and collegial. Well, are you among the living at last, young man?

Lucifer

Lucifer

Sorry sir. As I told Goma in a lucid moment, the rest of the time since my last report I was in a coma. I am just up a few hours and was about to report, Stari-ki reported with a ring of truth.

Good, good, your rivals up here wanted to blast your ass but I told them to let me handle it, the Shaitan said. After a moment he laughed. I’m a man of my word, son, so I do have my finger on the button right now.

Stari-ki

How may we serve, sir? Stari-ki responded.

How are you getting on with Nastassia? the Shaitan asked.

If you mean Queen Neva sir, Stari-ki said, we have only begun negotiations to combine forces, but I speak confidently when I say it is done. Stari-ki was looking into Neva’s eyes. Neva smiled and nodded. This was the marriage proposal.

We of course can observe your every move down there, the Shaitan reminded him unnecessarily, although Neva raised her eyebrows. Stari-ki shook his head and held out his arms to indicate the degree of resolution that could be seen from the Shaitan’s command post, about a yard on each side, and then pointed to the roof and shook his head again.

Of course sir. We have been progressing according to your past orders. What are your current orders sir? Stari-ki asked.

Neva

Can she hear us?

Stari-ki thought only an instant before responding, Yes sir. Of course they know she’s in the tent, he thought in his hopefully-hidden mind.

Neva understood and stood up to leave the tent. She looked at him and he nodded, so she left and headed as far away as possible.

You can see she’s left now sir, Stari-ki said, and the Shaitan grunted assent.

You see, son, she’s an Agent, the Shaitan began. Our alterations to the native brains worked like a charm and she is under our spell. But her instincts are Agent instincts. We can’t control her every move. All the new brain achieved was enough inner competition and distraction to erase pre-life memories. We keep her under surveillance and hope to catch a whole batch of them that way. You have to play along with the game. She didn’t know we exist until she met you.

I suspected it sir, Stari-ki responded.

You’re a smart kid, Stari-ki. Stay loyal to me and you will go far.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,

Bill

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Images:
1. The Shaitan – Galactic Ruler by Aussiemate2

2. Lucifer – Lucifer
3. Stari-Ki from earlier post
4. Neva from earlier post