Sunday, September 14, 2008

Touch Starved

What DOES it mean to be human? Virtually everything that you have learned is wrong. It is NOT your fault. The problem is, nearly everything you learn has somebody's agenda behind it, very often the obvious ones of making money, etc., but very often hidden. This is why our western society is so very sick. We are taught about political, social, cultural, gender, and religious correctnesses. We are NOT taught about HUMAN correctness. We are told we should follow the laws of the government, but not the universal laws. We are told we should follow the "correct-ness" laws, but not the human laws. We believe we can make up the human laws. We can not!
The largest organ of the body is the skin. In a grown man, it covers about 19 square feet and weighs about 8 pounds. A piece of skin the size of a quarter contains more than 3 million cells, 100 to 340 sweat glands, 50 nerve endings and 3 feet of blood vessels.  Many people are aware of research done with monkeys not allowed to be with their mothers and how totally insane they went. And yet, we seem to think we can get along fine without nurturing touch.  Oh sure, we give the obligatory "hello and good-bye hug" (sometimes), but that's not enough.
Many people say, "Well, I'm not a 'touchy-feely' kind of person.  Imagine you saw someone with a blindfold on and ear plugs in their ears. When you inquire, they say, "Oh, I'm not a 'see-ey, hear-y' type of person."  Would you think, "Hmm, interesting", or would you think, "Now there's one sick S.O.B."?   Or they had tape over their nose and mouth and said, "I'm not a breath-y, eat-y type of person." You'd know they were going to die soon. 
"Touch belongs to the universal law of life and we are a touch deprived society. We must not be afraid." Eva Sherer
There are generally Two kinds of cultures classified as High Touch and Low Touch. Countries like France, Italy, and Greece are High Touch; New Zealand, Australia, Britain, and, yes, the U.S.A are Low Touch.  What's the difference. Well check this out.
One study showed a stark contrast between cultures by noting the number of touches exchanged by pairs of people sitting in coffee shops around the world:
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, people touched 180 times an hour;
in Paris, France, 110 times an hour;
in Gainesville, Florida, 2 times per hour; and
in London, England, they never touched.
On a pre-school playground watching children they found
Affectionate Touching -         Paris - 23% of the time
                                         Miami - 3% of the time
Aggressive Touching             Paris - 1% of the time
                                         Miami - 37% of the time
Now, who invaded Iraq?  Was it France or was it the US and Britain?

We have also made touch practically evil. If you touch an associate at work or another student at school, it is sexual harassment. If you touch a child, you are probably a pedophile. If you touch someone of the same sex, you are a homosexual (not that there's anything wrong with that); if you touch anyone, you are a 'touchy-feely' type of person.  I have news for you. WE ARE ALL TOUCHY FEELY TYPES OF PEOPLE - at least we should be. But we have made it "inappropriate" to touch anyone. Some parents are even AFRAID to touch their own children, as it could be construed somehow as inappropriate touching.
Those places with the lowest touch scores are, not coincidentally, also the places with the highest incidents of SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION. Half of our adult population are on anti-depressants. More than a million people a year commit suicide in the world. You know, in spite of my "Would you push the button" blog, I don't want you dead, but there are people in power who do. They purposefully create ideas like 'don't touch' and 'watch out for pedophiles and sexual harassment in order to isolate you, depress you, and get you on drugs and/or to kill yourself. They want you sick and dying! They don't want you to be alive and awake. They want you to see a lot of killing in movies but not a glimpse of a breast or buttocks. They want you to talk on cell phones and communicate via computer, but not to sit with a friend, look deeply into their eyes, hold their hands, hug them or cuddle up.
Our bodies NEED touch like our stomachs need food. We need all kinds of nourishment consistently and regularly – food, sleep, sunshine, and TOUCH. It doesn't require a 'partner' or lover. We are all part of the human family. We all need touch to survive and be healthy.

So, "Reach out and touch someone!"

Friday, September 12, 2008

More on the Box Game

Greetings once again...

In the last blog (which you should read before this one) we talked about the Box Game. YOU (consciousness) enters into the 'Box', also known as 'you' (the body, mind, memories, concepts, etc.), which it then identifies with. However, strictly on the material level, it continues even further - just to give you a clue of how little you probably understand of who or what you are.

So it looks like this (sort of)

YOU - the Absolute
you (Box) - the person-hood, per-sona, actor, fiction within the material world
and the new one (note the quotes)

This last entity "you" neither YOU nor you are probably even aware of. "You" is the corporate entity that is functioning within the governmental society. It is the one which has a social security number, a drivers license, votes, makes $$$, pays taxes, etc. You can generally tell when 'you' receives mail because instead of being addressed to Joe P. Citizen, it will be addressed to JOE P. CITIZEN (all caps).

Now, I'm not presenting this just to give you an idea of the government conspiracies (although you would certainly be wise to explore that as well), but because it may give you a clue as to how you can think you are one thing when you are entirely something else. The "you" is a part of the corporate entity. In fact, it is a franchise the larger corporate entity. It is a Strawman, a phony, a fraud. It has been created through various laws and statutes as a corporate front for you (which is a material front for YOU). This is why many people recognize (and there are millions of them in the u.S.A. which now recognize you do NOT need to pay taxes, have a drivers license, etc., and also why your vote for president is ABSOLUTELY meaningless. - (They decide who is elected, not the so-called 'people'.) It was created through various amendments to the constitution, way back when, the 13th, 14th, and 15th, as I recall. These essentially take away your constitutional Rights (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness), and give the strawman privleges which mimic their Sovereign Rights.

Okay, okay, I know, too much, and way too depressing. It's way too much fun to talk about Obama, and Palin, and all and how we are going to end the War and all of that. "You" have no control over that, just as you have no control over most of the things you think you have control over. (All these you's are a bit confusing huh?)


YOU - The Sovereign Spiritual Self Absolute
has become identified with...

you - The temporary per-sona that is the BOX which has a name, life, thoughts, body, memories, etc., and which is also now confusing itself with a further illusion called...

"you" - A c0mpletely fictitious paper entity which is (unlike You or YOU) completely controlled and ruled by corporate laws or statutes (also known as Admiralty Law - at present virtually the only laws being applied).

If you are confused about all of this, let me point out another possible way of seeing it in hierarchial form in the way of Venues. Most of you have probably heard the term, a legal term referring to who has jurisdiction at any given time.

So right now, suppose you are living in Portland, Oregon. You are living within a variety of venues: The City of Portland; The County of Multnomah, The State of Oregon, and The Federal Venue. Each of these has specific laws. (This is why, although medical marijuana is legal in Oregon, the Feds and still Bust your Ass!)

It is very much like the idea of multiple universes. YOU are living in many universes simultaneously - YOU, you, and "you". So how many others are you unaware of?

Werner Erhard pointed out that there are many things that you know, and many things that you don't know. The sad thing is there are things that you don't know that you don't know, and even worse, that you don't care.

Truth is about finding these things out - exploring beyond the 'obvious'; questioning reality, Reality, authority, concepts, beliefs. If you are living a 'normal' everyday kind of existence, then a HUGE percentage of what you think to be true is garbage. Perhaps a fun game, but garbage nonetheless.

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Game

Okay... Let's play a game. First, a few terms and ground rules, or something:

you (or You if beginning a sentence) - That which most people think they are, i.e. their body, their mind, their emotions, the whole Per-Sona or personality thing.

YOU (still YOU if beginning a sentence) - That which is observing the above.... Awareness, Consciousness, Self, the Seer, the Witness, Atman, etc.

Box - Basically another term for 'you' (see above terms), and/or for any of the other personalities out there.
There may not be any rules. You have to decide. You see, this is the question which has been perplexing thinkers (and completely over the head of non-thinkers) for millenia.

Okay, so it looks something like this: There is a box, in fact, countless billions of boxes. They are all part of the game, and in the game - they ARE the game. Awareness, (YOU) then drops into these boxes and pretends to be that box (much like you might decide to be the shoe, the puppy, the racecar, etc. in Monopoly). However, YOU are NOT the box. YOU are only playing on being the box. However, as in anything, there is a certain attachment and/or identification with that box. In the game, due to over-strong identification with the box, you (the box) wants to improve the box, to lord it over other boxes, perhaps play fairly with other boxes, maybe love another box, bungee jump as your box, watch TV as your box, enslave other boxes, free other boxes, follow a particular Messiah Box (Jesus Box, Buddha Box, Jack in the Box), reward yourself for doing that well, punish yourself for not doing it well, become a really BUFF box, an extremely intelligent box, collect more houses and hotels on Boardwalk box....hopefully by now, you get the picture.

Now, the boxes, by nature, will tend to get into box clusters - by age, by belief, by political, spiritual, or gender correctness, and then, generally go to battle the other box clusters - either with soothing words (if they deem themselves morally or politically correct), with less soothing words, by bad mouthing each other, with sticks and stones, or ultimately with wide-scale destructive weapons. Very often, each box cluster will elect a box leader, or a stronger box leader will take command (either through force of power or force of persuasion of one sort or another).

Along the way, the boxes will be involved in a wide variety of experiences (or as Juno would say - "Shenanigans") and ultimately, for them, the game is over and the box deteriorates. While identifying with the box, there appears to be NOTHING more important than that partiular box (and in some cases others in their box cluster - although that is becoming MUCH less so - mostly, it's only about MY box...screw all the other boxes...or in extreme narcissism, "There are no other boxes!")

The point of the game: To play the game. In the end, the box goes away in nearly ALL recorded cases for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. A particular box is not going to really achieve anything. Oh sure, a few will be remembered for a few years or even a few centuries, on one little planet, in the vast history of time. So, the point, on one level is pointless. However, which would you rather do. Sit on your ass (like me most of the time), or get out there and DO something - do some damage, have some fun, make love to lots of people, be known for saving other boxes or other boxes' souls, or feeding boxes, or ...

Or, look for higher experiences, mystical "out of box" experiences, see boxes on other planes of existence, or even to recognize YOU, i.e. that which perceives the box, in which case, you may not have to come back and play the box game anymore.

Possibly, VERY possibly, you don't have ANY choice. YOU've come down into this particular box, and it has a particular shape and perhaps a destiny, an ultimate outcome over which you have no control. Even the apparent decision making, choice thing, is part of That box's pre-destined destiny. How can you know?

But, the bottom line here is that YOU are not the you box. YOU are what is apparently identified with the box, and thus with the game. When you play the game, there are certain rules which are outside of your control (if you have ANY) and certainly out of your jurisdiction. So, certain activites performed by the box result in a happy box, some in an unhappy box, some in a sadistic box, some in a loving box, and so on. But, the unhappiness, the suffering, is bound to come up AS LONG AS YOU identify as being you (or the box). Only the actual recognition that you are innately not the box, outside of the box, beyond the box, prior to the box, can you have some semblance of peace and freedom from the sufferings of the box, and, coincidentally to actually know what is TRUE. All aspects of the Game or just the Game - they are untrue by nature - temporary, illusory, small and insignificant in the GRAND scale of things, etc.

Seeing through the game, ultmately, is the smarter thing to do (at least that's what everybody in my box cluster tells me).

Good luck with the game. I hope your side wins.