30th October 2013
By Ethan Indigo Smith
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
“Is the universe eternal? Or not? Or both? Or neither? Is the universe finite? Or not? Or both? Or neither? Is the self identical with the body? Or is the self different from the body? Does the Tathagata* exist after death? Or not? Or both? Or neither?”
~ The Fourteen Unanswered Questions of Buddha
* Tathagata is the name Buddha used for himself, meaning “the one who has thus come and the one who has thus gone”.
The theories of special relativity and general relativity, as theorized by Albert Einstein, state in part that reality is four dimensional, made up of time, length, width and depth. Also he states there are four forms of fundamental force in the universe; weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force, electromagnetism and gravity. A fifth force is thought to exist and yet is undiscovered.
Four is representative of completion in numerous systems, from our physical composition to the laws of the four dimensional universe and its four forces. Without the balance of these four forces, life as we know it would not be possible. The matrix of four is physically and naturally exemplified in our inner microcosm and the celestial macrocosm, and is spiritually and mentally recognized by many people’s throughout history, across cultures and subjects.
Our minds are wired to question, only frequently we ask limited questions. Curiosity is a quality shared by all people, only many people are trained not to be curious. We are capable of questioning everything in the four dimensions. Some questions are of physics and nature while others are about spiritual or mental applications. There are a few questions which all people have all posed since time immemorial. Some of the same questions have been asked, like those posed to and unanswered by Buddha, for millennia. They reveal our nature to question everything, even and perhaps especially the unanswerable.
Sometimes answers are found. Einstein found many answers to his questions about the universe. Normally when questions are answered though, new questions arise. Some questions however are not worth asking and not worth pursuing, like the fourteen unanswered questions of Buddha, also known as the imponderables. The Fourteen Questions are actually four questions, three with four aspects and one with two. Despite Buddha’s refusal to answer the questions, they were still posed in the most developed manner possible in hopes of getting an answer, in four ways to form completion.
Buddha believed people existed in either two states; in existence or non-existence. Many people visited him with questions and these were said to be the only questions he did not answer. It is believed he thought the imponderables could never truly be answered and that they led to states of negativity and non-existence, ultimately inconsequential to our earthly predicament of eliminating suffering and attaining enlightenment. Many questions are worth deliberation and elaboration because they are pertinent to our earthly predicament. But at least these four questions, the imponderables, are inconsequential.
Questions are posed completely in four ways, as illustrated in the formation of the imponderables. The formation of the questions are valuable on their own, and indicative of the matrix of four and the duality of polarity. Buddha is asked these four questions in the philosophical formation of the duality of polarity, with four important parts.
Is it so? Is it not so? Is it both? Is it neither?
The very inquiry into the origins of human thinking and being is posed through the duality of polarity, and yet it’s most often considered a singular polarity. Why are we the way we are? Is it the result of nature or nurture? The debate of nature versus nurture is posed in a single distinct polarization. Yet the best answer supersedes the singular polarity. Traditionally, it is philosophically viewed as a trinity of options, it being the synthesis of one and the other, of thesis and antithesis. And yet this is actually the matrix of four and the duality of polarity with the fourth part missing. It should be asked in the same philosophical formation as the imponderables, which despite Buddha’s refusal to answer, were still posed in the most developed manner possible, in hopes of an answer.
Is human thinking and being the result of nature? Or nurture? Or both? Or neither?
This idea may be explored in multiple ways and has roots among many disciplines. We question our thinking and seek evidence of an actual answer, however the pinnacle purpose of such debate is to understand the possibilities, the in-betweens, through the duality of polarity. Whenever the either/or option is put forth, options are limited, for there are always four possible answers; one, the other, both and neither. In the case of ‘nature versus nurture’, the most sensible answer is both nature and nurture makes us who we are. But perhaps it is neither, perhaps other systems rather than biological or experiential are at play, like astrological systems for instance.
Does art reflect life or does life reflect art?
This similarly philosophical question is aimed at its own answers, but yet is primarily based on understanding possibilities via the duality of polarity. There are four basic forms of answers to this question and those like it, and yet in typical form, only two or three aspects are normally explored; ‘one, the other or the combination of both’, philosophically known as thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. There are the obvious two answers posed, one contrasting the other and a mixture is the third choice. The distinct fourth option, which is seemingly always left out – possibly because of its ability to shake the status quo – is the unlimited alternative, the nullisis.
Does art reflect life or does life reflect art? Or both? Or neither?
In the philosophical set of thesis, antithesis and synthesis, the ‘neither’ option is missing, the distinct possibility, the unlimited alternative. The nullisis answer is outside the box, or outside the cave, of our thinking.
Nullisis can be compared to and understood through the four human blood types. In every dialectical discussion there is thesis, antithesis, synthesis and nullisis or A, B, AB, and O.
Nullisis, ‘neither’, the unlimited alternative is complicated for it opens every dialectic to any alternative. Consideration of alternatives is typically limited to ‘one, the other and the combination’, because the next option, ‘neither’, opens up the door to anything else. And entities seeking to control societies, during every time period everywhere, prefer to eliminate the fourth option; it represents the unlimited alternative, while the either/or situation usually results in controllable back and forth combinations.
The origin of the celebrated triad of thesis, antithesis, synthesis, is often attributed to Georg Wilhelm Hegel, however he criticized what is now often called Hegelian Dialectic. Johann Gottlieb Fichte actually formed the original presentation. Hegel is known to have called the triad of thesis, antithesis and synthesis ‘boring’ and a ‘lifeless schema.’ Without nullisis, ‘neither’, the unlimited alternative, the commonly referenced philosophical triad is a lifeless schema, for if one combines a wrong answer with the right answer, a half correct solution might result.
Hegel did use and note a similar extrapolation of three; immediate, mediated and concrete. Critics note this trinity to be limited by way of assumptions and errors, and in what is assumed to be concrete. Without nullisis or new information, one could possibly begin with information which is then countered by disinformation and ends up misinformation. Nullisis is needed. Nullisis is the distinct and developed fourth philosophical part which today often goes unconsidered.
The Mathematics of the Nullisis
If mathematics can be considered beautiful, nullisis can be beautifully illustrated through the most mysterious and elusive of all arithmetic equations, an imponderable of sorts. It is represented in one of the most mysterious equations of the most complicated of all numbers; zero. In fact there is no zero. Zero can never be physically represented and in the entire universe there is not one. Even in nothingness there is something. And through its cancellation is its verification; there are in fact zero zeros. Zero represents uncertainty, uncertainty similar to that of the unlimited alternative.
Mathematics seeks clear answers, and there are clear answers in practically all arithmetic. But there is only one arithmetic equation that represents uncertainty and unlimited possibility, the nullisis.
0 + 0 = 0
0 – 0 = 0
0 x 0 = 0
But the answer to 0 divided by 0 is unlimited possibility, an undefined unknown.
0 ÷ 0 = ?
The answer to zero divided by zero is reflective of the nullisis. It is the only simple arithmetic equation to which the answer is unknown. A valid answer to this equation could be anything from zero to infinity, just like the nullisis, the unlimited alternative.
It is notable that in arithmetic, division is the distinct operation. It represents sharing for one, and not necessarily what has come to be known as divisiveness.
Applying the Matrix of Four
The most sensible answers to both the debate of ‘nature versus nurture’ and the question of ‘art reflecting life or life reflecting art’ is synthesis, or ‘both’. It is a combination of nature and nurture that makes us who we are. It is a balance of influences in art and life which influence one another. Art contains a spark of life, while life is artful. Nature and nurture, art and life, are inseparable; like a swirling Yin Yang, contrasting syntheses. Both contain interrelated and interdependent contrasts.
Synthesis is the answer to these two questions, and to many questions. But sometimes the answer to questions and dialectics are in the nullisis. Otherwise systems would be lifeless schemas, without alternative, development or invention.
Socially and politically speaking, when an either/or question is presented, one must always take into account the four possibilities of thesis, antithesis, synthesis and nullisis. Question the validity of the thesis. Question what is being heralded as an antithesis and if it is truly anti at all. Equally question how the thesis and antithesis are being presented as synthesized, for frequently the synthesis is not a true mix but a mere adjustment, a euphemism or exaggeration aimed at steering perspective. And especially question the aspect of nullisis, for it not only means ‘neither’, it is the unlimited alternative.
The dialectic of large scale energy sources is currently typically limited to either the burning of fossil fuels or the ignition of nuclear fuels and both. Examples within the nullisis in this dialectic is solar power or wind and water power generation, harnessing geothermal energy (Japan is one of the most active geothermal places on the planet and now the most ruined from nuclear experimentation) ocean current/tidal energy. The alternatives are unlimited, however petrol and nuclear maintain thee societal status quo. There is always more than one, its counter and the combination of the two; there is always nullisis, the unlimited alternative. Nullisis is the enigma wrapped in the riddle of the matrix of four and the philosophy of the duality of polarity.
Embrace the consideration of nullisis. Apply the matrix of four. The examination of situations through the contemplation of thesis, antithesis, synthesis and nullisis will open minds around you, and your own.
6th November 2013
By Ethan Indigo Smith
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
You are intuitive. You are capable of metaphysical observation that would make angels jealous. And yet as mortals we are all susceptible to the eternal rule applicable to systems in impermanence; move it or lose it. If you do not practice enhancing your observations but instead focus on limiting them, you limit yourself to the mere tangible.
Metaphysical intuition is very much like chi, metaphysical energy, and is in fact enhanced in the same meditative practices. To initially feel the flow, one must first believe, one must first imagine, and then the chi – the metaphysical intuition – will arise. This runs completely contrary to our post-modern mind state that refuses to believe until being presented with proof, sometimes even after being presented proof.
We are trained to sense only the tangible and physical. We believe we are not trained, we think we are completely developed. But take a step back – there is no limit to our development. If you do not practice developing your chi or your metaphysical intuition, instead concentrating on the tangible routine, you are limiting your comprehension and being. If you’re not training, you’re being trained. Meditation and meditative movements are called practices because one is never finished, for if you are not practicing or training, especially in the extensively meditated post-modern world, you are being steered or trained by others.
Sometimes we catch metaphysical intuition and then convince ourselves that our physical senses revealed the observation, not our metaphysical intuition. This is part of the predominant training of outside influences, that we do not have intuitive insight, that the institutions have the answers and that it’s not in us. We convince ourselves to even stop listening to our own insights because we have been trained that way.
The Balanced Mid-Point
The idea of balance in tai chi and all meditative movements for that matter is best expressed using a dual linear cross reference. Consider one can be tense or limp and that relaxed awareness is balance between the two, the midpoint of a horizontal line. Consider also that one can perform actions out of form or function, optimally expressed in a balanced midpoint between the two points on a vertical line. Relaxed awareness is a requirement and conversely a result of meditation and meditative movement, and can be represented as the point where these two ideas intersect and balance. This point of relaxed awareness is achieved when one properly intersects and balances the linear ideas of tense and limp, form and function. Whenever performing any activity, this state is required for optimal results, be it tai chi or meditation or shedding burdensome training.
“The loose string, which is like a life of indulgence, produces a poor sound when struck. The overly tight string, which is like a life of extreme asceticism, similarly produces a poor sound when struck and is moreover likely to break at any moment. Only the middle string, which is like the middle path, produces a pleasant and harmonious sound when struck.” ~ Story of Buddha
Levels of Awareness
Tai chi and meditative movements activate all aspects of awareness, physical awareness and metaphysical awareness. The first level of awareness multiplied through practicing meditative movement is interoception, the understanding of the one’s material self, how you feel and move. The second level of understanding is exteroception, the understanding of the material world outside oneself. Thirdly is proprioception, the understanding of how much strength, speed and from what position one can best manipulate or deal with the material world outside oneself. The fourth aspect of this set of four forms of perception is preprioception, the utilization of intuitive understanding and sensitivity for metaphysical observation.
Tai chi and all meditative movements enhance these four forms of perception, expanding one’s perimeter awareness metaphysically. Interoception, exteroception and proprioception are commonly understood terms, but the fourth part, preprioception, while obvious to meditative movement practitioners is mostly unconsidered. And it’s mostly omitted and unconsidered along with metaphysical intuition, because otherwise institutions could not lie to us. If one practices enhancement of intuition, proprioception, institutions cannot lie.
Language is a map, and omitting words rubs whole regions from the map. Simply understanding the four forms of perception can help enhance metaphysical intuition and make it so one might not be lied to so easily. Practicing meditation and meditative movement will enhance your perception also, of course.
.:. WORDS OF POWER .:.
Your pathological greed, total lack of empathy for mankind and this planet, is a manifestation of monumental CONFUSION. A state that may very easily provoke reactions of disgust and anger to those that are sensitive Beings with elevated levels of Consciousness. Understand that you are just like everyone else that have incarnated on this experiential plane and are Divine Spiritual Beings having a Human experience. May the FULL Consciousness of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE fill every particle of your Being and ALL that surrounds you. It is the most sincere desire of the entire Universe that you will someday AWAKEN and manifest LOVE and HARMONY to ALL. So we may all live in Peace, Love and Abundance.
Let us speak of the purpose, power and potential of words. All humanity uses words. We use words to communicate with you. Words can create nations or destroy lives, build up or tear down, inspire or devastate. Therefore, words have power, and their intent is defined by the one speaking them.
What are words and from where do they get their source of power? From a utilitarian perspective, words are an expression of thought to communicate with another. Now part of the issue with humanity’s utilization of words is that they may not be an accurate expression of what is being said or conveyed, i.e. a lie.
Words are filtered through the conscious mind and are, therefore, subject to all of its influences. But their misuse does not diminish their power–perhaps, empowering something the speaker does not wish to create. “To create?” We must then be implying that words are by their nature a creative force. We believe you have ample evidence in your own life that this is true.
Now, this brings us back to our initial question of where do words get their power? Let us start with a sobering thought that every word ever spoken forever resides in the archives of consciousness. Spoken enough or by many, they will express in physical form.
Words contain power but not by the content of their message but the emotion that expresses them. Words are simply the messengers of thought. It is the intention of the words that contains the power. Therefore, be it love, kindness and inspiration—or control, manipulation and deceit—words create the intention for which they were expressed.
Perhaps this explanation may be helpful at this point. Based upon the above statement, the deceiver is the deceived; the controller is the one being controlled; and the manipulator is being manipulated. A lie is a futile attempt to hide the truth; it cannot occur in consciousness. A truth of consciousness is no lie has ever been made truth by speaking it, no matter by how many; and no truth has ever been made a lie by stating it is not so. It is this law of consciousness that keeps the higher dimensions free of control, manipulation and deceit.
Therefore, the intention of your words empower them. And, yes, words have been shown to be a poor communicator of thought both for the speaker to express themselves clearly and the listener to understand what is being said. Words mean different things to different people based upon culture and life experience. Between countries they are simply different which complicates communication.
So what is the common denominator of communication? How can humanity speak to each other and be heard? We have mentioned that emotion is the force behind the power of words.
Emotion is also the universal message understood by all humanity. It will be sometime before humanity will simply know what another wishes to communicate; for, the demise of the negative ego consciousness must occur first so humanity no longer fears others knowing their secret thoughts. Yet, until then you can strive to create an alignment between your thoughts you wish to express and the intent delivering them.
This is important to identify and strive for since what you express, you will experience. And that your words’ ultimate impact is on yourself; for, the receiver has the choice to accept or not accept your words. Be it a curse or a blessing, it is yours. This is an important distinction to make that your words only affect you and have absolutely no power over another. Your declarations are self-proclamations—be they of love or disdain.
Now we understand that words have uplifted you as well as hurt you. That occurs if the speaker knows either a weakness or a desire of your heart. But in either case it is your choice if you allow the message to touch you.
So are we saying that words have no impact on another? If that were true, the words upon this page would fade away. Words are the expression of your consciousness and carry a vibrational frequency that others will respond to if they are in resonance with it. The imagery of a tuning fork is an excellent example of what we are seeking to describe.
As a result, your consciousness may create your reality, but your words either decorate or destroy it. Therefore, speak your words consciously and let the import of their message be a worthy expression your soul’s contribution to consciousness.
The One Dream Dreamer | January 13 2013
The struggle to remember is increasing on the planet among those knowing who they are. That what seems a paradox is not. The amount of beings that feel they’re just a breath away from remembering increases day by day, though that breath away seems to be always… a breath away.
Who are you? In truth? Can you explain it? Can you describe it? Can you draw it, or write about it? In truth.
How many book read, messages received and shared, teachers met and left, leaders followed and imitated, seminars, hours of lessons and meditations, how much knowledge in that small human mind? Thus, where did all of this lead if not into more knowledge? Did it tell who you are? Did past life regressions or memories help you figure out Now who you are? Lots of things in your life have improved, some got lesser, thus you read it’s part of the process towards spirit. And it was.
You know Terra is not the only planet in the universe, that humans are not the only spices in the galaxies, you heard of one or hundreds of other civilizations, dimensions, realities… and who is you? Now?
The planet overall energy has changed immensely but it did not happen on The date, it happened over a cycle that has been brought to completion in order to birth a new one, and it has been done. Thus now there’s the wonder of what this new means… it means… forget. Forget it all.
There’s a “new” learning now, and it’s about forgetting all references and re-learn how to remember yourself through yourself. The answers are all in you is what it means, but these answers cannot be found with the old mind based process. Anything that goes through a mind based process is based on a mind based processed reality. In order to get out of the mind based reality… one has to let go the mind, and thus all of its processes…
…from here the gates of the Self can be seen, learned, explained… but not lived. For it is not here the Self is. The Self Is. And being this a bit to wide to understand lets use the term “in the Heart”, which is but The Gate to It as Spirit Feels as it Is All.
Thousands of techniques can be useless if The Gate is not opened and experienced without explanation and with the most important Key to Open The Gate:
Trust In Thy Self
Feelings do not follow a linear logic. They simply are. They do not need explanations to be, the do not need teachers or leaders, the are as they are. There’s no polarity in feelings. Using a mind based learning to decide if they are real or not means closing that same door one wants to open. Without trust in what Feelings tell there’s a door that can be seen but not lived.
The mind speaks a language the Heart does not speak and vice versa. The Heart is the Cause, the mind sees the effects and explains the effects. The effects can have infinite filters on it, Cause has none. Operating upon effects cannot lead to Cause. Cause is all and is The One. Effects are infinite, mutable and polarized.
Forget all you’ve learned… all of it. Any explanation of the Self is a barrier against it. Self is Lived, effects are explained. Trust deeply for your Cause knows all there is to know as it’s all there is to be. Forget, and you’ll re-member.
with Love, you.
The Reality of the Ineffable, is easier to experience than it is to explain.
Consciousness vs. Mind
¿ Conflict ?