Week 19 – Taking Initiative And Our Connection To Universal Intelligence
Taking Initiative And Connecting To Universal Intelligence
I am running way behind this week. What I was pretending not to know this week is that I slipped out of high gear. Oh I’ve done all the things I should have done, all the exercises. readings, ‘Seeking the Silence’ and discussing progress with “The Guy in the Glass”, and so on, but I’ve had to push hard. The virtue on which I concentrate is taking initiative.
That’s relevant because this whole exercise has come about as a result of my taking the initiative by leaping at the opportunity to be involved with the Master Key Master Mind Alliance. Taking the initiative is an attitude of mind aided by the wonderful habit of persistence. These I have but individual examples of taking initiative I have been hard pressed to find, though note them I have.
I’ve Hit A Bit of a Brick Wall
I’ve come up against a bit of a brick wall in my journey this week and I feel like my progress has slowed, maybe even stalled. A number of things contribute to this.
For one thing, The Guy in the Glass is a good person, an accomplished person, “so why am I trying to change him” I find myself wondering. And I realize it’s not so much change as it is revealing. I’m just not going fast enough. And that thought makes me smile because I’ve had many decades to establish the current me. Maybe I’m getting a bit too close to the truth of who I really am. And goodbye’s are kinda hard.
So I continue to focus on my Personal Pivotal Needs and my Definite Major Purpose. I feel the need to refine or revise the plan I have for attaining my purpose. This is perhaps the main reason it seems I’ve just bounced off a brick wall. This is what I must concentrate upon during my thinking sessions.
The other reason I am late with this post is the fact I’ve not been clear on what I want to discuss with you. The movie “I AM” has given me much to think about. I’ve watched it at least three times but the analytical being I am has not yet put all the pieces together and related them to The Master Keys, Og Mandino’s Scroll V, and how my generation has shaped the world.
About vital force Hannel says in the introduction to The Master Key Part Nineteen “Although we do not know what it is, and possibly may never know, we do know that it is a primary force which manifests through living bodies, and that by complying with the laws and principles by which it is governed, we can open ourselves to a more abundant inflow of this vital energy, and thus express the highest possible degree of mental, moral, and spiritual efficiency.”
In the Preface and again in Part Eighteen -1 he says “There is a change in the thought of the world. This change is silently transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world has undergone since the downfall of Paganism.” He goes on to say this revolution of thought, combined with the enormous advances in science is ushering in a new civilization.
He says “customs, creeds, and precedent are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the impurities of materialism are being consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full robed before an astonished multitude.”
These words were first published in 1912 as a 24 part home study course . Each time I read them I wonder “is this true, and are we still in the process?” Two World Wars and the Korean conflict promptly followed. But then we did see the era of the Baby Boomers and the tremendous surge in affluence, innovation and change that seems to have characterized that time and generation. Maybe Haanel was right after all. All that conflict and upheaval had the effect of making room for the new environment of mankind.
Boomers Taking Initiative To Shape Their Reality
I read a relevant article in MediaPost by Mark Bradbury about David Bowie , a leading-edge boomer who passed away on January 10, 2016. What Bradbury says about Bowie pretty much describes the Boomer Generation; “He valued self-belief, self-expression and self-fulfillment. He broke with convention and stretched boundaries. He insisted on having an influential voice, and he believed his efforts would ultimately lead to a better life for all.”
He goes on to say Boomers “have redefined each of life’s stages and are now re-imagining what it means to be middle aged. As the oldest members of the generation face 70, many have simplified their lives so that only the most important aspects are at the forefront of their daily pursuits. Not surprisingly, they are driven by their own limitless passion for life.”
And this passage resonates with me because it’s from whence I come: “Boomers don’t buy into the idea that their story is coming to a close. Instead, they are still very much exploring their identities, pursuing new adventures, and remaining an influential societal force.” Right you are Mr. Bradbury!
Maybe this is what Haanel predicts; an age of power and enlightenment where people are no longer imprisoned by the struggle for mere survival and can develop their potential to the fullest. But alas, let’s consider the present.
The economic health of countries around the globe literally blew up in 2008 and has never recovered. It seemed like a sudden, inexplicable event but, like the build up of green house gases in the atmosphere and the resultant catastrophic global climate emergency, it was a predictable and predicted result of permitting financial institutions to gamble with other people’s money, using instruments, the use of which, should have been considered criminal acts and treated as such. Only Iceland has seen fit to prosecute and throw into jail those responsible. In the rest of the world it’s now business as usual. No lessons learned.
Conflict rages around the globe. Poverty and inequality are at unprecedented levels, the health of the planet and its ability to sustain life is being sacrificed in the name of the “Economy”, which benefits but a few. Governments are run by corporations, the only “persons” with power, to the benefit of themselves. What perverse logic defined a corporation a person, with all the inalienable rights of a citizen, but none of the responsibilities?
What happened to the “Law of Compensation”, and the power of Good over Evil. Evil is said to have no vital force. It cannot exist in the presence of Good. Was the brief interlude from 1945 to about 1970 but an anomaly? Was Haanel a mere hopeful dreamer? Things ain’t lookin so good.
Then I get to see the movie “I AM“. The movie is written and directed by Tom Shadyac, a Hollywood film maker and director of such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” Go on over to http://www.iamthedoc.com/ and get the details. It is available on Amazon and well worth the price.
The movie is a result of Tom’s quest to get the answer to two fundamental questions:
- What’s wrong with our world, and
- What can we do to make it better?
After recovering from a serious accident that left him with post concussion syndrome, he took a look at what he and many other like him had in the way of property and things compared to the grinding poverty all around this affluence, and decided to make this movie to get the answer to those questions.
He consulted, interviewed and filmed some remarkable men and women recognized as authorities and thought leaders in science, philosophy, and faith, including celebrities such as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Dean Radin, Thom Hartman, Dacher Keltner, Chris Jordan and Rollin McCraty.
He poses these questions to these luminaries with the hope they can point the way to how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world. He wonders if all the apparent inequities, poverty, aggression and upheaval have a specific cause.
Modern Society Seems A Disaster
At first the picture he paints is chilling. Suzuki laments that our society has somehow made “The Economy” into an entity unto itself as thought we are powerless to control its machinations, rather than understand it for what it is; a monster of our own making.
Lynne McTaggart, a physicist and brilliant thinker, explains that we think of science as delivering the ultimate truth, that Darwinian science describes the human race as individuals in a competitive struggle for survival of the fittest. We are separate from all other living forms and to have any impact on others, we have to do something physical to them; a physical touch, punch,or kick.
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley indicates we operate from the basic assumption that we are wired up to compete. McTaggart echoes this by noting we seem to have fashioned our world on the idea that to be significant or successful, it must be done at some one else’s expense.
Our business environments are built around the ideas of scarcity and competition and our towns and cities are based on the idea of separation into compartments and individualization. It’s a case of every man for himself.
Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dean Radin emphasize that in our society today, our job is not to be citizens, but to be apathetic consumers while Chris Jordan, Photographer, says that wealth and happiness have become synonymous; you have to acquire stuff if you want to be happy.
Dean Radin, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Noetic Science follows up with the suggestion we think of ourselves as being made of materialistic stuff, similar to machines and that we operate in mechanistic ways. If something cannot be measured, manipulated, touched, or tasted, it’s not real.
But There Is Something Fundamentally Different Between Machines and Life
So that’s the staring point. But Thom Hartman, talk show host and author of “Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became “People” – And How You Can Fight Back“, says that there is something fundamentally different between machines and life.
To illustrate this he points out that you can take you car apart and lay all the parts out on the shop floor and if you are a good mechanic, you can put all those parts back together again, hook up the battery, turn the key and that car will run like it did before.
On the other hand, if you did the same with your dog or any other living animal, even if you were an extremely gifted surgeon and could put every piece back into its exact original place, that animal would never function again. That we are fundamentally different from machines is clear.
Now the movie turns to the things which distinguish living organisms from machines, and humans from other animals. Suzuki, points out that we share 99% of our genetic material with our nearest relatives, the great apes. And a hallmark of most primate communities and many others is the degree of cooperation and sympathy exhibited.
McTaggart also reveals that Darwin’s message was actually more about the sympathetic and cooperative nature of man, rather than the competitive aspects and survival of the strongest narrative that was transmitted to the public. Apparently cooperation and sympathy didn’t sell papers even then, so the winner take all aspects were emphasized, and thus shaped our view of ourselves and what is acceptable behaviour.
Our Connection With Universal Intelligence
Two other things had an enormous impact upon me which relate to the power of our thoughts and the Universal Mind which we have been studying for nearly 5 months.
The first brings to mind the Sun Center I talked about in Week 4, the Solar Plexus which links the subconscious and conscious mind and nervous system components. Rollin McCraty, the Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, illustrates that the heart sends more information to the brain that the other way round. He emphasizes the importance of the Vagus Trunk in informing the brain and managing all aspects of our physiology…. and thought!
He also shows that the heart sends out a strong electromagnetic field which is picked up by the brains of other people, affecting their moods, reactions and thoughts. He demonstrates that the mind- your thoughts, can elicit responses from other living systems. He hooks up a voltmetre to a petri-dish of yogurt and shows that when Shadyac thinks about issues that cause surges of emotion, the voltmetre instantly registers “off the chart” activity.
And then he reveals that when large numbers of people witness and/or hear about catastrophic events that cause pain, suffering, death and injury inflicted upon other people and living things, they have a huge and measurable response. This is based upon the fact humans have what are called Mirror Neurons which fire and induce emotions and even pain in the observer of an injury to another person, that are identical to the responses in the person who actually experiences the injury.
The most remarkable illustration of the power of this phenomenon is that which occurred in conjunction with the 9-11 attacks. And it illustrates that the thought waves emitted can affect living and even non-living things. There are numerous machines around the world which exist to generate random numbers on a continuous basis. What blew my mind was the fact that coincidental with the 9-11 catastrophe and the resultant worldwide outpouring of sympathetic emotion, these machines began generating non-random number sets.
The collective outpouring of thought energy connects millions
The collective outpouring of thought energy and its effect on machines served to demonstrate to me that we were all in communication with each other, simultaneously, illustrating that we are all somehow connected through our thoughts. We are connected. Our most powerful emotions are related to cooperation, sympathy and empathy.
A further illustration that we are connected to all parts of our environments is the illustration provided in the movie about the way in which our minds can predict what will appear or happen before it occurs. In fact the experiment demonstrated showed that the mind can predict what’s going to happen even before the choice of events to be presented has been made.
And I come back to David Bowie with this remarkable observation from an article in the New York Times by Jon Parless in 2002. Parless remarks on the fact that Bowie had a penchant for predicting future events in his songs, including 9-11 in “Heathen”.
Bowie says “I hope that a writer does have these antennae that pick up on low-level anxiety and all those Don DeLillo resonances within our culture. It’s not like it’s something new to me. These are all personal crises, I’m sure, that I manifest in a song format and project into physical situations. You make little stories up about how you feel. It’s as simple as that.”
Wow, I’m getting to be a better observer. Not long ago those words would have had no significance to me. I am more aware now of our connectedness with all life and the way in which our thoughts have power to communicate at distance and to create. These things didn’t just line up coincidentally.
I’m still digesting what that movie tells me. I’m far from finished with it. But I recommend it to anyone who, like me, fervently yearns for a better world than what mankind currently seems destined to produce. It reminds me that what I want for my family, my grandchildren, is what I should wish for all humankind. And I do.
It also gives me hope that indeed this is possible and that Haanel is correct, and reminds me that my brief sojourn here and in fact the last few hundred years, are but tiny blips on the fabric of space time.
And the final word goes to Einstein. In Part 19 -25 Hannel indicates :
“.. we know that light travels at the rate of 186,000 miles per second, and we know that there are stars so remote that it takes light 2,000 years to reach us, …. we know, too, that this light comes in waves, so that if the ether on which these waves travel was not continuous the light would fail to reach us; we can then only come to the conclusion that this substance, or ether, or raw material, is universally present.”
MAJOR Discovery: Scientists announce finding Gravitational Waves confirming Einstein’s theory
What’s the first thing I hear on the breaking news on the radio in the morning? Just that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity has once again had another major confirmation. Scientists announced they had actually discovered or demonstrated gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein. I am even more convinced now that Einstein will eventually be shown to be right in his assertion that “God never plays dice” in relation to his idea that there is a unifying principle that explains the apparent random nature of quantum mechanics.
Check it out yourself. I find the computer simulations of Einstein’s equations to be absolutely amazing!