OPTIONS AROUND CONTEMPLATION
The world’s society (e.g. school systems) is geared to Extroverts. Their craving for External World stimulation suggests an inability to be open to comprehending mysteries of Beauty, Primary Qualities, or Spiritual Essences. Being populators of the Crowd, such Worth is replaced with wallowing in Material things + wishing and hoping for endless amounts of “Scarce Desirables” + following “Fad” trends pertaining to items of Value. Measured material benefits depend upon how they are esteemed on the Ladder of Significance by the Public. This is what guides ones interpretations of the monitored feedback one gets from External World influences. “Fad”–a ‘Hippie Era’ term for something temporarily popular (like today’s ‘Flashing Light’ gadgets)—means a “Trend” or “Craze” in any form of collective Crowd behavior that “comes and goes.” In the process, Fad implies the Crowd’s minds are excitingly entangled and encaged “inside-the-Crazed box”. Absorption of these ways of thinking by socialization makes for Patterned and Superficial Thinkers—and the absence of profound explorations. An exhibition of this occurs in asking “Fad” people if their lives are better off by technology and its gadgets? Some start by asking: “better off than what”?—a stalling to consider if they may not have the newest, bigger, better, stronger, faster Trinkets—a thought making them terribly insecure. Other, almost endless questions follow, admixed with chatting about the latest and most wide-scoped Trivia. The result is simply “letting go” of the original question—and with no one having any more clarity than before. By contrast, that question–asked of Introverts in the Spiritual Elements flow and comfortably skilled in Contemplation—is instantly answered: “technology is of low priority.”
“Contemplate,” to devise solutions for Omens while in a state of Trance, originated with Primitive (the first of Humankind) African Shamans’ Visions–as indicated by many rock paintings and engravings. Very Ancient African Sages devised Primary Contemplation as a way to make connections between the Cosmic Mind and ones Real Self nature–conveying all inner meanings which enable one to “know” certain things to be true, and without reference to the familiar intellectual processes. Augurs (ancient Roman priests) borrowed and applied African practices by marking out spaces in temples to “observe omens carefully” so as to predict the future. In C16, Europeans defined “Contemplate” as partial or complete identification of the observer with the object observed, while losing ones own personality. The African sense of “Contemplate” is steadily holding all forces of life in the place of Silence. When skillfully done so as to be “second nature,” then one can see, hear, and know in a realm other than the phenomenal world of a higher power’s existence. The more and longer this is done, the greater is the magnitude of clarity concerning the Essence of ones Soul while keeping the mind progressively more one-pointed. This was taught in Ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools (c12,000 BC) so Initiates could engage in the Mysteries of African Tradition’s Spirituality leading to achieving Personal Freedom. The most important objective was/is the deification of humans and teaching that the Soul of humans, if freed from bodily fetters, would enable them to be God-like; obtain the beatific vision; hold communion with the immortals; and see within the metaphorical gods in this life. African Sages taught with gods and goddesses (Neteru). Yet, they made it clear that they are not realities but only windows into the transcendent—avenues by which ones mind and body energies may be channeled towards a higher, spiritual goal in life.
In the process, a human’s conventional “ME” and its boundary considerations are gradually eclipsed so as to become a “Non-Self.” What occurs is “Dematerializing” the boundaries between the “ME” and the “ME/WE” so that the symbolic messages are able to transform themselves inside the Union. Achieving a “ME/WE” union state is the Soul realizing its identity with the Infinite. That inwardly luminous experience enables ones “Soul Sunshine” to have great Cosmos visioning. By contrast, since the Crowd has never even begun the process of doing Contemplation as a lifestyle development means they have no absolutely sound “Ground of Being” on which to base decisions of any technology gadget making them better off. Also, instability is present since Material things constantly change. Operating from an Unstable Selfhood Base means no life-shaping or life-changing decision will make them better off compared with decisions Based on the Spiritual Elements. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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