Invisible connection

Life evolves in two directions, which are both opposite and parallel; cooperation and self-fulfillment. In all of reality, self-fulfillment is possible only through cooperation with others. In minerals, for example, several atoms work together to form the molecules of that mineral. If one of the atoms were to separate, the mineral would disintegrate. At a higher level of complexity in plants and animals, including humans, there is a calibration of different molecules, cells and organs, that unite to create a separate being and again, if even one of the molecules in the cells of that being were missing, it would become ill or even die.

Ingnorance

Although we have long known this law of nature, we behave as if we are not part of the ecosystem called planet Earth.  Worse, among ourselves, we believe that one society can be superior to another. Yet nature clearly demonstrates that nothing is superfluous and that no part of any element in nature is superior to another. So why do we think we have a privilege that no other part of nature has to patronize and oppress other people and species? Where does this arrogance come from, if not from ignorance?

Because we are ignorant of the desire to give, which gives us our strength and wisdom, we relate them to ourselves. If we were aware that we too are a product of the two desires that constitute life, we would know how to thrive in this world, along with all of nature. Imagine if we all knew that we were united with all other human beings, that we were supported by all other human beings in the world, and that all they wanted was for us to maximize our potential. How wonderful life would be if every person contributed all his or her talents to society, and in return received the support and appreciation of society. 

A Chance to Move Toward Connection

Connection can happen only when all the parties involved want to connect. And if they agree on wanting to connect they must do what needs to be done in order to connect.

Wanting to connect

The first step, wanting to connect, is actually the hardest. It requires reviewing where we are, realizing how disconnected we are. We have to shift from blaming others for our woes to admitting that we are not contributing to mending the situation. If everyone participates in this process, this will already change things for the better. However, it will lead us to a conclusion that we not really want to connect at all and that will make us feel helpless.

Yet, our sense of helplessness is exactly what we need this is the beginning of the next step, to do all what is necessary to connect. The beauty about this process is that at that moment of crisis, when we feel as though we aren’t doing anything to connect nor can we do anything about it, this is all that is required—to want connection to happen and to realize that we cannot make it happen. When all of us, or at least enough of us, want it badly enough, it will happen seemingly by itself; our hearts will open toward each other and a new feeling will come in.

From enemies to lovers

We think that we determine reality through actions, but we actually determine it through our desires. When we want to do others harm, we create a terrible world and when we want to bring others joy, we produce a beautiful world. When we hate but want to love, we change ourselves from enemies to lovers, and the world around us changes with us.

Our Influence on the Climate Crisis

As the climate crisis escalates and extreme weather becomes more frequent, experts are seriously asking how close we are to the “point of no return.” But the question we should be asking is not whether the earth is doomed and we are therefore doomed, but rather why we are here. 

Humans became rulers of the planet

The universe in which we live has existed for about fourteen billion years. The earth has existed for about 4.5 billion years, and life on earth began a few hundred million years after the earth formed. We evolved from atoms to molecules, from molecules to single-celled organisms, and from single-celled organisms to the myriad life forms on Earth in the water, on land, and in the air. Finally, in the last few hundred thousand years, humanity has emerged. 

Gradually, we have become the rulers of the planet, exploiting the soil, flora and fauna, polluting the air, soil and water, and depleting the earth’s resources as fast as we can to gain power and wealth. Is this why we are here, to do all this evil? Perhaps, if we knew the answer, we would not be doing the unimaginable damage we do to the planet every second. 

why are we here?

Therefore, the question of our purpose for being here is the key question we must answer. If we know the answer to it, we will solve all our problems and save the planet. Once we make our social environment friendly and caring, our nature will become friendly and caring. When we become friendly and caring, we will stop exploiting. And when we stop exploiting, we will stop abusing each other, other living beings and the planet as a whole. 

It turns out that to save ourselves and our planet, our only focus should be on changing our social environment from hostile to friendly, from abusive to helpful. Everything else will then quickly follow. Only when we start thinking about each other will we stop thinking about ourselves, and only when we stop thinking about ourselves will we start perceiving the world around us as it really is. Therefore, the only question we need to ask to secure our lives, the well-being of the planet, and even our happiness is, “Why are we here?”

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This World is Just a Replica of the Spiritual World

We have forgotten, or never knew, that this world is only a replica of the spiritual world, we perceive the world as an “imprint” of the spiritual world.

The purpose of life is to be fulfilled and feel good, which can be achieved by becoming equal to the giving power of nature. All that is needed to achieve this is a correction of our heart.

Our heart is entirely made up of desire and tends to want receive for itself. If we correct it to a desire to give to others, we can become truly fulfilled. Because receiving for ourselves will never give fulfillment.

We just cannot immediately correct our heart from the intention to receive for myself to the intention for giving to others. This correction takes place in steps. These steps can again be divided into smaller steps, where we start by “avoiding” harming others.

Not to want to harm others sounds obvious, but if you start working with it you will discover that the ego wants to get things at all costs, even if it harms others or the world. This stubborn ego will try anything to escape this correction.

Now the idea is not to avoid the ego. Rather, it leads us to recognize this, unconscious behavior. Each time a new piece is revealed. By facing how the ego works, we can choose each time to connect more lovingly with others. In that way we correct it step by step.

Perception of Reality

What is reality? What is a person, a human being? Our perception of our reality causes concealment to us. A person is like a closed box with five openings, our five senses. Around that person, that box, is a complete reality, also called spiritual reality. From this reality things come to us. Through the five senses we determine what that thing is, in other words what reality consists of according to my senses.

When this object outside the box comes to us, something strange happens. It does not really enter the box. The box is a closed system and before the object can come in, it touches a barrier, a kind of transmitter, something like the eardrum or retina or a nerve of the skin surface, or a taste bud. The object is reduced and goes through a program and it is interpreted by us into something that we can understand according to certain principles in the program. Once it has gone through this program, it leaves the box, this machine, and this produces our reality.

It doesn’t matter how sensitive this sensor is. It can be an eye or a space telescope, or you can be completely nearsighted, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the programming. What happens in the program, this subjective system. It can only be what the system says it is. Not what it really is, but a reduction that can be understood by the program. 

As a result of selfishness i am trapped inside the five senses

Why is this program limited? It is the objective reality and the limited part we can perceive of it. This program is called selfishness. “What is in it for me?”, “How is it going to influence me?” As a result of this selfishness I am trapped in it. The person is locked in a subjective view of all these things. Only in relation to how it feels inside the box. So we have a problem, because each of our five senses works with exactly the same program. 

So in order to know what surrounds us, what the big reality is, we have to develop an extra sense. A sense which can actually make contact with what exists outside the five senses. To do so, you must have a desire for it. It is not possible to work outside the box, to build something outside that box, as long as we are satisfied with what we have. There is a motivating force within us that enables us to get to the point where we need to get out of the box. 

We understand that we are ‘a will to receive’, that we are built as egoists, and we must also understand that this is okay. We need the ego to achieve fulfilment, there is nothing wrong with it. We just need to learn how to use it, how to handle it and how to use it for this spiritual purpose. 

The power of desire for something better is what motivates everything in reality

What moves things in reality? What makes things happen? Nobody does anything in this world without getting better from it. Maybe you move in your chair, your gaze wanders, maybe you have grabbed something to drink. Every movement you are involved in, happens only as a result of a calculation: that you feel uncomfortable where you are and that a need has arisen in you. And you have moved to a new position or a new situation that you think will make you feel better. 

This lack and its fulfillment, the power of desire for something better, is what motivates everything in reality. And thanks to this longing, it will eventually take a person out of the physical world, out of the perception of the physical world. We will leave the limitations we experience and the suffering that goes with it. If we learn to use our desire in a good way, we can enter the spiritual world beyond the barrier. 

The desire to receive evolves within each of us and within us as humanity. We feel desires and we feel how they change. It starts with a desire for food, sex and shelter. Our efforts, our work, the whole purpose of our lives has to do with finding and getting these things, just like animals. Once we have fulfilled this, we realize that life is about much more than that, and we can no longer be satisfied with it. Then a second category of desires appears.

These desires – one, two, three, four – all have to do with the physical world

Next is a longing for wealth. Wealth is an addition to the first category, so that I never have to worry about it again. And once we have fulfilled this longing for wealth, we come to the feeling “is this all there is? Then something else grows in us. It is not only the desire that grows, it is a desire that encompasses the previous desire. Now a longing for power arises. This has happened on an individual level, but also to the whole of humanity. The whole scope of history has been the evolution of these desires. 

Power is the ability to control both the first and second category of desires. And also this longing is no longer enough at a certain moment and then a longing for knowledge arises. Knowledge is essentially the barrier of what we define as the physical world. These desires – one, two, three, four – all have to do with what we experience as pleasure, what we want, what satisfies us. Well, knowledge is science, it is religion, it is art, it is the pinnacle of what we consider to be something humanity could possibly achieve. 

Yet anyone who seriously delves into this very great desire and tries to fulfill it, eventually discovers that it is also empty, that in science there are no answers for the real causes of things. So, because there are no meaningful answers, there are only mechanical answers. And those answers only have to do with these desires. Religion does give us convictions, but cannot give us access to what we really want: a direct knowledge. 

A new (spiritual) desire appears in our hearts

So, once a human becomes empty as a result of having fulfilled all this, something completely different, something very special, a new longing arises. But, this desire is not a desire from this world. It is a desire which is placed in our heart and which is the sum of all the desires we have, both for this world and for what lies beyond it. 

This longing is placed within us from a very different level of development, from the higher reality. And what appears in our hearts is a “point in the heart”. This point is a part of the greater reality. It has an aspect of spirituality, as this longing is fulfilled, it constantly grows until it fills our whole experience, our whole existence, and it can bring us into the spiritual world. 

What is a higher reality? We are created in exactly the opposite stage to the quality that exists in the higher worlds. Therefore, we cannot perceive what is there. It seems as if there is nothing at all. Man consists of a desire to receive. That is what is in the box. And this desire to receive makes us experience a limited existence, makes us suffer, experience isolation and all the things we find difficult in life.

In the spiritual world there is no time and space and therefore there is nothing mechanical there.

What exists outside is an objective reality. This is the will to bestow, an unconditional altruism. In other words, the experience here is unlimited, unlimited existence, unlimited joy. We cannot feel this, because we have no means to get there, we only have our five senses. Or do we? 

In the spiritual world there is no time and space and therefore there is nothing mechanical there. The spiritual world consists only of states of feeling, which have to do with certain qualities, inner qualities. All movement in spirituality consists of equality or inequality between two states of feeling or qualities.

We can see this, for instance, in friendship. If my friend enjoys comedy and I do not care about comedy, I am just a serious person, then it is not very likely that we will be very good friends. If I hate comedy, it is clear that there is distance between us. But if I love comedy and I love the same comedians, the same movies as him, then my friend and I, in terms of the love of comedy, are close to each other in that feeling.

There are only two things, the quality of giving and the quality of receiving

In other words, in spirituality, if two attributes, two feelings, are equal, they are considered close, if they are different, they are considered distant. But the beautiful thing is that what can actually move us from the physical to the spiritual, is if they have exactly the same quality, purpose and intention, then they are the same, then they are connected.

And it is this law, the law of equivalence of form, which can take us out of our selfish state of separation, so that we are able to build an extra sense that can feel what is outside of us. What we can do is to build within us a similar frequency, a similar quality, which has the same quality as this altruistic quality of bestowal. 

Actually there are only two things, the quality of giving, bestowal, and the quality of receiving. This is all there is. And to get out of the box, we have to move to the spiritual space. This means that this quality, the will to receive, has to change step by step to the quality of giving, in order to become more and more equal to the altruistic, giving nature. 

THERE IS A LADDER TOWARDS THE STATE OF LOVE

It is like a ladder, with each step of the ladder representing the states as increasing amounts of the will to bestow beyond the will to receive. Through the increase in equivalence of form with the giving nature, we will begin to feel what giving actually is, what it means to love and support everything that exists and to build this similarity within myself.

The Wisdom of the Circle 2

What is a connection circle?

In a connection circle we try to create a connection between us. We want to connect with each other, to be together, and in this context we create a common space. It is a kind of communal space, in which each takes distance from himself (ego). We enter the common desire and within that we can build a system of connection between us.

To the extent that we try to connect more, we will suddenly start to feel the connection between us. There are all kinds of connections there and we start to distinguish the different kinds of connections we have. We discover a system of forces, the more inner life. And then we learn how we are connected with each other and what this network is that binds us together. In this way we begin to discover the spiritual world.

We try to associate all our desires with the spiritual world. For example, if there are great desires behind me, then I transform them more and more in the direction of connecting with everyone. In this way I reach the perfect state. Where everything is connected with each other, myself and the group. And the selfish desires we transform for the connection of all of us. In this way we all achieve that we have nothing left of those selfish desires. Everything is transferred to the connection, and that is called reaching the end of correction. From there we can redesign the world.

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The Wisdom of the Circle 1

Introduction

The Method

There are many psychological methods in our world, various religious and spiritual methods that ruin our desires. And integral education says no, we must leave desires as they are. Only their use must change, from “for oneself” to “for others”. And this is what we are actually trying to do in a circle. When we succeed, and that same desire is for the benefit of others, instead of for ourselves, we will feel the connection. 

The circle method teaches us one thing, how to correct ourselves; how to connect with each other. It is actually about making aware the connection that is already there. By connecting with each other above the ego, we can, with the help of this circle method, come to an ever larger connection. The circle method is the most efficient way to come to a connection. There will be more and more need to be in the circle, and the person will feel integrated in a group.

The circle method is a method of revelation of the connection that already exists at a higher level. That we come together in a circle, each one cancels himself, submits to others, connects with all the people in front of him, integrates into them until he stops feeling himself, but rather feels “us”. This is already a kind of new reality which did not exist before. The group then becomes an entity which exists on its own. 

In other words, first there were ten*, and now these ten have connected, so this connection is called a group. And in this group everyone is equal, each of them includes everyone. I go above myself, and the same goes for each of them. In this way we reach connection. 

*The circle is formed with a maximum of ten people

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If We Want to Heal Our Body, We Also Need to Heal Our Environment

Covid_19

Since the start of Covid_19 tensions have increased all over the world. And these social tensions have resulted in violent conflicts.

What turns out is that hatred is the real pollution. And the statement ‘A healthy body in a healthy mind’ also applies to our social environment, our social body. In a healthy environment where people’s thoughts about each other are loving and caring, the environment (society) will also be healthy.

CONNECTION ENSURES A HEALTHY SOCIETY

As soon as we transcend our differences and connect with each other in a common goal (a healthy society), a healthy society will become possible. This will also have an enormous positive effect on our physical health.