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Software of the Mind #1: In The Beginning There Was Thought

Author: Matthew Webb

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style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">In the twilight before the
dawn of civilization, the connection between humanity and Nature was still
strong.  Hunter-gatherers seeking
food and self protection in the wilds, lived the wisdom of Nature because they
never left its influence.  Mind and
body were coordinated in concert as a matter of alert, focused attention. The
mental and physical realms knew no divisions or distinctions, nor could any be
afforded.  Without inner
coordination a lack of personal unity meant certain death, which is a condition
of the efficiency everywhere in Nature. 
Life to our ancient ancestors depended on the personal power to survive,
as a mind/body strength that left no room for waste or unnatural focus. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Also without division was the self and
the environment, and these two worked in close cooperation. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Feeling and Awareness were then the
primary guides to right action as a lifestyle, one which proved to be extremely
effective.  Feeling/Awareness
indicated the Intentions of others, the presence of prey, the threat of enemy
tribes, the right timing for the hunt, for clan activities, and the routines of
each season.  Awareness kept keen by
moment to moment alertness, revealed how to interpret subtle feelings as to
where food might be found the next day, when storms would arrive, and how to
make use of plants and animals. 
Nature provided every need so long as humanity remained at one with its
cycles, purpose and rhythm.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The power and potentials of
the human mind have continued to develop since primordial times, according to
the Intent of the Earthmind.  Human
horizons are ever expanding because it is an aspect of nature to grow beyond its
current limits.  The forward push of
evolution is relentless, and so too has the inner development of the human being
since before the advent of agriculture. 
As ancient hunters found the means to refine the physical tools that
aided survival, they also began to refine the inner tools that aided
understanding itself.  
Thinking about existence, about themselves and life, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  gave rise to increasing inner
sophistication.  This in turn
demonstrated itself in the outer world. 
At first, human thoughts like the beginning of life were simple,
concerning themselves with only the most basic concepts. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  As time passed thought became more
complex, and when this occurred an increasing desire to communicate these
thoughts arose.  Simple sounds
indicating basic emotions and Intentions were replaced by series upon series of
individual syllables, that in conjunction served to convey the increasing
complexity of the inner human life. 
In this way words came about that were mutually agreed upon to represent
specific objects, animals and plants in the physical world, as well as thoughts,
emotions and Intentions in the mind.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The increased capacity to
communicate very specific ideas was of great advantage to our species in all
parts of the world.  The knowledge
of previous generations could now be preserved through the medium of sound, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  memorized through the retelling. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Syllables became words, words created
sentences, and sentences of representative images became the backbone of
language.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Language it was realized is
among the greatest of tools.  It
organizes thought into orderly patterns, 
rendering the mind more capable of sophisticated and symbolic
understanding.  Through symbols,
(which is what syllables and words are) the mind crystallizes at will the
representations of an unlimited number of things. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  A synthesis of diverse symbols enhances
inspiring art and innovative technology, 
and the creativity to generate new, more useful ideas. style="mso-spacerun: yes">   On the personal level language and
its symbolic representations can enrich the inner realm, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  representing ideas through which life
and self can be reviewed, refined and transformed. style="mso-spacerun: yes">   Wisdom, intelligence and self
review can through such symbolism be increased at will. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  All of the aspects of existence can then
in the mind be manipulated and synthesized, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  in any combination or degree.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The truly flexible tool that
is language is one that today can address every aspect of life. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Humanity has labeled an incredibly large
portion of existence.  There are
names given to a universe of things and combinations there of. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  So inclusive is language that it has
become a focal point for the study of culture, history and the psychology of any
given mind.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">As with any tool of great
merit, any technology of broad application, the potential that exists for the
misuse of language is equally great. 
The key that is language, which can symbolically and creatively unlock
much of the mystery of existence, itself becomes a trap. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Our ancestors learned to employ language
to advantage,  yet were largely
unaware of the potential hazards of its increasing use in daily living. With the
advent of early agriculture the amount of available free Energy for living
became greater.  Greater Energy
meant more leisure time for organized groups and extended families. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Understanding of the inner world through
self contemplation grew,  yet so too
did an artificial synthesis of natural concepts. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  This compounded the artificiality of
human thought over and over again, until words themselves no longer held literal
meaning. Human-created thought then began to replace natural understanding as
the primary mode of the  mind. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  In other words, our own ideas replaced
the practical knowledge of Nature and right living.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Through the greater Energy
made available by a knowledge of plant and animal cultivation, the use of tools
and self-made places to live, humanity was freed from a dependence on Nature, or
so it seemed.  Images, concepts and
Gods were given form through the mind, many of which began to glorify only the
human process and not the design of Nature. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Generation upon generation passed which
built upon these earliest of thoughts, that are today the root of
civilization.  Many thousands of
years gave rise to the further synthesis of social ideas and assumptions
regarding the nature of life.  These
increased the use of technology, but also decreased our conscious connection
with Nature.  Gradually this
connection became a distant memory for most of our kind. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  When the connection with Nature is lost,
so too is the natural knowledge of plants, animals, our own bodies and right
living in general.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The potential advantages of
the tool that is language, has become a paradigm based on human creations
alone.  It has become the modern
crutch.  The wrong use of language
is the ultimate addiction because it is the one fundamental dependency we have,
with which every aspect of living is intimately related. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  At no time does the unnatural
representation of life in the form of words style="mso-spacerun: yes">  leave the modern psychology for more
than a few seconds.  The constant
stream of mental dialogs, sales slogans, and half remembered songs are as the
howling winds of storms which never cease in our inner landscape. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Plagued are we by these symbols of our
own creation, for they occupy like an invading army, both the inner and outer
worlds.  Never are we consciously
without the compulsion to chatter on inwardly. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  It is almost as rare to find a moment in
the modern outer world that is without an equal bombardment of the mind, with
one symbol after the next.  The
auditory and visual landscape we experience with radio, television,
advertisement and the workplace all revolve around the axis of artificial style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">likenesses, and so does what we create
within that context.  The world
marketplace is occupied not so much by actual products as it is the icons of
social status.  We no longer
purchase products, we purchase the images that will be seen and approved of by
others.  Even self image or mind
itself we are expected to believe, is based on words and images, and that only
through words and images can we effect personal change. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  This assumption implies that we have
indeed strayed far from the Truth of Natural Law, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  and the wisdom of natural
living.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">When language first came
about it represented very concrete, practical aspects of moment to moment
living.  It was then for the tribe
or clan yet another tool for action, 
just as any implement carried in the hand. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The direct parallel of word and form was
implicitly obvious, and thus language remained only a tool and not the center of
inner and outer focus.  The
incautious use of language began to synthesize the correlation between word and
form to such a point, that they no longer had any obvious connection with one
another.  It was then that ideas
arose which had absolutely no bearing upon the reality of existence. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  In modern society the gulf between name
and actual form has become immense. 
So too is the distance between the unnatural mind and Natural
Law.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The tool of language,
originally used for greater success in Nature, has become instead a mindset
which attempts to justify its own existence at the cost of Nature. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  A tool is only something used to
facilitate a given purpose.  When it
becomes a purpose in and of itself it loses effectiveness. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Words and the social ideas they
represent have become an addiction, because they now exist solely for the
purpose of distracting the artificial mind, (ego) from its own felt
imbalances.  In this way thought
itself has lost the practical meanings it was originally intended to
convey.  It has been forgotten that
words and the mental processes which are composed by them, are only
representations of things, not the things themselves. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The implicit assumption in modern
society is that the representation of life is an effective replacement for life
itself.  To say "good living" in the
right, socially acceptable context, is (supposedly) to give it reality, and in
association with any product or device imaginable. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  To speak of happiness, family, morals,
love or God, is to assume that not only does the listener know what is being
said, but that to merely express the words themselves is a sufficient conveyance
of their experiential meaning.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Words however, are not by
any means the things they supposedly represent. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  They are but the shadows of things made
of imagination and consensual agreement only, having no more meaning than
exactly what they are given.  To
forget this is to fall prey to oneÂ’s own creations. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Words tend to be by nature, unnatural
representations.  When used without
care, they create a conceptual gulf between the self and the actual,
experiential value of any given thing. 
We have in essence been consumed by the thoughts and images of our own
making, and with the mind replaced the entire world and everything in it. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  What now remains are facades of
reality.  Existence for us has taken
on the superficiality of name devoid of its true form. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  We have forgotten that form or reality
itself is more important by far than any label imposed on it. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  By the same token, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  it has been forgotten that right action
is more important than any theoretical evaluation in words.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Traditional psychology has
presented the conclusion that the mind is composed of thought as a natural state
of living.  It further concludes
that the only means of self change we have available to us is through the medium
of thought, of words and artificial images that supposedly represent who we
are.  The point missed by this view
is that we are not born with words or language; these are a learned behavior
based on human creations.  The true
identity of the self is not based on thought or memories of past experiences at
all, but Consciousness itself. 
Thoughts, words, language and all their products are instead, style="mso-spacerun: yes"> the creation of
Consciousness.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Consciousness is the very
essence of existence with which we were born, which never leaves us during life,
and which we return to upon physical death, as souls. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  It must always be remembered that
thought is a tool only,  that words
are only representations of things and not the things themselves. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  For this reason thought, or more
specifically our own thoughts, can no more accurately represent our true
identity than they can the universe at large. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Through meditation the Truth of this is
clearly revealed, demonstrating the self to be the soul that is beyond the need
of thought and words to possess identity.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Self image or ego is a
representation composed of thought. 
It is a symbol that is presented to the world which is not the true
self.  Personality cannot be
fundamentally modified through psychological manipulation, and yet the major
institutions of social reform still claim that it can. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The ego, which is completely artificial,
is sustained by the continuous repetition of certain thoughts about the self
moment to moment.  Without this
continual reinforcement it begins to fall apart, a process which evokes the
phrase, "I don't know who I am right now". 
The question in Truth is not "who" we are, but in fact what we
are
.  The question of "who" is
only in relation to others in society, 
and its artificial concepts of life. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The question of style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">what we are on the other hand is
extremely relevant to all places and times, for the answer to this is
everlasting Consciousness.  Ego is
always fundamentally changing depending upon what kind of thoughts support
it.  It may be defined in
association with oneÂ’s occupation, family, philosophy, religion, past memories,
social position, or sheer imagination. 
Ego is entirely arbitrary in essence, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  for it is a creation of the mind,
maintained at the cost of great personal Energy and intelligence. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  It becomes for these reasons only an
imagined territory to defend.  The
consciousness which composes the true self on the other hand is of timeless,
universal essence.  It is not
dependent upon the view of any one culture, memory, family or social
position.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Ego originally arises in us,
in modern society, primarily as a result of fear. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  In reality it is only a protective
shield of thought, created and reinforced by the mind in an attempt at self
protection.  When deep fear first
arises in the young child, their natural openness and high vibration makes them
exceptionally vulnerable to hostile environmental influences. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  These may be in the form of competitive
peers, abusive parents, poor living conditions or stressful circumstances of any
kind.  The child often feels in
these conditions a deep hollowness or despair, for as a soul they have not
forgotten the real nature of existence, which is love and intelligent
design.  They intuit or directly
perceive the lack of love and intelligence in their environment. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Finding no support in this inner
knowledge, they begin to doubt their own validity of perception and self
worth.  Furthermore, the sensitive
child is mistakenly taught by adults that the whole reason for living is to
fulfill the ideas of society.  They
are taught to value ruthless competition and materialism as the definition of
so-called "success".  Sensitivity in
such a world is not valued, nor is true intelligence. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Both of these naturally challenge the
falsehoods of such a status-quo as ours.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Finding no support in what
they naturally intuit to be true, and simply feeling the "wrongness" of the
adult world, the naturally sensitive and intelligent child learns fear. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  This is the first major initiation of
our kind, into a society which is itself literally brimming over with fear and
hostile, unnatural conditions.  To
cope with this fear, the child then learns to mimic the behavior of adults as
they are pressured to do, just to survive. 
This behavior has become the standard template for the behavior of the
young.  It is primarily artificial
and egoistic, with all the posturing, manipulation and psychic discord that this
implies.  At its root, the fear we
first feel as children begins well before we learn language. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  It begins before we are even born, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  in the form of psychic influences
rendered by a world that is out of control, and out of touch with its
essence.  We have as a species
learned to ignore the nearly constant feelings of pain and fear, as the warning
signals of wrong Intent that they are.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Nature neither knows nor
needs ego to function,  and neither
do we.  It arises and is maintained
by only three factors, and when these do not exist, ego automatically drops
away.  One factor is fear, which is
the primary cause for its continuation. 
Another is a concern for the opinions of others, in this current world
paradigm of hollow imagery.  This
concern is the result of the supposed need to "fit in" with the attitudes of
others, to be accepted as one with the crowd, style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">regardless of what that crowd values or
does
.  The third sustaining
element of ego is thought.  All
three of these contributing factors can be brought under personal mastery, in
order to disband the ego and no longer suffer its disadvantages.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">In practicing body-wide style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Awareness of Awareness, the meditator
has the opportunity to seek out fear wherever it resides in the self. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  When noticed, the fear that is lodged in
various locations in the body can then be dissolved. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Without the experience of fear there is
no felt need of self protection, thus when fear drops, ego is also
disabled.  As for living for the
sake of the opinions of others, this too can be dissolved by valuing Truth as
the highest priority of living. 
There is no real advantage in living oneÂ’s life in accord with a society
that has forgotten its own roots. 
Truth sustains life through factual benefit, whereas social opinion
arbitrarily destroys and corrupts. 
To live according to the public view is to sacrifice what is truly of
value to the soul.  To be
“politically correct” is to eventually erode personal welfare and happiness,
which are themselves essentially absent in the modern world. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  In the case of eliminating thought as
the focus of self identity, the repeated entry into style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Awareness of Awareness will eventually
convince the practitioner beyond any doubt whatsoever, that the true self is
nothing other than consciousness.


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