Thursday, April 25, 2013

Purchasing new or used? Energetic and cosmoethical considerations

Kim McCaul

At the end of IAC’s Bioenergies in Nature workshop, after everybody has given their energetic body a good workout, participants talk through a list of 21 tips on how to manage psychic energy in their everyday life. One of the items causes regular comment. The tip in question points out the importance of being mindful of the energetic baggage that may accompany second hand items, especially clothing and jewelry. It queries whether we are aware of the fact that we may be carrying another’s energetic burden when wearing such item. Frequently, someone in the group will explain their preference for second hand clothing from an environmental and ethical point of view. Most recently a participant questioned whether buying brand new items that may have been produced by virtual slave labor in a country without worker protection laws does not carry its own energetic burden due to the unethical background of its manufacture. This is a valid concern, but the distinction between the two issues is important to understand.

The issue with second hand items is simply based on the observable fact that we all impregnate objects we regularly use or even wear, such as clothing and jewelry, with the energy we produce through our thoughts and emotions. We all incessantly produce what in conscientiology (science of consciousness) are called thosenes (THOught + SENtiment + Energies), units of energy charged by our thoughts and emotions. And these thosenes impact on our environment and in particular on objects and places we are closely associated with over any length of time.

We may buy a second hand shirt from someone who had great, positive thosenes or we may buy a necklace worn by someone for years while they were generating thosenes of depressed and resignation. In either case, the energetic charge of the object will reflect its wearer’s thosenes and can have real repercussions on our mood, our state of mind and even our physical well being. Awareness of this can help us avoid inadvertent interferences in our own mental, emotional and energetic balance.

The issue with brand new items is quite different. Even assuming they were manufactured in a sweatshop by low paid minors (to develop a worst case scenario), they are very unlikely to have the kind of energetic baggage a second hand item does. Maybe they were handled by someone who felt miserable due to their sense of exploitation. But that person’s interaction with the item was only brief, and after that numerous other people, none of whom had any great personal investment in the item, would have handled it.

Consequently, the item was not imbued by specific thosenes and does not carry a major energetic burden of that nature. Such items may, however, carry an ethical burden. For it is true that if we purchase items produced through a system of exploitation of either people or the environment, we are supporting this system. One of the principles of cosmoethics, the universal ethical system researched by conscientiology, is that we apply what we know. In other words, if we know or understand something, but don’t act in accordance with that understanding, we are not in harmony with the principles of cosmoethics. If we know that items for sale are produced in unethical conditions and we still purchase them, we are complicit in the system. We strengthen karmic ties with both the victims and perpetrators of the system of exploitation and we corrupt our ethical integrity.

So it’s not a matter of “either – or” when it comes to choosing between second hand and new items. It’s not about one being right and the other wrong. It’s about making purchase decisions that are based on our discernment and consider to the best of our ability the relevant bioenergetic and cosmoethical ramifications of our decision. Once we consider the many multidimensional factors in life even an act seemingly as mundane as buying a pair of pants or bracelet can become an opportunity to grow in our discernment and integrity.

Kim McCaul is an anthropologist and an IAC Australia volunteer

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day: Toward an Ecological Mind

The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.
Once the story our world is built on reflects the reality of interconnection,
we will be on a true path towards sustainability.
- Charles Eisenstein
On this Earth Day, as we seek to preserve our Home for future generations, we can consider what is arguably at the root of the issue: our relatively low degree of ecological awareness. What affects our eco-consciousness?

In 1992, IAC president Wagner Alegretti delivered a speech at the United Nations' Earth Summit to elucidate the link between consciousness and ecology.  As we witness the continual detriment of our "space-ship" Earth, we can ask why there is still insufficient will to reverse the trend.  Underpinning our behavior is a worldview or paradigm, a story that we have internalized.  The predominant paradigm can be characterized as materialistic, mechanistic, or reductionist. 

In other words, we tend to understand humans, animals, trees, rivers, air, water, and the rest of the Earth as material things, or resources for material motivations.  Even though we may have certain principles that state otherwise (from religion, from modern science like the 100-year-old quantum physics, our internal compass or philosophy, our senses), when we are limited to physical senses, this limited view of the world seems to convey that all is matter; that life is short; that we are on our own and must follow our own immediatist best interest in a competitive world. 

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of
human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to
deal more kindly with one another,
and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,
the only home we've ever known.
- Carl Sagan
Experiences like seeing the Earth from outer space, clairvoyance or projection of the consciousness (out-of-body experience), however, literally give us a new perspective, a new consciousness-centric or consciential paradigm. In other words, it demonstrates that Life is not a thing. We are not the body, ecological systems are not mere resources, the experience of enjoying the sight of a beautiful mountain is not worthless, even if it is not tangible or monetized.

With this new cosmology, we understand ourselves in a more integrated way, as part of a cosmic ecosystem, a cosmic family.  We understand that actions (even our thoughts and intentions) have inexorable consequences and we think in a more long-term fashion. We understand that we are eternal and that we have more than just this life: not only should we preserve the Earth for future generations, we may be part of those future generations.

As we disconnect from the consensus trance, from the rat race, we naturally seek more authentic and lucid sources of purpose, of meaning. Rather than being driven by fear, we discover new motivations: the continual drive to improve ourselves, to learn and to advance the well-being and evolution of our fellow Beings.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed- Mohandas Gandhi

"A New Story for the People" - Sustainable Man

Nelson Abreu
Los Angeles
IAC California

Monday, April 8, 2013

Beyond Evidence: "Killer Apps" of Projectiology

When lecturing with more skeptical audiences, it is natural that much time is dedicated to discussing evidence suggestive of the out-of-body experience, subtle energy, and psychic phenomena as more than mere illusory "neuro-curiosities" - as well as methods and paradigms for scientific study of such experiences.  As critical as the scientific discourse is, many times one can lose sight of the fact that these experiences can transform people for the better. For that reason alone, they are worthy of serious investigation: scientific and personal.
What do you think is the cosmoethical "killer app" for OBE's, bioenergy, or psi phenomena that could increase interest in this area of human manifestation, even among those who do not think they are "real"?

Not to mention that they can be quite enjoyable and enriching! One does not have to believe OBE's are real to derive enjoyment and enrichment from them: flying, being underwater without breathing and communicating with dolphins, exploring a rain forest, experiencing some degree of lucidity when one usually is "blacked out"?

In societies where the value of an activity is judged first and foremost by its potential for financial return, projections of the consciousness and related phenomena may seem like an utter waste of time.  One of the best ways to undermine the predominant, materialistic paradigm could well be promoting benefits that are seen as relevant to "conventional" circles. 

For instance, modern economies rely increasingly on originality to set a product or service apart from others or to create a whole new market ecosystem.  Several leading companies try to break the mold of the typical office space and dynamics with the aim of facilitating creativity.  For millenia, novels, paintings, inventions, new approaches or solutions have come to light during or after experiences like the OBE.  Steve Jobs gave great credit to his altered states of consciousness for shaping his genius.  More individuals could have such intuition against the conventional wisdom, minus the LSD, hashish, and marijuana. 

Could athletes, lawyers, test takers, nurses, therapists perform their functions better through bioenergetic practices? What of paraplegics that can feel energy coursing through their body, in areas where they could not feel a thing, and that can experience movement and even flight? Inmates that can experience relief of their restrictive and typically negative environment and can have a moment of personal dignity, a paradigm-shift that could result in positive transformation?

One of the scientific programs with the most objective and extensive data on consciousness-related "anomalies" was conducted at Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory over a period of three decades.  If the data accumulated thus far is not convincing enough for most, another three decades of similar experiments is not going to change that. Instead, part of the focus has changed to applications such as those explored by Psyleron.  For instance, lamps that change color according to output of a digital true-random digit generator, which appear to, at times, respond to group resonance in a business meeting or to the emotional state of an individual. A text message service that sends pre-programmed messages via SMS to one's cellphone at random times, creating the conditions for synchronicities -- such as reminding someone to do an energy practice at an opportune time.

Now, chances are that with the accumulation of experiences, whether for entertainment, relaxation, originality, insight or improvement of performance in other areas, the veracity of the OBE and other phenomena would become increasingly evident leading to a more purposeful, spiritual or evolutionary approach.

What do you think is the cosmoethical "killer app" for OBE's, bioenergy, or psi phenomena that could increase interest in this area of human manifestation, even among those who do not think they are "real"?

Nelson Abreu is an educator at International Academy of Consciousness - California and contributing author of Filters and Reflections: Perspectives on Reality (ICRL Press 2009).