Fleetwood shares this: 'decline of global sattva?'. Yes, it can seem that way these days, because it is easier to feel resistance, which shrinks one's apparent world; less satisfying. However, as a wise man said, 'take it easy, take it as it comes'.
Globally, we are in a period of rising sattva, but it must be integrated at each step of our journey. Light doesn't conquer darkness, it removes it, and it removes it by knowing through every photon, its identity, and differentiation from darkness. Just Being - no resistance necessary. The light just acts as itself, and removes the darkness. So the resistance within can create the illusion of a less satisfying reality these days, feeling closed in, but it is only a lesson plan to move forward, through acceptance and integration. dfbear writes : Agreed, and it's taking place in group consciousness also, which is why you see a lot of large shadows moving these days. Brighter light, more distinct shadows = more conscious. fleetwood_macncheese wrote : Exactly. The polarization also makes the choice, contraction or expansion, clearer. A Phase Transition? To an ongoing spiritual condition of fear where human beings are running always afraid of what next the computer might be used to hack in to their life. (The Postmodern Age of AI Uncertainty) “Postmodernism is largely a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective efforts to explain reality.” As Hawkins’ map of consciousness also shows science correlates that cultivation of meditation “improves moral reasoning”. In signs of the times, a First Casualty evidently is the ability to discern Truth from Falsehood. :Collective Dome meditation numbers are way down, :Consciousness on the Hawkins ‘map of consciousness’ falls to levels below 200. : then so goes ethics, the capacity at moral reasoning, and the ability at discerning truth from falsehood. It explains a lot. -QED "Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Congress". US Congress: Republicans vote to limit ethics body - BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38494455 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38494455 US Congress: Republicans vote to limit ethics body - ... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38494455 Republicans in the House of Representatives vote to limit the power of Congress ethics investigators. View on www.bbc.com http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38494455 Preview by Yahoo David R. Hawkins had a fair critique for understanding some of this uncertainty in the collective. He had a developed ‘map’ as the scale of consciousness that was calibrated on a logarithmic scale of 0 to 1000. Hawkins was saying that only some few years ago did humanity calibrate reaching a 207 on the scale, 200 being just the point at which people can discern truth from falsehood for themselves. One wonders if Hawkins were still around if he would calibrate that humanity has dropped below 200, to something more in the range of 175 again. His map seems descriptive of something more coarse that is more in the collective now. On Hawkins’ system of vetting, people calibrating below 200 can’t discern truth from falsehood for themselves. Below 200 people are incapable of discerning, they do the best they can but they are unable. They tend to just asserts things without much perspective. In dipping to below 200, people lose the ability to discern truth from falsehood and will live promoting in a world of lies. For instance from Hawkins' map: People living at 175 on the map of consciousness: Their God-view: Indifferent. Their Self-view: Demanding. Their Level: Pride. Their Emotion: Scorn. Their Process: Inflation. Map of the Scale of Consciousness: http://www.reuniting.info/download/pdf/Levels.pdf http://www.reuniting.info/download/pdf/Levels.pdf From the Fairfield Coffee Haus Satsang: Q: People saying they are disabled in a mental agitation and chaos by 21st Century media then define certainty, an objective ‘that’? A: "When push comes to shove, you can be rational but what it really comes down to is how people feel. Their experience, though there can be information that comes mentally, information that can be helpful but actual transformational experience is in how this makes us feel. Our feeling of insight does not remain mental, it can’t, because what is that? Ideas, words, thoughts, what actually transforms it is when we are filled with the thrill of a type of a ‘a-hah’. Think of Einstein, a type of discovery that is rightness, a true-ness, that is a feeling. That isn’t a mental thing. It can be described, this theory, this formula, but the actual recognition that there is something true or a recognition that there is something true there is in here, the feeling of the heart. That is the disconnect here, because it can be so complex, they both can be so complex, we can have scattered minds we can have scattered emotional lives but when there is clarity of thought and purity of heart it is a pretty dynamite combination, clarifying." - "..Example in A Beautiful Mind, where the movie meets the super mind that is going on about how uncertain emotional life is and unreal it is, and the response back is, ‘..what about love, how do you prove it?’ Why is love real and yet we know it? When we experience it we know what love is. We know the feeling of love, but we say how do you prove that? It is both, it is not to say that we should not be disciplined mentally, have discourse on ideas and things, but they need to resonate in the heart. That is what Amma is talking about, that the purpose of a meditative practice is actually to quiet the mind so that you can experience this soul-nature that is experiential, that is a feeling. Our language is so limited because we think of feelings that are sensate, body based, where it is that deep recognition that something is true and good. My feeling in my perspective is that is what is important now. Certainly in working with people now." -The FF Coffee Haus Satsang ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : FW, e-mail: News and media must produce and they have nothing solid to talk about! Nearly all is speculation & anxiety of anticipation to fill time and media/electronics. Unfortunately this mode of thinking is infectious to the masses of people... cluttering the minds of all to the extent of mass confusion in sorting reality; this obsession with conveying gossip and speculation produces convictions blinding rational thoughts & feelings. Noting that the election is over...not subject to change. About 50% of voters were complacent with slow change using perennially implanted policies and tactics, and about 50% want to tear up the garden and to replant large tracts. We all must await new leaders , advisors, programs, approaches. So far we have not had definitive guidance revealing the future. As objective decisions occur and as consequences appear everyone will be able to carp and guide within the new guidelines. There are impeachment and periodic elections....if we survive. Current disorder of thinking simulates the 1840-1860s. And again 1870s to 1890s. Be observant and patient! Some say meditation and Eastern philosophy are helpful in these times. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Fear, the 'Social Question". The coming future.. “And that's the fear. The fear is that populism makes this not about an electoral ballot but really about the future, fundamentally of oneself within one society. And it - and populists winning, in particular, not only by having solutions that people can hang onto but by demonizing the opposition. And that's the danger in the society we're living into today. ..And it's not just in the United States. It's beyond that, which means that the period after November 8 really is the critical period because that will determine whether our electoral system and democratic system based on the alternation - the peaceful alternation - of power is acceptable.” -NPR ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Yes, the Domes in Fairfield quite evidently are activating spiritually too like spiritual places are for an individual or collective. There certainly is a reality to that. Like sitting in a gathered Quaker meeting In effect wages peace as places in the silence of their spiritual processes. Waging Peace now given these agitated and divided times, the imperative seems to rise as we know more. It becomes like a duty: duty for those who know how to pursue and wage radical peace spiritually. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : "Where did we go wrong? The real mistake we commit lies in our inability to differentiate between requirements and luxuries."-Amma "Don't be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your candle and step forward." -Amma "Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone."-Amma ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Ammachi in Detroit, ‘Q and A’ satsang meeting. 11.23.16 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Transcription of rough handwritten notes.. Q:What of the fear, agitation, commotion, hatred and confusion that is individual and societal for the present time? A: Amma answering, Swami translating.. [ ..her observation was that everyone has opinions, like people have different opinions about how to take their tea. But what good is fear? Her instruction directly was to gain spiritual strength, to strengthen ourselves spiritually without becoming too anxious about the future. We are not candles that need to be lit but self-luminous suns. To just keep moving with spiritual growth. That while we live in families and communities that ultimately we are alone and so we look to find strength in ourselves. Ultimately only God is there, gain mastery over mind. Refocus on our dharma which is compassion and everything will be okay. With a candle keep walking forward into the dark and extend the light. This is the dark age of materialism, Kali Yuga. There is virtue and divinity in everything, even a broken clock reads the time correctly 2 times a day. Even in the worst human beings there is compassion there too. You cannot force unity to happen, it unfolds by itself. Feel happy first and others will be too. Every drop flows to the ocean. Do whatever you can. Even though one half are gripped by fear everything will be alright, even if it is not. Strengthen the internal mind to help others. Let the weapon be love. Be strong (jestering active stance ). Don’t meet anger with anger. Do the work. ] # 11.24.16 Excerpts from Ammachi’s ‘Big-Swami’ talk/discourse with Swamiji.. Transcribed From handwritten notes: Big-Swami- 'A follow-up on the fear and confusion in the world and of ‘institutional fear’ questions from the previous day,' Big-Swami: “.. saying there is ‘no need of confusion or fear’ is not a simple or superficial statement. The way we look at the universe is different than ..the world view. For us the universe cannot be self-made, everything obeys Nature. We cannot amend that. For every action Nature follows the set laws. We are not an exception to the laws of Nature, we only break ourselves against nature’s law. Indiscriminately the law of karma works as nature. The Law of Karma is the law of the Universe. [..some examples, ‘there are pious credits ..but then you get the credit’.. Gita IV.v17..] ”The mills of God (nature) grind slow but fine.” ..Don’t expect that people will understand you. Understanding equals love, patience equals compassion, if people do not understand then grow your own inner light. In life, civil law we have to learn and Nature’s law we have to learn. Even a little of this practice protects from fear. There are 3 dimensions of space and 1 of time, space is static, time is movement. A. Huxley: there is one corner of the universe you can improve and that is your own. [discussion of power politics.. Binding love and liberating love are different.. A sugar-coated politics is power politics with domination, greed, and anxiety. ..Sympathy is not the same as empathy.. (Cultivating Remedy) in these times: 1. Virtue, mental purification, ethical/moral preparation, righteous life,action. 2.love(selfless service to others) 3.meditation(spiritual practice). ..Discerning self-less service (action) from “what is in it for me”. Love yourself, accept yourself; can’t love yourself can’t love others. The human body is a Holy temple, it is a temple of God and through love and then acceptance life is an opportunity to serve and love. A combination of perfection of meditation and compassion is a rare thing. There are awakened people but the combination of awakening with compassion is a rare thing. There are plenty of awakened who care nothing. But by the combination of awakened grace like in Amma we will soon see light within ourselves. Divine Grace can help establish Peace, Peace from the heart Pervades. # ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Post-election.. After such a brutal and divisive election, it is clearly vital that we heal the rift and bring our nation back together. It is essential that we do everything we can to bolster our national coherence during this turbulent and sensitive transition. This will help calm the nation—and bring the best possible result for our country while the new Government is being formed and its priorities being set. Fortunately, Maharishi has given us the technologies we need to defuse deep societal tensions and bring powerful support of nature to the country. We simply need to apply them to a sufficient degree. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : I feel for all those who are anxious—and that includes some in my own family. Fortunately our specialty—and for many of us, our profession—is (in essence) making lemonade out of lemons. Maharishi left the deep silence of the Himalayas to eliminate suffering, to reconstruct the entire world for a heavenly life on earth, to create Sat Yuga out of Kali Yuga. So making lemonade would seem, in comparison, a relatively simple task. ..And it is not just the President, but the entire apparatus of Government—legislative as well as executive—who lead but are in turn led by collective consciousness. And the best thing we can do for them, and for ourselves, is exactly what we are doing. Diving into the field of profound inner happiness, peace and contentment, and serving as a pipeline to transmit those most powerfully transformative qualities of the Absolute into society. And, building up the size of our group in any and every way we can. -Dr. Hagelin ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : ..On both sides of the political divide people are feeling anxious and concerned about the possible outcomes, and many are worried as to whether or not tensions will continue to rise afterwards. Many people are left feeling powerless by all of this they are feeling that all they can do is lodge their vote and then hope for the best. As Meditators, Sidhas and Governors we are very fortunate in that we can do so much more than this. We have the wonderful gifts of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs that we have received from Maharishi, and also the understanding that when we practice them together in a group we can spread a powerful, calming effect of peace and coherence in to the atmosphere, and enliven Natural Law to support the best outcome. Jai Guru Dev, the Ideal Community Group ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Letting social agitation dis-organize our spiritual body.. “A belief has emerged in America that we are surrounded by hidden dangers that will strike when we least expect it and with a terrible fury. We are enraged when others don’t see it, for the same reason someone being ignored when he says there is a fire will be justly enraged. But everything is not on fire. ..we think of the Depression and Pearl Harbor (& 9-11) and we wonder if we are being lulled into a false sense of security. We are not uncivil. We are afraid. Our fears have serious origins. But reality does not always lead to the apocalypse.” -George Friedman ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Related, of a 'Disordered', damaged or frayed spiritual fabric.. Olliesedwuz wrote in FFL430768: A: Yeah, it is a curious problem these days, with tech providing us with 'super-powers', yet we still struggle to rise to the consciousness that will make tech less disruptive, and more supportive of solutions. Right now, there is kind of a giddyness globally, about each of us being empowered for expression, through social media and media in general. Having instant access to so much of the world, and being able to influence it, is not something we have been rigged for historically, and it is stirring up everything, all values, and ways of acting, interacting, and reacting, as we find our way through this infinitely connected world, and learn how to adjust to it. Although the media tsunami provides vastly more input to our senses, and questions more and more of what we experienced as a solid world previously, the challenge remains the same, to maintain and nurture our spiritual life in the face of whatever goes on around us, and do our best to adapt and thrive in this new world. Q: The mundane stuff that gets trolled here aside, what do you feel about the spiritual agitation in the body electorate and how it seems to get manipulated one way or another in this post-modern age of the electron? Just wondering. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Of the damaged and social fabric ‘frayed’, this NPR critique does highlight the new order of imperative for directly pursuing a program of collective meditation in what will be the period following the national election. The critique gives good reason to do this that we know.. Now, with the weight of science behind it and by virtue of our long experience a consideration of nationalizing our local (Fairfield) collective practice to a higher cause of the global community employing regular and long meditation for this period before and after the national elections does become compelling. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : A relevant analysis of an agitation of the post-election period.. Q: “..you've spoken out about a tide of populism (& ‘the new demagogue’) you see rising in the West - Western Europe and the United States. What have you seen?” A: “..increasing anxiety in both the United States and in Europe about the conditions - both economic and, ..demographic, ..growing globalization and, particularly, technological change - of many people in these countries. ..” “So I do not expect a civil war here. I do expect a damaging period, a period where the infrastructure will be damaged. There will be an increased social disorder.” Infrastructure? “Sort of a fraying of social fabric, the fraying off of a common reality. We're already seeing this.." http://www.npr.org/2016/10/29/499867715/populism-and-trump http://www.npr.org/2016/10/29/499867715/populism-and-trump ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : # ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : excerpts from a FF coffee haus satsang.. " ..but this is where we are at right now. We have an entire environment right now that is in such wildly varied levels of understanding and comprehension of this stuff. Because of all kinds of questionable reasons, the whole thing of computers that, ‘it is okay that anything goes’. That just because we can do it therefore we should, we should and nothing matters. That has its own repercussions and one of the repercussions, like it or not, are hell states. There are hell states. If you don’t discern, if it only goes to being debased then it is not healthy and then you get to learn from that. It is an option. Some people can’t take notes. They just aren’t able (Message over 64 KB, truncated)