Monday, June 13, 2011

The Lost Art of Contemplation

Contemplation is something of a forgotten art and often overlooked as a tool for consciousness evolution, but it is a vital component as without contemplation you will never be able to align your thoughts, words and deeds in a satisfaction way. If thoughts, words and deeds are out of alignment you will never have enough power to evolve in a society that bend on de-evolution.
In contemplation we use the power of pure rational thought and the emotions play no part whatsoever. The aims of contemplation are threefold; to discern, to discriminate, and to prioritize. In other words, why do you do something, what is the standard by which you judge success and what are the priorities that need to be set for the future.
The first thing that you should contemplate is the meaning of life. Does life have a meaning? Does it need one? Do you agree that meaning of is the evolution of consciousness? You need to come to a conclusion about this even if only a provisional one; otherwise any further contemplations will lack a context as: your opinion on the meaning of life sets the perspective for everything you think, say and do. If you think life has not meaning, then the obvious thing is to indulge in what is pleasurable and of not worry about consequences. If you hurt people in the process of getting what you want it doesn’t matter; ‘Nothing is real, everything is permissible’[1].
Emotionally, most people will find this unacceptable, but this does not mean that is untrue. The important thing in contemplation is form a definite opinion and then set the priorities of your life accordingly. The problem with most people’s thinking is that is ‘neither here, not there’, meaning in this case that they come to no firm conclusion about what the meaning of life is or is not and so their thoughts, words and deeds lack consistency. If you form a conclusion and then act upon it you have a good chance finding out whether the conclusion was right or wrong. If you decide to live as if life has no meaning and act accordingly my guess is that, unless you are mentally disturbed, you will quickly find quite that this is an unsatisfactory way to live. You can then contemplate the matter further and try something else, this is evolution.
I strongly recommend that begin your contemplations following my premise that, the meaning of life is the evolution of consciousness. I recommend this, because I think you will find that thoughts, words and deeds based on this premise will prove themselves valid, however it is entirely up to you.
Having contemplated the meaning of life and come to a conclusion the next thing to contemplate is how is bring your words and deeds in line with your thoughts. How do you express the meaning of life as you perceive it and your thoughts, words and deeds? In most cases it is simply not possible to suddenly and completely change you way life (though this is an option always worth considering), so the question is how to alter your priorities in such a way that a ‘shift’ towards your goal is be achieved over a period of time.
The way you set priorities is an extremely important and powerful tool in your evolution. However, you need not be overly forceful in your approach. What is needed firstly is discrimination; by this I mean breaking a large problem down into smaller more manageable pieces and tackling each with an individual approach.
Materialism traps us by the deceit that material value is the only practical way of assessing things - only the market can be trusted to give ‘realistic’ appraisal. Materialism concedes that other values exist, but asserts they have only limited usefulness. Really it is the other way round; market values are intrinsically flawed and even it they were not, all markets are ‘fixed’ anyway. The only real way to assess the value of anything is to establish whether it fulfils a role in the evolution of consciousness and has a place in the meaning of life. This is what you should use your powers to contemplation to try to ascertain. Once, you have got an idea as what is truly worthwhile you should then contemplate how to express this positively in your daily life.

Some subjects for Profound contemplation
Is the present just line between the future and the past of or it a ‘space’?
Is the future a ‘blank page’, or is it like a movie with all the scenes scripted and set ready for to filmed, or is it something in between, ideas forming in a vortex of potential?
Why is it that the elements a have such apparently boundless ‘enthusiasm’ and humans are mostly so ‘lack luster’?
I sure you can come with more and better contemplations than these if you try.

Some examples of practical contemplation:
How does one make one life more ecologically sustainable? This is a really big problem as virtually everything we do results from unsustainable technology. So, we contemplate this matter and discern that the principle problem is one of consumption; we consume too many un-renewable resources. Next we apply discrimination and consider the various ways in which we consume, eating, heating, driving, consumer goods etc. We can then prioritize what is most important and what is least important to our way of life. That which is least important can be given up straight away. That which is somewhat important can be cut, and that which we consider vital be left alone for the time being at least.

It is sometimes possible through careful contemplation to find errors in our way of thinking that can readily corrected. Take the matter of time; people habitually grumble there is never enough time. However, with contemplation one can see that this is by no means always the case. Frequently when people say they are short of time, what mean is that they are short of the resources to exploit time that is actually in abundance.
Q ‘Why did you only a week’s holiday this year’  
A ‘Because I had to get back to work’
Q ‘Why did you have to get back to work?’
A ‘Because I needed the money.’

For an example of this: take a business. In business it is commonly considered that maximizing profit per unit of time is the primary aim and maximizing profit per unit of recourses used is secondary. These priorities will ensure that whatever ‘green’ rhetoric is forthcoming that company will inevitably shift toward become ecologically less sustainable. However, if we simply reverse these priorities so that the primary objective becomes to create maximum profit per unit of recourses, then the company will steadily shift toward being more sustainable. If every company in the world made this slight shift of priorities the problems of pollution, and diminishing recourses would ratchet down instead of up. If the educators at the prestigious institutes around the world spend more in contemplation and less time worrying about their status then this is what would be taught to the up and coming business highfliers and future tax assessors.
In the short term might a slight loss of GDP, but in long run financial meltdown would be avoided.

[1] Apparently, that expression first appeared as "Nothing is real, everything is allowed," in the 1938 adventure novel, "Alamut." Alamut is the name of an ancient fortress in Persia (modern Iran). The novel is about the cult of assassins ("Hashashins") in that area in the 11th Century. It was written in Slovene and wasn't published in English until 2004. Today the Hashashins are featured characters in a couple of video games, which may account for the recent popularity of the motto. There is more about it at the following link:…

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