Mathematics of Consciousness

Can mathematical truths be identical with divine truths? Are numerals possibly symbolic of spiritual realities?

I wonder. Mythosophy begins in wonder.

The spiritual master Pythagoras has come down to us, primarily, as a mathematician and progenitor of the Pythagorean Theorem:  a2+b2=c2

Let’s see: a2+b2=c2 …when a triangle has a 90⁰ angle, and squares are extended off each of the three sides, then the biggest square (the square of the hypotenuse) equals the other two squares combined.

Yet, Pythagoras was also, preeminently, a spiritual teacher; a mystic and knower of divine truths.

I wonder, if a2+b2=c2 and we substitute Wisdom for “a” and Divine Love for “b”, then what will that equal? What will Wisdom2 + Divine Love2 equal?

That is what I want to solve for.

Wisdom2 + Divine Love2 = X

I want to solve for “X.”

The square of that hypotenuse would be something. It would be my spiritual number. What’s yours?

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Inner Peace: There is no App for That

This post’s quote: “Are you a body that has a Soul or are you a Soul that has a body?”

It has lately been popular to describe divisiveness within our electorate as “identity politics.” Following the principle that “we tend to become what we put our attention on,” let us forget politics and wonder instead about what may uplift us: “identity metaphysics.” Turning away from outer divisive dramas, can we find wholeness and unity within our subjective beings? Can we find peace within amidst a world of conflict and strife?

Mythosophy answers yes. Mythosophy, the Wisdom of Myth deals with identity, specifically, your identity as a being involved in your own story (your life story) and learning your life’s wisdom; finding your true voice and speaking your truth; your true words. When living your spiritual vision you become heroic.

Fear often blocks us and shuts us up.

Dr. Robert Shiller (Nobel Laureate in Economics) recently returned from the annual economics meeting in Davos, Switzerland and observed a profound unease and fear in investors. (CNBC 1/28/15) To summarize, things are changing so fast that investors are extremely uncertain about the future and fearful that their jobs may no longer even be in existence much less that they would be gainfully employed in any endeavor. This fear combined with the last market downturn in 2008 left many frozen with fear and not investing precisely when they should be. Dr. Shiller noted that part of this fear stems from the belief that whatever we know will likely be supplanted by some future technology (a future “app”) that will render us unnecessary. Dr. Shiller cited his own childhood efforts in learning the stars and constellations being now rendered unnecessary due to computer programs. Why expend the energy in learning astronomy or anything when there is, or will be, “an app for that?”

Technology can devalue the joy and accomplishment of learning, if we let it. However, let us never forget our inner subjective worlds where we filter and experience all of life. We don’t live in the outer world; we always live within.

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” (Folk Saying)

Don’t put all your hopes, dreams and ideals in the outer world, the objective basket. Hold the jewels of your inner consciousness close and treasure them. Choose carefully how you share your wealth.

It is natural to have some outward focus in order to make our way in the world, but too many are so lulled and seduced by outer reality that they ignore their inner beings. Some even question the very reality of their subjective selves. For example, many of us believe we are our physical bodies. If we focus all our attention, hopes, dreams and ideals into the outer world, we should not be surprised when some of them or all get broken. Worse, we are left inwardly unbalanced because we lack the poise derived from subjective growth. So enthralled are we with the outer world and the gifts of science and technology that we are inwardly immature.

Who am I? Who are you? What are we as beings? Are we primarily a physical body? Or, are we primarily our emotions? Are we our thoughts? Who are we? What do you identify with? Are you a body that has a Soul or are you a Soul that has a body? (Paraphrase: “…not that men are bodies and have souls, but that they are souls and have bodies.” From Rev. Dr. R. Thornton’s October 1881 paper to the Church of England’s Church Congress, New Castle)

Above the temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece was a saying, “Know thyself.”

What does it mean to know yourself? Examining the contents of consciousness, I witness thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations rising and falling away. Thoughts and feelings comprise a range from baser inclinations to more aesthetic moods. Intuition and subconscious urges inform mind, feeling, and even, occasionally, physical sensations. Yet, something more remains; me, the observer; the witnesser.

Who is this observer; this “witnesser?”

The answer to knowing ourselves is balanced between our subjective and objective experiences with strong emphasis or accent on the subjective. Mythosophy is preeminently a subjective exercise by means of sacred stories and sacred words. It is through our individual subjective awareness that we find our excellence and clarity. The outer, objective world is, in essence, merely the context through which we move; the setting and background of a theatrical production in which the plot unfolds via the actors. To be a good actor one must be a good observer; a good witnesser. This observer plays many roles in many dramas. Sometimes the part is well played; other times perhaps we need to learn our lines better. Call the observer consciousness “Soul” or “Higher Mind” it is nonetheless the actor choosing what part to play.

Are we not Souls projected into objective experiences as actors are projected into the stages and plots of their play? We forget that we have contracted to perform in a theatrical production (one that spiritualy matters). Ego tells us our temporary roles are ultimately real, thus we chase the chimeras of material wealth and honorific titles.

Seek thy true stories; thy true words. Immerse and bathe in the wisdom of your subjectivity. There is solace therein. Your peace is in your heart. May our hearts beat in rhythm with the Heart of the Eternal.

There is no app for that.

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The Way

Religions derive from spiritual paths. Spiritual paths derive from spirituality. All are guideposts along the way.

If you seek spirituality, look in the eternal mirror. If your reflection has a smudge, start polishing.

Where there is a Soul; there is a way.

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Do a Life Review Today

Today’s Quote: “May our lives bear better fruit and not bitter fruit.”

Once upon a time and many years ago my brother almost died. Traveling apart from our families, he and a friend had biked cross country to the ocean and were swimming at the shore. They got caught in an outgoing tide and were desperately trying to swim back to the ever receding beach. My brother who was a better swimmer, in addition to his own survival, was trying to pull his friend along also.

They made it. Barely. Exhausted, they collapsed on the isolated beach for a long time to gather their strength.

Funny thing was, in hearing this story years later, my brother also told me that he had experienced a “life review” as he faced growing belief in his imminent death. This occurred just before he and his friend gained a last second edge over the current; a renewed hope in life. That edge just saved them.

Life review?

My brother had seen, in several flashes, all of the experiences he had gone through in his young life, as if seeing an array of pictures each containing their own video reenactment or movie segment. He had witnessed the major events as well as the most minor, insignificant moments. He had seen it all in several instantaneous flashes before his eyes.

He literally had a near death experience (NDE). Part of his subjective experience was a sort of “opening” of normal consciousness into a greater expansive vision; he could see every aspect of all his life experience in several separate instants; unlike the way our “everyday” consciousness knows things sequentially; in parts and pieces.

His awareness seems to have, however briefly, transcended time.

In Mythosophy, we redefine myths as “truths” as opposed to falsehoods or deceptions. Myths are our true stories based on our experiences. Myths are also our true words, true speech based on our experience. Our stories and words express our spiritual wisdom.

Many spiritual traditions have myths reporting a life review that occurs upon the demise of the physical body; what is called death. Many of these myths additionally report an evaluation or assessment of one’s life experiences. Often these reviews are prequels to our next spiritual steps or future lives. Examples range from the ancient Zoroastrian myth of crossing the “Chinvat Bridge” into the afterlife to Hinduism’s myths about “Yama, the King and Judge of the Dead.” Another is Plato’s “Myth of the Warrior Er” at the end of the Republic who returns to life upon his funeral pyre and reports what he has seen.

We all eventually face death. My question is: Why wait for death? Why not perform a life review now; today?

Some questions to ask, spiritually, in self-evaluation are: “What were some lessons?” “What was learned?” “What did I do well?” “What could I have been done better?” “What were my patterns?” “Out of what consciousness was I, at times, acting?” Remember, this is about you, not someone else. Whatever someone else could have done better is for their own life review, not yours.

What are your insights? Do you see themes? What is your story; your wisdom, your true words? Mythosophy as a practice is a special type of insight into stories and speech. Practice is part of the Contemplative Path traveled always through your heart. Mythosophy, the Wisdom of Myth is all about the insights conveyed by our story; our lives.

In the face of death my brother had realized that his consciousness had a transcendental component that, however blocked out by everyday life, was always present.

Those who have been near death experience a greater appreciation of life. Awareness of death may, paradoxically, be a tool to a better, more fruitful life. Yet, we don’t have to die to do a life review. You can do it today. What might one change now? Changing our present presence changes our future.

Let us pause to reflect. May our lives bear better fruit and not bitter fruit.

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Spiritual Acceptance

This post quote: “The things in your life that resist your best efforts are your spiritual assignments.”

Amidst our life’s hopes, dreams and aspirations there is the hard reality of what must be dealt with and handled. It is natural to resist and lament “Really? I have to expend my time and energy on that instead of creating my dream, my ideal? Why?“

It is natural to question the situations we face.

Acceptance is the humility to trust that total consciousness (“God”) is leading you toward Its realization amidst the gritty muck of everyday life; that the mundane may give way to the eternal.

Flexibility is the key to spiritual acceptance.

Aesop’s fable, “The Tree and the Reed” well portrays this. Once upon a time there was a mighty oak tree and a little reed at its base. The great tree looked down and said: “Why don’t you grow as tall, strong, and majestic as I? There is nothing that can harm me.” The little reed looked up and replied, “I’m quite content just as I am, and safer.” The great tree sneered, “Safer! Who shall lay me low?”

Time passed and a great wind arose. The mighty oak resisted with all its strength. The little reed offered no resistance and bent with the wind. Rising to a gale, the fierce wind toppled the great oak tree over. As the wind ceased blowing, the reed rose back upright again and gazed at the fallen oak. The mighty was brought low and the small was raised up.

It’s about the hardness and rigidity of ego versus the flexibility of spiritual consciousness.

We do what we do and create what we can, but when life presents us with insurmountable obstacles, we must bend with them. If we resist, we enter a fighting ring and begin a terrible travail that may harm us, perhaps “knocking us out for the count.” We upset our equipoise until, tired of the struggle, we finally surrender and accept.

We learn to bend.

There is a time to act, do and create. There is a time to accept. Wisdom knows the difference. Usually, when nothing we do works any longer, it is time to accept. However, spiritual consciousness, if we listen, can more quickly bring acceptance. Humility is behind our flexibility to accept that which we cannot change.

Patience gets us through.

Honor the suffering not for the greatness of their spirit, but for the recognition that God (total consciousness) so trusts them that He gives them His problems to carry for safekeeping. Our problems are really God’s problems; we just think they are ours.

We carry God’s problems and God carries us.

The things in your life that resist your best efforts are your spiritual assignments. If you can, accept them. Even simple acceptance is a great spiritual step; the acceptance of a little reed.

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Myth and Silence

This post quote: “Silence seems to speak to me; I’ve learned to not talk back.”

Quote #2: “Listen to a person’s words and listen to the silence behind their words.”

Does myth connect with silence? As previously posted on July 8 and August 8, 2014, “myth” comes from the later Latin mythus based upon the earlier Greek muthos. The etymological root of muthos is mu, the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet.

Mu roots may be found, among other words, in: muse, bemuse, amuse, amusement, museum, museology, museologist, music, musician, and the goddesses of creativity, the nine Muses.

Myth connotes “muse.” Mu also connects with “mu-o” which means to “close the eyes, close the mouth;” hence silence. One is reminded of “mute” and the Sanskrit muni “silent sage.” The closing of eyes and mouth is one facet of meditation or contemplation.

Myth connotes “muse” and “silence;” the silence of contemplative work. How paradoxical, that the words and stories of myth can be rooted in silence!

A well-known author once asked why he had not heard anything from me for quite a while. I replied, “Well, I’ve had nothing to say.” He responded by assuring me that my viewpoints were of value and to not feel badly about this…

…as if I had ever felt badly by it. Funny, but I had never for one instant felt poorly about it. Why should I? When dwelling in silence I feel alone with some inexplicable, mysterious presence that uplifts.

Silence can be contemplation and a deepening of one’s life experience. Words can distract from contemplation. Silence seems to speak to me; I’ve learned to not talk back.

I have a question: Why does silence, in popular culture, imply a lack of personal reality or social being? And, further, have we so reduced the importance of our subjective selves in favor of the outer world and its chimeras that we worship the latest social (media) trend, fashion, fad, or way to make money? Is inner presence and self-worth dependent upon one’s influence or impact upon the outer world and its little dramas we deem so vitally important?

Plato once said “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

I’ve been happy to swim through oceans of spiritual silence.

I have not, in a sense, spoken nor written for a very long time; years, decades, lifetimes. My spiritual role was to listen, record, contemplate, and “be.”

We dwell, spiritually, where we place our attention. If your goal is to improve the world, you will inherit the world. If your goal is to do harm; you will inherit that which is harmed. Our attention follows our ideals. As captain of our own consciousness, if our ideals are of this world, our journey will return us to the world.

If we have nothing to say, choose the Grace of Silence as opposed to the chatter of some social function or media outlet (same applies to rational argumentation which some indulge to the point of irrationality). If you feel or think you have something to say; practice silence. Tune out the noise and cacophony; tune in. Silence can fill you with presence. Quiet the mind and emotions and let silence invest your consciousness with the fruits of Spirit. Silence can heal.

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” Rumi

Yet, all sounds are ultimately of the Voice of Presence. All voices hearken back upon this Divine Ground. All. Life is a mirror. Presence is a mirror. What do you see when you look into this mirror? What is in your reflection?

Dwell in the Eye of God so that all you see will be holy.

When we speak, write or act, we create. At some point, we must ask “What am I creating? From what ideal image am I communicating?” People assume their own rationality and then promptly sally forth and create images far less than divine. Some do not even comprehend the difference between emotional reaction and rational deduction; much less spiritual contemplation; gnosis.

Yet, all are spiritual beings; all are of Soul. All. But, a Soul projecting forth its creativity through reactive emotional outbursts, mental obfuscations and rationalizations (rising to the level of dishonesty), is a being more interested in manipulating outer reality and deception rather than practicing inner acceptance. These creators suffer (or will suffer) from their creations via the Law of Unintended Consequences (“What goes around, comes around”). Karma.

“Those who know do not talk. Those who talk do not know.” Tao Te Ching, chapter 56.

The wisdom of silence recognizes that each viewpoint connotes another, even opposite, point of view infused with elements of truth. Views and counterviews exist because of an overarching canopy of silence from which they all derive. Each is a particular insight into total consciousness.

“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.” Jorge Luis Borge

Pythagoras, the philosopher, reputedly assigned his students five years of silence before their being allowed to speak in his school. Consider: after five years of silence, a person’s words would be profound; words worth listening to.

Listen to a person’s words and listen to the silence behind their words. What does their silence tell you? What is their ideal; their clarity?

If we stop projecting our ideals onto the freedom of others and begin practicing self-examination, our creations will stop haunting us and we begin cultivating an inner garden of truth. Recognizing one’s flaws and strengths is the beginning of self-acceptance. Acceptance is humility and is of the Beautiful; a high ideal to practice. Realize the Soul within.

Listen to the hush of falling snow, the hiss of sand blowing across a dune, the sighing of wind through pine boughs. They are stepping-stones to silence. Listen to the silence behind nature as well as behind a person’s words. Listen to your silence when you pray, meditate, or contemplate. Realize the still, quiet self within.

Mythosophy is the Wisdom of Myth. The great cross-cultural myths of antiquity were born of Silence. Our new understanding of myth as “true stories and true words” is born of Silence; true silence. Part of Mythosophy is learning to listen for the silence behind words and stories.

Before the Word, there was Silence; the Silence that speaks volumes; the creative silence pregnant with possibility, of what may be born; creation.

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Applied Mythosophy 1

This post quote: “If you do what you love, you will end up loving what you do.”

To date my posts on Mythosophy have been somewhat theoretical. Mythosophy is, in reality, quite practical.

I find history fascinating and have avidly followed news of the many 150th American Civil War historical reenactments. For the participants, it must be a kind of “men’s club” with a historical focus. Men practice working together through group activities such as setting up camps, cooking meals over a fire, and marching in formations. Wearing uniforms, they set aside career and individuality to create a historical military hierarchy based on rank and mutual respect. The simulated battles must give, for them, a small sense of the historical reality and sacrifice. It certainly does for the spectators.

I once interviewed some participants at an event. There is a range of ages from young teens to some men in their 60s. In visiting one camp, I overheard two young men discussing a worry over what they would do with their History degrees after graduation from college; perhaps, they should quickly change majors to something more marketable. Such a modern topic while wearing replica uniforms from the War Between the States was ironic. No matter, Mythosophy inspired me to interject: “You know, if you do what you love, you will end up loving what you do.” One asked: “What do you mean?” I continued: “Well, if you follow your true love, your true interests, and do what you love, and not break the law, you will create the future conditions for work or a career you will be happy with. Here’s why: If you do what you love, you are making a bet on yourself. When you bet on yourself, you are betting on your truth and happiness. You may or may not end up working as an actual historian, but you will find that an opportunity will come your way so connected with history that it will inspire your interest and creativity. You will likely end up happy in your work and career. You must bet on yourself. Betting on yourself creates your better future. If you don’t bet on yourself, why should anyone else do so? That’s how you honor and practice your truth. Make the bet.” The two young men found confirmation in my words and seemed relieved. I don’t know what they eventually decided, but these were the words that came through. I had spoken mythically. Myth, as previously posted, means true stories and true words.

This is what we do: we share our words, stories, “lessons learned,” our wisdom to help one another. We are each on a march through life. This march is a practical one, not a theoretical one. Sometimes the route is easy and wide; level or downhill. At other times the way is upward and rocky; narrow and dangerous. Who among us has never benefited from a helping hand or word of wisdom?

When ideals conflict within our hearts we can experience a personal “Civil War.” Within the crucible of our consciousness the heat and pressure of conflicting ideals work toward resolution. As “scientists of consciousness” we must experiment, distill, and identify the ideal that will take us farther upon our path. The fires of experience can scar; the living waters of your inner solace, as Soul, can always assuage and heal. Seek the inner balm of mythosophical reflection and contemplation.

There is nothing theoretical about the spiritual life. It is as practical as cleaning one’s home and taking out the trash. Your creative process is your life; your craft is your particular excellence, your expressed clarity and purpose–your wisdom. It is your heroic march.

When we experience the fullness of living truth, we find that experience so refreshing, nurturing, and uplifting that we often spend our lives seeking again to reenact the conditions that occasion these transformations. We march from the holy, through the holy, and toward the holy. The knowledge of mystical experience is gnosis. Know and flow; be and see.

Make the bet on your highest ideal; it’s an essential part of your happiness and journey to truth.

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