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Headlined to H3 11/25/11

Don't Be "Occupied" by the Brain Police; Occupy Your Own Brain


   We are all fellow neurons of a Common Overmind. That is why telepathy works. But we must learn how to transcend the ego to be aware of this. When a flock of birds moves in perfect unison it exhibits this ability or awareness of a bigger consciousness that does not fit into one bird brain. 

  Animals do not have egos yet so they are in touch with the common mind of their species. To don a human mind we separate from this commonality and become much more distinct individuals, which is both good and not so good at the same time. 

   First we don egos and later we are meant to transcend them. When we transcend our egos we do it not by obliterating them but by putting them in service of something greater. Sheldrake's morphogenic field and the Overmind of our species is something we will some day be conscious of. And that must be  a precursor of being able to share in a greater Overmind i.e. THE OVERMIND that Edgar Cayce talks of. He calls it the "Akashik Records" or the Overmind of the universe. He claimed to have been able to access it. I believe that to a lesser degree we all do this kind of thing.   

 We obviously can not do all that expansive thought stuff most of the time. Getting back to the mundane world we access normally we must come down to earth and use more humble technologies like the written word. But we also need to remember that we are a species evolving and there is no need to keep ourselves so earth-bound that we can not occasionally shake loose of current cultural self-imposed limitations that are not always necessary. I like to call this unnecessary self-limitation "Brain Police".

                                       Part One: 

                          "Plagerism" She Said, 

       and "Thanks for the Accusation",  I Responded :-)

  We all need help from the former generation to program our brains when young so that we will be able to fit into the existing culture when we grow up. However it is also true that culture should be an open-ended thing. As we engage in it we should be free to evolve and change and we and culture should evolve together. With each new generation we should endeavor to stand on the shoulders of the generation before us to see a bit further down the road. 

   But when culture gets stagnated things get into a log jam and then we need a violent revolution to break free. We live at such a time. One could see it coming a long way off by the behavior of the teachers of the young. Children should be taught to think for themselves first and memorize the current culture second. 

  As a child I attended Catholic school because my parents heard from the pulpit that they would suffer eternal damnation if they did not send their kids there. Oh God, does all that sound rather Neanderthal just a few decades later. 

  Even back then I did not quite trust those words. But a child does not doubt its parents at an early age. However, a few years later, I did start to doubt all that church propaganda. The time of doubting began one day when I was accused of plagerism by a nun. 

  The nun had told us to read a certain something. I can not remember what it was. But I remember that I liked it very much, whatever it was. The thing I read was to me full of truth and beauty. Then the nun said that we were to write a paper and summarize what the piece of writing had said. It was a joy to do. It was effortless because the piece of writing was lovely to me. Days later I was back in the classroom sitting there like the world's biggest nobody, as usual, and out of nowhere this nun suddenly accuses me of plagerism. I remember being awe struck with my eyes wide in disbelief. I just stared in astonishment at her words. She said that the paper was so well written that I could not possibly have written it myself. I had to have stolen it from somewhere. 

  Years later I realize that most of the work given to us as students was memorization of facts that were not all that interesting or important to know. What was different with the assignment given me for which I was accused of plagerism was that suddenly I was doing something interesting. I was asked to really use my intelligence and analyze and write about and summarize a piece of literature that was truly worthwhile. And suddenly I was no more a listless student bored out of my mind. 

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