lördag 15 juli 2017

Ikoner och runor Längre text

För tvåhundra år sedan var en ikon detsamma som en helgonbild. Varje helgon var förknippat med en historia, en saga, en myt och representerade en viss idé, känsla och stämning. Detsamma kan man säga om en massa olika gudar i en polyteistisk kultur. Ordet gud är ett gammalt ord, som betyder ”den som åkallas” (troligen av det indoeuroperiska ghu = ropa) så om vi tillber eller åkallar (inkallar) helgon så har vi fortfarande månggudadyrkan, med den skillnaden att vi har ändrat på terminologin och kallar dem något annat. Om kyrkan tillber olika helgon så är det inte sant att man bara tillber en enda gud. Det är bara retorik. Ett polyteistiskt samhälle kan också ha en övergud,som står över de andra och är ”den högste”, i stil med att att solguden då blir i centrum medan gudarna Mars och Venus är mindre. Solen är den som ger energi till alla medan de andra innebär olika egenskaper och känslostämningar. 


Shamaner och diverse trollkarlar kan använda vilka föremål som helst på det sättet. Det viktiga är att föremålet representerar en viss känsla, en viss idé, ett djur eller.... Det är shamanen själv som bestämmer vad en viss grej ska symbolisera. När han tittar på grejen och håller i den så kommer han snabbare och effektivare in i just den känslan än vad han annars skulle ha gjort. En ikon är en genväg. Det blir en intränad reflex och man kan likna det vid Pavlovs hundar. Att en viss grej kan trigga hjärnan (och det undermedvetna) till att på en sekund plocka fram ett minne och den känsla som hör ihop med det, det kan vi ju märka i vårt dagliga liv om vi bara funderar litet på det.

Talpinne Nordic style
En Talking Stick kan sägas vara en ”indiansk grej” men själva metoden bygger mer på psykologiska insikter och kan fungera i vilken kultur som helst, så i Sverige skulle vi gott kunna kalla pinnen för kommunikationsstav eller talpinne. Men att använda det engelska ordet har den fördelen att man kan googla på begreppet och få information. Så fort man byter benämning på en företeelse så försvinner också den information, som var kopplad till det gamla ordet. Det kan ju vara onödigt för det är mycket på det sättet som vi raderar gammal kunskap. 

Att en Talking Stick är gjord på ett någorlunda uppseendeväckande sätt, med tofsar, färger, fjädrar och pinglor är för att den ska fungera just så som en ikon. Den ska försätta sin ägare och även andra i ett visst tillstånd så att de fokuserar på att det nu är dags för en viss typ av kommunikation. Effekten kommer med tiden om man använder staven enbart på det sättet och inte till något annat. Den kommer alltså att fungera som en ikon därför att den öppnar öppnar hjärnans kommunikationsprogram, men först när den saken är intränad.

De enklaste ikoner vi känner kallar vi skrivtecken eller bokstäver och här i norden har vi de gamla runorna (ordet bokstav kommer av att man ristade runor i en stav av bokträ). Folk i olika delar av norden och i olika tider hade inte kontakt med någon statlig byrå, som såg till att alla symboler och tecken var lika överallt så det varierade precis som språk och dialekter varierar i olika områden. Det fanns ingen centralstyrd, allmän skola och när den allmänna undervisningen växte fram inom överklassen var den baserad på latinet. För att man ska kunna ha ett enhetligt riksspråk krävs att man har uppfunnit tryckkonsten, men det kom inte förrän på 1500-talet.
Ändå så var de tidigaste runorna gemensamma över hela Norden för att senare splittras upp i olika varianter. Och germanskan splittrades upp i svenska, tyska osv. Så vi tycks ha gått från en enhet, som splittrades, för att sedan ha sopat ihop splittret till nya enheter.
De betydelser som var verkliga för folk, när det gällde ord och tecken, var de som var allmänna, annars kunde man ju inte läsa varandras texter.

Om nu bondebefolkningen hade sina runor så är det väl fel att säga att de var analfabeter. De hade andra tecken och läste kanske också på ett annat sätt, läste symboler och inte bara färdiggjorda, långa meningar, som på runstenar och andra grejer. Runorna sägs ha skapats med inspiration från det latinska alfabetet på 100-talet så det måste ju ha funnits ”läskunniga” bland folket även innan läsekonsten började läras ut i kloster och skolor, men att läsa runor var väl inget som kyrkan kallade läskunnighet.

Runor med allmänna betydelser kan man nog använda för magi, det handlar mest om intention och fokus, men egna figurer, som man själv hittat på, fungerar kanske allra bäst eftersom det nog mest kan vara en fördel att inte alla kan se vad man skrivit på någon grej. Det man gör förblir hemligt så att energin fokuseras och man kan heller inte bli anklagad för precis det man ristat och man slipper diskutera saken med andra nyfikna. Tills kristendomen gick till attack mot allt som var ristat med runor! Även om runorna blivit uppfunna med det latinska alfabetet som förebild så har ändå runorna och det latinska alfabetet utvecklats till att för oss fungera som symboler för olika kulturer, vår gamla nordiska / germanska och den latinska / grekiska, som invandrade med kristendomen. Så vi kan använda dem så, skriva med runor för att markera en slags nordisk tillhörighet. Det skulle ju kunna vara lämpligt att det också utvecklades (eller att man bestämde sig för) ett nytt, enhetligt runalfabete så att alla kunde läsa varandras runtexter och att alla visste hur de skulle skriva.

Föremål ger alltid olika intryck (och känsla) beroende på hur de ser ut och vad de är gjorda av och vi påverkas också av historier om föremålen. Det är som förr. Om man vill använda runor så får man väl, i brist på annan överenskommelse, bestämma sig för vilken runrad man gillar bäst, men det speciella med runor är ju att de är symboler, att de visar olika känslolägen, upplevelser, insikter, minnen och att de speglar olika delar av oss på ett sätt som inte de latinska bokstäverna gör (där krävs det ett helt ord för att vi ska reagera). Med hjälp av runor (eller andra symboler) kan vi direkt klämma dit ”en hel historia” med ett enda tecken och det är ju väldigt praktiskt. Det kan jämföras med att vi också kan förmedla en lång historia enbart genom att säga ett enda ord: ”Törnrosa”. Enbart ett enda ord kan sätta sprätt på känslorna hos en person. Vill man sätta sprätt på känslan hos en annan person med en runa så bör man ju veta hur den personen uppfattar den runan. Han ska ha programmerat in betydelsen och så är det ju med alla språk. Det är ingen idé att säga sådant som andra inte förstår.

Jamen magi, då!? Ja, det är väl snarare att kommunicera med andarna och om du bara fokuserar så vet de nog vad du säger. Då är det själva kommunikationen som är det viktiga och inte någon grej eller något tecken. Det man överför kan snarast liknas vid programmerade signaler och även kroppen har förmågan att sända mikrovågor med innehåll, men det krävs att energin är så hög att koherens kan uppstå. En signal kan sticka iväg på mindre än en 

sekund och vi kan också ta emot sådana signaler, även om det kan vara svårt att tolka dem.
En samling tecken eller medicinföremål kan liknas vid en hög med lappar, där du skrivit ner vad du ska fokusera på, eller bilder på kort. Grejerna som ligger där kan inte själva göra något på avstånd. Men i och med att så många känner till runorna och deras betydelser så kan vi använda dem för att indikera olika idéer. Olika typer av teckensamlingar är också symboler och de väcker olika associationer. En tibetansk text och en runrad ger oss direkt olika känslor, tankeströmningar och inre bilder även om vi inte alls förstår texterna. Redan då är man ”på väg nånstans”, in i en speciell sinnesstämning.


Your soul can get into cohesion with any principle/emotion/feeling that you focus on.
Swami Nithyananda

torsdag 13 juli 2017

Communication of today

When the physical borders fall we gather in mental groups, that are stronger and bigger than ever (with one group having members in the whole world), and affinity, fellowship and solidarity gets lost in the physical world but refound on the screen, where we find or create our new homeland. It is quite similar to the shamn´s way of creating a medicine wheel, a personal space where only certain spirits are allowed to enter while the other ones get blocked with magical formulas, similar to the blocking of an unwanted person on Facebook with the help of magical clicks that keep your circle safe.

When you talk with a real person in real life you can see and feel what kind of person it is and you can also, to a certain extent, feel how this person is thinking and then you ajust your words to that. You can ”fall into the same mental pattern” if you want to. That personal connection gets lost on facebook, even if you really know whom you are talking with (writing with) because you cannot hear the tone of the voice and all kinds of emotions cannot be shown with just emoticons. You cannot see what mood the other person is in and you do not know from which source he has picked his information.

You can only see the written words and you might not even know if they are written by an old person or a teenager. So you answer to the written words and not exactly to the person.
These words are in a sense ”taken out of the blue” (because the experience of the person is lost) and your answer will come from your own associations, which can come from a point of view that the first person is totally unaware of. And then, eventually, the fight starts between people who would never ever discuss anything with each other in normal life. They would just look at each other and immediately understand that it was not possible to have any spontaneous conversation of value. They would just say: ”Hi, how are you? Nice weather today!”


Another thing is that people are also not really aware of the grammar (at least not in Sweden) so quite often a sentence is not clear – you have to guess what the other person means. Your guessing will be based on your own referencies and not on reality, i.e. what the other person really meant.
And reversed: one person makes a very clear statement and some other people understand something completely different, because they do not bother to read carefully because the guessing has become a habit. Quite often a serious thought with an interesting question can start a thread of nonsensical crap.

People have now learned that it can be ”dangerous” to express deeper thoughts and uncommon values on facebook because it can always lead to an attack from someone with totally different values. Serious subjects can get attacked with foolish poppycock, often from the members of VoF, who are aggressively attacking everything that they do not understand.
You have to express exactly the same opinion as the majority of your friends or the participants of your group otherwise you can get into the same trouble as you would do in real life if you mentioned an idea that was not familiar to the other ones.

Psychologicallt speaking you would be ”cast out of the nest” which in nature (and in our genes) is the most dangerous thing that can happen. A group has to be homogenous to be able to survive in nature and the need for this homogeneity is rooted in our subconscious mind. In past times every area had it´s own religion / mythology, which puched the group members into the same frame of reference. Today we almost have the opposite when everyone has the right to find his own truth to develop his own individuality.

Deep inside we often react on a ”foreign opinion” as if it would be an enemy. This emotional reaction triggers the defense instinct in the other person and then a little war starts and every possibility to understand each other´s points of view are lost and it ends with both thinking: ”It is not possible to talk with you, because you do not want to understand!”
Of course! When the defence reaction takes over you are not even interested in trying to understand because the higher part of the brain is ”cut off” and is no longer functionning. With a Talking Stick it is fairly easy to put an end to this fight and get back to a mutual understanding of each others opinions. When the speed slows down he brain goes back to those frequencies where listening, peace and understanding is possible. A Talking Stick is in a way similar to a microphone. It means full focus on the person who is holding it.

Anyway, our innate reaction patterns seem to have had the effect of scaring people from saying what they really think, being afraid of totally unexpected attacks that can come any time. It can be seen on the Likes on Facebook, where serious topics are avoided and kittens, hearts, flowers and sunsets are favoured. We show the Jungian Persona, the public relations part of the ego, for reasons of personal convenience and for the wish of pleasing others and be liked by them.

Subjects, that should be of the greatest importance for all people to talk openly about, are being tucked away into special groups where all agree upon the same opinion, which gets stronger and stronger within the group. Here you can freely express your unusual opinion and people like what mainstream would dislike. No danger of being attacked (as long as you stick to the same opinion!)
In this way the group also gets more and more far away from the other group that carries the opposite opinion. The gap between them increase because each group consists of an overwhelming amount of information that proves the validity of the own group´s position and attitude.

When you search for something on the net your browser learns to show what you like. If you like fishing and hunting and you often look at films about fishing and hunting YouTube will start presenting all possible films on fishing and hunting and almost not on anything. You will get 100 films on fishing and hunting but probably not one single film about about how to cultivate roses. You will get nothing about how to draw a mandala.

So when you perceive the world through the screen you will get an impression that ”the whole world” is almost fanatic about your idea, in this case fishing and hunting. You might not even be aware that mandala drawing exists!

If you use YouTube you will experience that ”everyone” is deeply interested in your profession, favorite hobby or political opinion. Your browser fully agrees with you!!! So you will believe that the whole world has this interest and opinion. ”The whole world knows what you know, dislikes what you dislike and believes what you believe!!!” That is the impression that your browser gives you.

Then you meet an old friend, who doesn´t have a clue about your interest in fishing and hunting! He hates fishing and hunting and he was up to now firmly safe in his belief that most intelligent people hated the cruel fishing and hunting. His browser overloads him with vegetarianism, peace, flowers, mandalas, mantras, sweet kittens and beautiful sunsets. You get surprised and almost chocked. When you were young, living on the same street, you were equally interested in football and he was your best friend! And now....? How is it possible that he has become so strange? He thinks the same thing about you and you do not even bother to become friends on Facebook. You belong to different groups.

Physically we intermingle more and more across the borders between different countries and and the ”personality of a country, the heart of that country” gets lost (but fought for by nationalists).
When the physical borders fall we gather in mental groups, that are stronger and bigger than ever. We get mentally collected in big bubbles of perception and these bubbles can get into war with each other in the same way as countries always did. In the old times such bubbles were called spirits or gods and we know from mythology and astrology that certain gods can be in conflict with each other. These ”bubbles” work in the same way as religions. Within a bubble people get united, especially when they get into conflict with people from another bubble, another way of thinking, another spirit, another god.

If all people are divided into mental groups, with lost understanding of each others´points of view, the whole situation would get much better if we learned to use the Talking Stick, the ”magical” communication wand, that the Red Indians have taught us to use. I don´t mean that we should carry around our sticks everywhere, but the use of a Talking Stick teaches the mind to keep a slower pace and to listen, to try to understand and not to interrupt others. (Not even by screaming: ”Do not interrupt me!”). It can help to solve the tricky effects of Internet when they spread into reality.


The Talking Stick is a tool for solving communication problems.
Talking Stick "Wise Grandfather" 
The thing is not only that the one, who is holding the Talking Stick, is the only one that is allowed to speak. An important thing is that the other persons have to listen in such a way that they are capable of showing that they have really understood the first person´s deeper reasons for thinking in a special way. According to Hindu terminology we live in the Age of Kali Yuga, which is said to be the Age of confusion and here are some referencies, some quotations:

”the age of conflicts, wars, genocides, dirty businesses, aberrant social and philosophical systems, the malefic development of knowledge that gets into irresponsible hands.”

Everything tends to become equal, and this equanimity in all the fields and areas is actually the prelude of death. The cities and villages will be filled with groups of bandits and the rapes will be frequent. The water will be very rare. At the end of Kali Yuga, this process is accelerated, and this very acceleration is one of the signs indicating the approaching catastrophe.

The great majority of the new leaders will be of working class origin and they will obstinately pursue the priests and those who gained the knowledge.

Linga Purana says:“the people of Kali Yuga are stimulated by the lowest instincts. They chose false ideas and concepts over the authentic ones, they have no hesitation in persecuting the wise, the envy torments them, negligence, disease, hunger and fear will spread.

The stability and balance of the four classes of society and of the four ages of life will disappear. 


But...

Shiva can destroy only the societies that have gone astray from their purpose, who have broken the natural law.


Read more here:


Kali Yuga from the Bhagavata Purana




torsdag 12 januari 2017

Communication brakedown in modern society.

Communication is an important skill that is slowly on it´s way towards a complete crash in our modern society, strangely enough mainly because of our new access to a zunami of information tools with seemingly unlimited capacity.
We know how to quickly find, store and use huge amounts of information from almost any area and with the IT we can easily build up a huge bank of knowledge around our own package of interests.



It is easier than ever to build a personal bubble of knowledge that reflects and strengthens the own personality. In the same way as you can choose your own way of clothes, make up and hair style you can now build up your mind to a solid block of views all by yourself together with your machine and Internet, where you can find as much support for your ideas as you could ever wish for.

What now happens is that your computer starts answering to your special interest and selects for you all the articles, speeches, films, ads and groups that support your interest. If you, for example, are interested in hunting you will get so much information about hunting that you will also get the feeling that ”all other people are also just crazy about hunting”. Whatever interest you have, the browser will put you in contact with all other groups in the whole world that have specialized in this interest. It gives you an impression that ”everyone is interested in hunting” because that is what you perceive from ”the world” in your computer. You believe that it is the whole world but it is the mental land that you have chosen to travel to.

You will not get into much contact with those that have totally different opinions. They will just be called idiots by your friends in your groups, if they are even mentioned. The deeper world view of the ”peace group” will never be presented in the ”war group” and vice versa. The peace ideas will never reach the war groups as anything else than ”nonsense”. Both groups in such a polarity are fully convinced that they are sitting upon the Truth, especially if they focus on religion, politics, migration, food, medicine or any other hot idea.

Each ”group” works to get more and more friends, allies and followers, and it grows and grows. In this way our blocks of ideas, interests and fantasies work in the same way as different religions. The god of the religion is the concept itself (as for example ”the spirit of hunting”) and the avatars and prophets, that get worshipped and quoted, are the known authors and lecturers that get known to the whole world through papers, books and the net.

According to Cicero the word ”religion” comes from legere, which means ”to read”. More precisely it means ”to pick up” (knowledge), which is done by either listening or reading. The picked knowledge becomes your ”homeland” and you will defend it, at least as long as you have enough friends in that land.

In reality the spirit (concept) of this body of interest is ”worshipped” like a god in a religion, not by placing offerings on an altar, but by the focus and the activities of all the participants. The spirit of the group, the core of the group, can be called a ”god” as the word ”god” is just an old word that means ”the one that is worshipped”. A religion (a traditional one that we call ”religion” or a specific body of knowledge) brings a strong sense of unity to all the participants, who mentally and emotionallt agree upon the same truth and actively believe in it. All of them know that ”this is the truth”, which is also verified by the high and coherent energies that arise in the meetings where all are being pushed into the same experience. The conclusion is that ”others are wrong”. If they present a strong, contradictory meaning they are the enemies and in other cases they are just stupid or misinformed (and maybe have to be rescued and put on the right path).

So if a person from one group meets a person from another group there can be a deep, hidden mental difference, that destroys any attempt to a meaningful conversation. The best one can do is to talk about weather and wind and any kind of nonsensical topic that everyone can agree upon, just to avoid conflicts. So to feel safe we develop a life style where we always talk nonsense and avoid all dangerous contact with more serious topics. Mainstream media supports it with nonsensical soap operas and big headlines about who is in love with whom. At least i Sweden the result is that almost nobody dares to mention anything of deeper importance and if you want to get many likes on fb you just have to put out a picture of a sunset or a kitten as nobody is afraid of clicking on it. Just a dolphin is already a little warning. ”Here we have some ideas about something... and what can that be? I know a racist who likes dolphins so maybe I´d better stay away from this...”
Trump is strongly challenging this fear and the whole old mainstream turns into panic.

In this way (with IT) we can today have a family where every one has his own ”religion”, his own body of knowledge that molds him in a certain way. Everyone can develop his own individuality, which is OK, but in the same time we neglect the communication skills that should be there to bridge between different kinds of minds and opinions. We cannot only have individuals as there has to be a solid society to live in also and that is based upon common rules and laws that a majority can agree upon.

Many have understood that the religions (the traditional churches) have to learn to communicate with each other. But how can the big ones be ”friends in peace” if not even neighbours and family members can be it in daily life? Do humans lack a fundamental peace ability? Or do we just lack the ability to fight, to argue, in a creative way that does not lead to deep anger and violence.
I would say that what is mainly missing is the lack of ability to be detached from an opinion. Your point of view becomes your mental territory and you defend it as any animal defends his territory in nature. I would guess that the more mental you are the more your territory consists of mental ideas and concepts.

The big trend of today and of our society is the brakdown of information and communication as we are driven into separate bubbles of perception that get more and more openly polarized. The big information war has broken out and the present situation with Clinton, Trump and Putin is a very good symbol for mainstream´s unwillingness to communicate over the ”religious” borders. Efforts to communicate in a friendly way are looked upon as something evil and the point of view that ”the war has to go on” is raised to an axiom of ”goodness” and rightousness. Anyone who is against the building up of tensions, that can lead to a disaster for humanity, is looked upon as the devil himself. The world is upside down! Good is bad and bad is good and in this porridge of opinions people totally loose the grip of logic and the loss of the faculty of communication comes together with it and the big information war spreads like fireworks on the global net-sky. Whatever someone claims in the media, including Facebook etc, is immediately attacked by someone else who tells the world that the truth is the opposite to what has just been said.

We have learned that attacking is a good way of getting seen and known, which can open the door to the money making: a mirror of the young, male wolf who attacks the old leader of the pack.
It doesn´t matter if you are right or wrong, a strong attack on anything is a performance, a sensation that people buy, regardless of if they find the attack bad or good.

We have to restore the art of communication on all levels, not only in the realms of traditional religions and politics, but also on the personal levels in daily life. First we have to realize that we live in different mental bubbles where different truths are the rulers. Are two different perceptions able to talk with each other? A concept is based upon a body of both personality, IQ, experience and information and to disclose and reveal this foundation to another person can be almost impossible. All people cannot perceive each others inner worlds and the best they can do is to ignore each other to avoid trouble.

But whatever a conflict is about in personal life, the first thing has to be to sit down and calmly explain, both the thought process and the feeling about it, to the other person, who has to listen and only listen until he has understood the point of view that has been presented. It goes for any little tiny irritation about any little nonsensical triviality, that can be built up in daily life. If a nagging unease and tension is never spoken about it will grow and grow and get transformed into a more destructive trait, which can eventually become the little rat that causes the whole ship to sink.

Communication is the big issue that we have to learn more about in this time. Restore the original IT of the natural spirit, heart, brain, body and vocal cords. At least for a while every now and then.