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We Develop Fractally – We Have No Choice

Our minds develop fractally.

We learn things constantly from the time we are born, and even before, all our lives. We learn one thing after another. Just like Piaget’s “disequilabration” we learn things and then we learn that the things that we learned aren’t exactly accurate or are not even remotely accurate and we subdivide them. The things that we learn get refined and get differentiated as we develop fractally like the limbs and branches and twigs of a tree. And that’s just the of above-ground parts of the trees. There’s the unconscious aspect of below-ground parts of  trees, too. We learn things and they tend to be more true to us as they tend to be more in tune with other pertinent parts of life.

One of our major difficulties is embracing the unlearning of things that we determine are not true. When that occurs we have to backtrack through what we learned and find out where it veered away from truth. And then look at the rest of the things that we have learned to find out how they fit more fully into the things that are true. Learning how to abandon areas of thought that have a basis in untruth is a very difficult thing. It is difficult for us to let go of areas of things that we have considered to be our knowledge of the world. We then need to reattach ourselves in new ways to the things that are true. We need to discover the importance of the things that are true and learn how they support our lives in deeper ways than we at first acknowledged.

Many of us die still having many untruths embraced. But that’s the way of life. That’s the way of many fractals. If they continue too long it becomes socially accepted, socially believed untruths. A commitment to the discovery of truth in the midst of the difficulties of discovery is one of the highest callings for humankind.

A major difficulty in the realm of discovery and acceptance of truth is social acceptance. It can be difficult to convince people that you love them even though they believe things that are not true. Love is the central key. To love folks as they change is important. To love folks whatever their level of beliefs are is critical. It’s important to learn how to share what you see as being true with people without a focus on confronting the untruths that they believe.

People tend to identify with the things that they believe. They will tend to identify more tightly with things that are less substantial, less evidential, and less provable. So when we share things with folks we need to learn how to share what we see in a broad way and come down to details later. If we share what we see in a broad way they can entertain them. They can assess them over time. They can compare them with what they believe. Then they can make decisions during their life. It’s important not to think of contesting people in a way that  directly contests their identity. They can consider things over time and we need to allow them time.

Everything changes. It’s unstoppable. The study of consciousness is of critical importance. It surrounds our lives irreversibly and continually moving, continually growing. There are sicknesses that occur when we reach impasses. We often reach points where the things that we are thinking may be true hit an impasse socially, when we cannot share in a way that is receivable for other people. It’s important that we share what we think we see. The truth is that we must live in a way that allows us to prove things with others. It’s important that we love ourselves and love the people around us regardless of levels of consciousness. This gives us all a more open-ended freedom to grow. The more we learn to do this individually and with our friends the more it becomes a social norm. This is the social norm that we need to be focused on.

You may reasonably ask,  “How do I determine what’s true.”  Well, there are a variety of ways. One critical way is the way that science is developing. It’s important to make a distinction between science and technology. Technology tends to be more market oriented. Science should not be, although it often is, market oriented. The discoveries of new ways to determine whether a scientific theory or scientific hypothesis even is true or not is a critical use of technology. So, in that sense, technology is of high value. Technology via science is the means by which we expand our perceptions. It’s a means by which we expand our perception of reality throughout the electromagnetic array of the reality that surrounds us.

We are born with a rather limited set of perceptability that allow us to assess our immediate reality and determine who we are, what we need to do, and what is real. Learning how to make use of extended perceptions of reality is critical to us. Each of us must determine what we can trust, what perceptions we can trust. We have to determine what tests of perceptions we can trust. We can find the means to assess reality in a way that is deeply meaningful. We do not need to doubt our desire for deep meaning. We can assess deep meaning substantially. We can build a lively connection with reality that is fully satisfying.

The capacity to continually change our minds is of critical importance. We need to constantly test what we think we know. We need to learn how to discover that something we thought was true probably is not. And also learn to confirm things we had entertained in our thoughts to be actually true, probably. We need to let things have tests. We need to hold things in our minds in a way that makes them readily testable. And we need to learn how to release them when we discover that there was insufficient basis.

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Challenging Beliefs

People choose to believe many things: a wide variety of things.
Things that are not compatible with each other.
And then defend them with no evidence.
Most folks are offended when they encounter beliefs which are inconsistent with their own beliefs.
Careful arguments are critical for achieving the things we need to learn.
Not arguments simply between people or about people but arguments about ideas.
We need to examine careful histories.
We need to look closely at textual criticisms.
We need to submit our ideas to scrutiny: careful, careful, scrutiny.
It’s never too late to adjust our thinking.

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No Real You

I’d like to encourage you
to stop trying to be the real you.
What would you even suppose that might be?

Someday, notice how you change.
Notice the you that claims to be you when you wake up in the morning,
then notice the you that starts working or doing whatever you intend to do every day,
notice the you that stops for lunch and the you that needed to,
notice the you that watches the clock in order to go back home,
notice the you that greets whatever shares your home that makes it home for you.
Notice the you that eats dinner.
Notice the you that sometimes goes out in the evening to meet with other folks and
Notice how that you differs depending upon which folks you’re meeting.
Notice the you that protects itself from the things you don’t understand.
Notice the you that sheds its height as bedtime approaches.
Notice the you that wakes to pee before you’re done sleeping.

You can detect a different you at these and so many other times each day.
So which one is the real you?

None of them.

I recommend that you give up the idea of even discovering the real you.
It doesn’t exist.
But you can do this…
Write the old you off.
The more you write off all these old yous what’s left is rather precious.
It’s not that you will discover the real you, you will discover that there is no real you.
You’ll discover that our capacity for me-ness is huge and dynamic.
Our identity can continue to grow and grow and grow daily even hourly with the things that we see and discover each day.

I ate some snow today.
No big deal.
But I bet you did not.

The little things that each of us does
can mean so much to us,
and we may not realize how unique they are to us.

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Fractal Trees

Where I live there’s daylight on the south side
and there’s moss on the north,
And vines wind up and around
and then release near the bottom.
Some of the vines are evergreens
climbing up the deciduous.

Who does not feel this weight and warmth?

The remarkable yet hollow Tulip Tree has fallen.
You can see it is already decayed far more
than the American Chestnut that fell many years earlier.

The wind and the rocky soil make the trees fall.
All of the fallen trees become more soil
for the next generations.
While we see this readily,
we generally fail to recognize
the fractals of our minds that also fall.
They fall around us haphazardly
and become the soil for new generations.

We generally fail to recognize the fractals of our minds.
Can’t we all see this?
When we don’t it is difficult to converse.

What is more disparate than trying to live linearly in a fractal world?
I had to unlearn and relearn so much just to see this.
Deep, deep joy is here for those who learn to participate fractally.

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Imaginal Domains

I generally think you are referring to our “experience of ourselves and other things in the classical world”, right?

If so, I think you may be regarding some statements as solipsistic assertions that reality arises wholly from our imagination. But that’s not what I think it is. Our senses only assess a tiny fraction of the vibratory spectrum we might call ‘objective reality’. If we want to understand what we sense or discover more than we can directly sense, we employ the pattern-recognizing and pattern-making power of imagination. We settle into patterned ‘grooves’ of personal and social functionality and creativity. These become our realities, but I think they would better be called imaginal domains, or memetic vortexes.

I don’t concur with the suggestion that imagination is the antithesis of reality.
To me they are an integral fabric.

So, for me,
Truth is grokking the well-woven;
Responsibility is the ability to respond within our imaginal domain;
Validity or authenticity is recognizing other domains as co-real.

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The Art of Smoke

Arrives again the garden oracle
With her branchy appetite,
Free to be true —

Yet cursed by lack of words
and automatic writing
and little courage to say what’s meant,

Like harlequins hurled high into the fungal field
For global fruiting.
Imagine
The memetic sabotage!
There’s no magic in prostitution.

Yet bud to blossom,
She’s here to stay
For the honor in post-lingual thinking.
The man-eating metaphor weeds
Are NOT her doing.
She is NOT the one robbing sentience of pertinence.

We yield our trabeated thinking.

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Beings Talk

Beings talk o’er tea in my backyard,
(An axe-free zone, you know.)
Without a care we can share our heart
In the yard where beanstalks grow.

Rest assured there was a row
When I first did the deed:
Trading up our holy cow
For the ugliest of seed.

But I would not exchange my lot
For a herd of fat bovine,
While communing in my yard, I got,
And is what I hold divine.

In here
We defy the demons
Of the strangled world
Out there.
We trade in cryptic currencies
And give time a little air.

The calculus of becoming
Is how we count our blessings
And inspirations aren’t exhaled,
But shout, “Credendo Vides!”

Beings talk o’er tea in my backyard,
(It’s an axe-free zone, you know.)
Without fear, here we share our heart
In the yard where the beanstalks grow.

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Faith in Becoming

The songs we sing crawling
are not our walking songs,
which are not our swimming songs,
which are not our flying songs.

Crawling songs will stand up,
the walking songs will dive in,
and swimming songs will take wing
and sing
the songs of being
and the joy of crawling
until walking
until swimming
until flying,

and sing
the love that flies
at eye level
to any crawler, walker, swimmer, flier,
and that dances to all the songs
while imparting the faith in becoming.

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No Final Word

Final word
Final word
Final word
:
Orthodox aberrations of arrivals,
the dance of the lame by choice,
stanky stationary vision!

Oh! The things we should seek and prove together!!

To walk on land together
To walk on water together
To walk on air together

The increasing responsibility
a delight to the spirit
ever leaning forward
from firm ground
eyes all around.

Be brave!
Things are never as they say.

No final word
No final word
Be brave!
Be honest!

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A Word

Speak to me,
               she of
               Sheba said,
A seminal word
With a primal voice.

Your resonance rectifies time,
Your octaves move my blood.
I seal our link,
I bless our nexus.

From your lips a syllable fills all reason.
Your eyes lift the fogs of age and eon.

*****

O sweet mother daughter sister bride,
You glisten as you listen.
Gravid from above, you glow.

I know you.

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