Keys to understanding the universe #0:penness 


Chapter 0:penness
Chapter 1: reflection, contemplation, meditation
Chapter 2: left, up, down, right
Chapter 3: hidden breathing techniques
Chapter 4: the right posture

0pennes to different world views

This introductory chapter is numbered 0 and openness is written with a zero for an O, because if one has zero preconceptions (like a child, as Jesus said), the more open one is for  different concepts and the more tools someone has to understand the mysteries of the universe.

We all have partial tunnel-visions which usually result in anger when being confronted with non-fitting views, but seen from a mere strategical angle it would be beneficial to utilise as many different concepts as possible in order to understand those aspects which are not covered or seen in one view.

Examples of tunnel-visions are

  • Nationalism, because if you look at a changing world-map it is clear that borders changed all the time.
    Clinging onto a status quo from last time ones realm was biggest is holding onto a stage which by now is obsolete and very likely not to return again. This creates a stagnated freeze which in turn does not allow for a free-flow of changes in time.

  • Racism falls in the same category and only creates a fear or aversion against the unknown which then inhibits ones in-sight into different ways to handle life.

  • Materialism initially seems to be the clearest way to look at things as they are,
    but the inherent dismissal of spiritual concepts (which the following series is all about) deprives one from accessing principles, which can give one a simple way to work out many issues without having to resort to contemporary researches (which often try to reinvent the wheel),
    plus one has to remember much less facts, because one can work things out by oneself. One of such principles is the yin and yang symbol for example with which one can understand the seasons,

the menstrual cycle,
and much more.

  • Whilst a dismissal of superstitious concepts is important not to fall for any kind of fear-mongering, a rigid aversion could deprive one from accessing lateral thinking by seeing things from a total new (lateral) angle.
    A good example is the often laughed upon astrology due to the many simplistic short-time predictions which can be found in superficial magazines.
    But when understanding that astrology is not all about that one sun-starsign, but about a general display of the quality in time (in opposition to our chronological measurement of quantity), one has a less fatalistic access by being able to put ones actions into a larger context.
    So if for example someone has an interaction between (the highly energetic) Mars and (strongly blocking) Saturn energy, one can not exactly predict the future, but see that at a certain time one could have a car-accident if not careful, but also turn it around to ones advantage by doing martial arts where one has to (saturnically) block ones (marsian) punches voluntarily, so one could even win a tournament around that time.
  • Upholding ones own religion as the only one in my view is a result of a mere childhood-conditioning (which if born into another family would turn out totally different) and thereafter reinforcement of ones own believes because believe-systems are nourished and reinforced by fellow believers.
    Often this is due to the humanised concept of the divine, because our inability to grasp the aspect of the higher self.
    This lead to exclusion of other personified gods, but when viewing religions as a “welcome mat to ourselves” as Adyashanti said, then agnostics (who leave religious concepts aside) very often are as geared towards their higher self when following their ethics. Vice versa – due to their lack of being able to relax into a parental care of a god, they often are much more about their own authenticity as orthodox believers are.
    Another aspect of misunderstanding is the fact that gearing towards the divine (or higher self) is propagated by total focus on that one god which then was often misunderstood by that god being the only real one, whilst the original agendas usually were to get people focussed on the path of their higher selves. This is what the many hypocritical atrocities of religious wars created.

Even within those groups of people there are endless shadows, such as my mother for example who is a strong Christian but does not believe in heaven, so she deprives herself of exactly that blissful aspect which (if not being taken to literal as a bunch of boring harpers sitting in the clouds) could give her (who does approach death) great comfort if she would incorporate the possibility of a life which out-spans our material one (as the reincarnation theory for example states).

As you can see there are endless tunnel-visions which block our 360° view so in the next articles I would like to shed light on some common features of very different, mostly ancient (and therewith tested) teachings which in todays world, where intellectual pragmatism is prioritised, are often overlooked.

Finally I would like to add that openness also includes an openness to new angles of issues we long deem solved.

In order to keep the flow of information open, it is probably strategically beneficial never to close any issues, but leave room for new aspects – even if they seem to come from people who in other fields create the impression of still searching. (The worst case scenario would be someone whom you want to disassociate with – they also teach us at least how not to be.)
After all, it could be that what they have to offer is that missing link which completes our own worldview.
So I never try to use phrases like “the ONLY way” or “THE truth”, because any point can be viewed from endless sides of a circle surrounding it.

And one addendum:
Openness also includes openness to sources you might find totally unacceptable,
An example is the Nazi-Tibet-connection which shows that the evil Nazis even had spiritual inclinations,
and the nice Tibetans also had their fair share of karmic debt in the past, when looking at roots in it’s pre-Buddhist pagan Bon religion and its Feudalistic power-structure as documented in this Nazi-Documentary below: Things are never totally black and white.

This documentary teaches us that spirituality is one thing, and ethics another.

The black magician Aleister Crowley also did take a very similar route to Tibet as the Nazis, both were ethically dubious, but highly interested and talented in spiritual secrets (for their own power). This explains their quick rise and quick downfall.

Spiritual beginners usually mix up both, but you can see on people who sacrificed themselves for good causes without being spiritually wise that they did sometimes end up furthering bad causes in the end,
and on the other hand we clearly see that pure spirituality without ethics is like a straw fire of fast and spectacular results, but quite short-lived, because it did run on adrenaline and fear only – two quick powers which can not be maintained for long in nature.

Start here with the first part about reflection, contemplation and meditation ->

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but to attribute where the images were found.