Archive for July, 2009
Restrictions of the futurist linear constructs

Being a furturist, and looking for connections, cycles, and patterns that can all lead one to conclude particular events that may occur in the timeline is a difficult undertaking. In order to accurately speculate on the future becomings of the current be-ings, a paradigm shift in consciousness must occur. Using the present mode of operation, with respect to consciousness, will not get one far in this feat. One must climb the levels of consciousness and reach the mountain summit. One must alter their position of awareness and look through a different perception of reality, if an accurate futurist projection is to take place.

The future is not as linear as one may assume. There are cycles, many of which we simply do not understand the operations of. Nevertheless, we can identify and graph these cycles, in hope that they will give us a better understanding of what lies in store for our reality and the universe that we live in relative to that reality. Events of the past, such as the fall of Rome, can be seen in future points on the timewave, with the same energetic signatures. Instead of being a line, time can be viewed as a wave, rising and falling in resonance, with cycles overlapping and reoccurring many times over.

How does one come about to view time in this rather unconventional way, according to the Western world? By climbing mountain peaks. These mountain peaks range from meditation, astral projection, entheogens, and blissful projections of energy.  As these mountains are climbed, and as the summits of these mountains are reached, more and more boundaries are dissolved. Dualistic properties transform into non-dualistic ones. Whereas previously when one was climbing the mountain, all that was in their field of view was the sides of the mountain, when one finally reaches the summit, one can see the vast landscape of valleys, clouds, and these other things that have been so long obscured the focal vision of that individual.

Things such as meditation and molecular compounds found in their natural guardians known as plants are these very mountains that are climbable by any and all, if they wish to do so. If they wish to get a glimpse of what is and what may be, it will be shown to them. The power is in their hands. The future is harder to see more than ever, based on highly complex cycles that are very primitively understood. However, what is known, is that the future does not lie on smaller and faster computers or the discovery of new planets. What does lie in the future, is the deconstruction of the ego and the transformation of polar duality into the oneness of nonduality. The grand scheme of things will reveal itself in its infinite forms,  from the smallest representations of the universe, to the highest realizations of reality. Therein, lies futurism. Not in advances in technology, per se, but in the identification of the transcendence of consciousness into the realization of the purpose and infinite nature of the ultimate reality.

The Hawaiian Huna Philosophy

A long time ago, Hawaii was a mystical and magical place. There were shamans called kahunas. These individuals experienced ultimate reality, in which they realized several critical aspects of reality that were later taught to others. In the early 20th century, with the rise of New Thought, there was an individual by the name of Max Long who linked the ancient kahunas to abstract and mystical metaphysics he was contemplating upon. This individual believed the key to Huna is the concept of the ‘ Three Selves’, meaning the unconscious, conscious, and superconscious, which he called the unihipili, the uhane and the aumakua.  Also, the word Huna is a Hawaiian word meaning “secret,” but it also refers to the esoteric wisdom of Polynesia. Below you will see some of this esoteric wisdom that has survived the ages.

The seven huna principles are as follows:

IKE — the world is what you think it is
KALA — there are no limits
MAKIA — energy flows where attention goes
MANA WA — now is the moment of power
ALOHA — to love is to be happy with
MANA — all power comes from within
PONO — effectiveness is the measure of truth

I’d like to go a little deeper into each of these in order to exemplify how powerful these realizations are in the ability to influence consciousness, in all its forms, in a positive way.

IKE — the world is what you think it is

This principle is essentially saying that our consciousness creates our reality. Our perception of reality is subjective and does not necessarily reflect the true objective reality, if such a reality should even exist. If someone thinks the world is full of deception, evil, and hatred, they will only focus their awareness on such matters and become completely blind to anything otherwise that would contradict this perception. Each one of us has the inherent power to transform our reality in any way we see fit. This power has the ability to transform not only one’s self, but all those around them.

KALA — there are no limits

In an infinite reality, there is no beginning or end of anything, which signifies the limitless nature of all that is. Anything is possible and self-growth is likewise infinite. There is always a process of be-ing and become-ing. With no limits, anything that is infinitely possible, can happen, is happening, and will happen, in its infinite forms. This is a concept that is simply too magnificent to be able to comprehend by a human brain.


MAKIA — energy flows where attention goes

Where someone focuses their attention, that is where an directed energy stream will go. This is how the healing method of reiki works and how the method of prayer works as well. When someone directs their thoughts towards a particular form of sentient energy, such as a loved one, this additional energy will be either in a positive form or a negative form. Depending whether the thought-forms are malevolent or benevolent, the end-result will be mimicked. Sending positive energy and healing hope will have a beneficial effect. If the contrary is occurring, the opposite will result. This can be magnified to show its effects on global consciousness. If positive thoughts are sent into the global consciousness, then there will be less animosity, hatred, anger, and other malevolent emotions. This was demonstrated to be a reality in the 1987 Harmonic Convergence.

MANA WA — now is the moment of power

The power of ‘now’ is monumental. Existing and living the present moment does away with the stress of thinking about ‘what-if’ scenarios or reliving painful memories in an endless loop. All that is, is, and always will be as such. There will be complete inner peace when someone lives in the ‘now’ moment.

ALOHA — to love is to be happy with

Love is such a powerful state of consciousness. When love is experienced, it is a feeling that requires something to be happy about. It can be a physical manifestation of energy such as a person, tree, etc. or it may be completely subtle and nonphysical such as the love for existence. This requirement of having something else be a part of the love equation, demonstrates the interconnectedness with all that is, in all its varying frequencies and energy forms.

MANA — all power comes from within

The individual is the greatest power plant that exists. The mind is more powerful than it is often given credit for. With the power to create, destroy, restore, shift, and change, anything is truly possible for a person to do. Realizing the inner power that each individual has will empower that person to not only completely control their being, but will give one’s self the opportunity to share this power with others and create mutually beneficial exchange relationships.

PONO — effectiveness is the measure of truth
How effective something is in creating a positive and beneficial shift or change in someone or something is a good indicator of the genuine nature of something. It will give a better reflection between truth and falsehood, or rather, between truth and the ignorance of truth.

The seven Huna principles are a great introduction to the power of consciousness and should be able to transform one’s daily life into something far more empowering and positive, on many levels. There is such tremendous potential for each individual to make a difference not only in their own lives, but in the lives of each person on the planet. The power is all within you. Express it, with love.

365,000 days

Continuing my review of Mr. Snapp’s sermon, I want to address some exegetical issues beginning with his handling of “1000 yrs.” This is one area where there is disagreement on whether it sould be interpreted literally or figuratively. Mr. Snapp spent some time chastising Amillennialists for not interpreting prophecy “literally” and explaining how he is a literalist (except in cases of symbols). He goes on from there to talk about people who will deny that there will be a literal 1000 yr reign of Christ on earth from Jerusalem. Presumably this is an example of something that we should take literally. The 1000 yr reign is only mentioned in one passage in all of scripture, and that is Rev 20:1-6.

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. (Rev 20:1-3)

Revelation is arguably the most symbolic book in the Bible. This passage itself is full of symbols: There is a chain (as though a physical metal chain could hold a spiritual being). A bottomless pit. In order for there to be a pit there must be a surrounding substance. Are we to imagine that there is a planet somewhere of infinite size such that a hole can be bored into it without a bottom? Presumably the idea of a bottomless pit is that when you toss someone in they will continue to fall forever (as though gravity has an effect on spiritual beings). There is a dragon (a literal physical dragon)? A lid is put on the pit. Perhaps the chains will not be sufficient and that being a dragon he will fly out of the pit.  I am being somewhat sarcastic, but I do not intend it in a mean way. I do it just to illustrate the absurdity of reading these things in a literalistic/concrete manner.

Moreover, in apocalyptic literature, numbers almost always have meaning. 1000 is no exception. It is often used in apocalyptic genres to signify completeness or fullness, or poetically to mean “a lot.” Thus the Lord owns the cattle on 1000 hills. Are we to believe that the cattle on the 1001 st hill are not his? Obviously not. “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands.” Obviously meant to convey, not that he stops being faithful after 1000 generations, but that His steadfast love endures forever (cf Psalm 136). “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” but after that Hawaii becomes more pleasurable. “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” but I’ll trade it in for 3000 pieces. None of these make a lot of sense in a concrete, literalistic manner.

Given that numbers are almost always symbolic in apocalyptic literature, and given that the number 1000 is has a solid history of being taken figuratively (even in historical literature), and given that this context in Revelation is already symbol-laden, then it seems best to interpret the 1000 years as simply meaning “a very long time” or “the fulness of time.”  This is the plain reading of the text. There is no compelling reason to believe that this is a period of exactly 365,000 days.