Monthly Archives: January 2013

Faith, ideas and conclusion

TrúFrom the beginning, man has wrestled with questions regarding; religions, miracles, angels, demons, spirit guides, life after death, the future and existence, and a host of other things.
The answers are many and varied. Many look for their answers in books and the writings of others, some from their own lives and surroundings.
They will weigh and measure, and then come to some conclusion.
Most will however be satisfied to believe what someone else has concluded on the matter.
Our dilemma, whatever our search method may be is, how do we know which answer is true and right?
This is the topic of Chapter 14.

Self-knowledge

IMG_7032-2We have often heard these words “the truth makes you free” from various books and films, and in talks and speeches of honored people, men and women.  We have even spoken them ourselves.

 The word themselves are quite right, the only question is, what are we expressing, what do we mean by these words and how do we approach the truth?
This is the topic of the book, What am I?, section 13

I think therefore I am – René Descartes

Steinn SteinarThe words of Descartes, I think, therefore I am grabbed my attention when I heard them first, probably because of the two words I and think.
These two words have their existence in each other, for the me to be there has to be thinking.  I am a thought.

If we look at our history, from birth and to this day, we can see that the me is really a thought, made up by the brain, from memories rooted in the experiences we have gained through various events.  Along with the knowledge we have gathered from books. Nothing more. Continue reading

New and old, ideas about everything

maturWe have created ourselves ideas of all possible things, food, religion, beliefs, teaching, etc. and we are not willing to abandon these ideas, no matter what.  Not even though researches show us how little value they have.  Not even though we ourselves know how stupid they are.  We just say “oh well” and keep on holding tight to our ideas.  We are stuck in our habits.
We are always so convinced of our own excellence that we do not allow us to accept something new.

We have met all kinds of opinions and ideas on our walk through life, both wrong and right.  And we will keep on meeting more ideas, of all sorts.
The older we become, the more ideas we have gathered ourselves. The more ideas we have, the more difficult it is to get rid of them. And before we know it we are trapped in a vicious circle that is hard to get out of. Continue reading

Fear

eldgosFear appears in many and varied forms, as envy, jealousy, anger, hatred and even courage.

It is perhaps not easy to see courage as fear.  But to be courageous, we first have to be afraid.  Perhaps just a little, but still scared.  And why would anyone want to be scared or brave?

But whatever the shape or form of fear, it is always within our mentality, in our own mind, in our own body.  It is from there it poisons our lives, nowhere else.

We never fear the unknown.  How can we fear that we do not know?

What we really fear is our ideas about the unknown.  And they are always based on what we already know.  Fear is just an old memory.  Nothing more.

Perhaps we cannot escape fear but it is okay to know that it is in us it exists and only us it hurts.  No one else.

 

Astrology, fact or fiction

Starry nightWe fear the unknown, things that we do not understand, what could happen, the people we meet and do not know, characteristics we have not previously seen and do not understand, all kinds of other nonsense, and to cope with our fears, we create something to protect us, ideas of all kinds, about the future, what might happen, what we have to do if and when, all kinds of strange ideas about issues and people.
That is why we believe in astrology; that stars have something to do with our personality and looks.  Even now, in 2012, with all the information about genes, we still believe it.  But that is only what it is, belief.  That is all.   This is the topic in chapter 12 >