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Baruch Spinoza

Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza was misunderstood by his contemporaries and later Western philosophers as well.

This misunderstanding occurred in Western culture because Spinoza's explanation of reality was seen as subsuming the individual.

For two reasons Spinoza's explanation of reality was rejected:

Having an individually unique bodily substance we inevitably think of ourselves as an individual thing separate from all other things that exist.

Western consciousness has an unjustified fear of autonomy being subsumed by the oneness of all things.

Rene Descartes saw correctly that the ability of consciousness to separate itself from nature allowed that mind an ability to observe natural phenomena without considering itself in relation to the phenomena observed. This occurs naturally in dissociation and may have been the creative spring Descartes tapped.

Spinoza repudiated Descartes' Cartesian consciousness as a mistake in the fact that Descartes' Cartesian consciousness came to be considered an actual fact as opposed to a clever mental exercise.



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THE LAW

Nothing happens in NATURE which can be attributed to any flaw in it, for THE LAW according to which all things happen and change from one form to another, are always and everywhere the same.



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distortion due to inadequacy

"When we separate ourselves from nature as we have done with technology, when we replace interdependency with "security" and trust with control, we separate ourselves as well from part of ourselves. Nature, internal and external, is not a gratuitous though practically necessary other, but an inseparable part of ourselves. To attempt its separation creates a wound no less severe than to rip off an arm or a leg. Indeed, more severe. Under the delusion of the discrete and separate self, we see our relationships as extrinsic to who we are on the deepest level; we see relationships as associations of discrete individuals. But in fact, our relationships - with other people and all life - define who we are, and by impoverishing these relationships we diminish ourselves. We are our relationships." - Charles Eisenstein

There is a false, inadequate distorted way in which the mind can think of itself and of other things as individually existing in self-contained segments of reality separate from the whole of nature and from the bodily source of mind.

The ego exists as an individual self only while the body in which it resides exists.

The ego has a fragmentary incomplete self-awareness and therefore a fragmentary incomplete awareness of Self.

In this state of fragmentary, incomplete awareness the mind does not grasp the basis of individuality and hence does not fully understand its own individuality.

The ego, unlike the body, has open to it a false version of individuality.

The ego can think of the body, and hence of itself, falsely - it can think of itself as substance, as the body is substance.

The mind that derives a false understanding of that mind's status will do so from a lack of self-knowledge.

At the core of this failure to know one self is an inadequate understanding of individuality.

A true understanding of individuality will create true freedom of mind - true individuality in integral consciousness.

When individual segments of the world are falsely given distorted status as self-contained objects then the mind takes its own individuality to depend on falsely construed individual categories or segments of the whole and fails to grasp that these segments are but parts of the larger whole.

A mind which has an inadquate understanding of individuality, lacks an adequate understanding of bodily change modifications caused by emotions.



obsession and emotions

Ignorance of the emotional causes of pleasure and pain breeds Obsession.

Obsession spawns a state of destructive emotion.

The mind in the grip of the emotional passion of Obsession loses its capacity to enjoy a wide range of activities.

Self-affirmation becomes limited to the things that the self conceives of as the cause of pleasures and pains. In failing to understand the objects on which ones pains and pleasures depend, the mind fails as well to understand its own interconnections with the larger whole.

Consciousness that emphasizes, rather than resists, emotions to gain a better understanding of their effect upon consciousness can transform false ideas of self into true ideas of self.

That individual consciousness will come to greater self-knowledge as it recognizes emotion as a part of nature and not an aberration.

Recognizing human impotence is not a result of defects in human nature but a result of the Awesome Power of Nature, of which humans are a microcosmic part, releases the Eternal Soul through self-enlightenment.



true knowledge or wisdom

"The self that understands itself under the form of eternity knows the quality of that which eternally belongs to it, and knows that it can not wholly die, even if it would; for when the motion of life is over, the truth of life remains." - George Santayana

"Soul receives from soul that knowledge, therefore not by book nor from tongue. If knowledge of mysteries come after emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart." - Rumi

"Mind has two levels by nature. The first level is the clear experience of knowing. The second and ultimate nature of the mind is experienced with the realization of the absence of this minds inherent existence." - Dalai Lama

"Since they have failed to acquire true knowledge from its very Source, they have perished in the perilous vale of waywardness and misbelief." - Bahá'u'lláh

Intellectual knowledge based on calculation goes beyond knowledge based upon a general rule or rules. Intellectual knowledge based on reason goes beyond knowledge based on calculations.

Any intellectual knowledge that a mind reflects on will, by necessity, use the emotional knowledge or spiritual knowledge already possessed.

Reflecting on the emotional response to intellectual knowledge increases emotional self-knowledge which in turn increases knowledge of reality in a feedback loop.

Emotional self-awareness allows us to become intuitively reflectively aware of the truth by starting from acquired rational knowledge and proceeding through emotional reflection to an ever increasing awareness of true knowledge.

The most fundamental level of true knowledge has layers and layers of both intellectual concepts and emotional ideas superimposed endlessly upon it the original fundamental concepts and ideas with overlays.

Truth is an accurate reflection of true knowledge.

Beyond the intellectual knowledge of reason, beyond the spiritual knowledge of understanding emotional response lies the realm of clear true knowledge which involves the immediate cognition of things in a mode of understanding more like an emotion than a reasoned thought which is gnosis.



Truth only occurs in the presence
of certainty of the truth of knowledge.


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intuition

Intuitive knowledge of self,
an idea of one's body, exists only while the body exists.

Intuition is directed to the specificity of a case rather than simply grasping a case as falling under or contained in a general rule.

Intuition's engagement with the actual reality of things
is more powerful than concepts gained through reason.



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reason

Reason is an expression of human nature.

Reason is in all human beings the same.

Reason strengthens human power especially when pursued jointly with other rational beings in cooperative social organizations.



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social cohesion

Sameness of human nature arises from the fact that different individuals share affinities that allow their differences to be transcended in the realization of common pleasures.

Social cultural conditioning creates social cultural bonds through the creation of commonalities amidst individual differences.

If human power is enriched by the operations of good forms of social organization it is to be expected that that power is impeded by bad forms of social organization.

Social arrangements modify self-awareness.

Although individuals form common notions individuals can not entirely transcend perceiving themselves in relation to a their own particular social culture.


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perspectives

Different perspectives spawn different perceptions.

Making a 'good/bad' judgement in reference to one's self or social culture correctly requires reason based on true knowledge. Social cultures or individuals making judgements with regard to their own well being based on anything other than reason backed up by true knowledge spawns false opinion within the individual mind or within the social culture.

The power to judge well, to distinguish the false from the true, is equally available to all humanity.

However reason, or the power to judge well, fails to capture of itself how the essences known through common notions are related to individual existence.


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immutable truth of consciousness

At some point in time consciousness recognizes it is only a conceptual construct of the body. At that point consciousness realizes it is simply a transient expression of substance.

Over time consciousness reaches a transitional phase in which it is able to directly experience the immutable aspects of material reality immediately through apperception.

This consciousness rebirth brings self-knowledge of actual place in observable reality.

Self-observation reveals individual consciousness to spring from an Eternal Source moving individual consciousness into a position of Awe while opening the door for the capacity to engage directly in existence.

Understanding consciousness as eternal is the flip side to understanding body as a part of nature - transient, vulnerable, and inevitably to be destroyed.



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eternal consciousness

To think of consciousness experiencing oblivion after unconsciousness is an illusion. It is an illusion to think that consciousness might discover upon unconsciousness that nothing awaits it.

The content of this perception is such that once an individual enjoys it unconsciousness has no power to create emotional turmoil as consciousness is eternal.

True knowledge of this aspect of consciousness, self-awareness, frees the Eternal Soul from the bondage of Fear of Death. This insight comes especially after individual confrontation with Death.

"Better than a hundred years not seeing one's own immortality is one single day of life if one sees one's own immortality." - Dhammapada

In this state of eternal life consciousness is awakened in a way that resists the ravages of time even as time slowly eats away self-consciousness.
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