Monday, November 06, 2006

A secondary website

Hopefully tomorrow, I can start working on a secondary website, 'twill be under construction for a while, but it will give a hexagram by hexagram and later line by line short meaning. I hope to eventually work on a few other things too, maybe a third and a fourth linked website that will have alternative types of information on them.

In the meantime, I recommend a look at Bill Harris's website, a website dedicated to the holosynch form of meditation, and if you can, sign up for the newsletter. One thing Bill Harris says, and not just him, but Ken Wilbur, Gurdjief, and many others, is that "one must become an independent observer of oneself." That does not mean the simple meanderings of the mind on self observation, but actual, independent objective evaluation of oneself, as if you, the objective evaluator are part of the universe, looking on yourself as if it is someone else. More on this momentarily.

Well, okay, a little bit more now, although more yet will come later. The commentary for hexagram 20 says, "...Thus also in nature a holy seriousness is to be seen in the fact that natural occurrences are uniformly subject to law." How different a philosophy we have here than that found in modern materialism. If materialism is the only reality, then we can't truly count on universal law except that recognized by science. But science, for the most part, barring the more advanced forms of quantum physics, recognizes an outer world independent of the observer. The quantum world, conversely, insistss that what happens outside of us is dependent on how we observe it. Materialist scientists respond by saying, "but that only happens in the microcosm. By this, they willfully ignore the reality that the macrocosm is made up of the microcosm. The logical extension of quantum physics is that we create our own reality.

Contemplation in hexagram twenty of the I Ching, however, does not depend on scientific instrument. It depends on the ability to go within...


Michelle said...

Hi Gene,

Looking forward, as always, to what you have to say.

I've just been reading the Holosync website which says: "If you'd like to meditate as deeply (actually more deeply) than a Zen monk, literally at the touch of a button..." use this product.

I am wondering: What is your opinion of using technology in this way? Is there an advantage in speed (which rules the world these days), or a disadvantage in lack of discipline and practice, and possibly being unprepared for instant deep meditation?

gener202 said...

Hi Michelle

There is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The problem is that in our society, most of us have to work. We don't have 3 hours a day to meditate, plus three hours a day to practice Chi Kung or Tai Chi, which is a meditation also. We can't go to the shaolin temple. Therefore, a compromise is necessary. The best way is the old way, but you must have a teacher to guide you and the time.

The one thing that robs me of peace of mind more than anything else is that I don't have time for anything. Plus I get a little lonely if I just stay in the house all day long and study and/or practice. Then there is the website I am trying to put together. I couldn't get to it. I had trouble just staying home by myself to work on it. I spent most of the day at Border's book store, and against my better judgment, or I should say, my more practical side, bought a book about Kahuna's in Hawaii. It might be well worth the money, but I have ten thousand books already I can't get to, let alone read them a second and third time. Anyway, you get my point. In the morning, my weekend is over, and even though I like my job, I dread going back, because that means I will just get even further behind, with 3000 unread emails, and a thousand more partially read. You get my drift. I have to take the short route. But it does have the advantage it is faster and more technologically feasible in our age.


Michelle said...

Hi Gene,

Thanks for your insights. I guess I'm just amazingly lucky. I'm home alone most of the day, and I love it. I spend most of it in silence...don't have the tv or a radio or anything going. I spend a lot of time researching, writing, pondering. Maybe that's what keeps me so mellow. :-)