What if you're asked: "Who are you?" The automatic response is to give your name and perhaps your profession or where you're from. By giving these details, you feel you've answered that question. But the answer is incorrect. Your name, profession, where you're from isn't you.
This guided meditation can inspire you to find our truth, beyond the persona you share with the world. It's based on Plato's "The Phaedo" . Here he presents his argument for "metempsychosis", as well as a few statements about the ethics of obeying the law. He gives arguments for why the Soul is eternal and therefore cannot be destroyed, and migrates across different bodies. In "The Meno" he argues that this is how we should account for innate, a priori knowledge, and why we must act with Virtue/Honorably.
What if the Universe is self-aware?
What if it’s conscious?
Could it be a giant brain or Mind?
Panpsychism from the two Greek words “Pan” (all) and “Psyche” (soul or mind) is the view that consciousness is fundamental and ubiquitous in the Universe.
Pantheism from the two Greek words “Pan” (all) and “Theos” (God), is a doctrine which identifies God with the Universe, or regards the Universe as a manifestation of God.
“The Universe is alive and full of spirits...” Thales (c. 624–545 BCE).
Theoretical physicist, Freeman Dyson (Professor Emeritus, Princeton University) embraced panpsychism, and said that the Universe not only operates through our consciousness but has consciousness of its own. So could this be true?
First we have to establish what consciousness is. Neuroscientist and psychiatrist, Giulio Tononi, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has proposed a way to measure how conscious a thing is.
He proposes that consciousness has to do with how much control a being has over itself or
other things around it. This theory separates intelligence from consciousness, which are two different things. Supercomputers for example, which are highly intelligent, can routinely out-think humans and beat them at chess, but they don’t have a will of their own. The programmer controls it. So intelligence and consciousness are two different things.
A being doesn’t need to be highly intelligent to be conscious. We can say that a tree is more conscious than a rock. A worm is more conscious than a tree. A cat is more conscious than a worm. A human is more conscious than a cat. And the ultimate consciousness could be the Universe itself.
If this is the way consciousness works, then the complexity of an organism’s brain has
something to do with its level of consciousness. And scientists, in fact have good evidence that
the seat consciousness resides in brains.
Consciousness seems to be a property of highly interconnected, communicating
systems, like the brain which is an interconnected network of neurons that can fire chemical
and electronic signals. Neurons are triggered by certain stimuli, and can send signals to each
other. And large complex networks of these neurons seem to emerge into consciousness.
The more complex the network, the more conscious something appears to be.
Is there any evidence of such a “brain” or network of connections in the universe?
Well, there is a humongous network of galaxies in the universe, many hundreds of billions
of galaxies. This is not dissimilar to the network of billions of interconnected neurons in our brain.
The difference appears to be that each of our brain cells can communicate or at least
fire signals to other brain cells. Do the galaxies have such a communication mechanism
It doesn't appear so. But remember that at the center of almost all galaxies, there is a black hole. It's like the nucleus of a brain cell. What's happening inside a black hole?
We have no idea because our equations break down at the singularity, at the center
of a black hole – this is the point where time and space cease to exist and Einstein’s
equations don’t work.
Is it possible that something is happening here that we just don’t know about?
The black hole could only be similar to a brain cell if somehow they were connected
to each other, and could send signals to each other. If that was the case, a vast network of communicating trillions of black holes would act like a gigantic information processor, and indeed be intelligent and possibly conscious. This would truly be a kind of super consciousness that could theoretically control not only our universe, but perhaps time and space itself.
You decide for yourself.
One thing is for sure: Observing a situation or phenomenon changes it. In physics, the ‘Observer Effect’ is the disturbance of an observed system by the mere act of observation.
The phenomena which operates at an atomic level affects the very nature of how we interact with the world around us and how we can impact our surroundings.Simply put, it’s fundamental to the reality we create and experience.
The ‘Double Slit’ experiment (see image below) is a classic quantum physics experiment, which produces ‘the observer effect’. Understanding this phenomenon and how to apply this effect in our life and business interactions can propel you and your projects forward in fulfilling their potential.
When observing, atoms fired through a thin slit onto a screen produce an expected pattern, as you can see in the diagram below. With one slit you see one line of images, with two slits two lines.
However, when the experiment is left unobserved the pattern changes to become more like a wave. The event of observation, seemingly affected the atoms behaviour. When left unobserved they are amorphous, without shape or form, unaffected it would appear by any force of attraction. The attention paid to the atoms changed their behaviour and form to create the reality of atoms as we know them.
Could it really be true that the focus we place on events in our reality will create the outcome and create physical form where none originally existed? This in essence means that what you are focussing on, how you view yourself, your roles in life is the is being physically created in your reality. It’s a powerful reminder to have cohesive and positive messages in your inner conversations and thoughts.
It requires a stretch in current mainstream thinking to translate this proven phenomenon into your way of thinking, however, intelligent people like yourself think ahead of the curve, are already applying this key understanding of the nature of everything towards creating the outcomes they desire in life.
Refer to my webpage on Deep Relaxation to learn about the exercises that can help you to train your brain/consciousness, in the direction you desire, which will ultimately lead to a new reality/outcome that you desire.
Plato maintained that our body is nothing more than a vehicle for the soul, a sort of biological virtual reality suit. Through philosophy, we could expand our mind and come to the realization that what we perceive as reality is only a shadow of a greater reality. He explained this concept in his work, The Republic, using a simple allegory; the Allegory of the Cave. Plato was speaking about perceiving the fourth dimension and how when you realize this, you can be as powerful as a god, in manifesting anything you truly desire.
The shadows of these objects, project on the wall, but not the shadows of the people carrying them. The chained people see the moving objects and begin to ascribe forms and meaning to them.
When one of them is freed and shown the reality outside the cave, he comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not reflect reality at all. From this point on, he can perceive the true form of reality (e.g. the true objects) rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.
According to Plato, every prisoner that was freed also had the obligation to return to the cave and help free the other prisoners, although he may be mocked by them and even have to face hostility. This stresses the social responsibility aspect of Self-inquiry and Self-reflection. Some experts maintain that Plato was speaking about perceiving the fourth dimension. Why do these experts think so?
Plato was also very concerned with the study of mathematics and geometry at his academy in Athens.
For example, the five Platonic solids (regular polyhedra) are the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron. The regular polyhedra are three dimensional shapes that maintain a certain level of equality; that is, congruent faces, equal length edges, and equal measure angles.
There is ample evidence that Euclid himself studied at Plato’s Academy before relocating to Alexandria to write his Elements, which was basically a compilation of the then current mathematical knowledge including the discoveries of Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Eudoxus, Theudius, and Theaetetus. Using the knowledge gathered from these various sources, Euclid managed to construct a single unified system which eventually became known as Euclidean Geometry. Clearly, without Euclidean Geometry, there would be no hypercube or "Tesseract" - a representation of the 4th dimension.
Now this is very important to understand; Time is essentially the 4th dimension. Not the LINEAR time (ie in Greek "Chronos") you know through your senses: It is TIMELESS TIME, (ie in Greek "Kairos") where everything is always happening. For example, the moment of your birth & the moment of your death ARE HAPPENING NOW in the 4th dimension. How can we use this knowledge? For example, say you are negotiating a business deal for $1m. You can 'connect' mentally with the 'scene' in the 'future', where you have received these funds in your bank account and being deeply grateful for the success of your project. This will 'activate' this version of the 'future' to happen in this dimension.
"The Thesmophoria was one of the most widespread ancient Greek festivals. The fact that it was celebrated across the Greek world suggests that it dates back to before the Greek settlement in Ionia in the eleventh century BCE. The best evidence for the Thesmophoria concern its practice in Athens, but there is also information from elsewhere in the Greek world, including Sicily and Eretria.
The festival was dedicated to Demeter and her daughter Persephone and was celebrated in order to promote fertility, both human and agricultural. It was celebrated only by women, and men were forbidden to see or hear about the rites. It is not certain whether all free women celebrated the Thesmophoria, or whether this was restricted to aristocratic women; whichever was the case, non-citizen and unmarried women appear not to have celebrated the festival. In fact, participation was expected of all Attic wives, and could serve as a form of proof of marriage.
In Athens, the Thesmophoria took place over three days, from the eleventh to the thirteenth of Pyanepsion. This corresponds to late October in the Gregorian calendar, and was the time of the Greek year when seeds were sown. The Thesmophoria may have taken place in this month in other cities, though in some places – for instance Delos and Thebes – the festival seems to have taken place in the summer, and been associated with the harvest, instead. In other places the festival lasted for longer – in Syracuse, Sicily, the Thesmophoria was a ten-day long event.
The main source about the rituals of the Thesmophoria comes from a scholion on Lucian's Dialogues of the Courtesans. A second major source is Aristophanes' play Thesmophoriazusae; however, Aristophanes' portrayal of the festival mixes authentically Thesmophoric elements with elements from other Greek religious practice, especially the worship of Dionysus."
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You’re constantly second-guessing yourself. Because instead of choosing the comfortable, straight route, you went with your gut. You chose the haphazard, difficult-to-navigate route, and it's not easy. You feel stuck sometime, but how to get out of it?
Watch this episode of "Ask the Greek Oracle", to find out, an answer informed by Greek Philosophy. Q&A returns with a viewer from Germany who asks, "How will I know I'm on the right path?" You'll be intrigued by the answer, and it may transform your perception for good.
Ancient Greece was a world dominated by men. Men filled the highest positions in society, men fought on the battlefield and men ruled the mightiest empires. However, all these men, from the lowliest peasant to the emperor himself, sought the council and advice of one person – and that person was a woman.
The city of Delphi had long traditions of being the centre of the world; it was said that Zeus himself named it the navel of Gaia. According to legend, a huge serpent, named Python, guarded the spot before it was slain by the infant god Apollo.
When Apollo’s arrows pierced the serpent, its body fell into a fissure and great fumes arose from the crevice as its carcass rotted. All those who stood over the gaping fissure fell into sudden, often violent, trances. In this state, it was believed that Apollo would possess the person and fill them with divine presence.
Have you ever noticed that you life is like a movie or play? We are all actors on a stage...and just like a professional actor, has to learn how to focus entirely on their own performance, we too must focus on our own performance and learn to let go of the rest. We can’t control where we were born or who our parents are, or what color our skin is. We can’t control how other people treat us.
You can only control what you do with the cards you are dealt in life.
You may have noticed that some professional actors, who are very successful, sometimes go on to become producers and directors, once they have done well in their given roles.
You too can go on to control more and more of your life, once you have mastered the roles that you have been thrown at by life.
Yes, alot of things are out of our control. But we have a lot more agency than some people think. We can, through determination and skill, learn how to shape our own destiny. Can we control life? No. But we can shape it through our thoughts and actions.
Epictetus has an interesting metaphor that explains the unique way the Stoics understood free will:
“Keep in mind that you are an actor in a play that is just the way the producer wants it to be. It is short, if that is his wish, or long, if he wants it long. If he wants you to act the part of a beggar, see that you play it skillfully, and similarly, if the part is to be a cripple, or an official, or a private person. Your job is to put on a splendid performance of the role you have been given.”
Here's a short video about my road trip with my friend Janet, to go view my short film "FROM FEAR TO FREEDOM" which was a finalist in the Delphi Film festival (which was held in ancient Corinth this year). Join our conversation in the car, see the resort where we stayed, join the film festival, and check out the amphitheatre and waterfalls.
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