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The purpose of this glorious life…

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Het doel van dit glorieuze leven…

Purplerays

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    The purpose of this glorious life is not simply to endure it ,
    but to soar , stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love
    with existence.
    We were born to live my dear not to merely exist ..

    ~ Becca Lee ~

    Art by Julie Marriott

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            Everything on Earth has a purpose…

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            High recognitions . . . successive earthly lives

            Purplerays

            “Human beings are susceptible not only to good influences, but also to bad ones.
            Everyone knows what is good and what is evil. Good and evil influences have
            a decisive effect on successive earthly lives! Because the way human beings act
            in this present life shapes their future existence!”

            – Roselis von Sass (Atlantis, The End of a Continent)
            The writer draws inspiration from “The Grail Message”
            (In The Light of Truth) by Abd-ru-shin
             
             
             
             
             
             

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            Heidegger and the Question of Being

            Looking at Martin Heidegger’s ideas and his question about being, and

            What is “goodness”? What is “truth”? What is “justice”?

            To remember

            • According to the blogger:

            Philosophy = literally any time when we ask a question that doesn’t necessarily have a right answer.

            • asking questions about being & existence = most urgent task for each of us.

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            Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

            Existence in the non-existent and non-existence in the existence

            Our existence, the world showing up for us and holding up a mirror

            There is no human being on earth capable of declaring with certitude who he is.

            ELI5 Philosophy

            Philosophy is really hard to understand, let’s get that straight. Yet while there are countless YouTube videos, textbooks, and podcasts dedicated to making hard things easy to understand, I’ve yet to find philosophy content on the internet that I actually like and is meant for everyday people. While I don’t have a formal training in philosophy, I thought I’d take a shot at explaining some of the most compelling philosophical ideas I’ve encountered. In the first installment of this series, I take on Heidegger.

            “What is water?”

            The most interesting observation Heidegger ever made, and what planted the seed for the rest of his philosophy, was that of the question of being. It triggered a shift in worldview for philosophers, in precisely the same way the shocked fish asks “What is water?” in David Foster Wallace’s (DFW) famous commencement speech. DFW used the anecdote to encourage us to reconsider our…

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            There is no human being on earth capable of declaring with certitude who he is.

             


            Léon Bloy,
            the French novelist, critic, polemicist, poet, and philosophical pamphleteer reasoned,
            “Every man is on earth to symbolize something he is ignorant of,”

            or more pointedly,

            “There is no human being on earth capable of declaring with certitude who he is.”

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            Preceding

            Some of us are still catching up to what we are.

            Existence in the non-existent and non-existence in the existence

            Our existence, the world showing up for us and holding up a mirror

            I and Thou

            In your own heart or outside of it

            Modern Living

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            Our existence, the world showing up for us and holding up a mirror

            The world doesn’t just exist, it shows up for us. It appears as the pure experience of the present moment. And one of the most amazing things about the world is that it changes – from age to age, generation to generation, over the course of a human lifetime.

            We can not ignore the world. We live in it, and we have to face those things that happen in that world. Today it would even be very difficult to live on a desert island just to live on our own without any interruption or interference from other human beings.

            We are here and though others can ignore us, we can not ignore them nor deny our own existence. We have our fleshy bodies within it our brains which enable us to think and reason. From the moment we are born we are confronted with the world and shall have to learn to live in that world. From that first step on earth, time does not let us on our own but however we want, time binds us to itself. It makes hours, days, months and years go by while we have to hold in it and come to the realisation that we are getting older. However, we turn it or turn it and look for the ‘why’ we are here and the ‘how’ we can make it true here, we are pulled in all directions to do this or that or to be here and there.

            Sometimes we even wonder not only why we exist, but also why this world and this universe exist. Lots of people also wonder what there would be in outer space. In the darkness behind the horizon, stars and planets get us dreaming of other planets and perhaps also about other living beings. Why should we be the only intellectual beings?

            When we see time passing, we often feel as if we are running out of time. Looking at how glaciers melt and how waters rise, but so many in the world do not want to believe climate change is a serious business and that we are heading for an unseen natural disaster if we do not act quickly to combat global warming.

            If nothing existed there would be nothing to contemplate existence and no existence to contemplate. Now we have to think about a lot of things. In fact, it happens that our brains don’t let us rest easy and get our heads spinning with all sorts of (sometimes foolish) thoughts.

            Why did anything happen?

            Why didn’t nothing happen?

            Why did all those planets came into existence?

            Why does anything at all exist?

            What does it mean to exist?

            Why did man came into existence and why does he thinks he is superior to all other beings?

            Why are we here?

            What is life all about? or What is the purpose of existence?

            Is that what we think to see realy there? Or is it just an illusion?

            Philosophers through all ages have tackled this most fundamental question of existence. Many persons came to practice or investigate the systematised study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about existence, reason, knowledge, values, mind, and language. There was and is the searching, the rational, abstract, and methodical consideration of reality as a whole or of fundamental dimensions of human existence and experience. We know of major Eastern philosophers, like Buddha; Confucius; Dai Zhen; Han Feizi; Laozi; Mencius; Mozi; Nichiren; Nishida Kitarō; Wang Yangming; Xunzi; Zhu Xi.

            But in the West, they did not have to undercut and could in turn make others think and philosophise with a variety of thoughts. There were many Ancient Greek philosophers, like Aristotle and his followers, who brought a whole movement into being,  Aristotelianism. Epicurus and Epicureanism.
            The Western world provided lots of major Western philosophers, like Peter Abelard; St. Anselm; St. Thomas Aquinas; St. Augustine; Noam Chomsky; Jacques Derrida; Duns Scotus; Michel Foucault; Jürgen Habermas; Martin Heidegger; David Hume; William James; Saul Kripke; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; John Locke; John Stuart Mill; Friedrich Nietzsche; Hilary Putnam; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Bertrand Russell; Jean-Paul Sartre; Socrates; Benedict de Spinoza; Bernard Williams; Ludwig Wittgenstein, and so many more who request our attention.

            Some of those philosophers from the east and west will tell you that everything that we experience as real is an illusion. Especially in Eastern philosophies, we find ‘masters’ or ‘teachers’ who will say this is all a dream.

            Could it be that we are part of a dream or living in some surreal universe?

            And is there some Being managing it all?

            Is there a Creator or Manipulator? And are we just His toys?

            We may see all this physical stuff around us, but in which way is it real, or do we get to know how it really is?

            Over the years, mankind had to change its views about so many things. More than once, man had it wrong. More often there were groups of people or organisations, who wanted to have control over people and made it a rule or doctrine that people had to believe. The Roman Catholic Church was (and is still) a master in that.

            Many people have high ideas about themselves. Sometimes it happens that they suddenly become confronted with themselves and have to come to see that their thoughts and emotions are ‘nothing’. It is all, they will say, the play of pure consciousness. John Locke considered “the perception of what passes in a man’s own mind” man’s consciousness.

            Pure being is all that really is. Everything else is an illusion created in an ungraspable field of consciousness, awareness and sentience. Some philosophers regarded it as a kind of substance, or “mental stuff,” quite different from the material substance of the physical world. From such philosophers’ ideas many started to believe we exist out of more than one element. They managed to have several people believe that when they die that there is a spiritual element (the soul) that will go to other places (like purgatory, hell or heaven) and another physical element that will transform into another body (incarnation and reincarnation). That reincarnation, also called transmigration or metempsychosis, in religion and philosophy, would be a rebirth of the aspect of an individual that persists after bodily death — whether it be consciousness, mind, the soul, or some other entity — in one or more successive existences. Depending upon the tradition, these existences may be human, animal, spiritual, or, in some instances, vegetable, depending on the way one lived before.

            The French mathematician, scientist, and philosopher René Descartes for instance as one of the first to abandon Scholastic Aristotelianism, formulated the first modern version of mind-body dualism, from which stems the mind-body problem. Because he promoted the development of a new science grounded in observation and experiment, he is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. We all know his expression

            “I think, therefore I am” (best known in its Latin formulation, “Cogito, ergo sum,” though originally written in French, “Je pense, donc je suis”).

            The medieval English logician St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033/34–1109), is at the heart of Descartes’s rationalism, the view that regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge, knowledge about an existing thing solely on the basis of reasoning from innate ideas, with no help from sensory experience. Descartes has an innate idea of Allah Al-Aliyy or Most High God, being The Sublime God as a perfect being. For him, it is clear that God necessarily exists, because, if He did not, He would not be perfect. It is That God Who presides in the great assembly (Psalm 82:1) of human beings, who often think they are greater than others.

            Jim Holt, the American journalist, author in popular science and essayist, who often contributed to The New York Times, wrote the nonfiction work and NYTimes bestseller for 2013, Why Does the World Exist?, presented the central question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’, which lies in the domain between philosophy and scientific cosmology. Also the English cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees looked at the big-bang theory of the origins of the universe. By examining the nature of existence itself Holt was following in the path of the philosophy called ‘Existentialism’, which stresses human existence in the world concreteness and its problematic character. for those writers ‘Existence’ is primarily the problem of existence (i.e., of its mode of being); it is, therefore, also the investigation of the meaning of Being. Going back to the intitial thought of previous philosophers

            What is Being?

            What does it mean to be?

            To be is the question!

            What does it mean to exist?

            What is the nature of being?

            For the German philosopher, counted among the main exponents of existentialism, Martin Heidegger, the human subject had to be reconceived in an altogether new way, as “being-in-the-world.” Because this notion represented the very opposite of the Cartesian “thing that thinks,” the idea of consciousness as representing the mind’s internal awareness of its own states had to be dropped. With it went the assumption that specific mental states were needed to mediate the relation of the mind to everything outside it.

            Man philosophers had the above questions, bringing them to think about their own being and the being of others around them. Those people thinking and writing about those life questions bring the deep contemplation of what it means to be human. We think no other living being is concerned with such questions. Even pets don’t wonder what their role in the family might be (we think). Even though plants and animals have sentience, we suspect that they have no thinking capacity whereby they would ascertain their essence in this world.

            On the other hand, it can well be that one of the reasons that other creatures don’t worry about the meaning of life could be that they don’t seem to have any choice about how to live it. Dogs and cats just live the way dogs and cats live. They respond to circumstances the way dogs or cats generally do. Sure they may differ one to the other, but generally speaking they act more or less predictably like dogs or cats.

            But human beings can also be very predictable. We also could say human beings act in a similar way. Many people around us are also very predictable. Though we can notice that even when the majority lives a standard way of living, we can find people who follow a totally different course. There are human beings who stand out and surprise us. We also find several people who do not want to follow the tract the majority follows. They don’t live an ordinary life. They live an extraordinary life, that is remarkably new and different from the norm. And sometimes these rare human beings discover a way of being that eventually becomes the new norm.

            Martin Heidegger was convinced that the history of Western thought has failed to heed the ontological difference, and so has articulated Being precisely as a kind of ultimate being, as evidenced by a series of namings of Being, for example as idea, energeia, substance, monad or will to power. He recognised that most of us live as ‘the one’, or that we do generally what ‘one’ does or what would be the general norm to do. Though we are often concerned with what ‘one’ tends to be concerned with.

            He spoke about “Dasein” or “being there”, the most fundamental a priori transcendental condition or mode of being not so much to be seen from the point of being there but from the perspective of how the being essentially unfolds. As Heidegger puts it:

            “A being is: Be-ing holds sway [unfolds]”.

            The hyphenated term ‘be-ing’ is adopted by Emad and Maly, in order to respect the fact that, in the Contributions, Heidegger substitutes the archaic spelling ‘Seyn’ for the contemporary ‘Sein’ as a way of distancing himself further from the traditional language of metaphysics.

            We all should be aware that somehow we come on this planet and have to make the best of it. We receive an overdose of information during our lifetime and are fed an untold number of knowledges and rules, with which and by which we try or must try to live. Through all these influences we have to go through, we have to try to build our lives and live a generic human life.

            Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, a human being could, if they were heroic enough, choose to live a different kind of human life and could come to live a profoundly authentic and original human life. The American lecturer, poet, and essayist, the leading exponent of New England Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson called such human beings ‘representative’ because their lives represented new possibilities for being human.

            I do not think “Life is But a Dream” even when we may dream that we live or imagine our life to be a certain way. When we are dreaming it can well be that we are not aware that we are asleep. But also when we are awake it can happen that we wonder if we are dreaming, because what we encounter seems to be so unreal. How often does it not happen that we must come to the conclusion that we were in a dream-world. And that dream world was not always to our liking. More than once the dream world that comes into our mind, is one that can cause fear, but luckilly there is also that dream world that causes joy, surprise, and myriad other emotions. Dreams take us, seemingly, to worlds we’ve been to and worlds that we have never experienced. In them we re-live what we lived before in that world we should recognise as the real world. But we should be aware that very often we are deceived by the real world around us. Often we do not want to know that this world has played tricks on us.

            Every day we have doubts about certain things, often which we should recognise as facts. There and then we once more are confronted with those questions that come up into our mind so often. Oh, so often we are troubled, and question our own self and all the things we see happening around us. Then we might ask

            What is our role in this all?

            What happens when we become older?

            As time passes we start getting in contact with other peoples and other cultures. Mostly how we grow up is decided by our parents and our surroundings. The culture of our homeland, the religion of our parents, and the friends we hang out with, all influence us and mould us in a form we do not mind or which bothers us. In case we do not like the form in which we are moulded we get frustrated and come into a stressful position. sometimes people would love to have been born in an other place or have lived in other circumstances. But the choice is not up to us. We are dropped in a time and place and have to find our way in it.

            We have no memory of a previous life, because there is just not such another life.

            Could we prove that we have ever lived if we did not have our memories?

            No, there would be no way to prove it. There is not one person who ever could recollect and prove some previous existence. Even for those who are born, when young, their memory is too short and after some time they shall not be able to tell what happened in those first years of life. When you would ask a toddler to prove he lives, he would not be able to do so, because he has not enough memory and not enough knowledge. The very young cannot prove they live because they do not have memories. Memory starts to develop a bit later than the first few years of life. Memory is an essential component to the human mind, so important that we cannot say that we exist without memory. Knowledge and memory are two requirements to realise that one is alive and can be. In other words, our very existence is hinged on our capacity to remember. Without our capacity to think, or to have thoughts, we can not remember nor can we analyse. And to be able to know we live we need to be able to think, consider and to review.

            Memory, as the encoding, storage, and retrieval in the human mind of past experiences, is unconditionally linked to thought and being. Without awareness, there is no knowledge of being. We can notice this when people have reached an age when they start to suffer from dementia. It is then as if their thinking but also their “being” falls away.

            Memory is both a result of and an influence on perception, attention, and learning. It is those thoughts of past events and influences that help shape us, making us who we are. With that awareness and understanding of that event and of that personality we are confronted with, we ourselves are presented with a mirror, in which whether or not we will accept, love or hate that reflection. But dar we will recognise that this is that “I” that we wish, desire or curse.

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            With Positive Attitude

            There can only be hope when there is a will to be and say “I am”

            I and Thou

            Our existence..

            Leap

            To come to live in the peace of fulfilment of our own Divine Identity

            What is Existential Ergonomics?

            On the Anxiety of Non-Being

            Running out of time

            Why does the world exist

            Our real self ever perfect and free

            Life’s Purpose

            Modern Living

            Quandary of Reflections

            Existence in the non-existent and non-existence in the existence

            Human experience maintained in a fragile existence

            Soul-searching

            Vivamos Videre, the more we live, the more we are a witness to life

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            Additional reading

            1. Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
            2. Onsterfelijkheid – Immortaliteit – Immortality
            3. About The story of Creation 1 Existing cosmologies
            4. Genesis Among the Creation Myths
            5. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
            6. Creation of the earth and man #14 Formation of man #6 The Uncreated One, neshemet ruach chayim and nephesh
            7. Jesus begotten Son of God #11 Existence and Genesis Raising up
            8. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
            9. Ability
            10. Ability (part 2)
            11. Ability (part 3) Thoughts around Ability
            12. Ability (part 4) Thought about the ability to have ability
            13. The Opinionated Truth
            14. God make us holy
            15. Two states of existence before God
            16. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
            17. Wisdom Quote #21…..seeking within with Carl Jung!
            18. Living in this world and viewing it

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            Vivamos Videre, the more we live, the more we are a witness to life

            Kone, Krusos, Kronos

            Castle od San Angelo Rome

            “Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!”

            Kalidasa

            The more we grow old, the more things we experience in life, some of them a great surprise, and a thing that makes us ponder at life itself.

            It’s meaning, and our lot in it.

            And we talk, and feel according as to what we consider it was good, or bad, but we did gain anything on it?

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            Soul-searching

            poorman'sdreams


            We are all cut from the same cloth

            Black or white. Pauper or posh

            And as those veracious bubbles do froth

            The truth always comes out in the wash.


            Life’s banquet is seared with many decoys

            Blue, well-done, medium and rare

            You can never delect in the delicious joys

            Without first tasting bitter despair.


            It’s always the cruel that bloom and flourish

            It beggars belief how the meek don’t inherit

            We must first plant wisdom and courage

            To stop them reaping from our own merit.


            Because when life is unkind

            And your ducks don’t stay in a row

            Sometimes you have to lose your mind

            To find your soul.


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            Human experience maintained in a fragile existence

            … our human experience continues to be maintained in such a fragile existence that could end at any moment and without notice.
            Every waking moment we are embarking upon the unknown.
            Whether or not we are even conscious of our own living
            and dying is another individual matter,
            whether or not to believe there might be a presence in an afterlife,
            or simply presume that whatever is, just is,
            without ever a question about what awaits us on the other side.
            ~ Thoughts On Living
            ~

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            Existence in the non-existent and non-existence in the existence

            When wondering about the existence, the why and how, there is the darkness around us in which we look for the light. There we find ourselves in a world that has shifted from the here and now. We, looking at the age that has shifted all emphasis to the here, there, yesterday, today and tomorrow, and thus brought about a demonisation of man and his world.

            The many things that bind us to each other and to this world we want to curse, but they keep us under their spell. Who plays the game? Who has the strings of our body and soul?

            Who is the player of this puppet cabinet, where we are the puppets of who in what world? It was not that we ourselves presented ourselves to be a glove puppet. And who is that One Who plays with the hand puppets of this world?

            In this world, we see many who want to seize power and even manage to make money out of their dictatorial traits.  Then they take pleasure in having flocks of dictators around them, until the people wake up, when it is too late and the phenomenon of dictators has already caused great misery. Then people will have to admit with shame that they have allowed such foolishness to take place and to cause so much damage. Then they will have the nerve to admit that mankind has been robbed of his transcendence by the short-sightedness of the super-intellectuals, but also of the foolish followers who turned a blind eye while the others warned.

            Many have fallen a victim to unconsciousness.

            But then, at last, they come to see, man’s task is the exact opposite: to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

            Neither should he persist in his unconsciousness, nor remain identical with the unconscious elements of his being, thus evading his destiny, which is to create more and more consciousness.

            What is the sole purpose of human existence? Is it to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being?

            What affects us? What affects him or her who is standing next to us?

            For sure

            the increase in our consciousness affects the unconscious. {Carl Jung}

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            Quandary of Reflections

            Amitav Chowdhury

            Drifting and darting around insanely, mine, but once-in-a-lifetime, not anymore

            Dying like a shooting star, flashes of brilliance through their brokenness

            Lighting up my horizon, but here I am misaligned, not even a parallel existence

            Exited the misunderstood reality shadowed with innumerable untruths, unfaithful promises

            Mirrors are thoughtful, exposing the reality of altered reflections, I go deeper through a portal

            Another world, another type of shadow, a complex puzzle envisioned; I am unaware of my role, even my existence

            Are their only reflections, if only the images had clarity, but the reverberation of changes unsettle everything

            -Amitav Chowdhury

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            Ocean

            Subliminal Landscapes

            Waves lapping
            over more waves,
            running, chasing
            each other tirelessly.
            Are these the lives
            an ocean has lived.
            The ageless ocean,
            where life itself
            was formed,
            where history
            was created,
            battles fought,
            flags downed.

            Sand and sea
            unify at the verge
            of each wave’s end,
            blinking like a
            shapeless eyelid
            over the horizon’s
            crimson eye.

            If I could stitch
            the waves together
            with my breath,
            shall I know life?
            I walk quietly on the beach
            strewn with shells.
            Soft bed of sand,
            a contemplation
            on transience.

            I look at a chambered nautilus
            and marvel at its beauty
            and perfect geometry.
            I bring it to my ear
            and hear life
            in all its sacred
            echoes of emptiness.

            If I was born of the ocean
            so shall I merge into…
            Amongst myths and mysteries:
            Dark and Deep!

            © Shalini Garg 2022

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            Modern Living

            poorman'sdreams

            The worst thing about the ‘modern’ world is that it doesn’t allow you to take a moment and appreciate, just;

            Being.

            The air you breath, the sky above you, the earth beneath your feet.

            All of these real and natural things pale in comparison to the ever imposed, falsified pressure of being a ‘modern’ human.

            So, the next time you encounter a moment in which you are relaxed in nature. Live it, really soak it in.

            And, just;

            Be.

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            Life’s Purpose

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            Are we all block layers, leaving the prints of our lives on the human existence. Solomon was listening to the voices, those around him, and the changes going on. There was time and space to do a little thinking, the usual chaos, the news offerings, not so important anymore, life more pointed, introverted, as if to say, what are we doing ourselves. We make it happen, we have to clean up.

            Recriminations and arguments, you did this, we did that, the protagonists trying to sway the opinion of the voters, each sure of themselves. The irony Solomon felt, was those who spent their life gathering immense riches, then spending their end days, giving it all away. Surely that wasn’t the purpose.

            He recalls the story of Oscar Schindler, who has a turn of conscience, and wants to right the wrongs he can see around him, knowing the danger he faces…

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            Our real self ever perfect and free


            “Our real self, the spirit, is ever perfect and free, but we have forgotten that.
            So we identify with our present experience of bondage and consequently suffer in countless ways.
            Our situation is like someone who is asleep and dreaming that he is being tortured and beaten…
            He need not placate, overpower, or escape his torturers.
            He needs only to wake up.
            ~ The Breath of Life: The Practice of Breath Meditation According to Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish, and Christian Traditions. By: Abbot George Burke, Light of Spirit Monastery, 2012. Page 6

             

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            Why does the world exist

             

            Vragen - Questions

            Blijf niet alleen afgezonderd op jouw eiland met je vragen zitten – do not stay isolated on your desert island with all your questions

            We are here. That much seems clear. We can’t deny our own existence.

            Well actually great philosophers have denied our existence. What we can’t deny we suppose is that something exists. There is an experience of existence, of being, that is undeniably the foundation of everything. If nothing existed there would be nothing to contemplate …

            Some may even question what it entails to be in or to have “existence”. In what way we experience existence? We can feel ourselves and we can see and touch other things, but that does not yet mean we feel their existence. Though most often as soon as we see and feel something we want to believe we feel and see the proof of its existence.

            To what extent do we want to accept that which we can perceive to exist?

            But one of the most important questions that most people have is why they exist. The “Why” of being us and the “Why” of being the things around us.

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            Running out of time

             

            Kone, Krusos, Kronos

            How Can we Measure What Does Not Exist

            “Time brings all things to pass.”

            Aeschylus

            Existence it’s necessary for time to be, otherwise time has no thing to attach itself to it, or run after, or keep time for, no existence, no time, existence of something, the beginning of time.

            Time Start

            However today Scientist are not so sure, developments in theoretical physics, especially the rise of string theory, have changed their perspective. The pre-bang universe has become the latest frontier of cosmology.

            But do not take my word for it, could be old news Scientifically speaking, I am not a Cosmologist with the latest paper on it, what I am saying had a date around 2006, who knows what is the latest word on it.

            However like all of you, even a newborn, we are all running out of time, as we read this.

            But if one thing we can be sure of it, is that time is running…

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            On the Anxiety of Non-Being


            “The basic anxiety, the anxiety of a finite being about the threat of nonbeing,
            cannot be eliminated. It belongs to existence itself.”

            – Paul Tillich ‘

             

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            What is Existential Ergonomics?

            Existence is primarily the problem of either being, having a mode of being, or not able to be. When looking at it, it is also particular and individual— always my existence, your existence, his existence, her existence, but also bounded in time, because one moment a person can be and another moment in time he or she can not be any more.

            In these days of lockdown because of CoViD-19 we notice too many people who worry too much about their existence and about the future, as if the present quarantine measures would be able to “kill” them, instead of making use of the now given free time to make something special for themselves.

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            To remember

            “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”

            –Jean-Paul Sartre

            • “existential” = loaded + defined = “relating to human existence” or, more broadly, “the analysis of existence + ways humans find themselves existing in the world.”
            • “ergonomics”  = not well understood => application of psychological + physiological principles to engineering + design of products, processes, + systems.
            • philosophy of existentialism = concerned with finding one’s self + meaning of life through free will, choice, + personal responsibility.
            • ultimate goal of ergonomics = reduce human error, increase productivity, enhance safety, + boost comfort (specific focus on interaction between human + product or system).

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            Preceding

            There can only be hope when there is a will to be and say “I am”

            The I Am to explore

            Our existence..

            I and Thou

            Be for others or yourself

            Being the change that you wish to see

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            Additional reading

            1. Wisdom Quote #21…..seeking within with Carl Jung!
            2. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality

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            Further related

            1. Brain-in-a-jar: A thought experiment
            2. Persistent Focus
            3. Pie in the Sky
            4. Teasing it Out
            5. Foothold Found
            6. Yes for the U-Turn
            7. Teachings Of A Crisis (II)
            8. Forever would not have been enough
            9. History in The Seventh Seal: Why historical accuracy doesn’t always matter
            10. Lyin’ to Yourself
            11. South Korea is asking residents to remain isolated. The U.S. military reports new cases of coronaviruses
            12. COVID-19: Social media overrun by DIY standing desks during lockdown (The Hindu)
            13. Setting up the home office: Ergonomics in the time of Corona

            existential ergonomics

            “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”

            –Jean-Paul Sartre

            What if we could wrestle down life’s big questions using the scientific method? What if we could systematically improve human thoughts, actions, and environments in a way that shapes personal meaning and significance? Existential ergonomics is my attempt to explore just that.

            The word “existential” is loaded, and “ergonomics” is not well understood, so I’ll offer some perspective.

            Existential is defined as “relating to human existence” or, more broadly, “the analysis of existence and the ways humans find themselves existing in the world.” The philosophy of existentialism is concerned with finding one’s self and the meaning of life through free will, choice, and personal responsibility.

            Ergonomics, on the other hand, is the application of psychological and physiological principles to…

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            To come to live in the peace of fulfilment of our own Divine Identity

            We had a look at Susan Billmaier her views on the turbulence of life, and the transformation of the self.

            At her blog SusanWithPearls – Living Life. Learning to do that better. Sharing it here.- she often wonders how we know ourselves and how we do get at what is inside.

            Lots of people question their own self and look for way to have a good life. For years they try out several things. Most often they go looking for

            The self that… is a deeper self, some say a “higher self”, some say a “Christ self”, or the “Buddha/enlightened self”, in some Native cultures it is called, simply, “beauty”. {Knowing your Self is more than knowing the size of your stomach.}

            She writes

             Whatever it is– the moral self, the good will– I am not too particular about the label, or the words– it is simply the best that a person can find within themselves and everyone has it…whether they know it or not. {Knowing your Self is more than knowing the size of your stomach.}

            Copyright Tam Black 2013 Designed for susanwithpearls.comShe also knows that man has to come to a point where the individual comes to see that it has its own value and its own reason to be, demanding to take personal action and own personal focus on personal awareness.

            My own Loving Presence is my Self. I turn my attention inward and become aware of my own Loving Presence. With my focused awareness, my own Loving Presence fills me, grows brighter, and grows warmer. {Claim only the Self that you love. A Journey of Purpose: Day 32}

            Being faced with the self one may not loose that self nor the faith in the self. Being confronted with the surroundings one need also to be willing to go into confrontation with it and with the inner thoughts, at the same time willing to perceive the necessary changes to be taken or the changes going on around the self.

            as a guiding thought can be notated

            Accept your light and your lightness! Feel your Self expand! As you perceive change around you, remain anchored in your Being of Light. Allow yourself to sit peacefully in the still place of nothingness as life moves quickly around you. {Arguing with myself and losing: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 19}

            Too many people do forget that we are here on this earth because we are allowed to be here by the Most High Divine Creator. Many do not want to know about that Omnipotent, Omniscient, Powerful Eternal Divine Source of all life, existence and knowledge, but also of peace and joy Though daily they are confronted with “Existence” that surrounds them.

            In ““Self Fulfilled”: Journey of Fulfillment 2.0 – Day 05” Susan Billmaier looks at the guiding thought

            In Divine Mind, I am filled full! All are equally filled full. All are equal in Love. I fill my mind with thoughts of fulfillment and remember what I already know. I am determined to fulfill my purpose, to know my Self as Divine Love, and to share the fullness I am.{“Self Fulfilled”: Journey of Fulfillment 2.0 – Day 05}

            For her “Guiding Thoughts”

            acts like a guided visualization and I see/experience the words. There are days when reading the Guiding Thought seems to open a channel within me and I can feel energy within me moving in a new or different way. {“My Self Has My Back, Now if It Would Scratch…”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 33}

            First page of "On the Difficulty of Knowi...

            First page of “On the Difficulty of Knowing One’s Self”, 1744 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            We can only ascertain that lots of people are afraid of looking at them self in the light of a Higher Being that would be Master over them and would be responsible for their being. We can enact that it is difficult for man to accept that there is a Higher Being Mightier than them and giving them all what the can see around them. That High Being wants us to come into a good relationship with our self, with others around us and with Him. He wants us to get filled with that what made Him create us in the first place. Even when the first man rebelled it was His love for man that made He wanted to allow them to take care of themselves and to find solutions for themselves, but providing also The solution to bring an end to their agony, suffering and continues wandering. Also that foreseen solution, the sent one from God, the Messiah, God His own begotten beloved son shared that love of God with mankind and gave his life for all. Like that man of flesh and blood did not want to do his own will, but only did the Will of God, we too should come to a point where we want to do the Will of God and share His love with others.  Only that way we can come to fill our mind and heart with love, aligning with the Light of Truth. Steadfast and focused on our own Loving Presence, than we shall be able to live in the peace of fulfilment of our own Divine Identity.

            Copyright Tam Black 2016 Designed for susanwithpearls.com

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            Preceding

            Inner Voice

            Transformation is easy, when you step into something that already IS.

            In the turbulence of life, listen and wait.

            How to Live Beyond the Ordinary

            Learning that stuff is just stuff

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            Additional reading

            1. No curtain placed over tomorrow
            2. There is no true and constant gentleness without humility
            3. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation
            4. For those who make other choices
            5. Knowledge of Christ and fear for God
            6. Looking for answers on the question Is there a God #4

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            Further writings of interest

            1. Body image bullshit
            2. If I could talk to my younger self
            3. Scattered Thoughts
            4. Spring Cleaning for the Mind
            5. Solitude..
            6. Desires
            7. What’s Happening To Me
            8. “I don’t know what living a balanced life feels like..”
            9. Dear self
            10. Your Greatest Privilege
            11. One-Forty-Five AM Exert- Self Discovery
            12. My sensory problems: The Big List
            13. Flush the Ugly and Soar
            14. Vacay
            15. On Strength
            16. Rejection: What Others Think (Our Challenge)
            17. Color and Character
            18. Making Sense of the Senses
            19. Issue With the Self-Image
            20. It is not what it seems… maybe
            21. Knowing Me…
            22. Am I, a Romantic?
            23. Self Obssession is Getting Out of Hand
            24. The Paradox of Being in the Present Moment
            25. Unity: Coherence of the manifold self (1): Introduction
            26. Unity: Coherence of the manifold self (2): Mental multiplicity
            27. Unity: Coherence of the manifold self (3): Material causes
            28. Who Do You Find Your Worth In? Part 2
            29. A Female Factory Worker & a Writer, the Features of a Woman
            30. Putting Yourself Down: Don’t
            31. Intellectual, maybe not
            32. Work from within: Combatting inflammation with lifestyle changes
            33. Dreaming in India
            34. Connection
            35. The Monkey-Trap
            36. To Open Up, Once More, Memories of a Plant
            37. Selfie Woes
            38. Lets put the self in selfie
            39. The Well of Knowledge
            40. Initially, you are unformed
            41. If I could only…
            42. Time for Changes
            43. Thoughts to Myself
            44. What is love?

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