Manifesto for a post-materialist science

A group of academics campaigning for more open science has recently published a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science”.

untitled open sciencesSee: http://opensciences.org/about/manifesto-for-a-post-materialist-science.

This is a timely initiative.

Mainstream science has deviated towards blind dogma and total subservience to corporate interests. But a growing number of people are becoming aware of this.

The core of the dogma is materialism: the belief that what we see is all there is.

An entire chapter of my book The Subtle Dance is devoted to opening up ideas about science and spelling out the main assumptions underlying conventional science.

It is worth remembering that science is nothing more than a series of accepted theories and models.

Even mainstream scientists recognise that many of these theories and models are logically inconsistent with one another.

Furthermore theories, models and the experimentation protocols supporting them only involve a very limited number of factors. Whereas every lucid observation of existence suggests that “reality” must involve an infinity of factors with unlimited interactions.

In other words, science is deliberately tailored to fit into the narrow limitations of the human intellect which functions in a simplistic step by step linear mode, unable as it is to deal with the astounding subtlety of “reality”.

It makes therefore no sense at all to regard science as even nearing absolute “truth”.

Science – conventional or fringe- is just a series of imperfect tools of limited scope which should be used with prudence and humility for specific purposes.

Is this the way science is presented by the Establishment?

Of course not. Science is on a pedestal. Its procedures are the main rituals of the materialist religion. Like all dogmatic religions it serves the interests and obsession of power and control of a small “elite”.

But a wave of increased consciousness and genuine desire of honesty is clearly palpable in society these days, in spite of all the disinformation, brainwashing and propaganda.

The recently published Manifesto is welcome in that context.

Fear not. Trust your intuition.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

 

 

What is awareness and what are its consequences?

Awareness is a popular notion among the alternative fringes.

But awareness of what?

Of the hidden forces behind the workings of global society, with their obvious elements of conspiracy? – yeees, this is a significant part of awareness, but probably not the most important.

The key part concerns our metaphysical vision of existence.

Which is awareness that the visible world is only a limited layer of existence, that the non visible interacts in subtle ways with the visible, that nothing in “all there is” exists as  separate from the “rest”, that nothing happens just by chance, without meaning or purpose.

Once you become very conscious – not just intellectually, but also physically, emotionally, spiritually – that the visible and invisible realms are inseparable and constantly interacting, your relationships with people, creatures and events begin to take a new dimension.

How does one reach such awareness?

There are probably as many routes to awareness as there are individuals.

As far as I am concerned, the journey started from a mainly materialist perspective. Such was the dominant thinking mode of my baby boomer’s youth marked by an almost unreserved belief in progress through science.

There was also, of course, organised religion.

Mainstream speech pretended that the two concerned totally different things and that there was no point in trying to reconcile them. Partitioning of reality into completely separate domains was (and still is) one of the principal hallmarks of Western thinking.

But today new facts are laid before us to enlarge our thinking, if we are prepared to pay attention.

On the one hand it is now pretty clear that the basic functioning of society is predatory and destructive, that it has been so for a long time, and that the process is approaching a climax with unprecedented consequences. A fundamental change of mentality and vision has become a matter of collective survival.

On the other hand the development of fundamental physics shows that science is very far from truly understanding universal reality whilst at the same time strongly suggesting that we live in a vacuum filled with energy and information. Matter is only a level of perception of flows of energy organised by information.

Furthermore, theories and models of fundamental physics play with the ideas that time might be reversible, or might only be a perception by an observer, that it is possible for an elementary particle to be present simultaneously in two different spots in the universe, and that there might be more than one universe, perhaps even an infinity of universes.

In short, it is becoming quite plain that our reasoning intellect, with our level of logic, is simply unable to grasp the infinite, eternal reality, and that all it can do is to develop fairly  simplistic models which have limited usefulness, let alone validity, and should in any case be used with the greatest humility.

Whilst such metaphysical consequences of advanced science are now being explored more thoroughly than in the days of blind narrow scientism, many are also revisiting the teachings, metaphors and symbols of ancient traditions, and experiencing the effectiveness of various practices in line with a holistic, non materialist, “energy” based approach of reality.

In fact, we are opening up again to the power of intuition, an essential natural faculty that had been atrophied in most us by the materialist belief system which Western society had imposed on almost everybody.

It is remarkable and quite exciting to note the deep convergence between advanced science, ancient traditions and contemporary non conventional practices.

That said, however, most of the time we are still stuck in our perception of reality experienced as “this” visible world, and subject to its irritating material and psychological constraints and limitations. Our consciousness appears trapped in what modern metaphysicians call “low vibration levels”.

Many people awakening to consciousness wish to free themselves from the enslavement of “low vibrations”. They try to achieve this through meditation, prayer, trance, shamanic practices or drugs. Often disappointment awaits them, and sometimes even depression.

The lesson, I believe, is that whilst life “down here” is only an experience our eternal higher self is going through, we can’t opt out of the experience. We have to go all the way to its natural end and extract the full learning it is meant to give us.

At this point, awareness has to broaden further, to encompass acceptance and trust and distance itself from ego and fear.

This is no intellectual exercise. It is a personal experience. It involves every cell in the body, every conscious thought in the mind, every emotion, desire, fear. Everything that constitutes you or me, which no science or philosophy can fully define and specify, is involved in experiencing enlarged consciousness.

In this a key notion to bear in mind is that of the continuum of existence. There are no absolute boundaries, neither in space, nor time, nor in any other conceivable dimension. Existence is oneness, infinite interactions, yet with perceptions of separate identities. It’s incomprehensible, beyond our logic. All we can do is travel as far as our logic goes, reach the brink, peer down and then jump. Trust the unknown, as the little inner voice of our intuition tells us to.

Those who dare go to the brink beyond which ordinary logic is no longer any use enter a new dance with life. The dance with the invisible Partner.

This is not faith as in organised religion where dogmas are downloaded into your mind and you are meant to sheepishly follow. This is natural connection with the invisible. The stuff of genuine mystics, shamans, healers. And these may be very ordinary people, unpretentious, definitely unpretentious.

And now a last challenging bit: evil.

Whilst the genuinely awakened people do their utmost to align their whole being on the universe’s absolute love, non judgment, compassion and harmony, it looks pretty clear that some partly aware characters opt for a “deal with the devil”. And that might be what lies behind the almost incomprehensible harshness and grotesque arrogance of today’s ruling world elite.

But this shouldn’t unduly worry the really aware. At Source, there is only pure undiluted love.

Can we be sure of that? Yes, but only once intuition has been allowed to reach a sufficient level, for this is beyond the reach of the reasoning intellect on its own.

To conclude, awareness is more than a non materialist world vision, it is a mode of thinking, feeling, acting, and interacting with every aspect of life which is totally different from the ordinary mode in today’s mainstream culture.

Fear not, observe and smile.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2013

Heading towards the light – tough for 30 year olds

By Kitty commenting on a post by Zen Gardner (*)

The worst to crack are strangely the young in their thirties. The ones just starting along or establishing careers.

If you tell them anything remotely “weird” or try to open their eyes to even seemingly simple truths like our debt based monetary system they immediately get on the defensive and close up totally.

This is the fear factor.

If you are say 33, have a young family and are collecting “stuff”, including a rather large mortgage, and are told that this is all illusory and rather meaningless, dragging yourself out of that system is almost impossible and absolutely terrifying.

During their inculcation (education) with state rhetoric this group of people actually believe their government is a benign entity doing all it can to help and support them.

We are slaves to our fear generated by those who think they are our masters.

Getting out of that cave by removing the shackles and heading towards the light needs serious work and some people would simply prefer to wallow in their own cognitive dissonance because even that nightmare is warm and comfortable compared to the glaring light of truth.

I think the way to go is to not assume anything about people, the one thing you can predict about people is they are unpredictable !

Some younger people are a worry. They seem to have lost the will to live and view their situation as hopeless. They are the generation subjected to the full spectrum of the control system in all its forms.

Still we must carry on, have no fear. Fear is illusory.

What are we truly afraid of?

Face it, (the fear). Move on, and out of the control system.

Practice compassion, kindness, give of yourself freely.

Be loving, just be.

Even if you open the eyes of one person you have done well and made a difference however small and that’s how it starts, small beginnings, little acorns !!

xxxx

Kitty

(*) For the article by Zen Gardner and all comments, including Kitty’s:

http://www.zengardner.com/so-where-are-we/#comments

Many thanks to Zen and Kitty

Over 600 horsepower ego trip to nowhere

After World War II popular small cars in Europe had engines with less than 30 horsepower: the Volkswagen Beetle, Morris Minor, Fiat 500, 4CV Renault, and legendary Citroën 2CV with its two horsepower engine.

Brought you from A to B

Brought you from A to B

Fast forward to the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The limelight is on powerful mechanics.

Amateurs with a bit of dosh will be able to buy the new Rolls Royce “Wraith” (€ 250,000) with its 633 horsepower, the latest Ferrari “LaFerrari” (over €1 m) developing 963 horsepower on short distances, or Lamborghini’s super exclusive “Veneno” model (€ 3 m) offering 750 horsepower.

What on earth could be the use of such ridiculously powerful expensive machines?

Only one comes to mind: flattering the ego of their owners.

Ego trip ended in tears

Ego trip ended in tears

If we think about it, many of today’s prowess’ (and absurdly inflated prices) have no other rationale than flattering a few people’s ego.

Is this so bad?

Yes it is. Because the ego is humanity’s big problem. Anything that encourages the ego, stimulates its whims and condones the actions it inspires compounds the global crisis.

The ego keeps the human mind tied to its lowest tendencies, prevents spiritual enlightenment and denies true abundance.

We all have our ego. A large part of our spiritual task is to tame it. It takes patient practice. It is essential in our dance with the Invisible Partner.

Fear not, hold the reins of your ego firmly in hands.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2013

The prince’s war games and the West’s mental problem

Here are extracts from two articles in today’s Huffington Post:

Prince Harry Says He Killed Taliban Fighters On Afghanistan Tour  (Reuters)

“Britain‘s Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a gunner in Apache attack helicopters.   /…./

“My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that,” said Harry, ….and joked that he honed his weapons’ pilot skills playing PlayStation and Xbox computer games.”

Prince Harry Has ‘Mental Problem,’ Taliban Say  (AFP)

“Britain’s Prince Harry, who compared shooting insurgents in Afghanistan to playing video games, “has probably developed a mental problem”, the Taliban said Tuesday.

“There are 49 countries with their powerful military failing in the fight against the mujahideen, and now this prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/prince-harry-says-he-kill_n_2521647.html#slide=2009887

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/22/prince-harry-taliban-mental-problem_n_2525313.html?utm_hp_ref=world

Clearly it’s Western leaders who have developed a mental problem, and a big one.

Can’t they see that their war mongering is totally insane? No, not in their present mental paradigm.

As for the poor prince (who seems a nice guy), he’s been brainwashed since childhood and doesn’t know what he’s doing. Let’s have compassion for his soul.

Fear not, keep speaking your mind against war.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2013

Materialism is ultimate hallucination

We are victims of a collective hallucination that shows us the universe as a gigantic clockwork made of separate pieces.

The clockwork has no purpose, no intention, no conscience. Its laws are mechanistic. Love, beauty, harmony, kindness are just chance by products of physiological combinations of the human mind. Itself is the result of a mysterious “natural selection”.

Five minutes of rigorous thinking would be quite enough to expose such worldview as utter nonsense.

And yet, amazingly, this worldview is the foundation of dominant thought in our society.

There are of course religions, which introduce another dimension. But crucially, they generally keep their own sphere neatly separated from the physical world. Their sphere concerns mainly the after life.

Such separation makes no sense at all.

There is no demarcation, no frontier between the invisible and the so-called physical reality. The two are not only intertwined, they are one. The universe is one. One infinite wholeness beyond the comprehension of our reasoning mind.

To play the game of life, to dance with the rest of universe, to attain true abundance (which is very different from material wealth), you need to fill your soul with this simple notion: all is one, you are part of it, you are not separate, you can’t succeed at the expense of any other part of the whole, you can only succeed in the love of the whole.

The universe is kind to itself, including you. All you need to benefit from its kindness is trust. Trust allows guidance to flow through the channel of intuition. Intuitive guidance is a thousand times more effective than intellectual reasoning.

But don’t take my word or anybody’s word for it. Try it for yourself.

Fear not, be your eternal self, not your worldly ego bound personality.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Science versus reality

There is a huge misunderstanding about science.

Science enjoys a special status in our society mainly because it has made impressive technological achievements possible.

Science based technology underpins many aspects of our modern comfort and also offers answers to a wide range of specific perceived needs. For instance when a supposedly infertile couple absolutely wants to have children, IVF can help them. On a totally different level, when Israeli authorities want to neutralise assumed enemies, superior military technology enables them to do it.

Whether or not we like such technological “solutions”, the fact is that they often work pretty well, at least initially. Their collateral consequences generally appear only at a later stage.

As a result of its up front visible efficiency, science appears to offer a framework for broad and deep grasp of the material world.

Many believe that this framework for understanding the world is the only one, and consider it as close to absolute and comprehensive, even though a lot of details still have to be elucidated.

Their belief is total illusion.

Science is part of human knowledge, which also includes practical empirical knowledge, and various “subjective” disciplines such as law, history, literature, philosophy, spirituality and religion.

But what exactly is “knowledge”?

And how far does it reflect reality?

Knowledge is information which our mind uses to generate thoughts and ideas. New information is brought to our mind through perceptions. For example, when eye cells receive incoming light, signals are immediately transmitted to our neurones and decoded by them.

Neurones are like computer chips; they process information. New inputs are combined with material already stored in memory. The output of this complex process is a stream of conscious thoughts, unconscious thoughts, and unconscious biological signals.

You could compare the stream of conscious thoughts to a film projected on our personal inner screen. Just like a film it may evoke reality, but it isn’t reality. It is only a mix of images and impressions, of which some are derived from bits of reality.

The inner film can never be “objective”. Only small shreds of reality ever reach our mind through perceptions, and our decoding of perceptions and thinking process are distorted by emotions and other impulses.

Besides, we have no certainty that the basic logic used by neurones, our “software” if you like, is capable of generating understanding of the logic of the universe, which might very well be of a much higher level of sophistication. After all, we are only modest little things within the universe. Why should we be equipped with the software to grasp its full working?

Furthermore, even the greatest genius is only able to master a tiny fraction of the shared information and potential thoughts which constitute mankind’s common knowledge.

So, all in all, humans have every reason to be humble about their knowledge, be it the most advanced science.

With that insight into the nature and limits of knowledge at the back of our mind, let us turn again to the status of science in contemporary society.

Science stands on a pedestal. Over the last decades, science and scientists have inspired a level of reverence akin to that enjoyed by religion and high clergy in olden days.

Whatever the subject, official science has authority to say what must be considered true and valid. Any hypothesis or set of observations regarding the workings of nature which is not endorsed by official science is contemptuously dismissed as pseudo science, fraud or quackery. In much the same way as official religion in Medieval Europe treated dissenting views and unauthorised practices as heresy or witchcraft.

A spirit of intolerance and inquisition reminiscent of dark ages is present today, with an additional new twist. And a particularly toxic one: the interference of powerful economic interests. Virtually every research programme these days is financed by corporations or governments under total influence of the corporate world. This has enormous consequences.

The scientific method implies the formulation of assumptions, the development of theories and models, and the gathering of evidence. This combination constitutes a good tool to explore reality. But one that has to be used with integrity and open-mindedness.

And both presuppose freedom. When practically all experts in science and technology owe their position, livelihood, and career to organisations with a very aggressive agenda, the exercise of intellectual freedom for honest scientific pursuit becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible.

In such a context, hardly anyone ever dares bring into question assumptions underpinning dominant theories or put forward models which are at odds with them. As a result, dominant assumptions and theories tend to freeze into dogma.

Concerning the collection of evidence, researchers feel obliged to follow rigid criteria imposed by authority. Phenomena under study are supposed to be repeatable under laboratory conditions and observations quantifiable in data lending them selves to statistics. As if nature should consist only of processes neatly reproducible at will in a lab. Simple mechanical processes do appear reproducible in controlled environments, but there is absolutely no logical reason why the same should be true of very complex phenomena involving billions of subtle interactions.

Because of the absurdly limiting format for evidence collection set by official science, a whole raft of extremely rich observation is simply dismissed as non existent, flawed or fraudulent.

This is particularly the case with natural medicine and the study of paranormal phenomena.

Millions of people throughout the world have direct experience of the effectiveness of various methods of natural healing applied to humans and often also applied to animals. Yet official medicine simply discounts the lot as non scientific, therefore of no value. Under pressure from the public who keeps using alternative therapies, the establishment concedes that they can have a role as “complementary” treatments, i.e. mainly to please patients with a somewhat credulous mind.

Many practitioners of alternative therapies accept this humiliating lower status for sake of peace and of some recognition by medical insurance systems.

In parapsychology, experts are very anxious to demonstrate that their study of psychic phenomena is totally in line with the scientific approach. This has led them to focus most of their efforts on repeatable laboratory experiments.

Which confines their study to a narrow corner of its potential field, because psychic phenomena that are repeatable in the lab are not the most interesting and significant. In fact they are quite marginal and with limited potential uses.

In other words, experts in parapsychology got their own discipline in a real trap by de facto accepting the assumption that real phenomena should all be repeatable in laboratory conditions, an assumption which has no logical basis whatsoever.

They made this big mistake because their anxious quest of recognition pushed them to follow the rules of the system. Having practically driven their discipline to the outer fringe of science, they would be well inspired to change tack and adopt a much more daring approach.

When you come to the bottom of all this, the problem is the mechanistic worldview underpinning official science, and not only official science but more broadly society’s dominant mode of thinking.

As it is quite evident that society’s dominant mode of thinking is driving humanity and the planet into a big mess, you might wonder why there aren’t more people ready to question the basic assumptions behind the mechanistic worldview.

In fact, many people do begin to suspect that the system is basically wrong, but they feel utterly powerless.

The system looks so strong, and its ruling elite have a vested interest in insuring that few manage to openly expose the flaws of the dominant mode of thinking. Tyranny is exercised directly on the minds through propaganda and official science is now enslaved to propaganda.

But this appalling picture is only the visible side of reality, and the invisible, subtle, side is quite different.

People on a spiritual journey who are learning to recognise and accept intuitive guidance “know” this.

Fear not, let logic and intuition embrace in wisdom.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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