The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness


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The Language of Our New World – Coding

coders and rock stars

With our lives seemingly run for the most part by technology, and specifically electronic and computer-based technology, it’s not a bad idea for as many people as possible to even know the most rudimentary code. Be it simplistic web design, or full blown programs and computer coding, the human being is moving progressively into a world supported fundamentally by electronic counterparts, who speak a different language, but one that we all can learn and understand.

In the following short video, silicon surfing coders from Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, express their experiences and encouragements for us to get into the field of coding and computer science to keep up with the technological direction that our world is driving towards. Continue reading

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Bikes To The Rescue

How often do you ride a bike? Or walk instead of drive? When we were kids, riding our bikes and going outside were more than just something that we engaged in to keep fit. It was our way of life. It kept the vitality alive and biting at the bit. As we get older, it seems as though responsibility is a realm of human life laden with over burdening devices and trinkets that are not as needed to the extent that we may think (unless, in the case of a car, one needs to travel farther than their mere muscle-powered legs can take them, fast!).

If there’s a trip that can be forged without the aid of four wheels and an engine, why not opt for biking it up, or simply walking? Catching the sight of the scenery around you as you progress down the street, adds loads to the overall effects of the trip, mentally and physically. It can keep the mind and the body fresh. If you are stressed, a walk or ride can calm the stress reaction, and not to mention the benefits of the exercise that you get from it.

Let’s Challenge ourselves to use our legs more often, and see why we should, in this informative infographic:

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Why You’re Not A Genius, But Should (And Could) Be

Geniuses are always admired by people because it seems as though they have some innate mandate from the cosmos to manifest mental brilliance and display it to the world. The most commonly known individual is of course Albert Einstein, as well as Steven Hawking; artist, Picasso; writers like Dickens and Hemingway; inventors such as Thomas Edison, and other lesser known “mental artists” like Jacque Fresco (check out The Venus Project to learn about him and his work). As brilliant as these individuals are and were, what is unknown by most people is that their abilities are not something that is outside the reach of the average person, because these individuals are (and were) people, just like you and me. So what is the difference? The difference is that they lived by their imaginations, and nurtured them and exercised them. They are in tune with what is referred to as the super-consciousness, or higher consciousness–the aspect of our being that is everywhere and in everything, and which governs our conscious and subconscious operation. The average person, when they are young is consistently discouraged from using their imagination to view the world as they ascend in age. What is not known is that imagination is not just something that is used to pass the time when one is young and then should be forgotten once one has reached a certain age. It is the aspect of oneself rooted in the frequency of existence that is trying to get one’s conscious self to create something in this reality. If it goes ignored, or worse, is actively quelled, then according the workings of the subconscious mind, over time one will learn not to listen to their intuition, and it will diminish (though not totally disappear). Let us examine why.

The conscious mind can be described as the “monkey mind,” a description very prevalent in Chinese thought where it is known as Xin (pronounced “hsin”) or emotional mind. The monkey mind jumps around like a little monkey (hence the name), rarely if ever being fully present in the current moment. This erratic mind just so happens to make up only 5 to 10 percent of the overall consciousness spectrum in which we operate. Despite this, it seems to occupy the entirety of our everyday experience, twenty-four hours a day. With such a troublesome little guy hopping around in there, it may come as no surprise that it gets in the way the majority of the time, preventing the subconscious mind from fully coming to the forefront, and unleash its total potential.

The subconscious mind, or the yi (the wisdom mind), is the part of consciousness spectrum that stores information and acts as the foundation that brings things to the surface, so to speak. Most functions of the human body are carried out subconsciously, and some can be both conscious and subconscious, like breathing for example. The subconscious mind has a big job, regulating things that the conscious aspect is too busy jumping around to handle, and it does more than command the involuntary mechanisms in the body. Deep-seeded thoughts and modes of behavior are the domain of the subconscious. I’ve found one way to describe how the subconscious mind functions using the movie Click, starring Adam Sandler. In the movie, Sandler’s character receives a remote control that allows him to operate his life as if it were a DVD player–pausing, playing, fast forwarding and reversing his reality. Eventually, he ends up fast forwarding so much, that the remote, having learned his behavior, automatically fast forwards through the same scenarios again and again, leaving Sandler’s character an old man, who missed out on his entire life. This is essentially how the subconscious mind works. It stores behaviors then recalls them at opportune moments, like an auto-pilot function. Now, this subconscious mind that is running the show below the surface makes up roughly from 90 to 95 percent of the consciousness complex. But here is the key: the subconscious mind is the direct link to the superconscious mind, which is connected to the ways of all of existence, and is precisely why, for instance, it is possible for people to know what is happening with others even when they are hundreds of miles away. Ideas that seem to come straight out of the blue, and intuition have their origins in the superconscious mind.

Those individuals who have allowed themselves to develop a firm relationship with this aspect of their being, have extreme insight and thus develop ways of doing things that the average person deems to be impossible. Why? Because the average person’s subconscious programming is such that they believe that they are separate from everything else, and that they can’t be creators or geniuses. For if you have been told throughout your life that the world is the way that others say it is, and each time that imagination (the superconscious mind) has attempted to manifest something, it was immediately quelled, one’s subconscious programming thus learns that this being that they are cannot do anything unless it is derived via pre-approved behavior and methods; the momentary flashes of inspiration and quirkiness are dismissed as mere childish fantasies. As a result, they don’t get nurtured, and thus fail to become anything other than silly daydreams. And what those who know not how to think outside the indoctrinated programming attempt to do, is make others think the way that they do. Unbeknownst to them, essentially what they are doing is inhibiting the progression of the human race one person at a time, by attempting to eradicate extraneous and “divergent” modes of thinking. This is all too common with parents and their kids, where the child is discouraged from living in “fantasies.” Parents usually have the best intentions in mind when it comes to their kids, so it is understandable that they would want them to be able to fit in and succeed in society. However, what they usually fail to realize is that the very thing that they are trying so desperately to stop their child from engaging in is precisely the thing that could serve to make their child succeed in a whole new way. Conversely, one whose mental faculties have been nurtured and humored on a consistent basis, tend to become unbounded in their abilities, and have the infrastructure in place to create things which other’s say are impossible.

 

How To Access The Super-Consciousness

Everyone’s brain can be limitless, it just depends on whether you allow it to be or not. The best way to start to explore this side of yourself is through meditation. It’s true that there is always a steady, cliché drum beat all over of “meditate meditate meditate,” but that is for a reason. Meditation will quiet the monkey mind, giving one the ability to access the part of their consciousness that can only be fully realized when it is nurtured and given room to grow. Since this is not a post on meditation, I will not delve into any details of its practice. If there are questions as to how to do meditation, there is an abundant resource on the web, or you can also contact me directly. I will be happy to answer any questions concerning meditation and some of its subtleties. My contact information can be found on the “Contact” page of this blog, or you can just leave a comment below. 


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You Are a Hologram–The Holographic Nature of Consciousness and Reality

Fractal broccoli

Holograms come in many shapes and sizes, and for the most part, people are at least superficially familiar with the concept of holograms, but this is mostly reserved for the realm of fun eye candy and artistic works. However, if one was told that the world around them, and in fact they themselves are holographic, it would be brashly dismissed as ludicrous dribble. Well, I’m proposing precisely such an absurdity, and I seem to be in good company.
Consciousness is the driving force behind the manifestation of form within this holographic matrix. This hologram has close relations with fractals, and a lot of times, the hologram of existence is usually referred to as a fractal hologram. However, what is a fractal, and ultimately, what is a hologram?
A fractal is a mathematical set whose constituent parts become increasingly detailed according to a fixed exponential formula, revealing recurrent self-similar properties as it is observed on a smaller and smaller scale. In other words, the initial object that one observes, when orienting one’s point of view closer and closer to the object, reveals the existence of a pattern within it. That pattern is constructed of a grouping of smaller patterns, with parts the same shape of the initial larger object, and are then made up of still smaller versions of the same pattern. This “bottomless pit” rendering of patterns can technically extend to infinity, eventually revealing that the initial object or image was never really made up of anything. Therefore, what one sees with their conscious eyes is a hologram–an object that appears to take the form of something due to hidden “information” within it. In other words, something that is an illusion; an illusion that has the appearance of properties that it really does not have.

The Holographic Nature of Consciousness

Consciousness is required to experience these fractal holograms, for consciousness precisely is the thing that brings anything into existence. For if there is no consciousness, then where is anything at all if there is no observer? I shall explain consciousness in this manner: Anything that can be acted upon by something else, is conscious, precisely because there will be an affect upon it, indicating that it exists and is subject to the natural laws of existence. In essence, the two objects mutually bring each other into existence. Now before you run the thought of “how can a rock be conscious” through your head, let me continue with my explanation. In accordance with my definition of consciousness, since anything that exists is conscious, that means that atoms are conscious, and if atoms are conscious, then molecules are conscious. If molecules are conscious, so then are cells and compounds. If cells and compounds are conscious, so then are organs, and if organs are conscious so then are organ systems, and then bodies, the brain and the individual neurons that make up the brain, who learn to identify the mass collection of additional cells that it is attached to as a collective “self.” Every individual element of the body are all independent parts that connect and function interdependently as one integrated whole. That is also akin to a rock and its individual minerals and compounds which are all made of those smaller elements which mutually bring each other into existence.
The fact is that consciousness is simply everything that is. The only difference is in the way in which experience is rendered from being to being, thing to thing and part to part. The difference in the consciousness of a rock and that of a “living” being, is that a rock lacks an element called a brain (and the subsequent infrastructure of the senses) to actively respond to phenomena and identify its body as an integrated whole; however, it is conscious nonetheless. Consciousness of this is interdependent on the consciousness of that, and thus the world that is can exist. It is this non-absolute nature of consciousness that breeds the world around it, which illustrates the holographic nature of consciousness itself and thus maintains that the world it is within is an illusion; a fractal hologram.

Within this hologram of a world, when “you” examine yourself, where then are your thoughts, and indeed do they exist in the first place? Simply attempting to use the reasoning that you are thinking so therefore you are is not sufficient, because who is thinking? Where is your mind? You can say it’s in your brain, but then where in your brain? Is it located in a specific region, a specific cell? And do those cells also not have their own smaller parts, who then have their own smaller parts? Few are aware of the fact that the apparent solidity of things in the human sense realm is not all there is. Few are aware that in looking at your arm or a table, there exists below the shallow display of ordered form, the ability of one’s point of observation to extend increasingly further, going deeper and deeper, similar to what happens when you zoom into a rendering of the earth on a computer starting from space and eventually ending up in someone’s living room. There is an entire universe of hidden information concealed from the senses, because the realm of ordered form which the senses reside within, known as the human organism and its surrounding world, needs not tune into this immense matrix of concealed information for day to day operation. If it did, the organism would thus be rendered far beyond confused, with a crippling inability to function properly. However, all one needs is strong enough instrumentation to delve down or expand out, and one will see that whether small or large, that which is, will never be held by the limit of absoluteness, neither in size, nor in form. What exists in the infinitely small, is mirrored in the infinitely large–”As above, so below.”


The world is a hologram, and there is a plethora of scientific studies that are finding evidence to support this. According to my own personal proposition of the nature of existence, I propound that the senses command the systematic ordering of information which they receive, in accordance with what the organism requires for it to function. This is similar to an aspect of physicist David Bohm’s and psychologist Karl Pribram’s study of the holonomic nature of the brain (Holonomic Brain Theory), dubbed the “lens-defined model of brain function”. It was thus concluded (which is in stark agreement with my own individual assessment of the nature of reality) that once the “lens” of the senses is taken away, what’s left is a hologram–energy in varying frequencies, which all contain traces of the whole; a trove of hidden information. In other words, the organism itself breeds the forms of its reality, and in its absence, what is left is what can be described as the constituent probabilities and potential for reality as we know it. This is a principle that the field of quantum mechanics explores, which includes the “entangled” nature of subatomic particles, where multiple particles, appearing to be separate entities, behave as, and in fact plausibly are, the same particle, exhibiting identical properties and mirrored remnants of cause and effect; what is done to one particle, is existent in the “other” particles–the hallmark of a hologram. Additionally, what Pribram and Bohm found is that the brain operates according to Fourier mathematics (Fourier Transforms), which incidentally is the very form of mathematics that is used in holography. So, it seems that the brain itself is oriented to render holographic information, and for what purpose would this be other than to operate within a hologram? This is a plausible explanation as to how memories are encoded in the brain, where each part contains the sum, and memories have no defined location absent of interconnection between neurological regions.

The Phenomenon of Solidity


You can’t put your hand through a “solid” form because the consciousness (as I explained previously is merely the ability of things, in acknowledgement of the existence of other things, to act upon and be acted upon by each other) breeds energetic and apparent “physical” barriers. This same phenomenon will cause one to cut themselves, break limbs and drinking glasses and such. It may be hard to believe that one is actually bringing such things into existence themselves, but understanding this is akin to attempting to visualize a massive object, say the size of a mountain, moving at the speed of light–what it would look like and its affect on the fabric of space-time that it moves through. In other words, it’s incredibly hard and unnecessary to wrap the faculties of the mind around, in terms of the need of the organism to function and survive in its ordered realm. Thus, likewise, the holographic matrix that encompasses and manifests the medium that gives rise to known reality, is quite literally an invisible inconceivability, dependent on frequencies of consciousness to manifest visible and tangible form.

Why do a majority of people feel as though humans do not have the ability to see beyond what their own senses tell them? It is simply because the paradigm of the society which we have built for ourselves radically dismisses that which is intangible and can not be quantified, for an indulgent drive to acquire material things perceived to be separate from ourselves. It’s a desperate attempt to literally buy feelings and experiences. Such a paradigm leaves little room for the questioning of the fabric of reality that one’s brain and its thoughts have developed around.

Spiral Fractal Flower

The holographic nature of reality can explain a myriad of phenomena, from telepathy, to the existence of ghosts; however, those are reserved for subsequent articles. Inconceivable or not, the principle of the holographic nature of existence and consciousness has very strong signs lending to the possibility of its validity. Reality in such a form as is suggested here, is not a new concept; delvers into the crevices of consciousness have explored similar signatures of the fabric of existence for as long as it was discovered that it could be done. What is happening now, and has been for a good number of decades, are collective strides that the human race is making in uncovering for ourselves, the primer for the interconnectedness of everyone, and the limitless potential of consciousness.


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Indoor Gardening Update – A Study In Hydroponics

I am currently in the process of updating my indoor garden, and working on ways to increase yield, and the best solution that came to mind was to create a hydroponics system.

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wood, or coconut husk.

Researchers discovered in the 18th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water.In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth. When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots are able to absorb them. When the required mineral nutrients are introduced into a plant’s water supply artificially, soil is no longer required for the plant to thrive. Almost any terrestrial plant will grow with hydroponics. Hydroponics is also a standard technique in biology research and teaching.

-Wikipedia

For this system, I used a water fountain that someone gave to me some years back. I’ve been looking to construct a hydroponic system for a while now, and since the fountain wasn’t getting much use as of late, I started to think of other uses for it. Empty milk cartons serve as the growing compartments, with holes cut out in key locations to allow for various matter to be passed through them (straws/hoses, water ect.). The growing medium is hydroton, which is expanded dry clay pebbles.

I originally had three levels, but since I am using the pump from the water fountain, the water pressure is not strong enough to pump up to the third level, so I was forced to reduce it to two levels, however the system is designed to have as many levels as I have cartons. The top carton still has all the holes needed to expand.

The nutrient rich water is picked up by the pump, lifted via tube to the top of the system, where it is deposited into the top compartment. There are holes in the bottom of the compartment (the caps of both cartons) so the water can drip down to the next level. When the water makes its way back down to the bottom of the system, in the tank, it is pumped back up again, and the cycle continues. It is pretty much a constant supply of water and nutrients, that cycles around.

tube leading from fountain pump attached via shaved wine cork, to straw turned hose, feeding up through to cartons, and terminating in the top compartment

The two plastic container tops are melted together to create one solid structure, but the milk carton is free floating to allow for manipulation of the system.

I only have two Bok Choy plants in the bottom at the moment because I’m still in the process of evaluating the system, and seeing if there are any issues that may need to be sorted out before I move straight into full out planting mode.

The rest of the garden is moving along quite nicely.

I moved the carrots into a larger vessel since they are starting to mature quickly, and the former styrofoam bowl wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Carrot sprouts

I also added another batch of Bok Choy, and will keep cycling planting for a continuous supply of greens.


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The Still Mind – Zen Tales Of Shi Song Shu – Chapter 2: There Is No Enemy

There is No Enemy

Shi Song Shu having learned vegetable planting from his mysteriously intriguing human teacher, was in the garden tending to his corn stalks. The sun was directly overhead, signaling the appearance of mid-day. A breeze suddenly arose, and Song Shu stopped to bask in the brisk relief it brought from the pounding sun. A rustling noise caught his attention, and his ear twitched as it honed in on the direction of the sound. Being that there is a family of stray cats that roam around the neighborhood, Song Shu was quite sure he knew what the sound was, and he feigned obliviousness, continuing with his gardening. The cat closed in step by deliberate step. He got close enough to pounce, and as he leaped, Song Shu evaded his attack effortlessly. The cat continued to pursue, but his advances were futile as Song Shu seemed to dodge and float through the air as freely and evasively as rice paper caught in the wind. It was not long until the cat tired, and his advances were diminished to labored panting. Song Shu, seeing that the cat was unable to continue, approached him and drew his dried gourd of water and handed it to him. The cat initially stunned, not wanting to pass up a drink of water at this critical moment, grasped the gourd and tossed it back. Song Shu stood and smiled as he watched the cat take in this desperately needed water.
“Thank you,” the cat began, panting as the last drops of water dripped from the fur on his lower jaw, “may I ask why you saw it fit to give me a drink even after I just tried to eat you? I must say, it rather took me by surprise.”
“You needed water,” Song Shu replied in his even-toned voice.
“Well sure, but you could have died because of me,” the cat said, trying desperately to understand his former prey seemingly turned friend.
“Maybe, but I didn’t, and you still needed water,” replied Song Shu, still in his original even tone. The cat’s stomach grumbled. Song Shu continues, “I was just about to make something to eat. If you are hungry, I can make something for you also.”
“Well, I am hungry, but I don’t want to impose.” His stomach grumbled again.
“No imposition, I assure you it’s quite alright. Come.” Song Shu prepared two bowls of noodles for the two of them, and they sat together at the table at the base of Song Shu’s tree. Song Shu said nothing, but all the while, the cat was running thoughts around in his mind. He had clearly just tried to take this humble little squirrel’s life, but now he acted as if it never happened, and even made him a bowl of noodles to quell his hunger. Song Shu could sense the weight on the cats mind, and without looking up from his bowl of noodles, asked, “What’s troubling you, friend?”
“I’m just confused, I suppose. Most squirrels are afraid of us cats, and stay away. Likewise, we cats chase those squirrels and try to eat them, so naturally the squirrels would stay away. But you seem not to be scared, nor are you trying to flee. Instead you invited me to a bowl of your delicious noodles… Some would say that we are supposed to be enemies,” the cat explained. Shi Song Shu gave a soft chuckle at the cat’s last sentence, and lifted his chopsticks to his mouth, and sucked the noodles in with a quick slurp.
“There is only an enemy when your mind says there is an enemy. If one is not to be another’s enemy, he need only put down the idea for it to happen,” Song Shu replied, once again, in his tranquil tone. “You tried to eat me because you were hungry. Your mind saw a squirrel and equated me with food. When you could not catch me, I surmised that you were still hungry, thus, I offered to make you some food so you could fill your stomach.” Shi Song Shu took another slurp of noodles, then continued, “I have no wish to be enemies with you, so why would I act in a manner that enemies do?”
The cat was puzzled, for he did not know how to respond to Song Shu’s answer, and it completely took him by surprise. He had never thought of this type of situation in such a manner before. He had no words. Song Shu gently took notice of the cat’s silence.
“Ah ha!” Song Shu exclaimed, chuckling blissfully, “there you are! An honor to make your acquaintance, my friend,” bowing his head slightly, eyes seemingly shut. The cat was perplexed, yet also intrigued by this most peculiar squirrel. He replied, in soft acknowledgement, nodding his head in return, “An honor.”
“Some tea?” asked Song Shu, offering his special brew of pine tea.
“Yes, please,” replied the cat, humbly.