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Qualities of Nature Are Human Construct



The accepted view of reality holds that human beings exist in the context of a vast physical universe “out there.” I doubt this description because there are no color, sound, textures, patterns, scent, and beauty – nothing of this kind in the natural world. All these qualities from the fragrance of jasmine to the sting of a honey bee and the taste of honey are produced by human beings, essentially the same as photon quanta of light has no color, such qualities are only in the biology of perception and the organs or capacities for perception that are subtle and, in a sense, invisible. There are capacities for inner seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and so on that have to do with the perception of the inner realm. There are capacities for intuition, direct cognition, synthesis, discrimination, and so on. All of these capacities are fueled by the substance of essence…These organs or capacities are connected to various energetic centers in the body that animate both the body and the human mind.

The existence of the physical universe “out there” and our participation in such a universe must be seriously questioned!


Amazing Skill of our Brain

Brilliant Blue

Brilliant Blue

Neurobiologists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna examined how the brain is able to cluster external stimuli into stable categories. Neurobiologists found the answer in the distinct dynamics of neuronal circuits. The journal Neuron published the results in its current issue. How do we manage to know a friend’s face, regardless of the light conditions, the person’s hairstyle or make-up? Why do we always hear the same words, whether they are spoken by a man or woman, in a loud or soft voice? It is due to the amazing skill of our brain to turn a wealth of sensory information into a number of defined categories and objects. The ability to produce constants in a changing world feels natural and effortless to a human, but it is extremely difficult to train a computer to perform the task.

At the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, neurobiologist Simon Rumpel and his post-doc Brice Bathellier have been able to show that certain properties of neuronal networks in the brain are responsible for the formation of categories. In experiments with mice, neurobiologists produced range of sounds and monitored the activity of nerve cell-clusters in the auditory cortex. They found that groups of 50 to 100 neurons displayed only a limited number of different activity-patterns in response to the different sounds.

Neurobiologists then selected two basic sounds that produced different response patterns and created linear mixtures from them. When the mixture ratio was varied continuously, the answer was not an incessant change in the activity patterns of the nerve cells, but rather a sudden transition. Such dynamic behavior is indicative of the behavior of artificial attractor-networks that have been suggested by computer scientists as a solution to the categorization problem. The findings in the activity patterns of neurons were endorsed by behavioral experiments with mice. The animals were trained to distinguish between two sounds. They were then exposed to a third sound and their reaction was trailed. Whether the answer to the third tone was more like the reaction to the first or the second one, was used as an indicator of the similarity of perception. By looking at the activity patterns in the auditory cortex, neurobiologists were able to predict the reaction of the mice.

The findings that are published in the current issue of the journal Neuron, demonstrate that discrete network states provide a medium for category formation in brain circuits. Neurobiologists suggest that the hierarchical structure of discrete representations might be essential for elaborate cognitive functions such as language processing.


Inquire About Mind with No Thought


Extrasensory Perception

Allow mind to be without thoughts of anything except trying to feel every sensation, hear every sound, taste without comparing, smell the aromas, including the incense and flowers, and be mindful of everything around you. When we become aware of these things, we will lose ourselves in our actions. The Sun is Yang and the Moon is Yin. These are the two forces of nature which balance everything. They are not opposites, but only two aspects of the essence of nature. We will learn to discover pure awareness, which our mind now consumes. When our awareness is free of mind, we call this No Mind. Awareness is as much an aspect of the body and the mind as it an aspect of the universe. We learn this by becoming mindful of our actions. We can practice it in everything we do. Be aware of every sensation and thought, and just let them pass. Watch the thoughts without giving them any more energy. In this way, our mind opens to perceive reality directly.

This is like a meditation; careful attention to everything that is going on. Most of us when we are eating, we always will be doing or thinking about five different things at the same time either that, or we talk while we are eating, and we never really get to be aware of the true enjoyment of the food. So this is a very thoughtless experience. We need to have no mind to experience the full potential of our senses and experience reality with a clearer, direct perception. We can develop no mind using the practice of clear attention or what other masters have called ‘mindfulness.’ When we are mindful of everything we are experiencing in the present moment, we separate our awareness from our thoughts. During this mindfulness, we realize thoughts and awareness can be separated, which allows us to ‘see and feel’ more clearly. On the other hand, when we experience mindlessness, our thoughts and awareness have merged, clouding the water, in effect, so that we are never fully clear and aware. Without realizing it, we end up acting like automatons; we are on autopilot. The harder we try thinking about where our Zen is, the more we fall into the mindless trap and become stuck. Therefore, we must seek to understand through the act of not thinking, or no mind.

We can never experience No Mind with mind. Therefore, when we have no thought, we see the mind for what it really is: a mechanism of memory, categories, associations, emotions, and intellect, all of which are byproducts of the brain’s mapping structure and chemistry. It’s a mental web in which our awareness is trapped. When mind consumes awareness, we have mindlessness. When awareness consumes mind, we have mindfulness.

Our mind blocks our pure awareness. The more concerned we are with what we’ve learned and what we know, the harder it is to see what’s really there. The mind traps itself, but when we step out of this trap we see the whole reality. You remove the duality of yourself from the knowing. Instead of saying ‘I know that,’ there is just the knowing. The more we study mind, the farther away we move from our true nature. It is like attempting to view the back of our head with our eyes. When searching for our Zen, the more we seek, the more we will not find it. Only when we have no thought will we then understand mind. Unfortunately, all the way we were taught ‘Look and you shall find it.’

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