Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our Inner Silent Life

The deepest core of our Being experiences life on the surface of our experience through activity. Our deep core is silent and at peace, while all our emotions are related to experiences in the material world. We touch upon this deep peace when we feel completely fulfilled in Love. Something most of us experience in relation to the material world, in deeply connecting with another soul, another being.

How surprising is it when we meditate, that we may suddenly connect with that same feeling of peace, even while being 'single'. That we may walk amongst trees or other natural habitats and find we feel in love with life around us and within us.

So how can we satisfy our need for happyness and joy? Every material object, including the appearance of other humans, is subject to decay. Even planets and complete solar systems. And so are many relationships. Except the relationship we have with that deepest core of our Being. A relationship we clearly discover when we meditate and become silent to the surface of our life.

Then, when we breath into that deep core of our Being, finding silence and peace at the centre of our existence, we feel completely fulfilled. We are no longer in search for Love. We are Love.

So much more can be said about such journey, but words cannot eloquently describe the nature of such experience. Where it is medically proven that meditation helps any person both physically and mentally to perform better in reaching our personal goals in life, it may also dawn on some of us that it may satisfy a deep desire, a deep longing, to be fullfilled in Love, by searching inside instead of out.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Intelligence

When we start to look at the beginning of all things, we often speak of "The Void" as the "nothing" before "something" came into creation. In the Christian World this "nothing" is often addressed as the "Darkness" before the "Light" came into creation. I see this as the beginning of all intelligence.

Intelligence starts with comparing values. The simplest comparison may be "Black" or "Darkness" in relation to "White" or "Light". This is the most basic example of Duality. A Duality that we find reflected in the checkered floors of some old temples, churches and in the present day lodges of the Freemasons. In the present day computer all intelligence starts with the same basic comparison. A circuit switch is either "on" or "off". Based on this "Binary" code, we form characters, based on 8 Binary "Bits". We then called those 8 bits: One "Byte". In the last decades many of us became personally familiar with 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit and now 64-bit computers.

These computers cannot work without a memory. We talk about internal memory, external memory, buffered memory, and many more terms to store information for a (sometimes very) short, and (sometimes very) long time.

The speed of calculation is defined by an internal clock. This clock is the reference for each binary bit to switch on and off, together with billions of other bits, creating the user experience that now many humans have when they are watching a digital screen.

Those of us that have been using a digital photo-camera (or a mobile with such camera) know that more pixels (i.e. more bits of information per square inch) will result in more detailed pictures, adding to the beauty that such picture may represent.

The combined intensity of light from different "Light Emitting Diodes" (LED's) then projects images on our internal "image sensors" (eyes), which we then interpret with the programming that we have received during our childhood and adolescent lives.

Listening to an outstanding lecture, presented as a summary of the thougts of Jos van Noort about the works of Teilhard de Jardin, I was wonderfully inspired with the thought that a growing complexity, as in the above mentioned examples, leads to a growing knowledge and intelligence about the world as we know it. And we need all those billions of bits together to create a detailed picture of what we think we are seeing, based on what we believe to be true.

So what IS true? And what IS false?

Our personality is an interesting mix of memories, creating the filters and programs that we use to interpret the images that we receive on our "image sensors". But there is more than that. Our "hearing sensors", "smell sensors", "taste sensors" and even our skin and organs give us information about our surroundings. This complex input is then filtered out, often based on our assumptions about how we expect the world should be.

The memory and programming we carry with us as interpretation of our world is often called "the ego". In some spiritual traditions it is mentioned that we should "lose the ego". Or even "kill it". In my opinion these memories and programs are the fundamental instruments of incarnating the Source of our Being into the world we are born into.

“The false ego is only false until it is realized; then it is True.”
[Pir Vilayat Khan]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Knowledge Management

It is my strong opinion that Knowledge is in your head, between 2 ears and two hemispheres! Depending on the focus you have on which and what information you are interpreting, one of the hemispheres is more dominant than the other 1). When you're enjoying listening to music, the right hemisphere is more dominant. Analyzing the music would request more dominance from the left hemisphere of the brain.

The interpretation of any information is uniquely defined by the biography of each person 2). Listening to the music may recall a memory of sweetness or sadness in ones personal past. This interpretation will immediately influence the experience that one has right now. The storage in memory was originally done based on the filters that were important at that moment. We need these filters to protect ourselves from information overload.

The same principles apply to any information (i.e. data) systems. They cannot really be called knowledge systems, because, as I stated before, knowledge is uniquely defined by ones personal biography. On the other hand one may suggest that the information that was put into an information system was the result of the filters, defined by people within an organisation. In such a way, an organisation has something like a "biography" based on the history and future outlook of it's founders and present members.

Ones biography largely defines the personality of that person. In that way, one could also define the "personality" of an organisation as "
a dynamic and organized set of characteristics possessed by [an organisation] that uniquely influences [their] cognitions, motivations, and behaviors in various situations 3)" The word "personality" originates from the Latin: persona, meaning mask. We generally perceive a mask as a tool to hide ones identity. In the theater of the old Latin-speaking world it was not used as a disguise, but rather as a typification of the character played in that role.

This brings about the words character, identity and role. Just like with a person, these last mentioned 3 elements largely define how an organisation is perceived by it's environment. The public, watching the role played by the actor on the stage of a rapidly growing theater, called "the internet" will judge the character of that role. However wonderful the original person (i.e. organisation) may be internally, playing that role, the public will largely define the identity of the player by the way the role is played on stage.

Based on the assumption that
the knowledge structure of each person is "biographically determined" 2), we may assume that an organisation also has a knowledge structure, uniquely determined by all the different experiences that defines the "personality" and "identity" of that organisation. The knowledge structure within the organisation is therefore important as it defines largely how an organisation is perceived by "the public".

[to be continued ...]


Footnotes:
  1. Alfred Schutz: Phenomenology of the Social World [ISBN 0-8101-0390-7]
  2. Richard M. Ryckman: Theories of Personality



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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

"Material World"

First, many of our ancestors thought the world was flat and that the Sun rotated around the Earth (150 A.D., Claudius Ptolemy). It was a kind of two dimensional interpretation of the material world. This was also reflected in art, which often gave a two dimensional representation of the reality as it was perceived at that moment.

At a certain moment this concept was slowly being adjusted to the more three dimensional view of the earth rotating on its axis daily and travelling around the sun yearly (1530, Copernicus). In art a movement became visible of more three dimensional images.

At the end of the 19th century a more detailed view of our material world became apparent, when the electron came into our knowledge
(1897, J.J. Thomson). This was the first step into a world of detail, describing the structure of our material world, which was followed by many more discoveries, now known as Quantum Mechanics (Q.M.History).

We now start to understand that the biggest part of our material world (what we call "reality") is "a "nothing," "void," and "vacuum" [These words] usually suggest uninteresting empty space. To modern quantum physicists, however, the vacuum has turned out to be rich with complex and unexpected behaviour." (Quantum Vacuum)

The same surprising revelation happens to anyone that dares to challenge their own personal construction of reality. When you focus on what your body is telling you, each moment of your waking conscious, you may find yourself confronted with a similar "nothing," "void," and "vacuum". And it may scare the hell out of you when you try to hold on to your past perception and construction of your personal "reality" and identity.

It is when we delve into the depths of our own existence that we discover new insights, both in the scientific realms, as shown above, as well as in the personal realms of our existence. When we dare to challenge the views that influence our perception of reality, we start to turn our experience of "nothing" into an adventurous journey of spaciousness.

As much as we now start to understand "the structure of our material world" which we perceive as reality, it is challenging for us to investigate "the structure of our identity" which we also perceive as reality. As children we build our personal perception of reality, based on what those we trust are telling us about reality, and based on our personal interpretations of emotions and situations. Just like scientists construe reality, we construe our personal reality. And just like "we visualize the vacuum in the same way as the Ancients did because we are still starting from the same limited collection of internal imagery", we are also inclined to visualize our personal reality and identity based on "a limited collection of internal imagery".

Before the "void" or "vacuum" was mentioned by scientists as being "rich with complex and unexpected behaviour", old lectures are mentioning such richness already for thousands of years. An example comes from the Zen Teaching of Huang Po: "The Void is not really void, but the realm of the real Dharma"(Shambhala Pocket Classics). It is a challenge to all of us to discover the void within our own body and mind and to discover the spaciousness within our own structure of reality.

When we explore our personal structure of reality, we discover the elements of our fortification that we have needed, to give meaning to both wonderfully inspiring as well as emotionally hurtful experiences. This is exactly what our ancestors did when they construed a two dimensional concept of their world.

As we become curious about the personal structure that we have created around the "void" within us, we start to distinguish the truths about how we express our being into this world and why we do it in our own unique way. We also start to feel that the "void" or emptyness is not a threat to us, but an unlimited space of potentiality!

I wish you a wonderful and inspiring journey,
Arnold.