Universal Mysteries

In my reading of history, mythology, and religion, I discovered significant similarities in the perennial mystery questions asked by people across the globe. It appears that all people have similar dreams related to these inexhaustible mysteries. Dream studies continuously verify the similarity in mysteries that we dream about. These dreams frequently show up in the form of universal mysteriesJohn Brockman said, “despite the undeniable variation among cultures, we now know that there is a vast set of universal traits common to all the world’s 6,000 cultures.”(2003) I maintain that these universal traits are revealed in each culture’s primordial traditions and come out of a collective transgenerational memories that includes Nature’s Perennial Wisdom and Natural Moral Code (review previous posts).  In future posts on mythology and religion I will be refer to and discuss Universal Mysteries.

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Mystery of the Unknown

Do you think that we are all motivated to solve confounding mysteries from the most basic to those entailing ultimate existential concerns? I contend that it is in our genes, in our very nature to solve esoteric recondite mysteries. Our inquisitive nature attempts to discover the inscrutable that is shrouded in mystery —> the mystery of the unknown. Albert Einstein proposed, “we still do not know one thousandth of one percent what nature has revealed to us,” suggesting there is a huge number of unsolved mysteries. I enjoy trying to solve the unknown, mysterious, and mystifying. The quizzical brings out my skeptical, questioning, adventurous, libertarian, and even renegade side. In one way or another, I focus on experiencing and understanding the mystery of higher meaning each day of my life. The posts to come revolve around where my views related to the mystery of higher meaning currently reside. I will go into detail as this narrative advances, but at this stage of my life I strongly suspect that higher meaning has something to do with experiencing Nature’s truths.  For me, Nature’s truths are naturalistic based and no supernatural (much more to come).

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The Great Mysteries

I have a profound inner drive to find real meaning in my life (M-2), and purpose in my life. I have been on a curiosity mission for many years to fulfill this drive. This mission became substantially pronounced in my mid-twenties and continues to this day. This deep-seated desire to live a meaningful and purposeful life is intimately tied to a naturalistic worldview having a vision to satisfy my motivational needs (M-1). I discovered as I advance beyond trying to fulfill my more basal needs (Self, Belonging), onto my deeper needs (sexuality, love, morality, emotions, consciousness), and proceeding to my higher needs (truths/Truth) there has been an ever increasing mysterious component in this search. In previous posts, I maintained that in my attempts to comprehend human consciousness there is a huge mystifying factor. However, I have discerned that higher order needs and existential questions are by far the most inaccessible, non-explainable, and mysterious to understand. Actually, much of my life has been an intriguing journey into the undecipherable mysterious hidden-higher unknown. A goal of mine has been to at least loosen up some of the Gordian knots to these mysterious riddles. The Greek word musterion is the source of the word mystery and means something that is inexplicable, enigmatic, or difficult to comprehend. Mystery Analysis for me includes bringing greater meaning to my existence by solving Nature’s bewildering natural mysteries and those inscrutable existential mysteries that I suggest are interlocked and go hand-in-hand.

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Consciousness Summary

The Theory of Balanceology is a Nature-based paradigm.  A major part of the paradigm  indicates that we have Nature-based needs that we must try to satisfy as best we can, in order to live a life in balance.  The theory suggest that there are Basal Self-directed Needs of safety/security, worth, empowerment, and enjoyment.  The theory also designates the Basal Belonging-directed Needs of interpersonal belonging and social belonging. The more we satisfy our Basal Needs,  the more we are in a better position to satisfy our Deeper Needs of sex, love, morality, emotions, and consciousness.  The last several posts concentrated on our Consciousness Need. For me, Consciousness is an energetic force, an awakening life force, a primal need for us. It is to our benefit to experience the mysterious nature of consciousness at all its stages and levels.  Finally, the better we satisfy our Basal Needs and Deeper Needs sets the stage to explore our Higher Needs that can bring higher meaning and purpose to our life.  In the posts to come, I will be exploring out Higher Needs related to the great mysteries in life and spirituality.

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Deeper Awareness & Comprehension

The majority of my life I have lived in the phenomenal perceptual world of Newtonian Physics, determinism, the laws of cause-and-effect, and of appearance. I understand this world has brought us the Scientific Revolution and has dramatically increased human material advancements. However, those same laws have not remarkably increased my/our capacity to go into deeper levels of awareness, comprehension, interpersonal connections, and authentic self-development. I have made major misinterpretations of the perceptual world of people, places, times, events, and objects. These misperceptions of the outer world have led to some real faulty assumptions on my part causing   problems in my life.

However, undeniably I have made even larger misinterpretations of the unconscious apperceptual world of intuition, emotions, dreams, and memories. Misapperceptions of the inner world came about because I wasn’t aware of them, and thus couldn’t interpret them. Over time, I came to  realize that if I want to experience more than just ordinary consciousness, I have to open myself up to the vast inner unconscious world. Over time, I came to the realization that if I want to experience beyond ordinary perception, I needed to experience apperception. Really, all of us need to experience and gain greater understanding of both these 2-worlds. And, importantly for deeper experiences, we must attempt to have a greater awareness and comprehension of the interaction between the conscious perceptual and the unconscious apperceptual worlds.

It becomes a matter of retrieving and surfacing dreams, memories, emotions, and intuitions to alertness so thinking can bring them into awareness and comprehension and make some sense of that a priori inner knowledge  (CACK Model). It is a matter of inquiry and gaining insight.  We must learn to make cortical interpretation of outer perceptions, but just as salient we must learn how to make cortical interpretation of our intuitions. We should have a goal of having greater consciousness, awareness, comprehension, and gathering of useable knowledge from these 2-worlds (review CACK Model).  We should desire to have a greater appreciation of what is happening in our brain by obtaining a much fuller picture of both perceptions and apperceptions that hopefully allow us to have a better understanding of Nature, the human condition, and especially of oneself  —>  Who am I?, and What am I?  I  adamantly maintain that deeper reality experiences can set the stage for higher reality experiences (much more to come).

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Phenomenal & Noumenal Summary

John Locke and John Stuart Mill said at birth the mind is a tabula rasa (blank slate). I do understand how tabula rasa is applicable to the phenomenal perceptual world of objects and appearance. For at birth it is true we humans are indeed abecedarian phenomenal creatures. However, I maintain that tabula rasa is not applicable or relevant to the noumenal apperceptual world. That is, at conception there is a huge amount of a priori transgenerational foreknowledge available to us. I intrinsically agree with W. D. Hamilton who postulated, “the tabula of human nature was never rasa.” John Locke concentrated on the phenomenal world and viewed a world “out there” of appearance and perception. George Berkeley concentrated on the noumenal world and viewed an “inner world” as the true “thing-in-itself.” Thus, I propose we truly do have two paths (phenomenal and noumenal) in the manner we view, become aware of, comprehend, interpret, and understand the reality of the world we live in. We really do have two paths of meeting our needs, enhancing balance, and self-evolving.

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