“Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word uttered to us might be sufficient to change the course of our lives. But if we don’t have enough personal power, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won’t make a damn bit of difference.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-07

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  • "I wish it so, that all who go through among my people may find peace when they come in, and leave it when they go out" http://bit.ly/dx0EZL #
  • life currents: http://bit.ly/d785NE #
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  • "The idea that 'all men are created equal' is a gift to the world from the American Indian" http://www.bit.ly/dx0EZL #
  • "First you say things our way and then we'll listen to you… an invisible wall of prejudice… a 'cultural immune system'" #
  • "Quality doesn't have to be defined. You understand it without definition, ahead of definition…. it is a direct experience #
  • Quality is indivisible, undefinable and unknowable in the sense that there is a knower and a known #
  • but a metaphysics must be divisible, definable and knowable .. it is a kid of dialectical definition #
  • this means that a "Metaphysics of Quality" is essentially a contradiction in terms, a logical absurdity #
  • he himself had insisted…that Quality cannot be defined. Yet here we was about to define it. Was this some kind of sell-out? #
  • the minute u open ur mouth to say 1 thing about the nature of reality you..have a whole set of enemies who've said reality is something else #
  • 'Ahh, do it anyway, it's interesting.' this was the intellectual part that didn't like undefined things #
  • To the intellect, the process of defining Quality has a compulsive quality of its own.. produces a certain excitement … leaves a hangover #
  • Writing a metaphysics is, in the strictest mystic sense, a degenerate activity … avoidance of degeneracy is a degeneracy of another sort #
  • Purity identified ceases to be purity…objections to pollution are a form of pollution #
  • The only person who doesn't pollute the mystic reality of the world … is a person who hasn't yet been born #
  • The rest of us have to settle for something less pure. #
  • Getting drunk and picking up bar-ladies and writing metaphysics is a part of life #
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  • "From bitter searching of the heart, Quickened with passion and with pain
    We rise to play a greater part." http://bit.ly/dgfV3c #
  • "Any person of any philosophic persuasion who sits on a hot stove will verify without any intellectual argument whatsoever #
  • that he is in an undeniably low-quality situation; that the value of his predicament is negative. #
  • This low quality is not just a vague, woolly headed crypto-religious, metaphysical abstraction. It is an experience. #
  • It is not a judgment about an experience. It is not a description of experience. The value itself is an experience. #
  • It is verifiable by anyone who cares to do so. It is reproducible. Of all experience it is the least ambiguous, least mistakable there is. #
  • Later the person may generate some oaths to describe this low value, but the value will always come first, the oaths second. #
  • …Our culture teaches us to think it is the hot stove that directly causes the oaths… that the low values are a property of the person #
  • Not so. The value is between the stove and the oaths. Between the subject and the object lies the value. #
  • This value is more immediate, more directly sensed than any 'self' or 'object' to which it might be later assigned..more real than the stove #
  • … It is the primary empirical reality from which such things as stoves and heat and oaths and self are later intellectually constructed. #
  • The reason values seem so woolly-headed to empiricists is … they keep trying to assign them to subjects or objects. You can't do it. #
  • You get all mixed up because values don't belong to either group. They are a separate category all their own. #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality would show how things become fabulously more coherent when..Quality is the primary empirical reality of the world #
  • "The feeling left was one of enormous confusion and weariness, a kind of back-to-the-drawing board, back-to-square-one feeling #
  • ..you get when you're thinking you're making great progress and then suddenly some question like this comes along #
  • .. and sets you back to where you started." #
  • "For a while he had wondered why his boat always seemed to stop in the oldest part of each city it came to, and then he realized that #
  • ..small boats stopping right there is what got the city started in the first place" #
  • "The idea that the world is comprised of nothing but moral values sounds impossible at first. Only objects are supposed to be real. #
  • …but we see objects and subjects as reality for the same reason we see the world right side up although the lenses of our eyes actually #
  • ..present it our brains upside down… The culture in which we live hands us a set of intellectual glasses to interpret experience with #
  • .. and the concept of primacy of subjects and objects is built right into these glasses. If someone sees things through a somewhat #
  • different set of glasses or, god help him, take his glasses off, the natural tendency of those who still have their glasses on is #
  • to regard his statement as somewhat weird, if not actually crazy… #
  • As Einstein said, common-sense (non-weirdness) is just a bundle of prejudices acquired before the age of 18 #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality .. [says] that the values of art and morality and even religious-mysticism are verifiable [empirical] #
  • …They have been excluded because of the metaphysical assumption that all the universe is composed of subjects and objects … #
  • There is no empirical evidence for this assumption at all.It is just an assumption..that flies outrageously in the face of common experience #
  • Unlike subject-object metaphysics, the Metaphysics of Quality does not insist on a single inclusive truth… #
  • .. then one doesn't seek the absolute "Truth". One seeks instead the highest quality intellectual explanation of things #
  • with knowledge that if the past is any guide to the future this explanation must be taken provisionally.. until something better comes along #
  • One can then examine intellectual realities the same way he examines paintings in an art gallery #
  • not with an effort to find the "real" painting, but simply to enjoy and keep those that are of value. #
  • ..Saying that a Metaphysics of Quality is false and a subject-object metaphysics is true #
  • is like saying that rectangular coordinates are true and polar coordinates are false. #
  • A map with the north pole in the center is confusing at first .. but in the Arctic it's the only map to have. #
  • Metaphysics of Quality provide a better set of coordinates with which to interpret the world..because it explains more of the world..&better #
  • .. [it] can explain subject-object relationships beautifully..but a subject-objects metaphysics can't explain values worth a damn. #
  • This problem of trying to describe values in terms of substance has been a problem of a smaller container trying to contain a larger one. #
  • Value is not a subspecies of substance. Substance is a subspecies of value. #
  • "Early zoologists classified as mammals those that suckle their young and as reptiles those that lay eggs #
  • .. then a duck-billed platypus was discovered in Australia laying eggs like a perfect reptile and then,when they hatched,suckling the infant #
  • The discovery created quite a sensation. What a mystery! What a marvel of nature! #
  • Even today you still see occasional articles in nature magazines asking 'Why does this paradox of nature exist?' #
  • The answer is:it doesn't. Platypi have been laying eggs and suckling their young for millions of years before zoologists declared it illegal #
  • The real mystery is how mature, objective, trained scientific observers can blame their own goof on a poor innocent platypus. #
  • In a subject-object classification of the world, Quality is in the same situation as that platypus. #
  • Because they can't classify it, the experts have declared there is something wrong with it. And Quality isn't the only such platypus. #
  • ..free will vs determinism, relation of mind to matter, discontinuity of matter at the subatomic level… are all monster platypi #
  • The world comes to us in an endless stream of puzzle pieces that we would like to think all fit together somehow, but that in fact never do. #
  • There are always some pieces like platypi that don't fit.. we can ignore [them]..give them silly explanations.. #
  • or we can take the whole puzzle apart and try other ways of assembling it that will include more of them #
  • When one takes the whole ill-shaped, misfitting structure of a subject-object explained universe apart and puts it back together in a #
  • value-centered metaphysics, all kinds of orphaned puzzle pieces fit beautifully that never fit before." #
  • I am finding it extremely difficult to bring myself to write about things close to my heart #
  • "Trying to create a perfect metaphysics is like trying to create the perfect chess opening, one that will win every time. You can't do it. #
  • … Dynamic Quality is the pre-intellectual cutting edge of reality, the source of all things, completely simple and always new. #
  • ..It's only perceived good is freedom and it's only perceived evil is static quality itself – #
  • – any pattern of one-sided fixed value that tries to contain and kill the ongoing free force of life. #
  • Static Quality emerges in the wake of Dynamic Quality. It is old and complex. It always contains a component of memory. #
  • Good is conformity to an established pattern of fixed values and value objects. #
  • Static morality is full of heroes and villains, loves and hatreds, carrots and sticks. It's values don't change by themselves. #
  • Unless they are altered by Dynamic Quality they say the same thing year after year… sometimes loudly… sometimes softly…always the same #
  • ..When the person who sits on the stove first discovers his low-quality situation, the front edge of his experience is dynamic. #
  • He does not think 'This stove is hot' and then make a rational decision to get off. #
  • a 'dim perception of he knows not what' gets him off dynamically. Later he generates static patterns of thought to explain the situation. #
  • A subject-object metaphysics presume that this kind of Dynamic action without thought is rare and ignored it when possible. #
  • But mystic learning goes in the opposite direction and tries to hold to the ongoing Dynamic edge of all experience, both positive & negative #
  • .. of the two kinds of students, those who study only subject-object science and those who study only meditative mysticism #
  • it would be the mystic students who would get off the stove first. #
  • The purpose of mystic meditation is not to remove oneself from experience but to bring one's self closer..by eliminating static attachments #
  • …imagine that you walk down the street past a car where someone has the radio on and it plays a tune you've never heard before #
  • but which is so fantastically good it just stops you in your tracks. You listen until it's done. #
  • Days later you remember exactly what the street looked like when you heard that music… store window, colors of cars, clouds in the sky… #
  • ..and it all comes back so vividly you wonder what song they were playing, so you wait until you hear it again… #
  • One day it comes on the radio and you get the same feeling again.. you catch the name… rush to the store… and buy it… #
  • You get home. You play it. It's really good. It doesn't quite transform the room… but it's really good. You play it again. Really good. #
  • You play it another time. Still good but you are not sure you want to play it again. But you play it again…it's okay … you put it away #
  • The next day you play it again, and it's ok, but something is gone… you file it away and once in a while play it again for a friend #
  • What has happened?… has the song lost its quality? Either it's good or it's not good. If it's good why don't you play it? #
  • The first good that made you want to buy the record was Dynamic Quality… comes as a sort of surprise #
  • .. weakened for a moment your existing static patterns in such a way that the Dynamic Quality all around you shone through. It was free… #
  • The second good,the kind that made u want to recommend it to a friend,even when you had lost your own enthusiasm for it is Static Quality." #
  • "Life can't exist on dynamic quality alone. It has no staying power. To cling to [it] ..apart from any static patterns it to cling to chaos. #
  • Static patterns…provide a necessary stabilizing force to protect Dynamic progress from degeneration. #
  • Dynamic Quality-freedom..creates this world in which we live,Static Quality-order..preserves ourworld.Neither can survive without the other" #
  • "If a company shows..signs of slowing..innovation, it's a good idea 2 sell." shortsighted,ignorant business attitude http://bit.ly/9KV0F8 #
  • "'All life is a migration of static patterns of quality towards Dynamic Quality.'… #
  • .. In traditional, substance-centered metaphysics, life isn't evolving toward anything. Life's just an extension of the properties of atoms. #
  • It has to be that because atoms and varying forms of energy are all there is. Historically..[this] put a strain on the Theory of Evolution.. #
  • ..At the time of it's origin is wasn't yet understood that at the level of .. small particles the laws of cause and effect no longer apply; #
  • that electrons and photons simply appear and disappear without individual predictability and without individual cause. #
  • ..So today we have a theory of evolution in which man is ruthlessly controlled by cause-and-effect laws of the universe.. #
  • while the particles of his boy are not. The absurdity of this seems to be neglected. Physicists ignore it..they are not concerned with man.. #
  • Social scientists can ignore it because they are not concerned with subatomic particles. #
  • ..evolution… goes into volumes about how the fittest survives but never once answers the question of why. #
  • It's self-contradictory that life should survive. If life is strictly a result of the physical and chemical forces of nature.. #
  • then why is life opposed to these same forces in it's struggle to survive? Either life is with physical nature or it's against it #
  • If it's with nature there's nothing to survive. If it's against physical nature then there must be something ..[else] ..motivating it. #
  • The 2nd law of Thermodynamics states that all energy systems "run-down" like a clock and never rewind themselves. #
  • But life not only "runs-up", converting low-energy sea-water, sunlight and air into high-energy chemicals, it keeps multiplying itself #
  • into more and better clocks that keep "running up" faster and faster. #
  • Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds if carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years #
  • to organize themselves into a professor of chemistry? What's the motive? If we leave a chemistry professor out on a rock in the sun #
  • long enough the forces of nature will convert him into simple compounds. It's a one-way reaction. No matter what.. #
  • we can't turn these compounds back into chemistry professor. Then why does nature reverse this process? #
  • What on earth causes the inorganic compounds to go the other way? It isn't the suns energy.. It has to be something else. What is it? #
  • Evolutionists..simpy say that in the scientific observation of the facts of the universe no goal or pattern have ever appeared… #
  • ..'… but has the question been taken up of whether life is heading away from mechanistic patterns?' #
  • In a metaphysics in which static..patterns are..fundamental, the idea that life is evolving away from any laws.. doesn't make any sense. #
  • 'No program controlled or directed this progression. It was the result of spur of the moment decisions of natural selection.' #
  • ..Dynamic Quality always appears as 'spur of the moment'. Where else could it appear? #
  • ..Naturally there is no mechanism towards which life is heading. Mechanisms are the enemy of life. #
  • The more static and unyielding the mechanisms are, the more life works to evade them or overcome them. #
  • The law of gravity..a ruthless static pattern..one could almost define life as..organized disobedience of [it]..birds fly, man..to the moon #
  • If life is to be explained on the basis of physical laws, then the overwhelming evidence that life deliberately works around these laws #
  • cannot be ignored. #
  • The reason atoms become chemistry professors has got to be that something in nature doesn't like laws that restrict the molecule's freedom. #
  • They only go along with laws of any kind because they have to, preferring an existence that does not follow any laws whatsoever. #
  • The patterns of life are constantly evolving towards something "better" then that which these laws have to offer. #

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