The Fallacy of Perceived Truth

We find it relatively easy to dismiss as false or deluded the truths of others … especially when they don’t tally with our own. We might consider them ridiculous, unbelievable, inconceivable, implausible, or even insane. No more thought required.

But what if the same processes apply to us that make such ‘wrong’ truths acceptable, or even absolute, to others? In other words, our finding something believable – real – true, no matter how implausible to another, is arrived at in fundamentally the same way as theirs is.

I propose this process is ultimately going on by the hand of God … otherwise how is it that an obviously crazy idea of reality … to others at least 🙂 … we accept as chiseled in stone fact? Some sort of mystical spell must be involved, surely? I propose the power of God is behind it. Or do we think we are different, we are not mistaken in our perception, and those who don’t see like us are simply deluded? Take your pick.

But there emerges a major obstacle to getting along with others when we cannot acknowledge that their truths are arrived at by the same process as ours. How do I have a healthy relationship with someone I know sees me as deluded? Unless of course I know they understand they are likewise deluded?

My proposal is we accept we are all deluded by divine arrangement … and because God is good there must be some good reason for all this confusion.

You Can’t Say No To God

You can’t say no to God. At least not if you subscribe to the traditional notion of God. You cannot say that God can’t have something God wants. After all, what sort of God would God be if some things are out of bounds? Forbidden. Where would be the divinity in that?

But what about us? What if our not being God does not mean we have lost our divinity? In other words, we are like versions of God. Different yes, but not so different that we are no longer divine. And if we are divine, does that mean one can also not say no to us? Or to put it another way, that nothing can happen against our will, and everything happens only by our will. Is this as ridiculous as it sounds? After all, do we not see all around us graphic examples of things happening against the will of individuals?

Let’s explore the aggressor / victim scenario. If we accept the self-divinity logic proposed in the previous paragraph, we cannot say no to the aggressor, and/but at the same time we cannot oblige the victim against their will. Seems like an irreconcilable situation. But perhaps not one beyond God to solve? 🙂

An aggressor, because their action is generally of conscious choice, … you might accept that their divinity is being satisfactorily expressed. Albeit in a pretty dark way. The victim, however, who in their right mind could suggest there is a conscious choosing on their part? I therefore propose we look at it in an other way. And I will not be entertaining the idea of karma here (or anywhere on this website!)

Perhaps the abuse-event is not the choice in-of-itself, but more a stepping stone to something actually chosen? For example, to later wreak revenge, or, conversely, to forgive an abuser. A sort of stage-setting, if you like. Indeed, perhaps today’s aggressor is in some cases a former victim now taking revenge? [link to song]

Let us look at the idea of an aggressor-victim event as being either grand finale or stepping stone.

Aggressor Point Of View

  • As Grand Finale
    • They wish to enjoy the power of imposing their will upon an unwilling other (Dark Divinity [link to song]).
    • They wish to experience revenging a previous offense.
  • As Stepping Stone
    • They wish to later be forgiven … take journey from guilt to redemption.

Victim Point Of View

  • As Grand Finale
    • They wish to enjoy being a victim (not many in this category, but what about sadomasochism as an example of how some people do find enjoyment in being the victim?)
  • As Stepping Stone
    • They wish to enjoy the power of imposing their will upon an unwilling other in the form of wreaking revenge
    • They wish to experience the release of forgiving a former abuser.

Of course we can never be sure from the outside if an individual is expressing divinity in terms of grand finale or stepping stone at any given time. I think we often don’t even know this for ourselves. Indeed, in my experience,  it is generally only in retrospect that I have come to see traumatic events as stepping stones to something desired, rather than outcomes imposed upon me against my will.

What about death getting in the way? Is dying not always our grand finale? … well, if we believe the self to be eternal, the possibility that our death can be a stepping stone emerges. Perhaps this life is but a chapter in a very big book? Or perhaps just a paragraph in a chapter, or even a sentence in a paragraph, or a comma in a sentence? 😉

My song ‘From God Point Of View‘ explores this subject.

Freedom From Jugdement Of Others

Many would agree that to achieve freedom from judgement of others is a worthy goal. My song Preacher is about the struggle a person-of-faith likely faces in this endeavor. But regardless one is a person-of-faith or not, I believe the path to freedom from judgement of others has a similar set of obstacles.

At the heart of the challenge always lies conviction there exist ‘truth-absolutes’ of good/bad, higher/lower, worthy/unworthy, should/shouldn’t … in terms of individual attitude and action. But such conviction inevitably sets one up to fail, … because in practice one cannot avoid awareness of attitudes/actions that do not tally with the truth-absolutes – and as a consequence form some sort of ‘non-endorsement’ attitude toward the perpetrators. Regardless one is dismissive of; feels sorry for; feels compassion for; sees as fallen soul; considers demonic/evil; or perhaps simply misguided; or just of poor taste, … these are all judgements.

OK … let us try to tolerate those who do not conform with our truth-absolutes … let us live in a tolerant society. But being tolerant is not the same as being non-judgemental. We are just not saying it out loud

M. Scott Peck promotes a ‘Share our similarities, celebrate our differences’ approach in his book The Road Less Travelled … perhaps this is the road we need to take if we are going to progress toward non-judgementalism? To somehow find a way to celebrate all individual expressions … even when they do not at all tally with our own beliefs and values? But how can we do that and at the same time maintain our truth-absolutes conviction?

Is the only way forward to reconsider our convictions? Is that too high a price to pay?

I propose an approach along the lines of Scottpecksian ‘celebrate our differences’. For a person-of-faith this will generally require a degree of re-examination of convictions about who we are, and what we are about … that might go something like this:

If we all come from God, and as such are all divine, then whatever we apply ourselves to is a type of divine expression. And as such, perfect in it’s own way. No matter how small and insignificant we may be, we are nevertheless unique and therefore all contribute to the completeness of God’s overall divine expression – which includes not just the light stuff, but also the dark (I know, this is a difficult idea). By thinking in this way I can now celebrate everyone’s perfection, and become free from judgement. At the same time my personal faith is preserved.

… or something completely different of course 🙂

For me the path to freedom form judgement of others is very much a work in progress. Time to get out of my armchair!

Conditioned Soul – a good thing?

When something is conditioned that means it is made ready for something … conditioning is the process of making ready. Generally that is a good thing.

Perhaps a conditioned soul is therefore simply a soul prepared for their chosen objective. Let us consider this possibility without judgement. After all, if the soul is divine (of God, one and different), and choice of objective is divine prerogative … i.e. there is no question of prescription, or of right vs. wrong for the soul, and regardless of choice, it remains firmly in the category of divine expression, … one could argue that conditioning is the careful arrangement of setting stage for future realisation of chosen objective. A good thing. And perfectly delivered under the expert benevolent hand of God to boot.

Initial conditioning is normally acquired over ones’ formative years. Parents, friends, land of birth, colour of skin, species of life … these all contribute to the way we see ourselves, and the way we relate to the world about us. And we are not necessarily starting from a point of tabula rasa … we may well be bringing a range pre-dispositions with us when we take this present birth.

Of course if one changes objective along the way … and for the possessor of divine prerogative that is always going to be a risk 🙂 … then prior conditioning becomes out of sync … no longer serves. Dealing with a situation like that is certainly going to be an interesting adventure. Don’t I know it.

But it might be that initial conditioning for direction-changers is intended more to establish journey starting point, rather than be preparation for grand finale. In that way it remains part of a perfect arrangement. After all, how could God have got it wrong?

Weighted Words

Ignorance and ignorant are weighted words for me. To be ignorant, or to be absorbed in ignorance, … neither are things to be proud of :(. For me the weightedness of these words has gradually grown over my lifetime. Due, at least in part, to my being born in 20th century England, and growing up within Christian-esque culture.

Yet it seems to me our whole existence is permeated with ignorance. Are we not ignorant of who we are, or at least do we not possess but very partial awareness of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?

I propose we try remove the weight from these words, and consider the possibility that our ignorance serves us very well. It allows us to focus. It allows us to get into character. It allows us to experience and enjoy all manner of emotional exchange and feel wonder at the same time. Perhaps it perfectly serves the divine within each and everyone of us?

Perhaps there is exists higher truth in the phrase where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise? – especially if we consider the possibility that no arrangement is without the hand of God involved (if you believe in the existence of God, that is).

Disposition Matrix

A made-up term yes, but actually one intended to explore a fairly serious philosophical proposition. My song of the same name, and associated online form, being two previous explorations.

It really comes down to the question of cause and effect.

My proposal is that this present life (e.g. our place of birth, parents, type of body, disposition of mind, events in our life story, etc. [all together I call these ‘disposition matrix’]) are designed to deliver the experience (effect) we, as divine beings, are after (cause). Rather than, for example, that these things are all completely random – and we are here to struggle and make of them what we will, or we are all simply bound by reaction to our past karmic activity.

My proposal is that our disposition matrix … which, incidentally, includes what we are disposed to find believable or true, is designed to fit with our aspiration. Designed to facilitate the experience we desire. To me, this way of thinking is in keeping with the notion of the self being divine (i.e. a version of God). Perhaps that is because I am predisposed to find this idea believable? Because it serves me to find it believable?

Bhagavad gita 18:61 says

The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.

N.B. I am not quoting this verse in an attempt to prove my opinion (I might be wrong!) … but I do like it because it fits well with who I think the designer might be.

One thing is for sure. What one finds believable, for example in terms of who we are, where the world came from, what happens when we die, existence / non-existence of God, how we are going to be happy … all these personal truths impact upon our experience of life.

Of course if our perception is that I am a victim, or that this is not a life I could ever choose to live, there is no possible way this situation serves me … not even that this present reverse is setting the stage for something I want, ….if that is they way we are disposed to see things, that does raise a serious challenge to the whole idea.

For myself, I am not saying this idea is correct. But I am disposed to find this sort of thing  believable. 🙂

The Self-Divinity Challenge

A note of caution: It is fine to say of oneself ‘I am not a victim’, but to say of another, that is another thing altogether. I know if someone had suggested I was not a victim during a difficult earlier chapter of my life I would not have appreciated  … nor could I have imagined a time when I might see things differently *.

The Self-Divinity Challenge

Most people who believe in the existence of God would agree that there is no question of anything happening against the will of God, or, to say this another way, anything that God wills cannot be frustrated. Otherwise, what sort of God would that be? What sort of divinity would God have?

Proposition: If the individual souls (i.e. us, who come from God) do not lose divinity by the ‘process’ of their coming into being (in other words, however, and to what extent, they may be different from God, that difference does not extend to loss of divinity), one might reasonably assert that they are also divine.  If this is so, a problem emerges. Divinity, as stated above, requires ‘only by my will’ / ‘never against my will’ – but what if another wishes to impose upon me against my will? How will my divinity and the divinity of the other be simultaneously expressed?

The essence of the self-divinity challenge is that all sides must be facilitated, and at the same time no one imposed upon. If either rule is flouted the notion of self-divinity is in tatters.

Possible Solution: Engineer a divine role play, with everyone taking part because it serves them to do so (i.e. by choice). The individual aspirations may be various, for example the ‘victim’ may want to later experience revenge, or forgiveness (i.e. the event is a type of stage setting), or even enjoy directly the actual experience (not for me!), the aggressor may want to enjoy the power experience of oppressing another, or feelings of guilt (later). These are just a few ideas.

Key thing is that all are so deeply in character that they whole-heartedly buy the reality of it. But because, at a deeper level, no-one’s will is being factually frustrated the divine rules are being met.

Of course if one divine being decides, I want to impose upon another, but don’t fob me off with some sort of role-play solution, I want the REAL THING … where do we go for that? … because it can never really be real (is this the one thing that God can’t have?), maybe Paramatma simply makes it seem more real?

* … as it turns out, I now see before me the opportunity to experience progression toward forgiveness … a journey that I am definitely interested in taking.

Find my related song ‘Certain Rules Apply’ here at

Active Ingredient

I propose that the self (personally I prefer the word soul) is the active ingredient in all situations. Self knowledge is not required for optimal functioning, … degree of self awareness only flavours our experience … our experience of, our tasting through, and the associated enjoyments of the mind and bodily senses (both favourable and unfavourable).

There exists a potentially confusing situation for the self, … we find ourselves simultaneously integrated with our body, our mind, and our bodily senses, yet at the same time we feel our self to be somehow separate from all of these.

It may not be clear how we function in the standalone situation (of course people have their faith-based convictions … that’s another thing), but it is clear that all manner and variety of physical and/or emotional experience are facilitated by the soul-body-mind-senses arrangement, and indeed the soul seems to have a special talent or propensity to readily identify with them. This is a type of false ego, but rather than a flaw, this tendency may be our biggest asset (perhaps we are made that way? :)) … for while such identification is not necessary for delivering our experience per se, I believe it serves to render our experiences all the more thorough and intense. In as much as fully entering into a role play game, or suspending disbelief while watching a movie, delivers a more enjoyable experience by comparison to that of the aloof onlooker. I propose that absorption, and the resultant illusion and forgetfulness, is therefore something not to be too quickly judged or dismissed, because those things may well serve to facilitate the aspirations of the self rather than hinder them. A higher principle, if you will.

And because we do not know the aspiration of others, how can we be sure the delusions they sometimes seem to embrace are not perfectly delivering their dreams?

I believe the soul remains the active ingredient in all circumstances, is never compromised, and is always perfectly situated. Be the choice of the soul in the direction of darkness or light / ignorance or self awareness.

Or do you think your goal in life is determined by another?

Planet Earth

According to Vedic thought, planet Earth is located in the midway planetary system (Bhu-loka), and our present time is near the beginning of Kali Yuga, the last of the four cyclic ages.

Planet Earth, as a middle level planet, is not typically a place where enlightened beings tend to take birth. Compared to the other three yugas, Kali Yuga is characterised as the age of least enlightenment. Simply put, one should not be surprised at some of the dark stuff that goes on here at this time.

That is not to say Earth in Kali Yuga is inferior or less perfect than anywhere else at any other time. In fact the realm itself, the outlook of the beings born here, and the flavours of enjoyment sought by those beings, all fit together like a glove. The residents are very much at home here, expressing their divinity in the way of their choosing, against the backdrop of a perfectly optimised setting. (this paragraph particularly represents my tuppence)

The present dominant / widely held beliefs about who we are / where we come from, and notions of socially acceptable behaviour, are naturally in sync with residence on Earth in Kali Yuga. Take for example the theory that life is but a combination of chemicals (a very popular idea), and/or the conviction that mass slaughter of animals for foodstuff is okay for civilised human beings.

Earth/Kali Yuga thinking is perhaps perfectly exemplified in George Osbourne’s assertion (Aug 2013) that not sending your babies to childcare is a life-style choice …  has he never read the Continuum Concept?

But for beings who normally reside in more enlightened realms, taking birth and living on Earth in Kali Yuga might sometimes be a bit challenging. My message to them is Try not to be scathing and judgemental of the locals (after all they are also perfectly expressing their divinity). Don’t complain (you chose to come), but remember why you chose to come, get your head down … and get on with your business!

My songs Postcard Home and Earth Birth explore this subject matter.