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What Every Westerner Should Ask About Spiritual Life

As the Western world’s never-ending reaction to its history of distorted spiritual life continues, there are some common myths and bits of wilful ignorance that have become embedded in our culture. Today, we tackle two of them.

 

1. It’s all the same

Religious syncretism is one of those feel-good viewpoints that people adopt when they want to feel enlightened or progressive or open-minded without thinking too much. It’s all very well if you view spiritual life as an exercise in feeling good, connecting with the community, a “cultural heritage” and so on. Different people connect with the Absolute in different ways and it’s all good. We’ve mentioned the difference between religions and Authentic Ancient Traditions before. This view of things struggles even to qualify as religion.

The moment you get serious about spiritual life as an exercise in self-transformation, you have to face the fact that the results you will get will be heavily conditioned by the worldview and schema of spiritual life that you adopt. And yes, you have to adopt one if you expect to get anywhere. Taoism, for example, has more than two millennia of experimentation behind it, and has always regarded self-transformation as a science with a definite process behind it. You can’t make it up as you go and expect to come up with comparable results.

The presuppositions of Taoism place great emphasis on the body and its energy system, and so their results will always be qualitatively different from those of Buddhism, which regards the body with more reserve. There’s no particular conflict between these two traditions, but neither can they pretend that their worldviews and methods are the same. What they both can do is point to their results, to the transformed people they have produced. And this is the key. The moment you embark on spiritual life as self-transformation, you have to look for evidence.

From there, you realise that there are faiths and philosophies with inner traditions of self-transformation and union with the Absolute that can produce results- and everyone else. To place these traditions alongside mainstream Protestantism, or attempts to revive dead paganism, or any other religion which does not have results behind it, is disingenuous in the extreme.

2. Christianity Was Always the Way it is Now

There is a general ignorance of Christian history in the West, and so the popular mind tends to project the centralised, hierarchical Catholicism of the present back in history right to the beginning. What we often fail to realise is that the Catholicism of the second millennium was the result of a long process of degeneration. The forces at work in this process can be summarised as:

  • Political: Following the conquest of the western Roman Empire, the Roman papacy attempted to gain as much authority as possible to gain leverage against the Germanic nobility. The Germanic nobility eventually took control of the church, and were able to recast church doctrine as a means of social control against their subjugated serfs.
  • Theological: The groundwork for the juridical theology they would use had been laid by Augustine of Hippo, and continued by the Norman theologian Anselm of Canterbury, who declared that God, being infinite, was infinitely angered by Adam’s fall and therefore took out his infinite anger on an infinite target, his Son.

There’s more to it, of course, but the bottom line is that the flaws of Western Christianity today were not just always there. It was a particular path chosen at identifiable points in time, and there is very little beyond the wishful thinking of some Catholics to connect this later, centralised, juridical church with the diverse, decentralised and theologically very different church of the early centuries.

Until the West understands this history, it will never come to terms with its religious heritage, and will continue to be divided by it.

Conclusion

The modern-day spiritual confusion is allowed to reign because of the questions people don’t ask. In the case of Christian history, the reason huge aspects of the topic are glossed over is dominantly emotional. Those in Western churches are eager to defend their particular takes on Christianity, while many outside are violently and categorically dismissive, creating a false polarity which stops people from asking the real questions. In the case of syncretism, people often just don’t know what to ask. The real question is, on what principles do you want to base your spiritual life? If you know your principles and you have decided to seek self-transformation through union with the Absolute, you have a good starting point for asking some penetrating questions.


“Spirituality? No, we don’t do that here.”- When Religious Institutions Go Wrong

In the spirit of our membership site’s upcoming unit on spirituality, we thought it was time for a little perspective on all the ingenious ways we humans find to avoid that very subject.  Religious institutions, or at least large parts of them, tend to become masters of the art of avoiding spirituality! 

The reason is simple- like many human institutions, religions often start with a powerful sense of purpose, but over time, people with vested interests make the institution less about that purpose than about them.  At that point, anything that might lead the membership to think that the institution is about more than the rules laid down by those in power becomes a liability. And spiritual life is the ultimate liability- after all, what person in power wants pesky little enlightened people popping up here, there and everywhere, upsetting the applecart and undermining their authority with inconveniences like truth, love and integrity?

That being the case, we thought we’d give you a short tour of some of the clever devices which religious institutions have come up with to avoid such a disastrous state of affairs.  As the saying goes, it is better to laugh than to cry, although we have to admit that sometimes it’s hard to know if these things are the product of Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor in all of his diabolical sincerity.

 

Anyone who lives in North America has experienced moveable-letter church signs, from the pointed…

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to the cringe-worthy…

 

 

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to the laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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We will be using these signs, along with a goodly selection of cartoons, to signpost our tour through the mind of corrupt religious institutions, and by extension, corrupt institutions everywhere.

 

The real danger to any corrupt institution is from within.  As the word ‘corrupt’ implies, the people occupying positions of authority are neither toeing the straight and narrow themselves nor are they particularly interested in finding out whether any of their peers are.  What they are all deeply interested in is making sure that no one else ever looks too closely, or if they do that they don’t find anything, or if they find something that they’re discredited, or if they’re not discredited that at least they can’t do anything about it.  To quote a much-loved British sitcom, “When you set the cat among the pigeons, you let the dog out of the bag.  If you spill the beans, you open a whole can of worms!”  In short, a sticky situation. 

 

If something bad has happened once, it’s probably happened more than once, and if it’s happened more than once, there may be something wrong with the system, and if there’s something wrong with the system, the whole house of cards could collapse.  That’s why certain other corrupt systems (the USSR) made it quite clear from the start that it was alright to criticize, but never to generalize.  It’s never the fault of the system.  That kept a lid on pesky critical thinking for a few decades, but since religious institutions don’t always have gulags and firing squads to make sure the people are minding their manners, other, rather more painful processes for burying cans of worms have been found- specifically, denial.

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The first thing degenerate institutions do to help them in the cause of denial is to deprive their people of a central set of principles by which to evaluate the central principles and mission of the institution.  In a religious context, this means leaving people without the tools to evaluate the contents of their religious traditions.  That way, traditions go from ‘golden thread of wisdom reaching down to us from the ages’ to ‘anything that one of us thought or wrote in the past, no matter how moronic or trivial,’ until you get

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Some have gone so far as to declare war on reason altogether.  Of course, reasoned faith is quite possible- but letting your people expose their faith to reason might turn up all sorts of nasty little inconsistencies and moral problems with the gospel-according-to-you, and is therefore to be avoided at all costs.

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Cognitive dissonance is unavoidable in these situations where one has to declare war on morality, sense common or otherwise, and critical thought of any kind. Even so, religious institutions have realized that this is hardly a showstopper.  After all, the key to the propaganda machines of all totalitarian regimes has been not to persuade people, but simply to say something so often that it is accepted as true no matter how laughable it is, because no one dares to speak against what everyone else accepts as obvious truth- in short, new-think.

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Division is a favorite tactic of institutions throughout the ages.  In the 19th Century, nascent European nation-states started wars because they believed that it was the best way to cement national identity.  The surest way to demarcate “us” is by identifying all the evil “them”s.

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Playing the victim is a derivative of this tactic of division, except that rather than attacking the enemy you’ve identified directly, you can talk about how much he’s oppressing you.  The advantage here is that you can treat any attempt on his part to express an opinion different from your own as further oppression.  If you’re particularly talented, you can get so much credit for being that victim that the more violent and unreasonable your reactions, the more everyone will bend over backwards to placate you.

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One of the surest signs of a religious milieu gone bad is that it will attempt to dictate the politics of its members.

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Closely connected with trying to dictate the politics of their members, corrupt institutions will often seek to colonize territory- that is, to make themselves as exclusive as possible in a given area and turf out all other influences and ways of thinking,

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which is why after just a small taste of government by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the world population distribution of Coptic Christians now looks like this:

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Fear is the ubiquitous weapon of all institutions-gone-wrong, but where bosses and bankers can only threaten your money, religious institutions have a somewhat broader repertoire.  Hellfire and brimstone is the old favorite…

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because it seems people are easily intimidated and will do anything to spend eternity with someone when they hear he’s thinking about spit-roasting them.

 

Another tactic is the attempt on the part of a religious institution to divorce its clergy, and even its membership at large, from genuine understanding and contact with the society around them.

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When all else fails, when you have nothing else going for you, when the cognitive dissonance between your agenda and any sort of objective reason and morality is enough to make even Andrew Jackson baulk, dispense with the implied intimidation and just threaten to kill them.

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Of course, there are certain strategies which almost guarantee that your institution won’t survive.  It’s alright to predict the end of days, for example, but if you give an exact date, well, you’ve just put an expiry date on your viability.  Of course, originators of doomsday cults aren’t in it for the long haul- they just figure that people are less likely to guard their wallets while they’re waiting for the rapture.

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All joking aside, the point is not to vilify faith or the faithful (although many atheists make a self-serving and one-sided argument in that direction) but rather to bring home the point that religion tends to include two of humanity’s most dangerous weapons- institutions and ideas.  It’s important to test both when you’re looking for a spiritual home.  The blessing is that even in the most decrepit institution, there are small, unnoticed islands of sanity and grace.

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~ Dr. Symeon Rodger

 


Doped Up! How We Sabotage Our Resilience Even Without Alcohol, Nicotine, Narcotics or Pharmaceuticals

Authentic Ancient Traditions are fairly consistent in teaching that there is nothing wrong with taking pleasure in the everyday things of life, that such pleasure is good and healthy and natural.  Some would go so far as to say that the pleasures of life were created for our enjoyment.  Heck, C.S. Lewis’ character Screwtape goes so far as to accuse God of being a secret hedonist.

All this is true.  So what about the other side of the coin, the discipline, the self-denial that finds an equal place in those traditions?  There are many important aspects to this question (none of which have anything to do with self-mortification or penance as taught in Western Christianity of the last thousand years), but one that is particularly important for this culture to understand, is that many of our so-called pleasures are actually manifestations of pain.

Specifically, they are manifestations of the anxiety trap (also known as the adrenaline addiction cycle), and situations of personal constriction and dissatisfaction.  Through chronic pleasure-seeking (more accurately, stimulation-seeking), we are seeking validation from something outside of ourselves to make up for something that should be coming from within, but is not.  Unfortunately, the neural and biochemical results of these activities in turn reduce our ability to find what we are truly looking for.

 

 

Drugs of Choice

We can all recite the litany of addictive drugs, from alcohol through nicotine to cocaine and heroin.  And it is true that drug addiction often begins with unaddressed pain.

But the real drugs of choice for our society are things we don’t usually consider in that light.

 

Food

Food, particularly fast food and junk food, the high-sugar, high-sodium food substitutes that are so easy to come by, is one of the first drugs of choice.  Between sports drinks, soft drinks, chocolate bars and corner store candy, we have almost limitless opportunities for a sugar high.  High carb, high transfat diets, in fact the obesity epidemic itself, is symptomatic of an underlying dysfunction in society.  People who are happy with themselves and their lives simply do not make those choices – their bodies know better, and they listen.

 

Adrenaline and Other Stimulation Highs

We’ve written previously (http://globalresiliencesolutions.com/escaping-survival-mode) about the cycle of adrenaline addiction in our society.  Constant, low-level, unresolved stress sustains the fight-or-flight response, making us biochemically dependent on adrenaline, and above all, persuading us to see the universe in antagonistic and hostile terms.  This biochemical process is the cornerstone of the modern Newtonian Worldview.

As this kind of constant, low-level anxiety has taken hold, we’ve seen a distinct change in how we entertain ourselves.  While society experienced rebellion against established forms of music, for instance, as liberating, another, largely unnoticed theme went along with the change.  It is the same theme that has gone along with changes to film and television for at least the past twenty years.

You see, traditional forms of entertainment, whether musical, literary, theatrical or anything else, had a common element.  They were designed to relax us while engaging our intellectual and creative capacities.  Recreational reading in itself, as John Taylor Gatto among others has persuasively argued, required a high level of intellectual participation from the reader, and required both attention and relaxation, in a way that an increasing segment of the population is simply unfamiliar with today.  Classical music was mathematically complex and relaxing.  Folk music was relaxing and participatory.

Ever since this sensibility has changed – and it was quite a jarring change if you think about it- we have had a different expectation from entertainment.  We expect stimulation- laughter certainly, but also provocation, controversy, anger, noise, violence, titillation, and above all, adrenaline.  Where it was once customary to reduce anxiety by relaxing with, well, relaxing things, we now feed the adrenaline addiction directly.  The problem with violence on television isn’t (primarily) desensitization, but rather that most of the audience will never have the same opportunities to discharge the adrenaline they have built up as the fictional characters do.

Of course, every other kind of stimulation complements that adrenaline high, and so we have the ever-expanding world of designer energy drinks to keep us juiced twenty-four hours a day.  Titillation also goes well with adrenaline, as the advertising industry knows.

 

Social Media and Video Gaming

Social media addiction is about the feeling we get from belonging, acknowledgement by others, fitting in within a group.  Social media caters to our instincts as social animals on a scale that would once have been considered ludicrous.  The addiction component, however, is tied to the need to be heard, to feel something other than helplessness at the circumstances of your life.  In this sense, it is a band-aid at best.

Video game addiction, by contrast, is a release rather than a band-aid.  It is a surrogate for the natural consummation of the fight-or-flight response.  Unfortunately, there are very few video games with only one troll to kill, so the adrenaline addiction is heightened, not reduced.

 

Coming Down

The adrenaline addiction cycle is one reason that we surround ourselves with stimulus.  The other is constriction or dissatisfaction.  In the post about the emotional roots of chronic disease (http://globalresiliencesolutions.com/emotional-roots-of-chronic-disease), we mentioned the ways in which life patterns of either constriction of anger or enslavement to it can start.  Similar patterns appear in many different areas of our lives.  An unconscious belief or experience leads us to replicate the same dissatisfying relationships, career situations, family dynamics or personal habits again and again.  In the face of apparent helplessness, we turn to any of a dozen ways of distracting ourselves.

The catch is that by doping ourselves, we exaggerate whatever biochemical problems we already have.  We lead ourselves further and further away from a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle.  That above all is why a new attitude needs to come with a change to your external lifestyle choices. 

The flip side of that coin is that by making those external changes, you can begin to move yourself toward a better mindset. The question we should all be asking ourselves is, “How am I doping myself and why?”  An uncomfortable question, to say the least, but absolutely essential if we want to become truly RESILIENT and, therefore, HAPPY.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


Resilience Secrets of the Shaolin

If an enemy attacks, peace reigns in my soul, my breath is concentrated, I am courageous and brave.  When thoughts and breath are in peace and steadiness, only then Qi, flourishing and powerful, is born.

-Miao Xing

When it comes to personal resilience, few groups have a reputation to match the Shaolin Temple.  In 1934, the secrets of their training were laid out for the first time in the book “Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin.”

Today, we will look at just a few of these methods, and the principles behind them.  While few of us need to be able to throw a punch with unerring accuracy or stop blades with our skin, we can all use the principles that enabled the Shaolin to achieve these feats.  Beyond this, training for physical and mental resilience is built in to their method and we all need that!

Far more importantly, the essence of their method is to develop inner resilience and stability, Gong-fu, which transcends all techniques.

Let’s take a look at a few of the exercises.

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This is a method both of cultivating Qi and of making the body capable of ‘rotating, collecting and holding’ large and heavy objects.  The method is as follows:

Find a tree which you can easily put your arms around.  Put your arms around it as tightly as possible and clench your fingers.  Squat pressing both knees into the tree, and try to stand up.  Do this for a long time every day, and in one to two years, you should be able to uproot the tree.  In this way, by training persistently against a great obstacle, anything less seems effortless.

A famous Indian wrestler used this method in the early 20th century by practicing on a tree in his backyard.  Although he was short and not very heavy, he was well known for tossing around much heavier opponents as if they were rag dolls.  When asked if he ever uprooted that tree, he replied, “No, but compared to that tree, a 300 pound opponent is nothing.”

After the description of this method, there follows an injunction warning that this method ought not to be employed for frivolous reasons, but only to improve self-defence.  This is a reminder of what the Shaolin say about those who use their arts for malice or vanity and do not master their anger.  They will not persist in learning, or if they persist, they will not cultivate Gong-fu and thus will come to a bad end.

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This is an exercise for the cultivation of Yin energy and what the Shaolin method calls “soft external” hardening.  Begin by placing the middle and index finger on the thumb.  Maintaining pressure, rub the fingers over the thumb in a circular pattern, alternating the same numbers of clockwise and counter-clockwise repetitions.   Do it every day whenever you have time, and within one year of persistent effort, the strength of the fingers will increase many times over.  Aside from the usefulness of strong fingers in everyday life, the purpose of this technique was to make even the most delicate parts of the body deadly in combat.  Similar techniques for strengthening the fingers include pushing on rocks and trees, lightly at first and then with increasing force, or plucking nails from a board.

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A considerable body of the techniques involve striking the body all over, lightly at first and then with increasing strength, using either the fist or a wooden mallet.  This is the technique that hardens the body and builds Qi for the deflection of weapons, something for which the Shaolin are so well-known.  These exercises are related to the “Iron Shirt” Qi Gong methods, further developed later by the Taoists, that not only keep you safe in combat, but also protect you in case of accidents.  Even better, these exercises have enormous health benefits!

The Hanging Object Exercises

Many of the exercises make use of objects suspended from the ceiling with string.  A cotton ball suspended this way is used to train pinpoint-accurate punching, and hanging stones for accurate kicking.  Swinging objects such as beads are used to train the senses, for instance by swinging one in front of and one behind the head, the object being to pay attention by sight and sound to both and to catch each one with a single movement.  These exercises exemplify the simplicity of the Shaolin techniques – a very simple thing repeated again and again is used to amplify a particular skill.

To get a feel for real Shaolin training, check out this excellent video by National Geographic:

Principles

You begin to see the pattern in these methods.  The Shaolin path to mastery is the opposite of what we all learn from a very young age.  Where we tend to learn by doing a lot of things, and adding constantly to what we do, the Shaolin recommend focusing on a very few methods, persisting in them for long periods of time.  Each of these methods is quite simple in and of itself, but that simple exercise plus an investment of time and effort yields a quite disproportionate payoff.  The Yin Fist method, for instance, requires ten years to fully master, punching the air above the water of a well one hundred times per day.  The result, however, is that the practitioner would be able to deliver a punch without touching the target.

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These exercises cannot be separated from the cultivation of Gong-fu, that quality of inner pwer and resilience at the core of the martial arts, to which Master Miao Xing alludes above.  When undertaking these methods, “the main point is peace of mind and concentration.  It is necessary to give up extraneous thoughts.”  There are very detailed requirements for the mindset and way of life of the practitioner, without which health benefits and skills will not materialize.   For many people, simply being able to put oneself in this mindset is a needed boost to resilience.  In other words, if you can take on the mindset of someone who would do these exercises daily for several years, you are half-way there.  Chapter 1.9 also outlines how different habits, activities and states of mind can harm the Qi and internal organs, while the following chapters give specific and quite simple methods for maintaining health while training.

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“The aims of training are to improve health, be strong and sturdy, withstand external forces, eliminate inner diseases, protect oneself against attacks…Training should be treated seriously, don’t be in a hurry. Success should be gradually achieved.”

“The pugilistic arts are like fire, while Gong-fu gives a stable ground for shaping a man.”

“They say if you understand that life and death are false illusions, you can distinguish truth from deception and cultivate knowledge within the heart; then deep meditation will break your bondage to emotions and aspirations.  However, it needs resolution and determination – this is the most important.  It is necessary to give oneself to this cause every day, and not at one’s own will.  Equally, one should be aware of life’s lures and not be a slave of desires.”

“When exercising, one must observe five demands: first, be serious; second, be conscientious; third, the Spirit should conform to the Will; fourth, live a moral life; fifth, strictly follow the methods.”

Health Warnings 

“Looking for a long time harms Jing (vitality), listening for a long time harms Shen (Mind), lying for a long time harms Qi (Energy), sitting for a long time harms the vascular system, standing for a long time harms the bones, wild rage harms the liver, meaningless thoughts harm the spleen, deep sorrow harms the vascular system, gluttony harms the stomach, fear harms the kidneys, excessive socializing is harmful to the marrow, chagrin is harmful to the heart, sadness is harmful to the brain, overwork is harmful to strength.”

What We All Can Learn from the Shaolin

If we take the Shaolin training methods as a whole and look for principles we can apply to our own lives, we can come up with some basic recommendations.  Each of these recommendations is incredibly DEEP IN MEANING.  I could happily talk about each on for an hour and illustrate it further, but we have to stop here for today.  So here they are:

  1. Always know exactly the result you wish to see.
  2. Have complete faith that the result is possible.
  3. Find the very simple practices that will inevitably lead to this result and practice them diligently.
  4. Always master the basics.  The person who masters the basics is a hundred times more effective that the person who dabbles in many practices and masters none of them.
  5. Start every practice with what is easily possible, then do what is just a little bit harder and keep improving incrementally.  If you do this, you will eventually do the impossible with complete ease.
  6. Continually build the resilience of the whole person, not just a part – engage the physical being, the mental focus, the breathing, the movement, the will power.

Take a few minutes and think about how you could apply these principles to your own life.  Think about what the educational system would be like today if it taught these principles.  Think about what your life would be like today if you had been taught these principles from an early age.  It will blow your mind!

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger


Rid Yourself of Myths, Lies and False Assumptions

READING!  It’s a vital component in your quest for personal resilience.  When you engage with new information that challenges your assumptions and expands your horizons, you enter on a journey outside your intellectual comfort zone and embrace the great mysteries of life.

You may have heard me talk about how vital this is.  In fact, if you’re in the Resilient Life Code program, I’ve been going over this with you in some detail.  First, your personal resilience is built on TRUTH, where truth is to be understood as the way the universe works, the way things really are.  Get this wrong and you’ll have a really hard time growing and thriving as a person.  Fundamentally, there’s only ONE question that all of us individually and we as a species need to continually ask ourselves:

“What do we, as the collective human race, actually KNOW?  What can we absolutely prove, what can we definitively disprove and what appears, on the basis of all the evidence, to be very likely true?”

When you start asking that toughest of all questions and you’re open to the real answers, your life will change.  You’ll start to see how many false assumptions and sometimes outright lies we, as a civilization, have settled down to live with and, surprisingly, how those untruths are sabotaging your own life on a daily basis.

To help you along with that, I’d like to recommend you read this amazing book by best-selling author Gregg Braden.  It’s called:


Deep Truth: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny and Fate

Gregg uses his own scientific background to break down the barriers between the various silos in the scientific community and between science and spirituality to produce a real tour de force on what we individually and all of us together will need to do to survive and thrive the massive changes coming down the pipe within the next 5-10 years.

The book brings to light 6 Deep Truths:

1. To deal with the crises threatening our world, we have to accept what the latest science is revealing about who we are and where we come from – about human origins.  As he puts it, “The false assumptions of long-standing beliefs regarding evolution and human origins make little sense in the face of recent discoveries throughout the sciences.”  This requires all of us to look at the big picture and to objectively evaluate the real evidence – something many people, including many scientists and academics, are notoriously reluctant to do.

2. The reluctance of mainstream education to embrace the latest discoveries is keeping us stuck in old ways of thinking that cannot address the problems we now face.  Instead, much of what is taught in our educational institutions was proven incorrect decades ago. The way we have thought about ourselves, each other and the earth for the last 300 years in particular (the era whose thought has been formed by Newton and Descartes) is based on outdated and incorrect science, yet we persist in living our lives and teaching our children as if it were actually true.

3. We need to work together and stop pointing fingers, because the multiple crises we now face are all reaching their tipping points at the same time (food, water, climate change, population growth).

4. New discoveries of advanced human civilizations dating back to near the end of the last ice age provide clues as to how we might overcome some of the same challenges our ancient ancestors did.  These discoveries also prove that our conventional 5000 year linear timeline of history is wrong.  Egyptology is one shining example among many of where the experts have spent the last century altering the facts to fit a preconceived theory.

5. A growing body of scientific evidence from various disciplines, gathered using the latest technology, proves beyond any reasonable doubt that humankind reflects a design put into place at once, rather than a life-form that emerged randomly through an evolutionary process over a long period of time.  In other words, the theory of evolution is wrong in several key areas – the scientific evidence is very much against it. [ However, biblical creationists should not take heart, because they are also mistaken].

6. More than 400 peer reviewed studies have concluded that violent competition and war directly contradict how the human being is wired internally.

What I Love about Gregg’s Book

Gregg looks at all the evidence dispassionately – he doesn’t have an agenda other than finding out what’s really true.  He integrates massive amounts of information and synthesizes it for you so you can readily understand the implications for your own life and for the planet as a whole.

So if you want to get the big picture – and it’s a lot harder to build your personal resilience without that big picture – I would strongly suggest you consider reading this book!  You’ll get the bottom line on the latest discoveries related to things as diverse as quantum physics, developmental biology, epigenetics, ancient history, climate change, evolution and the Mayan calendar ending in 2012.  Once you’ve read this book, you’ll be very well equipped to evaluate some of the other information you’re being exposed to by the media, you’ll be much more resistant to subtle manipulation and you’ll have a firm foundation in FACTS to move forward with your life.

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger 🙂


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