Classic chaos Theory: Contemplation to dissolve beliefs and mindsets, For example, non-linearity and sensitivity to individual conditions, strange attractors, pertubations and karma (cause and effect).
“In nature, over a reasonable period of time, the flow rate of a river does not change much. Neither does the rock and waterfall jump about.Yet the water never takes the same path twice. Turbulence like this has baffled scientists for centuries.”
As fresh and interesting as the token and blockchain culture is today – history shows that, over time, ideas become calcified into ideology and dogma. We start believing that we are more enlightened than others, that our ideas are superior and if we are successful, find ourselves surrounded by people who tend to agree with us on most topics.
You can easily see why this is a problem if you are interested in a more adventurous life or even just to regenerate and reinvent yourself.
The six principles are life long guidelines for kicking yourself out of slumber and hubris
The philosopher J.L. Austin certainly did not believe philosophy and good sense to be the opposites of frivolity and nonsense, instead going so far as to suggest that the former have special access to the latter: ‘Even philosophers set some limits to the amount of nonsense that we are prepared to admit we talk. And as demonstrated by Austin’s own work, humor itself can be a philosophical method, a heuristic for fresh insights and perspectives.” (Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice by Dickinson et al.)
Although I am not a coder, the release of this program is inspired by Donald Knuth (b. 1938), American computing pioneer, is known for his greatly influential multi-volume work, ‘The Art of Computer Programming’, his novel ‘Surreal Numbers’, his invention of TeX and METAFONT electronic publishing tools and his quirky sense of humour. Watch this five minute clip where he shares his advice to young people.
In this short clip, we can hear many ideas that sound a bit like this:
About your conditioning…
When and where you are born determines your “wyrd”. We cannot determine the conditions we were born into. But we can determine how we respond to those conditions. “Socrates claimed he was wise because he knew nothing.”
if everyone says “go left” then wonder what is elsewhere. If everyone says “don’t read up on it, investigate to see if you agree. Have courage to overcome cultural norms and mindsets that come from thousands of years of dominant views and histories you have been exposed to. A great Quero teacher said one of the first things we need to do to become fully human, is to set ourselves free of our ancestors.
Avoid absolutist thinking
Human disturbance is largely (though not entirely) associated with and springs from absolutistic thinking – from dogmatism and inflexibility, and devout shoulds, oughts and musts – and that extreme religiosity or true believererism, is essentialy emotional disturbance.” (Albert Ellis, 1980)
“Follow your own instincts… not the herd.” Donal E.Knuth (Computer Science Professor at Stanford University)
Avoid dogma like karma.
This principle is a great antidote to becoming drunk on your own self-importance and belief in your own myth. In a way that is more lighthearted while building confidence in your abilities and yet to be realized potential in PossibilitySpace.
Will formulates Desire which promulgates Belief
“New paradigms often originate in the minds of those individuals who are disillusioned, disenchanted, or victimized by their current culture, government, family structure, and societal framework. These individuals will lead an exodus to a place where the people begin to manifest innovations that transform our world–our land, waterways, and sky –to its ultimate and timely restoration.”–AB Crane 2016
Belief is a Tool
““Headology bears some similarities to psychology in that it requires the user to hold a deep seated understanding of the workings of the human mind in order to be used successfully. However, headology tends to differ from psychology in that it usually involves approaching a problem from an entirely different angle.
It has been said that the difference between headology and psychiatry is that, were you to approach either with a belief that you were being chased by a monster, a psychiatrist will convince you that there are no monsters coming after you, whereas a headologist will hand you a bat and a chair to stand on.” Terry Pratchet
Boredom is a gift.
The Art of Technique – Effortless Effort
Dresher and the Toaster
A disciple of another sect once came to Drescher as he was eating his morning meal.
“I would like to give you this personality test”, said the outsider, “
because I want you to be happy.”
Drescher took the paper that was offered him and put it into the toaster, saying: “
I wish the toaster to be happy, too.
If you watch the finger pointing to the moon… you can’t see the moon..
Finding Knowledge and Wisdom through Multi-States of Mind
We move in and out of different state of being – from joy to love, from clarity to confusion, from autopilot to daydreaming, stages between sleeping and waking. Each of these states enable us to gain knowledge and wisdom through direct experience, or as I say “Gaia Dharma” (natural mind).
The fundamental tenet is that reality, including the individual, is already complete and perfect, that nothing needs to be transformed or renounced but only recognized for what it truly is. The essential dzogchen practice is “self-liberation”; allowing all that arises in experience to exist just as it is, without elaboration by the conceptual mind, without grasping or aversion.
Personal experience is paramount
Above all else: Live a good life.