Re: Ch 1: A brief history of humanity

2005-01-10

Richard Moore

Friends,

The holidays are over, but I've had trouble forcing myself to
get back to work! Today I'm finally starting. I posted a few
items to newslog today, FYI. In one of them, Joe Vialls brings
up some suspicious anomalies regarding the tsunami...so far
no corroborations from other sources. Chossudovsky offers
some other kinds of anomalies.

rkm

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From: "Michelle Syverson" 
To: <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: A brief history of humanity
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 17:54:01 -0800
X-Priority: 3

Dear Richard,

I've been reading all of your emails, but until now have not
read in it's entirety a chapter of your book.  This chapter is
wonderful although I would have liked more information on how
Jesus attempted to change the Matrix of the Jews in Israel and
subsequently how Paul embraced all of "civilization."  As a
"first century" Christian believer, the more that is brought
out about Jesus as a Revolutionary, the anarchists and
socialists who are our natural partners, will fare better in
the imagination of those of no belief and, perhaps, embrace
others whose knowledge of Jesus is limited...that is most
Christians.

Many thanks for your contribution to spirit and humanity and
truth.

In awe and respect,

Michelle

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Dear Michelle,

I don't have much information on that topic. Perhaps others out there do?

You might want to look at Laurence Gardner's, "Bloodline of the Holy Grail".

Also, I posted two relevant articles to newslog today.

rkm

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From: "Michelle Syverson" <•••@••.•••>
To: <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: Christmas Greeting
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 16:37:56 -0800
X-Priority: 3

Dear Richard,

Thank you very much for this posting.  Although I haven't, as
yet, responded to your response to my email, I think of you
and wish you well.

The following piece reflects my stance on Christmas and
Christianity completely. It is so terribly sad that many of
those who voted for Bush consider themselves Christians and
also more than unfortunate that the opposition candidate was
so awful.  As usual, I voted for Nader.  The fourth time I've
done so.

Warm regards,
Michelle

The Politics of the Christmas Story
by James Carroll
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1221-23.htm

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Michelle - thanks for your comments; I posted this article to newslog - rkm

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Jay Fenello asked:
            > If an individual awakens in an instant, how does a collective
            consciousness awaken?

An individual doesn't really awaken in an instant, rather
there is an instant realization of being awake. In most paths,
as in yoga or zen, there are exercises which over time settle
and prepare the mind for that moment of realization. This
preparation of the mind is an incremental process; that is
what I would call the awakening process -- and it happens
gradually over time.

In order to approach your question, let's consider some
notions from psychology, in conjunction with a zen notion: 
the stilling of the lake. In the mind there are many forces
and voices. At the one level you have, roughly speaking, the
ego (and mechanical mind), the emotions (connected with the
body), and the will (true observer self). Within the ego and
the mechanical mind there are in turn many voices, many
threads of internal dialog, going on all the time - what zen
(and the yogis) call the chattering of the mind.

The chattering of the mind and the pull of the emotions are
like ripples on a lake. When the observer (self) looks at the
lake (the mind) he sees only a mass of random ripples. The
preparation of the mind -- the service performed by the
exercises -- amounts to learning how to still the chatter.
When the lake loses its ripples it becomes like a mirror - and
then the observer can see for the first time the image of the
reflected mountain - an experience of satori. That image may
come into focus all at once -- in an instant.

We can think of collective consciousness  as being a macrocosm
mind which is much like the microcosm mind of personal
consciousness. Again, we see a mind split by major forces,
with chatter within the forces. The counterpart of the ego is
perhaps the regime, as both are characterized by maintaining
control and a defensive attachment to what is. Perhaps the
chattering of the mind can be found in all the factions -- the
causes and special-interest groups and parties -- each trying
to raise its voice above the chatter and be heard. Be heard by
whom? The answer to that question tells us where to look for
the macro counterpart of the observer (self).

What 'being heard' really means, in my estimation, is
'becoming part of collective consciousness'. An example:
environmentalists, although they also lobby for legislation,
are mainly trying to get everyone to understand that
biosystems are connected, need to be respected, etc. etc. They
want this understanding to become part of our collective
consciousness, as is the understanding that water flows
downhill. If this happens, the hope goes, we can expect
society to begin acting from that understanding, leading
eventually to a sustainable society.

That is to say, the self in the context of the macro mind is
the collective consciousness of the population. That
collective consciousness is like the rippled lake, full of the
chatter of belief systems and factions, and stirred up by the
propaganda wave machines of the ego regime.

            > What does a higher collective consciousness look like?

In the personal mind, the chatter is stilled when the self
(will) learns to detach itself from those distractions and
realizes that they are not "I". Similarly, the chatter of
beliefs and allegiances can be 'stilled' when people learn to
detach themselves from those superficial social mind games and
are able to perceive their deeper underlying unity.

           >  As below, so above?

As within, so without. So with one, so with many.

rkm

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Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 11:42:22 -0800
Subject: church bloopers: so funny!
From: Jan Slakov

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Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 01:55:56 EST

Subject: Church Bloopers

Church bloopers - too funny!! Thank God for church ladies with
typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church
bulletins or were announced in church services:
________________________________________

Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking
tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the
way from Africa. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes
meals.

The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The
sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."

Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM
in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the
King.

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get
rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't
forget your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled
due to a conflict.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone
who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again,"
giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. For those of you
who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery
downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need
all the help they can get. Barbara remains in the hospital and
needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having
trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.

The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the
choir will sing: "Break Forth Into Joy."

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in
the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school
days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church
hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What
Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition
of several new members and to the deterioration of some older
ones.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be
recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the
deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super
entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM. Prayer and medication to
follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind.
They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park
across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to
sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All
ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the
B. S. is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the
pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.
Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in
the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is
invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian
Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing
campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge -- Up Yours ."



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From: "Robin Richardson"
To: <•••@••.•••>
Subject: RE: Ch 1: A brief history of humanity
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 10:06:38 -0000

Dear Richard

For a long time now I have been on your mailing list and have been reading
your messages and the draft extracts from your book. I am writing now
briefly to assure you that your writing and work are extremely important to
me, and extremely inspiring. Very many thanks.

And seasonal greetings.

Robin Richardson

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Robin - thanks for the encouragement - rkm

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