Unless too shocked, or manipulated to do otherwise, your conscious mind and your unconscious mind will completely integrate when you leave your body – when the conditions for life are no longer there. There is no experience of pain after you have left the body – you are completely separated from what the body may be experiencing.
You become more aware of your surroundings outside your body and you will communicate with your mind between those you meet along the way. People you know will great you. You will experience unconditional love and acceptance, be guided along the way. You may or may not feel the need to rest. If you need it you will take it. When you have rested enough, you become more aware again and you begin a process of life-review. You see and experience your past life from the perceptual view of others. You discover things you want to change and improve. Somewhere along the way, you will make agreements with those that you were involved with in your previous life if there are serious energetic unbalances in the energy between you.
This is understood as “karma”. It is simply a learning methodology the universe uses. What you send out comes back to you. After a while, you get the point and start sending out goodness. You learn to live by the power of giving. It’s a so much more pleasurable path.
You will understand that you are part of a very large spiritual family, a conglomerate of souls or fragments of a larger soul that will eventually integrate into oneness. For those that are afraid of losing their identity – you should consider how you would experiencing being a thousand times more than what you are now!
In your state of being between physical lives, you will be spending considerable time planning out your next life. The extent of your planning will be in relation with the extent of your spiritual self-awareness. When it is low, much of the planning will be done for you by what is known as “Higher Self” – or “a trinity of three perfect beings that do not make mistakes”. They have many names or labels. I prefer and use the “Higher Self” concept.
This same concept is introduced into common knowledge by the film “K-PAX” where “Prote” plays the role of Higher Self in a physical manifestation. They don’t do mistakes. This cosmic helper – we call “Higher Self” is absolutely and consequently ignored, repressed and negated by the assumptions within the paradigm of their science model. When consciousness is relegated to the brain alone – there can be no room for the inclusion of experience, intelligence, wisdom, knowledge, talent or guidance from a higher inside source. Everything has to be a random event or determined by our DNA.
Anyway… Higher Self is like your advisor during any time of need – be that while alive or while in the time between lives. With this advise, you are fully informed and have free will of choice to abide or not by this advice. There is never any rule of force. You are however self-motivated and encouraged to grow in your experience as a soul or fragment of a larger family of souls.
You plan your life to the point of deciding which gender you will have, your sexual preferences, your body type, your parents – at least one of them must be highly beneficial to help you along the way. Your life-style, culture, and nation of choice will be a part of your choice of parents. You are responsible for all of these choices. Usually your parents, at least one of them, are one you have had experiences with before. Other family members may or may not be known from before.
Your choice of parents and family will be the source of the positive and or negative resources you will code your life with. They may give you accelerated abilities or they may retard your abilities. If they present you with challenges like being loved, accepted, etc. you will have chosen that because it is part of your life agenda to feel unloved or unaccepted – to learn to love yourself and accept yourself through trial and error in a state of confusion.
After your body has been conceived, you will become attached to it while remaining outside of it – at a distance, while it grows and develops. Should anything happen to the developing body – the attachment would be broken and you would choose again at another opportunity – the same or different parents. You are fully aware of your mother’s thoughts and feelings during this process. You are also aware of the father’s involvement or lack of involvement in your coming existence. Some look forward to it, others are more hesitant – depending on the plans for the future.
Just before birth, you will fully enter the body, move through a tunnel of darkness and into the light. Your memories of your agenda and your past will be part of your mind outside your conscious awareness. This is why it is called the unconscious mind – because you are normally not aware of it. It’s your biggest mystery.
You are now experiencing the consequence of a gamble – that you will listen to the inside part of you for your guidance, as a source of your direction in life and responses to the environment – in the context that your unconscious mind – your feeling mind has entered into a fragmented society, driven by fragmented concepts. This is your spiritual challenge – to be driven, led and motivated from the inside out.
Your personality is the product of your past experiences of trauma and or happiness and satisfaction. Your attitudes will be appropriate to your agenda to learn through pleasure or pain. Your conscious mind will appear as the dominant part of your personality.
Unless you have paid close attention to the patterns involved, you will probably not realize how limited the conscious mind is and the resources at its disposal really are. It does not know what resources the unconscious mind has or how it works so it takes credit where there is no credit due. Usually all the blame for anything wrong is given to the unconscious mind to spare the “ego” – the conscious mind acting all on its own – under its own limitations. It is alone and afraid. It lives to survive. It is not aware of the eternity of awareness.
The conscious mind – is the same as the rational mind and that is connected to the dominant, left hemisphere of the brain. Since it likes to be the dominant partner it likes to activate itself more than the non-dominant side. This is why school is mostly about left-brain, rational subjects – reading, language, time, history, science, measuring, categorizing, uniformity, conformity and math are all highly valued subjects to learn about in school.
What they do not focus so much on are subjects like: Meditation and the power of focus over time (trance) (timelessness) – extended geometry – how our emotions and sensory channels of information work together with simultaneous logic, emotional and social intelligence, mindfulness, having multiple perspectives, empathy, sensory training, music, dance, drawing, art, poetry, multidisciplinary knowledge that is interconnected, dreaming, the complete creative process, self-sustainability and independence or autonomy.
Only a balanced education can stimulate and activate the entire human brain, the primary prerequisite for access to the integrated mind at its higher potential. The education system we have today is fully one-sided
The only way to integrate science is the same way to integrate our education systems – which is to include the entire scope of all of the specialized activities of the brain and integrate them into a synergetic cooperation that is designed to function as a whole.
It is at this point where we bring together the dual aspects of religion and science. We need to understand that both have thrown the baby out with the bath water in their evolution and revolutions. There is a new paradigm that unites these warring factions together to create knowing.
Vitality, how we understand it, the prerequisites for it, how we recognize it and where we get our models from are explained on this condenced fact-sheet. Its a condition that is little discussed or even understood as it is completely out of the "norm" of the competition paradigm.
Vitality is a word to describe a condition or state of being that allows a living system to be and do all that it can be and do for itself, others and/or the environment. It is the one word that most generally describes the experience of being on the extreme and extraordinary side of the performance curve of limitless potential within the confines of that life form.
Vitality is something that grows and spreads only if it is shared. It is ultimately only lasting if it is shared. It can only be threatened if it is not shared – or if some part of the whole is left behind. Vitality is experienced as the absence of resistance and the presence of flow creating elegance and ease of performance. All parts of the whole are freely contributing towards being or doing something extraordinary.
Vitality is the result of a dynamic interchange of an abundance of energy and resources that are intelligently organized to enhance a desire or need to be and do something that is not fully known before it is realized. When you do something that amazes yourself – you experience vitality. Some people call it a “peak experience”. It can be a short-term or long-term condition.
The science of optimizing “flow” or attaining optimal potential performance in different living and non-living systems has of course been studied and researched over quite some time. When the question is asked, “How much competition does a system need to experience in order to perform at its best” – the answer has always been the same. The existence of any internal or external competition will have a detrimental effect on the ability of that system to optimally perform.
Competition is noticed as friction, resistance, drag, strain, restrictions and a host of other symptoms that are all experienced as dis-ease. This fact is self-evident. The absence of competition is however not enough to achieve, maintain, expand or defend vitality. Several other conditions are necessary.
First is a collective intention. All parts of the whole are committed to the same intention. They may participate actively or passively, but they do participate. The next aspect is that all the parts of the whole are intelligently self-organized in such a way that performance is enhanced to its potential. Another important aspect is the need for adequate diversity. It takes a lot of different parts to make a living entity that is self-sustaining in its environment. It also takes a lot of different people to create a self-sustaining community that lives in harmony and vitality.
You cannot have ultimate vitality if your free will is violated or manipulated. You cannot do or know your best if you are not told the truth. You cannot enjoy your free will if you do not enjoy independence. You cannot enjoy independence if you do not have adequate supply of energy or resources. So we need to add to this list of necessary prerequisites: Mutual respect for fully informed free will, Full access to truthful and relevant information, Independence and freedom of movement (Self-leadership) under full responsibility, adequate access to energy and resources.
A defense system is a natural part of any cell, or complete living entity. The defense systems are to defend against internal and/or external competitive elements. The limitations of any defense system are given when the defense system extends the energy needed to maintain vitality. This means that the external and internal defense systems are strong enough in themselves, to discourage or if needed eliminate any predatory competition.
The Self-leadership aspect of vitality also excludes any external authority ruling by force. Of course this means that governments will be transformed into advisory councils that can only advise. They will have to be truthful, transparent and have a flow of information, members and resources from the general population. They may be specialized, local or even global. They will contain people with integrity, skills, knowledge and wisdom.
Oh… there is one more thing…You and any other living creature needs some level of challenges or limitations they can stretch beyond, just to keep them motivated for continual growth in experience, knowledge and wisdom.
These principles are also self-evident and observable simply by considering the highly intelligent arrangement of cells in any living biological system. We can learn a lot by looking at the patterns of symbiotic relationships in all of nature.
As we examine the patterns of behavior in the relationships in and between different cell structures of any living being, it becomes obvious to us that there is always an interactive relationship with the local and global environment that is symbiotic. The different parts are not living off of each other but they are living for each other. We also find that all living entities have some form for internal and external defense systems to protect themselves from competition.
Forms of life in all sizes and shapes are perfectly adapted to perform and function in their environment. One thing they all have in common is that the different parts are exchanging real-time information, resources and energy with the environment under intelligent self-organizational principles. There is no single cell, or organ that is an external authority for the others. “Life” and vitality seem to be led from the life force of the living, the “I-ness” of the self, embodied in a living biological machine or “avatar”.
There are volumes of books that could be written and have been written about the subject introduced here. If you are looking for some immediate references, I would suggest Deep Truths – by Gregg Braden and that you look into the research done by Biologist Bruce Lipton
There is a lot that needs to be understood about competition. These facts should help you on your way to understand how you are best served to relate to this old friend.
Compete: (Webster) To seek or strive for the same thing as another: to carry on a contest or rivalry for a common object.
Competition: (Blacks Law Dictionary) The struggle for commercial advantage, the effort or actions of two or more commercial interests to obtain the same businesses from third parties.
Competition exists when:
What regulates the strength of competitive forces?
1. The perception of importance or value for the participating parties concerning the reward for winning. The perceived value is much more important than the real value.
Symptoms of competition:
Resistance, friction, struggle, pain, limitations, stress, conflicts, rules, regulations, compromises, fragmentation, confusion, external authority, worries, fear, anxiety, manipulation, disease, accidents, insurance needs, forced dependency, mediocrity, poverty, one-sidedness, injustice, profit, the power of taking, sacrifice, antisocial behavior, parasitic behavior, defense systems, security systems, monitoring and spying systems, dominance, propaganda, greed, fraud, advertising, public relations, use of force, pollution, twisted science, short-term perspectives, glorification of stupidity, overspecialization, theft, terror, breakdowns, self-destruction
This list of symptoms is by no means complete. To this list you can add almost any problem at any level of life that you can think of. The reason behind the reason for the problem will always is some form of competition getting in the way.
Common assumptions concerning competition:
Competition gets us to do our best
Competition is no doubt one of those elements in our lives that are great motivators for action. We might be motivated by the idea of winning the prize or by the fear of losing it, if it is considered valuable. Competition gets us to do our best through the resistance, friction, and limitations that the competition presents. Much of the energy is spent resisting the resistance and less on the goal.
When it comes to high value competitions, we know from history that it gets humans to do their very worst against each other – the sacrifice that has to be made in order to win the battle.
Our values are what drives the direction of our behavior. There are thousands of ways to motivate behavior without the use of competition as a factor. It happens all the time in your daily life.
Competition is natural – Nature believes in competition
We will find competition and symbiotic cooperation in nature. A basic rule of thumb is that the greater the lack of biodiversity – the greater the level of, or the more likely you are to experience competition. Competition abounds in any monoculture. Ask any factory food farmer how they have to use artificial chemicals to inhibit the outbreak of disease.
Where you find biological diversity, you will also find a high level of vitality created by the synergistic relationships that abound at all levels of plant and animal biology.
Competition is naturally wired into our behavior through DNA, creating the “human condition”
If you listen to the work of Biologist Bruce Lipton you will hear just one of many scientists that are telling us that our DNA is like a blueprint for a structural potential. It does not regulate behavior. The environment is the greatest formative factor in all behavior - also for humans.
The idea that human behavior is inherently predetermined is one that belongs along with the rest of the materialistic paradigm that claims that the brain is the creator of awareness. When it dies – awareness disappears along with it. Modern research connected to the Near-Death Experience has adequately proven through the principles of a well-founded epistemology (The answer to the question, “How do you know what you think you know?) – that awareness or consciousness survives the death of the body.
This fundamental research answers a very important question that has only been able to be speculatively answered before, “What happens when we die?” Today we have an adequate chain of evidence that is able to provide us with reasonable answers to that question. This will be fully covered in other material on these pages.
Ask a person that has survived a near-death experience and remembered what it was like while they were out of their body if they support the competitive spirit when they come back – To my knowledge that has never happened. I’ll go deeper into this issue on other articles.
Competition is unavoidable
It would appear that competition is unavoidable between humans on this planet. We do need to remember however two artificial conditions that make competition between us all unavoidable. The first condition is the claim by certain individuals that they have some authority to make decisions and take responsibility for other people. They enforce their will through armies, police and different forms of violence. The second factor is that these same people have invented something called money that is created as a limited resource, delivered as debt and regulated by fiat principles.
When authority figures enforce upon a population a money system such as we have now, you would have to say competition is unavoidable. The social architecture that has given us our “civilization” is designed and operated on the principles of artificially introduced competition. From this point, the competition has spread to include every sector of our lives, because we think it is so natural.
As we embrace competition, we embrace cooperation but the cooperation is always fragmented into different teams or sides competing with each other.
When we look at natural civilizations, we find very little evidence of money being an issue. There is trade and barter but nothing like we find in the modern artificial western world where almost everything is privatized for profit.
From this vantage point, I think its fair to say that competition is avoidable and we should want to avoid it wherever we can – due to the destructive effects it has on our lives.
Competition is necessary
Competition is necessary if destruction is the ultimate goal. It destroys any ability for any living entity to enjoy long term-vitality. Enforced competition in our social structures actually forces humanity into a collective psychosis where we experience only the lower levels of human performance – between survival and mediocrity – being normal. The only thing competition is good for is to have experienced that it is really good for nothing.
Defense systems against competition
Because competition does exist in the environment, where the conditions are right, we are well served by making sure those conditions are present now and into the future. Humanity will always need some form for external defense systems that mirror the defense systems for our biology. One part is active, the other more passive. It’s something like having the military for big defense operations and the police for the small. The difference between such a system now and a society in vitality is that the defense systems are always fully aware of their purpose – to get rid of competition that threatens the whole.
When the environment is not threatening, the defense system becomes smaller. When there is an active threat to vitality from the outside, or the inside – the defense system grows to meet the challenge. In a vitality-based society, the defense systems are always at the lowest possible strength so that a maximum of energy is available for growth and expanded potential.
The perceived advantages of competition
Competition is as celebrated today as it was in the days of ancient Rome. The politics of "Bread and Circus" for the people was a ploy to distract and preoccupy the masses with anything that did not mean anything. Games of competition does the trick quite elegantly. Today, the philosophy is down to a science to get people hooked into the spirit of competition. The excitement, fun, drama, joy of winning, etc are all well advertized but there is little talk of side effects - the long term effects of adopting the meme of competition.
From a distance we can easily see that competition provides short term rewards and long term dependency as a rule. You will probably notice that mentioned several places within this site.