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Own Your Own Soul

There are so many opinions out there about who and what we are, which is the correct path, and which are the dangerous paths. This is across the board, not just with any particular religion, sect, or science.

The young musician and poet Prince EA posted this on Facebook and it certainly applies here:

Whenever you receive deconstructive, negative criticism. Remember this: “Was there ever a being that was loved by all beings? Nope, not even God.”

You choose your own path, and have a right to make up your own mind. People love following gurus, and that is great up to a point. We can and should learn from others. In fact, we must be open to learning from others. But we can’t lose ourselves in our gurus. We can’t substitute their thinking for ours. We can learn from them, but we mustn’t let them think for us. Cults are cults because they take over your thinking – and you allow it to happen. In order to be truly free, you must think for yourself. You must view the facts for yourself and have your own opinions, not just the aped opinions of others.

Being an independent thinker means being independent. It means to be independent of all opinions, biases, lies, assertions, arbitrary rules, self-flagellation, finger-pointing, and self-righteousness. It means to rationally view the facts that we can see and to trust our own observations and to make up our own minds about all of this.

Look to facts. More facts are always a good thing. More opinions? Not necessarily so. Discern the facts from the opinion. Welcome and embrace the facts, even if they are uncomfortable. Listen to and acknowledge the opinions – but realize that’s all they are: opinions. No matter who said them, even if they are a guru or trusted confidante. For every damning opinion of subject A, there is an ardent supporter of subject A. Opinions are interesting, but almost worthless (in my opinion, of course). This even goes to truck brands: Chevy is better than Ford! No, Ford is better than Chevy! This is human nature. However, when it comes to you and your path, it is best to cast the opinions aside and work to find the truth.

All of this comes down to one thing. You are a human being with your own ability to be rational, to think, and to perceive. You have a right to be rational, to think, and to perceive. People throw around words like “brain washed” or “crazy” or “irrational” or “stupid” or “ignorant” or “hypnotized” or “lost” or “misled” or “need to be educated” when you have an opinion that is different from theirs. If your opinions are strong, they may say you are “evil” or have “an agenda” or “can’t possibly believe what he is saying.” Don’t be swayed by the negative.

View facts rationally and without fear, and welcome them. Facts are friends. The more facts the better. Education is a good thing. Recognize opinions and value them as you see fit, but don’t be bullied by them. Be strong and value your own ability to reason, and value your own opinions.

Own your own perceptions. Own the facts unflinchingly. Own your own opinions and realize that you have every right to have them… but don’t be bullheaded about them. Own your own reason and know that you can look at things without being “brainwashed” by them. In short:

Own your own soul.

 

Belief

The only alternative to “belief” is believing ONLY what you see and can prove and no more. No one can really do that, and in any event, doing that leaves a lot of imagination and conjecture behind.

For example, belief in a non-physical soul. All you can really prove about human life is that a person is gestated, born, alive for a while, and dead – the component parts eventually getting disbursed. And that could very well be reality. So, we have materialist types who believe that consciousness is the product of physical processes and laws, located completely within the skull.

But there are indications that that is not true – that consciousness is external to the physical form. There is no real proof, but there are indications.

So – what are we to do? Ignore the indications? Ignore the logic that supports a human soul as opposed to a mechanical meat automaton? Choose to only believe was can be proved? Even Scientists do not do that.

Everyone believes in something, and not all beliefs or opinions are supported by undeniable evidence. They are, however, usually supported by core assumptions. Assumptions that may or may not be true, but if they are true, lead to a string of deductions that can lead anywhere.

My personal core assumption is that we are, each of us, spiritual in nature, and not composed of matter sprung from the Big Bang. I could very well be wrong. But if I am wrong, then we humans are nothing more than rocks floating in space that happened to combine a certain way, and which have no meaning at all, with no “free will” (since rocks have no will), and no “creativity” (since all that is or was was predetermined by the Big Bang).

This may be right, but it is way, way too bleak for me to accept as truth. And in any event, I have experiences and indications that tell me that it is not the truth.

Call me a “believer”, but be assured that I have come to my beliefs with a lot of thought and reasoning, knowing that I could very well be wrong.

Bishop Carlton Pearson on This American Life

Bishop Carlton Pearson on This American Life

This is a fantastic story about a man who was a very popular Evangelical pastor, with a very large “mega church,” who went to Oral Roberts University and was mentored by Oral Roberts himself, who had a crisis of faith, and who realized that his God would love us enough to never send us to Hell – and who realized that Hell is on Earth. He has been ostracized by the evangelical community, and even today, eight years later, evangelicals still post damning comments on his Facebook page. There are a number of parallels between his story and the stories of many Independent Scientologists.

Bishop Pearson preaches what he calls The Gospel of Inclusion (from his Facebook page):

The Gospel of Inclusion explores the exclusionary doctrines in mainstream religion and concludes that according to the evidence of the Bible and irrefutable logic, they cannot be true. Bishop Pearson argues that the controlling dogmas of religion are the source of much of the world’s ills and that we should turn our backs on proselytizing and holy wars and focus on the real good news: that we are all bound for glory, everybody is saved, and if we believe God loves all mankind, then we have no choice but to have the same attitude ourselves.

The Gospel of Inclusion also tells the story of a powerful religious figure who watched everything he had crumble due to a scandal. Why? He didn’t steal money nor did he have inappropriate sexual relationships. Following a revelation from God, he began to preach that a loving God would not condemn most of the human race to hell because they are not Christian. Hepreaches that God belongs to no religion. The Gospel of Inclusion is the journey of one man’s quest to preach a new truth.

I find his story very inspirational, and Bishop Pearson is a great example of following your own integrity rather than caving into what is expected. Since hearing this story a few weeks ago, I have looked him up a listened to his interviews and messages. I feel a kinship to this man, and I hope to meet him someday.

Merry Christmas

On this Christmas 2012, my hope is that love will prevail on Earth. I believe it can. I believe that war is not a given. I believe that we can live and love together. I believe that Good will win and does win in the long haul.

If we can find it in our hearts to love as Jesus loves, then peace will prevail.

Merry Christmas!

Hubbard on The Work Was Free

The sub-title line of my blog states “The work was free. Keep it so.” When I was sixteen and had just bought the just-published red Technical Volumes (“Tech Vols”), this was on the frontispiece to the first volume. The Tech Vols at that time numbered ten volumes. The first eight contain all then-known technical publications (except books) in a chronological order, with notes as to when lectures were given, books were published, etc. Volumes IX contains the key technical collections called “series,” and Volume X contained the venerable “C/S Series.” It is essentially a history of the tech, as well as an incredibly useful tool.

Until the tech vols were published, finding a reference was difficult. Either the HCOB was in your pack, or you had to dig around the archives in HCO or in the Qual Library to find your references. Having all of them in one place was a significant milestone. The year before, the Technical Dictionary was released, which was its own milestone, for the same reason – you have one place with the true definitions of the terms used in Scientology. Armed with the books, the tech dictionary, and the tech vols, you had Scientology in one book case.

In the very front of the first book there is a picture of Ron on the right, and this poem on the left page:

I’ll not always be here on guard.
    The stars twinkle in the Milky Way
And the wind sighs for songs
    Across the empty fields of a planet
A Galaxy away.

You won’t always be here.
   But before you go,
Whisper this to your sons
   And their sons —
“The work was free.
   Keep it so.”

L. Ron Hubbard