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The Mystic's Jesus
Martin LeFevre: To my mind, a mystic is simply a person who denies dogmas, creeds, rituals and beliefs, and has a direct experiencing of the sacred. Obviously that means the Christian's Jesus Christ is very different than the mystic's Jesus of Nazareth. ... Jesus mission was to bring about a radical change in the human heart. ... His mission failed because the people of his time refused, as the vast majority of people still do today, to be self-knowing and continuously learn about themselves...
Apr 15, 2022, 11:20am

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Is Universality a Western Idea?
Martin LeFevre: Most people acknowledge that human beings are essentially the same wherever they live on earth. Yet there's also a strong belief that ethnic and cultural differences are primary, and that universality is a Western construct. ... It cannot be both - people are either essentially the same, and cultural differences are secondary; or cultural differences are primary, and people are different in dissimilar places. ... But the question remains: Is there such a thing as universality? Yes. It is not only possible, but it has become urgently necessary for a sufficient minority of people to emotionally perceive humankind as a whole...
Apr 12, 2022, 10:57am

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'Higher Thought': Threshold and Impediment To Intelligence
Martin LeFevre: ... why does the division and fragmentation of symbolic thought so dominate the brain and planet, to the point of bringing about the Sixth Extinction, and with it, perhaps our own? ... Apparently, conscious, symbolic thought is such a powerful adaptation that the creature in whom it evolves strongly tends to view life and the universe in terms of it. Which is to say, in terms of separation, symbol and memory. That's an existential mistake of the highest order, and lies at the root of human destructiveness. ... I'm also sure that the transition and transmutation from creatures of thought (that is, psychological separation and memory), to human beings of insight and understanding, requires our conscious awareness and diligent spadework...
Apr 3, 2022, 10:17am

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When the Filters of Familiarity Fall Away
Martin LeFevre: Even the most beautiful places on earth can become familiar and old. The human brain stores experience as memory, which can prevent truly seeing and experiencing the beauty of even a new place. ... If we're not careful as we age, the windows of perception become totally caked with experience and memory. ... Meditation is the cleansing of the windows of perception, and the spontaneous elimination of the filters of familiarity in undirected attention to what is, within and without. ... As silence and awareness deepen, a state of insight ensues, in which even the duality between outer and inner falls away...
Mar 26, 2022, 10:16am

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What Is Your View of Human Nature?
Martin LeFevre: Cynicism about human nature, even when dressed up in salvation creeds, lies at the root of the, Christian worldview, whether Roman Catholic/Protestant or Eastern Orthodox. ... Indeed, the idea that man is inherently a sinful, depraved creature is foundational to religions' rationalizations for war. ... Continuing to place uncontrollable pathology of war in either nationalistic or religious contexts reinforces the sources of man's depravity and perpetuates its manifestations. ... People have to begin, for the first time in human history, to care about humanity as a whole...
Mar 22, 2022, 11:03am

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Defeating Evil Without Violence
Martin LeFevre: Here are some real existential questions: Will humankind survive, not just physically, but psychologically and spiritually? ... Are tribalism, and its modern expression nationalism (accompanied by absurd conceptions of 'sovereignty' and patriotism), immutable characteristics of human nature? ... Or can humanity finally change course now that the fiction that people and civilization are 'evolving' has been demolished with the cities of Ukraine? ... However even these questions, which are urgent and fundamental, don't delve deeply enough into the crisis of consciousness that human beings are facing. ... Systematically trying to meet evil with violence perpetuates both evil and violence...
Mar 13, 2022, 12:16pm

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Inward Preparation, Not Outward Prevention
Martin LeFevre: The war train is on a runaway track. This war will spread violence and destruction far beyond Ukraine, and nothing can stop it now. ... If we are radically changing within ourselves however, a small minority of people, inseparable from humanity, can change the basic course of humankind in the wake of the war. ... Transmutation in the individual, giving rise to a revolution in human consciousness per se, and manifesting in new socio-political structures, can and must go hand-in-hand for the first time in human history. ... We must think in terms of preparation now, not prevention. If enough of us are ready, in the wake of the imminent world war, we can change the basic course of humanity...
Feb 28, 2022, 11:48am

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A Recipe For World War
Martin LeFevre: In a rumbling echo of the Cold War, Ukraine is a proxy between two fading former superpowers. ... For the United States to stand on the collapsed scaffolding of its bygone moral authority is shameful and treacherous. ... The fact is neither America, which retains the largest economy in the world, nor Russia, which has an economy the size of Italy's, matter with respect to the future of humanity. ... More importantly, in our global society, humankind has reached the end of tribalism/nationalism, and the old conceptions of the supremacy of separate nation-states...
Feb 19, 2022, 10:13am

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Thought, Brain and Mind
Martin LeFevre: There is no separate deity standing apart from the universe that set the whole shebang in motion, and occasionally intercedes on behalf of supposedly special creations like man. But I propose that the intrinsic intent of the universe is to evolve brains with the capacity to commune with the cosmic Mind. ... When thought totally stops in all-inclusive, effortless attention to its movement in the mirror of nature, time ends, because the continuity of thought is time, and time is the continuity of thought. Then the door is open to the sacred. "Bringing the benediction" is even more rare than quieting the mind...
Feb 8, 2022, 10:54am

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Beyond Thinking Machines
Martin LeFevre: What will become of humans when thinking machines outthink us at every turn? That's about to be the new human condition. ... 'Artificial Intelligence,' like 'higher thought' itself, is based on memory, logic and speed. If it hasn't already, AI will soon surpass human smarts as our thinking machines exceed our cognitive abilities. To my mind, that means there's no choice but to transcend thought. ... Will it be the gradual end of the human mind, or the true beginning of the human being? ...
Feb 5, 2022, 10:42am

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Stillness of Mind Is the True Mind
Martin LeFevre: When it is put first, science robs us of wonder, and obstructs deeper modes of seeing and thinking. ... As any contemplative of unrepeatable mystical experiencing will say (and better yet, your own direct insight and experiencing will attest) evidence and reason have nothing to do with experiencing the actuality of a silent mind and spacious heart. ... The quieting of thought is the wellspring of peace, healing, insight and understanding. As long as psychological thought is operating, one cannot know true peace. ... The intent of authentic meditation is to quiet the mind as thought...
Jan 30, 2022, 11:10am

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There Is No Such Thing As 'Personal Development'
Martin LeFevre: America's collapse and headlong drift into right-wing extremism cannot just be blamed on Donald Trump and his mob base of a one-third of Americans. Even the 'personal development' industry that's emerged in recent years is complicit. ... Indeed, it raises the question: Have all these meditation and yoga retreats even made a difference in the lives of the legions of retreatants? ... The idea that all we need to do is focus on our "Higher Selves," and that will bring about a transformation in society, has been shown to be nothing but solipsism...
Jan 18, 2022, 12:09pm

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Evil Is Boring
Martin LeFevre: Reluctantly, I've written a number of times in this column about the problem of evil. I say reluctantly because, superstition aside, talking about evil tends to draw its attention. ... And make no mistake, collective Darkness, to use a capitalized euphemism, has intentionality. That's what most people fear about it the most. I fear its pervasiveness. ... Evil exists. It isn't just the individual's projection of darkness from his or her own psyche. ... It has intentionality and a goal - the complete destruction of the human spirit...
Jan 6, 2022, 11:05am

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Breakthrough Infection, or Inflection?
Martin LeFevre: As I see it, the human crisis is coming to a head. ... It is complete - a crisis of human consciousness itself. ... Can a breakthrough in the individual, and a revolution in consciousness that changes the basic course of humankind actually occur at this time? ... Without respect to technology and the evils of virtual reality and augmented reality, the new human being will be as different from devolving modern humans of the present day as modern humans were from the proto-humans 75,000 years ago. Now, as then, people will look the same, but be different...
Dec 31, 2021, 10:53am

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Time Is the Greatest Illusion
Martin LeFevre: Astronomers look back in time with their telescopes and see stars and galaxies as they were millions and even billions of years ago. So can self-knowing human beings look back in silence and directly perceive moments in humanity's past? ... They often refer to Hubble and the big telescopes on Earth as time machines. ... What it really means is that all events in the universe, from the Big Bang to the present, remain present in the present. That points to the imperative of being present, since it is the true portal for insight and timelessness...
Dec 23, 2021, 10:48am


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