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The Limbic System

"The Limbic System" by Vexen Crabtree

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Draws some pretty big conclusions. The brain is commonly described as being the most complex object in the known universe - "The Limbic System" brushes over some recent research and states the authors own ideas as fact, when there is realyl a great deal yet to be known about the functions of the cortex and limbic system.

religion and the experience of the mystics

Religion is what happens to the mystical experience when the paid clergy take over the writings of the mystics. They have an agenda, they have a church to support. . . the clergy has no more experience than the skeptic in the actual process of stilling the mind, a very practical and systematic approach that produces with regularity -- at least for advanced practicitioner -- an non-material experience that eventually removes all doubt. It's fine to debate about it, but up until the time that we take the experiment the mystic is offering, it's all an empty intellectual exercise. It's like reading instruction manuals on flying a plane, debating about the ins and outs of it, without any experience of actual flight. In fact, the mind works in a way, always, that reinforces a very limited perspective according to, yes, the background and upbringing of the individual, the pressures of the culture and so forth (there is a social pressure to believe what your culture group believes, just like the culture group of Intellectuals and Skeptics and Athiests and what have you -- and there is a fundamentalism in science (just as there is in religion) that conveniently dismisses any non-material force at play in life, despite some very widespread and now well-known research by pure scientists in the process of proving almost every thing the mystics have been telling us throughout the centuries. Please read Lynn Mctaggert's The Field and you can look up all the research in that book, and much more than that. The phenomenon of the mystical experience is not supernatural, it is actually a trip away from this very limited and consciously produced experience that we call the material world, into a firmer reality, in fact. Of course, you have every right to believe what you will about it, but you actually have to see your bias in this before you can say anything about what is the truth and what is not. I assure you, you have a bias, just as I do. Once you sit quietly and watch your own mind's antics, the first thing you'll see is how little control you have over it. And if you have so little control over the mind, what chance do you have of coming up with the truth? Our mind has an agenda, it's a very powerful engine that separates us from the primary experience of life, the sensation of oneness that mystics talk about. This is all an elaborate program with a Superior Program Designer, you might say, Who built-in filters and doubts, so that we do have this very challenging experience of finding our way out of here. And for all of us, myself included, the mind is selecting just the right "proof" to validate our dogmas, and keep us trapped, and no more than that. Well, good luck, at least your thinking about these things.

Re: religion and the experience of the mystics

Thanks for your thoughts, good stuff.

Your description of mystics and clergy sounds exactly like Weber's classical description of "priests v. prophets" in his analysis of the foundations of religion.

See "Cultural Religion Versus Scholarly Religion" by Vexen Crabtree (2013) for some other descriptions of the same kind of process - the "prophets" in the bottom-up causes of religion, and the "priests" in the top-down part.

Might also be worth checking out:

"What Causes Religion and Superstitions?" by Vexen Crabtree (2011)

Anyway, thanks for the feedback.

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