Human Thought to The Cloud
We give those man-made symbols meaning
There is a term in computer parlance: ‘In the Cloud.’ This refers to the data, if I’m not mistaken, held by an indeterminate number of master computers out there somewhere on what we call the Internet. For example, we compose a blog item and post it. This item goes not only to wherever we intended it to go. It is probably sent to lots of places we didn’t want it to go. Moreover, it will continue to be held ‘somewhere out there.’ However, when it is received by a computer it is – to those computing machines which grab and store it away – recorded as completely neutral data. Why? Because this data is nothing more than symbols now turned into a series of bits; on-offs with no particular bias. There are machines looking at it: not human beings.
I'm not a computer geek but I am into Vipassana Meditation
Now, I’m far from being a ‘computer geek,’ and am not the least bit ‘nerdy’ when it comes to knowledge about the Internet and the World Wide Web. I could be completely wrong with what I’ve just said. Data held ‘In the Cloud’ might not be as I have described it as above. I use the idea I’ve put to you here as an aid to something I believe is held in another cloud. This is a cloud not deliberately made by Humankind but is, nevertheless there, whether we like it or not. We didn’t make the air which surrounds our planet, or the great oceans that cover most its surface. Neither did we personally make the matrix, or whatever it is that configures this particular cloud. But we do have a lot to do with its content.
So what is this abstract, amorphous, mysterious cloud I am hypothesizing?
We put our thoughts out there
It is the cloud of All Human Thought. It is a cloud that is held somewhere, and which we add to and continually draw from. We do this with our everyday mind-chatter or our more seriously chosen thought, whichever the case may be. We put our thought out there. Conversely, we draw thoughts to us from there.
That thought which goes out and which comes in is subject to the powers we give to it. The power we give it depends upon such things as how emotional we feel, how consistent and habitual our thoughts are, and how focused we are. Using the old analogy of the stone thrown into the pond, you could say that the strength or amplitude and height of the wave-form is dependent on the weightiness of what is thrown in. Emotion is the key here. Deep resentment would create a particular wave-frequency, for example. The disturbance might be huge. Sympathy and love might cause the pool to be calmer. I use these examples simply to give the reader something to visualize. What we’re really doing is radiating and receiving vibrations.
Vipassana Meditation IS serious Meditation
It is likely that most of you reading this have never undertaken a serious course of meditation. I’m talking about in a meditation retreat where we observe our mind until it becomes calm and docile. I’m talking about, discipline, control. The charging, trumpeting, stamping wild elephant ego-mind is brought to stillness. Now the elephant does not even move. He stands absolutely still. When this happens, the mind – which is not us but something which belongs to us – is neither putting out nor receiving from the cloud of Collective Unconsciousness. At these times, we are open to something far more important: intuitive messages from our Spiritual Guidance and our own Higher Self. I’m talking here of a higher self which is not our little self, our ego or any of the mentally made up roles which we usually identify with.
But to get back to the man-made cloud.
I am not the orginator of this concept
This is not a concept unique to me. I’m riding on the shoulders of giants here. People such as Doctors Carl G Jung, and Roberto Assagioli. My description might differ somewhat from theirs but I’m attempting to make a similar point. What I am saying is that we contribute or detract from the spiritual progress of the world by our thinking. We add to the world’s woes or make it a better place in which to live, by the thoughts that we think. Those thoughts go out into the Cloud of Collective Unconsciousness and are making it what it is. The ramification of this is profound. It means that the greater the quantity of kind, positive, loving thoughts that are radiated out into the cloud, the more we receive back. ‘As ye give so shall ye receive,’ is a Universal Law. Therefore we receive back the type of thoughts we give out. So in this respect we make our own happiness or unhappiness.
Like attracts like
You’ve heard of the ‘attitude of gratitude.’ When we are grateful we bring to us the results of that gratitude. What we habitually radiate outwards we draw back to us. Like attracts like. Certainly we make our own happiness by thinking and radiating happy thoughts. But we do more than this. We add to the sum total of happiness held in the cloud. We become part of the solution rather than part of the problem as far as universal human happiness is concerned.
This particular cloud contains all human thought
How are the various degrees of data held in the cloud? Frankly, I don’t know. I don’t even know if what I’m talking about is a concrete enough conception to be making sense to you. My suggestion is that is stored in an infinite number of frequency combinations across a spectrum beyond our comprehension in bandwidth and complexity. Or it might be something completely different from this, something incomprehensible to our present reasoning.
As far as the Human Collective Unconsciousness goes – and this would be an infinitesimally tiny fraction of The All – it would contain every human experience of every individual, including our thoughts, emotional reactions – everything!
Our conditioning taints what we transmit and receive
Now, if we were absolutely pure and not tainted in the slightest by our own conditioned minds, we would receive in its purest form whatever we set ourselves out to receive. But we are not pure. We are filled with the tainting of conditioning. Our thoughts pass through the sieve of our conditioning. It would be as Jesus Christ is reputed to have said, “We see through a glass but darkly.” The more opaque and restrictiveness is our conditioning. The truly open mind is a rare thing indeed. Maybe no human being can lay claim to it. What comes to us and goes out from us goes through and takes on some of the attributes of our conditioning.
So where does our mind begin and end?
Where is our personal mind held?
If we’re getting into Infinite Mind, of which we are a part, it might not be too inaccurate to say that we never end. We are a part of God and God is Infinite. But let us get more personal. Let us concentrate on each of us as a particular human being. Where is our personal mind held? Some will say, “In the brain.” Others and I among them, “in the whole body.” The whole body referring not only to our physical body but to also to the auric bodies which surround it. If you’ve ever seen movies shot with Kirlian photography you will know that the aura can be photographed. Its ever changing colours and patterns can be recorded. These changing colours and patterns indicate the state of mind of the person being photographed at that time. And yes, experienced psychics can actually see these changes taking place with their naked eyes.
Auras have been photographed. Check out Google Images
If you want to take a look at some of these auric photos – shown as stills, I don’t think there are any movies on YouTube yet; it might be too difficult at this stage to do this – then just try Google Images and type in Auras and see what you get. Then try Kirlian Photographs. If you do this, you will notice that the majority of people are surrounded by a lot of colours. One or two, though will be radiating a wonderful pure and light colour. The way it’s been put to me is that the more stable the colour, along with its brightness and clarity, particularly if it is white, the more spiritually advanced the person is.
Try 116 hours of meditation in ten days. You will become focused
In Vipassana Meditation - something I’ve practiced twice daily now for twenty-seven years - the technique is to bring one’s highly focused attention onto the physical body. After some short time – if one has undergone the intense ten-day, eleven hours-a-day of meditation in ‘noble silence,’ one can penetrate with ones ‘gaze,’ if I might put it that way, right into the physical body. It’s something akin to an Xray. Doing this, one quickly becomes aware that the patterns of movement move not only in the body but in the body’s surrounds. You are also penetrating through the aura into the physicality.
Our bodies and minds are changing, changing, changing...
Taken deeply enough, the meditator can eventually dissolve the physicality completely and move into the realms of the aura to the point where the very molecular structure of the physicality coming into being can be witnessed. Flesh and bones are penetrated and give way to the witnessing of the rising of what feels like never-ending effervescent bubbles rising continually out of nowhere as the physical changes occur in our normal aging processes. As it has been said by various meditation teachers: all is change. We are changing, changing, changing. The man who gets into the shower is not the same man who gets out of it as far as his body is concerned.
We have within us conglommerates of congealed emotion
Held in the aura are what the Buddhist monks term Sankaras, or the Hindu mystics, Samskaras. So many of these sankaras are patterns of energy which are troublesome. They can be felt. Indeed, with practice, they can be readily and easily felt. They are conglomerates of emotion held within us. Our thought-energy has to pass through these both when we receive and when we transmit a thought. I suspect that these sankaras form our ‘glass through which we see but darkly- or dimly.’ The idea of Vipassana Meditation is to gradually dissolve these sankaras, neutralizing them with the purity of our pure attention. This pure attention is of the real self, the never-changing Observer, as we will our attention to penetrate into the sankaras, thus rendering them gradually less influential in our lives.
Our everyday thinking can be likend to money in a bank. We have good credit or bad debts
I tell you all this so that you are at least aware that your everyday thinking does count. It is important. It is important not only to you, not only to your immediate circle contacts, but to all of humanity. What you think is the foundation of what you say, what you say makes up the framework of how you act. How you act makes up your life story. So watch your thoughts. They are probably the most important things in your life.
'The Secret' was never really a secret
How to do it? Resolve to do it. That is the first step. Determine to do it and set about changing your life to the way you want it to be, not just for yourself but for everyone. Then you will be aligning with something very great, for you will be working with the highest part of your own self. Moreover, you will be aligning with more support than you can even comprehend. ‘The Secret’ – which was never really a secret – will become gradually more clear to you as you bring into your life all the good things and non-things that you’ve ever wanted.
I wish you well in your endeavors.