Thursday, December 07, 2006

Psychology, Brain Hacking, and Buddhism

I think that the essence of psychology is to help someone realize who they are, or at least how their mind works. Psychology will only help one understand their mind, but spiritual wisdom is about going beyond the mind. The essence of Buddhism is self-realization of who you truly are and that you are not your mind and thoughts. The essence of hacking is an interactive feedback between a person and a computer to generate a useful purpose (i.e. programming the machine to do something useful). Buddhism is interactive feedback between one's mind and one's consciousness. Constant mental feedback strengthens certain mental elements to promote spiritual happiness, freedom from suffering, and unlock one's full potential as a human being. It is an Eastern Way. The Western Way seems to be constant suffering and delusion until the mind snaps and forces one kicking and screaming into Enlightenment.
"The essence of Buddhism is self-realization of who you truly are and that you are not your mind and thoughts."

I'm not sure about this. For me this falls under the category of beliefs. I'm not saying beliefs are not true. But certain beliefs have the nasty habit of creating conflict instead of resolving them. So if you are not your mind or your thoughts, who are you then? I suppose you don't mean to say that you are the soul, the spirit, the essence, the person or personality, the self or Self, the non-self, the society, the world, the individual, the intelligence, the original mind, or even God, etc.
Or that you don't really exist, that you are an illusion.
But how does this belief create conflict in the mind? I guess by creating two separate things in the mind, the one trying to suppress or control the other. Simply because the one is not understood or accepted by the other. In this way we create angels and demons within our minds, which in turn separate us from the rest of humanity.
I really prefer to avoid arguing because I know nothing good can come out of it. My opinion is that enlightenment if there is such a thing has nothing to do with beliefs, wisdom, insights, transformations. But simply being able to endure suffering with the rest of humanity. But how do we do this? If we try to improve every living conditions on the planet, we are still left with the need to maintain this and preventing some individuals from acquiring everything including our souls. If we don't do anything, we will have to suffer a lot and enjoy it. I have no fear of becoming a voluntary or involuntary beggar as long as there are enough people around to beg from. Just some crazy ideas. I like to improvise. ;>)
I recently came up with a technique for describing consciousness that had sufficient power to take me through the perspective change that Buddhists refer to as "enlightenment". Everything I have ever read suggests that what I have done is not possible. Until now the necessary conceptual tools (most particularly fractal self-similarity) were not known to me.

The question to which I am currently seeking an answer is as follows.


Preamble: I have defined two entities, as follows:

Self-similar definition (SSD): one or many levels of X, described as X

Fuzzy SSD (FSSD): boundaries assumed only for convenience of description

Question: Does this concept already exist in mathematics (set theory?), linguistics, neurology, or some other field of endeavour?



I am a self-trained amateur, not a scholar.

I find that at least one other person has used the term "Fuzzy SSD". I am not laying claim to that term.

Thank you.

Jung described Zen as the melding of the subconscious with the conscious to be fully, wholly conscious. I can't think of a better description than that. Tolle distinguishes between pure consciousness and connected consciousness. The mind is connected consciousness and arises from pure consciousness. I recently passed a difficult certification exam. My mind said that I had failed. All logic suggested that outcome. But I knew/felt/experienced elation, that I had passed. This was immediately after the exam. One could say that I was elated just to be out of there, but two weeks later, I received confirmation that I had indeed passed. If you are run by your mind and only believe what your mind tells you, you are not using all your consciousness, only a subset of it. Tapping into pure consciousness is more art than science it appears, but meditation, quieting the mind, mind control, is one way, one path to get there.
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