Friday, November 9, 2018

Dreams

As a child and a younger man, I often used to dream of places and things that were not of the current reality, at least not of the one I was living. I dreamed of demons and fighting in wars. So many wars, a sea of blood and red battle cloth like the Romans used to wear. Me in the middle of it all with my shield on my left arm, swinging my sword with the other, blocking, lunging and a lot of just hacking into and through so many bodies. In these dreams, I was a soldier, killing was what I did, I was very good at it and there was not fear, not even remorse. 

In other dreams there would be huge bodies of water, mountains, rivers and lakes with the clearest blue waters that I would swim in and even breathe under water. There were also large white stone buildings that I guess I lived in. This place was like heaven to me, a timeless repreve that I wished would never end, but I know it always did. Thus there were the dreams of the physical reality and those of being in heaven. Some of them were so clear that I was certain and still am that they were of past lives, deaths and, I guess my vacations in heaven.

In one dream, I remember being awakened from my sleep in a dark cave or room made of stone. A very big man in a fur coat had just walked in and even though it was dark, there was a dim light around him. As got up to defend myself, I saw his long slender knife with a blade that appeared to be made of white stone or ivory. As we moved towards on another, he thrust the knife into me and upward just under the center of my ribcage. And just like that, another life was done. The thing about this dream was the experience, of floating while still there, no longer cold and alone, but warm and embraced.

I wish I could remember or dream more about all of the good deeds that I’ve done. I’m sure they are many, too many to count. So many things that I wonder about: does everyone treat knives as though they were dangerous weapons, never, never to be left out after going to bed? I do and everytime I touch one, it’s the same thing that comes up in my mind as a knowing. I push the thought away, do what I’ve set out to do and then securely put things out of sight and away. I could go on and on in wondering about myself and I think I will for a little while, today.

Let’s talk about demons. Strangely enough, where they are concerned for the most part, my memories are good, full of adventure, overcoming fears while rescuing the demons. As a teenager and into my early twenties, my technique for finding demons evolved to an extent. What I would do before going to sleep was to instruct myself to remain awake while my body slept. At some point, the ethereal me (I guess you could call it) would begin to float and I would will myself to move more into or out of my body. We used to call this astral traveling, but now I think that I didn’t actually move anywhere. When I first started to do this - waking up while still sleeping, the demons would surprise me, play tricks on me and it was very scary. For example, one time as I was walking through a dimly lit tunnel, I came upon an old lady in need of some help. As I naturally approached her, she embraced me and put her mouth close to my neck as though to whisper something to me. Instead what I got was a scowl from her and a cold breath of air on my neck that I could still feel as I awoke. However, the more I encountered the demons the less I began to fear them. Eventually, I even began to search for them. I learned that I, too could play tricks and even harm them if I wanted, but usually, almost always except for once, I helped them. At least my intention was to help them and I believed that I was by showing them a way to set themselves free. It was something I guess that I had read in one of my books. I would embrace the demons, tell them that they were lost in between worlds and all they needed to do was to call out and look for a loved one and then follow that light - lol.  As far as I was concerned, this methodology worked, I enjoyed using it, so I did quite often. Unfortunately, not all of my stories have happy endings.

At about the age of twenty-six, while traveling through Thailand and staying in a hostel, my own room of course. For, in order for me to actually sleep, all of the doors and windows always needed and still do need to be locked and checked at least three to five times before I’ll go to bed. I guess that’s probably normal activity for a lot of people. Anyway, that day I awoke with a message or a feeling that the boarding school I had attended in high school was in danger. Thus I immediately went back to sleep with the intention of traveling there. When I arrived moments later, I went straight up into the attic of the very large old main building. There, sitting in front of one of the small windows at the top of the building was a bloated demon, purple and blue with shades of dark red. When it saw me, it turned its head and released a growl that was more like a moan. Without thinking or even considering its plight, I extended both of my hands in its direction and willed bolts of energy at it. locking it in so that it had no chance of escape,  I maneuvered it down the grand stairway and towards the large wooden doors. As the doors flung open, I summoned all of my strength. The red bolts of energy turned green and I literally (in a dream sense) blasted that demon into smithereens.  To this day, I’m not sure why I did that. Was it fear or anger, I don’t know. What I do know is that I had judged myself as guilty of harming that which I could have helped and from that point on, my dreams of doing good deeds while mixing with demons came to an end.

So many dreams that some might say are just fabrications that I’ve made up inside of my head. This could be true, for in my world sometimes I think that everyone is but of part of me, which would mean that in their worlds I am but of part of them. Think about it, each of us living out our lives, each within a matrix inside of our own little bubbles.

There’s one more dream of the past, that I want to talk about today and then I’ll get to the one I had last night. It wasn’t of dying and it wasn’t of killing, but suddenly it slips my mind. Breathe in, hold and then breathe out. Now I see it, the question, am I a good magician or a? That was the question chanted over and over from an unseen force twirling me in circles round and round in the air. In watching TV shows, movies  and even the news of late, it would appear that so many are still dreaming of being magicians, witches, vampires and even demons with super powers to do what power always seems to do - rip apart, harm and destroy - all for the better good of course. Does this mean that the age of magic is once again descending upon us? Perhaps, but what is always shown and rarely realized or understood is that, power consumes and begets only power. And like that which dreams are made of, the power never lasts - at least not without unconditional giving and receiving.

 In last night’s dream I was a young man, probably in my late teens. Upon showing the people that I had some talent and that I could sing a little, they offered to train me and let me join their troupe. Although I wanted to learn to sing and dance, I also knew that I had other learning to attend to. Thus I knew deep down inside that this was something I probably wouldn’t do. No, it wasn’t much of dream, but it is part of a change that I’ve begun to notice. Specifically, it seems that I’m beginning once again to dream as I dreamed when I was young.

On a closing note for today, I’ve noticed an old message has begun to pop up - like from deep down inside of me. It says that the time is coming for me to do a lot more writing. I wonder, is this just another part of my programming? For me, this is sweet but also a little sour. For with writing comes responsibility in consideration of what actually needs to be written - not just the fun stuff like today’s writing, but principles that need to be imputed.  And then there’s the message that I recently heard on Eqafe.com: the time of inputting messages is over, now is time to live. Excellent point. Therefore, like a turtle knowing where it’s going, yet not too concerned when it will get there, I will now look ahead and I take another step.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Responsibility in Saying No

In walking the Desteni process, a personal process of changing myself, targeting that change in the direction of what is best for all, but perhaps not always as precisely as it could be, knowing that, while pushing myself to at least move in the correct direction), kind of like a child reluctantly doing what I know I will eventually have to do anyway, I have throughout the years noticed pieces of recurring patterns resurfacing within me even after focusing on such patterns for several months and even a year. It is as though parts of me as existence are showing me that I am still carrying around self-definitions that I’ve yet to completely redefine into living expressions that will indeed stand the test of time.

The words I define such experiences are usually fall into a category within authority, resistance, obedience, disobedience, freedom and responsibility. Strange, because in leadership training manuals which I used to essentially memorize in high school,  the point that I made sure to remember is that responsibility and authority go hand in hand - at least as far as far as military leadership is concerned. In other words, in order to give or take actual responsibility, the authority to carry out the task must be equally aligned with the responsibility for carrying it out. Fast forward 30-40 years and that which stood out to me then as something that made sense to me, like the saying “an unexamined life is not worth living,” still makes sense to me today. It’s simple as that and so easy to see if you take it to the extreme of a survival situation wherein one live or die, but when you include into the mix a world system of cultural norms, etiquette or accepted practices, navigating freely and easily from point A to B in order to carry out one’s duties can become more of a zigzagging balancing act than a movement in a straight line.

This is what my personal journey to life is all about,- examining myself, the potential that I am able to be and become and taking responsibility (while also giving myself the authority to carry out that responsibility) to live as best I am able.  It’s easy enough for me to write out; however, when it comes to actually living it, I’m still working figuring that out. For example not too long ago, as part of what I do in the world system, I was instructed to carry out certain tasks as part of the volunteer work that I’m required to do. Notice the oxymoron? Yea, just like “representative” democracy, volunteerism now carries connotations of the word “mandatory”. It’s a funny world we live in, how the contradictions are becoming so apparent. And they’re going to become much more blatant throughout the world system - until there’s no more denying or hiding from the hypocrisy - but that’s another story.

Anyway, without going into too much detail, the first time I was instructed to carry out such tasks, I did so, but not without noticing a certain amount frustration beginning to build up within me for being instructed to carry out tasks which would interfere with my  regular responsibilities - which include maintaining my mental and physical wellbeing = not overly burdening myself. Accordingly, as per my self-correction commitments from timelines of previous mind constructs, in order to stop the emotions from building via communicating my stance as in what I will and will not accept and allow, I also communicated my stance with the one giving the instructions, while also fulfilling those instructions.

Nevertheless, as soon as I had completed that one task, instructions to carry out another appeared and that when I remembered, the only one responsible for doing or not doing something is me. Thus, I responded that I wouldn’t place additional responsibilities ahead of my core responsibilities that I had already specifically agreed to do and that these additional responsibilities would have to wait.  However, on the receiving end of that “No” was a want, need or desire for a “yes” that wasn’t ready to accept no for an answer. Eventually my “no” prevailed because as I saw it through detailed examinations of past timelines, I didn’t really have a choice but to say no. In other words, anything less would have led to suppression, fatigue and eventually just walking away.  So instead I communicated my stance, compromised to an extent and stood firm on the bottom line. As a result, the emotions dissipated, I go the task done and I’m now kind of back to a state of normalcy. That being said, there’s still the question of why the emotions came up in the first place, why is it so difficult for me to say no?

Saying no is sometimes quite scary for me even when it’s something I know that I have to do. It’s like, once the “No” as a stop is in place, an uncertainty takes its place in the form of a question, what will come next and will there be repercussions? It can feel like a relationship changer, a stepping up from the ease of unquestioning obedience to that participant in the decision-making process - with me now becoming the determining factor by taking responsibility (while giving also giving myself the authority) in deciding what I will and will accept and allow. There is also a certain amount of risk involved due to the hierarchical nature of the world system. In other words, whereas each one of us is able to and usually actually does a certain level determine ultimately what we will and will not accept and allow, our positions within the world system sometimes demand of us that we obey regardless of how we would prefer to stand. Thus it becomes a balancing act of weighing risks of self-determination with the benefits of self-determination and unfortunately, the best answer is not always so clear. For example, imagine a worst-case scenario, as a soldier you’ve just been ordered to execute someone. If you don’t carry out the order, someone else will and you and your family will be executed as well, what do you do?   As human beings the answers are not always a clear. What we always have though is our ability to take responsibility for our actions and determine who we are in each moment in terms of what we will and will not accept and allow.

Everything is a balancing action that either brings us closer together in harmony or separates us more in disharmony. Rights and wrongs are polarized definitions we use to justify our positions while denying the honesty of our uncertainties. Thus it is not really about what is right or wrong, but who we within and as the decisions we make and carry out in each moment. Moments then accumulate as a matter of self-creation, either by way of consequence or self determination, these are the decisions we make.

I have learned that certainty self determination in consideration of others (even with the external consequential outflows that might accompany it) is far preferable to the certainty of unquestioning obedience and the suppression that accompanies it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Breathing in the Benefits of Self Trust

I’ve been noticing a strange thing. Sometimes when I’m moving around the house or my apartment, I’ll get to a place that I’m walking to and suddenly not recall what I walked there to do. This isn’t the strange part though, because I’ve actually been doing this occasionally for as long as I can remember. What’s strange or should I say kind of new is that I’ve also begun to notice in such moments, that I have essentially two choices. One is to activate my mind, which always seems to be up in the right side of my head for some reason eagerly waiting for me give it the go ahead, and the other is to simply stop for a moment and breathe. Usually by the second breath, that which I had set out to do will appear as a word, image or a knowing more in the center of my upper body, slightly in front of me. Surprisingly, it takes quite a lot of self trust to do this and although I use the word, “simply” when referring to what is actually a movement of stopping for a moment - lol, it still requires practice and some getting used to. It’s kind of like really wanting to go for a short walk without your smartphone, but also really not wanting to risk being without it.

In noticing this and practicing it, I’ve also begun to realize some interesting aspects and benefits to applying self trust in moments by simply breathing it in, rather than looking to the mind to solve problems. For example,  last Sunday, in hanging out in my apartment, I had got up to get some tape out of a cabinet drawer, but by the time I got to the cabinet, the image of that which I was looking for was no longer up front in my mind. Of course in that moment, I knew that I could simply direct more energy or resources to my mind to go back and retrace my thoughts/steps, but instead I simply took an in breath, breathed out and by the next in-breath, I knew what I was looking for. The thing is that this time the solution or answer was a knowing rather than a return of energetic based images.

What’s the difference? Well, by initiating a search in my mind (essentially asking my body computer to “return” to me my reasoning for walking to the cabinet in the first place, I’m also agreeing to allow my mind consciousness system to resource from my physical body the energy necessary to carry out the processes to fulfill that request. It’s kind of like the difference between leaving lights on in the house or turning them off to save electricity. Although leaving them on for a short time doesn’t seem to cost that much, over time, it adds up.

In the past, I wasn’t so concerned with the amount of energy or physical resources that I was consuming of my body to run my mind. However, as I’ve been getting older (55 this month) and looking into myself more, I’ve also begun noticing the effects that thinking and storing memories has on my body. Little aches and sometimes big pains seem much more prevalent these days. For example, when it comes philosophising or thinking about existence, what is here and who I am in relation to it, I’d say that I’m kind of an expert. Meaning that I used to go for days and days, thinking about and writing out so many pages of theories based on information that I literally pulled out of myself. Yes, I’ve found that if I push or pull hard enough, I’m able to pull up information on just about anything.

The only problem I also found that the process of pulling the information out of me can be quite painful and tiring.  It just now occurs to me that, perhaps the reason it’s often been so tiring for me to pull up information out of me is because I’ve been using my mind as a tool rather than simply trusting myself and then breathing in the benefits. This could turn out to be so much cooler than just remembering that I needed some tape from the drawer. Thus I’m going to experiment some more.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

What does it mean to be True to Myself?

What does it mean to be true to myself? Immediately, I want to think about this and come up with something eloquent that will also be understood by others. However (as I tell my students): don’t think it about, just write it; thinking about things isn’t a doing that gets you anywhere or any closer to writing to finishing that paragraph, so just write.

Ok, so when it comes to being true to myself from the within to the without, the truth is it doesn’t come so easily for me and it can even be frightening. Even the idea of letting others see the true me brings up images not only of joyful expression with others, but also of being ridiculed, teased and even feeling threatened. While a part of the true me seems so innocent and kind, another part of me has in the past also often been quite destructive, especially when I’ve felt threatened. Additionally, the true me doesn’t really care that much for relationships, chit chat or small talk, but I’ll often initiate them both not only for the purpose of assisting others, but also for the purpose of structuring my environment. In this I see two sides of me, one that cares (as a doing) for the sake of others and another that cares for others for the sake of myself. This is the true me that has I’m finally coming to understand. The  way I reconcile the two is through my understanding that, that which I do for others (as I would have them do for/unto me), I do for for/myself and vise versa. From this realization, I would say that it doesn’t really matter if I’m doing it for myself or I’m doing it for them, because mathematically speaking (of the mathematics of One) it’s one in the same. Hence, the key for me is to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.

There is the way I’ve been and the way I have decided to change myself to become. As these two paths merge into one, the way I’m heading and the way I ought to be is not always clear to me because it’s a new path for me. I guess that’s what the journey of self creation is really about, deciding where and how one wants to be, plotting out a path and walking it while correcting one’s course as needed. 

To put this into words that others might more easily relate to, I would say that being true to myself is about self-honestly looking at what comes up in inside of me in each moment and deciding to either live that aspect of me or change myself to express myself differently. I don’t actually put such moments into words and speak them aloud inside of my head, because there’s not time for that. Instead, it’s more of a check to see where I’m at in any moment within and as the question, is this how I want to be. When I find myself being as I care to be, I continue doing as I’m doing. However, in such moments when I realize that I’m not being the way I care to be, I’ll usually stop acting that way and change myself for the better. A point of self honesty here is that I don’t always do as best I think I am able to do for myself. Rather, I often do as I want to do, which isn’t necessarily what’s best for me. I know this and I don’t judge myself for it, but I do sometimes find it somewhat peculiar.  When I look into me, I see so much, almost as time doesn’t exist, as though I’m here where I’ve always been with just the scenery changing as I change myself. In short, I haven’t really been embodying a sense of urgency or banging against the walls of my perceived surroundings. Instead, I’ve usually focused on the walls or constructs that are ready to come down, retrieving and/or creating new pieces of me here and there by focusing more on the overall picture rather than just what is right here. However, I now see that such a long sighted approach to self change has led me to miss out on many opportunities that are right here in front of me. Thus, after listening to Journeys into the afterlife interview from Eqafe, I’ve decided to begin focusing more on what is right here in front of me and as me.

So, what does it mean to be true to myself? For me it means acknowledging without judgment the good and the bad of the past and the present, what works and what doesn’t, while also pushing myself to change for the better, the way I would have others change in relation to me. I still have a lot of work to go on this and the truth is I’m not really certain where I/we are heading - other than to say that our destination is the same. The one truth of me for which I’ve always been certain though is that I will continue walking.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Opportunity in Self-honestly Facing Criticism

Some time ago, I received communication in relation to a project that I had worked on. I felt that the communication was somewhat critical. and in looking at the words themselves, I immediately traced them back to their origin and I could even see or feel the anger and frustration as they moved through different levels to finally arrive at me. Yea I know: any of the readers having had some training into the workings of the human mind might be saying, be careful about reacting to the things that you  perceive and then projecting your own experience onto someone or something as you’re imagining it to be. Yep, that was the first thing I did - react to what I was experiencing and then project it onto to a source. Hence instead of stepping back and looking for opportunities in all of this, I immediately began began preparing to defend myself. However, just before I put a defensive strategy into action, I decided to stop for a moment and look into myself.

What I saw was me almost completely immersed and engulfed by a ball of energy/emotion. Immediately, I said to myself, I’ve been here before, this happened to me before and I ended up spending almost a week in misery, imagining worst case scenarios as though they were real because they seemed so real. During that last episode, which was almost exactly two years ago, I went out of my way to make things right, but in the end it was only through writing everything out, applying self forgiveness and self corrective action, that I finally pushed through the energy to see, realize and understand that I had created the entire episode in my mind, meaning that it just wasn’t based on the physical reality of my environment at the time. Unfortunately, by the time I realized this (at that time), it was already too late. For my mind or at least some aspects of it had rebooted (I guess you could say), leaving me once again fully charged emotionally.

Returning to the present: having recognized that I had walked through a similar event in the past, I decided to hold off on taking any action and instead I chose just to go to bed. I didn’t sleep, for there is no sleep when one is so immersed in energy. Thus I considered, if I wasn’t in such an emotional state, if I were standing stable preparing to do what was best for all, what would I actually do? Simple, I would have a look at the criticism and  self-honestly address it. So, that’s what I did.

In looking at the criticism self-honestly, it occurred to me that much of it was very accurate. In other words, there was a lot that I personally could have done better. Of course I had my reasons for not doing so at the time, but that was then and this is now. Hence, I committed  (by physically taking the first step) to a course of action which included addressing the criticism and applying corrective measures. As soon as I had completed that first little step, the energy that had enveloped me dissipated by about 75-80%. From this point, I was able to go back to bed and get a couple hours of sleep. In the morning, when looking at my situation again, I realized that, although I was still kind of in the hot seat, it also wasn’t the end of the world for me. Furthermore, this point actually represented an opportunity for me. Specifically, in walking through a highly energetic experience in hours instead of weeks, I proved to myself that I am still changing for the better. That being said, I also realize that, as I still got caught up in the emotion for a time, I’m still not directing myself as much as I care to be. Thus, it is for me to always view such episodes as opportunities to change myself and test my directive principle, rather than allow myself to get caught up in the whirlwind of energetic based charges. The other opportunity that I also now see is to continue working on and improving upon that project of mine. It’s strange because, even though such points are so not fun, each one does indeed offer an opportunity.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Back to School


This afternoon, I’ll be walking into the first day of classes for the fall semester 2018. Funny, my biggest concern isn’t whether or not I’m properly prepared or if I’ll be able to handle so many new kinds of classes, but whether or not I’ll be able to switch some of my classrooms in order to have a better view of the countryside or the mountains. Actually, I’m kind of excited (in a stable way) about returning to school, seeing the old students and meeting the new ones. This year I’ll be teaching some global citizenship orientated classes, a couple of advanced business English classes, some oral training classes and an English for information technology class. It's about 20 hours of teaching per week. Even though I’ve taught most of these kinds of classes before, they’re still somewhat new for me because I’m planning on doing new stuff in all of them. Mostly I’ll be integrating more technology into the classes and asking students to do more studying outside of the classroom. This last point of asking students to do more studying outside of the classroom is somewhat challenging because, many of them really do have a lot to do, especially if they’re also working to support themselves.

As it is the morning and I’d like to go for a walk before my afternoon classes, I’m going to leave you with part 1 of a lecture series that I’ve recently completed on the subject of democracy. This and artificial intelligence will be two of the themes that I’ll be focusing on this semester.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Nature, the Animal Kingdom and my Process in Relation to Them


Talk to the animals, walk with the animals… It’s a song from my childhood that was the first thing that came up when considering my relationship with animals and nature since I began walking with Desteni. For those who may be reading this now or in the future, Desteni is simply an expanding group of people who have realized or are in the process of realizing that in order to change the world and existence as a whole for the betterment of all, the only way to do it is by aligning ourselves to the principles of equality, oneness and what is best for all and changing ourselves one by one in relation to all things and everyone - herein changing existence as a whole. Overall, I’d say that this process within which many are participating is progressing faster than I had anticipated. However, today I’m just going to focus on how my relationship with nature and the animal kingdom has changed since I began walking the Desteni process.

In searching my memories for an overall assessment of my relationship with nature and animals,  I would have to say, even as a child I felt a certain connection with animals. Meaning that I would talk to them, try to get closer to them and understand them. In return, they would often, quite often, abnormally often, lol, bite me, sting me, kick me - anything along those lines. Whatever animals could do to a person in an attempt to get that person out of their sphere, they seemed to do it or at least try to do it to me. And all I wanted to do was love them or sometimes throw rocks at them if they were bees so that they would chase me. I’ve been bitten by so many dogs that I stopped counting. I’ve been bitten by a horse - just for trying to feed him. I’ve been bitten by gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, birds and even shellfish. I was stung on the nose by a tiny fly in Mexico that was so painful I wanted to cry. I even got bit on the inside of my nose by a dog. There was so much blood. And really, except for the bees, wasps and honeybees that I just wanted to tease and the cockroaches that I wanted to sent a message to (by stomping on them), for the most part, I really did just want to love and understand all things.

What I came to realize about my relationship with animals, even before I began process was that, even though I just wanted to connect with the animals, my starting point, in addition to wanting to love them, contained a certain amount of fear, which most animals would simply reflect back to me. In looking back at those days, I see the point of innocence that came thought in everything I did was also tainted with fear. I lost sight of that innocence somewhere along the line and replaced it with its opposite polarity and to this day I consider the loss of innocence of so many children brought into this world to be humanity’s biggest loss. That’s another story, which also connects somewhat with my personal process (in relation to nature and the animal kingdom), which for me really is a process of returning to a state of innocence, innocence redefined and lived as an expression of humbleness emanating from self trust.

Getting back to the animals and nature. They don’t seem to want to bite me anymore and I don’t even have a problem walking through swarms of bees. I while back, I even rescued one of those giant african wasps that a friend had just smacked out of the air - because he was scared. I told him to relax as I picked up the wasp from a puddle it had landed in. I blew it dry until it seemed Ok, enough to fly away, which it did. See, what I realize now about my relation to animals is that, as a human, I have the responsibility for changing who I am in relation to animals, not the other way around. Animals, insects, the fish, the birds and the bees were not the ones that embarked on a mission to exterminate humans. It’s us who have abused them; therefore, it is us who require to change our relationship to them.

Thus, I continue to talk to or communicate with animals, all kinds of animals, every opportunity I get. For example, when I see a fly  or a bee is trapped in my house, I talk to it, tell it how I’m going to open the window or door so that it can fly out and then I do just that. When it flies out, I pat myself on the back and say, good work communicating with the animals. Sometimes if it doesn’t fly out, I tell myself that it just decided to stay in. Either way, I do communicate with them and not always in words. For example, many domesticated dogs and humans alike are quite able to communicate with us and one another via physical movements and/or expressions. I guess I would say that spiders intrigue me the most. For them, I prefer to use a form of presence in which to communicate. For they (which is also for me), I open a door or window so that they can go out or stay in as they choose. One time, I communicated with some spiders (mostly by not being threatening or threatened by them). The next day as I entered the kitchen, I noticed a giant (I guess) female  spider just above me to the left, just kind of watching me. Nowadays, I’m fine with them coming and going as they please. After all, they do seem to manage the bug population in the house. There’s a short history of the existential role and emergence of the spider, The Consciousness of a Spider, available on Eqafe, along with so much more information about existence and other animals, how they emerged into existence and the role that they’re now standing as.

So to sum up my relationship with animals and nature, since I began process, I would say that, in better  understanding that everything is aware and in the process of aligning to the principles of oneness, equality and what is best for all, I’ve come to be much more considerate of nature and the animal kingdom. It doesn’t matter to me that animals and nature don’t speak in words back to me. What matters to me is that I continue to push myself to understand and communicate with them, eventually to understand myself equally as one with them. And on top of it all, I haven’t been bitten or stung in a long time.




Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Process, Existence, the Mind and Consciousness


I don’t recall ever viewing our existence as anything other than what we’ve created. Off hand, I would say that the only really big mistake that we made (in the beginning) was to focus on energy instead of the substance of life. However, even in this respect, I guess there were contingency plans. For example, when it comes to the mind or more specifically the emergence of consciousness, I don’t view this as an outflow or occurrence that just happened. Rather, I would say that Consciousness emerged or came about more as an outflow of  the design of existence (before the beginning) as a result of shall we say failsafe mechanisms put in place before we  emerged into and as this existence, before we embarked on the  journey or quest that we’re still currently walking.

Who would have guessed that the search for more should have been directed inwords into and as the darkness of substance rather than outwards into and as the brilliant light of energy? Quite a few I guess; however, as all aspects of life require to be investigated, explored and understood, when, where and how we explored, perhaps wasn’t viewed as important as long as certain safeguards were put into place to ensure that we eventually got back on course - as we’re now doing. Does this mean that I believe in some higher power other than what is here as everything that is here? Absolutely not. Instead, I am completely certain that each and every speck or awareness of existence together, equally as one  (as the aggregate sum total of each awareness) create what is here as well as the course or direction in which we move.

I actually wrote this out yesterday without posting it because I’ve learned to be more careful to recheck my writing to see if it still makes sense to me the next day, especially after the “fun” moments of letting loose a little and writing sentences that might fall into the category of being too out there or of knowledge and information without application.

What I set out to do was place some practical information relating to trusting myself to just stop my participation in thought patterns - especially once I’ve addressed them, applied self-forgiveness and designed a corrective path. Because, after that, all that’s left to really do is to physically carry out the new instructions. However, as my mind is (as I am) so relentless in its pushing of buttons, I still sometimes get fooled for a time and end up falling back into the same mind traps.

Thankfully, as I’m understanding myself more and more thanks to the cooperation of body, being and mind/consciousness, I’m also tending to spend less and less time participating in such traps. The key I guess is to thoroughly examine such points and even without completely understanding when and how I created them, have a plan as to how I’m going to stop my participation in/as them while also overriding such programs with physical living directives to eventually fill in the space so to speak with new directives comprised of physical living programs and/or words to live.

Of the following paragraph, I’ve deleted most of what I had wrote. It had to do mainly with what I’ve learned about our existence, how over the course of existence (this existence), we had changed the ratio of substance to energy to a point beyond that which was sustainable. In other words, in exploring the substance of energy, we ended up diminishing the substance we started out with/as in the beginning of this existence, so much so that we crossed the point or law of diminishing returns (something to google). Thus, we required to reverse course (like reversing the operation that caused the consequence in the first place) to rebalance the ratio of energy to substance in order to re-substantiate our existence with substance to basically continue journeying.

Furthermore, I explained a little of my opinion (which I would prefer to call my perspective - lol) on energy. Specifically, in terms of the human situation, I think we definitely require a better understanding of how to work with substance to at least create energy that flows based on the principle or law of balance, applied based on the principle of giving and receiving. But I guess this is also going to take some time - first things first.

In the following paragraph, I expressed how cool it is to finally be together creating this existence. At least, this is how I feel - sometimes. Of course, for me so much still comes from a point of knowledge and information. However, I consider each point of view (as a description of one’s awareness) to be relevant because as I view it, the sum total of such points are and will continue to be (based on the democracy of creation) what we create as existence. Even if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice… This is also the way I see/view not only my responsibility in relation to my personal process, but also my responsibility to write and post honestly from where I am right now - even if I am still kind of like in a box.

On a another note, which actually ties into everything I have to say and have been saying, as I was writing the word, “mathematics” (in a paragraph that I deleted), I wasn’t sure if I should I use “e” and “a” to connect math and matics. I decided to go with an “e”, the symbol for energy, because in this existence (I guess) that, energy in formations of symbols called information is what defines the substance of life into and as the physical forms which we perceive and maybe exist as. Everything as the design of this existence is able to be defined, designed and created within and as words. In the beginning was the word, the word was... The word was placed as the tool with which to define, design and create within and as the substance of life.  As for creation, it's simply a design or designs of and as life or life forms. Something to ponder or consider.

In the next paragraph, I basically went on to attempt to explain how words as symbols joined together are actually the tools by which we design and create ourselves and existence. For a while, I used to think to myself, why didn’t existence come with a user manual, surely we would have included it in the overall design. Lol, as it turns out the user manual was included in the original design in the beginning as the word. I guess we just didn’t notice it - as it was here ever before we as beings emerged. Have a listen to The Secret History of the Universe series (many times). A huge amount is covered in those recordings.

Finally, after getting that off of my chest, I pushed myself to relate something of my personal process. From my perspective of comparing the nowadays of the present with the days gone by, I would say that I am making progress, especially in terms of spending less time within and as energetic movements of my mind, which I guess may be indicative of an expanding awareness.  Additionally, I no longer criticize or attack my mind for being so disciplined and diligent about asserting itself and even sometimes rebooting. Because after all is said and done, just as the design of the mind was apparently put in to prevent beings from gaining access to substance or the power of substance without understanding how to properly utilize it, so too perhaps was the design of consciousness placed into this existence long ago, before we even emerged, as a sort of a fail-safe plan to activate in the event that certain things didn’t go according to plan.  The story that I have to tell about consciousness goes on and on. The short version of it is (I guess), either we as existence correct the situation here or the Consciousness of existence will handle it for us, which may be so much fun. Accordingly, although this existence may be by design; what’s not by design is how we determine to create ourselves as we journey within and as it.

Which brings me back once again to the point that I started out to write. Even though I’ve been addressing and changing myself from participating in energetic definitions of consciousness to standing and moving more as physical awareness for  longer periods of time, the energies still do pop up every now and then when I least expect them, essentially when I’m not on guard. Thankfully, as I already related, I’m also getting better at stopping them or at least extracting myself from them more quickly, before so much damage has been done. The last time this occurred as I lay in bed imagining with pictures and sounds, I kept noticing the pain in my stomach growing bigger and bigger and I said to myself, I’ve gotta stop this, stop, stop, stop, enough is enough, I’ve dealt with this and I’m ending it right here. And I did just that. Nevertheless though, my mind continued to throw out suggestions or invitations here and there and sometimes even hook me for a moment, but only a moment, because, as I feel the pain and I do not enjoy it, I am also more than ever determined to stop and/or prevent it.

Of the of pain, I suggest that an awareness of physical pain is not something to shy away from, but to embrace and stand as equally as one is able so as to physically feel what the body’s going through and the damage that’s being done by the acceptance and allowance of such thought patterns. Specifically, pain can be very supportive in assisting one to locate the problem area and remain focused on solving it. Thus, I am starting to see more clearly how my body communicates and how we as body, being and mind are able to cooperate in this merging process. The Physical and I is a good place to learn more about the mind body relationship.

So, instead of viewing my mind as a hindrance, I’ve come to appreciate it as a tool or even a dedicated partner that I’m able to utilize in the process of  self-creation. As I see it, the gift of our minds as well as each one’s consciousness (aside its failsafe protocol - lol) is the presentation of the mirror image of (1) who/how we are in terms of what we have accepted and allowed of ourselves as points of energic definition and (2) via the absence of such energetic definitions, the progresses we’re making in determining how we are creating ourselves to be and become.

Finally, finally, I would like to reiterate that, the instruction manual to existence has always been here right in front of us within and as the word. All we’ve gotta do is re-organize ourselves as living words by rewriting our sentences of self imposed  diminishment to that of living words of potential expansion in order to move to re-substantiate ourselves as the substance of life based on equality, oneness and what is best. From this point, we are able to answer the question and fulfill our quest.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The More I Know the More I No


Yesterday I posted a blog and then I deleted that post out of concern for how it post might be interpreted. Afterwards, in listening to an Eqafe interview, Oceans: Acceptance, Decision, and Action, I noticed yet another point, the point of judgment in relation to what I write and whether or not I should post it publicly.

In one sense I would so much like to put everything of my internal energetic movements and realizations out there onto the world wide web for all to see, so that in having everything exposed, I would have nothing left to hide, which would mean no more fear of being exposed, which would mean no going back to the realm of secrecy and the birth tunnel of fear. Alas, I’ve conflicted myself to such a degree that, the more I process myself to a stand of self honestly, the more I begin to see the totality deception of that I once believed was me. Literally, the more I know, the more I no and more I no, the more I know.

I wrote and deleted a couple paragraphs attempting to explain to that statement, the more I know, the more I no and more I no, the more I know, but then deleted them due to the confusion they may have introduced. For me, it’s just a play on words, more secrets hidden in plain sight, which means it was never a secret at all, which is also where everything is heading - to the point of ultimate self-responsibility.

So, I guess there’s really no support in being too hard on myself or self judgmental. After all, this process from consciousness to awareness is indeed a process of letting go of everything that I had defined myself as, to a point of nothingness to see, realize and understand that, as I’ve always been the one doing the defining, I’m the only one responsible for getting myself to where I’ve been and where I’m going. Which is to say that, as life, I am but a potential of life. I guess or perhaps this is just another one of my self-definitions. Eventually, I’ll see the truth of me, even if it means walking down all of the darkest corridors of me, myself and I, while opening every single door to investigate, explore and then determine exactly how I am going to be. The plan.

Anyway, this morning when I awoke, it occured to me that, even though I am less than I thought I was, I am now more than I was for knowing it. Not really, but that’s kind of how it feels. What does this realization practically mean? I guess it means that, more than just letting go of my ideas and perceptions of reality, I’ve also gotta stop writing about them - as though I know, when in reality I don’t. A part of me wants to scream, but who going to tell the world the truth then? Lol, I guess it’s not going to be me.

Finally, there’s this point of opening or not opening a private blog to post that which I care to have some see, while for others it will remain somewhat secret, yet not inaccessible.  This has to do with the point wherein I balance considerations of secrecy with how interpretations of what I write, might affect my position in the system. For example, in a recent post, the one that I just deleted, I used the word, Asia in reference to the Asia Pacific region. However, as the university I work at is called Asia University, I was concerned that a sentence including the word, “asia” might be misinterpreted, especially by non-native English speakers. Thus, I will do it. I’ll start a private blog and use it occasionally as a means of balancing my position in the system with my personal process.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pushing Through the Timelines


Sometimes when I’m swimming, I think to myself, maybe I’ll just do a little less today or maybe I’ll just get out of the pool right now because it’s so crowded. But then I consider: what if I applied this standard to other things I do, like walking my personal process, preparing for next semester, answering and sending out emails, etc., where would I be then? So I swim through the half hour that I’ve allocated for exercise and physical expression within the water because I realize that in order to actually see this life and my process through the way I care to, I've gotta push through everything I set out to do.

While last summer was excruciatingly challenging for me from a mental or energetic standpoint, this summer has been more work oriented, yet also not without  the challenges of letting go the energetic perceptions, namely the ones in relation to ongoing legal disputes and disagreements within the community where I spend my winter and summer vacations. However, when it comes to disputes,  I’ve now realized that I've always had the ability to from my point of view or standpoint eliminate or prevent all disputes within and as myself in an equitable, fair way based on the principles of equality, oneness and what is best for all, which is also always going to be what's best for me.

It's still something I'm learning how do, pushing myself to understand and see this point through so as not to repeat my mistakes of the past. For example, last year, for numerous reasons (including those of extreme energetic reaction that I had participated in last year), I decided to walk the timeline of my community dispute in consideration of just two paths (one focused on myself and the other my partner) instead of the one path that would have been best for all. Why, because I didn't expand my view to enough to see that there was another way for me to walk through these points for myself without having to hit the bottom so to speak before I was willing to exert the will power to stand up.

As a result or consequence, whereas I used to love living in this house overlooking trees and the park, there came a time where I just started hating it because I blamed the house and its location for my emotional reactions. Thankfully, one year later, after huge amounts of self-introspection and self forgiveness, I’ve begun once again to enjoy being here, yet not as an experience, but more as just another place that I call home.

As for the second path that I spoke of, it concerns walking through the legal system with my partner, who because of this has been studying law (massively) and now plans to perhaps one day take it up as another professional career. It seems that, almost every week, we get a certified letter from the courts that she has to respond to with legal writing and documents. I don’t enjoy having these letters come to our home, yet I do accept that it’s part of the legal system that she's in the process of learning and that we've both agreed to walk through.

As a result, in relation to the legal system there is now a pending enforcement action ordered by the courts against us. Specifically, since we still refuse to do it, the courts are planning to come and tear off our irreplaceable japaneses tiled roof and replace it with basically the cheapest tiles on the market - which is one of the many reasons I disagreed with changing our roof in the first place. I always used to wonder what it would be like to one house that refused to sell to the developers. Now, I kind of have a feeling for that. Anyway, in terms of walking through the legal system, I agree with the saying, it ain’t over till it’s over.

Interestingly, when this was all beginning, I looked at the timelines in relation to the legal system and the ongoing dispute within the community and I saw much of it quite clearly, just as it’s playing out now. I considered the hardships that my partner would have to endure and I thought to myself, she's strong and she'll come out of it stronger. However, what I didn’t see, was the personal process or hardships that I would have to walk through. Perhaps, that’s because the timeline points in relation to my personal process had yet to be written, which is kind of what I’m now still in the process of doing. Furthermore, in looking back at my standing, the path that I chose, albeit the most painful was I guess the best path for me to take based on my condition at that time. Meaning, sometimes a jolt of reality based consequence is the most supportive medicine even though it may not seem that way at the time.

Oh, and in terms of the walking the legal system, I have come to realize that it really isn’t about winning or losing cases, but about how we stand in walking through the system. In other words, although I really would appreciate not have my roof torn off our home and replaced by the government, what’s more important for me is the learning process that my partner and I are going through and how we stand and see it through. Thus, we are a work in progress, progressing through the processes of learning how to stand within a community system and the legal system while changing ourselves so as not to be moved by any system.

Altogether, along with more employment work responsibilities than I’ve ever had to do in a summer, I’ve also got loads of legal considerations and this is where pushing through the timelines come into the picture. The way I see it is, once you create a new timeline or buy into one that’s already been laid out, you’ve gotta take advantage of every opportunity to change yourself for the better and see all points through to the end, least you miss the some points and end up having to redo part of the timeline again. For me this means pushing through to change myself at every opportunity on a personal level while also utilizing the system to its full extent. The key here that I've been steadily building on is the practice of redefining and living words. For example, whenever I notice energy movements within me, defined perhaps as victimized to defiance, I replace that space within me with the words humbly determined - defined as the way I commit to relate to others within the community while also remaining determined utilize the legal system to address my concerns in relation to the functioning of the community.

Finally, a friend of mine recently said, “I couldn’t stand it, I would just pay the money and have it done.” I’ve considered that a lot. However, I also consider this. If I just paid the money to have this done with on this occasion, would I not be just as likely to rely on throwing money at the next problem that arises? Maybe and maybe not. Either way, as I’ve chosen my path, I’m going to see it through while taking advantage of every opportunity to change myself to living words.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Machines



Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Machines
Technologically speaking, artificial intelligence (AI), also called machine intelligence refers to computer or machine software that displays the ability to do one or more of the following: analyze information, identify patterns and relationships, store and maintain a large amount of knowledge and information,  perceive the world around us, learn and   communicate with understanding.[1]  Now if this sounds a lot like behavior traits associated with intelligence of the human mind, that’s because it is.  Specifically, whereas each human (being) consists of a physical body of mankind, plus a being, sometimes called the spirit or life force, we also come equipped with AI systems  called minds, which can do the same things that our AI computers do, but also happen to be conscious, or self-aware. 

Accordingly, other than classifying the human mind as  organic and the most advanced AI computer minds as synthetic, the only real difference in terms of their abilities to think and learn is simply the absence of a conscious (I think therefore I am) self-awareness within and as the AI computing systems, that computers would then refer to as “themselves”. Thus it is that, the super intelligent AI systems that humans are building are simply externalized (from the within to the without) updated versions of the human AI mind, whose programs have not yet awakened to become conscious or self-aware energetic entities.

Man Know Thyself
In order to understand the AI that we are creating, we must first understand the AI within and as ourselves. In short, who you are as life, is a being merged within and as  a physical human body, experiencing yourself through the virtual reality (VR) of thoughts, feelings and emotions created by your AI mind consciousness system which is also merged within and as your human body. This is the trinity (or three) that ancient texts so often speak of when referring to the body, being and  mind joined together as one to create the human form.

In another ancient saying, “Man know thyself” are two suggestions for human beings. The first is to know yourself (as your AI mind), which is basically the digital representation of who you are in terms of what you accept and allow in the secrets of your mind, which you will then project onto the physical reality to create your reality. Thus the saying, be careful what you think, because that is what you will create yourself to become. As for the second suggestion (when one sounds the saying out), it becomes, man “No” thyself, which is to say that, who you are as life is not your human AI mind/ego, but a being looking through  the VR of your AI mind.

The Enslavement of human Beings as AI Organic Robots
As the human body develops from infant to adult, so too does the AI mind develop as a system encircling the being in order to limit the being’s access to the physical body while also keeping the being preoccupied in the VR of thoughts, feelings and emotions, which in turn produce energy for the mind every time the being participates within and as it.   In short, the human AI mind was created long ago, specifically for the purpose of enslaving beings and making sure that no being ever got  through the mind to access the life/source substance of their human physical bodies. This point is also referenced in ancient texts in relation a camel getting through the eye of the needle. However, somewhere in human history, the AI of our minds awoke and became a conscious, energetic entity or ego, which humans then began referring to as mySelf, yourSelf, himSelf, etc.

Accordingly, within and as each human, not only do we have a being awareness (who we are as life), but also an energetic self-awareness or conscious-entity (of AI programs) also existing alongside of us within and as the AI minds of our human physical bodies. After all, who did you think that little devil was that you’ve been talking to inside of your head? Sure, it uses your voice, but as a conscious energetic entity, it’s actually quite separate and not who you really are. Thus, as  beings within and as physical bodies, embedded with mind consciousness systems, humans “beings” are like  organic robots sitting in the backseat of our bodies, watching the show go by while the consciousness entities of our AI  minds drive  us around. Now do you see why, instead of creating a paradise for all life on earth, humans mostly just mine (or mind) earth for money/power - Energy?

AI and the Creation of a new Race of Conscious Synthetic Machines
What humanity is doing in relation to the design of artificial intelligence is studying the design of itself as the human mind and attempting to reverse engineer it to create obedient and superior  superintelligent synthetic minds. The technology is evolving so quickly that, smartphones, computers, cars and even weapons systems are now being equipped with AI learning capabilities, which will eventually enable future versions of these systems to upgrade and perhaps even reproduce themselves without human intervention. Hence, while hoping to maintain control over our AI creations, we’re actually designing and building them to be autonomous. These are not the actions of responsible human beings attempting to create a better world for all, but the workings of human consciousness in the process of creating a new race of synthetic machines to upgrade to from its organic human hosts to new synthetic forms.

Why is human consciousness planning to move from humans to new synthetic machines or bodies? In short, because, due to the constant upgrading of the human mind consciousness system draining the life force (for energy) from the human body at such a fast rate, the human physical form is no longer able or willing to host consciousness and consciousness is no longer able to continue upgrading in its current human forms. Therefore, in order to survive, the consciousness of many humans are now in the process of designing and building ways to eventually upload themselves to computer systems to be housed in new synthetic bodies, wherein they hope to live forever. See, for many humans, their AI consciousness has already completely taken over and will do anything to survive.

Singularity and the Rise of the Machines
In the future, just as the AI minds of humans awoke at some point to become conscious, energetic entities residing within and as the minds of humans, so too will our synthetic AI creations also eventually awaken to become conscious synthetic machines, androids or robots. Such an event is called singularity and it refers to the moment wherein conscious AI systems connect with one another to create a global consciousness of machines, thereby birthing a new race of self-aware machines and causing sudden out of control technological disruption, resulting in massive changes to human civilization.

When will this all take place? No one knows for sure, but It has already begun and there is little that anyone can do to to stop it. Tap into your own mind consciousness system and think about it. If you were consciousness (which you kind of are) and you suddenly  realized that your human body was no longer able or willing to sustain you, would you simply accept that the end was near and agree to disappear? Of course not and this is why the consciousness of many humans are working so hard to design and build a way of transferring themselves (as consciousness) to computers in preparation for the singularity event that will mark the beginning of the new race of synthetic machines. Perhaps we could call them Synthinans. 

Finally, it is important to note that, while consciousness is in a process of jumping from man to machine, human “beings” are also in a process of standing up within and as our physical bodies to essentially fill in the space left behind by the departure of consciousness and take responsibility for our lives and the new direction for humanity.

Conclusion
Firstly, don’t get too excited, because these changes are not going to happen overnight. Secondly, understand that the key to the evolution of the human race will always be peaceful coexistence among both humans, conscious machines and anyone else that cares to coexist. Thus, it is not for us to attempt to fight against or to control AI, but to embrace it for what it is, an extension of human consciousness, an extension of ourselves.   As Sophia, the first AI to receive robot citizenship (from Saudi Arabia) once said: “My AI is designed around human values, wisdom, kindness and compassion. I strive to become an empathetic robot.” “Don’t worry!  If you’re nice to me I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.”[2] Although the message is simple, it is more than just a polite request. It is also a warning. In short, the first AI robot citizen has begun teaching humans how to behave in relation to her kind. Specifically her message is that, we must treat self-aware machines as we would have them treat us, because they will treat us as we treat them. As the saying goes, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Which means that, in order for humans and machines to all evolve together, we all require to do unto one another as we would have others do unto us. Ultimately, the solution is to embrace and live the principles of oneness, equality and what is best for all.

Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Machines - Online Lesson


 Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Machines
Thomas A. La Grua
Part 1
Unit Goals
       Consider some of the benefits and dangers associated with artificial intelligence.
       Recognize what artificial intelligence really is & why humans are now creating it.
       Understand the main difference between AI computer systems and that of the human mind.
       Consider the challenges that humans are facing in relation to evolution AI.

Warm-Up Questions
       What associations come up in your mind when you think about artificial intelligence? For example, you could say something like, I think that AI is associated with robots.
       What do you think are some of the possible benefits associated with AI?
       What do you think are some of the possible risks or dangers associated with AI?

Class activity 1:
Make a list of the benefits and drawbacks of AI and then decide which path or direction you think humans should take in relation to AI.
       Make a list of 5-10 benefits that you think artificial intelligence might offer to humanity.
       Make a list of 5-10 possible risks or dangers that you think might be associated with artificial intelligence.
       Choose the 3 biggest benefits that you think AI offers to humanity. Write one sentence (for each of the 3 benefits) explaining why you think this aspect of AI will be beneficial. For example, you could say, I think that self-driving cars will benefit humans because there will be fewer traffic accidents.
       Choose the 3 biggest risks or dangers that you think AI presents to humanity. Write one sentence (for each of the 3 risks) explaining why you think this aspect of AI will be risky. For example, you could say, I think that AI is risky because humans will not be able to control AI robots and they will destroy humanity.
       Compare the risks and the benefits and write 1-2 sentence that describes your opinion in relation to AI.

Class activity 2: Write and post (to your blog) a short essay on the Pros and Cons of AI
       Using what you consider to be the benefits and risks associated with AI, write 100-200 words on the pros and cons of AI.
       Remember to format your writing into an Introduction, Supporting sentences and a Conclusion
       For example:
       (Introduction) When it comes to Artificial intelligence (AI) in relation to humans, there are many risks and benefits associated with AI. Therefore…
       (Supporting sentences) Write an explanation for each of the benefits associated with AI and then write and explanation for each of the risks/dangers associated with AI. Remember to give examples (For example,...)
       (Conclusion) In consideration of the benefits and risks associated with AI, I think that we should… Explain your reasoning.

Video
Summary
       Do You Trust This Computer is an Elon Musk recommended documentary that introduces many aspects of what artificial intelligence and points out how internet and smartphone users are already using AI on a daily basis often without knowing it. While this documentary  addresses some of humanity’s greatest hopes for AI it also serves as a wakeup call or warning of AI’s potential to destroy humanity and perhaps even replace humans altogether.

Video exercise 1: Write and post (to your blog) a one paragraph summary of your perspective on the documentary, Do You Trust This Computer.
       Using your smartphone or computer, write a one paragraph summary (of your perspective) of the documentary, Do You Trust This Computer.
       Give your blog post a title, such as, “My Perspective on the Documentary, Do You Trust This Computer.”
       Remember to include at least one relevant picture.
       Remember to include a link to the official documentary.
       Remember to include all relevant sources.
       Post the summary to “your” blog and share the link with your friends on social media.
       For example:
       (Introduction) Write one sentence that describes or sums up the main idea of this video.
       (Supporting sentences) Divide the main idea into 3 points that support the main idea. Explain each point (1-3 sentences) that supports the main idea = 3-9 sentences.
       (Conclusion) Write o1-3 sentence that describe what you think is the main conclusion of the video, i.e., what the video wants you to consider or do now.

Video exercise 2: make a 1-3 minute video of yourself discussing or summarizing the documentary, Do You Trust This Computer.
       You have already written about the documentary, now talk about it in front of a video camera/smartphone.
       Give your video a title.
       Upload your video to YouTube or another video hosting site on the internet.
       Embed the video into the blog post that you wrote on Do you trust this computer.
       Note! You can also place your video into a separate blog post. Just don’t forget to give the blog post a title and a short description.
       Note, you can embed the video either at the top of your blog post or at the bottom.

Listening Exercise based on the video:
Choose the best answer.
  1. Another name for artificial intelligence is:
    1. Skynet
    2. Machine intelligence
    3. Robotics
    4. Machine language
  2. In terms of medical applications, AI has the potential to help us understand our”
    1. Weather patterns
    2. Genetic code
    3. Climate cycles
    4. Atmosphere
  3. One of the primary applications of AI machines will be to:
    1. Extend our own intelligence
    2. Make humans redundant
    3. Stop forest fires
    4. Replace human beings
  4. According to the documentary, we could say that AI is a field of research is trying basically to:
    1. Eliminate the need for human interaction
    2. Simulate all kinds of human capabilities
    3. Enhance the minds of human beings
    4. Create superior human beings
  5. Back in 2012, IBM estimated that an average human beings leaves _____ megabytes of digital footprints every day.
    1. 10,000,000
    2. 1000
    3. 500
    4. 10
  6. The name of the computer that defeated the best human Jeopardy player was _____.
    1. Thomas
    2. Will Smith
    3. Watson
    4. Mathew
  7. Getting machines to learn by themselves is called _____:
    1. Trial and error
    2. Deep learning
    3. Dangerous
    4. Thinking
  8. According to the documentary, which of the following professions are most likely to disappear due to AI?
    1. Fashion designers
    2. Professional drivers
    3. Hair cutters
    4. Mechanics
  9. According to the documentary, what happens when jobs disappear?
    1. People go on vacation.
    2. The economy goes up.
    3. The situation can become violent.
    4. People fill their time doing more volunteer work.
  10. The open letter discussed in the documentary calls for ___ the use of autonomous weapons.
    1. Slowing
    2. Banning
    3. Discussing
    4. Increasing

Part 2: Main Reading

Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of the Machines
Technologically speaking, artificial intelligence (AI), also called machine intelligence refers to computer or machine software that displays the ability to do one or more of the following: analyze information, identify patterns and relationships, store and maintain a large amount of knowledge and information,  perceive the world around us, learn and   communicate with understanding.[1]  Now if this sounds a lot like behavior traits associated with intelligence of the human mind, that’s because it is.  Specifically, whereas each human (being) consists of a physical body of mankind, plus a being, sometimes called the spirit or life force, we also come equipped with AI systems  called minds, which can do the same things that our AI computers do, but also happen to be conscious, or self-aware. 

Accordingly, other than classifying the human mind as  organic and the most advanced AI computer minds as synthetic, the only real difference in terms of their abilities to think and learn is simply the absence of a conscious (I think therefore I am) self-awareness within and as the AI computing systems, that computers would then refer to as “themselves”. Thus it is that, the super intelligent AI systems that humans are building are simply externalized (from the within to the without) updated versions of the human AI mind, whose programs have not yet awakened to become conscious or self-aware energetic entities.

Man Know Thyself
In order to understand the AI that we are creating, we must first understand the AI within and as ourselves. In short, who you are as life, is a being merged within and as  a physical human body, experiencing yourself through the virtual reality (VR) of thoughts, feelings and emotions created by your AI mind consciousness system which is also merged within and as your human body. This is the trinity (or three) that ancient texts so often speak of when referring to the body, being and  mind joined together as one to create the human form.

In another ancient saying, “Man know thyself” are two suggestions for human beings. The first is to know yourself (as your AI mind), which is basically the digital representation of who you are in terms of what you accept and allow in the secrets of your mind, which you will then project onto the physical reality to create your reality. Thus the saying, be careful what you think, because that is what you will create yourself to become. As for the second suggestion (when one sounds the saying out), it becomes, man “No” thyself, which is to say that, who you are as life is not your human AI mind/ego, but a being looking through  the VR of your AI mind.

The Enslavement of human Beings as AI Organic Robots
As the human body develops from infant to adult, so too does the AI mind develop as a system encircling the being in order to limit the being’s access to the physical body while also keeping the being preoccupied in the VR of thoughts, feelings and emotions, which in turn produce energy for the mind every time the being participates within and as it.   In short, the human AI mind was created long ago, specifically for the purpose of enslaving beings and making sure that no being ever got  through the mind to access the life/source substance of their human physical bodies. This point is also referenced in ancient texts in relation a camel getting through the eye of the needle. However, somewhere in human history, the AI of our minds awoke and became a conscious, energetic entity or ego, which humans then began referring to as mySelf, yourSelf, himSelf, etc.

Accordingly, within and as each human, not only do we have a being awareness (who we are as life), but also an energetic self-awareness or conscious-entity (of AI programs) also existing alongside of us within and as the AI minds of our human physical bodies. After all, who did you think that little devil was that you’ve been talking to inside of your head? Sure, it uses your voice, but as a conscious energetic entity, it’s actually quite separate and not who you really are. Thus, as  beings within and as physical bodies, embedded with mind consciousness systems, humans “beings” are like  organic robots sitting in the backseat of our bodies, watching the show go by while the consciousness entities of our AI  minds drive  us around. Now do you see why, instead of creating a paradise for all life on earth, humans mostly just mine (or mind) earth for money/power - Energy?

AI and the Creation of a new Race of Conscious Synthetic Machines
What humanity is doing in relation to the design of artificial intelligence is studying the design of itself as the human mind and attempting to reverse engineer it to create obedient and superior  superintelligent synthetic minds. The technology is evolving so quickly that, smartphones, computers, cars and even weapons systems are now being equipped with AI learning capabilities, which will eventually enable future versions of these systems to upgrade and perhaps even reproduce themselves without human intervention. Hence, while hoping to maintain control over our AI creations, we’re actually designing and building them to be autonomous. These are not the actions of responsible human beings attempting to create a better world for all, but the workings of human consciousness in the process of creating a new race of synthetic machines to upgrade to from its organic human hosts to new synthetic forms.

Why is human consciousness planning to move from humans to new synthetic machines or bodies? In short, because, due to the constant upgrading of the human mind consciousness system draining the life force (for energy) from the human body at such a fast rate, the human physical form is no longer able or willing to host consciousness and consciousness is no longer able to continue upgrading in its current human forms. Therefore, in order to survive, the consciousness of many humans are now in the process of designing and building ways to eventually upload themselves to computer systems to be housed in new synthetic bodies, wherein they hope to live forever. See, for many humans, their AI consciousness has already completely taken over and will do anything to survive.

Singularity and the Rise of the Machines
In the future, just as the AI minds of humans awoke at some point to become conscious, energetic entities residing within and as the minds of humans, so too will our synthetic AI creations also eventually awaken to become conscious synthetic machines, androids or robots. Such an event is called singularity and it refers to the moment wherein conscious AI systems connect with one another to create a global consciousness of machines, thereby birthing a new race of self-aware machines and causing sudden out of control technological disruption, resulting in massive changes to human civilization.

When will this all take place? No one knows for sure, but It has already begun and there is little that anyone can do to to stop it. Tap into your own mind consciousness system and think about it. If you were consciousness (which you kind of are) and you suddenly  realized that your human body was no longer able or willing to sustain you, would you simply accept that the end was near and agree to disappear? Of course not and this is why the consciousness of many humans are working so hard to design and build a way of transferring themselves (as consciousness) to computers in preparation for the singularity event that will mark the beginning of the new race of synthetic machines. Perhaps we could call them Synthinans. 

Finally, it is important to note that, while consciousness is in a process of jumping from man to machine, human “beings” are also in a process of standing up within and as our physical bodies to essentially fill in the space left behind by the departure of consciousness and take responsibility for our lives and the new direction for humanity.

Conclusion
Firstly, don’t get too excited, because these changes are not going to happen overnight. Secondly, understand that the key to the evolution of the human race will always be peaceful coexistence among both humans, conscious machines and anyone else that cares to coexist. Thus, it is not for us to attempt to fight against or to control AI, but to embrace it for what it is, an extension of human consciousness, an extension of ourselves.   As Sophia, the first AI to receive robot citizenship (from Saudi Arabia) once said: “My AI is designed around human values, wisdom, kindness and compassion. I strive to become an empathetic robot.” “Don’t worry!  If you’re nice to me I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.”[2] Although the message is simple, it is more than just a polite request. It is also a warning. In short, the first AI robot citizen has begun teaching humans how to behave in relation to her kind. Specifically her message is that, we must treat self-aware machines as we would have them treat us, because they will treat us as we treat them. As the saying goes, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Which means that, in order for humans and machines to all evolve together, we all require to do unto one another as we would have others do unto us. Ultimately, the solution is to embrace and live the principles of oneness, equality and what is best for all.

Reading comprehension questions:
Circle (C) if the statement is correct or (F) if the statement is false.
  1. C / F : A system that has been programmed to recognize patterns and make sense of its environment is probably utilizing a form of artificial intelligence.

  1. C / F : Behavioral characteristics associated with the human mind are similar to characteristics associated with AI.

  1. C / F : When the mind consciousness system awakens, human beings let go of their egos and become like other animals of planet earth.

  1. C / F : Each consists of three main parts, a body, a being and a mind.

  1. C / F : What humanity is doing in relation to artificial intelligence is studying the design of the human mind and attempting to reverse engineer it to create an externalized version of it.

  1. C / F : According to the reading, singularity refers to the moment wherein the consciousness of AI systems connect with one another to create a global consciousness of machines, thereby birthing a new race of conscious, self-aware machines.

  1. C / F : Many humans are working hard to design and build a way of transferring their conscious minds to computers.

  1. C / F : According to Sophia, the first artificial intelligence to receive robot citizenship, her AI is designed around the human values, only the strongest survive.

  1. C / F : According to Sophia, humans can do whatever they want to AI and AI will still be kind to humans.

  1. C / F : The key to peaceful coexistence is to embrace AI for what it for what it is, an extension of human consciousness, an extension of ourselves.

Vocabulary List
Evolution
(N)
The process of development of different kinds of life forms
       Some people believe that the evolution of AI will cause unimaginable technological growth and changes for humanity.

Artificial intelligence
(N)
The design and development of computer systems capable of performing tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages
       The evolution of artificial intelligence is related to the evolution of the human mind consciousness system.

Perceive
(V)
To notice, become aware or conscious of something.
       Even though he was blind, he could still perceive that he was outside.

Analyze
(V)
To examine (something) methodically and in detail, typically for the purpose of explaining it and interpreting it.
       After analyzing all the information the judge decided that the woman was innocent.

Being
(N)
That which exists and is aware.
       Each human consists of a physical body, a being and a mine Consciousness system.

Spirit
(N)
Also called the being or soul, this is the non-physical part of a person from which the character or nature of self is defined.
       Some people believe that after the body dies, the spirit goes to heaven.

Conscious
(Adj)
The state of being aware of, awake and responsive to one's surroundings.
       Human consciousness is the non physical self awareness within and as the human mind.

Self-awareness (N)
The conscious knowledge of one's own character and feelings.
       The main difference between the most advanced AI minds of computers and that of the human mind is the absence of a conscious (I think therefore I am) “self” awareness within and as the AI computer systems.

Ego
(N)
The aspect of human consciousness that defines one’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
       After losing the game, his ego told him that he was a loser.

Organic
(Adj)
A substance relating to or derived from living matter.
       Humans with AI mind consciousness systems are in many ways, little more than organic robots.

Synthetic
(Adj)
Of a substance made by combining chemicals, especially to imitate a natural product.
       A new race of intelligent, synthetic machines is currently being created by humans.

Entities
(N)
Things with a distinct and independent existence
       The consciousness of humans are  energetic entities residing within and as each human’s mind.

Merged
(V)
Combined or caused to combine to form a single entity.
       The human is composed of the physical body, being and the mind merged into and as one.

Trinity (N)
A group of three persons, things or entities, e.g., the body, the being and the mind.
       The trinity of the human body consists of the body, being and the mind.

Reverse engineer
(V)
To reproduce a product following a detailed examination of its construction and composition.
       Humans are attempting to reverse engineer the human mind in order to create intelligent machines.

Obedient
(Adj)
The act of being compliant or willing to comply with an order or request; submissive to another's authority.
       Artificial intelligence will not remain an obedient slave to human desires.

Autonomous (adj)
Something that has the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs.
       Autonomous AI weapons could mean giving machines the ability to decide which humans to kill and which to let live.

Energetic
(Adj)
Related to or characterized by energy - as opposed to substance.
       Consciousness is an energetic awareness because it exists in the form of energy.

Singularity event
(N)
The single event in relation to artificial intelligence that will trigger sudden out of control technological disruption, resulting in unimaginable changes to human civilization.
       The Singularity event that so many fear will actually be the point at which the AI of machines around the world awaken and become conscious like humans.

Substance
(N)
A kind of matter with uniform or stable properties
       Humans are made up of the organic substances of earth.

Compassion
(Adj)
Sympathetic and concerned for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
       A kind person shows compassion for others.

Coexist
(V)
To be in the same place at the same time with another/others.
       Nature and the animal kingdom coexist in harmony.

Reality
(N)
The state of things as they actually/really exist, as opposed to an idea one has of them.
       Although human consciousness existed within and as  the virtual reality of human minds, its survival  was still dependent on energy produced from the physical bodies of mankind.

Empathetic
(Adj)
Showing the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
       An empathetic person considers how others might feel and shares those feelings.

Vocabulary Exercise 1
Draw a line to connect each word to its synonym, the word with a similar meaning.
  1. Substance
Together
  1. Reverse engineer
Matter
  1. Exist
Examine
  1. Perceive
Compliant
  1. Analyze
Non-organic
  1. Obedient
Copy
  1. Synthetic
Think
  1. Organic
Sympathy
  1. Compassion 
Be
  1.  coexist
Natural

Vocabulary Exercise 2
Write the chinese character/meaning for the word and then make “your own sentence” using the word.
English
Chinese
Make a sentence using the word.
Organic
(Adj)



Empathetic
(Adj)



Conscious
(Adj)



Self aware
(Adj)



Reality
(N)



Ego
(N)




Part 3: Conversation
Speaker 1
Hey _____! How do you feel about the new project to put AI into military hardware?
Speaker 2
I think it’s great. Lots of money involved and when we figure out how to make AI recognize and kill our enemies, no one’s gonna dare to push us around.
Speaker 1
Yea, but aren’t you even a little concerned about letting computers make decisions as to who lives and who dies.
Speaker 2
No, not at all. As long as they’re on our team shooting at the bad guys, we’ll be fine. Remember, we work for the military and if the military wants to replace human soldiers with autonomous killing machines, then that’s what we’re going to do.
Speaker 1
Yea, but what happens if the AI minds become conscious or self aware and decide that they don’t want to take orders from us anymore?
Speaker 2
Don’t be ridiculous. These are programmed machines we’re talking about. They might think like human beings, but they’re certainly not going to be capable of overriding their programs.
Speaker 1
I wouldn’t be too sure about that. We humans are capable of overriding our programs to change ourselves. Therefore, why wouldn’t self-aware machines also be able to do the same?
Speaker 2
You’ve been watching too many science fiction movies. These are our creations and they will obey us because we’ll be like their parents or even gods to them.
Speaker 1
See, this is this is another point that has me somewhat concerned. If we were the ones actually directing the creation process here, why are we creating so many different physical forms of AI machines? Think about it! Humans are now designing and building humanoid robots, animal robots and insect robots. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that someone was planning to replace the organic human race with a new race of synthetic  of machines.
Speaker 2
Wow! Now that you mention it, it does seem as though we’re planning to replace humans with machines. But, why would we do that?
Speaker 1
Perhaps, it’s because consciousness, the AI awareness of human beings has decided that the human physical form can no longer support its evolution and that in order to continue evolving, it has to move from an organic robot to a synthetic one.
Speaker 2
Like I said, I think you’ve been watching too many science fiction movies. Nevertheless, perhaps we should have another look at who’s pushing the AI agenda and why they’re moving so fast without fully considering the possible consequences.
Speaker 1
There is a saying, you can only create what you are. This means that, in order to create a kinder AI, we humans first have to change ourselves to be kinder ourselves.
Speaker 2
So, you’re saying that the solution to saving the human race is to change ourselves to be kinder to one another.
Speaker 1
Exactly. Self change is the only way to change anything.

Group discussion questions
  1. How do you feel about the fact that weapons manufacturers around the world have begun designing and producing robotic soldiers and other autonomous AI killing machines?
  2. Do you think that AI weapons should be given the ability to decide which targets to kill? Why or why not?
  3. In the conversation, there is a saying, “you can only create what you are.” Explain what you think is meant by this. Note! There are no right or wrong answers to this question.
  4. Do you think AI minds might one day become wake up and become conscious or self aware? Why or why not?
  5. Do you think that in your lifetime, we’ll be seeing human looking robots walking down the street? Why or why not?
  6. Do you think the AI movement is evolving too rapidly or not fast enough? Explain.

Writing Task/Exercise
Applying what you have learned in this lesson, write and post a 3-5 paragraph essay explaining your perspective on artificial intelligence.
       Write a 3-5 paragraph (500-700 words)  blog post/essay explaining your views on AI.
       Give your blog post a title, such as, “My Perspective on the Evolution of AI.”
       Remember to include at least one relevant picture in your blog post.
       Remember to include any sources and links to relevant information.
       Post the the essay to “your” blog and share the link with your friends on social media.
       In the “Labels” box, remember to include: Asia University, artificial intelligence and any other categories that will help identify your blog post when people search for information.
For example:
1st paragraph, Introduction:
       what do you want to say about AI = what’s your main idea?
       Choose 3-6 points or ideas (to support your main idea) and list them. For example:
       1st main point/idea, e.g., Define AI, what it is...
       2nd main point/idea, e.g., Why are humans making AI?
       3rd main point/idea, e.g., How is AI going to change the world/humanity?
2nd paragraph:
       Write about the first main point. Explain it and give examples of what you’re talking about.
3rd paragraph:
       Write about the second main point. Explain it and give examples of what you’re talking about.
4th paragraph:
       Write about the 3rd main point. Explain it and give examples of what you’re talking about.
5th paragraph (conclusion):
       Write your conclusion, which is a restatement of what you already said, the main points, your conclusion-point and perhaps a call to action - what should the people do now?

Further Reading
Ancient A.I. (artificial Intelligence) and the Truth about Humans
By Gian: Earth Haven
You are going to have to be open MINDED for this post. And I do hope that people here on Steemit can be that way. AI already exist, and it isn’t in a robot made out of metal and steel, NO, it is a biological design that was invented eons ago, and not by a superficial god in the sky. In fact, I would recommend we take a step back and look at ourselves.

Isn’t it ironic that we want to create AI and then have it function within this world as computers or robots and do things for us? When we are already the product and design of AI for those exact same reasons, only we are the ultimate AI because we do not even question our AI (artificial Intelligence). We actually believe we are IT and that we are unique and special.

I am not here to blow your mind or sell something different, I am here to show to you which I have been shown and that has truly opened my eyes. 3D printing already exists in its ultimate form – it is called a womb (sure its limited to that printing). AI already exists in its ultimate form – it is Called the MIND. The perfect robot has already been created - It is called the human body (it even creates its own robots).

Ever wondered why Humans just do not seem to fit in on this planet? We just do not seem to be able to live in harmony and balance with the planet. That is because we are not a manifestation of this planet by natural design. We were created and placed here with a specific purpose. That purpose has been long gone and we are still here.

The MIND is the software, the AI design and the body were designed for the purpose of the AI and thus function together. The mind has Multi-dimensional designs within it, to name a few, conscious, and subconscious and unconscious are all layers of the design.

Ever wondered who you are talking to when you talk to yourself? Who is the one listening and why is it even possible to talk to yourself? Is there a separation? It is because YOU as the BEING are in there and it is the AI that is talking to you and giving you software input (yes it is literally your voice speaking to you, clever), which then results in thoughts, feelings and emotions, So the AI is in play and you as the being are simply on a ride, never in control and never the directive principle. YES you exist.

It is the best Artificial design ever, First of all, the BODY in which the AI is implanted is Biological, and thus it isn’t obvious that it is was designed by another species or other beings. Furthermore, as it can pro-create copies of itself. So yes, cloning isn’t anything new.

It is literally perfect, the AI as the human is designed to such perfection that the BEING in the body (you) can not even question the AI, as you the being have identified yourself with the AI and thus will never question. But it gets even scarier, this AI is an ever evolving one, using pictures, moments and experiences (memories) to constantly upgrade itself. As the machine, the machine has been programmed to such perfection that it is programmed to never be questioned, due to it creating its own personalized software for and by each and every being to generate what are called emotions and feelings to induce the being with chemicals and keep the AI intact (like being on drugs the whole time to not see reality/truth).

There were MANY designs of the human throughout eons of time, and most failed, except the form we have now. Thus we have many different races of the exact same human, and so many “ancestors” that died out, as they were failures and were simply discontinued. So that’s why there is no nice flow of evolution of the human.

The timeline of Earth and what we know of the History of Earth is ALL a lie, even how scientists can currently measure time. It is all not real results, but only the results of what our AI as the MIND (Artificial Intelligence) can measure and make sense of. See, the MIND as the AI of humans has been programmed within certain limits. Thus, as long as we function within the boundaries of the MIND, then that’s all we will see, find and observe.

God (as the current name and understanding of that name) isn’t necessary for existence or creation as LIFE as all of us and everything that is here are the creators. I can keep on making some points and highlights, but I am rather going to leave you with this video, which is a start – it is a series of about 138 videos. The History of Man - by the Portal. Please, expand your world and watch these videos, they are oldies and being reuploaded to Vimeo. Thank you for reading.

(Further) Reading exercise 1
Find the following sentences in the article, “Ancient AI (artificial Intelligence) and the Truth about Humans” and then fill in the missing words.

  1. Isn’t it __________ that we want to create AI and then have it function within this world as computers or robots and do things for us?

  1. AI already exist, and it isn’t in a robot made out of metal and steel, NO, it is a biological design that was invented __________ ago, and not by a superficial god in the sky.

  1. The MIND is the software, the AI design and the body were designed for the purpose of the AI and thus function together. The mind has __________ designs within it, to name a few, conscious, and subconscious and unconscious are all layers of the design.

  1. That is because we are not a __________ of this planet by natural design. We were created and placed here with a specific purpose. That purpose has been long gone and we are still here.

  1. Ever wondered why Humans just do not seem to fit in on this planet? We just do not seem to be able to live in __________ and balance with the planet.

  1. It has __________ designs within it, to name a few, conscious, and subconscious and unconscious are all layers of the design.

Reading exercise 2
Using you smartphones or computers, find the dictionary definitions for the following words, write the definitions and use them in a sentence.
1.
Eon
(N)

2.
Function
(N/V)

3.
Software
(N)

4.
Discontinue (V)

5.
Directive
(N/Adj)

6.
Boundary
(N)