Qultura is neither Therevada Buddhism, any other form of Buddhism or the Tao Te Ching. All these philosophies have a central concept or premise which you need to accept. For example the Tao Te Ching is centred on the existence of the Dao, or the 'way', the 'method'. Buddhism has the Dhamma or Abidhamma. Then you have the practices and rituals, such as the monastic training, the meditation, the yoga, the texts and scriptures (and Buddhist scriptures are considerably more numerous than the whole Encyclopaedia Britannica), the philosophy, the rituals, and so on and so forth.
Qultura has none of these things. The foundation of Qultura is your individual conscious perspective (the Principle), the community, and your narrative and individual story. That's it.
Whatever you're seeking isn't here.
If you have come to this website and you're either seeking or looking for something which you have convinced yourself that you don't have somewhere within yourself, or within your consciousness, then you have already created a division in your mind which is based on the denial of the reality of your existence. Through your process of searching you have started a logical process of comparison and contrast and started a thinking process.
There is nothing for you here. You are not being sold anything. You are not being told to think or believe anything.
"Okay", so you might be thinking to yourself, "Why is there a website? Why is there so much information? Why is there Qultura to begin with?"
Nobody here wants to teach you anything. Nobody here is trying to 'improve' you, or lead you to something 'better', or get you to think anything or believe anything. You're very welcome to join our community, but if you don't - blessings and good luck. You see if we were to assume that we have something to teach you, or get you to believe something, then we would be telling you that you are not acceptable to us as a human being and we will be imposing our own standards on your conscious perspective or reality. Would this not be creating a division? Think about it.
The importance of never asking why
You might be wondering why. But then you might as well ask why is the sky blue? Why do birds fly? Why does it get dark at night? Why do we need to breathe air? Why is the language of this website English? Why do clouds form in the sky? You can go on and on and on trying to find or invent explanations for everything.
What's the difference between an explanation and a story or narrative? If it's not your conscious experience and not part of your conscious perspective, then why does it matter to you so much? It doesn't change the fundamental nature of reality and existence, does it? You see you can either believe an explanation, and if you do, you have one more story in your mind, or you can choose not to believe an explanation, in which case you have one more negative story in your mind.
Either way there is no change to either your reality or your conscious perspective. There's just something additional which you have made yourself believe. All beliefs stifle possibility and create divisions in our minds. Is it not better to have a completely open mind, accept all information and consciousness you come across as a story or narrative, and be mindful of all possibilities?
Is it not better to just accept existence as existence and reality as reality?
Explanations, labels and illusions
Think back to when you were a small child. When a tree was just a tree. A house was just a house. The sky was just the sky. A game was just a game.
Then you went to school and received an education, and everything all of a sudden became far more complicated because you had to read, you had to write, you had to count and learn sciences, mathematics, history, geography, and other subjects. You had to read books, study things, and everything got explained for you, labelled, and you were taught many things which you didn't really want to learn or which had no relationship to either your reality or your existence.
You had to think. You had to remember. You had to learn to differentiate and figure out what was important and what wasn't. What was relevant, and what wasn't. Through this process your conscious perspective got narrower, and narrower, and more differentiated, and more specialized. For everything you learned you forgot so many things. Or you ended up dismissing them. Or they ceased to be important to you.
So you see many things as separate, as distinct, as unconnected, and all these things are illusions. There is nothing separate in this universe. Everything is connected. Everything is interdependent. Everything is existence. Everything is environment.
But you understand surely that a tree is just a tree, the sky is just the sky, and the universe is still the universe. You are a perspective of the universe. You have a certain reality. But what is real and what is illusion? Only you can figure this out for yourself. Nobody else can tell you.
Unmind and unthinking
Fundamentally the transactional nature between your conscious perspective and the universe has never changed. It's the same basic transaction of perspective and environment as it was even before you were born and still a foetus in your mother's womb. You sensed, you felt, you experienced, and you did so because you were part of an environment. Life and biology is all about a relationship between the conscious perspective of a living organism and an environment.
A tree doesn't have to think about being a tree. It simply is a tree. A cat doesn't think about being a cat. It knows and understands that it is a cat. Likewise you only need to be human while you are alive on this planet. Thinking is not necessary. You simply have to be, to exist. It doesn't matter how you exist, you are still the same human being as you were when you were conceived by your parents. Nothing other than death can change this reality.
Other systems and methods such as Buddhism and Taoism talk of 'no mind', not thinking, just perceiving. Qultura is somewhat different, because there is still the question of evolution, the process of life, the flow of life, and the inevitability of new experiences, new sensations and new perception. This process of living existence continues until you die. This is your process, and it's not possible to halt or stop this process. You can try, but the environment will continue the process because much of who you are is environment.
This is why we use the terms unmind and unthinking.
The flow of consciousness
One of the biggest and most widespread of illusions believed by human beings, and it is believed by literally billions of human beings, is that you can control or direct your mind through such things as thinking strategies, meditation, yoga, and so on and so forth. Much of eastern philosophy, and within this a lot of what constitutes Buddhism, is predicated on the premise that you can somehow quiet your mind and achieve 'no mind' to achieve enlightenment and nirvana.
Yet the idiot and the imbecile are just as bamboozled by thinking as the university professor, intellectual and academic.
You see the mind is ignorant by design. You will never ever fully understand the nature of space, the environment or the universe. Not even close. Likewise you will never ever fully understand the nature of your individual consciousness or your subconscious. Again not even close. These are the two variables which determine the nature of your reality and your existence. The more you think, the more you believe and the more you try not to think and try not to believe, the more you are disrupting the nature of your reality and existence.
Therefore to achieve mindfulness, or mental discipline, and to achieve unmind and unthinking, you need to give up control and become your environment by allowing your mind to be empty space through which consciousness flows - the flow of consciousness - and connect to your subconscious. This way you stop trying to force your mind to direct your conscious attention, and you let your conscious perspective pick out aspects of your reality which are important in the present moment.
Note that this approach is based much more on the felt sense of immediate experience and conscious perception, and much less on conscious thinking. You're essentially learning to sense and feel your way through life and focus much more on connections and experiencing life rather than just thinking about life and doing the same things over and over again mindlessly through habit.
Unthinking v. thinking
Unthinking is just as much mental activity as thinking is. You're still processing thoughts through your mind. Much of what unthinking is about is pretty much the same as thinking in terms of physical and mental activity.
But what has changed is your conscious perspective. Where before you are thinking 'gnostically' and assume that because you think something, you know something, and become a victim to the illusion that you are overcoming your ignorance. Thinking 'gnostically' involves buying into the illusions and that false sense of separateness you were conditioned to think was real when you were made to create an Ego and believe it was real.
However unthinking is all about thinking 'agnostically'. You're aware that your Ego is fake, your mindful that much of the information that flows through your mind is also fake and illusory, you're aware that you are just as ignorant now, relatively speaking, as you ever were, and you're much more focussed on the reality of your living existence and on your individual truth and narrative. You know that outside your front door society is all based on some kind of Social Game, and you're not going to be fooled into thinking that it's anything more than cultural reality.
This is all about not letting words, language and beliefs hinder, restrict or limit the possibilities of life, living existence, life experience and happiness.
You don't know who you really are
All this nonsense that your name, your accomplishments, your education and qualification, your social position, your bank balance, what your friends say about you, and so on is who you really are is rubbish. You know very well that this is not who you really are.
Knowing who you really are is probably the biggest mystery which occupies your mind. Can you see inside your head? What colour do you see when you close your eyes, or do you see the reality of a spectrum of light and colour? Can you explain the relationship between your liver and your thumb? Do you understand how your liver works and how it connects to your heart? Do you know where the bacteria is in your body which keeps you healthy and alive?
You don't know any of these things, you were not taught any of these things, you probably cannot explain any of these things, yet all these things work and many more things work automatically without you ever needing to think about them. This is all part of your subconscious. When you wake up in the morning you only need to decide whether to get out of bed or not. You never have to figure out how to open your eyes and move your arms, do you?
You don't even know what makes you make most of your choices in life and quite often you don't even know what is an important choice or decision and what isn't. You only know, whether through instinct or through life experience, that all choices and decisions come with consequences, and sometimes those consequences can be far reaching and infinite. Sometimes also some of your choices and decisions don't get much further than a resolution or a bit of mental masturbation. How many choices have you got floating around in your mind that you haven't acted upon? How many of your choices need the right opportunity or the right person? Do you really know what a big choice is and what a little choice is?
Really? Are you sure?
But what if we were to suggest that you make many choices based on your perception of your environment and reality? How many times have you made the wrong choice? But if you don't know who you really are, and you don't really know or understand your environment, then what is it you actually know?
Or are you basing your choices on Ego alone? How is that working out for you?
The power of not knowing
It's important to understand that not knowing isn't a state of mindlessness. It's actually the exact opposite, a state of mindfulness. You are connected totally to your environment and reality. You are not distracted by your thoughts or desires. You are not busy comparing your reality to your beliefs and filtering out stuff in your reality which negate your beliefs.
Consider the polar opposite state when you are completely consumed by your conscious experience and completely unaware of your surroundings or environment, such as when you are experiencing a sexual orgasm. You cry out, you grunt, you yell out, you make weird facial expressions, a woman breathes heavily, much more laboured, a man who is masturbating looks as if he's about to burst into tears. This is a bit of a taboo subject, because you know, socially, we're always supposed to be 'in control' of ourselves, but if you took a facial photo of yourself at the point of sexual orgasm it would be difficult to tell whether you're experiencing agony or ecstacy.
So when you're totally connected and in tune with your environment and surroundings or 'habitat', you're also in that state of consciousness when your mind is completely open and you're best able to connect to other people. Consider that the state of unmind is also expressed succinctly by the following statements:
- What interests you interests me.
- What you want is what I want.
- I love you.
- I'm with you.
- I'm here for you.
- I trust you completely.
- I believe in you.
Can not all these statements be summed up by the same word - empathy?