Human beings have the most complex psychological processes of any species on the planet. We have very powerful memories, equally powerful imaginations, and we are capable of developing consciousness at a rate which few other species can match. Yet collectively, as a species, it's got to be said, we're also one of the most environmentally ignorant. How is this so? This all comes down to just one word.
Human beings don't perceive the cosmos in terms of consciousness and space. We're attached to physical bodies, physical senses, physical brains, physical thoughts, physical emotions and feelings and also - the most central component of the human experience of life and living existence - physical language.
Words alone are inadequate to express or communicate both our conscious experiences of life and our spiritual dimension. This is something which was made very clear in the Upanishads of Hinduism. This was something stated clearly by pseudo-Dionysius in early Christianity in his short treatise 'Theologica Mystica' which resulted in Christianity becoming a faith based religion. This is a major theme throughout the Holy Bible and also - if you understand mysticism - a major subtext in the Book of Revelations. It was a point made by both Confucius and Lao Tzu, Chinese philosophers who founded Confucianism and the Tao Te Ching. It was a point made by the Buddha.
The fall of man
Then you have that point in human evolution, occurring later in the 330,000 year history of modern human beings, homo sapiens, when human beings learned that they could use language to direct thought externally and as a means of controlling their reality and other human beings. This discovery was made around 15,000 years ago.
Indeed most researchers and scholars agree that further back beyond say 13,500 or 14,000 years there was no evidence of human warfare or human aggression on this planet. Please don't quote us on this, because we're not archaeologists or anthropologists, but further back there were maybe just cave paintings, tool sharpening, a simpler life based on life in communities where survival was reliant on empathy, community, food sharing, cultural development and of course having a shaman around for healing and mystical insight.
But later we discovered authority, monarchy, God and religion, so you have to wonder whether what happened 15,000 years ago was more like the fall of woman rather than the fall of man. After all we're talking about the loss of egalitarianism between man and woman when all is said and done.
A profound lack of female messiahs
Throughout the course of human history there has been a lack of female spiritual leaders, even within polytheistic religions such as Hinduism, which is a religion and culture with arguably more gods than any other major religion. This is an aspect of Hindu culture and the Hindu worldview that Brahma, or the godhead is an actor, the world is his stage and we are all his various roles.
Nowhere is this more pronounced than in Western culture where women have only just managed to achieved equal status as human beings over the past half century or so. Prior to that girls grew up to be women who became chattels through marriage, traded between families, there to bear children, do the household chores and provide sexual favours on demand. A female messiah or prophet? You've got to be joking, surely?
No matter however which way you care to slice and dice this cultural truth, you've got to admit that this false dichotomy in the story of human evolution raises serious questions about our ability to interact fairly with the planet and our environment.
The occult side of Qultura
Qultura is not the first derivative of Therevada Buddhism in the West. Far from it. Madame Yelena Blavatsky (note Russian alliteration) is believed to be one of the first Western converts to Mahayana Buddhism in the late 19th century and there are stronger claims that she was one of the first Westerners to embrace Therevada Buddhism in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) around the same period.
Likewise it is claimed that Madame Blavatsky introduced Buddhism to the West and was the pioneer of Western Buddhism introducing both Vipassana meditation and the Thai Forest Tradition to the United States, which was probably done through the Theosophical Society which she formed with Henry Steel Olcott and Irish spiritualist William Quan Judge in New York in 1875. Though it is important to understand that theosophy is a religion which is based on divine wisdom, and isn't actually anything to do with Buddhism or the Therevada.
However the catalyst for what was to become Qultura and Creative Law was Stella Baker's fascination with the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner. Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian philosopher and social theorist who founded the Waldorf method of education, he influenced the Goethe Institute in Germany, and had many brilliant and new ideas of his time. It is believed he was a theosophist but what he was trying to do was to westernize eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, Taoism and so forth and force Western ideals of logic and moral reasoning into such philosophies and to, in his words 'connect mysticism and science.'
Initially Stella Baker's interest in Steiner's philosophies was to find a new modern, spontaneous theory of modern drama inspired by his new dramatic form of performance known as eurthymy and for a decade her theory was a minimalist bare bones interpretation of the Stanislavski method.
However Rudolf Steiner wanted to be the world leader and global head of the worldwide theosophical movement and so he started clashing with other egos in the theosophical movement. The biggest conflict Steiner had was with Jiddu Krishnamurti, arguably the greatest 20th philosopher, a theosophist and definitely not an Ego. Far from it. Despite being a theosophist himself, Krishnamurti claimed no religious authority and was the closest you could find to a buddha in the 20th century. Despite not wanting to be a spiritual leader Jiddu Krishnamurti was becoming a messiah, travelling the world and giving talks which were much closer to Buddhism and Buddhist philosophies than theosophy.
This infuriated Steiner who broke with the theosophy movement, and in turn the whole German theosophy movement broke with Rudolf Steiner, turning against him. In response Steiner created a new movement against theosophy, which he called anthroposophy or 'spiritual science'. Anthroposophy failed to get any traction but it was out of anthroposophy that Stella Baker developed both Creative Law and Qultura pretty much by negating Steiner's entire philosophy and thinking.
This was not done in any way to support or align with Krishnamurti. Stella Baker is not a theosophist. She was introduced to Therevada Buddhism as a teenager by an elderly Indian Therevadin in London, and has always walked a mystical, Therevadin path throughout her life. She is also trans and has been concerned not just with the methods of enquiry into the nature of self and other, but also with the massive gender divisions which exist in terms of spirituality, mysticism and the development of consciousness.
Vast empty spaces in human consciousness
Throughout much of recent human history, particularly in the West, women have been relegated to second 'place' in society where their domestic and sexual role in life has been over-emphasized and exaggerated and where their perspectives on consciousness, spirituality and so called 'higher' matters have been diminished or even ignored entirely.
Less than half a millenium ago, approximately 400 years, women were accused of witchcraft and put on trial in such places as Pendle Hill in Northern England and in Salem, OR in the United States. Those deemed to be guilty, despite the lack of possibility of any concrete evidence, were either hanged or burned at the stake publicly. Even today in certain parts of the world women risk being stoned, hanged or even beheaded for crimes such as apostasy, witchcraft and enmity against God.
Words are powerful. Very powerful. This is because they are the base component of language, and language is all we've got to connect self and other and be able to verbalize or communicate our individual conscious perspectives to others, our perceptions, our felt sense of immediate experience of life, our thoughts, our feelings, our emotions, our ideas and our creativity. Out of words we have not just language, but culture, symbolism, beliefs, ideology, and magic. What is more the vocabulary and language you use shapes you, your mind and your thinking far more than you might think it does. It can often literally shape your brain and determine various non-verbal aspects of communication and self-expression such as facial expression, body language and your attitude to life and other people.
What you believe is who you become, quite literally.
But words and language can also be incredibly divisive, even without intention. Language forms the basis of culture and beliefs. Culture and beliefs, especially belief attachments (or karma if you prefer) create certain cultural and social beliefs and out of cultural and social beliefs you get what we understand to be a mindset or a mind set by various defined dimensions and boundaries. We all go through this process in childhood through our upbringing which is defined by the social conditioning our parents put us through together with our system of education and so called 'Somebody training' where we are forced to define ourselves as 'Somebody' and develop an Ego.
It's not that women have been forced into complete silence when it comes to matters of mysticism, spirituality and consciousness. Far from it. While they are often relegated to second place in terms of religion and spirituality they are also relegated to social roles such as the clairvoyant, the Tarot card reader, the palmist, the astrologer, the witch, the healer, and sharing mystical knowledge and awareness of the occult and esoteric. The relationship between organized mainstream religion and the occult and esoteric forms of mysticism has not always been an easy one, something which becomes very clear if you look into the life of Madame Yelena Blavatsky.
However out of this we get authoritarianism, the false illusion of separateness and the vast empty spaces in human consciousness.
The false illusion of separateness
This false illusion of separateness, which is central to the Western concept of individualism, on which all social and cultural beliefs in Western society are based, can also be described quite accurately as the Western delusion. This Western delusion, which is widespread throughout the West, is the inevitable outcome of centuries of belief in external authority, or God as a metaphor for consciousness, social values which are heavily based on moral reasoning coupled with a crappy interpretation of the eastern concept of karma as a form of freaky divine retributive justice, and an over-exaggerated emphasis on having the right beliefs and believing in the right dogmas over truth and right action or behaviour.
This has created societies which are extremely well developed in material and financial terms - nowhere in the West does anyone ever come close to experiencing the kind of life experience of someone in a Third World country - but it has also created a degree of social stratification and division which is also characteristic of Western society. White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) culture in English speaking societies are not known for either their sensitivity or empathy but are well known throughout the planet for their divisiveness, meanness, arrogance and egocentricity.
Indeed it was Stella Baker's stage play 'Death', which is a dramatic portrayal of Rudolf Steiner's theosophical beliefs of the afterlife, and the possibility in 2007 that it would be staged in a theatre in Mississippi, which resulted in the 2009 decision of the Department of Homeland Security to list Stella Baker officially as an undesirable to the United States and deny her entry to the United States, a country she has never visited. She was never admitted and at the end of 2007 her one attempt resulted in denial of entry in Atlanta, Georgia.
This is often something which becomes very clear and apparent to you if you live in the West and you are socially perceived as 'lesser' because you are a woman, you are not white in terms of skin colour or not native in terms of your ethnicity or nationality, you have a disability, you are poor, you are older (or younger), you identify somewhere on the LGBTIQ spectrum, or you are older (and wiser). At some point in your life reality kicks in and you learn that the society you live in and are a part of isn't what it is made out to be. However if none of these things apply you may not see it, and often this is because you are completely blind to this reality because it is not part of your life experience and you haven't developed that much in terms of human consciousness from the Ego you developed in your younger years.
Much of this depends on how well connected you really are to your environment, how broad is your perception and how much in the way of empathy you have developed in your life.
However in reality beliefs don't really matter that much because the truth is out there for you to see it if you choose to see it.
Of course you can choose not to, for whatever reason, and continue to cling to your beliefs, your Ego and your delusional sense of self. You can continue to find reasons to justify your beliefs and your Ego, blaming others, blaming religion, blaming political ideology, blaming your parents, blaming your upbringing, blaming the Government, blaming your marriage, blaming your friends, blaming other social groups and people in society.
This is a key difference between the Qultura community and wider society. In the Qultura community the emphasis is on role, and what is needed to connect to others and create or develop a community project. However out in the wider community and wider society the emphasis seems to be much more on divisions and not having something, or needing something or wanting something and not being able to get it, or in some other issue or division with something or someone else.
We just want to point out that one of the most easily recognizable and widely known symbols of any spiritual movement is the Christian cross and much of what Christianity is about, and has been since the 5th or 6th century or so, is a faith based spiritual movement. Even when you take into account the various revisions of the Bible, such as the King James version, the first version in the English language, the Bible is still chock full of mystical references and symbolism which become apparent if you don't take what is written too literally.
Maybe, just maybe, the issue isn't with the religion or the belief system or ideology you have an issue with. Maybe, just maybe the real issue is your lack of faith, either in religion, or indeed, in humanity in general. Or maybe it's your Ego. These are just a few suggestions.
The power of choice
It's got to be said that if you are trying to escape from prison, the very first thing you need to understand is that you are in prison and are completely enslaved to the system. Otherwise no escape is possible. Likewise no freedom or liberation is possible either.
The one thing that all human beings share, together with their ability to develop consciousness and evolve on a level not shared by any other species in the animal kingdom, is the power of choice. This is something which should be so apparent to you - irrespective of where you find yourself in terms of society and culture - that we shouldn't even have to explain it or define it.
Likewise the exact same principle applies when it comes to developing consciousness and going through the process of 'soul-building' and spiritual development. No spiritual development or indeed development of consciousness is possible until you recognize the truth that you are mentally enslaved to an Ego just as much as you are mentally enslaved through language to both the dimensions of your mindset and the truth of your cultural reality. Until you are prepared to admit the truth and reality of this mental enslavement through language and your personal belief systems no mental liberation is possible. No freedom is possible. No personal or individual evolution is possible.
Evolution beyond Buddhism and the Tao Te Ching
Qultura is a direct derivative of Therevada Buddhism, much more than theosophy was. The two reference points were the Pali Canon and the foundation premise of anthroposophy, created by Rudolf Steiner in the first part of the 20th century.
There are similarities. Central to the Therevada was the Abidhamma, which can be understood to be the 'way or method' or 'conscious reality'. The word 'Qultura' fulfills this purpose, and is a deliberate misspelling of 'culture'. We will get into the mysticism behind this deliberate misspelling shortly, but Qultura can be understood to be 'the way or the method' or 'conscious reality' in very much the same way as the Dao in the Tao Te Ching and the Abidhamma in Therevada Buddhism.
Likewise Qultura, like the Dao and like the Abidhamma, cannot ever be fully understood, defined, explained, or taught, simply because you can never fully understand, know or explain three things:
- the society or culture in which you live, or cultural reality
- mysticism, or the nature of the universe and actual reality
- who you really are as an individual human being
Likewise similar to Buddhism and the Tao Te Ching Qultura has been developed as an opportunity for you to create a method or system to simplify your life and connect to your environmental reality and other people in a community. It is an opportunity created primarily for those in our society who are seen as lesser and who are forced by their perceived social position to be much more creative, inventive, and far more 'cutting edge' in their cultural and ancestral reality. It is therefore an opportunity for refinement of your life experience.
However there is a very heavy emphasis with Qultura when it comes to universality and inclusivity. Qultura does not judge. It does not exclude. It is completely open-ended, it is never dogmatic, and it allows for humour, fun and a good laugh. It is completely environmental in nature and is predicated on the central premise of the inevitability of human evolution - individually, culturally, socially and as a species. There is a very heavy emphasis on being natural and individual, and also on being real and authentic.
Therefore Qultura is an opportunity for you to transform your consciousness and mindset and deal with your shit, manage natural resources, lower your voice and develop on your conscious awareness.
Trauma and suffering born of division
However Qultura is completely different from both Buddhism and the Tao Te Ching and it is completely different in very fundamental ways and is completely and totally divorced from both the Therevada and the Tao Te Ching.
It was 2,500 years ago that Prince Sidhattha Gotama, the original Buddha, began teaching the 'Four Noble Truths' and the 'Middle Path' based on the foundation premise that karma is physical attachment and trauma and suffering exists because you crave and desire. While there is a lot of sense in this premise of Buddhism, and we are not here to dismiss or put down Buddhism in any way, it doesn't give you the complete picture.
Not even when Buddhism was exported to China in the 4th century AD having been influenced heavily by the Tao Te Ching to make it acceptable to Chinese culture to become Chan (Zen) Buddhism was this foundation premise ever brought into question or changed and so when Bodhidhamma arrived in China from India and founded the Shaolin kung fu system the central premise of Buddhism remained the same.
So with the benefit of hindsight, 2,500 years of human evolution, and the emergence of women's rights it has been easier to come up with a much more accurate explanation for why human beings experience trauma, pain, loss and suffering.
But still there are three very basic and fundamental differences between Qultura and the more traditional methods of enquiry and methods of Buddhism and the Tao Te Ching.
Development of consciousness is an environmental process
The first is the complete rejection that the development of consciousness, spiritual awakening and soul building is a purely individual process, but is very much based on the individual relationship between conscious perspective and environment. You cannot develop your consciousness or go through a process of individuation without some connection to an environment and participation in a community.
This is why the Qultura community, participation in which is central and fundamental to any development of any Qultura method, is defined as an empathy based community. If human trauma, pain, and suffering is the outcome of human divisions and human perception of divisions, then this can only be negated through connection between self and other, through empathy, and through direct participation in a community. This is why there is no teaching, no methods advocated, no gurus, no meditation, no yoga, because from a Qultura perspective all this gets in the way of the process of evolution and soul building.
Consider that from a Qultura perspective community is an environment, a social environment, therefore active participation in a community or our community is a central and fundamental component to the development of any Qultura method. Also pay attention to the additional difference that while Buddhism and the Tao Te Ching is sold as a single or solitary method - with numerous variations - a Qultura method is exclusively your individual method to develop on your individual conscious perspective and conscious awareness. There is no centralized or shared Qultura method simply because if you force your Qultura method or someone else or try to sell it to someone else you create an ideology and belief system and negate the foundation premise of Qultura, because you create a division.
Without a connection to 'other' and environmental reality there can be no development of consciousness in any individual human being.
Next is a blanket rejection in any premise or notion that mysticism is esoteric or occult in any way. Mysticism is actual reality. It is consciousness, it is energy, it is space, and the interaction of these three things and your individual perspective and observations of actual reality and mysticism. Mysticism has got nothing whatsoever to do with language, or culture, or societal beliefs, or political beliefs or ideology. Mysticism is not a human concept in any shape or form.
This is based on the premise that outside your individual conscious perspective everything else about you, your body, your brain, your senses, your thoughts, your emotions, your feelings, and so on, is an environmental process which you, like us, understand to be living existence and life experience. You cannot exist anywhere else outside your biological, natural, social and cultural environment. You are your environment, and your environment is you.
This is why combined numerology is a central component of our resources which we make freely accessible to everyone. Numerology is a central reference point of mystical awareness which has been developed by human beings for many centuries. It transcends different cultures and different social systems. It is provided as an extension to language, because numbers, particularly single digit numbers, all have specific mystical symbols and meanings which can be shared pretty much universally.
All major religions - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and so on are rooted in mysticism and the teaching of mystical awareness. Therefore through our combined numerology system is it possible to connect to others irrespective of what religion or faith you follow personally.
6 and 7 always need to go together
In terms of mysticism six (6) represents the Sacred Masculine Principle, the Sun and solar energy, and seven (7) represents the Sacred Feminine Principle, the Moon and lunar energy. Human evolution irrespective of whether it is on the level of just one individual human being or human beings collectively as a species, is predicated entirely upon the connection between 6 and 7 and between the Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine Principles.
Therefore there is a blanket rejection of all forms of paternalism, external authority, and outward expression of the Male Ego or patriarchy. This is not a putdown of men or masculinity, this is explicitly about the mystical principles or lack of mystical awareness and the outcomes in terms of society and the human relationship with the environment. It doesn't matter who you are or where you identify yourself on the sex and gender spectrum, your conscious reality is based on being born of a man and a woman and contains both the Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine Principles.
You are, first and foremost, an individual human being who has never been born ever before in the entire history of the human species. You will never ever be reborn again at any point in the future. Your life and living existence is here and now in the present time. It doesn't matter who you are or how you identify yourself, that is your reality.
Qultura is explicitly egalitarian. There are no divisions and no hierarchies outside of those which you create in your mind. For this reason nine (9), the most potent number in terms of magic, is symbolic of those who are the least and who have the least in society. You can multiply the number 9 with any number and when you add the digits of the outcome together to a single digit you will always arrive back at the number 9. For example:
- 9 x 3 = 27. Therefore 2 + 7 = 9.
- 9 x 9 = 81. Therefore 8 + 1 = 9
- 9 x 23 = 207. Therefore 2 + 0 + 7 = 9
You are a manifestation of the universe from a conscious perspective. You are enlightened as much as you will ever be in the present moment. Any conscious awareness you seek lies within you, not outside you. It matters not how much you have been wronged, deprived, denied or excluded by others, because experience is experience, and the trauma and pain you have experienced in life from others will have manifested in the development of consciousness and increased spiritual awareness and so you will always be closer to environmental reality than the ignorant fools who believe that power lies in the Ego, in their illusory social positions, in their bank accounts and in the divisive words they spew out of their mouths.
This is something we leave you to think about.