The power of belief

If someone can make you believe something, then they have a certain power over you because they can also make you fear something, desire something else, and through this they can gain control over your mind. If someone can gain control over your mind, then they can gain control over your whole life, what you think, what you say, and what you do. They can control the nature of your whole existence.

Words are powerful. Extremely powerful. What makes words so powerful is a number of things. The first and most obvious is that language is the central human reference point of life. Words form the basis of not just language, but also culture, cultural awareness, cultural and social values, and so to a large extent they determine our relationships with each other, our role and position in society, in the community, and even in our families.

The second fairly obvious reason what makes words so powerful is the powerful nature of human memory. The human brain is one of the most complex anatomical structures in existence. Human beings are characterized by their powerful psychological and emotional processes through which they can process large amounts of consciousness rapidly and their powerful memories and imagination and ability to create, form and develop concepts through thinking.

What you believe is who you are

To a greater extent you are defined by the social and cultural values you were taught in childhood by various authority figures in your life - your parents, teachers at school, your grandparents, and also other people who you chose to give your authority to and believe in.

Throughout your life you have constantly been told who and what you are by other people. They do this in various ways. They do this by imposing laws, conditions and rules on you, by the obligations and expectations they set for you, by the behaviour ruts they force you into, by the things they tell you, by the fact that they always call you by your name. This is also down to the fact that living among people involves being constantly bamboozled by information and constantly being in a state of ceaseless chatter and thinking.

Out of this you get the Ego, which is the role you play in society, the image you present to others, and the social construct you identify yourself as, and how other people identify you. But here it's important to understand is that the Ego is who you think you are, who other people think you are, not who you really are.

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Actual reality v. conceptual reality

There's a fundamental principle here which applies to conscious awareness. You can only be as consciously aware as you are able to put into words and language. It's not enough to be able to think it. You also need to be able to say it and write it. Otherwise how is anyone else going to know if you know what you're talking about if you cannot put what you think and feel into language?

As small children we were pretty much rooted and grounded in reality (actual reality), and both open-minded and curious enough to pay attention to what was going on around us and just let everything unfold. Our social and mental conditioning took us out of that and replaced it with a conceptual image of reality. This is why small children ask 'why' questions. It's not because they have any great insight into society or anything. It's simply because small children have difficulty understanding adult concepts and logical thought processes.

For most people the process of social and mental conditioning (and education) creates confusion between what is actual reality and what is conceptual reality. This can really screw up both your perception and your thinking processes. It can also remove any ability you have of returning to your natural state of mindfulness. In actual reality there are no 'things', no separate events, no such thing as time, there is just consciousness, energy and space. Therefore to understand what is 'really' real, and what is 'relatively' real, or conceptual, we need to become familiar with various illusions.

Separateness here means separateness between you and your environment, and also separateness between you and everything else in your environment, including other people. Believing in separateness as reality gives you a profound sense of isolation, alienation and loneliness. You feel that you are alone and isolated in the world, in your environment, and separate from other people.

There is of course no separateness, either between self and environment, or between self and other. We're connected in many ways to our natural environment through our constant need for air to breathe, water to drink, a need for a natural habitat in order to live. Similarly we're connected to each other through relationship as a species. I've written about this in my previous two insights.

If we can agree that environment can be many different things together in relationship, it should be clear that what is environment and what is individual is entirely arbitrary. When you stop and think about what makes up your physical body surely you can understand that your body is just as much an environment as everything which exists beyond your skin. The connection between the environment of your body, your brain and the wider environment all around you is of course the mind.

This is a tricky illusion to figure out because we are so conditioned to believe in cause and effect, and this is closely connected with the next concept or illusion of past and future. We are conditioned to believe that time is linear and flows from the past into the future but this is not the case.

Stimuli from your environment is coming at you in a multi-dimensional continuum of sensation and experience - which means everything is happening everywhere all the time. Now if you get caught up in the illusion of continuity, and permanence, you run the risk of becoming too attached to expectations and outcomes. From this you can find yourself either becoming too attached to past events and losing contact with reality, or you can become too attached to just one belief or thing, and become ignorant of everything else.

Outside the habitual, regular or cyclical - and life experience can be either cyclical in nature, or made up from random unconnected sequences of events, depending on your level of conscious perception, life is a constant stream of random, unconnected events, happenings, and variables which contradict or don't connect to one another.

It's always important to not get too attached emotionally or psychologically to what is going on around you, and also to keep an open mind.

This is a fairly simple concept or illusion to understand. Both the past and the future are concepts and only exist in your memory - and the collective memory of others through common events and history - shared or common experiences. You can only think of the past and the future as thoughts in the present moment in time.

Now this is where it gets a bit more complex. What you should find is that time is a concept which flows outwards from 'now' or the present moment back into the past and into the future. Please keep in mind that time does not exist in actual reality. There is only the present. It's only that we have been conditioned to believe that there are separate events and happenings (separateness) so that we can translate our experiences into language and people understand what we are talking about.

Here it's important not to see the present moment as a second on a clock but to try and find a way of connecting 'now' to what is actually going on around you. This is where we get into scale and dimension in thinking and perception. Now, or the present, can be just as much as what's happening in your life today as it is in the present moment or minute.

External authority is another concept or illusion which catches very many people out, particularly when it comes to physical or material power (social, economic and religious/political). The bottom line here is simple. Nothing and nobody has any authority or power over you that you have not created in your mind. External authority is something that you create and give to other people and is tied to your Ego. This means that all power and authority is purely conceptual. It's based on trust and confidence.

Is truth your authority, or is authority your 'truth'?

Obviously some degree of external authority and trust is created for the simple necessity of social cohesion. I don't advise, for example, going against the authority of medical opinion or a doctor, or with regard to the law and legal advice. But there are many cases where you need to weigh up the authority you're creating against trust and truth, for example when choosing a religious or political belief, when engaging in certain forms of therapy, following a certain philosophy or doctrine.

Qultura works on the premise of 'ultimate authority', i.e. you are your ultimate authority (see below).

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

This is a Latin phrase which means 'who gods the gods?'. It refers to the futility of external authority. Authority has a nuanced relationship with both trust and truth and the difference between belief and knowledge. In order to become you, the real you, you will need to go against external authority and break the rules which bind you, but in order to break the rules and go against authority you need to be following your own principles and be capable of sharing insight and wisdom yourself.

It's important to remember that social conditioning, however which way it applies to you, sets a trap which you invariably fall into. Your Ego is not who you really are. It's just an image you put out there, a social construct, a concept, and surely you understand that you are not just a concept. You are real. Your Ego is just who you think you are, and who other people think you are. It's a compromise between your innermost feelings, thoughts, emotions and desires on the one hand, and the wider external social forces around you.

This is something that many people throughout their lives fail to understand and realize. That what enslaves you and chains you to modern mainstream culture and the wider social and political forces out there is not the Government, it's not 'culture', it's not other people, nor is it other organizations or corporations.

It's your own Ego.

Your Ego is the source of all your fears, anxieties, desires, and many of the emotional and psychological issues you go through, not to mention of course the conflicts you get drawn into with other people. But as I've stated previously, your Ego isn't real. Your Ego is a combination of the image you assume yourself to be and the image or things you have been assigned by other people, such as your name, your education, your social standing, status and background.

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Karma (the Process)

In order to wrap up this insight and tie up some loose ends we need to start thinking about karma. In terms of Qultura karma is quite simply physical activity, or 'process', as in the principle and the process. Karma is both what you do and what happens to you. Karma is thought, it is action, it is choice, is it any physical activity you can think of.

Karma is therefore any form of physical action or activity. If you stop and think about the basic pattern or rhythm of your lifestyle, such as the activities of daily living - getting up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, you should find that they follow a pattern of cycles or waves, or if you prefer, habit. A habit is just something you do regularly in a cycle. If you stop and think this through some more, you should find that the patterns, rhythms or cycles which make up your life are seemingly infinite.

Karma is also memory, because memory is also very much process. Memory is not just something you have in your mind or your brain, i.e. the neural pathways which are created through thinking. Memory is contained in every single biological cell. Probably you eat carrots. So too do rabbits, horses and donkeys. However when you eat a carrot you do not become either a rabbit, a horse or a donkey do you? You remain a human being. When you look at yourself in a mirror you have no way of knowing whether your eyes are the same eyes as your grandfather or great grandmother, or your ears are the same ears as someone in your bloodline a couple of centuries ago.

All physicality, and physical action - which makes up all the activity and karma you can perceive - forms a basic pattern or cycle which is based on a vibration of energy. Evolution is where the rhythm, vibration or pattern changes into something new.

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The secret to life (the Principle)

If you've read the first two of my insights you should be familiar with a rough basis of mysticism, or the most important mystical principles. What I want to do here is give you some awareness or insight as to how this relates specifically to you and your life. The key to understanding mysticism at its most fundamental level is to understand that the basic rhythm or pattern of all physical existence is a cycle or wave, but also that every wave or cycle is made up of a wavelength and frequency. These wavelengths and frequencies vary in terms of scale and dimension.

So now what I want to get into is the Principle - from the Principle and the Process. What I mean by the Principle here is your conscious perception or ability to perceive your environment and other people. This breaks down into two levels of consciousness:

Your focus of conscious attention is your basic, most superficial level of consciousness. This level forms the basis of your Ego and it's what you use to think with and what you use to focus your attention on stuff. This is the level of consciousness which you've been socially and mentally conditioned to think with. It's limited, you can only focus on one, two maybe three variables or things at the same time.

Your focus of conscious attention isn't exactly a level of consciousness, but much more of a spectrum made up of different levels. Level means something precise and exact, and consciousness is never really precise or exact (because like space it's hard to pin down). It's also otherwise known as spatial awareness, peripheral vision, it's everything you are aware of even though your mind is not focussed on it. For example let's say you're driving a car and talking to someone else in the passenger seat. Your focus of conscious attention will be focussed on the conversation, and your conscious awareness will be focussing on your driving and what's happening on the road.

In terms of Qultura both your conscious attention and your conscious awareness go together with your subconscious to make up your Principle - or Core Being. Unlike other similar methods of changing or transforming your state of consciousness, such as Buddhism and Taoism, which use meditation and yoga techniques, Qultura is designed to make use of language. This is because language is the central human reference point for living existence.

This means that generally speaking, language is used in ways which develop mindfulness, through such activities as reading, listening to music, social interaction, creative writing, browsing the internet and so on. You're reading these insights and you learn the methodology to increase your levels of conscious awareness and figure out what your process is, and what your principle is. This leaves you free to figure out what works best for you in terms of practice. Chances are you will spend more time reading or in social interaction with other people, so there's not much point in meditation or getting involved in yoga, because you're using language every day. The 'what' of Qultura is contained on this website, and you need to figure out the 'how' from your individual life experience.

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From a 15 to a 5

Qultura is a system created and developed to enable you to return to a state of mindfulness through a connection to your environment and community. It's a way of enabling you to complete your mystical transaction and achieve unity and oneness with your environment through an awareness in mysticism, magic and Akashic power. Therefore it promotes mindfulness through conscious living, community participation and involvement, which in turn eventually, will result in being able to live effortlessly on the basis of your individual truth and individual life experience.

What makes Qultura so successful is that it gives you the ability in a relatively short period of time to be able to intuitively feel, sense and know how to live through being able to perceive and recognize signs coming at you from your environment, your circumstances, and other people.

You are already relative to an environment with an infinite amount of insight accessible to you through consciousness. You are born with a brain. The human brain is a fantastic, electromagnetic quantum organ for processing consciousness. It's got millions and millions of neuron cells. It's far more powerful than any computer or digital technology ever devised. The human brain is amazing for its capacity to process and transform consciousness through conceptual thinking processes. Consider that the human brain is so complex the science of neurology is around a century old, and is going to be the science of the 21st century.

You are born with this, naturally, and probably like most people not only don't you use it anywhere as close to its potential, you're probably not even aware of what your brain is capable of.

The whole point of Qultura is to find ways where you can get your brain to work for you. You don't need to be a neuroscientist, a brain surgeon. All you need is a basic, fundamental awareness of mysticism, and a willingness to explore, experiment, learn and discover.

You were conditioned out of your natural state of mindfulness early in childhood. You still have that ability to be in your natural state of mindfulness, it's there for you. But you cannot go back into that natural state on the basis of your conscious attention alone. Trying to do so keeps you in a position of one of the Devil's acolytes in the first Tarot card (the Devil). You need to find a way of coming out of that narrow focus of conscious attention and living in your wider pool of conscious awareness. Only you can figure out how to do this because you're the only one who is conscious of your memory.

So what you do is explore and learn about the mysticism through these insights and Qultura methodology, get involved in community, and figure out what works for you and what doesn't.