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Category: My Philosophy: The Contemplations Series


The Contemplations Series – A Modern Application of Philosophy 

Contemplations of Greatness

There is a driving force each of us feels inside that pushes us toward greater things. Some people find this motivation easily, while others struggle to find the energy.

We are each aware at some level of that nagging sensation we get when we begin to feel of your dreams slipping away. Since this feeling comes from something within us, is it something that each of us can discover and use to our benefit?

Look within and you may discover that the exact same sensation that drives you can also be used to transform your life into the one of your dreams.

Sometimes this push can at first come from others, seeing the flame of potential in yourself and wanting to see you do better. But to truly reach this potential, it has to be a conscious choice to want to do better.

In philosophy, there is something known as an internal drive, created by an element of our individual destiny.

This drive is called our entelechy, better known as an awareness of your full potential from your actual present state.  Aristotle believed that our destiny is driven by our entelechy and that entelechy is the essential part of what drives our development, from cellular to emotional and physical systems.

Our entelechy pushes us toward growth because personal growth is only attained after introspective reflection is conducted, without judgement.

Discernment, patience and an ability to be honest with yourself are all virtues needed so that one day you may seize your own moment of greatness.

If you are struggling to reach your own level of greatness, you only need to reconnect with yourself to find your own way. If you search your heart long enough you will find that drive, your inner entelechy, and you will know what you need to do for yourself to reach your potential. Most likely you already know the greatest impedance on reaching greatness is your greatest enemy, your fear of yourself.

Fear of failing or anxiety over certain achievements can cause a lot of self doubt, but these too should be met with an impartial eye. Otherwise, you will only continue to hold yourself back.

Ask yourself, “Why am I so afraid of trying?”

We can become very comfortable with ourselves as we let our dreams slip past us like the night sky. But one day you will wake up and realize what dreams you made a reality will either be your demise or your own ascent to greatness.

If you let your dreams die out of fear of your own potential, you’ll never know what could have been. It would be like buying a fireworks display that you are too afraid to fire. You can imagine how great and spectacular the lights could have been, but the grand finale never happens. Not without a choice.

Imagine how many beautiful lights and dazzling displays are never shown because of self doubt?

Ask yourself the question and be ready for the answer.

 

Am I holding myself back from reaching greatness?

If your answer is yes, find the strength to look into your psyche and be able to detach yourself from your emotional reactions through what you witness during this process. Not all of what you discover about yourself will be pretty; but the aversion you feel is created by that same energy that is compelling you forward, toward greatness.

Go with that feeling, go with the aversion.

That which plagues you or makes you feel uncomfortable should be confronted. This will be hard and is the exact opposite of how we are normally wired to react to things; but there is a reason to go toward the pain, rather than away from it.

A reward.

When you find the sensation of anxiety or something that makes you feel uncomfortable  about yourself, you are finding the source that drives you. Your entelechy.

Go with the pain.

If you do you will find something miraculous. Not only will you reconnect with your inner drive and find that motivation toward greatness. You will find a strength has grown in place of your pain and you are a different person because of it; and that alone is a feat of greatness worthy to be proud of.

 

Eric Anthony Crew


“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” _ Helen Keller
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Contemplations of Empathy

 “God sells us all things at the price of labor.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci speaking not so cryptically about the law of karma. In all aspects of life, you get what you put in.

When I was growing up, I had quite a hard life and yet I was always told that it will get better. “Don’t worry,” someone would assure me, “it will get better.”

Even my mother, the amazing soul she is, could see the suffering that I was going through and would try to make a promise she knew she could not keep by telling me the same. But for some of us, life won’t necessarily get any better; and depending on your mindset, that might not actually be a bad thing.

There is a certain type of miracle in simply being alive, and at our present time with such a wealth of information available at our fingertips. Anything and everything that our curiosity demands appears available, streaming even. With so much capacity for gaining knowledge in today’s society, ranging from the spiritual to the mundane, it truly presses the notion that each of us incarnated at this particular time for a particular lesson to be learned.

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One way of looking at life is that the more experience a person has, the more opportunities there are for each individual to actually learn from the lessons they were meant to, which in turn enables the growth their soul actually incarnated for, (it sounds a lot easier than it is apparently).

There is this beautiful concept in Eastern Philosophy called Wu Wei, while Taoist in nature, Wu Wei offers a rather stoic perspective of life that I often use to help myself understand the changing energies around me. Wu Wei literally translates the the action of non-action. Or what you are doing when you are doing nothing. This is basically a concept to get you to understand that first without action, there is still action being taken and those actions are your thoughts _ which in turn is the only thing we have under our full control over in life.

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Wei rather well with his infamous quote, “You can never step into the same river twice.”

Is the main concept trying to be put forth is that nothing remains the same and the only thing that remains constant is the flux.edb585c95bfdf4fd03275a24af54818c

This flux is basically that ever-changing push of life that takes our unrealized potential toward something new, for better or worse depending entirely upon our actions and intentions.

A large part of why I am so grateful for all that has transpired in my life can be attributed to the idea and philosophy continuing from the notion of flux.

When I look back in remembrance of everything, I have to smile and enjoy all of it because they were my experiences to have had. All the loves I burned so brightly for; all the amazing individuals that have crossed my path; the immense struggles that taught me vigilance through the strife; and especially the intense pain that gave me the strength to rise above it all.

Without the struggle, the beauty of our paths would fade in its importance. Yet, thanks to the Laws of Karma (in return for my reactions to this struggle), I was given a great gift of empathic wisdom.

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What is empathy? And what does being an empath or having a strong sense of empathic guidance mean?

Understanding empathy and what the difference is between empathy and sympathy is a good way of understanding a lot of the issues stemming from the many different personality types there are out there, which in turn stems from each person’s unique interpretation of reality.

There is only one reality, but with each sentient being capable of their own observation, there are also equal amounts (so likely infinite amounts) of interpretations of the one reality.  And as I showed in article, “The Current Shift in Consciousness“, scientists have learned from observations such as “The Double Slit Experiment” that we really do impact the reality around us simply by observing it. Thus, each of us truly co-creates all that we live and see, and strangely enough, a lot of what we don’t see as well.

Empathy is the phenomenon that occurs when one person triggers an empathic reaction in another based on a mutual understanding coming directly from a certain kind of connection that goes far beyond language. This is a physical, as well as an electrical reaction, one that can even be seen on the EM spectrum and is in actuality caused by a chemical response  in the heart. What some people call our “heart consciousness“.

Having a heightened level of empathy helps connect beings from an understanding of having physically, emotionally as well as spiritually having experienced something individually that connects each person to that same energy of that experience.

These are emotions dealing with a preternatural sense of knowing and feeling thing that a completely different person is feeling and knowing, simultaneously. Somewhat like the metaphysical equivalent of the soul’s emotional deja vu, but reality is not contingent upon our acceptance of its connectivity, it is merely colored by it. Neither is our awareness of any of this.

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is more of a psychological reaction to something, the difference of empathy and sympathy in this regard would mean you are dealing with a spiritual and emotional reaction (empathy) versus one solely based on the logic of cause and effect (sympathy). At some point as well in our contrasting of these two terms, we are perhaps simply only dealing with a certain level of vernacular, or how people choose to word things.

But in terms of an empathic versus a sympathetic reaction to something you are typically dealing with an (feminine/yin) emotional versus (male/yang) logistical reaction.  Knowing the difference between these two types of reactions and when to apply them can be very beneficial knowing which reactions are better suited to which problem or unexpected life event.

An example of a sympathetic reaction would be that a teacher feels bad that he has to fail a student that he likes based on his test scores, but the student did not do well enough on his test for a passing grade. The teacher exhibits a healthy level of sympathy in feeling bad for the student, but (using the male dominant logic of cause and effect) logically the teacher understands that the student and the teacher are both merely obliging to the structure and rules of their pedagogy and that an emotional or empathic reaction probably wouldn’t benefit the situation.

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Resigning yourself to the fact that the only thing that ever really stays the same is change, allows a certain kind of complacency which helps to align your mind with the power of the Now, which is in turn just the feeling and act of being completely present at that moment in time.

So in essence, it is we that must adapt to that concept that change is not only imminent, but necessary. Which is the same as realizing that you, yourself, are causing your own disappointments in life and could very well be holding yourself back from creating experiences that could change your life profoundly.

Life truly is an expression of your thoughts, which are in turn a half-step of the actions you will take, all of which end up reflecting your character, soul and purpose in life.

Remember that every intention has a purpose; but ask yourself; whose purpose are you serving? And are you ok with that…? If so, then you are in a beautiful place because no one can take that away from you; you are free.

Eric Anthony Crew

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Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. Taken from a lecture given by Jeremy Rifkin as part of the RSA’s free public events program..


 


 

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The Importance of Mindfulness


Being cognizant is not necessarily the same thing as being mindful. Being aware of something does not necessarily mean that you will remain mindful in your thoughts and actions after this ‘awareness acknowledgement’ has taken place.

It can be understood that what you pay attention to, you will become aware of, but there has to be a conscious decision to start the process of observation. When this process is directed at the Self, many important observations can be made in relation to parts of the self that need to be worked on or channeled differently in order to create balance within the whole.

When a person decides to be mindful of the Self, they are taking their consciousness and redirecting their energy to be mindful about their actions, in-actions and reactions in everyday life. This process can be very arduous or very easy, depending wholly on one’s perspective and perception.

Personal growth isn’t usually an easy feat, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as challenging as we make it out to be, especially when we make these observations about ourselves with a stressed mind.

One way of thinking about this is to imagine our mind as a flowing river of water. The more chaotic our thoughts are, the less clear the water is to reflect the things in life as they really are, simple. Or at least much less complicated than we make them out to be.

Instead of viewing life as full of tasks that we must accomplish in order to be happy, a shift of perspective would be to view it instead a simply having an experience that we ultimately needed in the long run to become who we are. Therefore, we all must change our attitude in order to liberate ourselves these negative feelings. Nothing can bother you if you don’t allow you to bother yourself. This may sound silly but its just like when Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

This is because everything that bothers you is an external manifestation of something within that you wish to change. And what is change if not just a ripple in the water?

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And while it’s admittedly frustrating, it’s actually better to have the ripples muddle your stream once in a while, isn’t it? Because in the end, we generally tend to realize that it is better to embrace the changing waves of time than to sit idly in calm waters and never expect the tides to change. Such would be a task of a fool, and yet as irony would have it, time and time again we seem so surprised when the abrupt depths of change blindsides us and washes over us “unexpectedly”.

Being mindful of ourselves is to be mindful of these ripples as being part of the stream itself. That the ripples are only temporary and the chaos of the moving water will always propel you forward; its just to what end that is the unknown (and to some, half the adventure).

Taking a moment to acknowledge and simply observe the Self and actions of the Self is the first step. Do not make judgments about what you observe when you take the time to watch yourself. Simply pay more attention to everything you do and (with the least amount of emotional reaction) ask yourself in a constant query of reflection, “Why do I do this?” or “Why did I react that way?” and “Do I enjoy the way I reacted or acted to this situation?”.

As rudimentary as all this seems, you become hyper aware of yourself, as well as your reactions and emotions and the benefits from this form of self improvement are worth writing a few books about.

After enough observation is complete, we can act. Start taking all of those observations you made about yourself and put your reactions of them into your physical daily actions. For instance; if you don’t like the way you respond to something, you will now have the building blocks for learning how to deal with them better by looking at your response in a healthier way to help make the adjustments in your behavior that make you feel better about yourself.

The part of the Self known as the Ego often would have us believe nothing about us needs changing, though in fact we are change and change is one of the only true constants we will see in our lifetime. Moving with the change rather than against it, is far more conducive to personal ascension than by creating these emotional roadblocks that we were all taught to live with.

Resentment is an interesting part of human emotion and thought processing.

The reasons for the feelings of resentment are not necessarily the important part to consider when being mindful of this recognition.

The fact is we all create resentments in our minds all the time. We do this automatically out of an emotional reaction to feeling pain. Our body and our minds have incredible mechanisms to prevent this from affecting us like it could, but the funny thing about this is that until we become mindful of this process; it just repeats itself and we are never able to fully let it go and let ourselves grow.

The Fear of being affected by that feeling of pain again, whether it be ridicule or a moment of extreme hardship, is driven by the desire to be free of the possibility of ever dealing with that kind of situation that created the pain in the first place and our unexplored reaction to this is what resentment stems from, or possibly is what resentment is in totality but that isn’t the important part of this lesson.

 Instead, try to be mindful of the fact that resentment is present in the first place.

By not resisting the fact that this feeling is there, and is a natural reaction your emotional body creates, you will become much more content in your everyday life by not allowing resentment to take hold of your subconscious. By being mindful of reactions you have, such as anger and resentment, but not getting upset with yourself merely for having them allows you to pay better attention to your faults in order to strengthen your weaknesses (and improve your strengths as well).

This is because you will be paying more attention to where the source of this energy is coming from, the root of resentment so to speak.

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After acknowledging the roots without personal judgment or condemnation, one can take the time to shower yourself with exactly what you now know you need; thoughts and feelings that are opposite in nature to the ones that bothered you. Even though these situations that create these negative emotions vary from person to person, a really interesting thing is that it is the same element that seems to rectify these problems no matter what or whom is involved: love.

The consciousness of acceptance, the very essence of understanding is in itself an expression of Love because it is opposite to the energies that Fear brings and especially the ignorance associated with the lower impulses of Fear based consciousness.

Carrying these resentment for long is similar to carrying a poison deep within your chest, damaging you both physically and emotionally. So in letting your mind experience the new energies you created by being mindful of your emotions, you actually create energy within your mind that are completely opposite of what was so detrimental. Eventually the poisonous emotions ebb and drain from your psyche, and you will begin to see how useful letting go and the art of mindfulness can truly be.

My advice? Speak mindfully, eat mindfully, think mindfully, and you will realize being mindful comes not as a second nature but by pure instincts! Being mindful is a method of creating harmony in one’s life, and by extension everyone’s lives around you.

Mindfulness is much more than just being aware, it is a process that requires a person to work at observing what seems to come naturally to ourselves; and then taking the time to apply the changes you want to observe. It really is just like when Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Eric Anthony Crew

“Silence is the only language spacious enough to include everything and to keep us from slipping back into dualistic judgments and divisive words.” – Richard Rohr, Silence & Strain

Contemplations of Quietude

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The Benefits of Meditation

There is a lot to be said in the phrase that, “Praying and meditation are one part of a two-sided coin.” I used to think that meditating was a more pure and direct path to “god” (the universe, the “god” of the universe, pick a “___” and go with it) as both increase your GABA production and both are proven to create channels in the cognitive regions of the brain that assist in the release of endorphins and serotonin as well as lower blood pressure and many more amazing, positive effects. However many of the studies and scholarly articles that I have read produced by fairly prestigious researchers suggest that meditation could help to fortify many other functions of the brain, more so than with the use of prayer alone.

I took this as meditation was “better” than prayer because it is not confined by any parameter or structure that is not based on anything other than what you and your connection with the singularity could produce; which in turn is primarily based on your own level of awareness and consciousness, as well as practice. My assumption, at this point, was that prayer was always going to be inferior to meditation because in prayer you are almost always following someone else’s written words and directives for communication and worship; or even in contemplating what can be said, should be asked, and what will or can be produced from such a ritual. To a degree, I still feel that there are more limitations to a theology based form of meditation-like prayer over meditation itself; yet now I have expanded upon this notion by finding a way to bridge the gap between the two. Continue reading

The Current Shift in Consciousness

For today’s world it is sometimes necessary to explain the same thing to different people in more than one particular way; this is due to the many different versions of the way we each perceive the same reality. That being said I think I have the perfect three ways to explain this current consciousness shift for anyone in a way that would help them to understand and accept it as a reality no matter your vantage point or base perspective.

For the Spiritualists: You have already felt, or have begun to feel the changes already and understand that intention manifests the reality you desire (for both negative and positive consequences, depending on your intention).

For the Scientists: (Think Double Slit Experiment); Quantum physics explains that our world is PROBABILISTIC, not OBJECTIVE. This is a simple, yet profound way of saying that solids (particles) behave like waves (frequencies) depending on whether or not they are being measured (observed or watched). In other words, we directly impact our reality based on our level of awareness and perception.

For the Pessimists: Think about “group hysteria” and or “mass hypnosis” – a very real, demonstrable part of the human collective consciousness – and consider that when enough people are each both individually and collectively concentrated on a particular thing; it will become a suggestive part of their literal reality. The result would be either a positive infusion of accelerating ascending consciousness, or a detrimental setback based on ignorance, intention and action.

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There are so many unique ways to participate in the coming (and current) ascension of humanity’s vibrational frequency as we return towards a unity consciousness; our “return” proposed by some as a passing from our current state of a heightened 3rd dimensional frequency to that of a level that is most likely one energy quanta level above where we currently reside.Unity consciousness can be best understood as that which encompasses the knowledge of a unified Universe.This is largely all due to the fact that on December 21, 2012 our solstice sun will once again be in the constellation of Aquarius, meaning we have indeed made it to the Age of Aquarius (check here for my all-encompassing article as I detail the 2012 event for the last and final time). Many just beginning this journey may feel the need to constantly challenge the status quo, or to “correct” others from acting upon their lower impulses in order to better cohere with what is to come.While this may work for some, it is not always a necessary task to undertake.Those that have experienced the difficulty of trying to push your discoveries onto others (I prefer the term and action of nudging) will be able to empathize with the frustration and general nature of dealing with another’s ego and psyche during this process. Unfortunately, many losses of friendships and family may occur due to this. The problem at this point is a lack of vision in the person that is “ascending”.It is important to understand that the action of pushing these viewpoints onto others is only one way to help (and sometimes that is not quite the word I would use) to be as the Bodhisattva and to assist others during this transition; but there is another way.

Through  the many ways we each may take toward our own personal path of “enlightenment” we can take comfort in knowing that when you concentrate on just your own energy, on_ raising just your own frequency through your own conception of personal ascension by whatever means you feel appropriate you will also be, in turn, helping to raise the vibrational frequency of all of humanity because (as we remember now from quantum physics) we are all connected. This is in actuality, a much more effective way of assisting others during this time. I write this in hopes that I may help other whom find themselves frustrated in wondering what they can do to help; and to that person I say, do you.

Eric Anthony Crew

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Starting with a short music video inspired by the ascension process and features the artwork of Alex Grey; the final segment in my philosophical trilogy addresses the alternative media fed “hype” of the upcoming and current ascension of consciousness for humanity; namely whether if is it real, if it is it measurable… and has this happened before? This segments concludes with the ideas of Universally known truths with the proposal of consciousness in of itself as the root for all measurement and offers an anecdote for the personal involvement in assisting our world with the very real changes ahead.

Please enjoy and check back soon for my first book, “The Truth About Everything“, due out in late 2014 as well as new videos to follow.

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My “GOD” Theorem

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.” – Thomas Jefferson

Discussions, theories and discourses on religion or theological aspects are rarely clear or cut and dry; if they were, many of us would each be in agreement with the same  idea or theory thereof. That being stated, I would like to write out my own theory for why there is only one entity that some call “god” and my supporting thesis as to why we are all part of this same entity.

God (or fill in the “___” with your own desired nomenclature) is only capable of being ONE physical entity; meaning there is only ONE source for everything.

There is a great story that I will paraphrase for my use in explaining the perspective that most of us begin with; which is the idea of rejecting infinite regress, meaning that one does not believe in time as an endless stream, which would demand a “cause” & “effect” and “beginning” & end”.

Two Greek philosophers were curious about Atlas, the deity charged with holding the great weight of the world upon his shoulders.

As the one philosopher queried, “If Atlas holds up the Earth, what holds up Atlas?”

To which the other philosopher answered, “Well that’s simple my friend, Atlas is standing upon the back of a giant tortoise shell.”

At this the first man pondered for a moment and then asked again, “But then what does that tortoise stand on?”

As if anticipating this question the philosopher smiled and said, “Why, my good man! Its tortoises all the way down!”

I believe in the rejection of infinite regress is incorrect and that time is really just an illusion caused in part by our dualistic perspective and the necessity of mass adhering to the vibrational frequency of our third dimensional constructs. This partly explains why the greatest minds of our time and were never able to get past the issues of “time”, “god”, or the “Big-Bang” in most philosophical contexts – nor were they able to fully convince others of their ideas either.

So; if we are to accept that “time” is merely a fallacy demanded by our need to measure the immeasurable and that there is no true beginning nor end to anything (think of the very pertinent looping shape of the infinity symbol) we are finally able to let go of the largest hurdles in contemplating the divine. Continuing with this pattern of thought, let us also then accept the postulation that time is not inherent in the Universe and so there never was a beginning to “God” nor will there be an end. By accepting this we are able to somewhat fix the problems we have when trying to explain the origins of the Universe; as we always get caught up on the beginning of things.

“A twisted ring of gas, one that stretches more than 600 light-years across the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, has been discovered by astronomers using the powerful infrared Herschel space telescope. The gaseous ring, which gives birth to new stars, has a kink in the middle, such that it looks like a cosmic infinity symbol.” SPACE.com

Moving on from this we now have to assume that there is a FIRST source, or a FIRST MOVER, or God if you will (that which is unmoved by others, uncontrolled by others and thus not contingent upon the existence of anything other than itself) … and so now there is 1.

From this 1 (“god”) we get everything.The proof of this is the idea that “god” made us all from itself; if you can accept the above postulation; then you must also believe that “god” was/is the only and first entity that had to use its own fabric/self to create everything else. If this was not the case then we would instead have 2 original entities; “god” and the “fabric” or the material from which “god” created all forms of life. If there were 2 original entities (god & the fabric), we would the have to reject infinite regress again because something would have had to have “made” the fabric and “god” or one to have come before the other; which again would not make sense within the parameters of infinite regress.

Therefore, “god”, or the Source, must have made all forms of life, matter and frequencies from its own material; else again there would have been two sources. Thus we now have a passable explanation for the idea that there not only a first source – often referred to as God – but that we are all made of this being and thus… are all god.


Eric Anthony Crew

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