Abrahamic religions and the Force

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23 Mar 2014 03:38 #142317 by
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Connor Lidell wrote: And, really only to the intellectual mind.

Okay, I dig what you said in all that, I'm totally on board with most of it, it's just this bit that's sorta miffing me a little bit. It's really semantics, but I'd like to address it for a second.

To single out "The intellectual mind", you imply that there's the "Unintellectual mind", the "inferior", the "lesser". I really don't like that at all, personally, especially when you sort of imply that you're the "Intellectual mind" in this equation. Not only does that lack humility, but it's sort of insulting to those who don't bother with philosophy, and all that (Which is totally a valid way to go about life! Philosophy and religion isn't for everybody. It doesn't make someone intellectual or otherwise.)

Again, I could totally be misinterpreting you, or just nitpicking ridiculously, but I really wanted to address that. I've been getting a bit of a "Holier-than-thou" vibe from some people around here recently (not you!) and it seems a bit antithetical to what the Order is all about. Just my two cents, sorry for derailing the topic! :)

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23 Mar 2014 03:48 #142318 by
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I can't explain myself better than this.

From Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now.

When someone goes to the doctor and says, "I hear a voice in my head," he or she will most
likely be sent to a psychiatrist. The fact is that, in a very similar way, virtually everyone hears
a voice, or several voices, in their head all the time: the involuntary thought processes that
you don't realize you have the power to stop. Continuous monologues or dialogues.
You have probably come across "mad" people in the street incessantly talking or
muttering to themselves. Well, that's not much different from what you and all other "normal"
people do, except that you don't do it out loud. The voice comments, speculates, judges,
compares, complains, likes, dislikes, and so on. The voice isn't necessarily relevant to the
situation you find yourself in at the time; it may be reviving the recent or distant past or
rehearsing or imagining possible future situations. Here it often imagines things going wrong
and negative outcomes; this is called worry. Sometimes this soundtrack is accompanied by
visual images or "mental movies."
Even if the voice is relevant to the situation at hand, it will interpret it in terms of the
past. This is because the voice belongs to your conditioned mind, which is the result of all
your past history as well as of the collective cultural mind-set you inherited. So you see and
judge the present through the eyes of the past and get a totally distorted view of it. It is not
uncommon for the voice to be a person's own worst enemy. Many people live with a
tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital
energy. It is the cause of untold misery and unhappiness, as well as of disease.
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true
liberation. You can take the first step right now. Start listening to the voice in your head as
often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old
gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is
what I mean by "watching the thinker," which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in
your head, be there as the witnessing presence.
When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not
judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in
again through the back door. You'll soon realize: there is the voice, and here I am listening to
it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It
arises from beyond the mind.

The intellectual mind, as I seem to have called it, is nothing more than a limited thing. The "unintellectual mind" as you have coined it, is what is known as the eternity. It is non-judgment. Judgment comes from comparison to the past.

It has its uses, but you should not be used by it.

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