Chapter 3

 

CHAPTER 3

 

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Wisdom from the POTEGP- Village Path. Be a worker or apprentice for a boss or mentor whose leadership inspires Loyalty.


 

Section I

 

The Third spiritual misconception one needs to resolve before they die is that the universe has only three dimensions.

This misconception can take two forms. In the first version, everything but the everyday world we see around us [the physical world/ universe or 3d world] is not real! Any existence beyond the 3d is a myth or superstition, like heaven, hell, divine existence, miracles or afterlife.

The second version of the misconception is the opposite view – the physical world and our physical existence is not real. In this version, there is truly only the non-3d and what we feel about our 3d existence is nothing but some sort of non-3d cosmic dream.

So this misconception can take two general forms: the first form in which the only reality is the three physical dimensions (the 3d) that the laws of science seem to govern; and the second form in which the so-called three physical dimensional universe (the 3d) is not real and the only reality is in the non-3d universe (the part of the universe that would be beyond the three physical dimensions).

The truth is the 3d (everyday world) and the non-3d are both real!

The universe contains both the three physical dimensions and dimensions beyond the everyday three physical ones. But that doesn’t mean the whole universe (both the 3d parts and the non-3d parts) do not follow the laws of science.

In this context you cannot equate the existence of the non-3d as the same as there being a heaven or hell. The non-3 isn’t necessarily divine/supernatural or in other words immune to the laws of science/nature. Of course, even if certain aspects of the non-3d do abide by the laws of science/nature (even if the science is undiscovered at this time), that doesn’t mean there isn’t a divine existence or a heaven and hell.

I don’t want to bore or lose the less scientifically inclined seekers with a lot of scientific explanations (I will cover the science more rigidly and more completely in appendix A). So I’ll just state the scientifically known truths or as much as is known at this time.

To do this, I first would like to look at a brief history of the relationship between religion and science in the eastern European region. This is not to imply any of the ideas necessarily only originated in this region or that the following ideas necessarily were first developed/discovered in this region. The point of this exercise is pretty universal and the concepts followed a similar development in most other areas of the world, so any major region would basically show a similar development of the separation in the concepts of religion and science.

At first, there weren’t two separate concepts of religion and natural science. There was, in essence, only one natural law, the law of the gods, which governed and explained all of the natural phenomena or natural sciences as well as any non-3d events/concepts.

When humanity started developing metallurgy, herding/ husbandry, and agriculture, they opened a door that would eventually lead to the first separations of science (the natural laws governing metallurgy and agriculture) from religion.

This separation continued through the years. It increased with the study of math and philosophy in and around 450 BCE, and with Aristotle’s formalizing the study of nature as science in and around 350 BCE.

At this point there started to be a competition between established religions and science. The concept of atheism started to form. Philosophy and natural science was starting to provide answers to questions that previously only had religious based answers.

The traditional ‘Sacred Cows’ of natural events serving as proof there was a god or gods or the supernatural, started falling one by one to the new sciences.

One of the first was the need for god or gods for controlling natural phenomena like day and night and the four seasons; these fell to the new sciences of astronomy and Newton’s laws explaining celestial motion.

One of the next losses was the belief that disease and illness was the product of supernatural spirits. This was brought about by the sciences of medicine and biology explaining disease and illness as 3d or natural processes.

Philosophical proof of the supernatural or ‘God’ started to revolve around the origin of life, the first cause and the noble/self sacrificing emotions.

These last three ‘proofs’ were then attacked by the science of evolution, the philosophy of “ God is dead,” and the new social science of psychology. (see appendix A for a more complete discussion of these points).

The last general argument for proof of ‘God’ or the supernatural, besides the question of an afterlife existence, is the existence of miracles. The atheist’s response is that there are no miracles; there is just yet undiscovered science.

Of course, none of the above constitutes an irrefutable proof of no god or no supernatural part of the universe. It just argues that none of the above constitutes proof that there is a god or supernatural entity.

Part of the misconception is the idea that the existence of non-3d is the same as there being supernatural parts of the universe.

In truth, there are more dimensions than the common three spatial dimensions, but there is nothing necessarily supernatural about them. Again, just because there are some natural non-3d  (by natural or non-supernatural I mean they behave according to the laws of science), it neither proves nor disproves the existence of some supernatural part of the universe or the existence of ‘God’.

How many dimensions are there? I don’t know, but it’s considered a scientific fact that there are more than the commonly accepted three physical dimensions. In the early 1900s, scientists became aware that you couldn’t explain all the physical effects they could see in the universe if there were only three dimensions.

The concept of a 4th dimension (the 3 physical plus time) was introduced by Einstein to explain the effects of relativity.

But adding a 4th dimension still wasn’t enough to explain the effects of quantum mechanics. Currently the most advanced theory, though still incomplete (one of the string or loop theories), states that there needs to be at least 11 dimensions in order to be able to even start explaining all the observable effects in the universe.

So the truth is that not only are the three physical dimensions (the 3d) real, but there are many non physical dimensions (non-3d) that are also real. The universe is composed of both the common three physical dimensions (the 3d) and many non-physical dimensions (the non-3d).

So what is the nature of these other dimensions? Well that depends….

For a Deist and Theist we could use a model[1] where these additional dimensions (the non-3d) show up as four other sets of dimensions. They can be labeled the spiritual dimensions, the intellectual dimensions, the transcendental dimensions and the divine dimensions.

For an Agnostic, we could look at the Buddhist model as an example, in which the dimensions are labeled as frames; the 3d/physical or 1st frame, the emotional or 2nd frame, the intellectual or 3rd frame, the analytical or 4th frame and the supra-mundane or 5th frame.

For an Atheist, we could look at the Village Path’s evolutionary model that examines facets of evolution in relation to degrees of Free Will; fight, flight, freeze, surrender & Total Free Will (self determination). Or, we could look at Freud’s model of id, super-ego, ego, amongst other models used to illustrate one’s Free Will in relation to the 3d and non-3d.

So the third spiritual misconception one needs to resolve before they die is that the universe is either only 3d or that the universe is only non-3d

The truth is the universe is made up of both 3d and non-3d!

(As stated above, this is totally consistent with currently known science as well as most spiritual and divine based systems, see appendix A.)

[1]Potegp uses models to signify the point that we are not trying to teach divine or complete truths/concepts. Models are used as tools to help one make progress within its limits – remember not to look for divine/complete truths through limited use of human words.



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Lessons from the One-room Schoolhouse

Lessons from the One-room Schoolhouse

When asked what one thinks of the archetypal one-room schoolhouse, you may conjure up images of chalkboard writing slates, a countryside landscape, or a small rural community.  You may picture one teacher giving lessons to a mixed group of first-years through fifth-year students. And you may wonder: how was one teacher so effective in instilling proper education to all ages within one lesson?

To captivate the diverse audience, the teacher would often introduce concepts through analogies/ parables or stories in order instill wisdom appropriate for each student’s current mental faculties. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain is a story that illustrates how teaching many levels through storytelling or analogy can work. For the younger student, it may represent a fun story packed with adventure. The more mature student, however, may acknowledge the underlying themes of racism and morality. And even though the younger minds may not grasp the deeper concepts in the story, the seeds (of wisdom) are planted, allowing them to blossom at a time when properly nourished (if not instantly.)

Teaching through analogy works because the teacher is able to address the entire group while allowing each individual to grasp the lessons at the level they are capable of understanding. And throughout history, one can see that many kindred spirits used this method, from Buddha to Jesus.

Learning something new has its challenges – that is why teaching through analogy is successful. It allows the learner to connect something known or familiar with the new idea. Acquiring new knowledge can be uncomfortable because it often requires  expanding or shedding from what is already known or believed. Learning vs remembering demands a sacrifice from our Ego’s previous attachments, beliefs or ideas. It takes a level of courage to explore new terrain, to question what is comfortable (known), and step into the unknown – which is what we asked ourselves to do each time we seek new experiences/knowledge.

This dive into the deep can be especially challenging when addressing spiritual matters, because it may ask us to depart from beliefs established from our family and/or society (which hold strong emotional/intellectual attachments.) The analogy-method allows the teacher to gently plant seeds of the new lesson, creating a solid foundation for when one is faced with real-world events.  In this way, the ground (student’s mind) will be more fertile (open) because the teacher only introduces new material within familiar/safe/comfortable territory. The student won’t feel as though they are swimming up against a waterfall of new information, but making calm strokes upstream.

It is important for the student to be open to the new information and not overwhelmed by it.  Being receptive to the new idea provides the opportunity to experience it. The lessons give one the knowledge, but only through a direct experience of the knowledge will the student be in position to pick the fruit – turning knowledge into wisdom….

So, what if we had the Courage to look at the world just as it is? What if we try to expand the lessons from the one-room schoolhouse to include not just a small classroom but the entire world? By broadening our boundaries of one-room schoolhouse to the entire globe, we can begin to change our perceptions of other’s and our reactions to them. We can become more Compassionate and Empathetic toward another. 

Some of our stress or suffering is often due to passing judgments of right or wrong, and getting caught up in the way things should or ought to be. This type of stress will start to disperse when we empower an inner Change employing the Wisdom of the one-room schoolhouse.  We will see the world through an inner Serenity and truly “love thy neighbor”, not for how we think they should be, but love them for who they are. If we abandon some old belief patterns, we may live the wisdom of the Serenity Prayer;

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom to know the difference.

In practice, it is hard to achieve this state of being, especially if we continue to get stuck in the judgmental loops from the limited boundaries of our perceptions derived by the file folder of our own brains/life experiences (see unlocking the brain’s file folder post).  

The Serenity Prayer, and the countless expressions alike, then become cliché. They sound great (ideal even), but the reality is that the sayings are effects of being in and of themselves, and not the roadmap of how to attain that fruitful existence…

In the next posts, we will examine tools on how to develop the Courage to Change our perceptions, Accept the nature of the universe, and awaken an inner Wisdom that instills everlasting Serenity…peace  (see Serenity Prayer & Insight post)

Key Points:

  • You can eliminate stress due to passing judgements or being shocked by the way others act, if you remember that the entire world is like a one-room schoolhouse.
  • If you find yourself stressed due to erroneous views (i.e. “what should be”), take a step back and remember to view the situation from the “others” point of view. Apply empathy, instead of treating others based on what you believe to be “right” or “wrong”.
  • When you apply empathy towards others and understand that each individual is acting at a level (of awareness) they are capable of,  you are in a position to replace negative reactions or views with a compassionate perspective.
  • When you are both empathetic and compassionate toward events/people you become more detached from a singular view/perspective. Your perception is broader, discerning and in alignment with the reality of nature/the way things are.

“It only takes a moment to be loved an entire lifetime. I am grateful to all those who have come before to shine light on the way.  I am honored to have met Greg who has blessed me with his grace and wisdom – and taught me the key to wielding the  philosophers stone – the gifts that truly keep giving – creating everyday magic within the mundane – I am blessed with gratitude for the Squillante family whom support the center and continue the ripples of love and kindness.” -J

written by Jessica Howard & edited by Emily Esten 

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow…(Part 2)

Before I go into tools that may help one find happiness, you must first realize the limitation of human words and vocabulary. The purpose of this post is not to teach a complete or divine Truth, but instead to plant a seed of an idea. One can only learn from having an experience with a direct conscious level of awareness in that moment. For example, in the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wouldn’t have believed the power to go home was all within her control she had to experience it for herself. So at best, words are tools to help one remember. Don’t look for divine wisdom within the limitations of human words.

I’d also like to clear up any misunderstanding that may have arisen with the statement that “happiness is achieved by an internal process”. There are some external circumstances that need fixing such as abusive or negative relationships of a professional/personal nature or even self-destructive habits.

Certain relationships just need to be cut loose. Or at the very least, one needs to have a certain level of disentanglement. In abusive relationships of personal or professional nature, there is nothing you can do to make it better.  Many get caught into staying way past the expiration date with rationalizations like, “If I just make myself this or that way, the relationship will be better and I will be happy.”

You cannot change yourself by adjusting your mannerisms, the way you look or by doing more in order please the relationship. The underlying problem will not disappear. No matter how you may try to make it work, the problem of the relationship isn’t solely in your control. You do, however, have control or Free Will over yourself and your choices.

Sometimes it is a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils/negatives.  So cutting the cord may be a temporary negative, but it’s better than the ongoing negative of the stress that arises each time you interact with that relationship (whether its personal, work related or behavioral).

There are some situations where people may feel that they cannot just cut the cords of the relationship completely. If this is the case, then adjust the level of entanglement or re-evaluate how much you can actually expect out of the person based on the true relationship (negative feelings stem from perceiving an event/interaction at a lower level than one had expected it to be). Please see the post, What Defines a Family?

As an example, if your “brother” by blood isn’t fulfilling the role the title brother is entrusted with, then stop expecting him to be a brother. If someone doesn’t earn your trust, then it isn’t all that surprising when they are untrustworthy… If you re-define the relationship (to match the reality of the relationship), when this person does or says something, it will not have the impact it would have had. (remember from the post, What Defines a Family? Though genetics open the door to a relationship, just because you are blood “related” doesn’t mean a relationship is automatic).

For those that may be asking, “what about unconditional love?” I agree, that is exactly the tool or the attribute needed in this case. One needs to love that person enough to realize when one needs to let go or change their expectation of the person by re-defining the relationship to match the reality of what the relationship is.

When a relationship is negative, it is negative for both (more on the bi-directional nature of kamma/karma in another post). In abusive relationships, there is no pleasing the other. Changing your “self” to please the other will not make you happy. So you have to decide to renounce the relationship completely or to choose a level of internal disentanglement.  By doing that, you are demonstrating unconditional love and having compassion for who they are, with the empathy (understanding) that each person has their own life journey to fulfill and has their own limits (just as you do). By expecting what the person is actually capable of, you stop hurting yourself and stop hurting them through your unrealistic expectations.

A simple analogy that illustrates this point is when an animal runs out in the middle of the road. You don’t get angry at that animal for not knowing any better. When dogs bark, you don’t get angry because they bark… You can’t expect more out of someone than they are truly capable of giving. Instead, learn to develop and apply an all inclusive love, empathy and compassion…

Now, to truly offer tools/advise on maintaining happiness would require an in person discussion. One reason is to sort out any confusion stemmed from vocabulary barriers, but the other is that happiness depends on individual goals.  So first one needs to establish a goal and to truly desire happiness or figure out what defines happiness for oneself.  To make progress that is long lasting would require more than the one-directional nature that this post can offer…

However, as promised, in addition to the concepts/tools already mentioned, here are some simple tools that one may use as a starting point. Each tool requires a daily maintenance, sort-of way to check in and re-asses. Just like you check your car for flat tires.  Don’t wait till the tires pop, look before you drive. To eliminate or decrease stress in ones life, one can start by checking in with Friendship, Insight and Forgiveness on a daily basis. This may sound like a lot, but you need to constantly evaluate as both the self and the world are constantly changing.

Friendship is a key tool or component in maintaining happiness. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy by no means made it back home alone… friends are the family you chose.  In Buddhism this is called the sangha effect- a gathering of like-minded folks who share a similar goal or set of values that encourage and nourish each other’s soul/spirit or intellect. Or in a more Humanist philosophy, it’s the Socrates type sit-ins and study groups …

The benefit of the sangha effect is that others will help you to see past your self-delusional problems.  No matter what you think, you will be delusional about yourself, hence why it is named self-delusion.

Another benefit to like-minded folks gathering around is that you will help each other in both strengths and weaknesses.  The strengths will be positively reinforced. It is likely you will help to balance each other’s weak areas, as we all have different weaknesses and strengths. So instead of reacting with envy (traits that cause stress) when a friend has a particular skill that you may lack, try instead to learn from them. Most likely, you too have a strength that is one of their weaknesses.

On your own, you may be able to get started on your journey toward happiness. But having good friends will provide you with the stamina to keep with it. In the movie, many times there were moments of wanting to fold or give up (especially The Lion, with his innate reaction to flee from uncomfortable situations), and without the encouragement of friendship the Lion, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, Dorothy and toto wouldn’t have made it through.  Another significant point is that they all had different goals or desires to achieve; but those differences didn’t matter because they were united in supporting each other in achieving their individual goals.

Get to know your self/ Insight. Notice what is happening in your life. Observe and notice when stress arises. Then start to examine why the stress aroused. Typically this has nothing to do with reality and more to do with one’s expectation falling short. When this happens, learn to find the silver lining (replace the negative with a positive). To do this requires confronting lots of mirrors.  Looking within and reflecting on what is perception and what is reality. We can pray for peace, but if we have pre-conditioned ideas of how it should be delivered we miss out on learning how to attain peace, internally. You can’t change the nature of the world (obstacles will arise). If you desire peace, all your inner wars will be declared to provide you with the opportunity for you to learn to become peaceful.

Another aspect of Insight requires making friends with yourself (all facets of self). Start to encourage the qualities of one’s character that bring forth peace, and start to weed out the ones that cause stress.  Give yourself pep talks when you start to stray from your goal to help get back on it. Again, it is important to establish your goal and define what happiness means for you to even know where to start. Tools like insight or jhana meditation, and yoga are amongst the many in helping one pay attention and witness the workings of one’s inner conscious. These tools allow us to expand one’s knowledge of self and also lay the groundwork to be in a position to have the direct conscious level of awareness of experiences as they come into being.

Practice Forgiveness. When the stress does arise, don’t beat yourself up. Self-loathing won’t solve the guilt. Fighting anger with anger doesn’t make you any more calm or bring you closer to peace.  Don’t give in by giving up.  Know that it is part of nature for things to unbalance. Remember the delta effect (from the first segment of this post). Learn to forgive and don’t waste energy by allowing negativity to rent space in your head. Let go, to give room for happiness to enter. Take comfort in knowing there is no unchanging self. Realizing this for yourself and for others helps you to forgive self & to empower the changes you do have control over. If you continue to hold onto the past, there is no room for the future. You can’t change the past, but you can change going forward.

There will always be problems at your doorstep to distract you from the hard choices in life – how to deal with self & how to actually commit to leading a life of peace or happiness.  We are good at distracting ourselves. We wait to appreciate what we have until the moment it is gone.  We put aside how to handle the workings of our own inner conscious and look to the easy routes of fixing problems outside of oneself (the grass is greener syndrome). Know that Freewill comes in a package. So if you desire happiness, you have to do the work to achieve it. AND most of all, you have to go out and experience it for yourself! When you do, have a little Faith that the universe will conspire to help.
In a conversation with Greg, he reminded me that all rainbows are circles, even when you only see a fraction of the rainbow. The reality is that all rainbows are complete in and of themselves, as circles are universally symbolic of this wholeness. Many analogies inspired by nature can be applied to your own journey. You may only perceive a fraction of yourself, but know somewhere inside, a complete you is waiting to be realized.

written by Jessica Howard, Abbess of the POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center

edited by Emily Esten & Abbey Courchaine

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Somewhere over the rainbow…

The Wizard of Oz, as both a book and movie, is a beloved classic. The film version is one of my all time favorite movies, stirring up many fond memories. For the purpose of this post, I am interested in the heart of the story. Its invaluable lesson of the simple reality of true happiness. As one learns by watching the movie, true happiness is within reach, as long as you look in the right place, within yourself.

The reason it is a classic or a master-piece is because it tells a tale of profound truth, and whether or not the audience is fully aware of that truth, the story will makes an impact or plants a seed. That is the power of story telling and storytellers.  They have the ability to portray a truth in a way that reaches many. For some the story may be entertaining or others who make the connections to the story’s core, it’s a lesson about life. Either way it’s  a win-win! (This is sort of an example of how the one room school-house works).

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy seeks something better than the humdrum life in Kansas.  She envisions that true happiness is just over the rainbow, as often people do think the grass is greener on the other side. Once in Oz however, she begins to realize home wasn’t so bad and the people of Oz don’t have it so good either. While the grass of Oz is literally greener than Dorothy’s world of black and white, the truth is Oz has its own faults and struggles, and Dorothy finds herself longing for what she already had.

Many fads and trends are the effect of society’s desire for happiness – think of –  the new ways to lose weight (with fast results) or trendy items that come in and out of fashion for you to buy that will ‘bring’ you happiness. People want a quick fix – a miracle, if you will – just like Dorothy wanted life over the rainbow. People often wait for happiness to show up. They start pinning their happiness on external circumstances . ‘I’ll be happy when I have this or when this happens I will finally have all that I need’…  The fact is, somewhere over the rainbow doesn’t exist, in terms of making you happy.  There is no magic pill – nothing you can take nor any outside circumstance will suddenly gift you with the happiness,  we all truly deserve.

The problem is, even if you do realize that true happiness is found within, the body measures deltas. Deltas make us gauge our experiences (or perception of an experience) based on the most recent past experience.  As an example: Place your left hand in hot water and your right hand in cold water. After a moment, place both hands in a bowl of room temperature water. The left hand will measure that the room temp. water is cold, whereas the right hand will measure that the same water is warm.  In reality, the water stays room temperature.

Another example of the delta effect can be seen in emotionally abusive relationships. The reason why people may stay in them so long is because they don’t realize how abusive they are. The abuse from period A to period Z may be extreme, but what the person is really experiencing is period A to B, whereas B becomes the new normal, then period B to C, where as C is now the new normal. This pattern repeats until the person is at Z and the abuse has gone unnoticed. By this time, the body is now conditioned to accept/tolerate this new level, because when comparing just the abuse of Z to Y, it really isn’t that much of a difference.

Dorothy changed her perception of how good home was only after experiencing the trauma of life in Oz. That is just another example of how the delta effect plays a role in our lives…

In the moments that you do achieve a level of happiness associated with an event or an external circumstance,  your feelings of happiness are bound to change because of the delta effect.  So you may be happy because you went from jobless to working, or you may be upset because you came back from vacation and have to go back to work.  Your perception of the situation compared to what came before determines the level of happiness you achieve, not the total reality.

Perceptions are tied to the body’s delta effect and paired with your desires/expectations of what you want an outcome to be, it is no wonder the idiom, life is a roller coaster is so palpable. Even when you eliminate a huge stress in your life or lost the weight you desired to lose, it only opens the door to another stress or desire to surface to the top. And when that happens you are unhappy again…

The Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow all had preconceived ideas or expectations of what they thought/perceived having a heart, courage, and brains were. This expectation limited them from realizing they had those attributes all along.  Dorothy realized there is no place like home and finally discovered through her journey and with the help of others, what happiness really is. Home or Happiness is always close by. Happiness is within reach because it is within you, just waiting for you to grasp at it…

Happiness is not reached by any external solution. It is an internal process that requires tools for maintenance. In the next post I will discuss some tools one may use to begin the journey to realizing their own happiness.

written by Jessica Howard, Abbess of the POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center

edited by Emily Esten

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What’s In a Name / Unlocking the Brains File Folders (Continued part 3)


Please watch video | Lecture by Greg Squillante

 For the seekers out there here is a short summary of this posting’s lessons…

You can’t dismiss reality; it just isn’t necessarily what is in your brain (for example, when everyone thought the world was flat, they perceived it was flat, but in reality it is round.) Even though you act on your perceptions of what is in your head/brain, reality still matters.

When you decide to start to deal with reality (both 3d & non 3d), one must also realize your perception of reality is controlled by this file folder effect. Your perception of “reality” is determined by what the brain is interpreting. Your mind/brain has certain inputs; perception of sound, taste, odor, sight, and touch and your experiences are filtered through these inputs.

Even when there is a sixth (seventh, eighth …etc, as many dimensions as there are in the universe, they too exist within you) input (or the non-3d event) – the mind will interpret it as one of the five traditional (3d) senses. If you experience a non-3d event, your brain will subconsciously interpret it and label it as one of the five senses or as an emotion or as intellect…etc. (Something you have grown up learning and are familiar with)…Unless you bring conscious awareness to the fact that your brain does this and practice not applying the file folder effect!

By applying this knowledge you will increase your awareness and realize that you have many non-3d experiences that aren’t necessarily “super-natural” or defy the laws of the universe. For instance The Noble attributes are non-3d experiences. If you have you experienced the process of Unconditional Love? Or Blind Faith? These experiences/processes are non-3d events. You miss out when your brain subconsciously files them under emotions, or intellect. You may experience the non-3d more than you realize, but you have spent your entire life re-labeling these non-3d events to match the 3d.

thanks for listening/watching/reading!

Jessica

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The PHOENIX

Greg F. Squillante made his final crossing on Monday December 8th, 2014 (perfectly coinciding with the days snow flurries – no coincidences there)…

Founder of the POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center, Spiritual Guide, Mentor, Teacher Best Friend, Husband, Father, Brother the lists of titles of roles he fills and the numerous hats he wore could go on and on and on. Depending on who you are talking to the titles and labels change. He would preach the problem with human language and say labels are just labels, but beneath it all it is the concepts and meaning to the labels what matter most, giving birth to who we really are or ideas in which we conceive…

Since I’ve known Greg, I knew our time here was limited – he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer before we met. He was retired and since age 55 began primarily focusing on his own Spiritual growth. This being said, I have never seen a busier “retired” person in my life… throughout my apprenticeship there would be times I would become saddened by his imminent departure and to comfort me he would tell me “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all”…I know now though through his examples and teachings that even better is to simply love.

Many times during lessons I would look up in awe of this person who has accomplished so much…
Greg lived his life for others and as a spiritual person, which means he also lived for the betterment himself…He would always say, “I’m half Portuguese and half Italian, half of me does favors and the other collects IOU’s.” Even after the cancer spread, he stressed, not about death, but about getting things done for his family, making sure they were all set in their future. His loyalty to those he loved is just one of his legacies. What better way to teach than to live and lead by ones own examples!

Greg’s lessons and examples on how to better your life, become more aware, or have more free will (and those that know him – all know how Greg loved to test his own free will), are available to all who wish to be guided. But there is a catch, he will collect his IOU, you must pay it forward.

One of my most favorite books is the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The fountainhead is a symbol that represents, that from which all things come. I think for most everyone that has embraced Greg into their lives can say that he is the Fountainhead. His rare, backwards thinking creates and enables things to happen… whether it is his 30 plus businesses, the ingenuity and inventive projects (one of the most memorable inventions is the air ship that he designed with capabilities to land on both water and land – the picture below I bought for him in memory of the days spent designing this ship). He not only could perceive others – but could help them learn how to hone this skill (he taught many how to fish rather than just handing out fish, whether people liked it or not).

When I was going through tough times during my apprentice training, Greg once said that all he can do is shine the light. It is up to me to walk in it or not. The point is, it is a choice and one that is only yours to make. So though his physical presence is not with us. The truth is Greg still remains, he has simply shifted his awareness to a dimension beyond what our eyes can see. BUT our spirit knows better…his lessons are part of him, and if by choice you follow his lessons or ask for help, he will be there with you guiding you.

Greg taught me that there is no unchanging self. He did not invent this universal truth (I think he was busy re-inventing the wheel in too many other departments of his life). Greg is the one who helped me understand and know the essence of the fact that change is a constant force in our lives.

Greg is with us in our thoughts, memories, he is with us as he always has been. Those whom have met Greg (and trust me I have seen him change the lives of people in a matter of seconds in an elevator with even the smallest gesture that would end with laughter) no matter the time they have been in his presence they have been inspired, have admired, found respect for, grew to trust, gave loyalty to him (and again another long list of words that could go on)… what I am trying to say is what you really love about Greg, these qualities are the parts that still exist, the parts that transcend the three physical dimensions (3d) – his spirit/soul/aura and true essence (or as we like to say the non-3d parts – which I think is a label invented by John, Greg’s brother when they used to have spiritual discussions or some might even say spiritual debates). The non-3d exists in us all (as Greg would like to say “if the universe has “21+” dimensions, everything in the universe has exactly that” – he would often use scientific analogies as his educational background was in engineering and physics). The many ways our bodies may limit us I believe are why we are here, to give us opportunities to learn to grow and to transcend. Greg surely has transcended and paved a way for many to follow in his footsteps…

Later on Monday afternoon while driving a big truck ended up right in front of me – At first I was distracted by my own thoughts – then I noticed what the truck had on it, A phoenix, huge and golden and right in my face. The very symbol of cyclical regeneration was giving me a wink and a nod or as Greg would say I was getting a marshmallow (He teased me often because he would say his guides mostly provided him with wrenches). A couple of years ago during one of his lessons Greg had used the story of the phoenix as a way to express that not only is there a death and rebirth from one life to the next (even if you do not believe in reincarnation – it works as an analogy for the death of your physical life to your existence and emergence of your soul unbounded in your afterlife) But the phoenix reminds us that in each moment there is a death and a rebirth in oneself.

Greg is part of the universe as he always has been, he is simply changed.

For those that knew him I can guarantee he has changed you. For those that don’t know him directly, the ripples of his kindness and wisdom will (if your reading this, it has already begun). Greg opened the Spiritual Guidance Center so he could pass down the lessons of his teachers and guides for those who are seeking. The POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center is his way of giving back. As it is in the process of being built, he wanted to make sure family and friends were involved so that it had that sense of community – people coming together for the same cause. Within his family, myself and all his students his legacy his lessons will continue.

I am honored and privileged to have worked with Greg (in the 3d…and I’m sure it will continue through the non-3d). Throughout my apprenticeship Greg has helped me understand his lessons (the lessons of his guides), who he is, and who I am and who I’d like to be. I am grateful for his Trust and Faith in me to continue his work and humbled by his amazing family who has been supportive to make his vision possible.

Dance with the memories and sing out loud with those who have felt what you have felt in his presence (as I say this I am flooded by memories of watching mama mia – singing to the songs and just enjoying being who we are – the sangha effect). I want you to know that he is with you always. If you have been inspired by his guidance let that take hold, let that dwell inside and be who you are now. He has been there for your helping you cross a river. His physical presence represents a raft, a tool. You must let it go, going forward for the next journey ahead. Accept with grace in your hearts and faith that his passing is not a thing to dwell in anger over. If you have felt blessed as I have, pay it forward in your own way – give back – let go of any loss or doubts and instead hold onto LOVE – it is what he asks of you.

I will be forever grateful for the opportunities, the lessons, and the bravery he has given and inspired in me. Those moments as can only be described as “scary but liberating”

Like the phoenix as it transforms from its own ashes, Greg is with us – so even as we say goodbye to one facet of him make sure you also say hello. And if you thought while reading this that I have been repetitive in trying to get the message across well then you should have been around for one of Greg’s lessons/lectures or writing sessions!

I’d like to share with you one of Greg’s favorite poems from Robert Frost,

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

I am happy to know Greg no longer has miles to go!

Gregory Francis Squillante was born February 9th 1949 and transitioned to the non-3d/heaven/oneness December 8th 2014.

Philosophy Of The Eight Guided Paths (POTEGP)
The POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center is a non-profit

Visiting hours will be held at the Auclair Funeral Home, 690 So. Main St, Fall River, Friday December 12 from 4 – 8 pm, with a funeral service during the visitation at 6 pm. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center, 311 Sanford Rd, Westport MA 02790; or to the Mutliple Sclerosis Society, 101 A First Ave, Waltham MA 02451

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What’s In A Name?: Unlocking the Brain’s File Folders (Continued)

Before I jump into how this information can practically be applied to help you with your day-to-day interactions, First, I’d like to review a previous posting by Greg.

Human language is tricky. If you haven’t read Greg’s posting on Language, I suggest you take a moment now and read it….I mean it…

Basically, as Shakespeare said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And if there are 6 billon sets of eyes in the world, then there are 6 billion definitions of beauty…meaning we all speak our own language. English by Jessica is not necessarily the same English by Greg. The problem of human language is that working with the brain’s lazy/subconscious file folder routine may cause unnecessary stress and also may take away from experiences that are much more than they seem.

Here are ways to practically apply this information…

1) Stop assuming everyone is using the same file folder as you. (Apply insight and try to see things through the other person’s file folder)

When you catch yourself in an argument, take a step back. Then, take an extra step and make sure you and the person you are arguing with are actually talking about the same thing.

(For instance, some of you who read the first part of this posting might have disagreed or been confused by the fact that brown and any other color not part of the rainbow is a figment of the mind/optical illusion. This is because I was limiting the boundary conditions to the light entering your eyes. So if you found yourself disagreeing you most likely were thinking of pigments, which behave differently).

The file folder can be a good way of short cutting, but it will also leave you to jump to conclusions or preconceived ideas of what answers should be, based on your own past experiences. The limitations of human languages may lead you to be talking oranges while the other person is talking apples (in the case of color, pigments vs visible light.)

Another way Greg often depicts this situation is in the following old saw;

Does a tree make a sound if it falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it?

Take a moment and decide, whether it does or does not make a sound…

The correct answer depends on the boundary conditions. If you define a sound as a vibration of air molecules in the human audible frequency range, then the answer is simply yes. When the tree falls it causes to the air to vibrate in some of those audible frequencies, therefore the tree makes a sound when it falls whether there is a person to hear it or not.  On the other hand, if you define sound to be the process of a brain interpreting air pressure changes, then there is no sound, if there is no brain there to interpret these air pressure changes.  It is the boundary conditions of the vocabulary that determines which answer is correct.

So next time you find yourself in a disagreement, take a moment to really listen (separate what the person is saying from what your brain predicts what they should/shouldn’t be saying). And, like the lesson in the old saw above, make sure you define vocabulary.  Much of the stress caused by arguments can be prevented by applying this simple reality.

2) You may experience the non-3d or spiritual or divine more than you realize.

Loyalty defined by POTEGP is the ability to self-sacrifice one’s physical/3D self interest or set aside the physical facet of ego. (Loyalty also enables one to over rule ones bio-chemical/evolutionary based body). This is such a rare occurrence that when you experience a person demonstrating Loyalty we call them Heroes. A person who runs into burning buildings to save complete strangers, like a fireman or even a lay person passing by. These people can overcome their 3d/evolutionary/bio-chemical reaction for self-preservation and risk their own life for the sake of another.

Lets look at Unconditional Love. Most people will file Unconditional Love away as an emotion, ignoring just how transcendental or rare it is. I’m not talking about lust, which a biochemical (3D) reaction that may cause one to perceive they are in “love”. I am talking about Unconditional Love, by POTEGP’s definition – the ability to concurrently set aside one’s physical and emotional instincts or facets of ego. This attribute is actually part of the non-3D (anything other than the 3 physical dimensions).

If a person has a file folder that only contains 3d, he will file Unconditional Love with other emotions such as; hate, like, dislike, anger. But to apply Unconditional Love which enables someone to override 3d evolutionary reactions is something beyond emotions.

An example of Unconditional Love is illustrated in the following story that was passed down from Greg from his parents:

This story concerns one of Samuel Colt’s (the founder of Colt firearms) relatives. Samuel Pomeroy Colt had a large summer estate in Bristol, RI.  One of Samuel’s decedents, whom this story concerns, had two passions; hunting and sailing. The young man formed a bond of love with his dog, a hound, through their many days of childhood adventures and later hunting companions. This bond represents a true gem of this world.

While they spent every moment they could together, one time of separation was when the young master would go sailing. Though physically separated during this time, they were never spiritually separated. The young man’s faithful companion would go to shore to see his young master and friend off and then sit and wait at the shore for his young master and friend to return. The hound would stay at the shore from the moment of departure, staring out at the sea until his friend would return.
One fateful day, there was a storm at sea.  The young man was lost at sea, thus never returned. The Loyalty and Trust of the hound for his friend overcame the 3D/biochemical survival instincts for self preservation. Out of the Unconditional Love the hound had for his friend he waited refusing to leave the shore to eat or drink, until the hound himself passed.

This story was memorialized by a bronze statue of the hound and a plaque at Colt state park in Bristol, RI –  that is until someone stole it. (Some animals are more spiritual than some humans).

The point is that we mislabel events and experiences all the time. Unconditional Love isn’t just another emotion and Loyalty isn’t just a physical action. These experiences are beyond the 3d. They are choices made available by dimensional facets each of us has the potential to unlock. But, if we let our brains subconsciously file events and experiences as just 3d and/or we just ignore the fact that the brain does this, than how can we truly have full awareness of these other dimensions (non-3d/spiritual facets) if we don’t even recognize the non-3d that we are actually experiencing around us.

There is a bit of a double edge sword here. Just because your brain perceives something as “real” doesn’t mean it is. And you may experience something real and not even realize or perceive its true nature because you are mislabeling the event.

So what is in a name? The label itself doesn’t really matter, but the meaning attached to that word label does (have a little Faith in me… when I say that we all carry with us our own experiences and meanings behind each and every word label).

In summary, you can eliminate stress and build awareness of experiences around you if you clear up vocabulary and stop relying of the subconscious file folder (or at least begin to realize/ stop ignoring the fact that your brain does this.)

In close I will leave you with one of Greg’s favorite questions?

What is my name?

hippopotamus

 

1) Hippopotamus 2) River Horse 3) kiboko 4) Bob

Stay tuned for the answer in the next posting!

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