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The Big Book Promises (all of them, so far)

A Friend of Bill W.
 
The Big Book Promises
(all of them, so far) 
Many of us have heard of the Ninth Step Promises from page 83-84 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are, however, additional promises in the Big Book.
 
The following is a list ofapproximately 150 promises that I compiled from the first edition of the Big Book. Some of the promises are directly associated with completion of a step. Some of the promises are inferred from the experiences of the first 100 men and women who recovered from alcoholism.
 
In either case, I have found it helpful to remember there are promises throughout the Big Book, if we just look for them.
 
ENJOY!
 
The promises associated with completing all twelve steps:
The Story of How One Hundred Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. (Title Page)
WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and woman who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics PRECISELY HOW WE HAVE RECOVERED is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all. (Forward to the First Edition)
On the other hand – and strange as this may seem to those who do not understand- once a psychic change has occurred, the very same person who seemed doomed, who had so many problems he despaired of ever solving them, suddenly finds himself easily able to control his desire for alcohol, the only effort necessary being that required to follow a few simple rules. (Doctors Opinion (fifth page))
 
Nearly all have recovered. They have solved the drink problem. (17)
 
But, there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. (16)
 
The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism. (17)
 
There is a solution. (25)
But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. (25)
 
We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. (25)
 
The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. (25)
 
The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. (25)
 
He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. (25)
 
We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works. (28)
 
Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. (29)
 
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (60)
 
The promises associated with Bill W.s Story:
I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes. (8)
 
God had done for him what he could not do for himself. (11)

Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known. (11)
 
Thus I was convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want him enough. At long last, I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view. (12)

My friend promised when those things were done, I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator, that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems. (13)
 
These were revolutionary and drastic proposals but the moment I fully accepted them, the effect was electric. There was a sense of victory, followed by such a peace and serenity as I had never known. (14)
 
It is a design for living that works in rough going. (15)

We commenced to make many fast friends and a fellowship has grown up among us of which it is wonderful thing to feel a part. The joy of living we really have, even under pressure and difficulty. I have seen hundreds of families set their feet in the path that really goes somewhere; have seen the most impossible domestic situations righted, feuds and bitterness of all sorts wiped out. I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of heir families and communities. Business and professional men have regained their standing. There is scarcely any form of trouble and misery which has not been overcome among us. (15)

There is, however, a vast amount of fun about it all. (15)

Most of us feel we need look no further for Utopia. We have it with us right here and now. Each day my friends simple talk in our kitchen multiplies itself in a widening circle of peace on earth and good will to men. (16)
 
The promises associated with step one:
Nearly all have recovered. They have solved the drink problem. (17)

But, there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. (16)
 
The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism. (17)

There is a solution. (25)
But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life as we had been living it. (25)

We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. (25)

The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe. (25)
 
The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. (25)

He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. (25)
 
We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works. (28)
 
Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. (29)

Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release from care, boredom and worry. Your imagination will be fired. Life will mean something at last. The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead. Thus we find the fellowship, and so will you. (152)

You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” (152)

It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come. The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that! (153)
 
Still you may say: “But I will not have the benefit of contact with you who wrote this book.” We cannot be sure. God will determine that, so you must remember that your real reliance is always upon Him. He will show you how to create the fellowship you crave. (164)
 
Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us . Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us. (164)

We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. (164)
 
 
The promises associated with step two:
Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. (45)

We found that as soon as we lay aside prejudice and expressed even a willingness to believe in a power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God. (46)

Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another’s conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with Him. (46)

As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. (46)

We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. (46)
 
To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. (46)
 
Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach. (47)

As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built. (47)

Here are thousands of men and women, worldly indeed. They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward the Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. (50)

In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. (50)
The outlines and the promise of the New Land had brought lustre to tired eyes and fresh courage to flagging spirits. (53)
 
We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. (55)

We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us. (55)
 
If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then if you wish you can join us on the Broad Highway. (55)
With this attitude you cannot fail. (55)
 
The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you. (55)

Even so has God restored us all to our right minds. (57)

But He has come to all who have honestly sought Him. (57)
 
When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us! (57)
 
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. (58)

The promises associated with step three:
a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.c) That God could and would if he were sought. (60)

Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. (62)

Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom. (62)

When we sincerely took such a position, all sort of remarkable things followed. (63)
We had a new Employer. (63)

Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. (63)

Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. (63)

More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. (63)
As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. (63)

We were reborn. (63)

This was only the beginning, though if honestly and humbly made, an effect, sometimes a very great one, was felt at once. (63)
 
The promises associated with step four:
When the spiritual malady is overcome, we start to straighten out mentally and physically. (64)

We cannot be helpful to all people but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one. (67)

Just to the extent that we do what we think He would have of us and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity. (68)

We ask him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what he would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear. (68)

In meditation, we ask God what we should do about each specific matter. The right answer will come, if we want it. (69)

If we are sorry for what we have done, and have the honest desire to let God take us to better things, we believe we will be forgiven and will have learned our lesson. (70)

We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. (70)

We have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. (70)

We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on the them as sick people. (70)
 
We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. (70)
 
The promises associated with step five:
Once we have taken this step, withholding nothing, we are delighted. (75)

We can look the world in the eye. (75)

We can be alone at perfect peace and ease. (75)

Our fears fall from us. (75)

We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. (75)

We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience. (75)

The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly. (75)

We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. (75)

Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. (75)

The promise associated with step eight:
If that degree of humility could enable us to find the grace by which such a deadly obsession could be banished, then there must be hope of the same result respecting any other problem we could possibly have.(12&12 76)

The promises associated with step nine:
If our manner is calm, frank, and open, we will be gratified with the result. (78)

In nine cases out of ten the unexpected happens. Sometimes the man we are calling upon admits his own faults, so feuds of years’ standing melt away in an hour. (78)

Rarely do we fail to make satisfactory progress. (78)

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. (83)
 
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. (83)

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. (83)
 
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. (83)

No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.(84)

That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. (84)

We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.(84)

Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. (84)

Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. (84)

We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. (84)

We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. (84)

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them. (84)

The promises associated with step ten:
And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone even alcohol. (84)
 
For by this time sanity will have returned. (84)

We will seldom be interested in liquor.
If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. (84)

We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. (85)

We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. (85)

We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. (85)

We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality safe and protected. (85)

We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. (85)

We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. (85)
 
If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of His Spirit into us. (85)

To some extent we have become God-conscious.(85)

We have begun to develop this vital six sense. (85)

The promises associated with step eleven:
Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. ….It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. (86)

Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. (86)

Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives. (86)

In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. (86)

What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. (87)

Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. (87)

We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. (88)

We become much more efficient. (88)

We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves. (88)

It worksit really does. (88)
 
The promises associated with step twelve:
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. (89)

Life will take on new meaning. (89)

To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. (89)

Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If you persist, remarkable things will happen. (100)

When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned. (100)

Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances! (100)

Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. (100)

Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed. (102)

The power of God goes deep! (102)

We have stopped fighting anybody and anything. We have to! (103)

Promises associated with the “Lost Chapters.”
There is every evidence that women regain their health as readily as men if they try our suggestions. (104)
 
We want to leave you with the feeling that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness to great to be overcome. (104)

Yet often such men had spectacular and powerful recoveries. (113)

The power of God goes deep. (114)

But sometimes you must start life anew. We know women who have done it. If such women adopt a spiritual way of life their road will be smoother. (114)

When you have carefully explained to such people that he is a sick person, you will have created a new atmosphere. Barriers which have sprung up between you and your friends will disappear with the growth of sympathetic understanding. You will no longer be self-conscious or feel that you must apologize as though your husband were a weak character. He may be anything but that. Your new courage, good nature and lack of self-consciousness will do wonders for you socially. (115)
 
We have elsewhere remarked how much better life is when lived on a spiritual plane. If God can solve the age-old riddle of alcoholism, He can solve your problems too. (116)
Now we try to put spiritual principles to work in our lives. When we do that, we find it solves our problems too; the ensuing lack of fear, worry and hurt feelings is a wonderful thing. (116)
If you and your husband find a solution for the pressing problem of drink you are, of course, going to be very happy. (117)

The faith and sincerity of you and your husband will be put to the test. These work-outs should be regarded as part of your education, for thus you will be learning to live. You will make mistakes, but if you are in earnest they will not drag you down. Instead you will capitalize them. A better way of life will emerge when they are overcome. (117)

When resentful thoughts come, try to pause and count your blessings. After all, your family is reunited, alcohol is no longer a problem and you and your husband are working together toward an undreamed-of future. (119)

Both of you will awaken to a new sense of responsibility for others. (119)

You will lose the old life to find one much better. (120)

Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought that in, Gods hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have – they key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. (124)

Let them remember that his drinking wrought all kinds of damage that may take long to repair. If they sense these things, they will not take so seriously his periods of crankiness, depression, or apathy, which will disappear when there is tolerance, love, and spiritual understanding. (127)
 
Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle. (128)

Joy at our release from a lifetime of frustration knew no bounds. (128)
 
If the family cooperated, dad will soon see that he is suffering from a distortion of values. He will perceive that his spiritual growth is lopsided, that for an average man like himself, a spiritual life which does not include his family obligations may not be so perfect after all. If the family will appreciate that dads current behavior is but a phase of his development, all will be well. In the midst of an understanding and sympathetic family, these vagaries of dads spiritual infancy will quickly disappear. (129)
 
Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness. (130)

We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.
We are convinced that a spiritual mode of living is most powerful restorative. We, who have recovered from serious drinking, are miracles of mental health. But we have seen remarkable transformations in our bodies. Hardly one of our crowd now shows any mark of dissipation. (133)

In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it. When this happens, they can be invited to join in morning meditation and then they can take part in the daily discussion without rancor or bias. From that point on, progress will be rapid. Marvelous results often follow such a reunion. (134)
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The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic

The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic

Walter Pitts rose from the streets to MIT, but couldn’t escape himself.

Not wanting to risk another run-in that night, Pitts stayed hidden until the library closed for the evening. Alone, he wandered through the stacks of books until he came across Principia Mathematica, a three-volume tome written by Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead between 1910 and 1913, which attempted to reduce all of mathematics to pure logic. Pitts sat down and began to read. For three days he remained in the library until he had read each volume cover to cover—nearly 2,000 pages in all—and had identified several mistakes. Deciding that Bertrand Russell himself needed to know about these, the boy drafted a letter to Russell detailing the errors. Not only did Russell write back, he was so impressed that he invited Pitts to study with him as a graduate student at Cambridge University in England. Pitts couldn’t oblige him, though—he was only 12 years old. But three years later, when he heard that Russell would be visiting the University of Chicago, the 15-year-old ran away from home and headed for Illinois. He never saw his family again.

McCulloch was a confident, gray-eyed, wild-bearded, chain-smoking philosopher-poet who lived on whiskey and ice cream and never went to bed before 4 a.m.

In 1923, the year that Walter Pitts was born, a 25-year-old Warren McCulloch was also digesting the Principia. But that is where the similarities ended—McCulloch could not have come from a more different world. Born into a well-to-do East Coast family of lawyers, doctors, theologians, and engineers, McCulloch attended a private boys academy in New Jersey, then studied mathematics at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, then philosophy and psychology at Yale. In 1923 he was at Columbia, where he was studying “experimental aesthetics” and was about to earn his medical degree in neurophysiology. But McCulloch was a philosopher at heart. He wanted to know what it means to know. Freud had just published The Ego and the Id, and psychoanalysis was all the rage. McCulloch didn’t buy it—he felt certain that somehow the mysterious workings and failings of the mind were rooted in the purely mechanical firings of neurons in the brain.

Though they started at opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, McCulloch and Pitts were destined to live, work, and die together. Along the way, they would create the first mechanistic theory of the mind, the first computational approach to neuroscience, the logical design of modern computers, and the pillars of artificial intelligence. But this is more than a story about a fruitful research collaboration. It is also about the bonds of friendship, the fragility of the mind, and the limits of logic’s ability to redeem a messy and imperfect world.

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WALTER PITTS (1923-1969): Walter Pitts’ life passed from homeless runaway, to MIT neuroscience pioneer, to withdrawn alcoholic.Estate of Francis Bello / Science Source

Standing face to face, they were an unlikely pair. McCulloch, 42 years old when he met Pitts, was a confident, gray-eyed, wild-bearded, chain-smoking philosopher-poet who lived on whiskey and ice cream and never went to bed before 4 a.m. Pitts, 18, was small and shy, with a long forehead that prematurely aged him, and a squat, duck-like, bespectacled face. McCulloch was a respected scientist. Pitts was a homeless runaway. He’d been hanging around the University of Chicago, working a menial job and sneaking into Russell’s lectures, where he met a young medical student named Jerome Lettvin. It was Lettvin who introduced the two men. The moment they spoke, they realized they shared a hero in common: Gottfried Leibniz. The 17th-century philosopher had attempted to create an alphabet of human thought, each letter of which represented a concept and could be combined and manipulated according to a set of logical rules to compute all knowledge—a vision that promised to transform the imperfect outside world into the rational sanctuary of a library.

McCulloch explained to Pitts that he was trying to model the brain with a Leibnizian logical calculus. He had been inspired by the Principia, in which Russell and Whitehead tried to show that all of mathematics could be built from the ground up using basic, indisputable logic. Their building block was the proposition—the simplest possible statement, either true or false. From there, they employed the fundamental operations of logic, like the conjunction (“and”), disjunction (“or”), and negation (“not”), to link propositions into increasingly complicated networks. From these simple propositions, they derived the full complexity of modern mathematics.

Which got McCulloch thinking about neurons. He knew that each of the brain’s nerve cells only fires after a minimum threshold has been reached: Enough of its neighboring nerve cells must send signals across the neuron’s synapses before it will fire off its own electrical spike. It occurred to McCulloch that this set-up was binary—either the neuron fires or it doesn’t. A neuron’s signal, he realized, is a proposition, and neurons seemed to work like logic gates, taking in multiple inputs and producing a single output. By varying a neuron’s firing threshold, it could be made to perform “and,” “or,” and “not” functions.

Late at night, McCulloch and Pitts alone would pour the whiskey, hunker down, and attempt to build a computational brain from the neuron up.

Fresh from reading a new paper by a British mathematician named Alan Turing which proved the possibility of a machine that could compute any function (so long as it was possible to do so in a finite number of steps), McCulloch became convinced that the brain was just such a machine—one which uses logic encoded in neural networks to compute. Neurons, he thought, could be linked together by the rules of logic to build more complex chains of thought, in the same way that the Principia linked chains of propositions to build complex mathematics.

As McCulloch explained his project, Pitts understood it immediately, and knew exactly which mathematical tools could be used. McCulloch, enchanted, invited the teen to live with him and his family in Hinsdale, a rural suburb on the outskirts of Chicago. The Hinsdale household was a bustling, free-spirited bohemia. Chicago intellectuals and literary types constantly dropped by the house to discuss poetry, psychology, and radical politics while Spanish Civil War and union songs blared from the phonograph. But late at night, when McCulloch’s wife Rook and the three children went to bed, McCulloch and Pitts alone would pour the whiskey, hunker down, and attempt to build a computational brain from the neuron up.

Sidebar: Pitts, the Poet

Before Pitts’ arrival, McCulloch had hit a wall: There was nothing stopping chains of neurons from twisting themselves into loops, so that the output of the last neuron in a chain became the input of the first—a neural network chasing its tail. McCulloch had no idea how to model that mathematically. From the point of view of logic, a loop smells a lot like paradox: the consequent becomes the antecedent, the effect becomes the cause. McCulloch had been labeling each link in the chain with a time stamp, so that if the first neuron fired at time t, the next one fired at t+1, and so on. But when the chains circled back, t+1 suddenly came before t.

Pitts knew how to tackle the problem. He used modulo mathematics, which deals with numbers that circle back around on themselves like the hours of a clock. He showed McCulloch that the paradox of time t+1 coming before time t wasn’t a paradox at all, because in his calculations “before” and “after” lost their meaning. Time was removed from the equation altogether. If one were to see a lightning bolt flash on the sky, the eyes would send a signal to the brain, shuffling it through a chain of neurons. Starting with any given neuron in the chain, you could retrace the signal’s steps and figure out just how long ago lightning struck. Unless, that is, the chain is a loop. In that case, the information encoding the lightning bolt just spins in circles, endlessly. It bears no connection to the time at which the lightning actually occurred. It becomes, as McCulloch put it, “an idea wrenched out of time.” In other words, a memory.

By the time Pitts finished calculating, he and McCulloch had on their hands a mechanistic model of the mind, the first application of computation to the brain, and the first argument that the brain, at bottom, is an information processor. By stringing simple binary neurons into chains and loops, they had shown that the brain could implement every possible logical operation and compute anything that could be computed by one of Turing’s hypothetical machines. Thanks to those ouroboric loops, they had also found a way for the brain to abstract a piece of information, hang on to it, and abstract it yet again, creating rich, elaborate hierarchies of lingering ideas in a process we call “thinking.”

McCulloch and Pitts wrote up their findings in a now-seminal paper, “A Logical Calculus of Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity,” published in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics. Their model was vastly oversimplified for a biological brain, but it succeeded at showing a proof of principle. Thought, they said, need not be shrouded in Freudian mysticism or engaged in struggles between ego and id. “For the first time in the history of science,” McCulloch announced to a group of philosophy students, “we know how we know.”

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Pitts had found in McCulloch everything he had needed—acceptance, friendship, his intellectual other half, the father he never had. Although he had only lived in Hinsdale for a short time, the runaway would refer to McCulloch’s house as home for the rest of his life. For his part, McCulloch was just as enamored. In Pitts he had found a kindred spirit, his “bootlegged collaborator,” and a mind with the technical prowess to bring McCulloch’s half-formed notions to life. As he put it in a letter of reference about Pitts, “Would I had him with me always.”1

Pitts was soon to make a similar impression on one of the towering intellectual figures of the 20th century, the mathematician, philosopher, and founder of cybernetics, Norbert Wiener. In 1943, Lettvin brought Pitts into Wiener’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Wiener didn’t introduce himself or make small talk. He simply walked Pitts over to a blackboard where he was working out a mathematical proof. As Wiener worked, Pitts chimed in with questions and suggestions. According to Lettvin, by the time they reached the second blackboard, it was clear that Wiener had found his new right-hand man. Wiener would later write that Pitts was “without question the strongest young scientist whom I have ever met … I should be extremely astonished if he does not prove to be one of the two or three most important scientists of his generation, not merely in America but in the world at large.”

So impressed was Wiener that he promised Pitts a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT, despite the fact that he had never graduated from high school—something that the strict rules at the University of Chicago prohibited. It was an offer Pitts couldn’t refuse. By the fall of 1943, Pitts had moved into a Cambridge apartment, was enrolled as a special student at MIT, and was studying under one of the most influential scientists in the world. It was quite a long way from blue-collar Detroit.

Wiener wanted Pitts to make his model of the brain more realistic. Despite the leaps Pitts and McCulloch had made, their work had made barely a ripple among brain scientists—in part because the symbolic logic they’d employed was hard to decipher, but also because their stark and oversimplified model didn’t capture the full messiness of the biological brain. Wiener, however, understood the implications of what they’d done, and knew that a more realistic model would be game-changing. He also realized that it ought to be possible for Pitts’ neural networks to be implemented in man-made machines, ushering in his dream of a cybernetic revolution. Wiener figured that if Pitts was going to make a realistic model of the brain’s 100 billion interconnected neurons, he was going to need statistics on his side. And statistics and probability theory were Wiener’s area of expertise. After all, it had been Wiener who discovered a precise mathematical definition of information: The higher the probability, the higher the entropy and the lower the information content.

The scientists in the room were floored. And yet, everyone who knew Pitts was sure that he could do it.

As Pitts began his work at MIT, he realized that although genetics must encode for gross neural features, there was no way our genes could pre-determine the trillions of synaptic connections in the brain—the amount of information it would require was untenable. It must be the case, he figured, that we all start out with essentially random neural networks—highly probable states containing negligible information (a thesis that continues to be debated to the present day). He suspected that by altering the thresholds of neurons over time, randomness could give way to order and information could emerge. He set out to model the process using statistical mechanics. Wiener excitedly cheered him on, because he knew if such a model were embodied in a machine, that machine could learn.

“I now understand at once some seven-eighths of what Wiener says, which I am told is something of an achievement,” Pitts wrote in a letter to McCulloch in December of 1943, some three months after he’d arrived. His work with Wiener was “to constitute the first adequate discussion of statistical mechanics, understood in the most general possible sense, so that it includes for example the problem of deriving the psychological, or statistical, laws of behavior from the microscopic laws of neurophysiology … Doesn’t it sound fine?”

That winter, Wiener brought Pitts to a conference he organized in Princeton with the mathematician and physicist John von Neumann, who was equally impressed with Pitts’ mind. Thus formed the beginnings of the group who would become known as the cyberneticians, with Wiener, Pitts, McCulloch, Lettvin, and von Neumann its core. And among this rarified group, the formerly homeless runaway stood out. “None of us would think of publishing a paper without his corrections and approval,” McCulloch wrote. “[Pitts] was in no uncertain terms the genius of our group,” said Lettvin. “He was absolutely incomparable in the scholarship of chemistry, physics, of everything you could talk about history, botany, etc. When you asked him a question, you would get back a whole textbook … To him, the world was connected in a very complex and wonderful fashion.”2

The following June, 1945, von Neumann penned what would become a historic document entitled “First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC,” the first published description of a stored-program binary computing machine—the modern computer. The EDVAC’s predecessor, the ENIAC, which took up 1,800 square feet of space in Philadelphia, was more like a giant electronic calculator than a computer. It was possible to reprogram the thing, but it took several operators several weeks to reroute all the wires and switches to do it. Von Neumann realized that it might not be necessary to rewire the machine every time you wanted it to perform a new function. If you could take each configuration of the switches and wires, abstract them, and encode them symbolically as pure information, you could feed them into the computer the same way you’d feed it data, only now the data would include the very programs that manipulate the data. Without having to rewire a thing, you’d have a universal Turing machine.

To accomplish this, von Neumann suggested modeling the computer after Pitts and McCulloch’s neural networks. In place of neurons, he suggested vacuum tubes, which would serve as logic gates, and by stringing them together exactly as Pitts and McCulloch had discovered, you could carry out any computation. To store the programs as data, the computer would need something new: a memory. That’s where Pitts’ loops came into play. “An element which stimulates itself will hold a stimulus indefinitely,” von Neumann wrote in his report, echoing Pitts and employing his modulo mathematics. He detailed every aspect of this new computational architecture. In the entire report, he cited only a single paper: “A Logical Calculus” by McCulloch and Pitts.

By 1946, Pitts was living on Beacon Street in Boston with Oliver Selfridge, an MIT student who would become “the father of machine perception”; Hyman Minsky, the future economist; and Lettvin. He was teaching mathematical logic at MIT and working with Wiener on the statistical mechanics of the brain. The following year, at the Second Cybernetic Conference, Pitts announced that he was writing his doctoral dissertation on probabilistic three-dimensional neural networks. The scientists in the room were floored. “Ambitious” was hardly the word to describe the mathematical skill that it would take to pull off such a feat. And yet, everyone who knew Pitts was sure that he could do it. They would be waiting with bated breath.

In a letter to the philosopher Rudolf Carnap, McCulloch catalogued Pitts’ achievements. “He is the most omniverous of scientists and scholars. He has become an excellent dye chemist, a good mammalogist, he knows the sedges, mushrooms and the birds of New England. He knows neuroanatomy and neurophysiology from their original sources in Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and German for he learns any language he needs as soon as he needs it. Things like electrical circuit theory and the practical soldering in of power, lighting, and radio circuits he does himself. In my long life, I have never seen a man so erudite or so really practical.” Even the media took notice. In June 1954, Fortune magazine ran an article featuring the 20 most talented scientists under 40; Pitts was featured, next to Claude Shannon and James Watson. Against all odds, Walter Pitts had skyrocketed into scientific stardom.

Some years earlier, in a letter to McCulloch, Pitts wrote “About once a week now I become violently homesick to talk all evening and all night to you.” Despite his success, Pitts had become homesick—and home meant McCulloch. He was coming to believe that if he could work with McCulloch again, he would be happier, more productive, and more likely to break new ground. McCulloch, too, seemed to be floundering without his bootlegged collaborator.

Suddenly, the clouds broke. In 1952, Jerry Wiesner, associate director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, invited McCulloch to head a new project on brain science at MIT. McCulloch jumped at the opportunity—because it meant he would be working with Pitts again. He traded his full professorship and his large Hinsdale home for a research associate title and a crappy apartment in Cambridge, and couldn’t have been happier about it. The plan for the project was to use the full arsenal of information theory, neurophysiology, statistical mechanics, and computing machines to understand how the brain gives rise to the mind. Lettvin, along with the young neuroscientist Patrick Wall, joined McCulloch and Pitts at their new headquarters in Building 20 on Vassar Street. They posted a sign on the door: Experimental Epistemology.

With Pitts and McCulloch together again, and with Wiener and Lettvin in the mix, everything seemed poised for progress and revolution. Neuroscience, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, computer science—it was all on the brink of an intellectual explosion. The sky—or the mind—was the limit.

He began drinking heavily and pulled away from his friends. He set fire to his dissertation along with all of his notes and his papers.

There was just one person who wasn’t happy about the reunion: Wiener’s wife. Margaret Wiener was, by all accounts, a controlling, conservative prude—and she despised McCulloch’s influence on her husband. McCulloch hosted wild get-togethers at his family farm in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where ideas roamed free and everyone went skinny-dipping. It had been one thing when McCulloch was in Chicago, but now he was coming to Cambridge and Margaret wouldn’t have it. And so she invented a story. She sat Wiener down and informed him that when their daughter, Barbara, had stayed at McCulloch’s house in Chicago, several of “his boys” had seduced her. Wiener immediately sent an angry telegram to Wiesner: “Please inform [Pitts and Lettvin] that all connection between me and your projects is permanently abolished. They are your problem. Wiener.” He never spoke to Pitts again. And he never told him why.3

For Pitts, this marked the beginning of the end. Wiener, who had taken on a fatherly role in his life, now abandoned him inexplicably. For Pitts, it wasn’t merely a loss. It was something far worse than that: It defied logic.

And then there were the frogs. In the basement of Building 20 at MIT, along with a garbage can full of crickets, Lettvin kept a group of them. At the time, biologists believed that the eye was like a photographic plate that passively recorded dots of light and sent them, dot for dot, to the brain, which did the heavy lifting of interpretation. Lettvin decided to put the idea to the test, opening up the frog’s skulls and attaching electrodes to single fibers in their optic nerves.

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PITTS WITH LETTVIN: Pitts with Jerome Lettvin and one subject of their experiments on visual perception (1959).Wikipedia

Together with Pitts, McCulloch and the Chilean biologist and philosopher Humberto Maturana, he subjected the frogs to various visual experiences—brightening and dimming the lights, showing them color photographs of their natural habitat, magnetically dangling artificial flies—and recorded what the eye measured before it sent the information off to the brain. To everyone’s surprise, it didn’t merely record what it saw, but filtered and analyzed information about visual features like contrast, curvature, and movement. “The eye speaks to the brain in a language already highly organized and interpreted,” they reported in the now-seminal paper “What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain,” published in 1959.

The results shook Pitts’ worldview to its core. Instead of the brain computing information digital neuron by digital neuron using the exacting implement of mathematical logic, messy, analog processes in the eye were doing at least part of the interpretive work. “It was apparent to him after we had done the frog’s eye that even if logic played a part, it didn’t play the important or central part that one would have expected,” Lettvin said. “It disappointed him. He would never admit it, but it seemed to add to his despair at the loss of Wiener’s friendship.”

Once everything had been reduced to information governed by logic, the actual mechanics ceased to matter—the tradeoff for universal computation was ontology.

The spate of bad news aggravated a depressive streak that Pitts had been struggling with for years. “I have a kind of personal woe I should like your advice on,” Pitts had written to McCulloch in one of his letters. “I have noticed in the last two or three years a growing tendency to a kind of melancholy apathy or depression. [Its] effect is to make the positive value seem to disappear from the world, so that nothing seems worth the effort of doing it, and whatever I do or what happens to me ceases to matter very greatly …”

In other words, Pitts was struggling with the very logic he had sought in life. Pitts wrote that his depression might be “common to all people with an excessively logical education who work in applied mathematics: It is a kind of pessimism resulting from an inability to believe in what people call the Principle of Induction, or the principle of the Uniformity of Nature. Since one cannot prove, or even render probable a priori, that the sun should rise tomorrow, we cannot really believe it shall.”

Now, alienated from Wiener, Pitts’ despair turned lethal. He began drinking heavily and pulled away from his friends. When he was offered his Ph.D., he refused to sign the paperwork. He set fire to his dissertation along with all of his notes and his papers. Years of work—important work that everyone in the community was eagerly awaiting— he burnt it all, priceless information reduced to entropy and ash. Wiesner offered Lettvin increased support for the lab if he could recover any bits of the dissertation. But it was all gone.

Pitts remained employed by MIT, but this was little more than a technicality; he hardly spoke to anyone and would frequently disappear. “We’d go hunting for him night after night,” Lettvin said. “Watching him destroy himself was a dreadful experience.” In a way Pitts was still 12 years old. He was still beaten, still a runaway, still hiding from the world in musty libraries. Only now his books took the shape of a bottle.

With McCulloch, Pitts had laid the foundations for cybernetics and artificial intelligence. They had steered psychiatry away from Freudian analysis and toward a mechanistic understanding of thought. They had shown that the brain computes and that mentation is the processing of information. In doing so, they had also shown how a machine could compute, providing the key inspiration for the architecture of modern computers. Thanks to their work, there was a moment in history when neuroscience, psychiatry, computer science, mathematical logic, and artificial intelligence were all one thing, following an idea first glimpsed by Leibniz—that man, machine, number, and mind all use information as a universal currency. What appeared on the surface to be very different ingredients of the world—hunks of metal, lumps of gray matter, scratches of ink on a page—were profoundly interchangeable.

There was a catch, though: This symbolic abstraction made the world transparent but the brain opaque. Once everything had been reduced to information governed by logic, the actual mechanics ceased to matter—the tradeoff for universal computation was ontology. Von Neumann was the first to see the problem. He expressed his concern to Wiener in a letter that anticipated the coming split between artificial intelligence on one side and neuroscience on the other. “After the great positive contribution of Turing-cum-Pitts-and-McCulloch is assimilated,” he wrote, “the situation is rather worse than better than before. Indeed these authors have demonstrated in absolute and hopeless generality that anything and everything … can be done by an appropriate mechanism, and specifically by a neural mechanism—and that even one, definite mechanism can be ‘universal.’ Inverting the argument: Nothing that we may know or learn about the functioning of the organism can give, without ‘microscopic,’ cytological work any clues regarding the further details of the neural mechanism.”

This universality made it impossible for Pitts to provide a model of the brain that was practical, and so his work was dismissed and more or less forgotten by the community of scientists working on the brain. What’s more, the experiment with the frogs had shown that a purely logical, purely brain-centered vision of thought had its limits. Nature had chosen the messiness of life over the austerity of logic, a choice Pitts likely could not comprehend. He had no way of knowing that while his ideas about the biological brain were not panning out, they were setting in motion the age of digital computing, the neural network approach to machine learning, and the so-called connectionist philosophy of mind. In his own mind, he had been defeated.

On Saturday, April 21, 1969, his hand shaking with an alcoholic’s delirium tremens, Pitts sent a letter from his room at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston to McCulloch’s room down the road at the Cardiac Intensive Care Ward at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. “I understand you had a light coronary; … that you are attached to many sensors connected to panels and alarms continuously monitored by a nurse, and cannot in consequence turn over in bed. No doubt this is cybernetical. But it all makes me most abominably sad.” Pitts himself had been in the hospital for three weeks, having been admitted with liver problems and jaundice. On May 14, 1969 Walter Pitts died alone in a boarding house in Cambridge, of bleeding esophageal varices, a condition associated with cirrhosis of the liver. Four months later, McCulloch passed away, as if the existence of one without the other were simply illogical, a reverberating loop wrenched open.

Amanda Gefter is a physics writer and author of Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A father, a daughter, the meaning of nothing and the beginning of everything. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

References

1. All letters retrieved from the McCulloch Papers, BM139, Series I: Correspondence 1931–1968, Folder “Pitts, Walter.”

2. All Jerome Lettvin quotes taken from: Anderson, J.A. & Rosenfield, E. Talking Nets: An Oral History of Neural Networks MIT Press (2000).

3. Conway F. & Siegelman J. Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener, the Father of Cybernetics Basic Books, New York, NY (2006).

Access to historical letters was provided by the American Philosophical Society.

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The Headache of the Soul — AA Grapevine July 1961

The Headache of the Soul — AA Grapevine July 1961
 
Its cunning, its power, its baffling nature manifests itself in subtle ways
 
WHEN I was in graduate school almost thirty years ago, I had a professor whose wife was allergic (or, as the allergists would say, “intolerant” or “sensitive”) to aspirin. To me, aspirin is a harmless pain reliever. To her, it was a deadly poison. On two or three occasions she nearly died from medicines prescribed by well-meaning doctors which contained small quantities of this usually innocuous drug.
 
In later years I met other men and women who had these massive intolerances or allergies–to eggs, in one case; to penicillin in another; to bee venom in a third.
 
Since coming into AA, I have often thought of these people, because I learned that after many years of exposure to it, I too had become intolerant, sensitive or allergic to a substance; in my case alcohol.
 
What interested me was the fact that none of these other people had any difficulty in abstaining from the dangerous substance once they knew they were sensitive to it. (My friend who was sensitive to bee venom discovered his sensitivity too late, it is true. He died of a bee sting.) But they had no real craving. A person to whom strawberries gave giant hives might like strawberries. The wife of my professor might wish she could tolerate aspirin when she had a headache. But with knowledge of what would happen if they took the substance, they had no trouble leaving it alone.
 
With alcohol and me, however, it was an entirely different matter. Long after I knew full well what alcohol would do to me, I was still compelled to drink. And in my first year or so of sobriety, I used to wonder about the difference between these other people who were sensitive to various substances, and me.
 
Finally I thought of an answer, in terms of the aspirin-sensitive woman. The reason she could abstain after she knew what it would do to her was simply that it had never done very much for her.
 
 
But suppose, I speculated, the circumstances had been different. Suppose she had been a life-long victim of unbearable headaches. She might have been born with them. She might have acquired them later in life. Perhaps they afflicted her continually; perhaps only periodically. Possibly, if she had never been free of headaches, she supposed that everybody endured headaches like hers, and that severe headaches were a part of life itself.
 
And then, at some age–ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty–suppose she made the wonderful discovery that aspirin, available in any drugstore or market, would relieve her headaches!
 
It is easy to imagine the part aspirin would play in her life from then on. It would be her lifesaver. She would carry it with her, keep it everywhere around the house, take every precaution to be sure she could never possibly be without an ample supply. When she even suspected she might be going to have a headache, she would take some. She would build her entire life around aspirin, for this precious substance would be her only means of escaping from what would otherwise be intolerable agony.
 
And now, I conjectured, suppose that after some years, for some unknown reason she became sensitive to her little, lifesaving pills. From then on, aspirin would be a deadly poison to her. Every time she took even a little, the most harrowing emergencies would occur, involving rescue squads, oxygen, Adrenalin and hospitals.
 
What would she do? Without aspirin, she would be tortured by headaches capable of making life literally unendurable; but if she took even one she would experience equal torture–perhaps death.
 
What a dilemma! Yet I think this is almost precisely the one I found myself in as an alcoholic.
 
While I didn’t suffer from intolerable headaches (except in hangovers), I did suffer from another kind of ache. I think of it as an ache of the spirit, or of the soul, because if it were merely physical or psychological I would expect medicine or psychiatry to be able to relieve it. The latter did much for me in many areas of my life, but my drinking continued to grow worse until doctors and psychiatrists declared I was hopeless and beyond the aid of their disciplines.
 
I also think of this ache as of the soul because of its baffling nature, its cunning, its power. It manifested itself in all kinds of subtle ways–uneasiness, guilt, fear, loneliness, flaming resentment, smoldering hatred, vague hostility, generalized anxiety, depression and inertia; even occasionally in a sort of wild gaiety too great to endure. While these states took a bewildering assortment of forms, they were all equally and intensely uncomfortable.
 
I had to escape these feelings if I could. And I could, in alcohol. Long before the makers of one of the fizzy forms of aspirin invented the slogan “Relief Is Just a Swallow Away,” I had discovered its truth for myself. But not with aspirin.
 
Then the time came when relief was no more just a swallow away. One swallow merely promised tantalizingly that relief might be still another swallow away. And so on, through an infinity of swallows. With more and more swallows, the alcohol itself created an anguish at least as painful as the anguish it had once relieved.
 
Hence my dilemma. I could not endure the agony of the spirit, sober; but what had once brought relief now brought its own agony.
 
What was the way out?
 
Well, in the case of the professor’s wife, I can think of one. The same advertisements that tell us relief is just a swallow away also tell us that headaches are often caused by emotional or psychological factors: “psychosomatic,” as the doctors say.
 
If so, it might have been possible for the professor’s wife to discover, through psychotherapy or otherwise, a new mode of thinking, feeling and living. As a consequence, she might go through some kind of inner change so that would eliminate the headaches. With no headaches, no need for aspirin.
 
Something like this, I believe, happened to me. Alcohol was the only way I knew to relieve the anguish of my spirit; but in time, it brought additional agonies of its own.
 
Then I encountered AA, and through whatever strange alchemy its Fellowship and Twelve Steps perform, I underwent some kind of inner transformation that erased the anguish.
 
I no longer need alcohol, for AA now does for me what alcohol did once. By practicing its simple principles, I found relief for my “headache of the soul.”
 
C. A.,Los Angeles, California
 
The Headache of the Soul — AA Grapevine July 1961
 
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. — Ronny H
 
 
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Scalar Waves: What might they Be?

Scalar Waves: What might they Be? Are they in our Technological Future?

By Giorgio Piacenza

Quantum ElectroDynamics

Quantum ElectroDynamics

Information about “scalar waves” (in fact, longitudinal waves expressing a scalar potential) is being recuperated with practical demonstrations after more than a century of forgetfulness. That is being allowed and that if that is the case (as it seems), it is important – human society transforming – news. These waves may be a key to the future of wireless electric transmission, healing, gravity cancellation and much more.

Nikola Tesla showed he could send electrical energy without wires. It turned out not to be good for business and it was also classified.  He used longitudinal waves. The field pointer travels in the direction of propagation, much like sound waves and plasma waves do. Their potential is “scalar” but longitudinal wave vectors can be produced from them.  However, they are simply called “scalar waves.” They can be used to send both information and energy. They could be used to heal or to alter a person or perhaps even an entire community. They can be imprinted with information patterns. They cannot be shielded by Faraday cages and apparently go through matter similar to neutrinos. They may even acquire neutrinos and gain energy from them as Dr. Konstantine Meyl posits. Dr. Meyl has reproduced Tesla’s technology of generating electric scalar waves and demonstrates it. He also enhanced Maxwell’s equations and discovered magnetic scalar waves which may affect biological systems and be used by them to communicate with little or no “noise.”

 

Laplace’s scalar (and longitudinal) wave components can be explained through the vortices Maxwell used as a dampening term.

These ‘scalar’ longitudinal waves have closed field lines and cannot be easily detected. These longitudinal waves apparently acquire energy from the vacuum as they propagate so the possibility of extracting extra energy from our link as an open system to the vacuum of space, allowing for an (improperly called) “free energy,” exists. Their Poynting vector would coincide with the direction of propagation and – as a particulate aspect – we can visualize them as hidden vortical pulses themselves made of standing vortices and counter vortices.…perhaps expressions of a dynamic double torus geometry multi-fractal level connection and dynamism allowed by Nassim Haramein’s 64 tetrahedron grid and the isotropic vector matrix and vector equilibrium exchange of information and energies beyween deep and exterior levels in the quantum vacuum.

 

Perhaps, as Dr. Steven Greer says in his lectures, an object can be made to resonate using high voltage, high frequency, low amperage electric energy field, being affected so as to tilt outside of spacetime (its spin?) and made to disappear into another “dimension.” I think that what Dr. Greer calls “dimension” actually is another “parallel” physical reality system stemming from a different ratio of how Subtle-Mental and Physical Realms combine. Perhaps the type of Poynting vector and electric field used to achieve this effect derives from using electric scalar waves. Energy going in the direction of propagation is more convergent and I suppose it attempts to go back into the infinitely small toroidal center of the zero-point vortex just as water tries to find its course donwhill.

Perhaps the Hutchinson Effect is also based on producing a scalar field and effects taking place by means of – for instance – a specific interference or space-time/time-space mutually canceling “clash” of static and alternating current fields. The devices used in this case are several and complicated but the production of basic longitudinal waves seems to be much simpler. Dr. Meyl uses two flat pancake copper tesla coils, each attached to a spherical electrode. He also, like Tesla grounds a device.

Scalar waves travel faster than light and their variable speed would primarily depend on wavelength and frequency modulation and other factors would be vacuum permittivity and (I suppose) the virtual particle energetic density of the quantum vacuum. Dr. Meyl demonstrates that the propagation speed faster than light varies slightly from place to place around the Earth according to the unitary resonance between transmitter and receiver in slightly different local transmisison conditions of the local intervening medium. However, the vortex swirl velocity would be constant and thus the vortex would act as a frequency converter.

The “knots” or longitudinal wave vortices would change diameter and wave length according to relativistic Lorentz contraction, becoming smaller the faster they go until reaching the speed of light. Also, as other longitudinal waves in nature, its speed should change according to the density of the medium it travels with.

Scalar waves provide communication between the transmitter and receiver as a single or whole system. The transmitter of longitudinal waves “knows” if the receiver is on.  It acts as a connecting whole between parts. It may express the retrocausal connection factor allowed in non-local quantum mechanics and entanglement. It should also act as an expresion of a frequency domain in the physical quantum hologram and be useful to cancel spacetime and reconnect with a more fundamental non-physical realm in which the possibilities for all physical universes is given.

Through resonance the receiver acquires electrical energy and can operate a motor or perhaps light a LED without the latter being hooked to an external power source or a battery. I think that these waves may have a negentropic effect and serve to produce over unity effects and may be useful to collect “negative energy states” that could help us to open worm holes, distort space time metric through a crystalline (and quasi crystals?) thick  ring-like toroidal capacitor, and/or making them (similar to plasma waves as per their equations) rotate and counter-rotate producing a specific gravity-cancelling resonant frequency.  According to ac reinterpretation of La Place’s equation These scalar component, its vector vortices would exist as an inside component in the overall electromagnetic structure and were even considered possible in Maxwell’s original equations (formulated in his “quaternions” with one real and three imaginary components) but were simplified by Oliver Heaviside in which the vector for scalar field was made  = 0.

According to Meyl  regular tranversal wave EM emmiter may first emmit scalar waves at the antenna source and thi smight be detected in the “near field” as “noise.” The noise may be a product of the scalar vortices decaying and unfurling into transversal waves in the far field. However, they would re-group back as scalar waves at the reciver’s antenna. I think this would be because scalar waves tend to be negentropic and to converge producing order or building structures. That order could be imprinted with a pattern and be used to heal, to produce over unity or to form a damaging structure, like a tumour.

With the over-simplification, the possibility of contacts with realities beyond 3 spatial and 1 time-forward dimensions was “normalized.” Something similar happened with the dismissal of the negative square root solution of the Klein-Gordon equation and to a few other counter-intuitive (non-classical) but probably valid proposals in physics. As Dr. Scott Virden Anderson mentions in his “Putting Subtle Energies on the Scientific Map” QUATERNIONS (associated with the loss of commutation algebraic and geometric properties and with autopoietic or self- organizing and self-maintaining systems) may be used to describe the first levels of subtle energy (in between the physical and higher realms). Also, even more complex algebras (like octonions and sedenions) may also be appropriate to represent still higher/deeper subtle realms.   http://www.svamd.com

As Thomas Bearden and Konstantine Meyl explain, electrodynamic textbooks repeat the simplification and preserve limited future scientific developments and scientists have been repeating that ever since. In my view, it goes along with a temporary tendency and taboo against anything not corresponding classical intuitive perceptions of spacetime-separated reality but this can be overcome. The longitudinal waves were suppressed and speed-of-light-limit-obeying (spacetime limited) transversal Hertzian waves have been used in technological applications until today. Thus, in relation to the competing views between Tesla and Hertz, Hertz won the day for the conventional ‘vanilla’ (other realities, the “paranormal” and parapsychology-rejecting) ‘scientific’ and conventionally educated world.

 

The longitudinal waves can be considered as standing wave vortices and I believe that –  in relation to transversal EM waves – they would be more like the counter-rotating, less visible vortex accompanying tornadoes or as the inner vortex of self-sustaining double tori. They would be like the ‘insides’ of the exterior quadrants of Integral Theory. 

 

The scalar component may possibly relate more directly not only with negentropy but with retrocausal influences allowed in quantum-relativistic Klein-Gordon equation. They might be a key to increasing the symmetry  between Direct Space Time and Reciprocal Time Space  by allowing access to the latter, information-frequency predominant domain, including its negentropic qualities. By harnessing the negentropic – normally hidden – aspect we might cancel spacetime and return parts of it to its origin in the non-physical Subtle-Mental (astral) Realm. This could be done in various ratios (allowing greater interaction with that more fundamental realm) or perhaps it can be done completely to transfer completely outside of spacetime (and its complementary time-space).

It is also likely that experiments on inertial cancellation and electrogravitics applied to a gravity field disconnected object were conducted by Dr. Thomas Towsend Brown and the key components also classified. Today we are re-discovering this kind of science connecting a hidden level of electromagnetic phenomena not only with how some ET-spacecraft functions, but also with a shared mechanism related with many until now called ‘paranormal’ phenomena.

I’ve been gradually developing an integrative explanatory model that might help explain what has been called “the paranormal.” It explores scientific and plausible fundamental metaphysical-ontological concepts attempting to relate them in a transdisciplinary and trans epistemological manner. A link to it is found at http://www.integralworld.net/piacenza39.html

 

Specific frequencies and frequency patterns at the “hidden” scalar-longitudinal wave EM level might be able to act as tensors orthogonally (at right angles) cohering zero-point energies, affecting observable, time-forward, space-time and its events. Their retrocausal component might be tantamount to so-called quantum “advanced waves” (in realistic quantum mechanical interpretations) and be used to cancel out time-forward “retarded waves,” thus connecting physical reality (with various degrees of intensity) to a null-time or non-physical information ‘field’.   “Advanced” and “retarded” waves may (from an ordinary linear, time-forward-dominant, classical spacetime perspective) meet instantaneously in each concrete actualization of quantum probabilities. However,they might exist in “actual” and “potential” sttes in relation to each other in different situations. Specifically, in connection with our molar, entropy-dominated, conscious observations of actualized quantum probabilities (perhaps significantly restricted to maintaining the coherence of our “classical,” physical universe), “retarded-waves” would prevail as “actual” and “advanced waves” would acquire a “potential” state.

After partially reading the work of my friend Engineer Enrique Álvarez Vita (to be published with full equations in English, hoping for an adequate peer-review), I dare speculate even further that the particulate aspect accompanying this space-time “cancelation” (based on mutually canceling time-forward and time backwards causally effective temporal frequencies) might also be accompanied by an increase in the number of virtual anti particles. From a particulate perspective, we could say that the “cloud” of virtual particulate anti-matter exists in a fractal sublevel closer to what for us would be a pre-physical level and that this level of anti-matter cancels out the charges/forces associated with our universe’s “real” particles. All of this is highly specultive and I really don’t know but, if our “real universe” of particles whose coherent arrangement is linearly and time-forward, causally perceived in a conscious manner while bound to time frequencies permitted by the basic Planck time unit/frequency of 1043 s, perhaps virtual anti-particles perhaps amenable to concentration or dipersion through specific scalar-longitudinal frequencies (modifying “advanced” and “retarded” waves), might be related to a faster basic time unit/frequency proper to a smaller physical fractal universe.

 

An information aspect of the “quantum hologram” described in the “Quantum Hologram Theory of Consciousness” might originate in the non-physical information field from which (in a higher symmetry) time-forward, “retarded waves” and “time-backwards “advanced waves” originate. Then again, another information aspect more connected to the quantum and zero point interphase realm might relate with what can – at least in part – be mathematically interpreted in the “Quantum Hologram Theory of Consciousness” by using a Fourier Transform operation. This latter aspect would interphase with the zero point potential.

It is a possibility that transmitting wireless electric energy , canceling spacetime and perhaps gravity shielding, modification or cancelation was discovered late in the XIX Century by Tesla. Perhaps these inventions were supressed or classified keeping us on a many-decades long entropy increasing, fossil-fuel course of events that would maintain a separation-based economics and politics in opposition of the course of action gradually being taken by our hidden exopolitical history. A key component of UFO-ET disclosure will relate to the wide potential use of scalar waves, explaining the security measures behind its cover-up while maintaining them if necessary. However, educating humanity on the metaphysics that accompanies the existence of scalar waves, retrocausality and the connection of a higher non-physical realm will eventually lead to organizing the transition a cultural, social “integrative” transition stage to create a synergistic, non-polluting, “scalar” economy along with a world polity capable of dealing with this power that allegedly overcomes classical spacetime separation.

The integrative education of cultural leaders and humanity at large would have to be seriously undertaken. Initiating this process will be challenging and might be challenging of worldviews, internationalattitudes and so forth but not initiating it…not shifting to a more rational, spiritual and non-predatory society will probably lead to a major loss of human freedom or to a planetary disaster.

According to different kinds of evidence acummulated over years, it is quite reasonable to think that we are in fact being “visited” by extraterrestrials and/or non-human intelligent beings that can manipulate space-time, sometimes mimicking aspects of what have been called “paranormal” events. Conventional academicians shy away from  issues which are deemed as “funny” “ludicrous” “too hot to handle” or “taboo.” But humanity sorely needs to grow up and understand the scientific principles as to how all things are connected and how that connection transcends our experiences within the limits of classical spacetime, limits to which our brain-mind complexes have adapted, generating intricate but, nothetheless, perilously atomized societies.

If you have good scientific ideas about (at least some) aspects of “our visitors” science, please write to miradaintegralperu@gmail.com

Giorgio Piacenza

Video: Professor Konstantine Meyl re-discovering Tesla inventions and expanding Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory.

See “Neutrino Power and the Existence of Scalar Waves” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFtU4FVpXVs

 

Bibliography

American Anti-Gravity (2009). “The Hutchinson Effect: technical Interview with John Hutchinson.” Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9q-T2nuAkI

Bearden, T.E. (2002). “Energy from the Vacuum.” Santa Barbara, Cheniere Press.

Greer, S. (2014). “The Crossing Point of Light.” Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6sw17VAJcI

Haramein, N. (2013). “Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass.” http://resonance.is/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/1367405491-Haramein342013PRRI3363.pdf

Hutchinson, J. (2009). “Hutchinson Effect: Objects Levitate, Metals Mutate, Time Travel” Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPYCKySAePQ

Meyl, K. “Scalar waves Theory and Experiments”

Retrieved from http://www.k-meyl.de/go/Primaerliteratur/Scalar-Waves.pdf

Pandora’s Box (2014). “Nassim Haramein, The structure of the Vacuum and Crop Circles” Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LDSk-g3wKA

Piacenza, G. (2014). “Toward an Integrative Scientific and World Philosophy.” Retrieved from http://www.integralworld.net/piacenza39.html

CHRIST Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R)

         CHRIST    Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R)

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“During this Christmas season there might be a few people on
earth who think about Christ and begin to wonder what he was
all about. Now, anybody who begins to think seriously about
Christ and His ministry here on earth, the first thing you do
is to have a sense of separation from Christ, of distance, of
unattainability, of mystery and bewilderment.

Now, you have been taught here in this room and will continue
to be taught that all attempts to solve the mystery of Christ,
of God, of spirituality, all attempts to solve it through words,
of what He lived for and stood for – all attempts to solve it by
thinking about it must fail.

Thought, idea, belief, opinion, religious creeds are always
separated from the spirit of Christ. Human beings who don’t
understand this, and furthermore who don’t want to understand it
immediately say, ‘I do understand’ and they build churches and
they write books which become best sellers and they quote and
they dress up on Sundays – and they become the enemies of Christ.
They become not even the passive enemy but the active, aggressive,
all-out enemy of everything that Christ stood for, and here is why.

Idea is always the enemy of spirit. The two don’t live together,
they can’t live together. They are not compatible. Idea doesn’t
want spirit and spirit doesn’t want idea. Light doesn’t want
darkness, darkness doesn’t want light.

So you have to study your own ideas and beliefs about Christ.
You have to study your own attitudes, beliefs – desperations even,
‘God help me,’ that sort of thing’ – you have to study all your
acquired ideas about Christ and when you have studied them
thoroughly you must, if you are honest, sincere, you must come
to the conclusion that all memorized self-references about Christ
and God are the very thing that is keeping you distant and mystified,
that makes you feel that coming close to Christ and His truth is
unattainable, which it is as long as ‘you’ are trying to find God and
Christ.”

    The Higher Teachings of Christ – Part 1
  Heavenly Help Awaits You – MP3 CD, track 9

DEC.25,2016 ” TEAMWORK “

A business man gets stranded in a lonely highway in the US. The tires of his car get stuck badly in a mud pool. He looks around for help and finally finds an old farmer. This businessman goes to him asking for help to get his car out of the mud. Farmer gauges the situation, and agrees to help him and says, let us take the help of warwick. Warwick was an old bull around, but the helpless business man agrees.

The farmer ties the bull to the car and start shouting loudly,’ FRED, PULL!.. JACK, PULL!.. JOHN, PULL… WARWICK, PULL’. As the farmer keeps shouting these words, the bull Warwick gets the car out of the pool of mud. Businessman is relieved but has a doubt in his mind. He thanks the farmer and asks him,’ you said the bull’s name was Warwick, and he was alone, then who were these Fred, Jack & John?’ Farmer coolly answered, “See, Warwick is old and is also blind. He does not know he is pulling this car alone. The moment he hears the other names, he thinks he is in a team, and he gives his best”.

*MORAL*:  So is the case with all of us. The very thought that there are people to help us blesses us with a great deal of comfort, hope, confidence and enthuses us to put our heart and soul into any task that we undertake. Indeed, greatest civilizations have always been built on the foundations of a greater level of cooperation from their citizens, and the smartest animals we know — apes, elephants, wolves, dolphins, and crows — tend to live together in cooperative groups and work together for survival. As H.E.Luccock said, “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.”  It’s not without reason that the very word *TEAM* is said to stand for *”Together  Everyone Achieves More”*.

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

DEC.23,2016 Death comment from Abraham

Death comment from Abraham

We’re not wanting to be insensitive to what so many of you are feeling, but we are very much wanting you to put this death thing in the proper perspective: You are all going to die! Except there is no death. You’re all going to make your transition into Non-Physical. It is time to stop making your transition into Non-Physical sound like a subject that is uncomfortable and begin acknowledging that it is something that happens to everyone. This death thing is so misunderstood that you use it to torture yourself never-endingly and just absolutely unnecessarily. There are those who feel such fulfillment of life and such Connection to Source Energy, who understand that there is no separation between what is physical and Non-Physical; who understand that there is not even a lapse in consciousness, that “death” is a matter of closing one’s eyes in this dimension and literally opening one’s eyes in the other dimension. And that, truly, is how all death is, no matter how it looks, up to that point.. The re-emergence into Source Energy is always a delightful thing.
—Abraham
Excerpted from: Buffalo, NY on September 25, 2001
Seriousness causes  reincarnation; guilt is an acronym for Godless Useless Insane Loveless Thought; sin is an acronym for Self Inflicted Neurosis; ego is an acronym for Exponential Guilt Orchestrator. Ego is also the master Travel agent for guilt trips.

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St.#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

We will intuitively know how to handle situations that used to baffle us. The Promises, #11

We will intuitively know how to handle situations that used to baffle us. The Promises, #11

This is what I mean when I say God does not speak English, He speaks through our Intuition, Ron

 Intuition
 
Intuition comes from the Latin word “intueri” which means to look inside, or to contemplate, it is the ability to acquire knowledge from within.
 
Coincidence means, that two events happen at the same time… like thinking about someone just as that person just happens to phone you at that exact time…when this happens it is never an accident.
 
Or you are walking down the street thinking of someone , and you suddenly bump into them.
 
That person and you are connected in ways that your eyes, ears, nose, skin and tongue cannot show you, but your Intuition did.
 
Have you ever had a feeling that you should not have done or said something, or went somewhere you know that you should not have, but you went ahead and did it anyway… then you said…I knew I should not have done that, that’s right you knew… your Intuition told you…but because you were not aware of your Intuition, you ignored it any way.
 
There is another way to explain this, if someone is asleep say on the couch, you don’t put a book in front of them and say read this!! You wait until they are awake and then give them the book… well when you are unconscious, you are asleep.. and your Intuition is the book…you don’t know your Intuition is there, but when you are conscious, you are now awake, and now you can become aware of your Intuition, it is the book…
 
Extra-sensory perception or (ESP) and multi-sensory perception (MSP) and Intuition are the same thing. ESP is outside and above the five senses that we all possess, and it is more than that, it is a very sophisticated system that allows us to see more than we can with the five senses we have, it allows us to connect or reconnect to each other, a connection that we simply forgot that we all have.
 
We all have this ability, we all have MSP/ESP because we are all one… therefore oneness is our natural state of being.
 
The five senses require you to pay attention to what is outside of you… Intuition and MSP require the exact opposite, you pay attention to what is happening inside of you…this is the biggest difference to five sensory perception and multi-sensory perception.
 
Listening to your Intuition is like ignoring all of your five senses that you know you have, it is there if you can take the time to listen to it, go beyond all the noise, all thoughts, smells, go to the Stillness that is in your mind, and it is there, forever trying to communicate with you.
 
When you are angry, afraid, jealous, vengeful, or emotional in any way, you block all your MSP,s… and you cannot hear your Intuition at all.
 
These emotions are too turbulent, they block your awareness, trying to hear your Intuition when you are upset or emotional is like trying to find a needle in a haystack… it is still there, but you can’t hear it, it is the same with loves presence, it is there also, but you can’t feel it.
 
Imagine been able to hear your Intuition every minute, well you can do this but first you have to train your mind.
 
Never go to bed angry, or emotional in any way, your intuition works best when you feel light… anger and all other emotions are heavy, that’s why when you let your anger, judgments, and all emotions go, you feel better… you feel lighter.
 
The same goes for regret, guilt, shame, jealousy, let all these go, and you will feel so so much better, this is why forgiveness is so important to yourself, this is the key to you feeling better, forgiveness takes care of all emotions, without exceptions, and you will feel better.
 
Now you have let all these go, and you are feeling better, and lighter, the weight of the world is now off your shoulders, there is an extra bonus, you are now in good shape to get in touch with your Intuition.
 
Next you must believe that you have Intuition, and most importantly, you need trust, trust is essential for you to manifest Intuition within yourself.
 
You can’t stop your Intuition from working, but you can put blocks into your awareness to keep yourself from hearing it…
 
Last but not least… your Intuition will always answer all your questions, it will never fail to give you an answer… listen to what your Intuition tells you… a lot of people hear answers that they don’t like, so they pretend that they don’t hear it, or just ignore what they don’t want to hear.
 
Getting in touch with your Intuition is the third step towards a higher consciousness, coming after first, imagination, and second inspiration, Intuition is regarded as a constant commonality between earthly knowledge, and the higher spiritual knowledge, and appears as flashes of illumination.
 
Intuition can be said to be a comprehensive grip of the principles of universality, a person who develops Intuition can know anything, without the barriers of time, space and any other obstructions, it is the belief in the ability to see any event, any object from a viewpoint of the cosmic whole, from its culmination, the knowing of something, without prior knowledge, or the use of reason.
 
4 Ways to find life’s questions using Intuition
 
                                                    1. Inner voice
 
Many people report a still inner voice, your Intuition will communicate with you in a compassionate, loving manner that is perceptibly different from your normal inner chatter.
 
When you are faced with a dilemma, ask yourself” what is the best course of action to take” then pause for a few minutes in silence and meditation, and think about all your options, one then will leap out at you, if not, then go deeper and ask the question again, and remember to trust your Intuition, it is trying to give you the answer, an answer will appear, you might not like it, sometimes we don’t want to hear what is best for us, or you might say bingo, got it, that is what i will do, then write down three small steps that will take you in the direction that you choose.
 
                                                        2. Dreams.
 
You can receive a wealth of guidance when you learn to ask for Intuition insight from your dreams. Our minds are still active and racing with thoughts while we sleep.
 
As we repay our daily anxieties in our dream state, we are sometimes given answers and solutions to our problems. Often these answers are revealed to us through symbols.
 
When you go to bed try to summarize the issue you need resolved into a question, and as you meditate and drift off to sleep, state the question to yourself.
 
Before you become fully awake in the morning ask yourself, what is the answer to my question, try to remember your dream. And what it symbolized, and see if the answer was in your dream.
 
You may not remember the details of the dream, but you will have awakened with the answer placed somewhere, it could be in the dream, or that it could just appear to you as an intuitive answer then and there.
 
This is just as equally a valid way of receiving intuitive guidance in your sleep state.
 
                                                        3. Emotions.
 
Intuitive information often comes through our feelings or emotions. You may simply feel right about a certain course of action, or you might experience a sense of distrust about an individual or situation.
 
Part of learning to trust your Intuition is remembering to ask “does this decision make me happy” or do I feel energized by this decision ?
 
There are many ways to ask the question, and experience the answer, but here is the truth… your Intuition will provide you with information to make positive choices.
 
You have a magnificent inner guidance system, and it will not make you feel bad, or give you negative answers, if it does then it is not your Intuition you are listening to, but your ego, remember your ego will always try to give you negative answers and will always want you to feel bad.
 
                                             4. Physical Sensations
 
The Japanese call Intuition “stomach art”. We call it “gut feelings”. You might find that your body feels heavy if you make a wrong decision. Or you might feel light and experience “chills” if you have made the correct decision.
 
If you have made a decision and your stomach feels heavy or like there is a knot in it, your Intuition is imploring you to reconsider your options.
 
You must understand that your Intuition is warning you about proceeding with your decision, you may not comprehend it on a rational level, or that you have a choice, remember you always have a choice.
 
How many times have you ignored signals from your body, only later to say to yourself, I wish I had trusted my gut instinct?


Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

JUNE 8, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
 
Love is as necessary to a human being as sunshine is to a plant. Without it, the soul of man withers, shrivels and dies. Fortunate is the man who has love given to him, but even more fortunate is he who earns it. The only way to earn love is to love. Thou shalt love thy God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself.
    He who hoards love shall lose it, but he who scatters love about him as he moves through life finds that it takes root and surrounds him on every side.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“There is a Higher Love waiting for you. What will you give up
in exchange for this Higher Love? What you have to sacrifice is
everything that is lower than this Higher Love.
 
There are hundreds, thousands of ways in which you act and react
and think and plan that you can, with strong work, detect as
 obstacles to you possessing this higher state of love, which is the
same thing as the state of authentic and lasting happiness. What
will you give up? — that’s the question, and I have given you some
of the answers, and I will tell you very specifically what you
will have to abandon in order to find the life of Higher Love.”
from a talk given 7/9/1988 AM
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JUNE 8,2016
Thought for the Day 
Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. We always get worse, 
never better. We are never cured. Our alcoholism can only be 
arrested. No matter how long we have been sober, if we try 
liquor again, we’re as bad or worse than we ever were. There 
is no exception to this rule in the whole history of A.A. We 
can never recapture the good times of the past. They are gone 
forever. Will I try to recapture them? 
Meditation for the Day 
Your life has been given to you mainly for the purpose of 
training your soul. This life we live is not so much for the 
body as for the soul. We often choose the way of life that best 
suits the body, not the way that best suits the soul. God wants 
you to choose what suits the soul as well as the body. Accept 
this belief and a wonderful molding of character is the result. 
Reject it and God’s purpose for your life is frustrated, and 
your spiritual progress is delayed. Your soul is being trained 
by the good you choose. Thus the purpose of your life is being 
accomplished. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may choose what is good for my soul. I pray that 
I may realize God’s purpose for my life. 
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The greatest good which I (an individual’s) mind is able 
to conceive should be affirmed as part of (the individual’s) 
everyday experience. 
The science of Mind page 168 

BB We Agnostics, p.56  
“Who are you to say there is no God?”
 
 
I called through your door,
 “the Mystics are gathering in the street. 
Come out!”
“Leave me alone. I’m sick.” 
“I don’t care if you’re dead! 
Jesus is here, 
and he wants to resurrect somebody!” 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 159 Insights
“I give the miracles I have received.”
Before I can give a miracle, I must receive a miracle. Receiving a miracle is receiving Christ’s vision. Christ’s vision provides the bridge by which my mind, which has been lost in separation, is returned back to the truth. Christ’s vision brings an awareness of the truth of the Light behind every form. Christ’s vision reminds me all is still as God created It. All are innocent. All are still Love in the Mind of God.
 
Christ’s vision is the gift of the Holy Spirit. To receive Christ’s vision I must be open to receiving the truth and willing to let go of illusions. I must be willing to relax my hold on what I think is real. I must be willing to soften and allow the miracle to be given me. I must be open to Holy Spirit’s healing perspective. The Holy Spirit heals all thoughts of lack, sickness, division or differences of any kind. The Holy Spirit brings me peace and a remembrance of the everlasting Love we all are.
 
With practice, my willingness is growing day by day to be open to receive the miracle of Christ’s vision from the Holy Spirit. There is no gift more important to receive and then give. I continue this process of practice again today, knowing that if I am truly willing I will receive Christ’s vision and I will give as I receive.
 
Christ’s vision is a dream of awakening, a dream of a forgiven world. It does not require that I transcend the world to receive it. But rather it is the means to transcend the world. Christ’s vision shows me a reflection of Heaven so clear that it is a simple and easy step from His vision to the reality of Heaven. As it told us in yesterday’s lesson, we can learn to see with Christ’s vision and we can teach this vision to others. In fact this is the only meaningful purpose we can have in this world.
 
This lesson reinforces that to know I have His vision, I must give it. The miracle is the exchange of the perception of guilt for the perception of innocence. As I see innocence in my brother, I recognize it in myself. As I see innocence in myself, I reinforce it and strengthen it by seeing it in my brother. I always receive what I give. Christ’s vision shows me the call for Love in expressions of anger and fear. It inspires me to answer the call with Love. As I answer with Love, I teach myself that I am Love and that I am safe.
 
The vision of Christ brings joy and peace to my heart. It shows me a world of harmlessness. It shows me the eternal Love that is everywhere, in everything and is What I am. With Christ’s vision I do not mistake the body for the Son God created. With His vision, form becomes useful only as a means to communicate that all is forgiven and only Love is real. It is a gift I give myself and all the world, for we are one. My heart is lifted in gratitude.
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We are here today, tomorrow we are gone; 
mere shadows in a cosmic dream. 
But behind the unreality of these
fleeting pictures is the immortal reality of spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
 
I called through your door,
 “the Mystics are gathering in the street. 
Come out!”
“Leave me alone. I’m sick.” 
“I don’t care if you’re dead! 
Jesus is here, 
and he wants to resurrect somebody!” 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 


Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

APRIL 30, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS 

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
Loneliness drives more people to the Gin Mill than
 almost any other single factor –
 perhaps even the compulsion to drink.
 
In the old days when our society was
 objectionable to all our old friends,
 we would from sheer boredom go
 to the bar just to talk to someone. 
Anyone’s conversation was preferable to our thoughts. 
The drink was frequently an incidental.
 
Boredom is still one of our worst enemies. 
If you have an AA club, there is always 
some guy you can try to help. 
Regardless of your effect on him,
 the experience is bound to help you 
and will relieve you of your blues.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
 
“The psychic enemy is personal negativity,
 which is conquered by self-knowledge.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1036
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Twenty Four Hours A Day
Thought for the Day April 30,2016
The A.A. program is one of faith because we find that we must have faith in a Power greater than ourselves if we are going to get sober. We’re helpless before alcohol, but when we turn our drink problem over to God and have faith that He can give us all the strength we need, then we have the drink problem licked. Faith in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God is the essential part of the A.A. program. Is faith still strong in me? 
Meditation for the Day
Each one of us is a child of God, and as such, we are full of the promise of spiritual growth. A young person is like the springtime of the year. The full time of the fruit is not yet, but there is promise of the blossom. There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit that can be developed by spiritual exercise. Know that your life is full of glad promise. Such blessings can be yours, such joys, such wonders, as long as you develop in the sunshine of God’s love.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may develop the divine spark within me. I pray that by so doing I may fulfill the promise of a more abundant life.
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 The one seeking to demonstrate the power 
of spiritual realization and everyday 
Affairs should believe in Divine Guidance.
 The science of Mind page 167
Why does he behave like this? If hundreds of experiences have shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that one drink?
 — Alcoholics Anonymous, page 22
 My father, the most beloved gynecologist in Vienna, before they took him away on a morals charge for indecent exposure at the state opera house said, and I quote, “Please do not take me away. I will not do it again.”
 — Dr. Fritz Fassbender (Peter Sellers, What’s New Pussycat?)
How truth makes us free is something that we A.A.’s can well understand. 
It cut the shackles that once bound us to alcohol. It continues to release us from conflicts and miseries beyond reckoning; it banishes fear and isolation.  
— As Bill Sees It
I don’t even know if I am or I am not. 
When I think I am, I find myself worthless, 
when I think I am not, I find my value. 
Like my thoughts, I die and Rise Again each day.
Rumi 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 120 Insights
Review: “I rest in God” and “I am as God created me.”
  As the lesson reminds me, I need to let God tell me what I am instead of me telling God what I am. This reminder brings to mind the image of the rebellious teenager telling his parents he wants to do it his own way. “Don’t tell me what to do.” And I think of Frank Sinatra’s ode to the ego, “I did it my way.” The ego is the idea of independence from God. The last thing the ego wants is for God to tell me What I am. If I truly listened and accepted God’s definition of What I am, I would instantly drop any allegiance to the ego. Who would align himself to nothing when he is offered everything?
  The whole Course is teaching me to recognize that everything that I have valued in what the ego offers is really nothing. No form of specialness has any substance. It is an empty substitute for the eternal, limitless Love of God. It takes great effort to try to manufacture illusions that seem to have value, that seem to give me something I want. It’s exhausting because none of it ever really works.
TO CONTINUE:
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In the grand panorama of creation,
the Invisible Infinite becomes visible in the finite;
and those with eyes to see Can discern in
every finite thing the marks of the Infinite.
 Paramahansa Yogananda
I don’t even know if I am or I am not. 
When I think I am, I find myself worthless, 
when I think I am not, I find my value. 
Like my thoughts, I die and Rise Again each day.
Rumi

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

APRIL 16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS


DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
Can you imagine a state of mind absolutely free of fear? 
It is extremely hard for us who have had Fear,
Worry and Uncertainty as constant companions most of our lives. 
To attain such a state of mind is only possible where there is complete Faith in God.
 Somehow, too,  it would appear that it would
 mean complete faith in our fellow man and in ourselves.
 
Maybe this is too much to expect,
but you can try to cultivate more
faith day by day and, as you do,
you will find more and more peace of
mind and less and less of worry, fear and uncertainty.
It works.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
 
“What you’re about to read means more to you than all the years
of chatter, advice and so-called help that the world has given you.
Here is everything you really need. But the problem is you don’t
know what you really need. Read on so you’ll find out.
  You have a sensing of something wrong. Something has gone astray.
You know that. And when it comes up you insist on supplying your
own useless solutions. You have been crying out long enough,
‘The world is too much for me. Whatever it is out there, it
is overwhelmingly too much for me.’
  I _order_ you to stop saying that! Oh, if you only knew, and I’m
trying to tell you, that _you_ are too much for the world. Who you
really are is absolutely victorious, triumphant over any difficulty
you can name. Do you want to name some?”
Your Power of Natural Knowing, 
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Twenty Four Hours A Day APRIL 16,2016
Thought for the Day
In A.A. we have insurance. Our faith in God is a kind of insurance against the terrible things that might happen to us if we ever drink again. By putting our drink problem in the hands of God, we’ve taken out a sort of insurance policy, which insures us against the ravages of drink, as our homes are insured against destruction by fire. Am I paying my A.A. insurance premiums regularly?
Meditation for the Day
I must try to love all humanity. Love comes from thinking of every man or woman as your brother or sister, because they are children of God. This way of thinking makes me care enough about them to really want to help them. I must put this kind of love into action by serving others. Love means no severe judging, no resentments, no malicious gossip, and no destructive criticism. It means patience, understanding, compassion, and helpfulness.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may realize that God loves me, since He is the Father of us all. I pray that I in turn may have love for all of His children.
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 The soul must make a complete surrender to the Spirit.
 The Will of the Spirit is peace, clear thinking and happiness. 
The science of Mind page 405 
 
BB A Vision For You, p.155  
His sanity returned and he thanked God.
 
This is how I would die into the love I have for you.
As pieces of cloud dissolve in sunlight. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 107 Insights
“Truth will correct all errors in my mind.”
   Any time I feel anxious, impatient, hurried, unhappy, guilty or less than peaceful in any way, it is a sign that I am believing in error. I am making an error real in my mind. Truth will correct that error in my mind and return me to the place of calm so deep it cannot be disturbed.
   Truth is everywhere, ever present. There is no place I need to go, no place I need to be to find the truth. It is always with me. I only need to stop holding barriers against the truth, stop believing in error. This is the undoing referred to in the Course. I need do nothing to find the truth, but I do need to stop interfering with the awareness of truth. It is the feverish attempt to hold on to illusions and make them real that bars truth from healing my mind. As I stop holding on to error, the truth will enter of its own because truth is what I am in reality.
TO CONTINUE:
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When the mud of our restless thoughts begins to settle,
the power of God begins to reflect in the clear waters 
of your consciousness.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 

This is how I would die into the love I have for you.
As pieces of cloud dissolve in sunlight. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

“Yes, it’s only a canvas sky

“Yes, it’s only a canvas sky
Altar Ego
Alan Dolit
A dream I had once: It starts out like a scene with Charlie Chaplin in “Modern Times”. In the opening scene a statue is being unveiled revealing Charlie lying on the base of the statue. I then envision an altar to Jesus. It too is covered waiting to be unveiled. As the cover is being lifted off the altar there is nothing on it except an old TV showing Ella Fitzgerald singing:
 
“Say, it’s only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
If you believed in me

“Yes, it’s only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
If you believed in me

“Without your love
It’s a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It’s a melody played in a penny arcade”

 
And then Jesus appears and he sings:

“It’s a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
If you believed in me” 

 
And then Burt Lahr appears as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of OZ saying “Ain’t it the truth, ain‘t it the truth.”
 
And Jesus says: “Take me down from the cross. Don’t put me on a pedestal nor build any altar for me, nor look for me in an empty tomb. I’m not there. Teach not that I died in vain. Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you. And if you must have an altar, don’t clutter it with false icons. I’m the original iconoclast. Let the only icons in your life be those on your computer desktop. And let your altar remain empty, but keep it shined, so as an empty mirror it can reflect God‘s Love. And remember to let the dead bury the dead.”
 
And then the TV screen goes blank. And I realize it is only my “alter” ego that needs to make altars.

APRIL 15,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

 
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
Can you imagine a state of mind absolutely free of fear?
It is extremely hard for us who have had Fear,
Worry and Uncertainty as constant companions most of our lives.
To attain such a state of mind is only possible where there is complete Faith in God.
Somehow, too, it would appear that it would mean complete faith in our fellow man and in ourselves.
 
Maybe this is too much to expect, but you can try to cultivate more faith day by day and, as you do, you will find more and more peace of mind and less and less of worry, fear and uncertainty.
It works.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
 
“Growth comes by daring to risk more of the unknown than we are
willing to risk. Dare it, venture it — and grow. Declare, ‘My known
ways of thinking have brought me nothing but failure, so why cling
to them?’ Forget the difficulties, and confusions,
and disappointments, for they are unimportant. Remember the only vital thing — the direction in which you are heading.
Confidently abandon yourself to higher truths.
Here is a heroic act!”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 14, p. 
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Twenty Four Hours A Day APRIL 15,2015
Thought for the Day
Terrible things could have happened to any one of us. We never will know what might have happened to us when we were drunk. We usually thought: “That couldn’t happen to me.” But any one of us could have killed somebody or have been killed ourselves, if we were drunk enough. But fear of these things never kept us from drinking. Do I believe that in we have something more effective than fear?
Meditation for the Day
I must keep calm and unmoved in the vicissitudes of life. I must go back into the silence of communion with God to recover this calm when it is lost even for one moment. I will accomplish more by this calmness than by all the activities of a long day. At all cost I will keep calm. I can solve nothing when I am agitated. I should keep away from things that are upsetting emotionally. I should run on an even keel and not get tipped over by emotional upsets. I should seek for things that are calm and good and true and stick to those things.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may not argue nor contend, but merely state calmly what I believe to be true. I pray that I may keep myself in that state of calmness that comes from faith in God’s purpose for the world.
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Remember that when you use your subjective mind, 
you’re using the Creative Power of the Universe.
For the two are really one. 
The science of Mind page 401
 
BB How It Works, p.68  
For we are now on a different basis;
the basis of trusting and relying upon God.
 
 
You Wander from room to room. 
Hunting for the diamond necklace. 
That is already around your neck!
Rumi
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 106 Insights
“Let me be still and listen to the truth.”
   Let yourself rest a while in oneness. There is no conflict there, only perfect peace and a deep sense of well-being. Here you recognize through experience that giving and receiving are the same: One undivided Whole, giving all of Itself to all, eternal because It is changeless, being filled up completely, giving completely, safe, happy, loving, loved, gentleness, being Spirit.
  When I let myself open up to this state of mind, it is there, it is real. The world of separate bodies is nowhere and nothing. On the other hand, as I focus on the world of separate bodies, this world becomes very real and God’s Reality seems v distant. The Course tells us that we can have one or the other, not both at the same time. What an opportunity today to take five minutes of every hour to be still and listen to the truth, open to reality, feel the well-being and safety that comes with opening to God’s peace and love and joy.
TO CONTINUE:ery
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I will bathe in the sacred pool of God’s
love hidden behind the ramparts of meditation.
Paramahansa Yogananda

You Wander from room to room. 
Hunting for the diamond necklace. 
That is already around your neck! Rumi


Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815
iamronrichey@gmail.com
www.melloron.com

Intuition

Intuition
 
Intuition comes from the Latin word “intueri” which means to look inside, or to contemplate, it is the ability to acquire knowledge from within.
 
Coincidence means, that two events happen at the same time… like thinking about someone just as that person just happens to phone you at that exact time…when this happens it is never an accident.
 
Or you are walking down the street thinking of someone , and you suddenly bump into them.
 
That person and you are connected in ways that your eyes, ears, nose, skin and tongue cannot show you, but your intuition did.
 
Have you ever had a feeling that you should not have done or said something, or went somewhere you know that you should not have, but you went ahead and did it anyway… then you said…I knew I should not have done that, that’s right you knew… your intuition told you…but because you were not aware of your intuition, you ignored it any way.
 
There is another way to explain this, if someone is asleep say on the couch, you don’t put a book in front of them and say read this!! You wait until they are awake and then give them the book… well when you are unconscious, you are asleep.. and your intuition is the book…you don’t know your intuition is there, but when you are conscious, you are now awake, and now you can become aware of your intuition, it is the book…
 
Extra-sensory perception or (ESP) and multi-sensory perception (MSP) and intuition are the same thing. ESP is outside and above the five senses that we all possess, and it is more than that, it is a very sophisticated system that allows us to see more than we can with the five senses we have, it allows us to connect or reconnect to each other, a connection that we simply forgot that we all have.
 
We all have this ability, we all have MSP/ESP because we are all one… therefore oneness is our natural state of being.
 
The five senses require you to pay attention to what is outside of you… intuition and MSP require the exact opposite, you pay attention to what is happening inside of you…this is the biggest difference to five sensory perception and multi-sensory perception.
 
Listening to your intuition is like ignoring all of your five senses that you know you have, it is there if you can take the time to listen to it, go beyond all the noise, all thoughts, smells, go to the Stillness that is in your mind, and it is there, forever trying to communicate with you.
 
When you are angry, afraid, jealous, vengeful, or emotional in any way, you block all your MSP,s… and you cannot hear your intuition at all.
 
These emotions are too turbulent, they block your awareness, trying to hear your intuition when you are upset or emotional is like trying to find a needle in a haystack… it is still there, but you can’t hear it, it is the same with love’s presence, it is there also, but you can’t feel it.
 
Imagine being able to hear your intuition every minute, well you can do this but first you have to train your mind.
 
Never go to bed angry, or emotional in any way, your intuition works best when you feel light… anger and all other emotions are heavy, that’s why when you let your anger, judgments, and all emotions go, you feel better… you feel lighter.
 
The same goes for regret, guilt, shame, jealousy, let all these go, and you will feel so so much better, this is why forgiveness is so important to yourself, this is the key to you feeling better, forgiveness takes care of all emotions, without exceptions, and you will feel better.
 
Now you have let all these go, and you are feeling better, and lighter, the weight of the world is now off your shoulders, there is an extra bonus, you are now in good shape to get in touch with your intuition.
 
Next you must believe that you have intuition, and most importantly, you need trust, trust is essential for you to manifest intuition within yourself.
 
You can’t stop your intuition from working, but you can put blocks into your awareness to keep yourself from hearing it…
 
Last but not least… your intuition will always answer all your questions, it will never fail to give you an answer… listen to what your intuition tells you… a lot of people hear answers that they don’t like, so the pretend that they don’t hear it, or just ignore what they don’t want to hear.
 
Getting in touch with your intuition is the third step towards a higher consciousness, coming after first, imagination, and second inspiration, intuition is regarded as a constant commonality between earthly knowledge, and the higher spiritual knowledge, and appears as flashes of illumination.
 
Intuition can be said to be a comprehensive grip of the principles of universality, a person who develops intuition can know anything, without the barriers of time, space and any other obstructions, it is the belief in the ability to see any event, any object from a viewpoint of the cosmic whole, from its culmination, the knowing of something, without prior knowledge, or the use of reason.
 
4 Ways to find life’s questions using Intuition
 
                                                    1. Inner voice
 
Many people report a still inner voice, your intuition will communicate with you in a compassionate, loving manner that is perceptibly different from your normal inner chatter.
 
When you are faced with a dilemma, ask yourself” what is the best course of action to take” then pause for a few minutes in silence and meditation, and think about all your options, one then will leap out at you, if not, then go deeper and ask the question again, and remember to trust your intuition, it is trying to give you the answer, an answer will appear, you might not like it, sometimes we don’t want to hear what is best for us, or you might say bingo, got it, that is what i will do, then write down three small steps that will take you in the direction that you choose.
 
                                                        2. Dreams.
 
You can receive a wealth of guidance when you learn to ask for intuitive insight from your dreams. Our minds are still active and racing with thoughts while we sleep.
 
As we repay our daily anxieties in our dream state, we are sometimes given answers and solutions to our problems. Often these answers are revealed to us through symbols.
 
When you go to bed try to summarize the issue you need resolved into a question, and as you meditate and drift off to sleep state the question to yourself.
 
Before you become fully awake in the morning ask yourself, what is the answer to my question, try to remember your dream. And what it symbolized, and see if the answer was in your dream.
 
You may not remember the details of the dream, but you will have awakened with the answer placed somewhere, in could be in the dream, or that it could just appear to you as an intuitive answer then and there.
 
This is just as equally a valid way of receiving intuitive guidance in your sleep state.
 
                                                        3. Emotions.
 
Intuitive information often comes through our feelings or emotions. You may simply feel right about a certain course of action, or you might experience a sense of distrust about an individual or situation.
 
Part of learning to trust your intuition is remembering to ask “does this decision make me happy” or do I feel energized by this decision ?
 
There are many ways to ask the question, and experience the answer, but here is the truth… your intuition will provide you with information to make positive choices.
 
You have a magnificent inner guidance system, and it will not make you feel bad, or give you negative answers, if it does then it is not your intuition you are listening to, but your ego, remember your ego will always try to give you negative answers and will always want you to feel bad.
 
                                             4. Physical Sensations
 
The Japanese call intuition “stomach art”. We call it “gut feelings”. You might find that your body feels heavy if you make a wrong decision. Or you might feel light and experience “chills” if you have made the correct decision.
 
If you have made a decision and your stomach feels heavy or like there is a knot in it, your intuition is imploring you to reconsider your options.
 
You must understand that your intuition is warning you about proceeding with your decision, you may not comprehend it on a rational level, or that you have a choice, remember you always have a choice.
 
How many times have you ignored signals from your body, only later to say to yourself, I wished I had trusted my gut instinct?

Let Us Not Conclude Let Us Not Conclude Some Reflections on the Specificity of This Teaching by Henri Tracol

Let Us Not Conclude

Some Reflections on the Specificity of This Teaching

by Henri Tracol


If specificity means what is “unique” in Gurdjieff’s teaching, let us quickly set aside a possible preliminary misunderstanding: “specificity” is not inevitably, as one might fear, a doctrinaire claim to exclusivity. Because what is unique in any path of spiritual search is its own particular way of approaching and perceiving reality. And this teaching offers us a feeling of just that: something which goes beyond suggested forms of experience and investigation.

Mightn’t we say that one of the clearest vocations of this teaching is that it tends to give birth in us to this faculty of orienting ourselves? And wouldn’t this faculty be a fundamental necessity for such a teaching, as its natural position with respect to the major traditional structures, and yet, at the same time, reducible to none of them?

From the vantage point of such an orientation, I know I am nearer to what is “specific” to this teaching inasmuch as I feel invited to place myself inwardly in relation to whatever presents itself from the outside.

If sufficiently nurtured, this spiritual flair might allow us, over time, to recognize the degree of authenticity of any form of experience which offers itself to our search.

Let us suppose that this form seems to be the bearer of a truth of the same nature as the one which Gurdjieff’s direct influence enabled us to actually live. Such a relation could hardly fail to capture the best of our attention and interest, spurring us on to further study. This similarity, however, would in no way authorize us to conclude there is an identity or a common heredity. Even less would it condone our playing the sorcerer’s apprentice in order to establish, on an artificial basis, an assimilation or some sort of synthesis.

And in the opposite case, if this particular form seemed aberrant, illusory, or dangerous, this would in itself be a precious aid to become more aware of what is essential to preserve, as well as the risks we constantly run of making grievous errors and falsifications in our interpretations.

Forewarned of the danger—and faced with the endless number of guises through which what is “unique” in this teaching might appear to us—we will feel the need to rediscover, there again, the guarantee of a right orientation—and we will naturally look to find it at its very origins.

Gurdjieff’s teaching belongs to what he calls the fourth way. As an embodiment of a fourth way school, it does not have a form defined once and for all—which means: neither dogma nor ritual, strictly speaking.

It ceaselessly disappears, and ceaselessly must be discovered and rediscovered.

It imposes no preliminary renunciation but requires, within the frame of ordinary life, a set of appropriate conditions in view of a genuine work upon oneself.

It opens upon the perspective of a profound transformation of being through awakening and self-knowledge.

It presupposes in oneself a sincere quest for truth, the realization of one’s own “nothingness,” the recourse to effort—and to super-effort—toward the development of his power of consciousness.

It also allows the individual to discover and realize certain hidden possibilities, by means of simultaneous and coordinated engaging of one’s intellectual, emotional, and physical capacities toward a voluntary concentration upon the struggle which takes place within the self between one’s positive and negative tendencies.

This perpetual struggle is carried on within every seeker according to the principle of relativity which regulates the relations among the different energy levels in human nature, as in the universe.

~ • ~

But among these lines of force inherent in the fourth way, what is an altogether essential component of this type of teaching, is that above all, “the principal demand is the demand for understanding;” that the individual “must do nothing that he does not understand;” that he must “satisfy himself of the truth of what he is told.”

However, this primary requirement is the source of many misunderstandings: we must unfailingly return to the meaning that Gurdjieff gives to this imperative necessity for a living comprehension, in which our being totally engages itself. We are far from the false requirements of the ordinary individual who arrogates to himself the right to reduce any truth to a mental construct governing the movement of his associative thinking.

Moreover, the emphasis is placed upon the person, on the individual search for knowledge, upon the work that one must do to know oneself in order to transform and fulfill oneself.

The doctors in tradition have been quick to brand this primacy accorded to individual experience—“each person must initiate himself”—as a tendency toward “humanism,” which spawns the most nefarious deviations.

Indeed, regularly forgetting its cosmic and metaphysical perspective risks depriving this search of any possible breadth and reducing the Work, for some people, to a kind of flimsy psychological inquiry, while it encourages in others their latent predilections to a “pseudo-mysticism” devoid of any real content.

Gurdjieff thus reserves an important place for profound meditation, for silence, as a return to the source of all knowledge.… We are there before a trulyspiritual practice, wherein the indispensable theoretical vision is not arbitrarily separated from a vivifying contact with ongoing experience, just as it is lived and felt.

The errors too often voiced with regard to the meaning given both to “individual search” and to “practice” serve to show the urgency of an imperative task: to try to digest what is essential in the ideas so as not to distort them, and to understand as quickly as possible the master’s aim, the principle of balance without which the Work could not exist.

Efforts to understand and to test the ideas: this is what gives this teaching its dynamic character: the growth of being indeed demands both a direct knowledge and a gradual mastery of the movements of our energy as it manifests itself on different levels.

Ultimately, however, what is unique and irreplaceable in Gurdjieff’s teaching is Gurdjieff himself.

Certainly, nothing could be more obvious to someone who lived this experience at his side, and who naturally feels called upon to bear witness.

A few years later, Gurdjieff—as a man—left us forever.

And yet … How not feel his intimate presence within us as a permanent source of self-remembering?

What at is it, then, that allows a master’s influence to perpetuate itself once he has disappeared?

It is not so much an orthodoxy as a mode of perception inherited from him and which should appear through all things, in the heart of the most intimate experiences as well as on the level of everyday life.

We are quickly overwhelmed on every side, however … and it is the unknown which wins out.… In the long run, this calls upon us to perceive such a gift as an enigma—and as a challenge.

This is what is ceaselessly suggested, in countless ways, in Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, from the “Friendly Advice” to the reader—

OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS MARCH 14,2016

DAILIES

“Every spiritual step must be accompanied by the willingness

and the appearance of feeling foolish. There is no escape from

the prison of your old acquired self without a deliberate, 

consistent willingness to appear foolish before yourself and others.

The willingness to appear foolish causes great, beautiful destruction.
The only question that is left is this: “How fast can I go? 
How ingenious can I be in inventing ways to be foolish before you and myself?”
 You know that the reason we want to appear wise before others
 is because we want a picture of ourselves presented to them. 
Now we are going to do the exact opposite of everything we used to do.
A Treasury of Trueness, # 200

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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   


“There is an _original creation, an original world, an invisible
world_, which actually exists at this moment, which we are here
discussing. It exists right now, but not to the world.
This invisible world that I’m talking about is one in which there
is no strife, no competition, no worry, no strain, but a world of
peace and understanding — something that is unlike the world you
now inhabit.
Now this world is timeless. It has always existed. It is the orig

inal world. 
A happy, free, spiritual — truly spiritual — world.
But somewhere along the way, something happened. Something bad
happened to human beings. And this original world was lost to
them because they insisted on building their own world as suited
their own false values, as suited their own wrong ideas about
themselves, their vanity ideas.
And so having departed from the original true world, men and women
began to build their own kind of a world, and their horror story
began, and it has continued to this day. Now in this world, which
you know a lot about, there is nothing but chaos and self-deception.
Everyone pretending they know and no one does know.”
The Original World
Powerful Guides for Spiritual Freedom, p. 4

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 Twenty-four Hours a Day Day March 14, 2016

Thought for the Day

Can I get well? If I mean, “Can I ever drink normally again,” the answer is no. 
But if I mean, “Can I stay sober?” the answer is definitely yes. 
I can get well by turning my drink problem over to a Power greater than myself, 
that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God, 
and by asking that Power each morning to give me the 
strength to stay sober for the next 24 hours.
 I know from the experience of thousands of people
 that if I honestly want to get well, I can get well.
Am I faithfully following the AA program?
Meditation for the Day

Persevere in all that God’s guidance moves you to do. 
The persistent carrying out of what seems right and
 good will bring you to that place where you would be. 
If you look back over God’s guidance, you will see that
 His leading has been very gradual and that only as you have carried out His wishes, 
as far as you can understand them, 
has God been able to give you more clear and definite leading. 
You are led by God’s touch on a quickened, responsive mind.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may persevere in doing what seems right. 
I pray that I may carry out all of God’s leading, as far as I can understand it.
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The highest mental practice is to listen 
to this Inner Voice and declare Its Presence. 
The Science of Mind page 334 

As the doubter tries the process of prayer, he should begin to add up the results. If he persists, he will almost surely find more serenity, more tolerance, less fear, and less anger. He will acquire a quiet courage, the kind that isn’t tension-ridden. He can look at “failure” and “success” for what these really are. Problems and calamity will begin to mean his instruction, instead of his destruction. He will feel freer and saner.
The idea that he may have been hypnotizing himself by auto-suggestion will become laughable. His sense of purpose and of direction will increase. His anxieties will commence to fade. His physical health will be likely to improve. Wonderful and unaccountable things will start to happen. Twisted relations in his family and on the outside will improve surprisingly.
GRAPEVINE, JUNE 1958 
This season with the friend so near, 
the body dims. 
Heart-light grows more intense. 
Storm clouds finally weep, 
because the Lightning has started to laugh.
 With happy tears everywhere coming down,
 the fields get uncontrollably tickled. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 73 Insights
“I will there be light.”
In this lesson, Jesus is helping me to build the habit to see the Christ in everyone I meet or even think of. Jesus is helping me focus on the truth in everyone and not the idle wishes and grievances that come from the ego split mind. Seeing the idle wishes and grievances have cost me the awareness of What I am. Remembering that my real will is one with God’s Will brings me back into alignment with my true happiness, my true unlimited freedom.
 
Saying to myself all through the day, “I will there be light,” reminds me of my true will. This helps me behold the Light that reflects God’s Will and mine. I need this practice to free up my mind from the idle wishes and grievances of the ego thought system.
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The scenery of mountains painted on the ever-changing canvas of the sky,
the mysterious mechanism of the human body, the rose, the green grass carpet,
the magnanimity of souls, the loftiness of minds,
the depth of love-all these things remind us of a God who is beautiful and Noble.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

 
This season with the friend so near, 
the body dims. 
Heart-light grows more intense. 
Storm clouds finally weep, 
because the Lightning has started to laugh.
 With happy tears everywhere coming down,
 the fields get uncontrollably tickled. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)