Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tek-Gnostic Eight-Fold Path

A field guide to “Mindful Consciousness” in the 21st century

We live in a strange world... getting stranger by the nanosecond. Life in the information age requires modern earthlings to make increasingly complex decisions with an increasing sense of urgency. Given the immediacy in which we must respond, the potential for miscalculation increases exponentially. The consequence of this quickening necessitates the need for strategic adaptation on the part of modern earthlings.

The Tek-Gnostic Electronic Mystery School does not presume to possess a solution to the dilemmas surrounding the current human condition, but we think ways exist to improve upon our strategic decision making process. Our aspiration is to infuse “mindful consciousness” into the process. Being awake and in the moment. A combination of mindfulness, acceptance of the moment, and creativity will integrate the essential component of compassion into the decision making process.

Another indispensable aspect of our strategic decision making process incorporates the much needed tactic of using humor to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. Humor is a prime indicator of intelligence among humans. Injecting humor into a given situation has a residual benefit of intelligence increase for the human smart enough to employ it.

The first step in our journey toward a heart-centered decision making strategy is an issuance of the following Tek-Gnostic eight-fold path. It is a deceptively simple doctrine that illuminates the otherwise dimly lit experience of the human condition…

1.) Wake up!
Think for yourself! The single most important factor in this campaign is to be cognizant. Being mentally agile will allow that light bulb that appears over your head to blink on more often. Be smart... Incorporate the concept of Intelligence-Increase into your daily life. How can you drive down the highway of right action if you're asleep at the wheel?

2.) Turn on your lovelight!
Of equal importance as item #1. In everything we think, say or do, we must come from the heart. Temper your thoughts with feeling so as to balance your perceptions. Your heart is the mechanism by which you apply intuitive discernment. Trust your heart to guide you through life's ambiguities. When making decisions, do you listen to that calm, quiet voice within?

3.) Leave it on!
Consistency in heart-felt action is key. Once you get there, the idea is to stay there as much as possible. Once you feel the groove, use your head and stay with it! Remember, the heart isn't wishy washy... And it is always right! A balance of head and heart will allow you to be in the "eternal now" more frequently. How often during the day are you in the eternal now?

4.) Do unto others.
The Bhudda claimed that compassion is the highest form of human emotion. Compassion here is defined as a marriage of concepts #1 & #2… using your intellect and feeling with your heart to formulate a "Right Thinking" and "Right Action". Think for yourself in order to discern all the options, and trust your heart in order to make compassionate choices. The golden rule applies here... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you... When interacting with others, do you see a separate being, or a mirror?

5.) Nothing is so sacred that it cannot be made fun of.
A well developed sense of humor is indicative of a well developed intellect. Have fun with this. If you are having fun in your endeavors, then chances are you are learning. If you quit having fun, you quit learning. If you quit learning, then you will be left with only boredom. Every school child knows how intolerable boredom is. Are we having fun yet?

6.) The circumstances are necessarily perfect.
All is chaos under Heaven and the situation is excellent! Be mindful of the situation. Events in life arise. The myriad of variables associated with specific events are not always easily discernable. Be open to the possibility that events, whether good or ill, may come about in some measure independent of your trajectory. Often, when confronted with a situation, how we perceive and react to the situation will dramatically alter the outcome. Is the cup half full?

7.) Dare to be naïve!
This famous quote from R. Buckminster Fuller is apropos. Our outlook toward life and the inevitable emergent situations we confront is the determining factor in how we proceed. Cynicism can be a cruel master. If we fall into the bad mental habits of gloom, doom & disdain, we will surely bring those attitudes about. Beware negative vibrations! Be like two fried eggs and keep your sunny side up! Is it disquieting to be perceived as naïve?

8.) We're all Bozos on this Bus.
We're all in this together. There is no "them", it's only us. No one is really any cooler or smarter or holier than any one else. The best and easiest way for us all to make it (wherever that is) is to help each other. Lend a hand. If you see someone struggling with partial awareness, help them if you can. Wit and humor are our ammunition in this enterprise. A good delivery is our weapon. Can you launch a humor bomb without hurting anybody's feelings?

If, in the course of our travels, we keep the eight concepts in mind, they may help to illuminate the otherwise dimly lit path that traverses our experience of the human condition…


In case you didn't notice, the preceding eight-fold path is also a pop quiz. Each individual item poses at least one question. The way in which we answer each question points to how we will conduct our journey along the Tek-Gnostic path. It also indicates how our travels will fare. We need to contemplate our strategies and carry them out with "panache". Style and grace will be our fun-d'-mental mode of operation. Compassion and humility will be our roadmap. This is just a minute beginning. The ideas that are presented here are simple ones. So simple as to be overlooked most of the time (refer to #'s 1, 2 & 3). But being mindful is the essential point, isn't it?
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