Measuring Values Creates Polarity

In a First-Second Degree of Illumination bubble, values rule! Values and comparisons seem to work well together. I don’t think I would have the ability to choose without them.

Comparing values may be an ambiguous, non-standardized way for measuring what deserves my attention. To make a measurement, one needs a scale upon which to make a comparison. Scales involve polarity.

One type of scale requires polarities that define the outer limits or extent of the most extreme expected measurement. Another requires a balance point between two polarities. Each type of scale requires common content and context in which to make a measurement. Hence, the old saying, “You can’t compare apples to oranges…”

I seek what validates my preset values. The amount of attention I invest in a thing is the measurement of its value on that preset scale. In this way I can compare worthiness in terms of threats and benefits to my survival on a scale I understand.

Chronic value measuring keeps my mind occupied in creating and maintaining a standard, a quick reference guide to survival. At the top of my standards list is the greatest threat or benefit to my survival.

My need to be right creates polarity and a lifetime of measuring values

I believe I know how I should understand my reality. I have learned to trust my ability to measure values and accept them as accurate and true.

Polarity demands certitude

When I get close to certainty of my value judgments, I’m getting dangerously close to valuing myself at one end or pole of that scale. The closer my attention is to the poles of my value scale, the less likely I am to be fluid with my measurements, and the more likely I am to become certain and immovable. Certitude tends to lock down my scale – including its polarities.

To investigate this phenomenon, I like to get quiet and ask my inner wisdom:

  1. What do I value?
  2. How do I measure it?
  3. Why do I measure it?
  4. Who am I as I move towards polarity?

By asking these questions within, my deeper mind can search for its truths and help my conscious mind…

  • know and understand the real me.
  • reveal misunderstandings I’ve created that have supported a false me.
  • stop measuring myself, knowing I need no setting of values.

I See It Because I Believe It

The old Missourians used to say, “Show me!” – a variation on the theme of, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

My First Degree of Illumination “old Missourian” persona loves that saying, trusts authority, trusts my ego, and distrusts my Third Degree of Illumination questioning self.

Adhering to faith in my senses as though they were authorities that somehow know better… when they don’t (know better)… has on occasion caused me to believe in the impossible!

Allow me to explain –

My senses are part of my Second Degree justification system that seeks to make sense of senselessness. My eyes, for example, don’t see what is there. Rather, they reflect to me what I believe is there. Breaking that down further, I come to realize that I see only what I believe – there is no “there” to be seen – because…

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Working Towards Mastery

Every day, mastery gets me up,  puts my clothes on me,  slips my shoes on my feet, brushes my teeth, washes my face, brews my hot cup of java, gets me to work, and etc.

I don’t have to focus on HOW to do these things – I just do them.

Let’s look at skill acquisition and consciousness. By consciousness, I mean conscious awareness. The following is based on the 4 levels of competence, generally attributed to Abraham Maslow to which we’ve added a fifth level:

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Precognition Belief and Happiness

According to a scientific report, precognition not only exists, but you’ve got it in spades!

A report in open access journal PLOS ONE by Katharine Greenaway and colleagues from the University of Queensland, Australia, says that if you believe my opening statement, you’re far more likely to feel more in control of your life. Folks who feel more in control of their lives tend to feel more positive about their lives and tend to be happier for it.

It really doesn’t matter whether the ability to foresee the future exists – only that you consider BELIEVING it could exist – to gain benefit. That’s right – you don’t even have to believe in the phenomenon – just consider that it COULD exist – especially thinking you might have it – is enough to elevate mood and a sense of personal control.

A constrained belief does not necessarily expand our consideration of possibility, nor does semi-belief fully support probability. Rather, absolute belief may deny “understanding” causality by holding potential prisoner to limitation. And happiness cannot exist in the solid belief in limitation… only those limits that satisfy fear of limits.

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Truth and Imagination

“I know what I know!”

My experiences are my truth, my senses don’t lie and neither does my mind. Since the truth we live by daily  is based on the relativity of what it supports. All aspects related to it must also be relative. – Truth – “the true or actual state of a matter.”

Is the actual state of a matter what we are perceiving or is matter behaving in a way we wish to see matter behave? Or is matter itself capable of creating a state of existence, independent of for that matter? Is there any truth to matter or is truth merely a philosophy considered to be a matter of fact? If this seems confusing imagine being fully in charge of your world and still things turn out contrary to your will.

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