(This is the blog post for September 2015. Due to a WordPress update problem, I lost three month's of posts)
A New Definition of Good and Evil
My friend Khurshid and I were talking about good and evil the other day. He said, "Good is using your creative powers to the best of your ability in the world." I thought that was a very good definition, because it doesn't say, "If you want to be good you have to believe this way, or act that way." It also doesn't say that to be good you have to fight evil. This definition of good avoids the conflicts we can get into living in the duality, where every positive thing has a negative counterpart. In fact, this definition of good transcends the duality altogether. If enough people thought this way the duality would grow weaker because we would have a balance where there was more creativity and less darkness. The duality is strongest when we think that to get more good we have to fight the bad or the unwanted. The duality, in other words, is the just the human race's balance of thought at any time t. Because we live in a vibrational universe, the balance of thought is always changing. So at any time t we can change the balance of the collective consciousness.
Why is this important? Because we live on a planet that is surrounded by a field of subtle energy – the Akash. Akash is the Sanskrit word meaning "æther" in both its elemental and metaphysical senses. This field records every impression, every thought, every action, of all life forms on the planet. In Hinduism, “Akasha” means the basis and essence of all things in the material world; the first material element created from the astral world, and one of the Panchamahabhuta, or "five elements." In Sanskrit the word means "space", the first element in creation. The Akash is invisible to scientific instrumentation, and its existence is unknown to science. And even if it were known or even suspected it would be pooh-poohed, deeming it irrelevant. But it’s not!
The Ahash interacts with every life form on the planet. We contribute to it via our thoughts and intentions, and it interacts with us via the Law of Attraction. This process has been going on since the dawn of life on this planet. When this planet was formed (built) the Akash was included. Once a planetary civilization gets beyond the tedium and tawdriness of strict materialism, the Akash becomes recognized. Of course our materialistic human societies have no clue about this field and its importance, which I tried to show graphically in my movie, “The Evolution of Consciousness” (available for free at sunrise-production.org). Be that as it may, the human race, in every moment, literally determines the balance of consciousness on our planet, and the strength of the duality, by the thoughts we contribute to the Akash.
Framing and Beliefs
Our thoughts become rigidly "set" into a pattern when we believe we have to think a certain way. A belief restricts thought into certain channels. For instance, the silly belief that in order to be a "real man," you have to drink a lot of alcohol. The opposite of that is if you don't drink alcohol you are a wuss. Don't laugh, this belief is still prevalent in a lot of people. So the duality is enforced, or constrained, to follow a certain pattern or template, by a belief. Human consciousness is filled with these beliefs, which usually are so commonly accepted that people say, "Everybody knows that _____(fill in the blank.)"
For instance, everybody knows that if we want freedom we have to fight for it. Everybody knows that fighting cancer is a good thing (or standing up to it, which is a similar concept). So if you were to say to someone who asks you to donate to the "fight against cancer" that you believe we should be curing cancer and not fighting it, they would probably (1) think you were a kook (because "everybody knows" that fighting cancer is the way to get a cure), or (2) get angry because they think you are making fun of them, or (3) think you are one of those conspiracy nuts who actually believes that there is a cancer cure.
My wife Jenny has no patience with this. She says, "What difference does it make whether you say fight cancer or cure cancer? People understand that you want to cure it."
But no, they don't! The issue of cancer is framed around the idea of fighting it. What you name something is what you believe about it. The idea of framing is a very important concept in journalism. We see framing all the time in the "news." The news is framed around the status quo. Last month we said that the status quo in energy is all about fossil fuels – and that an attempt to go beyond that automatically makes you not normal. Even if you're the bloody pope. So cancer is framed around the idea of fighting it or standing up to it. Which implies its continued existence. Cancer will never be cured with this belief system in place.
Good and Evil
Now let's take a look at the opposite side of this idea of good being the use of your creative powers in the world. Bad, or evil, would then just be NOT using your creative powers. Wow, I really like this. In this definition evil is just the absence of creativity, just as dark is the absence of light. Looking at things this way, fighting evil, or anything unwanted, never even comes up, because the good-evil issue is now framed around the idea of the presence or absence of something good. This lessens the duality because there is simply more or less creativity in the world. We wouldn't tell someone that in order to be a better person he had to "fight" his or her lack of creativity! If we were angry we might tell him to get up off his ass and use his God-given abilities a little more. We might think, "Joe isn't living up to his potential," but we wouldn't think, "Joe is evil," just because he wasn't creating his life at a high enough level.
This gets us back to the educational system, and parenting. Our educational system is more interested in getting kids to shut up and toe the line than it is to encourage their creativity! And if you were a teacher and had a roomful of kids you might be excused for thinking this way. Because most of these kids have been brought up with the idea that their personal creativity is dangerous (it can get them into trouble, because creation means going beyond the accepted norm), and that there is a right way and a wrong way, and that they'd better be good or else!
The sad fact is that our beliefs have been framed in a similar way for millennia, even though there is no inevitability in thought! For instance, we might say that human thought inevitably gravitated toward fighting unwanted things, because our primitive ancestors were morons who had to bash each other (and other life forms) over the head to eat and survive. But this way of thinking is misguided. The civilization before ours (Atlantis) had a high technology, but the people there had a war and then the human race regressed back to caveman status. But that happened because their beliefs must have been framed or oriented to the idea of conflict and war. My guess is that the history of this planet we read about in history books is complete fiction. You know, the pyramids and the sphinx were made by primitive Egyptian farmers who, in their spare time, decided to erect a structure composed of 4 million blocks of stone, each one of which weighed a ton or more, and stacked them up 480 feet high to an error tolerance of half an inch. I mean, if you believe that you'll believe anything!
In 1996 a very brilliant man, Carl Munck, published a book called The Code, in which he mathematically mapped out all of the most important structures on the planet from the ancient world (including the pyramids) and showed that the ancients had an understanding of mathematics and technology that was beyond our understanding today. He created a new branch of science that he calls archeocryptography, and which shows the intelligent design of a worldwide network of structures. But his books are typed out on a typewriter and bound in spiral form because this guy can't get anyone to take him seriously. However, if you read these books (including Munck's Whispers from Time) they will blow your mind. They are seminal works, and very, very important. In a sane society this guy would be giving lectures in amphitheaters.
The story of Carl Munck (and Nikola Tesla, and Royal Raymond Rife, and Stubblefield, and Gabriel Kron, etc.) all have the same endings: geniuses who were prevented by the current framework of consciousness from advancing past the inside of their labs. I mention this just to give an example of the power of framing.
Let's get back to our definition of good. In duality good-evil is a necessity. There's a fifty-fifty balance. I was brought up to believe that the duality is inevitable (hot-cold, dark-light, etc.) But it isn't. Or at least, the balance of it isn't. In a physical universe there will always be some duality, some opposites. But the polarity or duality in consciousness is simply created by consciousness, just like everything else. The duality is just a mindset, it is not something immutable, or some natural order that can't be changed.
If good is just using your creative powers to the best of your ability, then good isn't something abstract, or something we can't all agree upon. The problem with defining good as doing the right thing is that what's right isn't definable, it changes depending on your beliefs. But using your creativity isn't subjective; it's something we can all do. You can say, "but what about a psychopath? His idea of creativity is harming people." Well, a society that defines good as being creative won't squash a person's creativity! People become anti-social when their creative desires are thwarted. A lot of times this happens because it isn't "the right thing to do." You know, little Johnny wants to be an engineer and as a little kid he is constantly breaking things to find out what's inside. That can get pretty irritating to a parent, who is always yelling at the child. Eventually Johnny gives up and says, "screw this, screw people, screw life." Johnny's soul has become warped simply because his desire to create has been repeatedly thwarted. But Johnny will still create, even if it is in an anti-social direction!
I believe that the highest purpose of any human being is creating an effect. And if your soul purpose is thwarted then you will create any effect you can. Even a warped personality, a person who has had his or her creativity squashed, will still try to create. He or she may do this in a negative way, but this twisted creativity still comes from a divine impulse: Create! In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. And the first thing God did was create the world. This divine impulse to create goes way beyond good and evil, and beyond the duality. Therefore a definition of good based on creativity is a sound one, because it reaches down to the most fundamental level; a level beyond dogma, religion, or even belief. If you observe people you will see that those who are closest to death are the ones with the least desire to create in the world. When the creativity index goes to zero, the person "dies."
Creativity in all forms should be celebrated, even if it looks kooky. A dangerous psychopath should of course be constrained, but his or her creativity (even if it is twisted) should be acknowledged. I believe this could result in a very powerful therapeutic technique. You know, little Johnny (who is now warped) throws the vase against the wall. Instead of getting in his grille and saying "No, stupid!" the creative aspect of his action should be acknowledged. "Nice throw, Johnny. What were you trying to do there?" An insane person is of course impossible to help and should be locked up, but if there's any spark of life and sanity left you can reach someone by seeing and acknowledging their creativity. (Somebody has probably already thought of this form of therapy.)
A definition of good and evil based on the creative impulse within all of us can transcend the duality, and old belief systems, and lead to a better world. In this vein, Khurshid said, “The person creating problems thinks he is on the positive side, and he sees us creating problems. Whereas we clearly see the psychopath and the anti-social personality creating problems for society.” The Creator has enabled this opposition so that we may evolve. All actions have behind them a creative impulse (create!) and are divinely inspired, even if the motivations for those actions have been twisted.
So what happens when human consciousness evolves? Do problems just go away? Nope! As human consciousness evolves, we are able to solve the present day problems, but then more problems come up. However, we are now more able to solve the problems that crop up. That is evolution. In a lower level of consciousness, problems are intractable. Wars are fought that never really resolve anything. But as consciousness evolves we reach the point of detente –we may not like each other, but we realize that we have to cooperate at least minimally or we destroy the planet. Then we reach a point where we are tolerating each other fairly well. Then we reach the stage where actual cooperation occurs on a broader and broader scale. But always there are problems! Without problems evolution is impossible. And that’s where creativity comes in.
Problems are an opportunity to use our creative powers to better ourselves, and better the world.
Using this definition of good and evil – the presence or lack of creativity – it is much easier to see why problems exist. Problems are not problems, they are opportunities to use our creativity. Without problems there would be no reason to exercise creativity, and there would be no evolution. We would all be angels sitting on clouds eating a lot and watching TV. And so those on the other side – the bad guys – are necessary for our evolution. They are playing their roles well, and offer each time an opportunity to learn and grow. The only mistake is to accept their negative vibes into our space and our consciousness. By seeing problems (and the people who cause them) as just an opportunity to enhance our own creative abilities, it’s a little easier to tolerate those jerks (ha ha). The understanding is that everyone is creating, we can’t help it, it’s part of who we are. And creativity is what we all have in common, even the most evil person in the world. Creativity is the wedge we can use to reach even warped personalities. And we can look at our own lives and see where we are on the creativity index, which may inspire us to do inspirational things.