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Brian Konietzko and Ken Wilber - Avatar: the Last Airbender (Is the First Step Toward Something New)
Ken Wilber - The Need for Integral Spirituality
Shawn Phillips - Focus Intensity Training as Integral Practice
Published Monday, March 19, 2007 3:29 AM by inmanagingeditor

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casolarphoenix said:

The Secret, (though I’ve yet to read it), sounds very much like Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intent, interestingly enough what has really drawn me to this conversation is the said Auschwitz test, and Dafar test.  Firstly I will say that I personally have no first hand experience in any situation of genocide, nor even do I know anyone who has, and had the occasion to speak to them.  I have only witnessed the after affects second hand so to speak in movies, documentaries, books, and photographs, so by no means am I an authority on the subject, but I was a soldier for 8 years and have had time to consider that service, the propaganda of those years in hindsight, and time to visualize my self in the place of both the victims of genocide and those who perpetrate the crime, so much so that I’ve a painted picture in my mind that I’ve yet to bring to fruition where the faces of all those involve are mine.
The manifestation of genocide by those who are the victims is rejected on the basis of it being unconscionable.  I will agree, these manifestations on the greater scale are occurring without awareness of what is happening in totality.  But what occurred to me is that if all were suffering from the Prime Duality, and surly they were as many of us are that it was in fact this fear of death that froze those victims in place so to speak vs. fight or flight.  I say this because Millions of Jews outnumbered the bullets in the soldiers’ weapons.  Surly on a smaller scale of hundreds of Jews being rounded up onto a train with one soldier or even ten, could they not have been overwhelmed?  Truly I don’t really know the answer to that question, but I do feel that this is a possibility and that it has occurred in other place and situations where soldiers were overwhelmed by those they tried to oppress, even prisons and guards.
Still, though it seems to me that this Prime Duality is not solely to cause for this frozen state of being.  There would have been attachment not only to ones life, but to the lives of there families, there would have been an aversion to the truth of there own genocide being perpetrated as well as that of killing the soldiers, and there would have been indifference to the death of others that one shared no bonds with other than the same conditions.  These things hold you in place.
On the other hand, there would have also I think been those who were resigned to there fate, an acceptance, and maybe even those who chose to martyr themselves if martyrdom is chosen and not simply assigned by history?  Schopenhaur gave me the impression that the will to live was evil in and of itself, surly Hitler loved him, because then death was cleansing not only for those who lived but for those who died.  I’m not of the mind to attach good and evil aspects to my own will to live, and yet I feel I understand that will is in a sense a form and is not spirit but still of spirit, and does spirit have intention?  Not if spirit is formless, but once it takes form, surly it does.
Again, let me say that I do not support genocide, but I can see how the victims participate in the manifestation of genocide just as the perpetrators do very much like the wife being beaten by her spouse.  Thru propaganda, religious beliefs, and the Prime Duality, and the attachment, aversion and indifference to it allows for that participation where one gives ones will to live to another, so to speak.
        I am more than willing to conversate on this issue with others to see and understand there thinking and feelings, but let us not reject the responsibility of all involved in any situation simply because the thought of it appalls us.
March 20, 2007 1:52 PM
 

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