A précis of the method of Actualism
with relevant links to the glossary for further
Please note that this précis below was written by the feeling-being ‘Peter’ while ‘he’ lived in a
pragmatic (methodological), still-in-control/same-way-of-being Virtual Freedom before becoming actually free.
malice and sorrow
The search for freedom, peace and happiness ...
Peter: The human search for freedom has been a search for freedom from the rigid shackles of
one’s instilled social identity and the search for peace and happiness has been a search for a means of finally bringing an end to both
personal and global malice and sorrow.
beliefs and facts
life and death
morals and ethics
male and female
The Human Condition
The Human Condition is a common term for the situation that all human beings find
themselves in when they emerge as babies. The Human Condition is that set of beliefs, conditionings and instinctual passions that form the
habitual and neuro-biological program by which human beings currently operate and have done so, with few significant changes, ever since the
emergence of the species.
The Human Condition can be likened to the ‘rules of the game’, defining the
parameters and limits of what it is to be a human being that have been established, and embellished, over thousands of years. These rules ‘set
in concrete’ both our instinctually-based behaviour patterns as well as the beliefs, morals and ethics that have been passed on from those
who were here before us. Thus the gender, family, tribal, spiritual and world views, concepts and attitudes of each and every newly-born human
is, without exception pre-established at birth.
The Human Condition is deemed to be a fixed condition, so much so that it is a universally accepted
belief that ‘you can’t change human nature’.
Altered State of
faith and trust
life after death
soul and truth
The traditional spiritual solutions
The shamans and priests have commandeered this innate search with the promise of an
ultimate peace and happiness in a mythical ‘life-after-death’ should one bow down to and worship a particular God and follow a particular
teaching. This seductive promise of immortality for one’s ‘self’ or soul is a powerful lure that is passionately fuelled by the basic
fear that underlies the innate survival instinct – the fear of death. The Eastern religions further add the
possibility of becoming a God-man whilst on earth – a position of ultimate power and authority over others that is irresistibly appealing
for many – and the resulting enslavery inherent in the master-disciple system is the very antithesis of freedom.
The Eastern religious fervour for worshipping mortal men and women as immortal Gods is an affront
to intelligence that does nothing but perpetuate human misery, suffering and enslavement to ancient fears and ignorance. Any chance of an
actual peace on earth is readily and eagerly forfeited for an imaginary peace after physical death … or, for the rare few, the chance to
feel like God-on-earth.
In addition, Eastern spiritual belief has it that human existence on earth is a ‘necessary
suffering’ and that ultimate peace and fulfillment lies ‘elsewhere’, after death. With this belief that all this suffering is necessary
to human existence firmly habituated on the planet it is no wonder that human suffering and resentment continue to flourish.
Extolling these primitive superstitions and beliefs as great wisdom or even the ‘Truth’ is to actively deny that
it is the instinctual passions – both the revered Good and the repressed Bad – that are the root cause of human malice and sorrow.
Indulging in the practice of denial and the belief of transcendence only serves to prevent one from undertaking the common sense investigation
that can bring an irrevocable end to one’s personal malice and sorrow.
views of brain function
facts / body
fear / aggression
nurture / desire
need to belong
morals and ethics
beliefs and emotions
ego and soul
‘I’ and being
imagination / psyche
who am I
It is actually possible to change human nature ...
The modern scientific empirical discoveries of neuro-biology and genetics, with
regard to the human brain and how it functions, have revealed two very fascinating aspects –
That the brain is programmable in the same way a computer is programmable.
The program is formed by physical connections or pathways between neurons, and this program is mostly formed after birth. These pathways
(synapse) are also capable of being changed at any time. The old connection simply ‘dies’ for lack of use and a new one is formed.
That the human brain is also pre-programmed, via a genetic code, with a set
of base or instinctual operating functions, located in the primitive brain system which causes automatic thoughtless passionate reactions,
primarily those of fear, aggression, nurture and desire, to be transmitted via chemical messages to various parts of the body including the
neo-cortex. Physiological alterations that could eliminate this crude programming, as a biological adaptation to changed circumstances, are
well documented within the animal species.
The first discovery accords with the practical experience of being able to
radically change one’s social identity – the program instilled since birth that consists of the morals, ethics, values and psittacisms
that make up our social identity. A psychological identity that is malleable to radical change can be susceptible to total elimination.
The second discovery accords with the practical experience of eliminating one’s innate ‘being’
– the emotive source of the instinctual survival passions of fear, aggression, nurture and desire. The instinctual passions are automatic
and psychic in nature, genetically encoded in the primitive or reptilian brain and ‘felt’ in the body due to the resulting chemical
surges. This blind and senseless survival program can now be safely deleted for the human species has not only survived … it is now
beginning to flourish.
identity / self
what am I / actual
Given that the instinctual animal ‘self’ in humans has morphed into a
sophisticated and cunning psychological and psychic identity that appears to live within the flesh and blood body, it is obvious that the
instinctual animal passions can only be eradicated by eliminating both the psychological ‘self’ and the instinctual ‘self’.
The elimination of one’s ‘self’ needs to be total – both ‘who’ you think you are as a social identity and
‘who’ blind nature has programmed you to instinctively feel you are … in spiritual terms, both the ‘ego’ and the ‘soul’. The
good news is that with the extinction of who you think and feel you are what you are will emerge – a flesh and blood human being,
free of malice and sorrow and free of any metaphysical delusions whatsoever.
ASC versus PCE
Pure intent / honesty
The pure consciousness experience ...
Everybody has had a PCE sometime in their life where, for a brief period, one
magically finds oneself in a ‘self’-less state of sensate-only experiencing and the perfection and purity of the actual world – the
fairy-tale like physical universe – becomes stunningly and sensuously apparent.
For an actualist, the pure consciousness experience becomes one’s guiding light and to live that
pure experience 24 hrs. a day, every day, becomes one’s unambiguous pure intent. Pure intent is the unequivocal intention to devote one’s
life to being the best one can be – to completely and actually eradicate malice and sorrow from one’s life.
peace and harmony
living together, intimacy
happy and harmless
Naiveté ... Peace and harmony ...
Abandoning these cynical ‘real world’ and ‘spiritual world’ beliefs about
human existence is essential if one is to even consider becoming free of the Human Condition. In order to begin the process of changing human
nature in oneself, one needs to re-activate and cultivate one’s innate naiveté – the closest one can get to innocence while still
remaining a ‘self’.
Many people who have had PCEs are subsequently moved to do something about the Human Condition on
the planet and then set about attempting to change others, their partners or ‘society’ at large. What they forget, or ignore, is the fact
that they have only briefly experienced this state of personal freedom from malice and sorrow when they themselves were in a ‘self’-less
state – in short that the problem is ‘me’ and my passions and not ‘others’ and their passions.
As is evident from the PCE, the only way to evince genuine peace and harmony with one’s fellow human beings is to
have no ‘self’ at all – no ‘me’ who feels offended, or who instinctually feels the need to fight with others. To become actually
innocent, actually free of all feelings of malice and sorrow, is the key to both finding personal peace and happiness and to be able to live
in peace and harmony with one’s fellow human beings.
An Actualist’s guide
Thought / Feelings
The method of becoming free of malice and sorrow ...
The key to freedom from the Human Condition is the unique capacity of the human brain to be aware of
its own functioning. Human beings are thus capable of being aware of both what they are thinking and what they are feeling – feelings being
‘my’ emotional-mental interpretation of the instinctual passions in operation. This ability is commonly known as self-awareness. An
ongoing attentiveness needs to be actively cultivated and then persistently practiced in order to ensure success.
How to Become Free
Happy and Harmless
Here / Now
beauty / compassion
denial / doubt
evil / hope
love and trust
pride and guilt
‘How am I experiencing this moment of being alive?’
The essential method is to undertake a total investigation into anything that is
preventing one from being happy and harmless now – after all, if one’s aim is to be happy then one needs to be happy now, not at some time
in the future, nor some time in the past. This moment is, after all, the only moment I can experience being happy.
It is vital to explore and investigate the affective feelings and emotions that arise from the
instinctual animal passions – both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ – for the secret to being actually free of malice and sorrow
lies in this very exploration. It is essential to understand and fully comprehend that one’s feelings and emotions are part and parcel of
the Human Condition and not a personal fault, failure, stigma or ‘evil’. Fear, aggression, nurture and desire are innate passions that
every human being is programmed with by blind nature.
There is a third alternative in investigating affective feelings, emotions and instinctual passions
and it involves neither repressing nor expressing – the traditional either/or approach. This alternative approach requires breaking the
habit of either expressing or repressing feelings, emotions and passions. Clearly seeing what one is doing to others by expressing, or
attempting to suppress, anger is surely sufficient to stop if one’s intent is to become harmless. This observing and investigating –
neither suppressing or expressing – has the added advantage of both getting men fully into their feelings for the first time in their life
and getting women to examine their feelings, one by one, instead of being run by a basketful of them all at once.
The method soon presents success incrementally, as freedom from beliefs and instinctual passions is indeed a freedom
that results in increased peace and harmony for oneself and in one’s relating with one’s fellow human beings. The method does bring
up fear and resistance, because one is dismantling one’s very ‘self’, those very beliefs and passions one holds so dearly.
180 degrees opposite
Awareness / Delusion
Who am I – God
Contemplation, not meditation ...
The vowed aim of meditation is to escape from the world, transcend the ego and ‘become’
the soul – an imaginary and delusionary shifting of one’s identity from mortal to Immortal, from animal to Divine. Whereas the whole point
of the process of actualism is to be aware of, identify, investigate and eliminate both one’s social and one’s instinctual identity –
both ego and soul – for both are the source of one’s malice and sorrow. The goal is to become actually happy and harmless, on
earth, in this very lifetime.
An actualist’s naiveté and pure intent, firmly based on the purity and perfection evident in the Pure
Consciousness Experience, will ensure that one avoids the instinctual lust for the power of feeling oneself to be God as well as the seductive
lure of being worshipped as such by others.
faith and trust
imagination / intuition
male and female
morals and ethics
psyche / reality
religion / sex
spiritual / truth
sensate and sensible
Disempowering one’s social identity ...
One’s social identity is the conglomerate of all the beliefs, morals,
ethics, values, principles and psittacisms that each of us have been programmed with since birth. It is only when one has substantially
eliminated or deleted this programming that one can clearly look at, and sensibly investigate, the core instinctual being hidden beneath. This
is a crucial step on the path to Actual Freedom and it is both radical and iconoclastic.
The elimination of one’s social identity requires the replacement of society’s moral and
ethical arbitrary judgments of good and bad and right and wrong with an open-eyed evaluation and intelligent assessment based on what is
sensible and what is silly. This step can only be undertaken with the pure intent gleaned from the Pure Consciousness Experience – an
experience of the purity, perfection and innate benign disposition evident in a ‘self’-less state. This gives one the confidence and
surety to venture beyond the limits of what is normally considered to be safe, sensible and sane.
The other essential work that is needed to dis-empower one’s social identity is that the beliefs
and psittacisms one has been instilled with in childhood, or has later co-opted as one’s own, need to be replaced with observable and
A discerning eye and ear is needed in order to ascertain what is fact and what is merely belief,
theory, concept, assumption, speculation, conviction, imagination, myth, wisdom, or truth. It is easy to see when one knows how to look. Any
belief is nonsensical. By its very nature a belief is not factually true ... otherwise it would not need to be believed to be true.
A fact is obvious; it is out in the open, freely available for all to see. To believe something to
be true is to accept on trust that it is so. A fact does not have to be accepted on trust – a fact is candidly so. A fact is patently true,
manifestly clear. A fact is what is ascertained sensately and thus demonstrably true. If you are to become free of believing you need to rely
on fact – the verifiable, objective actuality – as a touchstone to test the sensibility of whatever ‘truth’ one suspects to be a
malice / sorrow
fear / psyche
What am I
facts / intelligence
Stepping out of ‘Humanity’ ...
When one digs deep into one’s instinctual ‘self’ one encounters the raw
unfettered instinctual passions, mainly those of fear, aggression, nurture and desire and when one does this one needs to ‘ride out the
storm’ of chemical-induced fears and fantasies that are invariably stirred up. Also in the experiential investigation of the
instinctual passions one inevitably encounters the instinctual archaic ‘memory’ imprinted in the primitive brain itself, a memory that
stretches back to the very beginnings of the human species itself.
This instinctual memory serves to maintain both one’s bondage to the ancient past and to Humanity
itself. Thus, an in-depth investigation of one’s instinctual ‘self’ inevitably provokes ancient atavistic fears and dread that can be
daunting, to say the least. This is why pure intent and a good dose of bloody-mindedness and stubborn persistence is essential at this stage.
Whilst this crude genetically-encoded survival programming was essential, in the past, to ensure
the survival of the species, to set about to deliberately eliminate this programming is to feel oneself to be, at a very primal level, a
traitor to Humanity.
However, these fascinating experiences and discoveries leave no emotional scars and soon one is back on the wide and
wondrous path to actual freedom …
actual / pure intent
here and now
benevolence / Hedonism
apperception / delight
happy and harmless
harmony / humour
mind / naiveté
Virtual freedom from malice and sorrow ...
The path to Actual Freedom delivers the goods – one progressively eliminates the
impediments to one’s happiness and harmlessness incrementally and, as such, one has incremental success. One continually raises the bar to
allow more of the perfection and purity of the actual world to become apparent and obvious in one’s life. This process, if undertaken with a
sincere intent, will inevitably lead to a virtual freedom.
When one is virtual free from malice and sorrow one goes to bed at night time having had a 99%
perfect day, knowing tomorrow will be equally perfect. In virtual freedom the immediate and the actual becomes one’s focus as this is, after
all, the only moment I can experience of being alive.
Virtual Freedom is a readily obtainable, realistic goal available for anyone – and is an
essential step on the path to Actual Freedom. Whilst an actual freedom from malice and sorrow is the goal, the end and the means are the same
– one needs to do whatever it takes to be both happy and harmless this very moment. Unless one is willing to contemplate a virtual
happiness and harmlessness, to be virtually free of malice and sorrow, 99% of the time – then one might as well forget the whole business.
If someone is not willing to make this level of ‘self’-sacrifice then any interest in an Actual Freedom would remain a purely cerebral
exercise, wishful thinking and a useless self-deception.
Virtual Freedom is available for everyone, and anyone, who has a pure intent to be happy and harmless. As the
senses are freed from the clutches of the emotions and passions a veritable smorgasbord of sensual delight becomes readily apparent and one
lives in a state of almost constant near-peak experience.
One is then left with a final moment, to ...
Step out of the real world into this actual world ...
And leave your ‘self’ behind where ‘you’ belong ...
Actual Freedom from the Human Condition
Richard: ‘The day finally dawns where the definitive moment of being here,
right now, conclusively arrives; something irrevocable takes place and every thing and every body and every event is different, somehow,
although the same physically; something immutable occurs and every thing and every body and every event is all-of-a-sudden undeniably actual,
in and of itself, as a fact; something irreversible happens and an immaculate perfection and a pristine purity permeates every thing and every
body and every event; something has changed forever, although it is as if nothing has happened, except that the entire world is a magical
fairytale-like playground full of incredible gladness and a delight which is never-ending.
Put succinctly: ‘my’ demise was as fictitious as ‘my’ apparent presence; I
have always been here, in this actual world of sensorial delight, one realises, for it was that ‘I’ only imagined ‘I’ existed; ‘my’
presence had been but an emotional/ passional play in a fertile imagination; an emotional/ passional play which fuelled actual hormonal
substances, however, triggered off from within the brain-stem by the instinctual emotions/ passions bestowed per favour blind nature. Thus the
psyche – the entire affective faculty born of the survival instincts themselves – is wiped out forever and one is finally what one has
actually been all along: a sensitive and reflective flesh-and-blood body simply brimming with sense organs revelling in this sensuous world of
As this flesh-and-blood body only one is this infinite, eternal, and perdurable
universe experiencing itself as an apperceptive human being ... as such it is stunningly aware of its own infinitude.
And this is truly wonderful.’
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actually free – click here.
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