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Please note that the text 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.


Actualism: The theory that nothing is merely passive. Oxford Dictionary

Peter: Actualism, as applied and put into action in Actual Freedom, is the experiential understanding that nothing is merely passive. It is the experience of being the universe experiencing itself as a sensate, thoughtful and reflective human being as opposed to a being a ‘self’ – a lost lonely, frightened and very, very cunning entity residing within the flesh and blood body. This direct experience is available in brief glimpses known as Pure Consciousness Experiences and actualism is the application of the method, and the undertaking of the process, which enables one to live this experience 24 hrs. a day, every day.

Thus applied, actualism is no longer a dormant philosophical theory but is an innovative rule-breaking fact. Actualism is firmly based on what is actual, factual, physical, sensate and sensible as opposed to ethereal, imaginary, affective, spirit-ual and based on ancient wisdom and tradition.

Now actual means it works. It means that given sufficient effort and intent that one can virtually eliminate sorrow and malice from the human body. This means in practical terms that one no longer suffers from feelings of sadness, melancholy, boredom, neediness, sympathy, empathy, despair or fear, let alone annoyance, offence, anger, revenge or violence.

It is then possible by practical demonstration to live with a companion in total equity, delighting in freely and mutually enjoyed sex, discussion and physical intimacy. The physical pleasures build and build, as does the awareness of the immeasurable and limitless perfection and purity of it all, increasingly off the scales. One literally ‘buckles at the knees’ as the paltry attempts of the old ‘I’ to fearfully hang on wither in the helter skelter slide to freedom.

And all this is actual, sensate – as evidenced by the physical senses – not merely cerebral or affective.

It is a paradise not only of physical pleasure as it also offers a stillness and purity wherein one is no longer driven by the instincts, where the mind is a perfectly clear and delightful and playful thing and the usual feelings of fear and aggression are replaced by a consuming sense of well being and benignity. And loneliness disappears as one immensely enjoys one’s own company.

So, unlike the other metaphysical and philosophical theories of freedom this one works and delivers and, as such, easily rebuffs charlatans and frauds. The proof is in the actual and not in theory but in practice. Of course, the process works, but it only works for those doing it. Even a Virtual Freedom is to live beyond normal human expectations and would be sufficient to bring peace to this fair planet. But to go all the way is always the only way – stopping at ‘base camp’ is not for the true adventurer.

One of the major difficulties for newcomers to actualism is that they think there is something new to learn in actualism – something they can add on to what they have already learnt. This is quite understandable because all that human beings think and feel to be true or ‘the truth’ has been learnt from someone else. The tendency therefore is to see actualism as something new to learn, a new form of wisdom to be clipped-on or melded in to their existing belief, a new and superior philosophy than the one they had before, a new set of rules and regulations as to how to live one’s life, a convenient excuse for continuing to suppress emotions and feelings, a clever mask for sublimating undesirable emotions and feelings, a catchy concept to strut around and teach others, and so on.

While there is no doubt that even a little of the down-to-earth sensibleness that is the hallmark of the writings of actualists is of benefit for those who have had their head in the clouds for years, to consider actualism as something new to learn is to miss the whole point of actualism.

Actualism is in fact all about unlearning – unlearning everything you have been taught to be right, true, wise, and sane. Actualism is about unlearning of all of your social and instinctual programming, the very programming that serves to incarcerate you within the human condition. Becoming free of the human condition involves unlearning and deleting all of your social programming that you have been taught by your parents and peers – in other words, you yourself actively demolish your own social identity. As this unlearning progresses you then start to become aware of the instinctual passions that lie suppressed or sublimated beneath this layer of social programming.

You are then free to be attentive to the automatic-instinctual passionate impulses of fear, aggression, nurture and desire and the very act of attentiveness enables you to eventually break the stranglehold that these habitual reactions have over you. All of this is an unlearning, or de-learning, process – an incremental methodical procedure of deleting all you have been taught to be true and all you instinctually feel to be right – it is not at all about learning something new.

You can’t learn actualism, nor can you teach actualism to anyone else – unlearning is a do-it-yourself business. Nobody can do it for you, or to you – you have to want to do it for yourself.

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