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.
Contemplation: The action of
thinking about or pondering over a thing continuously; musing. The action of viewing as a possibility or as a purpose; taking into account;
prospect, intention. Oxford Dictionary
Peter: An enormous amount of confusion, misinformation and
ignorance abounds regarding the functioning of the brain and most of it stems from the primitive beliefs of Ancient Wisdom. Humans have the
largest, most sophisticated brains of any primates and this endows them with an ability to think, remember and reflect to an extent far in
excess of other sentient beings. This capacity has allowed for the species to develop far beyond the crude necessities of survival and has
resulted in the extraordinary advances in technology, communications, transport, comfort and leisure.
This development has been the direct result of contemplation –
the brain’s ability to reflect on issues and possibilities whilst freed of the psychological and psychic ‘self’-centred instinctual
programming, albeit temporarily. This pure thinking is epitomized by such phrases as ‘a thought just came into my head but ‘I’ can’t
claim credit for it’. Many scientists, inventors, engineers, and designers report that the thought just came by itself – it wasn’t as
though ‘I’ thought of it. Thinking is what the brain does and it can do it superbly well. The next challenge is to remove the programming
of the primitive, redundant, self-centred survival instincts from the human brain in order to free us from neurotic self-centred thought and
While contemplation has led to most of humankind’s amazing
discoveries and inventions, it has also led to some of the most inane as in the case of purely intellectual contemplation – usually
undertaken by men in Ivory towers, or mystics in monastic cells. Contemplating such questions as ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘What happens
after death?’ has led not only the mystics but the scientists as well into passionate imagination resulting in elaborate fairy stories of
meta-physical worlds and spiritual concepts. If what is factual and actual is ignored or denied in contemplative thought, then passionate
imagination is the inevitable result.
Meditation, as developed in the Eastern Religions, is the opposite
to contemplation as one attempts to deny the rational thinking process and instead inculcates and indoctrinates the brain to regard the
physical world as an illusion and the ‘inner’ world of imagination to be real. This induced imagination gives rise to good and Divine
feelings which are commonly expressed as emotion-backed thoughts, i.e. that which the ‘self’ fervently wishes to be true. By actively
pursuing transcendence of the real-world ‘bad’ emotions and thoughts, one emphasizes and gives full reign to creating a fictitious
spirit-world of good emotions and thoughts.
Meditation leads to an ‘inner’ world of white lights,
heart-felt feelings, bliss, poetry, glory, God, the Eternal, the Timeless, Silence, Oneness and Wholeness – all of which are nothing more
than imaginary events occurring inside the head. Delusion is the common psychological term for this phenomena, ‘seeing visions’ is another.
To lamely follow the platitude of ‘get out of one’s head and into one’s heart’ is to give full license to passionate imagination as
both a denial of, and escape from, the world as-it-is and people as-they-are. Any chance of peace on earth and an actual end to malice and
sorrow is willingly traded for a passion-fuelled, utterly selfish and self-aggrandizing delusion.
Pure contemplation, on the other hand, is the brain’s ability to make sense
of the physical world as directly experienced by the senses, free of any imagination, affectation, concepts, traditions or beliefs. The
universe is clearly seen as infinite, eternal and perfect with no ‘outside’ to it. Contemplation, when guided by pure intent and a
relentless commitment to what is factual and actual, will inevitably free one from the grip of the instinctual passions of fear, aggression,
nurture and desire that nestle in the bosom of every human being.