images of authority and God

“shes black ”


available at https://youtu.be/1Ftd5RBFYW0

“we are in rebellion against the authoritarian father “

-Alan Watts

Alan Watts discussed the “the specific nature of authority”, that is the absolute truth of the way things are or happen .

“to be substantial is to be underlying “

as it relates to space (depicted as black). this is a “Yin and Yang school”( 陰陽家/阴阳家 ) and early Taoist concept that Alan chooses to apply to the imagery of Deities.

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Kali 1770

This discussion focuses on “the specific nature of authority”, that is the absolute truth of the way things are and happen , and as it relate to imagery and art different faiths
” shes black ”

what ever floats your boat

I live in a “mix” of faith in my community. its pretty evenly agnostic (including apathetic agnostic ) and different Christian denominations.
Christians tend to believe in transcendence to the standards of God spoken of in “the sermon of the mount” . Their authentic standards are judged against God,the Bible New Testament teachings. this maybe in the afterlife or during life.

Agnostics , Deists and Atheist are not particularly organised, many like it that way, they follow the law and/or their own standards of authenticity and such.

Buddhists are of many flavors. Alan Watts has been popular reading in North America pertaining to Humanism , Humanistic Psychology and Buddhism ..

Humanist simply put high priority on humans.
Humanistic psychologist almost all wish for a Human race that suffers less.

Zen Buddhist believe that although absolute truth is UNknowable , the “Face of Gods” as no more than metaphors, they practice “being” with the true nature of “the way thing happen

she is black

gestalt chalice

 Namaste

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Hierarchy of needs

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Hierarchy of Needs model


When i worked the phones , one of the useful templates was”Maslows Hierarchy of Needs”. This is a loose diagram on the basic structure of personal needs a person maintains as he/she moves towards “personal actualization” or growth and social productivity as Maslow saw the individual.
The real motivation of this diagram ―published with Motivation and Personality  often taught diagram in psychology classes , was to suggest a foundation of “needs” were to be discussed when studying the potential of the individual and the transition to actualization of positive accomplishments in family, community, ecosystem, etc.
As  one might expect ― an actual diagram for each person would differ a bit from person to person… this point- has even  been debated in psychology articles over the decades.

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SO  in  working the phones in the past;  after allowing one to vent as i was trained::
if it was clear the calling -person was in crisis, i would sway  the “client” to focus on his basic needs.  try to get them to focus one the tenant that needed addressed the most at that moment.
Its very easy to forget ones self  in work , family- , and distractions these days…
Our my needs being met on a daily basis? am i weakening my health by not caring of myself
am i responsible to myself (or even others, arguably)  by taking care of my own tenants?

Fun time!  below is a  downloadable image (right click and download)
and  below that a link for a PDF…
A simple fill in the blank exercise  to see how one would make their hierarchy:

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right click to download. No Warranty .

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PDF version that should match A4 size if easier::

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its a little like decorating  a  Christmas tree!
Happy Holidays!!!

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My Zen and Empiricism

Zen, originally Ch’an , is a practice within the frame work of Buddhism and ancient Chinese-Asian philosophies. Zen practice includes meditation, experiential learning and academically deconstructing language (if it is assumed that language is a vehicle of truth). Thus with Zen, the importance of doctrine and texts falls below the former in priority.

The Buddhist presence in Zen is found Zen’s strategy objectives:

  • to let go bad ideas and attachments;
  • to be with the true nature of things; events; happenings… or “Buddha-Nature” ;
  • to end or reduce angst and suffering.

Inferred from ancient Asian influences, of early Taoist philosophy: the best way for one to experience the nature of things, is to focus on the present moment at hand.– the here and now.

Kill the Buddha

Embrace nothing:
If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha.
If you meet your father, kill your father.
Only live your life as it is,
Not bound to anything

-attribute to Gautama Buddha.

The allegory’s rhetorical purpose is to encourage one not to rely on the teachings of others. If one conceptualizes “the Buddha” or Dharma in the teachings of one text, one teacher or one master, then one should destroy that picture. One practices to become , or to find his or her own “Buddha”. More accurately, One strives to be with his or her own true nature, or “Buddha-nature” with meditation and experience. Experience includes interpersonal activity (that may include listening or working with others), Zen as is largely a personal study and practice, first.

Depreciating dogma and grand teachings, Zen, or at least my Zen, takes on an agnostic nature.
Outside the social order of Buddhism as religion, many Zen Buddhist or Zennist practice a personal Zen that is often combined with other studies.

My Zen practice is secular in nature. my Zen is combined with Natural Science and Humanistic Psychology

Zen, Rogers and the Rest..

Humanistic psychologist and philanthropist Carl Rogers often cited early Taoism (*), the Ancient Chinese philosophy that influenced Ch’an. Fritz Perls co-founder of Gestalt Therapy studied Zen in Japan (although not entirely impressed with zen (*)) as much as he conversed in European coffee houses. . Writer/lecturer Allan Watts, shared his ideas from Zen Buddhism, Ancient Taoism and psychology, as they applied to contemporary living. Twentieth Century writers in the studies of both Eastern and Western philosophies and psychology drew from Zen Buddhism, Taoism, the works of Danish thinker Kierkegaard amongst others.

The experiential nature of Zen is an easy synthesis with the methods of Humanistic Psychology, where both clients and enthusiasts are encouraged to understand how they experience their environment. Zen and H.P agree on the concept of organism and field connectivity… I would say both are the study of being. To use big words of academic philosophy Zen practice and Humanistic Psychologies use methods of Ontological Empiricism or “phenomenology“. All this really means is that when one is practising or applying these awkwardly termed approaches , one seeks to understand his own nature, in real time as it happens. Zen is personal in method.

Zen and Scientific Investigations

Empirical-world.jpgI believe that as studies, Natural Science, in particular Physics, and Zen have similar aims. Both theorize that the way the universe happens has a structure… a constant and common underlying nature to everything and nothing. Natural Law, Tao, or Buddha Nature pick your words, Nature is illusive. Both Science and Zen aim to investigate the nature of the happening universe by Empirical means. Science uses rigorous testing while all the time remaining as objective as possible, zen is a more personal introspection. Humanistic psychology with its “phenomenological approach” also uses personal investigations, all the while “bracketing” or reducing bias and judgement that obscure ones own interpretation of Reality .’

A Not So Perfect Synthesis

The true nature of things, even with bracketed personal experience, meditation and scientific evidence can be incredibly hard to pin at times. Even with all the evidence of this constancy it still requires a bit of Kierkegaardian Leap of Faith. What this means, for me is, I don’t treat all circumstances and all people the same. If this sounds contradictory, hear me out:
Its impossible to use a single strategy or approach for every circumstance, every interpersonal gestalt…. I suspect: too many variables and people are too different. So I am, at times, a pluralist, in the William James vein when I am problem-solving. For Example, Conversing between peers in mental health management We often say “What works for one person may not work for the next:. Its the best I can do. I’ll save my pragmatic and localized problem-solving approach for another post,

What happens, Now

So I usually describe myself accurately as an “agnostic”, for those who find labels important and for those who ask, but that never seems satisfying. Being Agnostic? that really applies to the limitation of knowledge, a knowledge that fundamentally rested upon what humans can experience. (We can’t even be sure if anything known can be described outside the bracket of human experience -IMO)

Tongue Firmly in cheek… I will now introduce l myself as an “Empiricist” when prompted.
and we’ll see what happens. :)