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Western Institutional Education System, Cultural Diversity and Violence

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In questo articolo, analizzo il Sistema Educativo Occidentale alla luce delle diversità culturali e della violenza.
Per comprendere il contributo alla socializzazione del Sistema Educativo Occidentale da questa prospettiva, ne prendo in considerazione le radici attraverso il concetto di Paideia dell’antica Grecia e suggerisco che l’enfasi usata nell’ambito dell’educazione in Occidente, nel coltivare la mente per raggiungere l’eccellenza intellettuale, sia in relazione a questo termine. Anche se un tempo tale sviluppo della mente può essere stato fautore di evoluzione e la sua formazione sia stata intrapresa al servizio dell’ideale e del bene comune, legato allo Stato, all’anima e al divino come suggerito da Platone, nella società moderna tale sviluppo è divenuto onnipervasivo e abbiamo perso il contatto con il nostro “sentire” cuore-mente, un livello più profondo di coscienza.
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Ripples of Knowing

What are thoughts made of?
They are not material things; they are not made of atoms or anything physical. Yet our thoughts clearly exist. What, then, is their essential substance?
Because we don’t often consider this question we don’t have any ready words for the “stuff” from which mental phenomena are made. Perhaps the best we can say is they are made from mind-stuff. That doesn’t in itself say much, except to emphasize that they are not made of matter-stuff.
One might say that the stuff of the mind is consciousness. But some caution is needed here. The word “consciousness” has various meanings and my idea of it may be different from yours.
In addition it is a noun, which implies it is some “thing.” And is therefore something that can be known in some way, however subtle—another object of knowing, rather than that which knows all experiences.
The word “conscious” derives from the Latin con-scius—literally, “with knowing.” The suffix “ness” in conscious-ness means “the state or quality of.” It is appended to an adjective to create an abstract noun that allows us to talk about that quality in a general way. Happiness is the state of being happy. Softness is the quality of being soft. But neither happiness nor softness exists as an independent “thing”. Similarly there is no such “thing” as consciousness. The word refers to “the state or quality of” being conscious—of being “with knowing.”
So one could say the common essence of all thoughts is the knowing of them. They are made of knowing.
An analogy is often drawn with waves in water. A wave is just water in motion. It does not exist as an independent entity, separate from the water. It is merely the way the movement is perceived.
Similarly, our thoughts are ripples of knowing, which are experienced as words in my mind, with perhaps some image from the past and maybe an associated feeling. But the thought has no independent existence beyond my knowing of it. It is but a temporary ripple in the ever-present field of knowing.
The same is true of any other experience that may appear in the mind. The images that constitute a memory are all “in the mind,” and are likewise just modulations of the field of knowing. So too are the scenes we experience when we imagine the future.
It is only a short step to appreciate that the same applies to our experience of the material world. If you close your eyes and explore your experience of your body, you will find various sensations—some pressure in places, some warmth here, a tingling there, or some tension perhaps. These too are but ripples in the field of knowing. The different sensations become integrated into the experience of having a body. But, like the various sensations, this experience of a body is another modulation of the field of knowing.
Similarly with sound. It is easy to appreciate this when we imagine some music. That clearly is an experience arising in the mind. There is no essential difference with “live” music. The brain is taking the data relayed to it from the ears, and from that creating the sound of music. This is experienced as coming from an external world beyond the body, but that experience is itself still arising in me, another excitation of the field of knowing.
As information from other senses is added in, our mental representation of the world begins to take on the mantle of an independent reality. We begin to believe that the world arising in our awareness is the world out there—the so-called “real” world.
This is made all the more convincing as soon as we open our eyes.
Vision takes us out into the world of an apparent external space that seems to be independently real and filled with material objects. But however much it may appear so, we are forced to accept that the visual experiences themselves are also just ripples of knowing.
This is where it begins to get mind-bending. We may realize that the colors we experience are just appearing in the mind—the light itself is not colored, it is simply energy of varying frequencies, the color we experience coming from the representation of that frequency in the mind—but it is more difficult to appreciate the same is true of the solidity we experience around us. It not only looks solid, we can touch it, feel its solidity, and experience how it impedes our movement. We seem to be experiencing the world directly, but in truth all that we are experiencing, including its apparent solidity, is a representation of the world “out there” appearing in our field of knowing. It is how the information that the senses detect appears in the mind.
We can explore this representation in the mind, and from that draw conclusions about the nature of the physical world—which is what science aims to do—but all that we discover, all that we know and understand about the world, all our scientific theories and mathematical equations, our concepts of matter, energy, space and time, our notions of quarks, strings, particles and waves, are but appearances in the mind, more ripples in the field of knowing.
It is all knowing, knowing ripples of knowing.
Peter Russell

(Italiano) C’era una volta…

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C’era una volta un medico occidentale.
Per ventura o per destino un lontano giorno del luglio 82 si ritrovò con la sua testa calda, pulsante e dolente, sotto il cielo notturno di Belo Horizonte (Brasile) con le sue stelle diverse e la luna orizzontale. Sotto di esse passeggiò trepidante per le strade periferiche e mal disegnate del Bairro (quartiere) Apareçida, alla ricerca di immagini familiari che tranquillizzassero la sua mente, senza trovarle. Caldo di febbre e fervore salì scale sapide d’aglio. Profano, scettico, titubante, ricercatore, complice e distaccato, incapace di essere semplicemente semplice, varcò la soglia di un Terreiro (tempio) di Umbanda , fece il suo ingresso nella sacralità scomposta della Tradizione Sciamanica Afro-Brasiliana.
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(Italiano) La siddhi della Meno-Pausa e la saggezza di Kali

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Tu che risplendi
Nelle ossa del firmamento
Le tue radici si perdono
Nel vuoto della paura
Il tuo sguardo feroce
Fulmina d’incanto
Proteggi il sangue
La sua saggezza
La sua potenza.
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(Italiano) I sogni vengono da fuori. Conversando con Arianna Cecconi

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Se sognare è un’attività universale, diverse sono le interpretazioni e il modo di vivere quella metà della vita che passiamo addormentati. Sognare in pianura è diverso che sognare in cima a una montagna, sognare durante una guerra è diverso che sognare in tempo di pace.

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(Italiano) Venti di migrazione

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                                                                    Muoviti
                                                                    Vai
                                                                    Beato è colui che parte

Una nitida giornata di sole
Il cielo un grande schermo pulito
All’improvviso, evocati dal nulla, gruppi di stormi segnano l’orizzonte, guidati da traiettorie mutevoli e precise.
Si spostano, insieme, e i loro disegni nell’aria paiono proprio frutto di un’intenzione preparata da tempo.
Si muovono per andare!?
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(Italiano) Almeno quando pratichi yoga

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Tutto il giorno sei condizionato da un ritmo frenetico, incessante
allora, almeno quando pratichi yoga
concediti il piacere di un ritmo naturalmente lento, fluido
che ti conduce gentilmente alla quiete […]

(Italiano) Ricercare per la trasformazione

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Secondo me, la drammatica partenza da casa di Siddharta offre un esempio classico di Trasformazione dell’Energia. In una situazione simile qualsiasi altro principe viziato si sarebbe confrontato con il padre dicendogli: “Perchè ti sei preso gioco di me?”, “Perchè mi hai negato l’altro lato della vita?”
La sua rabbia si sarebbe trasformata in amarezza e poi in risentimento. Probabilmente avrebbe speso il resto della sua vita in maniera autodistruttiva, con alcool e droghe, piagnucolando e lamentandosi degli adulti nella sua famiglia.
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(Italiano) Vorresti essere l’amore della tua vita!

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Sposati con te stessa , questa è l’unica storia d’amore per la vita!
L’amore mi ha trovato
L’amore mi ha trovato
Ha la forma di un fiume che scorre sul mio petto
Odora al vento che mi accarezza mentre sospiro
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(Italiano) Ascoltare

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Quando ascolto qualcuno non mi identifico come una persona bensì come presenza.
Quando qualcuno inizia a pensare all’altro come una persona, immediatamente ha […]

(Italiano) Il mito della Madre Vergine

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Pubblichiamo un prezioso articolo di Pier Luigi Lattuada, direttore e fondatore dell’Intergral Transpersonal Institute di Milano e Faculty Member dell’Ubiquity University. Lungi dal […]

(Italiano) Il viaggio migrante

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Pubblichiamo uno stralcio di un recente articolo di Andrea Staid uscito in questi giorni sul Tascabile.

 

Dati e testimonianze per comprendere la migrazione da […]

(Italiano) From Quarks to Love

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Uno sguardo e un assaggio di SAND19 Gathering in California.
“Possiamo amare quando proviamo dolore?
Possiamo amare quando stiamo soffrendo?
Possiamo amare quando […]

(Italiano) Dall’Italia – Lettera aperta degli scienziati sul clima

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Oltre 3000 climatologi, fisici, ricercatori hanno inviato una lettera alle più alte istituzioni italiane per chiedere che anche l’Italia decida di agire sui […]

(Italiano) Guida alla legge sul “Biotestamento” e sul fine vita

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“La maggior parte delle persone sperimenta, nel corso della sua vita, l’esperienza dolorosa della malattia propria o dei propri cari e, nel caso […]