The Religion of FLOW (Increment 2: Final Outline)

FLOW (Fellowship for Liberation of Our World)
What I have in mind to get started [updated 20180812]
By Brian R. Wright

Note: I’m choosing to build this column as a description in stages. This column builds on the former one, which is the 1st Increment of the column here. The former column is kept solely as development reference; full FLOW description is the final stage — brw

Some recent instructive face time with one of my more insistent muses has caused me to realize that I need to ‘get on the stick,’ as my peers would tell me in high school. I couldn’t even answer her briefly as to what in fact FLOW was or is, much more why anyone would want to join up… or how she would benefit from it.

Recent dreams here, here, and here have provided some light along the path, then the reinvigoration of my Falun Dafa practice has supplied what heretofore had been missing for the breathing sacred being, i.e. you and me. I sketched what you see on the right in less than a couple of minutes while waiting to shower—it’s the initial FLOW chart, 🙂 so to speak, everything is anticipated there, just not positioned exactly where it will turn out.

Yes, I am building FLOW as a faith or religion with the same features of any of the Abra-hamic ones: Judaism, Christianity, Islam—although sans ‘God.’ Akin to Buddhism, except supporting the apotheosis of each individual’s independent consciousness and Being … in accordance with the laws of Nature and the sacred nonaggression principle. Also, like, say, Unitarianism, tho without any doors open for state-worship or altruistic-identity politics. Rational, spiritual, creative, and benevolent: Ayn Rand, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Rappoport, and Bagger Vance meet one another for a common purpose: our mutual spiritual well being.

A religion has two general aspects: doctrine and practice. I’ll summarize each first, then expand with narrative to where I am now in the integration.

Twenty-Five Words: FLOW Doctrine

Just as flow in nature is enhanced by removing obstacles, FLOW leverages the cultivation practice of Falun Dafa to dispel barriers to independent conscious-ness, and fosters an individual’s inner peace, outer peace, and creative abundance.

Falun Dafa, briefly explained here in a flyer I composed for its DVD, is the missing link I was looking for to breathe life into the FLOW system, make the FLOW idea and practice much more alive for people. [The ideas behind FLOW are vibrant, but they are, after all, mind constructs, which can become the tail of mental illusion wagging the dog of one’s soulful reality… which is, after all, the general human affliction we’re trying to reverse.]

Why Falun (wheel) Dafa (great law)? Because it’s a very simple set of exercises that integrates a focus on justice for the individual in society. Truth, Tolerance, Compassion: these are the pillars Falun Dafa wants its adherents to cultivate. The meditative practice is from Chinese antiquity, and was founded in modern form by Mr. Li Hongzhi in China near the time of the democracy protests there. It acquired 10s of millions of followers, and, on account of these followers protesting general mistreatment by the government, it became the target of a horrific Chinese state persecution that continues to this day.[1]

Significant philosophical thinking with individualist political foundations complement the Falun Dafa spiritual entry-assist for FLOW, and will be outlined in planned documentation.

Twenty-Five Words: FLOW Practice

My main concept of FLOW and hence its orienting practice is to provide a haven and impetus for existing independently conscious human beings to seed, grow, and spread independent consciousness in themselves and throughout our species You see the main theme here, don’t you: a coalescence of (human) beings of independent consciousness. This theme is announced in my hybrid novel, The Truman Prophecy (2016), where the prophet Hiram Chance enlists the services of remarkable co-INdependent souls to quickly and systematically effect the removal of the Barrier Cloud[2] and let our people flow.

Two sides exist to the word practice:

  1. the ethical conduct of one’s life according to FLOW
  2. the organization of the fellowship: its goals, symbols, rituals, activities, etc.

Briefly, as for the first category, FLOW isn’t proposing or creating any new ground. Aside from the Falun Dafa practice and its cultivation of Truth, Tolerance, and Compassion in the individual, we will refine and encourage what contributes to independent consciousness: reason, intellectual and moral courage to both know the truth and stand up for it, (good)  manners, healthful practices, embracing the nonaggression principle, self-improvement, ambition, respect and care for other human beings and sentient creatures, civic respons-ibility…  to be elaborated in due course (IDC). For the time being, as a guidepost and affirmation, here is the brief FLOW Creed I’ve come up with:

I am here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold.
I connect to the Source with Truth, Tolerance, and Compassion.
I embrace my fellow sentient beings in the spirit and practice of
the sacred nonaggression principle.

Daily I flow with the effortless power of my Authentic Swing.

Connection to Jesus and the Power of Now

During the writing of the Sacred Nonaggression Principle, module #4, The Barrier Cloud, I spent some time with Eckhart Tolle’s marvelous spiritual blockbuster, The Power of Now, to collect several of Mr. Tolle’s own resurrections of the statements of Jesus—some from obscure sources:

Note: In each of the sayings or concepts, I feel, lies a kernel pointing to the “Deep Ocean” of what we’re a part of. The enlightenment such musings portend is so powerful that it blows away all the trifling unconsciousness of our time (page numbers from Mr. Tolle’s book, The Power of Now):

  1. You “become as a branch cut off from the vine.” (p 39) Identification with the mind, the basic mechanics of the unconscious state. {In Tolle’s world, excessive mind is “monkey brain,” a compulsive word-generator that obscures rather than enlightens.}
  2. “Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” “Nobody who puts his hands to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Per Tolle: “No one seems to realize that (the sayings of Jesus) are meant to be lived and so bring about a profound inner transformation.” (p 43)
  3. The Now is central to the teaching of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam. Meister Eckhart, 13th century spiritual teacher, sums it up: “Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time.” (p 44)
  4. You do not seek permanency where it cannot be found. Everything is honored, but nothing matters. Forms are born and die, yet you are aware of the eternal underneath the forms. You know that ‘nothing real can be threatened.’ (p 58)
  5. Why are you always anxious? Jesus asks his disciples. “Can anxious thought add a single day to your life?” (p 63)
  6. What shall it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?” (p 74)
  7. Jesus uses the idea of waiting. “Be like a servant waiting for the return of the master.” He stays awake, poised, alert, because he does not know. He is totally present. The five careless (unconscious) women who do not have enough oil (consciousness) to keep their lamps burning (stay present) and so miss the bridegroom (the Now) and don’t get to the wedding feast (enlightenment). Even the men who wrote the gospels did not understand the meaning of these parables; these are parables not about the end of the world but about the end of psychological time. (p 79)
  8. Jesus’ parable of the lost son, who leaves his father’s house, squanders wealth, becomes destitute, and is forced by his suffering to return home. Father loves him more than before. Journey from unconscious perfection to apparent imperfection and “evil” to conscious perfection. (p83)
  9. Christ the divine presence. “Before Abraham was, I am.” {and so are we} Zen-like. Great profundity. (p 86)
  10. Your whole body will be filled with light.” Belief that Jesus never relinquishes his body but remains one with it and ascends into heaven. Pro inner body, the means for spiritual realization. (p 95)
  11. As long as you are in conscious contact with your inner body you are like a tree that is deeply rooted in the earth or a building with a deep and solid foundation. The latter analogy is used by Jesus in the generally misunderstood parable of the two men who build a house. One man builds it on the sand, without a foundation, and when the storms and floods come, the house is swept away. The other man digs deep until he reaches the rock, then builds his house, which is not swept away. (p 99) {Same page: before you enter the body, forgive. Jesus: “Before you enter the temple, forgive.” In Tolle’s lexicon, to forgive means to accept reality as real.}
  12. The Unmanifested does not liberate you until you enter it consciously. Jesus does not say: the truth will make you free, but: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” This is not a conceptual truth. It is the truth of eternal life beyond form, known directly or not at all. (p 110)
  13. … you feel the God essence in every creature, every flower, every stone, and you realize: “All that is, is holy.” This is why Jesus, speaking entirely from his essence or Christ identity, says in the Gospel of Thomas: “Split a piece of wood, I am there. Lift up a stone, and you will find me there.” (p 111)
  14. If some cosmic convulsion brings about the end of our world, the Unmanifested will remain unaffected. A Course in Miracles expresses it: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” (p 115)
  15. If you remain in conscious connection with the Unmanifested, you value, love, and deeply respect the manifested and every life form in it as an expression of the One Life beyond form. You also know that every form is destined to dissolve again and that ultimately nothing out here matters all that much. You have “overcome the world,” in the words of Jesus, or, per the Buddha, you have “crossed over to the other shore. (p 115)

These may be worked into a FLOW meditation or prayer/contemplation book and express for the time being where I intend to go.

Some Ideas on Structure and Assembly

[Most to be offloaded to the Independents’ module. Refer to the general Big Picture drawing at right, this is an epistemo-logical/ethical interface module leading into full justice and liberty in society.]

For the second category dealing with the organization and its spread, also briefly, I have in mind a dual-pronged cell structure, supplemented on the social side by regular gatherings more oriented to fellowship, education, and celebration. Ritual, liturgy, and symbolism will be simple, but not wholly absent—as with, say, the Society of Friends. We want to create a sense of pride in belonging to FLOW, with markings that signify higher levels of commit-ment to the fellowship and its ideals. {Especially for the Browns among us.[3]}

The membership part of the organization/fellowship is a 7 x unlimited matrix for orienting and informing those who choose to belong, I conceive of it having a bottom up architecture like a tree with branches flowing toward the sky (consistent with the Truth-Tolerance-Compassion FLOW symbol above). [The normal top down image for organization is shown directly on the left. Each individual, as well, is active in the affairs of society according to that top-down political structure. For example, in the United States we are organized by neighborhood, municipality, county, state, federal… and FLOW active members will act to effect change in society, in concert, along those lines.] IDC.

Once again the purpose of all FLOW practice is to free the individual consciousness and extend the voluntary community of such consciousnesses into the cosmos, leaving behind once and for all the MOPS collectivized-mind ‘tape worm’ that has chained humanity to oppression and war… and now in the Age of Universal Toxocracy threatens to end us.

The Dr. Miles J. Bennell Society—Why I Am Personally Doing FLOW

Before I barge into just how I see FLOW being implemented and the benefits it may afford, let’s consider my motivation for creating it. Probably only a handful of my readers can answer the question, “Who is Dr. Miles J. Bennell?” without accessing their search engines. Well, Dr. Bennell is the fictional character played by Kevin McCarthy in the 1956 sci-fi, horror movie classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Written by Jack Finney as a serialized novel for Collier’s Magazine in 1954, the story is about a small northern California town, Santa Mira, being infiltrated then overcome by a space-borne alien species. The invading seed-like creature generates pods, which when placed near a sleeping human being take that person’s physical form; when the person falls asleep, the person’s cells and memories are transferred to the duplicate, creating a collectively programmed human who continues the duplication process among the remaining human population.

Dr. Bennell slowly discovers what’s happening, then flees Santa Mira with the love of his life, Becky Driscoll, with recently zombified townspeople on their heels. The pods are being grown at an accelerated pace in farms near Santa Mira and surrounding towns. As the movie ends, he’s picked up by the police from a crowded highway leading to San Francisco. He frantically tries to convince the police of what’s happening and its grave danger….

To me, the plot of Body Snatchers is the perfect metaphor for what the Men of the Power Sickness have been inflicting on the great numbers of humanity in our time… though on a longer-term scale: by 1) mass indoctrination thru the compulsory state schools’ monopoly, 2) incessant barrages of media propaganda, now especially via the perceptual-emotional mode of consciousness fed by contrived dramatic news/entertainment imagery, and 3) imposition of a number of covert, deceptive high-crime acts of aggression by the corporate state on people as a whole thanks to the majority ‘falling asleep’ and giving in.

The majority has increasingly yielded to the paralyzing collective-mind noise and perceptual-emotional incentives to stay absorbed by the collective consensus.

“In my practice, I’ve seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happened slowly instead of all at once. They didn’t seem to mind… All of us, a little bit, we harden our hearts, grow callous. Only when we have to fight to stay human do we realize how precious it is to us, how dear. As you are to me.” 
— Dr. Miles J. Bennell, to Becky Driscoll as they’re on the run and temporarily holed up in Miles’ office…

Hence the need, and heartfelt desire triggered in me, to ward off any collective-mind threat, and now to prepare ourselves as independently conscious beings to secure our humanity.

Development—Accrual of Key Discoveries

Between the first edition of my Sacred Nonaggression Principle and the second edition (2008-2011), I began to read several works ‘outside the box’—in particular, Eckhart Tolle’s classic, The Power of Now.  It was in consideration of his presentation of, arguably, THE universal spiritual truth that I wrote two of the SNaP modules and the original three-fold brochure for FLOW:

  • Module #4, “The Barrier Cloud,” already described[2] and made into a standalone book, which includes a long segment containing 15 of the key sayings of natural Jesus, which Tolle presents in his book as key manifestations of that universal spiritual truth.
  • Module #7, “Nonaggression Faith,” also turned into a standalone book, Kindle version here. This was my tie via the nonaggression principle into the spiritual leanings I was beginning to experience.
  • Finally, the three-fold brochure that emerged roughly toward the end of 2011 or into 2012, called simply The FLOW Fellowship: Practical Spiritual Transform-ation. You’ll note some sidetracks, but this document is a worthy precursor to what I’m doing now.

The Universal spiritual Truth… Leading to The Truman Prophecy

So what is THE universal spiritual truth? Let the dog wag the tail.

Simple as that. The rest is elaboration of the metaphor. When I say, “Let the dog wag the tail,” in this context tail is ‘mind.’ The central spiritual problem for humankind, accelerated with development of the conceptual faculty and language, is that the great majority of us, as individual breathing beings, lost control of mind—manifested in what Tolle calls reactive mind and what I call compulsive mind [to distinguish it from creative mind or natural mind in service as a marvelous tool for the survival and fulfillment of our individual beings].

[There’s a lot more to say about tail wagging dog and dog wagging tail. I don’t want to get dragged down into a thorough exposition at this point, where I’m providing a summary of the key ideas leading to full FLOWering, so to speak. I shall say in anticipation that this core human problem of mind taking us over, which I learned about from Tolle, is so central that I have given it a name: mindism. Collective mindism is a far worse affliction than individual mindism, but both forms are at work in the Barrier Cloud preventive of individual (and collective) human actualization.]

Into the 2012 timeframe, I was dealing as a caregiver with my mother’s end times and getting by with my publishing business. Three major works did proceed shortly after Mom died, and I’ll send you to my Global Spring page where these are described: Mother’s Stone (2013), Leaving the Sandbox (2014), and After 9/11 Truth (2015). I was moving with Falun Dafa and Eckhart Tolle into an era of Truth, Tolerance, and Compassion, still reading and viewing independent information sources voraciously, and with a discerning eye.

It was becoming more and more obvious that the truth was not getting through and society was perishing from the the steady erosion of and MOPS assaults on Independent Con-sciousness… not to mention corrupt officials’ gross, deceptive physical attacks. The Big Question was WHY? WHY were people not caring about seeing the truth, which was hidden in plain sight? Why were they acquiescing—formally educated and dregs alike—to whatever the network anchors or The Week told them, without a shred of foundational logic or without any inclination to exercise independent judgment of the facts? WHY were they allowing lies, injustice, rampant environment toxicity, and terminal corruption to win without the slightest questioning?!

Enter the project of my magnum opus: The Truman Prophecy (2016). Described briefly above,  Prophecy is both a novel and a prescription for ‘Rise of the Independents.’ It:

  1. addresses the nature and origin of modern mind control (with antidotes)
  2. elaborates seven priority real ‘high-crime assaults’ by the MOPS on the people
  3. shows humanity breaking free of all such crimes via truth and justice tools[4]
  4. each individual decides to be or not to be a being of independent consciousness

Prophecy uses two iconic movies to aid in reader grasp of the above: The Wizard of Oz (1939) and The Truman Show (1998).

1) Understanding the Mind Control Technology

First, the payoff scene in Wizard comes when Dorothy and her entourage visit the Wizard the 2d time. Dorothy has inadvertently killed the Wicked Witch of the West, which was the price the Wizard set for helping her get back to Kansas (freedom). She asks again. The horrific phantasm loudly rejects her, terrorizing the whole contingent: Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion. [Emerald City, the capital of Oz in Frank Baum’s series, is something of a metaphor for conforming: accept the illusion of wealth and power to fit in.]

Analogy today: each individual has to learn how he or she is being manipulated by the Men of the Power Sickness (MOPS); it is not intuitively obvious. Most of us have grown up in a government factory-school environment, with its attendant MOPS-controlled media. The ability and will to think for oneself is extremely rare. Ref. Edward J. Bernays, father of the technology of modern mind control:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” Propaganda, 1928

2) Exposing and Facing the Truth

Dorothy’s dog, Toto, on the other hand is not impressed. Instead he wanders over to this strange enclosure and pulls back the curtain, revealing a feeble old man operating some fancy controls, obviously the scary phantasm guy, i.e. Wizard. The analogy here is that we have a number of covert projects run by the government cartels that appear harmful and corrupt to normal perception; the official story is that they are legitimate and for the good of the country, well intended. We have but to open the curtain to see the official story is a lie.

3) Going after the Deceiver-Aggressors—Justice

Once Dorothy Gale recognizes the obvious, she doesn’t just say, “Oh, my. Maybe I should ‘ignore that man behind the curtain,’ his fire and brimstone certainly is scary.” No sir, Dorothy walks over, picks up Toto, and proceeds to read the Wizard the riot act: “How DARE you scare my friends and me like that, how DARE you scare my little doggie! You’re nothing but a fraud. I’m outing you to the drones around here, reporting you to the SPCA, then I’m holding you to our deal. Where’s the balloon? Chop, chop!”

Analogy to our time and place? Individual courage and choice by the people to take charge; assert our First Principles and independent grand juries.

4) Declaring and Achieving One’s Sacred Independence

This is the final step, but can also be the beginning. Here I use the movie, The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey, as my image to emulate. All of the forgoing steps we see in the Dorothy and the Wizard  scene—pervasiveness of mind control, slow realization of a hard-to-face truth, and the decision to hold those responsible accountable—are also present in Truman Burbank’s life. He’s a child actor, unknowingly, on an Wall of China-sized TV stage. His every move is attended to by millions of viewers of The Truman Show, without his awareness. The other actors on the show ARE aware of the circumstances and that the whole set and script have been designed for the star, Truman, since he was selected by the famous director, Christof (Ed Harris),  from a group of abandoned babies years ago.

[Spoiler] Now, he’s in his 20s and a few things in his closed and privileged world are puzzling him. He follows his nose, and eventually figures out what’s going on… and makes the dramatic decision to leave the show and set out on his own. Thus giving the lie to Christof’s observation: “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.” [End Spoiler] 

Meaning for our time,  implication for FLOW: The Truman Prophecy implication is wholly positive—that’s why I chose the title. We have the ability to rise above our reality by thinking and choosing, and we shall. The Independents shall rise, and reclaim the world, with full human consciousness unfettered by the blinding and binding consensus reality the MOPS have tried to program into us. It is our destiny.

Putting it all Together

Falun Dafa, working from the inside out, as catalyst to independent consciousness. FLOW is the Big Kahuna, lights the way. Metapolitical activities toward the nonaggression principle and First Principles’ grand juries.This column provides the kernel toward working out legitimate liturgy and the human factors for the FLOW assembly. Will revisit this column frequently for revision and refocus based on what happens to the prepared mind and input from others.

[1] Please be aware that FLOW does encourage other healthful energy and healing practices—I’m particularly fond of the “Yoga for the West of Us” ways of David Scott Lynn, for instance—it’s just that Falun Dafa seems to match up perfectly for the FLOW mission. Also, I want to say that the best way to do Falun Dafa, or at least to start off with it, is in a small group setting: you should be able to find one near you from accessing the umbrella worldwide site: http://falundafa.org.

[2] The Barrier Cloud is a concept that comes from my book of the same name and originally represented a combination psychological-socio-logical obstacle to an individual embracing the universal nonaggression principle. Thus, the Barrier Cloud is what holds back “the people” from achieving a benevolent society of liberty, abundance, and peace. And it rises from a combination of an anachronistic biological tendency with which most of us are afflicted .AND. the opportunistic exploitation of this trait by a small, parasitic cabal of men whose survival depends on manipulating others to serve them. I have also coined a generic concept for this cabal: the Men of the Power Sickness (MOPS).

I’ve expanded the concept of the Barrier Cloud from simply its preventing human beings from embracing the nonaggression principle to its impeding human beings from achieving fully independent consciousnesses… and flourishing thereby. The MOPS worst nightmare is having people wake up, realize they’ve been manipulated and deceived, then like a bunch of Ayn Rand Atlases [Atlas was the Greek god condemned to hold up the earth (actually the sky or cosmos) for eternity] shrugging off the MOPS entirely. Bye Bye. FLOW is motivated by a strong desire to aid in that discovery. But I intend FLOW to prevail post-MOPS as a spiritual fellowship and just a wonderful group of people to party with. 🙂

[3] Reference to the Keirsey-Bates, Please Understand Me model for describing personality ‘types.’ Browns, aka Guardians, are the organizers and belongers of our world, and make up a large percentage [~38% per the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)].

[4] First Principles are a set of uniquely American ideas, written in the Declaration of Independence (probably by Thomas Paine), that establish the supremacy of the individual and his rights over rule by monarchs, dictators, and/or the collective masses; they are the foundation of our republic, our constitution, and our entire legal framework. Here is the magic ‘we hold these truths’ paragraph:

The First Principles are generally noted as the following five, by the numbers in the graphic:

  1. Natural rights of the individual
  2. Equality of individuals in law
  3. Government solely to secure rights
  4. Just Powers solely from The People
  5. People’s Right to fix/end bad govt.

Principles #4 and #5 establish the authority of The People to DIRECTLY oversee govern-ment activity and to bring corrupt, criminal public officials to trial of The People. How? By an independent people’s grand jury composed of free, non-state individuals. Juries, grand juries especially, are not part of the government, they obtain their authority directly from the people themselves.

 

 

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