|Newsletter 04 July 2020|
Hi and welcome,
Whether the challenges we face are individual or collective, dealing with them in a sound and effective way is becoming an increasingly urgent priority for us all. So in this newsletter, we will look at the reference system each of us has for life from the perspective of a human life science called 'REN XUE'.
In an era of unprecedented crisis, REN XUE is proving itself to be an uplifting tool to reach our life goals or the 'treasures of life'. The question is: are we open enough? Are we ready to make changes where changes need to be made?
The opportunity is here for us all. The time is now.
On the importance of a sound reference system
Why understanding life and ourselves truly matters
Where do our problems really come from?
How do we live… & how do we really want to live?
If we find a gap between the two, how do we bridge it?
In REN XUE we refer to
But how to achieve these goals?
Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have a reference system for life. Based on ideas and beliefs about what constitutes a healthy, happy, good and meaningful life, we all do our best to achieve our goals. For example, if I believe meat is bad or unhealthy I might be vegetarian or vegan. If I associate high financial gains or simple living with happiness, I will do my best to align my life according to this understanding. If my sense of wellbeing is based on travelling the world, I will endeavour to visit other countries and cultures. If I believe in the importance of being fit, I will exercise. If I believe in being spiritual or religious my sense of wellbeing might revolve around those. If I believe there is no life after death, I might live my life in a different way from someone who believe otherwise.
So where does our reference system come from?
In short, from the consciousness. The moment we are born - and even before - our consciousness receives, collects and processes a vast amount of information. Gradually, to make life simpler, the consciousness creates shortcuts and starts operating in a very specific way: through habits or ‘patterns’. Although we understand that we all have habits on the behavioural level, we tend to be much less aware of the habits or patterns we have at the consciousness level. These patterns of the consciousness then become the subjective basis from which we view, perceive, understand & judge objective reality. They dictate how the consciousness performs its functions. So using the analogy of a computer, we can say that we have become ‘programmed’: the patterns of the consciousness end up running our life. As we get older, our habitual ways of thinking become ever more fixed.
In our Western paradigm, the closest equivalent to what we name ‘patterns of the consciousness’ would be the unconscious, a set of involuntary and mental processes that happen without our awareness.
Interestingly, according to a 2015 article in Time by Jeffrey Kluger: “[…] In a new paper published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, a group of researchers led by associate professor of psychology Ezequiel Morsella of San Francisco State University, took on the question of exactly what consciousness is—and came up with a decidedly bleak view: It’s pretty much nothing at all. You barely control [your thoughts]. It’s the unconscious that’s really in charge.”
On another website, cognitive neuroscientists say that “we are conscious of only about 5 percent of our cognitive activity, so most of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behavior depends on the 95 percent of brain activity that goes beyond our conscious awareness.”
Philosopher Peter Carruthers also insists that “conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. They arise from processes of which we are forever unaware.”
However, we can make the unconscious conscious.
REN XUE experience demonstrates we can change our patterns, effectively upgrading and rewriting our programming.
Why would we want to do that?
Because although we have many healthy patterns that work for us, our unhealthy patterns at the consciousness level are the fundamental cause of our problems. The subjective ways in which our cognitive processes deviate from the truth of objective reality make it hard for life to follow its natural course of health, happiness and wellbeing.
While REN XUE and cognitive sciences share the same focus: the study of consciousness, they also differ in methods and objectives. Cognitive science studies internal processes in external ways, subjecting others to certain experiments in the aim of understanding intelligence and the relationship between mind and brain.
In REN XUE, beyond the theoretical framework, our study of consciousness takes us inside of ourselves to understand our own mind and life. Through self-observation, positive use and cultivation of our consciousness, we learn to master our unhealthy patterns, developing wisdom and eventually finding the nature of the relationship between the consciousness and the source of the consciousness, ‘Shen’.
Everyone has a Shen, also called ‘True Self’ or ‘True Nature’ but few are aware of it and although many fleeting moments of our existence connect us to our True Self, even fewer of us are able to fully manifest it in everyday life. In popular culture the stable manifestation of the True Self is known as ‘enlightenment’ or ‘self-realization’.
Effectively how can we do that?
By applying the REN XUE theories to our own life through the practice of Yuan Qigong. Yuan Qigong is a subsystem of REN XUE. It has been specifically designed to help us reconnect with our True Self in a simple yet effective way. At the core of the 9 Yuan Qigong methods is the practice of the calm, relaxed and natural state.
Would you like to give it a go, you can join Yuan Tze for a series of online workshops.
You can find more information on the workshops here.
Alternatively you can visit my website and listen to some free audios on the importance of a calm and relaxed state.
And to conclude, I will leave you with Dr Zach Bush's inspiring words. Enjoy!
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