Philosophy

I would like to have some smart folks tell me why some persons are born with supreme belief in their personal superiority. This belief generally has nothing to do with such persons' accidents of birth; their parents may be poor yet they have such beliefs. My parents are working class; however, in traditional Igbo society we were at the top of the food chain; we were and still are the high priests of Amadioha (in Hindu social categories we are of the Brahmin class...come to think of it, whenever I am in a Hindu temple they generally see me as…
Friday, 18 August 2017 00:55

We are prisoners of the mind's fears

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The human mind is capable of accepting fears of what folks should not be afraid of; for example, they can assume that ghosts exist, fear ghosts and have nightmares where ghosts or unseen things attack them. Mind, in effect, can have fears that enslave the individual and make his behaviors restricted and circumscribed. In day life people have fear of this or that and those restrict their range of behaviors. And what they are afraid of are things they should not be afraid of, harmless things, really. If the human mind is liberated from fear arousing beliefs people would behave…
Thursday, 17 August 2017 22:28

Change your self concept and know happiness

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CHANGE YOUR SELF CONCEPT OR GIVE IT UP AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY Ozodi Thomas Osuji Everywhere on planet earth people want to be happy; the means for happiness is in them while they go looking for it outside them. If you want to be happy do this: change your self-concept and self-image. It is as simple as that. Each of us has a self-concept which he sees in image form; he made it with the help of all people. He defends his self-concept because he believes that it is who he is. The self-concept is associated with body (and…
I just heard from my TV that at Barcelona, Spain, a terrorist had driven a van into crowd of people and killed over thirteen persons and injured hundreds of people (some of whom may die). People are running all over the place trying to protect themselves and avoid getting killed by the terrorist(s); they are doing whatever they could to defend and protect their dear lives in body and ego. These defenses make their bodies real to them. US TV stations, no doubt, would talk about this killing all day long; all the other talk about dumb Trump's racist response…
INTELLIGENT DESIGN VERSUS ACCIDENTAL EVOLUTION OF HUMAN BEINGS Ozodi Thomas Osuji In the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, it is said that God created this universe and the people in it. Thus, many Christians believe in intelligent design of the universe. Beginning with Charles Darwin, many biologists believe that human beings, like everything else in the universe, gradually evolved from matter. Evolutionary biologists teach that accidental changes in the environment led to the formation of human beings. It is said to begin about 3.5 billion years ago when the earth had cooled enough and water had covered 70% of…
MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS AND INTELLIGENCE PRODUCED THE UNIVERSE Ozodi Thomas Osuji The terms mind, consciousness and intelligence are the same thing; I cannot define any or all of them. What, however, is evident to me is that something in human beings, which I call mind or consciousness or intelligence, invented our physical universe. Mind or consciousness or intelligence is one but has infinite parts and thinks from each of its parts, us. Each of us is a unit of mind, a unit of consciousness and a unit of intelligence. The universal mind or universal consciousness or universal intelligence collectively invented the…
Contemporary astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology tell us that 13.8 billion years ago, out of nowhere and everywhere a point of light came out. That point of light is smaller than a particle. Visualize the size of a particle. Begin by realizing that there are millions of atoms in the period at the end of this sentence. An atom contains electrons, protons and neutrons (called particles). That is to say that if there are millions of atoms in a period there must be trillions of particles in a period. Do particles exist, in fact, or are they conceptual way of saying…
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 18:52

God is light and other matters

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: I deliberately throw out nuggets of information that cross my mind on a regular basis. I know that if a reader is smart he can take just one of the ideas I give away for free, think about it and develop it and even write a doctoral dissertation on it! GOD IS LIGHT LIGHT CONTAINS INFORMATION AND IS CREATIVE Physics has established that light energy exists; it has shown that light energy, which came out of nowhere during the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago, contains infinite information. It has established that light energy transformed…
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 17:44

Life Is A Big Nothing

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Enyim (my dear friend, fellow Nigerian), you're nothing. Are you nothing or are you nothing for nothing? You are both nothing and nothing for nothing if you 're waiting for your house to fall apart, go to the wrack and ruin, collapse, break up, disintegrate, go to inferno because you haven't stolen your millions as many Nigerian politicians have done before you, The purpose of this essay is to talk about nothing. Nothing. Nothing. And nothing. That's what life is all about. Nothing. What is the purpose of our life? What is the value? Why are my fellow travelers and…
JUDGMENT SEPARATES THE JUDGER FROM THE PEOPLE HE JUDGES Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you judge you and people, as good or bad, you will not make friends of you and the people you judged. People do not like to be judged, as good or bad; they just want you to accept them as they are without judgment. Therefore, if people see you as a judger they would not become your friends; they would avoid your company. They leave you alone and you live a lonely existence. Judgement separates you from the people you judge and makes you live a separated…
Friday, 04 August 2017 20:43

Living fearlessly, living in the night

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LIVING FEARLESSLY, LIVING IN THE LIGHT Ozodi Thomas Osuji Have you ever pondered what living fearlessly would entail? Clearly, at the moment, we live in fear. If you live in body you live in fear and just about all that we do is motivated by fear and need to protect our bodies. Why do we set up governments? We set up governments to protect our bodies and egos from harm and destruction by other persons; we hire police to protect us; we set up courts and hire judges to send those who could harm us to jails and prisons; we…
DESIRE TO LIVE IN BODY IS AT THE ROOT OF FEAR, ANGER, DEPRESSION AND PARANIOA Ozodi Thomas Osuji Human beings were born with the desire to live in body and ego separated selves; other animals appear to have similar desires. The desire to live in body and ego leads to perception of danger and threat to the body and ego one wants to live in; one sees what could destroy one's body and ego and runs from it or fights it. It is the desire for life in body that causes one to have fear (and anger); that fear is…
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 06:20

We are the dreamers of the dream

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I AM THE DREAMER OF THE DREAM, I AM NOT A VICTIM OF THE WORLD YOU ARE THE DREAMER OF THE WORLD, YOU ARE NOT A VICTIM OF THE WORLD WE ARE THE DREAMERS OF THE WORLD, WE ARE NOT VICTIMS OF THE WORLD Ozodi Thomas Osuji After you have studied a thought system you write down what you understand to be its teaching and then decide whether it is true and if it is true whether you want to live it; if you want to live it you do so but if not you move on to other things.…
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:51

An overview of Hinduism and Buddhism

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Today, I got up in the morning thinking about the yogas and wrote a little piece explaining the Hindu concept of yoga. The moment I was done with it and shared it, it occurred to me that for folks to understand what the yogas are they have to have some understanding of Hinduism. But who has the time to try to explain Hinduism and its offshoot, Buddhism? Oh, well, you cannot allow an unfinished business to be left hanging out there. Therefore, I decided to give an overview of Hinduism and Buddhism and do so in less than six pages…
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:13

The five yoga approaches to God

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Hinduism has five main yogas. Yoga is Sanskrit word for our efforts to reconnect to our creator. At present we are supposed to be separated from God and yoga tries to reconnect us to God. To yoke, which is what yoga means, is to rejoin ourselves back to God, to reconnect to God. Patanjali, a Hindu thinker of over two thousand years ago, posited Jnana Yoga, Bhakta Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga and Tantra Yoga. Over time, two other yogas, Hartha Yoga and Ayurveda Yoga emerged. Hinduism teaches that each of us has a yoga path fitted to his temperament…
To Be In Heaven While Still On Earth Is To Have No Self Concept Ozodi Thomas Osuji What does it mean to say that a person is in hell? It is very simple; it means that one has a separated self-concept, an idea that one thinks that one is; that idea says that one is different from other people, the whole, God and one defends that self-concept. One makes up a self-concept (using one's body and social experience) and believes that it is who one is and defends it. If other people like it one gets along with them and…
Saturday, 22 July 2017 09:44

What is a healed mind?

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WHAT IS A HEALED MIND? Ozodi Thomas Osuji INTRODUCTION: You hear folks talk a lot about healing and been healed. After reading the below vignette please evaluate your understanding of what healing means Vis a Vis the message of the vignette. The idea is expatiated in my forthcoming 1200 pages book, living from love. To understand a healed mind you have to first understand what an unhealed mind is. What is an unhealed mind? What is a sick mind? A sick mind is a mind that is separated from God. Sickness is separation from God. If separation of mind from…
Friday, 21 July 2017 20:38

On people seeking worth

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OSUJIS DAILY NOTES ON PEOPLE SEEKING EXISTENTIAL WORTH Ozodi Thomas Osuji I AM THE ONE WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH TITLES What a person observes people do that bothers him is actually his problem rather than other folks problems. Psychoanalysts call this projection (ego defense mechanism). I am the one with a problem when it comes to the foolery that Nigerians make of themselves logging their titles around. It bothered me no end seeing Nigerians giving themselves empty titles. I know that they are doing it, giving themselves titles, to make them seem important. What do you want them to…
Friday, 21 July 2017 09:01

We choose to live in bodies

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WE CHOOSE TO LIVE IN BODIES Ozodi Thomas Osuji Let us consider our lives in bodies, our present existence. We all know that each of us has the ability to end his life in body. If you choose to, right now, you can commit suicide and end your life in body. It is as simple as that. You go to the store, buy a gun and bullets and go pump those bullets into your head and you are dead. You may choose a less gruesome method of dying by taking, say, cyanide and get it over with in seconds. If…
Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:50

Forgiveness and the world of light forms

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FORGIVENESS AND THE WORLD OF LIGHT FORMS Ozodi Thomas Osuji THERE IS NO WORLD AND YOU PROJECT OUT A WORLD AND GIVE IT ALL THE VALUE AND MEANING IT HAS FOR YOU; YOU COULD ALSO GIVE IT ANOTHER MEANING, THE ONE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OR GIVE IT UP AND RETURN TO GOD Work book lessons 1-50 What is A course in miracles teaching? It is teaching that the world we see is not actually there and that we projected it out and give it all the meaning it has for us; beyond the meaning we give to it, it…
You probably have heard it said that some people are teachers of love, aka God. A teacher of love teaches the perennial philosophy that all human beings are the same and coequal and that they are created by God and remain as God created them, innocent, guiltless, sinless and holy despite the evil they seem to do on earth. Teachers of God have studied their earthly characters and understood them to be egoistic and decided to completely let go of identification with the ego self-concept and embrace a different self-concept, still a conceptual self (hence still a false self for…
INTRODUCTION Human beings have pondered and written tons of literature on human nature; many of these cogitations are good reading and if one has not read some of them one ought to do so. Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Berkeley, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, James, Bergson, Sartre, Jasper, Heidegger, Freud, Adler, Jung, Buddha, Shankara, Ramanujan and others are a good way to appreciate serious thinkers' perspectives on human nature. In this piece, I will, building on my personal experience and observation of people, add my perception of what it means to be a human being. I have…
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 17:57

Living from love

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LIVING FROM LOVE Ozodi Thomas Osuji PERCEPTION IS PROJECTION The thesis of A course in miracles is that perception is projection; it says that the world we see with our naked, physical eyes does not exist out there apart from us but, instead, is projected out by our minds. The choice we now have is to look at that world with the ego's or Holy Spirit's eyes. In the day time the world is projected out by our collective minds and at night by our individual minds; because our day world is projected out by our collective minds it is…
Monday, 17 July 2017 10:38

Perception is projection

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While in Europe, I received an email from one of my Anchorage, Alaska A course in miracles group members, Jon Pratt. He told us that finally the entire A course in miracles has been published. If you are a student of a course in miracles, you already know that professor Helen Schucman (a professor at the department of psychology at Columbia University, New York City, USA) took down the inner voice she heard in her handwriting, and sometimes in shorthand. She then had the chairman of her psychology department, Professor William Thetford type her handwritten material. After he had typed…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:25

From criticism to doing

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ADDENDUM FROM CRITICISM TO DOING Ozodi Thomas Osuji This morning I talked about my need to be a doer rather than a mere thinker and how doing what one knows is true is better than dedicating one's self to a life of thinking about the nature of phenomena. I forgot to add a point; that point is that one must go from being a mere school boy or teacher to being an adult. In doing things you find out what is doable and what is not; in mere ideation you can conceive every possible project; it is when you try…