Friday, 07 July 2017 10:25

Living from love

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LIVING FROM LOVE

(LFL)

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

For quite a long time now, I have been trying to come up with a name for what I write about and teach; I have tried many names for size, including living from God ( the question here is what is God, God is an Anglo-Saxon term that does not have any meaning for non-English speakers), living from Chi (Chi is Igbo word for God and it does not have any meaning for non-Igbo speakers), living from the real self (that term arouses the question of what is the real self and it would take us volumes to explain what the real self is or is not).

I have settled on the term Living from Love (LFL) because it captures my teaching, philosophy and religion.

At root we are love; we decided to separate from that love. Love is another name for union; our true state in eternity is unified (only the non-material, the spiritual can unify, matter separates); we are all part of unified spirit self, aka God.

To say that we live from love is to say that we live from our real self, from God and from Chi. Thus, the term living from love is appropriate for what I am teaching. My forthcoming 1200 pages book therefore will be called living from love, a philosophy that teaches that people are love and are peaceful and happy when they live from love.

Love means loving one's self and other people; love also means forgiving those who wronged one and insisting on them having loving behaviour, that is, love means correcting people's unloving behaviours.

Forgiveness does not mean tolerating harmful behaviour to one's self or other people under the misguided egoistic notion that attack on one's body is not real. Yes, spiritually we are not bodies so attack on us in body is not attack on us at the spiritual level but we are not yet aware that we are spirit; we are only aware that we are body and attack on our bodies hurt us; indeed, attack on our bodies could destroy our bodies.

That which can be destroyed has no value; therefore, our bodies have no value but in as much as we identify with bodies they currently have value for us and therefore we defend them.

The Holy Spirit, the God in us while we dream that we are not God, our right minds, the part of us that connects us to the unified self while we are in the world of separated selves, teaches us to forgive and correct unloving behaviours with loving behaviours; loving behaviours on earth is teaching unloving persons how to love their selves and other selves instead of harming people.

In truth we are part of God, unified spirit self and do not have bodily forms; in God we are formless.

God is the idea of the whole and each of us is the idea of the part of that whole, or son of God. God and his infinite sons are eternal. Eternity is in formless spirit self.

We decided to experience separated selves and to make those seem possible we invented matter, space and time. We used matter to invent bodies and now seem to live in bodies.

Living in bodies take place in dream settings for while we see ourselves in bodies, space and time we remain spirit, we are always in God, and always have formless selves (as well as selves in light forms, the purified loving selves folks see after they die).

On earth we defend our bodies with food, clothes, houses and everything else. We defend our separated ego selves with the various ego defence mechanisms (repression, suppression, denial, displacement, projection, rationalization, sublimation, reaction-formation, fantasy, minimizing, blaming, avoidance, guilt, shame, anger, fear and so on).

That which needs defence to seem real, our egos must be defended to seem real to us, is not real and do not in fact exist. The real does not need defence to be real; our real self, the son of God and God does not need to be defended to exist; our true selves, the sons of God, the Christ self is eternal and remain so whether we know it or not.

Our egos and bodies must be defended and if not defended seem to die and disappear from existence hence do not have real existence; they have dream existence only. The real is permanent, eternal and changeless; the unreal is ephemeral, transitory and changeable.

Nevertheless, all we do on earth is defending our egos and bodies. The entirety of life on earth is designed to make us feel that we are egos in bodies.

Pain, fear and hunger, for example, make us feel that we are bodies, and we defend them by avoiding what gives us pain and eating food.

The world is a place where those who in spirit are formless unified-self come to defend their seeming separated selves.

The earth is an illusion where we defend what does not exist, our egos and bodies and defence makes them seem to exist for us.

Human civilization is more and more complex ways of defending our egos and bodies. We must value our bodies and egos to defend them.

Since egos and bodies are nothing, we value nothing and defend nothing.

What is spirituality? Spirituality can be summarized as the realization that the ego and body does not exist and one stops defending them.

Stop defending what you call yourself, your human personality and body and you would literally disappear from the earth and first see you in a light body and ultimately know yourself as formless self, a part of a formless self-folks call God.

In God or universal intelligence one is total intelligence and is everlasting. In the meantime, we identify as separated selves in bodies and the goal is to make those selves live as happily as is possible, to give us a happy dream.

My teaching helps people to keep their false ego selves and use them to love other false ego selves and in doing so have happy dreams.

My thought system is not predicated on faith and belief. You are not called upon to believe in anything. Instead, we use the scientific method to test every idea and see if it makes sense or not; if it cannot be verified we throw it away; we do not ask anyone to believe in anything.

Traditional religions ask people to believe in God and his supposed heaven. People do not know that God and heaven exist so they either believe in them or throw them away and become atheists or agnostics.

The age of belief is over. From now on people can only accept ideas they can prove to their satisfaction are true.

I teach ideas that the individual, following a laid down methodology, can verify for himself and if he cannot do so throw them away.

I will establish a school called University of Mind Science, UMS, where we teach the ideas of the living from love book. Here, folks come and study it and have degrees such as masters and doctorate degree in mind science.

Mind science includes what is ordinarily called psychology and psychiatry (as well as the study of biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy) but also includes spiritual psychology.

In addition to teaching this philosophy we shall publish a monthly magazine called living from love, for love is who we are and until we live from love we are not going to be peaceful and happy.

If you want to contribute to making living from love possible you are welcome to do so. You can contribute with your time or with your writing or with money or both. It will cost money to build the university so we solicit your financial and other contributions.

Thank you.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

July 7, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

(907) 310-8076

(480) 509-8660

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Dr Osuji has been the executive director of regular mental health agencies as well as professor at regular universities. From his many years of practising and teaching secular psychology he learned that what heals people is a combination of secular and spiritual psychologies.

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176