Philosophy

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…
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:17

It is now time to go from thinking to doing

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PHILOSOPHIZING WITHOUT PUTTING THOSE IDEAS TO ACTION IS A WASTE OF TIME Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have devoted a lot of my time to reading philosophy, psychology and science; it is not grandiose to say that I know about those subjects as much as any human being does. I am generally a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge. What is missing from my life is putting ideas to work for me. I read and think but do not put into practice what I have read and especially those that I know are true. You can have all the knowledge of this world…
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:24

The real you is always innocent

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THE REAL YOU IS INNOCENT WHILE THE FALSE EGO YOU CAN BE GUILTY AND PUNISHED Ozodi Thomas Osuji In the past two weeks I have found it necessary to talk about my world view. Let me conclude it by saying the following. Our real self is always unified, is one with God and all people. God is one. The moment you say one you must say two, three and keep on counting until infinity. God is one and yet infinite; there is no end to him; where he begins and ends is nowhere. He is all of us and all…
SPECIAL LOVE RELATIONSHIPS VERSUS HOLY RELATIONSHIPS Ozodi Thomas Osuji On earth you hear people talk a lot about love. But when you come close to them you realize that they do not know a thing about love. They just talk the talk but do not walk their talk. At best, people practice the type of love that Erich Fromm talked about in his book, The Art of love. Here, people care for each other and put each other's needs above theirs. This works. But there is another type of love, spiritual love; spiritual love is the object of this essay.…
WHY TO BE A HUMAN BEING IS TO FEEL EXISTENTIALLY GUILTY Ozodi Thomas Osuji Those of us who are rational in orientation read the Christian bible and dismissed it as rubbish. In Genesis we are told that God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a Garden of Eden but told them not to earth the fruit of a particular tree. Apparently, they were tempted to do what they were told not to do and said that Satan asked them to do it and hence ate the apple fruits. It is said that because they disobeyed God he drove…
Addendum WHERE YOU SEE PEOPLE ARE NO PEOPLE SO JUDGING THEM IS JUDGING NOTHING! This is an addendum to the essay I wrote this morning on judgment. I have thought a bit more about it and will add this piece. Where we see people and the universe are no people and the universe; there is nothing where we see people and the universe; it is a mere dream that we see and a dream is not real. If you judge people and the world you are judging what is not there; if you judge their behaviour as good or bad…
WHY DO WE JUDGE PEOPLE AND THINGS AS GOOD OR BAD? Ozodi Thomas Osuji In some of his sayings, Jesus Christ told his followers not to judge; in others he told them that as they judge so they would be judged. Telling people not to judge, however, did not prevent him from judging them! His teaching was full of judgements; he was always judging the Pharisees, Sadducees and people in general as no good and asking them to change their ways, repent their mistakes, sins, and serve God or else they would be headed to hell. In effect, he was…
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…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: IF THE WORLD IS MY PROJECTION THEN I PROJECTED OUT THOSE I RELATE TO A course in miracles says that the world I see with my eyes is my projection, that perception is projection; that the seeming external universe I see is an outward representation of my thoughts; that the world and its things are my thinking represented in pictures, pictures that seem real but are not real for they are in my mind. This means that the people I see around me are projections of my mind. They are like what we see in…
THE CONFLUENCE OF SCIENCE, EXISTENTIALISM AND SPIRITUALITY Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you study science you must inevitably come to the conclusion that we live in a meaningless universe. What we know about cosmology says that 13.8 billion years ago a point of light appeared from nowhere and nothing and got hot and exploded. In its explosion if shattered into particles, photons; the photons combined into quarks that combined into protons and neutrons; some of the photons became electrons. Protons and neutrons combined into nuclei of atoms. 400, 000 years later nuclei captured electrons and hydrogen atoms were formed. Eventually the…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 14:16

As Buddha said, desire leads to suffering

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal THE CHRIST CANNOT BE DEGRADED BUT THE GO CAN Can other people really degrade one? The unequivocal answer is no. That reality notwithstanding, people often feel degraded by other people. For example, for a while I felt that the white man degraded me by discriminating against me. Eventually, I learned that for me to be degraded I must have identified with the ego separated self and since that false self wants to seem important been discriminated against made it feel humiliated and angry. I learned that my real self is the Christ; Christ is in…
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:48

Fear is in the mind not body

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FEAR IS IN THE MIND AND CAN ONLY BE REMOVED AT THE MIND NOT BODILY LEVEL Ozodi Thomas Osuji Every human being knows what fear is; however, it is at different degrees in different people; some people have more fear than other people, at least, at the conscious level. In what is called the normal person fear is more or less hidden at the unconscious mind level but he still has fear. In so-called neurotics fear is at the conscious level. The neurotic is aware that he is always in a state of fear, twenty four seven; he lives in…
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:50

Accept that you are God

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WE ARE GOD; ACCEPT IT AND STOP DENYING YOUR TRUTH (An essay on living from God; living from your real self) Ozodi Thomas Osuji The most difficult concept for a human being to accept is that he is the God he thinks is outside him and that he worships. Here is the honest truth. God cannot be outside you; if he is outside you then he did not create you and does not understand you for anybody outside you cannot understand you. There is one God; that God extended to his son, you and all of us. In extending to…
THE CAPITALS OF EMPIRES ATTRACT PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THEIR EMPIRES AND CHANGE THE RACIAL COMPOSITION OF THE PEOPLE Ozodi Thomas Osuji Have you been to the capitals of the great European countries such as Britain, France, Italy, Germany etc., and if so what did you see? You would see people from all over the world. It is now a misnomer to call London or Paris European cities; they are now world cities; the composition of people is from all over the world. In them you find Africans, Asians, especially Indians, Chinese, and PakistanIS; you find people from all over…
Saturday, 01 July 2017 14:29

People need philosophies to live with

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I have had issues with eating meat. Something tells me that it is cruel to slaughter animals for us to eat them. I wished that we are only herbivores but not carnivores. But even then we would still have to kill plants to eat their leafs. Life is a bummer, I say; we have to kill to eat to live. It were better we did not have to kill to eat to live, I think. So, I always feel guilty eating meat. Last night I saw a fast food restaurant advertising barbeque chicken. I love barbequed anything so I went…
If you observe people closely what you see are people who believe, at the deep level, that they have no existential significance; they feel totally worthless and valueless. But instead of accepting this fact they deny it and compensate for it. Thus, everywhere on earth, people seek significance and worth. Just about everything they do is to prove to them that they have worth and value. Whether it is seeking social position, social attention and admiration, political power, economic power, beautify, everything they do is motivated by desire to seem that they have worth in their eyes and in other…
Thursday, 01 June 2017 23:00

Biafra Is The Big Idea Whose Time Has Come

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BIAFRA IS THE BIG IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME How do we deal with the idea whose time has arrived? Is it by bows and arrows, guns or by bullets? Is it by lynching at the Senate or House? No, Biafra shalt rise in spirit and in authenticity Thou Biafra hast recaptured the old glory sublime Thou art Inspiring, inspirational, Awe-inspiring Magnificent, Uplifting, Moving, Transcendent Lemme be in Biafra! Lemme taste Biafuru Gimme that old time epoch-making magic Of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Era That indomitable fortitude of a people displaced Of men and women with heads bloody but unbowed…
THE IMPLICATION THAT LIGHT IS NEITHER WAVE NOR PARTICLE BUT BEHAVES AS THE ONE THAT THE OBSERVER WANTS IT TO BEHAVE FOR HIM Ozodi Thomas Osuji Yesterday, finally, I grasped the implication of the double slit experiment. In case you do not know about it, if you have a hole, a slit on a board and shoot light at it the light would go through it as a particle and leave a mark at a paper placed behind the hole; on the other hand, if you have two holes, slits and shoot light at them the light splits into two…
Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:31

The world is our fantasy

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: Let me say this up front; individuals have different levels of intelligence. If you do not have superior IQ, anything above 132, please do not bother reading my notes, for all you are going to do is confuse yourself. Only the brainy can follow my cogitations. I write for brilliant, not for average and above average folks. EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD IS FANTASY FOR THEY ALL CAME FROM AND RETURN TO NOTHINGNESS Build a mansion, say, the Versailles or the pyramid. It is built of rocks, sand and cement. Over time those would be worn…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 23:05

God is our collective real self

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GOD IS OUR COLLECTIVE REAL SELF AND DOES NOT EXIST APART FROM US Ozodi Thomas Osuji To Eze Paschal: Today is the last day of spring semester. I was on campus entering students' grades into the computer. I got done around 11 AM and headed on home. I got home and read some of your posts on quantum physics, an area of interest. I realized that you are at the gate of knowledge. Quantum mechanics brings the physical sciences to the door of spirituality; that is what it did for me, anyway. I went to my computer and typed the…
Please see if this essay makes sense to you; if not forget it and move on to what makes sense to you; each of us is in a different place in our evolution in space, time and matter. THE FEAR OF DEATH IN MY SUBCONSCIOUS MIND MAKES ME DO EVERYTHING THAT I DO ABSTRACT: This essay combines scientific and spiritual psychology to give a fuller account of human behavior. The West emphasizes only scientific psychology and since human beings have a spiritual dimension thus gives only a partial account of human behavior and cannot heal any one through its psychotherapy;…