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  • in reply to: Talking with Friends

    Willow
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    It was your story that inspired me Ari! So thank you!! When you said that after reading A Species In Denial for the second time “it was like I was blind the first time and now I could see. It was clear, easy to read and made amazing sense”, it reminded me of my own experience and Jeremy’s insight into the deaf effect hurdle us resigned humans are going to be faced with and how if you stick at it, you will be rewarded, not only for yourself but the whole world.

    You’ve also had me thinking about how I approach the topic of the human condition with my family and friends and sometimes if we’re talking about an issue like the environment or feminism I will try and give an explanation based in understanding of the human condition and introduce the concepts that way. More often than not I am met with blank looks and the conversation is quickly changed, but sometimes someone engages and wants to know more, or afterwards someone will quietly ask me about it and I take the opportunity to direct them to FREEDOM and the WTM’s website. It just takes time doesn’t it.

    I also just read this in FREEDOM at paragraph 840 and it was so beautiful, I just had to share it, “…it is love, and our love of love, that is what is truly universal and eternal/everlasting/immortal.” (Such is the extent of my deaf effect that I have no doubt read this before but never noticed it! As you advise to people Ari, and as Jeremy counsels, keep reading and you will discover gold.)

  • in reply to: Talking with Friends

    Willow
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    I agree with Chris’ comment – I love your introductory words for people Ari, so good. And I love that RJ posted your comment about your experience with how you overcame the deaf effect, it is a very inspiring story and journey that you’ve been on and shows just how real an issue the deal effect is among us resigned humans. But that if we’re patient and heed Jeremy’s advice of re-reading and watching the videos and reading the essays and all manner of material that’s available our thick blocks of denial start to erode, the veil begins to lift, the blinds come off, the plugs come out of our ears and before you know it what was once just a series of black dots on a page become the most important and beautiful, precious and meaningful words we’ve ever and will ever read, the true gift of compassionate, signifying, all redeeming and relieving truth we’ve ever wanted. And to be able to introduce that to other people is just wonderful. Your and everyone’s messages on this thread are very inspiring and I will take your lead! Thank you!!

  • in reply to: discovering the power of empathy

    Willow
    Participant

    Isn’t it just incredible that we can now understand all these aspects of human behaviour thanks to Jeremy’s explanation of the human condition – it constantly blows my mind that we no longer have to live in darkness and confusion but can live knowing and effectively free of the horrors of the human condition. Freedom Essay 21 ‘How did we humans acquire our all-loving, unconditionally selfless moral conscience?’ Is a great read on this topic.
    https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/how-did-we-humans-acquire-our-altruistic-moral-conscience/

  • in reply to: How to stay "transformed"?

    Willow
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    Thanks Polly, a great reminder of how good the Wonderful Transformation Counsel document is. I also find the video Jeremy did on how to become Transformed is a great tool in cementing in the fundamentals and helping me to stay Transformed – I just live the hill diagram and how simple a visualisation it is in helping me to see the wrestle of the resigned state and to just walk away from it and live in the valley of Freedom – here’s a link: https://www.humancondition.com/transformation/
    And a link to the transcript, which I’ve printed out and read regularly to remind me of the process, it’s so aligning: https://www.humancondition.com/transcript-how-to-become-transformed/

  • in reply to: With gratitude

    Willow
    Participant

    Wow, I’ve just come across this thread and just loved reading everything that’s been said about the power of Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition to transform our lives from living in the horror of the cave’s darkness to living in sunshine, free of the chains of insecurity, alienation, anger and egocentricity. Thank you! There’s a wonderful drawing of Jeremy’s that sums it all up – it simply says ‘We are free’ with the image of an incredibly happy person. I just saw it in Freedom Essay 17, which has the most exciting title – ‘How understanding the human condition can immediately transform your and every other humans’ life and save the world’. Like everything Jeremy writes it is a must-read – here’s a link: https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-essays/how-everyones-lives-can-now-be-transformed/

  • in reply to: Are you open-minded to reincarnation?

    Willow
    Participant

    Hi Ros, yes I agree it is absolutely mind blowing that Jeremy has solved the human condition and all those things I had thought were unanswerable are now explained-it is fascinating and amazing and relieving all at once.

    With regards to reincarnation and what happens to us after we I have loved reading g this thread and the excerpts from Jeremy’s books that Mon and Tommy provide above. I followed the link through in Mon’s post and found a lot of comfort from the following extract that flows on from what’s in her post and thought I’d share as felt it’s in line with your interpretation, that its our insecurity of not knowing if we are good or bad from life under the duress of the human condition that makes us so fearful of death and for that matter life as well:

    “The problem for humans has been that they have been insecure as a result of the human condition. They have doubted that they were part of ‘God’s plan’. They sometimes feared that they might be evil beings, a blight on the planet, something even worse than meaningless. Living in this horrible state of insecurity for some 2 million years meant continually struggling to believe in themselves, in their worth and ultimately in their relevance to the future. They worried that there may not be an afterlife for them, in the sense of their positive contribution to the future. There were, however, times when humans were not overcome with depressing thoughts about their possible worthlessness and managed to realign themselves to the greater truth of their true worth or meaningfulness—a truth that they were fighting to one day be able to establish irrefutably. In these rare moments of clarity and security humans knew there was an afterlife for them, that they did contribute meaningfully to the future. Unable to explain it rationally, this greater truth, that humans were occasionally able to access, became expressed in literal terms, and these literal interpretations became central in religious beliefs. Over time, as humans became more alienated, the literalness became more simplistic, to the point where some people actually believe they are reincarnated as new humans or even as animals after death.

    “The other dimension to the concept of afterlife involves the concepts of heaven and hell. The insecurity of humans of doubting their worthiness or meaningfulness became expressed in the duality of a hell-versus-heaven afterlife. The more corrupted humans were the more they feared they were not meaningful and the idea of going to hell became the expression of that fear. Similarly, the more humans managed to avoid becoming corrupted, the more they felt they might be meaningful and the idea of going to heaven became an expression of that hope. From there, the idea of heaven and hell became developed as a form of reward or punishment for humans. The threat of going to hell deterred humans from living out their corrupted self’s angers and frustrations. In reality, as has been explained, ‘heaven’ was the utterly integrated state that humans’ once lived in, and will now return to, and ‘hell’ was the corrupted state that developed as a result of the battle of the human condition, a state which humanity is about to leave. Heaven and hell have been states here on Earth.” https://www.humancondition.com/asid-afterlife-explained/?scroll_to=afterlife&scroll_num=1

  • in reply to: Men and Women

    Willow
    Participant

    Hi Dave, what a great question. Like you, my husband and I have always been close, but I know we have has just continued to deepen and grow together as we’ve understood the explanation for the human condition – especially being able to understand the differences between men and women as a result of the human condition. This has changed how we treat each other – we have so much more respect and appreciation for who we each are and we can talk so much more openly and honestly about things so that when challenges arise we can deal with them so much more effectively and with compassion for where we’re each coming from. I think the biggest thing for me is that in being able to understand why, until now, men have had no choice but to oppress women, I’ve done a complete backflip, changing from an understandably feminist view that men are the villains on the planet to the opposite, that they are the ultimate heroes on the planet for what they have had to do – without any way to explain why they were doing it – of going into the battle against ignorance to search for the knowledge we so desperately needed so that every human can now understand the human condition and with that all the pain and suffering humans have had to endure can finally end. It blows my mind to understand this and with that I have an incredible new-found respect for men and that translates into my relationship with my husband. It really has been such a revelation to finally be able to understand the reason for the gulf that exists between men and women – I particularly love what Jeremy Griffith writes in Ch 8:11B in Freedom, titled ‘Men and women’s relationship after the emergence of the human condition’. I know you’ve talked about the issue of men and women being contexted but it reminded my of how much paragraphs 771 and 772 in this chapter sum up for me the situation and thought I’d include here: 771 – “So, in keeping with their already established roles as the group protectors, it was men who took up the loathsomely upsetting job of championing the ego over the ignorance of our original instinctive self, leaving women to their loving, nurturing role. The problem this role differentiation gave rise to, however was that in not being responsible for or participating in the terrible battle to overthrow ignorance women were naive or unaware of the ramifications of fighting the battle, and, as a result, were unsympathetic towards both the battle and the frustrated anger and egocentricity it produced in men—a situation that placed men in the awful predicament of being misunderstood and unjustly condemned by women. Women, not responsible for the fight against ignorance, and so not partaking in the battle itself, did not and could not be expected to understand what happened in the battle or the effect it had on men; they could understand the search for knowledge, but not what the battle involved…” and 772 – “Life has certainly been ‘very difficult’ for men; they have had the absolutely horrible job of having to be strong enough to, in effect, kill soul—to search for knowledge and determinedly defy our beautiful, cooperatively orientated, original instinctive self. And since that defiance resulted in becoming angry, egocentric and alienated, which are all divisive, un-Godly traits, men were, in effect, in violation of God, the integrative ideals of life! So from an initial state of upset, men had then “to contend with a sense of guilt, which very greatly compounded their insecurity and frustrations and made them even more angry, egocentric and alienated. (As explained in chapter 3:5, this avalanche of criticism is the ‘double and triple whammy’ of condemnation that humans experienced when we searched for knowledge.) How tough were men going to have to be to continue to do their job without receiving any respect or appreciation for why they were having to do what they were having to do! No wonder they have become so incredibly upset.” And I just have to include the closing words of this chapter: “With understanding of the human condition now found, men and women can at last stand side by side—the ‘war of the sexes’ can finally be resolved. Yes, the human journey can have the happy ending we always hoped it would.” It’s just incredibly exciting to know that we can now live a life effectively free of the ravages of the human condition and that in doing so it ends all the immense upset humans experience every day, including within ourselves and with our partners, we can actually live in peace and treat each with the love we deserve and expect.

  • in reply to: Kids and Teens

    Willow
    Participant

    Yes I agree Sarah about the importance of mainstream support for this explanation of the human condition and what’s going to be so amazing Dave is what Jeremy Griffith regularly says ‘soon from one end of the horizon to the other will appear an army in its millions to do battle with human suffering and understanding will be its weapon’ – I think about that and that comforts me and gives me peace that it won’t be long before all children on earth will have access to this information and can grow up free of the pain and suffering that’s been understandably caused by the human condition. It warms my heart.

  • in reply to: The DEAF EFFECT: I've been 'effected'!

    Willow
    Participant

    Thanks Liam, that’s really helpful. I too can really relate to the deaf effect and have certainly suffered from it – still do, sometimes reading Jeremy Griffith’s work is like looking at a page of black and white text that means nothing, but having understood and accepted that I am a human who has had no choice but to resign to living in denial of the issue of the human condition, I can work with that reality and when I re-read that page slowly but surely those black and white words start to come to life and make sense of everything and the scales fall off my eyes and it is a truly exciting experience. I found paras 130, 131, 132 and 133 in Freedom: The End of the Human Condition incredibly enlightening of this point. I thought it might be useful to include them here – I just love the guidance Griffith provides at the end. :
    “So, despite the human condition being the all-important issue that had to be solved if we were to understand and ameliorate human behaviour, it has been, for all but a very rare few individuals like Plato and Moses, the one issue humans couldn’t face. It has been the great unacknowledged ‘elephant in the living room’ of our lives, THE absolutely critical and yet completely unconfrontable and virtually unmentionable subject in life.
    With this in mind, we can now finally understand the resigned mind’s inability to make sense of human behaviour, and the problem posed by the ‘deaf effect’ when reading about the human condition, and why humans resigned to a life in denial of the human condition. And with this appreciation, it is not difficult to see the connection between our species’ denial of our condition and the following account of one woman’s reaction to being told she had cancer; her ‘block out’ or denial of her condition is palpable: ‘She said, “I thought I was cool, calm and collected but I must have been in a state of shock because the words just seemed to flood over me and I remembered almost nothing from what the doctor said in the initial consultation”’ (The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Aug. 1995). And, since discussion of the human condition involves re-connecting with Resignation, an experience worse than death (a ‘horrible’ ‘shattering’ ‘deadly pain’ of such depressing ‘despair’, ‘doubts and night terrors’ that it was like a ‘sickness unto death’ where you ‘just keep falling and falling’, ‘eternally to die, to die and yet not to die’, as Hughes, Salinger, Kierkegaard, Berdyaev and Jung variously described it), it should be clear to the reader that even though you will think you are ‘cool, calm and collected’ and able to absorb what is being explained here, your mind will actually be in ‘shock’, so the words will ‘flood over’ you and you will ‘initial[ly]’ be, as Plato said, unable to take in or hear much of what is being said. Once you are resigned to living in denial of the issue of the human condition, as virtually every adult is, then you are living in denial of the issue of the human condition—so your mind will, at least ‘initial[ly]’, resist absorbing discussion of it. So while you may think you will be able to follow and take in discussion about what the human condition is, like you would expect when reading or learning about any new subject, this ‘deaf effect’ that ‘initial[ly]’ occurs when reading about the human condition is, in fact, very real.
    The problem is that once humans resign and become mentally blocked out or alienated from any truth that brings the issue of the human condition into focus (which, as will be revealed in this book, is most truth), we aren’t then aware that we are blocking out anything; we aren’t then aware, as Laing said, that ‘there is a veil which is more like fifty feet of solid concrete’ between us and ‘our true selves’ or soul that is preventing our mind from accessing what is being said. As pointed out earlier, this inability to know we are blocking something out occurs because obviously we can’t block something out of our mind and know we have blocked it out because if we knew we had blocked it out we wouldn’t have blocked it out. The fact is, we aren’t aware that we are alienated!
    So the ‘deaf effect’ is very real, and so, therefore, is the need to watch the introductory videos and have the willingness to patiently re-read the text and engage in interactive discussions about these understandings.”

  • in reply to: Do you tell people at your work?

    Willow
    Participant

    I’m a bit late to this thread but it’s an excellent question, especially now that I know the human condition is THE underlying issue in all human affairs and I can see how much it would help everyone I work with (and ever human on the planet!). I totally agree that if I am secure in myself then when a situation naturally presents itself I find I can easily talk about the human condition in the context of the conversation and it’s just so useful to be able to point people to the website and all the wonderful videos, books and other content that is there if the person / people I’m talking to would like to know more. When I’m secure no-one bats an eyelid, when I’m not it can become a little awkward. It’s so good to be able to finally talk about what is really going on and bring truth, love, compassion and understanding to ourselves and everyone around us!

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