Ontoscopy = looking at what is

Looking at the problems of the world, most of them are found to be 100% man-made, originating in human thought.
Both on the personal and societal level, the psychological desire for security creates all sorts of inner and outer conflicts, suffering and confusion. In general, we are largely unaware of the movement of thought.
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Illusions and neurotic, unhealthy patterns persist, since only the symptoms are dealt with, not the root cause.

Mindfulness or mindful awareness is most likely the only way out of the mess, together with a healthy perspective on oneself and reality as a whole.

Currently i am trying to develop new perspectives, integrating wisdom and knowledge from a number of fields – scientific, artistic and spiritual – in a straightforward and simple manner.

The key points are:

  • Context before text

    instead of concentrating on the explicit (words, concepts, appearances, …) one should be aware of the broader and underlying totality (the visible processes but also what is between the lines, unconscious, behind the appearances, … ) from which the explicit is abstracted

  • Contexting is happening all the time

  • We too are contexting

    Intelligent living is responding adequately to the changing context – a movement/interaction in two directions, affecting both the actor and the affected (observer and the observed/ subject and object).

  • Creativity complements habit

    anytime and anywhere, one should psychologically engage in creative ways and not handle out of mindless habits, nor rigidly cling to some idea or belief

  • Insight through meditation

    Via self- and world examination, deep questioning and/or dialogue, insight can eradicate illusions, blockages and unhealthy patterns

Meditation = to measure, to ponder over, to sense, feel through, …

Meditation = to measure, to ponder over, to sense, feel through, …

Recommended reading

  • “The First and Last Freedom” – J. Krishnamurti
  • “Toward a Psychology of Awakening” – John Welwood
  • “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” – Shunryu Suzuki
  • “Waking Up” – Charles T. Tart
  • “Thought as a System” – David Bohm
  • “Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha” Daniel M. Ingram
  • “Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People” – Charles T. Tart
  • “Unfolding Self: The Practice of Psychosynthesis” – Molly Young Brown
  • “States of Consciousness” Charles T. Tart
  • “Focusing” Eugene Gendlin

J. Krishnamurti

My personal path is largely influenced by J. Krishnamurti‘s teachings. Despite my serious critiques and skeptical sidenotes, his core message still is worth spreading today.
JK’s “choiceless awareness” approach is a very direct no-nonsense form of mindfulness. Combined with his total rejection of authority and ideology* and his insistence on “people being the world“, emphasizing our responsibility to act intelligently and vividly from moment to moment, this can incite a deep transformation in anyone who pursues this way of being.
A deep inner change instead of a shallow reconfiguration of mental concepts.

www.jkrishnamurti.org

Shinzen Young

Contrary to Krishnamurti, Shinzen Young is a grandmaster of tools and technique. He can explain things so clearly and scientifically, making him a great guide for people trying to improve their formal meditation skills.

Vipassana, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, …

Charles T. Tart

Professor in psychology, specialized in parapsychology, Charles Tart has written a couple of seminal works on human consciousness. Topics include states of consciousness, identity states, reality, illusion. Central is the observation that our minds are very good at playing tricks on us, and how this is approached in the East and the West.

Especially the techniques of self-observation & self-remembering, as described by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, are put forward as a powerful way to live a more mindful life.