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The exploration of myths and legends as it relates to mental and spiritual development is one of the purposes of this site. Our society has led us to the point where we see myths and legends portrayed on television and in movies. Most people now see these myths and legends as not being real.

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We place way too much reliance on ‘the ‘scientific truth’ which relies on the provision of factual, verifiable data before an opinion can be believed.

Sometimes the ‘truth’ is not based on fact, but on belief!

Modern Quantum Physics is based on belief and not on verifiable facts. So is science now starting its journey into myth and legend.

Dragons: universal myth and source of legend

Dragons exist in every culture and continent on this earth. For a creature that may, or may not have existed, the commonality of the mythical stories where these cultures did not have contact with each other is an incredible mystery.

So what more fitting a theme to have as our guide through this magical world of myth and legend.

Dragons are a powerful creature often portrayed as the source of a challenge to the hero of a legendary tale, or in more recent times as a co-hero with an integral part to play in the success of the hero.

In metaphysics, dragons are the guardians of treasures, magical secrets and pearls of wisdom, that they do not easily reveal. They are sometimes seen as the fire-breathing beast within us that we need to co-operate with. A primal force that can put us in touch with our inner magician. When dragons are defeated or killed their treasure (wisdom) is lost.

So it is in our best interest to keep them alive so they can perform their magic.

They are also looked upon as the symbolic representation of the natural forces of the universe. They are the fire-breathing dragons that bring the hot winds or burn down houses and start bushfires. The frost dragon that brings the frost and the chilly weather. You can often see their breathe revealed on foggy, misty nights as they sleep nearby.

Browse through our blogs to find something that interests you. Whether you accept the views offered is the whole point of myths and legends. You can choose to believe it or not!

Science of Higher Sense Perception

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“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
Edwin Powell Hubble

 The Science of Higher Sense Perception

We all know that we have 5 basic physical senses being; sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. These senses can operate at a normal level or a person can develop those senses to a much higher degree, either through training or naturally. But we have other senses as well. These senses come from our mental and spiritual natures.

Using guidance from the study of metaphysics, I have identified these senses as a basis for exploration:

Mental Senses:

  • Rationality
  • Perception
  • Memory
  • Motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Imagination

Spiritual Senses:

  • Self
  • Meaning
  • Value
  • Connection
  • Serenity
  • Enjoyment
  • Control
  • Achievement
  • Morality
  • Purpose

We often talk about our higher senses, but science pays them little or no attention other than through the treatment of ‘mental illness’ with the use of tranquilisers (anti-psychotics as they call them) and other pharmacology.

Our Mind recognises,  records and co-ordinates all of these senses as distinct from our brain that processes the physical interactions. The brain is like the ‘hard-drive’ and the mind is the ‘software’ that processes the ‘data’ stored in ‘memory’.

Within each of these grouping there are sub-sets of senses that feed and support, or detract from, the main sense group.

Each of these senses are crucial in the understanding of myths and legends if we are to understand their hidden messages and importance in achieving what Abraham Maslow called ‘Self-Actualisation’.

This video by Anil Seth on TED Talks explains how our mind perceives itself and the world around us. Anil talks about the brain and how it perceives, whenever he talks about the ‘brain’, change the word to the ‘mind’. Our physical bodies are inhabited by a soul that uses the connection of the mind to control the body through the brain. It’s all about controlling the hallucination.

In developing these ideas further, Dean Radin in his book “Real Magic” explores how we use our higher sense perceptions to create experiences of real magic in our lives. He presents scientific evidence that confirms what we have believed and traditional science tries to discredit.

There are other mental and spiritual senses and the list may expand as my understanding grows.

Click on each of the links above to get further understanding of each of these senses.

Tao

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Tao: The Way

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Legend has it that Taoism (pronounced Daoism) was first developed by Lao Tsu (pronounced Lao Zi) around 500BC in China predating the rise of Confucianism.

The truth is that he recorded an oral history of philosophical thought that had existed for thousands of years and added some of his own thoughts. His main body of work is known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced Dao De Jing) or the ‘Classic Book of the Way of Virtue and Integrity’.

Trying to explain The Tao with words is a fruitless exercise that Lao Tsu attempted and appears to have achieved a reasonable success. The Tao Te Ching has been translated into many languages and printed almost as many copies as the Christian Bible. From its 81 stanzas has grown one of the world’s biggest religious followings.

However, it is not a religion and does not promote the worship of a deity.  The Tao Te Ching recognises an all pervading energy that inhabits and expresses itself in all things in the universe without limit. The purpose of learning in the Taoist way is to live in harmony with the natural laws and way of the Tao.

Stanza 1 reads:

“The DAO that can be expressed is not the eternal DAO.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
‘Non-existence’ I call the beginning of Heaven and Earth.
‘Existence’ I call the mother of individual beings.
Therefore does the direction towards non-existence lead to the sight of the miraculous existence, the direction towards existence to the sight of spatial limitations.
Both are one in origin and different only in name.
In its unity it is called the secret.
The secret’s still deeper secret is the gateway through which all miracles emerge.”

This is the essence at the heart of Taoist teaching.

In the Richard Wilhelm interpretation of stanza 32, he says that:

“Dao as the eternal is unutterable simplicity”

In stanza 41, he has translated the original to read:

“If a sage of the highest order hears about Dao, he is keen to act in accordance with it.
If a sage of the middle order hears about Dao, he half believes and half doubts.
If a sage of the lower order hears about Dao, he laughs loudly about it.
If he does not laugh loudly then it was not yet the true Dao.”

At the centre of the Taoist belief is the recognition that the Tao is the source of all life. In stanza 42, Wilhelm records:

“Dao generates the One,
The One generates the Two,
The Two generates the Three,
The Three generates all things,
All things have darkness at their back and strive towards the light,
and the flowing power gives them harmony.”

The symbol that represents this harmony is the ‘Yin-Yang Symbol’.

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All things manifested in the physical world are as a result of two opposing forces operating in harmony. Being conscious of and understanding those forces helps us to understand life.

In addition, we also need to remember that:

“All things return to the Three,
Three return to the Two,
Two returns to the One,
And the One returns to the Tao.
At the point of maximum light signals the return of darkness.”

The Chin Lung Tao (Jinlong Dao) or Way of the Gold Dragon is my understanding of what I have learned.