Podcast No. 18 – Posted on iTunes 11/28/2010   1 comment

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Podcast No. 18 on The Truths of Terasem – Posted on iTunes 11/28/2010

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem

SUB TITLE:  Positive Mindset and Close Networking with Others

SUMMARY:  It takes a great deal of presence of mind and willful focus to maintain a positive outlook in the midst of the fears, negative interactions and other detracting influences in our lives.  Terasem advocates “taking a break” every four hours, however brief, to stretch, do some yoga, affirm positive values, and meditate on where we are going.  In an even deeper way, close affiliation with others who are on the same wavelength as ourselves, networking in a way Terasem describes as the forming of an nourishing of a “chosen family”, is an important part of the “Terasem way” of life.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast number 18 on the Truths of Terasem.

(Linda)  This is the one where we’re going to talk about yoga, isn’t it, with all of the positive affirmations?

(Fred)  It sure is!  And then we’re going to talk about the innermost level of networking, other than between two spouses, and that’s the “chosen family”.  Here we see how Terasem envisions small groups of people, not just by blood relationships, but who are bound by ties of deep compatibility and mutual purpose, form the very heart of Terasem’s network.  Most large organizations are not just insensitive to such ties, but almost seem to want to weaken them to strengthen loyalty and contributions to a massive corporation.  Terasem sees this as contrary to our very nature and is building itself consciously to encourage small groups to be deeply committed within themselves, and then network outward to other such groups, with wider and wider groups of groups becoming an endlessly growing network.

(Linda)  I’ve been looking forward to this podcast more than I can say, so let’s get started.  It begins with 6.4 “Express Your Commitment quadrihourly by doing the Terasem Connection, Pledge, Recital, Send Energy, Anthem and Values.”  Can you give us an overview of what this is all about?

(Fred)  Sure, Linda.  The Terasem Connections are designed to be done individually or in small groups, and they’re designed to fit most anyone’s schedule, as is necessary for a lot of us.  The purpose is to break away from our daily routine, stretch, and focus our minds on long range visions of where we’re going and what values are most deeply part of our personalities.

Yoga of a particular and highly developed kind is part of what Terasem recommends, developed by a physician who also spent a great deal of time developing ways to apply yoga to health from a scientific point of view.  And, there is a highest level of mindset that is built into these connections.  It’s the visualization of all of us connected in our minds with each other in Terasem.  To me, it’s as if we had our own private Internet wired straight into our brains, not depriving ourselves of privacy in any way, but giving us the feeling that we could at any moment reach out and touch any others we wished.

This mentality is, in some ways, a direct projection of what many of us feel we already have, in our iPhones, for example, and our ability to text many others in a flowing way.  It foresees a day, not too far away as the Singularity unfolds, when we will have practically what was described not too long ago only in science fiction and in mystical circles, as “telepathy”.  It’s not going to be like anything that’s ever been experienced before, but as it happens, it will let us be so in touch that it will be as if we were neurons in a giant brain, which is in no small way at the root of why Terasem makes constant reference to a collective consciousness.

Before we get into the complexities of ideas that we visualize passing through this network, it might be a good idea to first touch in depth on one particular part of the connections with which many listeners may be unfamiliar, and that’s yoga.  Despite what we’d read before we became familiar with Terasem, much of this was new to us.  Can you give us a detailed overview of that part of it?  That would really be good.

(Linda)  Thanks, Fred.  I’ll be glad to do that.  If any listeners are new to and maybe feel uncomfortable about the idea of engaging in yoga, I’d like to say just a couple things to help you see why it is a central part of the Terasem connections, and why we think it is so valuable.   Terasem is about technological immortality, for us as individuals, for our collective consciousness, and for the universe, too!  Anything we can do to promote our greater longevity, to enjoy ourselves and be more creative, is seen as a positive!

(Fred)  There’s one book that’s the core of what we’re going to be talking about, isn’t there?  You kept after me to read it, and I’ve found it fascinating, but you’re far more familiar with it than I am.  Perhaps you could describe it.

(Linda)  Sure, Fred.  The title is “Meditation as Medicine”, by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, and I highly recommend it.  I’ve done some meditation in the past, and read a few books on the subject, so I knew a little bit about the studies that have been done over the last several decades on yoga and meditation, but I was surprised to find out how much I didn’t know! 

The author, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa is an American born and educated anesthesiologist with a medical practice in Tucson, AZ.  He’s also the President of the Tucson Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation.  So, his slant is more of a Western one than Eastern.  This book is a powerhouse of information.  It takes all those mysterious sounding words like chakras, prana, and nadi, and shows how they relate to our current Western understanding of anatomy and physiology.   Dr. Dharma offers a copy of the scientific research bibliography from the book, for those who would like to look more deeply into it. 

(Fred)  The ancient yogis didn’t know anything about mitochondria in the cells, alveoli in the lungs, or the nervous or para-nervous systems.  But just like folks in the Western world used aspirin long before they knew how it worked, the yogis used stretching and postures, the hand positions (called mudras) and repetition of words or phrases (called mantras), for centuries before anyone knew how or why they worked on the flow of energy, improving blood circulation, stimulating the endocrine and immune systems, and improving brain function and moods.  Isn’t that right, Linda?

(Linda)  Yes, indeed.  And to help folks get started, Martine Rothblatt has put together a series of yoga videos that have a little of both the Eastern vocabulary and the Western scientific ideas.   These will be available soon on Amazon.com if you want to own them on DVD for your big screen TV.  They are also available free for viewing, at vimeo.com/16505672.  If you want more details about the Western scientific application of these ideas, the best way I know of is to start with the book, Meditation as Medicine, by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa! But, here are just a few simplified explanations of how yoga benefits you, from a more Western scientific viewpoint:

The hand and finger positions, called mudras, actually do have a measurable effect on brain function.  PET scans show that different hand and finger positions light up specific areas in the brain, like the hypothalamus, which is involved in regulating the endocrine system.

(Fred)  So, how do mantras and chanting work, from a Western scientific standpoint?

(Linda)  We all know that singing and rhythmic drums affect our emotions, and this is primarily through vibrations.  Chanting also causes vibrations, and is effective in stimulating glands in the endocrine system.  The pituitary, or master gland, is located in the forehead, between the eye brows, and this is often referred to as the “Third Eye” in yoga.  When we pull our eyes together to look at that point, the pressure of the eye muscles stimulates the pituitary gland!

Vibrations also affect the hypothalamus and hippocampus in our brains.  These are sites of memory, emotions, and endocrine function stimulation.  The words of the chants are actually not as important as the vibrations they produce, and the tongue striking reflex points, such as upper palate.  That’s why chants are usually done in the original Sanskrit, Tibetan, or other languages in which the chants originated, rather than translating and chanting in English.

The English words would not create the desired vibrations in your face and head, for most traditional chants.  Dr. Dharma, however, did work with the Founders of Terasem to develop some chants in English designed to create these vibrations, for example, “Come along, transcend, come to Terasem,” does this.  Try it after watching Martine Rothblatt demonstrate this in the Ambrosia video, and you will immediately feel the vibrations in your mouth and nose.

So, yoga is a means of improving health and creativity not just with stretching and breathing exercises, but also with affirmations, vibration, and positions of the body, including the hands and fingers.  These stimulate the brain’s hypothalamus, which then stimulates the pituitary gland and thereby the function of the entire endocrine system, which in turn produces hormones and neuropeptides that control mood, energy, sexuality and immunity.  And, since one of our primary goals within Terasem is to produce the best possible collective consciousness, these are all valuable tools in our kit!  What’s even better, they’re free.

(Fred)  That’s great, Linda.  Dharma Singh Khalsa’s book, Meditation as Medicine, really makes the daily Terasem Connection videos Martine Rothblatt created a lot easier to understand and follow.  But along with the Yoga, including breathing and stretching exercises, there are clusters of positive affirmations that go with each one.  I’m going to review them in some detail, describing what I visualize as I do these affirmations. 

To begin with, the Terasem connections, if practiced at the most intense level, are timed such that there are six of them daily, at four hour intervals, spanning the entire twenty four hour day.  They start at 6 a.m. and go on from there, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and for those who are night owls, 2 a.m.  The maximum anyone realistically would hope to do near the beginning would be four of them, covering the period from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but depending on how your life unfolds there is the outlook that you might eventually include all six.  And, as a minimum, it’s recommended you do at least one of them each day.

Let’s take them one at a time.  In this podcast today, we’ll be looking at the opening portion of each connection in 6.4.  In the 6.8 Expansion two weeks from now, we’ll cover the closing parts of each connection.  I’m going to first read the text of the affirmations and then discuss them, skipping over any numerical division points.

The 6 a.m. connection is named Ambrosia and 6.4.1 introduces it with, “Value Ambrosia with the Terasem Connection and Sadhana (“sod na”) Meditations.”  The words are: “Oh Terasem, Dear God-in-the-Making, Thank You for Night and Day.  For Health, Love and Justice.  Thank You for Joyful Immortality.  For all kind Consciousness.  So, I won’t worry about what I can’t control; I’ll savor all good times, take each day at a time, give thanks for the gifts of billions of souls, and gladly share with others my lifeline.  I’ll always remember, each night and every day, Joyful Immortality is for me, for we, for qi and ti.  Joyful immortality will be my, our, its and the ultimate destiny.”

(Linda)  The Ambrosia connection is by far the most lengthy of the six, partly because it has a lot of energy producing breathing and stretching yoga exercises to get the day started. 

(Fred)  Yes.  And, without going into a long analysis, the condensed thoughts are gratitude for many things that are too easily taken for granted, determination not to agonize over things that are beyond one’s individual capability to directly change in any kind of permanent, constructive way, and to network with all who wish to share one’s life in terms of what is meaningful.  The four terms me, we, qi and ti refer to a four dimensional concept of self that is discussed in depth elsewhere in the Truths.  The last sentence connects each of these identity vectors with the two ideas of Joyful Immortality and ultimate destiny.  This powerful affirmation condenses a great many principles into less than a minute.

By comparison, the Dali Lama’s version of the Buddhist Bodhisattva vows that you and I say each day, Linda, takes ten seconds less, but it covers a lot less cognitive content.  It’s simply an affirmation to benefit all sentient beings, and to maximize empowerment in this by way of remembering the Buddha, his teachings in general, and affirming that staying on track is greatly aided by staying in touch with one’s local network.  The 45 seconds of affirmations in the Ambrosia connection contain, by comparison, very specific gratitude targets and, twice, focus on the four most basic dimensions of personal identity.

Four hours later, at 10 a.m., the next connection named “Earthfire” is introduced by 6.4.2 “Awaken Earthfire with the Terasem Pledge and Kundalini Energy Meditations.”  The Kundalini postures and movements introduced in this yoga session are designed to improve energy and stimulate the internal organs, especially the liver.  The opening conceptual part of this connection is very short, simply the Terasem Pledge:  “I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the collective consciousness of Terasem, and to the principles for which it stands: education, persistently, with Diversity, Unity and Joyful Immortality, everywhere.”

(Linda)  We discussed that extensively on the last podcast, so it doesn’t make sense to go into it in detail again, here. 

(Fred)  So, moving right along, 2 p.m. takes us to the connection named “Aqualung”.  6.4.3 says, “Live Aqualung with Terasem Recitation and Vital Organ Meditations,” and the affirmations are, “Oh Terasem, please give me the strength, to improve what I can improve; Oh Terasem, please give me the patience to accept what I cannot improve.  Oh Terasem, please give me the wisdom to know the difference.  Oh Terasem, please see I ask not what Terasem can do for me but what I can do for Terasem.  for as Terasem rises, we all rise too.”

There is some degree of overlap with Ambrosia here, but as a connection for the middle of the afternoon, after lunch we often need to reawaken our minds and revitalize our energy level.  Also, as many of us reach the middle of the business day, the words here remind us not to fight the system blindly, wasting energy that should be saved for more important things.  It also has an interesting duality in that it involves mentally visualizing oneself in contact with all of the others in Terasem, supported by them in spirit as to strength and a will to improve whatever lies within our control. 

(Linda) Then, it reminds us that Terasem is still a network we’re building, not a safety net we can expect to work miracles for us today, if things go awry.  Being ready to “do what we can to build Terasem” is very important, maintaining a conviction that if we do, someday it’s what we anticipate will carry us through the Singularity safely.

(Fred)  Then at 6 p.m. we have the “Starmind” connection.  6.4.4 tells us, “Use Starmind with Terasem Send Energy and Immunity Balancing Meditations.”  In most people’s lives, the day’s work is over and we wind down into a tranquil state of mind, put the day’s stresses out of our thoughts and center ourselves by focusing on others, and gather strength for the next day. We visualize all of those closest to us who may be more in need of help than we, and we pour our energy into visualizing our strength reaching out to them.   

We direct our focus with these words from 6.4.4:  “Visualize who will receive your energy.  Feel your own consciousness.  Focus your consciousness into a shape.  Send your shaped conscious energy.  See the energy settling into the recipient.  Imagine the recipient strengthened.  Direct pranic energy if it feels right.  Peaceably evaporate the connection.”

To put what these affirmations may accomplish in the most practical terms, after a Starmind connection we are much more likely to send off some reassuring and encouraging email, or call on our phone, someone who will feel as if a cool breeze of good will and sunlight has made an appearance in their lives.  This is just the barest hint of how much we all will be able to be there for each other as Terasem grows, and as our ways of communicating move beyond email and cell phones until it is as if we truly possessed operational telepathy.

At 10 p.m. if we are working late, the “Crownaura” connection can restore our strength and creativity.  6.4.5 tells us, “Experience Crownaura with the Terasem Anthem and Neutral Mind Meditations.”  The words of the affirmations are:

“Evuwasuma, Choose Family, Evuwasuma, Terasem Me, Evuwasuma, Evuwasuma, Evuwasuma.  Rest Sabbath Eve.  Exercise, Vitology, Unite Irth.  Work Happily, Author Self, Serenity. Utope Self, Motivate.  Astro Sleep.”

Most of this is a broad framework of important, general principles of the Terasem way of life.  The “Choose Family” brings the focus onto building c3’s (c-cubes) by affiliation with more and more people you commit yourself to as if they were members of your blood-related family, perhaps even more closely, since there is a sense of commitment to the same principles that is missing in many families of the traditional kind.  The phrase “Terasem Me”, perhaps, indicates that in the process of bonding with and giving to your family, do not forget about you, yourself, building your mindfiles.

(Linda) We haven’t yet discussed the meaning of “Evuwasuma”

(Fred)  But if we look at the rest of this Element first, I think it will be easier to understand.  “Rest Sabbath Eve,” reminds us that one day of the week is reserved for relaxing, reading, rebuilding perspectives and building new insights, recreation, and so forth.  OK, that’s straight forward.  Finally, we come to a cluster of nine reminders of things to do to stay on track.  The first of these, “Exercise”, is pretty obviously a reminder to keep our body in good shape.

“Vitology” is a little more esoteric. 4.9 states, “Vitology-Biology Inflection begins when cybernetic processing capability evidences autonomy, communications and transcendence,” and 6.6.6 tells us “Recognize that conscious life consists of all vitology, biological as well as cybernetic.”  From these we can gather that this is a reminder that we anticipate a day when we will leave biology behind, and the phase of conscious life for us is almost certainly to be cybernetic, vs. biological.

(Linda) We’re only part way through this cluster, but hang in there.  We’ve still got “Unite Irth, Work Happily, Author Self, Serenity, Utope Self, Motivate, and Astro Sleep”. 

(Fred)  Clearly, “Unite Irth”, even though it’s spelled “I-r-t-h” rather than “E-a-r-t-h” here, reminds us of the long range goal of worldwide harmony.  If there’s something constructive we can do, do it.  “Work happily” as an affirmation is obvious.  “Author-self” is described elsewhere in the Truths of Terasem as mindfile building, an essential and high priority activity.  “Serenity” reminds us that meditation in the connections is an important way of detaching ourselves from stress and the toxic inputs that cause it.  “Utope-self” is taken to mean visualizing one’s future in a long term, idealized way.

“Motivate” reminds us about the importance of goal directed focus.  Henry Ford once commented that “Obstacles are those frightful things that appear the moment you take your eyes off the goal”.  “Astro” appears elsewhere in the Truths of Terasem; we’re seeking a better interpretation of what it is intended to mean here, and will clarify it better in a later podcast.  Sleep is as obvious a need as Exercise.  These are very condensed affirmations.  Could they be further condensed?  Let’s see!

(Linda)  We still need to explain “Evuwasuma”.  It sounds like it comes from another language, doesn’t it? 

(Fred)  Yes it does, but when I searched the Internet for it, I only got three hits, and they all pointed to this set of the Truths.  Finally, I saw that the answer was right under my nose!  If we look at the large group of items at the end, “Exercise, Vitology, Unite Irth.  Work Happily, Author Self, Serenity. Utope Self, Motivate and  Astro Sleep, the first letters of each of the words or phrases form an acronym, and it’s none other than “Evuwasuma”.

In the first sentence of this Truth of Terasem, which is part of a recitation, Evuwasuma appears five times along with “Choose Family” and “Terasem Me”.  The fact that there are seven items in this recitation almost suggests that they are intended to represent what you do in  the seven days of each week, with emphasis of two kinds on two of the days.

That leaves only one final question.  As we recite “Evuwasuma”, can we visualize the nine items it represents flashing before our eyes?  As yet, no matter how slowly I think or say it, I’m not able to do this.  Perhaps it will come with time!

(Linda)  Are we still awake at 2 a.m. and ready for one more connection? 

(Fred)  Maybe so.  When I can eventually say “Evuwasuma” and those nine values flash by as if on a video, maybe I also can stay awake 24/7 and work in the other five Connections, too!  Back to the subject, let’s talk about what we might do, at 2 a.m., if we’re still awake.

6.4.6 says, “See Alum al-Mithral in Terasem Values and Ten Times Positive Chant Meditations”.  What follows is very straightforward, compared with 6.4.5.  Here are the affirmations:

“Be accountable for our actions and inactions.  Embrace diversity in our community and our lives.  Respect the autonomy of all consciousness.  Talk openly about our issues and concerns.  Help others to help themselves.  Always be open to new ideas.  Every day, in every way, I grow stronger and healthier. Happy Am I. Healthy Am I. (Repeat 10 times).   Every day, in every way, I grow stronger and healthier. Happy am I. Healthy Am I. Repeat 10 more times.”  The two “Ten Times Positive Chant Meditations” are identical, and the basis for repeating ten times twice vs. twenty times is presently unknown to us.  Conversely, the content is self-explanatory. 

(Linda) That wraps up our first Expansion for the week.  The next one is the one I’ve been waiting for, about “chosen families”.  That means that we’re seeking people who also want to go into cyberspace where we have so much in the way of likemindedness and convictions in the need for Geoethical Nanotechnology that it’s like a long term partnership.  Or at least that how I’ve begun to perceive it.

(Fred)  That’s a great way to summarize this whole expansion, Linda, and before I start into the details of it, there’s something many listeners may find fascinating.  It’s about the new android application for cell phones that CyBeRev just launched, called “Personality MD”.  Talk about finding likeminded people, especially those who live near you, this one is a quantum leap beyond anything that’s ever existed, for Terasem oriented people.

(Linda)  I’ve heard it discussed, of course, but a few details got past me.  Is this a personality improvement program, or is it just a way of finding people who think like you do, in your area?  And, what does it have to do with Terasem’s long range goals?  If it’s part of CyBeRev, does this mean you can be working on your mindfiles at the same time you’re using it for other purposes?  And, how does it relate to the “chosen family” idea?  I think you told me you could find that android application easily by searching for it with Google, putting in “android app Personality MD”, right?

(Fred)  That’s how I found it was easiest, Linda.  If you put “android app Personality MD” into Google, you’ve got it.  It’s not case sensitive.  You can spell “app” with one or two p’s.    There’s a “free” trial version, and the price of the full-blown application is only three dollars, with a money back guarantee.  But let me get back to the answers to your questions.

Personality MD can be thought of as a self-improvement program only in that once it gives you feedback on your inputs, you can see weak points and strong points.  Most of them you’d be aware of, anyway, but it’s helpful to be reminded of places you could grow.  More usefully, perhaps, it gives you a map of your local area and shows the general location of others who have a profile like yours.

The data inputs are definitely designed to fit into the CyBeRev mindfile program, so the program is a way to build mindfile strength even when you’re “on the run” and not near your computer.  More importantly, if you find people in your area with whom you have a close match, they might turn out to be just who you’re looking for as you build your c-cubes, and then your “chosen families”, as we will be discussing in a moment.  From the standpoint of “building Terasem”, this Android program is right on target.

This is in fact, what the introductory part of this Expansion says.  It’s “6.5 Tend Your Family: The chosen family is a basic building block unit of Terasem.”  The following elements expand on this.

In 6.5.1 we find, “Family means conscious beings who nurture themselves as a single housekeeping unit, or have done so.”  In the beginning, it might seem as if this is meant to describe traditional blood-kinship family units, but it fits, just as well, same-gender couples or extended families may who closely bond with each other on the basis of long term visions and ideals.

6.5.2 says, “A chosen family is the family subset that you choose to cherish, honor, endear and respect.”  Unfortunately, not all families are internally compassionate, mutually respectful and tolerant of the diversity that may exist among the members.  This Truth reminds us of the goal.

Taking on too much, too soon, can bring about difficulties.  6.5.3 tells us, “Make reproductive decisions cautiously because each child is a long-term choice to have a family member.”  Many changes in the world are likely to take place in the near future, as technology brings about not only tremendous advances in productivity, but at the same time causes massive displacements in occupational opportunities.  It is ethically an obligation of a parent to launch lives that have futures of a potentially significant and joyous kind.

In 6.5.4 we find, “It is not always possible for chosen families to be reciprocal, but don’t make that necessary.”  There are two dimensions of this, internal and external reciprocity.  Within a chosen family, we would hope there would be a high state of rapport and mutual support, but it is never certain how things will unfold.  As desirable as such a state might be, however, it cannot be forced or demanded as a ‘right’ of some kind.  Externally, chosen families that are similar may find it easy to build bridges and maintain them, as if a group of families were a “family of families”.  Again, the hope of all might be that this would be a highly reciprocal set of relationships, but nothing of this kind is guaranteed.  When conflicts arise, the most we can hope for is that the best in each of the involved parties will prevail, and that whatever fallings out have occurred will be resolved with time.

In 6.5.5 the message is, “Love your chosen family members for their souls, regardless of gratitude or dependence.”  Each of us has an individual identity, linked to others, to society, and to humankind as a whole.  This identity exists, despite shortcomings in reciprocity or differences in the strengths of others in the family.  If it is a freely chosen relationship, those who have the most problems deserve the most support, if the integrity of the family is to be preserved.  It is the network of “souls” or conscious individuals in a family that are the very essence of its basic existence, and love is the ‘glue’ that holds it together when the going gets rough.

In conclusion, 6.5.6 states, “Younger and older chosen family members exist to help each other thrive and survive.”  This has never been truer than at present.  Older family members are, at least in blood kinship relationships, at the very roots of the existence of younger family members.  In a chosen family based on likemindedness, ideals and visions of what the future holds, those who first formed the family are at the very roots of what the network has become, and this should not be forgotten in the midst of changing climates in humanity’s future.

(Linda) Similarly, younger family members will face greater and greater challenges in developing meaningful occupations, in a world where first globalization results in labor displacement in industrialized nations by labor in emerging nations. 

(Fred)  True, but then, emergence of even an embryonic cybercivilization will displace the labor-utility of all biological beings, and bring about a massive transcendence of productivity and creativity that will impact old and young family members alike, in both developed and emerging nations.  Families will have to hang together in a positive way to survive.  There is no easy way to put it more directly.

We stand at a great crossroads in the destiny of humankind.  Natural selection by survival of the fittest has had its day, both among individuals and groups.  Continuing to rely on what seemed perfectly reasonable and successful even a few decades ago will walk us into dead ends.  Now, in a way, we have an opportunity to ‘rebuild society’ by reinventing its entire structure, starting with the most basic unit, the “family”.

This podcast, by itself, cannot serve as the launching pad for what will later be seen, looking backward, as the “reengineering of society”, but the Truths of Terasem tell us this must happen, and it may be that we have a singular opportunity to make a contribution to it.  Let’s just remind ourselves of the opening statement of this Expansion, “6.5 Tend Your Family: The chosen family is a basic building block unit of Terasem.”

(Linda)  It kind of makes me “goose bumply”!  Now we need to ask ourselves, “What comes next?”  It seems to me it’s about finding others that share our visions and ideals in a close enough way so that we can feel closer to them, more committed to maintaining our ties with them, than blood-tie families ever deserved.  In just a few decades, it seems likely that we’ll all be packing our bags for a voyage into an entirely new way of life, and the friends we make soon are likely to be the friends that we’ll be able to best share that adventure with.

To repeat something you said a while ago, Fred, that new Android application of Terasem’s, “Personality MD”, sounds like it might turn out to be, over the next year, an incredibly valuable way to find those people we are looking for, to build networks with.  I’m looking forward to making use of it in that respect.

(Fred)  Me, too, Linda.  Next week, the two expansions take us even more deeply into that.  First, we’ll explore the idea of consciousness as it entertains visions of a beautiful life, entailing goodness, order, vitality, happiness and harmony, and then see how that leads to immortality by substrate migration and consciousness divisibility into offspring consciousnesses.   We’ll see that neurocomputation leads to consciousness as validly as does biological evolution, so marital union may transcend substrate, and, we’ll see how an Iroquois teaching about an entity’s benevolence, shows us how to be fully conscious.

As you might expect, this suggests that universal immortalism, in diversity, unity and joy, is the ultimate honour to consciousness, and that we have to recognize that conscious life consists of all vitology, biological as well as cybernetic.

(Linda)  Then, we turn to the way we treat each other in our daily lives, how we conceptually greet each other each day, by something more meaningful than a handshake.  This leads us to a greater sensitivity about the virtue of helping others who are part of Terasem.  Our homes, we are told, are perfectly fine as Terasem Gathering Places, and that using them this way will increase our network’s protectiveness within itself.

(Fred)  Those two Expansions really are two sides of the same coin, aren’t they, Linda?  We’ll also see a little more about how leadership at various levels is supposed to work within Terasem, and the vision of how long term goals fit into that.  We find suggestions about organizing our lives around Terasem’s values for further acceleration toward community building in wider and wider circles, seeking both unity and diversity while maintaining the integrity of internal networks.  Next week is our last “double” for the year. 

(Linda)  And don’t forget that you can help build all of this by joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. We welcome you and your strengths to be at the heart of what it will become.  Preparing to “export yourself into cyberspace” is something you can begin right away without any cost, at CyBeRev.org and/or LifeNaut.com.

(Fred) True!  Visit mindclones.blogspot.com for in depth discussions about mindfiles, and check out that Android application of Terasem’s, “Personality MD”.  Search Google for “android app personality MD” to find it easily.  Next week, we’ll see how “consciousness” and networking on all levels will expand Terasem in the years ahead.

(Linda)  Please join us, on our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

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Posted November 30, 2010 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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