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Podcast No. 81 Posted 12/26/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 81 Posted 12/26/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem

SUB TITLE:  The Terasem “Spirit of Life”

SUMMARY:  The final Expansion in the Truths of Terasem is, at first glance, just a short, inspiring poem, but it is much more than that.  It is a profound message of encouragement, support, and an invitation to join in the purposeful work of creating an entirely new societal substrate onto which humankind is very likely to emerge, transcending biological limitations and drives that go back to our earliest origins as self-replicating biomolecules.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast No. 81 on the Truths of Terasem.  This is the last podcast of the year, an inspiring little poem about how to face life in the most positive way.

(Linda)  Yes, but it’s more than that!  It’s a warning, an encouragement, an invocation to activism and constructive creativity, and finally, most importantly, it’s a direct invitation to join in Terasem’s work.

(Fred)  Sounds like there’s a lot more than you might guess, from what you see on the surface! I’m just going to start by reading the whole of it as a single poem, and then we can comment on each part.

(Linda)  And, following the tradition we started last year, we want to close this final podcast for the year with a discussion on where the Truths of Terasem came from, and why their origin goes way beyond anything we could have imagined when we saw them for the first time.

(Fred) Here’s the whole of expansion of 6.10, the final Expansion of the Truths of Terasem:  “Life is so queer, with its twists and turns, as all of us eventually learns.  Lots can go wrong, and you’ll be hard hit, so learn to rest, but don’t ever quit.  Each win is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.  Adapt to your task, though walls seems high.   Remember success needs you to try.  No hit is too hard to give up the fight.  See victory is ours and we need your might.”  That’s the whole thing!

(Linda)  We all have our challenges and need that kind of encouragement from time to time. Certainly, building Terasem and making it through the Singularity will have its challenges.

(Fred)  The first sentence is, “Life is so queer, with its twists and turns, as all of us eventually learns.”  When we look back at our own lives, we can see so many things that worked out differently than we expected, sometimes worse than we anticipated, sometimes better.  I speculate that few people, looking back on their lives would feel it had all gone as they envisioned when they were young.

(Linda)  6.10.1  reminds us: “Lots can go wrong, and you’ll be hard hit, so learn to rest, but don’t ever quit.”  I guess that translates into: Stick to it, no matter what.  You can lose a battle, but still win the war, as long as you don’t quit.

(Fred)  Right!  And the next one is 6.10.2:  “Each win is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.”  I can think of so many times when we thought we were up against something that was going to do us in, but in struggling with it, something shifted and we made it through anyway.  You can call it luck, but then “luck” may only be the result of the cumulative effect of all the causes that led up to it, of which we have so little ability to forecast by calculation that good things sometimes seem to appear “out of nowhere”.

(Linda)  6.10.3 tells us: “Adapt to your task, though walls seem high”, and the following one is, 6.10.4 “Remember success needs you to try.”  These are actually quite closely connected.  When you take on a new project, you have to adjust, to adapt, as necessary; you have to grow.  This is why the part of the Terasem Pledge about “education persistently” is so vital.

(Fred) More importantly, it’s about maintaining a high level of curiosity and sniffing out answers to any questions you think are important, that might arise.  Many times, in doing these podcasts, we’ll find an unfamiliar word or phrase and “Google” it immediately, sometimes being drawn off for minutes into further links and interpretations.  You have to be organized and focused about learning, but you also have to be incessantly alert and energetic about it.  To link this with the second of these truths, “Remember success needs you to try.”

(Linda)  The next one is 6.10.5: “No hit is too hard to give up the fight.”  We’ve taken a lot of hits over the decades.  In the marriage vows we say to each other every morning, part of what I say is, “For over four decades now, we’ve laughed and played like a couple of kids, met many challenges by standing shoulder to shoulder, and I now know beyond any shadow of a doubt that this love can and will last…. and so forth.”  It’s part of that affirmation that now lets us face whatever may come, with gratitude, for all we’ve had, no matter how much uncertainty may lie ahead.

(Fred)  Exactly, and the last one of these truths, is 6.10.6: “See victory is ours and we need your might.”  This one is very powerful.  It’s Terasem, speaking to you, the listeners to this podcast.  It says, “We are going to win!” and it’s also saying, to the right people, “We need you to join with us and help make it happen!”  This challenge is not right for everyone, but the right people will sense who they are, and want to join us in building Terasem.

(Linda)  Now that we’ve wrapped up the Truths of Terasem for 2011, let’s talk about where the Truths of Terasem came from, and why their origin goes way beyond anything we could have imagined when we saw them for the first time.

(Fred) I’ll start by saying that in my experience, I’ve had personal contact with only two human beings that I regard as having “genius”, which means to me something that goes beyond what I’d reasonably expect of anyone with a human, biological brain.  One of them was Paolo Soleri, the creator of the whole Arcology conceptual framework of envisioning a Terasem-like quality of human society, back in 1969, and the other was one of the founders of Terasem, Martine Rothblatt, who in 2010 described in an open conference sponsored by Giulio Prisco on Teleplace, an epiphany of realization so profound that it exceeded anything I could have imagined.  And, we’re going to include in this podcast a brief excerpt from an audio recording of that conference.

(Linda) Now, we’ll sandwich in the excerpt from Martine’s presentation, as part of “The Turing Church Online Workshop 1, on November 20, 2010 in Teleplace, exploring transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″.  We only had an open mike next to our computer’s speakers, so the sound will be different from what you’re hearing at this moment, and unfortunately you’ll hear a few sounds in the background, the clinking of some glasses with ice in them, hushed comments, etc.  Sorry, that’s unavoidable.  In the posted text of the podcasts, we’ll include a transcript derived from the audio, with all the unrelated noises omitted. OK, here’s the excerpt:

“I’ll share some personal part of Terasem’s beginnings!  It really began in March, 2002 when I was out, on the beach, up on the Space Coast of Florida, doing a morning meditation, at 6 a.m., and suddenly, I felt two ‘presences’ around me, so I immediately opened my eyes, and I witnessed, quite to my surprise, the blastoff of the Space Shuttle STS-109, on its way to the Hubble telescope.  This was Columbia.  I then felt a presence, immediately behind me, and I turned around, and found myself eye to eye, with a large Lanternback turtle sea turtle, which was clearly trying to make its way back into the sea.  And I was in its way.

So, this was kind of startling, because it was pretty much dark, still, and an epiphany poured into me, through the triangular vector of the shuttle’s light blasting across the sky, and the Lanternback turtle’s consciousness, streaming into my own, and I felt a very strong, triangular force of energy between the shuttle, the sea turtle, and myself. 

An epiphany surged through me, that there were three principles, or three values, which united all life, all reality, indeed the entire multiverse, and these were that the purpose of the multiverse, the solution to the multiverse, was to balance diversity with unity, in the quest for joyful immortality; that the shuttle, Columbia, was a balance of diversity and unity in the quest for joyful immortality; that the Lanternback turtle, was a balance of diversity and unity, in the quest for joyful immortality; that everything was a balance of diversity and unity, in a quest for joyful immortality.

I slid myself out of the way, of the Lanternback turtle, and it slowly, but without delay, pushed itself toward the sea, which wasn’t far away.  As it did, the shuttle quickly arced out of my sight, smaller and smaller although the contrails were visible as the sun began rising, and again the triangular energy between the turtle and the shuttle remained connected to me, and downloaded to me the entire gist of the Truths of Terasem.

It was like I received this multi-gigabit download that still had to be processed, in the way one uploads a video but you can’t see it yet because it’s processing, or uploading a file and it still needs to be processed.   I was totally blown away.  I stood up, and it was like I was walking on air.  I walked a couple of hundred feet to where my soul-mate and partner Bina was resting, up above the seashore.   I shared with her what’s happened, and we slid right into the most wonderful, the most erotic lovemaking that anyone could imagine, and it was through this erotic lovemaking that those Truths of Terasem that were downloaded to me in an epiphany, channeled by the shuttle and the turtle, became written into my soul, just as suredly as a file is written into a digital or magnetic medium.

I spent the rest of 2002 trying to print out what was in my mind and soul from that March 1st morning, and it took me the rest of 2002, and some final pieces only really made sense late in October 2002, when my partner Bina experienced extraordinary pain, and somehow that pain jelled the remaining pieces of the Truths of Terasem.  Since that time, I’ve been committed to spreading the message of the Truths of Terasem, about diversity, unity and the quest for joyful immortality, and the spreading of it, I feel, has been really wonderfully successful.”

(Fred) –  The entire audio track for Martine’s talk may be available as a video, downloadable or viewable from Giulio Prisco’s blog, or its links, but this is the essence, described by the person who experienced it, of where the Truths of Terasem came from.  If I had experienced something like this, and was not totally clear that all the pieces had somehow been “in my brain” before it happened, I’d probably be even more imaginative about where it might have come from, and would probably claim that an extraterrestrial intelligence had seeded it into my mind to save humankind from self destruction.

(Linda) But that’s not Martine Rothblatt’s style, at all.  She is simply the most mentally coherent and organized person we’ve ever known, and it makes sense to us now more than ever that the “picture puzzle” arrangement of the Truths of Terasem are how they are.  I’m simply grateful that the way the world has unfolded has given the two of us the privilege of trying to see more deeply what lies beneath the surface.

(Fred) And I would like to add that it takes an extraordinary mind to get an epiphany from what to others is just a common occurrence of no special import.  For example, I’m sure that hundreds of thousands of residents of the Space Coast have seen shuttle launches soaring across the sky and have also seen the giant sea turtles crossing the beach while laying their eggs.  But it took someone of Martine’s caliber to turn that into the Truths of Terasem!

(Linda)  How very true.  Quoting from Wikipedia: “Epiphanies of sudden comprehension have made possible leaps in technology and the sciences. Famous epiphanies include Archimedes‘ realization of how to estimate the volume of a given mass, which inspired him to shout “Eureka!” (“I have found it!”). The biographies of many mathematicians and scientists include an epiphanic episode early in the career, the ramifications of which were worked out in detail over the following years. For example, Albert Einstein was struck as a young child by being given a compass, and realizing that some unseen force in space was making it move. An example of a flash of holistic understanding in a prepared mind was Charles Darwin‘s “hunch” (about natural selection) during The Voyage of the Beagle.”

(Fred)  I feel like we’re on some hot air balloon that has had its big floatation device replaced by a working anti-gravity mechanism.  Next week, as we start in on the Truths of Terasem from the beginning, there will be a lot of broad introductory material, and an attempt to synopsize the whole works!

(Linda)  True.  We’ll begin by expanding on exactly what Martine was most focused on above, with diversity, unity and joyful immortality made sense of in terms of a “collective consciousness”.  This is a highly energized view of where we are headed, and how we can make it an endless adventure for all who possess the thirst for it, and cherish their own individuality.

(Fred)  This is our last opportunity this year to invite listeners to find out how to join Terasem and be part of spreading these life-enhancing memes.  It’s as easy as going to terasemfaith.net.  Martine Rothblatt recently expressed the importance of joining Terasem this way: “The most important reason to become a Terasem Joiner is to know that you have voted with your dignity to march with those who are pursuing one of the most useful paths toward preserving the sanctity of human life via (a) techno-immortality and (b) a civilization-nurturing credo of diversity and unity.  I would want to wear that badge proudly on my sleeve for as much of my life as possible, and I think that is the most compelling reason to become a Terasem Joiner”.

(Linda) So, if you like the idea of being part of this family and this sojourn into the future, start building your own mindfile, without even any cost, at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com.  You can create your personal history or autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net and go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.  You can preserve some of your DNA at LifeNaut.com, too, very inexpensively.

(Fred) To learn about preserving your brain or your whole body through cryostasis, check out both alcor.org and cryonics.org.  For those who can’t afford cryostasis at this time, the most practical approach to identity preservation is to have a mindfile plus a biofile (your DNA).  You can preserve your DNA very inexpensively at LifeNaut.com.   Go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab for additional information on their cell storage program.

(Linda)  Or, if you prefer to make a game of building your mindfile, Terasem’s powerful new Android app, described at PersonalityMD.com, will make it all the more fun for you.   It results in personality profiles that are truly unique to you, and you also see how you compare to others geographically near you, with mindsets like yours.

(Fred)  Still have some unanswered questions about mindfiles?  Go to Martine Rothblatt’s blog at mindclones.blogspot.com.  But don’t read this blog before going to bed… your mind will be so fired up, you won’t  get to sleep all night!

(Linda)  If you like the music we use on these podcasts, it’s the Terasem Anthem, called Earthseed, written by Martine Rothblatt.  She also plays flute and keyboard.  For a video version of Earthseed, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Don’t forget that these podcasts are available in text form at our site, truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  You’ll find a lot of good stuff there, like tabs relating to storing DNA with LifeNaut, information about a “city of the future” in Second Life named after the great innovator Paolo Soleri, and you can download a free copy of Dr. Perry’s book, Forever for All, that we quote so often on our podcasts.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

 

Closing music – no fade – full length. 

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Posted December 27, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 80 Posted 12/19/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 80 Posted 12/19/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.9 – 6.9.6

SUB TITLE:  Yoga: The Power of Breathing

SUMMARY:  The art of breathing is an important part of maximizing the benefits of yoga.  Terasem’s six Connections each include a short yoga session.  The mantras are concise and may seem enigmatically abstract, but are congruent with longer affirmations in the Truths and even more broadly with the Truths as a whole.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast No. 80 on the Truths of Terasem.  As the Summary states, “The art of breathing is an important part of maximizing the benefits of yoga.  Terasem’s six Connections each include a short yoga session.  The mantras are concise and may seem enigmatically abstract, but are congruent with longer affirmations in the Truths and even more broadly with the Truths as a whole.”

(Linda)  The lead-in Truth for this group (6.9) reads: “Awareness of the Breath of the Multiverse in You, via yoga, connects Terasem to the Multiverse.”  If we focus as we breathe in and out, we become aware of the sensations in our nose, throat and lungs.  But then when we visualize that we are consciously exchanging real world matter with the rest of the Multiverse, our awareness gives us a sense of the universal interconnectedness that we see evolving.

(Fred) Listeners might wonder, does the word Multiverse have a special significance, here?  In the Terasem Connections and in other parts of the Truths the words Multiverse, Universe and Cosmos are used interchangeably, so let’s not take a side trip into discussing possible quantum physics or mathematical elaborations.  Let’s just take this to refer to the basic concept of ‘everything that ever was and ever will be’.

(Linda)  The first element of this expansion is 6.9.1: “Be ready to feel the why of Terasem as well as to cognitively understand it.”  It has four subsections, “Infinite life, Infinite breath, Endless diversity, and All unity and joy”.

(Fred)  I think the single most important part of this message is that humans are emotional machines.  Concepts are slow to spread until they can be felt in the heart.  Then, they can become viral.  But, in order to spread these emotional memes, we have to do more than just conceptualize them for others, we have to feel them, deeply, within ourselves.  That will reach more people than the cold facts, every time.

(Linda) The next Element is, 6.9.2 “Relax during Serenity Period each day, and Transcendental Meditation each Sabbath.”   It’s got a four part set of subsections I’ll read as one sentence, “I am a wave, an endless wave, on an ocean, of energy.”  We visualize ourselves as energy waves in harmony with each other, rolling endlessly into the future.  This is about placing one’s mind into a relaxed state, daily and weekly.  If you don’t stop to smell the roses, mentally, you lose long range focus.

(Fred)  In 6.9.3 we find: “Exchanging breath-energy with the universe allows us to feel the immortal fabric of the Multiverse.”  I think you once said about these Truths, “Hey, this is simple, it’s about infinite life, breath, diversity, unity and joy, and all they’re saying is don’t just think about these things, feel them!”

(Linda)  The two subsections are, “The cosmos is in me; I am in the cosmos”.  They’re a suggested alternative mantra for meditation in one of the six daily Terasem Connections.

(Fred)  True.  6.9.4 is the same way.  Martine Rothblatt quotes 6.9.4 in one of her Yoga videos, in her comments on how one might wish to do the yoga session.  The words are, “Allowing only breath and no thoughts removes the daily obstacles that obscure the purpose of Terasem.”  To me, this is saying that we have to push aside the daily mental clutter, so long range visions stay in focus better, and that’s greatly aided by the ten minute meditations during each of the Connections.

(Linda)  The underlying words in this one represent three more alternative meditation mantras, and they are (1) “My aura is radiant, My aura is so pure” or, (2) “My mind is still, Like a reflecting pond” and, (3) “I am the breath, The breath breathes me.”

(Fred) Just to clarify, here’s how these mantras are used.  In the last pair, for example, you’d slowly say “I am the breath” four times during a slow inhale, and then “The breath breathes me” four times on the exhale.  These aren’t deep thoughts, in fact their very purpose is to help the mind remain in as quiet a state as possible.  The chants in Buddhism, for example, are often just meaningless sounds, not actual words at all.

(Linda)  6.9.5 says: “Train yourself to stretch in ways that vitalize the unique energy patterns that are the Qi of I,” and the underlying words are, “Come along… Transcend… Come to Terasem.”  In this one, the tones and vibrations in facial muscles and the throat stimulate endocrine glands in the upper forebrain.

(Fred)  True.  Dharma Singh Khalsa’s book, Meditation as Medicine, which we’ve discussed before, is very clear on that.  This is not just a call to attempt to draw others to Terasem, although from a surface viewpoint it could be taken that way.  It’s actually part of the unique yoga practice that Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, working with Martine Rothblatt, developed for the Terasem Connections.  This mantra was adapted from ancient Indian practice, using English words that create the right kinds of vibrations.

(Linda)  We’re at the last Element of the day, 6.9.6, which tells us, “Happy Yoga is for all vitological life, biological as well as cybernetic, for breathing is emulatable.”  And the words are, “I bow before My highest self.  All consciousness Is one.”  The “I bow before my highest self” is a translation from an ancient Hindu group of words that do the endocrine stimulating thing, aren’t they?  I seem to remember that this one is related to “Ong – Namo… Guru Dev – Namo…”  Does that sound right?

(Fred)  That’s how I remember it.  It has a profound meaning, though, in the sense that only if two people are “conscious” of each other, meaning deeply aware, are they “in touch”, and here, reciprocity of consciousness is essential.  It only takes one small step from that to envision a day when as Terasem evolves, this interconnectivity will expand to signify a mutual awareness of each of us for the others.  With our biological substrates, as we are now, this is difficult to conceive, much less visualize, but we do expect to transcend those limitations shortly after we emerge into states of cyberconsciousness, true?

(Linda)  That’s the way I picture it.  Now, let’s preview next week’s podcast by reading the Truths from that group in their entirety.  They’re extremely short, and they flow as if a short group of affirmations, but we’ll have a great deal to say about them.  Next week, the last podcast of the year, may carry more weight as to the individual survival of you listeners than you can imagine, at this point!

(Fred)  I’ll read them.  They begin with 6.10 and what follows goes all the way through to 6.10.6.  “Life is so queer, with its twists and turns, as all of us eventually learns.  Lots can go wrong, and you’ll be hard hit, so learn to rest, but don’t ever quit.  Each win is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.  Adapt to your task, though walls seem high.  Remember success needs you to try.  No hit is too hard to give up the fight.  See victory is ours and we need your might.”

(Linda)  I love that sequence of words, and what we’ll say about them next week will set the stage for the New Year, 2012, when we will start at the beginning of the Truths of Terasem.

(Fred)  We need your strength in helping to build this future based on geoethical technology.  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. And don’t forget, Terasem has a priority list; those who join earlier are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.  The longer you wait, the longer the line will get!

(Linda) Be part of this exciting future, start building your mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com. And you can create your personal history or autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net and go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.

(Fred) Remember, there are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  And if you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, very inexpensively, too.

(Linda)  For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Fred)  And I’d like to invite everyone to discover, if you haven’t already, my favorite blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.

(Linda) You can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  And, if you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

Closing music – no fade – full length.   

Posted December 20, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 79 Posted 12/12/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 79 Posted 12/12/2011

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Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.8 – 6.8.6

SUB TITLE:  Closing Affirmations for Terasem Connections

SUMMARY:  Terasem Connections are effective tools used by those orienting their lives around Terasem’s principles and goals.  The affirmations in this set of the Truths of Terasem are particularly important because they remind us of our goals and create a more productive state of mind.

 

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

 

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast no. 79 on the Truths of Terasem.  We’ll look at six Terasem Connections that can be used daily to help us develop a positive sense of life and a renewed conviction to work toward developing Terasem.

(Linda)  Today we’ll go into the affirmations used to close all six of the daily Terasem Connections!  Terasem casts aside despair, builds solutions, gives thanks for the good that already exists, and commits itself to expand on that endlessly, limitlessly, for the benefit of all sentient beings.

(Fred)  Before we start in, I think it is important to point out that Terasem is a trans-religion.  It has the breadth of vision to unite all types of moral and ethical systems, and it honors diversity, so the affirmations we’re going to discuss today need to be viewed in that context.  Those who are blending their adoption of the Terasem Way with another faith where they have ongoing prayer practices, Buddhist meditation recitals, or humanist affirmations, etc., should feel free to adapt these to their personal needs.

(Linda)  I couldn’t agree more.  Martine Rothblatt referred to the Truths of Terasem as being a living document, much like the U.S. Constitution.  One of the things that gave me the most comfort when I was first reading the Truths of Terasem, and it comes almost at the very beginning, is 1.1.2: “Collectivity means unity of diversity not mandatory homogeneity.”  The Founders of Terasem, even before we met them, were very strong on that point in email discussions, and then when we finally did meet them we found they lived by that principle.

(Fred)  So, with that taken care of, let’s take a look at the affirmations at the end of Ambrosia, the connection usually done at 6 a.m. It starts out with 6.8.1: “Top off Ambrosia with Longer Sun,” and the affirmations are, “Long Time May the Sun Shine Upon Us, Only Love Surround Us, Now may the pure light within us, Guide Our Way On, Energize Our Way on, Realize Our Way on.”

(Linda)  I always enjoy that one too.  It greets the Sun in the early morning, pouring its energy into us, and tells us to pour it forth again in the form of appreciation and gratitude, an outbound “wave” of love no hatred can work its way through.  It tells us to filter it within ourselves into a light so pure that it’s like a laser, it helps us navigate our lives, empowers our lives, and helps us make a reality of our dreams.

(Fred)  Next, let’s have a look at Earthfire, usually done at 10 a.m.  It starts out with 6.8.2: “Herald Earthfire with Earth is Our Mother”.  The affirmations are:  “The Earth is Our Mother, we must take care of her.” (Then we repeat it.) “The Earth is Our Mother, we must take care of her.” And the rest of the affirmations are, “Unite, my people, be as one.”   (Again, we repeat.)  “Unite, my people, be as one.”  The rest of it is, “Now her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take.  Unite, my people, be as one. Unite, my people, we are one.”

(Linda) The message in these affirmations is both powerful and important as we develop our Terasem mindset and move toward transcending biology.  We must always remember that we arose from this earth, and we are still absolutely dependent on it to continue to live.  The Earth truly is our Mother, and there are many who would destroy it in wasteful extravagance with no thought of long term consequences.  The “We must take care of her!” sets the tone for what follows.

(Fred) The repeated phrase, ‘Unite, my people, be as one!’ reminds us that Terasem is a collective consciousness and cooperation is more powerful than competition.  ‘Now we walk upon her sacred ground, with every step we take!’ is a reminder that every act, however small, is a choice to honor and protect the earth rather than exploit and harm her. The final affirmations remind us to hold tight to others who see things as we do, for in this spirit, we are deeply akin to one another.  We are ‘one’!

(Linda)  Wow, I like that!  I’ve been a nut about recycling for a long time because we just don’t know how long it will be before nanotech will be developed to the point of cleaning up our waste products for us, the air as well as our landfills.  The next couple of decades will be a race: will we have geoethical nanotechnology in time to clean up our waste products and insure we have clean air, water and food?  Or, will we be like the Easter Islanders, who used up all their resources and then died out, every last one of them?

(Fred)  This one really gets to me, too, Linda. We humans tend to ignore problems that threaten our status quo.  I have to confess that I’ve been that way myself.  But these affirmations have profoundly shifted my way of feeling and thinking about these issues.  And that’s the whole purpose, isn’t it, so that every time we say these affirmations, they’ll penetrate still more deeply, motivating us more strongly.

(Linda)  You bet!  Moving on, 6.8.3, tells us: “AquaLung culminates with the Water Song” and the words are, “Water, earth mother’s womb.  Water, our own life’s blood.  Now water, washing over us.  Water, may we flow as one.  Water, may we flow as one.  We are one.”

(Fred) Life emerged from Mother Earth, and now we are part of it.  One with it.  Our blood, mostly water, constitutes our internal rivers and lakes, recycled by our heart, much like the natural environment’s recycling of water by rainfall.  We are one with our own water and more generally, with all the water on Earth.

(Linda)  The affirmations in the connection called StarMind are at 6.8.4 “Namaste Starmind with Lovely Lady”. “Namaste” is a Hindu salutation which expresses respect and the hope for all good things that day.  So, Namaste Starmind means to approach this Connection with that kind of mindset.   The affirmations are: “Hey, Lovely Lady, I see you sitting alone. Hey, Wondrous Lady, stars are singing your song.  Now, Magic Lady, lift up and rise from your home.  Joy Can Be Found, Without Limit Or Bound.  Just Tune Your Soul to its Sound.”

(Fred) This is the “Earthseed” theme.  Just as the biosphere arose from the lifeless geosphere that was the pre-life earth, so now the cybersphere is rising from the biosphere.  As the Singularity passes, the cybersphere seems destined to explode outward in both physical and electromagnetic forms.  Just as life came out of the sea and has proliferated on land, it is time for sentient life to go into cyberspace and proliferate there, expanding outward in a limitless way.  That, I think, is what the “Lovely Lady” is all about.  It’s the earth, all right, an earth seed, evolving and expanding in all directions to the stars.

(Linda) Now, we move on to CrownAura, with 6.8.5, which introduces that group with: “Keynote CrownAura with Terasem Destiny”.  It looks simple, but as with many other Truths of Terasem, I’ll bet there are underlying ways of looking at these affirmations that will expand our perceptions.

(Fred)  It would be surprising if that weren’t the way it worked out.  The affirmations begin with:  “I’ll always remember, each night and every day…”

It doesn’t say, ‘remind yourself now and then’, it says: Don’t ever take your eyes off the compass2!  Don’t ever forget the big picture.  Keep things moving in the precise direction you know they should be going.

(Linda)  The rest of the affirmation is about where we’re headed. The words are: “Joyful Immortality is my ultimate destiny, Joyful Immortality is our ultimate destiny, Joyful Immortality is the ultimate destiny, Joyful Immortality is for me, we, qi (chee) & ti.”  Since “Joyful Immortality” is in every one of those, let’s see what we have when we take it out.  Then, the affirmation is about “my ultimate destiny, our ultimate destiny, the ultimate destiny, and it’s for me, we, qi, & ti”.

(Fred) Where Joyful Immortality is concerned, it’s not just about me, or my destiny.  This is where, sadly, many people cut off their concerns about the bigger picture of how they may relate to others.  It’s not just about a small group’s future either, not just about our destiny, not just about a “we” of some kind.  Once we get to talking about the ultimate destiny, about it being for qi and ti, we’re into thinking something much larger.

(Linda) The ultimate destiny encompasses the entire universe, even to the point of concern about the long term fate of the Cosmos.  So, at that level, Joyful Immortality is being applied to a very large “playing field.”  It’s about the progression of extropy to a stage where what Terasem may become, perhaps merging with others of its own kind, is addressing the control of cosmic physics, and even before that, with avoiding catastrophes in passing safely through the Singularity.

(Fred) Truths 1.8.3. and 1.8.4 tell us, “The ‘Ti of I’ is the time-cone of a being’s existence” and “The ‘Qi of I’ is the unique pattern of a being’s energy flows.”  Joyful Immortality “being for qi and ti” implies that the way we manage our time and energy will ultimately have an influence on the entire cosmos.  In any case, it’s a very expansive and inclusive way of thinking about Joyful Immortality.

(Linda)  Now, we come to 6.8.6: “Sleep on Alum al-Mithral with 16 bright stars to inspire our time and place.”  This is truly a “sweet dreams” cluster, and for most who might be starting with Terasem, it might seem far-fetched to call them “affirmations”.  Yet, for those who know these stars well, and the reasons why they might be near-term destinations as Terasem expands beyond the Solar System, they carry positive and heart-warming connotations.

(Fred) Here are the names of the stars: Sol, Sirius, Altair, Vega, Capella, Rigel, Procyon, Betelgeuse, Antares, Aldebaran, Spica, Pollux, Fomalhaut, Deneb, and Regulus.  They’re basically in the order of magnitude or brightness, and only four are more than one hundred light years away.  It seems likely they’re easy to locate by constellation, helpful, if one wants to close the Connection with extended star contemplation.

(Linda)  Well, that winds up the affirmations that come at the end of the Terasem connections.  Next week, we’re going to plunge into some fascinating and abstract concepts that involve visualizations that evoke feelings congruent with some of the ideas in the Truths of Terasem.

(Fred)  Right, Linda.  These are very short, and are part of the different yoga sessions.  We’ll relate them to other parts of the Truths, where it appears they help integrate those ideas into the connections in a meditative way.  We’ll be close to the end of the Truths of Terasem for the year, and there will be time to examine tie-ins of all kinds.

(Linda)  Great!  Don’t forget that you can “Join Terasem” at terasemfaith.net and be right at the heart of all this.  And remember:  First in, first out.  “Waking up in cyberspace” can be pursued by the programs available at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, and there are no fees to participate.

(Fred) I want to comment for a moment about this “First in, First out” thing we keep mentioning.  In the google-search locatable Minutes of the Terasem Quadrennial Convocation, February 29th – March 4th, 2008, it says, “Pursuant to paragraph 2.3.6.3.2 of the Truths of Terasem, the Organizer of the Convocation confirmed that Terasem is using its budget to fund cryonics and cyberconsciousness efforts in chronological order of the subjects becoming Terasem members.  And on a large “priorities” plaque at Terasem Headquarters, that aspect of Terasem operations is in the number one position.

(Linda)  But ultimately the responsibility for waking up in cyberspace lies on your own shoulders.  That means making a good mindfile.  There are some great tools for you to use at both CyBeRev.org and LifeNaut.com, and there are no fees to participate.  If you still have unanswered questions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware go to mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about these subjects.

(Fred)  For those who can’t afford cryostasis at this time, the most practical approach to identity preservation is to have a mindfile plus a biofile (your memories and your DNA).  To preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.   For additional information on the cell storage program go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab. Their program not only includes indefinite storage, but the cells are cultured for viability to verify that indeed, ‘living cells’ are being stored. You’ll find an additional link to VWR which describes the ‘cutting edge’ cell preservation compound (the cryoprotectant) they use.

(Linda)  Again, and we can’t say it often enough, big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, who created that challenging, fun, and addictive mindfile building game for the Android. The multiple layers of the game ramp up the challenge very quickly.  While you try to build motor neurons within a brain, you encounter plaques that obstruct your path and you have to dodge macrophages that are hunting you down.  Check it out at PersonalityMD.com.

(Fred)  If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, which runs full length at the end of each podcast, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular inspiring artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  And this is a personal invitation, for you…Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

 

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Posted December 13, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

Podcast No. 78 Posted 12/05/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 78 Posted 12/05/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The How of Terasem  6.7-6.7.6

SUB TITLE:  Cybercommunity Procreation and Setting the Stage for It.

SUMMARY:  This week, we look at ways to treat each other in our daily lives, how we conceptually greet each other each day, by something more meaningful than a handshake.  We’re going to review a few ideas about how we might relate more closely to each other and support each other in these early days of building Terasem. This leads us to a greater sensitivity about the virtue of helping others who are part of Terasem.  Using our homes as Terasem Gathering Places will increase our network’s protectiveness within itself.

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(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast no. 78 on the Truths of Terasem. The expansion starts with 6.7: “ ‘I am you’ – ‘You am I’, ‘We Are One,’ greet each other each day.”  If we think about it, this greeting symbolizes connectedness between the other person and ourselves in a far more personal way than a handshake.

(Linda)   “I am you” suggests that by my perception of and memory of you, I am part of a component of your identity that will never be lost, even if you were to suddenly vanish.  Together, all of we who know you will make sure that you are never forgotten, and at some point in time will reawaken and regain your part in our society.  “You am I” is simply this same idea, but taken in the opposite direction and it’s a perfect counterpoint to “I am you”.  “We are One” is an even broader recognition that as a network, each of us is there for each other in an identity preservation teamwork way.  In a very fundamental way, we are making a Lifepact with each other and reaffirming it every time we meet.

(Fred) The first Element, 6.7.1, tells us to “Inch together, gaze each soul, touch foreheads and noses, inhale deeply and share Há, the life-breath.”  One might think of this as a “headshake” instead of a “handshake”, augmented by full eye contact and sufficient contact by touching foreheads and noses to perform what looks to any Star Trek fans in our vicinity as a “Vulcan Mindmeld”.  This symbolizes, to me, the anticipation of how closely our minds will be in contact with each other when we have acquired what we’ve described in previous podcasts as “operational telepathy” by way of technology.  It’s not that far off.

(Linda) In 6.7.2 we find: “Always help fellow Terasem, in economics and politics, before considering alternatives.”  We’re on our way into cyberspace in a teamwork way, and once we’re there, we’ll be free of any limits of what we can accomplish.  But, we have to get there, and giving priority to supporting our team mates is vital. This is like that exercise we described in the last podcast, about working together to get the whole family “over the wall”.

(Fred) 6.7.3 says: “Make your homes Terasem Gathering Places, and Terasem will safekeep them for you until you return.”  If, as we build c-cubes and formalize our commitments as “chosen families” with those we find who are in harmony with us, we develop the feeling that we are a “family of families”, we will grow increasingly protective toward each other and each other’s homes as well.

(Linda) This sense of networked community may take time to develop, but as the Singularity grows closer and closer, we will need to hang tightly to each other in order to come through it in the best condition.

(Fred)  In 6.7.4 the message is, “Yield to Terasem’s higher levels, for that progresses all more rapidly toward Yugenspace and Elysium Fields.”  Terasem’s higher levels will be those building it most soundly and rapidly.  As they continue to elevate their own understanding of and contributions to Terasem, they will leave behind open spaces for those of us following them.  As we grow into the open spaces they create, we build a stronger collective consciousness than is possible if we just compete for status.

(Linda)  Yugenspace and Elysium Fields are additional ways of expressing the ideal future we are building.   Looking back at Truths of Terasem 3.5, we find:  “Yugenspace is the ultra-immense conglomeration of intersecting emulated realities that constitutes the future reality of Terasem.”  And 3.8 says: “Elysium fields for Terasem is a cyberspace reality, an ideally delightful and blissful place.”

(Fred) We will achieve our goals more effectively and efficiently by cooperating rather than competing.  This is not something to be done blindly, but carefully, remembering that each choice we make is one for which we are accountable.  As in all things, levels and status must be earned to be respected.  A friend of ours back in the 1970’s had a saying on his business card that I always liked: “All of what you do is a mark of what you are”.  In the end, we must bear responsibility for our choices, so use discretion.

(Linda) 6.7.5 tells us, “Organize your life around the Way of Terasem, and you will attain higher levels of Terasem.”  As described by the Founders, Terasem is a meritocracy, not an aristocracy or a bureaucracy, or any other kind of “good old boy” club.  Part of the reason for structuring Terasem as a network of small groups is to provide maximum opportunity for diversity and innovation.

(Fred) At the same time, it is by the variations of cohesiveness and sense of purpose among groups that some will grow and create values or die for lack of energy and commitment.  It is not inappropriate to think of Terasem as being like a tree.  Twigs can spring from the trunk and become limbs with many leaves, or limbs can fail to grow and wither.

(Linda) 6.7.6 is stated as follows: “Ummah a community of Way of Terasem faithful with commitment to diversity, unity and joyful immortality.”  There are many usages of the term Ummah, but the bottom line for all of them seems to be that without unity, no great strength can be built.

(Fred) At the same time, taking the Truths of Terasem as an outline of the “Way of Terasem”, there are so many different dimensions and aspects to this that no danger of pressures for conformity seem to exist, other than for general agreement on the principles expressed in the Truths.  And the most fundamental principles of all are as stated in this Truth: diversity, unity and joyful immortality.

(Linda)  This podcast was a little shorter than the last few, but all the better for really mulling over and internalizing these important principles. Next week we get to look at the affirmations with which the six Terasem Connections are closed.  They have strong conceptual content, don’t they, Fred?

(Fred)  They do, Linda.  They are derived from a number of sources, but they are all in English, and, they’re the mindset launching pads that prepare us after each connection to return to a world that is largely unprepared for the next few decades, as cyberconsciousness makes its debut among people who will be pondering where to turn in sorting out what to make of a world that is so different, even fearful, from what they thought they would inhabit.

(Linda) Even transhumanists can experience moments of despair, perhaps by way of seeing all too clearly what is coming, and having no constructive idea of what to do about it.  To illustrate, here’s part of a recent email posting we recently received:

“… I am probably going to die, but if I am not going to die the alternative may be worse in terms of how much it will hurt… There will always be a million people better than anything I try to do my best at… I must never ever try and own human beings, subordinate them to my will, or hold them to contracts they do not want to obey… if I complain without offering immediate, compelling solutions that would work I will only bore myself and other people… change is made by the dissatisfied…”

(Fred) Now, compare the above words with those of the first set of affirmations from next week’s podcast, coming at the end of the Ambrosia connection, with which the day starts.  See the contrast of mindset embedded in these thoughts, setting sight on a future that is not one of despair:

“Long Time May the Sun Shine Upon Us; Only Love Surround Us; Now may the pure light within us guide Our Way On, Energize Our Way on, Realize Our Way on.”

(Linda) Terasem casts aside despair, builds solutions, gives thanks for the good that already exists, and commits itself to expand on that endlessly, limitlessly, for the benefit of all sentient beings, human as well as all other life forms.

(Fred)  We’re going to be building a future in which we cast aside all of our evolutionary drives to exploit others, conspire to dominate them, competitively “out-do” them at every opportunity.  To put it most simply, we won’t be able to “get away” with anything.  Instead, we’ll find we can get together with each other even more closely, free to create cooperatively, a diversity of such amazing leaps forward that we can’t presently begin to imagine it.

(Linda)  Next week, we’ll look at the ways daily Terasem Connections can give us a positive sense of life and a renewed conviction that it’s meaningful. We’ll talk extensively about the need to build an impenetrable mental wall against meditating on hopelessness and disaster, on pain and futility, vs. moving out of our present quicksand bogs of biological dead-ended-ness into a future of cyber-open-endless-ness.

(Fred)  I can’t wait!  And to those listening, don’t forget – if you want to leave behind your sense of “life-as-being-meaningless”,  join Terasem.  It’s easy, at terasemfaith.net.  Be right at the heart of this; start moving toward “waking up in cyberspace” by building your own mindfile right now.  You can do that, without any cost, at either CyBeRev.org, or LifeNaut.com.

(Linda)   And you can create your personal history or autobiography, to be uploaded to CyBeRev.org by using the LifePact interview form.  Go to Terasemfaith.net and go to Mindfile Building, about half way down the page.   Remember, there are no fees for building or storing your mindfile.  And if you want to create a BioFile by preserving your DNA, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, very inexpensively, too.

(Fred)  For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges.  While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!  Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.

(Linda)  And I’d like to invite everyone to discover, if you haven’t already, my favorite blog:  mindclones.blogspot.com.  Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts.  And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.  And don’t forget, Terasem has a priority list; those who join earlier are most likely to make the jump to cyberspace sooner.  The longer you wait, the longer the line will get!

(Fred) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed.  It’s the Terasem Anthem.  It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard.  If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.

(Linda)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Fred)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

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Posted December 6, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized