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!

 

Closing music – no fade – full length.

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

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