How big is the Universe?…
Elliot Aronson … interview by Barry Daniel
The Middle Way Society MWS Podcast #36: Elliot Aronson on “Cognitive Dissonance” … www.middlewaysociety.org/the-mws-podcast-36-elliot-aronson-on-cognitive-dissonance/
Elliot Aronson is one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the only psychologist to have won all three of the American Psychological Associations top awards for writing, for teaching and for research.
Dr. Leon Festinger :: Cognitive Dissonance is the discomfort caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously.
AKA: samsara, suffering, fear, anxiety, hate, disgust, distrust… Geeeee, where could those thoughts come from… could this be very deep mystery? 🙂 ..::”Ideas leave not their source, and their effects but seem to be apart from them. ~ACIM Text-26.VII.4.
One of the first published cases of “Cognitive Dissonance” was reported in the book, When Prophecy Fails (Festinger et al. 1956). Dr. Leon Festinger and his associates read an interesting item in their local newspaper headlined “Prophecy from planet Clarion call to city: flee that flood.” A housewife from Chicago (changed to “Michigan” in the book), given the name “Marian Keech” (real name: Dorothy Martin (1900-1992), later known as “Sister Thedra”.), had mysteriously been given messages in her house in the form of “automatic writing” from alien beings on the “planet Clarion”. These messages revealed that the world would end in a great flood before dawn on December 21, 1954.
A quote by Nouk Sanchez ..::” Most of us are somewhat addicted to “ego-stroking” and mistake this [“enabling”] for LOVE… Withdrawing “ego-stroking” can bring about much insecurity that is usually expressed through bouts of anger and projection. ~Nouk Sanchez, ‘Take Me To Truth”: Undoing the Ego [p. 144]
A HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE: If a “teacher” of any religion is told that their long-held beliefs of Heaven-and-Earth are in fact, backwards, that “teacher’s” “Cognitive Dissonance” fuze will have been ignited… sizzling like a fuze zooming to the limbic system… then triggering the “fight-or-flight” “Autonomic Nervous System” into a reflexive reaction fueled by thoughts of the past, potentially erupting in the now, with impulsive verbal “outbursts” and involuntary repetitions, (aka: “echo-kinesis”)… and potentially spiraling “down stairs” into physical actions, aka: “fight or flight” reflexive reactions. REF: http://draxe.com/limbic-system/
HISTORICAL EXAMPLE: When the cardinals in Rome learned from Copernicus of the news that the Earth orbits the Sun… the “Autonomic Nervous System” of the priests was very likely to have triggered the “fight-or-flight” reflex reaction in the church “directors” who then reflexively projected their own self-doubts onto the innocent Copernicus, as if Copernicus were the heretic fool. not trusting the eternal Love of God. Although this example happened over 500 years ago, very little has “changed” as far as any expansive enlightenment of society. A quote from ACIM: ..::”The Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, and nowhere is there reference to his waking up… The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive reawakening or rebirth… Such a rebirth is impossible as long as you continue to project or miscreate… It still remains within you, however, to extend as God extended His Spirit to you… In reality this is your only choice, because YOUR FREE WILL was given you for your joy in creating the perfect.” ~ACIM Text-2.I.3.
… Therefore, to a mature mind, it is not at all surprising, when a human being becomes exited or “triggered” during communications related to “religious” beliefs, since all human beliefs are, in fact, illusions to be believed, or not. The sun, moon, stars, planets. universe. all remain the same, as reality, no matter what a human “believes”.
..::”Protecting the planet must be given the first priority. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
..::”When we understand that our existence is dependent on the environment around us, then naturally our concern and care for the environment becomes strong. ~H.H. Karmapa
The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) is considered the founder of modern astronomy. For hundreds of years before that, most scholars believed that the sun, stars, and planets revolved around Earth.
Even though Galileo’s telescope was not trusted at the time, since many people thought that Galileo had “painted” the planets into the telescope, the finding was important. When Galileo proved and wrote about his findings, he was declared heretic by the cardinals in Rome in 1633. This was because Catholic teachings back then were based on the idea that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Threatened by torture, Galileo was forced to deny that the Earth moves and that the Sun was the center of the Universe.
Galileo was summoned to Rome to be tried by the Inquisition in 1633.
Galileo’s accusers relied on a forged document purporting to have, in 1616, forbidden Galileo from in “any way whatsoever” teaching theories of Copernicus, and thus could find him guilty of dishonestly.
Though never tortured, Galileo was shown the implements of torture to instill fear in him, forced to recant, and spend the rest of his life under house arrest. Galileo remained a practicing Catholic and during his house arrest wrote his most influential work.
Pope Urban VIII refused Galileo a stately burial upon his death, though later his bones were interned under a monument at the Church of Santa Croce in Florence. In 1980, Pope John Paul II ordered a re-examination of the evidence against Galileo and formally acquitted him in 1992.
The Catholic Church did not take back the sentence until Oct. 13th 1992.
A mere 359 years for the extremely well educated, materially wealthy and worldly “powerful” church to tell the same truth that any child could easily understand in twenty minutes, with no previous “block to the awareness of truth’s presence”.
Galileo supported the Copernican theory, which supports a sun-centered solar system. Galileo was accused twice of heresy by the church for his beliefs. He remained under house arrest the remaining years of his life. (1564-1642)
DEFINITION :: Pharisees :: A religious party among the Jews, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity.
A self-righteous person; aka: “hypocrite”. The name denotes separatists. They prided themselves on their strict observance of the law. They were a major obstacle to the reception of Christ.
Although a religious party, the Sadducees were more important as a political force. They represented the priestly aristocracy and the power structure of Israel. For them, the duties of religion centered primarily around the Temple.
The Pharisees, on the other hand, were a lay group more representative of the common man. In addition to the written Law of Moses, the Pharisees accepted as authoritative the rest of what is for us the Old Testament.
After the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, Sadducaic Judaism disappeared and Pharisaic Judaism became dominant. It is from the Pharisees, then, that contemporary Judaism is primarily descended. REF: www.Catholic.com/qa/please-explain-the-difference-between-the-sadducees-and-the-pharisees-in-the-gospels
The “old-school” egoic punishing reflexive behaviors lead to the false wisdom of a highly “moralistic” yet obsessively judgmental and punishing “adult”. Mooji calls this “egoic mind”, the “mafia mind”. Since the ego is constantly at war with God, the Bible calls the ego, the “antichrist”.
Buddhism says there is a non-clinging “middle way”, ACIM says there is “another way”, aka: Christ’s Vision. Jesus demonstrated the way of Peace. Therefore… “I need do nothing” is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation”. ~ACIM Text-18.VII.6.
..::” For most of us… it is difficult to make OBSERVATIONS of people and their behaviour that are free of JUDGEMENT, criticism, or other forms of analysis… For thousands of years, we have been TAUGHT TO THINK in a particular way designed to make us OBEDIENT TO AUTHORITY (((aka: Stockholm Syndrome)))… but which is not conducive to safety and PEACE on our PLANET. ~ Marshall Rosenberg :: NVC ::
Stockholm Syndrome :: The relationship that develops between hostages and their captors is now known as “the Stockholm Syndrome,” a type of emotional bonding that is in reality a survival strategy for victims of emotional and physical abuse — including not only hostages, but also battered spouses and partners, abused children, members of religious cults, kidnapped hostages, and other POWs.
..::” Most of us are so completely *identified* with the *voice in the head* – the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and the emotions that accompany it – that we may describe this as being possessed by the (egoic) mind… As long as anyone is completely *unaware* of this, the *thinker* seems to be who you are… This is unconsciousness (sleep). ~Eckhart Tole :: The New Earth ::
..::” People will pursue self-destructive courses of action to protect the “wisdom” of their INITIAL DECISIONS [to be “right”]… They will treat people they have HURT even MORE HARSHLY, because they CONVINCE THEMSELVES that their VICTIMS DESERVE IT… They will CLING to harmful procedures in their work… They will support torturers and tyrants who are on the “right side”–that is, THEIRS… People who are INSECURE in their religious beliefs will feel an obsession to SILENCE AND HARASS those who disagree with them. ~Book Title: “Mistakes Were Made, but not by me” By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson :: Book Link: www.goo.gl/yMII3h
..::” When a human harbors the intention to HARM another… a powerful factor comes into play: the need to “JUSTIFY” the attack… once the “attacker” justifies the attack and starts down a path of labeling and blaming the victim, he becomes likely to obsess about physically and psychologically attacking his victim with even GREATER ferocity the next chance he gets… [in order to justify the ego’s preservation, “to be RIGHT”]… aka: “COGNITIVE DISSONANCE” ..:: Book Title: “Mistakes Were Made [but not by me]” By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson :: Book Link: www.goo.gl/yMII3h
..::” Doubt is not the enemy of justice; OVERCONFIDENCE is.” ~ Mistakes Were Made [but not by me] By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
..::”Ego is a social and personal construct. ~Adyashanti
..::”People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
People who are INSECURE in their religious beliefs will feel an obsession to SILENCE AND HARASS those who disagree with them.”
~Book Title: “Mistakes Were Made, but not by me” By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson ::
PS: i will be reading / sharing this book via Pal-Talk..
Tuesday evenings :: 10 PM to 10:30 PM
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..::”Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night and we watch television. ~Paul Hawken