1.1. INTRODUCTION - BASICS The writer cheated. He did not start from the sterility of Science, nor the opium or white mass of conventional religion (the occult is little better). He started with The Viking traditions (not the German, who put too much emphasis on their All Fathers), and this gave a far better platform to work from. He then found that there were plenty of Spirit Guides, only too willing to communicate via the Viking God archetypal images. Due to their intervention, this site may not be historically or theologically correct. Space Vikings on the other side know the tradition, but have never heard of history or authorised texts. Where applicable the god names have been retained for the sake of understanding. The writer had no intention of receiving his enlightenment (as in Buddhism). This came quite accidentally, and initially was quite unwelcome until he learned better. He had been following a path of total personal responsibility under the guidance of Thor and his Spirit Guides. This book is the result. TPR (Total Personal Responsibility) means taking responsibility for the results of one's actions. This includes physical and spiritual action, past, present and future. This can blow a person's mind, and give him enlightenment. It should double his personal effectiveness at the same time. Viking and Buddhism, unlike practically every other religion, do expect the punter to escape. If religion is the opium of the people, then love is the opium of Spirit. If love between two entities of the same sex is homosexuality, (or latent homosexuality if buggery is absent), then spiritual love is very suspect. Love belongs to the element of Water and tends to throw one back into mentalism. The Viking Gods are very short on love, opium and Valium. When you are driving down the motorway, the other drivers want you responsibility, and not your love. For the heterosexual, sexual virtue is keeping to one partner of the opposite sex, future, present and maybe past. For the homosexual, sexual virtue is celibacy. In popular religion, latent homosexuality without the buggery has become confused with spirituality. Keep love for your wife and children. Celibacy only leads to homosexuality, sadism, and masochism. All Viking Gods are of the the marrying kind. Receiving Enlightenment is a temporary spiritual disaster. This is when a large chunk of the mind packs it's bags. It walks out through the door, taking 90% of what a person has been using for reality and existence with it. It does take a little time to realise that this is good riddance to bad rubbish. It also does take a little time to recreate reality. The new reality is based on what one can see, touch, hear, taste and feel. It also takes a little time to recreate the ego on a new level of understanding. A person will always have an ego. The ego is the public face to the world, of the body and spirit. The ego can be slimmed down Belsen style. DATA ANALYSIS. Computer style data analysis has been used extensively in this book. This is a variation on the mathematics of relations. It has been used to link archetypes, concepts and ideas, together. Unfortunately things are not quite so clear cut as in business. This may be a little on the woolly side, to a computer professional. If two concepts exist in the same system, then there must be a linkage or connection between then. If two concepts are directly linked, then ideas, emotions, energy and anything else, can flow through that linkage. This can be in either direction. This linkage may have to go through intermediate concepts. Receiving Enlightenment is an event. Linkage is severed between the self and unnecessary items of fossilised mind. Data analysis models tend to fall into 3 categories:- Let us use Data Analysis. To receive Enlightenment linkage must be broken between the spirit and a large chunk of fossilised mind. Linkages have two ends, a major end and a minor end. Where the mental entity is a product of one's own, a person has the major end. One can terminate the linkage by taking sufficient personal responsibility for it. The Universal Subconscious is an external mental entity. An external entity always has the major end. A person cannot break the linkage by ordinary personal responsibility. We have ways of being extremely horrible to such external entities. They will break the linkage for the purposes of their own survival. A person can always restore the linkage dynamically. Dynamic linkage is totally different to a linkage made of reinforced concrete. Another variation on data analysis used here. This is to collect all spiritual terms, and to make them into lists according to spirituality. There are undoubtedly a number of omissions. There is a slight fallacy in this approach. Any two items may be listed in series, whereas they might be better viewed in parallel. A simple example of this is anger that is extroverted, and pain that is introverted. They do have a lot in common with each other. Overall the advantages of linear listing usually out weigh the disadvantages. While in the outside World most things are in the form of a multi dimensional matrix, the elements of the Psyche (Spirit mind) do love linear lists. TOP DOWN MEDITATION.

  1. It is always best to work top down in the overview. In the short term, bottom up may be needed.
  2. Given the choice of 2 items to work on, assuming both will work, choose the higher for first preference.
  3. Everyone will tell you what is top and what is bottom. Some common sense is needed.
  4. Assume that the establishment view is probably wrong. It usually is.
  5. Most command lists and sweepers in this book, are written top down in terms of energy.
  6. Anyone reading this book is most unlikely to be able to use it top down, so it is a matter of chasing the next level up to the level one is in.
    1. Aim too high and nothing will happen.
    2. Aim a little lower and one will get a fright.
    3. The right level will produce action.
    4. Aim too low and one will get a thick head.
    5. Do not go bottom dredging for its own sake, as this leads to depression.
    6. In meditation, things tend to move up a level. Thus if one starts at the bottom of a list, one can chase an item upwards till it is in real time.

  7. In this book, a common format for command lists is to be in three parts.
    1. A top to bite. If the top or the first line does not bite, then the rest is not worth doing.
    2. A middle to do some work of the user's choice.
    3. An end to clean up any rubbish left behind. POWER FLOWS. Power flows are used extensively in this book. The crudest of all power flows is anger. The more useful ones include the Fire Spirit, the Zen flow, responsibility, awareness, awakeness, survival, Perestroika, and freedom. The most useful one of all is TPR, or total personal responsibility. Power flows are detested by all minds and their slaves. This is due to the abrasive nature of power flows on minds. Love is the power flow generated by emotion. As it loops one straight back into mentalism, love will be little mentioned in this book. THE PSYCHE. The terms, The Essential I, and the Spirit are used to mean the higher levels of the existence. The phrases "You will rot in Hell, or your soul will go to Heaven, when you die", sounds like "Heads you win, tails I lose". The theory used in this book, is that a person is a spirit, which has a body. The psyche is the public face of the spirit to the body. Both the ego and the psyche are supposed to serve the spirit and body. In practice they tend to be entities in their own right. They need to be cut down to size. The psyche is reasonably immortal, and has been through a number of incarnations. The Ego has not lived before this life. The Psyche has lived before this life. Spirit has lived a very long time. All three can be regenerated on higher levels. REAL TIME. This term will be used extensively to denote the Now, or present time. This is as opposed to the past, and the future. What commonly passes for mind, is largely the Universe of the Past. It is best emptied, as one would a dustbin or cesspool. REALITY. There are two versions of Reality. There is the Reality of the Physical Universe and is in the Universe of Ability. This is what one can touch, see, hear, smell and taste. This should be the Reality of the scientist. This is reasonably unchangeable. When one steps into higher worlds, the rules are much the same. One does however need a few psychic senses as well. Then there is the Reality of Emotion, in the Universe of Emotion. This is based on memories of past events. This must be made subject to change, especially for anyone who wants to escape the chains of Emotion. PSYCHIATRY. If this book is of any use to any psychiatrist, or people wishing to avoid psychiatrists, that is all right by us. We have little or no interest in psychiatry. It deals with the problems of body and mind, but not with the spirit. The psychiatrist does have to bear two burdens. Traditionally, he is paid by the customer's relatives, and not by the customer himself. Thus he is forced to put the interests of the relatives before those of the customer. The second is a matter of law. The psychiatrist is expected to keep the streets tidy, and free of offensive characters. SEX. As Dr Alfred Adler points out, marriage is not a cure all for neurosis. People should deal with any neurosis before getting married. We now have modern birth control. Heterosexual marriage is to be thoroughly recommended, as an aid towards spiritual enlightenment. It was hard to seek spiritual enlightenment with ten children hanging on one's coat tails. Celibacy as an aid to spiritual enlightenment, is now a thing of the past. It gives way to polarity between the sexes. Sex outside marriage is not recommended, as there are too many unpleasant diseases around. The writer is not psychic in any of the accepted senses of the term. He is conversant with archetypal clairvoyance, that is working in the Universe of Ideas. He is not a spiritual clairvoyant. It is not the writer's intention to rehash work that has already been published. The reader is expected to do his own background reading. THE FOUR TOOLS OF THE MAGICIAN The four tools are developed from the works of Alistair Crowley. The four tools of the magician are laid out in symbolic form, in the Tarot cards. The modern form is the pack of playing cards. These will be brought up to date, as tools of thinking. The formula above is invaluable for getting work done. It also works well in computer programming.

  1. HEARTS - Cups - Chalices - UNDERSTANDING. The smallest unit, as an aid to work, is a word. Skipping words that are not understood, can lead to total misunderstanding of a text. Use a dictionary to look up words that are not understood. Do try not to use over complicated language, when dealing with other people. This is one of the tricks of the politician.

  2. DIAMONDS - The pentacle or five pointed star - Pictures, plans and diagrams. DIAGRAMS. One picture is worth a thousand words. However one sentence is worth a good few pictures in a pictorially thinking society. This is thought in a different dimension, to that of words, and is essentially spatial. When trying to work something out, it is best to make a diagram. It is always worth while turning a verbal problem into a pictorial one. The reverse is also true. This will give a totally different view of the problem.

  3. CLUBS - Whips - Staves. EFFORT. The unit of effort is a job or job step. Keeping all units of work, small and numerous, is a great aid to getting work done. A large job can look impossible. If it is broken down into small steps, then it becomes possible. It becomes a case of one step at a time.

  4. SPADES - Swords - Hammers. INTENTION. Swords or hammers represent intention in practically any language. Work can only be done, if there is enough intention to do it. Purpose may be a useful but second rate substitute. THE FORMULAE OF GENIUS.

  1. The skull is three days thick.
  2. Decide the problem that needs to resolved.
  3. Gather all the facts about the problem area, and all unanswered questions.
  4. Await three days for the subconscious to evaluate, recall, and come up with the answers, and all possible solutions.
  5. Go off and do something else in the meantime. This may be to gather information on another problem that has to be resolved.
  6. After three days, the answers will start to turn up, along with the best possible solution.
  7. Why bother to think, when the subconscious will do it for you. THE ELEMENTS OF THE ALCHEMIST. According to the Alchemists and Astrologers, there are four elements that go to make up a person, Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Meditation is needed to understand these properly, and they will be handled later. However the reader will probably prefer to have a little hindsight.

  1. FIRE. This is the Telekinetic element of Perestroika, awakeness, usage, action, anger, energy and work. As escape from the elements is via fire, it is the senior of the four. There is only one archetype here, God the Destroyer of private universes. This element has a very bad press from those who do not like taking responsibility for the results of their actions. It is a difficult element to use. Mentalism is essentially the universe of private universes. Fire incinerates mentalism. Escape is intended. Telekinesis (in the Physical Universe) and mentalism are incompatible. Air, Earth and Water make Telekinesis too soggy to work in anything else but mentalism. Fire does not inhibit ability. This is the element of real time and the destruction of rubbish.

  2. AIR. This is the Telepathic element, and is the element of ideas, logic and thought. There are many archetypes, normally referred to as the Gods. The chief virtue of this element is Total Personal Responsibility. This is the escape route from the lower elements, and is the key to Fire. Escape is intended, with the use of such tools as responsibility. The Zen flow is the Perestroika flow, operating in Air, and as such is quite zany and crazy. Zen operates as a principle of anti logic. As "Responsibility for" tends to protect the Physical Universe, it does tend to inhibit ability. It needs to be balanced by "Responsibility to". The equivalent of love is the quality of survival of oneself and one's fellow men. This is the element of change, synthesis and reprogramming to suit current requirements.

  3. WATER. This is the element of beingness, emotion, love, hate, and evil. It is totally intolerant of anyone who dares to try to escape. There is only one archetype, God the Creator of private universes, and his alter-ego Satan. The great problem with private universes is that they grow and get out of control. They no longer serve their original purposes. No escape is intended, as meditation on love only traps a person further. Water is superior to Earth. For its own survival, it must inhibit Ability, Fire and Air. Enthusiasts for this element even expect a happily married man to love a male God! This is the element of creation.

  4. EARTH. This is the element of Reincarnation, Mental Mass and Mental Unconsciousness, goals and objectives. For its virtues, one has to look on an earthly level. Look at such things as sanity, stability, reliability and quality control. Earth is too unconscious to know the meaning of the word escape.

  5. UNIVERSE OF ABILITY. This source of this is above the elements. For working purposes, it may be regarded as a mixture of Fire and Air. Responsibility as mentioned in this book, refers to personal responsibility. It is responsibility for the results of one's actions. Moral responsibility is little mentioned. It is the external show of responsibility. It includes such things as respect for the Law and other moral codes. There is a connection between the two, but this is not 100%. A person who is law abiding may be so out of genuine respect, or out of sheer fear. Personal responsibility is easier for one who genuinely respects the Law. A person who is strong on personal responsibility will tend to follow the spirit of the Law. They will not necessarily the letter of the Law. One can only take personal responsibility for what is under one's control. This will not be too effective after one has received one's enlightenment, but then responsibility works extremely well in the third person, eg:- Love has a far better press than Control, but is far more deadly. It is the perfect tool for homing into mentalism. Love as a meditational tool is pure bait for suckers. Your wife wants your love. She wants you to remain hooked, to maintain the survival of your children. Anyway married life has many virtues. Use a sense of the quality of mutual survival when dealing with one's fellow men, but not love. Any mention of love in the rest of this book, either refers to sexual love, or is a misprint. The writer got his fingers badly burnt, trying to make love work, as a meditational tool. There is a British political joke. Socialism looks marvellous on paper, but rarely works in practice. Conservatism works in practice, but the policies should never be put down on paper. Such is the difference between love and responsibility. Mentalism is always very attractively packaged. The packaging would be a credit to any advertising man. Mentalism offers one everything, but gives nothing. The boxes on examination either prove to be empty at the best, or contain worms or sewerage. At the worst, they contain things similar to the works of Joe Stalin or Adolf Hitler. This is all in the name of love. The mechanism for the formation of mind is quite simple. We have perhaps a thousand decisions to make in a day. Take for example what to have for breakfast, shredded wheat or corn flakes. We construct a mental machine to solve the problem. The mental machine is discarded when the problem is solved. This may take as little as 5 seconds. If we cease to be fully aware of what we are doing, part of the machine is left behind. This remnant helps us to decide what to have for tomorrow's breakfast. This is fine until one's medical adviser tell us to eat a bran food instead, for its high fibre content. Here is the start of a problem. Mental machines increase in number, until we have a mind. This process is reversed by personal responsibility. JUDAISM. There is great emphasis on moral responsibility in Judaism. This can easily be translated into personal responsibility. This may lead to a parallel path towards Enlightenment to the one described in this book. The Rabbi Akiva (the enlightened rabbi) can be used as a model. There is the story of the four rabbis who entered into the Garden of Enlightenment. "The first killed himself, the second lost his sanity, the third threw his religion, but the Rabbi Akiva came in peace and left in peace." There is a strong hint in Judaism, that certain prophets gained their enlightenment. This was probably by reason of personal responsibility. This was passed on to others as moral responsibility, and then fossilised into Judaic Law. The Book of Ecclesiastes is worth reading. It was originally written in Aramaic. It was then translated into Hebrew, and lost a little on the way. It was intellectualised and mangled by the Greeks. It was then translated into English, and lost a little more. It is still an interesting book. Saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity . Vanity is not a good translation of the original word, and unreality would be better. The translators dared not suggest that King James I ruled an unreal kingdom. They might have lost more than their salaries. The King might have instructed the governor of the Tower of London, to drain the dungeons and starve the rats. The word unreality is not popular in the West. A better modern interpretation is mentalism, and then the text starts to really take off. It could be worth while examining the Old Testament for traces of the Zen flow. However a lot has been lost by mistranslation and deliberate editing.

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