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Running with Drunvalo’s Liminal Philosophy

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I watched this half-an-hour video and to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed. I’ve heard too many people recite a liminal philosophy for it to hold credence.

All such philosophies have similar characteristics. They include similar points based on the idea a pseudo spiritual-dynamic critical mass:

  1. a citation of contemporary international or political circumstances as proof of the necessity of transformation
  2. paradoxically this transformation is always the first that has ever occurred in the history of a cyclical universe
  3. the time is not quite right – one or two more things need (and will) fall into place very soon
  4. the speaker is always absolutely certain that the transformation is going to take place

The idea that we are on the verge of a massive collective transformation that will happen at some undefined point in the very near future just tears at our hearts and hopes. Wouldn’t that just be wonderful? Yes! Ugh, but why does it seem like a regurgitation of not only a message that positions its speaker in the egoic role of prophet but also one that is still stuck in the duality of time?

Aside from the wonderful music from The Mission and the awesome Philip Glass sound track to put you on guard, should a philosophy that espouses a transcendence of polarities, still be dependent on one of the biggest there is: past and future? I just can’t get passed that hypocrisy. If you are going to transform, it only happens now.

Currency, immanence and transformation can’t be separated.

That being said, Drunvalo’s description of some of the more advanced stages of physiological transformation and biologically symbolic beginnings were great if not wild.

I laughed with delight when he established that the heart is given more authority and power than the mind because its development is biologically prior (and therefore older)! He also points out the Westerner’s addiction to action: We always have to do something about a problem. Things require action to the point that we so often forget that action is based on being: We forget the necessity of transcendence in daily activity.

But he throws these gems in with casual declarations of the other worlds from which many conscious beings originate.

What?! Where does he get this information? This question may sound like a typical skeptic’s but at its base is the point that Drunvalo’s authority is never firmly established. His authority comes from some anonymous indigenous group of elders. A group untouched by the modern revenges of ego-based western society. A group that has kept the mysterious heritage of power and spiritual knowledge we’ve all forgotten.

They have the power, and he is privy. Spiritual authority just doesn’t translate in video without context and although I have provided no contextual backing for his defence, my point is that this authority, this knowledge, this liminal philosophy is outside me and it’s in the future. I can’t take it.

On Divine Purpose and Missing Trains

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It is two minutes to nine and my train leaves at the top of the hour. I can see the Cambridge Heath Station overpass two blocks ahead and with my long gate, I feel assured that I am on time. Before I could fully inhale my assurance; however, a train slowly pulls away from the station. !@£$ Did I miscalculate? Is my watch incorrect? With half an hour until the next train, missing one would be slightly more irritation than I had planned on acquiring today. Three stops ahead, lying dormant in Ben’s Internet connection, is a slumbering map of Cambridge, my seemingly unplanned destination for this afternoon.


The Case of the Unsupervised Socks

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Yesterday I found out that my supervisor has decided to go on “semi-sabbatical” this year. His availability will be now limited to “some Thursdays.” As I am obviously new to the UK supervisor-student relationship, I’m not sure exactly what this means – but it fills me with a little irritation and disappointment. Mercifully, the feeling is not so overwhelming after the many reminders during the many postgraduate induction sessions last week of how independent MA work is supposed to be.