Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics

Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics

Harmonizing Evolutionary Convergence

Summary of terms

Absolute

There is only one Absolute, for if there were more than one, they would be relative to each other and we could compare them. So the Absolute, and only the Absolute, is beyond compare. For, as the etymology shows us, the Absolute lies beyond all the divisions that the analytical, scientific mind constructs.

alone

To be alone is to be ‘all-one’, living in Oneness, in solitude. As such aloneness is a truly beautiful situation, which can turn sour if there is any longing for the situation to be different, when aloneness becomes loneliness, a mental disturbance.

ambivalence

Ambivalence was coined to mean ‘the coexistence in one person of contradictory emotions or attitudes, such as love and hatred, towards a person or thing’. Such ambivalent feelings can feel very uncomfortable, leading to indecision and so-called weakness as the opposites flip-flop in the mind. One way of dealing with ambivalence is to repress one or other of these opposites, pushing it into the unconscious, where it nevertheless continues to influence behaviour unless brought to the surface and carefully examined in the brilliant light of Consciousness.

anitya

Chenrezig sand mandalaThe double negative in the etymology of anitya tells us that only that which is not born is immortal and eternal. Thus everything that is born into the relativistic world of form is impermanent.

art

While art often refers to a creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture, works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power, it is much more. As we can see from the etymology of the word, we use our artistic abilities to put back together that which science has been separated through analysis.

It is through art that we bring order and harmony to the world, words that share a common PIE base.

avidyā

Avidyā is used in both Hinduism and Buddhism to indicate our conditioned minds, unable to distinguish the relativistic, phenomenal world of form from our Immortal Ground of Being, to differentiate transient māyā from intransient Reality. Ignorance of the Truth thus prevents us from using our Divine Intelligence to understand what it truly means to be a human being.

being

The principal primal concept in IRL, the central concept in Aristotle’s ontology in Metaphysics. Any form that exists. The concept of being is of the utmost generality, denoting any object, event, process, system, organism, state, feeling, form, structure, relationship, field, concept, ideal, belief, opinion, class, character, symbol, religion, discipline, ism, ology, osophy, theory, language, culture, civilization, or any other entity that any knowing being can perceive, conceive, or imagine.

class

One of the primal concepts in IRL, denoting a collection of beings—specifically called entities—that have a set of attributes in common, derived from the concept of class in object-oriented modelling. Classes in IRL thus correspond to what Plato called Forms or Ideas, universals that he mistakenly regarded as eternal.

See also entity and attribute.

community

Community, which is cognate with municipal ‘service performed for the community’, shares a PIE base with Sanskrit maitreya ‘friendly, benevolent’ and Pāli mettā ‘loving-kindness’ meaning ‘to change, go, move’. So community literally means ‘changing together in loving friendship’, synergistically sharing the unifying purpose to discover what communities share in common.

concept

The Oxford Companion to the Mind defines concept as “an abstraction or general notion that may serve as a unit (or an ‘atom’) of a theory”, going on to say, “we cannot see at all clearly into our minds by introspection.” Two key points arise from these statements.

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