As I mentioned already, presenting the beginning of Disease, there is no known pharmaceutical or immunotherapy, which would help cure or prevent it. We should also be aware that Disease tendencies may be inherited from our evolutionary predecessor, the Great Apes. So is it hopeless, are we sentenced to become its victims?
Fortunately, the answer is: no, it would be premature to surrender. Despite many beliefs propagated by most religions and certain philosophies, humans were not innately greedy and aggressive. On the contrary, during the initial period of our history when humankind lived in the egalitarian social form called hunters/gatherers and early agriculturalists, it was only minimally affected by Disease. Moreover, this period lasted at least ten times longer than when our later history, when we became victims of Disease. So, the questions arise: how could our ancestors overcome the inherited animal tendencies and lived free from Disease while we, modern and so much more sophisticated and knowledgeable, are so seriously infected.
First of all, we have to exclude as a culprit for the presence and spread of disease some sudden genetic changes. Many recent archeological investigations of the hunters/gatherers’ and early agriculturalists’ body remains show that genetically they are more or less identical to modern humans.
Consequently, it becomes evident that the Disease is caused by changes in our psychology rather than biological defects. It may sound like a piece of good news, but it hardly is. This disease begins in early childhood and quickly increases depending on the social environment, particularly the parents and family. Unfortunately, professional psychotherapists will not qualify it as something abnormal unless Disease takes extreme forms, so they cannot help cure it. Therefore, we have to rely on ourselves as therapists, which is not easy because we are also Disease victims.
Purpose and Approach
The therapy’s ultimate purpose is to loosen and eventually break our attachment to Disease. However, while the intellectual understanding of our attachments and additions is necessary, it is not sufficient. It also requires certain mental practices to gradually dissolve the thoughts, which these attachments require to continue. One can compare Therapy to particular cancer treatment, which destroys blood supply, starving it to death.
The key to the success of Therapy is our view on Disease and its symptoms. Unless one sees them as abnormal, any attempts to free ourselves from Disease are doomed to failure. It is very challenging because modern society, as I mentioned earlier, does not acknowledge the existence of Disease and considers its symptoms as acceptable and even desirable. For example, a person who starts from a little and makes a fortune is regarded as a tremendous social accomplishment symbol.
But the most striking is that, against myriads of proof, on the contrary, most people believe that such a consequence of Disease as wars are an unavoidable part of human nature.
All of that fashions our world view, which is continually reinforced by modern reality. So Therapy requires consistent effort to see that the symptoms of Disease are not part of the innate qualities of Homo Sapiens but as acquired by millennia of ruthless systemic brainwashing.
The second step necessary is developing intention and aspiration to free ourselves from the slavery of Disease. It is no easy because of our indulgence in various its manifestations, similar to many popular substances or mental additions. To inspire us to free from Disease, I suggest consistent reading and viewing the ongoing stream of world news presenting increasing signs of degeneration of the social fabric, divisiveness, crime, stupidity, corruption, hatred, injustice, etc., as well as the horrific destruction of the natural environment. Then, we need some effort to identify them as a consequence of Disease.
If all of that makes us sufficiently motivated and decided to jump in, we may start the therapy’s basic stage. It is a critical time, and it helps to continually remind ourselves that Disease is a social phenomenon, which accompanied humanity for thousands of years. On an experiential level, we must not be surprised that the vast majority of arising thought is related to one or a combination of its symptoms. Consequently, we must not be discouraged when initially, we do not see any apparent effects of Therapy.
It is also critically important not to confuse Therapy, despite similarities, with some increasingly popular meditation, yoga, or psychotherapeutic practices. As a rule, they are designed to improve the performance in some areas, reduce stress or depression, etc., but usually do not view Disease as abnormal. For example, meditation used to enhance leadership skills clearly does not consider the very concept of leadership as interconnected with an apparent or hidden desire to control and dominate. Also, except for some form of Buddhist meditation, they are not designed to destroy the root cause of Disease, which is the attachment to one or a combination of its symptoms.
First of all, I would like to say that Therapy is not my own creation. I assembled it from various forms of Buddhist practices and adapted it to the modern world’s needs. Its key practice, the resting of mind, is based on the 14th century Tibetan sage Logchen Rabjam root text “The Precious Treasury of Basic Space of Phenomena”. Further on, I attempted to relate the proposed practices. Also, I adopted some aspects of the Mahayana school of Buddhism concerning six paramitas, which I will present in the later post, as six attitudes. I would like to stress that Therapy is free from any “exotic” Buddhist paraphernalia: no guru, no shrines, robes, prayers, etc.
Finally, despite that, some therapy methods may appear to be too arbitrary and difficult to accept. Therefore, I decided to add some ideas to justify the Therapy’s practices based on modern physics, neuroscience and psychology.
Therapy applies a two-prong approach, including individual and group practices. Theoretically, the individual form should be sufficient, but it is much more challenging and slower without collective intelligence support. But, it has to be strongly emphasized that individual practice is indispensable for various reasons. The most important is that the basic practice (describe later), particularly at the beginning, requires an adequately arranged quiet environment. To be successful, one must do the basic practice not only initially when one begins Therapy but should continue it. The basic practice causes the state of mind to become more stable and gradually leads to deeper experiences described in the next post. As basic practice progresses, it becomes possible and is strongly recommended to expanded Therapy to all life situations.
The basic practice that can be done in a group and, while done this way, offers numerous advantages. It helps each other to better understand the impact of Disease on one’s personal life. It also permits exchanging descriptions of experiences, which may occur during practice and help respond to questions. Furthermore, when the group becomes sufficiently coalescent, it may be ready to discuss potential join to social projects.
However, I would like to emphasize that, despite all these advantages, the group’s basic practice cannot replace the individual one for several reasons. The most important one is because it requires several practitioners to get together, which is possible only occasionally. Also, a group setting may not offer the environment which the practitioner may need. Finally, the group practice is much more difficult to expand to everyday life than the individual one.
Additional advantages of Therapy
While the Therapy’s ultimate purpose is to destroy our attachment to Disease, weakening of Disease also produces several important positive effects. The most significant is the spontaneously arising heightened awareness, ability to discern, creativity, compassion, and cooperation. All these qualities jointly we will call human wisdom or shortly Wisdom. However, it is imperative to emphasize that Therapy does not create Wisdom – instead, it unblocks our access to it and fully manifests.
Though various animals, to some extend, possess qualities mentioned above, the full-blown Wisdom is exclusive for Homo Sapiens. It distinguishes us from other species, including our closest relatives, the Neanderthal and Denisovan, which could not survive the Last Glacier period’s incredible harshness. Due to Wisdom, humanity not only survived but has accomplished tremendous progress by developing language, abstract thinking, creativity, compassion, and close cooperation.
Therapy liberating the full potential of Wisdom would permit an explosive increase of our innate creativity and ability to discern without which our future as a species is questionable. We may fix this and that problem, but often fixing one reinforces another. For example, widely promoted electric cars reduce the production of harmful gases, but it creates various new issues like the need for rare metals (lithium) used in batteries, the toxicity of used batteries and unemployment because electric cars require much less labour than conventional ones.
As I said in the opening page, Vision, this site will provide a modified approach to the idea of creating Wisdom Society than the one described in detail in the sister site Wisdom Society. Here, the order is reversed: first, I will discuss Disease and Therapy. It is because, without a full understanding of the danger of Disease and the necessity of Therapy, the idea of creating Wisdom Society is one more unrealistic fantasy.
Furthermore, the complete elimination of Disease is extremely difficult in our modern reality because the existing social system is a Disease’s creation. Consequently, as the Therapy progresses, thorough re-discovering our innate ability to discern our worldview becomes increasingly clarified. We become more and more aware that our social, economic, and political systems are absurd and would most likely lead to disaster. Consequently, it becomes clear that it has to be profoundly changed. The new system which would permit the elimination of Disease will be called Wisdom Society. This name reflects the free of Disease state of mind of its members.
Later on, in the separate new category of this site called Society, I will present certain critical social aspects of the proposed Wisdom Society, like egalitarianism structure combined with hierarchy free from domination. However, its system will not as tightly specified as on the Wisdom Society site. Instead, it will be fully open to the creative ideas of its future members.
This very brief presentation aims to provide the reader with a description of topics, which I will discuss in more detail in the following posts and the new way how the issue of Therapy is approached. In essence, the view is that, with very few exceptions, all of us need Therapy. The reason for that is that since our earliest childhood, we are exposed to various aspects of Disease through our parents, education, life experiences and views presented by an increasing number of media. Consequently, it is virtually impossible to be immune and not be affected by it.
However, the process of Therapy is challenging to progress alone, surrounded by Disease victims and spreaders. Therefore, the part of Therapy is to develop a social and economic environment conducive to Disease’s free lifestyle. And this social and economic environment is called Wisdom Society.