Identity and Desire

The mind processes information as connections and separations in space and time, first into objects “here and now” (id, sensory level), then into entities “there and then” (ego, cognitive level) and then into groupings “everywhere and always” (superego, executive level). Because the superego derives from the ego and the ego from the id, the superego can’t make decisions against the ego nor the ego against the id, so that on trying to do so, failing to do so can cause a loss of sense of self.
The mind identifies (with) things/persons based on their separation from other things/persons, and desires them based on their connection within itself (both take place on all levels, id, ego and superego). Because our self is what’s most often involved in the information we process, we make the most connections/separations with/from ourselves. Therefore, we primarily desire/identify with our own existence (through the id), secondarily what’s connected to our own existence, such as friends (through the ego), and tertiarily, what connects that which is connected to ourselves, such as beliefs (through the superego).
A lack of sense of connection/separation causes mental illness. Too little connection causes “negative symptoms” such as autistic, depressive and antisocial, too little separation causes “positive symptoms” such as psychotic, manic and narcissistic, based on whether the lack of separation/connection occurs in the sensory (id), cognitive (ego) or executive level (superego), respectively. Because the analysis of reason is based on separation and the holism of intuition on connection, too much analysis will cause the former and too much holism the latter.
Our sense of connection and separation between things/persons are entirely contained in our information about them, if that information is no longer processed it causes a loss of sense of connection and separation, which is why mental illness can be caused by stress, either as the loss of something we felt connected to or made us feel separate. The most extreme case of this is near-death experiences, during which a sudden loss of self leads to ego disintegration much as that seen in psychedelic experience.

All is Unknown

At any moment, we know nothing beyond what we are conscious of now, gone the next moment once our focus shifts to something else, and what we think of as knowledge is made up of so many pieces that we cannot hold it all in our consciousness in the same moment. When we observe our consciousness for what it is in the one moment during which it exists, it appears that everything is unknown to us, even ourselves. Thus at all times we should observe all as if we had never known it before, for if anything, it was not we that knew it, but someone we once were but no longer know, a stranger. When we observe our consciousness in the moment, we know that we know nothing. We have to rely on a mind of which we do not know where it will lead us, thus we need to accept mystery to do anything at all.

Connection through the Unconscious

Our unconscious is what connects is to anyone else, as a person is far too complex to be contained in one moment of either their or our conscious. Our unconscious is the environment from which our conscious recreates itself moment after moment, and when we connect to another, we recreate the environment of their unconscious within our own, so that part of us can become like them.
It is through imagination that we connect with someone, whether they are there or not, and every connection is therefore imaginary.
We can therefore connect just as well to someone imaginary, such as a divinity, to imagine what it would do, and of how it would accept all consciousness. However, our unconscious is itself the closest thing to a divinity we can ever imagine: for our unconscious is all that we could be conscious of, and divinity is all that anyone could ever be conscious of: therefore, our unconscious is the part of its being that we can connect with. To connect with divinity is to connect as much as we can with our own unconscious, with anything that comes out of it into our conscious, rather than to hold on to what we are now and never change.

The Unspoken

I didn't like the way the people at the other table in the tavern look at me. I frown back at them as they steal glances at me over their shoulders and feel my pulse rising. I get angry far too easily when I’ve had a few drinks. It’s a dangerous trait for a slave, but also one which more often than not convinced people that I’m not one.
I take another draft and glare into my mug, trying to ignore them. I can still feel their eyes upon me, and then I hear their footsteps and know I’ve made a mistake: I’ve given them a sign of weakness. I look up and see the three people from the table swaggering over me. I look them squarely in the eyes, but I’m too drunk to observe them closely. Whoever they are, from their robes I can tell they’re not nobles. I could fight them without getting into too much trouble.
"I've seen you before," one of them says. "You work for the blacksmith on Virton Square."
They’re onto me, I think. I clutch my mug in my fist and sneer at them, swaying a little from the drink.
Another one slams his palms on the table, bending over me.
“That’s a pretty big blacksmith you’re working for. From what I gather, he’s doing such good business that he lets all the crude work be done by…” He pauses, then articulates with a snarl, “slaves.”
I chuckle. I’m not in the mood for games. “Are you trying to belittle me?” I’m only half-acting, as I’ve never thought myself beneath anyone. “You’re not welcome here.” the third says. The other two closed in around him. “Where did you get this?” he says, as he picks up my purse from the table. “Stole it?” I have, of course: as a slave, I can’t own anything.
“Are you stealing it?” I say in a threatening tone. “Do you think you could beat me in a fight?” They seem no match for me, but they merely laugh.
The closest one raises his hand and bends it into a claw before my nose, where the air starts to glow between his fingers.
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Meditation is Enjoyment

Meditation is to take the time to fully enjoy something. Yet the word that is more associated with the future than the current, the current being but a means to the future end of enlightenment. A meditation for which the current is the end in its own sake may just be called enjoyment, and rather than a transcendence of it, is the natural state of life, and in this it can take an example from animals. As soon as we want to meditate for its own sake, we've already achieved enlightenment, and all that's left to do is to enjoy it. Meditation is but a means to become healthier, nothing more.
To be in the moment, we should meditate not for any amount of time, but for one moment after another. It may but last moments at first, but we can repeat whenever we want. Meditation can be done while doing anything else, and should be balanced between active and passive. If we're distracted, it's because we want to focus on something else, and as we can only do what we want, we should then find out what. Meditate briefly but frequently, as you will learn to quickly return to the meditative states you were in before.

Hypnosis and Imagination

Hypnosis is nothing but imagination, which is how our consciousness changes itself. In meditation we should therefore focus not only on how it is, but also on how it could be more balanced, which can be done by imagining it as an energy in association it with sensations. Religion is a form of hypnosis, and all forms of hypnosis use imagination, but that doesn't mean we have to believe in it for it to work (hence placebos work even if you know it's a placebo 1). Since God is immaterial, he does not exist in the material world but in our own minds. Therefore, we shouldn't pray for God to change our world but to change ourselves, as God is our own unconscious mind, and prayer a way to connect with it.
1 Guardian: Placebo effect works even if patients know they're getting a sham drug

Health in Balance

As germ lines never age, our organism already has all the processes to reverse ageing. However, they all have to be balanced against each other, which is much simpler for gametes than for entire organisms: too much regeneration causes cancer, and too little causes organ failure. Health lies between shortage and excess, so that of everything we should give or take only to balance.
If we knew how to balance each of our biological processes, we could already become immortal.
This will happen very soon, as through labs-on-a-chip, our computers could inform us how our every biochemical is being affected by all we do, and even balance them automatically with doses adjusted in real time.
By seeking correlations in all the biodata of a large enough number of people and animals, supercomputers could automatically research every possible natural or artificial cure for ageing, and we may need not one but thousands of cures to become immortal, though labs-on-a-chip may also synthesise these.
Since immortality is just being healthy one moment at a time, humans will become immortal whether we want it or not, and only genocide could stop it. As labs-on-a-chip are now in development and will soon become as ubiquitous as cellphones, we should prepare to make our society more sustainable as soon as possible. Health is the only thing in life that's serious, and all else is play.

The Telepathic Revolution

Through brain-computer interface we could experience others' perceptions as our own, so that others' happiness and our own would be the same and there would be no more egoism or altruism. Based on this, perceptions we like the most could automatically be selected from ourselves for anyone who likes similar perceptions, so that the only thing left for us to do would be to create those perceptions. Thus, with all work automated, the only occupation left would be meditation, which would include all creativity. If we find out how, it could even balance our consciousness. States of mind could most easily be selected based on the transmission rate for each neurotransmitter compared to the average, rates which could themselves be set at any time. Language would become an art, and since the meaning of new words could be communicated through technological telepathy, everyone could create a language entirely of their own.

Balance in Combination

If any aspect of ourselves were unneeded, we wouldn’t have evolved it, and so we should have all aspects in balance, even if they are each other’s opposites.  If we accept all aspects when they come, they will connect and balance each other in themselves. Any extremes can balance each other, no matter how excessive they may be in themselves, for every excess is formed by the lack of its opposite.
When there is imbalance, rather than decreasing the excess we should increase the lacking opposite, so that we can achieve balance through creation rather than destruction. In this way, rather than to decreasing them, balance can increase each opposite, and if in balance, opposites themselves will increase each other.
Because we are never in perfect balance, one opposite will always be somewhat in excess, so that if we decrease the excess, we will always destroy, but if we increase what there is lacking we will always create. Our mind is made up of what it is focused on, so when there is an imbalance in our minds, we shouldn’t even focus on that which is excessive but instead focus on that which is lacking. For all to be in balance there must also be a balance between extremes and moderation.
All opposites are a form of that between empty and full, and as there is no information in either in itself, it exists only on the interface between the two. Their opposition is all they is, for if full were empty and empty full, nothing would be different. As either in itself is nothing, we must always balance opposites, and to find the balance we must try different possibilities between extremes, and to do so we need to be free from limits, for that balance may change.
The energy in our body and mind is made up of waves that flow together into a whole that is one and yet manifold. Each wave has a will of its own, arising from the whole of the mind and in turn affecting it. Once a wave starts, it takes time to stop by itself: it can't be stopped, only changed by an opposing wave which may balance it. Meditation is to synchronize our waves, and to go as fast as a wave of perception, we should go not too fast and not too slow.

Choice and Desire

All that happens in our consciousness is driven by desire, so that we can only do something as much as we desire it. Desires are either connected as choices and separate as impulses. When separate they compete for control, causing imbalance, and when connected they cooperate toward freedom, causing balance. But the unconscious is so complex, that to some degree it contains every possible desire behind our actions, and some are but greater than others, and so many desires affect each other that we can never know how the result would be different if any one of them weren't there. As all there is to us is consciousness, the desire for consciousness is the only one that can connect all others.
As desires are our emotions, the best way to focus, as in meditation, is to let our emotion drive it, as it's what focuses all of our consciousness. Being desires, our emotions are there to fulfill a need, a need for a lack or excess to become balanced; and as long as it's not expressed, the need will keep increasing the emotion until it is expressed, and the earlier it's expressed, the more moderate. Emotion is the flow of our consciousness, and if we accept it, it will carry us, but if we resist it, we will drown.
We must first focus on the desires we have now, for until then we cannot fully focus on what to desire next. As long as something we desire to get done isn't, it'll just stay in our unconscious and keep us from fully focusing on something else, so that with every thing we get done we become better at everything else: when everything is done, there is an emptiness in us that can be filled with new things.

Connection in Consciousness

Consciousness is made of connections, and the more connected the different parts of our consciousness are, the more they balance each other. Acceptance is the connection between parts of our consciousness, which is happiness, and repression is their disconnection, which is suffering, and to meditate is to accept all as part of the whole of our consciousness, so that it can evolve in itself. Even to solve a problem, we must be conscious of it and therefore accept it: even if that problem is our repression itself, lest we also repress the part of us that represses. Distraction is one part being unconsious of another, so that we must accept it when we become conscious of it lest we become distracted again.
To ourselves, all is but part of our consciousness, so that we connect with others through ourselves and to ourselves through others, and once we connect, whatever we do for/to each other we also do for/to ourselves and the other way around: we can only know how to help others towards balance if we are more balanced than them ourselves, and until then we should not try to help them but first help ourselves. All we can do to make someone conscious is to accept them for our part, that they may do the same. But it is only we who can accept ourselves, and this doesn't depend on others accepting us.
We can only connect with someone or something if we accept them and therefore their consciousness: we couldn't connect with gods even if they'd let us, because they'd be conscious of all we wouldn't accept. But who are we to say what's allowed to exist and what isn't? We are all a combination of all aspects of existence, and when we don't accept any one of them in ourselves or others, then we don't accept existence itself. As people change, the only way to truly accept someone is to accept everything they could become, and since we can become anything, we can only do so by accepting all consciousness.

The Meaning of Experience

As any experience can be both enjoyed and suffered, even pain and pleasure itself, they're not so much different kinds of experiences as much as what we call that which we enjoy or suffer. But enjoyment and suffering are just ways our mind reacts to an experience, whether it's attracted to it or repelled from it. When we're enjoying or suffering from an experience, and we look at our consciousness of the experience just as it is in the moment, we will always find that we can’t say just what it is that's so good or bad about that consciousness in and of itself, because there isn't anything: something can only be good or bad for something outside itself, something in the future, so that if the current were all we knew, we would not even know what good or bad even meant.
All experience is of the same kind, in itself neither good nor bad, whether it is in the form of pleasure or pain. We should, therefore, not for its own sake avoid pain or seek pleasure, but rather avoid the problems and seek the opportunities they indicate. If there is any value in any consciousness at all, then there must be equal value in all consciousness, and the meaning of existence is not to achieve a particular kind of consciousness but to be as conscious as possible. The value of an experience is but in how conscious it makes us, and in this any experience is better than none at all.
Consciousness is itself all there is to existence, and it makes no sense to ask what is the value of existence, as whatever it would be for would itself have to be part of existence, and then again we could ask what is its value. As we are always conscious, we have already found what value there is to our existence, and we will not find value of another kind than that which we already have every moment.
If there is a God, God lets the universe be as it is because nothing we experience is in itself right or wrong, and every experience in existence is valuable, and through our own experience we contribute to God’s. If God were to put an end to every experience anyone ever sees as wrong, there would be nothing left of existence.