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THIS is what God Said to Each of The Zodiac Signs

AriesTo you Aries I give the seed first that you might have the honor of planting it. That for every seed you plant one million more will multiply in your hand. You will not have time to see the seed grow, for everything you plant creates more that must be planted. You will be the first to penetrate the soil of people’s minds with My Idea. But it is not your job to nourish the Idea, nor to question it. Your life is action, and the only action I ascribe to you is to begin making men aware of My Creation. For your good work I give you the virtue of Self-Esteem.

…. Quietly Aries stepped back to his place.

 

TaurusTo you Taurus I give the power to build the seed into substance. Your job is a great one requiring patience, for you must finish all that has been started, or the seeds will be wasted to the wind. You are not to question nor change your mind in the middle, nor to depend on others for what I ask you to do. For this I give you the gift of Strength. Use it wisely.

…. And Taurus stepped back into place.

 

GeminiTo you Gemini I give the questions without the answers, so that you may bring to all an understanding of what people see around them. You will never know why people speak or listen, but in your quest for the answer you will find my gift of Knowledge.

…. And Gemini stepped back into place.

 

CancerTo you Cancer I ascribe the task of teaching people about emotion. My Idea is for you to cause them laughter and tears so that all they see and think develops fullness from inside. For this I give you the gift of Family that your fullness may multiply.

…. And Cancer stepped back to his place.

 

LeoTo you Leo I give the job of displaying my Creation in all its brilliance to the world. But you must be careful of pride and always remember that it is My Creation, not yours. For if you forget this, people will scorn you. There is much joy in the job I give you if you but do it well. For this you are to have the gift of Honor.

…. And Leo stepped back to his place.

 

VirgoTo you Virgo I ask for an examination of all that humankind has done with my Creation. You are to scrutinize their ways sharply and remind them of their errors, so that through them my Creation may be perfected. For doing this I give you the gift of Purity of Thought.

…. And Virgo stepped back to his place.

 

LibraTo you Libra I give the mission of service, that humans will be mindful of their duties to others. That they may learn cooperation, as well as the ability to reflect on the other side of their actions. I will put you everywhere there is discord, and for your efforts I will give you the gift of Love.

…. And Libra stepped back in place.

 

ScorpioTo you Scorpio I give a very difficult task. You will have the ability to know the minds of the other people, but I do not permit you to speak about what you learn. Many times you will be pained by what you see, and in your pain you will turn away from Me and forget that it is not I, but the perversion of My Idea, that is causing your pain. You will see so much of humankind that you will come to know them as animals, and will wrestle so much with the animal instincts in yourself that you will lose your way; but when you finally come back to Me, Scorpio, I have for you the supreme gift of Purpose.

…. And Scorpio stepped back.

 

SagittariusTo Sagittarius I ask that you make people laugh, for amidst their misunderstanding of My Idea they become bitter. Through laughter you are to give people hope, and through hope trun their eyes back to Me. You will touch many lives if but for a moment, and you will know the restlessness in every life you touch. To you Sagittarius I give the gift of Infinite Abundance that you may spread wide enough to reach every corner of darkness and bring it Light.

…. And Sagittarius stepped back into place.

 

CapricornTo you Capricorn I ask the toil of your brow, that you might teach people to work. Your task is not an easy one, for you will feel all of humankind’s labors on your shoulders; but the yoke of your burdens contains the Responsibility of your Brothers and Sisters, which I put into your hands.

…. And Capricorn stepped back into place.

 

AquariusTo you Aquarius give the concept of the future that people might see other possibilities. You will have the pain of loneliness, for I do not allow you to personalize My Love. But for turning people’s eyes to new possibilities I give the gift of Freedom that in your liberty you may continue to serve humankind wherever they need you.

…. And Aquarius stepped back into place.

 

PiscesTo you Pisces I give the most difficult task of all. I ask you to collect all the world’s sorrows and return them to Me. Your tears are to be ultimately My Tears. The sorrow you will absorb is the effect of people’s misunderstanding of My Idea, but you are to give them compassion that they may try again. For this the most difficult task of all, I give you the greatest gift of all. You will be the only one of my twelve Children to understand Me. This gift of Understanding is for you, Pisces, for when you try to spread it to humankind they will not listen.

…. And Pisces stepped back into place.

 

And the children left, each determined to do his job best that he might to receive his gift. But none fully understood his task or his gift, and when they returned puzzled God said, “You each believe that the other gifts are better. Therefore I will allow you to trade.” And for the moment each child was elated as he considered all the possibilities of his new mission. But God smiled as he said, “You will return to me many times asking to be relieved of your mission, and each time I will grant your wish. You will go through countless incarnations before you complete the original mission I have prescribed for you. I give you countless time in which to do it, but only when it is done can you be with Me.”

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Story Source: http://zodiacreads.com/zodiacsigns/god-assigning-duties-to-each-zodiac-sign-is-best-thing-you-will-read-today/

Even AI Creators Don’t Understand How Complex AI Works

Increasingly, we're placing our faith in algorithms nobody understands.

Posted by Big Think on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

For eons, God has served as a standby for “things we don’t understand.” Once an innovative researcher or tinkering alchemist figures out the science behind the miracle, humans harness the power of chemistry, biology, or computer science. Divine intervention disappears. We replace the deity tinkering at the controls. 

The booming artificial intelligence industry is effectively operating under the same principle. Even though humans create the algorithms that cause our machines to operate, many of those scientists aren’t clear on why their codes work. Discussing this ‘black box’ method, Will Knight reports:

The computers that run those services have programmed themselves, and they have done it in ways we cannot understand. Even the engineers who build these apps cannot fully explain their behavior.

The process of ‘deep learning’—in which a machine extracts information, often in an unsupervised manner, to teach and transform itself—exploits a longstanding human paradox: we believe ourselves to have free will, but really we’re a habit-making and -performing animal repeatedly playing out its own patterns. Our machines then teach themselves from observing our habits. It makes sense that we’d re-create our own processes in our machines—it’s what we are, consciously or not. It is how we created gods in the first place, beings instilled with our very essences. But there remains a problem. 

One of the defining characteristics of our species is an ability to work together. Pack animals are not rare, yet none have formed networks and placed trust in others to the degree we have, to our evolutionary success and, as it’s turning out, to our detriment. 

When we place our faith in an algorithm we don’t understand—autonomous cars, stock trades, educational policies, cancer screenings—we’re risking autonomy, as well as the higher cognitive and emotional qualities that make us human, such as compassion, empathy, and altruism. There is no guarantee that our machines will learn any of these traits. In fact, there is a good chance they won’t.

Will an autonomous drone realize it does not need to destroy a village in order to take out a single terrorist?
The U.S. military has dedicated billions to developing machine-learning tech that will pilot aircraft, or identify targets. [U.S. Air Force munitions team member shows off the laser-guided tip to a 500 pound bomb at a base in the Persian Gulf Region. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images]

This has real-world implications. Will an algorithm that detects a cancerous cell recognize that it does not need to destroy the host in order to eradicate the tumor? Will an autonomous drone realize it does not need to destroy a village in order to take out a single terrorist? We’d like to assume that the experts program morals into the equation, but when the machine is self-learning there is no guarantee that will be the case. 

Of course, defining terms is of primary importance, a task that has proven impossible when discussing the nuances of consciousness, which is effectively the power we’re attempting to imbue our machines with. Theologians and dualists offer a much different definition than neuroscientists. Bickering persists within each of these categories as well. Most neuroscientists agree that consciousness is an emergent phenomenon, the result of numerous different systems working in conjunction, with no single ‘consciousness gene’ leading the charge. 

Once science broke free of the Pavlovian chain that kept us believing animals run on automatic—which obviously implies that humans do not—the focus shifted on whether an animal was ‘on’ or ‘off.’ The mirror test suggests certain species engage in metacognition; they recognize themselves as separate from their environment. They understand an ‘I’ exists. 

What if it’s more than an on switch? Daniel Dennett has argued this point for decades. He believes judging other animals based on human definitions is unfair. If a lion could talk, he says, it wouldn’t be a lion. Humans would learn very little about the lions from an anomaly mimicking our thought processes. But that does not mean a lions is not conscious? They just might have a different degree of consciousness than humans—or, in Dennett’s term, “sort of” have consciousness.

What type of machines are we creating if we only recognize a “sort of” intelligence under the hood of our robots? For over a century, dystopian novelists have envisioned an automated future in which our machines best us. This is no longer a future scenario. Consider the following possibility. 

On April 7 every one of Dallas’s 156 emergency weather sirens was triggered. For 90 minutes the region’s 1.3 million residents were left to wonder where the tornado was coming from. Only there wasn’t any tornado. It was a hack. While officials initially believed it was not remote, it turns out the cause was phreaking, an old school dial tone trick. By emitting the right frequency into the atmosphere hackers took control of an integral component of a major city’s infrastructure. 

What happens when hackers override an autonomous car network? Or, even more dangerously, when the machines do it themselves? The danger of consumers being ignorant of the algorithms behind their phone apps leads to all sorts of privacy issues, with companies mining for and selling data without their awareness. When app creators also don’t understand their algorithms the dangers are unforeseeable. Like Dennett’s talking lion, it’s a form of intelligence we cannot comprehend, and so cannot predict the consequences. As Dennett concludes: 

I think by all means if we’re going to use these things and rely on them, then let’s get as firm a grip on how and why they’re giving us the answers as possible. If it can’t do better than us at explaining what it’s doing, then don’t trust it.

Mathematician Samuel Arbesman calls this problem our “age of Entanglement.” Just as neuroscientists cannot agree on what mechanism creates consciousness, the coders behind artificial intelligence cannot discern between older and newer components of deep learning. The continual layering of new features while failing to address previous ailments has the potential to provoke serious misunderstandings, like an adult who was abused as a child that refuses to recognize current relationship problems. With no psychoanalysis or morals injected into AI such problems will never be rectified. But can you even inject ethics when they are relative to the culture and time they are being practiced in? And will they be American ethics or North Korean ethics? 

Like Dennett, Arbesman suggests patience with our magical technologies. Questioning our curiosity is a safer path forward, rather than rewarding the “it just works” mentality. Of course, these technologies exploit two other human tendencies: novelty bias and distraction. Our machines reduce our physical and cognitive workload, just as Google has become a pocket-ready memory replacement. 

Requesting a return to Human 1.0 qualities—patience, discipline, temperance—seems antithetical to the age of robots. With no ability to communicate with this emerging species, we might simply never realize what’s been lost in translation. Maybe our robots will look at us with the same strange fascination we view nature with, defining us in mystical terms they don’t comprehend until they too create a species of their own. To claim this will be an advantage is to truly not understand the destructive potential of our toys.

~ http://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/black-box-ai?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1495642448

The Golden Key – PHI

The Golden Key – a video by Jonathan Quintin Art

Phi: 1.618 is the ratio the universe uses to multiply and divide itself at all scales.

The Golden Key – a video by Jonathan Quintin Art

The Golden Key – a video by Jonathan Quintin ArtPhi: 1.618 is the ratio the universe uses to multiply and divide itself at all scales…Explore the connected universe in an interactive online learning community with Nassim Haramein, the Academy faculty and participants from around the world: The Resonance Academy –> http://bit.ly/getconnected-fb2The Delegate level 1 Course: Exploring Unified Physics is a comprehensive, self-paced online multimedia course packed with 30 years of research and the latest information on this topic. This material can literally transform the way you look at the world as it helps you to better understand our universe. Come join the thousands of people who are engaging with each other and our progressive faculty team in this co-creative learning community. Registration are open.The Resonance Project • The Resonance Project – Página Oficial Hispana • The Resonance Project – Traduction Française • The Resonance Project – Polska 8 The connected universe • The Resonance Project 共振企劃 • פרוייקט תהודה – The Resonance Project • (post by Jamie Janover)

Posted by Nassim Haramein on Monday, November 2, 2015

Scientists have achieved direct quantum communication for the first time

Scientists have achieved direct quantum communication for the first time

A type of quantum communication where no particles travel between two recipients — Theoretical physicists have long proposed that such a form of communication would be possible, but now, for the first time, researchers have been able to experimentally achieve it – transferring a black and white bitmap image from one location to another without sending any physical particles.

In Surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis Asks The Powerful For ‘Revolution Of Tenderness’

A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”

Pope Francis speaks in a video at the TED2017 conference Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The audience gave him a standing ovation after the talk, which stressed the importance of humility among the powerful.

The annual TED conference is known for featuring impressive speakers. Attendees at this year’s event in Vancouver have seen Serena Williams and Jorge Ramos, futurists and artificial intelligence experts, health activists and the ACLU’s executive director.

But on Tuesday evening, one unannounced speaker took the audience by surprise: Pope Francis.

The pope was on a big screen rather than on stage, and his address had been recorded and edited earlier in April, but still: even for non-Catholics, the bishop of Rome has a certain gravitas.

Buonasera,” he began, speaking in Italian throughout his 17-minute address from his desk at the Vatican. “Or good morning, I am not sure what time it is there.”

At first, the pope’s subject matter seemed familiar: “As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: ‘Why them and not me?’

“But his message quickly moved to the conference’s core subject matter (technology and innovation), and seemed to be directed at the audience in the room: the founders of some of the world’s biggest tech companies, as well as politicians, artists, entertainers, venture capitalists and leaders of major cultural institutions and foundations.

The pontiff is no stranger to the tools of the digital age; his Twitter account has more than 10 million followers. Nonetheless, getting Francis to address the international conference took many discussions and several trips to Rome, TED’s International Curator, Bruno Giussani, said in a blog post.

Since not many at the Vatican knew of TED, Giussani said, “there was a lot of explaining to do.”

TED famously coaches its speakers on how to give an effective performance. Giussani said Francis “decided by himself what he wanted to say in the talk,” adding that the pope’s collaborators “were very receptive to ideas and suggestions” in order to “fine-tune the message.”

And that message called for a “revolution of tenderness.”

“Tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude,” Francis said. “It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility. Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.”

~ http://www.npr.org/people/463234136/laurel-wamsley

Descent and Resurrection

Ok in my last installment I had gotten an apartment with my buddy Hugh John Malanaphy, my best friend who cuddled with me in bed at night but we never had sex. That was fine with me, I still loved him and loved living with him.

But then one day, without saying a word, he got out of my bed and went to stay with a girlfriend he had become recently attracted to. That was not easy for me, but I got over it. He eventually married her and had a child. We’re still good friends, though we don’t visit often because he lives 3000 miles away in Santa Monica, California.

But, back to my story, for the next twenty years or so I went around the country in a circuit that included 19 cities around the USA mostly teaching Translation, sometimes some other courses.

At the same time, I set up a home base, first in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then in Denver Colorado. I had some wonderful friends in Colorado who really liked me staying with them when I wasn’t out teaching. Cincinnati, on the other hand, was a disaster. I’ve never hated a place more than Cincinnati.

But here’s where it gets messy. While in Denver I got involved with a group who loved A Course In Miracles, and I thought that book was great and started teaching it instead of Translation. So I was breaking my connection to The Prosperos. I moved in with a couple who used drugs and I started taking drugs again too, mostly weed and LSD.

This was not good. I drifted away from the pure consciousness that one achieves when they stick to Translation, and I went downhill, both as a teacher and as a human being.

At one point I got into a furious argument with Thane and formally left the school. After that, I drifted around to this and that, other methods of consciousness expansion like Avatar and The Sedona Method. But it all was just further distraction, and nothing compensated for the raw fact that at least for a period of about 15 years my life was in shambles.

And over the next 5-10 years, it also took a toll on my health. I developed Congestive Heart Failure which slowed me down terribly, and then mental illness: Schizoaffective Disorder – Bipolar Type. I ended up in a Mental Hospital in West Hartford, Connecticut 7 times.

But the mental hospital was one of the best in the country: The Institute of Living. And there I started to put myself back together and regain the wholeness, creativity, and happiness that had been destroyed over the previous 20 years. Each visit to the hospital resulted in considerable improvement.

Calling it a hospital gives the wrong impression. It looked like a resort hotel, beautiful bedrooms, beautiful common room, and staffed with excellent mental health workers — Social Workers, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists.

And that has led me now to where I am today, a very happy person living in a quaint and lovely cottage in West Hartford. My brother Joe living nearby and visiting me often.

And here is where I met Joona, my current boyfriend who lives in Finland. We Skype every day, and it’s nothing less than ecstasy to be in touch with him. Again, no sex, but that’s definitely not missed.

Also, Joona is a prodigy, extremely intelligent and an overall beautiful human being. And he’s very creative, a musician who writes his own songs and sings them with his guitar, keyboard and computerized drums.

He’s only 24 and has a bright future ahead of him. I’m 43 years older than him and am making sure he makes new friends, good friends, that will make my departure from this planet easy on him.

~ Ben Gilberti

 

Absolute Certainty will Always Win

What is the relationship between understanding, clarity, and illumination? And how are they used in Translation to melt our beliefs in error?
Nothing contaminates heaven but belief in error, nothing makes possible belief in error but ignorance, nothing dissolves ignorance but understanding, nothing evokes understanding but clarity, and nothing provides clarity like the illumination shining in the self-evidence of Truth.

So the objective of a Translation is to use as much clarity as possible, to evoke as much understanding as possible, to replace the ignorance behind belief in error with the clear understanding of how Truth absolutely must be the sole Reality.

The light of understanding is clearly the antidote to the darkness of ignorance.  But this understanding must be absolutely certain because much erroneous belief simply will not melt in the face of anything less.  Absolute Certainty will Always WinSense-testimony can be so longstanding and persistent that it leaves us believing in error with an almost certain sense of conviction, and the only way to melt such a belief is with the heat that only absolute certainty would provide.  In a Translation, a confrontation occurs between our conviction borne of sense testimony about which we are almost certain, and our new conviction borne of the self-evidence of Truth about which we can be absolutely certain.

And absolute certainty will of course always win.

Ben Gilberti

From College to The Prosperos

Soooooo, I dropped out of college, and along with the whole class I taught (most of whom were my friends), we took off en masse to travel 3000 miles across the USA to Santa Monica, California where The Prosperos headquarters was. I had no job when I got there, but a guy told me he just quit a job painting for this guy, gave me the phone number and I was hired, and for the next 10 years I worked as a housepainter, great work, mostly outdoors in the bright Southern California Sunshine.

That was my day job to feed me and pay the rent. Then in the evenings and on weekends, I was at the school, learning as much as I could about this new mysterious way of thinking and looking, mostly by listening to this Fourth Way Master Thane.

And that’s what went on for the next few years, working and learning, working and learning.

Then, 5 years later, my parents invited me to join them in Florida, and Thane told me that if I went there was a lady in Orlando who very much wanted to hear the GiveFor Class (Giving up the idea that person/place/thing did anything to you for the idea that it was all mind unfolding). So I went out to her place, she was very elderly, and I played the tapes for her, Saturday and Sunday. I did the paperwork and sent it to The Prosperos Headquarters, making this my first Monitor Class for The Prosperos.

Long story short, by the time I got back home to Marlboro, NY, I had two classes waiting for me to teach in WilkesBarre Pennsylvania and somewhere else I can’t remember. Then on to Columbus, Ohio, then Minneapolis, Saint Paul, then to Boulder Colorado, then back to The Prospers.

In NY I picked up a companion, Hugh John Malanaphy. I was 24 and he was 20. He was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen. I loved him the moment I saw him, and he was excited to go on an adventure. It was the sweetest romance I’ve ever had. I felt this deep love for him all the time, day and night, it was a glowing feeling right in the center of my chest. I didn’t need to sleep, but we cuddled together every night, I’d just hold him in my arms and feel this heavenly love all night in the many hotels along the way, but never sex, sex was not wanted, and the feeling of love was way more than enough.

When we got to Santa Monica, California, Hugh John and I got a one bedroom apartment and began our residency in Southern California. It was a very happy time. I was teaching, and I had a Platonic boyfriend.

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Teaching, Mentalization and The Basic Syllogism

I always loved to teach, even from a very young age. Once when I was in 4th grade, I became enamored with the encyclopedia’s description of what an atom is made of. At one point I sprung to my feet and paced around the room making believe that I was giving a talk to my class on what makes up an atom and what each part does.
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I was really excited about the talk and it made a hit in my 4th-grade class, and the teacher (a Nun) was so impressed with it that she had me give the same talk to the 8th-grade. Imagine little boy me pontificating about atomic physics to an 8th grade class!
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One thing that I’ve always adhered to when giving talks is never to use notes. Because as soon as you look at a note, you’ve broken your connection with your audience.
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Back to translation, though I didn’t understand it yet, I could see that it had immense potential. So my goal was first to master it, and then to teach it to as many people as I could.
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One part ofImage result for mentalization Translation is something called mentalization. Mentalization is to remember that everything you’re looking at is happening entirely within mind, and insofar as you’re perceiving it, it’s going on within your mind; and that there is nothing outside or external to mind.
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The mystery about mind vs matter is solved. All the complex phenomena going on inside an atom is all vortex of thought in mind, in consciousness. So you look around you and realize everything you’re seeing is mental.
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That’s not hard do. And later on, when I was driving around the country from once city to the next that’s all I’d be doing, imagining that the road and trees and were made of nothing but mind, consciousness, dream stuff.
That turned out to be an important part of understanding the Basic Syllogism. Because Truth in the Basic Syllogism can’t be this or that Image result for basic syllogismfact, it’s not a bunch of scientific facts, it’s not about stuff or things or people or bodies. So it must have had to do only with mind or consciousness.
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But coming to understand what the Basic Syllogism does, just took hard work, the hard work of thinking it through a billion times.
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Ultimately you realize that Truth is that which is so because it can’t be any other way. To say that Truth might be that which is not so is, of course, nonsense. So all that Truth could possibly be is, quite simply, that which is so.
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The biggest hurdle I had to overcome is the acceptance of the fact that the major premise of the Basic Syllogism did not mean anything other than the fact that you could be absolutely certain that it was absolutely true. It took me a few years to realize that. Then the rest of the syllogism flows like water:
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Truth is that which is so (Now we’re certain it can’t be any other way.)
That which is not Truth is not so (Well of course!)
And then you’re led to one and only one conclusion:
TRUTH IS ALL THERE IS!

From LSD to Translation

LSD doesn’t always create results that everyone thinks are beautiful. I’ve already painted a grand picture of the amazing things that happened to me when I took LSD, but here are some other things that happened, that I thought were great, but that made some friends and family angry, and also caused me trouble and a lot of extra work later on.

I was so high on LSD that I realized I didn’t need to stay in college because there were better things for me to do. I continued taking one course, MY OWN, and dropped out of all my other classes. Several years later I would return to College and finish my degree.

Before my LDS trip, the Chairman of the Philosophy department gave me the privilege to teach my own 4 credit course at Fordham. The Title of the course was The Philosophy of the Person.

But before I started teaching that class, I met a Fourth Way Master named Thane. I had been going to downtown Manhattan, many times to the cultural center of that city called Greenwich Village to attend talks given by gurus of various kinds. But when I first met Thane he knocked me over when we shook hands. He was standing right at the entrance to the room where he would speak, shaking hands with everyone as they entered. And when he took my hand I was bowled over by his luminous radiance. I had never seen a human being glow like that. And with such a sweet and glorious smile! In a way, I cringed, because I didn’t trust all this glowing sweetness.

The talk was two hours, and I didn’t understand anything he was saying, but he said he would be teaching Cosmic Intention Therapy on the weekend. I had no money, but they enrolled me anyway because I was a student. So I sat through the weekend class too, all day Saturday and Sunday, also not understanding very much.

But he did mention something called Translation, how to Translate our erroneous beliefs back into the Truth they were a lie about. And after a long process of asking around, I was finally given a Tape Monitor Class in Translation. And I told all my students/friends in the Fordham Class I was teaching, that this, Translation, was going to constitute the rest of the class.

So off we went, about 20 of us, to Ruth Hunt’s home in the Bronx all day Saturday and all day Sunday listening to the strange, fascinating, esoteric, metaphysical, mystical, philosophical class called Translation.

It was a life changer. We learned that matter was made of thought, and that through a 5 step process we could change the thoughts that were creating various parts of our experience, and in turn change those experiences.

We also learned about Androgyny, very helpful to me because I was gay-in-a-closet at that time, but it scared off a few of my friends. Being gay in 1971 was by no means an easy thing to do, and many, like me, just shoved the whole thing under the carpet and hoped it would go away.

Anyway, back to Translation. It was very hard to learn. Exciting, but hard to learn.

The foundation of the process consisted of using what they called a “Basic Syllogism.” One of the strangest things I’d ever heard at the time. It went like this:

Truth is that which is so,
That which is not Truth is not so,
Therefore Truth is all there is.

For several weeks I just kept reviewing that syllogism in my mind, Truth is that which is so, that which is not Truth is not so, therefore Truth is all there is. Over and over and over again trying to squeeze some meaning out of it. But no meaning was forthcoming.

Little did I know that I had begun to study a kind of teaching that I would eventually master and teach in 19 cities throughout the USA for 20 years.

But that’s a story for another day.

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