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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 9 2012 8:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

My goal through this first kickstarter is to begin to enrich and expand others with a non-mystical conception of oneness, which I am uniquely prepared to deliver in a variety of ways.  Decide you want project updates only?  Become a backer at the $1 minimum!  

I hope you will be delighted with the rewards I am able to offer, but first I'm afraid I must do my best to unvex you with some nitty-gritty oneness talk. 

The vexing part is this:  you can't have oneness without evoking something mystical, that's impossible!  That's what most people consciously believe or unconsciously respond to when presented with the idea of a non-mystical oneness. The only saving grace would be if I had an evocative formula like E=MC\2!   

Here are the Onenesses that seem possible.

  • Unknowing oneness (as in theoretical physics)
  • External force oneness (as in a retributive god)
  • Oneness achieved through self-referential beingness -- beingness equivalent to the perception of being (as in non-dual traditions)

Now take all of those away and what is left?  Perhaps you are shifting in your seat uncomfortably and thinking, "You (Michelle) can't take away everything!"  No, I can't.  But neither can anyone.

Exactly the point. 

  • There IS something left when we take away mystical states.
  • The necessary role of mystical coherences (that's what I call the onenesses in the list above) need not be questioned. 
  • The relationship between rational experience and reality is not "wrong" but is overly limiting as far as establishing useful structures and continuing to expand our inherent capacity for imagination and wonder looking forward.

The centerpiece of the project will be an essay entitled "A Non-Mystical Philosophy of Oneness."  In it I will not try to (and couldn't even if I wanted to) answer the question, What is it that is left when the veil of mystical states is lifted?   Instead I will answer, How can we begin to conceive of it rationally and in doing so expand the existing senses and layers of coherence we already find in the world? 

Whatever starts with metaphysics quickly moves to all other philosophical suppositions and before we know it wraps us in the comforts of truths and facts derived from the meanings given to it by us and others.  What I have noticed is that modern physics, religious institutions, and mountaintop mystics are all equally reluctant to admit as much.  Clearly, the intentions of oneness-seekers through the ages have been good and the results useful.  What we need now is a bridge from the confused state of rational understanding we face as a globe to a context for perceptions and stories of oneness -- for the next generation.  

What distinguishes my work from other metaphysical philosophies and gnostic or occult works is the premise that, at its most fundamental level, the universe's complexity is neither accidental (random) nor formed (fate-embued).  Using a cosmological model that centers on nothingness (dark energy and wave-form light) giving rise to somethingness (matter and particle-form light), I arrive at a model that allows for complexity to *simply* be inherent in the dynamic of space-time itself.   "Simple!" you quip. "Sounds uselessly fuzzy!"

It is easy to be re-actively vexed by fuzziness in models other than the ones you are used to.  I maintain that what I am able to provide is rationally sufficient to arrive at the profoundly important perspectives on reality that are offered.  (Please pause for a moment to really "get" the radical irony here.)  Believe it or not all models of this nature are fuzzy!  Quantum mechanics, you name it.

We have all experienced being charmed by what is philosophically possible given a certain set of rational assumptions.  What results are nothing more than quantifications and other labels that let us ponder "how fuzzy is too fuzzy" (we'll call this an unknown) and "how fuzzy is acceptably fuzzy" (we'll call this a detectable phenomena), using less vexing terms.  Each time we describe fuzzy as something other than fuzzy -- give it a context for a purpose we rationally deem worthy of boundaries, and perhaps practical utility - we risk obscuring underlying mystical assumptions with rationality.   Still, mysticism itself is not harmful and so doesn't need to be hidden, but insofar as in the process rationality itself hides useful possibilities from us, it needs revising.

In the essay A Non-Mystical Philosophy of Oneness, I will focus not on the cosmological side of what I purport but on a central cogent observation that yields from it.  The dominant approach to inquiring about reality says that complexities arise from complex interactions of independent factors acting at whatever level of imperceptibility you are talking about (atomic level, free will level, origins level). This belief is pervasive -- and flawed.  When the assumption is corrected we open to a world that leads to many interesting philosophical observations, for example, that facts about what is possible are as real as facts about what is actual and necessary.

Experience that perceives and reinforces itself for the enrichment of its own rational consciousness is complex but lacks connection to the very source of complexity, the cosmological dance between something and nothingness.  

I describe in the project video why it is important to launch this project.   Who better to "get it" and set something amazing into motion than a Backer-driven creative portal like Kickstarter?  It is true that an essay hardly requires thousands of dollars to produce and distribute, but I set the bar as high as I did because I know that this project must be more than words.  It must work its way into an experience, or a remembering, or a rational hope of oneness for each of you.   The essay is the seed, my dedication to your experience is the sun and water, the support and involvement of you and others is the soil and nutrients in which something wonderful and healing can grow.

NOT JUST WORDS

Words are great.  Languages and communication are outstanding.  Unknown nuances of existence and chances for healing our disconnect with oneness are supreme! 

Everyone offering support of $11 or more can receive a bound print version of three essays written by me.  The more Backers, the better binding you get so spread the word!  The essay described above will be included and is unique to this project, available in print only, with the Kickstarter-backed edition being the first.  The other two essays are not yet in print but are currently available on my website healinggeneration.com.  One is a work produced by me very recently that bridges rational understanding of normal v. paranormal through the window of my own personal experiences with healing with oneness.  (It's the work that pushed me to do a Kickstarter.)  The third I wrote in 2003 and will edit slightly since I have changed a few of the terms I use.  It gives the physical theory nuts and bolts that were fodder for my oneness philosophy.

All three essays are dense as cheesecakes -- too long and dense to fully digest and enjoy in one sitting, or online, or using a mobile device.  Thus I offer a print edition to be savored and taken in as the appetite allows.  As far as binding and cover: to escape any accusation of pretension (I can't tell you how often people tell me I use too many big words or have no right to think ideas so big) and more importantly to make the essays themselves as affordable as possible, the print edition will be b/w only with a simple cardstock cover.  The paper quality and binding quality will be good, and improve as the number of backers increases.  Separate but related artwork (that you might imagine as a book cover) is available starting at just $1. 

I wanted to build depth into the project as well. For some, more than just the promise of a mental knowledge of a non-mystical philosophy of oneness will be helpful, enjoyable,or both.  So I have included three types of rewards beyond the essays. They are not rewards of the sentimental type -- reminders that an experience happened.  They are experiences themselves

Visual experience -- Artwork by local (VT) artist Rae Harrell will be commissioned as part of the project.  Rae has a experienced artist in all kinds of media.  She is inspired and inspiring!   Reproductions of her commissioned pieces will be available to all backers in the form of postcards and starting at $22 in the form of a small poster.  SHARERS, RATIONALISTS, and COLLECTORS among you -- start backing!   At the other end of the spectrum (PURITY level), Rae has committed to creating two original paintings for anyone who desires a project reward that will form a lasting and highly visible part of their lives.

Substance experience -- I am offering a variety of enhanced rewards in this category starting at $33. Each comes in a reusable 4 oz. glass jar decorated with a Oneness-Healing Tree label.  Loose tea bags or cheesecloth sachet and instructions for preparation and use are included. One is intended to detoxify -- a blood stimulating tea of wild crafted spearmint and nettles.  Another is meant to provide grounding -- a restorative tea of wild crafted reishi-type mushroom from a broken branch of a maple tree.  Both are straight from my backyard in 2012. 

Substance and oneness go hand-in-hand.  Something's origin can matter in ways we don't yet understand. Perceiving and creating stories around oneness is not easy or a product of random coincidence.  In the realm of intention it begins with pursuits like detoxifying, grounding, and self-reflection. 

4 oz custom-labeled jar
4 oz custom-labeled jar

Reflection experience -- I invite you to sign up starting at the $77 level for the reward (snicker, snicker) of talking with me directly via streaming video for 30 minutes -- brief-ish but guaranteed to be pithy.  *I know at least my mom will sign up for this reward... I definitely do not call enough! lol*  We (you and me, not me and my mom) can talk about either your nuts and bolts questions about a non-mystical philosophy of oneness, or interpreting your own experiences of oneness in the context of a philosophy of oneness. 

Why the peculiar reward monetary levels?  Is that numerology?!  No -- it really is just for fun -- to be clever -- and if you're lucky, to make you to wrestle with the sensation that there may yet be more for you to "get"!

And finally, a quote to hopefully perplex and, if I am lucky, delight you even more.   "To express yourself forcefully you must commit some offense against the truth, which is deep and silent... You can't tell the truth in a sentence; no sentence can say it all. You need a period for a sentence, and there are none in the universal flux. You have to make them up." - R. Pinckert, Practical Grammar, 1986 (yes, from a book on writing made in the 1980's).  We are always underestimating the capacity of the universe. 

Possibilities are not more or less real than the truths each of us live by.  This is true literally, not figuratively, due to the structure of the cosmos and the resulting metaphysical meanings that underpin life without us even necessarily being aware of it. 

Risks and challenges

Risks: You might be underwhelmed by one or all rewards. I wouldn't sign up for one of the sustenance rewards out of morbid curiousity. They are for the non-mystical mystics among you. They are not uncommon or a great bargin. I suggest they carry a unique cosmic fingerprint that the oneness detectives among you may find useful. You can find the same things at local shops for less and they will have many of the same benefits.

If you don't have high enough speed on your internet, streaming video could result in a choppy connection. If the project is backed I will be upgrading my home internet connection to a higher speed to make sure any choppiness does not come from my end.

Challenges: Honestly, I can think of none.

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    RATIONALIST -- Share a perception or story AND receive a bound print version of three essays "A Non-Mystical Philosophy of Oneness," "The Transcript," and "Implications of a novel view of cosmological energy density and pressure relationship." The choice of moving beyond strict rational is left in your capable hands!

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    GROUNDING -- comes with collector level PLUS my own wild-harvested tree mushroom (cubed and dried) to heat and enjoy as 2 to 5 cups of medicinal tea. It's like reishi only uglier, like a hag or a hermit.

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    DETOXIFY -- comes with collector level PLUS my own wild-harvested nettles and spearmint (dried) to enjoy as 2 to 5 cups of blood stimulating tea. The Himalayan poet Milarepa consumed so much nettle tea that his skin turned green. Well-wishers who visited his cave took him to be something other than human!

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    SELF-REFLECTION -- comes with *signed* collector level PLUS a 30 minute streaming-video session with Michelle to talk about you, oneness, and the whole ball of wax. Flexible scheduling. In person option for those in the greater Burlington VT area. Printed items mailed in February 2013.

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    PURITY in Love -- Signed collector level PLUS a commissioned original painting by Rae inspired by the lovers Psyche and Shadowbrute in C.S. Lewis's masterpiece Till We Have Faces.

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    PURITY in Sound - Signed collector level PLUS an commissioned original painting by Rae inspired by the scene a youthful C.S. Lewis describes in "The Lullaby," a poem from his only book of poetry (and first published work) Spirits in Bondage. Read the poem at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2003/2003-h/2003-h.htm#2H_4_0041

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