I went to what is called the “temple of the universe” yesterday night. Before I continue forward, I feel compelled to mention that my next entries will not chronicle my descent into a cult, regardless of what images the name “temple of the universe”, or the fact that I willingly went to it of my own free will may procure. No, I went because I am willing to listen to ideas, as long as I am provided the option to come to my own conclusions. I don’t think that is what I found while after Mickey Singer spoke for over an hour.
The first thing you may notice when you search that name is the website of the “temple”. The second is probably and article about how his company defrauded investors. I will ignore this part of his character, as I cannot speak to it any more than you can read about it. Rather I can speak to my understanding of what he mentioned last night.
What I took from his hour was inconclusive. If I could distill what he said it he mentioned there is no good or bad: those are our concepts of reality, a reality that we cannot change. The concept of dharma was mentioned. All of what he mentioned made me think, but he drew conclusions from what he mentioned and eluded that he knew the truth of the matter. This was one of my two points of contention.
The other was because I was not presented enough information to come to my own conclusion. He had the power to come to conclusions because he had the knowledge, experience, or something that I can not presently quantify(if such a thing exists). If I wanted to understand that conclusion, I would have to attend again to hear more of his knowledge. If I were a cynic (which by the wikipedia definition I just may be) I would say that this was breeding a dependency.
Still, what he mentioned wasn’t outwardly idiotic. It was reasoned, and was at times based on popular scientific understanding of the universe. Despite what you may have taken from my rambles, I do not judge what I heard as anything but inconclusive. I was not presented with enough information to draw the same conclusions that he did so I cannot dispute or accept any finality.
Mickey speaks of zen, bhuddism, yoga, religion, god, spirituality, amongst much else. I see seeking knowledge and understanding as(which all of these things attempt to do) as a positive thing. However, I am a quantitative thing: I need to be able to test a hypothesis, and make sure it stands up to all scientific rigor.
Also on an only slightly related note, a slim pillow on the floor as a seat is not confortable for any extended amount of time.