Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Secret...shhh!

So I FINALLY watched The Secret last night. I told myself I would never watch it. I’m a skeptic of anyone who offers a better life. What could possibly be so profound that it could break down my steal barriers that prevent me from being profounded…uhh…yeah I know that’s not a word, but you know what I mean!

I did know before watching the DVD that The Secret was basically about The Law of Attraction. I had learned a little about the Law of Attraction from some other random video on the internet (a posting in someone’s myspace bulletin), that video was actually a lot more convincing than The Secret. This “internet video” was interviewing this scientist (Japanese?) who has been doing experiments on The Law of Attraction. The guy would hook up these rigs to peoples’ brains and influence them to think certain thoughts (good thoughts, bad thoughts…). These, uh…”rigs” would then project the “brain waves” into water…I think it was water….anyways, these brain waves would produce images in the water. Not just some shape, but pretty amazing shapes, well at least the good thoughts did. The good thoughts would produce these perfectly symmetrical snowflake shapes. It was pretty fuckin’ cool. The bad thoughts would produce these really…ugly shapes that didn’t really look like anything at all, like maybe just spilt slime or something. It was all really neat and definitely proved that thoughts can manipulate the environment (read Self-Awareness). How much time will it take to utilize this power to work for our advantage?

Anyways, back to The Secret. For the most part, my preconceived notions about the video were proved to be correct. It was like watching a video at some “You CAN Do it!” conference. You know, like on Magnolia or Donnie Darko. I didn’t like the production of the video, it was really geared towards people who are normally easily influenced by a bunch of positive mumbo-jumbo and talking heads. I didn’t like the video, BUT I did like the message. The only problem I had with the message was, how could someone (a “The Secret” supporter) look in the eyes of a starving child in a war-torn country and say, “You brought this on yourself by thinking bad thoughts!”

Even though most of the video drove me nuts, all those scenes with people from olden’ times running around with scrolls and crap, I was definitely inspired by it’s philosophy, that you can change your life just by thinking about what you want. The Secret (The Law of Attraction) tells us that we can influence change. Ya’ know, even if it doesn’t work and was never meant to, like if it were some fucked up joke, it really wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, right?

Thinking about The Law of Attraction also got me thinking about Pandeism. If there was some science behind The Law of Attraction, wouldn’t it be able to explain why we’re able to manipulate our environment? If someone were so masterful at The Law of Attraction, wouldn’t they be able to not only influence change within their live, but also do really amazing things like levitate and move shit with their mind? I mean, why not? Maybe Jesus was a fan of The Secret too!

I just wish everyone would stop calling it The Secret. That’s such baloney. It’s like they wanted it to have some sort of DaVinci Code effect or something.


I figured I should post some sort of welcoming message and/or an update post every once and a while just to familiarize new readers with the blog…so, this is it!

My name is Rusty Nails. I started this blog because I like to think and write about Pandeism. Read An Interpretation to better understand what Pandeism is. In fact, before you read anything on this blog, you should first read An Interpretation. All the articles I write up are based on my first article, An Interpretation. It’s that important. So read it.

I hope you find all the junk on the right-hand column useful. There are some really neat videos and plenty of links to keep you busy for hours. If you like to learn, be sure to check out some of the Wikipedia links I’ve posted.

Please, if you’ve read any of the stuff I’ve posted, please e-mail me or leave comments. I’m dying to know how stupid I sound. Seriously, I want to know what you all think of Pandeism. If you enjoyed your time at on my blog, then please tell your friends! If you didn’t enjoy your time spent here, let me know and I’ll send you a box of chocolates…

Thank you.


[Before you read this article, I strongly recommend that you first read An Interpretation.]

The idea that the omnipotent God once destroyed Himself, and thus creating the universe, is based on the idea that He was self-aware of His omnipotent being. His consciousness granted Him His self-awareness. If we assume that our consciousness is the unique characteristic of mankind that gives us the ability to be self-aware, can we then say that our consciousness is equal in essence to that of the supreme God's consciousness that gave Him the ability to be self-aware? Yes. The reason why God's self-awareness gave birth to the universe is because God was aware of His supreme being. This also means that if we can achieve a level of self-awareness so great that we can become aware of our existence as actual pieces of a supreme God, then we too can perform the same omnipotent actions that a self-aware, omnipotent being can perform because supreme self-awareness is what grants supreme power as is evident in the course that God had taken to give birth to the universe.

We live in an environment made up of all different kinds of matter, all kinds of matter that are God's debris. God existed in a world made up of only Him. If God's consciousness could influence change within Himself, and if we possess that same consciousness, then we should be able to influence change within ourselves and our environment. Of course, this will take a level of awareness that few have ever reached.

How then can we achieve this greater level of consciousness and self-awareness? Do our brains have the capacity to accomplish this great feat? The only evidence we have to support the idea that it is possible to achieve such a great level of consciousness is by looking at the people in our history who may have shown signs of such an accomplishment.

One person who can hold an example of this is Jesus Christ. Jesus was able to perform miracles so astounding that they could not be ignored by History. Jesus was obviously aware that he could perform miracles. He knew that it was possible for his environment to be shifted and manipulated. Jesus understood that everything in existence, including his own consciousness, is remnants of God. He knew that his consciousness had influence over the environment just like God's consciousness had influence over His environment.

How can we reach a state of awareness that allows us to manipulate our environment using our consciousness? The answer to that can be found by seeking out those who have already reached that state of awareness. Jesus, I think, would be the best example since he has already proven himself to be a superior being in terms of self-awareness. Jesus obviously knows something that we don't.

I'm not saying that everything Jesus taught us is to be taken as a fact, and I'm not saying that Jesus ever lied. I'm saying that what Jesus knew to be true had allowed himself to reach the level of awareness that he had evidently reached. Does this mean that God the Father is somewhere in heaven looking down on us and making judgments? I wouldn't say that to be the absolute truth, but that is how Jesus interpreted truth to be. Take a look at the TV. If I asked you to describe it in one word, you might say, "square". If I asked Joe Smith to describe the very same TV in one word, he might say, "black" (assuming your TV is black). You are both telling the truth in describing the TV and neither of you are withholding any truths.

If it is so that fundamental Christianity is able to allow oneself to achieve a state of self-awareness to the caliber of Jesus' state of self-awareness. Then why should Jesus' doctrine be ignored?

If there is another way to achieve a great state of self-awareness, I will surely seek it out. Jesus was a great man of the universe, but I'm afraid that his doctrines are just a little too inconvenient for my lifestyle.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Alone in a dark room

[Sometimes in different religions and cultures, stories are used to express an idea or philosophy. "Alone in a Dark Room" is a short story I wrote to express Pandeism. Use your imagination to understand each Pandeistic idea in this story.]


I stood alone in a dark room. The room, however, wasn't completely pitch black. I was able to see my own self. I was able to see that I was indeed alone in this room. The room was dark enough that I couldn't see how large the room was, but it was lit just brightly enough that I could be aware that I was alone in this room.

I was also able to see the mirror in front of me. The mirror was about as tall as I was so I was able to see myself entirely. Because the room was so dark, my reflection looked ghastly and dark, like smoke upon a black wall.

I looked around myself for some sort of electrical switch. I wondered what my reflection would look like if I were able to see it better. I took a step backward and felt a light chain rub up against the back of my head. I felt the chain with my fingertips. I tugged lightly on the chain to be sure it was attached at its opposite end. I tugged once more, this time much harder than before, but nothing in the room had changed except the reflection in the mirror.

I looked at the mirror and clearly saw my reflection. When I was looking into the mirror I was seeing myself in the same room, only more brightly lit. Although the reflection in the mirror was brighter than the image it was reflecting, it was not illuminating the room that I was occupying.

I waved at my reflection, but instead of my reflection waving back, it reached out its hand for me. As I put my hand back down to my side, the reflection of me in the mirror seemed to be trying to push itself away from me.

I stared into the mirror for hours and hours. As the hours passed on I looked down at my own hands and noticed that I was beginning to fade. It became more increasingly difficult to see my own self as the minutes passed. I tried to touch my hands together, but instead of feeling my own fingertips, I instead passed through myself like smoke against smoke.

As I continued to fade into the darkness, the reflection of myself became brighter and brighter. I hoped that somehow my reflection would be able to save me from disappearing altogether. As quickly as my weightless body could carry me, I ran to the mirror. My reflection reached out both its hands and attempted to pull me into the room, but it was unable to grasp my smoke-like body. I let out a scream and at that very moment my reflection opened its mouth and breathed me in to its lungs.

The very next moment that I experienced, I was staring out of a window, looking in to the dark night sky.



An Interpretation

Pandeism is the belief that God created the universe (God existed before the universe’s existence), God is the universe (God became the universe), and the universe will one day coalesce into a single being (the universe will once again become God). It is somewhat simple to explain the definition of Pandeism, but it’s a whole other ballgame to explain how Pandeism could be a possibility in the world we know to exist today. I will explain the theory of Pandeism in four different phases.

Pandeism Phase 1: God: Pre-Universe

[For the sake of an easier venture in describing God, I will sometimes refer to God as “He” or “Him”, even though God cannot be described as a male in any sense of the term.]

In the Pandeistic theory, the God that existed before the universe is an omnipotent being. God, being omnipotent, does not operate as a human would. He does not desire and does not need anything because omnipotence grants Him freedom from desires and needs.

This God is also aware of Himself. He knows that He exists and that He is omnipotent. He is also aware that He is the only god that exists. In a sense, God has a consciousness.
If God is aware of Himself and is aware that He is omnipotent, what thought or question could possibly exist in His mind?

God can only be aware of Himself in the manner in which He exists. Therefore, God would not be aware of Himself in a manner in which He would not exist. Or would he? By default, this would be the only question that could exist in God’s mind: What would happen if I cease to exist?

That question being asked by God, would be the logical reasoning behind His motivation to act, to do anything at all. To answer this question, God took action and destroyed Himself.

Pandeism Phase 2: The Birth of the Universe

According to the Law of Conservation of Energy and Matter, anything that exists cannot cease to exist, nor can anything be created from nothing. If we apply this same law to God, we can then safely state that God cannot cease to exist, but His existence can shift from one form to another.

When we rewind the evolution of the universe, we can see that there was indeed a beginning roughly 13.7 billion years ago (give or take 200 million years) according to the Lambda-CDM concordance model of “big bang” cosmology. According to the Big Bang theory, the universe started out as a very high density of energy, huge temperatures and pressures that was very rapidly expanding and cooling.

Let’s overview our present scenario after Phase 1 and Phase 2: First, we have an omnipotent being who decides to self-destruct in order to answer His own question, “What will happen if I self-destruct?”. Second, we have the birth of the Universe as we know it. If, according to the Law of Conservation, the universe can not be born from nothing and God can not cease to exist, then one must conclude that God, in the act of self-destruction, gave birth to the very elements that make up the beginnings of our universe as we know it. God ceased to exist as He knew himself to exist, and appropriately existed in another context, the universe.

When God took action and became the universe, He created another phenomenon; time. Time is essentially the sequence of events taking place one after another. Before God took action, created an event, there was no event to be created, no action to execute. Once God created an event (his own self-destruction) He put forth a sequence of events that would continue long after His initial self-destruction.

Pandeism Phase 3: The Coalescence

After God’s self-destruction, His composition was re-composed in the manner in which is described by the Big Bang theory. If His essential being is currently compiling into stars, planets, and everything else that exists in our universe, what can be said for His consciousness? According to the Law of Conservation, His consciousness cannot cease to exist; of course this is assuming that consciousness has a tangible existence within our universe.

When we look at ourselves as the beings we are, we notice that we are self-aware, sentient, sapient beings on a level quite unlike that of any other species in our known universe. Is this self-awareness that we possess just the logical outcome of a world evolving? Yes, but it cannot be ignored that our self-awareness is also the logical outcome of an omnipotent, self-aware God that once existed in a manner in which can execute His own decisions based on motivation to do so, not unlike the way we do.

If God’s self-awareness and consciousness has been handed over to us as a characteristic we possess, we must then conclude that every decision we make, every action we perform is a result of being the remnants of God. If we are the inevitable results of God’s destruction, then what are the inevitable results of us? What is to become of an ever-evolving universe and an ever-evolving consciousness?

If we look at the timeline of human civilization, we can use that as a parallel to the events that have taken place, are taking place, and will take place throughout existence as we know it.
We humans started out as a population of species that inhabited Africa some 200,000 years ago. Since then we have migrated across the globe, separated ourselves in terms of geography, culture, language and philosophy. We each developed our own ways as individual societies to protect ourselves from one another. With the advancement in technology concerning communication, we were eventually able to come together more closely as a whole. With the internet and other manners of information exchange, we are able to communicate with one another so rapidly and with so much ease, that it almost rivals that in comparison to the way in which we each individually sequentially think our own thoughts. If we give communication technology another two thousand years, or even one million years, what will we have then? Would it be possible to think a thought and automatically have it be thought in the mind of another individual across the globe? Could that be described as one collective consciousness? Is that science fiction? Or would it be the results of an evolving species in an ever-evolving universe, the results of the death and re-birth of a conscious God?

This timeline of human activity; birth, evolving, migrating, coming together, is much like the universe’s own timeline; birth, evolving, expanding, coming together. According to the Big Crunch theory, the average density of the universe is enough to stop expansion and begin collapsing. What that basically means, is that one day the universe will start to slowly (in the same amount of time that it had expanded) condense in on itself. Although many scientists believe the universe will continue expanding infinitively, either theory has not yet been proven to be true.

Suppose the universe does continue to expand. If the universe can infinitely expand, than the matter and energy existing in the universe will infinitely evolve. Just like planets are made of different forms of matter condensing into one entity, so the universe is evolving over time to form together as one entity. The evidence can be seen throughout the universe by understanding that each and every part of the universe, every form of matter and energy, is essential to the existence of it’s counter-part or it’s co-exister.

Whether you believe the universe is condensing in on itself or you believe the universe will grow forever, one thing remains clear; the universe and everything that exists within it, is coming together more and more as the years go on.

After reviewing the timelines and potential futures of the human consciousness and it’s universe in which it exists, and understanding that the universe and all that exists within it are remnants of a once self-aware, omnipotent being, we can then suppose that God is reconfiguring Himself within the boundaries of existence as we know it.

Pandeism Phase 4: An Oscillating Existence

Assuming that God will one day piece Himself back together by means of a universe and active consciousness coalescing in on itself, would He then be the same God He was before his initial destruction? If He is the same God as He was before the birth of the universe, then He would again be plagued by the only question that can exist in his mind; would I know what happens if I cease to exist?

The problem with assuming He would ask Himself that same question would be that since He had already existed as a universe and a separate consciousness as a result from His first attempt at self destruction, then wouldn’t He already know that answer? He’s been there and done that. So now what?

There is another possible explanation. If God, after ceasing to exist as he knew himself to exist, became the universe and a separate consciousness, He would not be aware of any other form of existing. Due to his present state, it would be impossible for him to know his previous state if He is not yet fully aware of himself in his current state. Supposing that the entirety of existence will one day coalesce (God piecing himself back together), the consciousness that God will re-possess is not the same consciousness that existed while He wasn’t “fully complete”. It’s not that God will forget that He was once a universe filled with stars, moons, and people. The very act of remembering a moment in time is only possible if time were to exist (the very act of remembering is an event being executed, time is a series of events being executed one after another…). Since time only exists while the universe is in motion, then time would cease to exist once the fully completed and fully revived God exists. An omnipotent God and the concept of time cannot co-exist; therefore God would not execute the action of remembering that He was once a living universe, which brings us back to square one; what would be the only logical option for an omnipotent God? Thus we have the oscillating existence.