An Inverted View of the World

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A lightening or an expansion of being aligns us with events of a higher order and protects us.

The relationship between our psychological states, the condition of our physical organs, and the reality outside us is arcane; the equation that links the inner and outer worlds is still unknown to our science. And yet humanity has always believed that the elevation of our states of being, however produced, through prayer, fasting and any practice of austerity, can change events, can alter our destiny.

The Institute for Research and Sociological Studies at the European School of Economics has been working for years on testing a pre-scientific hypothesis that promises to subvert our perception of the world, to turn the common belief that it is external events that condition our attitudes and determine our moods inside out.

An event occurs and we believe that the psychological state we feel is the effect of that event. We have an encounter or receive news, and we believe that the psychological state we feel, of irritation, anxiety, or surprise, is an effect, a consequence, of that event, of that encounter, of that news. In other words, we justify our state of being with the external event when exactly the opposite has happened. In reality, it is our states of being that announce and determine the events of our lives. Our negative emotions, over time, turn into the adversities we later complain about. Recognising that in order to encounter an event of a certain nature, for better or for worse, I must first internally create the conditions of its occurrence, means becoming a responsible humanity that recognises in its own being, in the quality of its thinking and feeling, the origin of all its misfortunes.

Through this new intelligence, we can now understand how war is actually the materialisation of our fear, a reflection of our conflictual logic.
War can only be stopped by defeating its cause, its true origin: the song of pain in us, the perverse self-sabotage. A humanity immersed in the icy liquid of fear, which every day takes its ration of anguish and negativity from socials, media, newspapers and TV, can only generate conflicts and perpetuate them. It is necessary to educate humanity, to open it to a new vision, to heal it individual by individual, cell by cell; to make it capable of rebelling against its destiny and fighting within itself the true root of the industry of death.

The true food of man.

Prayer and fasting are now a remote echo of the ancient rituals of purification, of practices aimed at raising the consciousness of the value of frugality. Prayer and fasting, privileged instruments of the spiritual life, have unfortunately been reduced to symbolic acts pathetically inadequate to propitiate the passage of humanity to a higher level of integrity, to trigger that metanoia, that revolution of the intellect and heart which is the only solution, the true healing, the salvation.
Fasting means disciplining orality, it means exercising control over the emotional dimension that food contains and reveals. Fasting is necessary to know oneself, it helps to dig deep. Fasting is a discipline of desire which, in an opulent society of voracious consumerism, can help us understand what true hunger is, what man’s true food is.

“When you have ceased to believe in an external world as the source of your subsistence, you will no longer be able to feed from below, you will not be able to feed on coarseness… When you have raised the quality of being, you will be able to begin to feed… from within. You will be able to feed on the precious substance: ideas, vision, understanding, intelligence, inner responsibility”.
“This will be the alternative source of nourishment for a more responsible humanity. This psychological food, which is our true nourishment, has been available to mankind since time immemorial and will become accessible again when the will governs our lives and not the description of the world”.

In a society with a more mature relationship with food, how many resources could be devoted to beauty, art, music, entertainment, the search for truth, self-knowledge… A society freer from food would be a society freer from disease, old age, death… In a world without slaughterhouses or farms, which does not have to produce food or cultivate fields, there would be no crime or poverty; there would be no ghettos, wars or conflicts… no social workers or charities. A world without food would be a world without ideological divisions, without superstitions or religions. It would be a world without starving children, without hospices; without courts, hospitals or cemeteries. It would be a world where resources could be directed to realising humanity’s greatest dreams.
A society that stopped idolising food would leave behind the ancestral obsession with hunger and all its terrifying corollaries, and would face an even more implacable enemy… the boredom of not eating. Humanity as it is, even if it were persuaded to abandon food as one of the most harmful habits, would have to face the chasm of time that the elimination of food would leave vacant.
Perhaps this is the key to understanding why, of all the disciplines and austerities, that relating to food has always been the most unsustainable and the most avoided. So much so that, throughout our history, only saints and ascetics have been able to achieve a victory, and very often only partial and temporary, over food.

But the path of humility and frugality, inaccessible to the masses, can be followed by the individual. Through the techniques of fasting and breathing, through the elevation of vision, by nurturing new ideas and making special efforts, a man can transform himself and the reality around him; he can make the transition from an incomplete, conflicted, mortal being to a whole, harmonious, immortal individual. The ancient schools of initiation and the great ascetic and mystical traditions, in all times and in all civilisations, have based every discipline, every inner quest on frugality; this is the golden thread that has kept every man tied to the great adventure, aimed at the conquest of higher levels of responsibility.

Following the luminous map traced by the ancient schools of initiation, the abstinence of the ascetic, the solitude of the hermit, the frugality of the monk, are revealed as modes of expression of the same school, different profiles of a single millenary quest that is connected to the martial disciplines and the vigil of the warrior. Arrian, the greatest historian and biographer of Alexander the Great, conveyed in a single sentence the dietary rule and the secret of his invincibility:

“…he was brought up to be frugal: for breakfast, a march before dawn, for dinner, a light meal”.

The Macedonian warriors themselves, unsurpassed models of valour and strength throughout antiquity, were of a legendary frugality. They slept on the bare earth and, even while enduring extreme hardships, facing the most daring undertakings, they ate a handful of olives. Yet they were indefatigable, the most fearsome, a real nightmare for the enemy armies. The deliberate elimination of a single gram of food, the abstinence from a single minute of sleep, are so powerful that they can undermine a man’s entire belief system and upset its false balance.
As in a black fable, struck by an evil spell that has so far found no exorcism, men are condemned to spend half their lives feeding themselves and the other half healing themselves and taking drugs. The shortening of their destiny is to stuff themselves first with food and then with drugs, to enter a state of oblivion and then death.

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