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“Macro Philosophy is a system for relating all things from the smallest (micro) to the largest (Macro). Its basic tenets are that all things are not only related, they are macrocosmically one, and what is, is perfect. Things are only separate and divisible from micro-limited viewpoints.

Macro Philosophy envisions a microcosmic-Macrocosmic continuum (m-M continuum) in which neutrons, protons, and electrons are indivisible parts of ever larger physical bodies such as man. Continuing, we can perceive man as an indivisible part of a third planet, called Earth. Again enlarging our perspective, we can perceive this planet as an indivisible part of a solar system which is, in turn, an indivisible part of a galaxy, and so on…

Man feel pain and loneliness and experiences sickness and death to the extent that he:

1. Feels separate and divided from self/others/universe/God (the Macrocosm)

2. Denies the perfection of what is.

3. Refuses to accept exclusive responsibility for all that he experiences.

Why does the feeling of separateness cause anxiety? Because anything or anyone that we perceive as separate, foreign, or alien to us is a potential threat - potentially anxiety-producing. To the degree that we feel oneness or union with anything or anyone we can feel comfortable, accepting and loving - the opposite of anxiety.

From a Macro perspective, all human suffering, fear, hate, pain, and disease are the result of lack of faith that all is one - all is love- all is what you might call God. All is perfect.

This doesn’t mean that negative thoughts, feelings, and actions don’t exist. It points out that they are the products of unbalanced micro thinking. All the great religions of the world have proclaimed that “as you sow, so shall you reap.” Macro Philosophy presents this in terms of the consequences of negative and positive thought patterns. If you are afraid that something will happen, it usually does because that’s what you’ve spent your thought energy on.

The wise man in Proverbs 23:7, over 2,000 years ago stated that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Macro Philosophy holds that a negative thought produces a negative feeling and a negative experience, while a positive thought produces a positive feeling and a positive experience. No thought is ever forgotten. All our thoughts reside in our subconscious mind (what the ancients called the heart) where each negative thought continues to produce negative feelings until it is balanced or canceled by a positive thought of equal intensity/strength.

Negative thought produces anxieties (psychological pain) such as fear, anger, frustration, guilt, depression, sadness, etc. We try to avoid negative feelings by denying their existence, instead of recognizing that we cause our own negative feelings by thinking negative thoughts.”
- Thea Alexander

I think it's a little too binary about the whole thing.
 
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I have mixed feeling about it.

It seems a bit manichean and simplistic but there's some truth in it, especially the part about repressing negative feelings. However, while I'd agree that the human mind is a wonderful thing which can create positive or negative emotions and thoughts almost on will, I really think it is a bit easy to claim that negative emotions are caused by negative thoughts we created by ourselves. We are bound to react to external stimuli and I don't think that it is purely our mind which causes negative feelings, there is surely something instictive about it sometimes.
 

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While from a truth stand point it might be a bit simple (not to mention patronizing to anyone who has been depressed, as many INTP's have) it might be a good attitude to take on practically speaking.

I do tend to believe that everything is "one"....seems like common sense to me, and almost the NP manifesto. Combine that with Ti's "everything can be understood" and you have a theory that actually sits well with me in a few places. But I think the universe is filled with negativity (as judged by our unique-to-humans - or at least 'higher animals' - concepts of good/bad) as well as positivity. Nature doesn't care for morality. So as sad as it seems, you can't fix everything just by thinking positively, though it will almost always help. Plus you don't have absolute control over your own biology, unfortunately. Because everything is connected, "evil" that affects you can originate form outside "yourself", whether it is from another human or impersonal Nature.

Still the good this theory could bring is the imperative to look after others as a part of ourselves, since other people really are. In this globalized world especially, it's something we should heed.
 

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I appreciate the "oneness" of the philosophy more than the bits that speak at our own level... with emotional whaatsits
 

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"All is love?"
"All is perfect?"
That's very poetic - but what exactly is it supposed to mean? Anyway, I would say more generally that this Eastern idea - that suffering results from 'separateness' - is not altogether vacuous (in the psychological sense), but the ancillary metaphysics just aren't tenable. Implied in these kinds of schemes is a kind of "otherness" ascribed to consciousness that just hasn't been empirically established.
 
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