I hear you, Ted.
I was not thinking that the "Big Picture" area was for noobs, and my thoughts in this matter are definitely "big picture".
I was just hoping to attract some others with thoughts about the big picture and offer up some ideas and get some feedback.
One of the things I like about this forum, as opposed to other new-agey or wavy-gravy kind of places, is that there are many really smart, rational people here.
I think there is much about our situation that we CAN understand, but we are limited by our concepts and terms and I wanted to begin to move away from some of those limitations.
One of my peeves has to do with kundalini, for example.
I know some westerners, in the US and in Europe and in Canada, who have experienced or are experiencing that process. Many of them are spontaneous and so they are caught off-guard if they do not have any exposure to the idea of what that is. But as soon as they start to try and educate themselves they run into Sanskrit terms and Hindu gods and it puts them off and is not helpful. And so even words like "kundalini" itself are troublesome.
I have been trying to come up with a lexicon and an idiom that de-mystifies some of this stuff.
For example - one of the things that the kundalini "upgrade" (you have had that experience, yes?) can give people is what some call an "inner knowing", which I understand to be like an enhanced connection to the universal database, sort of like getting a fiber optic cable to replace your old 56K modem.
But we do not have any accurate terms to describe that "inner knowing" that are not mystical. And so I came up with "endonoesis" - which can be broken down with a Latin-to-English dictionary.
Once we have the term we can then talk about it without having to resort to Sanskrit or invoking Shiva.
An interesting aside: one of the pet projects that Ed Mitchell, the astronaut who talked openly about aliens and the spiritual change he experienced as a result of his experiences in space, started was a group he named "The Institute of Noetic Sciences." http://www.noetic.org/
Ed Mitchell had the same idea I am having - to demystify this stuff and put it into an idiom Americans and other westerners can talk about.
I think that aligns exactly with Tom's mission, if not his lingo.
That said, I agree that it is not helpful to muddy the waters for some people with new terms to learn.
I guess I was hoping to contact some fellow-travelers here, is all.