Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Natural Learning Process

Human beings begin their evolution through the great spiral of consciousness, moving from archaic to magic, to mythic to rational to perhaps integral, and from there perhaps into genuinely transpersonal domains. But for every person that moves into integral or higher, dozens are born into the archaic. The spiral of existence is a great unending flow, stretching from the body to mind to soul to spirit, with millions upon millions constantly flowing through that great river from source to ocean.

No society will ever simply be at an integral level because the flow is unceasing, although the center of gravity of a culture can indeed drift upward as it has over history. But the major problem remains not, how can we get everybody to the integral wave or higher, but how can we arrange the health of the overall spiral as billions of humans continue to pass through it, from one end to the other, year in and year out.

Ken Wilbur, in his book The Theory Of Everything, does an excellent job describing the contrast that exists within human consciousness. We are all born into the archaic state of consciousness, and then move through different stages as our awareness expands. Age, influences and associations expand our awareness. Some of us find a niche of some sort in a particular stage and stay there. Our beliefs influence that decision.

Once we feel comfortable in a certain stage we have a tendency to attack other stages in several ways. The type of attack depends on the influences and associations that surround our beliefs. Some levels are more aggressive than others; some are more agreeable than others. All stages are experienced by us as we expand in awareness, but that expansion may not happen in one lifetime.

Each form of consciousness has its own codified system within a particular electromagnetic light range. That means there will always be different levels interacting at the same time in this unique state of reality. We choose to experience this type of reality to the emotional feel the probabilities that develop from the contrast created by different stages of awareness. It is a natural learning process inherent in our particular type of consciousness.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sooner Than Later

Briefly, what I am proposing is that the psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding, emergent, oscillating spiraling process marked by progressive subordination of older, lower order behavior systems to newer, higher order systems as an individual’s existential problems change.

Each successive stage, wave, or level of existence is a stage through which people pass on their way to other states of being. When a human is centralized in one state of existence, he or she has a psychology that is particular to that state. His or her feelings, motivations, ethics, and values, biochemistry, degree of neurological activation, learning system, belief system, conception of mental health, ideas as to what mental illness is and how it should be treated, conceptions of and preferences for management, education, economics and political theory and practice are all appropriate to that state.

Clare Graves, a professor and originator of a Level Theory of Human Development, does an excellent job explaining the diversity that exists in this reality. His theory is the foundation for the concept of Spiral Dynamics. Human nature is an ever emergent open-ended system of awareness.

Graves' theory is used throughout the field of psychology today. His work opened the door for Ken Wilbur and others to establish a Theory of Everything, which is an integral vision for Business, Science, Politics and Spirituality.

Graves' theory explains the different levels of consciousness that are interacting in human form at the same time. We have a tendency to use race, religion and politics as tools to define the thoughts of individuals, but it is the level of awareness of being that defines us from those around us. Our individual beliefs in each stage create the reality we experience.

When we apply Graves’s theory to the present conditions that exist around the world, we clearly understand why peace is such an elusive state. Different levels of consciousness are interacting with each other at the same time. The first stages or levels are interacting with higher stages, and the result is conflicting viewpoints of reality. The beliefs in each stage are valid to the believer until they move to the next level of awareness. That movement may take centuries, or it may happen within a particular century. As we know our awareness is moving at an accelerated rate, so we may see a change in the way we interact sooner than later.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Frequencies

From wonder into wonder, existence opens.

Lao-Tzu, the founder of Taoism, wrote that thought over twenty-five hundred years ago. There is some speculation that Lao-Tzu was not just one man, but a group of men. Those men wrote the Tao Te Ching. The true Lao-Tzu may be a Chinese myth, but the truth written in the Tao is truth enough. Taoists believe Lao-Tzu is a man and a god, who understood the nature of the psyche in ways we don’t accept.

Our consciousness is a complicated, coded system rooted in light values or frequencies we don’t understand. Every form of consciousness has a different code system, and every form of consciousness operates on one or more frequencies. Our psyche is the supernatural radio. That radio picks up different frequencies. Our conscious identity is just one signal on one station in that radio. The frequency we use creates our viewpoint about reality. At times, we tune into other stations, but those signals may be weak due to the strong signal we receive from our belief system. Our belief system is a product of our frequency.

When we begin to open our belief system, wonder takes over. The psyche instigates wonder. Wonder is the ability to search for stations already known, but muffled by our viewpoint. Once we accept the wonder as a tool, we fall into the wonder, and it becomes a method to change our frequency. Other existences begin to make sense because the psyche adds a connection, which becomes another station. The psyche is always adding new connections and stations. From the wonder comes the awareness of multidimensional frequencies.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Nature Of Being Human

When your spiritual center begins to manifest, your ego-consciousness integrates with it, and you begin to be “lived through,” as it were, by the spirit. Your living becomes a spontaneous, effortless flow.

Eva Pierrokos wrote those thoughts in her 1990 book, A Pathwork of Self-Transformation. Eva does an incredible job explaining the fact that our consciousness forms the blueprint and the foundation for our physical experiences. We don’t think about our consciousness all that much. Our mind is part of our consciousness, but we don’t acknowledge that marriage as such. We are confused by the words we use to describe the inner workings of consciousness. The ego, consciousness, mind and soul have diferent meanings to each of us. Religion does a very good job of confusing us when it comes to pinpointing the differences as well as the similarities that exist within us.

If we try to distinguish our ego from our spirit, we fall into the void that develops from our massive belief system. If we try to explain the difference between the mind and the soul, we lose ourselves in a timeless tunnel of beliefs that has no beginning or end. We are confused by the terminology that describes us, so we look for help wherever we can find it. That help is usually found in a new belief or an old one. Our beliefs guide us and help us make sense of the dynamic segments of our consciousness. If not for our beliefs we would flounder through our physical experiences without focus. Our beliefs make the diversity that exists within our consciousness real to us.

We may not understand what our consciousness truly is, but we totally understand what we think we believe it is. Whatever we belief is real in the effortless flow of consciousness. The names we use to describe us are part of our beliefs about the nature of being human. The nature of being human is part of the nature of being consciousness. We only need a few words to describe our physical being, and those words have a different meaning to each one of us. But no one can deny the fact that we all are a spontaneous consciousness with a specific focus.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Muddy Mental River

Ignorance prevails as long as the will remains cheated by its own offspring or its own image, consciousness, in which the knower always stands distinguished from the known. The darkness of ignorance cannot be dispelled because it is its own self.

D.T. Suzuki wrote those thoughts in his book, Doctrine Of No Mind. We all taste the water of ignorance as we travel through this physical life. Ignorance is a faithful companion, but it changes as we change. We are not always ignorant of things, but we are always ignorant of somethings.

Ignorance is a free-flowing muddy, mental river. As we experience life, facts and tangible things pull themselves out of the muddy waters of ignorance, and we see another side of our mind. Suzuki explains that ignorance is its own self. We think that self treats everyone the same, but that sameness has its own unique way of manifesting. We never really know ignorance until it disappears or is suddenly awakened by a mental nudge.

Our minds contain invisibles civilizations. Each mind has a personal history, geography and a unique personal culture. Ignorance lives in that culture in many different forms. There are peaks and valleys in the geography of the mind, and ignorance lives in every geographic fold within them. We travel some of these mental roads in ignorance. Our only tool on our journey is our ability to experience. Experience is a mind opener and an ignorance finder. Once we find ignorance we absorb it, and it becomes part of our mental personal history.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Magic Slate

If you want to meet someone who can fix any situation you don’t like, who can bring you happiness in spite of what other people say or believe, look in the mirror, then say this magic word:

“Hello”

Richard Bach wrote that insightful message in his book, Messiah’s Handbook. We do look for things to make us happy. We buy, sell, bargain and concoct stories and tales so we can get what we want. The wanting is an insatiable nagging. This nagging has roots in the one place we can’t touch. That place is our ego.

We don’t think about what we see in the mirror. There’s more there than meets the eye in the mirror. The eye and the ego have control in that personal interaction. If we took a minute and looked behind the ego, we would see a specialness that yearns to give us everything we need. Behind the ego is the fertile ground of consciousness where all things are possible. It is place void of time and space, and we feel very comfortable there. We also feel a little naked there. Naked, for some of us, is a condition of discomfort, but we all start our physical life that way, and we go back to that start every time we die, or every time look behind our ego in the mirror.

Looking behind the ego is a little like death. There is nothing there or anywhere, but every thing we ever wanted is there. It’s a blank slate within our consciousness. That slate is their for us. No one has a slate like ours. They are all different, but they all do the same thing. Our blank slate gives us the ability to change what we don’t like, and add what we do like. It’s a magic slate, and the only thing we need to do to get it started is to say, “Hello.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Truth We Sell

Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.

But this all points to direct face to face verification somewhere, without which the fabric of truth collapses like a financial system with no cash basis whatever. You accept my verification of one thing, I yours of another. We trade each other’s truth. But beliefs verified concretely by somebody are the posts of the whole superstructure

William James wrote those thoughts in his 1906 essay, Pragmatism’s Conception of Truth. Truth does have its own type of value system. We want to believe each other, but there is a deep sense of doubt that surrounds our desire to believe. It seems the truth we sell has been discounted by own idea of worth. We have an enormous amount of influences and associations attached to our version of truth. If any of those elements are in question, the truth created by them is considered suspect.

Our truth may not be fact. It may be fiction, but we still believe and live it. We live it because it has mental structure. That mental structure becomes real. It gives us hope and faith, and those emotional unknowns are the foundation of our time-motivated knowing. Without faith and hope no one would buy the truth we sell because they are the primary influences within our truth. But even after we sell our truth there is a constant influence at work which alters it in some way.

That influence is our innate knowing. Innate knowing is the foundation for all truth. Our internal timeless clock separates the fabric of our subjective truth and then mends and shapes it into another suit of truth. Once that suit of truth is ready for sale, we offer it to our faithful and hopeful bidders. The successful bidders then wear that truth as a belief. They, in turn, sell, trade and barter those beliefs. When they do, they feel the rewards associated with physically feeling the effects of their prize influences--- hope and faith.