Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Many In Each One Of Us

It is not enough to recognize the many ways in which we are all different; we need to go further and start recognizing the many ways that we are all similar. Otherwise we simply contribute to heapism, not wholeness. We need, in short, to move from pluralistic relativism to universal integralism. We need to keep trying to find the One-in-the-Many, which is the form of the kosmos itself.

Ken Wilbur has been working on an integral map of consciousness for years. His thoughts about finding out similarities is one of the fundamental points in his integral map. In order to recognize the One-in-the-Many within all of us, we must understand that there are many in the one of us. There is more to us than we believe. When we stop and think about what we believe, we find ourselves dreaming in a moment.

Our dreaming self is as aware as our wakeful self. In fact it is more aware. That self has a memory of all our dreams, and the mass dreams experienced by all of us. We put moments in time-space, but the self that functions in our dreams is not restricted by those limitations. All dream experiences happen simultaneously, and we live them in their entirety even though the waking ego-self has no recollection of them. The dreaming self impacts our wakeful self as well as our probable selves. Probable selves are the selves that live the thoughts we don’t materialize. In the grand scheme of things we have many probable selves, and they are constantly creating experiences from the impetus of One-in-the-Many within us.

One similarity that Wilbur writes about is the notion that we live in several realities within the One-the-Many. We are all part of a connected family that seeks to physically manifest our dreams and ideas. All dreams and ideas are connected. The energy within dreams and ideas expand the richness and uniqueness of the world we call real, the One-in-the-Many and the Many in each one of us.

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