Wednesday, September 29, 2021

H.T. Manogue Shortsleeves (2021) ISBN: 9780977813032 Reviewed by Amy Lignor for Reader Views (08/20

As a reader who likes many genres, I have to say “Just an Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man” by H.T. Manogue was not one that could be “classified;” reason being, every page is filled with a wealth of surprises. Yes, the tales, phrases, stanzas—all are filled with emotion, but they also delve into science, religion, and offer almost paranormal viewpoints.

This amazing writer actually creates this collection by utilizing the core of a long-time theory that many people believe is fact: That as humans, we are living a variety of lives in various locations and/or dimensions at one time. Now, I know there are many who shake their heads or roll their eyes at what they feel is nothing more than sci-fi beliefs, but this author makes quite a pertinent case for his insights.

Whether the subject he’s using is animals and nature, or fate, or events that seem to be pre-ordained, you feel a sense of enlightenment when you read the heartfelt words. The author states it best by explaining that there are particular words that “pop up” in the book many times over, such as consciousness, beliefs, and thoughts. This explanation makes perfect sense after you find yourself enjoying the journey you take through his essays and comments, some that are focused on the thoughts and beliefs of poets who lived in the early centuries.

This is not a book (as you can probably tell from the title itself) that will ‘conform’ to other books or become part of the ‘norm’ when speaking about fiction or non-fiction. And the beauty of it is the fact that it does not do these things; that the author worked to go against the grain and be different. This fact alone allows this book to stand out.

In addition, it’s extremely important to point out that H.T. Manogue did a great deal of research in order to gather unforgettable quotes that can help each and every one of us to better understand life and be able to shed that anxiety and worry we seem to run on nowadays. Words are offered from the minds of Emerson, Rumi, and more—even rare Indian tales from long ago are presented.

And after you read the collection, you will see that the happiness and calmness you feel will make this book one of your absolute favorites. “Just an Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man” is wisdom in a nutshell, to say the least. Not only will you learn lessons, but you will be able to enjoy and laugh as well. The author has made sure of that!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ken Wilber's Eight Awareness Waves

Here are the eight waves of awareness along with examples of each wave, as well as the percentage of the population and power in each of them. The population figures are old, so they are estimated.

The Beige or Instinctual Wave is all about survival. Necessities like food, warmth, water, sex, and safety rule immediate behavior. This wave exists in newborn infants, late-stage Alzheimer's patients, the elderly, starving masses, mentally ill street people, and PTSD victims. One percent of the population falls into this wave. They have zero percent of the social power.

The Purple or Animistic Wave focuses on magical spirits. This wave forms ethnic tribes, and believes and incorporates curses, blessings, and spells to determine events and future experiences.

This wave exists in family rituals, third-world cultures, gangs, corporate tribes, and athletic teams. ten percent of the population displays this awareness, and they incorporate one percent of the world’s social power.

The Red or Power God Wave lives by the urge to believe in powerful beings that include archetypal gods, goddesses, spirits, dragons, and feudal lords. They display characteristics of impulsiveness, egocentric behavior, and heroic mindset.

To Red, the world is a jungle full of bad guys and threats. They enjoy the self to the fullest and try to outfox, conquer, and dominate others.

This wave exists in kids in the terrible twos, feudal kingdoms, gang leaders, New-Age narcissism, epic heroes, rock stars, and soldiers of fortune.

They incorporate twenty percent of the population and have five percent of the social power.

The Blue or Mythic Wave incorporates the belief that life has purpose and meaning. The outcome results from the action of a powerful order or exalted being.

Religious order enforces a strict code of conduct based on the principles of right and wrong. Code violations demand serious consequences, but following the code yields some sort of lasting reward.

Blue believes in one right way and a wrong way to think about life, and a rigid social higher-order judges those that misbehave. This wave is strongly conventional and extremely conforming.

This wave exists in Puritan America, China, religious fundamentalists, Girl and Boy Scouts, and the moral majority.

They hold thirty percent of the social power and forty percent of the population.

The Orange or Scientific Wave likes to escape from the herd mentality. Orange seeks the truth using rational deduction and objective experiments. They believe in natural laws, and they learn, master, and use them as manipulation tools.

Orange are high achievers. And they are concerned with materialistic gains.

Orange believes the laws of science rule human behavior and the economy. To them, the world is a chessboard. Winners gain perks and prominence over the losers.

The earth’s resources are there for strategic gain.

This wave exists on Wall Street, the emerging middle class, the cosmetic industry, The Cold War, the enlightenment set, the fashion industry, and corporations.

They hold fifty percent of the power and thirty percent of the population.

The Green or Sensitive Wave is all about human bonding, ecological sensitivity, networking, and open communication. Green believes the human spirit must free itself from greed, divisiveness, and dogmas.

They cherish the earth, and feelings trump cold rationality.

They are against the hierarchy and cherish relationships.

Green also believes subjective thinking and conscious multiculturalism, along with a relativistic value system, bring harmony to the body, mind, and spirit.

This wave exists in postmodernism, Greenpeace, animal rights, human rights advocates, Canadian health care, humanistic psychology, and Netherlands idealism.

They hold fifteen percent of the social power and ten percent of the population.

The Yellow or Integrative Wave believes that knowledge and competency supersede status, power, and group sensitivity. The current world order results from different levels of reality, which contain unending probabilities and choices.

Spontaneity, flexibility, and functionality are Yellow’s highest priorities. Differences are lessons, and they are part of the natural flow of non-judgmental discernment.

Yellow holds five percent of the power and one percent of the population.

The Turquoise or Holistic Wave unites feelings with knowledge. Turquoise believes multiple levels of consciousness mesh into one conscious waking system.

They think there is a universal order, and that order supersedes the external rules of the blue and green waves.

The Holistic Wave also believes the whole of All There Is is greater than its parts. To Turquoise thinkers, all life unites in the free-flowing stream of the whole’s consciousness.

And they sense an unending unification within the energy that exists in all awareness.

This wave has one percent of the social power and 0.1 percent of the population.

The interesting point in all of this is we all can identify some of our beliefs in the first six waves. The beliefs in the last two waves are still foreign to some. But waves of awareness continue to wash over all of us. And when they do, we will experience life based on what level of awareness we choose to experience.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Theory Of Everything

Human development is not a linear ladder but a fluid and flowing affair, with spirals, swirls, streams, and waves. It appears to be an almost infinite number of multiple modalities.

Ken Wilber’s book A Theory of Everything is a game-changer. The book explains human development in basic terms. We separate humans by race, religion, political views, and the social-economic power we strive to achieve.

But those qualities and beliefs are not what distinguish us from each other. There are waves of awareness that mix and mingle with each other as we play the lead part in our life experiences.

Wilbur and other psychologists like Don Beck, Christopher Cowan, and Clare Graves developed a map of all the structures, stages, levels, types, and waves of human development within the human consciousness. The result is a comprehensive snapshot of what they call Spiral Dynamics. Spiral Dynamics explains the stages within our development and how consciousness continues to expand as we experience each wave. Each wave of consciousness overlaps as well as interweaves and meshes waves of beliefs together in multiple admixtures. The multiple admixtures create mosaic choices, instant probabilities, and blended states of unfolding awareness.

Spiral Dynamics labels these eight waves of existence with colors as well as names. The first six waves are first-tier modes of awareness or thinking.

The next two waves are second-tier or integral levels of awareness. Each level holds a degree of social power and a certain percentage of the global population.

The focus in Spiral Dynamics is on types in people, not types of people.

Each level of awareness has certain core beliefs that impact how people view the world around them. More than 98% of the world population falls into one or more of the first six waves or levels of awareness. Each wave plays a role in the whole spiral. We discount other waves that don’t meet our concept of reality at certain stages of our developing awareness. But each wave is a reality, and everything connected to that wave has value to the perceivers in that wave.