Archive for July, 2012

59 – Conscious Self-determination …

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

From very early on in childhood, our Minds are introduced to two distinct yet complementary aspects of the movement of Life:

1. One is what we term “The Unconscious”: the Inflexible, Instinctive and at times Violent aspect of Life … the survival, the conflicts of adaptation, the constant need for sustenance, the urge to bond and regenerate … which prods the process of Existence to charge on, to renew itself.
2. The other is what we generally term “The Conscious”: the Self-reflective, Self-propelling and Creative side of Life … the ingenious decision making, the reflection on the past to foster the future, the capacity to change and affect change … which endows us with a relative degree of Freedom to take charge and affect our internal and external environments.

We move from one aspect to the other … from the Unconscious to the Conscious, and vice versa … responding mostly instinctively to internal and external influences (needs, urges, crises, demands), but once in a while we move between them fully conscious of a purpose and with the realization of the force of our self-determination.

This Conscious Self-determination is obviously one of the main drives of the natural movement of Life: It is obvious because it encourages Complexity and Self-reflection through Creation and Innovation and Renewal … just look around you to feel and see its constant movement. It is obvious because it encourages higher levels of intelligence and self-awareness in us, taking us, as far as we know, to the forefront of the evolving Process of Conscious Self-determination … just look at you and at the things you accomplish when you want them to happen.

But being aware of how powerful this high level of Conscious Self-determination is in us … our prevailing capacity to reflect and analyze and resolve and demand and change … terrifies those few who control the wealth of the earth, those few who make the decisions for our Destiny with their self-interests in mind. It is thus that Knowledge about the Power of our Conscious Self-determination is imprisoned behind the convenient walls of unbounded consumerism and unthinking obedience and unbridgeable divisions. It is thus we are not allowed to know the incredible reach of the Human Mind.

Yet we are, without doubt, clear proof of the Force of Life’s Conscious Self-determination. We are at the forefront of this primordial and relentless and astonishing and urging Force that rules with inflexible mandates and engulfs us with powerful, ancient, violent and animal drives we hardly imagine we had in us. And yet this is the same Force that makes us conscious of our own Existence, conscious that we love and create and seek Beauty and mandate Fairness and mold … with relative degree of Freedom … the primordial ground from which we sprout into Life, engendering and urging Life into greater levels of Conscious Self-determination.

This is our Destiny: Like neurons in a child’s brain beginning to make connections to prepare the path for the upcoming wonder of the self-conscious Mind, we are Pioneers in the most incredible adventure: The forging of the wonder of the Self-conscious Universal Mind.

Note: New posts are usually published on the 1st and 15th of the month. To subscribe to the blog click on the RSS feeder (orange icon) on the left column of the Home page or on the barcode.

58 – Universal Blueprint (Part II) …

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

When asked about the most outstanding fact about the Universe he could share with us, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said It is the Knowledge that we are part of the Universe, that we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is the Fact that the Universe is in us.

It is puzzling to realize how few of us actually incorporate this Fact … that the Universe is in us … in our conception of Reality – even if it is Self-evident. It brings to memory our pre-Copernican era, when the human mind was not yet able to conceptualize the Fact that the earth rotated around the Sun.

The Universe is in us is self-evident because every one of its component elements … from miniscule atomic particles to gigantic galaxies, from single-celled to multi-celled organisms like us … follow a set of universal rules … a Universal Blueprint:

• Human beings must keep our intake and release of energy sources in relative equilibrium to attain some level of Permanence; atoms must keep their intake and release of energy sources in relative equilibrium to attain some level of Permanence; galaxies must keep their intake and release of energy sources in relative equilibrium to attain some level of Permanence.
• We must develop into relatively self-sufficient entities but obeying a pre-established configuration; atoms must develop into relatively self-sufficient entities but obeying a pre-established configuration; galaxies must develop into relatively self-sufficient entities but obeying a pre-established configuration.
• We must nourish and give direction to our component elements to keep them dynamic and ordered; atoms must nourish and give direction to their component elements to keep them dynamic and ordered; galaxies must nourish and give direction to their component elements to keep them dynamic and ordered.
• We must adapt to changing environments by shaping and being shaped by the primordial movement of Evolution; atoms must adapt to changing environments by shaping and being shaped by the primordial movement of Evolution; galaxies must adapt to changing environments by shaping and being shaped by the primordial movement of Evolution.
• We must tend to bond and to congregate into increasingly complex systems, inciting renewal and innovation; atoms must tend to bond and to congregate into increasingly complex systems, inciting renewal and innovation; galaxies must tend to bond and to congregate into increasingly complex systems, inciting renewal and innovation.
• We must enter Existence endowed with the potential to transform ourselves and our world; atoms must enter Existence endowed with the potential to transform themselves and their world; galaxies must enter Existence endowed with the potential to transform themselves and their world.

These rules are non-negotiable; without them no element, no creature, no natural system in our Universe can exist for an extended period of time nor evolve into complexity.

This all encompassing and overpowering Set of Instructions, this magnificent and creative and mysterious Order guiding our bodies and the elements that compose them and the systems in which we are immersed, is the Universe in us. It is the Order that keeps myriad elements in my body working together, demanding nourishment, inciting renewal. It is the Order that keeps our planet relatively stable for eons of time so we can evolve and flourish.

If we survive the devastating effects on our environment of the Paradigm currently dominating us through Division and Unsustainable Growth and Destructive Consumerism, if we are able to free ourselves from the dogmatic beliefs that enslave us to restrictive worldviews, it is inevitable for Humankind to take a monumental step in our development as we incorporate into our minds the Knowledge that the Universe is in us, that we are part of its Nature as its Nature is part of us.

Once we take this monumental step, once we make this Knowledge the basis for our Education and for the decisions we make for the future of Humankind, we will stop devastating our world and initiate instead a renaissance of Introspection and Discovery.

A magnificent, ingenious, mysterious and intriguing Universal Order that throughout eons of Evolution has created a mind capable of self-reflection and self-determination, a mind able to envision Change and Transform itself, is open for inquiry.

Note: New posts are published on the 1st and 15th of the month. To subscribe to the blog click on the RSS feeder (orange icon) on the left column of the Home page or on the barcode.