Archive for April, 2013

77 – Progenitors of Conscious Self-Awareness

Monday, April 15th, 2013

There are mysteries in our Universe our minds may never comprehend, but this does not stop us from trying.

Einstein, Galileo, Darwin and others tried, and they unraveled some.

Amidst the destruction and decay and death we constantly witness in our world, there is the unresolved mystery of the creative and self-organizing tendency towards complexity, cohesion and order in the unfolding of Nature. This ingenious and mysterious tendency is evident, especially to us today with the advances in technology, in the symmetry and intricacy of most natural systems; in the astonishing cohesion and self-generative organization of our own bodies; in the relentless self-stabilization of the earth-system; in the self-sustained synchronization of planetary systems; in the preeminence of the spiral and globular shapes of galaxies in our Universe; in the austere and tidy rigor of the Periodic Table of the fundamental atomic elements; in the encoding of the DNA molecule with the blueprint of an entire human being.

It is a mystery to us how we happen to come into existence out of two miniscule cells which, driven by powerful and mostly unexplored natural forces, start a process so ingenious, so intricate, so visionary as to end up with a creature like you and I, loaded with emotions and feelings like Ecstasy and Awe and Joy and Bafflement and Horror in the presence of our own creative and destructive powers; a creature so utterly unique as to hold a mind like no other in the entire Universe and yet so common as to have an organic structure like millions and millions of other creatures; a creature so fragile as to be easily wiped out of existence by our internal and external environments and yet so strong as to be able to influence the unfolding of our evolutionary process.

It is a mystery to us how a Universe the size of which we cannot even yet determine, can so thoroughly impart on all and every one of its component elements/systems/creatures the uncompromising rules to self-organize, to self-regulate, to self-generate, to self-preserve, while at the same time endowing us … all of us … with a relative degree of freedom to adapt.

It is a mystery to us how, driven by the primordial and inciting instinct to copulate, we release specialized cells unconsciously created and imprinted within our own bodies with the instructions to bring into existence whole new beings, thus enabling the continuity of our species.

It is a mystery to us how, driven by primal and mostly unconscious instincts we fall hopelessly in love with someone or something, and changing ourselves or trying to change the recipient of our love we become catalysts for transformation.

But enabled by us, the authoritarian forces of Science, Consumerism and Organized Religion obstruct our capacity to Discern the unconscious in us: Science by constricting Knowledge, Consumerism by twisting it, and Organized Religion by owning it.

And yet we have the power to break their hold on us and begin to realize that what we call the ‘unconscious’ … the call of Nature that drives the sperm to meet the ovum; the call of the Universe that drives us to self-organize and reproduce and imagine … is a physical Universal Force within us that allows us to build an increasingly conscious organism so we can meet our Destiny as the progenitors of self-awareness.

We have the capacity to unravel the mystery of our own mystery.

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76 – On the Control of Human Perception …

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Common sense tells us that we perceive our world through the input of our organic senses … the sounds we can hear, the sensations we can sense, the smells we can smell, the things we can see. These senses, we now know quite well, are developed only to perceive a tiny fraction of Reality.

But we are able to expand our perception through the ingenuity of the instruments we invent and through the imagination of our highly evolved and visionary brain … the organic brain that not only creates the phenomena of the mind, but that also reflects on itself and envisions worlds smaller and grander than our senses can fathom.

Survival, especially in the early stages of our evolutionary development as social creatures, depended mostly on seeking steady nourishment, shelter and protection from predators by belonging to a group. This dependence made us vulnerable, and submissive, to the stronger and more aggressive individuals in the group. And thus social castes were created, establishing a Paradigm of submission and elitism were a strongman came to make the decisions and control the distribution of goods. These strongmen held power by force and, as they grew older, by institutionalized fear. Amazingly enough this continues to be the foundation of our dominant Paradigm … just more sophisticated.

Institutionalized fear is now more subtle and begins at a very early age in our lives. Our natural curiosity and inquisitiveness are bent, under the threat of retribution, to promote and reinforce the ancient Paradigm of Submission and Separation. The senses are trained to focus outward, to perceive Nature as other than us, as something lesser than us to be dominated and used. And introspection, and imagination, are constrained in great part by the search of a ‘happiness’ dictated by material possessions and the morals, if any, of the controlling political-economic-scientific-religious castes – what we now call elites.

And thus our perception of the world in which we exist, the world from which we come into existence, the world without which we could not live, is so estranged from Reality that we cannot even conceive the obvious Fact that … as the atoms and molecules and cells we are made out of, and as the planet and the solar system in which we exist … we are deftly put together by primordial forces which organize us into a sensory and cohesive congregation of elements that grows, and matures, and bonds, and self-generates, and self-perpetuates, synthesizing and focusing energy and information with a relative degree of freedom to adapt and choose; nor can we accept the obvious Fact that, as no other creature or system we know of, we have been allowed by a relatively stable and favorable environment to become the advancing pioneers in self-awareness.

The human mind is the result, and the synthesizer, of all the input received from our internal and external environments. Our mind’s perception of the immediate world is received through our organic senses, and our perception of the world beyond the reach or our organic senses is constructed through our susceptible capacity to self-reflect, to conceptualize abstract ideas, to store enormous amounts of information, to imagine new possibilities, to take chances.

But the doors of perception are held closed by our current Paradigm, with only two exceptions, the doors that lead to Consumption and Division.

And thus the doors that open our perception to the obvious Facts that we are intrinsic elements of our Universe, that we come alive inside of it, that we are alive because of it, that we are made out of it, that we are ruled by it, and that even though it defines our development, it also endows us with the evolving awareness of our relative degree of freedom to change, to choose, to create our own Future … these doors have not been opened, yet.

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