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81 – The Primordial Force in Us …

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

What do Physicists, Biologists, Chemists, Engineers, Astronomers, Geneticists, etc. – the individuals who make the discoveries and write the theories, the books, the papers, about the physical world, the individuals who influence decision-makers about the explorations and exploitation of Nature – what do they think is the Primordial Force behind the self-determined, self-generated movement of Nature towards Complexity and Order? What do they think is the Primordial Force embedded in all of us that urges us to consume, transform, and turn energy into the making of Existence? What do they think is the Primordial Force behind the engineering feat which built their own bodies, cell by cell, into the cohesive and relatively intelligent human being they are? What do they think is the Primordial Force we call Life/Spirit/Soul/God that rules our instincts and drives us to bond and recreate ourselves into ever newer forms? What do they think is the Primordial Force that encodes a miniscule pair of cells with the instructions to create a whole new being? What do they think is the Primordial Force that creates a mind that can reflect upon itself and envision the Future?

Or do they think about it at all?

If they do, they cannot say it has anything to do with a spiritual, self-created, self-directed Force because it goes against the dominant materialistic paradigm that gives them jobs and pays their salaries; and if by any chance they do, they get shunned, mocked or immediately fired. They might safely say that the Primordial Force is the Life Force, but they have no clue what Life is. They might know a bit about some of Life’s ongoing processes, but they have no idea why Life self-generates and self-perpetuates. And thus we have lost a sense of our connection with the past, with our Source, with our History, with our Progression, with what has brought us into being. Under their theories, we cannot conceive of our bodies as part of a thriving progression that has been in the making for eons and eons of time.

It is a lot easier to ignore our primordial past altogether and focus instead on the things that can be measured, the things that can be observed, the things that can be neatly fit into theories. This is highly irresponsible. It is the main reason why we have become so detached from Reality; it is the main reason why the physical and biological sciences seem to be in two different universes. By ignoring the Primordial Force behind our existence, the physical sciences are obliterating knowledge about the most intrinsic part of our nature; they are ignoring the Source of our most primal needs, urges, fears, emotions. And so to live with the denial of the most fundamental, terrifying, beautiful, exciting, and fascinating part of us, we demean ourselves accepting the horrible idea that we are nothing but expendable numbers in charts and computations.

And thus, instead of being intent on learning about the Primordial Force that bonds every atom, every molecule, every cell, every organ in our bodies into a self-reflective and visionary being, we are inciting division, hate, and the destruction of our environment, while those who make the decisions for us are irrationally accelerating the potential to end civilization as we know it.

But then how do we even begin to look at the Primordial Force? We certainly can begin by looking at the Fact that, since the Primordial Force is embedded in each one of us, we have a first-hand shot at understanding it through the common characteristics that bind us together:

The Primordial Force is obviously developing.

It is incredibly ingenious and resilient.

It is creative and destructive, tenacious and pliant, violent and tender.

It clearly knows how to build and organize.

It has the capacity to self-generate and multiply.

It manipulates and is manipulated by environments.

It is a catalyst for transformation.

It learns from the past to shape the Future.

Doesn’t it thus then astonish us to realize that, although we don’t know the Source nor how it became a self-determined Force, we do share some of its characteristics?

“And the motion of the body comes from the spirit like a waterwheel that’s held in a stream.” Rumi

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80 – To be in Touch with Beauty …

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

We have many, many ways, to be in touch with Beauty (music, poetry, Nature in splendor, falling in love, creating something beautiful), but the powers-that-be drive us to be in touch with Dread instead (wars, vengeance, fear, hate, anguish). Why?

We claim to be the ‘darlings’ of Creation – the only ones with the capacity to self-reflect; the only ones who can admire Beauty, feel Beauty, create Beauty – and yet we are ravaging our world. Why?

Nothing in the world today (no educational system, no organized religion, no scientific method) has answers for us. We are simply told that our capacity to self-reflect is a unique Human trait. But it is not. The capacity to self-reflect is Universal.

The proof that self-reflection is Universal – although not yet fully comprehended – is Einstein’s greatest legacy. E=mc2 is one of the deepest insights into the nature of our Universe. E=mc2 tells us that for an evolving body/system to be functional, notwithstanding its size, complexity, or lifespan, its mass content MUST ALWAYS BE A RELATIVE MEASURE (=) of its energy content. In Einstein’s own words: The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. And there is no way for an evolving body/system to be able to measure its own contents, so they remain in equilibrium as it changes and develops, without a degree of self-reflection.

But Science, afraid to rock established dogma, shies away from the exploration of the self-reflective element in the equation. No naturally evolving system in Nature can be functional without the capacity to sustain its energy and mass contents in equilibrium – greater mass equals greater energy, less energy equals less mass – and this capacity can only be attained with a degree of self-reflection.

This degree of self-reflection, although mostly instinctive, is evident in the equilibrium of our bodies as we change and develop. We consume energy sources (oxygen, foods) to build mass, and exert the energy as action and motion while maintaining each (consumption and exertion) a reflection of the other; this is self-reflective equilibrium. Once this equilibrium cannot be sustained, we either restructure or cease to exist.

Instinctive equilibrium is the primal form of self-reflection. Conscious equilibrium – self-determined, thoughtful – is a highly evolved form of self-reflection. And as far as we know, we have evolved the highest degree of the latter on Earth.

As our individual survival is completely dependent on self-reflective equilibrium, so is the survival of the Human species. But because Humanity remains so fragmented, we fail to see how far out of equilibrium we have gotten. Billions of us are consuming and releasing energy sources beyond the balanced replenishing and reabsorbing capacities of our environment. We are throwing off the natural equilibrium of the planet and accelerating extreme deviations in the chemical balance of the atmosphere.

To be in touch with Beauty, we first need to know what Beauty is. And although Beauty is about impossible to define – “it is in the eye of the beholder” – we know that Beauty is not Hate nor Fear nor Imbalance nor Dread.

To be in touch with Beauty, to create Beauty, to begin to turn Dread into Beauty, there is something we all can do: Conscious of the existential need to be in equilibrium, use the mighty global reach of the Internet to empower an organization like the United Nations, for instance, to assume a self-reflective, thoughtful, and visionary role to bring the entire species in equilibrium with Nature.

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