Archive for March, 2015

122 – On the Universal Mind …

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

We have come to a stage in our evolution where we are born with a highly advanced neuronal connectivity that gives us a mind capable of conceptualizing our Universe: A universal mind that wants to understand how our Universe works, how it has progressed through eons of time and amid constant change into such an immense, organized and complex system, how it has brought Life from pure instinct into the awareness of itself.

The human-animal is a very inquisitive creature. Already in early civilizations, we were coming up with primitive concepts to explain our perception of what we deemed to be a Higher Order … the daily reappearance of the sun, the faces of the moon, the cycles of life and death, the returning constellations, the recurring seasons. But unfortunately, in trying to fathom that Order, the crippling force of dogmatism came into power, castigating and eliminating those who defied it, thus curbing our inquisitiveness.

And even so, amid the horrors brought by the indoctrination and greed of dogmatic beliefs that continue to dominate us to this day, there have always been individuals who possess not only the farsightedness of a universal mind (Aristotle, Darwin, Einstein) but also the courage to break free from the claws of dogma and realize our intimate connection with the living Being we call our Universe; a connection that brings together all existing things under a common process that urges us to grow, thrive, bond, self-generate, and transform ourselves and our world.

Aristotle, for instance, understood that in Nature “everything is involved in some kind of process which is common to all existing things”. * And so, he came to the realization that by understanding the process in ourselves – Know Thyself – we can begin to understand the Universe that originates it.

As we begin to understand how we imprint every cell in our bodies (DNA) with the innate urges to self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate transform with a degree of freedom in adaptation, so we can begin to understand how our Universe imprints every one of its components, including us, with the innate urges to self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate, transform with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

We are born with a universal mind innately capable of conceptualizing our intimate connection with our Universe, and knowing this will change us as we delve into our destiny.

* The Philosophy of Aristotle. Monarch Notes

Revised May 2020   

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121 – On the Phenomenon of Mind …

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

There are two great misconceptions in our understanding of the phenomenon of Mind; these errors not only have a destructive impact on our behavior but, most crucially, obscure the true nature of the phenomenon.

Under these misconceptions, we erroneously believe that

1 – the Mind is separate from the Body, and

2 – the Mind is an exclusively human phenomenon.

A relative degree of self-control and a sense of individuality gives us an illusion of separation from the world around us, from other people, from the environment. And a capacity for self-reflection gives us an illusion of specialness, of superiority over the rest of Nature. But having a relative degree of self-control, a sense of individuality and a capacity for self-reflection are not limited to us, the human-animal, these are properties of all purpose-driven organisms. Our delusion is dangerous because it debases Nature and excuses our rapacious devastation of the world that gives us Life.

I do not claim to understand what Mind is, and I thoroughly agree with someone’s wise words that “A Mind cannot understand itself”. But there are self-evident facts that provide us with insights to help us overcome our misconceptions about the phenomenon.

The contents of the Mind are the result not only of the accumulation of evolutionary traits a purpose-driven organism/system brings into existence as a member of a particular species, but are also the accumulation of distinct experiences – positive, negative, intuitive, self-determined, creative, destructive – with which a system orchestrates the creation of a mind to regulate itself and interact with the world. These two factors, accumulation of evolutionary traits and distinct experiences in purpose-driven organisms/systems, are essential for the existence of Mind in Nature. The Mind cannot exist without them, and no system can exist without a Mind.

Whether the system is a cell, a human being, a planet, a galaxy, a Universe, it cannot generate, bond, regulate, organize its own components into a cohesive yet supple purpose-driven system without a Mind, and a Mind cannot be created without the participation of the entire system. The Mind is One with the Body, one cannot exist without the other, and the delusion that this is not true, makes us deny it to the rest of Nature.

Thus we deny the Ovum a Mind, when we now know it chooses a single sperm … an evolutionary, instinctive trait, yes, but that once impregnated it begins one of the most ingenious, intelligent, organized efforts to create, duplication by duplication, a Mind-Body relationship that, relying on its own experiences and the lessons from the past, strives with uncanny self-determination to perpetuate itself.

Thus we deny the Earth a Mind, when we now know it has created stages of relative stability … an evolutionary, instinctive trait, yes, but that it sustains it, persistently and ingeniously seeking equilibrium through eons of time, so Life can come into existence in myriad manifestations searching for a chance to evolve into higher levels of intelligence and paving the way for the Mind to grow aware of itself.

Thus we deny our Universe a Mind, when it is obvious that it could not have evolved, nor continue to evolve into increasing levels of organization and order, without the self-control and self-reflection of a creative, self-determined Mind.

Although all of the above are self-evident if not proven Facts, we will not overcome our illusion of separation and specialness until we accept the Truth that Mind, in its myriad degrees of intuition and self-determination, is innate to all of Nature.

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