Archive for October, 2015

136 – When Will We Learn? …

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

It is perplexing to see how most of humankind – the great majority of us – as intelligent and advanced as we claim to be, cannot yet perceive the Order that permeates our Universe; the perceptible, measurable, self-creating Order inherent in Nature; the Order that, with the convergence of two microscopic cells, initiates the creation of the limitless imagination of the human mind; the Order that generates the progressive ascendency of atomic compounds into intricately interrelated systems; the Order that demands living systems to consume other living systems in order to exist; the Order that unifies every physical system in our Universe with the template that perpetuates its own progression towards greater complexity.

Yet it is even more perplexing to see how the natural sciences, especially physics and chemistry with their magnificent insights into microcosmic and macroscopic magnitudes, can be so obtuse as to be unable to see how profoundly interconnected their theories are. This is the reason why they still are searching for a ‘unified theory’ … when they already have one,

The fundamental findings of salient physical theories converge into a unifying blueprint that compels everything in Nature, whether it be an atom, a molecule, a cell, a galaxy, you and I, to search for stability and order amid constant change, and for a degree of freedom to adapt amid the struggle to survive.

When will we learn to see ourselves as participants in the universal Order unfolding within us and all around us?

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135 – Archetypal Steps in Human Evolution …

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

An archetype, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies.

We can gage evolutionary progress in human history through archetypal steps that have become the first imprints of significant change. Some examples of archetypal steps in our evolution are the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions in our physical capacities, and our ability to conceptualize abstract ideas and be conscious of self-reflection in our mental capacities.

The physical revolutions named above, plus the capacity to conceptualize abstract ideas are steps in our evolution easily accepted as archetypal. But conscious self-reflection, because it is rooted in more primal origins, is not something we easily perceive as an archetypal step, and yet it is one of the most important.

As opposed to instinctive self-reflection, which is an innate capacity in living systems, conscious self-reflection, is not. Being conscious of our own body, of our presence in the world, of how we can manipulate with a purpose and be manipulated by natural events (weather, chemical imbalances), or how fictional concepts can be turned into objective reality for the benefit of others (nations, religions, corporations, money), these levels of conscious self-reflection are not innate. We begin to acquire them in our early development and under unique environmental circumstances. And it can reach levels of consciousness in which we can perceive not only the magnificent order in Nature, but that it is alive, and that it is in us.

The capacity of the human mind to perceive the fact that we are integral elements of that order was first addressed as “Cosmic Consciousness” by the Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke: “Cosmic consciousness, a consciousness of the life and order of the universe which is possessed by few men at present. It is a further stage of human evolution which will be reached by all humanity in the future”. This highly developed consciousness has already been emerging in individuals like Aristotle, Balzac, Rilke, Rumi, Einstein, Sagan, Attenborough, to name a few.

Once we are able to overcome the paradigm based on division, consumerism and constant conflict that currently control us, this archetypal step, this capacity of the human mind to perceive its participation in the universal order, will explode into our collective consciousness to bring ‘the most astonishing transformation humanity has ever experienced.” [1]

I can see children all over the world being taught from very early in their lives that there is a beautiful, self-organizing, self-regulating, self-creative order in our Universe, and that it is in us, and that we are part of it … conscious of it.

[1] Do not remember the source

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