Nature of Reality

Electromagnetic Reality

By shifting ones consciousness, one can attain a glimpse at alternate realities and other appearances that reality may take under certain conditions, however in essence, experience is the product of the mind, spirit, conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings. Each human being is therefore intimately connected with the construction of their own reality, in frequency without being aware of it at all. Basically, translating expectations into physical form. Henceforth, the world is meant to serve as a mere reference point, since the exterior appearance is a replica of inner desire. Yet, the very core of which reality is composed of is of a non-physical, electromagnetic nature. As all is energy, and all therefore is initially a frequency, each individual possesses their own energy blueprint, as it may. In fact, each being possesses a form of uniqueness and source of vitality beyond the that which the human eye is able to detect. For instance, emotions themselves have electromagnetic realities, which even affect the atmosphere itself. They group through attraction, building up areas of events and circumstances that finally coalesce, as it may, either in matter as objects or as events in time. However, feelings are more often than not transitory, yet underneath, there are certain qualities of feeling that are unique in each individual. Similar to deep musical cords. Essentially, they are the tones of the being, representing the core from which the individual forms their experience. All that is experienced possesses consciousness and each consciousness is endowed with its own feeling-tone, as it may. In fact, there is a profound amount of cooperation required in the formation of the earth, including the individual living structures of the planet to rise up from the feeling-tone within each atom and molecule. This energy that constructs the electromagnetic reality stems from the core of being, from all that is, representing a source of never ceasing vitality. Therefore, all of the energy and power is focused and reflected through each and every single living being in the direction of the three-dimensional existence. A mass consciousness as it may, which still possesses an identity. In general, we are all a portion of the before mentioned collective, whilst still maintaining our individuality and independence. For example, trees and rocks possess their own consciousness, while sharing a gestalt consciousness. The cells and organs within the body have their own awareness, as well as a gestalt one. Conclusively, the electromagnetic nature of reality implies that all is initially one, an interconnected whole, throughout the illusion of time and space.

Animal and Human Consciousness.

One of the numerous differences in animal and human consciousness would be the inherent conscious choice or even willpower over instinctual behaviours. The conscious mind allows humans to look outward into the physical universe and view the reflections of their spiritual activity, to perceive and assess the individual and joint constructions of the phenomenal world. Whereas human being may not be aware of the actual intelligence or manner of communication in all animals, there is one significantly large difference between species. Once a living being reaches a level of consciousness, the interpretation of the temporal reality becomes mainly reliant upon the conscious mind. Ideas and beliefs are created which then consequently structure experiences, creating either positive or negative emotions. Whilst an elephant may possess a higher capability of retaining memories than a dog, the ability to create reality linger, often in dormant potential, within all living beings. It should be noted that the lack of capability of communication or respect of life that has been given to other species upon this planet could quite easily be considered criminal within the eyes of a third, observing species. In consequence, countless animals may be of higher intelligence and intuition than previously expected. It has been known that cats are drawn to individuals close to the end of their life in certain nursing homes, as if numerous animals were more sensitive to the subtler forms of energy that may not be as easily detectible for humans. In additions, animals often live within the equilibrium of their environment, whereas humans have a tendency to do otherwise. For instance, for centuries animals have been culled when their numbers have become too great for humanity or nature to control, however mankind has continued to expand and more than overpopulate the planet, whilst disregarding the underlying truth of humanities destructive capabilities. Therefore, the electromagnetic reality of the dodo becoming extinct may appear innately different to humans than it would to the prey itself. Although animals possess a more instinctive nature, they are also more physically preoccupied with their own survival. The differences in environment should also be considered in the evolution of consciousness within the animal kingdom.

Imagination

The conscious mind is largely dependent upon the functioning of the physical brain, to an extend keeping the mind to a three-dimensional focus. It naturally orientates the individual toward the environment in which they must operate. However, it is due to the allegiance with the temporal brain that time is perceived as a series of moments. The brain channels the information that the mind receives to the individual physical structure. Henceforth, the mind is largely dependent upon the brains growth, activity and functional capability. More often than not, the individuals imagination will naturally follow their belief structure, as well as the emotions present. Often the idea itself is not buried within the realms of the unconscious, it is simply unexamined. However, beliefs are never truly static, they are in essence ever-changing, ever-evolving, as it may, from childhood to adulthood, as well as, from one life to the next. In consequence, emotions and imagination both follow the belief of the individual. Once the belief has been de-selected, the same emotional context is no longer entertained, thus the imagination would naturally turn to other directions. It should be noted that beliefs automatically mobilize emotional and imaginative powers. Although few beliefs may be intellectual ones on their own, yet once the contents of the conscious mind, one gradually begins to recognize the emotional and imaginative connotations that may be interconnected with a provided idea. In addition, belief and imagination also possesses the capability of producing any desired emotions, which is commonly applied in NLP techniques, such as anchoring or swishing. Existing within such diversified, rich environment-possibilities, the human psyche required and developed a conscious mind that was able to generate concise and accurate minute by minute judgements and evaluations. Henceforth, as the conscious mind began to expand, the range of imagination did also. Thus the conscious mind serves as a vehicle for imagination, often as a form of unconsciously creating reality, yet after all enriching conscious reasoning and emotional experience of the phenomenal world. Almost as a manner of creating reality, as one goes along. The conscious mind is meant to look into the exterior world and into the interior one, as a vehicle for the expression of the soul in corporeal terms, as it may. As beliefs naturally attract the appropriate emotions, they are further reinforced through imagination and visualization. Therefore, all of the powers of the inner self are set into activation as a result of conscious beliefs, leaving each human being with a responsibility for their thoughts, as combined with imagination they have unlimited potential power lingering within them, which actively is able to alter life as it is ultimately perceived.

Reincarnation and Karma

Throughout the physical incarnations, individuals are mainly concerned with the physical orientation and the corporeal materialization of the inner reality. As the mind in life is intimately connected to the brain and the physical organism, it is automatically attuned to the corporeal entity, it could even be stated that it to a certain extent disregards some non-physical data that lies within any given field of perception. In essence, it simply does not allow it into its organizing perceptions, hence the data is then blocked out. The root of this is often the belief-structures surrounding the ideas of ones own perception. Although it may not be always consciously realized, the conscious mind is in itself constantly in development and expansion. On an unconscious level, each individual organizes the atoms and molecules that compose the cells, which form the body, the blueprint however is formed by the belief-systems. In fact, there are chains of influence that are actually composed of inner values of sound that thread together as it were, the complicated inter-weavings of both genes and chromosomes. Literally, these sound values are interwoven in an electromagnetic pattern. Although the conscious mind will always attempt to make sense of out belief-structures, to form them into patterns and sequences, organizing them as rationally as possible, which may not always be probable. In addition, the concept of cause and effect is often misinterpreted within certain belief structures that are more or less based upon the notion of punishment. Therefore, the conception that an individual may be reborn into a particular life time in order to endure suffering for past crimes has become a quite commonly held belief, although it is in essence erroneous. Whilst it is accurate that the body is the living materialization of idea, it is also true that these ideas form an active, responsive body consciousness, not as separate from the spirit as originally thought. It should be noted that Seth also hints toward the fact that previous lives, occurring at the same time of future lives, are capable of influencing future development. Henceforth, the present moment possesses the capability of altering ones own ever-changing future self. Although the circumstances may not always be ideal, one still requires to accept ones own responsibility, whilst slowly moving closer towards a higher state of evolution at a soul level, altering patterns of behaviour as the existence of all that is progresses. Also, multiple existences are often simultaneous and open-ended within the multi-dimensional reality.

Aggression, War and Violence

For instance, guilt is on the other side of compassion. It original purpose was to enable the individual to empathize with themselves and other living beings within their environment. It had become the species manifestation of the animals unconscious corporeal sense of justice and integrity. Such as, a hunter only taking as many lives as required in order to provide physical sustenance. It has over the course of human history become evident that the natural equilibrium has been more than slightly tilted. In addition, an individual in a state of immense anger or fear will naturally divert from their usual course of action and perhaps become submerged in the intense state of emotion temporarily. As it is rather easy to be caught up within the sequences of events and subsequent surges of emotion, the notion that one has somewhat become a victim of external circumstances would not appear to be too far-fetched. Although each individual is essentially responsible for the perception and construction of their own reality matrix, one can become carried away within a continual loss of power, which is in turn then the causal factor in a destructive, aggressive or even violent behavioural expression. For instance, the common denominator in most criminal acts is the element of power that is experienced by the perpetrator, who often is perceived as being powerless and helpless within daily life. Within the act of defending oneself, however, there are a variety of physical actions that could be performed, which would not involve murder, that would suffice in rendering the perceived threat. Yet, as long as humanity continues to believe that violence must be encountered with violence, the mind and body themselves become a form of battle-ground. The further this belief would be reinforced by the mass consciousness, the more earth itself would become hostile territory. It should be noted that moments of reflection serve a preventative purpose in this matter. However, for instance, current issues of overpopulation are resultant in an increase of wars and crime. And if it is solved by aggressive forms of conflict, it is in frequency compensated for by disease. Nonetheless, love in essence is outgoing, as is aggression. One cannot inhibit one without similarly affecting the other, so under such conditions, the non-dual nature of reality is revealed.

Racial Tension

Since the natural communication of aggression has been broken down within society, humanity often confuses aggression with violence without understanding the creative potential of it or its purpose as a method of communication in order to prevent violence. In fact, a great effort is invested into the restraint of the communicative elements of aggression, whilst ignoring its many positive values until its power becomes so exponentially bottled up that it results in an explosion of violence. Henceforth, violence is a distortion of aggression. It should be noted that at times the process of deflection and the appearance of diversity does not always allow for these before mentioned elements to be channelled productively, often creating a profound dislike of certain qualities that are often also found within the self. For instance, whereas an individual is often culturally conditioned toward the dislike of another race of humanity due to the environmental surrounding of the individual, racial family feuds often fuel the warlike vendetta even further. A conscious belief focuses ones attention, channelling it and directing it so that the notions can be swiftly brought into the physical existence, however at times, these beliefs may not be as fruitful as previously expected. The hatred toward another human being due to the colour of their skin, the curvature of their nose or even their ancestry has become a daily occurrence within countless countries. For example, within the United States, since September 11, the racial tensions between the Caucasian and the Islamic individuals have caused them to distance themselves further apart. Certain individual have even expressed their concern of being seated next to an individual of Islamic or Arabic descent due to the War on Terror. It has become one retaliation after the next. Truth be told, no one actually remembers the reason, but then no one truly questions it either. Often the true motive comes into view, the fear of the populous and the greed of the few in charge. Yet, it should be noted that “white man” has created wars based upon appearance since the discovery of Africa. Mind you, Africa still is not in charge of their own diamond mines etc. Throughout history, the slavery and captivity of those different from us by appearance has been well documented. However, certain countries or regions upon the planet are more likely to be exposed to conditioned or environmental discriminative racial tendencies. Professionally, I am of the opinion that it supplies “white man” with a slight hint of arrogance, for instance, looking down upon the African American drug supplier down the road, whereas often they are subjected to the belief and criticism of others. An idea that can spread or be reversed within a moment. Aggression, prejudice and jealousy, like any other emotion, is similar to a drop of water hitting the ocean, the shock-wave, whether positive or negative creates a ripple effect,  thus affecting the external environment.

Purpose of Dreams

The general purpose of dreams is initially a therapeutic one, representing almost a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind. Due to the illusive nature of dreams, one would be able to find oneself in any given scenario that may appeal to the current inner conflict that one may be facing. It should be noted that dreams and the physical events of an individuals life constantly alters the chemical balances within the body. A dream may be purposely experienced to provide an outlet of a kind that is missing within the routine of daily life. It will mobilize the resources available and fill the body with a rush of the necessitated hormones, constructing a dream state of stress that will provide the organisms healing abilities into combat, resulting in the end to a particular physical symptoms, for instance. However, another dream may provide a peaceful interlude, in which all stress is minimized, in consequence with the overactive output of certain hormones and chemicals quieted as a result. Initially, the nature of dreams allows the individual to move within the perimeters of the temporal space that they have created for themselves, yet a much lighter form of existence as it may. Any conscious thought or intention naturally influences the dream, and often more rapidly than within the phenomenal realm. The role-playing scenarios in the dream would be one in which, problems that are currently creating imbalances within the body, are creatively solved. Dreams of a strongly aggressive nature in this context may be profoundly beneficial to a given individual, allowing the release of usually inhibited feelings and freeing the body from tension. By such constant dream therapy, both mind and body regulate themselves to a large degree. It is true that in dreams, one may reach some of the deepest sources of your being at times, yet even there the expression of that being is far too individualistic to assign the same kind of unconscious meaning to overall symbols. In consequence, the meaning of each dream differs per individual due to the unique nature of the psyche, henceforth the assignment of fixed meaning to fixed content viewed during the dream time is not as effective, since the process of association is differs from one individual to the next. Henceforth, the meaning of dreams will at all times be a rather personal one that only the affected one would be able to decipher. In addition, the actual action occurs during the precession of the dream itself, on deep psychic and biological levels. The dream’s happening, in fact, affects the entire physical condition of the individual, therefore it has a constant therapeutic effect. Although the physical body has been conditioned to the application of medication since birth, once the imbalances of a physical nature have been removed by the introduction of drugs, the body will often signal that the inner dilemma has been resolved, when more often than not it has not. The whole organism is not at one with itself under such conditions, the inner mechanics are disturbed, as it may, whilst the basic challenge is not only not faced, yet constantly denied the physical expression and would naturally bring about its natural solution. However, the merging and similarities of the waking and dreaming state should also be taken into consideration.

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Toward the Superconscious

5 Major Eras of Human Development

It should be noted that the major stages of evolution of human consciousness adheres to the twenty tenets, thus there exists an overall continuity toward evolution, from the physiosphere to the biosphere to the noosphere. One is able to outline predominant world views of the various epochs of human development. These stages may be summarized as archaic, magic, mythic, rational or existential that can be correlated with the major stages of technological and economic development, which are foraging, horticultural, agrarian, industrial and informational. For instance, within foraging societies, more commonly known as the hunting and gathering stage, the roles of men and women were sharply delineated and separated, in which the male performed the hunting and the women conducted the gathering and child raising. It is approximated that 97% of foraging societies followed that rigid pattern. There was a particular emphasis placed on either the male or female value sphere. Foraging societies originally emerged between a million and four thousand years ago. Certain tribal cultures at the time lived an ecologically sound life whereas others did not, which was resultant in the extinction of numerous species. Modern day lineage in any country can be traced back to their tribal ancestors, which could only be established through the beginning or agriculture to prevent the extinction of countless animal species, allowing the tribes to transcend to a new way of living as well as being, as it may. In consequence, there was a shift in status within the family unit during the horticultural epoch. 80% of the nutrition would be produced by women as the men still continued to hunt. These societies provided an equal status to men and women. Interestingly, the lineage of those tribal societies is more often than not traced through the mother. One third of these societies had female only deities, particularly the “Great Mother” in her various forms. Most of these locations possessed a horticultural background, which began around 10’000 BCE in the East and West. In the Agrarian stage, a profound shift in culture began with the introduction of the plow. Subsequently, these societies had the most highly sexually polarized structures of any known societal type. Not due to the interference of a particular gender, but the most effective form of organisation that could be applied at the time. When men began to be the sole provider of food, the deity figures in these cultures switched from female-orientated to to mainly male orientated. Over 90% of agrarian societies had primarily male deities. With the industrialisation, the first and foremost technological means were developed in order for humans to rely upon the power of machines rather than their own strength. It removed emphasis upon male strength, replacing it with gender neutral engines, allowing for the women’s movement to emerge. Gender roles no longer determined the roles within society. Although the primary cause for ecological devastation still remains. Ignorance. Whereas tribal ignorance is merely capable of inflicting limited damage, industrial ignorance can wipe our an entire quadrant of space or more. Modernity and Post-modernity become two sides of the same coin, continually striving for further technological advancement regardless of the cost. However, in order to understand post-modernity, one has to understand the fundamental Enlightenment paradigm, which is represented by the notion that you have the self or the subject on one side and the empirical sensory world on the other and the valid knowledge consists in the construction of maps of the empirical world. If both correspond with one another, the result is then viewed as truth.

The Big Three

Within the book History of Everything, Wilber describes the basic divisions of the four quadrants. Everything on the Right Hand can is described in “It” language. All on the Upper Left is described in “I” language, whereas everything on the Lower Left is defined as “We”. In sum, the “It” language is objective, neutral, encompassing mostly value-free surfaces. It is the standard for the empirical, analytical approach. In other terms, it is monological, describing objective exteriors and their interrelations, such as observable surfaces and patterns that can be viewed with the senses or their instrumental extensions. Here, information is defined as negative entropy, in which presence or consciousness is not required. However, the “I” language represents the presence of the individual or subjective awareness. All that is on the Upper left is basically described within the “I” language of interior subjectivity. For example, the subjective component of any holon is the I-component. This self becomes greater with increased depth, yet this component cannot under any circumstances be described within it “it” language, which would convert the subject into a mere object, which has led to countless dehumanizing results throughout history, especially considering consciousness control experiments with children below the age of five. Whether these objects are singular or whether they are collective strands within the web, history has educated humanity that reductionism can result in dreadful catastrophe. Subsequently, the third language, is the Lower Left, the cultural and intersubjective dimension. It is represented by the collective world view that is associated with a particular time, location and culture inhabit. These perspectives naturally evolve, thus archaic, magic, mythic and ration standspoints can be discovered here. In conclusion, at the very minimum, mankind has these three fundamental languages, which differ from one another, addressing the various domains. The failure to differentiate these languages has caused a profound amount of confusion. Thus, Wilbers concept of the Big Three is a simplified version of the four quadrants, since both Right Hand quadrants are objective exteriors or “its”. Consequently, for the sake of simplicity, the four quadrants can be dealt with as the Big Three.

In reference to the fundamental Enlightenment paradigm that reduces all “I” and “we” to its, which reduced the three languages to merely one, as a form of subtle reductionism. In essence, it reduced all of the Left Hand dimensions to their Right Hand correlates. In conclusion, according to theorists from Weber to Habermas, modernity entirely differentiated between the Big Three for the first time in history. Various domains such as morals, science, self, culture and nature were no longer syncretically fused. Yet in order to achieve integration, one should seek solutions by regressing to mythic or magic indissociation of the Big Three, where self, culture and nature were not yet differentiated. Hence, one will discover manners in which to integrate mind, culture and nature in the postmodern world. Within the spiritual themes, the notions of Buddha (spiritual realizer), Dharma (Realized truth) and Sangha (Communal realisation) begin to surface as consciousness evolution continues into the higher domains of existence.

Difference Between Stages and States of Consciousness

Wilber refers describes the basic structures of consciousness in nine variant stages, including sensation and perception (sensoriphysical), impulse and image (phantasmic-emotional), symbols and concepts (representational mind), concrete rules (rule/roles of mind), formal-reflexive, and vision-logic (integrative), following the transpersonal stages of psychic, subtle and causal. However, the highest stage of all is non-duality, although it could be argued that it is not a stage at all, yet in practice it truly becomes a stage of consciousness. With each stage of development, the individual develops a reformed view of the world. The world is transformed and can be rediscovered anew. However, the stages and states are clearly interlinked, each individual, due to the nature of the psyche, will experience them differently. As stages of development are rather similar to states of being, they are often illustrated similarly, yet their essence can differ when one examines the pathology of the individual. For instance, if dissociation is severe at certain stages of development, the processes of self-development can come to a halt. As Wilber describes it “More often than not, the self will simply limp along down the road, dissociation and all. It will continue to develop, it will continue to climb the basic structures in expanding awareness, however haltingly or however wounded. It may bleed all over the place, but it keep climbing.” This elaborates upon how an individual can be stuck at a certain stage of development, whilst continuing to expand their state of being. Yet, since the individual is literally bound at that stage, there is limited room for expansion, which in severe cases can be increasingly visible the more time progresses. Nonetheless, it is also rather simple to mistake a state of being for a stage of development or vice versa, especially if the individual is at a dubious age. For instance, if a childhood sociopath slips through the cracks of the system until teenage years, it is more often than not impossible to diagnose them as such through the means of psychoanalysis due to the similarities in behaviour during that stage of development. However, sociopathy is in essence, a state of being, a view of the world that can expand according to stage of development, yet the state of being can persist and even hinder them from attaining higher stages of development. It should be noted though that a recent study has shown that sociopathic tendencies were and are increasingly common within Zen Buddhism. Yet, Jung noted that there is a distinction between emotional detachment or non-attachment in comparison to raw sociopathic tendencies. As a side-note, sociopathic inclinations can be curved by attending to the state of being as well as stage of development simultaneously, hence there is a profound importance in distinguishing between the two conceptions.

Psychology of the Ego

There is a distinction between the true self and the false self or persona. Within the psychological stages of development, the ego forms a centre of gravity, as it may. It represents the drives, the likes, the dislikes and the desires of the individual. As the ego often functions based upon past experiences and learnt behaviour, it may hinder the individual from progressing throughout the stages of development, however it should not be viewed as a negative component of consciousness. Nonetheless, it should be noted that evolution could be viewed as a general decline of egocentrism, which expresses a general decrease of involvement of the ego within spiritual development. The ego provides a form of anchor for the self during the lifespan of the individual, at times it can even become the centre of the self. It is the preconceived identity that has been incorporated into the self on a conscious level. However, the ego is not a static component, it can mature during stages of development and can take on various roles until reaching a point of transcendence whilst the individual progresses through the stages of spiritual development. The ego within psychological development, for instance, can take on the role of satisfying certain desires or all desires no matter the cost. Yet, there is another side to that coin, which mostly occurs during the early childhood. In the words of Howard Gardner “The young child is totally egocentric, meaning not that he is incapable of thinking about himself. The egocentric child is unable to differentiate himself from the rest of the world. He has not yet separated himself from others or objects. Thus he feels that others share his pain or pleasure, that his mumblings will inevitably be understood, that his perspective is shared by all, that even animals and plants partake his consciousness.” Hence Gardner felt, there was a general decline in egocentrism during human development. Throughout the stages of spiritual development, the individual returns to a somewhat modified viewpoint of almost exactly the same conception. Nonetheless, as the child matures, it no longer treats the environment as an extension of itself. The world and the child have become differentiated, although the emotional self and the emotional world have not yet become distinctly separate. With the conceptual self, the self has become a conceptual ego that cannot yet take the role of another. Although once it can, it will. As Wilber describes it, the shift between a sociocentric to a worldcentric perspective becomes a transcendence of the shallower and a disclosure of the deeper. It becomes a battle between enlightenment and the ego, as it may.

Four Quadrants of Space

Wilber states that a part of the coming transformation will involve an alteration in consciousness and a change in institutions. Consequently, it would involve the incorporation of a new worldview, encompoassing a technological, economical base with the emergence of a new sense of self including behavioural patterns. Whether it is realised or not, the phenomenal world consists of a wide variety of holachical maps that consist of the same territory. By comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities, Wilber intended to discover the single and basic holarchy that all of them were attempting to represent. Yet, the more he was attempting this, Wilber discovered that these various holarchies possessed undeniable similarities, yet also profound differences, however the exact nature of these differences did not seem apparent at all. Eventually, he concluded that they were actually four different types of holarchies, thus four different types of holistic sequences. He began to refer to these as the four quadrants. He then arrived at the conclusion that these types of holarchies have a rather simple foundation. These four types of holarchies are in actually concerned with the inside and outside of a holon, in both its individual and collective forms. Inside, outside, singular and plural are one of the simplest number of distinctions that can be made. Consequently, these very basic features, which are present in all holons provide us with the four quadrants. All four of these types are dealing with aspects of holons, which keep aggressively and insistently showing up on the various maps around the globe. If one begins to observe the individual holon, in both its interior and exterior, which is represented by the Upper Left quadrant and the Upper Right quadrant, each level trancends and includes its predecessor. Each level includes the basics of the previous level and then adds its own distinction and defining characteristics and its own emergents. It should be noted that each of these follow the twenty tenets. The exterior aims to concern itself with appearance of the cell, atom or organism, including its evolution, whereas the interior concerns itself with internal, emotional aspects. It refers to the interior depth, which is consciousness itself. For instance, certain basic kinds of interior awareness go hand in hand with various exterior forms., such as irritability, which is the capacity to actively respond to environmental stimuli originates with cells. Sensations emerge with neuronal organisms. Perceptions begin to develop with a neural cord. Impulses, however, originate with a brain stem and basic emotions with a limbic system. This is clearly also a subjective holarchy.

Individual holons exist only in communities of similar-depth holons, Wilber refers to these as communal holons that are always associated with individual holons. This communal aspect also possesses an interior and exterior, which is referred to as the Lower Left and Lower Right. The cultural, refers to all the interior meanings, values and identities, whereas social refers to all of the exterior, material, institutional forms of the community. In a general sense, cultural refers to the shared collective worldview and social refers to the material base of that worldview. For instance, “if consciousness is depth and depth goes all the way down, then shared depth or common depth goes all the way down, hence culture goes all the way down.” In other terms, if holons share outsides, they also share insides, their culture, as it may. For example, the study of what holons can respond to is essentially the study of shared world spaces. For example, within a pack of wolves, as they possess a limbic system, the interior correlate of which is certain basic emotion. Thus, a wolf orientates itself and its fellow wolves to the world through the use of basic emotional cognitions through a sophisticated emotional signal system. Yet, anything outside that world-space is not registered. Consequently, the transformation that Wilber refers to is that of consciousness.

 Left Hand Approach Versus Right Hand Approach

From the beginning of each quest for knowledge, the various approaches toward its discovery have fallen into one or another of these two categories. Interior or exterior, which is basically a Left-handed versus Right-handed approach. All that is categorized as being on the Right hand is objects or exteriors that can be seen empirically with the senses or their extensions. They are all surfaces that can be seen. They all possess locations. It could be termed as a monological approach, as the interior irrelevant to this specific approach. It not necessary to communicate with the subject or object. One is basically reduced to an object of observation. Naturally, this scientific approach is not erroneous, but it is merely one side of the spectrum. The Left hand, however, is not observed in such a simple manner, as it is largely an interior dimension without physical locations. One therefore attempts to get closer towards the consciousness. In essence, there is no other means to reach the interior except by interpretation. This approach requires communication and expression in order to become comprehensible. Henceforth, a rather distinct difference between both approaches is that surfaces can be observed whereas depth must be interpreted. Furthermore, psychoanalysis is basically an interpretive or Left Hand approach, whilst classical behaviourism would be classified as Right Hand or empirical approach. For instance, dreams are interior events that are composed of symbols, which can only be analysed by interpretation. Freud’s notion of the talking cure on the other hand would be described as being dialogical, not monological. In conclusion, all therapies that are based upon communication are fundamentally based upon a single principle, the attempt to discover a more adequate interpretation for ones own interior depth. The Upper Right quadrant approaches, such as behaviourism or biological psychiatry at their extreme do not wish to associate themselves with interpretation, depth, interiors and intentions, their interest solely concerns itself with the observable, empirical and exterior behaviour. There is no attempt to reveal the meaning of the symptoms. The correction of the chemical imbalance of serotonin, for instance, may restore the physical balance of the body it would not relieve depression that has been interiorly caused until adequate interpretation of those regions of consciousness has been conducted.

Ascending and Descending

There are a wide variety of interpretations in regards to spiritual transformation and spiritual illumination. The experience itself would be direct and immediate. However, eventually, the individual will return to an ordinary state of consciousness, which is when the individual will begin to interpret the experience and its depth. Consequently, how this experience is interpreted will govern how the individual approaches others with this illumination, especially how the experience eventually affects the self. For instance, whether this experience was transmental or transpersonal, the individual would eventually orientate themselves according to the experience. The individual is not merely composed of spiritual components, there are also physical, psychological and emotional components and so forth, hence if the individual cannot integrate it with the rest of the consciousness, as it cannot be adequately interpreted, the experience contains no meaning, as it contains no comprehension. It should be noted that one of the basic rules of interpretation is that all meaning is context based, therefore any attempt to interpret the experience, the individual has to ensure that the context against which the individual interprets the experience is as full and complete as possible. Ideally, an all quadrant interpretation from the context of the cosmos in all dimensions would be preferable, however countless individual analyse these experiences based on the realities of simply one quadrant, which often results in the loss of the fullness of the experience.

Numerous individuals interpret these spiritual experiences basically in terms of the higher self or higher consciousness, incl. Archetypal forms or enneagram pattern and so forth, whereas they are more often than not oblivious to social and cultural aspects of the experience, becoming a “self-only” interpretation that does not adhere to the more materialistic quadrants within existence. Others prefer to interpret mostly in terms of the Lower Right quadrant. The ultimate reality becomes the empirical web of life, Gaia or the biosphere, in which all holons are reduced to being merely a strand in a web. These approaches neglect the interior states of consciousness development, reducing all Left Hand components to Right Hand strands within the empirical web. Nonetheless, all of these one quadrant viewpoints contain a moment of truth, which is that fragmented interpretations tend to abort the spiritual process itself. One may only arrive at an adequate interpretation of enlightenment, if one were to include all four quadrants. Wilber states that the intention would be to find oneself in sympathetic attunement with all aspects of the Kosmos in order to discover the truth in all four quadrants and gain a deeper perspective within the layers of existence.

During the higher or transpersonal stages, the spirit that was present throughout the entire evolutionary process becomes increasingly conscious of its own condition. It was originally subconscious, but became self-conscious and then superconscious, unfolding more of itself and enfolding more of itself at every stage. This is the path of conscious ascension. The path of enlightenment. The path of becoming… A path that does not necessarily concerns itself with this particular realm of existence, primarily it consists of compassion, kindness and understanding. Hence, a descending path represents the exact opposite, a path that mainly focuses its energies upon the physical world that it perceives. For instance, the ascending movement, is a motion from the many to one, a movement in which all forms of manifestations lead back to a single source. A groundless ground, the absolute, through the ascending path, one therefore rises to the comprehension of this. In consequence, it should be noted that Lovejoy concluded that both of these currents, ascending and descending, were united and integrated in the concepts of Plato. However, on the descended grid, salvation in the modern world is represented in the form of pure immanence. There exists no higher truth, no ascending current, nothing transcendental at all, in fact. All which is higher or transpersonal has become evil incarnate, as it opposes the descended grid and fuels the dominance of the descenders. At the beginning of the book, Wilber stated “Whereas ascenders had dominated the scene up to the Renaissance, all it requires was decisive shift in consciousness to unleash the Descending path, which burst forth from its thousand year confinement, exploded on the scene with a creative fury that would remake the entire Western world and in the process permanently substitute one broken God for another.” Conclusively, the descending path is marked by conventional, ecological ideals that pertain to the structure of the modern world, whilst it is a prime contributor to the current ecological crisis. Although evolution itself is a self-correcting agenda, it requires time to operate accordingly.

In conclusion, the difference between both paths appears clear. They are opposite directions. Ultimately, the path determines the view of the phenomenal world partially. Although the mass commonly decides the path of overall consciousness, each individual is provided with the freedom to select their own path. It may be more convenient to remain on the descending path, as the downfall is imminent within the conception, it becomes a self-fulling prophecy. Nonetheless, the individual within such a viewpoint will be confronted with unconscious aspects that they may not be prepared to face, as it differentiates from their conscious belief structures. Nonetheless, each individual will eventually have to select their path within society, as one cannot tread both paths simultaneously without severe contradictions within the personality.

Prior to Time

Wilber explains that the Seer or the Witness is prior to birth, prior to the body, prior even to the Big Bang. It never enters the stream of time. However there is a paradox here. “Prior to” actually means existing first and is therefore a temporal concept! How can this ultimate consciousness be “prior to”, “first”, “unending” etc. when those concepts can only have meaning with relation to time? The concept of the self exists within time and space. It is confined by and thus obeys by its laws and conventions. Yet, the spirit itself in non-linear in nature. It remains outside of the temporal space, as it may. However, Ken Wilbers concept gives rise to a rather significant point within human development. That which is prior the present self and that which is prior to the individual consciousness differs at the core. The source is often referred to as being outside of time itself, thus it would also be of non-local origin. Within Buddhism, the development of the seer, the inner witness becomes imminent in order to attain spiritual enlightenment or Buddhahood. This inner witness is basically a persona within the self that does not identify with present circumstances. It merely observes that which occurs in the present moment. Its response is more often than not one of curiosity. Whereas, another part of the mind may be judging or categorizing the experience, the witness perceives everything from the premise of allowing and trust in an ordered universe. It is represented by an open mental stance, not closed or contracted. In Buddhism, developing the inner observer becomes a foundational element of their teachings. Besides providing support, the observer aid in the management of stress and anger more effectively. Within a reactive state of mind, the body secrets chemicals that cause inflammation, the major cause of degenerative diseases and ageing. By using the witness/observer with its innocence, openness and trust, we can sail through adversity in a healthier way. However, it should be noted that Buddhists, Yogis and Sages spend years meditating upon that very aspect in order for it to emerge more clearly within their mindful practices, which encourage conscious living on a daily basis. Nonetheless, one of the notable differences between Hinduism and Buddhism is that Hinduism holds faith in the existence of the eternal and indestructible soul or Atman, whereas Buddhism does not believe in the concept of the soul or Atman. Most of the speculative philosophies and darshnas or various schools of philosophical thought in Hinduism attempt to answer enquiries, regarding the existence of consciousness and its development. Yet there is no unanimous opinion among them as to the nature of the soul and its relationship with the Absolute. The individual souls are stated to be different from the Absolute. However, this is not an universal standpoint. According to certain traditions, the Absolute does not exist but only individual souls, thus consisting of the Absolute as whole. Among those who believe in the existence of the Absolute, certain individuals believe that the Absolute and the individual souls are the same while others believe them to be different. Furthermore, certain traditions hold that although the Absolute and an individual soul are the same, they do have some subtle dissimilarities which cause them to be distinct. One could conclude that these perceptions are the same from one perspective and different from another. From a rather scientific standpoint, David Bohm perceived that the view of quantum theory and relativity contradicted one another. Conclusively, to him this contradiction implied that there existed a more fundamental level in the physical universe. He claimed that both quantum theory and relativity pointed towards this deeper theory, which he formulated in terms of a quantum field theory. This more fundamental level was proposed to represent an undivided wholeness and an implicate order, from which arises the explicate order of the universe as we experience it. Bohm’s proposed implicate order applies both to matter and consciousness. In addition, he suggested that it could explain the relationship between them. Mind and matter are here seen as projections into the explicate order from the underlying reality of the implicate order. In his attempts to describe the nature of consciousness, Bohm discussed the experience of listening to music. He concluded that the feeling of movement and change that makes up the experience of music derives from both the immediate past and the present both being held in the brain together, with the notes from the past seen as transformations rather than memories. The notes that were implicate in the immediate past are seen as becoming explicate in the present. Bohm viewed this as consciousness emerging from the implicate order. Bohm viewed the movement, change or flow and also the coherence of experiences, such as listening to music as a manifestation of the implicate order. He stated that he derived evidence for this from the work of Jean Piaget in studying infants. He explained that these studies show, young children have to learn about time and space, as they are part of the explicate order, but have a hard-wired understanding of movement, since it is part of the implicate order. He compared this hypothesis of hard-wiring to Chomsky’s theory that grammar is hard-wired into young human brains. Newton’s laws of motion and Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetism adequately explain ones everyday, large scale classical world. However, at small scales in the quantum realm (and the boundary between the quantum and classical realms remains mysterious) objects may exist in two or more states or places simultaneously, more like waves than particles and governed by the quantum wave function. This property of multiple coexisting possibilities, known as quantum superposition, persists until the superposition is measured, observed or interacts with the classical world or environment. Only then does the superposition of multiple possibilities reduce, collapse, choose or decohere to specific, particular classical states. Conversely, quantum superpositions and reduction are used technologically in quantum computing. Whereas conventional classical computers represent digital information as bits of either 1 or 0, within quantum computers, quantum information may be represented as quantum superpositions of both 1 and 0. While in superposition, “quantum bits”, as it may, interact with others via the means of nonlocal quantum entanglement, allowing computational interactions of enormous speed and near-infinite parallelism. After the computation is performed the quantum bits are reduced, such as by environmental interaction/decoherence to specific classical bit states which constitute the solution. Quantum computing may be essential for certain tasks, yet what does it mean for an object to exist in multiple places or states simultaneously? The puzzle of quantum superposition baffled science, moreover the fate of isolated superpositions remains unresolved. One solution was put forth by Hugh Everett in his multiple worlds view. Everett’s idea was that superposition is a separation in underlying reality, that the universe at it’s fundamental level splits, or separates, and that each possibility branches off to form a new universe, a new reality. Thus, according to this view, there exist an infinite number of parallel universes corresponding to the infinite number of superposition possibilities which have ever existed. Assuming for a moment that the multiple worlds view is correct. How do we envision the separation of the universe or the individual? How do we envision the structure of reality? At rather small scales, space is not smooth, but quantized. Imagine viewing the ocean from an air-plane. The ocean surface may look perfectly smooth. However if you were in a small boat on the ocean surface you’d be tossed about by the roughness of the sea invisible from high above. Similarly as we go down in scale from the size of atoms (10-8 centimetres) empty space seems smooth until eventually scientists discover granularity at the “Planck scale (10-33 centimetres, 10-43 seconds). There are several types of descriptions of the Planck scale, such as string theory, quantum foam, and loop quantum gravity. In the context of loop quantum gravity, Penrose portrayed the Planck scale as a dynamical spider-web of spin. Taking spin as an irreducible, fundamental entity, spin networks define spectra of discrete Planck scale volumes and configurations which dynamically evolve and define space-time geometry. The amount of potential information in Planck scale spin networks is vast; each Planck scale volume, or pixel of reality may be shaped by huge variability and non-local interactions. In addition, it should be noted that their sheer number is enormous, there are roughly 10107 Planck volumes in the volume of a human brain, far greater than the number of particles in the universe. As previously mentioned, Everett’s multiple worlds view describes separations in underlying reality. For simplicity and illustration one can condense the 4-dimensional space-time with a basement level of Planck scale spin networks into 2-dimensional space-time, consisting of one spatial dimension and one time dimension. This space-time is slightly curved, in accordance with Einstein’s general theory of relativity, in a way which encodes the gravitational fields of all distributions of mass density. Each mass density, each object or particle effects a space-time curvature, albeit tiny for small objects. Consequently we can view any mass in one location as space-time curvature in a particular direction, and location of the mass in a different location as space-time curvature in another direction. Therefore quantum superposition of a particle in two locations may be considered simultaneous curvatures in opposite directions. As in the multiple worlds view, the space-time separates into two opposing curvatures, resulting in a bubble within the underlying reality. In Penrose’s view superpositions, or space-time separations, bubbles are unstable. Ultimately, they will eventually reduce or collapse to one particular curvature or the other. The instability is inherent in the properties of space-time geometry and quantum gravity, constituting an objective threshold for an isolated quantum state reduction, hence objective reduction. In the Penrose formulation, objective reduction due to the quantum gravity properties of fundamental space-time geometry occurs at a time “T” given by the Heisenberg indeterminacy principle E=h/T, in which E is the magnitude of superposition/separation, h is Planck’s constant over 2π, and T is the time until reduction. The magnitude E is related to the gravitational self-energy of the superposition and may be calculated from the amount of mass “separated from itself” and distance of separation. Since E is inversely related to T, small separations/superpositions (if isolated) will reduce at a long time T, and large separations/superpositions (if isolated) will reduce quickly. For example an isolated superpositioned electron would reduce by or only after 10 million years. A large isolated superpositioned object such as Schrödinger’s mythical one kilogram cat would reduce by or after only 10-37 seconds. The point is that Penrose objective reductions are self-organizing events occurring at the level of as well as in the medium of fundamental space-time geometry in which proto-conscious qualia may be embedded. Accordingly Penrose or events could qualify for occasions in a “wider field of proto-conscious experience”. Thus Penrose or events are potentially equivalent to Whitehead “occasions of experience”, Leibniz configurations and in some ways to Barbour’s “Nows”. Nonetheless, events require fairly stringent conditions, such as superpositions and space-time separations must be large enough to reach threshold in a brief enough time period, yet able to be isolated or protected from disruption by environmental decoherence. In quantum computers the superpositioned quantum bits are likely to be electrons of extremely low mass and hence incapable of reaching or threshold in a reasonably short time. Instead, the superposition is interrupted by decoherence when the computation is complete. Thus the threshold is never reached and quantum computers as presently envisioned will not be conscious by this criterion. On the other hand probable events may occur cosmologically due to very large scale superpositions, e.g. in neutron stars, or the early universe. Presumably, these probable events, which would occur at very fast time scales, would lack any organized information and while they may be very briefly conscious would have no cognition, intelligence or memory, which in essence is rather similar to the concept of limited consciousness. Pieces of information that are maintained within the regions of the unconscious, whilst the conscious mind remains aware of only very few bits and pieces. According to Penrose, outcomes selected in probable events are chosen neither randomly nor logarithmically, but non-computably, i.e. influenced by “Platonic values” embedded in Planck scale geometry. As probable selections are non-computable, or non-algorithmic, they are irreversible from the standpoint of classical information. Thus each probable event ratchets forward classical information in space-time, effectively creating conscious perception of a forward flow of time. A sequence of probable events or conscious moments occurring in the brain could therefore give rise to the familiar stream of consciousness. As the previous metaphor of time and space is gradually concluded, the nature of consciousness is unravelled and the concept of time appears less elusive than previously conceived. Yet it is also a widely believed fact that one can experience all of time occurring at once, from a perspective that is outside of space-time itself. A timeless space, as it may. Fred Alan Wolf describes this as a subtle, transpersonal domain that does not adhere to space-time in the manner that this plane of existence does. In accordance with Wilbers viewpoint, the individual consciousness may be bound by memories of life after life after life, once one reaches the deepest layers of the self, one shall discover that which is beyond all. Beyond temporal or spacial confinements. Beyond priority. Beyond fabrics of the phenomenal world. To that which is beyond perception. That which even is beyond existence itself.

Mind Over Matter

Placebo Effect

Each function of the human body is susceptible to thoughts and feelings, in a way it is hardwired to experience every emotion. In consequence it was discovered that the suppression of negative emotion influences diseases harboured within the physical body to the degree of aiding its progression. The placebo effect describes the procedure of a patient receiving that which they believe to be actual medicine that results in the same physiological outcome, conclusively it is evidenced that the patients belief in itself was capable of neutralizing the bodily condition. In addition, the mind affecting biology and biology affecting the mind is a commonly experienced fact within daily life. For instance, in a study performed by the Institute of Heartmath, scientists unravelled that positive and negative thinking patterns impact upon the immune system. The amount of salivary immunoglobulin A (s-IgA) was monitored in each individual, assessing the influence of the thought “Anger and Frustration” in comparison to “Care and Compassion”. It should be noted that a large amount of salivary immunoglobulin A indicates a strong immune system, whilst a low amount indicated a weak one. The outcome clearly showed that thoughts involving “Care and Compassion” produced a more resilient immune system, which remained elevated for at least five hours afterwards, whereas thoughts of “Anger and Frustration” generally lowered the overall immune system for five hours. Another study observing the effects of Transcendental Mediation discovered that practitioners for over five years appeared to be physiologically younger than their chronological age. Hence due to a further study into Zen meditators, it was affirmed that the brain does not require to decline with age, if it is in receipt of the appropriate treatment in order to trigger neuroprotective effects. Also, it was evident that Zen meditators develop an increased thickness of the prefrontal cortex in areas associated with attention. Therefore, the body can be influenced rather strongly by the mind, even age may not necessarily have to apply. A way of thinking and feeling, which allows for the individuals body to heal or preserve the youthfulness of the faculties, as it may. Nonetheless, for the actual placebo effect to occur, three main factors are necessary. The individual must have a substancial desire to be healed, they must expect to be healed or at least hold a form of positive expectation, and naturally the belief that they will be healed due to the medicine or competency of the medical staff. Technically, the patient enters a non-ordinary state of consciousness, most of the time this does not occur on a conscious level. Primarily, the principle of mind over matter proven by hundreds of studies performed applies greatly with the placebo effect, yet it is also a known factor that the behaviour and attitude of the medical personnel has the capability of reducing the outcome, if the placebo is administered poorly.

Psychosocial Genomics

Originally psychosocial genomics was constructed as a new area of DNA research, as a mixture of psychology and genomics. In essence, it is the study, which evidences that DNA affects the manner, in which an individual thinks and feels. As 99.9 genes are the same for each individual, the differences lie in the tiniest of variations in single genes. Consequently, the same set of genes is able to produce an infinite variety of species. As a result, it has been scientifically proven that height is inherited by approx. 80 percent, whilst 20 percent are environmentally based. Subsequently, certain genes are more active than their counterparts, since repetitive action causes repetitive gene expression, for instance, in daydreaming or flashbacks, which in itself is an unintentional form of visualization that inspires the DNA.

A study, involving the nature of maternal touch, revealed that love promotes physical growth by allowing for ornithine decarboxylase to be activated and growth hormones to be released. It has even been evidenced that fear suppresses growth and consequently results in the child struggle to socially fit it to the environment. Through the power of visualization, an individual begins to influence the desired circumstances through continual programming with a strong intention in mind. For example, one can biologically affect the healing process of a condition, such as cancer, liver failure, tuberculosis etc. Eastern practices, such as qigong, acupressure, acupuncture or tai chi, have also amply demonstrated a similarly beneficial effect upon mind and body, including regular meditation. Initially, it reduced the risk of the worsening of the condition, yet it also serves the purpose of reuniting mind and body to its natural equilibrium by adjusting the flow of energy through the physical body, whilst strengthening the existent natural defences. These mental techniques, however, also serve another purpose, once one attains the realization of mind over matter by actual experience, as through healing the self, one becomes capable of taking full responsibility for ones own body and health. The actualisation that the human body possesses the capacity to entirely mend itself, as and when required, if enough willpower, intention and belief is focused upon the objective.

All is energy, thus all has a frequency. Lower or higher frequencies naturally affect individuals differently. Each word possesses a different frequency, also dependent upon the manner in which it is vocalized. As a consequence, studies in regards to the effects of sound, such as shamanic drumming or meditation music revealed a slower heart rate and a deeper state of sleep and relaxation. In consequence, thoughts and feelings contain a level of frequency, which initially is released into the world, causing a slight ripple effect. For instance, in India, it is common knowledge that the condition of the meat of an animal is in correspondence with its manner of dying. Sequentially, an inhumane environment, including brutality and a painful death, an energetic imprint of fear is thought to remain on the meat, which would then be transferred to the individual ingesting it. In addition, it has been discovered that the practice of mindfulness or even a small prayer of grace affects the atomic structure of water, for instance. Overall, distance does not influence the act of intention, long distance healing or prayer, in fact, a study around the year 1998 resulted in the successful curbing or slowing of AIDS in twenty patients. However, it should be noted that certain healing practitioners absorb their clients energies, including their feelings, thoughts, emotions and psychological problems, which causes them to require psychic protection during any healing session. Often a golden shield or egg is visualized, dependent upon the preference of the practitioner. Truth be told, all thoughts and emotions consciously or unconsciously radiate out into the phenomenal world, affecting other accordingly. Due to this reason, it is recommended for spiritual, ascended masters are accustomed to meditating either late at night or close to sunrise, in between the hours of 11PM and 4AM, since there appears to be less emotional or mental interference in close proximity. In 1983, Randolph Byrd MD conducted a scientific study regarding the direct medical influence of prayer, it was discovered that the individuals that were in receipt of the prayer required fewer antibiotics, diuretics and less ventilator assistance, including a more rapid recovery rate than those patients, which had not been prayed for. In practicality, everything is interconnected through a field of energy, also known the quantum field or field of conscious intelligence. Similarly, the collective unconscious is the entirety of information or intelligence of all within existence, with each thought or idea the web of reality is altered, limited only by the speed of connection whilst it rises up through the unconscious contents to the conscious awareness. Since each thought streams a pulse of electrical energy throughout the brain along the neurons that interlink the nerve cells. Each nerve cell then responds to the thought by exerting a certain set of chemicals, whilst the thought could literally be felt anywhere and everywhere, although it may not be consciously recognized just yet.

A paper published around the year of 1981 described an experiment involving several hundred experienced meditators that gathered in a city in order to perform Transcendental Meditation, as a result, the federal statistics gathered over the following year