of our lives - THE REALITY is that our lives are only a part of consciousness. * Consciousness is limited by TIME & SPACE - consciousness is vast & many-layered. Our waking human consciousness, if measured in the scale of things, would be like a tiny grain of sand. * Consciousness is fixed and unchanging - Consciousness is EVER changing, EVER growing. IT IS we who seem to be static by comparison. * Only humans are conscious - Consciousness is the LIFE FORCE which runs through the universe. ALL LIFE is part of it. To cause harm to anything within it must surely cause harm to yourself. * There's no need to explore your own consciousness - EVERY living being is driven to expand its own consciousness as part of the GREATER WHOLE. YOU must remember that consciousness is LIFE and as such is many-levelled. To gain more UNDERSTANDING you must know where YOU are IN IT your self. Gordon Smith…
command and control mechanisms for structuring,
organizing and managing more complex civilizations that the new energy regimes make
possible. For example, in the early modern age, print communication became the means to
organize and manage the technologies, organizations, and infrastructure of the coal, steam,
and rail revolution. It would have been impossible to administer the first industrial revolution
using script and codex.
Communication revolutions not only manage new, more complex energy regimes, but also
change human consciousness in the process. Forager/hunter societies relied on oral communications and their consciousness was mythologically constructed. The great
hydraulic agricultural civilizations were, for the most part, organized around script
communication and steeped in theological consciousness. The first industrial revolution of
the 19th century was managed by print communication and ushered in ideological
consciousness. Electronic communication became the command and control mechanism
for arranging the second industrial revolution in the 20th century and spawned
Each more sophisticated communication revolution brings together more diverse people in
increasingly more expansive and varied social networks. Oral communication has only
limited temporal and spatial reach while script, print and electronic communications each
extend the range and depth of human social interaction.
By extending the central nervous system of each individual and the society as a whole,
communication revolutions provide an evermore inclusive playing field for empathy to
mature and consciousness to expand. For example, during the period of the great hydraulic
agricultural civilizations characterized by script and theological consciousness, empathic
sensitivity broadened from tribal blood ties to associational ties based on common religious
affiliation. Jews came to empathize with Jews, Christians with Christians, Muslims with
Muslims, etc. In the first industrial revolution characterized by print and ideological
consciousness, empathic sensibility extended to national borders, with Americans
empathizing with Americans, Germans with Germans, Japanese with Japanese and so on.
In the second industrial revolution, characterized by electronic communication and
psychological consciousness, individuals began to identify with like-minded others.
Today, we are on the cusp of another historic convergence of energy and communication–a
third industrial revolution–that could extend empathic sensibility to the biosphere itself and
all of life on Earth. The distributed Internet revolution is coming together with distributed
renewable energies, making possible a sustainable, post-carbon economy that is both
globally connected and locally managed.…
lute experience of consciousness. What are the different ways of interpreting spiritual experience? For this we find that there are developmental components, or stages, associated with the types of shared values that we have as cultures and with the types of values and worldviews that we hold as individuals as well.
One of the easiest ways to understand these shared interpretations is through the names that were given to them by Jean Gebser, who was a real pioneer in the mid twentieth century in looking at the evolution of these relative structures of consciousness. He called the stages archaic, magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic, integral, and higher. So you can have a full-blown satori, or consciousness experience, but depending on where you are in this developmental scale, you’ll interpret it according to different values.
You can interpret it in a magical, or egocentric, fashion: “I and I alone have this pure consciousness.” You can interpret it in a mythic, or traditional, value structure, which is the next major stage, and believe that this experience is given just to one group, one people, or one chosen tribe. You can experience it in a modern, or rational, fashion. You can experience it in a pluralistic, or postmodern, fashion. And you can experience it in an integral, or post-postmodern, fashion. These are all relative aspects of consciousness. And what you and I are particularly looking at is the importance of a full enlightenment being an experience of both absolute and relative consciousness.
ed by the wide popularity of such fictional books as "The Da Vinci Code" and other more scholarly non-fictional works of the same genre. Concurrent with this are recent archeological discoveries which point to a very different understanding of the origins of Western spirituality than is presented in traditional contexts.
On this basis, Master Charles uniquely creates a holistic perspective that delineates the times in which we are living as a major turning point or update in the evolution of Consciousness that includes communion with Source / God / Consciousness as the foundation of an authentic living spirituality.
manity is to the animal.
It would have a consciousness different in kind than the mind of the human, a different status and quality and functioning.
After a short political career in which he became one of the leaders of the early movement for the freedom of India from British rule, Sri Aurobindo turned to the development and practice of a new spiritual path which he called the "integral yoga,"
the aim of which was to further the evolution of life on earth by establishing a high level of spiritual consciousness which he called the Supermind that would represent a divine life.…
ions I'd like to share about how we can each make the most out of the coming year. It's not that I think 2012 is destined to be an extra special cosmic year. It's that, despite the Mayan prophecies and all the excitement they've catalyzed within the new–age movement, I'm pretty sure it won't–at least not on its own. A quick scan of the press surrounding the arrival of 2012 tells us that we can expect everything from a cataclysmic increase in natural disasters to an unprecedented global shift in consciousness ushering in a new era of peace on earth. And while I lack the advanced scientific education I would need to weigh in on the likelihood of imminent geological or meteorological Armageddon, I do have a few thoughts concerning the potential for a "global shift in consciousness"–and the role each of us might play in it. First of all, as you probably already know, I am a passionate advocate for the evolution of consciousness and culture. And, in my mind, any myth or narrative that has the potential to galvanize people toward positive change is a good thing. So, the fact that so many are feeling ignited by the notion that everything could change in one year, and are even feeling called to participate in catalyzing that change is good news for all of us. The world needs a lot of change, and that is going to require a lot of passionate change agents, whatever their religion might be. However, the popular notion that, with the arrival of a key "tipping point," we're all going to pass through a momentous and noticeable collective shift in consciousness (from "fear" to "love" or from "separation" to "oneness") needs some updating in light of what we now know about evolution. Studies of how consciousness and culture evolve have consistently shown us that human beings and human cultures evolve through predictable stages on what psychologist Clare Graves called a -
"never–ending upward quest." Integral developmental theory also tells us that these stages can't be skipped. You can't, in other words, jump from a "pre–modern" or "traditional" worldview to a "postmodern" worldview without first embracing a "modern" worldview. Put more simply, you aren't likely to get from tribalism to "global consciousness" without first embracing individualism–at least for a while. SO, the problem with the notion of a "collective shift in consciousness" is that, as a species, right now, we are spread out across a broad spectrum of at least five distinct stages of development: "tribal," "traditional," "modern," "postmodern," and "integral." If you do the math, that means that for humanity to go through a collective shift in consciousness, we'd really have to catalyze at least 5 distinct shifts in consciousness at once–and even if we did, we still wouldn't all be going through the same shift to arrive in the same place. So, if we're interested in helping consciousness and culture evolve, rather than hoping for a single global shift in consciousness, we would probably do well to turn our attention to the kinds of changes that are actually within our collective reach. As individuals, we can each engage in the challenging transformative work to evolve own consciousness-and more importantly, our own behavior –– beyond the ancient, survival –driven habits that still influence us every day.
We can also band together with small groups of other people and work together to evolve our collective consciousness and our collective behavior. And if enough individuals and enough small groups do enough work to transform their consciousness and behavior, we can certainly begin to generate a positive collective momentum in the direction of real evolutionary change. We might even begin to exert what Andrew Cohen calls "evolutionary tension" on the larger collective, visibly and invisibly pulling everyone in the direction of humanity's emergent higher potential.
Could such a momentum eventually lead us all to a "tipping point?" It's not outside the realm of possibility. The good news is that tipping points are a well–documented phenomenon. Social diffusion research pioneered by sociologist Everett Rogers consistently shows that when a key "social innovation" is adopted by a certain percentage of the population, that innovation begins to rapidly permeate the broader population through a process of diffusion that also proceeds through a predictable series of stages. It's not exactly a "global shift in consciousness," but it does mean that if enough of us begin to embody a new level of consciousness, the motivations and values of that new level will gradually be adopted by many others who have not necessarily themselves awakened or evolved to the same degree. As Ken Wilber has recently pointed out, the percentage of the population that has reached "integral consciousness " is rapidly approaching 10%, and that number has been well–documented as a key tipping point threshold. So, if you're excited about the possibility of a large sector of humanity embracing a more integral perspective, then now might be a very important moment to lean in and make a little more effort to help us get to that threshold. So, whether you're galvanized by the 2012 spirit, or simply eager to use any leverage you can to help serve humanity's higher evolution, it's hard to imagine a better time to seize the moment and use that energy to fuel your own commitment to doing everything in your power to make this year count. What can you do? Make it the year you go all the way every day with your own spiritual practice. Make it the year you close the gap between your highest ideals and the life you're living each day–even when things get challenging. Make this the year that you finally commit to evolve beyond your own ego–for real. Make it the year you show up consistently as an example of the kind of human being the world needs most–a courageous, passionate, committed evolutionary–an inspiration to everyone around you. If enough of us make the choice to go all the way to our own evolving edges, then indeed we might look back on 2012 as the year when an important threshold was crossed, or at least the year when a new momentum began. Thank you for your commitment to the evolutionary path. I look forward to sharing the journey with you, through this year and beyond. To our evolution, Craig Hamilton
Founder, Integral Enlightenment…