On Being – Chapter I – A Paradigm of Consciousness

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People need to understand the world, and to find their place in it. As an aid to understanding, we organize life’s complexities around some conceptual framework, which we develop over time. Unless you are God Almighty, this will involve a process of simplification; that you may better grasp and categorize what you observe and experience. But error accompanies the simplification; distorting the world we see, and informing our interpretations of events.

All models must admit to some degree of error because nothing in Nature is perfect; however this should not prevent us from trying. We must accept that our model cannot be perfect. We must remain open to new knowledge that might contradict some element of it. This will oblige us to reconceptualise, yes, but it will also bring us closer to the truths which we all seek. It is paramount that we maintain openness – an open heart and an open mind – to everything. We must remain actively engaged with our environs and never allow ourselves to go on auto-pilot, or to allow our presuppositions and preconceptions to gloss over an opportunity to grow in understanding and in spirit. We must never allow ourselves to sleepwalk through our lives here on Mother Earth.

The propositions in this book derive from an organizing principle which I developed to help me make sense of the world. I call it the Emanations model. I will provide a brief description of the model next, as it will be necessary to refer to it often. My personal take on the history and evolution of the universe and of human consciousness is as responsible for the theory as the theory is for my take on all the above. Each helped give rise to the current form of the other. The Emanations model is as applicable to the cosmos as it is to the human individual. I propose that the evolution of individual humans mimics the evolution of the universe, on a microcosmic scale.

I characterize the universe, and everything in it, as consisting of a series of emanations, which are of the same substance (consubstantial) and occupying the same space (coextensive). The First(1st) or Prime Emanation is God. The Second (2nd) Emanation derives from the first and is in the form of pure energy; this may be what Plato is describing as his World of Ideas. The Third (3rd) Emanation arises from the Second and is the material world. All living things are interconnected, energy-wise –spiritually- in the 2nd  Emanation.

The interconnectivity of all things might best be imagined as a network or grid; each soul is a node on the grid, the way each leaf is a node on a tree. I will refer to the Emanations model often, and its meaning will become clearer. For the time being, a brief summary:

As the model pertains to the universe and Creation:

  • There are three tiers (emanations).
  • The tiers are coextensive; occupying the same space at the same time.
  • The tiers are consubstantial: of the same originating substance.
  • The second tier emanates directly from the first tier; the third tier emanates directly from the second.
  • Unlike the other emanations, the Prime Emanation has no originator and no precursor. It does not derive from anything else. It could not have emerged from nothing, and is therefore unique among the Emanations, as having always existed; spanning an infinite number of Big Bang expansions and contractions. Something cannot come from nothing. What is of the Prime is therefore immutable and eternal. This is God.
  • What has been emanated (created), is mutable and transitory. The second and third tiers are, therefore, impermanent and mutable.
  • The reality the Emanations model describes is fluid and organically evolving.
  • There is a feedforward-feedback loop operating across the emanations. No one disputes that the actions of God affect the universe; the Emanations model provides for the possibility that the actions of living souls affect God.
  • The Second and Third emanations are roughly analogous to Plato’s Worlds of Ideas and Forms, respectively.
  • The Second Emanation is ‘active’ consciousness. It is both self-awareness, and awareness of what is beyond the self. Consciousness of ideas and emotions, for example. Things in the Second Emanation, as opposed to the Third, are stable in their pure forms. The mind’s operation within its chosen mode of consciousness is a phenomenon of the Second Emanation.
  • The action of the Mind is a two-stage process: first, one must choose how to be conscious, and there are only two possibilities. One chooses to frame one’s thinking in terms of ego (self-interest), or non-ego (interest in all things, including the self).
  • It is in the third tier where ideas acquire material substance. The sustainable purity that is a quality of things in the second tier must be ‘watered-down’ with something else to permit cohesion and stability in the third. Nothing in the third-emanation, material world, can exist in its pure form for very long. It is necessary for opposing aspects to maintain some sort of equilibrium with respect to one another in the third, since one or the other is necessary to function as the glue that keeps the whole thing together. Evil is attracted to Good, and Good to evil, albeit for contrary reasons. If things were otherwise, entities would disappear as quickly and as randomly as they appear. Nothing would have a chance to grow, mature, or evolve; much less be born or die, and to actually know it.
  • Consciousness, the I AM, is a feature of the First Emanation. The First Emanation corresponds to God awareness. It is awareness of the interconnectivity of all things – it is God/Universal consciousness. It is consciousness of good and evil, and of the universal balance among all the antithetical elements of the Universe, and how they interact with one another. The equilibrium-point is never static; shifting toward the extremes of evil on one side, and Good on the other. The amount and direction of the shift reflects the relative amounts of positive and negative karmic energies which are, at any point in time, circulating in the human individual. The cumulative consciousness of all sentient beings affects the bias of the Universal Equilibrium toward the positive or the negative.
  • The Second Emanation renders the I AM consciousness into two streams: egoic – the starting point of our awareness- and non-egoic – the consciousness of all things, including the starting point. If you play Monopoly, ego is stuck on the ‘GO’ square; while non-ego is playing the entire board.
  • Our egoic and non-egoic potentialities continually vie for the attention of the I AM. The non-egoic self is that part of God in us that is eternal and limitless. If we are the leaves of the Great Oak tree; God is the tree itself. Perhaps God’s ‘presence’ in the Garden was through the fabled Tree of Life.
  • The I AM (consciousness) and soul are of the Prime Emanation; these are uncreated and eternal. We are discernable, one from the other, in the Second Emanation, as “spirits,” and in the 3rd Emanation as human beings.
  • Our material component cannot survive physical death, but our non-material portion can. Although it is closely associated with the physical component we leave behind, ego manifests in the 2nd Emanation, where things are much more permanent and immutable than they are in the third. Death is not the end of you, but rather a mechanism of release from our material component. Death is our transition from the 3rd Emanation to the 2nd Emanation.
  • By cultivating our non-egoic component, we revitalize our I AM, and our connection to the Divine. The viability of our spirit, after death, is determined by the degree to which we were non-egoically conscious, in life.

Emerging from the Emanations model is the awareness of interconnectivity among all things with souls. Interconnectivity, together with the paralleling of the evolution of the Universal Consciousness (the I AM of the Old Testament) with human consciousness (the I AM which is reprised in the development of each of us), implies that God is one individual, that God’s consciousness is the Universal Consciousness, and that what God is, and what God is conscious of, are the cumulative expression of all things conscious plus an ineffable part -the “X” Factor – to wit, the Mind of God.

To put it another way, individual souls are to God what the body cells are to the individual.

This interconnectivity is best imagined as a grid or network over which energies are exchanged and alter form. The Emanations’ Grid is the infrastructure over which energies are circulated and distributed. These energies are generated at all levels and impact all levels. God is sensitive to what humans do and feel; humans are as sensitive to what God is doing and feeling, if they have cultivated non-egoic consciousness. Intelligent design and divine intervention are attributes of the Universe. What individuals do, or do not do, think, or do not think, feel or do not feel, affects every other entity existing at every other level.

The Bifurcated Universal Consciousness: Where did Us and Them Come From?

Ego v. non-ego. Because of ego, the world we live in is, for many of us, not the world we should rationally choose to live in. The world which ego creates is a world of separation, coercion, scarcity, and mistrust – a world of us and them. And yet, this is the world that we have, actively or passively, chosen for ourselves, and for the children who are destined to inherit it.

We exercise Freewill at its most fundamental level when choosing between egoic and non-egoic modes of perception and behaviour. The quality of the choices we make with respect to the sustainability of our societies, cultures, species, and environment, is as much determined by the consciousness framework we are proceeding from, as the health of each plant is determined by the quality of the soil it is growing out of. At any and every moment we are, actively or passively, choosing between sainthood and sin. Non-egoic consciousness is as strongly associated with goodness as bees are with honey. It is the only way to actually be good.

You cannot coerce people into being good. You cannot force anyone into non-egoic consciousness – that would amount to relieving the individual of their freewill – a gift given them by God, not by you or me. Furthermore, taking choice away is the surest way to prevent people from transcending their own egoic tendencies. Coercion simply doesn’t work against ego; though, ironically, ego relies exclusively on some form of coercion in order to get what it wants from other egos. Since we tend to respond to another person’s ego with an equal measure of our own, the inevitable result of coercion is mutual entrenchment; inviting even more coercion – and nothing of goodness and permanence can ever come of that.

We must keep our egos out of things. This can only be accomplished by extending our minds beyond the level of ego.

Now comes the easy part:

Be non-egoic, cultivate your non-egoic self, and you will automatically connect with those who do likewise. There is a little effort involved; however you gain much more than the little that is required.

Much more effort is necessary when you try to control that which by its very nature, is not yours to control. The ego is ill-equipped to define and respect its own limits– that is the mind’s job. Ego can only feel and react. The ego-addicted mind rationalizes what the ego is feeling, and is enslaved by it to obtain what ego wants. When the mind is not operating freely, it cannot fulfil its primary function.

The mind abrogates its thought-management functionality the moment it chooses ego over non-ego. The promotion of appearance over reality in every human society since organized societies began, accounts for the modern phenomenon of ego-induced mental dysfunction. These days, it is more important than ever that things sound or look good, even when they are not. It has become the operative political strategy. It accounts for the federal Conservative party’s electoral success in 2011. It accounts for  corporations’ successfully branding themselves as responsible citizens even though their employment practices sustain and encourage the very poverty and lack of opportunity their  “charity” is supposed to alleviate.

Individuals are as driven by self-interest as corporations. Be prepared for it, and manage your interactions with the egos of other people – for your sake, and for theirs. This is important: You must learn to discern which mode the people you interact with are given to operating in. Their choice of consciousness frames their entire point of view, as does yours. The non-egoic self always encounters resistance in penetrating the egoic modalities of other people. You cannot force the door open, but you can knock. That is the only way in; the only way to truly resonate with anyone. Being non-egoic is your best chance of success. What should happen, will happen; but in its time, not yours. Patience is a key attribute of non-egoic behaviour. Patience is simply releasing the urge to exercise control over the timing of things that depend on the choices of other people.

The Attainment of Joy

Joy is the highest state of being. You lack nothing. You desire nothing more than what you have, right now, and you are thankful for all of it. You are untroubled. You believe in yourself. You willingly, and with gladness, provide aid to whoever asks it of you and to whomever you are aware has need of it. Your sense of completeness is unaffected by how others treat you, or whether you have many friends, a few, or none. Joy is peace of mind. It receives rather than takes. It offers rather than pushes. It collaborates rather than coerces.

The interconnectivity of all things is a foundational attribute of the Emanations model. The model suggests we humans are quite capable of having a positive impact on the viability of our species, and of the world we are living in – we simply need dispense with negative feelings toward other people and toward other living things. Humankind must change its relationship with the Earth Mother from that of conqueror (the Judeo-Christian biblical version) to that of Steward – the Canadian Aboriginal version. This represents a shift in humankind’s approach to development -from the unsustainable to the sustainable -and in our perspective on our place in the world: from ravenous exploiter of ‘limitless bounty’ we are today, to stewards and caretakers of the Earth Mother –if we want to be here tomorrow.

We will arrive at, in truth, the Aquarian Age, which was so beautifully heralded by the Fifth Dimension pop group back in the ‘60s.

The Emanations model suggests humankind has the innate capability to alter not only the material world (3rd Emanation) but also the Energy Field (2nd Emanation).  We can even affect God (1st  Emanation); however in the manner and to the extent that healthy and unhealthy cells impact the body. The model asserts that every living thing is both generator and consumer of energy. All things, even inanimate things, both affect, and are affected by, the energies of others.

Joy and Love are the most positive energies that can be generated – Love, from which arises the desire to create; Joy in experiencing the process of creation and in what has been created. All energies are generated by the soul; which may be likened, in function, to a magneto – a device which is capable of  creating and converting energy. Our emotions are the by-product of the energies that our souls are processing. These energies will be either positive or negative, depending upon whether our souls are “spinning” to the left or to the right. The negative ones are like the heat of a resistance circuit – the elements on your stovetop, say. The positive ones are like the coolness of the air conditioner on a sweltering summer day.

Soul Spin

Soul spin has three attributes: direction of rotation, speed of rotation, and rotational momentum. The soul’s direction of rotation can be either counter-clockwise (‘positive’ rotation), or clockwise (‘negative’ rotation). The speed of rotation reflects the emotional intensity of a particular choice of action – it is a function of the personal sacrifice, or personal gain, that is made. The soul’s momentum is a measure of the ease with which an ‘opposing’ force is able to effect a reduction of rotational speed, or in the extreme, a reversal of spin.

The soul is housed in a consciousness-filtering layer which I call the soul-sheath. The soul-sheath is characterized by its modality; the relative ease with which positive and negative energies migrate across it, on their way into, or out of, the soul. The soul-sheath modality is a function of the relative proportions of egoically and non-egoically motivated choices that one has made. The more egoic one’s thinking tends to be, the stronger is the soul-sheath’s egoic component. The stronger its egoic component, the greater the resistance it creates to the flow of positive energies across it. Meanwhile, the passage of negative energies is enhanced. When the non-egoic component is stronger, it is because one’s thinking is less egoic, and both the mind and soul have greater affinity for positive energies. This results in more positive exchanges of energy between and within people. For the predominantly non-egoic individual, their overall tendency is toward joy, as mind and soul are evolving toward reconciliation within the individual, with other individuals, and by extension, with God. Non-egoic consciousness modulates the soul-sheath energetically to facilitate the exchange of positive energies at the expense of negative ones.

Cultivating a negative soul-spin is contrary to the energies that sustain life in the long run and could eventually result in the depletion of the soul; which is to say, the Life-force.

As previously stated, the stronger the egoic component, the harder it is for positive energies to traverse the soul-sheath. Greater amounts of non-egoic energies will be necessary in order to affect the soul’s spin. The soul has little material mass, yet momentum is a function of mass. Momentum, in this context, refers to the difficulty experienced in changing one’s general attitude. A reversal signifies a fundamental shift within the individual from egoic to non-egoic. The stronger your non-egoic component becomes, the greater its influence, and the more difficult it will be for the egoic energies of others to affect your soul’s spin. That is why ego-bound people are quicker to anger and harder to please; while non-ego-bound people are slower to anger and easier to please.