Friday, 1 May 2009

Speaking tomorrow at Phusikoi part two of Phusikoi blog

Looking at the Phusikoi membership it strikes me that it is a cool, hip, creative and connected group of people so just joining in the community atmosphere which is promoting conscious living will be enjoyable.

The aspect that really turns me on though is the actual agenda to actively explore the nature of consciousness and reality.

It is to this end that my life has been passionately dedicated to. I propose the answer to this question is that reality is multi-leveled and therefore truth depends upon what level of perception it is viewed from.

Innovation occurs at the intersection of paradigms. The intersection is the point where differing worldview or mindsets attempt to integrate, the same could be said for different cultures, skills or life experiences. A fusion of two or more specialties or modes creates a new and exciting reality.

Speaking tomorrow at Phusikoi I realize that 20 minutes is not long enough to put across a real introduction to my thesis. I call my thesis; alternatively ‘Life is an Enchantment’ or ‘The Enchantments of Life’.

The Enchantments of life is an integration of different paradigms that are not necessarily comfortable with each other. The Enchantments map stands at the intersection of Developmental psychology and Astrology. Developmental Psychology that I follow states that humans evolve, unfold and grow through recognizable stages that are essentially common to all people, furthermore these stages mirror the story of human evolution. The Developmental psychologist that has most influenced me is Dr Clare Graves who worked closely with one of the most famous developmentalists, Abraham Maslow, whose Hierarchy of needs is probably the most accessible developmental model. Here it is...

1 Self Actualization Needs ( full potential)...(in Maslows system this is the top point but Dr Graves genius is in showing that the human system is an open ever unfolding or emergent system.

2 Esteem Needs
(self respect, personal worth, autonomy)

3 Love and Belongingness Needs
(love, friendship, comradeship)

4 Safety Needs
(security; protection from harm)

5 Physiological Needs
(food, sleep, stimulation, activity)

Dr Graves work has been popularized by two of his students whom have developed two different expressions of his original study and both of whom call their work Spiral Dynamics. Further influence for me has been the vast collected works of Integral Philosopher Ken Wilber who on one hand rubbishes Astrology—as is fairly common with academia and in his case alternative academia— and on the other hand works from the same fundamental as me, which is that consciousness is the ground of being. Ken Wilber also uses developmental models including Spiral Dynamics.

Astrology as a paradigm, in general is mostly allied with Jungian Psychology or perhaps Neo Jungian. The Jungian perspective which although it is incredibly deep and enriching is an expression of only one—albeit advanced—developmental stage.

The outstanding contribution of developmental studies is the fact that truth varies depending upon each level, many popular beliefs and mindsets are true to some extent, they have their own validity unto themselves however that does not mean all perceptions and truths are equal. It is not that truth is merely relative, but that as we evolve our truth expands. Our reality gets larger and potentially more encompassing of all that exists within the human psyche.

How did I get into all of this exploration of reality and consciousness?

Although the insatiable need to explore reality has been with me since childhood through adolescence with psychic various phenomenon and telepathy, it really started in earnest as my full time vocation and career 18 years ago. In the early 1990s days it was Astrology and Shamanism that occupied my time. The Shamanism naturally developed into a daily practice of 2 hours or more that utilized sound and chi gong style movement. The nineties led me on a journey into discovering and exploring the energy field through these practices.
It is this journey that I will talk about tomorrow, for it is this experiential and empirical study that has led me to define reality as an enchanting and magical construct. This position does not negate the impulse to integrate science and consciousness. However until there is a shift from—seeing matter as the ground of being—to recognizing consciousness is the fundamental of life, systemic integral science will only produce very limited results.
The Enchantments of life is an innovating world view because it stands at the intersection of not only Astrology and Developmental psychology/sociology but also meets the metaphysical experience of energy—bringing together new systemic understandings of cutting edge systemic sociology, a revolution in astrology with age old wisdom concerning the nature of the human energy field. The sustained experience of my practices has revealed to me that the energy we can all feel between our hands, most commonly referred to as Chi is the bridge or doorway between consciousness and matter. The relative simplicity of this truth empowers the individual to explore reality and consciousness directly and viscerally for themselves.

In early June I will be presenting a workshop The Lightbody

This is an experiential workshop using sound and movement, working with the energy field. I will introduce the energy field as a Holosphere and a body of light.

I will explain how the body is in the soul and how we live in the Earth, not on the Earth, from the Holospheric perspective. Contact me or Grace Chiu.

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