The Global Awakening

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Currently a huge change in human consciousness is undeniably underway. In terms of the number of people effected its scale is unprecedented. Its most obvious cause is the internet, or more accurately the “communications revolution” which also includes mobile phones and other technologies. Some think it is connected to ancient prophecies relating to “the great year,” an astrological concept describing the passage of time recorded by a phenomena called the procession of the equinox [*1]. Most people from that background refer to this change as “The Awakening”.

However, even without recourse to mysticism, it is obvious people are dramatically changing the way in which they think. Humans are shaped by their technologies and, just as the invention of fire helped evolve our digestive systems [*2], new methods of communication are altering the way your brain processes information. According to a recent study it is possible parts of your mind have already been subcontracted out to the online world [*3]. Furthermore, it is likely you are viewed with suspicion in the minds of others if your existence is not validated by the internet and an online profile of some sort [*4]. These are just a couple of many possible examples where the internet has fundamentally, and possibly permanently, effected human consciousness. Staggering progress for a relatively new technology, the developments caused by fire took significantly longer.

The speed of these rapid changes is a unique factor. Unlike any generation before, it’s likely your understanding of the world was shaped by reference points which have now been rendered almost hopelessly old fashioned in the space of less than ten to fifteen years. Notions received from your elders are antiquated in a way unlike any previous generations’ have been. This is because there is almost no area of human life which has not been either rendered irrelevant or enhanced significantly by the all pervasive web. In a sense it’s incredibly exciting but on the other hand the accompanying uncertainty is quite frightening.

“There is a theory that history moves in cycles. But, like a spiral staircase, when the course of human events comes full circle it does so on a new level. The ‘pendulum swing’ of cultural changes does not simply repeat the same events over and over again. Whether or not the theory is true, it serves as a metaphor to focus our attention.

[My emphasis] – Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics Of Chaos

I believe the pattern emerging in the wake of the internet has been seen before. In its time the printing press caused similar huge changes in the way people were able to think:

“What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.”
Wendell Phillips, abolitionist and orator, 1811AD-1884AD

There is a direct line of cause and effect which goes from the printing press, to books such as the “Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers” onto “The Enlightenment” and finally into the period of wars revolutions and bloodshed which began with the French revolution and, in truth, has only recently ended with the Second World War.

Nowadays “the Enlightenment” is looked back upon as an age of almost unbridled intellectual development and progress. A huge change in consciousness which was facilitated and necessitated by printing presses that allowed mass communication on a scale previously impossible to imagine. This made the free flow of information and accurate exchange of scientific discoveries possible like never before. Sound familliar?

In my opinion “The Awakening” could easily be described as “The Enlightement” put to the power of ten. Massive upsurges in the technology of communication are once again leading to our intellectual abilities being given a dramatic boost. I will confidently assert that your level of intelligence has increased thanks to the internet. The cynical view that it’s all porn and facebook updates is utter nonsense. Sure, that stuff plays its part but the reality is that these days news stories emerge with counter narratives only seconds behind them in their comments section. You now have access to more perspectives on the world than any previous generation. You’re likely to have encountered more concepts online than any of your ancestors did, through more orthodox means, in their entire lifetime.

This brings us to another unique factor in this new age of enlightenment and “awakening”, the question of scale. “The Enlightenment” was something which took place in the minds of a small group of European intellectuals. This time around, the modern mental equivalent of what happened them may well be about to take place in the consciousness of a worldwide audience. In other words, this time round it includes ‘serfs’ like you and I.

Firstly put the change of consciousness which they went through in the 1700’s into context. At the start of King Louis XV of France’s reign it was thought that his touch alone could cure diseases such as scrofula [*5]. This was because The King of France was put there by God in accordance with The Divine Right Of Kings. By the end of, The Enlightenment, his son was being put to death very deliberately as ‘a common criminal’. That’s quite a dramatic turnaround in terms of the certainties of the old world being replaced by the absurdities of the new. On a large scale we can see the recent “Arab Spring,” unthinkable twenty years ago, as its modern expression. However on a smaller scale, the important thing here is not events which happen to others but instead what is happening to you, inside your mind, as a result of these new communications technologies.

Imagine going through an equivalent headchange to that of a 17th Century French philosopher but from the point of view of your own perspective. Imagine a certainty of yours equal to ‘The Divine Right Of Kings’ being abolished inside your mind. We live in an era where such a thing is not only possible but likely. Explore that reality by picking a core belief of yours, which is so obvious it’s currently taken for granted, and picture it being totally reversed and turned upon its head before you’re a hundred years old. There won’t be anyone reading this article who cannot at some point admit to leaving an internet session knowing their world view had changed forever. You’re likely to have a good number of sessions like that online again in the future, the compound effect of this is beyond calculation.

If you can deal with this thought easily you are likely suffering from a failure of the imagination. The sheer scale of change on the horizon allows no room for complacency. The words of the philosopher Socrates echo across the ages with a new significance:

“The only true knowledge lies in knowing you know nothing”.

Stand in that void for a moment and embrace the possibility that “everything you know is wrong”. The feeling you should get is in my opinion one of consciousness:

[O]nce, in the Greek New Testament class on Sundays, taken by the Head Master, I dared to ask, in spite of my stammering, what some parable meant. The answer was so confused that I actually experienced my first moment of consciousness—that is, I suddenly realized that
no one knew anything.

Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky
By Maurice Nicoll

I believe the abolition of certainties, “knowledge” and higher authorities is one of the most obvious positive consequences of the “communications revolution”. The fact no one other than yourself can tell you what to believe puts us into a fascinatingly “conscious” position in our near future. There is literally nothing we can rely upon intellectually in the future and it’s easy to fall into a void of endless speculation as to where collectively we might “wake up” once “the awakening” takes hold. Furthermore, this is an ongoing process and it is effecting everyone on the planet.

“Do we presently live in an enlightened age?” the answer is, “No, but we do live in an age of enlightenment.”

-Immanuel Kant (“What Is Enlightenment?” 1784)

Perhaps this experience we’re collectively having is best compared to that of someone who ingests a “mind altering” hallucinogenic drug and then announces nothing will ever look the same to them again. The difference is again one of scale, a psychedelic user returns to a world and people who have not changed. Only the drug user’s perceptions have altered. In our instance this trip touches everyone.

Perhaps the pioneers of the psychedelic age have something to teach us here though:

LSD and other psychedelics function more or less as nonspecific catalysts and amplifiers of the psyche. This is reflected in the name given by Humphrey Osmond to this group of substances; the Greek word “psychedelic” translates literally as mind-manifesting.”

[My emphasis]

Stanislav Grof
November, 1993

The above description of mind altering psychedelics suits our comparison with the internet. It too acts “more or less” as a nonspecific catalyst and amplifier of your psyche. This article, as an example, will in the main only be read by those whose minds were already headed in its direction. It will be used to confirm thoughts or re-articulate them more forcefully. Those who are not on our wavelength will have ignored it as irrelevant. It is a digital manifestation of aspects of my mind and yours. It is part of a larger thought process which is gradually unfolding onto a unique and truly “psyche-delic” or “mind-manifesting” map of the collective human mind. This is of course true for the writers and readers of all online articles.

Furthermore this article’s polar opposite will likely exist in some other corner of the ‘net, perhaps written in a different language. There each of the points I raise here will have been utterly destroyed in the minds of another by an intellect driven equally far in a different but incompatible direction. It is possible, or perhaps even desirable, that such an article will evn be linked to in the comments section. This serves to demonstrate my earlier point that nowadays ideas exist with an equally potent counter narrative only seconds behind them.

The internet’s ability to act as a non-specific amplifier means it is able to squeeze every last drop of psychic energy out of even the most inconsequential of moments. A panda sneezing, a boy getting his finger bitten, a mad comedian being all racist. On the flip side of this it’s no surprise that mass hysteria moves through it like an electric current. Grievences both legitimate and otherwise can find an audience online and bubble over into acts of violence, as happened during the civil disturbances of last year in the UK. In that instance the amplifying effect of the net acted as a magnifying glass upon the hot rays of the summer sun and frankly it appeared to catch the establishment completely off guard[*6].

Despite the positive tone of this piece the possible future revealed by our comparison between the printing press and the internet is quite daunting in places. If the pattern of history holds true “the awakening” is likely to bring a very violent and dangerous period along in its wake as the establishment tries desperately, like King Cnut, to hold back the tidal wave of change.

During the time of the French revolution debate was stoked by a group of people collectively known as the pamphleteers. The most notable of these in France was a character called, Jean-Paul Marat, who used the new media opportunities provided by printing presses to stir up revolutionaries and attack people in power. He’d write vitriolic attacks aimed at the prominent figures of his age publishing the names and details of anyone he deemed a “traitor” to France. Nowadays characters like him spit their bile and ideas into the net with blogs, youtube videos and podcasts that lie outside the censorial power of an increasingly worried hierarchy[*7]. Without doubt these neo-pamphleteers are only just getting going, their teeth are in the main blunted by exposure to the media of the old world. I suspect their younger successors will be the ones with the sharp teeth which humanity displayed during the times of Marat. Go google him if you’re political blogger, it’s he who sets your example not the likes of the MSM’s mealy mouthed political commentators.

Finally a note of caution, for some the above vision of our future is woefully misleading because it is guided by and rests upon the existence of external technologies. Some believe that “the awakening” is a process which will occur more mystically and without such artificial aids. In this version of events the “net” or “web” literally becomes a trap designed to carry the mark of the beast into the sacred mind of humanity and, by extension, God. Here the internet, as a mere extension of the big brother state, becomes enslaver as opposed to liberator calcifying the world order and freezing us into a position of eternal subjugation. For me it is worth filing this idea as a maybe and keeping it in mind when my optimism goes too far.

In conclusion there’s something quite thrilling to me about this vision of our times that I’m attempting, with the blunt instrument of my own inarticulacy, to spell out for you. I think it’s the smell of inevitable change. I think it’s the fact we can at least inarguably see an early dawning of a long predicted “awakening”. I also think it’s the fact that I’ve just told you a story which we both know we can’t know the end to.

Nick Margerrison.

 

This article, like most things that exist online, is an ongoing and evolving piece. I posted an earlier version of it on my personal blog and received interesting comments which I have now addressed in this newer version.

I’m very keen to receive your thoughts and intend to include them on a future version of my podcast: http://thecultofnick.libsyn.com/

 

FOOTNOTES:

1, Disinfo provided an excellent short introduction to the astrological part of this topic here: Are We Entering A New Age?

2, Harvard University Gazette reports:

“You are what you eat.” Can these pithy words explain the evolution of the human species?Yes, says Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, who argues in a new book that the invention of cooking — even more than agriculture, the eating of meat, or the advent of tools — is what led to the rise of humanity.

Wrangham’s book “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human” is published today by Basic Books. In it, he makes the case that the ability to harness fire and cook food allowed the brain to grow and the digestive tract to shrink, giving rise to our ancestor Homo erectus some 1.8 million years ago.

“Cooking is the signature feature of the human diet, and indeed, of human life — but we have no idea why,” says Wrangham, the Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “It’s the development that underpins many other changes that have made humans so distinct from other species.”

3, Human brains tend to allow themselves to forget information which they know they can easily find. So, if you subconsciously know something is easily “google-able” you’re unlikely to remember it. In this sense our brains are gradually fusing with the map of a collective consciousness that is the internet. The New York Times reports:

The widespread use of search engines and online databases has affected the way people remember information, researchers are reporting.

The scientists, led by Betsy Sparrow, an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia, wondered whether people were more likely to remember information that could be easily retrieved from a computer, just as students are more likely to recall facts they believe will be on a test.

Dr. Sparrow and her collaborators, Daniel M. Wegner of Harvard and Jenny Liu of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, staged four different memory experiments. In one, participants typed 40 bits of trivia — for example, “an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain” — into a computer. Half of the subjects believed the information would be saved in the computer; the other half believed the items they typed would be erased.

The subjects were significantly more likely to remember information if they thought they would not be able to find it later.

4, You’ve probably encountered this phenomena yourself if, like me, you’re not keen on the obvious data mining tool that is Facebook. The Daily Mail reports:

Facebook has become such a pervasive force in modern society that increasing numbers of employers, and even some psychologists, believe people who aren’t on social networking sites are ‘suspicious.’

The German magazine Der Taggspiegel went so far as to point out that accused theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik have common ground in their lack of Facebook profiles.

On a more tangible level, Forbes.com reports that human resources departments across the country are becoming more wary of young job candidates who don’t use the site.

5, The French revolution is ESSENTIAL reading for any true Disinfonaught. Most of the lexicon of conspiracy theory ties back into it. It’s a genuinely strange moment in European history when an elite power family is overthrown and “the leftwing” are born kicking and screaming into a blur of violence. It culminates in a man climbing down a giant papemache mountian proclaiming his Godhood to the citizens of France and then having his jawbone shot off and dying in a room full of his enemies all shouting at him telling him what a c*nt he is. It’s a great story of an awakening that perhaps came too early. Anyway, here’s a link regarding “the King’s touch”, Science Museum tells the tale well:

In the Middle Ages it was believed in England and France that a touch from royalty could heal skin disease known as scrofula or the ‘king’s evil’. Scrofula was usually a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck caused by tuberculosis. The practice began with King Edward the Confessor in England (1003/4-1066) and Philip I (1052-1108) in France.

Subsequent English and French kings were thought to have inherited this ‘royal touch’, which was supposed to show that their right to rule was God-given. In grand ceremonies, kings touched hundreds of people afflicted by scrofula. They received special gold coins called ‘touchpieces’ which they often treated as amulets.

[...] Louis XV touched more than 2000 scrofula victims

6, Despite its occasionally dogmatic left stance The Guardian Newspaper provides interesting detail on the UK’s 2011 riots here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/london-riots

7, Good examples of the neo-pamphleteers include:

David Icke

The Artist Taxi Driver

Pat Condell

I’m very interested in people like this and any further suggestions in the comments section are encouraged. It’s not unlikely you’re either going to be or already are one of these kinds of people, if so post a link to your own work.

 

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  • Raz

    I still think that today’s technologies became a crutch. People today are more lazy, stupid, hysterical, indiferent than ever. They care more for what they’ll gona buy next than the crap their leaders and elites are doing to the world. It’s like society in general becoming more immature. Middle age crisis for an entire species.

    • durga_daggr

      How so? Were you there? Do you know everyone? How are you able to measure such a thing?

      • http://www.facebook.com/dario.impini Dario Impini

        Its pretty obvious merely by talking to people, by seeing what “entertains” them, by what they post on Facebook, by the leaders they choose to follow, by the justifications for those choices, etc. You don’t have to talk to everyone to get a sense of the intellect at large.

        I do get the sense that there is an “enlightenment” going on and just as it was then, its a turbulent, mixed environment. Some great discoveries were being made, new thoughts were being promoted, and at the same time persecuted by authorities and ignored by the ignorant. Similar things are happening now.

        Raz is right that the intellectually lazy remain so despite the opportunities and technologies presented to them; the traditional conservatives will always find more comfort in the old ways of doing things, but progress is brought forth, not surprisingly, by the “progressives”. They drag the rest of mankind with them as they refuse to accept the status quo. Technology makes it easier for them to do so. Both elements are there, but our current technology means progress is faster, more effective, and more efficient.

  • alizardx

    Most people use Internet information sources to reinforce their own pre-existing reality tunnels. For every person here, there are 10,000 people on Foxnews.com .Or a dozen on the corporate-funded “The Future!!!” sites. This site is part of my own reality tunnel because there are at least some people here who are trying to carry out the RAW tradition of trying to find out “What the hell is really going on?”

    As for “what development made us human”, recent posting to this site mentioned the theory that weapon development makes us human.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JR6QMHI5D3L6Z4JJBSAKO4KJBE brock

    In it’s early years the internet was a place you went to for information, but more and more it is turning into a place that information is pushed to you. When you search for information you are bound to find conflicting concepts, but when it is pushed to you it tends to become homogenized. I think for the vast majority of people, aside from it’s utility as a communication channel, the internet is becoming a big television with semi on-demand content. What actual content someone new to the internet is going to find is increasingly controlled by multinational corporations. It feels like the internet’s potential as a conduit of change is rapidly diminishing.

    The cellphone’s capacity to use the networks to disseminate real-time information in a one to many fashion is still a pretty powerful cultural force, but it seems to be easier and easier for the power structure to shut that kind of capacity down when it threatens them.

    What I would love to see is for high density communities to create some sort of regional networks using all the available wifi and spare computing capacity. Security would be a big issue but that seems like it’d be a lot more useful in this day and age than our second amendment rights to firearms–with regard to protecting ourselves from our own government.

  • durga_daggr

    Jupiter is exactly conjunct Jean-Paul Marat’s natal moon and Mercury which are representative of ones emotions and mentations.

    • durga_daggr

      *and Jupiter is representative of expansion and growth.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I think we’re entering an age of confusion more than an age of enlightenment. Whether enlightenment comes afterwards is another question entirely.

    The biggest confusion though, is the expectation that most or all people are interacting with this confusion(self reference is a bitch…) in the same exact way as yourself (or myself, or whoever is thinking right now). Yes, people are exploring consciousness(but psychonauts have been around for ages). There are also hardcore gamers, magicians, astronauts, LARP fanatics, shamans, lawyers, philosophers, soldiers, scientists, and facebook addicts… All of which can barely understand the next one.

    What is enlightenment really? Is it shining light on the chaotic madness of our complex, multi-teired reality? Or is it pruning this understanding of reality into a more elegant, ordered consistence. Or is this a combination of the two?

    — Was about to post it as is, then i read the 2nd half of the article

    You did a good job of preempting my points. All in all, a great article though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    This part really resonated with me: “in the Greek New Testament class on Sundays, taken by the Head Master, I dared to ask, in spite of my stammering, what some parable meant. The
    answer was so confused that I actually experienced my first moment of
    consciousness—that is, I suddenly realized that no one knew anything.”

    Not until the past few years did I really notice that nobody is actually certain of anything about reality. I’ve found that every revelation of incompetence by the ‘authorities’ in any realm is a resounding affirmation of my own consciousness–just like the author has pointed out. Of course, ‘shrooms helped me further this deconstruction of hierarchy along the way as well.

  • C.Wright.Thru.U.

    Infinite and Eternal Divine Blessings to you Nick, Disinfo, and all.

    Ever-increasing Gratitude, Appreciation, Joy, Love, Peace, Wellness, Success, Ascension, Oneness, Freedom, Wisdom, Wealth, Light to you for this article/insight/wisdom.

    As an up and coming African Spiritual practitioner I’m constantly researching, contemplating, observing, meditating, learning/unlearning/relearning, understanding and discerning to continue to know as much as possible about as much as possible about what is truly possible and your article is on point 101%.

    Finally, with regards to your interest in people like this and any further suggestions in the
    comments section encouraged, being not unlikely either going
    to be or already are one of these kinds of people, here is a link to one angle of my own work of an evolving like minded nature:

    http://www.afropunk.com/profile/Meditation_At_42O

    ‘meditation @ 4:20/wake the fuck up folks’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    A related Web site that you should smoke a bowl before reading:
    http://www.truthcontest.com/

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    I’ll agree that there appears to be an “Awakening” but I’m afraid of what is being awakened. The right-wing conservatives, the Old World Sentiments of Theocracy, Racism, Feudalism, etc they can be bolstered by the Internet as we’ve seen. Misinformation is out there online, whether it’s intentional or not. I laugh at YouTube videos for example where a “Guru” talks about a certain subject and a little research shows that they got their information from the Wikipedia article on the subject. I play a certain MMO in which a great demographic of the players believe there are certain rules that apply to a certain “Raid” which are false, and which the correct information can be found on the game’s own Dev forums, yet they believe misinformation shared in the online game among other players who believe the same thing they do. I could go on and on about this but the point is that the Printing Press for a while was concerned with the distribution of information, until people began to use its power to misinform and to be used as propaganda. There is a history of this in the US especially and one only needs to read Civil War era newspapers from the North and the South about the same events to see this. The bias in journalism isn’t a new thing at all and when you’ve had a history of being misinformed like conservatives necessarily have to be to remain conservative (showing an inability to change through fear) then when a there is real journalism that reports facts, that is attacked as having a liberal bias.
    So my fear about the “Awakening” is what is going to happen to the demographic in the Western World that can’t/won’t join us in waking up to a better future for humanity in which maybe we start cooperating with each other rather than competing with each other and in which humans aren’t seen as natural resources by the Plantation Owners anymore. When real information can’t penetrate their bubble and their consciousness can’t evolve will they lose their minds? Already we see people in the US, seriously, petitioning to secede from the Union. We have seen that 150 years after the Civil War, a significant demographic in the US still harbors the sentiments that caused that war in the first place. We see still in Europe the Old World sentiments of racial discrimination and feudalism and the election of Obama has scraped the scab off the wound of Racism in the world to show that it never healed. These are deep, deep problems in the human psyche and what we have right now with the terrific and terrifying pace at which technology and communication has advanced is that there is a significant population in the world that simply cannot handle this new paradigm. The modern world has become a meatgrinder for many who cannot deal with these new technologies in a meaningful manner.
    My own theory is: it was fine for us to be xenophobic and paranoid when it was only you and your community in your village or city-state or even isolated nation and you maybe did a little trading with the darkies or the whitefellas or the slanteyes and you had you culture and they had yours and you all sorta minded your own business and they didn’t send missionaries to you to try and convert you to their way of thinking. Then we had the age of Empire but even then Julius Caesar would see in Britain gods that were pretty much like the Roman ones and just change the names, but people pretty much were allowed to keep their own customs. Judea before the time of Yeshua bar Joseph under the Roman Empire were allowed to worship they way they wanted and…well, just watch the great Documentary “The Life of Brian” for more info on that topic. Herodotus recognized in the customs of Egypt parallels to Greek customs, etc. Then we had the age of Empire when it wasn’t enough for you to be a subject of an empire and have your own customs, you had to not only physically be in the Empire but also the Empire had to own your Heart and Mind…and that of course was the rise of Christendom and of fundamentalism, which began a Dark Age I actually think we’re just coming out of. The wisdom of the Ancients was repressed to the point that even Atheists who dismiss Xianity and all religions outright are keeping with the program and they laugh readily at the wisdom of our ancestors. Such is the cost of Spiritual Incompetence either for the religious fanatic or the “skeptic”…Alan Watts called these “goos” and “prickles” respectively…when of course the world isn’t dualistic and there really isn’t any paradoxes besides the ones we create.
    The question is: why did humanity allow this? Why did we spend long, fruitless centuries with little advancement and why did in the space of just a few centuries have such advancements and how can technology and communication have advanced so fast in just the past few decades? Well, the answer may very well be that it wasn’t time yet for us to move forward. I’m not much of a believer in the Mayan Doomsday stuff…but there has to be a reason for the advancement we have now…when the potential to do this was there all along and the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, etc could have easily had electricity, the internal combustion engine, roller coasters, chatroulette and silly putty a millenia ago. Consciousness is ready to pull itself up the next rung of the ladder and we find that there are a lot of people who are afraid of heights. There will come a time I’m afraid, that those who are afraid of “moving forward” will try and forcably “take America back” to use some slogans from the presidential campaign. Because that is what these people want…they want to take the world back to a reality that didn’t really exist except in their own little community and when the real world encroaches on that ideological bunker, they can either hunker down and use their supplies until they starve or they can rise up and try and fight back. And they already fought back 150 years ago when they said you can’t take our slaves. When we come for their entire culture, what will they do then?
    Fiat lux.

  • renegade

    global march for conscious freedom and unity 21 dec 2012

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ingolf-Stern/100003032942661 Ingolf Stern

    The dramatic shift in my own, old-ish personailty, my habits, beliefs, and moral ground has been staggering – all in the last year or so. It just FEELS like something is happening. I find myself frustrated by those who insist on ignoring it, on bullsihly insisting on dogmatic rationalism (often based on erroneous assumptions, often) but the funny thing is – I am not upset or angry with them as I might have been in the past. Rather, I understand each of us stands where he stands, and can only operate in the world from his own place, each being as worthy as the other. It is a funny thing to see ( if only peripherally, and in foreshadow) a world beyond right-and-wrong, good-and-evil, us-and-them. But god damn it makes my heart feel good to do it.

  • WoodGas1

    I think almost everyone considers themselves to be enlightened. By the polls, over 85% report themselves as being above average intelligence. I consider myself to be informed, open minded and curious. I have a mild conceit that I am a fair synergist. BUT!, I am mostly motivated by my amygdala and basal brain chemistry, so are you. True enlightenment just may have to wait for a better class of bald monkey.(or equivalent) offer void in Alaska and Hawaii.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.auler Adrian Auler

    Mr. Margerrison,

    This is
    a well-written and thoughtful article. I am a psychology doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and I can say that the level of scholarship in this essay is far above “normal,” though Lord knows what that is anymore. I particularly enjoyed your reference to King Canute and to Stan Grof, who is a big deal here—in fact, ours is the only school where he still teaches: he co-teaches a course with Rick Tarnas once a year.

    I appreciated that you brought the evolutionary notion forth that while we, as all things in the cosmos, are involved in cycles, the expanded understanding is that, viewed from the side, as it were, it is instead a climbing spiral. I am not familiar with Stewart, but Ralph Abraham has mentioned something of the sort and one cannot read Gebser, for instance, without gaining a similar perspective.

    I would modify the notion that “everything you know is wrong.” I suggest instead that some things are wrong, while others may be in need of revision given new information and a new perspective; and of course, the new information and perspectives create the opportunity for a shift in paradigm, a la Thomas
    Kuhn. Besides, framing the desirability of change in that way immediate frightens everyone and thus sets them against any change, which is not in anyone’s best interest, including our species as a whole, the biosphere, and the planet.

    I loved your introduction of Nicoll, who is unknown to most. You referenced his magnum opus; but I have his two volumes in which he explicates the parables of Christ within that framework, which I found highly illuminating.

    I would like to modify your statement about the abolition of certainties. I feel that the reduction of knowledge to inescapable and total relativism was the danger of post-modernism, where the corpus of human understanding was leveled to a lowest common denominator status. If no one really knows anything more than anyone else, no one can teach anyone anything and the evolution of consciousness is brought to a screeching halt. Certainly the wisdom of Socrates that you mentioned is the desirable stance of enlightened people; it promotes humility in the face of the Great Mystery. But that is not to say that no one can really know anything enduring and broadly applicable. That would invalidate, for instance, millennia of discoveries by sages, mystics, scholars and truly wise people, like Socrates, Lao Tzu, and the vast corpus of Indian Vedanta and Tantra; not to mention indigenous shamanic wisdom.

    I’m glad you concluded by mentioning the opposite perception of the internet to round out your discussion. Every coin has two sides; that is, inherent in every situation is the potential for good and for evil, for growth and for destruction, etc. It all depends on our intent, heart, and attitude.

    If you would like to correspond, I would enjoy that. Given the status of the zeitgeist, I feel it is incumbent upon all thinking people of evolutionary intent to network for the greater good—and ours, too, of course! Haha!

    Sincerely and in appreciation,

    Adrian Auler, MA and Ph.D. student
    East-West Psychology, CIIS

  • Geist Kayle

    Is it a failure of the imagination if I deal with your example of thought easily because I often participate in free form visualization during meditation to enjoy surrendering to infinity as much as I enjoy recognizing that I am infinite. Your article seems as though it were written from a perspective that assumes that none of its readers are illuminated even though it pretends to take that into account. Some of us just know, are born knowing and were inducted into a school of thought that teaches that; human consciousness has unlimited potential, although not unique, to generate any reality it wants by how it chooses to perceive the universe and how that perception is presented or hidden from others. Human kind is indeed infinite, but is limited by the perceptions it chooses or is guided to accept. Your article is good, but it is flooded with symptoms of an imprinted perception that reality must be as it is perceived. What would you do with the key to the universe?

  • Geist Kayle

    Is it a failure of the imagination if I deal with your example of thought easily because I often participate in free form visualization during meditation to enjoy surrendering to infinity as much as I enjoy recognizing that I am infinite. Your article seems as though it were written from a perspective that assumes that none of its readers are illuminated even though it pretends to take that into account. Some of us just know, are born knowing and were inducted into a school of thought that teaches that; human consciousness has unlimited potential, although not unique, to generate any reality it wants by how it chooses to perceive the universe and how that perception is presented or hidden from others. Human kind is indeed infinite, but is limited by the perceptions it chooses or is guided to accept. Your article is good, but it is flooded with symptoms of an imprinted perception that reality must be as it is perceived. What would you do with the key to the universe?

  • Pete Chapman

    To convince a serious audience that something like a great awakening is underway you’ll have to learn to avoid words like “inarticulacy”. That and not using The Daily Mail as a reference to anything. Good luck.

  • Piper Purdon

    an excellent rational article. The rational vs intuition…we are all ingrained to think rationally very adept at it yet we have forgotten about embracing the flip side of our duality the intuitive feeling. I have become weary always being logically oriented and have for a number of years sought to develop more of my gift of intuition thereby bringing balance within for the relationship between the rational and the intuitive is important part of becoming more conscious. Does this make me enlightened ? haven’t a clue what that really means:) There is so much information I have access to it eventually becomes quite overwhelming yet as a result of this I recognise that I am less inlined to see my life in the fear based limitations of right-wrong, good-bad rather in becoming more aware of my choices and their impact – how choose to respond and perceive my experience, the willingness to embrace the idea that everything and everyone has a part to play in this experiment we call life. I only know what I experience what resonates in my learnings along the way and what seems rational too. I am motivated simply by need to feel safe like a small child does, that is to say I just want to know that everything is going to be ok :) Agree there is something a foot but that is what change (which is constant) is about underpinned by the natural law of cause and effect. I only know what happened and what is present and know nothing of the future.

  • Sarah Cassar

    I started writing articles recently and wanted to come to a conclusion like what you have posted here but I had no idea how to write it without sounding crazy, you approached the subject in such a well thought out way that reading this brought me lots of comfort.

    Its hard to understand what compels us to spend our days and nights thinking and writing. I don’t know why I started writing, I became obsessed with certain themes and started writing poetry again (after years) which then turned into articles to reflect these ideas. At times I feel like I’m trying to spread a message, yet, I have no idea what that message is (have I just become plagued by social networking and the idea of sharing?)

    Its like out of nowhere I just started reaching out for guidance. I’m not a particularly religious person but I guess I have always been spiritual from a very young age (I am 23 years old now, is this how everybody feels at this age?)

    The idea of a global awakening just kept popping up not only online but in every day life, my mind became obsessed over the idea. At times I have felt like I could be losing my mind and have to ‘cool off’ yet I feel like I am facing some kind of battle and participating in tests.

    I keep questioning if my forms of media intake have planted a seed in my mind or if that seed was always there.

    Looking forward to reading more articles like this, browsing the site and finding like-minded people.

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