Havel, former president of Czechoslovakia has said "without
a global revolution of human consciousness, nothing will change
for the better in the sphere of our being as humans and the catastrophe
towards which this world is headed be it ecological, demographic,
social or the general breakdown of civilisation will be unavoidable".
has built a picture of the universe which up until now has been
considered as materialistic. When we look at the consciousness movements,
we see that within Western society in particular, the aim is to
fill the gap left by the vacuum caused by the separation between
inner and outer experience. We need to create depth, resonance and
meaning in our lives by focusing on bridging the gap between reason
and belief, intellect and intuition in order to create a cosmology
and spirituality more integral to the human frame of reference.
We need to seek to reconnect ourselves with the essence of life.
are almost as many belief systems as there are human beings. When
I speak to professionals about the solutions to world peace, social
disintegration, environmental problems, they are despondent. The
solution to them depends upon their specialty and this could be
psychological, economic, theological, environmental, bio-genetic
manipulation or humanistic. The question is, what is the common
denominator? Ten percent of the population suffer from genetic bi-
polar depression according to the psychiatrists and yet I believe
if we create a dysfunctional environment, we get dysfunctional responses.
we do have in common is life and consciousness - and we need to
understand life, as being an interconnected synergic matrix of reciprocal
maintenance and connectedness. We have finite bodies but infinite
minds which have the power to realize a new world of hope, creativity
and sustainability. The system tries to deny that we human beings
have a Soul. It entraps us in world models of economic rationalism,
is centred in materialism, Darwinism, The Selfish gene, The Biomedical
model and the rational ordering of Society. It forgets about our
consciousness, (transpersonal experience) our hearts and our beliefs.
As an African Spiritual teacher has said. "A civilisation without
rites of passage has a sick Soul." In such a situation –
There are no elders or mentors (they are all out making money),
The youth are
violent or without hope,
The adults are
bewildered. This is exactly our current status quo!
think we need a global revolution which comes from the heart and
soul of each individual. I hope this paper will show that consciousness
is defined as the perception of the true nature of things or true
reality and that consciousness is imminent in the Universe and is
inseparably connected with all phenomena and matter, just as the
mind is inseparably connected with the body and spirit.
per cent of the adult population of North America have had an NDE
or near death experience. In his book Recollection of Death, Cardiologist
Michael Sabom, details several independently confirmed autoscopic
experiences. He concluded that none of the standard explanations
is adequate to account for the accuracy brought back from out of
body. In the information the subjects reported that they could see
details of their surroundings that they could not have perceived
by means of their physical senses. Psychologist, Kenneth Ring, after
conducting a survey amongst twenty-six NDE's assessing changes in
attitude, concluded that after these experiences individuals tended
to express a greater appreciation for life and more concern and
love for their fellow human beings.
would seem from these illustrations that mind does have an integrating
role beyond that of the matter in the brain although in normal circumstances
matter and mind are inextricably interlinked.
Grof in his talk in Beyond the Brain, 1990, stated that through
transpersonal experience there is access to new information not
through ordinary channels. There are two forms of learning - learning
through observation, analysis and synthesis, and learning in state
of being or direct experience. Grof talks about three kinds of experiences.
Firstly, the ability to become objects or living entities encompassing
the whole range of phenomena within the universe. Secondly, the
ability to transcend linear time so that all past and future events
can be experienced with all sensory modalities. These non-ordinary
states of consciousness would include conception, birth, ancestors,
collective racial memories and past life experiences. Thirdly, experiences
which take you into realms that this culture does not consider to
be objectively real, because they transcend space and time. They
would include the collective unconscious and archetypes, for example:
if a person experiences themselves as a God or Goddess. Also this
will include such phenomena as channeling, spirit guides, universal
mind and cosmic consciousness. Stanislav Grof uses these three categories
as his form of cartography for psychic exploration.
example of the first category is provided in the successful research
of remote viewing at Stanford Research Institute, California. Remote
Viewing is a term created by Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, two
laser and quantum physicists who have headed this research effort
These subjects were sealed in rooms and asked to identify remote
geographical locations selected randomly.
certain cases, star performers such as Ingo and Swann were not only
able to identify distant target sites but were also able to accurately
pin point weather conditions at the site at the time. Mr Swann,
an artist, also produced data on viewing Jupiter, Mars and Mercury,
subsequently confirmed by NASA satellite missions. This information
is a challenge to the Newtonian-Cartesian thinking which is the
current philosophy of Western science. Our scope reduces things
to the extent that we view phenomena as if they were isolated events
with anything else. We seek for short term gain and do not realise
that 1) everything is connected, 2) the loss of one item diminishes
everything exponentially, (like the loss of the Brazilian rainforests
effects the lungs of the planet creating destructive climate changes,
3) things work together synergically, (the sum is more than the
individual parts) 4) nothing is really predetermined and foolproof
- in the cloud chambers, the position of an electron is a probability
- Nature is enigmatic!
way we think of things is determined by our belief systems and in
our society we were brought up with the predominant belief system
which is materialistic, positivistic and scientific. This means
that we live in a world in which the objective reality can be defined
by experimentation and where our subjective experience does not
impinge on the reality defined by science outside us. Cartesian
dualism defined originally by Descartes makes a distinction between
the mind and the body. A thinker observes but is not involved directly,
just as God has become Deus Ex Machina.
the notion of uncertainty in science here the premonition of the
dawning of a new age or the annihilation of our selves as a species?
How does the living, growing body read the language of atoms in
the DNA? Is there not memory and intelligence even at this level
- and do not our brains but further manifest this consciousness
in a self-reflective way?
dawning of a paradigm shift is upon us. Can we make the jump to
the realisation that a new era and a new millennium implies the
evolution of consciousness above everything else?
Doestoevsky, commented "The Golden Age is the most improbable
of all dreams that ever existed, but the one for which men gave
their lives and all their strengths, for which prophets died and
were slain, without which peoples do not wish to live and cannot
it is that the Paradise Myth10, as an aspect of inner being and
inner wealth, truly expresses our union with divinity, because this
expresses coming home to ourselves and partakes of acknowledgment
of our connectedness with our neighbour, our planet and our universe.
However, our normal waking consciousness, our emotions and thoughts
cloud us from this reality because of the destructive and competitive
nature of our social and physical environment and the nature of
the crisis which this planet is currently undergoing. The overt,
global, environmental crisis is expressed as a severe degree of
loss of Global Biodiversity - to the extent that the continued survival
of the Human species is threatened. Biodiversity is the total variety
of all life forms and in the living matrix it is the function of
the integration of a diversity of species which provide us with
clean air and water, fertile soils, food, shelter, medicines and
industrial technology. We are losing 100 species a day and more
than a quarter of all species may vanish in 50 years. Most severe
losses are occurring among invertebrates which play critical ecological
roles. Loss of species lead to loss of new medicines and the disturbance
of the eco-system is leading to the emergence, re-emergence and
spread of infectious diseases like TB and malaria, and apthogenic
microorganisms switching hosts, e.g. HIV and horse virus.
major threats to Biodiversity are -
Genetically manipulated species
Indiscriminate harvesting of species
our population which has a doubling time of 50 years, is being pruned
by mal-nourishment, poverty, (2,000,000) and disease, e.g. Aids
and TB in Afica and population control in China and Indonesia. The
links between human health and biodiversity are obvious. Most of
these global problems have been brought on by human irresponsibility,
where our ravaged planet is due to a fundamental error in the perception
of the nature of humanity, in that undue emphasis has been placed
on material at the expense of mind and consciousness. Journal of
Australian Medical Association 1998.
The Fear of Freedom, Eric Fromm, states, "modern selfishness
is the greed that is rooted in the frustration of the real self
and whose object is the social self".
Heilbroner, Professor of Economics at the New School for Social
Research, in the 1970s, was hopeful that in the end the survivalist
ethic would come to the fore, and that humanity with personal responsibility
would take action that would defy the homicidal promptings of reasonable
statement was made in the 1970s. A psychoanalyst at the same time
said that every illness is also the vehicle of plea for love and
attention. Michael Balint who founded Balint Seminars to enable
doctors to understand themselves and their patients more clearly,
and who coined the term "the doctor as a therapeutic agent
or drug" was concerned when and how the
get the patient out of his fantasies.
In the sense that the fantasy maybe covering such questions as,
What is the essence of the illness ? How did it start ? What caused
it ? and Whether it will heal ? Surely we have a similar process
of reflection when we look at our global crisis and the increasing
basic construct that Michael Balint used for healing his patients
was for the doctor to be like a priest, who could create continuity
of care and create a working hypothesis of the biographic processes
within the patient, which contributed to the illness which could
be mental or physical. It is the ability of the Therapist to provide
sufficient space for the patient in which the patient can feel free
to explore the self and find his/her way through the impasse.
would happen if each one of us realised that our lives were about
to terminate and the planet was about to end in the next hour ?
The realisation, understanding and experience would be very different.
We would be faced with the reality far different from what we had
been accustomed to at that stage. Our minds would make a jump.
Grof states, "in working with patients in non-ordinary states
of consciousness, spontaneous healing of the body and the psyche
becomes available". He says, "there is effort of the organism
to simplify itself, to throw off things and get rid of traumatic
imprints. Even if the
patient becomes extremely wild there would always be a way through
and the extremely pathological process is found to have tremendous
is a very positive statement for our planet in crisis and for the
suffering humanity is going through at the moment. The statement
highlights the importance of the energetic and vibrational components
of spirit and consciousness. The crisis that we are in can be thought
of as a healing crisis on a human conscious level. The Buddha in
the Lotus Sutra talks of the bereaved children, desperately calling
for their deceased father and in their grief taking the medicine
- the elixer of life perfect in order, taste and smell and then
the compassionate father, the Buddha appears.
Willis Harman talks of the need for individual and organisational
transformation leading to whole system transformation for the reassessment
and rebuilding of society around a new paradigm.
is interesting to note that very few people think about the future
of the total planet or fate of future generations, the rise and
fall of civilisations or the paradigmatic shifts in the evolutionary
process. This is true as we rarely view the totality of our lives
or look to planning our futures and our family's future. We are
all so shortsighted and live in a limited time frame.
How many paradigmatic shifts in consciousness has humanity gone
through since on this planet ? It has been postulated that ancient
civilisations were simultaneously overthrown by vast natural upheavals
which marked the ends of the old, middle and late Bronze Age period.
Velikovsky produced his evidence from a scholarly dissertation on
a vast array of legends. Castrophism Theory by geologists suggests
that global disasters of cosmic proportions have a hand in our destiny.
as used by the latest generation of geologists explains such phenomena
as the extinction of the dinosaurs and the onset of the Ice Ages.
Graham Hancock, Robert Bauvel and John Anthony West all give extremely
convincing evidence that the Egyptian Sphynx and the Egyptian pyramids
of Khafu, Khufu and Menkaure are in fact remnants of a flourishing
advanced civilisation occurring before the last Ice Age 10,000 years
is an enigmatic phenomenon. It flashes by in a blink of an eye.
Human beings rarely plan and look to the future of themselves, never
mind their planet. And as for the enigma of death. In Western Society
it is flung under the carpet.
quest for enlightenment
these paradigmatic shifts in the consciousness in humanity as civilisations
rise and fall, create whole new structures or archetypes and patterns
in the depths and stratas of consciousness of the human psyche and
on an individual basis we can attain changes in the structure of
our own psyche through appreciating and experiencing this new patterning
or transformation that is occurring now. We need to reach into the
energetic nature of our consciousness and our beingness, and the
soul or monadic essence of our consciousness which is part of eternity,
- rather than deny death and simultaneously deny eternity.
believe that the very nature of our current healing crisis is to
create the New Patterning or a more holistic universal awareness
or consciousness of the sacredness of life and our interconnectedness
with Universal Life. This is indeed a quest toward enlightenment.
scientific materialism is but the external tip of the iceberg, I
believe in the next century we will be exploring the vast reaches
of the inner space of the psyche and dwelling on the nature of life
and consciousness. This giant step for humanity will be more significant
than man's first walk on the moon or the genome project to map the
whole human chromosome.
past thousand years has been a male dominated society with the assertiveness
and aggressiveness of male energy being paramount. A lot of advances
have been made (exploration of the physical world, and the development
of technology in which everything is measurable and objective).
It has been the age of the self and the ego.
new era and a new millennium can bring us exploration of our inner
world. It can be a more harmonious era of peace, cooperation and
sensitivity - with emphasis leaning towards feminine energy. Although
scientific and technological advances will continue, emphasis will
be more on the exploration of the relationship between peoples,
surroundings and the cosmos ("relationship" being the
key word). During the 2000s Arts will be emphasised and people will
become much more intuitive and creative and operate on this level.
It will be a time of beauty and goodness. It has the potential to
be another Golden Age.
Sheldrake's theory of Morphogenic fields suggests that it is consciousness
that moulds the DNA. Conceivably we can mould and change our own
DNA within our life time. Stuart Litvak and A Wayne Senzee in Towards
a New Brain quote evidence of holonomic systemic influence from
brain to body to gonadal cells - inheritance of acquired characteristics.
mention these concepts as examples of possible deep changes occurring
in the morphogenesis of Humanity which represent healing and transformation.
has the ability to turn on and off large areas of itself but what
turns these keys is not understood. John Davidson feels that a living
entity and its environment is an inextricable patterning and this
patterning supersedes genetic considerations where the outer world
of the entity is an aspect of the formative mind, and where DNA
is the reflection of patterns within the subtle blueprint.
now in the depth of our cells huge areas of DNA are being turned
on, influenced by the huge changes in global society, technology
and environment. Irreversible destruction of living and non-living
resources go hand in hand with a greater disparity between the wealthy
and the poor of the world, the developed and developing countries.
Artificial intelligence, the info web, bio-cybernetics, genetic
manipulation are developing at an inordinate pace. Global society
is losing the basic core of the nuclear family and extended family.
People are taken in by the cult of consumerism and material wealth,
giving rise to greed and satiation for some and loss and suffering
for others. The overall picture is one of individual alienation.
There has surely to be some compensation and healing coming from
within the collective human psyche.
changes affecting our planet currently are so enormous that unless
we can evolve and creatively enhance positive change and positive
vision within our community we are doomed. We have, however, the
memory, the neurological ability and the DNA sustainability to access
consciousness and creativity through illumination in order to change
our world and our reality to a more sustainable utopian creation.
Michael Ellis is a medical doctor,
futurist, and peace worker, living in Melbourne, Australia. He has
a special interest in mind-body medicine and in optimizing the physical,
mental and emotional health of the individual. He is a Research
Fellow at the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine,
Swinburne University, where he is particularly interested in brain
longevity and the prevention of dementia. Dr Ellis also founded
The Centre for Change in the Third Millennium in 1998. The aim of
The Centre for Change is to create an openness of dialogue for men
and women of goodwill, in order that we can find a way out of the
current global crisis. It also aims to contribute to the creation
of a planetary peace culture, which affirms our deepest respect
for all life which makes up the biosphere.
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