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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Reposted from www.DavidKorten.org. This is an overview of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community by the author.


The Great Turning

David C. Korten

By what name will future generations know our time? Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth’s capacity to sustain and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competition for what remained of the planet’s resources, and a dramatic dieback of the human population? Or will they look back in joyful celebration on the time of the Great Turning, when their forebears embraced the higher-order potential of their human nature, turned crisis into opportunity, and learned to live in creative partnership with one another and Earth?

A defining choice
We face a defining choice between two contrasting models for organizing human affairs. Give them the generic names Empire and Earth Community. Absent an understanding of the history and implications of this choice, we may squander valuable time and resources on efforts to preserve or mend cultures and institutions that cannot be fixed and must be replaced.

Empire organizes by domination at all levels, from relations among nations to relations among family members. Empire brings fortune to the few, condemns the majority to misery and servitude, suppresses the creative potential of all, and appropriates much of the wealth of human societies to maintain the institutions of domination.

Earth Community, by contrast, organizes by partnership, unleashes the human potential for creative cooperation, and shares resources and surpluses for the good of all. Supporting evidence for the possibilities of Earth Community comes from the findings of quantum physics, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, archaeology, and religious mysticism. It was the human way before Empire; we must make a choice to re-learn how to live by its principles.

Developments distinctive to our time are telling us that Empire has reached the limits of the exploitation that people and Earth will sustain. A mounting perfect economic storm born of a convergence of peak oil, climate change, and an imbalanced U.S. economy dependent on debts it can never repay is poised to bring a dramatic restructuring of every aspect of modern life. We have the power to choose, however, whether the consequences play out as a terminal crisis or an epic opportunity. The Great Turning is not a prophecy. It is a possibility.

A turn from life
According to cultural historian Riane Eisler, early humans evolved within a cultural and institutional frame of Earth Community. They organized to meet their needs by cooperating with life rather than by dominating it. Then some 5,000 years ago, beginning in Mesopotamia, our ancestors made a tragic turn from Earth Community to Empire. They turned away from a reverence for the generative power of life—represented by female gods or nature spirits—to a reverence for hierarchy and the power of the sword—represented by distant, usually male, gods. The wisdom of the elder and the priestess gave way to the arbitrary rule of the powerful, often ruthless, king.

Paying the price
The peoples of the dominant human societies lost their sense of attachment to the living earth, and societies became divided between the rulers and the ruled, exploiters and exploited. The brutal competition for power created a relentless play-or-die, rule-or-beruled dynamic of violence and oppression and served to elevate the most ruthless to the highest positions of power. Since the fateful turn, the major portion of the resources available to human societies has been diverted from meeting the needs of life to supporting the military forces, prisons, palaces, temples, and patronage for retainers and propagandists on which the system of domination in turn depends. Great civilizations built by ambitious rulers fell to successive waves of corruption and conquest.

The primary institutional form of Empire has morphed from the city-state to the nation-state to the global corporation, but the underlying pattern of domination remains. It is axiomatic: for a few to be on top, many must be on the bottom. The powerful control and institutionalize the processes by which it will be decided who enjoys the privilege and who pays the price, a choice that commonly results in arbitrarily excluding from power whole groups of persons based on race and gender.

Troubling truths
Herein lies a crucial insight. If we look for the source of the social pathologies increasingly evident in our culture, we find they have a common origin in the dominator relations of Empire that have survived largely intact in spite of the democratic reforms of the past two centuries. The sexism, racism, economic injustice, violence, and environmental destruction that have plagued human societies for 5,000 years, and have now brought us to the brink of a potential terminal crisis, all fl ow from this common source. Freeing ourselves from these pathologies depends on a common solution—replacing the underlying dominator cultures and institutions of Empire with the partnership cultures and institutions of Earth Community. Unfortunately, we cannot look to imperial powerholders to lead the way.

Beyond denial
History shows that as empires crumble the ruling elites become ever more corrupt and ruthless in their drive to secure their own power—a dynamic now playing out in the United States. We Americans base our identity in large measure on the myth that our nation has always embodied the highest principles of democracy, and is devoted to spreading peace and justice to the world.

But there has always been tension between America’s high ideals and its reality as a modern version of Empire. The freedom promised by the Bill of Rights contrasts starkly with the enshrinement of slavery elsewhere in the original articles of the Constitution. The protection of property, an idea central to the American dream, stands in contradiction to the fact that our nation was built on land taken by force from Native Americans. Although we consider the vote to be the hallmark of our democracy, it took nearly 200 years before that right was extended to all citizens.

Americans acculturated to the ideals of America find it difficult to comprehend what our rulers are doing, most of which is at odds with notions of egalitarianism, justice, and democracy. Within the frame of historical reality, it is perfectly clear: they are playing out the endgame of Empire, seeking to consolidate power through increasingly authoritarian and anti-democratic policies.

Wise choices necessarily rest on a foundation of truth. The Great Turning depends on awakening to deep truths long denied.

Cultural Turning
The Great Turning begins with a cultural and spiritual awakening—a turning in cultural values from money and material excess to life and spiritual fulfillment, from a belief in our limitations to a belief in our possibilities, and from fearing our differences to rejoicing in our diversity. It requires reframing the cultural stories by which we define our human nature, purpose, and possibilities.


Economic Turning
The values shift of the cultural turning leads us to redefine wealth—to measure it by the health of our families, communities, and natural environment. It leads us from policies that raise those at the top to policies that raise those at the bottom, from hoarding to sharing, from concentrated to distributed ownership, and from the rights of ownership to the responsibilities of stewardship.


Political Turning
The economic turning creates the necessary conditions for a turn from a one-dollar, one-vote democracy to a one-person, one-vote democracy, from passive to active citizenship, from competition for individual advantage to cooperation for mutual advantage, from retributive justice to restorative justice, and from social order by coercion to social order by mutual responsibility and accountability.

Global awakening
Empire’s true believers maintain that the inherent flaws in our human nature lead to a natural propensity to greed, violence, and lust for power. Social order and material progress depend, therefore, on imposing elite rule and market discipline to channel these dark tendencies to positive ends. Psychologists who study the developmental pathways of the individual consciousness observe a more complex reality. Just as we grow up in our physical capacities and potential given proper physical nourishment and exercise, we also grow up in the capacities and potential of our consciousness, given proper social and emotional nourishment and exercise.

Over a lifetime, those who enjoy the requisite emotional support traverse a pathway from the narcissistic, undifferentiated magical consciousness of the newborn to the fully mature, inclusive, and multidimensional spiritual consciousness of the wise elder. The lower, more narcissistic, orders of consciousness are perfectly normal for young children, but become sociopathic in adults and are easily encouraged and manipulated by advertisers and demagogues. The higher orders of consciousness are a necessary foundation of mature democracy. Perhaps Empire’s greatest tragedy is that its cultures and institutions systematically suppress our progress to the higher orders of consciousness.

Given that Empire has prevailed for 5,000 years, a turn from Empire to Earth Community might seem a hopeless fantasy if not for the evidence from values surveys that a global awakening to the higher levels of human consciousness is already underway. This awakening is driven in part by a communications revolution that defies elite censorship and is breaking down the geographical barriers to intercultural exchange.

The consequences of the awakening are manifest in the civil rights, women’s, environmental, peace, and other social movements. These movements in turn gain energy from the growing leadership of women, communities of color, and indigenous peoples, and from a shift in the demographic balance in favor of older age groups more likely to have achieved the higher-order consciousness of the wise elder.

It is fortuitous that we humans have achieved the means to make a collective choice as a species to free ourselves from Empire’s seemingly inexorable compete-or-die logic at the precise moment we face the imperative to do so. The speed at which institutional and technological advances have created possibilities wholly new to the human experience is stunning.

JUST OVER 60 YEARS AGO, we created the United Nations, which, for all its imperfections, made it possible for the first time for representatives of all the world’s nations and people to meet in a neutral space to resolve differences through dialogue rather than force of arms.

LESS THAN 50 YEARS AGO, our species ventured into space to look back and see ourselves as one people sharing a common destiny on a living space ship.

IN LITTLE MORE THAN 10 YEARS our communications technologies have given us the ability, should we choose to use it, to link every human on the planet into a seamless web of nearly costless communication and cooperation.

Already our new technological capability has made possible the interconnection of the millions of people who are learning to work as a dynamic, self–directing social organism that transcends boundaries of race, class, religion, and nationality and functions as a shared conscience of the species. We call this social or-ganism global civil society. On February 15, 2003, it brought more than 10 million people to the streets of the world’s cities, towns, and villages to call for peace in the face of the buildup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. They accomplished this monumental collective action without a central organization, budget, or charismatic leader through social processes never before possible on such a scale. This was but a foretaste of the possibilities for radically new forms of partnership organization now within our reach.

Break the silence, end the isolation, change the story
We humans live by stories. The key to making a choice for Earth Community is recognizing that the foundation of Empire’s power does not lie in its instruments of physical violence. It lies in Empire’s ability to control the stories by which we define ourselves and our possibilities in order to perpetuate the myths on which the legitimacy of the dominator relations of Empire depend. To change the human future, we must change our defining stories.

Story power
For 5,000 years, the ruling class has cultivated, rewarded, and amplified the voices of those storytellers whose stories affirm the righteousness of Empire and deny the higher-order potentials of our nature that would allow us to live with one another in peace and cooperation. There have always been those among us who sense the possibilities of Earth Community, but their stories have been marginalized or silenced by Empire’s instruments of intimidation. The stories endlessly repeated by the scribes of Empire become the stories most believed. Stories of more hopeful possibilities go unheard or unheeded and those who discern the truth are unable to identify and support one another in the common cause of truth telling. Fortunately, the new communications technologies are breaking this pattern. As truth-tellers reach a wider audience, the myths of Empire become harder to maintain.

The struggle to define the prevailing cultural stories largely defines contemporary cultural politics in the United States. A far-right alliance of elitist corporate plutocrats and religious theocrats has gained control of the political discourse in the United States not by force of their numbers, which are relatively small, but by controlling the stories by which the prevailing culture defines the pathway to prosperity, security, and meaning. In each instance, the far right’s favored versions of these stories affirm the dominator relations of Empire.

THE IMPERIAL PROSPERITY STORY says that an eternally growing economy benefits everyone. To grow the economy, we need wealthy people who can invest in enterprises that create jobs. Thus, we must support the wealthy by cutting their taxes and eliminating regulations that create barriers to accumulating wealth. We must also eliminate welfare programs in order to teach the poor the value of working hard at whatever wages the market offers.

THE IMPERIAL SECURITY STORY tells of a dangerous world, filled with criminals, terrorists, and enemies. The only way to insure our safety is through major expenditures on the military and the police to maintain order by physical force.

THE IMPERIAL MEANING STORY reinforces the other two, featuring a God who rewards righteousness with wealth and power and mandates that they rule over the poor who justly suffer divine punishment for their sins.

These stories all serve to alienate us from the community of life and deny the positive potentials of our nature, while affirming the legitimacy of economic inequality, the use of physical force to maintain imperial order, and the special righteousness of those in power.

It is not enough, as many in the United States are doing, to debate the details of tax and education policies, budgets, war, and trade agreements in search of a positive political agenda. Nor is it enough to craft slogans with broad mass appeal aimed at winning the next election or policy debate. We must infuse the mainstream culture with stories of Earth Community. As the stories of Empire nurture a culture of domination, the stories of Earth Community nurture a culture of partnership. They affirm the positive potentials of our human nature and show that realizing true prosperity, security, and meaning depends on creating vibrant, caring, interlinked communities that support all persons in realizing their full humanity. Sharing the joyful news of our human possibilities through word and action is perhaps the most important aspect of the Great Work of our time.

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Changing the prevailing stories in the United States may be easier to accomplish than we might think. The apparent political divisions notwithstanding, U.S. polling data reveal a startling degree of consensus on key issues. Eighty-three percent of Americans believe that as a society the United States is focused on the wrong priorities. Supermajorities want to see greater priority given to children, family, community, and a healthy environment. Americans also want a world that puts people ahead of profits, spiritual values ahead of financial values, and international cooperation ahead of international domination. These Earth Community values are in fact widely shared by both conservatives and liberals.

Our nation is on the wrong course not because Americans have the wrong values. It is on the wrong course because of remnant imperial institutions that give unaccountable power to a small alliance of right-wing extremists who call themselves conservative and claim to support family and community values, but whose preferred economic and social policies constitute a ruthless war against children, families, communities, and the environment.

The distinctive human capacity for reflection and intentional choice carries a corresponding moral responsibility to care for one another and the planet. Indeed, our deepest desire is to live in loving relationships with one another. The hunger for loving families and communities is a powerful, but latent, unifying force and the potential foundation of a winning political coalition dedicated to creating societies that support every person in actualizing his or her highest potential.

In these turbulent and often frightening times, it is important to remind ourselves that we are privileged to live at the most exciting moment in the whole of the human experience. We have the opportunity to turn away from Empire and to embrace Earth Community as a conscious collective choice. We are the ones we have been waiting for.


David Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network. This article draws from his newly released book, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. Go to www.yesmagazine.org/greatturning for book excerpts, related articles, David’s talks, and resources for action.

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Reposted from www.DavidKorten.org. This is an excerpt from The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.


Leading from Below

David C. Korten

Leadership for Earth Community emerges through processes of mutual empowerment that encourage every person to recognize and express their capacities for leadership on behalf of the whole. Almost inevitably, this leadership comes from outside the institutions of Empire—from the growing millions of people with the mature consciousness that enables them to envision the possibilities of this human moment and to accept responsibility for bringing those possibilities into being. In Earth Community, leadership roles evolve and rotate in response to the needs of the situation and the skills and circumstances of the participants.

Although the leadership styles of Earth Community may seem chaotic and diffuse to those accustomed to the dominator styles of Empire, they fit the pattern by which all healthy living systems self-organize. This pattern of self-organizing, distributed power gives contemporary social movements their distinctive vitality and makes them nearly impossible to suppress.

The Strategy

Global civil society is appropriately engaged on many fronts—a reflection of its diversity and the complexity of its task. Because its leadership is diffuse and self-organizing, it may seem odd to speak of strategy. Yet each act by each of its many leaders—and the convergent expression of those acts—reveal an implicit strategy, with four essential imperatives:

1. Accelerate the awakening of Cultural and Spiritual Consciousness. Empire’s fabricated culture creates a kind of trance. Awakening from that trance occurs one individual at a time, but each occurrence creates a new role model to inspire others. The greater the number of active role models, the more quickly the awakening spreads and the more easily the culturally liberated are able to find one another to break free from the powerlessness induced by isolation. We facilitate the processes of awakening through our individual engagement and dialogue with others, creating cross-cultural experiences, encouraging deep reflection on meaning and values, exposing the contradictions of Empire, and spreading awareness of unrealized human possibilities by changing the prevailing stories.

2. Resist Empire’s assault on children, families, community, and nature. This means resisting the institutions and agendas of Empire, demanding the repeal of unjust and undemocratic rules, and abolishing programs that serve Empire’s interests at the expense of community. The resistance can be assertive and may involve principled civil disobedience, but it must always adhere to the principles of nonviolence as practiced by Gandhi in India’s independence movement, Martin Luther King Jr. in the U.S. civil rights movement, and other nonviolent resistance movements—even in the face of violent police and military repression. The discipline of nonviolence underscores Earth Community’s moral authority, draws attention to the illegitimacy of Empire, and breaks the cycle of violence.

3. Form and connect communities of congruence. The creative potential of the world’s hundreds of millions of Cultural and Spiritual Creatives is being expressed through the formation of communities of congruence in which people develop the relationships, institutions, and authentic cultures of living societies. A community of congruence may be as simple as a local study group. It might be a farmers’ market, a school to develop inquiring minds, or a course on voluntary simplicity. It might be a socially responsible local business, a church congregation devoted to spiritual inquiry and community service, or a holistic health clinic. No matter how small or isolated such initiatives may originally be, each creates a protected space in which diversity, experimentation, and learning can flourish to create the building blocks of a new mainstream economy, politics, and culture. As communities of congruence grow and connect, they advance the process of liberation from the cultural trance of Empire and offer visible manifestations of the possibilities of Earth Community. Individually and collectively they become attractors of the life energy that Empire has co-opted—thus weakening Empire and strengthening Earth Community in an emergent process of displacement and eventual succession.

4. Build a majoritarian political base. As the base strengthens and the stories of Earth Community are refined, the next task is to build a majoritarian political base. This requires taking the culture of Earth Community mainstream through the many formal and informal communications channels beyond corporate control. As communities of congruence begin to tip the balance of the public culture in favor of Earth Community, the radical democratization of the formal institutions of economy, politics, and culture will follow.

These four strategic undertakings are sequential in that each prepares the way for the next. They are also simultaneous in that each is currently in play, developing at its own pace, and contributing to the birthing process. New initiatives are always in gestation as others are reaching maturity. Each expression flows from authentic values, advances the awakening of Cultural and Spiritual Consciousness, expands communities of congruence, and accelerates the redirection of life energy from Empire to Earth Community to add strength and vitality to the emerging whole and thereby redirect the human future. Metaphorically, the strategy might be thought of as a process of “walking away from the king,” because it centers not on confronting the authority of the king, but on walking away—withdrawing the legitimacy and the life energy on which the king’s power depends. Think of it as a conversation with the king along the following lines:

You have your game. It’s called Empire. It may work for you, but it doesn’t work for me. So I’m leaving to join with a few million others for whom the game of Empire isn’t working either. We are creating a new game with new rules based on the values and principles of Earth Community. You are welcome to join us as a fellow citizen if you are willing to share your power and wealth and to play by the new rules. This imaginary conversation is acted out through initiatives that turn away from Empire in each of the economic, political, and cultural spheres of public life.

Economic Turning

One of the most visible manifestations of global civil society is the popular resistance against corporate globalization and the institutional instruments by which globalization’s supporters are imposing their neoliberal policy agenda on the world. Less visible, but ultimately even more important are the many initiatives aimed at growing corporate-free economies that mimic healthy ecosystems. These initiatives range from “buy local” campaigns and efforts to rebuild local food systems based on independent family farms, to efforts to eliminate corporate subsidies, stop the intrusion of big-box stores, hold corporations accountable for harms committed, and reform corporate chartering. There are groups that encourage humane animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture, seek to abolish factory farms and ban genetically modified seeds, promote green business, introduce sustainable community-based forestry-management practices, and work to roll back the use of toxic chemicals. Other groups are working to strengthen the protection of worker rights, raise the minimum wage, advance worker ownership, increase socially responsible investing, and promote other fiscal and regulatory measures that improve economic justice and encourage environmental responsibility.

In the United States, one national initiative with which I have a close association is the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), an alliance of local groups across the United States and Canada committed to the vision of a planetary system of local living economies free from the pathologies of absentee ownership. BALLE chapters support local businesses in growing webs of economic relationships among themselves, raising consumers’ awareness of the implications of their shopping choices, and working with local governments to write rules that favor the locally owned businesses essential to prosperous and vibrant community life. Where local production is not practical, BALLE chapters promote trading relationships between local-economy enterprises in different localities and countries.

Innovative graduate business schools, such as the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, are creating curricula geared to preparing managers for a new economy whose defining goals are social and environmental health. Co-op America supports the marketing efforts of independent green businesses. The American Independent Business Alliance and the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance help communities develop policy frameworks supportive of local independent businesses. These are only a few of many organizations dedicated to supporting the emergence of locally rooted, life-serving economies in the United States.

Similar initiatives grounded in Earth Community values are taking root most everywhere in the world. As newly liberated economic spaces connect, they may bring forth larger unifying institutional structures, such as cooperative buying and branding groups, but they remain always rooted in and controlled by communities of place. Each such expansion provides people with more choices of where to shop, work, and invest, thereby allowing them to reclaim for their communities more of the life energy that global corporations drain away.

Such efforts might seem futile if not for the fact that community-rooted, humanscale, values-based, independent businesses constitute by far the majority of all businesses, provide most of the jobs, create nearly all new jobs, and serve as the primary source of technological innovation. They include businesses of all sorts, from bookstores to bakeries, land trusts, manufacturing facilities, software developers, organic farms, farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture initiatives, restaurants specializing in locally grown organic produce, worker co-ops, community banks, suppliers of fair-traded coffee, independent media outlets, and many more.

Political Turning

Other citizen initiatives are democratizing the structures of government, promoting more active citizen participation in political life, opening the political process to a greater diversity of voices and parties, and shifting public priorities in favor of people, families, communities, and the planet. They are lobbying governments on a host of economic, social, and environmental issues ranging from international trade rules to local building codes that need revising to encourage green construction. Many follow a strategy of building momentum from the bottom up, working with local governments on initiatives in support of living wage rules, corporate accountability, and preferential treatment for local independent enterprises. Even advances on global issues like peace and global warming are beginning with local initiatives, including those begun by local governments and politicians.

In the United States, for example, while the Bush II regime in Washington continued to deny the reality of climate change, some three hundred mayors of major U.S. cities met in June 2005, in Chicago, not to debate whether climate change was an important issue, but rather to share ideas on what they should be doing about it. These discussions led to a unanimous endorsement of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, calling on all cities to take climate change seriously and to commit to reducing global-warming emissions to 93 percent of 1990 levels by 2012. It further called for decisive federal action.

Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, who initiated the Climate Protection Agreement, got climate-change religion during the winter of 2003–4, when an absence of the traditional snow pack on the Cascade Mountains resulted in a cancellation of the ski season and created a serious threat of water and power shortages for the city the following summer. Another signatory, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, pointed out that another foot of water in the ocean and New Orleans would be gone. A little more than two months later, on August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and flooded 80 percent of the city in one of the worst disasters in U.S. history.

The climate-change initiative is only one example of what some pundits are noting as an important trend in the United States. Frustrated by the failure of national politicians to deal with impending economic, social, and environmental collapse, the elected officials of U.S. cities are stepping in to lead from below. It is in the cities where the realities of homelessness, poverty, violence, decaying schools, droughts, floods, and industries battered by “free” trade agreements are felt most acutely. This creates the impetus for urban politicians to emerge on the cutting edge of a progressive problemsolving politics.7 Not only are the imperatives clearer to local political leaders, but they can also break the grip of big money and media spin more easily than national political leaders can. Urban politicians are learning to work with neighborhood networks to counter the smear campaigns organized by big-money interests against innovative programs in child care, affordable housing, recycling, and open-space preservation. Some of the most interesting and ambitious projects involve alliances among grassroots citizen groups, local governments, and national office holders to put forward visionary Earth Community initiatives even in the face of seemingly overwhelming resistance from the ruling imperial establishment. Two examples from the United States are the Apollo Alliance, which promotes a sustainable and clean energy economy, and the Peace Alliance, which advocates creating a U.S. cabinet-level Department of Peace devoted to advancing peace both domestically and internationally.

Cultural Turning

There is evidence of an emergent global cultural turning associated with the widespread awakening of the Cultural and Spiritual orders of consciousness. As discussed in part I, the awakening is a consequence of increasing cross-cultural experience, the influence of progressive social movements, and exposure to the realities of global interdependence and the fragility of a finite global ecosystem.

It is this awakening that makes the Great Turning possible. It finds popular expression in the many economic and political initiatives mentioned above. It also finds expression in more distinctively cultural initiatives aimed at rebuilding families and communities through such activities as co-housing and eco-village projects, the creation of safe, vibrant public spaces, the voluntary simplicity movement, and programs in intercultural exchange, media awareness, and educational enrichment. Most particularly, however, the cultural turning is gaining momentum from a number of global turnings that bring new leadership to the fore and accelerate cultural and spiritual awakening. The following are of particular note:

ï Indigenous peoples whom Empire and modernity have ruthlessly decimated and marginalized are reclaiming their traditions and identities and reaching out to share their understanding of the human connections to the sacred Earth. Respectful exchange between indigenous peoples and those peoples whom modernity has alienated from the ways of life may prove to be an especially powerful driver of cultural and spiritual awakening.

ï Growth in the percentage of elders in the population due to falling fertility rates and increasing life spans contributes to a rise in the percentage of the population that has achieved the maturity of a Cultural or Spiritual Consciousness. There is growing interest in the potential benefits of elders making their experience and wisdom available to the larger society through their continued active engagement, particularly as teachers and mentors.

ï Immigration is shifting the racial mix of the northern nations that have been the centers of white power and global domination. The unwillingness of immigrants to remain confined to the role of a racially defined servant class is a source of increasing social tension, but it provides a much needed challenge to white power hegemony and creates a demand for intercultural exchanges that are driving cultural awakening, particularly among the young.

ï Perhaps the most significant single contribution to the cultural turning of the past fifty years has been a spreading rejection by women of Empire’s definition of their social roles. Indeed, the re-ascendance of women may be one of the most significant human social developments of the past five thousand years.


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Monday, December 25th, 2006

 From the SynEARTH Archives.


Happy Jesus of Nazareth Day!

Go Be Reconciled With Thy Brother


The Golden Rule

Timothy Wilken, MD

Edward Haskell, a pioneer of synergic science, explained:

“The first formulation of the MORAL LAW for a non-human “kingdom” of Universe was Dimitri Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic Law in 1869. “The properties of the chemical elements are functions of their atomic weights.”

“What Mendeleev’s discovery states for Atoms is that “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” where “reaping” is the properties of the chemical elements and “sowing” is the co-Action between the atom’s two components ≠ its vast, light, electron cloud, and its tiny, massive nucleus.”

Haskell’s analysis of the Atomic elements showed that these two components ≠ the electron cloud and the massive nucleus related in only three ways ≠ positive, neutral, or negative. Haskell called this the Moral Law of Unified Science.

For humans, the earliest formulation of the Moral Law of Unified Science appeared 3500 years ago as the doctrine of karma.

“Hinduism began in India about 1500 BC. The belief in rebirth, or samsara, as a potentially endless series of worldly existences in which every being is caught up was associated with the doctrine of karma (Sanskrit: karman; literally “act,” or “deed”). According to the doctrine of karma, good conduct brings a pleasant and happy result and creates a tendency toward similar good acts, while bad conduct brings an evil result and creates a tendency toward repeated evil actions. This furnishes the basic context for the moral life of the individual.”

The doctrine of karma was accepted by Buddha ~500 BC and is incorporated in modern Buddhism today. It appeared in western thought ~300 BC, in the Old Testament of the Bible as the phrase: 

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

Two thousand years ago Jesus of Nazareth stated this law this way:

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.“

Recall Universe is now understood to be process. Reality is a happening. Many things are going on all at once. Living systems ≠the plants, animals, and we humans all live within the EVENT paradigm. Buckminster Fuller defined an event to be a triad of related phenomena≠ action, reaction, resultant.

The dynamics of all behavior can be understood using these three concepts. Fuller discovered for every action there is a reaction, and a precessional resultant.

I can decide on an action. I can then implement my action. The environment including all life forms react to my action, the vector sum of the two (my action and the world’s reaction) produce a resultant. I act, the rest of the world reacts, and when it all settles down the change made by the interaction of the action and reaction is the resultant.

Now reformulating Haskell’s The Moral Law of Unified Science to include Fuller’s Principle of Action≠-Reaction≠-Resultant, we get:

Adversary action tends to provoke adversary reaction ending in an adversary resultant.

Neutral action tends to provoke neutral reaction ending in a neutral resultant.

And synergic action tends to provoke synergic reaction ending in a synergic resultant.

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

We humans have three choices. We can sow adversary actions and reap adversary resultants. We can sow neutral actions and reap neutral resultants. Or we can sow synergic actions and reap synergic resultants.

The First Synergic Scientist

The first formulation of the synergic corollary of the Moral Law of Unified Science was:

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

This formulation is credited to Jesus of Nazareth who intuitively discovered the synergic way 2000 years ago. He gave us the rules for synergic relationship in his sermon on the mount.

 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Ö Go be reconciled with thy brother.”

But, can we modern humans do this? Can North American whites love the South American browns? Can the Jews love the Arabs? Can the Northern Irish love the English? Can the Bosnians love the Serbs? Can the South African whites love the South African blacks?

Are we humans better able to love today? Have we learned enough in 2000 years—“To reconcile with our brother”?

Jesus of Nazareth may have been the first human to embrace synergy. His words seem to capture the very essence of synergic morality. Synergic morality is more than not hurting other, it requires helping other. Jesus was the first human to state the fundamental law of synergic relationship. It is known as the Golden Rule:

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law.”

What would you have others do to you? The best one word answer I can find for this question is help. “Help others as you would have them help you.” Synergic morality is helping.

Andrew J. Galambos, in his lectures describing Moral Capitalism, often quoted the negative version of the Golden Rule:

“Do not do to others what you would have them not do to you.”

What would you have others not do to you?

Here the best one word answer is hurt. “Do not hurt others as you would have them not hurt you.”

The negative version of the Golden Rule is true and correct as far as it goes. In fact, it is the underlying premise for the Neutral Morality found in the western world today. But, Synergic Morality requires more of us than simply not hurting. It requires more of us than simply ignoring others. It requires us to help others ≠ to help each other.

Jesus of Nazareth understood this on the deepest of levels. He called for more than a prohibition against hurting others. He asked all humans to help each other.

Synergic Morality is more than the absence of hurting. It is the presence of helping. Synergic Morality rests then on the premise≠ that when you help others, you will find yourself helped in return.

So whether you believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ foretold in the Old Testament, or just a man, his words bring wisdom to all of humanity.


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Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

An excerpt from: KNOWING: Understanding Human Intelligence



The Intelligent Response

Timothy Wilken, MD


The most powerful human emotion is called calmness. Most people do not think of calmness as an emotion, it is more often described as the lack of emotion.

But, calmness is the most empowering emotion that humans can experience. Calm is the emotion you feel when you do a very effective relaxation exercise and achieve the relaxation response. Calm is the emotion you feel when you do not have a care in the world, and are at peace with yourself and those around you. For some humans the stress of their lives is so high they may be unfamiliar with this emotion. But it is an emotion available to all humans, easy to learn with a little practice.

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Why is calmness the most powerful emotion for humans? When I am calm, I can think well. When I am calm, I have full access to the higher modes of thinking of both my space-mind and my time-mind. When I am calm, I can best solve my problems. When I am calm, I have access to 100% of my intelligence.

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Intelligence is different from knowing. Intelligence is the mechanism for processing incoming information. Intelligence is the hardware. Knowing is the software. And when you are deeply calm you are 100% intelligent.

An individual who has mastered calmness knows that all internal thinking is symbolic. If my body responds to every thought of danger let alone every real danger, then I will truly come to know the meaning of the sentence: “The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man only one.”

CALMNESS—def—> The ability to process information without physiological response. The ability to process threatening information without triggering the fight or flight response.


Today most of us die a thousand deaths. When we imagine our problems and stresses, our bodies tense and strain. When we think of danger, we feel afraid. When we think of hurt, we feel anger. These feelings of anger and fear are just our internal sensings of our bodies as they prepare to fight or flee. But when our bodies prepare to fight and flee, they shut down vital systems.

If these systems are shut down for more than a few moments, we shorten our lives and become sick. In a world of chronically frighted and chronically angered individuals, all our lives are shortened, and all of us are sick. In our modern world, calmness is a survival skill. Calmness is the ability to think of danger and hurt without feeling fear or anger.

Humans have the ability to learn, practice, and master calmness. This is the only way to master the space-mind. Methods include Relaxation Training, Meditation, Yoga, Biofeedback Training, and Rational Behavioral Therapy.

The space-mind is not a bad. Besides survival it is responsible for most of our creativity and the thinking that produces WISDOM. The attenuation of human intelligence occurs when the mind-body declares a survival emergency. The space-mind drops into the SURVIVE mode of thinking and it assumes full control. This shift occurs automatically anytime the amygdala is triggered, or the body releases the adversary hormones. That is unless you train yourself differently.

When modern humans feel angry or afraid, their space-minds become large liabilities. When modern humans feel calm, their space-minds are creative, innovative, and powerful processors that serve them well. Thus the only rational choice for modern humans is to learn to control our space-minds. We must learn to withhold activation of the SURVIVE mode of thinking, unless we are confronted by a physical threat where fighting or flighting is both rational and adaptive. Today, nearly all humans waste a great deal of their time, energy, and life being reactive, when fighting or flighting is both irrational, and maladaptive.

Today, anger and fear are commonly perceived to be completely natural. Our casual acceptance of these emotions as normal does us great disservice. Nine-nine percent of living humans are unaware that they have the choice to limit those obsolete emotions and their resultant irrational and maladaptive behaviors, by simply taking the time to master calmness.

Turn off the SURVIVE mode?
When students of dual-mind psychodynamics first learn of the intelligence attenuation caused by anger and fear, they often ask, “Can we turn off the SURVIVE mode?”

The one word answer is NO, nothing is more important to a living organism than survival. Remember the space-mind is a combination of the right neocortex and the limbic system. As Daniel Goleman explained,  during survival emergencies, the more primitive limbic system hijacks the neocortex—hijacks both the time-mind and the space-mind.

The SURVIVE mode does not understand the time-mind, and analysis and opinions are irrelevant. The SURVIVE mode may suppress the time-mind completely. Often in a rage humans lose even their ability to speak. They may swear but that is simply the space-mind making noise with its highly emotional vocabulary.

While the SURVIVE mode more dramatically attenuates the time-mind, it also attenuates the space-mind. The space-mind’s right neocortex is limited and dominated by the SURVIVE mode as well. We lose our ability to see multiple points of view, and many of our more complex physical skills are lost as well. We often don’t RECOGNIZE, the more subtle patterns in our environment, and our repertoire of ACTIONs are also severely restricted. This is why our effective intelligence drops to a fraction of its normal range.

The SURVIVE mode does not allow any interference, or distractions while it is handling a fight or flight emergency. Once the body comes under the influence of the amygdala and the adversary hormones of adrenalin and noradrenalin, the SURVIVE mode assumes total authority in what it assumes is a life and death situation.

Prevention is the Only Cure
You are probably familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s advise that, “An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In the case of limiting the effects of the SURVIVE mode on effective intelligence, “Prevention is the ONLY cure.”

We humans can learn to think more carefully, and to condition our emotional responses to threat. This will allow us to effectively prevent the SURVIVE mode from engaging. Step one is to master calmness.

Intelligent Response

In clear distinction to the anger and fear emotions of the fight or flight response, when you achieve the emotion calmness, you are preparing to think well. I call this the intelligent response.

Humans adapt by thinking, and then choosing intelligent ACTION. For us, maximizing our intelligence will best prepare us to adapt successfully to our stressors—these include the physical, biological, and especially the social stressors.

The emotion calmness produces the following profound and beneficial effects:

* Lowers our Blood Pressure.
* Reduces our Heart Rate.
* Turns on our Immune and GI Systems.
* Enhances cellular repair and healing.
* Optimizes our dual-mind Intelligence.

When we are calm, we can think well. When we are calm, we can solve almost any problem. For humans anger and fear rarely help us solve our problems. Preparing to fight or flight is very rarely useful in dealing with other humans who are angry or afraid. Almost always, we will do better with calmness and intelligence.

Many Paths to Calmness
There are many paths to calmness. In a moment, I will present an example of a deeply physically relaxing and emotionally calming exercise that has worked well for me, as well as for many of my patients and students. But before I present that specific example, you are encouraged to read about and explore the many different pathways to physical relaxation and emotional calmness.

Progressive Muscular Relaxation—To start, stretch your muscles and joints, move them around, and shake out the tension. Then, tense your muscles for a few seconds and then slowly release this tension while feeling the warm and heavy sensation that occurs when you relax. Start with the muscles in your toes and work slowly up to the top of your head. First tensing and then relaxing all the muscles in your your body.

Breathing Exercise—Breathe slowly and deeply, using the abdominal muscles (not the chest muscles) to move the air in and out. Even one slow breath in which you breathe in, hold for 2-3 seconds, and then exhale slowly (about 5 seconds) can steady the nerves and refocus attention. Focus your attention on your breathing, especially each time you breathe out. Say the same word or short phrase once each time you exhale (such as the word “one” or “relax”), over and over, while passively letting all other thoughts drift out of your mind.

Guided Imagery—Pleasant or relaxing images can serve to physically relax the body and calm the dual-mind. By controlling breathing and visualizing a soothing image, a state of deep relaxation can occur. This method can be learned by anyone and is relatively easy to begin. Imagine yourself in a relaxing situation. Pick your own relaxing situation, then imagine it with every sense of your body—imagine the colors, shapes, textures, sounds, smells, temperature, and touch of it. Imagery has also been used in addition to conventional therapy in the treatment of cancer and other conditions, in which a patient visualizes disease states being healed or driven out of the body by the immune system.

Meditation Techniques—Ranging from practices associated with specific religions or beliefs to methods focusing purely on physical relaxation, meditation is one of the most popular techniques to achieve physical and mental relaxation. There are literally thousands of different types of meditation, and many can be learned on your own. The meditative state is one in which there is a deep centering and focusing upon the core of one’s being; there is a quieting of the mind, emotions, and body. The meditative state can be achieved through structured (as in the daily practice of a routine) or unstructured (for example, while being alone outdoors) activities. While teachers of meditative arts are readily available, some techniques can be learned though books or online tutorials.

Autogenic Training—Developed in the early 20th century, this technique is based upon passive concentration and awareness of body sensations. Through repetition of so-called autogenic “formulas” one focuses upon different sensations, such as warmth or heaviness, in different regions of the body. Such focus produces physical relaxation and emotional calmness.

Biofeedback—Developed in the early 1960s, this method is accomplished through the use of monitoring equipment that provides feedback as to the internal state of the body’s physiology. For example, instruments can be used to measure muscular tension, skin temperature, galvanic skin response, heart rate, blood pressure, brain activity, stomach acidity, muscle tension, or other parameters while persons experiment with postural changes, breathing techniques, or thinking patterns that effect the physical body.

By receiving and experimenting with this feedback, one can learn to identify the processes that achieve the desired result, such as reduction in muscular tension, increase in skin temperature, reduction in heart rate and blood pressure, etc.—all associated with calmness and deep relaxation. Thus biofeedback allows humans to train their autonomic nervous system to react to stress with physical relaxation and emotional calmness.

Yoga—With over five thousand years of written documentation, Yoga may well be the oldest self-improvement system that ever existed. There are many different types of Yoga, but all of them contribute to mankind’s self-improvement. Most styles of Yoga tie the physical postures, proper breathing, and focused concentration, together, in one single session. The result almost always includes physical relaxation and emotional calmness. By constant bonding of mind and body, Yoga creates inner harmony that gives the Yoga student an advantage in productivity, organizational skills, creativity, and self-preservation.

Other pathways not described include: Massage, Auto-suggestion, Hypnosis, Chanting, Tai Chi, etc., etc., etc.. It is important to remember that there is no ONE right pathway to physical relaxation and emotional calmness. It is not important to choose one or the other. It is essential that you choose a pathway, and practice it daily, until you have obtained mastery. We all have the ability to anger instantly, we must acquire the ability to calm instantly.

Learning the Intelligent Response

Performing the following exercise once a day for even a few weeks can enable mastery of calmness. This particular exercise is a blend of a breathing exercise, progressive muscular relaxation, autogenic training, guided imagery, and self-hypnosis. When you are ready to perform this exercise, choose a time when you will be undisturbed for 30 minutes. Begin by making a printout of this exercise so you have a written copy. As you slowly read through the exercise, pause and perform each instruction as you read it. Go at your own pace, and then mark your place with your fingertip as you read and move through the exercise so you will always know where you are. There are no hard rules in mastering relaxation. You can go a little slower or a little faster as you like. It really doesn’t matter. You can pause to focus on any instruction. You can repeat any instruction once, twice or three times. It really doesn’t matter. Your goal is profound physical relaxation and deep emotional calmness. You will know you are being successful when you feel the muscles of your body relaxing, and when you feel deeply calm. If any part of the exercise seems not to be working slow down and repeat the instruction. Ö  When you are ready, begin.

ïGet comfortable

Find a comfortable position. You may sit, or lie down as you prefer. Take your time getting comfortable. Move your body until you find the best position. There is lots of time. When you are physically comfortable move on.

ïCalm your breathing:

Take a deep breath,
Hold it for a moment, comfortably, then,
Let it all the way out.

When you are ready, take another deep breath.
Hold it a little longer, when you are ready,
Let it out slowly, thinking:

“I am completely calm. I am completely relaxed.”

(repeat as desired)


Focus on your breathing Ö 

Cool fresh air, coming in, bringing energy with each breath Ö 
Warmed used air, going out, carrying away tensions and stresses Ö 

In Ö 
Out Ö 

In Ö 
Out Ö 

In Ö 
Out Ö 

Cool fresh air, coming in, bringing energy with each breath Ö 
Warmed used air, going out, carrying away tensions and stresses Ö 

(repeat as desired)



As you breathe allow your body to become calm and at peace. Notice how your body moves as you breathe.

Your abdomen rises and falls, like a boat floating on a calm sea Ö 

Rises Ö 
Falls Ö 

Rises Ö 
Falls Ö 

Rises Ö 
Falls Ö 

Rising and falling like a boat floating on a calm sea.

(repeat as desired)



Take a deep breath.
Hold it as long as you can, comfortably, then
Slowly let it all the way out, thinking:

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”

Take a deep breath.
Hold it as long as you can, comfortably, then
Slowly let it all the way out, thinking:

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”

(repeat as desired)



ïRelax your body

Take extra time to relax any area of your body that is uncomfortable.You should slow the exercise whenever you encounter any area of your body that is ill or injured. When focusing on your extremities, you can begin by doing the right side, and then repeat for the left side, or you do both sides at the same time. It really doesn’t matter. Focus on your body. Begin at your toes and move upwards.

I relax my toes. I relax the muscles of my toes. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my toes.

I relax my feet. I relax the muscles of my feet. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my feet.

I relax my ankles. I relax the muscles of my ankles. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my ankles.

I relax my legs. I relax the muscles of my legs. My shins. My calves. All parts of my legs. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my legs.

I relax my knees. I relax the muscles around my knees. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my knees.

I relax my upper legs, my thighs, front and back. I relax the muscles of my hips. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my upper legs.

(repeat as desired)



I relax my sex. I relax the muscles of my sex. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my sex.

I relax my abdomen. I relax the muscles of my abdomen. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my abdomen. I relax the internal organs of my abdomen. I relax my stomach, my intestine , my colon, my liver and spleen. I relax my kidneys and bladder, and all the organs of my abdomen. I relax deeply.

(repeat as desired)


I relax my lower back , my buttocks, my tail bone. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my back.

I relax my middle back. I relax the muscles of my mid back. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my back.

I relax my upper back. Between my shoulder blades. My lower neck and the muscles of my shoulders. I relax the muscles of my upper back. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my back.

(repeat as desired)

I relax my chest. I relax the muscles of my chest. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax the internal organs of my chest. I relax my heart. Imagining as it beats regularly and strong. I relax my lungs. Imagining as they breathe fully and comfortably. Take a deep breath. Hold it as long as you can comfortably, then let it all the way out. Thinking I am completely calm. I am completely relaxed.

(repeat as desired)



I relax my shoulders and my upper arms, my biceps and triceps. I relax the muscles of my upper arms. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my shoulders and upper arms.

I relax my elbows. I relax the muscles about my elbows. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my elbows.

I relax my forearms and wrists. I relax the muscles of my forearms and wrists. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my forearms and wrists.

I relax my hands and fingers. I relax the muscles of my hands and fingers. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my hands and fingers.

I relax from the tips of my fingers to the depth of my shoulders.

(repeat as desired)



I relax neck and head. I relax the the muscles of my neck and head. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my neck and head.

I relax my face, my eyes, my forehead, my nose and nasal passages, I relax my mouth, my lips, and my tongue. I relax all the muscles of my face. I imagine the muscles as they stretch and relax as they become soft and supple. I relax my face.

(repeat as desired)



Now search your entire body for any knots of tension or areas of incomplete relaxation. when you find them simply let them go. As you let the tensions go, think:

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”

Take a deep breath.
Hold it as long as you can, comfortably, then
Slowly let it all the way out, thinking:

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”
Take a deep breath.
Hold it as long as you can, comfortably, then
Slowly let it all the way out, thinking:

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”

(repeat as desired)



ïDeepening my relaxation with the feeling of heaviness

I focus on my right arm. My right arm grows heavy. So very heavy. My right arm feels more and more heavy as if my arm was made of lead. As my arm grows heavy I relax deeply.

I focus on my left arm. My left arm grows heavy. So very heavy. My left arm feels more and more heavy as if my arm was made of lead. As my arm grows heavy I relax deeply.

I focus on my right leg. My right leg grows heavy. So very heavy. My right leg feels more and more heavy as if my leg was made of lead. As my leg grows heavy I relax deeply.

I focus on my left leg. My left leg grows heavy. So very heavy. My left leg feels more and more heavy as if my leg was made of lead. As my leg grows heavy I relax deeply.

I focus on my body. My body grows heavy. So very heavy. My body feels more and more heavy as if my body were made of lead. As my body grows heavy I relax deeply.

I am feeling heavy, so very very heavy. I am feeling calm, so very very calm. I am feeling  relaxed, so very very relaxed.

(repeat as desired)



ïDeepening my relaxation with the feeling of warmth

I focus on my right arm. My right arm grows warm. So very warm. My right arm feels more and more warm as if my arm was resting in the warm sunshine. As my arm grows warm I relax deeply.

I focus on my left arm. My left arm grows warm. So very warm. My left arm feels more and more warm as if my arm was was resting in the warm sunshine. As my arm grows warm I relax deeply.

I focus on my right leg. My right leg grows warm. So very warm. My right leg feels more and more warm as if my leg was resting in the warm sunshine. As my leg grows warm I relax deeply.

I focus on my left leg. My left leg grows warm. So very warm. My left leg feels more and more warm as if my leg was resting in the warm sunshine. As my leg grows warm I relax deeply.

I focus on my body. My body grows warm. So very warm. My body feels more and more warm as if my body was resting in the warm sunshine. As my body grows warm I relax deeply.

I am feeling warm, so very very warm. I am feeling calm, so very very calm. I am feeling relaxed, so very very relaxed.

(repeat as desired)



ïAnchoring your feeling of calmness

Now that you are feeling calm and relaxed, you want to anchor this feeling of calmness to a physical sensation that you can use to instantly recall this feeling when you are stressed. One anchor that is often used is to grip your left wrist with your right hand and squeeze strongly. You may use your left hand to squeeze your right wrist if you prefer, or create your own personal anchor if you like. It really doesn’t matter.

Take a deep breath. Hold it as long as you can comfortably. Let it out slowly thinking.

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”

Take a deep breath. Apply your anchor. Grip your wrist tightly and squeeze. Now focus on the sensation of your anchor thinking:

“Whenever I feel my anchor, I will feel completely calm and relaxed. When I am calm, I am strong.”
Continue to focus on the sensation of your anchor. Take a deep breath. Hold it as long as you can comfortably. Let it out slowly thinking.

“When I am calm, I am strong. When I am calm , I can solve any problem.”

Take a deep breath. Hold it as long as you can comfortably. Let it out slowly thinking.

“I am completely calm. I feel deeply relaxed as if there’s lots of time.”

Apply your anchor. Now focus on the sensation of your anchor thinking:

“Whenever I feel my anchor, I will feel calm and completely relaxed. When I am calm, I am strong.”

Continue to focus on the sensation of your anchor. Take a deep breath. Hold it as long as you can comfortably. Let it out slowly thinking.

“When I am calm, I am strong. When I am calm, I can solve any problem.”

In the future, whenever I am confronted with any stressor, any difficult situation, I will remember the power of calmness. I will apply my anchor and feel instantly calm. I will feel instantly relaxed. I will always remember:

“When I am calm, I am strong. When I am calm, I can solve any problem.”

Take a deep breath. Hold it as long as you can comfortably. Let it out slowly thinking:

“When I am calm, I am strong. When I am calm, I can solve any problem.”

(repeat as desired)



ï Rehearsing for future stressors

Now imagine some real problem that is going on in your life today. But as you imagine this problem feel calm and relaxed while thinking:

“Anger will not help me, fear will not help me. Only calmness can help me. I will be calm and strong.”
Take a deep breath. Hold it comfortably. When you are ready exhale thinking:

“When I am calm, I can think clearly. When I am calm, I can think well. When I am calm, I am fully intelligent.”

As the images and thoughts about your problem come into your mind simply watch them from this detached perspective of calmness and deep relaxation. Imagine yourself dealing with the stress in your life in a calm and relaxed way. See yourself solving your problems in calmness by thinking well by thinking clearly.

Continue this exercise a few moments as you like…..always thinking:

“With the mastery of calmness, I can neutralize any stressor and solve any problem.”

(repeat as desired)



ïReturning to normal consciousness

Now prepare to return to normal consciousness. Imagine a cool wind blowing across your forehead. As you feel the coolness, think:

“My forehead is pleasantly cool. I feel a pleasant sensation of coolness on my forehead.”

Now imagine your body is growing lighter. Imagine your body is filling with energy. Very slowly take a deep breath. As your body fills with air think:

“I feel cool and pleasant. My body is growing lighter. My body is filling with energy.”

And now slowly return your thoughts to the external surroundings, the present place, the present time. Begin to move your toes,…. contract your fingers,….  contract and relax your facial muscles,…. swallow your saliva,…. clench your fists and stretch your arms and legs,…. inhale and exhale deeply,….

slowly open your eyes,…. look around and notice your surroundings,….remain quiet for a few moments…..



You can continue to practice this exercise from your written copy. Alternative ways of accomplishing this exercise include: 1) have someone else read the exercise for you, 2) reading this exercise into an audio recording device, and then playing the audio recording as you relax. If you decide to make a recording, you will want to practice the exercise a few times by reading it aloud. This will give the sense of pace that will work best when you make your audio recording.

In some ways using a printed copy is best. It allows you to modify the exercise at will. You can stop to focus, or repeat as you need. Very soon you will have memorized all the words anyway. Then you can do your practice from memory.

However, it is OK to do the exercise in anyway that suits you. It really doesn’t matter. You may also mix and match the different techniques. You may like to buy some ready made relaxation tapes or CDs. You might like to take a stress management class. Or, sign up for Yoga. It may be of great benefit to see a psychologist for a few sessions of relaxation training, or to work with a biofeedback therapist for awhile. All paths that lead to profound physical relaxation and deep calmness will enable the intelligent response. Practice makes perfect.

Mastery of calmness is the most powerful skill you can acquire. It is both life changing and life enabling.

I strongly recommend practicing once or twice daily for the first eight weeks, then at least once every other day for another six months. At that point you will be an expert. You will be able to calm and relax yourself instantly at will. With practice calmness will have become second nature. Never hesitate to calm and relax yourself. And, just as importantly never hesitate to share this Knowing with other humans. You can give no greater gift than the mastery of calmness.

With the mastery of calmness, you are conditioning your body to react to threat with the intelligent response rather than the maladaptive fight or flight response.



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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Some food for thought from the SynEARTH Archives.


This Momentous Day

In Dean Koontz’s novel From the Corner of His Eye, the character Reverend Harrison White tells us, “Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil.”

Reverend White is telling us that each day is a momentous day since all actions have consequence. Today, I can choose to act kindly or not. But my actions will “reverberate across great distances and spans of time”.

Synergic scientist Edward Haskell called this truth, so beautifully stated by Koontz, the Moral Law of Unified Science. For humans, the earliest formulation of the Moral Law of Unified Science appeared 3500 years ago as the doctrine of karma.

“Hinduism began in India about 1500 BC. The belief in rebirth, or samsara, as a potentially endless series of worldly existences in which every being is caught up was associated with the doctrine of karma (Sanskrit: karman; literally “act,” or “deed”). According to the doctrine of karma, good conduct brings a pleasant and happy result and creates a tendency toward similar good acts, while bad conduct brings an evil result and creates a tendency toward repeated evil actions. This furnishes the basic context for the moral life of the individual.”

The doctrine of karma was accepted by Buddha ~500 BC and is incorporated in modern Buddhism today. It appeared in western thought ~300 BC, in the Old Testament of the Bible as the phrase: “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

“The first formulation of the MORAL LAW for a non-human “kingdom” of Universe was Dimitri I. Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic Law in 1869. “The properties of the chemical elements are functions of their atomic weights.”

“What Mendeleev’s discovery states for Atoms is that “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” where “reaping” is the properties of the chemical elements and “sowing” is the co-Action between the atom’s two components – its vast, light, electron cloud, and its tiny, massive nucleus.”

Haskell’s analysis of the Atomic elements showed that these two components – the electron cloud and the massive nucleus related in only three ways – positive, neutral, or negative.

Today, we know that the Moral Law of Unified Science applys to humans just as it does to the electron and nucleus. We humans have three choices. We can sow adversary actions and reap adversary resultants. We can sow neutral actions and reap neutral resultants. Or we can sow synergic actions and reap synergic resultants.

So, I will choose to act kindly on this momentous day.

Timothy Wilken

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Reposted from Live Science.


Money = Selfish

Jeanna Bryner

Just the mere thought of money can turn a person selfish, so that he helps others less often and prefers to play alone, a new study shows.

In a series of nine experiments, researchers found that money enhanced people’s motivation to achieve their own goals and degraded their behavior toward others. The concept of money, they suggest, makes a person feel more self-sufficient and thus more apt to stand alone.

The scientists said the study had nothing to do with making a person feel wealthy. When real or fake money, or even a photo of cash, was placed in sight of participants, they became selfish.

The results could explain why the topic of money can be so detrimental to a couple’s lasting bond.

“In our experiments, the people who are reminded of money really worked hard toward their own goals. But that might not be conducive to a good interpersonal relationship,” said study leader Kathleen Vohs of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Staged scenes

The scientists split 50 undergraduate students into two groups. One was primed with the concept of money; other served as a control and was not primed.  A few methods were used to get the participants thinking about money: In some experiments, a stack of play Monopoly money was within a subject’s peripheral view, or a subject would unscramble word phrases dealing with money, while in others a participant would sit in front of a computer screensaver showing pictures of floating money.

The subjects were unaware the money was even a part of the experiments as they filled out unrelated questionnaires.

Then scientists gave the subjects a challenging problem to solve with the experimenter letting them know he was available for help if needed. Sure enough, the money subjects persisted much longer before asking for help.

In one test, a participant sat in a lab filling out a questionnaire when a supposed student walked into the room and said, “Can you come over here and help me?” She explained that she was an undergraduate student and needed help coding data sheets, each of which would take five minutes. Some of the participants didn’t help at all, Vohs said. The control group volunteered an average of 42.5 minutes of their time, whereas the money group gave about 25 minutes.

Another experiment gave participants the opportunity to lend a helping hand in a situation requiring no skills. In a staged accident, a random person walked through a room where a participant sat filling out a questionnaire, and spilled a bunch of pencils. The money participants picked up far fewer pencils than the controls.

Stand alone

To understand how money affects interpersonal relationships, the scientists told each participant they would have a conversation to acquaint themselves with another participant. While the experimenter went to retrieve the other subject, the participant was to set up two chairs for the engagement. The subjects in the money group put more physical distance between themselves and new acquaintances compared with control subjects.

When choosing between two activities—such as an in-home catered dinner versus four personal cooking lessons—the money-primed subjects chose individually focused activities more often. And when given the option of working with another participant or working alone on an advertising project, fewer money subjects chose teamwork.

The results, detailed in Nov. 17 issue of the journal Science, showed no differences in terms of socioeconomic status or gender.

Money message

A take-home message, Vohs explained, is that “cooperation really goes down the drain when money is an issue.”

For business managers, this could translate into keeping the idea of money in the background.

“In a lot of businesses, we train our MBA’s to work in teams,” Vohs said. “If the team has a sales goal, then to the extent that money is really a big topic to that team, you’re likely to see that cooperation is going to be reduced.”

And for couples who want to work as a team, she said, taking money out of the equation can only help.


Maybe it’s time to move beyond money?

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

The following is the Introduction for a new book on understanding human intelligence. The book in now available in a Preview Edition for a select audience. Details for obtaining your own copy follows the Introduction. The Foreword was posted last week.


Understanding Pattern

Introduction

Knowing is the understanding of pattern. In classical physics, the term used for pattern is order.

All ‘objects’ in ‘space-time’ have substance and form. The substance is ‘matter-energy’, and form is the ‘order’. Order is relationship, the pattern, organization and form of that ‘matter-energy’.

Jules Henri PoincarÈ explained in 1908:

…one builds science with facts, as (one builds) a house with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.

It is the order, pattern, organization, form and relationship of the facts that make a science; and the order, pattern, organization, form and relationship of the stones that make a house.

An understanding of this concept of order—pattern, organization, form and relationship; and its complement concept disorder—patternlessness, disorganization, formlessness; and relationshiplessness that is essential to a fuller understanding Nature.

Time-binding

Alfred Korzybski defined humans as Time-binders in 1921. Korzybski explained that the power of Time-binding is to understand—to observe and remember change over time. Our human ability to understand comes from the awareness of time—an awareness that allows us to experience time as sequential or linear. Tomorrow follows today as today followed yesterday. Time always moves from the past to the present, from the present to the future. Change is bound in time. And time-binders understand change in space because they are aware of time. Time-binding is a way of thinking—analytical thinking.

The Time-binder can make decisions based on understanding changes in his environment over time. Time-binding analysis is sequential analysis—linear analysis—focused on the parts rather than the whole. Analytical thinking recognizes cause and effect. When humans understand cause and effect, they make scientific discovery. The best of human thinkers are the masters of cause and effect.They are the makers of knowing. When knowing is incorporated into matter-energy, it becomes a tool. The best of human thinkers are inventors. They make technology. Time-binders are the creators of knowing and technology. Time-binders are above all else toolmakers and tool users.

Time-binding is also that unique human ability to pass that ‘knowing’ from one generation to the next generation. Both animal and human offspring begin their lives in nearly total ignorance. The differences that exist between them are small, but what advantage in knowing that does exist belongs clearly to the animal. While the animal seems to begin life with a greater store of inherited knowing, it possesses little ability to learn from its parents. The animal is condemned to rediscover over and over, every generation must discover anew the knowings of its parents. The wise old owl may know a great deal, but he has no way to pass what he knows to his offspring and they have no way to receive it.

We humans are very different in that respect. We can and do pass our knowing from one generation to the next. As Alfred Korzybski explained:

Human beings possess a most remarkable capacity which is entirely peculiar to them—I mean the capacity to summarize, digest and appropriate the labors and experiences of the past; I mean the capacity to use the fruits of past labors and experiences as intellectual or spiritual capital for developments in the present; I mean the capacity to employ as instruments of increasing power the accumulated achievements of the all-precious lives of the past generations spent in trial and error, trial and success; I mean the capacity of human beings to conduct their lives in the ever increasing light of inherited WISDOM; I mean the capacity in virtue of which man is at once the inheritor of the bygone ages and the trustee of posterity. And because humanity is just this magnificent natural agency by which the past lives in the present and the present for the future, I define humanity, in the universal tongue of mathematics and mechanics, to be the Time-binding class of life.

Scientific Theory

How do you know when a scientific theory is right?

The key to understanding science requires the student to understand that all theories begin life as hypotheses. What is a hypothesis? A hypothesis is simply a model of reality. The way to evaluate a model is to ask yourself. Does this model help me? Does it explain things to me about the part of reality that it describes? Does it help me to be more effective in my life. If a model of reality is accurate, then my knowledge of this model should give me a greater understanding and control over that part of reality that the hypothesis describes.

When an hypothesis is found to be exceedingly accurate in predicting reality, and when no exceptions can be found to its description of a natural phenomenon or process, then and only then does it gain the status of scientific theory. A scientific theory sometimes called a generalization means a principle that has been found to hold true in every special case.

Scientific theories are corroborated hypotheses—they are the most accurate models of reality we have. When a scientist uses the word theory, he is talking about something much more than an opinion—much more than an assumption—much more than a belief. Scientific theories are near truths.

Near truths

We humans have used scientific theories to safely take us to the moon and to cure cancers. You can safely bet your life on scientific theory and you do—every time you walk onto an elevator or board an airplane. And while scientists have the highest respect for scientific theory, they know they are not absolutes. They understand that scientific theories are models of reality and not the reality itself.

In the past these models of reality were often confused with reality itself. Those scientific theories that survived continued human experience were thought to be absolute truths. They were thought to be certainties. They were given the most prestigious of names—laws of Nature.

In 2006, scientists know better. Today we know that human knowledge always grows with more experience. Scientific theory believed to be true today will be improved or shown to be incomplete later. Newton’s scientific theories, published in 1687, formed the scientific basis for the Industrial Revolution. Thought to be absolute “laws of Nature”, they were shown to be incomplete by Einstein’s scientific theories published in 1915. Einstein was not necessarily smarter than Newton. He was simply later.

As Newton is quoted as saying, “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Einstein was 230 years later than Newton. Einstein was standing on Newton’s shoulders as he created a more accurate model of reality. Humans will always seek to know more. Humans will always seek more accurate models of reality. Humans will always seek the “laws” of Nature. But, today in 2006, human science is more humble. It accepts the fact that today’s knowledge is incomplete. It accepts the fact that human science will always know more later. Today’s knowing will always be transcended by tomorrow’s breakthroughs.

In the chapters that follow, I rely on the work of many scientists. Time-binding by definition implies that all scientific works must to a large extent be collaborations. Therefore I have abandoned the practice of paraphrasing the writings of others, in favor of presenting their work whenever possible in their own words. This improves comprehension, and deepens appreciation for the original authors. Ö

A Successful Paradigm Shift

The book is presented in three sections—The Science, The Model and The Metamorphosis. One of the most difficult tasks in the presentation of a new scientific discovery is how to explain the concept effectively. Often the new model is both simple and complex. Simple in that the concept explains more with less, but complex in that it requires “forgetting” the old assumptions of the previous model or models. Any successfully understanding requires the proper context. That means the student must understanding a number of antecedent ideas, and concepts prior to fully grasping the new view of reality.

The Science section presents all the antecedent ideas and discoveries that form the basis for this newest modeling of human intelligence. The Model section presents the model itself—The Synergetic Theory of Space-Time Intelligence. The Metamorphosis section presents Dual Mind Psychodynamics—a clear pathway program with which the reader can activate their own personal genius.

Some readers will feel a desire to race ahead to see the model itself, or explore the metamorphosis. We all know those mystery novel readers whose first task it is to read the last few pages and discover “who did it”, but the presentation of new science is more complex than any mystery story. The science reader leaping ahead may only find confusion and misunderstanding.

My goal is to avoid that misunderstanding. So I encourage you to start at the beginning. Take a little time to think about each of the antecedent ideas and concepts as they are presented in The Science section. This process will take less time than you imagine, and the rewards will be large. Then when you do reach The Model section, you will be in context. You will find it easier to understand, and just as importantly, easier to accept.

And, then when you have finished reading The Model section, you will be ready to activate your personal genius with the help of The Metamorphosis section.

You may recall the story of the mathematician Euclid who was once employed as a tutor for the boy King Ptolemy. One day the young king complained about the difficulty of the theorems which Euclid expected him to learn. Euclid gently reproached him: “Sire,” he said, “there is no royal road to geometry.” This book is about understanding how humans think and the very structure of knowing. It is a little more complex than geometry. But, I promise that if you take time to understand the ideas presented here, you will gain the ability to increase your effective intelligence, and open the door to your personal genius.


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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

The following is the Foreword for a new book on understanding human intelligence. The book will be released in a special Preview Edition for peer review and early adopters soon. The general release is scheduled for early 2007.


The Holy Grail

Timothy Wilken, MD

The search to understand and accurately model human intelligence may represent the critical knowing for our species. With this knowing, every human has the potential to elevate their thinking to the level of genius. With this knowing, the majority of mental illnesses can be better understood and controlled. With this knowing, we can create thinking machines in short order, and set them to helping us solve our most pressing problems. And, with this knowing, we can put away anger, fear and conflict, and begin building a world filled with love, trust and co-Operation.

This book presents a new model of human intelligence that is a step towards that critical knowing. It explains that every human brain has two distinct and powerful minds. It further demonstrates how human intelligence results from the complex relationship of those two minds.

And while all humans have two minds, each of our dual minds are developed and educated to different degrees. Further, the relationship between our two minds can vary. Their relationship can be neutral. Sometimes our two minds function separately as seemingly independent units. Their relationship can be adversary. Sometimes our two minds function antagonistically at cross purposes to each other producing conflict, mental anguish and attenuated intelligence. And, finally their relationship can be synergic. Sometimes our two minds work together in perfect harmony and co-Operation producing brilliance and genius. These differences in development, education and relationship produce the wide variation in observable intelligence seen within the human population.

For reasons that will be well explained in this book, I call these two minds the space-mind and the time-mind. As Albert Einstein explained, “Space and time are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.”

The space-mind originated in the animal world. It is responsible for survival in space. I am not talking about outer space. This the local three dimensional space in which we all live. The space-mind moves and controls our bodies. It can move your body left or right—forward or backward—up or down. The space-mind crawls. The space-mind walks. The space-mind jumps. The space-mind dances, and, if you are a monkey, the space-mind leaps through the trees. If you are a fish, the space-mind swims, and if you are a bird, the space-mind flies. The space-mind controls motion and behavior in three dimensional space.

Knowing requires thinking and memory. The space-mind thinks in images. It stores those images in memory and codes them with the specific emotional feelings that were experienced when the events generating those images occurred. Knowing begins in the animal world with KnowWhere—knowing where to go in space to survive. If I am hungry, where do I go to get food? If I am thirsty, where do I go to get water? If I am cold, where do I go to get warm? The answers to these questions are found every day in the animal world. We humans share the animal body, and so must answer these questions for ourselves.

KnowWhere is knowing based on imagic memory—stored images coded with emotional feelings. KnowWhere includes the ability to recognize wholes by their sameness. My space-mind sees Mom as a whole—Dad as a whole—a snake as a whole. Space-mind knows where to find the whole known as “mom” or avoid the whole known as “snake.” But remember, the space-mind does not think in words, words are tools of the time-mind.

Space where I survive is good space. Space where I die is bad space. The secret of survival is securing good space and avoiding bad space. For us humans, KnowWhere is used to solve many problems. The term I use for this first level of knowing is INFORMATION spelled in all upper case.

Space Mind
KnowWhere
INFORMATION

The time-mind is found in limited form in the more advanced mammals, but develops completely only in humans. Time-mind raises knowing to a new level.

Time-mind can understand much more because it is aware of time. It is aware of changes that occur over time. This generates the next level of knowing called KnowWhen. KnowWhen is knowing when to act in time to control the events in my local reality.

Time-mind analyzes and distinguishes the various aspects of wholes by their differences. It considers these different aspects of the whole to be parts. It has broken the whole process of life into different moments. The past is different than the present, which is different than the future. The moments of our lives are a one way street. By noticing the changes that occur over time, time-mind has the ability to figure things out. It can notice what comes after what, and soon learns to understand and thus anticipate what comes before what. It can notice what events precede other events and in what sequences. With this temporal understanding comes the ability to predict and control sequential process. Understanding temporal difference is the same as understanding temporal sequence.

KnowWhen is based on an awareness and understanding of cause and effect—the understanding of sequence. If I know what causes an effect, I can predict and control my future. If I understand the sequence for making a fire, I can stay warm and cook my food.

As a modern human, to start my breakfast I first need to get a skillet from the cabinet, and bacon from the refrigerator. Then I place my skillet on the stove. Then I turn on the burner. Then I add my bacon before the skillet gets too hot. I need to adjust the heat so it’s not too hot and not too cold. Because I know the con-sequence of under cooked pork, and the con-sequence of burnt food, I control my cooking event by knowing when to turn the heat up and when to turn it down. To successfully cook my breakfast, I am using KnowWhen. The term I use for this second level of Knowing is KNOWLEDGE spelled in all upper case.

Time Mind
KnowWhen
KNOWLEDGE

There are two higher levels of knowing that are only reliably available to those special humans that we call genius. I say reliably because almost all humans have occasional sparks of genius. This is more common in children than adults. Unfortunately, most of us were/are “educated” to limit our thinking to conform to the rules, and reflect the “teachers” expectations, and so most of us lose contact with our ability for genius. In today’s world, only a few manage to maintain contact with their genius, and consistently function at the higher levels of knowing

The third level of knowing is KnowHow. KnowHow is knowing how KNOWLEDGE and INFORMATION fit together. KnowHow is created when the space-mind turns its attention away from the outside sense data and looks at the patterns of sequential KNOWLEDGE created by the time-mind and recognizes new patterns of wholeness. It can see how some of these supposedly different KNOWLEDGE concepts—sequence chains are really the same.

Individuals achieving the third level of knowing recognize how things work together. They may discover laws of nature, and advance human understanding. Albert Einstein saw that E=mc2. In other words, that the KNOWLEDGE concept known as energy was the same as the KNOWLEDGE concept known as matter multiplied by the speed of light squared.
Those special individuals, like Einstein, who think at the third level can thus create, invent, and innovate new wholes that have never existed before. They may create new knowing or synthesize new music, art, or inventions. This third level KnowHow is a very powerful form of knowing which I designate as WISDOM spelled in all upper case.

Space-Time Mind
Know How
WISDOM

Those humans who master KnowHow and consistently think at the WISDOM level are commonly called geniuses and include: Leonardo, Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius, Nicomachus, Epictetus, Tactitus, Ptolemy, Michelangelo, Copernicus, Kepler, Gilbert, Galileo, Harvey, Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Milton, Pascal, Hooke, Leibnitz, Newton, Huygens, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Smith, Kant, Paine, Lavoisier, Fourier, Faraday, Henry, Gauss, Edison, Tesla, Darwin, James, Freud, Jung, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Maxwell, Pavlov, Poincare, Planck, Lorentz, Einstein, Minkowski, Born, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Eddington, Oppenheimer, Bell, Herrick, Child, Meyer, Korzybski, Selye, Young, Haskell, Fuller, Etc., Etc., Etc..

In synergic science, this level of thinking is called multiordinal genius. Those stabilizing as multiordinal geniuses have reliable access to WISDOM. They know how things work.

Unfortunately, some of those achieving multiordinal genius may still behave adversarily. They are not compelled by their KnowHow to act in good ways. They can be evil geniuses. Thus they include some of the most notorious of villains that have ever lived: Tomas de Torquemada, Vlad Tepes, Ivan the Terrible, Adolph Eichmann, Pol Pot, Mao Tse-tung, Idi Amin, Joseph Stalin, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Adolph Hitler, Etc, Etc..

Often the evil of these individuals was so profound that their genius was overlooked. Unfortunately, they were both bad and intelligent. This sometimes resulted in their victims numbering in millions.

Fortunately, there is a level of knowing above WISDOM which does compel good.

The fourth level of knowing is KnowWhy. KnowWhy is knowing the con-sequence of applying and/or misapplying WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and INFORMATION. KnowWhy is created when the time-mind turns its attention away from analyzing INFORMATION to examine the patterns of WISDOM created by the space-mind. The time-mind’s ability to analyze WISDOM allows it to understand and predict the effects that will result from the use or misuse of WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, and INFORMATION. Therefore, KnowWhy results in the complete understanding of Space and Time, and the most powerful form of knowing possible, and the level which I designate as ONENESS spelled in all upper case.

Time-Space Mind
KnowWhy
ONENESS

Individuals reliably achieving the level of ONENESS are rare. While these individuals are enormously intelligent and clearly geniuses, they are most remarkable for their goodness. They are sometimes called spiritual geniuses. Synergic science designates those stabilizing at the fourth level of understanding as synergic geniuses.

When they have appeared throughout history, they have been called by many names including: Enlightened One = Ascended Master = Avatar = Divine Mother = Guru = Sage = Living Saint = Messiah = Savior.

They include: Jesus of Nazareth, Siddhartha Gautama, Muhammad, Rama, Krishna, Zoroaster, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Urukagina, Moses, Leo Tolstoy, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Schweitzer, Florence Nightingale, Bah·’u’ll·h, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Etc., Etc..

The goodness of these individuals is often so profound that their genius may be overlooked. But these rare souls were/are both good and intelligent.

All historical geniuses have activated their genius potential intuitively by discovering how it feels to think and understand at the higher levels of knowing. They have all mastered KnowHow, and a few have mastered both KnowHow and KnowWhy.

Intuitive Geniuses

Humans who have developed the ability to activate their genius potential by sense or feel are called intuitive geniuses.

The intuitive geniuses of history did not know they were activating a higher level of knowing. They did not know that they had a Dual-Mind. They believed, as did those without genius, that genius was inborn and in no sense controllable by them. They just knew if they felt a certain way their thinking was much more brilliant. “I will create when the muse moves me.” or “I will understand more deeply when God reveals his truth to me.”

When such intuitive geniuses create works important to the civilization they become known as historical geniuses. The term applied in this way is a judgment of history.

However it is important to realize that geniuses are above all else human. While they may have learned to activate their genius potential more readily then the average human, they don’t always think like a genius. The human brain has seven modes of thinking and only two of these modes are at genius level. As we humans live our lives, we move through the various modes of thinking throughout the day. It doesn’t take a genius to brush his teeth or carry out the trash.

Every individual’s intelligence will vary as the different modes of thinking are engaged. Even Einstein was sometimes less than brilliant, and Mother Teresa was sometimes less than good. We are talking about real humans here. Those called genius do manage to spend more of their thinking time at the higher levels of knowing. Some may even stabilize at the genius levels, but this stabilization does not prevent the occasional lapse of brilliance or goodness.

Then of course, there is the factor of learning which comes from our education and life experiences. Modes of thinking and levels of knowing result from the hardware—the structure of the human brain. But our actual knowing—INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM and ONENESS—is software. It accumulates during a lifetime of learning and understanding as we use the various modes of thinking, and store our experiences and learning in memory. Furthermore, our experiences and education are often compartmentalized thus resulting in compartmentalized knowing. I might be a musical genius, but completely naive when comes to fixing my car, or having a loving relationship with my children.

Unrealized Potential

However for the vast majority of humans, the potential for genius is not ever known, let alone experienced or realized. They don’t stabilize at the higher levels of knowing, and aren’t proclaimed by history to be geniuses.

Most of us never experience the thrill of discovery, the ecstasy of knowing: “I was the first person to think of this idea. I was the first to solve this problem. I was the first to understand—the first to learn one of Nature’s secrets.” In fact our lot is just the opposite. Most of us find our intelligence attenuated, our potential ignored, our goals unaccomplished, our desires unachieved, our hopes unrealized, our expectations disappointed, and our destinies unfulfilled.

This represents not only a profound loss for each of us personally, but also a great loss for all of humanity, the other living systems, and even the Earth itself. In this, the gravest hour of our human crisis, can any of us really hope to survive if the greatest powers and resources of our species remain unknown and undeveloped?

Learning to understand and optimize your own individual human intelligence begins with a small investment of time and some study. Your first task will be to become aware of your thinking, and to develop the habit of watching your two minds as they work—learning to think about thinking. This process will be fun and interesting.

I believe that it is possible for most humans to understand, and then master their intelligence fully. Those who choose to do so, can with practice develop genius level thinking, and mastery of the four levels of knowing.

INFORMATION is understanding local space and knowing where to go to enable or avoid an action.

KNOWLEDGE is understanding time—temporal sequence—local cause and effect, and from that understanding knowing when to act in time to encourage or discourage an action from occurring in that known sequence.

WISDOM is understanding how things work together—what events and actions are necessary to produce a particular result—how INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE relate to each other.

And finally, ONENESS is understanding the con-sequences of those actions and their resultants, and knowing why they should or should not be allowed to happen.

Let me provide one example of these four levels of knowing, and how they might apply to one of the really big problems currently threatening our civilization. You may recall that one of humanity’s most celebrated geniuses Albert Einstein warned over fifty years ago, “The splitting of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” By this he meant that his discovery of E=mc2, enabled humans to invent and build nuclear weapons. Let us examine the threat of nuclear warfare from the perspective of the our four levels of knowing:

INFORMATION is the level of understanding necessary to know where to go to escape from the blast of a nuclear weapon.

KNOWLEDGE is the level of understanding necessary to know when to act to either detonate, or deactivate a nuclear weapon.

WISDOM is the level of understanding necessary to discover how physical reality allows the forces of nature to interact and result in a nuclear explosion—E=mc2. And, it also is the level of understanding necessary to invent and manufacture a nuclear weapon—The Manhattan Project.

And finally, ONENESS is the level of understanding necessary to know why we should never have created nuclear weapons in the first place.

Level of Knowing
Consciousness
ONENESS
DIVINE
WISDOM
GENIUS
KNOWLEDGE
EGO
INFORMATION
ID

I began this foreword with a statement that now bears repeating:

To understand and accurately model human intelligence may represent the critical knowing for our species. That with this knowing, every human has the potential to elevate their thinking to the level of genius. That with this knowing, the majority of mental illnesses can be better understood and controlled. That with this knowing, we can create thinking machines in short order, and set them to helping us solve our most pressing problems. And finally, that with this knowing, we can put away anger, fear and conflict, and begin building a world filled with love, trust and co-Operation.

Understanding Human Intelligence

My journey towards understanding human intelligence began quite by accident. For much of my life, I have practiced medicine. As the Director of an large urban Emergency Department in the early 1970s, I led a team that treated over 236, 000 patients. It was there that I first learned about stress. An Emergency Department is a very stressful place to work, and a very stressful place to visit as a patient. I personally treated and cared for thousands of highly stressed patients and their families.

By the end of 1978, it was clear to me that the number one factor in surviving disease and injury was stress, and that those physicians understanding stress would be the most effective in helping their patients. Knowing the power of the stressor causing the injury or illness, and the effectiveness of the patient’s ability to adapt to their stressors would allow them to predict and augment the course of their patient’s recovery.

I realized that modern medicine was too often treating patients too late in the course of disease. I knew there had to be a better way. We needed to focus on prevention rather than cure.

I began a search to understand stress and its effect on me and on my patients. Over the next eight years, I would read hundreds of books, attend meetings, lectures, and workshops. I apprenticed myself with experts in Psychology, Cognitive Therapy, Hypnosis, Relaxation Training, and Biofeedback. I continued to practice medicine, but now my focus was on Adaptive Medicine (helping patients to successfully adapt to the stressors in their lives).

I was now working one on one with a handful of patients each week instead of the hundreds I had cared for in the Emergency Department. My treatments lasted hours instead of minutes. My focus settled on studying human behavior, human relationships, and surprisingly human intelligence.

To most effectively help my patients adapt to the stressors in their lives, I had to understand how they thought. I began reading everything I could find on human thinking seeking models of human intelligence.

I studied the works of the great thinkers, and intelligence scientists—Diocles of Carystus, Arthur Ladbroke Wigan, John Hughlings Jackson, Alfred Korzybski, Buckminster Fuller, N. Edward Haskell, Arthur Young, Arthur Coulter, Roger Sperry, Joseph Bogen, Michael Gazzaniga, Maxie Maultsby, Tony Buzan, Edward DeBono, Robert Orstein, Peter Russell, and Raymond Abrezol.

I began integrating and combining the best of their ideas into a framework to help me better understand my patients as we worked together to neutralize the stressors in their lives. As I did so I began to see a consistent pattern for human thinking in all of them.

As recently as October 2004, a leading intelligence scientist wrote: “Understanding human intelligence is difficult in part because it is so vast in method and scope. Hundreds of cognitive phenomena have precise formal models. However, since most human thinking involves many of these phenomena and since particular models involve inference and knowledge representation methods that are difficult to integrate, human cognition outside of the laboratory remains largely unexplained.”

With the publication of this book, I have finalized my scientific formulations which explain human intelligence. I make this claim with some trepidation, but I make it nevertheless. The truth of my claim is in your hands, or in this modern age on your computer screen. You are an intelligent human, decide for yourself.

My original model was formulated in January of 1983 as the Dual Mind Hypothesis of Human Intelligence. It was based on my one-on-one interactions with hundreds of thinking humans. It explained that human intelligence, behavior, and creativity were the result of the complex relationship of two distinct ‘minds’—the space-mind and the time-mind. In the twenty-three years since then, the model has been tested, refined and extensively modified. Today, my model of human thinking is called the Synergetic Theory of Space-Time Intelligence.

Those choosing to understand and master this model of human intelligence can expect to gain control over their own thinking. Further, those who gain control over their own thinking will discover they have simultaneously gained control over their own emotions and behavior. One immediate advantage will be the ability to greatly increase their effective intelligence and creativity.

Many of the diseases and illnesses that currently plague modern humans appear to result from internal conflict within the dual-mind. Those with a mastery of their dual-mind can develop the ability to cure many of the illnesses that plague them. This includes nearly all of the psychosomatic, psychogenic, and stress diseases. So you can expect not only to think better, but to feel better.

As the understanding of human intelligence becomes more widespread, communities will finally gain the ability to control adversary and criminal behavior within them. Thus the understanding of human intelligence has staggering implications in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, psychology, education, criminology, and sociology.

Those currently working in the field of human intelligence research will discover that the Synergetic Theory of Space-Time Intelligence represents an extraordinary advancement in human knowing. There is extensive correlation and integration of the Dual-Mind Hypotheses, N. Arthur Coulter’s Human Synergetics, as well as Alfred Korzybski’s major discoveries—the Theory of Time-binding and the Theory of Sanity (General Semantics). In addition it integrates important but less well known work including R. Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics, Arthur Young’s Theory of Process, and William J. J. Gordon’s Synectics.

In the years since my first formulation, I have continued studying and thinking about all that I have learned. I have occasionally taught my model to others. As I worked with small groups of individuals, my understanding grew, and became more refined. My goal has been always to make it clearer—easier to understand and easier to use. And while I have often been a teacher, I have always been a student. I have learned from my patients, my students, family and friends. My teachers have been legion. I stand on the shoulders of many giants. This work is therefore a collaboration—an integration of ideas and understandings from a group of humans who lived from the 4th century to the present. Therefore, it is with humility, and gratitude that I present and share all that I have learned about human intelligence.


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Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

True Patriotism

Dale E. Lehman

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, patriotism is defined as “love for or devotion to one’s country.” It’s a very simple definition that most of us intuitively understand. But since love and devotion are inward conditions, in practice we tend to define patriotism not so much in these essential terms as in terms of how it is manifested in behavior. In other words, patriotism is as patriotism does.

In different countries, patriotism may manifest itself in slightly different ways, but usually certain kinds of behavior are taken as indicative of true patriotism. A person who flies the nation’s flag, who wears the nation’s colors, who joins or otherwise energetically supports the nation’s military forces, and who takes an active part in the government of the nation (be it through elections or displaying posters of the ruling dictator or anything in between, depending on the nature of the government) is regarded as a patriot.

The Bah·’“ Faith upholds this general notion. After all, Bah·’u’ll·h taught, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” But His teachings go well beyond this to broaden and deepen the very concept of patriotism.

We first need to understand that patriotism is not an end in itself. It has a purpose, namely to foster a spirit of unity and cooperation among a group of people. Love of one’s country is not, in and of itself, of much value. Its value is seen when it motivates the citizens of a country to band together for their collective advancement and security. Although such displays as are usually considered patriotic may be inspirational, the true patriot is not content to simply wave a flag. Rather, the true patriot plays an active role in the life of the nation and seeks to find ways, no matter how small, to make it a better place for its people.

It is one of the paradoxes of our times that nations compete with each other on many levels, yet find themselves increasingly drawn into a web of interdependencies. Political, economic, and environmental factors demand growing levels of cooperation on a global scale. Humanity is advancing towards a level of organization that supersedes the national. In the context of such advancement, national patriotism, while still valuable in its own right, is no longer sufficient to provide the necessary social cohesion. If the world’s future can only be served by embracing the unity of humanity, a love and a loyalty that embraces all of humanity must emerge. The Universal House of Justice, the world governing council of the Bah·’“ Faith, has put it this way:

Unbridled nationalism, as distinguished from a sane and legitimate patriotism, must give way to a wider loyalty, to the love of humanity as a whole. Bah·’u’ll·h’s statement is: “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” The concept of world citizenship is a direct result of the contraction of the world into a single neighbourhood through scientific advances and of the indisputable interdependence of nations. Love of all the world’s peoples does not exclude love of one’s country. The advantage of the part in a world society is best served by promoting the advantage of the whole. Current international activities in various fields which nurture mutual affection and a sense of solidarity among peoples need greatly to be increased. (The Promise of World Peace, para. 31)

I can’t stress enough the hierarchical nature of the loyalties spoken of here and elsewhere in the Bah·’“ Writings. Although Bah·’u’ll·h did state, “It is not his to boast who loveth his country, but it is his who loveth the world,” this should not be taken to mean that He regarded love of one’s country as unimportant or illegitimate. Far from it! Rather, He is calling us to embrace a wider loyalty than any we have previously embraced, without giving up the narrower loyalties which we all have. We are loyal to our families, for example, as well as to our countries, and we find no contradiction in this even though sometimes duties to family and country can appear to conflict. The soldier, answering the call of his government, leaves behind his family to defend his nation, and the family understands and accepts the sacrifice.

In this day, then, Bah·’u’ll·h calls us to a loyalty that embraces all of humanity, without asking us to give up a sane and legitimate patriotism for our respective countries. Indeed, He instructed His followers,

In every country where any of this people reside, they must behave towards the government of that country with loyalty, honesty and truthfulness. This is that which hath been revealed at the behest of Him Who is the Ordainer, the Ancient of Days. (Tablets of Bah·’u’ll·h, p. 22)

Bah·’“s are bound to support and obey their governments, to engage in true acts of patriotism by serving their country and their fellow citizens (albeit in nonpartisan ways), and to pray for their leaders. At the same time, they are patriots of the world, striving to serve humanity as a whole and to strengthen the bonds of love and unity between all peoples. Although this can sometimes be a difficult line to walk and may entail some sacrifices, there is nothing inherently contradictory in these two levels of loyalty.


Reposted from Planet Bah·’“

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006