See how you resonate with the 16 characteristics of this evolved level of human consciousness, as described by Ervin Laszlo…
1. I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.
2. I am part of nature, and nature is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with all living things. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the web of life on the planet.
3. I am part of society, and society is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with my fellow humans. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the community of humans on the planet.
4. I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism. My body, and its cells and organs, are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and evolving in interaction with everything around me.
5. I am [an] evolved manifestation of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the universe. It is the same essence, the same spirit that is inherent in all the things that arise and evolve in nature, whether on this planet or elsewhere in the infinite reaches of space and time.
6. There are no absolute boundaries and divisions in this world, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence – and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent.
7. The separate identity I attach to other humans and other things is but a convenient convention that facilitates my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much “me” as the organs of my body. My body and mind, my family and my community, are interacting and interpenetrating, variously prevalent elements in the network of relations that encompasses all things in nature and the human world.
8. There are no “others” in the world: We are all living systems and we are all part of each other. The whole gamut of concepts and ideas that separates my identity, or the identity of any person or community, from the identity of other persons and communities are manifestations of this convenient but arbitrary convention.
9. Attempting to maintain the system I know as “me” through ruthless competition with the system I know as “you” is a grave mistake. It could damage the integrity of the embracing whole that frames both your life and mine. I cannot preserve my own life and wholeness by damaging that whole, even if damaging a part of it seems to bring me a short-term advantage. When I harm you, or anyone else around me, I harm myself.
10. Collaboration, not competition, is the royal road to the wholeness that hallmarks healthy systems in the world. Collaboration calls for empathy and solidarity, and ultimately for love. We are part of the same whole and so are part of each other.
11. The idea of “self-defense,” even of “national defense,” needs to be rethought. Patriotism if it aims to eliminate adversaries by force, and heroism even in the well-meaning execution of that aim, are mistaken aspirations. Comprehension, conciliation, and forgiveness are not signs of weakness; they are signs of courage.
12. “The good” for me and for every person in the world is not the possession and accumulation of personal wealth. Wealth, in money or in any material resource, is but a means for maintaining myself in my environment. Exclusive wealth is a threat to all people in the human community.
13. Beyond the sacred whole we recognize as the world in its totality, only life and its development have what philosophers call intrinsic value. All other things have merely instrumental value: value insofar as they add to or enhance intrinsic value. Material things in the world, and the energies and substances they harbor or generate, have value only if and insofar they contribute to life and well-being in the web of life on this Earth.
14. The true measure of my accomplishment and excellence is my readiness to give. Not the amount of what I give is the measure of my accomplishment and excellence, but the relation between what I give, and what my family and I need to live and to thrive.
15. Every healthy person has pleasure in giving: It is a higher pleasure than having. I am healthy and whole when I value giving over having. Sharing enhances the community of life, while possessing and accumulating creates demarcation, invites competition, and fuels envy. The share-society is the norm for all the communities of life on the planet; the have-society is typical only of modern-day humanity, and it is an aberration.
16. I recognize the aberration of modern-day humanity from the universal norm of coherence in the world, acknowledge my role in having perpetrated it. I pledge my commitment to restoring wholeness and coherence by becoming whole myself: whole in my thinking and acting — in my consciousness.
If you had an “aha experience” while reading even just one of these ideas, you have the foundations of Akashic [Unity] consciousness. And if you had this experience all the way through, you already possess this crucial consciousness.
Fruitcakes and Fru Fru.As long as you exist on this planet amongst this society and within this version of nature, you will constantly have your evolving ass handed to you daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. Negative events in this fkn plane of existence will shape your evolution and outlook on life. Good luck folks. You have engaged upon an impossible pursuit that will always end one way…..Death.
I needed to read this today. I think I’m getting it. I’ve been doing a lot of healing work and I’m unhappy as it’s making me feel less connected when the aim was to make me feel more connected. All about me me me and I don’t like it. Any advice when you’re feeling that youre sometimes moving further away from connection??
Mr. Chase assumes that there is something “wrong” with the way things are currently in the world. That wholeness must be restored. How is that even possible? Reality simply is what it is and whatever it is, it is “perfect” by its own definition. Our notion of “wholeness” or [insert one’s choice of “right way of being”] may be the forward path of evolution but we don’t know that (contrary to what you may believe, the universe is unfolding exactly as it intends to). Mr. Chase’s longing for others to follow his version of rightness is perfectly valid, just like all other paths. Although I happen to agree with his beliefs, the degree to which his philosophy shapes the future will depend on how widely it is accepted by others and only history will determine that. IMHO, it is more accurate, and honest, to claim “I have a great idea” than to claim “I have the Answer”.
I agree with all this except with the idea of wealth being evil and a threat to the whole. This idea is very wrong and its what keeps people with good intentions, powerless. They feel like they need to reject the tool that allows them to be creative, abundant and free (and to create for others as well). Our true expression is an abundant one, therefore, having wealth can be a sign of a healed aspect of us, of some material balance. Poverty is an illness, a very limiting and frustrating one. And poverty has brought up the worst in humans too, not only money. Poor, desperate people see no choice and go to war, or to rob others, or they disrupt people and places many times. Poverty helps ignorance too… I could go on… And, if a person´s wealth is acquired through service and benefit to others, can you tell me how is it a threat??? If others get envy at someone else´s wealth, who has the problem? The person with the wealth? Or the person with the envy? Everyone needs to do their part in growing.
This idea of money being evil has too many spiritual people stuck and frustrated; unable to fulfill their purpose. If a person has been through a big deal to create things that benefit others, then this person has 100% right to receive wealth for that!! Others dont like it? Guess why, because they are likely poor, unhappy and unfulfilled…