Out of the confusion and conflicts being generated by the systemic transformation we are undergoing on a planetary scale, only one seed of thought appears to be sufficient for the purpose of redefining the process we are all part of. This is the model of interconnected systems joining together as extensions of the universal mind to form a global entity that is able to organize and regulate its own energy systems and resources in an efficient, equitable fashion that insures at least minimal subsistence for all, and a subsequent lessening of conflict throughout the world. But adopting such a view means a full transformation of our personal perceptions, our families and societies, of our nations and races.
The Planetary Mind describes the foundations of an altered paradigm called "Hologenics" that is a way of viewing human experience so as to generate an integrated, interconnected awareness: a planetary mind. It tells the individual "I" how to look at the world in such a way as to see beyond the divisions and confusions inherent in an apparently fragmented world, and to find ourselves, to see that "we" are unified within the universal mind.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Global Identity Crisis
I. The Voice Within
The Living Planet
The Silicon Loop of Consciousness
Towards a Planetary Mind
Thoughts Like Flocks of Birds
Superstructures of the Imagination
II. The World Body
The Regenerative Planet
Energy and Disease
Disease and the Planetary Mind
Immunity and National Identity
Convolutions of the Planetary Mind
The Fruiting Planet
The Living Word Now
III. The Unfinished Universe
The Incredible Accident of Being
The Meaning of Magic
Looking for Your Replacement
The Planet Remembers
Critical Mass in the Information Pile
The Thoughts of Cities
IV. On America
Our Criminal Nation
The Fallacy of the Idea of Race and Failure of Civil Rights Law
Spectacles and Slavery
Marriage and the Mammal: The Scent of Fertility and Mating in the 21st Century
Marriage and the Mammal II: The Scent of Fertility and Sex as Commodity
The Welfare State and the Fall of Women
Military Arms in Our Mercenary Country
Illegal Taxation and Citizen-Government Competition Leads to Social Insecurity
Drugs and American Culture
On Death in America
V. The Constellations of Thought
Love, the Word, and Gravity
The Art of Forgetting
Mind As Metaphor
Nets of Infinite Light
VI. The Teachings of One Wolf
Where Do We Come From?
The Great Circle of Life
The Way of Death
The World of Tomorrow
The Way of the 21st-Century Shaman
VII. Beyond This World
Integrative Systemic Response
Who Are We?
Building a "Flying Saucer"
The "Tachyon Body"
Moral Values, Super Ego, Social Norms
The End of Terror
Sioux writer Elizabeth Cook-Lynn noted that the singular defining characteristic of modern American people is the collective search for an answer to the question "who am I?" The singular defining characteristic of indigenous peoples is the maintenance of the understanding of "who we are." Individualism and democracy have resulted in many material and political advances, but have led, at the same time, to alienation, fragmentation, divisiveness, selfishness, greed, and the growing planetary identity crisis.
The prevalence and popularity of self-help books, channelers, crystal healers, empowerment workshops, multi-cultural gurus, and fundamentalist, evangelical television preachers are all expressions of this problem. We live in a world which has never before existed. We wildly seek for some new model, an altered paradigm, a revised world view which allows us to connect ourselves to a greater whole without losing our sense of individual value and worth. There is an obvious need for a new approach to living and dying in the twenty-first century.
We seek understanding of the changes enfolding us but are at the same time frightened by the implications. Some return to the past, some hedonistically hold to the moment, and a few brave souls look cautiously into the future hoping to glimpse something that will save them from massive confusion. The world is changing ever more rapidly. Conflicts and tensions prevail around the globe. Some populations live in the extremes of deprivation that hearken back to the middle ages, while only a few hours flight-time away others build palaces and live in resplendent luxury and die from the diseases of over-consumption. How are we to deal with the contrasts?
We can ignore them and retreat into cocoons of indifference. We can become fanatics and join the countless causes that seek, based on the old world view which no longer suffices, to clearly redefine the human experience. We can engage in the use of psychotropic agents as the shaman of our ancestral tribes did when environmental pressures got to the point someone needed to alter their frame of reference in order to see alternatives. Or, we can simply give it as little thought as possible and indifferently live from day to day. Is there no hope? Is there an alternative?
It is possible that a view of our lives and the world we live in can be synthesized which will allow us to come to terms with our time and place. We can learn to "believe" in a way which transforms our conscious awareness and at once ties us into the greater wholeness of being of which we are each tiny, but significant parts, and brings us a feeling of quietude within ourselves. This in turn can inspire others to likewise seek out the source of what makes one feel whole and able to calmly participate in the process of transformation and the accompanying turmoil which inevitably goes with it. The resulting optimism, the feeling that the world makes sense, that things are somehow connected, that we know who we are, can bring us to rest, and put an end to the crisis.
The crisis is over when alienation, fragmentation, and the breakdown in the integrity of the identity are overcome and we are joined, brought together, and reunited at their core, within the greater whole. The confusing world we live in, especially in the developed, post-industrial, information-age nation-states of the twenty-first century-which profess values, beliefs, and attitudes, and act in ways based upon outmoded and archaic, religious, racial, nationalist and moral codes-cannot long continue to exist as it is.
We must not underestimate or discount the value of the beliefs that have brought us to this terminal point. We see what we believe. The world that appears to our senses is but a partial view hemmed in by the limits of our faculties. And culture has perpetually attempted to formulate and institutionalize a set of ideas, metaphors, and analogies which describe both the limits of perception, and the limitless nature of what lies beyond both sense and belief. The meaning of our lives is embodied in the languages with which we describe and define our experience.
On occasion a set of ideas is created which, by analogy, is similar to a new virus. Whether the ideas are those of animism, religion, science, or whatever, they find the mental environment of whole populations receptive to them and proliferate. They infuse the minds of the hosts with signals that alter their language and thus their perceptions, and the world of those who embrace them.
In our time and place, out of the confusion and conflicts being generated by the systemic transformation we are undergoing on a planetary scale, I have found only one seed of thought which appears to be sufficient for the purpose of redefining the process we are all part of. This is the model of interconnected systems joining together as extensions of the universal mind to form a global entity. This entity is able to organize and regulate its own energy systems and resources in an efficient, equitable fashion. Thus it insures at least minimal subsistence for all, and a subsequent lessening of conflict throughout the world. But adopting such a view means a full transformation of our personal perceptions, our families and societies, of our nations and races.
The way in which a personality overcomes the crisis of transformation and approaches an integrated state of being and a coherent identity is through an alteration of the basic premises upon which the old identity was built. When the old identity disintegrates, by a sort of critical mass fission, it must have enough strength in its core to reform at a new level of order and complexity, through the complementary process of fusion.
This requires one to reflect and sort through those elements of their system, to determine which are to be most useful and valuable in terms of contributing to reformation, and dispensing with all others. Thus the language which one uses changes, and this alters perceptions, objects of perceptions, and relationships between all systemic elements. Out of the confusion new premises are formed and the core of the being, which is life seeking to continue living and growing, reforms. The internal being reorganizes its boundary layers to create the expression of a new identity.
In systemic terms this process is the same for a molecule, a cell, an injured organ, a confused individual identity, a tension-ridden disintegrating culture, or a planet. By analogy the process can be extended in every direction. By adopting an altered frame of reference based on the perceptions and sense of identity of an integrated, whole mind, the identity crisis can be overcome and the psyche healed with time and hard work.
The following chapters describe the foundations of an altered paradigm called "Hologenics," a way of viewing human experience so as to generate an integrated, interconnected awareness: a planetary mind. It tells the individual "I" how to look at the world in such a way as to see beyond the divisions and confusions inherent in an apparently fragmented world, and to find the true self, to see that "we" are unified within the universal mind.
Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2004
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