Some principles for a holistic philosophy of life
1. We live in an energy world. Matter is convertible to energy. Thoughts are energy-patterns. Feelings are energy-patterns. Action is of an energetic nature. Consciousness is substantive energy. And so on. Life is a process within this energy world.
2. There are interactions between organisms and their environment (other organisms and entities). The coupling between organism and environment gives rise to feedback-loops (mutual influences). Organisms are learning, developing, systems. Flows and cycles are a natural and ubiquitous phenomenon. In ancient philosophy and religion, this feedback is sometimes called karma (action and reaction, also working on the moral level of being). Experience and perception are central to life. Self-organization, autopoiesis (“self-making”) and adaptivity are core features of organisms.
3. Organisms are composite, complex systems. There is a control-hierarchy to steer processes within the organism, as well as between an organism and its environment. An example of a theory that deals with control and viable systems, is the management cybernetics of Stafford Beer.
4. All entities have their unique, substantive pattern, based upon which they manifest, develop, grow, and die. This pattern, or archetype, or paradigma, is the basis of inner identity (self), autonomy, sense of freedom and sense of morality. The expression of all this in the world is influenced by the environment. There is inherent unpredictability in the natural world. Since there is free will and choice, the outcome of actions cannot be predicted precisely. This has led the philosopher J.G. Bennett to introduce the concept of hazard.
5. Evolution is the process of gradual development (unfolding) of capabilities latent within each being. There are multiple evolutions (physical, mental, spiritual) going on. Kingdoms of nature show jumps in qualities developed. This is related to the foregoing postulates. Adaptivity is a core notion that can bridge the perceived gap between science and spirituality.
6. Manifestation is based on the principle of polarity.
The regulative consciousness-principle works through associated flows of energy-matter and associated configurations of energy-matter.
Some examples are: psychosomatic diseases; light-matter coupling (boson-fermion); male-female attraction; electromagnetism; antagonisms, as in how muscles work; complementarity; particle-wave duality; opening a tap to fill a glass with water. The “pairs of opposites” is a familiar notion in the Bhagavad Gita.
7. There is a unified “field” or "matrix" of substantive consciousness, from which emerges 'wave-particles' of consciousness-energy-matter, variously called life-atoms, monads, souls, etc., that share in the properties of this field, in their own appropriate way, by having their own, limited, characteristic pattern or “energetic signature”. This “field” is the basis for connectedness and interaction.
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J-Coby: well said, though I am not very much into Bailey. But this is besides the point.
"As one working to create a completely new lexicon of wisdom and energy consciousness"
Here it gets really interesting. Can you tell us something about your work? I noted the use of contrasts in your work, as indicated on your website.
"the audience I think he was trying to stimulate."
Think of those who read Gary Zukav's Dansing Wu-Li Masters or of those who value Fritjof Capra.
'if I hear the word "authentic" again, I will run away, screaming. There are so many old Piscean tendencies clinging to old concepts that we are working to help break the mold with a more synthetic and progressive language that is brought in from the future.'
Indeed, "authentic" mostly has come to mean 'don't bother me with your ideas", or, 'don't tamper with the Teachings". It is a highly conservative term, and we don't want to become mummies, do we?
Developing a more synthetic/holistic language is not an easy thing to do. Could you say some more about how you do it?
'An example of a modern "cool vibe" we downloaded as part of the way of the conscious evolver is Fearless|Goodwill. Many wouldn't normally think of most fearless people having a character of goodwill and often, people perceive those of goodwill as pushovers and over-cautious. '
Yes, and that is an example of stereotypical thinking. Fearless-Goodwill is a good complementary pair. These qualities make up the true "Warrior", in the positive sense of the term. Maybe we can put that in our dictionary.
'Other examples of some of our cool vibes: Structured|Flow, Playful|Discipline, Collaborative|Initiative, Regal|Relaxed, Wondrous|Wisdom, Spontaneous|Rhythm, Safe|Exploration, Expanded|Groundedness, etc.'
I noted these on your website and am curious as to how you work with these vibes. It all seems natural enough, yet many people get stuck in one phase instead of skillful combining and alternating roles/energy patterns/etc.
Perhaps our society as a whole is a bit too one-dimensional too?