Who are we, why are we here and where are we going? For thousands of years we have been asking these questions and the answer has always been in the vein of ‘Only God knows’. Imagine being born in 600BC – almost everything in the form of tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes etc was blamed on god or the gods or the spirits, and to appease these god’s sacrifices were made. But now these phenomena can be explained simply because man’s evolutionary development has lead to greater intelligence, deeper logic and a greater ability to reason.
Where this intelligence has been sadly lacking though, is in the understanding of ourselves and what makes us tick. I believe that part of the reason for this has been the stranglehold of religion and the fear of god that surrounds this, but slowly as man wakes up, he is letting go of this. Everything that happens to him – he is discovering – is not the Will of God, but of the ignorance of who he is, of the ignorance of his mind and the ignorance of his emotions.
Our society, our religion, our beliefs, are riddled with statements which we accept without questioning. And as a package these statements become our beliefs which then create our own reality. That reality becomes our comfort zone -or our anxiety zone – and therefore our truths – and we might spend an entire lifetime without questioning them.
If this is you, someone who is content to live life without seeking more truth, then this site isn’t for you.
Mankind has an evolutionary drive towards transcendence, towards Eros – love – to seek more truth and we see this in the growth of humanitarian efforts over the last 1000 years.
In this drive to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually we find that the beliefs we have been operating under start to fail us, in that life no longer works for us. It’s time to seek deeper meanings to allow our consciousness to unfold further.
This site isn’t about blindly sucking in what you hear from me but about looking at the logic of what I am presenting. Does it stand up to logic? Do your fixed beliefs stand up to logic? And do you want them to?
This is important because we can either chose between fact or belief. And by fact I mean something completely observable. When we die something leaves – that is a fact – it is also a truth.
If a theory or a belief cannot be proved in the world of practical living, then it is of no value except in theory. Can our evolutionary development be proved in the world of practical living along with logic? Any scientific method needs to proceed from the known to the unknown, and particularly from the facts and from direct experience to the formulation and interpretation of what has been observed and experienced.
I know that many people who just heard me say this will be freaking out as science to them, is like a X (show hands) but if we want to understand more deeply why we are the way we are, who we are, why are we here and where are we going, it has to be based on the closest we can get to Pure Reason.
The first thing that we need to recognise is that we are, each one of us, on a different level of consciousness or awareness. Humanity is becoming more aware and with that comes intelligence and compassion. We just have to look at how we treated children in the 16th century, which I discuss in my video, ‘Why we are the way we are’ to see how far we have come.
Abraham Maslow recognised this evolutionary development, and in 1943, put together his Hierarchy of Needs theory.
What this scale indicates is humanity’s drive for survival through spiritual growth, by fulfilling its needs. We only have to look at the Third world (and some people in the First world) to see the millions who are struggling at the bottom levels for the basic necessities of life. Overcoming those, they move to the next area of needs – of safety, then belonging, then self esteem ………..until finally they reach self-actualization.
Ken Wilber expanded on Maslow’s Hierarchical Needs Triangle in 2002 and, along with his colleagues put together ‘An Overview of Development of the Stages of Consciousness’ : Ken Wilber, one of the leading philosophers of the 21st century is often referred to as the Einstein of consciousness.
I would like you to stop the video here as I will stop talking so you can absorb these different levels at your own speed of understanding, and perhaps try to locate where you are on it. And then look around you at others and even your own family members, to see how your awareness differs from them.
Stage 6. Sensitivity to others and the environment; feelings and caring (in response to the cold rationality of Stage 5); harmony and equality; reconciliation, consensus, dialogue, participation, relationships and networking; human development, bonding and spirituality; diversity and multiculturalism; relativism and pluralism; freeing the human spirit from greed, dogma, and divisiveness; distributing the earth’s resources and opportunities equally among all.
Stage 5. Progress, prosperity, optimism, and self-reliance; strategy, risk-taking, and competitiveness; goals, leverage, professional development, and mastery; rationality, objectivism, demonstrated results, technology, and the power of science; use of the earth’s resources to spread the abundant “good life”; advance by learning nature’s secrets and seeking the best solutions.
Stage 4. Sacrificing self for a transcendent Cause, (secular or religious) Truth, Mission, future reward; laws, regulations, and rules; discipline, character, duty, honour, justice, and moral fibre; righteous living; controlling impulsivity through guilt; following absolutistic principles of right and wrong, black and white; being faithful, maintaining order and harmony; one right way to think/do; convention, conformity
Stage 3. Power, spontaneity, heroism, immediate gratification; standing tall, calling the shots, receiving respect, and getting attention; being daring, impulsive, and enjoying oneself without regret; conquering, outsmarting, dominating.
Stage 2. Allegiance to chief, elders, ancestors, and the clan; obeying the desires of spirit beings and mystical signs; preserving sacred objects, places, events, and memories; rites of passage, seasonal cycles, and tribal customs; kinship and lineage.
Stage 1. Food, water, warmth, sex, and safety; the use of habits and instincts for survival.
Moving forward from Stage One and encompassing the drives within it, is the natural progression of an evolutionary scale of our consciousness towards Stage six and above. Take some time and see if you can refute this scale and find fault with it. You might find a disagreement with one or two of the qualities of the stages and feel they should be elsewhere but the overall theory holds. We cannot take someone at Stage 2 and put him in a position of responsibility to that of a Stage 6, and expect him to live up to the values of that stage. Similarly we cannot take someone at Stage 6 and expect them to relate to the dictates of a Stage 2.
What this evolutionary stage of consciousness shows is the increasing awareness of our Soul away from who we think we are – a personality – which is the fundamental idea behind worldwide acceptance of Transpersonal psychotherapy. I cover the understanding of the differences of these two – Soul and personality – which you will find in the Premium section of this site.
The videos that follow this one will hopefully help you understand what Socrates said: ‘Know thyself’ only now we are using pure Reason, Love, Wisdom and Consciousness, to bring this about. It is important to watch the videos in sequence but it’s essential to watch ‘Why we are the way we are’ to get the missing piece of so much of our confusion, next.
Let me leave you with a question – what do you think goes above stage 6 and how far does our or should I say your, future consciousness extend? You can find a link to this and other transcripts on the Home page.
Thanks for watching