Sunday, March 1, 2015

"We need a powerful new story" - The Tao of the Dow: Consciousness & Economics III

Richard Schiffman is the author of two biographies as well as a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and on NPR and Monitor Radio. In this article published in Yes! Magazine and re-published by Truthout, Schiffman defends that "we need a powerful new story that we are a part of nature and not separate from it."

The article mentions a wonderful documentary project called The Overview Effect, which features several astronauts attempting to describe their awe-inspiring, paradigm-shifting exoplanetary experiences. Among them is the 6th man to land on the moon and IONS co-founder, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who describes a heightened state of awareness and interconnectedness triggered by the sight of the Earth from outerspace.  As orbital tourism nears commercial feasibility, we can look forward to more and more people seeing the Earth as it is: a glistening blue, living space ship with a thin, thin protective layer that we must protect, without borders, but with more and more visible scars.  It is no wonder that, as Neil deGrasse Tyson posits, the ecological movement (and interest in science and engineering) got a huge boost after the first images of Earth from outer space entered our collective holothosene, zeitgeist, morphic field, or collective information field.

The paradigm shift afforded by lucid projections of the consciousness or out-of-body experiences is just as impactful.  It is similar in the way that we see our "home" from the outside and have the chance to reconsider it.  It also broadens our sense of universalism and triggers serious questioning of reality and our place in it. Both experiences bridge theory and visceral experience, as beautifully described in the film The Overview Effect.  In other words, unlike the outdated view of the OBE as a dissociative experience, it is quite the opposite. Both the "out of body" and "out of planet" experiences are profoundly integrative, expanding our sense of oneness with fellow beings, with the very fabric of multidimensional Reality.

The difference is that we tend to identify too much with this body and not enough with our life-sustaining planet.  The projection shows us that while the fragile, mortal, breathing, walking, sleeping, hungry, hormonal, instinctual body is a precious vessel for us to evolve in this dimension, it is certainly not who or what we are.  In fact, we realize that we are much more vast and eternal than this useful scaffold meat suit: at least as cosmic as the physical cosmos that surrounds our Earth. 

Other voices are promoting a new story for humanity like Charles Eisenstein, a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. They envision a new economy based on insights from consciousness development, summarized in the following videos:

A New Story for the People 

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

The International Academy of Consciousness is also a part of the this movement.  In 1992, IAC president Wagner Alegretti delivered a speech at the United Nations' Earth Summit to elucidate the link between consciousness and ecology.  As we witness the continual detriment of our "space-ship" Earth, we can ask why there is still insufficient will to reverse the trend.  Underpinning our behavior is a worldview or paradigm, a story that we have internalized.  The predominant paradigm can be characterized as materialistic, mechanistic, or reductionist.  

In other words, we tend to understand humans, animals, trees, rivers, air, water, and the rest of the Earth as material things, or resources for material motivations.  Even though we may have certain principles that state otherwise (from religion, from modern science like the 100-year-old quantum physics, our internal compass or philosophy, our senses), when we are limited to physical senses, this limited view of the world seems to convey that all is matter; that life is short; that we are on our own and must follow our own immediatist best interest in a competitive world.  

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of
human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to
deal more kindly with one another,
and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,
the only home we've ever known.
- Carl Sagan

"Both the 'out of body' and 'out of planet' experiences are profoundly integrative, expanding our sense of oneness with fellow beings, with the very fabric of multidimensional Reality"
- Nelson Abreu

Experiences like seeing the Earth from outer space, clairvoyance or projection of the consciousness (out-of-body experience), however, literally give us a new perspective, a new consciousness-centric or consciential paradigm. In other words, it demonstrates that Life is not a thing. We are not the body, ecological systems are not mere resources, the experience of enjoying the sight of a beautiful mountain is not worthless, even if it is not tangible or monetized. 

With this new cosmology, we understand ourselves in a more integrated way, as part of a cosmic ecosystem, a cosmic family.  We understand that actions (even our thoughts and intentions) have inexorable consequences and we think in a more long-term fashion. We understand that we are eternal and that we have more than just this life: not only should we preserve the Earth for future generations, we may be part of those future generations. 

As we disconnect from the consensus trance, from the rat race, we naturally seek more authentic and lucid sources of purpose, of meaning. Rather than being driven by fear, we discover new motivations: the continual drive to improve ourselves, to learn and to advance the well-being and evolution of our fellow Beings.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed- Mohandas Gandhi

The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation.
Once the story our world is built on reflects the reality of interconnection,

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