some, consciousness may seem like an abstract subject of study, devoid of
practical consequence for what most people value in their day-to-day lives.
For instance, what does the possibility suggested by near-death
experiences that reality could extend beyond the material realm have to do with
the Gross Domestic Product?
To Steiner, interdependence
is at the root of most spiritual traditions, and increasingly serves as the
foundation of scientific inquiry, including systems theory and quantum
mechanics. In the sphere of economics, Rudolf Steiner described it as
“associative.” He understood money to be a bridge – a circulatory system –
invented to connect human beings in relationships of service.
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unlike the outdated view of the OBE as a dissociative experience, it is quite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. We see signs that people are starting to realize the potential of
conscious economic collaboration with the sharing economy, democratic or
cooperative companies, and the world of collaborative social apps.
Transpersonal Experience as Catalyst for Post-Materialism:
Toward a Consciousness- or Life-Centric Civilization For the majority of human history, we have considered the human
spirit, soul, self, or mind a self-evident and fundamental part of Reality. The
material realm was often regarded as less of a reality than consciousness, or
at best an extension or reflection of it. With the progress of empirical
science, however, a conflict developed between those those who dared question
orthodox doctrines and the religious power that defended such dogma. A relative
truce was achieved by establishing mutually-exclusive magisteria: the material
realm could be investigated by the scientific spirit and matters of the spirit
were to be left to the clergy.