TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Paradigm A: The End of Illusion
- The Powers of the Universe
- Not too Many Problems – Too Many Answers
- The Death of Judgment
- The Grass Is Always Greener
- Premature Cognitive Commitments
- Yearning for Utopia
- The Big Why
By Embracing Our Authentic Power We Can Create A New Sustainable Human Community
Our heart has something to say and we can do two things.
Give it a nurturing story in which to say it and then speak.
Your health and the future of humanity depend on it. Bernie Siegel
What are the characteristics of a healthy and life-sustaining story and, more importantly, are we capable of creating this new paradigm? Humanity’s deepest thinkers have been asking that question since before Plato, and since Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) gave that natural human yearning a name. Despite what the cynics may think, we are capable of choosing a different narrative and we have the power to bring it about. See what you think after reading this chapter.
This changeless Reality is pure consciousness…
What if we were to synthesize all of the wisdom and effective transformational practices discovered by humanity thus far into one story (Simple Reality), a worldview of Oneness? Would the behavior of those who internalized this new narrative be affected? We have been unsuccessful so far in creating a sustainable culture. Some define culture as the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought characteristic of a community or population. I prefer the simpler definition of feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values. We have been unsuccessful in part because we have not been asking profound questions on how to create a sustainable human community let alone answering those questions.
How can we say that the Universe is friendly when there is so much “evidence” to the contrary? On the other hand, what if that “reality” is not what it seems to be? What if there is another way of looking at the evidence? What if there is a profoundly different perspective, a second reality not as apparent as the first? Many of the deepest thinkers who have lived on this planet say that this is the case. In this chapter we will meet some of those people and have the opportunity to examine what these divergent thinkers have said and then place it into the overall context of the new paradigm.
P-A cannot be described adequately in words or represented clearly by models or constructs, but can only be profoundly and completely embodied or “felt” in the present moment beyond all thinking. Nevertheless we can say that P-A is a state of realizing the inter-relationship, inter-dependence, and inter-being with all of Creation.
What does it “feel” like to live within the narrative of Simple Reality? In the words of Ken Wilber: It [the true self] becomes a philosopher, a dreamer in the best sense; an internally reflexive mirror, awestruck at its own existence. P-A is our awakened state or as Jung said, He who looks outwardly dreams … but he who looks within awakes.
Simple Reality includes a worldview, a story composed of our feelings, attitudes, beliefs and values. These are the aspects that our intellect can assist us with. John E. Mack describes it this way: Worldviews, and the ways of knowing that produce and sustain them, structure our perceptions and define how we experience ourselves in relation to the universe. They determine how we relate to each other and to the Earth itself, how we find satisfaction, and how we come to terms with the ultimate questions of living and dying. For these reasons, there is no matter of greater significance than which worldview, or paradigm is ascendant in our society.
Bibliography, notes and references can be found in the book Simple Reality: The Key to Serenity and Survival, available for purchase on Amazon.com.