This book excerpt from ‘Consciousness Sutras’ includes all 177 sutras/principles and sample comments.
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Publication date: April 19, 2022; ISBN-13: 9781912698103; Pages: 246.
Publisher: Transpersonal Press (Kaminn Media Ltd.), Scotland.


Foreword

The consciousness sutras are a compilation of principles, describing conscious experience and inner evolution. They are intended as experiential guidelines for psychologists, transformational counselors, life coaches, and anyone on a transformational journey.

These principles clarify and describe the structure and the layers of conscious experience, and their dynamics during inner evolution, while providing various first-person methodologies for their exploration. The text includes multidimensional perspectives and highly experiential descriptions from a first-person perspective; due to this complexity, some phrases may require more than one reading. You could take short pauses while reading, to reflect on how collective mechanisms generate your personal conscious experience.

If some ideas don’t make sense at first, please continue reading, and allow your mind to slowly form the puzzle, until a coherent big picture emerges. Some pieces of the puzzle will reveal themselves later, after you understand why all the pieces are related to one another, and how they work together to create the conscious experience.

Please consider this compilation of ideas to be my subjective perspective on how inner evolution could unfold. Good journeys!


Table of Contents

Principles of Becoming Conscious
I. Conscious Experience
II. Inner Evolution Drives
III. Developmental Maps
IV. Transformative Learning
V. Developmental Challenges
VI. Discovery Journeys
VII. Conscious Evolution

Appendix
Overview of Awakening Journeys

Case Studies
1. Psychological Explanations of Inner Growth Challenges That Could Develop Into Psychiatric Conditions
2. A Perspective on Autism, Deep Connection, and Pre-Conscious Awareness
3. Depth Perception, Space Awareness, and Other Visual Explorations
4. How to Activate and Navigate Intentional Visionary Experiences


If you are curious about the research approach and original contribution to understanding conscious evolution, take a look at the highlights for each chapter.

Highlights

I. Conscious Experience

  • Clarification of terminology, main systems and processes of conscious experience, as detected in the previous studies and the CQ-i development studies (collective patterns of conscious experience).
  • Clarification of stages of adaptive processing (basic, pre-conscious, conscious) and their chronology.
  • Conscious experience is composed of fresh elements (through witnessing) and delayed components (through cognition and other post-processing).
  • Operational definition of conscious experience.
  • Clarifications on how resonance-based processing happens.
  • Association between witnessing and feedback processing (also observed in meta-cognition, meta-emotions). Witnessing awareness as an evolutionary feature, through habituation of attentional feedback loops (attention to attention). Witnessing awareness as a basis for turiya.
  • Introducing collective root tendencies as the basis for samskaras/vasanas.
  • Introducing the three layers of conscious experience (physical, energy, information), and space as a container, and their components.
  • Highlighting the importance of spatial attention.
  • Self-identity as a habituated way of experiencing life, and the importance of subpersonalities. Introducing fluidity of self-identity as a reference view for transformation.

II. Inner Evolution Drives 

  • New perspectives on inner evolution drives.
  • Classification into 10 inner evolution drives.
  • Introducing transformative waves approach.

III. Developmental Maps

  • The two components described:
    • Inner Growth – essentialized information from developmental research.
    • Waking Up – Awakening Journeys – original content (expanded with the Appendix).
  • Introducing psychosomatic processing and the energy-information dynamics.

IV. Transformative Learning 

  • Introducing how samyama can be used as a conscious tool for experiential knowledge.
  • Clear and expanded descriptions of main systems (types of thinking, growth mindset, need for authenticity, highly sensitive persons, balancing aliveness, systems thinking, self-directed neuroplasticity, etc.)
  • Introducing psychological inertia as a root for self-identity defense mechanisms.
  • Description of how pattern reprogramming can be done.
  • More clear definition of the ‘shadow’.
  • Estimation for rates of transformation.
  • Positive disintegration, no-drama styles as tools for fast evolution.
  • Clarifying that over-use of intention is not healthy.
  • Clarifying that intuition is not 100% accurate, but it is biased by personal frameworks.
  • Introducing the mechanisms and detailed descriptions for changing a perspective.
  • Highlighting the importance of polarity work, prioritizing the new perspective, and using anchors.
  • Introducing two new patterns of transformation – automatic life review, symbolic journey, and their role and side-effects.

V. Developmental Challenges

  • Introducing ‘Mara’s daughters’ patterns.
  • Clarifying channeling.
  • Highlighting the importance of some processes (e.g., differentiating between ‘my’ contents – my emotions, my thoughts, and externally induced contents – imprints from interactions with others’ emotions and thoughts; the need for non-dual therapy for managing self-identity crises based on ego dissolution, etc.)

VI. Discovery Journeys 

  • Clarifying the types of configurations (low arousal, high arousal, mixed).
  • Introducing inner art sessions as a tool for transformation.
  • Clarifying out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming.
  • Introducing methods for using dream-like states for inner exploration using various methods (pratyahara, samyama, dreamwork, etc.) and their limits.
  • Introducing intentional visionary experiences.
  • Clarifying high-energy experiences and how to manage them.
  • Introducing enstatic dance and enstatic inner configurations, enstatic skills.
  • Introducing methods for instant reconsolidation of memory engrams.
  • Clarifying the mechanisms of inner sound (tinnitus) during inner transformation and introducing a method to use it as a bio-feedback tool.
  • Describing and clarifying what shared awareness is, plus conscious relationships, conscious parenting, and conscious organizations.

VII. Conscious Evolution

  • Introducing cosmic evolution in relation to individual evolution.
  • Introducing the importance of the microbiome in conscious experience.
  • Highlighting the importance of evolutionary awareness and the intentional evolutionary path.
  • Introducing the view that conscious experience may be, in fact, just an effect of the development of conscious intelligence.
  • Introducing the new evolutionary feature, developing in humans – harmonic intelligence.


Related research


I. CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE


1. Consciousness is a generic concept, an umbrella term, that describes the ability to experience life on multiple self-reflective levels. This guideline is focused on conscious experience, the subjective experience of being awake and alive.

2. The conscious experience is an outcome of the natural evolution of life. It provides the means to observe, self-reflect, and partially influence automatic behaviors and patterns, enhancing adaptability to life processes and generating evolutionary diversity.

3. Conscious experience is generated by the adaptive processing in our body, its cellular life and energy, the electromagnetic, gravitational, and other fundamental forces and processes, and their rhythmic balanced interchange. Conscious experience emerges from the functioning of the whole body, not just the brain. The interactions between all cells, organs, and systems of the human body are reflected in specific ways in conscious experience.

4. The human body is interconnected through complex chemical and biological systems, and also through resonance chains on various frequencies. The resonance chains form synchronic nested-rhythms networks that define the brain-body architecture. These resonance-based architectures provide the structure for local-global information exchanges and high-speed regulative processes throughout the body.

5. The rhythmic, balanced interchanges can coalesce in different combinations of frequencies, forming dynamic resonance structures. These structures adapt the human body dynamics to life dynamics, through multi-frequency and multi-rhythmic adaptive processing. The resonant adaptive processing is embedded in the architecture of the mechanical and electrochemical exchanges, developed by the 60+ trillion human and bacterial cells that form the human body. Cognition, intelligence, attention, and awareness provide a glimpse of this multi-layered adaptive processing.

6. Life’s adaptive processing develops in progressive steps. Around 80 to 90% of the processing develops automatically, entirely outside of our awareness, while regulating the functioning of our body. The other 10-20% of life’s adaptive processing creates three awareness types. Primary processing, from 20ms (milliseconds) to 100ms after the stimulus onset, generates basic awareness. Secondary processing, from 100ms to 300ms, creates pre-conscious awareness, and tertiary processing, from 300ms to 600ms and beyond, generates conscious awareness through cognition.

7. Reflective self-awareness (‘mental presence’), involving cognition and perception of time, needs at least 1-3 seconds to evoke the nowness experience, the localizing of an event in time as happening ‘now’. However, through witnessing awareness, which requires minimal categorization and cognition, humans could have a continuous ‘raw’ part of the conscious experience, subjectively felt as a fresh ‘being in the now’. Witnessing awareness begins to unfold from basic and pre-conscious awareness (below the 300ms threshold), while mindfulness is available later, after cognition gets involved in processing and the ‘nowness’ experience is generated. That’s why some contemplative experiences, with a significant witnessing component, are perceived as ‘atemporal’, or ‘with no self-identity’, while usual mindfulness experiences feel more like this: ‘I am observing reality here-now’.

8. To be conscious means to have a degree of witnessing awareness and a degree of freedom of choice when thinking, feeling, sensing, and interacting with people and the environment. An essential element of conscious experience is intentionality, which allows a person to choose deliberately what behavior to enact and what attitude to allow and select. From a temporal unfolding perspective, conscious experience is a flowing ‘window to reality’: it includes fresh components (generated by witnessing, with not as much choice available) and delayed components (generated by witnessing, cognition, and other aspects of processing, with greater freedom of choice available). The weight of these two components, in the overall conscious experience, is highly dynamic; some experiences can be ‘more fresh’ (when witnessing has more weight), while others can be ‘more delayed’ (when cognitive processing has more weight). There are also various other combinations, generated by the layers of conscious experience and sub-systems.

9. The witnessing awareness mode is a part of a meta-reflective intelligence system, generated by the body’s adaptive processing. When a part of attention is focused on the attentional stream itself, it generates meta-attention, and then meta-awareness—the awareness of awareness streams, creating a framework for awareness flows. While the feedback loop is added to the meta-processing of awareness, the witnessing awareness mode is activated, as an evolutionary response that supports the continuity of the feedback cycle. There is no need to sit in meditation to ‘achieve’ the witnessing awareness mode. Witnessing is available as a conscious choice, and it can be habituated through practice.

10. Witnessing awareness is an evolutionary feature, slowly developing in humans and other life forms, enhancing the conscious experience. This advanced feedback processing also develops in humans as meta-cognition (cognition about cognition), meta-emotions (secondary emotions, generated by primary-reactive emotions), and other types of meta-reflective processing. The witnessing experience seems directly connected to the early local recurrent and late top-down feedback processes in our brain, as well as all feedback mechanisms in our body, which maintain homeostasis and provide adaptation and support for life processes.

11. Witnessing is a fluid experience, a dynamic process, not a static ‘component’ of the conscious experience. It flows moment to moment. As life’s intelligence evolves, this perceptual ability also evolves, becoming richer and more complex. However, this evolutionary feature is at its earliest stage of development in humans, and it seems to reach its full potential in the post-autonomous stages of inner growth, through in-depth inner work and long-term efforts to de-automatize the psychological system and educate the attentional mechanisms.

12. Attention is the part of life’s intelligence that monitors and enhances the adaptive processing of stimuli from various sources, internal and external. While monitoring the global workspace of automatic processing, attention selects the stimuli that have or need increased processing. After selection, the body’s intelligence increases their processing through various mechanisms, including awareness and cognition. Thus, a conscious experience related to the stimuli is generated.

13. The conscious experience is enhanced by dividing attention to include narrow focus and global focus, at the same time, and also the immersed and objective ways simultaneously.

14. During adaptive processing, perspective filters are naturally created as coherent patterns of various information flows, such as awareness, cognition systems, attentional streams, memory, sensory perception, energy patterns, and self-identity. These patterns are then used to attend to the present moment.

15. Perspective-taking is the process a person uses to filter reality via various vantage points, or lenses, which select information sources and create meaning.

16. The perspective-taking generates highly subjective knowledge about reality, as it is conditioned by personal experiences, body functioning, group experiences, culture, and civilization habits.

17. Organic life on Earth developed collective patterns of functioning through the evolutionary process, reflected in human inner experience as collective root tendencies. These natural tendencies organize the adaptive processing in our body layers, generating various functional patterns inside the conscious experience, common to all humans.

18. Root tendencies are barely accessible to our conscious awareness. Still, through in-depth self-exploration, it is possible to attend to their flows and adjust their effects in our inner life through conscious interventions. The collective root tendencies provide the initial structure for the personal vāsanās/samskaras, identified and described by Advaita, Yoga, Buddhism, and their practitioners; vāsanās/samskaras are sub-conscious drives and psychological imprints that automatically influence our thoughts, emotions, and behavior.

19. From an experiential, first-person perspective, there are three essential layers of reality we can attend to, through the body: physical-material, energy, information, all taking place in space, as a container of these three layers, generating multidimensional dynamics inside the conscious experience. These reality layers are reflected in the human experience as interpenetrating body layers.

20. Physical Body layer consists of physical matter and its organizations in cells, organs, and systems of cells. Their dynamics are reflected in our inner experience through various external and internal senses, including sound, vision, touch, smell, internal organ sense, hunger, thirst, suffocation, pain, temperature, body position, balance, spatial orientation, movement, muscle and organs tensions, blood pressure, connectivity with other life forms, or other specific body processes.

21. Energy Body layer includes the energy exchanges that occur in our physical body, owing to various forces or phenomena, e.g., chemical forces, electromagnetism, gravity, body heat, food processing, breath. The energy body is the result of life processes, doing ‘work’ to maintain the functioning of a human being, perceived in various ways, e.g., emotions, feelings, flowing sensations, vital energy, sexual drives, cognitive energy, kundalini waves, energetic effects from human interactions (or from other life forms and nature), and various other energy-related sensations and perceptions.

22. Information Body layer incorporates various types of information exchanges between the cells and cell systems, as well as complex adaptive processing, such as awareness, cognition, attention, perspective-taking, language and meanings, intelligence, social and interpersonal information exchanges, connections with the intelligence of other life forms, and information from various resonance dynamics of life on Earth.

23. A good multi-modal integration enhances the conscious experience. Multi-modal integration refers to a harmonic integration of awareness related to body layers (physical, energy, and information). Memory and self-identity are embedded in all layers. That’s why, during the inner evolution process, one has to consider working with the patterns in all three body layers. The integration process is supported by a global attentional style, which keeps various flows of awareness together, in a synesthetic-like style.

24. Increasing the clarity of discrimination is essential for conscious experience. Clarity of discrimination refers to selecting/discriminating various stimuli, facets, and subsystems of the conscious experience. It also means perceiving and responding to differences and multiple changes in the inner and outer environment.

25. There are a variety of inner configurations available to humans, generating common states of consciousness, such as the waking state, relaxation, dreaming, deep sleep, transitions before or after sleep, daydreaming, creativity, trance states (zone/flow), or rare states such as lucid dreaming, high-energy experiences (kundalini spikes), samadhi, each of them having various stages of depth and variations.

26. Using witnessing awareness, we can attend to some structures and contents of the body’s adaptive processing even while dreaming or experiencing deep sleep. These inner configurations are known as witnessing dreams, witnessing deep sleep, and turiya. In the Upanishads, turiya is described as the fourth state of consciousness that could run in the background of all states, such as waking, sleeping, dreaming, or samadhi. Turiya is generated by a specific configuration of the witnessing awareness mode.

27. Conscious experience is enhanced if the perspective is trained to include attention to space, as a permanent part of the attentional structure. This creates a new type of awareness, known as spatial awareness, sometimes described by mystics and philosophers as the void-like nature of conscious experience.

28. By consciously using the perspective, the attentional structures, and the connection with space, we can participate in the present moment with more richness, connecting with multiple layers of reality in creative ways.

29. The natural events in our lives create specific patterns of thinking, feeling, sensing, and acting. In time, they habituate as a psychological self-identity, a unique personality. Self-identity is a habituated way of experiencing life.

30. Specific and repeated events in our lives form a web of patterns that activates in specific circumstances, generating subpersonalities, mini-identities adapted to that specific event/topic.

31. In the inner evolution journey, observation of the subpersonalities is the premise for becoming an authentic human being. In time, we can integrate all the subpersonalities into one fluid identity, and we can live in contact with the totality of ourselves in each moment. To do this integration, first we need to notice the subpersonalities and then create a system of life-values that can apply to all subpersonalities. Using this method, we get a coherent structure that allows us to be authentic all the time, while adapting our behavior to each specific context.

32. The Consciousness Quotient is a composite psychological construct, including traits, skills, and abilities that allow us to explore and optimize the conscious experience.

33. An enhanced Consciousness Quotient means a higher degree of witnessing awareness and being less automatic in thinking, feeling, sensing, and interacting with people and the environment, together with a higher degree of choice when initiating a behavior. It also means a better capacity for connecting with life and experiencing fresh aliveness through the body.

II. INNER EVOLUTION DRIVES


34. Life on Earth is a continuous flow of change; collective adaptation and evolution unfold continuously in every human being, driven by internal and external circumstances.

35. Inner evolution happens when unexpected events, whether personal, social, or planetary, require adaptation to new circumstances.

36. Along with the temporary drives requiring adaptation to unexpected issues in life, ten evolutionary drives can generate and sustain accelerated transformative waves in individuals.

37. Giving birth to life
This evolutionary drive provides the energy for the procreation and education of human descendants.

38. Connect and align
The drive to comply and align to group values and beliefs (including religious ones), by conforming and adjusting to collective cultural values and civilization rules, and achieving group ideals.

39. No more!
This drive sustains the evolutionary processes, ignited by life issues such as dramas, traumas, failures, or conflicts. It relates to ‘cleaning’ and healing the effects of unbalanced actions from the past, becoming aware and integrating personal or transgenerational patterns, or solving personal problems.

40. What’s this?
This is the evolutionary drive toward understanding and generating new knowledge and wisdom.

41. Being human
This is the drive toward developing a healthy identity, sustaining the journey toward maturity, realizing autonomy, self-actualizing, finding unity, and adopting Being-values.

42. Sattva
This drive motivates and sustains the journey toward harmony and freedom, usually through spirituality. Sattva is one of the three tendencies of nature (‘gunas’), described by Eastern philosophies as the quality of ‘being light’ (as opposed to restlessness and heaviness). Sattva also refers to goodness, positivity, truth, serenity, balance, and peacefulness. The other two tendencies of nature are rajas, oriented toward passion, activity, and motion, and tamas, related to confusion and inertia.

43. Feel alive
This is the evolutionary tendency to immerse oneself in the experience of being alive.

44. What’s beyond?
This drive generates evolution through curiosity and exploration.

45. Support and protect life
This is the collective drive to take care of life in all its forms.

46. Innovate and share
This is the evolutionary drive to generate innovative ways of being and living.

47. These evolutionary drives run in the background of conscious experience and shape the individual’s inner journey toward fulfilling its evolutionary goal, which supports collective evolution.

48. The transformative waves generated by these drives could extend over many years or decades.

49. A transformative wave begins with a challenge, when an issue is presented to the global workspace of conscious awareness, followed by some chaos when new information is flooding inner experience. Then the wave reaches a peak, when the ‘chaos’ is structured into new patterns, generating a shift (unfolding as insights, energy re-arrangements, ecstatic states, new perspectives, awakenings, decisions, etc.), usually followed by integration. This will eventually lead to a new structure of personality (self-identity) or new ways of being alive. It can be unhealthy to enter the new personality before the transformative wave has slowed down naturally.

50. A transformative wave ends when that specific adaptation is acquired, the specific need has been satisfied, and the evolutionary seed unfolds. Multiple rounds of chaos/adaptation cycles could occur before the drive is satisfied. Some evolutionary drives are active for a very long time, or through the entire life of an individual, and their effects could be mistakenly considered as ‘stable personality traits’.

51. It’s natural for these drives to be depleted if the change requires a broad adaptation that cannot be acquired in one or a few transformative waves. Sometimes a drive may activate again, generating another attempt to synchronize. Sometimes it remains inactive, and the drive energy is ‘reassigned’ by life’s intelligence to follow the natural pace of collective evolution.

52. More than one drive may be active simultaneously in an individual, at a given time, generating inner experiences with enhanced complexity and aliveness. For any individual who wants to understand what’s emerging now in the inner life, it is helpful to become aware of these active transformative waves, noticing whether the wave is peaking, or the energy is before or after the peak.

III. DEVELOPMENTAL MAPS


53. Inner evolution has two main components: inner growth (growing up) is a journey toward maturity, by learning to develop a harmonic, healthy, and fluid self-identity, while the awakening journeys (waking up) add new depths and facets to our conscious experience of being alive, open and connected with ourselves and life.

54. Inner Growth, the journey toward psychological maturity and a fluid self-identity, unfolds in developmental stages, from birth to adulthood, while one’s mental frameworks/worldviews evolve from egocentric (me) to ethnocentric (my family, my group), sociocentric (my community, my nation), worldcentric (all of us), planet-centric (all beings, the Earth), and cosmocentric (all that exists, the universe). Caring, love, respect, and deep connection with nature and life are available at any stage of development.

55. Developmental psychologists have identified specific characteristics for each stage, which seem to be similar among all the people at that specific stage of inner growth and maturity, in all cultures. The healthy transition through stages develops in a logical sequence. Later stages are reached by transitioning through the previous stages, incorporating their perspectives, structures, and patterns into a larger, more flexible, and connected self-identity. Later stages are not happier or more adjusted; each stage has its challenges.


In ‘Nine Levels of Increasing Embrace in Ego Development: A Full-Spectrum Theory of Vertical Growth and Meaning Making’, Susanne Cook-Greuter explains: “Ego[/Self] development is a theory of the consolidation at various levels of identity formation (translation, horizontal expansion) as well as of potential transformation from one view of reality to a broader, more inclusive one. It describes a sequence of how people’s mental models of reality evolve over time. Each new level contains the previous ones as subsets. This is best illustrated with a set of Russian dolls, each nested within another[…]. Thus, each new level is both a new whole with its own coherence, and—at the same time—also a part of a larger, more complex system.[…] Derailment in development, pockets of lack of integration, trauma, and psychopathology are seen at all levels. Thus, later stages are not more adjusted or happier.”[55a]

These are the inner growth stages, and the estimation of the population on each stage, based on Cook-Greuter’s research on the adult US population:

Symbiotic stage:
– all infants
Preconventional: ~10%
1. Impulsive
2. Self-Protective (Opportunist, Self-centric)
Conventional: ~75%
3. Conformist (Diplomat, Rule-Oriented, Group-centric)
4. Expert (Self-conscious, Skill-centric)
5. Achiever (Conscientious, Self-determining)
Post-conventional: ~12%
6. Individualist-Pluralist (Self-questioning)
7. Autonomous (Self-actualizing, Strategist)
Post-autonomous:
8. Construct-aware (Ego/Self-aware): <2%
9. Unitive (Ego/Self-Transcendent): < 1%

Terri O’Fallon observed that the post-autonomous stages could be refined even further. She proposed four stages for post-autonomous development; however, due to the rare occurrences of such stages in individuals across the globe, these stages are still debated by the developmental research community.

These are the post-autonomous stages, according to Terri O’Fallon:

– Construct-aware (Ego/Self-aware)
– Transpersonal
– Universal
– Illumined.[55b]

References:
55a Cook-Greuter, S. (2013). Nine Levels of Increasing Embrace in Ego Development: A Full-Spectrum Theory of Vertical Growth and Meaning Making. Retrieved March 01, 2021, from http://www.cook-greuter.com/Cook-Greuter%209%20levels%20paper%20new%201.1%2714%2097p%5B1%5D.pdf
55b O’Fallon, T. (2020). States and STAGES: Waking Up Developmentally. Integral Review, 16(1), 13-38.


56. During inner growth, individuals become increasingly aware of the psychological mechanisms that generate their inner experience, while expanding from concrete contents of inner experience (e.g., facts, events, social interactions, sensations, thoughts, emotions), to psychological-philosophical contents (e.g., how thinking happens, why emotions occur, how self-identity develops, the use of paradigms, philosophical processing), to continuous real-time attending to meta-reflective processing, such as witnessing awareness, meta-attention, meta-awareness, meta-cognition, meta-emotions, self-identity and subpersonalities dynamics, perspective-taking mechanisms, collective awareness.

57. A person at a more mature stage can understand earlier worldviews, while an individual at an earlier stage cannot understand someone whose center of gravity is at a more mature stage.

58. Most of us simultaneously live within multiple stages; e.g., a subpersonality may be in stage 4 and another one in stage 5. We can feel, act, and react authentically from a unified perspective only after the inner harmonization process has reached a certain maturity.

59. In the journey toward maturity, there are two steps in each transition through developmental stages: vertical development, a structural shift in meaning-making, and horizontal development, an exploration of the world using the same configuration of being-thinking-feeling-sensing-acting-relating. Both are important and necessary for a healthy evolution of personality.

60. Occasionally, during peak experiences or ‘altered states of consciousness’, a person can temporarily access configurations specific to more mature stages, but without being able to influence the flow. After the peak experience ends, such people tend to interpret the meaning of the peak experiences through their habituated perspectives. Although our psyche allows short-term ‘vertical jumps’ during peak experiences, these jumps are rare, as many peak experiences facilitate the processes of letting go, connecting, opening, allowing, fluidifying, or awakening experiences, which usually do not transform self-identity structures.

61. Even after a stage is habituated, a regression of the self-identity center-of-gravity to an earlier stage may happen, due to stressful life events. In these situations, the self-identity returns to the last stable configuration. This is a healthy defense mechanism.

62. Understanding and learning about developmental stages, and consciously using these transformation maps, may reduce the inherent suffering during inner growth by facilitating smooth transitions toward maturity and inner harmony.

63. If a person is interested in using the developmental stages map as a tool for self-evolution, it is most efficient to do it step by step, while seeking to understand the next two stages of inner growth. One should also do inner work to cultivate the new psychological structures and worldviews, inviting the transformation, rather than trying to reach the later stages of development directly. This process can be facilitated by transformational counselors, who have been trained in vertical development, evolutionary mentoring, and transformative methodologies.

64. During transitions toward maturity and autonomy, a repeating pattern has been observed. First, the person opens up to a new way of functioning, but they see it as a personal development (it’s about me). In the next step, they see this new way of functioning in other people, and realize that it is a collective feature (it’s about us).

65. Non-conceptual experiences (pure consciousness, unity consciousness, transcendental states) are available across various developmental levels; they do not belong to a ‘higher’ developmental level.

66. Along the inner growth process, a simultaneous evolutionary process could emerge, described as awakening journeys. Awakening journeys consist of a continuum of openings and insights about the functioning of life and nature. Each awakening is a transformative experience, felt as a transition toward a more complex and deeper awareness.

67. Awakenings are natural evolutionary processes, each one making a specific contribution to the collective self-reflection process. People all over the world have the same types of openings/awakenings, with a subjective flavor added by their preferred frames of reference.

68. There are various types of openings that can be described as awakenings. An awakening is an opening to new ways of functioning, providing new ways of being alive and connected with life.

69. In time, if this new opening is cultivated and consciously nurtured, it becomes an awakeness skill. In other words, it creates a habit (it habituates), supported by the neuroplasticity of the brain. After these neuroplasticity processes occur, the person can use the new awakeness skill without investing much attention. It becomes automated, thus creating the conditions for the next step in evolution.

70. Each person creates meaning from these natural openings based on their worldview. The individual’s interpretation of these natural evolutionary processes is biased by their meaning-making structures, due to the inherent limitations of the language used by each framework (e.g., spiritual, philosophical, religious, pseudoscientific, scientific, etc.).

71. Awakenings happen either sequentially or, sometimes, simultaneously. New awakenings can occur even if previous openings have not been habituated. Each opening has various depths, and it takes time to integrate it, anywhere between a few years to some decades. After integration, the new conscious awareness skills lead to lifestyle changes and new awakeness styles.

72. There is no ‘final’ awakening. Each awakening system triggers a deeper understanding of other systems, until multidimensional awakeness skills are acquired, and all the layers are harmonized and integrated into conscious experience. This process is species-wide, and it is a continuous process.

73. Awakenings can emerge within individuals at various developmental stages. Some awakenings are experienced in their essentiality at later stages, after the self-identity becomes more flexible.

74. Various opening experiences occur spontaneously during life, lasting from a few seconds to a few hours. Most people lack the education to recognize and cultivate them. When they are very intense, the opening moments could be considered peak experiences or altered states of consciousness.

75. Some evolutionary processes unfold in dramatic ways, which may be quite distressing for the people around them. The societal reaction is to confuse these transformational moments and to consider them as a kind of psychosis, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, which slows down the transformation process if one is required to use long-term medications.

76. Awakenings can be learned, cultivated, and invited into our lives, and habituated through practice. We just need to allow ourselves to be transformed in new ways.

77. Various psychosomatic processes accompany both the inner growth journeys—toward a mature and fluid self-identity, and the awakening journeys—which enhance one’s connectivity with life. For in-depth information on psychosomatic dynamics, explore the following awakening journeys, described in the Appendix: Conscious embodiment – the reconnection with the body energy and body perceptions; Awakening to the energy flows and kundalini awakening; Vibrational awakenings: from erotic to ecstatic, enstatic and beyond; Awakening the heart and the experience of unconditional love as deep resonance. Also, consider the ‘chakras’ model as a metaphor for energy dynamics, rather than as a technical description of the energy body.

78. During inner evolution, transformation ensues in all layers—physical, energy, and information. Each thinking pattern has a relationship with an energy pattern in the physical body or our emotional structure. Just intervening on one side, the body or emotions, will not produce a stable change. Visualization techniques, in which people imagine sending ‘energy’ to heal parts of the body, produce only placebo effects. To harmonize the cognitive and emotional imprints in the body, we need to use the body, not to visualize ‘energies’ in the body.

79. The psychosomatic process generated by life’s energy intelligence, known as kundalini, has at least three parts: the first part seems to be pranotthana—the ‘cleaning’ process, when the body may be convulsing, moving uncontrollably, or sometimes performing perfect yoga asanas or spontaneous mudras. The second part is when the energy can propagate smoothly and increase the synchrony of rhythms and flows in the energy body layer.

80. The third stage of kundalini processing is when all types of energy are in synchrony, and there are no more significant/unsolved traumas or blockages. In this stage, the person can increase aliveness and combine high and low frequencies, without losing the high synchrony by generating ‘heat’ (or expansive energy flows). It’s a transition from ecstatic to enstatic, usually occurring after the person develops the ability to allow high-frequency experiences, at the same time with low-frequency experiences; this is done by allowing the increase of density in the energy body experiences. This transition is supported by a lifestyle that is oriented toward spirituality and harmony, while nurturing the sattva tendency in all layers.


If we take a point of view from inside the energy body layer, some energy-information dynamics become highly relevant:

1. There are two broad types of perceptions related to the energy’s frequencies: the static-vibrational energy—with a high frequency and smaller wavelengths, oriented toward information processing, generating the experience of electric currents (or a high-frequency buzzing); and the flowing-wave energy—with a low frequency and large wavelength, oriented toward physical movement processing, generating the liquid flowing experiences, when the energy is felt like a wave flowing through the energy body.

From the high-resolution perspective, the low-resolution flowing movement seems slow, and its fundamental dynamics are intelligible. As a metaphor, let’s say we look at a 100Hz high-frequency vibrational layer and a 10Hz low-frequency flowing layer. The computations inside the 10Hz flowing wave provide 10×10=100 potential options to vibrate. But, the computations inside the 100Hz vibrational energy provide 100×100=10,000 options to vibrate, as possibilities for flowing-wave patterns available at any moment. Thus, a high-frequency vibration can contain within the potential for various types of low-frequency vibrational patterns. When we experience extreme, high-frequency phenomena in our energy body, our conscious experience feels static-vibrational, increasingly alert, aware, and high resolution. We can see things vividly, with many details available to our mind’s eye. When our conscious awareness has flowing-waves patterns, we tend to experience the world with a ‘liquid-emotional’ quality. An energy wave through a high-frequency layer is felt like an electric current, while an energy wave through a low-frequency layer feels more like a water wave.

2. The 1,000+ frequency layers in the human body harmonize either through local and neighbor-to-neighbor frequency resonance processing, or they can harmonize with the whole energy body through global synchronization waves. This global-sync wave shares the information from the local synchronies with the energy-information body layers, which adapt all at once after the local upgrade is received and distributed to the whole, perhaps using the fascia-microtubule network.

When we lie down and relax or receive a massage, some parts of the body may release tension, and we may feel a bubble of energy radiating as warm relaxation in that area. Usually, we feel this locally, but sometimes it feels like an explosion that expands through the entire energy body. This expansion is the ‘global synchronization wave’. When it spreads throughout the entire energy body, it adds its local sync-ing pattern to the entire body, and inside we feel renewed and re-tuned.

Another example: when we relax the knee, if there are some tensions there, accumulated during the day—and the knee area is fine overall, the relaxation will just generate a local warming feeling as the tissues relax deeply. But, if a trauma is stored in the knee, complete relaxation is not possible at first. If, through practice, we can relax the tensions entirely, sometimes the knee relaxation can generate an upgrade in the global sync, through a synchronization wave that radiates from the knee to the entire energy body. This is like an explosion in the knee that expands in 3D, within the entire energy body layer, or flows through the spine upwards. If we consciously allow this synchronization wave to go through the physical-energy-information layers, there is a chance that it will generate an instant reconsolidation of memory. Thus, the traumatic memory will be harmonized easily, and fewer ‘healing’ cycles will be necessary.

3. Energy is not transmitted from one person to another. The energy patterns in one individual could generate similar patterns in the other individual, but each individual has his or her own energy body, locked to the physical body. In social and intimate interactions, each person modulates her or his own energy body, by non-consciously selecting various interconnectivity patterns from the persons nearby or the environment. There is a metaphor which says: ‘there is a collective ocean in which we are drops of water, and the ocean of life mediates this interpersonal transfer’. This metaphor is not so helpful. The ‘transfer’ is local, and each individual is fully responsible for what he or she allows inside and what is shared with other individuals.

Imagine the human body as a shape, filled with a million marbles that oscillate at a high frequency, as if statically. And the oscillations are also involved in collective oscillations of sub-groups, by allowing various streams of resonating flowing waves to happen. The marbles inside a person have patterns of waves, which can be picked up through resonance by another person’s energy body. Still, each person has her or his own set of marbles.

Let’s use massage therapy process as a metaphor. The massage therapist, through the hands, invites the energy body of the other person to tune into certain patterns of waves. Through various self-tunings, if the energy bodies synchronize and pick up the patterns of another, the resonance connection becomes active, and the flowing waves begin exchanging information. This connection can be consciously improved if the therapist expands the awareness, to sense both types of energy simultaneously: static-vibrational and flowing waves. The buzz and the liquid flow at the same time, with all the frequency layers in between.

4. During inner evolution, we need to allow our energy awareness to refine itself and allow all types of resonance processes to participate in the energy body awareness, without fear. Through inner work, it is possible to facilitate a global harmony, by allowing all types of processes and energies to move freely: active and receptive, high frequency and low frequency, vibrating and flowing. Some will increase, others decrease the density of the energy body, allowing global synchronization waves to unfold. These nuancing skills could be used to go deeper within, in a meditation session, or they can help manage high-energy kundalini spikes.

5. It may be that the fascia-microtubule network is one of the biological systems that support the interconnections necessary for conscious processing.

6. Let’s consider the fascia-microtubule network as a biological ‘antenna’ that is sensitive to the collective information of life on earth. From this perspective, the fascia-microtubule network could be a background processing unit related to interpersonal empathy, telepathy, and various other interpersonal information exchanges, between humans or between any life forms with a fascia-like system.

In ‘Myofascial Training’, Ester Albini writes: “The fascial tissue is […] a network that wraps around and separates every part of the body, creating a structural continuity that gives shape and function to all tissue and organs. The human body is a functional unit in which every region is in communication with another through the fascial network.[…] Think of the fascia as a close-fitting and semitransparent web that wraps us and connects us from head to toe, and acts as an external nervous system that processes and responds to sensory and mechanical stimuli.

The fascial tissue, which can be found throughout the body, surrounds and permeates blood vessels, nerves, organs, the meninges, bone, and muscles[…]. It is a semitransparent network that starts from the skin and thickens in the fibrous tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and internal organs. It is a continuous system that covers and crosses our body and accounts for 20 percent of our body weight.[…] The receptors responsible for our perception of the body are up to six times more abundant in the fascia than in the muscles. This is extremely important for accelerating the healing process, increasing well-being, and enhancing performance.

What is important to gather from this image is that the fascia is one piece; it is a three-dimensional web, and every inch of the body, including the bones, the organs, and of course, the muscles, are permeated by this web all the way down to the cells. Therefore, when you put your awareness into your fascial system, you are putting your awareness into your entire body as a whole. It is the most pervasive structure in the whole body.[80a]

Liz Long, in ‘Fascia, Connections and Consciousness’, says: “The fascial system is not simply a system of structure. It is also highly involved in mechanotransduction (when cells convert mechanical stimulus into electrical activity), hemodynamics (the movement of the blood), supporting the immune system, and creating an environment that allows for wound healing. It is highly innervated, especially with pain receptors, and it is a major contributor to proprioception.[…]

In my experience and what I’ve gathered from the reports of others, putting the attention in the fascial system allows the body to be sensed and moved as a singular connected whole. This awareness gives greater access to the ‘in between’ spaces, allows us to tone the organs, and gives us greater access to a sense of mechanical expansion and contraction. I currently hypothesize that the reason this awareness gives us those experiences is because the fascia literally exists all over the body and has its own motility. Motility means that something has its own contraction and expansion capabilities. That means that it is not just the cells of the muscles that contract and expand. Every place in the body that has fascia contracts and expands through the fascia itself.”[80b]

References:
80a Albini, E. (2020). Myofascial Training: Intelligent Movement for Mobility, Performance, and Recovery (First ed.). Human Kinetics.
80b Long, L. (2021, July 27). Fascia, Connections and Consciousness. Freeman+Taylor Yoga. Retrieved January 14, 2022, from https://www.richardfreemanyoga.com/from-the-sangha/2021/july-fascia-connections-and-consciousness


IV. TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING


81. Transformative learning involves learning, understanding, opening, adjusting, adapting, and habituating to new ways of being alive.

82. The learning process during inner evolution requires an upgrade in the meaning-making structure; one must also grasp the basic technical-experiential terminology related to all body layers (physical, energy, information), their interconnections, and the transformative processes unfolding throughout. By understanding what’s happening, the developmental transitions could advance more quickly, thus reducing confusion and suffering.

83. Developing visual-spatial thinking (thinking through spatial imagery), along with the auditory-verbal (sequential) thinking, provide an increased speed of processing and facilitate learning and understanding during inner evolution. An easy access to both thinking systems is helpful.

84. Samyama is a process of perfect and continuous fusion with the object of attention, through absorption. This uninterrupted connection generates a real-time tuning of cognitive understanding and other perceptions, leading to prajna, experiential-direct knowledge.

85. Learning to practice samyama is helpful for finding the in-depth roots of developmental flows. Practicing samyama with various issues and topics that arise during inner evolution could provide insights for correct decisions, related to that specific issue.

86. A growth mindset is essential for inner evolution. This includes openness, cognitive and emotional flexibility, and a willingness to accept feedback, criticism, and paradoxes. This mindset involves the frequent admission that ‘I don’t know yet’ and an unconditional acceptance of life as it is. All these qualities need to be fueled daily when conscious transformation begins. In time, they will provide an automatic framework, catalyzing the inner evolution journey.

87. In the inner evolution journey, we must defeat psychological inertia and modify the inner defense mechanisms that maintain self-identity stability. The self is a consequence of evolution; that’s why the process of change is not gratified by nature with joy, but rather with fear and frustration. Some people tend to see this inertia as negative, or as if negative energies may ‘attack them’. But, positive emotions (e.g., enthusiasm, joy, curiosity) are also released as an evolutionary support to overcome the inertia.

88. Authenticity and radical honesty are essential during inner evolution, to integrate the subpersonalities and create a workspace for the pre-conscious information to participate in the conscious experience flow. We cannot change the past; all we can do is accept everything and see the present as a result of our past actions. What we can do is become fully honest and authentic, and change the future by acting differently. It may be helpful to know that, during inner evolution, a pattern of experience shows up, known as the mirror of karma—when, in conscience, one re-evaluates past actions, and feelings of guilt and inadequacy may arise. In these situations, radical honesty and complete acceptance of all past actions are needed. Also, by connecting with friends or discussing such issues with a therapist, one can gain new perspectives on what has happened in the past, thus reducing the ‘absolutist’ tendency of self-judgment.

89. Usually, it takes more than one cycle of exploration to integrate an issue or a subpersonality that is unbalanced. Some brilliant and meticulous individuals, in a counseling or self-development process, tend to self-arrest themselves in a paradigm, just because they are ambitious to solve an issue entirely, before moving on to the next topic. They keep looking at causes and answers, with lengthy efforts, by diving again and again into personal and transgenerational material; they are looking for final answers or a final healing. But, even if we use our discriminative power extensively and do body work, some life issues are so intricate and complex that the only way to ‘solve’ them for good is to grow up as a whole and become more mature with our entire being.

90. During inner evolution, everyone has times of high sensitivity. A highly sensitive person has an increased depth of processing. Such a person is over-aroused (i.e., easily aroused compared to others), has high emotional reactivity and empathy, and higher sensitivity to various stimuli. When people work with their emotional system using witnessing awareness, they discover new depths of sensitivity, experiencing full empathy and full connections with the target of the attentional stream.

91. Anxiety and depression are natural experiences, along the continuum of aliveness. When there is too much activation of life energy, people experience anxiety. When there is less aliveness, they experience depression. Learning to balance aliveness is essential for navigating inner evolution.

92. Transformative change requires noticing and observing patterns and understanding how these patterns connect and work together within systems. Systems thinking is a fundamental skill for a mature self-identity. Some of the systems which can be analyzed during inner evolution are the body, food, emotions, relationships with other people, the mind, the way we talk, and the self-identity. Perhaps the most dramatic transition during inner growth occurs when people begin to see their self-identity as a system and stop their compulsive identification with it, by expanding their perspective to include the self-identity as one of the many systems that create our inner life.

93. The switch from automatic pilot to conscious functioning requires an in-depth exploration of our ways of being and interacting. The process of inner evolution is a large-scale re-programming of certain automatic patterns that are available to conscious awareness.

94. Some automatic structures of the psyche are available for re-programming easily; some of them aren’t, due to non-conscious self-defenses that make us negate, reject, or ignore certain experiences and their significance.

95. The rejected/ignored content is what psychologists call the shadow. The shadow is an informational content that is already available to conscious awareness, but the self-identity control is acting as if the content doesn’t exist, thus reducing harmony within the psyche. The shadow is usually created during childhood, through unhealthy parenting styles, and propagates itself from childhood to adult life. The shadow can be transferred from parents to their descendants, if the adult doesn’t do inner work. In the inner evolution process, it is necessary to access the shadow, and allow its contents and patterns to contribute to conscious experience.

96. De-automatization involves a new skill: to observe the self-identity/ego defense mechanisms and to skip using them, when they are not necessary. Allowing all kinds of experiences to flow through us is a natural way to integrate and accept them. If we interpret inner experiences that we don’t like as ‘negative’, then conscious processing tends to bypass those parts labeled as ‘negative’.

97. These are possible estimates for the rate of transformation: it takes at least six to eight months to change a habit; at least five years to transition from a developmental stage of maturity to the next, if the circumstances are favorable, or at least two-three years if the person is doing vertical transformative work under supervision; at least one or two years to integrate a transformative experience; and at least three to five years after an awakening experience. These are highly subjective estimates and depend on the time allocated to inner work and practice.

98. People with a high transformative potential who decide to take a positive disintegration approach could advance more rapidly through transitions, but they also need time for integration.

99. The inner evolution rate is substantially increased by adopting a no-drama attitude toward life experiences. Inner evolution generates fundamental changes in our inner structure and social-relational networks, and frictions could emerge. Allowing ourselves to adapt ‘fast’ could be a helpful strategy.

100. The practice of inner arts every night, before sleep, could enhance the rate of adaptation, by allowing daily echoes to be processed and integrated within conscious awareness. While the body transitions from wakefulness to sleep, an active witnessing could support the accelerated integration of daily issues. The simple act of contemplating the inner world, while transitioning to sleep and entering the dream mode, is a powerful and straightforward method that can be used by anyone who doesn’t have the necessary time for a separate daily practice.

101. The intention is a lens through which we pre-define the perspective-taking process. The intention is composed of a choice and a commitment to action. It can be unhealthy to depend on intentions, because ultimately, intention is a way of ‘controlling’ the perception of reality. Rather than making an intention for ‘something’, it is more efficient to use broader intentions, such as ‘I wish to live the experiences that I need in order to change’, or ‘I trust life, and I am heading towards where I am needed’. These statements should be followed by actions.

102. Daily practice is essential for supporting self-directed neuroplasticity. The concept of ‘self-directed neuroplasticity’ means that we can intentionally influence our brain functioning with the mind. We can embrace new ways of thinking, and feel them in our minds, by visualizing how we want life to be. Due to this stimulation, repeated over time, the brain will create new neural connections, and the anticipated experience becomes available for choice-making during everyday activities. Then, it’s about practicing the new ways, until they become habitual.

103. In formal educational contexts, a developmentally informed practice can be helpful for learners, teachers, and educators. By adjusting the educational style to the learner’s stage of maturity, better outcomes may be obtained during the educational process.

104. Information categorized as ‘intuition’ needs to be carefully considered, and each individual has to decide whether the information is valuable or not. Sometimes intuitions are highly relevant, sometimes not.

105. For changing a perspective, the first steps are opening to the unknown and paying attention to how perspectives are naturally created through automatic contrasts and associations. The new perspective is automatically (non-consciously) created through comparison with previous experiences. Without learning perspective-taking flexibility, a complete letting go of the old perspective is impossible.

106. The transition from one perspective to multiple perspectives is catalyzed by integrating the polarities, by going from ‘or/or’ approaches, ‘this or that’, ‘me or others’, ‘good or bad’, to an inclusive view, integrating ‘this and that’, ‘good and evil’, ‘me and others’. What is seen as the opposite/duality in a previous perspective must be seen as a whole in the new perspective.

107. Moving to a new perspective requires prioritizing the chosen qualities and configuration, among the variety of possible options, and fixating the quality by using it intentionally, until it habituates and becomes automatic.

108. When learning a new perspective, a linguistic bias may interfere: using old language to describe new perspectives. This is a natural phenomenon during the early stages of transitioning to a new perspective, when the ‘feel’ of the perspective is different from one’s previous experiences. One of the tasks when transitioning to a new configuration is learning to use words in a new way.

109. While learning new perspectives, one can use a process called anchoring. An anchor is a stimulus that can serve to retrieve from memory a desired perspective or emotional state. Anchoring involves using and cultivating triggers in a deliberate way, to support the habituation of a new perspective. To do this, select a key object or element from the perspective you want to acquire (such as a ring, a flower, an idea, or an object) and keep the anchor around you in daily life, so that when you see the anchor, you can remember the perspective. Then—when you see the anchor—dive into its perspective and try to keep the perspective active as long as possible.

110. During inner evolution, there are some patterns of transformation that are relatively common to people of all cultures: the automatic life review, symbolic journey, and healing of transgenerational patterns. These transformative processes require many years to be completed, but the result is a more harmonic inner organization that facilitates the next steps in evolution.

111. Automatic life review is an automated process that offers new perspectives on past events, by reframing and reinterpreting our memories, thus providing new meanings for past experiences. Its outcome is an automatic memory reconsolidation. The life review unfolds in progressive steps, until the content of memory has been reorganized and allowed to participate easily in conscious experience.


During this process, our past experiences are re-loaded and revealed to the self via conscious awareness or in dreams. There may be gestures, images, actions, feelings, or elements of perspectives that were not considered when the memory imprint was first stored or analyzed in the past. This process does not select or discriminate between positive or negative life situations; it just allows everything from the past to be included in the current inner configuration, thus aiming at a better integration.

To support the life review process, you could periodically create visual life maps. Use small paper notes. Lay them down on a table, ensuring that all the essential systems and flows of your life are there. Then, look for the connections among them, and arrange them into groups, based on how they have emerged throughout your life. Contemplate them, both the groups and pieces, and notice how they are connected, and consider whether the connections are coherent. Then, rearrange them in more harmonic ways. Work for some months (or years) with yourself to adjust the flow. Then create a new life map, contemplate it, and see what needs to be rearranged again.


112. The explosion of meaning: symbolic journey and theory of everything – This associative mental process indicates the start of a profound transformation, generated by the emergence of systems thinking, by a traumatic life event, or by other causes. During this process, meanings begin to connect in various symbolic ways. The logical connections create the feeling of being an explorer, who is journeying continuously through a miraculous, uncharted territory. It is a natural process that will eventually lead journeyers to their own ‘theory of everything’.


When the symbolic process is active, the person is in a state of cognitive amazement most of the time. Many people start to talk about resonance, symmetry, Fibonacci sequences, fractals, etc. They begin to see how everything relates to everything, and every part is simultaneously contained in every other part and in the whole. This is a journey through never-ending circles of connections, by seeing how the parts form a whole, and then seeing this whole become a new part of a bigger whole. In this process, a person may see that a cup of tea is the primary vortex of the universe. While the systems begin to interrelate, the mind is continuously in a state of cognitive seduction. It is like a continuous flow of ‘aha!’, which may go on for years.

During the symbolic journey, ‘hyper-priming’ is active, allowing individuals to easily relate distant concepts by conceptual or spatial-visual connections, on many levels of abstraction. Hyper-priming is amplified if the person uses ganja frequently.[112a]

The symbolic journey is the natural way for the mind to rebalance itself and connect with deep meanings. A smooth navigation through the symbolic journey depends on the capacity to allow the interconnectedness of meanings to unfold, while maintaining at least some ability to carry out daily activities. To facilitate this process and keep the self-identity in a relatively stable state, activities involving the body are necessary, such as art, dance, massage, running, walking, climbing, or sports.

A side effect of this symbolic journey is that people tend to become stuck in their minds, during this process, hypnotized by the infinite numbers of connections among various and proliferating meanings. When this symbolic configuration interferes too much with usual activities, many people are hospitalized and labeled as psychotic, schizophrenic, or with related diagnoses.[112b]

A suggestion for therapists and transformational counselors who work with people in a symbolic process: supporting clients to create a visual map of their ‘theory of everything’ is helpful.

After the symbolic journey is completed, and a personal ‘theory of everything’ has emerged, a vertical shift occurs: the entire mind can become the ‘object of awareness’, and this shift activates a larger perspective, generating a more inclusive experience of being here-now.

References:
112a Morgan, C. J., Rothwell, E., Atkinson, H., Mason, O., & Curran, H. V. (2010). Hyper-priming in cannabis users: A naturalistic study of the effects of cannabis on semantic memory function. Psychiatry Research, 176(2–3), 213–218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2008.09.002
112b Wentura, D., Moritz, S., & Frings, C. (2008). Further evidence for “hyper-priming” in thought-disordered schizophrenic patients using repeated masked category priming. Schizophrenia Research, 102(1–3), 69–75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2008.04.016


113. Healing the transgenerational patterns – This process is about awakening from the spiral of continuous patterns that persist from generation to generation. It requires an understanding of transgenerational schemes of thinking, feeling, sensing, and behaving. Growing up is not just for ourselves; we grow up as a part of a collective evolutionary process. To become fully free, a person has to notice these transgenerational patterns, do what can be done to harmonize them, and then extract oneself from their transgenerational flow, while connecting to the larger family of humankind.

114. What does it feel like when I change? What does it feel like when other people change? Deep change involves participating in a process that we do not yet understand. It involves changing physical, emotional, and intellectual patterns, and this growth process unfolds continuously during a transformative wave, day and night, until the evolutionary drive is satisfied.

V. DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES


115. During inner evolution, a series of transformative challenges have been observed by psychologists and practitioners. They may not appear in all individuals, but it’s helpful to know that they could emerge. If these challenges are not identified and recognized, their automatic unfolding may lead to unnecessary suffering.

116. Depersonalization – In the inner evolution journey, depersonalization may accompany the emergence of witnessing awareness. When witnessing first appears, there is a shift in the locus of identity: people see themselves as if from outside, and their entire life could look like a dream. Depersonalization can also occur as a natural post-traumatic response, due to drug addictions (such as ketamine), or as a side effect while learning the ‘observing’ point-of-view and ‘non-dual’ inner configurations.

117. Mara’s daughters: the chosen one – This is the tendency to think that ‘I am the chosen one’, that ‘I am the only one that has awakened’, or ‘I am the next Jesus/Buddha/you name it’, and ‘there are no others like me’. Just say ‘no thanks’ to this proposal when it begins to unfold.

118. Mara’s daughters: self/ego hijacking – This is a pattern of experience whereby, after an awakening or transformative experience, or moment of pure awareness, the resulting energy is captured by self/ego-related desires and consumed by fulfilling them. Just say ‘not yet’ to the ‘start-now-this-project’ drive, while you are in the post-awakening high. Think about big plans, but don’t start anything; wait until the high passes and then check with yourself again to see if you still feel like doing it. Or, create anything you like, but double-check to see if it’s coming from your center.

119. Self/ego hijacking may be a cause of the bipolar cycle during inner evolution. After a moment of inspiration, the available energy is consumed by various activities (either everyday activities or ‘divine missions’ or ‘change the world missions’). During the ‘consumption’ phase, the high activation of energy looks like a manic episode; after it is consumed, depression ensues. The solution for this challenge is to use the energy internally and allow it to transform internal mechanisms of being. In other words, the energy should be interiorized and processed similarly to how erotic energy can be converted into enstatic energy.

120. Mara’s daughters: when the self thinks there is no self – The ‘self’ never disappears; it just fluidifies, becoming more flexible and adapted to moment-to-moment flows. The patterns of the body’s adaptive processing are always in us, and they do have a preferred way of functioning that translates into our conscious experience as a self-identity. This challenge seems to be related to certain spiritual teachings and some spiritual or philosophical communities that promote a dominant perspective that ‘I just am’, ‘there is no self here while I am talking’, or ‘the self doesn’t exist’.

121. Dark nights and regaining connection – After the blissful high of the awakening, the energy level and creativity may decrease, and some people think that they have lost their ‘gifts’, or God has abandoned them, or related thoughts. If this challenge presents itself, instead of searching for ways to return to the awakening/connected state, know that most awakenings are new ways of flowing, not fixed states; they emerge by abandoning oneself continuously into the layers of the present moment and not through remembering.

122. Maya pattern – When an individual first realizes the amplitude of the automatic collective patterns, or the collective cultural hypnosis, it may be dramatic from the social-relational perspective. After observing that many people live in an ‘internal movie’, the individual comes to realize that all humans are living primarily on automatic pilot. In this situation, the only one you can really ‘save’ is yourself. The collective awakening from illusion is at its earliest stage, and it will take many millennia to advance. Just do your part as well as you can.

123. Premature transcendence – The inner evolution journey can lead to openings that need to be ‘framed’ somehow. Sometimes, a spiritual framework may be the only way of coping with this positive increase in one’s overall experience, and the individual can suppose that ‘this is it—my search has reached its destination’. Still, the use of spiritual ideas and practices outside their original context can give rise to a weak self-identity, compulsive goodness, whitewashing, the repression of undesirable or painful emotions, spiritual narcissism, spiritual obsession or addiction, blind faith in charismatic leaders, the abdication of personal responsibility, and social isolation.

124. Channeling is a way of discovering an ‘unusual’ perspective and allowing information to flow from within, using that specific perspective. Some people misinterpret this process by thinking that the information source is an entity, a spirit, an angel, or an extraterrestrial, outside their psyche. The challenge in this situation is recognizing that the channeling source is always internal, while allowing the ‘unusual’ perspective to be integrated with the other perspectives, in a healthy self-identity. To do this, one has to modify the attentional structure, by allowing the ‘channeled’ configuration to participate in the conscious experience on a daily basis.

125. Information overload may happen during intense waves of transformation. In this situation, it is better to reconnect with nature and use visual methods for organizing the information (such as drawing or painting). A method that has proven helpful is to gather the information in categories and systems using visual ‘life maps’ or ‘journey maps’, and to repeat this process until the information has been organized.

126. Echoes of information from the collective may populate personal inner experience, when there is a personal resonance pattern actively connected to external sources. This connection can happen, for example, through loving someone or something, or as a result of social interactions, reading books, or watching TV.

127. Differentiating between ‘my’ contents (my emotions, my thoughts) and externally induced contents (imprints from interactions with others’ emotions and thoughts) is vital for inner exploration. After connecting with someone, notice if your mind tends to ‘talk’ with that person. If this is the case, switch the inner talk to self-reflection using a 3rd person perspective (talk with yourself about that person and the interactions with that person).

128. Integrating a spiritually transformative experience includes challenges such as processing a radical shift in one’s reality, sharing the experience, integrating new spiritual values and knowledge with worldly expectations, adjusting to hypersensitivities and psychic aftereffects, or finding purpose.

129. Inner evolution dynamics, related to the transition to a more fluid self-identity, are rarely approached successfully by traditional psychotherapeutic methods. They require therapists with experience in non-dual psychotherapy and knowledge of inner growth stages. The counselor must ‘abandon’ their regular self-identity, as the client experiences a self-identity/ego death or an identity change. Otherwise, the counselor will unconsciously ‘fixate’ the client’s self-identity, stopping the transformation process. An appropriate therapeutic approach could be an unconditional presence, which doesn’t require establishing a rapport between the counselor and the client.

130. Sometimes the transition to a new inner configuration happens dramatically, leading to psycho-spiritual crises. Therapeutic approaches such as ‘open dialogue’, ‘healing homes’, and nature retreats have been proven effective in supporting individuals through these types of transformations.


Spiritual crises are natural responses to unusual life circumstances, occurring during the inner evolution process. Christina and Stanislav Grof have introduced the concept of ‘spiritual emergency’ or psycho-spiritual crises to describe moments of dramatic transformations. They have identified various types of spiritual emergencies, such as shamanic crisis; awakening of kundalini; episodes of unitive consciousness; psychological renewal through returning to the center; crisis of psychic opening; past-life experiences; communication with spirit guides and ‘channeling’; near-death experiences; close encounters with ufos and alien abduction experiences; possession states; alcoholism and drug addiction.

In ‘Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research’, Stanislav Grof explains: “Many of the conditions, which are currently diagnosed as psychotic and indiscriminately treated by suppressive medication, are actually difficult stages of a radical personality transformation and of spiritual opening. If they are correctly understood and supported, these psychospiritual crises can result in emotional and psychosomatic healing, remarkable psychological transformation, and consciousness evolution.[130a]

Since the introduction of the ‘Religious or Spiritual Problem’ in DSM-IV, this perspective is expanding slowly into mainstream psychiatry, and training programs for spiritual competencies are available for therapists and counselors[130b]. The Open Dialogue approach was pioneered in Finland, and it focuses on early therapeutic interventions that include the individual, their family, and their social networks (early intervention means intervention within twenty-four hours of the initial contact with the person in crisis).[130c]

In the ‘Healing Homes’ approach, individuals are relocated to a host family and they live together for up to a year or two. This approach was developed by the Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, where staff members offer psychotherapy sessions and provide host families with intensive supervision.[130d]

Other approaches, with centers such as Diabasis, developed by John Weir Perry, have shown that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be ‘treated’, if the transformation process is carried on. People can get un-stuck from their symbolic world, if the symbolic journey is completed and the reconstruction of the new self-identity begins. ‘Schizophrenia’ is a self-healing process. The reason we have ‘chronic schizophrenia’ diagnostics is in fact a cultural issue; it is society’s negative response to what is a perfectly natural and healthy process, sometimes including visionary experiences.[130e]

References:
130a Grof, S. (2000). Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) (1st ed.). State University of New York Press.
130b Turner, R. P., Lukoff, D., Barnhouse, R. T., & Lu, F. G. (1995). A Culturally Sensitive Diagnostic Category in the DSM-IV. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183(7), 435–444. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005053-199507000-00003
130c von Peter, S., Bergstrøm, T., Nenoff-Herchenbach, I., Hopfenbeck, M. S., Pocobello, R., Aderhold, V., Alvarez-Monjaras, M., Seikkula, J., & Heumann, K. (2021). Dialogue as a Response to the Psychiatrization of Society? Potentials of the Open Dialogue Approach. Frontiers in Sociology, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2021.806437
130d Daniel Mackler. (2014, April 8). Healing Homes: recovery from psychosis without medication [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV4NTEp8S2Q
130e Perry, J. W. (1998). Trials of the Visionary Mind (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). State University of New York Press.


131. To reach a global inner harmony, all components of conscious experience (such as witnessing, cognition, perspective, attention, emotions, pulsional energy, perceptual connection to the physical body, and self-identity) must be transformed and allowed to function simultaneously. All systems need upgrades to create a harmonic conscious experience. For instance, shutting down the development of rational thinking to favor emotional connection (‘all is love, nothing else matters’, ‘feel, don’t think’), or shutting down self-identity to favor non-dual awareness (‘all is awareness, universe is awareness’) may be helpful for a while. Still, overall, these unilateral trajectories lead to unbalanced development.

VI. DISCOVERY JOURNEYS


132. There are three main types of inner configurations (‘states of consciousness’) that unfold naturally or that can be accessed through various transformative methods:
Low arousal configurations, when the physical, energy, and information layers of the body have the same pattern of slow activity. These configurations are active in relaxation, yoga asanas, meditation, and deep sleep.
High arousal configuration, when the body layers are hyper-activated. Some examples are dance, mystical rapture, ecstatic trance, and kundalini experiences.
Mixed configurations, when the layers are not following the same pattern of activation. In these mixed configurations, a body layer could be aroused while others are relaxed, and there are various combinations of low to high arousals of the body layers. This category includes experiences such as night dreams, lucid dreaming, certain entheogenic experiences, or enstatic flowing.

133. On the low arousal continuum, a typical inner art session using relaxation has these stages: after closing the eyes and calming the body-mind, the inner experience shifts to relaxation, and the mind content is usually composed of the adaptive processing of daily activities. After a while, pratyahara occurs (i.e., isolation from external stimuli), and the body layers can either enter a dream state, or transition directly to deep sleep, depending on how tired the physical body is. For inner art sessions, it is better to allow a short journey into deep sleep (or practice yoga nidra), so that the body may replenish and reharmonize naturally. Then, after refreshing the energy resources, the person should be able to start the inner explorations with a clear mind.

134. On the high arousal continuum, during inner art sessions with an energetic component, the inner world has a specific quality when kundalini is activated (by itself or intentionally). High-energy kundalini spikes tend to energize visual spatio-temporal thinking, manifested as ‘visions’, as compared to audio-sequential thinking, mediated by words. The speed of thinking is higher through images, and the rich causal content of the high-energy experiences makes the perceived speed even faster, because causal events enter awareness faster than non-causal events.

135. It is possible to add spatial awareness and depth perception to the workspace of inner experience. This is done through enhancing awareness of the physical space and the size of the perceived body layers. Try this sequence: maintain pratyahara with closed eyes, reach a stable isolation from external stimuli, and then use spatial awareness to expand the attention to include external space, not just the inner space, while maintaining both external and internal space as ‘one’. In other words, use a deep connection with the inner space, specific to pratyahara style, but refine the perspective to perceive inner space and external space as one, while allowing information from outside the body to enter the experience. When external awareness is merged with internal awareness, and the physical 3D space is experienced as a common framework, the state is referred to as a unitive experience (or unitary mystical state).

136. The localization of the inner experiences in the physical 3D space, using divided attention, could clarify some confusion in the interpretation of inner experiences. For instance, dreaming and dream-like experiences, such as ‘out-of-body experiences’, take place in the inner space while pratyahara is active.

137. The night dream is a partial reflection of the automatic adaptive processing in the body layers (physical, energy, and information). The night dream may provide useful information about one’s inner life dynamics, especially if the dreamwork psychology methodologies for exploration and interpretation are used. The books with dream symbols and their symbolic interpretation have no relevance or value for inner evolution, because each dream symbol has a personal significance to the dreamer. Moreover, the same symbol can have a different meaning in each dream, depending on the context. When analyzing dreams, the relationship of the dream self/ego with the symbol is more relevant than the symbol itself.


Some relevant questions for exploring your dreams could be: What are you doing and not doing in your dream? Are you active or passive in this dream, and why? What kind of situation or issue is the dream trying to train you about? Are you resisting or in tune with what the dream is doing? What issues need resolving in this dream? Are you trying to control life or let go into a wisdom source such as the dream? Are you choosing in dreams and life, aware of what you are really doing? Who makes your ultimate choices for you? Your self/ego? Are you dealing with your nightmares and other scary situations?

For additional reading, see: ‘Dreamwork online course in 9 steps’, available at www.dreamwork-psychology.com. The course is a simplified and easy-to-use version of the dreamwork methodology developed by Strephon Kaplan-Williams, the founding father of dreamwork psychology. The nine lessons are structured as an exploratory flow in an ever-increasing depth. The dreamwork methods selected for this course help you understand the functional meaning of the dream, not just the symbolic connections. Objectifying the Dream details the structures and units of meaning inherent to the dream itself as shown in the dream report. Following the Dream Self/Ego focuses on behaviors, actions, non-actions, and motivating attitudes and patterns of the dreamer in the dream. These discoveries can then be applied to life actions and attitudes, so as to evaluate and make changes according to the reality principle. Dream Dialogue releases unconscious contents associated with a dream symbol. Dream Reentry helps the dreamer re-experience dream contents by going back into the dream through the meditative state and through the door of the dream’s imagery and actions. Dream reentry also works to help resolve dream issues and scenes. Dream Enactments are mini-dramas enacted from simplified dream scenes to help the dreamer re-experience dream contents and resolve issues. Dream Tasks are specific choices to be practiced, which come out of the dream and its dreamwork.


138. By accessing a dream-like configuration, in self-induced experiences during inner art sessions, it is possible to intervene in the automatic adaptive processing and modify or ‘align’ some patterns. While working with dream-like experiences, an active witnessing awareness mode is necessary, especially during the transitions through dream states and deep sleep states. It is healthy to do these dreamwork explorations separately from the natural night dreaming process; the night dreaming should be allowed to happen automatically, outside of self-identity control.

139. The automatic adaptive processing, which becomes available to conscious awareness during inner explorations in visual dream-like states, is grouped in patterns that have specific styles of unfolding (or flowing). As pieces of information can contribute to more than one pattern, the meanings would shift dynamically, while the visual-spatial thinking creates various visual landscapes and actions, based on non-conscious automatic processing.

140. When working with the visual-spatial content and patterns during inner explorations, the pattern of flowing is most relevant, not the interpretation of the symbolic content. In other words, pay attention to how the dream-like scenes unfold, explore why and how they transform from one into another, and notice how their flowing pattern is generated by your mental and emotional preferences. Then, work with yourself to adjust your life through harmonic actions, while watching again, in the inner art sessions, whether the unfolding pattern has changed.

141. Lucid dreaming or visualizations may alter some flowing patterns. Still, these methods require frequent actions on the same pattern to induce a real change in the pattern, as these methods do not usually impact the physical and energy correlate of the pattern. Visualization and lucid dreaming usually explore the content of the patterns, not their causal structure, nor their specific way of unfolding.

142. During visual dream-like states, all body layers are in a continuous state of flux, and they flow based on patterns that were developed through past experiences. Some of their relevant past configurations could be partially revealed to conscious awareness, when samyama is performed on a specific scene or pattern of flowing, during the visual dream-like state, while monitoring the inner workspace using witnessing awareness.

143. In dream-like visual configurations, it is possible to access the H-band, the pre-conscious adaptive processing. The H-layer contains information at the brink of associations that may further develop (or not) as patterns, which later enter the conscious experience. The attentional configuration that is useful for attending to the H-band is the global-objective style.

144. Other layers that can be accessed during visual explorations include the archetypal layer, containing highly symbolic and emotional content from various cultures, or the visionary layer, which includes densely packed information in higher resolution, with powerful insights and energetic effects when kundalini is involved.

145. Visionary experiences are available through exogenous entheogens, music, dance, or natural kundalini activations, but also intentionally, through practice, during inner arts sessions. Intentional visionary experiences are facilitated by previous experiences of kundalini activation, or kundalini peaks during experiences with entheogenic medicine such as ayahuasca, changa, or LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, or other plants or substances.

146. Navigating the inner world during intentional visionary experiences requires a conscious transition through the layers of experience and skills for diving into various contents (through samyama), without becoming fully absorbed in the content of the experience.

147. The densely packed information, accessed during high-energy kundalini peaks, can be perceived as downloads of information. This is a natural property of the high-resolution visual-perceptual style of thinking, as compared to the everyday low-resolution style. Because of its multidimensionality, even a simple high-resolution scene can have an intense meaning-making message, which can be later unzipped and re-encoded into everyday life as usable information.

148. During high-energy kundalini peaks, the perceptual visual flows, including visual-spatial thinking and perceptual visuals related to the eye retina, can be used as a feedback tool for navigating through visionary experiences, in an intentional and interactive way. When visual-spatial thinking is active (as in a dreamy state), visions can be similar to a lucid dream but with an intense meaning-making structure.

149. Learning the transition from ecstatic to enstatic configurations provides additional awareness during high-energy experiences and opens up new gates for exploration. Enstatic flowing is generated when attention is divided to incorporate two configurations: high-energy experience of the moving body and the silent-static experience of ‘center/space’, simultaneously. Enstatic dance is one method that allows the management of high-energy kundalini spikes during visionary experiences, which sometimes feel overwhelming if the person is static.

150. The enstatic skills, allowing low and high arousal simultaneously, broaden the variety of inner experiences and enhance their multidimensionality. Developing enstatic skills and practicing enstatic dance is also helpful for individuals who experience sudden, uncontrollable body tremors or spasms, while going through the pranotthana stage of kundalini awakening. The practice of enstatic flowing enhances the fluidity of the energy body patterns.

151. During intentional visionary experiences, a direct method that produces an instant reconsolidation is to enter the dream-like state, watch the unfolding automatic perception through dream-like visuals, and when a scene from the visual experience needs to be modified, intervene by activating the retina perception (i.e., inner eye vision). Then, focus on that specific flow/pattern, and dive-into/absorb that pattern (or visual scene), in a way similar to samyama, while allowing the automatic activation of kundalini. Then allow the pattern to be harmonized by itself within the body layers. When using this method of fully merging with a visual scene, it is unnecessary to control the pattern by directing it to a ‘correct’ flow. Instead, the full acceptance of whatever comes generates an automatic homeostatic integration process.

152. The high-pitched sound that appears during high-energy DMT-like experiences, usually called ‘carrier wave’, comes from the self-tuning energy, due to the ‘pressure’ of the hyper-synchronizing process. This inner sound becomes noticeable not only in high-energy experiences, but also when people begin their transformational journeys in life, or go through transformative times. Sometimes, the inner sound is misdiagnosed as tinnitus.

153. Using inner sound as a feedback tool, while navigating visionary experiences, is a simple and effective tool for diving deeper into inner experiences, creating the inner workspace for intentional visionary experiences.

154. Engaging in frequent transformative experiences without allowing time for their integration may be partially helpful. For instance, an intense entheogenic experience needs at least half a year or one year to integrate, due to its cascading effects, from easy-to-observe changes, in the first weeks, to deep and subtle changes in the months and years following the experience.

155. During collective experiences with ayahuasca, such as the dancing ceremonies at Santo Daime, the synchronizing process is facilitated by the collective. Sometimes, a person would process a collective blockage, helping all the others. Or a person might cry, without having a personal reason, because it helps another person in the group who is energy-stuck.

156. Practicing shared awareness consciously together, in groups, we awaken to who and what we all truly are, an enlightening universal intelligence, appearing as uniquely individuating minds and bodies. Awakeness has no image, yet—like a mirror—it unites, reflects, and transforms our imaginations, inspiring love and awe. By sharing awakeness, the delusions of separation dissolve, awakening and enlightening our selves and all of humankind.

157. Conscious evolution in intimate relationships means transitioning from psychological and emotional co-dependency, or relationships based on practical-psychological needs, to conscious relationships, either as a couple or in a marriage. In a conscious relationship, both partners have a growth mindset, oriented toward mutual co-evolution. The partners seek to empower each other, providing a space for their partner to evolve, while also enjoying the shared space. They appreciate what each partner provides, without forcing or manipulating the partner into desired behaviors or attitudes.

158. In this type of transformative connection, the relationship is primarily a space to share and practice deep connection, mutual awakening, growth, unconditional love, and caring. Fulfilling other needs comes as a secondary benefit. In a conscious relationship, each partner is responsible for their own emotions and feelings and committed to doing inner work to harmonize with their partner, without projecting self-oriented needs and desires on the other person. Working with the shadow and developing emotional intelligence are vital for a conscious relationship.

159. Some conscious relationships are experienced by partners as ‘soul-mate’ connections, where there is a total openness to the connection, and the partners can ‘see’ and ‘feel’ each other in extraordinarily deep and interconnected ways. However, once it is developed, this harmonic profoundness can become a conscious interconnectivity skill and be used for interacting with other people from the larger ‘soul-family’, or with anyone open to this type of ‘soul-level’ connection.

160. The conscious skills learned during the developmental journeys can be used by couples and individuals who become parents to develop a conscious parenting style. Conscious parenting includes a positive parenting approach, as opposed to power-based approaches such as authoritarian, permissive, or uninvolved. Conscious parenting promotes an empathic and open communication based on emotional intelligence, respect, authenticity, unconditional love and support, especially in the early years when the brain patterns are developing their mainframes. The conscious parenting approach has roots in educational styles such as Montessori or Waldorf, proven to have positive effects on children’s inner development.

161. The conscious parenting style is highly intentional and deliberate about increasing the we-space and the presence-awareness in the parental relationship, thus supporting the inner growth of children. Conscious parents are aware that their non-conscious processes are easily transferred to their kids through imitation and resonance. Thus, they become interested in doing personal work to harmonize the unhealthy transgenerational patterns in themselves, so that these patterns won’t be transferred to their children.

162. Conscious skills can also be used for developing conscious organizations and for learning conscious leadership skills. A conscious organization is described in the following ways: it has a world-centric or planet-centric perspective, a collective evolutionary purpose, and a culture based on cooperation-collaboration; further, the employees are regarded as valuable human beings with complex personalities (they are not merely human tools). In a conscious organization, the relationships between hierarchical levels are based on reciprocal leadership (instead of power-based hierarchical structures), and the managers empower the individuals in their teams to develop and evolve as human beings.

163. Conscious leaders are aware, cooperative, and collaborative. Instead of following the hierarchical power-based paradigm, the conscious leader is a facilitator who catalyzes group decisions and problem solving. Conscious leadership is grounded in the sociocultural knowledge of reciprocity, allowing leaders to perceive patterns in their environment, recognize the interconnectivity of multiple problems, and subscribe to a participatory leadership style, which incorporates shared responsibility and problem solving. A conscious leader knows that communication is essential, while ‘ghosting’ someone (i.e., not replying to their initial message, or cutting off communication after an exchange) is an unacceptable behavior, which damages the organization and the human interconnectivity.

164. Similar to personal growth through developmental stages, an organization can be viewed as having stages of development, depending on their leaders’ stages of maturity. Each stage is an increasing step toward a more conscious leadership structure. Developing an awareness of organizational stages can be helpful for organizational consultants and trainers.

VII. CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION


165. The inner evolution of humans toward a more conscious experience is part of a larger evolution of life on Earth, and the evolution of the universe through the Stelliferous/Galaxies Era, providing the necessary ingredients for life, and the energy to sustain it.

166. In the cosmological timeline, we are positioned at the mid-point of the Stelliferous Era. Many stars and planets are yet to be born, long after cellular life on Earth is no longer possible. The universe may produce other types of life, not necessarily carbon-based, and the tendency to self-organization will also generate some self-reflective consciousness in these species, but their ‘consciousness’ may have other evolutionary purposes than for life on Earth.

167. Although at the global scale of the universe, the potential for life, intelligence, and consciousness is immense, in our local timeline on events, life on Earth has a big survivability issue: it is at the end of its journey. It started approximately 4,000 million years ago, and it only has approximately 500 million years left until C3 photosynthesis becomes no longer possible due to the sun’s increased radiation, leading to a global extinction of multicellular life, which will take place up to 1 billion years in the future.

168. Organic life on Earth is the only known process that systematically records the information about its past dynamics in a self-reflecting and local way, through various recording systems, including DNA and books, and uses this knowledge for adaptation and creative evolution. Individuals from various life species use previously-stored experience in creative ways. Self-consciousness is not necessarily needed for reacting creatively to an inertial tendency; a high intelligence may be enough in some situations.

169. It may be that conscious experience itself is just a layer of life’s intelligence, which uses sophisticated feedback loops and adds an additional layer of processing to the adaptive processing already taking place in all life on Earth. Conscious intelligence is evolving throughout all species, at various rates.

170. The inner evolution is a reflection of the collective evolution. Although some humans may develop themselves to incredible levels of inner harmony, this personal ‘achievement’ was only possible because of the collective, and it is essential to feed back the ‘personal achievement’ to the collective. Although life’s evolution is supported by interdependence and cooperation, it is likely that not all the ‘personal achievements’ are later integrated by the intelligence of collective life. Some individuals or groups may be living using highly unique conscious configurations.

171. These unique personal configurations may have a source not only in psychological and social aspects. They can also be related to specific configurations of the physical body, such as high quantities of unique codes in the microbiome’s DNA. For example, the human genome has about 20-25,000 genes, and there are barely 1% genetic differences between individuals, while the microbiome has millions of genes, half of them unique. The extraordinary variety of information in the microbiome impacts the qualities and nuances of the conscious experience.

172. In these collective frames of reference, some questions can hardly find answers. How conscious can someone become? How awake and alive? Where is humanity heading to? Finding purpose in these complex perspectives may be difficult, but what has proven useful is the development of evolutionary awareness and the ‘intentional evolutionary’ path.

173. The intentional evolutionary path has already been opened by the vows of boddhisattvas, millennia ago. Across the planet, there is an emergence of individuals who are choosing to dedicate their lives to consciously advance the evolutionary process. They recognize that their lives are an essential part of the global evolutionary process, and they realize that they have a significant role in its future evolution.

174. The intentional evolutionaries are living answers to life’s most challenging self-inquiries: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What can I do with my life? Since I am aware of the cooperative direction of evolution, can I use this knowledge to do what I can to ensure that humanity achieves future evolutionary success? What contribution can I make to the evolution of humanity?

175. In our collective evolution, the next global shift, after conscious intelligence, may be the expansion of harmonic intelligence, which includes ‘harmonic resonance’ and ‘synchronization’ as essential skills. Conscious harmonic resonance skills are already emerging in humans.

176. What will happen when conscious harmonic resonance evolves to its full potential, in all three layers of our body: physical, energy, and information? There may already be a word for this vibrational harmony: satcitānanda—harmonic existence and truth, harmonic conscious awareness, and harmonic enstatic bliss. And maybe the path is spanda—harmonic synchrony with the primordial vibration of the universe.

177. Id est omnia. Please filter these consciousness sutras through your own experience, and add your color to the rainbow.

A timeless blessing, inspired by Metta meditations

May I Be Peaceful.
May I Be Free.
May My Body Be Strong and Healthy.
May I Be Filled with Loving Kindness.
May I Be Happy.
May I Awaken to The Light of My True Nature.
May I Be Safe.
May I Have Simplicity and Prosperity in Life.
May I Be Well.
May I Have Equilibrium in Life.
May I Be Free from Suffering.
May I Live in Harmony with Life.
May I Be in Resonance and Intimacy with Life.
May I Be Free of Unhealthy Attachments.
May I Be in Harmony with Life Force.
I Offer Compassion for Me.
I Offer Loving Kindness for Me.

May You Be Peaceful.
May You Be Free.
May Your Body Be Healthy.
May You Be Happy.
May You Awaken to The Light of Your True Nature.
May You Be Safe.
May You Have Simplicity and Prosperity in Life.
May You Be Well.
May You Have Equilibrium in Life.
May You Be Free from Suffering.
May You Be in Resonance and Intimacy with Life.
May You Be Free of Unhealthy Attachments.
May You Be in Harmony with Life Force.
I Offer Compassion for You.
I Offer Loving Kindness for You.

May All Beings Be Peaceful.
May All Beings Be Free.
May All Beings Be Healthy.
May All Beings Be Happy.
May All Beings Awaken to The Light of Their True Nature.
May All Beings Be Safe.
May All Beings Have Simplicity and Prosperity In Life.
May All Beings Be Well.
May All Beings Have Equilibrium in Life.
May All Beings Be Free from Suffering.
May All Beings Be in Resonance and Intimacy with Life.
May All Beings Be Free of Unhealthy Attachments.
May All Beings Be in Harmony with Life Force.
I Offer Compassion for All Beings.
I Offer Loving Kindness for All Beings.

Thank You.