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The Modern Mystery School

I have just completed the first draft of my book. The working title is “Matter and Consciousness”, because it is an exploration of the relationship between the external world “out there” and our internal world, our individual experience. I am not giving much away when I say that the outer world of matter and the inner world of consciousness are more alike than we might imagine. Indeed, they have so much in common that they can usefully be considered as two sides of the same coin.

Now, if this is true, as I believe it is, then it has far- reaching implications. It implies, for example, that the world acts as a mirror. It reflects back to us, very accurately, who we are, our state of mind, our belief-system, and our level of consciousness. It also implies that each of us is a miniature of the universe – microcosms of the Cosmos. Conversely, it implies that the universe is Man on a gigantic scale.

It can be no coincidence that, as I was writing the book, I set in motion a process designed to create a “modern mystery school” (MMS). A number of people are now involved in this. One way of capturing the essence of the school is that it is the whole person exploring the whole world. This suggests that the school has two main components – a whole person education, and a whole person exploration. At the heart of this is the fact that, in today’s world, the vast majority of people experience only parts of themselves. As a consequence, they experience only the corresponding parts of the world. In essence, these are the physical parts. Our prevailing way of exploring the world – science – reflects this. It, too, explores only the physical aspects of the world and the human being. Indeed, science insists that these are the only possible aspects.

In contrast, the MMS will educate its students to experience and use all parts of themselves, including the non-physical parts. This will enable them to use additional forms of perception and consciousness to explore the non-physical aspects of the world.

That’s it in nutshell!

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Matter and Consciousness

Consciousness can know only itself. It could not be otherwise! This is because being conscious is a form of resonance. Something inside us resonates with something in the world around us. And resonance is possible only between two things that are basically the same. They are on the same wavelength, if you like. In other words, we are able to be conscious of the world around us only because we are very similar to it. We are essentially microcosms of the Macrocosm. To turn this the other way around, the universe is Man on a gigantic scale!

OK, then. If it is true that consciousness can only know itself, this strongly suggests that the world around us – indeed the whole universe – is consciousness itself. This enables us to define consciousness as “experience, and that which is experienced.” Consciousness is both the observer and the observed.

I have always found this idea very helpful. But of course, it flies in the face of the “science story”, which tells us that the universe is just made of dead, unconscious, meaningless, matter and electromagnetic radiation. Science tells us that everything, including ourselves, is wholly physical. This suggests that, if we want to understand the universe as consciousness, we have to find ways to go beyond the physical.

In my forthcoming book (working title is “Matter and Consciousness”), I describe two  road maps to get us beyond the physical. They are Changing Lenses, and Redefining Energy.

Changing Lenses means using forms of perception that do not rely on our five physical senses. The best analogy is changing spectacles. If we wear red glasses, the whole world appears to be red. When we wear blue glasses, the whole world appears to be blue. Similarly, when we use our physical senses to view the world – the normal for most people today – then the world appears to be wholly physical. Modern science is based on using only the physical senses. If we used our non-physical “inner senses”, then the world appears to be non-physical. I go into detail about this in my book.

Redefining Energy takes us to the point where we see energy as “ordered movement”. (In fact, quantum physics basically agrees with this idea). The important point is that there is nothing inherently physical about this. Physicality is very subjective. It all depends on us, and on what we use to perceive the world.

One more thing – consciousness is not passive. At its best, consciousness reaches out and grabs the world! (We do this by paying attention) In other words, it reaches out, and grabs itself!


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Thoughts on the Inner Cosmos

We resemble the Cosmos in many ways. This surely suggests that it resembles us too, because resemblances always work in both directions. This gives us the fascinating possibility that the Cosmos is as human as we are Cosmic! So, what are the practical implications of this? I believe that the implications fall into two main categories. First, we human beings have the potential to know Cosmically. And second, we have the potential to be Cosmic. Let’s look first at our potential to know.

If it is true that we and the Cosmos resemble each other, then it follows that one way of getting to know the Cosmos better is to get to know ourselves better. I am by no means the first to suggest this. It was at the heart of Pythagoras’ work and, more recently, it was Peter Ouspensky who pointed out that to know the world, we should study ourselves, and to know ourselves, we should study the world. As above, so below!

Perhaps I hardly need add that this is not the way of modern science. As you probably know, science studies the so-called objective world “out there”. Very separately, it also studies the so-called subjective world “in here”, the world of human thoughts, feeling and behaviour. When it tries to connect the two worlds, science ties itself in knots, because it makes the sweeping assumption that objectivity can be applied to subjectivity (but not the other way around!). It therefore assumes that the “objective” laws of physics and chemistry can be applied to the subjective world, such as consciousness. It has not occurred to science that this might operate in both directions, that the laws of consciousness might apply to the world “out there”. This is where the Pythagoras/Ouspensky approach comes into its own. My own shorthand for this approach is “inner cosmos”, because this term tells us that when we look closely into ourselves, we see a reflection of the Cosmos. If you like, each one of us is the Cosmos in microcosm.

The inner cosmos approach differs radically from the approach of science in two important respects. First, it makes no distinction between objective and subjective. And second, it assumes that all the laws of Nature are underpinned by deeper, metaphysical laws, the laws promoted by the Pythagoreans. I will go into detail on this later, but here is one example, just to give you a sense of what I am talking about. The Law of Octaves can be found in physics (e.g. light), in chemistry (e.g. the Periodic Table), in biology (e.g. plant morphology), and also in the arts, music being the most obvious example. It is also found in aspects of metaphysics, such as the seven major chakras, and the Seven Rays. The point I want to make is that all the laws of Nature are underpinned by deeper Cosmic principles, and that these principles underpin everything about us, just as they underpin everything about the Cosmos. Effectively, they connect us to the Cosmos, and the Cosmos to us.

As for dropping the distinction between objective and subjective, ultimately everything is subjective, insofar as everything “out there” is as seen through our human eyes, from our human standpoint, and through the prism of our human mindset. In this sense, everything is subjective. Conversely, everything is objective, insofar as it is shared between us. I leave you to ponder this thought.

What about our potential to be Cosmic? I hope this does not need much explanation. If we are indeed miniatures of the Cosmos, size should not matter. Each of us is, potentially, a very small version of the Cosmos. The more closely we look into ourselves, we more we realise the truth of this. Hence the importance of learning to access our inner cosmos. As to what it might look like to be Cosmic, I believe that we all have some sense of this, even if this sense fades too often.



The Gathering Storm

As you may know, this is the title of the first volume of Churchill’s history of the Second World War. He saw, long before most others, what was going to happen. As it happens, there are storms forecast for today here in La Cerdanya. At least, we can all see them coming. I chose this title because of the political and social storms that are gathering on several fronts, and about to break.

Here in Catalunya, people are waiting for the court in Madrid to pass sentences this week on the nine Catalan politicians who have been held in prison for two years. Their crimes? To keep their promise to the people who elected them to hold a referendum on independence, and carry out the result of that referendum. Madrid calls this “sedition” and rebellion”, and condemns the violence. In fact, the only violence came from the Spanish police, who beat up people while they were trying to vote. As you can imagine, things are tense here.

Another storm about to break is Brexit. An unelected Prime Minister, who is a notorious liar, is trying to manipulate the European Union to reject his overtures. He will then tell the people that the EU is the culprit, and that he should be therefore elected in the election that is likely to come very soon.

Meanwhile, in my other home country, Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has a dilemma. She wants another independence referendum soon, not least because of Brexit, but she wants it to be legal…in other words, with the consent of Westminster, as before. She knows that is very unlikely, but she wants to avoid a Catalan situation. Quo vadis?

As for the other gathering storms – climate change, Trump’s madness, China, and the Middle East – the less said, the better. I do not think that it is a curse to live in interesting times. On the contrary, it is very interesting!

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Think Aloud…Thinking Allowed?

In the past, heretics were people who openly contradicted the dogmas of religions. At best, they were exiled from society. And we know what the worst was. Today, we still have heretics. These are the people who openly contradict the dogmas of society in general. They challenge the conventional wisdom. They say, for example, that the human population is out of control, and that human behaviour is out of control. Specifically, the claim that the relentless push for “material progress” – in other words, economic growth – is totally incompatible with a finite planet. And they add that technology is not the solution. Indeed, in the wrong hands, technology is part of the problem. It clearly should not be in the hands

I have lost count at the number of times I have been stopped or overruled at meetings and conferences when I tried to start a discussion about the dangers of economic growth and overpopulation. The mood is changing, but it is very late in the day. People are very slow to wake up, and just as slow to change. Children in many countries are, at long last, demanding action, but we can reasonably sure that, as always, any action will be too little and too late. We are told, by just about every scientist alive today, that we have, at most, 5 years to fundamentally reverse the behaviours and policies that are causing global warming and destruction of the biosphere. So, what do policy-makers do? They set targets for 2030 and 2050!!

The more I think about heresy, the happier I am that I live in a remote part of the world. If I were to rejoin the big debates, it would be only a matter of minutes before I was discovered, and re-exiled! In any event, what are the heresies these days. Am I allowed, for example, to state my strong belief that Islam is a terrible religion? Can I say in public that the militant atheism of Dawkins and others is creating a huge spiritual vacuum, for which we will pay a high price? As for “equality” and “diversity”, I hardly know where to begin. We all know what happened when dictators tried to impose equality in China and the Soviet Union last century. I led to the death of millions and to the repression of basic human freedoms. As for “diversity”, I cringe each time I hear it, because the word has been twisted to mean just a few things connected to colour, race, gender, and belief. For me, the word still means what it originally meant – varied. I like a diversity of food, a diversity of places, a diversity of activities, a diversity of wines, a diversity of ideas and opinions, as well as diversity of people!

Can you think of any current heresies? The list is alarmingly long.