consciousness, human being, inner cosmos, Uncategorized

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!

being natural, consciousness, inner cosmos, natural, Uncategorized


It has been over three months since I last wrote about the “inner cosmos”, and over a month since I last wrote about anything! Put it down to two broken legs. Mine came first, when skiing in March. And then Ana broke hers climbing some big rocks in the garden. There is nothing like a broken leg to play havoc with one’s routine. Two broken legs is havoc squared!

While recovering, I have been giving a lot of thought to the inner cosmos. If I had to define it, I would say that it is the reflection of the Cosmos within us. We are similar to the Cosmos in more ways than you might imagine. I believe that this is very significant.

First, it is a new way of saying that “God is within us”, meaning that we somehow contain the Universe inside us. This in turn gives us a fresh perspective on religion and spirituality.

Second, it helps to explain why we just know things about the Cosmos and about its various “levels” (planets, stars, etc.), without any apparent reason for knowing. We know because we resonate  with the Cosmos and with its levels, and we resonate because we are like them! We are on the same wavelength, if you like.

Third, as I will show in future blogs, it provides a very effective basis for developing our consciousness. In essence, this involves “unpeeling” successively deeper layers of our inner cosmos. Once they are revealed, they can resonate with their external counterparts, and we experience this resonance as consciousness and knowing.

Fourth, it gives us a new way of understanding what it means to be human, to be natural, to be earthly (i.e. of this planet), and to be Cosmic. I will say much more about this later.

Fifth, perhaps most controversially, the fact of our inner cosmos strongly suggests that we are not alone. It is conventional wisdom to believe that life happened here by chance, and that we human beings evolved out of that chance happening, and only on this one planet. I believe differently. I believe that the existence of our inner cosmos, and the immense holarchy that it reflects, suggest that we human beings are integral parts of the universe and that, as such, we are to be found all over it. That said, our appearance will vary widely, according to local conditions.

Although I could list many more far-reaching implications of our inner cosmos, I will just mention one more today. Since we are microcosms of the Cosmos, it flows that it is a macrocosm of us! This surely means, does it not, that if we want to understand the Universe, we should first understand ourselves. And that if we want to understand ourselves more fully and more deeply, we should study the Universe more fully and more deeply.

In my next blog, I will outline what our inner cosmos looks like, and how it functions.



being natural, global change, Intelligence, natural


Hopefully, we all become more conscious as we go through life. Yes, I accept that it’s easy to think of exceptions, such as some current world leaders! Generally speaking, however, I believe that growing in consciousness is a natural part of life’s journey. As we get older, we notice and experience things that we had not noticed or experienced before – about ourselves, other people and the world. This growth in consciousness is normally accompanied by a corresponding growth in knowledge and understanding. In other words, as we notice and experience more, we understand better what we are noticing and experiencing. There is a growth both in quantity and in quality!

That much seems clear. The question I want to address today is this: is our normal growth in consciousness one and the same as evolution of consciousness? The short answer is yes, it could be, in certain circumstances. This needs a little explanation.

Conventionally, we call something “evolution” if it is permanent change, and if it applies to the whole species. Thus, the next generation is born with whatever has evolved in previous generations. A topical example of this is the remarkable ability of very young children (as young as 2) to use technology, such as mobile phones, TV remote controls, and to access their preferred YouTube videos, all without the help pf adults. My grandchildren, aged 3, can easily do what I found hard to do only a few years ago. There has undoubtedly been a generational change, and we are probably justified in calling this “evolution in ability”.

But does this also apply to consciousness? Is my grandchildren’s generation naturally more conscious than mine? For me, the jury is still out. I accept that something does seem to have changed in human consciousness. For example, as a species we are more conscious than ever that everything is connected to everything else, and that the familiar physical world is only part of a much bigger picture. We are also more consciousness of the “human family” and of this planet as a living entity. The problem is that a big part of this “greater consciousness” is knowledge and understanding, which have grown immensely over the last 100 years or so. Only part of what we call “greater consciousness” is actually consciousness! So, to be clear, what I am talking about here is not the fact that we notice and experience more. There can be no doubt that we do. What I am talking about is our capacity to notice and experience more. For me, it is only when that capacity itself grows that it counts as the evolution of consciousness.

Just to sum up, we are certainly evolving in ability, and we are certainly evolving in knowledge and understanding. There are many examples of this. It is also true that most of us growth naturally in consciousness as we get older. The only thing I am unsure about is whether there have been permanent generational shifts in consciousness. Has the youngest generation been born more conscious than mine? Despite my uncertainty, I am more than happy to give evolution of consciousness the benefit of the doubt and assume that it is happening. In any event, doing what we can to increase our capacity to be conscious can only be for the good!

29 July 2018

Intelligence, simplicity, Uncategorized


Today I would like to apply intelligent simplicity to exploring the relationship between energy and consciousness. I believe this to be the basis of all our relationships with the Cosmos.

We are told that everything is a form of energy – that the Cosmos consist entirely of energy in all its many forms. So, what exactly is “energy”?

A very helpful way of defining energy is to think of it as “that which consist simply in its own movement and order”. There can be nothing more fundamental, which moves or is ordered. Energy is that order-movement. As Fritjof Capra pointed out: “There are no dancers, there is only the dance.” And what is dance if not ordered movement!

And if you are not sure what “order” is, it is that which makes sense to us, now or in the future. We know from experience that some things that did not make sense to us before – they appeared to be “disorder” – make sense to us now. Thus, our knowledge keeps increasing. As knowledge advances, apparent disorder retreats!

Now, if the Cosmos consists entirely of energy, and energy is order-movement, then this suggests that the whole Cosmos will eventually make sense to us. It may take a very long time – possibly millions of years – but eventually we will make sense of the Cosmos. We will know it because, being made of energy, it is wholly ordered, and therefore wholly knowable. Disorder and chance lie only in the eye of the beholder. They are merely reflections of our level of knowledge and our state of consciousness. They are not inherent qualities of the Cosmos.

So, what is “consciousness”? Ultimately, it is perception. We perceive what’s “out there” and what’s “in here”. Our inner perceptions flow from our external ones. And we can perceive only because things are perceptible in the first place. If the Cosmos was not made of order-movement, we would not be able to perceive anything. Just think about this, if you are not sure.
It is the fact that there is this central relationship between consciousness (we, the perceivers) and energy (that which is perceptible) that makes our lives possible and liveable.