being natural, consciousness, inner cosmos, natural, Uncategorized

WE ARE MICROCOSMS

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.

 

 

global change, Intelligence, Uncategorized

OUR FUTURE EVOLUTION

When we think of human evolution, we normally think of the past, the history of our evolution. And we may have in mind our evolutionary achievements, such as language, technology, manual dexterity, and the ability to self-reflect. But do we ever think about the future of our evolution? Or do we assume that human evolution has stopped? Given the state of the world today, we can be forgiven for thinking that we have stopped evolving, and that all that remains for us is to constantly try to solve the problems of our own making.

In fact, there is much evidence that we are still evolving, and that we may still have a long way to go. Although we like to think of ourselves as “top of the evolutionary tree”, humanity may still be in its infancy, in evolutionary terms. The evidence is that we are still evolving in five significant respects:

We are evolving physically, and this includes our health and longevity

We are evolving in consciousness and in knowing and understanding. Many of us are more conscious, and as a species we know and understand much more

We are evolving in intelligence – defined as “behaving wisely and well”. It often does not seem so, when we look around us or watch the news, but the overall trend is positive

We are evolving in character and maturity. This means many things, such as our ethics and morality. In practice, it means we are becoming kinder, stronger, more disciplined

We are evolving in ability, in two senses: we can do current things better; and we can do completely new things, including that considered by some to be “paranormal”

An important part of the evidence that we are still evolving is that large numbers of people are working on their own evolution (although they probably do not use this term). Under headings such as “personal development” or “therapy” or “spiritual practice, they are working on their health, their consciousness, their intelligence, their character, or their abilities – any or all of these.

Given the existential threats that just one species – ourselves – pose to this planet, there is clearly an urgent need for we human beings to evolve as much as possible, so that we can become what we are capable of being – wise and kind, with the will and capacity to care for each other and this planet as they are meant to be cared for. I hope that it goes without saying that this will involve work, much of it. That said, if you work regularly on yourself, you will almost certainly evolve. And as you evolve as an individual, humanity as a whole will somehow reflect your personal evolution.

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FULLER AND FASTER

The world is fuller and faster. In fact, it’s more than that. The world is also noisier, busier and, by all accounts, more anxious.

The world is fuller, in the sense that there are more things in it, more things to do, and more of us. Just think of the word “shopping” and you will know what I mean. Never have we had so much choice, and never have we had so many pressures to acquire things.

The world is getting faster by the day. We can travel at speed, and we can communicate instantaneously with virtually anyone, anywhere. We have never experienced such speed and “instantness” before. We are not sure what to do with it.

The world is noisier. We say much more – on phones, email, texts, chat shows, and so many other ways. Much of this counts as noise, defined as “unwanted sound”. This is not all. Muzak is everywhere – in shops and shopping centres, and in trains and planes. To call this irritating is to be kind! And then there is the sound of traffic…and so on. We have made a very noisy world. Is this what we really want?

The world is busier – indeed people these days think being busy is a virtue! Many of us are constantly active, often doing more than one thing at a time…such as driving and texting and drinking coffee. If we are not actually doing something, we are probably planning the next activity. Sitting quietly, doing nothing has become so rare that people run courses in it under various banners, such as Zen and “mindfulness”.

And the world is more anxious, with good reason. The climate is changing dangerously. Sociopaths are in power. Inequality has reached Victorian levels. And there is no sign that we human beings have renounced war. Good cause indeed to be worried, and the anxiety is evident in many ways – retail therapy; “space-filling” activities, such as eating, drinking, sex and drugs; and the fact that we have become ludicrously risk-averse.

Need it be this way? Clearly not! One can easily envisage a world that is emptier, with more space, literally and metaphorically. It is slower, more leisurely. People are not rushing towards the end of their lives! They have time to stop and stare. It is a quieter, more peaceful world. People still talk, of course, and there is good music. But there is much less unwanted sound. It is a less busy world. People still do things, but they do fewer of them. They value the quality of what they do, rather than the quantity. And, yes, people are still anxious. That’s just part of being human. But I suspect that in an emptier, slower, quieter, less busy world, we would not have sociopaths in power, the climate would be in its natural state, gross inequality would be a thing of the past, and that we would use peaceful means to settle disputes. In short, we would be less anxious!

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JUST A PIECE OF STRING

In the Sixties, when Boeing produced the first Jumbo jets, the Federal Aviation Authority refused to grant a licence to carry passengers. Why? Because they required to know the weight of the plane. Boeing had spent a lot of time, money and energy trying to work out a way to weigh this unusually large aircraft, but without success.

As it happened, a visiting salesman heard about the problem, and said that he thought he could help. At first, he was not taken seriously. However, he insisted, so the engineers and executives thought they could lose nothing by letting him try. So, they asked him if he needed anything. He said: “Just a piece of strong, a measuring tape, and a tyre pressure gauge.” Needless, to say, there were a lot of raised eyebrows.

The salesman walked up to one of the planes sitting on the tarmac and did a few very simple things. First, he wound the string tightly around the base of a tyre, where it touched the ground. He then measured that length. He did this with several tyres, just to get an average. He then took the pressure of each of those tyres, again just to get an average. Next, he counted the total number of tyres. Finally, he did a quick calculation on a piece of paper and turned to Boeing’s and announced the weight of the plane. There were more than a few red faces, but Boeing got its licence, and the salesman got his contract!

This story is just one of countless examples of intelligent simplicity – where you do something that looks too simple, yet is very intelligent. In complete contrast to the very expensive, complicated, time-consuming methods that Boeing had tried, the salesman’s method cost nothing, took almost no time, and was the opposite of complicated. Yet it was far more intelligent, because it worked!

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Coincidence – A Form of Intelligent Simplicity?

We know quite a lot about the physical nature of the universe, and this is what science studies. However, we know next to nothing about its deeper nature, and it does not help that science denies that this exists. I believe that we can get a glimpse of this deeper nature from an unexpected source – coincidence.

Carl Jung gave this a fancy name, “acausal synchronicity”, but changing its name did not take us very far. For me, coincidence reflects two facets of the deeper nature of the Cosmos. These are (a) total connectedness, and (b) the fact that the Universe is constantly giving us useful things, such as information. I really do mean total connectedness. Everything in the Universe, whatever its size or nature, is instantaneously connected to everything else, regardless of distance. The speed of light is not a limiting factor. Significantly, this includes us. We, too, are totally connected to everything, and to each other. Many scientists seem to believe this, and they give it odd names, such as “quantum entanglement” and “non-locality”, no doubt to make it sound serious and respectable! And, although it might not seem like it, the Cosmos is constantly making information and other things available to us. The key is to be aware of this, so that you can benefit from it. What happened in the last couple of days is a typical example.

While chatting with a friend yesterday, I happened to mention the phrase “raining cats and dogs”. Neither of us knew where this came from. This morning, while communing with Nature, I was browsing a book about Canada. I turned to the section on Prince Edward Island because I recalled that an acquaintance had a summer home there. That is when I noticed a paragraph about one of the island’s famous sons, Thomas Haliburton. I read that it was he who coined several well-known phrases, such as “raining cats and dogs”!

What I believe happened was that I semi-consciously put out a request about the origin of the phrase. The Cosmos picked up the request – because it is its nature to do so – and fed back the answer to me, in the form of the paragraph in the book.

Just to repeat the important point – I think this kind of thing happens a lot, possibly every day. That said, few of us make good use of coincidence. We do not notice it all, or if we do, we give it little value. We just say, “That was strange”, and then pass on. In doing so, we miss a lot, and we fail to connect with the deeper nature of the Cosmos. That is a pity.

While many still believe that the Universe is dead, unconsciousness, meaningless, and without intrinsic intelligence, the opposite may be true. It may turn out to be a living being, highly conscious, packed with meaning, and intelligent beyond our comprehension. The existence of coincidence is just one part of a wide range of evidence supporting this. The Cosmos is both intelligent and simple. It knows where to find information, and it uses the simplest means to give the information to us. However, to be able to receive what the Cosmos is giving us, we have to be like the Cosmos. We, too, have to be in a state of intelligent simplicity. In my next blog “Nature Always Responds to our Questions”, I will take this theme a little further.

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The Five “Naturals”

I am writing a book about “being fully human”. Why? Because I believe that we all have the potential to be much more fully human, and that would make a big difference. As things stand, we have the odd situation where it seems to be human nature to be imperfect, to make mistakes, and to be less than we really are. In strong contrast, it is the nature of every other creature I can think of not to have faults, not to make mistakes, and to be fully who they are. Dolphins, wolves and eagles immediately come to mind, but there are countless other examples of creatures being fully who they are. I believe that we can trace back many, if not all, of our big problems to not being fully who we are. I will write about this later.

Underpinning all this is the idea of “being natural”. I have written about this before. Today I would like to touch upon five ways in which we and the world would get better if we were more natural. They are: healthier, more intelligent, more powerful, more ecological, and more evolutionary. I will say a few words about each of these.

Perhaps I should lay my cards on the table. I believe that our natural state is to be healthy, intelligent, powerful, ecological and constantly evolving. Indeed, I define health as “our natural state”. Illness is simply any deviation from our natural state. I hardly need add that we can deviate for many reasons – upbringing, schooling, the culture of our society, our lifestyle, our diet, and the physical environment. The more natural we are, in the way we live, work, and interact, the more likely we are to be healthy.

You may know by now that I define “intelligent” as “behaving wisely and well”. For me, intelligence has very little to do with being brainy or intellectual or having a high IQ. There is absolutely no point in being intelligent in theory. “By their deeds you shall know them.” Intelligent is as intelligent does! A moment’s reflection tells that all other creatures put us to shame by their wise behaviour. I am suggesting that the more natural we are (the more fully human), the more likely we are to be intelligent, in the sense I have just described.

Natural power is a little trickier to explain. The roots of the word are helpful. It comes from the Latin “posse”, meaning “to be able”. Thus, power is about the capacity to do things. Within the limits of who they are, all other creatures are typically more able than we are. They are able to fight or flee, according to circumstances. Put them in the wild, and they will survive and thrive. Put most of us in the wild, and we would find it difficult to survive, so dependent have we become on technology and the comforts of civilisation. Not only this, when other creatures do something, they tend to do it perfectly. This cannot be said of many of us. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I believe that the more natural we are, the more able we are, and the better we do things. This is what I mean by “natural power”.

If you are not sure whether all other creatures are ecological, then you have not been paying attention. I do not think it an exaggeration to say we human beings are the only unecological species on this planet. And it shows! That said, I believe that it is our true nature to care for the planet and leave it a better place than we found it.

Last but not least, the more natural we are, the more likely we are to evolve, to develop. In my writings on “conscious evolution” – influencing the pace and direction of our own evolution – I place a lot of emphasis on being natural. In fact, I will stick my neck out, and say that arguably the most effective way to promote one’s own evolution is to be as natural as possible. Those of you who have been following me will realise that this connects strongly with being a 21st Century Taoist. More to follow.

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Introducing Chris Thomson

Introducing Chris Thomson – A Catalan Scot

Perhaps I should say a few words about me

I am Scottish, from Glasgow, and I live in the Pyrenees in northern Catalunya. Although still part of Spain, the people here are keen to have their freedom and independence. It’s not unlike Scotland. The countryside is rugged and beautiful, and the people reflect this. They are not easy to get to know, but they are worth getting to know!

I have had an eccentric career, and this no doubt reflects who I am. I spent a short while trying to be an economist at the Bank of England, often wondering what my role was. As much to escape London as anything else, I moved north to do research in scientific Chinese. By this time I had a young family and this is why I looked for something that seemed more stable…so I became a lawyer in Scotland. I never really felt comfortable doing this, so it came as little surprise when, in 1985, I found myself Chair of the Natural Medicines Commission. That changed a lot, because I was able to explore “new” initiatives, such as the New Economics and the New Physics. I even trained as a psychotherapist!

Arguably the biggest change came in 1998 when I was invited to join a new think tank in Scotland. In theory, it was about new thinking and new ideas. In practice, people are resistant to most things new, and I discovered this painfully. Although a lot of people talk about change, very few actually do it. There are a host of reasons for this, and I am sure we will encounter some of them as this blog develops.

I find it hard to describe myself these days. In fact, I prefer not to be categorised. I would rather be thought of as just a human being. I realise that this probably goes against the tide, but again this is who I am.

What interests me most these days? Many things…primarily the people I love…my daughter and my son, my three grandchildren, and my partner Ana. And I love flying down the mountains on my skis.

Am I interested in world affairs…Trump, climate change, grotesque inequality, and so on? Of course I am, but I don’t let it get to me. The main thing, I believe, is to try to live wisely and well, to be as fully human as possible, and to have a lot of laughs.