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The Renaissance of Humankind
by Dr. Michael Ellis ©2008

 


In 'The Discoveries of Art' in Arthur Koestler's 'Janus: A Summing Up', the author talks about the expression 'reculer pour mieux sauter' where a temporary regression to more primitive and uninhibited levels of ideation is followed by a creative, forward leap. Koestler says that disintegration, reintegration, dissociation and bisociation reflect the same pattern. He sees this draw back to leap; playing not only a crucial role in mental creativity, but also in the creative evolution of higher life forms.

The disintegration and dissociation of Koestler's theory seems to be paralleled in the problems and crises that we are facing on the planet today. The planet and our very lives are disintegrating due to all the problems that we are facing in global society; pollution, over population, wars and destruction of resources. At the same time this integration gives rise to hope. This is because we are living and therefore go against the law of entropy and surely disintegration and dissociation can only mean that we are looking towards an integration and a creative leap on a higher level of being and in higher levels as regards to ways of thinking, ways of creating and technology.


The Intuitive Leap

An intuitive leap which creates a new theory or a new form of art is an indefinable form of beauty. Koestler remarks that the greatest living English physicist, Paul Dirak went even further with his famous pronouncement that it is far more important to have beauty in one's equations than to have them fit experiments. He quotes from Keat's 'Ode On a Grecian Urn'; "Beauty is truth, truth beauty," "That is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know".


Evolution by Domaine Shift

Fred Hoil is of the opinion that life can not have arisen by chance and believes that the complex order of primitive amino acids in the early history of the earth was catalysed into life by the arrival of genes in the form of bacteria from outer space. Fred Hoil looks at the concept of punctuated equilibrium in the evolutionary process. In this hypothesis extra ordinary jumps in evolution and creative change in living organisms occur as great leaps. And Fred Hoil thinks that these leaps come from further input of genes from outer space.Perhaps this is not the case and perhaps it is possible that mind force can affect the organisation and catalyse change within a primitive soup of amino acids.

The reasoning behind this statement is:

  1. That the creation of life is not a random process.
  2. The creation of life is purposeful.
  3. The totality of the universe is alive and the inorganic phenomena which we see around us, whether it be specks of dust or galaxies are the building blocks and environment of the life process itself which is omnipresent.
  4. Consciousness is the prerequisite of aliveness and it is this consciousness which expresses itself at times in material scientific laws or in the reciprocal maintenance of the life support system of the symbiotic process of the biosphere or planet itself.
  5. If the planet is alive it surely is not unreasonable to think that other planets could be alive in their own particular way and also total systems of galaxies and stars and suns could be alive.
  6. It is hypothesised that the consciousness itself of the total universe whether it promotes itself through inanimate laws or through the creation of life is infact total unavoidable and permeatating through and therefore by its very nature if concentrated sufficiently on a embryonic planet would create through the action of focus mind, living forms from the very basic building blocks of amino acids themselves.
  7. Focus mind involves wisdom, knowledge and information.
  8. We know that the mind and the body are interconnected and integral and that the mind can heal the body, as shown be people curing themselves of incurable illnesses or even cancer, through the process of meditation and visualisation.
  9. Our genes are continually being modified during the course of our life by our attitudes, the way we deal with stress, the food we eat and our basic behaviour. Thus we can reprogram our genes and thereby effect our bodily hibutis, our constitution and our mobility.
  10. Human beings are microcosms of the macrocosms.
  11. It is therefore rational to suppose that the consciousness of the microcosm can influence its body in a way similar to the way our minds influence our bodies.
  12. It is therefore possible that the focused mind of the macrocosm can influence the developing life through the creation of life on an embryonic planet.
  13. The question is how does this process occur? It is not just simply the old Testament version of God creating human man and women. But is the process of greater subtlety than this and obviously of greater complexity.
  14. In experiments in quantum mechanics the consciousness of the experimenter influences the result of the experiment.
  15. It is obvious that in advances in science and technology that the consciousness of humankind as a whole is being enhanced. As on a collective basis we are seeing further and further into the universe as the creation of computers and analyse of light and speed, complex equations and picture all kinds of possibilities in design technologies. We can communicate throughout the global instantly. We can observe ourselves through television. We have enormous facilities for self destruction. We are gaining more and more knowledge into the genetic basis of all living creatures and the ability to modify and change living organisms. All this represents the growth of consciousness and the ability to change the environment.
  16. All this combines in knowledge, in clarity and the ability to do information processing and the ability to coordinate and integrate information and the ability to begin to create different life forms are becoming a reflection of the universal mind. It is only a faint reflection, but the frame work of laws that we are beginning to perceive is like the technology that universal uses in its absolute manifest creativity.
  17. Our minds are therefore leaping to a greater wholistic and global understanding of life and although there may be disintegration and dissociation around us this very chaos is creating the cause for the reintegration and creative leap that can enhance not only the human race and its beingness but the beingness and totality of the planet. An intuitive leap which creates a new theory or a new form of art is an indefinable form of beauty.

Koestler then points out that the human adult resembles the embryo of an ape rather than an adult ape, quoting Bolk's pioneering work. Bolk says that in both the Simian embryo, and the human adult, the ratio of the weight of the brain to the total body weight is disproportionately high. Other embryonic or foetalised characteristics in adult man are also mentioned, such as the absence of brow bridges, the scantiness and later appearance of body hair, pallor of the skin, retarded growth of the teeth, and a number of other features. Koestler says that the missing link between ape and man will probably never be found, because it was an embryo.

Koestler is of the opinion that paedomorphosis or juvenilization appears to play an important part in the grand strategy of evolution. Perhaps what we are seeing here is evolution by gigantic leaps rather than slow increments.

It is interesting to see the emphasis placed on the child in this evolutionary strategy. For it has always been thought that the child is our nearest connection with the soul.


The Child in Man

Emmerson in 'The Oversoul' says, "We are often made to feel that there is another youth in age than that which is measured from our natural birth. Some thoughts always find us young and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty. Every man parts from that contemplation that it rather belongs to the ages than immortal life. The least activity of the intellectual powers redeems us in a degree from the conditions of time. In sickness or in langour, give us a strain of poetry, or a profound sentence, and we are refreshed, or produce a volume of Plato or Shakespeare, or remind us of their names, and instantly we come into a feeling of longevity".

What is being said here is that the power of words and the power of creative thought to inspire and motivate humanity and to enhance beingness in the greatest possible sense. As we enhance our beingness we become more in tuned with the eternal universal mind.

Tagore in 'The Crescent Moon' writes, "I wish I could travel by the road that crosses babies' mind and out beyond all bounds, where messengers run errands for no cause between kingdoms of kings of no history; where reason makes kites of her laws and flies them, and truth sets fact free from its fetters". In 'The Child Angel' he says, "Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning of all things. Let them love you, and thus love each other. Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my child, at sunrise, open and raise your heart like a blossoming flower, and at sunset, bend your head, and in silence, complete the worship of the day".

It is the innocence, spontaneity, truth and honesty of the child that will save humankind, because each of us are children. We have been children once and we are still children of the universe and children of the universal mind. We are young in terms of the universe, barely a blink of an eyelid and therefore we have tremendous potential like flashing lights upon a stage. Our lives flicker by and our suffering and our experience, our knowledge and our technology, our wisdom and our understanding compliment the enigma in which we are part and gradually we begin to see our very origins and our very connection with the essence of eternity itself.


The Renaissance of Humanity

In the 'Psychology of the Trickster Figure' by Jung, Jung states that when a primitive or barbarous consciousness forms a picture of itself on a much earlier level of development and continues to do so for hundreds and even thousands of years, undeterred by the contamination of his archaic qualities, with differentiated highly developed mental products, then the causal explanation is that the older the archaic qualities are, the more conservative and pertinacious their behaviour. He sees the motive of the trickster figure archetype as being an example of this, and agrees with Rodin that the history of civilisation is largely an account of the attempts of man to forget his transformation from an animal into a human being.

In mythology we have the symbols that carry the spirit forwards. Mythology deals with the rights of passage and expresses the human dilemma with vast paramonic symbols. The understanding of mythology in our very nature enables us to retreat to the causal zones of the psyche and seek for the primary springs of human life and thought.

It appears a tragic comedy that our world yields but one ending of death and disintegration and it is this tragedy which seems to spilt and shatter immortal frame.

In yet we see transformation and the heroic return occurring when every human being is born into this world. It overcomes that separation, that primary separation from the mother and from the eternal womb. In the heroic myth the hero goes to the depths of the soul and overcomes fierce obstacles and returned resurrected with revitalised powers, strong and unconcretable. So the hero's venture is one of separation, initiation and return. The immortal return of the hero is found in the alchemist search for the philosopher stone that can change base metal into gold, or create the immortal exa of life. It is expressed in the Buddha's tears of amrita or tears that expressed in joy of the understanding of the eternity of love.

The struggle of the Buddha is the struggle of the humankind for their immortal soul. It is a search not for God outside, but for the divine within.

Because our base animal credence expressed in the dark regions of our psyche perhaps camouflage the immortal elixa, or the bright jewel, or the divine origin from which we come. Perhaps this divinity itself is what distinguishes human beings from animals. Perhaps just as the child and the ape speaks of humankind the child in humanity speaks of divinity.

So somehow or other we are seeded with divinity from a source unknown and conceivably this divinity can not be expressed through atoms or molecules or physiological or anatomical systems. Although these structures can be an expression of divinity.

There was a God of retribution and anger Yaweh who expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. This Yaweh God chronologically occurred about 1000BC and this God is judgmental, suspicious, angry and retributed and yet there is an older religion that transcends this duality that creates everything into black and white, good and evil. This old religion is based on the God of the forefathers. Literally expressed as El Sh d i (Shod Yaweh). This God is known to this day by people of Iran as the God of Bliss. And it seems to have its origins from the ancestors of the Semantic races and races of Persia and connected with Zori Aster.

If we are divine and if we have experienced divinity in the distant past, we must still have that divinity within us, which can be expressed not only through what we say, but also in the very structure of our bodies and the more we can recollect that divinity within, the more we can revitalise and rejuvenate our bodies.

In his book on 'Primal Health' Michael Oden looks at primal health around the critical and crucial time of our life, which is in the womb, around birth and around breast feeding. It is then that the immune system, the hormonal system and the primitive brain are formed and reach maturity and that our biological computers are programmed for life. Everything that happens at this time has an influence on our basic state of health.

The point he makes is that the whole body is an integrated unit, particularly the brain, the hypothalamus, the endocrine system and the immune system. He sees the diseases of Western Society; depression, alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, schizophrenia, obesity, rheumatism, allergies, auto-immune disease, viral disease and cancers as all being a symptom of the weakness of disturbance of this primal adaptive system. In particular he sees the helplessness, hopelessness and inhibition of action caused by the birth trauma as being related to future illness, as this catastrophic situation in the primal status of the baby leads to inhibition in the production of prostaglandins, particularly prostaglandin 1, and an excessive production of cortisone.

Perhaps our deep rooted fear of death is intimately related to our past experience. Experience of birth trauma. We are also aware of how human beings can cure themselves of incurable illness, through the ability to work with their mind powers. People who have overcome severe illnesses and cured themselves seem to have an aspect of divinity about them.

In bio feedback experiments the individual who contacts the divine within themselves seems to have a profound effect in creating deep relaxation in all physiological variables being measured. It is obvious that someone whom cures themselves of cancer has modified the genetic structure of their body, so divinity must be a quality that transcends our physical domain. Rather then being relegated to the realms of myth, it should be looked at with practicality pragmatically.

Examples of work that can lead to us uncovering the divinity in ourselves include psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the work on rebirthing by Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray, the "Metamorphic Technique" and the work of Doctor Gerald Jampolsky in attitudinal healing. Both the metamorphic technique and attitudinal healing deal with the life force inherent within the human being.

To go on a quest, to have a mission larger than our individual families or society in which we live in, to search for meaning within ourselves, to work at our human potential, to search for spiritual paths that suit us, to express our deepest selves and to seek for the meaning in our dreams and in our very behaviour is the way of the sage, the way of the master.

Without exception every human being on this planet at this time, in their particular life path, has but one quest and that is to seek the divinity within themselves and to express themselves in a more complete and whole way. With this respect, as a race, on masse, human beings are now searching for the Golden Age within themselves.

Perhaps that is why more books have been written about This Age of Bliss and Transcendence and Completeness.

In his 'Metamorphosis' the Roman poet Ovid, said the first age was golden. In it "faith and righteousness were cherished by men of their own free will, without judges or laws. Penalties and fears there were none, nor were threatening words inscribed on unchanging bonds. Without the use of soldiers, the people, in safety, enjoyed their sweet repose".

In the 'Mahabaharata' written in the Hindu-Brahamanic period, it says that "the Krita Yuga or Golden Age was so named because there was but one religion, and all men were saintly. Therefore they were not required to perform religious ceremonies. Holiness never grew less, and the people did not decrease. The Krita Yuga was without disease, there was no lessening with the years. There was no hatred, or vanity, or evil thought whatsoever. No sorrow, no fear. Being all like gods, they ascended to the sky and returned at will. Self-subdued, and free from envy, they beheld the gods and the mighty prophets and had a clear perception of all duties. They lived for a thousand years".

Chuang-Tsu belongs to a period three or four centuries before Christ. He was a disciple of Lao Tsu. In his writings on the Universe, he says, "In the Golden Age, good men were not appreciated, ability was not conspicuous, rulers were mere beacons, while the people were as free as the wild deer. They were upright without being conscious of duty to their neighbours. They loved one another without being conscious of charity. They were true without being conscious of loyalty. They were honest without being conscious of good faith. They acted freely in all things without recognising obligations to anyone. Thus their deeds left no trace, their affairs were not handed down to posterity".

In Philadelphia, the birth place of the American Revolution, Glenn Doman, has established the now world-famous Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential or the Better Baby Institute. Doman states, "You provide the baby, we provide the better. Every child born has at the moment of birth a greater potential of intelligence than Leonardo Da Vinci ever used. The magic is in the child. More than a quarter of a century ago, as a tiny band of us treated profoundly brain injured children, we stumbled over the clues as to how things may someday be for the well children as well as the brain injured and remembered the very h\night, or more accurately the early morning hours when we first dreamed the dream. Now they stand before us, better in the reality than in our most extravagant dreams, and we know them for what they are - Renaissance children - children for all seasons".

The core of Doman's belief is that the brain can grow from simply being used and the children in his school have constant intellectual stimulation and stimuli from all kinds of artistic sources, constantly from conception". This means in the womb as well.

Ashley Montague in 'Life Before Birth' states, "The basic fact is simple. Life begins not at birth, but at conception. This means that a developing child is alive, not only in the sense that he is composed of living tissues but also in the sense that from the very moment of conception, things happen to him. Thus from the very start, the being is there to actualise his own true nature, and this is occurring even during the process of growth in the womb.

We all have the ability to recuperate and renew ourselves in ways which we cannot even imagine and this is surely due to the vastly underestimated scope and understanding of who we are. What the basic nature of a human being is. What our true self is and what is really the nature of life force.

The child within us is the source of renewal and rebirth. The child within is the essence of our true nature and the build of a new society and a new age. It is the child, perfected and unblemished that created the Golden Age, and this child when functioning completely integrated the totality of our primal brain and our primal structure and the integrated circuit of the hypothalamus pituitary endocrine system, immune system and primitive brain.

The child in us is not primitive, animal like or savage, but is uniquely divine and special. The trickster figure preventing us from recognising our savagery is the creation of a Victorian male dominated parochial critical society. We may well have an animal ancestry but the essence of our beingness is none other than our divinity expressed as the brilliant jewel like child within, camouflaged by the barriers of our contemporary society.

As we get back to seeing ourselves as children of universal mind we can become reborn to a new world and a new paradigm of reality and at the same time begin to manifest a golden age within our very lives of our here and now.

DR MICHAEL ELLIS, MBBS MRCP DCH MACNEM NPAA BA (Hons) Dip Grad (Nutr Med).

Dr Michael Ellis, Chief Editor and Creative vision behind The New Paradigm Journal, www.newparadigmjournal.com is an English trained Doctor with over 20 years of General Practice experience both in the UK and in Australia. He has higher qualifications in general medicine and paediatrics. He has a special interest in Mind/ Body medicine and in optimising the physical, mental and emotional health of the individual.

As well as his medical qualifications, Dr Ellis also has an Honours Degree in Literature, Arts, Philosophy and Social Psychology. He also has Naturopathic qualifications.

He is Co-Founder of The Medical Renaissance Group www.medicalrenaissance.com. with Dr Jager Holly. He is also Founder and President of the Global Citizens for Peace, www.globalcitizens.org. In conjunction with the Centre for Change in the Third Millenium www.centreforchange.org founded by Dr Michael Ellis, the Global Citizens for Peace, is an open forum and on going dialogue for humankind in key issues affecting sustainable survival and the search for solutions. The aim is the creation of a planetary peace culture.

Dr Ellis has a keen interest in the plight of the ordinary GP and is concerned in creating a more sustainable and caring health system and healing culture for both doctors and the community. Because of this he established the Medical Renaissance Movement with Dr Jager Holly in 2001 in Australia. The Medical Renaissance Movement supports preventative nutritional Mind Body Medicine and Wellness Medicine and sees healing as being a unique partnership between the doctor and the patient. He is on the Executive Board of the Australian Integrative Medical Association (AIMA), http://www.aima.net.au/, Executive Board of World CME http://www.WorldCME.com/ and Executive Board of Child Watch http://www.child-watch.org/

Dr Ellis has conducted seminars on Globalisation, and Wellness at the Post Graduate School of Medicine Swinburne University, Melbourne. He is also an international speaker on Integrative Medicine.

He is the Australian Representative Institute Noetic Sciences http://www.noetic.org/.

and Honorary Adviser, World Unity & Peace Education Department City Montessori School, Lucknow, India http://www.cmseducation.org.

He practices Nutritional and Environmental and Anti Aging Medicine in Kalorama Victoria. http://www.antiageingwellnessclinic.com/m.