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Dr Mike Ellis
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The Quest for Enlightenment
by Dr Michael Ellis


Socrates instilled the virtues of self knowledge, which changes how we act and think and leads to wisdom. Socrates looked upon himself as a midwife who enabled people to give birth to new knowledge and ultimately authenticity and truth. The essence of philosophy has always been seeking for that truth which is within.

The Buddha, Nichiren Dai Shonin stated in the teaching 'On Attaining Buddhahood' - 'When you look into your own mind at any moment, you perceive neither color nor form to verify that it exists. Yet you still cannot say it does not exist, for many differing thoughts continually occur to you. Life is indeed an elusive reality that transcends both the words and concepts of existence and nonexistence. It is neither existence nor nonexistence, yet exhibits the qualities of both. It is the mystic entity of the Middle Way that is the reality of all things. Myo is the name given to the mystic nature of life, and ho to its manifestations.

What is the nature of this reality from which all things manifest and can we indeed access it from within and do our thoughts come from a place which is beyond thought?

From experiments within the brain it has been shown that the inspiration for thought as expressed through our brainwave pattern comes before the actual thought is even articulated.

Social scientific literature concentrates almost exclusively on the socially constructed self which could be called the relational self or the conforming self or the organisational self. It is the self of the personality, the person who has thought up a pattern of desires, ideas, thoughts and expectations which is reactive to the phenomena from the external environment and seems to be like a cork on a turbulent ocean.

In cognitive behaviour the emphasis is on feeding back to the person their articulated thoughts so that they can have more awareness of who they are and what they are doing. In scientific research this kind of self awareness is more significant than the vast interpretive synthesis that are placed on people through psycho analytical dogma. The interpretive process of self construction is part of the vast history of the psychoanalytic tradition of western society.

Heidegger said language is the house of being in the sense that language provides the context in which being occurs. How do we construct our house of being? How do we reach the human potential within ourselves that we may transform and recreate our lives in the way we wish our dreams to unfold? We have to acknowledge the way we have constructed the patterns of our lives to see our lives and the way we have formed them. We need to understand the ways we have responded to self serving and sometimes seemingly protective judgements.

We have reacted to things without wisdom or without true thought. We need to see the song line, the subtle dance of existence, the poetry of our lives and within that see the reactivity and the unsaid and then notice that this social me is different from the observing me and the origin from where it all originates.

This origin has been called by some, the transparent eye or the common ground of being. It does seek to shift and transform the meanings by which we generate and justify the way we lead our lives.

By breaking through to the common ground of being by exploring the unknown by seeking that which is within, by accessing the multidimensionality of our selves, by realising that we are in fact multisensory beings, we begin to understand that there is this essence from which all things come and manifest.

We can even ascribe to this essence and its existential meaninglessness in order to give us the opportunity to create meaning and more opportunities.

In terms of perennial wisdom these patterns that we create in our ego is called karma, but that which is beyond karma is an acausal basis of newness and transformation.

In true Buddhism, this ground of being is called the concealed essence of truth and reveals the profound truth of eternal life. The ultimate condition of life contains all truths within itself and by its very existence gives rise to knowledge or wisdom as an opening to continually rising content rather than knowledge and wisdom that only lies within the persona.

In process physics, the organisation and structure of the universe is seen as a constantly evolving new realm of field of information which is holographic and is like a self referential egg, a brain mind continuum existing in infinity.

As human beings on this fractal pattern of meaning within chaos we come to be microcosms of this macrocosm. These tiny little myriads of human brain buds are self referentially conscious of their existence and yet seemingly separate from the enormous infinite egg from which they come. Science mainly objectifies this egg as inanimate, material and never seeks to see it from a holistic point of view.

In process physics this universal intelligence and process of existence which encompasses both quantum and classical forms of physics is seen as being composed of fractal derivatives which conjoin and divert from each other. These fractals seem to originate from a core which is of infinite regression. In this respect one would say that even though the basic self referential origin of consciousness is within the domain of existence it is not really actualized until the highly evolved consciousness of the human being becomes manifest.

However, within the esoteric perennial philosophy of true Buddhism, it is seen that the mystic ground of existence is in fact highly evolved and that the self referential process of wisdom within the gigantic infinite brain of the universe is in fact highly complex and knows. Its complexity is such that it contains all truth within itself. It is the entity of everything. It is also completely endowed with perfection and able to be realised.

This suggests that even the giant egg of infinite intelligence within its infinite regression of fractal information has an interface itself with this higher level of existence and consciousness which is the preface for all wisdom and knowledge in the universe.

From the perspective of perennial wisdom and true Buddhism, absolute reality from which all universal phenomenal arise, including human beings is a state of realisation, wisdom and consciousness.

The key to this enigma, I believe, is consciousness. In process physics analysis is made of the development of consciousness in terms of evolution and emergence of properties. In this respect the biological process of the universe itself is seen as evolving like a child evolves as it grows from birthing to infancy to childhood, to adulthood.

But perhaps we have got all this wrong and in fact perennial philosophy and ancient wisdom is correct when it sees consciousness and imagination and the process of manifestation in terms of material phenomena as being part of an all inclusive process detailed by a fine, creative, enigmatic intelligence and profound infrastructure of information and potential complexity.

Science sees things in such a reductive sense that scientists cannot allow for a holistic process to take precedence from the start.

One of the greatest commitments of Albert Einstein was to see the universe as one seamless whole and he felt that physics had to in some way reflect that. In deep experiences of meditation and high experiences of transcendental bliss, time seems to stand still and the illusion of separation and isolation that human beings feel seems to melt away into a sense of seamless expression of connectedness in the sense that we are all in a giant ocean of wholeness.

This sense of separation and yet connectedness that human beings have, is a paradox. It is the way the perssimon fruit is sour and yet turns sweet in the sun or the way the element of light can be a proton or particle and a waveform at the same time.

Perhaps this is the key to localised and non localised consciousness which we all experience at times.

The mystic paradox is to hold the vision of oneness even though things appear separate and it is based on the heart. Joan Borysenko PhD

Garry Schwartz PhD Psychology and Psychiatry University of Arizona Medical School and Director of Human Energy Systems Laboratory has compared love to the fundamental attractive process comparing love and loving to the relationship which occurs in all systems. He compares love to gravity seeing it as the glue that holds the universe together. To go one step further we may call it the enlightened law that integrates all universes and from which all phenomena derive.

When we try and impose our knowledge, information and preconceptions on ourselves and our connection with the universal consciousness, we impose our own ideas of what it is and therefore distance ourselves from it even further. Thus we constantly objectify this knowledge rather than become part of it. Perhaps the only way we can become part of this biological synthesis which is universal intelligence or divinity or consciousness or the sacred is to take that leap of faith into the unknown or into the very essence of who we are - namely self actualised human beings.

The journey to this authentic self is the crossing of this final frontier to the unknown potentials of the mind of humanity.

As human beings we are able to access this understanding and wisdom. In fact this understanding and wisdom is common to all of us and is a groundwork to our authentic selves. By reaching into this level of being and being open to the unknowable, we are able to make new causes.

By being in the context of this ground and realising that we are not our stories and other contents of thought or a set pattern of desires and thoughts we become aware that our existence and authenticity is based on the context of being from which we can choose to live and realise our dreams. At the same time our context of being gives us the understanding that we and all other human beings and sentience are part of the omnipresent realm of possibility.

By having the opportunity to be at cause, this allows you the responsibility to use cosmic imagination to invent new meanings. Use of words then becomes a measure of integrity and an opportunity for manifestation. This is further reinforced when you involve others in your declaration of fulfillment of the self and others around you in order to create a more integral world free from self imposed limitations.

These limitations have been variously described as the three poisons of anger, greed and stupidity in Buddhism, the 'id' of Freud, the character structure of the psychic agency of the family (Erich Fromm) and the genetic or biological basis of inherited characteristics.

The concept here is that the alignment with the truth of the authentic self melts away sufferings like dew in the morning sun.

The fundamental law of the universe is a metaparadigm or substrate from which all phenomena arise.

By its very nature, it is consciousness and wisdom itself and transcends all human beings and all phenomenal laws and yet contains them within itself.

Rather than material phenomena it is consciousness that is the basis of all things whether localised or non localised.

Although human beings may have finite bodies, they have infinite minds.


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.