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,
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
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
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
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