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Reality is universal continual transformation or change.

Human beings live a dance between acceptance and denial of both our mortality and our roles as stewards amidst the transformation.

Paradox is woven into the very structure of human consciousness we sense our integration with the universal flux even as we are aware of our unique, transient form.

The crux of our situation is that our consciousness contains equal potential for self-respect and self-deceit. We thus have a great potential to experience both unimaginable joy and incredible denial.

Deciding how to use this potential is compounded by the fact that our consciousness is but a trace element of our being. Neurophysics suggests that while in any moment we are each conscious of maybe a couple of thousand interactions with the universe(s) our primal being is sentient of perhaps 50 billion interactions. And while our cells contain wisdom that has sustained their structure a billion years through all manner of change our egos have a great capacity to deny this wisdom.

Our capacity to experience joy is unimaginable because possibilities and option exist beyond the bounds of thought. Our capacity for denial is incredible because our ego is more ingenious and limited than we can know.

We have the capacity to develop very sophisticated psychological mechanisms to live in acceptance and in denial of change/stewardship. In order to survive and thrive in our dance between these two states of being then we need ways to transcend the limitations and demands of our ego and thought. One such way is the experience of the state of compassion with its qualities of inclusiveness; inquiry; sharing; honesty and trust; and generosity of time and reflection. These qualities enable us to better live in acceptance of stewardship/change and thus know greater harmony with reality. They provide us with the capacities to transcend the limitations of our ego and be in the state of science.

It is the experience of the state of science, born of compassion, that enables us to develop language, the arts, civics and all we know as civilisation. It is the state of science that has enabled our most sustaining symbols, which we know as the great principles of physics. We have in the Conservation Principle of Energy a great guide, for though millennia of human beings have subjected it to most ingenious and intense scrutiny in our attempts to avoid mortality and stewardship, no one has ever faulted it.

Page last  updated: July 2010

 

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