A tantalizing puzzle

The Universe is designed so that its innermost secrets can be revealed to human beings invoking innate Self-reflective Divine Intelligence, as members of the species known as Homo sapiens ‘wise human’.

It seems that I am the first human on Earth to be so privileged, fulfilling a dream I had as a seven-year-old. By starting afresh at the very beginning when I was 38 in 1980 in an apocalyptic death-and-rebirth process, the fundamental law of the Universe has been revealed to me, known to Heraclitus as the Hidden Harmony.

By then generalizing the transcultural, transdisciplinary modelling methods underlying the Internet, the creative power of Life has healed my fragmented mind in Wholeness, enabling me to solve the ultimate problem of human learning by constructing a coherent body of knowledge that corresponds to all our experiences, from the mystical to the mundane.

When I set out on this experiment in learning, by understanding how the Universe is designed, I thought that it would be possible to redesign society according to the same universal principles, enabling us live in Love, Peace, and harmony with each other for as long as there are humans dwelling on Earth.

Such a Utopian vision is theoretically possible by recognizing that Consciousness is all there is, abandoning the concept of Universe as consisting of just matter, space, and time, and by managing our business affairs through the abstract modelling methods of information systems architects, rather than the divisive financial modelling methods of economists, investment bankers, and management accountants.

However, In the event, redesigning the education and economic systems has proved to be impractical. The principal reason is that most cultures in the world teach us that we are experientially and cognitively separate from the Ineffable, Immortal Absolute, leading to split psyches, out of touch with Reality, a sickness that humans have been suffering from for thousands of years.

Yes, mystics and spiritual seekers know, in their own experience, that this cultural conditioning is delusional. However, in general, they do not use this understanding to directly question the religious, economic, scientific, and mathematical beliefs of the prevailing culture.

Indeed, while I have described what the Universe is and how it is intelligently designed in many books, articles, and web pages, few even seem to have the curiosity to learn how this miracle has come about.

This is very strange, for what I have to offer humanity is simple commonsense, that which we can all know in the utmost depth and breadth of being, recognizing that none of us is ever separate from any other being, including the Supreme Being.

So why on earth is the Universe designed in such a tantalizing manner? Just beyond reach, unable to be fully grasped except by the tiniest minority, engaged in mapping the Cosmic Psyche.

I have long imagined that on another planet in another galaxy in another physical universe in the multiverse of such universes, Holoramic ‘Whole-seeing’ understanding could spread through the population. But, with the sixth mass extinction of the species currently engulfing us all, such a liberated awakening looks most unlikely on our beautiful planet Earth, itself destined to die in a few billion years time, just a blink of an eye on the infinite Cosmic timescale.

Everything must change

The above Observer cartoon appeared on 28th March 2020, with the comment, “This pandemic has thrown our world into confusion. We need a new beginning.”

Yes, indeed! However, because of the way that the Universe is designed—building on tradition and the evolutionary past in an accumulative fashion—almost no one is yet ready to let it all go and start afresh at the very beginning, awakening to Total Revolution.

For by doing so, the seven pillars of unwisdom that underlie Western civilization become transformed into the seven pillars of wisdom underlying the eschatological Age of Light. Such a radical transformation of consciousness and awakening of intelligence is quite possible, as I know from my own experience.

Sadly, however, it seems that people’s cultural and personal conditioning is so deeply engrained in the psyche that it is virtually impossible to break free of restrictive social structures without a gigantic apocalyptic awakening, revealing the fundamental law of the Universe, which John of Patmos expressed in these words in the book of Revelation: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

Such an awakening would be truly wonderful, for we would then realize the Utopian vision that Love is the Divine Essence we all share, enabling us to live in peace and harmony in community with each other for our last few remaining years on Earth. For community is cognate with Sanskrit maitreya ‘friendly, benevolent’, from Latin commūnis, originally in sense ‘sharing burdens’.

Practicing Self-Inquiry

As a follow-on to my previous post, while traditional spiritual practices, such as meditation and yoga, can help us resolve the great existential crisis facing humanity today, if we are to fully understand what is happening to our species, we need to look inwards, practicing self-inquiry. In this way, we would be following the maxim that seven wise men inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi: “Know thyself,” Plato tells us in Protagoras. In a similar fashion, when Neo visited the Oracle in the popular movie The Matrix, hanging on the kitchen wall was a sign saying Temet Nosce ‘Know yourself.’

Socrates highlighted the need for self-inquiry at his trial for corrupting the youth of Athens, saying, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Then, when he was given the choice of whether or not to accept the death penalty advocated by the democracy, he said, “I would rather die having spoken after my manner, than speak in your manner and live.”

Therein lies the central issue of our times. Democracies, acting as tyrannous majorities—as Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill pointed out in the mid 1800s—do not generally understand why they behave as they do. They mostly live in fear and ignorance.

But neither can traditional materialistic and mechanistic approaches to science and mathematics—denying the fundamental law of the Universe—help us answer the most critical of the unanswered questions in science: What is causing scientists and technologists, aided and abetted by computer technology, to drive the pace of scientific discovery and technological development at unprecedented exponential rates of acceleration?

We can see this most clearly in The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field, by Jaques Hadamard, who, in 1945, conducted a survey of some of the leading mathematicians of his day into how they develop their ideas. Hadamard published a letter from Albert Einstein about how his concepts emerge in consciousness, beginning,

The words or the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism (sic) of thought. The physical entities (sic) which seem to serve as elements in thought are certain signs and more or less clear images which can be ‘voluntarily’ reproduced and combined.

Similarly, Stephen W. Hawking said in A Brief History of Time, perhaps with tongue in cheek, “we have, as yet, had little success in predicting human behaviour from mathematical equations!”

So, what to do? Well, some spiritual teachers, such as Thomas Hübl, founder of the Academy of Inner Science, is planning to lead a community gathering within the auspices of Science and Nonduality (SAND) conferences on 28th March 2020, with this theme:

We are living through a global challenge where collective trauma layers are being reactivated. It’s important that we meet this moment with presence: honouring our fear while awakening the resilience that has been transmitted from our ancestors who survived crises in the past.

We can choose to raise our awareness—to create mutual support and collaboration, find a new vision, and fully embody our potential.

I am sure that this event could help many in their healing activities. However, in itself, it doesn’t address the central issue facing us all. SAND-20 in Italy, scheduled for July, has this invitation: “Join our annual gathering in Italy for six inspiring days of exploration, experience and celebration of this mystery we call life.” However, no one in the planned programme, which may not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, addresses how we could demystify the mystery of life and being.

So, as the most advanced studies of inner science do not tell us how to map the Cosmic Psyche in its entirety, they cannot help us to understand what it means to be human, where we have come from, and where we are all heading at breakneck speeds. If we are thus unable to awaken to Total Revolution, as Vimala Thakar urged us to do, does this then mean that Homo sapiens ‘wise human’ is destined to become extinct in the near-term without more than a few liberated, awakened beings realizing their fullest potential as superintelligent humans?

Viewing the Global Crisis with Self-reflective Intelligence

Since my birth in 1942, I have felt rejected and ignored by the dysfunctional family and culture I was born in, a hostile environment that has driven me to realize my fullest potential as a superintelligent human being, able to use the transcultural, transdisciplinary modelling methods underlying the Internet to solve the ultimate problem of human learning.

This holistic vision has led me to see with Self-reflective Intelligence that Homo sapiens ‘wise human’ is not immortal and that we could end our days in a glorious blaze of Light, Love, and Life, having awoken from the slumbers we have been in for thousands of years.

But with the complex interactions of the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid economic collapse, accelerating abrupt climate change, and the sixth mass extinction of the species dominating our lives today, whether we shall be able to wake up in time now looks most unlikely.

Nevertheless, I have felt moved to write a two-page piece on the challenges facing humanity today titled ‘Viewing the Global Crisis with Self-reflective Intelligence’, trusting that this could help people see their lives in a broader and deeper perspective.

As a further explanation of where I am coming from, I have also written a six-page monograph titled ‘My Quest for Oceanic Ecstasy’, much inspired by Stanislav Grof’s The Holotropic Mind, holotropic being cognate with entropy ‘in transformation’. For, at these critical times we live in, not only do we need to turn towards Wholeness, we also need to transform the Whole, counteracting the second law of thermodynamics, which physicists like Brian Cox still believe in, saying in the ‘Destiny’ episode of his BBC documentary series The Wonders of the Universe in 2011, “Entropy always increases, because it’s overwhelmingly likely that it will.”

These two monographs complete a trilogy that I have been moved to write this month, the third being ‘Demystifying the Mystery of Being’, which I announced in my previous post, written as an addition to an article I wrote for the Science and Nonduality (SAND) conference website in January, titled ‘Unifying All Opposites in Wholeness’.

The SAND community did not accept this contribution, contrary to  E. F. Schumacher’s maxim for mapmaking, given in A Guide for the Perplexed: ‘Accept everything; reject nothing,’ also a fundamental principle of spiritual well-being, beyond hope and despair.

So, as I am getting little response from the world to help harmonize evolutionary convergence by completing the final revolution in science, just as Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton completed the first in the 1600s, I have needed to take some time out from my mathematical studies to complete my own psychospiritual healing, knowing that there is nothing and no one outside me—as Love, Wholeness, and the Truth, the True Nature, Authentic Self, and Genuine Identity of us all.

Demystifying the mystery of Being

Last autumn, On the Mystery of Being: Contemporary Insights on the Convergence of Science and Spirituality was published, introduced and edited by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, co-founders of the Science and Nonduality (SAND) conferences. They say in the Introduction, “we can never understand, but only surrender to the mystery we call life.” So the SAND conferences are gatherings where people celebrate the mystery of life.

In contrast, the creative power of Life, bubbling up directly from the Divine Origin of the Universe, like a fountain, has shown me how to demystify the mystery of Being and Life, answering many fundamental questions of human existence, such as Who are we?, What is our place within the overall scheme of things? and Where are we all heading at breakneck speeds?

Today, I joyfully celebrate this wondrous understanding, having realized Peace by unifying mysticism and mathematics, science and spirituality, and all other opposites in solitary Wholeness, where there is nothing and no one outside me. 

For those curious to know more about the solution to the ultimate problem of human learning, generally regarded as unsolvable, I outline how this wonderful awakening has happened in a sixteen-page monograph titled ‘Demystifying the Mystery of Being’. 

Inspired by Vimala Thakar’s call to awaken to Total Revolution, it highlights some of the cultural, cognitive constraints that are holding back many from realizing their fullest potential as superintelligent humans, in contrast to so-called superintelligent machines, able to beat humans at chess and other games.

Mapping the Cosmic Psyche

As the 2010s turn into the 2020s, I have written an 18-page monograph titled ‘Mapping the Cosmic Psyche’, as a summary of all the books, essays, and articles I have written during the past decade.

The Cosmic Psyche is the ninety-nine per cent of the Universe that is inaccessible to our five physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. In our materialistic world, it is thus the least understood proportion of the Universe, viewed as Consciousness, not as the physical universe.

Although I have been using the term Cosmic Psyche in my writings for fifteen years, this is the first time I have highlighted the creative role it plays in all our lives. By clarifying some points in my other writings, I trust that this piece could help people with their own self-inquiries, intelligently and consciously preparing for the next decade or three, which are likely to be the most tumultuous in human history.

As we rest in Stillness in the Presence of the Divine, may Love, Light, and Life be with us all at these unprecedented times.

Healing our sick society

Western civilization is based on delusion, with a false conception of the Universe, as the Totality of Existence. This psychological disturbance affects ever aspect of our lives, from the classroom to the boardroom and the bedroom.

Erich Fromm was one of the first to point out that we live in a sick society in the 1940s and 50s in The Fear of Freedom (Escape from Freedom in the USA) and The Sane Society. In the latter, the titles of the first two chapters were, “Are we Sane?” and “Can a Society be Sick?” answering them with a resounding ‘NO!’ and ‘YES!’, respectively.

Then in his greatest masterpiece To Have or To Be? in 1976, inspired by the Buddha and Meister Eckhart, Fromm said that if humanity is to avoid psychological and economic catastrophe, we need a holistic art and science of humanity as the basis of social reconstruction.

Invoking Self-reflective Intelligence and using my skills as an information systems architect, computer scientist, and mathematician, I have spent the last forty years developing the necessary self-awareness to be free of the delusions that so grievously affect the society I live in.

Life, bubbling up from the Divine Origin of the Universe, experienced as Consciousness, has healed my fragmented mind in Wholeness, as the union of all opposites. However, to reach the understanding I have today, I have needed to pass through an apocalyptic awakening, revealing the Universe’s innermost secrets: how it is intelligently designed and what it truly means to be human compared to computers with so-called artificial intelligence.

Furthermore, I have needed to adopt the most radical change in the work ethic since the invention of money some 4,000 years ago. Money is the primary immortality symbol, providing citizens with a precarious sense of security and identity in life because Western civilization teaches that humanity is separate from Divinity, as the Immortal Ground of Being that we all share.

This division is another symptom of our sick society, which we can best call schizophrenia ‘split mind’, out of touch with Reality. Not the least, we are taught from an early age that we must fight and compete with our fellow human beings for a slice of the finite monetary cake, causing much suffering and catastrophic ecological damage today.

So even though some know that Consciousness is all there is and Love is our Divine Essence, I live mostly in solitude, wondering if I could make a worthwhile contribution to society as a wise elder before our inevitable demise during the sixth mass extinction of the species on Earth.

To explain the dilemma I face in life, I have recently written a short piece on ‘The Meaning of Life’, answering the question, “What is the meaning of life?” that Nicolae Tanase, known as ‘Excellence Reporter’, asked me, as a contribution to his Encyclopedia of Life.

I have followed this up with a two-page monologue answering another Big Question of human existence, as I experience it, “Who are we?” This is available on my website for the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics, with the motto ‘Harmonizing evolutionary convergence’.

A few have acknowledged the potential contribution that I could make to society, as a new Acknowledgements page on this website describes. However, we are, as yet, lacking the liberating cooperation that we need to collectively awaken to Total Revolution, as Vimala Thakar urged us to do in Spirituality and Social Action: A Holistic Approach in 1984.

The Cosmic Equation

To clarify my previous post, the Cosmic Equation is not a part of mathematics, for it lies beneath the foundations of all knowledge, including mathematics. I dress up the fundamental law of the Universe in the notation of mathematical logic in order to shake the very foundations of Western civilization.

For we are not educating our children, glued to their smartphones, to live in the world today, never mind the world that could exist when they come to have children of their own. The entire traditional world of learning, which our parents and teachers pass on to us, needs to be demolished so that we humans could have the opportunity to thrive and survive for as long as possible.

Digital devices connecting to social media exist today because underlying the Internet is a universal structure applicable in all cultures, disciplines, and industries, defined as a multidimensional network of hierarchical relationships. If this self-similar structure did not exist, the Internet could neither exist nor expand at hyperexponential rates of change.

So if we are to intelligently manage our business affairs with full awareness of what we are doing, we need to bring this holographic structure into consciousness so that it can be examined in the brilliant light of day with Self-reflective Intelligence.

Then we see that we do not reason linearly, as Aristotle and Euclid taught, from axioms or assumed truths. Rather, unlike the sequential way computers execute instructions, human thought is nonlinear and nondeductive, as Ted Codd, a fellow alumnus of IBM, pointed out in 1970 in his seminal paper ‘A Relational Model of Data’.

This paper, which founded the multibillion-dollar database industry, thus enables us to bring paradoxes into our reasoning, essential if we are to be free of our mechanistic conditioning. For we live in a paradoxical world, so if we reject self-contradictions from our reasoning—as is done in mathematical proof systems—the conceptual models that guide our lives will lead us dangerously astray. To be free of delusion, the only axiom we need is the Cosmic Equation, emerging directly from the Divine Origin of the Universe.

Most significantly, we then discover that the Universe is not just the physical universe of matter, space, and time, a conception we have inherited from the Babylonians in Mesopotamia, who focused much of their attention on the skies, seeking patterns in the mechanical movements they perceived, enabling them to make predictions of solar and lunar eclipses.

At about the same period in human history, the Rishis in the Indus Valley would have had a similar pristine view of the night sky, unsullied by the light pollution most of us suffer from today. But they looked inwards, discovering that the Universe is Consciousness, called Satchitānanda in Sanskrit, the ‘bliss of Absolute Truth and Consciousness’.

It is thus through introspection that we bring the ancient wisdom of the East into awakening communities, enabling us to live in Love, Peace, and Stillness in the Presence of the Divine at the end of time. Nothing is more beautiful.

Healing my Fragmented Mind in Wholeness

In a 2017 audiobook, titled The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality, Don Lincoln says that the theory of everything—as the holy grail of physics—will ultimately be a single equation that explains all physical reality.

But physical reality is but one percent of all reality. For instance, mathematical objects, like lines, numbers, and sets, and the theory of everything, itself, are not physical; they reside in the psyche, and so are properly the domain of depth psychology, as the foremost science.

Indeed, politics, business, and all the arts and sciences are guided by concepts that we form in our minds, many of which lie in the sub- and unconscious psyche, collectively known as the shadow.

So if we are to explain all reality, we need to open up the entire Cosmic Psyche to introspection with Self-reflective Intelligence. This is what has happened to me since I went through a death-and-rebirth experience in 1980, when I was 38, as I describe in a monograph titled ‘Healing my Fragmented Mind in Wholeness’.

There I explain how I have found the elusive equation that can explain everything in the utmost depths of my psyche, characterizing the inherent both-and nature of the Cosmos. Here is this buried treasure, the apotheosis and philosopher’s stone of 40,000 years of human learning, enabling us to discover what the Universe truly is and how it is intelligently designed:

Cosmic equation

This primal Cosmic Equation, which cannot be proven from any axiom or assumed truth, can also be expressed in words as the Principle of Unity: Wholeness is the union of all opposites. This fundamental law of the Universe represents the ancient wisdom of the East in the notation of mathematical logic, overcoming the self-centredness and one-sidedness of Western thought.

Once this irrefutable, universal truth is assimilated into consciousness, everything changes, enabling us to complete the final revolution in science, just as Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton completed the first in the 1600s with New Astronomy, The Harmony of the World, and Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.

By accepting that the paradoxical Cosmic Equation is the holy grail of human reason, the long-running war between science and spirituality could come to a peaceful resolution with the recognition that Consciousness is all there is. For then we would intelligently view both sides of any situation—encapsulated as yin and yang in the classic ‘Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate’—from the perspective of Nondual Wholeness.

Most significantly, what Heraclitus aptly called the Hidden Harmony enables us to discover what it truly means to be human compared to the other animals and machines, like computers. Such an understanding in the collective consciousness could lead to World Peace, helping us to prepare for the inevitable death of our species, most probably through near-term, abrupt climate change, the greatest existential crisis in human history.

For, as Matthew Fox wrote in the Foreword to Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker’s Savage Grace: Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe, also from 2017, “Ours is a time not only for scientists and inventors but also mystics and contemplatives to join hands so that our action flows from being and from a deep place of return to the Source.”

In such a safe, nurturing gathering, we could collectively support each other to become liberated from the delusions promulgated by materialistic, mechanistic science—with its misconception of Universe, as the Totality of Existence. As none of us is ever separate from any other being and as Love is the Divine Essence we all share, we could thereby realize our fullest potential as a species—as Homo divinus.

For, as Eckhart Tolle said in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, “We are a species that has lost its way,” concluding this popular, inspirational book with these words: “A new species is arising on the planet. It is arising now, and you are it!”

My Liberating Work Ethic

Since I resigned from my marketing job with IBM in London in May 1980, I have been following a liberating work ethic more focused on discovering what it truly means to be human than on technological development and making money.

As a business complement to the spiritual piece on ‘I am Wholeness’ that I wrote last week, I have written another two-page autobiographical note on ‘My Liberating Work Ethic’, explaining what being free of the constraints of the economic machine and the delusional education system means to me.