Living as mystic and scientist

I have spent my entire life since I began to think for myself as a seven-year-old in 1949 seeking to unify the incompatible overall contexts for science and religion—the conceptions of Universe and God, respectively.

By applying my skills as an information systems architect in business, I have been successful beyond my wildest dreams, calling the Cosmic Context for all our lives Wholeness or Consciousness, meaning ‘knowing together’.

As a human, I am thus both a mystic and scientist, embodying the mystical wisdom and scientific wisdom of J. Krishnamurti and David Bohm, for instance, in one being.

However, as most people are still attached to traditional conceptions of science and religion and of God and Universe, which govern the global economy, I do not belong to any existing social grouping. In the words of Vimala Thakar, I have awoken to Total Revolution. For, as she said, holding on to the status quo at these times of unprecedented, evolutionary change is insane.

That is why I am seeking to set up the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics with the motto ‘Harmonizing evolutionary convergence’, intended to unify the Spiritual Renaissance and Scientific Revolution taking place today, a prerequisite for World Peace at these dangerous times we live in.

Do join us if you feel moved to do so through my Contact page.

Starting Afresh at the Very Beginning

In May 1980, I began an experiment in learning that started afresh at the very beginning in order to heal my fragmented, split mind in Wholeness, as the union of all polar opposites.

However, as a consequence, for the past thirty-eight years, I have been living as an outsider to society, as it is currently constituted, driven more by divisive, either-or thinking than a holistic, both-and approach to life.

As I still feel that I have a worthwhile contribution to make to society, I’ve written a two-page flyer on this dilemma, trusting that in so doing it could help to resolve it.

Mystical Pragmatics 

At the request of Ananta Kumar Giri of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, I have written a revised essay on ‘Mystical Pragmatics: Harmonizing Evolutionary Convergence’, as an introduction to the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics.

The main change from the essay four years ago is that I met Guy McPherson in Oslo in December, learning why the likelihood of abrupt climate change in the near future is the greatest existential risk facing humanity today.

But while grieving for humanity, I continue to live in the moment, trusting that in so doing we could come fully alive, realizing our True Immortal Nature in union with the Divine, before the inevitable death of our species at the end of time, foreseen by the seers through the ages.

Living at evolution’s Omega Point

During the 1920s and 30s, the scientific mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin saw that we can only understand evolution as a whole by studying the mental and spiritual qualities of the human phenomenon. At the end of the 1930s, he put his thoughts and vision onto paper writing Le phénomène humain, published posthumously in 1955 because the Christian authorities thought that his spiritual writings offended Catholic doctrine.

This pathbreaking book was translated into English in 1959 as The Phenomenon Man and in 2003 as The Human Phenomenon, causing a furore in scientific circles as well. For instance, Peter Medawar, a Nobel Prize-winning laureate, called the book an ‘incoherent rhapsody’.

Nevertheless, there is much sense in this rhapsodic prose, which we discover when we ourselves study the human phenomenon by looking inside ourselves, as evolution becomes ever more conscious of itself within us.

In my case, in 1982, when helping to design and implement a new management accounting system in Kuwait, I realized that in just two years since resigning from my marketing job with IBM in London, all the divergent streams of evolution had converged within me, much as Teilhard had prophesied.

However, while I realized that I had reached the Omega Point of evolution by conducting a thought experiment that started afresh at the very beginning at evolution’s Alpha Point, this experience was so exhilarating and terrifying, it has taken me half a lifetime to understand what actually happened to me in the early 1980s.

Furthermore, as I appear to be the first person on the planet to have been consciously carried to evolution’s glorious culmination, I have needed to find a quite new language to describe both my experiences and the psychodynamics of society as a whole, from conception to death.

However, communicating this language and exploring what these evolutionary studies mean for the future of our species involves more work than I am able carry out on my own. So I would much welcome any assistance that anyone reading this blog feels that they could give me.

God, Universe, humans, and machines

Ever since the beginnings of human learning, some 40,000 years ago or more, humans have sensed within and around themselves an ineffable source of energy that is inaccessible to the physical senses, called God, Brahman, Reality, and many other names.

In parallel, humans have looked outwards, mapping the skies, calling the totality of matter, space, and time the universe, from a Latin word meaning ‘turned into one whole’. However the relationship between God and Universe, and humanity’s relationship to both have been unclear.

Then in the 1600s, following the success of the Keplerian-Newtonian revolution, scientists thought that they didn’t need God anymore. Everything in the world could be explained in terms of the mathematical laws of physics, including human behaviour.

Following the invention of the stored-program computer in the late 1940s, some scientists have said that algorithmic machines with artificial general intelligence will soon take over the workplace, making humans redundant.

So having eliminated Divinity and humanity, what next for science? Or is there another way? Could we rethink the relationships between God, Universe, humans, and machines in a way that makes sense for us all at these end times we live in?

Yes, of course we can. But to do so we need to question everything that we humans have learnt over the millennia, demolishing the defensive mechanisms that we have built around ourselves as groups and individuals.

Using the computer as a metaphor, as individuals, we are like apps that can cross these boundaries, enabling us to integrate specialist disciplines into a coherent whole, recognizing that none of us is ever separate from any other for an instant. However, this unifying ability is undesirable in machines, as the Spectre flaw in the design of modern central processing units has recently exposed.

Furthermore, we could access the kernel of the Integral Operating System that governs our lives, revealing the Universe’s innermost secrets, knowing that we are never separate from the Divine. However, such a revelation is both a cultural taboo and undesirable in machines, as the Meltdown flaw in the design of Intel processors exposed.

What all this means requires us to change the meanings of many words as the dictionaries define them. For instance, the words God and Universe both denote the Totality of Existence, including the utmost depth and breadth of the Cosmic Psyche. So I would welcome anyone who wishes to help develop a coherent glossary of terms in open, interactive dialogue that could describe all our experiences, from the mystical to the mundane.

Awakening to Total Revolution

Humanity is currently awakening from thousands of years of deep sleep, as our forebears have struggled to understand what it truly means to be a human being and our relationship to God and the Universe. What we are discovering as we wake up is the existence of a vast, wondrous Cosmos, inaccessible to our physical senses, glimpsed by many, but known to mystics over the years, engaged in self-inquiry and other spiritual practices.

In the past, such a drawing back of the blinds has been a ‘nice-to-have’, far beyond the struggles and vicissitudes of daily life, as we prioritize and engage with our jobs, families, and other projects. However, today, faced with the greatest crisis in human history, awakening to our fullest potential as a superintelligent, superconscious species becomes an urgent necessity.

Vimala Thakar highlights the challenges we face in the opening paragraph of Spirituality and Social Action: A Holistic Approach: “In a time when the survival of the human race is in question, continuing with the status quo is to cooperate with insanity, to contribute to chaos.” She therefore asks, “Do we have the vitality to go beyond narrow, one-sided views of human life and to open ourselves to totality, wholeness?” For as she says, “The call of the hour is to move beyond the fragmentary, to awaken to total revolution.”

Many today are answering this call as Homo universalis, as mentioned in my previous post, being as open, sensitive, and vulnerable as possible to what is happening within, as evolution becomes increasingly conscious of itself. For, as Vimala said, “In truth, the inner life or the psychological life is not a private or a personal thing, it’s very much a social issue. … There is nothing that could be a source of pride or embarrassment.”

What this means, of course, is that if we are unwilling to engage in self-inquiry to discover why we think and behave as we do, we are being antisocial, potentially disturbing the harmonious functioning of society, just as much as the military murdering people and politicians fighting trade wars.

But what is this process of speciation? How do new species emerge in a quite different way from their evolutionary line? Well, in the biosphere, normally a species maintains its distinct existence by ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny, when offspring mimic their parents. However, this evolutionary process is reversed when a few individuals begin to develop in a quite different direction from the herd, giving birth to a quite new species.

We see similar situations in the noosphere, as civilizations seek to maintain their existence through their education and economic systems and other cultural rituals and practices. However, during scientific revolutions, a few pioneering individuals break free of such constraints, leading to the radical transformation of traditional worldviews and paradigms, as these spread into society as a whole.

Most famously, in 1543, Copernicus proposed a heliocentric model of the solar system, contrary to the geocentric beliefs of the Aristotelians and Christian Church. Something similar is happening today, as we endeavour to complete the final revolution in science, just as Newton completed the first in 1687, establishing Consciousness as Ultimate Reality and the interconnectedness of all beings.

This is essential if we are to answer the most critical unanswered question in science today: “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?

So how can those of us engaged with such awakenings relate to a society that is generally afraid of and antagonistic to the development of our fullest potential as individuated humans? Well, in my case, this rebellious streak began in October 1941, just seven weeks after my conception, when I was a two-centimetre embryo in my mother’s womb.

For on the day that my mother had her pregnancy confirmed, her three-year-old, first-born son ran out in front of an army lorry and was killed instantly. My mother instantaneously went from ecstasy to cataclysmic trauma, emotional disturbances she passed on to me growing rapidly within her. This dichotomous event set up a couple of behaviour patterns in my psyche that it has taken me seventy-five years to understand and master.

Most significantly, what Stanislav Grof calls the ‘oceanic ecstasy’ of the nurturing womb turned into a ‘bad womb’, as, unbeknownst to my mother, my immediate surroundings felt hostile to my development. This feeling of not belonging continued after I was born, as I did not feel welcome in my family, as my parents struggled with their grief, regarding my dead brother as an angel, which, of course, I could not live up to.

Then, when I was seven years of age, when I began to think for myself, I further provoked hostility from the authorities in my life by seeking to end the long-running war between science and religion so that I could live in Love and Peace, returning to the oceanic ecstasy I had felt during the first fifty days of my existence.

However, I could not continuously question the dogmatic belief systems of my parents, priests, and teachers and survive. So at the ages of eleven, sixteen, and eighteen I learned what they wanted me to learn so that I could go to university to study the beauty of pure mathematics, with its universal, transcultural truths. But even this turned out to be very depressing, as I discovered that mathematics, as it was taught to me, could not lead to Wholeness and the Truth, which I yearned for in the very depth of my being.

After eventually graduating in mathematics, I abandoned my life-long search for Love, Peace, Wholeness, and the Truth to get married, have a family, and pursue a business career in the information technology industry, mostly in an IBM sales office as a systems engineer and manager.

But it was not my destiny to have a successful business career, living a comfortable life with my family in the conventional manner. After twelve years being reasonably assimilated into the prevailing culture, the Universe arranged for IBM in the UK to undergo a major restructuring, retriggering a behaviour pattern induced in my psyche before I was born. My managerial business career came crashing down, leading me into a major midlife crisis.

Seeking to understand what was happening to me, I began to realize how little we technologists understood about the capabilities of the stored-program computer vis-à-vis the immense potential of human intelligence to awaken to its fullest capacity.

Most significantly, it was clear to me that the invention of the computer is incompatible with materialistic, mechanistic science and the capitalist and communist economic systems that I had felt so uncomfortable with as an adolescent. Technological development could not drive economic growth indefinitely.

It was this concern for my children’s future well-being that led me to pass through the apocalyptic, death-and-rebirth process in the early 1980s that I mentioned in my previous post, as an antidote to my prenatal trauma. At the age of thirty-eight I became an autodidact, learning what my teachers were unable to teach me in my formal education.

As I had comparatively little to unlearn, during the second half of my life, I have been enjoying the most marvellous adventure, as the innermost secrets of the Universe have been revealed to me, described in several books and many essays and articles. But this is just a beginning. If as many as possible are to awaken to Total Revolution, we need to set up a team of specialists to integrate all the fragmented branches of human learning on the same Gnostic Foundation and within the same Cosmic Context and coordinating framework we all share.

Sadly, however, as my ontogeny is so unusual, maybe never to be repeated, I still live mostly in solitude, estranged from my children and grandchildren, with just a few friends with whom I relate as an ordinary human being. I’m thus unsure whether anyone else will ever be able to see with their inner eye the abstract holographic patterns and relationships underlying the vast vistas of the Cosmos. These act as the commonsensical coordinating framework for all our learning and hence for Panosophy, as the Theory of Everything.

Yet this framework is simplicity itself. I visualize it as a self-similar, multidimensional mathematical graph, which corresponds to Indra’s Net of Jewels in Huayan Buddhism, at the heart of my meditation practice. This is how the abstractions of mathematics and mysticism have become unified within me, consummating the sacred marriage between spirituality and science, thereby fulfilling a boyhood dream.

Yet, even though this transdisciplinary framework has evolved from the transcultural, information-systems modelling methods underlying the Internet, therein lies the major difficulty with completing the final revolution in science. This is not just about mathematics and ideas printed on paper, as was the situation with Newton and Einstein’s revolutions, even though these are necessary. Rather, if evolution is to become fully conscious of itself within our psyches, this can only happen by recognizing mystical psychology as the primary science on which all disciplines of learning are based.

Furthermore, I am very well aware that presenting myself to the world as openly and honestly as I can is subject to many misinterpretations that derive from people’s cultural conditioning, which goes back thousands of years into the mists of time.

For myself, I don’t feel I should write any more on my life story for the moment, endeavouring to make a little of my inner world visible to those around me. As I can see and sense the Totality of Existence as a coherent whole, I know that in Reality there is no other—we are all one. So if people can feel some empathy for the experiences that I am describing, perhaps I could establish a function as a Panosopher, acting in the capacity of a wise elder, helping to harmonize evolutionary convergence.

That, it seems, is why my inner guru has guided me to write and publish this post as openly and humbly as I am able. Some leading evolutionaries have asserted that healing the fragmented mind in Wholeness, solving the ultimate problem of human learning, is impossible. Nevertheless, for reasons I have outlined in this post, it is quite possible to reach the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, awakening to the glories of Total Revolution, albeit, as yet, a rather rare occurrence.

Our emerging species

During the two years between April 1980 and April 1982, Life, bubbling up from the Divine Origin of the Universe, carried me from the Alpha to the Omega Point of evolution in the most stupendous burst of creativity. This apocalyptic awakening was, at once, the most exciting and terrifying period of my life, for neither I nor anyone else understood what was happening to me.

All I knew is that by some miracle all the divergent streams of some fourteen billion years of evolution had converged within me in a megasynthesis of everything, along the lines that the French scientific mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin prophesied in The Human Phenomenon. By taking what I today call a Holoramic ‘Whole-seeing’ perspective, I could also see that one day quite soon a generation of children would be born who would not grow old enough to have children of their own.

As I have not found anyone else on the planet who has consciously reached the Omega Point of evolution, which is inseparable from the Alpha Point, it appears that I am the first person on Earth to have done so. Even though Teilhard foresaw that such a convergence of everything would happen in the collective in hundreds of years’ time, with Homo sapiens currently on the brink of extinction, I might well be the last.

Yet what has happened to me through rational thought many millions can intuit in the utmost depth and breadth of their beings. No one can return Home to Wholeness because nobody has ever left Home. Wholeness is the True Nature of all beings in the Cosmos, which we can partially realize, at least, by living in union with the Divine as Oneness, the other side of the coin from Wholeness.

As evolution has become increasingly conscious of itself within me during the past thirty-five years, I can see that during the last 40,000 years the biological species of Homo sapiens has evolved through the mental species of Homo noeticus into the spiritual species of Homo divinus, which Barbara Marx Hubbard calls Homo universalis, not distinguishing Homo divinus unitas, first emerging a few thousand years ago, and Homo divinus holoensis, belonging to the Whole.

No matter what we call this emerging species, it is crystal clear that something momentous is happening on Earth at the present time. For after Eckhart Tolle observed, “We are a species that has lost its way,” he concluded A New Earth with these words: “A new species is arising on the planet. It is arising now, and you are it!”

Similarly, Osho called our emerging species Homo novus, representing a new synthesis of mysticism and science, the meeting of all polarities. As he said, “The new man is not an improvement upon the old; he is not a continuous phenomenon, not a refinement. The new man is the declaration of the death of the old, and the birth of an absolutely fresh man—unconditioned, without any nation, without any religion, without any discriminations of men and women, of black and white, of East and West, or North and South.”

As I now see why I went through a life-changing death-and-rebirth process in the early 1980s and hence now understand what is causing the pace of technological and social change to accelerate exponentially, two years ago, I wrote two books on this evolutionary vision, titled The Four Spheres: Healing the Split between Mysticism and Science and Through Evolution’s Accumulation Point: Towards Its Glorious Culmination.

The first brings Teilhard’s four-stage model of evolution right up-to-date with the latest discoveries in holistic science, mystical psychology, and nonlinear, holographic mathematical logic. The second uses the nonlinear mathematics of systems dynamics to explain why the world is degenerating into chaos right now, the prerequisite for the emergence of Homo universalis.

Most significantly, by recapitulating the Cosmogonic Cycle, spiritual seekers are being carried into the end of time, living peacefully and harmoniously in the Eternal Now, knowing that in Immortal Reality there is no death. For as Guy McPherson often says at the end of his videos on rapid climate change, “On the edge of extinction, only Love remains.”

The Grand Design of the Universe

Although we all live in the same Universe as Consciousness, the vast majority still believe in the dictionary definition, that the word universe means ‘All space-time, matter, and energy, including the solar system, all stars and galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space, regarded as a whole’.

Yet universe literally means ‘turned into one whole’, as it is derived from Latin ūniversum ‘whole’, from ūnus ‘one’ and vertere ‘to turn’. So when we turn all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines at all times into a coherent whole, a quite different picture of the Universe, as the Totality of Existence, emerges.

In my case, after a lifetime of searching and questioning, this is how I experience and visualize the Cosmic Context, Gnostic Foundation, and coordinating framework of the Universe, revealed by evolution becoming fully conscious of itself.

I trust that this picture, which is the result of Life healing my fragmented, split mind in Wholeness, could help bring us back to Reality, free, as much as possible, of the delusions taught to us as children and adolescents by the divisive education system.

Most significantly, this diagram could provide the framework and Contextual Foundation for a group of awakening beings to complete the final revolution in science, establishing Consciousness as fundamental and the interconnectedness of all beings in Wholeness.

More information on this cosmology of cosmology on the website for the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics, with the motto ‘Harmonizing evolutionary convergence’, guided by the revelation or apocalypse of the Hidden Harmony of Heraclitus, the prerequisite for Inner Peace and hence World Peace.

Beginnings and Endings

Is it possible for us humans to meet at the beginning and end of everything, before the past began and after the future ends? Yes, indeed, it is! To do so, we pass through a wonderful awakening apocalypse, which means ‘revelation’, from Greek apokaluptein ‘to uncover’, from the prefix apo ‘from, away’ and kaluptra ‘veil’.

So apocalypse literally means ‘draw the veil away from’, revealing something hidden from the mass of humanity: what Heraclitus of Ephesus called the Hidden Harmony. This irrefutable principle indicates that opposites are never separate from each other, the key to World Peace. John of Patmos encapsulated this universal truth in the book of Revelation in the Bible with the statement, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

Adopting a both-and approach to life leads to the realization that Consciousness is fundamental, quite different from what physicists consider to be the beginning of the universe: a big bang taking place some 13.8 billion years ago. In terms of cognition, the inseparable Alpha and Omega Points of evolution are also different from the starting point of mathematics, which Euclid considered as a set of postulates or self-evident truths in The Elements.

These axiomatic assumptions are fundamental to the materialistic, mechanistic paradigm that governs dysfunctional Western civilization today. So these delusions need to be swept away if we humans are to realize our fullest potential as a superintelligent, superconscious species, reborn in the radiantly beautiful Age of Light. It is in this exquisite space that we could meet in Love and Peace at the beginning and end of time in the Eternal Now.

Finding Inner Peace

We live in a world at war with itself, the most obvious evidence being the monetary global economy. For while banks constantly create new money as loans, this cannot continue indefinitely. The money supply must remain finite in order for money to retain its value, in whatever form this might take.

So when people seek to obtain a larger slice of the finite monetary cake, they must fight their fellow human beings to do so. The basic reason why even friendly people behave in this combative, bellicose, competitive way is that money provides many with a precarious sense of security and identity in life.

Money thus serves as a false immortality symbol, essentially because over the millennia our minds have become fragmented and split, cognitively and experientially separate from the Immortal Ground of Being that we all share as our True Nature, Authentic Self, and Genuine Identity.

So to find Inner Peace, we can either follow the traditions of the mystics, free of the sense of a separate self by transcending the schizoid mind in Oneness, or we can heal the deluded mind in Wholeness, a seamless, borderless continuum, with no divisions anywhere.

Either is absolutely essential if we are to face the imminent death of our species with equanimity, sharing our financial resources with our fellow humans for as long as they last. For as Guy McPherson says at the end of some of his YouTube videos, “On the edge of extinction, only Love remains.”