– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.53 –
Know Some Key Definitions At The Outset
Note how the following definitions of states of consciousness, stages of consciousness, lines of development, and varieties, useful for the text that follows, seem to also be like a guided tour of your own experience:
First. States of Consciousness include: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, meditative states, altered states (induced by drugs, for example), and peak experiences (which occur during lovemaking, experiencing Nature, and listening to fine music).
Second. Stages of Consciousness are more permanent than states of consciousness. For our purposes, there are four main stages:
These stages build upon themselves (beginning with ego-centric and followed by ethno-centric, then world-centric, and then integral). Each stage cannot be skipped. One cannot have the psychological states from a higher stage of development until one has achieved, through practice and time, the correlating higher stage of consciousness. Those intermittent higher states that prematurely attempt to arise tend to slip rapidly away if they are not matched to the corresponding stage of consciousness. States are temporary and free. Stages are lasting and earned.
Third. Lines of Development are ways to chart your multiple intelligences, such as cognitive intelligence, emotional intelligence, musical intelligences, bodily intelligences, and so forth. Nobody, despite their claims, is excellent equally in all lines of development.
Fourth. Varieties can occur at any stage of consciousness. Some of the most interesting varieties have to do with the logic of the genders. In the subsequent Heartwood Path for Couples course we will discuss how a more advanced stage of development––the Integral Stage–– includes both masculine and feminine varieties. The inclusion of attention to varieties is a way to make sure one is being as comprehensive and inclusive as possible.
Men, for example, tend to voice matters of autonomy, justice, and rights; women, conversely, tend to voice matters of relationship, care, and responsibility. To be more accurate, what I am really referring to is not maleness and femaleness, but rather masculinity and femininity. Obviously, men tend to be more masculine than feminine, for example; but, in reality, each gender can exhibit both masculine and feminine varieties.
These and the other principles found in this course are significant and helpful but are also somewhat ponderous. It is, and will be, important to think about such heady issues, but not good to get bogged down in incessant mental rumination, especially when such mental toil leads to excessive thinking about causes, consequences, problems, personal significance, and judgmental comparisons. As I continue to give you a lot to think about, here is an activity to help you avoid overdoing it.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Testing Ways To Stop Over-thinking About The Magnitude And Significance Of Your Problems
For this activity, use the optimal functioning you will receive from being with your chosen natural being to assume its essence (psychologically put yourself in the natural being’s place) and, as it, visualize your life as a tiny dot on the earth, visualize how everyone you know will be gone one hundred fifty years from now, and the magnitude of your tiny problem when compared to all of the other problems on earth at this time. Write down three things you learned from this activity and what about you has changed as a result of this activity. Make an affirmation that you think about universal principles but do not over-dwell on them. Commit to actively holding judgmental and repetitive thoughts in perspective. After doing so, write down whether, and if at all, this activity helped you avoid replaying thoughts, especially repetitive thoughts that give undo significance to events and recurring thoughts about comparing yourself to others.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
Heartwood Path Axioms: