– Heartwood Path Waypoint 60.6 –
Hold On To Your Holons
Things and processes/events are actually made up of the same ‘stuff’—holons. When holons take on their material aspect they are called “fermions.” When holons give us relationship they are called “bosons.”
Holons explain how everything is smeared out over space and time to such an extent that anything has the dualistic nature of a particle and a wave, and how anything is really as much a probability as it is a certainty. Holons mean that anything can be considered a conceptual rather than actual separate entity from the whole. Separateness is really a conceptual rather than an actual occurrence.
Holons thus explain the mechanism of oneness. Through the concept of a holon (a thing/process that is a part and a whole) those sometimes hard-to-believe notions, such as simultaneous affects without a local cause or sharing energy between intimate partners, become easier to accept. Holons, thus, provide eartHearts with the plausibility of oneness and the mechanism for how it works. They also help to explain how all sorts of things––simple, complex, alive, and inert –– can function as attractive natural beings capable of providing, if we are open to acceptance, healing, information, and guidance. The following activity will help you with some potential dissonance you may feel about what beings to choose as associates for your NatureConnect Activities. It will, at least, make you think differently about the boundary between a living and a non-living being. This different way of defining what is alive may make it easier to accept the possibility of receiving a signal or message from a so-called non-living being. You may not get well-worded concepts from a bug, but you may not get this from many humans either. You may not get emotions from a lizard, but you may be able, through repeated empathetic encounters, learn something from its reactions. The following activity may, at least, encourage you not to always try to give yourself direction solely on your own, because, no matter how firmly you are blinded by the veil of separations, you are, in truth, a part of a vast living system which has all sorts of connecting forces ––signals, connected units, transactions, cooperations, and mutual dependence all the way up at least to the level of the earth’s ecosphere and all the way down at least to the level of a molecule. You might as well start receiving guidance from the supremely intelligent system in which you are a part. According to Ken Wilber’s Integral Approach to “integrate matter, body, mind, soul and spirit” an atom and beings more complex than it can have prehension (the action of grasping and seizing); a prokaryote (single cell organism without a nucleus, such as a bacteria) and beings more complex than it can exhibit irritability, any neuronal organism (those with nerve cells) can feel sensations, any organism with a neural cord can have perception. Impulses are evident in organism with reptilian brains. Emotions are felt by mammals. It takes a triune brain with a neocortex to deliver and respond to symbols and a complex neocortex to share concepts. Young humans can exhibit concrete operations such as distinguishing between your own thoughts and the thoughts of others. They can also engage in classifying, thinking logically, and being fluent mathematically. Human adolescents and adults can exhibit formal operations such as logical thought, deductive reasoning, advanced problem-solving, and systematic planning. Spiritually-evolved humans can adopt the kind of universal, compassionate, integral approach which is a goal for those traversing the Heartwood Path and other paths to sainthood or enlightenment. (Wilber, 1998, p. 102-103). Such humans are secular saints.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Beholding Your Holons
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Beholding Your Holons. To help get your mind going on this rather complicated but important topic a game will be presented. Your job is to match items from the list of holon attributes to the appropriate spot on the grid-like map of holarchy. To minimize confusion, we will take the whole grid of homologous holarcic levels and their connecting forces in sections. Once your have correctly completed each section, look at all the grids as a map of all “living” units--big and small. Once the grid is complete, you will be asked questions aimed at helping you form your opinions about the appropriateness of various beings as helpers in the activities for this course. This query is helpful because some participants may be feeling uneasy about receiving guidance from non-human sources, particularly one’s more inert than the couch-potatoes I know. If it can be shown that there is various degrees of sentience in holons, regardless if they are living or non-living, and regardless of whether they are simple single-cell organisms or complex ecosystems, then the dissonance felt when you match yourself with a non-human, as you are doing in the activities of this course, is bound to be lessened, particularly when the exchange is occurring, not in words like in the fictitious Dr. Doolittle story, but rather in actual wordless feelings, intuitions, and vibrations that can be profoundly telling.
The basic point of this activity is to begin thinking about the nested quality of life in an ecosystem and how information can be passed from various entities close-by. Transferring information, sentience and consciousness are functions that are not limited to humans, and they certainly do not reside in the human brain alone. Cover your eyes with your hands and honestly tell me that there is no more consciousness around you. Even if every human did this there would still be inner world activity going on. Sentience and consciousness are functions and not substances. They are out there in the environment and not just in the human mind. Only the switch to one’s awareness is inside the mind. You can decide to cover your eyes or not. A sentient being can be unconscious. And a conscious being can be unaware. It seems to me that awareness and sentience are subclasses of consciousness; with awareness being the physical act of perceiving, and sentience as the subjective way of actually being affected.
Certainly I, as a typical human, can be emotional about my daughters. So can my dog. The difference being that I am self-aware of my love for my daughters while my dog does not seem to know that he is doing his own emoting. I have never seen a snake being emotional and so it seems to me that their highest level of sentience has to do with reactions. Plants exhibit behaviors based on the affect of sunlight on them--leaning towards the light, for example. Even rocks can “notice” the temperature, as their electrons speed up when heated and slow down during the cold days of winter. Any atom can grasp and seize. Birds are a bit harder for me to categorize. Having known a couple of them quite well and having observed thousands more, they seem to be nearly-emotional or, at least, reactionary in a very demonstrative and advanced way. Certainly their impulses make me feel very affectionate to them.
Regardless of their individual level of sentience, each being participates in the spectrum of consciousness that is nature’s inner world. Each being plays a role, each has some form of sentience, and I do mean all the way up and all the way down. At the “lower” end, atoms, for example, can grasp and seize. In the middle, flowering plants have sensations. Even the flows in ecosystems, usually placed near the top of the “holarchy,” give them an ability to make fluid adjustments. Tapping into the vibrations from any being, simple or complex, blurs the distinction between what (or who) is living and what or who is non-living. Eventually, the yoga of sound described later will give the participant the feeling that all is “alive,” to some extent.
This all-inclusive spectrum of the capacity to be affected means that each being has value, rights, intelligence, and the ability, in its own fashion, to be influenced within, to send vibratory signals, to make transactions, to exhibit mutual dependence, and to “communicate” within the confines of its own fashion. The various fashions--each employed as one of the natural senses, are ways within a natural systems thinking process that we humans, being remarkably well equipped, can emulate the sentience of a whole host of natural “advisors.” This natural systems thinking process––used throughout this course––is how every being, if we use our ability to attune ourselves to its way of being affected in its inner world, can provide us with worthwhile guidance. Guidance that is intelligent, affordable, free of prejudice, and agenda-free.
As you proceed down the Heartwood Path it would be helpful to understand the functioning of the natural world and it will be helpful to understand at what level guidance may arise. If you need further help schedule one-on-one guidance.
As we will see in the exercise below, there are various ways (functions) each being uses to send a signal, based on its awareness and consciousness. Only one of these types of signals uses worded concepts, written or spoken. Others are included in the chart that follows. To turn this part of the Heartwood Path into an active learning exercise, go to your journal, select and cut the statements, paste them into the appropriate boxes, and click on the link provided to check your answers.
Homologous Holarcic Levels And
Their Connecting Forces
After working with your computer or mobile devise on the completion of this grid, go outside and perceive as many the various parts of the grid in their real-world, natural setting. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) to consider the the holarchial nature of your chosen attractive natural aide in the bulk of the activities in this course and your chosen natural being’s ability to provide healing, information, and guidance.
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: