I have been writing on the topic of objective consciousness for some time. It’s not that I no longer see the importance of my political activism but I see that one of the ways to stop tyranny anywhere, in its track or from developing to ripeness is the development of consciousness of as many people as possible.
If I were to guess, the final outcome of the development of objective consciousness could very well be the annihilation of the ego. In other words the personal identification we ascribe to ourselves out of our own beliefs or creative imaginations would be gone, replaced by an objective existence that is no longer ascribed internally to any personal identification. A boundary spanning existence that transcends space-time and personal identification. The dissolution of personal ego into a universal consciousness that is everything.
Thus, it would make sense that one of the ways to start experiencing objective consciousness is through the experience of suffering or prolonged suffering. Suffering dissolves the ego, bit by bit until the point in which the ego is so weakened that it is no longer be felt. Then it is no longer the person who lives but the whole creation embodied in a body of an individual who no longer is an individual but one who is living as the whole creation.
To glimpse experiential objective consciousness is to stop living in ignorance from which stems all kinds of humanity’s evils.
Humanity’s evils, contrary to wide beliefs that view them as exceptions are the result of endemic ignorance, hence the term the banality of evil. It is due to people living in their small selves.
It’s a paradox when men say that God doesn’t exist for it is themselves that don’t really exist. Our egos are the result of our mere imaginations and the only thing that is real is only God.
While most people believe they know the truth, the matter of the fact is that the truth eludes most people’s perception (as science would agree too today). So most people live as an active imagination of themselves. But I guess that’s how the game is set up. Subjective minds (i.e., the egos) are here to merrily enjoy their own imaginations. The fact whether they are real or otherwise is not that important to them. The sensations are what they after. The annihilation of ego (subjective mind) is not for everyone I guess. Therefore, most people die without becoming a complete human being. They got lost in the experience of living, of becoming that they forgot about being. Ignorance however, is not a bliss. So they suffer and make everyone else suffer as well.
Living in the small self, as most people are, is a game of make believe. Of creative imaginations pretending they are real while in truth they are just as real as their own imaginations.
Let’s make a difference. Let us start living instead of being wide asleep in our waking times.
I’m inviting my readers to come to the realization that:
Space, time, and the self are all mere constructs of subjective minds (egos).
The aforementioned sentence isn’t to be thought over by the mind but to be understood through experiential objective consciousness.
Although I’m not a student of Gurdjieff’s fourth way even though I use the term ‘objective consciousness’ as he did, I have respect for Gurdjieff’s work.
I’m attaching the following article based on Gurdjieff work for your reading enjoyment.
Riso & Hudson: Student Reunion Denver, 1998
Background to the Enneagram
The focus of the Enneagram work involving the three traditional Centers originated in a more ancient and comprehensive understanding of human nature that sees the three Centers as only the beginning step of a greater process. Gurdjieff taught that everyone’s spiritual progress or level of attainment could be evaluated on a seven-gradient scale. He called these “Man Number 1” through “Man Number 7.”
The first three “men” are representatives of “normal,” personality-based human consciousness and correspond to the types in the three Triads. (Remember, however, that Gurdjieff did not use types in conjunction with the Enneagram symbol. He did recognize that there are three kinds of men—instinct-based, feeling-based, and thinking-based, categories that are congruent with the concept of the three Triads. Oscar Ichazo was the first to correlate the nine types with the Enneagram.) After the first three types of men, Gurdjieff said that there were four more which represent different levels of attainment possible for human beings, and that these mark a complete departure from the fixated identity of Man Numbers 1, 2, and 3.
“Man Number 1” is imbalanced in the Instinctive Center, “Man Number 2” in the Feeling Center, and “Man Number 3” in the Thinking Center. All three of these types of Man tend to identify with only one center—Man Number 1 with the instincts, Man Number 2 with the feelings, and Man Number 3 with the intellect. Gurdjieff called these types of Man are “one-centered,” not because they lacked the other two centers, but because they rely on only one of them.
Even though only one Center predominates in these types, the other two Centers are active, although in a scrambled, unconscious fashion. Because of this, the three Centers in each Man tend to interfere with one another, preventing the natural development of the person. In this regard, Man Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are basically equal in that they all suffer incomplete development; Man Number 3, for instance, is not superior to Man Number 1 because his number is “higher.” There is no essential unity to individuals who are one of these three types of men.
Gurdjieff’s Three Types of Men on Ichazo’s Enneagram
After we have done transformational work and after our personality imbalances have been remedied to some extent, Gurdjieff maintained that we can progress up the ladder of being to become a “Man Number 4” in whom the three Centers have become balanced, consequently producing a degree of personal unity. For this type of person, real self-knowledge and a certain amount of objectivity and purpose in life are now possible for the first time. A true and coherent self (a real ‘I’) emerges and begins to solidify.
If a person continues to work on himself, it is possible to become a “Man Number 5” in which unity of the Centers is fully achieved, and what is known is experienced equally in all of the Centers. If “Man Number 4” was a transitional stage, “Man Number 5” is what occurs when the transition has been completed. At this stage, there is no going back to previous lower levels of deformations and imbalances. A radical “crystallization” of the centers occurs in “Man Number 5” although this crystallization can be the result of “right work” or “wrong work”—leading, for example, to a Krishnamurti at one extreme or a Hitler at the other. This stage of development is therefore characterized by a kind of genius in the pursuit of our life purpose (in Gurdjieffian terms, our “aim”), although that purpose can still be balanced and beneficial or distorted and destructive depending on how the Centers have crystallized.
If work proceeds, then one can become a “Man Number 6” which is a transitional stage to “Man Number 7.” In the former, the remaining egocentric elements are burned off, causing immense suffering, although of a purgative kind. This is the “dark night of the soul” referred to in mystical writings, and entails the dissolution of identification with elements of the individual self such as the body, one’s personal feelings, and the constructs of the separate mind. Many of the qualities which will come to full flower in the next stage begin to emerge here, although they can still be lost, and not all aspects of the person are fully crystallized or permanent.
If, however, Inner Work continues, one may finally attain the state of being a “Man Number 7” in which one’s Essential faculties are all permanent, balanced, and fully functional. “Will, consciousness, permanent and unchangeable ‘I’, individuality, immortality, and many other properties, which in our blindness and ignorance, we ascribe to ourselves” now become available. The person’s identity has completely shifted from ego structures to Essence. In short, “Man Number 7” is the complete human being in all of his or her intended fullness, someone who is now ready and capable of embodying the Will of God. Such a person is perfect in that he or she becomes an expression of God in human form; hence, “Man Number 7” can be considered the stage of the avatar, or the boddhisattva, or the person who manifests Christ, or “Christ-consciousness.”
The Three Kinds of Men, the Centers, & Transformational Stages
This extremely brief discussion of the esoteric background of the three Triads of the Enneagram indicates not only where the “three Centers” came from, but also where they are leading—toward the idea of the unification of the person (as Man Number 4, 5, 6, and 7) so that the person will be able to fulfill his or her ultimate “aim” in life. The three Triads, representing the imbalances and prejudices of Man Numbers 1, 2, and 3, are therefore the place to start in our transformational work—as we normally do by introducing the Triads and Centers during our first discussion of the basic structure of the Enneagram system.
1 While being sensitive to the need for inclusive language, for better or worse, we have decided to retain Gurdjieff’s original in this instance. Please make your own adjustments accordingly.
2 Man Number 1, Man Number 2, and Man Number 3, should not be confused with Enneagram types One, Two, and Three.
3 Our phrase “the ladder of being,” reflects the ancient idea of “The Ray of Creation.” In the western tradition this is referred to as “The Great Chain of Being” which accounts for phenomena as emanations from the primordial Godhead in concentric rings or in a variation of the same model, as descending notes of a scale. Transformational work consists of ascending the ladder back to the Source and Origin of all. Naturally, we must start wherever we are, and the imbalance of the three primary Centers is a helpful place to do so.
4 P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous, 71.
Other Gurdjieff link: http://www.awaken.com/2013/06/gurdjieff-states-of-consciousness/
Through experiential objective consciousness I’ve come to learn that the core or center of our being is not our brain. The brain is subservient to the true core of our being which is our heart. I do not mean the heart as an organ but a spiritual center located in the center of our chest. Science has not truly understood many of the most fundamental things of creation. And the more fundamental science has tried to understand the universe, the harder it gets to be understood since at the fundamental levels the facts no longer agree to our subjective perceptions that science has relied so much on trying to understand the mechanism of the created space.
Now by the core of our being, I mean that everything we do is not decided by our brain but every single thing we do comes from our desires or intentions which DO NOT come from our brain but originate from our core of being which the heart is. I do not mean, by the heart, feelings or emotions. What I mean is that we are spiritual beings in our core. The function of the brain is to serve the core of our being which is our heart that decides our behaviors, attitudes, actions, feelings and thoughts. Jesus couldn’t be more correct when he said that a man wouldn’t be spiritually defiled by the things that went into his mouth but only by the things that came out from his mouth since whatever that comes out from one’s mouth come from one’s heart or one’s core of being.
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
Moreover, I’m beginning to be convinced that this center of our being, which the [spiritual] heart is, is the seat of our soul and when a man wants to evolve, he must fully realize that his heart is truly the authority of his being and not letting his brain to run the show and instead making the brain subservient to his being as it should be. Only then one would start to consciously evolve into higher consciousness. To glimpse objective consciousness and see the nature of all things beyond one’s small self or subjective self. Moreover, I’m becoming more convinced than ever that the brain doesn’t produce consciousness. It merely accesses the universal field of consciousness that most people think is separate and their own. Consciousness itself is non local and unbounded by time and space thus more substance than space-time and even individuality. The brain gives one a tool, a ‘place’ to being but the authority of being comes from the seat of the soul located in the center of the chest.
The problem with most people is that they do not even realize that everything they do comes from their desires or intentions which originate from their heart or soul. Most people live in automatic mode and for this reason it’s vastly clearer to experience others through experiential objective consciousness than to be subjectively other beings or people themselves. There’s nothing that doesn’t come from intention, down to the most trivial things in our lives. Only that most of us do not realize that what we do comes from our intentions since we are so used to operate in automatic semi-conscious mode. We no longer feel our intentions most of the time to be aware of them with the exception of those situations in which we desire something strongly. There is no doubt to me that God knows each one of us vastly more than we know ourselves in every moment of our waking and sleeping times, even in death itself. After all, God is the only thing that’s real and our small selves are but an illusion.
Before I end this post, I would like to share this song which I found pretty funny yet not painful to the ears, not at all. We ought not take life too seriously. Life is pretty funny in my opinion, mainly because there are a lot of funny people in it hehe, people or rather children acting as adults who have no clue about anything. People who are evil due to ignorance and smallness of character. Even many of our leaders have flunked out of their university of life or their cosmic college.