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Mar0906 ..Q&A Counter-Examples. Simplicity. Shamans. Happiness.
So, TSV says Higher Technology drives Higher Spirituality
[To be more explicit, TSV says that a higher technology and higher economics is generally required for a stable and wide-spread higher morality and spirituality. ]
But are there exceptions:
Q1: What about Simplicity?
A1. Simplicity is an idea of upper rational people who have experienced the material plenty of the upper rational and know that it does not bring happiness – they yearn for the spiritual – and seek it – like a monk entering the monastery – by making their home and way of living their own temple to their inner divine. While partially valid, there is an element of the Pre/Trans fallacy in this thinking (just like the fundamentalists).
Sadly, most of them have not reached the integral stage and are busy condemning all those that do not believe as they do.
Q2. What about the wonderful spirituality of Native Americans?
A2. Again this is pre/trans fallacy material. [see Stages and Insights – Insight 5.] There is tremendous value in Native American and other Shamanic views and techniques that can be used in our movement to the Spiritual. Just remember that Shamanism was imbedded in the Magic culture stage level that viewed non-members of their tribe as not really human and thus killable, rape-able, and often edible. The thinking was also very ego-centric magical. While there is tremendous beauty (and truth) in thanking the spirit of the antelope for giving up its flesh to feed the hunter, the same view was applied to the neighboring tribe. Full and stable spirituality must be based on – and transcend – the Rational.
[For example in the more advanced Buddhist views, the natural world is a illusion of the mind -- but is also a (magical) manifestation of pure emptiness (the Source) - and therefore sacred. In the Shamanic mind, the natural world is basic and real - as are the spirits that inhabit it.]
Note that the same pre/trans error of – going back to the good old days – applies to most fundamentalists – as well as the Gaia worshipers.
Q3. But higher technology and economics does not bring greater happiness?
A3. Well some surveys say it does – but only up to about $10,000 or $15,000 per year. After our basic material need are met, then happiness in the west seems more related to whether we have more than our neighbor – and only then to a small degree.
What about happy satisfied Thailand villagers?
A. Modern science is now conjecturing that there is a genetic "set-point" for happiness. [Science&Spirit April 2006] - that we return to after any good/bad experience - win the lottery or loose your legs -- we still return to that same "set point" for happiness. In fact the "right to seek happiness" only started as a concept with the "enlightenment" and the American constitution. Before that folks - especially in the "rules and roles" Mythic society -- were content with their role in life and sought "virtue" or "merit" so they would have a better after life.
TSV suggests that a society or a person with less "stuff" will usually seek more "stuff" -- until they have sufficient "stuff" to know that more "stuff" does not bring a sense of peace and happiness. It is only then that they search for inner meaning of the spiritual.
So TSV agrees that, at some point, higher technology and wealth does not bring greater happiness -- but it triggers the search for the true spiritual.
BLOG-Mar0306 Revised Website
Revised website ready to go – better shows the relationship between the historical stage acceleration of:
Plan now to send to a few for review, comments. Then send out more widely in April/May.
Then look at possible publication.
BLOG-Feb0206. TSV Comparisons with Wilber and Spiral Dynamics.
Ken Wilber [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wilber ] is the world's foremost integral philosopher (and the most widely translated American academic author.)
The chart below compares the TSV stages with Ken Wilber's 14 stages and 7 fulcrums (in SES: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, 1995 and many other of Ken's twenty plus books.) The only book that deals directly with historical evolution is "Up from Eden" and even there it is hard to find specific historical times that relate to his later stages.
Some of Ken's books include:
· Up from Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution, 1981
· SES: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, 1995,
· A Brief History of Everything, 1996.
· The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader, 1998.
· Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy, 2000.
· Boomeritis: A Novel That Will Set You Free, 2002,
The following chart compares Ken Wilber's stages as expressed in the following books with TSV's.
Spiral dynamics is a targeted at a business management book (targeted at a business management) by Don Beck and Chris Cowan based on the theory of psychology professor Clare W. Graves.
Ken Wilber in "Integral Psychology" (Shambhala 2000) on p48-54 describes the Memes and gives the percentages below. These pre-2000 percentages are based on communications between Wilber and Spiral Dynamic's Don Beck according to p229. I basically reduced the early stage percentages to the total was 100%.
These percentages do not add up to 100%. They are repeated in "Boomeritis" (p24) , and I believe in an article Ken wrote (maybe WIE). Later in "Boomeritis" (p209) he says the Greens are an even higher percentage of the population -- 20% to 25%.
The Table below is from Wikopedia - on Integral Dynamics.
BLOG Jan1106 Meditation
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I spent the first three weeks of December in a hundred year old log cabin in the Sangre de Christo Mountains on an individual retreat. It got down to minus twenty but the cabin was cozy and I was not deterred from my daily meditation routine, or climbing for two hours each day up the ridge behind me -- or using the outhouse (a tea kettle of boiling water helps when its below zero.)
What is meditation all about - you ask?
Western science has done an incredible job of using the mind to examine the objective outside world and to predict how X will happen if you do Y. But science in general does not examine the subjective internal thinking and feeling process that creates my sense of ME - who I am. Meditation techniques can do that and much more.
1. Meditation techniques can: Calm and still our hyperactive minds. Breath or mantra meditation - or simply contemplating and relaxing into the peace of a sunset allows us to let go of the stresses of the day. When we let go of all the internal self talk yapping we can much better focus our minds.
2. Meditation techniques can: Focus our minds -- on study -- on our lover -- on an athletic event. Meditation is an excellent alternative or adjunct to drugs for hyperactive kids.
3. Meditation techniques can: Allow us to examine our thought processes - our internal talk, our internally generated images, our internally generated body sensations and feeling -- the things that my teacher, Shinzen says make up our sense of who we are - our habitual egoic patterns -- and to see that those patterns our not fixed -- not a "thing", but a marvelous and ever changing pattern of Nature. Allowing these patterns to flow rather than resisting (as when we have a painful damaged body or a damaged ego) can greatly reduce our effective sense of suffering.
4. Meditation techniques can: Allow us to really experience - to know at an experiential level - that we are not separate little egos packaged in separate little bags of skin and bone -- but are all part of a vast and natural and integrated expression of Nature (or God, or the Source, or ..) This enlightening experience or realization brings us peace. It also makes us naturally compassionate to all other people - since they and I are not separate but one -- and we naturally work to bring this sense of peace and realization to all others. For me to bring peace and joy to the world I must be in joyous peace myself. [This is why AA works - one recovered drunk shares his experience with another. Sanctimonious lectures do not work.]
So that's my lecture for the day. Check out my new website:
BLOG Nov2205. The TSV website is finally up with the help of recent MIT grad.
The plan is to send the TSV address out to a few friends for suggestions while I am on retreat in a DKD cabin in the high Colorado Rockies – doing shamatha, Shinzen, and Shambhala Ngondro.
Then after Christmas, to polish and publish. Then look at articles, networking, and more research.
God Bless you all in this Holiday Season. May the magical sparkle of the ordinary fill your life.