The importance of connection -> connection saves the planet
Stanislav Grof "I have ... no doubts that a profound transformation of consciousness is possible in individuals and that it would increase our chances for survival if it would occur on a sufficiently large scale...The practical question is, whether such a chance can be facilitated and by what means....in the human personality there exist mechanisms that could mediate a profound and desirable transformation (Lazslo, Groff, Russell, 1999: 4).
Peter Russell "The global crises we are facing is, at its root, a crises of consciousness, and if we are going to save the world then we need to be doing more than just saving the rainforests, curbing pollution, reducing carbon emissions and stopping the destruction of the ozone layer: We also have to free ourselves from the egocentric materialistic mode of consciousness that is giving rise to these problems. Otherwise we are only tackling the symptoms of the problem, not the root cause; only patching over the deeper problem." (Lazslo, Groff, Russell, 1999: 22).
- note, LP egocentric consciousness is Normal Consciousness. Normal Consciousness is disconnected consciousness. Normal Consciousness is not "normal" but in fact that pathological consequence of Toxic Socialization. The CQ of humanity is reduced as a consequence of toxic socialization.MichaelSharp (talk) 20:24, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
References connected consciousness, and warns against disconnected consciousness, which he calls "single vision" and "Newton's Sleep," perhaps referencing Naive Materialism.
Now I a fourfold vision see, And a fourfold vision is given to me; ’Tis fourfold in my supreme delight, And threefold in soft Beulah’s night, And twofold always.—May God us keep From single vision, and Newton’s sleep!
"To come now to mysticism; the mystic differs from the ordinary religionist in that whereas the latter knows God through an objective revelation whether in nature or as embodied in the Bible (which is really only second-hand knowledge, mediate, external, the record of other people's visions and experiences), the mystic knows God by contact of spirit with spirit; cor ad cor loquitur.
Colossians 2 presents a metaphor where Christ is considered the "head" of things and tells how some "teachers/rule givers" have "lost connection with the head" (Colossians 2: 19).
In The Cloud of Unknowing we learn that connection can occur quickly, and be strong (Anonymous, 1981: p. 126)
"The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hardworking farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God seed into God." -> refering to the process of connection
Pierre de Bérulle
"What is man? An angel, an animal, a void, a world, a nothing surrounded by God, indigent of God, capable of God, filled with God, if it so desires." (PP) - note the implication of the importance of intent. Filled and connected with God/Consciousness, "if" one so desires.
Speaks of a man broadening his power of cognition in order to access that which is eternal.
Everything which comes into being in time has its origin in the eternal. But the eternal is not accessible to sensory perception. Nevertheless, the ways to the perception of the eternal are open for man. He can develop forces dormant in him so that he can recognize the eternal.
... at a certain high level of his cognitive power, man can penetrate to the eternal origins of the things which vanish with time..
Notes that you can "look back into a much more remote past than is represented by external history in a much more dependable fashion! (not true, see LP Workbook Six)
Says that knowledge of this ability to connect has been available in so called "mystery" schools for millenia.
- Kalisch, Isidor. Sepher Yezirah: A Book on Creation. San Diego: The Book Tree, 2006. p. 15 https://amzn.to/2WPnklN. .
- Steiner, Rudolph. Cosmic Memory (Kindle Location 277). Kindle Edition.
- Steiner, Rudolph. Cosmic Memory (Kindle Locations 269-271). Kindle Edition.
- Steiner, Rudolph. Cosmic Memory (Kindle Locations 273-274). Kindle Edition
- Steiner, Rudolph. Cosmic Memory (Kindle Location 282). Kindle Edition.