Laws of Evolution of Consciousness
We are like fractals evolving to ever greater scales of magnitude.
When we escape our ethnocentrism, and the prison of the ego, we start to see ourselves as a part of nature, and not superior to it. When we observe as a participant, not an outside observer like science has traditionally done, it becomes obvious that the rest of the Universe is just like us. All around we see conscious entities, or the unknown. We come to know that all of the Universe is conscious and has being. We see a Universe is in a continual process of conscious growth and self organization. It is as infinite and mysterious as our own origins and inner soul.
On all scales the conscious Universe uses the same basic fractal structures, from the smallest microcosmic sub-atomic particle, to the largest galactic cluster. As these structures take form in larger and more complex systems, their consciousness grows and expands. The being-consciousness evolves as the systems self organize into larger and more complex entities. There seems to be a basic drive at work in the Universe which compels all conscious entities on an upward spiral of ever-expanding consciousness.
Humanity is in the middle point in size and evolution. Like the rest of nature we have and innate need to evolve to ever more expansive and integrated fields of consciousness. We want to grow. We are like fractals evolving to ever greater scales of magnitude. Along the way we follow the same basic patterns, but at each stage there are some unique variations. This variety adds spice to life, spice which can easily lead to confusing chaos if you do not know the underlying patterns - the constitutional laws. But if you know the key fractal structures, you can look beyond the millions of trees to see the forest. You can see the structural unity behind the great diversity of nature.
THE BIG PICTURE
Looking at the big picture you can see how evolution follows in a general way the eight basic structures inherent in all conscious fractals: the three realms and the four functions, plus awareness. This takes the form of the three scales of the cosmos: the microcosmos, mesocosmos and macrocosmos (which will be explained later); and, the five dimensions. In geometry the infinitely small place holder which underlies all of the other dimensions is called the Zero dimension. It corresponds to Awareness which underlies consciousness. The first dimension is the Line made up of an infinite number of Points. It corresponds to sensing. The second dimension is the Plane, make up of an infinite number of Lines, corresponding to thinking. The third dimension is the Solid, made up of an infinite number of Planes, corresponding to Feeling. The fourth dimension is the space-time continuum, made up of an infinite number of solid bodies in relationship with each other - the Universe. The big picture of the inherent order in the Universe and evolution is summarized by the chart on the next page.
Try to understand this over all concept of evolution by first considering the left row, then the right row, and only then the middle row. The left row is spatial, the right row is temporal. Both go downwards as the descending rays of creation. The middle is the ascending ray of negentropy.
The left spatial ray of creation shows the involution of diminishing energy on a microcosmic scale controlled primarily by electromagnetism. Energy becomes more involved with matter and self organizes itself into ever-larger and more constricted systems. Going from the zero to the fourth dimension, energy becomes more symmetrical, diminished and predictable taking on the characteristics of solid matter. The microcosmic world is unfathomably small, and is only visible to Man with microscopes, if at all.
The right temporal ray of creation goes down showing the dependency and interconnectedness of matter controlled primarily by gravity. The macrocosm pertains to size scales much larger than Man. The middle mesocosmic row goes up as the counterpointal ascending ray to the microcosm and macrocosm. It shows the evolution of life forms of increasing complexity of Self Organization and decreasing symmetry. It pertains to information, number and language. The mesocosm is the size scale of the world of Man.
The quantum of action which begins the left spatial row has infinite potentiality and energy, but no extension. The first full step in the involution of energy into form is the Photon which has about a billion electron volts of energy. 1 It can travel in any direction, which can never be predicted, but it is submitted to the velocity of light, 186,000 miles per second. There is only one kind of Photon; it has unit spin and no charge.
Next are the Electrons, which come in pairs with opposite spin, and the other nuclear particles. While the exact position of an electron can never be predicted, even when it is trapped in an atom, its directions of travel are constricted by the shells of the atoms and by relations between the nuclear particles. The nuclear particles have half-spin and are of positive, negative or neutral charge. The nuclear particles have more symmetry and less freedom than the Photon.
The next step in the scale is the atom; it has a nucleus and seven shells. The fractal recursion with the seven states of consciousness and awareness is obvious. The hydrogen atom has about ten electron volts of energy. There are around a hundred kinds of atoms with various kinds of chemical properties. Again the atoms have more symmetry and less freedom than the nuclear particles.
The final step in involution is the molecule which on an average has about 1/25th of an electron volt of energy and comes in three forms: metal, salt and crystal. It has total symmetry but comes in countless varieties with many kinds of properties.
The molecular level is where the direction turns and life originates and begins an evolutionary trek backwards to less and less symmetry and more freedom. But where did all of the energy come from in the first place to begin the process of matter and then life?
THE MYTH OF THE BIG BANG
Current scientific understanding of the origin of the material Universe in time is called the "Big Bang" theory. It is the creation story of the "Myth of Science", the dominant belief system of modern culture. The Big Bang cosmology is remarkably similar to the ancient Hindu origin myth known as the "Breath of Brahman". Under the Big Bang theory the current space-time Universe was created in an unfathomably-large explosion which occurred about 15 billion years ago. At the moment of origin all of the Universe, all matter and energy, existed together in total order and symmetry, called by scientists the "Great Singularity". Then the Universe exploded in the Big Bang, or exhalation of the breath of Brahman, and all started moving away from each other as the directions and time began. The Great Singularity began to break up. Space and the different elements began to be formed. With this first breath a countervailing rhythm of arithmetic expansion and geometric contraction began.
We are still in the early stages of the expansion of the Universe where all Galaxies are receding from each other at the speed of light. This is the exhalation of Brahman. Expansion occurs as arithmetical electromagnetic growth. At the same time the force of contraction grows with the geometrical growth of gravitation.
Under one theory the expansion of matter and energy away from the center explosion point is preceded by black spheres. Where they meet, the Galaxies originate fractally. Billions of galaxies have been and will continue to be formed as the Universe expands. Within each galaxy billions of stars then form. In one such galactic arm, the Milky Way, our star, the Sun is located. Around the stars planets are then formed and orbit the star. At this time it is not known whether all stars have planets, or only some, but it is known that many planets circulate around our star. The third planet from the Sun is our Earth. Most of the planets in turn have their own smaller bodies, or moons, which circulate around them. We have a single Moon which revolves around the Earth. This macrocosmic expansion process takes trillions of years, as billions of galaxies, stars, planets and moons are formed.
Eventually the force of gravitational contraction will equal that of electromagnetic expansion, the maximum size of the Universe will be reached, and the creative process wherein new galaxies, stars, planets and moons are formed will finally come to an end. The equilibrium point is the pause between the exhalation and inhalation of the Cosmic Breath. After that the geometric force will begin to exceed the arithmetical, the direction will reverse, and the Universe will begin contracting; the inhalation of the breath of Brahman will begin. As all matter and energy converges, Black Holes will be created with greater frequency, and ultimately the entire Universe will be drawn together again into a single point, a vast black hole into which all space-time will be inhaled. This final Omega Point, the end, may in turn produce another Big Bang wherein Brahman begin a new breath, exhales again, and a new Universe is formed. If the law of fractal recursiveness holds true, the new Universe will repeat certain basic forms, but it will do so with new and unique variations and differences.
MICROCOSM, MESOCOSM AND MACROCOSM
Microcosm, mesocosm and macrocosm are not causes, but parameters of evolution. In our mesocosm living consciousness evolves into progressively higher levels of complex Self Organization. It goes from the mineral world, to plant, animal, Man, up to the Great Singularity, the subject of the Universe, God. These are stages of expanding integration of consciousness into individual being. The stages parallel the involution of energy according to the dimensions as shown in Chance and Choice.
Although this "big picture" view of Science was first seen by Arnold Keyserling, the formulator of the original idea on which Keyserling's version is based, is the great American scientist and inventor Arthur Young. Young invented the Bell Helicopter in his youth and then went on to ponder the bigger question of Man's verticality, the evolution of consciousness. Where did our consciousness come from, and where is it going? He is the first to see the parallel of the descent or involution of matter to the ascent or evolution of consciousness. The Laws of evolution presented here are a combination of the thinking of both Keyserling and Young, who, by the way, were good friends.
The ability to organize comes from within the conscious being itself. It is not imposed on the being from outside forces. For this reason scientists call this the Self Organizing principle or Auto Poiesis. Although the inherent ability to self organize is not predetermined or governed by outside forces, at each level its evolution seems to follow the patterns of one of the four chaotic attractors.
- Point-like Attractor - Crystal.
- Circuit/Cycle Attractor - Plant.
- Torus Attractor - Animal.
- Strange Attractor - Man.
The four attractors create cosmos out of chaos; God is both their origin and aim. The quantum after reaching the molecular stage is a parcel of God. Thereafter it incarnates as a separate self-organized entity on the Mesocosmic level.
Self-organized consciousness evolves upward on the mesocosm. Starting in the crystal form, viruses and the genetic code, an ascension begins of greater degrees of conscious integration. Entities organize themselves into ever more complicated and ornate systems. Life forms evolve, adapt and bring coherence to larger systems in new ways as the creation of the Universe continues. With each stage of the evolutionary ladder of self organization one direction of symmetry is lost, and one level of freedom is gained.
4 - The crystal in the fourth dimension has complete symmetry. The Point Attractors allow the energy in inorganic molecules to self organize as organic molecules, to cross the bridge from the microcosm of lifeless molecules and energy, to the mesocosm of living crystals. With crystals, both organic and inorganic, everything is attracted to a single point. All line up in perfect order. All three axes - up and down, right and left, front and behind - are the same. The molecules are in perfect symmetric order in every direction. The microcosmical geometric structure is balanced by its macrocosmic counterpart, the Moon. At the crystalline level the essential code controlling all further life formation is created, the DNA/RNA life structure. Life then uses these crystalline forms of amino acids to grow in size by cellular division, by scaling and multiplication.
3 -The plant loses one symmetry: the vertical, up/down symmetry. The cycle attractors allow the simplest crystalline life forms to self organize to a higher form of consciousness where greater freedom is possible. The top of the plants, the crown, differs from the roots, and the two are connected by the stem. Now only the left and right and front and back axes of a plant remain symmetrical. This is called radial or cylindrical symmetry: two axes of symmetry. Trees alternate between seed and gestalt, with the axis of all plant life pointing to the earth, and its energy received directly from the Sun through photosynthesis. There is a vertical flow back and forth, from the leaves to the roots and visa versa, according to the cycle attractor.
2 -Under the influence of the Torus attractors the next stage in the evolutionary ladder, the animal, was reached. The animal has again freed itself of another symmetry, the front/back symmetry, with front as nourishment and back as excrements. The front and rear of animals are different, as are the top and bottom, but the right and left of animals remains symmetrical. This is bilateral symmetry with one axis of symmetry. The animals feed on plants and each other, and are directed by the four drives: nourishment, fear, aggression and reproduction. Animals follow the Torus attractor. They engage in complex behaviors and are dependent upon each other and the environment in multi leveled ecological systems.
1 - Around 11,000 years ago the first Neolithic Man evolved from Paleolithic animal Man. From that time on we have had the potential to shed the last right-left symmetry by taming the Strange attractors.
Since the human life stage is relatively new, 2 it is not surprising that we are still born with the animals' right-left axis of symmetry and must strive to attain true Humanity. Although there are some differences in the symmetry of the human face, overall we are as left-right symmetrical as other animals. But with our neocortex abilities, our capacities of language and number, we can self organize out of this last constraint.
One of the keys to self organization is the coherent application of chance to ride the strange attractors. In this way we can use both the brains we are born with, the left and right hemispheres of the neocortex. The left hemisphere, turned to the cosmos and structure is digital, linear. The right hemisphere, turned towards chaos and chance has its origin in the nine numerals, the archetypes of fractal scaling. Each should be allowed to develop fully, to be different and totally asymmetrical. When the right brain is as strong as the left, a higher identity is created. The higher self follows the Strange attractors, epitomized by Mandelbrot set, z -> z2; + c, and corresponding to the Tao symbol.
Most of us are still right-left symmetrical because our left neocortex so totally dominates the right. We need to shift our emphasis from cosmos to chaos, from left-brain dominance, to right-brain balance. Then the right is not just an imitation of the left, it is different, unique. The last symmetry is gone and the two asymmetrical sides can cohere in a new singularity. With this singularity full brained interpersonal communication becomes possible. Real community and deep connections between people can develop. The enhanced communication in turn improves the new coherence. As Keyserling puts it, ìthe ego, subject of the left hemisphere, becomes the organ of the Self in the right hemisphere by establishing contact with the Other.î
Full right-brain coherence comes in a communal process through receptivity to the workings of the Strange attractors. It comes by opening yourself with others to constrained chance. In the moments when this is realized with others, we have attained the birthright of Man. We have realized the potential to self organize to a higher stage of evolution. We become born to a new community of Human Man. As a whole being, in touch with both sides of our self and others, we transcend the left-right animal symmetry. As unique individuals we can know and touch others on a deeper level. We have acheived our birthright of a holistic brain.
With two fully-developed, harmonized, yet distinctly different neocortical brains, we are autonomous, asymmetrical, truly free from outside manipulation. In this position we can fully participate in a community and add to it. This is self organization in the midst of chaos. To animal-man we seem like Strange attractors indeed. On the surface, and in the moment, our actions may appear haphazard and foolhardy, but over time the wisdom and beauty of the Human Man becomes obvious in the creativity, deepened relations, and communities that follow.
0 - The highest stage, beyond even the higher Man, is merger with God, with the Great Singularity beyond name and form. Evidence suggests that this final stage in turn, like a fractal, is composed on many stages of its own. The end stage for us is a new beginning for the macrocosmic beings. It is not final at all. This makes sense for when the end is infinity it can never be attained.
This ìfinal stageî from our perspective has to do with advanced evolution beyond our experience. For us the moments of merger with the Great Singularity are a flash. We grasp only a small portion of its intensity before our systems overload. We quickly explode into the Big Bang. Our small conscious being can only handle a glimpse of infinity. Larger and more complex systems are required to process the greater amounts of energy involved. This is the business of the macrocosmos. It has to do with conscious entities much more evolved than Man.
This stage pertains to the far future reaches of the Universe. A vast cosmos of inter-galactic coherence. We can only speculate on the consciousness of these entities. The mind of a whole Galaxy is way beyond our comprehension. We hear from these higher levels, we learn a little, we are a small sub-part of them; but we comprehend only dimly, like a goldfish in a bowl.
There is evidence of particles which are much smaller than photons, and combine to form photons and the nuclear particles, electrons, protons and neutrons. These sub-particles are called "quarks" under one theory and "strings" under another. The strings and quarks appear to exist in fractal dimensions between 0 and 1 and 1 and 2. They appear to have no natural duration as separate entities in our time. Their only existence is in combination with other quarks or strings to form the enduring energy forms of photons, electrons and other nuclear particles.
From the perspective of the Earth time Humans are a very recent phenomena. Taking the creation of the Earth 4.6 billion years ago to the present as one year of time, the evolutionary jump to Man in 8800 B.C. occurred only one minute ago.