Pioneering Humanity – A Conference in India

During my trip to Auroville, India, December 2014, I gave a conference about collective intelligence and my research work in exploring new ways to exist and evolve consciousness. This conference has different parts, from external objective science to empirical exploration I do at the personal level.

Keywords: #aurobindo, #auroville, #CollectiveIntelligence, #breathing, #conscisouness, #economy, #e-prime, #GiftEconomy, #food, #holomidal, #innovation, #internet, #InvisibleArchitectures, #ontology, #OpenSource, #PyramidalCollectiveIntelligence, #SocialCodes, #soul, #spirituality, #technology, #wealth, #wisdom

Collective Intelligence – a New Research Field

In this first part you will hear the great story about collective intelligence. How did it evolve through the ages, where does it go today? This part focuses on the external objective aspects of my scientific research: facts, data, words.

 

Evolving the We in the I

The second part of the conference offers a more complex –and deeper– understanding of collective intelligence by addressing how the collective operates in the self, how the “we” plays in the “I”. Hence the fact that we see many collectives that evolve lot’s of external aspects such as technology or governance, but people still carry, like holograms, the social dna of the old society: same social codes, same wealth technology (money), same language, same food, same relationship with the body, same beliefs (doxa), same relationship to time, etc. My research has lead me to explore and deconstruct this social dna and explore new possibilities. I share some examples in the videos below.

Language

Language carries lot’s of archaic forms of consciousness in the way it builds reality in our individual and collective psyche. Unveiling these archaic forms and deciding whether we get rid of them of evolves them helps make important evolutionary steps, individually and collectively. Here I share the example of speaking in e-prime (not using the verb “to be”).

 

Social Codes

No social code exist randomly. No matter how unconsciously we perpetuate social codes, they all have a function: perpetuate and maintain a given social order. Evolution means we also question the function of each social code, and decide what we want to keep, get rid of, or evolve. In this part of the conference I share how I changed a few social codes, like breathing before speaking, and the consequences it had on me and around me.

 

Economy

Pyramidal collective intelligence has made market economy its core economic engine. Why? Because gift economy didn’t have the capacity to reach large scales due to the exponential complexity it generates. However now holomidal collective intelligence allows the rise of gift economies at large scale, offering amazing competitive advantages compared to market economy. But it takes a quantum leap to understand and trust the process, a question that I share in this part of the conference.

 

Food, Technology, Body

Food carries lot’s of social beliefs and binding in it. Food and consciousness walk hand in hand. If one asks this double question: “what does good for me and for the world at the same time?”, then no conventional cuisine today offers a satisfying answer. Evolving the self means evolving the way we eat.

Technology also shapes individual and collective consciousness. We have a different world and reality before and after the invention of fire, of the writing, of the printing press, of flight, of computers, of internet. What consciousness do we cultivate in order to have technology serve us rather than the opposite?

Last but not least, the body plays a key role in invisible architectures. Culture determines in a large manner the relationship we have with or body, how we experience it, how we manifest it. Conventional lifestyle in the pyramidal collective intelligence world places the body in a social and cultural mold. How can we free ourselves and get to live fully our bodily experience? Why should we do that? What consequences?

 

Conclusion

If we had 3 core ideas to keep in mind, I would pick these ones:

  1. become holoptical
  2. transmute old social dna
  3. reclaim your body

 

Questions & Answers

People in the public asked a series of fascinating questions, as shared on the time line below.

0:00 – What about languages that don’t use the verb “to be”?

2:10 – In the gift economy, don’t people usually give back to you rather than giving back to someone else?

5:15 – Can we consider an intermediary stage between market economy and gift economy that we could call social entrepreneurship?

9:30 – Question from a sports coach: “I follow my heart by teaching what I love and do the best, however it keeps me binded to  a city, a place where I don’t want to live. If I follow and listen to my heart, how should I deal with this?”

15:10 – How does friendship play in linking the I and the We? What role of social environment in this transformation?

20:00 – Do you know good examples of holomidal collective intelligence?

24:40 – Auroville began with very innovative ideas about education. Unexperienced people applied them, and later more and more of the pyramidal world came in, with money, taxes, etc. So, what do you think about education?

29:10 – 2 questions:
1. What sense do you have about our organization in Auroville ? Does it contribute to holomidal collective intelligence?
2. When you work with companies, what agreements do you propose for groups to change in a soft way?

35:20 – You have yourself evolved towards live (raw) food, but before enough people make such a conscious step, they will end up depleting our current natural resources. What do you think about that?

37:15 – You’ve spoken about collective intelligence and shared about things you do at the personal level. How do you do the two things combined together, the personal and the collective?

 


A big thank you to Bruno and Damien for capturing this conference, and to Joel for the sound engineering.

 


The Great Sense

SatpremHere comes below a crucial text from Satprem that a friend of mine from Auroville gave me while I spend a whole month there. I can’t resist to share this text in which I see so much force and visionary power. It resonates with the words I share during my conferences on the evolution of our species. The difference? He wrote it in 1969.

 

 

 

The Great Sense

This is the time of the Great Sense.

We look to the right or to the left, we build theories, reform our Churches, invent super-machines and we go out in the streets to break the Machine that stifles us – we struggle in the small sense. When the terrestrial ship is sinking, does it matter whether the passengers drown to the right or left, under a flag black or red, or one of celestial blue? Our Churches have already sunk: they are reforming their own dust. Our patriotisms are crushing us, our machines are crushing us, our schools are crushing us, and we build more machines to break out of the Machine. We go to the moon, but we do not know our own heart or our terrestrial destiny. And we want to improve what is – but the time for improvements is past: can one improve rot? – This is the time for SOMETHING ELSE, which is not the same thing with improvements.

But how shall we proceed?

They preach violence to us, or non-violence. But these are two faces of the same Falsehood, the yes and the no of the same impotence: the little saints have gone bankrupt with the rest, and others want to seize power – what power? That of the statesmen? Are we going to fight over the prison keys? Or to build another prison? Or do we really want to get out of it? Power does not spring from the barrel of a gun, neither does freedom flow from the belly of the dead – for thirty million years now we have been building on corpses, on wars, on revolutions. And the drama is enacted over and over again. Perhaps the time has come to build on something else and find the key to true Power?

So let us look at the great Sense.

Here is what the Great Sense tells us:

It tells us that we were born so many million years ago – a molecule, a gene, a bit of quivering bit of plasma – and we have produced a dinosaur, a crab, an ape. Had our eyes stopped half-way along the road, we could have said with good reason (!), that the Baboon was the summit of the creation, and nothing better could be done, except perhaps to improve our simian capacities and create a United Kingdom of Apes… And we may be committing the same error today in our jungle of concrete. We have invented enormous means at the service of microscopic consciousnesses, splendid devices at the service of mediocrity, and still more devices to be cured of the Device. But is man truly the goal of all these millions of years of striving? – The secondary school for all and the washing machine?

The Great Sense, the True Sense, tells us that man is not the end. It is not the triumph of man that we want, not an improved version of the intelligent dwarf – it is another man on the earth, another race in our midst.

‘Man is a transitional being’ Sri Aurobindo said. We are right in the middle of this transition, it is bursting forth on every side: in Biafra, in Israel , in China , on the Boul’Mich. Man is uncomfortable in his skin.

And the Great Sense, the True Sense, tells us that the only thing we can do is to set to work to prepare that other being and collaborate in our own evolution instead of going round in circles in the old dead-end humanhood and grabbing false powers to rule over a false life.

But where is the lever of this Transmutation?
It is within.

There is a Consciousness within, there is a Power within, the very power that strained and strove in the dinosaur, in the crab, in the ape, in man – it strives still, presses farther on, clothes itself in a more and more perfected form as its instrument grows, and creates its own form. If we grasp the lever of that Power, it will create its own form, for it is itself the lever of the Transmutation. Instead of letting evolution unfold through millennia of fruitless, painful attempts and useless deaths and fake revolutions that revolutionize nothing, we can shorten the time, we can make a concentrated evolution – we can be the conscious creators of the New Being.

In truth, it is the time of the Great Adventure. The world is closed, there are no more adventures to be had outside: only robots go to the moon and our frontiers are guarded everywhere – in Rome or in Rangoon , the same functionaries of the great Machine are watching us, punching our cards, checking our faces and searching our pockets – there is no more adventure outside! The Adventure is within – Freedom is within, Space is within, and the transformation of our world by the power of the Spirit. Because, in truth, that Power was always there, supreme, all-powerful, prodding evolution on: it was the hidden Spirit growing to become the Spirit manifest upon earth, and if we have trust, if we want that supreme Power, if we have the courage to descend into our hearts, everything is possible, because God is in us.


Your Greatest Gift

Arabesque

You can’t conquer happiness, but you can chose it.
Claim joy within you, and thanks to you, the universe invents itself.

The masterpiece of yourself nourishes its own purpose. Your temporal being becomes a musical instrument, the one you chose to play celestial music. Do not confuse the instrument and the melody. Instruments play separated, distinctly, temporally. Music brings oneness, timelessness, universality. Music celebrates miscegenation and communion. In its own ecstasy, God dances through it.

Look at happiness as a violin close to your hand. Whatever the circumstances of your life, here and now, you can decide to grasp it and to play it. Do not feel upset by some sour notes or by your clumsy fingers. Your Creative Joy will open the way to mastery, and not the contrary.

Do not make yourself dependent on the other, on your parent, your child, your friend or your lover… Do not wait for them. Do not make them a crutch. Once liberated, infused with your own joy, you will celebrate with them. Then you will truly experience what union means.

The essence of your melody will attract the musicians who will come to play with you.
Would you like them sad, academic, conventional?
Would you like them unbridled, happy, free, creative?
You make every single decision on what you attract in your life.

Undomesticate yourself, compose that Celestial Music with the strings of your own Being. Do not restrict yourself. Become your own masterpiece.

By doing so you will give your greatest gift to your parents, your children, your friends and to the whole world.

Man Ray - the Violin
Photo: Man Ray

 

 


Radical fearlessness, soul decides when

Recently, after reading the post “Towards a life of charity“, a dear friend of mine wrote me: “Your steps towards a future submerged in a life of charity reflect your sincere belief in the goodness of mankind and the strength of your being.  It is indeed inspirational though I am sure that I would never be able to come even close to the stage of fearlessness that you have achieved.

It takes courage and authenticity to share such a thing. I want to express my gratefulness to this beloved friend. Both she and her husband are a blessing in my life.

I think our conversation can be a gift for others than just she and I. Therefore here is below an excerpt of my response to her. I just removed her name so that the intimate part of our exchange can remain intact and protected.

My Beloved Friend,

I invite you to never say never :). You are perfectly able to go to radical fearlessness. Don’t make it a goal, don’t make it an idealization of yourself, this is the best way to fail, to feel separated and deceived by ourselves. My invitation is that you just let the door open to this possibility. The day your soul feels ready, you will get to radical fearlessness. And the good news is you will eventually get there, no matter what. For most human beings, the reaching of radical fearlessness happens just before their death, once there is no other way than letting everything go. Then, for some seconds, minutes, weeks or months, depending on the circumstances, everything falls into place. The path becomes clear because fear is gone. The world reveals its true nature, an interconnected flow of energies and forms that keep transforming and creating new forms. Reality becomes pure art and love.

This place of bliss, we reach it no matter what. It can be during the fractions of seconds that precede a car accident once we know that it’s going to be it. Or it happens once we cross this threshold, in our death bed. From now on all we have to do is let go, everything will be fine. It is our soul that decides when this moment has to come, although we may have the illusion it may reach us by accident.

Some more advanced souls can decide that this state has to be met way earlier in life, by will. They know this is going to leverage their service to the world. Other advanced souls may decide to keep the lock on, as their own limitations helps them do their service better in the conventional world. Locks and limitations are not always the manifestation of ignorance. They can be the expression of a design made by soul before birth. Some of them will remain during the whole life, others will be unlocked at the right moment.

This is a short post. There would be much more to share as this is a core topic. But, hey, this is the magic of a blog. We don’t have to come with finite packaged world views, don’t we? And doesn’t it keep the conversation open?


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