Like Relativity theory is essential to Physics, Awareness Intelligence guides a new understanding of the mental world. Contemporary issues such as health risks, conflicts, and inequality do point to a single most critical cause: Unawareness of lack of awareness. Awareness Intelligence is a specific constellation of ‘awareness about awareness’ and represents the break-through decoding of a socio-temporal structure of the human soul. The tripartite socio-temporal matrix of Awareness Intelligence provides for a mental reference system that empowers for spiritual exploration and practical application of meaning, love, and compassion that is teachable to anybody for increased well-being, organization thriving, and the common good alike.
Thanks to dedication and a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural, and inter-generational approach, the discovery and deciphering of Awareness Intelligence has become possible. Logically derived, mapped to ancient wisdom, and supported by practical contemporary examples, I explain why it’s time to shift perceptions in fragmented spacetime to intelligent thought patterns in so-called ‘humantime.’
The meaning-making of and about the human psyche can be found in the tripartite structure of the socio-temporal matrix. There are three functional (as opposed to the six dysfunctional) coordinates of the matrix. As we have seen, the three different constellations from combining the dimensions of human relation and time belong together respective build on each other in a logical sequence.
First, the intra-past as the combination of the intra-personal with the past in the sense of the source of intuition, is consciousness enabling minding.
Second, the function of the inter-present, which derives from the inter-personal dimension crossed with present time, leads to awareness as the precondition for self-generated thought.
And third, the intersection of the extra-personal with the future completes Awareness Intelligence in allowing it to be whole-human scope thinking both from a relational and temporal point of view.
In 2016, Jim Haber published the ground-breaking DNA research ‘The rule of three’ revealing that nature, respectively DNA when it repairs itself, is likely working in a tripartite structure. During all my research over the years, I’ve found that there is indeed universal power in the ‘rule of three.’ The source energy that is light reflects in the three colors red, green, and blue from which all other colors are created. The science of Yoga names three sources of energy: the left, the right, and the center. The universe’s space consists of three dimensions. The three possible geometries of the universe can be flat, open, or closed, and result from less, equal, or greater than the average density of matter.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity proclaims that God is one god, but that God eternally exists as three external realities of the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Scientific research outlines a triadic unity of content, approach, and method. Holistic psychological models are biopsychosocial, and
The three basic human needs are safety, connection, and satisfaction, which can be associated in that order to the intra-past, inter-present, and extra-future.
The same is true for the three human self-motivators of authenticity, genuineness, and kindness, as well as for the three factors of subjective well-being that are joy, engagement, and meaning. Also, social sciences operate in threefold structures. For example, the triad of governance philosophy takes into account passion, people, and purpose; and the well-established leadership triad goes along knowledge, trust, and power. All these structures can be re-examined through the mapping to the three tenets of Awareness Intelligence. It seems that the structure of Awareness Intelligence had always been intuitively felt, although the decoding into the socio-temporal matrix had to wait until today.
According to Perennial Philosophy, all of the world’s religious traditions share a single, metaphysical truth from which all spiritual knowledge has derived.
First, it is the continuous nature, which is reflected by the mental stretching in time to achieve awareness along with an infinite temporal scope.
Second, it is a relational scope that comprises all of humanity, including all of its children.
And third, that the purpose of a human life is to realize its divine nature, which matches Awareness Intelligence’s unfolding of fully developed, all-encompassing human cognitive structures.
We can do with Awareness Intelligence what artists do with three dimensions. It is a further breakthrough that comes with an awareness-enhanced mind that the elevation from dualistic thinking to a three-dimensional, tripartite coherent system of the intra-past, inter-present, and extra-future can be systematically enabled. Developing threefold socio-temporal awareness is securing one’s thinking — no more balancing between one and another view that requires crooks for not falling and hurting oneself. Like one can experience in climbing, only two points of contact expose to the danger of being left hanging by one hand or foot, and likely falling. To find the right compromise between only two opposites risks to end up in an imbalance or a mental respectively spiritual tumble. It would be much better to maintain a three-point mental anchor at all times.
If we could awareness-intelligently shift from balancing tension-laden dichotomies like ‘good and bad,’ and ‘we and them’ towards harmonizing the three perspectives of comprehensive awareness, a new world of cooperation would replace the unfairly capitalist-competitive one we live in most of the time. There is no single Awareness Intelligence mode more important than the others; all three should be securely held on to persistently. The harmony we can create with the three tenets of Awareness Intelligence is allowing the combination of simultaneous thought and, therefore, more sound mental multi-perspectives to produce clearer, fairer, and just rationales.
The challenge of finding maximal solutions and joy instead of satisficing based on uneasy compromises is to avoid dependencies between dualistic relationships.
Bi-partisan relationships are always transactional; neither side can live either with and without the other and, therefore, tends to amplify polarization. The same way a concord in music comes from a group of three notes sounded together pleasingly and satisfactorily, the concerted interplay of the threefold Awareness Intelligence, and consequently the body, mind, and spirit, create a state of being that is joyful and rewarding, harmonious in itself.
The power of a trialistic mind lies in its ability to access our whole consciousness that comprises of the full scope of human relations – ranging from intra-personal, inter-personal, to extra-personal relationships, and time – spanning from the time before the past, over the present, to the time after the future. Real estate is not real; it is just of the longer enduring type of material reconstructions, cultural artefacts that people do manufacture. All material is eroding over time, all forms and bodies are constantly changing, aging, and decomposing. What only is real is life itself that always takes new looks to express its diversity in unity. If we become aware of that fact, we’ve progressed from realistic thinking informed by exclusive and dividing beliefs of possibilities and impossibilities, to the next stage of human evolution: the triangular thinking of the inclusiveness of being attentive to the intra-past, doing the affection coming from the inter-present, and becoming the appreciation resolving from extra-future awareness.
The world often appears to be paradoxical. Paradoxes only exist in dualistic thinking though. That’s how we’ve been trained to see things.
In trialistic thinking, in contrast, a paradox would be just indicating an inner state of incomplete awareness. With the three valid relational parts of Awareness Intelligence instead of only two, there can’t be ambiguity.
Therefore, to re-establish harmony from a seemingly paradoxical constellation, the socio-temporal matrix can be recalled to either find the missing or new third element or to decompose and rearrange the dichotomic structure into the socio-temporal components of humantime.
When you experience meaninglessness, low motivation, and urges to give up, it is helpful to check the extra-future element and probe its awaring, for example, as follows. Ask yourself:
Am I creating in line with life, the life that continues in all human evolution beyond my family, my party, my nation, my race, etc., or do I identify with such social constructs on which can’t be hold on to in the perishable physical world? If it is the latter, feelings of meaninglessness could stem from such a misidentification.
One might feel that clearly when losing somebody close, when having lost a job, or being rejected from a social group. We have to die to our ego during a lifetime voluntarily, and as we shift from a socio-cultural group identity to a universally valid life-membership, we will have found our purpose of life as well. The ego cannot be overcome through disabling the mind. Selflessness is achieved through thinking awareness-intelligently about the egoless self, through non-transactionality in meeting others, and through a focus on a mutually beneficial future that is in all humanity’s interest.
While people emphasize the need for body-guards in different forms, I think there is a need for spirit-guards even more. Indeed, while bombarded by commercial advertisement to drive consumption, the valuation of the nourishment of the spirit may lack far behind the promotion of physiological and biochemical ways to well-being.
Holistic approaches that encourage the integration of
aspects of the human condition are necessary to do justice to the diverse needs of a whole and wholesome human being.
Awareness Intelligence is addressing the need for inclusion of the body, mind, and soul in all aspects of life if we want to live it wholesomely.
Through mind-stretching into the intra-past, access to the spiritual source is made aware.
The inter-present may well involve many physical aspects in sensing the material world and the relationship with others to experience the present moment as our current incarnation, regardless of thoughts into the past or future.
The third Awareness Intelligence mode, the extra-future, as well as the integration of the tripartite whole of Awareness Intelligence, involves our mind-based intellectual faculties such as logical thinking and imagination to deploy the creative power of the spirit of our soul.
We have more control over the so-called spiritual realm than we think;
We just need to be aware of it and let it be free to benefit us through its revelation of life’s deeper meaning, colorful adventures, and satisfying deeper-impact possibilities from being of service.
The terms ‘practical’ and ‘universal/cosmic’ have been used to contrast the physical and mental worlds. Both are systematically intertwined though. Practical and universal perspectives are not contradictory. Universal thinking becomes practical with the revelation that
It is a common misconception that material and spiritual life are irreconcilable.
Of course, we could cultivate only one part of our garden and let other parts alone. We may forget about the wild and neglected corner and wonder where all the fragrances, insects, roots, and pollen are coming from. Passive sides of the garden are strongly affecting our active gardening and may cause us more troubles and work than if we had actively cultivated all corners of our backyard in the first place.
It is not in the sense of Awareness Intelligence to live either a secular or spiritual life. Such a distinction would be equally dualistic. It is possible to lead a most natural life that combines the bodily five-sensory existence with the awareness-intelligent liberation of the soul beyond the confinement of the body. That’s why Awareness Intelligence is like a triptych in art. Triptych art is made up of three panels that are intended to be displayed together. It is to be hoped that dualistic extremism evolves into harmonious lifestyles.
We need monks who are socially engaging.
We need physically fit intellectuals and intellectual sportspersons.
We need leaders who serve on the ground of honest servant leadership style.
And, we need real, fair competition. If people are allowed to pursue their unique talents, everybody becomes beyond measure and therefore not subject to shallow competition through unrelated or unfair means; extraneous power will not have to serve as compensation for perceived unworthiness, uninterestingness, and unattractiveness anymore.
Chapter 29 – Energy and the illusionary objectification of life
As energy works in waves, life operates in circles and cycles, in softness and roundness too. The earth rotates around the sun, we sleep and wake in rhythmic sequels, like the circle of birth and death. What a contrast we create between the spherical, freely flowing world of life energy and the squared and edged compositions of the frightened human mind seeking physical protection.
Instead of predominantly angular, cubic, boxed, parceled, square, and sharp constructions, round forms around us would remind us more accurately about the real, non-threatening nature of life.
Indeed, all form is coming from round and soft wombs and nests, and eventually everything is returning to the smooth nature of roundness. What is in form and still has edges, gets rounded up and polished by life’s allies, such as wind and water, until the shape is smoothened and eventually dissolved at all. And so does the human body’s contours that become softer as it ages. Women are often extraordinarily displaying so-called soft skills, and female leadership styles tend to emphasize humanitarian principles more than masculine styles stereotypically do. Therefore, the life giving, creative, and protective female nature might play an important role in operationalizing the development of Awareness Intelligence.
Little do we ask ourselves about our most vital relationship, the one with cosmic lifetime. It would be a good idea, as some people do, to write down one’s years left to increase mortality awareness. For example, if life expectancy was eighty years, and one is forty-four years now, it would remind of having only thirty-six years left. To be aware of life’s curvilinear rather than linear course, years would best be contemplated as seasonal compounds, which spiral into eternity as energy waves from both its carried corps and consciousness.
The universe is energy. Light is fast energy. Slow energy becomes heavy and dark. Today’s physicists have evidenced that space is not empty at all. According to Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist of the last century, “there is enough energy in a single cubic meter of space to boil all the oceans in the world.” As soon as objectification through slowed down energy vibrations occur, the illusions of time and solidity appear to us. The solid and hard that we appreciate as being most valuable is actually of lowest frequency energy.
High, warm vibration that did not manifest into cold objects, as we perceive them, is energy that is much more of a dynamic, powerful, and healing quality. Why do we surround us with the hard and cold of gold and diamonds instead of letting more sunshine warm our skin?
With our constrained five senses we perceive only relatively slow energy and time consciously. We see our existence as a major event, although it might be not more than an insignificant yet specific vibration of universal energy, as it pertains to our body. If the objectified form of where our soul houses in here on earth is just a short flicker in the context of eternal life, why should we take it so seriously? Consciousness as a constant energetic part of all universal energy will vibrate in and as endlessly different frequencies. Our current manifestation as a human body is just one among unlimited possibilities. For the universe, there are no different forms; form is a dualistic interpretation of the human mind that depends on the threshold of receptiveness of the five senses. Even from that rational perspective, however, the human form may not be the most exciting embodiment that our conscious energy will ever slowdown into.
Sometimes I ponder life as being a swim across a pond; a swim in a crowd of other swimmers that, at times, involves enduring colder streams of water, scary muddy parts, and which comes with physical strains. Then I see that it is just a swim and that my family, colleagues, and others of the current, former, and future swimming classes are observing and encouraging from the water’s edge. As I come closer to the other side of the pond, I see that it will have been a relatively short test. Depending on the diagonal chosen, the swim to the other shore is not the same length for everybody. All the souls of life around the pond, however, help that all involved eventually arrive at the other side. Nobody stays swimming; nobody stays in the water forever. Life takes care of all the swimmers to return safely to the land of real life, regardless of how they did during their swim. However, during the paddle, I realize that I serve as a role model for how to give my best. I’ve understood that I will benefit, thanks to the swimming experience, from various learnings even after I’ll have arrived, for me and for all others who go and will go through that crawl as well. The main benefit lies in learning and inspiring to enjoy every single second awareness-intelligently.
A key insight from the swim across the pond is that both sides of it are the same land of life. The ground from where I birthed into the water, is the same as I return to when I leave the water again. The possibility of returning implies a cyclical notion of life and time, regardless of whether I get another turn for a swim or not. Life is not a project because the end is the same as the start. There are no project-like goals to achieve other than just being your best self and learning as life would never end.
Part of Awareness Intelligence is the ability to mentally stretch to both sides of this imaginary pond of our earthly swim. For our eternal soul that is a breeze, but for our human lifetime awareness and related thinking, it is a gymnastic split we need to practice for.
All-inclusive and endless knowing requires to mentally stretch enough into the time before our physical birth, as well as into the time after our death to bend the timeline into a circle of perpetual and unified life.
We have to sense our soul-relatedness to the immaterial consciousness to detach ourselves from the illusion of time that is only bound to objects such as our bodies. Despite the need to handle practical time for physical experiences, one needs to connect to the timeless sphere of universal intelligence. It is our human capacity to be aware of this co-existence of practical and universal, cosmic time; the awareness of the parallel truth of life, life’s immortal intelligence that breathes the energy vibrations of consciousness even into our objectified temporal bodily manifestation.
Chapter 28 – The law of creation: Intuition, intention, and imagination
Because consumerism focuses on seeing what there already is to consume, rather than seeing what is not yet but to create, the actual law of creation seems to be often misunderstood as a law of attraction. I prefer to think about the ‘law of attraction’ as the ‘law of creation’ for the following reasons. Rather than only seeing with the eyes and getting tangible stuff, it’s necessary to learn to listen more, to create inner sight without the physical eyes. If there is a readiness to take the effort to create the image of what is heard from intuition, the mental image can be created by imagination. In fact, imagination precedes all substantial creation. Everything that humans have ever created had first to be imagined. “What is now proved was once only imagined,” as the eighteenth/nineteenth century English poet and painter William Blake put it.
Consumption for consumption purposes leaves the soul to get things out there. This is going shopping with the ego. The ego’s interest is to get as much and big things as possible to match its aspiration for grandiosity. Ego shopping tours bring back what won’t fit in well. The over-sized and over-dosed burdens then block the way for the real food of the soul. In that way,
The soul too gets consumed by the shadows of all the acquisitions that need to be stored, maintained, and loudly defended with lots of attention; attention that is missing for the attendance of inspiration. That’s how the ego’s bloatedness causes spiritual starvation. Consumption, the expectation of attracting becomes spiritual suicide; and the joy of creation turns into frantic work.
If management practices tell you that ideas are nothing and execution is everything, it’s probably because they are more interested in your execution of their ideas than in their support of yours. What you need is a revitalized self-efficient knowing as the fertile ground for your ideas that make your life. You have to start your creative process from within yourself.
Go back to your intra-past and co-create with the source within you in collaboration with others, for the benefit of all. That’s awareness-intelligent thought that manifests in benefits for everybody.
As Dean Radin in his book “Real Magic” elaborates, there is a vast of research today that shows how consciousness and intention also directly, meaning not just mediated through respective behavior, can impact the physical world. For example, plants that had been poured with blessed water were growing significantly better. And we all also know the placebo effect that causes biological reactions in our body as the sole result of our thoughts of belief.
Max Planck made the discovery that energy exists in everything. Building on that, Louis de Broglie described in 1924 the principle of wave-particles, which concluded that both energy and matter behave as waves. Everything is energy. Material particle energy and mental consciousness energy, as our human perception distinguishes, therefore, can amalgamate and synthesize into new constructs of energy, which are energetically constructing new manifestations.
Amazingly, if we employ consciousness awareness-intelligently, the fusion of the material and mental worlds can be achieved.
Our illusion of separation between matter and energy, between physiology and mentality, dissolves. If we direct our conscious energy to the socio-temporal perspectives that determine human well-being, thriving, and peace, the material manifestation of these intentions will inevitably follow too.
To intend, most simply put, is to think of something. As we’ve seen, thoughts ultimately stem from consciousness. These thoughts are mediated by and realized through awareness. Popular and observable fact-focused scientific and economic definitions of the word ‘intention’ though are rather synonymous with the terms ‘aim,’ or ‘objective.’ Many people suppress awareness about intention as a mental power that is sparked by the fire of life-source consciousness. More popular seems to be the neuroscientific explanation that the brain is producing intentional thought. What Hungarian-American academic and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz ironically said, might still be, a rather one-sided though, argument today: “If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.” The question remains, what hunches are causing the brain to think and create intention?
For what society doesn’t have a handle yet is declared abnormal. Rather than about the use of statistics to average the mass into social norms, it should be about the understanding of individual expressions of human qualities. For example, if you have ever met a person with Down syndrome, you might agree that these are most-wonderful human fellows. Due to an extra copy of the chromosome 21, people with Down syndrome experience some medical conditions, which can be mostly treated today, but which still can lead to symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and more. Although people with Down syndrome may have delayed cognitive development and limitations in expressive language, they captivate through their superior abilities of receptivity and sensation of social cues, their display of empathy, and the demonstration of a genuine sense of affection and care for others. These are the very human qualities that brought the Down syndrome the name of ‘the divine chromosome.’ How beautifully this reminds us, that all humanity, regardless of individual medical diagnosis, originates in the same compassion and love.
The term ‘intention’ in medicine means the healing process of a wound. We may create plans based on any believes that bring us to an achievement of something out there we think is missing, or we can be drawn to deeper roots that are pulling towards internal healing, recovery of inner truth. While intuition is the messenger from and to our intra-past, imagination is the force pulling from and to the extra-future. Intention resides in the inter-present in full cooperation with others, and it is the binding element between intuition and imagination. Intention is the doing between one’s true intuitive being and imaginative becoming. If you have intentions in line with your intuition, even if there seems currently no practical way to act upon, do maintain the thoughts about them and you’ll keep a healthy attitude. The universe will conspire with you to co-create over sooner or longer if you stay awaringly alert. The benefits of staying authentic are to reveal in any case. Even without external stimuli and executions in the here and now,
Mind-wandering back to your intuition and forth into imagination does create present moment emotions and thoughts, similar to real-life experiences.
The brain cannot differentiate between real and imagined, and images get memorized similar to experiences. Therefore, intentional mentation is as much your real reality for answering the big questions of life beyond practical considerations as is the experience from physical respectively geographical immersion into a socio-cultural and possibly even un-personal interpretations of reality. The mere memory or the prospect of a joyful experience can enable a joyful desire to let go of curtailing attachment. It is highly awareness-intelligent to be able to be motivated and inspire others to use the prospect of joy from caring for others to create harmonious win-win situations.
We do not achieve because of forceful doing or hard work; although the latter is necessary too. Anything we create we have allowed to come; our creations come from who we are and related expressions of our desires. Wholeness of awareness leads to the wholesomeness of actions. In that sense, co-creation with our source is not only the end but also all beginnings. It is the start of a fully lived life. So,
Don’t look for sources of creativity outside of you. The artist and the art are inseparable.
The sculptor Pygmalion, according to Greek mythology, could call a statue into life through his sheer desire. Don’t outsource the creation of your life. Enjoy your short but wonderful journey in the phenomenal world and create.
To harness the creative power of Awareness Intelligence, we need to source inter-present intention from accessing our intra-past willfully, and fearlessly allow the imagination of the desired outcome in all the possibilities that lie in the awareness of the extra-future.
For the human mind to situationally generate meaningful thought, spacious intelligence needs reference points for orientation. Space without a reference becomes spaceless and would mean nothing to think about. We enjoy the vastness of the ocean and the sky, but it is the defining line of the horizon that makes sense of them. In the same way, we can enjoy the vastness of the source of life that meets in the form of relation and time in the matrix of socio-temporal intelligence. Like the sky and the sea meet at the horizon, consciousness and thought meet in awareness.
If we cannot develop Awareness Intelligence that enables better orientation in mental spaciousness, it would be a debilitating condition of mental lostness, a mental disorder with wide and severe consequences for all.
Why do we mistakenly seek orientation for our mental space in the physical world? We wouldn’t look to impress our mind through material consumption, would we? Given the money, consumption does not involve much of noble mental capabilities. Expecting respect, joy, and fulfillment from something that is not of our aliveness, that does not make use of our talents and gifts, is like wearing red underwear to alleviate sadness, or cross fingers for stimulating creative thinking. As much as we try over and over again, one cannot solve a mental problem with a physical solution.
Globalization has compressed our sense of physical space and practical time. The earth and parts of the universe have become smaller in the sense of being easier to grasp as a whole. Therefore, our horizon is broadened. If we continued to open up that space towards infinity without losing sight of the horizon, we could get a glimpse of increasing spacelessness and timelessness. We need to make use of this ability to fathom physical spacelessness and mental timelessness as the true acumen of life.
The collective human delusion assumes ‘spacetime’ instead of ‘humantime’ as the fabric of the human psychic universe. Why should space be the component to be studied and mastered as human beings? We are no rocks, and even they don’t care about their location. I always arrive again at the conclusion that the dimensions relevant to humanity are those of how we relate to our species respectively life and how we refer to time. Therefore,
Our awareness should comprise the combination of social and temporal dimensions rather than the combination of space and time.
Of course, the achievements of physicalism in modern science are fantastic, they brought us, among other things, inventions of the sort of the Internet of things and so forth. However, I think it is time for the internet of human souls, an endeavor that needs a different type of intelligence. Rather than following the tradition of physics and studying the deconstruction and mechanics of the material world, I suggest deciphering the logic of humantime and its effects on psychological well-being, creative performance, and the peace of the collective mind.
Humanity would be well advised to invest in empowering humanness to address known social problems instead of using nationalized budgets for space forces and other armed defenses to fight the unknown material.
Today’s scientifically trained minds tend to start with examining the parts of a superordinate construct to explain the world and, therefore, get lost in physical details of the atomic level. This leads to further drifting away from grasping the whole. It is pretentious to claim to be able to trace and rebuild forms of life. And even if there are astounding achievements in reconstructing living organisms in biology and medicine, these never happen without the help of the animating life force itself. So, we are always at best a passenger where life itself is the driver. We don’t understand this driver of life; we only can experience it and feed back to it in the form of consciousness. In that sense, if we are saying we are the consciousness of all life too, we are a kind of co-pilot, co-consciousness, indeed. But not more as we cannot take over as the main and only pilot. Our task is confined to be, sustain, and support consciousness and let it fuel naturally an as wide range of forms of life across any time that we can aware.
“A healthy body, a healthy mind,” as the saying goes. What about people with fragile bodies, physically handicapped as, for example, Stephen Hawking, the famous wheelchair-bound physicist who died in 2018? Regardless of physical handicaps, one can nevertheless be a brilliant and beautiful mind. Albert Einstein was diagnosed with a learning disability, and Leonardo DaVinci had dyslexia, causing him to hand-write in reverse. Mental space is directionless. Mental space is an immeasurable yet lawfully formed grid that is spanning our single soul and the open sphere of all human consciousness, unbound by any notion of time.
Mental space cannot be navigated physically. We need thinking to access and travel it. Awareness Intelligence is needed to navigate the mental space of human relations and time that is humantime.
To become more agile in navigating the structure of human life, we have to train our mind and practice thinking our way through the matrix of socio-temporal Awareness Intelligence.
If you love life, look for it where it is most vibrant, where there are the fastest frequencies of energy, and where there is no blockage and slowed-down energy in the form of matter such as bodies and objects. It’s the warmth you feel in your heart, the brightness that comes from the awareness that love is space- and timeless.
Do you grow with your soul, or do you vanish with your body?
Do you choose evanescence or immortal life?
In any case, you will return to be your soul without a body anyway.
Your earth-dream illusion is, however, much easier to live with, when you define your journey being what it is, primarily a spiritual one.
Would you leave your fogged-up glasses blurring your view, or would you wipe them for clear-sightedness to enjoy the view right away?
Would you continue to look through angry, vengeful lenses at others and suffer from bad mood?
Would you look out for more things to put into your storehouse and be concerned about the stuff’s security?
Would you continue to spend time learning things you don’t like enough to call them your hobby to be pursued even after your retirement?
All these choices would be as awareness sub-intelligent at the end of your life as they are now. We are all the same distance from death. The future is always endlessly close to the present. And so is the past. In that sense, if you can learn to close the gap between your intra-past, inter-present, and extra-future, eternal life is yours.
The good thing to know is that whether alive or dead, you’ve been there before, and you are there forever.
Learning to die during a lifetime and disembody reality is undoing the enslavement of a malaware mind.
Death is not an event; it is a continuous process towards the end of our physical existence. Therefore, personal growth in one’s lifetime, at its core, is to learn to die. Awareness Intelligence is the ability to instantaneously think through such virtual deaths from the intra-past, through the inter-present, and to the extra-future at any time and in any situation to effectuate such personal growth.
Death is simply the extension of life; just with a bit more significant bodily change than in previous growth phases of the soul.
Through all three tenets of Awareness Intelligence, the continuity of deathless life on the far side of its physical existence can be experienced.
Awareness Intelligence includes our being, doing, and becoming. Your genuine intra-personal virtues determine without fail your inter-personal behavior, whose outcomes are impacting even your most far-reaching extra-personal connections. We don’t know what we do when we don’t know who we are. If we know what’s in us, we can’t be surprised by how we act out.
As you are, so you do, you can only do what you are. If you know better, you’ll do better. So, to personally grow and contribute to human growth you have to begin to recognize and expand who you are. Although on a level of life intelligence we are all the same, this does not mean that we cannot and should not be unique, individual expressions of unlimited possibilities. While there are as many potential interpretations of life as there are living beings, the common ground on which it grows is always the choice of Awareness Intelligence.
Freely being who you really are, gives you the courage to do what honestly corresponds with your authentic self.
For you and everybody can become one highest self in which meaning and fulfillment in life is found.
Don’t believe judgments of the like that are categorizing people into ‘dreamers’ and ‘doers.’ Dreaming and doing belong together. If you don’t have your dreams to follow, who else’s dream is directing your doing? Establish integrity between your being and doing and you will be able to actualize your true self. For example, do not ‘not do’ drugs; ‘be no’ drugs. It’s too hard to suspend something you believe you are. If you wish to stop smoking until the end of your life, that can be an overwhelmingly long time to wait, and you will feel miserable while you have to do so.
You are nothing of what you had learned to do if it’s not an expression of your source of life from before you became habituated or addicted to it. You are, first of all, a human being, not a human doing.
Start from there, take the chance to be your intra-past.
And what else is more purposeful than giving your very self, pure and un-poisoned self to others? So, choose to do your best inter-present.
And finally, become the self-realized human being that is aware of its all-mighty source and related duty to help all humankind to gain the same joy of Awareness Intelligence; change to become a better extra-future of more freedom from cravings and attachments and consequently of less suffering.
To successfully develop Awareness Intelligence, you need a sparring partner. That’s the socio-temporal matrix respectively the three tenets of Awareness Intelligence. As with any good sparring partner, you will get hit; you will find yourself facing situations and behaviors that came from a low quality of mind. But these are the insights you need to go in to grow.
Only with brutal honesty, the sparring with the matrix is most useful and fun as you, through voluntary vulnerability, get life-changing lessons out of it.
All three Awareness Intelligence sparring partner tactics help you to develop yourself. Together they support you in working out a holy, whole, and wholesome awareness that makes you invincible. You can learn to conquer your most fundamental fears. The three Awareness Intelligence modes and the related concerns will always remain, but as you have faced and worked with them, you know that they, as your three sparring partners, are not your opponents. Practicing with them is not fighting, it is honing your awareness abilities to become your best possible self.
One of human’s biggest fears is to be not worthy. That’s why confirmation is sought from others, which then leads to dependency on other’s opinion. Fear from not getting the desired approval is the sparring partner’s attempt to let us relinquish our own needs. However,
The value of our self can be found in the intra-past’s source of all life, where no distinction nor judgment exists. In the inter-present, through an unconditional view on others, the parallelism of everybody’s soul can be recognized. And, in the extra-future, the dissolution of different forms returns to the all-loving source of life.
Another sparring partners’ tests is that of confronting us with our fear of loss. Only through a dis-identification with the five senses and through learning to see with the spiritual inner eye, which can be opened through Awareness Intelligence, is it possible to not become energetically drained by existential angst.
What the inner eye sees is not our worldly possessions, but our membership of humankind and that the only possibility to save ourselves is to return the gift of a self-chosen future, one of aware freedom and peace.
Choose to practice and partner with the socio-temporal matrix as often as possible. You will always be challenged again and in new ways, but unfettered Awareness Intelligence will always bring you, albeit not without effort, safely to the next round of life.
As the gap between a global world and a global mindset is increasing, it becomes obvious that the incoherence between organizational and individual psychology can’t much longer be afforded. It’s not only unnecessary individual stress and suffering, but the planet might reach its limits soon too. Therefore, it’s time for Homo conscientia, the aware human to evolve.
Individuals make organizations. So, it’s the individual who needs to be strengthened.
The best way to empower individuals who will be willing and able to serve the full scope of humanity is to enable their agency.
Agency comes from being one’s true self in a world in which there is sufficient belief in the possibility of including everyone in the membership of the human species that manages to share the abundance provided by the planet fairly. The need for domination over others always comes from feelings of powerlessness. Nobody needs to feel impotent though as everybody has the potential to become a fully realized human being. It is crucial to help people finding a coherent meaning to their socio-temporal perception and apprehending humantime as the true reality of human life; then, achieving more awareness-intelligent types and levels of cooperation will be possible too.
If one does not access humantime through the intra-past, the inter-present, and the extra-future, life is mixed up in ways that are harming oneself, others, and everybody. Why is that so? For example, one agonizes in the present moment if thinking and complaining about what somebody else did to them in the past. It is the state of dwelling in the short-sighted inter-past instead of the all sourcing intra-past, which makes people suffer. Another source of suffering arises when people project mistrust towards others into the relatively narrow intra- or inter-future of a mundane life. Such a hostile outlook causes life to seem a curse.
Only the extra-future embraces all humanity and time consequently and, therefore, the sense of a human kinship that can be but all-including love.
Stephen Covey is right when saying that “trust is the glue of life.” Trust connects our future to all humanity, to all human beings, even if we don’t know them, be it because they live somewhere else or because they are not yet born.
When desires are strong, and the will is weak, finding back to living in humantime is preventing a shut-down of the intellect and makes the mind disciplined.
This is the virtuous, robust path of Awareness Intelligence, which connects most careful reasoning with most profound consciousness.
By actively integrating these two ends of awareness, no un-reflected believes will compromise anybody’s potential, and no conditioned automatisms hamper perception, knowing and its intelligent use.
How is it possible to touch a life? A living body today may be a dead one tomorrow. By having felt such a body, have you touched life? Yes, and no. You have touched a temporary expression of it. Life is what is not affected by time and can be found in before earth-time starts to tick and in the never-ending future of the universe. Life in a human being is the part that is unmaterial, that does not weigh a single gram, that lets our hair grow, and which keeps on animating other bodies after the work for our body is done. Life is going on. Here on earth life is always renewing and its forms are evolving, and we are a temporary part of it. What else could be the meaning of any life if not dedicated contribution to life itself?
Helping the gift of life that lets us become aware of its existence in the form of a human being and helping life in others to abound into the future long after we’re already gone again is the highest meaning there is.
How presumptuous would it be to say it is ‘our’ time to come; I could die right now and have only very temporarily been part of life’s unfolding. In any case, I certainly won’t be able to take care of the future for any much longer. So, the tomorrows belong mainly to those who will be there forever: that is to say the next generations. In that sense, it’s everybody’s duty as a member of the human species to be aware of life as fundamentally inter-generational.
To be truly free means to be life itself, as life is what is moving things on, leaving a lot of dead bodies behind. So, while taking care of our bodies to be of this service, a fulfilling and meaningful life does not lie in the foredoomed-to-fail attempt to preserve our sentient existence and our relationship with our five-sensory experience into the future. Are you always aware of this fact as a matter of an omni-present intelligence at work?
What is your mortality awareness?
In many contemporary societies, people commonly negate death as what it is, and remembrances of mortality are seen as a burden and even depressing — what a misconception. The reason for low spirit is the deep silenced knowing that we will inevitably lose what we make us the belief to possess forever.
Only a strong experience that we have nothing to lose can prevent despair. Any worldly possessions can only temporarily and even hardly simulate the kind of freedom that our soul seeks.
Don’t we see that life energy is wasted to space? Many deceased are given more space to occupy than others have to live. Pretentious graves evidence the illusion of human life being connected to spacetime instead of humantime.
It’s time to develop the Awareness Intelligence of seeing the future through the lens of an extra-personal relationship with all humanity that carries the essence of life as a collective continuum.
Often future-related thoughts are worry-laden, for example, because of mind-wandering that is related to unfulfilled own goals or ambitions. The extra-future Awareness Intelligence mode enables the intentional generation of more positive and meaningful thoughts. Because these thoughts are related to the ever-ongoing life of which we are, however shortly in biological form, an eternal part of, they have an utterly positive effect on our feelings, moods, attitudes, and well-being overall.
It would be unfair to infect the future of the next generations with today’s social and cultural beliefs. We should not project our dreams into others. It’s not our dreams that should be realized through others; the realization of others own true selves has to become our mission. Parents, for example, are not intelligently aware if they expect their daughter or son to follow their footsteps or to become what they’ve always wished to be. Tragically, such parents would burn their child’s soul out by forcefully burn their neediness in there. The light that would shed on them would be a mere outside reflection. Although all human souls are of the same conscious energy and inextricably connected, every soul also has its own burning desire that needs to be respected even if impossible to express it explicitly.
Displaying reverence for life itself is the best role model one can be. Showing reverence is removing pressure, fear, and letting go of any selfish motives in how life is passed on. As we allow others to have their judgment-free intra-past without poisoning it with our own past and present, we leave them their future to unfold authentically. Their future too, however, is the same eternal life that inspires us all at all times. That’s why the intelligent future-related awareness mode is the extra-future, and not the intra- or inter-future. I’m not saying we should not spend time together with somebody who is more often closer to us over time. However,
To love one person is seeing the beauty of everyone.
“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life,” as Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet, philosopher, and artist said so beautifully.
The human soul wants to explore all humantime. Can you feel how this is true for yourself too? One sign of our soul wanting to expand is its ability and incline to think about the past and the future. It is looking for the openings into the timelessness, which are, its natural habitat. However, it takes us an awaring mental stretch into eternity that is, if we think along a virtual timeline, the reaching into ‘before birth’ and ‘after death.’ Such an expanded temporal awareness takes effort, but against differing beliefs, it is not about sacrificing at all. To lead an aware life is rewarding oneself with deeper and more impactful experiences in any aspect of life; experiences and impacts, which are farthest-reaching and everlasting.
Will you fear death at the time of its arrival? Did you fear birth at the time of occurring to you? Quite surely not. Why then do you fear death now? Both birth and death are coming and ending in the same that is the conscious source energy of everything and anytime. To think that way is Awareness Intelligence in action. Anita Moorjani in her book “Dying to be me!” describes the purpose of life, as revealed during her near-death experience, to be the expansion of the tapestry of life in which everyone and everything is mutually connected independent of time and physical presence.
Isn’t it beautiful to broaden the reach of our true self in and through our awareness of this beautiful ever-present infinite future that belongs to all?!
As for relationships, don’t revel in the past nor long for the future.
In relationships, all we have is now.
Therefore, the right spot for inter-personal affairs is the present moment. Although this seems to be in line with the popular wisdom of ‘living in the now,’ this saying as catchy as it is, is not exact enough. To find our real self, mental traveling into the past to our source of life is vital. As we’ll see, the projection of the future in the broader context of humanity is indispensable for a fully developed Awareness Intelligence too. Intelligently living in the present moment has special psycho-spiritual validity for inter-personal relationships.
Therefore, the inter-present, the second Awareness Intelligence mode, is referencing the knowing about direct interactions with others in which the current moment rather than the past or future counts to avoid unhealthy relational transactionalities.
After adolescence, we don’t need relationships so much anymore as a matter of necessary support for survival and psychological well-being. Of course, expressing one’s love in direct interaction with other people is always enriching life. In addition, the connection to one’s source, others, and to humanity in its entirety, is addressed by the intra-past and extra-future awarenesses. These relationships can be established introspectively. Thanks to according right view, nobody needs to feel coming from solitude or having to walk the future alone anyway. However, the extreme emphasis of science and popular opinion on the promise of salvation through relationships as the most critical happiness factor is implying quite the opposite. Many people believe that they would not be complete without a legally bounded better half, that everybody needs somebody to romantically relate to and be taken care of, that one has to be someone’s personified treasure, and that an embodied relationship is the source of all strength. These prince-and-princess fairytales are sweet to promote the continuance of family lines, the stability of societal power structures, and the economy of dependability. The problem is that people are made to believe that without their dependency they would lose a part of themselves.They suffer from the misbelief that they wouldn’t be worthy anymore, or that they would lack the energy that can only be sourced from others from the outside.
This is severely compromising self-reliance and self-efficacy, both of which are the key factors for a human being to thrive and fulfill their purpose of life to be and give their true self.
Self-efficacy as the belief in one’s ability to succeed is crucial in achieving success in any aspect of life. However, if convictions in future achievements result in the establishment of goals and attachment to outcomes, then disappointment and fear of non-achievement and loss become inevitable. Believing in possibilities does not mean to sacrifice the present moment for anybody in the sense of not enjoying it together with others. We appreciate ourselves in giving joy to others.
The inter-present Awareness Intelligence mode is all about connecting one’s potential from the intra-past with the welfare of the extra-future for all to enjoy concrete inter-personal moments to its fullest.
Self-efficacy enables self-reliance. Only a team of self-reliant individuals can count on each other. Only a partnership built on interdependency rather than dependency harnesses both individuals’ potential, and only relationships with equal participants can support each other in personal and mutual growth.
Only if we think about our relationships being entirely present in the now, and only if we keep inter-personal affairs free from past and future considerations, do we cultivate awareness-intelligent liaisons. It is when we don’t judge others according to their past, when we don’t resent them for something they may have said or could say, and when we don’t expect anything for the future that we are free to see things and people how they really are now. The same is true for objects and even our body. They are meant to be enjoyed in the moment. What does it matter now how they were before and will be later on? The body underlies the law of the now; it can only be enjoyed in the present moment. As for the mind though, we got the ability, starting from a primordial self-awareness, to be alert in the present, and expand our awareness into the future. Such an extended and multi-directional quality of the mind does not fall prey to a present-moment boundedness and is able to navigate time freely. Like a bird can you let your thoughts fly across the infinite topology of awareness.
To be healthily social is keeping relationships consequently in the presence. If we refer to others according to their past, we don’t allow them to have changed, and we may miss who they presently really are. If our behavior towards others is influenced by future-directed fears of punishment or hopes for rewards, we put conditions on relationships.
If we expect reciprocity when exchanging favors, the relationship becomes transactional. Feelings of obligations and guilt are the result, which is quite the opposite of the true nature of love, which is unjudgmental and unconditional.
Have you ever noticed the realer than real reality of reading? This is because of the present moment interactivity between you and the book, decoupled from your sense of an identity respectively an inter-personal past or future. A book is always here for you but does not expect anything in return. A book is not interested in your past, it just responds to your current attention. It does not take it personally whether you take or leave its advice and what you make of it in the future. Books offer the same to everybody. However, the less you expect from them and the more open you are, the more you potentially will get. Every book contains the life a living author has breathed into it.
If we can experience others like a book and be for them like one too, we allow them and us non-transactionally, unconditionally loving realer than real life experiences.
Whatever our feelings towards others, if they are not good, it’s most probably because we project something into the person’s past or future. The mere act of past or future projection is distorting the true nature of others and, as we are the mirror ourselves, we are actively creating this temporally misinterpreted picture. The only way to love is to see the timelessness in others. It is the same timelessness we find when we look into our true selves’ intra-pasts. If we become aware of this holy and wholly presence, fundamental misunderstandings on a human level, mistrust, and perceptions of separateness fade.
Whenever somebody is accessing ours and letting access their timeless being, she or he has become an angel to us.
If you have forgiven people (which means you have prevented to stay in the unhealthy inter-past) and trust the future of your relationships (which means you have abandoned the harmful inter-future) you are ready to stay awareness-intelligently in the inter-present. This is the way of pure enjoyment.
Cultivating inter-presence as a psycho-spiritual stance will inevitably influence your further actions and interactions. You may still have to practically consider when to have to negotiate and enter transactions and manage projects of any kind with practical terms and conditions defining professional relationships along a timeline. However, always being aware of the self-empowering, unconditionally loving, and divinely intelligent energy that is emanating from a pure inter-presence awareness will align you with the real law and meaningful joy of life.
It’s not others or circumstances that make us aware in the first place, although they can help to trigger the process.
It is you who is giving awareness to yourself. It is you who is open to becoming aware. All it needs is that you start with giving yourself the gift of honesty and self-compassion to become one with the humantime of your intra-past.
To be properly in the intra-past, some alienation from others, and a self-alienation from the inter- and extra-past, is necessary. Of course, you want to stay social and cooperative with the ones close to you in your life, although with time the nature of these relationships may transform as your awareness regenerates. Separation from yourself and others means, in a psycho-spiritual way, that you let go of your identity, which is based on social conformity and cultural beliefs that would be misbeliefs in a different culture. You also have to let go of attachment to others’ judgments, which are opinions only and have little if anything to do with truth.
By distancing yourself from the idealized role you have learned to assume during all the years of education, socialization, and enculturation, you begin to see who you really are.
Young children don’t need to learn what honesty, fairness, empathy, and compassion are. It’s amazing how children from the beginning know how to love fearlessly; an ability that many grown-ups seem to have forgotten. You don’t need to recall specific events; rather contemplate yourself as a young child, as a newborn, and even as an expected baby before conception that has made its way to its birth without fail, without any support from society, without cultural rules or the advice of any experts. That way, bring yourself into contact with the life animating force from which you came.
As you came from it, you are it. You come from what you were part of before. Each of us is one specific human-type cell of the whole cosmic energy body.
It’s impossible that you are not of your origin. If you got this, you’ve established the foundation of intra-past awareness.
A child does not care about history; it does not have much of it anyway. And yet it is not a matter of age to know what’s right and what’s not. Young children take other people without reservation, regardless of their past, indifferent of their inherited fame, and unconcerned of their economic status. Children, before being taught otherwise, don’t care about how other people look except for their more or less friendly expression. They don’t care about race, size, fashion, and accessories. Children start to interact with whoever is genuinely interested in and willing to on a psychological level. What a clear expression of that all life is connected.
Like water that always flows together again is life finding life unmistakably to unite in love again.
That’s our natural tendency to live life. It’s the only desire, if we stay aware of it, whose pursuit can make us feel truly alive. No possessions or status can substitute for it. Don’t believe any stories that destroy your confidence in connecting to your life source and any other human beings with whom you share the same.
There is a tragicomical saying that, unfortunately, hits the nail right on the head: A banker, a worker, and an immigrant are sitting at a table with twenty cookies. The banker takes nineteen cookies and warns the worker: “Watch out, the immigrant is going to take your cookie away.” As the ones in power don’t want to give up their privileges, people are kept fearfully in survival mode. Survival concerns are best stirred up by propagating a materialistic view on life.
Our immortal soul’s drive is not about survival; it rather needs freedom from the mind’s concern to solely survive.
People with the concern to survive don’t aspire to thrive. They are not motivated to be as fast as they could, for example. To survive before the chasing bear, being only the second slowest is sufficient to ride out. And that’s how people socially compare and construe their story of being relatively OK.
As we deserve to be not judged by our past, we should not judge others according to the labels they are given.
The socio-economic status of people doesn’t tell us much about their human qualities. Try to see people’s soul regardless of social personality appearances. Don’t waste your thoughts on interpreting equipment, façade styles, and fashions. They are not relevant to our true self, and they are gone as fast as they came. We are not our social personalities. Clinging to our social identity and old ways of thinking about ourselves makes us in any case matter less than we deserve. Artificial rules that protect selfish interests are not natural laws of life. Yes, actually money grows on trees. Just, the land where the trees grow has been misappropriated. Even worse, our memory, our awareness of this land of abundance that once had belonged to all has been taken too. Now laws ensure that the treasures don’t need to be shared anymore at all.
Children are dependent on the care received from their parents and other adults in the culture they are born into. For them, inter-psychological learning, the influence of other people is unavoidable. Their survival depends on following their caregivers. Such dependencies should not exist anymore later on in life though. An adult person can re-build her or his identity intra-psychologically.
It is of intra-past intelligence when you realize the possibility, even the necessity of your socio-cultural independence. Intra-past awareness allows you to free yourself from backward-related definitions of your person by others.
It is an awareness-unintelligent trap to let one being defined by others opinions and beliefs.
When I moved abroad and ended up being on myself in a completely different culture, there was nobody and nothing anymore that would have supported and validated my identity at that time. For my new environment far away from my former social networks, jobs, and possessions that had defined me to a significant extent for a long time too, I then was left to be just an unknown foreigner. Therefore, I could not and did not have to live up to any story anymore. What an opportunity. I’ve realized how foolish it had been to build one’s personality too much on the unstable ground of externals. Meanwhile, having left most of the external things and values behind, there has remained one true identity-giving source: The inner self. I’ve found my true self when mentalizing back to before I had grown into an adult body, before I was associated with a certain social status, and before I started to hold on to a variety of achievements and acquisitions. Now literally as an alien in a foreign country, I became aware of what was left, what will always be left, and I mentally returned to the core of whom I am: The consciousness that is all and my origin of life.
For all my life I was looking for happiness. Now I found meaning. And when I accepted meaning, happiness became meaningless. That’s when I started to really enjoy life again.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said more than a hundred years ago that history should be banned from school. I agree in the sense that the common issue of glorifying the past and using it to legitimate and reinforce established power structures, for example in politics, is hindering real improvement.
The world needs new solutions to old problems.
A spirit-based awareness to overcome ego-based identification is needed. Rather than closing down for victories, humanity needs to open up for progress.
Just because things are our culture, they are not necessarily good. Good is what increases awareness.
By definition, culture is a set of widely unconscious norms and beliefs, artifacts, and institutions of only a particular group of people that have developed over generations. It fosters in-group bias that tends to over-favoring the own culture and negatively stereotyping cultures other than the own one. In a way, promoting in-group adhesion is following the economic principle of making things scarce. In that sense, the source of affection, praise, friendship, and love is made reserved to the own group and therefore is increasing the group’s perceived value. However, differing viewpoints and new solutions often come only from a cross-cultural, broader and more diverse perspective that is free of group interests. Of course, not everyone can have a cross-cultural background, nor is it affordable or practical for most people to leave their environment, to travel extensively, or to live in another destination for sustained periods of time. Nevertheless,
Everybody can develop an intra-past awareness that is sufficiently culture-free and independent to heal from limiting and hateful beliefs
and to give access to what is real: Pure energy and love that has the executive intelligence to change everybody and everything.
Often breakthrough findings are the simplest ones. If something can’t be explained easily, it is not well understood. If spirituality is advertised as requiring miraculous super-powers hold by few, it might be spiritual elitism that is not for all of us. An awareness-intelligent understanding of spirituality may be considered prosaic considering its modest level of mysticism involved, and yet it is whole and infinite, full of all the beauty and joy that life has to offer. Spirituality is simple and pure humaneness, it is the ultimate mental playground of human realization.
We are all spiritual beings; we just need to be aware of and practicing it.
To organize our thinking about life, mind, and soul is not creating a false god. Neither has a logical arrangement have to deteriorate into a dogmatic belief system. Indeed, what wisdom means for one person may have a completely different meaning and quality for somebody else. What feels right at one time becomes obsolete later on. It’s of limited usefulness to name a spiritual authority or to lay down religious rules and rituals if not for institutional interests.
However, there is a universal structure of life that we should all be aware of.
It is important to visualize the matrix of Awareness Intelligence to internalize it as a mental skeleton that will help you keep a healthy psycho-spiritual posture.
You can use the socio-temporal diagram as a template, but I recommend to imaginarily draw it in your mind again and again by yourself as it suits you. As a diagram, the vertical axis shows the increasing social scope of human relations. Starting from the intersection with the horizontal axis, which represents time, the first third of the vertical line shall be labeled ‘intra,’ which means ‘intrapersonal.’ The next, middle part of the vertical axis becomes ‘inter,’ which stands for the ‘inter-personal’ scope. The third and uppermost vertical section is the ‘extra,‘ which signifies ‘extra-personal.’ Now the horizontal axis. It partitions itself, in the order from left to right, into the ‘past,’ ‘present,’ and ‘future.’ Similar to a coordinate system, through these two both tripartite grid lines, a matrix can be formed. When using the vertical and horizontal axis’ labels in the same manner as the numerical coordinates of a map, or the letters and numbers of a chessboard, it is possible to identify the three times three – in total nine – fields of the matrix.
To describe Awareness Intelligence, the following three fields of the matrix are of primary interest:
It is first the reference of the ‘intra-past’ as it results from the projected intra-personal relating and past-timing.
The second matrix field we are going to focus on in more detail is the ‘inter-present,’
and the third one is the ‘extra-future.’
These are the three critical fields in the socio-temporal grid, each of which corresponds to a sub-category of Awareness Intelligence. The three tenets of Awareness Intelligence, therefore, are the ‘intra-past,’ the ‘inter-present,’ and the ‘extra-future.’
This coordinate system of human relations and modes of time is all we need for the validation of human awareness. Our quality of mind is determined by how we are positioning our thoughts regarding social relations and time. Intelligent awareness emerges when the three Awareness Intelligence categories harmoniously play together.
When we mentalize in a way that simultaneously includes our own past, our common present, and all humanity’s future, the whole scope of human experience unfolds.
Although the socio-temporal matrix comprises of nine fields, the focus is kept on the three healthily intelligent fields that support a sober watching mind and enable the benefits of individual, organizational, and universally shared well-being. The six less discussed parts of the grid implicitly reveal themselves as being related to problematic states of the mind like past-oriented judging of others, present feelings of obligations due to transactional relationships, and future-directed worries as concerned by one’s ego. In other words, focusing the intra-past, inter-present, and extra-future coordinate map fields does help to position inter-personal relationships unconditioned by time, and detach oneself from relationships and objects as not related to the present moment.
Having established the matrix of Awareness Intelligence with its three modes, we can now systematically navigate the intelligently observing mind in more detail and depth without getting lost. As much as we try, for example in romantic relationships, we can’t fully connect with other creatures on a physical level.
We want to unify so much that we sometimes try to become one body; in vain. It is only on a mental level that it is possible to transcend the separating physical forms and plug together into the life that is the soul,
respectively the animating spirit of everything and everyone. Only the collective of this life force of the human species persists into the future, long after my and your body will have died.
The awareness of this timeless extra-personal relationship with all humanity is what I call the ‘extra-future.’ As part of and as the culmination of Awareness Intelligence, it bears the biggest truth of spirituality.
Let’s start to exemplify Awareness Intelligence in the first necessary insight into the ‘intra-past.’ Purifying one’s self-perception leads the way to overcome self-inadequacy as achieved through the insight of the ‘inter-present,’ for the self then can courageously and lovingly complete into the continuous entirety of the ‘extra-future.’
Chapter 17 – The choice to be part of something bigger
‘Humility’ stems from the Latin word ‘humilitas,’ which is derived from ‘humus’ meaning earth, and which may be translated as ‘humbleness,’ or ‘groundedness.’ What’s your type of humbleness? Do you look at the earth from close, so you can work on and with the flat acre of soil, be it for cultivating it for agricultural purposes, or to mine clay for building bricks? That may be fine, but without, at the same time, seeing the same earth as a round planet from sufficient distance to feel how it is a part of a dynamic universe, and without recognizing its life-giving energy that is so beautifully expressed by its sprouting flowers and trees, one would have limited awareness and dismiss the connectedness to the greatness of which we are all a part.
Bricks produced without awareness may be just used to build walls to divide what belongs together.
Humility is considered a virtue. To have a real understanding means to be humble; humble not in the sense of being ignorant of the whole, but by cherishing the full wonder of life. Humility is the source and result of honesty and modesty that come from freeness of greed as the expression of reverence for universal life. Such a virtue can’t but being built on the awareness of the connectedness to the meaning of life. To be wholly open to the full scope of what is possible to mentalize, to respond with reflection to our perception-capability of humantime, one must have the right quality of mind.
If our awareness can scope in all humanity and an eternal notion of time in a way that our identity-based ego does not feel threatened but rather liberated from limiting rules, prejudices and unhealthy habits, Awareness Intelligence readily and willingly will develop.
Humility is about willingness and readiness. The more open and sharing the attitude and cooperation with others, the bigger and more exciting are the possibilities to learn.
Chapter 16 – Technology and the distributed intelligence of the mind
There are lucrative business cases behind the emerging possibilities in new technology such as smart devices, the internet of everything, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
The intentions of the humans who are creating and utilizing technology are determining how technological progress will look like. What is clear is that technology follows the mindset of developers and users.
How virtuously technology will serve humanity depends on how people grow in their awareness.
Never will technology lead or replace Awareness Intelligence that is the direct expression of the life force itself. The appreciative study of the human mind, therefore, should be the absolute priority of all undertakings.
Due to the disappearance of unions in Europe and other markets, the unity of workplaces in the knowledge-based economy crumbles and gives place to lose short-term contracting. Also, employees today increasingly fear their replacement by machines and are worried about losing control against further automation. Having realized that the understanding of human connections, life- and humantimes are the most relevant human factors, it should be clear that in a humanistic society machines cannot be serious competitors. If machines replace humans, it is because humans do the work of machines, not because the machines came to do human work. Rather than reducing people to carrying boxes, the love and creativity-deprived modern societies should use people’s soul-inspired intuition and imagination to give them, by being wholly human,
What humans really need: to be as different from machines as much as they want to be.
Technology as a vehicle can increase a journey’s efficiency dramatically. The masses got used to focus the vehicle instead of the destination. The fun factor is understandable, but where does it lead? The deployment of technologies advanced to dictate how we communicate, work, buy, sell, and entertain. User policies and technological process designs became the remote control, while we think we are still in control. Through freemiums, addictive interaction design, and market monopolies whole industries came to depend on systems that today dictate many of the processes in our everyday businesses and lives. It’s important to realize that technology often is misused to take the remote control for the device of our personal earthly existence. Digital platforms decide how they pool their user stock and what they feed them. It’s difficult for the user to see the big picture transparently. And the politics in the virtual world are the politics of the physical world. The virtual realm too introduces division, incompatibilities, and builds walls. It’s not technology itself though. It is our and everybody’s level and the constellation of awareness that determines the results of its use.
There is no digital divide if there is no human divide. Only human minds share universally distributed intelligence. We cannot count on technology alone to reconnect and save us.
Chapter 15 – The difference between Awareness Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is an individual’s ability to monitor her or his feelings and those of others and therefore is an essential interpersonal competency. Beliefs and feelings are closely intertwined. Feelings are an important indicator of how a situation measures up against our socially and culturally shaped beliefs. Hence, feelings might have not much to do with our genuine human nature.
Feelings and more intense short-term emotions alike can seem overwhelming and be an all-consuming psychological state. There is always though, in minimum, some room for reasoning left.
To grasp the true nature of life, rational thinking helps to explore and direct one’s emotions. Emotions and attitudes are never the beginning; they are the result of thought, albeit not always rationally controlled thought. If you stick to your believe-based emotions, new ways of thinking might be hindered.
If you can deliberately change the way you think, if you can widen and sharpen your awareness at the same time, then you can create different emotions and if chosen wisely, feel better.
High levels of so-called emotional intelligence generally correlate with high levels of performance and success. However, there is the risk of over-relying on emotions with adverse effects on one’s mental states. Emotional understanding and the ability to manage emotions is not in itself a “good” or “bad” quality. One can perceive another person empathically and still not be aware of what that means for oneself and the broader context; therefore, neither empathy nor emotional intelligence do necessarily involve the development of compassion and the desire to help. On the other side, hypersensitivity to other’s emotions can be burdensome, contagious, and incapacitating supportive responses. If one is overwhelmed by others pain to the extent of getting sick oneself, nobody is helped. Rather than to merely intensify empathy,
It is more awareness-intelligent not to exaggerate but to broaden the responsiveness to other’s need for care.
Your beliefs and the way you feel about them come from your social upbringing, your education, your enculturation. If you were born somewhere else or at a different time, your language, religion, your beliefs about appropriate symbols, customs, and rules would be expected similar to anybody else in the same cultural milieu of that ages, but also entirely different from somebody in another temporal culture. No culture is a more or less legitimate way of living, but none of them represents an absolute truth either. There is, however, a fundamental lawfulness to human life. We need to choose how we put ourselves, others, and all humanity into relation to each other from the perspective of our life as well as from the standpoint of other generations and all human evolution. Without such a complete socio-temporal relationship, people across different realities of societies, cultures, and eras are continuing to insist on which would be the most likely illusion of their places and times.
Fortunately, we can choose to understand where we set the boundaries for exclusion, and how much back into the past and forth into the future we care.
It is this reference-system of humantime that would better guide our thought processes than a relatively random set of contemporary socio-cultural believes and sensitivities.
You are neither your emotions nor your feelings or thoughts as long as they are the mere aftereffect of somewhat limited awareness.
You are your watching mind of human relations in time. You are the entire and perennial conscious source intelligence you are coming from.
Use this gift to intelligently self-generate your thoughts in concord with all life. Awareness-intelligent thought is based on compassionate care that feels more deeply satisfying, moving, and human, while not being confusing or overwhelming after all.
Comprehensive awareness is like the capturing of light, which is our soul’s essential yearning.
Life itself wants to reveal itself to us. Even if we close our eyes, some light is shining through the lids. The clouds are not a part of the sky. It’s never completely dark; there is always radiating vividness. To see clearly, open your eyes and wait until the clouds are gone. They are just the changing and passing stories others and we tell ourselves.
Look up, open up, reflect the light, and enlighten your awareness. That’s how you regain orientation and freedom that comes from foresight, providence, and trust.
Arthur Whimbey, the progressive author who published Problem Solving & Comprehension in 1979, evidenced that any intelligence can be taught through instruction on problem-solving and strategic thinking. There is less agreement though on what strategic decision-making competencies shall be. Of course, cognition, social and individual values and beliefs might influence one’s choices. When relying on beliefs, however, there is always the risk of unsystematics and misbeliefs being considered. Awareness Intelligence provides a universal framework for decision-making to know in a coherent and most substantial way
where one is coming from,
where one is currently at, and
where one can go.
Total awareness, if applied consequently, is an unerring advisor for avoiding mental short-cuts in strategic decision-making such as over-reliance on anecdotes and stereotyped self- and other-images.
Awareness Intelligence can be developed by any healthy individual.
Everybody has the mental ability to extend linear time and social relations towards the inclusiveness of the eternity and entirety of humankind.
All it takes is to pay attention and motivate oneself by knowing about the tremendous benefits of Awareness Intelligence for one’s private and professional life. A shortage of continual and all-encompassing awareness manifests through a mental disengagement that results in self-consumption. Views of narrow social boundaries are inhibiting the development of social networks. Such symptoms and communicative isolation in their most extreme forms, are characteristics of autism, a distinctly defined illness since the 1940s. The good news is: People lacking more global information processing can be instructed to improve. Humanity is not ill, but it definitively requires instructions on how to develop higher levels of awareness to connect sincerely with others. Humans can change their thinking, which in itself even changes the structure and functioning of the brain. Science found that the brain is much more plastic and developable than ever assumed. If we are self-aware, we have to admit that we probably did never give a hundred percent. There always goes a bit more.
It is not genetics that is limiting us. Most of us don’t explore all the options we have, don’t go to the top of their possible peak performance, and many do not think as hard and systematic as they probably could. There is no excuse for not learning how to become more awareness-intelligent.
We wish to be intelligent to perform tasks such as reading, calculating, solving technical problems, create music, understand nature, be a good employee or entrepreneur, and so forth. These may all be important to fulfill social roles. And, social comparison is a strong happiness factor. People tend to be content if they do well compare to others. Because there are always others who do let us appear compare unfavorably, the choice of a limited circle of easy-to-compare others might be a comforting self-protection strategy. However, such avoiding behavior also prevents from connecting to broader and more diverse walks of life. The measurements of traditional intelligence quotients have only amplified competition unnecessarily. It’s not necessary to compare to others and derive satisfaction from relative high scores in intelligence tests in areas we even don’t feel drawn to naturally as these, in fact, are not of most fundamental relevance to a soul-inspired human life.
It is unnecessary to feel judged as a human being by predominantly commercially defined concepts of intelligence.
Social comparisons are causing a lot of discrimination, feelings of unworthiness, and related suffering.
What makes people really joyful is their capacity for self-determination.To be awareness intelligent means to be in the driver seat, to function mentally well, and enjoy psychological well-being.
Once you will have experienced the power of Awareness Intelligence, a return to ordinary pseudo-knowing won’t be possible as your life got changed. And again, as Charles Duhigg states, willpower too “is a learnable skill, something that can be taught the same way kids learn to do math and say “thank you.”
“Ignorance is bliss” is an often-seen quote with a seemingly appealing message. But let’s think again. If chosen as an attitude, ignorance for bliss would be like having given up happily the aspiration to be of help. Negative collective consequences would be one type of issue, the missed individual opportunity for true joy through service another.
Popular demeanors like ‘ignorance for bliss’ evidence that the quest for happiness has driven us into emptiness and carelessness.
In contrast, if we learned to be more awareness-intelligent, we’d have the chance to herald the start of the post-shallow-happiness era that will be about comprehension and meaning instead of ignorance.
mathias sager (Awareness Intelligence)
Although today’s education systems provide information and knowledge, they do not ensure to understand in empathy, for which advanced qualities of the mind would be required. This awareness would also include the knowing about the lasting joy whose profound quality is way beyond some short passing showers of bliss. It’s comprehension and meaning that make our soul feel alive.
Bliss, happiness, and joy may sometimes be used interchangeably. However, joy might involve more virtue seeking and meaning, as compared to the more pleasure-based notion of happiness. One of the major enablers of happiness respectively joy, is personal control. Being aware and understanding means mastery. The spectrum of one’s perceived control through ability increases the more Awareness Intelligence is present.
Becoming aware is like lightening up mental space and making previously dark and hidden parts of life accessible to be included in controllable reasoning and decision-making.
mathias sager (Awareness Intelligence)
Children intuitively seek joy by exploring the world and learning. The desire to learn is in all of us, which is a tremendous gift that is telling us “come, I show you the full joy of life.” Simple-mindedness, according to popular opinion, seems to cope well with life. Sure, diminished awareness may well be sufficient for functioning in a relatively tightly defined underrun — however, simple mind- over-simple life. A pronounced local focus of mind is doomed to become linked to difficulties in broadening one’s horizon when needed and is hindering the cultivation of diverse social interactions in any case. Over sooner or longer, every soul is revolting against too narrowly fenced personal development. People never regret what they have learned; they regret what they have missed.
Is ignorance really the cause for all evil? At least, being educated does not necessarily prevent ignorance and foolishness. Pieces of uncombined knowledge that is not put into context point to low levels of awareness. For example, an oppressive manager in an organization may be a loving father of a family. A nation’s tyrant leader may be favorable for many organization’s success. A brutal xenophobic may care a lot for the wealth of the natives of his country. What appears right on one level, can be quite the opposite on another level. There is a serious issue with how people come to restrict their awareness about their social scope of care. It’s not a bad gene that causes these troubles. But why get the dots not connected, even by otherwise intelligent people who can comprehend most complex systems of many types? It’s the unawareness of one’s lack of awareness. It’s the absence of awareness-driven motivation to be fully human. Without a mental connector to establish compassion towards all levels of social organization, there is no desire to fill the gaps.
Only when envisioning the ‘why’ one can speak about complex empathy. Complex empathy includes meaning and is a main source of joy.
mathias sager (Awareness Intelligence)
Next time when asking a friend “how are you?” surprise her or him with following up with “why?”. For many, it will be difficult to answer; however, this is an excellent occasion to connect on a deeper level and have a meaningful conversation about how to navigate life. Why do I feel well? How do I see life? What is the bigger picture? Wouldn’t it be strange if living a better life wouldn’t include a deeper apprehension and socio-temporal navigation of life? It’s time wisely spent to learn to understand all that better.
A new kind of mental map is required to explore and navigate effectively mental territory. Before the map-making process can start though, orientation must be enabled. As for physical maps, coordinate systems typically serve that purpose. These are grids formed from a vertical and a horizontal reference line respectively the north-south and the east-west axis. It’s possible to use the same technique to build a mental map.
The mental map of awareness uses human relations (the social dimensions) on the vertical reference line, and time (the temporal dimensions) on the horizontal axis. These are the inherently relevant aspects of human awareness.
mathias sager (Awareness Intelligence)
Plotted as a mental reference system, they will help to establish the socio-temporal structure that is required to focus what is relevant for the human soul. Once the mental coordinate system is established, the landscape of the psyche can be more easily navigated. With socio-temporal awareness as your mental navigation system, you won’t get lost anymore. You will feel traveling safe, and you’ll be able to connect to your most liked joyful spots again.
Mental map that shows the directions of socio-temporal expansion to increase awareness intelligence (explained in next chapters in more detail)
The indefinite power of the human soul and mind can be unlocked as human beings evolve from doing ‘sightseeing’ to ‘thoughtthinking.’ This will intensify the understanding and appreciation of the mental world and propel the development of Awareness Intelligence. No field of science or any advanced forms of artificial intelligence have been able to solve the disconnect between the people that causes all the issues of inner and outer conflict.
It’s the power of awareness that has the potential to link separateness together and to unify.
mathias sager (Awareness Intelligence)
It’s time to become more aware of our absence of awareness, the only way to solve the remaining problems of humanity, which are all due to shallow lives lost in thoughtless wandering.