Systems theory is a science of complexity. Multiple fields have applied its principles for deeper understanding, including sociology, medicine, economics, psychology, physics, and engineering. I’m particularly interested in how it can make sense of individual, collective, and cosmic consciousness, to unite spirituality and science.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour.”William Blake
Dreams have been significant catalysts of my awakening. Some were revelations, etched in memory with more lucidity than events lived in the real world. Some were extraordinary; I’ve looked at Earth from the moon, explored unfamiliar worlds with pink trees and oceans of liquid bliss, had the chance to interact with beings of light.
Yet one dream has stayed with me due to its simplicity, and the way it changed my relationship to the ordinary. It was a lucid dream where I chose not to fly, or transform, or instantly manifest any desire. Instead, I explored the intricacies of the world itself.
The fluorescent light of my mind’s eye flickers as foresight fades. A buzzing oscillation, an electric pang, a plunge into darkness. My future disappears. I am alone, suspended in time, reaching out for something concrete to hold, to escape temporal isolation.
All I find is empty space.
The purpose of transcendental meditation is to familiarise with pure consciousness, or the Supreme Reality. It begins with a growing awareness of awareness, behind phenomena, such as thought, feeling and sensation. Once this relationship develops, the journey of exploring the infinite nature of consciousness begins.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”Joseph Campbell
What is sentience? If you were to zoom in on a single cell in the human body, would you call the cell sentient? Probably not. The same could be said of a single tree. Yet the mycorrhizal network shows a complex system whereby trees and plants exchange nutrients and information, using the roots and fungi, in what has been termed the Wood Wide Web.
Intelligence reveals itself in systems, and systems are the byproduct of consciousness. Systems indicate interconnection, cooperation, and harmony. Intricate systems, both microscopic and macroscopic, their patterns, fractal formations, coherency, and interactions, are all signs of higher intelligence, God’s design.