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 "Thresholds, Changing Trends, and learning from Extremism"
(June 2016)
with (extensive) "Excerpts From Wikipedia on "'Conscience'"
 "On The Shelf"
Some Paradigm Shift-Related Links
 On Science, Consciousness, & Integral Wisdom
 Some Quotes
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"On the Shelf"

         When I was about 19 years old, I was considering asking my girl friend to marry me. I was in the Marine Corps for less than a year, and I called my parents from the base I was stationed at. I asked my Dad for advise. He couldn't give me any, falling back on his old excuse that he had only been schooled to the eighth grade, reminding me that he was "just a very poorly educated man." Well, that never worked for me because I knew him to always have a great deal of common sense, and remembered him often finding wise ways through very tough situations. But he said that I had always been very intelligent and very good at making my own decisions, and this was one I'd have to make by myself. While apparently not discouraged entirely from a certain amount of advice seeking in life, what he said did encourage me to begin to look deeper within myself for answers.

         That and life experience has since taught me that, if something didn't quite make sense at the time, but otherwise seemed to come from a good source, to just put the information "on the shelf" for awhile. Over time I also learned that, metaphorically speaking, there would be little windows and doors open to me along the path of my life, and that these would offer insights and opportunities. And if I was alert, I would see and utilize them. Further, I discovered that I have often created these doors and windows myself by my having previously put things on the shelf. All this has led me to hypothesize what I'll call the "Paradigm Shift Potential" [I only added the last key word to an existing concept]: "The capacity and the willingness to increase one's capability to conceptualize new ways of being and doing, and to do so in a way that realistically takes into account the largest number of related essentials." That may sound complex, but if you've ever created an affirmation for your development, you were probably engaging the same capacities. And besides, many philosophers and ancient teachers of wisdom have taught that "we create our own lives" - as we create our own evolutionary leaps and shifts in perception.

          By the way, after that advice from my parents, it didn't take me long to recover my insecurity and feeling of need. For way too many years, I still tended to put too much weight/credibility on words personally stated to me, as I suppose I had been too hungry for that kind of support for much of my life. But apparently, gradually and eventually, some things clicked. [A lot of that story is at the PolyPsyArts Home Page, another portion is at the Chalice-Arts-Integration Home Page.] And I guess I'm still clicking as I am still learning new ways of looking at things. Hence, I love and welcome advise and most any other kind of tid bits of knowledge on my path or tossed my way by well intentioned individuals.

        Thanks for listening, and thanks for feedback.

© 3/3/01 - Chris Pringer


For your Consideration in this light:

    ChBullet   "Paradigm Shifts" - A Pragmatic Summary (7'10)
    ChBullet   'The Lords of Culture' and Listening- a story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split
An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context (7'10--9'10)
    ChBullet   "Diversity and the Gestalt - a Function of Sacred Geometry ? (Pi & Chaos Theory)" (8'10)
    ChBullet   "Evolution Trends: The 'Information Age' And Its Evolution Into The 'Holographic Age'"
    ChBullet   "The Fascia Memory Project" - creating capacity for a truly healing health program
    ChBullet   "...A study in Cross-Discipline Knowledge Sharing and Utilization."
    ChBullet   A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance & Related Resource Links
    ChBullet   "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles & Wars"
(that are best if maintained INternally).
    ChBullet   Poly-Psy & Citizen Healing & Recovering Democracy
       (Poly-Psy: Politics, Psychology, and Spirit)


"Thresholds, Changing Trends, and
Learning from Extremism"

Chris Pringer, June 2016

         From an Eastern perspective, particularly that of Taoism, it is said that we need the extremes to recognize the center, a corollary being that without one extreme, there could not be the other. One might ask, at which point in the movement from one extreme toward the other, or from the center to an extreme, or the other direction hopefully, does one reach the threshold at which one's perception about something changes to a substantial or permanent degree. Well, we could also ask whether we're talking about conscious or unconscious change, conscious or unconscious perception, or how effected the change or perception is by unconscious beliefs. But let's see how simple we can keep this, to begin with anyway. I have used brackets below where I attempt to make more sense to the non-mathematics inclined mind [which generally includes my own, with some areas of exception].
         Simply put, thresholds are all about the marking or measuring of change, and so also helps us understand something about extremes. It seems (to this author) that we are in a time of intense change. I can't help but think that trends watchers are competing rampantly to assess what exactly is happening, let alone predict what will come from all this. Looking at who all we have running for president in 2016 alone, indicates some very radical changes have come about in the US. How can we not all learn something from this collision of extremes!? I would add, "when it's all said and done," But I am pretty sure it is safe to say that those changes have had, do have, and will have, critical effect on the rest of the world for some time to come - whether for good or for ill. What I do not know is how much the question of "How crazy is all this?" is so consciously present in people's minds - or even if it should be.

         The above provides sufficient context, to understand what is meant here by "extreme," if it was ever needed in these times. Given that, we can take a few paragraphs to change the "tense" back to the terminology on the ground floor of this essay, so to speak...
         The term "Threshold" might require a tad more discussion. According to Wikipedia, there are two significant definitions, different only by context and application, perhaps (or at least to a concept junky such as this writer). Those would be:
                a) the "threshold effect" - "a sudden and radical change in a phenomenon which often occurs after surpassing a quantitative limit [a number or quantity of something, some things, events, etc] called the threshold."
                b) the "behavioral threshold" (per "threshold model" that serves to indicate or measure change, particularly significant change(s), ie: in a process or process of events), whereby "In mathematical or statistical modelling a threshold model is any model where a threshold value [ie: a number, amount, or proportion of something], or set of threshold values, is used to distinguish ranges of values where the behavior predicted by the model varies in some important way."
                c) There are a few more types of thresholds that are more defining and limiting, if you will. One is called the "difference threshold" - "the smallest amount of change needed in a stimulus before we notice the change." In neuroscience the threshold is "the strength or greatness of a stimulant which will generate its detection half of the time." Also in neuroscience there is the "absolute threshold": "the smallest detectable level of a stimulus." [Underlining denotes a link to the sources of the quote.]

         The first two noted are intended to be sufficient for the purpose here (the third set possibly providing more context for better understanding). Both of are, IMHO, critical aspects in the consideration of change - in behavior, on either and/or both the personal and social, local and global, etc. The difference may be further born out in these comparisons of context:

         "Threshold Effect" was popularized mostly by what was called "the 100th Monkey" phenomenon among psychologists and sociologists, and popularized especially among those interested in "Human Potential" as related to the evolution of humanity, planetary healing. These are terms which I understand may sound kitsch to some readers - who have a very different idea about what *conscious change* within a human actually implies. And conscious change is what this writing is about.

         Whereas, to quote from the Wiki reference: "Mark Granovetter ...proposed the threshold model (Granovetter & Soong, 1983, 1986, 1988), which assumes that individuals’ behavior depends on the number of other individuals already engaging in that behavior ...He used the threshold model to explain the riot, residential segregation, and the spiral of silence. In the spirit of Granovetter’s threshold model, the “threshold” is “the number or proportion of others who must make one decision before a given actor does so”. It is necessary to emphasize the determinants of threshold. A threshold is different for individuals, and it may be influenced by many factors: social economic status, education, age, personality, etc. Further, Granovetter relates “threshold” with utility one gets from participating collective behavior or not, using the utility function, each individual will calculate his cost and benefit from undertaking an action. And situation may change the cost and benefit of the behavior, so threshold is situation-specific. The distribution of the thresholds determines the outcome of the aggregate behavior (for example, public opinion).

"The distribution of the thresholds determines the outcome of the aggregate behavior (for example, public opinion)." ~ Mark Granovetter

         Before I go on with the scholastics, background research, and implications for practical application, I would like to say something about "Scope-In, Scope-Out" and understanding one's place in the context of one's immediate surroundings, but also of one's global surroundings, perhaps even the universal surroundings. And the nature and feeling of "connectedness." If you have been meditating for very long, I probably don't need to say much more about acquiring that understanding about one's place in the world. IE: perceiving from the micro-view to the macro-view, or from one perspective or detail to a broader perspectives, and/or other perspectives relative to that first detailed perspective, perhaps some useful cause and effect relationships. If you have not been meditating much, I would like to suggest that you consider it for the sake of improving that capacity within yourself. Short of that, there are these references:
               ChBullet   "A Message from the Masters" - Ref 1: a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice - for balancing the adrenalised brain with the spiritual heart. That's what I'm calling it, as it is *Spot-On* for reminding one of how to "Scope-In, Scope-Out" in any tough circumstance - it can be the perfect message for holiday seasons, especially when mixed with warnings of international terrorism, etc. Reverend James Kubal-Komoto of Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church (Des Moines, WA) put together and gave this talk, and can be heard here - select Dec.6, "All Will Be Well", as well as via text transcript. Enjoy! smile [Note that the prefacing poem by Adam Zagajewski (published in 2002) may seem a bit paradoxical to those with sensitive emotional bodies (so to speak), but again, Rev. James' message (eternal) will put all in context. Thank you, cp, 12/9/15]
               ChBullet   Ref 2: Books, "A Gradual Awakening" by Stephen Levine (basics in meditation), and "No Boundary" by Ken Wilber (more advanced concepts in cosmology)]
         I bring all that up because a) it's just a very useful thing in any case for heart and mind, and b) it seems to me that this year (2016) would be the most ideal year yet to get clues about why the world appears insane. And if you do not believe that it "appears" insane in many, many ways, or if you have not noticed more insane actions in the world in recent years than in previous years, I'll just say that you might not be the best trend watcher abouts. In any case, extreme actions and events occur as a result of inner turmoil, as a result of pressures simply adding up - in this case, in greater quantity than ever before. And just as in the human body, such are the signs that need to be heeded. That doesn't necessarily mean "call out the Immune System Marine Corps." And it very likely does mean that it is time to build and/or appreciate your "emotional immune system." Related Reference:
               ChBullet   "The Immune System, Aging, and an Attitudinal Approach that May Improve It"
         And it may be time to take stock in other accounts of ones personal development, and refuse to buy into any emotional roller coasters that are being offered. If that roller coaster does appeal, one might consider checking out:
               ChBullet   Notes on Addiction.
         To keep this from getting complicated, I'll just refer you to the first mentioned reference above ("All Will Be Well"), and also say that asking what one's own spiritual avatar or ascended master teacher (etc) would do under a testy circumstance is not a bad idea. But also do try to listen for more than just a brief period for the answer(s).

Back to the scholastics, background research, and implications for practical application:

         Classic threshold models were developed by Schelling, Axelrod, and Granovetter to model collective behavior. Schelling attempted to model the dynamics of segregation motivated by individual interactions in America (Schelling, 1971) by constructing two simulation models. Schelling demonstrated that “there is no simple correspondence of individual incentive to collective results,” and that the dynamics of movement influenced patterns of segregation. In doing so Schelling highlighted the significance of “a general theory of ‘tipping’”.

         So, there are hi-thresholders, low-thresholders, and those somewhere in between. We are all somewhere along that scale. The lower the threshold, the more subject to influence by the energy of a group, empathy w/o consciousness, if you will. What I call "raw empathy" as associated with the third chakra (or energy center), the Solar Plexus Chakra," as compared to that of the 4th chakra, or "Heart Chakra." [That particular context (different types of empathy per different chakras) is discussed at the page, "The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul", more sociologically related at the Evolution Trends page.]

         This article (that you are now reading) was inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's "The Big Man Can’t Shoot" as aired on Ira Glass's "This American Life" 6/25/16. At Gladwell's site, it is billed as Episode 03, 06/30/2016. It's about Rick Barry and Wilt Chamberlain and the psychology underlying "the amount of pride a player — someone already competing at the game’s highest level — would have to swallow to perform the “granny shot,” - which form would insure a game-changing greater percentage of points were it used - and which is the underlying focal point of the article, "Shooting for perfection" (Kevin Fixler, December 13, 2012 ).
         *Underlying psychology* is the operative focal point here.

         Gladwell explains Granovetter's Threshold model in most graphic context in his article, "Thresholds Of Violence", including that "Granovetter was most taken by the situations in which people did things for social reasons that went against everything they believed as individuals," and citing research by sociologists Ralph Larkin and Nathalie E. Paton, introducing their findings with the question, "But what if the way to explain the school-shooting epidemic is to go back and use the Granovetterian model—to think of it as a slow-motion, ever-evolving riot, in which each new participant’s action makes sense in reaction to and in combination with those who came before?" "...Now imagine that the riot takes a big step further along the progression—to someone with an even higher threshold, for whom the group identification and immersion in the culture of school shooting are even more dominant considerations." Gladwell's conclusion is disturbing, certainly if we accept only his conclusion.

         I believe there are other factors at hand, but some conscious involvement on the part of society needs to take advantage of those factors. And it's not like our conscience's haven't been trying to push us in those directions. Men such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King and President Jimmy Carter and women such as Rosa Parkes, Mary Wollenscraft Shelley, Susan B. Anthony, Winnie Mandela, and Aung San Suu Kyi have tried to show us how to access and engage these parts of our conscience. Please also note the resources in the column at right. In any case, there is more food for thought, or meditation, or contemplation - take your pick for what brings clarity, peace, faith in, and/or more resources and hope for, justice.
         And please be aware: there are ways to abuse the knowledge of threshold behavior theory - per the last sentence of the below book description for "The Tipping Point" - " already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas." Hence, our need to be alert and aware in this regard. It is also time to further understand ourselves *as individuals* - more the priority right now than trying to understand our society, especially for one new at this. That is, to understand what makes us tick - what motivates us - in the worst as well as best directions. Because there are those who know how to speak to those parts. That is, to *any* of those parts that they are sufficiently influenced by profit to do so. And some of them will / already have been doing just that - to potential effect, as may lend to opportunities for extremism, for being conned into extremism. Or so apparently conned, that would-be thus-targeted individuals worry to the extent that they react in extreme ways - which might serve some con-artists' plans (for their personal desired future and trends).
         More importantly, certainly more pro-actively as regards OUR current and unfolding trends and thresholds here: please know that self-knowledge increases and assists in facilitating the capacity to heal the conditions and circumstances, within and without. And as I say at the PolyPsyArts Home Page, "Who wants to see that "Hundredth Monkey" effect where enough of us push the rest of us through that threshold [for healing our World Community]?"

         In Malcolm Gladwell's book, "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" is “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” The book is about "that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas." [Gladwell's RevisionistHistory.Com => Itunes book review of "The Tipping Point"] For myself, I like the metaphor of a glass slowly filling, drip by drip, until it overflows and you hear that trickle sound of water going down the drain - it's just not noticed much before then, when you have to get up and make darned sure "this time" you turn the water all the way off.

         In critical feedback, 'Essay Writing Expert' offers much for consideration in "The Power of Context by Malcolm Gladwell essay" March 31, 2015. It concludes with something I like: "... However, the main positive idea to be derived from Gladwell’s ratiocinations is that all the above mentioned factors are not just actively exploited in a destructive cult, but may also be used to enhance the control in the society and prevent the spread of negative trends, when the power of little things in a well-built situation will force a man to quickly make a specific right decision which will be further treated as one’s own internal choice, it will become the tipping point to a total change of personality."
         Related Reference: "The Tipping Point" at Wikipedia

         Ok, so where does that take us, or leave us, conceptually or pragmatically, in the discussion of change, of society(s) or of humanity? Or the hoped for learning from the apparent rapid rise of extremisms and outgrowths from that?
         That is, I implied that there would be notes on "pragmatic application," right? Here's where for some readers I may need to clarify that, a) I understand that there are those who have difficulty seeing the connection between self-knowledge and building a coalition of individuals for activism, or building a center for housing the homeless, or stopping violence in the neighborhood, let alone changing the world. b) I agree, there's nothing like getting one's hands into the work (after all, notice my own profession for 30 years...). And c) I request consideration about what about the connection is between *clarity of mind,* a certain amount of humility regarding ones own "stuff" that one has learned to spot and nip in the bud before it gets in the way of getting things done, AND (the resulting) finding or working out of solutions? EG: between getting the interfering (ie: self-destructive or teamwork sabotaging) feelings or behavior out from in front of the task, and getting the more productive ones there.
         For example, consider a brilliant person I knew (who I will refer to from this point on as "Brill") who is so "brilliant," (Brill truly is) that Brill so effectively out-maneuvered Brill's therapists that they never came close to convincing Brill that psychotherapy had anything to offer -- other than years(!) of entertaining chess play and challenging(?) debate. Hence, Brill never healed the grief and anger, certainly not enough to keep Brill from poisoning more of Brill's would-be partnerships. Well, of course, per that old joke - about how many psychologists it takes to change a light bulb - the key responsibility for Brill's healing was Brill's, not Brill's therapists'. The point of all this being, when it comes to ideas about "pragmatism," the main difference between Brill and the successful corporation owners - with their "needs" for profit even if it totally sabotages planetary sustainability - is that Brill consciously believes that we all need to work towards planetary sustainability, and various other things per Brill's other more politically liberal perspectives.
         And you may ask what's personal relations got to do with accomplishing change in the world? I would answer: a) refer to the paragraphs before the previous one and after this one and then to consider the long-term implications of the points therein, and then b) note that for the shorter-term as well as long-term, you need only consider the relationship between politicians' personal lives and their political effectiveness after being blackmailed. c) Most any social scientist or psychologist knows that rehabilitation of criminals is by far more cost-effective than imprisonment - and that's only the beginning of the advantage points. d) They will also tell you that the first three years of a child's life, including time in the womb, are the most important for psychological as well as physical development. And that time has implications in every aspect of life, particularly those determining the cost of governing society. The point being that the provision of healthy parenting as well as resources *works* for all concerned. And of course that healthy parenting requires healthy parents. That point is elucidated at "Providing the INFRASTRUCTURE for Cooperation."
         Also, if the psychotherapy sabotage story sounds like I'm implying we have contradictions between our conscious and unconscious beliefs about what works for what, or what should actually work at all for accomplishing certain, various, or most all things - you are absolutely right. That is what being human is - before that other human capability kicks in - self-healing - which must be preceded by some self-knowledge, which is preceded by some self-honesty, which (of course?) requires some humility. It also helps a lot to know the agenda of ones ego and recognize it's tricks (especially in the use of addictions). That point is made with socio-political elaboration and multi-level ramifications in the illustrated essay, "The Process of Achieving World Change... and 'Choices for World Change' Or 'World of Addiction'" at the "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing Page (Jan'12, March'13). [Related "Co-Existence Set" of Thumb links in right column.]

         EG: So much for beliefs about what is pragmatic, but in any case, I offer for your consideration these notes on accomplishing some "Threshold Effect" towards that planetary sustainability - psycho-socially, as well as politically, as well as environmentally (because they are likely NOT going to happen separately):

         It ALL happens by increments and thresholds attained over time. "All" here includes increasingly clearer understandings of individual parts. Besides, William Tiller, Ph.D., one of my main guys for backup for the "yes, we can" part of it, is the editor of 2 scientific journals, publisher of more than 250 scientific papers and three technical books, and has five patents issued. And he is only one of a number of well established scientists who are telling us that such practice will make a difference - if we individually apply the science. John Hagelin, Ph.D., also of 'Bleep,' researches and teaches more about "educational programs that develop human consciousness, and [that] through policies and programs that effectively harness the laws of nature, it is possible to solve acute social problems and enhance governmental effectiveness." There's more about 'Bleep science' in a section of it's own below ("ON SCIENCE & CONSCIOUSNESS"). [excerpt from the World Healing Prayers page - but that same section is mirrored below on this page as well.]

         The relationship between polarity and magnetism in energy fields, AND with the attributes of individuality and diversity... Considering that each being, were his/her potential to be fully developed, would be both *uniquely talented* with [an] essential part to play and (thereby necessarily) *respectful of diversity* of others and each their part to play in the "gestalt" of Life. The design of humanity (IMO) provides for the potential to so fully develop via our genetic code - which is even now not so deranged that it cannot be repaired/"healed" before the trends in global crisis reach a threshold of no return. That is, we can shift if enough of humanity were to evolve to honor the diversity of humanity - in all the ways that implies. [This paragraph was previously posted [by this author] at Institute of HeartMath's Facebook page, re: "Each Individual Impacts the Field Environment" 11/19/09, 4:44 AM. Related: Below section, "ON SCIENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS, & WORLD CHANGE"]

          From the description for the Evolution Trends page (© Chris Pringer, Fall 1995):
        "... We will have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand from the most hi-tech, research data-backed, psychological ...Awareness on/of the various levels & interrelationships between these areas... intuition may find an unprecedented role ...its popular integration with the more logical approaches ...various systems of 'Integrated Diagnostics' will be developed..." and much, much more ..."
          I later added (in December 2011), in the paragraph before that, that we "...are now just past what I referred to as 'the next decade' (in the original paper), wherein so much was/continues to be determined about how - and how soon - we begin this next age - or if we do - before the planet (otherwise) overhauls itself. But if we do get through all that, "...then we could accomplish [per the above paragraph, and that] "I believe in the '100th Monkey' threshold effect, where, in this case, what we might now call 'Miracles' would be (events) described simply by enough of us beginning and/or continuing to do what we know in conscience that we need to do - until that threshold effect makes it relevant to us that we have brought the rest of humanity on board the Earth Steward Ship."

Change Within Individuals And Society Over Time
         The following are the final two paragraphs of "Seven Phases of Evolution", a section added (Fall 2009) at End of the "Evolution Trends" essay (© Chris Pringer, Fall 1995). ["Seven Phases" is about belief systems as well as the phases of growth processes that Humanity passes through (in groups as well as individuals) in it's evolution in consciousness. It is based on the development of the seven major energy centers, often called "chakras" that also relate to the human endocrine glands (again, all from a Taoist perspective)]:
          As a person experiences life in a given day, in different circumstances, with different moods, with different people, etc, that person may resonate more with any one of the seven energy centers than with any other center, changing perhaps with each experience. Some persons may resonate more with "higher" energy centers through more of the experiences than someone else. And they may "Live there" on a daily basis, ever evolving. But who is to say actually, since how they actually appear to behave might vary depending on many factors - not the least of which may be the objectivity of the one observing and judging the appearance.
          The very fact that such things are difficult to judge... says a) we should be careful not to judge unless bound by law perhaps to do so, and b) consideration of such dynamics should lead to increased humility about and compassion for those people and situations we cannot be objective about. That is, to consider such dynamics may give rise to a kind of perspective on life that is liberating for some people, lending to more understanding of and toleration for others that live or believe differently. And it may lead some people to shed or revise their believe systems that would otherwise lend to hypocrisy in relationship with others. One can only hope, at least.

... and eventually ...

          God & Goddess join by proxy ... Goddess emanates role of Madonna, and births the Dove of Peace - within the hearts of mankind, due to a (heart-chakra LOVE) threshold having been reached ... [ Excerpt from "A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance & Related Resource Links" ]
          ' a Divine Energy Vortex through the Vessel of Humanity, Unity through the process of Duality, Even in each atom, cell, and organ Our form and ego provide a Cauldron For the Transformation Flame...' [ excerpt from prose "Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" over "PiChal-onSepia" ... ]

...AND ...

          "How many of us would it take for such a momentum created by that TO bring about a ("One-Hundredth Monkey" type of) THRESHOLD EFFECT So as to MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE in this world ??? ..." [ excerpt from the end of the prose, "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" at The Goal Chart page]

Violet Rainbow Lightning Chalice CellRing - Out o' the 'Myst', © Chris Pringer, Oct 2014
"Violet Rainbow Lightning Chalice CellRing - Out o' the 'Myst'", © Chris Pringer, Oct 2014

Making It Conscious by Carl Jung
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate." ~ Carl Jung

Love Was Their Religion
"BUDDHA was not a Buddhist. JESUS was not a Christian. MUHAMMAD was not a Muslim. They were TEACHERS who taught LOVE. LOVE was their RELIGION." - by unknown author

Multi-ChaliceCells Wild CrossedVortex9-2 AtomicChalice Sphere FlowerOfLife onBlk [Rough]A1 © Chris Pringer Apr'13
"Multi-Chalice Cells Wild in Crossed Vortex 9-2 Atomic Chalice Sphere, Flower Of Life on Black" © Chris Pringer Apr 2013


Bright Chalice Ancient Symbol Tapestry 2
"Bright Chalice Ancient Symbol Tapestry 2" © Chris Pringer June 2014 - If you like this artwork, it is available in a variety of sizes and frames, or cell phone covers (or on most anything else you can think of!) at my Artist Websites .Com

Noam Chomsky On Power Abuse

"Four Understandings" by Chris Pringer, Jan'14; Full Size at World Healing Prayers on Sacred Geometry Page

The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering.
  Carl Jung

“Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.”
  James Freeman Clarke

Excerpts From Wikipedia on

Edward O Wilson has developed the idea of consilience to encourage coherence of global moral and scientific knowledge supporting the premise that "only unified learning, universally shared, makes accurate foresight and wise choice possible".[191] Thus, world conscience is a concept that overlaps with the Gaia hypothesis in advocating a balance of moral, legal, scientific and economic solutions to modern transnational problems such as global poverty and climate change, through strategies such as environmental ethics, climate ethics, natural conservation, ecology, cosmopolitanism, sustainability and sustainable development, biosequestration and legal protection of the biosphere and biodiversity.[192][193][194][195][196] The NGO, for example, seeks to attract world conscience to the problems associated with elevation in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.[197][198] ...

At the awards ceremony for the 200 metres at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman ignored death threats and official warnings to take part in an anti-racism protest[233] that destroyed their respective careers.[234] W. Mark Felt an agent of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation who retired in 1973 as the Bureau's Associate Director, acted on conscience to provide reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein with information that resulted in the Watergate scandal.[235] Conscience was a major factor in US Public Health Service officer Peter Buxtun revealing the Tuskegee syphilis experiment to the public.[236] The 2008 attack by the Israeli military on civilian areas of Palestinian Gaza was described as a "stain on the world's conscience".[237] Conscience was a major factor in the refusal of Aung San Suu Kyi to leave Burma despite house arrest and persecution by the military dictatorship in that country.[238] Conscience was a factor in Peter Galbraith's criticism of fraud in the 2009 Afghanistan election despite it costing him his United Nations job.[239] Conscience motivated Bunnatine Greenhouse to expose irregularities in the contracting of the Halliburton company for work in Iraq.[240] Naji al-Ali a popular cartoon artist in the Arab world, loved for his defense of the ordinary people, and for his criticism of repression and despotism by both the Israeli military and Yasser Arafat's PLO, was murdered for refusing to compromise with his conscience.[241] The journalist Anna Politkovskaya provided (prior to her murder) an example of conscience in her opposition to the Second Chechen War and then-Russian President Vladimir Putin.[242] Conscience motivated the Russian human-rights activist Natalia Estemirova, who was abducted and murdered in Grozny, Chechnya in 2009.[243] The Death of Neda Agha-Soltan arose from conscience-driven protests against the 2009 Iranian presidential election.[244] Female Muslim lawyer Shirin Ebadi (winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize) has been described as the 'conscience of the Islamic Republic' for her work in protecting the human rights of women and children in Iran.[245] The human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, often referred to as the 'conscience of China' and who had previously been arrested and allegedly tortured by the Chinese regime for defending members of the Falun Gong, was abducted by Chinese security agents on 4 February 2009 and has not been seen since.[246] 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in his final statement before being sentenced by a closed Chinese court to over a decade in jail as a political prisoner of conscience stated: "For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit."[247] Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer in Russia, was arrested, held without trial for almost a year and died in custody, as a result of exposing corruption.[248] On 6 October 2001 Laura Whittle was a naval gunner on HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) under orders to implement a new border protection policy when they encountered the SIEV-4 (Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel-4) refugee boat in choppy seas. After being ordered to fire warning shots from her 50 calibre machinegun to make the boat turn back she saw it beginning to break up and sink with a father on board holding out his young daughter that she might be saved (see Children Overboard Affair). Whittle jumped without a life vest 12 metres into the sea to help save the refugees from drowning thinking "this isn't right; this isn't how things should be."[249] In February 2012 journalist Marie Colvin was deliberately targeted and killed by the Syrian Army in Homs during the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising and Siege of Homs, after she decided to stay at the "epicentre of the storm" in order to "expose what is happening."[250] In October 2012 the Taliban organised the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai a teenage girl who had been campaigning, despite their threats, for female education in Pakistan.[251] In December 2012 the 2012 Delhi gang rape case was said to have stirred the collective conscience of India to civil disobedience and public protest at the lack of legal action against rapists in that country (see Rape in India)[252][253] In June 2013 Edward Snowden revealed details of a US National Security Agency internet and electronic communication PRISM (surveillance program) because of a conscience-felt obligation to the freedom of humanity greater than obedience to the laws that bound his employment.[254][255] ...

The Ambassador of Conscience Award, Amnesty International's most prestigious human rights award, takes its inspiration from a poem written by Irish Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney called "The Republic of Conscience."[8] Winners of the award have included: Malala Yousafzai, singer and social justice activist Harry Belafonte,[293] musician Peter Gabriel (2008), Nelson Mandela (2006), the Irish rock band U2 (2005), Mary Robinson and Hilda Morales Trujillo (a Guatemalan women's rights activist) (2004) and the author and public intellectual Václav Havel (2003).[8]

"The Co-Existence Set"

"Signs for World Change"
with sub-section, "World Change, or World of Addiction" at the PolyPsy Citizen Healing page

"Mother Earth Dove, Giving Ourselves to Peace"
in the "Pragmatic Balance" section

John Pettie Knight (Cut&ReTouched) Ovr3DMultiChaliceVtxMistO'VBrF&TOL 3'13
"Spiritual Battles & Wars, Systems of Structure & Learning" (& Balancing the Chalice Within - where such battles are best fought). Also: (in more eclectic, long-term context)

"Approaches to Conspiracy" Chart
& "Roberts Rules of Ordered Conspiracies", & more on "Paradigms of Paradox" & "Composting Paranoia" at the PolyPsy Home Page

"Questions for Invoking for World Change"
at the World Healing Prayers page

"Affirmations for Inner Communications"
at "Notes on Addiction" at the "Goal Chart" page

The only condition for the realization of Truth is that the knowledge of it be desired with tremendous intensity. You cannot see IT, you cannot feel IT only because you do not really want IT - you are too preoccupied with enjoying and sorrowing over your finite existence.
  - Ramesh S. Balsekar, "A Net of Jewels"


          I have been (returned to) studying up on some things, thanks to the makers of "What the Bleep Do We Know" (at WhatTheBleep.Com). And more recently (Jan '09) I am reminded of HeartMath.Org with their promotion of the "De-Stress Kit for the Changing Times." Some might say that both 'Bleep' and 'HeartMath' began with what I'll call "The Tao of Physics Clan" of Fritjof Capra (of the 70's-80's era of published studies & thought) as well as "the Bleep Clan" of Fred Alan Wolfe, the academically most esteemed members of which integrated the knowledge for this much needed production. Through these efforts, IMHO, they offer ground breaking implications for mankind, for our victory over the current period of challenge to world community, re-initiating possibilities for survival into the 22nd Century.

Center for Integral Wisdom - where Marc Gafni and Barbara Marx Hubbard serve as co-chairs - is a leading activist think tank dedicated to articulating a practical politics of love, and to catalyzing an emergent personal and global vision of ethics.
          Most any psychologist or naturopath (or most any M.D.) will tell you that the most difficult thing for any human to do is break a habit, whether physical, emotional, or mental. Or as the 'Bleep' folks put it, "Nerve cells that fire together wire together, but Nerve cells that don't fire together -- or loose their long-term relationship by our interrupting that and observing the effect, then we break the automatic response mechanisms it takes, and then are free to be there for us as we are fully present with each experience" [close paraphrase, -cp]. One way of defining any world problem (by cause and effect) is its association with one or more addictions (drugs, violence, denial, etc), relative to it's association with things that create beneficial effect (upon oneself, others, or situations. This has everything to do with "neuroplasticity", and the brain essentially being a tool kit that we each have opportunities to develop and enhance.
          Breaking habits is exactly the potential of what I call the "Bleep Tool Kit": those things (methodologies, practices, attendant devices if/when appropriate) that provide the capability to break habits on every level, whether personal or interpersonal, community or inter-community, and whether just conceived or fully manifested. Creation of our individual and community habit-breaking tool kits depends on the investment of time and application of principle - via the focus of one or more people. IMO, that's the first half of 'World change' - the other half is the personal and communal application of the tools.    De-Stress Kit   
          The "De-Stress Kit" provides much for initiating healing on the personal level, with great potential for assisting development of inner stillness and clarity. Such benefits can certainly, even naturally, expand to most every communal context. The HeartMath.Org web site is rich with fun tools for self-assessment and quickly introducing body, mind, and emotional health. It also provides FAQ's and voluminous research reports and related links & references. [Please note: as far as I know, there is no formal relationship between HeartMath.Org and WhatTheBleep.Com; I am associating them by common function - tools for conscious personal & world change. I consider their kit a valuable, perhaps essential, part of the "Bleep Tool Kit" - as I would any system(s) that does the same for an individual, actually. In you want to get really serious about such a tool kit, I would suggest integrating Chi-Gung, yoga, and a well-formed 'power-of-spoken-word' system with all the above. -cp]

             Remember *TM* (Transcendental Meditation) - and it's effectiveness upon whole communities ? Once the media made it all about the person (the guru), and not about the function and capability - for anyone who wanted to invest the time and energy ...well, at that point the potential was neutralized - until 'Bleep' resurrected the offer (with a much more grounded yet far-reaching platform). And I don't mean to imply that 'Bleep' is all about such serious things. It's as fun as it is intellectually stimulating, even as "wondrous," as it pulls together and makes understandable so many realms of knowledge in a practical way, including the quantum physics that backs it all up!

          All that (study, focus, etc) has effected my professional work as well as most every outlook on life. That effect began during my studies into consciousness in the mid 70's, much more in the later 80's. However, that has dramatically increased recently as I've only begun to realize the (far more) integrated picture (with the implied potentials) that I attempt a useful summary of in the above paragraphs. Below are some excerpts from the 'Bleep' website.

          "Following the release of 'What the BLEEP Do We Know!?', in Q&A after Q&A, conference after conference, the film makers were besieged by requests for more: More information, more science, more applications to their personal lives. August 1, 2006 marks the response to these requests with the release of What the BLEEP Down the Rabbit Hole, Quantum Edition multi-disc DVD set.


          "The original 'What The Bleep Do We Know' was made for a theatrical experience of under two hours. With these new expanded versions [in 'Down the Rabbit Hole'], the film makers were finally able to include all the topics as originally intended. The completed picture presents all the elements that are intrinsic to the world view put forth in BLEEP. Topics such as Quantum Entanglement, the Double Slit Experiment, Healing and the Cell, the split and re-unification of spirit and science - all are addressed in the detail required to tell the story. Hopefully they stimulate the viewer to seek further explorations. It may be the definitive BLEEP, but it is not the last word its the final beginning." The scientists make up quite the impressive list (click to read about them & what they say).
          "Often dubbed 'the Critic proof movie' due to its ability to weather all sorts of negative reviews, What the BLEEP has an interesting history in the media. Not all are bad, not all are good, but the movie always seems to have extracted a strong reaction in the reviewer. To see what they said in the media, click here."

There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. ~ Galileo Galilei

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. ~ William Faulkner, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech


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        "The Goal Chart - Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work - A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ..." - a practical visual tool to complement & help complete other self-help perspectives & presentations - a re-hash of ancient truths created to work for new applications

        "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs" - Basic principles and definitions for functionally clarifying the differences between ones beliefs, desires, & needs and the implications for personal growth, preventative health maintenance, and self-healing

        "Whole Being Integration In Manifesting Abundance" and "Seven Steps To Initiation And Understanding" - Principles of magnetism in the process of conscious personal growth, spiritual integration, and self healing.
        Includes special section: "Questions for Empowerment" Positive Response Questions (PRQ's) designed specifically for Personal Empowerment.

        More On Ideals at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'." For many readers as well as this author, many of the ideals stated or implied on various pages at my site are supremely challenging to say the least, and understandably so. I write on the topic because I believe ideals help us formulate a useful vision by which we can effectively develop realistic and purposeful goals. Very few get to live up to our highest ideals, but without ideals, what would we live up to? Various perspectives in that regard via these pages: "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" at the "Evolution Trends" page, at "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection", and the (above described) "Goal Chart" page

        "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing." - A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)

        "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner - and Detouring 'Burn-out'" - Published July'88 in "The New Times" (Seattle). On title-noted-aspects and related co-dependency and psycho-spiritual dynamics more or less common to therapists, nurses, doctors, and other care-givers. Also differentiates compassion from sympathy, permanent healing facilitation from symptomatic or temporary, responsibilities as related to "the work". An older writing, a compilation of principles and ideals. Also includes prose, "The Price Of Compassion". Added Feb'13: Visual "Affirmation for 'Seeing' & 'Hearing' ", for Clarifying and Clearing over Chalice Garden Multi-Chalice(8) HemiSync[12-3B]... This (page-wide) visual affirmation is based on principles of various therapeutic systems, including Chi Gung, for bringing about greater balance of energies in your system...". Included suggestions for use, with a 2nd graphic, "Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" prose over "PiChal-on Sepia". Added Jul'13: "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?"
        "Questions for INNER-RESOURCING - The Use of Personally Applied Invocative Questions (Invoc-Q's) for Multi-Dimensional Facilitation of Information Sharing, Integration, & Access." Links to related pages.

        The Organization Chart and "How and Why this Site Is Different," A study in Cross-Discipline Knowledge Sharing, Utilization, and a much needed integration of diverse talent. And how that relates to *Chalice-Bridging* and to healing. (And the full-size graphic!)
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