Evolution: From Consonance to Dissonance to Consonance
“This is a time when we either meet the moment or miss the moment.” —Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles.
It’s a challenge to remain relevant these days as the NOW generation leaves us older folks behind—and my thoughts turn to lofty considerations that seemingly have little if any relevance to current events in the world—philosophical and existential considerations like “Where do we come from and where are we going?” Often while writing a blog article I wonder if anyone really cares about the topic. “Who cares about our origin or our destination? All I care about is where my next job will come from and paying the rent next month?” That’s understandable . . . for those who have their noses up against the grinding stone. There is, however, a larger picture to be seen in which these challenging times can be understood and seen for why they are the way they are and what we can do in moving forward, if we would only look up from the grinding stone. This post offers such a perspective–but it will require you to think.
Before I launch into this post, I wish to share words and a poem from my favorite bard, Don Hynes, sent in response to my previous post:
Thank you for this wonderful perspective brother. You asked for our thoughts. Here are a few of mine:
Thank you, Don
I just finished reading Dan Brown’s ORIGIN and I’m dwelling on the chapter where he finally arrives at the anxiously anticipated moment when the pivotal character in the story, futurist and computer entrepreneur Edmund Kirsch, reveals his belief-shattering discovery of the origin of life, along with the origin and destination of the human species, as the age of Artificial Intelligence dawns. I won’t spill the beans for those who haven’t yet read the book. But I will take a phrase from the chapter to launch a consideration along the lines of the evolution of human consciousness, incorporating also words of my spiritual mentor from back in the day of my conscious awakening. The phrase is
“DISSIPATION-DRIVEN ADAPTIVE ORGANIZATION”
Lifted from the book, this phrase takes me back to my journey through Walter Russell‘s signature work THE UNIVERSAL ONE, in which he portrays and demonstrates the “Creating Process” as one of simultaneous integration and disintegration facilitated by the dance between the equally empowered Masculine and Feminine energies, partners in creation. When you have a few minutes, it’s revolutionary reading. Just click on the above links to previous posts.
Back to ORIGIN: Edmund Kirsch’s scientific “discovery” of the origin of life in Brown’s novel is based on the urge and compulsion of life-giving energy to move out and bring the light of life to all corners of the Universe. Ergo, the “Big Bang” theory. To accomplish this, the “Laws of the Universe” assemble atoms and molecules into forms that will “dissipate” the energy in order to spread it further out into the formless void of the cosmos. In the process, forms are disintegrated and dissolved, making room for new forms to emerge, all for the purpose of distributing energy throughout the Universe. In order to accomplish its drive to spread energy around, the thermodynamic law of the universe creates a state of entropy by destabilizing a system of accumulated energy so that the energy can be dissipated.
“ENTROPY: A thermodynamic measure of the amount of energy unavailable for useful work in a system undergoing change.” (New World Dictionary)
Many systems on the planet are undergoing change. Examples of entropy can be seen in weather patterns where hurricanes and tornadoes form to dissipate the built-up warm energy in the tropics then move out and spread the energy into cooler climates, which absorb the energy and dissolve the entropic system. The same dynamic is at work in the cooling of a cup of hot tea where the heat is dissipated in the tea and absorbed by the cup.
In the larger picture of human relations, entropy is at work in the clash between two classes of people, such as we see in the suppressed prejudicial racial issues in America that have bubbled over into “peaceful” demonstrations against unjust treatment of “people of color” by a policing system purposed to protect them. Eventually the energy builds up to the point of destabilizing the emotional and mental capacities of the demonstrators which results in violent, and often destructive, outburst of energy. As the energy is spent, the demonstrations disintegrate.
Considering Don’s poem “New Heaven,” entropy is working in the transference of energy from the disintegrating old heaven and old earth to the New Heaven and New Earth in a process of transmutation. The acceleration of transference is exponential as the new absorbs the dissipating energy and substance of the old, which appears to be going out with a bang. To try and stop it is literally a waste of precious energy needed to empower the New Heaven and grow the New Earth. Fighting and resisting it only feeds it and hastens its collapse. The word of Life is “Come out of her my people.”
The Old God is Dying
Along with the passing of the old heaven, the old God of religion is dying. In Brown’s novel, Edmund Kirsch’s theory is supposed to preclude the need for God in the creating universe—that is, the God of religion made in the image and likeness of man. Science with its Laws of the Universe–quantum physics, chemistry, microbiology, gravity, etc—under the dominion of Artificial Intelligence, had become the new God to replace the old. The obvious question, posed by Michael Langdon, an academic scientist himself, is “Who created the Laws of the Universe?” He suggests that there has to be an Intelligence behind the Universe wherein energy and mass oscillate between chaos and order.
I propose a more realistic formula: LIFE-DRIVEN ADAPTIVE ORGANIZATION FOR THE ONGOING EXPRESSION OF CREATING LIFE ENERGY, in keeping with Walter Russell’s model, as portrayed in this graphic:
All created forms come from and return to their Origin. The forms for moving life’s creating energy dissolve in the dissipation of energy. Life’s creating energy itself does not dissipate, except in the form, resulting in the dissolution of the form.
However, we’ve been considering the transformation and transmutation of consciousness, along with the physical body, and not their dissolution—although that is what’s happening in the fallen state into which we’ve incarnated as spiritual beings, angels if you will. The warning by the Creator in the Beginning was and is “thou shalt surely die” if we continue to live our lives on the basis of our self-active mind’s judgments as to what it thinks is “good” and what is “evil.”
ASCENSION TAKES PRESSURE
There is another way our physical forms may go, and that’s up into the Light rather than down into the dust. That would require pressure. That pressure is available within our living organism wherein spirit and flesh mingle to create a “Human Being.” Life’s energy, allowed to build rather than dissipate, would lift human consciousness to a new and higher level and shift the frequency of our physical forms to a higher vibration, where they would be completely impervious to all disease.
FROM CONSONANCE TO DISSONANCE TO CONSONANCE
So, how does all this play out in the evolution of my consciousness? It plays out in how I conceptualize sensory perceptions in my consciousness and then neatly file them away into “good” and “bad” categories. To help demonstrate, allow me to refer to my musical expertise.
Music is generally a movement of sound-driven energy that alternates back and forth between dissonance and consonance. There’s nothing “wrong” with dissonance in the musical composition as it is part of the movement of the music, which usually resolves into consonance. By the same token, there’s nothing more “right” about consonance. One is simply the evolving or resolving phase of the other. Now, we all love consonance, harmonious sounds of symphony. It pleases us more, however, when consonance resolves out of dissonance. Now, if we don’t like the dissonance and attempt to resolve it without any musical knowledge, we would likely create a noisome cacophony. Listen to this recording of Sergej Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil) and experience what I’m talking about.
(Move the red dot in the tracking bar to 23:50, and listen with your earphones at a moderate volume, as it will get louder at 25:00, then very quiet at 25:27. So, keep your finger on the volume control.)
I would now like to share some poignant words and profound insights of my spiritual mentor, Martin Exeter. He spoke these words some forty years ago. However, as you will see, they are quite applicable to the present state of turbulence in our world. (Read these excerpts when you have the time to be quiet and still.)
The state of affairs in the world might be described as an immense dissonance of raucous sound. How is this dissonance going to come to a point of consonance, harmonious consonance? How is it going to be resolved? The creative process in operation throughout the whole universe moves in cycles, in the overall sense in a creative spiral. It is an upward movement with which human beings are not particularly familiar because they have not for a long time been participating in it, but it is going on nevertheless. It moves in this spiral from a point of consonance into a state of dissonance and back to a state of consonance again at a higher level. This is the natural creative cycle; there is nothing wrong with it. In its relationship to human beings it was described long ago as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Good and evil then were part of that original state—both are perfect. There is consonance and there is dissonance and they each have a part to play in the creative process. There is nothing wrong with the dissonance; there is nothing wrong with the consonance. There is nothing wrong with evil, there is nothing wrong with good, until human beings interfere with the process. Then things go very wrong in human experience, not that this interrupts the creative cycles of the universe particularly but it brings a good deal of tribulation and suffering upon the human race and upon many other forms of life which are part of the creative life cycle related to this earth.
So there has been a mess-up in this whole process because of the failure of human beings, so that they are now disassociated from the creative cycle. We could say, to illustrate something, that at the point of human failure there was a state of consonance. The state of consonance was properly to be followed by a state of dissonance in the true creative cycle, but certain ones distorted the state of dissonance in order to conform with their desires, desires which they presumed were good or would lead to more satisfying consonance. Unfortunately this was none of the business of human beings; they had no business interfering with what was happening. They were warned of what would occur if they insisted on this interference, and of course it did, because they did. And so since that point of consonance there has been a constantly increasing dissonance; the cycle has never been resolved. It may be seen that there were a number of points of hesitation in the dissonant pattern when it could have turned again into a cycle which would have led to consonance, but in each case human failure reoccurred and so the dissonance, or the disintegration in this case, continued.
Now if consonance is to come out of dissonance there must be present in the dissonance a starting point, a starting point which relates to the consonance that is later to appear as the dissonance is resolved. That starting point, in our present consideration of what is necessary on earth to emerge out of this unnatural cycle, is the presence of angels in human form on earth . . . . This vast dissonance that is present on earth in the experience of all human beings can only be resolved on the basis of this starting point which I have mentioned, because this starting point is a point of consonance within the dissonance. As there is that point of consonance within the dissonance the positive quality of that point begins to draw into association with itself all the material that is necessary to permit a resolution to bring the whole unfolding cycle to the point of consonance which we have referred to as the point of restoration. . . .
What the angels are to do has been described in various ways but maybe we should look at it in the sense of our immediate fields of responsibility, because if we have been sent on earth as angels and we land up here, wherever here may be for the individual, that is the place we have been sent to; otherwise we wouldn’t be here. This is the place which makes possible the resolution from the worldly state of dissonance to a state of consonance. So there is something very special about the particular place where a person is now. There is a place where we always are. It relates to the present moment, doesn’t it? It always relates to the present circumstance and it will include other people who are in the vicinity, who are a part of our present circumstance—this is always so. . . .
Later in his message, Martin Exeter offered something more.
The changes that need to come are changes in consciousness. Did you ever try to change someone else’s consciousness? If I had been trying to do this over these years I would have been discouraged long ago. I have been offering services over a lengthy period of time, not to change anyone’s state of consciousness, because I can’t do that, but to offer the opportunity to those who would receive it to remember how to let their own consciousness change. And I have been very happy over the years in doing this to discover that my own consciousness changed.
That’s how it has worked for me. I’ll close with these words of Martin’s:
Now you can’t as a human being change your own consciousness. You wouldn’t know how to do it or what your consciousness should be after you had gotten it done. So that’s not the point. The point is that we have begun to discover and experience a new state of consciousness to the extent that we have been willing to accept a new quality of expression, not struggling to build some model state of spiritual consciousness that we had decided would be useful but in a very practical way letting our circumstances be used to provide us with the opportunity of giving expression to a quality of living that transcended what we knew before. We had to take responsibility for ourselves to do this, to recognize that whatever it was that was present with us exactly where we were was the facility by which we might let our state of consciousness change.
“Be Where You Are.” As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.