The Pyramid of Consciousness
As we have already said, neurographica is a wonderful method that gives us the opportunity to fulfill our cherished desires, to realize dreams, to achieve our goals. It is based on the interaction of the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche, their influence on each other and on the reality surrounding us. And before delving into the description of the method itself, it is worthwhile to dwell in more detail on the basic concepts and basic processes that make up its foundation.
First, let's talk about the Pyramid of Consciousness and the Theory of Lifting Constraints as an instrument for working with it. We will understand what our internal work should be composed of and how to make it more productive.
Without false modesty, I’ll say that the idea of the Pyramid of consciousness (or rather, its model), or a map of consciousness, belongs to me. I deduced it on the basis of practical experience - my personal and my colleagues - thanks to numerous spiritual experiments and practices. We “rolled in” and refined this model for more than twenty years, and finally, our painstaking work paid off - all the necessary puzzles came together, and the model appeared to the world.
The pyramid of consciousness illustrates the structure of the deep consciousness of a man. People live not only in the objective world, but also in their own internal reality, which determines everything that happens to them. It is necessary for a person to understand it, so that he can orient himself in what is happening in the society, and direct his energy towards the right direction, in order to ensure a harmonious, happy life for himself. Most of this energy is concentrated precisely in the internal reality - it is here that fate is realized and the cause of all future events is formed.
Some ideas embodied in this model fundamentally differ from the views of existing analytical and philosophical schools. And in order to avoid a “conflict of teachings”, in this chapter I described in details the phenomenology of ongoing processes at each level of consciousness
So, we live in the information age, constantly loading the brain and influencing a huge amount of knowledge in our heads. However, in order to learn how to benefit from them, explanations and an appropriate map are needed. It should be accessible and detailed, based on scientific views, taken into account all human experience and be systematically updated. The scheme presented in this chapter is a map of consciousness, according to which it is possible to trace and understand what happens to any person in a particular case, how and where he can come, what to achieve and what needs to be done on the path of individuation (more about it we will talk further).
In the 21st century, mankind has made a huge technological leap, but if we talk about the development of the psychic, then for the time being we are just “rising from our knees”. It has been only twenty years since a person stopped looking for outside help and began to rely on himself. More and more people tend to abandon religious doctrines and therapists, not wanting to become dependent on external influences, they consciously make their choice, taking responsibility for their lives on themselves. Now is just the period when it is important for those who were or are a therapist to retrain into the category of so-called stalkers, that is, conductors; and for those who seek assistance and are on the development path, it is important to become researchers who do not go west or east, but deep into themselves. Then they will gain the opportunity to shape their reality in accordance with their needs and desires and will be able to make their life harmonious and comfortable.
The fact is that consciousness has several levels, which consist of different layers of being. Working with each of them brings a man closer to the self, makes him bright, charismatic, gives access to the total restoration of the body, renewal and transformation.
Only after going through all the layers, and having carried out the corresponding work on self-improvement in each layer, a person begins to build up at a high level and acquires the ability to influence the course of world events. The pyramid of consciousness implies that within a person there are limitations (varied at different levels), that prevent him from using his potential, to fully live and create (Fig. 4).
The totality of all levels of consciousness that make up our model resembles a layer cake. And here is what it consists of:
• actual consciousness (the point "here and now");
• operational consciousness;
• levels of individual subconscious and unconscious;
• levels of the collective unconscious (archetypes and egregors);
• level of self (elements and absolute).
The boundary level, the layer that separates the external environment from the inner world of a man, is actual consciousness. The external environment is outside the state of "here and now." Once a person opens his eyes, he immediately enters the outside world, while all the layers of the Pyramid of consciousness are inside. Therefore, in order to move somewhere forward, towards one’s goals and dreams, a person has to exert a lot of effort, to overcome many limitations.
In order to realize himself in the outside world, he needs to increase the volume of his energy and his presence.
The volume of personality in the “here and now” is formed due to the fact that energy in a certain amount comes from internal sources to the present moment, where everyone know how to rationally distribute it to certain actions.
Initially, the amount of this energy is colossal - all people are connected to a single inexhaustible source. In different cultures, this energy is called differently, but more often it is called “Self” or “Absolute”. The self is the energy of the Supreme, the level of one hundred percent fullness of consciousness in it. A person who is capable of letting all this energy through himself realizes it in the “here and now” in full, correspondingly globally increasing at that moment the scale of his personality.
This is where the question of limitations comes up. They are located between the level of “here and now” of a person and the level of self (absolute).
A person, according to the Pyramid of consciousness, has seven levels of energy and consciousness. Each of them, as mentioned earlier, has its own set of limitations. Let's consider them in more detail.
The very first level - the "surface", the current consciousness - is responsible for the state of "here and now", the presence of a person in the moment, determines his tone and productivity of life.
It is in “here”, from the point of view of the contact of the external and internal worlds, that everything happens. Here, a man shows his efficiency to the maximum, collects data from the environment, so that later he can use it for creation. At this moment, all his activity, aggression, libido is directed outward. If we consider this state in the everyday context of a person, then everything that exists here and now is included in the act of attention.
“Here and now,” or actual consciousness, is what we see and feel right now. At the same time, it is important to understand the difference between the imposed external environment and those born in man himself, from the internal screen of his consciousness (some voices, sensations may come from inside).
For example, right now I see my companion, and a blue curtain, and I feel the surface of the chair on which I am sitting, I hear the sound of music outside the wall. And inside I feel a slight feeling of hunger, and some popular melody is spinning in my head.
In other words, actual consciousness is the amount of energy and attention that a person has at a given moment. But each person perceives the same reality differently, and it turns out that the concepts of attention, consciousness and energy are almost synonymous, although they have different meanings and tasks, they are interdependent: “attention” is equal to “energy” . Where there is no energy, there is no attention.
And you know what? There are no problems at the current level. There is only the object itself - the man. And where are the limitations? They are at the next level - in the operational consciousness.
The second level - operational consciousness - is very similar to what is called RAM in a computer (which, in fact, is a model of the brain, human consciousness). The computer’s RAM contains all those programs that are ready for instant start-up - already “downloaded” and not requiring activation time, included as soon as necessary.
The RAM contains information that is not directly present in the act of attention, but which we access automatically as soon as we need it. For example, a person remembers his name, where he lives, where his wallet lies. And if you ask the question: “How much is seven times eight?”, The person usually recalls the answer - since it is in the realm of operational consciousness (and if he doesn’t remember, it means that this information is stored somewhere deeper).
The principle of using the mind is to expand its boundaries. As in the case of a computer that has enough RAM for normal operation, and with a person, it is important not only to memorize, but also the ability to quickly and accurately retrieve the necessary data from there.
It is the operational consciousness that determines the effectiveness of a person: the one who has the operative at the medium level and the one who has at the excellent level, will definitely differ in their productivity. Although compared to other layers of consciousness, this is still a rather superficial level, it’s just the tip of the iceberg of the human psyche and consciousness.
The first two levels, actual and operational consciousness, determine the life of that part of the personality that is facing the outside world - the ability to react and interact with it.
A person in the normal state does not have access to the next level.
INDIVIDUAL SUBCONSCIOUS AND INDIVIDUAL UNCONSCIOUS
The individual subconscious and the individual unconscious determine the life of the individual. If the first two levels are contacts with the outside world, these two levels determine what happens to the person on the inside. This is the inner part in which a person is separated from others.
Freudians distinguish: individual consciousness, preconsciousness and the unconscious. In the Pyramid of consciousness, according to this principle, only two layers are distinguished - this is the individual subconscious and the individual unconscious. This level is greater than the previous one, but it also differs for each person - depending on the experience of the present and past lives.
In the individual subconscious lies the phenomena associated with the memory of all life - starting from the first second of conception, including the perinatal period. As soon as a person finds his embodiment on Earth, he begins to absorb information. So in the subconscious, the mind accumulates information about a large number of events.
According to some instruments, the human brain records up to forty thousand events a day! Information about them is recorded at the cellular level and is constantly present inside the person, which is also confirmed at various sessions on birth regression. Basically, the presence of this information in us cannot be denied.
Consciousness and body are parts of one whole. Accordingly, the problems at the level of the body arise on the basis of the information stored in us.
In the individual unconscious, data are recorded about our previous incarnations, including negative experience and hidden talents of a person.
Skeptics will not like this statement about the existence of past lives. But if people managed to carry an idea through thousands of years and it survived - it is no coincidence …
This information can be discovered only by immersion in oneself. And when a person encounters a very strong experience, he just uncovers the experience from the deeper levels.
Individual experience recorded in these two layers every second affects the person and the decisions that he makes. This experience can be both positive and negative, but due to the fact that it is still traumatic to a greater extent, a person often feels the negative influence on self and is waging an exhausting struggle with oneself. The presence of positive experience makes it possible to choose successful strategies in the future.
To be a creative person, one must have an open mind and, at a minimum, get rid of acquired emotional and neurotic addictions. In other words, the challenge for people is to “erase” the negative experiences of the past.
The energy flowing from the bottom up, from the self to the actual consciousness, pushes to the surface everything that lies between them. These are fears, and feelings, and visions, and bodily sensations. And each next level in depth means the intensification of experiences.
The next two layers are egregors (or kenotypes) and myths (or archetypes): the first layer is the personal level of the person, the second is the individual level of the person. And together they make up the third large layer of the Pyramid of consciousness - the collective.
This category in the map of consciousness is also divided into two layers, which differs from the analytical paradigm according to which the collective unconscious was always considered to be one. The collective unconscious is the level of the psyche that contains information about life on the planet recorded by a person. Although earlier ideas were put forward that it contains information about all life on the planet, the collective unconscious most often means the consciousness of the planet, or the noosphere (in terms of academician Vernadsky).
The first layer of this level is egregors, whose representatives are called kenotypes. The second layer is the myths presented by archetypes.
An egregore is the total psychic energy of a union, the formation of which is enough for three people. We can talk about egregors of communities, clans, tribes, nations, generations, etc.
Unlike archetypes, egregors are not so rooted in the psyche, less stable and can disappear like the Mayan tribes in their time. But they contain a huge strata of energy and information through which a person can comprehend a lot and through which he must go in order to achieve selfhood.
There are no problems with access to the collective unconscious. To enter the egregor, it’s enough to take an interest, for example, in the culture of nations: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism — what responds most to you. Healthy curiosity, the desire to deeper comprehend the world, travel very well, and expand consciousness.
Any person is connected to the collective unconscious. But there is a conflict between the relationship of the subject to the outside world and his subconscious. And then a person gets an inner question: “Who am I? How can I be in the current, relevant world? ”The influence of egregors is incredibly strong. The whole inner space of a person is a struggle of one influence with another.
Archetypes are constant states deeply rooted in the psyche.
“Archetypes are not representable on their own, they manifest themselves in the consequences of themselves, as archetypal images and ideas. These are collective universal patterns (models), or motives arising from the collective unconscious and which are the main content of religions, mythologies, legends and fairy tales. (C. G. Jung. Man and his symbols. - St. Petersburg: B.S.K., 1996.P. 451. - author’s note).
Intellectual immersion in culture reveals consciousness, it gives access to energy, which, among other things, has indicators of physicality - sensory. Recognition of energies hidden at the mythical level gives an impulse to consciousness, enhancing the impact on reality. And people engaged in mythology immediately discover this level.
When a person in the current consciousness begins to study the mythical standard of living, energy very quickly comes into motion, it begins to rise. And if the personal level is not worked out, then the traumas existing on it are suddenly activated (although the positive aspects are also activated).
A myth is a story about the life of higher psychic forces, which are identical for all people, in all cultures, that is, they have similar plots. Myth allows you to touch common properties, which are no longer merely egregors, but universal human properties.
The Self Level
The basis of the Pyramid of Consciousness and the basic beginning of the map is what Jung called the self, and it is located outside the human psyche. The Jungians have a big debate: is the self God? Indeed, Jung sometimes said that Self possesses a divine essence, is beyond the psyche, beyond humanity, but immediately claimed that the self is not God.
Here are Carl Jung's words about the self: “As an empirical concept, the self denotes a holistic spectrum of psychic phenomena in a man. It expresses the unity of the individual as a whole. But to the extent that a holistic personality, because of its unconscious component, can only be partly conscious, the concept of the self is partly only potentially empirical and to this extent postulative. In other words, it includes both “experiential ” and “unexperiential” (or not yet experienced).
These qualities are inherent in many other scientific concepts, which turn out to be more names than ideas. To the extent that psychic integrity, consisting of conscious and unconscious contents, is postulative, it represents a transcendental concept, since it assumes the existence of unconscious factors on an empirical basis and, thus, characterizes a certain being that can be described only partially, since the other part remains (at any given time) unrecognized and unlimited. Just as conscious and unconscious phenomena become more realistic, when encountering them, the self, as a mental integrity, also acquires conscious and unconscious aspects.
Empirically, the self manifests itself in dreams, myths, fairy tales, revealing characters of an “extraordinary personality”, such as a role, a hero, a prophet, a savior, and so on, or in the form of a holistic symbol - a circle, square, cross, quadrature circle (quadratura circuli). (C. G. Jung. Psychological types. - SPb .: Juventa; M .: "Progress-Univers", 1995, p. 553–554. - author’s note).
A fundamental separation of the elements and the absolute has been introduced into the model of the Pyramid of consciousness at the level of the self.
Ancient cultures (for example, Persian, Asian) tell us about dividing into elements - the constitutional type of a person is a union of elements according to some central sign. At the level of the elements, the first division of what is called absolute takes place; from here comes all that the Jungians call libido - the life force.
The model of the five elements is extremely clear and yet comprehensive, describes the whole world. The qualities of the elements are manifested in the movements of the planets and the annual cycle, body structure, medicine, in seasonality, in diets, in taste, color, and musical decisions; and interact according to certain laws. Through these qualities, the nature of the absolute is manifested, and it is fundamentally important that the elements are not the psychic nature of things, but the supra-psychic. The psyche is possessed by a man and other higher forms of life; but not a tree, although it is subject to the laws of the elements, and not a stone - they do not have a psyche, but in some way have the nature of an absolute. That is, we are talking about what is beyond the psyche and human consciousness.
Elements include: wood, fire, earth, metal, water. These are, in fact, the five elements of what is ultimately whole. They interact with each other and qualitatively differ from the energy of the whole. Through the management of elements, we can bring to a new level all spheres and processes of our life - business, health, relationships and others. This is the easiest way to control the universe and your own reality; and from a conscious age - from the first courses of the university - it should be taught and explained how the five elements work in business, in art, in preserving health and in any other field and context. Unfortunately, currently, most people are oblivious, unenlightened and do not know what they can get by mastering these principles.
Absolute is what we all unconsciously strive for, feeling the presence of something more in the world, and one of the central concepts of our model. This is one of the basic philosophical categories, introduced into widespread use by Schelling and indicating the presence in the world of a higher eternal, unchanging spiritual essence.
The Absolute (Latin absolutus - unconditional, unlimited, non-relative, perfect) is the eternal, unchanging primary principle of the world, the beginning of all that is thought of as one, universal, beginningless, infinite and opposed to all relative and conditioned Being.
There is a huge number of synonymous concepts of the absolute: “Absolute spirit”, “Absolute idea” or “Matter”, “Infinity,” “Absolute Mind,” “Wisdom,” “Absolute Consciousness,” and “Absolute Being.” In the philosophical system of Pythagoras, the absolute is the "Unit"; in Plato, it is “One” or “Good”; Confucius - "Celestial"; Aristotle - “The Engine”; Shankara has Brahman; Fichte - “The Absolute Self”; Hegel - "The Absolute Idea."
In science, the absolute is “True Knowledge”; in human life - "Perfection"; in art - "Beauty." And in religions with the concept of the absolute the concept of God is identical (Fig. 5).
Many systems give an entry point to the absolute and try to transfer knowledge in a descriptive way, but they encounter some problems: firstly, which of the modern languages — Buddha, Christ, Mohammed, Freemasons — are hopelessly outdated for this purpose ; and secondly, the words themselves kill communication with the absolute, since it manifests itself only in peace and quiet.
We unconsciously strive for the absolute, and in general, the entire humanitarian part of society is only turned to that in order to find a powerful force called the absolute. To achieve it, we find “accelerators” of movement through various hobbies or activities, hiking in the mountains and nature, role-playing games or historical reconstructions in which archetypal energies are manifested.
Experiencing the absolute is the best experience in our lives. This is the magic, our charisma, the ability to attract everything we think into our lives. Once having reached the absolute, especially if such an experience was conscious, we are already paving the way there and striving to build our life in such a way as to have access to this experience again and again. Another beauty of experiencing the absolute is that it is a strong positive impact that can erase all previous negative programs acquired in the process of life.
Having reached the absolute, we can transform the personality. And there is no other possibility of transformation. All other paths will entail individual changes, but not transformation: it is possible only where the personality and ego die. The absolute is that sea, that ocean where a drop of libido dissolves. A huge number of filters will have to be overcome on the way from the here and now to the absolute. However, having gone through all these levels - elements, egregors, the archetypal and individual unconscious - we are able to come to a state of holiness or enlightenment - a state of absolute love and health, and not just the realization of patterns and patterns dictated to us, point “ here and now ”as a manifestation of an absolutely realized level, where the ego and self are one and the same.
On an intellectual level, absolute is manifested as curiosity and interest; on the emotional - passion, love, joy, delight and peace; at the level of the body - as relaxation, high mobility and dynamism. Absolute is an absolutely healthy body, lack of fatigue, a feeling of buzz and fullness of strength - an ideal form of our existence. In an absolute state, we cease to put ourselves at the forefront and begin to take care of our neighbor, to love, to be effective and healthy to the extent we need. All rigidity and tension are escaping from a collision with the world, with the environment; this experience ceases to be painful, becomes tolerant and even pleasant.
In the absolute, there is an aspect of dissolution: when a person enters it, he experiences all kinds of religious feelings, and most importantly - experience in the moment “here and now” (which is paradoxical, since it turns out that at the same time, experiencing the moment of being , we experience our immortality). Everything develops and expands at this point, we enter a state of flow, gradually making it our constant practice. To arrive at this point, several (at least two to three) months of classes are needed - for this process to be carried out at a calm pace. After all, upon receipt of a large amount of human energy literally begins to shake; and when it comes to the absolute, its volumes are growing rapidly.
As it arrives at different levels of consciousness, this energy pushes traumatic experiences buried deep in the surface, which manifest themselves simultaneously on the emotional, physical and intellectual levels. A person is in a stressful state, starting to “boil” more and more, but this is a stress of development. Therefore, the main task - to go through this process competently and as sparingly as possible - under the supervision of a specialist, a professional, and not trying to cope alone through the use of some amateurish or barbaric methods. Thus, you will carefully expand the cumulative effect and energy intensity of the processes; an update will begin at the cellular level; you will receive more and more energy, respectively, smoothly approaching the issues of life expectancy and longevity. There is no restriction of access to this energy - there is only movement up and forward.
WAY OF INDIVIDUALITY
“A thousand-mile journey begins at your feet,” Lao Tzu said.
“Individuation means becoming a detached being, and since by individual we mean our innermost and incomparable originality, it is also becoming our own self. Therefore, individuation can also be called the embodiment of the self in life. (Jung 1933, S. 65. — author's note.)
“The existence of a specific individual can never be explained by any mechanisms of expediency such as survival, procreation, sexuality, hunger, death, and so on. In the life of everyone, we still meet with the desire to show in ourselves the presence of something Human that can only be manifested by a symbol” (Franz, in Jung 1968, S. 202. — author's note.)
I am inclined to consider individuation from the perspective of a new jungism, which says that this is a constant process, the process of movement of consciousness along the axis “ego - self”.
Our entire Pyramid consists of layers of consciousness and experience, which means that these layers have a psychic content and, on the one hand, affect the configuration of the ego, the formation of events, the volume of the self; on the other hand, they form the mental content of various types of awareness, including dreams. When a person is capable of existing in these layers, immersing or passing through them, he reveals himself, his unconscious. And the more he raises the unconscious into his experience and awareness, the greater the stream of self he will be able to accept into himself - that stream that goes on constantly and feeds him.
A man does not exist separately from the self - even if he does not realize the connection with it. His world is expanding, his consciousness is being enlightened, and in this sense he is in the process of individuation. Ideal individuation is possible when the ego is absolutely conscious with a strong personality and has complete identity with the self. This is a paradoxical decision of the psyche - when there is "here and now", and the self is present in it - but this is about Zen masters, something that we all strive for.
In order to lower awareness from the surface “here and now” in depth, certain efforts are required, because it is difficult to get into the deep layers of consciousness, bypassing the superficial.
A strong operational consciousness, a strong personal elaboration makes it possible to contact the collective unconscious.
The development of the space of the collective unconscious in both its layers leads to the elaboration of the archetypal, and, by the way, the archetype can be mastered especially easily, if you mark even further into the self.
Immersion and penetration into the Self, its development is a long spiritual path that pushes a person higher up. But the dissolution of the Ego in the ocean of Self poses a real threat - it is fraught with inadequacy, splitting of the personality, and mental disorders. Therefore, individuation should take place under the supervision of a competent specialist - in order to ensure that a person develops an environmentally friendly, safe building of a strong personality and a constant movement of processes from the Self to the surface and from the surface to the Self.