Enjoying the Whole-Brain Paradigm
Living from Joy and Inner Directedness
Transcending the Old Paradigm
The wholesome thrust of recreating society after WW2 enabled humanity to embark on a genuine fresh start. The urge and commitment to create a better society was overwhelmingly an enjoyable experience, was not too difficult to do, and was, by almost any measure a resounding success. The masses had created a decent society that was trending towards becoming more caring, creative, wholesome and sensible.
The global society had taken a major step towards planetary peace and prosperity, and the vast majority of people were happy with the outcome. And deservedly so – it was good enough to enable many, mainly younger generation to discover their own unique personal power, which enabled them to envisage, discover and create benevolent, non-harmful, sustainable solutions in all relevant spheres of life, by responding to inspiration and inner direction.
The rebuilding process created an unexpected, unintended and very important discovery,– as a society, we had created a milieu conducive to self-actualisation, which guided and induced some people into shedding their constraining façade and becoming their true self, opening up a greater world of creative possibilities. By inadvertently creating the conditions that led to self-actualisation, they had:
- discovered a whole “higher” more wiser, compassionate, gentler and effective inner nature that fulfils the person;
- discovered that there can be a process which will facilitate unlocking the inner nature;
- discovered that society itself in its ordinary, everyday interactions can provide the conditions for self-actualisation that can be as safe and effective as professional personal therapy;
Peaceful, People-Led Reform
This was not any institution led transformation. The seeds of change were in general discovered by imminent people at the top of their profession, breaking new ground during the 1950s. Their books flourished during the 1960s, which contributed significantly to people “opening up” and enjoying a better experience of themselves. New, creative discoveries came to be enjoyed as a common, ongoing, grass roots experience, and incorporated into their personal lives. Cutting-edge therapists had been describing the advanced tip of a growing realisation in consciousness, spontaneously emerging. In applying their new-found appreciation of life, a natural, cooperative, life-affirming, self-actualising paradigm emerged.
Some of these discoveries transcended anything the institutions understood, believed in, or could adapt to, as they were still playing out the old paradigm in their staid, predictable, backward-looking manner. These changes were occurring in people because of the people themselves, by how well they were actually relating to themselves and one another. By committing themselves creating a better society and a better world, they were able to improve their relationships socially, until the social milieu itself began uplifting people as a safe, wholesome and ecstatic experience. People found that when they gathered in groups for a higher purpose, an uplifting energy developed, that drew each person into a higher state of consciousness that they shared in common. The complete opposite to the consciousness-lowering experiences of mob rule.
Enjoying the Life-Affirming Paradigm
By the early 1970s, it had become apparent to many that there is a way of understanding, which integrated the local and the global, the micro and the macro, the personal and the societal, the short and long term, which enabled well-motivated people, especially in groups, to evolve creative solutions that work on all levels and timeframes. For some it was the most exiting, ecstatic, nurturing, empowering, never-ending mind-blowing experience, way beyond imaginings. People were seeing and experiencing life in much friendlier terms, thinking far more creatively, and functioning more effectively.
A common basic understanding of a truly workable, unproblematic way of life was understood by a significant sub-section of western society, and was trickling through into mainstream, offering a wholesome, optimistic, easier and more workable way of connecting with ourselves, each other and the natural world, that benefited the planet as a whole. “Small is beautiful”, and “Think globally, act locally” became familiar catch-cries, and were being lived in all manner of small, local settings. Many people found their lives falling into place in the most exquisite ways.
People were now discovering solutions to long-standing problems, and could see that it was possible to live without creating problems. They could see that everybody could live without having to exploiting one another, and it was completely possible to create planetary peace and harmony for everybody.
Sustainable solutions are durable and require little maintenance. They can be very inexpensive to implement initially, as demonstrated by the early experiments, and they can also be implemented at the highest levels of luxury and exquisiteness, as in the private home of some of the rich. But are always far less expensive to maintain, and running and maintenance costs decrease over time. Sustainable solutions are free from obsolescence, do not pollute nor degrade the ecology, and have a vastly reduced ecological footprint. This means they are a net plus to the betterment of society and the world in general. They also minimise consumption and expenditure, and are free of chronic indebtedness or dependence on ongoing or repeat business.
If everybody embraced sustainability, economics would naturally reform itself, away from greed and exploitation and towards a more considerate, wholesome, ecology-friendly, sharing and sustainable form of economics, not through imposition and not dramatically, but gently and gradually, through people embracing healthy choices made by informed, caring, intelligent well-motivated people. This would lead to far greater egalitarianism all levels, from the local to the global.
Hopes for the Future
The message of creating planetary peace and goodwill had spread right around the planet, carried by the media, and had been accepted by the masses of ordinary people, and without being blocked, mocked or derided. Society was mellowing, from an overly controlled post-war reconstruction, through decades of stable, responsible work and living, towards a truly open society, in a far more peaceful, trusting world.
For a period of time, there was growing hope that mainstream society would choose to embrace the obvious next step, that of a peacefully integrated planet, free of all major problems, and based on sustainability, cooperation, goodwill and trust, rather than pursue an unsustainable lifestyle that would lead to greater destruction, pollution, famine and wars. As it became apparent that the positive-future option was not going to be embraced, increasing numbers of people turned towards creating their own communities of sustainability, nurturing, peace and goodwill.
A New, Whole-brain, Paradigm For Living
There is a natural, wholistic, integrated, cooperative, nurturing and regenerating, life-affirming, self-actualising, community conscious paradigm of understanding and engaging life, which opens up a whole new dimension to living, being and relating. This paradigm is how whole-brain, self-actualising people are inclined to act, when free from the constraining impositions of the mechanical paradigm It has been added to and expanded ever since to offer every aspect of life and endeavour a creative, optimistic problem-free way of fulfilling living, that solves and heals existing problems. It is our future.