We are becoming aware that our humanity is facing an increasingly perilous situation. We are becoming aware of how uncertain and threatened are not just the prospects for our modern civilization, but even for our survival as a species.

We can say accurately that at our current level of functioning, we are not going to make it. At our present level of being able to work cooperatively together in the common interest, we are just falling further and further behind our problems.

What we must have is an leap to a higher level of consciousness and awareness of our common humanity and its needs -- an evolutionary jump in level. We must have this profound increase in our ability to work together in unity to meet problems before us and to secure our future.

We are at the end of an historical cycle, a cycle that has brought our humanity many wonderful advances, but enormous problems as well. Those problems have gone beyond the available tools of this cycle to solve. If there is not a new cycle available to us, a new cycle with the necessary tools of consciousness and human understanding to deal successfully with the problems we are facing, then there is no solution.

What could bring about this new cycle?

My answer is this. We require a new school of the human psyche, one that will enable us to reach our full positive potential for dealing with this Emergency. The more and better we know ourselves, and the more we have clarified ourselves internally, the greater will be our contributions towards the solution. Our highest possibilities, our greatest contributions will come individually with the achievement of Total Enlightenment, and collectively with the realization of the Unity of all Humanity.

Such a school to meet our historical necessity must meet five crucial requirements. In this blog we will be examining these requirements in depth to understand why they are so important. We will also discover what has been accomplished towards providing this urgently needed school.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Five Requirements

A New School of the Human Psyche Must Meet Five Requirements if it is to Enable the Jump in Level 
Needed for Our Unity and Survival 

1. Complete
2. Fast
3. Open
4. Practical
5. Not a Religion

1. Complete 

If complete is possible, then we must have it. If the school is not complete, there would be areas of the psyche, our innate structure of mind, that we wouldn't know about. We wouldn't know how big those areas are, and we wouldn't know whether they contain positive things that can help us, or negative things we need to be aware of so we can control them.

*Further, since the psyche is an integral whole, only a complete knowledge of the psyche can enable complete accuracy in all the trainings. If a training designer has complete knowledge, then he has all the information he needs to create trainings that will produce positive and demonstrable results. But if a designer is working with incomplete knowledge or distorted information, the danger is real that his trainings will not only fail to produce positive results, but will actually create problems in a student's psyche that block further progress. A well-known metaphor for such faulty trainings is that of a lead key: it fits the lock, but when you try to turn it, it breaks off, jamming the lock, now preventing the insertion of a good key.

2. Fast

The trainings need to produce their results as quickly as possible, because we don't have much time left to make the necessary jump in consciousness.

3. Open

The door of this school needs to be open in both directions. Everyone must be able to participate or not as they see fit and make their own decisions about what trainings to take and when. Any kind of coercion would be unacceptable in a free society.

*Further, since freedom, self-responsibility, internal maturity, and enlightenment are inseparably linked, any kind of authoritarian control and manipulations that would take responsibility away from participants for what should be their own choices would be inherently contradictory to the purpose of the school.

4. Practical

If the trainings, for example, required all participants to quit their jobs and go off somewhere for years, that would be unworkable. The trainings need to be presented in a form people can blend into their ongoing lives, such as night and evening classes.

5. Not a Religion

The school's understandings and teachings need to be coherently explainable, and produce experienceable and reliable results: philosophy, science and reason, rather than faith and dogma. In this way, the school's knowledge will be open to anyone of any religion, or of no religion.

*With the exception of the two paragraphs marked with an asterisk, this presentation reflects my thinking on this subject as of April, 1975.  I have included this additional information to help the reader understand the importance of these requirements.  It came to my understanding later, primarily from working with The School.

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