Recognizing and Transcending the Pitfalls of Waking Up | 2016 3 13 Lawrence Gold

Recognizing and Transcending the Pitfalls of Waking Up

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Recognizing and Transcending the 'Duality' Pitfall in 'Waking Up"

In the "waking up" teaching of The SuperHuman Operating System taught by Ken Wilber, et. al., four (or five) states of existence are taught:
  1. waking (gross body)
  2. dreaming (subtle body)
  3. deep sleep (formless causal/ground of being)
  4. Turiya ("the fourth")
  5. Turiyatita ("beyond the fourth")
The process of "waking up" involves a progressive awakening of individual consciousness in each of these states.

The description of these five states is actually five categories of conceptualization, five ways of conceptualizing experience -- of putting words to it. All conceptualization is dualistic in the sense that it indicates differences and implies states that are separate from each other; it also implies that someone or something makes the transition from one to the other. All duality is conceptual; there exists no duality in reality, but only conceptually.

There exists a little problem with this description. If these states are separate and distinct, how does individual consciousness make the transition from one to the other? Are there little bridges made of something else that connect the states? And what is it that makes the transition?

Allow me to de-dualize the description.

Let's start at deep sleep.

Ordinarily, we don't register deep sleep consciously. We are unconscious in deep sleep. Our attention no longer makes subject-object distinctions, but rests in its source; memory no longer records the content of experience, but rests, unformed, in its source; imagination no longer forms images, but rests in its source; intention no longer moves, but rests in its source. Identity formation no longer occurs, so there is neither experience nor experiencer.

Because that is all so, we have no recollection of the deep sleep state. We carry nothing from the deep sleep state into either the dream state or the waking state. So, we say, we were unconscious.

However, it is possible to get an intuition of the formless ground of being by approaching it from the waking state.

The procedure involves a progressive dissolution of the distractions of attention. Those distractions are like clouds that obscure the clear sky. As distractions settle, thoughts become fewer and farther between; images become fewer and farther between. In the space between thoughts and images, an ordinary, silent, imageless field is intuited. It is without content, without center, without size, and perfectly continuous with our existence or sense of being conscious. It is our own ground of being, our own nature.

It has, as its single property, a kind of scintillating radiance. "Scintillating" means, fizzy. It's like the white noise between radio stations or the "snow" on old-style television sets, between stations. Every point within that radiance comes into and goes out of existence faster than we can remember, and all points come into and go out of existence in an asynchronous fashion, so no form congeals within the formless field. It is "self" with no defined sense of self. Neutral. Faceless face. No subjectivity.

Within that field, forms may arise, gathering density. This is the beginning of dreaming, imagining. Those forms are made of the scintillating substance of the formless ("causal") field and are given apparent substance by the ability of attention to locate them by their persistence, by their activity, and by the direction of their changing. They are made of the formless field the way ocean waves are made of water molecules. The scintillations form locations of coherence. In fractal mathematics, it's called, "islands of order in a sea of chaos".

Dreaming exists in subjectivity. In terms of the AQAL matrix, we experience dreaming in the left-hand quadrants.

However, for every left-hand quadrant, there exists a right-hand quadrant; for every "inner" experience, there exists an "outer" experience that can be seen by others.

In dreaming, that "outer" experience can be measured with electronic instruments for brain activity (EEG) and muscular activity (EMG). The subtle body (left-hand quadrants) always has a correspondence in the gross body (right-hand quadrants).

Note that the waking state cannot be distinguished from the dreaming state; when dreaming, we are convinced we are awake -- the exception being when we have awakened within a dream and recognize we are dreaming! Then, the only difference between the dream state and the waking state is the content; more possibilities exist within the dream state. But the sense of consciousness in both is the same.

The waking state is made of the same "substance" as the dreaming state: it is the modification of the ground of being into coherent forms. The "causal" state, undergoing modification, is the dream state and is the waking state -- the way waves are the modification (or movements) of water. Waves of water are "something added" to the mere existence of water molecules, a higher level of organization. Waves are an "emergent" the way dreams and waking state experiences are emergents of The "causal" Ground of Being.

Thus, it is said, that Brahman (the "one true self") projects the Universe of all things and selves from "itself" and re-absorbs the Universe of all things and selves into "itself".

So much for the dualistic conceptualizations of "waking", "dreaming", and "deep sleep" -- or "gross", "subtle", and "causal".

With this way of conceptualizing, there exists no need for "little bridges" between states, nor need there exist "someone" who is transitioning between states. The "someone" is a modification of the "causal" substance; the self is "the imagined/remembered owner of memory". Feel that, for a moment.

When imagination is defeated by formlessness, when memory is defeated by formlessness, when attention can locate nothing in formlessness, when intention is at rest in formlessness, we say we have a tacit intuition of the Ground of Being of Reality.

That inclusive, tacit intuition, we call, Turiya. Turiya recognizes that gross, subtle, and causal are of one substance. Thus,

Whether a man dispassionately sees to the core
or passionately sees the surface,
core and surface are essentially the same --
words making them seem different
only to express appearance.

If words be needed,
"wonder" names them both.
From wonder into wonder
existence opens. 
~~ Lao Tzu, 
The Tao Teh Ching, Stanza 1
Witter Bynner translation

Turitytita is Turiya, beyond the attraction and distraction of conceptualization
and so, ordinary experience, non-dual, in the sense,
"not not-two"

One more thing:
The TetraSeed

is both the subtle body (left-hand quadrants)


and the gross body (right-hand quadrants)


arising mysteriously in the formless causal field.

Note the correspondence with:


Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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One of the Major Effects of working with the TetraSeed (doing TetraSeed Transformation procedures) is the emergence of higher intelligence. Higher intelligence emerges with the integration and alignment of the four TetraSeed Life-Faculties at our core.


Alignment? Integration? What does THAT do?

It gives you focus.

Focus involves two dimensions
  • location
  • depth
These, you notice, are not mental faculties. They are perceptual faculties. They are not mere ideas; they are the experiences of abilities. Some refer to these abilities as "superhuman abilities" -- but I say, they are natural human abilities that are supposed to come on-line as we wake up, clean up, and show up in life.

Notice "high-functioning" human beings you may have known or know about. Notice that they have all four of these faculties -- ATTENTION, MEMORY, INTENTION, IMAGINATION -- operating at a high level. Wouldn't you like to be able to say, "I'm like that"?

Working with the TetraSeed Transformation procedures brings changes of a completely different order than teachings that have you remembering and believing things -- whether common sense, popular opinion, religious authority or scientific knowledge -- things that are supposed to tap you into the source of empowerment. Working with the TetraSeed Transformation procedures works at and supports the underpinnings of all other teachings and approaches -- practices that require relentless discipline or constant self-monitoring ("mindfulness"). The TetraSeed Transformation procedures clear the way and streamline personal development.

Working with the TetraSeed enables you to put your attention where your intention is (to "look where you're going"), improves your ability to put your intention where your attention is (to get results where you need them), to remember and be able to make your ingenious ideas tangible (instead of losing them because of failure to capture them in creative action); to face and receive every moment of Newness (the moment of Nowness) in a more receptive and intelligently spontaneous way; and to dissolve the grip of what we remember or think we know (which is often wrong, misguided or unnecessarily limiting) so that we may more freely express new, higher intelligence in the moment.

Working with the TetraSeed Transformation procedures triggers, psychoactively, the integration of our native intelligences in a more highly intelligent way. De-focus from The Old and re-Focus in a new way. The procedures cause that De-focus / re-Focus process.

By means of procedures for exploring the TetraSeed, our un-illumined habits of mind and life become known to ourselves in a way that is otherwise fleeting and elusive, beyond reach. The TetraSeed Transformation procedures are powerful introspection techniques that go beyond mere self-knowledge -- to higher self-integration. "Integration" means "Higher Intelligence".

Attitudes and habits tend to come into better balance. Clarifications occur. New spontaneous and more satisfactory behaviors ensue -- satisfactory to ourselves. We require less to become aware of (to notice) changing conditions, not because we are more vigilant, but because we are less buried in memory and mind, more free to notice changing conditions. We are aware, in a more balanced way, of our inner life and of our outer circumstances. A "word", to the wise, is sufficient, and a "word", to you becomes sufficient. Higher Intelligence Emerges in you.

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Muscle-Bound and Memory-Bound: Two Versions of the Same Pathology | a "Movement and Cognition" Perspective

There is no experience of movement without cognition (mental sensing) of movement. There is no experience of cognition without the experience of something moving -- if only attention, itself, moving. Cognition is the cognition of movement (change). The experience of movement is the cognition of movement. They are two ways of viewing the same thing.

This piece talks about what happens when memory dominates and runs the show -- which is almost always, in these times.

Movement and cognition are analogues of each other -- movement being the "outer appearance" and cognition being the "inner experience".

Because that is so, their structures are similar, analogous to each other's.

There is no experience of movement without cognition of movement. There is no experience of cognition without the experience of something moving -- if only attention, itself, moving. Cognition is the cognition of movement (change). The experience of movement is the cognition of movement. They are two ways of viewing the same thing.

Both have four aspects -- one of which is the function, Memory. Memory is the persistence of things, their continuation.

As with all functions, malfunction is possible. Some might call it, "pathology".

In this case, one possible pathology is to have memory habitually turned on, subconsciously, and subconsciously "running the show" (vs. turned on, consciously, and consciously being used to "run the show"). This "running the show" shows up as certain "arousal states". "Arousal states" are behaviors, learned attitudes, chronic moods, all being departures from rest. "Memory playback" is stuck in the "PLAY" position. In academics, this state is cultivated; ERASE MEMORY is virtually unknown.

Chronic departure from rest leads to two effects:

  • chronic fatigue
  • restriction of activity

It also leads to confusion, as the chronic activity, the "arousal state", stays active in the background, coloring and distorting our current involvement in life. It's like trying to play two pieces of music, at once, or to combine two recipes into one -- only that in the human, vastly more than two activity patterns chronically go on in the background. It's the basis of all prejudice.

Memory-boundness leads to, "mindlock", which is the relative inability to take in new information, to learn, to change behavior, or to follow instructions. It shows up as dogmatism or "hard opinionation", arrogance (unwillingness to listen), and inflexibility in the face of changing conditions. In academia, it shows up as academic conceit and a heirarchical pecking order that pervades both faculty and the student body.

Here's the analogy:

In Gym Culture, some individuals are called, "muscle-heads".  In "Gym Culture" (Bodybuilding and Athletics), there exists a common condition:

being musclebound

In "Academic Culture" (Education), there exists an equivalent condition:

being memory-bound,
also known as, "Mind-lock"
and "cognitive clogging"

Being musclebound and being memory-bound are pathologies: unhealthy. The difference between Gym Culture and Academic Culture is that muscle-heads of Gym Culture recognize that being musclebound is unhealthy and predisposes one to injury; Academic Culture believes that being being memory-bound is healthy, a good thing, a sign of accomplishment. Which is smarter?

It should come as no surprise that the two pathologies are similar. They occur in settings where academics and athletics co-exist: 

educational institutions:
e.g., schools and universities

Both academics and athletics are hotbeds of conditioning that pervades popular culture, and so deserve to be looked at more closely.

Schools and universities, which generally have athletic programs -- and some of which have human movement laboratories -- represent themselves as institutions that expand human potential. Well, they do -- up to a point. The point it goes up to is the point at which their athletes become musclebound -- or at the point at which their existing muscle-boundness leads to injury. Muscle-boundness imposes a limit to how far they can go -- in performance, in endurance, in career.

Muscle-boundness is not well handled in athletics or in movement laboratories. They may measure it, but they don't have a very good means for handling it. In some quarters, the limitations and hazards of stretching are already recognized. They recognize that they need something else -- another approach -- but they don't know what. In this case, the approach they need is an approach to managing muscle/movement memory. In some quarters, they recognize that this is their situation.

They only need to incorporate the means, which has already been developed: somatic education, of which pandiculation is one activity employed to improve flexibility, coordination, and sensory awareness.

In general, educational institutions expand a person's capacity to remember things and to use what they remember; they get a person to expand the amount s/he memorizes and knows about and can talk about conversationally and eruditely (not necessarily in the popular vernacular), and put to use. (Richard P. Feynman and Carl Sagan became popular by translating their fields into the popular vernacular.)

Educational institutions may also be institutions of research, but research constrained by knowledge accepted as true and, consequently, constrained by the process of funding research. Thus, those constraints tend to reinforce memory-boundedness -- dogmatism and academic conceit -- despite the professed mood of the scientific method -- described as "skepticism" (a negative mood that furthers academic conceit, but which should really be "neutrality", which would foster open-mindedness).

Criteria for advancement up the scale-of-respect within such institutions becomes increasingly stringent as one goes "up the student scale" and one learns and remembers more and more -- until one has ones Ph.D. -- or several!

Then, one is privileged to take a full-on academic pounding from other Ph.D.s in the field who seek to maintain academic status through one-up-manship under the guise of "scientific inquiry". The scientific inquiry may be legitimate, but the scent of one-up-manship shows up in the academic setting. It is remarkable that this academic pounding, which might temper academic conceit, actually tends to reinforce it.

Those who remember less of what others remember enjoy a lower status than those who remember more. In many persons of higher academic status, a kind of attitude of smug superiority exists, in some, just beneath a veneer of fellowship, an attitude that becomes more pronounced the higher up one gets. Academic conceit sometimes shows up when authority is questioned by someone of lower academic status. Academic conceit is a symptom of mind-lock/conceptual clogging -- with its "memory-full" (storage full) incapacity to take in new information or a disinclination to change (to accept input from those of lesser ranking status in the academic hierarchy).

There are also those, in academia (and often, outside it), who are changemakers. They receive emergent insight and develop their abilities directly, and not as a product of the mainstream thinking that builds upon the Pyramid of Knowledge -- and use knowledge found in the Pyramid of Knowledge in service to emergent insights that have come to them and to the developments that follow. Consider Nicola Tesla, Charles Goodyear, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, Ida P. Rolf, Richard P. Feynman, Thomas Hanna.

In rare cases, changemakers are a forces-of-nature that alter the foundation of the Pyramid of Knowledge, as Einstein altered the standing of classical Greek epistemology and atomism. This "altering" requires that they confront the full force of entrenched memory of those who enjoy higher status in the heirarchy, who regulate the amount of attention given to new findings. Consider Galileo and Lister, Moses and Jesus (Yeshua ben Judah, called, Jesus Christ).

To change is taxing, if not painful, and people don't like to be taxed by change or made uncomfortable by large changes that affect their status. The hardest thing is to get minds to change, particularly because they must change from within. Changemakers are heroes -- although not always (perhaps, rarely) lauded, as such.

Memory brings status, in academia. Changemakers are heroes because, everywhere, they confront an entrenched body of memory painstakingly acquired and stored as the bedrock of experience, the foundation of academic status. Changemakers are swimming upstream.

So, we have both the academic side and the athletic side, each with its form of "-boundness", each analogous to each other -- one a "-boundness" of movement and the other a "-boundness" of cognition.

Schools and universities, with their athletic programs, have the resources and wherewithal to become restrictive in both senses: They cultivate being muscle-bound and they cultivate Mind-lock (being memory-bound).

Attempts at Tempering '-boundedness'

In "Gym Culture", being musclebound is experienced as soreness, tightness, restricted movement, and being buff. 

The common solutions employed in Gym Culture to being musclebound are:
  1. stretching ones muscles
  2. working out, some more
    (practicing being musclebound)
Neither works, very well. One (stretching) works against what one has been cultivating (muscle-boundedness) and the other (working out, some more) reinforces the problem, but brings temporary relief from soreness. Muscle-movement memory, developed by athletic training, maintains muscle-bound-ness, despite stretching. The reason muscle-memory cannot be released by stretching is because memory entails holding on; stretching can only oppose muscle/movement memory, not dissolve it.

In Academic Culture, Mind-lock (being memory-bound) is experienced as restrictive thinking, dogmatism, interpreting everything according to the beliefs of ones field ("The shoemaker sees the world in terms of leather," and Donald Trump sees the world in terms of "making a lot of money".) They habitually using the lingo (jargon) of their field without being able to translate to the popular vernacular (Richard P. Feynman said, "If you can't say it simply, you don't understand it."). Mental memory, developed by academic training, maintains memory-bound-ness. Academics who are memory-bound are, "retentive".

The common solution employed in Academic Culture to being memory-bound is called, sabbatical. During sabbatical, two activities are common:
  1. extra-disciplinary study
    (stretching ones mind)
  2. further study in ones own field
    (practicing narrowing ones mind)
These solutions also don't work very effectively to counter "memory-boundedness" because they deal with the content of knowledge, not with how knowledge is held and the attitudes that surround it. Extra-disciplinary study exposes one to things outside ones authority (the viewpoint of ones own field) -- and unless one has enthusiasm for that related field, produces an unpalatable loss of status (now as a student of the other discipline) -- that may or may not enhance status in ones own field.

Some extraordinary individuals (such as Richard P. Feynman and Thomas Hanna) had/have curiosity that leads them with enthusiasm to experience other disciplines. Their openness makes room for their imagination; they become less memory-bound and synthesize the knowledge of other fields with their own, generating new/emergent knowledge. This openness is called, "genius".

The other solution, further study in ones own field, reinforces memory-bound-ness, but brings temporary reassurance and possible increase of status because one is in ones own element.

The pair of approaches has something in common: they involve more experience. However, "more experience" may undo being memory-bound or reinforce it, depending on the disposition of the individual.

An additional wrinkle has appeared in post-modern academic settings: deconstructivism. It's the "big guns" of academic conceit.

Deconstructivism is a stance that seeks to invalidate the authority of any discipline or system of knowledge by asserting that

  1. all knowledge is socially constructed and therefore arbitrary
  2. no viewpoint is superior to any other viewpoint

This stance avoids the possibility of "being controlled" by the implications of any form of knowledge. It is an adolescent state of mind in the mood of, "Don't tell me what to do (or think)!" It denies the superiority of any stance except its own. It is the formula for impuissant ineffectuality at the same time as its adherents are Mind-locked/Memory-bound in it! It is the special province of Ph.D.s and their post-graduate students -- a kind of academic conceit build upon cognitive clogging!

Of course, the sense of being controlled is directly proportional to the degree of adolescent resistance -- which pinpoints post-modern deconstructivism as a state of arrested development that protects the state of arrested development and which limits academic development -- and constrains new discoveries and their development.

In any cases, it's, again, a case of memory-boundness, with "status" being the attraction that keeps it all together as a mass of memory.
"Cognitive clogging" -- reducing everything to concepts and working with those concepts -- is one of the key pathologies of our time, leading to loss of the capacity for experiencing directly, without filtration by prejudicial knowledge.

Stretching and Extra-disciplinary Study are Analogous

Extra-disciplinary Study "stretches" ones mind. It exposes one to new possibilities outside ones own field by exposing oneself to other authorities.

Muscular Stretching forces one to go beyond ones usual range of motion, generally by opposing ones tendency to stay contracted (which resistance weight training cultivates).

While both might give one a sense of possibility beyond ones limits, neither actually produces much, if any, increase of freedom -- either freedom of mind or freedom of movement. Without effective means of dissolving "cognitive clogging," one tends to return to ones habits -- even if one now has an enlarged sense of possibility.

The reason:
Each is committed to the state they have been cultivating. They are committed to two forms of memory:

muscle memory
conceptual memory

The one committed to muscle memory is committed to, "being buff".

The one committed to conceptual memory is committed to, "being an (or the) authority."

You can see how "being buff" and "being the authority" go together. "Authority" is like being "mentally buff"!

Now you know why academia seems to be controlled by mental bullies and why bullies so often appear in educational settings, such as schools -- albeit sometimes in legitimate positions that disguise the bullying!

There's something to be said for Gym Culture. It does tend to develop human potential in a certain way -- such as it is.

There's something to be said for Academic Culture. It does tend to develop human potential in a certain way -- such as it is.

But both are afflicted by "bound-ness." This "bound-ness" restricts or counteracts the greater potential of both. It's self-restriction.

Again, you may see the similarity.

Assuming one is willing to grow beyond self-imposed restriction -- at least in principle -- how is one to overcome or go beyond, "bound-ness"?

The answer lies in memory, itself.

Memory is persistence.

In muscle-boundness, it's persistence of muscle/movement-memory. In other language, it's persistence of muscle-tone, persistence in a habitual posture, habitual ways of moving, limits on flexibility and incapacity to relax, let go, and be at rest, to be "unready" -- even one knows it would be healthier to let go. One is muscle-bound, so, one stretches. It doesn't work very well.

In memory-boundness, it's persistence of mentality. In other words, it's opinionation, incapacity to incorporate or even to allow other viewpoints, inflexibility of thinking, inflexibility-in-action, fixed-mindedness, and a habitual attitude of "knowing" and not listening any more. In the interest of professional development, one thinks to "broaden ones horizons". One broadens ones horizons while seeking to retain ones status as "knower", which must break down to integrate anything new.

Without a way to dissolve the grip of memory (but not necessarily ones understanding), neither approach works very well.

"Boundness" is Deliberate

The very institutions of education instill memory-boundness. "Cramming for exams" is very much like training with weights. There's a saturation point beyond which it's difficult to cram in anything more -- just as there's a fatigue level in weight training beyond which it takes a great effort to do any more. Then, one experiences a sense of memory-boundness that feels very much like, stupidity -- and it is in that state of dazed stupified-ness that one takes ones exams, aided by coffee to squeeze the last drop of neurotransmitters out of an exhausted brain.

Whereas elite bodybuilders may push past the saturation (fatigue) point to the point of hurting so much that they may vomit, in academic culture, the vomiting occurs in a different way: examinations.

Fortunately, about two weeks after exams, everyone forgets much of what they crammed. Just so, if a bodybuilder doesn't work out for about two weeks, he, (and these days, she) loses his (or her) "buff" appearance. It's true: their muscles no longer bulge.

To both, feeling free of the sensations of their "bound-ness" feels unnatural. They don't feel like themselves, to themselves. They feel "out of their element". They feel weaker and lessened.

This is very unfortunate because people cultivated by an educational or an athletic system may reassert making themselves (movement)/memory bound by working out in their respective ways -- athletically or mentally. They may cultivate being -bound their entire lives to keep their status.

Such persons may become concerned to "know themselves" or to become well-defined, well-recognized persons, to make something of themselves, to look good all the time. (an aside:) Whereas such "superior" individuals feel they have to "know who they are", become "professional" and look good, mediocre individuals -- sometimes their students -- become concerned simply that they look good. 

Many mediocre individuals get into positions of power and influence throughout human culture simply by looking good. Then, they reinforce their mediocrity and impose it upon the world by every act they do, and so perpetrate and perpetuate a mediocre world. They resist improving things too much because that would entail the risk of loss of status; they resist movements by others to improve the world because it would entail having to change, and since, "they know who they are", that would entail losing, temporarily, their sense of identity -- as perceived by others. To such people, this is unacceptable.

So, they have to pump up, again, if they want to get back what they have lost and keep it.

Successful entrepreneurs and changemakers know better.

Their Solution is Their Problem

If people who are "-bound" realize that they have been "bound" and that being habitually bound is the discomfort they have been feeling, they may turn their attention upon the discomfort, itself. They might recognize that the discomfort of "-boundness" is what makes them want to reinforce "boundness" (their familiar, uncomfortable sense of themselves). They may recognize that they have been "shooting themselves in the foot". They may become curious if it is possible to regain and keep what they value (feeling strong, authoritative, autonomous and control of their faculties -- i.e., being a "buff" authority) without being bound by restrictions. This is the ultimate dream of every adolescent.

It is possible. You may be smart enough to realize it -- and smart enough to act in a way that goes beyond adolescent status dreams. You may start to dissolve your "-boundness", so that you can grow, again. By your emergent ingenuity, you may gain the status of being a genius.

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