Lorin has envisioned an integrative synthesis of science and spirituality that can serve as a profound foundation to give rise to a new participatory knowledge system at the foundation of species level evolution.
Lorin is committed to sheparding a process that brings together the essential elements for a jump-phase in human evolution through the integration of a heightened cognitive intelligence that is of a higher order than neurological and psychological coherence.
Lorin has initiated EarthFutures Communications, a self organizing process which involves a distinguished team of scholars and practitioners from the ancient rDzogs chen Tradition, scientists, ecologists and somatic educators, to address the spiritual / ecological systemic crisis of our time.
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I have been contemplating how to most effectively focus the EarthFutures Communications group's creative potential so as to contribute to the greater process of emergence that is so necessary at this time. The basic question seems to be how to stimulate a comprehensive process of living, organization, that awakens the vital point of our humanity, the â 'bindu', of our pure-potential as an organism of natural light.
The synergistic integration of a new participatory scientific world-view with the transmission and practice Lineages of the Great Traditions, would be the ultimate wish-fulfilling jewel. With the unchanging standing wave of Tradition as the basis for establishing self-consistency, the scientific world-view of living organization could be applied to awakening new autopoeitic pathways of embodiment in a participatory living universe.
There is an abiding and urgent need for humanity to make several evolutionary steps that are related and interconnected. James George has brilliantly articulated the urgency of taking these steps in order for us to sustain life on our little planet.
What is being radically called for is a new language of true embodiment, a new participatory knowledge system that is as Ancient as it is Original. By applying western smarts to widening the psycho-spiritual technologies, and developing an educational approach to embodying the wisdom potential of free-energy, via the principles of quantum phase coherence and quantum coherence in living organization, science will have provided a new world-view (and evolutionary vision) that delivers the new participatory humanity to the starting gates of the Wisdom Traditions. The co-evolution of science with spirituality marks a truly new metaevolutionary phase in self-organization.
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MY primary focus and interest is and has been for decades opening up the mental/conceptual frameworks being used to orient ourselves to and relate directly to Reality which is ever revealed to each individual as (or via) the vibrant and radiant field of direct experience in the ever present moment. It is clear to me as a result of numerous and ongoing ecstatic nondual experiences and through states of heightened awareness in general that the is clear to me as a result of numerous and ongoing ecstatic nondual experiences and through states of heightened awareness in general that the nature of the experiential domain that an individual inhabits is a direct and lawful function of the core axioms, beliefs or premises that are accepted consciously and (mostly) unconsciously by an individual. These core axioms (ones "axiomatic set") conditions perception shapes and controls the process of interpretation of, or the attribution of meaning to, each moment of arising experience. I am particularly interested in developing a phenomenologically congruent science that can support and guide the process of opening ourselves to the immediate vibrancy of direct experience. Present day science has developed a peculiar chauvinism against direct experience as if the cherished ideal of objectivity (now known to be a myth) will be somehow tainted or diluted by considering or granting serious attention to inner, feeling based or subjective dimensions of experience. It is glaringly obvious to me that this irrational habit of excluding ones subjectivity or inner life from serious consideration by modern science is a crippling weakness that unquestioningly excludes the total field of direct experience from being acceptable as a source of data for developing better scientific theories or mental/conceptual maps of reality. Since our maps of reality, once engaged become filters which precondition our very perception and experience of Reality, it is of the utmost importance to develop mental maps of reality that truly serve the ongoing process by which reality is revealing itself in each and every moment and avoid as much as possible bringing unnecessary constructs, reifications and assumptions into our prime guiding and world-shaping models of Reality.
There is a need to reevaluate our theories in terms of their actual utility in terms of whether they provide guidance and a perspective that enables the deepening, enriching and even intentional altering of ones present experience ( i.e. their phenomenological utility) Do our reality maps (i.e. theoretical mental/conceptual models) actually have an effective utility in helping us enter more deeply into the radiant matrix of present experience which is ever fresh and presently - spontaneously - arising and revealing itself to us right NOW.
To further this aim (of developing reality maps that have phenomenological utility) I have focused my attention as a physicist primarily on the physics of light and the physics of space, what I call the physics of the Plenum and the physics of Time. For all that we know about space, usually scientifically referred to as the "Quantum Vacuum" points to the fact that it is not a vacuum - an emptiness pure and simple, but rather is saturated with vibrant potential energy and is in fact a highly energetic medium, an absolute fullness of potential energy, the dynamic modification of which actually comprises what we call mass, matter or material form. This Quantum Vacuum is more aptly named the Quantum Plenum. The dynamic discovered to be the very substance of the Plenum of space is light itself, the spectrum of fluctuating electromagnetism called the Zero Point Energy, although the standard model of light as electromagnetism pure and simple perfectly obeying Maxwell's Zero Point Energy, although the standard model of light as electromagnetism pure and simple perfectly obeying Maxwell's equations is only scratching the surface of the true nature of light which is actually a central feature of the very substance of the intrinsic and all pervading sentience of Being itself (more on that below). This energy has a tremendous density (and potential intensity) but owing to its isotropy, it cancels its own force out in all directions such that each point in space appears empty. Yet seething behind this mask of emptiness is a force greater than all of the energy composing the visible or manifest universe; an energy literally greater than ten thousand suns, greater even than ten billion suns and even that falls short as an analogy for this energy does not really have any known limit. It is only limited by various quantitatively focused ideas (known as renormalization schemes) that physicists have developed to artificially define the limits of this energy.
Most of these ideas are attempts to get the value of this potential force intrinsic to the fabric of space to be finite and not infinite as it appears to be upon first calculation. This is a function of a basic discomfort with infinity that pervades contemporary science. The view is that if something is finite and can be measured as such then it is real and is acceptable to discuss in the forum of science; anything else, even if all empirical and theoretical indications point to it's reality is highly suspect and questionable and had best be ignored or done away with. This is a perspective that blocks the exploration of a profound realm of science that contains within it a perfect and elegant interface with spirituality; namely the boundless energetic and sentient potentials embedded within the fabric of Space itself.
In my opinion (and experience) the conceptual probing and exploring of the rich supersymmetric radial texture of the plenum of so called empty space is a profound form of mind training that (when carried out with care and rigor) enables one to transcend the limits of thought and enter directly into the direct experience of the nonconceptual plenum of space which is experientially identical with the unconditional nature of mind, the experiencing of which is the aim and highest goal of most schools of esoteric spirituality. The result of meditating on and deeply contemplating the meaning and implications of the new paradigm physics of Zero Point Energy or the physics of the Plenum becomes, if persisted in deeply enough, an esoteric exercise revealing that the outer plane of three dimensional material appearances is in fact floating on the surface of and dynamically arising out of an infinite sea of radiant wholeness or pure potentiality. The entire physical universe is thus revealed to be mysteriously arising as an infinitesimally tiny modification of this field of infinite invisible (yet directly experiencable potential energy which is not ultimately different from infinite potential Mind or Awareness itself.
Thus Space is co-extensive with and in fact ultimately identical with Mind or Non Dual Primordial Awareness/Gnosis. The radical recognition of this Reality brings with it the unavoidable recognition that we are utterly non separate from, completely continuous with and are in fact radiant expressions of the living sentient matrix of the Quantum Plenum. This brings with it a vision of human potential that is utterly boundless and co-extensive with the infinite potential energy/awareness intrinsic to the field of Universal Reality. It is now becoming clear that such a lucid scientific perspective on the fundamental nature of Space which brings with it the recognition of all material forms as being dynamic modifications of this very Plenum of Space can actually help us illuminate the nature of and hopefully more rapidly overcome (or dissolve) the very obscurations that veil us from greater participatory co-evolutionary involvement in our own unfurling into the vibrant and ecstatic fullness of Being as Wholeness.
Light is the other primordial facet of Being that can and is being extensively explored by science. There is more to light however than meets the eye, and electromagnetism is just the outer veil (or outer garment) of the self radiant brightness of the Quantum Plenum which is comprised of a spectrum of increasingly subtler or higher dimensional forms of radiance that are more akin to the self existing self radiant light of consciousness itself or the clear light of primordial awareness than simply the electromagnetic spectrum obeying Maxwells equations and operating within the speed limits imposed by the Theory of Special and General Relativity. This inner light is directly experience-able by any conscious being who will simply turn their attention toward its own source and witness the living presence of pure sentience arising as the very basis and substance and context of their every experience; and it is especially evident in heightened mystical states where the presence of this living radiance or brightness becomes the primary content of experience. This living light which composes the very fabric of space and dynamically weaves itself into all of the forms of mass and energy comprising the manifest universe is the very source and wellspring of all life and is in fact that which is living us in each and every moment. This living light (which is continuous with but even subtler than the electromagnetic zero point energy) can be described as the life giving dynamic or Spirit (literally!) that bio-couples into all living organisms at the pre-quantum level and infuses them with life and sentience at the most fundamental level. This view opens up a new forefront field of the life sciences that I call "Transduction Biophysics" which deals with the nature of living systems as interdimensional biotransducers of the flux-flow of the plenum also known as chi, orgone or life force.
The exclusion and non recognition of this primary sentient, all pervading, self-radiant fundamental form of light is what leads to the reductionistic tendency of so called "material realism" in science and leads modern biology into reducing life to mere molecular machines as does the whole field of genetic engineering and nanotechnology which is not without its valid merits and impressive advances but is essentially reductionistic, mechanistic and spiritless in it's orientation. The lack of direct appreciation for and even devotional passion towards the living mystery of sentience that is expressed radiantly as this primordial light of the Plenum of Being leads modern scientifically minded humans to proceed to develop more and more abilities to manipulate matter and even life itself as "advances in technology" without being established or grounded in a spiritual/ontological framework that contains an essential reverence provoking mystery to life or a transcendent dimension that can provide an ethical regulatory system for behavior and support and encourage a context for ones activities that is benign and even inclined toward maximizing the universal benefit of ones every action. It is this higher dimensional, all pervading and self existing radiance that is Being's most primary expression of it's intrinsic sentience which can provide the missing transcendent dimension that necessarily (when recognized and experienced) regulates behavior and helps stabilizes action within an ethical context provided by this acausal and all embracing wholeness. Discovering and experiencing this unified and unifying frame of reference tempers and even dissolves the reductionistic tendency into the more open and relaxed position of simply and gratefully abiding in the unfathomable mystery of Being's atemporal abidingness . It is this "inner light" or "lumen naturale" that is utterly ignored and rejected by nearly all but the most intrepid and phenomenologically turned on scientists because it is not physically (empirically) measurable except via the instrument of a balanced and attuned human organism self reflecting on the unqualified non dual primary experience of sentience that embraces and is at the heart of all possible experiences. It is an explicit acknowledgement of this primordial or intrinsic light of sentience (which can be rigorously and mathematically described as a higher dimensional radiance - the "as above" to the "so below' of physical or electromagnetic light) in science that in my opinion holds a crucial key for rigorously unifying science with consciousness and spirituality.
Time is the final facet of Being that I have been focusing on, the exploration of which has a very high degree of phenomenological utility. Science has reduced time to a linear sequential function of the geometry of three dimensional Euclidean space; specifically to a function of the motion of matter or energy within 3D space. In so defining time, it has been reified into an "objective property of the Universe" independent of Consciousness or Mind. Time is always described as "how long" it takes for something to move from point A to point B. It is thoroughly described as a function of the dynamics of movements of physical matter/energy through space (space seen in the standard scientific view of being insentient nothingness pure and simple). This linear definition of time is intrinsically limited and falls far short of providing the kind of penetrating insight into the nature of time that I believe science is capable of.
The fact is that in addition to being a useful way to describe the dynamics of matter/energy's movement through space, time is most fundamentally a function of Mind or Consciousness. it is a major failing of science that the time described by Physics says nothing about the actual human experience of time which is not a linear uniformly flowing uni-directional sequence of moments dragging one inexorably forward into the future but a now based flow of present experience. I am embarking upon a major research project mapping out the present state of the science of time and am proposing a fundamentally new and improved understanding of the nature time that can be clearly formalized and formulated as distinct from the currently held scientific view. This new science of time radically revisions the fundamental nature of time as a direct function of Consciousness (which is not separate from the primal light of being) and thereby expands our understanding of the potential range of human experience freeing it from the straitjacket of linear time and opening up an explicit understanding and acknowledgement of the radial, multidimensional possibilities intrinsic to timeless or atemporal consciousness. The capacity to transcend linear time as a basic format of experience corresponds to the capacity (or aptitude) for mystical spiritual experience and this higher range of experience is something that needs to be acknowledged, respected and centrally included within a truly mature science. This entails nothing short of a complete reformulation of the mathematical basis of physics, for every equation that describes the dynamics of nature has embedded in it and in fact is driven by the variable "t" which stands for time defined as a point moving uniformly along a line made up of a sequence of point/moments on the time line. What if this model is fundamentally inaccurate and in fact is serving to obscure the role that Mind has in shaping and even generating time? Consciousness is explicitly excluded from the equations of physics. Could it be that the linearizing and objectifying of time is the "place" in physics where the Cartesian wedge between spirit and matter is most powerfully (and unnoticeably) driven? If time is fundamentally of the Mind then it is the way the equations of physics reduce time to a line and treat it as an objective function of nature separate from consciousness that may be exactly "where" spirit or consciousness is effectively squeezed out of (or eliminated from) physics.
The difficulty in reconciling consciousness with physics may be a function of the fact that it was thrown out long before we could even notice it was missing via the linearizing and objectification of time that is basic to all equations from Descartes and Newton onward. It may very well be that the fundamental way one views (and relates to) time plays a profound role in shaping the nature of the experiential domain that one inhabits; for time may be largely a function of how we pay attention to our experience and the field of our experience (and its form of temporality) may immediately reflect these habits of attention, becoming either more open and spacious or more constrained and contracted depending on what we do with our attention (i.e. our consciousness). Thus a deep reconsideration of the nature of time and it's connection to consciousness is a direction of exploration that has a high degree of phenomenological utility. By inquiring and exploring more deeply into the nature of time we may gain knowledge, insight and understanding that can free us from the self imposed temporal constraints that we unconsciously put on our experience and open up new modes of being and discover greater states of freedom that are timeless and utterly inconceivable from within the framework of linear temporality.
The combination of a fundamentally new (for western science) understanding of Space as not empty but as a Plenum of infinite potential, of Time as not linear but radial, atemporal and Now-based and being primarily a function of Mind and of Light as having much more depth to it than what meets the eye (i.e. electromagnetism), enables a total creative recontextualization of the very nature of who we are and the nature of life and of existence itself in a way that is totally transformative and at the same time profoundly congruent with the wisdom teachings from gnostic/mystical sources of all ages and from all cultures. The complete re-visioning of Space, Light and Time opens up vast, open-ended and uncharted vistas into which our Beings can creatively unfurl without limit. May we courageously embark on this exploration/quest together in a co-operative spirit of sharing and kinship for the enhancement and upliftment of the quality of life for all beings.