A Word on Consciousness
Consciousness arises here and now. This here and now is called “ever-present origin”. And in its arising consciousness directs its attention backwards and forwards as time; and in its arising it directs its attention inwards and outwards as the spaces. This orientation towards reality is thus fourfold — the trajective, prejective, subjective, and objective attentions and orientations, or backwards, forwards, inwards, and outwards.
And its looking backwards and forwards is called “synchronisation”; and its looking inwards and outwards is called “coordination”. Its synchronisation of the times is an integration into presence; and its coordination of the spaces is an integration into presence. Successful synchronisation of all times past and all times future, and successful coordination of all space inner and all space outer — this is called “presentiation” and is the “integral consciousness” or also “cosmic consciousness”.
Consciousness, in those terms, thus has four facets or aspects, and these facets or aspects are called the “Guardians of the Four Directions”. Consciousness is the Sacred Hoop and the Cross of Reality, so…
The word “symbol” means “to bring together” — to integrate, in other words. This is connected in meaning to the word “consciousness” itself — also meaning to “know altogether”. In turn, this is related to the meaning of “intelligence” — inter-ligare meaning to “connect between” or “connect together” and which is called the power to bind or the power to loose.
As noted, it is said that “the Sacred Hoop is in language” and of the wise that they “speak from the centre of the voice”. The centre of the voice is the centre of the Sacred Hoop or Cross of Reality and is called “ever-present origin” or “here and now”. To speak from the centre of the voice is the symbolic power in the sense that it synchronises the times and coordinates the spaces into a whole, which is called “integrity”. And to speak from the centre of the voice is what we also call “sincerity”, for the word “sincerity” means “without decay” or “against decay”, which decay is what we call “nihilism” or cynicism. It is, in those terms, true intelligence. Integration and intelligence are equivalent in meaning.
The threat of decay (or nihilism) owing to insincere speech (untruthful speech) is called “disintegration” of the cross of reality or Sacred Hoop. If the word “symbolic” means to “bring together”, it’s contrary is the word “diabolic” — to thrust apart or to hinder. It is a failure of the intelligence and, therefore, a failure to integrate the times and spaces. This breakdown of the intelligence and the failure of consciousness to integrate the four directions is called “chaos”.
Consciousness intends, therefore, not in just two but in four directions — thrusting backwards, forwards, inwards, and outwards. It is fourfold, and our present logic fails to account for this fourfoldness. Grammatical speech is the means by which the integration is effected, the means by which inner and outer are coordinated and past and future are synchronised. This is what it means to “speak from the centre of the voice”. It is speech which is sincere, inspired, and which in its power of sincerity and inspiration and intelligence restores the integrity of the Sacred Hoop and of the cross of reality.
“To speak truth to power” has much the same meaning as “to speak from the centre of the voice”, as my indigenous friends refer to it and the Sacred Hoop. It means, to restore the cross of reality in its manifest fourfoldness. It is in this sense that the mandala form is the true form of the consciousness and of the implicit intelligence.
Havoc or “chaotic transition” is thus a failure of consciousness in some way in which the dynamic equilibrium represented by Sacred Hoop and Cross of Reality is disrupted in some “diabolical” way. Often this comes from over-emphasising or exaggerating (ie “privileging”) the value of one front of life while devaluing or ignoring the other fronts. This is called, by Gebser, a consciousness structure beginning to function in “deficient” mode.
It may then be appreciated why phenomena like spam, disinformation, “fake news”, “ratfucking”, “branding”, “culture of narcissism”, the hyper-partisan, and such things represent an existential threat and are drivers of chaos inasmuch as they belong to the meaning of the “diabolical” as the obstruction and hindrance of the symbolic functions of the consciousness and therefore they belong to the unintelligent.
Traditionally, the guardians of the four directions (who are also William Blake’s ‘Zoas’ of the disintegrate Adam) are also referred to as “mind, body, soul, and spirit” of the fourfold human form, and “intelligence” — as “connecting between” – was the integrating function. It is in that sense that true intelligence is ecological, and functions according to ecodynamic laws. This kind of thinking is creative. Analytics is not the essence of the intelligence — the integrative is the essence of the intelligence and is holistic.
In secular society, it is the secular ideologies that perform the functions of the traditional guardians — liberalism, conservatism, socialism, environmentalism. They correspond to the future, the past, the inner and the outer respectively. Many of these have become quite dysfunctional and self-contradictory, reflecting the “chaotic transition” and the disintegration of the cross of reality.