Cultural sign posts like the on-going “Occupy Wall Street” here in NYC, provide the objective relevancy for this short series of essays I’ve been working on. I think what is going on down there is beyond a protest. It may lack a bullet point agenda, but if the gathering can sustain effectively and safely I think and agenda will come. However, one may not come, and that could also be because of the new territory which the individual is entering. The individual can awaken to time, place, and circumstance but that doesn’t mean they know absolutely what is going on.
It is here in the fourth order of consciousness when all that we have done is revealed. The revelation is of the self and not of otherness. The face of God, as it were, revels in the bliss of knowing its Being—and in that knowing of Beingness, that something has been done, with this turns back to look and indeed. The constant explosive and creative ever-bursting forward is Being.
Being in this fourth order is our moment of reflection. It is the first time we have seen what this is—the construct of culture. In turn subject becomes object of which we hold strict dominion over, and with that a sphere of judgement, and opinion. One might say you become aware, cognizant of Karma. And what are the circumstances that created that Karma? Relationships, gender, ethnicity, history, and today we find the ever-present condition and concern for the ecological environment. However, we are not these things. Although they have all layered us with personality, we can see the psychological conditionings as just that, layered on top of the I who speaks to Douglas.
The fourth order is a very beautiful period of development, for the first time at a deep cognitive level a human no longer lives affected by these conditionings unknowingly, rather they become seeable, graspable, knowable—Object. Yet it is the most challenging level humanity has come to be in. And that is because we can see our psychological sufferings; we can see how prevalent they are, how deep they go in our psyche.
Unlike the third order we now have to make meaning on the fringe or exterior of dominant cultural and societal structures. The meaning-making (the making sense of the developmental qualities of the fourth order); the psychological awareness, are all one activity and constitute the palingenesis into the fifth order of consciousness.