A Pangaeaic Idea of Emerging Consciousness
There is always a concurrence between phenomena on different strata of existence. Other planes are sometimes unknown to us; by this principle we can at least glean some knowledge of what we would otherwise be totally ignorant of. As above, so below is a universal axiom. It applies to all strata of reality.
We live on the cusp of a new day. Just as the earth’s surface has formed over eons of time, so have the structures of human consciousness shifted and mutated from an original form. Mountains have arisen from massive tectonic shifts below the surface, entire continents have drifted to their current locations. So also the topography of human consciousness has shifted first this way, then that. We are nearing the next shift, the next mutation that will supersede the current state of consciousness in favor of something wonderful, fresh, and deeply profound. Powerful tectonic movements are occurring now in the collective unconscious that will eventually irrupt into view.
In 1912, German geophysicist and meterologist, Alfred Wegener, formulated the theory of continental drift. He noticed how the shapes of the various continents could almost be fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. His hypothesis states that earth’s continents were originally one single land mass, and that, gradually, they broke apart and drifted away from each other. This single land mass he called, Urkontinent, meaning “primal continent.” This Urkontinent was later called Pangaea, which means “All-Earth.”
Wegener’s theory was not widely accepted until a viable explanation was offered to explain the mechanism of continental movement, that being plate-tectonics, evidence of which was discovered in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
I propose that continental drift theory is a beautiful metaphor of consciousness emerging from a “Pangaeaic” state at some point in human history. A few Western thinkers have postulated the idea that human consciousness has passed through several stages of change. One that is currently quite interesting to me is Jean Gebser, whose work, The Ever-Present Origin, lays out structures of human consciousness from proto-hominids to our current place in evolution. Gebser’s stages of consciousness emerge from what he calls “the ever-present origin.” This is not simply a beginning at a certain point in human history. This origin, according to Gebser, is an atemporal and nonspatial source. The idea can be likened to the Pleroma of Neoplatonism, or the Ein Sof of Kabbalah. Author, Gary Lachman, says “It is ‘sheer presence,’ a primal spiritual radiance whose luminosity is obscured by the lesser light of the consciousness structures that proceed from it” (Lachman 236).
Gebser’s theory is becoming very important to me. I see parallels between his work and what I’ve been trying to express these past several years. For example, what I have previously postulated as the coming of “the Epoch of Soul” seems somewhat analogous to the idea of the breakdown of Gebser’s “mental-rational structure” and a return to the “ever-present origin,” which is, as I currently understand it, a sort of a combination of all previous stages of consciousness. Gebser calls it a “concretizing of the spiritual.” I have just received his immense text, so I am just in the beginning stages of reading, ruminating, and digesting.
Cosmos and psyche are closely intertwined. What occurs to one intimately effects the other.
More to come…..
Lachman, Gary (2003-04-01). A Secret History of Consciousness (p. 236). Lindisfarne Books. Kindle Edition.
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