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Our Worldview and the United Nations

Dorothy R. Tilson

When striving for personal ends exceeds the affirmation of striving for
humanity, then nothing can shift the consciousness.

Let us go on a journey of imagination. Let's pretend we find ourselves sitting on the sun. It's very hot there and we desperately look out and search the solar system to find a more comfortable spot for ourselves. We see the planets Mercury and Venus—don't know too much about them, but don't see anyone like our physical selves on them. We desperately scan further—see Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, moons, many asteroids—but there is no being on them that looks like us—until we spot a pretty blue planet that looks inviting. We hone in on it—see white clouds, and beneath them oceans, forests, rivers, and people like ourselves rushing hither and thither on this planet—the Earth. We breathe a sigh of relief for we have finally found a comfortable spot for ourselves.

This flight of fantasy may illustrate that we are capable of encompassing, and knowing—even to the finest detail—the solar system, and who knows, perhaps in time, the whole universe and its contents. Who are the WE? It's every human being on the planet—and every potential human being. Although many are not using this capability, our destiny is to develop these higher and deeper levels of consciousness. Those who study in Esoteric Schools are discovering this capability—discovering the secrets, the laws of the universe, through meditation, study and service.

What is this capability? According to Ken Wilbur—It is to know "Everything." In his book, A Theory of Everything pp. 2-3, he states, "The leading edge of consciousness evolution stands today on the brink of an integral millennium—or at least the possibility of an integral millennium—where the sum total of extant knowledge, wisdom, and technology is available to all. And sooner or later we will have, of course, a Theory of Everything to explain it all. ...Finding a more comprehensive view—a Theory of Everything—that makes legitimate room for art, morals, science, and religion, and doesn't merely attempt to reduce them all to one's favorite slice of the Kosmic pie. ...From isolated tribes and bands, to small farming villages, to ancient nations, to conquering feudal empires, to international corporate stages, to global village: the extraordinary growth toward an integral village—that seems to be humanity's destiny." And the center of this integral village has finally emerged as the United Nations.

Thus, we seem to be standing on the edge of a consciousness revolution. The Catholic view, the Protestant view, the Harvard University view, the Columbia University view, the Manhattan view, the London or Paris view, and other views—all are well and good, but the future is urging us into and beyond all this into the inclusive "Everything View."

However, at the present time there are many obstacles to this "Everything View" as not all of humanity have arrived at this mode of consciousness. The key word is "integral-to bring together, to join, to link, to the sense of unity-in-diversity. The integral paradigm will inherently be critical of those approaches that are, by comparison, partial, narrow, shallow, less encompassing, less integrative."2

Included in Ken Wilbur's book are studies by developmental psychologists concerning mind and consciousness, and although varied, they all tell a generally similar tale of mind development as "a series of unfolding stages, or waves." One such study, based on the "Spiral Dynamics" model outlines eight major "levels or waves of human existence." Although we pass at times through all of these levels, we generally centralize our life into one level or state of existence. Through our search for the Everything consciousness, we continually seek to center ourselves into ever higher levels of consciousness.

According to this model, humanity today stands at the "leading edge" of the "second-tier" consciousness, indicating awareness of interior development and the overall spiral of existence. This consciousness is exemplified by the United Nations because it was out of the agonies of warring nations that this world body emerged as an "integral vision."

Humanity's multifaceted problems, debated and discussed within this world body, are enormous and certainly require meditation, and the "Everything" consciousness for their solution. These are problems that can only be solved by the leading edge of our new "second-tier" consciousness. And where will the "third-tier" lead us? How far will we move into this maze of "Everything" consciousness? Let us all re-evaluate our worldview in relation to this Theory of Everything, thus heightening the progress and effectiveness of the United Nations and bringing solution to humanity's problems.

1 Infinity, Vol. II (488) Agni Yoga Society.
2 A Theory of Everything, Ken Wilbur, p. 2.

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