Drop of waterLast week I had dinner with a wonderful man named Peter Baumann.  Peter is best known to the world as the keyboard player for the 1970’s German group Tangerine Dream, and later founded the label Private Music.  But in the last years, Peter has turned his attention completely towards the investigation of personal and collective awakening.  He founded the Baumann Institute in 2004 to fund research to discover what is occurring in the neurologically, the psychology and the biology in a moment of radical Awakening.

We had dinner in a small Italian restaurant in San Francisco, the kind that, as soon as you walk in the door, America is left far behind, and you are in Europe.  During our dinner Peter and I talked about what — if anything — is a reliable measurable indicator of awakening.  Is there any external characteristic which people share in common in the realization of their deeper nature?  We each came up with several candidates, and perhaps I will share those with you in another blog post.  But for today, I want to report to you the very first one on Peter’s list, which was to be comfortable with paradox.  The conceptual mind wants to come to fixed conclusions about things.  “We have no choice, it is all predetermined.  Everything is happening on its own.”  That is one philosophical belief.  “We have total choice and responsibility in everything we have ever create in our world.”  Another philosophical belief.  This is what the mind does, it wants to reduce something down to a formula: the Truth.