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.

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Here is a passage from my 2005 Bestseller, “The Translucent Revolution.”

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In 1990 Václav Havel, the playwright who became president of the Czech Republic in 1993, told a joint session of the U.S. Congress, “Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better . . . and the catastrophe towards which this world is headed — the ecological, social, demographic, or general breakdown of civilization — will be unavoidable.”

We live at a pivotal time in human history. The dominant Iago trance state has never been so pervasive: economically, environmentally, politically, in the expression of religious fundamentalism — you name it; we have never been poised so perilously on the edge of the cliff. Read back over the list of Iago qualities defined in chapter 1; they define the state of today’s world. Certainly there has been greater cruelty, inequality, and imperialism in our history, but it has always been localized to a despotic regime here or an invasion there. Hitler, Genghis Khan, and Stalin may have yearned for global domination, but their insanity was isolated. Today the Iago cancer has become systemic rather than localized. The dominant paradigm affects everyone, seeming perpetrator and victim alike. We are all in this together. At the same time, every writer, teacher, researcher, and translucenton- the-street I have spoken with is aware of a countervailing “emerging paradigm,” with the potential to transform every sphere of life in every part of the world. The birth pangs of Homo lucidus may sometimes cause us to yearn for the familiar, but for most people it is too late. The head of the new human being has pushed through, and its first cries are already in the air. We are riding the crest of a worldwide wave whose consequences are unimaginable, and which holds perhaps the only real basis for optimism for our planet and its inhabitants. We can sense the possibility of a quality of life that has seldom been dreamed of. If we fail to take advantage of this opportunity, our present habits may well destroy us.

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