Connective consciousness connects us with the Universe in a special way. Danah Zohar calls it Spiritual Intelligence. SQ is our most fundamental intelligence. It is what we use to develop our capacity for meaning, vision and value. It allows us to have dreams and to strive to accomplish them. It underlies the things we believe in and the role our beliefs and values play in the actions that we take. SQ helps us to make sense of our world. SQ is crafting our stories. We can communicate with and sense the “Song of the Universe” through our SQ. It gives us the ability to understand the deeper purposes and values of life and live in ways that align us with these deeper meanings.
IQ helps us to make analytical connections and build bridges, computers and houses. EQ helps us to make emotional connections, to feel the situation and respond appropriately. SQ helps us to make meaningful connections and make sense of the world. Having only IQ and EQ living beings would play only “finite” games, never being able to evolve, to question the rules, to change the rules or even to be aware of the rules and principles which are organizing our world. SQ helps living beings to evolve, to go beyond, to create, to connect the dots in different ways, to change the dots, to change the stories – to play “infinite” games.
Each living being has a certain degree of connective or spiritual intelligence. This intelligence is a mark of our connective, spiritual, living Universe. It is always evolving and it took a leap forward through the appearance of human self-centered consciousness. Now it is taking another leap forward through the appearance of human Universe-centered consciousness.
Humans are essentially spiritual beings, always asking fundamental questions: “Who I am?”, “From where we came?”, “Where are we going?”, “Why I am here?”, “What is my purpose?” “What is the meaning of Life?” We already answered these questions a long time ago. But they continue to pop out again and again, asking for new and better answers. Simply because the answers to the questions like “Why we are here?” or “From where we came”? are always changing with the evolution of our world. They cannot be given once forever and for all.
Connective consciousness makes us deeply aware we have an inner-calling that gave us our purpose in life; that we have a role, a function to fulfill in our connective Universe. It connects us with others, with our environment and with the whole Universe through the calling we have to fulfill in our world. We feel fulfilled only when we fulfill our inner-calling.
Connectivity: this is what we feel when we are fulfilling our part in the functioning of the Universe. And, conversely, that is why we are feeling alone, disconnected, empty or even lost when we are going astray from our inner core. If we are fulfilling our role in the world, we feel this as being connected with the Whole and as doing something meaningful for us. Feeling connected, we can feel empathy for others. Empathy and morality are a direct function of our level of connectedness with the Whole.
We are saying that “spirituality is about an adequate insertion into ever-evolving Reality”. What drives us for this ever-evolving adequate insertion is our strive to fulfill our inner-calling: to connect with the Universe. We are part of a living Universe. We have no life, we have no meaning outside of the Universe. We communicate with the Spirit of the Universe (Cosmic Dynamic) through our spirit, which we call it with many words: (connective) consciousness, (spiritual) intelligence, soul. To find and fulfill our purpose is our main raison d’être.
For me, the simple fact that realities like spiritual intelligence or inner-calling exist means that beyond me is another level of being which evokes me. It is evoking me from non-being through calling me. This gives me my inner-calling, my allurements, my psychological abilities, my range of purpose in life, my meaning to live. From all these is emerging for me a space of potentiality from where I choose who to become, what to do, how to respond to my environment. It is similar to a space of meaning from where I take what makes meaning for me in my unique environmental conditions and challenges.
How to evolve a connective consciousness?
“I choose to experience the Universe as a living being. If I am looking at a tree whose roots are searching for water, or to a flower which sends its sweet smell to a bee or to ourselves and the inner forces that drive us to act, I can feel that we all are dancing to a mysterious tune.” (after Margaret Wheatley).
“A panpsychic view starts from the understanding that all things, including the Earth Herself are integral to the fabric of the living cosmos, all of the same sentient cloth. Mind is a fundamental aspect of matter just as matter is a fundamental aspect of the mind: we are part of a world that has depth as well as structure, meaning as well as form. In Thomas Berry’s words, the world is a community of subjects, not a collection of objects. How do we humans learn again to be participants in this community, not just know it intellectually, but feel it on our pulses? If we call to the living presence of the world, will we receive a response?” (Freya Mathews)
If we choose to see the Universe as a living being, soon we will start to communicate with it and will receive a response. Our communication will be not only thorough analytical modalities, but through all others: intuition, feelings, emotions and so on.
„I feel the movement of forces that exist beyond me, but which willingly carry me with them. I don’t experience nature’s elemental energies of wind, movement, or mountains cast high into the sky as hostile. When I lift my head into the wind, or commune with a mountain, I do so as a participant. I feel this planet as an expression of the life that moves in me and everyone.” (Margaret Wheatley).
„Often, Nature is my most comforting companion. She invites me to remember that I am necessary to creation. But only if I remember that the communion I seek is everywhere around me, waiting for me to notice its presence. It is another intensity and it cries out for us.” (Margaret Wheatley).
„Here is Life’s great gift-unending surprise. And it’s another gift-Life’s inherent orderliness. We are not adrift in a purposeless Universe. We are not the byproduct of a Darwinian accident that felt lucky because we were the ones to survive. I feel that Viktor Frankl was right when he said that “meaning precedes being.” I know we each have a unique contribution that is necessary for the whole of us to thrive. I know our gifts are required. I don’t know where these gifts originate, but I know what they feel like. I feel joyful when I yield to their expression.” (Margaret Wheatley)
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