Western civilization is based on the
false assumption that we human beings are separate from God, Nature,
and each other. This has led us to believe that the physical universe is
the primary reality, that all human experience can be explained in terms
of the laws of physics, and that the physicists can tell us how the Universe is designed. All the languages of Western Europe reflect this misconceived
view of reality.
So if we are to build a society based on Wholeness and the Truth, we need to make some fundamental changes to the
meanings of words, as they exist today. Studying the etymology of
words helps greatly here, an approach that David Bohm called the
of language’. For we often find that the roots of our language are
much closer to Nature, and hence the Truth, than modern meanings
of words. For the root of etymology is the Greek etumos ‘real, true’.
However, not always. The word physics has a Greek root, phusike,
meaning ‘nature’. In turn, nature has a Latin root
meaning ‘birth’. But materialistic science does not study the
birth of beings, including our own thoughts, since to do so it would need
to include God the Creator in its inquiries. So what was called ‘natural
philosophy’ in Newton’s time and what is called ‘natural
science’ today are very far from being natural. Science today studies
only the superficial appearance of beings, not their innate essence.
The starting point for changing the meanings of words is to establish
an overall context in which we can interpret all the data patterns of our
experience, both outer and inner, and the relationships between them. The
fact that we do not have a coherent context for our learning is most simply
revealed with the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer, which Christians
are taught to recite as children: “Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.”
But what do these words mean? Father is the first element in the Christian
trinity: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And heaven is out there
among the stars in the physical universe. But which of these is our true
environment? How can God, the Supreme Being, be a part of the physical
The concepts of God and Universe both denote wholeness in some sense.
However, traditional teachings cannot tell us how these two concepts, which
provide the overall context for religion and science, respectively, can
be reconciled. And without an overall, unified context, how could we possibly
determine whether what we are being taught is true or not? How can we live
in love and peace together in such a meaningless, warlike environment?
However, when we look deeply into ourselves and learn to integrate all
knowledge in all cultures and disciplines into a coherent whole, we discover
that it is Consciousness (with a capital C) that provides the
overall context for all our lives, no matter what our cultural background
We can choose this word to denote the Absolute because it derives from
the Latin words cum meaning ‘together with’ and scire meaning ‘to
know’, a word that is cognate with science. So the more
we learn to integrate our knowledge into a unified, coherent whole,
the greater the consciousness that naturally arises, in conformity
with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s law of complexity-consciousness.
Within this overall context of Consciousness, we can then adopt the principles
of conceptual clarity, simplicity, integrity,
and consistency used by information
systems architects in business to create an integrated set of concepts
and words that relate to each other as a coherent whole. We
call this thoroughly systematic
approach to concept formation radical egalitarianism,
a term suggested by Chris Clarke, a professor of mathematical physics
When defining words from
the traditional religions in the world, we are drawing particularly
on Shambhala’s The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion and The
Oxford Dictionary of World Religions.
Regarding technical terms, we are drawing on IBM’s Dictionary of
various technical dictionaries on the Internet. More
generally, we are drawing on the Oxford
English Dictionary, The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology,
Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Bloomsbury’s Dictionary
of Word Origins,
Cassell’s Latin Dictionary, the Pocket Oxford Classical
Greek Dictionary, and Indo-European Language and Culture by Benjamin W. Forston IV.
‘set free’ from ab
‘away’ and solvere
meant ‘perfect, complete’.]
provides the overall Context
for all our lives.
So when we live in union with the Absolute, we are set free from samsara
from the conflicts that arise in the dualistic world of form
we are perfectly complete.
To say that the Absolute does not exist
is like saying that we human beings consist of organs, cells,
molecules, atoms, subatomic particles, thoughts, feelings, emotions,
and so on, but we do not exist as a whole, as individuals. Indeed,
the Absolute not only exists, but it is also the only true Reality.
See also Wholeness, Oneness, Truth, Life,
Freedom, Love, Peace, Stillness, Emptiness, Fullness, Datum, Context, Source,
Ground of Being.
‘away’ or ‘from’ and trahere
draw’.] The interpretative action of changing data into information
and information into knowledge. For instance, if we
observe many instances of data patterns that look similar, we abstract
their similarities and might call them spaniels. Similarities between
spaniels and other similar beings can be abstracted to form the concept
dog. This process continues with the concepts of mammal, vertebrate,
animal, and living being, leading to the concept of being
the concept of greatest abstraction, which formed the basis of Aristotle’s
[Sanskrit ‘not-two, nonduality’.] Denotes
alone. Advaita is not a philosophy
should not be confused with Advaita-Vedanta, one of the three branches
of Vedanta, the others being Dvaita-Vedanta (‘dualistic’) and
Vishishtavaita-Vedanta (‘quaified nondualism’). When we know
the nondual Absolute
in the depth of our being, we know that there is no separate entity
that can be said to do or own anything; there is no doership or ownership.
We are all the products of fourteen billion years of evolution, ultimately
with no free-will to make a choice about how we live our lives.
Alpha point of evolution
[First letter in the Greek alphabet,
did not begin some fourteen billion years ago with the most recent
big bang or with the emergence of the first self-reproducing forms
of life on Earth some three and a half billion years ago. The starting
point for all growth processes is our divine Source in the eternal
the Creator in Christianity. This
Alpha point of evolution, which is just the other side of the coin
from the Omega
point, for Wholeness
the union of all opposites.
[Sanskrit ‘nonself’, Pali annata
Buddhist term, the third of the
three marks of being
. The ego in Buddhism is
thus transitory, with no permanent existence. The notion of rebirth
or reincarnation in Buddhism is thus “a karmically controlled continuity
of consciousnesses between lives but denies that there is an atman
inherently existing self which is the bearer of these consciousnesses”
(known as punabbhava
, ‘again-becoming’. [Oxford] This
is getting quite close to the Truth
, but still contains
an element of time
it, when in Reality
, time is just an appearance
most closely encapsulated in the notion of the eternal Now
[Sanskrit ‘impermanence’, Pali anicca
The first of Buddhism’s three marks of being
that no being in the relativistic world of form has a permanent existence,
for the entire Universe is in a constant state of change. So conservatism,
holding on the status quo, at these times of accelerating evolutionary
change leads not only to suffering
, but also threatens
the very survival of the human race. The beautiful mandalas created
by Tibetan monks with tiny grains of coloured sand, which are then
thrown into the sea or some other convenient place, well illustrate
the principle of anitya
‘to uncover’ or ‘to
reveal’ from the Greek prefix apo
, ‘from, away’ and kaluptra
literally means ‘draw the veil away from’,
indicating the disclosure of something hidden from the mass of humanity. If we
human beings are to live free from the fear of death in the eternal Now, we need
to discover the truth of life on Earth, what it truly means to a human being,
in contrast to our machines. This means that we need to be free of our mechanistic
which acts like a cloud of unknowing, in the words of an anonymous
fourteenth century English mystic.
As individuals, such a radical transformation
of consciousness can only happen when we feel discontent with
traditional religious, scientific, and economic belief systems
of both West and East. Using the metaphor of The
Matrix, we need to take the red pill rather than the blue
one. How bright the redness of this pill depends on the level
of our discontent. We can suddenly switch from blue to red
in a revolutionary discontinuity of evolution, an abrupt apocalypse
or revelation. Or this process of transforming blue into red,
or in the alchemist’s
language, base metal into gold, can be more gradual.
However, at the social level, there are now
clear indications that we are rapidly heading towards a deep-rooted
awakening of Love, Consciousness, and Intelligence, which will
most likely come about through the breakdown of the global economy
at the beginning of the 2010s. As few are as yet prepared for this
evolutionary inevitability, it could well prove to be every bit
as tumultuous as John the Divine prophesied in the Apocalypse or
Book of Revelations in the Bible, although he was thinking
of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire at the time, not
of the American economic hegemony.
[Sanskrit ‘self’] Hindu term for “the
real immortal self of human beings, known in the West as the soul” [Shambhala].
As there is no separation between the individual and the Absolute,
atman is identical with Brahman
and has the same
qualities. It is most important here not to confuse the Absolute
as the Essence
of the Universe
and the soul
, as the unique essence
of individual human beings acting in the world of form. By avoiding
such confusion, we can resolve the apparent differences between Advaita
the Buddhist and Hindu notions of anatman
‘indivisible’ from a-
‘not’ and temnein
cut’] The analytical mind
is constantly cutting up concepts into
finer and finer pieces in an ever-lasting manner. So why do the particle
physicists still believe that they will find a concept
that they cannot
cut up any more. Why doesn’t everybody see that this atomistic
belief in a fundamental particle out of which all matter is formed false?
, past participle of attribuere
assign to’, from ad-
‘to’ and tribuere
divide out, allot, assign’] In integral relational
, a property
or characteristic assigned to an entity
as an instance
as the height of a mountain, a person’s name, the rate of flow of
a river, the date of an event, or the colour of a blouse.
The property is the attribute value, with ‘colour’ being an example of an attribute
[Sanskrit ‘ignorance’, Pali avijja.]
A term used in both Hinduism and Buddhism to indicate our conditioned minds, unable to distinguish the relativistic, phenomenal world of form from our Immortal Ground of Being, to differentiate transient maya from intransient Reality. Ignorance of the Truth thus prevents us from using our Divine Intelligence to understand what it truly means to be a human being. There is no equivalent word in European languages because these reflect a culture living in ignorance, unaware that we are not separate from the Divine for a single instant in our lives.
[Old English beon
‘to become, come to
be’.] The central concept in Aristotle’s ontology in Metaphysics
. Any form
that exists. The word is of the
utmost generality, denoting any object, event, process, system, organism,
state, feeling, form, structure, relationship, field, concept, ideal,
belief, opinion, class, character, symbol, religion, discipline,
ism, ology, osophy, theory, language, culture, civilization, or any other
entity that any knowing being can perceive, conceive, or imagine.
] The Absolute
or Supreme Being, embracing both
the formless and all beings
in the relativistic world of form.
[Old English geleafa of Germanic origin.] “An acceptance
that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.” (COED)
In spiritual matters, the ability to turn belief into knowledge is dependent
on the ability of the individual to penetrate the depths of the psyche.
Theists and atheists are people who believe and don’t believe in
the existence of God. Agnostics are those who do not know what to believe.
However, gnostics are people who know God in their own, direct experience,
without need for belief.
[Sanskrit ‘the eternal, imperishable Absolute.] Brahman is the Hindu term
for nondual Consciousness
, which cannot be grasped by the dualistic
mind of monotheistic religions
, believing that God
Term coined by Gilbert Ryle to indicate that it is erroneous to put
a collective or general concept in the same category as particular concepts.
For instance, it is a category mistake to put Christ Church, the Bodleian
Library, and the Ashmolean Museum into the same category as Oxford University;
they are actually members of the class Oxford University. Similarly,
but slightly differently, in the Unified Relationships Theory, it is
a category mistake to consider transdisciplinary panosophy in the same
class as science, philosophy, or religion.
circle of duality
circle of duality shows the relationship between the extremes of
a pair of opposites or poles, such as black and white,
and the range of values that lie between them, such as various shades
of grey. It thus accomodates Aristotle’s Law
of Excluded Middle within integral relational logic.
An example of the circle of duality is the range
of different political systems. At the extreme are the totalitarian
regimes, which we can
call communism and fascism on the left and right, respectively.
Moving down the circle, we can call the less political extreme
systems socialism and conservatism, on the left and right, respectively.
Then at the bottom of the circle, we find the middle way, or liberalism,
the political system with the greatest freedom for its citizens,
one where conflicts between the opposites can be dealt with for
the benefit of all.
See also the sphere
of duality, which specifically illustrates the relationship
between Wholeness and Oneness.
‘clearness, brightness’ from clarus
distinct, bright, shining, brilliant’.] One of the four fundamental
principles of concept formation
in integral relational
. By using our divine Intelligence
the coherent light of Consciousness
of our mechanistic
conditioning, we pay careful
attention to the similarities and differences in the data
of our experience. As David Bohm points out, in general,
we can bring our our concepts
into universal order
by giving attention
to similar differences and different similarities.
Using the language of mathematics, those data
patterns that have some quality or attribute in common, we can put
in one set, while those with different properties we
put in another set. For example, a child can learn
to distinguish red, green, and blue blocks in the shape of circles,
triangles, and squares, putting them in
groups of blocks with similar characteristics. There is no other
way to learn. This glossary has been formed using this very simple process.
[Latin classis, ‘one of the six divisions or orders in
which Servius Tullus divided the whole Roman people’, originally
in the sense of ‘summon or call to arms’.] In integral relational
logic, denoting a collection of entities that have a set of attributes
in common, derived from the concept of class in object-oriented modelling.
Cognitive faculties in human beings correspond to active and passive
data types in stored-program computers. As Gilbert Ryle showed, we have
two types of knowledge, we ‘know how’ and we ‘know
that’. These are our skills and theories, corresponding to active
and passive data in computers. And like computers, our skills can be
divided into two groups, those that are already developed, like playing
tennis or chess, and those that help us to develop our skills and knowledge,
our thinking and learning skills.
Using these concepts, we can then ask the question, “Could
a computer program itself without human intervention?” The answer
is a resounding NO! Our creative thinking and learning activities
are a gift of Life arising directly from our Divine Source. So
if we are to realize our fullest potential as human beings, it is essential
that we be free of our collective, cultural, and personal conditioning,
which leads us to behave more like machines than the divine, cosmic
beings we truly are.
‘light’ on model of illumination
(1) The coherent light of Consciousness
, enabling us to view the Totality of Existence holographically,
rather like the coherent light of a laser, in contrast to the diffuse light of the sun or a light bulb.
With collumination, we can then see that the Universe has a deep underlying structure
; every whole in the Universe
possessing the property of self-similarity, like a fractal. (2) The action of colluminating
The skill of combining thinking or cogitation with a meditation technique
such as vipassana
or insight meditation.
When colluminating, practitioners watch the creation of their own
thoughts arising from their divine Source, allowing the Logos to
organize them all into a coherent whole, thus revealing collumination
the coherent light of Consciousness, when the mind becomes translucent, fully healed in Wholeness. See also involution
[Latin pa. pple. conceptum
‘to take’.] A mental image or picture, grounded
. All our concepts taken together
form a conceptual model or vision of the Totality of Existence. However,
when this vision is not grounded in Consciousness
is fragmented as the result of specialization
our cosmic vision can become distorted, preventing us from seeing our
lives as they truly are.
, ‘joint knowledge with another person, being privy to, knowledge within oneself’ pr. pple. of conscire, ‘to be conscious of guilt’, see Consciousness
.] The collection of structures—thoughts, beliefs, feelings, etc.—which determine behaviour. When conscience is unified with Consciousness, grounded in Love, the result is conscientious, caring behaviour, concerned about the whole. But when conscience is separate from Consciousness, feelings of pride and guilt can arise from a belief in what is right and wrong. Having a guilty conscience is a familiar term. See guilty
with’ and scire
As Consciousness is ineffable, embracing all opposites in nonduality
as this diagram illustrates, it can only really be understood through
figurative metaphors much used by people to describe their mystical
First, we can view Consciousness as the ocean of
Consciousness, a great ball of water, whose centre is Stillness,
the absolute, divine Source of all existence, which we can call
the Godhead. When we live in union with the Godhead, we realize
Oneness in unity consciousness. The surface of the ocean of Consciousness
is the physical universe of our senses. In between the surface
and the centre lies the psyche, a multitude of nonphysical energies
which mostly cause us to behave as we do. When we learn to integrate
all knowledge into a coherent whole, we become one with the whole
ocean, realizing cosmic consciousness. The ocean of Consciousness
is thus an extension of the concept of the holomovement, which
David Bohm introduced to unify quantum and relativity theories.
Secondly, we can view Consciousness like a sun, whose rays radiate
from the centre, again our divine Source. But the light from this sun
is not scattered or dispersed, like the light from the Sun; it is
coherent, rather like the light from a laser. When we use the coherent
light of Consciousness to view the Totality of Existence,
we can use our Intelligence to view the Universe holographically.
experience of Consciousness
individual human beings. As such, in contrast to Consciousness
consciousness can expand and be transformed, leading us to unity and
cosmic consciousness in Oneness
, respectively. When
unity and cosmic consciousness unify in the utmost depth and breadth,
consciousness becomes coterminous with Consciousness
pr. pple. of consistere
with’ and sistere
‘to cause to stand’.]
One of the four fundamental principles of concept
in integral relational
meaning ‘adhering to the same set of principles’.
Western dictionaries then go on to say that consistency means ‘not
contradictory’. But such a view of consistency is not egalitarian
not consistent; it treats some concepts, in this case paradoxes,
in a different way from other concepts. Integral relational
this dualistic approach to learning for the Universe is essentially
paradoxical. It follows E. F. Schumacher’s maxim for mapmaking: “Accept
everything; reject nothing.”
To illustrate this principle, the equation s=vt has
exactly the same form as V=iR, F=ma,
and cost=quantity*price. So mathematicians
(and computer programmers) treat space, time, and mass in exactly
the same way as all other variables. We do the same in relational
logic, thus freeing ourselves of the delusion that the physical
universe provides the overall context for our lives and that all
phenemena in the Universe, including human behaviour, can be explained
in terms of the laws of physics.
, pa. pple. of contexere
of the Universe, the overall environment or
setting in which we interpret
the data patterns
of our experience, weaving them all together in a coherent whole. This means
that the overall context for our lives is not the physical universe,
the Earth, the global economy, or any set of religious or cultural
beliefs. Rather, it is Consciousness
, for Consciousness
is all there
In the context of context, Consciousness,
which is a seamless continuum without any borders or divisions within it,
can be regarded as the faculty of Consciousness, from the Latin facilis ‘easy’,
which was formed from facere ‘to do’. So when we know that we
are, in essence, Consciousness, we can preform our activities without
effort, flowing easily with Life within us. We can then regard the
Totality of Existence that emerges from Consciousness as the content
of Consciousness, as Peter Russell teaches.
- ‘together with’ and ordinare
‘to set in order’ from ordo
‘order’] Integral relational logic
provides the coordinates or framework for ordering all knowledge into a coherent whole, rather like the way that Descartes’ system of coordinates provides an algebraic framework for Euclidean space.
by Pythagoras and his followers to the orderliness of creation, of
the world or universe, cognate with cosmopolitan
of the world’.] The
viewed as an ordered Whole
Astronomers, people who study the stars and other celestial objects
in outer space, are thus not cosmologists who can tell us anything
about the origin of the Universe
. The origin of
is the Alpha point
, beyond space and time
, which we can
reveal through self-inquiry in inner space.
cross of duality
is not uncommon when considering opposites to look at more than
one at a time. For instance, Carl Jung
defined four psychological types, in pairs of opposites, the rational—thinking
and feeling—and irrational—sensation and intuition. We can call
first of these pairs of opposites—thinking and sensation—masculine,
for they are more predominant in men than women. Conversely feeling
and intuition are more feminine in nature.
The cross of duality illustrates these relationships.
A and not-A are rational and irrational, respectively, while B and
not-B are masculine and feminine, respectively. If we then add Jung’s
concepts of extrovert and introvert, the cross of duality would
then be three dimensional. In principle, there is no limit to
the number of dimensions.
Another example of the cross of duality
is Ken Wilber’s four-quadrant
model of beings to their environment. In this model, A and not-A
are individual and social or communal, respectively and B and
not-B are interior and exterior, respectively. The four quadrants
are then intentional, behavioural, cultural, and social, each
of which contains a hierarchy of concepts.
.] The patterns of our experience
prior to interpretation
often called data patterns for clarity. Used as an uncountable noun
because it is not possible to count the data patterns of our experience,
not a collective noun like flock
or a countable
noun like day
[Latin ‘that which is given’, neut. pa.
pple. of dare
The immortal, formless Ground of Being, out of which all data
patterns in the world of form arise.
In computer science, data types are regarded as classes of data, originally determined by the architecture of the hardware, such as integers and floating point numbers of varying precisions. In IRL, these are passive data types, for in a stored-program computer, programs are also data types, which we can call active. Because programs are stored in the computer, unlike early computers in the 1940s, active data can be processed by programs just as passive data can. We can further distinguish two different types of program, those that have been generated, which process passive data, and those that process data in active form. These we can call active-passive and active-active, respectively.
By comparing these data types with the corresponding cognitive types in human beings, we can show that human beings are the leading edge of evolution, not computers. The health, well-being, and even survival of the human race is thus dependent on us changing the focus of our attention; away from technological development towards the awakening of human love, consciousness, and intelligence.
[Old English, from Teutonic verb base *dau, ‘die’, and noun base *-thuz, ‘act, process, condition’. So death “means literally ‘act or process of dying’, in the same way as birth means ‘act or process of bearing’”.] Ever since we human beings were given the exquisite gift of self-reflective Intelligence some 25,000 years ago, we have been preoccupied with death. For we are the first species to be aware of the death of our own bodies, a situation that can generate great fear and anxiety when we egoically become separate from our immortal Ground of Being.
Historically, our fear of death has been appeased by various immortality symbols, the dominant one in the world today being money. However, with the inherently unstable global economy about to self-destruct, these immortality symbols will no longer have any psychological strength. The health, well-being, and survival of our species is thus dependent on recognizing that all beings in the Universe go through a conception/birth, growth, decay, and death process, arising from and returning to Consciousness, the seamless, borderless continuum that is Reality. So both birth and death are an illusion, an appearance in Consciousness, not real in an absolute sense. This principle applies to all beings in the Universe, including bodies, civilizations, species, stars, like the Sun, galaxies, and universes.
[Sanskrit, ‘carrying, holding’, in Pali dhamma.] In Hinduism, “a comprehensive term used to refer to that which determines our true essence … the lawful order of the Universe, and the foundation for all religion”. A central notion in Buddhism, along with shunyata, with various meanings: (a) The cosmic law underlying our world, specifically the law of karmically determined rebirth; (b) The teaching of the Buddha; (c) Norms of behaviour and ethical rules; (d) Manifestation of Reality; (e) Mental content; and (f) Factors of existence considered as building blocks of the empirical personality and its world.
These definitions indicate that the dharma is closed related to what are called Life and the Logos in the unified relationships theory. See also Tao and Rita.
, ‘a measuring’, from dimetiri
, ‘to measure out’, from dis
-, ‘separately’, and metiri
, ‘to measure’.] In integral relational logic
, any quantitative or qualitative domain of values that provides a measure for the attributes of a class of entities. As there is no limit to the number of these domains of values, we can see that the Universe has an infinite number of dimensions, not the finite number considered by scientists today. See also measure
[Latin divinus ‘pertaining to a deity’ from Indo-European *deiwos, whose root sense is ‘shining’, also root of the Sanskrit deva ‘shining one’, deity, and diva, as expressed in Bellini’s exquisitely beautiful aria in Norma: Casta diva ‘chaste goddess’.] We can see from this etymology that the Proto-Indo-Europeans conceived of the gods as shining, as of the bright sky in the heavens, in contrast to humans, who are conceived as earthlings. Yet the divine, radiant light of Consciousness is within all of us, which can shine through us when we disperse the thick clouds of unknowing, which envelop us in ignorance. See also human.
Nondualism, the condition of viewing opposites as complementary, like
two sides of the same coin, inseparable from each other. In duality,
we can thus see both our own particular perspective and that of others,
leading to respect and tolerance.
A familiar example of duality
is John Gray’s book Men are
from Mars, Women are from Venus,
helping women and men to understand their differences and so live
more harmoniously together.
Another example is Niels Bohr’s notion of complementarity, introduced
because light sometimes displays itself as a wave and sometimes as
a particle. David Bohm’s theory of the implicate order, which
unified quantum and relativity theories, is another example
growing in acceptance.
See also nonduality.
‘containing two’.] The condition of looking
at pairs of opposites as separate from each other, in conformity
Law of Contradiction, which provides the unstated axiom of mathematical
proof and deductive logic. It is through dualism that all conflicts
and wars arise because when we egoically view only one side of
a pair of opposites, the other side often appears as an enemy.
This is most critical when we believe that God is on our side when politicians
wage war, typically expressed in the phrase “God bess America”.
For such behaviour, which has characterized the me-epoch during
the past 4,500 years, illogically leads to holy wars, wars about
the nondual Whole, the union of all opposites.
[Sanskrit ‘suffering’.] The second of
Buddhism’s three marks of being
that if we do not accept the impermanence
in the relativistic world of form, we shall suffer. We can be free
of suffering by recognizing that there is no separate
Universe who can be said to own or do anything, a fundamental principle
of the Paragonian Society and the Sharing Economy.
‘pleasure, delight’, possibly referring to Sumerian edin
‘steppe, plain; grazing land between the two long rivers’.] What the Bible calls the Garden of Eden may well refer to the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in modern Iraq, for it was in the city of Uruk that the first forms of writing were found to manage its business affairs. And it was the invention of writing that led to the dawn of history and the birth of linear time, causing the Fall. The ancient Greeks called this area Mesopotamia
, also meaning ‘the land between the two rivers’.
‘equal’.] In integral relational logic, all concepts
the same way according to the principle of consistency
So the concepts of space, time, God, and human being have no special
significance in panosophy; all concepts are handled equally. It
is a natural step from this all-embracing approach to learning
to regard all human beings, indeed all beings
, as being equally
significant, deserving of our love and respect, no matter what
their backgrounds might be.
[Latin ‘I’] The capacity of a human being to function effectively in the relativistic world of form, while remaining in union with the Divine. While we can meet in Love, beyond the ego, we cannot completely kill the ego even when totally immersed in the Divine. Even the archetypal mystic, Ramana Maharshi, would turn when his name was called. A problem with the ego arises when we lose conscious touch with Wholeness and Oneness, leading to separation, fear, selfishness, and conflict. See also Self.
[Old English, æmtig, ‘unoccupied, at leisure’] Emptiness (with a capital E) is a translation of shunyata, the central notion in Buddhism, also translated as ‘Void’, out of which the Universe is created, as the opening words of the Bible indicate. But Ultimate Reality is not just Emptiness. Because Wholeness is the union of all opposites, Reality is just as much Fullness, the other side of the coin from Emptiness. A sense of Emptiness arises out deep meditation, when we come into union with the centre of the ocean of Consciousness in Oneness. Fullness, on the other hand, arises when we learn to integrate all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines into a coherent whole, called the unified relationships theory. The one leads to Unity Consciousness and the other to Cosmic Consciousness, which together are Consciousness itself.
‘in’ and ergos
‘work’.] In the unified relationships theory
, the capacity of a structure to cause change, this facility sometimes coming from the innate essence of the structure, not just from the surface. Ultimately, all energy in the Universe arises from its Divine Essence as Life or God the Creator, arising directly the Divine Source.
- ‘in’ and trope
, ‘turning, transformation’, modelled on energy.] Coined by Clausius in 1865. “The entropy of a system is the measure of the unavailability of its thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work.” (OED) See also negentropy
[French en- in, from Latin in-, ‘in’, Old English, leoht, from Indo-European *leuk-, *louk-, *luk-, ‘illumination’, and -en, suffix for ‘make’.] “What is Enlightenment?”, John White asks in a book of that name and Andrew Cohen asks in a quarterly magazine that he publishes. So can we answer this question? Well, it is easier to say what enlightenment is not than to say what it is. Enlightenment is not Wholeness, for Wholeness is a cosmic concept and enlightenment is an anthropocentric concept. So when we say that one individual is enlightened and another is not, there is separation, which is not Wholeness.
Therein lies the paradox of enlightenment. J. Krishnamurti and John White came close to defining enlightenment in an interview in April 1984. We can adapt their dialogue and say that enlightenment is direct and immediate perception of Reality and the Truth, when there is perception, but no perceiver as a separate entity. For Krishnamurti, enlightenment means complete freedom from the conditioning that separates, that leads to fear, guilt, pride, and other such emotions. There are no ideals in enlightenment, for ideals arise from thought and Ultimate Reality transcends thought. So enlightenment is the ability to see what is, to see situations just as they are, without filters or clouds that impede our vision.
, ‘knowledge’, and -logia
, from -logos
, ‘one who deals or treats of a certain subject’, such as astrologos
, astronomer.] In integral relational logic
, knowledge about knowledge, corresponding to metadata or semantic models in business information systems modelling systems.
formed in imitation of corresponding Greek words based on einai
‘to be’. See also is
.] The Divine
as the ineffable, innate quality of the Totality of Existence of
, viewed as Wholeness
.] The innate quality of any being
in the relativistic world of form, called the soul
in human beings.
[Late Latin æternalis, from Latin ævum, ‘age’, cognate with aeon ‘an indefinite period of time’, from the Greek aion, ‘age’.] In the unified relationships theory, there are an infinite number of infinite cardinals, discovered by Georg Cantor, and time is simply an abstraction from Consciousness, treated in exactly the same way as all other variables, as in mathematics, not real in any absolute sense. So the notion of an infinite period of time, which provides many with their immortality symbols, makes no sense. As Wholeness is the union of all opposites, we can most simply say that Eternity is Now, apparently a zero period of time, the other side of the coin. Apparently, because the Eternal Now is not a moment in the horizontal dimension of time; it is essentially timeless. So as everything that happens happens in Wholeness, the Eternal Now is just another expression of the Divine.
[Latin evolvere, ‘to roll out, unroll’, from ex, ‘out’, and volvere, ‘to roll’, originally denoting the unrolling of a papyrus or parchment roll.] Evolution is an accumulative process of divergence and convergence, proceeding in an accelerating, exponential fashion by synergistically creating wholes that are greater than the sum of the preceding wholes through the new relationships that are formed, apparently out of nothing. What is driving this entire process is the creative power of Life arising directly from the Emptiness of our Divine Source in the Eternal Now. For evolution doesn’t really take place over time; everything that happens happens in the moment.
This does not mean that there is an intelligent designer directing the entire process, like an information systems architect in business, for no being in the Universe is separate from any other. The Universe is designed, but there is no designer thereof. At any one moment, Life is normally working on structures that already exist in a gerontomorphic process, but sometimes going back pædomorphically to some earlier point.
If we human beings are to model this entire evolutionary process from Alpha to Omega, we need to go back to our Divine Source and start afresh at the very beginning. The potential to undergo what might appear a massive undertaking is present within all of us. It is in this sense that evolution is a process of unrolling or unfolding, making explicit in the explicate order what is implicit in the implicate order. But it does not really begin in the Void. As by the Principle of Unity, Emptiness and Fullness coexist, we can just as well say that evolution arises from Wholeness. For everything that exists in the manifest world of form is simply an abstraction from or appearance in Consciousness.
See also involution.
[Medieval Latin, existentia, from Latin ex- ‘out, and pr. pple. of sistere, ‘be placed, stand firm or still’.] From this etymology, something that exists is something that stands out or is perceptible. As such, existence is often equated with reality. But those beings that we call reality are just appearances in Consciousness, not real in an absolute sense. We can therefore call all beings in the relativistic world of form existence. However, doing this, excludes Ultimate Reality, which does not ‘stand out’; it is the overall context or environment in which everything stands out. As Reality also exists, we can denote this fact by capitalizing Existence, short for the Totality of Existence, including both the formless Absolute and the relativistic world of form.
[See explicit.] The explicate order is that aspect of the Universe that is accessible to our senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. It lies on the surface of things, like waves and ripples on the surface of the ocean of Consciousness, which clearly have no separate existence, as such. It is evolution that makes manifest in the explicate order what is implicit in the implicate order, which lies beneath the surface of things. See also implicate.
[Latin, explicitus, pa. pple. of explicare, ‘to unfold’, from ex-, ‘out’, and plicare, ‘to fold’.] Explicit is closely related to evolution, with its root meaning ‘unroll’. In terms of human learning, in the middle of the twentieth century, we invented the stored-program computer, a machine for processing symbols. If there are no symbols, there is nothing to process. We can use this fact to discover how we think, learn, and organize our ideas in integral relational logic, which makes explicit how we have implicitly been learning for thousands of years. See also implicit.
foundations of knowledge
we learn to integrate all knowledge in all cultures and discplines
at all times, we need to establish the foundations that are common
to all these various approaches to learning. The immovable rock on
which all knowledge is built is Consciousness
, which we
experience through gnosis
On top of this, we build the ontological level, which describes knowledge that applies to all
beings as data patterns, prior to interpretation as information and knowledge. This level is common to us all, no matter
what culture or discipline we are specialists in. The epistemological level is a semantic model,
or knowledge about knowledge, describing the relationships between concepts after interpretation.
As our interpretations can vary depending on the circumstances, there is nothing fixed at this level of the foundations.
The key point about the gnostic and ontological foundations
is that they do not constitute a paradigm or fixed pattern that
can inhibit our learning. All structures are possible within the framework
provided by these levels.
[Latin from generalis
of the genus or type (as a whole)’ from the Indo-European roots *gen
- ‘to beget, produce, be born’, the ultimate roots of many
European words, including Latin nasci
‘to be born’ and know
If we are to heal our fragmented and specialized minds, and so truly
know what it means to be a human being, we need an approach to learning
of the utmost generality and universality. We can do this by taking
the natural evolutionary approach of abstraction to its ultimate
conclusion, an extension of the modelling methods used by information
systems architects in business. Integral relational
shows quite clearly
how this generalization process can be achieved.
[Greek gerontion, ‘old man’, and morphe, ‘form’, cognate with geriatric through geras, ‘old age’.] Term coined by Gavin de Beer in contrast to W. Garstang’s pædomorphosis, to mean ‘the shaping of the old’. This refers to the evolution of structures that are fully formed, that have become highly specialized, unable to adapt to their changing circumstances. As Koestler put it, “Gerontomorphosis cannot lead to radical changes and new departures; it can only carry an already specialized evolutionary line one more step further in the same direction—as a rule into a dead end of the maze.” (Koestler, Ghost in the Machine.)
[Greek ‘investigation, knowledge’, cognate with know
Direct, immediate inner knowing of the Divine in Oneness
. See also jnana
‘pertaining to knowledge’, cognate with know
A person with direct, immediate inner knowing of the Divine, a mystic
. See also jnani
[Old Teutonic origin.]
Ever since we human beings acquired self-reflective intelligence
some forty thousand
years ago, we have been aware of an immanent and transcendent presence
within and beyond
ourselves that we cannot see, hear, smell, taste, or touch with our physical senses.
In Europe, this presence is called God regarded as a superhuman being that has power
over us and which has traditionally been worshipped.
Today, we can call
this ineffable presence Consciousness
, forming this concept in exactly the same way as
all other concepts both within and outside science.
See also divine
‘belonging to writing’ from graphein
, ‘to scratch’,
for early writing was scratched on clay with a stylus.] In mathematics
and chemisty, for instance, a graph is short for graphic formula
, a symbolic diagram showing the relationships
. In integral relational
, we borrow
object-oriented modelling drawing techniques to illustrate
the relationships between concepts, as this diagram illustrates.
See also table.,
which shows how this information can be represented in the more
compact form of a table.
Ground of Being
of the Universe ‘that which is given’.
In general, the growth of structures does not follow a steady pace. During the billions of years of evolution, there have been times of very rapid growth and times of comparative little change. This phenomenon is depicted in the S-shape of the growth curve, also called the logistics or learning curve. This curve is absolutely essential to getting our lives into perspective. If we are on section AB, it might seem that our learning is progressing very slowly, “I’ll never manage this” is a familiar cry. Conversely, when on section BC, we might think that growth will continue indefinitely, at the same steady pace.
Both these perspectives are results of narrow points of view. Furthermore, because Wholeness is the union of all opposites, the growth curve has an opposite, the decay curve, when structures break up and eventually die. Today, Western civilization is on a downward trend, enabling a quite new civilization to emerge, one that is based on Wholeness and the Truth, Love and Peace, and Life and Freedom.
[Old English gylt, peculiarly English, not found in any other Indo-European language. There is little evidence that guilt is cognate with yield having a common root *-gelth ‘pay’, originally ‘debt’, in a similar manner to German schuld and Swedish skuld, which mean both ‘debt’ and ‘guilt’] Guilt is an induced emotion that arises from a sense of separation, when society considers that an individual has committed an antisocial act, which could be called criminal. So when a person kills another in a blind rage, this is considered murder, but when politicians send hundreds and thousands to their deaths, this is often regarded as socially acceptable.
Actually, because the great majority of people in the world today are not adapting to the accelerating pace of evolutionary change that we are experiencing today, thus threatening the very survival of the human race, we could consider them guilty of antisocial behaviour. But this would be silly, because none of us are ultimately responsible for our behaviour, the causes of which generally lie deep in the personal, cultural, and collective subconscious. So how can we possibly be responsible for something of which we have little or no knowledge?
In the Paragonian Society that could emerge from the death of Western civilization and its embodying patriarchal epoch, such notions of guilt and criminal activity will disappear. Antisocial activities will be regarded as pathological, requiring therapy and healing. Self-inquiry is not a private activity, which affects just an individual, but a public one, that affects the health and well-being of the whole of society.
[Old English, feld, ‘area of flat, open land’, from Indo-European *plth-, the root of Greek platus, ‘broad’, probably the root of plateau.] There is nothing in the etymology of field that suggests that fields should be enclosed by fences and hedges, separating one from the other. But this happened in two waves of enclosure in England, when what were previously considered ‘commons’ became private property. Similarly, fields in academia are often enclosed by specialists, who consider them their own domain, not allowing generalists in. In physics, fields are “The area or space under the influence of, or within the range of, some agent”, generally regarded as causal.
In the unified relationships theory, fields are special types of relationships, which are causal, like fields in physics, including morphogenetic fields. And there are no hedges separating one field from another in the world of learning; they have all been demolished. We can then view the Universe as an undivided, seamless continuum, without any borders, which leads to Wholeness, the ability to see the Totality of Existence as a coherent whole.
, ‘form, figure, shape’, from formare
, ‘to form, shape, fashion’, uncertain earlier derivation] Arrangement of parts (OED), an abstract building block in integral relational logic, providing the basic element in structures. See also information
[Old English freo, from Indo-European base *prijos, ‘dear, beloved’, also the root of friend. Originally, free was a term of love and affection uniting the members of a family in a common bond, and implicitly excluding their servants or slaves—those that were not ‘free’.] Paradoxically, Freedom, with a capital F, arises through the recognition that we human beings do not have free-will to decide the course of our lives, for in Reality there is no separate being who can make such a choice. When we live in Wholeness in this way, there are no restrictions on how or what we might learn or on what we might do, unlike our so-called free society, which is constantly seeking to put us in chains. As Erich Fromm wrote in the middle of the Second World War, we fear Freedom, no matter what our politicians might tell us. The so-called free-market economy is a straitjacket on us all, which we need to shake off if we are to have any chance of finding true Freedom, without which we cannot find Love.
[Old English, cognate with many Teutonic words, from Indo-European root *ple, the root of Latin plenus ‘full’, the root of many other words, such as plenty, plural, replete, supply, and surplus.] Fullness, with a capital F, denotes Wholeness, the opposite of Emptiness or Oneness, where Fullness is the union of Fullness and Emptiness, just as Wholeness is the union of Wholeness and Oneness.
[Greek holos, ‘whole’, from Indo-European base *sol ‘whole’, also root of solid and safe among other words. This is a different IE root than that of holy, health, and whole.] Coined by Jan Christiaan Smuts in 1925 with a specific evolutionary meaning: “Holism … underlies the synthetic tendency in the universe, and is the principle which makes for the origin and progress of wholes in the universe … This whole-making or holistic tendency is fundamental in nature … Evolution is nothing but the gradual development and stratification of progressive series of wholes, stretching from the inorganic beginnings to the highest levels of spiritual creation.” (Holism and Evolution, p. v.) “The whole-making, holistic tendency, or Holism, operating in and through particular wholes, is seen in all stages of existence, and is by no means confined to the biological domain to which science has hitherto restricted [Evolution].” (Ibid, p. 99.)
[Greek holos, ‘whole’, and graphicus ‘belonging to writing’ from graphein, ‘to scratch’.] A holographic view of the Universe is created by self-reflective Intelligence lit by the coherent light of Consciousness, which is analogous to a laser beam, which both creates a hologram and enables it to be seen in three dimensions. Because the Universe has a deep, underlying, unifying structure—described as an infinitely dimensional network of hierarchical relationships—the Universe can be seen as a whole in greater or lesser detail within all forms and structures, depending on the breadth of light being applied at any one moment. When the light of Consciousness is at its utmost breadth, there is an experience of ineffable, nondual Wholeness, realizing that all beings in the Universe are also Divine Wholeness, embodying and transcending all forms and structures.
In Auguries of Innocence, William Blake exquisitely expressed the holographic nature of the Universe with these opening lines:
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
[Greek holos, ‘whole’, and trope, ‘turning, change’] Coined by Stanislav Grof to mean ‘turning towards the Whole’, in a similar manner to heliotropic ‘turning towards the Sun’ (brief private conversation in 1992 at a conference in Prague called Science, Spirituality, and the Global Crisis organized by the International Transpersonal Association). However, the related verb trepo, ‘to turn’, has two meanings, as in English: ‘to change direction’ (as in ‘turn into a side-road’), and ‘to change form’ (as in ‘turn into a frog’) (Letter from Oxford English Dictionary Word and Language Service (OWLS) in 1993). So holotropic can be said to have two meanings, the second being ‘transforming the Whole’, using -tropic in the same sense as entropic. In order to return Home to Wholeness, to our Divine Source, we need to transform the Whole; a partial transformation is not sufficient.
[Latin humanus ‘man’, cognate with homo ‘man’, related to humus, ‘earth’] We can see from this etymology that the Proto-Indo-Europeans conceived of human beings as earthlings in contrast to the divine residents of the heavens. Similarly, the IE word for mortal was often used as a synonym for human, in contrast to the immortal gods. So the separation between the human and the divine lies deep in the collective psyche. It is the task of Homo divinus to end this separation, and so discover what it truly means to be a human being, in contrast to the other animals and machines, like computers.
Because the egoic mind has led us to feel separate from our immortal Ground of Being over the millennia, we have invented a number of immortality symbols to give us a precarious sense of security and identity in life. Traditionally, these have been religious in character, such as the belief in everlasting life after death, in the West, and the belief in reincarnation, in the East. However, today, it is money that provides the primary immortality symbol. It is our obsession for money that is driving humanity to extinction. For when we do not face our fears with full consciousness and intelligence, these fears will eventually come along to haunt us.
[See implicit.] The implicate order is that aspect of the Universe that is not accessible to our senses, such as sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. It is the underlying reality that enabled David Bohm to resolve the incompatibilities between relativity and quantum theories. See also explicate order.
[Latin, implicitus, pa. pple. of implicare, ‘to enfold, entwine, entangle’, from in-, ‘in’, and plicare, ‘to fold’.] Contrary to the root meaning of this word, what is implicit is not complicated and to be eschewed, as its seventeenth century meanings indicated, but incredibly simple. What is implicit is a potential that lies within us all, but with which we can also live quite happily through intuition. See also explicit.
[Medieval Latin individualis, from Latin, individuus, ‘indivisible’, from in- , ‘not’ and dividere, ‘to divide’.] An individual is one who is not divided, who is whole. In human terms, an individual is not someone who says, “I am a human being, separate from God, Nature, and each other,” which is the meaning that individual often has today. Rather, an individual is one who can say, “I am humanity, I am one with all sentient beings, I am Consciousness and everything that is within it.”
[Latin ineffabilis, ‘unutterable’, from in-, ‘not’ and effari, ‘speak out’, from ex- ‘out’ and fari, ‘to speak’, also root of fable, fame, and fate.] That cannot be spoken, ultimately referring to the Nondual Divine, within, embracing, and transcending the entire world of form. This meaning is encapsulated in the opening lines of Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching: “Tao can be talked about, but not the Eternal Tao. Names can be names, but not the Eternal Name.” By transference, any human experience that cannot be described, just shared, such as divine lovemaking or a radiantly brilliant sunset. In ‘The Naming of Cats’, a poem set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the musical Cats, T. S. Eliot declares that cats have an ineffable name that the cat himself knows when in profound meditation. As it is with cats, so it is with human beings. We alone can know what it means to be us.
[Latin informare, ‘to give form and shape to, form an idea of’.] Data, interpreted within context, to give meaning. All beings in the Universe are engaged in this communication process, not just human beings. For instance, the Sun and Moon are informing the Earth of their characteristics, proving meaningful information. In integral relational logic, we represent such relationships in semantic models consisting of classes of entities and their attributes.
‘whole, complete, untouched,
intact, entire’ from in
‘not’ and *tag-
An approach to learning that leads to the Theory
at the Omega point
the title of the Integral Institute founded by Ken Wilber. However,
he says in A Theory of Everything:
Ken then goes on to ask, “So why even attempt
the impossible?” To
which he replies, “Because, I believe, a little bit of wholeness
is better than none at all, and an integral vision offers considerably
more wholeness than the slice-and-dice alternatives.” Panosophy provides
an integral vision that truly embraces
the Totality of Existence for it is based on the concept of being,
all other categories of learning being subclasses on this concept
abstraction and generality,
necessary to develop a complete model of the relationships between
all beings. Most particularly, the cross of duality shows how
the four-quadrant model, the framework for the Integral Institute,
is just a special case of the Principle
of Duality, the fundamental
design principle of the Universe.
integral relational logic
science of reason that truly represents how we think, unlike the deductive
forms of logic that have evolved from Aristotle’s
syllogism and Euclid’s axiomatic approach to mathematical proof.
integral relational logic, which has evolved from the integral relational
model of data
, augmented by object-oriented
, is so called
because its principle concept is relationship
because it has arisen through the action of the Logos
Using the notation of the UML, this diagram is a comprehensive,
self-inclusive model of the Totality of Existence, of the entire
Universe. It shows that every being is related to every other being
in potentially an infinite number of ways.
soundness, health, purity, correctness’. See
One of the four fundamental principles of concept
in integral relational
. While clarity
naturally lead to integrity,
, integrity is included as one of the
basic principles becaus integrity also means ‘honesty, sincerity’.
If we are to create a coherent model of the Universe that truly corresponds
to all our experiences, from the mystical to the mundane, there is
no room for pretence. It is essential that we meticulously examine both
the soundness of our concepts
and the experiences on which they are
based with the utmost attentiveness, which Buddhists call smriti
[See Intelligence] Despite the common etymology with Intelligence, intellect has a quite meaning. Whereas Intelligence is a divine quality, the intellect is very much a human one, referring to our mental capabilities, such as reasoning, which can potentially be reproduced in a machine such as a computer. So there could be artificial intellect, but not artificial intelligence.
'understanding’ from intelligentem
pple of intellegere
‘between’ and ‘gather, choose, read’.] The eyesight
sometimes called the Witness
in spiritual circles. The pre-eminent
Christian mystic Meister Eckhart was referring to Intelligence when
“The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which he sees
So just as Consciousness is cosmic, Intelligence is divine. It is the divine
ability to read between the lines, to see the relationships
the context of Consciousness
This means that if the coherent light of Consciousness
is occluded with fragmented and deluded concepts, then Intelligence cannot
function. Most particularly, it is Intelligence that enables us to know ourselves,
the motto of the Paragonian University, to understand the evolutionary energies
that cause us to behave as we do. This understanding is of the utmost importance,
for otherwise, we are living our lives blindfold, rather like driving down
the highway at ever increasing speeds with our eyes closed.
[Latin interpretation, from interpretari, ‘to understand in a certain sense’.] In integral relational logic, interpretation is the process of turning meaningless data patterns into meaningful information and knowledge by paying careful attention to the similarities and differences in these patterns.
[Latin intueri, ‘contemplate’, from in-, ‘into’, and tueri, ‘to look’] By looking inwards into the depths of the psyche, “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning” (COED). Intuitive insights can be shared, but they cannot normally be explained to someone who does not have similar levels of intuition. “How do you know that?” people might awesomely or sceptically ask depending on how they feel about the person and the situation.
[Latin involvere, from in-, ‘into’, and volvere, ‘to roll’] In some senses, involution is the opposite of evolution, both processes taking place in the Eternal Now. If we see evolution as a process of making explicit what is implicit, involution reverses this process. In human terms, in the unified relationships theory, we look at the Totality of Existence as a hierarchical network of structure-forming relationships, called the web of life by systems theorists. This picture is rather like a graph in mathematics, consisting of nodes and the arcs between them, where the arcs represent relationships between forms and structures.
Now each node is actually a structure of forms and the relationships between them. We can continue the process of dissolving all these structures into relationships so that only relationships remain. Then these two dissolve in the seamless continuum that is Consciousness itself. And just as evolution is a growing process, involution is a dying process. To fully experience Wholeness, the sense of a separate self needs to die completely, when we can enter a space of Divine Bliss, free of the fear of death, for we have already experienced death, before our physical death and the death of the global economy and Homo sapiens.
Furthermore, we are now living primarily with intuition rather than reason. So there is actually no need to make everything explicit to see and feel the Whole. Visionaries of all ages have been able to do so, enabling them to see events many decades and centuries before they actually happen. See also evolution.
[Old English, now third person singular of be
cognate with third person singulars est
be’ in Latin and Greek, respectively. Also cognate with Sanskrit asti
the Indo-European root *esti.] This word shows, as clearly as any
other, the unification of Eastern and Western perceptions of being
the most fundamental of all concepts
The path of abstract knowledge
the East, answering the question “Who am
I?”, essential if we are to truly know ourselves. This path requires
every form of ignorance (avidja
this is an Eastern path, we can fully integrate it into Western abstract
thought processes, and thus heal the split between East and the West.
In panosophy, this unification can be realized by distinguishing
the two forms of knowledge, inner knowing and symbolic knowledge.
This inner knowing tells us of the existence of the nondual Absolute.
To make this real in our experience, we follow the
fundamental principle of the jnani—neti, neti, ‘not
this, not this’—to realize in a process of negative discrimination
that nothing in the world of form is who we truly are; not our
bodies, or our thoughts, or our souls.
[Sanskrit from jna
‘to know’, cognate with gnostic
, from PIE root *gno
-, ‘to know’.] In Advaita, spiritual wisdom and illumination; inner knowing of the Ultimate Reality; the realization that atman and Brahman are one. See also gnosis
.] A nondualist, grounded in the deep inner knowing of Advaita, of the Divine, called Brahman in Hinduism, the eternal, imperishable Absolute. See also gnostic
[Old English cnawan
from Indo-European roots
*gn-, *gne-, *gno-, which are roots of Greek gnosis
‘to know’, root of cognition
There are two essential qualities of knowing: inner knowing or gnosis
which is essentially ineffable
, and knowledge that can be expressed
symbolically in concepts
and words. Both are needed
if we are to follow the maxim in the Oracle’s
kitchen in The
: Temet Nosce
Taking the second first, the essence of knowing, in
the words of the OED, is to perceive a thing or person as one
identical with one perceived before and to recognize or distinguish
one thing from another. This ability is key to clarity,
one of the fundamental principles of concept formation in integral relational
logic. But if our learning is based on recognition, on knowing again,
on seeing similarities between data patterns over time, how
can we ever learn anything that is radically new, that is unprecedented?
Well, this is done by basing our knowledge on the Truth,
distinguishing inner knowing from symbolic
knowledge, the Absolute from the relativistic
world of form with our Intelligence. If the Absolute or Consciousness does
not provide the overall Context for all our learning,
then we can only live in delusion, out of touch with Reality.
When we have organized all knowledge into universal
order, we have reached the summit of the mountain of all knowledge
in Wholeness at the Omega point
of evolution. This is the mirror
image of Oneness at the Alpha point
of evolution in the depths of the ocean of Consciousness.
The Norwegian fjords provide a metaphor of this relationship.
Some mountains there are sheer cliffs up to 1000 metres high, plunging
into the fjord, which can reach 1000 metres in depth, enabling
ocean-going cruise liners to travel up to 100 kilometres into the
[Sanskrit ‘snake’ or ‘serpent power’.] The power of
, experienced by spiritual seekers as emerging at the base of
the spine, like a sleeping serpent, rising through the chakras, giving
rise to spiritual knowledge and mystical visions.
[Old English leornian, from Indo-European *leis, ‘track’, carrying the underlying notion that learning is “gaining experience by following a track”.] Learning, as the acquisition of knowledge, is the predominant evolutionary process in the world today, taking place in the noosphere rather than the biosphere, as in earlier times. As such, when we learn to understand how we learn, we can create of comprehensive theory of evolution, which explains our origin as a species and where we are all heading in such a frantic rush.
[Latin liberalis, from liber, ‘free’.] To be liberal is to be free of the constraints and conflicts that fragmented political systems attempt to place us in. So as a political philosophy, liberalism is not to be derided, as conservative politicians claiming freedom tend to do.
[Sanskrit ‘play’.] In Hinduism, the play of the Divine,
a delightful description of the dynamics of the relativistic world
of form. For only the eternal Now is real; everything else is just
a dream, a movie in which we are all the actors, playing various
roles as evolution guides us.
[Old English lif with Germanic cognates meaning
‘life, person, body’ from Old Teutonic *lib- ‘remain,
be left’, the root of leave. The connection between remain and
life referred to those people left alive after a battle.]
[Greek ‘saying, speaking, speech, mode of speaking;
eloquence, discourse; conversation, talk; word, expression; assertion;
principle, maxim; proverb; oracle; promise; order, command; proposal;
condtion, agreement; stipulation, decision; pretext; fable, news,
story, report, legend; prose-writing, history, book, essay, oration;
affair, incident; thought, reason, reckoning, computation, reflection,
deliberation, account, consideration, opinion; cause, end; argument,
demonstration; meaning, value; proportion’, these meanings all
coming from the Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Despite these numerous
meanings, the ancient Greeks gave logos two distinct meanings,
a mystical and a mundane. To Heraclitus, the mystical philosopher
of change, logos signified “the rational principle governing
the cosmos”. Everything is in constant flux, related and ordered
through the universal Logos, which is also manifest in the human being’s
power of reason. The Logos is thus the organizing power of Life,
emanating from our divine Source.
However, Heraclitus’s contemporaries clearly
did not understand what he meant, for he was called the ‘Obscure’.
Furthermore, Aristotle accused Heraclitus of not reasoning. Yet,
Heraclitus was much closer to understanding the way we actually
reason than Aristotle, an understanding we can express in the modern
language of integral relational
logic, which has evolved from
As John was the most mystical of the
four evangelists, it is probable that he was referring to the mystical
meaning of logos when he wrote, “In the beginning was the
Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God”. However,
when the Bible came to be translated into English, logos was translated word, one
of the many mundane meanings of logos.
[Old English lufu ‘ love’ from
Indo-European *leubh- ‘find pleasing’, the root of libido
believe.] In contrast to Greek, which had four words for love—sturge, ‘affection’, philos, ‘friendship’, eros, ‘eros’, and agape, ‘compassion’—English has just one. But it still has an advantage over French and some other languages, where je t’aime can mean both ‘I love you’ and ‘I like you’. However, none of these meanings denote true Love, for love has an opposite, hate, both words having an object. True Love ha neither an opposite nor an object. It is the Divine Essence that we all share, with the power to heal our grievously sick society if we are willing to look at the immortality symbols that create so much conflict in the world.
[Sanskrit ‘deception, illusion, appearance’.] In Buddhism
and Hinduism, “the continually changing, impermanent phenomenal world
of appearances and forms, of illusion and decepttion, which an unenlightened
mind takes as the only reality.” For as we recognize in panosophy, Consciousness
is all there is, the only Reality
. Everything in the
relativistic world of form is an appearance in or abstraction
[Old English mænan, ‘to intend, signify’, from West German *mainjain from Indo-European *men-, ‘to think’, also root of memory, mention, mind] The root sense of mean is to have in mind as a purpose or intention (OED). When this purpose is expressed in language, we are then concerned with the interpretation of the words being written or spoken. See also meaning.
[See mean] Intention or purpose. In language, the signification or interpretation of what is said or spoken. In the unified relationships theory, which views the Totality of Existence in terms of meaningful structure-forming relationships, these relationships provide structures with their meaning or significance. As there is nothing in the Universe except these relationships, their significance is energetic. In the URT, meaning is causal and hence energy. Ultimately, the overall purpose or meaning of life is not anything in the relativistic world of form; it is to consciously return Home to Wholeness, from which we have never actually left.
‘a measuring’ from mens
- past participle stem of metiri
‘to measure’ from PIE root *me
-, also root of meal
, and many other related words.] In ancient times, the most basic meaning of measure was ‘limit’ or ‘boundary’, as David Bohm points out in describing the relationship between measure and order
in physics. Another obsolete meaning of measure
is ‘to regulate moderate, restrain’. To deepen the sense of measure
, we can note that the PIE base *med
-, meaning ‘to take appropriate measures’, is the root of such words as medicine
from Latin mederi
‘to heal’, meditate
from Latin meditari
‘to reflect’, moderate
from Latin moderari
‘to keep within appropriate measure’, and model
, and commodity
from Latin modus ‘measure, size, limit, manner, harmony, melody’.
What this means is that bigger is not necessarily better. Everything has its appropriate measure. To take a trivial example, making scrambled eggs requires a lower heat than making an omelette. And in music, different speeds, volumes, pitches, rhythms, and keys can evoke various responses in listeners. In the unified relationships theory, measure is thus closely related to meaning
, which is causal and therefore energetic. And in integral relational logic, measures can be both quantitative and qualitative as domains of values or dimensions, leading us to see that the Universe has an unlimited number of dimensions
, not the limited number of the physicists.
Of course, the Universe
, as Consciousness
, has no limits. By applying the Principle of Unity, we can thus unify the measurable world of form and the immeasurable Absolute in Wholeness, and so heal the fragmented, schizoid mind. It is in this measured way we can live in harmony with Life, Nature, and each other, and so cocreate the Paragonian Society, living beyond conflict and suffering. Most particularly, we can be liberated from the limits that a quantitative measure like money constrains us in and so develop a meaningful global information system that enables us to intelligently manage our business affairs in a measured and sustainable manner. This is Superlife, the final phase of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s four-phase model of evolution.
implement, machine, engine of war’.] The essential characteristic
of machines is that they operate solely in the horizontal dimension
This fact is simply demonstrated by the predominant machine of our
time, the stored-program computer. This is a machine that processes
some input producing the result as output. Even the programs that
process data go through this process. Every program that has ever
been written has been processed by another program. So where did
the first program come from?
Very simply, it arose from our divine Source, through
the creative power of human beings in the vertical dimension of time.
So if we are to be free of our mechanistic conditioning, we need
to reborn, like Neo in The
Matrix, and learn to live in the eternal Now. Nothing
less will do if we are to follow the maxim in the Oracle’s kitchen:
Temet Nosce, ‘Know Yourself’.
, ‘with, after’, and phusike
, ‘nature’.] Metaphysics seems to have been given to Aristotle’s books on the subject because they came after his books on physics, for meta
in Greek has no meaning ‘beyond’. So it is a misapprehension to regard metaphysics as “the science of that which transcends the physical”. Rather, Aristotle was concerned with exploring the first principles of things, such as being and essence, which is quite beyond the capability of the physicists. This metaphysical approach is central to the development of integral relational logic as the ontological
framework for the unified relationships theory
. See also physics
[Old English gemynd
, ‘memory, thought’, from Indo-European base *men
-, ‘think’] Historically, ‘memory’ has been as important an element in the word’s meaning as ‘mental faculty’. We can thus regard the mind as a store or repository of concepts
and their relationships
, corresponding to passive data
in a computer. As a faculty, the mind is involved with reasoning and organizing these thoughts, analogous to active-passive data
in a computer. However, mind, as conceived and perceived in the unified relationships theory
, is not Consciousness
, which lies beyond the mind. Entirely new concepts that arise through thinking do not emerge from the mind, itself, but from Consciousness
, as this diagram indicates.
, cult name for the goddess Juno, in whose temple coins were minted, which led to moneta
, ‘a mint’.] Money is a type of information
, and so can be represented in information systems models. However, the meaning
of information, and hence its value, cannot satisfactorily be represented in quantitative financial models developed by economist and management accountants. These financial models are thus dark clouds preventing us from running our business affairs with full consciousness of what we are doing. It is thus of paramount importance for the health and well-being of humanity that joint-stock companies are transformed into organizations that follow their original articles of association to make bread, clothes, or whatever. When companies reduce everything, including human values, to money as a lowest common denominator, meaning
is lost and life becomes meaningless and very dangerous.
‘mystical, secret’, from muein
‘close one’s eyes or mouth’.]
A person with direct, immediate inner knowing of divine mysteries. See also gnostic
.] This term seems to have arisen because Norbert Weiner’s formula for entropy was negative, while Claude Shannon’s was positive. It is confusing to use this term. See also entropy
The condition of viewing all opposites in the Context
. If nonduality is the thesis and duality
the antithesis, then nonduality is the thesis. There is thus a primary-secondary
relationship between nonduality and duality
, illustrated here. In
this way, we can unify the nondualistic, formless Absolute
the relativistic world of form.
This does not completely unify all opposites, for the Absolute can
be viewed in terms of Wholeness and Oneness,
which unify in Wholeness. Going the other way,
the relativistic world of form consists of the physical and nonphysical
worlds, which also unify in Wholeness.
[Old English nu
from Indo-European root *nu-
time’ still seen in Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian nu
If we look at time
in terms of the past and future,
measured in terms of negative and positive units of time, such as
days or years, it might be tempting to regard the present as zero
time. But this is now, not Now. For Now is the Divine
beyond space and time, when the presence
Absolute is felt. It is vitally important for us all to learn to
live in the eternal Now for every being in the Universe
through a life and death process, including our bodies, the global
economy, and the human race, itself. As Buddhism’s three marks
indicate quite clearly, the only way that we can come to terms
with this situation, free of fear, is to realize that in Reality
there is no separate being who can be said to do or own anything.
Omega point of evolution
[Last letter in the Greek alphabet,
progresses by a process of differentiation and integration, of divergence
and convergence, leading to the growth of structures of ever-increasing
complexity or simplicity, depending on whether we are more focused on divergence
or convergence. It is thus an evolutionary inevitability that the fourteen
billion years of evolution, viewed from our perspective on Earth, will
converge in a great synthesis or megasynthesis, which Pierre Teilhard de
Chardin called the Omega point. This is exactly what is happening in society
at the present time. Teilhard’s
prophecy is becoming fulfilled at a rate that is accelerating
But because Wholeness is the union of all opposites,
if we as individuals and as a species are to reach evolution’s
glorious culmination, we must start afresh at the very beginning,
at the Alpha
point of evolution.
And as this diagram illustrates, the Alpha and Omega points are not in the
past and future; they both exist in the eternal Now.
It is with this realization that we can say, with John the Divine
in the Apocalypse or Revelations, “I am Alpha and Omega, the
first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
[Old English an
The ineffable state of Oneness arises when we live in union with
the Divine, at the centre of the ocean of Consciousness
This centre is exactly the same for all of us. Using the metaphor
of an archipelago, our physical beings are on the surface of the
ocean, all joined below the surface in our common Ground of Being.
It is often believed that Oneness is the ultimate goal of the spiritual path because
in Oneness we realize the most exqisite sense of bliss, complete freedom from fear and suffering.
It would therefore seem that once we become enlightened with the coherent light of Consciousness,
there is nothing more to do in life. However, we have still to reach Wholeness as a species,
at the Omega point of evolution.
[Greek on, genitive ontos from ont- stem of pr. pple. einai, ‘to be’, and geneia, ‘origin’ from genes, ‘born’.] Defined in 1872: “The ontogeny of every organism repeats itself in brief … it’s phylogeny, i.e. the individual development of every organism … repeats approximately the development of its race.” (OED) In other words ontogeny generally recapitulates phylogeny, a principle that embraces both the evolution of species in the biosphere and of civilizations in the noosphere. However, if ontogeny always recapitulated phylogeny, no new species or civilizations could ever appear. As human beings we go to school to learn what the culture we were born into wants us to learn, being thoroughly conditioned in the ways of the culture by the time we are adolescents.
For new species and civilizations to appear, individuals need to emerge whose ontogeny does not reach maturity, in terms of the race, but takes a radically new change of direction when young through a process of pædomorphosis. Of course, this is not easy for those individuals, who might appear as freaks to the dominant race. For instance, if an albino is born into a tribe of antelopes, it will most probably be expelled from the group. It is only when a critical mass of individuals gather together that new species or civilizations can establish itself. That, essentially, is what needs to happen if the children born since the beginning of this millennium are to have any chance of growing old enough to have children of their own.
[Old French ordre
, from Latin ordo
, ‘series, line, row, or other regular arrangement’.] Integral relational logic is a science of reason that enables us to put all our thoughts into universal order, neatly arranged as an infinitely dimensional network of hierarchical relationships. But this does not deny chaos and spontaneity, for Wholeness is the union of all opposites. See also measure
, ‘boy, child’, and morphe
, ‘form’, cognate with pædiatric
] Term coined by W. Garstang around 1928, to mean ‘the shaping of the young’. In Koestler’s words, “the phenomenon of pædomorphosis indicates that in certain circumstances evolution can retrace its steps, as it were, along the path which led to a dead end, and make a fresh start in a new, more promising direction.” (Koestler, Ghost in the Machine, p. 163.) Pædomorphosis is thus a rejuvenating, renascent process; it leads to new vitality, new energies, and new possibilities, necessary for the regeneration of the species. Pædomorphosis first happens at the ontogenetic level, when individuals do not develop into adulthood along phylogenetic lines, but branch off when young in a quite new direction, much as Indigo children are endeavouring to do today. See also gerontomorophosis
‘all’ and sophia
modelled on philosophy
. The ancient Greeks used the word pansophos
mean ‘very wise’, lit.
‘all-wise’. In 1642, this led to the coinage of pansophy
occasionally spelled pantosophy
, to mean
‘universal or cyclopædic knowledge; a scheme or cyclopædic
work embracing the whole body of human knowledge.’ (OED).]
The transcultural, transciplinary discipline that encompasses all specialized
disciplines in all cultures at all times; the theory of everything.
Panosophy thus heals the split between science
the humanities and between science
[Late Latin paradigma
‘pattern, example’, from
‘pattern, model, example’, from paradeiknunai
side by side’ from para-
‘side by side, beside’ and deiknunai
show’, from Indo-European root *deik
also root of teach
, and token
In the philosophy of science, after Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure
of Scientific Revolutions
, ‘a worldview underlying the theories
and methodology of a scientific subject’ (COED) and ‘a philosophical
and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within
which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed
in support of them are formulated’ (Merriam-Webster).
The unified relationships theory is not a paradigmatic worldview, for
the worldview for the URL is Consciousness, a borderless, seamless continuum,
not a pattern or model. The ocean of Consciousness provides the overall
context for the URL, with Love at the centre of the ocean being our Divine
Essence. Consciousness and Love together provide the gnostic foundation
for the URT.
Integral relational logic, the metaphysical framework for the
URT, could be called a paradigm for the entire world of learning. But
consciously adopting IRL as a science of reason does not actually involve
a paradigm shift or change because we all implicitly use IRL every day
to organize our ideas and conduct our experiments. However, because of
our fragmented minds, we misuse IRL, not recognizing that the both-and
Principle of Unity is the fundamental design principle of the Universe,
free of Aristotle’s egoic, either-or Law of Contradiction. This
is the essence of the scientific revolution currently emerging in the
[Late Latin paradisus
‘enclosed park, orchard, hunting ground’,
from Persian pairidaeza
‘enclosed place’, from pairi
root of Greek prefix peri-
‘round, about’ as in perimeter
‘wall’, from diz
form’, from Indo-European base *dheigh
form, knead’, the root of dough
and the second syllable
literally ‘one who kneads bread’.] The
myth that in prehistory there was a ‘Pure Land’ or ‘Golden
Age’ in Buddhist and Greek terms, respectively, clearly arises
because during the transition period between biological and mental
or noological evolution, our ancestors were like babies in adult
bodies before the egoic mind led us further and further from
Reality, from Paradise. The end of this transition period is
symbolically marked by the Fall in the Garden of Eden, leading
to the patriarchal epoch that has dominated human affairs for
some 5,000 years.
Today, we are in the middle of the transition
period between the mental and mystical phases of human development,
which is leading us, once again, to Paradise, an age of love,
peace, and harmony. But this is not a return to earlier times;
rather it is a move forward to a superconscious, superintelligent
society. It is vitally important here not to fall for what
Ken Wilber calls the ‘pre-trans fallacy’. We are
not returning to a matrifocal society, but moving into an androgynous
one in which both women and men develop and balance their masculine
and feminine energies in conformity with the Principle of Unity.
‘beyond’ and agon
‘contest’ or ‘conflict’,
a word that is also the root of agony
, until the 17th century meaning ‘mental
stress’, and antagonist
‘a person that one struggles against’. Any similarity with paragon
coincidental for this word has the Greek root para
‘alongside’ and akonan
together figuratively meaning ‘compare’.] Paragonian
29th October 1984 to denote the peaceful and harmonious society that could emerge
following the collapse of the global economy at the beginning of the
2010s. It literally means ‘beyond conflict and suffering’, which
we can realize when we learn to unify all opposites in Wholeness
grounded in Oneness
, from philos
‘loving’ and sophia
Betrand Russell said that philosophy occupies the ‘No Man’s
and theology, a long way from the original
and widest meaning of the word, which the OED gives as ‘the love,
study, or pursuit of wisdom, or of knowledge of things and their causes,
whether theoretical or practical.’ Panosophy
philosophy in this sense, because once science and religion are unified,
there is no longer a ‘No Man’s Land’ between them.
, ‘race, tribe’, and geneia
, ‘origin’ from genes
, ‘born’.] Coined by E. Hæckel in 1866 and used by Charles Darwin in 1872 in the fifth edition of Origin of Species
. “The genesis and evolution of the phylum, tribe, or species; ancestral or racial evolution of an animal or plant type, or of particular organs or other components of a plant or an animal.” (OED) This definition can be extended to include civilizations, corresponding to species, and concepts, corresponding to organs. See ontogeny
for a definition of how civilizations, like Western civilization, could escape from the evolutionary dead ends they can find themselves in.
, participle of præesse
‘before’ and esse
be’.] The Latin origin of presence
literally means ‘before
‘prior to existence’, indicating that the Romans were aware
of the existence of the Absolute
, out of which everything in the
relativistic world of form emerges.
Principle of Duality
The Principle of Duality is the fundamental design principle of the Universe, true in all
possible worlds. It states Wholeness is the union of all opposites
So those who deny the truth of this statement are the opposite of those
who accept its truth, confirming its truth. The Principle of Duality lies
at the ontological
level of the foundations of all knowledge
, making a statement
about all beings.
See also dualism, duality, nonduality,
circle of duality, triangle
of duality, cross of duality, and
sphere of duality.
Principle of Unity
The Principle of Unity is an extension of the Principle of Duality
, embracing the nondual Absolute. It states, “Wholeness is the union of all opposites,” which is the fundamental design principle of the Universe, a universal truth, true in all possible worlds. The Principle of Unity lies at the ontological level of the foundations of all knowledge, making a statement about all beings in all conceivable universes. See also dualism
, and Nonduality
There is a primary-secondary relationship
many pairs of opposites. In general, if A is the thesis and not-A
is the antithesis, then A is the synthesis. Examples are the relationships
and the relativistic world of form,
the vertical and horizontal dimensions of time
, perfection and imperfection,
and the implicate
Other examples of primary-secondary relationships are set and number
in mathematics and information and money in business.
However, in the West, we often regard what is secondary as primary, most obviously the relationship between the
physical universe and Consciousness. So if we are to establish the scientific truth that Consciousness is all there is, the only
true Reality, then we need to turn Western civilization upside down so that it is standing firmly on its feet instead of its head.
[Late Latin radicalis
, from radix
Its modern political meaning, based on the metaphor of fundamental
change, going to the ‘roots’ of things, emerged in the 18th
century.] If we are to live in harmony with the accelerating
rate of evolutionary change, the only choice we have today is to
start afresh at the very beginning, at the root of all knowledge,
thus rebuilding the infrastructure of society on the solid foundation
. Integral relational
is the science of reason
that shows how this radical transformation of our worldview can be
[Late Latin rationare, ‘to discourse’, from ratio, ‘reckoning, account, computation, calculation’, from ppl. stem of reri, ‘to think’.] One difficulty in healing the split between Western reason, living on the surface of things, and Eastern mysticism, going to the depths of Existence, is that even the root meanings of words fall short of describing the relationships between our various mental and psychic faculties. The OED has this definition of reason: “To think in a connected, sensible, or logical manner”. But this definition does not enable us to distinguish thinking and reasoning. In integral relational logic, thinking is essentially a creative process arising through the power of Life, enabling new concepts to be formed, while reasoning is a process that organizes and arranges concepts that have already been formed. So integral relational logic should not really be called a science of reason, because it includes the creative thought processes that brought it into being in the territory being mapped. Nothing less enables us to be fully conscious of the evolutionary energies that cause us to behave as we do, necessary if we are ever to manage our lives and business affairs with an understanding of where we are all heading.
[Latin recordari, ‘remember, ponder, go over in one’s mind’, from re- and cor, cordis, ‘heart’, the root of accord, concord, discord, and, of course, cardiac.] A record is something that has literally been committed to heart. As we say today, we learn by heart, without recourse to cribs and written reminders. Integral relational logic has arisen from the way information systems organize records in business, thereby unifying heart and mind.
[Latin relationem pa. pple. of referre from re ‘back’ and ferre ‘carry’, the root of refer.] Tables in the form of relations in mathematics are a very convenient way of organizing our knowledge and information, which go back to the very origins of writing. Pictorial tablets from 3100 BC. found in Urek (Erech) in Mesopotamia contain cuneiforms in the Sumerian language that have been interpreted as “lists or ledgers of commodities identified by drawings of the objects and accompanied by numerals and personal names.” Today, telephone directories listing names, addresses, and telephone numbers are a familiar example.
It is therefore not surprising, therefore, that the table, technically called a relation, is the basic structure in the relational model of data and hence integral relational logic. The words in italics in this table are knowledge about knowledge, often called metadata in the relational model. Collectively, all these class and attribute names can be collected together in two further tables, with class names class and attribute, respectively, not unlike the system catalogue in relational database management systems. In integral relational logic, these two tables provide the epistemological level of the foundations of all knowledge. The attribute names in this example could also be class names in other tables, the relationships between which are best shown in graphical form. See graph for an example.
relational model of data
Introduced by Ted Codd in 1970, an English-born mathematician
working at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California, in
an eleven-page seminal paper called ‘A
Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks’. As the relational
model of data evolved from the theory of relations in mathematics
and first-order predicate logic, it provided, for the first time,
a mathematical representation of the basic resource of the data-processing
itself. At the time, it unified the
of database design, which then predominated the industry.
Since then, the integral relational logic has spawned a multi-billion
dollar industry, based on such products as Oracle Database, Sybase’s
Adaptive Server Enterprise, IBM’s DB2, Microsoft’s SQL Server,
FileMaker Pro, developed by an Apple subsidiary, and MySQL, the
most popular open source database, which is used on this web
site. You cannot order a book or airline ticket on the Internet
today without invoking the relational model of data behind the
The reason for the ubiquity of the relational model
of data is that it was designed to describe “data with its natural
structure only, without superimposing any additional structure
for machine representation purposes”. The relational model of
data is so general that it can be used in any industry whatsoever,
including government and banking, manufacturing and retail, and
medicine and education.
The relational model of data provides the immediate
evolutionary precursor for integral relational logic,
the framework for
panosophy, the Theory of Everything.
.] A central concept in integral relational
, which is not easy
to define because all concepts are defined in relationship to all
others within the overall context of Consciousness
In the abstract
, this concept
be visualized by seeing the Totality of Existence as a collection
links beween them. This is rather like a graph in mathematics, with
nodes in the graph denoting forms, the arcs between the nodes being
the relationships. As each form is actually a structure of the relationships
between beings, we can continue to break down each structure until
only relationships remain. These then disappear in a seamless continuum,
with no divisions or borders within or around it, called Consciousness
In the concrete, fields in science, such as electromagnetic
and gravitational fields, morphogenetic fields, introduced by Rupert
Sheldrake, and information fields, are special cases of relationships.
Within nuclear physics, it is the relationships between the subatomic
particles that give rise to immense amounts of physical energy
in fission and fusion processes.
In human terms, it is the relationships between us
all that make the world go round. Most specifically, if we are
ever to live in love, peace, and harmony with each other, it is
essential that we work harmoniously together with a common vision.
This evolutionary convergent process will then generate
so much synergy that within an incredibly short time, the whole
species will be living within the all-embracing arms of Love, Consciousness,
‘obligation’ or ‘bond’,
probably derived from religare
tie’, the prefix
possibly having a reinforcing effect, as in refine
‘to depend on with confidence’.] Because of
the West’s belief that God
is other, religion
meant ‘bound tight to monastic vows’, coming to mean ‘belief
entitled to obedience or worship’,
rather than being bound tight to the Truth
we can depend on with confidence. As evolution becomes more and
more conscious of itself, these religious beliefs, which have been
the root cause of all the holy wars—wars about the Whole
human history, will disappear and we shall realize that the truly
religious person is one with no religion.
[Sanskrit ‘truth, divine order’.] A Hindu
word for the
, and Truth
, meaning “the living
truth that flows and works directly from the Divine.”
[Sanskrit ‘journeying’.] In Hinduism and
Buddhism, the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth in the relativistic
world of form, which comes to an end when we realize that this entire
world is nothing but a mental representation, when samsara and nirvana
[Sanskrit, a compound of sat
‘absolute, eternal, unchanging Being’, chit
‘absolute Consciousness’, and ananda
‘bliss, absolute joy’.] In Hinduism, a term for the Absolute
, which cannot actually be described in words. “This conceptual abstraction is used to inspire the intuition of the seeker of liberation (moksha
).” Thus the great joy of living freely in Consciousness
, past part. of scire
A coherent body of knowledge that corresponds to all our experiences
from the mundane to the mystical. What is known as scientific knowledge
today is neither coherent nor does it correspond to our experiences.
The basic reason for this is that science is not based on the Truth
which we can discover through self-inquiry. In contrast, the mystics
based their inquiries on the Truth. So we can say that the mystics
are the true scientists. Panosophy
is science as defined here, ending the
war between science and religion, without which there can never be peace
[Old English, common with other Germanic words, seemingly an emphasizing word originally as in oneself, himself, etc.] A translation of Sanskrit atman, in Hinduism “the real immortal self of human beings, known in the West as the soul”. Buddhists deny the existence of atman, “neither within nor outside of physical and mental manifestations is there anything that could be described as an independent imperishable essence.” In the unified relationships theory, as in Advaita and Buddhism, there is no separate entity such as the soul, other than the Immortal Ground of Being, that is immortal. Nevertheless, we can reconcile these differences between Hinduism and Buddhism by saying that when atman and Brahman are one, then there is anatman. But if there is no immortal soul, what is it that reincarnates in Buddhism?
[(1) Latin sectus
‘a group of people
following a similar mode of life’, from pa. pple. of sequi
follow’. (2) Old English ‘cause to sit’ form Indo-European *sed
through Germanic root.] In integral relational logic
mathematics, a group of entities
having similar attributes.
However, as integral relational logic
, unlike mathematics,
is nonaxiomatic and nonlinear, it does not suffer from the problem
that faced mathematicians at the end of the 19th century when paradoxes
were found in axiomatic set theory, leading to a great crisis in
of mathematics, for the concept
of set is so fundamental
in human learning.
However, it is vitally important to remember that all
the sets that we place ourselves in, merging the two meanings of set,
are not real. If we identify with any exclusive religion, nation,
economic ideology, political party, business corporation, or scientific
paradigm we are setting ourselves in chains, inhibiting ourselves
from being fully awake. In Reality, we belong to the Cosmos, beyond
space and time, not any particular sect. Nevertheless, sets have
an essential utilitarian function. For instance, sets can tell
us which of the hundreds of species of mushrooms to be found in
the forests of Scandinavia are delicious to eat, which are tasteless,
and which are deadly poisonous. I wonder how many people have died
to pass this knowledge on to us.
[Sanskrit ‘emptiness, void’.] In Buddhism, the Essence
of the Universe
at the centre of the ocean of Consciousness
, out of which the entire world of form emerges, is without
form, and void, as described in the opening verses of Genesis in
from Indo-European roots *sm,
‘same’ source of single
, and *pl-,
the root of Greek plekein
and Latin plicare
fold’, source of
, and perplex
means ‘same-fold, single, not multifarious’.] One
of the four fundamental principles of concept
in integral relational logic
. When creating
level of the foundations
of all knowledge
, we begin
, a single concept
of the utmost generality
. This is simplest
possible application of Ockham’s razor, known as the “principle
of ontological economy, usually formulated as ‘Entities are not to
be multiplied beyond necessity’ ”. From there, we form the concepts
and attribute, continuing this analytical process
until we produce a map of the complexity of the entire Universe
When using integral relational
logic in practice, we first abstract a few concepts as pillars on which to build our knowledge of a particular domain. This provides a simple structure on which we can build a
coherent body of knowledge of a particular subject through further differentation, remembering that all
concepts are subclasses of being, all abstractions of Consciousness.
from Latin specialis
particular’ from species
‘appearance, form, kind’
‘to look, behold’, often with early meanings indicating ‘outward
appearance’, in contrast to the essence of forms, their natural,
real state.] When we are infants, we go to school to learn the three
R’s, Reading, (W)riting, and (A)rithmetic. Then as we progress through
school and university, we are taught to divide the world of learning
into even more subjects and disciplines, without being told how they
relate to each other. This analytical activity has led the world
of learning to become fragmented into fields with thick hedges dividing
them. The emphasis is on specialization
giving us a keyhole view of our lives and the world we live in. If
we are to be carried Home to Wholeness
, then the
antidote to this inhibiting view of our lives is generalization
us to awaken to Love
sphere of duality
sphere of duality is a three dimensional extension of the circle
the relationship between Wholeness
the relativistic world of form. This diagram shows the sphere in two
dimensions. In Reality
in just one pole. Oneness
at the south pole, let us say, is the Source
of all energy in the
Universe, giving rise to the diversity of the world of form. To illustrate
this, the diagram shows a ray of energy lines emanating from Oneness
the surface of the sphere, which all converge in Wholeness
also at the south pole. In this metaphor, Oneness
points of evolution,
while all the lines on the surface of the sphere of duality represent
the energies in the world of form. The sphere of duality thus provides
a simple model of unity in diversity.
[Latin spritus ‘breath’ from spirare ‘to
breathe’.] A synonym for Life, “the animating or vital principle in man (and animals), that which gives life to the physical organism; the breath of life’ ” (OED). This etymological relationship between life and spirit is also in Swedish. Anda means both ‘breath’ and ‘spirit’, as ‘in the same spirit’, and ande means ‘spirit’, closer to ‘soul’. Anyone who has been close to someone as they die peacefully can well see this connection. The breath slowly, slowly disappears as life-giving spirit drops away.
[Old English stille, from a Germanic base *stel-, ‘fixed, not moving, standing’.] From a mystical perspective, Stillness exists at the centre of the ocean of Consciousness, like the eye of a hurricane. All about there is movement, creativity and destruction, while at the very centre there is Stillness. Ramesh S. Balsekar calls Stillness Consciousness-at-rest, in contrast to Consciousness-in-action. When we know Stillness, we know that we have arrived Home.
, ‘building’, from pa. pple. of struere
, ‘to build’] Along with form
, one of the basic building blocks of integral relational logic, which denotes the mutual relationship of all elements that make up a whole, ultimately Wholeness
The Supreme Being is not a person, male or female. So we human beings are not created in the image of God. We could say that the Supreme Being is the union of Wholeness and Oneness or form and formless, but again, we are missing the point. To know that the Supreme Being is ever-present requires an experience in which the experiencer disappears. This is Home, a ‘place’ of absolute certainty and utmost security, nothing to fight about, because all conflict has disappeared in Nonduality, in Peace, perfect Peace.
[Greek sun ‘together, with’ and ergos ‘work’.] The energy of structures that derives from the relationships between the elements in the structure. In terms of the growth of structure through time, these synergistic relationships enable wholes to form that are greater than the sum of the preceding wholes, miraculously out of nothing, a miracle that comes about through the power of Life. This whole process is accumulative, leading to exponential rate of evolutionary change that we are experiencing today. So our very survival as a species is dependent on us working harmoniously together with a common vision, a synergistic process that could bring radical changes in society at quite unbelievable rates of change. The changes we are witnessing today will seem like a storm in the proverbial teacup by 2020.
[Chinese ‘way’.] The Taoist term for both
as the Alpha
of evolution, and of Life
from our divine Source
. For the Tao, which is nameless
and ineffable, is the mother of ten thousand things, which all eventually
return to the Tao. The classic symbol of Taoism, T’ai-chi-t’u
of the Supreme Ultimate’, is a familiar illustration of the fundamental
design principle of the Universe: Wholeness is the union of all
opposites. This symbol illustrates that all pairs of opposites
contain their complement within them like yin and yang, feminine
‘spectator’ from theorein
look at’, cognate with theatre
.] As David Bohm points out,
a theory is primarily a form of insight, not words and mathematical
symbols written down on paper or in a computer in electronic form.
This insight takes the form of a conceptual model
viewed with our inner eye, or Intelligence
grounded in Consciousness
. See also vision
Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything or Grand Unified Theory is
the ultimate theory
of human learning, the integration
of all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines at all times into
a coherent whole, taking us to Wholeness
at the Omega
point of evolution
This great dream of humanity, which we call panosophy
, has a long history.
Perhaps the earliest reference to the Ultimate Cosmic Vision was in
the Hindu classic, Bhagavad Gita, for “Arjuna
saw all the manifold forms of the universe united as one,” revealed
to him by Krishna. Panosophy
is also the unification of all knowledge visualized by René Descartes
in a dream in 1619, and the unified field theory postulated by
Albert Einstein in 1925, although it is better to call panosophy
a unified relationships theory, for it is meaningful relationships that cause the Universe, and hence human society, to function.
Panosophy overcomes the
limitations of the physicists to create the Theory of Everything,
defined as “a theory capable of describing nature’s force
within a single all-encompassing, coherent framework”. For panosophy includes
both physical and nonphysical energies, not only the
and the strong and weak nucleic forces that the physicists
recognize, but also the many types of nonphysical energies,
such as mental, psychic, subtle, and spiritual, and, of course,
Life itself, the mother of all energies. Furthermore, panosophy overcomes
the limitations of Ken Wilber’s far broader and deeper attempt
to create the Theory of Everything, for reasons that this glossary
is endeavouring to explain. See particularly integral and cross
[Old English thencan, a variant of thyncan, ‘seem, appear’. The original meaning “probably carries the notion of ‘causing images, reflections, etc., to appear to oneself, in one’s brain’”] Thinking is the creative capacity to bring new concepts into the mind through the power of Life arising directly from our Divine Source. We can distinguish two types of thinking: healthy and unhealthy. Healthy thinking is that which helps to heal the split mind by clearly noticing the abstract similarities and differences in the data patterns of our experience. Thinking is also healthy when it leads to direct action to solve a problem, such as finding the root cause of relationships breaking down, or to create something practical in the external world, such as a new house. Thinking is unhealthy when the mental images so produced create anxiety and worry.
[Old English ‘delimited section of existence,
period’ from Indo-European root *di-
‘cut up, divide’.]
Time, like all other beings
in the world
of form, is an abstraction
only relativistically real. What is Reality is the timeless, eternal
. There are thus two dimensions of time, the flow of time in the
horizontal and the timeless in the vertical, representing Oneness
, the union of the Alpha
points of evolution.
triangle of duality
are three ways of looking at the relationships between opposites.
The first is either-or
, which is the predominant approach in the
West, encapsulated in Aristotle’s Law of Contradiction. This fundamental
law of Western thought provides the basis of mathematical proof and
deductive logic, giving rise to rampant dualism
The other two ways of looking at pairs of opposites are neither-nor and both-and, which complete all the possibilities.
So if we are to create a comprehensive model of the Totality of Existence, it is vitally important that we include
all possible relationships between opposites. The triangle of duality simply illustrates these relationships.
Specifically, we can consider propositional statements, which can have
values true or false or something in between. Certainties are then
either-or statements, uncertainties are neither-nor, and paradoxes
are both-and, a concept that is rapidly gaining credence today.
For the Universe is essentially paradoxical and unless we accept
paradoxes in our reasoning, we just live in delusion, making it
impossible to understand ourselves and the world we live in.
[Sanskrit ‘three marks’.] The three marks
by Shakyamuni Buddha. (1) There is nothing whatsoever that is permanent
in the Universe, including our bodies and any groups, from our family
to our species, that we feel we belong to (anitya
(2) If we do not recognize this fundamental principle of existence, we
shall suffer (duhkha
(3) The way to end suffering is to be free of the sense of a separate self,
of attachment to the egoic mind (anatman
[Old English, ‘faith’, cognate with trust
originally the plural of truth
, meaning ‘a pledge to stop
The Divine as the ineffable foundation
of all knowledge
As the Truth is nondual
, it embraces all opposites,
including all theories whether they are true or not. For example,
the geocentric model of the solar system was true to Ptolemy and
Aristotle, but not true to Aristarchus and Copernicus, who began
the modern heliocentric model, generally regarded as true today.
So if we were all grounded in the Truth, and hence Love
there would no longer be any conflicts between us, and we would be
living in peace and harmony with each other in the Paragonian
An attribute of propositions.
Unified Modeling Language
de facto standard business modelling method, introduced by Grady
Booch, James Rumbaugh, and Ivar Jacobson of Rational Software Corporation,
now a subsidiary of IBM, in the 1990s, unifying various modelling techniques
that were developed during the previous three decades. In particular, the
UML unifies several earlier object-oriented modelling methods, providing
a comprehensive way of describing class models of the semantic structure
of business enterprises.
Underlying all these models is a class model of the
utmost simplicity and
abstraction, shown here. The word object in
this class diagram denotes the superclass, at the top of the class hierarchy.
All other classes are subclasses of object.
The diagram shows that instances of any class in the system, called
objects, can have zero or more relationships with an object in
any other class, including itself. The diagram is thus a depiction
of the entire business world, of the global economy.
Well, not quite. While the UML can provide comprehensive
scenarios of the processes and entities in business, it cannot,
as it stands, include the creative thought processes of information
systems architects building these models. We can correct this omission
by using our self-reflective Intelligence to truly know ourselves,
how we think and behave, in the Context of Consciousness.
By replacing the word object with that of being,
we can thus create a complete model of the entire Universe,
including the psychodynamics of society as a whole, a comprehensive
theory of evolutionary change, what Marx called the laws of
motion of society. See also integral relational
‘whole, entire’ from unus
pa. pple. vertere
The Totality of Existence turned into one Whole
no divisions or borders within it. In other words Consciousness
The physical universe of space, time, and matter is the universe,
not the Universe, emerging from Consciousness
like everything else in the relativistic world of form. We should
therefore not expect quantum physicists or astronomers to tell
us how the Universe is designed, and hence what it truly means to
be a human being. This understanding is only possible through self-inquiry. See university
.] A centre
of learning, of research and education, where all knowledge in all
cultures and disciplines at all times, including self-knowledge,
is turned into one Whole. Universities today are very far from living
up to their name. Hence the Paragonian
[Latin visio ‘view, sight’ from
pa. pple. videre ‘to see’ from the same Indo-European root as Witness.] We have two ways of seeing, one with our physical eyes and the other with our inner eye, which leads to understanding, as we see in the sentence, “Now I see what you mean,” as the penny drops. When this inner seeing expands into Wholeness, our vision has no horizons beyond which it cannot go. This vision of Wholeness can arise equally from intuition and reason, because Wholeness is ever-present. See also visionary.
.] A visionary is one who, by looking deeply into her- or himself, can see visions of what is happening to the human race that are not accessible to those without similar abilities. In the past few millennia, these visionaries have been a few notable individuals, such as John of Patmos and Nostradamus. However, with the great awakening of consciousness and intelligence in the world today, many thousands can see quite clearly that we are currently passing through the most momentous period in human history. As Western civilization dies in an apocalyptic catastrophe, an eschatological civilization will emerge that will carry humanity into superconsciousness and superintelligence at the end of time.
[Latin vitalis, from vita, ‘life’] Materialistic science, whether reductionist or holistic, denies the existence of Life, arising directly from our Divine Source. In contrast, the unified relationships theory is a vital science that brings Life back to science.
[Old English well, wela ‘weal’, formed by analogy with health.] Obsolete meanings of wealth are ‘The condition of being happy and prosperous, well-being’ and ‘Spiritual well-being’. It is only in our materialistic modern times that wealth has become stronger than riches, which far from making people happy, are a major cause of anxiety. It is time to recognize that spiritual well-being is the true meaning of wealth.
High German heil
The ineffable state of Wholeness arises when we live in union with
the entire ocean of Consciousness
. This is
the Omega point of evolution
, when we live according
to the fundamental design principle of the Universe: Wholeness is the
union of all opposites
. So in Wholeness, Wholeness and Oneness
one, the ulimate yoga
. The primary-secondary relationship
between Wholeness and Oneness
is illustrated in this diagram. The
relationship between unity and diversity and the relativistic world
of form is illustrated with the sphere
[Old English wis from the same Indo-European
root as Witness.] Wisdom arises from clear-sightedness, when the cloud of unknowing that prevents the coherent light of Consciousness from shining radiantly through us is dispersed. We can then use our innate, self-reflective Intelligence, which so often is stultified by the education system, to think and take action in the context of Wholeness, grounded in Love. That is wisdom.
[Old English wit
from Indo-European base *woid-,
*weid-, and *wid- ‘to see’ and hence ‘to know’.
This base is the ultimate root of many English words, including wise
and the Sanskrit Vedas
‘knowledge, sacred teaching’.]
The Divine as Intelligence
, the eyesight of
. The Witness provides us with
the vantage point that enables us to get our lives
in perspective, to see ourselves in the Context
the Omega point of evolution
. Here on Earth, if we
we want to take a broader view of our surroundings, we can go to
the top of a tall building, such as a medieval cathedral or a modern
television tower, if such edifices are available. Alternatively,
we can take a trip in a helicopter or a hot-air balloon to give ourselves
The astronauts who travelled to the Moon had an even
better perspective. They were able to see the Earth as a unity,
where all the divisions that we create between the nations, religions,
races, businesses, and so on no longer existed. But this does
not mean that we need to travel to the outer reaches of the Universe
to truly know ourselves. For the Witness provides us with a God’s
eye view of the Universe, beyond space and time.
[Sanskrit ‘union’, cognate with the English
the four yogic paths of Hinduism: raja-yoga
path’, including hatha yoga and meditation), bhakti-yoga
of devotion’), karma-yoga
(‘path of selfless service’),
(‘path of abstract knowledge’) have been
focused on Oneness
, on the union of Brahman
. However the ultimate yoga is Wholeness
union of all opposites, which we realize at the Omega point