The principal purpose of the Paragonian University is to help students climb to the summit of the mountain of all knowledge, where the fragmented mind is healed in Wholeness because individual consciousness expands so far and fast that it becomes coterminous with Consciousness—Ultimate Reality.
This is not an intellectual exercise, as would be the case in a conventional university or institute. Rather, all-seeing, self-reflective Intelligence, sometimes called the Witness in spiritual circles, lit by the brilliant, radiant, coherent light of Cosmic Consciousness, is what is needed here. For self-reflective Intelligence is the quality that distinguishes human beings from the other animals and machines, like computers, enabling us to realize our fullest potential as Divine, Cosmic beings.
For the mountain of all knowledge is situated by the sea, the summit being reflected in the depths of the ocean, rather like the mountains in the Norwegian fjords, which can plunge from a summit 1000m high to an ocean 1000m deep. So students climbing to the summit of the mountain of all knowledge must also dive to the centre of the Ocean of Consciousness. In this way, Wholeness and Oneness, Fullness and Emptiness, and all other opposites can be fully unified in Nondual Wholeness.
However, the teachers in the University cannot actually teach, for it is Life, arising directly from our Divine Source as the Logos—the rational divine intelligence governing the Cosmos—that is the primary healing power. All teachers can do is lovingly support students in their experiment in learning, for otherwise they might feel as if they are trying to climb Mount Everest on their own, without sherpas or oxygen, in a snow storm.
This is especially important for in the eschatological Age of Light, there will be no authorites telling the next generation what they should learn and how they should learn it. This is absolutely essential, for if the youth of the world cannot break free of the delusions that have been blindly passed on from one generation to another for hundreds and thousands of years, they cannot possibly adapt to the unprecedented rate of evolutionary change we are experiencing today.
Such a vast awakening of Intelligence and Consciousness will lead to the most radical scientific revolution in the history of Western civilization and its predecessors. For as Marilyn Schlitz, President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, points out in this One-Minute-Shift video, “we are now going through the next scientific revolution, one every bit as profound as those created by Copernicus, Darwin, and Einstein.”
But the revolution in science taking place today is quite unlike any other revolution in the history of science. A revolution is happening in scientific revolutions, for Life is liberating Homo divinus completely from the past. In particular, this revolution is not a paradigm shift or change, terms made famous by Thomas S. Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
This is because paradigm derives from a Greek word meaning ‘pattern or model’ and Consciousness, which is the worldview that provides the overall Context for the revolution taking place today, is neither a pattern nor a model. Rather, Consciousness is a borderless, seamless continuum, the gnostic foundation for the unified relationships theory.
This means that awakening to this fundamental fact of existence is not something that can be taught. Paradigm literally means ‘show side by side’, the second part of this word deriving from the Indo-European base *deik ‘show’, also the root of teach. But Consciousness is not something that can be shown beside anything else, for Consciousness is all there is.
It is ignorance of this fact, called avidya in the East, that has led the fragmented, split Western mind to believe that we human beings are separate from the Divine, Nature, and each other, leading to the seven pillars of unwisdom, misconceptions of God, Universe, Nature, humanity, money, justice, and reason.
While it is not possible to teach anyone that Consciousness is all there is, for the Truth can only be discovered through self-inquiry with Intelligence when the intellect drowns, it is vitally important that we create a safe, loving space in which the youth of the world can discover the seven pillars of wisdom for themselves in their own unique way.
The seventh pillar of wisdom—the Principle of Unity—is actually all that is needed to heal the fragmented, split mind in Wholeness. For when we know that Wholeness is the union of all opposites deep in our hearts, we are living in Total Freedom in harmony with the fundamental design principle of the Universe.
In this simple way, students can heal their fragmented minds in wholeness, transcending the limits of academic specialization. For the world of learning is deeply fragmented into a host of disciplines and fields, each with a high hedge around them. Universities are thus very far from living up to their name, for the word university has a Latin root meaning ‘turned into one whole’.
However, we should note that academia tends to be rather conservative, seeking to uphold the status quo, rather afraid of change. Furthermore, in conformity with the first paragraph of the Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, compulsory education is provided by many governments, who decide the curriculum and how it should be taught. Indeed, home schooling or education, as a liberating alternative to being brainwashed by the prevailing culture, is actually illegal in many countries.
In these rapidly changing times, this is a perilous situation. No species that does not adapt to its changing environment can expect to survive for very long. The Paragonian University is being set up to rectify this critical situation. Needless to say, it will be quite unlike any educational establishment in the world today, for it will be based, first and foremost on self-inquiry, on knowing ourselves, following the maxim on the wall of the Oracle’s kitchen in the popular movie The Matrix: Temet Nosce, ‘Know Yourself’.
For it is only by truly knowing ourselves, free of our mechanistic conditioning, that evolution can become fully conscious of itself, enabling us human beings to develop a full understanding of who we are and of our place in the overall scheme of things.
Of course, what this means is that the principles on which the Paragonian University are run will be set up by those who wish to engage in this lifetime experiment in learning in Total Freedom. While books like Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society and John Holt’s Escape from Childhood well describe the stultifying nature of the current education system, much more is needed if those we call Indigo children are to carry humanity into the eschatological Age of Light.