Individual and Collective Integration
The world is as we dream it; our thoughts, intentions, and actions affect our experience of reality and the world at large. Our level of consciousness therefore plays a vital role in determining our dreams and creations. As within, so without. Either we create unconsciously by chance or consciously by choice. The question then is: What is the level of our consciousness? And what are we choosing to dream and create?
The purpose of The Massachusetts Republic is to create The Better World We Know In Our Hearts Is Possible. The Massachusetts Republic is creating a new society, The Better World We Know In Our Hearts Is Possible, based on an understanding of the problems of our existing society and a vision of a new society based on the ideals of Rudolf Steiner's threefold social order, addressed on the Threefolding page, and the ideals of Integration addressed here.
Integration is based on an understanding that our state of being; our consciousness, our awareness of the world around us and within us, is primary, and gives rise to integrated and intentional conduct.
Ideally, individuals and community members know how to integrate themselves, which includes:
- Being aware of any competing drives within and without and bringing sub-selves and individual community members into
consensus, especially when experiencing fragmentation;
- Transcending egoic patterns;
- Being whole and complete.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” - Albert Einstein
"If our inner work is great, our outer work will be great." - Meister Eckhart
To foster integration, we espouse the following Understandings, Protocols, and Practices:
The Golden Rule; All is One
The Gap represents the cognitive space between a reality or experience and the concept. It is the choice point between what we experience, (what we perceive of the world through our senses or culture), and our interpretation and understanding of what we experience, which affects who we are, what we choose, and therefore what we create.
We are responsible for our interpretations as creators. Understanding the “Gap” empowers us to take responsibility for our choices, foster harmonious relations as we open up and listen to one another without undue bias, and is the basis for individual sovereignty in which we choose our experience of reality (vs. allow ourselves to be dictated and manipulated by what we may interpret and thereby experience is a fear-based culture).
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor E. Frankl
“What others do may be a stimulus of our feelings, but not the cause.” - Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD.
“You get to choose how you focus. Therefore, you get to choose how you feel.”
“In the creation of our experience, controlled thought is everything …It is the highest form of prayer…Therefore, see only perfection, express only gratefulness, and imagine only what manifestation of perfection we choose next…In this formula is found tranquility, in this process, peace, in this awareness, joy.” - Neale Donald Walsch
Resource: The Work, by Byron Katie https://thework.com/instruction-the-work-byron-katie/
The Golden Rule; All is One
- The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated; “Do unto others as you
would have them do unto you.”
- The Golden Rule may be said to include the following characteristics:
- The Common Law, which is generally recognized as: Do no harm, or Cause no harm, injury, nor loss.
- Common courtesy, respect, and kindness
- Honoring the similarities that unite us as well as the differences that individuate us
- Appreciating one another for each other’s gifts
- Genuinely recognizing and respecting the differences - which is a practical expression of justice; is relational, involves
acknowledging others, the Gap, humility, awareness of dkydk (don't know you don't know), accounting for well-reasoned
arguments and objections, respecting valid boundaries, appreciating others’ beliefs and approaches, cultures, etc.;
acknowledging that we are never one thing, agreeing to disagree, practicing NVC (non-violent communication) and active
listening. (Note: Respect is distinct from allow.) Resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_in_diversity
- Having an appreciation for our profound interconnectedness; All is One (We are thy neighbor. Ubuntu: "I am
because we are."; “I am because you are. You are because I am.”)
The individual affects the community and the community affects the individual.
“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and
when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.” - Rudolf Steiner
Resources for learning about and understanding ourselves and others to help become integrated and foster harmonious relations:
The Enneagram https://www.enneagraminstitute.com
Myers Briggs https://www.myersbriggs.org
Beginning with understanding the Gap (see above), and including the practices “non-violent communication” and “dynamic governance”, people learn to foster harmonious relations and effective decision-making.
The following are valuable communication tools and resources:
- Non-violent communication (NVC)
- Sociocracy (based on sharing in the round, equivalence, and consent)
- The power of the interrupt (Not proceeding until each member is able to continue following the communication thread.)
We believe integration includes:
Living in connection, balance, and harmony with all life, all our relations, including the natural world, through "right relations" and "right livelihood".
The Hopi Elders' Prophecy of June 8, 2000, "We are the Ones We've Been Waiting For", communicated the following:
“You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.
...We are the ones we’ve been waiting for."
- Examples of additional practices:
- An understanding of and connection to our “higher self”, the “Transcendental I”
- An awareness/experience of our Oneness/Interconnectedness
- Remembering we are love, and it is love that will set us free. Love unites. (Fear separates.)
- Meditation to center ourselves and practice present moment awareness.
- Individual and Collective “Presencing” which can inspire “awakened doing”.
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth https://shop.eckharttolle.com/products/a-new-earth-awakening-to-your-lifes-purpose/
Collective Presencing https://www.collectivepresencing.org/collective-presencing-the-new-paradigm-3-of-4/
- Abiding in the Awakened and Loving Heart
Insight Seminars https://www.insightseminars.org
- Affirmations (Resource: https://www.louisehay.com/affirmations/) and Practicing Gratitude; (What we appreciate appreciates.)
- Indigenous practices/Earth-centered spirituality (council process, medicine wheel, shamanic journeying, soul
retrieval, sweat lodge, etc.), honoring traditions and protocols.
- A primarily whole foods plant-based diet for the purpose of one’s health and well-being and the sustainability of the
- Holistic healing modalities
Problems are evolutionary drivers. With consciousness and conscious choice, we as a humanity could render obsolete the negative orientation of our institutions and society by being part of and investing in collaborative solutions that have enduring value.
We envision integrated individuals within integrated communities in the form of Jeffersonian Ward Republics:
- providing and performing the functions of governance to and for each other; governance of, by, and for the people;
- deciding together what would be good and of value for the community; and
- issuing money (the primary tool of the sovereign) to fund it.
As individuals, we receive the money we need to live as our right to the equitable distribution of the wealth we all create together. And we have a right to the capital our capacities warrant so that we may pursue our transcendent purpose and bring our service and contribution to expression.
This all requires a shift in consciousness, awareness, and understanding as well as the will to act in service to a high purpose and all that is possible in co-creating a new cultural paradigm, The Better World We Know In Our Hearts Is Possible! The world is as we dream it! Let’s dream a better dream!
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
“Small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos have the capacity to shift the entire system to a higher order.”
- Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead
“When you dream alone, it is only a dream. When you dream together, it is the beginning of reality.” - Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We are here to be creators; We are here to infiltrate space with ideas and mansions of thought; We are here to make something of this life.” – Ramtha
“In my dream, the angel shrugged and said if we fail this time it will be a failure of imagination and then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand.” - Brian Andreas
The following are valuable resources on individual and collective integration:
Ten Syllables https://www.tensyllables.org