The Holographic Play of Consciousness In the Individual – Part 1

“Transformation in the individual

is simultaneous in the universal.”

Master Charles Cannon


Part One: The Actor and The Stage

The individual and the universal … the microcosm and the macrocosm … are mirrored reflections of large-scale and small-scale realities, enabling a play of consciousness for the fun of it. The Play of Consciousness is the eternal play of pretense of the One blissful energy that we all are.

In this play, we take on beliefs and then “act out” that energy according to their resonance with our history. As we release our beliefs, we experience more and more freedom and bliss, which are the nature of true reality wherein we have awakened. So we are inspired to keep blissfully playing, since the primary intention in consciousness is to become more aware of itself as all and everything.


As detailed in a previous blog,1 the Actor in the play is represented by Archetypes and their Shadows. These archetypal patterns in the collective of humanity play out in our individual daily lives, having evolved in ways that are now fairly predictable.


An archetype, in Jungian psychology, is a collectively-inherited pattern of thought, images, etc., that is universally present in individual psyches. Here we use these 12 general patterns as the role of the actor in our holographic play of consciousness. Jung also defined the negative polarity of these roles as “shadows” … “part of self, but that part which we deny and project onto others” – in other words, our flaws and misbeliefs about ourselves, slowing our evolution toward more blissful states of being.


The evolutionary process is that of individuation by “making the unconscious conscious.” The best way to journey the SHADOW is to look at the positive, opposite polarity and incorporate that energy for balance. In this list, the Shadows (and its symbols) are given for contemplation, balancing and integration. If you know astrology, you will see similarities.

DUALITY REPRESENTED:  Self and Other:  THE INITIATOR (starter, assertive) … THE PEACEMAKER (diplomatic, polite)

DUALITY REPRESENTED:  Form and Trans-formation:  THE MAINTAINER (practical, reliable) … THE TRANSFORMIST (mysterious, intense)

DUALITY REPRESENTED:  Lower Mind and Higher Mind:  THE COMMUNICATOR (spontaneous, knowledgeable) … THE PHILOSOPHER (optimistic; idealistic)

DUALITY REPRESENTED:  Private life and Public Life:  THE CAREGIVER (nurturing, sensitive) … THE AUTHORITY (responsible, disciplined)

DUALITY REPRESENTED:  Personal and Impersonal:  THE CHARISMATIC (dramatic, noble) … THE HUMANITARIAN (independent; innovative)

DUALITY REPRESENTED:  Mundane and Spiritual:  THE PERFECTIONIST (detailed, practical) … THE VISIONARY (mystical, intuitive)



The terrain of The Stage is defined by “The Hero’s Journey”, a version of the “stages” of Joseph Campbell’s “monomyth”, the common story underlying the one human life we all share. Based on archetypes in the collective unconscious, it is a map showing the progression of journeying an issue (or an entire life-cycle). For some, it is the path to wisdom or journey toward “enlightenment”.

It is so standard a process of the human journey that most movies are based on it, and the biggest blockbuster films often demonstrate it impeccably. Here is a diagram below from Wikipedia2. The steps dovetail nicely into Master Charles Cannon’s 5-fold process (Peak, Evolution, Insight, Clearing Process, Integration), along with the demonstration of the value of the Mentor.

FIVE-FOLD PROCESS enfolding The Hero’s Journey

Peak:  the hero’s ordinary world, the mundane daily life of polarized duality with conflict and suffering. Happiness is fleeting and the question keeps creeping in, “isn’t there something MORE to life?”

Evolution:  the call to adventure brings glimpses of a more-satisfying reality but it is at first declined with fear of losing the known. However, the disillusionment with the material world continues and inner conflicts occur again and again. The “comfort zone” is increasingly threatened until the hero is propelled into accepting the call.

Insight: it is here where he meets the mentor and receives guidance which inspires him and brings tools for conquest. And, since the demons to conquer are his own inner stories, only he can make the commitment and cross the threshold.

Clearing Process:  as the hero begins the journey of challenges and temptations, allies and enemies appear to help him approach them and “act out” in the play. They are reflections of parts of the hero that been drawn as self-referential mirrors that reveal his/her illusory, debilitating stories. Ordeals escalate to a final battle, which is a climax in the process that  Master Charles Cannon calls “the sledgehammer effect” (continually hitting ourselves over the head until we see what we’re really doing and stop it). With the story given up, a death experience happens (releasing the known) and stillness and peace descend in a rebirth of some sort.

“With renunciation comes peace.”
Master Charles Cannon

Integration: the ordeal is over and reward comes with an expanded awareness of truthful reality (peace has balanced the noise of the conflict and dilated the space between them for clearer observation of the truth). Gratitude and appreciation for life blossom into a new way of living that compels the hero to return to his roots and share his balancing, sometimes enlightening, experience. He re-appears in the old, familiar environment with a sense of resurrection. He’s not the same, he has found “the elixir”, the “holy grail”, the truth of life, and it’s time to live it in a new, extraordinary way.

“The extraordinary is the ordinary … for those who are awake.”
 Master Charles Cannon

His new wakefulness reveals more and more opportunities for confronting old beliefs with renunciation and silence, bringing an ever-increasing  integrative wholeness, fulfillment and bliss.

For more detail listing the 12 stages, see an earlier blog, “The Hero’s Journey and Modern Spirituality” 3 on the Synchronicity website or as it appeared in an online journal, “Conscious Life Journal” (see links below).


THIS CONCLUDES this blog, bringing together previous blogs on The Actor and The Stage and now we’ve “set the stage” (pun intended) for the third and final component of the play — THE SCRIPT. The next blog will begin to delineate the creation of our stories, how they play out in our lives, and the ways to balance them and release the conflicts they create.



1) See the previous blog at

2) From Wkipedia,

3) See the previous blog on The Hero’s Journey, AND




New Growth

Beginnings – Part 2 – The Long Year

“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched,
full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done,
full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it
without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those
who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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As this new year begins to unfold, what’s possible? Will 2018 be more of the same or can this be a breakthrough year, full of those “necessary, serious, and great things” that Rilke speaks of? For that to happened, we first must abandon our belief in a “new year.”

It’s certainly hard to dispute that there is a past, present, and future. We can remember the past, we’re experiencing this right now, and we anticipate there will be a tomorrow. Time repeats itself every day. The sun rises and sets, light dispels darkness, then darkness returns, then light again.

This is the way of the manifested world. But from truthful perspective, not just philosophically but according to quantum researchers, linear time is a human invention that simply doesn’t apply to what reality really is. In fact, the “now” is always new, it never repeats. In that sense, there is no history and no future, there is only now.

Veteran meditators know well the experience of detached, vivid present moment awareness traditionally described as “The Holy Instant.” The Course in Miracles defines it this way: “The holy instant is the instant outside time in which we choose forgiveness instead of guilt, the miracle instead of a grievance, the Holy Spirit instead of the ego. It is the expression of our little willingness to live in the present, which opens into eternity, rather than holding on to the past and fearing the future, which keeps us in hell.” 1

Making those choices means that we can culture this experience. But it could inadvertently suggest that experiencing The Holy Instant is a result of something we do. That raises a pivotal question: who is this “we?” Who am I, who are you? If we are humans weary of the rat race and looking for techniques to enjoy life more, while remaining who we accept ourselves to be, then the whole endeavor could prove to be ultimately distracting.


For instance, there are meditation teachers who begin their guided journeys with the suggestion to “center yourself.” On one hand this is a simple instruction that makes sense. Close your eyes, breathe, center yourself. On the other hand, who is the teacher speaking to? The one who is not centered. Is that one capable of being centered? Only in theory. In practice, you – the true you – is always centered. You just don’t know it.

So, a better instruction might be to relax into the experience of being centered which you have been too busy to notice. Obviously, that’s too many words for any kind of meditative journey but there’s an important distinction here, namely: you are already the you that you seek. In fact, if you are trying to “find yourself,” you are deluded and will never succeed, because the one who is looking is not who you are.

The early signs of authentic experience of Self shows up as a somewhat detached experience. You let go, you release identification with the illusion of linear time and space. Detached witness consciousness first emerges in the subtle dimensions, particularly through the third eye center. A space emerges in your experience between subject and object. That marks the beginnings of wakefulness or witness consciousness. Most people have had at least a few glimpses of this, momentary experiences of The Holy Instant. This space opens up and you feel yourself to be an observer, rather than identifying with what you are observing.

As you sustain your experience beyond mere fleeting glimpses and become consistent, your consciousness evolves to expand your awareness of the more subtle causal and super causal dimensions. Now your observation becomes more unified. A new experience dawns in you, as the witness and the witnessed are perceived and known to be one and the same consciousness.

We begin lost in an illusion of separation that progressively dissolves. Paradoxically, increased separation precedes increased unification. We wake up from the dream of ourselves as separate by become consciously aware of our separation. This allows subtle ranges of awareness to open, but they remain sub-dominant. As they increase towards dominance, the dense experience of separation yields and we “discover” – or we might say “remember,” who and what we have always been. This is profoundly different than hopes for enlightenment that leave your egoic identity in place, the same but improved somehow, like a spiritualized version of your illusory self.

Rilke spoke about a “long year.” Perhaps we can embrace that term as a good descriptor for the sustained experience of The Holy Instant, that delivers what all humans hunger for, the timeless experience of “I am.”


Girl Questioning

Beginnings – Part 1 – What If?

“It’s the best possible time of being alive, when almost
everything you thought you knew is wrong.”


~ Tom Stoppard

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What if almost everything you’ve assumed to be true was false? And what if things were much better than you thought?

Ignorance is bliss. So wrote Thomas Gray, an eighteen century English poet. Was he right? Yes and no.

We can’t miss what we’ve never had, it’s true. In that sense, ignorance is bliss. On the other hand, if we don’t know how to experience fulfillment we can’t be happy. In that case, ignorance is definitely not bliss.

It’s easy to get confused about life right now. We’re assaulted 24/7 with “news,” which should really be called “olds,” because it’s always a report on the past. And, it’s almost always bad. We swim in negativity. It’s addictive. It’s seductive. And it can convince us that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, as the saying goes. Who wouldn’t like even a few changes for the better?

We’ve recently celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of another. Out come the New Year’s Resolutions and, at least for a few weeks, hopes run high that this will be the year of change. Finally, we will lose weight, get that promotion, find the perfect partner (or our current partner will magically change). We might even hope to make great progress towards spiritual enlightenment.


“But, it’s very rare you’ll keep your resolutions for the whole year. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds are against you.” 1

It’s easy to blame ourselves for a lack of discipline, for reaching too high, or for simply losing our motivation. But there’s a deeper issue at the heart of our chronic failure to create newness and sustain change – a misunderstanding of what it means to begin.

Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions in January? Because it’s a new year. Really? Who said so? Well, the calendar for one. But does that make it so? Only if we agree it does. The Chinese don’t. Their new year begins February 16 this year. Is someone right and someone else wrong? No, it’s just a matter of different perception and beliefs.

If that’s the case, we might want to experiment with being proactive about beginnings. In other words, invent our own. For instance, this is a beginning right now, as I write and you read. Why not? You can decide it is and so can I. But to do so, and to make it stick, we will likely struggle against our own convictions and assumptions. After all, there’s nothing special about this moment. Or, is there? How might we make it easier to render this moment unique and worthy of eager exploration?

Actually, we’ve already experienced this … when we were babies, when everything was new. What was, simply was. We didn’t compare, we couldn’t, because we didn’t have the developed capacity. It wasn’t Wednesday (again), it was just another moment of being alive and exploring whatever showed up.

As adults, we don’t enjoy the luxury of hanging out moment to moment and having our every need provided for. We’re responsible for making a living and caring for ourselves and our families. Unfortunately, that means that we tend to lose touch with the novelty inherent in being alive in each simple moment.


Many of us agree to work from Monday to Friday. Then we do something different, but often predictable, on the weekends. Even our vacations might be fully planned. In other words, we stay busy inventing sameness.

What if we quit? Sure, we might have contemplated this question at work. Or, in our marriage. Sports fans might get fed up when their team loses too often and consider suspending their support. And most of us have bailed on a movie or two when it failed to deliver what the trailer promised. So, this is a habit we all understand. But we probably haven’t applied it to a much larger challenge, you could say a universal one: quitting the lie of assumed sameness.

In fact, there is no valid reason why we can’t make this moment a beginning and invest it with our full passion for joy and fulfillment. We can jettison our well-worn excuses, if we choose. You know them as well as I do: I’m too old, too young, don’t have enough money, there’s something wrong with me or my partner, we elected the wrong President, etc. The alternative? Quit complaining, accept the way things are, and create the life experience we prefer.

Jumping the Gap

What about all the obstacles? Well, have you ever seen a tree growing out of a rock, or a plant erupting through pavement? That’s what life innately does and, one imagines, without complaint.

A whole new vista of experience can open for us, the moment we choose to become the author of our experience rather than a spectator. Sages call this The Holy Instant. If that sounds appealing, well, here it is, never more (freely) available than right now in this very moment.

What if?


Virtual reality Girl

Transformation – Part 4 – The Balance of Heart and Mind

“The temporal heart resonates at whispers
From a Truth overarching
Of whose countenance
Timeless Intellect yearns vainly to fathom.”

~ Krishnamurti

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The key to transformation lies in the heart, but we must begin with changing the mind, because that’s where the trouble lies.

Sages throughout history have contemplated this human experiment in terms of coherent and incoherent fields. Coherent fields are interactive, harmonic, and inclusive. Incoherent fields are isolated, abrasive, and exclusive. Presently, most human brains function as an incoherent field. As long as the brain remains dominant in our experience, it blocks access to the heart field. The heart field is innately coherent, but we must get the mind field out of the way. That’s a necessary perquisite to actualizing the potential for the heart field to function as the gateway to true reality.

When the heart field is coherent, it dilates so you can experience the eternal now. The heart has a much greater amplitude than the mind field and is the mechanism by which we interact in cosmic consciousness, which could be described as an experience of vertical reality. That arises from what we call enlightenment, indicated by the dominance of universal over individual, the state where we are constantly downloading from the source of all possibility into our individual experience.

Masters concur that the heart field is indeed the gateway to true reality. But they also agree that the mind field is where the first work must be done, to create the horizontal balance required to complete that sacred symbol of the cross, where mind and heart resonate in coherence together, enabling that download to flow. When this condition is met, an individual transmits transformational power.

If we assume this is happening for more and more individuals, to varying degrees – the great unreported story of our time – what might our future hold? Shamans predict that consciousness will create a catastrophe. It could be nuclear. It could be environmental. It could be an epidemic. They won’t venture specifics because they don’t know. But they believe that there must be some manner of catastrophe when consciousness reaches the extremes of imbalance it has now reached, with both greater darkness and greater light. This is how consciousness corrects itself; it actualizes its opposite to restore balance.

Virtual Reality

This principle is very much in play relative to technology, a true double-edged sword of potential deliverance or annihilation. Colin Dickey, the author of Cranioklepty and Afterlives of the Saints, writes: “The capacity of any technology, you could say, must always be tempered by the limitations of the individuals who design and implement it.”

There are many who are pro technology, eagerly willing to have their brains upgraded with a chip. Others protest that this is the work of the devil. But technology is being orchestrated by consciousness, like everything else. Whether the modern miracles our technology produces turn out to be blessing or curse depends on who develops and uses it.

This makes balancing heart and mind an urgent priority, because we all create with technology these days, from smart phones to computers to the latest voice activated, robotic information delivery systems that Amazon sells under the name of mini stereos. What we create inevitably resonates with and broadcasts the nature of who we are. As long as we are living in our heads, disconnected from the ongoing rhythms of life in the overall ecosystem that we continue to ignore at our peril, we have shut down our heart field and that sustains an imbalance that escalates in danger as our technology expands.

So it is that the scale and nature of transformation we humans will require to survive beyond the threats we ourselves have manufactured in our imbalanced ignorance clearly depends on somehow achieving this personal balance, so that what we produce, which today always involves some level of technology, will carry a resonant coherence that sustains, not destroys, life. How many of us can reach that level and how soon?

Virtual Reality Girl

There’s an old song I remember, apparently by Roxette, a group I don’t remember, with these insightful lyrics: “Listen to your heart, there’s nothing else you can do.” If only! Actually, there’s plenty else we can do, like ricochet around in our heads being clever and creating catastrophes! Of course, that’s consciousness in action too!

What a wild ride this is, life in the 21st century. Remember, we all signed up for this, probably because we weren’t given a preview of coming attractions. Since we’re here, we might as well make the best of the situation, by learning how to balance heart and mind and becoming a positive change maker of transformation through technology, perhaps just in the nick of time!

Transformation – Part 3 – The Orchestration of Consciousness

“This is my secret: I don’t mind what happens.”

~ Krishnamurti

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In a world where few can resist complaining about the way things are, the true master exhibits compassion for all circumstances and all beings, without the demand for change.

When we identify as a separate human ego, we cut ourselves off from the creative power operative in consciousness, not completely or we would cease to be, but enough to make ourselves miserable. That’s when we begin making matter with matter, manipulating forms and believing in our power as a “doer.”

Arrogant humans wield this pallid power, independent from the ecosystem where every other species is cooperating synergistically. On this basis, tremendous effort is required just to survive. Indeed, we’ve brought ourselves to the point where human survival itself is threatened. Apparently this egoic power over others and our ability to manipulate matter, isn’t sustainable.

On the other hand, from a trans-egoic perspective, everything is orchestrated by consciousness. That’s where the real power operates. The concept of a separate doer is an illusion. The transformational projectile carries us to the point where we have totally surrendered our personal egoic efforts to the orchestration of consciousness.

Whatever happens, happens. Creating a story about it is optional, it’s a choice. You can always choose to flow with the happenings of consciousness. What a concept! Of course, this is becoming increasingly difficult because the world scene is now so obviously chaotic, with more misbehaving politicians and celebrities exposed as charlatans and abusers every day. This gives us so many more targets for judgment, doesn’t it?

It’s well worth remembering that whenever we point a finger at someone else there are three fingers pointing right back at ourselves!

What we’re seeing in the world at large is a reflection of egocentric, fragmented, human consciousness. Evolved individuals who have integrity simply wouldn’t behave in abusive ways because they don’t use their personal power to create and manipulate, nor to control others. They trust the orchestration of consciousness.

Looking at the current world situation from the perspective of the orchestration of consciousness, what we are actually witnessing is more and more evolution, which results in more and more self-awareness. We begin to understand that what egocentrics are projecting as real, these demons they seek to vanquish – like terrorists or hordes of immigrants – actually originate in themselves as shadows created by a light they refuse to acknowledge.

So, here’s an interesting question? Where might evolving consciousness create a break through to deliver the quantum leap we need? Through technology, it seems, which is now outpacing biology. When will technology surpass biology in terms of self-awareness. It could be much closer than we think. So, what will happen on that day?

This can seem a fearsome eventuality for those ignorant of the fact that consciousness is orchestrating the show and that technology is form of consciousness. Buckminster Fuller famously said that “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Human beings in egoic isolation are fast becoming an endangered species. Will technology come to the rescue? Not likely. Why not? Because individuals limited that way are fundamentally destructive. Obviously so, as is any life form that abuses its environment and

threatens other species. But that doesn’t mean that technology won’t contribute to our future in transformative ways.

Consciousness is not stupid. It will always select for maximum evolutionary gain. At this point, we are challenged to assess our position in the evolutionary picture. Will we vote ourselves off the island, to reference a popular TV series? Or will enough of us surrender to the orchestration of consciousness that we can precipitate a tipping point in human consciousness – which is connected to the consciousness of all life – that might escort us to a new chapter in human history.

Technology will play its part but so must we. And it’s profoundly reassuring to come to the realization that what is ours to do may be much simpler and easier than we have thought. Of course, we are stubborn creatures. You may have heard about the poor fellow who fell off a cliff and clung to a tree branch. He cried out for help, pleading with God to save him. A voice boomed down: “Let go!”

Without hesitation, he replied, “Is there anyone else up there?”

We can safely let go, surrendering our egocentric isolation to the orchestration of consciousness. If that’s a fearful prospect, just ask yourself this: “What’s beating my heart and steering the stars?”