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Peter Merry is Chief Innovation Officer at Ubiquity University, a social entrepreneur and generally creative change agent. Among other roles he is the founder of the Center for Human Emergence, Netherlands, formed in 2005 to facilitate the Netherlands through the current transition.
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These pairs through their polarity seem to have the function of pulling potential from the extremes (seed Beige and field Turquoise) into form at the heart (between Blue and Orange), through the phases of:
- connecting up what needs to be connected and defining what is core and periphery (Purple-Yellow),
- putting it into right relationship defining the identity of each part and its relationship to the rest (Red-Green)
- and manifesting it in form through creating just enough structure for it to be able to thrive and grow (Blue-Orange)
This is what in the geometry is known as “tensional integrity”, or tensegrity (Edmondson, A 2009), as the tension manifests the form and the form holds the tension. As I sensed into this dynamic I got an image of the seed (eg Beige) and potential (eg Turquoise) arising at one and the same moment. It is a moment of conception at which point a seed planted in the material world is in resonance with its potential in the energetic world, forming together an energetic envelop within which that life form can crystallise out. It is literally a process of the integration of heaven and earth, of in-formation, as subtle energy potential inspires (“breathes into”) physical form and physical form draws down the energy through its density and gravity so it can manifest in three-dimensional reality.
This is precisely the process described geometrically by Marshall Lefferts during the retreat. When the unified field and VE come into disequilibrium, a process is triggered in which a dynamic geometry is released in a process of continual enfolding and unfolding as it breathes into the core and out to the periphery, linking up all levels and densities of energy, including matter. The density increases as the scale gets smaller towards the center of the VE, as it does towards the center of the Spiral. As it enfolds and unfolds, the jitterbug, as it is known, passes through the geometric forms that make up the platonic solids, known to be the core geometries at the foundation of all life forms. In my Spiral concept, this would correlate with the icosahedron being yellow-purple, the dodecahedron green-red and the octahedron blue-orange. A brief review of descriptions of the qualities of the geometric forms do suggest resonance with the worldviews as linked above, although to postulate it with more conviction would need much more research. What we can conclude is that this jitterbug dynamic literally links energetic potential with material form through its dynamic geometry. This is a perfect echo of what the Spiral is doing from the perspective I described above. It is the creation process.
Not only do we see the platonic solids in this process, but we also see how the phi proportion plays a key role in the relationships between the parts. Phi, also know as the “golden proportion”, is a number that describes the relationship between parts and wholes. It is a proportion that we see in most natural life forms as it is the most efficient way of vitalising parts whilst maintaining the coherence of the whole. This once more demonstrates how the dynamic geometric process seems to reflect natural life dynamics.
Although generally referred to in the physical realm, phi has properties that can also be applied to the human cultural realm. Its function, according to Lefferts in the retreat, is to balance inward and outward dynamics, expansion and contraction, or most fundamentally, yin and yang. So if human culture was resonant with natural principles, we would expect a healthy dynamic balance between yin and yang. Unfortunately what we currently observe is a swing to the extreme yang side, with an emphasis on expansion and growth, and a split with the yin side, of relationship to oneself, each other and the earth. This would suggest a lack of alignment with natural principles of life, hence a lack of “phi” harmony in our relationships, and an inability to hold our polarities in a healthy dynamic tension to act as a creative force.
Seeing the Spiral in this way, as an example of a deeper creation dynamic, links it very closely to the dynamics of the torus. The torus describes the form of the flow field that surrounds the VE and jitterbug dynamics. It is essentially a spinning dynamic. The VE collapse goes hand in hand with the emergence of the torus form. Ultimately then we can look at the human story more in terms of spin, pulses and breath, rather than linear evolution. It was this realisation, that evolution and involution are both part of the core life process, and that it is neither one without the other, that triggered me to use the term “volution” instead. When it came to me, I had no idea what it meant, just that it seemed to cover both evolution and involution as it was at the root of both. When I looked it up I saw that it meant “turn” and “spin”, which of course fits the toroidial perspective perfectly.
At this point, it is worth a quick baby-bathwater check. There is after all also something true in our experience of the seemingly linear development from Beige to Turquoise. So how might we be able to reconcile that linear experience with this more organic perspective? This is how I see it.
From Beige to Blue, our reality manifests in the material plane through those worldviews, but each of those systems is in resonance with its partner in the energetic dimension. (That could explain why in the time periods of Beige and Purple (where we were apparently pre-cognitive in our development), we created great pyramids and temple structures which are being shown today to have encoded in their geometry the physics of the vacuum and so-called “dark matter”. The resonance with Turquoise/Yellow somehow enabled Beige/Purple to manifest those structures bypassing cognition.)
From Orange to Turquoise, our world manifests through each of those worldviews in resonance with their partner, which means that we have to clear up any pain or unfinished business from the earlier phase to be able to maturely manifest the later partner (eg orange fully integrate blue, green fully integrate red, yellow fully integrate purple and turquoise fully integrate beige). That has certainly been my personal experience and would also be an explanation for why Dr Don Beck and Ken Wilber targeted a Red-Green combination which they called the Mean Green Meme (Wilber 2003.) as a blockage to the emergence of Yellow. The pairs are locked in a co-creative dance. At the end of the process, energy (heaven) and matter (earth) have been fully fused, all worldviews infuse each other, a major cycle is complete, the torus is functioning at its highest potential, and ready to be the seed for a new scale of manifestation.
Another link between cosmometry and the Spiral Dynamics model of evolution is in the systemic change dynamics. In the jitterbug dynamic, there are moments when all the different geometric levels meet at a “zero point”. In these moments during the life of a living system all information from the local system is shared instantaneously with the whole Unified Field, and all universal information is available to the local system. In Spiral Dynamics terms, this would represent a Change Variation 8, the most intense of all systems change variations. As the geometric levels move away from each other there is an increase in stability, which would be the times that cultures and worldviews settle down into periods of building on knowledge gained and establishing societies. One could see the movements of a jitterbug fractally at many different scales of space and time. At sub-particle level it would be moving very fast at tiny scales. At civilisational and epochal level, the time for a jitterbug to complete one cycle would be much longer at a much larger scale. The basic dynamic would be the same, just at a different scale. So this universal life process described in cosmometry finds its expression in human cultural form too.
If we are to adopt the perspective of volution as the framework for our understanding of the life story, the great question remains: what is it that triggers disequilibrium in the unified field, leading to a collapse within the VE, toroidial spin dynamics and the localized manifestation of a life form? What creates life?
In the cosmometry retreat, various clues were offered. Marshall Lefferts shared how the quantum level is what bridges the unified field and manifest reality. So the trigger must be related to the quantum field. He also shared how it is our consciousness that impacts this quantum level. The implications are that it is consciousness that can trigger the emergence of a life process through influencing probability in the quantum field.
“In-tention” literally means bringing something into tension and as we know from the above, creative tension leads to manifestation. Conscious intention creates formvery literally in the form of sacks of manure and garden tools in the Perelandra context (Small Wright 1997) I understand the process as conscious intention bringing waves of potential into coherence, and exerting a pull in the unified field which sets off the process of volution. Arthur Young stated “The universe is a process put in motion by purpose”.
A good example of this process in action is the twenty-eight years of research carried out at Princeton University’s Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) (Jahn, B & Dunne B 2005). They drew highly statistically significant conclusions that human intention impacts the otherwise random nature of events. Things are random if there is no purpose. When we bring intention and purpose to bear on something, we exert a pull on the field and increase the probability of manifesting that which we are envisioning.
In her writings on co-creative science (Small Wright 1997) Machaelle Small Wright describes the role of humans as being to set direction, definition and purpose. Once we have done that, we should turn to our co-creative partners in the energetic realms to help us to find the most life-affirming form through which to manifest our intention. In our new Spiral cosmometry, that would suggest that the role of the conscious human is to set intention and make choices from the Yellow-Turquoise perspective, and then to come fully present to the life process in the moment and work with the nature spirits at Beige-Purple to pull the intention through the birthing canal of Red-Green into form and vitality at Blue-Orange. In a workshop on geomancy, Richard Leviton described the role of the human as one that bridges the angelic and nature spirit realms, stepping down the high-frequency energy of the angels so that it can safely infuse the lower frequencies of the earthly realm. Using our angelically-informed consciousness to express life-affirming intentions and make choices for the good of the whole enables us to fulfill that role as we trigger toroidial spin to birth new life forms that reflect heaven and enrich the earth.
If a new understanding of our human story, volution, can help me and others move in that general direction, then both Spiral Dynamics and the Fundamentals of Cosmometry will have been of great service.
 Peter Merry, "Volution: An integrative theory of the holographic and trans-linear dynamics of life", Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for The Doctor of Philosophy Degree Wisdom School of Graduate Studies Ubiquity University Mil Valley, California, 2017. (PDF)
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