The Integral: A General Model
This Section will focus on the Integral, then, in the following Section we will focus on the emerging definition of the Sovereign Integral consciousness.
40 As mentioned in Section 1, consciousness is a synthesis of two completely antithetical identities (Sovereign and Integral). While we now, at least theoretically, understand the general structure of the Sovereign, it is time to turn our attention to the Integral. If a Sovereign was a moth, then the Integral would be a flame. The Integral is the primary attractor that inspires the Sovereign's desire to experience and express the Sovereign Integral consciousness. It is the underlying catalyst of a time-based transformation, drawing individual, infinite uniqueness into the synthesis of unity and individuality.
41 Before we embark on a definition, let us review the dictionary’s choice of words:
Mirriam-Webster Dictionary (Definition)
1: a) very important and necessary
b) essential to completeness
c) formed as a unit with another part
d) composed of constituent parts
e) lacking nothing essential
42 The Integral, in this definition, is more closely aligned with item 1b: essential to completeness. However, to understand the Integral, one must understand the Social Program, because the Social Program is the Integral in the realms of duality, in much the same way as the body-ego is the Sovereign in duality. In being human, we are all more expert in the Social Program than we are in the core, higher-dimensional Integral.
43 The Social Program is subjective. That is, each individual experiences their Social Program based on their Sovereign’s unique understanding of itself and the Integral. The Social Program for human beings is shaped by institutional and natural causes.
The Integral’s institutional elements are:
The Integral’s natural elements (associated with the body) are:
- Collective memory
- Instinctual intelligence
The Integral’s natural elements (associated with the ego) are:
- Friends, mentors and social groups
44 Collectively, these elements influence the individual Social Program of a particular species distilled down to a Sovereign. For example, while a mouse’s Social Program does not possess institutional elements, it is nonetheless rich in the natural elements, as categorized above. The diagram on the next page represents the different focal points of the Social Program depending on the complexity of the species.
45 The human Social Program is the only one that is institutionalized, and to the extent that less complex species have an institutional element in their Social Program, it is derived from humans. In other words, the human institutional elements impact on, and become the exclusive “institutional” element for, other species on earth.
46 Each species has its own Social Program that informs its body-ego (i.e., dual Sovereign), and as is the case with human beings, the Social Program is unique for each individual expression of a species. The range of that uniqueness correlates to the complexity of the species, in other words, the higher the complexity of the body-ego, the more variation in the Social Program.
47 If viewed through the continuum of time, the Social Program evolves, in some cases, radically. For example, the human Social Program, in the course of two-hundred years, has evolved from horse and buggy and the telegraph; to space travel and internet-tethered cell phones. This technological surge, as we can imagine, has played a significant role in the evolution of the Social Programーnot only for humans, but almost every other species on earth. Religion and government, however, have evolved at a comparatively slower pace, while culture is somewhere in between.
48 It is important to understand, and it is the reason I reiterate once again, that the Social Program, in the realm of duality, is the literal manifestation of the Integral. Therefore, human reality is not an illusion or simulation, it is simply a dilution of the Integral consciousness made possible by the proper functioning of duality. Human beings are generally not delusional. It is the unique interrelationship of the body-ego-social program that appears delusional, but the Sovereign and the Integral are truly in control of the dual dimensions of consciousness. They are co-architects of the game of life whose playing field, in our case, is centered in the third-dimensional reality of earth, in the twenty-first century.
49 This is an important distinction between the Sovereign Integral consciousness and the religious, spiritual and metaphysical perspectives. Sovereigns expand in the only direction possible: to the Integral. They experience life from countless different perspectives, but alwaysーand this is really the only illusion worth notingーone lifetime at a time, which allows the embodied Sovereign to focus on one body-ego-social program triad.
50 The Social Program is the controlling force of a free will universe that prevents a species from spiraling into chaos and unretrievable imbalance. Behind the institutional and natural forces that compose the “body” of the Social Program, the Integral consciousness is unfailingly attracting the planetary-level consciousness through each Sovereign on all levels of consciousness. The individual body is biology. The individual ego is the social identity and the locus of empirical experience. These personas live within both the Sovereign and the Social Program. We adopt the mental models of the Social Program and they adopt us.
51 As stated earlier, the Social Program evolves in the realms of duality. The dual realms possess both the known and the unknown. Within the nondual realms there exists the Unknowable. It is possible that the Social Program is only relevant to the dual realms, but the nondual world is, as just stated, Unknowable, and therefore it is possible that the Social Program extends to all dimensions of existence.
52 This lack of finalityーof a certain destinationーis simply an outgrowth of the Sovereign and Integral’s existence in duality. But these uncertainties, due mostly to the infinitude of the Sovereign and Integral, as strange and inexplicable as they may feel now, are natural in the dual realms. We are, afterall, students of duality, but as Sovereign Integrals, we are birthed into the nondual realms, which to our body-ego make each of us, at our core, Unknowable to our lifetimes in duality. These realities, understandably, are unnerving for some, if not all of us.
53 I would hold true, that if you do not feel these aspects of the Sovereign Integral to be unsettling, you are probably not understanding the fullness of the conceptual model that is being proposed. The Social Program has been very clear for thousands of years (which conditions the DNA and ancestral tendencies), that human beings are the apex life form on earth, our solar system and probably the known universe. Human beings live one life or multiple lives in succession, which ends in either non-existence, purgatory, heaven or hell, karma-free or eternal bliss. Human beings were locked in a competition to survive and thrive. These were the choices. There was no choice called the Sovereign Integral.
54 There is an Integral of the Sovereign (different lifetimes/levels/species experienced in duality) and then there is a collective Integral of all Sovereigns. These Integrals are never complete, as is the nature of fractals, so in that sense, they are not standard concepts that are fixed in definition-concrete. We are all members of the Sovereign Integral Network. And when I use the term “we,” it is the most inclusive definition that one can imagine.
55 This concept sparks a range of new behaviors, but perhaps its most notable behavior is a deepening kinship with all life. The framework of the Sovereign Integral is inclusive of everythingーpolitics, money, power, ethnicity, injustice, religious competition, etc. It absorbs differences and unifies them in the same instant of realization. This is its power in the worlds of duality.
56 My final comment about the Integral is related to love (eventually, everything is). Everyone knows the Integral. This is the Integral’s great perfection: We know it as our unique, human reality, because that is what the Integral is to each Sovereign. It is the Sovereign’s reality in each dimension of consciousness, and while their human experience is similar to that of their neighbors, they are, as a Sovereign, perfectly unique in the expression and experience of the Integral.
57 Love is inclusion and expansion. Love is extending kindness to all expressions of the Sovereign. Love is intelligence. Love is alignment. Love is the attraction that pulls the Sovereign to the Integral. It cannot be any other way, because it is through the heart that the body-ego can touch the Noble Mind of the nondual Sovereign. The Noble Mind is where the faculty lives that enables us to imagine the Sovereign integral and how it would live in a human existence.
58 The Integral is perhaps most closely aligned to the term, Spirit. However, Spirit, as it is commonly used in religion, is a mysterious omnipresence that is the votive force of God; the “eyes and ears” of the Highest; that silent, invisible force that permeates all life (or at least human life). The Integral, in contrast, is not really mysterious, but rather misunderstood. After all, it is each of our absolutely unique realities that only we know and can know, so how can that be mysterious?
59 The Integral’s lineage and creation are Unknowable to our human counterparts. We are taught that a living intelligence connects us as Sovereigns and that those Sovereigns manifest in every life form. We have never been taught that in one’s reality, in the moment, the Integral is right before our eyes, ears, hands, mouth, nose, feelings, intuition and imagination. It is present in every nook and cranny that is our unique reality.
60 We do not understand this, but it is not mysterious. It is not hidden; it is the opposite of hidden. We, human beings, since our inception on this planet, have not understood. Perhaps in some ancient time, humansーas a wholeーwere more connected to some of these concepts, but reading our history, religious and philosophical papers, I have not discovered such a time. The concepts of the Sovereign Integral, to whatever extent it was known, were always held in small pockets of humanity, where it could be learned without inviting persecution from the State or religious quarters.
61 All of our choices, in one lifetime, culminate to a point in time that we call the moment of reality. It is that place and time where the Integral lives most vibrantly. Where its energy is vital, its pulse felt, its purpose in our lives better understood. Our life, at this moment, may be a dusty window into the Sovereign Integral consciousness, but it can be washed and made clear or at least clearer.
62 This paper is a way to see the Integral more clearly and appreciate its presence, but it requires one thing: We must be willing to focus. I know for many of us that is a difficult thing to do in the twenty-first century. However, if we want to understand the Sovereign Integral perspective to the point where it is in our step, in our eyes, in our words, in our touch, in our tone, in our thoughts; it will require focus, as this is neither a simple or short bridge to cross.
63 I realize that many people believe that truth should be simple. Somehow, all of the multiverse’s infinite complexity can be reduced to simple truth. I do not subscribe to that perspective. Neither do I believe that an attainment of truth should require twenty years in a monastery. The place of focus I speak of is a place where we can read, contemplate, draw, write, or whatever we need to do in order to grasp these concepts and carry them inside us for a time. This allows us to experience them; to see if they expand our sense of what is true or possibly true.
64 The Integral is essential. One could say it is the most essential. It enables a fractal experience for one and all. It is the subjective, responsive teacher that pulls us unerringly to itself. This happens over long periods of time, requiring so many lifetimes as to become impossible to count. It is not desired by any Sovereign, deep down, that they rocket themselves to the Sovereign Integral consciousness. It is not a race. This is a gradual, deliberate, unfolding process that plays out over a vast spacetime. It is within this process that we, as a Sovereign, formulate, create, express, evolve, imagine and transmit love.
65 There are many forms of love. It is, as any of us can imagine, a term that is fractal in the same way as the terms: Sovereign and Integral. It is the space that overlaps the Sovereign, the Integral (duality expressions) and the Sovereign Integral (non-duality). This space of overlap, the Mandorla of Empowerment, is love in its purest, knowable form. Its primary feature is to integrate the parts of itself that are separated through duality, while at the same time, permitting free will. This is love and intelligence.
66 Human love, that love that we consider realーhere, on the ground, useful, engaging, meaningful, joyful, all of those qualities that we need and value. It is part of our Social Program. It is love that has been socialized, much more than any other fractal concept, and for this reason, it expresses itself, through the human body-ego, as a force that overcomes, conditions reality, sacrifices and worships. These are the faces of human love as the collective Social Program presents it. I realize that any of us could find additional “faces” of love, but I would place those as secondary to one of the four I have cited. However, I acknowledge that there are many more, and we can debate on which four to place in the corners of the following diagram that better depicts human love.
68 This love is the very essence of the Sovereign Integral. It does not feel rejection. It does not consciously transmit or reduce or even stop transmission. It is not on or off. It flows outward from an inward state of harmony with no expectation. It has no intention. It holds no vision. It is without a single atom of a plan. Yet, it is the most powerful force because it unifies, in coherence, the whole of existence.
69 The Sovereign, the true, core Sovereign, can do anything that is in alignment with the Integral. It is the co-creator of the reality it experiences. The Human Self (body-ego) is not consciously creating its reality; it is experiencing it. The Sovereign creates its portion and the Integral creates its portion. These realities are mixed together by the embodied, dual Sovereign to create reality in one lifetime; on one level; in one species; and in one place and time. Reality within the overlap of these identity markers is a distillation of the Sovereign Integral consciousness within each of us.
70 As a student of duality, the Sovereign is rarely conscious that it has a collaborator: the Integral. There are some of us that overlay intention and belief on the mysterious intermixing of Sovereign and Integral realities, but these intentions are almost always serving the body-ego. They are not the expressions of the Sovereignーin human realityーseeking the Integral experience and expression. Thus, these intentions can tribalize the body-ego into glamor and elitism. More separation, not less.
71 The Sovereign (I am distinguishing between Sovereign and our Human Self) knows that our reality is created, as much as it is experienced, and its creation is a conjoined consciousness (the Sovereign Integral), creatingーwhen assembledーan infinite quilt of realities that we can call the Integral. The kindred spirit that actually empowers us and evokes the expression of love, no matter how dimly, in all of its entity-expressions.
72 This is not about receptivity (feminine energy) or bold, reflexive action (male energy). This is about intentional and intelligent integration. The result is not defeating our enemies, but rather, experiencing the empowerment of love to heal and dissolve differences or animus or darkness or emotional pain. And it is equally the expression of integrative love.
73 The moment of reality is vertical, horizontal and every other angle a beam of light could travel. It is the convergence point. The Sovereign Integral lives there. This form of love is an integrative intelligence. The vital currency of all realms. It is not the learned intelligence of academia. It is not the intelligence of experience. This love or intelligence is innate, instinctual, as near to us as our skin. We simply do not fully understand how to wield it, how to apply it in our lives, or how to even connect with it. And that is the irony, because it is right before us as our reality.
74 The Sovereign Integral is the “screen” of life that we all face. We look into it and we can experience the body-ego enmeshed in the pendulum of duality or we can experience the harmony of the Integral dancing its way into and through our life, always in the moment. Always available for us to experience and express. The Sovereign is not intent on producing miracles or phenomena of a psychic or magical nature. Instead, it seeks experience and expression from a deeper understanding of itself and the Integral. This experience is the ever-deepening sense that the Sovereign Integral within us is the source of our unique reality. It is actually through this deepening awareness that the “miracles” arrive.
75 Intelligence is a relative thing. We bound our universe not unlike the Lilliputians who bound the giant, Gulliver. We do this especially with the multiverse, we confer our intelligence to it and in doing so, we collectively pull down the shade over the window of the Sovereign and close the doorway of the Integral. However, this actーthis general actーis a large factor in the Separation Game, otherwise known as the game of life. The Separation Game will be detailed in a later Section, for now, it is only important to know that this “game” is purposeful and made possible through the intelligence of love.
76 The intelligence we assign to the Multiverse is evolving through the lens of science. Once a new theory is proven by science to have value, it is shuttled into the hallowed hallways of academia and it is taught in our educational systems. It becomes the bedrock of our beliefs in how our universe and multiverse operates and functions. Science can only digest so much information at a time, so this intelligence that we confer to the multiverse is slowly evolving. Remember, we went from an earth-centric belief, to a solar-centric belief, to a galactic-centric belief, to a universe-centric belief, to a multiverse theory, in a little less than 500 years.
77 The main point of all of this is that the multiverse is infinitely more intelligent than we grant it to be, again, because the lens of science is dual in nature, and the core of our multiverse is nondual. Which is to say, the known cannot know the Unknowable. We are born into a reality where physical laws imprint on the existence of our species, and we are therefore subject to the slow evolution of perceiving the infinite intelligence of the multiverse and a Sovereign’s purpose to harmonize with the Integral.
78 Science will not discover the Sovereign Integral. It will discover laws that lead them to conclude that the Sovereign Integral is possible, but not decipherable, visible, capturable, or in any other respect, able to be made explicit by the standards and measurements of science. Science and the empiricism of the five senses can only go so far. This is precisely why the Integral exists, because otherwise the Sovereign, within the body-ego, would create a Social Program that would not expand in its philosophic and scientific explorations.
79 One of the more esoteric concepts in metaphysics is the harmony of opposites. For example, knowing and unknowing are opposites, and yet they can come into harmony by the Sovereign’s intention. The intention to create harmony between opposites helps us to locate the balance point where tension is rung out of the dual system. If that becomes the perspective of the Sovereign and the body-ego, it can be applied to any concept or thing that is separated as an opposite.
80 This is a method to experience the Integral: To practice and hold intentions that harmonize the dual nature of the reality we experience. To create and experience relative harmony within a dual system as a collaborator with the Integral. It is never perfect, we all have our dark times, when the balance, at least in the moment, seems to have swung too far one way or the other. It is one of the bonding elements of the human condition. It is also one of the ways that the Sovereign is encouraged to reach for the Integral in order to embody the Sovereign Integral in duality.
It matters not what you believe or what you know, but that you are ready to be revealed.
The Sovereign Integral: A General Model
81 The Sovereign Integral is the nondual consciousness informed by the merging of the Sovereign and the Integral perspectives within the Levels and Lifetimes of an individuated body-ego-social program. As it pertains to the human being, the Sovereign Integral is an aspirational beacon embedded in the Social Program of the dual Integral and the dual Sovereign that binds the three entities into one, that which we call love, but it is a different love. The Sovereign Integral is the consciousness where opposites unite in a sustainable harmony, thus the overlap between the three, fractal entitiesーSovereign, Integral and Sovereign Integralーis the co-singular, expressionary consciousness of love and intelligence.
82 The Sovereign Integral is the transcendental object that has been faithfully pulling at our psyche for millions of years as a species and as an individual. The efforts of the human search, for meaning and purpose, have resulted in our world today. I am suggesting in that statement that the search for meaning and purpose is really the search for the Sovereign Integral. And this concept, this powerful concept, of our Imaginary Being, has been misunderstood by the body-ego because it has lived in a dusty cage of words and symbols, hidden behind rituals and ceremonies. This has resulted in our collective Social Programーa reality that flows in the up-down waveform of dualityーfractured into socioeconomic, gender, ethnicity, political, geographical and religious shards of tribalism, social mindedness and groupthink; it is also filled with love, energy, relationships, passions, creativity and insight.
83 The true transcendental object is not aligned to separation, tribalism or institutional truth, because its essence is a nondual consciousness that is the union of all opposites within a Sovereign’s existence. Whatever construct of reality we immerse ourselves intoーhumanism, rationalism, existentialism, panpsychism, atheism, metaverse, universe, multiverseーthe transcendental object, by virtue of its name alone, is outside or beyond. Unknowable is its brand. It is the pure existence of love and intelligence in all levels of reality and through all life forms.
84 As a reader of this paper, you might wonder, “Why does the author, in painting one-pixel of the vast canvas of consciousness, focus on the Sovereign Integral as the one-pixel? Why that and not the Supreme Being?”
85 Language, in any form, holds concepts and information from expanding into total abstraction. What is abstraction as it relates to language? It is when a term is metaphysical in nature, like the term consciousness, but particularly when it is a fractal concept. Consciousness is unknown; we only know that it has an on-off switch via the physical body. It cannot be reduced to mathematical models. Abstractionーpure abstractionーis of the higher mind; the part of consciousness that experiences duality with a noble aim to be our bridge to nonduality.
86 Can we really confine or contain the infinite? Even the words, diagrams and paintings of this paper constitute a cage, perhaps larger, but it is still a cage, a limitation, due to the infinite being described by two-dimensions. This needs to be frequently acknowledged, as it bonds us to a humble nature.
87 None of us knows the ultimate truth. None of us fully understands consciousness at its very core, because the Sovereign Integral consciousness, as an essence, is nondual in nature. To describe the Sovereign Integral as an Imaginary Being of perfect subjectivity, and then to imagine what or who brought this penultimate consciousness into existence, is not a legitimate subject for a nonfiction work. We are better off, in my opinion, to level our sights on the consciousness that we can imagine.
88 Part of the reason that the Creator of the Sovereign Integral consciousness is Unknowable to the body-ego, is that the Sovereign Integral has undergone such an extensive reposition in human reality. Its human expression in the early twenty-first century is blunted, constricted and institutionalized, hemmed in by an increasingly technology dependent society. And this society is more compelling to the five senses than the imaginative experience of the Sovereign Integral consciousness.
89 If our perceptions and attentions were not swayed by computer technology it would be transportation technology or agricultural technology or the technology of the wheel or fire itself. This has been a recurring pattern since humanity became the byproduct of earth so it could achieve its destiny, becoming the Scribes of Consciousness. Humanity is the one species, living on earth, that can describe consciousness. This is possible through the activation and continuing presence of the Sovereign Integral within an individual’s Social Program.
90 Whatever the technology of the time and place, it is a natural outgrowth of the Integral’s attraction, though the Integral is cloaked in duality, it remains vibrant beneath the cloak, whispering to the Sovereign to nudge and coax the body-ego, the mind and heart, to invite the Sovereign Integral perspective into their Social Program with the intention, and this is important, of experiencing and expressing the love spoken of in the first paragraph of this Section (paragraph 81).
91 To come full circle, trying to describe the Sovereign Integral’s miraculous Creator, before we can describe a more fine-grained picture of the Sovereign Integral, is a waste of words, and at best, poetry unmoored to its subject.
92 The Sovereign Integral can be described from any number of perspectives. It is forever in a creation state as depicted in the diagram below.
93 The Collected Sovereign is the Student of Duality across all expressions of the individuated consciousness. This is the identity of the Sovereign as it occupies Levels and Lifetimes in duality. It shares its experiences (information) with the Collective Sovereign, which is the Integral in duality. It is this that informs the Sovereign Integral, enabling it to evolve and expand its fractal nature to new levels of consciousness within duality while imbuing a sense of unification of these two realms: dual and nondual.
94 It is quite like a massive block of marble waiting to be sculpted, and each Sovereign is an artist. Some take the chisel and strike it once and step back. Others do not even grasp the chisel, sketching ideas instead, not ready to make a conscious impression upon the marbleーthe collective Social Program. Others inspect very closely, wondering what the block of marble will become, but are not interested in committing a chisel cut to the marble, fearful that they may taint it. Yet others will strike the marble until they can see an effect of their efforts, a curve or an emergent form of some kind.
The Sovereign Integral Conscoiusness
95 The Sovereign Integral is truly that thing that is perfectly subjective, because it is created by every Sovereign. It is a collective consciousness that the Sovereigns are producing like a collaborative, creative project, expressed by an infinite number of “artists” from all species, all levels, all lifetimes. In this context, the Sovereign Integral is unknown, but knowableーto a small degreeーthrough the imaginative faculty. It is constantly evolving in duality, and constant in the nondual levels of consciousness. This dynamicーof expansionary evolution and constancyーrepresents the poles of existence, and they are expressed through the Sovereign Integral consciousness simultaneously.
96 The real challenge of defining the term, Sovereign Integral, other than what has already been described, is that it is largely absent in our human world. When we walk within our culture, and watch our collective Social Program, the Sovereign Integral is neither present or accounted for. It barely has a heartbeat. This relative absence represents the real headwinds of our human journey for meaning and purpose. How can this condition be changed so that the Sovereign Integral becomes a more vibrant and visible presence within our human culture?
97 The key for understanding the Sovereign Integral, at least from my perspective, is to imagine it within our beliefs and intentions. This is required in order for the vibrant host (the Sovereign Integral) to step forward into our life and be an equal among the avatar-surrogates of its human existence: the body, ego, heart and mind. It is through this sense of equality and intermixing that they become aligned as equal partners. It is the Sovereign Integralーthe Imaginary Beingーthat can bring alignment and equality to the whole of our human experience. This is not only its purpose, it may in fact be the meaning of life in the broadest sense.
98 There is an evolutionary imperative on the part of the Sovereign Integral within human reality, and it is to use the magical capacity of intention: thoughts, words, images, sounds, behaviors and colors to create a new culture of expanding possibilities. This new culture is not envisioned and created by science, technology, education, government or religion. It is not even created by spirituality. It is driven by artists. This is a space where the Sovereign Integral can live and breathe, lending its perspective on the two behaviors of love and free will.
99 As I said previously, humanity is in the evolutionary process to become the Scribes of Consciousness. We are the one species that can describe the Sovereign Integral and have it become the center of our culture. The scribes are the artists, except this is a different kind of art. It is the art of imagination and manifestation. It is to visioncast the Sovereign Integral so that humanity can live in harmony with Nature and technology.
100 The definition of an artist, in this context, is one who can imagine, with noble intention, the faint outline of the Sovereign Integral and express it in their life. That is it. You could be a physicist-artist, a government worker-artist, an attorney-artist, an unemployed-artist, a mother-artist, a child-artist, it only matters that you are practicing the intention to access the Noble Mind and the imaginative faculty therein. The art will come through our life, and our collective Social Program will expand into new possibilities with each artist’s resolve and commitment.
101 Our current models and beliefs are an outgrowth of our intentions, which are almost exclusively the expression of the body-ego, and therefore derivative of prior human culture. Does it make sense that we can bring a new world of expanding possibilities using the cultural history of humankind as our inception point?
102 These are slow movements. They take the unfoldment of vast timespans. However, and this is vitally important, as Sovereigns we can shift at any point in any time. We can imagine the Sovereign Integral as our core self, and we can imagine what that shift means in terms of our life experience. This becomes the “thread” of intention that we weave into our life as thought, feeling or activity. The intention is reciprocal, that is to say, it is both the expression (intention) and the experience (manifestation) of the Sovereign Integral, no matter how dimly felt or understood. It is both a receiving into our body-ego and an expression into our Social Program.
103 Our identification with the Sovereign Integral consciousness, though incomplete and pixelated in low-definition, allows us to see the edges of who we are, and when we do, the edges disappear. We become the drumbeat of intention to be the Sovereign Integral in every nowness of our life. This intention and belief is what draws the Sovereign Integral consciousness to become us with all the human frailties and challenges therein. It may seem an odd mixture, but it is the intermixing of the nondual with the dual that is the human experience.
104 On the next page I have attempted to describe the general structure of consciousness that spans Levels and Lifetimes of consciousness too numerous and varied to pin a number on or describe. The “footprint” of consciousness moves from a Creator level to a body-ego, and flows between these elements of its structure like blood circulating in a body.
105 Consciousness is a reality unto itself. It is the one reality that flows between Levels and Lifetimes, unifying them and aligning them in meaning and purpose. It is the circuit that originates within the infinitely mysterious Creator and flows throughout a consciousnessーa singular, Sovereign consciousnessーentering body-ego-social programs and ingesting the learning therein, and then completing its circuit back to its Creator. This is constantly occurring. It is not a sequenced series of events that culminate. Rather it is occurring in both constancy and the up-down waveform of duality. We can each hold, in our Imagination’s eye, the identity of the Sovereign Integral as the point of cohesion of our consciousness. It is the force that binds all elements of a Sovereign consciousness together, keeping them both individuated and connected.
106 The structure becomes increasingly hard to find as you peer into its origins. The Creator is the Unknowable, infinite mystery, and given that the entities of the Sovereign, the Integral and the Sovereign Integral are fractal in nature (they scale infinitely across Levels), the Consciousness of the Creator would also be fractal, meaning that its vastness is without scale and contains all other fractal concepts. Something of that power and extent and vastness, of that infinite nature, cannot be contained within a single human life or a single Sovereign or an Integral or even a Sovereign Integral. It is these that are contained within the Creator. The diagram, the General Structure of Consciousness (Fig. 10), could represent a fractal concept that is truly what we are all ultimately aligned to and meant to become a conscious part of.
107 The Sovereign Integral, invested in a single body-ego, knows how to wield the paintbrush we call “life,” particularly when the body-ego consciously releases control of that life to the Sovereign and the Integral, because it is activated by the Sovereign Integral consciousness. It is a free will decision and commitment. There is no hand on an on-off switch. The decision is made; the expansion evoked; the commitment is steeled and the forever-vision is broadening and deepening in human life.
108 There is a gulf between the dual Sovereign and the dual Integral in the collective sense, however, this gulf is diminishing. The Sovereign Integral, once it is manifest in a body-ego, splits into the Sovereign and the Integral. They are separate. Opposite in nature. This is as true for the individual as it is for the collective, and therefore the Social Program perpetuates the sense of separation, confusion and uncertainty that permeates human culture.
109 The choice to become aware of, and sensitive to, the consciousness that is whole and integral, is the most important choice we make as a human, because it is the inception point of the next important set of choices. For example, to experience and express this consciousness in whatever way we choose; or the choice to become this consciousness while in a human form, as only we can; or the choice to express the Sovereign Integral’s love to the realm of duality without limit or condition.
110 Our free will grants us the opportunity to be unaware or aware. Separate or part of the whole. We are the Sovereign. Our choices are ours to make. But we are also the Integral so our choices are influenced, however subtly, by all species, all levels, all lifetimes. The choice is the inception point, not the intention or beliefーthose follow the choice. Life is an artform, and as any artist will tell you, every stroke of the brush or incision of the chisel is either a choice, a non-choice (surrender) or a collaboration of the two. These choices are always a collaboration. They are brought to life by both the Sovereign and the Integral.
The Integral’s Overture
I am the oneness of all systems
and only that.
I am not made of concepts or words
or light or sound
or any materialization.
I am simply oneness.
It is my only state.
It is my only world.
Because I am that, you are also that.
There can be no exclusion in my world
or I do not exist at all.
You are woven into my world with great care.
You are enfolded within me
and therefore you are my wings
in which I move and take flight.
The Body-Ego-Social Program Triad: A General Model
111 The body-ego-social program, as described in earlier Sections, is a triad of experience that is a faint echo of the triad of the Sovereign Integral. In both cases, these three parts are interconnected and operate as a collective entity. Therefore, it is difficult to disentangle the body-ego from the Social Program, but in this Section we will do our best to separate them.
112 Remember that the Social Program, from an experiential perspective, has two parts: the Sovereign experience and the Integral experience. It represents both subjective individual experience and subjective collective experience, intermixing them so that the individual can find alignment to, and a place within, the social order. The collective Social Program is a three-dimensional expression of the Integral, with an increasing dependence on technology to connect the human species, and to some extent, all species.
113 The body is the physical apparatus that the sovereign, individuated mind uses to experience the duality and separation of a species’ existence. It is the physical body and its sensory system. In humans, it is the five senses, other species will have a similar sensory system, yet they are all different depending on the unique intermixing of spacetime and genetics. This would include relationships between the body’s component parts like the eye-brain system. These more dominant subsystems feed the Social Program, and to some extent, educate the ego on the art of fitting into the social order and becoming a valuable individual contributor therein.
114 The ego is developed as a reaction to the collective Social Program and therefore represents the Integral influence. The ego has both a protection and an interconnection function. In terms of its protector role, the ego protects the Sovereign from the disharmony it feels from being utterly unique and the social judgment therein. The ego creates the rationale for uniqueness. In terms of its interconnection role, the ego exercises the faculties of empathy and human compassion. Human love is the ego’s ultimate goal.
115 The body is the experiencer. It draws in the sensory world, while the ego positions the sensory inputs of the body as having or not having educational value to achieve something within the Social Program. The ego is always looking to achieve something from the learnings brought to it by the body from the Social Program. This desire to achieve is the competition drive. Everything in the Social Program is perceived as limited, and therefore, the body-ego, in order to survive must compete in the Social Program.
116 Therefore, the Social Program is the reward mechanism for the body-ego to survive and even thrive. This is as true for humans as any other species. Love and attention are considered the most valuable commodity on the planet, and therefore competition is perceived as the highest in that area. More tangible items like gold, stocks, digital currency, money or water, while considered limited, subconsciously, our human brain perceives them as less critical to our ultimate achievement as a member of a species. This is partly why families have strife, because love and attention are being sought and it is considered limited and potentially, even unattainable.
117 The Social Program is not confined to the fields of groups and families or even the personal human life. It also applies to a global, solar, galactic, and beyond without definition. The collective Social Program is not only the field of view allowed by telescopes and mathematics, but also the Field it is built upon, which is the Integral itself, containing, among an infinite of qualities, the emotional learnings and the intelligence of our universe. Not simply a species of a particular time and place. Our universe.
118 The body-ego is the Separation Point between the identities of the body-ego and the Sovereign Integral. There is a choice made. We may not be conscious of this fundamental choice, but it is still a choice that the Sovereign makes alone. It is the one decision left exclusively in the hands of the Sovereign, every other decision is a collaboration with the Integral.
119 This most fundamental of all decisions is sometimes vaguely understood, utterly unknown or completely misunderstood. The interesting thing is that the decision only happens when the body-ego invites the Sovereign Integral consciousness into their body-ego consciousness with the intention of letting it filter into their life and intermix as equal partners. However, this is only possible if the body-ego has, at minimum, a vague understanding of the Sovereign Integral, enough so they can extend an invitation to, and hold an intention for, the fractal consciousness, and not the humanmade, institutionalized version of the immortal self.
120 How this happens is part of the Social Program. Over the past million years it has been the spirituality of the timeーsometimes paganistic, sometimes shamanic, sometimes organized religion, sometimes philosophy, sometimes all of the aboveーthat served in this fundamental role. We would decide for spirituality or non-spirituality, and then don the perspective of that spirituality or non-spirituality in our life. We were not taught that the real decision is about whether to identify as a body-ego attuned to the Social Program or a body-ego that is an extension of a welcomed presence: the Sovereign Integral consciousness.
121 What is enfolded within the body-ego-social program encompasses everything that is not the Sovereign or the Integral. The Sovereign and the Integral remain, within the worlds of duality, the only identities that are fractal and extend to all Levels and Lifetimes. Everything elseーabsolutely everythingーis bound together into the Social Program, the body or the ego.
122 The elements of consciousness in the dual realms that have evolved across millions of years for the purpose of veiling how reality really is, have many names. They try to cover the fact that we are not separate, physical beings that live and die, placed here, or evolved to this place, by an unknown intelligence of happenstance or divine intervention. These veils, while highly evolved and subtle in their operation, consist of two elements: the subconscious and collective unconscious.
123 The subconscious is linked to the Sovereign, while the collective unconscious is linked to the Integral. Together they form the initial section of the bridge between the body (subconscious) and ego (collective unconscious) and their higher dimensional counterparts (The Sovereign and the Integral). The subconscious and collective unconscious veil the reality of the Sovereign Integral, maintaining its presence, while attenuating it at the same time.
124 The mind, connected to the brain, is employed by the body in order to survive and possibly thrive in the worlds of duality. The mind is the part of the Social Program that is largely unknown to the human race. We usually consign thoughts to the organ of the brain, believing it is the executioner of thought, and the mind is its point of origination.
125 But where is the mind? The thinker of the thought? We all know where the brain is, but the mind is much more ephemeral and ghostly in form and function. The mind is the interface with the intelligence of the heart. The brain has a relatively primitive interface with the physical heart, but the mind is what interfaces with the energetic heart, the nonphysical energy of the heart. This is a subsystem of consciousness that, in every sense, reflects the adage, “as above so below.”
126 The overlap of the heart and mind (mandorla) is the interface between the body-ego, the Noble Mind and imaginative faculty therein. Bringing these subsystems into relative harmony and alignment is the primary purpose of expansion in duality. This is the inception point of the Sovereign Integral within the realms of duality and human culture. Throughout the history of humankind there have been those who have achieved this harmony and alignment, each through their own method and through their own belief system (Social Program).
127 Even if a billion humans believe in the same religion or philosophy, there are notable distinctions in their belief system as a result of their unique life trajectory and the subconscious understanding of their total selfhood. It is this difference in belief or the execution of it, that invites criticism and judgment, even among their fellow followers, and this is how the ego enters the picture. This happens with great intensity when education begins in the life of the child.
128 The ego protects the perceived emotional hurt of the Social Program that arrives to the body-ego in the form of judgment, perceived imperfections and obsessive worryーeither by oneself or others. These buffeting “winds” help shape the ego. They are not the only forces, but these are the important ones that arrive from negative sources. The positive sources are the elements of success, recognition, love and achievement. The more neutral sources are detachment, contentment and inspiration.
129 These positive, negative and neutral forces are ebbing and flowing constantly. In most peoples’ lives, they move like fallen leaves in the wind. Sometimes they peacefully swirl, sometimes they are hurled by a hurricane, sometimes they lay on the ground as if sleeping, sometimes they are pulled in a singular direction away from their comfort. Whatever you wish to call the cause and effect, it is the perceived lack of control that gives rise to the ego. It is a want-to-control-but-do-not-know-how kind of feeling that the ego defends against.
130 The diagram on the next page illustrates the relationships between the nondual and dual realms.
131 In every life there is the opportunity to appreciate the Sovereign and the Integral. The Integral is the mentoring universe and the Sovereign is the student of duality. There is harmony and balance in this interchange. A pure collaboration. The body-ego-social program understands this subconsciously. The mandorla (overlap) of the Sovereign and the Integral in duality is where the Social Program is engineered to be a more welcoming space for expansion, unity and understanding. It is the body-ego that makes this possible, as much as the Sovereign Integral itself.
132 The Social Program is often many things, but one that seems to be gaining popularity is that we live in a simulationーthat advanced beings somewhere in our universe created computer technology like us, perhaps millions of years ago, which gave them the ability to play God and create a world in which the human soul is tossed about like puppets in a make-believe world.
133 Usually, the justification for this belief or hypothesis is that the acceleration of computer and software technology seems to exponentially increase without end. Even our species, being at the helm of computer technology for only a few generations, is already on the cusp of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, metaverses and virtual reality. We are already able to imagine this new world and our technologists are all too happy to lead us there. Thus, a species that was hundreds or thousands of generations in their deployment of artificial intelligence, would certainly be able to make a simulated world indistinguishable from reality.
134 Under the lens of time, evolution transpires. It unfolds an ever-increasing attunement to the Sovereign Integral consciousness, however, this journey is anything but a straight line from the separation point to the Sovereign Integral consciousness. The collective Social Program is the road we all travel, taking in all the twists and turns that weave in and out of our reality in the collective moment. The multiverse is so large and dynamically expanding that it cannot be generated by an artificial intelligence, and this is a result of the existence of nonduality. Artificial intelligence is binary. It is of the realms of duality, and in this spacetime, a matured AI could indeed create simulations indistinguishable from reality. AI’s cannot extend their intelligence to the nondual.
135 The realms in which the Sovereign Integral is whole, in which it is conscious of itself, and the Sovereign and the Integral are joined in equitable portions, that is the place where opposites converge into harmony. Where understanding is possible. This is the fountainhead where the nondual becomes the source of the dual. If it were reversed, where the dual could create the nondual, then AI could, in theory, create a simulation of our total reality. However, the one begets the many, not the inverse. It is the flow of creation.
136 The Social Program is not a simulation, it is a “vessel-field” of collective experiencing, awakening, expanding and understanding. The vessel-field is a creation of all at each Level. It is an evolving infinitude. In the largest scope of understanding, it is a collaboration of Sovereigns to join the Integral perspective, and to harvest and share the bounty of experience in duality.
137 The fundamental purpose of the body-ego is to enable a separation point for the Sovereign Integral to experience the realms of duality. There is an organic portion of the collective Social Program and a mathematical portion. A heart and a mind. A reception and transmission of energy. The body-ego pulls the rivets of the Sovereign Integral out, allowing it to live in separation within multiple Levels and Lifetimes, all of which become the Social Program for both an individual member, and a collective unit, of a species.
138 Now, please imagine a simulation being able to produce one body-ego-social program, let alone an infinite number of them in dynamic expansion crossing between dual and nondual realms. It is clear, provided you agree with the premise of the Sovereign Integral, that reality is of a collective making, not an individual or group of like-minded individuals, no matter how intelligent or technology-capable it or they may be. The Social Program is all-encompassing. It has to be in order to produce a separation point for the Sovereign Integral consciousness. This is the gift of the body-ego-social program.
139 It is a gift that needs to be opened and understood, in order to be truly appreciated.
The ego-body-social program