Thereâ€™s nothing like the joy, freedom, and deep intimacy of intersubjective space, in which ego-driven programs are effortlessly replaced by the curiosity of who we really are when we are free from the illusions of a separate self. A passionate yet playful curiosity of what our connection is about floats in the room when the tyranny of the egoâ€™s desires and fears that drive our acts, is gone or, at least, suspended for the time of being together with other aficionados of Truth, Beauty, and Good.
Traditionally, the experience of reaching a heightened state of awareness and interacting from within it with others in the same state was the privilege of participants in shamanic dances, Tantric sex ceremonies, other mystic traditions, and the modern-day group experiments with â€œpsychoactive vitamins,â€ and rave parties. Theyâ€™ve certainly reached a level of intersubjectivity not accessible in ego-driven states but they all shared a pre-rational logic that made those occurrences of collective consciousness unfit for dealing with challenges that required cognitive skills in managing complexity.
Intersubjectivity in the trans-rational is a whole different ball game! What prompted this blog entry was my experience of it in a circle of â€œenlightened communications,â€ last Friday:
Our shared and passionate attention to what wants to come into being didnâ€™t diminish, but rather it enhanced our senses, receptivity, deep intuition, as well as the faculties of thinking together, building on each other’s ideas and inspirations, and profoundly appreciating the value of everyoneâ€™s perspective. They became notes in a larger harmony that has a message that we can receive only when the chatter of the conditioned mind stops, and we share with one another what is perceived in that precious state.
When I went home, I re-read the part of the conversation between Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber that prefaced our session. At the beginning we read a couple of paragraphs from their â€œFollowing the Grain of the Kosmosâ€ dialog published in â€œWhat Is Enlightenment?â€ magazine. Andrew told something to Ken, something that struck me and opened a whole new dimension of my experience. (See below.) Thatâ€™s what is reflected in the title of this entry.
“The intersubjectivity is the dropping of ego boundaries and awakening to the Authentic Self simultaneously with other people. But in this there is the emergence of an unprecedented potential for collective objectivity — which is everything! To me, thatâ€™s more important than anything else. From a certain point of view, our future may depend on it. I mean,thatâ€™s the ultimate coming together. And in that coming together, a creative potential and source of, as you said, discriminating wisdom emerge that otherwise could never be accessed. Thatâ€™s the ground from which we can begin to deal with just about anything and solve our real problems from a truly awakened, enlightened perspective. And whatâ€™s even more exciting is that as this thing emerges and gets stronger, it seems to get easier and easier for new people to have the experience.”
By now, we have probably all heard or read the famous saying of Einstein, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Have you wondered how weâ€™re going to get to the new level of consciousness required? I have, and it was that quest that made me open the Blog of CI, in the first place. As the intersubjective experience awakens in widening circles, our capacity to transcend and include it in our collective objectivity becomes a measure of our maturity, both spiritual and socioeconomic.
Most of the wicked problems of the many-facet global crises persist because the inaptitude of large organizations–governed by obsolete, past-century rules of the game–to manage the growing complexity of the factors involved with any decision. Their best hope is to engage on a development path to intersubjectivity, and beyond, to collective objectivity.