The process of Becoming a Powerful Creator with a Purpose
Today’s wisdom explains the process by which we make ourselves powerful creators. We survive and thrive because humankind has been gifted with a sophisticated portion of our brain we call the cerebral cortex. I call this last to develop segment of our brain our “freedom organ” because this term best describes its function. We recognize that other organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys have specialized functions to serve the whole system. A specialized function of our intelligent freedom organ is to acquire, store, share, and pass knowledge forward to future generations who perpetuate the process.
Knowledge is the awareness of the universal rules of cause-and-effect. Our early ancestors had little knowledge. To envision the growth of knowledge in my own mind I picture a snowball starting at the top of a mountain, increasing its size and accelerating its speed the further it rolls. Knowledge is our source of mental power. Unlike our physical muscle power, we continuously increase our mental power as we pass it forward. Intelligence applied to knowledge provides us the ability to direct its force and focus its power. Wisdom is our means to consistently direct our power to constructive outcomes.
After 3 ½ billion years of life on earth, only we have created the power to make ourselves extinct by a mechanical error or the erroneous judgment of a single person. We also may use our power to create the utopia that we now can imagine. We increasingly participate with fate and circumstance in determining who we are and what we will become. Our freedom organ provides us with both the opportunity to become powerful creators and the burden to exercise our power wisely. So let’s enlighten ourselves about the source of our explosive, still-accelerating growth of knowledge, and recognize our mission as powerful creators.
The power of interpretation is the means by which we change ourselves and change the world. Here’s the series of actions by which we alone make ourselves increasingly powerful creators.
• We invent words and symbols to mentally represent the information our senses bring us.
• We thereby create a personal private reality we call consciousness.
• We acquire self-consciousness through our sophisticated freedom organ. We think about our thoughts. We are conscious of our consciousness.
• We make mental interpretations of the data our senses bring to our consciousness.
• We assign meaning to the interpretations we create. Meaning generates energy. Energy influences our biologic response system, i.e. our chemistry and nerves.
• We apply our power of imagination to create original combinations of our interpretations, what we call “ideas” and “concepts.” We imagine concepts and ideas, picturing phenomenon not previously present in nature.
• We choose from among our private mental creations and then apply the mysterious force we call will power to introduce our mental creation into the common reality we share.
Do you get it? Through the use of symbols, we “magically” transform our private mental interpretations and imaginings into the common reality we all share! Our creativity is like someone showing us an empty hat and then pulling out a rabbit.
No life on earth, past or present, approaches the degree to which we use the power of interpretation to make ourselves creators! We alone influence who we are and what we become. Humankind has become king on earth because of our ability to make intelligent interpretations. The more accurately our interpretations correspond with the universal orderly cause-and-effect rules we share in common, the greater our power as creators. When mature and properly educated, our freedom organ allows us to acquire the common sense wisdoms necessary to consistently direct our knowledge to constructive outcomes.
As we grew knowledge and made ourselves more powerful creators we also rapidly increased our population to over 6 billion. Scientists are individuals who spend their lives growing knowledge, and we have more scientists alive today than in all of history. Current technology has shrunk the world; it is making more tribes powerful creators as well as our neighbors. Just 50,000 years ago, when our ancestors created language, we made a quantum leap in our power of interpretation and significantly increased our progress towards civilization.
Most knowledge of our creator’s universal cause-and-effect relationships has occurred within a few generations. The discovery of sanitation, antibiotics, the industrial revolution, rapid travel, mass communication, pollution, global warming, depleting the seas, and overpopulation are our recent creations. None, however, pose such an imminent threat to our loved ones as the proliferation of weapons of ultimate destruction within the last 50 years! We must impress upon ourselves the speed at which we now increase our power. Awareness inspires the urgency to teach ourselves a newer way of thinking that can consistently direct our power to wise outcomes. If we consider earth’s 4 ½ billion year history as one hour, our ancestors initiated civilization in the last mere 1/100th of a second. In 1/1000th of that 1/100th second, we have so rapidly expanded our creative power that we now are in a race between cooperation and catastrophe.
Here’s what we each need to understand. Our way of thinking is first directed by instinct and tradition. Neither is capable of applying common sense wisdom to new knowledge. Instinct and tradition program us to think in two categories: us or them, good or evil, right or wrong, and so on. This either/or way of thinking is the basis of bigotry, prejudice, and harmful aggression. In most instances it is not our nurturer’s intent to distort our understanding of the world by focusing on the differences between people and tribes. They have no choice because our mind remains incapable or limited in logical thinking during our immature years. Logical thinking recognizes both the positives and the negatives of alternatives; it emphasizes our similarities more than our differences. Common sense is not very common. We have a limited amount of time to teach ourselves a newer way of thinking that solves today’s problems with common sense wisdom.
Our freedom organ provides us a mission and purpose! Humankind alone creates its own destiny. Our work-in-progress is to elevate ourselves above other life by creating the humane, civilized qualities to which we aspire. We need to consistently remind ourselves that freedom is the power to choose both constructive and destructive alternatives. We have become master of the world and are rapidly increasing our mastery of ourselves. Let’s create the newer way of thinking that frees our will from dictators, and collectively unite our power to make our world a safe and friendly place. We must now choose to what degree we use our power to continue to make history and to what degree we become history!
As we educate ourselves with the common sense wisdoms that create a newer way of thinking, we realize that humankind is united in a common purpose. We each want to use our powers to create a joyous, meaningful life experience. We each want to survive in our new era of weapons of ultimate destruction! Each wisdom we discover and pass forward to create wisdom millionaires brings us a step closer to utopia. Each wisdom also slows or even reverses the hands of the doomsday clock.
In the next wisdom tip, I will reveal the secret to creating a newer way of thinking (ANWOT) that frees us from our early dictators to create common sense solutions to today’s problems. See you soon.
These are the four “foundation” wisdoms:
• OUR THINKING, FEELINGS, AND ACTIONS ARE DIRECTED BY THREE MASTERS: INSTINCT (NATURE), TRADITION (NURTURE), AND SELF-MASTERY (OUR MATURE FREEDOM ORGAN)
• INTERPRETATION: THE SECRET OF BECOMING A POWERFUL CREATOR
• WORD-SWITCHES: THE SECRET OF ATTAINING MENTAL FREEDOM
• STRENS: THE SECRET OF ANWOT; ADDING WISDOM TO OUR CREATIVE POWER