More coherent spine-flower analogy, human as upside-down plant

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By Bruce Dickson, https://HolisticBrainBalance.wordpress.com
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For those interested, a more modern; hopefully, more coherent, clear version of the spine-flower analogy, human as upside-down plant.

By Bruce Dickson, https://HolisticBrainBalance.wordpress.com
http://blog.goetheanscience.net/

Rudolf Steiner started many of us thinking on how plants and the human being are similar. RS called the human being an inverted plant. Consider, the flower on an annual plant are the sex organs of the plant. In a flower they point up. In human beings, our sex organs point down.

In a plant, its roots are in the relatively stable, unmoving soil. In the human being, our roots are invisible, in higher worlds, in mental-emotional realms; more precisely in our beliefs, self-concept and our unique algnmment with truly human values. The higher realms are relatively stable and unmoving–compared to Earthly conditions, which change constantly. This paraphrases Steiner.
What if the human being is an upside-down plant in more than one way?

Goethe contributed to our understanding of the human spine. Goethe drew attention to how the adult spine is similar to the yearly process annual flowers go thru towards producing a flower.

Our hips and sacrum are a stable base, a foundation. Our spine vertebrae are analogous to the leaf-leaf-leaf repetition-rhythm on the stem of a flower stalk. Our sphenoid bone and our human face, are analogous to the lovely face of a flower.

I also like the idea of a flower on top of the spine, inside the skull, top of the skull, both, perhaps. Advanced clairvoyants see a lotus flower geometry in and/or at the top of the head. This is wondrous to me. This paraphrases Goethe.

Fetus uncurling from the head

Now let’s consider DOWNWARD sequences. In the womb, in human embryology, the human head forms first, not last. Our lower body uncurls from the head the way in kindergarten, a lima bean plant uncurls from a dry lima bean moistened and put between two wet paper towels, in the dark. We can imagine our vertebrae ‘going DOWN the spine’ as analogous to what the lima bean does uncurling from the seed.

In downward imagery, the beauty of the human face is analogous to a flower; then, our Axis-Atlas and/or sphenoid bone have to be analogous to the calyx (bud).

In downwards imagery of human development, the flower comes first, our beautiful face, us as we are, before birth, in the higher realms. This comes first, before the fetus, who builds our body. The human being is first connected with Spirit, starts from a higher form, grows DOWN towards a physical embodiment. At the start, human embryology unfurls from the head.

The human being is an upside down plant in two more ways, if we imagine a progression of color and frequency.

In adults after puberty, our etheric body has four (or more) frequency regions. In adults, as our gaze moves from skull towards feet, we are moving lower and lower in frequency, in vibration. This is a key to perceiving our etheric body.

What are we progressing to? The red of our first etheric center, a focus of our physical form. At least four octaves. These four octaves are celebrated in Laughter Yoga. From top-highest to lowest: Hee-hee!, Ha-ha! heh-heh, and Ho-ho!

The lowering of frequency is perhaps easier to imagine as changes in color. As the fetus uncurls, it devolves from ultraviolet frequencies, down thru purples, thru blue, down all the way to base red frequencies of the root center connected with the coccyx. In terms of color-frequency, hips, legs and feet are close to red.

The above suggests an update of Goethe-Steiner ideas of the human being as upside-down plant:

– While the plant grows primarily UP from its roots, the human being, in utero and in the first five years, grows primarily DOWN from its flower, down from its beautiful face (down from the as-yet uncorrupted etheric body).

– A plant first establishes its roots in the soil and grows UP towards a flower, raising and expanding its frequency to express its highest possible frequency in a flower and possibly scent. Soul outside the human experience begins established in Spirit; then, grows DOWN into a fetus and towards capacity for the human journey. Soul grows DOWN into legs, feet; ultimately, into under-standing the human experience.

Perhaps we can say, humans and plants grow analogously–but in opposite directions. Perhaps the human being is an upside-down plant in more than one way.

Your comments invited

Flowering plants speak to us of evolution and transformation (Ernst Lehrs paraphrase)

abstract-stamen-flower_lily16kIt appears the most active level of our waking adult psyche is four head quadrants, not anatomical brain quadrants, not physical-anatomical brain parts in any combination.

But wait, there’s more. “Brain quadrants” are only an analogy, a metaphor, for activity both obvious and subtle, occurring in our etheric body.

Brain-head quadrants appear to be the primary active level of waking thinking-feeling.

Before readers go off half-cocked, neither quadrants, nor any one quadrant, is the primary active level of our immortal-eternal soul.

Quadrants make possible the 3-dimensionality of all our habits (learned behaviors) of thinking-feeling, 95% of our psyche.

The other %5 to 10% of conscious deliberate choice-making is made possible by our immortal-eternal soul.

Keeping quadrants in perspective assists us not to over-generalize the significance of quadrants, as was done earlier with right~left brain hemispheres.

Building on Rudolf Steiner, a flower analogy is presented to show how all these things connect and evolve.

From our neck-up, in our thinking-feeling, we have something surprising, not predicted by the organization and activity of our gut brain, the capacity for independent thought, of critical thinking.

The surprising appearance of independent thinking on top of our more animalistic child within is exactly analogous to the surprising appearance of a rose blossom on top of a stem with only rose leaves.
If you just landed here from Mars, a desert planet, with not one flower at all, and you had never seen a flower on TV, nor any flowering plant; if you were seeing your first rose in bloom; and, the rose portion was blacked out, so all you could see was the roots, stem and leaves, could you easily predict a rose blossom?

No. Only a very poetic-intuitive consciousness would be abel to predict a flower blossom from only roots, stems and leaves.

Contemplating the majesty of how our head quadrants expand possibility in the human psyche, can lead us right into the natural character of transformation.

A rose blossom is the climax of a year-long cycle of slow, patient growth.

Independent thinking-feeling is the climax of 12 or more years of slow, patient development.

Nature’s developmental stages are visible in us. Humankind’s developmental stages are reflected in Nature—as Goethe and Steiner were trying to tell us.

Polarity of Connectivity~Renunciation (surrender)
Building on Goethe, in Man or Matter, Chapter V p. 85 in the 3rd Ed. “The Adventure of Reason,” Ernst Lehrs proposes “the Principle of Renunciation.”

Lehrs describes Goethe’s insight how the leaves of an annual plant have to renounce their comfortable rhythmic growth and predictable alternation to produce something completely different, new and unexpected, a flower.

The comfortable process of leaf, leaf, leaf has to be let go off to concentrate vitality towards producing a flower.

In turn the flower has to renounce its color, more-perfect geometry, fragrance and sexuality to make something altogether different: seeds.

In turn the seeds have to renounce living in the dreamy bosom of the Ur-plant, in perfect abstract potential, to do the work of germinating, sprouting and make the long climb of leaf, leaf, leaf.
Each stage has to give up a lot for the next stage to “blossom.”

The Three Sciences we use everyday article

Summary of Three Sciences chapters 19-20 of Balance on All Levels PACME+Soul ~

“Hard scientists,” especially those skeptical of holistic ideas and subjective phenomena, forget we use two other kinds of science every day.  three-sciences-triptych-hi-resThe average adult—especially women–use Three Orders of Science each day.

The science people are schooled in and familiar with is…

Second Order Science: Physical survival ~

Each day we make many survival choices, safe, rational evaluations about how to cross a busy street, drive a car, handle power tools, problem solve; in fact, to navigate any new, unfamiliar situation.

Activity and choices around survival are “real,” are one kind of rational thinking; and, this is one category of “science” we use daily.

However, we also use two additional sciences daily…

First Order Science: Immune System Self intelligence ~

Each day we make choices about what benefits me and only me. Do I like this dress better or that dress? Do I want fish or turkey for lunch today? Is it more beneficial for me to go to bed at 10pm or 1 am? Do I prefer this or that color, style, music, or turn of phrase in my speech?

Down below our neck, in our Small Intestine especially, our Cell Level Intelligence is “asking” or “testing” every single nutrient floating by the villi on the inside of our intestines: “Is this nutrient safe and beneficial for me to take into my bloodstream now?” Either this nutrient IS safe and beneficial now or it is NOT safe and/or beneficial now.

Even tho such choices concern me and me alone, these activities and choices are “real” and rational at their level of function.

The two above add up to TWO kinds of rational thinking. Now we have two categories of “science” we use everyday.

Let’s pause here to note “selfishness” occurs when the above two sciences fuse and separate from Third Order Science, the most expanded science we use daily. If we only use First and Second Order Science, then it’s “all about me.” “it’s all about me” becomes the mantra, the criteria for every moment of waking life. If an individual employs only First and Second Order Science, life is viewed in terms of win~lose. Either my needs are more significant than yours; I win over you; or, your needs or force overpowers me, I lose. Dog eat dog. A certain television president wonderfully demonstrates the errors and pitfalls of limited win~lose thinking daly. We can learn what not to do from his example.

Third Order Science: Intelligence of the greatest good for the greatest number ~

If you are a mother or a father, you make daily choices and decisions assessing the amount of food, clothing, shelter and resources in hand, against the needs of everyone involved. In this “science” we think rationally about how easy–or how difficult–getting more resources is; and, how the on-going needs of each family member expand or shrink, in the next period of time.

In this third category of rational choosing-deciding, I alone am no longer the sole stakeholder. I choose to consider the needs of my children, retired grandparents; perhaps also, extended family members. I myself am only one member of a greater whole. Choices I make as a parent apportioning resources for the highest good of all, are real and rational. Ask any parent.

By my count, this makes three categories of rational choosing, rational decision making, rational evaluations, we make every day, Three Sciences.

Q: What practical application does this have?

A: The Three Sciences has the most immediate and timely relevance to methods to every mode-method of holistic healing and Energy Medicine.

This is because Second Order (ego-survival, “hard” science) denies the reality and validity of everything holistic since the 1970s [including Waldorf]. Virtually the whole of holistic health and healing activity occurs in the domain of single individuals, the client The practitioner’s method or mode of treatment only has to work for one client at a time.

Q: isn’t this also true of psychological therapy, counseling and conventional one-on-one medicine?

A: Indeed yes, but the conflict is much easier to see and more public between Second Order (survival) Science and First Order (subjective realm of one person at a time) Science.

The Three Sciences make these historical conflicts obsolete. ONE science alone cannot span the range of rational thinking we use every day. To think so is male-dominator, King of the Hill thinking. What is beneficial at the cellular level, what is worth knowing for practical survival; and, what is beneficial for highest good of he next seven generations and all critters on Planet Earth, are three distinct realms of rational thinking, evaluation, analysis and choice.

We can, we do, we must, use different Orders of thinking to address issues, depending which scale of concern is before us presently.

First Order Science is the naturally supportive science for individual health, healing, personal transformation and spirituality

How our cells and immune system “think” is 100% First Order Science. Not Second, not Third. First Order Science is the Science of the subjective; where, we honor and uncover more of both its intelligence; and, its limitations.

First Order Science is the key to forward progress in health and healing because ‘each person heals uniquely’ (Rudolf Steiner paraphrase). What is workable to heal me is highly individualized. It may or may not be workable for you. What works is often subjective. Outside of accidents and physical injury, the vast majority of healing for humans must be calibrated to the single individual. Humans are the least herd-like of creatures.

Conventional medicine, born around 1950 in France and England, is 100% Second Order Science, the science of physical-material survival and male-ego-survival.

This is why it was pointless for John Thie, DC of Touch for Health and his practitioner colleagues to struggle for 25 years to get T4H services accepted by established medical authorities, why insurance companies never paid for Touch for Health by anyone except MDs. Holistic healing is literally outside what they call and consider “science,” beyond what they consider “real.”

With Three Sciences, we can say, just because holistic idea X is not Second Order Science does NOT mean no science, no rational, no critical thinking is occurring. Critical thinking occurs at three or more levels of intelligence inside us each and every day.

Q: Where does the science of Galileo-Descartes-Newton-Hawking fall?

A: Second Order. The middle Science was the first to evolve. First Order did not get going outwardly until the 1970s. Among modern Third Order thinkers, Lincoln, Gandhi and ML King stand out.

First Order Science healthcare has no conflict with Second Order medical healthcare. Why should they? they are separate Sciences. We want Second Order Science healthcare for accidents, injuries, and needed surgeries. We want First Order Science healthcare for most other wellness, health and all wellness-prevention needs. A future, Goethean Holistic Psychology will address these concerns at more length.

[Originally published online 2014.  Latest revision 2018]

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No flowering plant grows just to make seeds; just ask any plant

red_flowerExcerpted from the forthcoming book on Brain Quadrants and Holistic Brain Balancing

Each year flowering annuals look forward to producing flowers all out of proportion to making seeds. No plant writes home to mother, “What big seeds I made this year.” Plants are proudest of the flowers they made.

We tell school children the purpose of plants is to make seeds so new plants can grow next year.

That is how the one-eyed, color-blind survivalist intellect thinks.
That’s not how a flowering plant thinks.

The plant thinks: “Just making seeds is boring. What’s the fun of doing the same thing over and over again endlessly?”

The plant thinks: “I want to make a FLOWER! I was born to make flowers!

“The leaf-leaf-leaf rhythm is all very well, but I’m just getting ready for the climax, the big event, my FLOWER!

In our etheric aura, each living thing aspires to become something more. We nominalize this into a static noun, “evolution.” Our etheric body experiences this as a verb and an affirmation, “I am evolving.”

Physical locomotion, crawling, walking, is the biggest physical metaphor for evolving. If I can move, when I’m in motion, I’m more likely to get to something better.”

To paraphrase Ernst Lehrs, what does a flowering plant aspire to? The animal kingdom.
In its flowering, the plant approximates, in plant terms, the sex organs of animals. Many flowers create scent as well, like animals do.

A plant’s sexual expression with partners close by or at a distance, mimics and pantomimes, as best a plant can, the sexual activity of animals.

As humans we look at flowers less as sex organ images and more as divine images. Why? At no time does an annual plant express so perfect a geometry as in its flower.

In the simplicity and perfection of its geometry, flowers approximate and remind us of the perfection and potential for symmetry in Divine Archetypes.

red_flowerThe seeds are a consequence of the flower. However compared to the advent of a blossom, more like a useful after-thought, clearly not the main event in the life and death of a flowering plant. Seeds are what it does as physical life and vitality is slipping away. Flowers is what plants do at their peak of vitality.

Each year flowering annuals look forward to producing flowers all out of proportion to making seeds. No plant writes home to mother, “What big seeds I made this year.” Plants are proudest of the flowers they made.

It may be helpful to add here the image of a gentle upward spiral. Flowers are the rapid, accelerated development that punctuates the otherwise peaceful process of leaf, leaf, leaf. Every intelligence in our brain-psyche aspires to a gentle upward spiral. In Holistic Brain Balance we test and check to learn if a gentle upward spiral is present or not. If not, we apply what we know so a gentle upward spiral is present.

Colored shadows demo how all color has a subjective aspect. Let’s apply this to ether studies

colored-shadows4 colored-shadows3 colored-shadows2 colored-shadows1According to Goethe, all hues are colored shadows. Later, color scientists, most famously Edwin Land (founder of the Polaroid Corporation), appear to produce shadows of virtually every hue… (ref)

The above photo-demonstrations serve to bring healthy doubt into Newton’s one-sided, 100% materialistic explanations of color.

If studied, the images suggest a definite subjective element must be part of how we perceive color, how we estimate and imagine polarities where they may or may not exist, how in fact, each person may do this somewhat uniquely.

These photo-demonstrations of colored shadows are part of an old argument which may have new meaning in our post-2012 world.

You may know in the field of “free” energy, older ideas about ether are being revised and upgraded as we speak.

A main piece of the old argument between Goethe~Newton on color can be summarized freshly as:  Is color 100% a materialistic phenomena; or, is a subjective and physiological element part and parcel of how we view color?

This is a microcosm to the identical dilemma and conflict encountered by etheric researchers.  Those who know Goethe’s view of color can propose a useful question to etheric researchers:  Is ethericity 100% a materialistic phenomena; or, is a subjective and physiological element part and parcel of how we perceive and work with etheric formative forces?

If you have seen Chapter 19 of Balance on All Levels PACME+Soul it should be clear how one-sided scientists, paid by corporations, often prefer totally one-sided science, where human ethics, morals and choice are irrelevant.  Conversely, how Goethean, two-sided scientists-experimenters celebrate the etherical, moral and transformatinal aspects of working with ethericity.

The current generations of etheric researchers are intelligent and collaborative. See the free two-hour YouTube video of intro statements by 30 of the leaders at the 2015 gathering of researchers, approximately HERE

However current etheric researchers tend to be less interested in artistic and metaphysical Oneness than Steiner and his immediate successors on this topic in Anthroposophy, most notably, Ernst Lehrs.