It 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.”
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. The 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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Author, Health Intuitive, Bruce Dickson online:
Spiritual Geography PACME 101 In your hands, handy version
When man in the state of world-onlooker undertook to form a dynamic picture of the nature of matter, it was inevitable of all the qualities which belong to existence, scientists were only able to imagine and perceive gravity and electricity.
In the 1700s and 1800s mankind’s consciousness was closely bound up with the force of gravity in the human body. Because of this focus, we were unable to imagine or perceive forces connected with levity, in our body, opposite to gravity.
Nature is built on and between polar archetypes. This means it was inevitable the ‘gravity-run-universe’ of Newton will eventually give way to a model of the universe built on gravity and its opposite. Which we call “levity” in Man or Matter.
[The process of de-throning gravity as sole King of the universe has already proceeded far in the topic of the Electric Universe (www.Thunderbolts.info, et al) even tho this mis-labels some etheric phenomena as purely electrical.]
To gravity-bound intellects of the 1700s-800s, the only possible counter-force to gravity was electricity. Here lies the origins of our faulty world model, composed of only gravity and electricity, the pro-gravity side of forces, the ‘gravity team.’
We meet the idea of Creation composed and created only by gravity and electricity in the 1900s model of the atom, composed of what? A heavy electro-positive nucleus circled by virtually weightless electro-negative electrons.
[Man or Matter goes on to show while gravity is indeed primary, electricity is only a secondary force, NOT the equal opposite of gravity. ]
Heavily revised from Man or Matter, Chapter XIII Radiant Matter p 282.
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