What, you may ask, ever happened to the 4th dimension in all this? We shall leave that to dreamtime, astral projections and emotional energy and their stuff. The fifth dimension as used generically in spiritual terms is about the energy of the heart. So as we move from the Interlude above to where we are heading in after this section, a dash of metaphysics will come in handy.
If we are to leave the old paradigm of an ego based reality of 3D, then we have to look to creating and living in the new paradigm of a heart based reality of 5D. The confrontational mindset of me-and-mine-first attitude of 3D’s ego reality is sublimated by we-and-ours-first attitude of 5D.
One of the basic metaphysical principles of the universe in that all is mind, the universe is mental. Mind is indeed the forerunner of all things. Thinking makes it so. Marx, who tried to avoid metaphysics as best he could, may not agree with what follows but that is because he had his own ‘metaphysics’ known as the materialist conception of history in which the environment determined man and vice-versa. However, it must be said that Marx was far more spiritual in his ideas than many whom he criticized if only because he was a great humanist.
The reasons for Marx staying away from the term ‘metaphysics’ was because first, he was reacting against the ideas of the great philosopher Hegel (whose mode of thought he used anyway!); second, he had enough of institutionalized religion which supported the class and economic structure of the injustice of capitalism; third, he did not want people to rely on abstract ideas to save them when the problem was right in front of them, that is -- the machine, the capitalist and the way people were turned into machines, etc.
Marx’s ideas themselves seemed inherently contradictory at times not because they are inconsistent in themselves but because he was also using a kind of thinking in which something was either true or false, that is, a binary system of logic. The 3D reality seems suited for this. Anything that could be both true and false, or a variation of the two seems not to ‘make sense’ to most people. “You are either for me, or against me”, “It’s either Yes or No”, “Now or Never”, “If you do this, you can’t do that”. This is really a limitation imposed on the mind by a 3D way of thinking which involves structure, format, templates, a matrix, and way of thought that tends to aim for a mechanistic kind of certainty.
Marx’s idea of a Communist state was an ideal one but built on an ego based reality of what people should do that is good for all in order to benefit from a system free of abuse and manipulation. But that only begs the issue, in the end, of human nature. For as Marx well knew, the source of so many problems is precisely the ego and its clinging on to things out of fear and greed, and the need to assert itself over everything. Any attempts at Communism as history has shown us, inevitably ends up as the reverse side of Capitalism on the coin of human abuse – a currency that is fast falling in value.
Communism was not ever going to create the kind of future society Marx envisioned without bringing back the problems of greed and fear that are the basis of capitalism. And it is no surprise that Marx never gave a clear outline of what this future society was to be like because he would have been aware, that in order to have what he really envisioned he would have to dip into the dreaded area of ‘metaphysics’. Worse, he would have to say things that he criticized organized religion of saying/doing to hide the hypocrisy of its own self interest.
But his vision can be completed here even if The Man would not have quite approved of it. The way to get out of the 3D rut is to look at it from a larger, more inclusive perspective, and one that breaks though and transcends usual channels and structures of thought patterns.
Let's, first, take a look at how intention and the mental aspect of reality is implicit in Marx’s ideas. The fact that everything in an economy depends on human relations, means that it all depends on human perception and thinking. It is exactly because Marx says the mode of production determines how people act and think, and in turn determines how things continue to be done, that it goes to show mental acts shape our reality. Intention is everything.
Use value is there because people think a commodity has use. Exchange value is determined by human ideas and thought. Fear, hunger, greed and affection are realized and acted upon via the mind. The capitalist system shapes people into thinking that they can only exist and subsist in a modern feudal master-slave set up. But we all know that if you change your attitude and thinking, you change the way you see and experience the world and in effect create your own reality.
The man who walks away from an accident cursing the day he was born has a different world view from the man who walks away being thankful that he can still walk away from it. The first man’s reality, or that mental and virtual reality he lives in, is probably strikingly different from the guy who dusts off his shirt and tells his friends that he was really lucky that time. This is similar to the person who wonders how anyone could say “Good Morning” when in their minds it is “What the hell is so good about it?”, while there is another guy who says “I’ve seen worse mornings, and this one is a good one!”
Now imagine a situation where the mind of a person is centred on the heart, that is, the person’s world view, mindset and intentions are based on love, compassion, understanding, empathy and forgiveness. This changes everything. This changes the relations between people, the way they do things, and the entire setting of the home, friendship, work place and international relations. A change in this kind of mindset leads to radical changes in economic processes which then in turn react to change human thinking and so forth upwards in a virtuous cycle.
The universe is mental. If it can be thought and imagined, then it can be done. And as astrophysicists are apt to tell us there are dimensions beyond our 3D ego based linear form of thinking trapped in duality (separateness between ourselves and others). They say that the known universe (nevermind the unknown one/or parts) is composed of 4% matter, 23% dark matter, 73% dark energy: what is now known as ‘scientific’ is really more ‘metaphysics’. The scientists are beginning to grow up.
Dark energy, dark matter and light from stars and suns streaming in. Scientists use the term 'dark' simply because the human eye cannot perceive it nor can our current blunt instrumentation quite capture it; but its power and effect is inescapable. The term 'dark' here really means the absence of the 'light' of perception. It is no more 'dark' than the colours of the rainbow are dark just because the human eye cannot see them in 'white' light unless there is refraction. So what is 'dark' here may be mind-bogglingly full of light containing a spectrum of colours beyond the most hallucinatory of imaginations.
It is just that we have not got the right angle of refraction in which to produce that stunning vision. But that does not mean we cannot do so for we are aware of its influence and existence.
Which brings us to another great principle, that of polarity.
The cosmos is based on the polarity of dark and light, what we term ‘positive/negative’, ‘good/evil’, ‘life/death’, ‘male/female’, ‘up/down’, ‘depression/elation’, ‘bust/boom’. But there is a whole range in between. The 3D ego based mind sees duality of one extreme or the other, but fails to see that actually polarity can be transcended by balance and harmony into a state that puts it into a higher paradigm of light. The principle of Yin/Yang embodies this. Light prevails or there would be chaos. Light is the underlying reality of all (including mind) and we can bring ourselves to reside in that state of illumination.
Dark is the absence of light. You cannot get light from dark. Hate is the absence of Love. You cannot get love based on hate. But we certainly can reverse the polarity of any negative situation into a positive one. That is a mental act based on the heart. From there we can develop our progress into a natural state of balance if we choose to make it so. This is the sublimation of the dialectic that Hegel and Marx were on about but failed to push to its conclusion because they did not go beyond into the fifth dimension.
The 3D ego is stuck into thinking that duality and separation and multiplicity of identity is the truth. It thinks the physical world is all that there is, but Science now tells us that the physical is about 4% of the whole deal! There are dimensions and realities beyond limited 3D perceptions obscured by the ego's web of illusion. So imagine dimensions beyond the 3D body, imagine a dimension existing over and around the 3D heart (that somehow conveniently keeps pumping to keep us alive without any effort on our part). Think about it.
Imagine tapping into this dimension of the heart to go into 5D and create a reality that is heart based transcending the framework of what we perceive as the 3D world of matter and duality. We can create systems of thought and economic activities that emanate from this. We can move beyond the ego based illusion of separateness to the 5D one of Oneness. This is called the Law of One. The universe and all life in it is One, but it is perceived and experienced as being separate by the 3D ego. You cannot get One from multiplicity, you can get multiplicity from Oneness. You cannot get an Ocean from a wave, but you do get waves on an Ocean.
The Transition to the Heart
So let us take Marx’s ideas and where we were going in those interludes above to see where this goes from here. When a 5D reality exists, the economic relations of production change radically. You can be sure that in most cases any system of production, hiring, discharging from work, sharing of profits, treatment of the individual, welfare schemes, financial growth and banking will be based on a just, fair and equitable system of trust and understanding.
The quality of life will shoot up. Money is just a tool of exchange that will not keep people away from the enthusiasm of getting to work and being creative. When a product is made and exchanged based on 5D you know where it is coming from, and you want it to go where it can make a difference. An ethical approach to all commerce, societal and political relations will develop from this. It is no more about creating Widgets A to Z for profit maximization.
We now have a trickle up effect. The people make the difference. It slowly but surely becomes government of the people, by the people, for the people and will always remain so. It can finally and aptly be called Democracy.
With a situation like this there will be a trend towards global realization of Oneness. Whatever is done will reflect the justice and fairness in the life of the individual and community up towards national, regional and international issues. Individual interest is aligned to community interest which is aligned to national interest. National interest is aligned to regional interest. Regional interest is aligned to international interest. International interest is about the world's interest. And the whole chain works in reverse again.
Please see The Economy of Abundance.
Briefly, based on the proposals above a 5D reality would reflect:
a. A four tiered type of monetary system with the return to something similar to the gold standard
b. Active use of local/complementary currencies
c. Thereby more community based projects and economic activity which is modeled on C-M-C. This helps ensure that economic production is balanced into useful commodities being exchanged for M which is transacted for more useful commodities, because that’s what economic creation is about.
d. Abolition of the golem of money markets, or M-C-M, which has bedeviled us for eons.
e. To avoid surplus value exploitation, there must be a fair and reasonable share of profits that come from sale of products that are made from the combination of labour/people and capital. Example, a 50-50 split of profits so there are no stolen products by capital anymore. But if banks join in with interest free loans (using credit/reward ideas that stem from banking examples given above like the JAK Bank and Islamic financial practices) they can, with shareholder/investors, come out with a fair and equitable system of sharing between investors, labour and management in which labour gets the lion share everytime. This is no longer capitalism. This is a social economy founded on GPF (Green and People Friendly) solutions.
f. Shareholders are rewarded as above. No stock markets or speculation exists anymore as financial markets belong to virtual museums and libraries only. Gambling means gin rummy or mahjong, not the economic system of the world or a country.
g. No overproduction of commodities but reasonable amount of stockpiling is acceptable. Due to a more decentralized economic and political system that develops from this, accurate feedback loops that lead to sufficiency are created for what is needed to support the best interests of people. Where necessary, governments at home and abroad can cross boundaries to be of help to one another and their communities.
h. Mutual support, help and reciprocity is the driving force of nations and the world.
i. This in turns means that most ventures would be cooperative based including the financial organizations that grow and support this.
j. This entire system would work in tandem with Rawl’s idea of Justice as Fairness. This means that communities, societies, nations and the world work together on a political constructivist approach of reciprocity and overlapping consensus free from ideology. A heart based reality is a perfect fit for Rawl’s notion of justice as fairness.
k. The UN is there to ensure that just and fair practices exist and are sustained throughout the world. There will be less time for war and less resources needed for the military-industrial complex. The peacemakers will be the main guardians of the planet. About time too.
All these ideas formulated on a 5D system of heart based intentions also mean letting go of past hatreds, land grabs and whatnot. If a system of recompense for people and individuals for being exploited needs to be made through some system of finance or kind to get some form of redress and balance, then so be it. If the recompense is financial, then it would be done within the framework of money in a fixed exchange rate system, as no more fiat currencies would exist anymore.
This approach will also help the survival of and our balanced symbiosis with the environment. A heart based reality can only be real if there is respect for all life and that includes our obviously living and breathing planet. The earth is our home and it should be treated with unconditional love and respect and caring. We did not create it, but we certainly need to pass it on to other generations intact, richer and more beautiful: this is our duty as a species.
Not Endgame: the End of the Game
The ideas here are not, by the greatest stretch of any imagination, the be-all and end-all. They are only a platform on which people with better and sharper ideas and minds can take things to the next stage of formulation and, most importantly, implementation.
What we all need to do is to start speaking out, writing petitions and putting pressure on governments to start getting their act together to begin immediately on a new 5D paradigm of doing things. As I write this the IMF, and other such luminaries on the international scene, have announced that the world is headed towards a second great depression.
But this is really a phase of planetary detoxification that we are undergoing and any process of cleansing is uncomfortable at first. Yet we need to be clear on what this means and realize that we have to now start planning and working on ways of making a permanent change for a healthier and balanced lifestyle for all.
There is no going back and thank goodness for it. There is only a going forward to finally creating that reality which is the birthright of the human race and all beings on this planet. Switch off the mobile phones and TVs and try this exercise: do some deep breathing and centre yourself, and try to look at things as they really are.
a. We are a species on a planet with infinite life forms
b. There are dimensions and life forms beyond our current 3D knowledge
c. Time is not linear it is multidimensional. For instance, that is why we have wormholes in space and possible alternate realities/time lines which are fact rather than fiction.
d. We can shift our sense of time and thinking into many time frames at once and can live them simultaneously: we can have a conversation now, think of the past evoking emotions from that time, and anticipate the future and create a sense of excitement at the same time
e. So our reality is multidimensional if we choose to explore and realize it
f. We are on a planet hurtling around with other planets also going around the sun and miraculously not crashing into one another
g. There are infinite galaxies out in the ‘known’ universe, so just imagine the ‘unknown’ parts
h. Capitalism, greed, selfishness, excessive sensual indulgence, war and egomania is sort of out place in this expansive scheme of things. It is more like the attitudes of a spoilt and ridiculous kid who insists on playing with the toys of brathood when he has actually gone well past middle age
i. This is no longer a zero sum game of winners and losers, or of checkmate. This is the end of the ‘Endgame’ because it is the end of the game of polarity from which we have to awaken
j. We need to take the lessons from the game of polarity we have been playing and move on to the next phase of reality as a species