A Constitution for a Democracy of Consciousness

In this blog, I advocate trying to achieve what I call a “democracy of consciousness,” where all your inner voices, values and feelings get a fair hearing in your conscious attention.  For most of us, the values we pick up from our family, peers and society over the years tend to censor this inner democracy, and it takes a sustained conscious effort, with lots of practice, to allow your inner voices the hearing they really want.  It can also be an emotionally challenging experience.  Some of those voices may have painful emotions attached to them, and other voices may be in conflict with each other.

I’ve recently been working on my own democracy of consciousness, and as I’ve done so, I’ve been coming up with what you might call a “constitution” for that democracy.  As with a country’s constitution, the rationale for a constitution is not to take sides in the democracy, but to establish the fundamental ground rules for how the democracy should be implemented.  What are the bedrock principles on which everything else should stand and move?

The following is my own “constitution” that I’ve been developing.  They go deep into the heart and soul of our human experience, and it’s in that place, deep in the experience of your mind/body that they will make the most sense.  It’s a work in progress, but so far it’s been helping me a lot, and I hope it may do the same for you.

CONSTITUTION FOR A DEMOCRACY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
You are what you intend to be.
There is no such thing as success or failure.  There is only experience.
Intention flavors experience.
Intention allows you to love yourself.
In a democracy of consciousness, you are always the victor.
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Loving yourself is loving everything.
Love integrates.  Kindness lubricates.
Lovingkindness is love in kindness.
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Listening to the body is wisdom.
When barriers go, energy flows.
The more energy you spend, the more you have.
The two constituents of life are energy and love.
There is no social status, only energy flows or blockages.
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Transcending the self is becoming immanent in the universe.
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3 Comments

  1. parentingprogressivly said,

    March 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    You do not have more energy the more you spend. This is only true when you are practicing mindfulness. Otherwise there are very specific patterns you obviously do not understand. You are also not very specific in your wording. We don’t need more wishy washy new agey or religious stuff, we need a real science of consciousness. Or at least a hard core rigorous philosophy you achieve neither.

  2. June 2, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Hi, Just wanted to say that I like your ideas. I riffed on what you started and made this. I don’t know if you still work on this blog or read the comments, but here you go!

    Manifesto For Living as a Whole Person

    Transcending the self is becoming alive in reality.
    You are what you make up your mind to be.
    There is no such thing as success or failure. There is only experience.
    In a democracy of consciousness, there are no winners and losers, only wisdom to be sought and shared.
    Intention flavors experience. You create/become your specific flavor of experience through intention.
    Intention can be aimed at loving yourself.

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    Loving yourself is loving everything.
    Love gathers. Kindness flows.
    Lovingkindness is spreading love through naturally flowing kindness.

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    The two constituents of life are energy and love.
    The more love you release, the more energy you have.

    ————————–

    Listening to the body is wisdom.
    There is no judgment: right or wrong, only energy flows or blockages.
    When barriers go, energy flows.


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