Approach

Theory

 

The Amo approach has both a scientific-theoretical aspect and a practical one. Like a lotus, it can open up into a new universal anthropology and infold into a single point: with respect to each and every actual situation, for which it can provide concrete orientation. Both aspects are inseparably bound up with each other and are mutually dependent. The approach itself is a reflection of the Universal Process on the cognitive level.

 


In search of the inner core of everything

Two questions have motivated me since my youth:

  • Do the world’s religions, philosophies and wisdom traditions in fact each offer differing options for answers to our questions about the meaning of life as claimed by postmodern thinkers? Or do the spiritual traditions of our world contain common fundamental insights? Perhaps even a common essence?
  • And: if such an essence does in fact exist: what does it reveal? Could it also be reconciled with the sciences?

I wanted to find the universal core of all inner traditions – all cultures and epochs.

Such a common essence would be a tremendous opportunity for

  • peace and understanding among cultures and religions;
  • circumventing dogmatism, fundamentalism and one-sided ideologies;
  • preventing misunderstandings about the inner space of the self, the world and humanity;
  • recognition of clear guidelines in our search for ourselves and for constructive options for mastering life’s challenges;
  • ultimately a soundless revolution of consciousness that offers no target and thus can move forward inexorably.

Thus arose a broadly-defined, independent research project that has continued to the present – the Untamed Wisdom journey. This project has taken me to a wide range of cultures and soon merged into a unity with my personal spiritual path. It became my life’s work.


 

“In search of the truth, I experienced up close how the various mindsets took form as different realities.”

New criteria for knowledge and learning

In ritual contexts during a fieldwork period with the Huichols in Mexico, I experienced repeated breakthroughs into a dimension of consciousness beyond our ordinary, everyday reality. In this dimension, all ethnic, cultural and paradigmatic differences were suspended. These were experiences of oneness that felt completely different from everything I had read up to that point. But the reverse was true also: only on the basis of these experiences was I able to understand the deeper dimensions of the literature.

During this time I realized that scientific theory and subjective experience are two completely different things and yet can constitute a unity. I came to understand that – in particular in the inner sciences – consciousness research, psychology, therapy, comparative religion and theology – but also in the humanities and cultural and social sciences, the subjective access must not under any circumstances be excluded. Where objective research and subjective experience are not brought into a direct relationship with each other, pigeonholing and all-too-exact concepts arise that prevent unbiased access and instead lead to clichés and prejudices. Potential creativity and inner orientation are blocked!

Our western civilization is chock-full of concepts that are simply imposed on reality as needed, like a convenience product. This is why we in the west are packed solid with knowledge and yet are intellectually extremely brittle and inflexible. In particular, the modern world with its information overload and abundance of contradictory theories is in need of fluid, non-dogmatic knowledge management.

Since my dissertation on the Huichols’ vision of life and the cosmos, I find myself in the camp of those maintaining that we need a new way of dealing with knowledge and a whole new way of transmitting it. We need a new type of learning. A kind of learning that places us in a living relationship with the material of which theories, concepts, models and maps are made. We need new criteria in scientific methodology and general didactics.

Through my work, I would like to show how this can be practicable and what it all has to do with self-realization. Indeed, I would like to show that the “new learning experience,” no matter in what area, even leads to self-realization.

I no longer have to be a priest, scholar, yogi or shaman to be able to follow the spiritual path to its profoundest depths. Through the right type of learning I can attain enlightenment in any profession. I can find my way to essence from any point in the world, no matter what the circumstances.


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“The merciless evaluation of individual achievements will make way for the appreciation of the human being as a whole.”

 

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And it does exist:

a fundamental truth that we can no longer avoid

From my present point of view, on the basis of my studies, I can state with full conviction what a number of integral thinkers have said before me: the heart of all cultures and religions is one.

All spiritual teachings meet in a maha-insight (Sanskrit: maha – great) that is as simple as it is fundamental: everything is connected with everything else. Connected through participation in a regulatory dimension of the spirit that permeates the entire cosmos. Heeding this regulative dimension decides our weal or woe. It has been named God, Brahman, Tao; its principles have been personified as deities and mythical beings. But what was meant was always this One omnipresent essence of consciousness.

If more people had connected with each other and at the same time discussed and debated their traditional knowledge and paradigms, this insight would long since have become second nature. To date there have simply been too few for a critical mass to be reached.

The vision of the inner space of the world is gaining additional reinforcement through the insights of the new sciences. Physics in particular, the basis of the natural sciences, discovered in its search for the smallest building-blocks of matter; that matter is not built upon matter at all. At the micro-level – just another word for “inner” – the whole is relational.

Precisely at this point are the sciences and wisdom traditions once again reaching out to each other after a long, long separation. The next quantum leap of consciousness can no longer be held back, it can at most be delayed.

 


„Something mysteriously formed, Born before heaven and Earth.
In the silence and the void,
Standing alone and unchanging,
Ever present and in motion.
Perhaps it is the mother of ten thousand things.
I do not know its name.
Call it Tao.
For lack of a better word, I call it great.
Being great, it flows.
It flows far away.
Having gone far, it returns.
Therefore, Tao is great;
Heaven is great;
Earth is great;
Man is also great.
These are the four great powers of the universe,
And man is one of them.
Man follows Earth.
Earth follows heaven.
Heaven follows the Tao.
Tao follows what is natural.

Laotse  „Tao Te King“ 25

The Universal Process:

A Global Compass of Ethics

The whole must remain a whole; otherwise it would no longer be a whole … For me, the real challenge was to do justice to the dynamism of this interconnectedness, as the interconnectedness of the whole is not static. On the contrary, it is totally alive. Constantly changing, it continually presents itself anew. I therefore investigated the sources once again with respect to this dynamism of relationality. Every culture has its own unique codex of symbols, myths and rituals. Each religion is unique. Each philosophy provides specific answers to the world’s challenges to us…

And then I found it. When I laid all of these codices “over each other” and contemplated their surfaces in “lucid imprecision” (wild thinking), I discovered an absolutely specific structure in their depths. A structure that reflects the inner dynamic laws of reality; today I call it the “Universal Process.” This structure is the design of the primordial principle of life itself, the genius of change and transformation. It is the template of all constructive processes of life, growth and relationships – the fundamental structure of CONSCIOUSNESS. It is the structure of myth and ritual, the structure of all spiritual paths, indeed the structure of the unio mystica, the experience of oneness itself. It is the primordial structure of the phenomenon of religion in the original meaning of the word – reconnection.

The true nature of essence is concealed in the character of the relational itself. Its secret lies hidden in the intelligence with which the cosmos organizes, regulates and transcends itself. It manifests itself in the way it creates the whole; to remain a whole under all circumstances and at the same time to continually surpass itself. The structure of the teachings on consciousness concurs completely with the holo-movement hypothesis of quantum physicist David Bohm (1917-1992): Bohm had verified the existence of an implicate order of the cosmos and described its living character as holo-movement – the One Movement. (a term that I still used in my earlier works instead of “the Universal Process”). Taken together with Bohm’s theory, we can state the following: the Universal Process reflects the spiritual intention of the cosmos. It shows how we can attune ourselves to this inner order to get ourselves back in order – physically, emotionally and mentally, socially and culturally, globally. It shows how we should use our creative powers to swim with the flow of life instead of working against it. It is a global compass of ethics.

A fruitful exchange linked me with the physicist Hans-Peter Dürr. Our “Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Bewusstsein” (i.e. dialog between science and consciousness) also dealt with the true essence of reality that can be comprehended neither through the senses nor by means of rational thought. The process character of the whole is only accessible to intuition.


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The new wild thinking

The concept of wild thinking was formulated in the 60’s by Claude Lévi-Strauss, a leading ethnologist and co-founder of Structuralism. Wild – because he found this structure for the most part among indigenous peoples, unlike in the west where rational thought prevails. Whereas rational thought splits and creates pairs of opposites, i.e. is dualistic, wild thinking connects. It proceeds analogically: as above so below. As in the past, so in the present and in the future as well. As in my case, so in yours. And it is thereby inseparably linked with feeling, compassion and empathy.

 

50 years after Lévi-Strauss, I can present my findings on a “new wild thinking:”

  1. The structure of wild thinking is congruent with that of the Universal Process. Wild thinking is holographic thinking.

  2. Wild thinking is inner thinking, rational thinking is outer thinking.

  3. The Universal Process provides the template for linking the inner and outer world, wild and rational thinking with each other.

  4. All wisdom traditions have the goal of solving our chronic conflict with nature by means of this connection. Only in this way can we do justice to our own inner nature and at the same time cultivate our creative cultural potential.

  5. These insights make it clear that wild and rational thinking are complementarily innate in human beings(!) and should be equally cultivated and made use of by each individual.

  6. The two modes of thought must therefore no longer be ascribed to different cultures, let alone genders!

  7. All value judgments with respect to the superiority of the rational over wild, connective, intuitive thinking (which to this day is regarded as irrational, brainless and primitive) are here reduced to their fundamental absurdity.

Wild thinking leads to the marriage of intuition and intellect. It transcends the modalities of rational thought, such as justification, argumentation, proof. Wild thinking seeks to touch on the timeless principles embedded in uncertainty and impermanence and to express them. Wild thinking is a touching of the truth. For this reason, all spiritual traditions give it priority over the rational. In western civilization the exact opposite is the case.
Please be clear about this, too: the new thinking and new consciousness have nothing to do with switching the contents of thought. The issue here is an immense expansion of human consciousness itself. The two modalities of thinking are cognitive functions that can be ascribed to the two hemispheres of the brain. The new sciences therefore confront the culture of the present and in particular the educational system with completely new tasks. Tasks that are nonetheless capable of being realized. After all; „Our heads are round so that our thoughts can change direction.” (Francis Picabia)


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We have to think the unthinkable. We have to think in those places where one cannot think. Nothing else is worth the trouble.

Paul Virilio, French philosopher

Consciousness means love

Amo ergo sum – behind these words lies my response to René Descartes celebrated dictum cogito ergo sum – I think, therefore I am, the guiding principle of western civilization.

As shown by the 4-Pillar model, the temple of western civilization is built upon a separative paradigm. Its main pillars stand for a materialistic and mechanistic paradigm with an overemphasis on splitting, rational thought and a patriarchal system of values. Our culture’s focus is therefore extremely, lop-sidedly oriented outwards. The four pillars systematically block access to the inner space of the world. They cut us off from our abilities, rob us of our intuition and our natural ethical orientation. In this fashion, they turn us into compliant citizens (Lat. civis): into consumption machines in our daily lives; in times of crisis into lynch mobs or killer robots.

 

 

The separative paradigm is not only obsolete. Its destructive tendencies can no longer be overlooked. In place of the separative, the connective must become the midpoint of our thinking, our actions and our relationships.
Love.

Love is just another word, a synonym for connectedness. But a word that can call up memories in each of us and thereby generate our very own personal, subjective connection to essence. This is why it is so important for each and every human being to experience enough love from the very beginning. No love, no wholeness. Lived love must be the center – the holy of holies – of every culture. Love is both the innermost essence as well as the living expression of connectedness, of truth. Love is the energy that strives for connection. When in earlier times it was said that “God is love,” nothing else was meant than THIS. I myself don’t like the expression God, and at times I even find it dangerous. I therefore prefer the word “consciousness.”

Consciousness means love. And love means serving life. The Universal Process is love.


Intrinsic values

Today we need to expand the IQ with the HQ (heart quotient). We must reclaim our lost faculty of orientation that navigates us through life and in so doing contributes to the development of a consciousness in flow.
Every intact culture cultivates the inner spaces. Wherever these spaces were lost, ethics and society deteriorated, too.

 

 

The word “virtue” comes from the Latin vis, strength or energy, which is also related to vita, life. Heart qualities, the facets of love, are such virtues. They are qualities that are neither contrived nor are they imposed from without. They are instead inner needs that can be awakened into values and schooled as character traits. As such, they are human values, universal values, guiding lights of an ethics that reflects the Universal Process and leads directly to self-realization. All heart qualities stand in logical relationship to each other are mutually dependent. One quality leads to the next. By integrating them into growing, expanding rings, we tap into the entire spectrum of our consciousness and school our flowing intelligence.

Wisdom is the intelligence of love. Lived love is the direct path to the center – the source of lasting happiness.


The case for a global culture of the heart

Those of us who are reclaiming these inner spaces begin to see through the prevailing games of power and manipulation – in ourselves as well as in others, and learn to avoid getting entangled in them. We begin to listen to our inner voice and to take our own paths. We accept responsibility and put our potential to work for the benefit of the whole. Self-realization becomes world-realization. The new culture is arising from the base, in the sense of a grass-roots revolution. It is manifesting itself through the transformation of the individual, many individuals. For this reason it is soundless and unstoppable, because it no longer offers any targets.

 

A culture of the heart

  • is characterized by a synthesis of diversity on the basis of a shared spiritual focus and universal values;
  • is fundamentally integrative, trans-cultural and trans-denominational, and actively supports a healthy pluralism;
  • transcends systems of domination with their artificial hierarchies in favor of creative cooperation and hierarchies based on competence;
  • enables societies to become communities;
  • reinforces individual responsibility towards the whole;
  • enables each of us to live lives of autonomy and dignity, encourages us to develop a life-affirmative vision and supports the productive unfolding of our individual and human abilities;
  • ensures gender-equitable social relations;
  • fosters coherence and synchronization on all levels of existence, and thus contributes to individual, social, collective and ecological recovery;
  • is cosmo-centric and has a common reference point: universal truth.

 

For the first time in history, we recognize the common essence of all inner traditions and see that this essence concurs with the statements of the new sciences on the inner space of the world. This means that we are collectively in the process of discovering the unifying order of the whole. We are in the process of discovering how each of us can attune himself to this order, to attain healing, inspiration and happiness – in other words, to get right with himself and the world.

When this happens, a whole new perspective opens up onto physical, emotional and mental, and social health, onto relationships, family and society, communication and leadership, economics and politics, child-care and education. A perspective that at the same time enables us to contemplate humanity’s ancient wisdom with fresh, new eyes.


 

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