PsychoNoetics as Buddhist Healing

In many ways PsychoNoetics fits squarely within the Buddhist tradition and can be seen as Buddhist healing. First of all it, like the whole of Buddhism, is a program for escaping suffering. What’s more, the conception of suffering is the same in PsychoNoetics and Buddhism, namely it is the suffering we create for ourselves. Furthermore the origination and continuation of suffering are seen in the same way in PsychoNoetics and Buddhism. Some of these similarities are:

The laws of cause and effect (karma), as they are held and work in the consciousness of the individual. (On the level of the physical body as well as the enoeic {karmic or soul} and egoic levels)
The ways in which karmic cause-and-effect work through perception, both sensory and cognitive.
The way sensory and cognitive perception is formed through prior learning and the way prior learning is formed through perception creating an unconscious feedback loop.
The way this feedback loop needs to be brought to consciousness before it can be revised.
The need to gradually revise this feedback loop by letting go of the beliefs, emotions and intentions, (BEI’s) that underlie these perceptions.

Some Differences

PsychoNoetics of course differs from Buddhism in the means or technology to revise these beliefs. The principal technologies of Buddhism are meditation, education, insight and affirmation. To these, PsychoNoetics adds autokinesiological testing and intentional clearing.

In PsychoNoetics, the first and by far the most significant clearing is Karmic clearing or memory clearing. In this, consciousness itself is cleared of a stream of memories, whether they originated in a past lifetime or the present one. This washes clean the window of perception.

Although autokinesiological testing and intentional clearing are an addition to Buddhist techniques they are an addition that creates further differences. One of these is that, as the clearing proceeds, the mind holds fewer obstacles to stillness so there is less need for meditation.

The other big difference is that, while the pointing, inquiry and understanding aspects of Buddhist education are not only retained but emphasized, PsychoNoetics eschews all beliefs and affirmations for the path of letting go, of neti neti, not this not that. While this is not in accord with all Buddhist teaching, it does agree with the highest Buddhist teaching.

Even beyond beliefs, Buddhism teaches that attachment is the root of all suffering and that letting go of attachments is one of the gateways to enlightenment. Not only is PsychoNoetics in agreement with this, it extends the principal from the psychospiritual level to the physical level. One of its discoveries is that all sorts of dis-eases, from allergies and autoimmune disorders to toxic reactions, diseases and even injuries can be “energy blocks and imbalances”, and are the physical analogs to psychospiritual beliefs and attachments. Following this insight, the diagnosis and treatment of physical dis-ease converges with the diagnosis and treatment of psychospiritual dis-ease.
Presence or Nirvana

Finally PsychoNoetics, like Buddhism, points to an unknowable place, a place beyond words, beyond any designation, a place of no-thingness in which some no-thing arises. That which arises when the causes of dis-ease are cleared is absolute ease, ultimate well-being. It is calm, clarity and compassion. It is inner freedom. It is presence, the presence of that state Buddhism calls Nirvana. And it heals the body as well as the mind and spirit.

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Redefining Consciousness and Awareness

Redefining Consciousness
and Awareness…

And a critical examination of the term “Conscious Evolution

There is a lot of confusion between the words consciousness and awareness.  In many instances they are used interchangeably, i.e., he is conscious of or aware of.  In other cases they are used differently, but the difference is subtle.  For instance, you might say he has regained consciousness, in the sense of regaining consciousness after deep sleep or a drugged state; whereas you seldom hear someone say he has regained awareness.

Then, there is a deeper way in which they are used.  However, in order to elucidate this, we first have to make a distinction within the word consciousness.  To make this distinction we capitalize the first letter of consciousness to signify that it is referring to an absolute, i.e. Consciousness.  Whereas when we use it as an adjective or noun, we start with a lowercase letter, i.e., consciousness.  This parallels the way we distinguish Self and self.

The root words ‘conscious’ and ‘aware’ are frequently used as nouns, i.e. things in themselves, consciousness or awareness.  In other cases, they are used to refer to a state of sentience, as in ‘he is conscious of’ or ‘aware of’.   In all of these cases they are interchangeable … He is a conscious person or he is an aware person means much the same thing.

But after that the equivalence between the two words stops entirely.  Hindu and Buddhist sages, among others, theorize that Consciousness is the ground of being itself.  In other words everything or every living thing (there are differences of opinion) is made up of Consciousness.  Consciousness then is either the irreducible ‘substance’, the force of life, or if you are so inclined – the essence of God.  Consciousness, used in this way is really an absolute!  On the other hand you can say no such thing about awareness.  Awareness can be used as an adjective, a noun or state of being, but in no sense has it been used to refer to the ground of being or the irreducible substance.  Everything is not composed of awareness, even a measuring instrument can be aware in the sense that it registers and calibrates something.  Therefore, in no sense is awareness an absolute.

Consciousness, when used as an absolute, cannot evolve, any more than empty space can.  It just is what it is.  On the other hand, consciousness used as a noun or even as an adjective can evolve.  But in these cases, it is not consciousness itself that is evolving; it is the object, the thing described that is evolving.

In the spiritual movement of ‘conscious evolution’ it is you, or in some cases the entire group of which you are a part, that is evolving.  The phrase ‘conscious evolution’ is a misnomer and a misleading one at that.  If anything, it means that you are evolving consciously, i.e. that you have taken the evolution of your awareness into your own hands and are pursuing it consciously. If so, as your awareness evolves, you might well become aware of deeper, even causal layers of things:  I don’t dispute that.  I am only clarifying.  (Actually however, real evolution is always unconscious, even though the lifeforms that are doing the evolving might be aware.)

Finally, to say that Consciousness evolves is to imply that it is a thing, for in the strict sense of the word, only things, and living things at that, can evolve. And though in the final analysis what consciousness is might be a mystery, or at least inexpressible: one thing is clear.  It is not a thing.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.

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Redefining Prayer

Redefining Prayer

It is time to redefine prayer.  Prayer, in its usual definition, presupposes an external God or gods, which are alternately or simultaneously bowed down to, beseeched, or even the subject of anger and resentment.  The “New Age” alternatives to this external God are

  1. God is a principal
  2. God is in everything and
  3. God is in us.

But all of these alternatives are really rationalizations rather than abandonments of the external God.  What we need is a total reversal, a figure ground shift.

This is subtle and difficult to grasp.  It can be best summed up in the phrase, “we are all God having human experiences.”  God is universal consciousness, and we as humans, and arguably all sentient beings, are embodiments of that universal consciousness, which can also, but misleadingly be termed the one God.  In other words, God is not in us, we are in God.  This is the figure ground shift I am calling for.

It is also a form of monotheism, but shorn of the theism.

If we are in God rather than God being in us, what does it mean to pray?  To pray to oneself is meaningless.  Instead prayer merges with intention.  It is beyond absurdity for God to pray to himself, but it makes perfect sense for God to intend.  As a matter of fact the power of intention can only be realized when we realize our true identity as God.  This is why we must get into still mind, the portal to the God state, in order for our intentions to bear fruit.  (I am using the word intention intentionally, in order to distinguish it from emotions and or actions, like wanting, willing, being goal directed etc.).  Intention, although it frequently leads to action, needs no action.  Rather it is automatic, like walking or peeing.  We intend it and it just happens.

But, and this is the rub, we, as God’s embodiments must ask, not necessarily in words but in our own intentions.  In a sense God must ask God; God the embodiment must ask God the universal– for what?

To intend to make us whole, to intend to heal us, to intend to guide us, and most of all, to intend to make us, his embodiments, realize that they are just that!

This then is “prayer” redefined.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.

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Karmic Clearing

Karmic Clearing

The Eastern religions have a word which encompasses everything that PsychoNoetics clears.  That word is karma, which is why PsychoNoetics is sometimes referred to as karmic clearing.  Karma is everything you hold that takes you out of reality, that reality that is also called nonduality, Oneness, or absolute, cosmic or God consciousness, (among other things).  There is no equivalent word for Karma in our Western world because we still conceive of reality as the physical appearance of things, and do not recognize consciousness as the real ground of being.

Karma then is the totality of illusion, including of course delusion.  Illusion is the world as it is given to us if by our perceptions, whether or not our perceptions are grounded in consensual reality.  Everything that we hold, everything that we conceive of, everything outside of an empty, still mind – is illusion. When we see something and recognize it, that is illusion. When we think, that is illusion.  When we are in memory, past life or present, we are illusion.  When we anticipate the future we are in illusion.  When we hold and live in a concept like time, location, or linear cause-and-effect, we are in illusion.

Delusion is a subset of illusion.  Whenever we are in an illusion which is not grounded in consensual reality we are in delusion.  (Note that I said illusion. Frequently people who are fully sane and in touch with their real reality are mistaken for insane – because they do not fit into a basically insane society).

PsychoNoetics then clears karma, all of it, however it is held.  It clears both illusion and delusion.  It begins by clearing oneself and others, both locally and nonlocally.  However it is also capable of clearing the karma of past lives; collective consciousness and even evolutionary consciousness (although all levels of karmic clearing, even self-clearing and clearing others, are subject to limitations).

Karma is held in consciousness

Karma is neither a thing nor an accumulation of things; it resides in consciousness and consciousness is not a thing; it is a field.  In this field of consciousness, thought creates form. Everyone, when in pure consciousness, is a center without boundaries.  However when you bound yourself through thought- in any way; when you think I am something, you generate a self-concept and that creates a boundary around yourself.  You then contract to that bounded identity and your sphere of influence become limited by it.  You literally become separated by it and separated don’t have any connections or influence beyond your boundaries of your identity.  What you think you are becomes what you are; it becomes the self-created boundary of your consciousness.

In this state of separation, of bounded identity, it is impossible to clear karma or heal in any way. On the other hand, when you abolish all thoughts and return to still mind, you suspend the illusions of thingness and separate identity and once again become an unbounded center of the field of consciousness.  To the degree to which you are successful in doing this, you regain “your” power and once again become able to influence other consciousnesses through your focused intentions.

Some light workers, clearers and healers of different persuasions master the “trick” of going into a state of “love” when they are working,  which automatically suspends their thoughts and brings about still mind. However they lapse again into ignorance and confusion when they are through working.  This is not true PsychoNoetics.  PsychoNoetics is not only an intentional clearing and healing modality; it is a path to enlightenment.  It is the clearing path.

Jeffrey Eisen, Ph.D.

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The Endgame

The Endgame

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PsychoNoetic clearing can change human nature and thus change the very course of evolution.  How does PsychoNoetics do this?  By clearing the dominance paradigm and making way for the emergence of the consciousness paradigm. This is the endgame, the end of the game that we and all of evolution are presently in, and the beginning of a new evolutionary game for humanity – and thus for the earth.

The progression of illusion

A thing is essentially a perceptual category. Because we perceive “everything” as a thing it is natural that we come to perceive ourselves as things as well. However natural this is – it is also an illusion. In essence we are not things, we are individual centers of the one consciousness, and consciousness, in all its many forms, is the one thing that is not a thing!

 A thing is anything that can be perceived or conceived as separate from anything else.

The illusion of thingness gives rise to the illusion of separation.  In this we feel ourselves as separate individuals, separate from other people, separate from other sentient beings, separate from our families and our communities, even separate from the ecosystem that supports us.

This illusion of separation is, in turn, the genesis of the ego or “I” concept. As ego we sometimes feel separate even from the parts of our own bodies. We also feel separate from the greater body of consciousness which, of course is the genesis of the body-spirit split.

Finally it is the illusion of separation*, with all of its felt implications, that in turn has created the dominance paradigm in all sentient beings and is sustaining it in the human species.

* The illusion of separation and its consequence in the dominance paradigm is an inevitable, perhaps even necessary stage in pre-human evolution. Under the circumstances no other way forward could evolve. However separation and dominance by force in the human species will stop human evolution (except perhaps the evolution of technology) dead in its tracks, will very likely result in the de-evolution of the human species and perhaps its eventual extinction, as well as damaging, perhaps irreparably, ecosystem of the Earth itself. Changing the dominance paradigm to the consciousness paradigm requires acts of consciousness themselves, i.e. first becoming conscious of the dominance paradigm, second consciously changing it.  The best way to do this that I know of is through PsychoNoetics.

Changing human nature

We can change human nature through PsychoNoetics by clearing the dominance paradigm throughout the evolutionary sequence. The sequence of evolutionary clearing consists of the following:

  • evolutionary memories
  • collective memories
  • past life memories
  • present life memories
  • present life beliefs, emotions and intentions (BEI’s)

This will clear the way for the emergence of the consciousness paradigm. Of course more might have to be done in the way of education for the consciousness paradigm to assert itself as the main engine of evolution but this will at least dissolve the resistance to its emergence.

The emergence of the consciousness paradigm will change human nature, change the course of human evolution and thus save not only humanity itself but the rest of the Earth from humanity.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.


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False Sovereignty

False Sovereignty

The real problem with humanity

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As long as we are caught in the dominance hierarchy, and to some extent all of us are, we are not completely sovereign.

The dominance paradigm is not only a concept; it is an emotional state which gets triggered.  This emotional triggering is, at least to some extent, hormonal, and is experienced either as the exhilaration that arises when people think that they are on top of a situation, as the subservient “looking to the other” that arises when people submit to dominance, or as a competitive striving for ascendency.  Of course, most people are someplace in the middle, dominant to some, submissive to others, but always secretly, even unconsciously competitive.  But whatever our position, as long as we are in it, in the dominance paradigm, we are not completely sovereign.

There are some varieties of false sovereignty to look out for. One, perhaps the most seductive, is the false feeling of independence that comes to people when they are on top of the pecking order. However when these people are toppled from their position, or in situations when they are not on top, they are no longer sovereign and don’t even feel that way. There are two other varieties of false sovereignty that people who do not customarily live in competitive situations are prone to confuse with the real article. One variety arises when there is no one to assert dominance over, the other arises when there is no one to assert dominance over them. However, when someone who feels they are “not in the dominance paradigm” is challenged, either by the appearance of someone truly dominant, or someone to dominate, their true colors emerge, and it becomes apparent that they are also caught up in it.

True peer-to-peer relationships, true dialogue, can only take place between sovereign individuals. As long as the dominance paradigm prevails, the top dogs, by force or one of its derivatives like money or political power, will sooner or later overrule those they disagree with, and take for their own any underdog ideas which they agree with. In the best case scenario, which from my point of view is also the worst-case scenario, those individuals that have the best ideas rise in the hierarchy to be top dogs themselves, and then, unless they are absolutely awake, succumb to the same “abuses of power” as the other top dogs.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

We need to exit completely from the dominance paradigm and go to a new evolutionary principle that I call the consciousness paradigm. In the dominance paradigm, force or one of its derivatives is the principle that propels people to the top and thus orders the hierarchy. But in the consciousness paradigm, consciousness itself becomes the ordering principle. Of course, there is an inevitable, transitory stage in which the people that have the best ideas are propelled to the top, but in the best of all possible worlds, in the pure consciousness paradigm, not the most conscious person but the most conscious idea becomes the ordering principle. When this happens the power will move from the individual to the idea. The better idea, and, of course, whoever has it at the moment, will lead the way.  But since ideas tend to build on one another they are always changing, always evolving.  In a true dialogue, as the ideas build upon one another, first one idea and the person who has it leads the way, then another. This then is the true consciousness paradigm,.  It and it alone can change the direction of human evolution.

This is the real Conscious Evolution, and it can only take place in a society of truly sovereign individuals.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.

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The Dominance Paradigm

The Dominance Paradigm

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The dominance paradigm is definitely the elephant in the room. We think it is outside of us and it is, but it is also inside of us, every one of us, and it is there that we have to start combating it.

The pecking order or Dominance Paradigm is not merely an explanatory concept; it is part of our evolutionary heritage. Programmed into our genes, wired into our reptilian brain, more than an emotion, it is a state of consciousness.  It is real, as real as an adrenaline reaction, as real as the fight or flight state, as real as anger and as real as love. Whether it takes the form of submission or dominance or someplace in between, we are all susceptible to it. It is a universal potential that affects not only humans but all vertebrates. But in humanity it is an affliction.

The dominance paradigm is the elephant in the room. Unremarked upon, largely unseen, it is the foremost ordering principle in human society. It governs most relationships, whether between individuals, families, sports teams, religions or even nations.

It is why, no matter what utopia we envision, what scheme of governance we try, no matter whether it is brought about by evolution or revolution, some semblance of the “same old shit” gradually emerges. It is why power corrupts. It is why passive individuals become aggressive when behind the wheel of a car, and why meek individuals can coalesce into lynch gangs. It is the submission which you are fighting when you give yourself a pep talk, it is that which the football coach is combating when he arouses the adrenaline and testosterone in his losing team.

It explains depression, but it also explains mania. Because just as it accounts for the universal potential for submissiveness, it also accounts for the universal potential for dominance. The general, the president, the dictator, the King, the world champion, the celebrity, the famous author, musician, artist, they are as much in the thralls of the dominance paradigm as are the world’s losers, the homeless, the addicts and drunks, the legions of wage slaves, the oppressed citizens of poor countries, even the oppressed citizens of rich and powerful countries.

Nothing to lose

Actually the most comfortable place to be is in the middle. Those of us in the middle, neither the oppressor nor the oppressed, just part of the machinery that transmits power, feel safest and suffer from the least amount of stress.  But we are equally caught in the dominance hierarchy, and perhaps more unfree than those at the top or the bottom. Because those at the top have almost infinite power, and to an extent power is freedom. While those at the bottom have little or nothing to lose, and as the Kris Kristofferson song goes “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.”

The mistake that most top dogs make, sooner or later, is greediness. They take too much and leave too many people with little or nothing to lose, and that – more than high sounding principles or a sense of injustice – is what really enables revolutions.

Prosperous societies seldom revolt, no matter how dictatorial the government is that gives them prosperity. They have too much to lose and too little to gain to take a chance on rebellion, besides they are more likely to foresee that any change, sooner or later, is likely to degenerate into the same old thing.

Real revolution is rebellion against the dominance hierarchy itself.

Real revolution starts with rebellion against the dominance hierarchy itself. In order to have a revolution or even an evolution that works, in order to change things and keep them changed, we have to free ourselves, both individually and collectively, from the tentacles of the dominance hierarchy – in all of its guises.

Almost all of us, playing the different roles in our lives, are in different places in the dominance hierarchy; sometimes at the top, sometimes at the bottom, but more frequently between the two. Perhaps you dominate your children (at least for a time), or your spouse, or your employees, or at least your dog. Perhaps you’re submissive to your spouse, or your teacher, or your boss, or to a state trooper. But in the dominance hierarchies that really count, you’re someplace between the two – neither the top dog nor the absolute underdog, having a voice but not being free to voice your opinion. Of course you are free to voice your opinion about how you want your Starbucks coffee, whether you want to go to the beach or the mountains for your two week vacation, or your favorite color.  But you are not free to voice your opinion where it matters, and particularly, not loud enough to be heard, to really make a difference. If you do that the top dogs, either with their own fists or by the fists that they employ, will try to dissuade you, fine you, excommunicate you, imprison you, and at last resort buy you.  If even that fails to silence you, they will kill you.

The process of disentanglement from the dominance paradigm has to proceed from the inside out. It starts, by necessity, with facing the fact that you are in it. It is not enough to see it intellectually, you actually have to feel it in your gut. You have to notice how it changes not only your thinking but your feeling. You have to taste the hormones and neurotransmitters that course through your system and then taste their change when you move up or down in the hierarchy. Then and only then will you be motivated to free yourself from its clutches. Then and only then will your struggle begin – and even then only if you’re a certain kind of person.

It is only after you recognize the dominance hierarchy in yourself and are at least partially free of it (it’s probably impossible to be completely free of it) that you can take it into account and thus realistically envision alternative socioeconomic structures and forms of governance that are themselves free of it, do not encourage it in people, and do not have a tendency to deteriorate into it.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.

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Energy, Money and Power

Energy, Money and Power

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Evolution has largely progressed by the dominance paradigm which in turn has been based on the principles of survival of the fittest or might makes right. This has created a power hierarchy in which qualities like strength, size, aggressiveness etc. dominate collective and unitive qualities like wisdom, altruism and humanism. This power hierarchy, as one of the principles of evolution, worked reasonably well for lower orders of animal life, but for the higher orders, and particularly for the evolution of the human species, it has become increasingly counterproductive.

Money and in particular currency is just a symbol or medium of exchange for energy. But in the Econocracy that rules the first world and is fast spreading across the rest of the globe, it is energy used as “power-over”!  This power-over is energy used in the dominance paradigm, to direct human labor and force things to happen in a way that the top dogs believe will best benefit them.

Can the energy of money be disassociated from power-over so that is just energy itself, free to be applied when and how it is needed? The answer is probably not, at least not without changing the nature of the dominance paradigm itself. We have to move from this dominance paradigm and its associated power hierarchy to a sapiential hierarchy.*

*A hierarchy is a vertically organized system of holons in which the whole system is directed by the uppermost holon. A power hierarchy is a hierarchy directed by the most powerful holon. Sapient means wise or knowing.  A sapiential hierarchy is a hierarchy directed by the wisest or most knowledgeable holon, i.e., the highest consciousness.

The way money is made is inseparable from its meaning

The energy of money cannot be disassociated from power-over because the way capital accrues is inseparable from the meaning of money. The ways in which capitalists and corporations profit and the meaning that money takes on create a feedback loop.  Each energizes the other in an infinite and lethal progression; so that in order to change the one you have to change the other.

If capital is the accumulation of money, and money is just a symbol for energy, then energy is capital. However, it goes deeper than that. Since money is not just energy but energy as power-over, and since this power-over is directed by human consciousness, the quality of this consciousness will ultimately determine how this energy is used, and how it will affect our fate and the ecosystem that supports us. This is why the quality of the consciousness at the top of the socio-economic hierarchy is so important; and why it is equally important to change the way capital is accrued, because this is the only way we can change the meaning of money and thus the dominance paradigm itself.

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? There is no answer which is always right.  It all depends on the way you look at it. Everything is just an element in a complex, interdependent feedback loop. But there is a center and that is consciousness. Every social system is a projection of an underlying consciousness, and consciousness is informed by every social system.

One consciousness is a feedback loop that includes the dominance paradigm, the perception of scarcity and an emphasis on individual survival.  This creates what I call selfish self-interest. Another consciousness , one much higher , is a feedback loop that includes the sapiential hierarchy, a sense of unity of all life, a spiritual connection with nature, and a perception of potential abundance.  This consciousness creates enlightened self-interest.

Selfish self-interest is only interested in numero uno and the rest of the world can “take a long walk off a short pier” as far as it is concerned! Whereas enlightened self-interest is simultaneously concerned with the thrival of the whole system – seen as a continuum from the cellular to the ecological level, not sacrificing either the individual or the human race, but seeing that that they are assembled from the cellular level, and supported and sustained by the entire ecology.

It is both self-evident and axiomatic that the feedback loop of selfish self-interest can only bring about over-consumption, overproduction, scarcity and destruction. Whereas on the other hand the feedback loop of enlightened self-interest will make a positive contribution to the humansphere at every level, and thus will create more and more abundance.

How can we change the consciousness that is at the top of the socio-economic hierarchy, by changing the way capital is accrued!  How can we change the way capital is accrued?  By redefining profit.  How can we redefine profit?  Read the Omnius Manifesto.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.

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Objective Money Solution

erg, an internationally accepted measure of energy
Peter Rae, a former banker banker and brilliant economist, has proposed a similar alternative to Evolutionary Advantages of an Energy-Backed Currency called the “objective money solution”.  It values money against the energy balance sheet of the nation or community, and bases itself on a unit of energy called the “Erg”, an internationally accepted measure of energy. Energy is the stuff that everything is made of (“matter is energy reduced to visibility”).

Peter observes that the potential or actual energy of everything is measurable. This listing, which takes solar power, wave-power, human power, etc. into account, represents the credit side of a nation’s balance sheet. The debit side will contain a listing of wasteful energy consumption, e.g. numbers of gas-guzzling cars; numbers of electrical appliances, etc. Add these up, and we have the negative side of the balance sheet. The differential between the two sides represents the value backing of this country’s currency.  This could readjust the relative values of the world’s strongest currencies, with the US dollar weakening and the oil and sunlight rich Middle East and countries currencies strengthening

I also agree with Peter’s statement that this system will take the valuation of currencies out of the hands of speculators and places it back with governments and their people – if they find new sources of energy supply; develop better ways of releasing potential energy; and of reducing energy consumption, they will be able to put more genuine value behind their currency, so affecting their exchange rate and international standing.

You can read the entire blog here, as well as Peter’s UK-based holistic systems think-tank,  the Light Living Laboratory (LLL).

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Energy-Backed Currency

The Evolutionary Advantages of an Energy-Backed Currency
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Energy-Backed Currency

The problem with money

The problem with money is that it either has to have intrinsic value in itself, like gold, or it has to be backed by or exchangeable for something that has intrinsic value. The abandonment of this principle, and the worldwide move to fiat currency, money freely printed and backed only by the soundness of the country or bank that issued it, has been brought the world’s economies to the verge of collapse in short order.

The world needs to return to the sound money policy of backed currencies, currencies that either have intrinsic value in themselves or are readily exchangeable for something that has intrinsic value. In addition, this move has to be worldwide. In other words whatever the currency is, whether it is Dollars, Euros or Pounds, for maximum exchangeability, it has to be backed by the same commodity or basket of commodities.

For thousands of years money has been literally either gold or silver coinage.  Then, with the advent of paper money or currency, it became redeemable in either gold or silver. Although various countries played games with the price of gold, it was not until the Nixon administration that the US abandoned the gold standard entirely, and the other countries of the world, promptly followed suit.  This unbacked currency is called fiat currency.

Fiat currency, because it is only back by the financial stability of the issuing country, has numerous advantages and disadvantages. Basically however they all can be reduced to the ability of national banks (in the United States the Fed) to print as much currency as they feel the need to and then make up a fitting rationale for doing so. The problem with doing so arrives when the net worth of the country (GNP) in question has no relationship to its currency, or worse yet, an inverse relationship.  In these cases, as more and more currency is printed, its value is diluted and its buying power goes down.  This turn raises interest rates, decreases the value of savings and pension plans, penalizes those living on fixed incomes, impoverishes the many and concentrates all wealth into the hands of the few.  Clearly this system is not sustainable.

We need to go back to backed money, but what to back it with?

Many people think that getting rid of money altogether is the solution.  But this is a “throwing out the baby with the bathwater” solution that will not really solve anything. Instead it will leave us without a universal medium of exchange and set us back to a very primitive, barter economy. Sort of like going back to the horse and buggy because the internal combustion engine creates air pollution, instead of going forward to non-polluting fuels. So getting rid of money is the last thing that we want to do. Instead we need to return to a backed currency, and a universally backed one at that, but the problem is what to back it with.

We could return to the gold standard, a solution that has many adherents, but also many drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is that gold, aside from its scarcity, has not much intrinsic value in itself. There is not a lot you can do with it except admire it, hoard it and make jewelry from it. But the biggest of these drawbacks is its scarcity itself. It means that we have both a scarcity-backed currency and a scarcity based economy – the disastrous situation that has been dominating human affairs since the dawn of civilization. In addition, both feedback to support the survival consciousness * that created the system in the first place.

* Survival consciousness is the belief that there are not sufficient resources to support everyone; therefore one has to strive and compete, both individually and as a group, in order to be sure of getting their share.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a condemnation of survival consciousness, for it is survival consciousness that has been the primary engine of evolution, not only human evolution but the evolution of all life.  It is as simple as this… forms of life that do not strive to survive, don’t survive.  It is not only the survival of the fittest that counts, it is the survival of the most competitive.

Although as the engine of evolution, scarcity-based survival consciousness is eminently necessary, in humans, it breeds separation, conflict, greed, envy, competition and all of the other, interrelated ills of modern society, and has brought us to the brink of collapse, not only as a nation but as a world. Of course it is still needed and always will be, but it is necessary to balance it with something more positive, something that promotes harmony and cooperation, something that doesn’t de-motivate individuals to compete, create and innovate but rather redirects that evolutionary flow to more constructive goals. We need to balance scarcity-based survival consciousness with a consciousness that is abundance based, let’s call it abundance consciousness.

There are currently many proposals on the table for this shift, most of them well-meaning and many of them exemplary, but they all share one problem. They butt heads with the one system that, more than any other, dominates the human consciousness  (at least in the first world). That is the economic system itself, which I call Econocracy.* Every proposal, every innovation, every initiative for reform is ultimately weakened if not totally defeated on the economic level. This is nowhere more true than in the proposals to make business and corporations more conscious, for conscious businesses, (i.e. those incorporating humanistic principles) despite some exceptions, incur restraints and expenses, which make them less competitive and therefore less likely to survive.

The only way around this problem is to redefine profitability itself.  The only way to do that is to move from a scarcity-based economy to an abundance based economy. And the only way to do that is for the world to abandon fiat currency. However this does not necessarily mean returning to the gold standard, which would be returning to a scarcity backed currency.  Instead we need to advance to an abundance backed currency.

Let’s start by backing our currency with the calorie or erg *

I am proposing then, that we measure and reward those enterprises and actions that come out of a specific kind of consciousness of – the consciousness I call enlightened self-interest.  These would be any enterprises and actions that make a positive contribution to the humansphere (as opposed to those enterprises and actions that impact the humansphere negatively).

This is redefining profit, but it is redefining profit through shifting currency from the present scarcity base to an abundance base. We could begin this endeavor by backing the present fiat currency, not with gold (the ultimate unit of scarcity) but with a unit of potential abundance, a unit of energy, the calorie or the erg.

*An erg is the unit of energy and mechanical work in the centimetre-gram-second (CGS) system of units, symbol “erg”. Its name is derived from the Greek ergon, meaning “work”.[1]

An erg is the amount of work done by a force of one dyne exerted for a distance of one centimeter. In the CGS base units, it is equal to one gram centimeter-squared per second-squared (g·cm2/s2). It is thus equal to 10−7 joules or 100 nanojoules (nJ) in SI units.

What makes the calorie or erg a unit of abundance?

Energy, like consciousness itself, is infinite. It cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed or transferred. On a practical level a calorie or erg-based currency would nudge human consciousness towards the abundance consciousness of enlightened self-interest. I say this because as advances in technology create alternative sources of energy which are greener, less invasive and more abundant, energy becomes less and less expensive, which means that humanity becomes richer in it, and therefore richer in general. One practical consequence of this advance towards cheaper energy is that as energy becomes more abundant, countries could print more money without diluting its value. The present reliance on fossil fuels is almost completely a result of manipulation by energy and mining companies to keep the economy in a scarcity mode.

Abundant and inexpensive energy is not only a primary component of prosperity itself, but it frees humanity to move from scarcity-survival consciousness to abundance consciousness, which in turn throws open the doors to connection, collectivity, love and unity.

Calorie or erg backed currency is just a start

Calorie or erg backed currency, the redefinition of profitability from consumption to contribution and the accompanying creation of abundance, is just a start. In time we could back the currency with a basket of commodities, beginning with the calorie or erg but going on to other units of positive energy like electricity and horsepower.  Then as the refinement of measurement capabilities advances, we could go on to all sorts of indices of “positive energy” like water, food, and essential services like medical care. In a positive, abundance and human value based economy; virtually the whole GNP (gross national product) could back the currency.  Of course that is a distant goal, but it could and should start with a move to the calorie/erg backed currency.

Dr. Jeffrey Eisen

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