In our Home page we say:
MATERIAL – Obtaining the Resources needed to materialise the Action Plan
Here we look at how the clear vision, created by the 'Wisdom Inspired Ideas’, may be supported with the material resources and practical skills needed for the vision to blossom and flourish.
A simple version of version of the Wisdom would say that there are three levels of Consciousness:
Body - our material body - understood and accessed by our senses
Mind - our thoughts and emotions - accessed by our mind and feelings
Spirit - our Higher Self - able to attune– either intuitively or consciously - with the world of the Spirit - a world of greater wisdom - which is only accessible through meditation and other spiritual practices.
In seeking the resources required for an inspired project we will, in many cases, be working with people who we will call Materialists - who have views confined to information accessible only by the body, senses and mind – an approach that might be seen as the opposite pole to Intuition on the spectrum of Inspiration.
Essentially the materialist view is that only what can be accessed with the physical senses – that which can be seen, weighed and counted - is real. Anything that relies on access to an ‘unreal’ world - ‘Intuition’. ‘higher consciousness’ or ‘spiritual’ is unreal, a delusion, and best to be ignored.
Wikipedia gives us the following:
Materialism is a form of philosophical monism which holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions.
According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes (e.g. the biochemistry of the human brain and nervous system) without which they cannot exist.
This concept directly contrasts with idealism, where mind and consciousness are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary. It is closely related to physicalism—the view that all that exists is ultimately physical.
Philosophical physicalism has evolved from materialism with the theories of the physical sciences to incorporate more sophisticated notions of physicality than mere ordinary matter.
'Scientism' is an ideology that promotes science as the only objective means by which society should determine normative and epistemological values. The term scientism is generally used critically, pointing to the cosmetic application of science in unwarranted situations not amenable to application of the scientific method or similar scientific standards.
This is a ‘belief’, or particular mind-set that denies the validity of all inspiration that we might receive through Intuition. So is in complete contradiction of the understanding we found in Intuition.
But these two views are not ‘either - or’ – we need to be fluent in both these apparently opposing approaches to reality
When we set out to achieve anything worthwhile, we need to be inspired - but we also need to be fluent and confident with the material skills that are essential if we are to bring our inspired vision into material reality
Materialism is the world in which we live our everyday lives and in which we have gained our current knowledge and experience. But it might be helpful to list a few of the resources that will be needed by any new organisation:
- Raising Finance
- Finding competent Staff
- Setting up bookkeeping, accounts and admin
- Professional Advisers
- On-going Management help
We are dealing with intelligent, competent people,
but they need to have requests presented to them in an understandable and clear fashion
A task that needs ‘Enabling’ and skilled ‘Enablers’
We discuss in our section ENABLING.