“It is hard to understand what a process is. Processes are phenomena that happen inside us; it’s impossible to understand them from outside. History is the process of human beliefs manifesting the world as behaviors and transformations. We are in a moment of historical change, of change of beliefs, and we will continue saying that what we are seeing is incredible. The incredible thing is not to realize the profundity of the change we are experiencing.”
I’ve always liked this quote because it clearly explains at least a couple of things. One about processes and the other about beliefs. I am extremely interested in understanding processes, and more specifically in understanding the process of our human history.
The context of this quote about process has to do with explaining why, when a thought that is (from my perspective) highly coherent and rich, there is always someone who asks what the ideas are. That is as odd as asking a musician at a concert if his performance includes music.
Of course anyone will say that asking such a question is absurd, how can someone with a minimum of neurons ask such a question? But it turns out that this happens much more frequently than we think, and reveals something much more interesting. Despite being at the concert, the person did not listen to the music. And this happens because what is structured in the consciousness does not correspond to the present, but has more to do with the famous beliefs we hold, and these are epochal beliefs that have an enormous influence on us.
More than fifty years ago, a group of scientists decided to study the possibility of nuclear fusion. Of course the scientific and non-scientific worlds told them that they were dreamers, and furthermore that since fusion needs more energy coming in than going out because of the high temperatures at which the phenomenon takes place, it’s an impossible task…
All this was said while our sun and millions of other suns in the universe were operating with a nuclear fusion that we are grateful for, since it makes it possible for us to exist on our planet.
So despite all the evidence and all the study carried out by those privileged minds, that epochal basic belief, without expanded knowledge about quantum physics or artificial intelligence, limited everyone to “thinking” that a nuclear reaction can only occur through fission, and that if fusion were possible it was not economically viable. In other words, it was “practically impossible.”
Today, we have nuclear reactors that operate by fusion and produce higher temperatures than those registered in our sun. This is only the beginning, and the important thing is that this reality now aligns with our epochal beliefs, and accepting it has little to do with people’s neural capacity.
Of course, it has been quite a process to get to this point, and that is why it is important to structure what we know in terms of process. It is clear to all of us that our lives are a process, especially if we make a little effort to see our different biographical stages and the type of beliefs that exist around us in each stage.
The words “impossible” and “incredible” are an intrinsic part of the fabric of these processes and both reveal what is believed epochally. Again, it does not matter if the evidence is before us if an idea has not yet been “structured” as such in the epochal consciousness.
I have always very much liked the story of Newton. I have no idea whether it’s true or not, but the image of a man looking at a tree and then an apple falls to the ground is very dear to me. Who knows how many apples had fallen for thousands of years before that, and in all the people who saw them fall, probably all those apples didn’t produce a single thought. But that was not Newton’s case – most likely his favorite hobby was structuring phenomena, and so he ends up formulating the law of gravity. Now, the law of gravity is nothing so outrageous, and thanks to our understanding of it, humanity has come a long way. It has become one of our epochal beliefs.
All this is valid for historical processes, in the same way that it is valid for “dis-coveries” [“un-coverings”] of all kinds.
When epochal beliefs begin to falter through the same historical process that keeps moving forward, not in a linear way but rather in an upward spiral, then we can intuit that what is coming is a destructuring process where what is best in the historical moment keeps going while what does not serve much purpose collapses, decays and is forgotten. These are “incredible” moments not because they are not believable but because our epochal beliefs interfere with our correct structuring of phenomena. After all, Newton simply structured the phenomenon differently. The phenomenon of falling objects had been present for thousands of years in our history, but it did not become evident until that consciousness was able to structure the same phenomenon from a new perspective.
I believe that it is very appropriate at this time to make an effort to understand that what we are witnessing historically is not very different from understanding that many of the stars that we see every night disappeared long ago, and we can still see them only because thousands of years later, light has made them present. The future of humanity is already here and what we are “seeing” is what has already vanished …
Who knows what is coming, or is already here – but it is coming… or has already arrived.
Portland, January 5, 2021
These images / drawings are from a collection called “Weekly Reflection”. Most of the time the text is related to the photo or the drawing and is a “poetic” interpretation of the image. All the images and drawings are made by Rafael Edwards, all the texts are created by Fernando Aránguiz and all the English translations by Trudi Richards.
If you want to be part of this project, send me an email.