On the Whole Human Blog, I have reviewed the diverse perspectives of 'The Impersonal Life,' the Tao and T'ai Chi, and the Avatar series and have shared excerpts from various books and articles including Deep Listening and the psycho-therapy based Seven Octaves (Pranayama). Several posts are dialogues with others on subjects such as why people believe in God and does consciousness end at death (Death.) I have published link pages and posts on organizations such as the ASC, UBUNTU and now DESTENI.
From each of these perspectives and countless others 'reviewed' over a lifetime of passionate interest in the conscious psycho-spiritual evolution of humankind, I have gleaned bits of insight and wisdom which contribute to my personal synthesis of what is of value, benefit and Truth to me, and discarded much which has proven not so.
Although it may be true that there is no such thing as original thought, I have written several posts from thoughts and feelings which are original in my experience — culminating so far in Quantum Human. A search done on this site on the keyword 'consciousness' brings up 98 results in 62 blog posts as shown in this screen captured segment:
I have found no single perspective, philosophy or system which feels whole or complete in itself. To date, none of the organizations I've encountered which claim to be making a better world or creating a model based on a 'new paradigm' are doing so, in my view. They are all missing something.
DESTENI offers a structured system for coming to know oneself more intimately than ever before, and a community of support for the process. For anyone who feels drawn to it, I have published a page of main DESTENI links including one to criticism of DESTENI and the responses from a Destonian.
The following is my extraction from the DIP Lite, which introduces the system. The dots (....) indicate where I have cut text to present a more concise sense of what it is all about. I do not know if more of DESTENI is in my destiny. I have come to a place where it feels well to suspend all beliefs and preconceived ideas, and be surprised by what the wisdom of life puts in front of me.
I appreciate from my initial reading of DESTENI material the explanation of thoughts and how to stabilize oneself with breath and become more aware of internal processes by using self-supportive writing. It is not new to me, but well organized in the DIP course. On the other hand, I have found in general that reading and writing take my awareness away from being present in the moment. Such absence sometimes continues over the day in drifting thoughts on what I've read or written, which does not help me live in the Now. So I have to find balance between such exercises and more hands-on being with what is.
I am intrigued about some of the controversial subjects which are addressed in the Destonian world such as the origins and purpose of humankind. Whether I go further with DESTENI or not, ultimately I trust in the grand design and in my inner guidance to embody my soul blueprint, the original idea in the mind of consciousness for me. I feel that humans are meant to be co-creators with the Original Designer, in service to Life. That is my litmus test of DESTINI. Does it support or hinder my conscious evolution, that is, growing into the fullness of my blueprint?
DIP Course (excerpts)
.... With all the information and schooling that is available – has anyone ever challenged you to investigate your thoughts? Has anyone ever explained to you what emotions and feelings are? Have you ever understood your inner reality?
We’ve gotten ourselves so caught up in what our environment, the media, parents, school have taught us to believe is important – that we’ve lost touch with ourselves and the living, breathing world around us....
1.2 What is a Thought?
.... A thought is your point of view of something happening within your mind that no one knows about unless you tell them. To a certain extent we are able to recognize that we are thinking, and we can see the thoughts pop up in our mind, but we do not have a thorough understanding of how this happens, or what created the thought in the first place as thought-activations occur instantaneously and thus require us to slow down and breathe to be able to pin-point them.
Some prominent forms of thinking:
Thinking as processing information Thinking as making decisions Thinking about yourself / others
1.3 Self-supportive Writing
Writing is the tool we utilize to get in touch with ourselves. To be able to change your experiences and your behaviors, it is important to understand ‘where you’re coming from’ – which is: who you currently are. Once you see where you stand, you’re able to move forward....
The reason we suggest writing is because it assists in stabilizing and grounding yourself. Your inner reality of thoughts, feelings and emotions is unstable, constantly changing and fleeting. In thinking, you’re continuously accessing different types of information, triggering experiences and memories – and this often happens without you even being aware of it. The physical act of writing will therefore assist you to bring all the thoughts here to work with, without getting distracted and lost in thought....
1.4 Mind Consciousness System and Resistance to Writing
The Mind Consciousness System is the entirety of the system that encompasses our thoughts, emotions, feelings, backchat, internal-conversations, memories, pictures, energies, etc.
Note: Backchat is the voices in one's head as internal-conversations that talk back and forth.
Throughout our lives, we’ve come to believe that all the thoughts, feelings and emotions we experience within ourselves make up ‘who we are’. Where we then become the subject of our own thoughts, feelings and emotions. Within your walk with Desteni you will come to realize that you are able to become the directive principle in your reality where you empower yourself to direct your thoughts, feelings and emotions....
To be clear, it’s not that the mind consciousness system is a ‘bad thing’. It’s that we’ve taken our mind consciousness system for granted; we have not considered how we’ve created our various thoughts, emotions, feelings, opinions, beliefs, internal-conversations; and we have not considered the consequences of participating in them or acting upon them....
What can we do about this?
Instead of utilizing our mind consciousness system as a tool to assist and support ourselves to make an actual impact within ourselves and this world in a way that is best for all Life, we have defined ourselves AS the mind consciousness system, and thus because we believe the mind consciousness system to be who we are, we have limited ourselves extensively, without taking a moment to see/realize/understand that we are able to be so much more.
Within writing, you start taking your mind consciousness system under the microscope and question whether this is who you want to be, as an expression of yourself as what you participate within and as. Within further lessons you’ll be shown the structural tools to release yourself from these parts of yourself that do not support you and your expression, as well as how to correct them. This process of change starts with writing....
Through writing, we are looking inwards, looking into ourselves and thus – becoming intimate with ourselves. Although we’ve always lived with/as our mind consciousness system, we will through writing begin to discover the actual fear within who we are at a ‘deeper’ level. Where does our anger come from, where does our resentment come from, where does our spitefulness come from, where do our desires come from? What is their nature? The fact that we are afraid of the answers to these questions is the very reason why we’re not often intimate with ourselves in any way – and thus…why we do not give ourselves the opportunity to write....
The unconscious fear of change is hidden by the subconscious thoughts and experiences which will attempt to redirect self away from investigating the mind consciousness system existent within self. As the fear is that if I look at what is really going on beneath the surface that I will essentially change.
1.5 The Solution to Resistance
.... When and as you feel resistance towards writing and possibly have all kinds of justifications and excuses arising within your mind as to why you shouldn’t be writing in that particular moment – take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out. Through breathing, bring yourself back into your physical body – out of your mind, into the physical. If you already had an idea in terms of what you were going to/wanted to write about beforehand, make a note so that you can get back to it later. For now – write about what it is that you are experiencing in this moment, right now – as this is the perfect opportunity to identify the nature of yourself as thoughts.
In other words:
Write about your resistance, as what is here in the moment to be addressed. Write about any fears and/or anxieties you are experiencing. Write about the thoughts that are going through your mind. In doing so – you’ll be able to identify and get clarity on what it is that you’re afraid of and this gives you an advantage in facing this fear.
1.6 Developing Writing for Self
Now that we have walked through the definition of a thought, the importance of writing and how to detect and support yourself through your experience of resistance to/when writing, it is now time to begin your daily writing application.
In this particular assignment you will simply begin your daily writing, where you spend at least 10 minutes every day writing about a specific event, situation or interaction that happened to you in your day...
What's the point of this?
This exercise will assist and support you to be more aware of yourself as your thoughts throughout your day and will support you in becoming confident and comfortable with your expression through the written word.