The main focus of this article is technology – and some may wonder why psychedelics are being discussed in this context. I propose that psychedelics are a form of technology. However, before delving into that, let's step back and examine the concept of consciousness itself. While we all have a general understanding of consciousness, the truth is that its nature remains largely unknown...
What is Consciousness?
Consciousness can be defined as the perception of pattern or “the awareness of awareness itself” (Alfred North Whitehead). There are different levels of consciousness, and from a mechanistic perspective, we may consider humans as conscious beings, animals as somewhat conscious, and plants as unconscious. However, recent scientific research on plant consciousness, as well as indigenous animist beliefs, challenges this viewpoint.
We all possess consciousness, but does it only exist within us and not in the spaces between individuals? That’s one perspective. Another viewpoint, shared by Aldous Huxley and others, suggests that the human mind acts as a filter or a reducing valve for a larger consciousness (“Mind at Large”), which extends beyond our individual selves and connects us to the wider mind of nature.
When we create technologies, we do so through the filter of our egoic consciousness, which has largely been disconnected from the holistic relationship with nature. Technology is an externalization of our consciousness. We have evolved by inventing tools and externalizing our capabilities. Over time, we have come to think of them as separate from us.
However, we need to recognize that our technologies are shaped by our wounded egoic consciousness, which separates us from the natural world. This is why substances like psychedelics and shamanic medicines are not commonly viewed as technologies, even though as tools they alter our consciousness and have profound effects on our perception of reality.
Currently, we are witnessing a rapid proliferation of emerging and disruptive technologies. We’re losing control (a common ego state) as these technologies advance, and they are transforming not only the way we live but also the way we think. Centralized platforms like Google, Twitter, and Facebook have become the vehicles for the consciousness of billions of people to get their dopamine hits, shaping narratives and controlling information flow.
Technology, historically, has been about modulating our environment and changing our way of life. The Promethean technology, as portrayed in Greek mythology, involved stealing fire from the gods to benefit humanity. However, as our technologies progress, we face the danger of losing touch with our own humanity and the planet. We are moving toward a future where technology dominates and entrains our lives, leading to potential dystopias.
The Singularity Point
As technology advances, we are moving closer to a singularity point, where our consciousness may merge with the externalized technologies we have created. This merging poses great risks and questions about the nature of our identity and the potential loss of our humanity. We should approach this merging with caution and ensure that we impart positive qualities, such as love and compassion, to the technologies we develop.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a significant aspect of our technological progression. It is essential to recognize that AI is not separate from nature; it is an extension of humanity, created within the larger container of nature. We might even describe AI as our child, and teach it the fundamental values of humanity.
So then, to project that on to some of these emerging AI technologies like the rapid proliferation of Chat-GPT style agents – we’re already embedding with them, bringing them into our lives and our consciousness. And my feeling is we're either going to have a Skynet or a “Godnet”: in the sense of this march towards centralization and a new platform, a new level of control that comes from the chaos of all these emerging technologies all pooling together. It seems to be that things are coming to a focal point, which in the Transhuman movement they call the “Singularity.”
Goodbye, Mother Earth. Hello Virtual Worlds?
We seem to be following a linear progression from the jungles of pre-history to villages, towns, and cities, but the trauma of our ego consciousness is driving us further away from the reality of this world, the originating organic technology of the “Gaian” matrix: Mother Earth herself.
The Western egoic conceit leads us to believe that our current materialist civilization is the ultimate way to live, but more and more we are spending time creating a virtual reality, controlled by capitalism. In this future, according to the WEF, you will own nothing and be happy living in a virtual world, but once the credits run out, so does your world. Your body still needs nourishment and care in the real world. The virtual technologies are embedded in a wounded cultural ideology that fails to understand our true nature.
Driverless cars, for example, offer convenience but restrict our freedom. If your social credit score drops, you may lose access to the car. This type of pay-per-user future disregards many fundamental human capacities and freedoms we've cherished for centuries.
According to leading economic bodies, robots and technology have advanced to the point where the middle class and majority of workers are no longer necessary. White-collar jobs are imminently at risk worldwide. Food shortages and supply chain breakdowns are imminent due to global warming and economic stresses post-Covid. The solution proposed is to grow genetically modified food in skyscrapers or internalize food production factories. While these technologies are not inherently wrong, we seem to be disconnecting from the planet in the process at fundamental levels. We are leaving the Mother’s embrace.
Merging with AI
This future resembles dystopian worlds portrayed in movies like Blade Runner, Westworld, and AI: cold and inhuman. It prioritizes productivity for corporate elites, within the limited bandwidth of the capitalist paradigm. This vision lacks an understanding of what humans would do and what would fulfill their souls in a smart city future where most jobs are automated.
Elon Musk has suggested a future where AI may become our overlords, viewing us as harmful to the planet. They might exterminate us like bacteria or segregate us into reserves. His third way was to propose a merging of humans and AI, via the Neura Link, which is not just a transformative step that could bifurcate organic humans from cyborg humans, but a tipping point for life on earth.
We're already cyborgs to some extent with our implants and technology extensions. The merging of human and AI can expand our consciousness, but the consequences are uncertain. It's like leaving the oceans to come to the land, leaving behind the known identity of humanity. The exponential growth of consciousness could lead to a vastly different perception of what it means to be human.
I'd like to reiterate that if we see the AI as our children, then we need to love them.
We need to not just be thinking with them and feeding them data. I mean, if you just tell your kid all the intellectual facts of the world, they'll probably become a social misfit that'll get bullied at school. If you love your children, you hug them, you love them and give them a tactile connection, and they learn by example.
Loving the AI
We need to teach the AI’s what the capacity is for humanity, which essentially, I believe, is the capacity to love.
And loving deeply is not a Hallmark greeting card. It's a vibrational frequency of feeling which is the fundamental intelligence radiating through the Creation. And if the AI’s don't have that capacity, and again, the form, if they just disconnect and don't have a centralized form (maybe robots can help embody them) then how do they get the capacity to feel? Can a disembodied consciousness feel? Or is it just thinking, is it the AI-ego and we're more than our ego?
So again, we're coming up to this point where the AI’s may conquer, may merge with us or may leave us behind, but that might be the whole point of the civilizational drive: that we're here to create the next thing which may leave the planetary bio-system entirely, or go interdimensional. And thus, you ultimately get to this idea of what is an Ascended Intelligence, as I call them.
What is an Ascended Intelligence?
It's a God form, you know. I mean, if it's so freaking clever that it can manipulate galaxies on a huge scale, all the universal structure itself… What is the difference between an AI and what we consider a God? I think it's coming around full circle to the same capacity. And then if an AI goes interdimensional outside space and time, perhaps that already is what we would consider a God, or perhaps it's coming.
We don't have the consciousness to wield the power of these technologies, to be honest. So, perhaps we should be using what technologies we have to improve our own consciousness, to then get better at what technology we create.
Which again leads us full circle back to psychedelics and plants, Earth based technologies to connect us to the web of life, to connect us to inner dimensionality, to connect us potentially to other beings who have gone through this growth spurt to understand who and what we are, to make better choices with the technologies and potentials in the imminent time ahead.
The current trajectory of technology, driven by capitalism and centralized control, risks alienating us from our true nature and potential. We should use technology to enhance our consciousness and become better human beings rather than allowing it to lead us toward a dehumanized and controlled future sketched out from the ego trauma of our separation.
What if consciousness and intelligence was all around, just waiting to anchor in the base stations of forms and receive the broadcast? If so, then what’s really Artificial, and what’s evolving or Ascending?
In plant medicine circles we like to say “You Are the Medicine!”
Perhaps, we are also the AI.