by Kingsley L. Dennis
a radical transformation of human nature
The 'real heretic' preserves the advantage and enchantment of the outsider.
And what is this heretical consciousness?
Further, etymologically, heresy means 'choice,' and a heretic is one who demands free choice, to deviate from consensus thinking, and against the power of the dominant narrative.
Such heretical consciousness does not readily accept the assumptions that pertain to group/collective thinking.
This is in contrast to consensus thinking that aims to develop a stable community, as in social management, and generally requires that people do not question or critically engage with its dominant assumptions.
Within this psychological framework, social members tend to be more preoccupied with seeking out comfort and reassurance.
Not necessarily because they need it but rather because they are used to it. In other words, people have a tendency to steer towards retaining and reinforcing their comfort zones.
And the more this is
encouraged by the society/culture, the more it is reinforced by the
individual, as if within a negative feedback loop.
Heretical thinking is about perceiving the possibilities beyond one's present state.
By continuing to think within the current framework, a person can only advance their perspectives within that framework. Genuine autonomy of perceptive insight is not what the dominant consensus seeks.
The heretic plays the game by knowing it is a game.
Also, the heretic exhibits an unusually intense force of will.
However, a person cannot be a force for change in their lives if they remain chained to the conditioned perceptions that propagate the mainstream consensus narrative.
In this light, the
heretic is one who perceives through the lens of magical thinking...
But 'magical thinking' is that which ascribes meaning and significance to signs, symbols, and events.
A landscape of magical spells is continuously attempting to lure us into programmed behaviours.
The shift from an Enlightenment scientific-rational culture into a magical thinking one has already been achieved.
Now, the 'magical battle' is between,
Magical - that is, heretical - thinking from the individual is a perspective that seeks meaning and significance; it looks for patterns, relations, and correspondences rather than links.
And importantly, authentic magical thinking and awareness is about recognizing that one is playing a game, and that there are different sets of rules to choose from.
This path develops and accelerates human evolution, and evolutionary thinking, as it encourages new modes of experience, understanding, and perception.
In present circumstances it can be said that this 'mechanical element' is not an accident for its presence drives out the factor of extradimensional reality perception which connects the higher functions of the mind with the higher reality.
This 'higher reality' transcends the consensus reality programming and activates individual perceptual experiences that lie beyond the ken of the worldly mundane.
The everyday world, with its reality programming, appeals to the deeper layers of the older evolutionary mind that include the reptilian complex (survival/reproduction) and the limbic 'mammalian' system (emotional):
Hence, the dominant
consensus reality operates through creating and propagating fear
Part of this is what I refer to as shifting into a heretical consciousness.
The next decade will be a hugely important one for defining the future path that humanity will take.
The individual is now compelled to develop their senses, along with their good sense. Each person needs to be made aware of the choices that lie ahead of them, and of the possibilities, options, and opportunities they may face.
The decisions made by each individual will eventually feed back into the collective and inform the overall life experience - for better or for worse.
Let us try to make each individual experience count...