A Mandala of Ecosystemic Environments - the Terrestrial and the Cosmic
This model attempts to capture the dynamic process of being by examining
the nature of the the terrestrial and cosmic environments which exist
both external and internal to the living individual and which are
responsible for the evolution and continued existence of the individual
and his environment (inclusive of all other individual "neighbours").
The model is purposefully simplistic and correlates the ancient elements
of nature (the elements of life) to the sensory manifestation of
This key concept of environmental layering explores the observations
of the similarities and differences contained in the specifications
of the following natural environments:
The Outer Cosmic Environment
The realm of the earth, moon and sun - the local environment immediately accessible
to the understanding of individual living beings of the deep cosmos ... understanding
the nature of the cosmic elemental fire.
The Outer Terrestrial Environment
The realm of the earth's surface, the winds, the waters, the mountains
and the forests and the multitudes of terrestrial planetary living beings:
the world_view of the elements of living nature - earth, water and air,
which are moved by the permeation of the cosmic fire into their realm.
The Inner Terrestrial Environment
The immediately perceived sensory mechanisms which engineer the
various levels of individual consciousness. An exploration of the sensory
correlates of consciousness and the corresponding mapping of these to the
elements of survival without which life cannot prevail. A discussion of
the basic survival requirements of the individual living human, and how
further activities and higher thought is related to these.
The Inner Cosmic Environment
Still and calm - dwelling deep beneath the minute-to-minute daily
routines of the modern individual's consciousness, there exist
virtual centers of control and management which are known as the
heart and the mind. The heart and the mind are spoken of by peoples
from all walks of life, and exist as a commonality to all individuals.
And beyond the nature of the heart and the mind, we seek the nature
of the ecosystem of the soul - spoken of by many great souls during
the course of planetary history and the emergence of human consciousness.
"Just as the outer world of man
has in it the terrestrial and the cosmic,
so too the inner world of man
has iin it terrestrial and cosmic environments.
Outwardly, the earth and sun
and moon are bound in journey;
Inwardly, the heart and soul
and mind are bound in journey.
Outer sunshine and the Inner Spirit -
these provide life to the realms.
The metaphysics of life hides
in the midst of natural simplicity.
(Sierra Nevada, central Spain, 1978)
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