CHAPTER 2-3 Cheer Up: Things Are Not as Bleak as You Might Think Say “Cheese Please,” and Hold That Smile!

Author: Tom Campbell. Link to original: (English).
Tags: Campbell, Tom Campbell, метафизика, наука, сознание, физика Submitted by kostyazen 05.04.2014. Public material.
Хорошая глава о развитии сознания

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into Russian: Глава 3 книги 2. Взбодритесь, всё не так плохо, как вы подумали. Скажите "cheese please" и улыбнитесь. Translated in draft, editing and proof-reading required.
Submitted for translation by kostyazen 05.04.2014


The situation is neither hopeless, nor random, nor beyond your control – it is not even that difficult. Let’s talk a moment about free will and making choices. What we do is not of primary importance; why we do it is what counts. The intent or motivation is the choice. Thus, our free will choices are primarily choices of motivation and intent – why we do what we do. Only secondarily are they choices of doing. What we actually do (the action we take) is the first result of our choice of intent, and drives a feedback mechanism, which is very good but not perfect, particularly in the short-term.

This is not biological evolution we are talking about, where the key process driver is what you do. In the evolution of consciousness, motivation and intent are the key drivers of evolutionary process. What you do is secondary to why you do it. The right choice for the wrong reason is an oxymoron and does not exist (I am being tricky-picky here with the semantics to make the point that the development or selection of the intent is the choice that I am referring to).

Recall that right motivation, intent, and action generally result in a decrease of entropy within your consciousness, whereas wrong motivation, intent, and action generally result in an increase of entropy within your consciousness. This is how absolute right and wrong are defined. Right and wrong are differentiated by how they affect your spiritual quality, or equivalently, the quality of your consciousness. Relative (local) right and wrong are largely derived from our sense of absolute right and wrong, but are also dependent upon fad, fashion, culture, and personal, social, and political circumstances. My Big TOE, being science, is only concerned with absolute right and wrong – where an entropy measurement, rather than a personal PMR viewpoint, determines which is which.

Unvarying absolute right and wrong may appear to be dependent upon the extent of each individual’s quality and thus relative to the individual; however, the process of entropy reduction is the same for all individuated consciousness – you, me, Rover, and AUM. Absolute right and wrong consistently apply to everyone all the time. Your ability to express Big Truth within your life by making right choices based upon right intent depends upon the quality of your consciousness. You gain personal quality the same way you gain strength and endurance or learn to play the piano – by dedication and continual effort applied over a significant period of time. We call this self-teaching incremental self-improvement process “bootstrapping” – you may employ a coach to improve technique and clarify issues, but only you can accomplish self-improvement.

If the intent is wrong, then, by definition, the choice (of motivation, not of action) is wrong as seen from the perspective of evolving consciousness. The wrong intent or choice is evolutionarily

wrong even if it temporarily results in what appears to be a constructive right action in physical-biological space. You do not evolve higher quality consciousness through right action or right result, but only through right motivation and right intent. The PMR virtual reality consciousness trainer provides the opportunity for simple, straightforward interaction and a results-oriented feedback mechanism that reflects immediate and cumulative quality of intent. Motivation, intent, action, and feedback are all interconnected. Right motivation and right intent are the only sure path to right action, which produces the right feedback to encourage continued right growth and learning.

Right growth and right learning are technically defined as growth or learning that leads to a decrease in the entropy of your consciousness. Personal growth, growing the quality of your being, or growing wisdom – all increase your personal power as they decrease the entropy of your consciousness. I am talking about the growing-up and maturing of your being – a process that increases your capacity to love. I am also talking about spiritual growth, the evolution of your soul. Choose the expression that suits you – they are all essentially equivalent.

There are three distinct parts here: 1) choice of intent; 2) action, which is a result of intent (what we do); and 3) result, which is the effect of what we do. You should be careful not to confuse action (the animation of your intent) with end result (the effect of your intent). Exercising free will interactions (with self or others) produces an internal result (always) and an external result (usually). The internal result immediately and most potently affects the quality of the consciousness according to the quality of the intent. The external result affects others as well as yourself and generates the appropriate feedback or reaction. Thus, it is not possible to achieve a right result if the intent is wrong. A wrong intent damages its creator despite what else happens.

What would appear to be right action in the service of wrong intent is eventually revealed as self-destructive for the doer and as a challenging opportunity to whomever or whatever the doing is directed toward. Yes, I am exploring exceptions within the margins of typical behavior. The wrong intent cannot consistently and broadly result in right action. The partially random interaction of our free will consciousness with the free will of others forces us to constantly make choices that express our intent or motivation, and then we act accordingly. Good motivation usually produces mostly right action. Perfect motivation always produces right action. Your grounding in, or familiarity with, PMR may lead you to believe that action is the evolutionary driver. It is not – at least not for consciousness. Action is a primary driver for physical-biological systems only.

Right and wrong choices are not made randomly. We are not randomly buffeted souls driven to and fro by external forces like particles exhibiting Brownian motion. Our specific individual opportunities may be derived through a series of Brownian-like social and personal collisions (interactions) that can contain large random components, nevertheless, our overall opportunity to learn what we need to learn and the choices we make in actualizing that learning opportunity generally contain only small amounts of randomness. Indeed, at our elementary level of development, most choices are easily predictable. The interactions we have with others (and with the whole of reality) inundate us with the opportunity to make choices that flow from our intent and thus reflect the quality of our consciousness. If our intent is wrong, we suffer the consequences (in all realities we function in) irrespective of what we actually do. If our intent is right, we always derive some benefit, regardless of what we do as a result of that right intent.

Right intent almost always drives a resultant right action. Wrong intent usually drives wrong action.

Action creates results, which often create feedback, which sometimes (if we are paying attention) helps us modify our intents.

External results drive our external feedback system of rewards and punishments – an imperfect system that is usually efficient. Fortunately, imperfections and errors in the feedback system show up much more often in the short-term than the long-term. Internal results drive an internal feedback mechanism that either increments or decrements the quality of our consciousness according to the quality (rightness) of the original intent. The collected benefits and liabilities that accrue to us as a result of our actions help us recognize and understand the rightness or wrongness as well as the impact of our intents and actions, thus facilitating our learning and guiding our future choices.

All we need to do is be serious students committed to making good grades and take advantage of the learning opportunities that present themselves. What else is new? The same formula works everywhere – learning is learning. The only complication is that you also have a cut-up in your classroom (your ego) that makes it difficult for you to hear or understand the lesson.

For the typical being out there in the larger reality (continually choosing and doing, like you and me), intent lies primarily beneath the surface of one’s awareness. What motivates us is barely visible to our intellect. Motivations and intent are a complex mixture of many, sometimes inconsistent and incompatible, components. Your motivations, reflecting your ego, are as Byzantine and inconsistent as you are. Nevertheless, for the typical human quality of consciousness, the benefits (spiritual growth) of right intent are usually much greater than the costs (spiritual stagnation or back-sliding) of wrong intent.

The spiritual impact of actions can simultaneously gain some and lose some in consciousness quality because the impact of feedback on future intent can produce a very complex result. Actions can often lose the same spiritual capital repetitively only to have it reappear as an investment in winning. I know the economists, investment advisors, and stockbrokers are terribly confused by the preceding sentence. For the financial and investment types, here is a longer less poetical version. It is possible in many situations for you to make the same or similar mistakes repetitively without necessarily going broke (seriously impoverishing your consciousness quality) – you simply do not get ahead. Furthermore, major messing-up often precedes major growing-up because we mule-headed humans sometimes need to be hit repeatedly and hard directly between the eyes by the results of our errors before we notice that a problem exists. Unfortunately, our egos are so good at blaming others that even after great suffering we often miss the point that our pain is primarily self-inflicted and trying to tell us something about what we are doing wrong.

Growth and making choices often appear to be extremely complex processes because from our point of view we are complex beings with complex egos existing somewhere between the often confusing opposites of good and evil, love and fear. Right being, profitable intent, and good choices are tremendously easy, simple and straightforward without ego, and with the humility and compassion that comes with love.

Changing the quality of consciousness is not (cannot be modeled by, or accurately approximated by) a simple linear process. Some people (usually precise types) tend to want everything to be reducible to a simple linear process so that they can work with it and more easily pretend that they understand it. These individuals often make assumptions to force fit the problem at hand into a simple linear model; these assumptions inevitably lead those apparently precise and logical minds into erroneous conclusions. I know this is not a problem of yours, but I thought I would mention it in the event you know of somebody to whom it might apply.

The choices you make (the motivations you have) are mostly not completely right or completely wrong. They are a mixed bag of many colors and components. The results of these mixed choices are also mixed. If right means 100% right, and wrong means not right, the average person makes many more wrong choices than right ones, but gets more gain from an almost right one than loss from a so-so wrong one. Most beings (people included) are steadily making positive progress, but ever so slowly. Consciously knowing what you are doing, and making an “eyes open” honest effort can increase the rate of progress immensely. A little help in finding the bigger picture can make a significant difference.

The optimal growth process is uniquely specific to each individual at a given time.

If you are feeling perplexed and overwhelmed, wipe that frown off your face and throw that heavy resignation, along with that deep sigh, into the trash bin. Shake off any self-pity, and notions that you don’t want to play the game. Things are not bleak at all. Go get ‘em, tiger-rat!

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