The Way of Man II

2. Station

Do we need a new Consciousness?


In view of the elementary self-threatening situation in which we humans are today, one thing must be clear:

This crisis can only be overcome by finding a way by which our encounter with the world around us finds an answer from our interior with which we are in the best sense of the word self-confident in our lives.

Such a new consciousness has long been demanded by important thinkers. For example, by Albert Schweitzer with his call for a new "reverence for life". Or by C.G. Jung with his suggestion to find a conscious relationship with our subconscious mind to a new self-awareness.

However, only with and after the catastrophe of World War II these demands really become evident.

Erich Neumann Tiefenpsychologe

The depth psychologist (and pupil of C.G. Jung) Erich Neumann (1905-1960) demands in his 1949 published work "depth psychology and new ethics" a consciousness in which instead of a part of the entire personality is required as the basis of ethical behavior. In the mentioned book he says himself:

The goal of total ethics is the production of wholeness, the totality of personality. In this wholeness, the dichotomy between the systems of consciousness and the unconscious does not diverge in a split, and the directedness of ego-consciousness is not undermined by the opposing tendencies of unconscious contents of which the ego and consciousness have not taken note ".

Jean Gebser Kulturgeschichtler

Jean Gebser (1905 - 1973) has developed a new consciousness-history in a long life's work. He argues that consciousness has "developed" continuously. But that new consciousness structures have arisen leaps and bounds. And they do not just detach themselves. In our time, however, now a new such jump happens. He calls it a leap from a "merely mental (linear) attachment to space and time" to a "time-free experience of the quality of a holistically realized present".

This creates a new "integral consciousness" in which "the origin is always present and the present is always original". It creates a "time freedom", which is to be understood as an "interplay of origin and present". It cannot be overlooked in this new approach that it was obviously inspired by the new results of quantum physics and the "space-time" of the general relativity theory of A. Einstein.

These are just two examples from recent times, which convince particularly by the solidity of the authors' life's work. However, there are innumerable other attempts that all
boil down to achieving, through a holistic consciousness, a human home in an
"objective reality" that has become unmanageably complex. Many of these today widely praised "revivals" or similar are at best an expression of more or less dreamy speculation. Sometimes with a dubious commercial background.

However, the two thoroughgoing attempts described above also fail to show how we humans can translate these great ideas into real life practice. In this situation, it is now necessary and helpful to join in another life's work, which was about the same time as that of E. Neumann and J. Gebser.

Gedenktafel Hans Kayser in Bad Buchau

It is the life work of Hans Kayser (1891 - 1964), which is discussed on this website in more detail. His vision of the "hearing man" is based on a two and a half thousand year long historical tradition and on thorough inhouse investigations with convincingly concrete results.

From them it follows that a "world hearing" arises over the thought-out correspondence of number and sound, by means of which a real connection between scientifically objective world-knowledge and individual-subjective world-sensation can be established.