Civilization Bloom, Part I

Organic Emergence of the Self

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A recap

When I speak of organic emergence, what I mean is the process of a thing coming into being out of its own nature, finding its course through existence through no obedience to external force or pressure, but being allowed to grow and form and change in harmony with its unique state of balance.

To begin, what is the Self?

In understanding how the self can organically emerge, it’s first important to talk about what the self actually is. Unsurprisingly, there isn’t an easy answer, and much of what interests me here is less what the self is, and more what the self does. When we speak of action emerging organically out of nature, what a thing is and what a thing does are not separate.

Feelings and Needs

Feelings are our only interface with existence. Our sensations, physical and emotional, are what happens when our self touches the world outside of us. Our thoughts are a means of relating to those feelings, and relating those feelings to each other, but the thing that the self absolutely cannot be separated from is its feeling.

Non-Stagnant Allowance

The flux of feeling and need is the root of allowing the self to emerge. Following need and embracing feeling are the crux of tapping into the authentic self, the self that experiences existence without any external parameters for what it means to be.

Allowance is Not Automatic

However, this does not mean that truly allowing the self to emerge is as easy as just doing what one usually does in each moment, without thought. To be automatic about one’s actions is the opposite of allowing oneself to bloom — organic emergence requires deep awareness and profound acceptance of our needs and feelings. Simply following one’s typical patterns without conscious thought towards the self is not at all the same as allowing action to emerge out of nature.

Non-Coercion of the Self

To allow the self to emerge without coercion is to resist the impulse to coerce the self into being or acting in any particular way. To allow is to resist, in some respects. Paradoxical, I know, but bear with me.

Consenting to the Self

To consent to the self requires looking at the self from a space of freedom, and making decisions from that place.

The Paradox of Allowance

So, resist all of your conditioning to be any particular way, follow your base impulses, and thus, the self will emerge in harmony with the universe?

The Self Blooms in Acting Authentically

Because the self is a non-stagnant process of emergence, to emerge into ourselves is to act authentically: to apply no pressure to deter ourselves from feeling the things we feel and needing the things we need, and act accordingly. Some needs are easy to understand and satisfy (e.g. I feel hunger, thus I need nourishment.) But some are not. How does one satisfy the need for self-worth? For connection? For balance?

Conviviologist. Disorderly organizer. Writing for a world where many worlds fit ||

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