triadic self

Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.

-William Wordsworth

The ‘self’ is a psychelogical construct built with multiple ingredients and conditions without which there would be no self. That these ingredients and conditions come together as an organic system is attributed to an intrinsic organizational intelligence. The organization of disparate components to form a whole organic system, be it exceedingly small such as colonies of microorganisms, or astronomically large, such as colonies of stars, is referred to as a ‘nest.’ Organizational intelligence operates on many levels within levels, systems within systems. Nests within nests. However, in the most generalized practical sense, self is composed of 3 main spheres, or nests: biospheric, psychespheric and sociospheric. Each of these ‘domains’ or ‘spheres’ are themselves complete, and complicated, ‘ecosystems’, composed of numerous ingredients, and conditions, which allow for their respective interactive operations.

This overarching triadic nature of organizational intelligence is represented in many religious and spiritual traditions such as ‘father, son and holy ghost’ or, perhaps more applicable, ‘father, child and mother,’ or ‘brahma, vishnu and shiva’ or ‘proton, neutron and electron’ or ‘body, mind, and spirit’ or land, sea and sky.’ Governmental systems can even model the triadic framework such as 3 branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Or, the economic model of production, distribution and consumption. The planet too can be viewed also as triadic in the sense of south pole, equator and north pole. The brain also can be viewed as triadic from a lateral perspective, with its left hemisphere, corpus callosum, and right hemisphere. The brain too can be viewed as triadic from a vertical perspective with our inmost ‘core’ brain being ‘instinctive’, our middle brain ’emotional’ and our top most brain ‘rational.’ Or, if you will, instinctive is ‘reptilian’ while middle is ‘mammalian’ and top most is ‘human.’ Although our human instincts are ‘survival’ based, survival is a social enterprise, within an interdependent ecosystem, a sociosphere.The sociosphere is not limited to human interactions which are but one ingredient in the larger sphere of ‘socio.’ Socio comes to us from the Latin ‘socius’ and translates as ‘companion, ally, associate, fellow, sharer.’ The Pre-Indo European root of the word is ‘sekw’ and translates as ‘to follow.’ Perhaps a simple definition of ‘socio is ‘together.’

In a practical ‘down to earth’ way, the ‘I’ construct of individual personhood, is an aggregation of biospheric, psychespheric and sociospheric components, i.e., a nest, a triadic nest, composed of interactive elements. Although modern perspective places the sociosphere as a product of biological and psychelogical drivers, which is not untrue from the biospheric perspective, it is also true that groups, large and small, are the precursor of individuals. Individuals form groups, tribes, families, communities, states and nations, because individuals are fundamentally sociospheric. The wave on an ocean does not create the ocean. There is a vast multi-dimensional sociosphere with which the psychesphere and biosphere are upheld. A simple example is language. Language is a social tool which informs the psyche, the mind, which informs the bios, the body. Economic and political conditions of a people is a sociospheric domain, as is the geological and climatic environment in which people exist. The hand-me-down norms, standards and traditions from previous generations, passed on through language, is of the sociosphere. The human sociosphere may begin with a tribe, in the context of an ecosystem, but it can extend to the planet as a whole, to the solar system, and beyond. Indeed, it is that which is beyond the solar system, the galaxy, from which the sol system emerges.

triadic self

Just as the collective ocean is the foundation of individual waves upon the ocean, so the sociosphere is the foundation of the individual psyche which then informs the personal life in the garment of appropriate bio-planetary stock material, i.e., the human body, imbibed with wholistic organizational intelligence, and the capacity, the potentiality, of being conscious of this organizational intelligence. The sociosphere is the most pervasive of the triadic self nest with the psychesphere more localized and the biospheric life as a planetary organism the most defined, and limited. The instinctive drive to be ‘free’ from limits of biospheric life is misdirected in seeking it anywhere in the biospheric ecosystem. Less confinement is found in the substratum of the human psychesphere and yet even less in the subtle undergarment of the global, and solar, sociosphere.

All three spheres, socio, psyche and bios, are material and can be represented by the 3 states of matter: gas, liquid and solid. Before there was liquid, or solid, there was gas. As a triadic self, you are gaseous, liquid, and solid; and, given the necessary conditions, can ‘phase shift’ from one to the other. This phase shift happens quite naturally in the cycles of waking (solid), dreaming (liquid) and sleep (gas). There are moments in any given day when being awake does contain shifts into the more liquid like dream state of mind as when day dreaming and even into those nebulous gaseous states of mind that resemble sleep, such as trance or ‘fugue’ states in which objects of awareness are too nebulous to grasp by the observer, as is the case in sleep. Each state has its own gradations of densification. Just as when awake one can fluctuate between sleepy and dreamy, so too dreaming can range from dense to subtle. Even sleep has gradations of deep sleep to a sleep that is more wakeful than sleep.

Before there was an earth, there was a cloud of gas, and, in particular hydrogen. Hydrogen is considered the most abundant element in the known universe accounting for near 90% of it.

“Although hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe (three times as abundant as helium, the next most widely occurring element), it makes up only about 0.14 percent of Earth’s crust by weight. It occurs, however, in vast quantities as part of the water in oceans, icepacks, rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere. As part of innumerable carbon compounds, hydrogen is present in all animal and vegetable tissue and in petroleum.” (Britannica online) Basically, life is a gas.

Our beginnings go way back to sleepy gaseous states, not unlike an infant. The solidification of gas to liquid to solid is like going from the fluid dreamy state characteristic of children to the more solidified conditions typically found in adulthood. Just as a child matures into adulthood to give expression to it’s own individualized organizational intelligence, so too matures the species as a whole. And, just as each child is born into a social milieu already existing, so too species emerge onto the planetary scene in which there is a pre-existing sociospheric ecosystem. The sociosphere is broad, pervasive and ultimately, all inclusive. It is the vast multi-dimensional ‘together’ sphere from which we emerge again as individuals, like a wave on the ocean, and to which we again return from the experience of individuality.

Do not waste time inquiring as to who you are. Rather, invest time in discovering what you are: an individualized triadic self composed of various elemental threads arranged with a natural organic wholistic intelligence which operates ceaselessly often in ways beyond individual comprehension and with its very innermost ethos as ‘togethernest.’


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