The Inner-Net Revolution
Mindfulness is an “inner technology” — a way of looking deeply into oneself in the spirit of self-inquiry and self-understanding. Jon Kabat-Zinn
Early during the Internet revolution, Jean Houston suggested that an Inner-net Revolution was beginning. This was a metaphoric term used to describe the emerging trend of people looking inside in reflection, meditation, contemplation, and using their intuition, imagination, creativity — changing their worldviews, altering attitudes and beliefs.
The Internet trend is obviously big (e.g. “Big Data”). But the inner-net trend is growing. Today bookstores are full of new books on the brain, the mind, human consciousness and decision making. Others are on thinking, beliefs, attitudes, illusions, intuition, etc. Some of these books are best sellers.
The inner-technology of the mind metaphor gives us a way of thinking and talking about our way of seeing. I realize there is no delete button for biased, exclusive, closed-minded dogmatic beliefs, and that I am not able to offer a software program that will provide a default position for an open, inclusive worldview. My point is that belief is the search engine of the mind. So, it is important to identify and pay attention to the software of your mind.
To asses where we are, I suggest you ask yourself: “Which revolution am I most familiar with?” My guess is that most of you are paying most attention to the Internet, because I believe most people are. If you know me or read my blogs, you guess I pay most attention to the inner-net. Of course none of us pay attention exclusively, because the two trends are not separate but interconnected, which should be acknowledged. There is no out there out there, independent of what’s going on in here. Fred Allan Wolf
Also years ago, Marilyn Ferguson introduced another technological metaphor of the human mind: “See yourself as your greatest technology.” It has been said that there is no technological device, no matter how sophisticated, that can equal the power, flexibility, creativity and user friendliness of the human mind. We all possess the world’s finest multi-sensory learning device right behind our eyes. All we have to do is believe it and use it. To see yourself as your greatest technology is to see your mind as your greatest resource. When NASA was asked why they put humans in the space craft instead of robots; here is their answer. “Humans are the lowest cost, light-weight, non-linear, all-purpose computer system that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.”
How often do you “look deeply into yourself in the spirit of self-inquiry and self-understanding”? How familiar are you of the inner-net revolution? How often do you update your inner-net?
“Human self-deception is one of the most impressive software programs ever devised.” David Nyberg.