a way to describe the best possible style of psychological functioning.
We avoid the use of words as perfect or ideal by humble precaution,
because at this moment, in our neurotic society and with psychological
science still developing, it is hard to define already now what the ideal
could be alike. Optimal indicates the best approach we can actually
If we define spirituality as an conscious way of living, optimal functioning and spiritual
living become synonymous.
In this respect we
don't reduce Spirituality to a mere internal
mental activity with agreeable associations and feelings, but as a complete
set of consciousness, feelings and a special kind of behaviour.
The consciousness of the existential facts and processes of cosmic evolution,
and our role in this continuous event, is uncomplete unless it is sustained
by an active experience of our human vocation, and the emotional involvement
in this experience. In fact, doing and feeling are parts of this consciousness,
rather than associated but separate achievements.
All ancient kinds
of wisdom, from Gnosis to Zen, including the spiritual life of active monks
and jesuits, knew that real consciousness (or praying by the way)
can only be achieved by an integration of knowing, feeling and doing. The
western reduction of wisdom to passive, non-committed knowledge is a miserable
the best way to describe such an optimal functioning is (1) to look at
the fundamental laws of existence
and evolution, and to apply them to human functioning; and/or (2) to study
the several functions of human mind, and to elaborate the optimal conditions
for those functions, and to combine them into a harmonious personality.
If the results of both approaches coincide, we have an additional argument
for the plausibility of this decription. This work is done in the formulation
of the sense of life and existence.
An optimally functioning
personality tries to realize at the same time his evolutionary vocation,
and his subjective needs. It's a happy coincidence that both approaches
-with the current views of Evolutionism and Psychology- converge to the
That means that optimal
functioning consists in wholly and fully satisfying one's subjective needs,
by influencing our surrounding reality, human, natural and technical, and
eventually cosmic, effectively inducing an integration of all existing
and latent possibilities. In other words: trying to produce the highest
possible complexification and consciousness.
In compliance with
the fundamental characteristics of cosmic evolution, their initiatives
rather tend to enhance the functioning of each system they interact with.
A "spiritual" person always tries to improve one's environment, from one's
relationship with one's partner and colleagues, to the organization and
functioning of the system in which one participates. Optimally functioning,
or spiritually conscious people can be recognized at the fact they
try to leave the world better than they found it, at every level they can
Of course, their
activities have to be constructive iand beautiful in the
deepest sense of this word --i.e. to install better integrations. They
rather try to construct better and more valuable things, than fight the
"bad" situations, because they don't believe that beauty and quality automatically
emerge as a result of punishment and/or
more served with creators than with regulators.
Their attitude is
turning each frustration into an enhanced experience and a boosted motivation
and creativity, enabling them to fertilize all latent possibilities of
their own personality, fellow humans and reality in general.
A constant growth of their psychological aptitudes is essential, as a local reflection of
the universal evolutionary tendency. This implies a critical but integrative
approach and a conscious motivation for creative experiment and development.
In their relationships
with other people, initimate as well as professional, their interaction
and communication is integrative, because they are aware that each
of us can contribute to this sublime goal, and that the probability that
a new idea introduces some good elements is much more plausible than that
And, last but not
least, people with a consciousness at a Noospheric level try to contact
each other, not only for mutual inspiration and support in this ambitious
project, but also because
Noosphere in itself means shared consciousness,
intensive synergy and true fellowship. In the past centuries, organizations
as religious orders, political parties, freemasonry and other esoteric
societies were necessary to realize this synergy. In the near future, Internet enables this kind of global
esprit de corps.
11/01 - Latest update: 2/3/02. Thanks to Mark