After putting this website into sleep mode in the spring of 2013, I’m now resuscitating Alchemy of ChangeÂ with aÂ newÂ focus onÂ exploring the Soul. It’s a significantÂ change, so let me tell you why I’m making itÂ and what to expectÂ hereÂ going forward.
Why the Change?
I started Alchemy of Change in 2010 with only a very loose idea for its focus. AfterÂ three years, I decided to tighten that focus and move my writing to a new site called the Vital Edge, focused on technology, organizations and the future of human experience in an era of machine intelligence.
Over the last several years, I’ve also begun exploringÂ a range ofÂ spiritual practices, including daily meditation, core shamanism, and Western esotericism. This workÂ has led to new ways of seeing the world as a complementÂ to the normal, analytical perspective with which I’ve been trained most of my life.
Over theÂ past few years one of the core insights I’ve come to is that,Â in the coming era ofÂ machine intelligence, we must learn to seeÂ humanity in very different termsÂ than the ways we assess the capabilities of machines. We will stillÂ need reasoning andÂ empirical approaches to knowledge, butÂ will increasingly outsource these functions to machines. As that happens, we will beÂ forced to understandÂ what it is to be trulyÂ human. And by that, I meanÂ a bigger understanding of what we actually are.
There are lots of ways toÂ describe what that bigger something is. For the sake of simplicity, I’m just going to call itÂ Soul.Â Over the last thousand years, we humansÂ have comeÂ to forget theÂ Soul. Religious dogmatism and scientific materialism pullÂ us a partÂ and away from a unifying whole. The Soul is the great bridge between Body and Spirit. It is us in our deepest, greatest sense. It is the quarterback astounding us with power and grace on the field, the artist touching our hearts withÂ slivers of imagination, and the philosopher who helps us to see the world anew. Â It is us in Love.
The Soul is what makes Humanity most great. We cannot afford to set it aside or somehow forget about it in the future that lies before us. For in the partnership with Machines that is to come, we must rememberÂ our Greatness. It is what most differentiates HumanityÂ from Machine. The Soul is a source of wisdom and strength that is most unlike the qualities of the Machine. In the acceleration of intelligence that is about to unfold, the Soul is ourÂ basis for a partnership of equals.
We have learned to forget the Soul, and I amÂ rededicating Alchemy of ChangeÂ to helping us remember.
What to Expect
At this point,Â I seeÂ four areas of focus for the site:
- Experience:Â our modern, predominantly intellectual, understanding of reality is justÂ one of many potential modes of experience. I plan to share what I am learning from others – and from myself – about these other modes of experience.
- Mythos:Â the Soul likes to speak through a highly imaginative, mythicalÂ means of communication. I’ve loved myth since I was a young boyÂ and am now gaining an even fuller appreciation.Â I’ll be sharing lots from theÂ mythic perspective.
- Consciousness:Â one way of describing this exploration is the evolution of consciousness. I’ll be sharing what I’m learning about how human consciousness has changed over timeÂ and whereÂ I sense that it is now headed.
- Life: There is remarkable wisdom embedded in life, just as there is unspeakable beauty. I’ll be coveringÂ life in theÂ biological sense, as well as various sources of wisdom about what it means to be alive.
I will be writing Alchemy of Change as aÂ complement toÂ the Vital Edge. Alchemy of Change is theÂ sister site and the Vital Edge the brother. Here, the focus on Soul isÂ more personal and intuitive, while the Vital Edge will continue its focus on technology, organizations and the future of the human experience in anÂ era of machine intelligence. Over time, I will begin to knit the two together to more fully explain the synergy that linksÂ these two perspectives together.
I hope that you enjoy the new direction.