IT’S ONE THING TO BE SPONTANEOUSLY
CREATIVE; IT’S QUITE ANOTHER TO
BE A MASTER OF THE TECHNOLOGIES
THAT GENERATE AND EVOLVE YOUR
IT’S ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT
COLLECTIVE ACTION, YET QUITE
ANOTHER TO LIVE AND ACT HAVING
EMBODIED THE PRINCIPLE OF COLLEC-
TIVITY IN YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS.
The technologies of consciousness and the organizing principles they represent are
the primary components of the most powerful set of technologies we have at our
disposal. These are ‘first-order’ technologies: they comprise a body of knowledge
that is applied to a problem, inquiry, or challenge in order to solve the problem,
advance the inquiry, or innovate in response to a challenge. Our modern idea of
technology brings up images and thoughts of physical things – everything from
nanobots to laptops to satellites. But these things are just what we can see through
the lens of the material world. The material lens shows us the outcome – what has
already been created – but not its source.
The technologies of consciousness take us to the source. Once embraced and
embodied, these technologies organize our awareness for fully conscious perception,
innovation, and action. A fully conscious human is a creative genius, a master of
cooperation and collectivity, and an expert in thriving. A fully conscious human
naturally lives in a stream of generative resource and possibility, as a full participant
in complex adaptive systems with high organizational intelligence. In this state
our identities are clear, the value of our roles in the greater scheme of things is
clear, and our IQ (intelligence), EQ (emotional), SQ (spiritual), and all other ‘Q’s we
could name are not only optimized, but constantly evolving. In full consciousness
leadership is dimensional vs. hierarchical, value creation is inclusive vs. exclusive,
and the sacred triad of vision, mission, and strategy constantly emerge as
interwoven expressions of a conscious, collectively beneficial organizational purpose.
One way to access the source of consciousness is to activate sensory awareness, which we can do by experiencing the sensory base of languages. To paraphrase Wittgenstein, in order to activate new dimensions of consciousness, we’ll need to know the language of those dimensions. One of the most powerful human languages we can begin with is the Quechua language, which has held a primary encoding of the technologies of consciousness for 10’s of thousands of years. It is a language that is deeply sensory and attuned to the depth and breadth of the human experience.
These are the Quechua language terms for the technologies, from the Andean cultures.
There is no single English language word that serves as sufficient translation for any of these terms.
The meaning of these terms opens us to remarkable, multi-fold expressions of the dimensions of
full consciousness, as opposed to their English translations, which convey, as we’re accustomed to,
a singular layer of meaning in each word. It is important to try these words out – to taste them,
listen to them, and let them inform us as we begin to learn the extraordinary human wisdom encoded within each one.