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The Three Doors To The Soul

Almost taken
By the habitual monotony
A trigger of awareness
A push of energy
And I’m back
To do the work
For fitness

Almost estranged
By the usual anxiety
A flicker of light
A grip of compassion
And I’m back
To listen to the heart
For kindness

Almost asleep
By the familiar apathy
A glimpse of purpose
A pull of inspiration
And I’m back
To follow the calling
For wisdom

Blinded

BLINDED (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm)

BLINDED
I stroll around, the light is out
Lighting the lamp is blinding
The bright, from the dark it appears

I listen to it, the music is a hit
Excessive tones are blinding
The melody, from the silence it sounds

I feel it all, the body is tall
Overestimating pleasure is blinding
The strength, from the pain it gains

I look for a sign, the soul is mine
Focussing the outside is blinding
The freedom, from within it springs

I admit u huh, the love is you
Trusting reason is blinding
The knowledge, from the heart it feels


GEBLENDET
Ich geh’ raus, das Licht ist aus
Die Lampe anzuzünden blendet
Das Helle, aus dem Dunkel erschienen

Ich hör’s an, die Musik ist fun
Die Töne zu überdrehen blendet
Die Melodie, aus der Stille erklungen

Ich fühl’ es voll, der Körper ist toll
Das Gefallen überzubewerten blendet
Die Stärke, aus den Schmerzen gewonnen

Ich seh’ hinein, die Seele ist mein
Das Äussere hervorzuheben blendet
Die Freiheit, aus dem Innern gefunden

Ich geb’ es zu, die Liebe bist du
Der Vernunft zu vertrauen blendet
Das Wissen, aus dem Herzen empfunden

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The Teaching Plant

TEACHING PLANT (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm) 
TEACHING PLANT (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm) 

Plants can feed themselves. Humans need the help of plants because only they can process the nutrients of the soil into food. Humans have to compensate for their lack of natural intelligence with more complex structures. If plants were to economize as ‘intelligently’ as humans, humanity would depend on plants’ grace. The plants are unconditionally gracious, though. We know that plants can process information, communicate, and (re-) act. Do the plants know more? Why are they ready to plunge into ruin because of and with us? Is that how nature teaches us to love?

In this regard, two poems:

SOUL EARTH

Who mocks the soul but adores the sky,
adores the idolatry of a heavenly origin,
the megalomania of a cosmic meaning, and
the aloofness of a higher purpose.

Who adores the body but mocks the earth,
mocks the responsibility of an earthly connection,
the humility of a planetary nature, and
the groundedness of a profound liability.

Who adores the soul and the earth, indeed,
responds to the heavenly origin with an earthly connection,
humbles the cosmic meaning through a planetary nature, and
grounds her higher purpose on a profound liability.

PLANTS ARE STUPID

Plants are stupid.

They organize to turn earth into food,
provide to the needy without being asked.
Plants are stupid.

They share their parts and live on,
provide in abundance without demands.
Plants are stupid.

They cooperate for reproduction and growth,
provide of harvest without a price.
Plants are stupid.

THORNS

We can hold a rose despite its thorns. It’s the same with touching a defensive soul. The art lies in not attacking, respecting the thorns, and not hurting yourself. That’s the only way to make prickles unnecessary eventually.

Identity: Who are you?

Identity: Who are you?

Identity: Who are you?

What a significant purpose of life: Life isn’t about learning to fit in somewhere; it is about creating somebody new.

Socio-cultural identities

Of course, you may want to stay social and cooperative with people in your life. However, with time, the nature of these relationships might transform as your awareness regenerates. Separation from yourself and others means, in a psycho-spiritual way, that you let go of your identity, which is based on social conformity and cultural beliefs that would be misbeliefs in a different culture. You also must let go of attachment to others’ judgments, which are opinions only and have little if anything to do with truth. By distancing yourself from the idealized role you have learned to assume during all the years of education, socialization, and enculturation, you begin to see who you really are.

Don’t waste your thoughts on interpreting equipment, façade styles, and fashions. They are not relevant to our true selves, and they go as fast as they came. We are not our social personalities. Clinging to our social identity and old ways of thinking about ourselves makes us, in any case, matter less than we deserve. Artificial rules that protect selfish interests are not natural laws of life. So don’t take them so seriously!

Children are dependent on the care received from their parents and other adults in the culture they are born into. For them, inter-psychological learning, the influence of other people is unavoidable. Their survival depends on following their caregivers. Such dependencies should not exist anymore later in life, though. An adult person can re-build their own identity intra-psychologically. There is a possibility, even a necessity to recognize your socio-cultural independence. It is a trap to let others’ opinions and beliefs define one. Therefore, such an awareness allows you to free yourself from backward-related definitions of your person by others.

Losing one’s identity

When I moved abroad and ended up being on myself in a completely different culture, there was nobody and nothing anymore that would have supported and validated my identity at that time. For my new environment far away from my former social networks, jobs, and possessions that had defined me to a significant extent for a long time, too, I then was left to be just an unknown foreigner. Therefore, I could not and did not have to live up to any story anymore. What an opportunity. I’ve realized how foolish it had been to build one’s personality too much on the unstable ground of externals.

Meanwhile, having left most of the external things and values behind, there has remained one true identity-giving source: The inner self that connects all of us on a deeper human level. I’ve found this true self when mentalizing back to before I had grown into an adult body, before I was associated with a particular social status and related privileges, and before I started to hold on to a variety of achievements and acquisitions. Then, literally as an alien in a foreign country, I became aware of what was left, what will always be left, and I mentally returned to the core of whom I am: The consciousness that is all and my origin of life. For all my life, I was looking for happiness. Then I found meaning. And when I accepted meaning, happiness became meaningless. That’s when I started to really enjoy life again; joy through the effort to create awareness-intelligently an identity instead of blindly assuming one that’s tried to be assigned to me. That’s also when I better understood what it means to be an artist.

When you experience meaninglessness, low motivation, and urges to give up, it is helpful to check the extra-future element and probe its awaring, for example, as follows. Ask yourself: Am I creating in line with life, the life that continues in all human evolution beyond my family, my party, my nation, my race, etc., or do I identify with such social constructs on which can’t be hold on to in the perishable physical world? If it is the latter, feelings of meaninglessness could stem from such a misidentification. One might feel that clearly when losing somebody close when having lost a job, or being rejected from a social group. We must die to our ego during a lifetime voluntarily. As we shift from socio-cultural group identity to a universally valid life membership, we will have found our purpose in life as well. The ego cannot be overcome by disabling the mind (as sometimes advertised in meditation classes). Selflessness is achieved by thinking awareness-intelligently about the egoless self, through non-transactionality in meeting others and focusing on a mutually beneficial future in all humanity’s interest.

Achieving a symmetrical, congruent (awareness-intelligent) identity

We can clearly feel that we separate mental awareness from bodily sensations and instead picture the wholeness and infinity of life. We can change our way of thinking. The most profound, impactful, and sustainable way to change is to change the layer from where thought arises: awareness. The human condition is no longer dependent on social identity alone. It learns to integrate the three modes of the intra-past, the inter-present, and the extra-future into increased and undivided awareness (for the detailed explanation, see https://www.mathias-sager.com/tag/awareness-intelligence/). As our thoughts and actions become more symmetrical (and our business and private cards more congruent), life will never feel like a lie again.

Becoming a genuine leader is founded on mastering self-leadership and being at peace with oneself and the world. To serve as a role model, one must be ready to give up their title and position. Too dissonant can a professional identity become with the aware self. How could one ever enjoy people who admire rather their title-based authority and social status rather than knowing about their creativity, vulnerability, and loving character in the first place?

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Lake Island

LAKE ISLAND (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on wood panel, 80 x 80 cm)
Painting LAKE ISLAND (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on wood panel, 80 x 80 cm)

A vacation with my daughter Natalie.

Is it a lake or island?

It can look the same, but not at the same time. Green, greensand, ochre, umber, blue, turquoise. Land and water, summer and winter. Compiling it all into one at once, that’s how I show you the world. I love you, child of the soul.

Is it the shore of a lake or the coast of an island?

The view towards the water. Watching the depths of the psyche. Both fascinating and frightening. Overcoming the fear of the hidden, that’s how I’d like you to understand the world. I love you, child of wisdom.

Is it to float or to dive?

To immerse without the need to walk on water, meeting intuition and inspiration. The conscious and the unconscious. Blurring, transcending the physical boundaries, that’s how we can connect across the worlds. I love you, child of the muse.

Field of the soul

FIELD OF THE SOUL (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm)
Painting FIELD OF THE SOUL (M. Sager, 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 80 cm)

Field of the soul

It cannot be seen, and yet it can be made visible.
A tapestry, a matrix of combined dimensions.
And layers of consciousness, awareness.
Light and triangular roundness, everything else illusion and darkening.
Our duty to show it so that it is not forgotten.
When you are overwhelmed by reality that is ever passing quickly,
come back to the Eternal that grows in the field of the soul.

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Acker der Seele

Es kann nicht gesehen, und doch sichtbar gemacht werden.
Ein Wandteppich, eine Matrix kombinierter Dimensionen.
Und Bewusstseinsschichten.
Licht und dreieckige Rundungen, alles andere Illusion und Verdunkelung.
Unsere Pflicht, es zu zeigen, damit es nicht vergessen wird.
Wenn du von der immer schnell vergehenden Realität überwältigt wirst,
komm zurück zum Ewigen, das auf dem Acker der Seele wächst.

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We can photograph the outer world, but our inward view has to be painted.

Painting SOUL (M. Sager, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 120 cm)

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Comprehensive awareness is like the capturing of light, which is our soul’s essential yearning. Life wants to reveal itself to us. Even if we close our eyes, some light is shining through the lids. The clouds are not a part of the sky. It’s never completely dark; there is always radiating vividness. To see clearly, wait until the clouds are gone. They are just the changing and passing stories others and we tell ourselves. Look inside, reflect the light, and enlighten your awareness. That’s how you regain orientation and freedom that comes from foresight, providence, and trust.

Compared to the massive investments put into the marketing of consumer goods and the enhancement of our five senses, investments into understanding and developing the human mind to increase well-being and health, stay comparatively modest. It would not only make sense, but it is our responsibility to promote the empowerment of the human mind, to teach how to use the most powerful tool there is, human awareness, as a matter of priority in all societies.

The indefinite power of the human soul and mind can be unlocked as human beings evolve from doing ‘sightseeing’ to ‘thoughtthinking.’ This will intensify the understanding and appreciation of the mental world and propel the development of Awareness Intelligence. No field of science or any advanced forms of artificial intelligence have been able to solve the disconnect between the people that causes all the issues of inner and outer conflict. It’s the power of awareness that has the potential to link separateness together and to unify. It’s time to become more aware of our absence of awareness, the only way to solve the remaining problems of humanity, which are all due to shallow lives lost in thoughtless wandering.

Excerpts from Awareness Intelligence (M. Sager, 2019)

Body, mind, soul

Chapter 30 – Body, mind, soul

mathias sager awareness intelligence

While people emphasize the need for body-guards in different forms, I think there is a need for spirit-guards even more. Indeed, while bombarded by commercial advertisement to drive consumption, the valuation of the nourishment of the spirit may lack far behind the promotion of physiological and biochemical ways to well-being.

Holistic approaches that encourage the integration of

  • physical,
  • mental,
  • emotional, and
  • spiritual

aspects of the human condition are necessary to do justice to the diverse needs of a whole and wholesome human being.

Awareness Intelligence is addressing the need for inclusion of the body, mind, and soul in all aspects of life if we want to live it wholesomely.

  • Through mind-stretching into the intra-past, access to the spiritual source is made aware.
  • The inter-present may well involve many physical aspects in sensing the material world and the relationship with others to experience the present moment as our current incarnation, regardless of thoughts into the past or future.
  • The third Awareness Intelligence mode, the extra-future, as well as the integration of the tripartite whole of Awareness Intelligence, involves our mind-based intellectual faculties such as logical thinking and imagination to deploy the creative power of the spirit of our soul.

We have more control over the so-called spiritual realm than we think;

We just need to be aware of it and let it be free to benefit us through its revelation of life’s deeper meaning, colorful adventures, and satisfying deeper-impact possibilities from being of service.

The terms ‘practical’ and ‘universal/cosmic’ have been used to contrast the physical and mental worlds. Both are systematically intertwined though. Practical and universal perspectives are not contradictory. Universal thinking becomes practical with the revelation that

It is a common misconception that material and spiritual life are irreconcilable.

Of course, we could cultivate only one part of our garden and let other parts alone. We may forget about the wild and neglected corner and wonder where all the fragrances, insects, roots, and pollen are coming from. Passive sides of the garden are strongly affecting our active gardening and may cause us more troubles and work than if we had actively cultivated all corners of our backyard in the first place.

It is not in the sense of Awareness Intelligence to live either a secular or spiritual life. Such a distinction would be equally dualistic. It is possible to lead a most natural life that combines the bodily five-sensory existence with the awareness-intelligent liberation of the soul beyond the confinement of the body. That’s why Awareness Intelligence is like a triptych in art. Triptych art is made up of three panels that are intended to be displayed together. It is to be hoped that dualistic extremism evolves into harmonious lifestyles.

  • We need monks who are socially engaging.
  • We need physically fit intellectuals and intellectual sportspersons.
  • We need leaders who serve on the ground of honest servant leadership style.
  • And, we need real, fair competition. If people are allowed to pursue their unique talents, everybody becomes beyond measure and therefore not subject to shallow competition through unrelated or unfair means; extraneous power will not have to serve as compensation for perceived unworthiness, uninterestingness, and unattractiveness anymore.

So far:

Chapter 1 – Life’s introduction of Awareness Intelligence

Chapter 2 – The awarenessland of Awaria

Chapter 3 – Your life that is humantime

Chapter 4 – Consciousness, awareness, and social intelligence

Chapter 5 – Broadening the social scope

Chapter 6 – Increasing the attention span

Chapter 7 – Distraction of the mass

Chapter 8 – Missing systematics and links in science

Chapter 9 – Spiritual consumerism and mystification of spiritualism

Chapter 10 – Expanding the here and now

Chapter 11 – Individual revolution, human evolution

Chapter 12 – Mental coordinate system

Chapter 13 – Ignorance is not bliss

Chapter 14 – Awareness Intelligence is learnable

Chapter 15 – The difference between Awareness Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 16 – Technology and the distributed intelligence of the mind

Chapter 17 – The choice to be part of something bigger

Chapter 18/19 – The structure and dimensions of life: The socio-temporal matrix (three tenets of Awareness Intelligence)

Chapter 20 – The Intra-past

Chapter 21 – The Inter-present

Chapter 22 – The Extra-future

Chapter 23 – Full awareness and pure thoughts for coherent meaning

Chapter 24 – The three awareness sparring partners

Chapter 25 – The joy of being, doing, and becoming

Chapter 26 – Learning to die during a lifetime

Chapter 27 – Physical spacelessness and spatial mentalness

Chapter 28 – The law of creation: Intuition, intention, and imagination

Chapter 29 – Energy and the illusionary objectification of life

Coming next:

Chapter 31 – Trialistic harmony, not dualistic balance

— In love for my daughter Natalie and all children of this world. —