Augustina Semenko and Her Universal Cycle. Part 3
The Dynamics of the Universal Cycle
In the previous article of this series we’ve learned about the structure of the Universal Cycle. There are twelve phases, each of them is a sphere of human experience, and Augustina Semenko taught that every cycle in nature goes through these phases. This, however, was only one way to describe the Universal Cycle; it was a static description.
In this article, I will offer you a dynamic description which shows the type of movement going on in the cycle. First of all, we shall split the whole cycle into four quadrants, each of them having three phases.
The keyword for the first quadrant, which includes phases 1, 2 and 3, is self-awareness. This is the stage of hidden, inner development of the process. It’s like a seed in the soil which is about to germinate: it is already full of life but nothing is visible from the outside yet.
The second quadrant includes phases 4, 5 and 6, and its keyword is self-manifestation. This is the stage of opening, germination, of entering new dimensions, new areas of experience. It is not a seed anymore but a sprout on its way to the surface of the earth.
The third quadrant includes phases 7, 8 and 9, and its keyword is entering the outside world. The process spreads actively, enters new areas of experience. The little sprout reaches the surface and becomes a plant. Its stem seeks skywards, roots penetrate deep into the earth, branches and leaves claim more and more space.
The fourth quadrant, which includes phases 10, 11 and 12, has the keyword transition to a new quality. This is the stage of reaching the next level, the new turn of the spiral. This is the culmination of the process: the plant flowers, then brings fruits or seeds, thus giving life to new plants, and finally dies, returning to the soil the nutrients which will be used by its descendants.
The four quadrants are somewhat similar to one another: they contain three phases each, and the keyword for the first phase of each quadrant is action. It is like a step forward, an initiative, an aspiration.
The second phase in each quadrant has the keyword reaction. Here the initiative of the previous phase meets reality. It is challenged and tested: is it strong enough?
The third phase of each quadrant except the last one has the keyword adaptation. The action that managed to pass the challenge of reaction enters a new realm and has to adapt to it and to choose a direction for the next action, for the first phase of the next quadrant. The last, twelvth phase is special. It carries the theme of completion, of a cleanup, of the end of existence in the old form in order to be born again in a new reality, hence its keyword is neutralisation.
To summarise, here are the dynamic keywords for the twelve phases of the Universal Cycle:
Let’s consider an example showing how the theme of a cycle goes through the twelve phases. I’ve recently published a book (which is, by the way, very close to the top of its category on Amazon.com; in the last few days it was labeled as a bestseller), so it is very natural for me to describe the process of writing a book.
Note: You will find that descriptions below begin with a keyphrase or two followed by my book writing example. Those key phrases come directly from Augustina; this is how she described the dynamics of the phases in her scientific/technical style. Please take them easy, as a kind of verbal formulas. Even if they don’t make a lot of sense for you right now, the further we go with this series, the more valuable they’ll prove to be.
Phase 1. Action: an initiative, an effort to move forward. The first appearance of an idea. Should I write a book?
Phase 2. Reaction: an estimate of sufficiency of resources to maintain the initiative. I could write a book, yes, but will I have enough time for this? Am I going to have enough money if instead of earning it I will be writing a book?
Phase 3. Adaptation: adjustment of the initiative for the surrounding circumstances. Okay, I have enough of resources. But how does my idea agree with what others are writing and thinking? Am I not going to invent the wheel?
Phase 4. Action: personal actions; self-manifestation in the selected direction. I sit down and begin to write the book.
Phase 5. Reaction: is creative potential sufficient to achieve the desired result? Everyone can write, but when it comes to writing a whole book, the process of creative self-expression can become quite difficult. Finally, I have the desired result, the manuscript is ready.
Phase 6. Adaptation: perfecting the creative result. A manuscript isn’t a book yet. To turn it into a book, and to ensure the quality of the book, a lot of work needs to be done by editors, formatters, and other helpers.
Phase 7. Action: the result of the initiative meets the world, and relationships are established. The book is published, and it has its readers. A relationship is created between the author and the readers.
Phase 8. Reaction: test of strength and qualitative change of the established relationships; objective evaluation of the result. My book is of course dear to me, but will its readers like it? Will anybody buy it, or will it only collect dust in a warehouse?
Phase 9. Adaptation: social adoption of the result. The book travels the world, it becomes available in libraries, becomes a part of the world’s knowledge. The book carries a different message to different people; sometimes this message can be quite far from what the author initially wanted to say.
Phase 10. Action: personal actions having social significance. Here the personal action of the 4th phase is reflected in the mirror of society. The author acquires a certain social status and, who knows, he or she might even decide to make writing books his/her profession.
Phase 11. Reaction: evaluation of sufficiency of the collective creative potential for a higher level result. As a result of writing the book, the author acquires friends and supporters, and with their help some plans for future development may or may not appear. How realistic are those plans? Will the next turn of the spiral be higher than the current one?
Phase 12. Neutralisation: completion of the initiatives of the current cycle before the beginning of the next cycle. Before doing something new, we need to say goodbye to the old. This process can be difficult, there can be a feeling of loss and dissatisfaction. When dealing with this phase, we might want to stay alone, to contemplate the traveled path. But a day will come when we’ll get a new impulse, a new idea, and a new cycle will begin.
This was quite a bit of a theory for one article, so I will stop here. In the next article of the series we are going to use the knowledge of both the static structure and the dynamics of the Universal Cycle by applying it to a year of life.