This article is one of the most challenging writing tasks I have undertaken, mainly because I am compelled to use Leftside language to describe Rightside workings, which by their very nature are beyond description. I have no option but to offer you concepts, models, diagrams and metaphors that are poor substitutes for the inner knowing you would otherwise gain through visceral experience. Keep reminding yourself that this is just a map, and do not mistake it for the territory.

And be prepared for a tough assignment. Despite extensive and continuing editing, the article is long and dense, and you may find some parts heavy going. Certain passages are unavoidably long because this website is the only place on the Internet where they exist and shortening them would be a disservice.

So please remain patient, ward off cynicism, keep an open mind and press ahead. Your tenacity will be rewarded.

Contents

My principal sources

Transcend the Mundane, one of the Newcreator’s three superpowers

Why transcend the mundane?

Mundane and primal worlds

Mundane world

Primal world

Intent, the generative impulse

What is intent?

What intent is not

What is intent’s purpose?

What is the source of intent?

Channelling intent: the radio metaphor

Some others who have written about intent

How do you transcend the mundane?

My principal sources

Newcreate | Principal mind-body-spirit sources
Elsewhere on this website I remark that mind-body-spirit is just a convenient fiction. Each one of us is an undivided whole, and the abstracted parts work together in ways we will never fully understand.

Transcend the Mundane, one of the Newcreator’s three superpowers

The superpower Transcend the Mundane is a synthesis of the creative powers Openness, Faith and Groundedness.

The Newcreator's mind, body and spirit
Faith is “a critical but curious mind’s readiness to adopt a reality model (even if provisionally) for which there is less than absolute, empirical proof” (Jay B. Gaskill).

It is not an abstract concept, but experienced in the heart as an unbending commitment to enriching the world with value, meaning and joy.

 Faith is a precondition for activating the three superpowers
Faith is a precondition for activating the three superpowers.

Without faith, the superpower Transcend the Mundane will remain dormant, because the rational mind will reject the idea of enriching the world through unconditional service, and it will refuse to acknowledge the reality of the generative impulse I call Intent, of which more in a few moments.

FAITH is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence1 can be harnessed and used by humanity.

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich!, chapter 2
1. Infinite Intelligence and intent have very similar meanings. Read about Infinite Intelligence
Until Transcend the Mundane has been activated, the other superpowers — Enrich the World and Create the New — will be unavailable, primal world will be inaccessible, intent will be absent, and the synthetic form of imagination will prevail.

Newcreators must put logic on hold, quieten negative self-talk, silence the inner critic, set aside scepticism and proceed with playful curiosity, an experimental attitude and trusting acceptance. Proof will show up along the way, vindicating earlier faith.

+ Stages of faith
  1. Intuitive-Projective: confusion and of high impressionability through stories and rituals (pre-school period).
  2. Mythic-Literal: provided information is accepted to conform with social norms (school-going period).
  3. Synthetic-Conventional: the faith acquired is concreted in the belief system with the forgoing of personification and replacement with authority in people or groups that represent one’s beliefs (early late adolescence).
  4. Individuative-Reflective: the person critically analyzes adopted and accepted faith with existing systems of faith. Disillusion or strengthening of faith happens in this stage. Based on needs, experiences, and paradoxes (early adulthood).
  5. Conjunctive faith: people realize the limits of logic and, facing the paradoxes or transcendence of life, accept the “mystery of life” and often return to the sacred stories and symbols of the pre-acquired or re-adopted faith system. This stage is called negotiated settling in life (mid-life).
  6. Universalizing faith: this is the “enlightenment” stage where the person comes out of all the existing systems of faith and lives life with universal principles of compassion and love and in service to others for uplift, without worries and doubt (middle-late adulthood, 45–65 years old and beyond).
No hard-and-fast rule requires that people pursue faith by going through all six stages. There is a high probability for people to be content and fixed in a particular stage for a lifetime; stages 2–5 are such stages. Stage 6 is the summit of faith development. This state is often considered as “not fully” attainable.

Source: James W. Fowler, cited in Wikipedia — Faith
The last of these is the faith that Newcreators seek to experience.
Read a selection of quotes about faith
Openness establishes a connection to the originating aspect of intent, which seeks to initiate new creations.

Groundedness establishes a connection to the evolutionary aspect, which seeks to bring these creations to fruition and fully realise their value generation potential.

Why transcend the mundane?

Newcreators transcend the mundane in order to enter primal world and become a channel for intent, the generative impulse with two constituents I call the originating aspect and the evolutionary aspect.

By becoming a channel for intent, your creative (in contrast to synthetic) imagination is awakened, enabling you to envision potent possibilities for enriching the world, or a particular piece of it, with value, meaning and joy.

Also awakened is the power required to bring into being new creations that convert these possibilities into actuality.

Further, your work is infused with purpose, vitality and joy.

Note that Newcreators do not shun mundane world. Rather, they inhabit each world in accordance with the demands of the particular set of circumstances. Primal world is not the place to be when filling out your tax return or shopping for groceries.

You have to understand that there are dimensions. In the dimension we call the world2, a person needs logic. He needs it badly. He needs to be able to analyze and take apart things and put them back together again. He needs to spot flaws in reasoning and multiple deceptions. He needs to recognize formal arguments and trace them all the way through from assumptions to conclusions. But in the dimension where creative power operates3, where things happen that most certainly impact this world, all bets are off. He needs to understand and experience and launch a kind of vast freedom for his own imagination that takes him entirely out of the realm of being a normal person, a foolish and provincial “realist,” a mechanically thinking human. He has to go light-years past that. He has to stop pretending he is some kind of scientist. In other words, he has to stop burying his own power. Two dimensions, two capabilities.

Jon Rappoport, The Magician Awakes, cited in The Space, the Magician, and the Man of Science, also by Jon Rappoport
2. Mundane world.
3. Primal world.

Mundane and primal worlds

Mundane world

Mundane world is where you spend most of your waking life. It is a two-dimensional world of descriptions. If something can be named, described and defined, it is part of mundane world.

Don Juan Matus, the teacher of Carlos Castaneda, explains this at length and with great humour here, referring to mundane world as the tonal and to primal world as the nagual. His exposition is profound and entertaining, and you will soon get used to these odd-looking words.

Situated in mundane world, you think you are experiencing the meal but in truth you are eating the menu.

As if that isn’t bad enough, possibilities for generative thought and action are hampered by a barrage of constructs, rules, norms, codes and beliefs.

Mundane world is a product of the brain’s left hemisphere. The psychiatrist and neuroscience researcher Dr. Iain McGilchrist lists these left hemisphere attributes among others:

  • Attention is local, narrow, focused.
  • Sees parts, not wholes.
  • Sees an inanimate world of things.
  • Thinking is decontextualized and systematic.
  • The world is like a map, a schema, a diagram, a theory — something two dimensional.
  • Helps us manipulate the world.

In his classic 1937 book Think and Grow Rich (pdf of entire book), Napoleon Hill contrasts creative imagination with synthetic imagination:

SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION: Through the faculty of synthetic imagination, one may arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations4. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of he who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.

CREATIVE IMAGINATION: Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence5. It is the faculty through which ‘hunches’ and ‘inspirations’ are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.

4. Today, this is known as combinatorial creativity.
5. Napoleon Hill’s Infinite Intelligence is similar in meaning to Edward Matchett’s media (see other terms he used) and Carlos Castaneda’s intent | Read more about Infinite Intelligence
Synthetic imagination corresponds with Leftside and mundane world. Creative imagination corresponds with Rightside and primal world.

Leftside is both an enabler and a tyrant, enabling you to get things done but making you a slave to reason, commanding the use of synthetic imagination and insisting that creative imagination does not and cannot exist.

Primal world

Primal world is a place of pure perception: unfiltered, uncodified and unconceptualised. It is a reality you would experience if raised in the wilderness by wolves. Primal world cannot be described; it can only be experienced.

The nagual is the part of us for which there is no description – no words, no names, no feelings, no knowledge.

Don Juan Matus in conversation with Carlos Castaneda | See The Totality of Oneself: The Tonal and the Nagual
The doorway to primal world is the brain’s right hemisphere as described by Iain McGilchrist. These are some of the attributes he lists:

  • Attention is global, broad, vigilant, flexible, sustained.
  • Sees the bigger picture and sees things whole and in their context.
  • Sees an animate world where things presence to us, rather than being re-presented.
  • Sees the world that is being mapped.
  • Helps us understand the world.
Remember that primal world awareness (second attention) is a prerequisite for channelling intent.

Intent, the generative impulse

What is intent?

In the series of books authored by Carlos Castaneda (view list), his teacher Don Juan Matus describes intent as “the force that creates and animates the universe”.

Warriors know that intent is the abstract, the element that propels the warrior; intent is the flow of things, intent is the pervasive force that causes us to perceive; power; the force that permeates everything; intent is what makes the world.

Source: Creative Victory by Tomas
Others have their own names for this force. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich! called it Infinite Intelligence. Some call it spirit. Industrial design and create-the-new pioneer Edward Matchett adopted various names including media, Creative Action, and primal power of the cosmos.

It would be quite good to consider media along the lines of something seeking to manifest through us.

Anthony Blake, Director of Studies at The DuVersity, who knew and collaborated with Edward Matchett
View a list of synonyms and related terms

I refer to intent as a generative impulse, but this is nothing more than a placeholder description. Intent is an aspect of primal world, and names, descriptions and definitions belong to mundane world.

The Tao that can be told of is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; The Named is the mother of all things.

Tao Te Ching

What intent is not

Intent is not a declaration of personal purpose, which would be a Leftside-produced concept of questionable generative potential. All Newcreators share the same purpose: to live in accord with intent.

Intent is unrelated to strategic intent (pdf), a management concept originated by Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad. Intent precedes strategy. Strategy serves intent.

Intent is not the same as intention — see Intent versus Intention; Is there a difference? by Sheri Rosenthal.

Intent is not a resource for us to exploit for self-serving purposes. Rather, we form a creative alliance with it and act as a proxy for those who will experience the value, meaning and joy that will be generated down the track.

Although we can’t tell Intent what to do, Toltecs do invoke it and use it. I know that this seems to be a contradiction in terms. But since we are all part of the one universal life, if our purpose is the same as the purpose of the Infinite, then our command becomes the command of the Infinite. When this happens, we can align with Intent and utilize it in creating our life.

Sheri Rosenthal, Intent versus Intention; is there a difference?

What is intent’s purpose?

Intent does not have a purpose. Intent is purpose. We cannot know why intent does what it does — we can only know what it does.

How the Newcreator becomes a channel for intent
Intent has two constituents. One is the originating aspect, which seeks to initiate new creations. The other is the evolutionary aspect, which seeks to bring these creations to fruition and fully realise their value generation potential.

What is the source of intent?

The source of intent is unknown and unknowable. We might call its source the unmanifest, although the name is irrelevant.

Intent at the impersonal and personal levels
Intent streams from the unmanifest into the manifest through the gap in time.

Nothing is continuous in the manifest realm, not even time.

“Even God’s clock goes tick tock.” —Alfred Karius

So what exists between the smallest units of time, between tick and tock?

Nothing.

The gap in space-time
Read more about the gap in time here: The truly new comes from nothing

Channelling intent: the radio metaphor

The human is something like one of those ancient radios that required an aerial (antenna) and an earth (ground) connection in order to function.

The human is something like one of those ancient radios
Faith is the tuning mechanism. With Faith in the heart, Openness connects to intent’s originating aspect, Groundedness to the evolutionary aspect, and the Groundedness–Faith–Openness composite (147) becomes a channel for intent.

During an appearance on the television show BBC Breakfast, the acclaimed film composer David Arnold was asked how he goes about composing music. He replied: “You walk around with your aerials out and it gets delivered to you. It’s more about feeling it than thinking about it.”

Read more about the radio metaphor

Some others who have written about intent

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Edward Matchett

The Angels

Carlos Castaneda

Napoleon Hill

David Bohm

Edward Matchett

Edward ‘Ted’ Matchett (1929–1998) was a pioneer in the field of industrial design and in the wider create-the-new arena.

Ted was a design engineer who transcended the confines of industrial design to develop methods of creativity of astonishing spiritual genius.

Anthony Blake, The DuVersity | view source

Read more about Edward Matchett

In the First Edition of Creative Action, Matchett talks about Creative Action as something we might do.

Every human being has a creative potentiality greater than he can ever tap. The fact of material existence in a material world is the greatest of his constraints to true freedom. The limitations of his particular personality further inhibit his expression. At any one moment, his mechanical identifications can result in virtual enslavement by his circumstances, without the vision of a better future to which he might aspire.

Behind these apparent constraints to creative expression lie possibilities for freedom. Creative Action is the intelligent search for and proper use of such opportunities. When an opportunity is grasped, and responsibility taken, then the Action has its maximum effect. But Creative Action is really a continuous flow of creative acts; it generates a force that can heal divisions, make better use of all resources, solve urgent problems and bring more meaning into all achievements and pursuits.

By bringing forth people’s latent potentialities in a business, home or social situation, all kinds of breakthroughs become possible. The chief value of Creative Action is that it can bring about an understanding of the essential needs and priorities in a complex world, bringing as its fruits increased harmony and fulfilment. The principles can be summarised as follows:

  1. Action extends consciousness, capability and attainment only where it involves a genuine personal sacrifice.
  2. Action succeeds to the extent that it is needed by and benefits the community as a whole.
  3. Action succeeds to the extent that it complements and gives direction to efforts, impulses, desires and concerns already existing within the immediate and wider community.
  4. Action succeeds to the extent that people can identify with it: thus making that action the true extension or projection of themselves.
  5. Action succeeds to the extent that the negative as well as the positive aspects of human nature are recognised and taken into account.
  6. Action succeeds to the extent that it is a genuine service, well beyond the notions of “doing good”.
  7. Action succeeds to the extent that it becomes at one with the primal creative process, which is active behind and within all the affairs of nature and of man.
Edward Matchett, The Principles for Creative Action, in Creative Action, First Edition (Turnstone Books, 1975)
In the Second Edition, he describes Creative Action as a “stream” that “issues forth” from “the eternal realm”.
  1. The Creative Action of the eternal has a latent, very definite, constant predisposition to produce meaning6 in whatever matter it meets and combines with. Its own nature demands this.
  2. The Creative Action of the eternal always ‘issues forth’ in space-time on a waveband of meaning. Its own nature demands this too, and it must always remain true to that nature7.
  3. Creative Action is utterly prolific: not obviously so in most of the works of man – these usually make little or no contact with it – but quite definitely so throughout the natural world where it drives and sustains everything, including the entire process of Evolution.
  4. Creative Action can become the chief and constant component of all our ‘own’ work and play – and, when it does, all that we put our hands to thus gains a wealth of meaning and appropriateness.
  5. We can learn to link with a stream of Creative Action so fully that it seems that all we think and do originates from within ourselves, rather than from the eternal realm. This degree of rapport and unification with Creative Action is exhilarating and deeply satisfying.
Source of the five statements: Author’s Introductory Comment, Creative Action, Second Edition (2010), by Edward Matchett | Read the full Introductory Comment elsewhere on this website
6. Matchett defines meaning as “that which makes life and work truly worthwhile”.
7. He is referencing his 5M equation: Appropriate form requires and demands that Media-plus-Matter be Made Meaningful in time dt {the immediate Moment we label ‘now’). dt (𝛿t) is delta time, which has two meanings, detailed here. For Matchett, delta time is not in fact “the immediate Moment” but rather the nothingness between two moments.
Read more about Edward Matchett

The Angels

What happened in Matchett’s life during the 35 years between the two editions that led to the shift from Creative Action as something we might do, to Creative Action as something that inspires, helps or even compels us to do?

The answer, at least in part, is his discovery of the book Talking with Angels, a collection of esoteric teachings given by four ‘angels’ in Hungary during the Second World War.

The English language version of Talking with Angels first appeared in 1988 and I have a photocopy of a handwritten index made by Matchett, so this is a plausible explanation.

These are some of the relevant themes running through the Angels’ teachings:

  • Our task is to become a conscious link between the created world (the manifest, actuality, matter, the temporal) and the creating world (the unmanifest, possibility, spirit, the eternal). The book’s explanatory diagrams (see here) led to the discovery of the seven creative powers.
  • Joy is also our task.
  • In order to transcend the mundane, we must understand that matter, feelings and thoughts belong to “the world of opposites” (mundane world) and become aware of how they act in us.
  • We have a seventh sense: Light-Awareness (the sixth is a union of the five, which some would call intuition). Light-Awareness is our ability to channel and co-create with intent. Read more about Light-awareness
  • Instead of fixing what is broken or rearranging what already exists, we must create the truly new.
  • Time is not what we think it is.
The crack in space-time

The gateway to the narrow path is: Omega – Alpha.
The one who passes through it bodily – in time – steps into death.
The one who passes through it spiritually – beyond time – steps into eternity.
Can you measure time between Omega and Alpha?
A fleeting instant ends – a new instant begins.
Between the two, there is no time.
BETWEEN THEM IS ETERNITY.
There is a gateway to eternity:
It opens not at the beginning, but at the end.
The Creator sets in motion
and the new instant is;
the old is no more.

AT THE DEATH OF EACH INSTANT
YOU CAN ENTER INTO ETERNITY,
INTO THE CREATING WORLD.
AND THERE YOU – YOURSELF – SET IN MOTION.

The Angels | Read more here: The truly new comes from nothing
Further reading

Talking with Angels

The truly new comes from nothing

Carlos Castaneda

In the Carlos Castaneda books, don Juan Matus describes as “the force that creates and animates the universe”. The term Divine energy also appears.

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill, in his 1937 bestseller Think and Grow Rich!, uses the term Infinite Intelligence.

“Infinite Intelligence” is the term Hill uses to describe “God,” or “Divine Power,” or the “Supreme Being” at work in the universe and whose influence is felt everywhere within it. His conception of God, or Infinite Intelligence, is richly textured and multi-faceted. God, to Hill, is more than a divinely spiritual, personal, moral force. God is a source of intelligence, direct communication, and exchange of information—between the Supreme Intelligence itself and the individual, and even between individuals. It is clear that Hill writes primarily from a Judeo-Christian perspective, but his view of Infinite Intelligence is nonsectarian and widely encompassing. As you read the book, notice how Hill sees Infinite Intelligence at work in the lives of Jesus, Gandhi, and Mohammed, as well as in all individuals whose mental states are “attuned” to the power of Infinite Intelligence. Hill is never “preachy” about Infinite Intelligence and how one should respond to it, but to fully understand and utilize The Think and Grow Rich Philosophy, it is necessary to understand the part that Infinite Intelligence—God—plays in it.

Ross Cornwell, Endnotes, Think and Grow Rich! The Original Version, Restored and Revised | Download pdf—397 pages

David Bohm

Consciousness is much more of the implicate order than it is of matter8 … Yet at a deeper level, [matter and consciousness] are actually inseparable and interwoven, just as in the computer game the player and the screen are united by participation.

Source: David Bohm, 1987, as quoted (probably misquoted – see note below) in Towards a Theory of Transpersonal Decision-Making in Human-Systems (2007) by Joseph Riggio, p. 66 | see Wikiquote
8. This widely-quoted passage begins: Consciousness is much more of the implicate order than is of matter. This makes no sense unless is of matter is changed to it is of matter. David Bohm is saying that consciousness is less of the explicate order (matter, the manifest) and more of the implicate order (the unmanifest). I have amended the quote accordingly.

How do you transcend the mundane?

We all shift into primal world unconsciously under certain conditions — for example when walking in nature, sitting in the sun, dancing or listening to music. As a Newcreator, you must be able to do so consciously and at will.

Method 1: Solo

In your everyday life, you can transcend the mundane and channel intent by means of the breathing cycle described below.

Before you begin, you must be in a state of faith, with all constructs, rules, norms, codes and beliefs packed into a suitcase and left in a locker to be reclaimed later.

Having done that, imagine a satellite dish perched on top of your head, acting as a receiver of intent’s originating aspect.

Also imagine there is an earth rod connecting your tailbone to the ground beneath your feet, acting a receiver of the evolutionary aspect.

Choose a sacred name for each aspect. I have adopted the name Father for the originating aspect and Mary for the evolutionary aspect. The names are not really that important as long as they are respectful and you feel comfortable using them.

Transcend the mundane with breath
As you slowly inhale, imagine intent’s evolutionary aspect rising from the earth, all the way up your spine to the top of your head where the satellite dish sits9. While this is happening, subvocalise Father (or whatever name you have chosen).

As you slowly exhale, imagine drawing the originating aspect down from the satellite dish, all the way down your spine to your tailbone, then down through the earth rod and into the ground10. While this is happening, subvocalise Mary (etc).

Continue with this breathing cycle for several minutes, all the while noticing the energy mounting in your heart11. This is the energy that powers unconditional service, and this is unconditional love made manifest.

With practice, the breathing cycle will become second nature and you will simply inhale and exhale while subvocalising the sacred names.

9. Creative power: Openness.
10. Creative power: Groundedness.
11. Creative power: Faith.

Method 2: Group

In your professional life, at the start of a create-the-new project, you and your fellow Newcreators can transcend the mundane, enter primal world and channel intent by means of an immersive process named Readiness work.

This is described in detail here: Readiness work sets the create-the-new project in motion.

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External websites

The Energetic Marriage of Love & Intent, by Della Van Hise

Four Stages of Groundedness, by John J. Prendergast

Intent, by Lorraine Voss, Female Warrior

Intent versus Intention; Is there a difference? by Sheri Rosenthal

The Toltec Power of Intent, by Théun Mares

Immediate Learning Method, by Anthony Blake, who developed it in collaboration with Edward Matchett

The Manifest and the Unmanifest, by Peter Russell

Readers reply: what are thoughts? Where do they come from – and where do they go? (short answer: no one knows) on The Guardian website

River Kenna proposes various ways of balancing the hemispheres in this Substack

There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought, by Steve Ayan, on Scientific American website

The True Calling to Transcend the Mundane (pdf) by Charles J. Schriver

This website

Creative imagination at work

Creative Victory — a discourse on the collected works of Carlos Castaneda, by Tomas

Edward Matchett: industrial design and create-the-new pioneer

Experiencing divine wisdom in ordinary living, by Edward Matchett

How Newcreators use mind, body and spirit to create the new and enrich the world

Iain McGilchrist and his hemisphere theory

Imagination — two forms: synthetic and creative

Selected quotes about the power of creative imagination

Seven creative powers and three superpowers

Create the New

Enrich the World

Synthetic imagination and creative imagination

Talking with Angels — origin and themes

Think and Grow Rich!

The tonal and the nagual

The truly new comes from nothing

Unconditional service

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