Archetype—A common pattern of behavior that reveals the deeper systemic structures, templates, or codes for the way things form, grow, develop, and evolve. An archetype can also be a psychic or cultural pattern that animates the behavior of a person or a collective of people.
Avatar—From the Sanskrit word “avatāra,” which is a concept in Hinduism that refers to the incarnation of divine qualities that descend into human form. In this book we refer to “Avatar” as a quality of our Cosmic self, which acts as a Cosmic interface between the local and nonlocal realities of consciousness.
Complexity—A nonlinear state of connectivity that emerges from the multiple levels of interdependent connections and relationships. Not to be confused with “complicatedness,” which refers to a situation or event that is not easy to understand.
Cosmos—From the Greek word “Kosmos,” which means “ordered whole” and is also used to refer to the Universe as an orderly, harmonious living system.
Cosmic Architecture—The innate holographic structures, codes, and archetypes of information that shape and influence the way our physical universe forms, grows, and evolves [see also Implicate Order, and Information].
Cosmic Hologram—Based on emerging research in physics which suggests that the Universe is a Cosmic hologram because it is informationally unified at all levels and scales of existence [see also Implicate Order, Information, and Holographic Principle].
Evolution—An emergent process of learning and development from the tiniest pixels to the larger realities of stars, planets, and each of us, which unfolds via increasing embodied complexity and deepening evolutionary coherence [see also Complexity, and Evolutionary Coherence].
Evolutionary Coherence—A dynamic state of harmonic resonance and spontaneous collaboration between the diverse elements and relationships of complex living systems. A natural state of attunement to the innate wholeness and unity of life [see also Evolution].
Fractal—Infinitely complex patterns that repeat in a self-creative and self-replicating manner through all dimensions of life. We can discover fractals in the ways flower petals grow and open as unfolding spirals, as well as in the growth patterns of trees and weather patterns. The Cosmic architecture of life is fractal [see also Cosmic Architecture, and Cosmic Hologram].
Holographic Principle—A principle in physics that suggests how the appearance of our physical universe as a three-dimensional space originates from a two-dimensional holographic surface or boundary that is mathematically (informationally) encoded at the smallest level of physical reality [see also Cosmic hologram].
Imaginal—A future creative state of consciousness that extends beyond the “imaginative” and connects us with the transformative powers of the Universe in the way we think, perceive, and respond.
Implicate Order—A term coined by physicist David Bohm to explain how the physical Universe is part of an undivided holographic wholeness of consciousness, and emerges from more fundamental implicate orders or structures of reality that precede space-time [see also Holographic Principle].
Information—The primary entity from which physical reality is constructed, and also the building blocks of consciousness. Life is informationally unified, which suggests that both energy-matter and space-time are complementary expressions of information.
Nonlocality—A principle of quantum physics which Albert Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance.” Classical physics suggests that physical reality is local, which means that a measurement at one point in space cannot influence what occurs at another point in space, if the distance between the points is large enough. However, quantum physics predicts that physical reality is essentially nonlocal, which means that under certain conditions, a measurement of one particle will correlate instantaneously with the state of another particle, even if the physical distance between the particles is many light-years away. Nonlocality thus suggests that particles at more fundamental levels of reality are informationally correlated. We also use the concept of nonlocality to refer to unity states of consciousness and our creative partnership with the Universe [see also Holographic Principle].
Renaissance—A renaissance is a period of significant rebirth, regeneration, and transformation that is often preceded by periods of collapse and crises.
Superposition State—A quantum realm of potentiality where all possible states simultaneously co-exist prior to being observed.
Thrivability—Our innate ability to develop our capacities and actualize our potentials in ways that are generative, life-affirming, and future creative.