The Witness or Will (𝍅) is Yang to the Yin of (𝍆), which may be pronounced as either Oneness or The Word. The usual understanding is that Witnessing generates a causal state of Oneness, which is a via negativa (negative path) to realization. The /n/s in Oneness return The Way to the Letter of Negativity at the previous Station. The orthodox Buddhist understanding of Witness is accurate enough, but it is a “backwards” move, one which can be falsely understood as meaning “there is no more, nothing more to be realized”. But the Word’s /r/ phoneme is a forward-looking ascent to the next Station, which is associated with nonduality. The RD in Word returns the Witness to Duality via (Nondual) Realization, as it were.
Yes, a stable realization of the Witness is a key feature of Audi-Mind (or Overmind in AQAL), but what does the Witness observe? The Throne of Witnessing (𝍅) is Yin to the Throne of the Mind (𝌼) — just notice the shift from Yang to Yin at the second mark. The Witness “negates” the Mind, but not the Meta-Mind, not Mentality itself, not Meaningfulness.
The Witness (𝍅) is the Yang to the Yin of The World (𝍆) — just notice the shift from Yang to Yin at the fourth mark.
Overmind begins with the Witness, with the “negation” or “fulfillment” of Mind in The Way. But the very next step is the realization of World Consciousness. Understanding that you have the Worlds on your shoulders, so to speak, all the Worlds within your ability to grasp mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. They all enact themselves through YOU. The burden is extraordinary to act not as an individual self seeking his/her/their own enlightenment or salvation, or a collective seeking its own equalization and justice, but as the Worlds themselves struggling at the Throne of the World, which is a Wartime Throne, grasping for survival in a potentially hostile World-environs.
Until your Identity has Wedded itself as a World among Worlds, you are not in the Audi-Mind, you are merely experiencing a state of Waking as a Witness to a more partial sense of identity. You are witnessing a few feet in front of you, or a few feet behind, or your neighborhood. You are not the World in itself, breathing and enacting and struggling for the Health of the Spiral of Wholeness.
Here is a test if you are living in the Audi-Mind. When you use Words (𝍆𝌃), are you using them such that the World itself, all who are listening in body or ether, in any language whatsoever, can hear you and recognize themselves in you? Do your Words resonate on the causal and subtle level as well as the gross? Or are they poisoned with cacophany, sarcasm, crudeness, vulgarity, and meanness of Babel, twisted and deformed sockpuppets of the ego and its shadowy minions?
Are you ready, really READY, for your words to CAUSE what they purport to say? If not, flee the Audi-Mind! You are not ready to Hear the causal conditions of your own utterances as a Creator of Worlds. To Hear, truly Hear, is to Here. You will do damage thinking you are there when you are not.
Words are not left behind in the move from subtle to causal realms. The Word (𝍆𝌃) is the deep heart of the Audi-Mind’s first tripartate phase of formation. The Word is the Yung to the Yang of Functioning (𝌐𝌃) and the Yin of Authority (𝌫𝌃). The Witness is not so deep, but it alone can activate the field in which the Word reverberates in its beauty and life-giving power.
If you still think the Witness is all there is to the causal realm of the Audi-Mind, please, you have had Wool pulled over your eyes by misleading True Self teachers who didn’t know any better. You have seen but a tenth of the Eighth Station. Remove the Wool, and encounter the Audi-Mind.
Pet peeve of the day. I just want to say that I often find many True Self teachers incredibly annoying (these folks are usually but not always inspired by Zen or Western Buddhism) when they teach about the worthlessness of words. Isn’t it obvious these folks are SPIRITUAL BYPASSING big-time by leaving out the subtle realizations and trying to go straight to causal? Yikes.
Whatever else you want to say about the subtle realm (in particular, Station Six and Station Seven corresponding to Indigo and Violet), it is great for Map-Making. And with a pretty good Map, you start to realize that Station Eight — Audi-Mind or Overmind — is only 10% about the Witness realized in formless meditations (e.g., Vipassana), and that Witnessing (detaching from the “mind”) is merely the earliest and most basic part of Station Eight. But to listen to a typical True Self teacher, that’s all there is. They have a rotten map.
I prefer the term Audi-Mind to Overmind to describe Station Eight or the eighth stage of consciousness, associated with the Ultraviolet altitude or causal state in AQAL Integral Theory. In Integral Magic, this station is linked to the Month of the Violet Heart, the Element of Vowel (Au), and the Subtle Energy Mark of Yung-Yin (𝌄).
“Audir” means To Hear in Interlingua. Thus, Audi-Mind is literally the “Hearing Mind”. H is the second Letter of this station (𝌄⚋), and Here is the home of the station of Wholeness. What is Here is Whole. To Hear is to Enact Wholeness.
Audi-Mind is the Ground, the inceptor and receiver of Sound, and it goes Round (the Wheel). From The Way which greets us in silence in the first pentagram of this Station to the climactic Alignment of Wheels at the Station’s close, there is more the sense of this Station going to the “within” of things, staying close to the Here and Home, with “wheels planted on the ground”, not the sense of rising to another place.
Of course, Au also is close in meaning to “Out”, which is way of talking about Transcendence (and this station pairs with Station Two, which is all about Immanence). But Outwardness is not the same as Overness. “Out” as a direction seems to radiate from a center in all directions. “Over” suggests something that rests on top, or an arrow pointing up.
What does Overmind do? In the sound meanings of Lingua-U, the sound /ov/ is associated with That Which Is Extra. Like a standing Ovation is Extra applause. Thus, the term Over seems better suited to my ears for the Indigo altitude (which is also called Para-Mind in AQAL Integral Theory).
In the final books of The Kalendar Series, humankind faces its most devastating challenge at the Nadir (2,111 CE): The Doomsday Scenario.
In the Days of the Blue Castle, the world’s civilizations have suffered a collapse of monumental proportions. The world’s storehouses of electronic knowledge and the computer systems necessary to access them have failed. The electrical systems have been obliterated. We have long since lost touch with satellites. But there are books containing words in many different languages. And there are wise elders, though these elders disagree among themselves regarding the proper meaning of things and how to go about organizing society. Therefore rule has fallen to the strongest and the most ruthless: gangs, pirates, and criminal enterprises.
The way of putting the world back together starts again with Lingua-U: a metalanguage, an atlas, a numbering system, a magical divination system, and a calendar. It contains a node for all the words of the world’s languages, and a spot for every Kosmic Address recorded by the elders of the Blue Castle from an infant’s symbiotic awareness to the highest stages of nondual ternary, nonternary quaternary, and nonquaternary quintenary realizations.
Books are scarce; most were burned for warmth. There are no stable churches. But there are oral traditions which have risen to make sense of the Apocalypse. Many survivors of the Nadir have memorized sacred Books such as The Bible and The Koran and The Kalendar. Oral traditions tell the stories of Wisdom once more, as elders (women and men in their thirties or forties) scrawl Tai Hsuan Ching marks and Arabic characters with sticks in the mud. Human beings come and go in the wildlands, but hope remains on the other side of the Nadir.
These are the days of Nature in the Dark Night of the World … but according to The Kalendar, a new civilization will rise in the Third Millennium CE that is more Actualized, Wise, Humane, Realized, and Lightened than any before. It began, after the Nadir, with the return of Magic.
And deep in the jungles of South America, psychic voyagers travel with their minds in time to change the past, and receive help from one of the Worlds of the Timelines of Naif which were spared the Nadir.