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Making the 21st Century the Century
of the Mind and Mental Development

 


Establishing the Necessary Internal Mental Conditions
for a Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Future

 

The Mind is too Valuable a Natural Resource to be Wasted,
and too Vital a Part of Life to be Ignored

 


The Mind, our Inner Mental Life and the Mental Self

The mind is where we consciously exist and act, it is where our inner mental life takes place and where the mental self is active. The mind is where we experience, become aware and where we must consider the conditions of existence, our own mental and physical existence and development and the world around us, our role and responsibility in them, and how to manage and deal with them. It is where in the first instance we must deal with the conditions, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions of existence and the world around us. The mind is where by nature we are individually in charge and in control, where we must actively be engaged, and where we must take responsibility for what we do and we engage in, individual behaviour and actions. It is where we make choices and decisions, define aims, goals and objectives, and where we must consider, plan, organize and manage our behaviour and actions. We are conscious of our inner mental life and existence, what takes place and what we do in the mind. We experience it, we are aware of it, and we must deal with it.

What takes place and what we do in the mind define and govern how we understand and manage human existence and development. It defines and governs what we do and we engage in, in all areas of human activity, in all sectors and at all levels of society. What takes place and what we do in the mind define and govern how we view, understand and conduct ourselves individually, how we relate and interact with each other, and how we deal with the world around us. It defines and governs how we deal with, respond and adjust to change, changing conditions, needs, demands and challenges. Problems and difficulties, limits and shortcomings, errors and mistakes, in what we do and we engage in, in views and understanding, in skills and practices, choices and decisions, goals and objectives, in behaviour and action, have their roots and beginnings in the mind. It is in the mind where the answers and solutions must start.


Establishing and Maintaining the Necessary Internal Mental Conditions

Dealing with the conditions of existence and the world around us in constructive ways requires establishing and maintaining the necessary internal mental conditions, before dealing with external conditions, with others and the world around us. We need to establish and maintain a sense of self, mental order and stability, clarity of mind and understanding, a sense of certainty, security and confidence. Establish and maintain a sense of the human and the mental self. Consider, order and arrange what enters the mind, in experience, thoughts, ideas, notions and recollections, according to their relevance and importance and the order in which they need to be dealt with. Establish clarity of mind and understanding about what enters the mind and awareness, what we face and have to deal with, the conditions that lie behind them, and how to deal with them. Establish and maintain a sense of certainty, security and confidence, about our ability to deal with conditions, demands and challenges we face, without knowing beforehand what they are.

Establishing and maintaining the necessary internal mental conditions requires understanding the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self - nature, elements and processes, conditions, needs, demands and challenges, our role and responsibility in them, how to manage and deal with them. It requires understanding what takes place, what enters, what we do and need to do, what we must establish, develop and maintain in the mind.


Failing to Understand and Manage the Mind and Mental Existence

Failing to understand and manage the mind and mental existence, establish and maintain the necessary internal mental conditions, we fail to understand the conditions of existence and the world around us, which lie behind and which are reflected in our experience, our role and responsibility in them, and how to deal with them.

More importantly, failing to understanding mind we fail to understand the fundamentals and essentials, the natural conditions of existence, which in the first instance define and govern human existence and development, which lie beyond our control, but which we must deal with and accommodate, to which we must respond and adjust. We fail to understand the natural condition, needs, demands and challenges of existence that are common to all human beings, which lie behind and which are reflected in human experience, the experience of every individual human being.

Failing to understand the natural conditions of existence, we are liable to contradict, conflict with, or fall short of them in what we do and we engage in. Contradicting, conflicting with and/or falling short of the natural conditions of existence we create problems and difficulties for the individual, for others, society, the human species, nature, and the natural environment.

That is, we create problems and difficulties for ourselves, for others and the world around us if we fail to understand and manage the mind and our inner mental life and existence, establish and maintain the necessary internal mental conditions, because we are liable to contradict, conflict with or fall short of the natural conditions of existence.

We create the kind of problems and difficulties we face locally and globally around the world today - persisting and growing cultural, religious, racial, political, social, economic, environmental, interpersonal and individual problems, difficulties and crises, competition, conflict, confrontation and violence. Including associated negative results and consequences such as greed, corruption and dishonesty, injustice and inequality, domination, exploitation, marginalization, poverty and starvation, mental problems, substance abuse, addiction and suicide.


Direction of the Answers and Solutions

The answers and solutions, avoiding the problems and difficulties we face and we create requires changing how we understand and manage existence and development. It requires understanding and managing existence and development in ways that do not contradict, conflict with or fall short of the natural conditions of existence. It requires understanding and managing existence and development in sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful ways.

Understanding and managing existence and development, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions, everything we do and we engage in, from the ground up and from the inside out, beginning with the individual, the mind and mental existence, the inner mental life and the mental self. Not understanding and managing existence and development, as traditionally is the case, in the collective, from the top down and from the outside in.

We need to understand and manage existence and development starting at the level of the natural condition of existence, which in the first instance define and govern human existence and development, which lie beyond our control, but which we must deal with and accommodate, to which we must respond and adjust. The natural condition of existence that are common to all human beings, which lie behind human experience, the experience of every individual human being. Not, as traditionally has been the case, understanding and managing existence and development from the human-created socio-cultural level, the level of different, competing and conflicting beliefs, views, values, conventions and practices, down to the level of the natural conditions of existence, superimposing human-created conditions on the natural condition of existence. Understanding and managing existence and development in the collective from the social, political, economic, scientific and technological level down to the level of the individual.

Existence and development, everything we do and we engage in, need to be understood and managed within the natural parameters, the boundaries and limits of existence set by nature. Not trying to rearrange, control and direct nature and the natural environment, natural development and change, to create the ideal external conditions of existence, of a stable, ordered and predictable world around us.

We need to understand and manage existence and development from inside the mind, where we consciously exist and act, where we experience, become aware, and where we must consider the conditions of existence and the world around us, our role and responsibility in them, how to manage and deal with them. Understanding and dealing with the world around us through understanding and managing our inner mental life and existence. Not understanding and managing existence and development from the outside in, understanding and managing external conditions and the world around us to understand and manage ourselves, the mind and mental existence.

We must individually establish and maintain the necessary internal mental conditions, in everything we do and we engage in, before engaging and dealing with external conditions, with others, and the world around us. Not collectively trying to create the ideal external, socio-cultural and physical-material conditions, of an ordered, stable, secure and predictable world around.

Moreover, existence and development, conditions, needs, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions, everything we face and we have to deal with, need to be understood and managed in their essence, in depth and detail, in a holistic way, a differentiated, but integrated, connected and related way. Not as traditionally is the case, understanding and managing existence and development in an externalized, fragmented, generalized and disconnected way in the abstract. Dividing and separating a connected, integrated and interacting world into different subject matter, disciplines, fields of study, and areas of human activity, specialization and expertise. Each defined and governed by different, competing and conflicting assumptions, objectives, approaches and practices.


Mental Development and Growth

Establishing the necessary internal mental conditions, to understand and manage existence and development in sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful ways,  requires mental development and growth.

It requires education and training in mental development and growth. The development and growth that are not provided by traditional education and training. It requires education and training in mental development and growth to demystify the mind and our inner mental life and existence, and to empower and enable the individual mentally.

Develop the knowledge, understanding, and the mental faculties to understand and manage the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self. Knowledge and understanding of the nature, elements and processes, conditions, needs, demands and challenges of the mind and mental existence, our role and responsibility in them, how to manage and deal with them, the mental process and steps. Knowldge and understandign of what takes place, what enters, what we do, and what we need to do, what we must establish, develop and maintain in the mind. Understanding them in their essence, in detail and depth, in a holistic way, a differentiated, but integrated, connected and related way. Understanding our mental faculties, how to develop and use them. Developing our natural mental powers and abilities, translating them into the necessary mental skills and practices, and engaging in the required mental work and effort.

Education and training to develop the knowledge, understanding, and the mental faculties to deal in the mind with the conditions, needs, demands and challenges of existence and the world around us in constructive ways, before they develop into larger problems, difficulties and crises. Dealing with them in real time, when they take place and are experience. Not letting what enters the mind and awareness linger unprocessed, until it develops into larger mental problems, difficulties and crises.

Education and training to establish and maintain the necessary internal mental conditions, in everything we do and we engage in before engaging and dealing with external conditions, with others and the world around us. Establish and maintain in the mind a sense of self, the human and mental self, mental order and stability, clarity of mind and understanding, a sense of certainty, security and confidence. Consider, order and arrange what enters the mind and awareness in terms of their origins, relevance and importance, the order in which they need to be dealt with. Establish clarity of mind and understanding, a clear picture in the mind about what we face and how to deal with it. Establish a sense of certainty, security and confidence about our ability, our mental powers and abilities, how to develop and use them, to be able to deal with the demands and challenges of existence, without knowing beforehand what they will be.

Education and training to consider and make sense of what enters the mind and awareness, the conditions that lie behind them, our role and responsibility in them, how to manage and deal with them. Deal with, respond and adjust in the mind to change, changing conditions, needs, demands and challenges, in our own mental and physical existence and in the world around us, when only a minimum in mental work, effort and adjustment are required, before they develop into larger mental problems, difficulties and crises which we can no longer deal with alone. Education and training to develop our mental faculties, our natural mental powers and abilities, translate them into the necessary mental skills and practices, and engage in the required mental work and effort.

Develop the mental powers and abilities to be mentally alert, active and engaged, direct, focus and concentrate the mind and attention, to exercise mental discipline and mental flexibility, to visualize, or see, and to create clear and detailed images and pictures in the mind. The mental powers and abilities to consider and study issues, what enters the mind and awareness, step by step, at length, in depth and detail, until a clear picture emerges in the mind, and conclude about underlying forces, processes, developments and changes. The mental powers and abilities to recall and recollect from memory.

Translate ther natural mental powers and abilities into the mental skills and practices necessary to establish and maintain the necessary internal mental conditions. The mental skills and practices to consider and make sense of what enters the mind and awareness – experience, perceptions, sensations and feelings, thoughts, ideas, notions and recollections, the conditions that lie behind them and how to deal with them. Establish and maintain in the mind a sense of self, the human and mental self, mental order and stability, clarity of mind and understanding, a sense of certainty, security and confidence.

The mental skills and practices to deal with, respond and adjust in the mind to change and changing conditions when only a minimum in mental work, effort and adjustment are required, and before they develop into larger mental problems, difficulties or crises, which we can no longer deal with alone. To make informed and considered choices and decisions, define necessary aims, goals and objectives, and to consider, plan, organize and manage the required behaviour and action. The mental skills and practices to consider and deal with problems and difficulties, limits, shortcomings, failings, errors and mistakes, as well as feelings of fear, stress, anxiety, frustration and depression, and the mental conditions that lie behind them. The mental skills and practices to articulate, put into words, and communicate the clarity of one’s mind and understanding, the choices and decisions one makes, the aims, goals and objectives one pursues, and the behaviour and actions ons considers, plans and engages in.

Education and training to engage in a process of continuous, life-long conceptual and mental self-development and growth. Constantly reconsider, update, correct, change, expand or improve, in light of change and changing conditions, the understanding, the mental powers and abilities, mental skills and practices we develop, on which we rely, how we develop and use them. Reconsider, update, correct, change, expand or improve, whenever necessary and required, the choices and decisions we make, and how we make them, the aims, goals and objectives we pursue, and how we define them, the behaviour and actions in which we engage, and how we consider, plan, organize and manage them.

Individually to be effective, efficient and constructive in everything one does and one engages in, in managing and conducting oneself individually, in relating, interacting and cooperating with others, in dealing with the world around us.


Background Research and Study

The approach and understanding is base on a 20 years research and study project. The project provides the conceptual foundation and the framework of understanding. The project includes research and study of the fundamentals and essentials of existence, the natural conditions, needs, demands and challenges of human existence and development. The natural conditions that in the first instance define and govern human existence and development, which lie beyond our control, but which we must deal with and accommodate, and to which we must respond and adjust. The natural condition, needs, demands and challenges of existence that are common to all human beings, which lie behind and which are reflected in human experience, the experience of every individual human being.

The project includes research and study of the mind and mental existence, the inner mental life and the mental self. Considered and understood on the inside, as the place where we consciously exist and act, as reflected in individual human experience. Understanding on the inside what takes place, what enters, what we do, and what we need to do, what we must establish, develop and maintain in the mind. The nature, elements and processes, conditions, needs, demands and challenges of the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self, the role and responsibility in them that by nature are individually ours to understand and manage, how to manage and deal with them. Understanding them in their essence, in depth and detail, in a holistic way, a differentiated, but integrated, connected and related way.

In addition, the project included research and study of the historical path and direction of human conceptual and mental self-development, which has brought the human species to where we find ourselves today. How through the ages human beings have understood their mind and mental existence, how they made sense of their experience, the conditions that lie behind them, and how to deal with them. The history of development that has taken place in human minds, which lies behind and is reflected in human socio-cultural development.

The stories, mental pictures and images into which human beings have translated their experience of the conditions, needs, demands and challenges of existence, their own mental and physical existence and development and the world around them, and how to deal with them. How today we understand and manage existence and development, including the mind and mental existence. Their limits, shortcomings and contradictions, problematic results and consequences, the problems, difficulties and crises we create and we face today. The direction of the answers and solutions, the direction we need to take in mental self-development and growth, individually, as society and as a species, to understand and manage existence and development in sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful ways, within the natural parameters.

The results and findings of the research and study are available on this web site. On the left-hand side, click on Conceptual Foundation, and on a companion web site, Mental Problems / Problems of the Mind, at http://mentalproblems.ihcmd.org. The results and findings currently are being prepared for publication in two separate volumes, Arrested and Abstracted Development, and Inside the Mind. For a table of contents of each volume you can go to http://www.ihcmdonline.com/ArrestedToC, and to http://www.ihcmdonline.com/InsideToC.

For further information, please contact info_at_ihcmd.org.



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Discussion Paper

Understanding and Managing Existence and Development from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out, in Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Ways


Mental Health,
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Discussion Note

Teen Bullying, Suicide and Mental Health Problems, and the Need for Education and Training in Mental Development and Growth

Mental Health,
the Missing Element

Discussion Paper

Dealing with the Growing Mental Health Crisis, of Persisting and Growing Mental Health Problems, and Resulting Substance Abuse, Addictions and Suicide


Approach and
Conceptual Framework

Below is a series of PowerPoint presentations discussing the approach and the conceptual framework for a sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful future.

Creating the Necessary Conditions for a Sustainable, Peaceful and Secure Future

The Natural Conditions of Existence, and our Role and Responsibility in Them

Inside the Mind: Understanding and Dealing with the Mind as the Place where we Consciously Exist and Act

Establishing and Maintaining the Necessary Internal Mental Conditions

Managing and Improving the Self: Considering, Planning and Organizing Ahead

Development, Change and Transformation from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out

The Human Condition: How as a Species we Got to Where we Find Ourselves Today

Beyond Religion, Philosophy and Science: Existence and Development from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out

Sustainable Development: Understanding and Managing Existence and Development within the Natural Parameters

Education and Training in Conceptual and Mental Development: Education and Training for a Sustainable, Secure and Peaceful Future

Future Scenario: Understanding and Managing Existence and Development from the Ground Up and from the Inside Out

Mental Problems / Problems of the Mind

A Public Service Web Site, De-Stigmatize Mental Problems and Demystify the Mind and Mental Existence. Understanding and Managing the Mind, Mental Existence and Mental Problems from the Inside

A Free Public Service Web Site:
http://www.mentalproblems.ihcmd.org

Environment

Getting the Fundamentals and Essentials Right, Dealing with the Environemtnal and Climate Change

Creating the Necessary Conditions for a Sustainable, Equitable, Secure and Peaceful Future

Taking Action

What We Can Do Individually Today, Dealing with the Global Problems We Face