IHCMD - Institute for Human Conceptual and Mental Development


 

What We Do

 

The Institute conducts research and study, advocates, promotes and facilitates education and training in mental development and growth, establishing the necessary internal mental conditions for a sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful future. Providing the conceptual foundation, the framework of understanding and the mental faculties to understand and manage human existence and development, existing in and as part of a constantly changing and transforming world in environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and individually secure and peaceful ways, within the natural parameters, the boundaries and limits of existence set by nature.

It involves questioning and moving beyond traditional views and understanding, analyses and responses, conventional wisdom and established practices. Considering and understanding existence and development, issues, conditions, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions at a more fundamental level, in their essence, in a holistic way, a differentiated, but integrated, connected and related way, in depth and detail. That is, going beyond symptoms and consequences, to understand and address the deeper-rooted problems, causes and developments. Going beyond the socio-cultural level, established beliefs, views, values, conventions and practices, to consider and understand the issues at the level of the natural conditions of existence. And going beyond technological, institutional and regulatory issues, causes, answers and solutions, to consider and understand them in the first instance in human terms, in terms of human behaviour and actions, what lies behind, defines and governs them.

It involves considering, understanding and dealing with existence and development, issues, conditions, demands and challenges, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions from the ground up, at the level of the natural conditions of existence. 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. The natural conditions 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. It involves beginning with the individual, every individual, in all areas of human activity, in all sectors and at all levels of society, in private and in public life, and starting with the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self.

This contrasts with how traditionally and today we understand and manage existence and development, from the top down and from the outside in, in an externalized, fragmented, generalized, and disconnected way, in the abstract. 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 beliefs, views, values, conventions and structures on nature and the natural environment. 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. Understanding and managing external conditions and the world around us to understand and manage ourselves, the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self. Collectively trying to rearrange, control and direct nature and the natural environment, natural development and change, to create the ideal external, socio-cultural and physical-material conditions of an ordered, stable, secure and predictable world around us. Dividing and separating a connected, integrated and interacting reality and natural 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.

Beginning with the individual and starting with the mind involves education and training in mental development and growth developing the knowledge, the understanding and the mental faculties to understand and deal with the mind as the place where we consciously exist and act, where the inner mental life takes place and where the mental self is active. The place where by nature we are individually in charge and in control, where we must actively be engaged, and where we must take responsibility for everything we do and we engage in. Understanding and dealing with the mind as the place where we experience, become aware, and where we must consider the conditions of existence, our own individual mental and physical existence and development and the world around us, and how to deal with them.

Understanding the nature, elements and processes, the conditions, needs, demands and challenges of the mind, the inner mental life and the mental self, and the role and responsibility in them that by nature are individually ours to understand and manage, how to manage and deal with them. Establishing and maintaining the necessary internal mental conditions - a sense of self, the human and the mental self, mental order and stability, clarity of mind and understanding, and a sense of certainty, security and confidence, in everything we do and we engage in. Dealing in the mind with conditions, needs, demands and challenges of existence, problems and difficulties, change and changing conditions when only a minimum in mental work, effort and adjustment are required, and before they develop into larger problems, difficulties and crises, which we are no longer able to deal with alone.

Understanding our mental needs and how to meet them, in non-material ways, in the mind, through individual mental work and effort. 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. Moreover, engaging in a process of continuous, life-long mental self-development and growth. Continuously, in light of constant change and changing conditions, reconsider, change, correct and improve the knowledge, the understanding and the mental faculties on which we rely, how we develop and use them. Reconsider, change, correct and improve, whenever necessary and required, in the face of problems and difficulties, failures, errors and mistakes in what we do and we engage in, 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.






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