INFINITY IN A DROP
the consciousness at the core of things

 
 
 
Towards a consciousness-centered psychology, based on the work of Sri Aurobindo
author: Matthijs Cornelissen
last revision: December, 2020

    PREFACE

  1. Why this book is called "Infinity in a drop"
  2. A student's guide: How this book is organised and how to engage with it

    INTRODUCTION

    PART ONE
    WHO AM I?

    A short note before we start with Part One

  1. √   August 2017 week 2,8,10

    Who am I? A first look inside
  2. week 5, 7, 9, 10, 12

    Natural individual development
  3.  

    1. Progressive ascent and integration as binding perspective
    2. Natural development within one life
    3. Development over many lives: reincarnation
    4. Being and becoming, a long-term perspective

    PART TWO
    HOW DO WE KNOW?

    A short note before we start with Part Two

  1. √   part, June 2018

    Types of knowledge and their roles in psychology
  2. week 4,7,10,15

    How to improve the quality of our psychological knowledge
  3.  

    1. The basic issue
    2. Stage one: The purification of the instrument of knowledge 
    3. Stage Two: Mental silence and the witness consciousness
    4. Stage Three: Developing knowledge by intimate direct contact
    5. Stage Four: Developing knowledge by identity
    6. Generic and situated knowledge revisited
  4. √   article, 2006

    Towards a yoga-based research methodology
  5.  

      The text of this chapter has been taken from an article that was written quite a long time back.
      It still needs revision in order to be better adjusted to the context of Infinity in a Drop, and to explore in more detail how the type of knowledge achieved by YBR is not the same as what comes from other types of research.

    1. Research about yoga and research in yoga
    2. The core of the Indian solution: Yoga as research methodology
    3. Four common objections against the use of the pure witness consciousness in psychological research
    4. Research protocols
    5. A few words on philosophical premises and scriptural support in the hard sciences, mainstream psychology and yoga-based research
    6. concluding remarks
  6. week 4,7

    Inner and higher knowledge
  7.  

    1. Introduction
    2. Alternative ways of being conscious in ordinary life
    3. Intuition's lookalikes: examples of "pseudo-intuition"
    4. Three types of the "peer-to-peer" variety of intuitive knowledge
    5. True intuition: unconstructed, pre-existing, true knowledge
    6. Types of true intuition
    7. Knowledge planes
    8. The future of the embodied mind

    PART THREE
    MEETING OTHERS AND THE WORLD

  1. Rasa, the "taste of existence"
  2.  

    1. Emotions: colours and "tastes" of self and nature
    2. Some classical listings
    3. Vital emotions and psychic emotions
    4. Intrinsic delight; why nothing can exist without ananda at its core
    5. Drama and the rasa in things
    6. The Godward emotions
    7. Equanimity and "being there"
  3. week 11,13

    Relationships
  4.  

    1. The pervasiveness of relationships
    2. Different types of relationships
    3. Self-giving and re-owning yourself
    4. Being lonely, alone, all one
    5. Human love and love divine
    6. Love and oneness
  5. week 5,

    Groups
  6.  

    1. Group membership
    2. The group as source of identity
    3. The group as functional unit
    4. Roles and hierarchies within groups
    5. The group as carrier of culture
    6. Conflicts between groups: us against them
    7. Harmony within and between groups
    8. Symphony
  7. week 11,13

    Action and agency, fate and free will
  8.  

    1. What makes me act the way I act?
    2. What is egoless action?
    3. The scope for conscious, self-willed alignment
    4. Is freedom real?

    PART FOUR
    WORKING ON ONESELF

  1. week 5, 7, 9, 10, 12

    Positive and negative motivation for change
  2.  

    1. Mind the gap
    2. Changing the world
    3. Changing oneself
    4. The need for integration
    5. The innate aspiration
    6. ... And what holds us back
    7. The role of pain
    8. The sunlit path
  3. week 12,13

    Basic methods and things that help
  4.  

    1. Aspiration and the Grace that answers
    2. Self-observation as tool: insight and detachment
    3. Knowledge and reason as tools
    4. Silence as tool
    5. Remember and offer
    6. Aspiration, rejection, surrender
    7. Humour, detachment, commitment and love
    8. Helpful attitudes and psychological perfections
    9. The four aids
  5. Dealing with difficulties and dangers
  6.  

    1. Common principles
    2. Dealing with the mind
    3. Dealing with the vital
    4. When mind and vital gang up
    5. Dealing with the body
    6. The unholy trinity
    7. Some common issues
    8. In conclusion: dealing with the ego
  7. Realisation, liberation and transformation
  8.  


    1. Changes within the normal range
    2. Realisation: meeting the infinite
    3. Mukti, liberation
    4. Embracing the shadow
    5. The difference between change and transformation
    6. Psychic transformation
    7. Spiritual transformation
    8. Supramental transformation
    9. The complexity of human nature revisited

    PART FIVE
    WORKING WITH OTHERS

  1. General introduction
  2.  

    1. Helping others: a word of caution
    2. General principles
    3. Motivation, insight, skill, and effort
    4. Building a tool box
    5. Helping others to help themselves
  3. Education
  4.  

    1. Integral education: basic principles
    2. Educating the mind
    3. Educating the vital
    4. Educating the body
    5. Psychic education
    6. Spiritual education
    7. Helping others revisited
    8. Imagine a society in which education would encourage honesty, collaboration, and the pursuit of perfection in whatever sphere of interest the child has.
  5. week 9,

    Helping other with their physical health
  6.  

    • Sorry, this part of the outline is "Closed for Renovation"
  7. week 9,

    Helping other with their psychological health
  8.  

    • Sorry, this part of the outline is "Closed for Renovation"
  9. Social & organisational psychology
  10.  

    • Sorry, this part of the outline is "Closed for Renovation"

    EPILOGUE

  1. Psychology and the future of humanity
  2.  

    1. Why, in spite of all obstacles, an increasing influence of an integral, Indian approach to psychology is inevitable
    2. Some strategic possibilities and considerations
  3. Life as sādhanā; sādhanā as life
  4.  

    1. Still to come...
  5. An expression of gratitude

    APPENDIXES