The Solo System Story

Every obstacle contains a clue towards a personal task which is meant to facilitate our maturing process.

Jean Gebser

The Solo System is a model of human Consciousness. It was conceived unexpectedly through the author’s creative quest. It was born in 1998 and kept growing through daily interaction with it.

The Solo System is perhaps the only homoeopathic model of human Consciousness. It has roots in the homoeopathic principles and is oriented towards homoeostasis, i.e. a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements within the organism we call ‘human Consciousness’.

Any problem or difficult experience in everyday life can be regarded as either an enemy or an opportunity. You can fight against a problem (this is the common allopathic approach), or you can work with it — as in the homoeopathic way. The Solo System always chooses the latter.

In other words, the perspective of the Solo System is fundamentally protagonistic rather than antagonistic. Put into everyday context this means, any irritating or disturbing event in subjective human experience can be welcomed as a valuable protagonist and turned into an ally. The disturbance then becomes a catalyst for inner growth.

This concept is not new. The German philosopher Jean Gebser mentioned it in one of his lectures: “Every obstacle contains a clue towards a personal task which is meant to facilitate our maturing process.”

The same idea was expressed by the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran when he wrote, “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” And the American Buddhist teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione describes a similar approach in her book Feeding your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict. This is based on a female lineage of Buddhist teachings from the 13th century.

Despite all this ancient knowledge, the transformation of pain into true understanding is often extremely hard. It seems as if we have to rediscover those principles over and over again.

The Solo System has been a surprisingly effective catalyst for the transformation of painful experience into understanding — and consequently a release from the pain — from its earliest stages of development. Over the past twenty years, it has matured into a biosophical model of human Consciousness. (Biosophy means literally wisdom of life).

Almost any event in daily life can provide valuable information for inner growth, but it’s often the painful incidents which trigger the biggest growth spurt. The Solo System has a surprising way of turning painful experience into wisdom. With every transformational process a piece of genuine personal life wisdom is gained and Consciousness expands as a result.

The current dominant model defines Consciousness as a ‘phenomenon produced by the brain’. This interpretation appeals to materialist reductionism which tries to understand the world exclusively in terms of ‘bits of matter’. The result of this interpretation is the highly dysfunctional environment, or a harsh world threatening human survival, which we are experiencing today.

According to the ancient Greek model, human Consciousness lived in the guts or the entrails of our body. (When you have that sinking feeling in the stomach, it’s your Consciousness telling you something.) This interpretation somehow generated a human life ruled by the Gods of Mount Olympus, and the classic experience of Greek tragedies.

These contrasting two examples show how our understanding of human Consciousness shapes human reality.

The Solo System describes human Consciousness as a living organism with an innate urge to grow. The more we understand this phenomenon, the better we can support its evolution, which helps us grow as individuals and develop our creative potential. Based on this understanding, the Solo System itself is continuously growing too.

According to the current old dominant model, the Intellect and the Will are considered the most important functions of human Consciousness. Not surprisingly, they rule human experience as we know it, and because it is so familiar, we consider this ‘normal’. But it doesn’t feel comfortable because our Instinct and Intuition don’t agree with this interpretation.

In the Solo System Intellect and Will are considered masculine, while the Instinct and Intuition are two of our feminine functions. (These distinctions have nothing to do with being male or female, and both men and women have all those functions and more).

The Solo System identifies eight Faculties. They are like eight vital organs of human Consciousness. Four of them are masculine, and four are feminine. All eight Faculties are of equal importance, and, just like the vital organs of the body, each of them fulfils essential functions. Read brief descriptions of all eight Faculties here.

Based on the realisation of the equal value of feminine and masculine organs of the human organism, the Solo System can also be regarded as a feminist model of human Consciousness.