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Death to God!

In my last post I wrote about the disparity between the abundant lives most of us live in developed economies in the twenty-first century, and the anger and blame that sits within many of us. That attitude of rage is seen most often on social media. We may find ourselves surprised at how angry we become when reading or watching things online. Where does that anger come from? I argued that modern cultures, including liberal ideals and the human potential movement, have unconsciously created cultures of pessimism and judgmental condemnation. And I argued that this anger is, for the most part, unnecessary.

At the end of that article I promised to follow up with a post about anger at an even deeper level: the rage at God, the universe and all existence.

The essence of this deep rage is the rejection of the world and its people, the universe and all of existence. It is nihilistic. It seeks extinction of sentience. In other words, it is suicidal. Freud’s death wish holds true for many of us as individuals, and for the human collective.

At its deepest level this rage seeks to destroy God itself. We look around and see darkness painted thick upon the fabric of the cosmos: war, rape, suicide, and suffering in its multiple forms. No matter how much we are granted by kind fate, no matter how great we come to be, it is all taken away… by the hand of God.

Even as we struggle to live and thrive in the world, we may carry within us the polarity of the desire for self-preservation, and self-destruction.

You might say I don’t believe in God, so this doesn’t apply to me and the increasing masses of people in the world who no longer believe in God (or, at least, not in religious versions of God). But you would be wrong. As Carl Jung pointed out a long time ago, God is not just a belief. It is an archetype which sits at the heart of the human psyche. It is a motif which it central to the way we process reality, albeit often at a subtle level. This is why even atheists will curse God when something goes wrong, or thank God when an unexpected joy comes into their lives.

Nietzsche was wrong. The atheists are wrong. God is not dead. We just want that to be so, and we want the bastard to go out with a bang.

 

How science gets it wrong

Current mainstream dominant psychology and neuroscience is reductionist. It has all but rejected the concepts of the mind and consciousness, and along with them most ideas which are psychological and “psychic” in nature. The ideas of depth psychologists like Jung and Freud are rarely discussed. They have been thrown into the dust bin of history.

In modern cognitive science the mind is nothing but the expression of neuro-physiology. Within such a mechanical model, mental constructs can either be ignored or discussed merely as peripheral phenomena.

But as I have pointed out numerous times in my writings, the reductionist model of mind is faulted. I base this understanding on experience gleaned from several decades exploring consciousness at a first-person level. Conversely, many of today’s experts in the fields of psychology and even consciousness theory have spent little or no time opening these inner door-ways. This lack of experience  and understanding has greatly contributed to the misunderstandings that underpin mainstream mechanistic models of mind today.

Eventually the idea of consciousness will have to return to the fore in our models of mind, and with that we will have to reintroduce the mental world. Some of the ideas of traditional psychology will return, albeit with a more nuanced and scientifically literate integration with neuro-science. We will, for example, realise that although Freud’s essentially pneumatic model of mind was deeply faulted, it nonetheless contains many accurate understandings of the human psyche. Much of Jung’s work will have to be acknowledged, also. Archetypes do reside within the human psyche. They do form collective artefacts which influence human consciousness and behavior.

 

The turning away

A crucial aspect of our God rage is that many human beings, probably about a third of us, don’t want to be here (exact quantification is unnecessary). They reject the life that they have been given, the world and the cosmos. And they reject humanity. If my figure is right, we have over two billion people sharing psychic space who want to blow the place up. It is a highly volatile collective mental space.

Discovering the God rage within my own psyche was frightening. I unearthed it during inner child work, where I would relax deeply and allow myself to feel whatever emerged within my own mind. What I found was that what underpinned many of the “dramas” I had with other people and the world a was very, very, very deep anger. And fear. There was a terrifying sense of helpless despair within me. I just wanted everything to end, including myself. This came as some surprise, because I was not consciously aware of any suicidal tendencies within myself.

But there it was. And there it may still be. Despite doing much healing work, I have learned not to impose self-concepts on such things. It is better to relax and allow such energies to express themselves, if that is what the moment calls for. Having gone into such dark spaces, and having given that wound loving attention without judgment or desire to eliminate it, I now do not need to be afraid of it. That inner work has granted me courage to face whatever arises from the psyche.

 

The source of the God rage

The God rage is a mental remnant of both our personal biographies and of collective human history – and the history of all life on this planet. The God rage is primordial. Our psychic evolution through past eons and also through the relatively recent history of human civilization has been bloody and violent. It has been traumatic.

Trauma typically does not dissipate once the physical expression has passed. A child that has been abused by its parents typically retains that pain and suffering at some level, even if the kid grows up, matures, and hopefully manages to build a successful life and relationships. Further, if the individual does not process that trauma it will tend to be deposited onto the consciousness fields of their children, perhaps even before the offspring are born. When the traumatised person dies, his or her consciousness field typically does not dissipate either. It lingers. And along with that the psychic field remains.

A similar principle operates with human collective consciousness fields. Our history books may often substitute undesirable histories for the delusion of flattering narratives, but the consciousness constructs will tend to remain. Every war, genocide, invasion and colonisation remains extant at some level. Those narratives then tend to be reactivated in later generations.

We can tell big lies, but we cannot hide from big truths forever. We can employ misnomers like “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” “The Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” or “the settlement of Australia,” but you can’t lie to the universe. It knows.

We know, deep within ourselves.

Thus it is that at a mental level we hold the consciousness structures of the ancestors, and ultimately of the entire human race.

How this expresses itself varies from individual to individual. Our minds are like hierarchies of concepts and stories, each nestled into greater pools of consciousness which extend beyond the body and into space and timelessness.

This is why the destructive rage at God, the world and its people affects the way we live our lives even into the scientific era. Because our collective pain and anger is so great, we have to invest psychological energy into suppressing it. We have to generate strategies to deny our trauma, our anger. Most typically this generates depression. When anger, sadness sand fear are suppressed they become heavy weights which drag us down. We carry baggage – a lot more baggage that we would like to admit.

The God rage is one of the primary motifs which we humans must negotiate in our psycho-spiritual evolution. Until the problem is fully owned and integrated by us both as individuals and as a species, the God rage will continue to create chaos and suffering. And destruction.

After all this is stated, the question then becomes: what is to be done about the God rage? How can we heal this pain? That will be the subject of my next post.

Marcus

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Paul Graham, his calling & collective mind?

A fascinating conversation between Mastery author Robert Greene and programmer and writer Paul Graham. According to his official biography, Graham is “a programmer, writer, and investor”. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo, soon becoming “Yahoo Store”. Graham has started or funded about 450 startups, wrote Lisp (one of the world’s most influential computer languages). He’s also one of the richest men on the planet.

This short extract conversation with Robert Greene is taken from an interview the pair did for Greene’s book Mastery – a book I cannot recommend highly enough for those of you who wish to understand what has made the great minds of history tick.

In this part of the interview Greene is honing in upon whether Graham has an intrinsic passion – a calling, no less. His answer is fascinating. Just as fascinating is the fact that there is the suggestion that “programming” was somehow a part of the collective consciousness of the Graham family, even though the idea was not openly discussed.

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PAUL GRAHAM

ROBERT: Did you feel like, when you discovered computers, that that was it? That this was what you were going to be doing for your life?

PAUL: No, actually. There weren’t a lot of programmers around back then. So it didn’t seem like, it wasn’t clear that you could have a career as a software developer. I didn’t know anybody growing up that I would have called a software developer. I mean, they used computers a lot to do calculations in the design of nuclear reactors. In fact, my father was one of the first programmers. But he didn’t think of himself as a programmer. He thought of himself as a guy who designed reactors and he had to write programs. Just like now he would use a calculator to actually do the same things probably. But he didn’t think of himself as a software developer.
ROBERT: Did you learn from, was it in the air, in the family, in the house?

PAUL: He surely didn’t teach me anything about programming.

ROBERT: Oh.

PAUL: I don’t remember him ever saying anything about this. But how can I not?

ROBERT: You absorbed it somehow.

PAUL: How can I not have heard him talking about computers? It was just in the air.

ROBERT: What were you thinking you would end up doing in life? Did you have any idea?

PAUL: No. I had no idea. You would take these surveys that would tell you something random, like, you are supposed to be a photographer when you grow up. You are supposed to be an insurance salesman.

ROBERT: What were you supposed to be?

PAUL: I don’t even remember. I don’t even remember. It seemed like the choices were all so boring like an actuary or something like that.

ROBERT: So where did you go to college, undergraduate?

PAUL: Cornell. I went to Cornell.

ROBERT: Very cool.

PAUL: Yeah. And it had a particularly good computer science department.

ROBERT: Oh. So that’s when, as an undergrad you started getting deeper into this.

PAUL: Yeah. I was pretty deep into it already. By the standards of the day in high school.


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ROBERT GREENE

The Peace in the Eye of the Storm: D21CM#8

My last blog post raised a few questions from people, and in particular Katie on my FaceBook theme page (The Power of Integrated Intelligence) posed one question which deserves a clearer answer than I provided last time. In my last blog entry for Diary of 21st Century Mystic, I wrote that there is currently some instability in the human collective consciousness field. Many people, it seems, are sensing it. I also connected this to the Mayan prophecies of shifting world events, sometimes interpreted as ‘the end of the world’. The world is not going to end, we are just going through a bit of a shift.

On that last blog, I wrote that it was beyond the scope of the post to write about how to deal with the disturbances in individual and collective energies. So in this short post I will offer some more specific information on that theme.

The truth is that sometimes it is very difficult and complicated to work with such energies, and even people like me (who have spent decades working with them) can find it very challenging. Firstly, it has to be acknowledged that everyone’s life journey is different, and most people will not be called upon to deliberately engage with consciousness fields at this time in human history (i.e. consciously). Even so, people who remain unconscious of what is occurring within their consciousness field are still affected and even controlled by such energies; but by definition the effect remains unconscious.

I was once completely unconscious of psychic energy fields too, so I understand what it means to live like that. I should emphasise that where these consciousness fields remain unconscious in any given individuals, that is perfectly fine in the greater scheme of things. However, a lot of people who are quite sensitive will find themselves disturbed at some level by such energy fields, and it may cause suffering at a certain level.

Still, the truth is that it is simply too problematic for anyone who has not done a lot of work in this area to deal directly with consciousness fields. Most likely, doing so would generate great confusion and create more problems than it would solve.

Given this, the best way to you can allow the current energy shifts to unfold ‘comfortably’ is to spend time each day in meditative or relaxed presence. Allow your emotional body (or the inner child) to gently express itself. The key step is to permit that part of you to speak. It will tend to tell you the things that it believes in, its dominant stories – typically about the world not being safe, that ‘I am going to die’ (a big theme at present in these ‘end times’), that ‘there’s nobody here to protect me’, and so on.

The stories and precise beliefs will vary from person to person. Yet it is perfectly possible to sense the collective consciousness that is being bought forward at this time to be integrated, or ‘healed’.  If I give it a voice, it says something like this.

The world is going to end! We can’t trust is this world or universe. There is no God, no hope, no way! Run! This is the end. I can’t let go. I’ve got to hold on tight. I’ll be destroyed! I’ll vanish and be annihilated forever. The darkness will win, and it will all be over. Humanity is evil. We can’t trust anyone or anything. Destroy them before they destroy us! We are alone in this universe. You can’t stop the end. The devil will win. We will be destroyed and annihilated. Where are you God? Please help us. Save us! There’s nobody here. Nothing. All is futile. (a great wave of sadness washing over the world at all that has been lost – knowledge, wisdom, the lives of good people. A tidal wave washing over us, drowning us. There is no escape.)

Human history is long and violent, and both natural and man-made calamities fill the collective soul of our species. This has created a strong level of distrust in ourselves, the universe and ‘God.’ If you ever take the time to allow the emotional body to open to its full depth, you may find yourself touching upon this huge pain. It is not pleasant to experience. I have felt it more than once. But then again, I am a bit of a sucker for pain.

Having said all this, there is no reason to go looking for these stories, or this pain. If they surface in quiet presence, then allow them to speak. Gently ‘re-parent’ them, tell them that it is safe, and that we are now living here in the real world (not an imagined future or painful past). Bring your attention onto your breath or something in the room where you are. Feel yourself fully in your body. I like to gently and lovingly rub my left arm or leg whenever I am feeling some strong emotional pain, as the left side of the body is connected to the inner child. The rubbing also helps keep me grounded in the body, and in the present.  (I outline these kinds of processes in my book “Discover Your Soul Template.”) They can help shift the energy fields in a gentle and loving way).

It’s hard to say whether the disturbed psychic energy around us at this time is actually because of the accuracy of the Mayan predictions, or because the attention this prediction has been given has disturbed the collective/individual consciousness of humanity. Maybe it’s a bit of both. It really doesn’t matter. In the end ‘the coming of the apocalypse’ is a collective story that humanity holds or ‘believes’ in, so there is an integration of that energy required before we can step forward. And that’s why staying in quiet presence, and gently allowing emotional energy to arise – without judgment, without trying to change it, without believing in it in any way – is the best thing you can do. It will help you detach from that energy and return to being here, now. At peace.

The opposite to all this is to identify with the stories, be fearful and begin to ‘detach’ from the body.

In the end, well, it’s not the end. Just relax and enjoy the ride on the big wave, if you can.

Blessings

Marcus

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