Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fundamental Errors - The Denial of the Feminine.

When you get right down to it, we were (almost all) created through sex, born of a woman, embodied upon the Earth. Fundamentally, the body is the vehicle, the Earth is the life support system, sex is the catalyst, and woman the bearer of each generation. This is the reality and without any of these things, this blog would not be possible. The error is that we have on the whole judged each of these categories unconsciously as sinful or fallen in our culture. Much of this is based on Judeo-Christian mythology where we held up a masculine force as the only basis of the universe. God associated with the Father principle with no Mother to be found.

But the Mother has never left, She has just been discounted, degraded, and humiliated over the generations as unimportant, secondary, or not even in the picture. In the ancient pagan understanding, the Mother, or the Goddess was one of the primary archetypes that was worshiped. When the Masculine deity achieved primacy in culture, all other archetypes had to stand aside to Jehovah's greater importance. This was an error, but it was an error that empowered the advance of a civilization of a certain type. A civilization that worked to break free of the dependence on the sometimes chaotic nature of nature.

In other words, we became disconnected from the very sources of life in order to advance as fast as we could. This is not to say that good did not come out of this advance, in fact, the masculine epoch helped us to understand more about the world on the objective level than we ever have before. Being human though, we naturally took reason past the reasonable limits. To be able to exercise reason, a human needs a body. To keep that body working properly, it needs a functioning ecosystem to provide for the needs of the body. We forgot that. We separated mind from body, and the dominance of the masculine became the subjection of the feminine. We're currently in a space and time that is clearly showing us the error of our ways, but there's a lot of money that will be lost when we fully see this error, and this error is fundamentally part of our unconscious cultural programming. Our mythic DNA has been limited by the inbreeding of archaic cultural norms enforced unconsciously.

We now stand at the edge of the new epoch. The epoch defined by the balance of body and mind, the balance of the feminine and the masculine. In order to move into this epoch with any kind of potency, we need to examine our unconscious programming. Obviously, this presents a crisis of consciousness, as how can we see what we can't see? These invisible mythic chains are holding us back from leaping the chasm between this age and the next. So let us examine the fundamental errors so that we can resolve them.

The first error is that the Earth is fallen. That the very material that supports all life is actually a trick of some adversary of humanity and the Universe, commonly called the Devil. It's repeated without cognition that the Earth is the realm of the devil, and that in some way the devil runs the whole material show. If this is the fundamental belief, the many extensions of this belief are causing ruin and discord on the material plane. One extension of this belief justifies absolute exploitation of the Earth for very limited ends. Limited ends like the accumulation of currency to act as a bulwark against the uncertainty in natural and unnatural systems. The fact that this crass materialism is justified on a belief that the material world is fallen only spotlights the blatant inaccuracy inherent within it.

The reason for the demotion of the Earth from source of life to source of wickedness was the probably the unconscious desire of the priests of yore to stamp out the traditional worship of the Goddess. The Goddess, Gaia, the Earth Mother was an almost universal archetype of worship in cultures before the ascendancy of the Monotheistic religions. In order for these religions to thrive, the worship of the Earth Mother had to be stamped out forcefully. This destruction of a primary subject of worship was furthered considerably by the Imperial Roman form of Christianity. During the period of the Christian epoch of the Roman Empire, the believers destroyed most of the temples devoted to the polytheistic pantheon including those of the Goddess, already demoted to the grain goddess Ceres. This Imperial church also manifested its denial and repression of the Goddess in the persecution of witches in both Europe and the Americas.

This denial of the feminine over the course of centuries, especially evident in the Christian era of western civilization has finally reached the point where recognition of the Earth, and therefore the Goddess is necessary for future evolutionary growth. We ignore the clear messages from the Earth in the form of rapidly changing climate, extinction of species, and loss of biodiversity at our clear and present peril. The good news is that the recognition of our place in the world and our devotion to living in balance with natural systems will allow us to move to a new level of integrity and interconnection. We heal ourselves as we heal the Earth.

The second error is that our bodies are evil, or infected with "original sin". Our bodies are the vehicle for us to learn, adapt and grow. This primary error is a simple tool for control. To have power over people, you must dis-empower them. It's much easier to work on the programs to get people to dis-empower themselves, rather than having to constantly actively repress them. Always the goal is to get people to do the work for you if you're at the top of any dogmatic hierarchical system. By creating fear and loathing of our own vehicles, we have a tougher time operating them effectively.

Human behavior is different when we hate our own bodies. From this standpoint it is difficult to connect to the inner self, and it is difficult to connect to each other and to the Earth itself. Before a child is introduced to the concept that his material vessel is fallen, there is a great joy in the body. How many children, given their choice are happy to prance around naked without shame. The shame of the body and the functions of the body are taught and transmitted unconsciously. The body seen as evil, becomes something to be afraid of, and to deny or to hide from the world.
There are also the subtle ways that the body is held up to be imperfect. The ideals for a body that is "worthy" have been narrowed for generations. We have cultural standards of beauty now that are tremendously unhealthy, but are held up as the ideal. Because of these standards, everyone measures themselves against this ideal, finds themselves lacking, then judge the bodies of others and enforce their judgement as a group which continues this unhealthy cycle. This divides us against each other, we become the judges of others and ourselves and continue the cycle without ever really wondering who sets these ridiculous standards.

Our bodies are vehicles for liberation, but when we are divided against ourselves our body becomes the barrier. When the unconscious program that the body is fallen is operative, many people fall into the trap of believing that the goal is liberation from the body. This trap cuts us off from the source, even as we believe that we're transcending the body. This is the path of false ascension. To spend energy and time working to transcend the vehicle is simply making sure that it is improbable to move forward. It's important also to remember that this argument is not in defense of mindless hedonism, but rather, the simple acceptance that the body is the one of the main tools we've been given to experience the world around us and gain in wisdom.

The third error is that woman is fallen. This is a pernicious interpretation from the myth and metaphor of the Garden of Eden and Eve's role in eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The story of Eve being an outgrowth of the rib of Adam also reinforces the error in some minds of the natural place of woman being subsidiary and subject to the man. The myth of the tree in the garden can be interpreted in many different ways, but this was the primary interpretation throughout most of the Abrahamic religions histories. A rebel interpretation of this myth is that by being connected to her own body, Eve was connected to her own serpent energy (kundalini) and used that energy to be able to understand the duality, which is the field of the mind. In this interpretation, Eve was the hero, and the serpent represents the slow process of liberation from the subjection to the whims of a tribal male God. So, it's natural that Yahweh through his male priests would slander her.

Woman is not fallen. Our mothers are not fallen, our sisters, aunts and grandmas are not fallen. To believe that is to hold oneself above that very persons that suffered and struggled to bring every human life into this world. To set men above women is to misinterpret all of history, and is based on spurious and archaic evidence at best. This myth that so many men hold of their dominance is a slow poison that women have only recently begun to heal in earnest. By holding down the ambassadors of the feminine principle, humanity became detached from and fearful of half of our spiritual inheritance and spiritual leadership for countless generations. For centuries, women were not allowed to hold any positions of spiritual authority, even though they are the caretakers of the path of the immanent.

The idea and experience of the immanent is the deep teaching that women have held over the course of most of human history. The immanent is the fact that there is no deep need to reach beyond the here and now in order to experience the bliss of the universe. This is not to say that the transcendent is not important, just that it is not the full path. Through the dis-empowerment of women, we became dependent on teachers and priests as guides to the transcendent. By dis-empowering women, we disconnected from the knowledge that it's all around us and we are the guides for ourselves and for each other. We became goal (salvation) oriented, rather than recognizing that the universal source of life is not separate from us. We are a part of it, not apart from it.

The fourth error is that sex is sinful and fallen. This is especially evident in areas influenced by the Abrahamic religions, and in the United States, we also have a particularly virulent strain of puritanism that informs our culture. To be cut off from sex is to be cut off from the very source of charisma and creativity. The religious corollaries of sex as an evil to be avoided except when necessary is reinforced by the idea that the divine man was born of a virgin, and never participated in the so-called "sins of the flesh". This informed his followers to create a "celibate" priesthood. This was always a dicey proposition as repressed sexuality tends to come out in non-adaptive and predatory ways. When we deny our basic drives, they do not go away, they just find other ways to surface.

To believe that sex is evil or fallen is to condemn the very act that prefaced the existence of each person on this planet. This is a denial of roots, a denial of an activity that when entered into willingly can be a great and wonderful boon to tightening bonds and reaching transcendent, ecstatic states of consciousness. This culturally imposed limitation on a boundless source of pleasure, discovery and connection is the source of a lot of our cultural problems. Homophobia, desire to legislate standards of sexual behavior of others, deep hostility to any expression of sex other than the traditional expression are all outgrowths of our cultural inability to live and let live where sex is concerned.

Sex is a natural expression of self. All sexual encounters between consenting adults are potential paths for self-realization, ecstatic states, growth and transformation. There is no inherent moral or ethical evil in sex, and the only sex that is fallen is that which is forced upon the unwilling. The sexual revolution is not over and done with, the sexual revolution is moving into the second act, and as more and more people begin to explore their bodies and their sexuality with open minds and open hearts, we will begin to remember the power inherent in the healthy expression of our sexuality.

If our culture is a temple, these four false pillars are in the process of crumbling into dust. We must build a new temple together, based on recognizing the value of those aspects of life that we have denied, repressed and projected our illusions upon. The Earth is Sacred. The Body is Sacred. Women and Men are Sacred. Our Sexuality is Sacred. When we recognize deeply within our soul that we are in fact not fallen, then we can rise.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Occupy Disillusionment

There are some hard truths that must be swallowed in order to be free of some of the shared illusions that have infiltrated our subconscious and unconscious minds. In this short essay, I'll be expressing some of these truths. Once Occupy has fully swallowed these hard truths, they can be spread out to more and more people, and the energy released from the process of dispelling these illusions will be the fuel of rapid change. Each of these illusions are detrimental to the process of Occupy moving forward. None of these illusions will be dispelled by the major media, as these illusions benefit the corporate owners of our media.

Truth #1
America is an Empire
Many of us within the movement are already aware that this is the case, but the illusion that we are a shining light to the world has been taught to us from the depths of childhood. Many of us believe that we are still living in an imperfect democracy. The truth is that after World War II, the US became the main imperial power on the planet. We set up our military bases all across the world and enforced our will on other countries through the threat or the use of force. The majority of the wars we've been involved in since World War II have been blatantly imperialistic. The Vietnamese War, the Wars in the Middle East, even the Cold War was a war between two emergent imperial powers.
When Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex, he was warning us about our rise to imperial power and the potential pitfalls of this path to freedom and democracy. The reality is that there have been moments where the logic of Empire was challenged, including during the 60's, but the reality is that the media was able to continue to call us the "greatest democracy" in the world. The "War on Terror" was the final nail in the coffin of democracy. The Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and more recently the NDAA were the final nails in the coffin of a democratic republic based on founding principles. In an Empire, the rights you have are the rights you're given.

One final point. In most parts of the world, there is no need to debate whether America is an Empire. It is known.

Truth #2
America is ruled by a Plutocracy
First, a basic definition. Plutocracy means "rule by the wealthy", and for most people involved in Occupy, this is no surprise. In fact, the entire idea of the 99% and the 1% points to this Plutocracy. The reality is that our entire system of monetary-market capitalism is geared towards enriching those at the top and allowing those at the top to accumulate more and more of the shared resources of the Earth and then to distribute those resources as they see fit. If you understand how hierarchies work, you can understand how a relatively small group of people can control the flow of information and manage the masses without being seen to do so.

The basic corporate structure is a dominance hierarchy. The CEO is at the top of the pyramid and controls those below. This structure is the main structure that both permeates and maintains the economic system as it stands. What's interesting is that the people at the top of the pyramids talk to each other and map out their moves in advance. The elite meet often, behind closed doors and work to maintain the power and control that they have acquired, and they work together to do so. At the top, they work together laterally. The question is, "how do we maintain our dominance of the world's people and resources?" Then they plan out the action. Action can be a legislative agenda, a war, an economic slump, and almost anything else they can think of.

The only way that the Plutocracy can maintain their incredibly inequitable power is by consciously dis-empowering the people.

Truth #3
The "War on Terror" is a trick
Not only is the War on Terror a trick, but we fell for it hook, line and sinker. The Plutocracy knew that because of the resource depletion that they helped to move forward through the cycle of consumption would lead to major crisis all around the world. They knew this well before it started to become evident. In order to justify in the public mind wars based on the controlling the key resource of oil in the industrial economy they would have to rally the public around an enemy. That enemy was the Muslims, which in a predominantly Christian country was an easy enemy to rally the people against.

September 11th was the most horrific example of elite staging of events in world history so far. We have never been told the truth about this event and the official explanations can be discounted based on high school level physics. The lie was defended fiercely, and anyone who questioned the "official" truth was made to suffer for their dedication to truth. The reason it was so easy to get the public to enforce this official "truth" was because people did not want to believe that their government could be complicit in such a horrendous act.

The World Trade Center was a means to the end of the "War on Terror". The goal of the "War on Terror", was to get us as a public very scared so that we would make terrible decisions. We projected our fear and hatred onto the official "enemies", which turned out to be two countries critical to continued imperial dominance. But this is not the worst part of the "War on Terror". The worst part is what comes next, as the government is working to redefine "terrorists" as anyone who is against the system continuing as it currently is. This redefinition is aimed at getting us so scared of our neighbors that we'll be willing to allow the imprisonment of those that are willing to stand against a system based on inequality, resource depletion, and elite control.

Truth #4
The Plutocracy is existentially threatened by the global uprising
The reason the Plutocracy is threatened is simple. They are having their corruption exposed on all levels. Through internet technology, social media, and heightened forms of lateral communication, the tools for the liberation of the people are in our grasp. The collective community empowerment of the public, armed with knowledge of the Plutocracy and no longer willing to sit back and take the abuse of the Plutocracy are rising up all around the world. This rising up is an amazing opportunity of the people to create a new ground level system that is not dependent on the Plutocracy in order to thrive.

To take this step collectively will basically put the Plutocracy out of power. The responsibility of Occupy and other social movements is to begin to build the structures that will hold us up as a community when the system begins failing. If we can take care of our own needs locally, and collectively take responsibility for each other, the people win. In order to avoid this eventuality, the Plutocracy will do everything within their power to suppress and repress this drive for freedom and community interdependence. That's why it's very likely that the repression will turn more and more overt in the coming years.

When you live in an Empire, ruled by a scared Plutocracy that is willing to kill it's own citizens to maintain their power, it is important that it is understood. Once the illusions are removed, and the mourning is done, the work must begin. I'll be honest, I don't think fighting the Plutocracy directly is going to help. I think that through our community centered actions in our own communities, we can make those power-hungry bastards irrelevant. Our biggest weakness as a people is our food supply. I urge everyone to plant a few seeds that will bear fruits and vegetables this planting season. Building a city-wide garden is the most revolutionary act we can be involved in.