False modesty aside:
It is my conviction that these are possibly among the most important words being written today.
They come from a place beyond the reactionary stories of the characters that populate our news stories.
I have dived very deep. They come from the depths, for the healing of mankind. There is much more to elaborate but within the part is contained the whole.
They are grounded in the deepest wisdom. When fully imbibed they can change the destiny of mankind. And heal all the wounds before us.
I likely need to edit them further.
But, If you are competent at translating into other languages from English – please email email@example.com – I am working on a publishing collaboration for sutranovum with a firm that I feel has the gravitas called for.
A conversation with the weaver of tales about the department of corrections
Sometimes when you think you are in a dark place, you are convinced you have been buried.
That is how most environmentalists, feminists and political activists sees the world today. And it’s how most religious people view the world. That is the conclusion of the reactionary mind. What I am doing through my work, is inviting the sense that, with deeper reflection, it can be shown that you have been planted.
Just because you can go faster does not mean your path is smarter
Two comments really seem to define the age for me – one is by Paul Tillich who said:
“I would say the most universal expression of the demonic today is a split between the control of nature by man and the fate of man to fall under the control of the product of his control. He produces, and then he falls under the power of what he has produced, the whole system of industrial existence. It has liberated him, it has given control over nature and now it puts him into a servitude in which he loses more and more of his being, his person.
This form of dehumanization was what we fought against in Germany; we must continue this fight now on a much larger basis.”
That sums up the systemic management errors that govern our current pattern of ecocide and psychological illness (think of any fragmented movement that is not based on the holistic thinking that defines humanism).
The other comment was made by the late Robert A Johnson – he said that as far as he could tell 9/11 was about too much “upness” – born of an imbalance between forces in the world (in 9/11’s case Islam vs the West (predominantly Judeo-Christian)) – when that disease is not seen you get what our current news cycle repeats to us over and over again:
“We are presently dealing with the accumulation of a whole society that has worshiped its light side and refused the dark, and this residue appears as war, economic chaos, strikes, racial intolerance. The front page of any newspaper hurls the collective shadow at us.”
This is the beginning of a new story for humanity. What is portended here matters. Mark my words, these are no idle words, they help pollinate a flower whose time it is to bloom and blossom.
David Bohm was a great physicist. His work pioneered the holographic universe. He was born of Jewish heritage in the United States in 1917. He once joked that if you said you understood quantum physics you didn’t.
He wrote a book about it and then he said if you write a book about it and then you say you understand it, you still don’t understand it. But if you wrote a book about it, and he wrote a text book on the matter, well, then you might begin to understand a little bit about it.
After the Holocaust, Bohm proposed the holographic theory of the universe.
A hologram is something which in every part there is contained the whole.
When you look at the United States of America under the Presidency’s of Abraham Lincoln you witness the part within the whole. In fact, if you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear you are looking at one of the most extraordinary things in the history of mankind.
Perhaps the greatest difference between the British today and the Americans is the level of atheists in Britain compared to America. The larger implications of this is an inquiry into the authority problem. Even Darwin wrote in his last paragraph of the Origin of Species:
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
The first edition omitted the reference to the Creator. The second edition, and all subsequent ones didn’t.
On the dollar money it says: In God we trust.
But what image do we make that God in? In what are we trusting? The nihilism of atheism or the subscription to the gods of flawed prophecies? Or something much deeper and wider and wiser than those narrow views?
The answer to the question depends on what prophet is talking. This is the meta essence of what may be termed the authority problem.
A prophet is one who has the capacity to discern what is really going on in creation and write/right/correct the story/interpretation that best suits.
We find that the nuances of our creative insights evolve over the course of time. Our prophetic vision can be faulty. Still, with love, even that, can be healed.
And this is why Joseph Campbell wrote one of his most important books: “Transformations of Myth through time.” It is also the reason behind why I am inspired to write this book.
America was born in many ways on the back of other peoples escaping religious persecution. To understand the great rolling tide of humanity it demands the eye of one who is able to discern what is talking.
And the most important quality in this enterprise is stillness within. If you have made contact with that stillness you have access to another intelligence.
The root of the word “prodigious” is a word which means wonderful or wonder filled. It is itself derived from the word portentous. And that, in turn, means either marvelous, monstrous or threatening.
The prefix “por” means to foretell.
If a man is on a beach looking at some sexy women in bikinis while standing next to his wife – she may say to him: “If you don’t pay more attention to me I portend that you will end up with a lump on your head!”
If a man is having a bad game of golf and his temperament is quick to get angry, a friend watching him may say to another friend also bearing witness:
“Look out! When he gets red in the face it portends a temper tantrum.”
Portend means to give an anticipatory sign, threat or warning of. It has both this sense of marvelous insight and threatening conviction married into its meaning – if we do not heed what it points at their are consequences.
Pretentious, on the other hand means, at root, activity that belongs to false or hypocritical behavior/professionalism.
The original meaning of the word meaning was “the act of remembering.”
I own a Toyota Previa minivan. Previa. Previa means what goes before the way that is to come. It means that if we wish to understand and shape a future different from the past we must avoid falsity (pretentiousness) and we must read the threats born of bearing witness to unconscious activity.
After the American Civil War, Emma Lazarus’s poem was inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the peoples of the United States.
It reads: “Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
The American Constitution once established lead quickly to the American Civil War. In his Gettysburg address Lincoln ends it with these words:
“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate —we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain4—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The first word we know that was spoken was probably: Hey! –
“The word is of Hebrew origin(it is found in the 30th chapter of Exodus). Also according to Wiki answers,the first word ever uttered was “Aa,” which meant “Hey!” This was said by an australopithecine in Ethiopia more than a million years ago.”
There were 100 different hominid apes in the historical period of the hunter gatherers – the Paleolithic Era. Then came the time of animal herding and arable crops, the dawn of agriculture, and that geological period is called the Neolithic (there was a phasing out period in between called the Mesolithic). What was phased out? The other 99 hominids disappeared and the Holocene, or the Era of man began.
The scientific world bestowed that ape, us, the Latin name, Homo sapiens sapiens. The twice wise ape. I consider that name an error. The correct name is Homo sapiens fabula.
The hominid ape who is as wise as the stories he chooses to tell himself about the nature of reality.
When pretension is absent and the faculty of “Previa” or seeing into the way or nature of things that is to come, when that faculty is active, one can said to be able to read the portentous signs and one who can do that, he has the gift of prophecy.
A prophet is one who can read the will of god.
In the Indian myths their version of Adam is a man named Manu. The Latin word Manus gives us the word man. It means hand. The opposable thumb and this big brain walking upright on two legs able to fashion spears to hunt and later tools to grow food and domesticate animals; that creature is man.
Now, let’s look at that line again: a prophet is one who can read the will of god. Gods are born of myths and myths are stories we make up to explain the nature of reality. None of the Gods are true but they are a penultimate truth in that they reveal what the prophet has discerned about how to live in harmony on the Earth.
“Rightness is provided with the instruments of safety by the heavens.”
I consider this one of the most important things he said. Faced with incredible anguish, this man whose job it was was to uphold the constitution, watched as the country tore itself apart, as if determined to go against its destiny as a nation.
And, to consecrate one of the most horrific battles of the Civil War he says:
“that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Today, we have drones. They fly above the earth – but for what purpose?
In a bee hive the female sterile bees do all the work. The collect the nectar to make honey and they do the housekeeping. They are all sterile. The drone bees are male. Their only purpose is to mate with the queen and only a few of them achieve that goal. Once they mate they die because the sexual organ that gives the sperm to the Queen Bee is kept by the Queen as she ingests the sperm and the Drone bee dies.
The drone bee is even fed by the worker bees and later it feeds itself from the honey cells. Once it has mated with the Queen it dies. Very few of the drone bees produced actually mate with the Queen and all the drones are expelled from the hive by the worker bees in the winter and all die.
The word drone in 1520 came to be associated with the sense of an idler or lazy worker, given that drone bees make no honey. Someone who drones on talks a lot but says little of consequence. Now, fairly recently we have used the word drone to associate it with small remote controlled robots that fly over the earth.
But what purpose do these robots serve? They look down from above. A prophet looks down from above to the world of stories below and he reads what is portended. A prophet is represented by the raven, the bearded black bird with the diamond shaped tale. Into the dark vaults of the unconscious he goes to read what is portended. He discerns what is important and he writes the story of what is to come. Out of his wisdom, or poisoned version of it, comes the vision that guides the eagle, the leader, the president, the presiding power, forward in what he must do. The presiding power uses the axioms of the world clarified for him by the prophet.
The drone is not really lazy. Without his sacrifice, the line of succession of the bees is not guaranteed. The robot drone can be used, as an agent of technology, as an eye in the sky for healing (to map a delta) or nefarious ends (to kill a man).
Now the British had their King Henry the 8th who fought with the pope over marriage laws and was quite the tyrant in many ways. To six wives he was wedded. One died, one survived, Two divorced, two beheaded.
Lincoln also said:
“The future of America depends on what one man makes of a small plot of land.”
Alan Chadwick, the horticulturalist, said:
“There is one rule in the garden, that matters above all others, put into it, more than you take out, and then you will always be guaranteed abundance.”
I took a long walk alone yesterday and as I neared my home, I walked past two black ladies walking along chatting in the afternoon sun. They were dressed in jogging clothes and I thought to myself as they passed, how wonderful it is that we live in a world where those women, the descendants of slaves, were no longer slaves. The British may have outlawed slavery before the Americans, but it was because of the callous abuse of power by men like the Pope in Rome and King Henry the 8th, that created people flocked to America to avoid religious persecution.
Now, when people are granted a new kind of freedom, naturally, you have nuts too. When we went from the tip of the spear to the goatherder and the arable farmer, when we crossed paths from the hunter gathered to the farmer, we were afforded a new kind of freedom. And with every new kind of freedom comes new dangers. And those new dangers always demand prophets – individuals who can see what the dangers are and portend or warn against folly.
The Goddess Kali in India has a belt made of severed arms and a necklace of shrunken skulls. Now while all the gods are not ultimately real, they do exist at a certain level in the human unconscious. My teacher was an extraordinary being and he once was inspired to understand who Kali was. Instead of reading in a book about her, he sat down and meditated, and eventually that archetype of the feminine energies came to him and he asked her: “Why Mother is your aspect so horrific?” She replied:
“Because, I love the world so completely, and like any good mother, I don’t want my children to get hurt, so I exist to represent that aspect of loving wisdom that warns against the consequences of ill-thought out actions.”
So in this field of arable fields and domesticated animals and industry stories are given by prophets to help guide man through the labyrinth of his own blindspots, vision and capacity. When our stories and interpretations are wise we have unhindered evolution and harmony. When they are off we miss the portends that premonition gift us and we manifest pain and conflict – inner and outer.
When Lincoln says: Rightness is provided with the instruments of safety by the heavens – he is speaking from a level of awareness that can rise high above the huddled poor, above the unclarifed collective pain of the masses and access real power, the vision that allows for a deeper discrimination that, ultimately, liberates man from the shackles of his own self-inflicted ignorance.
The enneagram is a map, and a very accurate one, of the human personality. There are 9 personalities based on the journey out of the deserts of psychological lack born of the 9 sins. This sacred geometry was given to Pythagoras and then the West was born.
Anyone like me, like Einstein, like Emerson, like Tesla, like Darwin, like Allan Savory or Claudio Naranjo – people who see things at a very deep level and can discern what is actually going on, all of us do our work at the level of the 5 enneatype. The sin of the 5 is greed and when undone, when the wound that creates it is healed, it gifts effectiveness, clarity and the best truest direction born of the appetite to see clearly the whole from the inflected parts.
I am not a 5 but I definitely do my most important work there. The 5 is the savior of humanity. The sleeping 5 is blind to what matters. This is true of all the characters in the enneagram. We have a greed for money, power, knowledge when we are asleep to the deeper meaning of meaning. The deeper meaning of meaning is the act of remembering the sacred geometry behind the form of things.
It is the capacity to derive and discern the function behind the form. Physics is the study of the way the form operates. Metaphysics is the study of why it operates that way. That is the realm in which I work.
Allan Savory works at that level in terms of the ecology of whole systems.
Now to birth a new deeper more expansive meaning you have to develop the eye to see in an anomaly what others have missed. Einstein saw into the significance of Pluto’s orbit in a way that Newton had overlooked. That lead to profound changes in our world. Just through clarifying what that anomaly was pointing to at a deep level.
Now countries have personalities too. America is a 3 enneatype. It speaks English and Britain and Canada and Australia are 1 enneatypes (1 is wrath, which when undone gifts meticulousness, efficiency and precision) You can see traits of the 1 in America too. But it created the marketing revolution and that all about selling things in more clever ways.
The anomaly I want to talk about relates to the word “embarrassed.” Spain in the enneagram is a 4. The sin of envy. Great artists tend to be 4s. When the sin or misperception of the 4 is addressed beauty and harmony in aesthetics is granted and the nostalgic and pained hoarder (the Spanish were greedy for gold – more gold lies at the bottom of the sea along the coasts of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and the Caribbean than anywhere else on Earth) is released.
All personalities are, when I enlightened, mechanisms for protecting our pain.
The word “embarrassed” in English means: to be cause to be shamed by our actions.
But in Spanish: embarazada means pregnant.
The root meaning of embarrassed means to block or throw into doubt, to perplex.
The root meaning of pregnant is:
Before birth – where the word birth is rooted in the word gnosis – root of gnasci – birth/to be born
Gno – derives from jnani in Sanskrit. He who knows – an enlightened being.
Thr purpose of birth is self-knowledge. To wake up (Buddha) the hidden faculties of discrimination (budhi – in Sanskrit).
But when we associate pregnancy and the body with something vulgar, we generate guilt. That is the story of Adam and Eve and it has no place in a modern cosmology. Hinduism has its version of this insanity. To end the madness insecurity we must heal the hidden fears between men and woman that lead to divorce and we must disentangle and disenthrall ourselves from the belief that “I am” does not contain the “we.”
That belief, that it doesn’t creates violence. It leads to acrimony and divorce and enslavement. Bob Marley sang: Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.
When we mature, when we learn the lesson of the reason for the genesis of the New World it is exclusively to remember the deeper meaning of logos. It is to step out of the misguided myths of our ancestors and their mistaken prophets. It is to dig deeper into the work of Parmenides and leave the pained Christ and Abrahamic myths behind.
It is to be reborn in a new mythos where the drone bee of our inseminating activity is not wasted in producing hospitals that treat symptoms, armies that prop up unconfronted unconscious fears, police forces that gloss over and protect pain mechanisms; it is high time to address economies and politics that substantiate taking more out of the garden of Earth than we put in.
Buddha said of anger:
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
THIS revelation which I voice is the siren song that ends our collective white knuckling grip on the burning pyre of our maligned stories. It is the reading of meaning into the critical parts of the whole that have sustained human ignorance.
It is the end of stories that code for yet more Holocausts and the clarification of man’s deeper destiny in his Holocene – that word is made from Greek words. Greece is the cradle of Western civilization that took over the word.
Holocene means the new whole.
It means the age of man.
For the new whole to flower we must address the pain points that have thus far prevented it.
The fear of the feminine.
The fear of the masculine.
The consequence of this is psychological inflation, economic cycles of boom and bust, deserts, the wastelands of the inauthentic life and the prison of the reactionary mind.
The distortion that yielded the misunderstanding of the whole and the erroneous myths that codified that into our very DNA.
Fear is always about overlooking the right use of something.
Be it soil, sex or soul.
Until we address these root issues our educational models, our healing systems and our relationship with fulfillment will be off also. Like rotten food in the refrigerator of our harvested assets. When we address the malfunction in our seed thoughts our harvested hearts and minds adopt a new course.
“Apocalypse does not point to a fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end… The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved, the idea that there is a single religious group that is in sole possession of the truth—that is the world as we know it that must pass away. What is the kingdom? It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors, in our enemies, in all of us.”
To end the shame associated with the split mind of the Abrahamic prophets and the Hindu ones who divided the world erroneously into the sacred and the profane… which lead to the American Civil War and the World Wars we must examine how to farm wisely, how to manage wisely and how to be wise.
When we do this the civilization is healed and the guilt of indiscriminate abuse of valuable seeds comes to an end. Instead, we return to Parmenides, Pythagoras and Empedocles and use the seed we were given wisely.
When we do that insecure men and insecure women disappear, the deserts reverse and the wisdom of humanism flourishes and that, that is the only way to bring us out of the deserts of misguided prophets and return the presiding powers to sanity. Everything else is distraction.
To plant the seeds of a new story, to undermine the dark forces of Pluto’s unintended ascendency, to stop managing the garden of your mental health and plant a new garden the mad myths that have regulate us for too long now must be usurped once and for all.