That’s the original meaning in old German. The root of the word “heaven.” Plants make clouds.
Robert A Johnson was an interesting man. He was a psychotherapist by profession. He was close in his youth to Jiddu Krishnamurti. I never met Krishnamurti but my 20s were fully dedicated to him and the path I took in my 30s also. Johnson met Jung in Switzerland not long after spending time with Krishnamurti.
The 3 of them and Neville Goddard and Florence Scovel Shinn, they seem to be the vanguard of great mystic scientists of their day. Ones that came from the West anyway (Krishnamurti was a child of India but a gift to the world: his schools like the Wardorff schools offer an alternative to Jesuit and Protestant and Catholic options.
When he met Jung at around the age of 24, Jung was an older man and he told him his dream. When Jung heard it, instantly he said:
“That is an old man’s dream. Don’t ever get married.”
Jung also spent time with another American of special note: Joseph Campbell.
Campbell, in the West, was the father of the discipline of Comparative Mythology. He was a genius.
Johnson was in his own way too. Like Campbell and Jung, he dived into the depths of exploring the evolution of the archetypes in man.
He wrote what are in my opinion the three definitive
works on gender and romance and the needs of men and women: He, She and We.
Those books could align much of our social fabric issues if we truly digested and applied them.
I am a lover of culture and for some reason the ancient Indian and Greek culture inspired me. They are formidable- both of them.
Latin, the kindred child of Greek, and Sanskrit, they shaped the West and the East.
We live in a time where they are merging more than ever. The mother and the child, becoming something new. You travel the world and you see the repeating architecture of each. And beyond those stories the tribes of Africa and the Pacific Islands. And the Americas with their equal many wonders. And Oceania and its mystery.
We also live in a time where our capacity to harness the power of hydrogen and rays of light and other entities of energy is fundamentally accelerated. Those breakthroughs are around the corner now.
In Indian mythology the greatest weapon is made of a spine. The flexibility of the spine is one measure of youth. Life lives on life. The hunter fires his arrow and says a prayer for the gift of the animal’s life to help sustain his own. And so, this fundamental insight that the felxiibility of the spine is a measure of youth, that is a contribution of the Indian yogis and the Tibetan yogis.
One cannot refute it. In its symbolism, nor its truth. So yoga has found its place in a planet wide spreading of wisdom. That has happened. Hatha yoga is the physical yoga and it leads to the mental yoga Raja yoga and that is summarized in the text by Patanjali known as the yoga sutras. It is a great gift to mankind.
To the right finesse of mind it promises more refined finesse.
Johnson spoke of too much “upness.” When I heard him say this I felt I was in the presence of one of the wisest minds the United States of America had produced.
The Indians yogis went inward and their great sages taught the right action: dharma – through stories about a great and impeccable king of men: Rama.
But the Greeks penetrated the atom and that lead to great unleashing of technological power.
The same parameters taught in the Ramayana apply to whatever the amplification of power. Long ago people traveled from Turkey to Mongolia around the great mountain ranges.
And then Mongolia helped birth Ancient Greece. We are on the river of that floating living history.
The Indians had a character named Arjuna and he was a master of focus with the bow and arrow.
But it was Parmenides, the Greek, who fired the arrows that birthed the modern world.
To understand these things is to begin to comprehend our society and the possibility as Joseph Campbell said:
“This is it. Here and now. Heaven and hell. The Earth is what we make of it.”
My teacher said: A choice is not a decision.
If you take a multiple choice test and you do not know the answer you make your best guess.
That’s a choice between two alternatives.
A decision is not a choice. You have to investigate. You have to come to know. That’s a decisive action. We live in the shadow of the courage of Parmenides and his incredible faith in humanity. It comes with a sacred geometry; of this I am convinced.
When we learn to revere 🌱 plants; the progenitors of clouds, the essence of heaven, this is not in doubt.