“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven
unless its roots reach down to hell.”

Unleash the Dreamers

The Dream
The Revolution, Evolution, and the chance for Heaven on Earth, starts in the heart and mind of each child that is born into this planet. This is so for two reasons: a newborn child is an empty vessel of information. Her mind is pure and empty of concepts, totally immersed in the Dream World, the Heart. The second reason is that the child, if respected, cared for, and maintained free, can bring into our reality the missing ingredient: Magic, the ability to mold reality (the Dream) to our True Will, through the use of the most powerful human gift of all: Imagination, the ability to create, to Dream awakened.

"Each child must develop its own Individuality, and Will, disregarding alien Ideals… Education is assisting a soul to express itself. Every child should be presented with all possible problems and allowed to register its own reactions; it should be made to face all contingencies in turn until it overcomes each successfully. Its mind must not be influenced, but only offered all kinds of nourishment. Its innate qualities will enable it to select the food proper to its nature. Respect its individuality! Submit all life for its inspection, without comment. From infancy children should face facts, unadulterated by explanations. Let them think and act for themselves; let their innate integrity initiate itself! Make them explore all life’s mysteries, overcome all its dangers. Falsity and fear are their only foe-men. Let them witness birth, marriage, death; let them hear poetry, philosophy,history; compel apprehension but not its articulate expression. Make them face cliffs, billows, animals, finding their own formula of conquest. Thrust Truth on them tirelessly, careful only to make its range all comprehensive; trust them to use it… Let children educate themselves to be themselves. Those who train them to standards cripple and deform them. Alien ideals impose parasitic perversions. Every child is a Sphinx; none knoweth its secret but itself."

"Every child is absolute.

Dare not bias it or bind!

Give the seed fair play to shoot!

At maturity its mind

Shall perfect its proper fruit,
Self-determined, self-designed!"
Aleister Crowley, from  ”On the Education of Children” from The Revival of Magick

But to allow this Magic to happen, one condition must be respected: the purity of mind I mentioned in the first reason must be maintained. This purity of mind is not met with hiding the truth of our world from her, over-protecting and spoiling the child. In the beginning the best that can be done to maintain the pure mind, is to nurture the child, and later to allow herself to program her mind to her own will, and not force our own program, the result of a corrupt and dysfunctional education acquired from our parents and civilization, on her mind.

True imagination and creativity are the result of the unification of two major systems in our vessel: the rational system (mind) and the emotional system (Heart). From the emotional system we get: empathy, emotions, creativity, intuition, inspiration. It might be here that the individual unconscious and the link to the collective unconscious, and to the Universe, takes root, it is the seat of our True Self. From the rational system we get: reason, logic, calculation, memory, language. Because we lack supernatural means of communication such has telepathy, and live in a physical world, which makes this supernatural abilities hard to manifest, we rely only on this tool, the mind/brain, to communicate to other individuals, what we mean and feel, through the creation and manipulation of symbols. From this necessity of expressing to others our feelings and to describe higher states of consciousness, was born language, writing, religion, symbols, art and so on.

"These nursing babies are like those who enter the Kingdom. When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female(…) then you will enter the kingdom."
Jesus Christ, Gospel of St. Thomas

The child is born with these two major systems united, functioning as a whole. Although the mind is still in a pure form, it is programmed to acquire the maximum information possible from it's surroundings right from the start. It is amazing that only after one year or so, she is capable of speaking her first word, which is, most of the times, "mom" or "dad". This is the reflection of one very important aspect of early learning: the learning of empathy, the ability to Love, to feel secure, protected, cared for and understood, which will bring forth confidence and subsequently the absence of self-hatred, fear, and insecurity. This learning will help the child to develop a mind program that facilitates the integration of mind and Heart, allowing later in adult life, the realization of Selfhood also known as individuation, and maybe even Enlightenment, which allows the expression of the True Self, the will of the Universe, the OverDream.

This integration will facilitate the creative process, bringing about symbols that efficiently express the will of the True Self. True Self always wants to express what lies underneath it, the Intelligent Universal Infinite flow of creativity, which makes me wonder to which extent individuality (True Self) is not at the most fundamental level of reality, illusory. Buddhists maybe actually be right as to the ultimate nature of reality: the non-self, or emptiness doctrine (Shunyata), which simply implies that there is no separation and everything is mutually dependent. It seems the Universe is an indivisible whole, which in its basis is empty of any kind of unknowable superior substance, essence or purpose. Something too scary and unphantomable for the monotheist escapists of western culture to even begin to conceive. This is where it becomes interesting regarding synchronicity. If we can conceive that everything is inter-related in the realm of the physical Universe as for example Quantum mechanics shows us, then why not apply this to the realm of history, creativity, art, symbols, language, meaning? Provided of course that language and these symbols are being summoned/created by minds connected to the Natural order of Being, the True Self. We all know what happens when repetition, laziness, marketing, greed, and commercial imperatives step in the creative process, turning the creative individual into a sellout dreamless factory of nicely packaged mindless cultural diarrhea.

It seems to me that the natural state of the human being should be: the mind in service of the Heart so we can express and execute the Will of the One Law: the Natural and Universal order of things. In other words our job should be to help maintain the natural order of things around us, balance, harmony and Love, and engage in a sustainable, healthy and respectable exploration of the OverDream, inside ourselves and outside, that is true Evolution. But in our civilization the opposite happens. Society and family, will contribute for a reversal of the natural state of being in the child: the Heart is made to be in service of the mind, resulting in a disconnection. In this case the Magic is lost, and the True Self subjugated and made a slave to the System, the collective hive mentality. Empathy is discouraged, freedom oppressed and limited, and the values of machiavellian thought encouraged and accepted as the best attitude to maintain in ourselves in order to survive in the human jungle of civilization. Then we wonder why  mental breakdown is so widespread today! From the moment that mind controls the Heart, the door is opened for the oppressor to control the human population. It only needs the right mind programming tools (education, TV, culture, fear, money, trauma, conditioning, social engineering, propaganda etc) to limit and altogether destroy, the potential to imagine, to dream, that is, to express our True Selves.

So we come in this way to the point where we can begin to identify the precise and decisive point at which the promise of Magic and a better world, brought by the child into this planet, slowly fades away: education. This is the point when the choice is made by the child and mainly by her parents, between two paths: the path of freedom, love and understanding; and the path of subjugation to the will of others, resulting in the programing of the mind by an outside source: civilization. What we call civilization, this chaotic mass of mechanicity, stupidity, ignorance, laziness, fear and superficiality today is merely the reflection of the uncontrolled, unbalanced, tumor-like, male energy that dominates peoples minds, and end up forming this global unseen divisive wall in the human experience, between what is falsely thought to be undeniably known and true and the unknown. In other words it is the division between the status quo (dogma, science, politics, economics) and the collective Heart/Female creative force, which is the desire in each of us to do the right thing, to care, love, nurture, dream, create, imagine. The key to individual and collective awakening/enlightenment might come not by rejecting and destroying the Male expression in our world, but to transform it, to unite it with the Female aspect in ourselves and in Nature.

"We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws because noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. Throw us in jail and we shall still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and we shall still love you. Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our community at the midnight hour and beat us and leave us half dead, and we shall still love you. But be ye assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer. One day we shall win freedom but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process and our victory will be a double victory."
Martin Luther King

Even what might seem the most unholy of male and technological expression in today's society, the tendency for man to integrate with the machine, might be a reflection of this unbalanced male force trying to search and unite at all costs with the Heart, the Unknown.

Arno Gruen calls this second path of subjugation, the betrayal of self. In the following excerpt he mentions the fact that to regain the connection to the unconscious, one must face the suffering and fear of oneself. The suffering results from the Heart not being connected with the mind, and the fear results from the mind not knowing what is this thing inside that will plunge ourselves into such an unpleasant state. So the inability of facing this inner-pain results in the mind trying the best it can to run away from the Heart.

“(...) If pain, worry, helplessness [depression] are denied because they were considered weaknesses, such as an expression of a petty male sentimentality considered feminine, and inappropriate to the male force (which is also true for women who strive for power within the male standards), the interior becomes neutralized and removed from daily life. And so, the inner world is sinking ever more into the unconscious. But the interior [Heart] always remains, even incognito, it interferes with the way we act, think and feel.
There are, therefore, two mental diametrically opposed states: one where the inner world is accessible, a person will be able to react in a creative way to external stimuli. It can even exist as the unconscious inner world, provided it is recoverable. The inner life is a very flexible entity that has a great ability to react.
In the other state: If the sensitive interior [Heart] is locked, the individual’s contacts with the outside world will leave it unchanged. Making it impossible to have a real contact with the outside. The measure of isolation of the interior, [the true self] is directly related to the hatred of it. This is caused by active participation in subjection to the command of a "reality" that requires the denial of true feelings .
This continuous supply of self hatred will strengthen the inner isolation as well as the chaos resulting from lack of connection between the inner world and outer life. All this makes the fear grow inside and the threat of it eventually becoming evident by one's actions. The split between conscious and unconscious, or the betrayal of the self, reinforces the division. And so the fear of the collapse accelerates the identification process with external reality [status quo], by which we learn to ensure a place for us in a world of male power and domination. The isolation of the interior from the outside world leads to loss of organization, [to the loss of meaning] and integration. And the interior starts being feared, since the destructiveness and hatred of it become the individual’s dominant features. (...)”
Arno Gruen, form "Insanity of Normality"

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you".
Jesus Christ, Gospel of St. Thomas

"When we are doing the will of our true Self, we are inevitably doing the will of the universe. In Magic these are seen as indistinguishable:. that every Human Soul is in fact one Human Soul. It is the Soul of the Universe itself. And as long as you are doing the will of the Universe, then it is impossible to do anything wrong."
Alan Moore, from "The Mindscape of Alan Moore"

This fear, self-hatred, of the person who betrayed, or was led to betray his True Self, form what is known as the Ego, or lower Self. I believe this to be the Wetiko decease mentioned by Native American writer Jack D. Forbes in his book "Columbus and Other Cannibals". It may also be the "Predator's mind" mentioned by Don Juan in Castaneda's books. It is the result of an inner division between rational and emotional, lack of wholeness in our psyches, leading to the subjection to the will of others, and the expression of our most deep animal instincts: anger, survival instincts, greed, violence, materialism, etc.

I believe that since the beginning of time most religions, esoteric and occult practices, philosophical systems, art and shamanism, all tried, somehow, each in its own fashion, to understand this mechanism, this state of affairs, and overcome it, achieving thus a connection to the Divine and the Magical, or natural state of being. Even the very simple idea of the eternal battle between good and evil mentioned in so many religions might stem from this duality present in our reality. These powerful archetypes present in our collective psyche are trying to burst into our conscious and teach us something. Because we live in a society that is becoming more and more disconnected from spiritual experience, from true Art, where psychedelics are made illegal, the sacred ignored, and Nature raped, these archetypes have been finding their way, since the dawn of technology, through mainstream culture, as Christopher Knowles points out in his blog.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that at the individual and collective level, the whole of our reality, physical, psychological, cultural, political etc, are being shaped quite literally by our current collective state of consciousness, which is the result of the extent to which we dive into the Unknown. The more we are incapable of overcoming the fear of facing the Heart, and subsequently that dark ocean of unknown possibilities, and use our imagination to navigate it, the further we will plunge into suffering, ignorance and face the very real possibility of following the path of destruction. But if a change occurs inside ourselves, and man is freed from the bondages that trap the mind, than ANYTHING can be possible, and something might just happen that no man as ever dreamed of.

"When you make the two into one, you will become children of humanity, and when you say "Mountain move from here" it will move."
Jesus Christ, Gospel of St. Thomas

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1 comment:

Raj said...

Excellent stuff, Bruno.

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