Blog 40 – RHYTHM

 

          (VINCENT VAN GOGH – WHEAT FIELD WITH CYPRESS)

RHYTHM

The last entry was a bit of a diversion, though a very necessary one. As long as we are not in connection with the ever-present deep grieving existing within the souls of this land, grief as a response to the genocide of some 75 million Original people of this land, a border exists between this world and the spiritual worlds – the spiritual worlds on one side, the earthly world on the other., an impermeable boundary kept in place by the presences of the un-grieved, souls motivated by the desire to return to earth.

” I consciously and intentionally made my life miserable, because I wanted God to be alive and free from the suffering man has put on him by loving his own reason more than God’s secret intentions….. Try to apply seriously what I have told you, not that you might escape suffering — nobody can escape it — but that you may avoid the worst — blind suffering”. C. G. Jung  — quoted by Peter Kingsley, Vol. II – Catafalque, pg. 48.

There is truth to such a division between the earthly world and the spiritual worlds, the division that “spiritual paths” assume, and religions, too. There is no attempt here to counter such a reality. But, ever since I can remember, I’ve searched for the link, what is the link?  The opening cannot be seen very clearly, nor entered very readily, though, as long as there are blocks that not only hold the boundary in place but make it seem that there is no link, only a boundary.

Very, very, very few people have the knowledge and the capacities to develop the ‘spiritual organs’ to move from this side of the boundary to the other while still living. Frankly, it seems impossible once the resonances of the spirit world no longer re-sound within, or cannot be heard within the earthly world. It is this resonance that we seek in these writings – a resonance lived by the Original people of this land. We cannot go back, but we can listen and develop ways of being in this resonance according to our time and circumstances.

After his visit to the Taos Pueblo, C.G Jung’s colleagues argued about whether the Original people there were “fully conscious and individuated” — Jung tired of the argument and said:

“Well, I don’t know about that. They may not be conscious but they hear the inner voice, they act on it, they do not go against it — that is what counts.” (quoted in Catafalque, Vol. II by Peter Kingsley, pg. 467)

Later, we will have to go on yet another slight diversion to speak of another block keeping a rigid separation between worlds that must be recognized – one that has arisen only since the 1950s – electronic technology. We will have to find the way through this block that not only keeps the earthly world separate from the spiritual worlds, it obliterates the memory and the reality of their even being spiritual worlds, the state of civilization at this time. What are the practical ways through this block?

We shall also have to go on a third slight diversion to speak of a block very intimately related to the two above. This block concerns the nature of the elemental beings of this land, the inherent guardians of this land and that some of these elemental beings are inherently oriented toward fostering greed. We will have to see that the people who came to this land were certainly motivated by greed, but they were also being attracted here by beings of greed.

The Original people of this land knew of these beings, and one of the great mysteries is how they were able to live without getting caught by impulses of greed. It is a most important question because there is an imagination involved that will make it possible for us, now, who are also subject to these elemental presences, to know of and to avoid becoming caught by these presences of greed that greatly, greatly enhance our inherent urgings toward greed. A hint. The rampant greed we see and experience these days is really not about money or even power. It is about control. More in future writings. 

But, for now, let’s work further on opening the border-resonance, tearing down the wall, because the wall not only keeps beings of great importance out, it also keeps us in, unable to see larger. This opening, always present, expresses as the RHYtHMS composing Earth and Cosmos, and everything too, of the human world; pure materialism becomes materialism by ignoring universal rhythms.

To say all of this in more immediate language,  the creator and creating forces, exist who are indeed completely independent of this world, usually called “God”. The earthly world seems to go on independently of this other world. The link –  is the rhythms characterizing EVERYTHING of Earth, the simultaneity of the presence of the spiritual worlds as ALSO within all of Earth, the visible expression of All. Creating forces, creating beings, pure STILLNESS, AND the presence of MOTION, characteristic of everything earthly – existing together as RHYTHM.

The “Force” of God (within and without), and the “Force” of Motion, WHEN they are in balance, results in the immediate bodily, sensory, perceptual, knowing this world as also spirit imbued throughout.

Think of the ongoing rhythms of Earth as analogous to a “teeter-totter”. There is the fulcrum, the point of constant Stillness along with the lever that moves rhythmically up and down. And there is the polarity of all MOTION, the movement of everything of Earth(even stones will wear away. – one tribe, for example, says that a stone takes one breath every day and the sun takes one breath every eleven months. Breathing is a primary example of Universal rhythm.) The lever moves up and down in rhythm because there is the constant still point of the fulcrum in unison with constant movement.

This analogy shows that the larger world of the unity of Spirit-Earth is being composed, continually, and everything of Earth consists of waveforms, and the world appears as it does – that is, as separated entities, because we are unaware of universal rhythm, which we can also call the Universal Heartbeat of Earth, which we can also call LOVE. We are unaware of Universal rhythm (which composes Earth, and also the Whole of the Cosmos) because, through our interventions, the Whole is out of balance – we do not experience Universal Rhythm, though we can, and we will work toward showing how that can easily happen. When rhythms are out of balance, connected ‘things’ do not seem connected at all, and when rhythms are excessively out of balance there is destruction, violence, fear, behind which are forces seeking control, now operating primarily through the medium of greed.

Just begin to notice, or imagine, some earthly things – like:

The rhythm of a seed of a tree and the tree – the Whole tree is contained with the seed as a point of concentration that unfolds as the expansion of the tree. Then, the tree ‘dies’. It actually does not die – earth, too, is immortal – and, of course, we also do not ‘die’. Within this rhythmic imagination, there is a constant process of concentration and expansion – the expansion is a period of rest before the movement back into concentration.

OR

Imagine a spiral galaxy:

See here the simultaneity of the rhythm of condensation, the motion toward the center and the motion of expansion outward from the center.

OR

the imprint of yourself as such rhythmic motion – in your fingerprint:’

 

Or

the constant concentration-expansion movement of a labyrinth:

 

 

The Original people of this land lived constantly and awarefully within and as rhythms:Their dances were ways of speaking with Earth; for example the Deer Dance of the Pueblos, or, the Buffalo Dance, the Corn Dance….all dances speak the language of the rhythms of the presences of Earth with the Beings of Earth and the Being of Earth:

 

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The Wave Rhythms of a Navaho Rug:

 


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The simultaneous spiraling rhythm of concentration and expansion of a Chaco Canyon petroglyph showing the rhythmic union of the creation of Earth creatures and the Spirit-Creator.

 

 

The Soul of America: New Beginnings 39

The Soul of This Land

The Original people of this land lived within the ongoing act of all-creating, the continual, rhythmic, balanced interchange of giving and re-giving, with Earth as a spiritual place, the expression ( not the ‘expressed’ and certainly not the ‘excretion’) of Father Sky/Mother Earth — these people participated, with awareness, at a very high, spiritual level of instinctual existence.

The severing of creation from its ongoing spirit-source occurred long, long, long, long ago – at the end of the Egyptian times, pre-pyramidal times. The early Egyptians lived within the all-giving and re-giving of creating – until the desire for power entered. Greed did not enter the world until about the 25th century B.C. Since that time, the ascendency of technology of all types occurs accompanied by the decline of living intimately within the going act of creating happening. True, intimate living with everything as spirit presence by the indigenous soul never followed this path of decline. They never left the Wholeness of Cosmos, Earth, Nature, the Human Body, and intimate connections among People as Whole, as One, occurring simultaneously as multiplicity.

By intimately being within all creating happening, I mean living that does not become codified as ‘spirituality’, for ‘spirituality’, at least as we think of it, relies on a contrast with some form of so-called ‘evil’, or else is ‘floaty new age”, and also relies on the existence of fear, which it promises to heal. When we today imagine spirituality, it is in the context of being an answer to sin, division, opposition, greed, fear — fear of death, the fear of God, or punishment and guilt – or some form of wanting to be better, a confusion with truly knowing who we are… and all the rest. Love is given as the answer. But Love is already present – as the invisible/visible Everything, and requires only ‘being here’, with full awareness, not as observers of earth, but as earth-awareness. There is nothing to ‘recover’ because it did not go anywhere.

THE LIVING, INSTINCTUAL SPIRITUAL-EARTH LIFE OF THE INDIGENOUS SOUL HAD/HAS NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL, IN COMMON WITH SPIRITUALITY AS A ‘RECOVERY PROGRAM.’ Nor does any attempt to ask how it is possible to live in this way, according to our circumstances and mode of consciousness, introduce yet another ‘recovery program.’ THE ATTEMPT, FOLLOWED IN THESE WRITINGS TO AWAKEN TO ‘NATURAL SPIRIT-AWARENESS’, SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS A FORM OF SPIRITUALITY BUT AS THE NECESSARY GROUNDING OF ANY SPIRITUALITY.

After the time of the early Egyptian spiritual culture and the rise of power, self-interest, and technology, a number of individual spiritual Masters appeared from time to time and lived and worked to bring re-balance — Confucius, Laotzu, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Mohammed, and others – all of them were born into descendant civilizations, and thus are “Masters of Recovery”. None of them, however, seem to have had Earth as a central concern, and their views are oriented solely to the human. There are no more than a handful of individuals of this kind, and several hundred individuals who have lived in deepest connection with creating and have sprinkled poetry, music, literature, painting, philosophy and other forms of inspired creation that still generate idealism, which more and more, though, has no place., for they are all usurped by entertainment or ‘culture’ as a particular form of commodity.

The contributions of these great souls are not here in question or doubt. Without them, we would not even have a memory of “Higher Worlds”. But, once they have lived and have spoken and their words recorded, their contributions easily become commoditized, encoded, and encased, and, in this time, when attended to without larger spiritual-Earth awareness, become precious more than living, with practices that do dip into the spiritual heights and do ameliorate, sometimes, our various individual and collective troublesome tendencies. Nearly all of them, however, neglect to speak of the spirit nature of Earth.

The modern and extremely simplistic way in which the assumed separation between the human and the rest of creation occurs is often spoken as …’change yourself first, and then you can go out and change the world.” The implied division is untrue.

The descent into mediocrity and worse continues and now complete separation from even ‘corrective spirituality’ is at hand with the result of the complete loss of even the memory of what culture means, and the rise of a completely decadent civilization. Life is now completely out of balance.

My intent was to begin developing a picture of the balancing process, not by doing What the Original people did/do, but doing AS they did/do, according, though, to present consciousness. We have not yet gotten to the specific ways in which this requires that we live in a meditative state while within full “day-consciousness.” We will get there in these writings. There is certainly no ‘appropriation’ of how the Original people lived and live; it is not a matter of taking what they gave for the purposes of our use. They were never possessive in the first place, though to take THEIR ways and try to apply them as they were, now, would indeed be to appropriate, that is, taking what they lived as if it were something that could be picked up and out of a mysterious whole, possessed and used. But, to be awakened by the living inspiration of the Original people, that is something completely different than taking and using.

Before we go further and deeper, however, it is necessary to be living as fully earthly-human as is possible, and what makes ‘human’ beings fully earthly-human is grief, the very deepest body/soul state of being.

This whole blog series began by speaking of the genocide of the Original people. I remember some of the comments… ‘sad’, ‘that is terrible’… and so on. As you who read these entries have let some if that enter and linger, however, you may, hopefully, have come into grief. Grief is a permanent state…not just a momentary reaction to death. If you feel grief, it is because it is inevitably already there, and, in large measure, the way we live in this civilization is a way of remaining unconscious of deep grieving.

At least 75 million Original people were slaughtered, and we have to ponder the spiritual result of this act which occurred over a period of 100 years, and especially ponder that our identity as ‘Americans’ is unavoidably that of being ‘genocidal’ beings and that we have not faced this in any way. We cannot dis-identify from what happened by thinking – well, that was those people who came from Spain or from England who were the perpetrators.

That we have not faced what we have done has the primary consequence that “America – the Land of Genocide”, not the land of “the free and the home of the brave” continues its tradition, now – and what we are now experiencing, everywhere — greed, self-interest, degradation of the land, devastation of all creatures, violence, terror, lying, racism, corporatism, politics, more and more and more technology that excludes any ongoing developing of soul capacities, is the act of Self-Genocide! How could it be otherwise?

How Self-Genocide works has been masterfully described by Martin Prechtel in “The Smell of Rain on Dust.” In Guatemala, where he lived with the indigenous people for many years, the living imagination of death there says that when someone dies, if they are not grieved, their soul cannot find its way to the heavens. Such souls then return and inhabit someone of the family, the most vulnerable soul. The result is that the person is ‘infected’ with the soul of the dead, and that soul voraciously seeks life, which cannot be found. This seeking shows as the one inhabited often becomes alcoholic, for example, for the dead are very attracted to the effects of alcohol. Or drugs, or violent behavior of every sort. And, when that person dies and is not grieved, then two souls return and inhabit a member of the family, and that spreads beyond the family, through the village, and eventually through the country. This process goes on and on, and it is easy to imagine it taking over a whole culture….such as ours.

When someone dies and is grieved, then that soul can enter into the spirit world. What do the spirits do “there” — not just relax and enjoy — but these spirits create the natural world!!!

Consider noticing the unnoticed grief that we each live, collective grief, more even than individual grief. Daily, or before sleep, let you consciousness release fully into your body –- a felt sense of grief awakens…and let that grief go toward all the Original people of this land – you will feel it, you will begin to even enter images of the actual genocide events. You will cry, seemingly endlessly. Because of the circumstances of being killed instantly, often without warning, men, women and children, many of the souls of these dead are hungry ghosts – through whom the Self-genocide of this land now occurring.

To attempt to go further into the presence of creating happening always, and the remarkable, amazing, astounding, true destiny of the human being to be awake, aware, and within ongoing creating without facing what we have done and enter grieving would be to introduce something unforgivable and untrue.