I have a slight feeling that today’s blog is likely to peel quite a few people away. It is actually very simple, really simple, but we have no given filters of knowledge that lead to the immediate experience of thinking we know. It is necessary to work a little bit, finding a way into something unknown. Then, everything coming will be quite easy and make sense.
We begin this time with the astounding meaning of the word “Indigenous.” The first part of the word functions as a preposition — where? It says ‘in’ or ‘inside’.
So, the “in” refers to the invisible interiority of the “Digenous”. Digenous is an actual word.
The etymology of the word ‘digenous’ is more revelatory – and, at first, seems strange:
“Bisexual”, that is of or pertaining to both sexes; done by the two sexes; syngenetic; originating from opposite sexes.”
What happens in the in-visible place — the creating itself, and equal bisexual forces do the creating, and the creating goes on all the time, not in ‘seven days’. (maybe 7 epochs?)
Our usual understanding of “indigenous” functions too narrowly as “belonging to the land, originating with the land, the people who live ‘within’ the land, close to the land.” “Indigenous” is better heard as participation in “creating the land.”
First, “indigenous” is not a word that ever describes a particular person’s personality or character – ‘he is an indigenous individual’, for example, is a misuse of the word. It is a word that describes where – and how – ‘earth’ comes into being a ‘here’, or better, how ‘earth’ will/can come into being ‘here’, when the earth that we think is ‘here and finished’, begins to vanish before our eyes (climate change, pollution, etc).
Try to begin to feel what is being said with this word: “indigenous” –two invisible (the ‘in’ part), equal, sexual powers the, ‘digenous part’ (do not take this as having to do with “having sex” in any literal way ), in longing for each other create the new. As an analogy, which is actually more than analogy, but for now, take it as such – sodium longs for chloride and when the two come together there is the creation of salt. The two sexual, longing soul powers creating Earth, create continuously – Earth is being created, it not already created as merely the ‘stage’ for human action.
The ONE spirit (The Original people speak of “The Great Spirit”), divides into two – sexes – two equal creating forces, (The Original people speak of “Father Sky” and “Mother Earth”), one concentrative, the other expansive, and their yearning for each other results in ongoing creating of everything, the particularities of which are individual extensions of the Great Spirit. The sexual longing makes the things of the world in the image of the One Spirit – that is, each specific individual creation is part of the Whole – separate ‘things’ is an illusion. The One extends into the Two, and the Two extends into the Third, which is the visible Earth, in multitudinous forms, which continuously come into being and disappear (what we call ‘death’, which is actually not death at all). Earth, always happening as the soul activity, the imagination, of the ONE SPIRIT as two forces, extending Desire, the ONE SPIRIT, LOVE, outward.
Said yet another way: WHAT HAPPENS AS THE CREATING OF EARTH/NATURE – THE CONTINUAL BALANCING OF MASCULINE AND FEMININE FORCES. – ALL OF THE EARTH AND ALL OF THE UNIVERSE IS BEING COMPOSED, CREATED THROUGH THE DESIRE OF THE WORLD-GENDERS TO UNITE. AND THIS DESIRE IS GOD’S DESIRE OF MANIFESTING LOVE.
THE ORIGINAL ‘INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’ LIVED WITHIN THIS CREATIVE UNIVERSE, THIS CREATING EARTH – in the modality of instinctual consciousness.
THOSE WHO HELD TOGETHER THIS VISION AND THUS OF EARTH AS IN THE ACT OF CREATING RATHER THAN ‘ALREADY CREATED’, WERE THE ELDERS.
What Happens when there are no longer Elders, when there is no longer the culture of Elderhood? Who is imagined as ‘holding it all together – by being so close to the creating that they are an essential dimension of the creating? Abstractly, perhaps, you would say, why God of course, but that is a belief (and theology), which served a good purpose – that of giving an explanation when we were not yet able to more fully comprehend. The Original people did/do comprehend, instinctually, or we might say, ‘pre-comprehended’ as a way of Life, which makes this present comprehension, at a different vibration, possible.
However, I mean the question more immediately. We might, for example, say, well, no one holds this creating together. There is only the CREATED Earth and it is the function of civilization, and more deeply, culture, to hold what ‘God’ created, together. But, civilization and culture are a result, not a cause – and any true culture is long gone – and civilization is now crumbling – so these two are certainly not holding it all together. And both are crumbling because we have no imagination, no myth of ongoing creating. What was just spoken of above is the Myth of America, and shows the purpose of America, not for itself, but its universal purpose!. If we cannot enter into “holding it all together” – as Elders, then the whole of culture is gone (nearly done), and the whole of civilization is gone (nearly done too), and the whole of Earth is gone (on the way to happening).
You may be wondering about other Indigenous peoples — Australian, Amazon, Mexican, African, Brazilian, Columbian, Philippine, Guatemalan, Mongolian…….
We have to give attention to the strange world “America” “Americanus”, after Amerigo Vesspucci who made two trips here (actually South America) – and as Edgar Allen Poe said: “South America is “America” and will insist upon remaining so.” That is, the name of America originates there. Amerigo Vesspucci certainly did not come to America – he came to the NEW WORLD! The NEW WORLD, the world — the Earth in the always happening process of creating, where to be ‘Indigenous” means to be within and aware of Earth/creating happening, not already happened. People who are aware within this reality are ‘Indigenous Americans’, forever indebted to the Original Indigenous Americans, who are our true teachers, or were destined to be until they were decimated, a decimation making a place where there is no ‘here here’. But, those who hold the stories – like the Hopi, the Pueblo, the Zuni and many others in other parts of this land, are still our teachers.
Instead of Elders who are present with the ongoing bisexual creation of Earth happening every moment, a presence that holds it all together, civilization believes a God ‘outside’ the creation itself created earth, which is right – but this belief DID NOT extend into a ‘giant’ act of love-making, creating Earth, without which Earth is an excretion rather than an expression.
And our strongest present-day belief of what keeps it all going….. consumerism and, replacing the true myth, the concocted myth of family. I remember, for it was not very long ago, when suddenly, everything of this civilization became about family – family is now everything – it does not matter if one’s family is functional or dysfunctional – we have put the work of holding Earth together onto something that absolutely cannot hold it together.
Father Sky and Mother Earth replaced by father and mother as the center of life. The impossible goals of the family, under the head of father and mother, subverts initiation into Elderhood as sacred participation in the soul bi-sexual creating, and instead endlessly extends family into either personal individuation or rebellion – which is why there is nobody to replace our self-focus! That is why we cannot say that God holds it all together. “God” cannot be anything more than an abstraction in a time when everything, is us-focused, and world means millions of individuals, held very tenuously, mostly not at all by father/mother – who, in this scenario can never be gotten away from – as there is nothing else.
We have not kept up with vibrational evolution. The ‘old’ center of will and power and fear has to, by a work of contemplation, become centered in the center of the head, that great Stillness of Listening, receiving the divine – which can be contemplatively practiced, for example, whenever survival fear is felt ‘down there’.
The ‘old’ center of reproduction and emotion, has to, by a work of contemplation, become centered in the place of speaking, the place of the creative-word, whenever currents are felt in this old region of the body-awareness.
The ‘old’ center of attraction coupled with possessiveness has to, by a work of contemplation, become centered in the all-present, never possessing, Love of the heart, when currents are felt in the old region of body-awareness.
Such new body-awareness does not deaden those other three centers of body-awareness but puts them under a new signature.
(First, a short note concerning the posting of this blog. While some people suggested that it would be good to establish a closed group, I have decided to continue to announce the blog on facebook with the requirement of going to the blog of the website. There is a place on the blog for comments, and responses to comments can also be incorporated there. I encourage people NOT to comment on facebook as that leads to grunting. Still, there is importance in posting this level of writing on facebook as the vibration is then within the etheric wholeness, maybe bringing a slight balance. It does not take much. (If someone throws a baseball into the air, the whole cosmos immediately readjusts to come into balance with this ‘disturbance’ of the Whole. )
Awakening to the indigenous soul happens in the now rather than engaging in a fantasy of going back to the awareness of the Original people that are this land. The awakening concerns recovering a central vibration of the indigenous soul — Elder Awareness – the particular kind needed in this time is EARTH ELDERING.
There are no elders any longer because they were eliminated with the Original people of this land; elderhood goes together with the indigenous soul — the capacity of Wisdom, of holding the past as present, and also the future as present, and taking up permanent residence within the center of the triangular creating vortexes developed in the earlier blog, and receiving the responsibility of holding the Whole together.
Elders are not ‘the old people’. Age does not exist until the elders are excluded from culture; then culture begins the long process of descending into mere civilization — without the gods, without values, without inherent living morality, without the sense of the presence of the dead, the ancestors. Without these qualities, people who are more ready to accept the responsibility of elderhood, instead become the discards of civilization, or they try to continue as loyal consumers, living in ‘old age’ homes, something like living on a perpetual cruise ship; or, more commonly, like those who have been stripped of consumerhood and live destitute.
Without elderhood, a very particular kind of bodily presence of the spirits, human experience, is founded on three levels of, let us call it ‘vibration’:
Bodily oriented will which inwardly lives as the impulse of survival, and fear as primary (what is being enacted in the world now), and power as the way of surviving, individual and group ‘me-me’ power.
The second orientation is physically oriented creation – experienced narrowly as the sexual impulse, more widely as creating material things and feeding them with more material things, motivated by unconscious sexual desire.
The third orientation is relating, accompanied by the urge toward possession. Religions try to work with this state, teaching, in various forms ‘let go and let God’ — institutional religion has become governed by this level of relating — and so seeks to control others through the power of providing paradoxical images of showing the way out of this quite narrow existence — a way out that is not really a way out; let’s call it faith or belief in a way out, utilizing documents, which if understood and truely lived are a way, not out, but through,revealing that the ‘promised land’ is already here. Where is here? Where the Original people of this land lived. (I don’t mean New Mexico, though I do love it here as there is, unlike LA, here here); it is an imaginal ‘here’; that is, where you are, but soul-felt and expressed.
The Wholeness of consciousness was/is lived by the Original people — at the vibration of instinctual awareness. However, I am not going to fall into the trap here of talking about levels of consciousness and its attendant error of placing instinctual consciousness at the bottom.
The Whole, vibrates complexly, and does so with different emphases at different time periods. BUT we are never without the vibratingly living Whole. The difficulty, in fact, is that this civilization, since the beginning, with the capturing of Original people and making them into slaves, had the aim of destroying the wholeness inherent in instinctive awareness, and we thus have, ever since, lived out of balance. Destroy the Whole and you can control the parts.
Here is the set of vibratory awarenesses:
Instinctive, Sense, Spiritual, Cosmic, Christ awareness. Anthropologists tend to think somewhat this way (truncating it – for they don’t speak of Christ Consciousness — in a moment, I’ll describe that as being fully human, so it is necessary to let go of concepts and theologies of Christ. The listing is incomplete, and the missing awareness is ELDER CONSCIOUSNESS — which holds the Whole together: Instinctive, Sense, Elder, Cosmic, Christ Awareness. And these modes are not hierarchical!
Short characterizations of the Vibration of the Whole:
Instinctive – earth-oriented consciousness. Everything the body needs to fulfill its desires – physical, emotional and spiritual desires, it borrows from the earth and returns to the earth. A bodily feeling-consciousness. I don’t mean ‘emotional’ or ‘reactive’ – as in ‘having a feeling’. Feeling consciousness is more like knowing through bodily ‘vibration’.
Sense – We are still mainly within this modality of consciousness. The term ‘sense’ here does not mean consciousness is confined to sensation; thinking is also present, but the ‘range’ of thinking capacities is mostly tied to the desires and needs of the concept-body (what we think of as body is not body-as-lived, but a physiological, biological concept), and thus of using Nature for our purposes.
Spiritual – The incorporation of spirit happens through rhythm, silence and motion. in rhythm, and thus reveals itself in the world as artistic –painting, music, poetry, literature, sculpture — not to be taken literally, but imaginally –for example, listen to the symphony of this writing –all of which are the greatest cause of bringing love into the world. And it has to do with the rhythms of the heart. With human beings, rhythm induces inner thinking, reducing the primacy of outer sensing. Inner thinking does not mean ‘mind chatter’ – it is meditative. but ongoing, not just the practice of meditation.
Elder -completely receptive awareness that serves as an invisible repository of cultural and philosophical knowledge, serves as the transmitters of such Wisdom, including basic beliefs and teachings, encouragingfaith inthe Great Spirit, Father/Mother.Elders emphasize listening and not asking WHY.There isn’t any word in Elder language for “why.” “Why” takes us out of presence into mentalness. It is not listening to them, but to their listening.
Cosmic –the complete severance of sensation from Consciousness. It is the full illumination of soul/spirit – consciousness in the purity of LIGHT. It is completely transformative, immediately. God’s Light of all-knowledge is revealed. “I and the Father are One.” It is also immediate and full knowledge of immortality.
Christ– This modality attests to the possibility of EVERY individual attaining Cosmic Consciousness – that is, the possibility of cosmic-earth consciousness, an illumination like cosmic consciousness – that endures while one lives within the world, a state of Universal Oneness. And, this consciousness is already present, and, with the presence of Elder Consciousness this completeness of consciousness can be engaged, now.
With the vibration of Wholeness – which simply means ‘being here’, the three levels of ‘existence’ spoken of above – physically inspired will, physically inspired creating, and physically inspired relating shift to a different predominance of basic human vibration:
Physically inspired will becomes inward listening, receiving, intuition, fully bodily, centered in the mysterious ‘cave in the center of the head’, though permeating thoroughly bodily, and even personality, to enter the world.
Physically inspired creating, through desire-purification becomes creating through the ‘word’, rhythmic, non-rational, immediate, imagistic, artistic, giving and re-giving. Such creating from soul is carefully cared for and brought, through being body, into the world.
Physically inspired relating and its attendant desire for possessiveness become inner stillness, listening, receiving, heart awareness and the power of non-doing doing, relating with the all-pervasive rhythms of Nature. (This opens a central concern which will be addressed later with practices – can contemplative consciousness ‘do’ anything.)
Still, without Earth Eldering working to awaken the full range of awareness, Wholeness of knowing, results in leaving the Earth. With Earth Eldering, that is the indigenous soul resonating now, ALL modes of awareness resonate together like a harp. For the Original people, this harp resonated from the key of instinctual awareness — Wholeness as all the awareness modalities was nevertheless present. And, if it is possible to listen so deeply to the soul presence that Elder awareness begins to resonate, then the whole harp of awareness will resonate from the key of Now – somewhere in the octave of deep stillness forming a new kind of thinking, rhythm forming a new kind of making, and relating as if Earth mattered.
To Make This Bridge it is Necessary to BE THE BRIDGE
Last week’s entry, “Resuscitating the Indigenous Soul” was a turning point for this blog. The silence of
response was amazing: NONE. There were two comments, one concerned only with the last sentence, and
the other, a private email that indicated a very full understanding of the entry — because he did the work. Here lies the point where the blog changes, and I’m wondering what to do. I am not in the least bit upset with the ‘no response’, but am very interested in what to do from this point on — where more and more will be required of readers. So, let’s try to address this concern and see if it comes to some form of resolution.
The attempt of the blog entry was to begin bridging the Indigenous soul of this land with the deepest level of consciousness that it is possible to go into now — the latter almost always occurring through some kind of meditative-contemplative work — or results from undergoing some event that brings about humility and vulnerability, and/or requires sacrifice and suffering – not sought, but noticed. Bridging-consciousness requires more than ‘thinking about’ how to re-enter collective soul life; it requires becoming the bridge.
The entry opened into the WORK of seeing that the Indigenous Soul has not gone anywhere. She is here as She always has been — and can be revived, can be re-entered, and in doing so, the real destiny of this land of America could be taken up again — this is the land destined to become the place where the “New Heaven and New Earth” awakens, an awakening immediately understood everywhere. This is as yet far away, but spiritual work does not happen in the same timing as civilizational timing.
This possibility, though, cannot happen from within the civilizational consciousness of the day. We live in a highly layered illusory consciousness and connecting with something of depth from within flat, literal, everyday consciousness is impossible. Writing of a depth nature cannot be taken for its content alone. The content is nothing more than the visible expression of something going on at a much deeper level, known either through immediate heart feeling or intuition. It would have done no good to say something like this — for a reader that either happens or it does not. The ‘nots’ win.
I am NOT the one bringing this possibility of America about. Not in any way. It is just impossible to believe that the Original people of this land were here, for a while, to be wiped out and replaced by voracious land grabbers and developers for the purpose of fulfilling greed until destructive consciousness, starting here, spreads throughout the world until Earth must balance herself in such a violent manner that humanity will not live through the rebalancing.
And, in spite of being a long-lived fantasy, we may have adopted being ‘western culture,’ originating in Greece, but that is not the true culture of this land. We have benefitted much from that adoption, but that culture went awry too — after Empedocles and Parmenides when it was stripped of its imaginal nature and became the logic and rational process of logic — culminating now in cyber-logic, which may be the end of humanity.
The blog began making the bridge between the Indigenous soul of this land and the present time. The open secret of such a bridge is that we have to BE THE BRIDGE, something quite different than knowing about it.
The Original TRI-UNITY of the Indigenous Soul was presented in three forms. To have any feeling at all of what was being said required the relatively simple act of placing attention into the center of each of the TRI-UNITY triangles — and noticing what happens inwardly, though that does require a minimum capacity of an awake inner life– the capacity for inwardly ‘seeing/hearing’, which is not a major capacity. And, while I asked, with the presentation of each triangle, that the reader make such an inward triangle and try to feel the wholeness of the three terms of each triangle — either that was so profound that every reader is still completely overwhelmed — or, more likely, the information alone makes no sense, or the triangles were ‘thought about’, which does nothing.
There is certainly no lack of information in the present age of information. You can find, for each of the blogs, dozens who say such things on a website,a blog, or a video that supports the informational content of this entry and every entry — but, the moment something beyond taking in the information is required, the now completely installed LAZINESS of consciousness immediately and inevitably simply gives up, feeling that it is not possible to understand what in the world is trying to be stated.
It would be fine to just go on — except that when something to be worked with is not worked with, it adds, alas, to the dire condition that it is attempting to remedy. So, this concern is where my responsibility enters.
my suggestion is to password protect the blogs, still announce them on facebook, but anyone wanting to work with them would email me with a request for the password. Once a person has the password, it will continue to work for subsequent blogs. From there, I’ll compile a list of the people requesting the password and after a time, if the list gets to the size of a group, I’ll suggest setting up a closed facebook group where more conversation can take place. Any other suggestions are welcomed.
Let’s consider this option — and probably in the next blog I’ll ask for interested people to email me and I will send a password for entry into further blogs.
The indigenous soul lives within and as a dimension of the TRI-UNITY of Heaven (Father Sky), Earth (Mother Earth), and Human (the Two-Leggeds). This Tri-Unity is not ‘top-down’, but Whole – never one without the other two.
Imagine a triangle with one side being SKY, the other side being HUMANS and the bottom of the Triangle of unity being EARTH.
That time, because we think linearly, was long ago and concerns another people – we think. How oblivious we are to now being heavily psychically ‘layered’; the top layer being the matrix of digitalization of the world; a next layer being the stupidity of rationality and its accompanying logic – the questionable gift of Aristotle (leading to ‘science’ and ‘technology’ as god), which reveals the third layer, the false notion that our (western) heritage begins with the Greeks – which can we believe only in light of eradicating of what was here – but the soul of it cannot be eradicated. And then, the fourth, most recent layer, the ‘me-me’ of a false individualism.
We remain far, far — very far, from being HERE as we are layered over by the civilization that left culture long ago. So, there is nothing to ‘cultivate’, to turn-over as soil (read ‘soul’), nothing to renew, nothing of an organic nature in civilization.
We live in hell and are governed by the beings of hell.
The indigenous soul also lives within the MEANS of the original TRI-UNITY of Heaven, Earth, and Human. “Means”– the specific manner that forms a way of living the Tri-Unity. Imagine a second triangle with one side being SPIRITUALITY, the other side being TECHNOLOGY and the bottom of the Triangle of unity being Earth-PRESENCE. This is the ‘earthology’ of the indigenous soul.
Nothing exists without all three- spirituality, technology, earth-presence happening as creating happening – not ‘happened’, but happening. These words – spirituality, technology, earth-presence are modern words, ahast! – civilizational words, but let’s see if we can witness ‘civilization’ undoing itself.
The Original people who are this land did not ‘have’ a spirituality; they lived as spiritual beings, soul beings, physical beings – and spiritual/soul beings included the Underworld. The Original people did all sorts of ‘technology’ (but not without simultaneously being spirituality and earth-presence)– rituals, dances, for example, to bring the rains – techne-ology – the ways of making. And they were ‘earth-present’, that is they did not ‘have’ earth-presence as one of the things they did – it is an aspect of the one-as-three.
The indigenous soul also lives within the METHOD – the ways of doing the TRI-UNITY as life. Method – the specific ways of doing according to the ‘means’ and the ‘vision’ – living harmoniously with the laws of vision and means.
Imagine a third triangle – with one side being CONCENTRATION, the second side being EXPANSION and the third side being BALANCE. Being fully soul present with everything. Concentration means being fully soul/sensory present within Earth. Expansion – times of ‘letting go’, being inwardly empty and thus within the fullness of everything and in rhythm with concentration – Stillness in Motion. And balance – perfect rhythmic harmony of concentration-expansion.
This TRI-UNITY, given herein, alas, a very abstract manner but one which can be immediately felt — ‘Oh, yes!!” Immediately felt because these three ‘abstractions’ are also ‘codes’ for Heart Intelligence – the vision, the means and the method for living in harmony, living within the rhythms of the Whole, and living wholly receptively. And they are also, or can be incantatory — that is, once we see this Tri-Unity with the imagination of the heart, it begins to happen (again).
Who holds this vision, this means, this method together? The Elders. The Elders, however, are not the ‘old’ people, not literally. Anyone can be an Elder, under certain conditions, to be considered later. And we have no culture because there are no Elders, and thus there is nothing to hold it all together – a pretty good definition of hell! As these posts continue, ‘Earth-Eldering’ will be central as the new forming of new culture.
A final vision – the ‘Triangle” – see it dimensionally, not flat; see it rotating, not static – Sky from the ‘Above’; Earth from the ‘Below’; “Here” as the being-created and creating middle.
The word ‘Indigenous”– two words here – “In” and “Degenous”. “In” signifies living ‘in-wardly’, living from within; everything as originating from within, and the ‘all-around’ , the land is also the ‘all within’. Civilization lives wholly from without – and from that ‘without’ – living only from the literalized senses, bolstering sense life with the cleverness of thinking that produces the layering – that’s living in hell.
The mystery word “Digenous” – means something like “Gendered”. To be opened up in a later post – the remarkable sense that all creating occurs from within and as gendered! I will describe what ‘gendering-creating’ consists of in a later post.
The “Take-Away” from these considerations: “Take-Away” – a way of saying ‘what’s in it for me’.
Developing the Capacities of Spiritual-Earth Presence
What we are going to be involved within this second series of The Soul of America: New Beginnings, is very simple, really simple, — but it involves starting with an image of a unity of heaven and earth. And how to live in harmony with that unity. The image is difficult only because of layers of assumptions that have to be dissolved. I want to begin with looking at some of the assumptions of the Christian religion, my heritage. The religion itself may not hold these assumptions, not in its depth, but they are what we are accustomed to and what the teachings say.
Religion separates the Oneness of God, or Source, and the realm of the divine – spirits, angels, the dead, from the Earthly realm – while confusing that by saying ‘God is everywhere’. A Two-ness does exist, but it only SEEMS to be a division.
Supposedly, we are here, mortals; the spiritual worlds are elsewhere, and religions become the arbiter between the worlds, establishing the doctrines and regulations for, more or less, sometimes, seeming to join the two worlds – faith, belief, codes of behavior, Sacred Texts to live by, prayer, sacraments, rituals. But, it is always a ‘one-way’ direction of the between – how we have to do certain things – live certain ways, pray, perhaps meditate, know the laws of the religion, practice those laws, be aware of the documents of the religion, and be subject to the priests who are the directors of how we act – in order someday, to switch where we are, from the place of the mortals to the place of the spirits; that someday arrives at the end of life.
Sometimes, when the religion is deeply practiced, mystical experiences occur and are even present in daily living. There are very few individuals who have bridged the gap, so we have the impression that doing so occurs only rarely and to those who undergo severe inner training.
The division between ‘here’, and ‘there’ – Earth and Heaven just SEEMS to be a division; in reality, it is not. It is not that we have been fooled by religion. It is more that this ‘system’ of division has been perpetuated for so long that no one even typically thinks differently. Jesus, the bearer of the Christ is the primary future template. When we are like him, then when we are ‘here’, we are also there’ – “I and the Father are One.” Many, though, look for ways in which we can be more responsible with and in our own spirituality.
There is a kind of middle place – that is, one that is still within religion but attempts to, perhaps we can say, introduce certain practices of spirituality – usually, though, without developing a very clear picture that they are on the border of a very different way of being human, and draw back. I am thinking, for example of “Centering Prayer”, where there is meditation and coming to a place of experiencing something that is ‘beyond’, let’s call it. But, nothing is done with it. That is, you engage, return, and live your life in a defunct civilization, feeling perhaps strengthened and perhaps able to help others live ‘closer’ with the spiritual worlds.
And, we might think of certain ‘adjuncts’ to religion – like yoga, retreats, dream practices, adding practices from other spiritual traditions, and other ways of ‘bolstering’ religion. And, there is also some interest in moving more toward, I would call it ‘psychologizing religion’, with the hopes of ‘humanizing religion’. I am here thinking of The Living School of Richard Rohr and his associates.
Esoteric spirituality does not make such divisions. To say it another way, religions hold to a division between spirit and matter or soul and matter, while esoteric spirituality speaks, sometimes, not always, and certainly not all approaches to esoteric spirituality – but some speak in a way that assumes spirit as matter, rather than spirit and matter. And, for the most part, the unity is not spoken of in this manner, but, rather, esoteric spirituality assumes that we, through discipline and meditation and practices, can experience the spiritual realms, leaving the question of spirit as matter, or spirit and matter more open.
Various forms of meditation promoted by esoteric spirituality all require leaving the body to be within spirit – which also includes, leaving the world/earth. The inherent connection between body/spirit, and thus earth/spirit is never indicated. So, at certain times, we can ‘dip’ into the spirit worlds, get a taste of what is ‘there’, but not much more – that is, I don’t know anyone who is able to describe, to track the worlds entered into, for example, with Centering Prayer, and directly work with what occurs when the ‘world returns’. Perhaps the mystic does live within the spirit worlds and this world on an ongoing basis. Still, something is left out – the Earth.
Even esoteric spirituality excludes Earth from the spirit.
Perhaps there is speaking of particular places – Sacred Places – certain natural places, such as where Mary has appeared, or, say, Our Lady of Guadalupe which are considered ‘holy’, and certain built places, for example, Chartres Cathedral. But Earth Herself is not considered spirit.
Hold on, don’t let emotional reaction close you off, for we are now getting close to where we will be working together.
First, I do want to emphasize, emphatically, that none of what I am saying is a criticism; it is only descriptive, and necessary to picture to try and assure that some who may be thinking, and probably worried, that what I will be describing has nothing to do with anything religious or spiritual. It is not within the assumptions of religion; and it is also not really within the assumptions of those borderline places, nor is it even within any known esoteric spirituality. True, when I speak of the ‘Spiritual Earth”, such speaking does not derive from any of the three ways considered above.
I find it necessary, though, right at the beginning, to emphasize that in wanting to seriously consider Earth as spirit, this will not be the Earth of our usual sensations. It is not possible for Earth, as it is considered in usual awareness, or within the awareness of science or technology, to be the Spiritual Earth. It is not that there is ‘another earth’, somewhere, but Earth is quite complex; invisible aspects of the visible earth can be entered without leaving visible earth, and can be experienced without much difficulty. Our engagement will be with the ‘imaginal Earth’. The imaginal realm exists between the sensory realm and the spiritual realm; it partakes of both, as living imagining, that is, imagination that is real, just as real as looking at a tree or a mountain, or a flower, or grass are real sensory experiences. And, at the same time, it is as real as any deep spiritual awakening.
To the extent we can become a bit free of the now-promulgated assumptions of religion, imaginal Earth will open to experience. The surprise of this first writing may be that it is not materialism that blocks perceiving the imaginal/spiritual earth, but religious assumptions. And, another part of the difficulty is that we are not ‘material’ enough; we have settled only into the materiality that can serve us — and lack the capacity of serving the imaginal Earth in such a way that She opens to our presence.
Spiritual Earth? What does this mean? The Beginning of a Manifesto
The Drought of Earth
Linda Rael – Albuquerque Fiber Artist
Spiritual Earth does not exist for us, for the kind of consciousness that inhabits us. We cannot return to the view of Earth lived by the Original people who were inseparable from Earth. We have separated, as has each part of the world separated from their indigenous (Earth-Spirit) people.
I have not been orienting you, dear readers, toward a return, though it is terribly necessary to know and to deeply feel what happened and what continues to happen to indigenous people here and its result, for there is a concerted effort to erase all memory, first, of a Spiritual Earth, and second, to enact a world that completely forgets earth; we all see it happening, so this is not a new revelation.
The strange part is our seeming powerlessness to do anything significant about it. Ecology and climate initiatives, as well as all forms of ‘helping’ earth, while important, will not stop what seems to be a kind of suicide, for destroying physical earth certainly kill us, first eradicating the fullness of awareness and consciousness, and then physically. We are already in advanced stages of deterioration.
The various forms of ‘helping earth’ could actually be transformative ideas – IF THEY WOULD SEE THAT WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO CAN ONLY BE DONE THROUGH THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHYSICAL ENERGY INTO SPIRITUAL FORCE – THAT IS, IF THEY WOULD ONLY CONCEIVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING AS A SPIRITUAL PATH — THE SPIRITUAL PATH OF THIS TIME!
The mass genocide of ourselves through earth destruction reveals that now is the time for a new idea with power. Ideas do have power, for such large ideas are not the product of ordinary consciousness. Think of the power of Buddhism, or Christianity or Islam, or Judaism. They had power to really change the world; that is the way they all started. Now, for most, they have become massive self-interest movements. Movements that started as world-changing ideas are being captured at the level of their organizations and also at the level of individual participation. The social organization of religions have far outstripped the original spiritual intents, and have forgotten that ideas with power require sacrifice and suffering to be world-transformative. All spiritual paths demonstrate that this is true.
The prime indication of the degeneration of ideas that have the power to change the world is the prevalence with which they have been masticated, eaten, and digested by the now all-pervasive Western idea – the idea that the ‘me’ is first, that everything is about the illusion we call ‘me’.
A new idea that could have power – we are not here for ourselves, we are here, though, and what does ‘here’ mean – here means ‘earthly’, that is something so apparent. We cannot see the spiritual importance of what is right beneath our feet.
The Original people definitely recognized the “Great Spirit”, and that was, for them, cosmic. But, they also were bodily present in such a way that all of their energy did not go toward the satisfaction of their needs, wants, desires, and fantasies. It went toward honoring Who they come from, and they knew that this Who was right beneath their feet. This recognition required continual sacrifice and suffering — they are the primary tools for transforming physical energy into spiritual presence.
Sacrifice and suffering have to do with the remarkable way in which we can utilize the energy of our physical bodies to transform ourselves and the world. Energy belongs to matter, there is nothing whatsoever spiritual about energy, in spite of ‘energy’ being a ”New Age” idiom for folks trying to do spiritual things materialistically and for the benefit of ‘oneself’.
Sacrifice and suffering as I am speaking of them have absolutely no connection with the degraded sense that we have to seek it out, as a Christian view often fall into. No, it is here, always, and can be our primary alchemical tool of transformation.
Energy is a physical function of matter, all the way from the atom to the human body; and with earth, it is clear it is a function of Earth-as-matter – oil, gas, water, electricity, atomic energy. And as physical function, energy is wholly mechanistic and belongs solely to the cause-effect world.
Energy itself, including human energy, can do absolutely nothing of a spiritual nature. But, we humans, who are subject to the cause-effect laws of energy, have something within us that can orient that energy, or certainly the surplus of it within the body, toward awakening something that does not belong to the order of mechanism at all. For example, the eight-fold path of Buddhism is a way of re-orienting suffering that utilizes body energy to develop capacities of being here, being in the moment.
For our energy to be the agent of transformation into our spiritual nature, it has to be oriented in an unnatural direction. Fasting, for example, awakens another pathway for natural energy than maintaining the body, which now has deteriorated into the useless energy of sugar added to nearly every food. – the ‘me-me’ food. (When you go shopping, look at the label of everything you buy and notice how much sugar is added; if it has more than 1 gram of sugar, put it back – that is a little sacrifice, but already an indication of an idea with power.) Think small when imagining sacrifice.
Suffering can also be oriented toward the awakening of something tangible but unphysical, but, we are completely oriented toward, not exactly stopping suffering, but drowning it in medication or looking at suffering that is not of a physical nature, so-called ‘mental illness’ in terms of the laws of cause and effect, the laws of energy. A wholly new imagination of suffering, one that does not fall into self-mutilation, is needed.
Sacrifice and suffering are the primary modes of Earth presence, Wisdom, and has nothing whatsoever to do with self-effacing. Sacrifice and suffering are primary gestures of beauty.
Spiritual Earth, then, is not given – it is a spiritual path, not unlike any other great spiritual paths at their inception. It may, however, be the path of this time, a path, unlike any other spiritual path.
No one, though, is watching out for or looking and longing for someone to sacrifice, that is, to dedicate his or her very being to the “path of Earth”. No one is watching out for or looking and longing for someone to undergo any suffering necessary to develop the capacities necessary to ‘see’ the Spiritual Earth. And no one will come along and declare the new path. The new and unusual nature of this path is that human beings have to come to it on their own. There will be no “New Church of the Earth.”
Never Tired of Looking at Each Other – Only the Mountain and I
Flocks of birds fly high and vanish;
A single cloud, alone, calmly drifts on.
Never tired of looking at each other—
Only the Jingting Mountain and me.
Unlike the InDios, we fear the Earth, and as well, we fear animals. We fear them because they are spirit
presences! As long as they are around, we are continually reminded that Earthly presences
are more than we are — more animated, more alive, more spirit-filled, more soul-filled…. and embodied, and thus
more HERE. A landslide or a mudslide can kill us in an instant, as can a lion, a bear, a wolf. Who then is the real power?
The dulled response is to pretend that mountains and nature and plants and animals are ‘over there’ and are ‘less’ than
us, but there is no ‘us’ but only a concept “us”, just as there is no ‘over there’ when we meet the mountain or meet the
animals within the soul place where we are already together but don’t know it since our lives are disembodied.
A performance artist, that is, someone who meets the world in the way just described, re-members the one-ness place.
Marina Abramovic is such an artist, and if we enter into her meeting the soul of another and open that same way to meet
Earth, that, is through divine body encountering divine body, then we are truly HERE, embodied and human.
Spend time with this remarkable performance artist, and after doing so go outside and meet an Earth presence.
The creatures left — during and after the demise of Earth — are not human, no hu-mus, no ongoing experience of
embodiment, for embodiment only happens when body meets body. One way, perhaps the only way to meet this
situation, provided it is still possible to detect one’s humanness, is to meet Earth as Marina Abramovic meets a person.
In 2010, more than 75,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit
across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an unprecedented durational performance that lasted more
than 700 hours.
Mariana Abramovic speaks of how she sat and met, really met, literally thousands of people when
she practiced her art at the Museum of Modern Art. That such an event took place there — at a museum —
already suggests that she is visiting something, enacting something going or gone extinct — the Earth-Us.
She says that one very simple thing is necessary to meet another as One: Breathe! I suggest she means ‘belly-breathe’,
that is, breathe deeply, not as we do, shallowly, which is head-breathing. Remember, in an earlier blog, it was
mentioned that the Original people noticed that babies belly-breathe, so they helped them continue
doing so all through life.
Perhaps enter into a ‘breathing-practice’, where it is possible to meet ‘breathing’. For breathing is one of those
“more than us” moments that we have usurped and have made into us, that is, something we do. That is, breathing is
spirit/soul presence accompanying us and not an act that is “ours” alone. Such a practice is awfully easy; close your eyes,
sit in the Silence, start extending the belly and letting air enter, noticing as you look at the inward darkness within,
it comes closer and closer.
In breathing, we are visited by “Holy Breath”. When She comes, it is a moment of coming alive — not
unlike someone who seems to have drowned and is suddenly visited by “Holy Breath”. We would
feel something like the person awakened from drowning, at least a sense of awe at the presence of
Holy Breath, and we would also recognize our response of love as the soul/spirit being we are
breathes out to meet Her.
(Photo by Geraint Smith)
Taos Mountain, The Sacred Mountain of the Pueblo Indians — at Sunset
It is sacred because they met and continue to meet it in sacred embodiment
(Anasazi Kiva, Bandalier National Monument, near Santa Fe, NM)
Earth Creates Herself
In the last installment, I made this comment:
“The separateness of Earth began codification with the astronomer Kepler — who only ‘scientised’ what had already emerged for “educated” humans.
He brought about the calculations that created the movements of the earth as separate from the other planets — he showed how to plot her ways
as if she were separate from the Wholeness of the cosmos……..”
There was, however, a tradition in Europe that did continue an inner, contemplative connection with Earth. Noticing such a tradition becomes an important
thread within our weaving, for also in the last installment I pondered the necessity of being fully, wholly, Earth-present while somehow bringing such depth
of consciousness into intimate relation with present intellectualized consciousness if the later is to change. I want to begin to approach such a new
wholeness. For one thing, all the speaking done thus far remains within intellectual consciousness, though the attempt certainly intends to bend that
mode out of shape as much as possible. Now, though, it becomes necessary to, at the same time, open imaginal consciousness.
I am pretty sure that in spite of speaking of ‘spiritual earth’ and stretching into life as ceremony, as well as coming to realize we live within a certain
contrived belief system of causal (cause-effect) consciousness, readers still sense, experience, and imagine “Earth” from within intellectualized sensing and
perceiving. Hopefully, you feel differently, and now we want to begin to activate that inchoate feeling into particularized ‘feeling-knowing’.
The contemplative tradition that remained and practiced ‘spiritual-earth’ presence was Hermetic alchemy. Robert Fludd was a significant
leader and researcher into this alchemy. Here is what Robert Fludd said
It is for the vulgar mathematicians to concern themselves with quantitative shadows: the alchemists and Hermetic philosophers,
however, comprehend the true core of natural bodies.
By the select mathematicians who have been schooled in formal mathematics nature is measured and revealed in the nude; for the spurious and blundering ones, however, she remains invisible and hidden……
But here lies the whole difficulty, because Kepler excogitates the exterior movements of the created thing whereas I contemplate the internal and essential impulses that issue from nature herself; he has hold of the tail, I grasp the head; I perceive the first cause, he its effects.
Robert Fludd’s retort to Johannes Kepler’s book Harmonices Mundi.
Here is one of Hermetic Alchemy’s imaginations of Earth:
In this alchemical emblem, we see earth-as-completed – the trees, mountains, hills, ground,sky, town, and at the same time Earth nurtures her child as the
children of earth are nourished by the animals. Spiritual Earth remains an imaginal figure, that is, invisible, that is, remains unnoticed and unknown
by those who see the earth as separate from soul and soul as separate from Earth. Earth nutures and nourishes —- herself. That is, Earth — spirit/soul
Earth continues as act of self-creation! This “Earth” does not operate within the laws of causality (cause-effect) — there is nothing outside of Earth that continues
or can continue to create Earth. The self-creation of Earth by Earth occurs spontaneously and magically. We can ‘see’ her in action if we ‘see’
through imaginal presence. But, we, as we Americans’ have eyes only for seeing what is already done and follows the laws of causality — while
we may believe in a separated ‘spiritual’ realm somewhere and a separated soul realm within. The InDios spoke with Father Sky, Mother Earth, tree
spirits, spirit birds, spirit animals, spirit sun, spirit moon, spirit stones, spirit wind, spirit rain………..all who are inseparable from Earth, visible only
through the heart.
Here is a work of art and an attachment to a really quite remarkable artist, Rafael Trenor, who is working through imaginal vision to make creations
of the creating Soul of the World. The image here strongly resonates with Robert Fludd’s. The opening picture of the Kiva at Bandalier National
Monument can also be seen as Earth creating Herself.
Link to Rafael Trenor’s Art – The Soul of the World
An Orientation To the Practical Work; Getting through the Crisis of All Crises
It has been a long time since the last post. Sometimes nothing comes. The truly astounding contemplative artist, Agnes
Martin, would never paint unless something arrived in imagination, fully formed. One time she waited three years without
painting anything. I began to feel it might be that long or longer before writing another post. It is time for a turn.
It is time to begin work with the very large concern — what to do, following upon the endeavor of finding the inner sense
of the soul of this land of America lived by those who were/are the land.
The difficulties with this endeavor — as it heads toward action, are many. The most apparent difficulty is that of our collective
consciousness. The kind of mental/intellectual consciousness we now live, without awareness, produces only more of itself.
As will become apparent once I start posting some of the new forms of ‘spiritual-earth’ contemplation, these contemplations
also have their own difficulty — that of being unable to ‘meld’ with the world of usual consciousness, producing a radical alteration
of consciousness. These contemplations are inspired by the way of life of the InDios, and produce astounding change, but
leave one living even more uncomfortably — while seeing more clearly.
Contemplation/meditation forges ways into fuller forms of consciousness. Contemplation/meditation alone cannot
alter anything in the world. To paraphrase James Hillman, who said of psychology, “We have had a hundred years of psychology and
the world is getting worse” — we have had thousands of years of contemplation and meditation and the world is decidedly getting worse.
Contemplative/meditative consciousness is vastly different than our usual, everyday consciousness. Contemplative experience
has to ‘translate’ into usual consciousness, which it cannot do as there is no language-bridging deep awareness into usual consciousness.
in the instance of ‘spiritual-earth’ awareness, we become awake with earth as spirit-presence and find ourselves painfully noticing more
and more deeply that America lives believing earth does not matter, while those who still know in their heart that earth/matter does matter
have no adequate tools of consciousness to do anything.
We speak of contemplation/meditation as if it were non-verbal, which it is not — we just don’t recognize the language and cannot hear it once
we return from the worlds of contemplation. We cannot remember in sufficient detail what happened because its ‘language’ does not translate
into ego-language. Further, in our time, meditation/contemplation is captured by usual consciousness, for one looks for the ways in which
practices can serve oneself. Attempts to orient contemplation/meditation to the world, as was tried, for example with TM meditation are
not effective. The David Lynch Foundation (that master of dark cinema who is also a primary advocate of changing the world through transcendental
meditation) took on the project of training one million young people in TM, and also supported setting up large group meditations in
the two enormous domed halls at Maharishi University in Iowa, holding 1500 people each ….. and the world is getting worse.
What made the founding invaders of this land violent and destructive, genocidal rather than friendly? This concern has kept me quiet these many weeks.
The invaders had already entered intellectual/mind consciousness which, when spiritually unrefined, as it was, turns quickly into ego-centered-consciousness
— trying to make everything ‘better’ for oneself. We are now at the apex of this invader genocidal-violent consciousness. This kind of destructive
consciousness develops through education and reading and thinking-about in the absence of coordinating outer and inner life through
earth-oriented contemplation. Individualized consciousness replaced communal earth-awareness — a moment in time where it becomes
utterly necessary to continue earth-awareness through contemplative means — but that did not happen.
So, think of the invaders as ‘educated’, not necessarily formally, but they came to know through the head, even way back then, while the original
people of this land were not educated — they were earth-initiated.
There was a time when Earth was not at all considered to be a separate planet. Earth was an aspect of the presence, movement, beauty, of ALL
the planets the sky, the stars, the sun and the moon –together with the presence of the human, together with the presence of nature and all her
creatures, a whole, in conjunction with the whole of the universe. And people experienced themselves as aspects of wholeness. The indigenous soul
never leaves this wholeness, life as initiation. Education without the accompanying earth-initiation severs this kind of awareness.
The separateness of Earth began codification with the astronomer Kepler — who only ‘scientized’ what had already emerged for “educated” humans.
He brought about the calculations that created the movements of the earth as separate from the other planets — he showed how to plot her ways
as if she were separate from the Wholeness of the cosmos. If you follow this mode out until now, we see it is the same attitude that originates our belief
that we are separate from each other, separate from the earth, separate from the cosmos. Kepler calculatively creates the greedy earth. And following upon this
separateness comes causal thinking. This kind of thinking follows the greedy-ing of earth, epitomized by natural science and gradually invading all
consciousness with causal thinking, made completely practical as technology. Not that this kind of consciousness should not exist — it should not
exist without earth-presence consciousness, both melded into one form, a new form of consciousness – neither contemplative per se nor
calculative causal thinking consciousness per se.
The original people of this land did not live according to causal consciousness!! They were very aware of change and being agents of change in the world
through ceremonially tending Earth creating and re-creating herself. We will reveal how such change can occur — white magic rather than the black magic
of ego-centered greed consciousness. We think we see the earth and the world and we are only looking at greed.