Fear arises when the Unknown presents itself. And fear perpetuates itself; we might say, it is like an infection that propagates; it is a soul virus that is far more destructive than the physical version of the pandemic.
And as fear now propagates during the present pandemic, it gives more and more power to the infection. The present measures against this pandemic all operate within the civilizational stories of science and medicine. These are our ways of going about knowing the Unknown, and, supposedly, when we scientifically and medically know more, then the unknown will be known and fear ends – but it does not stop, it will go underground, as it is always present, and, in a certain way important, but not when in pandemic proportions. The virus will not stop either; virus’ don’t die because, in one aspect, they are not living, but the seeking of life when life is suddenly removed. A virus cannot be killed; we have to learn the proper ways of living with it.
The civilizational measures to stop all this are really measures of stuffing it all back into unconsciousness. The approach here is different; it is not oriented toward stopping anything, but to try and develop an imagination that aspires toward balance, balance between lightness and darkness, where soul awakens – as the “between”, and the approach toward this balance is understanding. But it is not per se mental understanding, but the process of standing within the unfolding process of life, death, soul, spirit, body, earth, divine – Integral Spiritual Psychology.
Let’s stay a bit more with what began to open in the last entry, one way of understanding something of the, let’s call it, the spirit-nature of a virus – that it has something to do with the inability of the soul to find its relation with the spirit when death occurs in violent ways. BUT, do not take this as an answer to anything. That is, don’t take that picture and photocopy it – that is, don’t take it as something to now pass around as if it were “the” answer, for the picture is intended to invite depth and more depth.
So, yes, let’s stay a bit more with the imagination offered in the last entry and see if there are similars that can help build a true imagination of what is happening. We can already see that we must also address the soul pandemic of fear. What follows may seem to actually increase fear, but it does not if you feel a process unfolding rather than desperately looking for something to take away fear.
The Mother, (Mira Alfassa, partner of Sri Aurobindo) knew the picture presented in the last entry in a different way – she knew spiritually, that is, she was awake to something more comprehensive than thinking. And, she had an encounter with the Spanish Flu, the last great Pandemic.
In 1919, she was living in Japan when that flu arose there. She deliberately worked to not think about it – this was not suppression, but her knowing that thoughts are really alive and independent of us and it is only because we identify with the mind that we think that we do the thinking. Avoiding this kind of thinking was the best shield against infection – that is, avoid physical infection by avoiding mental infection. But her friends around her kept asking her what is the spirit-reality behind the virus. The result was that she got the infection because the surrounding thoughts were fear. (Interesting to consider – first the fear, then then physical?)She, however, wanted to meet the disease from within and thus dismissed the doctor. (This is not advice, just saying what happened with her.) After two days, she inwardly saw a being. She says:
, "at the end of the second day as I was lying all alone, I saw clearly a being, with a part of the head cut off, in a military uniform (or the remains of a military uniform) approaching me and suddenly flinging himself upon my chest, with that half-head to suck my force. I took a good look, then realized that I was about to die. He was drawing all my life out. ..I was completely nailed to the bed, without movement, in a deep trance. I could no longer. stir and he was pulling. I thought: now it is the end. Then I called on my occult power, I gave a big fight and I succeeded in turning him back so that he could not stay there any longer. And I woke up. "
During the first world war many young soldiers died suddenly, violently. They did not know they died and all they could experience was the uncontrollable urge to regain their lost lives --- in other bodies, and she explains, “they became the vampires that are the disease.”
In some future entries,I will give the picture of the way she worked to become free of fear At least one more entry, maybe two, though, we will stay within these cluster of similar ways of understanding. . What to Do Imagine the number of genocides that have occurred in the past twenty years. Well, just imagine one – the genocides in the Syrian civil war. 458,000 people have died in this manner. We can hold them in heart, that is feel the reality of their plight and their presence, pray for them. Aspire in the heart, within the flame of your heart, that they re-orient toward the spiritual world. This suggestion is not 'religious'. It is based in the reality of these trapped souls; but they can feel the vibrations of soul, and the suggestion here is a soul suggestion, and requires becoming calm, placing attention within the heart, feel the flame of the heart aspiring for these souls.