Ending the Iron Age, Beginning the Age of the Heart
We are at the ending of the iron age. In the world, this lowest of the metallic realm (gold,silver, bronze, iron…..dust –the ages of man) expresses our interior distance from the spiritual worlds. We even imagine that there are two worlds – the earthly world and the spiritual world, completely forgetful that there is only one world of the visible and the in-visible. Of course, this false division of spirit and matter did not arise in America, it was brought by way of the so-called “Western Tradition”, The Original Ones here did not live such a separation of worlds. If we understood ‘earthly’ and ‘spiritual’ as images, as metaphors, rather than literally, neither would we.
Remember the image of the spiral so often written as hieroglyphs on the cliff and canyon walls:
This is an image, a symbol, so it expresses a multiplicity of meanings. One expression is that of time and space. Not linear time as we know it, and not empty space as we know it but as the unity of the timeless with time and the spiritual worlds with the earthly worlds The center of the spiritual is the region of timelessness; we see then the movement of time as the outward spiraling. The image is that time is both timeless and unfolding as world. If we get too far out on the spiral, we become forgetful of this unity and act as if we are our own. We get lost in empty space and attempt to hide our fear with bravado structures of space, made possible by iron/steel.
This steel and glass structure in New York City that replaced the World Trade Center is even called Freedom Tower. It stands on its own, oblivious to its neighbors except as power over them.
For the Original ones, everything is spiral and circular. The rose expresses this spiral circularity — and in such a manner that the rose symbolizes the unity of timelessness and time and of the union of spiritual and physical in Beauty.
WHAT IS THE SPIRAL CIRCULARITY OF TIME AND SPACE OF THE HUMAN BEING?: LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH-LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH,LIFE-DEATH
NOT LIFE ….AND THEN DEATH. LIFE-DEATH.
HOW IS THIS SPIRAL CIRCULARITY OF TIME AND SPACE EXPERIENCED — FOR IT IS THE ONE EXPERIENCE, ALWAYS PRESENT, THAT MAKES US HUMAN? IT IS EXPERIENCED THROUGH THE HUMAN HEART WHERE BETWEEN SYSTOLE AND DIASTOLE THERE IS ALWAYS A MINUTE GAP — THE GAP OF DEATH. THE HEART IS NOT PRIMARILY A PUMP THAT SHOVES BLOOD THROUGH THE BODY. THAT IS SECONDARY TO THE HEART AS THE ORGAN THAT REGISTERS THE PULSING OF THE COSMOS-EARTH UNITY.
HEART-EXPERIENCING OCCURS — BY THE PROCESS OF ENTERING THE SILENCE (see, Robert Sardello’s book Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness) and from within the Silence, gesturing – that is, silently speaking the word “Heart” ( see Robert Sardello’s book, Heartfulness). The primary heart experience is that of GRIEVING.
Grieving is not the same as mourning, as pointed out in a previous blog. Mourning tends, strongly toward a focus on the ‘me-me’ – my heart is broken, what a wonderful person he was, I don’t think I can go on, there is only this unending pain. Grieving is different — first, it does not go on alone but within community, both visible and invisible. Because we have all but lost the communal sense of grieving, grieving has collapsed into seeming to be the same as mourning. Grieving is simultaneously praise, for within grieving there inheres the sense of the ongoing presence of the soul/spirit of the person — not trapped here, unable to go on (that happens when there is no grieving — the dead then return as ghosts, inhabiting the most sensitive person of the family. ( “When you have two centuries of people who have not properly grieved the things that they have lost, the grief shos up as ghosts that inhabit their grandchildren. These ghosts can also manifest as disease in the form of tumors, which the Maya refer to as “solidified tears, or in the form of behavioral issues and depression”, Martin Prechtel, The Smell of Rain on Dust.) Grieving inherently acknowledges the unity of LIFE-DEATH. Grieving is not a momentary happening when someone dies and for a time after. It is the most basic experience of being human — and is always present — if one is heart-present and Earth-present.
Return now, for a moment to the petroglyph spiral. Because they are drawn on a wall, these petroglyphs seem flat. They have to be pictured inwardly as a sphere. As a sphere, the spiraling outward and inward, with the inner point as timelessness and the spiraling as time, has to also be seen as a pulsing from the center of the sphere outward and back inward — both movements at the same time. The petroglyph is then an indication of the ongoing perceiving of Earth as what we (not they) would call the space-time dimension. And, the heart is the organ of perceiving the space-time dimension.
If the petroglyphs were inwardly pictured as a sphere, the movement would be something like this:
Our linearity and accompanying literalism come not only from splitting timelessness and time and conceiving of space as ’empty’ (space is silence-filled) but also from collapsing the vertical dimension of above and below. These two collapses result in life as greed.
“We do not understand them (white people) . We think they are mad” he told Jung, adding that “whites believed they thought with their heads,” when everyone at the Pueblo knew thinking comes from the heart.
Next blog — either — ‘How to Grieve” or the continuance of the imagination of the High Tor Salamander of greed and its presence today; its doing as either our undoing or its undoing – which?