Welcome to the Reservation
In this blog series, something of the Soul of America is slowly being revealed, more by its absence than by its presence. We have said that since the first invasions of this land, the soul of the Original People, the In-Dios, who were and indeed still are the land, has been obscured. It is not, though, a matter of going back and, so to speak, picking that up. We cannot do so because, over this vast time of being a soulless country, something has taken the place of the soul of America. (Note: recognizing that as a country we are soulless does not suggest that individual soul-awareness is absent. It does mean that those who are soul-aware are also aware of ongoing discomfort with the country, but tend not to see the difficulty as a soul difficulty going as deep as ignoring the spirit of the land.)
The soul of the Original People was centered in the heart. I alluded to that in the little vignette of C. G. Jung meeting with the Taos Elder, Mirabal – when Mirabal says to Jung that the strange white people with thin lips and searching eyes think with their head while the In-Dios think with their heart.
Alas, we cannot just turn directly to the ways of the heart and thus recover the soul of America – because, we, and by ‘we’, I mean the collective human beings of America, are now colonized in the brain. We have to first find our way out of being brain colonized. And, even if we could turn to the ways of the heart, it would not be by going back to the way Native Americans lived – not in any literal way.
In 1940, Leo Simmons, a Yale anthropologist journeyed to the small village of Oraibi, Arizona, on the Hopi reservation. He had a Hopi assistant with him, whose Hopi name was Sun Chief. Sun Chief had spent time in a boarding school, one of the principal ways that the In-Dios became colonized. Sun Chief went to this school by choice, a choice he regretted. He says:
“On June the fourteenth (1902) my father came for me and we returned home, riding burros and bringing presents of calico, lamps, shovels, axes, and other tools. It was a joy to get home again, and to tell about my experiences at school. I had learned many English words and could recite part of the Ten Commandments. I knew how to sleep on a bed, pray to Jesus, comb my hair, eat with a knife and fork and use a toilet. I had learned that the world was round instead of flat, that it is indecent to go naked in the presence of girls, and to eat the testes of sheep or goats. I had also learned that a person thinks with his head instead of his heart.”
I use the word ‘colonized’ above in exactly the same way as over the many years, the In-Dios have been colonized — that is, treated in such a manner – physically, perceptually, legally, that we have a completely false sense of who they are. We killed them, committed untold acts of violence and aggression, broke every treaty ever agreed upon, incarcerated them in reservations, made it virtually impossible for them to live except in dire poverty, removed the very center of their religious being by removing the medicine men and women, introduced them to alcohol – and bad food, and then made then live as if belonging to this civilization, not at its center, but as isolated colonies. This is the process of colonization. We, and often, even they are not able to see and know who they are, and not being able to see them, we cannot experience the reality of what is under our feet.
Colonization ‘stuffs’ false concepts of people onto them, and these concepts become the reality, a false, reality, but one that those who are colonized gradually come to be unable to recognize as false, and/or live in anger and hatred. Those who are colonized live in trauma.
Now, though, having gone through centuries of development without a sense of the soul of this place, without any sense of what it is to live in the heart, a different kind of insidious colonization has taken place – we Americans now live in the colonization of the brain, not knowing that the brain without the heart is subject to being colonized by the ‘great brain’ of cleverness, alas, or we should say, thank goodness, a cleverness-of-brain we all do not possesses – yet.
Another way of saying it – we live a disease of thinking that has come about through the ascendency of thinking taking place through ignoring the heart and inherently ignoring the spiritual nature of earth. Then, thinking goes awry and becomes ‘thinking about’, and all becomes living within the medium of ‘thinking about’, taking place without knowing where we are, without the wisdom-protections of nature, of earth. ‘Thinking about’ has no creativity to it, and instead relies on cleverness to give an appearance that we can live and live well without anything other than ourselves.
Thinking has its place, but we should not think all the time. We should think only when there is something genuine to creatively think. That is different than the incessant “I think”. Genuine thinking is consciousness aware of itself. ‘Thinking about’ is empty because the emphasis is on the ‘about’, which takes over and slides into opinion and belief that replaces genuine thinking, the very definition of cleverness.
That some do possess almost infinite cleverness – the questionable capacity of ‘thinking about’ that is completely un-rooted from the earth and uses that cleverness in conjunction with the will, has colonized us into powerless people confined to the reservation of materialistic longing, manipulated by the priests of cleverness and lies.
We have an immediate intuitive sense of the difference between head thinking and head talking and heart thinking and speaking. But, it is more than centering in logic versus centering in feeling, though that is indeed a part of the manifestation of this difference. But, with the onset of thinking being replaced by ‘thinking about’, opinion and belief now predominate.
Thinking and speaking that arise from the heart are accompanied by consciousness that is a power while thinking and speaking that arises from the head are not accompanied by consciousness that is a power. Brain consciousness has no power at all. That is why we say that thinking has to be applied to be useful.
Heart mode words are objects – what is said from the heart is the same as the object spoken of, indeed is the object in its mode of thinking and acting. If one speaks the word ‘peace’ from the place of the heart, a non-ending resonance takes place that is real, even tangible. If I talk about peace, such head- mode words are empty.
The mode of thinking and speaking of the In-Dios, heart, is the mode of prayer (ceremony, singing, dancing, speaking with the spirits.), and prayer is the mode of the conversing heart. The In-Dios lived within the thinking and speaking power of prayer. Later, we shall have to delve more into heart-presence as prayer-presence, for we live a very colonized sense of prayer — seeking something for ourselves. Prayer is the heart-mode way of conversing with all that is rather than the narrowing of prayer into seeking something that is not present.
We are certainly removed from the power of the heart, but are nonetheless now also colonized in another equally insidious way as the In-Dios –– we are colonized into the false comfort of living as if we have made the world. Another way of saying this – the In-Dios lived in constant prayer. We do not, and that ‘not having power’ lives within us as a felt sense of longing that cannot be satisfied here.
And, the impossibility of longing being satisfied here (meaning earth), that longing, when it is even noticed, for the brain does not tend to notice it at all – is projected into the search for the elsewhere Divine. Or, far, far more frequently, that longing becomes perverted into the false notion that the longing can be satisfied by the power of enacting our will, using our will to implement concepts to quell the longing, which is only very temporarily satisfied, and has to be done again, and again, and again. This implementation of concepts through the will is technology and the preparation for technology doing business on its own – artificial intelligence. As soon as our own artificial intelligence is perfected, it can then be turned over to the machine.
We are born operating in the heart mode. We live, though, in a ‘civilized’, ‘rational’ place where the mode we were born with is not recognized or accepted. The inchoate drive at the center of our being is not only completely neglected, it is inverted to become the false longing for possessing the earth rather than living within earth.