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.