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Imagians

"Right now, billions of people are imagining and thinking and feeling in a similar direction — puzzling over the same questions; fearing the same losses and suffering; loving with the same heartbreaking immensity; isolating in similar loneliness. This unintended alliance is unprecedented in the history of planetary civilization, brought to us by a recently-emerged virus. Even as we distance our bodies from one another — in service of not only our own well-being but also, or maybe even primarily, the well-being of our communities and human family — we’re activating awareness of not only the intimate connection between our bodies all over the planet, but also the psycho-spiritual threads that connect our minds, emotions, and imaginations.

It could be said that Homo sapiens is a single meta-organism comprised of billions of discrete organisms, who — like mycelium — share a larger body. It could also be said that we individual human persons share a field of psyche or image or soul where — like mycelium — information pathways web us in a collective intelligence, imagination, or consciousness, through which we might pass messages to one another whether or not we’re aware. Messages might be passed by subtle signals of the body, or by vivid images and ideas that suffuse our awareness, and perhaps travel beyond ourselves, along the webbed pathways of psyche that connect us.

Consider how quickly 'memes' disperse within cultural groups and sometimes transgress boundaries or 'go viral' into other communities. Consider how joining others in meditation or contemplative prayer might evoke a state of consciousness more complex or enhanced than when one is alone in prayer or meditation.  Consider also how fear amplifies in social groups when fear is the primary or only 'message' being passed from one to another.

The images and ideas we hold individually and collectively are as important as anything else we tend in these uncertain days. We’ve been bombarded with scenarios of catastrophe — not only in this moment of coronavirus but also in our culture’s ongoing story of scarcity, competition, and war, as well as a newer story of catastrophic climate change. We are indeed amidst a devastating unraveling with an unknown outcome, but something else will eventually take the place of plague and imploding economy.

... Probably most of the critters who are reading these words believe — or know, or sense, or intuit — that Earth is suffused with intelligence, soul, subjectivity. As Robinson Jeffers writes, 'I believe this globed earth / not all by chance and fortune brings forth her broods, / but feels and chooses.'

Can we human critters ally ourselves with that wilder, older, and evolving intelligence now? Can we cultivate enhanced receptivity to what Thomas Berry called the “dream of the Earth”?

Great visions do not come forth from everyday psychic habits, but rather when the fortress of customary thinking is breached. Only then can Earth’s dream for itself find us — in waking visions, night dreams, unexpected images, poetic whispers, sudden wild impressions erupting from the fecund depths like the fruiting bodies of mycelium.

In the time of coronavirus, everyday consciousness for individuals and for the larger organism of humanity has been suspended, or at least deeply scrambled.  Tuning our receptors now to the invisible networks of intelligence that connect us to the body-psyche of Earth and to all of the Others, let us sit with the Tree of Souls as if what we reach for is simultaneously reaching for us. When we encounter that reciprocal curiosity, we invigorate an evolving human/Earth relationship — and an emerging mode of human consciousness that could be called homo imaginans."

~ Geneen Marie Haugen, for Animas Valley Institute. April 10, 2020.

 

matrix-imagians

The following analysis was done by Mike R. Jay, Developmentalist, to illustrate a perspective on the piece and was not requested by the author but by a colleague who requested “what I could say when I experienced” the article.

Hence on the narrowest of grounds, I’ve given a quick reaction to how I experienced the beautifully written treatise. Since I’m unaware of the original context, I’m on a razor’s edge regarding social.

Decorum but with that said, I’m comfortable there.

Mike, April 14, 2020

[Please accept my remarks in the spirit they are intended… yes they are from a “mismatching, rather than matching” perspectives and will “feel” critical, but the spirit is to contrast the remarks with a different perspective, and underlying context.]

"Right now, billions of people are imagining and thinking and feeling in a similar direction — puzzling over the same questions; fearing the same losses and suffering; loving with the same heartbreaking immensity; isolating in similar loneliness."

[l feel this is very narrow a context to group people in without naming what those questions are. Billions are asking WTF, what happened, why is there no food, why are we being asked to stop work, don’t you realize that billions don’t eat if they can’t go out? In contrast with what Americans, or Europeans, or Japanese and those members of the developed world might be thinking.]

People in the developing world as asking much different kinds of questions… 'Why did they give us 2 kilos and 2 cans of sardines for one week’s meals!'

The questions people are asking are directly related to where they are in life and what they value. I WISH we would be asking the same questions, but I can tell from my very brief time here on Facebook. (I usually spend two weeks a year, and this year I decided to see how my own development was progressing by testing myself in a forum over which I have no control.)

"This unintended alliance is unprecedented in the history of planetary civilization, brought to us by a recently-emerged virus. Even as we distance our bodies from one another — in service of not only our own well-being but also, or maybe even primarily, the well-being of our communities and human family — we’re activating awareness of not only the intimate connection between our bodies all over the planet, but also the psycho-spiritual threads that connect our minds, emotions, and imaginations."

[This statement for me is completely false. There is more polarization today, more inequality today, more discord today and what would normally “feel” like a superordinate goal is nothing of the sort.

There is no common bond in any consciousness because it is conferred by those who would think it, but not realize the underlying reality which doesn’t support any superordinate goal as so many people are in so many different places.

This point of view is myopic and what it models is the problem, NOT the solution because of it’s narrow view. While some will interpret this as beautiful, I see it as dangerous, unfeeling, disconnected, and completely off the wall!

Activating awareness? Really, just take a look at your Facebook feed… awareness if it’s there, is extremely limited and the unaware abound — including myself, lest you think I think I’m any different. I remember a scene in the Gladiator:

Commodus: I think I understand my own people.

Gracchus: Then perhaps Caesar will be so good as to teach us… out of his own extensive experience.

Commodus: I call it love. I am their father. The people are my children. I shall hold them to my bosom and embrace them tightly.

Gracchus: Have you ever embraced someone dying of plague, sire?

End Quote

“…but also, the psycho-spiritual threads that connect our minds, emotions, and imaginations.”

I don’t deny that those threads exist, but like gravity, they are not a part of our awareness and certainly not in our consciousness — just view our Facebook feeds to see how those threads are frayed, broken or non-existent.]

"It could be said that Homo sapiens is a single meta-organism comprised of billions of discrete organisms, who — like mycelium — share a larger body. It could also be said that we individual human persons share a field of psyche or image or soul where — like mycelium — information pathways web us in a collective intelligence, imagination, or consciousness, through which we might pass messages to one another whether or not we’re aware. Messages might be passed by subtle signals of the body, or by vivid images and ideas that suffuse our awareness, and perhaps travel beyond ourselves, along the webbed pathways of psyche that connect us."

[There is no question that this is an appropriate description of the likely connections we share without an awareness as such, a completely alternate universe that a tiny few may enjoin and like the blood-brain barrier’s mystery, exists for us, but not in the way we humans “feel” — it is foreign, alien, and thus unreliable and unfortunately unaccessible; smiley face I’ll get hammered for this one!]

"Consider how quickly ‘memes’ disperse within cultural groups and sometimes transgress boundaries or ‘go viral’ into other communities.

Consider how joining others in meditation or contemplative prayer might evoke a state of consciousness more complex or enhanced than when one is alone in prayer or meditation.

Consider also how fear amplifies in social groups when fear is the primary or only ‘message’ being passed from one to another."

[While this seems to be universally available and thus practical — I’ve seen it work, but the ability to access, enjoin, and experience is extremely limited and for good reason? Just imagine if a few wanted to change everything… without any debate — that same mechanism is now being used as a virus directed by a select few to gain control — for our own good, of course. Catch my virus here?]

"The images and ideas we hold individually and collectively are as important as anything else we tend in these uncertain days.

We’ve been bombarded with scenarios of catastrophe — not only in this moment of coronavirus but also in our culture’s ongoing story of scarcity, competition, and war, as well as a newer story of catastrophic climate change.

We are indeed amidst a devastating unraveling with an unknown outcome, but something else will eventually take the place of plague and imploding economy."

[Yes, this is important to notice, and not get overly pessimistic. However, being overly optimistic is just as dangerous.

Covid-19 is the LEAST of the world’s problems right now, and anyone who thinks this biological virus is the biggest virus threat we have, is sorely mistaken.

THERE ARE PEOPLE AT THIS VERY MOMENT ENGAGED IN viral activity that makes Covid-19 pale in comparison.]

"... Probably most of the critters who are reading these words believe — or know, or sense, or intuit — that Earth is suffused with intelligence, soul, subjectivity. As Robinson Jeffers writes, 'I believe this globed earth / not all by chance and fortune brings forth her broods, / but feels and chooses.'"

[This is clearly BO-PURPLE which colors the previous into a context and previews the myopic notions that emerge from the BO-PURPLE core, no matter how big of words, thoughts, feelings or notions are in service.

While BO-PURPLE can be extremely complex and use very complicated memes, it nonetheless is a small conceptual space because when it’s unpacked, it results in a lot nonsense; that’s the danger in not understanding these core attractors.

One might say, well this is HU-TURQUOISE core but the way to know its not is the density and frequency of the ways and count of the memes that you can unpack.

Interviewing this person would be fun because the language is so beautifully rhetorized and the thoughts and feeling evoked are so deeply connecting, but that doesn’t mean when it’s unpacked, it amounts to much — anymore than what our first nations did in seeing the connection with mother earth… the viruses got them as well?]

"Can we human critters ally ourselves with that wilder, older, and evolving intelligence now? Can we cultivate enhanced receptivity to what Thomas Berry called the 'dream of the Earth'?"

[Here continues the appeal to BO-PURPLE, the mystic, the mysterious, the nonsensical that the human mind and heart, devoid of education sees and experiences as mythic fills in the spaces, much like it does when you talk to people who make decisions based on ghosts, or spells, or whatever conjure is in favor.

This kind of thinking and feeling is vastly beautiful and calls us to the spirit of its origin but doesn’t serve us well moving forward. Have you spent time with people who function like this?]

"Great visions do not come forth from everyday psychic habits, but rather when the fortress of customary thinking is breached. Only then can Earth’s dream for itself find us — in waking visions, night dreams, unexpected images, poetic whispers, sudden wild impressions erupting from the fecund depths like the fruiting bodies of mycelium."

[She is right about this, as these insights occur usually under disruption, and here’s the part Petra, that reminded me of how literally and figuratively out of control we are… that we are not choosing anything. Things are choosing us, just like our “silly” response in this paradox of viruses, thinking that “sacrifice self now, to get now” is actually a strategy that will serve us for the future?

I believe, I heard Graves mention that FS-GREEN would be the shortest “dominant” system and I believe our action in this paradox validates his thinking, noticing his ideas that drug deaths would precede the fall… really prescient guy!]

"In the time of coronavirus, everyday consciousness for individuals and for the larger organism of humanity has been suspended, or at least deeply scrambled. Tuning our receptors now to the invisible networks of intelligence that connect us to the body-psyche of Earth and to all of the Others, let us sit with the Tree of Souls as if what we reach for is simultaneously reaching for us.

When we encounter that reciprocal curiosity, we invigorate an evolving human/Earth relationship — and an emerging mode of human consciousness that could be called homo imaginans.”

[Everyday consciousness? I think she means everyday unconsciousness. Almost all our actions are governed by our unconscious — when is the last time you experienced the taste of a grape, stayed conscious on the commute to work?

Trust me, we are far less conscious now of what’s going on in the world — as we project our biases into our fb feeds. smiley face Yes, it’s true, we are being chosen, but we are not in choice, an important distinction.

I love her word pictures, like a drug, they are altering states that come and go like butterflies searching for what has chosen them. However, the dream states she has us imagine don’t matter to all these viruses floating like butterflies… are of little use as our experience tells us.

The virus is killing some of the best and greatest among us, and the other viruses are serving to tighten their grip and control of what is available to choose us.]

~ Geneen Marie Haugen, for Animas Valley Institute. April 10, 2020.



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