Satan, as understood from a mythological perspective in known as ‘the deceiver’ or he who ‘opposes’. Satan is also understood to be Gods fallen angel, who lost his place from within the heavens. By opposing Gods will, Satan has become separate, and has deceived himself in doing so. We can see immediate parallels between the mythological story of Satan, and our own emotional projections. The story of Satan was a story created by mind, to illuminate to mind, the dangers of splitting from our fundamentally perfect nature in pursuit of denial and ego driven desires. The ego is looking to create its own story of perfection, but in splitting from what was already perfect, can only oscillate in a dichotomy of its own creation. The more substantiated the ego becomes, the more potency is created in its projections and these become fundamental beliefs for the individual creating them. The temptation for an individual to deceive themselves is ever present. Who amongst us truly wants to look at their hate and short comings and own them with a completely open heart? Satan (as metaphor) is waiting in these dark corners of our mind, already afflicted through the split of egoic perception, to project the hate in outer form. Whether the scape goat is a global figure, such as the historically prejudiced Jewish community, a rival football team, or social peer is irrelevant. The fact remains that the hate is an expression of our own self-created separation, manifest by our own (often unconscious) free will. As the hate is denied internally it subsequently generates cycles of never ending suffering (an earth bound hell realm), as like a dog chasing its own tail, the projection of hate can never satiate its own desire, as the True Self’s desire is to never be separate from its own perfect state, and rests below the ego-generated anger. Like a viscous contagion, the feeding of hate separates individuals, families and communities further, as ever deeper patterns are weaved into the fabric of our minds that are inseparable from the societies that we share and co-create. Separation is an internal war manifest externally as a divine mirror to reflect back what we refuse to see within ourselves. Satan is the symbolic messenger within this.The ego wants to be deceived when it comes to its own self-reflection, it’s inherent to its own nature, which is deception, as the ego itself does not actually exist. Within the powerlessness of nonexistence develops the egos inherent need to establish itself as an actual reality. It needs to create what it can see, and seeks to match and validate itself upon these ideals. A healthy ego can still rest upon reality however, offering appropriate feedback, and complementing relationships and personal development. A highly developed ego however, will begin to bypass the shadow qualities of the individual and/or in many instances will work in union with the shadow creating a potent mix of powerful powerlessness. In a world where mind and matter operate in seamless union, this can be recipe for creating hell on earth. If the corrupted individual genuinely believes their egoic lies, and follows these deeply embedded thoughts, then Satan’s footsteps have walked upon the earth once more. The shadow, which is a potentially ever growing, natural detachment from the light of awareness, will develop as a potent and destructive energy that crystallizes and expresses itself through the individual. The ego will seek out a version of reality to complement its double bind of using powerlessness as power. Like actors in a divine play, the vulnerable and wounded will be drawn to the shadow carrier and made victims of their lies, presence and actions. The ego will feed from this in both parties, creating further divide and fall from the light of our true potential. True healing can only be gifted through the clearing of egoic, self-centred thinking and the energetic damage caused from this. By entering into an ever deeper union with the Authentic Self, the patterns of ego-created thinking will eventually dissolve, and man can then realise the mythology of Satan is beginning to mirror back a deeper form of storytelling which is an authentic road map back to our True home. In knowing this, the living of life itself can become a mythological process of self-revelation that is constantly unfolding for our own benefit.
Friday, 4 September 2015
Your mind is awareness, and awareness operates on a number of fundamental levels. Your feelings, senses and thoughts are all natural expressions of the inherent qualities of mind. It’s easy to take these experiences for granted in our daily life, and this is what most people do, losing themselves in a pattern of projected endeavour over the course of their lives. A fundamental split occurs through this projection, fostering a separate sense of self in their relationship to the world. Emotions, beliefs and personal qualities become blurred as the inner and outer worlds are enmeshed. The ego rides this maelstrom of confusion, and at its apex, is keen to eradicate the negative aspects and embrace only the pleasant more palatable qualities that the ‘self’ posses. In its simplest terms, the ego is keen to keep bad qualities such as hate, limitation and prejudice ‘out there’ and fence in a more concrete knowing of the positive such as skill, accomplishment and personal validation.
Posted by Neithis at 06:45
Thursday, 7 November 2013
In Tibetan Buddhism and various other spiritual disciplines a highly advanced practitioner may take on the mantle of the ‘guru’ to help develop and ripen the spiritual potential of his or her students. The guru may operate as a figurehead of a hierarchical structure or be a solitary individual who works with students at their own discretion. The role of guru is often misunderstood, particularly in Western culture. The fundamental principle of the guru is that there is a 'weight' to their level of spiritual realization which may be transmitted to students through the various disciplines and dynamics formulated in their working relationship. A transmission, in its simplest terms, is an exchange of spiritual energy from one person to another. The central component underpinning the guru/disciple relationship is the guru’s capacity to create an opening in the mind of the student so that the guru may 'give them back' their divine nature. The guru may only activate this potentiality on the grounds that they have already stabilized themselves in a sufficient level of realisation which they can then transmit to other beings. The potent dynamic of the guru/disciple relationship can carry many risks and students are generally advised to evaluate a potential guru over several years before committing to the deep and devotional aspects of a direct working alliance. There are a variety of methods used by the guru when guiding the student on the path of awakening. The most famous of these is the 'pointing out instruction' which is arguably the apex point of the relationship. ‘Pointing out’ simply involves having the guru point to the students direct perception in the immediate environment whilst transmitting the authentic nature of the experience to them. Another method used by the guru, particularly in spiritual groups, is the abhisheka. An abhisheka is essentially a ceremony or series of ritualistic acts that transmit the spiritual power of the lineage to the students, directly through the guru.
We can see quite clearly that the authentic guru is doing all they can to elicit the highest potentiality in the student by transferring their energy and fully realised potential into them. The antithesis of this psychological dynamic can present itself through the advanced state of schizophrenia, when the schizophrenic individual has become so removed from their objective state of reality that they inadvertently impart the energetic imprint of their disowned selves on individuals in their immediate environment. In a complete reversal of the guru transmission, the psyche of the schizophrenic creates a paradoxical exchange of deep rooted psychological trauma that is somehow imparted on the other individual. Projective identification is a significant step beyond the Freudian concept of psychological projection. As stated on Wikipedia, it is best described by the psychiatrist Ronald David Laing as “… one person does not use the other merely as a hook to hang projections on. He strives to find in the other, or to induce the other to become, the very embodiment of projection”. The individual receiving the profound and unfiltered capacity of the schizophrenics psyche will be (momentarily at least) required to undertake a significant psychological initiation. Should they remain unprotected and out of awareness through the exchange, their sense of self will have been completely bypassed and any unconscious processes in their own psyche will likely be fully activated in them. For a brief period the individual will run the potential of acting out the very madness that the schizophrenic denies within themselves, and if so, will ironically validate the schizophrenic’s belief that the problems are ‘outside’ of themselves. We can see within this dynamic that the schizophrenic also carries the divine power of co-creation in the immediacy of their environment, albeit a perversion and introversion of the legitimate guru’s actions. From this perspective the hereditary passing on of mental illness in certain families could be considered nothing more than spiritual initiation, depending on how specific relational dynamics have played out between the family members.
The title of this post of course refers to ‘abusers’ which moves us on from the extreme but not intended projective identification of a schizophrenic. In many cases however, high level socio-paths and psychopaths share similar principles with schizophrenics. Both have bypassed a balanced objective sense of self (a splitting if you like, from the authentic self), and both have become thoroughly disconnected to their emotional problems and sense of lack which propels their condition. If we therefore use a high powered but scrupulous CEO as an example we can illuminate how the transmission operates in an objective setting. The sense of ‘lack’ and ‘powerlessness’ in the CEO has not been integrated and realistically not even contemplated. It is however inseparable from the field of awareness that permeates his psyche. In other words, his unconscious is very powerful and inter-penetrating the minds of those in his immediate surroundings (and beyond) to act out the very things that he refuses to see in himself. The CEO is therefore the’ King of Samsara’ (conditioned existence) by virtue of cultivating and breeding anti-spiritual values in the psychic realm, that further bind individuals to the material realm.
The process works in an equally potent but more intimate manner in the socio-paths romantic relationships. The socio-path seems to become a conduit for the darker forces of the world, activating ruptures in the psyche of their partners. Their controlling behaviour creates an opening and blurring of the personal boundary, generating a greater potential for psychic transmission. Even the pattern of emotional abuse falls into a scheme of behaviour that can be labelled a ‘ritual’, although this is again an introversion to the authentic spiritual design. The depleted victim will continue to be worn down by the constant projections of the socio-path, until they become the very thing that they are being sculpted to be in the mind of their abuser. The abuse and projections of course are moving the victim as far away as possible from their spiritual potential. They are however been given a very deep initiation into the interconnected nature of the psyche and the living world. Should the victim understand the implications of their direct experience with the socio-path, they will be given a formidable arsenal to work with on the spiritual path. The abuse can become the backbone of their resilience and fortitude towards healing themselves and eventually reversing the fortunes of conditioned existence by understanding the direct nature of their experience.
Posted by Neithis at 11:25
Friday, 22 March 2013
There are countless cliches and remarks that can be made about the misguided figures of authority that run through-out commerce, politics and various other hierarchical structures. In and amongst the name calling and confusion that these divisive figures often generate, there remains a deep and unsettling question that needs asking; why are they actually there? We can account a healthy percentage of these individuals to simply being connected to the right people, or having the good fortune of being born into wealth or perhaps developing a certain career path at the right time or age. This however still leaves swathes of leaders and managers who have attained power over others, whilst essentially being incompetent in the basics of their chosen profession. Inevitably some of these people come undone, whilst others make a living at the expense of their staff and service. These people are not there by accident, regardless of their seemingly comical ineptitude. Their psyche’s retain great power based on their personal denial of shame and inadequacy. The long standing denial of this pain permeates their psychic field in an intoxicating mix of projection and profound personal ignorance. In other words, they believe that their problems are ‘out there’.
We have all met individuals that elicit feelings of shame or inadequacy in us. Some of these instances will be based on the symbolism that the situation has for our deeper mind, whilst others are possibly significant memories that the person may be unconsciously linked to. Quite often however, the feelings do not belong to us at all, and our emotional experiences are a form of psychic attack from the individual who remains in denial of their emotional pain. We are all simultaneously experiencing the same field of consciousness (on some deeper mysterious level) and as a result we are exchanging layers of complex and dynamic energy between us.
It is a curious phenomenon to wish for power over others but this has been present since the beginning of time, and it could be argued that it’s become even more prevalent in modern society. Buddhist teachings relate this to the confusion of Samsara (conditioned existence) and our thirst to make ourselves more ‘real’ and established in the universe. This deep level of craving (that has the potential to manifest in all beings) can be complimented by traumatic events in childhood that leave individuals scarred on a deep level. It is then a choice for the individual to eventually integrate the feelings of powerlessness or repress the material as deeply as possible. Those that choose to repress this material run the risk of eventually becoming possessed by it, and as though by magic, it can lead them into positions of authority where they begin enacting the ritualised shaming behavior on others. This will often work in a symbiotic partnership with staff members who have encountered their own feelings of powerlessness, which leaves openings within their psychic field. This will elicit the potential for them to be complicit in the surrendering of their personal power, regardless of any conscious concerns they have for their manager’s short comings. The manager (guided under the spell of his or hers unconscious) actually believes on a very deep level that the shame and inadequacy is within the other person, and so symbolically the individuals arrange themselves in positions of power and responsibility through this dark psychic medium. The psychic quality that creates the scenarios will eventually destroy itself through the seeds of its own creation. Hence organisations, hierarchical structures and individuals eventually fall away by their own failure to integrate the truth that the powerlessness was within them all along. The mirror like quality of the universe reflects this back through relational patterns, symbolic enactment’s and energy shifts that eventually need assimilating, or they will destroy the individuals concerned. This can be a very long process however, with generations ruling over others based on the passing of the torch of the dark psychic flame to those that validate and match their controlling ideals.
Quite often the inappropriate leadership’s hierarchy will arrange itself in positions of power in an ascending order of psychological deprivation. An example of this is clearly illustrated through the Star Wars film series. Within the Empire we have The Emperor and then Darth Vader, with both trying to manipulate and control Luke Skywalker through their misinterpretation of personal power. Darth Vader, is a powerful and sick individual, and is the protagonist in his universal pursuit of destruction. The Emperor however, is such a potent conduit for dark unconscious forces that he actually has to take little or no action in his relationships. The corrupt psychological energy runs so clearly through him, that it simply triggers the worst aspects in those around him, who wantonly do his bidding. Through the conscious, light based choices of Light Skywalker, he is eventually destroyed and freedom is restored to the enslaved. In many ways we are all granted this opportunity in our working lives, and it should be our personal mission to enact positive personal power and awareness when needed. No lightsaber training is necessary!
Posted by Neithis at 10:19
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
It’s the classic psychological symptom of our materialistic and ego centred culture. Denial. Like an ongoing abusive relationship, the superficial veneer presented to the neighbourhood and family often masks a corrosive and destructive co-habitation. Appearance can be everything, to both the victim and the abuser. The victim of the abuse is lost in the pain of the abuser who symbolically enacts the denied aspects of his or herself onto their partner. The irony is that the suffering endured by the victim is not their own pain, but simply the reflection of a one-way psychological mirror.
Cultural and social conditioning in the West has developed a deep-rooted sense of inner deprivation. This is symbolically demonstrated through levels of personal debt, the increasing rise in cosmetic surgery and the pervasive competition that grips individuals in their career and relationships. The swathes of people lost in the pursuit of material gratification are classic examples of the one-way mirror. They deny the sense of inner deprivation that has formed in them through the abusive agenda of the advertising media, and blindly follow the messages they are given. Like a classic sociopath/victim romance, the ongoing commentary of the abuser finally breaks the psychological stronghold of the victim. Whilst lost in the pervasive glare of the one-way mirror the victims are still given the chance to try and analyse and understand the abuse of the partner. Quite often, the choice for self-analysis is denied and the intoxicating glare of the one-way mirror ensures that they become the puppet of the abuser, living out the fear and pain that the abuser refuses to acknowledge in them self. In the same way the aggressive marketing and branding of products is a form of deep-seated emotional abuse, but like a classic line from a violent relationship ‘it’s being done for our own good’. The marketers, in denial of their own sense of inner deprivation, have brainwashed themselves into believing that they are helping the public by making them constantly aware of products that they don’t really need. In a double binding feedback loop, the brainwashed consumers often purchase the goods with money they can ill afford, simultaneously validating the aggressive marketing companies into thinking there is purpose and value in their agenda. The parallels are eerily similar with the sociopath/victim relationship. The victim eventually adheres to the messages of abuse and feels unworthy to be with the abusive partner who is only projecting outwards their own lack of self worth.
The co-created affects of the one-way mirror run far deeper then the physical actions and messages that the abuser and victim impart on one another. Gestalt therapy carries the theory of the ‘field’ that was integrated from Kurt Lewin’s understanding of the organism-environmental field. Lewin suggests that behaviour is ‘embedded in a context which intrinsically includes the person, with all their characteristics and perceptions, and the environment with all its forces and influences’. In some mysterious way we carry our history and life force in its totality within the here and now. This can create ‘openings’ within our psyche to any unhealed traumas or sensitivities that we may not be consciously aware of. Whilst with people that do not take responsibility for their own pain we become susceptible to the toxic energies and pain that somehow becomes reflected onto the environment. A classic case of this could be the high-flying salesman. In a general sense the salesman is looking to make a sale, to both earn money and validate the sense of inner deprivation that his own profession creates. Quite often the top-level sales professional will have sociopathic tendencies, thirsting for personal gratification whilst denying their own inherent psychological characteristics. As a result of this the sense of deprivation will be projected outwards in the sales meeting, ensuring that the environment and potential client will become more aware of a sense of lack in ‘themselves’ and moving them further forward in making a deal.
Posted by Neithis at 02:17
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
The tumultuous path of the human condition is full of potential pitfalls. Some of these dangers can be clearly seen and acknowledged as dysfunctional and dangerous, where as other encounters are more subtle but equally perilous. In this instance I would like to focus on the later, and how our formative years shape our relational patterns to the wider world. As infants we are shaped from the legacy of our parents (or caregivers) and the generations that went directly before them. Within this continuity of consciousness there are inevitable blind spots and family traits that will become our unique and possibly challenging inheritance. Due to the ongoing generational inheritance of the traits, our consciousness can become imbued with an emotional time bomb that sits so ‘closely’ within our psyche that we are unable to even see it. The danger of this psychological blindness is that it can lead to an unconscious transmutation of the psyche’s energy. This energy can form as the shadow of the psyche, eventually feeding from darker, unhealthy relational habits, to compensate its natural outlet in the conscious world. The individual is gifted a unique opportunity to overcome the shadow aspect of their psyche however. The shadow acts as a form of evolutionary impulse which guides individuals to become more conscious of their psychological inheritance through the relational patterns that they create. It’s only by seeing the pattern that the individual can bring their shadow into the light of conscious awareness and transcend the legacy that has formed through them.
This all sounds very dramatic, but paradoxically the transmutation of the psyche is often caused by seemingly insignificant behaviours that gradually build over time. For example a child named Terry may have a very dominant parent who inadvertently dictates his activities and schedule when growing up. Within this Terry loses the natural capacity to ask for what he wants and this becomes a re-occurring theme in his life. To compensate the loss of being able to initiate his natural desires, ‘part’ of Terry’s psyche will begin to transmute and develop a set of compensatory behaviour patterns. Perhaps Terry feels undermined in the office due to a lack of being able to address his needs and as a result he unconsciously seeks out a submissive partner that allows him to vent his anger in a violent and abusive manner. Within this he may also form addictions with drink and drugs to compensate the lack of personal power in his conscious exchanges. The problem itself in this instance is very simple. Terry cannot ask for what he wants, but the ramifications of this and the transmutation of the blocked energy can lead to very damaging behaviours.
Posted by Neithis at 12:45
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Indra’s net is a Buddhist metaphor, used to illustrate the interdependent nature of the universe. In the crudest sense it is a cosmic net of jewels, cast and thrown together into limitless expanse. Each jewel displays multiple sides, which reflect their own essence onto their neighbouring jewel, hence affecting their presentation within the nets interconnected continuum. The metaphor works on both a phenomenal and psychological level (which in their own right are inseparable from one another). I shall use the example of a man driving his car to illustrate both these factors of dependent origination. On a phenomenal level, there is no intrinsic existence in or of the car itself. The ‘car’ is a collection of parts, such as an engine, wheel and door, which are bound together for the purpose of transporting people. The car’s design is blue printed by various people and then manufactured through the machinery and natural resources required to produce the parts. The actual production of the vehicle could connect into an infinite number of sources and resources, hence ensuring that the ‘car’ is inseparable from the universe itself, and does not exist by way of its own nature. Bob, who is sat swearing to himself, is driving the car and he is late for a meeting. Bob’s psychological state is inseparable from its own continuum of existence. Bob has inherited an aggressive temper from being raised by a violent father. This psychological trigger has manifested in tandem with Bob being stuck in traffic, and also being under increasing pressure from his job. Once again, there is nothing inherent in Bob’s psychological state. The emotions are simply a series of ephemeral thoughts, memories and behavioural conditioning coming together at a specific time through certain causes and conditions. In a mysterious way, we often live our lives like Bob, being magnetically drawn to people and situations that illuminate the conditioning of our psyche. Western culture seems to be less inclined in having individuals think analytically about their experience. Within this, we have come to resent the seeming ‘inconvenience’ of emotions such as depression and anxiety, which really are just expressions of the minds deeper nature trying to liberate itself from painful conditioning on both a personal and cosmic scale. It is down to the individual to ‘hear’ the messages of their own experience however.
Our work environment can be a wonderful opportunity for people to realise their psychological conditioning and take measures to rectify it if needed. Just like Indra’s net the office carries a myriad of styles and personalities reflecting upon one another. Within this there is likely to be emotional triggers elicited for individuals that will reflect back messages from their own minds mirror. For example we could have Ted, who was ruthlessly undermined as a child and has sought out positions of power to consciously undermine his feelings of inferiority. As a result of this he is unconsciously being controlling of his surroundings, as this is the only thing that makes him feel safe. Ted is the manager of Jenny, who was raised in a hippy commune and is naturally free spirited. Jenny has her own unique style of working, which leaves Ted frustrated and angry. Jenny is affected by the office and its formality. It carries none of the human freedoms of her upbringing, and she often becomes anxious in the meeting rooms. The sterile nature of the office seems unnatural to her, and this makes her more determined to be free spirited as an unconscious motivation to be close to her roots. This in turn exasperates Ted more who disciplines her endlessly. We can see that just like Indra’s net, the office, social conditioning and personality styles are inseparable in shaping the subjective experiences of the people in the environment. Sadly, this would typically lead individuals to enter power struggles with one another, to attempt to validate their unconscious needs and desires. The difficult emotions of Ted and Jenny’s experience however are acting as a psychological trigger for them to evolve into more conscious human beings. If Ted could look at his anger objectively he could begin to understand the needless suffering he is causing himself and others because of the unresolved issues of his past. In turn Jenny could better explore her own anxiety, to see if she needs to change her career or understand the potentially unrealistic idealism that was conditioned in her from her youth. Our minds are ‘speaking’ to us on a daily basis, guiding us to clear away unneeded trauma and suffering. The more conscious we become, the more the cosmic net of interdependence can benefit as we begin to offer increasingly clear reflections to our friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Posted by Neithis at 10:43
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Our contemporary Westernised intellects are becoming increasingly immersed in information. Every day the average person will take in an abundance of information from a myriad of sources. There are countless benefits to the internet and its extensive media family, although our minds seem to be increasingly reliant on the concepts that are fed to us. Within this reliance, there seems to be a blurring of how we relate to our true nature. Many people walk blindly within the dictatorship of their media diet, with out fully understanding the significance or symbolism of the words that they constantly consume. I believe that more language and information can risk polluting the purity and landscape of our mind.
Lets try look at this in its simplest form. I might say, ‘I like the X Factor’. Ignoring the dangerous connotations of such a statement, we can accept the sentence and generally feel satisfied with our understanding of it. This is where the hypnotism of language comes into play. There are many ways I could pick apart our obvious misunderstanding of this sentence, but in this instance I shall highlight one significant area. I said that I ‘like’ the infamous TV talent show. The trouble is, no one on this planet actually knows what ‘liking’ is. Sure, we can use ‘liking’ as a conceptual reference point in conversation, but what actually is the ‘liking’? I seem to have a positive energetic reaction when Little Mix appear on my TV screen, but yet I do not truly understand what or even where the experience is!! Where does the source of ‘liking’ truly emerge from? We can only offer a humble concept to point in its mysterious direction. This is why more language and information can draw us away from enquiring and resting in the actual nature of our experience.
I know little to nothing of science, although even my limited knowledge cannot escape its assertion that ‘we’ and our environment are particles of energy. Language again, works in tandem with this belief in ways that we rarely seem to analyse or question. If I am depressed I say ‘I am feeling low’. Symbolically this must represent that I am operating on a lower frequency of energy. Likewise, I could say that I am feeling as ‘high as a kite’ which suggests that my energetic level is at a high frequency. We even use these statements regarding our environment, such as ‘there is a funny vibe in here’ or ‘I got a real buzz out of being there’. We seem to give ourselves clues about our nature all the time, with out fully committing to what ‘it’ tells us. Most people believe themselves to be solid and individual entities, although their words and the scientific community are trying to tell them something quite different!
The more we think we know on a conceptual level, somehow seems to make us feel more solid and ‘right’ in some way. Concepts play an important role in our personal and worldly development, but there is a high risk involved. There should be a lightness to our use of language and we must be mindful not to fall too deeply into its literal traps. Meditation gives us a valuable tool to see the transitory nature of the information that runs through our mind, and it’s my aspiration that we will all use this method one day.
Posted by Neithis at 09:32