When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.
“Enlightenment” is not eliminating the darkness — it is making the darkness conscious.
Yesterday we noted the importance of breaking free of the glass prison of ego, particularly when approaching and evaluating new information. Today, let’s put that into practice, and consider a notion that most people dismiss outright.
In my first post, I mentioned that reality is a mass shared dream. Let’s finally return to examine that more deeply.
The idea that reality is a dream is not a new concept. Many wisdom traditions believe that all is Maya, and innumerable spiritual masters have spoken to this. In fact, in the interest of time, I defer to (and highly recommend) Timothy Conway’s wonderful essay about this.
Recently, folks like Bernardo Kastrup have shared meditations and reflections on the idea. Scientists, too, are increasingly discovering through experiments with physical reality that it is consciousness, not matter, which is the prima materia in the universe. Beyond Tom Campbell and Bruce Lipton, who I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, Dean Radin has also done some wonderful work in The Conscious Universe, to name just a few.
This is all great, because humanity very much needs to see beyond the materialist deception for which we’ve fallen since descending into the dark ages. Unfortunately, however, most people–spiritualists and scientists alike–stop short of speaking to the implications of this realization.
Paul Levy is the truly exceptional exception to this.
Levy embraces the understanding that reality is a mass shared dream, and builds upon it to offer insight of what exactly is happening on this planet right now. He borrows from the work of Native American philosopher Jack Forbes, who, in his book, Columbus and other Cannibals, describes a disease called Wetiko. Its defining characteristic is that the afflicted “consumes” other human beings for profit–that is, he is a cannibal.
For several thousands of years human beings have suffered from a plague, a disease worse than leprosy, a sickness worse than malaria, a malady much more terrible than smallpox.
Wetiko is not a physical virus; rather, it is a symptom of misidentification with the ego. We all fall prey to it from time to time — it’s easy to do, as our experience is all very localized. But the truth is that we are one non-local consciousness, sharing a dream through many individual perspectives. To recognize this is to see yourself in others, which is experienced as empathy, and expressed as compassion.
When one identifies instead with the ego, one experiences greed and, in general, fear, because the ego knows it is transitory, but does its best to fight this reality. This lack of empathy is, by definition, sociopathic. It’s clear to see humanity is deeply afflicted and exhibiting psychopathic behavior en masse: we are destroying not only ourselves, but our planet.
So, what is this virus? Where does it come from? To understand this, we turn to Jung’s notion of shadow projection. Much of humanity wants to consider itself “good” (this is painfully true of people who have had spiritual experiences but then fallen into the ‘New Age’ or religion consciousness traps.) Those who focus strictly on love and light, and try to ignore the darkness, are repressing the dark part of the human psyche, which in turn is forced to manifest in external reality. To fight the shadow is also to mistake it as separate from yourself, which empowers it.
(By the way, it may go without saying, but I absolutely recommend his book “Dispelling Wetiko” — Levy is a gifted writer with a masterful command of Jungian concepts. See his two-part article on Wetiko here and here)
If fighting the system increases its power, and ignoring the darkness fuels the shadow projection at the root of the problem, what are we to do?
I spoke to this at length in the post on creating reality responsibly, but the short answer is this: we must identify the darkness, remain aware of and informed about it, but never lose sight of the fact that all that we see and experience is the collective human psyche manifesting in the world, just as the characters in your dreams are actually a part of you. The good news is that wetiko is not just the problem, but also the catalyst that humanity absolutely requires to push its consciousness to the next level, and thus potentially the solution.
For that to be the case, though, we must spread the word about this psychospiritual bug–before humanity destroys itself!
Happy Friday the 13th 😉
There are phenomena that clearly point to the dreamlike nature of reality, and which simply can not be explained by strictly materialist, accepted science. Last week, such a phenomenon was actually presented on CNN, and even Anderson Cooper seems to be baffled.
After a tragic accident, rescuers were drawn by an inexplicable voice to pull a car out of a river, saving an 18-month old:
You can tell these four gentlemen are quite shaken up at sharing a clairaudient experience.
Because our experience in reality is a function of our beliefs–just as it is in dreams–people who are not open to spiritual or paranormal experiences are far less likely to have these experiences. Moreover, when they do, they are often simply discounted as strange coincidences, because for them to be anything else would threaten the experiencer’s belief system and, transitively, ego. In this sense, the ego acts as the bars of the prison that enslaves humanity within deception.
This is, in fact, the case at multiple points of the awakening process.
A. True Ott wrote a thought-provoking article describing the nine veils that prevent people from seeing the truth. It is a worthwhile read, but for reference, below I have paraphrased the nine veils as he lays them out. I’m not completely in agreement with this presentation, because the awakening process is not a linear one; it is different for everyone. But this nonetheless makes for a helpful thought experiment:
As each veil drops, and one hacks “deeper down the rabbit hole,” one’s entire belief system must change to integrate this new knowledge. And because our ego is inextricably intertwined with our belief system, each such realization threatens the ego, which raises self-defenses and tries to reject the new knowledge. Upton Sinclair said,
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.
I would take this a step further: it is impossible for a man to perceive something, when his ego depends on it not being true. A doctor literally takes an oath to do no harm–it is little surprise that this makes it very difficult for them to accept that the healthcare system is a Rockefeller-funded, eugenics-based abomination.
This holds true in all professions: Facebook employees think they are hip and cool–they can’t allow the possibility that the social network is a CIA-backed operation. News anchors don’t want to admit that the mainstream news is corporate- and state-controlled propaganda. And so on, and so forth. We have to pay to live here, and the system has so thoroughly controlled every aspect of the fraudulent financial system, that nearly everyone’s identity is tied up in fraud at some level.
For this reason, when you approach knowledge, you must drop all egoic illusions and evaluate objectively. Andrew Bartzis describes this as the “sacred neutral perspective.” Only then will you break free of the glass prison of ego.
Also be cognizant of this for others, which is to say, take it easy on sheeple. Chip away at one veil at a time. Expect it to trigger their ego’s self-defenses, and just move on. We all are responsible for laying as many breadcrumbs for folks as possible, but ultimately, it is they who must also decide to hack deeper, and start putting the pieces together.
On Friday, we witnessed one of the most aggressively pushed memes in some time. The image in question was a photo of a dress. You’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it.
The viral dress so viciously attacked the human psyche that I took to twitter to post a prediction — that the dress would absolutely be appearing in our dreams:
— hack deeper (@hackdeeper) February 28, 2015
Based on what we have learned in this blog so far, when we see an archetype, symbol or meme pushed into so many people’s conscious experience, it is activated and “resonates” within the collective unconscious.
Well, “the dress” was ringing like a bell on Friday. One Texan even got it tattooed on his leg.
And so, when people went to bed, it did indeed emerge powerfully in dreamspace:
There are hundreds upon hundreds of these dreamtweets — @dreamb0t could barely keep up! — just a small sampling follow:
I dreamt about the dress
— ✱ (@Njhglory) February 28, 2015
I dreamed about #TheDress last night. the internet has turned me into a freakish little bedbug alien who dreams about ugly fcking dresses.
— Ru Weid (@thewallpoet) February 28, 2015
I dreamed about the dress. This is not funny anymore.
— The Louisville Lip. (@semiCARTERmvtic) February 27, 2015
Clyde Lewis did a great show about the dress as a psyop to squelch any reaction to the net neutrality vote. Perhaps a stretch, given that the image was said to have been some tumblr post that went viral ‘organically’ — but then, when I see the media conflating the two (and hailing net neutrality), “What net neutrality and that dress have in common: They’re what the internet was meant to be”, it’s certainly pretty bizarre. [Obviously net neutrality is not what the internet is about, net neutrality is more corporate/fascist control over information, but you can (and should, and probably have) read about that plenty of other places.]
This is not the first time we’ve seen active memes “bleed” in to each other. I also noted this when ISIS supported the Ferguson protesters.
Over the last month, there had been an increasing trend in dreams involving dresses. The daily chart above is too fine-grained to detect, but here is one using weekly data. Note the uptrend in the last 4 weeks leading up to the explosion this week:
Sure, there are some other reasons people might have been dreaming about dresses. Fashion is always a hot topic around in awards season; earlier this week, as well, one Oscar dress was stolen and returned from Lupita Nyong’o’s hotel room, and apparently returned today.
But even then, this month of “rising vibes of a dress frenzy” is significant. It broke out 200% over two weeks leading up to the “dress event,” which is much greater variance than the term usually sees. The next step for this project is really to compare changes in dream frequencies against historical variances for a given term/concept. Then we could sound an alarm when some usually innocuous term like “dress” starts creeping up — before it even manifests. Makes me want to work full-time on this project…
The other internet meme that was hyped up in western media was something about llamas. Sure enough, we saw an unprecedented leap in llama dreams:
For now, cheers, and much love.