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“Soul movements, from mind to spirit, are what orientate growth of belonging, mind and conscience towards transcendence or transformation leading to consciousness.” It was Plato that once spoke about the “rule of law” and the “rule of man.” Man made belonging has employed the “rule of man” to manipulate ownership, possession and demarcation of boundaries of belonging for thousands of years. The rules of belonging have served mans ego and power politics above the laws of life and existence itself. Has this in itself been in service of life? Around 350 BC. Plato wrote: “Where the law is subject to some other authority and has none of its own, the collapse of the state, in my view, is not far off; but if law is the master of the government and the government is its slave, then the situation is full of promise and men enjoy all the blessings that the gods shower on a state.” (1: Plato) SERVITUDE AS RELATED TO ORDERS OF BELONGING The man made laws of belonging have seemingly been subject to “some other authority” (states of ego/ mind/conscience itself), “that has none of its own.” These states are disconnected states; they are secondary states that take their life from a connected primary source. Man made laws of belonging appear fictional when reflected in the sphere of a feminine mirror. Also reflected in this mirror are the facts that authority, self mastery and existential law are embedded in the primary nature of mother earth itself. Beyond belonging to conscience, there exists an archaic law that gives men authority when they dare to serve the feminine; or as Plato puts it, become its “slave.” Servitude as related to transformation means:
1. a. A state of subjection to an owner or master. b. Lack of personal freedom, as to act as one chooses. 2. Forced labour imposed as a punishment for crime:. 3. Law A right that grants use of another's property (2:The Free dictionary.)
These states of servitude represent life’s earliest hierarchies and orders of growth from the tiniest atom to complex cultural systems of civilization. For example atoms are more fundamental than cells simply because a cell is able to contain or include an atom, whereas an atom is unable to contain or include a cell.
What comes first has precedence over what comes second. This hierarchy is measurable and identifiable by its quantum capacity to include, contain or embody. The rules of true authority emerge out of the observation that the small is unable to contain the big and that growth happens from the lower to the higher levels of development. So our value system of servitude respects that belonging has boundaries: 1. Locked into psycho-biology we remain in a state of subjection to something higher and greater than ourselves. 2. We lack personal freedom, to act as one chooses. 3. If we oppose the higher force we experience guilt for being out of order (existential crime) and punishment that imposes itself upon our labour/actions. 4. Just as the cell grants the use of its space to atoms we are bound by hierarchy and order in time and space.
ASPECTS OF ORDERS OF BELONGING Servitude is fundamental to sovereign belonging in its search for self-mastery. Sovereign belonging respects that there are lower and higher quantum dimensions of individual organisms; that function within those boundaries of belonging. Organic harmony, growth and unity are dependent upon this. It is not only so with matter and quantum dynamics it is also true of lower and higher levels of understanding, awareness and consciousness. For example the lower state of consciousness is unable to penetrate or transform the higher and yet the higher state of consciousness is able to do this. The higher level of consciousness has the greater force behind it; simply because it already contains, or is inclusive of that lower order of consciousness. A lower level or dimension of consciousness will have less force behind it. A weaker force is unable to move beyond to something greater until it meets the greater force at least equally. So here we have living physics in action creating consciousness. We experience these “more or less” forces, of greatness, in our skills and abilities to meet other moving objective realities or forces, with an equal amount of force. If we do that we are able to manifest the opportunity to move forward. If we do not do this we relinquish our opportunity to grow. Transformative practice requires integration of equal metaphysical weight, in a right order and direction of action; before awareness is able to facilitate transcendence. Not only that, our potential for growth always is entirely dependent upon the interaction of two opposite forces i.e. THE INNER FORCE MEETING THE OUTER, OR AN INTERNAL FORCE MEETING AN EXTERNAL FORCE Here the container meets the contained,
The boundary meets the beyond The less meets the more The weak meets strength We are able to observe by these movements that they flow forward in a certain order always towards the bigger or the greater. In reverse (without consciousness) they flow towards having less and being contained in the small. Movements towards death such as collective paternal domination, have attempted to keep the big within the boundaries of belonging, “blood and territory,” (3: Booth K, Dunne T and Cox M) within the small. This too is in the service of life. The small is able to function like a map with guidelines ensuring fixed, safe, recorded and repeated patterns that provide a systemic environment of protection and nourishment for cohesion, development and emergence of strength, ego, mind, abilities, and skills necessary to survive. However if we are able to grow awareness of something higher than survival, we are able to interrupt the direction of reverse flow (unconsciousness.) In fact we are able to remove the reverse gear altogether and very simply and easily move forward to the creative future, leaving the container behind. How do we achieve this and what is the criterion that enables this transformation? These movements of soul could be called Mind-spirit movements MIND- SPIRIT MOVEMENTS Soul movements, from mind to spirit, are what orientate growth of belonging, mind and conscience towards transcendence or transformation leading to consciousness. These movements or directions might also be called orders of survival’, or movements towards death; right up until an individual’s value system honors quality of life, “metta”, (see footnote below) feminine principle and mother above quantity, father or masculine principle and matter. Another name for mind-spirit movements is conscience. Conscience is a force of sleepiness, it is weak, unconscious. The systemic fields of force that move beyond belonging are forces of wakefulness, consciousness; they have strength. Conscience is conceived, nourished and put into action, entirely by elements of man made belonging, mind itself, ego and masculine characteristics of divinity. Masculine Characteristics of Man Made Belonging/conscience/mind/ego: Borrowed knowledge attained via imitation, repetition, blind love, loyalty, agreement and intellectual generational bonding of past adhering to present. Static, horizontal movements of repeated morphogenic patterns, in a closed field; transferred by linear left brain logical thinking; disconnected from truth, life and nature. Secular, scientific, mathematical, idealistic and fundamental reasoning; genetically determined by psycho-biological, social and cultural past memory.
Preoccupation with domination and conquering of outer objective domains of dominion related to willpower, the will to annihilate, destroy and survival of the group or tribe. Restrictive and overly coherent boundaries and man made laws that exclude and prevent integration of the free will of individuals separate from, different to or existing outside of the group or tribe. Loss of connection to roots in earth, body, nature, feminine principle and life death life processes of recreation, stunting psycho-spiritual growth, integration and transformation. Having outlined these characteristics, is it now possible to also acknowledge that this too has been in the service of life? If we return to the understandings discussed previously, defining the orders of belonging, we may be able to see that much of the whole history of mankind is held in one small collective container/institution, of exclusive private property labeled “father.” “Matriarchy preceded Patriarchy.” “FATHER – The institution of father is something invented by man; it is not a natural thing at all, it is institutional. Some day it may disappear because there was a time when it was not there. For thousands of years humanity lived without the institution of fatherhood. You may be surprised to know that the word “uncle” is older than the word ‘father’, because matriarchy preceded patriarchy. The mother was there and the father was not known, because the mother was meeting, merging, melting with many people. Somebody had to be the father, but there was no way to find out. So all were uncles- all potential fathers were uncles. The word “uncle” is older in every language than the word “father.” The institution of fatherhood came into existence with the invention of private property; they are joined together. The father represents private property, because when private property came into existence everybody wanted his own child to inherit it. ‘I will not be here, but a part of me should inherit my property.’ Private property came first, and then came the father. …it is the whole idea of private property that has created the father that has created the family that has created the ownership of the woman by the man. If there was a time when there was no father, no private property, a day is bound to come when there will be no private property – the father will disappear.” (4: Osho) “Peter Reason supports this in his citing of the work of Eisler, Swimme and Berry as opposed to the thinking of Colgrave and Wilber (5a.). These former thinkers speak of evidence of sophisticated, complex, matristic Neolithic societies. Marija Gimbutas and Merlin Stone pioneered these insights into “Goddess” cultures, and many other scholars have developed it since. There appears to have been many pre-patriarchal cultures with highly developed reflective awareness, indigenous traditions knowing deep Wisdom. Reason says, It is difficult to believe that these complex societies were based on a pure form of original participation: that there must have been a high degree of purpose, planning 4
and reflexiveness. Yet the social organization was articulated in terms of equality and partnership (5b.) ( 5. Glenys Livingstone) These are the basic cornerstones of understanding and transformation that each human being needs to reach, deep within them, in order to begin to truly belong and understand life beyond belonging. These understandings are keys for both inner and outer transformation. Man alone without the great feminine force cannot belong anywhere except in a fictional self made prison (container/institution) of mind leading to suicide or insanity.
THE DEATH WISH-SUICIDE OR INSANITY “The evolutionary line of development of the masculine principle, is fully evolved when willpower generated by ego/mind/conscience; or the power of will held within that ego, is able to, or has the inner strength necessary to kill or transcend itself.” When the self organizing, evolving field of the masculine principle reaches “critical mass”, (see footnote) we are individually and collectively forced to face death. Our biological evolution from monkey to man has been a purifying process of refining the animal within. However the animal is not fully evolved until the personal power level of its very own willpower reaches the “kill or be killed” threshold existing right on the boundary of the container/institution- called man/mind/ego/conscience. Critical mass begins to emerge as chaos. We are able to understand this “death wish” when we are catapulted into unknown chaotic disturbances of life that toss us into an unknown ocean of pain and circumstance beyond our control. In our deepest most personal moments of pain, if we have followed the line of transformation to the bottom, we confront this death wish. Either we become so angry we wish the other dead or we wish our self dead. This wish at this time is actually a homeostatic impulse that screams to us that “death is needed; death is needed in order to live again, in order to survive.” Some structure in the mind/ego/conscience is ready to dissolve and return to source. The living ecology of that structure demands that we “obey”, absorb and serve truth. “Knowledge can be imparted but it cannot be absorbed as easily as it is imparted.” (6: Lao Tzu) The level of awareness, strength and acceptance we are able to demonstrate during these times of great pain, will dictate whether we are able to pass the boundary of belonging to beyond belonging. If we are able to fully acknowledge the “death wish” as an integral medium for transformation of consciousness we are able to transcend our self. However totality is the key here, 100% acceptance and awareness is necessary for this alchemy to work. A certain completion and wholeness of the masculine principle needs to be achieved and integrated fully, before we have the strength to be able to move forward and upward to newer levels of consciousness. It is the attainment of this masculine power alone that moves us back into the sphere of the mother or feminine principle beyond belonging, to recreation.
THE GREAT MOTHER Erich Neumann, author of The Great Mother: An Analysis of The Archetype has gathered some quite convincing facts, acquired from artifacts that reveal that the human ego was at one time universally perceived to be masculine and light itself. That ego and the masculine principle are symbiotic and one and the same phenomenon. His writing maneuvers a shift in human consciousness that calls for an interruption to the pattern of this symbiotic relationship. He insists that the survival of the human race depends entirely upon this; that the human ego must develop a new way of relating to life that includes and serves the feminine. (7: Neumann) These insights are supported by modern physics and scientific understanding that “if it were not for the peculiar ecological position of the earth there would never have been any life. Indeed, all forms of life can be seen as variations of ways in which living organisms capture the energy of the sun.” (8: The Vernon Society) Perhaps our human collective history has built a primal to present morphogenic matrix of patterns, all engineered to “capture the energy of the sun,” (the masculine principle.) What if the aspects of masculinity that have dominated value structures crossing cultures of time for thousands of years are full of light? What if the masculine principle of sun and light has reached a point of “critical mass” and the feminine principle is more than ready to begin reflecting that light into all the dark corners of the earth? We don’t have to imagine a state or level of critical mass that has embodied fully, wholly and soully, the essence of the masculine, we are living it, and we are it! Have we collectively all taken fully from the father principle, or has that father principle totally taken us? Are we all not sitting in the father’s sphere of influence bound by guilt and innocence and missing the mother? As family constellation workers we all know the systemic implications and consequences of such a lop-sided position of soul. We have experienced the strength that becomes available when we are able to adjust position according to order, hierarchy, balance and servitude. Hellinger has shown us a way to do that. We not only have the maps of belonging, we have a guided pathway beyond belonging into the living dynamism of life, love and beauty in the wide. The response-ability is ours to grow, change, live and share. “CONSCIENCE Conscience goes on making you a fool. Situations change, but conscience cannot change, it cannot grow – conscience remains static. You go on living with ideas that were given to you in your childhood, by your ignorant parents, ignorant teachers. And you will live according to them, and you will suffer much. And your response will never be true because it will never fit with the situation. You will always be lagging behind. Responsibility simply means the capacity to respond to the reality as it is-and it changes, the reality changes, and the conscience remains fixed. That’s the difference between conscience and consciousness. Consciousness is a mirror. Conscience is a photoplate. Once a photoplate is exposed, it is finished; it catches the picture and then that picture remains forever, fixed. It cannot grow.” (9. Osho) Calls for a new ecological position of relating to the male/female principles of soul are emerging out of our FC collective mind. A new integral approach to family constellation is beginning to reshape and reform the knowing field. New themes and
memes reorienting psychology towards movements of the mind-spirit and spirit-mind are needed to facilitate the levels of multiple intelligences involved in soul unification processes. Transformation education mainstreaming the science of meditation to implement reflective awareness is necessary to underpin conscious change. Transformation education is what ensures our sciences remain living sciences and our arts a continuous flowering of beauty and all that is qualitative in life. Belonging then becomes an evolving state of blooming into the creative future, bringing life to the seeds of yesterday. Part three of this series of essays will outline practical ways and means to implement and work with these current changes emerging in the fields of family constellation. “……if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” R. Buckminster Fuller
Critical Mass- definition of: An amount or level needed for a specific result or new action to occur. The minimum amount or number required for something to happen. A state of ripeness or fullness needed before something new can emerge out of the old. The outermost boundary or limit required before transformation or transcendence can take place. - Sadhana Metta– definition of: (Pāli; Devanagari: मेता) or maître (Sanskrit) is loving-kindness, friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, kindness, love, sympathy, and active interest in others. It is one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism, and the first of the four sublime states (Brahmavihāras). This is love without clinging (upādāna). Wikipedia English - The Free encyclopaedia
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Booth K, Dunne T and Cox M (eds). How Might We Live? Global Ethics in the New Century. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge 2001 p. 1.
4. Osho, The Book P. 517, Philosophia Ultima 5. Glenys Livingstone Ph. D., PaGaian Cosmology, Chapter two. 5a. Peter Reason, Participation in Human Enquiry P24.25. 5b. Merlin Stone, When God Was A Woman P24, 25. 6. Lao Tzu, My Own Quotes: His Masters Voice 2009 7
7. Neumann, Erich (1955). The Great Mother: an Analysis of the Archetype. Pantheon Books. Repr/7th edition, 1991, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 8. The Vernon Society – The Return Of The Renaissance Person: The New Unity Of Liberal Arts.
9. Osho, The Book P. 246, The Fish In the Sea Is Not Thirsty
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