I am F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed., a singer-songwriter, teacher and community shaman from Cleveland, Ohio.
My mission is to sing the dream of Peace on Earth onward through empowering as many as possible to share in the Third Great Awakening now occurring in the United States. All of my songs, chants, writings, art, workshops and ceremonies encourage waking up together and participating fully in this Awakening. My main methods are Third Great Awakening Concerts, No Man’s Folk and workshops.
Our time of The Third Great Awakening is period of Western Renaissance. The rebirth is a cultural rite of passage out of the modern and late-modern world views, and into an emerging, participatory, holistic, and quantum worldview. We are being invited to courageously participate in tending a sacred relationship with the land and with the Ancestors so that literally, spiritually and metaphorically, the Earth takes its place as the most life-giving of celestial bodies we know, in a galactic consciousness in an ever-expanding cosmos of more than 2,000,000,000,000 galaxies. It has been unfolding now for more than 170 years.
Both world views that are passing away share a rare form of soul-poverty that is also the opening to the beauty of a sustainable culture. We are wounded by the idea that we live only one lifetime. In the late-modern world view, our identity dies with our brain. In the modern and patriarchal forms of Protestant and Catholic, our identity gets one chance at a life that ends in a redeemed or damned Eternity.
Most of humanity has lived with a tradition of continuity of soul. There is wisdom in welcoming each child’s birth as a sacred re-birth. There is wisdom in welcoming a sustainable awareness of soul that encourages living, savoring of the adventure of life, of all lives, of all that live. If you are reading this, you are right now, I thank you for the risks you took to free yourself by reaching out to others. If you are still troubled by the notion of having lived before, of millions of lives yet to come, you are invited to leave your cell. The door has always been wide open.
The First Great Awakening occurred in the 13 colonies and Britain in the 1730’s and 1740’s. It was a Protestant movement that emphasized experiences of re-birth through conversion and knowledge of being saved by Christ who was soon to come. The Second Great Awakening occurred in the United States from 1790-1820. It, too, was a Protestant movement that encouraged life and cultural reform, salvation, and, once again, the immanent return of Christ in the Second Coming.
The Third Great Awakening, also calls to a re-birth, an ecological conversion, life and cultural reforms, yet not for a Second Coming of Christ, although it is an integration of essential love and compassion for all beings. Our ‘salvational’ knowledge is to be found at the growing edges in new and unexpected cultural ways for the West. The awakening we are experiencing is not a sudden explosion of awareness, but a very slow and methodical development that has been slowly dismantling old conceptual structures and making way for a new sense of what it means for us to be “home” where we know from direct experience survival and evolution of soul over many lifetimes.
Richard Tarnas in Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View offered wonderful language for what we face together:
The Western mind must be willing to open itself to a reality the nature of which could shatter its most established beliefs about itself and about the world. This is where the real act of heroism is going to be. A threshold must now be crossed, a threshold demanding a courageous act of faith, of imagination, of trust in a larger, more complex reality; a threshold, moreover, demanding an act of unflinching self-discernment. And this is the great challenge of our time, the evolutionary imperative for the masculine to see through its one-sidedness, to own its unconscious shadow, to choose to enter into a fundamentally new relationship of mutuality with the feminine in all its forms. The feminine then becomes not that which must be controlled, denied and exploited, but rather fully acknowledged, respected and responded to for itself. (p. 444)
The Third Great Awakening was nicely explained by Paul Hawken in his book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming, Hawken described awareness to the global transformation now going on, especially in relationship to the environment and social justice.
The protests at Standing Rock in 2016 marked the largest gathering of Indigenous peoples n United States’ History. Environmental respect is a foundation of Earth-based spirituality. Besides the cry, Mni Wiconi! (Water is Sacred), a common statement heard was, Don’t let them fool you, our ways are sacred.
To share in The Third Great Awakening means to move out of the patriarchal modern world view with its notions of a highest God who is in eternal control, as well as, the late-modern world view with its notions of absurd humanity in an accidental and meaningless universe. To be alive now and to not understand the differences between the modern, the late-modern, and emerging participatory world views presently in play are forms of personal and community soul-neglect.
Knowing through direct experience of the emerging participatory world view generally includes a profound feeling of being connected to all that is, a deep reverence for Earth, experiential relationships with Ancestors, and an embodied appreciation for the beauty and vulnerability of life for future generations.
As we awaken to the direction of change, life becomes richer and wiser. By richer, I mean that life deepens as regards direct personal experience of the awe, also known as the numinous, that makes life worth living. By wiser, I mean that when we are mentally oriented so that the modern and late-modern world views are released, our “heart’s horizon” of the numinous becomes a central, guiding element in waking, dreaming, and creative life – especially in times of greatest suffering.
I carry out my mission through original music in Third Great Awakening Concerts, No Man’s Folk, writings, rituals, healing concerts, and workshops.
I am currently performing my new release, The Immanent Function
Immanent Function is a way to heal the centuries-old split between consciousness and matter/energy. Eternity and space/time are best imagined as cooperative, loving partners, even Beloveds. The spirit worlds can influence what happens in the sensual and the sensual can influence the spiritual worlds. We are at a time of side by side.
Here is the working definition:
Immanent Function: Synchronistic, embodied becoming together when two or more choose to gather for the happiness of all beings. The immanent function is the partner to C. G. Jung’s transcendent function. Individual consciousness participates in communion with the collective ecological conscious and unconscious. When in partnership, the immanent and transcendent functions make manifest the awe that opens the human heart to the Mystery of life. Their intermingling is recognized by an atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that meks life-cycles worth living in enduring planetary and interplanetary relationships. Anomalous, synesthetic, paranormal, psychokinetic, miraculous, prophetic, numinous, aesthetic arrest experiences that are immanent to the transcendent occur in the midst of their union. Written by F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed. on October 7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio
Irish author, James Joyce, has been an influence on my life. There are concerns where my felt-connection with him has to do with Irish Roman Catholic questions with which we both struggled. I’ve only come to truly read his work in the last 10 years, but I am happy that I had time to find my own answers to the questions in question before seeing how he worked.
The song, Broken God, where I publicly smashed the icons of my Catholic youth, which then opened the door for my spiritual emergency was my way of living through what he called his war with Catholicism.
I made my church in the streets In muddy holes, I set the seats A ruined child, I transfixed upon my crucifix
I took the blood of a poisoned whore, smeared it up across the door. All the filth, I raised up into a communion cup
God of pollution O God of waste God of suicidal grace
God of Chaos God of Loss O Broken God upon the cross
Broken God upon the cross
He struggled with the impact that the faith had on originality and sexuality. The location of my breaking open, was Phallos (Sacred Image of the Masculine) and The Gulf War, which asks the same questions is another of our shared concern.
I have heard over the years that if we meet the Buddha on the road, we should kill him. That has always seemed over to top to me. I realize that the message is that the Buddha we all seek is within and also seeks us. However, I think simply taking back the psychological projection would really be enough.
In our shared backgrounds, the Buddha is the Christ. There are remarkable persons who should meet him or her on the road, we could sit down together and share a meal. Hopefully, that sharing would nourish those places inside us that have learned helplessness and learned underestimation of humanity’s as well as our own actual potential.
I think James Joyce is in this same spirit in Ulysees. The Christ we seek is to be brought forth from within ourselves and in relationship. The enlightened human being we seek is seeking us. The communities where that level of expectation for each person’s potential is where the Second Coming is to be found.
I invite you to listen in on this conversation I’ve been having with James Joyce over a section from Ulysees:
THE GRAMOPHONE: Jerusalem! Open your gates and sing Hosanna…
(A rocket rushes up the sky and bursts. A white star falls from it, proclaiming the consummation of all things and second coming of Elijah. Along an infinite invisible tightrope taut from zenith to nadir the End of the World, a twoheaded octopus in gillie’s kilts, busby and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the form of the Three Legs of Man.)
THE END OF THE WORLD: (with a Scotch accent) Wha’ll dance the keel row, the keel row, the keel row?
(Over the possing drift and choking breathcoughs, Elijah’s voice, harsh as a corncrake’s, jars on high. Perspiring in a loose lawn surplice with funnel sleeves he is seen, vergerfaced, above a rostrum about which the banner of old glory is draped. He thumps the parapet.)
ELIJAH: No yapping, if you please, in this booth. Jake Crane, Creole Sue, Dove Campbell, Abe Kirschner, do your coughing with your mouths shut. Say, I am operating all this trunk line. Boys, do it now. God’s time is 12.25. Tell mother you’ll be there. Rush your order and you play a slick ace. Join on right here. Book through to eternity junction, the nonstop run. Just one word more. Are you a god or a doggone clod? If the second advent came to Coney Island are we ready? Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are. You once nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number. You got me? It’s a lifebrightener, sure. The hottest stuff ever was. It’s the whole pie with jam in. It’s just the cutest snappiest line out. It is immense, supersumptuous. It restores. It vibrates. I know and I am some vibrator. Joking apart and, getting down to bedrock, A. J.
Christ Dowie and the harmonial philosophy, have you got that? O. K. Seventyseven west sixtyninth street. Got me? That’s it. You call me up by sunphone any old time. Bumboosers, save your stamps. (He shouts) Now then our glory song. All join heartily in the singing. Encore! (He sings)… [Ulysses, 1922]
Joyce, in the section above from Ulysees, listed many Christs: Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Lynch Christ, etc. In his way, he introduced the pattern of:
(Your Name Here)-Christ
(Your Name Here)-CHRIST AND THE CHRIST PATTERN
In his book, Pipe and Christ, Fr. John Stolzman wrote that he kept asking the shamans if the Lakota Spirits knew Christ.
They kept telling him to ask the Lakota Spirits himself! When he did, they replied,
Mahpiya ekta na maka sitomni.
which means, roughly, “Into heaven (cloud) and throughout the Earth, Spirit who travels and helps the people.”
Stolzman interpreted the answer with prejudice because he had trouble putting the Lakota Spirits on the same footing as his own Holy Spirit. However, the answer he received is worth further consideration as an indication of how an already existing tradition integrated the Christ archetype. The Lakota Spirits, as in many traditions, integrated the archetype of the Christ, even as they remained Lakota Spirits. I think this is very important information for Christians. This is because it appears that the message was not the foundation of a new religious empire meant to wipe out all other traditions, but a message to be integrated into already existing sacred ways.
ASTROLOGICAL CODES IN GREEK CHRISTIANITY
There were sound reasons for C. G. Jung to write:
Astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.
What he called, “all the psychological knowledge of antiquity” is another way to say, Western Indigenous Wisdom. If astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity then the recovery of how of the Christian message was integrated into Hellenistic Greek culture becomes accessible. The name, Iesus (Jesus) is how the Greeks integrated the archetype that honors the divinity and sovereignty of the individual soul into their sacred ways.
Iesus is the Greek “Mahpiya ekta na maka sitomni”, native to the ways of the Hellenic West.
Bart Erhman did a magnificent job in his 2014 book: How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. So does Dara Malloy in his 2009 book, The Globalisation of God: Celtic Christianity’s Nemesis. In both books, there is a process of transforming Jesus into a God-man that enabled globalization and colonization of the planet.
The living connection to Greek-born Christianity as a development out of the astrological wisdom tradition native to the West can be teased out through David Fideler’s book, Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism.
He demonstrated how the message was integrated into the inherited Greek, Egyptian and Hebrew traditions. Fideler reminded us how the New Testament is mostly in Greek and that Christianity is essentially a Greek mystery religion.
Through the use of Gematria, sacred writing in which letters are also numbers, (most probably learned from the Hebrew tradition) scholars created, IESUS, which is a mis-spelling of Yeshua or Joshua. They did that so that the name could be included in the numbers associated with the celestial archetype of the sun.
The celestial archetype of the sun is one of the seven celestial powers of our ancestors. Handed down over the millennia along with those sky powers are a series of magic squares that were associated with the patterns of the powers above.
The magic squares were developed as understanding geometry, astronomy, music, the motions of the zodiac and the synchronicities (The stars are like letters. Everything breathes together) expanded. As archetypes, magic squares they can be understood as examples of Western cultural understanding of the root patterns of meaning. If Pythagoras famously said, All is number, then there must be particular numbers that are connected to particular planetary themes you find in the All.
The symbolism of the magic squares was used with gematria to create the dimensions of temples, art, amulets, prayers and songs. The number-letters associated with the divinities were imagined as a way to have architecture and life resonate with the divinity in question – as a means to invite powers in the sky down to Earth and to anchor them with beauty as the lure.
A temple to Artemis, Goddess of the moon, would use “lunar numbers.” A temple to Venus would use the number/letters/timing associated Venus. A temple to Mars would be created in the same way, etc.
With gratitude to David Fideler’s scholarship, here are the magic squares and some temples associated with divine numbers derived from those squares:
iupiter Temple of Jupiter
Temple_of_Saturn,_Rome Temple of Saturn
An old version of the magic square of the Sun and Temple of Apollo in Delphi:
Why would the name, Jesus, be associated with the celestial archetype of the sun? Here are some other “solar numbers” derived from its magic square using gematria:
37, 74, 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777,
Over the years, I’ve heard a number of stories of persons repeatedly seeing sets of numbers in threes. One of my old friends used to call these, “angel numbers”:
The letters for the name, Jesus, in Greek, add up to the solar number, 888
With gratitude to the math, geometry, architecture, music, and cosmology, in Sun of God, I add the fundamental message in the astrology of our ancestors.
I AM WHO AM
When you look at a birth chart,
sun = identity
The sun represents the center of the personality, the identity, of the individual soul in question. This was what Joseph Campbell referred to as, the inborn, sealed-in soul or “intelligible character” of the individual at birth.
Birthchart of James Joyce.
When integrated into the psychological knowledge handed down from antiquity, the Christian message appears to be that carried within each human soul is a unexpected potential Christos. You can find the sun in James Joyce’s birth chart next to the symbol of Aquarius – his birth sign or sun sign.
Iesus Christos was not a divinity to be praised as the Son of an all-powerful Father who controls the entire universe, but a sacred compassionate, merciful person to integrate into your awareness when you are truly yourself and to also acknowledge in all others. Participate with humanity, See and Be (Your Name Here)-Christ. In the same way that all the planets are in the birth-chart, so all the Gods and Goddesses psychologically inform each person in a one-of-kind manner. – Ye are Gods.
This idea concerning the sacredness of individual identity is informs Steven Forrest’s 6th principle of evolutionary astrology from his book, Yesterday’s Sky: Astrology and Reincarnation:
Astrology recognizes only 2 absolutes: the irreducible mystery of life, and the uniqueness of each individual viewpoint on that mystery.
Forrest invoked the sun as identity and moon as soul in his saying:
The sun is the secret of sanity. The moon is the secret of happiness.
As an evolutionary astrologer, he is referring both to true Identity (sun’s secret) as well as the relational, evolutionary soul-freedom of psychological awareness (moon’s secret) that nourishes and is nourished by that knowing.
Notice the same in-born dignity of identity and soul in Rupert Sander’s film, Ghost in the Shell.
reminds Major that she is not a weapon, but a sacred being:
You are more than a weapon. You have a soul, a ghost. When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then do we find peace.
When we can see through Aramaki’s words and recognize the soul-respect he is living, then we, too, are Christian in the indigenous sense of the term. All human beings are capable of this awareness, though for some it comes easier and for some it comes harder. There is no honest way to measure which is which.
The Gift of sovereign individuality in soul that comes from all these centuries of what has been the best aspects of patriarchy is this fundamental worthiness of each human being, regardless of class, caste, nationality, faith, gender. The end of patriarchy is to know that there is no boundary between one human culture and another – there is no need for any jealous God and Father. All beings are worthy. All beings deserve recognition. All traditions can learn to see through themselves into the sacredness of the others and all life.
The burden on Western persons seems more to do with how we regard others, all others, including all of the life of Earth and Earth as well, than has to do with claims about ourselves. In mythic thought, to eat and digest is to become. The Eucharist is eaten in the Christian mythology because The Message is not to worship the Christ who will come to save you. The message is — become a Christ yourself, accept help from other beings and help all other beings become the I AM WHO AM who they are.
The lowly unexpected location, neglected by the many and lost out in no man’s land is the human identity. Secreted away within each soul is a new and unforeseen Christ who goes by our own name. Share this and ingest it in community in an atmosphere of Mercy. Live in the world in this way.
Here again is Joseph Campbell at the close of Creative Mythology:
God’s initiative is represented by the inborn, sealed-in soul or “intelligible character” of the individual at birth; and the initiative, the freedom to act, must thereafter be one’s own, guided not by what other people say, have done, or may tell one is God’s will, but by one’s own interior voice; for indeed (continuing to speak mythologically) it is in one’s sealed-in soul, its hidden, God-given difference from all others that “God’s will” has been secreted, and to be found and shown, like an Easter egg: and not by retreat into a bed of rapture, either in darkness or in light, but through action here in this mixed world (why otherwise be born?), where nothing is foul, nothing pure, but all, like a magpie’s plumage, mixed.
James Joyce, saying the same thing in his Irish lyrical madness:
Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, it’s up to you to sense that cosmic force. Have we cold feet about the cosmos? No. Be on the side of the angels. Be a prism. You have that something within, the higher self. You can rub shoulders with a Jesus, a Gautama, an Ingersoll. Are you all in this vibration? I say you are. You once nobble that, congregation, and a buck joyride to heaven becomes a back number. You got me? It’s a lifebrightener, sure.
James Joyce’s Birth Chart = James Christ
(Your-Name-Here-CHRIST AS A BRIDGE TO MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
The Sufi’s are a mystical branch of Islam. It’s not a big leap to hear the _(Your Name Here)-CHRIST AND THE CHRIST PATTERN in the words of Rumi about the sacred individuality of each soul:
There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do
There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life.
It’s as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human being come to this world to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you don’t do it, it’s as though a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat. It’s a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots. It’s like a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang things on.
You say, “But look, I’m using the dagger. It’s not lying idle.” Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? For a penny an iron nail could be bought to serve for that. You say, “But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy and medicine and the rest.” But consider why you do those things. They are all branches of yourself.
Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your lord. Give yourself to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don’t, you will be like the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You’ll be wasting valuable keenness and forgetting your dignity and purpose.
THE WELCOMING SOUL OF HOME
At the beginning of the use of magic squares was the realization of the ecliptic and the north and south nodes of the moon by which solar eclipses could be predicted. To this day, the north and south nodes of the moon retain their early symbolic shapes and names in a birth chart as head and tail of the dragon:
eclipse-totality-1503344447 Eclipse of 2017, in Princeton, Kentucky
I went with my cousin Penny to watch the 2017 total eclipse of the sun in Princeton, Kentucky. That eclipse was the single-most sky-sign I have ever witnessed. Even for me, a 21st century American, the eclipse was powerful. There was a man down the street with his church community reading from the Bible about the awe of the God on High.
It is clear that any group of human beings who figured out how to predict solar eclipses could claim tremendous power from on high. I think there is evidence of this at the old fortress of Khor Rori in Oman. It was there that a people, ancestors of the Hadrumat people, whose name means, Death has come, established a kingdom in the name of the Divinity of the Moon.
Archaeological site of Sumhuram, near Salalah, Dhofar region (Om
From my visit to Khor Rori, I think it’s safe to consider that it all began with the moon. Here is an article entitled: New Study Shows Greek Temples Were Oriented to the Moon or Stars Rather than the Sun
My continuing theme has been to use the image below to understand and become conscious of our culture’s ongoing patriarchal tendencies to prejudice the sky, the beyond, and the mind. I think the first break of this kind came with the realizations regarding the moon’s apparent power to devour the sun.
I also offered that a way for us to restore the Ancient Mother and Father to balance could be done using the glue of the zodiac:
I’ve been approaching my own soul-life using the union of birthchart, zodiac, Hermeticism, alchemy, and stars, our own Indigenous Western tradition, in union with the sweat lodge. I can attest that it works and I think it furthers the questions that were raised by Joyce’s life’s work.
At the end of his life, he would never reconcile the Ireland he envisioned, actually, the Ireland he was embodying, with the nation as it was at that time. For that reason, he is buried with his wife and son in Zurich, Switzerland:
For me, he got his death right. It has stood as a soul-marker for me in the sense that, his death-stone in the Zurich of Jung has been a doorway to me, to my own family, and an affirmation of the importance of our work in the Soul of Welcoming Home.
WALKING THE TALK – EMERALD TABLET
It’s important to temper what I have been suggesting. Though all who live have come here with the potential to bring forth an awakened soul in relation to all that is, the Hermetic tradition also says that it does not come for free. You are called to participate in your own educational process.
Fully aware of the historical baggage that comes with teachings called the Emerald Tablet, I wish to close with what I think is the Indigenous tradition of the West as regards educare of the soul. Because it closes with the words, operation of the sun, I think what we are looking at is the operation of awakening of individual human identity to the realization of _(your name here)-Christ.
There are many more versions to be found on the web. This one is just to get it down:
Tis true without lying, certain & most true.
That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
And as all things have been & arose from one by the meditation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.
By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world & thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.
So was the world created.
From this are & do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (or process) is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegistus, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished & ended.
Connected to this Hermetic root, it becomes possible to note the evolutionary transformation of human identity over time in the West. Here is Sir Oliver Lodge with an update from his 1908, Man and the Universe:
A discovery once made by the human race is permanent: it fades no more and its influence grows from age to age. We are now beginning to realize a further step in the process of atonement. We are rising to the conviction that we are part of nature, and so, a part of God, that the whole creation — the One and the Many and All-One – is working together towards some great end: and that now, after ages of development, we have at last become conscious portions of the great scheme and can co-operate in it with knowledge and with joy. We are no aliens in a foreign universe governed by an outside God: we are parts of a developing whole, all enfolded in an embracing and interpenetrating love, of which we too, each to other, sometimes experience the joy too deep for words. And this strengthening vision, this sense of union with Divinity, thus, and not anything artificial or legal or commercial, is what science one day will tell us is the inner meaning of the Redemption of Man. (p. 234)
And finally, in the 2017 Ervin Laszlo’s Credo , reflects the growing edge of science (and consciousness) Lodge prophesied:
I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.
I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism: my body, and its cells and organs are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and developing in interaction with other such systems and with the world around me.
I am one of the highest, most evolved manifestations of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the world. My essence is this cosmic drive. It is the same essence that is inherent in all the systems that arise and evolve in the universe.
There are no absolute boundaries and divisions among the systems that arise and evolve in the universe, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence- and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent. Beyond my body other relations gain prevalence: those that drive toward coherence and wholeness in humanity, nature, and throughout the universe.
The separate identity I attach to my fellow humans is a convenient convention to facilitate my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much “me” as the cells and organs of my body. There are only gradients of intensity in the relations that distinguishing individuals from each other and from the world, no absolute divisions and boundaries. There are no “others” in the world: we are all dynamic, coherence and wholeness oriented systems in the world and we are part of the world and so part of each other.
Collaboration, not competition, is the royal road to the wholeness and coherence that hallmarks healthy systems in the world. Collaboration calls for trust, empathy and solidarity. Comprehension, conciliation, and forgiveness are not signs of weakness but signs of courage. Harming others, even under the banner of patriotism and national or corporate interest is a mistaken intention. I am part of whoever I harm, and so I harm myself.
“The good” for me, and for everyone in my world, is not the possession and accumulation of wealth. Wealth, whether in money or in a material resource, is but a means for maintaining myself in my environment. As exclusively mine, it commandeers a part of the resources that all living beings on the planet need to share if they are to live and thrive. Exclusive wealth is a threat to everyone in the community of life on the planet, and because I as well as the holders of wealth are part of this community, it is a threat to the wealthy, and to me.
A healthy person has pleasure in giving: it is a higher pleasure than having. I am healthy and whole when I value giving over having. The true measure of accomplishment and excellence is my readiness to give, whatever I can give without harming myself, my family and those in my care. A community that values giving over having is a community of healthy persons, thriving through solidarity and love. Sharing enhances the community, while possessing and accumulating creates demarcation, invites competition and fuels envy. The share-society is the norm for all communities of life on the planet; the have-society is an aberration.
Only life and its development have intrinsic value as ends in themselves. All other things have value only insofar as they add to or enhance life and its development. Material things, and the energies and substances they need or generate, have value only insofar they contribute to the development of life in the community of all beings on the planet.
I recognize my responsibility for evolving my consciousness, and through my example for helping the evolution of consciousness in others. We have been part of the aberration of human consciousness in the modern world, and we need to be part of the evolution that overcomes that aberration. Living and working toward this goal is my duty, as a conscious member of a conscious species in a conscious cosmos.
THE BIG PICTURE: THE THIRD GREAT AWAKENING, CHAPTER 1
Chapter 1: The Big Picture: The Third Great Awakening The Big Picture: The Third Great Awakening, Chapter 1 Dreaminggourd Sidereal COEX Constellation, The Dreaming Gourd by F. Christopher Reynolds
THE BIG PICTURE: THE THIRD GREAT AWAKENING
Our time of The Third Great Awakening is a period of Western Renaissance. The rebirth is a cultural rite of passage out of the modern and late-modern world views, and into an emerging, participatory, holistic, and quantum worldview. We are being invited to courageously participate in tending a sacred relationship with the land and with the Ancestors so that literally, spiritually and metaphorically, the Earth takes its place as the most life-giving of celestial bodies we know, in a galactic consciousness in an ever-expanding cosmos of more than 2,000,000,000,000 galaxies.
The First Great Awakening occurred in the 13 colonies and Britain in the 1730’s and 1740’s. It was a Protestant movement that emphasized experiences of re-birth through conversion and knowledge of being saved by Christ who was soon to come. The Second Great Awakening occurred in the United States from 1790-1820. It, too, was a Protestant movement that encouraged life and cultural reform, salvation, and, once again, the immanent return of Christ in the Second Coming.
In the Third Great Awakening, it is of humanity as a whole. No one is left behind.
The protests at Standing Rock in 2016 marked the largest gathering of Indigenous peoples in United States’ History. Environmental respect is a foundation of Earth-based spirituality. Besides the cry, Mni Wiconi! (Water is Sacred), a common statement heard was, Don’t let them fool you, our ways are sacred.
Theologian Thomas Berry wrote of our times:
The Great Work now, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner. (p, 3)
Our cultural pivot is nicely explained by Paul Hawken in his book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming:
Hawken brings awareness to the global transformation now going on, especially in the intimate relationship of environment with social justice.
To share in The Third Great Awakening is to de-colonize into the emerging quantum participatory world view. De-colonization means to move out of the modern world view with its notions of a highest God who is in eternal control, as well as, the late-modern world view with its notions of absurd humanity in an accidental, meaningless, exclusively physical universe.
To be alive now and to not understand the differences between the modern, the late-modern, and emerging participatory world views presently in play are forms of personal and community soul-neglect. Direct experience of the emerging participatory world view generally includes a profound feeling of being connected to all that is, a deep reverence for Earth, experiential relationships with Ancestors, and an embodied appreciation for the beauty and vulnerability of life for future generations.
We share a burden as regards discernment of the world views, modern from late-modern, both modern and late-modern from the emerging participatory. As we awaken to the direction of change, life becomes richer and wiser. By richer, I mean that life deepens as regards direct personal experience of the awe, also known as the numinous, that makes life worth living. By wiser, I mean that when we are mentally oriented so that the modern and late-modern world views are released, our “heart’s horizon” of the numinous becomes a central, guiding element in waking, dreaming, creative, and cultural life – especially in times of greatest suffering.
Veterans we serve are making their way home to live in a universe that is much more participatory than the universe of the 20th century. Our American Third Great Awakening is part of a second Axial Age for Western culture. The original Axial Age or Pivotal Age, according to philosopher Karl Jaspers is the historical period during which:
…the spiritual foundations of humanity were laid simultaneously and independently in China, India, Persia, Judea, and Greece. And these are the foundations upon which humanity still subsists today.
Newly born and and rising ancient spiritual foundations of humanity are now being woven and laid simultaneously, independently the world over. These are the foundations upon which humanity will move forward into an interstellar era.
Richard Tarnas, in Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, offered wonderful language for what we face together:
The Western mind must be willing to open itself to a reality the nature of which could shatter its most established beliefs about itself and about the world. This is where the real act of heroism is going to be. A threshold must now be crossed, a threshold demanding a courageous act of faith, of imagination, of trust in a larger, more complex reality; a threshold, moreover, demanding an act of unflinching self-discernment.
And this is the great challenge of our time, the evolutionary imperative for the masculine to see through its one-sidedness, to own its unconscious shadow, to choose to enter into a fundamentally new relationship of mutuality with the feminine in all its forms. The feminine then becomes not that which must be controlled, denied and exploited, but rather fully acknowledged, respected and responded to for itself. (p. 444)
The Highway Home by Christopher Reynolds, R. Brent Tully Animation
Because participation in ‘quantum home-coming’ includes the transpersonal, the spiritual, numinous, it is the emerging, holistic worldview that is spacious enough to comprehend its spiritual, psychological, ecological wholeness.
Here is more from Soul’s Cry about the holistic crucible, bridge and community circle:
Through this group experience there develops a true liturgical experience. The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” The work of storytelling and listening becomes the liturgy that ushers and facilitates healing the soul wound. Wounds are cleansed when they are opened and allowed to “bleed” through the stories, interpretation of stories and the sharing of poetry, written by the participants, and by the sharing of dreams. The healing circle becomes in a very real sense a crucible. Crucibles are vessels used by an alchemist to hold elements that together have the potential for harm when mixed in an unsafe container. Elements when mixed together in the safety of the crucible become something new and beneficial. The crucible is essential to hold what is potentially harmful. Crucible and crucifix are derived from the same root word “crux” which means “a critical moment in time.” The liturgy of storytelling in the crucible of the Warrior’s Circle becomes the critical moment in time.
Storytelling, poetry and dream stories that are told and listened to in the safety of the crucible (circle) do not take us back to the event. Telling the story in the protective confines of the crucible we call “Healing Circle” keeps us in the present, and something new emerges. (pp. 27-28)
I, too, witness the recurring, driving force for healing that comes from veteran’s storytelling, poetry and dream stories. It’s the dreams, in particular, that carry us all forward. For example, one veteran dreamed of Indigenous warriors bounding on horseback over a river in which he was wading in waters that reached up to his heart. One of them paused to look directly into his eyes and said to him: It was a good way, wasn’t it?
Others have shared dreams of visitations of their lost comrades and enemies. Each time I retell that dream, I get tears in my eyes.
To me, there is nothing more native to the soul than our dreams. I am able to value the dreams that come forth first because I value the healing influences of my own dreams and second, because I know from those experiences that dreaming is more than chemical activity of the sleeping brain. The holistic path of our Renaissance has room for the spiritual dimension, past-lives, miracles, animal powers, ancestors, sacred helpers and more. Veterans and people in general appreciate the company of those who know about and appreciate the soul of their experiences.
Additionally, the Listen-Speak-Heal exemplifies the emerging worldview because enacts the return of the twinned cosmos of the primal world view. In the Indigenous twinned cosmos, as in the Eastern wisdom of I-Ching, Creation is a wholeness of a complementary pnuemasomatic and psychosomatic pair who are joined together in all ways so that life might go on.
The pneumasomatic Creative, also know as the primal yang, is partnered with the psychosomatic Receptive,aka. primal yin. I-Ching translator, Richard Wilhelm described the Receptive as: devotion; its image is the earth. It is the perfect complement of the Creative (sky/heaven)–the complement, not the opposite, for the Receptive does not combat the Creative, but completes it.
Listen = the Receptive – Speak = the Creative – Heal = Creation
No Man’s Folk is sobriety-based music for awakening peoples in awakening places. It unites what we call ‘traditional’ folk music with traditional, in the sense of Indigenous, folk music in a No Man’s Land of shared desire for a global climate change. No Man’s Folk sings of peace, clearmindedness and human flourishing on Earth and in a participatory ensouled cosmos.
— F. Christopher Reynolds
NO MAN’S FOLK – WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
No Man’s Folk is done mostly in homes, yet also travels where people come together for a better future. You need a space for about 30 people. It can happen with a group of 6. The persons who come are encouraged most to come because they love music and love to sing.
At the center of the space is a sacred drum or harmonium and a guitar. There are 4 chairs around the center with other instruments here and there. The way No Man’s Folk looks is a room, a drum or harmonim, a guitar, four chairs and other instruments here and there.
Everyone sits around the musical center. We begin with gratitude and a short ritual where we invite you to feel and let go of grief, fear, desire, anger, pain, insanity, despair, restlessness, shame, guilt, suicidal tendencies. The songs will be originals in both traditional folk styles as well as Indigenous style, the folk songs will be Indigenous and traditional. There is a rhythm between the center and the gathering. We will sing 4 songs and then songs/prayers/stories are invited from those gathered.
No Man’s music, therefore, invites a new understanding of American folk music that opens room for the ongoing original folk music — the songs and traditions of Indigenous resistance the world over that for 500 years now have endured and sustained culture and soul.
It calls for a de-colonized method of song-writing. Re-indigenized song-writing is an inherently sacred activity linked to revelatory experiences in dreaming, ritual, creativity in relationship with a sacred Earth, Ancestors. It is care for the soul of a people and the life-giving relationship with all ecosystems.
Not to know is bad; but not to wish to know is worse.
— Nigerian Proverb
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
— words of Jesus in saying 70 of the Gospel of Thomas
In some special way every person completes the universe. If he does not play his part, he injures the pattern of all existence.
— Rabbi Judah Loew (1521-1609)
THE SOUL OF WELCOMING HOME: MORAL INJURY IS A SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY, INTRODUCTION c. 2019, F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed.
Our Grandmother by Diane Pinchot
The Soul of Welcoming: Moral Injury Is A Spiritual Emergency is an online book that hopes to bring both ancient and new, holistic, participatory, quantum, Vision into service. In the gentlest way possible, I encourage you to make the journey through the screens it covers. The challenge we face is bigger than veterans, their families, and communities who support them. We are in a profound cultural shift towards a more soulful future — a global climate change — in all ways of literally and poetically understanding those words.
Certainly, this cultural rite of passage falls hardest on the most vulnerable. However, we are all in it together and need each other. All have their work to do wherever they live and breathe. By reading this text, you will gain a capacity to discern the cross-winds we face now together, a vocabulary with which to describe mental, emotional, physical, ecological, and spiritual wholeness, and sense of direction that yields to the wider expanse of our American journey.
The Soul of Welcoming represents the “bread” of the ideas that I have field-tested over the years – 30 years as a public school teacher, department chair, academic writer and adjunct professor, nearly 30 years as a shamanic healer, and 40 years as a singer-songwriter. This is a contribution to the larger body of work being done to become wiser about war and to co-create a peaceful world for future generations.
It is meant to be a partner book to John Schluep’s mentor text, Soul’s Cry, and an educational resource for the communities, medical professionals, Those who wait and Persons of Strong Heart connected to Warriors Journey Home Ministry, though not limited to it. By “Persons” or “People of Strong Heart,” I use John Schluep’s description:
Those who form a protective perimeter for the returning warriors allowing them to heal.
To his description, I add:
Those of Strong Heart are citizen participants inside community and healing circles. They are the bridge between and are able to stand for the people inside and between both worlds. They may or may not be “those who wait” — family members of the veterans.
This updated definition represents a work in progress:
Persons or People of Strong Heart are:
Citizen participants in community and healing circles who form a protective perimeter for the returning warriors allowing them to heal. They are bridge persons between those circles and are able to stand for the people in both worlds.
The subject matter of welcoming home those who serve is as old as humanity itself. We are not always successful either. Two Fairy Tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, The Devil’s Sooty Brother and Brother Lustig, both at least 500 years old, remind us how God, Country, King, and community have a chronic habit of forgetfulness that leaves veterans homeless and with few friends except tricksters and devils.
What I have witnessed in all the areas of my life is that the healing that individuals experience in classrooms, ceremonies, concerts, workshops, retreats and healing circles is mis-understood. American educational, religious, healthcare, and political institutions lack the wholeness of soul you find in all kinship communities where quality of life is derived from the love of family, extended family, clan, tribe, and is soulfully rooted in the sacredness of the environment, in connection with the ancestors, all held in a caring cosmos.
Healing, meaning, to be whole again, in kinship cultures, includes numinous experiences beyond rational sciences and religious dogmas. I define and elaborate numinous experiences in chapter 6. You can jump there now and come back, if you want.
Briefly, a numinous experience is an experience of awe that opens your heart. Our institutions, generally, feature either very narrow or non-existent psychological ideas that honor and nourish such awe.
Very personally, I went through my own spiritual emergency in 1992 and part of my healing came because I was helped by a Vietnam veteran named, Andy. He helped me by introducing me to The Good Red Road, which is the name given to Earth-based spirituality of the Indigenous of Turtle Island (North America). After his death, I knew in my heart that if the opportunity came for me to help veterans come home, I would pay forward the gifts I was given. I met John Schluep of Warriors Journey Home in 2015 and said, “Yes.”
The opportunity to continue to help in shared efforts to bring about peace on Earth is the most meaningful activity that I know. It represents the combined goals of all forms of spirituality of our planet. All the courage, creativity and generosity of the past comes forward. Mistakes from the past come as wisdom-lessons and our co-workers include remarkable beings. From the Indigenous perspective, the Earth and the cosmos too wish for peace and for life of all our relations to go forward in a good way.
In October 2018, I went to Vietnam with WJH for the healing of 4 veterans. As part of my preparations, I found the book, The Ghosts of War in Vietnam by Heonik Kwon.
To date, Ghosts of War is the best book I know as regards the full reality of soul-healing as a cultural value. Warrior’s Journey Home has a saying: Listen-Speak-Heal. In order to truly listen and understand what Kwon described, and, in my opinion, to truly hear and understand the stories of the two worlds we People of Strong Heart walk, a spacious, spiritual wholeness, open to more learning should guide our choices. Our work is moving into, through, and out of sacred spaces.
From John Schluep’s Soul’s Cry:
Telling the story in the protective confines of the crucible we call the “Healing Circle” keeps us in the present, and something new emerges. The memories have entombed the veterans and kept them in bondage. Being in spiritual and psychological bondage is like having an infected wound. Bringing to light the stories is like a tender wound that begins to heal. The wound is fragile and sensitive to the touch. The healing soul-wound needs time to allow the life blood of the spirit to flow freely once again and birth a new creation — a warrior. It is essential that the circle be prepared through ritual, prayer and ceremony. (p. 28)
The material that follows is intended to instill the confidence, receptivity, creativity, compassion and resilience we are asked to bring forth in order to lean into our mission with one heart, one mind, as one people. That mission, as Schluep noted, is to find the entombed who are held in bondage by memories, to loosen the spiritual and psychological bindings so that the life blood flows freely once again, to participate in what is the birth of a new creation together — for if one of us is in bondage, we all are in bondage.
This is an account of a pilgrimage in remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce. In World War I, enemy forces left the safety of the trenches to the song “Silent Night” in their own language. Soldiers; sons, husbands, fathers wanted the peace beyond understanding. You are invited to follow the author’s pilgrimage to renew how we imagine the meaning of Christmas. Noel “New Sun” in Gaelic, has always been the unexpected birth of New Life in a most degraded, forgotten, even despised place. In our traditional telling, the savior was born into a forsaken shelter surrounded by animals. In the early 20th century, that unexpected location was No Man’s Land — the devastated landscape between the enemy trenches. This book is a recollection of the past in order to bring forth a more peaceful future.
Western culture is in the midst of the largest transformation in its history. What is passing away is a patriarchal coercive way of life that was set down 5000 years ago in Sumer. Joseph Campbell referred to this (following Frobenius) as the Monumental Stage. Its identifying features have been coercive government, literacy, numeracy, astronomy, astrology, cattle-breeding, agriculture, enslavement, and a patriarchal hierarchy bestowed by all-powerful sovereign on high who gives immortality to a chosen few.
A culture in its monumental stage is split from a feeling the Earth. Its people as a rule are not in relationship with their own ancestors as a spiritual practice. The sense of personal awe before the cosmos is no longer encouraged or nourished. Dreams are of little importance. This condition is called normative dissociation in the work of Jurgen Kremer.
We are emerging into a participatory way of life on Earth that honors all the voices and the dream-lives of every individual of the planet — Theodore Roszak called the collective individuality of voices, The Voice of the Earth. Thomas Berry prophesied of the collective individuality of dreams in his book, The Dream of the Earth. Joseph Campbell wrote of this as mythologiization. He reminded us:
“The Kingdom of the Father”, we have just heard, “is spread upon the earth and men do not see it.” Land nam, mythologization, has been the universally practiced method to bring this intelligible kingdom into view in the mind’s eye. The Promised Land, therefore, is any landscape recognized as mythologically transparent, and the method of acquisition of such a territory is not by prosaic physical action, but poetically, by intelligence and the method of art; so that the human being should be dwelling in two worlds simultaneously of the illuminated moon and the illuminated sun. [Inner Reaches of Outer Space, p. 62]
Failure to know the difference between a “Promised Land” in which the relationships with all that is are stewarded poetically in ritual, intelligence and the method of art and a realm taken by war has been a human stumbling block. I have named the cultural symptom of taking territory by war, prosaic physical action, chorapathology.
This is the Time of the The Third Great Awakening, the Preparation of the 8th Fire, in the Ojibway/Chippewa Prophecies. I call this, The Magnification. Author, Joanna Macy, named this largest shift, The Great Turning. Eco-spiritual theologian, Thomas Berry, called it, the opening into the environmental age. He wrote in Dream of the Earth:
It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we are in-between stories. The Old Story – the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it – sustained us for a long time. It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with life purpose, energized action, consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge, and guided education. We awoke in the morning and knew where we were. We could answer the questions of our children. But now it is no longer functioning properly, and we have not yet learned the New Story.
We are all trying to return to right planetary relationship and to awaken in the cosmos that magnification has revealed. The wholeness where I have lived with the circles here in northeast Ohio can be imagined in this way:
And a new soul-image we have been birthing can be imagined like this:
I am also the founder of Urrealism, No Man’s Folk Music and Earthbriety. I am a co-founder of archetypal ecology. My work as an adjunct professor in Art and Religious Studies is at Ursuline College. I also teach as an adjunct professor in Creativity Studies for the Gifted at Ashland University. My community includes Warriors Journey Home where I am a board member. WJH Minstries works to assist communities to welcome veterans home from military service.
I am also a faculty member of Lake Erie Institute that offers workshops, retreats, and leadership programs that support the emergence of an Earth-honoring global civilization. Our events and programs re-indigenize Western minds by fostering a relational worldview and an ethic of care for the Earth.
If you examine the word, addict, in its Latin roots are to surrender the voice. Culturally, we have a habit of ad-diction. This voice that is surrendered is to be understood in multiple ways at once: Your own point of view, way of perceiving, your way of creativity, your way of dreaming, your way of singing, writing, dancing, your way of loving. Expanding this with other languages, in French, the word for voice, voix, is also the word for vote. And the Chinese word, Tao, tao, when understood as a verb, means, to say.
It’s harsh, but true, that American culture is one that forces persons to surrender their relationship to the Tao, to surrender their Ways.
All of the singing, teaching and healing I do are intended to lead persons out of the Monumental world view and its ad-diction which is also known as normative dissociation.
My mission intends to invite individuals into the Third Great Awakening, a participatory world view of a New Earths and New Heavens, the New Story. This re-mythologization heals our ad-dictive cultural practices. Together, we can restore awareness of all voices and features of our ecosystems in such a way that all life and the cycles of evolution place our minds into relationship with the enduring and nourishing Beauty, the powers that sustain all that is.
Robert Almeder, among others, echoes my experience in the preface to his 1992, Death and Personal Survival: The Evidence for Life After Death. He wrote: “My 1987 book, Beyond Death: Evidence for Life after Death offered a brief defense of personal survival and concluded that the evidence garnered from the best case studies on reincarnation, possession, apparitions of the dead, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and trance mediumship is collectively compelling in ways not yet appreciated either by the public at large or by the scientific, religious, and academic community.”
More recently, theologian Marcus Borg (1942-2015) described this same kind of cultural reality in his 2014 book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most:
“The trigger for my third (conversion) was a series of experiences that began in my mid-thirties. They weren’t the product of thinking, even though over time they have greatly affected my thinking, perhaps more than anything else has. And they made God real to me.
In retrospect, I understand that they were mystical experiences. But I did not know that at the time. I knew nothing about mysticism. It had not been part of my four years of undergraduate education and five years of graduate study in religion. And whenever I had tried to read books about mysticism, they were utterly opaque. My eyes glazed over. I could not figure out what they were talking about.” (pp. 35-36)
Educational reformer, Elliot Eisner offered this insight into how our own educational methods actually teach our children to limit their own awareness through the null curricilum – that which is never spoken of in the educational process:
What school programs tend to emphasize is the development of a restrictive conception of thinking. Not all thinking is mediated by words or numbers, nor is all thinking rule-abiding.
Many of the most productive modes of thought are nonverbal and illogical. These modes operate in visual, auditory, metaphoric, synesthetic ways and use forms of conception and expression that far exceed the limits of logically prescribed criteria or discursive, mathematical forms of thinking. When attention to such intellectual processes, or forms, of thinking is absent or marginal, they are not likely to be developed within school programs… (p. 98)
Our family has been blessed by having a living folk music tradition. By that, I mean that we have songs that have been memorized and handed down, that a central aspect of our family gatherings is singing and music. It is expected that persons in our extended family will learn an instrument and sing. This can happen at any point in life.
All of my mentors, all of my family members, my father, my mother, aunts, uncles, brother, sister, my cousins, grandmothers, grandfathers, my students during 30 years of teaching high school, undergraduate, post-graduate, all of my closest friends, colleagues, conference attendees, teachers, veterans, doctors, lawyers, musicians, psychologists, artists, dancers, philosophers that I know – and I mean All, have suffered because of the awe of mystical experiences and psychological symptoms mis-understood, distorted and mis-valued, mis-diagnosed.
All of our cultural institutions I have experienced in my lifetime perpetuate that suffering. It occurs through chronic mis-appropriation of our attention and intention. Our voices and all the voices of nature are silenced. Our receptivity is dumbed down and numbed. The symptom is a collective feeling of powerlessness and profound underestimation of our full potential as human beings.